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Fall, Walls of Shame of the Past, Fall

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Jumping over Walls for Freedom, from 1961 in Berlin to 21st century in France

Everybody loves somebody … everybody loves the Sixties … and some people would love a walking its talk socialism, but it just doesn’t work, it never did nowhere, and everybody escapes from the left hand (East End ?) if (and when) possible.

Renaud Favier – November 9th, 2014

It’s (Russian) Diplomacy, Stupid ! #Ukraine #Crimea #BraveRealWorld

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Talk(er)s not walking/working, pretending to work/walk – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell : a place somewhere in Orthodox Catholic East-Central Europe (not far from the famous “Balkans”) is called “Ukraine” (formerly part of Soviet Union) ; the place East of Ukraine (and West of Alaska, North of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China …)  is called “Russia” (formerly heartland of Soviet Union) ; a place with sandy beaches and a good harbour somewhere South of both Ukraine and Russia (not enormously far from the skiing resort Sochi) is called “Crimea” (formerly part of Russia, then of Soviet Union, then of Ukraine, now of Russia again).

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Ukraine – Credits : internet / press

Ukraine says Crimea belongs to Ukraine, like California or Louisiane belong to the USA (since they were taken over and/or bought from Mexico and France by the people who had taken over America from the Brits and Native Indians), or Greece belongs to Europe.

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Real talk(er)s walking – Credits : internet / press

Russia says Ukraine is like Panama or England, and Crimea is like Alaska or Hawaï, but they don’t mind about Alaska and Hawaï, and don’t ask Panama or England to be really independant. Yet.

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The Russian Boxer Nikolay Valuev in CRimea C) Reuters – Credits : internet / press

Lots of people talk, twit and post about it.

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Official talk(er)s pretending to work … – Credits : internet / press

That’s Diplomacy.

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Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

There was a vote, in Crimea, and over 90% of local citizens said they wanted to (re)become Russians, rather than stay Ukrainians.

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It’s democracy, Stupid ! – Credits : internet / press

That’s (not increased) reality.

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Master and Commander, or vice-versa – Credits : internet / press

Some walk their talk.

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Official and Real Talker and Walker – Moscow 2014 – Credits : internet / press

That’s Russia.

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“Steak tartare as a starter”, says smiling Putin – Credits : internet / press

Now, the game seems to be over (and Russia won this one).

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Not everybody outside of Crimea (and Russia) seems 100% happy about it all (by the way, it seems some people in Eastern Ukraine are jealous and would also like to be Russians …), but who knows what’s Diplomacy and what’s reality ?

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Franco-Russian Diplomacy – Credits : internet / press

Anyway, that’s the way it is, there (in Europe) and now.

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European Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell, it’s like a football game : some players win (and usually, the Germans), some lose (not always the same), trainers and managers call their lawyers, supporters shout, journalists talk, so called “experts” sell their comments at tv shows, twittos twit, facebookers post, activists walk in the streets, politicians talk among politicians and on TV, but nobody can do nothing but laugh, cry, shout, put their flags back in the garage, and go back to work or watch something else on Google’s Youtube, Apple TV, or Netflix, when the game, Olympic or not, is over.

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Good (Olympic) Game – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Ukraine.

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Europe & Co.

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The “Winner takes all” Game – Credits : internet / press

Good joke (and good luck), Brussels !

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Europe … Credits : internet / press

Good luck, Brave New World, and good luck, citizens of here and now.

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Crimea / Airport 2014 – Credits : internet / press

The trouble is, from a Western viewpoint (China, which incidentally took over Hong-Kong and Macao in the recent past without much noise in the West, doesn’t seem to care that much, as it is busy with it’s own real economic, environmental, social, politic and other issues), there’s plenty of communists and other nasty people, plus gas, oil, unemployment, social unrest and religion turmoil around …

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

But the game is over in Crimea, let’s play and watch another one.

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The Players – Credits : internet / press

What, who, where next ?

The (win-win, lose-lose or whatever good else) Game – Credits : internet / press

More about it (and other issues) in French (but with pictures & internet links) : http://cestalire.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/un-e-cafe-suspendu-au-hasard/

Renaud Favier – March 20, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

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RIP, Neil #Armstrong, Forever First Man on the Moon

Maybe you could have found a cheaper way to go swimming at sea, summer 1969.

Maybe you didn’t need to go that far to find a quiet beach, at that time.

Maybe you could have gone dancing with friends to a closer place, then.

Maybe you should have worn nicer shoes for worldwide television, this day.

Maybe you should have left the place as clean as you had found it in July.

Maybe not. Maybe you did the right choice and said the right thing.

Maybe you could have created a startup rather than joining government.

Maybe you could have played basket ball a more standard way.

Maybe you could have had a less controversial boss.

Maybe you could have been a better “chef” yourself.

Maybe not. Maybe you went the best way and did the best thing.
What is for sure is that, now you can report mission Apollo 11 to Kennedy.
What is for sure, is that you are up there forever, now.
What is for sure, is that you have a nice place under the sun, with a view, now.
What is for sure is that you flew safely back home and won’t ever walk alone.
Good bye, Sir.
Please keep an eye on us, on the US, on earth …
Renaud Favier – August 26th, 2012

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