The fraught relationship between Russia and Poland is playing out in an unexpected way: in a conflict over a board game. Russian authorities have decided that a popular Polish game that has been dubbed “Communist Monopoly” disseminates anti-Soviet content, and thus should not be sold in Russia’s stores.
The Russian version of the “Queue,” which simulates the experience of shopping in the empty stores of communist-era Poland, was released in Russia in November 2015. Several months later, the country’s consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor informed the game’s Polish producer TREFL that if it does not change the historical content of the game, it would have to take all of its products that are on the Russian market out of circulation, according to IPN, the Polish historical institute behind the game. IPN says that Russians have been allegedly filing complaints to authorities, outraged by a negative description of the communist system, and by the information that the Soviet Union had forcibly installed a communist regime in another country. For Poles, who lived under a Soviet-backed communist regime for nearly five decades, the historical irony is palpable.
IPN refuses to make the changes, and so “Queue” is no longer available in stores in Russia. […]
“Queue” was released in Poland in 2011, with translations into five languages. It aims to show a younger generation of Poles the exasperation of everyday life in communist-era Poland. Players have to buy all the products on their shopping lists in the five stores in the neighborhood–or on the black market. They have to wait for the products to be re-stocked, and in order to advance in the line, they can use cards such as “mother with child.” The game quickly became a hit, drawing long lines to get one, ironically.
PayPal has no problem doing business with oodles of countries where “Death to Gays” isn’t a just a slogan but a reality.
No, I guess that allowing American women and girls to have space where they don’t have to be confronted with naked male genitalia of strangers – restroom or locker room – is just something the PayPal Patriarchy cannot abide.
Sorry for dropping out for a bit … between computer issues (damn you, Microsoft!), countdown to BabyWatch 2016 (#3 preggers with her first, (a girl!) and due in 5 weeks, I’ve been in high-alert grandma mode – co-hostessing a baby shower, finishing a crocheted blanket, did 3 watercolor paintings for nursery … eek) and being generally put off by politics …
… on the other hand, my 87 y/o dad is having a ball … he says as nasty as this all is, it doesn’t quite compare to the Truman/Dewey match up of 1948. In addition, he states listening to Sanders is deja vu to Norman Thomas. Commie Thomas was very popular with the college kids of the day; though since Dad was just starting college at 20 y/o after three years in the army (46-48 in Japan), he figured they were all as sheltered snowflakes as today’s Bernardistas. Dad says this is the most entertaining election he’s experienced.
Yes, entertaining is the word he uses. Heh.
I’ll be back soon … have a couple of other projects that got severely delayed and I need to attend to them. It means a little extra scratch towards our trip to Japan this fall. (yes, I’m also spending time each day learning conversational Japanese, punishment glutton that I am)
Please, I know many of you have posting privileges. Get crackin’!
Rumors are not proof.
The National Enquirer piece only reports the existence of rumors.
A political candidate who is the target of a hit piece published by the close friend of an opponent is under no obligation to issue the precise form of denial demanded by supporters of said opponent.
Name that religion/ideology!
As many as 31 people were killed and more than 100 injured as coordinated terrorist suicide bombings rocked the Brussels airport and subway system during rush hour Tuesday morning in the Belgian capital.
The attacks at Zaventem Airport, where 11 people were reportedly killed, and the metro station in the Maelbeek section near the European Union headquarters, where the mayor’s office said 20 were killed, were almost immediately confirmed as terrorism. The attack at the airport was reportedly accompanied by shouts in Arabic and gunfire, and an unexploded suicide belt was reportedly found in the aftermath.
“What we feared has happened, we were hit by blind attacks,” said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
“We are at war,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday. “We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”
The attacks, which Belgian authorities said were suicide bombings, came four days after the main suspect in the November Paris attacks was arrested in Brussels, and even as Brussels was braced for new attacks.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. A source told Fox News that a credible ISIS social media account posted the message, “Mosul revenge for the Kuffar capital Brussels,” but it was not definitive that the terror group was behind the attacks.
The bombings in the European Union capital are certain to add new fire to the raging debate over refugees from Muslim nations where terrorist groups are active.
Obama is being cozy in Cuba, pretending that the Cuban
prisoners citizens will benefit in any way. Nevermind that there is nothing Cuba has to offer America at all. This is IWonPenPhones Legacy Tour and is a sop to all his Che-shirt-wearing Choom gangbangers wherever they are, or at what university they teach at, today.
And here on the eve of the DOJ/FBI taking Apple to court there’s an Emily Litela nevermind moment. I suspect the timing.
You see, the Feds have a lot of time on their hands, seeing that there is a whole body of law Obama has instructed them to ignore …
A top Homeland Security official told Border Patrol agents the Obama administration has “no intention of deporting” many of the illegal immigrants caught trying to sneak into the country, ordering instead that they be released so they don’t clog up the courts, a leading advocate for agents testified to Congress. […]
Immigration agents have complained for several years that Mr. Obama has tied their hands, forcing them to release illegal immigrants who should have been easy deportation cases.
The country is in the best of hands.
“Want to dance?”
She had spotted him through the gym doors. Others made fun of his silence, bowed head and shuffling gait.
But she had math with him, watching him when he didn’t know. He was no dummy.
She moved closer, put her hands on his shoulders. “No one can see us out here. It’s a slow dance, easy.”
He looked up, his cornflower-blue eyes alight with wicked, scary intelligence. He placed his hands lightly about her waist.
So lost in his eyes, she missed the point where their feet left the ground & they danced above the tree tops.
Now, your turn.
Don’t accept Windows 10.
Waste of skin female states her cousin had no choice but to burglarize to get money for school, clothes, etc. Blames homeowner who shot & killed him during confrontation when burglarizing.
Relatives of a 17-year-old are angry the teenager was shot and killed by a homeowner who police say was protecting her property.
The sister of the teen who died identified him as Trevon Johnson. She said he was a student at D. A. Dorsey Technical College.
“I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law… way beyond,” said Johnson’s cousin Nautika Harris. “He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals… he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning.” […]
“You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” said Harris. “You have to understand… how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.”
If you raise a kid to be a thug, he may meet a thug’s end.
It’s the principles, stupid.