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Millennials Don’t Know About the Horrors of the Thirty Years War, and That’s Bad!

Today’s post is a guest column from the Heritage Foundation’s Glen Billings*

The 23rd of May next year will mark the 400th anniversary of the Defenestration of Prague, an event that many see as the spark which ignited The Thirty Years War, Europe’s most destructive war prior to the two world wars of the 20th century. In fact, it was considered to be the worst catastrophe ever to befall Germany until the Second World War. And yet few millennials know anything about the suffering and pain caused by this pivotal conflict.

In a recent survey conducted by the Victims of Religious Wars of the Early Modern Era, 54% of millennial respondents said that they preferred to live under the rule of a Holy Roman Emperor than in our free market capitalist system. A further 45 percent said they “mostly agree” with the Catholic League, and one out of five millennial respondents said they considered Imperial military leader Albrecht von Wallenstein to be a “hero.”

This is extremely disheartening to see in our modern era, in a time when proponents of restoring the Holy Roman Empire and spreading the Catholic faith by fire and sword are experiencing a surge in popularity and influence not seen in nearly four centuries. If youth are not made aware of the slaughter, the looting, the destruction of towns and villages, the witch hunts, pestilence, and famine that were caused by that horrendously bloody conflict so long ago, it isn’t a stretch to say they might fall for the false promises of Catholic populists who claim to have all the answers. We could very well travel down that same road again, and the results will not be pretty.

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I see so many ignorant teenagers at the mall wearing t-shirts with this tyrant’s face on them. They have no idea. 

American youth, not being European, are particularly at risk, which is why the same public education system people like me constantly deride and try to defund on a regular basis needs to step up to the plate and do a better job of educating our youth about the horrors of the Thirty Years War and the ideas that led to it. I would suggest making room in the course syllabus by removing more trivial episodes in history, such as the genocide of the Americas’ indigenous peoples, slavery, European colonization of Africa, the Civil Rights struggle, the Vietnam War, and especially that Iraq War people keep bringing up for some incomprehensible reason. Youth need to be taught what matters, and what matters is that we live in a great, prosperous liberal democratic free market capitalist Republic which is the best system on Earth and always will be till the end of our sun and human life itself.  And we have the Peace of Westphalia to partially thank for that.

If we fail to learn from history, we are sure to repeat it. The sad thing is that modern youth live in such wonderful prosperity, with unprecedented stability and real prospects for a satisfying life, and yet so many of them seem to desire the religious persecution and authoritarianism of the Holy Roman Empire. They may soon get just that.

 

 

 

 

*Real author’s note. Glenn Billings does not actually exist and is a fictional character. Therefore this entire piece is SATIRE and you cannot possibly criticize it or make any judgments about me or my values based on the content of what I write. This is an entirely rational thing to believe. 

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The Discourse: American Politics Prior to Russian Meddling

Conservative Republican: I am terribly sorry, my liberal Democrat friend, but I cannot agree with your assessment of the Obama administration. I find many of his so-called accomplishments highly specious, and dubious at best. Therefore I must express my disapproval when I see that your favored candidate, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, seems to wish to carry on with the status quo. I do believe I shall support Donald Trump, for in spite of his brash mannerisms, he does seem to be shaking things up in the political scene, and is such a shift not long overdue? I would put it to you that it is!

Liberal Democrat: I cannot agree. The country needs stability, and as I said, contrary to some of the critics on your tough yet fair Fox News channel, Obama has secured incremental growth while stabilizing the situation post-2008 collapse. I can provide you with figures you can peruse at your leisure. I think you’ll find them every bit as compelling as the facts and figures I provided you with when we last debated political matters.

Conservative Republican: Indeed I will concede your point on that. You certainly made a compelling case during that previous discussion and in spite of my party affiliation and differing political views, I cannot remain in denial about something which is supported by such irrefutable evidence. Though I must say I think I have plenty of hard data of my own to challenge your assertions regarding the Obama administration and its efficacy. If you don’t mind, good sir, I must check my phone. It appears I have some notifications.

Oh what’s this? An advertisement on my Facebook feed?

Liberal Democrat: Yes, I too seem to have a notification. And I see an ad as well. Let us both read these ads, for if we see them, we were surely targeted by Facebook’s innovative algorithms. Therefore these ads are far more likely to appeal to us and our tastes.

Seconds pass…

Conservative Republican: Maybe you want to explain why KILLARY murdered thirty Christian child sex slaves in Benghazi to please her Marxist-Fascist Muslim Kenyan usuprer master OBUMMER, you lib-cuck America-hating pansy! Get out of my country and take your Shakira law with you! FEMINISM IS CANCER AND THERE ARE ONLY TWO GENDERS!!!

Liberal Democrat: Your dog-whistle racism is coming through loud and clear, you dumb hick redneck jackass! I’m voting for Jill Stein!!!

Indistinct screaming…

Morgan Freeman: Does this sound like a comedy sketch to you? Well guess what…this is what actually happened when Russia divided America in 2016. We are at war…

 

Study Finds RT and Sputnik Audience Consists Entirely of Western ‘Anti-Disinfo’ Pundits (SATIRE!)

NEW YORK- A new study by the Institute for Obscure Media has found that the most regular consumers of news from the Russian outlets RT and Sputnik are Western pundits who write about “Kremlin disinformation.” According to the study, this segment consists of about two dozen individuals.

“We found a strong correlation between those who said they consume RT and Sputnik ‘very frequently,’ and those who answered ‘strongly agree’ to the statement ‘I believe Russia is waging a hybrid information war to destroy the West, and I must warn them about it, though my words often go unheeded, not unlike those of Cassandra in The Iliad,'” said Dr. Steven Kleiner, who conducted the study.

Dr. Kleiner said that all such respondents listed their occupation as journalist, commentator, info-warrior, or “patriot.”

“All other respondents said they’d only seen maybe ‘a couple of their videos on Youtube,'” Kleiner said.

According to the survey, the most common response was “What is RT?”

Eric MacGruder, one of the survey’s participants and a self-proclaimed “Anti-Active Measures Operative” since late November 2016, explained how he started watching RT and Sputnik “religiously” after the presidential election, which he says was rigged by the Russians.

“Of course I watch a lot of RT,” MacGruder said. “They put coded messages into a lot of the programs. These are cues to their operatives in the US and other Western countries.”

MacGruder explained that the cues are “number codes which can be deciphered using certain mathematical algorithms.” He claims his knowledge of QBasic helped him create a special program which operates on those algorithms in order to decode the messages he gets from RT.

Jan Novak from the Czech Republic was another respondent who said that he “constantly” watches RT and Sputnik as part of his job, which is aspiring director of a new European-based anti-propaganda think tank.

“Oh sure, some people say we have enough of those already, enough fact checking organizations and so-forth, but we need more, or at least one more with someone like me in charge,” Novak said, while typing up a grant proposal on his PC.

“People who say that we are exaggerating about the threat of Russian information war are basically saying Russia’s not a threat at all. They’re saying that Russia’s harmless and Putin is a wonderful leader. That’s the only possible conclusion you can draw from any objection to my claims whatsoever. I am a sane, rational person.”

RT frequently boasts about its high number of views on Youtube, which currently stands at 5 billion views if you combine all the videos on all the Youtube channels the network runs. This is only 11 billion fewer views than PewDiePie, an adult male who screams at video games while occasionally being a flaming racist. Currently, RT’s most popular video is about a homeless man and his remarkable singing talent, which has 40 million views to date.

RT is also rivaled on Youtube by another “RT,” which stands for Rooster Teeth. This comedy gaming channel boasts over 5 billion views.

The study concludes with the recommendation that RT and Sputnik should deliberately target the “pundit and think tank academic” community in order to build up a reliable audience, and that the networks’ current base of approximately 24 frequent viewers could serve as the “foundation” for a future larger following.

RIP Heart of Texas, the Facebook Page Only for REAL Texas!

A big TEXAS-sized HOWDY to all the proud Texans out there who are REALLY from the Texas just like I, the admin of this Facebook page is! You must like this page if you are agree what Texas should to be free and INDEPENDENT!

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If you are a REAL TEXAS, you know we have special unique culture. We are liking Dr. Pepper very much! We hate the Clintons and they’re neocon lies! We see Russia as natural ally in our struggle because Texas is a BIG STATE and Russia is BIG COUNTRY! We do NOT want Hilary Clinton to make our BEAUTIFUL STATE into another Benghazi!

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We are actual Texan Americans who are very proud of our BIG STATE! State flower is blue bonnet. Hurricanes are happened some times, but it’s okay because the LONE STAR STATE can take it! People say our page admin doesn’t speak proper English. Lies! Our page admin is ACTUAL TEXAS and speaks TEXAS English dialect perfectly. His vocabulary is as big as his huge Texan ten-litre cowboy hat.

Rest of United States is boring or full of Yankee imperialists! We need a referendum on independence, just like the totally legitimate and legal referendum in Crimean peninsula, which wanted to join Russia. Our new independent state can recognize this referendum and make alliance with Russia against the Yankee NATO dogs! GLORY TO TEXAS! GOD BLESS IT!

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Texas cuisine is the best. I like most BBQ ribs, hot dogs, hot sauce, and different types of Texas American food. If you are a real Texas, so do you! If not- GET OUT, YANKEE!!!

Speaking of real Texans- you know how sometimes in Texas it’s raining a lot in one area, but not in another? That’s because our beautiful state is SO BIG! Texans will know what I’m talking about! They also know WE NEED INDEPENDENCE from bad federal government. Also when Texas will be FREE, we must end those bad sanctions on Russia. Those are Obama’s sanctions!

Texas has oil industry, Russia has big oil industry. We together can have VERY BIG OIL industry with help of Rosneft. Get your sanctions out of our country, Obama!

Like this page if you are a true Texan and your love of your home state is as deep as object which is lodged deep in the heart of Texas! TEXAS WILL BE FREE AND INDEPENDENT! GOD BLESS TEXAN!

 

 

 

 

Guest Column: #TrumpRussia – Doing the Math

Today’s post is by Rick Chaplet, Twitter personality, motivational speaker, life coach, and management consultant. Enjoy

True patriots, the time has come to end this charade that currently calls itself #TheResistance. I have been monitoring the investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia ties ever since 2015, and it has become abundantly clear that the very same people who bill themselves as truthseekers and patriots against Russia’s legion of Cyrillic kompromat specialists are themselves nothing but useful idiots of the Chekists. Louise Mensch, Eric “Game Theory” Garland, John Schindler- all dupes of Team Deza.

How do I know? Well it’s quite simple, folks. I’m ahead of the game. While they’re playing checkers, I’m playing Super Mario Land 2: The Six Golden Coins on a Game Boy I bought off eBay. That’s why I’m able to spot the inconsistencies and subtle flaws in their so-called “investigations,” and more importantly I’m able to add it all up in order to see the big picture, which is in fact a mosaic whose tiles are tiny puzzle pieces. Any single piece, i.e. flaw, is meaningless when taken by itself. But woven together they make a Persian rug with an unmistakable design. I’m here to tie those threads together for you now.

I have expertise in such matters, more importantly, I have the key that unlocks the puzzle. You see Garland promised his “game theory” would explain the cat’s cradle-like connections between Trump and Putin, but he left out the map that leads to the treasure at the end of the rainbow- mathematics! And I can assure you, dear truthseeker- that was no accident. He left it out on purpose because his KGB masters in the Lubyanka. They wanted him to lead you astray. Well I’m here to bring you back on the path towards the pot of gold that lies at the end of the rainbow and is full of truth, not gold. Strap yourself in because you’re about to crash through the looking glass like an 80’s action hero as you tumble down a rabid rabbit hole of an investigation fueled solely by Country Time Lemonade and crystal meth.

The code is the in the numbers, people. You focus on the letters, the words, and you miss everything. That’s what Mensch, Garland, Schindler, and the whole Maskirovka Menagerie want you to miss. They spell it out- I add it up. Let’s start with the basics.

First we start with the two main players in the game, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. T-R-U-M-P is five letters, P-U-T-I-N is also five letters. This proves Trump’s collusion with Putin so decisively I could just as well end this investigation right here, but I’m going to do you one better and run everything down for you in lurid detail, because America demands that I do nothing less.

DONALD = Six letters.

VLADIMIR = Eight letters.

No match, right? WRONG! If we render the name Donald in its original Irish Gaelic, we get DONAILDH- the missing letters add up to eight!

So what we have here are two inextricably linked players in the game whose names add up to the same amount of letters. But what happens when we add them together?

PUTIN = 5

TRUMP = 5

5 + 5 = 10

What is the significance of the number ten, in Russian culture? Ten is the traditional number of dolls in the Russian matryoshka or nesting doll. You might be surprised to learn that matryoshkya is in fact an earlier, Old Russian word for maskirovka, which roughly translates as “pee tape blackmail operation.” You might be surprised, but not me, because I study this stuff for a living. I poured my heart and soul into this investigation because I love my country more than I love living with my wife and 8-year-old daughter or even just being within 200 yards of them. I’m sorry honey, but I told you and Ashley not to come between me and the republic. You were warned.

Moving on.

Now we must add Vladimir to Irish Donald.

VLADIMIR = 8

DHONALDH = 8

8 + 8 = 16 < Keep this in mind.

Vladimir translates roughly to “ruler of the world” or “ruler of the peace.” It’s pretty clear Putin wants to become the former, and ever since his KGB days in Dresden he has had a plan to compromise a US president because it’s the only way he could ever realize his goal. But it turns out there are some other famous Russians with the first name Vladimir. Ever hear of this obscure guy named VLADIMIR LENIN? It’s fine if you haven’t. I wouldn’t expect you to know him. I do, however. Lenin’s revolution led to the creation of the Soviet Union. Now most people think the Soviet Union consisted of 15 Soviet Socialist Republics. Well guess what- at one time they had something called the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic, giving the Union a total of…remember that figure from earlier? SIXTEEN. But we’ve only scratched the surface. We must go deeper. The only way to get to where we’re going is by going through the planet core.

We already mentioned Lenin, first name VLADIMIR. Who was, up until recently when he became a liability, Trump’s right hand man in the White House? Steve Bannon. Bannon, once called himself a Leninist. I don’t know how he could have made it any clearer. Now let’s take Bannon’s name and crunch the numbers.

BANNON = 6 letters

KGB = 3 letters

GRU = 3 letters

KGB + GRU = 6 letters Q.E.D.

Is it starting to add up now, dear readers? Am I still a “nutjob,” Anne? AM I? WHY WON’T YOU ANSWER MY EMAILS? THE COURT ORDER SAYS NOTHING ABOUT EMAILS?! 

Speaking of emails, let’s go to the money shot of Russia’s 2016 election black op- the hacking of the DNC and the leak of their internal emails.

In order to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s impending victory, the Russians had to not only hack her emails, but also create a massive dezinformatsiya operation to increase the severity. For example, they spread the rumor that the Democrats were running a child sex slavery ring out of a DC restaurant known as Comet Ping Pong Pizza. In reality, there is a child sex slave ring that runs out of the basement of a restaurant, but it’s actually run by the Russian FSB (today’s successor to the KGB, which Putin used to work for) and it’s a Denny’s, not a pizza joint. But I digress. Obviously a restaurant that traffics in child sex slaves would only appeal to one target demographic- pedophiles. There once was a really famous book about a pedophile called Lolita. The author’s first name? VLADIMIR!  Are the scales falling from your eyes yet? Are you starting to see the big picture or are you still floundering about in haze generated by a Chekist smoke machine?

Back to the numbers. EMAIL is five letters. TRUMP = Five letters. PUTIN = Five letters. Add them all up:

5 + 5 + 5 = 15

Fifteen- the number of union republics in the Soviet Union throughout most of its existence. That’s not just a solid thread, it’s a strand of high-tensile piano wire linking Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin so tightly that any denier who might try to ride a motorcycle of doubt underneath would be decapitated by THE TRUTH.

Getting back to the campaign, Russia had another secret ace up its sleeve- racism. You see, America has always been about different ethnic and religious groups getting along in harmony and celebrating freedom together. So much so that just writing that sentence nearly brings a tear to my eye. Oh sure, there’s been some grumbling in the past, but on the whole it has been a long roller coaster ride of liberty and justice for all. The problem is that the Russians, first as the Soviet Union and then as Putin’s Russia AKA USSR 2.0, have always sought to amplify discontent into calls for revolution. The last time such activity peaked was back in the 1960’s, when Team Deza started running psyops on American soil. Luckily a great liberal and a true believer in the national security state named Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to realize his dream of equality for all. On that day, he defeated racism in America once and for all. That is until 2015, when Putin’s resurgent Russia resurrected racial hatred from the dead like a necromancer or Zeus in the classic Sega side-scroller Altered Beast.

Obviously Russia’s new intel assets in the United States had to be careful about being identified, so they used coded symbols and terminology. The Pepe frog and words like “cuck” (slang for ‘comrade,’ a term of address in the SOVIET UNION) are examples of these tactics. Again- do the math.

PEPE = four letters

CUCK = four letters

4 + 4 = eight letters

Whose name has eight letters? Oh right? VLADIMIR Putin’s name!

It only gets more frightening from here on out, folks.

We already established that VLADIMIR is eight letters. What is the eighth letter of the alphabet? It’s H. Neo-Nazis often use the number 88, because it is HH, for “Heil Hitler.” Putin. Hitler. Alt-right Nazis.

But there’s more. Look at the word ‘racism.’ The C is pronounced like an S, just like in Cyrillic, an alphabet associated with authoritarianism and designed so as to suppress individual thought. Suppose we pronounce the A like the A in ‘father.’ RAS-ism. Now what is Russia called in the Russian language? ROSSIYA. Doesn’t that sound like our word ‘racism,’ only with a different ending? Also, RACISM and ROSSIYA are the same amount of letters if you had the silent Latin H to the former, making it HRACISM.

It’s screaming right in your face, the same way I screamed at Anne, but she wouldn’t believe me because the Chekists must have gotten kompromat on her just like they get it on everybody.

Everybody but me, that is. That’s because I’m off the grid. Everything’s encrypted. I won’t even look at an image of Putin because I know the FSB inserts micro-print hypnotic messages into every official photo of the Ke-Ge-Beshnik-in-chief.

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Viewed safely through a special lens I crafted myself, I can tell you that the pattern in the tie contains the repeated message “Kill your wife and daugher, Rick. Do it and you’ll be free.” Nice try, Team Deza. 

Everything in existence is reducible to numbers. Everything can be explained by math one way or another. All the nonsense of the Kremlin-operated media like CNN or MSNBC that talks of business ties and hotels in Moscow is nothing but pablum- pig slop fed to the sheeple who jostle for a spot at the trough of dezinformatsiya. The numbers are what tie the whole thing together like a rug in the middle of a room.

Anyone who tells you they understand Trump’s Russia ties without mention the code is a false prophet- plain and simple. And since we live in a world where coincidences area thing of the past, you can bet they’re trying to distract you on purpose. Why? because their part of the system- Russia’s 100-year-old system of global covert operations. Their agents are numerous and can be anybody you can imagine. Doctors, lawyers, policemen, your neighbor, a fast-food cashier, the guy who spends too much time at the bus stop near my house, divorce lawyers, court-appointed anger management therapists- anyone. Trust no one, not even me. The computer you’re reading this on could have been compromised by the Chekists using their ingenious malware tools such as Kaspersky Labs, Vkontakte, and Bonzi Buddy. I recommend you destroy the device you read this on and be sure to boil its storage hardware for 30 minutes before smashing it. Anything less and you could become a target too.

I must go now. I know that Team Deza will stop at nothing to silence me. I’ve already got a bug-out bag and several disguises. In 48 hours I’ll be a ghost, like I never existed. I can only apologize to the two women in my life for the sacrifices I had to make for the sake of our great nation. I love you, Anne, and my precious daughter Ashley, but there’s another woman in my life who is under threat, and her name is Lady Liberty.

And VLADIMIR PUTIN, if you’re reading this, I only have one thing to say to you- My name is Rick Chaplet, don’t forget it. All your nefarious plans are about to go down in flames, and I’m the guy with the match!

 

Rick Chaplet was a motivational speaker, life coach, and management consultant who made a living advising executives from Fortune 500 companies, including some of the most innovative Silicon Valley tech firms. After sending this article to be published on Russia Without BS, Chaplet was tragically shot and killed by police after he barricaded himself in a Denny’s restaurant which he claimed was actually an FSB front for a child sex trafficking ring. Investigators refuted Chaplet’s claim, stating that while the management of the restaurant was in fact found to be using the facility as cover for a sex trafficking business, there was no evidence connecting them to Russian intelligence services. 

This post is dedicated to the memory of Richard Chaplet, 1976-2017. RIP

Rally for Free Speech! *

Greetings fellow liberty lovers! In case some of you are not aware, in the near future I will be moving back to the United States for some time, and given the imperiled state of free speech in my homeland, my return cannot come soon enough!

Let’s face it, America has long been suffering under the jackboot of freedom-hating political correctness! People are being locked up just for sharing or even liking posts on social media! No wait…That’s in Russia. But it certainly could be America any day now, and the only way to avoid this fate is to stand up for free speech in all its forms.

This is why I’m announcing the planning phase for the American Islamic State and Al Qaeda Rally for Free Speech, to be held in New York City’s scenic Central Park. This entirely peaceful and non-violent rally will allow American and America-based supporters of the Islamic State and Al Qaeda to put aside their differences and voice their support for the creation of a Wahhabist Sunni Islamic society under Sharia law.

Now I can already hear legions of anti-free speech Stalins objecting to this expression of personal liberty. Many of them will say that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are terrorist groups. Well that may very well be true of some self-proclaimed members of the Islamic State, as well as some members of Al Qaeda. But if there is an American citizen who is sympathetic to either of those organizations and yet at the same time is a totally law-abiding taxpayer, why should they be denied their First Amendment rights just because some other supporters of said organizations outside the US went to extremes? Also, just because these fine people want to impose their interpretation of Sunni Islamic law doesn’t necessarily mean this would entail violence. It’s entirely possible that the vast majority of Americans will willingly accept this transition to a Wahhabist, Sharia-based society. Many others may choose to vote with their feet and move. There’s no reason to assume that American Islamic State and Al Qaeda supporters are advocating violence unless they explicitly state that they are. Opinions don’t kill anyone.

And if any Social Justice Warriors out there try to point out that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have regularly carried out violent attacks and atrocities, I would remind them that every story has two sides, and most people these days would caution against trusting the so-called “mainstream media.” Is it right to pronounce these organizations guilty without listening to their supporters’ defense? Have they no right to tell their side of the story? If that’s what you think, maybe you’d be more at home in STALINIST RUSSIA than America. I’ll say it again- freedom…of…speech. The Founders didn’t stutter.

I look forward to the support of the Youtube skeptic and atheist community when it comes to promoting and popularizing this rally for free speech. I know that while many of these personalities have made their careers from criticizing and mocking Islam in all forms, they are also people who live by the dictum of “I disagree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it!”

More than any other demonstration in recent years, the American Islamic State/Al Qaeda Rally for Free Speech will serve as the highest affirmation of Americans’ commitment to the Constitution and its First Amendment. Dates to be announced soon. I hope to see you there! Otherwise you’re a libtard cucklord Commie Cultural Marxist PC SJW who hates free speech! Praise KEK!

 

 

*For those whose ability to detect sarcasm is diminished, and in particular those who work in law enforcement or the intelligence community, this post is STRICTLY SATIRICAL. 

Fake News!

If you read the intro to this site, you’ll see it mentions how I often use humor and satire. Typically, the latter involves writing Onion-style articles which I deliberately make as absurd as possible so people will hopefully recognize them as satire. Alas, sometimes that doesn’t happen.

A couple days ago I posted a satirical article about Russia unveiling a monument to Ukrainian nationalist leader Roman Shukhevych in Moscow as a retaliation against Poland’s destruction of Soviet WWII monuments. I thought the idea of Russia erecting such a monument would be sufficiently absurd as to mark the article as satire, but turns out I was wrong. As it happens, some people mistook it for a real story, especially after it was accidentally reposted on StopFake with no disclaimer that it was satire. I won’t name which country I’m talking about, but I will only say that it borders Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Germany, and it has a bi-color flag.

Just for the record, Russia did not erect a 10 meter tall statue of Roman Shukhevych.*

In the future I’ll put the satire disclaimers on such articles, but as a rule of thumb if you see something on this site which is written as a news article- that’s satirical. I’m not Paul Goble, who for some reason inexplicably puts locators (the same locator every time) in his blog posts. If anyone wants to see all of my satirical posts, there’s a category for that on the right-hand side.

Thanks and I apologize for the mix-up, Po- er…uh…unnamed Slavic country.

 

 

*The monument is actually 15 meters tall.