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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

15 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Discovery of America! The Route of Columbus’ First Expedition


On 2 August 1492, three vessels sailed from the Spanish harbour town of Palos de la Frontera… the Santa Maria (flagship), Pinta, and Niña. The ships of Christopher Columbus were seeking a new route to the East Indies, but another much more exciting and wonderful discovery awaited them. On 12 October 1492, Europeans first set foot on dry land in the Americas, on an island off the coast of South America. All told, Columbus’ ships had 100 crewmen. It is interesting to note that “Niña” was actually a nickname. In reality, the caravel’s name was Santa Clara. “Niña” in Spanish translates to “Babe”. The Niña was 17.3 metres (57 feet) in length and 5.6 metres (18.5 feet) in the beam; it could accommodate a crew of up to 40.

So far, academics fight over the controversial question of which island Columbus first discovered. He himself named the island that the flotilla made landfall as Isla San Salvador. Researchers do agree that it was one of the Bahamas, in the Lucayan Archipelago. It’s unclear, however, which of the islands that it was… it could equally be Watling Island or the island of Samana Cay.

3 August 2012




15 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Russian Naval Force Structure


On 29 July, the Russian Navy noted the 316th anniversary of its establishment. The creation of a regular Russian Navy was part of the need for the country to overcome its territorial, political, and cultural isolation, which was the main impediment to economic and social development of the Russian state at the turn of the 18th century.

Mostly using indigenous resources, the Navy worked out the main shipbuilding problems and the effective handling of surface ships before the First World War. During the Second World War, naval aviation developed, and, in the post-war period, with the advent of missiles with nuclear warheads and marine nuclear power plants, submarines have become the capital units of the fleet. Eventually, the Navy became a multifaceted force of naval aviation, coastal defence, naval infantry, and an oceangoing fleet.

During the Great Patriotic War, the Navy secured the strategic flanks of the Soviet-German front, attacked the ships and vessels of the enemy, and defended Russian maritime communications. In the post-war years, the Navy took on oceanic tasks, integrating nuclear power and guided missiles, becoming a highly-mobile capable force able to undertake any task in the defence of the Russian State. Perhaps, the Navy hit its peak in combat potential in the mid-1980’s. Today, the Russian Navy consists of the Northern, Pacific, Baltic, and Black Sea Fleets, as well as the Caspian Flotilla.

1 August 2012



15 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Google Instant Search


Experts say that search sites, which are now hugely popular, are gradually pushing back other resources. Even the ubiquitous online encyclopaedia can no longer compete with search engines, as they offer users ready information for fewer clicks. According to Vladimir Ofitserov, the leading specialist of the Google search quality team, the company decided to post more information on SERPs (search engine research pages). This is due to the fact that users are increasingly using large-format screens and monitors, so, therefore, it’s now possible to use the right part of the screen to accommodate additional useful information. Google is the largest search engine in the world, handling billions of queries per day. To learn more about what happens in the search engine before, during, and after you have entered your request, see the above RIA-Novosti infographic.

31 July 2012



15 August 2012. New Intel on the Maryland Nuns

A Woman Reading

Aleksandr Deyneka



One of the Cabinet sent this to me. I’ve decided to run it as an “as is”, without commentary. There isn’t an idle word in it.

There are other interesting facts about the nuns you should know, and Varvara would very much like to know. Please pass it on to her.

There’s been a commentator on Monomakhos named “George P”. It’s very easy to tell that this commentator is a sock puppet for Abbess Aemiliane. Just read closely, and it’s very obvious. She even uses Greek monastic convention in capitalising the pronouns referring to bishops, among many other clues, and has been revealing facts and connecting things that no one else but she would know about. If you know how she and this cult group think, speak, and operate, it’s without a doubt Aemiliane. Even their knowledge of psychology is a little more than 20 years out of date, as would be expected for someone who received their degree in the 80s. She even ALWAYS asks for a blessing from all clergy, even deacons (as Dionysios teaches them to do), but refuses to refer to Bishop Melchizedek as anything but “+Mel”. Lately, she’s always awkwardly referring to the nuns as “the sisters with her in XC”.

The commentator “IB” is Irena Burwell, a friend of Aemiliane and a supporter of the monastery from the District.

The strange manifesto that the nuns posted on their site was actually written by their elder, Dionysios. Aemiliane simply translated it and put her name to it. This is one of their most common tricks.

George Michalopulos is a friend of Aemiliane and Symeon… the nuns have been funneling him dezinformatsiya to spread since he was attacking Bishop Melchisedek last summer, because Melchisedek was insistent to not let the nuns stay in the OCA. Monomakhos is a propaganda site for the cult of Dionysios, and I’m sure that he’s a member of the cult as well. He’s from Tulsa OK, just like Aemiliane’s family. In 2010, he even invited Aemiliane to give a presentation on monasticism at his parish.


More’s going to seep out, I’m sure. However, I’m fairly certain that the ROCOR isn’t going to have second thoughts, nor is it going to take in Fathausen, after kicking this bunch of jabronies out. Note well that Potapov pulled the antimins. That was a wise move. Potapov was known to the nuns as a friend, thus putting down their guard… and Hilarion was able to gauge his outward loyalty (one can NEVER be certain of the inner feelings of one’s subordinates, but one can test their outward obedience). Potapov proved himself a “good boy”… he’s an apparatchik, and like all of his ilk, he’s for those who butter his bread liberally. This action also soured the konvertsy on him (did Hilarion think of that? Don’t be fooled by his placid exterior… he’s a VERY canny peasant inside).

Remember… it’s going to be VERY confusing and murky in the immediate near term. ALWAYS test a story by asking, “Is this in character with past actions?” That’ll save you tons of grief. Be careful, don’t react, and, above all, be CAREFUL whom you trust. In such confused times, well, some people show their true character (and that can be scary… trust me, I know). I think that we’re in the Last Act, but not the Final Scene… the Gibichung Hall hasn’t collapsed yet… die Götterdämmerung isn’t yet consummated. Take a care… it isn’t over yet. You don’t want to be the last casualty caused by the last bullet in the last battle on the last day of the war. Let the old sweats like me take the heat… we’ve been around a lap or two (I’ve got the grey hairs and scars to prove it). Be good…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 15 August 2012

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