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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

10 July 2012. Is There Trouble in “Paradise?”

Some of the usual suspects on the Internet forums are spouting their usual stuff. It’s almost as bad as the interminable Toll House argument… oh, yes, I do think that such sorts belong in the playpen whilst we adults have a pleasant drink and chat.

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There’s much Sturm und Drang over supposed events at Manton and over Meletios Webber. Let’s keep this simple. If Meletios Webber is, indeed, going against Church order in the case of this or that private individual, then, the proper way to handle it is to make a formal complaint against him to the bishop. If there are irregularities at Manton, that’s the logical first step. No… it isn’t the only step… but it’s the first logical one. Yes, Benjamin Peterson could decide to stonewall it or sweep it under the rug, but that would put him in the spotlight, so to speak. All those having problems with Webber should make a formal complaint, the sooner the better. Then, if Peterson defends him… go to the Holy Synod. If they fail in their duty, then, make an appeal to the Centre… to ask them to pull the Tomos from the OCA. It CAN be done… but only in the proper order, and one thing at a time.

At present, there’s confusion over what actually happened. Well, I’d say that since JP was a follower of the Imyaslavie heresy, by all accounts that I heard, the fact that there’s screwy things afoot shouldn’t surprise anyone. However… if you think so strongly about Webber and personal pastoral matters, do make a formal complaint. I wonder if they’d do such a thing… I think not. In fact, the “news” that’s coming out made me think of an old saying of Fr Alexander Lebedeff’s, “They don’t know an ecclesiastical court from a tennis court”. Lebedeff may be a First Family apparatchik, but he’s also a competent historian and canonist… which none of the loudmouths on the internet forums are. It’s one thing to talk of public figures… when one starts flinging about private pastoral matters… you really should take such things up with the bishop (I always PhotoShop out non-public figures if I can… there’s something known as privacy). I’m going to hold all priests and hierarchs up to scrutiny… they’re public figures. However, if you have something against a private individual or the pastoral consideration shown them, not a public figure (priest, bishop, elected lay official), don’t drag it into the internet fora… do something of it in such a way that the person involved has some privacy. If I can observe limits… so can these people (you don’t know the stuff that I reject because it either involves private people or its the private doings of public people (an image of Jillions at a private party isn’t mine to publish)).

Put up or shut up.

BMD

10 July 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Foreigners Aren’t Afraid of Bears, but Don’t Know Much Else About Our Country

Foreigners Aren’t Afraid of Bears, but Don’t Know Much Else About Our Country

Sergei Yolkin

2009

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Here’s everybody’s favourite bear… from Masha i Medved (Masha and the Bear) from Spokoiny Nochi, Malyshi! (Good Night, Kids!)… Russia’s fave kid’s show on at the end of the “kid day” at 19.30 (all of the old USSR knows Dyadya Volodya and Tyotya Valya… the hosts in the ’60s and ’70s)

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Gennady Pilipenko, Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency, said that the Russian government wants to open overseas information centres on the possibilities of tourism in Russia outside of the two capitals, whose potential remains untapped. Pilipenko headed the Russian delegation at the London international tourist exhibition World Travel Market 2009, at which Russian regions such as Kaliningrad Oblast, Buryatia, and Chukotka shared a single booth, and Ivanovo Oblast had a stand-alone presentation. He said, “The various regions are ready to show off their tourist attractions, and rightly so”.

 17 November 2009

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20091117/194112070.html

10 July 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Don Cossack Cultural Centre

Don Cossack Cultural Centre

Sergei Yolkin

2009

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The Don Cossack Host asked Governor Vladimir Chub of Rostov Oblast to establish a Cossack cultural centre in Novocherkassk. Vladimir Voronin, Deputy Ataman of the Don Cossack Host for Ideological Affairs, said, “For Cossacks, the Don land is like Mecca for the Muslims. It often happens that Cossacks come to us to learn and to share experiences, but there’s nowhere that we can go to teach them other than the Museum in Novocherkassk“. He noted that the Don Cossack Host Cultural Centre should gather all the significant literature related to the Cossacks and their folkways. In addition, the centre would be able to bring together Cossack artistic ensembles that are now under the Ministry of Culture or independent.

16 November 2009

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20091116/193938824.html

10 July 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Evolution of Sex

The Evolution of Sex

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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In an article published in the journal Science, scientists showed that the evolution of the sexes in simple organisms, such as unicellular algae, began with the isolation and increase of specific gender roles using DNA and incorporating already-existing genes, giving rise to new features. This data provided the first confirmation of a model of the evolution of the two sexes, according to which the development and the increase of the DNA responsible for sexual dimorphism created genetic diversity, followed by giving already- existing genes new functions associated with the production of germ cells. James Youmans, the lead author of the work, a researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, said, “Until now, no one had insights based on experiential observation on how the evolution of sexual dimorphism in a given species took place, and what genetic changes are necessary for it”.

16 April 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.ria.ru/ecocartoon/20100416/223129461.html

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