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Maria Tchebotareva. Trying to feed her four hungry children during the massive 1932-1933 famine, the peasant mother allegedly stole three pounds of rye from her former field? confiscated by the state as part of collectivization. Soviet authorities sentenced her to ten years in the Gulag. When her sentence expired in 1943, it was arbitrarily extended until the end of the war in 1945. After her release, she was required to live in exile near her Gulag camp north of the Arctic Circle, and she was not able to return home until 1956, after the death of Stalin. Maria Tchebotareva never found her children after her release. Courtesy of the Gulag Museum at Perm-36.


Warning, some people may find this story Disturbing.

Have you ever been late to work?

In the Stalin era, a person who arrived late to work three times could be sent to the Gulag for three years.

Have you ever told a joke about a government official?

In the Stalin era, many were sent to the Gulag for up to 25 years for telling an innocent joke about a Communist Party official.

If your family was starving, would you take a few potatoes left in a field after harvest?

In the Stalin era, a person could be sent to the Gulag for up to ten years for such petty theft.

The transportation methods to the Gulags were often even more disturbing and painful than the camps themselves. Most long journeys began at the railroad station. However, prisoners were not loaded onto trains at the station in full public view; they were loaded at sidings down the track, away from public glare. It was done secretively – just as the process of arrest late at night. It was usual for up to sixty or more people to be crammed into one carriage, which was constructed from wooden planks and had a few rows of horizontal boards to sleep on. There was no illumination, and rats and vermin abounded. No matter the weather, the captives were only allowed to wear the clothes they were arrested in.

?The night search, the most degrading procedure, was frequently repeated. ?Get up! Get undressed! Hands up! Out into the hall! Line up against the wall.? Naked we were especially frightened. ?Among the blind, the one-eyed is king,? and next to them I was still a hero?for the time being. Our hair was undone. What were they looking for? What more could they take away from us? There was something, however: they pulled out all the ties that had been holding up the nuns’ skirts and our underwear.?

Conditions in the camps, for those who survived the trip, were extremely harsh. Prisoners received insufficient clothing and inadequate food rations which made it difficult to endure the severe weather and the long working hours. As a result, the death rate from exhaustion and disease in the camps was enormously high.

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Banning ‘anti-vax’ kids

NSW is moving to ban unvaccinated kids from schools and child care facilities.

Both of my kids were un-vaccinated…for a couple of reasons and none of it hippy dippy shit. Simply they were both highly allergic to egg white and other substances. No doctor, either GP or at the hospital was prepared to put their signature on a piece of paper to say it would be ok. In fact they insisted if we were to vaccinate at all that it MUST be done in a hospital under supervision.

They have since grown out of their allergies…but my daughter still has to be careful with egg-white.

I’m not sure a ban will work though.

A move to ban unvaccinated kids from NSW preschools and childcare centres isn’t about discriminating against the children of vaccine refusers, the state opposition says.

Labor leader John Robertson will introduce amendments to the public health act which would give early childhood centres the right to refuse kids who haven’t had their shots.

The move comes amid concern about high rates of unvaccinated children in some parts of NSW as well as the emergence of so-called ”anti-vaxxers” who refuse vaccination.

Some parts of NSW had lower vaccination rates than Rwanda, Mr Robertson said.

Can you catch Poverty?

The Herald and assorted left wing numpties are claiming that New Zealand has a shameful health record based on a report from some boffins.

Apparently the?indicator?diseases for poverty according to the Herald are:

Top 10 infectious diseases resulting in hospitalisations in New Zealand, 1998-2008

  1. Skin abscesses and cellulitis
  2. Pneumonia
  3. Infectious diarrhoea
  4. Appendicitis
  5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with respiratory infection
  6. Urinary tract infection
  7. Unspecified viral infection
  8. Unspecified acute lower respiratory infection
  9. Post-operative infection
  10. Acute upper respiratory infection

Now the Herald may have those years wrong, but it is the media so it must be right…but those were the years Labour was in government….even if other reports are correct and it start in 1989 that just makes it about even for the health stats.

Irrespective of that I was looking throught those diseases which apparently povery causes and fins that I have had 1,2,3,4,7,8 and 10…holy shit I must have been living in abject poverty to have caught all of those diseases….funny thing is I got most of them when I was earning over $200,000 per annum.

I wonder how many of my loyal reaers are just like me poverty caused disease-stricken wrecks? …put your scores in the comments.