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Sunday, 21 October 2012

21 October 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Gagarin’s Smile vs the Cheshire Cat’s Smile


Gagarin‘s Smile vs the Cheshire Cat’s Smile

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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Родина слышит,Родина знает (Rodina slyshit, rodina znyaet: The Motherland hears, the Motherland knows) is a very popular Russian song released at the time of Gagarin’s flight, and most Russians think of the one when they think of the other.

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On 12 April 1961, the Vostok-1 spacecraft, with Yuri Gagarin aboard, the the first cosmonaut to fly into outer space, lifted-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Gagarin’s flight around the earth lasted 108 minutes, then, the descent module successfully passed through the atmosphere to land in Saratov Oblast.

12 April 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://www.ria.ru/caricature/20120412/624180696.html

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21 October 2012. “Thank You, Sir, May I Please Have Another” Department… Alfeyev to Become Head of “Theology Department” at MIFI… A Consolation Prize If There Ever Was Such

To Science Day!

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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One of the most-recognised Russian technical schools, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (National Research Nuclear University) (NIYaU MIFI), is introducing a new department that departs from traditional physics and delves into metaphysics, a Theology Department. Its head is Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, who, upon his appointment, immediately travelled overseas in an official capacity. Izvestia talked with Archpriest Vladimir Shmaly, vice-rector of Church Postgraduate Studies, who explained that the university came up with the idea. In fact, it was born back in 2010 after a visit by Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev. Previously, MIFI hosted advanced training courses for professors of Orthodox seminaries, which included lectures on astronomy, physics, and chemistry. Now, religious scholars will pay MIFI back by teaching history of the Church, religious dogma, Orthodox culture, and Orthodox worship to students on a strictly optional and voluntary basis.

At first, students won’t be able to major in Theology, only take electives as part of humanities courses. Izvestia stated that the MP’s preparing a document entitled The Balance of Faith and Science, discussing the complicated relationship of the two in the modern era. Contrary to clichés like “faith versus knowledge” and “faith denounces evolution and nuclear physics”, the real state of things isn’t so black-and-white, and the Theology Department will help students realise that. Besides, the department wouldn’t prohibit critical thinking, and students don’t have to share the beliefs of the teaching staff in order to take the courses.

18 October 2012

Pyotr Lekarev

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/radio_broadcast/25950828/91734051.html

Editor’s Note:

This is a sign that the Blunder’s losing ground at the Centre. What he needs is to be named a ruling bishop… instead, he gets this consolation prize. He’s on the way down, but he may not be on the way out… the oligarchs protect him, after all. Look at the bright side of this… it means that the Blunder’s being shunted into a backwoods siding, and that he’s not going to get anything meaty. It also means that the oligarchs are losing their grip on Russian society. Now, the question is, “Is Tikhon Shevkunov going to get a similar sidelining?” Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

Ya gotta admire HH… when he demotes somebody or takes them to the woodshed, he does it in such a way that the “prize recipient” has to smile and say, “Thank you, sir, may I please have another”. He did it to the Blunder in March 2009, when he took away two-thirds of the DECR, and he’s doing it again, with this “promotion”, which tells the whole world that the Blunder’s on HH’s shit list. The Blunder had to take a large economy-size bite out of the shit sandwich that HH proffered him, and he had to say, “That was good, I’ll have some more, please”. HH is one of the cleverest men to ever wear the funny white hat… I’m glad that he’s on our side.

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Mayor Sobyanin Sez “Moscow Will be More Accessible”

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On Wednesday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin presented a report on his two years in the office as well as a budget plan for the next three years. Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that his plan has good news for the handicapped. KP said that, by the end of this year, almost 10,000 socially-important objects would be accessible for wheelchair users and mothers with strollers. At present, work crews are installing 217 elevating platforms in residential buildings. Overall, by the end of this year, the ratio of socially-important buildings that are handicapped-accessible would increase to 73 percent. The same is true for public transport… in 2010, only 39 percent of buses had low-floors, by the end of 2012, this number will be 69 percent. Trolleybuses and trams are also being going to a low-floor standard, although not as fast… by the end of this year, only 60 percent of trolleybuses and 12 percent of streetcars will have increased accessibility.

18 October 2012

Pyotr Lekarev

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/radio_broadcast/25950828/91734051.html

Cossacks Conquer France Again


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Russian Cossacks, who rode from Russia to France on horseback the entire way, ended their march with a parade in a town near Paris called Fontainebleau. The Cossacks have a distinctive way of life and culture; they originated in southern Russia and the Ukraine. They made the march to mark the 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Napoleon in 1812. Fontainebleau’s residents cheerfully greeted the Cossacks, who were dressed in uniforms identical to those worn in 1812. Alexander Kolyakin, one of the action’s organisers, said, “I’m glad that I’ll be back home soon, but I’m sorry that our trip is already over. I hope that our project would attract our youth’s attention to the glorious events in Russian history”. No untoward incidents marred the Cossack march.

21 October 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_21/Cossacks-conquer-France-again/

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