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An Ideal Movie for Trump's Inauguration Day

"Falling Down" (1993) was described as a contemporary Odyssey, in which the Odysseus is a middle-aged white man, who is threatened by the changing social landscape of America.

According to the surveys, such men played a major role in electing Trump, and somebody who does research on the topic even called William Forster, the main hero of the movie, a distilled version of Trump’s voter. Even divorced Forster's mantra "I am going home" parallels "Make America Great Again!"

Love the opening scene of the movie:

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The grand exhibition "Russia — My History" raises the question: which history?

Nor is it properly said, "there be three times, past, present, and to come":  yet perchance it might be properly said, "there be three times; a present of things past, a present of things present, and a present of things future."  ~ Augustine of Hippo

I have decided to share my impressions regarding the Historical Park "Russia — My History" in Moscow since the place sheds light on today's Russia even more than on Russia of the past.
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Fragment 1 – everything you have never suspected about WW1 .

The funniest part of all was the ~ 5 minutes long movie explaining WW1. According to it, unlike England, a bare island depending on imperial conquests for its wealth, and France, another cruel empire (footage of French or English beating unspecified exploited natives), huge Russia was interested only in peace, stability and inner economic development, which prompted Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, to organize the Hague peace conference. Unfortunately, the aggressive foreigners brought the peaceful tsar's efforts to naught.

The resulting war caused much suffering. Englishmen suffered from hunger (footage of pale sad people) and France introduced food stamps (footage of long food lines). In contrast, Russians experienced no such thing. And at this point the about-to-be (re?) educated Russian viewer sees 1001 sausages on a market stand: sausages lying on the stand, sausages hanging from strings, a veritable sea of sausages! The only problem grimly looking Russians in winter coats have is choosing which tasty sausage to buy.
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Best Posts Series § 9

Best Posts Series § 9

LITERATURE  & CULTURE

Conservative Art, Conservative Notions of Culture

I fell in love with HP fanfic "Toujours Pur" by SnorkackCatcher. It is short, but very powerful.
Summary: Mrs Black watches the Quidditch from her private box and reflects on her disappointing sons, the importance of Black family values, and a certain Chaser for the Kenmare Kestrels ...

Huck Finn and democratic self-making

Transformers 4 is the Greatest Film Ever Made About 21st Century America

100 highlights of Special Collections at Bradford University. I was touched by "Reunion and Reconciliation: The Peace Sculpture" by Josefina de Vasconcellos.

I became intrigued by the description of Ian Mortimer's book "Centuries of Change: Which century saw the most change - and why it matters to us."  (Haven't read it yet.)

Loved the movie "Tea With Mussolini." Watch the trailer here.

POLITICS – Past and Present

MY FAVORITE POST:  battles over ancient bones and modern identities

The Quiet German: The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. (If you're interested in the issue of race in America and/or simply want to discover a good columnist.)

The World's Most Toxic Value System

the forgotten roots of the first world war

MISC.

How air conditioning remade modern America

Science once communicated in a polyglot of tongues, but now English rules alone. How did this happen – and at what cost?