March 7th, 2014

Иван Дурак

Gary North, "Southern Slavery: 2 Systems of Management"


I was hoping that "12 Years a Slave" would win the Academy award as the best movie. It did...

I am teaching a course for the Ron Paul Curriculum (http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/public/2574.cfm) for first-year high school students. It is a detailed examination of classic autobiographies (http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/public/207.cfm). Before I had seen the movie, I had selected Twelve Years a Slave as one of them. Now that the movie has won the Academy Award, my students will pay much closer attention to the book.

It is a very good movie. In relation to the amount of money spent to make it, it is the best recent Hollywood movie I've seen. They spent about $20 million on this movie, not counting marketing. This is incredibly low. Yet the production quality is excellent. The photography is excellent. Everything about it is excellent. It shows that you can produce a really good movie cheap, as long as you can get cooperation from the actors: pay percentages, not salaries. There were only 2 big-money actors in it, Brad Pitt, who was a co-producer, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a hot property these days. Also in the cast were Paul Giamatti and Alfre Woodard, but neither is a headliner.
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Иван Дурак

Peter Turchin, "Economic Sanctions against 'Sacred Values': Why Sanctions Will Not Deter Russia"

The news are dominated by the confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine. Unfortunately, there is quite a lot of nonsense repeated in the American newspapers over and over again. It’s just another reminder about the care we, social scientists, must take when we use media as empirical sources. Read "Distorting Russia: How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine" (http://www.thenation.com/article/178344/distorting-russia) by Stephen F. Cohen in the "Nation" for details, and check also this piece (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/02/crimea-crisis-russia-ukraine-cold-war) by Dmitri Trenin of the "Carnegie Endowment for International Peace".
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Иван Дурак

Фултонская речь Уинстона Черчилля


Исторический контекст

Международная обстановка после Второй мировой войны
:
- была запутанна и неопределённа.
- Формально антигитлеровская коалиция сохраняла своё существование.
- На практике же обнаруживались все более углублявшиеся противоречия между СССР и его западными партнёрами:
- Сталин претендовал на первенствующую роль, постоянно подчёркивая, что как главный победитель фашизма и главный потерпевший от него СССР имеет больше прав в решении вопросов послевоенного устройства, особенно в Европе и Азии.
- Шло активное расширение коммунистического влияния в странах Восточной Европы, а также рост влияния коммунистов в Западной Европе.
- В Греции шла гражданская война между коммунистами и антикоммунистическими силами.
- СССР предъявил территориальные претензии к Турции и затягивал вывод войск из Ирана.
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