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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

18 October 2011. Neocons and Interventionists Rattle Sabre at Iran… Is This “A Bridge Too Far”

This is MY take on the situation… DON’T listen to the haters!

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Read this. Foggy Bottom must be losing its collective mind. Iran isn’t Iraq… it isn’t Afghanistan… it isn’t Vietnam… all of which are relatively small countries in area and not large in population compared to the USA. Iran’s a VERY large country… it’s 40 percent of the land area of the entire EU; it’s about the size of Western Europe (as defined by the CIA). That is, it’s a large area to occupy… with a hostile population one-quarter that of the USA. The USA can’t control Afghanistan and Iraq… how could it control Iran? The USA has had a snit against Iran since the time of the Hostage Crisis and the abortive rescue mission. In their own eyes, Americans NEVER fail… and they resent those who do beat them. That’s why the American Right hates Iran and Vietnam… they both “beat” America and made it lose face in the world. That’s why they hate Russia, too… Sputnik and Gagarin, anyone?

Mostly, America hates Iran because Iran’s against American consumerism and greed… and has the gall to say so publicly. Americans don’t mind criticism, if it’s private, but if they’re upbraided publicly, they lose their collective tempers, stamp their feet, and have a juvenile tantrum for the entire world to see. Any fool can see that Beltway operatives and their subservient news media (New York Times, Economist, International Herald Trib, et al) excoriate countries that don’t allow the multinationals to rape them. Russia and Iran have booted out the moneybags carpetbaggers (look at what VVP did to Berezovsky and Khodorkovsky). Boo-hoo! That’s why the Western press crucifies them. The Ukrainian nationalists allowed the multinationals to screw them… so, now, the Ukrainian per capita GDP is only 40 percent that of Russia’s. However, the Western press lauds the Ukraine!

In short, this is Much Ado About Nothing. My only fear is that the Interventionists and Neocons will reach too far and pull the USA into a truly devastating and debilitating conflict. There’s only one reason why Iran wants the bomb… it knows that the USA doesn’t attack those with nuclear weapons. That’s a sane and reasonable conclusion. As for mad mullahs, the Americans had best not beat THAT drum too loudly… not after Jim Jones, Jim Bakker, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Terry Jones. After seeing these guys… the mullahs aren’t so mad, are they?

Oppose any warmongering against Iran… it’s your Christian duty.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Albany NY

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18 October 2011. The World’s Ending on Friday… Harold Camping Said So!

THIS is what Our Lord Christ thinks of the Evangelicals and all their works…

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Read this. Let’s keep this simple. It’s not just Harold Camping… ALL white evangelicals are just as barmy and just as chowderheaded in their individual misinterpretations of Scripture. ALL OF THEM. Some are simply more polished in mannerism, that’s all. In short, all White Anglo-Saxon Evangelicals are absolute phonies and spiritual Typhoid Marys. For some reason, the coloured Evangelicals aren’t as twisted… that’s my observation, at least. Terry Jones lives… and he’s the preacher at your local Evangelical conventicle. Shame on Paffhausen for trying to ally decent Orthodox people with such extremist rightwing loony kooks. “Manhattan Declaration?” That’s nothing but Evangelical rubbish, and the sooner that we distance ourselves from such trashy movements, the better. Remember, the Evangelicals are nothing but religious apologists for the most extreme Neoliberal Free Market slimers. Christ has NOTHING in common with THAT.

You can follow His Holiness and his calls for Social Justice… or, you can follow JP and his calls for alliance with god-denying and theomachistic Sectarians. That’s your choice. Do choose well…

BMD

VOR Presents… Yaroslavl Paid Tribute to the Fallen Players of KhK Lokomotiv

About 6,000 people attended a memorial ceremony dedicated to the dead hockey players and staff of the KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 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.

NB:

Orthodox Christians believe that the “Particular Judgement” of each individual takes place on the 40th day after death… hence, its importance in Russian religious and secular circles.

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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.

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Yuri Bashmet performed at the memorial ceremony.

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Yuri Bashmet playing Glinka…

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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.

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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.

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Earlier, in Yaroslavl’s Assumption Cathedral, there was a memorial service for those killed in the plane crash. 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.

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The Yak-42 carrying the team crashed on takeoff on 7 September at Tunoshna Airport in Yaroslavl. Immediately after leaving the ground, it fell on its wing, crashed, and caught fire. Of the 45 people on board, only hockey player Aleksandr Galimov and flight engineer Aleksandr Sizov managed to survive. Galimov died on 12 September, but Sizov is on his way to recovery, giving his first interview on 12 October, in which he stated that the pre-flight inspection didn’t find any equipment malfunctions.

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16 October 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/58823544/

Editor’s Note:

There’s nothing wrong and much right with having a secular memorial service as well as church services. For instance, it allows unbelievers to mourn, too. All too many so-called “Christians” paint “unbelievers” as immoral and nasty individuals. That’s NOT true in the least. Unbelievers are simply people who don’t hold a religion, and there are MANY reasons why people feel that way (including the grim, heartless, and nasty behaviour of “Christians”). Trust me… there are many “unbelievers” whose company I prefer to that of so-called “Christians” (especially those of the Evangelical rightwing).

Death is a mystery before which all of us, both believer and unbeliever, Christian and non-Christian, stand in awe. None of us views it lightly. That’s why secular memorial services are good, too. Fie on all the “Evangelical” phonies who attack them as “pagan” (and double fie on the Orthodox who ape them).

I bow before the surviving families and friends. Вечная память. Eternal Memory. Anything else is worthless wind and verbiage.

BMD

18 October 2011. According to Portal-Credo.ru, The CIA’s Against JP… No Lie… Is that EVER a Crock of You-Know-What

No! To Fascism!

Unknown Artist

1975

Soviet poster

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No! To JP and his rightwing lies! No! To his pals Lyonyo and Jillions and Potapov! No! To their enslavement of the Church to extremist rightwing interests! Ask yourself a question… “Why would the CIA conspire against someone who’s their FRIEND?” Indeed… why would they?

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Editor’s Foreword:

This is from a VERY dicey source. CAVEAT LECTOR! Portal-Credo has verifiable ties to Langley, Orthodox schismatics such as Philaret Denisenko, Georgi Kochetkov, Valentin Rusantsov, and Gleb Yakunin, OCA fanatics such as Lyonyo (and fellow travellers such as “Svetlana Vais” and Potapov), and to Uniates. One wonders if Vlad Berzansky Jr is tied up with them, too… that wouldn’t be surprising. There be liars out there… and this site is one of them. You need to know what they’re saying, but this is utter GIGO and bullshit from stem to stern.

BMD

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Despite the Uzbek President’s “Machinations” and American “Hostility” to the MP, Kirill Frolov Exclaimed, “The Patriarch IS Going to Visit Central Asia!”

Kirill Frolov, the head of the Association of Orthodox Experts (APE) of the MP, accused the Uzbek president of being “Washington’s satrap (обкому)”. Frolov, who’s close to Patriarch Kirill, made this harsh assessment on 18 October in an interview published in Nakanune.Ru, after media sources passed information that the Uzbek authorities had turned down Patriarch Kirill’s request to visit Uzbekistan in November… because the patriarch doesn’t concur with them concerning the resignation of Metropolitan Vladimir Ikim of Tashkent, who was diocesan bishop for nearly 20 years. Plans called for Kirill to visit Uzbekistan on 1-2 November.

{Portal-Credo, as per usual, has it WRONG… Vladyki Vladimir became Metropolitan of Omsk and Tarsk on 27 July 2011… he did NOT resign. On 6 October 2011, the Holy Synod released him from his duties as Rector of the Tashkent Theological Seminary. In addition, the APE isn’t an official body of the MP, it’s an outside group… closely aligned with the Church’s goals, but not part of the MP apparat.

BMD

Source: http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/51753.html}

Frolov asked a rhetorical question, “Why must Patriarch Kirill bring his staffing decisions into line with the desires of Uzbek President Karimov? [Karimov’s] clearly collaborating with the Americans. They want to make Uzbekistan their main base after their inevitable departure from Afghanistan. In such a situation, by all means, it’s necessary to support Metropolitan Vikenty Morar, who created several new dioceses in Uzbekistan, and it’s necessary for Russian diplomats to arrange an early visit to Uzbekistan for the Patriarch, it’s a matter of honour. It’d be a formal challenge to the Americans, who’ve, in fact, declared war on Patriarch Kirill”.

The American war against Patriarch Kirill, in Frolov’s opinion, “is evident not only in their attempts to disrupt the visit of the Patriarch in Uzbekistan, but also in their attempts to topple the head of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Jonas Paffhausen, a friend of the MP (sic), whom some accounts say is suspended by the OCA Holy Synod, who’re preparing his overthrow in November. We mustn’t allow this. Everyone should understand that the decisions of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the Holy Synod to send Metropolitan Vikenty to Tashkent, the creation of the Central Asian Metropolia, and the coming ordination of new bishops aren’t reactions to past events. These decisions aren’t plots against [the Uzbek leadership]… that would be counterproductive. These are the right moves and they’re not subject to review”.

As is characteristic of this “expert”, he didn’t give specific proposals on how to protect Kirill from the US, and from Russian diplomatic pressure. Incidentally, commenting on this interview on his blog, Frolov reproached Metropolitan Vladimir for his silent complicity with the Uzbek authorities.

18 October 2011

Portal-Credo.ru

http://www.portal-credo.ru/site/print.php?act=news&id=87124

Editor’s Afterword:

According to Portal-Credo, Langley’s out to “get” JP! My, my, my… what kinda crack are they smokin’… that’s dy-no-mite shit! Let’s recapitulate… who’re JP’s friends? There’s Potapov… a VOA/RL/BBG biggie with a “red” official US passport. There’s Lyonyo… who’s a CFR member. There’s Dmitri Pospielovsky, who as a RL/BBG asset, is up to his ears in spookdom. There’s Darlin’ Marilyn Swezey (she’s a Hillwood habitué), who’s a known insider in District circles. JP’s article in the Post was ghost-written by Julia Duin, a hack writer for the far-right Moonie-owned Washington Times. JP’s a verified far-rightwing kook! That’s to say, JP’s not on Langley’s “hit” list or on its shit list, either. He’s an extreme rightwing slimer who supports them! To think that there are people who’re going to take this SERIOUSLY. It’s classical “misdirection”… those “in the know” know what I’m talking about…

Let’s be blunt… anyone who believes that Langley (or any other arm of the American government) is out to “get” Fathausen is barmy and in need of a VERY long stay in a home for the feeble-minded. Then, again, Portal-Credo’s cred isn’t the best… for good reason. Let’s put it out there… you can believe me, or, you can believe a bunch that gives a forum to every heretic, schismatic, and malcontent on the block… a bunch that’s so obviously in the pay of the US special services that even a kid can see it.

It’s your call. It’s your serve, if I’m not mistaken…

BMD 

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