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Rich and poor        24 January 2018 - 20:58(time Astana)

           With the development of market relations in any society, a stratification of the rich and poor is inevitable. It is natural as well as the fact that some of us are smarter, others are sillier, some are more goal-oriented, others are lazier, some are braver, others are more cautious. This is how it should be.

           But the general atmosphere in society, the relationship between rich and poor are important for both.

           The rich, if they do not want to feel jealousy in their everyday life, and therefore the hatred of others, should behave modestly, do not boast...  Read more


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Wealth is for show        24 January 2018 - 20:52(time Astana)

               My friend’s son studies at one of the Czech universities.

               Recently she went to visit him. She decided to lavish her son's classmates, mostly Czechs, with Kazakh national dishes, and served a dinner in the dormitory. Before the feast, the son suddenly said to his mother: "Mom, just do not pull your handbag from Dior and iPhone-6 out in front of my friends, please". "Why?" - surprised my friend. "You know," the son replies, "it's not customary to boast about your wealth and display it here. It’s a bad tone. They'll laugh at me then. "

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Proximity to the source        24 January 2018 - 20:48(time Astana)

         In childhood, when I was dragging water from a well for my grandmother, I noticed one phenomenon: the grass along the path along which people carried water was always greener and juicier than around. It’s just because water, sprinkled from buckets, and abundantly watered the grass along the path. And in this, the grass that was a little further was genetically no worse, and the sun shone all the same. However, it’s just one grass that was lucky to grow on the path.

         Exactly the same effect is observed in the economy.

         When in any country or region of the...  Read more


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Banks and credits        24 January 2018 - 20:35(time Astana)

             Do I need to borrow money from banks?

             I believe that it is necessary.

             Why?

             Because without a loan, no business is possible.

             No, of course, you can buy an apple, wash it and sell it more, then buy two apples, wash them and sell them ... and so on. But this will take a lifetime. And thanks to the banks, where free money of millions of people is concentrated, it is possible to realize grandiose projects. In this sense, banks are one of...  Read more


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Atheism        24 January 2018 - 19:56(time Astana)

           I'm an atheist.

           I do not believe in supernatural power. I believe in the laws of physics, chemistry, biology, sociology, and others.

          But that’s not the point.

          How did it happen that in our society to own up to being an atheist is tantamount to admit in a non-traditional orientation?

         Yesterday's confident communists, Komsomol members, pioneers insensibly turned into devout people. But at the same time these people brought from the Soviet past a characteristic feature of that time - intolerance of dissent.

         Recently, the whole class laughed at...  Read more


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America and democracy        24 January 2018 - 19:50(time Astana)

           I often set an example for us, Kazakhstanis, American and European lifestyle. I say how much the order is higher, laws are more effective and democracy is stronger there.

           Some readers perceive this as servility to a specific country the United States or to some of the European countries.

           I can assure you, it is not so.

           I refer to these countries only as positive examples in some issues. But I do not idealize them in any way. People live there too, they also have their own interests and shortcomings.

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Alma-Ata and Astana residents        24 January 2018 - 19:40(time Astana)

         Every time I go to Alma-Ata, I find more and more distinctions between the Alma-Ata and the Astana residents.

         A lot of civil servants and employees of state companies live in Astana. This leaves an imprint on the general atmosphere in public places. Even on vacation (in restaurants, shopping centers, in the cinema) many Astana residents behave as if they are on duty: they are strict, dressed with restraint, they look around so that, God forbid, not to miss the boss and have time to greet him, and that the boss did not see him in an unseemly way.

        Talks...  Read more


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Authoritarian regimes against the West        24 January 2018 - 18:58(time Astana)

           What do North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Belarus and other similar countries have in common?

              All these countries are united by the hatred for the US and for the Western lifestyle, that is, for liberal democratic values. Why? What is the pattern here?

              Perhaps, these are the countries of the East, and we are talking about the eternal confrontation between the East and the West? However, there are a number of friends of the United States and Europe with pronounced Eastern philosophy and psychology. These are Japan,...  Read more


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Air Astana        24 January 2018 - 18:45(time Astana)

             I remember that just a few years ago we blindly bowed to all foreign things. It seemed that only the foreign thing can be qualitative, good and at a high level.

             I remember how with a pounding heart, I stepped on the board of the first foreign airline in my life "Turkish Airlines". Everything there seemed to be better than on our domestic boards. Honestly, it was.

             However, I want to say that today my favorite airline is our "Air Astana". Whenever possible, I prefer it. I often fly, therefore I can compare. It...  Read more


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