Closing Thought–23Sep22

“Falling Russian Syndrome”

Yet another Russian has fallen to his death…..there seems to be a lot of that in the past couple of years……

The former head of a Russian aviation research institute died on Wednesday, reportedly by falling down the stairs, in the latest in a string of deaths of Russian officials.

The Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) university announced the death of Anatoly Gerashchenko, 72, saying he died “as a result of an accident.”

An unnamed source told Russian newspaper Izvestia that he died on the university’s grounds, by falling “from a great height” down several flights of stairs.

Gerashchenko was the institute’s rector until 2015, and at the time of his death was acting as an adviser to the current rector, according to Russian state-controlled news service RIA Novosti.


Then there is the most recent ‘suicide’ just about 10 days ago….another “Falling Russian Syndrome”……and many more as well…..

On September 13, the body of Ivan Pechorin washed up more than 100 miles from where he had fallen off a speeding boat in Vladivostok three days earlier. Pechorin headed up aviation for Russia’s Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, and had recently spoken at a conference where Putin gave the keynote address. 

The corporation also lost its CEO, 43-year-old Igor Nosov, who died of a stroke in February

Energy executive Ravil Maganov, 67, died after he “fell out of the window” of a hospital on September 1, according to a source cited by the state-controlled news agency Interfax.

Maganov’s company, Lukoil, is one of Russia’s major energy providers, and six months earlier had taken the highly unusual step of criticizing the war in Ukraine. 

Another of Lukoil’s former executives, Alexander Subbotin, was found dead of what state media called an apparent heart attack at the premises of a Moscow shaman in May. 

Prior to that,a further five executives or bosses — most of whom had links to the energy industry — have died in suspicious circumstances since the beginning of the year.  

Can you now see why I call these ‘accidents’ as the “Falling Russian Syndrome”……

I do not think this is over by a long shot…..

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“lego ergo scribo”


Birth Of A Nation

NOTE:  Today is Sue’s birthday and this will be my only post today for we will be doing stuff she wants to do.

Part 5 of the untaught American history…….

No I am not doing some tired review of the old silent movie with huge racist overtones.

Today is the 212th anniversary of the establishing of a new nation…..

Instead I am writing about the year 1810 when the 6 Southern counties of Mississippi and 7 counties of Louisiana broke with Spain and established a new republic…..the Republic of West Florida.

20+ years before Texas thought of it….and the first state with a lone star in its flag…..

The flag of the Republic of West Florida (the actual color may have varied, this one is provided by Florida's Department of State)

It is a great story of the early American history…..

The big push to make West Florida independent came from a trio of brothers, the Kempers, who are the stars of Davis’s book.

The Kempers were entrepreneurs and traders who were constantly getting into disputes with the Spanish over their land claims. In 1804, they tried and failed to take over Baton Rouge, but their mission failed, and their fellow West Floridians were largely satisfied with how the Spanish did things. The Kempers evaded prison because as they were being shipped down the Mississippi, the United States Army rescued them.

That led to a more successful strike in 1810, when they fomented a rebellion against Spanish forces. The battle at Baton Rouge was brief and had few casualties — the Spanish weren’t willing and didn’t have the capacity to fight long for their unusual territory. Soon thereafter, the republic was born. But the Kempers weren’t just idiosyncratic rebel heroes — they were, in a way, symbolic of many Americans at the time.

“[The Kemper brothers] were emblematic of the working-class entrepreneurs who had a lot to do with pushing the United States westward,” Davis says. “The goal is cheap or free land in an opportunity to exploit land. … They were much less concerned about national and administrative divisions than they were about running a tavern or a barn and improving their own personal lot. The issues of loyalty and allegiance to any flag are totally fluid.”

That fluidity helped the Kempers build a tiny country where they could make their own rules. It didn’t last long.

Since I live within the borders of the new nation I have written about this historical event…..

The Republic Of West Florida

This is a part of early American history that is overlooked and ignored…..personally I am proud to be a resident of the Republic of West Florida.

Thanx for reading…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”