Blat, the Soviet art of getting by, comes to Britain
After britain’s covid-19 shutdown, waiting times at driving-test centres rose to over six months. Where there are bottlenecks, there is potential for profit. Enterprising sorts created a lucrative secondary market: they built online bots to hoover up scarce test slots, and then sold them on to impatient candidates. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency promised a crackdown, but several of these intermediaries still seem to be in business.

Gregory Grossman, a famed Sovietologist, would have recognised these speculanti and the shortages on which they thrived. Propaganda might have presented the Soviet command economy as centrally planned, regimented and thoroughly socialist. In reality, Grossman said, there was a flourishing “second economy” of capitalist entrepreneurship, ranging from the ideologically unsound to the outright criminal. Peasants sold food from private plots; tradesmen moonlighted; shadow factories pumped out televisions for the black market. The whole system was lubricated by blat, or the “economy of favours”. In a land of queues, getting hold of a fridge, theatre tickets or a better apartment relied on a network of contacts, cunning and petty bribery.
Fans of US PBS might remember The New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abram.
It's been off the air for a number of years.
They have started uploading the original shows to youtube on a new channel.
Get your safety glasses and head over to New Yankee Workshop Channel
#woodworking #PBS #nostalgia #craft

I honestly miss some of these obsolete items.

Not Jar Jar, of course.

#humor #obsolete #humor

High schoolers threaten to sue DeSantis over ban of African American studies course


Attorney Ben Crump announced a potential lawsuit against the Florida governor after the state rejected a new Advanced Placement course, which the College Board now says it will revise.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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Astronaut Tim Peake assumes ambassadorial role for space
The UK Space Agency has paid tribute to Tim Peake, following his decision to step down from the active European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut corps.




From a surgical nurse and certified CPR teacher:

Please pause for 2 minutes and read this:
  • Let’s say it’s 7.25pm and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
  • You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.
3 Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.
  • Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.
  • You have been trained in CPR, but the guy who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
  • HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE? Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
  • However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
  • Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
  • Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!
  • A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this mail kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life.
  • Rather than sending jokes, please… contribute by forwarding this mail which can save a person’s life.
  • If this message comes around you… more than once… please don’t get irritated… You should instead, be happy that you have many friends who care about you & keeps reminding you how to deal with a Heart attack.
please take the time and boost this post by reposting it and sending it to those you love because we all need to understand how to quickly deal with heart attacks

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One massive omission in this advice is the symptoms of a heart attack in **women** are vastly different than in men!

Classified documents found at Pence's Indiana home


A "small number" of documents bearing classified markings that were "inadvertently boxed" and transported to the home of the former vice president, according to letters from Pence's representatives.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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Biden's offshore wind plan could create thousands of jobs, but challenges remain


When President Biden talks about tackling climate change, he talks about economic opportunities. Offshore wind promises to provide many opportunities, but it's not for everyone.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
posted by pod_feeder_v2

Panic! at the Disco is ending after nearly two decades


Brendon Urie, the band's frontman and last remaining original member, made the announcement on Instagram. He said with he and his wife expecting their first child, he wants to focus on his family.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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Done For Today

I'm worried about Rosalie; she's in the hospital with an infection of unknown type. She's running a fever but the doctors haven't discovered what the problem is yet. The house is kinda quiet without her here; I hope she comes home soon.

Why do Teslas have a rear window heater?

So you can warm your hands while you push.

Administrator of RSOCKS Proxy Botnet Pleads Guilty

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un petit passage vite fait... à l'hosto pour
1,2 et 3 AVC et hop!

alors qui sait.... on se dit au revoir…ou pas...merci de vos partages !

#foto #photo #mywork #Natur #Himmel #Sonnenuntergang im #Januar - Balkon mit Aussicht …
Bei uns im Flachland soll es ab heute Nacht schneien. Am Himmel kündigen sich schon die ersten Schneewolken an.

Lee Sangsoo (Korean sculptor and designer, b. 1983)
Stretching Siamese Cat, 2021

Gary Hill diaspora
Thanks for rs : )

Palestinian artist: Nawal Abdel Rahim Art

Sculpture of a standing bodhisattva. Gandhara, Pakistan/Afghanistan, 3rd century AD [1200x1872]

Valentyna Baranyuk, Ukraine " are in my palm", 2023, oil on canvas

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