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Russian Orthodox Consecrate HUGE Cathedral Dedicated To The ‘Armed Forces’ — & It Is BIG.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access article, from Russia, with many pictures, including one shown above.


YouTube videos.


I still haven’t been able to establish the exact dimensions. They say it is one of the tallest. I saw a 98 meter figure. So, maybe it is 320′ tall. OK, St. Peter’s, at the Vatican, is 448′ tall. So ….

Well, I just wanted to give you a head’s up.

The controversy is about it being dedicated to the armed forces. Having a cathedral dedicated to armed forces does sound incongruous. But, this is Russia & Putin had a major hand in having this cathedral built.

I will look into this more. Promise.


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The Rogue ~300′ Asteroid That Came Way Too Close To Earth Yesterday, April 15, 2018!

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_GE3


It could have been a heyday for the Nibiru freaks who are hoping (yet again) for a ‘pie in the skyEarth collision on April 23, 2018.

This was 8 days early.

We (and that I mean the ‘Catalina Sky Survey‘ in Tucson, Arizona) only discovered it 24-hours prior to that! Yes, you read that right. It came straight out of the blue just 24-hours before whizzing by us. I have always claimed that this is the problem we will have with asteroids and comets. What we have to worry about are the ones that sneak up upon us like this one.

NO WARNING!

It was pretty big. Around the same size as the meteoroid that exploded above Tunguska, Russia in June 1908. If this had hit Earth, or exploded in the atmosphere, it would NOT have wiped us all out. But, it would have caused a huge amount of devastation.

As it says above: “It is the largest known asteroid to ever pass that close to Earth in observational history!


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UN Security Council Resolution On Trump’s Jerusalem — How The Countries Voted.

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This was the Thursday, December 21, 2017, United Nation Security Council vote as to whether the UN Member States wanted to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel per Trump’s pronouncement last week.

128 countries voted AGAINST such recognition, i.e., AGAINST the U.S.A. These included: United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Sweden, India, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.

Only 8 countries voted with the U.S. and 7 of them are not exactly household names!

Canada, Australia and Mexico, to THEIR SHAME, kowtowed to Trump.

So, now you know.

128 Against — 9 For — 35 Abstained.


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Russians Visiting My Blog — Finding A Russian, i.e., Cyrillic, Search String ‘семафор’.

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According to the ‘Flag Counter‘ Stats (on the sidebar) this blog has had 1,743 hits from Russia over the last few years. That, 0.14% of my overall hits, is neither here nor there, so to speak. These ‘Flag Counter’ stats nor the WordPress.com provided stats I am forced to rely on, will, however, give me any clue as to how these Russian hits go here (i.e., what they were looking for) or what posts they looked at. C’est la vie. You have to assume that SOME of my varied topics might be of interest — AND I do have a published book in Russian!

But, today, I was surprised to find an actual cyrillic search string in my stats, viz. семафор. [See above.]

Thanks to the magic of Google, I could obviously get it translated at once.

It means ‘Semaphore’.

And, I do indeed have posts on semaphores though I am sure the Russians were looking for that term in the context of computer programming — and not, as is in my case, railway signals. I feel bad.


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Ivan Pavlov, Of The Salivating Dogs, Was Born This Day 168-Years Ago; September 14, 1849.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Pavlov



 An interesting & educational YouTube video.


I had to write this post as soon as I learned it was the great man’s birthday — it was Pavlovian!

I am fond of his work so, to be fair, I would have written this even if it wasn’t Pavlovian.

Easy to forget that what he was really researching was DIGESTION in dogs and not conditioning! The above video makes that very clear.

Also note that it is his birthday PER the Julian calendar that was being used in Russia at the time! The Russians used the Julian calendar till 1919 — i.e., post revolution! Wow. Between 1800 and 1900 the difference between the two calendars was 12-days. Hence the September 14/September 26 ‘confusion’.


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Swansea University, My Ol’ Stomping Ground, Discovers That Wild Dogs Vote By Sneezing!

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Click image to access BBC coverage from September 6, 2017.


I am SO proud.

This is exactly the kind of stuff I would expect from dear ol’ Swansea.

BRAVO! Kudos. Thank YOU.

You made my day, albeit not got the first time.


In my day, which was 40 years ago, their claim to academic fame was in the area of ‘finite element mechanics‘ — now known as ‘finite element method‘.

Wild dogs sneezing! Wow.

Way to go.

I guess they will NOW have to research whether the Russians try to interfere with this voting with fake sneezing.


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1,200 U.S. Diplomats In Russia vs. 445 Russian Diplomats In USA.

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It took me a while, after I did my last post on the U.S. diplomats being expelled from Russia, to get some meaningful numbers as to the US diplomatic presence in Russia and vice versa.

The U.S.A. has a total of 1,200 ‘diplomats’ (including support staff) in their ‘mission’ in Russia.

Russia on the other hand has 445 ‘diplomats’ in their ‘mission’ to the US.

That is where Putin’s 755 number, for expulsion, comes in.

1,200 – 755 = 445.

He wants to balance the playing field. Kind of makes sense.

The question this BEGS is why don’t the Russians have more ‘diplomats’ in the US IF they permit 2.6x more in their country. It could actually be COST. Diplomats are expensive commodities — and I speak as the son of a career diplomat.

So, I thought this would help.


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How Many Diplomats Does The U.S. Have In Russia, IF Putin Can Expel 755?

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I am not sure about you, but I was flabbergasted when I read that Putin is threatening to expel 775 ‘diplomats’ out of Russia if the US goes ahead with its latest bill on sanctions.

IF Putin can expel 775 it has to mean that there are hundreds more that are not getting expelled since obviously he wants to maintain some US diplomatic presence in Russia.

775 just seems like a LOT when Obama only booted out 35 – 40 last December for their interference in the 2016 elections.

Big difference between 40 and 775.

For obvious security reasons it appears difficult to find numbers for the exact diplomatic presence in a given country. But, it is being claimed that there are around 1,250 U.S. diplomats and support staff in Russia. Wow. That seems like a lot. There is, as I show in the map above (which I created for you), one embassy and three consulates in Russia. Yes, it is possible that the Moscow embassy has 350-400 U.S. personnel, possibly more. That is without any local help they might hire as drivers, cleaners etc. though in the case of Russia there may be concerns about hiring any local help.


See July 31, 2017 UPDATE on numbers, on each side, here (click).


Just a sobering thought. 1,250 Americans, on government business, in Russia.

That begs the question as to how many Russian government employees are in the U.S. In addition to the Russian Embassy in D.C there are three consulates: in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.  So they mirror the U.S. set-up in Russia. Does this mean that there are ~1,250 Russian ‘diplomats’ in the U.S.? WOW.


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Who Will Stay Long Tomorrow, With Markets Closed On Friday, N. Korea, Syria & Russia All In Play.

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U.K. Daily Mail, April 12, 2017.


I have been amazed that the market has been resilient in light of all of this geopolitical unrest.

Never seen it so steadfast and ready to ignore Tomahawks being lobbed around, willy nilly.

But this weekend could be rather interesting to say the least and the Markets are close on Friday for Easter.

So, any risk aversion trades will have to be done Thursday, April 13, 2017.

I will continue to stay LONG.

Having stayed LONG, without a single exception, for the last 10 years there is no point trying to be cut now.

I have quite literally accumulated enough ‘Market Karma’ to keep me going through a few corrections. {SMILE}

Basically thinking out aloud.

As an option trader all volatility is what we live for.

All the best. Bon Chance. It could be quite the ride.


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