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Catherine Fitzpatrick
New York City
Russian translator, blogger, news writer, human rights activist, and long-time student of international affairs.
Interests: International affairs, Russia, Central Asia, civil society, human rights, humanitarian issues, governance, NGOs, UN, OSCE, Gov 2.0, virtual worlds, Internet policy, digital law, cyberspace
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By Prokofy Neva Yes, this is a 11,295 word "text buffet," as one forums wit describes my writing, and you are not required to read it; you can skim and look at headlines, you can say "tl;dr" -- it doesn't matter. It is for posterity. It is for my own... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva Making a comeback. So, I logged on to the forums to find Tommy Linden had given me a 2.5 day ban for "multiple posts" which were totally removed, but only one thread was mentioned in his notice, which I started, called "The Moles Talk". Tommy Linden has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Second Thoughts
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Come see my entry to Home & Garden Expo Decoration Contest on Hope 3! The house with the most donations to Relay for Life wins the contest! Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Second Thoughts
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Ankle-Biter For the kids born after 1995, or those Barney-watchers at heart, here's the short version, so you don't have to read anything that is tl;dr or bigger than your hand: A Canadian music-loving Granny on Twitter who wanted to school me about my possibly incorrect views on policing in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at Wired State
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This is grim -- but I think Stas is probably right about this -- the West is not going to really stand up to a nuclear power over one dissident and is preoccupied with its own disarray and COVID; Russians... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Minding Russia
From my son, after flying around Jingi, where we have the Mainland Appreciation Society, an island of sanity surrounded by goons with land set for sale for $132/meter (it's sailing land, and even closer now to Bellissaria now that Belli has grown amazingly) and people with ban lines where all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at Second Thoughts
So here's a fellow filled with the Christmas spirit -- not! Screeching and carrying on like a banshee and such a foul mouth -- because he can't figure out how to switch a group title. Despite being walked through it step by step in person. Despite getting a picture of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2020 at Second Thoughts
Here's the latest weepy video from Asadorable (sic). Wow, I haven't had a video dedicated to me since Anonymous threatened me for my blog over the Steubenville story. I pasted the chat for the record yesterday and thought that would be the end of it -- surely she wouldn't go... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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This group really doesn't do much. Population, 171, with quite a few who have not logged in since 2018 or 2019. I joined it because in principle I support any Mainland effort. Although some of the efforts of this group really go astray (obsession with spam pods). There's another group... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Second Thoughts
So a genuine naif? Or a cynical exploiter? You decide. The scene: a $100 camp site. I had spent a certain amount of time in settling in this person who didn't seem to know what she was doing, but that's ok, that's common, I always explain. She overprimmed and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at Second Thoughts
The scene: a customer has written both to me and my son's account with one of those annoying CS calls we all get with no information in it -- "hi R you there? I have a problem" - but without even another line to express the problem. As this happens... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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Dmitry Prigozhin, not just Putin's "chef" with military food contracts and support of paramilitaries (the Wagner group), but creator of the Internet Research Agency which the Mueller Investigation rightly indicted as responsible for attempts to interfere in American elections. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Minding Russia
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So this tenant comes and rents the waterfront, and puts up a house boat that is really too large for the lot -- it could fit, but she doesn't bother to fit it straight, she puts it cross-wise spanning three lots -- her own, the commons, and neighbours on two... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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Most people that come to my rentals and read the rules grasp that they can't use a security orb on the ground because it is fucking annoying. They agree with this themselves -- that's why they are in my rentals on the Mainland and not on an island bunker. Indeed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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Melanie was born on a cold not-yet spring night in a world utterly changed by the pandemic -- born disfigured, misshapen, strange, vulnerable, yet with a royal cloak of ermine that was to define her indomitable spirit throughout her short, painful but brilliant life. Only Grandpa Kermichil seemed to understand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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I see no reason to use the word "bitch" -- or worse -- for the sort of smug bitches you find on the SL forums -- "prig" will do. It's British and not American, and already sounds more literary! "Prat" instead of "incompetent idiot" or "dumbass" seems more literary too.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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Now here's a judgement call for you. This avatar contacts me and claims the gatcha he has just purchased from me is an empty box. I doubt it, because I don't see how I could be posting an empty box. Sure, that's possible, but here's the circumstances: See, this is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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You could read my long post here (10,000 words!) which I think is fun and has many useful historical anecdotes and thoughts on latter-day SL, or just look at my art works which is faster and more fun. In this lovely decorative egg, called "Linden Office Hour: Sansar," you see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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This is going to be a very long and meandering post, as I haven't blogged really in more than a year, so if you are just here to see what my take on the office hour is, skip to the bottom where it says HOW MANY USERS LOG IN WITH... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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I think Wanderlust weekend is shaping up to be the best discount event of the weeks, better than Fifty Linden Fridays, and also $50. FLF has gotten repetitive and wan lately. This is indeed pretty, but it comes in all separate pieces so you will spend a time laying them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Second Thoughts
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There's a new kid on the block in the merchants' events, Food Court. Just when I was going to save my Linden dollars in the New Year! Others have done food display events, but not as good as this. First, let's pause and admire this delicious build by Ramadiez Carter.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at Ravenglass Customized
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Here he is, Dillan, a toy! Look at those whiskers! I like that our hair matches. That was good planning on Callie's part. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at Ravenglass Customized
So, the context for this one. I have this winter lodge in the land preserve in Seefeld by the Linden's trail, across from the Alchemy store. Rather than just rent it to one or two people, I decided to make a winter lodge, and rent the separate rooms in it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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I'm a big believer in navigable rivers, creeks, lakes, oceans etc in SL and keep such waterways as are on my property open, because the Lindens cut them badly and didn't think through the conflict generators. I have neighbours that block entire rivers that become impassible, but then the Lindens... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Second Thoughts
So recently I spent WAY TOO LONG being nice to someone and I have to often re-learn this lesson -- it never pays. I am posting this here not because I bear any animosity to this person or care what he does or what his thing is, but because a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Second Thoughts