Separated Worlds United in Orthodox Choral Spirit

Saint Petersburg is, of course, Russia’s “Window on the West”, a place that presently has a very strange view in all the turmoil the world is experiencing. However, there is another Saint Petersburg, also named by a Russian, sitting in the United States. In this place, Russian and American unity was upheld through that which unites us – the holy Orthodox Christian faith, and the sacred singing of the Orthodox Church in her divine services.

On August 12, Maestro Vladimir Gorbik came to Madeira Beach, a suburb of Saint Petersburg to conduct a choral conducting and singing masterclass to a completely new group of students. Our class was a small group – a subdeacon from the Greek Church, singers from an underground sort of “Catacomb” Orthodox Christian group in the Tampa Bay area, and Christ at the Sea’s resident chanter. Subdeacon Seraphim Hanisch assisted in teaching the class, but as always, even teaching is an opportunity to learn from the Maestro, and this class was no exception.

Together, everyone learned important basics of good church singing: chain breathing, listening to the ensemble and other central techniques. In fact, the way the class started was to have everyone sing an “ison” the drone sung in a single voice that is so common in ancient Christian church singing. Each student then had the opportunity to chant a prayer melodically against that ison, while the other singers maintained the continuity of the ison at all times by not breathing at the same time. It was a beautiful exercise, and was in fact evocative of Maestro Gorbik’s video “The Heavenly Crown” in which the same style of singing is shown.

This exercise alone created fantastic unity, and for our group, it was probably a first, as many Orthodox parishes in this part of the world are certainly with wonderful singers and talented conductors, but without the toolkit of techniques that help create beautiful and prayerful singing.

Through the course of the two-and-a-half-day masterclass, the choir worked together and in singular sessions with Vladimir Gorbik to learn and refine their singing and conducting technique – to create perfect entrances and cutoffs, to sing together with expression and purpose. 

Our class culmination was in a Great Vespers service for the Feast of the Dormition (Falling-asleep) of the Most Holy Theotokos. This was celebrated on Sunday, August 14th (New Style), and it provided each participant in the Masterclass the chance to direct, to sing and to collectively participate in and make manifest all that they had learned in the class. It was a beautiful service. Father Cassian Newton, the priest and spiritual father serving at the uniquely beautiful Chapel of Saint Mary Magdalen, was overjoyed at the quality of singing and prayerfulness in the service.

It is the intention for Christ at the Sea to become a new “base” of operations for future masterclasses. Indeed, the impact on this small group was immense, and it will reverberate across all the parishes these students participate in.

Glory to God for all things!


Religious exemptions to COVID vaccines may not be enough

The Plan appears to have cowed most world religious bodies, but “sincerity” test is an outrageous attempt to control people.

by Seraphim Hanisch

NBC News writer Phil McCausland ran a piece on that network’s website that showed a terrifying sign of the pressure that is likely to be brought to bear on the great numbers of people in the United States – and indeed, all over the world – that are being pressured or even forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

This piece is well-worth reading in full (I did), because it shows just how far the forces behind vaccination have gone in terms of their argument against one’s own personal liberty to choose what they do medically. We are including some selected excerpts with comment.

Religious exemptions could prove to be the latest legal battlefield of the pandemic, as Americans opposed to the coronavirus vaccine attempt to find ways around employer and government vaccine mandates.

Some evangelical pastors are reportedly providing religious exemption documents to the members of their church, and right-wing forums are sharing strategies to skirt vaccine requirements. Religious freedom groups are sending threatening letters to states, schools and employers and preparing legal challenges to fight vaccine mandates.

Only some federal agencies and states have made vaccination mandatory for workers, and more private companies are doing or considering the same. But experts anticipate that religious liberty challenges will pick up as more mandates are put in place — especially when there is no national standard.

This report is about the COVID-19 vaccination push as it exists in the United States. However, in nations like Canada, France, Germany, Israel and Italy, the mandates are much more severe. The governments in these countries have a strong ability to restrict their citizens from even keeping their jobs if they don’t get vaccinated, and in one particularly revolting story in France, a family was even prevented from buying food from a grocery store because they were not vaccinated. In these countries, and in Russia, the idea of “religious exemption” is under severe pressure, by the presence of massive pressure on religious communities to go with the “science” rather than to follow the teachings these religious groups have actually held for decades, centuries and even millenia., for example, is the defacto news outlet site for the Moscow Patriarchate. The site publishes almost nothing about the concerns a great many Orthodox Christians have about the vaccine, especially those people who consider that this situation bears the hallmarks of a crisis of the faith that has been predicted by Orthodox Christian holy men for decades. In a recent piece, the editor wrote a great deal about the issue, but this complicated run of thought and comparison of ideas against other ideas lacks any element that suggests that not taking the vaccine is the better idea. In other words, the people who resist taking it will not find friendly ears in the Russian Orthodox Church, at least as far as OrthoChristian is concerned. This is similar to a situation about two months ago where the hierarch Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) referred to people who refuse the vaccine as “stupid” for doing so. 

(The Orthodox Christian situation regarding the doubts and approach to the vaccine are very interesting, but beyond the scope of this piece. A forthcoming piece will explore this in a direct look.)

Similar equivocation, just shy of open endorsement, comes from the Roman Catholic Church:

Pope Francis went so far as to say that receiving the vaccine was ‘the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.’

Indeed as the NBC article states, evangelicals and some “hard core” adherents in the more traditional Christian confessions are putting up a fight, but here is the most terrifying assessment that the NBC piece shows (the first paragraph below is a paraphrase very close to Mr. McCausland’s text – I had to alter it because it would not lend itself in my editor to showing itself as a block quote. Just trying to stay honest…):

Thomas Berg describes himself as a “strong supporter of religious exemptions.” He is a religious liberty advocate who teaches law at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. However, he said he believes that there is a strong case to deny many of the religious claims and to test religious sincerity.

In cases where you’ve got a lot of potential insincere claims — and I think there’s evidence that is what’s happening here in which people are raising religious objections when they’re motivated by fear of the vaccine or political opposition to it — testing sincerity makes sense,” he said. “We have to test sincerity or else we have to accept them all or deny them all, so I think the courts will provide room for testing that.”

This is an absolute outrage.

This essentially shows us how far the goalposts of personal liberty have been moved by the COVID overlords. A simple “no” is not enough. Not only is a simple “no” no longer enough to settle the question of whether someone gets vaccinated or not, a person’s “sincerity” in expressing a religious exemption about this particular vaccine (and there are MANY objections to it that are not even religious! Such as “it doesn’t work!”) is potentially being looked as an excuse to get out of taking it because they are afraid of it.

If a person is afraid of getting injected with something, that would seem to mark good common sense. After all, people that inject themselves with heroin and freebase cocaine often kill themselves with it, and even a very recent piece of news has Moderna vaccines on hold in Japan because metal particles have been found in the vials, particles with magnetic properties. Over a million doses are on hold because there is a problem. No one should be forced to be injected with something they cannot trust.

Why is it unreasonable that anybody should be afraid of this stuff? But the hysteria and the Overton Window on this issue is so far moved in favor of the pro-vaxxers that we are actually considering the idea that even religious objections would actually be put to a secular test in court (in which they will almost surely fail, every time).

This situation reached a boiling point in France, Germany and Greece thus far – people are actively in defiance of the mandates. Good for them! But it needs to go much farther. The people who are running these nations’ governments probably ought to be put out of their jobs and replaced by people who remember that it is very simple to just say no and leave it at that.

As with so many issues with COVID-19, what we really have is a reaction to false advertising on a global scale (this too is a forthcoming piece). However, the amount of power that is being exerted to cause billions of people to do what they are told (when that order has rapidly eroding confidence of being anything remotely close to a good idea), will cause whole nations to either capitulate, like Canada appears to be doing, or to rebel. 

It may well take outright, forcible resistance, even coups to get this to stop. But it needs to stop. The religious people of the world, particularly Christians, all agree that there is a Power greater than all of us who needs to be trusted and obeyed. However, no human being, and no human council or legislature should have god-like powers to command people.

Will we revolt and throw these people out of power? Or will we cave in and lose everything we are?

Vaccinated America has more COVID hospitalizations than Prevax last year [Video]

And yet, somehow, getting the vaccine is the magic key to everything being made okay… in what alternate universe does that work?

The source of this report is not Alex Jones, or some Big-Tech banned website, or Rumble, Bitchute or some clandestine underground indy press publication… like The Duran

The source for this report is CNN. Let’s have a look at the splash page for the piece:

It looks like the “Support Democrats at any cost!” network is experiencing an attack of honesty.

Actually, honesty is the hostage of politics here, as CNN is most likely merely trying to save itself by doing the “popular” thing and doing anything possible to throw Joe “Imposter” Biden under the bus for any and all policy moves. This is ostensibly designed to trigger 25th Amendment proceedings (which have now been requested in a Republican representative’s letter to Cackling Kamala, who would become the occupant of the Oval….

But at the same time, this bit of reporting does give us some really interesting and useful perspective, especially in terms of the drives to mandate vaccination and/or lockdowns across the United States, which is getting a massive onslaught of “Delta” COVID-19. Let’s look at the text of the piece, written by Madeline Holcombe and Jason Hanna of CNN:

(CNN)More than 100,000 people are hospitalized with Covid-19 in the US — the first time that level has been reached since January — as medical workers say they’re once again struggling to treat waves of patients.

The latest figure, amid a summer surge in Covid-19 cases driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, is also more than double what it was on the same day last year, when vaccines were not available as they are now.

Hospitals and researchers have been saying the vast majority of this year’s hospitalized patients are unvaccinated. The availability of vaccines makes the current hospitalization surge tragic, Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee, told CNN Wednesday.

The numbers now … are actually in many ways worse than last August,” Offit said. “Last August, we had a fully susceptible population, (and) we didn’t have a vaccine. Now, we have half the country vaccinated … but nonetheless the numbers are worse.

The Delta variant is one big game changer,” he said.

Covid-19 hospitalizations and cases have soared since late June as the Delta variant gained dominance in the US.

More than 100,317 Covid-19 patients were in US hospitals Wednesday — more than six times higher than the figure was roughly nine weeks ago, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The only other period that figure was above 100,000 was from late November to early January, when the country saw a major surge in cases.

Fully vaccinated people are far less likely than unvaccinated people to be hospitalized with Covid-19, a recent study from Los Angeles County affirmed.

Infection and hospitalization rates among unvaccinated people were 4.9 and 29.2 times, respectively, those in fully vaccinated persons on July 25, researchers from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health wrote in the study, which was published this week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Very few fully vaccinated people with coronavirus infection went to a hospital: 3.2%, of them were hospitalized, 0.5% were admitted to an intensive care unit and 0.2% required mechanical ventilation, the researchers said.

The study included data on coronavirus infections that occurred in Los Angeles County from May 1 through July 25. The data, which involved both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, included only laboratory-confirmed cases of infection and were representative of infections in the county alone, not the entire United States.

The findings in this report are similar to those from recent studies indicating that Covid-19 vaccination protects against severe Covid-19 in areas with increasing prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant,” the researchers wrote.

The country has averaged more than 152,400 new Covid-19 cases a day over the past week — more than 13 times what the figure was about nine weeks ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The writers tried then to tie the upsurge in COVID to the fact that about half of the nation remains jabless, using free-state Florida as the whipping post:

With 48.3% of the US still not fully vaccinated, hospitals are straining to keep up with incoming patients as cases rise.

Florida has been hit particularly hard, with the worst per capita Covid-19 hospitalization rate in the country — about 80 per 100,000 people. That’s followed by Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana, each with more than 55 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, according to HHS data.

Those dastardly deep red states (except Georgia, which “miraculously” voted for Biden…) Those backwards neanderthals…

And so the piece continues. However, the writers do not have the whole context, either because they do not realize that there is a broader context or perhaps in their zeal to blame Biden for this (to save their own ratings)… motives, anybody?

The broader context has to do with Delta itself, and of course the overall spread of SARS-CoV-2 in all its forms. Russia had its time dealing with Delta, as any nation in the world would. Panic over it did spur a vaccination jump in numbers: Russia had a 12 percent fully vaccinated count at the beginning of Delta’s interference with life, and now it has a 23% vaccination rate. A big jump, but nothing like the whole country. The rate of cases per day for a nation with a bit less than half the US population is about 20,000.

The United States is reporting an average of almost 150,000 cases per day.

How does this work? Shouldn’t a high vaccination rate lead to lower case per day reports? It sure isn’t with this, in fact, the overall trend in the US for the last two months has been up, up and up. Don’t believe me? Look at Johns Hopkins weekly case report chart:

Vaccination doesn’t work. And the crazy byline of Vaccination prevents serious illness is plainly a lie, with more and more reports coming from highly vaccinated countries like Israel that most of the hospitalized patients are FULLY VACCINATED against COVID-19.

This of course raises more questions, like Surely they know it doesn’t work, so why are they pressing us out of our jobs if we don’t take this stuff? 


What is the real purpose behind the COVID-19 vaccine?

Of course, our CNN reporters have not made this connection. They have also never come close to asking the question Why is the United States having bigger problems with COVID than any other nation on earth?

Getting into these matters would be truly investigative reporting. We are certainly trying to get to these answers here, and it is still not possible to stitch a paper trail that answers these questions. But we can see the pattern, and it certainly looks like, at the very least, hysteria with a plan.

Reports like CNN’s do serve a purpose, though. The reporters, to their credit, did tell us some truth. They told us that things are not better in the US with the vaccines, and they told us that problems are continuing and even growing.

Past that, one has to read carefully and think to observe that there is no logical connection here, which indicates that there is a problem, either with the nature of the virus, the nature of the vaccines, the nature of governments and propaganda, and / or any combination of these factors.

It is time to think, and time to pray.

Imposter Joe trusts the Taliban to protect Americans… What?! [Video]

Taliban PR is admittedly skilled, but even Democrat sycophant reporters are scratching their heads over this one.

Fox News ran a piece severely criticizing our increasingly febrile Imposter-in-Chief for giving lists of American Green Card holders and citizen names to the Taliban, ostensibly to help them get safe passage to the airport in Kabul for evacuation. This is being seen as a step into total insanity. We are reprinting the full report, written originally by Yael Halon, below (sans Twitter images), and after it, we will expand and comment.

President Biden was blasted by critics on Thursday over a baffling report revealing that U.S. officials provided the Taliban with a list of American citizens green card holders & Afghan allies to grant entry into the outer perimeter of the city’s airport, where suicide bombers carried out an attack that killed 12 U.S. servicemembers earlier in the day.

“SCOOP: U.S. officials gave the Taliban a list of names of U.S. citizens, green card holders & Afghan allies to grant entry into the outer perimeter of the city’s airport, prompting outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials,” Politico’s Pentagon correspondent Lara Seligman wrote in a Twitter thread Thursday afternoon.

Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, confirmed in a press briefing that the United States “will continue to coordinate” with the Taliban in providing safe passage to the airport in Kabul, and that the U.S. military had been sharing “information” with the terrorist group to help prevent such attacks.

Critics were left dumbfounded, taking to social media to express their utter astonishment at the U.S. strategy to rescue American citizens and allies stuck in the region.

“What?” CNN contributor Mary Katherine Ham wrote in response to Seligman’s tweet.

“This is…wow,” Free Beacon writer Adam Kredo said.

“The Pentagon just said they expect ISIS attacks to continue and are relying on the Taliban to help protect us. The Taliban are supposed to protect us?!”’s Clay Travis said. “This is insanity.”

Eli Lake, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion wrote alongside the Politico story, “I never again want to hear about Biden’s competence, empathy or experience. This debacle is worse than 1000 Helsinkis. And I say that as someone who wrote that Helsinki was a humiliating disgrace.”

“These are the smartest people in America, the expert class, mostly Ivy League educated people with very important titles And they’re f–ing morons,” Chronicles Magazine associate editor Pedro Gonzalez emphasized.

“Looking forward to the “withholding the names would have been racist/xenophobic” defense,” The Blaze CEO Tyler Cardon wrote. “The world’s greatest military is being led by morons.”

A defense official quoted in Seligman’s thread accused Biden of putting “all those Afghans on a kill list” by identifying them for the radical Islamic group. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean,” he said.

Code of Vets, an organization committed to helping veterans in need, expressed a similar sentiment, sharing from their official Twitter page, “I am beginning to think there is something sinister going on. This level of incompetence cannot be real.”

Biden addressed his partnership with the Taliban during a press conference later Thursday, telling reporters that while he is unaware of a concrete list,  “It could very well have happened.”

“It could very well have happened?” He doesn’t know?!

Yep. Mr. Biden doesn’t know. How could he? The man does not even know where he is or what he is talking about much of the time, and this is a big crisis.

This is where election fraud gets us. There is just no way I can believe that Joe Biden was legitimately elected to the Presidency, and his running mate, Cackling Kamala, is beyond bad, so bad she makes Joe look reasonable.

That is very bad, indeed.

This situation is not just Fox hyperbole, either. When checking for real attitudes in the “critical of Democrat” range of ideas, it is always good to go visit the Clinton News Network (CNN) to see what they are saying. In checking CNN’s splash page, this is what we see presently:

Top billing and it does not look favorable to the demented Imposter by any means.

All of this that has happened, and what is yet to happen, is truly a moment of pause for America. Wokeism, “I want to be a female-male elephant flower” psychotic sexual obsessions, false racism, vaccine mandates and government control…

It is truly time to get back to basics, as individual citizens and as a nation. The United States is truly and completely the laughingstock of the world… and it only took seven months for Biden and his handlers to do this.

Who is running Imposter Joe Biden? Revealing slip draws attention [Video]

Whoever it is is probably handling executive decisions also. How could this not be so?

Attention got drawn directly to something Joe Biden said in his press conference yesterday after the suicide bombing attack carried out near the Kabul Airport

 “Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC,” Biden kicked off the press conference.

Who indeed? Why are “they” directing Imposter Joe to only call on certain specific people and in order?

Behind this also ostensibly is Joe Biden’s introduction to his calling on Peter Doocy of Fox News, who has been the conservative version of CNN’s Jim Acosta for the Bumbling Fake CinC. We have to consider this, that even though Peter Doocy seems to ask the “tough questions”, he is scripted in to the plan!!

We have seen and heard Feeble Joe the JoBot say this at other times since he was put in the White House, but now with a real disaster unfolding in Afghanistan and a massive national humiliation taking place on the world stage, suddenly the shadow bosses are drawing a bit of interest. Indeed the Fox piece that brings this up continues:

Among the others called from the list were Reuters correspondent Trevor Hunnicutt and Associated Press reporter Aamer Madhani, who was ridiculed for his softball question that invoked the memory of the president’s son, Beau Biden.

Biden then appeared to go off-script by calling on NPR correspondent Franco Ordoñez, RealClearNews reporter Philip Wegmann and he even sparred with Fox News’ Peter Doocy.

(Again, I suggest that this is actually a part of the script.)

However, the press conference was overshadowed by the “instructed” remark, which became a viral moment.

“What is going on?” BlazeTV host Jason Whitlock reacted.

“Who the hell is in charge here?” Washington Examiner commentator Tiana Lowe asked.

“Amazing. And everyone goes along with this,” The Spectator contributor Stephen Miller wrote, adding, “He is not in charge.”

“He said instructed. Jesus Christ,” Washington Examiner Magazine managing editor Jay Caruso tweeted.

“Biden just said ‘I was instructed to call on’ this reporter! Who instructed him to call on the reporter? Who’s really in charge? Are you kidding me?” Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., exclaimed.

The Fox piece does not go on to try to explain this; presumably the writer of the piece, Joseph A. Wulfsohn, was content to stir the pot and arouse ire over Joe saying “I was instructed to call on…”

However, this is THE question that someone must ask the febrile old man at the podium: “Who is giving you these instructions?” And then, we must find out all about them and why they are doing this.

We also must find out about how JoBot is being instructed to carry out other actions in the office in which he supposedly needs to serve the American people. One thing seems glaringly clear: He is not serving average Americans. He is barely even serving woke nutjob Americans. He seems to be serving interests that are dedicated to tearing apart the United States as founded, and even endangering the unity of the nation itself.

This is a great mystery. We can speculate all we want, but to do so is useless. What needs to happen is that these questions must be asked, and asked again and again until we get some real answers.

Here is the moment, so you can see for yourself.

BREAKING: Big Tech Cripples The Duran

The woke liberal left couldn’t take the onslaught of real news and information. Future of free site uncertain, while springs into existence for now.

On August 27, 2021, the geopolitical site, was taken off the net by an attack from Big Tech providers, presumably Paypal and others.

The site is currently offline for regular use, though it has launched a new more limited, Twitter-like portal called We encourage people who want to keep up with the Duran’s efforts to join this site to be able to monitor developments.

For the time being I will post news and information pieces to this site, and hopefully, if interest exists, I will incorporate the site and start running as a new independent news and information source… at least until Big Tech finds me.

Then, I will start again.

Free speech is extremely important. I do not lie in any of my news reports. I may be wrong about the understanding I have on certain topics, but I never lie about anything, nor do I seek to slander or badmouth anybody. However, my opinions are blunt, direct and honest, and there are many people in the world that seem to be offended by this.

However, if we do not have the ability to be a bit offensive, then we are all lost.

Consider Jesus Christ, who offended the religious establishment of His time, but rightly so, since they had formalized the relationship with God into a set of rituals that only inflated their own personal sense of pride. They nailed Him to the Cross for it, and he defeated Death and Hades by simply being who He is – God incarnate – without showing anything but love and truth to everyone.

He is the ultimate free speaker. The Truth is what sets us free, and with God’s help, this site will become an outpost for those who wish to know the truth about what is going on, even if it is just honestly expressed opinion.

God be with you all.

The 12th Amendment and Trump’s last chance to win [Video]

Two interpretations of the Amendment indicate Pence could legally pick Trump, risking Civil War

A big event is planned for January 6th. It might be the closing gathering of massive numbers of Trump supporters, or the vanguard of troops for the Second American Civil War. We know rather little about the actual nature of the gathering, only that January 6th is the day that the Electoral College vote gets read and approved by Congress. Presumably at the very least, the expected enormous gathering of Trump supporters is supposed to send a message to Congress to rethink their decision to bring Joe Biden into official recognition as the President-Elect to take the oath of office on January 20th, 2021.

However, Roman Balmakov, The Epoch Times’ correspondent, brings up some interesting possibilities. Two different readings of the US Constitution’s 12th Amendment seem to indicate that it is possible that the Vice President and the Vice President alone, as President of the Senate, could declare President Trump the actual victor through the acknowledgement of the “dueling electors” submitted by several of the states in which fraud is shown to have occurred in the November matchup.

This could happen, but in my own estimation, as well as Mr. Balmakov’s, it is unlikely and perhaps even dangerous. He notes that 96% of Democrat voters believe their guy and gal won legitimately. Because of this, it is exceedingly unlikely that they would be amenable to the challenge going this far.

This brings up a very interesting and tragic question:

There absolutely was massive fraud in this election. President Trump has every logical argument showing that this is true. The cases made by his team are convincing and very compelling. Yet, every court, including the US Supreme Court, made up incidentally of a strong 5-4 or even 6-3 conservative majority, has dismissed the lawsuits. While Rudy Giuliani strongly believes that the batch of lawsuits this week should work, there is no reason to expect that they will since other very firm arguments with loads of evidence have been dismissed out of hand.

It is clear that the Deep State is striking back, solidly and with great power to get President Trump out of office. What is more, the financial markets seem just fine with Biden coming in, and they continue to climb, with the Dow Jones at its highest levels of the year, and climbing.

Miracles can happen, and certainly as a Trump supporter, I wish one would. However, the Trump team can be credited with one thing that will absolutely last, no matter what – it ran an honest campaign and an honest challenge to a dishonest election. In every possible way, the Trump campaign and its candidate have done the right thing in terms of running fairly, and refusing to concede.

Where does this leave us? What happens next?

Honestly, it is too early to say anything that is not wildly speculative, no matter how tame it is. But, it is the end of the year, the end of a very crazy pandemic and election year, and the most dishonest managed presidential election in American history. So, with all that weirdness, let’s add a few speculative predictions of what we might see in coming days and weeks:

  1. President Trump will leave office, but without conceding the election. – There is no requirement that a candidate concede. This practice has always been the gentlemanly act to do, and most outgoing presidents have done it, but there is no requirement to do so.
  2. The refusal to concede will cast long-lasting aspersions on the legitimacy of the Biden Presidency. – The last time a president stepped down without giving his concession was a very long time ago, apparently John Adams never conceded, simply leaving Washington, DC and not staying for the inauguration of the new President. However, President Trump’s refusal to concede is ostensibly going to be interpreted as an assessment of the fraudulent status of the 2020 election itself. To concede would mean to admit “you are the legitimate winner and I am not, God bless you and let’s move ahead.” The key factor is the word legitimate. Trump cannot betray his principles or those of his supporters by admitting something false; this fact is made all the more evident by all the times in his term he scandalized everyone with the truth.
  3. There will be no civil war, nor will there be civil unrest instigated by Trump supporters. – While it is true that maybe a few particularly disgruntled Trump fans might act out in their anger, this is extremely unlikely, and virtually impossible to expect that the whole crowd of supporters will galvanize into a rebellion or civil conflict. One of the primary reasons is that conservatives and Trump supporters see themselves as aligned with God – God himself is important, and there are better ways to deal with your brothers and sisters who disagree with you than to attack, injure or kill them. The Left does not see it this way at all; they made that abundantly clear with the killing of a Trump supporter and a Patriot Prayer member in Portland this past summer, saying that killing him was basically cleaning the streets of the trash. However, this is not a case of the Trump supporters “taking the high road.” If anything, the Trump movement has awakened in millions of Americans a deeper and more sincere look at life beyond political platitudes. The greater likelihood is that these men and women will find ways to stand strong for what they believe and defy the leftist pressure without acceding to violence.
  4. The real issue will be how to prepare for every contingency so as to be able to win upcoming elections. – The election of 2020 proved the existence of a massively well-organized Democrat fraud machine. The fraud may well succeed at putting Mr. Biden and Mrs. Harris into the White House, but after that point all bets are off.
  5. This is where the danger of civil war will truly begin, however. – The true damage of fraud is like that of any lie. It may get you what you want right now, but it will fall apart. What that might look like is the sharpest and most acute period of accountability the American government has ever faced, from the President down through Congress. It will be slow to start, owing to the tendency of conservatives to just tolerate mistreatment, but should they continue to be abused by dishonest leaders and draconian policies (a very real factor in the likelihood of a lengthy nationwide COVID-19 shutdown), and should our still-existing Constitutional rights continue to be trampled on as they were this year and worse (also a strong possibility), this is the point where the conservative / Trumpists may finally get to the breaking point. The pressure brought to bear on private American citizens by a truly illegitimate leadership bent on its own goals is a factor that Biden / Harris adminstration must consider if the country is to stay together.

This whole election has been a massive lie carried out by very powerful people. They seem to be succeeding and in the short run, I personally expect that they will continue to succeed. But their success is based on falsehood and lies. The Trump supporters already know this and they will be watching the Biden / Harris cabal like a hawk. The civil war may indeed come, or secessions may come, unless the usurpers to power are very careful not to poke them too hard. Conversely, a light touch from them may encourage complacency in conservatives, but it will also slow the progress of Marxism in the country.

It looks like 2021 will be very, very interesting.

The election news ‘fog-out’ prepares the way for the Great Reset [Video]

Speculative musings about where we are and what is at stake. Readers beware: your biases will be trampled.

The mainstream media is absolutely determined to destroy the United States as a free and independent nation with free and independent people. The fervor to which all of the big outlets, including and especially noting Fox News, are running to Joe Biden, to globalism, to the Great Reset which will be the big move to a “one world” sort of governance of the type that the tinfoil hat types have been warning us about for decades…

It is all on the line with this election. Speaking personally, I cannot understand why they would want this. I have for many years pictured government as THE problem, and my suspicion that this was true supported my two most recent relocations (though admittedly this was not the sole reason), to the high plains of Colorado and then later to Moscow, in Russia. The farther away I got from Washington, DC and the “fishbowl effect” of the East Coast cities and of the US in general, the more clearly it became evident we needed real help to save the country from its rush into the darkness, spurred on greatly by one Barack H. Obama.

We got that break, too. When Donald Trump won the Presidency in 2016, the nation immediately responded, and very positively for the most part. I mean the way the country actually ran: employment boomed, companies repatriated tremendous amounts of overseas profits and gave bonuses to their employees, the US did not enter any new foreign wars and in fact ended one war (at least the US involvement in it) and has been far more concerned with bringing troops home than with intimidating other nations. Most recently, several Arab states did the unthinkable, signing peace agreements with Israel, helping to legitimize that nation’s status and to create a united Middle East.

A digression: To this last point, I know many faithful Duran readers will scream at their screens asking how I can sell out the Palestinians and Iranians by supporting Israel. To be sure, I do not have much in the way of warm fuzzy feelings for Israel at all. But the matter here is simple logic:

  1. No major power is going to stand against Israel. – a conveniently forgotten fact is that Russia, like the United States, at least tacitly supports the Jewish state. There is a strong Russian presence in Israel, not the least of which comprises Russian Jews as well as a lot of Orthodox Christians.
  2. Further, the Soviet Union tried to go to war by proxy with Israel. They lost. The country has too much historical and strategic significance for the major powers to interfere unless they both agree to do so, and that is far from likely today. Both countries are in fact working (maybe even in concert) to stabilize the Middle East
  3. The way to bring the Palestinian people victory is not via terrorism. Unfortunately, the Palestinians seem not to have realized this. While their future is admittedly under terrible (and I think, wrong) pressure by the Israelis, these people really have not got much of a chance against the combined powers arrayed against them. The better way to go is through peace and economic development, following the example of Japan, Germany, many American Indian nations and India itself.
  4. The same situation applies to Iran. Even though Russia supports Iran, they will not support Iran launching a war against Israel, and Iran knows this. The only hope that nation’s leadership ever really had was to “inspire” Muslims all across the Middle East to their cause, that eradication of the Jewish State would be to sole task needed to bring about paradise on earth. Unfortunately for the Iranian leadership, it appears that the rest of their immediate world sees their single-minded anger as tipping the Crazy Meter, and they are opting for peace and development. Eventually Iran’s leadership may come to their senses. We hope so; the Iranians themselves are great people with a fantastic and beautiful history. The manufactured rage thing is getting pretty old. 43 years with no real results. When is it time to stop?
  5. President Trump knows this, and that is why the initiative to develop peace in the Middle East through agreements between Israel and other ME states is so successful.

Digression concluded… hopefully the screaming at the screen has also stopped. Onwards!

The media and the Great Resetters also know all of this, and that is probably another reason why they have caused the American news establishment to in effect “go dark.” We no longer get news and information from these networks; we get propaganda. A whole lot of “baseless” or nothing at all.

While this is hard – I am literally sitting and waiting for any updates on the Trump Election situation – this is also really good. Here are some reasons it is good:

  1. News does not happen on a 24-hour constant basis. Remember when we used to get no more than two or three updates per day? We had a national evening broadcast, a couple local broadcasts and maybe a little bit in the mornings on weekdays. In a day’s time, less than two hours, maximum, comprised of news coverage. The rest of the day was on about a thirty-minute loop, repeating any developments until new ones came, and that was available only on news-radio stations.
  2. Our knowledge of events is augmented more at the speed of the events themselves, and far less on speculation. Here I give the lie to myself because much of what I write is speculative. However, my readers should also be able to see that I do not project, but merely propose. Far from calling the election fraud claims “baseless” or “certain”, I can say “they definitely exist and must be addressed.” This last is true, no matter what that treatment actually leads to.
  3. Part of this is antithetical to the news business (so it would probably hurt my work and others like me), but most of the time what happens in the world is not very important. What happens in our neighborhood or in our own homes, is. We have a lot of news junkies in desperate need of withdrawal, and the fog-out and utter failure of that anachronism called the “national news network” is in some ways the best thing that has happened to us in about fifty years.

The only problem here is why.

The Great Reset is certainly real enough, though it is portrayed in as positive a light as dystopian fantasies can be (see below).

For many of us, this video is quite disturbing in its promises.

What it means for the average citizen is terrifying. However, it may be that alternate media is making the needed impact, as measures to implement the Reset in other nations are hitting roadblocks, namely riots. France may actually throw this off. Hungary certainly will refuse it, as will Russia. The one real soft spot on the planet is America, for our people have been abused by mainstream media propaganda for so long that they are now psychologically conditioned to accept external control.

But there are seventy-four million voters and their families who are not ready for that. If they are awake and aware, they can beat this thing.

Dominion refusal to attend hearing is globalists throwing down the gauntlet [Video]

This is the big play for globalists, and they believe they are not accountable to anybody.

The American nation is in big trouble.

Christianity Daily and a few other conservative media outlets ran a piece on Friday, November 20, noting how Dominion Voting Systems refused to attend a hearing regarding their equipment changing votes to Biden from Trump en masse during the November 3 elections.

Christianity Daily’s Julio Cachila writes [slightly edited for clarity]:

A controversial company that provided voting software used in the recent US Presidential Elections has refused to appear in a committee hearing after it previously said it will come.

Dominion Voting Systems, the controversial voter software supplier for the recent US Elections, refused to appear before a bi-partisan committee for a hearing in Pennsylvania regarding the voter fraud that occurred in the recent elections.

House member Dawn Keefer, R-Pennsylvania, expressed her disappointment at the controversial company’s refusal to attend the hearing, and emphasized how it blew it’s chance to give voters a reason to put their trust in it.

“When Dominion said they were coming and answer questions, this was an opportunity for them to demonstrate who they were, services they were providing, the products they were selling us, and how they were being utilised… to give the voters the confidence they are looking for,” Keefer said

Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-Pennsylvania, speaking about Dominion’s decision to avoid the hearing, said the company previously promised that it will be present during the hearing, but suddenly turned its back on the agreement and refused to attend, NTD News reported.

“Instead of stepping into the light of integrity, dominion voting systems retreated into the darkness,” Grove said.

“Why? Why would a vender of public goods, fear discussing their product sold to the public, for the public good. If Dominion’s products were successful and operate as they were supposed to, why wouldn’t dominion take the opportunity to publicly review its success?” the State rep said.

Representative Grove is correct, but this may not matter.

This action betrays Dominion’s malfeasance in the Election, and further pieces of news surrounding the great 2020 Election Steal strongly indicate that voter fraud was carried out on a well-organized, well-targeted and large scale. By refusing to come to the hearing and by subsequently “lawyering up”, Dominion shows its guilt. This is circumstantial, but with not even a statement from the company about this, their actions are damning.

Or are they?

The globalists are ascendant and vindictive, and they know it.

It is likely that their not coming is a direct “in your face!” at Trump supporters and at the President himself, because this well-orchestrated coup attempt is running so well that the powers carrying it out simply do not believe they are accountable to the American voters or to anybody else.

It further indicates that the globalists and Democrats know what they are doing. Conservatives are slow to react to pressure from the left. It is in the nature of Conservatives to approach things deliberately and logically rather than in bursts of passion and outrage. The Democrats know this. They tested all of the country for several months with the combined 1-2 punch of COVID-19 and its associated stripping of personal freedoms, and with the hostile response to the President when the riots broke out in dozens of Democrat-run cities, citing race, but oddly enough led by white people.

The afflicted cities howled about the President moving to stop the riots, even though people were getting hurt and killed. They wanted the riots to continue.

The President did not impose his will either, but stayed the course most any conservative person would – to let the riots play out and hope that their sheer wanton destruction would itself move the people in these communities to push their government to allow National Guard help. This did not work very well.

It is likely that a great many Republicans and Trump supporters decided that a thorough drubbing in the election would do the trick. Studies shows that the President’s policies were total winners, the reaction of voters was evident and still remains so. President Trump succeeded in pretty much everything he did for the American people. The country was doing great until the COVID crisis presented itself. This is not to say that President Trump botched it. He made mistakes, and some of them we have covered – bringing in Dr Fauci was like bringing in a vial of poison and making everybody drink it. However, Fauci is expected to take a more prominent role in a Biden presidency, even though there is cause to believe that he is one of the engineers of the COVID crisis itself.

(Yes. I said that. And here is the report to read and think about to substantiate it. The fact that the video link in that article is missing shows that the YouTube censors have indeed been at work. That is okay, we found another, even longer video:)

This is a digression, but let me finish it. Honestly, even though I write about this, I am still reticent to buy the whole package about Fauci and Dr Buttar, so, you who read this now have my own full disclosure. To complete it, I think there is something not right about this story, and I am definitely convinced that the COVID virus is being used by globalist elites because it is useful to their plans. As to whether or not they triggered it, I still have a hard time believing that people in our day crave power to the point of killing hundreds of thousands of people as “collateral damage” or worse, “a case of the means being justified by the ends.” You, Dear Reader, will also have to decide this.

Now, back to the main point.

One thing is absolutely clear. This is a powerplay and it is not going to go away. The Left / Globalists are not backing down. In fact, they are taking a really bold approach, rolling over the will of the American people in their pursuit of power. When Fox News capitulated and “called” the election for Joe Biden (though media networks truly cannot call anything like this, strictly speaking), this told every Trump supporter in America that “their network” in effect just gave them the middle finger.

As conservatives, we are badly disadvantaged at this time.

If we are going to beat this, either now with this election, or in 2022 and 2024 at the next ones, or any time in between, we have to do a few things:

  1. We have to organize. Right now, we are not yet organized. Gab and Parler have made huge leaps in becoming home bases for conservatives kicked off the Big Socials, but no alternate platform in the US has what Facebook has: Groups, convenience, and a very fast, responsive network. The one alternative that might work is vKontakte, the “Russian Facebook” that many of us already have. It is better than Facebook, but it, too, may find its resources stretched if it acquires 80 million new users overnight. However, it is the best bet. Yes, sure it is based in Russia, but, then again, Russia is the only major power offering any sort of support to Trump people in the US, by NOT congratulating Joe Biden (because the election has not been decided.)
  2. In addition to the Net communications, we need to increase communications and commerce at the local and grassroots levels. If the globalists seize power, they are sure to clamp the US into a lockdown. We need to be able to communicate and share ideas and resources across the country to defy and disregard the illegitimate government being put in place.
  3. We need to be ready to withdraw our states from the Union, and even fight for them. This of course will probably get this newspiece banned. It is going up in other places, like my own Kuznetsky Most platform, in addition to the Duran and other sites, as God allows. I am a conservative. I do not want to fight anyone. I am angry as all get-out with the liberals, but as a Christian, we are guided to hate evil, not persons. Going to arms against them is personally distasteful and I would hate to have to do it. But, sometimes, it becomes the only way.

In a dream world, the ideal situation would be for all the Trump States to secede or dismiss the authority of a Biden / Harris presidency as illegitimate. There are many ways to do this overtly, and in a unified manner. There are even more ways that state leaders and citizens can do this, but it is better in unity with other states.

Revolution is a tricky road. Most national revolutions fail. The American Revolution was the first one that ever actually succeeded, and it would have failed had the United States not defeated the British Empire a second time in the War of 1812. The problem with revolutions is that they are usually not organized around truly creating a nation for the citizens accountable TO the citizens. The American Declaration of Independence and more notably, her Constitution, have been studied by people all over the world. It is of particular note that not one other nation seeking revolution has implemented all of the devices and tools that are present in the American Constitution. It is easy to see why:

A nation whose leaders are accountable to the citizens cannot become a place run by elites. The United States, despite the recent history of putting elites in power, nevertheless remains the only nation that can legally and easily throw off a corrupt government as it threw off the tryanny of the British Empire and its syphillis-maddened King. Our own Constitution’s Article V allows the nation to make a referendum upon itself in case something is going wrong. This could be a peaceful way of making the needed changes our country is crying out for.

But this is the time of the Globalist Great Reset. People both inside and outside this country are pressing harder than ever to permanently alter it and place themselves in power permanently. While the Constitution has all the protections it does to keep the US safe from tyranny, there is one weapon it cannot fight against: the will of its own people to be ignorant of it, and to disregard it.

Because of this, it may well come to war. There may be no other way.

Father Peter Heers on the Election – How ought an Orthodox Christian vote? [Video]

Father Peter Heers is a very conservatively-aligned Orthodox priest, living with his wife and family in Europe. He taught at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, and is widely controversial as well. He takes a relatively “hardline” approach to Orthodoxy. We have featured his work in the past where he criticized the reaction of the bulk of the Orthodox Church and its hierarchies to the coronavirus pandemic, a criticism I personally agree with more and more each passing day (yes, despite the increasing caseloads and the second / third wave of the pandemic now in play).

Here, for the first time in my finding, we have an Orthodox clergyman speaking on the issue of tomorrow’s pivotal November 3rd American presidential election. For the Orthodox Christian, and for the non-Orthodox Christian who is also trying to figure out what to do with this election, how to answer “what is in keeping with the will of Jesus Christ?”, this video may offer some answers.

May we all be moved to make the choice that is God-pleasing for the US and for the world. Like it or not, what happens in the United States of America has tremendous impact on the rest of the world, for good or ill.