Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Minister of Health of Lithuania Advocated Euthanasia for the Poor

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The website pro-life.by reoported that the new Lithuanian Minister of Health Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, who took office in July, stated that euthanasia could be a good option for poor people who, because of poverty don’t have access to palliative care. Šalaševičiūtė proposed this and immediately began discussion about legalising euthanasia in Lithuania. In media interviews, Šalaševičiūtė noted that since Lithuania isn’t a welfare state, palliative care isn’t available to all those who need it. Therefore, euthanasia could be a solution for those who “don’t want to burden their families with the spectacle of their suffering”. Šalaševičiūtė also raised the issue of paediatric euthanasia, telling the Lithuanian public that Belgian children already have this “right”. Of course, one could only adopt such a law will after a long public debate. Andrei Narbekovas, a priest and a doctor (surgeon), a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Ministry of Health, told the media, “The Ministry of Health should protect health and life, instead of looking for opportunities to take it. Obviously, some find it more cost-effective and economically efficient. However, a democratic society should make it very clear that we need to care for the sick, not kill them”.

12 August 2014

Sobor.by

Parish of the Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of all Who Sorrow” (Minsk BELARUS)

http://www.sobor.by/page/Ministr_zdravoohraneniya_Litvi_vistupil_za_evtanaziyu_dlya_bednih

Editor:

I got the link for this off a website affiliated with Just Russia … one of the LEFTIST political factions in Russia. The LEFT people are the real pro-lifers… the righties are for cutting expenditures on social spending and healthcare, but they’re for continual warfare in foreign parts, the indiscriminate use of the death penalty, and for the unchecked proliferation of handguns amongst the populace… that’s what the US Republicans really advocate. That’s what “austerity” is all about… gutting health and social spending to enrich godless Affluent Effluent slugs so that they can spend more on wetback nannies and country club parties. Note well that the Ukrainian fascists slashed healthcare spending at the behest of the IMF and of the Republican greedster banksters. That’s why no Orthodox Christian can support the Republican Party (or the Conservatives in the UK and Canada or the Liberals in Australia)… they worship money and power and smash their boot full-force into the faces of those less well-off… they bow down before the Koch brothers, Willy Romney, and the Walton family (the store moguls, not the TV clan). Don’t be fooled by their pro-life rhetoric… someone who opposes general single-payer healthcare is someone who’d vote for euthanasia to keep down costs (we only exist to make money for them). They don’t believe that we’re worthy of life… quite simply, we don’t have enough money, so, we’re not as human as they are (one can see this in such supremely corrupt and avaricious individuals such as Rick Perry or Donald Trump… both of whom stole and bullshitted their way to the top).

If you don’t want euthanasia… keep the right out of power (indeed, keep all with liberal agendas out, whether they’re neoliberal “conservatives” or Clinton/Blair-style so-called “liberals”… they’re two sides of the same debased worthless coin). You can worship success, money, and “The race goes to the swiftest”, and emulate Ted Cruz, Chilly Hilly Clinton, Marco Rubio, John Kerry, or Franklin Graham, or you can say, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”, and emulate the Lord Christ. It’s up to you…

One last thing, Ms Šalaševičiūtė is a “professional politician” with no professional/academic background in medicine or the health professions (she’s a stinking lawyer who claims to be a “children’s advocate)… does that surprise you?

BMD

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

6 August 2014. Read n’ Heed on Walmart

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Our Lord Christ was “one of us”… He wasn’t a money-bags oligarch… He wasn’t a smarmy preacher… He wasn’t a greasy and corrupt official… yet, the “Evangelicals” tell us that He taught we should lie down and kowtow to the powers-that-be. That’s not so… remember, Our Lord hung on the cross for “crossing” the First Century equivalents of Sam Walton, Pat Robertson, and Chilly Hilly… fancy that.

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Editor:

The following is a good précis of what’s happened in Walmartised America. It’s all part of the Neoliberal Hell unleashed by Slobberin’ Ronnie, allowed by Bubba Bill, reinforced by Bush the Simple, and acquiesced in by Obama (Chilly Hilly is even worse… she’s a long-time partner-in-crime (literally) of the Walton family). However, take heart, it’s starting to unravel… it’s run its course for 33 years and it’s running out of steam. Yet, the Affluent Effluent won’t go quietly…

BMD

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The definitive Southern company, and the company that did the most to subject the American job to the substandard standards of the South, was Wal-Mart, which began as a single store in Rogers AR in 1962. That year, the federal government extended the minimum wage, set at $1.15 an hour, to retail workers, much to the dismay of Sam Walton, who paid the employees at his fast-growing chain half that amount. Since the law initially applied to businesses with 50 or more employees, Walton argued that each of his stores was a separate entity, a claim that the Department of Labor rejected, fining Walton for his evasion of federal law.

When a Wal-Mart opens in a new territory, it either drives out higher-wage competition or compels that competition to lower its pay. David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, showed that eight years after Wal-Mart comes to a county, it drives down wages for all (not just retail) workers until they’re 2.5 percent to 4.8 percent below wages in comparable counties with no Wal-Mart outlets. By controlling a huge share of the US retail market, including an estimated 20 percent of the grocery trade, Wal-Mart has also been able to mandate reduced prices all along its worldwide supply chain. In response, manufacturers slashed the wages of their employees and gone abroad in search of cheaper labour… but Wal-Mart’s antipathy to unions and affinity for low wages merely reflects the South’s historic opposition to worker autonomy and employee rights. By coming north, though, Wal-Mart lowered retail-sector wages throughout the USA. One academic survey found that while just 2.3 percent of manufacturing workers in 1989 were temps, by 2004 the number had risen to 8.7 percent.

Source: 

Harold Meyerson, The 40-Year Slump

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Editor:

This is EVIL… evil incarnate, evil unashamed, evil without mercy or check upon its appetite. This is what the Republican Party blesses and advocates… it’s why I oppose those in the Church who defend Republican greedster enormities (like opposing single-payer healthcare and union protections for all workers). Bernie Sanders is in step with the social teachings of the Church… Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Chilly Hilly, John Boehner, and John Kerry are not. Do note that the list is bipartisan. It’s time to take our country back. We should emulate our forebears who stood tall in the sit-down strikes and mine closures… Let’s keep Mother Jones’ motto in our hearts:

 Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.

Now, that’s something to live for and fight for!

BMD

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

22 July 2014. A Point to Ponder… Is ”Anti-Abortion” “Pro-Life?”

Life's a Bitch. 04.12

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Respect for Life from Beginning to End. 2012

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“If you think fertilised eggs are people, but refugee kids aren’t, then, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious”.

That quote is a show-stopper. I have a friend whose mother is really conservative, and really Christian, who’s “Pro-Life” and “Anti-Abortion”, literally stop cold in her tracks, and recant her belief about these refugee children needing to be deported yesterday. The most amazing about-face I’ve ever seen a conservative make when presented with such overwhelming and incredibly simple logic.

http://proudtobeafilthyliberalscum.com/2014/07/22/shoot-kids-crossing-border/#comments

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There are people who call themselves “Pro-Life”… but they’re for warmongering in foreign parts… they’re for the death penalty… they’re gun nutters… they’re against single-payer healthcare for all… they’re for insanely long prison sentences… they’re for smashing unions so that the Affluent Effluent can steal more of the country’s substance… but because they’re anti-abortion, they’re “Pro-Life!”

I think not… Bernie Sanders is more Pro-Life than the lot of them… yes, I know that he’s “Pro-Choice”, but when you add up all of his other good points, they outweigh this bad point. In like manner, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin aren’t Pro-Life at all… all the other evil that they advocate overwhelm that one good point. Like it or not, we face a full-blown moral dilemma, which we shouldn’t turn into a cartoonish caricature. It isn’t a simple matter… I wish that it were! Neither position is purely ”good” or purely “bad”. However, I’d say that the Church teaches that a strong state is a necessity in our fallen world, it supports government-sponsored healthcare, and it teaches that the death penalty is a rare resort (like for the Minsk Metro bombers or for the Uniate putschists in the Ukraine). The Republican Party fails on all points. Its anti-abortion plank fails to rescue it. Orthodox Christians can’t vote for warmongering racists in good conscience.

The Republican Party is the party of “Greed is Good” and “God has a plan for your life”… neither one is good. The first contradicts our Lord Christ (The love of money is the root of all evil)… the second destroys Free Will, thus destroying all truly Christian concepts of theodicy (“Why is there evil?”). Don’t forget what the Apostle said, “Love God… and do what you will”… that isn’t a manifesto for licence. Do think on it… the matter is too serious for childish and mawkish posturing. Unfortunately, that’s all that we’re getting now… from both sides.

This IS a point to ponder…

BMD

22 July 2014. SHAME ON YOU, Bob Casey! He Echoes “Ukrainian Orthodox” Swine from McKees Rocks

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THIS is the face of UKRAINIAN NATIONALISM… THIS is what you support, Bob Casey!

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In tribute to the brave Orthodox warriors of Novorossiya

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here’s our Russian anthem… remember the dead of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Odessa, and Krasny Liman murdered by the Uniates… THIS is what the people of Novorossiya want, NOT Uniate hillbilly backwoods “Consciousness”

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US Senator Bob Casey Jr (D-PA) said the following:

The Ukrainian people want and deserve a unified, stable, secure, and prosperous country free from Russian interference.

Firstly, Casey is an ultramontane papist, so, the fact that he kisses the ass of the Uniates is no big surprise. However, Mr Casey should know that there are MORE Russian Orthodox people in PA than there are Uniate apostates. He pissed on all of us with this statement. I should hope that Russian Orthodox people in NEPA, Yinzertown, and all around the state wouldn’t forget this act of treachery and hate on the part of Mr Casey. His subservience to the Uniates is unseemly and without defence. No Russian Orthodox person should vote for this bastard… full stop.

Here’s another POS quote from a “Ukrainian Orthodox” priest, Fr Timothy Tomson, pastor of St Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks PA:

Russia is for Russians and Ukraine is for Ukrainians. If people (in the Ukraine) consider themselves Russian, they should move back to Russia.

Compare that the murderous manifesto issued by the OUN in 1941:

Long live the Ukraine without Jews, Poles, and Germans; Poles behind the River San, Germans to Berlin, and Jews to the gallows.

Note well that this “priest” echoes that… without shame! No decent Orthodox people can have concourse with fascist filth like that. To give you a better idea of the hate that animates “Ukrainian nationalism”, read the following:

The nationalists who emerged in Galicia following the First World War, much as in the rest of Europe, adopted a form of nationalism known as Integral nationalism. According to this ideology, the nation was the highest absolute value, more important than social class, regions, the individual, religion, etc. To this end, OUN members were to “force their way into all areas of national life” such as institutions, societies, villages, and families. They saw politics as a Darwinian struggle between nations for survival, rendering conflict unavoidable, and justifying any means that would lead to the victory of one’s nation over that of others. In this context, willpower was more important than reason, and they glorified warfare as an expression of national vitality. The OUN’s conceptualisation of this idea was particular in several ways. Because the Ukraine was stateless, and powerful neighbours surrounded it, its emphasis on force and warfare emerged as acts of terrorism and not open warfare, and they glorified illegality. Because Ukrainians didn’t have a state to glorify or serve, they placed emphasis on a “pure” national language and culture and not a State. There was a strain of fantastic romanticism, where the unsophisticated Ukrainian rejection of reason was more spontaneous and genuine than the cynical rejection of reason by German or Italian integral nationalists.

John Armstrong, Ukrainian Nationalism (1963). New York: Columbia University Press, pp 20-22

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Also note this:

The OUN wings disagreed on strategy and ideology, but shared a commitment to the manufacture of a historical past based on victimisation and heroism. The émigrés developed an entire literature that denied the OUN’s fascism, its collaboration with Nazi Germany, and its participation in atrocities, instead presenting the organisation as composed of democrats and pluralists who’d rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The diaspora narrative was contradictory, combining celebrations of the supposedly anti-Nazi resistance struggle of the OUN-UPA with celebrations of the Waffen-SS Galizien, a Ukrainian collaborationist formation established by Heinrich Himmler in 1943.

Per Anders Rudling, “The Return of the Ukrainian Far Right: The Case of VO Svoboda”. In Wodak and Richardson, Analysing Fascist Discourse: European Fascism in Talk and Text (2013). New York: Routledge.

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It’s time to stand for Holy Rus… we MUST oppose the Uniate snakes and their murderous ideology… we MUST oppose the pro-American running dogs of the putschist junta in Kiev… we MUST oppose the so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox” for breaking the Unity of the Russian World… BUT WE MUST NEVER HATE! Yes, our compatriots must kill these parasites when they find them, but we mustn’t harbour hate in our hearts! The present war is bad… the only justification is that the godless tyranny of the Unia and of “Ukrainian nationalism” is far worse. Yes… we live in a fallen world. Yes… sometimes, good people must use “tainted means”, for that’s the only thing at hand… but we mustn’t let hate live in our hearts, we mustn’t kill more than is necessary, and we must show mercy to the fallen or surrendered enemy, even if the soulless Uniate pigs do not (the hospital massacre in Krasny Liman and the murders of priests in Slavyansk are proof of that).

We must be like the fighters of the VOV. “Don’t cry, baba… we’ll make them pay for this!” Forgive… yes, a thousand times, yes! I forgive the Uniates, schismatics, and nationalists for what they’ve done; I hope that God shows them mercy in the hereafter. However… forgiveness doesn’t cancel out earthly consequences for earthly crimes. I’d put the noose around the necks of S Yu ShevchukA P YatsenyukF A Denisenko, and P A Poroshenko, and I’d trip the trap with no emotion. Nevertheless… the solution, although necessary, isn’t good in itself, and I’d have to confess it. A greater evil doesn’t cancel out the sin of a lesser evil. It merely underlines necessity; it DOESN’T exculpate it.

We live in a fallen world. It’s especially fallen now. It’s a time of moral dilemmas and temptations to unbounded hate and violence… God do help us…

BMD

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