Another Summer of Cruelty in Gaza under what is now 73 years of Occupation by Israel

As the most-recent enormously disproportionate bombing by Israeli Occupation Forces starts up again for a new administration but same rubber-stamping in Washington, I am gearing up to cover what transpires and what outrages Zionists wish to advance under a cloud of cluster bombings. Your best source for information is Stanley Cohen, he has been a friend to Palestine for many decades. He is the William Kunstler of our time; in fact, he worked for Mr Kunstler in the day. Please know that he is the greatest bearer of truth about the Zionist occupation to date, I intend to bring Mr. Cohen’s thoughts to my pages as I stand with so many in solidarity with each occupied Palestinian.

I have written a great deal on this injustice, but sadly not frequently enough. If you would like to read any of my blog contributions to the struggle in Palestinian, please visit my older articles.

Thank you for all support. Up the rebels.

I make a small contribution to the fight, but am trying to improve on punctuality as the war crimes of the US Empire and their toadies continues apace. Here are a few additional places on Twitter where you may find insight and wisdom on 73 years of bitter occupation:

Although I am hoping that the news from the front brings an unexpected relief from those who support the enemies of justice, I am also planning to continue the much more likely outcome of further outrage.

Hoping you will stay tuned, and

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Meat Eaters

Although a vegan for many years now, I cannot name a single person whom I have persuaded to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Why is veganism so thoroughly resisted?

Roman Catholics still consider fish to be a healthy choice for a no-meat pro-life diet. How can a faith with such an ostensibly large membership not see the eyes on a no-meat, Lenten-friendly fish-fry fish with their own eyes? These are persons who consider themselves to be enlightened agents operating for good on a shared planet. Has anyone ever asked a self-identified enlightened person why they continue to eat meat? Is personal enlightenment such an exclusionary process?

Animal sacrifices to a deity of choice is an act of faith, a personal sacrifice, and a thank-you gesture for every participant but the sentient being who gets to enter a dead state of existence due to diet choices. Animals were already identified as “live stock” in the Book of Genesis. Presumably, they were popped into stocks at their instant of creation.

There is no other being “created” by a god who wants to be loved so much that he will waste the flesh of tasty individuals by the million in the name of love. We are absolutely the only ones who have such a self-generated sense of entitlement. Yet a vegan choice is an unthinkable, dreadful, disgusting, and demeaning option.

Sport is often a metaphor for sacrifice. Even after leaving football with multiple deadly injuries to their brain, players get identified as heroes. No attendee in a stadium or arena is brought to a permanent state of hell, PTSD, and suicide. They just cannot stay away from a sport that offers them unlimited opportunity to murder opponents at the command of a coach. Getting a player back on the playing field is the prime directive.

The last extinction event came at an instant when hit by a six-mile-thick rock from outer space wiped out nearly all life on Earth. The current extinction event is already predicted to occur during the lifetimes of Earth dwellers. A pandemic is not enough to convince self-denying people that a change of lifestyle is not an option. We can’t seem to resist airports enough. No sacrifice is enough of a sacrifice for a member of homo sapiens.

Earth’s population has quadrupled since I was born, but the yearning of some of its holiest members — particularly the Catholic Christians — is enough to state that a 400% increase on their only planet is not enough. How many of the sacred unborn would have created more offspring of highly entitled humans by now. Yet, it would seem to be the only vital alternative for these most wealthy and resource-hungry Earthlings.

The Catholic Church is essentially a one-issue religion, and they voted for a political party that did not have a single issue on their platform in 2020. They are awful people and they need to be identified as such. They voted for Trump, his wishes as emperor god were enough to satisfy the qualifications that make a president Great. Great!

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Death by Extraordinary Rendition

Cops jump on new bandwagon, strangulation becomes a fad

This strangler only took five minutes to strangle a citizen-victim to death under custody in Alameda, California, a new favorite lynching technique that suddenly and decidedly has become de rigueur. It’s a staid normal for cops who wish to engage in the same loyal way that Derek Chauvin made popular in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Death under custody” turns into a race to carve a notch into your pistol. Tune into the channels on the internet where such techniques are sharpened, where action plans are drawn, and where white supremacism turns its weight against undesirable elements, from the dregs of society that threaten to destroy the American Dream. Details are not needed because they might later raise questions that are better left unanswered. Get the job done, get the hell out, and await further extrajudicial orders online and on the street. Beware of teenagers bearing video-capable phones.

Death by custody

Police departments rush to train officers who end up killing people under custody in new startling ways. There are countries where such training is provided, where it is routinely conducted in military-sized groupings, places where the extraordinarily ugly term “extraordinary rendition” keeps extra judiciary torture and ensuing death under confidential gentlemen’s’ agreements. A gentlemen’s agreement to hide evidence under a pile of platitudes is maintained to make society safe for rogue players. These agreements keep the jail cells free for the lesser-desirable incarcerated, for victimless crimes where a crime is defined in the eyes of a lone policeman who receives nods of approval from those who look like him, who were created in the image of Him. Ask no questions and I will tell you no lies. Injustice happens and it happens in the blink of an eye. Suspect dead on suspicion of suspicious activity. Log it and forget it.

This is a thousand lightyears from Mayberry, but it is explained in terms that fit an American myth, a myth that bears no resemblance to a courtroom where decisions have already been made to justify death by custody. The amount of time taken to conduct a custody may range from a number of hours to a number of seconds. The presence of arms in the hands of the presumed criminal requires no details, anything from a cell phone to a pack of cigarettes is enough to bring a cop to enter the following magical incantation that closes the case:

“I feared for my life.”

QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM.

Justice is molded in the plot of a television program that churns out platitudes sixty words per minute. The cop shows that justify every police action runs from squad car policemen on a beat to the careful doling out of law and order in a justice system set in stone. From TV show to predictable dialog at the cinema that defines reality in white America. Dirty Harry cuts corners, but each corner cut is served to an audience that looks forward to seeing a perfect policeman in action for a justice delivered in chunks that are easy to understand, where it is easy to color within the lines. Just dole out instant justice, Mr. Policeman. Just do it, and do it fast. Make it fit the American Way. Make us feel safe, protected, and served.

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Wealth Management Schemes for the already Wealthy

Trickle-up economic schemes shifted into overdrive when the pandemic knocked the chances of advancement out of sight for those who do not control an overwhelming share of the trickling stuff already. Amazon found itself wondering what to do with 90% profits that just kept on coming. Would they direct some of that wealth to the workers who make the whole scheme possible, or should they leave their labor in the lurch? Capitalism is silent on this point.

Boardroom Talk:

“Tough luck, chumps. Thanks for all the cash, we shall endeavor to keep it safe and secure in our coffers. You guys are great.”

My last chat on this blog brought up the topic of Covid schemes perpetrated by men of the cloth. These would be the board directors who must account for the losses that court judgments decide for victims of pedophilia. How to pay off those judgments without inconveniencing Mother Church — that is the question. A scapegoat is identified to satisfy the deity who created those scapegoats in his own image.

When funds run low, the Holy Church must replenish coffers that diminish in size. Fortunately for them, the accountants at the Vatican have learned how to make up for the money that dried up when judges began deciding on behalf of the victims of pedophile collar bearers. Those holy men know that a way can always be found to redirect sums of money into the bank faster than it can be doled out to its many victims. That is the way God wants it, poverty is a virtue. They should be thanking God for every privation.

Billions in Covid Aid Redirected

A principle: You can simultaneously ask for millions from victimized families and also arrive at billions without any additional effort. It is such a crafty business to shunt funds away from those who lost their shirts when Covid arrived to do what it does best: take its victims for a death ride. A death dance perhaps. Rather, seek to benefit Mother Church at every possible point. Obtain tithes from congregants at the same time that priests search for the redirect button. It’s like cashing in on a blessing from God: Covid-19 benefits. God is just, is he not? Poverty is still a virtue, isn’t it? Nuns are assigned the task of instilling a bond of virtue in the poverty-stricken orphans that are dropped off with their nuns by priests who serve the patriarchal control, because Christ’s apostles were all men, it is clear that they may direct the responsibility. Women are carefully assigned subordinate roles because this is the intention of a God who may not be gendered, but he certainly is not of the female gender. That is a mystery of the Faith.

Their Cross to Bear: Catholic Women told to forgive domestic violence

Nuns are still assigned the duty to discipline those poor supplicants who do not adhere to directives from their superiors. Even ones who ruthlessly apply punishments in the task of “Peacekeepers” must be willing to inflict maximum ordeals to keep them in line by any means possible. Arbeit macht frei symbolizes an intention to bring the recalcitrant to a Godly death. The recalcitrants are reminded that their insubordination is a personal decision for which they own the consequences, freely committed sins of disobedience. Nuns and female aides follow the directives passed down by the patriarchy, up to the point of death if necessary. Their reward (the wages of sin) are DEATH, but it is a sacred death that proclaims the Lord’s love for his flock through divine sacrifice. To bludgeon the recalcitrant to death can be viewed as a sacred sacrament.

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Gobsmacked and Disgusted

Aid to the Church in Need

Yesterday, I learned of an organization founded in 1947, a team of Catholics who evangelize for the one holy Catholic Roman and Apostolic church. The basis for their formation is the belief that Catholics are the most persecuted religion on the planet. These fancy that Christians, very specifically Catholics, have more martyrs than ever, that they are subjected to waves of persecutions. These Freedom and Liberty lovers who wish to bring the naysayers to their knees. Their self-described victimhood knows no bounds. Their willingness to sell their souls for personal gain at the expense of others is manifest. The flame of capitalism is their icon.

While millions of Muslims are exterminated, this is happening

It’s hard to imagine that the 21st Century is yet ruled by likes of these friends of Inquisition and proponents for a return to the glorious days of the Crusades. Islamophobic nut-cases not only yet creep among us, but they are hideously well-funded. They are agents for a new Catholic Century, they are giddily received by the broadcasters who invite them to airwaves that are already sought by the true believers of rightwing supremacism.

Did I mention that they are well funded? Before Trump departed a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue, for the celebratory events of January 6, 2021. A new fascist with better people skills is already going through the grooming, Fascism doesn’t simply disappear from the scene, and its lifeblood is capitalism.

This is Freedom?

I am not the only person who has been gobsmacked by such events. The local drive-time broadcaster welcomed a member of the men-of-the-cloth who yearn for a return to the pre enlightenment. Here is a link to the interview that introduced me to these gentle souls, Steve Bannon was a drive-time away from the Vatican when he was shuffled out. A new team is always there to ring in the old days of patriarchal presumption. Aid to the Church in Need have no time for the victims of the US Empire who drop missiles on unarmed Muslims, hospitals, who starve millions at the behest of a fossil-fuel family (the Kingdom of Saud is a single family who purchase US arms by the billions of dollars.

China maintains concentration camps for the Uighurs, millions are exterminated in Western China. Compare these numbers to the sanctified Church that pays no taxes, yet recieves multiple billions of Federal dollars from Covid relief. It is simply and quietly delivered to their coffers.

A Google search reveals a great many proponents of propaganda of the faith society who join in with the spin. Racism is a meticulously measured force of a white supremacism that finds a ready audience and a yearning for a strong man to enforce the spirit of law and order that never goes out of style. Money to assure political success. CBS is one media source that is paying attention to the funds transfer.

Have I mentioned that racism runs rampant in the Holy and Apostolic parishes.These are not friends of George Floyd or any of the police officers who preceded Derek Chauvin. Blacks are simply not among the congregants, the few who have are of the ilk of Uncle Toms of a Clarence Thomas massive sell outs. Speaking more about Supreme Court seats: six of the nine Supreme Court Justices are Catholic, these six are also well connected with the lords and ladies of politic society. Not a single Muslim exists on SCOTUS. This while the genuinely martyred are among the two billion who identify with sects of their faith.

A Google search reveals a great many proponents of propaganda of the faith society who join in with the spin. A search seems always to include those who oppose movements — such as myself, but this organization manages to defy the expected. The proponents outweigh the opponents 100 to 1. A link to CBS connects the dots that follow the money. So far it is the only site that brings a discussion of the massive transfer of dollars to make up for the Catholic team’s losses suffered among the payouts caused by the sexual-deviants, enough to satisfy the court decisions and to leave several billion dollars for the home team. Curiously, the founder of the organization has been convincingly identified as a sexual predator. The very fellow who founded it. You may not be surprised to hear that the very founder who had his hands in the cookie jars started it all in his native Germany.

So what does the future hold for these neo inquisitors who seek to checkmate those among us who know the way to twist and turn the Constitution to keep America white ever again? That is a trick point. America has always been white-determined and favored. The cards are held and played to game the system in every corner of the US Empire.

Still gobsmacked me though.

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Western Devolization

Racism finds comfort in White traditions, heritage, genealogy, and histories. Any complicity with this nation’s wanton acts of evil gets glossed over with thick coatings of whitewash. Is genocide, slavery, rape, and plunder on a planet-wide scale forgivable? Was it a sad but necessary concomitant of destiny, the price of progress, culture, and civilizations forged by the European colonizing spirit?

“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs” has convinced many an apologist of genocide , including Walter Duranty, Pulitzer Prize winner and fervid Stalin apologist who fell for the Soviet line.

American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) trace their history to 1619, the year the first individuals arrived here. What if Western “Civilization” had been built upon the heroic and epic tales of Homer, The Iliad, Gilgamesh… rather than upon the myths told in The Bible, at the other side of Europe is the geographically situated Middle East. Europe is that chunk of landmass bordering the northern side of the Mediterranean.

Europe constructed a number of empires that plundered the planet for the sake of the various crowns who exercised their greedy needs in the name of a misunderstood deity — to give them a certain benefit of a very paltry doubt. Land and sea domination is easily obtained when your esteemed crown possesses enormously more powerful firepower than the land and people, the animals, and the resources that become an instant sources of wealth feverishly desired by those who benefit from a war machine. I would compare that instant wealth to the instant power obtained by hauling out the biomass of a previous extinction moment. Fossil fuels are a compressed and immediately available energy source that is immediately available.

Monetary success accrued while ignoring the gifts of civilization. So called savages and barbarians will continue to benefit enormously at the appearance of a civilized, God-fearing culture. To the victims always go the spoils.

European Devolization knows how to make saints of the white-supremacist conquerors and booty collectors. A cargo hold of “resources” returned by “explorers” from lesser-blessed cultures makes it easy to find any reason available to justify the wanton greed, torture, and death that occurs when your “civilization” casts its warriors as God-fearing gentlemen eager to bring the “good news” of genocide, land theft, and the gift of a devolizationary greed . All treaties made by all occupying powers with overwhelming military forces are subject to change at the earliest possible moment. No treaty signed by any of the tribes of North America has ever been honored. A treaty written by honorable men is worthless to the signee, a bill of goods.

The present occupation by writ of law in the United States of America, active since 1776 in conquest by brutal force imposed by the empire of the moment continues to this present moment. Venezuela is not currently a client state of the US, but its oil reserves beckon for yet another puppet regime as stated in a piece of paper signed by POTUS Monroe. Bolivia was “blessed” with regime change on the basis of certain rare-earth elements required for a new generation of handheld computers but they voted the puppet government out of office. Greed feeds need.

White supremacy is not a white elephant, it is complicity by complexion. The only thing you have to know about the world domination obtained by dint of a European facial characteristics. Jesus Christ was a Palestinian Jew, but Palestine has been occupied by Europeans since 1948, Palestinians represent half the population of a geography known for thousands of years. What is their crime? The same crime committed by ADOS (American Descendents of Slaves) — an insistence of their existence. What was required for “manifest destiny” to happen? The genocide of the Red Man. Anytime a treaty is signed by a white-supremacist power holder, a death knell rings. The AK-15 is merely one of the barenaked symbols that scream white supremacy. Fascism is solely white supremacist in any of its incarnations, including the long history of fascist dreamers in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Fate has dealt the country that leads the world in appalling arrogance and ignorance at is as two-sided at a Tarot-Deck death card — the Covid-19 virus. The decimation of support for the POTUS previously tweeting from the Oval-Office ruled despite his utter incompetence and foolhardy nature.

The folly of the CIA Mujahideen training sites

Running the world since 1776, trained by British colonial troops in situ. They learned the technique of settler colonialism and wealth extraction. The American Empire learned much from their previous colonial’s power brokers, however the US Empire does not find it east to leave a colonials misadventure. Most recently, they left a colonial dumpster fire after the Russians tried to pacify them and before the Russians the British learned the same awful lesson. Bin Laden was trained to destroy Russian positions from within by American’s training of the Mujahideen. The lessons learned by bin Laden would be used to attack the US Empire at its financial weak point, allowing the Project for a New American Empire to become completely entrenched and then defeated by the very Mujahideen who were installed in the first place.

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Control Freaks

Yesterday, Derek Chauvin made history in Minneapolis. He may as well have volunteered for a conviction or three for manslaughter, but he didn’t beat a single charge. Derek is the star of a motion picture filmed by a teenager on her phone, Chauvin was doing a job on someone he had known for many years. He followed the book to the nearest fraction and he had a lot of support from his fellow officers of law and order. This could have been his tenth knee to the neck operation and he would have walked at each encounter with a black whose life does not matter to the men in blue or to the citizens who vote for law-and-order judges. The only thing that varied was the only thing gets a notice from the viewing public — a snuff film where Derek was the star. He knew he was being captured on video, perhaps he would be recognized by his superiors as a man of valor, determination, and courage. His knee to a perps neck, the stuff that dreams are made of.

We live in a society where law and order has driven blacks into prison, into the grave, into a lack of respect that has followed from the wild-west sheriff of a militarized and disciplined system that follows the unwritten law of a white supremacism that protects itself from control by a constitution that is mere words on paper, including the poorly written Second Amendment. Get the job done and you get the respect of the gun-loyal second-amendment militia, where any white with an assault rifle commands a large amount of respect anywhere, including the public square. Apparently, this includes the Capitol buildings of the federal government. See January 6, 2021 for videos that document the matter quite well.

It is called lynching, but that word is never used to describe its true measure in a white-supremacist society. Derek Chauvin is a lyncher, but he is not credited with the power of that word. Lynching is a highly respected form of enforcement. Lynching has followed blacks throughout the history of de facto acts of control, wielded by control freaks. The practice traces back to 1619 and it continues to this day with increased frequency. The number of weapons that may be carried on the street is not limited, the Second Amendment is as powerful a document as ever. Despite the ambiguous language, it is the law that gets recognized on the public streets, within the homes of blacks, wherever a white citizen decides that a lynching fits the bill. Control freaks include any white with any number of weapons and with any amount of firepower. As uncontrolled as it has been since 1619. 421 years and counting.

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Abraham’s Family Values

The three Abrahamic monotheistic faiths — the ones who celebrate the same deity — form something of an isosceles triangle. Two of them feel themselves fated to a certain god-directed purpose, what they share are tales that comprise an Old Testament to Christians and a Torah to the Judaic adherents. The Christians and Judaic adherents are called “People of the Book” by Muslims.

Islam is typically viewed with much disdain by the other two groups. Islam places faith derived from an angel proclaimed mightily by the Christians: Gabriel. He visited a short while with Mary and was patient enough to give Islam theIR entire Qur’an, a text that has more shared virtues than differences, but that gets lost when marketing the faith to new adherents. Marketers play a large role in selling one faith over the others. Commonality doesn’t make for good sales pitch successes. A good salesperson emphasizes the parts of the product they emphasize, “more of the same” does not make a sales pitch very convincing. You do not want to point to the stuff that is not “new and improved and preferred by your deity of tradition. Perhaps they are selling the way of the better god, perhaps a better way to spend eternity with friends and relatives who are spending eternity in the bad place. I have found that eternity is a slippery concept — three nanoseconds spent in the afterlife is the same length of time spent in the good place as the bad place, I guess it seems like a longer eternity if you have “chosen” the bad place. Catholic tradition does not assign any responsibility to their God in finding yourself doomed. The faith marketers insist that their God plays no part in the decision process. You get to end up there because you didn’t spend enough of your life praising the three personalities of the God who just can’t get praised too much. He (never ‘she’ by the way) never gets enough love from the folks who created him — they could have enjoyed all the fruits of “no knowledge” forever in Eden, but they kept finding themselves longing for the tree labelled KNOWLEDGE. Obedience is not exactly a choice, but following directions is everything, and that is what obedience is all about.

Tree of Life/Knowledge/Ygdrassil

Tree of Knowledge

Islam did not stop worshiping the same God as the other two sects that flowed from Abraham. Sunni and Shia grew into those sects when the Archangel Gabriel came down to convey the nature of Allah’s love for his faithful. (Jesus) and Mariam (Mary) are deeply adored in the Islamic faith. Gabriel related Allah’s intent to the chosen Mohamed, the occasion is described unambiguously in the Holy Qur’an. It represents a love letter delivered by the Archangel Gabriel to the progeny of Ishmael. The monotheistic God also reveals his love for Mariam and for her son. Far more is written about Mariam in the Holy Qur’an than the two books esteemed by the People of the Book, it all comes down to good salesmanship.

Feuds among human families often become as bitter as vitriol, the line of the triangle between the Jewish and Christians is short and is well travelled. In that triangle, the line between the Jewish adherents and the Islamic adherents is very long, the line between the Christian adherents and the Islamic adherents is similarly long. Misunderstanding and blind hate along those very long lines have only become more bitter and more filled with hate over the millennia. Slavery is accepted as the natural course in the first testament and this continues into the second (new) testament.

Jerusalem is the third-most important site for adoration to Islam and it has been that way for millennia. I have written quite a bit about events that reached a catastrophic level by 1948. I have also written about how the empires that developed in Europe have grown considerably after the “discovery” of the “New World.” This imperial ambition exploded into a messy set of “settlements” that were also connected to Forts from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coasts. Look at how many cities have the word “Fort” emblazoned upon their city “limit” signs. I happen to live in one of the “Fort” towns. These were developed to provide safety and comfort for the colonists that end up taking as much milk and honey as possible and to starve the indigenous peoples at the same time. Everywhere that the White-Supremacist ethnic cleansers appear, a fort is constructed. Zionism is another “patriotic” system that learned lessons of history. It developed in Europe and continues to occupy the settlements in Palestine.

Ethnic Cleansing

The European imperial state had already been arming itself and was terrorizing the British Empire. So the Zionist terrorists spoke the same language as the British Empire, this made gradual control of the imperial “forted” areas quite easy. By 1947 they were already ethnically cleansing unarmed Palestinians by the thousands. Their weapons became world class (including at least 100 nuclear weapons), as did the security operations that led to the creation of a nascent Mossad. They now ruthlessly control the entirety of what was named A Mandate for Palestine. Absolute control of every square inch and every Arab Palestinian refugee has already been effected. They are now at a mopping up stage. None of these operations are well understood within the American Empire because each major media source within the American Empire defends the mopping up operations as inevitable if not completely unjust, only the actual date is of question. Media has become a tool at the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and all the right wing hegemonies that keep the propaganda strong and deadly.

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Donald is my pet hamster

A very useful pet

I piddle around (some would suggest I piddle on) several languages. These languages differ considerably from one another, they go about the business of Clarifying their thoughts and intentions. They use widely different ways to explain the very object ot their communication.

English went through a massive shift to make the spoken word more clearly resemble the written word, curiously this took place at precisely the time that Gutenberg’s invention was increasing the volume of texts available to the readers of the day. The change to written vs. spoken English is something called the great vowel shift. You may have seen a T-shirt that proclaimed the event:

I survived the great vowel shift!

Arranging the letters on a printing press set contemporary spelling into concrete. The timing of this event could not have been more ill timed. The printed word had to be taught using a misfitting reckoning system. Of course, English went on to become the international language despite all this. Although it did receive some help from the absence of accurate weather forecasts, that event led to the sinking of nearly every ship on its way to defeating the British Empire. The geopolitical significance was enormous.

The great digital information shift occurred during my lifetime, around the 1960s. Learning my second language of German relied on intense time spent in a language-instruction classroom, and reinforced in a language lab — all based on an instructor-led distribution of sounds saved on magnetic tape. Vocabulary building required using an English-German dictionary unti nearly all the leaves fell out. Now I have free access to the findings of Google and can access new languages at a significantly more comfortable state. The change is unfathomable to generations that grew up with these tools widely available and frequently updated.

I also survived the shift from slide rule to pocket calculator

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Russian: what gives?

In 1975, when foreign language lessons appeared in textbooks and on vinyl, I decided to learn Russian as a complement to the German that I had just learned with some fluency. The Cyrillic alphabet provided interesting and confusing sets of letters — enough to keep a learner engaged in sounds and texts that looked familiar to the under-aided eye. It appeared to resemble Gellarese in many ways, cobbled together in a manner that seemed intuitive to the 1970s Cold War setting, an interesting series of words that deliberately resembled a code and a language history that included the drama of Tolstoy and a presence that made it seem like background music in a Soviet department store.

Intrigue comes across between German and Russian as it is cast against a background that the geography of post-war Europe provided. However, German and Slavic speakers would not yield to translation with any degree of ease. Russian uses neither the definite nor the indefinite article, whereas German conveys the meaning and usage of every noun and pronoun. The German language spoken by a five-year-old in Berlin provide all the parts of speech, every inflection, and every nuance of meaning. Stack Russian next to German and you arrive at that enigma wrapped within a mystery that Russia represented to Churchill. The Slavic and German ways seem to play out like a spy thriller, where the similarities may lie somewhere between the butler and the wrestler. God help the translator maintain any measure of surety and sanity in such a world.

A Passionate Love Story

My German and Russian proceeded along these avenues of restriction. Of course, the tools available on the internet were yet decades away. It is difficult to imagine how any new language can be approached without Google and YouTube: an assuring set of mouse clicks away. Hence the heightened curiosity that is aroused upon employing YouTube and Google to assist the learner who arrives to answer the question posed for this post — what gives?

Somehow, languages once learned to any extent seem to stick onto various brain cells and cortexes. I still remember much of the Russian that I heard on those 1975 records, language segments that blended together like a fermenting beverage. Somewhere between beer and vodka, I believe.

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