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Sunday, March 27, 2005
Smugglers from eastern Europe almost sold the FBI all of Russia's uranium.
Armenian special services detained several people in a case involving an attempt to import arms into the USA, reported RIA "Novosti." This was announced on Thursday by deputy chief Grachya Arutyunyan of the Armenian National Security Service. He did say, in any case, that there was no evidence the weapons under discussion could have been exported to the USA from Armenia.
This is in reference to the arrest of Armenian citizen Artur Solomonyan and the South African Christian Devett Spies on Monday evening in a New York hotel. Another 16 were charged in the sale of eight infantry weapons. This arrest follows a year-long investigation by the FBI. It began after several Americans of South African descent (according to the Associated Press version, demolition experts) told the special services that they had been contacted by some immigrants from eastern Europe who were looking for buyers of arms manufactured in Russia.
During the investigation, according to the FBI representative, the "smugglers" were told that members of Al Qaida wanted to buy Russian weapons.
Over the course of several months negotiations were conducted with members of the group, who showed pictures of arms: automatic weapons, machine guns, anti-tank weapons and grenade-throwers that were alleged to have been manufactured in one of the former USSR republics. They said the best they could do was provide a one-time shipment of weapons-grade uranium to the USA.
According to American media, the weaspons could be obtained from Russia, Chechnia or CIS countries.
As Arutyunyan said, among the Armenian citizens arrested in the USA was Solomonyan's brother, Levon. According to the deputy chief of the National Security Service, both have been sought since 2001 by Armenian police for dodging military service. According to the Armenian special services, the brothers were students at the Selskokhozyaistvennaya Academy and left Armenia in 1998 and 2000 as part of a student exchange program, said Arutyunyan. Meanwhile, as was reported earilier by the New York Times, Artur Solomonyan represented himself as an adept of the Scientology sect in a cultural exchange to get into the USA.
Those arrested also included citizens of Georgia. As US Ambassador to Georgia Richard Miles communicated on Wednesday at a press conference, together with citizens of Armenia and a number of other eastern European countries, people charged with exporting Russian weaspon to the USA included Nikoloz Nadirashvili, Vato Machitadze, Iosif Kharabadze and Levan Shvelidze."
The country's minister of foreign affairs Salome Zurabishvili had stated that the weaspons under discussion could have reached the USA from Russia through the Rokskiy tunnel, and then across Georgian and Armenian territory. "Georgia has stated repeatedly that the central powers of Georgia needed to exert more control over the Rokskiy tunnel and other border areas. This is yet another case that shows the necessity of that. Control is necessary not only for the security of Georgia, but also for the many other countries these weapons can reach," underscored the internal intelligence chief. The minister did not present any evidence for this version of the story.
Khakass gives cultural property to municipality.
A memorial to the soldiers of the Khakass who died in local armed conflict in Abakan and the Ankhakovsky "Ulug Khurtuyakh Tas" museum will be given to municipal formations. Such was the March 23rd resolution passed at a presidium session of the Supreme Council of the Republic of the Khakass.
While several memorials made their appearance in the republic in 2004 on the avenue of the Heroes of Socialist Labor in the Victory Park, the memorial to those fallen in local armed conflict is situated on the Provokzalnaya Square of Abakan, and the municipal museum of one exhibit "Khurtuyakh Tas" in the Askizsky district. In 2004 a special commission recognized srtuctures completed as memorials and in accordance with active legislation now needed to determine their ownership. According to a proposal by the government of the Republic of the Khakass they will go to municipal authorities.
As the Regnum Information Agency was told in the press offices of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Khakass, in the scope of preparations to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Victory, city and Republic authorities are implementing reconstruction of the memorial area in Victory Park. A new wall has been produced with the names of the Heroes of the Soviet Union, recipients of Medals of Honor and Heroes of Socialist Labor. Now as elements of a single memorial complex they are included in the register of city property, and so their care and maintenance are to be entrusted to city agencies. The residual value of the properties is nearly four million rubles. Part of the property of the Abakansky municipality will include the memorial to those fallen in local armed conflicts, which is located on the city's Provokzalnaya Square.
In 2003,the administration of the Republic of Khakass agreed with a proposal from the council on the Khakass people about moving the cult wall Ulug Khurturyakh Tas (Great stone old woman) from the hall of the Regional Studies Museum to a site of historical location not far from the Ulus (ulus [of Mongolian origin]: a stopping point for ancient nomads) of the Ankhak Askizsky district. One of the conditions for the return of the monument to the historical site was the construction of a museum for the wall. In September 2004 the festive opening of the "Ulug Khurtuyakh Tas" Ankahkovsky Municipal Museum occurred in a solemn setting and in the presence of honored guests. A building was specially erected for the exhibit in the style of a yurt. This was covered in broadcasts and press reports throughout the territory. The value of the museum's infrastructure has been estimated at one million rubles.
It was resolved to convey ownership of this to the Askizsky district. Continued apprehension about the further fate of the Khurtuyakh Tas wall itself was dispelled by Vladislav Torosov, representative of the council. At the presidum of the Khakass Republic's Supreme Council he said that the Khurtuyakh Tas belonged to the state, besides which it was on the federal register of protected historical memorials.
In recollection, the cost of the "Ulug Khurturyakh Tas" wall was assessed by a number of experts in the amount of five million dollars, and its age was said to be comparable with that of the Egyptian pyramids. In the traditional beliefs of the Khakassi and other peoples in in ancient times populated the territory of the Minusinsky Basin, Khurtuyakh Tas played a fundamental role in treating barren women. Discovered in the 1950s while tilling and ploughing soil, it was moved to the regional museum at Abakan, where it was maintained until 2003.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Wireless Internet in Krasnaya Polyana ski resort.
In the very center of the mountain ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana, in the "Muenchhausen" cult bar, a new service for Internet users has appeared - "WiFi"! This is a type of access developed by modern computer geniuses to enable anyone who wants, from the common user to the professional, log on to the Internet without dialing in and without delay. This needs a hook-up with a "WiFi" option or a specially attached device that supports this service.
The service is offered absolutely free. The most stable signal and steady reception is supported in the Muenchhausen bar. In the near future, all the lower areas of the mountain resort will be covered by wireless Internet. Due to the modern outlook of the Krasnaya Polyana resort management on these things, you will easily be able to send your friends the latest photographs of yourself on the snow, to relate the joy of a sunny day to acquaintances, to find out the latest news, stock reports, weather forecasts and be on top of things while relaxing!
"Restorer-M" work on exhibit in Moscow architectural museum.
Today an exhibit of the work done by the "Restorer-M" scientific restoration center over the last 10 years opened in the A.V. Shchusev Architectural Museum. As a Regions.Ru correspondent was told in the museum, "Restorer-M" is a well-known scientific design organization whose staff accomplished a significant number of jobs for the research and restoration of architectural monuments. For instance, a great amount of design documentation on the restoration of the Alexandrovsky hall of the Great Kremlin palace was accomplished from 1996 to 1999. Over the course of 10 years, "Restorer-M" specialists have conducted work for the restoration of other parts of Moscow's Kremlin - the bell tower of Ivan the Great, the Kremlin Armory, the Annunciation and Mother of God memorial church.
The center's staff has complete design restoration on many cult and public buildings in Moscow: the Nikolai Church in Golutvin, the Church of the Ascension on Gorokhvoe field, the Christmas Church at Our Lady's Christmas monastery, the villa of Prince Gagarina on Armaynsky Lane, the villa of Prince Dolgoruk on Pokrovk, the Opekunsky Council building on Solyank, the facade of the Malo Manezh on Georgievsky Lane, the facade of state warehouse small building and many others.
The design center created the cupola for the Moscow choral synagogue, carrying out the restoration of the facade and the interior of the building. The center has provided restoration designs for many historical theatrical buildings of Moscow, in particular the Theater Operetta, the Young People's Theater on Teatralnaya Square, Pushkin Theater. At the present time center specialists are conducting restoration-research and design work in the framework of a program of restoration and reconstruction of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia.
The center uses new technologies for restoration it created in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Science. Using methods and algorithms developed for restoration of architectural structures, in 2002 center specialists reproduced in color a historical collection of color photographs from the 20th center, which were produced by the famous Russian photographer S.M. Prokudiny-Gorsky.
The exhibit will present aspects of restoration and design documentation, including drawings, models and photographs which give onlookers the chance to see the "internal" process of restorative research and resolution of restorative problems.
Grabovoi's totalitarian sect.
A Regnum Information Agency interview with Alexander Dvorkin.
In view of the fact of the great concern that the activities of Grabovoi's sect has aroused among the Russian public, IA Regnum called for commentary upon Professor Alexander Dvorkin, Ph.D.. M.Div, chair of the sectology department at the Orthodox St. Tikhon University of the humanities.
IA Regnum: Alexander Leonidovich, after the scandal relating to the "resurrection" of the children killed in Beslan, many questions arise. What kind of person is Grigoriy Grabovoi?
- I don't know him personally, but when he is put in context with the leaders of other sects, Grigoriy Grabovoi does not have any special secrets. Grigoriy Grabovoi creates his totalitarian sect and does this actively enough. The leader of any sect needs to come out with some basic offering: something that sets him off from all the others. According to the definition of totalitarian sect adopted in France, a totalitarian sect is an organization, the basic meaning of whose existence is power and money for management and for their immediate environment, during which time this goal is concealed under guise of religion, culture, politics, health or pseudopsychology, and which is characterized by a number of features: a deified leader or organization, deceit during recruitment, regulation of all aspects of the sect members' lives, and exploitation of adepts. All these indicators we can see in Grabovoi's sect.
We see that this person is undoubtedly striving for power and money and very aggressive about this. We see that in pursuit of unrestricted power he uses various guises. There are also religious elements in Grabovoi's system. He proclaims himself to be a new manifestation of Jesus Christ. He uses pseudo-medical elements, which include rejuvenation, improvement of health and resurrection of the dead. He also uses pseudo-psychological elements. He promises living success as a result of taking his courses and also the corresponding political elements, relating to his announcing his candidacy for president. We also see the basic signs: a deified leader of an organization, deceit during recruitment, regulation of all aspects of adepts' lives and exploitation of adepts. According to all the parameters, this is a totalitarian sect, and Grabovoi is the leader of a totalitarian sect.
Grabovoi promises improved health, rejuvenation and finally, resurrection from the dead. This is his distinguishing product that he puts on the market of religious (and pseudo-religious) services. Although there are other sects that have promised resurrection from the dead in the history of sectology, those came to an end, because proof that their promises had been fulfilled was required. Grabovoi really did this in such a cunning way. He said that those living illegally in Moscow are the same ones he resurrected, and he says it is not acknowledged that they have been revivified, so they are sent to psychiatric hospitals. And so the more some poor illegal is convinced that he has not been resurrected, the stronger the Grabovoists believe their sect leader's assertions.
Grabovoi's presidential campaign is calculated to recruit new sect supporters. I think that Grigoriy Grabovoi understands perfectly well that his chances of becoming president are practically null, but he is conducting the campaign to attract new supporters. I don't know whether or not Grabovoi has been psychiatrically evaluated, since that information is closed to us. It is obvious that many leaders of totalitarian sects have serious mental problems.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Korn guitarist baptized in the River Jordan.
The guitarist of the cult rock group "Korn," Brian "Head" Welch was baptized on Saturday in the "Kineret" kibbutz. Head made a special trip to Israel to undergo the ritual of Baptism in the waters of the River Jordan, which is conducted annually for several thousand Christian pilgrims.
After having spent many years creating for himself the image of a "free rocker," which included a pointed use of drugs, several weeks ago Head told his fans that he was leaving "Korn" in order to enter the bosom of the Baptist Church.
Brian Welch, one of the founders of the legendary group that sold several platinum albums, has now found himself at the head of a group of 20 pilgrims who were baptized the day before yesterday by Pastor Ron Vietti.
After the ritual of Baptism, Head said that the waters of the Jordan washed away his anger. "You know, when you get angry and it builds up? I felt like hurting someone before. Now I feel like hugging people."
Pastor Vietti also said that there was already a group of young people who had been inspired by Head's story who came to his church in Bakersfield, California with a request to help them devote their lives to Christianity.
Currently the famous rocker is planning to start writing thanksgiving hymns.
Unknown people burst into the offices of the National Bolshevist Party in Moscow today.
As NBP press secretary Alexander Averin reported to ECHO, the incident took place about two o'clock, when persons unknown used gas to occupy part of the office spaces. The National Bosheviks barricaded themselves into one room and called the police. Since then one of the participants in the takeover of the offices, named Roman, gave his version of events to "Echo" in an interview.
"Our friend Sergei Goncharov landed in this sect some time ago," he said. "We decided to clear up his fate, especially since the authorities did not react to the incident."
And now, as NBP press secretary Alexander Averin stated to ECHO, their headquarters had been freed, and the assailants detained.
Hitler had an atom bomb, though quite a poor one.
The Soviet spy Maxim Maximovich Isaev, more widely known as Standardtenfuehrer Stierlitz, did not save the world from the Nazi atomic bomb. The cult Soviet serial "Seventeen Minutes of Spring" refutes Rainer Karlsch's book, which the German DVA publishing company is supposed to release on March 14. The author asserts that at the very end of the Second World War, Germany had the opportunity to produce a nuclear weapon. The book unpretentiously announces: "Sensational results. In 1944-45, under SS supervision, German scientists conducted tests of atomic bombs on the island of Ruegen. During this time hundreds of convicts and prisoners of war perished."
The announcement also said that "from the documentation that verifies the execution of nuclear tests, Karlsch also discovered a 1941 project for plutonium bombs, along with the first industrial German atomic reactor in the outskirts of Berlin."
In the meantime, the Germany mass media expressed serious doubts as to the authenticity of the upcoming "sensation." The German newspaper, "Suddeutsche Zeitung," was upset with the words of Mark Walker, who consented to lift the veil of secrecy from the yet-to-be-released book. It asserted that in the last months of the war, scientists of the Third Reich supposedly made desperate attempts to finalize the work on the atomic bomb. "Physicists took pre-enriched uranium (a small part of the material that was used to produce the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima), enclosed it with ordinary explosive material and detonated it. That's not how you make an atomic bomb. So the explosive material exploded and scattered particles of uranium," the newspaper wrote.
American scientists assert that after the war Kurt Dibner and Walter Gerlach preferred to keep silent about the experiments they performed at the time. In the opinion of the German publication, if the tests were done exactly as Walker described, then it was plain why the physicians were not ready to provide the details of their past. The story there did not lie in the unwillingness to talk about the fact of collaboration with the Nazis, as much as it did in similar stories, told with permission, that said experts would ridicule the "nuclear tests."
A feeling was created that the "sensational" book would be very similar to the Soviet blockbuster about Stierlitz. It's unlikely to have as artistic merit as it does authenticity.
, 05.3.05, Dmitriy Kartsev
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Russia to save the world from Matrix and postmodernism.
On February 24, the Institute of National Strategy, led by renowned political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky, offered a lecture "The New Middle Ages. Doctrine of Russia in the 21st century." The lecture defined the basic strategy of RF development in the new millennium. Interestingly, earlier theoretical computations of S. Belkovsky and his colleagues have repeatedly found a direct course into the altogether practical actions of the Russian authorities.
The new strategy is based on the main threat to the existence of civilization at the present time being postmodernism. A large part of the 69-page INS work describes how the virus of this "cynical philosophy," which denies not only the presence of God, but of truth, ethics and even the most objective reality, over the period of the last half of the 20th century, penetrated the minds of people in western countries, was blended with esoteric teachings and Buddhism exported from the East, and how this mixture infected everything, from art to politics.
In the opinion of the lecture's authors, in sum, people infected with postmodernism and eastern philosophy, whose ancestors at some point believed in one God and the possibility of salvation, began to deny the existence of universal values and acquiesced to "everything's the same as everything else."
Such a view of the world is the best possible approach to justify total pragmatism and a faith in the supremacy of technology, which is typical for contemporary western consciousness. "Now the empty movement need only surmount the last barrier and become a legitimate ideology, supported by a political power," the INS noted in its work.
The main outpost of this cynical interpretation of the world in the new Russian strategy is the USA, which endeavors to spread the virus of postmodernism far and wide. "Neopragmatism and the American version of postmodernism gradually begin to blend quite well with the unwritten state ideology of the USA, the theoretical refinement of cult economic effectiveness and success (for which "anything goes"), and an uncomprehending indifference to the question about truth," says the speech.
The quintessence of American ideology is like the postmodernist superstate in the religion in "Matrix." The "Matrix Religion" is the doctrine, aggravated by the crude products of the American culture industry, about man's dissolving in an all-embracing technosphere, creating a new (virtual) illusory world controlled by a new god, an anthropomorphous creature, reminiscent of the average US citizen (plural agent Smiths from the movie), but with unlimited intellectual development, capable of influencing any field of world events," says the speech.
The INS considers the second pole of the world's postmodernist conspiracy to be China. "Imitating a new era of crusade, the USA is endeavoring to split the triple unit of abrahamistic tradition (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), while traditional China attempts, in so far as this is possible, to maximally consolidate, preserve and broaden the region of non-monotheistic religiosity (Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism). Thus "finding themselves in symmetrical points of the process of Babylonian confusion they also represent superstates," suggest institute analysts.
As a result, the authors deem, in the near future the world is bound to run into with American or Chinese expansion. In the opinion of Belkovsky and his colleagues, 21st century world civilization may expect a battle between postmodernism and the return to one God and universal values for civilization in the New Middle Ages. Russia should become a leader in the world religious Renaissance. The basic idea includes the concept that the development of the Russian state can be reasonable only if a sense of the basic mission of our country emerges for people and state. For this all government activity should get a religious assessment, assert the INS analysts, who emphasize that the topic is not about any particular denomination, but monotheism on the whole, as well as about a medium of universal values.
The authors further suggest that Russia begin the 21st century with the conception of "Moscow - the Third Rome." According to that conception our country has the same legacy as Rome and Byzantium and therefore we have the mission of "maintaining" political order and control, with which the armed forces hold the advance of anarchy of the world in check.
Besides that, the authors recall that the government can appeal to Orthodoxy to spur on economics, because the Orthodox faith presumes the construction of an apparatus of collective salvation; there is the liberation of the people from the struggle for survival and providing them access to churches and holy sites. In this way, economics does not develop so easily in an Orthodox civilization, as it turns into a service of spirituality.
Pandas fell victim to ancient Chinese cult.
An ancient Chinese cult offered pandas in sacrifice, reports the Sinhua agency. The story about the tragic fate of the ancient bamboo bear was told by the bone of the animal discovered in 2001 during excavation of a cemetery lot of the Neolithic era in central China.
Then archeologists mistakenly thought the bone was part of a pig skeleton. In 2003, doubts emerged among scholars about how accurate that interpretation of the find was. Further research yielded that the bone belonged to a great panda. As Chinese archeologists assert, the bamboo bears were offered in sacrifice nearly 4,000 years ago, during the late Neolthic era.
The burial ritual, in which the sacrificial animals were buried along with the dead, originated about 8,000 years ago. According to the information from the archeologists, pigs and dogs were originally offered in sacrifice. The discovery proves the hypothesis that the great panda was an object of the hunt for the ancient Chinese.
At present in China there are nearly a thousand great pandas in the wild. Their basic natural dwelling habitat is the southwest province of Sychuan, where several reserves had been created. In the Khubai province, where the panda bones were found, the bamboo bear can no longer be found.
Cube: popular cult game on Pocket PC platform.
If you have a Dell Axim X50v, then you can quickly load the newly offered version, which comes with start-up text.
As the pocketgamer.org page reported for Guizmox, the Intel company completed the porting of the well-known, one might say, cult game of Cube to the Pocket PC platform. In particular, it can successfully be used on the Dell Axim X50v machine due to its having the proper 3D acceleration.
The game's throughput runs at 10FPS on the X50v, although this simply carries the code without any kind of optimization. So if you have an X50v, then you quickly load the ported version, even with the start-up text, from its official page. You can play the game everyday!
Earth, Wind & Fire press conference.
At noon, March 3, club Jazz Town club is hosting a press conference - music of our city, to celebrate the launch of the Storm International BV program at the club. The 1970s cult jazz rock group Earth, Wind & Fire will participate in the press conference. They are opening the concert series, at which world performers will play various types of jazz, for Storm International BV and club Jazz Town. Attending the conference will be: Storm International BV president Michael Bottcher, and Ralph Johnson, Verdin White and Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire. Club Jazz Town is on Taganskaya Square.