Russia’s Languages

102 languages are used in various media. Although Russian is taught in 97% of schools, many republics have other official languages. One gets the impression that Russia is largely an illusion representing little popular commitment and almost no practical advantage.

Good Friday

Why is a day commemorating the killing of a good man called “good”? ‘Tis perverse. Talk about turning evil into good. “Oh yes, but we did not do it” is no excuse. That’s the authoritarian mantra designed to deny free will, as if obedience were designed to get us out of hell free.
The culture of obedience is pervasive and perverse. Shall we blame the cognitive or the instinct-driven?
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Crisis Mongers

The media, at least in the U.S. are crisis mongers. “If it bleeds, it leads” and if there is not enough blood, they make something up. There was truth in Trump’s “fake news.” Did he use it to attract more coverage to himself? Likely. But, the fact remains that the media theive on disruption, rather than creation or production.

Perhaps crisis mongering is just dressed up gossip mongering.

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So, we will have to take things into our own hands. Electronic currency and electronic communications make it easy.

New York Cheese Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
5 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap foil securely around pan. Place on a baking sheet.
2. In a small bowl, mix flour, sugar and lemon zest; cut in butter until crumbly. Add egg yolks and vanilla, tossing with a fork until mixture pulls together.
3. Press onto bottom and 1-1/2 in. up sides of prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned, 12-16 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
4. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cream, flour, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Add eggs and egg yolks; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
5. Bake until center is just set and top appears dull, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled. Remove rim of pan.

Gestalt, Gestel, Posture

There is a difference between what is and what is perceived. And perception depends on the make-up or focus of the receiver. I, for example, do not see color or facial expressions in people. The form of an object impresses itself. For example, the spouse’s long bowed legs.
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