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I try to stay away from politics and focus on my internal life of family and work, however, now are the times that unrest in the world is spilling out and I can't ignore it anymore.
In Ukraine, my cousin's husbands and all men 18 to 45 are drafted to the military.  Some are already coming home injured.  Why? What for??? Can't Ukraine exist in peace?
In Israel, thousands of rockets continue to fall and UN and many other people say that Israel is the aggressor!!!  Why? Can't Israel exist in peace?
USA government gone mad sending 47 millions to the terrorists!!!
My heart is braking to hear all of these war news and that the world gone mad and people lost common sense :(
Tonight we are going to the rally in support for Israel.  I can't passively ignore it anymore...
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kaidannik at Что происходит (кратко для друзей и близких из России)
Привет, друзья. За последние пару дней, к большому своему сожалению, успел рассориться с большим количеством москвичей, с которыми долгое время общался, дружил, приезжал в гости и принимал у себя как дорогих гостей. Пишу для всех здравомыслящих людей, склонных делать свои собственные выводы, и верить собственным ушам и глазам. Никого не собираюсь переубеждать, и, Боже упаси, ломать шаблоны. Просто расскажу, как нам живется.

Любителям НТВ, ОРТ, Россия 24, Киселева, Кобзона, Доренко, цитирующих призывы Жириновского и что там у вас еще есть, рекомендую просто не тратить свое время: утолить жажду крови и ненависти, почитав о зверствах нацистов и озверевшей банды, здесь вы не сможете.

Так вот, тезисно:

- У нас так же есть российские каналы. И то, что там показывают, иногда веселит, но чаще всего вызывает горькую досаду, так как направлено исключительно на разжигание ненависти на национальной, религиозной и политической почве, и вместе с этим, ничего общего с происходящим это не имеет. Примерно такую же реакцию вызвал бы сюжет новостей, в котором ведущий на полном серьезе прочитал бы "У лукоморья", и ушел на рекламу. Кстати, сюжет,в котором корреспондент Россия24 в полном экипе ползет под обстрелом, а его оператор якобы получает ранение, снят не на Институтской или Грушевского, а на Лаврской, под стенами Лавры, что примерно в 5 километрах от Майдана :) Без смеха на такую лажу смотреть сложно, но ведь показывают это не киевлянам ...

- Здес НЕ преследуют русских. Так же, как не преследуют беларусов, молдаван, евреев, поляков, грузинов, азербайджанцев, чечен, англичан, немцев, итальянцев и всех остальных. Украина всегда была страной, в которую можно было ехать в любое время, в любую ее часть БЕЗОПАСНО, и с тех пор ничего не изменилось. Какие еще этнические чистки, какое бегство русских, алло, вы чего? Половина Украины как говорила, так и говорит по-русски, хотя, скажу честно, благодаря льющейся лжи все больше хочется этот язык забыть.

- Киев (и все остальные города тоже) НЕ захвачен, НЕ разрушен, НЕ засран и НЕ разграблен. Мы, как обычно, живем своей жизнью, ходим на работу, гуляем с детьми. Все происходило на Крещатике, улицах Грушевского и Институтсткой. Конечно же, там предстоит как следует убраться. Но даже в самом центре событий нету ни разбитых витрин, ни разграбленных магазинов. Цел глобус, магазинчики в трубе, цветочный рынок, даже Сбербанк России, что прямо на углу Институтской и Крещатика. О чем это говорит?

- Лавра не захвачена, не разграблена, все святыни, мощи, иконы, а так же служащие в полном составе на месте, и занимаются своим обычным делом - дерут с туристов и прихожан деньги.

- Раду не захватывали, как писали многие российские СМИ. Поторопились опубликовать. Милиция сняла оцепление, прогнала титушек (наподдав им на последок, своим же), и отошли, ожидая захвата. И люди пошли, но ... только для того, чтобы пустить внутрь депутатов, которые, наконец-то, начали собираться, включая все партии кроме коммуняк. Депутаты начали работу, а СМИ опубликовали сюжет о захвате рады, все идет по плану :) Вот беда :) Это было очень смешно.

- Система (если угодно - хунта, что значит бандиты в погонах) действительно пала, и люди, виновные в сотнях человеческих жертв, растрате казны и т.д. преследуются правоохранительными органами, после задержания будут преданы суду.

- Для того, чтобы обезопасить свои семьи, дома, автомобили от гопников, привезенных властью из юго-восточных областей, люди организовывают дежурство по дворам. Но это продлится не долго - на улицы вернулись патрули, многие из которых усилены простыми людьми из самообороны. Возвращаться домой ночью, да в спальном районе, можно спокойно.


- Люди не празднуют. Потому что цена в сто человеческих жизней - слишком высока, чтобы праздновать (человеческих, а не повстанцев или милиции, ЧЕЛОВЕЧЕСКИХ). Потому что рано - теперь нужно строить и строить, и всем хватит работы. Потому что оставшимся политикам все равно никто не верит, и люди следят за каждым словом. Потому что милиции нужно привести в порядок молодых и горячих, которые решили, что они революционеры. Потому что нужно латать дыры в экономике,

- Мы не понимаем, почему нас называют бандеровцами. Здесь нету таких. Нету фашистов, нацистов, партизан и так далее. Нету зомби, майданутых, ебанутых, западенцев. Здесь есть обычные люди: учителя, программисты, официанты, пенсионеры, колхозники, врачи, библиотекари, музыканты, юристы, военные, ветераны и инвалиды, молодые и старые, богатые и бедные. Сотни тысяч. Дай бог каждому из вас увидеть и почувствовать ту силу, которая исходит от тысяч людей, которые, слыша бой церковных колоколов, выходят из дому, вливаются в море таких же, и молча идут вперед - лечить, выносить, подносить, идут воевать в мирное время.

- У нас полно бензина, еды, банкоматы работают, доллар растет, снега нет, за окном солнце, и скоро весна.

Кто не верит - приезжайте, и посмотрите своими глазами. И информация для тех, кто брызжет слюной о "предательстве хохлов" и героизме ментов - знайте: ваши отрыжки не обидны, и не цепляют. Они выглядят как вопли городских сумасшедших где-то на улице: жалко бедолаг, хочется помочь, успокоить, и знаешь, что это невозможно, только медикаментозное лечение.

Помните: во времена тотальной лжи правда звучит, как экстремизм.

Мир всем!
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В пятницу был странный день, сплошное напряжение.  С утра были клиенты которые много энергии высосали, а потом моя начальница записала меня на встречу с Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson который приехал к нам в колледж.  Я должна была подготовить вопрос и одеть что-то с TRiO logo (нашей организации которая получает поддержку от министерства образования США).  Честно сказать я даже не знала кто он такой.  Пришлось ещё узнавать что на самом деле этот Брайсон делает и какой от него толк задавать ему вопросы.  

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В пятницу был странный день, сплошное напряжение.  С утра были клиенты которые много энергии высосали, а потом моя начальница записала меня на встречу с Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson который приехал к нам в колледж.  Я должна была подготовить вопрос и одеть что-то с TRiO logo (нашей организации которая получает поддержку от министерства образования США).  Честно сказать я даже не знала кто он такой.  Пришлось ещё узнавать что на самом деле этот Брайсон делает и какой от него толк задавать ему вопросы.  

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Every year I am getting more and more frustrated with the political views and cultural changes in this country.  The information that is available to people is so lame and no one wants to use common sense!!!!   The lies and dirt politicians bring out onto each other on TV and radio is disturbing!

I understand that USA is a capitalistic society and I have nothing against it, however, there is a place for government in this country and there is a place for free market business.  Lately, nearing a possible state shut down, I have been hearing a lot from people about government services being useless and needless.  So, let’s see how useless and needless government services are:

 

Read more... )

 

The world is a dangerous place not because of people who do evil, but because of good people who look on and do nothing about it.
-- Albert Einstein

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Every year I am getting more and more frustrated with the political views and cultural changes in this country.  The information that is available to people is so lame and no one wants to use common sense!!!!   The lies and dirt politicians bring out onto each other on TV and radio is disturbing!

I understand that USA is a capitalistic society and I have nothing against it, however, there is a place for government in this country and there is a place for free market business.  Lately, nearing a possible state shut down, I have been hearing a lot from people about government services being useless and needless.  So, let’s see how useless and needless government services are:

 

Read more... )

 

The world is a dangerous place not because of people who do evil, but because of good people who look on and do nothing about it.
-- Albert Einstein

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I have not been writing about our political situation in our state and I wish, I didn’t have to follow politics but being a state and federal employee it is unavoidable.  Here is the article from MPR with more details about the situation:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/layoff-notices/

 

Read more... )

 

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I have not been writing about our political situation in our state and I wish, I didn’t have to follow politics but being a state and federal employee it is unavoidable.  Here is the article from MPR with more details about the situation:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/layoff-notices/

 

Read more... )

 

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It is easy to avoid some world news and difficult to avoid others.  Truly, I am so busy with work, family, friends and theatre + other things; I hardly have time to eat and sleep, let alone follow the news.  I listen to the radio (Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) or WCCO) when I drive and of course, FaceBook and web pages that lead to my e-mails also give me glimpses of what’s going on outside my “little” world.

Read more... )

 

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It is easy to avoid some world news and difficult to avoid others.  Truly, I am so busy with work, family, friends and theatre + other things; I hardly have time to eat and sleep, let alone follow the news.  I listen to the radio (Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) or WCCO) when I drive and of course, FaceBook and web pages that lead to my e-mails also give me glimpses of what’s going on outside my “little” world.

Read more... )

 

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Yesterday we had to vote for our local government.  I helped my parents go through a questionnaire from our local public radio website: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/select_a_candidate/poll.php?race_id=24  
This questionnaire helps determine which governor candidate fits your ideas about running the state. 

I also asked Boris to go over it.  Boris and I usually vote each other out when we vote.  So, this time I did not insist that he would go vote and he didn’t :).  My dad, who thinks that he got enough of socialism in USSR, blindly votes for Republicans.  So, as we went through all questions, it turned out that he agreed more on the issues that Mark Dayton (DFL) presented and very little agreement with the other candidates.

I voted and decided not to worry about the results because I don’t have control over that.  Whatever happens, happens.  Before bed, I looked at the Star Tribune and saw some results.  In the morning I heard that there is an issue and need for recount. 

Truly, I don’t want to follow it anymore and waste my energy on something that I absolutely have no control over.  Or do I?

My understanding of Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats usually think about all people and living things, more collectivistic in some ways, at times too considerate too liberal.  Republicans seem to be more egoistic and individualistic thinking mainly about their own pockets without any consideration for the needy.  Yet Republicans can have boundaries.  I like the collectivistic consideration for all yet liberalism with boundaries.
OK, I will stop here because I can keep going with many examples and arguments…

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Yesterday we had to vote for our local government.  I helped my parents go through a questionnaire from our local public radio website: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/select_a_candidate/poll.php?race_id=24  
This questionnaire helps determine which governor candidate fits your ideas about running the state. 

I also asked Boris to go over it.  Boris and I usually vote each other out when we vote.  So, this time I did not insist that he would go vote and he didn’t :).  My dad, who thinks that he got enough of socialism in USSR, blindly votes for Republicans.  So, as we went through all questions, it turned out that he agreed more on the issues that Mark Dayton (DFL) presented and very little agreement with the other candidates.

I voted and decided not to worry about the results because I don’t have control over that.  Whatever happens, happens.  Before bed, I looked at the Star Tribune and saw some results.  In the morning I heard that there is an issue and need for recount. 

Truly, I don’t want to follow it anymore and waste my energy on something that I absolutely have no control over.  Or do I?

My understanding of Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats usually think about all people and living things, more collectivistic in some ways, at times too considerate too liberal.  Republicans seem to be more egoistic and individualistic thinking mainly about their own pockets without any consideration for the needy.  Yet Republicans can have boundaries.  I like the collectivistic consideration for all yet liberalism with boundaries.
OK, I will stop here because I can keep going with many examples and arguments…

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As the late Adrian Rogers said, "you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.  That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A...

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.  The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.  As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D!  No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.


Well, I agree with most of it, yet I don't believe that "Obama's Socialist plan" is to make everyone equally reach or poor (I guess, I don't agree with that class' statement).  I am not trying to defend Obama or Democrats and in fact I can not say that I am a Democrat or Republican. 

I am for balance in liberalism and conservatism and truly do not want to be involved in politics at all.  However, I believe that in this Capitalistic country like USA, government should be the entity that enforces the LAWS and ETHICS that would make sure that all people are safe in all aspects of their lives.  So, I don't mind paying taxes, so police, ambulance and fire crew would get to me as soon as I dial 911, I don't mind if they will create laws or policies that would allow people get affordable health care and education.  I don't mind if they would make sure that manufacturing companies and cities keep environmentally safe levels of waste, etc....  We are all in the same boat regardless of our believes.     

It is sad that Ethics and Government are the terms that often don't go together :(.


Update:  After 2nd thought, Why do we need to work hard? What for? 
Once we are mature enough, we go to school for the knowledge, not for the grades.  So, it is individual's choice to work hard or not to work hard.

 

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As the late Adrian Rogers said, "you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.  That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A...

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.  The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.  As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D!  No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.


Well, I agree with most of it, yet I don't believe that "Obama's Socialist plan" is to make everyone equally reach or poor (I guess, I don't agree with that class' statement).  I am not trying to defend Obama or Democrats and in fact I can not say that I am a Democrat or Republican. 

I am for balance in liberalism and conservatism and truly do not want to be involved in politics at all.  However, I believe that in this Capitalistic country like USA, government should be the entity that enforces the LAWS and ETHICS that would make sure that all people are safe in all aspects of their lives.  So, I don't mind paying taxes, so police, ambulance and fire crew would get to me as soon as I dial 911, I don't mind if they will create laws or policies that would allow people get affordable health care and education.  I don't mind if they would make sure that manufacturing companies and cities keep environmentally safe levels of waste, etc....  We are all in the same boat regardless of our believes.     

It is sad that Ethics and Government are the terms that often don't go together :(.


Update:  After 2nd thought, Why do we need to work hard? What for? 
Once we are mature enough, we go to school for the knowledge, not for the grades.  So, it is individual's choice to work hard or not to work hard.

 

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What bothers me the most about the pre-election time, especially this year, is the number of rude lies that opposing candidates use to win the elections. 

In my personal world, lying is one of the worst things a person can do.  It feels like it is only my personal value.  When I hear those lies on the radio or TV, it literally hurts me and makes me sick!

Is it moral to lie? It seems that it is… because the conservatives who supposed to be THE MORAL ones use this tactic even more then the liberals do. I am not defending the liberals; I am very disturbed about lies from all sides!!!

Most of all, I hate when people lie to themselves and when they spread the rumors that are not true about others. It seems that lying is part of human nature. My 5 year old often would lie to me about simple things. For example, I would ask him “did you turn the lights off in your room?”  He will say “Yes” and I would pass by his room and see that he did not do it. I always confront him and tell him that he is lying not to me but to himself and that is the worst thing a person can do to himself is to distort reality when it is obvious.

I often see clients who literally live in the lies and do not see the reality of their situation. They create excuses that create more lies. I would advocate that people should stop lying to themselves and start making changes to make their false thinking reality (if it is positive for example).

I am simply teaching my son to be as true to himself as he could be and see things for what they are and not for what he wants them to be or does not want them to be. It creates critical and inquiring thinking. Is it true? Or where do I find the source of the truth? Can I trust this source?

It can start from the very simple things such as start listening to one’s own self and if for example you don’t feel good, you should just acknowledge “I don’t feel good, I have a headache, what can I do about it, etc…”.  Once we stop lying, we become more aware and able to take care of ourselves and find solutions to our problems and truly improve our lives. 

A.G.

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What bothers me the most about the pre-election time, especially this year, is the number of rude lies that opposing candidates use to win the elections. 

In my personal world, lying is one of the worst things a person can do.  It feels like it is only my personal value.  When I hear those lies on the radio or TV, it literally hurts me and makes me sick!

Is it moral to lie? It seems that it is… because the conservatives who supposed to be THE MORAL ones use this tactic even more then the liberals do. I am not defending the liberals; I am very disturbed about lies from all sides!!!

Most of all, I hate when people lie to themselves and when they spread the rumors that are not true about others. It seems that lying is part of human nature. My 5 year old often would lie to me about simple things. For example, I would ask him “did you turn the lights off in your room?”  He will say “Yes” and I would pass by his room and see that he did not do it. I always confront him and tell him that he is lying not to me but to himself and that is the worst thing a person can do to himself is to distort reality when it is obvious.

I often see clients who literally live in the lies and do not see the reality of their situation. They create excuses that create more lies. I would advocate that people should stop lying to themselves and start making changes to make their false thinking reality (if it is positive for example).

I am simply teaching my son to be as true to himself as he could be and see things for what they are and not for what he wants them to be or does not want them to be. It creates critical and inquiring thinking. Is it true? Or where do I find the source of the truth? Can I trust this source?

It can start from the very simple things such as start listening to one’s own self and if for example you don’t feel good, you should just acknowledge “I don’t feel good, I have a headache, what can I do about it, etc…”.  Once we stop lying, we become more aware and able to take care of ourselves and find solutions to our problems and truly improve our lives. 

A.G.

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