Guardian (UK): Authorities in Melbourne and Sydney investigating Orthodox church fires

Australia’s second oldest Greek Orthodox church has been saved, but a Macedonian Orthodox church was gutted

Authorities in Melbourne and Sydney are investigating fires in two Orthodox churches.

Australia’s second oldest Greek Orthodox church has been saved after a fire broke out in Melbourne, a day after Orthodox Easter celebrations. The cause of the fire at the 115-year-old Holy Church of Annunciation of Our Lady in East Melbourne on Monday afternoon is still under investigation.

No one was inside at the time of the fire at 1.30pm, which was mainly contained to the roof.

Dejected church priest Kosmas Damianides said a historic icon of Mary that had been at the church since soon after its establishment in 1900 was probably destroyed.

“It’s a shock. I can’t believe it,” Damianides said on Monday.

Assistant chief fire officer Martin Braid said it was fortunate the Eastern Hill fire station was only a few hundred metres away.

He said the extent of the damage will be better known once the municipal building surveyor inspects the premises.

Annunciation of Our Lady is the second Orthodox church in Australia affected by fire after the Macedonian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Sydney’s south was gutted on Sunday night, hours after Easter celebrations.

The Rockdale church, parts of which have been standing since the 1890s, was engulfed in flames around 10pm on Sunday, less than 12 hours after the end of the Easter service.

Church treasurer Steve Kostovski says there were irreplaceable icons from around Europe inside and the church did not have contents insurance.

“It is heartbreaking,” an emotional Kostovski said as investigators took pictures of the rubble from a cherry-picker on Monday.

“The name of the church was resurrection of the Christ. It makes it even more sad because yesterday was the resurrection of Christ.”

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Published on Apr 5, 2016 by The Center for Medical Progress

The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives recently held its first hearing on March 2 to examine the bioethics of fetal tissue harvesting and experimentation. The hearing included a review of the patient consent form used by Planned Parenthood to get permission to harvest aborted baby parts.

The Planned Parenthood form promises pregnant women considering abortion that aborted fetal tissue “has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and AIDS.” No cures for these diseases are currently available, and no current therapies for them use aborted fetal tissue.

At the hearing, Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, a scientist from the University of California at San Diego, was called by the Panel’s minority to testify in support of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue harvesting. Dr. Goldstein is a long-time financial donor to Planned Parenthood in San Diego, and uses aborted fetal brains and other body parts from the local Planned Parenthood. Under oath, Dr. Goldstein replied to a question from Planned Parenthood supporter Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) this way:

Watson Coleman: Do you believe that anything on that form is creating an undue hardship or intimidation or misrepresentation to women who are being asked to consider whether they will donate this tissue?

Goldstein: If it’s the form that says, therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and all the rest have already been found, I agree, that’s an inappropriate statement that should not have been made on that form. I don’t know who wrote it, that would not have made it past my IRB [Institutional Review Board] either.

The Planned Parenthood fetal harvesting consent form is authored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and provided to affiliates in its Manual of Medical Standards and Guidelines.

“Planned Parenthood’s baby parts trafficking scheme cannot stand up to independent scrutiny. When a Planned Parenthood supporter and baby parts customer admits under oath that Planned Parenthood has been fraudulently inducing patient consent, it discredits all of Planned Parenthood’s assurances that their baby parts scheme has operated legally and above-board,” notes David Daleiden, CMP Project Lead. “Law enforcement in Planned Parenthood-friendly jurisdictions should stop wasting taxpayer resources to assist Planned Parenthood in harassing citizen journalists, and should stop ignoring the evidence of real fraud, baby body parts trafficking, and criminal abortion practices right in their own backyard.”

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Published on Apr 30, 2016 by Russia Insider

Today is Orthodox Christian Easter (01/06/2016). “Christ is Risen!”. “Truly, He is risen!”
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Χριστός ανέστη – Христос Воскрес Hristos voskrese
Уваскрос Christ is Risen auferstanden
Germanic languages
West Germanic languages
Anglic languages
English – Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! or Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
Old English – Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras! (Lit: Christ arose! Christ surely arose!)
Middle English – Crist is arisen! Arisen he sothe!
Iyaric Patwa – Krestos a uprisin! Seen, him a uprisin fe tru!
Frisian – Kristus is opstien! Wis is er opstien!
High German languages
German – Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Low Franconian languages
Dutch – Christus is opgestaan! Hij is waarlijk opgestaan! (Netherlands) or Christus is verrezen! Hij is waarlijk verrezen! (Belgium)
Afrikaans – Kristus het opgestaan! Hom het waarlik opgestaan!
North Germanic languages
Danish – Kristus er opstanden! Sandelig Han er Opstanden!
Icelandic – Kristur er upprisinn! Hann er vissulega upprisinn!
Norwegian – Kristus er oppstanden! Han er sannelig oppstanden!
Swedish – Kristus är uppstånden! Ja, Han är verkligen uppstånden!
Italic languages
Latin – Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!
Romance languages
Aromanian – Hristolu unghia! Daleehira unghia!
Catalan – Crist ha ressuscitat! Veritablement ha ressuscitat!
French – Le Christ est ressuscité! Il est vraiment ressuscité!
Italian – Cristo è risorto! È veramente risorto!
Portuguese – Cristo ressuscitou! Em verdade ressuscitou!
Provençal – Lo Crist es ressuscitat! En veritat es ressuscitat!
Romanian – Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Romansh – Cristo es rinaschieu! In varded, el es rinaschieu!
Spanish – ¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡En verdad ha resucitado!
Walloon – Li Crist a raviké! Il a raviké podbon!
Slavic languages
Church Slavonic – Хрiстосъ Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе! (Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!)
East
Russian – Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес! (Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!)
Belarusian – Хрыстос Уваскрос! Сапраўды Ўваскрос! (Chrystos Uvaskros! Sapraŭdy Ŭvaskros!)
Ukrainian – Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес! (Chrystos Voskres! Voistynu Voskres!)
South
Bulgarian – Христос Возкресе! Воистина Возкресе! (Hristos Vozkrese! Voistina Vozkrese!)
Macedonian – Христос Воскресе! Навистина Воскресе! (Hristos Voskrese! Navistina Voskrese!)
Serbian – Христос Вaскрсе! Ваистину Вaскрсе! (Hristos Vaskrse! Vaistinu Vaskrse!)
West
Czech – Kristus Vstal A Mrtvych! Opravdi Vstoupil!
Slovak – Christos vstal zmŕtvych! Skutočne vstal!
Polish – Chrystus Zmartwychwstał! Prawdziwie Zmartwychwstał!
Baltic languages
Latvian Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
Lithuanian – Kristus prisikėlė! Tikrai prisikėlė!
Celtic languages
Goidelic languages
Old Irish – Asréracht Críst! Asréracht Hé-som co dearb!
Irish – Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!
Manx – Taw Creest Ereen! Taw Shay Ereen Guhdyne!
Scottish – Tha Crìosd air èiridh! Gu dearbh, tha e air èiridh!
Brythonic languages
Breton – Dassoret eo Krist! E wirionez dassoret eo!
Cornish – Thew Creest dassorez! En weer thewa dassorez!
Welsh – Atgyfododd Crist! Yn wir atgyfododd!
Indo-Iranian languages
Indic languages
Sanskrit – (Kristo’pastitaha! Satvam Upastitaha!)
Southern Zone
Marathi – (Yeshu Khrist uthla ahe! Kharokhar uthla ahe!)
Albanian (Tosk) – Krishti u ngjall! Vërtet u ngjall!
Armenian – (Christos harjav i merelotz! Orhniale harutjun Christosi! — Christ is risen! Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!)
Greek – Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti! Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!)
Altaic languages
Turkish – Isa dirildi! Hakikaten dirildi!
Azeri – Məsih dirildi! Həqiqətən dirildi!
Austronesian languages
Malayo-Polynesian
Western
Chamorro – La’la’i i Kristo! Magahet na luma’la’ i Kristo!
Filipino – Si Cristo ay nabuhay! Siya nga ay nabuhay!
Indonesian – KrÍstus tÉlah Bangkit! Benár día têlah Bángkit!
Central-Eastern
Carolinian – Lios a melau sefal! Meipung, a mahan sefal!
Hawaiian – Ua ala hou ´o kristo! Ua ala ´i ´o no ´oia!
Basque – Cristo Berbistua! Benatan Berbistua!
Dravidian languages
Malayalam – (Christu uyirthezhunnettu! Theerchayayum uyirthezhunnettu!)
Eskimo-Aleut languages
Aleut – Kristus aq ungwektaq! Pichinuq ungwektaq!
Yupik – Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq! Iluumun Ung-uixtuq!
Japanese – (Harisutosu fukkatsu! Jitsu ni fukkatsu!)
Korean – (Geuriseudokkeseo Buhwalhasheotne!)
Na-Dené languages
Athabaskan languages
Navajo – Christ daaztsáádéé’ náádiidzáá! T’áá aaníí, daaztsáádéé’ náádiidzáá!

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Atlas Obscura has the story:

All of British Columbia mobilized to get Miss Kitty back to earth.

Last weekend, a cat climbed up a pole in Princeton, British Columbia and couldn’t get down.

Then things got weird. What started as a classic cat scenario stretched into a days-long saga that involved bureaucratic stalemates, a social media campaign, government intervention, and a lot of poletop overnights for the cat.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Miss Kitty, an orange and white tabby, most likely climbed the sixty-foot pole while fleeing another neighborhood cat. Her owner, Bill Backhall, spotted her up there on Monday morning. Even beyond the height—the cat was six stories in the air—it was “a desperate situation,” he said. Nearby birds of prey were eyeing her as you might a skewered morsel. Video footage shows Miss Kitty meowing in distress while perched on the pole’s crossbeam. She needed to get down quick.

But when Backhall called the city for help, this average pet disaster turned into a full-scale bureaucratic nightmare. The pole was under the jurisdiction of provincial crown corporation BC Hydro, and it was supporting lines that carried 138,000 volts of electricity into a nearby mine. Taking an average cat rescue team up near such high-voltage wires wasn’t an option, but neither was switching off the power. Backhall and BC Hydro were at an impasse.

That’s when the public came to the rescue. After local cat lover Natalia Bosley learned of the situation, she took to social media, mobilizing backers under the hashtag #savethePrincetonBCcat. Worried neighbors surrounded the pole’s base with mattresses. Cats countrywide posted selfies in support. Even BC parliament member Dan Albas Tweeted his attendant anxiety.

As tensions heightened along with the cat, Bosley posted updates on Facebook. “Tonight will be its fourth night up there and it’s very scared,” she wrote on Wednesday. “It keeps climbing higher up the pole.”

The outcry worked. Last night, BC Hydro sent a crew from three hours away to bring down Miss Kitty in a special cherrypicker. “After” photos show her posing contentedly in a carrier, safe in the arms of a reflective-vested crew member.

As for Miss Kitty, hopefully four high-altitude nights were enough for a lifetime. According to Backhall, she will be staying inside from now on.


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Published on Mar 21, 2016 by LesGrossman2015

Donald Trump AIPAC Full Speech.

In a highly awaited speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference on Monday evening, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated his support for Israel while promising to continue to do so if elected President. Trump noted that he is a lifelong supporter of the State of Israel and noted that, despite being a newcomer to politics, “I’m not new to supporting the Jewish state.” He touted his pro-Israel credentials and noted how he led the Salute Israel parade in 2014. “It was a dangerous time for Israel and frankly for many supporting Israel… I took the risk and I’m glad I did,” said Trump. “But I didn’t come to you to pander about Israel – that’s what a politician does: all talk and no action. “I came to tell you where I stand on the future of America’s relationship with our strategic ally and cultural brother, the state of Israel.” Trump declared that his number one number priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran. “This deal is catastrophic, for America, for Israel and for the whole Middle East.” Good evening. I speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel. I am a newcomer to politics but not to backing the Jewish state.

In late 2001, weeks after the attacks on New York City and Washington – attacks perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists, Mayor Giuliani visited Israel to show solidarity with terror victims. I sent him in my plane because I backed the mission 100%. In Spring 2004, at the height of violence in the Gaza Strip, I was the Grand Marshal of the 40th Salute to Israel Parade, the largest single gathering in support of the Jewish state. It was a very dangerous time for Israel and frankly for anyone supporting Israel – many people turned down this honor –I did not, I took the risk. I didn’t come here tonight to pander to you about Israel. That’s what politicians do: all talk, no action. I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship, and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel. My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran. I have been in business a long time. I know deal-making and let me tell you, this deal is catastrophic – for America, for Israel, and for the whole Middle East. The problem here is fundamental. We have rewarded the world’s leading state sponsor of terror with $150 billion and we received absolutely nothing in return. I’ve studied this issue in greater detail than almost anybody. The biggest concern with the deal is not necessarily that Iran is going to violate it, although it already has, the bigger problem is that they can keep the terms and still get to the bomb by simply running out the clock, and, of course, they keep the billions. The deal doesn’t even require Iran to dismantle its military nuclear capability! Yes, it places limits on its military nuclear program for only a certain number of years. But when those restrictions expire, Iran will have an industrial-size military nuclear capability ready to go, and with zero provision for delay no matter how bad Iran’s behavior is. When I am president, I will adopt a strategy that focuses on three things when it comes to Iran. First, we will stand up to Iran’s aggressive push to destabilize and dominate the region. Iran is a very big problem and will continue to be, but if I’m elected President, I know how to deal with trouble. Iran is a problem in Iraq, a problem in Syria, a problem in Lebanon, a problem in Yemen, and will be a very major problem for Saudi Arabia. Literally every day, Iran provides more and better weapons to their puppet states. Hezbollah in Lebanon has received sophisticated anti-ship weapons, anti-aircraft weapons, and GPS systems on rockets. Now they’re in Syria trying to establish another front against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In Gaza, Iran is supporting Hamas and Islamic Jihad – and in the West Bank they are openly offering Palestinians $7,000 per terror attack and $30,000 for every Palestinian terrorist’s home that’s been destroyed.

Iran is financing military forces throughout the Middle East and it is absolutely indefensible that we handed them over $150 billion to facilitate even more acts of terror…

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Published on Apr 6, 2016 by securefreedom
A new report shows lax security could allow terror incidents at government buildings. Poor control of ID cards and badges means they don’t know who actually has access.

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Published on Apr 27, 2016 by Political Islam

Bill Maher is a self-declared liberal who has the courage and sense to condemn Islam’s brutality against women. And Mr. Maher gets the same response from liberals that I get. He is called a bigot. But, look at what Islam does to liberal principles. I used Wikipedia to get this list:

Freedom of speech: Sharia does not allow anybody to say anything negative about Mohammed and Allah.

Freedom of press: Mohammed cartoons.

Freedom of religion: An apostate from Islam can be killed. Even an atheist wants people to be free to choose what they believe.

Civil rights: all non-Muslims are Kafirs, who are third class subjects under Sharia law.

Democratic society: A Kafir does not have the same rights as a Muslim under Islam.

Secular governments: Secular is not Sharia. Islamic government is a theocracy.

Why do liberals and progressives defend an Islam that will destroy all they find so valuable?

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Published on Apr 28, 2016 by Repeal Fatca

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A taped recording of a speech intended for Muslim Brotherhood ears only is now available in an English-language transcription.

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Published on Apr 28, 2016 by securefreedom
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GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t take a stand on this bill:

Rollcall: Bipartisan Push on to Oppose 9/11 Bill

Administration would squelch right for victims’ families to sue

A Senate bill that would allow families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi government has achieved a rare Washington distinction, by uniting the Obama administration and some of its fiercest GOP critics.

President Barack Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are rallying to kill the bipartisan plan that would make it possible for American citizens to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said the plan should be reviewed through regular order before decisions are made about advancing the measure.
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Shortly before Earnest appeared in the White House briefing room, Ryan addressed the so-called “9/11 bill.”

“I think we need to look at it,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol. “I think we need to review it to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies and that we’re not catching people in this that shouldn’t be caught up in this.

“The White House is opposed to it. It’s received some opposition here. We’re going to let these things work the process,” he added. “We’ll see where it goes from there.”

There has long been speculation that some members of the Saudi ruling family provided support to the al-Qaida hijackers on 9/11.

The White House on Tuesday picked up another unlikely partner in Graham, a hawkish Armed Services member and former GOP presidential candidate who is a frequent critic of Obama on foreign policy and national security matters. Graham placed a hold on the bill, wanting to review changes that have been made.
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Saudi leaders have threatened to sell $750 billion in U.S. assets should the 9/11 victims bill become law. Earnest, however, seemed to dismiss that threat earlier this week, saying the Middle East power is a “large economy” and has no interest in destabilizing the global economy.

On a related note, Reid said that he supported the position of members of the independent, bipartisan commission that investigated the attacks, who want to see 28 pages of their report that remain classified be made public. The material is believed to draw a picture of foreign support for the 9/11 hijackers.
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Published on Oct 26, 2015 by CATMANTOO

Watch what happens when 50 different dogs go nose to nose with Boomer (a CAT) The reaction of the dogs is priceless.

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Boomer is a Bengal and although they are amazingly beautiful, they are not for everyone, 1st they are not lap cats & generally don’t like to be held, as kittens they are extremely mischievous and a lot of time everyday has to be put in to exercise this breed. They are also escape artists and they are known to meow louder and more frequently than most breeds. I have a Bengal for professional purposes, after all I have over 34 years as a professional animal trainer. Many of the cat tricks or other behaviours you see in my videos I spent many hours, days, and months perfecting, don’t try this at home. Didga is a Moggy/Tabby from the shelter and is an amazing kitty and was easier to teach then Boomer. I’m not saying don’t get one, just know the commitment that will be needed when bringing this breed into your home. or just live vicariously through me and my posts of Boomer. (Think before you buy) It’s BEST to ADOPT DON’T SHOP.

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Published on Apr 7, 2016 by Political Islam
Hate Can Be a Virtue

Progressives talk a lot about the evil of hate. We are told that if we object to Sharia law and jihad, then we are intolerant haters. But what about hating harms people?

I hate wife-beating, yet the Sharia, Koran and Sunna support it.

I am intolerant of child abuse, including child marriage, but the Sunna and Sharia support it.

I hate the jihadist killings of Christians, Jews, Buddhists and apostates.

I am intolerant of religious leaders, such as the Pope and Dalai Lama, who will not condemn the jihadic killing of their groups.

I hate dualistic ethics, which lack integrity.

I am intolerant of face coverings, since it cuts off open communication.

As a society, we have lost the ability to become morally outraged and are incapable of anger about the Islamic harm of innocents. I hate that.

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Published on Apr 13, 2016 by Political Islam

A recent study (see below) makes the claim that the Bible is as violent as the Koran. Hence there is no need to worry about with Islam. It is just like Christianity and Judaism.

My only interest is in political violence, not when Cain killed Able. Political violence is when a group attacks those outside of it. It is political when Muslims kill Kafirs in jihad, for instance. This eliminates counting personal violence and internal wars.

We want to measure ideas, so we count more than individual sentences. We need to count all the content that applies to the political violence.

There is no political violence in the New Testament, There are 34,000 words about political violence in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and 328,000 in the Koran, Sira (life of Mohammed) and the Hadith (his traditions). In short, there is nearly 10 times as much political violence in Islamic doctrine than there is in the Bible.

http://cspipublishing.com/statistical/charts.html#Bible
The violence in the Old Testament is historical in nature, not prescriptive. The violence in Islam is prescriptive applicable to all people and times. Jihad is forever.

This data all makes sense. It will be Muslims committing murder in the morning news, not Methodists or Mennonites.
http://mic.com/articles/134803/here-s-what-happens-when-you-compare-the-violence-in-the-quran-to-that-in-the-bible#.X44gQToAa

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Published on Apr 14, 2016 by securefreedom

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