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Awesome Russian Church drone footage and this too?!

steeple31n-2-webThis is going viral! Watch the incredible drone footage of this old church in Russia. Enlarge the video and admire the stairwell in the steeple! Someone else did!

 

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Posted by Chuck Gee - July 1, 2016 at 5:53 AM

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An open letter from Russia to America…

Opinions? I think its a pretty powerful message from a Country that in the past hasn’t reached out much to us.

chuck

 

A Plea for Caution From Russia

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

By VLADIMIR V. PUTIN
Published: September 11, 2013

MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.

From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.

No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect.

The world reacts by asking: if you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. Thus a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This is logical: if you have the bomb, no one will touch you. We are left with talk of the need to strengthen nonproliferation, when in reality this is being eroded.

We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.

A new opportunity to avoid military action has emerged in the past few days. The United States, Russia and all members of the international community must take advantage of the Syrian government’s willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction. Judging by the statements of President Obama, the United States sees this as an alternative to military action.

I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria. We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations.

If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

Vladimir V. Putin is the president of Russia.

Posted by Chuck Gee - September 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

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James interviews Alexander “Motor” of GRENOVER from Russia!

(Just for the record these guys are one bad ass freakin band! They are our brothers in ROCK!)

special thanks to James for the interview!

 Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and your band and were you can be found at on the web.

 

gren_nAlexander ‘Motor’ (guitars): Hi, folks! Really nice to meet you all and to talk for a while. I’m Alexander ‘Motor’, guitarist and co-songwriter of GRENOUER band. We play metal, rock or whatever you might call our mix. Google to find us or just go to the web-site www.grenouer.com and check links to our pages within the main social networks, we are very easy to get discovered. I am reckoned as a co-founder of GRENOUER, yet this is only partially true. In fact I joined the band in 1999 when GRENOUER were local death metal stars. In 2010 the frontman Andrey ‘Ind’ and me had to reassemble the band and the fact makes me definitely a co-founder of today’s GRENOUER. 14 years in a band is a not a joke anyway. I am aged 32, married.        

https://www.facebook.com/Grenouer

Who are your musical heroes, influences & why?

alenMotor: I have a lot of musical heroes, music affairs are often very heroic. Maybe due to absolute dedication of many musicians. Like going on a questionable tour in an uncomfortable van. Influences? Naturally lots of them from David Bowie to GODFLESH! I started from classical BLACK SABBATH because my dad was into them, and they gave me good understanding of the power of minor key.  

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in playing music? Any pitfalls they should avoid?

Motor: You need to have goals, both short-term and long-term. And you’d better be honest with yourself. It’s no use to waste time doing what you dislike and teaming up with people you have no evident sympathy for. The easiest way is to deal with true enthusiasts and skilled professionals. And you have to be severe with nobody else but yourself, don’t forget about self-education and personal development, get ready to spend money and to miss a lot of parties.

Do you have a greatest gig story you’d like to share?

Motor: 2005, GRENOUER touring in Siberia, one of our gigs banned. It happened in Kemerovo city, promoters did their best to save the event but they couldn’t fight false denunciation in advocacy of violence. That felt like a real shock as if USSR days were back when playing rock music meant being illegal. Ticket were sold out and the house was expected to be totally full, yet the police guard at the venue “strangle evil at its birth”. A few hours later we were giving a secret show at a small studio for a very narrow circle of people, true underground resistance with very unusual feeling, still this incident is hard to compare with the folly case of PUSSY RIOT. 

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 On the same token as the above question. How about a “worse gig” ever story.

Motor: A worse gig is when the feelings are missing. That might be for different reasons – unfair promoters, incorrect selection of bands, horrible sound… We always aim to pleasure fans in spite of any mess though. Oh, it has just occurred to me – the gig in Kirov city, we tested local beer and then had to carry toilet paper everywhere, even on stage!

 Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of boobs?

Motor: My new hobby is checking out on-line training music courses, they save time and money. The latest one was from Berkley College of Music. Yeah, sometimes I draw apocalyptic pictures with a pencil, I wish I could tell that I draw them on boobs.

  What do you think about the present music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Motor: I like that the present music scene is so huge, for everyone’s taste. In my opinion the era of decent albums is returning. And I am happy that I am on stage while a lot of friendly bands just gave up for nothing.

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear… Like their hobbies or something like that…

Motor: At one gig afterparty I fell asleep earlier than others and charitable guys covered me with a bicycle instead of a blanket. So, I must be a decent cyclist now. Our bass player Daemon was recently employed in the position of the exterminator fighting with insects and rodents. That caused a lot of jokes about moles, well, moles are funnier than rats. Andrey ‘Ind’, lead singer, used to work as a teacher at school, he had to wake up very early in the morning. One of the mornings he was arrested by mistake for a kindergarten robbery. Spent several hours at the police station, was questioned and then dismissed unbeaten. One of the criminating evidences was a stolen vibrator. Drummer Danny had a cute girlfriend who was fond of clay modeling. One fine day Danny made a sculpture with a huge dick and that sculpture caused a furor at the party. The guests eagerly embraced it, took pictures, unfortunately Instagram didn’t exits then. 

 Hypothetical situation. You’re stranded on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the girls… Is it Ginger, Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell and why?

Motor: I never watched “Gilligan’s Island”, but I can answer in relation to “Moonlighting”. Choosing between Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd and Allyce Beasley I will never think of Bruce Willis. Just because he is half-German!    

 

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Motor: I will highly enjoy YOU shouting one of GRENOUER’s song! “Blood on the Face” suits that fairly well!

 

 

Posted by Chuck Gee - July 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

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David Bowie’s Space Oddity from SPACE!

Because Space is cool! What a great job Commander Chris Hadfield did on this version of Bowie’s Space Oddity. God Speed and a safe trip back home Commander Chris Hadfield.

Thank you for inspiring us!

chuck

Here is his facebook page

Chris Hadfield

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To watch LIVE tonight Here is the link

Live broadcasting by Ustream

Posted by Chuck Gee - May 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

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WATCH LIVE Capsule returning to earth tonight!

For all you Space Geeks like myself. NASA is broadcasting “Live” the return to Earth via Russia Capsule 3 Astronauts from the ISS tonight!

Here is the Link:

Streaming Live by Ustream

Posted by Chuck Gee - May 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

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KISS “Monster” song samples here…. Opinions??

 


http://youtu.be/5Ac8ea8Is1U

I am not impressed…all the hype and no potatoes..But its KISS and I have been a fan since 1978…so ROCK ON!

Posted by Chuck Gee - September 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

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