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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Can You Believe It? A RIA-Novosti Infographic on… THE HOT DOG! (Or, is it the “Got Dog” or the “Khot Dog?”)

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17 July 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Competing Microbes

Competing Microbes

Sergei Yolkin



Scientists from Oxford University established that harmless microbes compete with other members of the microflora for the same niche. Competitive interaction between microbes promotes the acquisition of virulence characteristics, which can endanger the host organism. The authors of the publication focused their attention on the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, which lives in the human nasal air passages without causing any harm. Approximately two out of five people on the planet are carriers of these bacteria, without knowing it. The scientists, led by Sam Brown of Oxford University, tried to find out what makes the bacteria in some cases become harmful and cause such severe diseases as pneumonia, bacteraemia (blood poisoning bacteria), septicaemia, and meningitis. Scientists believe that their work could lead to new and more effective drugs and antibiotics.

22 June 2010

Sergei Yolkin



Russians Bow in Memory of the Last Tsar

Editor’s Foreword:

Many thanks to the reader who sent me the link for this. I am only one person… who can’t keep track of everything. Please, click on the URL below… it will take you to a page with a three-minute video in Russian… watch it even if you lack facility in Russian, the visuals are worth it (the bishop leading the procession in the vid is the inimitable Archbishop Vikenty Morar of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturiye). Again, спасибо болшая to my contact… you folks DO keep me going. Remember the path of the Russian New Martyrs… what we’re going through in the USA is a mere piffle in comparison (and it’s mostly self-inflicted at that).



In Russian churches, there were prayers in memory of the last Russian Tsar Nikolai II, his wife, and their children, shot 92 years ago in the basement of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. Last night, at the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, built on the site of the killings, 50,000 people took part in a procession. It ended at Ganina Yama, where the killers dumped the remains of the royal family after they were shot. Not only believers from Yekaterinburg participated in the affair, people came from all over Russia. Believers call the night of 16 to 17 July a time of both repentance and massacre… they call it “the Russian Golgotha”. On this night, 92 years ago, the imperial family was murdered in the basement of the Ipatiev House. In memory of a tragedy that changed the course of history, for twenty consecutive years, Orthodox have, in detail, retraced the final journey of the last Russian tsar.

The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood attracts pilgrims not only from all over Russia, but from all over the world as well. After a service that lasted a couple of hours, believers marched to the pit at Ganina Yama where, in 1918, the remains of the imperial family were thrown into an abandoned mineshaft. With every passing year, the procession becomes larger. Some of the pilgrims had walked all the way from St Petersburg, taking the same route that the Romanovs took to their final destination. A female pilgrim told us, “Seriously, the power of the Spirit helps us, prayer helps us. It was about 3,000 kilometres from St Petersburg to here. On the feastday of the Holy Royal Martyrs, everybody is on the road. We do it in honour of the Holy Royal Martyrs, which show the way for everyone”. Amongst the marchers, one saw children, oldsters, and disabled people. Kristine’s only seven, but this was her second time in the procession to Ganina Yama, together with her father, who is a priest from Tsaritsyn. He said, “Our legs will get a workout today, we’ll all get there when we can”.

At sunrise, the procession participants reached the memorial complex at Ganina Yama. It’s 20 kilometres from the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood to Ganina Yama, but the pilgrims make good time and most cover the distance in three hours. Many sit down around the church, taking a break after their hard journey. In Soviet times, this place was considered ominous. Despite the fact that the fate of the imperial family was a taboo subject, some believers came here to pray in secret. Many mysteries still shroud the events surrounding the death of the Romanovs. Their remains were found in a pit near Ganina Yama in 1991, but some were missing. The remains of Tsarevich Aleksei and Grand Princess Maria were found only two years ago. Soon afterwards, the investigation into the murder of the imperial family was closed, but scientists continue to follow leads.

Geophysicists doing research near the Koptyakovsky Road found several anomalies where there may be either bone fragments or other artefacts. Both historians and archaeologists believe that there are still quite a few secrets shrouding that fateful night. Vladimir Momot, a historian said, “I read through the historical archival documents. It turns out that two soldiers refused to participate in the shooting, and they were shot and buried in the same place”. If such is true, it means that soldiers of the Latvian Rifle Regiment {known as a fanatically pro-Red unit: editor} refused to take part in the massacre. Shedding light on this chapter of history can help new digs. Archaeologists are going to resume them.

In Yekaterinburg, meanwhile, continued the Царские дни (Imperial days) festival continues. Today, liturgy will be served in all churches in the Urals. In addition, there will be a complete All-Night Vigil in the Cathedral at Alapaevsk {the place of martyrdom of St Yelizaveta Fyodrovna and Prince St Vladimir Paley: editor}.

17 July 2010

Inna Osipova

Телекомпания НТВ (Telekompaniya NTV)


Igumen Filipp Ryabykh Calls for Cooperation with Jesuits

Here is Bob Taft and his ilk… trust them at your own peril…


Editor’s Foreword:

The following is utter BS… but, as a translator, I’ll give you the text as given. Do keep your lunch down…



Igumen Filipp Ryabykh, the Deputy Chairman of the MP Department for External Church Relations, met with Fr Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, the Secretary General of the Society of Jesus (more commonly known as “Jesuits”), one of the largest Roman Catholic religious orders, and spoke in favour of cooperation between the Jesuits and the Orthodox Church. Igumen Filipp acknowledged that Orthodox believers in Russia have negative images of the Jesuits, and emphasised the need for closer coordination between the Jesuits and the MP, according to the official website of the MP DECR. However, in Fr Filipp’s opinion, it will take a long time and much effort to persuade Orthodox not to link the Jesuits with proselytism. As a possible area of cooperation, he mentioned religious education, in which the Jesuits have accumulated rich experience over their more than 400 years of existence. Furthermore, Fr Filipp reiterated that Orthodox and Catholics could uphold Christian values in the secularised societies of Europe together.

Currently, the Jesuits, the colloquial name of The Society of Jesus, have about 18,500 members serving in 112 countries on six continents. The Jesuits were founded in Paris in 1534. Strict discipline and unquestioning obedience to superiors and to the Pope of Rome has always been a distinguishing feature of the Jesuits. Amongst the duties of the Order is the protection and dissemination of the faith, according to Catholic teachings. In 1820, all Jesuits were expelled from Russia, their activities were proscribed, and the word “Jesuit” acquired a second meaning in the dictionaries of most languages… a man who was two-faced and deceitful. In the Russian Federation, the Jesuits obtained official registration in 1992. A tragedy overshadowed the recent activities of the Jesuits in contemporary Russia, the head of their Russian branch, Fr Otto Messmer, was brutally murdered in an apartment in downtown Moscow in 2008.

12 July 2010



Editor’s Note:

The literal translaton of the title of this article is “Russian Church calls for cooperation with Jesuits”… nothing could be further from the truth. Filipp Ryabykh is a flunky and fellow traveller of Hilarion Alfeyev… nothing more need be said (another one with similar views is Fr Georgi Mitrofanov). The konvertsy are all gaga over the Boy Wonder because of his impeccable English. However, what else can you expect from suburban Americans of a Proddie background? They’re not known for their insight, but they ARE known for their superficiality. They’re the kind of people who believe that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and that he’s a communist! I’ve serious reservations concerning BO… but that’s ludicrous.

Let’s say this loudly and slowly so that even the slow learners notice it. THIS… IS… AN… UTTER… CROCK… OF… SHIT… AND… THE… CHURCH… DOES… NOT… ENDORSE… IT. This is nothing but the Boy Blunder’s personal opinion, delivered by one of his running-dog-lackeys. Did you notice that Interfax did not translate this into English? That should give you a hint. Again, this is NOT the Church’s opinion… it is only the opinion of a self-centred and hubristical vicar to the patriarch who is NOT a ruling bishop (the one parish in the Ordynka district where Alfeyev serves is under the actual authority of Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov, the patriarch’s loyal and unshakable retainer). Don’t you feel sorry for people such as Vassa Larina and Andrei Psaryov who’ve been taken in by Jesuit propaganda? God willing… they’ll turn from that path before it’s too late (one of my friends, a ROCOR priest, said that they shall… after they’re admonished by those in authority). Anyone who trusts a Jesuit is a candidate for a brain transplant… they are known for their slipperiness and conniving. After all, the word “Jesuitical” is NOT complimentary. They are fanatical papists of the worst sort, and the lowest of the lot are the so-called “Uniate Jesuits”… does the name “Bob Taft” ring a bell for some? Anyone who believes Ryabykh’s screed is in need of a long rest… after a trip to the woodshed.

Let’s not forget what the Bible said in St Matthew:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but, inwardly, they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits, ye shall know them.

The Jesuits have borne nothing but evil fruit… why should we even give them a hearing? Don’t forget their nastiness at the time of the Unia… that alone qualifies them to be “hewn down, and cast into the fire”. How any Orthodox can trust such double-dealers is beyond me. Do notice who amongst us consorts with such slime… and act accordingly. In short, Ryabykh is chock fulla beans and his statement is sheer GIGO. Caveat lector


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