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September 5, 2011
And You thought you were
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note, opinion and commentary:
Christopher Herman, the son of our former spiritual father, Vladyka Michael
Peter Herman of reposed memory for providing us the articles and their various
We believe that what is presented is a step in
the right direction to bring our Orthodox Faith alive to all and a means to cure
some of the ills that separate our Roman faithful from the root, ground and base
of all things Christian: being Orthodox Catholic Christianity that began in the
A.D. 800's and culminated in the official schism of the Roman Jurisdiction of
the Catholic Church from Orthodoxy in 1054 A.D.
By presenting these
articles and informational pages and
subsequent, hoped for, weekly presentations, this endeavor will reach a wider
audience and provide a means for dialogue. For it is in and through the
Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior, that love, compassion and
understanding may come about. In saying this truth, it also means that we
make another attempt to fulfill the ideal of why we are called "Christian" ...
Orthodoxy is not a religion. It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true
Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA
is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our
religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World
Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found
that by "DATE" is a better format. Thus, the former entitled "Concerning"
below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating.
As Thou, Father, art in
me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)
"What I found liberating in
Christianity is that Christ had defeated the power of death through His
resurrection so that there are no more endless cycles of birth and death in
reincarnation, and it is no longer the law of karma that has power over you,
but the power of grace though Christ’s victory over sin, death and the devil.
The Buddhists are so frightened by karma, because they are frightened by the
prospect of reincarnation into a lower realm, but there is no fear of God,
since God does not exist. But in order to achieve good karma there are so many
difficult regulations and requirements to be achieved; it is as if there was
no grace of God."
"Supporting the theory, the recent
upsurge in autism rates has coincided with certain social changes, including
an unprecedented movement of women into math and science professions, which in
turn may have encouraged the meeting and mingling of like-minded — and
like-brained — future parents. The dotcom boom further raised the social
capital of high systemizers, making them more sought after as mates. It's
possible that people with higher than normal levels of autistic traits have
been reproducing more than ever before.
The theory is still largely speculation, shored up by seductive anecdotes
about Asperger's appearing unusually commonly in MIT alums and their children,
though in a recent study in the Netherlands, Baron-Cohen found that kids
living in Eindhoven — the Dutch Silicon Valley — were to two to four times
more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids in two other similar, but
less tech-centric regions."
"While Perry is staking his campaign
on Texas being the top net jobs creator, Perry’s version of Texas being
“Open for Business” isn’t about low taxes and less regulation as much as it
is about doing business with foreign companies, including selling off Texas’
sovereign land and public assets to foreign creditors, an issue which Perry’s
first television ad uses to take aim at President Obama.
Aside from the P3s, Texas has 20 active deals going with the Chinese and has
32 foreign trade zones (FTZs), a vehicle to ease the flow of foreign goods
into the United States that are chalk full of tax breaks for importers.
Perry’s office promoted these FTZs in a document entitled Foreign Trade
Zones: Texas Wide Open for Business and even dedicates a web site for Texas
A recent Washington Post article documents Perry’s work to get Chinese
government-owned telecom communication company Huawei, to base its U.S.
operations in Texas, a company that the U.S. government has deemed a threat to
national security noting that “three times since 2008, a U.S. government
security panel has blocked Huawei from acquiring or partnering with U.S.
companies because of concerns that secrets could be leaked to China’s
government or military.”
Perry’s coziness with the Chinese and foreign investors exposes a huge
weakness in his right flank — illegal immigration and open borders. The Trans
Texas Corridor has been linked to the global plan to economically integrate
North America, with the eventual goal of a common security perimeter modeled
after the European Union. Perry ushered in in-state tuition for illegals and
has long been an obstacle to immigration reform or any Arizona-style
Perry’s record paints a much different picture than what candidate Perry would
have us believe that he’s a states rights, Constitutionally limited government
conservative that’s responsible for the “Texas miracle.”"
record as governor of Texas reveals that he is pro-Globalist, pro-Free
Trade and willin
"In eight years as vice president, he
said very little in his own defense despite being pounded from inside and
outside the administration. His aides were equally tight-lipped. Mr. Cheney
writes that this was deliberate, in order not to undermine President Bush by
drawing attention to his own role. Even for journalists who shared his views,
he was a lousy source. This memoir is his first extended attempt to tell his
side of these policy fights, and his account is well worth the time."
It's hard to believe
now, but Dick Cheney was once a favorite of the Washington
"Have You Heard of the Lipid
If not by name, you’ve certainly heard of the concept behind the “lipid
hypothesis,” and that is that dietary fat causes heart disease.
This flawed theory was largely spread by Ancel Keys, a diet researcher for
whom military K-rations are named, and it was because of the lipid hypothesis
that Americans were soon encouraged to substitute vegetable-based fats for
animal fats, and to avoid red meat completely.
However, when Keys published his analysis that claimed to prove the link
between dietary fats and coronary heart disease, he selectively analyzed
information from only six countries to prove his correlation, rather than
comparing all the data available at the time – from 22 countries.
As a result of this "cherry-picked" data, government health organizations
began bombarding the public with advice that has contributed to the diabetes
and obesity epidemics going on today: eat a low-fat diet.
Of course, as Americans cut out nutritious animal fats from their diets, they
were left hungry. So they began eating more processed grains, more vegetable
oils, and more high-fructose corn syrup, all of which are nutritional
So please do not
shun saturated fats from your diet. If you’d like to get the most tailored
The Obama Effect
Koch argues that if
the staunchly pro- Israel, heavily Jewish and reliably Democratic NY-9th
"Al Jazeera reports that David Welch,
who was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in the US
Department of State between 2005 and 2008, met on August 2 with Gaddafi
officials in the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. According to a Libyan
intelligence memo from the meeting, Welch, who now works for Bechtel
Corporation, gave the Gaddafi officials tips on how “to win the propaganda
war” against the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC). He also instructed
them to undermine Libya’s rebel movement by relying on several
“confidence-building measures”, including controlled intelligence leaks aimed
at manipulating the news output of Arab and Western media."
Alphabetical List of Topics. Part of the Patron Saints Index. Each saint
"Furthermore, it is encouraged with an
undercurrent of anger, which you can sense when you come into contact with
this life and this world—there is actually a very powerful undercurrent, which
is in fact the power of evil. There are many different reasons for this anger
(and this anger is filled with pride), this power, this dominance, this
exertion of an individual right to take care of oneself, and have something be
whatever "I want it to be." It is a very powerful thing. So people, especially
in California, are coming out and voting to have gay marriages legalized. This
has already happened in some other states. But it is not that people are just
standing back meekly, saying, "I want to be with my partner." It is actually a
campaign, a fervency to force themselves and you to accept their ideology. "
Another saint with incorruptible
"One of the leaders of the coup
against Gorbachev was a dedicated Stalinist Politburo member named Islam
Karimov, who was President of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. After the
failure of the coup, he embraced the idea of Uzbek independence in order both
to escape retribution for his part in the coup and to maintain Stalinism in
his little part of the Soviet Empire.
(A digression, but one of Karimov’s first acts in independent Uzbekistan was
to order the Uzbek Supreme Court to pardon Alisher Usmanov, a notorious
gangster jailed by the Soviet Union. He is now the third richest man in
Karimov has to this day maintained the Soviet institutions in Uzbekistan and
even increased the levels of repression, with absolutely no civil or political
liberty, and commercial freedoms restricted to his immediate family and
So Karimov, the world’s most notorious torturer, must be NATO’s number 1
remaining enemy, right?
No, actually. He is NATO’s best friend.
Karimov is the major conduit for land supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan,
is host to Germany’s forward airbase, is a most valued member of NATO’s
“Partnership for Peace”, is a recipient of NATO military training and
Because NATO does not care in the least about dictators. It likes them if they
forward NATO’s interest in Central Asian or Middle Eastern oil and gas, and if
they host NATO military logistics. Karimov can murder hundreds, keep 10,000
political prisoners in desert gulags. Bahrain can become a torture camp. NATO
really does not care. Every time you hear a NATO spokesman telling lies about
their mission to protect civilians, remember the tortured of Uzbekistan."
"There is no cause to doubt that, for
whatever reason, the support of the people of Sirte for Gadaffi is genuine.
That this means they deserve to be pounded into submission is less obvious to
me. The disconnect between the UN mandate to protect civilians while
facilitating negotiation, and NATO’s actual actions as the anti-Gadaffi
forces’ air force and special forces, is startling."
The “rebels” are
actively hitting Sirte with heavy artillery and Stalin’s organs; they are
"The Tea Party’s rhetoric of defending
the little guy against the powerful has always seemed discordant to the left,
which regards such class consciousness as its own domain. The left has long
identified itself with the idea of two classes in society – the common people
and the power elite – each with its own, usually conflicting, interests. When
left-wingers speak this way, conservatives like Limbaugh accuse them of “class
warfare.” But neither side grasps the full picture: in fact, it was the
classical liberal tradition that first employed the class analysis that has
survived to this day in altered forms."
“There was a
theory of class conflict developed by classical liberals before Marxism
and on which Ma
"In the days of Paisios, the hieromonk
of Mytilene, there occurred in the Kalyva of St. John the Theologian the
miracle of the entire cutting of the wine cup, to show the fathers present
that before Christ both John the Forerunner and John the Theologian have the
same boldness before God. "
"The other thing Gaga goes on about in
interview after interview is how much she loves all her fans, lives on their
energy and would do anything for them. But this love is vampiric, and only
works as long as fans are kept at a distance: little monsters to the mother
monster, paws up on command. Gaga presents a facade of all glamour, all the
time, and that's a prophylactic barrier to two-way engagement (even more so
than the 'ear condom' she suggests to haters in the lyrics for 'Judas'). Gaga
has her photograph taken at yoga class, in full wigs and makeup. Gaga appears
on American Idol, but Gaga could never exist as she does now if she had ever
competed on that show. What traces of pre-stardom Gaga exist online were
presented only after the fact of her stardom had been well-established as
inevitable, and she herself does not discuss them. While there's a comment
function on her YouTube Gagavision series, she doesn't respond to comments
"When the Forbes Richest List first
started close on 100 years ago it was well populated by names of American
families renowned for their wealth, like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt. Today the
world’s richest man is Carlos Slim Helú, a Mexican telecommunications magnate
whose business interests are said to be worth about $74 billion. That’s $18
billion more than Bill Gates and $24 billion more than Warren Buffett, the
world’s second and third richest men.
Slim was taught business by his father who was an immigrant trader. By the age
of 12 he had bought his first shares in a Mexican bank. Fifty-five years later
The Wall Street Journal ran a cover story on him saying he was possibly richer
than Bill Gates. By March 2007 Slim had eclipsed Warren Buffet. A couple of
months later he really was richer than Gates.
Slim might be the richest man in the world, but is he influential and does
lucre readily translate into clout that counts? Guest says Slim’s fortunes
were largely built off the back of government connections and that cash seldom
buys political power, but can purchase a megaphone."
“We believe this
paper is the first to propose a specific mechanism through which a
hallmark of chro
study, published today by PLoS Biology, says a staggering 86% of all
species on lan
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