Final furlong of our friendship
The previous unit about the 2020 US election was ended with this video:
On the photo below you can see David holding the bottle of Spanish wine. When I went to Spain on holiday he immediately bought the ticket and flew to Barcelona because he was not allowed to visit me in Russia. So he flew to Spain just to see me – his friend. Perhaps,THEN friend. You can use this word THEN in the phrases like THEN PRESIDENT, THEN GOVERNOR, etc.
On this video David explains how grammar will help in your life if you focus on it in your study of English.
These are the photographs from the restaurant in Tomsk where David helped me to pick the winner in one of my English language Olympiads.
Whenever we were together I kept recording his voice. Grammar is not so important, but pronunciation is:
He died of his diet.
What could possibly ruin our friendship? Our political disagreements or his intolerance? I will try to prove that it is not my fault because I accept any views. We no longer talk to each other for months. He is no longer my friend of Facebook. This is where we actually broke up when I downloaded short CNN video where Michelle Obama pitched Joe Biden. To be frank. I loathe Democrats for their hypocrisy. Biden lost his wife and some of his children so Michele Obama tried to convince Americans to vote for him because he suffered a lot and thus shares the feelings of those who lost their loved ones. His favorite phrase during his campaign was “sitting at a table with an empty chair” with many variations. It seemed disgusting to me and I shared my feelings on Facebook. I wrote I would rather vote for those who imitate love of God (religious Republicans) than for those who imitate care for the people (lying Democrats). David wrote that I am stupid, that I don’t understand America at all. I responded: around 50% of Americans think the same way. Here is what followed:
Since that moment he never replied to my skype messages. So deep was his emotional wound… But I have another theory based on the French saying “Cherchez la femme”. This is what he wrote to me in August 2020: “My cousin-in-law just was picked as Democratic Vice President nominee... Cousin-in-law dude...my cousin is married to her sister…” The vice-president steps in to the top job should Biden die or leave office during his term. Biden will turn 78 in November. He will be the oldest US president in history. So this scenario is very possible:
Being a future president’s relative there is no point to have too many connections with Russian citizens. Especially with those who are not the fans of the Democratic party. Especially with those who have interesting stories like this one in their past:
NSA. I'll you tell about it. We were, we've been detained for the last two hours by the Federal Police. So I saw "the cryptological museum". So, I took the exit but it turned out it was like the signs were misleading I went out to the wrong thing. Then I took another turn. Before I know it we're entering the NSA truck delivery entrance. We spent the last two hours being questioned by some federal agents, with Yuri having to take out his passport, and me having to explain why I was in Russia. Tada tada tada…
NSA stands for National Security Agency - the organization that coordinates specialized activities to protect United States information systems and to obtain foreign intelligence information. You should know about it along with two other abbreviations – FBI and CIA.
The American surveillance systems were linked by satellite to the National Security Agency or NSA at Fort Meade in Maryland.
Meet Kamala Harris:
Good evening! So, thank you! Good evening! So… Congressman John Lewis, before his passing, wrote: "Democracy is not a state. It is an act." And what he meant was that America's democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice but there is joy in it and there is progress. Because 'We The People' have the power to build a better future.
Nearly all Democrats are excellent speakers. That is what they do – TALK. David would hate me writing these lines, but now I don’t care anymore. Joe Biden being an old man is slowly but surely losing this talent - to talk well. This is how convincing he was 8 years ago:
Governor Romney looks at the notion of equal pay in terms of a company's bottom line. President Obama — he knows that making sure our daughters get the same pay for the same jobs as our son is every father's bottom line.
Try to memorize this phrase – “bottom line”. Here it simply means a “profit” (the bottom line of the table of incomes and expenses).
You may ask if I regret that we drifted apart. Of course, I do. Moreover, I hope we will be friends again. But I will always do it “my way” and speak my mind. I regret, though being too cruel writing about Joe Biden as a family man who lost his loved ones. Here is his touching story: On Christmas Eve of 1972, shortly after her husband became U.S. senator-elect, his wife was driving with his kids to buy a Christmas tree when their car was hit by a tractor-trailer. His wife and 1-year-old daughter died in hospital, the 3 and 4 year-old sons survived with serious injuries. Sad story. Unfortunately, there were others ahead… First Biden doubted if he would be able to work as a senator but his friends encouraged him and he made a decision to go on with his political career. Biden was sworn into the Senate at the hospital where his sons were being treated. Was it so necessary to do it in hospital? Of course! Now you know what Photo op means for a politician…
He was one of the country's youngest senators and after his election, of course, he suffered this huge loss: his wife and his baby daughter were killed in a car crash, his two young sons were injured and he was sworn in beside a hospital bed of his young sons. He used to take that train home famously every evening from Washidton DC, it's about a two-hour train ride and Joe Biden would take it home every evening in order to spend the time with his young sons. He was worried initially that he wouldn't be able to take on the job of being senator because who would look after his sons, and he was so grieving and he was councelled by friends that he should do it for himself and he shoul do it for them but he insisted on taking a train home which is why he's known as Amtrak Joe.
Joe Biden used to have a number of nicknames but the most characteristic one was probably “Amtrak Joe”. Amtrak is The National Railroad Passenger Corporation. After the tragedy Biden began taking the Amtrak to and from Washington, D.C. every single day, so he could be at home with his boys. The trip is about 90 minutes so normally politicians working in Washington spent with families only their weekends. Biden rode the Amtrak every day for 36 years, traveling over 2 million miles (four years of his life). In 2011, the Wilmington Amtrak station was even named after him. Of course, there is a lot of PR in all this but father’s heroism is obvious.
I always used to post on Facebook pictures like these
David was quite tolerant when Obama was US President. He did not approve some of my messages but we remained friends. I never told him that I love Donald Trump either.
Then George Floyd’s death triggered the Black Lives Matter movement. I hate police brutality but I also would never accept the “icons” of this kind
He was a drug addict, the robber, thief and murderer. All lives matter. Not only black ones. Do you know that it is no longer safe to say that all lives matter?
All lives matter. - So when you say "all lives matter" I just want you to know that's like actually really hurtful so we're gonna try this again: "Do black lives matter?" - All lives matter.
What do you think about these idiots?
Even though I admire this man who gave his life fighting for racial equality (phrase continues after the video)
I reserve the right to share the pictures like these ones:
It does not mean, of course, that all black people are looters, but looting and BLM went hand in hand.
David would hate me for that picture. I would never hate him for any picture or video. I also don’t have to agree with philosophy which has already led humanity to millions of deaths and tremendous suffering. It is called communism or socialism which is the same if you read the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and stop listening fairytales about “Scandinavian socialism”. A little trip to USSR would also help to understand the nature of this terrible idea. Fair shot is nothing more than just a slogan (and an idiom):
Regarding “peaceful protesters”:
Now watch some videos about the very atmosphere in the United States in November, 2020:
I do wanna get to your OP-ED,Frank, that you recently wrote about post-Trump America (the rest of the transcript is on the screen).
We love Trump! - They endure the heat and very public disapproval. - We're sorry for you!
The guy in the next video is very quiet and peaceful. But his message is clear:
And that people have died for these freedoms, so I can stand here, I can defend my country, I can defend my president and I can bear arms as much as I want, because that is our human right, that’s in our Constitution, it's the 2nd Amendment. And I’m not a threat, actually I carry more medical than I do ammunition. I am just here to represent my president.
Read this about the 2nd Amendment.
Try to imaging something more disgusting than this video:
Before watching the next video please read this
Loincloth = a piece of cloth that hangs down from around the waist (one of the indigenous achievements before Columbus era). Or should always keep in mind great Maya civilisatons? How about Columbus Day? It's a good thing we can discuss different issues. I don't mind being judged. I don't own the truth.
There are a lot of people like me, a lot of people like me that are upset about the Columbus statutes being brought down. Right? We've got to speak up! Put those Columbus statues back up! You understand? I've got an army of 26 million Italian Americans ready to come and put those statues back up. Who's with me? Which Italian Americans are gonna come with me to put those statues back up? How we do it? We vote the Democrats out of office. You vote the Democtrats out of office. They've got to be voted out of office! You understand? I don't like what they are doing to the country. Alright? I don't like this shit. They talk about the indiginous people. Let's be honest about indigineos people. They've been in loincloths running around with buffalo skins! Right? There'd be no Internet, no education. There'd be nothing! Alright? Blessed the beasts and the children. You don't think they killed their own, you don't think they ate their own, they kept women as slaves? You think all the indiginous were just innocent people? Let's stop all this revisionist bullshit! 12:20Alright? Let's tell the truth to the American people. I'm sick and tired of the nonsense! I'm sick and tired of sitting on my hands afraid to speak because I may be blacklisted from Hollywood. I'm sick and tired of it all! My grandparents came from Italy! Alright, you sons of bitches. They came from Italy and they worked and slaved ... censored
Before watching the next video learn the following word - ambient: existing or present on all sides. Examples: ambient light, ambient sound. Now ambient ugliness...
It's morning again in America. Past presidential elections here harolded the sense of hope, a peaceful dawn. But this is now America. - Donald Trump! - Count every vote! - A land of ambient ugliness, diveded, angry, frustrated, prime for trouble .
Now an idiom for you:
Breaking news: people are leaving Fox News in droves.
Time to summarize at least the small part that you have learned in the last four units. Watch this video first:
The role of government. Mitt Romney is liked here because he favors cutting back. Barack Obama is liked by others because he believes government has a role to play. Now as then the issue is the role of government. - Being a student of History I’ve seen where government`s been going in the way it`s been intruding more and more into the private sector. - As a conservative I believe in a smaller Government with less red tape.
Who is the person Trump and Obama are talking about and why her death was so important for the US? To answer this question, go to the previous unit.
The first video in this unit was recorded for me by David when I asked him to do it for the program on the radio. He also recommended me the song. Listen to the part of it and try to find an error in the text on the screen:
Below is the message that both of us – me and David – should comprehend and admit in order to be friends again:
That’s us. On it – everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization. Every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader. Every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there, on the mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
This election can also bring to an end another long alliance. There are some important and useful terms in this material: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8925347/Melania-Trump-counting-minutes-divorce-Donald-leaves-White-House.html?ito=facebook_share_article-top&fbclid=IwAR09A94krDw1tuG1gZ8kytLVa7B1GfB49dTaoOIvPckxxMJ8BWVvSENkqio