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Russian Male Life Expectancy – Age 59 – 11 Year Gap

“This is a community solely of old ladies. The village’s last male inhabitant died in 2007. The scene is being repeated across Russia, the world’s biggest country, where there are at least 34,000 villages inhabited by 10 people or fewer, almost all of them old women.
‘Last winter our TV aerial blew off. There are no men left in the village to fix it.'”

Russian society, notorious for treating its men as expendable pawns to an extreme seems to be paying a long term price for not allowing them a sense of self worth.
Many would rather drink themselves to death out of sheer apathy than stick around for the long term.

One response to “Russian Male Life Expectancy – Age 59 – 11 Year Gap

  1. Eric Patton July 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    A small price to pay for having the best sense of dark humor in the world:

    Where does the KGB interrogator go to work? The Palace of Amusements.

    In the hospital, a man in a white robe walks from one patient to another and asks their height.
    One patient:
    – Doctor, instead of asking such stupid questions you should’ve treated us better
    – I am not a doctor, I am а carpenter

    http://www.theworld.org/2012/02/russia-soviet-dark-humor/
    “Kuryokhin set up the program by saying it will be an investigation into the history of the Bolshevik Revolution and that he has some new facts about that history which remain unknown until this day,” said Yurchak.

    It had to do with mushrooms. According to Kuryokhin, Lenin and the other the Bolshevik leaders really liked mushrooms. Not just ordinary mushrooms; the hallucinogenic kind.

    “Basically his point was that they ate so many mushrooms that mushrooms started affecting their personality,” Yurchak said. “And when you eat very powerful, hallucinogenic mushrooms, he claimed — which is completely fake– they have the power to take over your personality completely and you become a mushroom. In short, I want to say that Lenin was a mushroom.”

    For the next hour, Kuryokhin presented historic photographs and other documentary evidence to make his case. Neither he, nor the program’s host, ever let on it was a joke.

    “So people didn’t know what to make of it, and many people believed it,” Yurchak said.

    Man on Red Square shouts, ‘Brezhnev is an idiot!’ He gets sentenced to 15 years: five years for insulting the Soviet leader, and 10 years for betraying a state secret.

    Brezhnev rehearses his speech for the opening ceremony of the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980:
    “Oooooohhhh.. Ooooooohhh.. Ooooooooohhhh.. Oooooooooohhh. Ooooooohhh..”
    His assistant said, Comrade Brezhnev, these are the Olympic circles! You don’t have to read them!

    This is Armenian Radio; our listeners asked us: What shall we do if suddenly we feel a desire to work?” We’re answering: “Just rest for a while on a sofa. It will pass.

    This is Armenian Radio; our listeners asked us: Why is our government not in a hurry to land men on the moon? We’re answering: What if they refuse to return?

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