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(Telegraph)   There is a woman currently living in Chernobyl's toxic wasteland happily munching on a fist-sized hunk of raw pig fat. "Today I command the parade"   ( telegraph.co.uk) divider line
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2012-11-10 08:51:29 AM  
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I loved this bit from the article:

Nadejda Tislenko, 71. When this widow met up with the reporter and photographer she immediately called a neighbour, saying, 'Hurry, quick, come over. There's interesting people here, and they're not missionaries!'
2012-11-10 10:41:01 AM  
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oeneus: I visited Chernobyl last month. We had two geiger counters with us. We saw several of these babushkas while we were there. It's not a "wasteland". The village of Chernobyl itself has normal radiation levels and we had lunch there. In fact, the only place radiation levels were elevated at all were within site of the reactor and even those levels weren't dangerous. According to the security engineer that was with us (he was owner of one of the geiger counters and part of our group and not associated with the Chernobyl site) we didn't reach levels above what is allowed for an x-ray tech all day. It's not really dangerous there anymore. By the way, our guide for the day also lived in Chernobyl but he was one of the official residents allowed by the government rather than a squatter like those in the article.

This is the pic I took of the reactor. Tourism is a growing industry at Chernobyl.

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I took some pictures from my trip to Chernobyl last month as well:
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2012-11-10 11:38:16 AM  
1 vote:

mekkab: HotIgneous Intruder: Years of isolation have created people who can only speak in metaphors.
I fly like a falcon above the parade, which I lead.

Shaka, when the walls fell.


"Your soul will fly away, and we'll wrap your guts around the telephone wire."'


//darmok and jallad at tenegra

Russians do. We're a very poetic people and we have an incredibly rich language, full of metaphors and symbolism that we use to its fullest. Usually, to convey threats of great bodily harm.
2012-11-10 09:55:29 AM  
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publikenemy: No, I mean strong. I guess it was wrong to tout the benefits of being strong and self reliant? Jeez everyone is always looking for a fight around here

Living like ignorant animals in dirty shacks and killing transient wildlife is hardly an admirable lifestyle. But I expect there will be those who turn it into an admirable fetish.
It's called living in abject poverty and just surviving, not being strong and resilient.
2012-11-10 09:48:24 AM  
1 vote:
Not seen by the reporter:

After she left, the babushka's cabin got up on its chicken legs and danced a little jig.

I fly like a falcon

Only in your mortar, Baba Yaga.
2012-11-10 09:17:53 AM  
1 vote:
2012-11-10 09:09:34 AM  
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publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.

If by "self-reliant" you mean "casual disregard for radiation and no common sense" then they may be just what the GOP is looking for. America however, not so much.
2012-11-10 09:05:12 AM  
1 vote:
In this month's issue: The Hot Girls of Chernobyl
2012-11-10 09:03:55 AM  
1 vote:
TLC reality series in 3....2....1....
2012-11-10 09:02:48 AM  
1 vote:
Years of isolation have created people who can only speak in metaphors.
I fly like a falcon above the parade, which I lead.

Shaka, when the walls fell.
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