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Saturday, 11 February 2012

Hacker Group “Anonymous” Takes Down CIA Website


On Friday, the online edition of PC Magazine reported that the hacker group “Anonymous” took down the website of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The website is still offline. The @YourAnonNews feed tweeted:

CIA TANGO DOWN: https://www.cia.gov/ #Anonymous

Anonymous didn’t make public the attack’s details, but the group’s hackers normally use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to knock their targets offline. On Friday night, CNN quoted CIA spokesman Jennifer Youngblood as saying, “We’re aware of the problems accessing our website, and are working to resolve them. Last month, Anonymous briefly took down the websites of the Department of Justice and the FBI in retaliation for the shutdown of the Megaupload file sharing site.

11 February 2012




11 February 2012. The Cross and the Red Banner… Compatible and One in Mind… See For Yourself



This video is only a bit over three minutes in length… even if you don’t know Russian or Ukrainian, watch it for the visuals. Pyotr Simenenko, the head of the KPU, is seen receiving an award from a bishop of the UOC/MP. There’s been much lying on the part of extremist rightwingers in the Church here in the diaspora… both Vlasovtsy (remember the CIA-run KONR?) and konvertsy. The Church in the various Orthosphere homelands stands for Social Democracy and Social JusticeArchbishop Ieronymos Liapis of Athens and all Greece, the First Hierarch of the Local Church of Greece said this:

Homelessness and even hunger… phenomena seen during (World War Two)… have reached nightmare proportions. Patience amongst Greeks is running out, giving way to a sense of anger, and we can’t ignore the danger of a social explosion any longer. The medicine we’re taking has proven fatal for the nation. More painful and more unjust measures are now set to follow along the same hopeless course.

His Holiness said:

The modern economy is built largely on fraud; it creates money out of thin air. Money’s 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 is passed onto the secondary market, becoming 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’s 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. …

An economic system built only on the striving for profit, on indifference to the fate of people, on disregard for moral norms, is deprived of stability, and can collapse at any moment, burying the fate of people under its rubble. …

If society embarks on the road of such recklessness consumption, our earth will go under. It’s already been proven that if the average level of consumption of the whole world matches that of the United States… our basic resources will run out in 40 to 50 years. God didn’t give us these resources to live like this. In this sense, the crisis may teach us much… such as restraint and rational use of our financial opportunities. The most important thing is to learn Christian asceticism. This doesn’t mean life in a cave or permanent fasting. It’s the ability to regulate one’s consumption and the condition of one’s heart, and win victory over one’s passions and instincts. It’s important that the rich and the poor alike possess these qualities. The trinkets of modern life make one giddy, and inebriate the human consciousness. People believe in advertisement, fashion, stereotypes, and this virtual world as if it were reality.

Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communists in Russia, said:

We, the members of the Russian Communist Party, like all the honest people in our country, which are an absolute majority in Russia, marshal our forces so that our beloved homeland can pass through our current difficulties with decent dignity. Let the great values and aspirations of labour, justice, equality, brotherhood, and truth, things that are bedrock to the timeless Christian faith and the communist ideal alike, triumph in our lives. I greet all the clergy and laity of the Russian Orthodox Church, indeed, all Orthodox Christians, in the light of the Risen Christ, I wish you spiritual vigour and physical strength. I believe that we can revive and raise up all the Russias if we act as one!

I shall NOT flinch… the statements of our hierarchs in the Orthosphere homelands show us that people like James Kushiner (and all the other “Touchstonistas”), Jonas Paffhausen, and all the other prancing rightwingers in diaspora Orthodoxy who attack the political Left with specious and self-serving arguments to be loud braying frauds and Orthophonies (what the Apostle called “loud clanging cymbals”). Our Church does NOT support the “Me First” policies of the Republican Party… our Church does NOT support “trickle-upon” crockonomics. Most emphatically, our Church does NOT support the lies being bandied about by the Right about single-payer healthcare.

Look at this video. I’ve seen a great deal of evidence, audio, visual, written, and personal, that indicate that our Church stands for SOCIAL JUSTICE… not greed and self-service. Don’t settle for shop-worn lies. After all, Our Lord Christ wasn’t crucified for sucking up to the powers-that-be, was He?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 11 February 2012

Albany NY

How Split is Russia’s Élite?


As Russia’s election race heats up, the media seems preoccupied with billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov and whether his bid’s a “Kremlin project”. You may well define the Kremlin narrowly as the Russian government, and PM Vladimir Putin as the country’s most powerful politician. Then, you’d probably agree with Prokhorov’s statement (in his interview with The Moscow News) that his bid isn’t an official project, but a “concession to society” after mass protests against alleged fraud in December’s parliamentary elections. However, if you see the Kremlin more broadly as the collective ruling élite of the country… top officials in the government and presidential administration, and the leaders of big business groups, state and private, who decide policy and carve up Russia’s riches… then, the picture isn’t so clear.

It’s true that, within Russia’s élite, there are strong differences of opinion about the way forward, as they fear both the economic crisis and mass protests, and it’s tempting to get carried away by an overly personality-driven analysis of politics. However, it’s more helpful to look at the economic interests of different groups in society as a whole, than to assume that a particular candidate personifies one wing or another of the élite. Prokhorov says that there’s a split in the élite between “liberals” and “statists”, but it’s more complicated than that. Within the élite, there are conflicting business interests, but also many intermingling and overlapping ones… between private oligarchs and top siloviki officials, for example.

Prokhorov himself is a prime example of this contradiction. He and partner Vladimir Potanin benefited massively from the loans-for-shares privatisation of Norilsk Nickel in the 1990s. While both oligarchs advocate liberal economic policies, both have relied heavily on support from the statists in government to “legitimise” their fortunes. Both the “liberal” and “statist” élite ultimately agree on the need to preserve the broad status quo in society, where a handful of well-connected insiders keep their hands firmly on the levers of wealth and power. Therefore, whilst Putin and Prokhorov may disagree about the pace of reform, such as cuts in social spending after the elections, their policies may well look remarkably similar to each other’s in the end.

2 February 2012

Tim Wall

Moscow News


Editor’s Note:

Mr Wall’s use of “liberal” and “statist” is a far better description of the political divide than the so-called “liberal” and “conservative” one used in the Anglosphere. For instance, US Republicans are “liberals”, and Democrats are “statists”. Yes, Virginia, Republicans are LIBERALS. They are more liberal than Democrats are. Notable Liberals worshipped by the GOP include Jean-Baptiste SayThomas MalthusDavid RicardoAdam Smith, Ludwig von MisesFriedrich Hayek, and Milton Friedman. The Republicans are NOT “conservative”… they’ve NEVER been conservatives. Abraham Lincoln was a Radical, unabashedly so. Theodore Roosevelt was one too, as well, again, unashamedly so. Lincoln was the architect of the Federal State (prior to 1861, the USA was a rather loose confederation) and Roosevelt was the founder of the Regulatory State. Again, one can see that all the “conservative” pundits are ignorant and lying weasels (where were they educated? At Podunk U?)… the Republican Party, traditionally, was the party of the Federal State, whilst the Democrat Party was the party of local subsidiarity, of “states’ rights”. After all, the War Between the States was about whether the USA would be a Centralised Federal State or a Confederacy (or a “split ticket”, with two states, each one embodying each of the two concepts).

What’s happened is that a wealthy group of amoral anarchistic (“libertarian”) buccaneers hijacked the Republican Party and refashioned it from a statist and regulatory party to one based on economic anarchy and populist race baiting. The first New Republican was Slobberin’ Ronnie ReaganGeorge H W Bush was an Old Republican (almost the last of the breed… Bob Dole was the last Old Republican)… George W Bush was a New Republican, emphatically so (remember his ties to Kenneth Lay, Enron, and WorldCom?). All of the new crop of GOP hopefuls are New Republicans… could you have imagined Sarah Palin in the Republican Party in the 1960s? She wouldn’t (and couldn’t) have fitted in with Ike, Jake Javits, or RockyBob Taft wouldn’t have allowed her in the door… do note how McCarthy got the bum’s rush FROM OTHER REPUBLICANS. Ergo… Who are the RINOs? HUH?

Bear in mind that REAL conservatives believe that mankind’s inherently flawed, that it’s incapable of good action or direction without structure and hierarchy of one sort or another. Judged by that standard, Rush Limbaugh, Paul Ryan, Mona Charen, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Anne Coulter, and Sarah Palin are empathically NOT conservatives. They’re pure Liberals… of the most Radical sort, at that. They childishly believe that we can leave mankind without regulation from the state… the “invisible hand of the market” will control things. In the last economic meltdown, the banksters and their affluent effluent lackeys would have gone under, had it not been for Bush’s Bailout and the Obama Stimulus. The loud “conservatives” were silent on the “invisible hand”… they accepted the state’s handouts to pull themselves out of the hole that they dug (yet, they criticised the Stim payments loudly… only a blind boob could fail to see that). Look at Mitch Daniels… he attacked the Stimulus, yet, he took gobs of Stimulus money to balance his budget (to avoid having to raise taxes on his rich and affluent pals). THAT certainly colours it in a new way, doesn’t it! None dare call it filthy and low hypocrisy… especially on Fox News.

One could write a book on this… and I’ve only got 800 words! To keep it short, the demand of the rightwing commentariat for low tax rates on the rich, minimal government regulation, and no constraints on private economic activity are LIBERAL to the bone, and we must say it loud! Its basis is in a totally-flawed and overly-optimistic view of mankind taken by no true conservative. It’s servile and obsequious fawning to Mammon and all his glittering works… I don’t care how much “Christian” rhetoric they mouth.

No man can serve two masters… you can serve Almighty God and vote against the Republican Party (your conscience should be your guide as to whom you should vote “for”), or, you can serve Almighty Mammon and vote for the Republican Party. That’s your choice in this flawed world. Don’t vote for those who deny the Fall of Mankind… the Republicans do that… people can be left alone and they’ll “do the right thing”, they say. In a pig’s arse, I say. If it weren’t for government intervention, there’d still be kids in factories, fat racist sheriffs pummelling Negroes in the South, no Social Security, no free public schools, no Medicare, no 40-hour work week, and no minimum wage. The state’s a pain in the arse, emphatically so… but the alternative’s far worse. We’re a country of 300 million… we’ll have bureaucracy… either state or corporate. The former is galling… the latter would be a Hobbesian “war of all against all”, a dictatorship ruled by the idea that “the race goes to the swiftest”. There’s no doubt where decent people should stand!

Don’t be fooled by the “conservative” maunderings of the Radical Right. Vote ‘em out!


11 February 2012. Now, THIS is Pro-Life!


THIS is what Pro-Life‘s all about… giving the maximum amount of aid from the state, society, and churches to our mothers and kids. That means that we must oppose all those who scream for expensive and endless wars in foreign parts. That’s why I oppose the four Orthodox bishops who presumed to speak for all Orthodox bishops in the USA in their press release of 2 February… they gave aid and comfort to warmongering pro-One Percent rightwing slimers like Darrell Issa, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, John Boehner, and Rand Paul… these pols are for war, the rape of the working class by the One Percent, the destruction of the social safety net, and a voracious war machine… but they’re for the criminalisation of abortion, dontcha know! Pro-Life does NOT mean that we put doctors and women in jail… it means that we appropriate the state, social, and institutional resources necessary to make abortion a non-viable option. That’s President Obama’s position, and that’s my position. It’s what His Holiness believes, too… he thinks that childbirth payments, child support allowances, and all sorts of subsidies for families from the state are good things. So do I. Just think of all the good that the money wasted on the so-called March For Life could have done… but, then again, it wouldn’t have given as much egotistical oomph to the navel-gazers, would it? It looks quite different from that perspective, doesn’t it?

Be careful… all that glitters isn’t golden. There IS such a thing as fool’s gold, after all…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 11 February 2012

Albany NY

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