How bad are America and capitalism?

I came to America in 1975 and became an American in 1980.

Half of my life I lived in the Soviet Union, another half – in America.

I worked in the Soviet Union as a manager and a scientist and I worked in the USA as a cutter, a clerk, an accountant, a broker, a programmer, a system analyst. I graduated from colleges in both countries (the Moscow Textile Academy and Queens College in NYC).

For forty years I hear and read that capitalism is bad and that America is a bad country. I saw all kinds of protesters. I heard a lot of journalists, professors and elected officials who believe that socialism and communism are better. .

Certainly, everybody has right to her/his opinion.

However, as I lived many years In the USSR and the USA it is easy for me to compare what is better.

Let’s look today at facts and make conclusions. Then we can continue to discuss the question in the title of this post.

Several years I am renting during winter an apartment in a condominium in Hollywood, Florida. My landlord is from Cuba. He is a large trucks driver.

He bought this apartment 7 years ago as an investment. He lives with his wife in their own very nice house near Miami.

The photo below shows a deck of the condominium and a beach below. I meet daily people on the deck who own apartments here and have apartments or houses in Chicago, New York and other places. All of these people are working or worked before retirement. They are (or were) teachers, programmers, doctors, nurses, engineers, professors, government employees, etc. Some of them have or had their own businesses.

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You can see in the photo a building that is under construction.

Picture #2 gives you a better view of it. The building will be finished soon.

All apartments in it have the same design and the average cost of an apartment is

$1,000,000. The interesting fact is that all apartments are already sold out.

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Now, there are hundreds of condominiums in Hollywood and thousands of houses that cost more than 1 million dollars. All of them have owners.

There are many cities all over America like Hollywood or even richer (like Naples in Florida).

How bad is America and how bad is capitalism if people who are working hard and have education can have wonderful apartments or houses, can travel, are free to choose their way and enjoy life?

I am proud that I am American!

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Dangerous paintings (part 3)

This is the last part of my review of the article “Dangerous paintings” written (in Russian) by Pauline Larina.

In the part 1 Larina wrote about dangerous paintings in America (SEE HERE) and in the part 2 about such paintings in Russia (HERE).

Naturally, she wrote about dangerous paintings in Europe too.

She states, that a mass-produced print of the painting “The Crying Boy” by Italian painter Bruno Amadio, also known as Giovanni Bragolin burned many houses in the North of England in the 1980s.

According to Pauline, the artist’s son was a model for the painting. However, a boy did not cry and the artist started to burn matches near his face.

Then the boy shouted: “I want you to burn!”. Very soon the boy died from pneumonia and there was a fire in the artist’s house. The artist and almost all his paintings burned in the fire.

I want to add here that my brief research on the internet tells a different but still very interesting story. You can read it HERE.

Pauline Larina also mentions “Water Lilies” by Claude Monet. She says that soon after he finished the painting there was a fire in his studio. Later there were fires in other places where there was this painting: a cabaret on Montmartre, in the house of a French collector of art, in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Finally, Pauline Larina tells that some paintings carefully studied by experts. Chemists explore the paint and canvas, physics – the impact of sunlight on the image, etc.

Some professionals in Russia came to conclusion that one icon in the Hermitage distributed mighty energy around itself, making a human brain to vibrate at high frequency.

Similar conclusions about energy from paintings came from researchers in the Pinakothek in Munich, in the Louvre, in other galleries.

Larina says that if some painting makes you uncomfortable you should urgently walk away from it.

 

 

I was proud of America in 1941!

On June 22, 1941 without declaration of war Germany invaded the Soviet Union. At that time I was 7 years old.

In 73 years I wrote about that day and the Great Patriotic War in the post MY MOTHER’S BIRTHDAY.

Odessa was occupied during the war and my mother and I were fortunate to reach Sverdlovsk in the Ural Mountains and to rent a small room there. My mother was a nurse in a military hospital and she was able to come to our room only on Sundays for several hours

All other days I stayed in the room reading everything I could find. Our landlords, two mighty sisters about 65 years old, helped me daily to do the most important thing: to get my food ration.

During winter the situation in the city was especially bad. Food rations were tiny and there was impossible to get berries or mushrooms or fishes in the forests. People were starving and some tried to steal your food on the way from a food distribution center. However, I was safe, as both sisters had heavy sticks in their hands and used them effectively without hesitation.

One day we found out that the city received some food from America. Our rations increased. I still remember that we got containers with hot soup in it. One of my protectors gave me a spoon and said: “Eat it right here! I know how hungry you are!”

The soup was delicious. A woman who worked at the center explained that it was a turtle soup.

Several months later we received a big can with an egg powder (it was part of the monthly ration). It was also from America. On Sunday my mother made an omelette from it. It was incredible beautiful and tasteful. We ate it very slowly enjoying every bite.

I asked my Mom where America was and she showed me on a map. Then I asked: “Mom, why this country that is so far away, helps us?”

My mother answered: “America is a mighty and rich country! Today it helps our country and other countries to fight terrible enemy by providing military equipment, materials and food. We hope very much that soon it will fight Nazis together with us and we’ll win the war together!”

I was proud of America in 1941 and I love it since 1941!1flag

 

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Several extracts from Wikipedia:

“The Lend-Lease policy, formally titled An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States, (Pub.L. 77–11, H.R. 1776, 55 Stat. 3034, enacted March 11, 1941)[1] was a program under which the United States supplied Great Britain, Free France, the Republic of China and later the USSR and other Allied nations with materiel between 1941 and August 1945…

Joseph Stalin, during the Tehran Conference in 1943, acknowledged publicly the. importance of American efforts: “Without American production the United Nations [the Allies] could never have won the war.”

On December 11, 1941, the United States Congress declared war upon Germany, in response to that nation’s declaration of war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and only hours after Germany declared war on the United States.”