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Saturday, 7 July 2012

7 July 2012. If JP’s on the Way Out… How is it Going to Affect the Convention of the OCL Nutters in the District?


JP’s scheduled to be one of the main pooh-bahs at the upcoming OCL convention in the District. Click here to see the evidence (scroll down, you’ll see him mentioned). As most of us know, OCL is a bunch of affluent effluent pukes who think that they can rule the Church (and rig the rules in such a way that it perpetuates their power). What’ll happen to this pleasant little Dixie Fry if JP’s given le sabot? It’d be a kick in the dupa for them, for sure.

There’s MUCH more involved here than just the mere removal of Fathausen. What’ll happen to Bobby? What about Perich? What happens to Dickie Wood? Does this mean that the candidacy of Gerasim Eliel and Mark Maymon for episcopal elevation is dead? What’ll we do with pseudo-Orthodox HOOMie “clergy?” What’s in the cards for SVS and STS? What’ll happen to Lil’ Mizz Ginny Nieuwsma, JP’s willing little PR Peke? Shall the OCA Holy Synod depose Velencia and apologise to Fr Mike for what he’s had to go through at the hands of a disgraced and discredited ex-clergyman? Most of all… is the OCA going to “do the right thing”, dissolve itself, and go home?

We’ll have to see…



100 Works by Caravaggio Found in Italy

A Portrait of Michaelangelo Caravaggio

Ottavio Leoni



A new chapter may be opening in the history of world art. Italian art historians have found about a hundred previously unknown works by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The unique discovery was made because of research work conducted by art historians Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz and Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli. What is at issue are early works by Caravaggio created in the period from 1584 to 1588 during his study at Simone Peterzano’s studio in Milano. More than 1,400 paintings and graphics are stored in the Peterzano Fund located in Sforza Castle in Milano. Until recently, it was believed that Caravaggio’s teacher created all of them. While studying the collection, researchers discovered a stylistic and compositional similarity of some of the works… mostly the graphics… to famous works by Caravaggio. This allowed them to conclude that one of the most influential artists of the Baroque period created 83 of the drawings.

If the international community confirms the authenticity of the discovered drawings, their value may come to some 700 million Euros (28.3 billion Roubles. 860 million USD. 560 million UK Pounds). This is rather a rough estimate, as the works by Caravaggio almost never appear on the antiques market, and a comparative base simply does not exist. Irina Osipova, art critic and of the antiques market expert, said in a VOR interview, “The story is as fascinating as it is incredible. Caravaggio’s legacy is rather small and is scattered in museums all over the world and only a few museums that can boast of owning more than one work by Caravaggio. If Caravaggio’s authorship is confirmed, the Sforza Castle Museum’s collection will become significantly richer. Nevertheless, in this connection it is worth remembering another recent discovery… the Salvator Mundi painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Last year, before it was displayed on show at the National Gallery in London, the absolute majority of all the living specialists in his works had confirmed Leonardo’s authorship… only one person had had some doubts. However, things can happen the wrong way round. Perhaps, if art critics reattributed only one picture or a couple of paintings to Caravaggio, it would’ve aroused more confidence. At present, the number of works and their evaluation seem unreal”.

Moscow antique dealer Alexei Zaitsev believes, “Miracles do happen, of course. However, we mustn’t forget that very often a student’s drawings don’t resemble even remotely the manner of a mature master. I think there’s still a lot of work left for experts, both Italian and the rest of the world. Furthermore, they may come to an agreement. At least, I wouldn’t deny this discovery outright. It’s worth admitting that today’s the perfect moment for such a discovery… a serious crisis has struck Italy, and, suddenly, there appears an opportunity of supporting both the economy and national feelings”.

7 July 2012

Armen Apresyan

Voice of Russia World Service


7 July 2012. Any Which Way But Boring… The MOST Interesting “Buzz” of the Decade, Churchwise… This DOESN’T have Confirmation Yet, Kids… It’s what “Out There”


There’s big-time scuttlebutt floating around out there. Now, I’ve got it from disparate sources in different places, from people in different factions. It does NOT mean that the buzz’s true. It does mean that everyone’s talking of it, and it’s OK to post. Mind you, this is a report of the buzz “out there”… it’s not a report of what’s happened. One of my sources whispered:

Rumour has it that the Synod asked JP to resign. It should be an interesting 24-48 hours.

Another whisper came in:

Archbishop Yustinian was supposed to be in [NEPA] today. He didn’t go because HH told him to go to DC.

If true, it means that there’s a good chance that the Centre was aware of the situation (and, maybe, set it up). I’ll say this… outward appearances give the impression that it’s an event that the Centre either wasn’t aware of, or, if it was, none of my sources knew of it (trust me, normally, Peredelkino/Chisty Pereulok is like any other locus of power… it’s got more holes than a Swiss Cheese).

Some sources mention Dickie Wood; others don’t… that’s actually a sign of authenticity. If a story identical in all its particulars was circulating, that’s usually the sign of a plant. True stories are garbled a bit in transmission (it’s why you can’t trust single sources) or people miss this-or-that detail when they tell it or hear it. That’s normal. If we have righteous buzz here, it’d explain why the OCA Diocese of the South cancelled its Assembly. We’ll have to see. If nothing else, if proves to be mere wind, it was interesting entertainment, wasn’t it? If it’s for real, getting rid of JP is only the first step. There’s no place like home.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 7 July 2012

Albany NY

7 July 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Why You Shouldn’t Cool Off in Fountains


Over the weekend in Moscow, according to forecasts from the Phobos weather centre, the heat will go up to 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit). However, it’s worth remembering that no matter how much one would like to take a refreshing dip in a fountain, it isn’t safe. Bathing in a fountain can lead to skin infections or parasitical infestations. The water in the fountains isn’t filtered; it isn’t refreshed, as it circulates in a closed system.

6 July 2012



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