Kolyma—Birthplace of our Fear

This is a stunning full-length documentary (two hours and seventeen minutes) about the Soviet prison camps (Gulag) of the Stalin era.  The filmmakers follow the road through Siberia built by slave labour and visit the sites of camps, many abandoned, which produced much of the gold which funded Lend-Lease purchases of weapons in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany (this is the claim in the film; I have not independently verified it).

The video is in Russian, with English sub-titles.  Depending on how you view it, it you may have to twiddle with settings to display the sub-titles and make them legible.  Click the “CC” and “Gear” buttons and fiddle around until you have something satisfactory.

It’s probably best to view this directly on YouTube via the link earlier in this sentence.  That will give you a larger, resizeable window with more options than the player embedded in this post.

Around 18,000,000 people passed through the camps of the Soviet Gulag, and around 1,600,000 died there.  Only a fraction of Russian youth are aware of this.

This is the ultimate result of the policies being advocated by the “progressives” ascendant in the Democrat party in the U.S.

Never forget.

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Born Rich

Apropos 10 Cent’s post about people bribing their way into school, the 2001 film Born Rich is a fascinating look at some of the people who grew up in the richest families in America.

It started as a school project by Jamie Johnson, an heir to the J&J fortune and was eventually released at Sundance and shown on HBO.

It’s conveniently online, so I won’t say a lot about it except for a few takeaways I had from watching it.

  • I felt a surprising amount of sympathy for Jamie Johnson.  He talked about how hard it was to get credit for anything he did:  If he succeeded, people would say “obviously, with your family money” and if he failed, “how can you be so stupid to lose even with your family money?”  The scene where his uncle(?) sends him to a antique map dealer(!!) so that he can consider a career as a “map collector” borders on the surreal.
  • Ivanka Trump is featured.  One reason I was an early Trump supporter was seeing how amazing his 19 year old (at the time)  daughter was.
  • There were one or two characters who might be the first against the wall when the revolution comes, and nobody’s going to feel very bad about it.

Here’s the video on Youtube; there’s interesting background on Wiki, but I would read that after viewing for best effect.

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