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Realtively fresh notes from Russkij traveller.
Part I. American interface.

The only thing absent in America is freedom.
America lives by rules and laws. It's very comfortable. Requirements are equal for all. Law-abiding person is welcomed, tresspassing is under punishment. Exectutions of laws and observance of rules are acheived by two ways: physically and logically. High fence with barbed wire on doesn't just inform you that entrance is prohibited, the fence hinders you to go through.
The most remarkable example of physical observance of the law is the system of American roads. All the roadways in the country are built so that you cannot drive on the opposite lanes.
Whether the opposite lane is hundred meters aside or it is separated with solid barrier (small streets are painted with flagging, of course).
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Physical hindrances are spang-full. In this sense America may be compared with any state, which is commonly named totalitarian. From ubiquitous fences to gates capable to shut down any road any time. They aren't used every day, but they exist.
However physical hindrances are not so interesting as logical ones and we are going to look into the latter.

The words in America make sense and work. That's why everything everywhere is being pronounced out loud, written out into a code of practice and put up as instructions.
Depending on one's wishes, instructions may be foreright or may be sly.

Say, a jeep driver, parked on this lot would spent some 40 dollars for half an hour because the tax and then the fee would have turned out to be sly, and the size of auto would be an extra-fee etc.
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That's one of the reasons why Americans have "small font", it's used for all non-ads part of every ad. Here the relationship is possible based on the principle "if you take this sticker, you agree with so-and-so." In Russia no sticker would have such power as here it does.
The rules of parking in town of Spocana report that when you drive on the territory , the driver signs a contract with a parking lot authorities:
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The box for money on the other parking lot. It's needed to input folded piece of money and to push it inside with a special pusher on a string.
If you won't push it inside, somebody can draw it out with his nails. So the parking will remain unpaid.
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All public places here has norms and regulations about the number of visitors.
It's clear that if restaurant gets crowded on holidays, the owner won't oppose. But if he needs to prevent somebody to enter, he will point a finger at the inscription that says acording to law over 40 people cannot stay in the place.
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And so on...

American CCCP. S2

American typicalities S2
Green Wrote:Realtively fresh notes from Russkij traveller.
Part I. American interface.

The only thing absent in America is freedom.
America lives by rules and laws. It's very comfortable. Requirements are equal for all. Law-abiding person is welcomed, tresspassing is under punishment. Exectutions of laws and observance of rules are acheived by two ways: physically and logically. High fence with barbed wire on doesn't just inform you that entrance is prohibited, the fence hinders you to go through.
The most remarkable example of physical observance of the law is the system of American roads. All the roadways in the country are built so that you cannot drive on the opposite lanes.
Whether the opposite lane is hundred meters aside or it is separated with solid barrier (small streets are painted with flagging, of course).
[Image: _MG_1285.jpg]

Physical hindrances are spang-full. In this sense America may be compared with any state, which is commonly named totalitarian. From ubiquitous fences to gates capable to shut down any road any time. They aren't used every day, but they exist.
However physical hindrances are not so interesting as logical ones and we are going to look into the latter.

The words in America make sense and work. That's why everything everywhere is being pronounced out loud, written out into a code of practice and put up as instructions.
Depending on one's wishes, instructions may be foreright or may be sly.

Say, a jeep driver, parked on this lot would spent some 40 dollars for half an hour because the tax and then the fee would have turned out to be sly, and the size of auto would be an extra-fee etc.
[Image: _MG_2547.jpg]

That's one of the reasons why Americans have "small font", it's used for all non-ads part of every ad. Here the relationship is possible based on the principle "if you take this sticker, you agree with so-and-so." In Russia no sticker would have such power as here it does.
The rules of parking in town of Spocana report that when you drive on the territory , the driver signs a contract with a parking lot authorities:
[Image: _MG_1762.jpg]
The box for money on the other parking lot. It's needed to input folded piece of money and to push it inside with a special pusher on a string.
If you won't push it inside, somebody can draw it out with his nails. So the parking will remain unpaid.
[Image: _MG_1737.jpg]
All public places here has norms and regulations about the number of visitors.
It's clear that if restaurant gets crowded on holidays, the owner won't oppose. But if he needs to prevent somebody to enter, he will point a finger at the inscription that says acording to law over 40 people cannot stay in the place.
[Image: _MG_2473.jpg]

And so on...

American CCCP. S2

American typicalities S2
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Well...

At least the top picture shows something positive. A Skoda trolleybus running on the Stockton route in San Francisco. Powered by pollution-free hydroelectric power, not contributing at all to the GW problem... And, as we all know, delivered by the Skoda Co. in Czech Republic, a trade-off of former CCCP....

/track_snake
So true S4

We live in a mechanized, impersonal society. Such is what happens when corporations and the government corral people like cattle because its more 'efficient' and 'cost-effective'.
Quote:At least the top picture shows something positive.
These notes are written by Russian to Russian readers and those who obsessed with "liberalism" (which is equal to anarchy in our country). So it should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Quote:We live in a mechanized, impersonal society.
At least Barack Obama has all chances to win the Post.
The culture is going to win the biology as one local paperman said.
American society is divided into classes. New-York and San-Fransisco are two big cosmopolitan cities. All the rest live by distinct social rules.
If a black buys a house in a white neighborhood the price on the real estate will fall. The mixed couples are rather rare, by the way and any Hollywood movie confirms this.
The conflict between whites and blacks always in the air. Blacks often behave as youngster-gangsters, who were promised not to be carried to the police and let them go to the street. They go scotfree, though similar actions on the part of whites unambiguously would be taken as minority's rights abuse.
When a black on the crosswalk sees a white in a car, he kicks down at once and slowly further he goes. Any American would tell you dozens of such stories, if you got him to talk.

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Cops and municipal workers don't behave in a hob-and-nob manner. Though instead of emphasized politeness the emphasized rule-fullfilment stands out. America is real, totalitarian at places Sovok (a derogatory term for CCCP), but it is unacceptable to talk about this.
Every government office has a portrait of Bush on the wall. Every one.
I've been taking out my credentials three times a day - in a hotel, at a gas station, at card payment. In America there is no registration on the spot you live like in Russia. Though, if a cop stopped you, he will invariably check your name in the computer.
Only here my car was ransacked with a dog and when I asked to go to a toilet, I got the permission and a flash of light in the back (so that it could be seen if I was up to escape).
Sometimes on the border between states you can think that you cross the border between two different countries.
When you come to or leave, say, Nevada you are usually stopped, your car closely watched and your face flashed with the lantern. It is called "phytosanitary control" (they watch if I carry onion from the state) and it looked like a police post between Chechnya and Dagestan.

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There is no freedom in America.
It became obvious for me in 1990, when I appeared here for the first time. I had to endure a whole year. It was a year of Kafka-style idiotism in an ordinary public school.
Every day in every school starts with the Oath to American Flag. In 6:45 you have to stand up, put your hand on the heart, listening to the speaker in the corner of a classroom and repeating the words.
If the pupil wants to go to a toilet, he/she have to take a permission paper. If you want to go to other side of the school during the classes, the teacher signs a permission paper for you. It's just a school.

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This thing on the pole is not a lantern, it's a video camera. This pole has something what I expected to encounter in some Russian town - a stupid New Year creative star.

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American shopping girl.

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One of the methods to sweep in the eatery. Chips are littered all around the place. In the noon the floor is getting cleaned. The last time I saw it was 1983 in Moscow subway.

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Sewage is very bad in America. The smell from the hatch is regular phenomenon (just for the sake of justice we can say that Europe in places is also smelly shite-wise). Though, NY is proud of the fact that vapour is coming from the earth.
In some places the car-drivers are protected from the thick vapour by specifically set tubes.

Continuation follows.
Quote:If a black buys a house in a white neighborhood the price on the real estate will fall.
Culmination of this process - Condy settled in Washington... Shock
track_snake Wrote:Well...

At least the top picture shows something positive. A Skoda trolleybus running on the Stockton route in San Francisco. Powered by pollution-free hydroelectric power, not contributing at all to the GW problem... And, as we all know, delivered by the Skoda Co. in Czech Republic, a trade-off of former CCCP....
Wrong. One of our offshoots.
quadrat Wrote:
track_snake Wrote:Well...

At least the top picture shows something positive. A Skoda trolleybus running on the Stockton route in San Francisco. Powered by pollution-free hydroelectric power, not contributing at all to the GW problem... And, as we all know, delivered by the Skoda Co. in Czech Republic, a trade-off of former CCCP....
Wrong. One of our offshoots.
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Well...

Trade-off or offshoot...

What is the difference?

Anyhow, Czech Republic stems from former Czechoslovakia which in the good old times had quite good relations with the CCCP.

/track_snake
Quote:There is no freedom in America.
It became obvious for me in 1990, when I appeared here for the first time. I had to endure a whole year. It was a year of Kafka-style idiotism in an ordinary public school.

Ahhh... so here we have it. It's so classic that I knew his history before he even explained to us. A boy unwillingly brought to the US by his parents around the time of the USSR collapse. Since he never had to live as an adult in the USSR, he has only fond memories of his former childhood, when life was easy and he was cared for by others. As part of his resentment towards being unwillingly removed from his former homeland he spends endless hours trying to show that it is not his fault he is miserable, it's America's fault. I can guarantee his writings are full of the "There is no freedom in America" mantra. And I can almost guarantee that he still lives in the US and has been planning to move back to Russia for 10+ years. But he just never seems to quite leave.

Palladin, you know the type, right? URN, Russian Alpinist, Mihail, etc.

-S

P.S. To give the boy some credit, I wouldn't want to live in the New York City area either.

P.P.S. Hey Green and bh, do you watch the Vladimir Pozner television series in which he is travelling across the US? It's a little more balanced.
S&S,

Yea,I know. Why argue with these guys,we have to build walls to keep people out,the Russians built walls to keep their "friends" in.

I will say this though,Alpinist was a good and honest gentleman,unlike this. He appreciated the freedom and opportunity his family had in America while still retaining his affinity for the Russki culture he was born into and I always liked him. Unfortunately,I said some really mean things to him in the runup to the Iraq war I severely regret now,a problem my big mouth has always caused me.
The whole idea of signs being evidence of an authoritarian state is ridiculous. There are rights and there are privileges. There are laws and there are licenses.
I thought the photo essay (especially after translation of the comments) was hilarious. Lots of tongue in cheek, in the guise of "innocent first encountering New York City or the USA" Quite odd things were picked out as exemplifying the US, as only a naif would.
bh Wrote:
Quote:If a black buys a house in a white neighborhood the price on the real estate will fall.
Culmination of this process - Condy settled in Washington... Shock
Washington is a small city/town so the damage was minimal. S6
S&S,
actually the boy has been living in Russia for at least five years as his blog goes. Can't report anything about author's younger days.
Quote:P.P.S. Hey Green and bh, do you watch the Vladimir Pozner television series in which he is travelling across the US? It's a little more balanced.
I used to watch Taratuta's small reports 10 years back, that was fun.
The only emotion it has in it was WOW. Not balanced at all.
I am sure Pozner won't be well-balanced because he was caught blindly pro-Yank many times. Wink1
OK, let's go on with the story.

The steam pours from almost every building.

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Every sideway and a street curb are grouted with cement in this country.

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Technological gaps between panels of a building are 2 cm long. It is very characteristic of US construction in particular.

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All American houses are constructed with plywood plates, between the plates the insulant is usually stuffed. If such a house gets on fire firemen don't extinguish it, they water neighboring houses.

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Here they also write "Pomoi menya".

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Americans are tastless as they come and fond of the old-mam style.
The most awful is the pattern of carpets in public places. The floor in any accomodation reminds of a pool of spew.

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I like the last picture. I don't see any signs of authoritarianism in it, though S6
Quote:I like the last picture. I don't see any signs of authoritarianism in it, though S6
It's because it was the end of part II.
More pictures about American interface, part I.

If Americans were ideal and law-abiding, they wouldn't have prisons. Or their prisons would be empty. America can be considered secure country only in some certain places which called calm cities and good wards.
So people aren't much into walking around on the streets, coming to notorious places and at nights they prefer to be inside.

To make everyone mind his own business, the rich (i.e. - white) districts of the cities put up a sign directing people to rat on suspicions types (i.e. blacks).
The presence of such a sign let an old lady to phone the police if she spots anybody she doesn't like. Besides, Americans are being taught to rat from the school time and it's not being shameful at all.
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Green Wrote:Sometimes on the border between states you can think that you cross the border between two different countries.
It is two different countries.
Green wrote:
Quote:I am sure Pozner won't be well-balanced because he was caught blindly pro-Yank many times.

It's good to hear Pozner is finally seeing the light before he dies Wink1

I was actually being sarcastic, because in the 1980s he was the biggest pro-Commie Soviet mouth in the US.

-S
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