Monthly Archives: October 2016

Trump’s Orwellian “rigged” campaign is straight out of Putin’s propaganda playbook

Euromaidan Press

Donald Trump over an image he tweeted of Hillary Clinton evoking anti-Semitic stereotypes with a graphic that included dollar bills and a six-pointed star.Donald Trump over an image he tweeted of Hillary Clinton evoking anti-Semitic stereotypes with a graphic that included dollar bills and a six-pointed star. 

The U.S. 2016 presidential campaign is nothing short of Orwellian. A billionaire real estate mogul who’s lived the most privileged of American dreams, able to leverage his birthright wealth into fame and celebrity, is now using the political power of that celebrity to usher in a dark American nightmare he calls “making America great again.” The upside-down world of Donald Trump and his legions of angry supporters are trampling on every fundamental notion of what it is to be an American and indeed what values our country stands for. America’s most basic institution, its democracy, is now being questioned and assaulted by a man who talks more like an authoritarian dictator than someone running to be the Continue reading

How to Properly Scan Your Computer for Malware

Rid Your Computer of Trojans, Viruses, Spyware & More

Photo of a virus indication key on a red computer keyboard
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Completely and correctly scanning your computer viruses and other malware like Trojan horses, rootkits, spyware, adware, worms, etc. is often a very important troubleshooting step. A “simple” virus scan will no longer do.

Many forms of malware cause or masquerade as seemingly unrelated Windows and PC issues like Blue Screens of Death, issues with DLL files, and other serious Windows problems so it’s important to properly check your computer for malware when working to solve many problems.

Note: See my Free Bootable Antivirus Programs list if you need to scan for viruses but don’t have access to Windows right now. More serious viruses can prevent youroperating system from starting in the first place and so you’ll have to use one of those tools instead. Continue reading

THE WORD “MAIDAN” WHERE IT COMES FROM AND WHAT IT MEANS

 

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Kiev’s Maidan, or Independence Square, aflame, with the silhouetted Statue of Lybid, sister of the city’s legendary founder, Kyi, and Ukrainian flags in the foreground.

THE WORD “MAIDAN”
WHERE IT COMES FROM AND WHAT IT MEANS

Thomas M. Prymak
University of Toronto

Philologists, who chase
A panting syllable through time and space,
Start it at home, and hunt it in the dark,
To Gaul, to Greece, and into Noah’s Ark.
William Cowper (1731-1800)

 For a short period in 2014, the name of the central square in Kyiv called “the Maidan” became known throughout the civilized world. That was because it was the place where the Ukrainian people gathered to overthrow the unpopular regime of Victor Yanukovych, who appeared to be attempting to set up a new dictatorship in Ukraine with renewed ties to Russia. This pro-Western, pro-EU, democratic movement, came to be called by Ukrainians the Revolution of Dignity, or “the Euromaidan.” The “Euro” part of this word was clear to all. But for Westerners the “maidan” part required some explanation by visiting journalists, who, however, generally ignored it, or at most, stated simply that it was a Ukrainian word for “town square.” Continue reading

How to Get Driving Directions and More from Google Maps

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by Marziah Karch

Updated February 24, 2016

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Getting Started

Google Maps provides excellent directions with a lot of hidden features. Not only can you get driving directions, you can get walking and public transport directions. You can find ratings and Zagat information for restaurants, and you can find the elevation you’d need to climb and route you’d need to pedal in order to bike there.

This tutorial assumes you’re using the desktop version of Google Maps. You can get directions from your mobile phone, but the interface is slightly different. The concepts are the same, so this tutorial may still be useful.

To get started, go to maps.google.com and click on Search Google Maps on the upper right-hand corner. You should then click on the blue directions symbol to get directions.

You may also Set your default location. This is an optional step in your preferences to set the place you’re most likely to need driving directions from. In most cases that’s your house or your workplace. If you click on the link and set your default location, that saves you a step the next time you get driving directions. That’s because Google will automatically add your default location to your starting location.   Continue reading

Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was)

Below is a posting by the New York Public Library which dismisses the myththat immigrants’ names were changed at Ellis island. The article was referred from Ernie Chorny. While lengthy, it is a valuable article and includes many historic pictures of Ellis Island

Between 1892 and 1954, over twelve million people entered the United States through the immigration inspection station at Ellis Island, a small island located in the upper bay off the New Jersey coast. There is a myth that persists in the field of genealogy, or more accurately, in family lore, that family names were changed there. They were not. Numerous blogs, essays, and books have proven this. Yet the myth persists; a story in a recent issue of The New Yorker suggests that it happened. This post will explore how and why names were not changed. It will then tell the story of Frank Woodhull, an almost unique example of someone whose name was changed, as proof that even if your name was changed at Ellis Island (it wasn’t), it wouldn’t have mattered. Confused? Read on…

Immigrants undergoing medical examination., Digital ID 416754, New York Public Library

The legend goes that officials at Ellis Island, unfamiliar with the many languages and nationalities of the people arriving at Ellis Island, would change the names Continue reading

Why and How to learn Ukrainian

International Summer School “Ukrainian Language and Country Studies” at the Lviv National University, photo from summer-school.com.uaInternational Summer School “Ukrainian Language and Country Studies” at the Lviv National University, photo from summer-school.com.ua 

2016/10/13 • CULTURE, LANGUAGE, NEW UKRAINE, UKRAINE

Do you know what’s in common between music classes in Japan and Taras Shevcheko, or between Seoul and invisible river Poltva in Lviv? It’s alright if you don’t. You’d need to learn Ukrainian to find out.

This summer 22 daring students from all over the world came to Lviv National University to study Ukrainian language and culture. For some of them, it was first ever time seeing Cyrillic. Still, in just three weeks they all were able to present a project in Ukrainian.

Euromaidan Press was inquiring what motivated foreigners to study Ukrainian, and what are the opportunities offline and online for learning this difficult and melodic language.

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“Russians make big money killing Ukrainians” and other neglected Russian stories

A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin by Ukrainian artist Darya Marchenko is made from 5,000 used bullet cartridges collected at the Russo-Ukrainian front in eastern Ukraine. The portrait is named "The Face of War." The portrait was presented along with a novel which tells personal stories of six people involved in this project including Darya's own story and stories of people who helped her to collect the bullet shells at the frontline. She calls her art approach philosophic symbolism where every element has its hidden meaning. In her works each used bullet cartridge stands for a human life that was brutally ended by Putin's military invasion into Ukraine. (Image: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin by Ukrainian artist Darya Marchenko is made from 5,000 used bullet cartridges collected at the Russo-Ukrainian front in eastern Ukraine. The portrait is named “The Face of War.” The portrait was presented along with a novel which tells personal stories of six people involved in this project including Darya’s own story and stories of people who helped her to collect the bullet shells at the frontline. She calls her art approach philosophic symbolism where every element has its hidden meaning. In her works each used bullet cartridge stands for a human life that was brutally ended by Putin’s military invasion into Ukraine. (Image: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich) 

 The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are too indicative of broader developments to ignore.

Consequently, Windows on Eurasia presents a selection of 13 of these other and typically neglected stories at the end of each week. This is the 51st such compilation. It is only suggestive and far from complete – indeed, once again, one could have put out such a listing every day — but perhaps one or more of these stories will prove of broader interest.

  1. Rumors Swirling about Putin’s Exit and a New Russian Revolution. In the low-information, high-tension environment in which Russians exist, rumors often sweep across the country. This week, there have been widespread reports that the Russian elite is preparing itself for Putin’s departure; and others are talking openly about the likelihood Continue reading