Belarusian honor guard struts its stuff

What's the use of running a basket-case, tin-pot totalitarian dictatorship if you can't drill an elite honor guard to perform breathtaking feats of close-order drill? Case in point, the official honor guard of Belarus.

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  1. What’s wrong with government by Busby Berkeley?  In Greece they militarizificate with pompoms on their shoes.

  2. I see Boing Boing is still mourning the loss of trippy “trails” effects in 1980s music videos.

  3. Honestly, they’re not nearly as precise or disciplined as the Marine Corps Drill Team. Not sure what that implies about the state of our government, but it’s troof.

    1. Maybe not, but does the Marine Corps Drill Team do silly-but-cool routines? I’m guessing no.

        1. Impressive – and silly – but I think what I like about the Belarusian video is that they’re not perfect. They’re a bit flamboyant, and their routine seems slapped-together but still well-rehearsed. Same with e.g. the Greek video Antinous posted, and videos of insane military performances out of India, Pakistan etc.

          The US guys are just too serious, and I get the sense that they’d be angry if you compared them to figure skating (like @retepslluerb:disqus refers to) or other flamboyant performance sports like that.

  4. Once on a ten hour flight as I stood at the back of the plane waiting to get into the restroom I observed the entire economy class as people moved, writhed, etc. in a continuum. It hit me how much like maggots on a dead mouse we humans must look viewed from a more distant viewpoint. This video gives me the same sensation. Just sayin’.

  5. What’s the use of running a basket-case, tin-pot totalitarian dictatorship if you can’t drill an elite honor guard to perform breathtaking feats of close-order drill?

    Amen to that

  6. I’m reminded of a Tamil verse, which I’ll attempt to translate

    “Adorned with feathers and garlands
    Anointed with oils and safe in the armoury
    These sharp weapons of yours.

    Those, used in war,
    Broken and dented
    Always in the blacksmith’s shop…”

    Sorry, translation’s not great…

    The setup is that the poetess (Auvaiyar) goes to dissuade a rival from attacking her patron. She calls attention to his lack of experience by pointing out that his arms and army look great on parade and display, while her patron is an experienced warleader, who’s weapons actually get used

    1. Your translation is great, in that I understood the point. +1 forever for introducing me to an interesting new poet. (Several, actually.)  Thanks for that, Shashwath.

  7. Impressive enough, I suppose… but then it makes me wonder if our ancestors in the wild would ever have attempted to intimidate a rival by masturbating.

  8. Luke:  I want to make everyone able to follow orders like a monkey so as to demonstrate the awesome power of (the) *force* and to impress foreigners at the Olympics, nuclear parades, and public gatherings in general.  But I also want them to be free, autonomous, and to do things because they’re useful, not arbitrary.

    Yoda: That is why you failed.

  9. This reminds me of that weird Japanese choreographed walking where each person in a line moved to the next body position in a sequence with each step. The end effect was a silly / neat walk where they would be hitting each other if they messed up. Anyone?

    1. That’s the international standard sign for a pedestrian crossing.

      Blue signs signify orders.  Red triangular signs signify warnings, so a few countries (like the UK) have a red triangular sign instead, depending on the law for crossings.

  10. Somebody, somewhere, has GOT to do a close-order formation drill recreation of the Ministry Of Silly Walks. Can you imagine how that would blow minds, a dozen or so perfectly-timed gangling loons, reeling around in flawless synchronization…?

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