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Monday, 27 December 2010

Fr Vsevolod Chaplin Believes that Modestly-Dressed Women are More Likely to Find a Good Husband

Modesty isn’t just the clothes we wear (although that IS a part of the equation)… it’s an inner quality… all grounded people know whereof I speak.

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Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Synodal Department for Church and Society, believes that modesty is the crowning adornment of a woman and it allows her to harmonise her life in a beneficial manner. “When a woman dresses immodestly, it’s obvious to everybody that she only wants to meet the ‘coolest’ men; it means that she won’t gain the confidence and love of a decent man with humility, character, and courage; it means that she’s just a disaster waiting to happen. She’ll only find a fool, a sad sack, or a leech, or, what’s worse, a gangster or a drunkard”, Fr Vsevolod said on Monday at a roundtable in Moscow. Moreover, in his view, “When a woman dresses nicely, with humility and dignity, she’s more likely to find a good man”, on this score, according to Fr Vsevolod, many Russian women have much to learn from Caucasian women. He thinks that a person’s appearance isn’t just a matter of personal fancy; society has something to say about it too. “We constantly hear that everybody should decide for themselves how they’re going to dress, but this position conceals a sly and hidden agenda”, he said, noting that, as a rule, extreme liberals {Fr Vsevolod means secularists, not socialists, here: editor} propagate this point of view, he noted that they’re also against Muslim women wearing the hijab in public. Fr Vsevolod is positive that people should bring up such matters as proper dress in public. “If a woman comes to the office dressed like a slut, the other women should have the right to say something to her about it”, he said.

27 December 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=38912

Editor’s Note:

It’s interesting to note that the Communists and Muslims agree with Fr Vsevolod… the pro-American “democrats” do not. Do observe how the American right-wing demonises the KPRF, Russian Muslims, and just plain ordinary Russians. When you listen to Rush Limbaugh, or watch Glenn Beck on the TV, or log onto Sarah Palin’s website, you give aid and comfort to the Russian “democrats” who want to make Russia as hedonist and nihilist as America is. The Reds want to wipe out immorality and money-grubbing… the Muslims want to KO porn and gambling… the Orthodox Church wants to fight immodesty and depravity… the “democrats” want to emulate America, they speak up for the Russian analogues of Larry Flynt, and they wish to impose an American-style “dictatorship of the Almighty Dollar”.

You can have morality… or you can have the Tea Party/GOP. Greed… or God? What’s it gonna be?

BMD

A Photo Essay. The Nentsy of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Northwestern Siberia

Filed under: patriotic,Russian,social life and customs — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

It should interest you to know that one word from the Nenets language has entered English… “parka”… the word came to Alaska via the Russians. As in most native languages, “Nenets” simply means “the people [who live here]”.

BMD

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27 December 2010. Our “Smaller Brothers”… Братья наши меньшие

Filed under: animals,science — 01varvara @ 00.00

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26 December 2010. Who’s On First? Which Website is Getting Readership and Who’s Not…

Filed under: internet,Orthodox life,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

This is the OCA, after the lawyers got done with ’em… I wonder if Bobby got a kickback?

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Let’s start with some graphs. I got them from http://www.quantcast.com. That is to say, they’re third-party, and they’re accessible to anyone without special passwords or authorisations.

a. oca.org (Official website of the Orthodox Church in America):

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b. ocanews.org/Orthodox Christians for Accountability (Personal website of Mark Stokoe):

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c. antiochian.org (Official website of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America):

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d. russianorthodoxchurch.ws (Official website of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia):

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e. goarch.org (Official website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America):

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f. frederica.com (Personal website of Frederica Matthewes-Green):

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g. 02varvara.wordpress.com/Voices from Russia (Personal website of Barbara-Marie Drezhlo)

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h. bytex.blogspot.com (Personal website of an unknown individual with the username of “Josephus Flavius”):

There is no graph for this site, as it has less than 2,000 “readers” a month

See http://www.quantcast.com/byztex.blogspot.com

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i. rocorstudies.org (Personal website of Andrei Psaryov):

There is no graph for this site, as it has less than 2,000 “readers” a month

See http://www.quantcast.com/rocorstudies.org

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I talked with someone who had been involved in Quantcast, and they told me that, despite the labelling, the total figures were comparable. Therefore, here are the rankings:

  1. Greek Archdiocese: 32,100
  2. Voices from Russia: 21,000
  3. Antiochian Archdiocese: 18,900
  4. OCA: 18,800
  5. Stokoe: 14,200
  6. ROCOR: 12,400
  7. Frederica: 4,600

There are no figures available for Byzantine Texas or for Psaryov’s website, as their “readership” is below 2,000.

The Greek figure is no surprise… but my site ranks above the other official sites and Stokoe, and it leaves Freddy in the dust. That’s interesting for Freddy is one of the loudest of the konvertsy lot. She’s shown to be an “empty and clanging cymbal”, as the Apostle put it. Freddy is one of Podmoshensky’s incestuous little coterie… as is Paffhausen and Rod Dreher. The paucity of readership for the Uniate “Josephus Flavius” gives you an idea of the value of the “Eastern Christian Media Awards”. The jerk told me I was on his voting list… I ignored it and spammed it. It’s nothing that any genuine Orthodox Christian would wish to be associated with… does it surprise you that Stokoe and oca.org got “awards” from this preening poseur and boasted of it on their sites? It DOES take all kinds…

Now, let’s look at some demographics:

a. oca.org (Official website of the Orthodox Church in America):

 

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b. ocanews.org/Orthodox Christians for Accountability (Personal website of Mark Stokoe):

 

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c. antiochian.org (Official website of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America):

 

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d. russianorthodoxchurch.ws (Official website of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia):

 

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e. goarch.org (Official website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America):

 

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f. frederica.com (Personal website of Frederica Matthewes-Green):

 

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g. 02varvara.wordpress.com/Voices from Russia (Personal website of Barbara-Marie Drezhlo):

 

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h. bytex.blogspot.com (Personal website of an unknown individual with the username of “Josephus Flavius”):

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i. rocorstudies.org (Personal website of Andrei Psaryov):

There is no graph for this site, as it has less than 2,000 “readers” a month

See http://www.quantcast.com/rocorstudies.org

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j. orthodoxengland.org.uk/Orthodox England (Personal website of Fr Andrew Phillips):

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Let’s look at some figures. What you are going to see is not percentages per se, but, rather, how a given site stacks up against the internet “average”. I think that you’ll find it interesting.

A-1. Readers with graduate degrees

The higher this number, the higher the percentage of clergy readers, in this case

  1. Stokoe: 355
  2. ROCOR: 273
  3. OCA: 251
  4. Antiochian Archdiocese: 220
  5. Orthodox England: 205
  6. Greek Archdiocese: 201
  7. Frederica: 144
  8. Voices from Russia: 142
  9. Byzantine Texas: 105

A-2. Readers with college degrees

  1. Antiochian Archdiocese, Frederica: 113
  2. Greek Archdiocese: 109
  3. Orthodox England, Voices from Russia: 105
  4. Byzantine Texas: 103
  5. OCA: 93
  6. Stokoe: 75
  7. ROCOR: 64

A-3. Readers without college degrees

  1. Byzantine Texas: 94
  2. Voices from Russia: 81
  3. ROCOR: 76
  4. Frederica: 73
  5. Orthodox England: 61
  6. Greek Archdiocese: 58
  7. OCA: 57
  8. Antiochian Archdiocese: 49
  9. Stokoe: 39

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B. Readers with Children 0-17 in household

The higher the number, the more households with kids logging on to the site

  1. Frederica: 127
  2. Antiochian Archdiocese: 83
  3. Orthodox England: 82
  4. Greek Archdiocese: 74
  5. Voices from Russia: 72
  6. OCA, Byzantine Texas: 60
  7. ROCOR: 44
  8. Stokoe: 20

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C-1. Readers with over 100,000 USD annual income

  1. Voices from Russia: 116
  2. Byzantine Texas: 110
  3. Greek Archdiocese: 88
  4. Orthodox England: 61
  5. Frederica: 57
  6. OCA: 53
  7. Antiochian Archdiocese: 50
  8. ROCOR: 29
  9. Stokoe: 17

C-2. Readers with 60,000-100,000 USD annual income

  1. Antiochian Archdiocese: 112
  2. Greek Archdiocese, Byzantine Texas: 100
  3. Voices from Russia: 98
  4. Orthodox England: 96
  5. Frederica: 95
  6. OCA: 84
  7. ROCOR: 53
  8. Stokoe: 26

C-3. Readers with 30,000-60,000 USD annual income

  1. Stokoe: 249
  2. ROCOR: 147
  3. OCA: 140
  4. Antiochian Archdiocese: 133
  5. Orthodox England: 131
  6. Frederica: 126
  7. Greek Archdiocese: 99
  8. Byzantine Texas: 90
  9. Voices from Russia: 85

C-4. Readers with under 30,000 USD annual income

  1. ROCOR: 210
  2. OCA: 135
  3. Frederica: 131
  4. Stokoe: 121
  5. Orthodox England: 118
  6. Greek Archdiocese: 117
  7. Antiochian Archdiocese: 105
  8. Byzantine Texas: 98
  9. Voices from Russia: 97

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D-1. Caucasian readers

  1. Stokoe, ROCOR: 121
  2. OCA: 116
  3. Antiochian Archdiocese: 113
  4. Greek Archdiocese: 107
  5. Voices from Russia: 106
  6. Frederica: 102
  7. Orthodox England: 100

D-2. Asian readers

  1. Voices from Russia: 90
  2. Frederica: 88
  3. Orthodox England: 82
  4. Antiochian Archdiocese: 63
  5. Greek Archdiocese: 35
  6. OCA: 28
  7. ROCOR: 15
  8. Stokoe: 12

D-3. Black readers

  1. Greek Archdiocese: 108
  2. Voices from Russia: 70
  3. Orthodox England: 64
  4. Frederica: 61
  5. OCA: 56
  6. Stokoe: 38
  7. Antiochian Archdiocese: 34
  8. ROCOR: 17

D-4. Spanish-surname readers

  1. Orthodox England: 135
  2. Frederica: 122
  3. Voices from Russia: 69
  4. Antiochian Archdiocese: 54
  5. Greek Archdiocese: 50
  6. OCA: 29
  7. ROCOR: 22
  8. Stokoe: 14

D-5 Other ethnicity readers

In this case, other usually means “Alaska Native”

  1. Orthodox England: 156
  2. Frederica: 117
  3. ROCOR: 116
  4. Antiochian Archdiocese: 110
  5. Voices from Russia: 101
  6. OCA: 96
  7. Greek Archdiocese: 95
  8. Stokoe: 59

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I’m not going to “direct” your findings… here’s the raw data to play with… throw it against the wall; see what sticks. A figure of 95-105 is spot-on average… anything over that is an over-representation; anything under that is below average. I’m sure that all of you out there will come to some interesting conclusions on your own! I’ll say this… it’s quite a different story than what you hear on the “official” sites, isn’t it?

Just remember… these aren’t “in-house” figures… those can be “cooked”. These are objective outside figures. It’s not like the phoney Orthodox “census” done by the EP recently… that was based on bogus self-reporting. I hope that Professor Krindatch, after he produced what the GOA wanted, took their money, went to Tinos, and had his favourite adult beverage whilst sitting on the beach, laughing all the way.

No other Orthodox website gives you the REAL DEAL like this one does. Mostly, they’re punks with no cred… like the ROCOR official website claiming that Psaryov’s site had “thousands” of readers. That’s false. If he had them, Quantcast would have been able to estimate his readership if it were over 4,000. It wasn’t… oh, yes… Mr Psaryov also supports Vassa Larina’s pro-Uniate fantasies… do you think that the two items are connected? Perspirin’ minds wanna know!

It’s time for this gal to hit the rack… there’s work tomorrow, after all. However, here’s the tote board, here’s the odds… step on up to the tib line and make your wager. Cookie the Bookie is waitin’…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 27 December 2010

Albany NY

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