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Sunday, 17 July 2011

17 July 2011. Ignorant Neo-Cons Claiming to be “Orthodox” Should Shut Up about the MP’s Politics… the MP Rejects the Free Market and Embraces Socialism

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

Look at His Nibs and how he HONOURS the vets of the RKKA of the VOV at a Pannikhida for all those who fell in the war fighting for our Great Russian Motherland and the Soviet Union! Many of the ROCOR people opening their mouths about the Church supporting the NATO aggression against Libya are from families that collaborated with the Nazis… that is, they were traitors to their country, they bore arms against their brothers; moreover, they were supporters of those who believed us to be subhumans.

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It’s come to my attention that the usual cast of suspects (most probably the Mouth of the South (Whiteford), the Wicked Wizard of the West (Lebedeff), and the Beltway Commando (Potapov)) are claiming that the MP supports the Neoliberal Corporatist aggression against Libya.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Look at this image:

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That’s Fr Vsevolod Chaplin, the Head of the MP Department of Church and Society (the closest confidant to His Nibs) confabbing on coordinating common action of the Church with the Party with Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov, the General Secretary of the KPRF… the Church cooperates with the Party, and has done so since the times of the American-backed Neoliberal attacks against the MP (especially in the Ukraine) in the Nasty ‘90s. THIS IMAGE IS PROOF OF THAT… THE RIGHTWINGERS HAVE NO SUCH IMAGES TO SHOW YOU, FOR THEY’RE LYING TO YOU. The Church does NOT cooperate with unpatriotic rightwing dollar-worshipping slimers such as Chubais and Kasparov (and it didn’t cooperate with the American lick-spittle Gaidar, either). I should point up that two of the paladins named above (Victor Potapov and Alexander Lebedeff) were enthusiastic supporters of Vitaly Ustinov’s crackbrained plan to plant parishes of the ROCOR in the former USSR after ’91, in direct opposition to the MP, knifing the Church in the Rodina in the back, with, I’m told from several sources, support from the American special services (Potapov is (or was) a high US government functionary at VOA/RL/BBG with a “red” official passport). That is, the people floating the thesis that the MP’s supporting the Neocon aggression in Libya are trying a crude attempt at CYA (I’ve heard that the zapadnik traitor Alfeyev has made some ambiguous statements to please his Western friends, but that’s all).

If all that wasn’t enough, in addition, don’t forget that Jonas Paffhausen refused to meet with a bishop of the confessing UOC/MP when that hierarch was in NYC opening an exhibition with the express blessing and permission of Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine, the First Hierarch of the UOC/MP. In short, these people are trying to tell you that the Church supports the godless Mammon-worshipping ideology of the New GOP. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Look at the images below… they PROVE that the Church not only doesn’t support the evil programme of the Neoliberal Free Marketers… it stands four-square against it!

Here’s His Nibs with Fidel Castro Ruz:

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Here’s KMG with Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz:

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Here’s His Nibs blessing the Russian church in Havana:

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Here, we see the Patriarch with Gennady Andreyevich in animated and intimate conversation:

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Here’s the late Patriarch Aleksei with Mahmoud Abbas (KMG has NOT changed the MP’s position vis-à-vis Palestine and Israel):

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His Nibs has called the Free Market an utter fraud and he’s called for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the economic blockade against Cuba. If you hear ANYONE claim that the MP supports the evil Ayn Rand-rants of the New GOP, they’re lunatics… the facts say otherwise! Look at what His Nibs has said:

A unipolar world based on the hegemony of one political centre isn’t viable. It seems to me, today, that Russia, along with a number of other states, in particular, those in the SCO, defends the idea of ​​multipolarity, calling for the existence of a multiplicity of power centres in order to create a proper balance, to ensure the safety of our planet. Well, we all know the consequences of the hegemony of a single centre in the world. It’s sufficient to recall the tragic situation in Kosovo, in Yugoslavia, and in some other parts of the globe, which I’d prefer not to speak about now, because we’ve all heard of them, it’s been splashed all over the TV newscasts.

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/17-june-2011-his-holiness-on-peace-and-a-multipolar-world/

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We recognise that Cuba is in difficult economic straits due to the economic blockade. We’ve repeatedly said that the American blockade of Cuba is utterly unjust. [This blockade] doesn’t correspond to the political and economic realities of the 21st century, it’s nothing but a vestige of the Cold War, and it’s very important that we remove this useless relic as quickly as possible from the international arena. Cuba has shown the world that she can live under an economic blockade, but there’s no reason why Cuba can’t live like any other state, free to trade with whomever it pleases, to develop whatever bilateral contacts that it will with the outside world.

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/patriarch-kirill-demanded-that-the-usa-lift-the-economic-blockade-of-cuba-immediately/

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On the one hand, material consumption is a natural human desire… if a man doesn’t care about it; he would die. This need is embedded in our instincts… we eat, drink, dress, and take care to propagate our race. We do this for human survival, and, in any case, the Church doesn’t take an aloof and moralistic stance, “Oh, don’t worry about this”. Today, this is especially true, when there are so many poor people in our societies, those who are malnourished, who don’t have enough money for most necessities of life. I’m not talking about education, health care, holidays, or a full cultural life, but the Church can’t say, “You know, it’s all bad”. However, what has the Church stood against, what does it stand against, and what will it always stand against? It opposes what the Fathers called the “lust of the flesh”, when mankind is dominated by consumption. At that point, lust (and lust is a disease that’s a violation of internal balance) becomes dominant in a person. Such a person cares only about materialism; they have no spiritual dimension. It is important that people, especially today, remember the overwhelming words of Our Saviour, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?” We must write this in gold letters, and hang them in every room, especially the rooms of rich people. For what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world, but destroy his own soul? That is why the Church must set itself into people’s minds, and why it must say what it must naturally, with love, not stepping back, not looking down on those who live in poverty, but in solidarity with poor people, to proclaim moral values. Then, nobody would accuse the Church of sanctimonious hypocrisy, but would attend to the preaching of the Church. This exhortation is now crucial for the survival of our civilisation; the consumer psychology and the lust of the flesh are not viable… they destroy the spiritual dimension of life, and turn human beings into animals.

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/patriarch-kirill-gave-a-wide-ranging-interview-to-ukrainian-tv/

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The modern economy is built largely on fraud; it creates money out of thin air. Money is a token of human labour and of our God-given resources, such as coal, ore, and oil, along with our intelligence, physical labour, culture, and spirituality. However, every company produces its own money in the form of shares, which passes onto the secondary market, they’re not just simple securities; they’re traded and used as items of speculation. If these mere phantasms earn billions, not even backed by labour or real capital, then, how can such an economy exist? Who is going to pay for all of this? Why, the simple worker is going to, who produces the value behind all of this bubble. We need a fair economic system where money and capital are equivalent and are the expression of real work.

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/patriarch-kirill-believes-that-the-modern-economy-is-largely-based-on-%E2%80%9Cfraud%E2%80%9D/

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The loudmouths claiming that the MP supports the NATO aggression are liars, pure and simple. They’ve no images to show you… they’ve no quotes to give you… they’re projecting their greedy rightwing notions onto the Church, and that’s NOT RIGHT! Remember this… the Communist Party stood tall for the Church when the Uniate and schismatic slimers attacked it at the behest of the USA. I seem to recall Potapov saying in the ‘90s, when Patriarch Aleksei received an honorary degree from Georgetown, that he was nothing but a hireling of the FSB and KGB. These people have changed their stories more often than they’ve changed their gotchies. Look at the truth, and you’ll know that they’re crook. The Church does NOT support the NATO invasion of Libya or any other Neoliberal fantasy, for that matter. It opposes the “lust of the flesh” that lies at the heart of the Free Market monster.

It does take all kinds, but this is ridiculous. You can stand for His Holiness and social justice… or, you can stand for the Three Stooges and their apologia for rightwing greed and lust for power. You can’t have both; they’re mutually exclusive. I know where I stand… choose well…

THIS is what I choose… I support the free people of Cuba, and I’m proud that my Church stands tall for them, too… they DON’T back the bullying of the NATO/IMF Gestapo ruffians in Libya… ’nuff said!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 17 July 2011

Albany NY

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17 July 2011. Vlad Berzonsky Serves with Dickie Wood in Moscow… What do the Tealeaves Say?

If we want a Church for our kids, we’ve got to chase out the rascals, nutters, tin-fiddle salesmen, and thieves… otherwise… Satan laughs!

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Firstly, here’s something from Dickie’s website (a friend sent it on, so, I don’t have a URL):

On Friday, 15 July 2011, by invitation of the Moscow Historical Enlightenment Society Russian America, Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood, Representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Moscow Patriarchate participated in events held in honour of the 270th Anniversary of the discovery of Russian America (Alaska) by Navigator-Explorers V I Bering and A I Chirikov. The events began with a memorial Pannikhida served at Holy Trinity Church near Sukharov Square in Moscow, which has designation as a “Sea Church”. By invitation of a cleric of the church, Fr Aleksandr Kholmogorov, Fr Zacchaeus led the Pannikhida, with Fr Vladimir Berzonsky (visiting Moscow from Holy Trinity Church in Parma OH) and Fr Aleksandr concelebrating. After the service, Fr Zacchaeus preached a sermon on the importance of the discovery of Alaska, especially in relation to the Russian Orthodox Missionary work there, which led to the spread of Orthodoxy throughout America. Following Fr Zacchaeus’ words, the President of the Russian America Society offered greetings to all gathered. Following the Pannikhida in Holy Trinity Church, the clergy and those praying with them processed to the Memorial Monument erected in honour of the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy, where the clergy offered prayers for the departed, and participants laid flowers in honour of their memory.

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Firstly, this Russian America Society is a nonentity that I’ve never seen mentioned in any major Russian source. No where. No how. No way. Probably, it’s just a couple of academic wonks with zip influence on the larger society. Note that this shindig involved no higher cleric of the MP, not even Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov, who’s supposedly tight with Dickie.

Secondly, “the importance of the discovery of Alaska, especially in relation to the Russian Orthodox Missionary work there, which led to the spread of Orthodoxy throughout America” is utter rubbish, completely untrue, and without foundation. There are NO organic ties whatsoever linking the Church in Alaska to the Church in the “lower 48”. The two bodies had an independent genesis, unconnected development, and completely unlike institutional cultures as a result. Their only ties are formal and de jure, not actual and de facto. Indeed, the so-called OCA is a loose and disunited agglomeration of five diverse and disparate bodies:

  1. The Church in Alaska, founded by the Holy Governing Synod in the Russian colonial period; its faithful are primarily Alaska Natives
  2. The OCA in the USA (lower 48) was founded as a mission amongst Galician and Carpatho-Russian Uniate immigrants in the early 20th century; its faithful are primarily the descendents of the early Slavic immigrants, it’s foundation owed NOTHING to the Church in Alaska
  3. The OCA in Canada is much like the OCA in the USA, but with far fewer converts, and the ethnics are almost completely Galician by background
  4. The konvertsy conventicles proper are either HOOMie cultists or Episkie/Sectarian disgrunts… they have little, if any, attachment to lived Orthodoxy… they’re temporary sojourners amongst us
  5. The OCA parishes in Mexico are a tiny infinitesimal body of no discernable importance or effect on the larger Mexican society or on the larger OCA

So, Dickie’s chock fulla beans on that one… but does that surprise you?

Let’s get down to details. Vlad Berzonsky is “thick as thieves” with Lyonyo; he’s a key member of the “get Kondratick gang”. He was a key actor in the rivalry and power struggle between the faction centred on Lyonyo, Connie Tarasar, and Stokoe, and the group collected about RSK, in the struggle for power in the twilight of the Hubiak era in Syosset. Berzonsky is “thick as thieves” with Stokoe as well; he’s probably one of the principal “leakers” to Stokoe (they ARE both in Ohio, after all). “Love BT” may be a crook sort, but he believes that to be true; his hunches and intel are often correct. To thicken the plot still further, Dickie hired Berzonsky’s son, DC lawyer Vladimir Berzonsky Jr, to “represent” him before the SIC. I’m told from multiple sources that Dickie was the only SIC interviewee who was accompanied by counsel when they presented testimony. He also requested that his testimony remain “off the record”.

Dickie’s supporting Fathausen to maintain his own position. Berzonsky’s a rabid autocephalist in close alliance with Lyonyo, but not Fathausen and Co. After all, Berzonsky’s not a pal of Dickie; could he have gone to Moscow at the behest of Lyonyo to scope out the situation? Hmm… do certain parties (Lyonyo, Garklavs, and (maybe) Mel Pleska) want Dickie out? When you remember that Wheeler, Hunchak, and Johnny Hopko aren’t FODs (Friends of Dickie)… what does that tell us about Tosi (“the records simply don’t exist”) and Stokoe? Certainly, it explains the latest outbursts of Silver and Love BT. True, Dickie and the Berzonskys were allies in a quest to take down RSK, and, after him, Metropolitan Herman (Berzonsky père and Herman are down n’ dirty foes, and have been since Adam… Berzonsky objected to and made much noise in re Herman’s episcopal consecration way back when); however, they may not be allies, now… Berzonsky doesn’t really support Fathausen.

Oh, one last thing… the “new” OCA website continues to publish the same old fabrications concerning Fathausen’s history in Russia in the ‘90s… is that the new konvertsy Pravda? It’s going to be an INTERESTING Sobor later this year… some say that there’s going to be beaucoup blood on the floor, and others say that there’s going to be a serious effort to mount a gigantic hush job. I predict that both are going to happen concurrently in the most slapdash manner possible (we ARE hutsky-klutsky by nature)… which shall lead to more confusion and upset than existed before the confab. Keep the faith… it’s the only thing that you can do. After the implosion (for no one will attend to the problems in time), we’ll have a fine mess to clear away, then, the hard part BEGINS… most of us won’t see the end of the rebuilding period here on earth (some of the younger sorts in their 20s and 30s may). Look at it as a peasant does when they plant their crops… you can’t rush the growth. It takes its own God-given time, and that’s the way of it.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 17 July 2011

Albany NY

17 July 2011. According to Murdoch’s WSJ, Bin Laden was Planning More Attacks… I Think NOT!

Filed under: politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

REMEMBER who brought us this… George W Bush, Richard Cheney, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and all the other pleasant sorts in the New GOP (cheered on by Sarah, Sean, Bill, and all the other Murdoch-paid shills)… the rightwing wants “freedom” for the rich only… the rest of us can be groped… who cares, “they’re only little people”…

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Read this:

http://news.yahoo.com/bin-laden-hit-list-included-air-force-one-140653352.html

Note this:

The primary target on bin Laden’s hit list was President Obama. Officials tell ABC News that bin Laden was trying to hatch a plan to kill President Obama by shooting down Air Force One or Marine One, the president’s plane and helicopter. Bin Laden hoped to kill General Petraeus, commander of forces in Afghanistan and soon-to-be CIA director the same way, either in a helicopter or fixed wing airplane with a missile or rocket propelled grenade. So, to recap, al Qaeda had designs to attack many things… trains, sports arenas, the president, the top US general, and probably others. It also wanted militants to infiltrate and attack some target on this year’s 9/11 anniversary. But it doesn’t look like the plans got past the wishful discussion stage. Again, as in the WSJ’s report, ABC includes the caveat that “Investigators don’t believe the planning got very far”.

Let’s keep this concise… the above is complete, utter, and blatant bullshit, designed to stampede people into allowing the feds to grope train travellers as well as airline passengers. It’s an unashamed rightwing plug for an extension of the entirely unneeded and neo-Nazi Patriot Act. Don’t forget, Rupert Murdoch owns the WSJ… probably, this is their way of drawing attention away from their under-fire scummer boss. THIS is the sort of nonsense that the rightwing eats up… and leads to TSA agents rummaging about in a 95-year-old’s Depends. The New GOP LOVES this. President Obama didn’t found the Department of Homeland Insecurity, nor did he appoint most of its high-level permanent staff (thoroughly infested with paranoid nativist New GOP rightwingers, I’m told). We didn’t need a Department of Homeland Insecurity for 225 years… suddenly, we need one, now? I think not… but don’t blame the poor sod TSA rank n’ filers (they’re the DHS types most often encountered by ordinary folk). Some TSA sorts told me on the QT that overly-exact “scripts” hobble their freedom of action and judgement (even what they say is precisely scripted and regimented)… they’re written by paranoid Mormon rightwingers… not “liberal Democrats”. If they deviate from them, they’re fired, and, in today’s economy, that’s a “death sentence”. Have some pity on them… they get all the blame whilst the righting slimers who wrote the policies get off scot-free. Let me leave you with another quote by Edward R Murrow:

We hardly need to be reminded that we’re living in an age of confusion… a lot of us have traded in our beliefs for bitterness and cynicism, or for a heavy package of despair, or even a quivering portion of hysteria. Opinions can be picked up cheap in the marketplace, while such commodities as courage, fortitude, and faith are in alarmingly short supply.

You know what to do… VOTE NEXT NOVEMBER… we CAN stop the madness!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 17 July 2011

Albany NY 

17 July 2011. A Mural in a Metro Station… Red and White United, Together Forever!

Filed under: history,moral issues,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

This was part of an earlier collection that I posted earlier, if you wish to see the complete set, it’s at:

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/a-photo-essay-murals-in-a-metro-station-who-can-you-identify/

Red and White together… the legacy of White courage and honour… the legacy of Red social justice and common hope… we need BOTH. Beware all those who wish to give you only one or the other. Compassion without courage is treacly sentimentality… honour without cooperation is self-centred hubris. Always take the “golden mean”… it’s what the Church TRULY teaches.

In the name of life! God is with us!

BMD

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