Russia will revive the Cold War-era Intervision Song Contest this October, according to July 25 reports.
Intervision was first established back in 1977 as a direct rival to the Europe-oriented Eurovision Song Contest. Few people in the participating Soviet nations had private telephones, so Intervision’s television viewers would turn on their house lights if they liked a certain song, or off if they didn’t. The state energy company would then record the size of each power spike, and report the results to the television company to determine points for each contestant. As the Soviet Union began to weaken in the early 1980s, Intervision was discontinued.
Now, Putin is reviving this relic of the Soviet Union’s “glory days,” as he recently has with so many others including a military prep fitness program, the “Hero of Socialist Labor” award, and a grip on domestic media that would earn a hat tip from Comrade Stalin himself.
All these moves serve Putin’s general purpose of resuscitating the Soviet Empire. But this latest one—reviving the song contest—also serves another specific purpose. Continue reading
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Russia to ‘restrict’ US-run GPS satellites
Not only are they going to kick the US satellite system out, they will build their own on American soil.
Russian authorities have “implemented measures” to restrict the use of satellite bases in its territories that serve the US-owned GPS network.
The country’s space agency said it would rule out “any military use” of the ground-based stations.
The move comes amid Russian attempts to build a US base for its GPS rival, the navigation system Glonass, which have been blocked by the US government. Continue reading