Why Is This Called F... Again

Once upon a time, while in a school in USSR (and later in Eastern Europe) the bane of my existence was the "F... Again" picture by Reshetnikov. This "pinnacle of socialist realism" was a recurring topic for essays both homework and in class. It was one of the most reviled student torture tools in the schoolmonster's armoury. I hated with passion every single minute when I had to commiserate with the "poor mother", empathise with the "straight A communist youth (pioneer) sister" and join the chorus of condemnation against the dunce who brought yet another F from school. In fact, deep inside my heart I was commiserating with the poor dunce and applauding the only creature treating him nicely - the family mutt.

How To Poison The Opposition So That It Survives

I came across this article when browsing the Russian press. As it is using a still frame with the visage of Kot Begemot from the rather lame 2005 version of Master and Margarita as the author (despite attributing it to a different cat), I could not resist to translate it. I have also provided some links and commentary for the people and subjects less prevalent in English speaking popular culture. Other than that the material is as is.

The "Fiddled" Russian COVID19 Mortality Numbers

I have been following the saga of the "Fiddled Russian COVID19 Mortality" numbers for a while and it looks more and more like yet another F... Again. It is a basic F... Again in Primary care amplified by a whole raft of F... Agains in analysis with an F... Again in Disinformation trying to fix all of them so it looks good and fits our narrative.

How to lie with statistics or the curious case of Russian COVID19 mortality figures

I was initially going to ignore the brouhaha around FT and NYT publishing figures which differ from the Russian official ones for mortality, but at the end I could not resist. It just could not miss such a classic F... Again in investigative journalism.

Rule Number One of Modern Journalism - Always Go for the Man

It seems that Rule Number One of modern Journalism is "Always Go For the Man, Not The Ball". It is done in everything - from OPCW Scandals to COVID19. By the way, we should not forget; Rule Number Two: "Always shove your agenda down the reader's throat". A modern journalist to go to any number of F...Agains in anything to comply with those rules and the story of Hydroxychloroquine and COVID19 provides an excellent illustration for both.

The Teleworking G20 or "My God, It's Fool of N00Bs"

As someone who has worked from home for 14 years I have to admit, I could not stop chuckling when I saw the G20 TeleWorking version. OK, as someone who even has a dedicated art (and nowadays ballet/capoeira) teleconf rigs in addition to 3 office ones in his house I am probably a bit spoiled. However, I am just an individual. So, I would not expect the most powerful 20 world leaders to have so many N00B fails at teleworking amidst them. F... Again after F...

Finally. Halleluyah. A Family Tree of the Coronavirus

Kim's infamous no mask stand on Coronavirus

Time and again I am amazed and surprised by how unobservant is the average UK reporter. Everyone and their dog ranted about how North Korea's Kim observed exercises without a mask in front of masked officials. None of them, however paid any attention to Kim himself. F... Again... in human anatomy and investigative reporting.

Austerity the Tory Way - The Ultimate Pump and Dump Scam

Time and again, I read our best beloved "Al Jazeera in Print" (aka The Guardian) and time and again I want to headdesk. Is it so difficult to identify the Tory Austerity for what it really was - a Pump and Dump style Scam? Is it so difficult to see that it is all set up, deliberate and that the key players are going to benefit handsomely from it. But, as usual, our best beloved "Al Jazeera in Print" loudhailer is getting yet another F... Again in investigative reporting.

The Best Way to Advertise Law Enforcement? Break the Law

Yet another F... Again in Russian from the FBI. This time it is accompanied by an F... Again in Law.

It looks like the FBI has not learned the lesson of posting advertisements in Russian with 10-odd spelling and grammar errors in them. It has now upped the ante. It has posted an advertisement for its own services using the visage of a crooked cop without a copyright permission.