Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a former lawyer and KGB (Committee for State Security) agent, has just been re-elected as president of the Russian Federation, for a third non consecutive term.

In 1999, Putin entered the political scene as acting Deputy Prime Minister after Boris Yeltsin’s unexpected resignation. He then transitioned as acting president, which led to his two official presidential terms of eight (8) years, which is the maximum length of time that one can hold such position in Russia. He was then appointed Prime Minister by his successor and long time friend, Dmitry Medvedev.

Four years passes by (that is 1461 days or 4 revolutions) and 2012 finally comes around: “Welcome back Mr. Putin. It feels as if you never left.”

Surprised? … not really …

Glasnost? … not really …

Perestroika? … kind of , in a “full circle” kind of way

* Please note that if you are under the impression that Glasnost and Perestroika might be a Vodka based drink that is popular in Moscow’s trendy bars, I invite you to click on their respective hyperlinks.

But as I now think of it, these would make great names for drinks….

– Waitress, may I please have glass of Glasnost with two shots of Perestroika?

– Listen, Gorbachev is gone and he is not welcomed back.

– … but didn’t he …

– I suggest you leave the establishment.

Okay Bref, back to history. Over two decades might have elapsed since the end of the cold war but the Soviet mind never forgets (as my fictitious waitress demonstrated).

Seems as if “Revolution” is as relevant in today’s Russia as it was back in 1991.

Putin has been clearly expressing his views on his nation’s enemies, especially the Americans. He has made it very clear that he is not interested in the “love / hate” relationship that the United States is offering. Matter of fact, he is not interested in any partnership with them.

He often warns the U.S. against military strike on Iran. He also cautions them against a NATO styled attack on Syria, as it was conducted on Libya.

Although all these omnipresent warnings are addressed to foreigners, he also warns his fellow citizens against potential invasion, such as Napoleon’s of 1812.

From 1812 to 2012, same difference perhaps.

From St. Petersburg, to Petrograd, to Leningrad, to once again St. Petersburg.

From Russian Bribes, to Russian Brides, to Russian Pride, to once again Russian Bribes.

From President, to Prime Minister, to President, same difference perhaps.

The earth’s revolution is completed in 365.25 days. As for Russia’s revolution, the clock is ticking…

Ready when you are Vlad. You might just be historically remembered as one of Russia’s emperors , as the following are:

Alexander I: the Blessed

Alexander II: the Liberator

Alexander III: the Peace-Maker

Alexander IV Vladimir I: the ____________

Well done Sir Czar. But always remember … “Thus Always to Genius” → “Thus Always to Tyrants”.

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

January 31, 2012


This old world disease wiped out not only 60 million Europeans but is also responsible for decreasing the native population of the New world by 90-95%.

For instance, in Mexico, as the Spaniards realized were outnumbered by the Aztecs, they decided withdraw. As they were proceeding, a Spanish soldier carrying smallpox died. Aztecs contracted the virus and their army was annihilated.

Spanish Flu

Ladies and gentlemen, in fourth comes all the terrorists of history, in third comes nuclear weapons, in second comes the World War 2, and in first…comes the Spanish Flu.

Its inception as well as its extermination is unknown: the pandemic came and went like a flash.

Spanish influenza was a more severe version of your typical flu. Until this day, there is no cure for the influenza virus. All that can be done is to request for your doctor to make you as “comfortable” as possible as you slowly drown in your own lungs.

It is said that military throughout history has implemented and refined their military tactics by studying nature… waterboarding?!?

Black Death or Black Plague

One of the deadliest in history, which includes three Units: the Bubonic plague (land strike: attacks through skin), Septicemic plague (naval combat: attacks blood) and the Pneumonic plague (air warfare: attacks lungs).

The total number of deaths worldwide from the pandemic is estimated at 75 million people (including 2/3 of Europe’s population).

Sounds like nature’s version of the Navy SEALs (United States Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Teams).


It kills about 2 million people per year, which represents at least one death every 30 seconds. Its parasites are transmitted by female mosquitoes.

The parasites causes symptoms that includes light headedness, shortness of breath, as well as other general symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, flu-like illness, and in severe cases, coma and death.

Doesn’t this sound like falling in love? Now that I think about it, many classic romance movies / love stories effortlessly merge disease and love. Critically acclaimed pictures such as “Le Hussard Sur le Toit (The Horseman on the Roof) “, El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera) “, “ The Painted Veil ”…. Wait a minute, these movies blend love and cholera and not malaria. What is so romantic about cholera?


Said to have emerged in 19th century India, it is the first true pandemic that kept on reemerged in various waves: eight in all.

The main symptoms, which occur within days, are profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking or eating water or food that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person.

Despite modern medicine, cholera remains an efficient killer.

Ok I now see the parallels…


First recognized in 1981, there are an estimated 40.3 million people now living with HIV.
The key facts surrounding this origin of AIDS are currently unknown, particularly where and when the pandemic began, though it is said that it originated from the apes in Africa.

It is said that it is the “government” that administered AIDS. It is not a Pseudo Fairy Tales. Various scientists, including Nobel Peace Prize laureates, openly affirmed that AIDS is a biological weapon created by the developed world to wipe out a certain undesirable parts of society. Most of them were obligated to retract their statements.

Whether you believe it or not, if true, that Machiavellian plan majorly backfired as it is now a disease that affects people from all walks of life, race, nationality, gender, sexual preference, age group, socio-economic backgrounds…


Its etymology is from the Greek typhos, meaning smoky or lazy. Anything but, as it killed 3 million people, including the better part of Napoleon’s army in Russia.

During Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812, more soldiers died of typhus than were killed by the Russians. During World War I, typhus caused three million deaths in Russia and more in Poland and Romania. A vaccine was then developed during World War II.

Typhus strives in cold weather. We have now identified this collaboration between Typhus and The Soviet Winter, which is responsible for the military failures of the enemy. Common Russian nicknames for that frigid climate are General Frost, General Winter and General Snow. They actually named and ranked their winter, their savior, their god, as “General”, the highest military rank.

Ahhh… these Russians! Giving respect where it is due. Well most of the time … sorry Gorbachev.

Thus, history is not just an assemblage of fairy tales. It puts everything in perspective. For example, sometimes a mistake is like wearing white after Labor Day, and other times a mistake is invading Russia in winter! …

Bref, now, you must have been wondering what is that picture associated with this post? Or, some might wonder why do I have an image of a Plague Doctor associated with my post? Well, they were often not real practitioners, but did the dirty work as well as they knew how. As you can imagine the stench, they wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic substances.

History also reflects how everything changes but stays the same. Plague doctors were incompetent men, executing orders coming from shielded knowledgeable men; sacrificing their lives, believing that they could change the world, fighting against powerful plagues, one person at a time; with a bunch of flowers stuffed in a beak!

As George W. would say: “Go troops! … Mission accomplished!”

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