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February, 2021


VOX: Performing to an empty Times Square

Life was never easy for New York’s costumed performers. What happens when the tourists disappear? By Emily   Concept, photographs, and additional reporting by Joana Toro. This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center and Diversify Photo through the Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, tourism in Times Square has been brought to a dramatic halt.Joana Toro for Vox   Once Nadia decided to become a Times Square street performer, it took her a while to choose which character she’d be. She started outRead More

WIRED: GRU Targeted the US Grid

Hackers Tied to Russia’s GRU Targeted the US Grid for Years A Sandworm-adjacent group has successfully breached US critical infrastructure a handful of times, according to new findings from the security firm Dragos. For all the nation-state hacker groups that have targeted the United States power grid—and even successfully breached American electric utilities—only the Russian military intelligence group known as Sandworm has been brazen enough to trigger actual blackouts, shutting the lights off in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016. Now one grid-focused security firm is warning that a group withRead More

Nuclear Propaganda

  Nuclear Propaganda with the elements of history of long-range land-based radars in the USSR and today’s RF All about the history of the Russian nuclear preparedness. Warts and all! РУССКИЙ ХОР: МЫ ТЕБЯ ПОХОРОНИМ      


 JEREMY LECHTZIN.  RENAMING THE STREETS! Walk a mile in a Brooklynite’s shoes, whether on brownstone-lined blocks or the streets filled with vinyl-sided houses, and you’re bound to notice address plates crowded with fractions. On Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, you’ll find three in one short stretch: 68½, 72½ and 78½. When hailing an Uber, repeating street names might give you pause: Are you going to Washington Street in Dumbo or Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill? Today’s Brooklyn map is a relic of a massive 19th-century project to renumber every building andRead More

Russia issues international arrest warrant for Navalny ally: Ifax

By Reuters Staff FILE PHOTO: “Cinema for Peace” founder Jaka Bizilj (not pictured) and Leonid Volkov, chief of staff of Navalny’s team, hold a news conference after Bizilj’s foundation arranged for an ambulance aircraft to head to Omsk to pick up Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in Berlin, Germany August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has issued an international arrest warrant for one of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s allies, Leonid Volkov, who is currently based outside Russia, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday. Volkov has urgedRead More

Putin wants Navalny ally arrested abroad; Lithuania refuses

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV  This file photo provided by Leonid Volkov’s Twitter account on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, shows him with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, right, in Germany. Navalny flew back to Russia on Jan. 17 after recovering in Germany from a poisoning with a nerve agent that he blames on Russian authorities. A Moscow court on Wednesday, Feb. 10, ordered the arrest of Volkov, a Navalny ally who lives in Lithuania, but the government in Vilnius has rejected the demand. (Leonid Volkov via AP, File) MOSCOW (AP) — ARead More

Russia protests: police pelted with snowballs in Moscow – video

  Tens of thousands of Alexei Navalny supporters have protested across Russia in one of the largest demonstrations against Vladimir Putin’s rule of the past decade. Footage shows protesters hurling snowballs at a group of police in Moscow. More than 1,870 people were arrested by riot police on Saturday at dozens of unsanctioned rallies throughout Russia Tens of thousands protest in Russia calling for Navalny’s release 

Director Kirill Serebrennikov fired from Gogol Center

Director writes that theatre is ‘more enduring than bureaucrats’ as Kremlin continues crackdown on dissent Serebrennikov was last year found guilty of fraud after prosecutors accused him and others of siphoning off funds intended for cultural projects. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Theo Merz in Moscow Wed 10 Feb 2021  The celebrated Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov, convicted last year in an embezzlement case seen as retribution for his politically charged work, has been forced out of the Moscow theatre he led for eight years.   Serebrennikov transformed Moscow’sRead More

GUARDIAN: Alexei Navalny’s wife arrives in Germany on flight from Russia

Associates say departure of Yulia Navalnaya, wife of jailed opposition leader, is temporary Yulia Navalnaya boarded a Lufthansa flight that left the Russian capital at 4.15pm local time on Wednesday afternoon.Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images Luke Harding Wed 10 Feb 2021  The wife of the jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in Germany on a flight from Moscow. Yulia Navalnaya touched down at Frankfurt am Main airport on Wednesday evening on a Lufthansa flight, German magazine Spiegel reported in its online edition. The reasons for her departure are unknown.Read More

Mike Pence was the 46th President of the United States for 1 day

Michael Richard Pence (June 7, 1959 – ) is an American politician who served as the 46th President of the United States from 2019 until 2021, making his administration the fourth shortest in American history, and the shortest of those presidents who did not die in office (709 days). He had previously served as the 48th Vice President of the United States from 2017 to 2019 under the presidency of Donald J. Trump, assuming the presidency upon his resignation on February 11, 2019. Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Pence graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the Indiana University RobertRead More

The Down Side to Life in a Supertall Tower

The Down Side to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks 432 Park, one of the wealthiest addresses in the world, faces some significant design problems, and other luxury high-rises may share its fate. Resident complaints at 432 Park, once the tallest residential building in the world, and a symbol of the luxury condo boom of the last decade, are revealing strife inside one of the city’s most secretive and exclusive towers.Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times By Stefanos Chen The nearly 1,400-foot tower at 432 Park Avenue,Read More

New York in The Winter

Think Snowstorms Are Rough Now? Check Out These Vintage New York Blizzards Severe winter weather was bad for the people and worse for the horses. “Storm Played No Favorites with Men or Beasts,” an editor wrote in 1914 as part of a winter-misery photo spread titled “New Yorkers Playthings in the Blizzard’s Grip.” If you think shoveling your car out is a pain, imagine coaxing a horse from its stable into a driving snowstorm. Over the course of the 20th century, the number of horses in New York would dwindleRead More

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