It was not clear which of Kant’s ideas may have triggered the violence.

Russian Shot in Quarrel Over Kant’s Philosophy

A police spokeswoman in Rostov-on Don, Viktoria Safarova, said two men in their 20s were discussing Kant as they stood in line to buy beer at a small store on Sunday. The discussion deteriorated into a fistfight and one participant pulled out a small nonlethal pistol and fired repeatedly.

It’s probably safe to say they weren’t arguing about anything in Kant’s “Perpetual Peace" essay.

HT: Charlie Heimerdinger.

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Notorious Bond villain returns to the murky depths and his underwater lair.
Or, alternatively:

Photo: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin surveys the seas in a C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive to see the remains of the naval frigate “Oleg”, which sank in the 19th century, in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea on July 15, 2013.
Top photos from the past 24 hours.REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Notorious Bond villain returns to the murky depths and his underwater lair.

Or, alternatively:

Photo: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin surveys the seas in a C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive to see the remains of the naval frigate “Oleg”, which sank in the 19th century, in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea on July 15, 2013.

Top photos from the past 24 hours.

REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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reblogged from Reuters

Best Greenpeace protest photo you’ll see today: ”A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom’s headquarters in Moscow, Russia, on Sept. 5, 2012. Russian and international environmentalists are protesting against Gazprom’s plans to pioneer oil drilling in the Arctic.” (photo by Misha Japaridze/AP; ht @breaking)

Best Greenpeace protest photo you’ll see today: ”A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom’s headquarters in Moscow, Russia, on Sept. 5, 2012. Russian and international environmentalists are protesting against Gazprom’s plans to pioneer oil drilling in the Arctic.” (photo by Misha Japaridze/AP; ht @breaking)

# news # Greenpeace # animals # Russia # environment

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Russia, China veto U.N. resolution telling Assad to quit

Russia and China vetoed on Saturday an Arab- and Western-backed resolution at the U.N. Security Council calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over his bloody crackdown on a popular uprising.
The setback in diplomatic efforts to defuse the revolt peacefully came after world leaders and Syrian opposition activists accused Assad’s forces of killing hundreds of people in a bombardment of the city of Homs, the bloodiest night in 11 months of upheaval in the pivotal Arab country.



It’s still controversial, it seems, to insist that leaders who murder their citizens by the hundreds should step down … especially when some of those who are voting on the matter might want to preserve the option of murdering citizens for themselves.

Russia, China veto U.N. resolution telling Assad to quit

Russia and China vetoed on Saturday an Arab- and Western-backed resolution at the U.N. Security Council calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over his bloody crackdown on a popular uprising.

The setback in diplomatic efforts to defuse the revolt peacefully came after world leaders and Syrian opposition activists accused Assad’s forces of killing hundreds of people in a bombardment of the city of Homs, the bloodiest night in 11 months of upheaval in the pivotal Arab country.

It’s still controversial, it seems, to insist that leaders who murder their citizens by the hundreds should step down … especially when some of those who are voting on the matter might want to preserve the option of murdering citizens for themselves.

# Russia # China # Syria # news # politics # global affairs # human rights

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