Voices from Russia

Thursday, 29 August 2013

29 August 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… HH in Novokuznetsk

00 Novokuznetsk. Russia. Patr Kirill. 29.08.13

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00 Novokuznetsk. Russia. Patr Kirill. 29.08.13a

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The top image is from HH’s blessing of the cornerstone of a Chapel of St Barbara (the patron saint of miners) at the Berezovsky Coal Mine in the Kuzbass. It’s ordinary people… working people… NOT investors… NOT McMansion dwellers… NOT “too big to failexecutives… just ordinary salt-of-the-earth sorts. The second image is from the consecration of the Church of the Resurrection, which is a Memorial Church honouring all the miners in the Kuzbass who died in work accidents. Get a load of that iconostas. It’s not a SVS minimalist “peek-a-boo” job, is it? You can see that the SVSniki lied when they said that the Church in the Rodina was going to follow their lead once it was free. Indeed, it’s been the exact opposite… TRADITION is in the driver’s seat… not Renovationism. All of Kochetkov’s horses and all of Men’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again…

BMD 

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Patriarch Kirill Called for Decent Living Conditions for Miners

00 Patriarch Kirill. Kemerovo. 28.08.13

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On Saturday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias arrived in Novokuznetsk, telling reporters at the airport, “The Kuzbass has a special place in the life of Russia. This region is a land of hard workers, a land of sobriety”. His Holiness visited the capital of the Kuzbass for Miners’ Day, meeting Kemerovo Oblast Governor Aman Tuleyev, thanking him for his support of the miners. Upon arrival in Novokuznetsk, Patriarch Kirill visited the Berezovsky coal mine where he consecrated a chapel in honour of St Barbara, the patron saint of miners. His Holiness met some 2,500 workers and their families, telling them, “The work of a miner is a podvig that underpins modern civilisation, for energy is the lifeblood of our civilisation. Society needs human ‘icebreakers’ to pave the way for others”. The Patriarch recognised miners’ labour, saying, “I know that your work, your sweat, and your blood are part of every kilowatt-hour of electricity and of every degree of heat. Our entire nation (народ) should be aware of this, and give great respect to miners’ labour”. Vladyki Kirill believes that the authorities must do everything to ensure that miners’ work is well-paid and that they have proper living and working conditions.

26 August 2013

InterfaxReligion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=52447

Editor’s Note:

You can stand with HH, who stands for the working people… or, you can stand with Potapov and Paffhausen and support the plutocrats. It’s your choice. Remember, the love of money is the root of all evil… and remember who tried to ally the Church with such questionable groups as the American Enterprise Institute (who favour profits over workers, dontcha know). Somehow, I don’t think that “Greed is good” and “The race goes to the swiftest” are compatible with Christianity. I believe that I’m NOT alone in thinking such…

BMD

Friday, 14 December 2012

Elephants Stranded in Siberia Saved by Vodka

00 cartoon elephant. 14.12.12

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What do you do if you’re stuck with two elephants on a Siberian highway, your elephant-transporting truck is burning, and the pachyderms are freezing in -40 degrees weather {-40 degrees Fahrenheit… the only place where the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales coincide: editor}? The correct answer is that you make them jog and give them vodka. A local official said that the problems started when the two Indian elephants, owed by a travelling Polish circus, were enroute from Novokuznetsk to Omsk in Novosibirsk Oblast late Thursday. The hay in the truck caught fire from the diesel generator heating the cargo section, where the elephants were. The truck had to be stopped and the elephants promptly released. They escaped the fire unharmed, but were left stranded on a Siberian highway in winter.

The handler made the animals jog so that they didn’t freeze. Meanwhile, the local authorities were alerted, and the animals moved into a heated garage nearby. As an added precaution, the elephants were served two cases of vodka mixed with warm water. The official told RIA-Novosti, “They roared like it was the jungle… they must’ve been happy”. A spokeswoman for the Omsk city circus said that the animals only suffered minor frostbite to their legs and tips of their ears, nothing that’d disrupt their performance schedule. Their handler was admitted to hospital, also with frostbite.

14 December 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121214/178159421.html

 

14 December 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Elephants Didn’t Do it for Fun; They Did it to Prevent Freezing to Death

00 Sergei Yolkin. The Elephants Didn’t Do it for Fun; They Did it to Prevent Freezing to Death. 2012

The Elephants Didn’t Do it for Fun; They Did it to Prevent Freezing to Death

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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For them not in the know, -40 is the only time where the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales intersect.

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Two elephants were dumped into the 40-degree frost (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) after the truck carrying them caught fire. To warm the animals, their trainer plied them with two cases of vodka mixed with warm water.

14 December 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20121214/914804345.html

Editor’s Note:

RIA-Novosti gets a Big Green Weenie Award on this one. In the Russian version (which I used), Yolkin portrayed the elephants with “red” trunks… the English version lacked this vital visual clue to drunkenness. Yolkin was making a visual “play” here and the ham-fisted English editor removed it, destroying the fun of the cartoon. The red trunks were a cue that these elephants were nothing but two drunks full of the usual “vodka wisdom”…  and the editor removed them! They must be related to somebody with blat… that’d explain why RIA would keep on such a klutz.

BMD 

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