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Monday, 1 September 2014

Feinstein Sez Sanctions Won’t Bite

00 Goodbye America. 29.05.14


US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said in an interview with NBC that Western sanctions against Russia due to the situation in Novorossiya would be ineffective, saying, “People say, ‘Well, just wait till the sanctions bite and the economy slips’. I don’t think so. The Russians are very brave and very long-suffering, and they’d tough out any economic difficulty”. She said that Russians support President V V Putin, so the Western sanctions won’t affect popular attitudes towards government policy. Her solution for settling the crisis in Novorossiya would be direct talks with the Russian leadership. The relations between Russia and the West deteriorated due to the Ukrainian situation. In late July, the EU and the USA introduced sanctions against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted food imports from countries that imposed sanctions against it, namely, the USA, the EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway. The ban included beef, pork, poultry, sausages, fish, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and some other products.

1 September 2014

Rossiya Segodnya



Saturday, 28 December 2013

Who’s More Fallible on Economics: Paul Ryan or Pope Francisco?

00 Mother Jones to Wet Willy Romney. 28.12.13


Last week, US Representative Paul Ryan (RWI) said about Pope Francisco Bergoglio, the head of the Catholic Church, “The guy’s from Argentina; they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina”. With a wave of Ryan’s hand, he swept away the tension between his political stance and his faith… the conduit of an omniscient God simply doesn’t know what real capitalism looks like. As Politico pointed up, Pope Francisco keeps saying things that are outside the Republican Party‘s economic worldview. In November, we figured that Francisco’s criticism of capitalism might bring him into tension with Ryan; after all, saying that trickle-down economics “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralised workings of the prevailing economic system” essentially condemns Ryan’s political orthodoxy.

Ryan offered his response in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel… somewhat amusingly focused on his support for a casino in the state. He said, “The guy’s from Argentina; they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina. They have crony capitalism in Argentina. They don’t have a true free enterprise system”. Ryan seems to suggest that one can’t comment on another country’s economic system without having lived there for an extended period. Francisco’s social views aren’t a small problem for American conservatives. Earlier this month, NBC and The Wall Street Journal polled Americans on their views about the new pope. Nearly two-thirds of Democrats approved of the job he’s doing; fewer than half of Republicans did. Religion is central in much of American conservative philosophy, so, having the leader of one particularly influential religion directly attacking the GOP‘s economic ideology could leave rightwingers a bit unsettled.

For Ryan, it’s particularly bad. As 2016 approaches, he’s trying to reposition himself as a champion of the poor, even earning a laudatory profile in BuzzFeed for his efforts. As Jonathan Chait points up in New York, Ryan’s born-again commitment to the poor isn’t a new talking point. In Chait’s words, “It might seem odd that Ryan’s determination to keep his love of the poor quiet would nevertheless leak out in the media, over and over again. It’s impossible to disprove the suggestion that Ryan has grown obsessed with helping the poor. However, what exactly does this mean? He’s devoted his entire career to policies that would, as first-order effects, increase the incomes of the rich, and decrease the incomes of the poor. Ryan has always argued that the first-order effects are less important than the deeper incentives he’d unleash… cutting taxes for the rich and reducing subsidies for the poor would make both work harder”.

Those are the sort of policies Pope Francisco explicitly commented upon. To which Ryan feebly responds, “Yeah, well, Argentina’s lame”. As he puts together his presidential campaign team, expect to see a staff member whose only job is to keep an eye out for white smoke coming from a chimney in St Peter’s Square.

26 December 2013

Philip Bump

The Wire


Editor’s Note:

Francisco Bergoglio tied up the Righties’ nicks in a knot. They make all kinds of noise about how “religious” they are… now, one of the most major religious figures in the world says, in essence, “Thou fools and hypocrites! Depart from me and go into the outer darkness where there’s wailing and gnashing of teeth, to your father in Hell”. Ryan’s particularly torpedoed… he’s revealed as a piss-poor Catholic who believes more in Ayn Rand’s maunderings than in the teachings of Our Lord Christ. Since he spits on Our Lord Christ… is Dolan going to refuse Ryan communion publicly for attacking the Catholic Church’s teachings and its leader? Don’t hold your breath… the Catholic hierarchy doesn’t take the “seamless garment” concept seriously any more… it’s become a “tattered garment”, as they obsequiously repeat the Republican Party’s godless Me First ideology. It’s why I’ll have nothing to do with the so-called US “Pro-Life” movement.

One of the main reasons why Democrats favour Pope Francisco is that there’s a higher percentage of Catholics in Democratic ranks than there are in the Republican Party. The GOP has made itself into a “sectarian-friendly” body, which means that it has a very high proportion of anti-Catholic Know Nothings amongst its base. It’s become the default Party of Evangelicals, Mormons, and other sectarians. Ergo, of course, they don’t like Francisco. They’re nutters who believe that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon (and that all of the rest of us will roast in Hell after the Judgement). Therefore, the Republican reaction against the pope is more a result of their religious lunacy, not their politics (which is why Orthodox shouldn’t have anything to do with Evangelicals and their ilk).

Yes, the Righties are “religious”… but without any relation to Real Christianity, the Real Church, or the Real Christ (Jayzuss isn’t Jesus… do ponder that). Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity…. don’t forget WHO said that…



Friday, 6 July 2012

6 July 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Bear Drove It… Into the Nearest Pillar

The Bear Drove It… Into the Nearest Pillar

Sergei Yolkin



Yolkin’s original caption in Russian, сказка “Теремок” means “Fairy Tale of the Mansion”… a very well-known Russian folk-tale (click here for one version), which was made into a multifilm, not once, but four times… in 1937, 1945, 1971, and 1995. Of course, the main character’s a bear… it’s as well-known to Russians as The Three Bears is to Americans.


1971 multifilm


1995 multifilm


NBC reported on Wednesday that a curious bear in California got into a Toyota Prius and drove it into the nearest pillar. An unusual “crime” occurred at the house that the McCarthy family rented for their holiday at Lake Tahoe. One night, the head of the family, Brian McCarthy, looked out the window and saw someone fumbling in his parked Prius, so he called “911”. When he looked out of the window again, his car wasn’t there anymore. As it turned out, an adult bear had climbed into the car, and he tried for quite some time to get out. The animal tore up the entire interior of the car in his efforts to get free. Then, the bear turned the hand brake and the car rolled into the nearest stone pillar in the lawn next door. After this “accident”, the bear managed to get out of the car, and he hid in the forest.

 14 September 2011

Sergei Novosti



Wednesday, 31 August 2011

31 August 2011. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up…

THIS is the world of the rightwing nutters… Orthodox people should realise that THIS is what JP, Webster, Potapov, Dreher, Mattingly, and Whiteford want to impose on Christ’s Church…


I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, “Are you going to start listening to me here?”

Michele Bachmann


I’ll guarantee you Obama was hoping this was going to be a disaster as another excuse for his failing economy… If he’s out there blaming tsunamis, if he’s blaming earthquakes, and whatever natural disasters there are, this one was made to order, but it just didn’t measure up.

Rush Limbaugh


How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? … If you’ve waited [to prepare and stockpile food], this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you… as was the earthquake last week… it’s God reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen.

Glenn Beck


FEMA‘s “system of bureaucratic centralized economic planning… is a policy that is deeply flawed… I want to transition us out of this dependency… The whole idea of FEMA is a gross distortion of insurance. It’s so far removed from the market and what insurance should be about… There is no magic about FEMA.

Ron Paul


We will find the money if there is a need for additional monies [for FEMA disaster relief. But] those monies are not unlimited, and what we’ve always said is we offset that which has already been funded.

Translation: No disaster relief funds without equivalent spending cuts.

Eric Cantor


All the above taken from:



Here’s something related:

Former VP Cheney Defends Practice of Waterboarding

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there’s no contradiction in advocating harsh interrogation tactics against suspected US enemies and opposing those practises when used against American citizens. Cheney was asked about a hypothetical case in which Iran would decide to use waterboarding on an American suspected of spying. Cheney replied, “I think we’d object on the grounds that we have obligations to our citizens”. Cheney, who’s promoting his new memoir In My Time, has been associated with waterboarding, considered by many to be torture. Asked on NBC television‘s Today show if he was embracing a double-standard, he said, “These aren’t American citizens”. In the interview that aired Tuesday morning, Cheney also conceded he’d been a lightning rod for criticism during the Bush administration. “I’m Darth Vader”, he said, referring to a movie villain.

30 August 2011


As quoted in Yahoo News


Editor’s Note:

Mr Cheney said, “I think we’d object on the grounds that we have obligations to our citizens”. He’s hoist on his own petard, isn’t he? If this doesn’t show you that the rightwingers are nothing but godless and self-absorbed “might makes right” nihilists, nothing will. Don’t let their cries of “Jayzuss” fool you…



Here’s the proper reply to all of the above horseshit:

Irene and Heartless GOP/Tea Party’s Politically Motivated Disaster Budget Offset Demands

Excuse me, but if a government doesn’t take care of its people in a time of true crisis, what exactly is its purpose? GOP/Tea Party House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Presidential Candidate Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) both competed Sunday for “heartless bastard of the year” honours by declaring on US national television repeatedly, the USA shouldn’t be in the business of bailing out those whose property was damaged by Hurricane Irene unless further politically motivated budget cuts and offsets were found beforehand? Now FEMA’s budget will become a fall GOP/Tea Party blackmail-laced political football just like air safety was at the beginning of the summer. Moreover, all of this because spending on so many disasters has already used up all of their money. Excuse me for rarely using an obscenity, but what the fuck are they thinking?

This was Cantor’s third foray into this murky pool this calendar year alone having earlier made similar remarks following last week’s earthquake, which largely and karma- or comically (your choice) affected his constituency home district! (They just are so proud of him!) He started this meme before the bodies were discovered, recovered and buried following the horrific levelling this spring of Joplin MO, Tuscaloosa AL, and other parts of the south and Midwest USA by tornadoes. Every time he opens his mouth, I’m completely gobsmacked by what spews out.

Can you imagine in 1953 (and again in the 1980s), the Dutch Tweede Kamer saying to thousands of people flooded and clinging to rooftops by the failure of the dyke system, we’ll get out there to rescue you when Parliament is done debating offset cuts. Hang in there? Not only did the government help those people, it built the world’s most sophisticated system of water and tide management dykes to prevent a recurrence. In the USA, the Army Corp of Engineers still can’t protect New Orleans and admits the levees there will likely fail again.

Or, what if the Japanese Diet followed the same GOP/Tea Party logic and said after the tsunami, “Sorry, you’ll have to wait because we need to find budget offsets before we dispatch rescue crews to help you find your loved ones washed away, and that gentleman clinging to your roof 60 miles out to sea, we need to have a discussion on whether or not to expend the fuel to save you? Oh, you farmers harmed by nuclear radiation? No subsidies for you until we take it out of the school system’s budget, those collective bargaining extravagant teachers are the cause of all things evil?”

Even Communist China, after the massive Szechuan 8.0 earthquake had killed 70,000 people, mobilised unprecedented government efforts to help survivors. They’ve rebuilt and made 500 billion dollars (14.45 trillion Roubles. 346 billion Euros. 306 billion UK Pounds) in investments in trains and infrastructure, while Cantor’s party cannot even debate let alone approve funds or taxes to build/save existing crumbling bridges and roadways?

As British PM David Cameron is learning the hard way, mindless cuts and austerity come with a price. Cutting police and tying their hands behind their back with paperwork created a disastrous riot situation a few weeks ago. What if, instead of ideological cuts (that haven’t saved a penny and, indeed, have cost the treasury money) out of the box 15-months ago, the PM instead said to Deputy Dawg PM and human paintball target Nick Clegg, “We’re not going to cut anything until you do what Al Gore did in 1993 and ’94. As Deputy PM, I want you to go department by department and take on the Civil Service. Your remit is but one thing, cut all waste, fraud, and abuse across the UK government. Then, we’ll tally it all up and see what we need”.

Labour would’ve been hard pressed to fight any of those actions and might even have signed on for the good of the country. OK, that last line was a bridge too far… but the poisonous nature of politics today isn’t solving any of the big issues needing “courageous” attention, Minister. The UK and US are on a slippery slope to decades of decline unless real leadership is found across the board. At least here in the EU though, when people are in true need from a disaster, we rally around and help each other.

So, to the grieving parents of the 11-year old boy killed when a tree fell on his apartment in Newport News, Virginia leaving them bereaved and homeless; the hundreds of homeowners whose houses and roofs were destroyed or taken away by the powerful sea; and the 2 million people on the east coast without electrical power… if Eric and Ron have their way? You’re on your own. Since I started with an obscenity, I’ll blow the publication’s £1 in the swear jar for each usage wad in this one article. “Compassionate conservatism, my ass”. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

29 August 2011

Denis Campbell

UK Progressive



Editor’s Note:

Let’s start with an aside to Orthodox Christians… Rod Dreher, Freddie M-G, Terrence Mattingly, Jonas Paffhausen, Stephen Freeman, Patrick Reardon, Victor Potapov, Alexander Webster, and John Whiteford are all rightwing fanatics unworthy of our support. They stand in opposition to what our Church actually teaches… they prefer to support the godless and Satanic programme of the American rightwing… they want to smash their boot full-force into the faces of the poor and unemployed in order to curry favour with their richer parishioners (in Fathausen’s case, his father was a “real estate developer”, one of the more feral varieties of “middlemen” out there). Don’t tell me how “nice” they are… Ray Velencia, Sam Greene, Panteleimon Metropoulos, and Gleb Podmoshensky were “nice guys”, too (you can’t tell the goodness of someone by their seeming niceness… the ignorant children haven’t learnt that yet).

As for the general tenor of the people quoted above… they’re “people without chests”, as C S Lewis so famously put it. They DEMAND that all the rest of us sacrifice so that they can live in comfort and ease. They, on the other hand, not only will NOT sacrifice anything, they intend to take MORE. If you listen to Rightwing Talk Radio (any of ‘em… they’re all the same), you listen to Satan’s propaganda, pure and unrefined. That’s why we must fight this corrosive hate with all our forces (an aside to Orthodox: that’s why we must fight JP, Potapov, Webster, and Whiteford… it’s why we must destroy the influence of their lies)… it’s why we must see to it that we silence such filth and make them harmless. If not, Satan laughs… and he’ll do so by using “religion”… fancy that…


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