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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

3 December 2014. A Whisper on Merkel and Mollard

00 a whisper in the loggia. 08.12

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Got this from the Cabinet:

The word on the street is that Merkel takes an anti-Russian line because the CIA has dirt on her from Stasi days. Besides that, I hope that they’re putting Mollard in his place in Moscow. We have to sort out the OCA problem before the 2016 all-Orthodox Sobor. Basically, HH is asking him… “Are you with us or are you with the Greeks? Make your mind up now, or else we pull the plug”. The chips could go down on the table now.

There’s nothing to add. It’s “put up or shut up time”, it appears…

BMD

Poroshenko Appoints American Carpetbagger as Finance Minister… USA to Plunder the Ukraine Before the Junta Falls (They’ve Already Stolen the Gold!)

00 death to poroshenko! 09.08.14.

Have you ever seen the like? Poroshenko sells out the Ukraine to American and American-ruled carpetbaggers… how much of a cut are the Americans giving him for allowing them to rape the country? Remember… the neocon Republicans and interventionist Dems are seen for what they are (godless amoral thieves)… Orthodox people should see that JP, Dreher, Whiteford, Lyonyo, Webster, Freddie M-G, S A Schmemann, and Potapov (amongst others) support the theomachistic Anglo American drive for global hegemony.

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Read this. The Americans have bared their fangs. They’ve already stole the Ukrainian gold reserves… they’re getting ready to strip the Ukraine of all of its movable wealth before the junta falls. Orthodox people should reflect that the asshats named above are helping the Anglo Americans in their godless aggression and theft. Mollard’s in Moscow… fancy that. God willing, HH will hold his feet to the fire. Now, it’s open… the Anglo Americans expose themselves as calculating common criminals and cruel mean-spirited barbarians. It’s now clear who the “white hats” in the Cold War were… THE SOVIETS! This shows America in all of its god-denying glory. America has been a crank enterprise ever since its juvenile and self-centred rebellion in the 18th century. Look at this news and weep. America the Greedy… eat shit and die, righties… this proves that neoliberalism is the foremost evil on earth.

BMD

The EU’s in Serious Trouble… It Isn’t Russia’s Fault

00 EU Evil Inside 01. 08.10.12______________________________

Angela Merkel criticised V V Putin’s apparent strategy to spread Russia’s sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. The Chancellor doesn’t acknowledge that Germany’s domination of Europe was disastrous for some states. Europe’s neo-liberal media are having a collective hernia at the thought that some former Warsaw Pact countries now cosy up to Moscow, especially in Germany. On top of that, Merkel’s recent speech in Australia was full of tough criticism of Russia. However, on closer inspection, what they’re accusing the Kremlin of doing is exactly what the EU has done for the past 20 years. Do a random street poll in any Eastern European capital, like Prague or Bratislava, where I was this week, for example. Ask whether life is better now, under the thumb of the EU, compared to how it was in 1989, under the Soviet jackboot. The responses I got are 50-50. If you’d tried the same query a decade ago, it’d have been unanimous that 2004 would’ve trumped ’89.

The EU is in serious trouble. Living standards are falling all over the union and political instability is fomenting from Dublin to Athens and Madrid to Zagreb. Iceland recently u-turned on a plan to join the grouping and, previously, resolute aspirants like Serbia and Montenegro cooled their ardour for membership. Angela Merkel thinks this is Russia’s fault. That’s akin to blaming Brazil’s strikers for their 7-1 World Cup capitulation to Germany… pure hokum. If Merkel wants to find the real culprit, she need only look in the mirror. The Berlin government, which she led for 9 years, is sucking the continent dry. Peripheral states flounder and pivotal countries stagnate, but Germany’s doing just fine. This is because the entire EU system… especially, the Euro currency… props up its largest member as it chokes the rest.

Of course, a quarter century ago, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher and France’s Francois Mitterrand warned us of this, and they were both spot on. In January 1990, Mitterrand confided to his UK counterpart, “Reunification will result in Germany gaining more European influence than Hitler ever had”. In fairness, it’s worth mentioning that the ugly Euro currency monster was Mitterrand’s naïve attempt to curtail this eventuality. The Germans were quite content with the solid Deutschmark, but Paris believed that a currency union would keep their neighbours in check and made it the price of agreeing to a united Germany. Thatcher foresaw this and informed Mitterrand that strengthening EEC (later EU) institutions wouldn’t tame Bonn (then, the German capital), saying, “Germany’s ambitions would then become the dominant and active factor. We beat the Germans twice (in war), and now they’re back”.

Reunification greatly diluted a previously four-pronged (France, Britain, West Germany, and Italy) European élite. Restored to its former capital of Berlin, the now much-larger German state began to dominate the EU. In the early 00’s, the EU expanded massively to the east; it grew by ten members in one day in 2004, with a further three following later. What happened in all these newbies, from Estonia in the north to southern Cyprus was that German commerce rapidly swamped their economies. If you think that’s fanciful, I’d urge you to visit a shopping centre in Kraków or Brno… please, tell me how it differs from one in Dresden. To my eyes… I’d say not by much. Cheap German credit flooded existing members such as Ireland and Spain, which was a form of captive loan-sharking. German banks handed out easy money to ease the purchase of German-made goods, from cars to electronics. When the scheme went wallop in 2008, the German creditors didn’t accept a haircut. Instead, they passed on the penalties to Irish and Spanish taxpayers, further enslaving them to Berlin.

Meanwhile, Germany’s trade surplus continued to expand and they were happy to leave the rest of Europe to rot. Instead of showing empathy, the Hamburg and Berlin media were full of features mocking the economically wrecked nations. Apparently, Ireland had an epidemic of wild abandoned horses and the Spanish were delighted at the extra time for siestas. Oh, what fun the yellow press had in those halcyon days… and what harm they did to perceptions of Germany. Now, Merkel seems to believe that Russia coerced some European states into doing business. That’s complete nonsense. It’s rather more believable that financially stressed governments have begun to see through Berlin’s practises and are hedging their bets. After all, it’s the duty of a sovereign to look after its own citizens, not the pampered bankers of Frankfurt or industrialists of München. Germany’s arrogant mistreatment of the rest of Europe is coming home to roost.

“Frau Nein”, as she was once known, is especially upset about Russian influence in Hungary and Serbia. Apologies if I’ve missed something, but I haven’t noticed reports of Berlin heaping goodies on them. Does Merkel seriously expect their rulers to reject advantageous deals with Moscow to keep her happy? If she does, she’s lost touch with reality. Last weekend, she emoted, “This isn’t just about the Ukraine. It’s about Moldova. It’s about Georgia. If things carry on like this… we’ll need to raise the issue of Serbia, of the states in the western Balkans. How can something like this happen in the middle of Europe? Old thinking about spheres of influence… must not succeed”. What Merkel is trying to say with breathtaking arrogance is “how dare Russia nose in on our patch”… as if Germany had a divine right to control these independent nations. Spheres of influence aren’t an issue if they tilt towards Berlin or Brussels, which the former increasingly controls. Lost in all of this is the economic fact that Germany and Russia are now neck and neck economically, with Moscow poised to overtake its historic rival in the next few years. Russia has also succeeded in creating an alliance with China, Germany’s biggest export rival. This has forced Berlin into solidifying its previously waning alliance with the USA, something that isn’t uniformly popular in Germany.

However, in Budapest and Bratislava, Viktor Orbán and Robert Fico are doing what’s right by their electorate and striking the best deals for their countries. Such practises deeply offend Merkel… it reduces Germany’s omnipotent stranglehold on their commerce. Orbán is also committed to pushing ahead with the South Stream pipeline, in partnership with Moscow. Why? Not to undermine Berlin, but to guarantee its energy supply because the Ukraine is unreliable as transit territory. This is entirely understandable… it’s Orbán’s job to look after Hungary, not to bow down before Germany. The pro-NATO neoliberal media in Western Europe are presenting Russia’s trade deals with struggling eastern states as a dastardly plan to undermine the EU. Such suggestions are hyperbolic nonsense. The leaders of Hungary, Slovakia, and Serbia would, gladly bite the hand off Merkel if she’d throw some German cash around. However, she’s not and Putin is. Consequently, these countries are doing what’s best for their current circumstances. There’s nothing sinister about it.

20 November 2014

Bryan MacDonald

RT

http://rt.com/op-edge/207471-eu-trouble-germany-fault/

3 December 2014. A Blast from the Past… Russian Orthodox Choir in Mt Carmel PA (1909 to 1912)

00 Russian Orthodox Choir. Mt Carmel PA. 1910s

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This is what “rooted” means… Russian Orthodoxy has been in NEPA for over a century, and it’s still goin’ strong. Certain people should attend to that… but they won’t. Remember our past… if we forget our past, we won’t have a future. That’s the way of it…

The picture dates from 1909 to 1912… the dirigent is Mikhail P Balandnyuk.

BMD

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