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Post time 2014-2-21 10:51:51 |Display all floors
This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-2-21 11:00

When one looks at the pictures taken of the Ukraine protests, one cannot escape noticing how well composed each picture was, with near perfect color contrast, geometric proportions, and sweep of movement guided by edges of flags, raised arms, and billowing smoke.  They are so good in fact that Hollywood's pictures look drab and uninteresting by comparison.  Some facts need mentioning to aid in the viewer's appreciation of these fantastic works of Ardt.

Unlike real civil wars with chaos reigning, where dead bodies and battered buildings are in unsalvageable disarray, the photographers of the Western media seem always able to find sublime harmony and proportion wherever they shoot (with their cameras, that is) in Ukraine.  "Kiev" was not melodramatic enough, so they have switched to "Kyiv" for effect.

Every picture shows a foreground of leaping flames and billowing smoke.  But if one looks at the bottom of the glowing fires, one cannot but notice either nothing (which means kerosene poured on the ground to make the fire with), or a pile of garbage and rafters.  On the other hand, if one were to look at the true historical pictures of war in the years past, the fire is always a small glitter in the distance, with a real building burning, and the foreground is almost always filled with litter and mud.

When reading the captions and supporting verbal reports, one notices that the numbers of those claimed to be dead always exceed the number of bodies found (most of the time, none at all).  On the other hand, in real historical footages of past wars, the number of those claimed dead is often fewer than one would estimate from the number of corpses and dying littered across the landscape.  Real war is ugly.  But a media war is always artsy.  In a real war, pictures and words invariably understate the magnitude of the tragedy.  In a media war, they embarrassingly overstate reality.

We should hope that the Ukrainian people emerge as the true masters of their country.  

But does that mean kicking out Yanukovych?  Or the Hollywood filming crew?



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Post time 2014-2-21 11:56:47 |Display all floors
Interesting observations. But Abramicus we are looking at a major error of the "West". The long-term security and prosperity of Europe requires the courtship of Russia to join the EU and NATO. This is being delayed by a stupid aggravation of Russia in Ukraine. Do you not see this? What are your recommendations?
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Post time 2014-2-21 12:11:07 |Display all floors
Of course, the reason this is taking place is precisely because the attempt to draw Russia into NATO failed.  The Pussy Riot and the protest movement in Russia petered out.  The Russian people are too smart to trade their absolute sovereignty for praise or partnership.  It is interesting in how Russia is so confident it adopts a hands-off posture.  What the Ukraine authorities do not realize is that their opponents are not the protesters on the street, but the cameramen and reporters who misrepresent the events on the ground in a way that penalizes the government through sanctions and even possible invasions.  The protesters in this scenario are just cameos.  The script is written elsewhere.

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Post time 2014-2-21 12:16:33 |Display all floors
Another country torn by a common religion, Christianity. Just different flavors of the same stupidity.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2014-2-21 12:30:53 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Ted180 at 2014-2-20 23:34
abramicus Post time: 2014-2-20 23:11
Of course, the reason this is taking place is precisely because the attempt to draw Russia into NATO ...

It failed because it was never really pursued. Instead, NATO "cold warriors" sabotaged it. Of course Russia is a "western" nation. Why do you try to avoid that reality? What are your real loyalties?
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Post time 2014-2-22 04:37:13 |Display all floors
Ted180 Post time: 2014-2-21 14:30
It failed because it was never really pursued. Instead, NATO "cold warriors" sabotaged it. Of cours ...

Ted, your unfounded optimism in Obama is being shown up. He does not make policy even if he wanted to. You've got to admit that there is a serious problem in the way the USA is functioning now. but others outside always knew this for a long time.
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Post time 2014-2-22 08:11:32 |Display all floors
KIyer Post time: 2014-2-21 15:37
Ted, your unfounded optimism in Obama is being shown up. He does not make policy even if he wanted ...

I am, indeed, having some doubts about Certainly there are some serious foreign policy mistakes regarding Russia and (to a lesser extent) China. I will eat my words if the time comes!
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