Putin vs Felix
#Russia #railroad #Bronx
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If you “>Play all” this playlist runs about 16 minutes - assuming you truncate any commercials which come with the 12 videos.
I watch these playlists on an HD TV and sound system when selecting, screening and editing for time.
1,2,3 Sapsan! … this Siemens product was put into service in 2009 between St Petersburg and Moscow. Sapsan is Russian for peregrine falcon. The third video shows V Putin going for a ride. I have not cut the PutinVid for time because he is so hunky - even with his shirt on.
4. Also near St Petersburg, a Russian freight train comes at us out of the sun and some nice telephoto effects are produced as it passes.
5. After getting a diverging signal from the lower panel, a Swiss train goes through crossovers at a junction. The train is about 20 miles west of Zurich in northern Switzerland and you’ll notice the consist is primarily composed of maintenance of way equipment and materials.
6. Next, we’re near Kestert, Germany - about 45 miles west of Frankfurt. The Rhine River provides plenty of transportation to record with roads and rail on both banks - and river traffic. This particular videographer presents trains as elements within the much broader context of their surrounding countryside. Consequently these are very beautiful and very relaxing to watch.
7. At Caledonia, Wisconsin - 15 miles south of Milwaukee - the daylight is failing. Take a moment to contemplate the gates and lights which protect road crossings at grade. In the event of a power failure, they are designed to operate for about 24 hours on battery power.
8. Bellows Falls is located on the border of southern Vermont - across the Connecticut River from New Hampshire. Three cars of plate steel travel through a particularly venerable area of early North American railroading infrastructure - the tunnel itself was constructed in 1851.
9. Heggere is located in the south-western Indian state of Karnataka, about 60 miles north-west of Bangalore. Here’s a fast passenger train on undulating terrain in a hot setting.
10. In the north-eastern Australian state of Queensland, a train of empty coal cars snakes its way west and inland over the topography for another load of coal for export to Asia.
11,12 The only known video of the Central of New Jersey Bronx terminal (1907-1961)… and another! Much more information on this unique facility at this link:
The Dinamo metro station, Moscow
Maria Alekhina, left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, top right, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot seen behind bars at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Russia, Monday, July 30, 2012. Three members of the band are facing trial for performing a “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin from a pulpit of Moscow’s main cathedral before Russia’s presidential election in March, in which he won a third term. AP
In February, four members of a feminist Russian punk-rock band named “Pussy Riot,” protesting against President Vladimir Putin’s government, walked into the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. They wore bright-colored balaclavas and performed a provocative song called “Punk Prayer,” with lyrics that called on the Virgin Mary to drive Putin away, and condemned the close relationship of the church and the Russian government. Shortly after, three of the women were arrested and detained for months as a 2,800-page indictment was compiled, accusing them of criminal hooliganism and religious hatred. On Friday, the three were convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment, after a trial widely condemned by outside observers as an attack on free speech.
Gathered here are several images from the trial and the reactions of Pussy Riot supporters around the world.
See more. [Images: Reuters/David Moir, Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin, Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva, Reuters/Trend Photo Agency]
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GROZNY, Russia — Geologists in Russia’s volatile Chechnya region have discovered what they believe to be fossilized dinosaur eggs laid by one of the huge extinct reptiles that roamed the Earth more than 60 million years ago.
“We’ve found about 40 eggs so far, the exact number has not been established,” said Said-Emin Dzhabrailov, a geologist at the Chechen State University. “There could be many more laying under the ground.”……
Photo by Stringer / Reuters:
A man looks at what is believed to be fossilised dinosaur eggs at a site in Russia’s volatile Chechnya region on April 14. The find was uncovered when a construction crew was blasting through a hillside to build a road near the region’s border with former Soviet Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains.
Moscow / Москва́
Wow…. this is amazing.
Moscow’s Rally Against Putin
Updated at 5:05 a.m. ET: Tens of thousands of people are now in downtown Moscow, The Associated Press reports, despite temperatures of minus 4 Fahrenheit. Banners and placards read “Russia Without Putin!” and “For Free Elections.”
The AP says the rally appears to be bigger than one in December that organizers claimed attracted 120,000 people, which was the biggest demonstration in Russia since the protests 20 years ago that helped bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“So many of us have come that they can’t arrest all of us,” protester Alexander Zelensky, 56, tells the news service.
Billionaire rich guy plans to give Vladimir Putin a run for his money: Mikhail Prokhorov, a gold-mining magnate who owns the New Jersey Nets, is one of two men who just announced plans to run against Vladimir Putin in 2012. He’s been stewing since he got kicked out his party for fighting with the Kremlin. source
Up to 50,000 people braved the cold and snow on Saturday to turn out for the largest ever protest against the rule of prime minister Vladimir Putin.
Bolotnaya Square, across the river from the Kremlin in central Moscow, was filled to overflowing with thousands standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the bridges and along the riverfront leading to the site. Tens of thousands of police and interior troops were deployed around the area, but protesters had been allowed by officials to gather in an unprecedented show of discontent.
Shouts of “Russia without Putin!” and “Freedom!” were mixed with demands that the Kremlin annul a disputed parliamentary election that saw Putin’s United Russia party gain nearly 50% of the vote despite widespread accusations of fraud.
“I demand new elections,” said Maxim, 26, an economist. “If they don’t agree, we will continue to come out. The people have woken up – they see there’s a point to going out into the streets and expressing what they don’t agree with.”
Opposition leader Vladimir Ryzhkov said a further protest would be held on Christmas eve if the Kremlin refused to cancel the election results. The overwhelmingly young crowd organised via social networking sites and exceeded early estimates of 30,000.
How I Rigged The Russian Elections
What happens when all the ballots are counted?
The count goes into an official report, and observers can get copies of this document—by the way, I threw out all observers from all my precincts when I realized what was happening in Moscow and other regions. For example, we measured the temperatures of the observers from the communist side and said, “Oh, you’re sick, you have to go home. Get out of here.” There are tons of possible actions that can be a cause for removal. We might say that someone looks sick, or somebody shouted, or was provoking a fight—anything can become a reason for removal of an observer. So the observers didn’t even see the count.
Do you think that the results of this election mean the failure of United Russia?
That’s not an easy question to answer. Nowadays, a lot of members of United Russia think that the whole system has to be changed. I haven’t met anyone who really believes and supports United Russia in a long time. We, the political strategists, work for this system because it is all that really exists. The opposition has another problem—they don’t have a real candidate, a real leader. United Russia will not fail until the opposition chooses a real candidate.
Will you work in the March presidential election?
Who will win?
While maintaining that he had no hand to manipulating the national elections in Russia himself, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has identified one nefarious agent that muddled with the alleged rigged results, and instigated the subsequent protests — the United States. Read more.