Orient Express to Hell by James Bovard

The world needs constant reminding that communism is a hell hole.

The workers were likely no fans of communist dictator Nicole Ceausescu, who seemed determined to starve the people into submission. Though Romania had been a breadbasket of Europe before World War One, food had become as rare as honest economist statistics.

Children could not get milk without a doctor’s prescription. It was forbidden for foreigners to send food to Romanians. The government responded to food shortages with a publicity campaign on the danger of overeating. The government also revved up advertising in western nations touting Romania’s “world famous” weight-loss clinics.

The communists destroyed hundreds of square miles of prime farmland to erect factories and open pit mines. Hundreds of villages were razed and the residents corralled into cities and conscripted to work in factories. The government put almost all investments into heavy industry – the ultimate source of bragging rights for communist leaders. But roughly half of Romania’s output was so shoddy that it was ready for the junk heap moments after it rolled off the assembly line. Romanian industry was also extremely inefficient, consuming up to five times as much energy per unit of output as western factories. The government compensated by cutting off electricity to people’s homes for up to six hours during the winter, and permitting only one 25-watt light bulb per room.

The health system was collapsing, and the infant mortality rate was so high the government refused to register children as being born until they survived their first month. The government also routinely cut off power to hospitals, causing a thousand deaths the previous winter.

Yet, some western experts hailed Ceausescu as a path-breaking visionary. A 1979 World Bank report, the “Importance of Centralized Economic Control,” praised the Romanian regime for pursuing “policies to make better use of the population as a factor of production” [italics added] by “stimulating an increase in birth rates.”

And how did the benevolent ruler do this? By prohibiting distribution of contraceptives and banning abortions. Because the Plan called for higher birth rates, every female forfeited the right to control her body or life. Ceausescu proclaimed in 1985: “The fetus is the socialist property of the whole society… Those who refuse to have children are deserters.” The government forced all women between the age of 18 and 40 to have a monthly gynecological exam to assure that no one robbed the State by having a secret abortion. These policies turned Romania into the World Capital of abandoned babies.

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The World Bank also praised the Romanian regime for its ability to “mobilize the resources” required to boost economic growth. In reality, the government was brutalizing its subjects to squeeze out “surpluses” to lavish funds on World Bank-approved industrial enterprises – the same tactic Stalin used to finance his Five-Year Plans.

The Romanian regime also “mobilized resources” by pawning its ethnic German and Jewish inhabitants. West Germany paid roughly $20,000 for each German exported, and Israel paid a similar amount for each Romanian Jew released. There were international agreements banning slave trading in the nineteenth century, but selling human beings in the twentieth century was acceptable if the receipts went for progressive purposes.

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Roughly 1 in 15 Romanians was working as a government informant.

George Soros is funding massive pro-abortion rallies in Poland

In a comprehensive report released October 3, Poland’s Ordo Iuris Institute presented its evidence that the country’s marginal feminist movement has received “enormous funding from abroad.” It traced most of the money to organizations funded directly or indirectly by Hungarian-American financier George Soros. Poland’s pro-abortion groups received about one million Polish zloty to block the Polish government’s 2016 attempt to completely ban abortion.

Ordo Iuris says Poland’s public universities, which were supposed to be neutral, were also actively involved in the pro-abortion protests.

The Global Fund for Women (GFW) is a partner and legatee of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The organization, which promotes access to abortion worldwide, boasts on its official website that it funded Poland’s so-called “black protests”.


“DNR” Minister assassinated

One of the Donbass top terrorists was blown up in his car in the center of Donetsk on September 23. On September 23, the Russian Interfax reported on two explosions in the center of occupied Donetsk. The scene of the incident was cordoned off by terrorists of the “DNR” group.

Referring on its own sources in the DNR terrorist organisation, the Russian news agency reported taht the victim of the explosion was the so-called “minister of incomes and charges” Alexander Timofeyev, currently he is in critical condition. The information has been confirmed by the terrorists’ news resources.

In addition, one of the terrorists’ leaders Pavel Gubarev also reported that Timofeev was taken to a hospital in serious condition. He added that a targeted explosion of the MON-90-guided missile defenses was carried out.

Worth noting that, in early September, social networks and some media spread information about possible personnel changes among the “leadership” of the Russia-backed terrorists, and “the Russian authorities have been considering the option of replacing the heads of the DNR and LNR groups.” Alexander Timofeyev was among those called possible candidates for Zakharchenko’s post in the puppet “republic.”


The Red Century

“The total for the communist democide before and after Mao took over the mainland is thus 3,446,000 + 35,226,000 + 38,000,000 = 76,692,000, or to round off, 77,000,000 murdered. This is now in line with the 65 million toll estimated for China in the Black Book of Communism, and Chang and Halliday’s estimate of “well over 70 million.”

“This exceeds the 61,911,000 murdered by the Soviet Union 1917-1987, with Hitler far behind at 20,946,000 wiped out 1933-1945.

“For perspective on Mao’s most bloody rule, all wars 1900-1987 cost in combat dead 34,021,000 — including WWI and II, Vietnam, Korea, and the Mexican and Russian Revolutions. Mao alone murdered over twice as many as were killed in combat in all these wars.

“Now, my overall totals for world democide 1900-1999 must also be changed. I have estimated it to be 174,000,000 murdered, of which communist regimes murdered about 148,000,000. Also, compare this to combat dead. Communists overall have murdered four times those killed in combat, while globally the democide toll was over six times that number.”


Poroshenko became deacon of the Moscow Patriarchate and took part in the procession (2009)

The action took place in the St. John’s Monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). The monastery posted photos on its website.

The deacon is the basic “level” of the hierarchy in the “white priesthood” of the orthodox rite. “White priesthood” is available for married men. Servants of this kind with sufficient level of preparation and spiritual experience can be promoted to the rank of archpriest and even in exceptional cases – a rare priesthood.


Ukrainian President Signs Controversial Language Bill Into Law

Ukraine’s president has signed into law a controversial bill that makes Ukrainian the required language of study in state schools from the fifth grade on.

The bill does not outlaw instruction in other languages; students can still learn their native languages as a separate subject.
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But that hasn’t assuaged the fears of groups such as Poles, Romanians, and Hungarians, all of which have sizable ethnic communities in Ukraine.

I called it! Russia promoting Black Lives Matter!

I don’t often gloat, but I had a lot of heated arguments about this, both from leftists who thought Russia’s support was terrifying, and nationalists who thought Russia’s support was a good thing.

They were all wrong. Russia was (and is) promoting instability. That’s it.