Just a brief little observation. Indulge a slightly long-winded introduction, won't you?
Did you ever notice the bizarre nature of the criticism La Russophobe receives from the wacko Russophile set? One minute, they accuse this blog of being devoid of editorializing, doing nothing more than copying the view of others from various sources, and hence being unoriginal. The next minute, they accuse us of doing nothing but editorializing, spewing out endless ideological tirades that betray our personal "hatred" of Russia.
The one point of commonality between these two crazily irreconcilable viewpoints is that, at bottom, they both constitute personal attacks on us rather than an attempt to address the substance of our content. In other words, it's an attempt to distract attention from out content itself. This is the best indication there is of how rock-solid and hard-hitting our content really is, and we couldn't be more delighted.
Oh yeah, the point, the point. We digress. Well, you see, we admit that the first viewpoint does have the most truth in it. As we've said from the beginning, the purpose of this blog is to document the rise of the neo-Soviet state by aggregating the news from the most reliable and varied sources we can find proving that it is occurring. In our own humble opinion, this blog is by far the best aggregator of news on Russia on this planet, and nobody who doesn't read it daily can claim to have any real understanding of what is going on in Russia today. What our critics can't seem to grasp is that nobody else in the whole wide world is doing what we're doing, and that makes us quite original indeed and accounts for why LR is so popular. The popularity is infuriating to them, but even more so they just can't stand the organized presence of all these facts, making it so much harder for them to continue their propagandizing.
Still not the point. Sorry. Just can't resist poking those wacky Russophiles. The point is this: Because we're engaged in doing this, we're in a position to warn you that things are getting pretty darn ugly pretty darn fast in Russia, much faster than even we ever dared dream possible. We can illustrate this for you by simply telling you that in the early going, we had virtually no backup in our publishing log. That simply means that each day, we published everything we had available.
We can't even come close to doing that anymore. At present, we're running a backlog that can reach a dozen posts or more, and we're cutting some material that we simply don't have space for. We feel like those doctors in M*A*S*H trying to decide which horribly wounded person to operate on first. If we kept on publishing everything we have every day, we'd innundate the blog and important material would get lost in the shuffle.
We have so much stuff because things are getting just that nasty in Russia. It's literally a physical challenge to organize and prioritize all the bad news. Another indication of how bad things are getting over there is the increasingly virulent rhetoric being lobbed at this blog by the Russophile wackos as they scurry to rationalize and defend the rise of a neo-Soviet state that is not only indefensible but unimaginable and unacceptable, and yet so horrifyingly real.
In short, as Bette Davis said in All About Eve: "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
Wednesday, February 07, 2007