Plus the baby really looks like a rotten potato, but that’s beside the point.

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I had to buy some non-rechargeables for my new Elka.

When was the last time you bought (or needed) batteries like this?

But as I sit here thinking, these batteries are made by Polish labourers and shipped all over EU because of cheap labour (for now, Poland is doing incredibly well economically)..but just think about waking up in the morning to an alarm clock, having some bread with goo then taking the bus in the cold Polish winter to a fuckin’ battery factory where you spend 10 hours a day.

Fucking hell.

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FB post from our local clinic.

Today in Viva Clinic their first dose of Astra Zeneca vaccine against Covid-19 received 178 patients-84 Bulgarian citizens and 94 permanent residents of the UK, Ireland, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Israel , Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany and Austria.
Our youngest patient was 19, the oldest was 80 years old.
The mean waiting time was no more than 20 minutes.
Thanks to our Bulgarian and foreign patients for trusting science!
Vaccination at Viva Clinic continues every day from 12:30 to 16:30 without prior booking.
Only together can we stop this pandemic and return to our normal lifestyle!
We are expecting you!
Today at Viva clinic 178 people received their first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19. Among them were 84 Bulgarian citizens and 94 permanent residents in Bulgaria from The UK, Ireland, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Israel, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany and Austria.
The youngest patient was 19, the oldest – 80.
The average waiting time was less than 20 minutes.
We would like to thank all our Bulgarian and foreign patients, who trusted science!
The vaccination at Viva clnic continues every day from 12:30 to 16:30.
Only together we can stop this pandemic and get our normal lives back!
We will be expecting you!

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HERE IS A VIDEO 4U SHOWING YOU THE PAINLESS PROCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A quick article about Bulgaria that’s worth a read.

Literature always knew it, philosophy knew it, culture knew it, civilization knew it – Man is the measure of everything. Not the economy, not the highways, not the restaurants, not the disco clubs, not the jeeps, not the stadiums, not the debts and interest rates, not even gross domestic product. All this comes later. Man, even in his mortality and vulnerability, in his passions and sadness. And life in all its fragility.

Only in hopeless societies and systems does human life not cost a penny. In the countries where marching citizens greeted their rulers waving from the stands. Or in countries where the persecution of people is first tolerated, then forgottenand finally awarded with orders. In countries where the fire of a dictatorship has gone through to incinerate the value of human life. And also in countries chaotic, corrupt, simulating democracy.

There are all sorts of possible explanations for today’s failure and chaos in dealing with the coronavirus. It could be out of stupidity, lack of authority, and carelessness of the system’s rulers. Because all of a sudden it turned out that the second Coronavirus wave surprised us. In the spring we said we would use the summer and the time we have to get prepared. But someone somewhere voiced this purely Bulgarian saying, “Come on, leave it as it is“. Or “Brother, it’s hopeless, it will always be like that!”.

Thanks to such remarks, the foretold death of several people on the staircase of hospitals became a fact . A man has the right to die with dignity, even when that dignity is continually denied to him in life. That’s where the whole chain of deaths started, shooting us to the first places of fatalities.

We, the Bulgarians collectively have rarely been first in the world in anything. Actually, no, we were. We were “the saddest place in the world.” That’s what “The Economist” called our country in 2010 in a study of its own. Now we’re death champions. From the saddest to the deadliest place, the step isn’t really big.

You can’t be among the first in Europe or in the world in poverty, corruption, dirty air, road deaths, conspiracy theories, and in a pandemic you’re not the first in mortality. You can’t lie about death – it’s not a European institution, you can’t pull wool over her eyes. I’m probably getting too sharp and exaggerating, but so be it. Although, what is not true about it?

The strange thing is that these things do not startle us, we have forgotten how to respond normally, after such “achievements” one should experience a complex, no, simple array of emotions – shame, first of all shame, pain, reflection, mobilization, some attempt at coping.

And we’re going to cover up, laugh, or we’re going to strike brave attitude and say „Come on, the world’s going to tell me who I am”. And we will enjoy the delusion of being “the most ancient people, nation, civilization, the and bring forth the Macedonian question again This always sells well in our country

But why looking for an explanation when failure comes in emergency, faster than an ambulance. At such a time lying about charts with empty beds and thoughtful plans, like we did in late socialism, is cynical. The question is not in the beds – if it were up to this, there are beds in IKEA as well. Where are the schedules and places for vaccination, halls, covered spaces. Where are the minister’s explanations for this ultra-high mortality rate? Why are we late? Where is our enlightened understanding as a society where half of us don’t believe in the virus, in masks, in vaccines.

In 1992, Clinton coined the phrase “The economy, you fool.” But 1992 is now infinitely far away and the world is living through a completely different crisis and drama. Largely because it was mesmerized only by economic growth at all costs. The words are now quite different: “The Man, you fool.” Even that’s already over, after watching reports of millions of minks being killed by gas, extinct species and melting ice to teach us a lesson that it’s all one thing. So the words should be: “Life, you fool.”

A decade ago, at the height of the economic crisis, I tried to make it clear that we are not just made of economics and politics, that there are other, invisible crises that are lying low, but we never talk about them, because governments and the media are sensitive mostly financially.

Everything existential, including culture, they consider a trifle. If our rulers and our society (together) had a different sensibility, we wouldn’t be witnessing what’s happening here and now. Not in this frustration, not in this chaos. Apathy or empathy – that’s the question.

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My new Bulgarian Elka 160 arrived today from Veliko Tarnovo.

40 years old and in almost mint condition. I took it apart to clean her up and look for any bad solder joints. Almost indistinguishable from new. Needed nothing but a quick wipe of the front keypad. This is just so cool. I made a video that I will post a little later.

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This is the Pravetz 8c.

It’s a Bulgarian made Apple II clone. It has the Bulgarian 1MHz CM630 Processor, an equivalent of the Rockwell 6502. It has 128kB RAM and 16kB ROM. This is just a photo I found but how fucking cool is this. A lot of Western tech was stolen and copied from the commies back in the days. I love this shit!!

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