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Sunday, 16 October 2011

In Yaroslavl, Fans Paid Tribute to the Players Killed in the Lokomotiv Plane Crash on the 40th Day

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Editor’s Foreword:

For my non-Orthodox readers, it’ll clear up matters considerably if I mention that Orthodox say prayers for the dead on the third, ninth, and fortieth days after a person’s death. We believe that the fortieth day is the day when the soul undergoes “Particular Judgement”, thus our stress upon it.

BMD

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In Yaroslavl, memorial events on the fortieth day after the crash of Yak-42 carrying the Lokomotiv hockey team began with services at the Assumption Cathedral. Later, a memorial concert occurred at the hockey arena…

About 6,000 people attended a memorial ceremony dedicated to the dead hockey players and staff of the Lokomotiv team. The ceremony was held on Sunday in Yaroslavl at the Arena-2000 arena, as it was the fortieth day since the tragic death of the athletes. The audience listened to music by Igor Butman and Yuri Bashmet and other musicians. Almost half of the audience held lit candles; the hall was almost full. The presenter told the audience the story of the achievements of each of the dead players. As he came to each player’s name, spotlights played on the ceiling. The highlight of the ceremony was when all the pupils of the team’s hockey school went out on the ice… some 300 skaters… from the smallest to the oldest. Three young hockey players carried a torch into the arena, and lit a memorial flame. “This flame will be kept at the club and we’ll bring it out for every match”, said Aleksandr Sakhanov, the PR manager of KhK Lokomotiv. Earlier, in Yaroslavl’s Assumption Cathedral, there was a memorial service for those killed in the plane crash; Metropolitan Panteleimon Dolganov of Yaroslavl and Rostov led it. About 500 people were at the liturgy, those present included both relatives of the victims and leading figures from Yaroslavl Oblast, along with emergency first-responders who were involved in the rescue operation. At the beginning of the ceremony, a woman fainted, and doctors gave her medical assistance in the church’s narthex. Other attendees at the services aided the doctors.

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Some music from saxophonist Igor Butman…

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Click here for a five-minute vid (in Russian) from Pervy Kanal (Channel One)

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and some more from Yuri Bashmet…

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Nearly all of the kin of the dead were at the memorial at the church… the parents of Daniil Sobchenko and Vitaly Anikeyenko’s mom came from Kiev, the wife of head coach Brad McCrimmon came from Canada, and all of the former players showed up too. After the service ended, the crowd went to the Leontevskoe Cemetery to visit the graves of the hockey players, then, they went to the arena for the secular memorial ceremony. Tickets for the ceremony cost 500 roubles (16.20 USD. 11.70 Euros. 10.25 UK Pounds). Those who previously purchased tickets for Lokomotiv games, who didn’t turn them in after the tragedy, received free admittance. “All the money raised from ticket sales will go to the assistance fund for families of the victims of the crash”, said Yevgeni Chuev, the business manager of KhK Lokomotiv. After the concert, on the square in front of Arena, fans released paper lanterns and balloons into the sky in memory of their beloved team. On 7 September, a Yak-42, carrying team members of KhK Lokomotiv, crashed in Yaroslavl Oblast. From 45 people onboard, only Flight Engineer Aleksandr Sizov still survives, the crash killed all the players and team staff. Aleksandr Galimov lasted the longest… dying from burns sustained in the crash on 12 September.

16 October 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2011/10/16/58800671.html

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16 October 2011. Ura! It’s My Nicky’s Birthday!

From those original Russian “party animals”…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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My best wishes to my Nicky Bear… whom I love dearly…

BMD

16 October 2011. Jonas Paffhausen: The Joe Btfsplk of Orthodoxy in America

I was doing some research on Wikipedia to vet some details for an upcoming post. Talk about serendipity. One of the things that’s been in the back of my mind lately is that I was looking for a good image to encapsulate the personality of Jonas Paffhausen… an utter schlump if there ever was one. I ran across some material on the famous cartoon character, Joe Btfsplk. Here’s some of what Wikipedia had to say on this character:

Joe Btfsplk was a character in the satirical comic strip Li’l Abner by cartoonist Al Capp (1909-79). He’s well-meaning, but he’s the world’s worst jinx, bringing disastrous misfortune to everyone around him. A small dark rain cloud perpetually hovers over his head to symbolise his bad luck. Hapless Btfsplk and his ever-present cloud became one of the most iconic images in Li’l Abner.

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Here’s where the rubber hits the road:

He’s well-meaning, but he’s the world’s worst jinx, bringing disastrous misfortune to everyone around him. 

That’s Fathausen to a tee. Let’s not get sloppy and tar everybody with the same brush. Bobby and Lyonyo (along with Lyonyo’s organ-grinder monkey Stokoe) are “operators”… they’ll lie and cheat to hang on to power any which way they can (they think that they’re Clint Eastwood, but Clyde the Orang-outang has ’em beat). Jillions, Paul Meyendorff, and Hatfield are fanatics… they’re besotted acolytes of ADS and his deluded Renovationist notions, they’ll do anything to ram them down our throats (remember Mayfield?). Hunchak, Wheeler, Tosi, Matusiak, and Hopko fils are apparatchiki who’ll serve anybody so long as they get to sit at the high table and get the scraps. Love BT and Soraich are looking to have their cases “reviewed” and be reinstated as ruling bishops. Dreher, the Coneheads, and Darlin’ Marilyn (and their fellow-travellers Mattingly and Freddie M-G) are simply jumped-up frauds. It makes your head spin, doesn’t it?

JP’s more a doofus than an ogre. Mind you… a doofus is MORE dangerous than an ogre. Someone who’s nasty and power-hungry like Piggy Iggy Burdikoff will hold back if they believe it to be expedient and in their favour. A doofus blunders from one pratfall to the next one… blissfully unaware that the cause of it all is their naïveté and ignorance. Trust me… Fathausen has to go… but he’s NOT the cancer, he’s not the root of it all. Lyonyo, Bobby, Soraich, Hatfield, Dreher, Love BT, Jillions, and Stokoe are the main culprits. We should “retire” the lot of ’em, they’re all long in the tooth. They should all be officially “silenced”… otherwise, this’ll crop up, again and again. As for JP… we should do with him as was done to Nikon Mironov. That is, we should strip him of the episcopal dignity and ship him off to a monastery (preferably one in the rodina… then, his pals couldn’t conspire with him).

Never forget this… not all damage is done deliberately. Nevertheless, the doofus is just as in dire need of removal as the ogres are. JP will NEVER learn from his mistakes or tell us the whole truth… that’s been the harsh lesson of the last three years. HE MUST GO… NOW… WITHOUT DELAY. It’s that or a we’ll have an uncontrolled collapse of the edifice (that the OCA‘s dead, no one contests… all that’s up for grabs is what follows it as a successor-body)… that’s the choice, kids. Choose well… I can’t force you one way or the other…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 16 October 2011

Albany NY

16 October 2011. “Banks Got Bailed Out; We Got Sold Out!” Occupy Wall Street Gains Momentum… Thousands Protest All Over the World

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“Unfuck the World”… now, that’s a heartfelt sentiment that all of us can say”Amen” to! It means that we’ve all got a job to do once we zap the plug-uglies. It’s not just jazzing ’em for what they’ve done… we need a fairer system so that it doesn’t happen again. Reaganomics and all its works has to go… 

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The above images came from Russian news sites… the WORLD is hearing the voice of Occupy Wall Street. The Tea Party? That’s dead… RIP… it’s all over save for the (bootless) shouting by the usual cast of suspects…

The Occupy Wall Street movement is GROWING. Click here. Here’s the most telling thing to come out of Occupy Wall Street… “The banks got bailed out; we got sold out”. I’m noting how paranoid the rightwing slimers are getting over all of this. It appears that their Tea Party fantasy was nothing but a well-financed ploy of the Koch brothers. Paul Ryan is the most discombobulated of the lot. Remember him? He’s the half-bake from Wisconsin who worships Ayn Rand and thinks that all we have to do to have Nirvana is to abolish Social Security, rip apart Medicare/Medicaid, and ban trades unions. He accuses the protesters of “pitting American against American”. I beg your pardon, Mr Ryan! That’s what your ilk has been doing since 1981. You’ve profited on the fact that the USA has the stingiest and most meagre social welfare system in the developed world. Note well their defence… “If we aren’t punitively cruel to the poor, they won’t work at Mickey D’s for McWages“. That’s what they truly want and truly mean, kids. You aren’t a human being in their eyes… only the “productive” affluent have any worth. You… you exist to make money for your “betters”… and if you can’t make money for them… die! “We’re not spending ANY of our money to help you”.

Most of our younger people don’t know first-hand that it was different before the time of Slobbering Ronnie. They don’t know from experience that employers were fairer to their employees and that the affluent didn’t have grossly-underpaid wetback nannies and gardeners before his time. Yet… they can see through the self-serving shit served up by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Dropout Scott Walker. They know that it’s NOT RIGHT. Especially, they see through the self-serving shit being peddled by Herman Cain… he wants a national sales tax, the most regressive of all taxes, so that we can keep rates on the wealthy (like himself) lower than the rates assessed on the general populace (income earned from work is taxed at a higher rate than dividend income). The press is telling you how his message is “resonating well with voters”… well, it does show you what the Corporate Media espouses (it doesn’t earn them high marks for veracity, does it?). You had more real news in pre-1991 Pravda.

I’m catching a note of FEAR in the rightwing… they’d best watch out… the soldiers and cops aren’t of the affluent class. It’ll be like Wisconsin… Dropout Scott had to pull back because the coppers and National Guard were reluctant to attack their neighbours. Take a look at the image above… the cops aren’t against the protesters…. and the demonstrators aren’t against the coppers. Think well on that one… it’s important.

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Special aside to Orthodox people:

Paffhausen, Potapov, Lyonyo, Whiteford, Dreher, and the Coneheads all support the extremist rightwing opposition to Occupy Wall Street. His Holiness supports the aims of the Occupy Wall Street people and has said so more than once. One of these things is NOT like the other! Which side are YOU on?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 16 October 2011

Albany NY

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