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8 maja 1947 r. funkcjonariusze UB aresztowali rtm. Witolda Pileckiego, oficera ZWZ-AK, który w 1940 r. dobrowolnie poddał się aresztowaniu i wywózce do Auschwitz, aby zdobyć informacje o obozie. Po ucieczce z Auschwitz walczył w Powstaniu Warszawskim. W 1948 r. został przez władze komunistyczne skazany na śmierć i stracony.
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Синие -тори, красные - лейбор, желтые - либ-демы, фиолетовые UKIP.
Причем, тори поддерживает даже рабочий класс. Подлержка у лейбор только в возрастной категории от 18 до 24.
Мэй самый популярный премьер за последние 40 лет.

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Chciałbym zrobić trochę uwag polszczyzną. Nie życze sobie komentarzy od tych, które mówią wyłącznie rosyjską. Ostatnio miałem trochę wolnego czasu no i przeczytałem pamiętniki profesora Swaniewicza, które otrzymałem dzięki uprzejmości Pani Raisy za co jestem jej bardzo wdzięczny. Bardzo to jest czekawa oraz pożyteczna lektura. Nigdy nie byłem człowiekiem wierzącym. Ale muszę przyznać, że uwaga autora że Związek Sowiecki za czasów Stalina- to kraina pod rządami Szatana jest całkowicie słuszna. Rosja współczesna pod rządami Putina zbliża się do tego potwora, którym byl Związek Sowiecki. Bylem tam kilka dni na delegacji i nie miałem dostępu do Internetu. Tłumy urzędników, chciwych, nieuprzejmych, aroganckich. Nie ma tam społeczeństwa, żadnej tkanki społecznej. Nikogo nie obchodzi, ze ich podatki są używane na mord Ukraińców na Donbasie oraz dzieciaków w Aleppo. Nawet nie mówię o stronie moralnej. Wszystkiemu są winni Stany Zjednoczone oraz Zachód w ogóle. A Rosja pod rządami Putina to  jest kraina mlekiem i miodem płynąca.  Po kilku dniach wolałem jak najszybciej wrócić do domu.
Zgadzam się ze Swaniewiczem że nie tylko kraje nadbałtyckie oraz Białoruś i Ukraina powinny jak najszybciej uwolnić się od wpływów moskiewskich. Bo te wplywy są trucizną.
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The Government needs to crack on with lighting the great bonfire of EU red tape

    John Longworth

And REACH should go as well! )
The Government needs to start this process now, so that on Brexit Day plus one we can begin removing or amending the canon of EU law. Targets might include the ridiculous restrictions that prevent research into life-saving procedures and drugs, including the EU’s anti-progress, anti-science, anti-technology “precautionary principle”; the ludicrously bureaucratic laws like the Ergonomics Directive, which require all businesses to survey and record the positioning of chairs! Overburdensome “Working at Height” requirements which mean that people cannot afford to maintain their houses, not to mention “curved cucumbers”, restrictions on overtime and so much more.

If we apply ourselves to this great bonfire of the EU's bureaucratic vanities, at last we will be liberated from all this and can celebrate at Lent in two years’ time by eating that quintessential symbol of pleasing renewal, a Simnel Cake, as Britain becomes the best place in the world to do business. But only if the Government gets on with it, starting now.
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When relationships break down it can be comforting to pretend that those involved simply decided to call it a day – jointly, and in the best interests of both. But the painful truth is that, almost inevitably, one party has chosen to leave in search of a better, happier future elsewhere, and the other feels abandoned, embittered. Those doing the leaving might offer words of comfort, or promises to stay in touch. Between bouts of tears, those on the receiving end may spit poisonous oaths and vows of retribution.

So it seemed, did the marital drama of the EU and UK play out on Wednesday. After more than four decades of union – some years happy, but others turbulent, punctuated by major fights and, recently, characterised by fatal disenchantment – Britain finally made good on its threats to pack its bags and leave. To many in the EU (and no doubt some diehards in Britain) this was an astonishing development. Even in recent weeks, we know, some on the Continent were certain Brexit would never happen. “She says she’ll go,” they said dismissively of Theresa May, “but she’ll never actually do it.”

Now she has. And with the delivery of the letter triggering Article 50 to Donald Tusk, the realisation has unequivocally dawned in Europe that Britannia really is off. For good. Cue Mr Tusk’s sadness. “We already miss you,” he said. Well, the EU might have thought about that when it offered David Cameron such derisory renegotiation terms in the months before last June’s referendum.

To cite Churchill after El Alamein, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. And at this early stage in negotiations it is entirely right that the Prime Minister set out her ambitions with the utmost respect and cordiality. But as talks continue, she may need to demonstrate steel, bellicosity even, to ensure that this country gets the best deal it possibly can. For the EU and Great Britain both have interests to defend, constituencies to appease. Looked at in this light, it is little wonder that the EU has struck a very different pose to the UK. Just as Downing Street must demand everything at the outset in order still to be seen to achieve a good deal after concessions, so Brussels must offer nothing now in order for its inevitable compromises not to be seen ultimately as a sell-out to perfidious Albion.

As with the carefully choreographed delivery of that letter to Donald Tusk, much of what is happening now – on both sides – is stage-managed for public consumption. Soon, however, the hard work will be put in behind closed doors. And then we must be ready, if not keen, to take the gloves off.
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Lawyer who led Iraq veterans 'witch hunt' failed to convince tribunal he was too unwell and poor to turn up.
The disgraced lawyer who led the witch hunt against Iraq war veterans failed to convince a disciplinary tribunal that he was too unwell to attend, it has been revealed.
Phil Shiner was struck off the solicitor roll after pursuing a decade-long "witch hunt" against innocent British soldiers in Iraq which prompted a failed £100m taxpayer-funded investigation into allegations of abuse and torture of Iraqis.
His firm Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), which was paid more than £200,000 by the Ministry of Defence, folded in the summer after the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) withdrew funding and warned it would try to recoup millions.

Mr Shiner's work prompted the creation of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat) but it was shut down a week after the lawyer's hearing.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found him guilty of 22 misconduct charges, including five of dishonesty, after the two-day hearing brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Johnny Mercer MP, a former Army officer, called Mr Shiner a “modern-day traitor" and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon demanded an apology.

Labour peer, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, said he did good work but "lost his way".

Mr Shiner, who has repeatedly refused to comment to media, has been ordered to pay £722, 983.05 in costs.

The National Crime Agency, in a letter seen by The Telegraph, says it is trying to "ascertain whether there is sufficient evidence to place before the Crown Prosecution Service".
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What one can tell? Well, it was  known long ago that a leopard cannot change its spots.
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Dame Vera Lynn - the Forces' Sweetheart.

Land of Hope and Glory

The White Cliffs of Dover

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British troops arrive in Estonia to deter Russian aggression in one of biggest deployments to region in decades

British troops have arrived in Estonia as part of a major Nato mission in the Baltic states to deter Russian aggression.
Around 120 soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles landed at the Amari airbase on Friday, 25 miles south-west of the capital Tallinn.
They were welcomed by Estonia's defence minister Margus Tsahkna on their arrival from RAF Brize Norton.
Eight hundred British troops are due to be stationed in the country as part of one of the biggest deployments to Eastern Europe in decades.
The first batch will set up a UK headquarters in the country before the rest arrive next month.
They will work alongside French and Danish forces to "provide a proportionate, defensive, and combat capable force to defend our Nato ally and deter any form of hostile activity against the Alliance", the Ministry of Defence said.

Britain is taking a leading role in the Estonia Battlegroup, while other nations are deploying troops to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as part of Nato's Enhanced Forward Presence battalion.

Around 300 UK vehicles have also left the UK this week by ferry headed for Estonia, including Challenger 2 tanks, Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, and AS90 self-propelled artillery pieces

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Ирландское гадание ко Дню святого Патрика

Что скажет тебе Ирландская мудрость?
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W całości to zacytuję.
Agnieszka Kołakowska: Przedwyborcza wojna o kulturę we Francji
Francuzi wyczekują kogoś, kto ośmieli się wreszcie jasno powiedzieć, kim są i co ich łączy – zamiast wmawiać im, że wszystko ich dzieli. A klasa polityczna – jak w Anglii, jak w Ameryce, jak i w Polsce – ciągle nie rozumie, że sama ponosi winę za własną klęskę.
Przygnębiający przedwyborczy chaos, jaki panuje we Francji, wydaje się bardziej przygnębiający i chaotyczny niż kiedykolwiek przedtem. Że jest chaos – to jeszcze pół biedy; przy ostatnich wyborach też mieliśmy poczucie chaosu. Ale to, co jest przygnębiające i niepokojące, przygnębia i niepokoi jeszcze bardziej niż w przeszłości.

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Autorka jest filologiem klasycznym, tłumaczką i eseistką, córką filozofa Leszka Kołakowskiego. Wydała książki: „Wojny kultur i inne wojny" (2010), „Plaga słowików" (2016)
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Russians drink lots, quickly, in what could be described as a heroic fashion. Their attitudes to their own alcohol consumption are both blithe and fatalistic, epitomised by the popular saying: “If you don’t drink or smoke, you’ll die healthy.” To foreigners, drinking in Russia resembles an intricate method of suicide, a feat of self-destruction.
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Джон Чейн

Уильям Стокс.
Вряд ли они предполагали, что станут настолько популярными после 5 марта 1952 года.
Сдох тот, сдохнет и этот.

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Rosja: Coraz więcej mieszkańców kraju dotkniętych jest biedą
Co trzeci Rosjanin chciałby otrzymywać darmową żywność w ramach pomocy socjalnej.
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– Nie należy dawać żadnych kartek, bo producenci żywności pokłócą się albo spróbują sprzedawać zgniłe produkty, albo spróbują zmusić ludzi, by kupowali tylko u nich – ostrzegł szef komitetu ds. socjalnych władz Petersburga Aleksandr Rżenienkow. Opierał się przy tym na własnym doświadczeniu. W Petersburgu liczącym ok. 4,6 mln mieszkańców aż 3,5 mln korzysta z różnych form pomocy socjalnej.

Подпись -нищие на улицах Москвы.

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TheWriting Center at the University of Washington is telling students that expecting Americans to use proper grammar perpetuates racism.

 "there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” and that pressure to conform to proper American grammar standards perpetuate systems of racism.

“Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” claims the writing center’s statement. “Language is constantly changing. These two facts make it very difficult to justify placing people in hierarchies or restricting opportunities and privileges because of the way people communicate in particular versions of English.”

The university’s Writing Center Director, Dr. Asoa Inoue, suggests that racism has produced certain unfair standards in education.

“It is a founding assumption that, if believed, one must act differently than we, the institution and its agents, have up to this point,” Inoue claimed. While overt racism is usually easily identified, more elusive are microaggressions, forms of degradation which manifest on a subconscious and casual level. As the statement reads “Racism is pervasive. It is in the systems, structures, rules, languages, expectations, and guidelines that make up our classes, school, and society.”


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