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Matt Davies

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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    Once upon a time, the US had VOA and Radio Free Europe broadcasting on normal AM radio in their own languages to everyone in the Warsaw Pact. Russia had some short wave services that only a few hobbyists could access.


    The US version showed how, in the Warsaw Pact, one could not even buy decent razor blades, and men got much more comfortable shaves (and better everything else) in the good old US of A. (I’m not sure what was on the Russian short wave, since I wasn’t a hobbyist, but I read a summary in Reader’s Digest about the fact that Russia warned all those thinking of travelling to the US that they’d be cheated out of all their money by the capitalists.)


    Today, Russia has Russia Today on satellite or YouTube (my landlord put a huge satellite dish on top of my apartment building, so I get about 1,400 satellite channels, including Russia Today; for those without a good satellite, follow the link).


    Watching US news reports of life in the US and in Russia, and watching Russia Today views of life in the US and Russia, it appears they are reporting from two different worlds, as if they’re both in the Iain Banks novel, Transition.


    And Russia Today is where Larry King is spending his retirement.

  2. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Russia, where reporters have shorter lives than a dissident’s food taster.

  3. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    Uhmm… Personal freedom as long as you’re not gay? Not a lot of freedom, YMMV

  4. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Are they using personal freedom for toilet paper because they don’t have a Constitution upon which to rely?

  5. apfelzra

    apfelzra GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Hope Edward Snowden likes his new home. I’m sure he’ll be longing for the tropical breezes of Hawaii (among other pleasures of the USA) when the first snowfall comes from the long Russian winter.

  6. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 1 year ago

    @apfelzra

    I’m sure he prefers it to being dead.

  7. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    First of all: you (U.S.) DID get swindled out of your money, didn’t you? Secondly it is interesting that these radio programs were kept away from the U.S. public. The reason? They were deemed “propaganda” and the federal government was not supposed to use propaganda on it’s own people. Wake up, sheep…

  8. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    People are people, where ever you roam. It is only motive, opportunity and a lack of basic morality which raises them to the role of ruler rather than statesman or public servant. If you gather enough money, power or other valued commodity in a single place, it will attract a most unsavory sort of person, though they may be quite charming and charismatic if their desires are not challenged.

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