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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

27 November 2012. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… THIS is What Orthodoxy’s All About

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This is a Belarusian soldier lighting a candle at liturgy. That’s what Orthodox people do… we DON’T badger others, we DON’T preach at them, and we DON’T make absolute pests of ourselves with Nosey Parker meddling in other’s lives. We pray for them and give them genuine good will. We save our own souls, knowing that God will lead others as He sees fit… not as we think that He should. There’s a difference! Those who want to ape Evangelicals and their “Have you heard the Word of the Lord Today” rubbish are all wet. It’s good enough to pray for others and to be decent to all, believers and unbelievers alike. I’m not God… I don’t have omniscience… I doubt that you’re any different. Keep it focused… our first duty is to save our souls… not the souls of others. “Save your own soul and thousands will be saved about you”… St Serafim Sarovsky said that, and it’s as true today as when he said it in the 19th century. That’s why I don’t preach at others… and the older that I get, the more irritating such jumped-up frauds get for me. “Love God… and do as you will”. Think on that…

Let’s keep to our traditions… what’s ours is ours, and what’s theirs is theirs, and I think that everyone can say “Amen” to that…

BMD

Monday, 11 July 2011

11 July 2011. “Socialism is Good!” The Ordinary Folks of Gomel Oblast Say So!

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I’m sick n’ tired of hearing the Corporate Media‘s rants against Byelorussia… I don’t know who’s worse… the New York Times or Fox News… neither one tells the truth about this socialist state. They have an agenda, folks… so, look at the reality, not the crook news reports. Here are the people of Gomel Oblast… doctors, kolkhozniki, pharmacists, kids, co-op managers, grannies… the same as everywhere else. Reflect on this… the Internationalist Democrats and Neocon Republicans would bomb them without mercy to install a lickspittle Neoliberal Free Market junta, if they could. THAT speaks volumes about the morality of present American society, kids… none of it good.

BMD

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Editor’s Afterword:

The people of Byelorussia have a modest sufficiency. They don’t have all the “things” that suburban Americans take for granted, but there are other in life besides material objects. Byelorussians approve of socialism, and they want it to continue. Why? They saw the chaos that capitalism injected into Russia and the Ukraine, and they want no part of that, thank you very much. Ponder this… America deliberately introduced chaos into Russia and the Ukraine through its lickspittles Gaidar, Chubais, Kuchma, and Yushchenko. Russia has mostly shaken off American capitalist chaos, and the Ukraine is in the process of doing so. Byelorussia never got involved in this… which has led to it being blackballed by Neoliberal Free Marketeers, who want to topple the socialist government of Byelorussia. Why is it that Neoliberals hate socialism with a passion, especially socialism that works? I hate to tell them this, but the USA was strongest under the socialist New Deal of FDR… it’s never been as strong (relatively speaking) since.

I’d advise po-nashemu people to have nothing to do with the Republican Party… they’re nativists who hate our ethos, our religion, and our culture. We’re inferiors in their view, fit only to be lectured and led. Get with it, guys, look at the images! It looks like your mom and pop, baba and dede, and everybody else in the old ethnic neighbourhood. Do you want to stand tall with them, or, do you want to suck up to the Republican Born-Again kooks? Is that really a question?

BMD

Friday, 8 July 2011

8 July 2011. What the American Corporate Media Calls “Evil” and “Backward”… the Faces of FREE Byelorussia

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THIS is the face of what crackbrained rightwingers call the “last Soviet dictatorship in Europe”. This is “nasty”, in their lights. I’d say that they were people with a wicked and greedy agenda… they want to rip down the Byelorussian welfare state, which provides its people with a modest (but dignified) standard of living, and replace it with an American-style dog-eat-dog evil money-centred kleptocracy, where the people are raped for the benefit of the “five percenters” at the top of the pyramid. Don’t forget, the five percenters gave themselves a 29 percent raise in the USA last year, whilst shedding workers and giving the ones left a measly 2 percent increase (after a 10 percent increase in productivity). That doesn’t happen in Byelorussia… there’s not as much, to be sure, but it’s shared more equally, and there’s a smaller gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” as compared to the USA. A young Byelorussian girl recently visited the USA… some Americans tried to get her to stay here, but she said, “No, we have all that we need at home in Byelorussia. That’s where I belong”.

I have a special aside for po-nashemu people… those of us of Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Carpatho-Russian, or Slovak background. The rightwing of the US Republican Party HATES Byelorussia, and wants to replace its current government with a pro-oligarch junta. Don’t buy into it… if it were up to the Koch brothers, Rush Limboob, or the Fox News cabal, Minsk would’ve been a smoking bomb crater by now. Don’t forget what our forebears went through at the hands of the American oligarchs… don’t forget Black Lick or Homestead… the mines and the mills… the men who went to work and didn’t return because they died (the greedy bosses cut corners on safety to earn an extra buck). The American oligarchs haven’t changed… why are you supporting them? Look at the pictures above… these people are our blood kin. They look like our babas and dedes, our kids and our spouses, our brothers and sisters… they look like everybody in the old po-nashemu neighbourhood, don’t they? Why not stand WITH them, and not against them? At the least, don’t vote Republican…

They all have faces… they all have names. If you remember that, you’ll not go wrong. Do as you would be done by

BMD

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