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Reader Selected News For Week Feb 15 – Feb 21

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Feb 15 – Feb 21”

  1. canary

    BBC News shocked carmakers[sic] did not vote in favour[sic] of unionising[sic] and organising[sic].

    BBC: Volkswagen’s US workers vote against joining union

    Feb 14 2014

    “In a surprise move, US workers have voted against union representation at a Volkswagen car plant in the southern state of Tennessee.

    The vote derails efforts by the United Auto Workers (UAW) to organise[sic] foreign-owned factories in the southern US.

    Experts had expected the ballot to pass in favour[sic] of unionising[sic], after Volkswagen tacitly supported the move.

    It was the UAW’s first attempt in 13 years to unionise[sic] a plant not run by one of the three big US carmakers[sic] – General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.

    Analysts say the result could significantly curtail future organisation[sic] efforts and further dent the union’s reputation.

    UAW spokesman Gary Casteel said “some outside influence” had been exerted on the poll.

    Opponents warned it would jeopardise[sic] Volkswagen’s tax incentives and hurt the local economy by scaring away business.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26203784

  2. canary

    GM’s Chevrolet shows two gay commercials during Olympics

    http://article.wn.com/view/201.....ouples_an/

    I saw one of them. It was a keep you guessing of all the new things and changes to include two men who just got married, and then at the end you find out it’s a Chevrolet commercial. Didn’t see it coming.

    • heykev

      Maybe as part of gobernment motors they were required to produce/show gay couples in their ads. All I know is that I’m no longer in the market for a Chevy

  3. captstubby

    Global Warming starts a new age of Imperialism?

    Imperialism, is “an unequal human and territorial relationship, usually in the form of an empire, based on ideas of superiority and practices of dominance, and involving the extension of authority and control of one state or people over another.” two major subtypes of imperialism; the first is the “regressive imperialism” identified with pure conquest, unequivocal exploitation, extermination or reductions of undesired peoples, and settlement of desired peoples into those territories. The second type identified by Feuer is “progressive imperialism” that is founded upon a cosmopolitan view of humanity, that promotes the spread of civilization to allegedly “backward” societies to elevate living standards and culture in conquered territories, and allowance of a conquered people to assimilate into the imperial society”
    0n line dictonary

    The U.S. State Department plans to create an Arctic ambassador position to highlight the growing importance of that region.
    In a letter to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a “high-level individual of substantial stature and expertise” to serve as Special Representative for the Arctic Region.
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said she had no personnel announcements to make, but might soon.
    Kerry, in the letter, said he believed it was vital to elevate Arctic issues and interests within the State Department. Nations across the world are hurrying to stake claims to the Arctic’s resources.
    Six of the eight Arctic nations currently have ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council. The United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.
    In May 2008, five of the Arctic nations adopted the Illulissat Declaration which incorporates the ‘law of the sea’. The US has not ratified UNCLOS and is the only Arctic nation yet to join, even though the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations have all favored ratifiction.
    Arctic sea ice, the increase in human activities in the region, and territorial considerations of the unclaimed Arctic have provided a new sense of urgency to the Arctic issue.[5] This impetus is unique to the United States during this time because of climate change in the region.

    (“Since 1880, the global temperature has risen 0.8 degrees Celsius; but the temperature in the Arctic has warmed twice as much, leading to much less sea ice coverage and greater accessibility to natural resources, transport passages and fisheries.)[ wikipedia]
    The goals stated in the United States Arctic Policy released in NSPD-66 on January 9, 2009 are as follows: Meet national security and homeland security needs relevant to the Arctic region; Protect the Arctic environment and conserve its biological resources; Ensure that natural resource management and economic development in the region are environmentally sustainable; Strengthen institutions for cooperation among the eight Arctic nations (the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, and Sweden); Involve the Arctic’s indigenous communities in decisions that affect them; and Enhance scientific monitoring and research into local, regional, and global environmental issues.”

    Heightening concern was China’s use of the Arctic in August as a sea shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific by hugging the Russian coast.
    “The Ambassador shall be a principal adviser to the President and the Secretary of State regarding matters affecting Arctic affairs and shall make recommendations regarding the policies of the United States relating to Arctic affairs.”

    No word on whether the Arctic ambassador will have to have ever been to the Arctic.
    The Department of the Interior has arguably the most extensive and diverse set of Federal equities and responsibilities in the region, including protection of wildlife and habitat, federal trusteeship for Alaska Natives, and leasing responsibilities for onshore and offshore areas suitable for mineral development and production.
    No word on whether the Arctic ambassador will have to have ever been to the Arctic.

    President Obama’s Executive Order 13580 created the Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska chaired by the Deputy Secretary of the Interior and including many federal agencies. Part of the Working Group’s mandate was to develop “a framework for making integrated Arctic management decisions” and present a report to the President by 12.31.12. The report, titled “Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic” included input from industrial and commercial stakeholders, the State of Alaska, Tribal governments and Alaska Native organizations, municipal governments, conservation organizations, and federal agencies. The report was released to the public in March 2013, and called for sustained high-level leadership from the White House on integrated Arctic management; a strengthening of key partnerships in the region with the State of Alaska and Alaska Native tribal governments and organizations; improved stakeholder engagement in important decision processes in the region; and more coordinated, streamlined federal actions in regard to science and management, environmental evaluations, and important cultural and ecological areas.
    The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has provided the strongest impetus for a more assertive United States policy in the Arctic region. The United States focuses on numerous facets of the Arctic region in promoting and explaining their reasoning for a stronger policy position in the region. As an Arctic country with territory at stake, the United States is continuously pushing for a larger influence in the region to pursue industry and energy development considerations. One of the tenets of NSPD-66 is the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), this would provide clarity and the appropriate framework for the United States to submit a claim to some area of the Arctic as the sea ice continues to melt. In addition, new passageways in commercial shipping may become available due to the breaking of ice.

    Denmark appoints Arctic ambassador

    Denmark has appointed its first permanent Arctic ambassador whose primary task will be to coordinate activities connected to the country’s Arctic strategy.

    http://barentsobserver.com/en/.....-battalion

    “If they’re gonna tell us the polar vortex is responsible for this cold, that means record cold is also happening in the North Pole, which means there isn’t any ice melting, and we know about the global warming expedition that went down to the South Pole, Antarctica, to prove that the ice is melting, and they got stuck, and then the rescuers got stuck, and then the people rescuing the rescuers got stuck”
    RushLimbaugh.com and other internet websites

    • canary

      Well, the US is behind because of the mess of the 3 idiots Obama nominated for US

      Another Obama Bundler, Mark Gilbert, Is Scheduled To Appear Before The Senate Foreign Relations Committee For His Confirmation Hearing As Ambassador To New Zealand.

      “It Was A Devastating Hearing…” “It was a devastating hearing, especially for Chartwell Hotels chief executive George Tsunis, who hadn’t been to — and didn’t seem to know much about — Norway, his intended post.”

      However, President Barack Obama’s pick for ambassador to Norway seems to be spicing up the diplomatic relationship by sticking his foot in his mouth before even getting to the post.

      According To Norwegian Media, Tsunis Displayed A “Total Ignorance Of Norway.” “George Tsunis, a hotel magnate, was slammed in the Norwegian media for displaying a ‘total ignorance of Norway’ in his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in January.”

      Tsunis Was Unable To Answer A Question By Sen. Ron Johnson About Trade Opportunities With Norway.

      Finally, giving up on an attempt to answer a question by Sen. Ron Johnson about trade opportunities with Norway, Tsunis ends his answer this way:

      ‘But there are…uh… there are a lot of things that will begin to — there are a lot of markets that will continue to open up… uh,’ Tunis says before taking a gulp of water.

      Tsunis Thought The Progress Party, “Part Of The Center-Right Coalition Government In Norway, With Seven Ministers” Was A “Fringe” Element That The Government Had Denounced.

      “‘What do you think the appeal of the Progress Party was, according to the Norwegian voters?’ asked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Jan. 16.

      ‘That is a very seminal question,’ Tsunis said. ‘Generally Norway has, and is very proud of being a very open, transparent, Democratic, parliamentary government. One of the byproducts of being such an open society and placing such a value on free speech is you get some fringe elements that have a microphone that spew their hatred and although I will tell you that Norway has been very quick to denounce them — ’

      McCain interrupted, pointing out..

      “that the Progress Party is part of the center-right coalition government in Norway, with seven ministers.”

      “Tsunis Also Referred To Norway’s ‘President,’……………..

      …Fact That The Country Is A Constitutional Monarchy.”

      “The nominee, a Long Island campaign bundler named George Tsunis, made a fool of himself during his Senate confirmation hearings last month. He was unaware of some of the most basic facts about Norway. He admitted never having set foot in the country, and he seemed to think that Norway, a monarchy, has a president.”

      Tsunis, CEO Of Chartwell Hotels, Bundled Over $500,000 For Obama’s 2012 Campaign.

      Tsunis Also Donated $300,000 To Democratic-Leaning Super PACs In 2012.

      He attended a state dinner with Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2012.”
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      Noah Mamet: Argentina

      SEN. MARCO RUBIO: “Yeah, I just want to take off on that point and say that you stated it
      accurately, Mr. Chairman. And here’s what I would add. Mr. Mamet, have you been to Argentina?”

      MAMET: “Senator, I haven’t had the opportunity yet to be there. I’ve traveled pretty extensively around the world, but I haven’t yet had a chance.”

      (Wealthy world traveler nominated Noah Mament has known nearly 1 year he might get picked by Obama as US ambassador to Argentina and has not visited one time? And even if it would better for Obama to choose a Spanish speaking nominee, Mament hasn’t even cracked a book)

      Q: “Do you know if – we learned that Noah Mamet, the nominee to be ambassador to Argentina, has never even set foot in the country of Argentina. Do you know if he speaks Spanish?” PSAKI:

      “I don’t have his personal biography in front of me, but what I will convey is that I think, as I said before, judging somebody’s effectiveness or what role they’ll play or how strong of an ambassador they’ll be you can’t do until they’ve spent some time working in the job in the country.”

      Mamet Bundled $500,000 For Obama In 2012.
      “Mamet, for example, is listed by OpenSecrets.org as a ‘bundler.’
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      (Actress Eva Langoria and other Spanish speaking rich that worked their tails off Obama should be outraged) Dang. Madonna should be outraged. I think some ethnic discrimination is happening hear and less qualified are getting chose for their donations to Obama. uh. huh.
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      Colleen Bell: Hungary

      “Colleen Bell, the Hollywood producer behind the TV soap ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ raised or contributed about $800,000 to Obama 2012, according to OpenSecrets.org. So she was picked as ambassador to Hungary —

      a country that, as we’ve noted, has vexed Washington of late over human rights and other issues.”

      During Her Appearance Before The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Colleen Bell Gave An Incoherent Answer

      To Sen. John McCain’s Question About U.S. Interests In Hungary. “‘What are our strategic interests in Hungary?’ McCain asked.

      ‘Well, we have,’ Bell said, ‘our strategic interests, in terms of what are our key priorities in Hungary,
      I think our key priorities are to improve upon, as I mentioned,
      the security relationship and also the law enforcement and to promote business opportunities, increase trade . . . ’

      McCain interrupted: ‘I’d like to ask again what our strategic interests in Hungary are.’

      ‘Our strategic interests are to work collaboratively as NATO allies,’ she said, ‘to work to promote and protect the security, both — for both countries and for — and for the world, to continue working together on the cause of human rights around the world, to build that side of our relationship while also maintaining and pursuing some difficult conversations that might be necessary in the coming years.’

      ‘Great answer,’ McCain said, dripping scorn.”
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      THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME OBAMA’S BUNDLER-AMBASSADORS HAVE STRUGGLED

      Cynthia Stroum: Former Ambassador To Luxembourg

      In 2009, Cynthia Stroum Was Sent To Luxembourg After Raising Half A Million Dollars For Obama. “And then there’s the recent case of Cynthia Stroum, Obama’s pick to serve in Luxembourg—a Rhode Island-sized NATO ally that has always been a convenient spot to stick political friends and donors.

      She Resigned In 2011 After The State Department Found Her Embassy “Has Underperformed For The Entirety Of The Current Ambassador’s Tenure.”

      Stroum Raised At Least $200,000 For Obama’s 2012 Campaign And At Least $500,000 For Obama’s 2008 Campaign.
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      Nicole Avant: Former Ambassador To The Bahamas

      A State Department Inspector General’s Report Found That Bahamas Ambassador Nicole Avant Brought “Dysfunctional Leadership And Management” To The Embassy Since Her Appointment. “According to a new State Department inspector general’s report on the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas, Ambassador Nicole Avant presided over ‘an extended period of dysfunctional leadership and mismanagement, which has caused problems throughout the embassy’ since she was appointed by the president in 2009.”

      Avant Spent 40 Percent Of Her Time As Ambassador To The Bahamas Out Of The Country. “The inspector general wrote that her tenure was part of ‘an extended period of dysfunctional leadership and mismanagement, which has caused problems throughout the embassy.’

      Including 102 “Personal” Days.

      In 2012, Nicole Avant And Husband Ted Sarandos Raised At Least $500,000 For Obama.

      In 2008, Avant Was One Of Four Of Los Angeles Bundlers Who Raised More Than $500,000 For Obama. “
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      Howard Gutman: Former Ambassador To Belgium

      Belgium Ambassador Howard Gutman Was Allegedly The Subject Of A 2011 Investigation For “Ditching His Security Detail” …To Solicit Prostitutes. “A top donor to President Obama’s 2008 campaign was investigated for allegedly having sex with prostitutes but remains at his post as the U.S. ambassador to Belgium.

      He raised at least $775,000 for Obama’s 2008 campaign and first inauguration.
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      Obama Replaced Gutman With Another Bundler As Ambassador To Belgium. “Denise Bauer —
      who served as the finance chair for Women for Obama during the president’s 2012 campaign — has been chosen to be the new ambassador to Belgium, the White House announced in a press release Friday afternoon. Bauer, who has also served on the Democratic National

      Committee, raised at least $500,000 for Obama’s re-election efforts, according to information voluntarily released by the campaign. …

      http://www.gop.com/news/resear.....ler-blues/

      It’s not difficult to figure what idiot Obama will pick. Someone who knows nothing about the Arctic, but made a movie, and most likely would never leave his sprawling California beach home to go there.

  4. canary

    TIME: Obama Plays Water-Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought

    After preaching shared sacrifice to assuage the California water shortage, Obama has played some of the country’s thirstiest golf courses

    By Zeke J Miller – Feb. 17, 2014

    President Barack Obama traveled to California on Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water shortage in decades.

    He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses.

    Vacationing with DVDs of his favorite television shows and multiple golf outings with his buddies, the duffer in chief played at two of the most exclusive courses in the Palm Springs area.

    On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Annenberg, which features a nine-hole course that is played like 18 holes.

    The following day he golfed at billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s 19-hole Porcupine Creek. On Presidents’ Day, Obama hit the links at Sunnylands once again.

    The 124 golf courses in the Coachella Valley consume roughly 17% of all water there, and one-quarter of the water pumped out of the region’s at-risk groundwater aquifer, according to the Coachella Valley Water District.

    Each of the 124 Coachella Valley courses, on average, uses nearly 1 million gallons (3.8 million L) a day because of the hot and dry climate, three to four times more water per day than the average American golf course.

    Water utilities are trying to transition the courses to using nonpotable reclaimed water, instead of groundwater, for irrigation.

    “It can’t just be a matter of there’s going to be less and less water so I’m going to grab more and more of a shrinking share of water,”
    Obama said on Friday in Los Banos.
    “Instead what we have to do is all come together and figure out how we all are going to make sure that agricultural needs, urban needs, industrial needs, environmental and conservation concerns are all addressed.”

    A White House official declined to comment on the record for this story.

    Read more: Obama Plays Water-Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought | TIME.com http://swampland.time.com/2014.....z2tkWg69PH
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    Obama directed California roads closed so he could play golf with “his majesty” and Hawaiian buddies.

    Reuters: Obama settles into long weekend of golf with buddies – by Steve Holland -Feb 15, 2014

    Obama held a get-to-know-you summit last June with China’s President Xi Jinping at the 200-acre (80-hectare) complex. Having enjoyed that experience, he brought Jordan’s King Abdullah here on Friday night for more than two hours of talks on Syria and the Middle East over dinner.

    “This gives me an opportunity to have an extensive consultation with His Majesty in a less formal setting,” Obama told reporters.

    Heavy security closed off streets around the complex, roads with names that recall the Palm Springs area’s celebrity past.

    “It was very useful, though, to delve into our respective thinking and to do some strategizing[sic] and to lay a foundation for our teams to continue to really push these issues together and come to some additional strategic play,” said a senior Obama administration official.

    On Wednesday, he is due to attend a one-day summit in Toluca, Mexico, with Mexican and Canadian leaders.

    http://www.reuters.com/article.....YN20140215
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    MyDesert: Obama departs Palm Springs after final round at Sunnylands Feb 18 2014

    PALM SPRINGS — The Presidents’ Day weekend excursion was a mix of diplomacy and recreation, highlighted by a two-hour dinner meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage on Friday evening.

    The president kept a low profile for the rest of his three-night stay, twice playing golf at Sunnylands and leaving the estate on Saturday and Sunday.

    The presidential motorcade arrived at the airport about 1:50 p.m. Monday. Obama, sporting sunglasses and a dark blazer, climbed the stairs to Air Force One and turned to give a quick wave to the assembled media. Just as when Obama departed from the airport in June following his summit at Sunnylands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, no local officials were on hand to see the president depart.

    Wearing shorts and sandals, valley residents started to sweat in the mid-80s February heat waiting for the plane to take off. Dozens of people gathered on the grassy terrain at Atlantic Aviation across from the tarmac where Air Force One took off. Wielding binoculars, cameras and smartphones, families and friends caught a glimpse of the departing president’s plane.

    Joe Hach, 61, of Desert Hot Springs visited with his wife, excited to see Air Force One take off.

    “It’s kind of an expensive trip to come out here and get 30 minutes with a guy from Jordan,” Hach said. “Everywhere he travels is expensive.”

    The customized 747 had been parked at Palm Springs International Airport since Friday evening, attracting crowds to the airport’s perimeter as people shot photographs of the jumbo jet.

    During the dinner meeting between Obama and Abdullah at Sunnylands, Obama announced new economic aid for Jordan in the form of a $1 billion loan guarantee to help the Middle Eastern nation borrow money to attract international investment.

    The U.S. will also work out a new five-year agreement with Jordan for further aid, Obama announced.

    Obama visited the home of Michael Smith,
    the interior designer who decorated the living quarters at the White House…

    http://www.mydesert.com/articl.....ds-weekend

  5. canary

    Egypt set to try Al-Jazeera journalists
    BBC: Three Al-Jazeera journalists are due to go on trial in Egypt charged with broadcasting false news and assisting a terrorist organisation[sic].

    Feb 19 2014

    One of those being held is former BBC journalist Peter Greste.

    The Egyptian authorities say the case is about breaking the law and not freedom of expression.

    Orla Guerin reports.

    For video of the full report
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl.....t-26260479

    Al-Jazeera wasn’t the only one that supported the Muslim Brotherhood.

  6. canary

    Russian Lesbian Pussy Riot protestors in masks whipped instead of stunned with guns by Russian security. They were caught trying to climb fence surrounding the Russian Naval Ship Yard.
    more humane stun guns after they refused to leave secure area of the Russians Naval War Ship
    Two arrested and then released.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26263141

    • canary

      An African-American Kansas US Law Maker whose Trademark is a Global world with a Crescent Moon and Star Submits Bill to Allow Care-givers and Teachers to Forcefully Whip Children Ten Times.

      CNN: Spanking bill in Kansas sparks controversy

      Feb 19 2014

      (CNN) – A Kansas state lawmaker says a bill she’s introduced that would give school teachers and caregivers expanded rights to spank children is not “intended to legalize child abuse.”

      Democratic state representative Gail Finney of Wichita put out a statement Tuesday after media stories about her legislation, which would expand on current Kansas law by
      allowing teachers and caregivers to spank children up to 10 times,
      possibly causing redness and bruising.

      The legislation specifically would allow for spankings “up to ten forceful applications
      in succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks
      of a child and any such reasonable physical force on the child as may be necessary to hold, restrain or control the child in the course of maintaining authority over the child,
      acknowledging that redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result.”

      Unfortunately, Kansas has never affirmatively, expressly defined corporal discipline in Kansas statute, leaving the interpretation of that matter to administrative officials in the executive branch, law enforcement personnel, and the judicial branch.”

      Finney went on to write that her bill “is intended to
      (i) provide guidance to state officials in the administrative and judicial branches;
      (ii) serve as a guideline to parents; and
      (iii) protect Kansas children from abuse.”

      Rep. John Rubin, chairman of the Kansas House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, said he isn’t sure the committee will consider the bill, according to KCTV.

      http://politicalticker.blogs.c.....ntroversy/

      1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

  7. captstubby

    Olympic fun facts “when you’re talking to the cool kids around the water cooler”.

    Sochi is located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia,
    was established as a fashionable resort area under Joseph Stalin, who had his favorite dacha built in the city.

    In the spring of 1923 the young Anastas Mikovan, already the Secretary of the North Caucasus Party Committee at the age of 27, visited Stalin in his Kremlin apartment during a trip to Moscow. In his memoirs, Mikoyan wrote that Stalin’s hand was bandaged. ‘My hand gets painful,’ Stalin explained, ‘especially in spring. It must be rheumatism. After a while it goes away.’ When asked why he did not get medical help, Stalin replied, ‘And what can the doctors do?’ Mikoyan tried to persuade Stalin to go to Sochi for treatment, where the hot sulphur baths had long been thought to have a healing effect, particularly on painful joints, and in the autumn of that year Stalin followed Mikoyan’s advice. Stalin did suffer recurring muscular pain in his hands and feet and assumed it was rheumatism brought on by his four-year exile in eastern Siberia, which probably was the case. The treatment did alleviate the pain, but it only provided temporary relief. Even today there is no radical cure for rheumatic or arthritic complaints. Stalin started going to the Matsesta resort near Sochi every year, at first staying in a house found for him by Mikoyan. By 1926 a place was arranged for Stalin on an annual basis in one of the local sanatoria where the head doctor was Ivan Valedinsky.

    Stalin was examined by three doctors who did not discover any abnormal condition. Nevertheless he pursued the full course of mineral water treatments, and it helped. In 1927 Stalin returned with the same problems and remained for almost the whole of December. Before starting the mineral bath treatment, he was again given a thorough physical check-up including blood pressure, lung examination and a cardiogram. All the results were normal. At the time Stalin was 48, and the hot springs soothed his symptoms. In 1928 he spent the whole year in Moscow without a break and did not go south again for a vacation until the beginning of August 1929, first to Nalchik and then to Sochi. He was feeling unwell and only on 29 August was he able to write to Molotov, ‘I’m beginning to recuperate.’ A month later he informed Moscow, ‘I think I’ll stay in Sochi another week.’ In 1930 and 1931 Stalin again extended his vacation in the south to two months, leaving Moscow at the beginning of August and returning only at the beginning of October. Several friends came to the sanatorium for lengthy visits, notably Voroshilov, Kirov and Gorky, while Molotov presided over meetings of the Politburo in Moscow. Stalin frequently sent him messages by courier, containing instructions on a whole range of questions. A note of 13 August 1930 concluded with the postscript, ‘P.S. I’m getting better bit by bit.’ A month later, on 13 September, Stalin informed Molotov, ‘I’m now completely recovered.’ ‘The waters here are truly remarkable. Terrific. I’ll tell you in detail when we meet.’

    Around this time Stalin appointed Valedinsky as his personal physician,…He was additionally put in charge of the medical side of developing the Tskhaltubo area as a health resort. The whole Black Sea coast of the Caucasus was intensively developed as a result of Stalin’s partiality for the region. Scores of new mineral springs were discovered and many sanatoria and rest houses were built. New factories produced bottled mineral water that was sold throughout the country.

    In Stalin’s view, the scientists of the Institute ‘spend a lot of time on theory but come up with very little in practice and are not working on the problem of life-extension’. Soon after this remark, which of course was relayed to those in charge of the Institute, life-extension became a central subject of Soviet medical research. In 1937 Professor Aleksandr Bogomolets, Director of the Institute of Physiology in Kiev, set up a permanent research unit attached to the Ukrainian Academy of Science to study the phenomenon of longevity in Abkhazia and Georgia. Stalin believed the legends about the inhabitants of the Caucasus, that they lived longer lives as a result of the mountain climate .
    Georgia first gained notice in the United States for its population of octogenarians and nonagenarians with a 1977 Dannon yogurt commercial that touted several robust elderly residents’ love of yogurt.

  8. captstubby

    This Day In History

    February 21, 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, is published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary socialists known as the Communist League.

    Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto in January 1848, using as a model a tract Engels wrote for the League in 1847. In early February, Marx sent the work to London, and the League immediately adopted it as their manifesto. Many of the ideas in The Communist Manifesto were not new, but Marx had achieved a powerful synthesis of disparate ideas through his materialistic conception of history. The Manifesto opens with the dramatic words, “A spectre is haunting Europe–the spectre of communism,” and ends by declaring: “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!”

    CBS,NBC, and ABC/YAHOO plan to commemorate today with business as usual.
    although a memo was issued that today’s ration of Victory Vodka will be increased from 1 ounce to one half.




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