Voices from Russia

Sunday, 26 February 2017

26 February 2017. We’re All Mad Here…

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

25 February 2017. A Tale of Two Images… Why It Pays to Vet EVERYTHING

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Here’s the original image… it’s all over the web…

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Here’s the version circulating on the RuNet… it’s very popular there, too

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I always vet my images, for I’ve found that often a viral image comes from a different source. That is, many viral images on the RuNet aren’t Russian in origin (as the above image illustrates). In most cases, there’s no intent to deceive or mislead, only a desire to share a striking or funny image. However, vetting is a good habit to get into… otherwise, you could believe the rot published in the NYT or WaPo or WSJ or Fox or CNN… when it’s mostly “fake news” pushing the oligarch POV. I always check American media stories against local media outlets; usually, it doesn’t pass the “smell test” (Rod Dreher and Sofiya Kishkovskaya are prime examples, from both ends of the ideological spectrum). Have a care… there are deceivers out there… most of them are “respectable”… they DO have an agenda (and they all have paymasters with definitely nefarious goals).

BMD

25 February 2017. From the Russian Web… It’s Maslenitsa! For ALL Of Us!

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I used the original caption from the original post I saw on vK. Maslenitsa is the last fling before the onset of the Great Lent. It’s our Russian Mardi Gras… it lasts the whole week before Clean Monday, the beginning of the fast. You party hearty until the cannon goes off at midnight… then, “Maslenitsa’s over! It’s Lent! It’s time to fast”. As everyone knows, “A house is not a home until there’s a cat in it”… such is our Russian folk wisdom. Therefore, even our cats and our other animals share in our festive mood, too. Maslenitsa has pagan roots, like so much else in traditional Christianity, but don’t let that make you drop it. That’s crackbrained… the Church has “baptised” many things, and Maslenitsa is one of them (besides being tonnes o’ fun). The last day of Maslenitsa coincides with the Sunday of Forgiveness on the formal Church calendar. We ask forgiveness of others and extend it to those who ask it of us. Besides this, the women of the family go to visit the family graves, asking forgiveness of the departed, laying blini on the grave (and sometimes pouring out some vodka, too). In country parts, many people do kindnesses to animals.

Christ came to transfigure and redeem the WHOLE world… not just mankind and not just “religious” things. Think on that…

BMD

Monday, 20 February 2017

20 February 2017. Bon Appétit les Minous…

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