Re: Climb the Highest Tree

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They're impossible to read without hearing that Yakov Smirnoff voice.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 7:12 AM
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Was this classified because it now turns out that Soviet humor was created by the CIA to encourage dissension in the Worker Paradise?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 7:39 AM
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Presumably it was declassified because the DDCI asked for it, and everything the DDCI asks for is classified by default, even if the contents are not sensitive, because if you know what information he's asking for then you have an insight into what he's planning.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 7:46 AM
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I've seen several of these before. Quoting jokes is pretty standard in Soviet history.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 8:26 AM
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4: All planted by the CIA. I'm liking my theory!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 8:31 AM
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I doubt the CIA knows how to be that funny.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 8:54 AM
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And the CIA took them pretty seriously, no?

Robert Darnton reproduced a lot of Trabi jokes from the DDR. But they're German jokes.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 9:52 AM
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Do any Chukchi actually live south of the treeline? If not, that one may be a lie.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 10:39 AM
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I'm sure there are individual Chukchi who live further south, but Chukotka itself is definitely north of the treeline.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 11:11 AM
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Perhaps as the Chukchi moved south the acid-rain dead zones moved north, so leaving them permanently treeless.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 12:55 PM
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I suspect most Chukchi relocation in recent decades has been involuntary at the direction of Soviet authorities, who also presumably bear a lot of blame for acid rain in the area, so somehow it all works out. Central planning!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 2:17 PM
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6: Someday, maybe, the part that America's great comics played in the defeat of communism will be revealed. Or maybe not.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 2:21 PM
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Apparently, the Chukchi have been stationary since 1989.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 2:22 PM
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3. I wish I wielded as much clout as the Debt and Development Coalition of Ireland.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 2:43 PM
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"To hell with Ronald Reagan" is more likely to get you yelled at by serious American commentators now than it was back then.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 9:46 PM
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"serious"?


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 9:56 PM
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very serious


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 10:48 PM
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Anyway, are those jokes the CIA actually came up with or are they translations of jokes that were circulating? There are Soviet jokes that are probably not CIA-originated that sound similar to some of those, like one joke (I don't remember the full details) where Brezhnev is showing someone around his [home? the Kremlin?] and after seeing how nice it was the person getting the tour asks "what are you going to do when the Communists are back in power?"


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 10:52 PM
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Translations. I've seen the Brezhnev one too. (Showing his mother his dacha, but there are variations.)


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 11:23 PM
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A blog post is so amazing, so Like to take it.


Posted by: 1 Dollar web hosting | Link to this comment | 09-20-18 11:40 PM
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In Soviet Russia, web hosting spam hosts you.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-21-18 12:02 AM
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18: You bought my theory! Hurray!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 09-21-18 8:38 AM
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