Say what you will about Pooty…the Russians know how to put on a Parade! Here’s the 2015 День Победы Version: 70 YEARS! Run time is approximately 1:21:34.
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Filed under Communism, History, OOT, Orthodox Christianity, Russia, World War II at May 9th, 2015 - 10:00 pm
Say what you will about Pooty…the Russians know how to put on a Parade! Here’s the 2015 День Победы Version: 70 YEARS! Run time is approximately 1:21:34.
Filed under Orthodox Christianity, Russia at April 2nd, 2015 - 10:09 pm
1389 Blog had a brief story on this church in 2013:
The Most Remote Orthodox Church in the World.
Russian Orthodox priest Sophrony Kirilov, walks to the Holy Trinity Church, on King George Island, Antarctica. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Sophrony Kirilov pulls hard on the strings of the heavy Russian bells from inside the world’s southernmost Eastern Orthodox church, calling to Mass anybody wanting to pray on this remote Antarctic island.
Priest Sophrony Kirilov pulls on the strings of the heavy Russian bells
The 38-year-old Russian priest is clad in a loose black robe and a vest dotted with patches of penguins and seals, marking his four years of service at the bottom of the world. Although he often misses his family and the dark winters are hard, Kirilov says there is no place he feels closer to God than in this frigid land.
“In the world there’s no tranquility and silence. But here, it’s quiet enough,” Kirilov said inside the Holy Trinity Church.
The small wooden building is perched precariously on a rocky hill above a smattering of pre-fabricated houses for scientists and service workers who call this frozen continent home, at least part of the year. Kirilov, who also works as a carpenter and mason at the Russian Bellingshausen base, says his passion for Antarctica is deeply connected to his love for the lonely building.
Russian priests here rotate in for yearlong stints, primarily to celebrate Mass [more properly called Liturgy] for the workers on the Russian base, who number between 15 and 30 at a time. The priests also welcome any of the island’s other inhabitants, about 100 in winter when temperatures can plunge to -13 Fahrenheit (-25 Celsius), and 500 in the still-chilly summer months.
The greyish clapboard church was first built in Russia from Siberian cedar planks treated to withstand the frosts and harsh wind. It was then disassembled and shipped log-by-log, “like Lego blocks,” to Antarctica, said Alejo Contreras, a Chilean Antarctic explorer who witnessed the construction and consecration in 2004. To protect it from strong winds, it is bound to the nearby rocky mountain with chains.
In the summer, tourists and the staff of the international stations brave strong winds to hike up here, leaving snowy, muddy boots at the entrance. Some pray in silence, standing or kneeling because there are no pews in the boxy interior, while others marvel at the gold-leaf iconostasis screen of icons painted with bearded saints and winged angels in vivid colors.
The inside of the holy Trinity church (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)
During Sunday service, Kirilov reads from the scriptures in Russian and sings in an angelic voice…
Filed under Academia, Economy, History, Politics, Russia, Special Report at December 19th, 2014 - 8:21 pm
As this is a special report, Please take your time and read the following article here before commenting, it is worth you effort:
…I thought the economic problems of Russia would be foremost on people’s minds. The plunge of the ruble, the decline in oil prices, a general slowdown in the economy and the effect of Western sanctions all appear in the West to be hammering the Russian economy. Yet this was not the conversation I was having. The decline in the ruble has affected foreign travel plans, but the public has only recently begun feeling the real impact of these factors, particularly through inflation.
But there was another reason given for the relative calm over the financial situation, and it came not only from government officials but also from private individuals and should be considered very seriously. The Russians pointed out that economic shambles was the norm for Russia, and prosperity the exception. There is always the expectation that prosperity will end and the normal constrictions of Russian poverty return….
Filed under Caturday, Open thread, Russia at December 13th, 2014 - 12:00 pm
Published on Dec 9, 2014 by ПримаМедиа ТВ
During the night, a ginger cat sneaked into a sea food store at Vladivostok airport and treated itself to fish from the deli counter. The animal’s feast, which included squid and flatfish, was worth 60,000 rubles – some $1,100.
The feline burglar also went for the dried octopus – he torn up the packaging, but couldn’t quite get to the food inside. The shop owners still had to count the costs because the sealing on the packages was broken.
“The cat made its way inside the counter, and ate and nibbled the goods, scratched and wrecked the packaging around the squid and dried fish,” a shop assistant told Ria Novosti agency.
The shop was forced to write off the entire fish counter the cat had laid its paws on, to comply with sanitary rules. The store at Vladivostok international airport in Russia’s Far East was thoroughly disinfected, its owners promised the local PrimaMedia news.
The cat’s Friday feast was spotted and filmed by airport staff, who were amused by the gluttonous animal for some time before calling the shop owners. It’s still unknown how the animal sneaked his way into fishy heaven.
While shop assistants say the animal is homeless and lives near the airport, sometimes coming into the terminal for warmth and to be fed, the airport says the presence of any unsupervised animals on the premises is strictly forbidden due to security regulations.
A special order has been issued, and a company has been appointed to keep stray animals out, the airport’s press service said, adding that the cat might have been lost by one of the passengers. The blame lies completely with the shop, the airport said.
Filed under America, Canada, Elections 2010, Elections 2012, Humor, immigration, Immigration, Mexico, Politics, Russia, Satire, Special Report at November 22nd, 2014 - 10:54 pm
Mexico allows Central and South American immigrants to pass through her borders on 72 hour visas, and most of those people are headed for the porous southern border of the US. As these illegal immigrants pour in, local pressure builds, and now there’s another movement happening at the US – Canadian Border. Canadians don’t like it.
Here’s the full transcript from The Manitoba Herald 1 December 2010:
Border Fence Proposed
by Clive Runnels
The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The recent actions of the Tea Party and the fact Republicans won the Senate are prompting an exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, and to agree with Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.
Canadian border farmers say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, animal-rights activists and Unitarians crossing their fields at night. “I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said Southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. The producer was cold,exhausted and hungry. He asked me if I could spare a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”
In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields. “Not real effective,” he said. “The liberals still got through and Rush annoyed the cows so much that they wouldn’t give any milk.”
Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals near the Canadian border, pack them into Volvo station wagons, and drive them across the border where they are simply left to fend for themselves. “A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Ontario border patrolman said. “I found one carload without a single bottle of imported drinking water. They did have a nice little Napa Valley cabernet, though.” When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing loudly that they fear retribution from conservatives. Rumors have been circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer and watch NASCAR races.
In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in powdered wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior-citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ’50s. “If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.
Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage and are renting all the Michael Moore movies. “I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said. “How many art-history majors does one country need?”
In an effort to ease tensions between the United States and Canada, Vice President Biden met with the Canadian ambassador and pledged that the administration would take steps to reassure liberals. A source close to President Obama said, “We’re going to have some Paul McCartney and Peter, Paul & Mary concerts. And we might even put some endangered species on postage stamps. The President is determined to reach out,” he said.
The US and Canada are not the only countries experiencing an influx of illegal immigrants crossing their southern borders. Check out this image from Vladikavkaz, Russia:
If the Theory of Global Worming is true, there’s going to be a massive influx of people from all regions south of the Arctic Circle, judging from the current migration patterns.
Sure, Canada has Molson’s and poutine, but I’m gonna stay put and watch the parade. By the way, The Manitoba Herald folded in 1877, there is no such person named Clive Runnels, and I am not the author of the quoted satirical article. Go figger.
Filed under Conservatism, Russia, The Political Right at August 13th, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Two of my pet peeves in life have long been the substitution of cliche for coherent statement and snark for debate. These things represent the scoundrel’s way out of a losing hand. They’re deflections, illusions, misdirections, or more to the point, simply dishonesties, all dressed up and placed into the arena meant for ideas, as if they really belonged there. The perfect example of snark being substituted for debate would be President Obama’s statement to Mitt Romney that the 1980’s had called and asked for their foreign policy back when discussing the topic of continued Russian aggression during the 2012 Presidential Debates.
History of course has proven once again that Mitt Romney was correct in his assertion, as he was with just about everything else that came up during that campaign. History has showed also that Barack Obama was wrong, and disastrously so, just like he was on almost every statement that he made during that campaign. Now, you may be asking yourself, “what difference, at this point does it make who was right and who was wrong.” I could give you a snarky answer, but that just wouldn’t fit well within the context of what I’ve written so far. Instead, I’d like to show you what difference at this point it makes.
From the Hot Air article linked to above:
According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, U.S. defense officials are warning that Russian strategic nuclear bombers have conducted no less than 16 incursions into American airspace in just a 10-day period. Gertz characterizes this uptick in the number of times American airspace has been penetrated by Russian air assets as an “unusually sharp increase.”
“The numerous flight encounters by Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers prompted the scrambling of U.S. jet fighters on several occasions, and come amid heightened U.S.-Russia tensions over Ukraine,” the report read.
Barack Obama’s statement that there is no cold war, or that the Russians are nothing to worry about given the suddenly increased sinister tone taken by her KGB raised leader will be of little comfort to the American Citizens living in Alaska watching Russian Long range bombers flying over head en route to points further East, meaning Canada and the contiguous 48. Be assured America, the Bamster is defending us against the really terrible enemies of the American people, Global Warming and the Tea Party. And while that may have been my own example of snark, rest assured it is rooted in a terribly important train of thought. Namely, that in serious times, we need for our leaders to be serious people, a luxury Americans have not enjoyed since January of 2009. While that may actually be our fault, having voted twice for this current group of crisis pimps, we are, thanks to our Constitutional form of governance still capable of addressing this mistake via future elections.
Maybe this was part of the understanding Vladimir Putin took from Obama’s private message via Medvedev, that after the Narcissist in Chief faced his last election, he would have greater flexibility to look the other way when ever Vladimir felt emboldened to test our borders and resolve through increasing levels of provocative action. the only sense in which we are not engaged in a new Cold War is that it takes two sides to be engaged in such. So far, we have not only failed to respond to Russia’s aggressive behavior, but have signaled that we clearly have zero intentions of changing that.
Evil loves a vacuum, and creating those seems thus far to be the only thing Barack Obama has proven himself to be even remotely competent. For those of you who are still in the Vladimir is not evil fan club, let me just add a couple of things. Vladimir is not the entirety of the Russian People. I know a lot of Russians, most of whom are staunch free marketeers and politically conservative. They hate Socialism and remember its ravages well. Vladimir knows how to seize power without the support of the citizenry over which he rules, and lives his life free of the baggage that poor world opinion carries. The other thing to consider is the organization that raised Vladimir, and created him. More on that will be explained in the video below, from Bill Whittle’s new site, TruthRevolt.org.
Vladimir is playing, “Thermo Global Nuclear War,” to borrow the reference from that liberal preach fest of a movie entitled, “War Games,” and our President is playing Checkers. When a sitting President sends a message back to Vladimir via a foreign dignitary, that Vladimir should quiet things down to help him get reelected, it is quite possible that Vladimir may have read that to mean that said President was nothing more than a self absorbed pompous narcissist with nothing deeper on his mind than his own vanity. Such is the measure of our current leader, and Russia’s current leader is taking full advantage of that.
The consequence to all of this is that our air space is now being used as a military training ground for the Russian Air Force. Fear not though, I hear that our own military is trolling the Arctic trying to find evidence that Global Warming is real. This despite the recent set back, a revelation that the NOAA, who controlled the actual temperature data and won’t let anyone else see the raw numbers, faked at least half of their measurements in order to show us all how real it actually is. When those peace loving Russians decide to accidentally drop the bombs held in the bellies of those bombers flying over our nation, our armed forces will be too busy protecting us from thermometer readings and free speech advocates to do a gosh darned thing about it. So, I hope Vladimir wishes to go no further than his latest examples of provocation. History however has zero actual examples of such characters declaring, I’ve gone far enough. Maybe Putin will be the first. That after all is our only hope until at least January of 2017.
Filed under Al Qaeda, Albania, Bosnia, British Islamic Jihadists, Chechnya, Iraq, Islam, Islamic Invasion, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Jihad, Kosovo, Sharia (Islamic Law), Special Report, Syria, Terrorism at August 8th, 2014 - 7:47 pm
Vice News was able to embed a reporter with ISIS and record this documentary.
Filed under Al Qaeda, British Islamic Jihadists, Chechnya, Gaza, Hezballah, IDF, Iran, Iraq, Islamic Invasion, Islamic Supremacism, Islamists, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, NIGERIA, Syria at August 4th, 2014 - 10:02 am
ISIS continues to expand its reach in the Middle East. In Iraq they seized a major dam and several villages from Kurdish forces. In Lebanon ISIS along with their rival Nusra Font have combined to seize territory in Lebanon centered around the town of Arsal. They are now clashing with the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah.
ISLAMIC State (Isis) fighters have seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June.
Capture of the Mosul Dam after an offensive of barely 24 hours could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major Iraqi cities, sharply raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki’s Shi’ite-led government.
sis fighters have also been involved in violent exchanges with Lebanese armed forces around a border town in a push to dislodge the biggest incursion by militants into Lebanon since Syria’s civil war began.
At least ten Lebanese soldiers have died in the fighting, which erupted after Islamist gunmen seized a local police station on Saturday in response to the arrest of their commander, security officials said.
An unknown number of militants and civilians have also been killed, and security sources say at least 16 members of Lebanon’s security forces have been taken captive.
The gunmen in Arsal include fighters linked to the Islamic State (Isis), the al Qaeda offshoot that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, as well as Syria’s al Qaeda branch, the Nusra Front.
ISIS and its allies are now battling on multiple fronts Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Nigeria where Boko Harram has pledges allegiance and Libya. The self describe Caliphate has shattered the Iranian led Shiite crescent and are threatening Jordan. This organization is a cancer that is spreading. ISIS believes it is reliving the 7th Century Jihad.
Filed under Christianity, Open thread, Orthodox Christianity, Politics, Progressives, Religion, Russia at June 4th, 2014 - 2:00 pm
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Gay Britons living in Russia, China and Serbia are now be able get married in the British consulate
Same sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are not legal including Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary.
The Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws.
Chris Bryant, the former Foreign office minister and openly gay Labour MP, said he hoped the move would be “celebrated” in countries like Russia where homosexuals face prejudice and persecution.
In June last year Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, signed into law a bill punishing people for homosexual “propaganda”.
The law imposed fines on those who disseminate information aimed at minors ‘directed and forming non-traditional sexual set-up’, or which may cause a ‘distorted understanding’ that gay and heterosexual relationships are equal.
Activists and celebrities have repeatedly called on Mr Putin to repeal the law but to no avail, while there were also calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year.
Mr Bryant said: “Part of the Foreign Office’s job is to export British values abroad. Just as people have been able to perform civil partnerships in countries like Australia, Russia and Iran, so now they can get married.
“Russia is meant to be a signatory top the European Convention of human rights. I hope that when they start seeing gay and lesbian couples getting married in the British consulate in Moscow they will celebrate rather than denigrate and persecute.
“There are many countries in the world where there is prejudice and active persecution against LGBT people. All too often the state and the church is complicit.”
The Foreign Office said that it is offering same-sex marriages in 23 countries where same sex marriage is not legal and “local authorities” have given permission for the ceremonies to be carried out.
Ruth Hunt, acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “This is a really positive step forward for same sex couples around the world.
“We look forward to a day when every single country will recognise these relationships in exactly the same way as marriages of heterosexual people.”
However, she pointed out that the marriages are not recognised under foreign law meaning that same-sex couples are denied many of the benefits of marriage.
* Same sex marriages can now take place in the British consulates of Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, and Vietnam.
And now, about the Church’s role in Russia, a good read. More defense of the traditional, the conservative, defense of Western Civ, if I may.
The search for an identity that began after the collapse of Communism remains a critical question for Russians. The Orthodox Church is the only institution that unites Russians with their “near abroad” and has survived throughout the country’s long history. Today, the state needs the church much more than vice-versa.
When foreigners convert to Orthodoxy, more often than not it is because they are impressed by the splendour and majesty of Russian liturgy.
They appreciate that strict Orthodox priests do not connive at human weaknesses or play up to the individual, accustomed to indulgence. They are attracted by the centuries-old spiritual tradition, which is inevitably conservative and inflexible but all the stronger for that.
It stands in stark contrast to the “flexibility” of Western Churches adapting to changing circumstances, which in many ways has left them today in a “social ghetto”.
The Russian faith, like the Russian revolution and like life in Russia itself, never condescends to the individual.
In the 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet system, the Russian Church has been rebuilt from ruins inhabited by shuffling old women and somewhat eccentric zealots into the most powerful body on the post-Soviet stage.
No other Russian social institution has experienced such a rising from the ashes. And no other country has seen such an obvious revival of faith as has occurred in Russia…
It is not the Church which has sought union with the state in recent years. Rather it is the state that has been eager to demonstrate its loyalty to the Church – and perhaps to seek its counsel.
It turned out that after the collapse of the Soviet Union only one institution – the Church – had ideas, understanding of what was happening and vision.
Russia is in search of its identity. It needs to re-establish key reference points that were lost in the Soviet period. And the Church, while not calling for the past to be restored, relies on traditional values that underpinned the life of Russian people for centuries, whether they were Christians, Muslims or adherents of other faiths.
When Patriarch Kirill is addressing believers he often uses the concept of Holy Russia. This is not simply a historical reference.
Today the Church is the only thing that binds together the peoples of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, as well as a number of other countries, despite their conflicts and squabbles – the only thing that makes them feel they are a single and indissoluble whole, a part of that spiritual and cultural space which is Russian Orthodox civilisation.
The Patriarch’s active stance on the post-Soviet scene is not Great Power nostalgia; it underlines his devotion to the common identity of Orthodoxy, which has no national or state borders…
Filed under Russia, Technology at May 12th, 2014 - 10:00 pm
Published on May 5, 2014 by SciShow
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