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My voyage through a world of language in just one word: snow

Missing the wild regions where I have worked, I took a linguistic trip from Asia to the Andes, via Russia and Finland, insteadA few years ago I spent a winter on Upernavik, a rocky island of 1,000 inhabitants off the north-west coast of Greenland. I’d been invited to Baffin Bay as part of a programme for international writers and artists to create new work about climate at one of the most northerly museums in the world. The museum director emailed a warning in advance: the winter was better for ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Books, Russia, Heritage, Museums, Language, Finland, Greenland, Cultural Trips, Travel Writing, Literary Trips, Greenland Holidays, Arctic Holidays, Andes, Baffin Bay


'Kamala's Way': A new biography explores how Harris played Trump's game, using confidence and unapologetic ambition to grab the spotlight

Vice President and Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive to the inauguration at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021. Alex Wong/Getty Images The following is an exclusive excerpt from "Kamala's Way," a new biography by Dan Morain. In it, he explores how the first female VP "rose above the din" in Washington, where her unapologetic ambition and focus made her a star. One Senate colleague described her like this: "She cooks. She shares recipes. She invites senators over for small dinner...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Obama, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Intel, Fbi, David, United States


Marines Begin Mass Fielding of Suppressors (Silencers) at end of 2020

Image from Marine.mil Knight Armaments Company Suppressor on M38 cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Marine Corps is well on its way to procuring suppressors (silencers) for all small arms in its arsenal. In 2020, the Marines have procured 6,700 suppressors for M4, M4A1, and M27 rifles. Suppressors are in common use with the M38 squad designated marksman rifle. Another 7,000 suppressors are in the pipeline. The goal is to have about 30,000 suppressors by the fis...
Tags: Guns, Russia, Department Of Defense, Marine, Arizona, Marine Corps, Marines, Va, Biden, Defense Logistics Agency, Corps, Tomlinson, Hough, NSN, Gun Rights News, Firearm News


POTD: Russian Flak and Flames! 2K22 Tunguska & Heavy Flamethrowers

Photo Of The Day and the topic is air defense from Russia. We’re looking at the 2K22 Tunguska (SA-19 “Grison”) which is a self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon, on tracks. It has both surface-to-air missiles and 30mm cannons to protect the environment from aircrafts, helicopters and drones. The pictures are from the Army-2018 forum, and is a […] Read More … The post POTD: Russian Flak and Flames! 2K22 Tunguska & Heavy Flamethrowers appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Defense, Aa, Photo of the Day, Tunguska, Flamethrower, Tos, Tunguska SA


Kamala's Way: A new biography explores how Harris played Trump's game, using confidence and unapologetic ambition to grab the spotlight

"Kamala Harris comes to play every day," said Oregon senator Ron Wyden. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photos The following is an exclusive excerpt from Kamala's Way, a new biography by Dan Morain. In it, he explores how the first female VP "rose above the din" in Washington, where her unapologetic ambition and focus made her a star. "She cooks. She shares recipes. She invites senators over for small dinners. She wears Chuck Taylors. She has an interesting family. She loves basketball," is how one Sena...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Obama, California, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Intel, Fbi, David


‘Risk’ TV Series in the Works from ‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon

Battleship brought the Milton Bradley strategy board game to life on the big screen with an alien invasion twist, and now Hasbro and their Entertainment One studio are working on turning another one of their iconic games into a TV series. Hasbro has brought in House of Cards creator Beau Willimon to develop a TV series adaptation of the classic strategy board game Risk. The Hollywood Reporter has news on the Risk TV series being in development as part of a new multi-year, first-look TV deal w...
Tags: Movies, Russia, Risk, War, Sony, Hasbro, Jordan, Toy, Rick, Beau, Beau Willimon, Milton Bradley, Willimon, Jordan Tappis, Tappis, Beau Willimon Michael Lombardo


POTD: Tor-M2 Air Defense Missile Systems and Kalashnikovs

Another look at a snow-covered Russia in our Photo Of The Day. We look at anti-aircraft gunners of the Kantemirovskaya tank division of the Western Military District. They’re taking part in field exercises at the Golovenki training ground near Moscow, where they practiced what actions to take in the event of an air attack. During […] Read More … The post POTD: Tor-M2 Air Defense Missile Systems and Kalashnikovs appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Defense, Moscow, Air Defense, Photo of the Day, Tor-M2, Kantemirovskaya, Golovenki


POTD: Russian Special Forces with 9K111 Fagot

Photo Of The Day and we go to a snow-covered Russia to look for an operator of the 9K111 Fagot wire-guided anti-tank missile system as well as snipers. The 9K111 can be used either from ground or vehicle mounts. The units are from the special forces of the air defense in the Pskov region. Below […] Read More … The post POTD: Russian Special Forces with 9K111 Fagot appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Defense, Special Forces, Pskov, SVD, Photo of the Day, ASVK, 9K111 Fagot, SVDM


POTD: “Polar Star” Special Forces Competition

Photo Of The Day and time for some Russian Special Forces Competition at the Brestsky training ground. This was the first stage of the international competition called “Polar Star”. As part of the first stage of the competition, participants will pass a readiness test to perform combat training missions. As part of a special-purpose group, […] Read More … The post POTD: “Polar Star” Special Forces Competition appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Special Forces, Photo of the Day


Investing in collectibles: 5 types of collectibles that have historically offered bankable returns

Any sort of tangible item can be a collectible investment, but fine art has historically offered some of the best returns. Tristan Fewings / Stringer/Getty Images Collectible investments are physical objects — tangible assets that have the potential to appreciate in value and diversify your investment portfolio. Collectibles can be anything that anyone collects, but a few categories offer reliable returns, such as stamps, coins, toys, fine art, and sneakers. Collectibles are illiquid, unre...
Tags: Personal Finance, Toys, Ebay, Russia, Trends, Alternative Investments, Nike, Adidas, United States, SEC, Stamps, Fine Art, Collectibles, Freelance, Sneakers, Damien Hirst


A hunter who walked away after shooting a teen while he was watching the sunset is charged with homicide

File photo of hunter loading his gun in Russia Kirill Kukhmar/TASS (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar\TASS via Getty Images A 52-year-old hunter was charged with homicide months after shooting and killing a teenager at a state park in Pennsylvania.  Prosecutors identified Kenneth Troy Heller as the hunter who shot the teen while he waited for the sunset with his girlfriend.  Troy has agreed to be held without bail until his April arraignment, where he will enter into a plea agreement.  Visit Busines...
Tags: Crime, News, Guns, Russia, Trends, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Hunting, Homicide, Jason, Bucks County, TASS, Troy, Heller, Matt Weintraub, Weintraub


Palmetto State Armory AKV 9mm Pistol Upgrade Guide

The PSA AKV is one handsome little AK. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I love the PSA AKV because it reminds me of the Vityaz and the PP-19 Bizon. Both 9mm versions of the AKM. The allure of a 9mm AK is tough to nail down. Objectively, it’s less effective and versatile than a standard 7.62x39mm version, and yet, it’s endearing for several reasons. Light recoil, inexpensive ammunition, and Spetsnaz cool-factor chief among them. The problem with both of these guns is that they are essentially unobtain...
Tags: Guns, Russia, US, United States, Psa, South Carolina, Lex, Jim, Kimberly, BDC, Lexington South Carolina, PGS, AK, Thrifty, Jim Grant, PSA AK


Russian Diamond Arms RP-PM Makarov Grip with Thumb Magazine Release

One of the main ergonomic issues (for a modern shooter) of the Makarov pistol is the heel magazine release. With some practice, you can do reasonably fast magazine changes, but you still can’t get even close to the speed of the thumb actuated magazine release button or lever. No wonder why many aftermarket grip manufacturers […] Read More … The post Russian Diamond Arms RP-PM Makarov Grip with Thumb Magazine Release appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Daily News, Makarov, Pm, Pistols, Shooting Accessories, Semi-Auto, Diamond Arms, RP-PM, Thumb Release


Molot Arms SAPSAN – 9mm PCC Based on AS Val / VSS Vintorez

Russian Molot Arms has been exploring the civilian adaptation possibilities of the VSS Vintorez and AS Val for quite a long time and they in fact now offer civilian versions of these guns on the Russian market. Apparently, the company keeps on experimenting with the design of these iconic Russian firearms as they recently introduced a […] Read More … The post Molot Arms SAPSAN – 9mm PCC Based on AS Val / VSS Vintorez appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Daily News, PCC, 9mm, 9x19, Vintorez, As Val, Sapsan, Molot Arms, Submachine Guns/Pistol Caliber Carbines, 9mm Altay, Sapsan-L


The Winternight Trilogy

  On these cold days, I've been wandering through a fantasy world set in 14th century Russia -- a land torn between Christianity and the older pagan ways that pay tribute to the spirits of the land and home. A land, too, struggling to free itself from its Tatar overlords. Vasya, a young girl of good family, is  disturbingly aware of this pagan world and even more aware that she doesn't want to marry or become a nun--the only two possible futures for a girl like her. She is a compelling chara...
Tags: Gardening, Russia, Arden, Baba Yaga, Vasya, Vicki Lane


Ammo Deals: Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm 122gr Full Metal Jacket Ammo Box of 20 $6.99

Check out our Daily Gun & Ammunition Deals page for more savings! Protect your investment in guns & ammo with SecureIt! Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm 122gr Full Metal Jacket Ammo Box of 20 Deal USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Primary Arms has a sale Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm 122gr Full Metal Jacket Ammo. Get boxes of 20 rounds for $6.99. That is $0.349 each a round. The Vympel Red Army Standard 7.62 x39mm 122 grain FMJ is an affordable and reliable round for competitive shooting or training. It is...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Russia, Red Army, Berdan, Ammunition News, 7.62x39mm, Primary Arms, Red Army Standard, Vympel, Daily Gun Deals, AmmoLand INC, Ammoland com Primary Arms, SecureIt Red Army Standard, Vympel Red Army Standard


POTD: Russian Horsewomen of the Apocalypse

Each day a different image from the World of Firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it’s our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures out there for you. Today we go to Russia for a look at an “equestrian training […] Read More … The post POTD: Russian Horsewomen of the Apocalypse appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Kalashnikov, Photo of the Day, Horsewoman


Bill Gates reveals his 5 favorite books of 2020

Courtesy of the Gates Foundation Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the wealthiest people in the world, shared his top five books to read over the holiday season, rounding out what he called "a lousy year."  "In tough times—and there's no doubt that 2020 qualifies as tough times—those of us who love to read turn to all kinds of different books," Gates wrote.  The list includes non-fiction historic accounts and a book on social injustice and race.  Visit Business Insider's home...
Tags: Books, England, Science, Microsoft, Russia, Christmas, US, Holiday, Gift, Trends, Features, Bill Gates, Winston Churchill, Gates, Jim Crow, Gates Foundation


Hotels fit for a KGB officer: Soviet cities in the twilight - in pictures

Many modernist buildings from the Soviet period are being destroyed, but Russian photographer Arseniy Kotov hopes to preserve their memory with these shots of sloping cinemas and rooms under surveillance Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Russia, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Communism, KGB, Arseniy Kotov


Inside the Smithsonian Gun Room, aka the National Firearms Collection – VIDEO

Washington, D.C. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Better known as the Smithsonian’s Gun Room, what is officially known as the National Firearms Collection is an assemblage of more than 7,000 firearms dating back centuries. They tell the story of the United States and its global impact and reach through historically significant arms, patent models, and more. Some pieces from the collection are on display, but the vast majority are not. Entrance to the Smithsonian Gun Room This is the view you’re greeted...
Tags: Guns, Washington, Russia, US, Marine, Museum, United States, Smithsonian, Tunis, Browning, Nra, Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Tripoli, Bey, Ellsworth


Bruce Lee and the invention of martial arts

Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco on 27 November 1940, while his parents toured the US with a Hong Kong theatre company. As a baby, he featured in Esther Eng’s Golden Gate Girl. He then went on to become a major child star in Hong Kong. As an adult, he worked in US TV and film, before gaining international fame via three Hong Kong martial arts films and one US-HK co-production, Enter the Dragon. He died from cerebral oedema on 20 July 1973, at almost exactly the moment Enter the Dragon was rel...
Tags: Hong Kong, Books, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Featured, Media, China, Russia, Martial Arts, US, San Francisco, Britain, Bruce Lee, Lee, Braithwaite


POTD: Russian Recon Soldier with VSS Vintorez (6P29)

Photo Of The Day and above you have one of the best photos of the VSS Vintorez (GRAU designation 6P29) we’ve ever seen. We’re looking at a Russian soldier from the tank army of the Western Military District, as he provides overwatch for an ambush with the ultimate aim to seize “secret documents”. According to legend, […] Read More … The post POTD: Russian Recon Soldier with VSS Vintorez (6P29) appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Photo of the Day, Rifles, Western Military District, Vss Vintorez, 6P29, PSO-1


THE CHRONICLE OF ONE BATTALION: This book about Russian aggression in Ukr

THE CHRONICLE OF ONE BATTALION Free for Kindle: November 18, 2020 - November 22, 2020. The World has entered an era of hybrid wars. For the first time, Russia used such a war against Ukraine in 2014. As of 2013, Russia has established a Ukrainian government with Russian agents. Ukrainian civil society has revolted against the pro-Russian government on the Maidan. An interim government was formed in Kyiv. It was at this point that Russia annexed Crimea. The new government failed to resist the...
Tags: Books, Russia, Ukraine, Britain, United States, Crimea, Self-promotions By Authors And Publishers


POTD: Large-Scale Russian Exercise

Russian Photo Of The Day, from an event where more than 1,000 soldiers from about 100 different military and special units were involved. Firearms like the AS “Val” and VSS “Vintorez” in 9x39mm as well as the KSVK 12.7 large-caliber sniper rifle were involved in the event. From the caption, machine translated from Russian: According to the plan […] Read More … The post POTD: Large-Scale Russian Exercise appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Defense, Val, Photo of the Day, As Val, Vss Vintorez, KSVK


Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas wanted Doctor Zhivago movie rights

Director wrote to Boris Pasternak in late 1950s, previously unpublished material revealsIt is one of the greatest British films of all time, directed in 1965 by David Lean with an A-list cast that included Julie Christie, Omar Sharif and Alec Guinness. But the epic adaptation of Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak’s classic love story set against the Russian revolution, might never have happened if a planned US production had got there first.James Fenwick, a British film historian, has discovered th...
Tags: Europe, Books, Hollywood, Film, Russia, US, UK News, World news, Culture, Stanley Kubrick, Kirk Douglas, Boris Pasternak, David Lean, Julie Christie Omar Sharif, James Fenwick


Suspicious Flash Drive With Votes “Found” In Virginia Congressional Race

Opinion Suspicious Flash Drive With Votes “Found” In Virginia Congressional Race, iStock-wildpixel HENRICO COUNTY, VA –-(Ammoland.com)- When I checked the election results for Virginia late on Wednesday, I marveled at how pro-gun candidates picked up seats in the House of Representatives. This total included the very pro-gun Republican Nick Freitas from Virginia’s 7th congressional district. Even though officials didn’t call the election at that point, Freitas was on the verge of unseating h...
Tags: Amazon, Guns, Congress, Virginia, Russia, US, Ohio, John, Cia, Biden, Goa, South Carolina, Nra, Northern Virginia, Green Beret, Freitas


Etymology gleanings for October 2020

My usual thanks to those who wrote letters and commented on the posts. Spelling Reform The topic is not worthy of detailed comments here, because everything that can be said for and against changing English spelling has been said many times, but some contributors to the discussion do not know the relevant literature and reinvent the same wheel. Below, I’ll repeat a few points without the slightest hope of impressing my opponents.English spelling has changed many times not only through its long h...
Tags: Books, Greece, France, Russia, America, Venice, Shakespeare, Baker, Auguste Rodin, Rosalind, Pythagoras, The Society, Molière, West Midlands UK, Roden, Balzac


POTD: AKs & PKs in Russian Ryazan Airborne Force School

Today we have a variety of images from the Russian Ministry of Defense, with a lot of AKs, SVD sniper rifles and PK machine guns. They call it a “photo report” from the special tactical training with cadets of the Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne Command School. Below: Iron sights only for these cadets. Russian Dragunov […] Read More … The post POTD: AKs & PKs in Russian Ryazan Airborne Force School appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Russia, Defense, Kalashnikov, Ministry of Defense, PKs, PKM, Photo of the Day, Dragunov SVD, Ryazan Airborne Force School, Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne Command School


Jay Chambers: My Top Military Handguns from Around the World

by: Jay Chambers HK pistols like this USP 45 are renowned for their durability, accuracy, and reliability. IMG Jim Grant U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- While the semi-automatic rifles used by the world’s various armed forces tend to get the most attention and intrigue, the world of handguns offers just as much interest and variety. Different countries have taken to a variety of handguns and handgun styles. In order to better appreciate them, here are some of the best used in militaries today. Hec...
Tags: UK, Guns, Russia, US, Ireland, Gear, New Zealand, Belgium, Ussr, Around The World, Jay, Beretta, KGB, Heckler Koch, Sig Sauer, USP


Voter fraud and election meddling [podcast]

Next week, over a hundred million Americans will vote to elect the next President of the United States. After a year of political turmoil, mass protests, and a pandemic that drove daily life (and the US economy) to a halt, many are now wondering: will the electoral process go smoothly, or does 2020 have another shock in store for us?The topic of voter fraud and electoral meddling has been at the forefront of many a conversation over the last four years, as the attempt by Russia to sway the 2016 ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Russia, US, United States, 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Multimedia, Social Sciences, Voter Suppression, US Election, The Oxford Comment, Audio & Podcasts, 2020 Election, Michael Ritter



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