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Sunday, 17 February 2013

17 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographic. The Battle of Stalingrad: A Victory That Changed the Course of the War

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Battle of Stalingrad. 2013


70 years ago, one of the greatest military podvigs* in Russian history occurred. In the bloody Battle of Stalingrad, the Red Army crushed the Wehrmacht, beginning its liberation of the USSR from the invaders. As a special offering for the anniversary of the great battle, RIA-Novosti gives you this Infographic about the legendary battle.

The victory at Stalingrad had a decisive influence on the future course of the Great Patriotic War. Because of its victory in the battle, the Red Army firmly seized the strategic initiative, dictating its will to the enemy. This changed the nature of the actions of the German forces in the Caucasus, in Rzhev, and in Demyansk. The Red Army’s attack forced the Wehrmacht to order the preparation of Eastern Wall, which was supposed to stop the advance of the Red Army. The outcome of the Battle of Stalingrad caused consternation and confusion in the Axis countries. Crisis brewed in the pro-fascist juntas in Italy, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. It also dramatically weakened the influence of Germany on its allies, and notably aggravated the differences between them. It caused political circles in Turkey to have an increased desire to maintain neutrality. In other neutral countries, it caused restraint and aloofness in their relations with Germany.

1 February 2013



* Podvig is almost untranslatable in English… it’s the highest form of exploit… going beyond “beyond the call of duty”… it’s the ne plus ultra in Russian. It is NOT a purely-spiritual term… it applies to all extraordinary feats of bravery, self-sacrifice, and dedication.



17 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Danger of Methane Explosion in Coalmines

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Methane in Coalmines. 2013


On 11 February, there was a methane gas explosion at a coalmine in Vorkuta in the Komi Republic. Of the 22 miners who were at the explosion site, five died, whilst rescuers saved eight. The fate of nine miners remains unknown. Our Infographic gives detail about how methane explosions occur in coalmines.

Methane is the least toxic gas in the homologous series of paraffinic hydrocarbons.  Methane can be an asphyxiant; it leads to death only in case of extremely high concentration of the gas in the air, which leads to methane displacing oxygen. When air has 25-30 percent methane content, the first signs of asphyxia (increased heart rate, increased respiration, loss of coordination and fine muscle movements, etc.) occur. Higher concentrations of methane in the air cause anoxia… headache, shortness of breath… symptoms similar to altitude sickness.

11 February 2013



17 February 2013. Intel from the Cabinet on l’Affaire Moriak

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I got this from one of the Cabinet:

Bishops from the OCA Synod will be in attendance at the Midwest Diocesan Council meeting this week to gather information from the regional deans on the views of the clergy and laity around the diocese on the matter of Moriak being reinstated.
I don’t know if you saw on Pokrov that Moriak was removed from the schedule of Chicago Deanery Lenten services. He was tentatively scheduled to preach at a service at the Chicago cathedral the evening of 28 April (Palm Sunday). Here is the revised flyer directly from the diocesan website. But most damning is an e-mail making the rounds of the diocese concerning advice from Church Mutual Insurance about Moriak visiting parishes, if he’s reinstated. I don’t know who wrote the original email. That information was removed.

This cut n’ paste of an e-mail was part of the intel given me:

Date: February 15, 2013

Subject: Church Mutual

Information from X, Church Mutual Insurance. This information comes as a result of inquiries to Church Mutual from concerned parishes and their officers. This is a recounting of verbal information from Church Mutual and can be verified by contacting the company. Based on documents (Diocese of the Midwest), Pokrov, Chicago Tribune, as well as the written complaint filed against Bishop Matthias. X is advised by the Sexual Misconduct section of the company not to put anything in writing.  However, the Sexual Misconduct office advises Diocese of the Midwest churches which are insured by them to follow this policy:

  • Bishop Matthias should not be allowed to have personal contact with parishioners

  • His activities in any setting with lay people should be monitored

  • Should any claim against him of sexual harassment or misconduct come from parishioners of these parishes, Church Mutual would not provide any coverage for punitive damages, which constitute the most costly part of claims. This is due to the fact that clergy and officers of these parishes have had cause to protect their parishes from such recurrent actions.

  • There is a possibility of personal liability for church officials who place Bishop Matthias in a position of authority should there be a recurrence of the sexual misconduct of which he has been adjudged by the OCA.

This is the intel as I received it. As I wrote my informant:

Crank world ain’t it… [nasty doings] in high places and perverts as bishops… God willing, this shit will end soon. I’m getting burnt out (I shan’t give up… it’s just the same ol’ same ol’ all the time… it’s time to CLEAN HOUSE).

It’s up to you to decide what to do. I say that it’s time to wind up the OCA as expeditiously as possible and go home. Do think on that…




17 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Nearest Approaches of Asteroids to the Earth

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Asteroids that Buzz Planet Earth. 2013


On Friday, 15 February 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will make its nearest approach to the Earth. Our Infographic shows the asteroids that will come closest to Earth in the next 200 years. To date, scientists have found hundreds of thousands of asteroids in the solar system. Collision of an asteroid with the Earth could cause fires, an earthquake, and/or a tsunami. According to some theories, the cause of past mass extinctions was the falling of celestial bodies on the planet.

On Friday, 15 February 2013 at 19.25 UTC (11.25 PST 14.25 EST 23.25 MSK 06.25 16 February AEST) Asteroid 2012 DA14, discovered in February 2012 by astronomers at the Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra in Spainwill make its closest approach to the Earth, 27,700 kilometres (17,200 miles) above the earth’s surface, which is much lower than geostationary satellites (35,800 kilometres (22,500 miles)). It would be the largest celestial body that has come so close to the Earth on record. The mass of the asteroid is about 190,000 tons (210,000 US tons), and the explosion that would occur in the event of its fall to Earth would be comparable to the Tunguska event.

15 February 2013


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