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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

1 April 2015. A Thought from St John Chrysostom…

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In looking at some of the comments posted by konvertsy on the new Indiana discrimination law, I’m struck by their ignorance, hate, and sheer incomprehension of what the Church is all about. The Church doesn’t “crusade”… it points the way… it holds up an exemplar. Note well that those who “speak the truth in love” (which is never truthful nor loving in an objective sense) pridefully strut about, telling you how “humble” they are and how well that they keep the fast. Our Lord Christ didn’t scruple at association with “sinners”… indeed, that was something that the “respectable” and “religious” of his day despised in Him. I’d observe that the “religious” haven’t changed their spots in two millennia… fancy that…


1 April 2015. From the Russian Web… What Your Cat Can Do For You: Inspect Your Firewood Before You Use It!

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Have your feline check out your firewood before you use it. Cats have many abilities that people have no clue about… I mean it!


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

DonNTU First University to Receive the Academician V P Glushko International Prize

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Today,Donetsk National Technical University (DonNTU) was the first DNR educational institution awarded the prestigious Academician V P Glushko International Prize. The son of the prominent scientist, Major General A V Glushko, handed over the award to A Ya Anoprienko, DonNTU Rector. General Glushko spoke about the DonNTU’s achievements, “It’s one of the most-recognised higher institutes in the SNG due to its compelling research in hundreds of projects for a variety of industries, from geology and metallurgy to mechanical engineering and mining. Even in wartime, in fact under conditions of blockade, it still pays special attention to promote science and technology”. In turn, Rector Anoprienko said, “DonNTU has received the first Academician V P Glushko International Prize. In time, the award will go to leading scientists, artists, and pilot-cosmonauts. We’ll do our best to continue research in our school, to train and develop higher-education science”. DNR Minister of Education and Science Igor Kostenok congratulated DonNTU’s students and faculty, “Today, the DNR is emerging. It’s important for us not only survive, but to develop systematically. In this, our foremost assistants are scientists and higher science, which since Soviet times were amongst the top ranks. We should undertake the most serious study. Awarding such high honours… that’s the best way to do it”.

The International Academy of Spiritual Unity of the People of the World UNESCO “For the Promotion of Science in Literature” established the Academician V P Glushko International Prize in 2005. Over the next eight years, the Academy gave out the award, but there are no records of who received it and what they received. This was due to the lack of a legal basis, as well as financial difficulties. After 2013, due to the efforts of the St Petersburg Foundation for Support of Education and Science, the Prize became official.

V P Glushko (1908-89) was a Soviet engineer and scientist specialising in rocket and space technology and was a pioneer in liquid rocket engines. Beginning in 1974, he became director and general designer of NPO Energiya, which designed the 11K25 Energiya booster-rocket/MTKK Buran reusable space shuttle system. He became Academician of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR and the USSR, twice winner of the State Prize of the USSR, and twice Hero of Socialist Labour.

31 March 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


LNR Sez Junta Forces Redeployed 200 Armoured Vehicles Near Lugansk

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I decided to translate this as there are mistranslations circulating claiming that the LNR alleged that 200 self-propelled artillery systems (SPAS) redeployed near Lugansk. Rather, the source said that there were 200 vehicles of all sorts, INCLUDING self-propelled artillery. I think that this is due to machine translations and to people not familiar with military terminology, usage, and doctrine. 200 SPASs would mean 50 batteries under current junta organisation (4 guns per battery), which translate out to 16 2/3 battalions, which would be fire support for 5½ divisions. I think it doubtful that the junta has 200 operational SPASs all told in its inventory, let alone 200 deployed to the area of Lugansk alone. Have a care with stuff on the web… fools and charlatans post much of it…



Last night, a VSN source in the LNR informed us that the junta forces redeployed 200 armoured vehicles from Belovodsk to areas near Lugansk, saying, “From 23.00 yesterday evening to 06.00 today, the VSN confirmed the redeployment of Ukrainian armoured vehicles from junta-occupied Belovodsk to areas near Lugansk. The equipment included self-propelled artillery systems of various sorts. This is a flagrant violation of the Minsk Agreements. We advised the Joint Centre for Monitoring and Coordination of this redeployment of Ukrainian armoured vehicles”.

27 March 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


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