The story was brutal
FROM a New Yorker who prefers anonymity:
“Millions of Cossacks, Slavs and Turks – a nation within a nation – live in Russia and eastern Ukraine. In the 15th century, serfs fought against their masters for freedom. “Cossacks” means free people. Attacked by Tatars and Turks, they became fierce warriors.
“For the Tsar, they killed entire communities of Jews and Catholics in exchange for privileges. Known for their cruelty during the pogroms in Ukraine, they burned shtetel and condemned these people to destitute refugees – including my grandmother, who committed suicide.
“Stalin thought they were threatening his regime and wanted the Cossacks gone. Then Putin came to power and restored Cossack military units, restored their regional authority, made them objects of Russian worship, encouraged their powerful militia and police units. The Cossacks became to Putin what they were to the Tsar.
“In order to bring Georgia and Chechnya back to his new Soviet Union, Putin used heavy artillery, rockets and airstrikes to kill civilians. The Chechens fought back. Putin brought the Cossack units that brutally defeated the Chechens. The Cossack police were assigned to maintain control. UN resolutions were passed, sanctions imposed. Despite global criticism, Putin turned to his next target – Ukraine. The Cossacks are to Putin what the SS was to Hitler.
“Body bodies in the street? murder children? Tortured Civilians thrown into mass graves? Putin and his Cossacks must answer for such barbarism and cruelty.”
A perfect getaway
ON-SCREEN, offscreen, kill, maim and shoot down the whole world. In his new film “Ambulance,” Jake Gyllenhaal robs a bank. Everything is fine for Gyllenhaal. His place of refuge is an ambulance. He says, “In my character’s family, robberies and muggings were normal. We end up with three different characters in a very small space driving hundreds of kilometers per hour. Being thrown around in a vehicle with sharp edges. The turbocharged film is a moral tale. Good intentions, but everything goes wrong.”
Be the boss!
DIANE von Furstenberg: “Released from Auschwitz, my mother weighed 49 pounds. Her mother in Belgium fed her like a little bird, a tiny bit of food every five minutes. Six months later, her fiancé returned. She weighed 90 pounds – and I was born.
“In life you need trust. I’m 75. At 27 I made my famous wrap dress – 1,000 of them every week. That’s what made me. gave me confidence Made me a responsible woman. If you have a voice, experience, and knowledge, and use it all to promote something good, it will work for you.
“To own your imperfections, they become your assets. When you own your vulnerability, it turns into trust. Instead of being delusional or hiding it, own it! Make the best of it. Being responsible means owning it.
“My mother didn’t allow me to be afraid. She said, ‘Fear is not an option.’ Fear is a handicap. Push the fear away and then deal with whatever you have to deal with.”
Chew on it
NEXT choice, Bice Cucina’s owner Peter Guimaraes says he will run for mayor on the Republican ticket. “This party, photo, TV, BS walking mayor should go too. He fulfilled zero campaign promises.” . . . GALLAGHER. One of the best steak restaurants in the world. Friday, 7 p.m. pre-theatre. jammed. 10 p.m., still jammed. Not a single seat available. Pandemic and no one goes out?
dr Marc Lazare, specialist in biometric dentistry: “In the countryside, this man fell down a kitchen drain with his anterior bridge. Some local doctor brought a wrench, removed the bridge, recemented the teeth. Days later, his dentist bill was only $35 but his plumbing bill was $675.”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/10/the-barbarianism-of-putins-war-on-ukraine-is-nothing-new/ The barbarism of Putin’s war against Ukraine is nothing new