In my opinion, it has become some kind of sophisticated fashion to lie in the media, to refute this lie and come up with a new one. Professional propagandists know that it is more difficult to refute a lie than to invent ten new ones. Propagation of distorted, if not outright false information has always been a problem for any government in any country since the time of the Babylonian kingdom. And, perhaps, since the same time, governments have been using their favourite tool to fight lies -repression.

Favourite tool, as it turned out, was completely ineffective. No matter how hard they tried in the Soviet Union to jam foreign radio stations, no matter how many distributors of "samizdat" were sent to camps, all this only led to the fact that people in the USSR stopped believing in state propaganda, but they trusted all negative rumours.

I never tire of being amazed at how carefree humanity is. Let's ask ourselves: could we imagine, raising our glasses at the festive table a year ago, that 2020 would turn out to be the year that we wouldn't even want to remember later?

Yes, two thousand and twenty year fully confirmed the notoriety of leap years. Still, epidemics and catastrophes happen in ordinary years. And all we could do to face the new challenge was to set the quarantine invented by the Venetians six centuries ago.

 

At the end of the autumn, I had the opportunity to participate in Maxim Galkin's Tonight show on Channel One. We, participants, were warned that the topic of the show would be the unusual and difficult to explain incidents that happened to us before. Well, so many unusual things happened in my life that it was most difficult for me to choose what to tell about.

When it was my turn, Maxim asked me about a meeting with aliens in the autumn of 1997. This story is well known, I am often asked to tell about it. In short: one evening, in my Moscow apartment, after watching TV and reading a little, I was about to go to bed, when suddenly something alerted me. Looking out into the corridor, I saw that a real flying saucer was hanging outside the kitchen window and a wide pipe was extending from it into the apartment. Immediately, I went through the pipe into the alien spacecraft.

 

It’s evening. All business meetings are over; the documents requiring attention have been sorted out. It remains to answer only a few letters, after which you can go home to rest. Why is there no peace of mind after a busy and fruitful day?

The answer is simple: I once again plunge into the world of news. But not only related to business. Stock prices, resignations and appointments, presentations and statements - all these help to run a business. But while browsing social networks, I suddenly came across a completely unexpected text. I will not provide you with a link, but quote it in full.

 

At the very beginning of November, scrolling through friends’ feeds on social networks, I suddenly came across a message that scientists of Indonesia had discovered a new virus that could kill a person in just a few hours. “That’s the last thing we need!” I was alarmed and decided to look for details. Fortunately, in just a couple of clicks it turned out that it was just a prank from a well-known satirical online website specializing in fictional news.

Unfortunately, I was prematurely happy. Just a few days later, a very serious news agency issued a warning to scientists about the danger of an invasion of the Nipah virus. This zoonotic disease, causing meningitis with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, is spread by bats (who else ?!) and was previously known mainly in India and Bangladesh. Now, scientists say, it is spreading fast. What's really happening?

 

On October 29, a criminal attacked the parishioners of the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice. On the same day, the police detained a man, suspected of shooting at a Greek church in Lyon. A man with a knife tried to wound a police officer In Avignon. A guard of the French consulate in Saudi Arabia was wounded. On October 30, two police officers were attacked in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

A wave of violence began on October 16 after the murder of Samuel Paty, a French middle-school teacher, in a suburb of Paris. He had shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his students. showed his students cartoons as an example of expressing freedom of speech.
Emmanuel Macron declared his commitment to freedom of speech, as well as his readiness to create an organization in France that would establish “enlightened Islam” in the country.

 

What is justice that everyone talks about, but no one really saw it? My regular readers know that I have long been promoting the idea of ​​vitacracy (from the Latin vita "life" and the ancient Greek κράτος "rule, power”, that is, "life power"). In short, it is the right to life for all. Let me remind you that this idea implies the right of every living creature to life, safety and health, and the right to development and self-realization for a human being. Is it fair? Absolutely! So why do the powers that be of this world brush off vitacracy like an annoying fly, pretending that such an idea does not exist?

To begin with, there is no vitacracy without justice. Obviously, people have been thinking about justice for a long time. Probably even long before Aristotle and Plato, who are considered the first developers of the theory of justice. Moreover, according to neuroscientists, a sense of justice is embedded in the very structure of a developed brain. Experts say that it is inherent even in animals, for example, chimpanzees.

 

Reports from the zone of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh cause great pain in our hearts. I do not want and will not now weigh the arguments of the parties on any scales. The important thing is that blood is being shed and innocent people are dying.

That is why with all my heart I welcome the results of the talks between the plenipotentiaries of Armenia and Azerbaijan on the situation in the conflict zone, which were held in Moscow at the initiative of Russia. Now it is necessary to ensure that the ceasefire agreements are strictly observed by the parties.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, supported Moscow's efforts to find options for a comprehensive peaceful settlement of existing conflicts. The need for mutual efforts was emphasized to end the bloodshed as soon as possible. The parties have to move to a peaceful resolution of all disputes on the Karabakh problem.

 

Recently, everybody start talking about how young people are deprived of social lifts, that is, the opportunity to suddenly soar to the heights of power, success and wealth today. You can't argue with that. But I will try.

A little about myself. Our family lived in Elista, and I really wanted to study in MGIMO. After graduating from Elista school No. 3 with a gold medal in 1979, I worked for a year as an assembly fitter at the Zvezda plant. During 1980 – 1982, I served in the ranks of the Soviet army in the North Caucasian military district. And in 1982 I entered MGIMO. So to speak, I have fulfilled my dream.

The army, as you know, brings all kinds of people together. And this was doubly true for the Soviet army, where I happened to pull the soldier's strap. A Russian boy from a high-mountainous Dagestan village served in our company. His father, a doctor by profession, taught him to hunt from an early age. He talked about hunting excitedly, and he was ready to talk for hours.

As a Buddhist, I certainly do not approve of the killing of any living creature - all the more so, a murder committed not to satisfy hunger, but in the excitement of hunting. But the boy talked about his hunting adventures with such knowledge of the matter, with such a love for nature that you couldn’t blame him. Had he been a little more educated, he could become if not a second Prishvin, then a second Vasily Peskov for sure.

 

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