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Never Again? Or, History Repeats Itself?

When Hitler started to expand Germany, his big lie was that he was protecting German speaking citizens of neighboring countries who really wanted to be free to join Germany.  He re-militarized the Saarland, then the Rhein.  Other countries ignored his military build-ups and violation of treaty because they were tired of war after The Great War, or the war to end all wars, now called WW1.  Then Hitler moved into neighboring countries, annexing Austria through a “vote” of the people called the Anschluss, enforced by brown shirted thugs at the polls.  Then the German speaking areas of Checkoslovakia, and so on.  It was not until he invaded Poland that people acted to stop him.

Once expanding, he set up the non-German supporters as enemies.  He made Jews and others register and denied them citizenship.  He outlawed homosexuality, implemented the Hitler youth to build a new super race and form a stronger Germany.

After WW2 cost over 50 million lives, we promised “never again.”

Now Vladamir Putin has invaded and taken over the Crimea, a part of the Ukraine.  Ukraine agreed to give up nuclear weapons to be protected, but no one is protecting them.  Russian special forces in plain uniforms oversaw the “vote” to join Russia in Crimea that was 96% in favor.  Now Russian thugs are taking over several parts of Ukraine and are active in Moldova, Georgia and Estonia.  They say they are there to protect Russian speaking people.  They have started a Russian youth fitness program to restore military power.  Putin outlawed homosexuality and other non-accepted behavior.  Now they are starting to try to register Jews in Ukraine.

Never again?  Do we really mean it?  Or are we truly the modern Neville Chamberlains, too war weary, too happy in our lives, the suffering of others so far away too distant?  History really does repeat itself all too often.

‘Complete lie’: Pro-Russian official denies role in mysterious leaflets to Ukrainian Jews

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April 18, 2014: Denis Pushilin, foreground center, spokesman of the self-appointed Donetsk Peoples Republic, speaks to reporters inside the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine.AP

A pro-Russian official initially thought to be behind fliers telling Ukrainian Jews to register vehemently denied any involvement on Friday, telling Fox News the leaflets were a “complete lie.”

The leaflets were first reported in Israel’s Ynet News. The news site said the notices were circulated in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register — as well as provide a list of property they own — or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city.

 Ynet reported that the notices, sent as the Passover holiday began, were signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of Donetsk’s temporary government.

But after the fliers gained international attention — including a public rebuke by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — Pushilin and others described them as a deliberate “provocation.”

Pushilin said his organization did not distribute the leaflets. To back up his case, he said the notices were too sloppy to have been sent out by him.

“Moreover, this provocation has been done unprofessionally — first of all, it is signed as ‘people’s governor Denis Pushilin,’ and I never referred to myself as such and nobody called me like that first,” he told Fox News. “Secondly the stamp that is there, it is bigger in size meaning simply it has been done in a Photoshop. And third, if you read the text you will see that it’s relatively badly written.”

He said he has personally denied involvement in conversations with the Jewish community in both Kiev and Donetsk.

Donetsk is one of the hotbeds of unrest in eastern Ukraine, and pro-Russian activists are still showing resistance to the terms of a recently struck diplomatic deal that aims to ease the tensions between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian forces.

After the notices to Jews began circulating, questions quickly were raised about their origin. One aide to Pushilin told Fox News that pro-Ukrainian groups were circulating them as a false flag operation to cause an international incident.

An Israeli official also told Fox News that the issue was brought to the attention of the Israeli embassy and foreign ministry, though they also presume the leaflets were handed out by local militia members as a kind of provocation. The official said the notices were distributed by masked men.

Yet the accounts gained international attention as Kerry condemned the notices on the sidelines of the diplomatic summit in Geneva.

“Just in the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they have to identify themselves as Jews,” he said Thursday. “In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable — it’s grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable.”

Kerry said if anyone engages in these kinds of activities on either side, “there is no place for that.”

The notices reportedly were sent to areas where pro-Russian activists have declared the region as a “people’s republic” in defiance of the central Ukrainian government.

Ynet reported the fliers said that because Jewish community leaders supported a Ukrainian nationalist movement and “oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” the interim government has decided: “that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

The notices reportedly demand Jews pay a $50 registration fee.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Thursday that U.S. officials were trying to gather more information.

Fox News’ Leland Vittert contributed to this report.

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Human Barbie talks plastic surgery, plans for the future

Yes, that is an actual picture of a human woman…

Human Barbie talks plastic surgery, plans for the future

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    Valeria Lukyanova with the ‘Human Ken,’ Justin Jedlica.THE SUN

The “Human Barbie” won’t admit that she’s had any surgery other than breast implants.

But photos of Valeria Lukyanova, published by GQ, show the blonde’s eerie look. The mag traveled to the Ukraine to interview the YouTube sensation, and she dished about her need to adjust her looks and her thoughts on family life.

“Everyone wants a slim figure. Everyone gets breasts done. Everyone fixes up their face if it’s not ideal, you know? Everyone strives for the golden mean. It’s global now,” Lukyanova told GQ, shrugging off her major physical adjustments.

She made some controversial comments about race when discussing the trend toward more plastic surgery in recent years.

“For example, a Russian marries an Armenian, they have a kid, a cute girl, but she has her dad’s nose. She goes and files it down a little, and it’s all good,” she said. “Ethnicities are mixing now, so there’s degeneration, and it didn’t used to be like that.”

The Human Barbie confessed she was on an all-juice diet and only consumed a carrot juice concoction while at lunch with an editor from the magazine.

When asked about her future, the plastic-looking woman was adamant that she doesn’t intend on having any mini-Barbies running around in the future.

“The very idea of having children brings out this deep revulsion in me,” she said. “I’d rather die from torture because the worst thing in the world is to have a family lifestyle.”

Recently, Lukyanova traveled to the U.S. and met the “Human Ken,” Justin Jedlica. She said she would move to America if Hollywood came knocking, but so far no showbiz offers have come her way. Either way, she said she won’t be in the Ukraine much longer, explaining the reaction to her look hasn’t been pleasant.

“The next step is to cut off Ukraine entirely, because all I get here is sh-t. Why waste myself on this?”

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Ukraine computers targeted by aggressive ‘Snake’ virus

Ukraine computers targeted by aggressive ‘Snake’ virus

Published March 09, 2014

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Dozens of Ukrainian computer networks, including those run by the Kiev government, have been infected by an aggressive virus known as “Snake” or “Ouroboros,” and experts say that there’s every chance that Russia is behind it.

The Financial Times reported that the virus has been deployed aggressively since the start of 2013. The paper cited information from British defense and security firm BAE Systems, which recorded 22 infections of Ukrainian computer systems by “Snake” since the start of 2013. Of those, 14 have occurred since the start of 2014, while protests raged against President Viktor Yanukovych’s government. In all, 56 computer systems around the world have been infected by “Snake” since 2010. Almost all of the incidents have taken place since the beginning of last year.

The Financial Times reported that the virus not only allows its employer access to computer networks for surveillance purposes, but can also act as a “digital beachhead” for software that can disrupt vital computer networks, such as those that control power supplies for banking operations.

Identifying where a computer virus specifically originated from is difficult to do, but the Financial Times reported that “Snake” appears to have been developed somewhere in the GMT +4 time zone, which encompasses Moscow. The paper also reported that parts of the code contain Russian text.

David Garfield, managing director of cyber security at BAE, told the paper that the recorded instances were likely “the tip of the iceberg.” Garfield also said that the complexity of the “Snake” program ruled out a rogue hacker, saying “Whoever made it really is a very professional outfit.”

Nigel Inkster, a former director of intelligence and operations for MI6, Britain’s international intelligence agency, was more specific with his suspicions, telling the paper, “If you look at it in probabilistic terms – who benefits and who has the resources – then the list of suspects boils down to one … Until recently the Russians have kept a low profile, but there’s no doubt in my mind that they can do the full scope of cyber attacks, from denial of service to the very, very sophisticated.”

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Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

OCTOBER 10, 2013 BY  LEAVE A COMMENT

It doesn’t matter how beautiful are the new tourist destinations, those that are curious will always go to visit some historical places, and when those are abandoned and not touched by the human hand for a long time, they become a mysterious riddles.

Abandoned Isle, Netherlands

Abandoned Beautiful Places25 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

 

Abandoned City Near Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, UkraineAbandoned Beautiful Places24 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Boat from 2nd World War, Homebush, AustraliaAbandoned Beautiful Places23 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Railway Station in PolandAbandoned Beautiful Places22 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Mysterious Road Kerry Way, IrelandAbandoned Beautiful Places21 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Abandoned Castle from 15 Century, Black Forest, GermanyAbandoned Beautiful Places20 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Asunción, ParaguayAbandoned Beautiful Places19 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

“El Hotel del Salto”, ColumbiaAbandoned Beautiful Places18 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Underwater Bronze Statue of Jesus Christ, Mediterranean Sea, ItalyAbandoned Beautiful Places17 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Hall, West WelshAbandoned Beautiful Places16 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Abandoned Building for Distillation, BarbadosAbandoned Beautiful Places15 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Abandoned Domes in South-West FloridaAbandoned Beautiful Places14 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Body of Crashed Plane, AntarcticaAbandoned Beautiful Places13 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

A Structure in CambodiaAbandoned Beautiful Places12 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Fishermen House at Lake, GermanyAbandoned Beautiful Places11 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, EnglandAbandoned Beautiful Places10 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Abandoned House in Namib DesertAbandoned Beautiful Places9 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Sea Supervisory Houses in EnglandAbandoned Beautiful Places8 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Mill in FranceAbandoned Beautiful Places7 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of EarthBulgarian Communist Party HouseAbandoned Beautiful Places6 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of EarthAbandoned Mill from 1866, Sorento, ItalyAbandoned Beautiful Places5 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Part of Olympic Object for Olympic Games 1984 in Saraevo

Abandoned Beautiful Places4 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Old Factory for Russian Rockets in RussiaAbandoned Beautiful Places3 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

Abandoned Tunnel of Love in UkraineAbandoned Beautiful Places2 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

 Abandoned Theater in ChicagoAbandoned Beautiful Places1 Top 25 Most Amazing Abandoned Corners of Earth

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