Archive for January, 2015

INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE UKRAINE

January 31, 2015

Sergey Kaplin, a Poroshenko Block Rada Deputy declared on one of Ukrainian TV channels that the Donbass war was unleased by the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Security and Defense Committee chief Aleksandr Turchinov. And they are blaming it on Putin because it’s “convenient for them.” This news was reported by PolitNavigator.

“Let’s get to the truth. Who caused the situation in the East? When they say ‘only Putin’, that’s a very convenient answer. But it’s not so! It was caused by Yatsenyuk and the current head of SDC,” said Kaplin.

He went on to say that the war could have been ended right away, but neither Yatsenyuk nor Turchinov were interested in it.

“As soon as the situation began to unfold, I was one of the first deputies to go there, I visited all the cities, and felt a real war beginning. It could have been prevented by the prime minister himself and the acting president. And these are the people who today are in charge of the “counter-terror operation,” said Kaplin.

We reported earlier the wave of rumors circulating in Ukraine that a new coup d’etat is being readied.

We also remind our readers that the Ukrainian delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Yuliya Levochkina called on Europe to restrain the Ukrainian government which is destroying the Donbass.            (LINK)

THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 31 (18), 2015

January 31, 2015

St. Athanasius the Great (373) and St. Cyril (444), archbishops of Alexandria.
Venerable Cyril, schemamonk, and Venerable Maria, schemanun (1337) (parents of St. Sergius of Radonezh).
St. Maximus of Serbia, metropolitan (1516).
St. Ephraim the Lesser, the Philospher (1101).
Venerable Hieromonk Alexi (Shushania) of Teklati (1923)

2 Timothy 2:11-19 (Saturday)

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This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.

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If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

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If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

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Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.

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Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.

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And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,

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who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.

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Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Luke 18:2-8

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saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.

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Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’

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And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,

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‘yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ “

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Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.

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And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?

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I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?

THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 30 (17), 2015

January 30, 2015

Fast. Fish Allowed

Venerable Anthony the Great (356).
Venerable Anthony, abbot of Dymsk (Novgorod) (1224).
Venerable Anthony of Chernoezersk, monk (16th c.).
Emperor St. Theodosius the Great (395).
Venerable Anthony of Krasny Kholm, monk (1481).
Venerable Anthony the Roman, of Novgorod (1147).
Venerable Achilles the Confessor, hermit of Egypt (5th c.).

Matthew 11:27-30 (Matins Gospel)

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All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

A DEMONOCRATIC SUCCESS IN THE MAKING

January 29, 2015

Latvia is becoming a desert! The nation has lost a quarter of its population since 1990!

The real menace for Latvia is not Russia or its Russian speaking minorities, but purely idiotic, suicidal, fully Latvian politics, increasingly prone to demonocratic dogmas and agenda and their economic corollary.

I wish to remember that, according to very recent data, in Latvia 400 children are murdered before birth every 1,000 newborns. It would be enough to stop this appalling abomination to reverse the demographic path to the extinction. It would be the real patriotic thing to do!

May the prayers of the only Latvian Saint save Mate Latvija from all the flaming idiots who pollute her!

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Lord. have mercy for this land and all its people. Do not allow the evil one to rule us through his playthings, do not allow the spill of fratricidal blood that they pursue, here as in the Ukraine as everywhere. Do not allow the desecration of our streets, our laws and our children by the heirs of Sodom. Do not allow the corruption and the morbid enslavement of our sons.

For the prayers of St. John of Riga and the intercession of Your Most Pure Mother, o Lord,  protect and save this land and all its people and their children.

Amen! Amen! Amen!

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GOOD MORNING, GREECE

January 29, 2015

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May the prayers of St. John III the Merciful keep you on the right path and protect you from all the demonocratic attacks, which will try to make you unto the usual sterile antithesis, to lead your people to the usual dead track, unable to really change anything for the better and unable to get rid of the satanic grip upon your society.

Please remember that only Christ can subjugate demons. Without Him, demons will subjugate you!

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THE ATHEIST CHURCH AND THEIR FEARFUL ADEPTS

January 29, 2015

by David Klinghoffer

Each year, evolution enthusiasts, evangelizing atheists, and Religious Left activists celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday, February 12, as “Darwin Day.” They’ve got a spiffy new website with a full calendar of upcoming events. At Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, we also mark the occasion, but our focus is different. We call it Academic Freedom Day. That’s in honor of Darwin’s own wise counsel that in scientific inquiry, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”

Unfortunately many of his modern disciples have abandoned this principle and prefer to suppress the other side in the evolution debate. That is why we established our Censor of the Year (COTY) award, so at least the malefactors should not do their work without fear of any criticism at all. It’s with pleasure, then, that we open this year’s nominations to you, our readers at ENV and anyone else with a censor in mind in need of being condemned.

Think about the events of this past year and send us your nominees at the email link at the top of this page (at EMAIL US). We’re providing more than a full week to give us your nominations, through Monday, February 2. We will then have time to mull our decision and announce a winner, to be formally recognized on February 12.

I want to ask you to think about this in a broad manner.

Last year we presented our first ever Censor of the Year prize. The winner, biologist-blogger Jerry Coyne at the University of Chicago, was instrumental along with his Siamese twin, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, in silencing a young physicist at Ball State University in Indiana. Their victim, Professor Eric Hedin, had provided his students with a list of reading resources on intelligent design, both pro- and con-. Coyne and the FFRF got his course shut down, and may yet succeed in scuttling his career altogether.

Hedin’s case was a lesson to vulnerable scientists and scholars hoping to earn a livelihood in academia: Don’t inform your students about the debate on evolution going on in professional science. Don’t tell them about the case for a scientific alternative to Darwinism. Certainly don’t get involved in controversial research yourself. If you do, you’ll be sorry.

In other words, classic censorship. Orthodoxy maintained by fear.

In nominating your favorite censor, consider casting the net a little wider. Darwinism’s dominance in science and the media depends on intimidation, but also on subtler means: an implicit partnership between science vendors and science consumers to avert one’s eyes from evidence challenging a prestigious idea, Darwinian theory. With that in mind, let’s briefly review the past year.

Thinking of censorship more capaciously, the highlights of 2014 would certainly include the remake of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson. A slippery character, as we’re not only the ones to have pointed out, Dr. Tyson glibly unspools a narrative of the past, present, and future that erases the role of faith in inspiring scientific inquiry, twists the facts to make it appear that legitimate scientific controversy is a thing of the past, and generally make it appear that a scientific materialist perspective has things pretty much all figured out.

This is censorship by airbrush, and by seduction. We analyze the science behind Cosmos in our bookThe Unofficial Guide to Cosmos: Fact and Fiction in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Landmark Science Series.Cosmos was aimed at young people, and we expect it to become a staple in public schools, from the intermediate grades on up.

However the elementary grades aren’t safe either. A Boston University psychologist, Deborah Kelemen, advocates indoctrinating younger children. In a remarkable story this past year, the Wall Street Journal saluted her research showing how elementary-school kids can be deprogrammed and redirected from the common-sense recognition of design in the natural world.

Turning to adult education, Casey Luskin reported that the state-run New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science used Darwin Day 2014 to give a forum to atheist groups, simultaneously shutting out dissenting views. When challenged on this, the museum covered up, and decided it would prefer to silence the discussion altogether rather than permit an exchange of ideas on evolution. The museum’s sole event for February 12 this year is a soporific-sounding lecture on “The Rio Grande and its Food Webs,” which they are charging $6 for as if to ward visitors away.

As for more traditional forms of censorship, we’ve documented the uneven manner in which academic freedom is apportioned on campuses. At the University of Washington, for example, evolutionary biologist David Barash brags, in the New York Times no less, about pushing his atheism on students.

He’s not investigated or censured for that. But Coyne and the FFRF got another professor at a public university, Emerson “Tom” McMullen at Georgia Southern University, in boiling hot water for allegedly advocating his own Christian faith in the classroom.

Finally, as Time Magazine sometimes devotes its “Person of the Year” cover story to groups of individuals (“The Ebola Fighters,” “The Protester”), you could think about nominating the American Intellectual, or maybe Pseudointellectual, for our COTY prize. It never fails to amaze us how otherwise thoughtful people, who take pride in their skepticism and critical analysis skills, avoid informing themselves about the Darwin question. They refuse to do their homework and come to grips with an ultimate scientific question, refuse to read a book on intelligent design, placing their faith in clichés, slogans, and a skim of a Wikipedia page or two.

For an illustration, take a look at my exchange with Geoffrey Mitelman and R.P. Nettelhorst here the other day. This is self-censorship, carefully straining the information you allow yourself to take in lest you be tainted by impure thoughts. When it comes to challenges to evolutionary orthodoxy, the attitude is: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

There you have it, plenty of possibilities for your consideration. But don’t feel at all limited to the abovementioned. Please be in touch, now, and let us know your views on a worthy successor for Professor Coyne.

THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 29 (16), 2015

January 29, 2015

Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and All-glorious Apostle Peter.
Blessed Maximus of Totma (Vologda), fool-for-Christ (1650).
Martyrs the brothers Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Meleusippus, their grandmother Leonilla, and with them Neon, Turbo, and the womanJonilla (Jovilla), in Cappadocia (ca. 161-180).
Martyr Danax the Reader in Macedonia (2nd c.).
New Hieromartyr Damascene of Hilandar on Mt. Athos and Gabrovo (Bulgaria) (1771).

1 Peter 4:12-5:5 (Thursday)

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Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;

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but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

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If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

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But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.

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Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

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For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

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Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

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Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

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The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:

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Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;

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nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;

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and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

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Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Mark 12:38-44 (Thursday)

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Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces,

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the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,

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who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.

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Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.

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Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

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So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

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for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.

REALITY CHECK FOR ZOMBIFIED WESTERN MEDIA AUDIENCE

January 28, 2015

This video is from November 2013, a few days before the beginning of the events (planned by the US and fully supported by the EU) leading to the violent coup of February 2014 and a civil war which has already claimed almost 50,000 (Ukrainian) lives and is destroying the country. If you are ashamed of your governments’ actions, well, it means you’re still alive: repent and denounce the evil, stand by the truth and support it. The people who have seized the power there have launched an horrible attack against their own people, staining themselves of all sort of atrocities and malfeasances. If you support them, as your governments and their media whores still do, or if you don’t give a damn about the crying of innocents, you will join them in due time: there will be endless wailing and gnashing of teeth!

The video also shows what a sewer the Ukrainian Parliament had already become.

Enough with Charlie. Start worrying for Sashas, all around DonbassNo matter how much ridiculous you consider the idea, God will judge you!

EUROPEAN COLONIES ABOUT TO CATCH A COLD

January 28, 2015
by Leonid Krutakov for Odnako

(translated by Robin, via the Saker)

In mid-January, EU Energy Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič held talks with Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow. After the talks, Mr. Šefčovič expressed surprise at three circumstances.

First, Gazprom has no intention of building the South Stream pipeline. Second, in the future natural gas will be delivered to Europe via Turkey. And, third, Russia is not prepared to discuss the terms of its gas deliveries to Ukraine.

To quote Mr. Šefčovič, all three circumstances, were “very surprising,” even though Russia’s decision to cancel South Stream and instead build Turkish Stream was announced in December of last year in Ankara at a joint press conference held by the Presidents of Russia and Turkey.

It’s easy to wax ironic about Mr. Šefčovič’s ignorance of South Stream in Turkey. And most commentators did just that. But his attempt to discuss new conditions for gas supplies to Ukraine with his Russian partners deserves much more attention. And confirmation of that was not long in coming.

Last week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev convened a meeting with Messrs. Miller and Novak. He asked them for the details of their talks with Mr. Šefčovič, Ukraine’s gas debt and the repayment period. The meeting was broadcast live almost in its entirety.

Mr. Miller reiterated to Mr. Medvedev that Europe had only a few years to build its own transmission infrastructure to the Greece-Turkey border, where it will have to connect to the Russo-Turkish pipeline system. If Europe fails to do so, the gas will go to other markets.

And Mr. Novak pointed out that, when last year’s agreement on a $100 discount for gas sold to Ukraine expires on April 1, there will be no new discussions or agreements. The contract is valid and no one has cancelled it.

If we compare these statements, the fact that they were reiterated and broadcast live makes it clear that Russia has given Europe a firm ultimatum, outlined the consequences and set a deadline. So what is the nature of the ultimatum?

It’s a long story. But, like any long story, it offers an advantage. It allows you to assess the Ukrainian events not in terms of the abstract and immediate concepts of a struggle for freedom and democracy, but rather in the concrete terms of profit and loss over the long run.

At first glance, the link between the recent events in the Ukraine (the Maidan protests, the coup and the civil war) and the supply of Russian gas to Europe and the gas contract that Yulia Tymoshenko concluded in 2009 seems improbable. But any event whose workings are hidden from us is bound to seem improbable and inexplicable.

The European Union’s Third Energy Package (TEP) also came into effect in 2009. The gist of this document is that it establishes uniform rules for the gas supply system within the EU. All gas purchases must take place on an “entry-exit” basis at the European border. In other words, it creates a sort of single virtual gas buyer able to dictate terms to the seller.

The document sets other parameters, but they are all generally based on the idea of unbundling gas suppliers from the EU’s internal infrastructure and retail market, where prices are often more than three times the price of the “entry” price.

The stated reason for TEP was the need to enhance competition and reduce costs at the expense of a free flow of gas within Europe. This statement didn’t fool anyone. It was a new instrument that targeted only Gazprom, which is tightly connected to the European system.

In the event that Europe adopted unacceptable conditions, suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could at any time redirect their deliveries. In fact, that is what happened after TEP was adopted. The main flows of LNG left for the Asian markets. Gazprom, whose gas deposits are far from ports and have to be shipped by pipeline, could not pull off this trick.

As a result of the adoption of TEP, European gas prices did not fall; in fact they went up. From 2009 to 2013, the price of gas in the EU rose by an average of 29% to 30%. At the same time, the average price of Russian gas fell from US$410 per thousand cubic metres in 2008 to US$385 in 2013. And the volume of gas increased.

The paradox of a rising domestic price along with a falling “entry” price is easily explained by the nature of the increase. The increase was due mainly to the higher cost of gas transmission within the EU, which rose about 16%, and internal taxes, which were up 13%.

In fact, the energy component of the final gas price increased by no more than 2%, and even that was due to LNG. At the same time, the significant increase in the price of LNG was offset by the discounts that the EU obtained from Gazprom, taking advantage of Gazprom’s lack of wiggle room. And this occurred despite long-term contracts linked to the price of oil, which increased four-fold from 2008 to 2011.

In fact, TEP ultimately ended Gazprom’s access to the internal European market and, moreover, obliged it to sell 50% of its gas while still in the pipeline, even before it entered the EU. Under TEP, gas carried by the pipeline system has to come from at least two suppliers.

As for the timing, Gazprom’s long-term contracts with its European customers were renegotiated in 2004, and the following year saw the beginning of the TEP discussions. The peak of the discussions took place in 2008-2009, and precisely at that time the second Ukrainian-Russian gas war broke out.

Kiev, which was behind in its payments for Russian gas deliveries, began to siphon off transit volumes illegally, and in response Russia cut off the flow of gas. The EU had to take urgent action, brokering a gas contract signed by Yulia Tymoshenko almost entirely on Russia’s terms. Six months later, when peace prevailed, TEP was adopted, and so began the systematic effort to squeeze out Gazprom across the board.

South Stream was blocked on the grounds of non-compliance with TEP, even though the contract for its construction was agreed to before TEP was adopted on the government level. In point of fact, TEP was created to prevent individual countries from taking such “initiatives” in the future.

It should be noted that South Stream was blocked immediately after the start of the events in the Ukraine. The structure developed in such a way that the Ukraine retained its status as a major transit country for Russian gas and became a sort of gas reservoir for Europe. With the advent of TEP, under any new contract Gazprom had to halve its gas supplies to the EU or sell half of the volume to the Ukraine on the Russian border.

Simply put, Russia ultimately was expected to pay from its own pocket the cost of the Ukrainian coup and the formation of a Russophobic government in Kiev. That is why the United States initially tried to bail out Naftogaz of Ukraine. The son of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden even became a member of the Ukrainian gas monopoly’s board.

Vladimir Putin’s visit to Ankara and his agreement with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the construction of Turkish Stream has put paid to all that. The role of European transit country has now shifted to Turkey; moreover, in accordance with TEP rules, to fulfill a contract all Gazprom has to do is deliver the gas to the EU border. Moving it any farther is not Gazprom’s responsibility.

It was a calculated, well-aimed blow. Turkey is the only communication corridor offering an alternative route for Russia’s gas. For example, the proposed Nabucco pipeline to supply gas from Central Asia and the Middle East to the EU, bypassing Russia in the process, is based exclusively on Turkey as a transit country. But now there’s no getting around Russia.

The only question without a public response is the deadline attached to Russia’s ultimatum to Europe. Mr. Miller did not specify any period, saying only that Europe has little time left, in fact only a few years. This is understandable because contract terms and conditions are confidential.

But, not being bound by any confidential agreements, we are free to speculate about the deadline. Most of Gazprom’s European contracts, as already stated, were concluded in 2004. Earlier on, in the 1980s, such contracts had a term of 30 years. The term of the last contract was reduced to 15 years. It follows that D-Day – the time for renegotiation of contracts under the terms of TEP – will arrive in 2019, in other words, in only four years.

Four years is a political framework that limits Europe’s decision-making time. The choice is very difficult. In fact, there is no choice. Rejecting Russian gas supplies to Europe is tantamount to suicide. Switching to LNG, which is from one and a half to two times more expensive, would instantly make all European industries uncompetitive.

Europe needs Russian gas. All it can choose is the routes and the means for its delivery. It can negotiate with Russia on clear and transparent conditions, or it can break Russia’s resistance in order to gain access to the gas on its own terms. And the conductor (the US, which owns, LITERALLY owns, through a mix of bribes, menaces and blackmails, most of the current EU nations’ top politicians – ndM) standing behind the EU finds only the second scenario acceptable.

In fact, Europe has even less time (just making a decision is not enough) because it has to build a pipeline to the Turkish border. Otherwise it will have to “surrender” Ukraine. We do not want to play the role of Cassandra, but in four years anything can happen – even attempted assassinations of top politicians, in both Russia and Turkey.

By the way, one curious detail is that the Russian-Ukrainian contract signed in 2009 by Yulia Tymoshenko and Vladimir Putin has a non-standard term of 10 years. And, like most of Gazprom’s European contracts, it ends in 2019. Would that be by coincidence or by design?

THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 28 (15), 2015

January 28, 2015

Fast. Fish Allowed

St. Paul of Thebes, Egypt (341), and St. John Calabytes (“Hut-dweller”) of Constantinople, monks (450).
Monk-martyr Pansophius of Alexandria (249-251).
St. Prochorus, abbot in Vranski Desert on the river Pchinja in Bulgaria (10th c.).
St. Gabriel, founder of Lesnovo Monastery, Serbia-Bulgaria (980).
St. Salome of Udjarma, and St. Perozhavra of Sivnia, Georgia (4th c.).
Venerable Barlaam of Keret Lake near the White Sea (16th c.).

1 Peter 4:1-11

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Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,

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that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

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For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles-when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

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In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.

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They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

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For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

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But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

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And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

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Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.

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As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

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If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Mark 12:28-37

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Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

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Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

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‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

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And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

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So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He.

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And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

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Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” But after that no one dared question Him.

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Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?

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For David himself said by the Holy Spirit:’The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ‘

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Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son? And the common people heard Him gladly.