Month: March 2022

For once a legal decision that isn’t Queer

Paivi Maria Rasanen was accused of inciting homophobia due to quoting the Bible and stating that marriage was a union between man and woman. A Helsinki court has dismissed all charges against former Finnish minister Paivi Rasanen and Lutheran bishop Juhan Pohjoli in a trial portrayed as a major litmus test for freedom of speech that garnered international attention.

The report of my death was an exaggeration

How does the Russian economy feel under the burden of new unprecedented sanctions? Much better than one might think, notes The Economist. Although the West has effectively unleashed an ‘economic war’ using the Russian special operation in Ukraine as an excuse to curb Russia as a trading power, by banning the supply of a wide range of goods and forcing large companies to leave the Russian market, as well as freezing up to 60% of the foreign reserves of the Russian Central Bank together, it seems that this strategy no longer leads to the desired results. 

The End of Dollar Dominance and Catastrophe for the Euro

‘When will the Russian ruble be tied to gold? It’s a matter of time (perhaps it has already happened). The Central Bank of Russia already announced a few days ago that it was buying up gold at a fixed price. The tax on the purchase of gold by individuals has been abolished. You don’t have to be a top-level financial analyst to understand where all this is leading up to.

Ultra-Nationalists form Suicide Squads and prepare to take civilian hostages with them

The armed forces of the Russian Federation broke through the enemy defences in a number of areas in Ukraine and continued to clean up settlements from nationalist formations. This was stated in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. According to the agency, the Ukrainian national battalions are suffering serious losses. Due to the disruption of transport communications, their ability to replenish is blocked, the ministry noted.

Need a cheap filling station go to Russia

At Russian gas stations, gasoline is becoming cheaper. This became reported on Friday, March 11. Thus, on the St. Petersburg International Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange, since February 28, the price of AI-92 gasoline has decreased by a whopping 24.5% and amounted to 36.8 thousand rubles per ton, AI-95 – by 22% to 40.1 thousand rubles.

Miss World is the oldest international beauty contest

In July 1951, in London, British TV presenter Eric Morley had the idea of organizing this event. Initially, it was a one-off competition for beautiful women in swimwear (it was supposed to promote a bikini outfit, which was later withdrawn from the competition), but it became an annual event attracting more and more enthusiasts of true female beauty.


One of the most surprising discoveries for me was to learn that Franz Lehár, whose operas and waltzes match those of the Strauss family, lived in my own lifetime. Much as I love the melodies and waltzes from The Merry Widow and Wiener Frauen (Viennese Women) I was ignorant of the fact that he was a contemporary of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.