• Did They Pass This In Kansas…

    …or is it just so people can get used to the idea?

  • Old Photos: Education Side-by-Side II

    Continuing my previous post about the comparison of the American and the Soviet education systems I will now post a few photos of Stephen Lapekas – Alexei Kutzkov’s American counterpart.

    Student Stephen Lapekas posing for a picture.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas sitting in typing class.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas (C) dancing at a dance.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas swimming in a pool.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas (C) sitting in class.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas (C) sitting in a restaurant with his friends.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas walking with a fellow student to school.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas (4C) standing with others in his biology class.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas (2R) playing a song on a juke box.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    Student Stephen Lapekas (L) watching TV and eating a snack after school.©Time.Stan Wayman.©Time.Stan Wayman.

    According to this article:

    Lapekas became a Navy pilot, then a commercial pilot for TWA; I am told Kutzkov works for the Russian equivalent of the FAA.

    Despite the seemingly different education systems in the Soviet Union and the United States, the article didn’t mention that the most important factor was not how the students were educated but how their country utilized their talent and knowledge after the graduation. In the USSR the graduate was likely to be drafted to serve in the military and after eventually graduating from college be assigned a low-paying job anywhere in the country. Most of the intellectual jobs such as engineering, science and medicine were paying less than manual labor to maintain the socialist class hierarchy, where intelligentsia was not considered a class like workers and peasants, but was tolerated as a mid-layer in order to serve the cause of the working class. Therefore, a welder was making more money than a doctor or a scientist with a PhD.

    In the end, the quality of life was probably better for the fun-loving American kid, than for his serious Soviet counterpart, whose abilities could not deliver him the material success he deserved.

  • Religious Billboards of Missouri: The End Is Near

    You might have noticed more activity than usual on this here blog and it’s not because I am less lazy, but because the time is running out and I have less than a month to say everything I’ve ever wanted to say.

    This fine specimen of the religious billboard art is located around Truman Rd. and HWY 71. Notice a Bible Seal of Approval at the top left and a person in the position painfully familiar to anyone who ever used a squat toilet at the bottom right.

    In any case, I suggest you repent soon, use up your vacation and deplete your savings accounts.

    You have been warned.

  • Rear End Sightings

    Yep it’s a gym!
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    “Straight Talk Express” has left the city.

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    His name is not “The man upstairs”, his name is Jesus

    back of the truck

  • Behind The Iron Curtain: How To Recognize a Foreign Spy

    Recently an old Soviet spy-identification aid has come to my attention. I don’t know if it’s authentic, but it looks, feels and reads as such. The surprising part is that according to this memo I would now be easily outed as a spy. Not because of quality work (god forbid!), good posture and neat clothes, but mostly due to the habit of putting my feet up and love of cocktails. If you read carefully, the text is not of the highest opinion about an average Soviet citizen – a slouchy impolite slob, with simple food tastes, who eats a lot of bread, slams his drinks and has inferior work ethic.

    Free translation mine.

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