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Monday, 21 February 2011

Great Lent 2011 is Sneakin’ Up on Us… Maslenitsa Starts Next Monday

Filed under: Christian,Orthodox life,religious — 01varvara @ 00.00

This is the week to chow down on one of these… Maslenitsa’s next week (it starts Monday 28 February)!

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It’s almost that time again… yep… it’s just about Great Lent (it starts on Monday 7 March)! Hey… look at the GOOD part! It means that Easter is about six weeks away, and that Spring is about to sprung again! There are those who memorise long lists of this-or-that forbidden food, or, who want you to go about with long constipated faces the entire Lent. Both of those attitudes are WRONG and destroy the whole meaning of the Lent. It’s better to eat meat in Lent and love your neighbour, than it is to keep all the “rules” and have a self-centred narcissistic self-righteousness. You see the latter amongst konvertsy… don’t throttle ’em on the spot… it’s not right at all; it’s no good to argue with such sorts. They won’t change their minds, it’ll just frustrate you to no end… light a candle for ’em, and let their words go in one ear and out the other. Yes… it ain’t easy… but it CAN be done.

The Lent is when we voyage to the New Shore… when we take the road to Easter (24 April, this year), which is the defining event of our Faith… it’s the Centre of the whole Christian Message. Trust me, every able-bodied Orthodox Christian is gonna be in Church on the Easter… even if they don’t go the rest of the year. Everyone will shout out, “He is Risen, Indeed!” That’s what it’s all about… Christ is for all of us… not just those who make a hobby of “Church”. Think on that… that’s what the Chrysostom homily is all about. “Even those who come at the Eleventh Hour”… Our Lord Christ means it, and that’s that.

This sinner finds that promise reassuring…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 21 February 2011

Albany NY

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A Photo Essay. 21 February 2011. The Protests Spread Throughout the Middle East… the Russian Reportage

Filed under: politics — 01varvara @ 00.00

A wounded demonstrator in hospital in the American puppet-state of Bahrain

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Another demonstrator beaten by police goons in Bahrain

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This is what the Republican Party and Wilsonian Interventionist Democrats approve of in the Middle East… they don’t care how many are brutalised or killed… who cares? They’re just wogs, anyway… the bottom line… now, that’s something important!

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Protest camp in the middle of Bahrain

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Protests in Sana’a, the capital of the American puppet-state of Yemen

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Street fighting in Yemen

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A wounded demonstrator in Yemen

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Protesters in Basra confront police of the American puppet-government in Iraq… several demonstrators were killed…

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Every outbreak of revolt in the Middle East has been in American puppet-states or in states that allowed Western multinationals to rape their countries. We’re reaping the harvest of sixty years of stealing the profits from this region… and we still don’t get it. People don’t cotton to outsiders coming in, supporting the local bully boys, and stealing all the ready money in the country (the puppet juntas live large… the people live like cattle). In the end, they revolt, with incalculable consequence for all concerned. It happened in Iran in 1979; now, it’s occurring all over the region, and the West has no one but itself to blame.

The shortsighted corporatist moneybags refuse to learn… they aren’t drawing the proper lesson from the Middle Eastern events, just as they’re not drawing the proper lesson from the Wisconsin events. This leads one to a logical question… are they congenitally unable to draw such lessons because their ideology blinkers them? After all, if the players of the Green Bay Packers came out in support of the union demonstrators, doesn’t that tell one that popular discontent runs deep? Let’s be blunt… Scott Walker is as blind as Hosni Mubarak was… if he doesn’t take a care and pull back from his dangerous brinkmanship and showboating… well, we could have Cairo in Madison… who wants that? It should chill you to know that Walker wants precisely that… to give him a pretext to use violence against the demonstrators. God DO help us… lunatics are abroad, and they’ve gotten access to the levers of power.

We should learn from the Middle East events… but shall we?

BMD

21 February 2011. Our “Smaller Brothers”… Братья наши меньшие

Filed under: animals,science — 01varvara @ 00.00

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There’s a clear plasticine wall between the polar bear and the boy… “Hello, Food! Are you good to eat? Can you come on my side?” (all said in perfect Polar Bear, of course)

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Gorbachyov: We Should Bury Lenin’s Body Normally in Due Time

Filed under: history,politics,Revolution/Civil War,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachyov believed that we should bury the body of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the world proletariat, but that we shouldn’t be hasty about it. “I’m for it; we should bury him in the earth like everybody else. That’s what he and his family wanted, after all. However, one must be cautious in these matters”, Mikhail Sergeyevich said at a press conference in Moscow. In particular, he noted that Russia has many different problems, such as the fight against nationalism. “Just one little thing could split the whole country”, the former Soviet leader said. He also noted that when the time came for his burial, Vladimir Ilyich’s last rites must be “a dignified farewell to a great man. Make no mistake… he was a great man”.

21 February 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2011/02/21/45392227.html

Editor’s Note:

This shows that even communists are willing to see Lenin’s body buried normally… as long as it’s accorded the customary and usual dignified funeral that any human being deserves. I agree emphatically. One of the ugliest notions afoot amongst “Christians” is that atheists and agnostics (“unbelievers”) are nasty people, unfit of any human compassion due to their lack of the normal and usual human impulses. I beg to differ. In any case, most contemporary Communists ARE believers… but even if they weren’t, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t human, that they don’t have feelings and emotions as everyone does.

Most communists I know are people aflame with the love of social justice… the opportunists left after ’91. The contemporary KPRF (and the heroic KPU, which stood tall for the Church in the Ukraine), or, the US Republican Party… which one is closer to the call of Patriarch Kirill and Pope Benedict for economic justice? Gennady Zyuganov or Scott Walker… which of these is closer to Christ’s commandment to us to be Good Samaritans? I know how I would answer… what about you?

BMD

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