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'Shot Like Partridges': The Crushing Of The Kronstadt Uprising (9 b/w photos)


A century ago, Lenin's communists turned their guns on rebelling sailors once hailed as the "pride and glory" of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Communist fighters advance across the frozen Gulf of Finland toward the port city of Kronstadt in March 1921.

Sailors of Kronstadt during the revolutionary unrest of 1917 pose with a flag vowing "Death to the bourgeoisie."

When Kronstadt sailors were allowed to return to their villages on leave, they were confronted with the contrast between what Lenin's revolutionary socialism had promised and the horrors it delivered.

Starving villagers in the Volga region in 1920. A year earlier, Lenin had mandated the seizure of food from peasants to feed his army and supply Russian cities as part of a policy of "war communism."

The list of demands issued from the Kronstadt rebels in the spring of 1921

On February 28, as thousands of workers in Petrograd were on strike, the Kronstadt sailors piled further pressure on the ruling Bolsheviks by issuing a list of demands, including the restoration of freedom of speech -- though only for their fellow radical leftists -- and for democratic elections.

Kronstadt marines during the 1921 uprising

The Bolshevik response was to issue the sailors at Kronstadt a bloodcurdling ultimatum, threatening that if they did not surrender immediately, the rebels would be "shot like partridges."

Bolshevik military commanders "discuss the suppression of the Kronstadt rebellion." A map of the island fortress can be seen in the background.

With spring approaching, the Bolshevik leadership worried that the ice around Kronstadt would melt. That would open the island fortress to resupply by sea and make the anti-communist stronghold virtually impossible to capture.

Red Army airplanes are lined up on the frozen Gulf of Finland ahead of the attacks on Kronstadt. Poor weather hampered the use of the aircraft, and their bombing runs were largely ineffective.

Bolshevik fighters, some dressed in white cloaks for camouflage, arrive on the outskirts of Kronstadt.

A Kronstadt sailor is questioned by Bolsheviks after the crushing of the rebellion.

Many of the commanders of the communist fighters would eventually suffer the same fate as the sailors. Of the four Bolsheviks who led the suppression of Kronstadt, three were later executed during Stalin's "purges." The fourth, Leon Trotsky, was killed in exile by a Stalinist assassin armed with an ice pick.

A Patriot vs a Magatriot

Nathan Hale: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." before he was hanged

Richard Barnett (Insurrectionist from Arkansas who sat in Pelosi's chair): "It's not fair! “They’re dragging this out! They’re letting everybody else out!” after he was told he would have his next hearing in May

I just wish I knew how to draw. Would work so much better as a comic strip

I now know why the Star Spangled (Mangled) Banner sounded so odd at CPAC

It was sung in the key of Q
Not many can hit those notes correctly

This is both disturbing and hysterical at the same time. (From CPAC)

If you haven't seen it here is the statue. Looks terrible and trump is not that thin
WTF is the wand for?
On edit: The sandals???

Japanese Internet cafe chain transforms into budget hotel for travellers

(PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ANN) - Japanese Internet cafes are styled differently than what is seen in the rest of the world.

For one thing, some Japanese treat them like cheap hotels, staying in them for days, even weeks. One Internet cafe chain recognised this tendency by customers, and thereby converted its shops into what's now called the "Net Room".

Manboo, one of Japan's biggest Internet cafe operators, essentially turned their cafes into affordable hotels, complete with a variety of amenities that a traveller would need, such as a private room and a bath.


And yet, staying in a Net Room can start for as low as 100 yen (S$1.25) an hour. An extended stay for a maximum of two weeks can go for around 12,600 to 14,000 yen (S$175) per week.


I'm not knocking these places. They are providing a service. But they aren't all that great.

If you go to youtube and look up "Residents living permanently in Japan's cyber-cafés - Lost in Manboo" you get a good look at some of the people who live there. They're not bad people. The stories of the man and the woman in the video are quite enlightening. I went and looked at one of the Manboos in Tokyo yesterday while I was in the city. You'd almost never guess it was an internet cafe

Joe Biden is a Member of a Surprisingly Small Club in American Politics

Joe Biden is a member of a very small club in politics that might surprise you; he is one of only six vice-presidents who have ever been elected to the presidency without a death or resignation making them president first.

While 15 vice-presidents have become president, only Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren, Nixon, Bush and Biden served presidents that survived their terms in office. All the others, the president died, was assassinated or resigned, and then they took office.

And of that group of 6, Bush was the last to follow right after the president he served under and then you have to go back to Van Buren for the previous veep to get elected to the presidency w/o a death or resignation of the president.

Other tidbits of trivia, 5 failed to get elected president on their own: Fillmore lost the 1856 election running on the Know-Nothing Party, Tyler formed his own party and lost, Andrew Johnson didn't run, Arthur dropped out when it became evident he wouldn't get the Republican nomination, Ford lost in 1976.
Fillmore was the last president who was neither a Democrat, nor a Republican
Jefferson is the only vice-President to run against the President he served under and won

For the record, the 16:

**John Adams: Vice-President to Washington. President after Washington left office

**Thomas Jefferson: Vice president to John Adams. Defeated Adams in the 1800 election

**Martin Van Buren: Served as vice president to Andrew Jackson during his second term, then was elected president

-John Tyler: President after William Henry Harrison died after just 31 days in office

-Millard Fillmore: President after Zachary Taylor died.

-Andrew Johnson: Vice president to Abraham Lincoln, he became president after Lincoln's assassination in 1865

-Chester Arthur: President after Garfield was assassinated after seven months in office

Theodore Roosevelt: President after William McKinley's assassination, then was elected to full term

Calvin Coolidge: President after Harding's death, then was elected to full term

Harry Truman: Vice president to Franklin D. Roosevelt; became president after Roosevelt's death in 1945, then was elected to full term

Lyndon Johnson: Vice president to John F. Kennedy, assumed the presidency following Kennedy's assassination in 1963, then was elected to full term

*Richard Nixon: Two terms as vice president to Dwight Eisenhower. Following presidencies of Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, was elected twice to presidency

-Gerald Ford: Appointed vice president by Richard Nixon after resignation of Spiro Agnew; became president after Nixon resigned. Ford is the only person to serve as vice president and president without being elected

**George H.W. Bush: Vice-president under Reagan. Won the 1988 election

*Joe Biden: Vice-President under Obama. Elected 4 years later in 2020

Dog crashes orchestra performance in "the cutest moment in classical music"

It's from 2017

"I Don't Trust the People Above Me": Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol In

“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection

The riot squad defending the embattled entrance to the west side of the U.S. Capitol was surrounded by violence. Rioters had clambered up the scaffolding by the stage erected for the inauguration of President Joseph Biden. They hurled everything they could get their hands on at the cops beneath: rebar, plywood, power tools, even cans of food they had frozen for extra damage.

In front of the cops, a mob was mounting a frontal assault. Its members hit officers with fists and baseball bats. They grabbed at weapons slung from the officers’ waists. They unleashed a barrage of M-80 firecrackers. Soaked in never-ending streams of bright orange bear spray, the officers choked on plumes of acrid smoke that singed their nostrils and obscured their vision.
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One officer in the middle of the scrum, a combat veteran, thought the rioters were so vicious, so relentless, that they seemed fueled by methamphetamine. To his left, he watched a chunk of steel strike a fellow officer above the eye, setting off a geyser of blood. A pepper ball tore through the air over his shoulder and exploded against the jaw of a man in front of him. The round, filled with chemical irritant, ripped the rioter’s face open. His teeth were now visible through a hole in his cheek. Blood poured out, puddling on the pavement surrounding the building. But the man kept coming.


Many of the officers were speaking to reporters for the first time about the day’s events, almost all anonymously for fear of retribution. That they spoke at all is an indication of the depth of their frustration over the botched response. ProPublica also obtained confidential intelligence bulletins and previously unreported planning documents.


Why Are Ravens Kept At The Tower Of London?

Cross-examination of alleged Capitol insurrectionist's father takes a turn

A laughable turn

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