Putin’s Russia – Plane Pushing

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Putinism has taken on a new symbolic twist with these images doing the rounds on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook today.

Passenger’s on a UTair flight from Igarka airport in Russian Siberia, had to get out and push their plane to help it reposition before commencing its departure. In -50C temperatures, they got out and pushed the plane backwards, often joking with each other about pushing it all the way home. 🙂

Putin’s Justice Minister has announced that this exercise will now be introduced into Russian Gulag’s from this winter onwards, and will form part of the “Hard Labour” regimen that convicts incarcerated in Siberian Gulags will undertake as part of their sentencing.

Ryanair have also announced that they are considering adopting this method of passenger power as part of their new cost saving initiatives in 2015. A Ryanair spokesman said that “passenger power is both environmentally friendly, cost effective, and will help ensure that Ryanair can continue to offer the lowest fares to its passengers next year.”

Remembering Ukraine’s Maidan Protests – 1 Year Anniversary

Ukraine Maidan_3Below is a wonderful video montage of the Maidan protests, with a voice-over from the famous speech in Chaplin’s movie, “The Great Dictator”.

It’s one year ago today since protests erupted in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against their governments wilful neglect and decision to ignore the will of the people who wanted to cast off the shackles of post-Soviet corruption and push the nation towards transparency, prosperity and justice.

But Ukraine’s then-President, Victor Yanukovich, had caved in to the Kremlin’s demands and chose to abide by Putin’s will and not the will of his people. The rest as they say is history. But it’s not a history that is in the past. It’s a history that is still in the making. An ever increasing death toll that began with the death of protesters on the streets of Kiev, the “Heavenly Hundred”, has culminated in more than 4,000 deaths and one million displaced, in the months that have passed as the conflict has escalated.

What began as a peaceful demonstration that challenged a corrupt government has spiralled into a cloaked war with Russia. Brought about first by Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea and his tearing up of the Budapest Memorandum, he has continued streaming Russian troops, artillery, weapons and ammunition across the open Ukrainian border, resulting in daily clashes with the Ukrainian army. Since the so-called ceasefire, last September, 1,000 more Ukrainian nationals have died as a result of Putin’s bellicose actions in Donbas. Russia continues to arm terrorists in eastern Ukraine and shore up its own troop numbers with battalions sent from as far away as eastern Siberia, to fight alongside the already numerous covert Russian troops already stationed in Ukraine.

These Russian troops are fed from Russian food rations, re-supplied by Russian army trucks, re-fuelled by Russian fuel bowers and clothed in Russian army uniforms, sans the insignia, lest someone find out where they truly came from.

This war has nothing to with Putin’s intractable paranoia over NATO. It has had nothing to do with NATO ever since the first protesters took to the streets. But it has EVERYTHING to do with Putin’s own fear of his own people. His fear that the Russian nation will look to their brethren in Ukraine and get ideas in their head that they deserve a better government, a country that is not built on thuggery, theft, corruption and shady deals made within the walls of the FSB is rightly justified. He has seen what happened eventually to Ceacescu in Romania, Mubarak in Egypt, Gaddafi in Libya, Ben Ali in Tunisia, Yanukovich in Ukraine and what’s CURRENTLY happening to Assad in Syria and he’s scared shitless.

Ukraine Maidan_1Ukraine Maidan_2The amount the Putin and his cronies have stolen during the last 23 years they have been in office is beyond comprehension. It’s is the greatest theft of any nation since the dawn of commerce EVER. The totalitarian regime has silenced all but three media outlets in Russia, with those remaining three wondering how long they can last before their days are numbered. Meaning that there is effectively no free press with which to challenge the government. They can spout whatever lie is convenient on the day, have the media broadcast it and expect people to believe it. And for those who don’t, they have used their two favourite rotweillers – the FSB and the Federal Tax Authorities – so effectively to instill fear, that nobody is willing to stand up to the government.

That is until last November, when ordinary Ukrainians braved the harsh Winter snows, collectively worked together, building soup kitchens, field hospitals, sleeping quarters and staying the course to topple their own corrupt regime. Things are far from perfect in Ukraine. But it is just the beginning. It’s made all the more difficult when your hostile and pugnacious neighbour is doing everything it can to destabilise and threaten this fledgling democracy, which struggles to ensure its rebirth is not from the ashes of malfeasance, nepotism and crime, but of accountability, transparency and prosperity instead.

It’s one year since the rebirth of Ukraine. I wish her and her people many more happy birthdays to come.

Slava Ukraine!

Danny Macaskill’s Epic Highland Trek

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The Isle of Skye’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. In true Danny fashion, he wondered if he could bike down the knife-edge ridge that runs along the Cuillins.

The result is an EPIC film showing off both Danny’s death defying skill in a saddle and the beauty that beholds one of Scotland’s stunning scenic landscapes.

I Proudly Commemorate Remembrance Day

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Today I read an article about a primadonna Irish footballer (James McClean) who refused to wear a poppy for Remembrance Day on the grounds that he came from Derry, and that although he was born 20 YEARS AFTER “Bloody Sunday” occurred, he still felt that wearing a poppy was an affront to those people who lost their lives.

Let me go on record and tell you as an Irishman that this guy is an IDIOT. He is an embarrassment to the Irish nation and his attitude is exactly the same attitude that results in conflicts never getting resolved and is an example of how hatred of a nation is exacerbated by the myopic vision of a child’s parents and their teachings. What happened in the past, is in the past. I accept that it is sometimes hard to forget the hurt and pain of pasts wrongs. We SHOULD remember, but only so we never repeat histories wrongs. But don’t hold on to it like a metastasising cancer, spreading the hatred from one generation to another.

Yes, “Bloody Sunday” was an awful event. But so were the bombings carried out by the IRA on the British mainland. And let us not forget that thousands of Irish men lost their lives during WW1 and WW2. Maybe they were, or were not fighting for the King. But if they were Irish, I certainly know that they were fighting to preserve freedom and liberty and save the world from tyranny.

This idiotic Irish football player plays football for a living. If he was someone who worked in a charity, dedicated his life bringing peace and education to the worlds poor or helped starving, repressed nations around the world regain their dignity, I might….MIGHT….listen to his bullshit reasons for not wearing a poppy. But he’s not. He’s a footballer, who most likely has three or four brain-cells to rub together and gets paid a fortune for playing a game most children do for free in their backyard. In short he is a nobody.

So I implore my friends both across the Irish Sea and around the world to not judge us Irish with the same disdain you rightfully hold for Mr. McClean. There are many of us who respect the sacrifice that our forefathers made for my ability to speak my mind like this (in the English language (sorry Tim and Michael, couldn’t resist) without persecution or reprimand.

And I pray that the sacrifices being made in other conflict zones around the world, on the side of the right and the just also come to an end soon so that those people can return to their loved ones and rebuild their broken countries.