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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

19 July 2011. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Which Country has the Most Expensive Petrol?

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15 July 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20110715/165209695.html

Editor’s Note:

The price listed is per litre, four litres equals 1.05 US gallon, so, to convert the above list to US measurements and prices, it roughly takes 3.8 litres to equal 1 US gallon. The currency conversion is as of 16.00 EDT 19 July 2011:

Average price of a litre of A95 petrol in Europe:

53.8 Roubles. 1.91 USD. 1.36 Euro. 1.19 UK Pound.

Roubles

USD

Euros

UK Pounds

Rank

1. Kazakhstan

22.3

0.79

0.56

0.49

78

2. Belarus

25.4

0.90

0.64

0.56

89

3. Russia

27.3

0.97

0.69

0.61

96

X. USA (Albany NY)

28.6

1.01

0.72

0.63

100

4. The Ukraine

36.2

1.29

0.92

0.80

127

5. Italy

60.2

2.14

1.52

1.33

211

6. Ireland

61.5

2.18

1.55

1.36

215

7. Portugal

61.9

2.20

1.56

1.37

217

8. Belgium

62.4

2.22

1.58

1.38

218

9. Finland

63.1

2.24

1.59

1.39

221

10. Denmark

63.9

2.27

1.61

1.41

224

11. The Netherlands

65.2

2.31

1.64

1.44

228

12. Greece

66.9

2.37

1.68

1.47

234

13. Great Britain

68.2

2.42

1.72

1.50

239

14. Norway

72.9

2.59

1.84

1.61

255

“Rank” is the percentage of the US base price

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8.6 percent average price rise in Europe since December 2010:

Raw Change

Actual National Change vs. European Average Change

1. Kazakhstan

+14.8

172

2. Belarus

+38.9

453

3. Russia

+8.0

93

X. USA (Albany NY)

+20.0

233

4. The Ukraine

+27.2

317

5. Italy

+6.3

74

6. Ireland

+16.3

190

7. Portugal

+6.8

79

8. Belgium

+6.5

76

9. Finland

+6.6

77

10. Denmark

+5.8

68

11. The Netherlands

+3.8

45

12. Greece

+5.8

68

13. Great Britain

+4.9

57

14. Norway

+8.1

95

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Countries Listed by Size of Increase in Price of a Litre of Petrol between December 2010 and June 2010:

Actual National Change vs. Average European Change

1. Belarus

453

2. The Ukraine         

317

X. USA (Albany NY)

233

3. Ireland

190

4. Kazakhstan

172

5. Norway

95

6. Russia

93

7. Portugal

79

8. Finland

77

9. Belgium

76

10. Italy

74

11. Denmark

68

12. Greece

68

13. Great Britain

57

14. The Netherlands

45

Note the US figure… it’s over twice the European average. In December 2010, in Albany NY, a US gallon of petrol cost 3.20 USD (0.85 USD/litre), in June 2011, it cost 3.82 USD (1.01 USD/litre), an increase of 20 percent over the earlier figure, which is higher than all European percentages of increase, save for the Ukraine and Belarus. That means that the increase is probably NOT due to “market factors”… it’s probably an even split between money-grubbing speculation on the futures market by reckless Five Percenter gamblers and shameless price gouging by the transnationals… which is smiled at by the US political duopoly (both the New GOP and Internationalist Democrats LOVE Big Oil). To be blunt, “market forces” can’t explain such a discrepancy away… the oil cartels own the US political duopoly as surely as the trusts “owned” most levels of US government at the time of TR… if it’s the same situation, it merits the same remedy. Who’ll have the courage to take on the transnationals? If we don’t, the coming crash will make our present fix seem childish. Most of the countries reporting higher-than-average price spikes had either currency instability or political problems (or, in the case of the USA, both). The US currency instability is completely due to New GOP attempts to sabotage an increase in the debt ceiling and their concurrent efforts to slash the tax rates of the Five Percenters still further (and rip down the social safety net to do so)… that is, it’s completely avoidable, and a grievous self-inflicted wound to the economy, as Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz warned recently.

BMD

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For my American readers, here’s a comparison using US Standard Units.

Average price of a US gallon of A95 petrol in Europe:

203.6 Roubles. 7.22 USD. 5.12 Euros. 4.48 UK Pounds

Roubles

USD

Euros

UK Pounds

1. Kazakhstan

84.4

2.99

2.12

1.86

2. Belarus

96.2

3.41

2.43

2.12

3. Russia

103.4

3.67

2.62

2.31

X. USA (Albany NY)

107.9

3.82

2.71

2.37

4. The Ukraine

137.2

4.89

3.49

3.03

5. Italy

227.9

8.10

5.76

5.04

6. Ireland

232.8

8.25

5.84

5.12

7. Portugal

234.3

8.30

5.88

5.15

8. Belgium

236.2

8.37

5.93

5.19

9. Finland

238.9

8.47

6.00

5.26

10. Denmark

241.9

8.57

6.07

5.32

11. The Netherlands

246.8

8.75

6.20

5.43

12. Greece

253.3

8.98

6.36

5.57

13. Great Britain

258.2

9.15

6.48

5.68

14. Norway

276.0

9.78

6.93

6.07

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19 July 2011. JP and Michelle Bachmann… Two Peas in a Single Diseased Pod

You don’t need Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, welfare cash payments, bank deposit insurance, public schools, or workplace regulations… Michelle Bachmann and Jonas Paffhausen say so! What you really need are foreign wars, more tax cuts for the wealthy, more givebacks from you, more TSA agents to grope you as you board your plane, bus, or train, and more overseas torture centres. The Invisible Hand of the Market will take care of you (in more ways than one)!

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Who’s the greedy man? One for whom plenty does not suffice. Who defrauds others? One who keeps for himself what belongs to everyone. Aren’t you greedy, don’t you defraud, when you keep for yourself what was given to give away? When someone steals a man’s clothes, we call him a thief. Shouldn’t we give the same name to one who could clothe the naked but doesn’t?

St Basil the Great

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I’ve experienced two dictatorships in my life, those of Hitler and the Communists. I don’t wish to experience a third, from America.

A Russian Orthodox bishop

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More and more I pray for the Prodigal Son’s brother. A persistent contemplation prods me… the Prodigal awoke from his life of sin… as for his elder brother, will he awake from his life of virtue?

Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara

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In such a Church, the world finds a cheap covering for its sins; no contrition is required, still less any real desire to be delivered from sin. Cheap grace therefore amounts to a denial of the living Word of God, in fact, it’s a denial of the Incarnation of the Word of God.

Dietrich Bonhöffer

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Read this:

http://theweek.com/article/index/217387/michele-bachmanns-hardline-stance-on-gays-a-boon-in-2012

Note this:

Oliver Duggan at Britain’s Independent said, “For every politician and pundit who shuns Bachmann’s front for religious proselytising, and every Republican who looks to distance themselves, there’s a handful of powerful and unacknowledged voters that rejoice in it”. Last week’s ABC News expose actually validated these voters’ feelings about homosexuality, and Bachmann’s “ultra-conservative, ultra-Christian” base “will coagulate around her as her candidacy is bloodied from all directions” over her views on homosexuality. 

Firstly, in the above quote, “Christian” means “Radical Sectarian”, and “conservative” means “Radical Neoliberal”… these slimers bear no relationship to real Christians and real Conservatives. They’re certainly not like Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara, Dietrich Bonhöffer, or Aleksei Rediger, nor are they akin to Disraeli, Bismarck, Stolypin, Dief, or Ike. Yet, both JP and Bachmann style themselves “Christians” and “Conservatives”. Neither one is the latter, nor is JP the former save in the most formal sense (it’s clear that he never converted in his heart-of-hearts from Broad Church Anglicanism). DO reread the quotes I placed at the head of this post… they prove that JP and Ms Bachmann are enemies of the Lord Christ, no question on it (especially, the quote by Bonhöffer… it’s a classic description of the godless and anti-Christian Sectarian conventicle). The diseased credo pushed by Michelle Bachmann is the most common one found amongst Orthodox konvertsy, and they don’t care that it’s against the true social teaching of the Church, and they don’t care that they spit on His Holiness every time that they repeat any of the Tea Party/New GOP nonsense. In fact, they want to contaminate the Church with this corrosive ideology… both rightwing political Corporatism and Radical Sectarian heresy. I don’t care whether Sectarians do this or that… we’re the Church, we’re different from them, so, we don’t do things the same way that they do. Most particularly, we don’t do “mission” as the “born-againers” do… Our Lord Christ isn’t a box of soap powder that we market using the latest methods of Madison Avenue. Like it or no, God DOES “give the increase”… and He does so only if we’re faithful to our roots (and don’t use slimy and false Sectarian methods).

Yet, the most important thing to take away from all of this is that not only are Michelle Bachmann and Jonas Paffhausen total strangers to True Christianity and True Conservatism, they’re purveyors of pure and undiluted hate and bigotry. That tells us volumes about all the konvertsy… Whiteford, Nelson, Freddie M-G, Mattingly, Reardon, Dreher, et al. HATRED motivates what passes for “religion” amongst them… they’re “culture warriors” attempting to use Christ’s Church for their petty and narrow-minded fanatical ends. Not all converts are konvertsyFrank Schaeffer comes to mind, for one. Unfortunately, you can smell the rank ordure of undisguised Anglicanism and Sectarianism in most konvertsy… they refuse to take the time necessary to convert in their souls, and, then, they have the damned gall to sit in judgement of Orthodoxy! Don’t argue with them… know that they applaud such bigots as Ms Bachmann, and simply let them be. Oppose them, don’t let them run rampant, but don’t argue with them… they’ll refuse to listen, ESPECIALLY if you inform them of the actual teachings of the Church as they’re spoken by our leaders (JP doesn’t count as such… he’s only an incredibly minor and mud-ignorant backwoods bishop of no standing whatsoever). They’ll block their ears and keep shouting their rightwing shibboleths at you. Don’t frustrate yourself… pray for them; it may do them some good. Arguing with such sorts won’t do them… or you… any good at all.

It’s certainly not boring… pass me the jug, yes, I know that the world’s crook, but must it be SO crook? Have a friendly swaller, yourself…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 19 November 2011 Albany NY

19 July 2011. Here’s Proof from a Quasi-Official MP Source Showing that the MP Does NOT Support the NATO Aggression in Libya… The Loudmouth Konvertsy on the Internet are LYING to You

Some loudmouthed konvertsy elements are claiming on the internet that the Mother Church supports the NATO aggression against Libya. Here’s a piece from pravoslavie.ru… a quasi-official source, the website of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, whose abbot, Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov, is the confessor for the Putin family. In short, the MP doesn’t support NATO’s warmongering and intrigue… it never has… it doesn’t now… it never shall.

Read this:

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/liberal-fascism/

Note this:

An independent-minded Libya gives the peoples of the world an impetus to organise their own political space according to their own discretion and weltanschauung. For Russia, this is especially important. In Russia, as in Libya, Iran, and Venezuela, hydrocarbon resources are largely state-owned, not in the hands of private individuals. In the eyes of some, that’s a “crime”. Russia is a multiethnic country with serious inter-ethnic tensions at present; constantly, it must fight for its territorial integrity. As we saw in Libya and Kosovo, the West may support any outbreak of separatism. Of course, they wouldn’t bomb us, as they do to the Libyans, our arsenal is a deterrent to that; however, the modern world has many other forms of pressure at its disposal.

What is the real goal of these “humanitarian interventions?” In fact, in Libya, we saw how the opposition actually asked the Western countries to start the bombing campaign. Perhaps, if American soldiers occupy the country, there’ll be wealth for some (to tell the truth, under Gaddafi, no one went hungry), “democracy”, “freedom”, and “security!” In this respect, many point up the examples of Germany and Japan… they really believe that the high level of development in these countries is a direct result of the American occupation. Some of the Russian activists of the 90s held similar ideas… if the Americans hadn’t intervened, the spirit of Hitler would still be afoot in Germany. In fact, history shows otherwise. Look at the examples of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo… you can readily see the results of “humanitarian intervention” at the beginning of the 21st century. Why isn’t it possible to build democracy and stability in these occupied countries, just as was done in Europe after the Second World War?

In short, the Neocon “conservative” “Orthodox” konvertsy bloggers lie… they lie without measure… they lie to you knowing that what they say is false. They’re that wedded to their crank beliefs, both political and religious. Make no mistake… their political crankishness feeds their religious cultishness, and vice versa. Don’t argue with them… refute them, and move on. These people were crook malcontents and disgrunts in the TEC and Sectarianism, and they’ve not changed their spots in the least. Take comfort in this… they won’t be with us for long… we’re not PURE enough for them. Until they leave, though, do avoid their company… they won’t change their minds and you’ll not convince them even if you were to bring God Himself on your side. They’ll pass… they’re not substantial… they’ll leave us the same way that they left the TEC and their other former confessions. Good riddance to bad rubbish…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Albany NY

19 July 2011. America’s Space Programme is Now Dependent on… RUSSIA!

Read this:

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-relishes-chances-created-end-shuttle-104338692.html

Let’s keep this one focused… the USA is full of boasts… but it fails to deliver. Why? One reason is that the rapacity of the Five Percenters starves NASA of funds. If there were a Bush-era level of taxation on the Five Percenters in the ‘60s, there’d have been no landing on the moon… full stop. This coddling of the rich has had many effects… all of them crank and disabling… but the fact that American cosmonauts must now ride into space on Russian craft is a vivid illustration of what the Five Percenters want to do to the USA. They’ll have their McMansions, their wetback Mexican gardeners and nannies, their Beamers, and their gated housing development set behind a high berm (I’ve such in my area… friends tell me that they exist in their parts, too), and to hell with everyone else, and to hell with everything that’s not personally profitable to them. They want a world of self-centred unrepentant Scrooges… they have no ideals, no compassion, and no soul. Reflect well that the Sectarians defend the Five Percenters without measure… that tells you something about them.

Whaddaya want? Do you want to reach for the stars, or, do you want to stuff the bulging boodle bags of the Five Percenters still further? If you want the former, don’t vote for the New GOP, for you’ll get a “government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich” (you’ll get a junta that’ll totally reject the visionary legacy of Lincoln, TR, Ike, and Nixon)… I think that many of you are as tired of the dreary duopoly as I am. God willing, we shall be able to control the coming political crash… if not…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Albany NY

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