Voices from Russia

Saturday, 4 July 2015

4 July 2015. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… The Mind of a Predator

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The Mind of a Predator

Vitaly Podvitsky

2015

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An aggressor is someone who attacks a particular country before the USA does. 

The lifting of economic sanctions against Cuba was a rare example of the US government critically assessing its actions. The USA lacks the capacity for critical self-examination. Rather, the truth is that they measure a politician’s intelligence by how long it takes for them to cover up their mistakes. If you react to a situation fifty years later, you may share the fate of brontosauruses that disappeared before they were able to correct their mistakes. To attempt to export your political system to countries with different cultures and traditions only leads to the fact that if your efforts prove unsuccessful, those countries become your enemies. If your attempts prove “successful”, all that you can do is to pull a country apart. One person whom I met at the rally gave me a very interesting definition of aggressor. It went like this… “An aggressor is someone who attacks a particular country before the USA does”.

Miloš Zeman

President of the Czech Republic

3 July 2015

Russian Bear Workshop Cartoons

https://www.facebook.com/podvitski/photos/a.1400528000216668.1073741828.1400519610217507/1609304459339020/?type=1&theater

Friday, 3 July 2015

The Cat Who “Mothered” an Abandoned Baby

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They Told Me That You’re My Mama

Taras Ryazantsev

2015

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The Cat from Obninsk became a world celebrity. Her portrait appeared in Russian and foreign media after she saved a baby that the mother abandoned at the entrance. The mother left the boy on a staircase in a box. The cat warmed it for several hours and licked the baby, trying to get people’s attention with loud meows.

17 January 2015

Masterskaya Karikatura

https://www.facebook.com/podvitski/photos/a.1400528000216668.1073741828.1400519610217507/1530790580523742/?type=1&theater

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Vox Pop from Facebook on “Conservative” Outing of Gays in the Church

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I saw this on Facebook… good stuff…

BMD

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Within my faith community there are some who’ve decided that “outing” other individuals is a Christian way of dealing with differences in sexual orientation. These messages are a response to that disturbing development, however, these quotes show Orthodox Christianity at its best and most authentic:

Enemies have driven me into Thine embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth; enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.

They’ve punished me, whenever I’ve hesitated to punish myself.

They’ve tormented me, whenever I’ve tried to flee torments.

They’ve scolded me, whenever I’ve flattered myself.

They’ve spat upon me, whenever I’ve filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and don’t curse them.

Whenever I’ve made myself wise, they’ve called me foolish.

Whenever I’ve made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.

Whenever I’ve wanted to lead people, they’ve shoved me into the background.

Whenever I’ve rushed to enrich myself, they’ve prevented me with an iron hand.

Whenever I thought that I’d sleep peacefully, they’ve wakened me from sleep.

Whenever I’ve tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they’ve demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Thine garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and don’t curse them.

Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:

so that my fleeing to Thee may have no return;

so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;

so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;

so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;

so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;

ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

One hates his enemies only when he fails to realise that they aren’t enemies, but cruel friends.

It’s truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world… friends or enemies.

Therefore, bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies.

A slave curses enemies, for he doesn’t understand, but a son blesses them, for he understands.

For a son knows that his enemies can’t touch his life.

Therefore, he freely steps amongst them and prays to God for them.

St Nikolaj Velimirović of Ohrid and Žiča

Prayers By the Lake (A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality, Volume 5)

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I posted this as a comment to the above:

Alex… are you ready to rumble? They want to take over the Church. Paffso, Whiteford, and Reardon… the Unholy Trinity… there’s more, but they’re the “Godfathers”. Shall we swallow a kopeck’s worth? I fear that we’ll down a rouble’s worth before it’s over.

There be dragons abroad… they mean what they say. I know this from personal experience. No one who doesn’t fit their idiosyncratic and Pretendodox criteria is fit for communion or even attendance at the Liturgy. Beware ALL who say, “I speak the truth in love”. Such people NEVER speak the truth nor do they EVER show any love (beyond their family circles and friends, that is, as our Lord Christ said, “Even the Pharisees do as much”). We live in perilous times. Have a care… I’m handing out the AKs, RPGs, axe handles, and dynamite at the back door…

BMD

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

24 June 2015. Translated Russian Caricature… The Ukrainian Media… Where Will We Put Our Shit Now?

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