Russian representative in the Council of Europe spills Russia plans to annex Alaska, Finland, Poland and the Baltic states.

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Roman Kokorev, Russian representative in the Council of Europe stated in his Facebook page that Moldova, Ukraine and other former USSR republics are bound to rejoin Russia, as is Alaska, the Baltic states, Finland and Poland. He stated so in his conversation with Polina Godorog who made screenshots of their exchange, and published it on her FB page.

It all started as a simple discussion on the issue of Crimea and what further plans of Russia might be, when all of a sudden the guy starts spilling some interesting beans.

Here are the screenshots of the original postings with English translation added.

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At some point Kokorev hastily removed some of his previous postings, but more revelations followed.

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Since there’s a chance Kokorev will delete his FB page, here’s the original screenshot of the title page.

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Laird Barron’s PARALLAX – an analysis

So, the protagonist was a successful sculptor\painter, who struck rich and famous after some Templar Order commissioned an ‘Achilles’ statue from him (which he later vandalized, out of spite? repentance?). There was a circle of them, a certain Kern person who did most artistic work and lost his good looks after being seriously maimed in a bar brawl. Miranda, also an artist who had a strange preoccupation with dead things, making sculptures out of them.

Someone had been leaving a trail of people gone missing, and the story is interspersed with that mystery man’s confessions of the vile deeds, forward in 2013, when he is an inmate in a closed institution. Is he the very same Kern character? But Carson, our protagonist, seems to half-consciously associate himself with those vile deeds. Carson poses for Kern’s artistry, but must also carry the guilt for his shadowy deeds?

There was obviously some dabbling in arcane magics, we have numerous hints on that. Then there’s the Glitter Moon, the Cloud Room that Miranda and Carson dance to, when they get married.

The whole disappearance thing seems to be a retribution for (unsuccessfully?) dabbling with the occult. Was the art that the group created so occult that it had to be backed with some sacrificial practices, and that is exactly ‘the works’ that Kern was ‘sweating’?

Carson dies in a hospital, having been in a car accident, after losing his mind to delirium where the false identity (Kern) was catching up with him. Kern lives to tell the tale.

This novella is about splitting of responsibility and identity. The responsibilities were split in order to create a dark art, but eventually the people got split as well, as a manner of retribution. The Parallax, as a black hole which you pass and emerge at the other end, changed in the way you perceive things.

Мини-рецензия на Depeche Mode ‘Delta Machine’

 

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Послушал. На клубном аппарате, конечно, звучать будет. Но для домашнего прослушивания – предельно куцые аранжировки, все песни построены на минималистичном побулькивании и поскрипывании аналоговых синтезаторов. Ничего выдающегося, и роль старого их продюсера Flood, создавшего из их демок шедевры в начале 90-х, не понятна.

 

Роскошные аранжировки, благодаря которым ДМ получили свою известность, ушли, кажется, навсегда; последние из таких есть только в альбоме Playing the Angel. Парни обложились старыми железяками, и прониклись эстетикой доисторического электро минимализма: им играться в булькалки и пукалки интересно, а мне вот чего-то слушать это – нет.

Выйди такой альбом году в 1990-м, вместо Violator, никто бы даже в ухе не почесал, ибо если вычесть брэнд, новый альбом представляет собой набор водянистых инди-песенок, каковыми интернеты заваливаются ежедневно.