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If you were born in the Eastern block of Europe, you sure as hell saw a lot of Soviet monuments around. Soldiers, proudly leaning in forward in anticipation for a head-on fight with their guns in hands, fellow comrades standing in all their imposing glory, huge heads of Lenin… You’ve seen them all.

While for the older generation, it can really evoke positive sentiments, even memories of the glorious Soviet army maybe, for the young ones these monuments remind them of their oppressors.

This is the case in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, where a huge monument of Soviet soldiers, built back in 1954, is vandalised over and over again in the most creative ways.

The painting job was done by a group of anonymous artists who call themselves Destructive Creation. The daunting military figures were turned into much friendlier subjects like Superman, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus, and Wonder Woman. A slogan which translates into English as “In pace with time” was scribbled beneath them.

The pink colour is a reference to the painting of The Monument to Soviet Tank Crews in Prague by David Černý in 1991, while the slogan beneath the figures says “Bulgaria apologises.”

In 2012, three previously arrested members of the Russian feminist protest punk rock band Pussy Riot were convicted by a Russian court and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment each. This was widely criticized outside Russia and on the same day of the conviction, colorful knit balaclavas (trademark of Pussy Riot members) were put on the heads of figures of the monument.

In February 2014, the monument was painted once again and this time it honoured Ukraine that was (and still is) a victim of Russia’s aggression. One of the soldiers and the flag above was painted in the national colours of Ukraine and the phrase “Glory to Ukraine” was written in Ukrainian on the monument. An obscene reference to Vladimir Putin was also made, by calling him “Kaputin.” The vandalism was an act of support of the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution.

Now… I think there’s a weird love-hate relationship here between Bulgaria and Russia since forever! Because let’s not forget that the Russian Empire also liberated Bulgaria from the Ottoman.

And here, although these Soviet era monuments remind everyone the darkest times in history, this particular monument is not about Lenin, Stalin, the USSR, or communism.

This is a monument honouring the soldiers who died fighting Nazis!

In short, I’m all about art, fun and justice. But also, I’m all about respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

White supremacist ideology has found a home in both major political parties in the United States at different times in the country’s history. But it has not always been openly acknowledged, receding into coded language and whispers when out of political favour.

 
In the decades after Reconstruction and after World War I, however, politicians shouted racist, xenophobic speeches through bullhorns, inciting thousands of lynchings across the country.

One incredibly bloody mass killing, the so-called Tulsa “Race Riot” of 1921, actually a massacre and decimation of a thriving business district, has come back into public consciousness after a fictionalised depiction on HBO’s Watchmen series.

Twelve years earlier, another definitive event took place in Wilmington, North Carolina. If mentioned at all, it’s been glossed over quickly in textbooks and the town’s historical memory, but the Wilmington Massacre is part of a history of racial terrorism many celebrated openly, then sought to suppress, deny, and ignore when it became embarrassing.

Learn more about the history of the Wilmington Massacre in the Vox video above.

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Vice News reports:

Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who garnered national attention for wearing three-piece suits instead of a robe and hood — and for getting punched in the face — has been caught on tape apparently shouting anti-Semitic and racist slurs.

Fellow alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos — an ex-pal of Spencer — released the audio on YouTube, claiming it was recorded in the summer of 2017, not long after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that he organized. The audio is disturbing, with the man purported to be Spencer yelling the anti-Semitic slur “kike” and saying his ancestors “fucking enslaved those pieces of shit.”

Milo has fashioned himself as a provocative advocate for free speech, but has a history with Nazism. There’s video of him performing karaoke as people give the Nazi salute and his online passwords were revealed to contain deep-cut references to anti-Semitism and Nazism.

It’s not known what prompted the falling out between Milo and Spencer, but Milo has recently bemoaned his supposedly dire financial situation so this could just be a desperation move to get back in the headlines.

That said, the audio is startling, even knowing in advance that it’s Richard Spencer, whose name is trending at #1 on Twitter at this writing.

Geez…  Like all the rest of those entitle jerks, he sounds like a toddler throwing a tantrum because mommy didn’t buy him the right action figure.

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Milo better watch his idiotic skinny ass. He’s a fucking disgusting attention whore but these are Nazis he is dealing with.

They are psychologically fucked!

I didn’t know who Nicole Wallace was but thanks for this.

It’s cathartic to hear her speak the truth! 

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The good news is that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL, was killed Saturday night in a U.S. raid. He was evil, and bye-bye.

The bad news is that Trump who probably knew abso-fucking-lutely nothing in advance about the raid is taking credit for it.

Pathetically, Trump clearly staged his war room photo, which purports to show himself and advisers receiving the information that al-Baghdadi was dead.

The computers aren’t even plugged in, the men are looking uncomfortably in different directions and it has been confirmed that Trump was golfing when the raid started… What a joke! 

The joke of the world in a photo taken for show.

Just in time for Halloween I found this glorious piece online that belongs to artist Dean Skinner.

North Korea nightmare, Kim Jong-Un, in all of his sociopathic glory.

I haven’t seen Gabriel this week. He’s been acting complicated and since I have no patience for his bullshit I’ve been doing other guys.

So, I was chatting with a guy on the hookup app, when all of the sudden my account got banned. I was like WTF?!

I messaged the stupid app but since they’re super slow to solve issues I opened a new account… Surfing on the app I saw a profile using my pictures and all my info. I was cloned.

Obviously I got even more frustrated knowing that someone else stole my identity. I reported it and sent another email to the app.

An hour later, I saw an incoming call from the United States on my screen. At first I ignored it because, scammers! But that number called insistently so I answered. To my surprised it was the guy I was chatting to before I got banned… I did’t remember I gave him my number, but most surprising was to find out he was AMERICAN.

Americans are becoming the Mexicans of Canada!

The guy was good looking, but he had something I can’t stand… A major turn off to my libido, a boner killer… his feet stunk.

I didn’t say a word, but I was uncomfortable.

Obviously nothing sexual happened because he turned me off. We only talked and was just waiting for him to go, open my windows, and call it a day.

Anyhow, I thought I wouldn’t hear from him again after that night, but he just messaged me….

Long story short, I haven’t had sex in several day and I was cloned, but then my account was fixed only for me to delete it.

Not my best week, but I survived.