Lenin’s Home in Kremlin is Shrine of Reds

Cooking Pans Still in Wall Cabinets

By William Moore- Moscow, June 22- “One of the sights of Moscow that few visitors see is the apartment in the Kremlin that was occupied by Nikolai Lenin. He helped to found the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and became its premier. He also became so much a symbol of communism that the doctrines, tactics and practises of the Communist party have become known as Leninism.
Everything has been left in the apartment as it was in the days when Lenin lived in it.
Lenin’s apartment and his offices are shrines to communism. He died in 1924 and his widow lived in the apartment until her death in 1939.
Oilcloth still covers the table on which the family ate in the modest kitchen.Lenin liked to cook and often prepared the meals. The cooking utensils have been preserved in the wall cabinets. In Mrs. Lenin’s room are family photographs of the Lenins and their relatives. Mrs. Lenin used a headset radio and the set and her headphones still lie upon a desk.”



Doug Ford in Quotes

Douglas Robert Ford Jr. recently won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. One-term metro councillor, president of Deco Labels and Tags, father of Lingerie Football League star Krista, and spouse of the purveyor of Instagram’s darkly compelling “Fitmamalife” account (sadly now private), Doug Ford’s dream of building a mega-mall and the world’s largest Ferris wheel on Toronto’s waterfront may have been thwarted, but he is halfway to fulfilling his late brother Rob’s 2013 prediction that “Doug will be provincial, he will be premier one day.” The Ontario general election will be held on June 7, 2018. 

“We’re gonna win areas that have never went PC before.”
On the upcoming provincial election

“They’re all interconnected here, folks. It’s the unions. It’s just a big circle. I call em’ the dirty dozen.”
On the conspiracy against his brother Rob

“I’ve had my gay friends come and visit me in Chicago. Gay men have slept in my bed.”
Defending his brother against accusations of homophobia 

“It is going to turn into a bathhouse . . . there is going to be hanky-panky. I guarantee it.”
On the City Hall bike change room

“Everyone keeps saying Rob’s a conservative. He’s a huge, massive social liberal. He loves Obama. The headlines of the papers when he won? ‘The White Obama.’ ”

“No, I wasn’t slinging any hash. Thirty-one years ago. I smoked marijuana. I didn’t deal marijuana. If you want to go calling, you know, going to your buddy and saying, ‘Here is a joint for 10 bucks.’ If that’s what you want to call [dealing], so be it.”
On reports he sold hashish

“Have you ever smoked marijuana? Have you ever smoked marijuana? Have you ever smoked marijuana? Yes or no. Have you smoked marijuana?… I guess the answer is yes.”
To Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who had questioned the mayor about his crack use

“Well good luck to Margaret Atwood. I don’t even know her. If she walked by me, I wouldn’t have a clue who she is.”
On Margaret Atwood

“You can be racist against people who have a drinking problem. You can be racist against people that eat little red apples.”
On racism

“Curb the drinking, not out in public, you can stay in your basement, have a few pops. That’s it.”
On drinking

“If every politician in this country … was watched twenty-four seven, recorded every move, recorded every conversation, a good chunk of politicians would be in jail right now.”
On politicians


Welcome to Neom

In October of 2017 the planned transnational city and economic zone of Neom was announced by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (the reformer who arrested his relatives and detained them in the Ritz Carlton Riyadh). The Crown Prince has appointed the former CEO of Siemens to run the $500 billion project. Operating independently of Saudi law, with “autonomous tax and labour laws”, Neom will be built south of the Sinai Peninsula near the borders with Egypt and Jordan. 

The promotional video for Neom features people working out mathematical solutions on a glass wall. Parachute boarders and scuba divers. Neomians turning cartwheels in the desert. Group tandem skydives. A man executing figure skating’s Ina Bauer move on the prow of a yacht. The website promises “Futuristic record-breaking theme parks. Endless natural parkland. The world’s largest garden in the heart of the metropolis. A waterpark with a wave machine where Olympians will perfect their technique.” The narration calls to mind Ja Rule’s ignominious Fyre Festival on the island ‘once owned by Pablo Escobar.’

‘You can look at these ancient hills and see nothing. Or, you can see nothing to hold you back. No set ways of thinking. No restrictions. No divisions. No excuses. Just endless potential.

This is the blank page that you need to write humanity’s next chapter. Neom. Over twenty five thousand square kilometers of inspiration. With room for your biggest ideas. A part of the world set aside for those who want to change the world. A land created to free people from stress.

A place where pioneers and thinkers and doers can exchange ideas and get things done. A startup the size of a country that will change the way we live and work forever. Healthier. Happier.

With more time for the things that really matter. A truly global culture, from every place and background you can image. That can show the rest of the planet how it’s done. With energy that flows from the sun and wind, neighborhoods that can feed and clean themselves.

Technologies that can make life everything it can be. This is where we can prepare together for the next era of human progress.

Some will look at these ancient hills and see nothing. But the rest of the world will know that this is where a new way of living began.”

Raisa Gorbachev’s Dream

Raisa Titarenko as an applicant to Moscow State University. 1949Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorvachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, married his wife Raisa Maximovna in 1953. “Raisa remembers to this day,” he wrote in his memoirs, “A dream that she had in those days.”

“She and I are at the bottom of a very deep, dark well, a ray of light glimmering somewhere high up. We are climbing the wall, helping each other. Our hands are cut and bleeding. The pain is unbearable. Raya falls but I catch her, and we resume our slow upward climb. Finally, completely exhausted, we drag ourselves out of this black hole, and a straight, smooth,k tree-lined alley opens before us. On the horizon we see an enormous bright sun, and the alley seems to flow into it, dissolving in its rays. We walk towards the sun. But suddenly, out of nowhere terrifying black shadows loom over us on both sides of the road. What is that? And we hear ‘enemies, enemies, foes’. Our hearts are filled with anguish… Holding hands, we continue walking on the road towards the horizong, towards the sun…”

Memoirs, Mikhail Gorbachev, Doubleday, 1995.

Lord Tonypandy Wears the Wrong Tie

George Thomas, Commons Speaker.png“It was in the 1950s that Lord Tonypandy first entered Parliament as George Thomas MP, a young and inexperienced member for South Wales. He began his career determined to make a good impression in a new suit and tie, and so he was horrified when, as he entered the House, the Tory benches burst into an uproar. A furious Conservative chief whip rose hurriedly, beckoned him into the centre of the chamber and, to a background of shouts and cries, whispered urgently, ‘Are you aware that you are wearing an Old Etonian tie?’

‘No,’ replied Thomas in all honesty, ‘I bought it in the Co-op in Tonypandy!’

The future Speaker of the House had not yet learned the language of the most eloquent item in a man’s wardrobe.”

A Gentleman’s Wardrobe: Classic Clothes and the Modern Man, Paul Keers, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1987.


Donald Trump: You’re As Young As You Feel

“You know when I was young. Of course I feel young–I feel like I was 30…35…39… Somebody said, Are you young? I said, I think I’m young. I was stopping in the final months of the campaign, four stops, five stops, seven stops–speeches, speeches, in front of twenty-five, thirty thousand people… fifteen, nineteen thousand. I feel young– I think we’re all so young. When I was young we were always winning things in this country. We’d win with trade, we’d win with wars– at a certain age I remembered hearing from one of my instructors, the United States has never lost a war. And then, after that, it’s like we haven’t won anything. You know the old expression, to the victor belongs the spoils? You remember I always say, keep the oil. I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq. But I will tell you, when we were in, we got out wrong. And I always said, in addition to that, keep the oil. ”

Donald Trump’s speech at the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, January 21, 2017.