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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Jillions Dumps on Orthodox Ecclesiology Again… Is He Trying to Curry Favour with His Former Uniate Bosses?

00 Pope Francisco meets the Orthodox Grumpy Cat. 08.11.13


Note the latest from John Jillions, everyone’s favourite lickspittle for the Uniates:

The Orthodox Church as it exists today may not live up to its claims as the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, but there’s no contesting the fact that historically it goes back to the beginning of Christianity.

Remember when the pseudo-intellectual trash at SVS laughed at the Holy Mountain at the instigation of the Uniate phony Taft? Jillions said nothing. This is more of the same. Jillions kissed the pope’s ass as he worked for a Uniate institute up in Canada. Why must we allow this amongst ourselves? The Uniates are the ravening enemies of the Church… look at how Shevchuk supports the neofascists in the “Ukraine”. We really have to give Jillions the drop… if he wants to echo papist rubbish, let him go back to the papists to earn his bread. We’re stupid to allow such Quislings at such sensitive positions. It sure isn’t boring covering the Russian Orthodox diaspora…

The rest of Jillion’s article is here. It’s typical of his gaseous pseudo-elder style.



Russia Might Lift Food Import Ban from Greece if it Quits EU



On Friday, Minister of Agriculture N V Fyodorov told a news conference in Berlin that Russia might lift its ban on food imports from Greece if it quits the EU. Fyodorov is leading an official Russian delegation to the International Green Week public exhibition for the food, agriculture, and gardening industry. He said, “If Greece has to leave the EU, we’d build our own relations with it, we won’t apply the food ban to it”. He said that EU countries pinched from the slump in exports of foods to Russia asked Russia to cushion the impacts of Russian food import bans by expanding other types of imports, noting, “We’re looking at such possibilities… these countries offered new formats of coöperation in those areas that aren’t covered by Russian food sanctions. As concerns possible new sanctions, we aren’t looking at any such proposals from any structures”.

Earlier on Friday, Fyodorov met with his German counterpart, Christian Schmidt to discuss possible expansion of coöperation and mutual trade in agricultural products. The two ministers agreed that Russia and Germany might expand mutual trade in food products even under current laws. Schmidt said, “We can’t solve pressing political problems, but we can maintain dialogue in the current conditions. We can make trade between our countries more intensive”. Fyodorov shared this opinion, saying, “[The Berlin exhibition] was a non-political event working on problems of food security. We discussed possible expansion of coöperation and mutual trade in agricultural products and agreed to work in the new conditions strictly within the current legislation of Russia, the TS EvrAsES, Germany, and the EU”. Schmidt told journalists, “The dialogue was intensive and concrete; we spoke about how we can develop our cooperation”. Ahead of the International Green Week, German media reported that Schmidt planned to raise the subject of possible mitigation of Russia’s food sanctions at his meeting with his Russian counterpart.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, since August 2014, German exports of foods to Russia dropped by 23 percent, or 500 million USD (32.6 billion Roubles. 3.1 billion Renminbi. 30.8 billion INR. 600 million CAD. 608 million AUD. 433 million Euros. 330 million UK Pounds). At that time, Russia imposed measures to respond to economic sanctions from the USA, Australia, Canada, the EU, and Norway. Thus, Russia banned the import of fruit, vegetables, and milk and dairy products from these countries for one year. Some types of ready-to-eat meat and fish products (but not sausages) didn’t fall under the ban.

16 January 2015



17 January 2015. THIS is Why the “Sexual Deviant Driving Ban” is Going NOWHERE FAST

00 Russian with still. 21.01.13

This is a samogon-apparat (moonshine still)… it illustrates the Russian attitude to rules n’ regs… any questions?


About a week ago, there was a big to-do in the Western media about a supposed “sexual deviant driving ban”… well, there’s nothing in any major Russian media outlet about it, nor has there been any major government announcement. Did you notice that all the kerfuffle has died down… could it be because it wasn’t what the West said it was? What a concept… that Langley and its yipping running dog pals would lie! Let me tell you, Russians AREN’T Westerners… four years ago, I wrote about the Russian attitude to rules n’ regs… it’s still righteous, so click here to read it. “Russians aren’t Germans”.. that’s not only a hoary cliché, it’s the truth.

Shame on Victor Potapov, Freddie M-G, S L Kishkovskaya, Rod Dreher, S A Schmemann, Terrence Mattingly, and Alexander Webster for being willing minions of the Western dezinformatsiya machine. They drool vacuously as their employers issue lies about the Rodina and Holy Rus… none dare call that evil and traitorous.


How to Drink Vodka with Russians… and Not Get Drunk


This is a poster for the famous Sov 1961 comedy Самогонщики (Samogonshchiki: The Moonshiners)… click here and watch it (along with another short that comes first)… there’s no dialogue… just fun. Have a drink (or two) and smile!


With the New Year just around the corner, the chance of visitors to Russia not being asked to join the locals for a few celebratory drinks is extremely slim. However, what steps should you take to make sure a traditional vodka session doesn’t leave your head spinning by midnight? RBTH offers useful tips on how best to prepare for a New Year’s feast and avoid its less welcome side effects. When it comes to stereotypes about Russia, there are few more potent than the natives’ supposed attachment to drinking vodka. Foreigners often wonder, “Why do Russians love vodka so much?” Still, with New Year celebrations upon us, another question becomes more topical, “How should you drink vodka with Russians?”

Some attribute Russians’ supposed extraordinary ability to drink a lot of vodka to genetics. However, Russians themselves say that this ability has nothing to do with biology; in fact, it’s rooted in Russian traditions. Often, Russian businessman Artyom Minayev invites foreigners to Moscow restaurants to discuss business; he’s concluded that foreigners don’t know how to drink vodka, saying, “The biggest problem with Europeans, Americans, and the Chinese is that they drink and don’t take any food immediately after. So, after a second or third shot it’s no longer possible to talk to them about work! Russians love vodka because it really does warm you up and because it goes so well with Russian cuisine. When you drink vodka, you should do it with some fatty foods, even if it’s just sour cream! You can have boiled or fried potatoes with it, bread, sausage, cheese, or oily fish. There are numerous snacks that are not at all expensive and that’ll prevent you from getting drunk”.

There are Other Secrets, Too

Many Russians, before sitting down to their New Year feast, consume a raw egg. They say that it’s the best way of making sure that one will last the whole evening and leave the table sober. However, doctors are categorically opposed to this method because raw eggs are the easiest way of contracting salmonella. If you have concerns on that score too, you can just drink a tablespoonful of sunflower oil. On his first visit to Moscow, Santiago Fonseca from Mexico made some thorough preparations for the New Year party he was going to have with his girlfriend’s friends, fearing that otherwise he wouldn’t be able to make it through the night. He said, “I’d read that fat prevents alcohol absorption, so, I drank several spoons of oil and ate two potatoes. It’s hard to believe it, but I remained sober… even having drunk a whole bottle of rather dubious vodka!” Having said that, it’s also very important not to overeat and not to eat too many starchy and sweet foods, despite the fact that fat helps you to stay sober, as they generate more work for the liver and pancreas, making it more difficult for them to process alcohol.

Vodka Etiquette and How to Avoid a Hangover

Anastasiya Knezhevich sells numerous varieties of vodka at her shop and spends a lot of time explaining to foreigners how people consume vodka in Siberia, where she’s originally from, saying, “I think the problem with foreigners is that they mix vodka in cocktails and sip vodka slowly. I keep telling them that you have to drink vodka in one go and exhale through the nose and not the mouth. That’s why Russians are capable of drinking a lot of vodka and remaining alive afterwards”.

According to Minayev, at a Russian dinner party it’s important for a foreigner to show that they’re a friendly person. To that end, it’s necessary to drink the first two or three shots, after which it’s possible to take a break to save energy for more to come. He observed, “When a foreigner is ready to have another shot of vodka, they need to take the bottle and fill the glasses of all those present. Once, I was at one dinner where a Japanese guest kept pouring vodka only into his own glass. It was so tactless that nobody wanted to invite him ever again. Incidentally, he never managed to sign the important contracts that he had come to Moscow to sign”.

If none of the recommendations above proves useful in your case, here is another piece of advice from RBTH… first thing the next morning, drink a glass of salty water or pickle brine. This is the most effective ancient remedy against hangovers and headaches… many Russians swear by it.

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