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Sunday, 2 October 2016

2 October 2016. It’s Rosh Hashanah… The Start of the High Holy Days

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Today is the start of Rosh Hashanah (commonly called “Jewish New Year”)… the beginning of the High Holy Days that end with Yom Kippur (that’s 11/12 October this year). Except for Pesach (Passover), this is the holiest time of the Jewish liturgical year… Chanukah doesn’t even come close. If your Jewish friends or coworkers need a hand during this period, give it to them! It’s a hectic time of year for them. Do whatever good that you can do for them with a good heart, expecting nothing in return (“Yes, I WILL have some of the honey cake and Carmel wine… thank you, very much!”). We’re Christians; that’s what we do.

One last thing… remember the words of a humble Greek country pappas during the German occupation in World War II… “Our Lord Christ lived and died a believing Jew”. We should have the same attitude. Respect others and their faiths… full stop. That IS our duty as Christians. If we fail to honour that, we’re no Christians, and I’m not afraid to say so. I confide that I’m not alone in thinking that way…


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

6 September 2016. It’s Time for the “Silent Hunt!”



It’s time for the “silent hunt”… that’s what people in Eastern Europe and Russia call the search for mushrooms in the autumn forest. Everybody has their “secret spots” hidden from all others… as you can see, hoo boy, the haul is humongous. Just about everybody dries most of them for the winter. As for me, I’m partial to gribi (mushrooms) any way that I can get them… I’m not picky… get yer grubbies on and get on out there!


Sunday, 28 August 2016

URA! Today is Miner’s Day!

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Miner’s Day 28 August 2016… the last Sunday of August is the professional holiday of our courageous miners; people whose hard work is the key to successful economic development. For more than half a century, Russia and other former Soviet republics celebrated Miner’s Day, paying tribute to the selfless work of the glorious army of thousands of miners. Coalmining has been one of the key sectors of the Russian economy, providing fuel for both business and ordinary people. The quantity and quality of the extracted coal will affect the heat in our apartments this winter, not only locally, but also throughout the country. Miner’s Day officially began in the USSR with a proposal by coal industry officials A F Zasyadko and D G Onika on 10 September 1947. The first Miner’s Day celebration was 29 August 1948. The name that probably comes to mind in talking about miners is A G Stakhanov. On 31 August 1935, Stakhanov, thanks to the special organisation of the job, set a record… in 5 hours 35 minutes he extracted 102 tonnes of coal… 14 times the norm. Since that time, we’ve seen the words “Stakhanovite”, “Stakhanov movement”, and ” Stakhanovite work”. For coal-mining towns and districts such as Inta, Karaganda, Donetsk, Kemerovo, and Novokuznetsk, Miner’s Day is an important holiday and they celebrate it with concerts and folk festivals. In Kemerovo Oblast, well-known music groups and other folk artists come to perform on this holiday. The celebration traditionally ends with fireworks. Today, coalminers celebrate Miner’s Day in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Ukraine, and Belarus. I sincerely greet all workers in the extractive industry on their holiday. Thanks to your work, courage, and professionalism, our homes have warmth and comfort.

28 August 2016



Monday, 16 May 2016

16 May 2016. What Groupthink Does to (Originally) Good People

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People outside of the Beltway can hardly imagine the Alice in Wonderland Cloud-Cuckoo Land that is the District (Washington DC). The strangest notions reside there… many of them planted by interested pressure groups. In re Russian policy, three pressure groups guide American policy, not reality. Most people are well aware of the Jewish Lobby, but I’m not going to discuss that here (others have done so… sadly, Anti-Semitism mars too much of that commentary). Two pressure groups that exert much effort in influencing policy in Washington are the Balts (Estonian, Latvian, and Baltic German anti-communist émigrés) and “Ukrainians” (actually Galician Uniates and schismatics).

For instance, the Galicians have a fictive narrative about the current junta in the Ukraine. All US government apparats and their apparatchiks must follow it, even in private affairs, or they lose their situations, simply put. Recently, on Facebook, I ran into someone calling themselves “Craig Cartier”… what was interesting was that this person repeated the Uniate bullshit line chapter and verse. You know it all… Russia planned the current crisis… Yatsenyuk fled to Moscow… Russia staged the Novorossiya and Crimean referenda… Russian troops are in Novorossiya… that same old diseased and false story. The Uniates always blame Russians for everything (they probably lay the blame for the heartbreak of psoriasis and bad breath in dogs on Russians, too).

What’s important in this is that not only deluded apparatchiks like Mr Cartier swallow this whole… one finds that even more level-headed sorts repeat it and call it true. You must understand that it’s very difficult to swim against any tide… but it’s doubly hard if one loses one’s reputation (if not livelihood) over it. What made Mr Cartier’s commentary interesting is that if it were correct, it’d be a major security breach involving classified material, but since it was just windy bullshit, it was just a sign of an ambitious and conforming ignoranus kowtowing to the Galician nutter narrative. It was interesting that a more grounded person defended this poseur, but, again, do understand that if one doesn’t support the given narrative, bad things tend to happen.

Don’t expect the truth from certain sorts. In some cases, they know the truth, but they can’t speak it because it’s inexpedient. In other cases, they know the truth, but they won’t speak it, out of ambition. In still others, they’re the proverbial “frog boiled by degrees”; they don’t realise that they lie and defend a rotten cause. They truly believe that they’re speaking the truth. The last are the saddest of the lot. They’re dupes. I’d call the first group moral cowards and weak… they cause bad, but don’t intend it. The second group is the worst… they know the truth and do evil, without regard for the consequence. This group is demonic.

Have a care… the times are NOT good. Always ask, “Cui bono?” Besides that, look to see if they’re free to act on the truth or not. In all-too-many cases, they’re not…


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