What/Why is “Church”?

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Published on May 21, 2015 by Vassa Larin
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A brief, weekly catechetical program, based on the Byzantine liturgical calendar, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin, liturgiologist of the University of Vienna in Austria. This episode is on the Sunday preceding Pentecost, of the 318 Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council.

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Published on May 11, 2015 by securefreedom
It is not Islamophobia to tell the truth about Islam, or to mock it’s prophet. We must not let the jihadists stop free speech. Join the CounterJihad.

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Published on May 20, 2015 by The Joe Walsh Show
Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables.

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Published on May 13, 2015 by securefreedom
The President touts the Islamic Society of Boston as a model for his Countering Violent Extremism program. Then why are there at least 12 jihadis associated with it?

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Published on May 15, 2015 by PigMine 2
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May 14, 2015 – Syria’s director of antiquities has called for international help to save the ancient city of Palmyra before ISIL terrorists ruin it.

The terrorist group has advanced to the gates of the historical city, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction of the kind the militants have already wreaked in the Iraqi cities of Nimrud and Hatra. Officials have warned that they can safeguard artifacts, but architecture is under threat. Meanwhile, the Takfiris also executed at least 26 civilians after overrunning their villages near Palmyra. According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIL Takfiri group has killed more than 2100 people in Syria in the past ten months. The London-based observatory believes the figure is higher, as it does not include hundreds of people who are still missing, as well as those unaccounted for in ISIL jails.

Michael Smith has the story:

Here’s Boris Johnson, London’s Lord Mayor and a thinker writing in The Telegraph.

We must save Palmyra or the maniacs will raze civilisation

A learned culture that gave us diversity, beauty, learning and heritage is under threat from Isil

The other day, I was trying to persuade a political friend of the urgency of doing something to save Palmyra. To be fair to him he understood the horror of what could happen in the next few days. My friend had never been to the ancient city, so I tried to evoke the glory of the colonnades, the temples, the sculptures.

I explained the sense of wonder that fills the visitor as you watch the dawn break on these vast fields of rosy old masonry, the amazement at coming far into the deserts of Arabia and finding structures that derive so plainly from ancient Greece and Rome. I think I got across my almost-physical sickness at the idea of surrendering this urban masterpiece to the monsters of Isil.

I told him of my terror of the sledgehammers and the dynamite of these moronic iconoclasts, and I think he understood where I was coming from.

Gently, however, he posed the obvious question: why Palmyra? Why now? After all, we in the West have collectively decided to do very little to help hundreds of thousands of Syrian human beings. How can I justify an intervention on behalf of inanimate objects? There is, frankly, no easy rejoinder. The saving of human life should always come first. Nor is Isil unique in performing acts of awful cultural destruction: think of Dresden.

No nation is entirely guiltless of such crimes. Yet I want to convince you today that there would be something peculiarly catastrophic about the loss of Palmyra; and it is not just the superb quality of the remains – one of the truly breathtaking sites of the ancient world, fully deserving its UN world heritage status. I believe there is something more at stake in Palmyra – and that is the very idea of our Western civilisation and what we stand for.

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News.com.au has the story:

By Miranda Devine

REMEMBER “Bring Back Our Girls”?

The unctuous twitter campaign sparked by the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria, last April, became a feminist cause celebre when Michelle Obama tweeted a sad selfie with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.

Well, no thanks to Michelle and her Hollywood pals, “Our Girls” are back, after a year of living hell, many having endured continual gang rape by their captors.

“They turned me into a sex machine” Asabe Aliyu, told Nigeria’s The Daily Times. “They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father.”

Inevitably, almost half of the 534 girls and women rescued by Nigerian government forces in recent weeks are “visibly pregnant”.

But now, these young Christians are being traumatised all over again by a Western feminist establishment which wants them to abort their unborn children.

Instead of agitating against the unfair stigma often applied to the children of rape, or pushing for the US government to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram, Western activists are using their considerable influence to push for abortions for victims of Islamist sexual violence.

“As Boko Haram Kidnapping Victims Are Rescued, Many of Them Are Pregnant. Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Their Right to Abortion?” ran the headline in Cosmopolitan magazine last week.

“It should be a no-brainer for international donors like the U.S. government, like [the United Nations Population Fund], to be going into Nigeria and helping these girls access safe abortions, for the ones who want and choose that,” Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity, told the magazine.

Abortion is illegal in Nigeria, so activists want the US government to capitalize on the Boko Haram menace by pressuring the Nigerian government to change its laws and offer rape victims what is euphemistically called “a full range of reproductive health care services”.

The sick suggestion is that Nigeria has already been told by the Obama administration that it must change its laws on contentious social issues, including abortion, before it gets any help to fight Boko Haram.

“The United States actually said it would help Nigeria with Boko Haram only if we modify our laws concerning homosexuality, family planning, and birth control, “ Nigerian Catholic Bishop Emmanuel Badejo recently told the Catholic news network Aleteia.org.

If it is true that abortion activists are hampering Nigeria’s ability to fight the Islamist threat, then they are helping create even more rape victims, which probably serves their purpose of promoting abortion in one of the last holdouts, Africa’s most Christian country.

Thus the pregnant Boko Haram victims are trapped at the intersection of two extreme ideologies: Islamist fanaticism and post-Christian feminism.

They were targeted by Islamist militants because they were Christian, and now they are being targeted by Western abortion activists for the same reason.

Abortion won’t help these young women, who face stigma either way, because they live in communities where killing the unborn is regarded as a sin.

Instead they should be praised for being mothers to children who have done nothing wrong. You can’t blame a baby for the crimes of its father.

Pressure from Western NGOs to abort their children only adds to the anguish of these women, and may destroy their one chance for happiness.

The example of the brutal Rwanda genocide 21 years ago shows that, for many rape survivors, their child was the only thing that made life worth living, according to a paper in The Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

How Motherhood Triumphs Over Trauma Among Mothers With Children From Genocidal Rape in Rwanda” by Odeth Kantengwa, is a heartwarming affirmation of the best of human nature.

“Social stigma related to rape and children born of rape created challenges,” writes Kantengwa, a researcher from the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide in Kigali.

“However, despite these and other difficulties, motherhood played a positive role for many women, often providing a reason to live again after the genocide.”

Kantenwaga found “these female survivors have come to view their children as gifts, rather than burdens.”

Motherhood helped them reestablish happiness and trust and find “meaning in a life caring for and being sustained by others”.

The way NGOs could help survivors of genocidal rape is not by encouraging them to have abortions, but by helping to reduce the social stigma in their communities, and by providing practical help such as job training for the mothers and school fees for the children.

Kantenwaga suggests that professional counseling can also help women create positive “perceptions of their future babies”.

No one pretends that the journey ahead for the Boko Haram girls is easy. They have already been traumatised beyond belief.

But it is a false promise that abortion is the solution to their pain, when, in fact, motherhood offers them a reason to live.

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Srdja Trifkovic interview with RT International

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Published on May 17, 2015 by RTQuestionMore
Foreign Affairs Editor of the Chronicles magazine Srdja Trifkovic talks with RT about massive protests in Macedonia.

Macedonia unrest: ‘Warning to Skopje against new Turkish pipeline’

Srdja Trifkovic on RT TV

The Republic of Macedonia has become important to the U.S. policymakers in recent months, as it could be the only way for Russia’s proposed Turkish Stream pipeline to reach Central Europe. Washington does not want that to happen, as Srdja Trifkovic told RT.

VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-o0vbcQUjg

RT: Some thirty ethnic Albanians have been charged with “terrorism” after a shootout in the northern Macedonian town of Kumanovo over the weekend which left eight policemen and 14 Albanians dead. What are the main reasons for the current unrest in the Balkans?

Srdja Trifkovic: It is rather tricky, because the Albanians do not react the way they acted, or “reacted,” over the past three days without encouragement from the outside. We’ve seen this 14 years ago, in 2001, when the Albanian insurgents were caught in the village of Aračinovo, and there were some American fighters with them.

Macedonia, or rather the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, has become very important to the United States recently because of Bulgaria’s refusal to accept the South Stream [gas pipeline] project. In the end the Bulgarians, under EU pressure, had to say “no.” And now, if the Russian pipeline goes across Turkey to the Greek-Turkish border, the only way it can reach central Europe from there would be across Macedonia, and then along the old path as originally suggested: through Serbia and Hungary into Austria, Slovenia, and Italy – and this is something the Americans don’t want. I believe that what we’ve seen in recent days is a warning to the government in Skopje not to even think about hosting the new Turkish pipeline, the replacement for South Stream. This is the political background to what is going on…

RT: The Macedonian authorities called the perpetrators “terrorists,” but there are many who disagree and say they’re fighting for independence. How bad could the situation get?

ST: There is no limit with the rebelling Albanians. We should bear in mind that the Skopje authorities, after the Albanian rebellion in 2001, effectively turned the country into a bi-national condominium. The Albanian party is a permanent member of the ruling coalition. One really has to wonder what else they could possibly want. This is primarily instigated from Kosovo, not from Albania, and it is in Kosovo that you have former KLA fighters [Kosovo Liberation Army] with lots of experience in staging ambushes and terrorist attacks. After all, they openly propagate the notion of a Greater Albania that will include not only Kosovo, but also Western Macedonia, and parts of the Epirus [region] in Greece, and southern Montenegro.

The limit for the escalation would be the announcement by the Skopje government that there will be no Russian pipeline going across the Macedonian territory from Greece into Serbia. Of course that will not be in the form of a public announcement, but [Nikola] Gruevski, the Macedonian Prime Minister, has been too hesitant to state point-blank that this project will not play.

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Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

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Published on May 12, 2015 by Science Channel
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Published on May 9, 2015 by Sayed Hasan
We pay tribute to all those who fought to the bitter for every street, every house and every frontier of our Motherland

Speech at military parade on Red Square in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941–1945 Great Patriotic War.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/49438

Transcript from en.kremlin.ru:

Fellow citizens of Russia,

Dear veterans,

Distinguished guests,

Comrade soldiers and seamen, sergeants and sergeant majors, midshipmen and warrant officers,

Comrade officers, generals and admirals,

I congratulate you all on the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War!

Today, when we mark this sacred anniversary, we once again appreciate the enormous scale of Victory over Nazism. We are proud that it was our fathers and grandfathers who succeeded in prevailing over, smashing and destroying that dark force.

Hitler’s reckless adventure became a tough lesson for the entire world community. At that time, in the 1930s, the enlightened Europe failed to see the deadly threat in the Nazi ideology.

Today, seventy years later, the history calls again to our wisdom and vigilance. We must not forget that the ideas of racial supremacy and exclusiveness had provoked the bloodiest war ever. The war affected almost 80 percent of the world population. Many European nations were enslaved and occupied.

The Soviet Union bore the brunt of the enemy’s attacks. The elite Nazi forces were brought to bear on it. All their military power was concentrated against it. And all major decisive battles of World War II, in terms of military power and equipment involved, had been waged there.

And it is no surprise that it was the Red Army that, by taking Berlin in a crushing attack, hit the final blow to Hitler’s Germany finishing the war.

Our entire multi-ethnic nation rose to fight for our Motherland’s freedom. Everyone bore the severe burden of the war. Together, our people made an immortal exploit to save the country. They predetermined the outcome of World War II. They liberated European nations from the Nazis.

Veterans of the Great Patriotic War, wherever they live today, should know that here, in Russia, we highly value their fortitude, courage and dedication to frontline brotherhood.

Dear friends,

The Great Victory will always remain a heroic pinnacle in the history of our country. But we also pay tribute to our allies in the anti-Hitler coalition.

We are grateful to the peoples of Great Britain, France and the United States of America for their contribution to the Victory. We are thankful to the anti-fascists of various countries who selflessly fought the enemy as guerrillas and members of the underground resistance, including in Germany itself.

We remember the historical meeting on the Elbe, and the trust and unity that became our common legacy and an example of unification of peoples – for the sake of peace and stability.

It is precisely these values that became the foundation of the post-war world order. The United Nations came into existence. And the system of the modern international law has emerged.

These institutions have proved in practice their effectiveness in resolving disputes and conflicts.

However, in the last decades, the basic principles of international cooperation have come to be increasingly ignored. These are the principles that have been hard won by mankind as a result of the ordeal of the war.

We saw attempts to establish a unipolar world. We see the strong-arm block thinking gaining momentum. All that undermines sustainable global development.

The creation of a system of equal security for all states should become our common task. Such system should be an adequate match to modern threats, and it should rest on a regional and global non-block basis. Only then will we be able to ensure peace and tranquility on the planet.

Dear friends,

We welcome today all our foreign guests while expressing a particular gratitude to the representatives of the countries that fought against Nazism and Japanese militarism.

Besides the Russian servicemen, parade units of ten other states will march through the Red Square as well. These include soldiers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Their forefathers fought shoulder to shoulder both at the front and in the rear.

These also include servicemen from China, which, just like the Soviet Union, lost many millions of people in this war. China was also the main front in the fight against militarism in Asia.

Indian soldiers fought courageously against the Nazis as well.

Serbian troops also offered strong and relentless resistance to the fascists.

Throughout the war our country received strong support from Mongolia.

These parade ranks include grandsons and great-grandsons of the war generation. The Victory Day is our common holiday. The Great Patriotic War was in fact the battle for the future of the entire humanity.

Our fathers and grandfathers lived through unbearable sufferings, hardships and losses. They worked till exhaustion, at the limit of human capacity. They fought even unto death. They proved the example of honour and true patriotism.

We pay tribute to all those who fought to the bitter for every street, every house and every frontier of our Motherland. We bow to those who perished in severe battles near Moscow and Stalingrad, at the Kursk Bulge and on the Dnieper.

We bow to those who died from famine and cold in the unconquered Leningrad, to those who were tortured to death in concentration camps, in captivity and under occupation.

We bow in loving memory of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, comrades-in-arms, relatives and friends – all those who never came back from war, all those who are no longer with us.

A minute of silence is announced.

Minute of silence.

Dear veterans,

You are the main heroes of the Great Victory Day. Your feat predestined peace and decent life for many generations. It made it possible for them to create and move forward fearlessly.

And today your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren live up to the highest standards that you set. They work for the sake of their country’s present and future. They serve their Fatherland with devotion. They respond to complex challenges of the time with honour. They guarantee the successful development, might and prosperity of our Motherland, our Russia!

Long live the victorious people!

Happy holiday!

Congratulations on the Victory Day!

Hooray!

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‘Immortal Regiment’ march: Putin joins huge crowd paying tribute to WW2 soldiers

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Published on May 9, 2015 by RT
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the Immortal Regiment march in Moscow, Saturday, during which participants carried portraits of those who fought in the Great Patriotic War (World War II) in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Soviet victory over the Nazis. President Putin took part in the event.

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Telegraph (UK) has the story:

(h/t: eaglesoars at 2.0: The Blogmocracy)

Even deaf cats can end up unconscious after hearing the sound of crinkling tin foil, say vets

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 9:00PM BST 27 Apr 2015
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Cats are known to hear sounds at ultrasonic frequencies and so may be more sensitive to high –pitched noise. However to make the condition even more puzzling, it was discovered that half of the cats were deaf, or had hearing impairments, which experts said was ‘paradoxical.

“The sounds responsible are high-pitched sounds, often relatively quiet sounds, with increasing loudness and persistence of a sound only serving to enhance the severity of the epileptic seizures,” said lead author, Dr Mark Lowrie of Davies Veterinary Specialists.

“Avoiding these sounds eliminated the seizures in 72 out of 96 cats.

“The reason for cats being so sensitive to these seemingly benign high-pitched sounds may have its origin in the ultrasonic hearing range of the species.

“Mice and rats communicate in the ultrasonic frequency range and it is believe that cats developed a secondary ultrasonic sensitive hearing range presumably as an evolutionary advantage in catching rats and mice, their natural prey.”

Previous studies have shown that even deaf cats can still hear in the ultrasonic range, around 40kHz.

“Therefore cats will appear deaf to us although complete hearing loss is not present,” added Dr Lowrie.
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Published on May 4, 2015 by theunitedwest
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The Glazov Gang-Bosch Fawstin on “The Infidel, Featuring Pigman.”

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The Glazov Gang-Bosch Fawstin on “The Infidel, Featuring Pigman.”
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Published on May 4, 2015 by the.truth.will.live
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The Mad Jewish and David Ben Moshe discuss JTF, racial politics, etc.

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A JTF episode:
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Published on May 4, 2015 by PVVpers
Speech Geert Wilders at Muhammad Cartoon Contest, Garland, Texas, 3 May, 2015

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