Voices from Russia

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Poll Sez About 60 percent of Russians See Communism as Good System

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An opinion poll suggests that about 60 percent of Russians believe there were more positive than negative aspects to life in the former USSR. Of the 1,000 people whom Russia‘s Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) interviewed by telephone in a survey last month, 14 percent said the word communism had “very pleasant”, “positive”, or “wonderful” connotations for them, and 12 percent said they were nostalgic about the Soviet era. Communism was just outdated for 11 percent, but the same proportion believed communism meant a good and stable life. To 7 percent, the word communism gave a sense of “disgust” or “sad associations”, or meant “something negative” generally. For 5 percent, it stood for dreams of a “radiant future” that never came true (“it’s a great pity that we never came to see it”).

Asked by pollsters to explain the meaning of the word communism, 23 percent said that for them it meant a just society where everyone’s equal and all property is common. For 9 percent, the word primarily stood for a specific economic and social system, whilst for 8 percent it represented a life better than today’s (“we were better off, people were taken better care of”, and “people were plainer, and life was plainer as well”). Six percent said that communism represented a good and stable life for them, and praised the official Soviet era principle, “From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs”. Five percent dismissed communism as a utopia or fairytale.

Respondents were also asked to explain what they might see as positive and negative aspects of the Soviet system. In response, 33 percent credited it with good social security guarantees, stability, and good care of people, 14 percent said it that it was a system of justice and social equality, 9 percent said the USSR was a land of rule of law and discipline, 7 percent praised the country’s guaranteed employment, and another 7 percent claimed that people were more willing to help each other then than they are today. On the other hand, 9 percent criticised Soviet-era restrictions on rights and liberties, 7 percent accused the Soviet system of suppressing personal individuality, another 7 percent said shortages of basic consumer goods were that system’s main defect, 6 percent slammed abuse of authority in that period, and 5% condemned the USSR’s repressive rule.

Overall, 59 percent of respondents believed that there were more positive than negative aspects to communism. In that category, 69 percent were people aged 60 or more and 47 percent people aged between 18 and 30. Moreover, 43 percent would welcome Russia’s re-adopting communist ideology, 38 percent weren’t happy with the idea, and 19 percent were undecided on this point.

12 October 2013

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.ru/news/2013/10/12/about_60_percent_of_russians_see_communism_as_good_system_-_poll_30755.html

Editor’s Note:

The important point is in the last paragraph. 47 percent of all respondents 18 to 30 said that there were more positive than negative aspects to communism. Couple that with the fact that the only real political party in Russia is the KPRF, one understands why Gennady Andreyevich decided to “eat bear gall” after Yeltsin stole the 1996 election. He understands that the future belongs to a reformed Communist Party. A Party of patriots… a Party of workers… and a Party of BELIEVERS. The Church and the Party are very cosy, indeed (they see eye-to-eye on traditional morality, for instance). Need I mention that HH and Gennady Andreyevich are personal friends? I didn’t think so…

BMD

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12 October 2013. A Walk Down Memory Lane… St T’s in the ’80s

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There’s not only “bad news” in the Church. After all, we do have a “metre-stick” by which we can measure ourselves today. These snaps are from the 80s, from St T‘s in South Canaan. I’m not the nostalgic sort, but I do daresay that we can “regain the magic”, but only if we roll up our sleeves and unite as one. Then, “Laissez les bons temps rouler”…

BMD

12 October 2013. A Cabinet Update on the Doings of Mark Maymon and Gerasim Eliel

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I got this from a loyal Cabineteer:

Bishop Mark Maymon is swanning around Pennsylvania wanting Mollard‘s old job. Gerasim Eliel is at St Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas… the boys there just love him… he went to a parish in the OCA Diocese of the South and some of the “powers that be” thought he was too “obvious”, as is Webber who was Abbot at Fatso’s monastery.

There’d be no worse combination than Maymon and NEPA, no doubt on that. Those are Old School Metropolia parishes… yet, I don’t think that we have any worries. The clergy there are hip to things and have connections (they’re not puffed-up Angliochian phonies). Maymon has no more chance of taking over the Valley than a baby in a drinking contest. That’s a no-brainer…

The last that I knew, Gerasim Eliel was bunking in with Tikhon Fitz on Michelorena Street in LA. As for Eliel being “obvious”, he was connected with post-deposition Gleb Podmoshensky, and that says it all, doesn’t it? Let’s see… Fatso and Brum were tied up with him, too, weren’t they? I’ll not tell you what to do, but do follow the trail, and do connect the dots. Shitbirds of a feather do flock together…

I’d not worry about either one… Mollard’s too bovine to get into trouble before Lyonyo et al got wind of it and scotched it. Sometimes, “bovine” isn’t a prejorative… it’s what you need (I think that you know what I mean)…

BMD

US Government Shutdown Becomes an Internet Joke

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Editor’s Note:

This is from last week, but it’s lost none of its bite, as the Republicants continue to stonewall. Don’t they see their numbers falling into the cellar? Be wary of fanatics, but be especially wary of religious fanatics… for they aren’t amenable to ANY reason, after all, God told them so! Most of the Tea Party nutters are Born Again Loons… they wouldn’t listen to anyone (let alone sinful ol’ you and me), they wouldn’t listen even if Christ Himself were to come down from Heaven, to speak frankly. Some of the konvertsy are just like them… do be warned.

BMD

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The US government shutdown, now in its fourth day, has hurt hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren’t being paid as Congress and President Barack Obama try to figure out how to strike a deal on the national budget. A serious issue, no doubt. However, often in times of crisis, humour becomes a way for people to cope with circumstances that are seemingly out of their control. Enter memes… which produced some of the funniest online jokes about the shutdown.

[I reproduced the funniest one above… for the rest, click on the link below]

4 October 2013

Suleiman Wali

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/news/20131004/183952280/US-Govt-Shutdown-Meme-Memes-Becomes-an-Internet-Joke.html

 

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