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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

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

OFFICIAL Congratulations from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev to Fidel Castro on the 90th Anniversary of His Birth

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OFFICIAL

Señor Fidel Castro Ruz

Dear Comandante!

On the day of your 90th birthday, please, accept my heartfelt congratulations on this significant date. The Lord gave you long life. Over the years, you gained valuable governing experience, you earned great prestige both in your homeland and abroad, and you wrote your name in the annals of Cuban and world history. Largely due to your personal involvement, the Russian and Cuban peoples developed friendly relations. The Russian Orthodox Church is grateful to you for your attention to Orthodox Christians in Cuba and for your help with the construction project of a new church for the parish of the Kazan Wonderworking Icon of the Most Holy Birthgiver in Havana. I have good memories of our meetings, especially, my warm fellowship with you during my visit to “the Island of Liberty” this last February. On this festive day, I wish you bodily health, peace of mind, and help from the Lord on the path of life.

Sincerely,

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Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church

13 August 2016

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13 August 2016. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… Viva Cuba! Viva Fidel!

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Don’t forget to congratulate Fidel!

The greatest Cuban Comandante, he left an indelible mark in 20th-century world politics. He was a great friend of the USSR, but he was an implacable foe to all American Presidents. The Americans made many attempts on his life… 38 times by Eisenhower, 42 times by Kennedy, 72 times by Johnson, 184 times by Nixon, 64 times by Carter, 197 times by Reagan, 16 times by Bush Sr, and 21 times by Clinton. Castro’s elimination became a kind of obsession for the USA… they used poisoned cigarettes, an Aqualung with TB bacillus in its air-cylinders, and bombs in baseballs, pens, and syringes… just to name a few. A White House memo stated, “Nothing else has more importance; we must invest the money, time, manpower, and effort to do this”. Comandante Fidel himself, commenting on an assassination attempt, once said, “If the ability to survive all these attacks was an Olympic sport, I’d have won a gold medal in it”.

13 August 2016

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

29 May 2016. Does Orthodoxy Bless Capitalism?

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HH with one of his old-time bosom pals… Comrade Fidel! HH doesn’t hang out with godless rightwing trash like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rod Dreher, Chilly Hilly, or Butcher Biden… he hangs out with Comrade Fidel and wants the world to know it!

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I saw this on FB:

Supporting worker co-ops? Clearly, the IOCC isn’t seeking ideological approval from the Acton Institute. The natural economic inclinations of Orthodoxy are distributist, agrarian, and communitarian. The idea that Free-Market Neoliberal Capitalism is natural to Orthodoxy is so absurd as to barely be worth correcting. Almost as absurd as the fact that one keeps having to, over, and over, and over… it’s unnatural and bad news… you don’t need to be Orthodox to see its folly. Then again, a farce can fool anyone.

Orthodoxy has always upheld the regulatory function of the state as it believes that mankind isn’t only fallen, but quite unable to right that state on its own. The Church has NEVER held the view that the state should only have a limited role, as that assumes mankind’s perfectibility, which is an utter and brazen heresy. In short, Orthodoxy CONDEMNS everything held by the contemporary western “conservative” faction… a godless, mercenary, and self-centred creed, if there ever was such. The konvertsy such as Dreher and Whiteford lie… they all lie… they’ve made up a fabulous and pernicious “religious” fable to go along with their perverted political fancies… oh… they ARE against abortion and homosexuality… they believe that makes them “moral”. I think that their conceit is mistaken… I’m not alone in thinking that way…

BMD

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