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News Links / Re: putin is the victim of the jews
« on: January 28, 2005, 09:17:54 PM »
Thank you for the articles, Pushkina. It's unfortunate that so many have not learned from the past; the resurgence of anti-semitism world wide is a testament to this. Today, anti-semitism is not only a trait of far right-wing extremists, but it is has also found support among many "salon intellectuals." Not only that, but it seems that its causes are now not just ethnic or religious, but political. There really is cause for concern; the infamous UN conference against "racism" in Durban is just one example of how accepted this vile behavior has become. Even my home town (population is something like 230,000) had a Synagogue firebombed last year.

But, I remain hopeful!

Forum Announcements / Re: loyal czarists feel fee to contact me
« on: January 27, 2005, 04:30:39 PM »
Personally, I love differing points of view. I thrive on them because they're like challenges. I shudder to think of what kind of person I'd be if I only exposed myself to things that I agreed with! Opinons and ideas are things that I take to my head, not my heart. ;)

There are a few things that do bother me though. When people are obviously picking on a person just because they don't agree with them, I get really annoyed. Another thing that gets on my nerves is when people are not even-handed with their criticism. And please, it's great that you have a "blind devotion" to a particular ideology, but that doesn't mean that you have to attack everyone who disagrees with you. The other side to this is when the person has nothing but praise for those whose opinions match their own; it's so obvious! What also bothers me is when someone flaunts their views as superior and all others as unworthy of consideration. This is not a quality of the educated or "open-minded," it is a sign of stupidity. Bertrand Russell once said/wrote[?]: "Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education." Now don't get me wrong, I'm an education aficionado, but there are some things that you can't learn from a textbook or a professor: respect being one of them.

Enough about what bothers me.

Forum Announcements / Re: loyal czarists feel fee to contact me
« on: January 24, 2005, 11:45:08 AM »
That is rich, considering the vitriol spouted by the rabid right wingers at anyone who dares try presenting a view alternate to theirs.

Actually it's quite understandable. I'm inclined to be cynical about both sides but it is quite obvious to the objective that one side in particular has taken on the "martyr" role, when they are anything but. I'm consistently amazed how some people can be so convinced of their own oppression! It's so fascinating . . . but I'm off to study for Psychology. (coincidence?)

Imperial Russian History / Re: discussion about orthodox religion
« on: January 24, 2005, 07:25:24 AM »
But isn't every adult responsible for his or her own soul? I would hate to be responsible for someone's soul based on something  that may have came out of my mouth! I'd be in a lot of trouble then!  :o ;D

OoH, I love soul debates! We had one a few weeks ago and we were strongly discouraged from bring in religion so we had to think of new ways to define the soul. The resolution itself was "BIRT we have sold our souls." But yeah, our whole thing was that we had sold our souls for individualism. It would have worked perfectly but we weren't able to attend! Oh well, I get to judge some junior soul debates this week and I can't wait to see where they're going to take it. :D

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: What and Who is Alexei to you?
« on: January 18, 2005, 03:57:00 PM »
Somehow this doesn't sound very convincing  :-

Although I doubt that my opinion counts for very much, I can second bluetoria's remark. I know that the Roman Catholic Church is very particular about canonization, at least nowadays. There's a whole process and different stages and it takes years. The process of sainthood has actually built up quite the bureaucracy.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: What and Who is Alexei to you?
« on: January 18, 2005, 03:33:52 PM »
I was under the impression that you were catholic..Is Alexie Romanov now a saint in the Roman Catholic Church?


As far as I'm aware he isn't even a Saint . . .

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: What and Who is Alexei to you?
« on: January 17, 2005, 07:05:32 PM »
Eeek! Please, lets not go there.  ;)

Sorry, it's just a touchy topic.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: What and Who is Alexei to you?
« on: January 17, 2005, 05:57:35 PM »

Bringing up certain *facts* about Alexei's character is NOT in any way demeaning those engaged in Alexei worship.  It is an attempt to temper the worship by pointing to reality.

Why is it necessary to temper the worship? I'm just wondering . . .

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra and her Health
« on: January 17, 2005, 05:08:11 PM »
   Sadly, I do think that Alixandra had some paranoid tendencies (as almost everyone possesses to some extent !) and this could have made "trust" especially difficult.

I agree, rskkiya. I don't know if she was exactly paranoid or just shy/nervous/compulsive, or some combination along those lines. It's too bad that she never caught it early because her marriage and the ensuing problems with Alexei and the War certaintly exacerbated these qualities.

Having Fun! / Re: What Romanov wuold you invite to dinner?
« on: January 16, 2005, 09:33:34 PM »
I'd like to dine with Alexandra. I mean, if I had one chance to see a Romanov, I wouldn't care if the conversation sucked. Really though, I'd like to get a good look at her and I personally find her to be an interesting character. Mind you, I don't mean interesting as in "intellectual" (although I know that she was in her own way). Definitely a fascinating woman.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: What and Who is Alexei to you?
« on: January 16, 2005, 09:18:45 PM »
Alexei, to me, is an almost too normal of a character. I'm really not all that fascinated in him, but I can restrain myself from demeaning others who may be. ;) From what I've read he was not a particularly rude or kind boy, naturally. Sure, he could be a brat, but when you take into account the way he was treated I'm actually surprised he wasn't alot worse. Still, he did say some wonderful things and I doubt that we could find many kids today that have that ability. It's too tragic that he was butchered, but perhaps it was better that way. After all, I doubt that we would be able to recall him fondly if he had lived. JMO.

Forum Announcements / Re: loyal czarists feel fee to contact me
« on: January 16, 2005, 09:07:22 PM »
Speaking of rude and uncalled for . . .  ::)

News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: January 16, 2005, 12:16:17 PM »
 Well, we each have our own "truths" so that will be as good as that will get. Some of these truths will change, some won't, but very few are absolutes (although there are a few). In the case of politics, like for the purpose of this discussion - we won't even come close to any "absolute truths"  ;)

. . . and I think that that is beautiful! But I have to go study for a math final, which is anything but.

News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: January 16, 2005, 11:58:33 AM »

I am not so sure that it is possible to derive "one big truth" from all of this.... only a bunch of independent small ones  ;) . And I am not sure if getting one big truth is even the point here...  (we never will anyway  :D)

I agree with you, Helen. I've always been skeptical of those who claim to know the "truth." My little "~'s" were somehow meant to indicate that there is no absolute truth. If you knew me, you would know that I have few firm opinions (but I do have some!), because, as the weird ass debate kid that I am, I tend to pick apart and be cynical about everyone's logic.  ;) But, we must always strive for the ~truth~, whatever and however unattainable it may be.

News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: January 16, 2005, 11:36:41 AM »

Perhaps you don't realize just how dreadful this  vulgarly 'jingoistic' comment sounds...
Please reconsider the manner in which you post your comments.


Oh, and here I was thinking that I was only going along with the general tone of the preceeding comment. Ah, but thank you for pointing out my "faults," rskkiya, I can always depend on you for that! :)

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