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    Well, I know Pavel Chekov is not impressed by Cossacks and who needs national pride...Even Einstein thought that was foolish and he might know. Glory might feel good but it is pretty selfish.
    “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

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    Turn the page NAP ...

    For the reference and the continuity of the above member's post ...

    Quote Originally posted by giovonni View Post
    In many ways they resemble the Ultra-right
    Christian fundamentalist here in the West.


    Cossacks and the church | DW Documentary

    "Russia - a global power, confident and strong. That’s the image projected by President Vladimir Putin. Decades after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Putin is relying on Russian traditions and values from the tsarist past to kindle patriotism. Many Russians see Vladimir Putin as the man who has returned pride, glory and honor to their nation. The Cossacks, an ultra-conservative group, are key to Putin's grip on power. They are honored as guardians of traditional Russian values and serve Putin as nationalist paramilitaries. Tens of thousands of Russians identify as Cossacks. They trace their origins to horsemen who formed mounted bands in the Russian steppes during the 15th Century. Over the course of time, they served many masters - including the tsars. After the Communist revolution, they faced oppression and persecution ...

    During World War II, some were active in Hitler's armies. Now, President Putin is capitalizing on their nationalistic priorities. This documentary looks at the role Cossacks play in supporting police in Moscow, including during demonstrations by regime opponents. Another pillar of support for Putin is the Russian Orthodox Church. It has resurged under Putin, and exercises considerable political influence - an alliance that benefits both sides. Article 14, paragraph 2 of the Russian constitution defines the separation of church and state. But the Russian Orthodox Church sees itself as a bulwark against outside influence and supports the Kremlin, for example in its annexation of Crimea. It sees itself as the protector of Russian values, and views homosexuality as a sign of an impending apocalypse. The filmmakers show how nostalgia for "Glorious Russia" and the values of the tsarist period are playing out in modern day Russian politics."


    Mar 26, 2020

    42:25 minutes



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    With a heaping helping ...


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    Interesting. I haven't listened to the piece yet. Putin is from St. Petersburg and proud of it. Peter the great demanded the Cossacks cut off their beard and if they didn't he would tear them off himself. I imagine Putin doesn't bring that bit of history up...

    (learned that in Russia, btw)

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    A Commercial Break ...

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    If the shit fits ...

    President Trump and Mr. Pillow Guy ...






    Natalie Maines Slams Trump’s Coronavirus
    Response Using His Own Lies


    In Instagram post, Dixie Chicks singer sets Trump quotes to lyrics
    of the country trio’s song “Gaslighter”




    A few hours after Donald Trump trotted out the My Pillow infomercial guy at what was supposedly a COVID-19 press briefing, Natalie Maines called bullshit on the president’s coronavirus response in a blistering Instagram post.

    The outspoken singer mixed the chorus of the Dixie Chicks’ new single, “Gaslighter,” with Trump’s own misleading quotes about the coronavirus situation. “People think it goes away in April with the heat” butts up against the Chicks harmonizing “denier.” “We only have 11 cases and they’re all getting better” tees up the lyric “doing anything to get your ass farther.” And the doublespeak word soup of “It may get bigger, it may get a little bigger, it may not get bigger at all” embodies the very definition of “gaslighting.”


    The Instgram Clip...
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    Maines tagged the post with #liar, #murderer, and #narcissist, which prompted some of her followers to criticize her for fostering division. “He was told what was going to happen months ago and he was too worried about his money to prepare our country,” Maines responded in part. “His denial, greed, and inaction is going to kill hundreds of thousands of people.”

    The clips ends on an image from the “Gaslighter” video altered to include Trump’s face, as the Dixie Chicks sing, “You liar.”

    Over the weekend, Trump tweeted how his daily press briefings were becoming more popular than the ABC dating series The Bachelor. “Because the ‘Ratings’ of my News Conferences etc. are so high, ‘Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers’ according to the @nytimes, the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY,” he wrote. On Tuesday, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 had surpassed 3,000.


    Source: rollingstone
    The Ultimate/Gas Lighter

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    Question

    And speaking belief system (s) ...

    Is Saint Corona a Guardian Against Epidemics?

    Well, she might be now, at least.


    by Matthew Taub March 31, 2020



    A 14th-century painting of Saint Corona by the Master of Palazzo Venezia Madonna. Wikimedia/Statens Museum for Kunst

    Aachen Cathedral in western Germany may be able to claim a special spiritual connection with the global COVID-19/coronavirus crisis: The cathedral, one of Europe’s oldest, is said to house the relics of Saint Corona herself. What’s more, Saint Corona is believed to be the patron saint of protection against plague—depending who you ask, that is.

    The cathedral, in fact, had begun renewing its focus on Saint Corona more than a year ago, well before the novel virus had emerged as a public health threat. Originally, Aachen Cathedral had planned to put the saint’s golden shrine on public view in the summer of 2020, as part of an exhibit on goldsmithery. Ironically, at a time when believers might be more drawn to Saint Corona than ever, the cathedral may have to postpone the exhibit if the crisis has not abated by summer.

    Though public interest in Saint Corona has perked up due to the coronavirus, little is ultimately known about her life—or, for that matter, her remains. According to Catholic Online, it’s believed that she lived during the second century, in Roman-occupied Syria, where Christianity was outlawed. When a Roman soldier named Victor was tortured after the discovery of his secret Christian faith, Corona decided to publicly profess her Christianity in an act of solidarity. In this telling, the Roman judge Sebastian ultimately had both of them executed. Catholic Online suggests that their remains may lie in Anzù, in northern Italy, at the 11th-century Basilica Sanctuary of Saints Victor and Corona (not far from one of the areas hit hardest by the pandemic).


    The famous ceiling above the entrance to Aachen Cathedral, where some of Saint Corona’s relics may lie.

    Candida Moss, a theologian at the University of Birmingham, in England, recently tweeted that Saint Corona’s remains are, indeed, in Anzù, rather than Aachen—assuming that Saint Corona had ever lived in the first place. In an email, Moss elaborates on the evidence suggesting Corona is an invented figure: The earliest records mentioning her emerged hundreds of years after her purported death, and the Roman legal system described in her story seems rather anachronistic

    Furthermore, according to Moss, Saint Corona is not one of the historic patron saints of infectious disease, contrary to word that has been spreading in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Indeed, according to Catholic Online, “Corona is invoked in connection with superstitions involving money, such as gambling or treasure hunting.” Other traditions hold that Saint Corona is the protector of lumberjacks, since she was martyred while tied to two trees.

    Even if these views of Saint Corona have dominated historically, Moss says it’s possible that different groups have viewed the saint in different ways. “The veneration of saints is a very regional affair,” Moss told Artnet. For example, she cites Saint Edmund—another patron saint against plague—who didn’t become associated with disease until 700 years after his death. The reason, Moss says, was an outbreak of plague in the French city of Toulouse, where Edmund’s relics were held, that caused the city’s residents to pray to him for protection.


    Statues of Saints Corona and Victor at their Basilica in Italy.

    Meanwhile, a similarly local understanding of Saint Corona seems to have emerged in the town of Kirchberg am Wechsel, in eastern Austria—home to its own Parish Church of St. Corona (Pfarrkirche St. Corona). A version of the church’s website, captured by the Wayback Machine in 2017 (long before COVID-19), states that “Holy Corona serves as an advocate for requests for steadfastness in faith, for requests against storms and crop failures, for averting epidemics and for requests for help in the small needs of everyday life.” Daniela Lövenich, a spokeswoman for the Aachen Cathedral, also told Artnet that Saint Corona’s association with plague “probably” comes from Kirchberg am Wechsel, not from Aachen or Anzù.

    The Pfarrkirche also attempts to clarify some of the confusion surrounding Saint Corona’s remains and their whereabouts. They are, according to the church, divided between Italy and Aachen, where Holy Roman Emperor Otto III delivered some of the relics in 997. Charlemagne is also buried at Aachen Cathedral, a historic coronation site for German kings and queens. (The Pfarrkirche was built much later, in the 17th century, on the site of a statue of Saint Corona that was found in a tree—possibly placed there by the area’s lumberjacks.)

    So all along, Saint Corona may have only been associated with disease in one small Austrian town, due to a statue in a tree and a specific confluence of local historical events. With the help of a new disease that takes her name—not to mention the internet—Saint Corona may now well become an international symbol of protection from disease. This is how it’s happened, after all, all the way back to Saint Edmund and beyond.

    “Saintly traditions have always grown and developed over time as people call upon local saints for assistance in situations of crisis,” Moss wrote in an email, even if that means the saints already associated with an issue are neglected. (In the case of epidemic, that could be Edmund, Barbara, Aloysius Gonzaga, and Roch). Still, she wrote, it’s “surely a good thing” if people can now find comfort in Saint Corona—“[a]s long as they also self-isolate and don’t think Saint Corona can protect them.”

    Source/reference: atlasobscura.com

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    You may not believe it, but my car insurance company is called Corona Direct.
    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    You may not believe it, but my car insurance company is called Corona Direct.
    No translation needed ...


    "Direct"



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    Confused



    I am not a doctor, but I play one on television.

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    The world vaccinator Gates of hell is also a doctor ?, maybe not also lol.

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    Quote Originally posted by Aianawa View Post
    The world vaccinator Gates of hell is also a doctor ?, maybe not also lol.
    No, Bill Gates is most definitely not a doctor. But that's not him in that photo.
    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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    This might be off topic but it relates to Doctors and Bill Gates and points out the faults of MSM.

    One of the 'cheap' aspects and complaints against MSM is their penchant for sensationalism and their urge to foment conflict. In CNN's reporting against Trump's efforts to 'curb' the COVID-19's spread they cite a number of true medical professionals and scientists AND Bill Gates. Bill Gates might be intimately involved in the mitigation of serious health ills in the world but he is assuredly not a medical profession. The only motivation for including him in the list is perhaps an unconscious desire to stir the pot. They have to know that Gates is a trigger word to the right. I've actually been waiting for them to squeeze George Soros in there somehow.

    They squeezed Soros today while discussing Hungary's Orban.
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