Dear Steemians. This is the fifth in a series I'm posting to support Golos and expand the Steemit system. I'm a Russophile and I'm tremendously excited about the changes Russia is experiencing. I hope you enjoy it:
всем привет! Hello Everyone!
One of the key factors in learning a new skill is enthusiasm. The more enthusiastic you are the more quickly you learn. Therefore, to keep your enthusiasm for learning Russian at a high level it is useful (sometimes) to step away from learning grammar and vocabulary and make things fun.
Here we'll take a short break from what I call the hard language skills to enjoy some humour about Russia. And through these you'll learn about what has been going on in Russia in recent times and perhaps what is likely to happen in the future.
First, here's a great story. Many people think it's the greatest comedy anecdote ever. It does an extremely good job of explaining what Russia was like after the collapse of the Soviet Union and before Putin.
Here's Bert Kreischer:
So what does this tell us?
Mainly, that in the 90s, Russia was a hive of corruption and lawlessness and things were largely run by the mafia.
But this poses another question. How did Russia find itself in such a bad situation?
To that question there are both long and short answers.
Sadly you'll also need the long answer to fully understand how things got so bad. However, whilst I have an opinion, there seems to be no full consensus on what the exact form of the long answer is, so we'll deal with it in detail in another post. Suffice it to say that during Yeltsin's reign the Oligarchs were allowed to come to power. This caused problems for ordinary Russians.
Still, for reasons of clarity, I'm going to present you with a very quick version of what happened.
In the west the Oligarchs are generally seen as self interested businessmen who rapidly accumulated their wealth after the fall of the Soviet Union. I believe this perspective falls short of disclosing their full objective, which was to balkanize and ultimately destroy Russia whilst making themselves as wealthy as possible. Crucially, they undertook this with the encouragement and support of western elites.
And then came Putin.
To cut a very long story short, Putin foiled the west's and the Oligarch's plans for the breakup of Russia. He did this by very carefully cementing his power without upsetting the West. When he put himself forward to return to power after Medvedev this was a total surprise to the west. Arguably this can be seen as a coup in Russia against the Washington consensus. From that point onwards the west's attitude to Russia changed markedly.
Here is Putin making an example of the billionaire Oleg Deripaska
As the man says, 'Classic Putin'.
This aggressive approach towards corrupt oligarchs, coupled with determination to strengthen and unify Russia, is why Putin is disliked and feared by the western establishment. Indeed if you know what to look for it seems obvious that he is setting in motion the means for Russia to fully decouple from 'Dollar Hegemony.' When this will be fully completed is anyone's guess.
Once this, and the west's desperation to stop this happening are understood, clips like the following take on a deeper level of meaning.
Heads of state rarely joke on camera about bribing one another. Whilst it is hard to tell precisely what Putin is implying, Kerry's discomfort is clear.
Hope you've had fun. More next time...
Just finished taking a quick peek at the Bitcoin market on the Poloniex exchange and saw my exit price in range due to a sudden surge of buying:
So out I went at $906.777
This is part two of an earlier post by me today: Trading For Fun & Profit: TIL The Bitcoin BTC Market Is Ripe For Day Trading Again
Here's the current 4 day chart off Poloniex where I test traded BTC for the first time in a long time:
So far so good but Bitcoin rarely stays sideways very long. I'm going to continue to trade tiny amounts reading the charts for now rather than sell off any alt positions for more funds.
Have a great weekend all,
It' been a week since I dumped and posted the suggestion at the same time LBRY Credits, ticker symbol LBC on Poloniex Here:
Two Days later I posted my followup to the event here:
Today's 24 Hour chart as of 9:40am EST looks to me like a triple bottom has occurred:
Here's a little bigger picture of the event on a 4 day chart:
My analysis shows me reentering the LBRY Credits market at approx. .00002486 BTC/Bitcoin followed by a sell order at approx. .00002580 'ish BTC/Bitcoin
Be sure to read the first two post links to this post will make more sense.
Just a heads up of what I'm seeing, please trade at your own risk and never deploy funds into the cryptocurrency market that you can't afford to lose.
Fun/Unfun Fact: I lost approx. $3,800.00 on a single cryptocurrency investment once: XPY/Paycoin. That put a serious dent in my hobby money.
Have a great weekend, @bluehorseshoe
I'm messing around trying to get my website comments working (which, btw, is a nightmare), and i noticed this. Im not sure if its common knowledge, so i decided to post it because i think its neat.
Lets say you link to a comment with the regular link like this
What you get is the full original post with the comment highlighted in yellow.
If you remove everything between
@ from the link, you can open the comment alone. Just like it appears in the iframe when you click on it in your comments feed, but in a regular frame.
This is especially useful for posts with a huge number of comments that take a ton of scrolling and get unresponsive.
We can love small doggies and we can wear socks. Nothing wrong with that.
Today i will show you the Puppy Socks.