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From One magazine, a fine overview of the OCA:

“North America is a mosaic of ethnic groups and religions. Orthodox Christians are a tiny minority — about 0.65 percent — and include no more than three million of an estimated 459 million people living in Canada, Mexico and the United States. What they may lack in volume, however, North American Orthodox Christians make up in variety. They comprise immigrants and their descendants from Asia Minor, the Balkans, Europe and the Middle East, as well as Alaska Natives and recent converts, especially from the reformed churches.

The ancient rites of the church of Byzantium unite these Orthodox Christians. Rooted in the New World for more than a century, these North American churches retain strong bonds with the Old World, are divided into a number of ethnic jurisdictions — Albanian, Arab, Belarussian, Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian and Ukrainian — and typically celebrate the divine mysteries in their respective liturgical languages.

One body has attempted to transcend these cultural differences. Originally a jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church in America was established in 1970 and is led by a primate with the title of archbishop of Washington, metropolitan of all America and Canada.

More: http://www.cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=3595&pagetypeID=4&sitecode=HQ&pageno=1

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HT: Mark Shea.

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It Was Only A Matter Of Time

Satirists sue GOP for being too ridiculous to satirize:

http://isoutrage.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/nations-satirists-bring-class-action-suit-against-gop-for-being-self-parodying/

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The Vatted Calf

Yuck:

“The world’s first hamburger made with a synthetic meat protein derived from bovine stem cells will be publicly consumed this October after being prepared by a celebrity chef, according to the inventor of the artificial mince.

Heston Blumenthal is the favourite to be asked to cook the €250,000 (£207,000) hamburger, which will be made from 3,000 strips of synthetic meat protein grown in fermentation vats.”

More: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/would-you-eat-a-burger-grown-in-a-laboratory-7216674.html#

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