Empress Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia
I suspect that I’m being read and used by Russian troll farms. Blogger gives me one set of figures, which shows that I’m getting under a hundred “hits” daily, and another metric shows over a thousand — even two thousand — readers. Those numbers are especially high if I’m complaining about getting old.
It seems to be covert and uninvited — I’m not a fan of Russia and see Putin as an unwanted throwback — but does it put me in legal jeopardy? I have no control over it, do I? Can I block any readers from Russia?
In order to find ammunition for criticism of America, a reader of my writing would have to wade through a lot of musing about something one might call “pre-religion” — neurology theory, first instance. I know everyone likes stuff about Blackfeet, esp. people who haven’t got the slightest idea what I’m saying. I suppose small towns and old people are planet-wide, pre-globalized.
Our high school senior play was “Anastasia” and I played the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. Background reading for that is about as much as I know — hardly comprehensive, much about Finland. But I did get emotionally involved in the dispersal of the Soviet Union. And Montana — if it weren’t for the weather patterns created by the Rockies — would be a lot like Siberia.
Demographically but unofficially, Russians have very high rates of HIV/AIDS and very low birth rates. Alcoholism is common and I assume the drugs follow. And yet government is what Millennials think they want: a firm hand from a stern father who somehow lets them be themselves. Certainly this is a country that privileges the group over the individual, so why don’t they offer refuge for all the people from countries with the same belief in strict rules? I guess because the rules are different. And they look different.
So do they read what I write and secretly become converted, restless over the ideas and imagining emigration? Are these the people demonstrating against Putin?
Incidentally, since I devote a lot of attention to evolution from the first life all the way up to today’s attempt to escape from the imperialistic colonizing designs, who were/are the indigenous people of Russia? Or does it depend upon who one considers the first peoples of Russia? Horse-riders of the Steppes or Denisovans. Are they in contact with the world-wide meshing of indigenous thought and reaction, all the way from Hawaiians to the villages of high mountains in South America and the dry country of Australia?
Why do Russians always end up being quasi-Europeans?