Damaged buildings after shelling by the Russians in Mariupol, Ukraine
The colors of Ukraine - now

Image left: The port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine with the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Mother of God (r) and the Old Water Tower (center).
Image right: Apartment blocks and a shopping center in Mariupol were completely destroyed by Russian forces.
Russia is still trying hard to make a constructive contribution to our global problems.


Art: kk. Original Image: Mrpl.travel (December 2020) and BBC (March 2022)



angry earth
Hello World!

Operator: "Sorry no signal, I am able to connect you with most of Europe, as well as North America, especially the USA. And yes, of course Australia, you know the little continent with the funny opera and the indigenous red stone? I'm sorry, I'm so talkative today. However, Asia is busy with itself. Russia is trying to wage war while eliminating freedom of speech and press in its country - meaning, Russia is kind of busy. China and India are also very busy, desperately looking for formal reasons to stay out of the current conflict, presumably for purely economic reasons."

Excuse me - are you a military or economic expert?

"I'm the Operator"

 

 
humanityartculturescience

As can be seen all too well now, there is no place for humanity, art, culture or science in a war. Essential things that move humanity forward on the way into the future. The civilized world had managed to live together on this planet for nearly 70 years without any major conflicts. A time in which science, art and culture could thrive. And we are now experiencing how frail and fragile peaceful coexistence can be.

Как сейчас хорошо видно, в войне нет места человечности, искусству, культуре или науке. Необходимые вещи, которые двигают человечество вперед в будущее. Цивилизованному миру удалось прожить вместе на этой планете почти 70 лет без крупных конфликтов. Время, в котором могли развиваться наука, искусство и культура. И сейчас мы на собственном опыте видим, насколько хрупким и непрочным может быть мирное сосуществование.

 

 

Putty, the butcher
Zladimir I, the butcher of Grozny and Mariupol, who turned Chechnya and Ukraine into slaughterhouses.

Real name, Vlad the dwarf, born 7 October 1952 in Leningrad. For 15 years he worked as an underling of the KGB in Dresden.
In 1990 he left the service (he went underground at the age of 38) when he realized the collapse of the USSR. Career fucked-up. For some time he served the Russian public as a taxi diver.
artwork: kk


Quotesque

The bad Joke of the Time (this is a long one and there is no punch line)
Vladimir I, mass murderer, serial killer and the ruler of Russia, Bashkortostan, the Altai Republic, Chechnya, Kalmykia, Krasnoyarsk, Primorsky, Siberia and the Crimea and Kamchatka peninsulas is now busy with a special peacekeeping mission in his newly created Russian provinces. The vertically challenged Russian strongman (sometimes posing in his bedroom with a Napoleon hat on his head) wants to change history and is willing to kill as many people as it takes to resurrect the glory of the Soviet Union (USSR). His first destination is Ukraine, the cradle of Russian identity. The people there are not enthusiastic about his plan. Thus, he had no choice but to convince the stupid peasants of that country of the wisdom of his plan - Russian style.
(Someone should tell the emperor that shelling cities is not the best way to win people over.
Fact is, almost all observers from the civilized world agree that the emperor urgently needs tutoring in history, on facts that were withheld from him during his school years in the Soviet Union.)

Anyway, the emperor had somehow misjudged his attempts to liberate the citizens of the unruly country. Instead, these same subjects had not greeted his army with cheers, but had pelted his troops with stones and even Molotov cocktails - which, of course, significantly hindered the emperor's peace mission. Now the little emperor with the big table was really angry, and he called his lackeys to dust off his rusty nuclear arsenal. And the emperor sent out an army of underlings to tell the world, that he is the victim of ungrateful subjects who sabotage his mission to save the Russian language and liberate Ukraine from the Nazis (a few decades too late).
Last night his forces seized a huge Ukrainian nuclear plant. The problem is, the Russians had already blown up a nuclear power plant in Ukraine (without intention, but a lot of stupidity), and contaminated half of Europe.
But the people in the country he wants to lead home, still want him to stay putin wherever he may be.
Now our little emperor was really pissed, his own army useless, two of his generals already killed and his 600 miles long konvoi on the way to conquer Kiev, stuck in a traffic jam.
Sitting upright in bed in the middle of the night, he was awakened by an idea. He urgently needed more personnel to fulfill his task of freeing Ukraine from the Nazis. Mercenaries! He still had some rubles at Sberbank, or was it VTB. He would use that money to pay everyone who is able to hold a gun and is willing to kill. He placed a classified ad on Ebaz: "Looking for men who are able to hold a roosheou (ружьё/gan, no, gun!), and is willing to kill Nazis (no questions asked)."



Tradition
Being offended by facts is a long human tradition.
Megan O'Keefe - Velocity Weapon

Time travel
Where would we be today if Karl Marx had had a Twitter account, or Adolf Hitler?
kk

Inspirational Quote of the Week
You made the best decision you could with the information you had at that time. Now go, and get better information.
OWNO Reminder Network

The Advice of Yesterday
Imagine tomorrow.

Basic Rule in war
Protect those who are not fighting, such as civilians, medical personnel, or aid workers.
International humanitarian law (Geneva-Conventions)

OWNO
One World - Nations Online is the most neutral website on the Internet, can you believe that?

 

World population by country
UPDATE

Population by Country
The latest population figures for each country are now available.
 

A tribute to Black Music


In celebration of Black History Month (which should be every month), we've added a little more color, a few more artists and more music to our beloved List of Black Musicians, singers and songwriters, to remind us how much they've influenced the fabric of our global culture.
 

100+ of the world's most amazing countries

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions,
it might be a good idea to update your travel related bucket list from home.
In the Nations Online Project you will find a wealth of triple-checked information about every country in the world.


All Countries of the World

 
Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
Italy

 
Benin Tata somba village
Benin

 


Global travel warnings

Global Travel Warnings
Many countries have initiated or strengthened border controls, introduced visas, and quarantine obligations or closed borders completely.

 
Statue of Liberty with mask
Statue of Liberty leading the people
It is your social contribution to wear a mask.
Be a hero, wear a mask. It has never been so easy to save lives.

.kk.
 
World map of countries with COVID-19 cases
Historical map of countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Image: nationsonline.org


COVID-19
The number of cases is frightening, but it could get much worse; only 0.6% of the world population is affected by COVID-19 today. The virus took only three months to spread around the world and the number of cases is still rising.




According to Johns Hopkins University, the worldwide number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is now more than 397 million and 5.7 million total deaths (8 Feb 2022).
See a map of the world with all countries with confirmed cases and more information about the virus outbreak (from April 2020).

Covid cases worldwide
Covid cases worldwide

Source: Johns Hopkins University




 


Are you confused by all the conflicting messages that rush at us daily? You are not alone.

But be aware that this also happens to less educated people (like me) who are even less able to understand what interests are behind these messages.
Many people feel more and more helpless or ignore the obvious and run to the next strong man.
How can this be avoided in the future?

Education could help. Give the next generation a better chance. Teach them critical thinking, make them understand the connections.

 
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Image: kk. origin: jpl.nasa

The Heart Breaking News
Organic life on Earth will bite the dust if we do not stop feeding the planet with greenhouse gases. Sorry, there is no beautiful clean coal or clean petrol - only if it stays where it is.


Biodiversity Crisis
Scientists have calculated that by the end of this century at least 550 animal species will follow in the footsteps of the mammoth and the sabre-toothed cat and will become extinct because humans exert an immense predatory impact on the animal kingdom. (Science Advances)


Japanese pollution
According to media reports, Japan is about to release 1 million tons of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. (DW)


 
Torched-Earth
Torched Earth
Image: NASA Blue Marble
   
Deadly typhoons in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, devastating wildfires in Australia, Siberia, and the United States, hurricanes are making land-fall with disastrous consequences, and poisonous pollution all over the planet. The oceans suffocate from plastic waste, and madmen promote beautiful clean coal, and they want to sell their "Black Gold" -- oil.

This is our world, thanks to you. Because you can't get enough. There is your limitless greed. My houses, my cars, my boats, my stocks, my women, but it's not enough for you. You want your neighbors' houses, and cars, and boats, and stocks, and wives. And it's still not enough. You just can't get enough.

More, more, more, give it to ME.
You want it all, and you want it now. And you don't give a damn sh..t about others, or your country, or about the environment, or about the children of others. You cheat and twist the facts until they are no longer recognizable, and you ruin others just to satisfy your appetite for more power and influence. You wear expensive fashion brands and ignore that they are made by indentured laborers in a faraway land. You ship your garbage to Third World countries, but you couldn't care less about the fatal consequences for the people there. You ignore the fact that it is ultimately these people who make your luxury life possible.
But this has to stop. And if you get in the way when people try to save the planet, you could get hurt, not necessarily by other people but by the consequences of your behavior. Air and water no longer support life; fires, floods, landslides, tornadoes, devastating hailstorms will come ever closer to your luxurious home with its golden faucets and five cars in the garage. And one day, it will be too late to run away.

 

 
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