With 316 votes on December 17, Ukraine’s Parliament backed a law on the state recognition of Plast – National Scout Organization of Ukraine. This is the second affirmative vote on the legislation. On May 30, 2019, members of the previous convocation of the Verkhovna Rada had voted in favor of the earlier edition of this bill. But then, after more than three months, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy rejected the law and returned it to the Verkhovna Rada with his remarks.
Now, after the Verkhovna Rada’s Youth Committee backed the second edition with Mr. Zelenskyy’s remarks and the Rada voted to approve the law, it is up to the president to sign and enact the law on state support of Plast. . . .
The 316 votes cast in favor of the Plast law are far beyond the minimum 226 needed for a bill to pass. The Parliament’s major faction, Servant of the People, gave 215 votes for the legislation with only one against. Five other factions, European Solidarity, Batkivshchyna, For Future, Voice and Trust, voted for approval, while the pro-Russian Opposition Platform voted against. One of the Opposition Platform’s national deputies, Yuriy Pavlenko, ex-Minister of Youth and Sport, voted in favor of the new law on recognition of Plast. . . .
“As a result of the revision, this law has even changed its name. It is now called: ‘On the recognition of the Plast movement and the principles of state support for Plast, scout movement.” Just as in the title, there were changes throughout the text of the bill,” explained Yurko Yuzych, head of Ukraine’s Plast Board.
“The law now does not mention ‘the Plast organization,’ or any other organization. Instead, the new definition, ‘Plast movement (Plast),’ which is a Ukrainian scout movement, was introduced. And next to it is the definition of ‘Scout Movement (Scouting).’ Instead of the wording ‘Ukrainian Plast (scout) movement’ proposed by the president, there appeared to be some confusion throughout the text – at first glance, the expression: ‘Plast, scout movement’ (using commas, not the word ‘and’). The president’s proposal was quite satisfying to Plast because it was the wording of dozens of independent Plast organizations operating around the world – from Sydney to Edmonton, and from Avdiyivka to Berehove,” Mr. Yuzych noted.
The official reason for the law’s rejection four months ago was that the legislative preference for an NGO (in this case, Plast – National Scout Organization of Ukraine) would violate the Constitution of Ukraine. Therefore, changing the wording to “Plast movement (Plast)” would make it constitutionally acceptable.
We were at my in-laws, and we’d bought an assortment of chocolate covered nuts in a nice box as a small gift. My wife asked our three-and-a-half year old to gift it to his grandparents.
“I want these,” he said.
“This is a gift for grandma and grandpa,” my wife explained.
They went back and forth once or twice and she convinced him. He took the box, walked into the next room and handed it to his grandmother. “These are for everybody,” he said, as he handed it over.
My three-and-a-half-year-old: That grandpa was watching the news.
Yuri Bezmenov (alias Tomas Schuman), a Soviet KGB defector, explains in detail his scheme for the KGB process of subversion and takeover of target societies at a lecture in Los Angeles, 1983.
Yuri Bezmenov was a former KGB propagandist who was assigned to New Dehli, India – and defected to the West in 1970.
Bezmenov explains his background, some of his training, and exactly how Soviet propaganda is spread in other countries in order to subvert their teachers, politicians, and other policy makers to a mindset receptive to the Soviet ideology.
He also explains in detail the goal of Soviet propaganda as total subversion of another country and the four-step formula for achieving this goal.
In England, during Henry VIII’s reign, Christmas became sort of a Mardi Gras–a time of partying and carousing. When Puritans took over England and outlawed Christmas as too worldly.
When the Puritans settled Massachusetts, they had a five shilling fine for anyone caught celebrating Christmas.
Puritan leader, Rev. Cotton Mather (1663-1728), told his congregation, December 25, 1712:
“Can you in your Conscience think, that our Holy Saviour is honoured, by Mad Mirth, by long Eating, by hard Drinking, by lewd Gaming, by rude Revelling; by a Mass fit for none but a Saturn or a Bacchus, or the Night of a Mahometan Ramadam? You cannot possibly think so!”
Quote from Mark Twain, who visited Vienna, at about 5:00.
From the recently-concluded Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the PFS, Bodrum, Turkey (Sept. 12–17, 2019).
Members of the European Union’s Parliament have infringed on Poland’s sovereignty by voting to condemn a bill the nation is considering which would criminalize promoting sexual activity to minors in the context of education.
The critical resolution passed overwhelmingly, with 471 MEPs voting in favor, 128 against, and 57 abstaining. The leftist Eurocrats argued that the bill would effectively criminalize sex education to minors, which they insist is “a human right,” describing it as a matter of “access to health, including sexual and reproductive health.”
In reality, the section which they were responding to reads as follows:
“Anyone who promotes or approves sexual intercourse or other sexual activity by a minor, in connection with performing the position, occupation or performing activities related to upbringing, education, health care or care of minors, or operating on school premises or other educational or child care institution, is liable to imprisonment up to 3 years.”
The bill is also called “Stop Pedophilia” in Poland, and came about due to popular request and was submitted by the citizens themselves, in accordance with the Polish constitution, with 265,000 people signing onto it.
Slovakian woman seeking an abortion would be forced to view pictures of their embryo or foetus under plans for a new law being considered by the country’s parliament.
The draft law, to be voted on on Friday, would also require women to listen to the “foetal heartbeat” where technically possible before they could proceed with a termination.
The law, which would be the first of its kind in Europe, would also ban “advertising” of abortions and impose steep fines on those who disseminate it.
A Columbia University professor says he quit his tenured position in the theater department because the Ivy League school is “on its way toward full-blown communism,” an ideology he escaped when he left his native country.
The College Fix reports Prof. Andrei Serban, an award-winning director who grew up in communist Romania, talked about the “social justice” demands he faced while in the university’s theater department in an interview that recently aired on Romania’s TVR1.
The interview was translated by a Romanian-American immigrant, according to The College Fix.
The translator told the website the interview may have been the first time that Serban had publicly announced he had resigned from his position. Columbia still has Serban listed as a professor of Theater Arts in the Faculty of the Arts on its website.
During Serban’s television interview, the host seemed shocked to find out that the American higher education system is headed towards communism.
The professor recounted in the interview that after a professor had retired, he and the other professors in the department were called into a meeting with the dean of the arts school. During this meeting, the dean told them there were “too many white professors, too many heterosexual men.” The group was told it would be best to hire a minority, a woman, or a gay man.
Serban was the director of the hiring committee. He was told the new hire could not be someone like him because he is “married, a heterosexual man who has children.”
The professor said when he asked if the most qualified candidate happened to be a straight white male, could this person be hired? No, came the swift reply.
“I felt like I was living under communism again,” he said.
Serban then told of another incident in which a male-to-female transgender student auditioned for the role in the play “Romeo and Juliet.”
He said he was pressured to cast the transgender student in the role after the student performed Juliet’s monologue during the audition.
I love Ukraine and will continue to raise my family here. Women are feminine, men are masculine, people are smart — Ukraine has the best IQ per dollar in the world. For me, a software entrepreneur, this is great. Ukraine has a coherent culture.
A few months ago, we visited a restaurant with my visiting in-laws, and musicians came in playing Ukrainian folk songs. Most people knew the words, and began singing along. The few obvious tourists seemed to enjoy the spectacle. When the band leader shouted for only the women to sing the next verse, and then for only the men to sing the one after that, there was absolutely no confusion about who was which sex, and no anger over the expression of a gender binary.
The songs were about love and courtship, and suffering repression, and freedom.
Hungary will not participate in next year’s Eurovision song contest, amid speculation the decision was taken because the competition is “too gay” for the taste of the country’s far-right government and public media bosses.
While no official reason has been given for the withdrawal, the move comes amid an increase in homophobic rhetoric in Hungary, where the anti-migration prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has launched a “family first” policy aimed at helping traditional families and boosting birth rates.
EDMONTON — Students are calling on the University of Alberta to fire an assistant lecturer for denying the Holodomor, a mass genocide against Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet Union in the 1930s.
The 1932-33 Ukranian famine was recognized in 2008 by Canada and nine other countries as an act of genocide perpetuated by the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin. It is estimated up to 10 million people died.
But Dougal MacDonald, listed as a sessional instructor in the U of A’s Department of Elementary Education, denies that the famine was an act of genocide, and he’s coming under fire for his controversial views.
In a Nov. 19 Facebook post, MacDonald called the Holodomor a “myth.”
He said the genocide was a lie perpetuated with fake photographs and news stories and spread by former Nazi collaborators.
“Trudeau’s support for the anti-communist, pro-Nazi Holodomor myth is no accident,” he wrote. “The Trudeau government’s promotion of the Holdomor myth is more of its self-serving agenda to attempt to rewrite history, while falsely claiming to support freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”
Hunter Biden was paid more than $83,000 per month by a Ukrainian gas company because of his ‘powerful name,’ according to those familiar with the arrangement
“The appointment of the vice president’s son to a Ukrainian oil board looks nepotistic at best, nefarious at worst.”
Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr. (who went to Ukraine in 2017) was a board member of Viscoil and executive at its related company NRGLab, which did energy business in Ukraine.
John Kerry’s son:
Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz, the stepson of then-Secretary of State John Kerry, co-owned Rosemont Seneca Partners, a $2.4 billion private equity firm involved in foreign deals. Heinz’s college roommate, Devon Archer, was managing partner in the firm. In the spring of 2014, Biden and Archer joined the board of Burisma Holdings.
Mitt Romney’s son:
Romney’s 2012 campaign adviser, someone named Joseph Cofer Black sits on Burisma board of directors.
“Learn from another, And do not shun your own”