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No, leta 1991, ko je Slovenija stopala na pot – žal le navidezne, ampak to je že druga tema –, demokracije, je bila sramotna sodba iz leta 1947, ki je uničila življenje Angele Vode in večine drugih udeležencev čarovniškega Nagodetovega procesa, končno uradno razveljavljena, Angela pa je bila posthumno oprana vseh krivd in sramote. A tudi to nikoli ne bo spremenilo dejstva, da je ta oseba morala celo življenje strahotno trpeti in na koncu ponižujoče umreti. Od lakote. Ja, od lakote. V Jugoslaviji, kjer ste vi imeli vse, kajne? Ah, verjamem, seveda ste imeli vse. Tam, čez mejo, ste res imeli vse. Tudi referenco … današnje združene levice. Ah da, ravno maja prihodnje leto bo minilo natanko 30 let, ko je Angela Vode umrla od lakote. Gospica sodnica Roblek, ki jo citiram na začetku tega sestavka, naj se malo zamisli, koliko je bilo pred 30 leti torej vredno zaupanje slovenskega sodstva!

V Jugoslaviji so ljudje umirali od lakote – Ana Jud, Časnik

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Short of reaching the Moon, today’s Russia does not have the option of new territories elsewhere. Striking back in its habitual sphere of domination only wastes resources that should go into starting afresh. Like pre-WWI Ottoman Empire (and the Austrian), Russia is stuck in the stage of half-hearted reforms alternating with retrenchment, all the while trying to recover past glory.

Like during the Ottoman decay, no external power wishes to promote a collapse of Russia – the result would be too messy and unpredictable.

Like during the Ottoman decay, no external power wishes to promote a collapse of Russia – the result would be too messy and unpredictable. Short of outside jolts, such empires can last. But external jolts do occur. Sometimes the decaying empire unintentionally triggers them by trying to strike back. Germany did not unleash the First World War; Austria did – technologically third class, poorly organized, inept but pugnacious Austria. This was akin to today’s Russia, apart from nuclear weapons, another feature Russia inherited from better days.

This is the broader framework for viewing Russia’s recent actions. We have here another case of a socio-economically decaying society, still mired in nostalgia, still waiting for its Atatürk or de Gaulle. This decaying structure is still capable of considerable mischief.

The Second Crimean War: When Decaying Empires Strike Back – Rein Taagepera, University of Tartu blog

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In sacred architecture, the building and the spaces within serve  to connect users to a deeper reality that transcends its walls. They function as a gateway from the material world to a spiritual realm–the focus is on the eternal, not the object that portends to represent it. In a secular context like Modernism, the object is the thing itself, and all meaning is tied directly to that object.

Art & Religion Need Each Other – Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

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Naj vas ne preseneti, če bo Evropa poizkuse Židana, Erjavca in vseh ostalih razumela na način, da je v dolini Šentflorjanski normalno, da revidiramo sezname, v kolikor niso iz njega izbrani kandidati, ki so po volji najmočnejšim političnim komolčarjem.

Nas moti, da se to tako dela, da je v tem najboljša ravno ona ali da nam odpira oči s pogledom v politično kloako? – Boris Meglič, Portalplus

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Ambiciozna vlada, ki bi želela delati v dobro ljudi, bi si za cilj postavila, da bo v štiriletnem mandatu davčno breme na delo zmanjšala z zdajšnjih 42,5 odstotka pod povprečje OECD (ki je 35,9 odstotka). To bi bilo najprej solidarno, saj bi vsaka odstotna točka davčne razbremenitve povprečnemu zaposlenemu prinesla 208 evrov več letnega dohodka, dobro pa bi bilo tudi za gospodarstvo, ki bi tako lažje motiviralo zaposlene in privabilo naložbe iz tujine, ki jih krvavo potrebujemo, saj razvojnega kapitala trenutno v Sloveniji pač ni dovolj. Politiki bi lahko nabirali celo javnomnenjske točke, sklepali dogovore s socialnimi partnerji o tem, koliko prihranka od sproščenih dajatev naj gre delavcem, koliko delodajalcem in kar je podobne maškarade (čeprav je trapasto, da eno in drugo sploh birokratsko delimo, saj gre tako oboje iz iste vreče tistega, kar zaposleni zasluži). Za priboljšek bi bil zadovoljen še Bruselj, ki bi opazil, da se je Slovenija končno odločila celo preseči kakšno od priporočil, ki izražajo zgolj najbolj nujno.

Državne finance: sodobnim tlačanom, 2. del – Rok Novak, Finance

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A far more serious person, the dissident Russian analyst Andrei Piontkovsky, has recently published an article arguing, along lines that echo Zhirinovsky’s threats, that Putin really is weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes — perhaps against one of the Baltic capitals, perhaps a Polish city — to prove that NATO is a hollow, meaningless entity that won’t dare strike back for fear of a greater catastrophe. Indeed, in military exercises in 2009 and 2013, the Russian army openly “practiced” a nuclear attack on Warsaw.

War in Europe is Not a Hysterical Idea – , The Washigton Post

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