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Study: Russia Insulated From Further Sanctions by Import Substitution Success

Russia's national security and sovereignty buttressed by import substitution

Jon Hellevig | 2017-07-27

The most crucial outcome to date of Russia's import substitution campaign is
that it has insulated Russia against the effects of any further sanctions. ..
Russia has been able to cut its imports and launch a nascent and increasingly
burgeoning domestic production of virtually everything that is produced in the
world, quickly churning out technologies where it was most vulnerable, like
arctic drilling technologies, engines for new ships for the navy, and
medicine. Therefore, Russia has been surprisingly successful in cutting the
dependency on Western imports and by extension its need to appease the West.
..

Russia now an agricultural superpower

The one sector where the Russian success is unanimously acclaimed - albeit
begrudgingly by Russia's "Western partners" - is agriculture. Russia, which
was in the beginning of 1990s receiving humanitarian food aid from the West
(albeit mostly in form of propaganda stints) has now become a major food
exporter and the biggest wheat exporter. ..

79% of all cars sold produced domestically in Russia

.. Russia's automotive industry has made a dramatic turnaround with 79% of all
cars sold in Russia now produced domestically, 22% (of the total) being
Russian brands and 57% foreign brands produced in Russia. Contrary to the
received wisdom, a major share of the auto components is also produced in
Russia, at a level of 65-70%. ..

A new pharmaceutical industry out of nowhere

Russia has practically kick started a whole new pharmaceutical industry during
the last ten years. The country's medicine industry was negligible even in the
Soviet period as the other Eastern bloc countries had been assigned to stand
for the medical industry, and naturally not much developed during the years of
neoliberal anarchy in the 1990s. But now, Russia has a $5 billion
pharmaceutical industry which will likely double within the next 5 years and
reach a level of domestic production of 50% of the total market. Especially,
Russia has set a target to produce domestically 90% of the medicine that have
been deemed as 'vital and essential.' ..

The aviation industry rising like a phoenix

The aviation industry is also undergoing a total renewal with Russia having
developed or being in a process of developing an impressive range of new
aircraft.

Key product developments of the recent years have been: the Sukhoi Superjet,
the twin-engine regional passenger jet with a capacity of up to 108 seats; the
Irkut MC-21, twin-engine short- to mid-range jet airliner with a capacity of
150-230 passengers; the PD-14 next generation turbofan engine, developed
primarily for the Irkut MC-21, but forming part of a greater family of engine
concepts for various uses; the helicopters MI-38 and Ka-62; the modification
and upgrading of the four-engine Ilyushin Il-76, under the name Il-76MD-90A, a
dual use military airlifter and civilian cargo plane; complete modernization
of the Ilyushin Il-114 twin-engine turboprop airline designed for local
routes; complete modernization of the Ilyushin Il-96 four-engined long-haul
wide-body airliner with a capacity of 250 to 312 passengers ..

Russia produced crucial domestic technology in record time ..

After sanctions, Russia developed its own arctic drilling technology ..

Great results with a little money

It is striking that impressive results have come without any kind of
significant levels of financing. This is partially explained by the tremendous
difference in purchasing power in Russia's favor compared with the West. ..

Read full study here <http://clck.ru/BWZSC>

...

In the case of the Russia 'sanctions', the Americans demonstrate their
commitment to the patterns that led to the failure of various US policies in
the recent decade. It then summarized in the 'America in decline' trend. The
Europeans seem to understand where such a strategy leads to, however they are
themselves hostages of the American moronicy as well as of their own one.
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2017-07-27 09:41:19 UTC
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Study: Russia Insulated From Further Sanctions by Import Substitution Success
Russia's national security and sovereignty buttressed by import substitution
Jon Hellevig | 2017-07-27
The most crucial outcome to date of Russia's import substitution campaign is
that it has insulated Russia against the effects of any further sanctions. ..
Russia has been able to cut its imports and launch a nascent and increasingly
burgeoning domestic production of virtually everything that is produced in the
world, quickly churning out technologies where it was most vulnerable, like
arctic drilling technologies, engines for new ships for the navy, and
medicine. Therefore, Russia has been surprisingly successful in cutting the
dependency on Western imports and by extension its need to appease the West.
..
Russia now an agricultural superpower
The one sector where the Russian success is unanimously acclaimed - albeit
begrudgingly by Russia's "Western partners" - is agriculture. Russia, which
was in the beginning of 1990s receiving humanitarian food aid from the West
(albeit mostly in form of propaganda stints) has now become a major food
exporter and the biggest wheat exporter. ..
last time they offered that, they starved millions...but the were
predominantly ukrainians
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79% of all cars sold produced domestically in Russia
.. Russia's automotive industry has made a dramatic turnaround with 79% of all
cars sold in Russia now produced domestically, 22% (of the total) being
Russian brands and 57% foreign brands produced in Russia. Contrary to the
received wisdom, a major share of the auto components is also produced in
Russia, at a level of 65-70%. ..
they used to sell 98% of their cars made in rooshia...all ladas
Post by Oleg Smirnov
A new pharmaceutical industry out of nowhere
Russia has practically kick started a whole new pharmaceutical industry during
the last ten years. The country's medicine industry was negligible even in the
Soviet period as the other Eastern bloc countries had been assigned to stand
for the medical industry, and naturally not much developed during the years of
neoliberal anarchy in the 1990s. But now, Russia has a $5 billion
pharmaceutical industry which will likely double within the next 5 years and
reach a level of domestic production of 50% of the total market. Especially,
Russia has set a target to produce domestically 90% of the medicine that have
been deemed as 'vital and essential.' ..
probably all sugar sweets...or western copies/generics
Post by Oleg Smirnov
The aviation industry rising like a phoenix
The aviation industry is also undergoing a total renewal with Russia having
developed or being in a process of developing an impressive range of new
aircraft.
Key product developments of the recent years have been: the Sukhoi Superjet,
the twin-engine regional passenger jet with a capacity of up to 108 seats; the
Irkut MC-21, twin-engine short- to mid-range jet airliner with a capacity of
150-230 passengers; the PD-14 next generation turbofan engine, developed
primarily for the Irkut MC-21, but forming part of a greater family of engine
concepts for various uses; the helicopters MI-38 and Ka-62; the modification
and upgrading of the four-engine Ilyushin Il-76, under the name Il-76MD-90A, a
dual use military airlifter and civilian cargo plane; complete modernization
of the Ilyushin Il-114 twin-engine turboprop airline designed for local
routes; complete modernization of the Ilyushin Il-96 four-engined long-haul
wide-body airliner with a capacity of 250 to 312 passengers ..
Russia produced crucial domestic technology in record time ..
After sanctions, Russia developed its own arctic drilling technology ..
they can export snow
Post by Oleg Smirnov
Great results with a little money
it's called slave labour
Post by Oleg Smirnov
It is striking that impressive results have come without any kind of
significant levels of financing. This is partially explained by the tremendous
difference in purchasing power in Russia's favor compared with the West. ..
Read full study here <http://clck.ru/BWZSC>
...
In the case of the Russia 'sanctions', the Americans demonstrate their
commitment to the patterns that led to the failure of various US policies in
the recent decade. It then summarized in the 'America in decline' trend. The
Europeans seem to understand where such a strategy leads to, however they are
themselves hostages of the American moronicy as well as of their own one.
the recent failure was giving poor people housing who could not
afford to pay for it...
most of them still have houses...it's a form of welfare...

the usa is wealthy beyond your dreams of avarice my boy...
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2017-07-27 10:06:20 UTC
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.. U.S. Crushes All Other Countries In Latest Obesity Study
.. According to the latest international obesity study from the Organization
For Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), America is by far the
fattest nation in the world with just over 38% of the adult population
considered 'obese.' ..

OECD projections show a steady increase in obesity rates until at least 2030
(Figure 5). Obesity levels are expected to be particularly high in the United
States, Mexico and England, where 47%, 39% and 35% of the population
respectively are projected to be obese in 2030. On the contrary, the increase
is expected to be weaker in Italy and Korea, with obesity rates projected to
be 13% and 9% in 2030, respectively. The level of obesity in France is
projected to nearly match that of Spain, at 21% in 2030. ..

...
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abelard
2017-07-27 10:19:20 UTC
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.. U.S. Crushes All Other Countries In Latest Obesity Study
.. According to the latest international obesity study from the Organization
For Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), America is by far the
fattest nation in the world with just over 38% of the adult population
considered 'obese.' ..
OECD projections show a steady increase in obesity rates until at least 2030
(Figure 5). Obesity levels are expected to be particularly high in the United
States, Mexico and England, where 47%, 39% and 35% of the population
respectively are projected to be obese in 2030. On the contrary, the increase
is expected to be weaker in Italy and Korea, with obesity rates projected to
be 13% and 9% in 2030, respectively. The level of obesity in France is
projected to nearly match that of Spain, at 21% in 2030. ..
it's a fine boast...you're all starving


for your numeracy education...
the projection of trends is a fraught business
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Oleg Smirnov
2017-07-27 10:23:04 UTC
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You again, bore.
On Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:06:20 +0300, "Oleg Smirnov"
Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://tinyurl.com/ydxa85z9> zerohedge.com
.. U.S. Crushes All Other Countries In Latest Obesity
Study .. According to the latest international obesity
study from the Organization For Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD), America is by far the fattest
nation in the world with just over 38% of the adult
population considered 'obese.' ..
OECD projections show a steady increase in obesity rates
until at least 2030 (Figure 5). Obesity levels are
expected to be particularly high in the United States,
Mexico and England, where 47%, 39% and 35% of the
population respectively are projected to be obese in
2030. On the contrary, the increase is expected to be
weaker in Italy and Korea, with obesity rates projected
to be 13% and 9% in 2030, respectively. The level of
obesity in France is projected to nearly match that of
Spain, at 21% in 2030. ..
it's a fine boast...you're all starving
for your numeracy education...
the projection of trends is a fraught business
Keep up wanking.
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2017-07-27 10:26:51 UTC
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You again, bore.
On Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:06:20 +0300, "Oleg Smirnov"
Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://tinyurl.com/ydxa85z9> zerohedge.com
.. U.S. Crushes All Other Countries In Latest Obesity
Study .. According to the latest international obesity
study from the Organization For Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD), America is by far the fattest
nation in the world with just over 38% of the adult
population considered 'obese.' ..
OECD projections show a steady increase in obesity rates
until at least 2030 (Figure 5). Obesity levels are
expected to be particularly high in the United States,
Mexico and England, where 47%, 39% and 35% of the
population respectively are projected to be obese in
2030. On the contrary, the increase is expected to be
weaker in Italy and Korea, with obesity rates projected
to be 13% and 9% in 2030, respectively. The level of
obesity in France is projected to nearly match that of
Spain, at 21% in 2030. ..
it's a fine boast...you're all starving
for your numeracy education...
the projection of trends is a fraught business
Keep up wanking.
your sex education is as backward as your 'economics'

one does not require to want in order to keep up...it is
a natural response and process
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2017-07-27 10:36:15 UTC
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abelard,
You again, bore.
On Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:06:20 +0300, "Oleg Smirnov"
Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://tinyurl.com/ydxa85z9> zerohedge.com
.. U.S. Crushes All Other Countries In Latest Obesity
Study .. According to the latest international obesity
study from the Organization For Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD), America is by far the fattest
nation in the world with just over 38% of the adult
population considered 'obese.' ..
OECD projections show a steady increase in obesity
rates until at least 2030 (Figure 5). Obesity levels
are expected to be particularly high in the United
States, Mexico and England, where 47%, 39% and 35% of
the population respectively are projected to be obese
in 2030. On the contrary, the increase is expected to
be weaker in Italy and Korea, with obesity rates
projected to be 13% and 9% in 2030, respectively. The
level of obesity in France is projected to nearly
match that of Spain, at 21% in 2030. ..
it's a fine boast...you're all starving
for your numeracy education...
the projection of trends is a fraught business
Keep up wanking.
your sex education is as backward as your 'economics'
one does not require to want in order to keep up...it is
a natural response and process
Go away, bore.
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2017-07-27 10:35:27 UTC
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The Myth of American Exceptionalism

MELVIN GOODMAN | JULY 27, 2017

Like too many nations, the United States likes to think of itself as a chosen
nation and a chosen people. Presidential inauguration statements are
typically an exercise in proclaiming American exceptionalism, and this
mentality has far too much influence in the United States. It's particularly
regrettable when individuals who should no better indulge the kind of hubris
and triumphalism associated with American exceptionalism.

An excellent example of our exceptionalism appeared in Sunday's Washington
Post in the form of an op-ed by Tom Malinowski, the former assistant secretary
of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the Obama administration.
In a fatuous display of ignorance, Malinowski lambasted Russian President
Vladimir Putin for stating that the United States frequently meddles in the
politics and elections of other countries. Malinowski argued that it is
Russia that interferes in democratic elections, such as the U.S. presidential
race in 2016, but that the United States consistently "promotes democracy in
other countries."

One of the reasons why the United States has so little credibility in making
the case against Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election is the
sordid record of the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency in
conducting regime change and even political assassination to influence
political conditions around the world. ..

Before former U.S. officials such as Tom Malinowski decide to lambaste Putin
for cynicism and treachery, it would be a good idea to become familiar with
U.S. crimes and calumny. ..

Read more about the American misdeeds <http://tinyurl.com/y9y9supp>

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2017-07-27 10:48:58 UTC
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The Myth of American Exceptionalism
MELVIN GOODMAN | JULY 27, 2017
Like too many nations, the United States likes to think of itself as a chosen
nation and a chosen people. Presidential inauguration statements are
typically an exercise in proclaiming American exceptionalism, and this
mentality has far too much influence in the United States. It's particularly
regrettable when individuals who should no better indulge the kind of hubris
and triumphalism associated with American exceptionalism.
An excellent example of our exceptionalism appeared in Sunday's Washington
Post in the form of an op-ed by Tom Malinowski, the former assistant secretary
of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the Obama administration.
In a fatuous display of ignorance, Malinowski lambasted Russian President
Vladimir Putin for stating that the United States frequently meddles in the
politics and elections of other countries. Malinowski argued that it is
Russia that interferes in democratic elections, such as the U.S. presidential
race in 2016, but that the United States consistently "promotes democracy in
other countries."
One of the reasons why the United States has so little credibility in making
the case against Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election is the
sordid record of the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency in
conducting regime change and even political assassination to influence
political conditions around the world. ..
Before former U.S. officials such as Tom Malinowski decide to lambaste Putin
for cynicism and treachery, it would be a good idea to become familiar with
U.S. crimes and calumny. ..
stop parading your (well deserved) inferiority complex...

take heart and study at the feet or more advanced nations...
that way you may at least improve your position a bit
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Oleg Smirnov
2017-07-27 18:09:11 UTC
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The Myth of American Exceptionalism
stop parading your (well deserved) inferiority complex...
take heart and study at the feet or more advanced
nations... that way you may at least improve your
position a bit
If you were younger, you'd have a chance to achieve enlightenment.
But that's not the case, so I'd suggest you to start mulling about
the afterlife. It would be more relevant to you.
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2017-07-27 18:18:03 UTC
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The Myth of American Exceptionalism
stop parading your (well deserved) inferiority complex...
take heart and study at the feet or more advanced
nations... that way you may at least improve your
position a bit
If you were younger, you'd have a chance to achieve enlightenment.
But that's not the case, so I'd suggest you to start mulling about
the afterlife. It would be more relevant to you.
i'm not taking time out to mull mental corpses like you smeary...
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Oleg Smirnov
2017-07-27 10:08:55 UTC
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abelard, <news:***@4ax.com>

You again, bore.
On Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:45:59 +0300, "Oleg Smirnov"
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Study: Russia Insulated From Further Sanctions by Import Substitution Success
the recent failure was giving poor people housing who
could not afford to pay for it...
most of them still have houses...it's a form of welfare...
the usa is wealthy beyond your dreams of avarice my boy...
Not so beyond, actually, and it goes to decline.

But it's irrelevant anyway, because the post was about 'sanctions' effect.
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2017-07-28 21:08:29 UTC
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Kenneth Rapoza | JUL 6, 2017

.. The Russian economy is increasingly becoming self-sufficient and less
oil-price dependent ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/y72wh2u5>

...
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Study: Russia Insulated From Further Sanctions by Import Substitution Success
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Study: Russia Insulated From Further Sanctions by Import Substitution Success
Russia's national security and sovereignty buttressed by import substitution
Jon Hellevig | 2017-07-27
The most crucial outcome to date of Russia's import substitution campaign is
that it has insulated Russia against the effects of any further sanctions. ..
Russia has been able to cut its imports and launch a nascent and increasingly
burgeoning domestic production of virtually everything that is produced in the
world, quickly churning out technologies where it was most vulnerable, like
arctic drilling technologies, engines for new ships for the navy, and
medicine. Therefore, Russia has been surprisingly successful in cutting the
dependency on Western imports and by extension its need to appease the West.
..
Russia now an agricultural superpower
The one sector where the Russian success is unanimously acclaimed - albeit
begrudgingly by Russia's "Western partners" - is agriculture. Russia, which
was in the beginning of 1990s receiving humanitarian food aid from the West
(albeit mostly in form of propaganda stints) has now become a major food
exporter and the biggest wheat exporter. ..
79% of all cars sold produced domestically in Russia
.. Russia's automotive industry has made a dramatic turnaround with 79% of all
cars sold in Russia now produced domestically, 22% (of the total) being
Russian brands and 57% foreign brands produced in Russia. Contrary to the
received wisdom, a major share of the auto components is also produced in
Russia, at a level of 65-70%. ..
A new pharmaceutical industry out of nowhere
Russia has practically kick started a whole new pharmaceutical industry during
the last ten years. The country's medicine industry was negligible even in the
Soviet period as the other Eastern bloc countries had been assigned to stand
for the medical industry, and naturally not much developed during the years of
neoliberal anarchy in the 1990s. But now, Russia has a $5 billion
pharmaceutical industry which will likely double within the next 5 years and
reach a level of domestic production of 50% of the total market. Especially,
Russia has set a target to produce domestically 90% of the medicine that have
been deemed as 'vital and essential.' ..
The aviation industry rising like a phoenix
The aviation industry is also undergoing a total renewal with Russia having
developed or being in a process of developing an impressive range of new
aircraft.
Key product developments of the recent years have been: the Sukhoi Superjet,
the twin-engine regional passenger jet with a capacity of up to 108 seats; the
Irkut MC-21, twin-engine short- to mid-range jet airliner with a capacity of
150-230 passengers; the PD-14 next generation turbofan engine, developed
primarily for the Irkut MC-21, but forming part of a greater family of engine
concepts for various uses; the helicopters MI-38 and Ka-62; the modification
and upgrading of the four-engine Ilyushin Il-76, under the name Il-76MD-90A, a
dual use military airlifter and civilian cargo plane; complete
modernization
of the Ilyushin Il-114 twin-engine turboprop airline designed for local
routes; complete modernization of the Ilyushin Il-96 four-engined long-haul
wide-body airliner with a capacity of 250 to 312 passengers ..
Russia produced crucial domestic technology in record time ..
After sanctions, Russia developed its own arctic drilling technology ..
Great results with a little money
It is striking that impressive results have come without any kind of
significant levels of financing. This is partially explained by the tremendous
difference in purchasing power in Russia's favor compared with the West. ..
Read full study here <http://clck.ru/BWZSC>
...
In the case of the Russia 'sanctions', the Americans demonstrate their
commitment to the patterns that led to the failure of various US policies in
the recent decade. It then summarized in the 'America in decline' trend. The
Europeans seem to understand where such a strategy leads to, however they are
themselves hostages of the American moronicy as well as of their own one.
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DONALD TRUMP AND THE COMING FALL OF AMERICAN EMPIRE
Sanctions were always a bad idea..... it encouraged them to diversify
their domestic industry while the United States has been shipping all
our industries out of the U.S., we were the ones vulnerable to oil
sanctions and steel and we were almost vulnerable to coal sanctions.....
as all our industries were closing down thanks to Democrats.
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Are Russia and America Headed for a Showdown?

George Beebe | July 24, 2017

.. Russia has misperceived U.S. support for democratization in Russia and
neighboring regions as an effort to encircle and ultimately overthrow the
Russian government. In Ukraine, Georgia, and other ex-Soviet republics,
democratic forces have typically also been hardline nationalists with
anti-Russian platforms. They turned to the U.S. not only for ideological
reasons, but also because they saw us as a military and geopolitical
counterweight to Moscow. Washington's tendency to overlook anti-Russian
sentiments in these states has only further convinced Moscow that U.S. support
for democratic movements is a cynical effort to establish pro-U.S.,
anti-Russian governments along Russian borders. ..

...

No, Russia didn't 'misperceive' anything. Because of the common American
ignorance, any group of freaks could declare 'we are pro-democracy, we want to
join .. etc', and regardless of their true colors and real goals they might
expect support from the US. Real policy makers, of course, knew who is who,
but for the regular silly sheep all this was/is about 'democracy'.

This is where 'democracy' as a fetish leads to.
<http://www.oecd.org/health/obesity-update.htm>
OECD OBESITY UPDATE 2017
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2017-07-27 18:16:38 UTC
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Are Russia and America Headed for a Showdown?
George Beebe | July 24, 2017
.. Russia has misperceived U.S. support for democratization in Russia and
neighboring regions as an effort to encircle and ultimately overthrow the
Russian government. In Ukraine, Georgia, and other ex-Soviet republics,
democratic forces have typically also been hardline nationalists with
anti-Russian platforms.
they must have learned that from 100 years of soviet interference
around the world...

that would be good news if true
Post by Oleg Smirnov
They turned to the U.S. not only for ideological
reasons, but also because they saw us as a military and geopolitical
counterweight to Moscow. Washington's tendency to overlook anti-Russian
sentiments in these states has only further convinced Moscow that U.S. support
for democratic movements is a cynical effort to establish pro-U.S.,
anti-Russian governments along Russian borders. ..
...
No, Russia didn't 'misperceive' anything. Because of the common American
ignorance, any group of freaks could declare 'we are pro-democracy, we want to
join .. etc', and regardless of their true colors and real goals they might
expect support from the US. Real policy makers, of course, knew who is who,
but for the regular silly sheep all this was/is about 'democracy'.
This is where 'democracy' as a fetish leads to.
<http://www.oecd.org/health/obesity-update.htm>
OECD OBESITY UPDATE 2017
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2017-07-28 06:58:36 UTC
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Are Russia and America Headed for a Showdown?
George Beebe | July 24, 2017
.. Russia has misperceived U.S. support for democratization in Russia and
neighboring regions as an effort to encircle and ultimately overthrow the
Russian government. In Ukraine, Georgia, and other ex-Soviet republics,
democratic forces have typically also been hardline nationalists with
anti-Russian platforms.
they must have learned that from 100 years of soviet
interference around the world...
that would be good news if true
Post by Oleg Smirnov
They turned to the U.S. not only for ideological reasons, but also because
they saw us as a military and geopolitical counterweight to Moscow.
Washington's tendency to overlook anti-Russian sentiments in these states
has only further convinced Moscow that U.S. support for democratic
movements is a cynical effort to establish pro-U.S., anti-Russian
governments along Russian borders. ..
...
No, Russia didn't 'misperceive' anything. Because of the common American
ignorance, any group of freaks could declare 'we are pro-democracy, we want
to join .. etc', and regardless of their true colors and real goals they
might expect support from the US. Real policy makers, of course, knew who
is who, but for the regular silly sheep all this was/is about 'democracy'.
This is where 'democracy' as a fetish leads to.
Eg. the nazis in the Ukraine and the jihadis in Syria is a glaring
manifestation of the American/British/etc striking inadequacy in their
desperation to pick up some shit and proudly present it as 'democracy'.

This is a degenerative obsession, and it produces evil.
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Are Russia and America Headed for a Showdown?
George Beebe | July 24, 2017
.. Russia has misperceived U.S. support for democratization in Russia and
neighboring regions as an effort to encircle and ultimately overthrow the
Russian government. In Ukraine, Georgia, and other ex-Soviet republics,
democratic forces have typically also been hardline nationalists with
anti-Russian platforms.
they must have learned that from 100 years of soviet
interference around the world...
that would be good news if true
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They turned to the U.S. not only for ideological reasons, but also because
they saw us as a military and geopolitical counterweight to Moscow.
Washington's tendency to overlook anti-Russian sentiments in these states
has only further convinced Moscow that U.S. support for democratic
movements is a cynical effort to establish pro-U.S., anti-Russian
governments along Russian borders. ..
...
No, Russia didn't 'misperceive' anything. Because of the common American
ignorance, any group of freaks could declare 'we are pro-democracy, we want
to join .. etc', and regardless of their true colors and real goals they
might expect support from the US. Real policy makers, of course, knew who
is who, but for the regular silly sheep all this was/is about 'democracy'.
This is where 'democracy' as a fetish leads to.
Eg. the nazis in the Ukraine and the jihadis in Syria
applying your chosen adjectives to any you wish to control
will only convince your own propagandists or distract attention
from your attack on civilians

so far you have invaded three countries in this latest attempt
to play the czars....you can no longer hide your behaviour
smearing behaviour smeary...
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is a glaring
manifestation of the American/British/etc striking inadequacy in their
desperation to pick up some shit and proudly present it as 'democracy'.
This is a degenerative obsession, and it produces evil.
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Russia Would Very Much Like You To Visit Crimea, Please

"Seize the day."

Rose Troup Buchanan | July 25, 2017

Several (OS: It means 'two'.) Russian embassies are encouraging tourists to
visit Crimea.

Russia in USA | @RusEmbUSA
880 thousands of Ukrainian tourists visited Crimea in 2016
As they say, better once to see, than 100 times to hear ...
<http://www.visitcrimea.guide/en/>
05:42 PM - 23 Jul 2017 <http://durl.me/f48jpi>

The pitch in one tweet from the Russian embassy in Canada implored English-
speakers to "seize the day" and book a trip now.

Russia in Canada | @RussianEmbassyC
880,000 Ukrainians visited Crimea in 2016.
Seize the day, book a tour to see this beautiful peninsula for yourself
<http://www.visitcrimea.guide/en/>
03:12 PM - 24 Jul 2017 <http://durl.me/f48m7c>

That's slightly awkward because the Russian government took control of the
region from Ukraine in 2014 in a move that was condemned internationally.
(OS: The US and its vassals still does not mean 'internationally' as such.)

Pro-Russian Crimean leadership called for a referendum on Russian
reunification in March of that year - and 95% of the population voted in
favor. (OS: 97% of those who came to the voting stations - 83% of the total
number of voters - voted so, while a small pro-coup minority largely just
ignored the referendum. In the terms of 'population', it means no less than
80% of the population voted for the reunification. Later, independent polls
<http://clck.ru/BXFzK> confirmed this number well.)

But the referendum's result was condemned by the West and the crisis in
Ukraine only spiraled further out of control. (OS: 'Western' unwise refusal to
recognize the reality significantly contributed to the crisis, it's true. The
ongoing unwise stubbornness of 'the west' about recognizing its mistakes and
misdeeds also contributes to the further development of the crisis.)

After the Crimea referendum, Russia-backed rebels in the east began pushing to
separate from the federal government, launching a war that led to a crisis
that has cost thousands of lives. (OS: 'Rebels in the east' initially did not
do anything much different against what the Maidan rebels did before the coup,
- to 'western' applause btw. The war started when the illegitimate post-coup
'government' decided to suppress the protest movement in the east by a brute
military force.) The US and EU have squared up against Russian President
Vladimir Putin over Russian military support for the rebels, levying economic
sanctions against Russia in response. (OS: Russian support for the rebels is
humanitarian. As the post-coup Kiev and 'the west' decided to brazenly ignore
the legitimate interest of the east-Ukrainian people, Russia is the only power
they can rely on.) More than three years later, Russia still has total control
of Crimea. (OS: It's not 'still', it will be forever.)

Despite this, both the embassies in Canada and the US claim in their tweets
that around 880,000 Ukrainians visited Crimea last year. (OS: The Buzzfeed's
writer is silly while there's nothing strange that the Russia's embassies
advertize the fact that so many Ukrainians are currently visiting Crimea. It
simply means that Russia and the Crimeans welcome regular Ukrainian tourists
in the peninsula, as well as everybody else, and quite many Ukrainians are in
deed visiting Crimea for their summer vacation.)

Prior to the Russian occupation (OS: No, it's not an occupation.), Ukrainians
did form roughly 67% of Crimea's tourism industry. Now, not so much. (OS: It's
natural, since the Ukrainians in average have become about twice poorer after
the anti-democratic coup in their country, whereas Crimea has adjusted itself
to the Russian prices, which were noticeably higher against the Ukrainian ones
even before the anti-constitutioonal anti-democratic violent unlawful coup in
the Ukraine, unwisely backed by the US and EU.)

In the years after the invasion (OS: No, there was no invasion.), the number
of Ukrainians visiting has plummeted - although reliable data on exact figures
is hard to come by. Meanwhile, even the number of Russians visiting the Crimea
could go down as much as 15-25%, according to some tourism websites. (OS: The
latter is due to the fact that now Turkey is again available to the Russians.)

And internationally, most Western nations - including the US and major
European countries - warn their citizens against all but essential travel to
the region. (OS: Simply f*ck those who speak on behalf of 'Western nations'.)

Which is less than great in Moscow's eyes, because Crimea needs the money.
(OS: Everybody needs the money, but the fact that the Russia's embassies tell
about Crimea is not about money, of course. In the current situation, the
foreign - English-speaking and other - tourists can not cause a significant
impact on the Crimean budget anyway. However, they can see firsthand how the
people are living in Crimea, and what's going on there, and then they can tell
it to their friends etc etc - you've got the idea.)

The local economy was damaged by the occupation (OS: It's not an occupation,
again, and the local economy was not 'damaged' by anything except that it now
attracts less Ukrainian tourists than before, but much more Russian ones.),
and although Russia promised in 2016 to invest 680 billion roubles (roughly
$13 billion) into the region by 2020, many businesses who relied on tourism
are struggling. (OS: It's a desperate wishful thinking of the silly Buzzfeed's
writer.) The gaudy centerpiece of Russian funding is a bridge linking mainland
Russia with Crimea. It's not finished yet. (OS: It will be finished in time,
there's nothing to worry about.)

Finally, the tweets link to a tourism website (available in Russian, English,
and Chinese) that lists a whole load of activities you can try while you're
out there. There's also an extensive FAQ section ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/ycj845d2>

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"Seize the day."
Maybe someday NATO will...
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Eat

shit

and

die

commie.
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peninsula for yourself <http://www.visitcrimea.guide/en/>
But the referendum's result was condemned by the West and the crisis in
Ukraine only spiraled further out of control. (OS: 'Western' unwise refusal
to recognize the reality significantly contributed to the crisis, it's true.
The ongoing unwise stubbornness of 'the west' about recognizing its mistakes
and misdeeds also contributes to the further development of the crisis.)
Ability to recognize your own mistakes is what distinguishes a civilized
person from a non-civilized one. And it's difficult... In the Ukraine case,
'the west' has no civilized option other than to recognize its mistakes.
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NYT - Russia Wants Innovation, But It's Arresting Its Fraudsters

August 10, 2017

.. The new way to vilify Russia must then proceed on a different route. "Yes,
Russia is capitalist, but it is capitalist in a bad way." Thus we get this NYT
headline and story: Russia Wants Innovation, but It's Arresting Its
Innovators:

AKADEMGORODOK, Russia - Dmitri Trubitsyn is a young physicist-entrepreneur
with a patriotic reputation, seen in this part of Siberia as an exemplar of
the talents, dedication and enterprise that President Vladimir V. Putin has
hailed as vital for Russia's future economic health.

Yet Mr. Trubitsyn faces up to eight years in jail after a recent raid on his
home and office here in Akademgorodok, a Soviet-era sanctuary of scientific
research that was supposed to showcase how Mr. Putin's Russia can harness
its abundance of talent to create a modern economy.

A court last Thursday extended Mr. Trubitsyn's house arrest until at least
October, which bars him from leaving his apartment or communicating with
anyone other than his immediate family.

Noticed how bad Putin is? How very authoritarian his government thugs are?
They even arrest an "entrepreneur with a patriotic reputation"!

But why is the man in front of a court?

Mr. Trubitsyn, 36, whose company, Tion, manufactures high-tech
air-purification systems for homes and hospitals, is accused of risking
the lives of hospital patients, and trying to lift profits, by upgrading
the purifiers so they would consume less electricity.
Most important, he is accused of doing this without state regulators
certifying the changes.

"Upgrading" something so "it consumes less electricity" is of course good. We
all know this.

Ten paragraphs follow to further convince us that the guy is really on the
good side and that Putin led Russia is bad, bad, bad.

Only then do we learn what Trubitsyn's company really did:

[Chief technical officer] Amelkin said the company was approached by the
regulatory agency and said that it had changed its design and removed a
supplementary filtering device that laboratory tests had shown was
redundant and wasted electricity. The company then amended its registration
documents and thought the matter was over, Mr. Amelkin said.

So here is what really happened. The company produces licensed medical filter
equipment. It eliminated one stage of the expensive filters and sold the
degraded equipment without telling anyone about the change.

Yes, the modified equipment does "consume less electricity". It does so
because it filters less than it is supposed to do. The degraded and cheaper
produced medical product was sold without a valid license. Finally some of the
companies competitors noticed this and informed the regulators about the
dangerous fraud. The "Innovator" CEO of the company was arrested for fraud and
will have to go to jail.

That all seems very normal to me and the way product regulation should work.
When some German car manufacturers cheated with diesel emission tests their
U.S. competitors complained and the regulator put some company officials to
jail. That was lauded, even in the NYT, as good regulation. But when Russia
does the very same it is defamed as stifling innovation.

Propaganda works. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/y74edy7h>

...

All this is not a political thing. Some argue the Tion's modified equipment
basically didn't change the functionality, other argue the opposite. But why
the Atlanticist media (the NYT) meddle in these strictly technical things?

The Atlanticist shoddy-stinky leftist morons aren't welcome in Russia.
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And FUCK YOU TOO IVAN!
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The U.S. Empire Continues To Stumble Towards Ruin

Tyler Durden | Jul 28, 2017

.. To summarize, the entire House of Representatives other than three
Republicans, Justin Amash of Michigan, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and John
Duncan of Tennessee, voted for this thing. Not a single Democrat voted against
the sanctions.

We supposedly live in a "representative democracy," but 99% of our so-called
representatives voted for this bill. Does this really represent the will of
99% of the public? These are the kind of numbers you'd expect to see in
totalitarian states, and the ironic thing is the vote was driven by a desire
to put a stop to supposedly fascist Trump. We've got much bigger problems than
Trump. ..

As troubling as the bill is for relations with nuclear armed Russia where
tensions are already high, the response from European allies is arguably more
concerning. ..

Juncker said the bill could have "unintended unilateral effects" on the EU's
energy security. "This is why the Commission concluded today that if our
concerns are not taken into account sufficiently, we stand ready to act
appropriately within a matter of days," Juncker said. "America first cannot
mean that Europe's interests come last." (OS: And what does it mean if not
that?) ..

Germany, which strongly backs the new pipeline, said it was concerned over the
sanctions. It would be "unacceptable for the United States to use possible
sanctions as an instrument to serve the interests of US industry policies,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer said Wednesday.

France called the US bill "unlawful" due to its "extraterritorial reach,"
saying it could impact Europeans if enacted. "We have challenged similar texts
in the past," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "To protect ourselves
against the extraterritorial effects of US legislation, we will have to work
on adjusting our French and European laws." ..

These are major EU allies furious with this bill, which makes you ask the
obvious followup question. Did 99% of the House of Representatives not realize
the implications of what they were voting for in their blind rage against
Russia? If so, these people are extremely dangerous and have no business
making important decisions for 320 million of us.

This is exactly how empires implode. Corrupt, power-drunk , disconnected
elites living in an echo chamber of hubris always destroy everything in their
path at the end of a geopolitical cycle. First they lose the trust of their
own people (this has already happened), and then they lose the trust of their
allies. This last part is happening rapidly and it's moving much faster than
even I imagined.

Unless something major changes we have to assume the U.S. empire is going
down, and need to start thinking about what a post-imperial America can look
like. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/y73y9fcg>

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Rex Tillerson: 'We hope' Russia sanctions eventually 'will no longer be
necessary'

Al Weaver | Jul 29, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday that he hopes the impending
sanctions against Russia will not be necessary in the long run and that the
two countries will cooperate on global issues in the near future.

"The near unanimous votes for the sanctions legislation in Congress represent
the strong will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve
relations with the United States," Tillerson said. "We hope that there will be
cooperation between our two countries on major global issues and these
sanctions will no longer be necessary." ..

...

The main thing 'the near unanimous votes' shows is, the
degenerative American lawmakers are delusional, and they
don't know well what they do.
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America Literally Can't Afford More Military Adventurism

Doug Bandow | July 18, 2017

.. The CBO reported, "After declining between 2009 and 2015 as a percentage of
GDP, the deficit rose significantly in 2016 and is likely to do so again in
2017." Although the agency expects a dip next year, the deficit "will resume
its upward trajectory over the remainder of the projection period. The growing
shortfalls would occur mainly because, under current law, growth in revenues
would be outpaced by growth in spending for large federal benefit programs
(primarily retirement and health care programs targeted to older people) and
for interest payments on the federal debt."

The estimated deficit this year is $693 billion, up $134 billion from the
January estimate. And that's a $109 billion increase over the number in 2016.
The projected deficit next year will be "only" $563 billion, rising to $689
billion in 2019. The red ink will bust the trillion dollar mark in 2022 and
near $1.5 trillion by 2027-all without a fiscal crisis, which caused the
previous, temporary, jump over a trillion dollars. The accumulated deficit
over the coming decade is expected to be $10.1 trillion, averaging more than
$1 trillion annually.

The annual deficits pose a short-term burden. The debt they create will
persist far longer. Although the debt as a percent of GDP will drop next year,
it will "rise steadily in subsequent years," warned the CBO. Debt held by the
public-which excludes past intragovernmental "borrowing" of the Social
Security "surplus"-already is an excessive 77 percent, and will jump to 97
percent by 2027. That would be the highest since 1947, as America was starting
to pay off the cost of simultaneously battling Nazi Germany and Imperial
Japan.

Alas, the news gets even worse in future years, which are covered in detail in
another CBO report: "Beyond the 10-year period, if current laws remained in
place, the pressures that are projected to contribute to rising deficits
during the baseline period would accelerate and push debt up even more
sharply." Every bad trend will be reinforced and redoubled. ..

The usual Republican suspects continue to make the same unrealistic arguments
for military outlays detached from America's fiscal situation. But reality has
an ugly tendency to assert itself at the most inconvenient time. According to
the CBO, fiscal reality is coming, and far faster than most Washington
policymakers appear to realize.

Better to start preparing for the likely financial tsunami to come. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/ydxt2m9k>

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Can Russia?
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America's Demographic Crisis

The United States is struggling with low fertility and falling birth rates.

ANDREW MIILLER | AUGUST 6

.. Birth rates fell from 2.48 babies born per adult woman in 1970 to 1.84
babies born per adult woman in 2015. .. A shrinking workforce leads to a
shrinking economy with fewer people paying into government programs like
Social Security and Medicaid. This is a particular problem for the United
States. The current U.S. Social Security system requires the payroll taxes of
three full-time workers to support one retiree. Currently, there are only 2.8
workers per Social Security beneficiary. ..

To bring solvency to the current U.S. Social Security system, Bloomberg
reporters Dave Merrill and Chloe Whiteaker estimate that birth rates need to
increase to 4.2 children per woman. Otherwise, the U.S. immigration rate needs
to quadruple to 4.4 million immigrants per year to fill the nation's workforce
deficit. Without a baby boom or an immigration boom, America's workforce is
projected to shrink by 7 million people over the next 20 years. ..

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America's Demographic Crisis
The United States is struggling with low fertility and falling birth rates.
As is Russia: http://tinyurl.com/y92vrury

I doubt if much has changed in the last six years:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/10/in-russia-a-demographic-crisis-and-worries-for-nations-future/246277/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1378889/Great-shrinking-Russia-Putins-birth-rate-warning-countrys-population-set-fall-30-cent-40-years.html
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By this key measure, America is not being made great again

Kim Iskyan | August 8, 2017

.. In 2017 through the end of July, the U.S. dollar had its worst stretch
relative to other major global currencies in three decades.

The U.S. dollar index measures the value of the currency against a basket of
six major currencies, including the pound, the euro and the Swiss franc. The
index has declined for the past five straight months... and it's down 9
percent so far in 2017, as the graph below shows. ..

The story is similar for the U.S. dollar against major Asian currencies.
China's renminbi is up 3 percent over the last seven months against the
dollar, and both the South Korean won and the Singapore dollar are up 7
percent, as the graph below shows. ..

Why is the dollar falling?

The U.S. dollar may be losing some of its shine as a "safe haven" currency.
When the U.S. itself is a source of heightened uncertainty in global
geopolitics and markets, the U.S. dollar becomes less desirable as a currency
to be held in times of uncertainty. The decline in the U.S. dollar is a
reflection of deteriorating confidence in the country on the part of global
investors. ..

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Google Censors Block Access to CounterPunch and Other Progressive Sites

ERIC SOMMER | AUGUST 9, 2017

The U.S. government, and the information technology companies which
collaborate with it, is moving fully into the camp of governments which
relentlessly utilize the internet to collect users online data, monitor their
activities, and control what they can see and do.

First, there was - and is - the NSA, National Security Agency of the U.S.,
which collects the emails, phone records, social media data, and more from
millions of U.S. citizens and the people of the world. Software companies
like Google cooperated silently by providing NSA access to its users until
Edward Snowden made this odious system public.

Now Google, at the behest of its friends in Washington, is actively
censoring - essentially blocking access to - any websites which seek to warn
American workers of the ongoing effort to further attack their incomes, social
services, and life conditions by the U.S. central government, and which seek
to warn against the impending warfare between U.S.-led Nato and other forces
against countries like Iran, Russia, and China, which have in no way
threatened the U.S. state or its people.

Under its new so-called anti-fake-news program, Google algorithms have in the
past few months moved socialist, anti-war, and progressive websites from
previously prominent positions in Google searches to positions up to 50 search
result pages from the first page, essentially removing them from the search
results any searcher will see. ..

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Use other search engines, - Google is evil, already for a quite a long time.
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America's Demographic Crisis
The United States is struggling with low fertility and falling birth rates.
ANDREW MIILLER | AUGUST 6
.. Birth rates fell from 2.48 babies born per adult woman in 1970 to 1.84
babies born per adult woman in 2015. .. A shrinking workforce leads to a
shrinking economy with fewer people paying into government programs like
Social Security and Medicaid. This is a particular problem for the United
States. The current U.S. Social Security system requires the payroll taxes of
three full-time workers to support one retiree. Currently, there are only 2.8
workers per Social Security beneficiary. ..
To bring solvency to the current U.S. Social Security system, Bloomberg
reporters Dave Merrill and Chloe Whiteaker estimate that birth rates need to
increase to 4.2 children per woman. Otherwise, the U.S. immigration rate needs
to quadruple to 4.4 million immigrants per year to fill the nation's workforce
deficit. Without a baby boom or an immigration boom, America's workforce is
projected to shrink by 7 million people over the next 20 years. ..
What happens when over population exceeds the resources of the land?
Or like China and the Middle East...Our population breaks off into
Warlord type groups due to this ridiculous premise? Is it better to try
and fix the problem with the current population or wait until it is
unfixable with Many Billions of People milling around, trying to survive
with starvation and disease deaths counting in the hundreds of Millions
and billions? Kind of makes Russia with its shitty Government look more
appealing with a large land mass and a low population. I don't see
Russia Committing suicide by allowing uncounted millions of very diverse
immigrants to over run their homeland. I say no! stop this insanity
while we still can. Did it ever occur to you that there may be a good
reason for falling Birth rates..? Maybe a higher source has to do with
this. Maybe even common sense...Sadly lacking in Washington DC!
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the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all
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Equality Or Diversity? - An 'Outrageous' Memo Questions Google

August 08, 2017

A Google engineer, James Damore, recently wrote an internal memo about
"Google's Ideological Echo Chamber - How bias clouds our thinking about
diversity and inclusion":

At Google, we're regularly told that implicit (unconscious) and explicit
biases are holding women back in tech and leadership. Of course, men and
women experience bias, tech, and the workplace differently and we should
be cognizant of this, but it's far from the whole story. On average, men
and women biologically differ in many ways. These differences aren't just
socially constructed because:
- ...

Google company policy is in favor of "equal representation" of both genders.
As the existing representation in tech jobs is unequal that policy has led to
hiring preferences, priority status and special treatment ..

The author cites scientific studies which find that men and women (as
categories, not as specific persons) are - independent of cultural bias -
unequal in several social perspectives. These might be life planning,
willingness to work more for a higher status, or social behavior. The
differences evolve from the natural biological differences between men and
women. A gender preference for specific occupations and positions is to be
expected, Cultural bias alone can not explain it. It therefore does not make
sense to strive for equal group representation in all occupations. ..

Google fired the engineer. ..

Several scientist in the relevant fields have stated <http://u.to/VoYSEA> that
the author's scientific reasoning is largely correct. The biological
differences between men and women do result in observable social and
psychological differences which are independent of culture and its biases. It
is to be expected that these difference lead to different preferences of
occupations. ..

...

It's close to my line of reasoning within this thread <http://goo.gl/GZzyJN>.

A subtle thing is about how to accept the natural biological differences and
handle them in a proper way, i.e. without abuse. It's known that the 'natural
biological differences' argument tends to be abused by reactionary thinkers,
for example, by fundamentalist interpretations of religious doctrines. Similar
speculations about 'races' / 'cultures' may be even more faulty and evil.

On the other hand, the idea that equality of rights, opportunities, treatment
etc must lead to equal representation in every field of occupation is itself a
primitive mechanistic extrapolation.

On the third hand, any inequality of representation always poses a suspicion,
to what extent it's a result of 'natural differences' and to what extent it's
a result of policies of oppression or favoritism towards certain groups.

It's complicated, but it can't be solved by aspiration to 'diversity' as such.
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Inferiority of the Slavs in Terms of the Anglo-Saxon and Pan-German Primacy

Petr Lukes | 2.8.2017

There are people who worked in the Western countries, and they claim that
there clearly is an arrogance from the locals towards the people from Central
Europe and essentially towards all Slavs in general. .. Mr. Viktor Timura
<http://clck.ru/BZXKB>, who deals with the philosophy of history and wrote a
few books in this respect, says:

"For the West, the Slavs have always been inferior and destined to serve.
The west always was and still is malevolent and intolerant towards the
Slavs. So we should finally realize that our character and our interests
are not identical to the Western ones."

The basic principle of the West lies in expansion, zeal and parasitism on the
wealth of the defeated and subdued peoples, of which the West profited so far.
Their slogans about freedom, sovereignty, humanity, and human rights are only
shadowy maneuvers that hide the aggression and expansion. It goes on mainly
under the leadership of the US. At present, this fundamental principle of the
West's existence has run into certain difficulties. That's why the Western
aggression and expansion efforts are intensifying again. And this is directed
to the east.

The Slavs were always alien to the Western principles of life and being ..

Mr. Timura, as a historian dealing with the ancient history of the Slavs, says
that our history - as our children are learning it in the schools today - is
just a purpose-manipulated, pan-Germanic made-up instead of the real history.
It's created in order to perfectly suit the political goals and interests of
the West. .. The Western history promotes the idea that the Slavs were never
able to unite and establish a governance by themselves, there always was
someone who came from the West. .. In such a version of history, as well as in
our present day realities, there is noticeable a determined effort to
suppress, relativize, and even mock everything that is not in line with the
idea of the exclusive Western glory and superiority, everything that doesn't
fit to the political interests of the West.

The mass media, as the decisive factor in shaping society's views, are in the
hands of Western owners and therefore obediently spread their propaganda. (OS:
He means the present day Czech mass media.) .. Thier agenda is to glorify
everything that lies to the west of Czechia, and denigrate everything related
to the East. Because, in the East, there is a large, Slavic empire of evil!
Her greatest evil is that she refuses to bow to the superiority of the West ..

The current disintegration of the Western world, preceded by its internal,
moral and spiritual degeneration, can not be prevented .. That is why the
mighty realm of the West, standing on the clay legs of non-constructive
values, slowly but surely collapses, to free up space for the oppressed Slavs,
who are bearing much healthier and more constructive values ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/y9se94vw>

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Polls: US Is 'the Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today'

ERIC ZUESSE | 07.08.2017

.. on August 1st of 2017, Pew Research Center has issued results
of their polling of 30 nations in which they had surveyed, first
in 2013, and then again in 2017 .. The "major threat" category
was selected by 35% of respondents worldwide for "US power and
influence" ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/y7w5rljg>

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With Trump at the helm, I can't argue that.

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Shock Poll: Most Countries Prefer Putin Over Trump

Kenneth Rapoza | AUG 16, 2017

.. Out of a list of 37 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center in
Washington, 22 of them said they trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin to
do the right thing on matters of world affairs more so than they trusted the
U.S. president.

"One of the things we focused on this year was the comparison between
Trump and Putin and even though Putin does not rank well, he is better
than Trump in most of the nations we surveyed," says Margaret Vice,
senior researcher for Pew's Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey.

The widest margin of trust was with the Greeks, with 50% of those surveyed
saying they'd take Putin's word on world matters over Trump's. Only 19% of
them picked Trump.

Who else picks Putin over Trump? Vietnam, by a difference of 79% to 58%.

Germany! The Germans, who spent years fighting the Russians, are no fans of
Putin. But 25% of them are more confident that he will do the right thing than
the 11% who think Trump is more apt to do right by them.

Mexico, of course; not a fan. Only 5% of Mexicans surveyed say they'd trust
Trump. Putin garnered 19%.

South Korea, the country we are supposed to be protecting from North Korean
nukes, picks Putin. Some 27% prefer Putin over Trump at 17%. Sad.

Colombia, a friendly country to the United States, prefers Putin too with 23%
trusting the Russian spear-fisherman over Trump, who ranks at 15%.

In fact, not a single Latin American country surveyed picked Trump over Putin
.. Still, Trump is not totally without trust. Traditional Anglosphere nations
trust Trump over Putin, but by surprisingly tiny margins. ..

The three countries that trust Trump most are Philippines (69%), Israel (56%)
and Nigeria (58%). ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/yczrprmc>

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Kenneth Rapoza | AUG 16, 2017
.. Out of a list of 37 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center in
Washington, 22 of them said they trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin to
do the right thing on matters of world affairs more so than they trusted the
U.S. president.
yeah, it's amazing how stupid people can be
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Shock Poll: Most Countries Prefer Putin Over Trump
Kenneth Rapoza | AUG 16, 2017
.. Out of a list of 37 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center in
Washington, 22 of them said they trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin to
do the right thing on matters of world affairs more so than they trusted the
U.S. president.
yeah, it's amazing how stupid people can be
It is no surprise to me. Look at Germany for one...It elected Angela
Merkel! The list goes on and on. However I do trust but verify Putin's
actions over that of our So called American Democrats. Not overjoyed by
our RINO Republicans either. I watched Michael Moore tonight and now I
need to stay a long way from firearms for a few days until that wears off.
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Shock Poll: Most Countries Prefer Putin Over Trump
Kenneth Rapoza | AUG 16, 2017
.. Out of a list of 37 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center in
Washington, 22 of them said they trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin to
do the right thing on matters of world affairs more so than they trusted the
U.S. president.
yeah, it's amazing how stupid people can be
It is no surprise to me. Look at Germany for one...It elected Angela
Merkel! The list goes on and on. However I do trust but verify Putin's
actions over that of our So called American Democrats. Not overjoyed by
our RINO Republicans either. I watched Michael Moore tonight and now I
need to stay a long way from firearms for a few days until that wears off.
As the world changes democracy permits a country to change its leader to
one who can handle the new situation. War leaders and peace leaders tend
to have very different personalities.
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Poll: Republicans' confidence in Russia's Putin on the rise

MATTHEW NUSSBAUM | 08/16/2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin is enjoying rising popularity among
Republicans according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

The poll found that the share of Republicans expressing confidence in Putin
doubled to 34 percent from 17 percent in 2015 ..

"We've seen quite a shift on the side of Republicans, with Republicans now
being much more favorable toward Russia," Vice said, adding that the shift
was "quite significant." ..

...

That is an anti-Democrats article. The scribbler has forgotten to scribe
that the most noticeable group that is favorable toward Russia are younger
Republicans. This is perhaps the most sane social group in the US today, -
in contrast to the delusional old Republicans that didn't tend to separate
modern Russia from their imprintings about 'the Soviets', as well as in
contrast to the current Democrats whose 'liberal progressive' agenda is in
a large part a rotten falsehood and fetishist perversion.
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Poll: Republicans' confidence in Russia's Putin on the rise
MATTHEW NUSSBAUM | 08/16/2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin is enjoying rising popularity among
Republicans according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.
The poll found that the share of Republicans expressing confidence in Putin
doubled to 34 percent from 17 percent in 2015 ..
"We've seen quite a shift on the side of Republicans, with Republicans now
being much more favorable toward Russia," Vice said, adding that the shift
was "quite significant." ..
...
That is an anti-Democrats article.
Here's a typo, - 'anti-Republicans', of course.
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The scribbler has forgotten to scribe
that the most noticeable group that is favorable toward Russia are younger
Republicans. This is perhaps the most sane social group in the US today, -
in contrast to the delusional old Republicans that didn't tend to separate
modern Russia from their imprintings about 'the Soviets', as well as in
contrast to the current Democrats whose 'liberal progressive' agenda is in
a large part a rotten falsehood and fetishist perversion.
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How Western Capital Colonized Eastern Europe

Populist politicians are too late with their nationalist messages.

Leonid Bershidsky | September 12, 2017

...

The nationalist rhetoric may fool some voters into thinking their leaders are
truly independent. But the choice politicians in Eastern Europe ultimately
face is stark: Either they content themselves with mainly fig-leaf rebellion,
or they raise the stakes and risk losing investment on which their economies
depend. .. Nationalism may be having a moment, but it's too late: The Eastern
European countries have been open to investors for too long, and they've lost
too much control over their economic future to hold on to political control.

...

In other words, they have in fact lost their state sovereignty.

Bloomberg has explained to the east-European naives what they really are.
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Grain: World Markets and Trade

September 2017

.. U.S. wheat exports also face strengthening international
competition, particularly from the European Union and Russia. The
European Union is harvesting a larger crop than last year and is
poised to reinvigorate its exports to North African markets.
Russia has been a growing force in the export market over the past
5 years. With a record crop and massive carryin stocks, Russia is
expected to be the world's leading wheat supplier, setting a new
record for its exports. The pace of exports from both countries is
likely to accelerate through much of 2017/18. ..

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Exchange Rating Russia Down And Out

Patrick ARMSTRONG | 18/09/2017

"Why Russia - a country with less money than Canada and fewer people than
Nigeria - runs the world now" wondered <http://u.to/yhJOEA> the Canadian
newspaper National Post in January. The piece doesn't give useful answers:
nuclear weapons, good diplomacy, yes, but also the usual claptrap about
"ruthlessness" and "Abandon[ing] economic worries to double down on efforts to
grab geopolitical status"; in short only a brute lashing out in delirium
tremens. The editors should better have wondered whether the headline even
made sense: the first point is wrong and the second irrelevant. But, like so
much of what passes for analysis in the Western media, it's written backwards:
it's decision-based evidence making.

Talking about the relative insignificance of Russia's GDP is an old game: ..

There's something deeply misleading and, in fact, quite worthless about these
GDP comparisons. Whatever rubles are selling for at the moment, Russia has a
full-service space industry which has the only other operating global
satellite navigation system, the only taxi service to the ISS, much of which
it built, and, apparently, the only rocket motors good enough for US military
satellites. Neither Canada nor Germany, let alone Spain, does. It has an
across the board sophisticated military industry which may be the world leader
in electronic warfare, air defence systems, silent submarines and armoured
vehicles. Canada, Germany, Spain do not. It builds and maintains a fleet of
SSBNs - some of the most complicated machinery that exists. Ditto. It has a
developed nuclear power industry with a wide range of products. Ditto. Its
aviation industry makes everything from competitive fighter planes through
innovative helicopters to passenger aircraft. Ditto. It has a full automotive
industry ranging from some of the world's most powerful heavy trucks to
ordinary passenger cars. It has all the engineering and technical capacity
necessary to build complex bridges, dams, roads, railways, subway stations,
power stations, hospitals and everything else. It is a major and growing food
producer and is probably self-sufficient in food today. Its food export
capacity is growing and it has for several years been the leading grain
exporter. It has enormous energy reserves and is a leading exporter of oil and
gas. Its natural resources are immense. Its pharmaceutical industry is growing
rapidly. It is intellectually highly competitive in STEM disciplines - a world
leader in some cases. .. It's true that many projects involve Western
partners - the Sukhoy Superjet for example - but it's nonetheless the case
that the manufacturing and know-how are now in Russia.

Germany or Canada has some of these capabilities but few - very few -
countries have all of them. In fact, counting the EU as one, Russia is one of
only four. Therefore in Russia's case, GDP rankings are not only meaningless,
but laughably so. While Russians individually are not as wealthy as Canadians,
Germans or Spaniards today, the foundations of wealth are being laid and
deepened every day in Russia. ..

Russia has a full-service economy and it won't become any less so in the next
30 years.

And there's very few of them. And ... ..

Read more <https://orientalreview.org/2017/09/18/exchange-rating-russia/>

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Talking about the relative insignificance of Russia's GDP is an old game: ..
One that is ALWAYS true too!
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Foreign investments in Russia on the rise, spurred by economic growth

Published time: 16 Oct, 2017

Russian economy's revival has led to increased foreign investments in
the country .. "The volume of foreign direct investment more than
doubled in the first half of the year, compared with the same period
of 2016," .. The economic growth has been "reflected in the companies'
performance indicators," ..

...

While the monkeys in the Atlanticist establishment are desperately
er... meditating about 'dying Russia', the Russian economy is firmly
aimed at growth regardless of any sanctions-schmanctions.

Fuck 'the west' and warm welcome to the western business investments.
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China Launches Yuan-Ruble Payment System

Tyler Durden | Oct 13, 2017

The monetary regimes of China and Russia, two of the world's most resource-
rich nations, are drawing closer with every passing day.

In the latest push for convergence, China has established a payment versus
payment (PVP) system for Chinese yuan and Russian ruble transactions in a move
to reduce risks and improve the efficiency of its foreign exchange
transactions. The PVP system for yuan and ruble transactions, designed to
streamline commerce and curency transactions between the two nations, was
launched on Monday after receiving approval from China's central bank,
according to a statement by the country's foreign exchange trading system.

It marks the first time a PVP system has been established for trading the yuan
and foreign currencies, said the statement, which was posted on Wednesday on
the website of the China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS). PVP systems
allow simultaneous settlement of transactions in two different currencies.

According to CFETS, the system would reduce settlement risk as well as the
risk of transactions taking place in different time zones, and improve foreign
exchange market efficiency. Of course, if the two countries had a
blockchain-based settlement system, they would already have all this and much
more. ..

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Christ, you fools swallow it all.
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Christ, you fools swallow it all.
I just realized that was a paste from zerohedge. No wonder it didn't
make sense.

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Christ, you fools swallow it all.
<http://tinyurl.com/y87rj747> reuters.com

China establishes yuan-ruble payment system

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And you're such a smart [ass], I see.
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Christ, you fools swallow it all.
<http://tinyurl.com/y87rj747> reuters.com
China establishes yuan-ruble payment system
O NOES!!! WHAT COULD IT ALL MEEEEEEEEEANNNN!!!!!

Dumbass.
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Russia Goes All In On Arctic Oil Development

Tsvetana Paraskova | Oct 19, 2017

Neither sanctions nor persistently low oil prices are hindering Russia's
ambitions or plans to develop oil resources in its sections of the Arctic.

In April, state-controlled oil giant Rosneft started drilling the northernmost
well on the Russian Arctic shelf in the Khatangsky license area in the Laptev
Sea. In June, Rosneft struck first oil in the Eastern Arctic in this license.

Earlier this month, the oil firm said that recoverable reserves at the field
exceed 80 million tons of oil, which is equal to around 586.4 million barrels.
Geological data point to reserves at the field at 298 million tons of oil, or
some 2.184 billion barrels, and the oil is high quality-light and low-sulfur
..

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The Great Degeneration of the West: Where Do Wrong Decisions Lead?

Sofia Pale | 04.11.2017

The processes taking place in the US and the European countries over the past
30 years have led to the economic, cultural and ideological decline of the
West. It is now being pushed back by the central powers of the East, more
precisely, China, which possesses great influence in Southeast Asia, and
Russia, which unifies the Eurasian areas.

And while today, new political, social and economic structures are being
created in Russia and China to improve public administration and living
standards, Western powers proudly believe that they have long since formed an
ideal system of government that can ensure the well-being of society within
the framework of the notorious Western democracy.

Then how does one explain the evident economic downturn and the decline in the
efficiency of state institutions, the financial speculation and excessive
regulation, the reduction of private initiative in all spheres and the
deterioration of the Western education system? That said, for many leading
Western countries, enormous national debt remains a foremost concern as it
cannot be paid off even by several decades of hard work of entire country
populations. ..

Therefore, we can conclude that the economic, political and ideological
systems of the West are currently in crisis. .. the great achievements of the
West, so highly valued in the past, will soon lose their relevance ..

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Patrick ARMSTRONG | 18/09/2017
"Why Russia - a country with less money than Canada and fewer people than
Nigeria - runs the world now" wondered <http://u.to/yhJOEA> the Canadian
nuclear weapons, good diplomacy, yes, but also the usual claptrap about
"ruthlessness" and "Abandon[ing] economic worries to double down on efforts to
grab geopolitical status"; in short only a brute lashing out in delirium
tremens. The editors should better have wondered whether the headline even
made sense: the first point is wrong and the second irrelevant. But, like so
it's decision-based evidence making.
Talking about the relative insignificance of Russia's GDP is an old game: ..
There's something deeply misleading and, in fact, quite worthless about these
GDP comparisons. Whatever rubles are selling for at the moment, Russia has a
full-service space industry which has the only other operating global
satellite navigation system, the only taxi service to the ISS, much of which
it built, and, apparently, the only rocket motors good enough for US military
satellites. Neither Canada nor Germany, let alone Spain, does. It has an
across the board sophisticated military industry which may be the world leader
in electronic warfare, air defence systems, silent submarines and armoured
vehicles. Canada, Germany, Spain do not. It builds and maintains a fleet of
SSBNs - some of the most complicated machinery that exists. Ditto. It has a
developed nuclear power industry with a wide range of products. Ditto. Its
aviation industry makes everything from competitive fighter planes through
innovative helicopters to passenger aircraft. Ditto. It has a full automotive
industry ranging from some of the world's most powerful heavy trucks to
ordinary passenger cars. It has all the engineering and technical capacity
necessary to build complex bridges, dams, roads, railways, subway stations,
power stations, hospitals and everything else. It is a major and growing food
producer and is probably self-sufficient in food today.
The EU exercises some control over his exports there. Ditto the
America's and China. That's what sanctions are. I doubt Russia has
been fully self sufficient in it's history.
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Its food export
capacity is growing and it has for several years been the leading grain
exporter. It has enormous energy reserves and is a leading exporter of oil and
gas. Its natural resources are immense. Its pharmaceutical industry is growing
rapidly. It is intellectually highly competitive in STEM disciplines - a world
leader in some cases. .. It's true that many projects involve Western
partners - the Sukhoy Superjet for example - but it's nonetheless the case
that the manufacturing and know-how are now in Russia.
Please! They got a leaky tub for an aircraft carrier. Ukraine sold
it's twin hull to China who haven't had the issues with it than the
Russians were and are having. The US can project power. Submarines
and eleven nuclear carriers see to that.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
Germany or Canada has some of these capabilities but few - very few -
countries have all of them. In fact, counting the EU as one, Russia is one of
only four. Therefore in Russia's case, GDP rankings are not only meaningless,
That doesn't even make sense.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
but laughably so. While Russians individually are not as wealthy as Canadians,
Germans or Spaniards today, the foundations of wealth are being laid and
deepened every day in Russia. ..
Uh-huh, sure. And nobody's pockets are deeper than Vladimir Putin.
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Russia has a full-service economy and it won't become any less so in the next
30 years.
Please! They can't even make a reliable toaster. Russian technology?
Give me a break.
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And there's very few of them. And ... ..
Read more <https://orientalreview.org/2017/09/18/exchange-rating-russia/>
Deft attempt at political masturbation, but you go ahead and believe
it if you want.

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Deft attempt at political masturbation, but you go ahead and believe
it if you want.
That's one of Oleg's two reasons for posting at all. The other is to explain why
Russia's invasion of Ukraine was caused by the US and the rest of NATO.
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"Sovereign Nations" Is Main Theme Of Trump's UN Speech

September 19, 2017

.. The speech's main theme was sovereignty. The word occurs 18(!) times. It
emphasized Westphalian principles. .. All leaders of countries should always
put their countries first, he said, and "the nation state remains the best
vehicle for elevating the human condition." ..

The second part of the speech the first by threatened the sovereignty of
several countries the U.S. ruling class traditionally dislikes.

This year's "axis of evil" included North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Syria and
Cuba ..

Trump labeled the Syrian government "the criminal regime of Bashar al Assad."
The "problem in Venezuela", he said, is "that socialism has been faithfully
implemented." He called Iran "an economically depleted rogue state whose chief
exports are violent, bloodshed and chaos." He forgot to mention pistachios
<http://u.to/xglBEA>.

The aim of such language and threats is usually to goad the other party into
some overt act that can than be used as justification for "retaliation". But
none of the countries Trump mentioned is prone to such behavior. They will
react calmly - if at all. ..

...

That's a silly and eclectic speech, where 'western' right-wing garbage is
combined with left-wing garbage. In particular, the clown doesn't realize the
fact that praising sovereignty implies a necessity of certain respect for
internals of the sovereign nations. Those other nations may be somewhat quite
different in various respects in comparison to your home nation.
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Russian TV report about North Korea internals (eng sub)
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The German foreign Minister accused the United States, China and Russia in
ignoring the EU

Sigmar Gabriel, said that these countries do not respect the European Union

January 6th, 2018

Russia, China and the USA do not respect the EU, said the foreign Minister of
Germany, Sigmar Gabriel .. (OS: The interview to the Spiegel is here
<http://clck.ru/CUe4F>)

"Moscow, Beijing and Washington have one thing in common: they absolutely do
not appreciate the European Union. They ignore it," said he.

He added that before Germany could count on France, Britain and the United
States, however due to the fact that Washington is losing ground on the world
stage, a political vacuum was filled by other forces. ..

...

So "f*ck the EU" (Nuland)
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German Media Show Signs of Breaking with Usual Pro-US Stance -
What's Happening?

Sergio Weigel | 2018-05-17

In Germany the most powerful political force is the media ..
Something strange has happened in German media. After years of streamlined
and very constrained news coverage of the Syrian war with the clear goal to
form public opinion in the sense of Warshington, German state media suddenly
cracked open the narrative regarding the alleged gas attacks in Douma.

On the Skripal case they were still in full lockstep with the Anglo-American
narrative. However, when the White Helmets staged a chlorine gas attack in
Douma shortly after, at least some state media didn't march in lockstep.
Instead, news anchors used careful phrases like "alleged gas attack" or
"possible gas attack".

I noticed it immediately and it raised my eyebrows. That's unusual, I
thought. Every stupid helmet lie before was just repeated as fact, yet this
time they seemed more cautious. Then the unthinkable happened. A "Western"
journalist, Uli Gack from ZDF, actually went down there to Damascus to
visit a refugee camp and ask the locals about what happened. This was then
broadcast on the daily news show heute journal (today's journal).

See for yourself: <https://youtu.be/L3wlLBGg5fM>

.. Someone at the ZDF must have told him to, because Mr. Gack is not exactly
known as an honest, impartial journalist, I doubt it was his idea. .. ZDF is
Germany's largest TV station and heute journal is the second most important
daily news show.

Phoenix is a channel in collaboration of ARD and ZDF. .. it is viewed by a
respectable number of people, usually around four million per day .. This is
the first time ever that I saw a political talk on German TV where a guest
is allowed to give a full summary on the genesis of the Syrian conflict,
claim that all chemical attacks have been false flags and make his argument
about it, that Russia has a clear strategy and will determine the endgame,
and that the US has lost the quagmire in Syria and Iraq.

Watch it, it's 46 minutes long, and I've tried my best to make the subtitles
as understandable as possible .. <https://youtu.be/bKh1GP1ZUWg>

These are singular incidents, but they are remarkable. Anglo-America's
propaganda and false flag pets in Syria, the White Helmets, report a poison
gas attack by the Syrian air force and Germany's largest TV station sends a
veteran journalist down to Damascus to interview witnesses of the incident
after four years of dutiful propaganda service. In a political talk show two
guests are allowed to explain how the war really came about and what the
reality on the ground really looks like, even declare, including the host of
the show, that the US has lost the war! This is remarkable because it
happened on state TV.

To understand why that matters let me explain how German media is structured
in general. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/ybgxg6lt>

The real dangerous media in Germany, however, the one that can undermine
state authority by manipulation of public opinion is the print media. Bild,
Spiegel, Zeit, FAZ, Suddeutsche, welt, and taz are the most important. In
the 80s each each one represented a certain political group or party and/or
social class. However, this started to erode in the 90s when the former left
couldn't handle the fall of socialism and substituted its original ideals
with liberal petty nonsense like gender ideology and adapted liberal
globalism as inevitable.

Today they are completely streamlined and all the same: Atlanticist. It is
as if Goebbels had returned from his grave with an Uncle Sam hat. All
editors-in-chief of these rags are members of at least one of the notorious
Atlanticist organisations, camouflaged as intercultural and intellectual
dialog platforms yet essentially run by the CIA: Atlantikbrucke, German
Marshall Fund, Aspen Institute etc. .. The problem with these rags is that
they still enjoy tons of trust with certain age and social groups. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/ybgxg6lt>

So why did state media suddenly cracked open the narrative on such a huge
case like an alleged poison attack by Assad the monster? And why at this
point in time? I don't think this is going to be a constant change in
reporting on German TV, at least not yet, but I a believe it might have had
to do with Angela Merkel's visit to Warshington.

Germany is not just a vassal like France and certainly not a whore like
Poland, the German-American relationship is much more complicated. However,
by bilateral contracts with the US and even by the 2+4 contract Germany
still is, in many ways, an occupied country. The US military and even more
so it's "intelligence" has rights that go beyond our constitution. I will
write about this in more detail, but for now it is enough to understand
that the German government cannot make official statements as easily as the
governments of a sovereign country .. Therefore, the German government every
once in a while sends a message this way. In this case it was a warning:
Look, we could unleash the truth on our public. Germany has many ways to
pressure countries in the EU politically, but next to none to pressure
'Warshington' without risking an open conflict. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/ybgxg6lt>

...

Here's once again the theme of monopolization of the mass media, while the
lazy populace tends to believe, by inertia, that they have 'free press'.
Despite the apparent variety of different outlets, all the mainstream
Atlanticist media discourse and content today is in fact being orchestrated
from about five management centers, so they can promote 'party line' in a
well-coordinated way and cut off everything that does not fit to the party
line's false narratives.

I don't cherish much hope and illusion about the described above examples of
rare German journalism's decency and tend to agree with the original writer
that it should be interpreted rather as an episodic one-off 'message'.

However, it is still symptomatic as such.
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Why Russia Is Emerging as the World's Indispensable Diplomatic Power
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German Media Show Signs of Breaking with Usual Pro-US Stance - What's
Happening?
...
Here's once again the theme of monopolization of the mass media, while the
lazy populace tends to believe, by inertia, that they have 'free press'.
Despite the apparent variety of different outlets, all the mainstream
Atlanticist media discourse and content today is in fact being orchestrated
from about five management centers, so they can promote 'party line' in a
well-coordinated way and cut off everything that does not fit to the party
line's false narratives.
I don't cherish much hope and illusion about the described above examples of
rare German journalism's decency and tend to agree with the original writer
that it should be interpreted rather as an episodic one-off 'message'.
However, it is still symptomatic as such.
The recent German reports about the fact that many countries knew the
Novichok formula since the 1990s <https://on.rt.com/95fk> might be also a
part of such a message. Although, the stinky English outlets, in their usual
manner of perversion and distortion, sold this news to the stupid cattle-like
Anglophone public as an ostensible disproof of an ostensible Russia's claim
that there was no 'novichok' program in the USSR. The Russia's officials
never denied the fact that the class of substances known recently as Novichok
was invented in the USSR, they said that the 'Novichok' term was not used at
the time, it came in use in the 'wetern' environment in the post-Soviet time,
- which is one of the indicators that such substances were known for many
since the 1990s.

Post-Soviet Russia closed this research program in the early 1990s, and did
not return to it later. Official OPCW document <http://clck.ru/DPy4E>, 2011,
states that "very little information" is available and there's "no record of
any declarations" of such chemicals. However, according to the mentioned
German reports, the Novichok formula was known well since the 1990s at least
in Germany, Sweden, US, UK, France, Canada, Netherlands, - and some of these
countries 'secretly produced' it 'in small quantities for testing' in the
1990s and later. But it's notable, they didn't inform OPCW about it at all.
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.. Is Russia's revolution the real deal or just more Potemkin villages?

2018-07-03

In January 1787 Catherine the Great, the empress of Russia, took a long
boat trip down the Dnieper River to visit her latest conquests. A few years
earlier, her armies had defeated the Ottoman Empire and annexed the Crimea,
and the within the imperial court, the hope was that these wild southern
steppes would form the basis of an entire new satellite territory known as
'New Russia', along the lines of New England, or the French and Spanish
colonies of North America. The indigenous population would be swept aside;
Russian settlers would descend from the north in search of a new life,
populating new towns and villages that would be built from scratch:
cementing the power and span of the Russian empire, spreading the Russian
values of civilisation and enlightenment all the way to the Black Sea.

There was one problem: as Catherine's barge trundled up the Dnieper, filled
with excited ambassadors and dignitaries, very little of this had actually
happened yet. And so according to contemporary accounts, the governor of
the region Grigory Potemkin, eager to impress his ruler - who also happened
to be his lover - sent advance parties along the river to build entire fake
villages along the banks of the river, populated by government officials
dressed as peasants. As the royal fleet passed, the same buildings would
swiftly be dismantled, and under cover of night, rebuilt several miles
downstream. To this day, the term 'Potemkin village' is used to denote any
artificial construction built purely for the purposes of show, propaganda
or disinformation.

In the centuries since, historians have managed to pick a few holes in the
tale of the Potemkin villages. There is some debate, for example, over the
scale of the subterfuge, with some accounts contending that it consisted
merely of a few life-size models rather than entire settlements. Some
contend that there was no subterfuge at all, and that Catherine would surely
have been aware that the whole display was essentially ersatz. Others argue
that the entire diorama was constructed not for Catherine's benefit but for
those of her foreign visitors, a facade that would blazon Russian power and
efficiency all over the world. But whichever explanation you subscribe to,
the central point is more or less unchanged. Russia has always been one of
those places where the lines between the real and the artificial are
frequently blurred to the extent where it is no longer meaningful to draw
any distinction between them. ..

...

'Some debate' on this story may be only among the voices within the writer's
head, - the Potyomkin villages story had been well exposed as a myth, and,
moreover, the path of origin of this fiction had been well traced.

While imposing this myth once again on the English-speaking populace, the
article misrepresents other historical things as well. The New Russia was
not "along the lines of New England", it was along the line of the fact that
there were already multiple 'russias' at the time. Bold analogies with 'the
west' in this case are not valid, since the regional situation was pretty
unique, with a centuries-long unique prehistory, and the Ruissia's actions
were in no way an imitation of 'western' colonialist activities. The writer
is silly enough to call those steppes 'wild' and then switch to the standard
leftist tune about 'indigenous population', in the very next sentence.

The fact that the smart 'western' asses experience some difficulties with
distinguishing between 'the real and the artificial' with regard to Russia,
simply means that the thing is too complex and complicated to their narrow
mind / limited experience. Russia is a huge territory where everything is
very diverse, heterogeneous and asymmetric, and it persists so already for
many centuries. Keeping the system in integrity requires various subtleties,
it's impossible to manage it by means of primitive 'universal' concepts and
simple techniques (one of the main reasons why the USSR wasn't as succesful
as initially expected btw, and not only, the British empire had collapsed,
and the upcoming collapse of the American wannabe 'hegemony' is related to
similar issues). The 'westerners' can not understand well the way Russia
really works, so they seek to fall in far-fetched analogies and low-minded
rationalizations.

The World Cup is now triggered a new wave of such speculations, because the
Atlanticist propaganda pundits face impossibility to lie in their usual mode
in the presence of many immediate witnesses, so Russia suddenly turned out
not as sinister as they taught their sheep for decades. So they are in
desperate necessity of explanation of what it 'really' means. So they invent
the false narratives: either all this is an artificial, deceptive appearance
or the Kremlin has somehow changed policies for the time of the cup, and
Russia will return to its normal sinisterness afterwards, or something else
of the sort. If you have a piece of your own brain, you should ignore all
these paid shills and rather believe those many ordinary visitors who came /
are coming to Russia without much agenda, simply on the World Cup occasion.
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America's Fragile Future

The U.S. mainstream's flailing about over alleged Russian "meddling"
in American politics reflects a nation that is rapidly losing its
global dominance and fearful of even the slightest challenge ..

Gilbert Doctorow | September 14, 2017

Does the United States have a future as a great power?

Twenty years ago posing this question would have seemed absurd. ..

What has happened over the past couple of years is that doubts about
the competence of the United States to lead the world have been
compounded by doubts about the ability of the United States to govern
itself. The dysfunction of the federal government has come out of the
closet as an issue and is talked about fairly regularly even by
commentators and publications that are quintessentially representative
of the Establishment. ..

What is new and must be called out is the loss of civility in public
discourse at all levels, from the President, from the Congress and
down to the average citizen. .. It signifies a dramatic decline in
American political culture that the whole world sees and is beginning
to act upon in self-defense. ..

Read it in full http://tinyurl.com/ya96om8x
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From FDR to Donald Trump - the decline of the American empire

NIGEL HAMILTON | 4 SEPTEMBER 2017

.. George W Bush, whose response to international Islamic terrorism was to
attempt a late-imperial demonstration of unilateral military might, while
perhaps hoping to get more oil. It didn't work, all but bankrupting the
exchequer in Washington, while its rising rival China expanded its economy
without limitation.

With the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the bills were due for
payment. The US economy crumpled and, despite Barack Obama's attempts to pull
back from expensive dead-end foreign struggles, the underlying global economic
shift towards Asia brought its predictable consequences in America. As incomes
failed to rise in the same way as they had over the past seven decades and the
great postwar US economic ascendancy approached its limit, suffering from
unsustainable national debt, the centre would no longer hold. ..

.. The world .. is now under increasing strain, as a new cold war with Russia
threatens, chaos consumes the Middle East and North Korea sabre-rattles in the
East. With a diminishing American economic share of the world pie and its
citizens fighting with each other to protect or increase their own share of
the remaining domestic pie, the US is unlikely to remain a willing or even
able guarantor of peace and trade abroad. ..

America, in other words, is hurtling today towards Second World status. It
lacks a leader who possesses any idea of how to prepare the nation for the
changing structure of the world; a world in which Americans will have to share
their relative decline more equitably at home, or face ever-worsening social
and political fragmentation and conflict and diminishing authority abroad. ..

President Trump may well be forced to resign under the 25th Amendment to the
US constitution, on the grounds that he is "unable to discharge the powers and
duties of his office". / That outcome will not, however, change the dynamics
of the global economy and the inevitable decline of the American empire. ..

...
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How The Military Defeated Trump's Insurgency

September 18, 2017

Trump was seen as a presidential candidate who would possibly move towards a
less interventionist foreign policy. That hope is gone. .. The military has
taken control of the White House process ..

It is schooling Trump on globalism and its "indispensable" role in it. Trump
was insufficiently supportive of their desires and thus had to undergo
reeducation .. Trump was hauled into a Pentagon basement 'tank' and
indoctrinated by the glittering four-star generals he admired since he was a
kid .. Trump was sold the establishment policies he originally despised. ..

It is indisputable that the generals are now ruling in Washington DC. ..

Trump's success as the "Not-Hillary" candidate was based on an anti-
establishment insurgency. Representatives of that insurgency, Flynn, Bannon
and the MAGA voters, drove him through his first months in office. An intense
media campaign was launched to counter them and the military took control of
the White House. The anti-establishment insurgents were fired. Trump is now
reduced to public figure head of a stratocracy - a military junta which
nominally follows the rule of law. .. Everything of importance now passes
through the Junta's hands .. Other countries noticed how the game has changed.
The real decisions are made by the generals, Trump is ignored as a mere
figurehead ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/y799txj6>

...

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<http://tinyurl.com/donald-the-great>
Declining America chronicle.
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Russia to give Philippines arms, vehicles / Russia is donating arms
and vehicles to help the Philippines fight terrorism ..

<http://tinyurl.com/yd629sj2> thediplomat.com
Russia-Philippines Defense Ties to Get a New Boost / Both sides are
expected to make some inroads in this realm ..
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Corbyn Teaches Us to Embrace the Change We Need
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Why Russia thinks it's exceptional

Gregory Carleton | October 18, 2017

Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West - or so Russians might
believe.

America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and
indispensable force for good in the world. Russia makes the same claim. That
sentiment is built upon centuries of defeating invaders ..

...

The Russians realize that Russia, its history, culture and the people are
unique and to some extent 'exceptional', but they also recognize uniqueness
of other nations. It's very different from the notorious American
exceptionalism that serves to justify the US as an 'indispensable force for
good in the world'. The American exceptionalism is an evil cult intended to
globalist expansion. It's essentially similar to the German Nazi cult of
Germanic superiority as well as to the radical-Islamist agenda of global
jihad. That is one of the reasons why the present day America together with
its 'allies' is a force of evil.

The Atlanticist ideologues are desperately trying to rationalize it and to
project the American own shit to Russia, and the writing above is an example
of the sort.
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.. Deep State Making US a 'Failed State'

Mark Boden | 2017-10-20

It is a little surreal to see the top-line Fox heavyweights - Tucker Carlson,
Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs pick up what RI has been saying since 2014. Here is
another great example from last night.

.. the intelligence agencies, the justice department, the FBI, etc, .. are
compromised - a fact that has been glaringly obvious because of Russiagate -
which makes the US effectively a Banana Republic.

"This is evidence that we are becoming a failed state, and I'm not
exaggerating when I say that," Farrell said.

"We have a paralyzed Justice Department and FBI, we have key leaders either
unwilling to do anything or they themselves are personally compromised.

These are all symptoms or evidence of a failed state. That's where we're
going, and we're doing it fast."

...

Depose the dotard, and Nikkie Haley for president ;]
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.. Deep State Making US a 'Failed State'
Mark Boden | 2017-10-20
It is a little surreal to see the top-line Fox heavyweights - Tucker Carlson,
Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs pick up what RI has been saying since 2014. Here is
another great example from last night.
.. the intelligence agencies, the justice department, the FBI, etc, .. are
compromised - a fact that has been glaringly obvious because of Russiagate -
which makes the US effectively a Banana Republic.
"This is evidence that we are becoming a failed state, and I'm not
exaggerating when I say that," Farrell said.
"We have a paralyzed Justice Department and FBI, we have key leaders either
unwilling to do anything or they themselves are personally compromised.
These are all symptoms or evidence of a failed state. That's where we're
going, and we're doing it fast."
...
Depose the dotard, and Nikkie Haley for president ;]
What is a dotard?
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<http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/55882>

Putin's speech, conference with Valdai Club experts.

Since Putin is a supernatural superhero to you, it's better
to learn this stuff firsthand instead of listening to hidebound
experts of Kremlinology.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB3MkCnhKks>

Video, 3.5 hours.
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.. Deep State Making US a 'Failed State'
Mark Boden | 2017-10-20
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Depose the dotard, and Nikkie Haley for president ;]
What is a dotard?
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Re-Visiting Russian Counter-Propaganda Methods

THE SAKER | OCTOBER 20, 2017

In May of 2016 I wrote an article for the Unz Review entitled "Counter-
Propaganda, Russian Style" <http://clck.ru/C3YPF> in which I tried to show the
immense difference between the old, Soviet, approach to propaganda and
counter-propaganda and the approach taken by the Russian authorities today.
The main difference was this: if the Soviet went out of their way to prevent
western propaganda from reaching the Soviet people, the Russians are nowadays
doing the exact opposite: they are going out of their way to make sure that
western propaganda is immediately translated and beamed into every single
Russian household (OS: Read also <http://tinyurl.com/ydcffhzl>). What I
propose to do today is to share with you a few recent examples of what Russian
households are regularly exposed to. ..

One of the techniques regularly used on Russian talkshows is to show a short
report about the latest crazy nonsense coming out of the United States or
Europe and then ask a pro-US guests to react to it. The "liberals" (in the
Russian political meaning of this word, that is a hopelessly naïve pro-western
person who loves to trash everything Russian and who hates Putin and those who
support him) are intensely embarrassed and usually either simply admit that
this is crazy nonsense or try to find some crazy nonsense in the Russian media
(and there is plenty of that too) to show that "we are just as bad". Needless
to say, no matter was escape route is chosen, the "liberal" ends up looking
like a total idiot or a traitor. ..

.. The only people who can seriously accuse the Russian government of trying
to crack down on the opposition, pro-western political parties or anti-Putin
ideas are folks who have have absolutely no factual knowledge about Russia *at
all*. Either that, or they are deliberately lying. And that includes the vast
majority of the western political leaders (in the US and in Europe) who are
now scrambling to increase the budgets of the traditional western propaganda
outfits such as VOA/RL/RFE or who want to create new propaganda outlets to
"bring the democratic message to the Russian people". In reality, the Russian
people are fed a daily dose of western propaganda (aka "democratic message")
courtesy of the Kremlin, and that is something which the imbeciles in power in
the West can't even begin to imagine, nevermind deal with.

What is becoming increasingly evident is that western propagandists simply
don't understand the world they live in, especially the US Americans. Think of
it: all the major countries involved in WWII had their own propaganda machine
which was targeted exclusively at their own population and which was almost
never seen by the other side. ..

Nowadays, this has dramatically changed and the Russians understood that much
better than anybody in the West: in the age of the Internet and satellite TV
you cannot target your message solely at a domestic audience, nor can you
prevent the other guy's propaganda from reaching your own domestic audience.
The Americans are still operating as they did in the mid 1970s: they target
their biggest propaganda efforts at the domestic audience as if the entire
world was not carefully parsing everything CNN and the rest of them have to
say, and they believe that the West is only unpopular in Russia because of
"Putin's control of the media". It would be impossible to be more out of touch
with reality than these people. The truth is that about 80% or more Russians
support Putin precisely because they are exposed to the western propaganda
machine and its message on a daily basis.

How is that possible?

For one thing, the Russian counter-propaganda is not aimed at some isolated
group of people, but is essentially the same, be it on RT or Sputnik
broadcasts for foreign audiences or on the main Russian TV channels. The
Russian propaganda effort is global and internally consistent. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/y8o2gfjr>, there are some piquancies.

...

It's true that 'liberal' in the present day Russian meaning has a little to do
with the classic definition of liberalism, it primarily means an anti-national
and pro-Atlanticist stance. It still does not mean that all such liberals are
necessarily naive. A large part of them indeed are, but there are also those
smart who see Russia's submission to the Atlanticism useful [for them].

The idea that Putin prevents the people from receiving 'democratic message'
can be sold only to the ignorant Atlanticist populace. Actually, learning
'western media' firsthand makes most of the Russians more angry towards 'the
west', since they can better see all the dirty stuff and lies the Atlanticist
media feed their public with. I can confirm this effect by my own experience.

The situation is pretty asymmetric. The Russian TV can easily make fun of CNN
and other mainstream Atlanticist outlets' nonsense. In turn, the Atlanticist
media folks use to desperately and thoroughly scan various Russian minor news
outlets, second-rate tabloids, communities in the social networks, provincial
newspapers and forums etc etc in order to find some silly or freaky stuff.

People that professionally work in the anti-Russia propaganda field of course
realize the fact that 'democratic message' no longer works. They can still
sold the 'no democracy in Russia' narrative to their domestic public, but it's
no longer the main narrative. The modern anti-Russian propaganda has actually
switched from ideological to infernal things in much more primitive tribalist
sense. It seeks to denigrate / smear the whole nation, its history and culture
in general. This way the Atlanticism reveals its true Nazi colors.

It just fixes enmity and makes it absolutely impossible to make Russia more
west-friendly, but the latter is no longer a goal, the Atlanticist elites are
now concerned to maintain a proper alienation between Europe and Russia and
seek to better protect their sheep from Russian influence which they consider
a threat to their power ('undermine our democracy' etc).
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The U.S. Empire Continues To Stumble Towards Ruin
Get your own house in order before you gripe about ours:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piYsaGucc0w

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/russia-is-doomed/

http://time.com/3998248/these-5-facts-explain-russias-economic-decline/

https://alfinnextlevel.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/multiple-paths-to-russias-decline/

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-18/the-inevitable-decline-of-putins-russia

http://carnegie.ru/2017/02/02/decline-not-collapse-bleak-prospects-for-russia-s-economy-pub-67865

http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/14/putin-attempts-to-reassure-russia-as-economy-continues-to-decline

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/television-continues-to-decline-in-russia-as-internet-news-takes-hold-57894
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piYsaGucc0w
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/russia-is-doomed/
http://time.com/3998248/these-5-facts-explain-russias-economic-decline/
https://alfinnextlevel.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/multiple-paths-to-russias-decline/
https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-18/the-inevitable-decline-of-putins-russia
http://carnegie.ru/2017/02/02/decline-not-collapse-bleak-prospects-for-russia-s-economy-pub-67865
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/14/putin-attempts-to-reassure-russia-as-economy-continues-to-decline
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/television-continues-to-decline-in-russia-as-internet-news-takes-hold-57894
This stuff's for you (it's like if a member
of a primitive tribe proudly showed me what
their shaman teaches them).
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It's the old 'change the subject because its all we have'.
Not the brightest propagandist for the old defunct USSR is he

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Survey in Germany. Majority rejects new US sanctions against Russia

Benjamin Bidder | 29.07.2017

.. A clear majority of Germans finds Berlin's protest against unilateral
Russia sanctions of the United States correct - and assumes egoistic motives
for US policy.

.. 83 percent of the interviewees believe the new economic initiatives against
Russia are wrong, with six percent finding them right. 77 per cent believe
that the United States is really concerned with strengthening the position of
its own economy. Ten percent, on the other hand, share the position expressed
by the American side ..

The survey was carried out on behalf of Wintershall, a subsidiary of the BASF
Group.

Wintershall is part of a group of five European energy companies, each of
which contributes 950 million euros to the financing of Nord Stream 2. .. The
project is classified as "harmful" in the Sanctions Act of the US Congress.
Instead, "US energy exports should be given priority" is said in the legal
text. ..

After acquaintance with this passage in mid-June, the federal government had
sharply protested against the new sanctions package. On Friday, Foreign
Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) told SPIEGEL: "It remains the case that we will
not accept an extraterritorial application of these US sanctions against
European companies." ..

...
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Russia and India have emerged as two of the biggest winners in the World
Bank's latest Doing Business rankings, with the institution labelling Moscow
an easier place to conduct business than Brussels or Rome, despite the spectre
of international sanctions and concerns over corruption.

The latest version of the often criticised Doing Business report, released on
Tuesday, marks Russia as the 35th easiest place in the world to do business,
just one place below Japan and ahead of almost a dozen EU member states
including Italy and Belgium. ..

...

And the Inglizh FT are morbibly jealous, as expected.
<http://tinyurl.com/juhp3tw>
Russia advanced to 40th of 190 countries in the World Bank's 2017 business
rankings from 51st in 2016 .. "In some aspects of Doing Business, the
business regulatory environment of Russia is now closer to best practice."
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Russia's Resurgent Wheat Farmers Squeeze U.S.

Jesse Newman, Benjamin Parkin | Nov. 11, 2017

U.S. wheat farmers are losing out to an old rival: Russia.

The 83 million tons of wheat Russian farmers are forecast to have reaped this
season has cemented the country's resurgence as an agricultural superpower and
ratcheted up the pressure on U.S. farmers ..

U.S. wheat output is expected to fall by a quarter from the previous season.

Other countries are also chipping away at U.S. dominance in wheat. Farmers are
growing more grain in Europe and India. The U.S. Department of Agriculture
expects American wheat to make up 15% of global exports this year, down from
half in the mid-1970s.

A main reason has been Russia's resurgence. ..

Russian wheat yields have increased 70% in the past five years. .. Analysts
report seeing newly purchased luxury vehicles on the road in many Russian
farming communities. ..

...

Russia is dying, you know, especially those Russian villages.

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.. the biggest winners in the World Bank's latest Doing Business rankings,
with the institution labelling Moscow an easier place to conduct business
than Brussels or Rome ..
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Russia Names The 9 US News Outlets It Will Retaliate Against

Nov 16, 2017

.. Russian lawmakers in the Duma - Russia's lower house of Parliament - have
approved a law that would require nine US news outlets to be labeled "foreign
agents" in response to Washington's decision to require Russia Today to
register as a foreign agent last week, a decision that Moscow has slammed as
hypocritical and infringing on free speech.

Reuters reports that Russia's lower house of Parliament has approved the law -
which allows Moscow to force foreign media to brand news they provide to
Russians as the work of "foreign agents" and to disclose the source of their
funding.

The law must now pass the upper house, which is likely to happen next week.
Once President Vladimir Putin signs it, it will become law. The path to
passage looks relatively straightforward, and it's likely the bill will become
a law.

The Russian Justice Ministry on Thursday published a list of the news outlets
that it said could be affected by the law.

Meanwhile, the outlets are the US-government-sponsored Voice of America (VOA)
and Radio Free Europe (RFE), otherwise known as Radio Liberty, radio channels,
along with seven separate Russian or local-language news outlets run by Radio
Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

One of the seven outlets provides news on Crimea, which Russia annexed from
Ukraine in 2014, one on Siberia, and one on the predominantly Muslim North
Caucasus region. Another covers provincial Russia, one is an online TV
station, another covers the mostly Muslim region of Tatarstan, and the other
is a news portal that fact-checks the statements of Russian officials. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/yb8vwq7k>

...

Both VoA and the RFE/RL are clearly U.S. propaganda outlets, although Russian
VoA is more moderate / balanced while the RFE/RL is more aggressive, venomous
and stinky.

Atlanticist pundits claimed those pathetic 'Russian ads' in the Facebook were
intended to sow / amplify political discord in the US, and the funny thing is,
that is a projection of exactly what the American subversive mass media do in
Russia. The RFE/RL head department established those subsidiary outlets for
Russian regions they consider the most important and / or sensitive. And of
course they deliver correspondingly different media content for each of these
regional audiences. It's like if RT established in the UK special separate
subsidiaries for the English, Scots, Welsh and Irish, and delivered different
and specific agendas for them. I wonder if the British gov't would like it.
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Russsia-Gate Implodes

The real "collusion" is the alliance of foreign actors and the Democrats

Justin Raimondo | January 22, 2018

The finale is upon us: the Russia-gate fraud is about to be exploded, at long
last. Although the vaunted memo - and the underlying intelligence - compiled
by the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee under chairman Devin
Nunes (R-CA) has yet to be released, there has been enough chatter by those
House members who have read it to give us the basic elements of what it
contains. Although prepare to be shocked by what I consider to be the most
outrageous aspect of this affair. ..

The anti-Trump coup plotters constructed an elaborate fiction for the benefit
of the FISA court, presented it to the court as factual, and used it as the
basis for obtaining a warrant for the Obama administration - and, in effect,
the Clinton campaign - to not only spy on the Trump campaign but to actively
disrupt it.

Secondly - and this, I think, is why the memo and the underlying intelligence
is so highly classified - the FBI/CIA factor in this operation is just a part
of the whole. The involvement of "former" MI6 agent Christopher Steele argues
in favor of British involvement. And of course it could be a mere coincidence
that the head of the GCHQ - the British spy outfit - resigned shortly after
the Steele story broke. And then again maybe not.

And it's not just the British, who have been conducting their own cold war
against Russia since long before Russia-gate broke in this country. A number
of other foreign intelligence agencies reportedly had a hand in all this,
including the Ukrainians and the Estonians ..

.. the really juicy stuff - the underlying intelligence that nails these
felons for abusing the FISA system, spying on Americans, subverting the
electoral process, and, yes, colluding with foreign powers to subvert and
destroy Trump's presidency. ..

Now the coup plotters are destroying evidence as fast as they can ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/y7zunyz6>

...

The tails were lively wagging their dog.
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The involvement of "former" MI6 agent Christopher Steele argues in favor of
British involvement. And of course it could be a mere coincidence that the
head of the GCHQ - the British spy outfit - resigned shortly after the
Steele story broke. And then again maybe not.
I wonder why the island policymakers are so desperate in their
aspiration to machinate and make up various filth on Russia, it
looks like a deep irrational complex / insane fixation.
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.. Why sanctions will never work against Russia

MARIA DUBOVIKOVA | 10 February 2018

.. Their calculations were wrong. The elites are not angry with Putin, they
are angry with sanctions. / The imposition of sanctions has boosted internal
processes that would hardly even have been launched without significant
external pressure. Russian society has consolidated and united, and the
Kremlin has used this social wave for its own benefit. Russia has focused on
developing its domestic economy, which it was too lazy to do before sanctions.
Russians are now working on meeting demand using their own resources. The
military-industrial complex, mostly in ruins after the collapse of the USSR,
is now restored and expanding, boosted by external threats.

The latest "Kremlin list" .. allowed Putin to urge businessmen named on the
list to avoid sanctions by repatriating their wealth, which benefits the
Kremlin. ..

What is clear is that sanctions are not going to change the Kremlin's course,
or its way of thinking. The further implementation of sanctions is a risk for
the global economy and the countries that impose them ..

The truth is that sanctions and aggressive rhetoric from the West have served
only to unite Russians in defiance. .. Aggressive statements from the West ..
are widely publicized by Russian state media. The effect on the public
consciousness is to divide the world into friend or foe, and to consolidate
the people into facing the aggressors.

Sanctions are irrelevant, and will never work against Russia in the way they
work against other countries. They take no account of the Russian spirit and
mentality. .. Western countries have weak advisers on Russia. ..

...

This Russian blonde also shows you her middle finger.
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The Implications of Russia's New Weapon Systems

ANDREI MARTYANOV | MARCH 5, 2018

.. Russians, as the events of the last 19 years showed, have no illusions
anymore about the possibility of any kind of reasonable civilized conduct
from the combined West, least of all from the United States which still
continues to reside in her bubble which insulates her from any outside
voices of reason and peace. The American global track record of the last
few decades does not require any special elaborations - it is a record of
military and humanitarian disasters. ..

American power elites, the majority of whom have never served a day in
uniform nor ever attended serious military academic institutions and whose
expertise on serious military-technological and geopolitical issues is
limited to couple of seminars on nuclear weapons and, in the best case
scenario, the efforts of the Congressional Research Service are simply not
qualified to grasp the complexity, the nature and application of military
force. They simply have no reference points. Yet, being a product of the
American pop-military culture, also known as military porn and propaganda,
these people - this collection of lawyers, political "scientists",
sociologists and journalists who dominate the American strategic kitchen
which cooks non-stop delusional geopolitical and military doctrines, can
understand one thing for sure - when their poor dears get a bulls-eye on
their backs, or foreheads. ..

.. The strategic ramifications of the latest weapon systems Putin presented
are immense. In fact, they are historic in nature. Of course, many American
pundits, expectedly, dismissed that as bluster - it is expected from the US
military "expert" community. Others were not as dismissive and some were,
indeed, deeply shocked. The overall impression today, a day after Putin's
presentation, can be described in simple terms as such: the missile gap is
real and, in fact, it is not a gap but a technological abyss. ..

While Western punditry was discussing all those exotic and, no doubt,
stunning weapon systems designed for the delivery of nuclear weapons to any
point on the globe with very high precision, many true professionals were
gasping for the air when the Dagger (Kinzhal) was unveiled. This is a
complete game changer geopolitically, strategically, operationally,
tactically and psychologically. It was known for some time now that Russian
Navy was already deploying ..

Read more in detail <http://tinyurl.com/yc5hjetn>

...
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"it's the largest archaeological dig in the history of Russia. "

Ed Peters | Feb 16, 2018

While in the process of building the Crimean Bridge, construction
workers discovered a previously unknown Greek settlement. .. The site
has turned out to be a treasure trove of artifacts. ..

<https://youtu.be/2sN3BvKLuw4>

Here is another recent news report on the latest construction
milestones of the bridge, which is proceeding at a rapid pace.
<https://youtu.be/RaxKPAofLQw>

...

Perhaps, it's not construction workers. When the decision was made to
build the Crimean bridge, the question had also been risen about
combining the construction works with archaeological research. The area
is really rich in various archaeological artifacts. Large budgets were
given to the archeologists, and it was fruitful. It's a Russian usual
practice, - for example, in Moscow center, any significant construction
works are always coordinated with the archeologists.
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Tillerson, Pompeo and the fall of American diplomacy

.. Trump has shrunk its ability to get things done

Philip Stephens | MAY 31, 2018

Rex Tillerson proved a hapless US secretary of state. .. Mr Pompeo is
closer personally to Mr Trump - perhaps because he so studiously mimics
the president's weaknesses. Both imagine the US can do what it likes,
where it likes, when it likes - an assumption paraded by Mr Pompeo in
his approach to Iran's nuclear efforts. Neither man asks, let alone
answers, the question at the heart of all diplomatic calculations: "and
then what?" .. The administration's actions .. intended to demonstrate
US power .. had the opposite effect: weakening Washington's capacity to
promote its interests. ..

Mr Trump, we know, rarely thinks beyond the instant impact of his
statements and tweets. He wants to make a splash. The likely consequences
of any given decision or statement are studiously ignored. ..

Look through the noisy threats and bombast and Mr Trump has turned
diffidence into retreat. In squandering America's soft power, he has shrunk
its ability to get things done. .. the American moment has passed. ..

...

The American moment has indeed passed, but here's also a peculiar English
issue. The English were more comfortable with Obama-style politics while
the Trump's rectilinearly swinish style SIGNIFICANTLY undermines the value
of the English skills of machination. So the small islanders are particularly
unhappy about Trump.

They foresaw it, and the known 'steele dossier' was a creative product
issued under inspiration and patronage of the English government. It still
couldn't prevent Trump. But, in turn, the dotard is powerless to revenge.
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.. Trump has shrunk its ability to get things done
Philip Stephens | MAY 31, 2018
Rex Tillerson proved a hapless US secretary of state. .. Mr Pompeo is
closer personally to Mr Trump - perhaps because he so studiously mimics
the president's weaknesses. Both imagine the US can do what it likes,
where it likes, when it likes - an assumption paraded by Mr Pompeo in
his approach to Iran's nuclear efforts. Neither man asks, let alone
answers, the question at the heart of all diplomatic calculations: "and
then what?" .. The administration's actions .. intended to demonstrate
US power .. had the opposite effect: weakening Washington's capacity to
promote its interests. ..
Mr Trump, we know, rarely thinks beyond the instant impact of his
statements and tweets. He wants to make a splash. The likely consequences
of any given decision or statement are studiously ignored. ..
Look through the noisy threats and bombast and Mr Trump has turned
diffidence into retreat. In squandering America's soft power, he has shrunk
its ability to get things done. .. the American moment has passed. ..
...
The American moment has indeed passed, but here's also a peculiar English
issue. The English were more comfortable with Obama-style politics while
the Trump's rectilinearly swinish style SIGNIFICANTLY undermines the value
of the English skills of machination. So the small islanders are particularly
unhappy about Trump.
They foresaw it, and the known 'steele dossier' was a creative product
issued under inspiration and patronage of the English government. It still
couldn't prevent Trump. But, in turn, the dotard is powerless to revenge.
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Merkel, Putin Defend Gas Pipeline Project in Sochi
hoping for another 'non-aggression pact' smeary?

that worked out well last time

and good to see you trying to stop replies to your ludicrous posts
you cowardly little puppet
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.. Trump has shrunk its ability to get things done
Philip Stephens | MAY 31, 2018
Rex Tillerson proved a hapless US secretary of state. .. Mr Pompeo is
closer personally to Mr Trump - perhaps because he so studiously mimics
the president's weaknesses. Both imagine the US can do what it likes,
where it likes, when it likes - an assumption paraded by Mr Pompeo in
his approach to Iran's nuclear efforts. Neither man asks, let alone
answers, the question at the heart of all diplomatic calculations: "and
then what?" .. The administration's actions .. intended to demonstrate
US power .. had the opposite effect: weakening Washington's capacity to
promote its interests. ..
Mr Trump, we know, rarely thinks beyond the instant impact of his
statements and tweets. He wants to make a splash. The likely consequences
of any given decision or statement are studiously ignored. ..
Look through the noisy threats and bombast and Mr Trump has turned
diffidence into retreat. In squandering America's soft power, he has shrunk
its ability to get things done. .. the American moment has passed. ..
...
The American moment has indeed passed, but here's also a peculiar English
issue. The English were more comfortable with Obama-style politics while
the Trump's rectilinearly swinish style SIGNIFICANTLY undermines the value
of the English skills of machination. So the small islanders are
particularly unhappy about Trump.
They foresaw it, and the known 'steele dossier' was a creative product
issued under inspiration and patronage of the English government. It still
couldn't prevent Trump. But, in turn, the dotard is powerless to revenge.
<http://tinyurl.com/y9uuko2g>
Merkel, Putin Defend Gas Pipeline Project in Sochi
hoping for another 'non-aggression pact' smeary?
that worked out well last time
and good to see you trying to stop replies to your ludicrous posts
you cowardly little puppet
I can cross-post to 6 groups, but one guy advised me to limit it to
no more than 5 groups, so sometimes I follow-up 6 to 5 excluding some
random or the least relevant/important group.

This post was mainly relevant for the US people, so I excluded UKPM.

When it's more relevant for you, I'll post 'shoddy island stinking'.
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.. Trump has shrunk its ability to get things done
Philip Stephens | MAY 31, 2018
Rex Tillerson proved a hapless US secretary of state. .. Mr Pompeo is
closer personally to Mr Trump - perhaps because he so studiously mimics
the president's weaknesses. Both imagine the US can do what it likes,
where it likes, when it likes - an assumption paraded by Mr Pompeo in
his approach to Iran's nuclear efforts. Neither man asks, let alone
answers, the question at the heart of all diplomatic calculations: "and
then what?" .. The administration's actions .. intended to demonstrate
US power .. had the opposite effect: weakening Washington's capacity to
promote its interests. ..
Mr Trump, we know, rarely thinks beyond the instant impact of his
statements and tweets. He wants to make a splash. The likely consequences
of any given decision or statement are studiously ignored. ..
Look through the noisy threats and bombast and Mr Trump has turned
diffidence into retreat. In squandering America's soft power, he has shrunk
its ability to get things done. .. the American moment has passed. ..
...
The American moment has indeed passed, but here's also a peculiar English
issue. The English were more comfortable with Obama-style politics while
the Trump's rectilinearly swinish style SIGNIFICANTLY undermines the value
of the English skills of machination. So the small islanders are
particularly unhappy about Trump.
They foresaw it, and the known 'steele dossier' was a creative product
issued under inspiration and patronage of the English government. It still
couldn't prevent Trump. But, in turn, the dotard is powerless to revenge.
<http://tinyurl.com/y9uuko2g>
Merkel, Putin Defend Gas Pipeline Project in Sochi
hoping for another 'non-aggression pact' smeary?
that worked out well last time
and good to see you trying to stop replies to your ludicrous posts
you cowardly little puppet
I can cross-post to 6 groups, but one guy advised me to limit it to
no more than 5 groups, so sometimes I follow-up 6 to 5 excluding some
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This post was mainly relevant for the US people, so I excluded UKPM.
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<https://tinyurl.com/y8yepmzv> atimes.com

Russia to install world's first floating nuke power plant in Arctic town

ASIA TIMES STAFF | JANUARY 20, 2018

.. Russia is moving ahead to install the world's first floating nuclear power
plant in a key Arctic town.

The big floating plant .. will be towed several thousand kilometers through
Arctic ice before it reaches its destination in Pevek, June 2019.

Pevek is a small town on Russia's Arctic east coast that's been tapped for
industrial development. ..

...

Read also <https://tinyurl.com/ckg2326>
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Russia begins work on FLOATING Arctic nuclear power plant
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<http://tinyurl.com/y9l4dhcn> gizmodo.com

Russia's Floating Nuclear Power Plant Has Hit the Sea

Jennings Brown | 2018-04-30

Russia launched the world's first floating nuclear power plant on Saturday.
The 70-megawatt vessel, christened the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed away
from St. Petersburg by two boats. It is currently coasting through the
Baltic Sea to the town of Murmansk for fuel, and is then supposed to embark
for the Arctic town of Pevek ..

...

Some environmental activists may be hysterical due to this achievement, but
their hysterics is largely baseless. There are fewer serious risks for a
floating nuclear plant than for a land plant (eg. it's not vulnerable to
earthquackes and it has [almost] infinite resource for emergency cooling).
It's a practical solution for the Russia's remote areas, primarily Arctics.

Yhe activists should rather pay more attention to fracking, - a real evil.

The name of the plant is symbolic, since Mr. Lomonosov came to Moscow from
a peasant fisherman family located in a small remote village on a small
remote island in the remote Arctic ocean.
<http://tinyurl.com/jl4haxk> express.co.uk
Russia begins work on FLOATING Arctic nuclear power plant
RUSSIA has begun working on an arctic dock for its floating nuclear power
plant which will begin providing power and heat in 2019.
SEAN MARTIN | Oct 7, 2016
The Eastern European nation has almost finalised its floating nuclear power
plant which is set to provide heat and power to the remotest regions of the
country.
Construction on the dock which will host the floating plant began on
Wednesday and will be finalised by October 2019 ..
The floating plant, known as Akademik Lomonosov, will have a generating
unit, a dock with onshore facilities and waterworks. ..
"The advantage of the floating nuclear power plant is that it can be moored
almost anywhere where there is a power line." ..
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfoI7kIS-lY>
...
It's wrong to consider Russia 'an Eastern European nation', it leads to an
incomprehension and wrong way of thought, you should call it simply Russia,
no additional attributes required.
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In upcoming weeks or days, the Crimean Bridge is expected to be opened for
vehicles. Railway will be completed later. The opening of the motorway
happens ahead of schedule (the very initial plan was about December 2018).

The below videos will help you the silly cattle meditate about the bridge.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nijDCuOoFdQ>
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snllHhgigPY>
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Juzg82Q1c>

When the decision about the bridge construction was made, the very first
response 'from the other side' was that such a construction is simply not
possible.

Here is, eg., the Khodorkovsky's 'opposition' outlet, autumn 2014:

"Sergey Hromenko, a researcher at the Ukrainian Institute of National
Memory, says that Moscow will not be able to build a bridge across the
Kerch Strait .. The "unpleasant" truth is that only the Germans were able
to build such a bridge in the course of their invasion of the USSR, but
the 4.5 kilometer German bridge was destroyed by ice flows immediately
after the war. And since that time, "no one, not even the Soviet Union
with all its power, was able to build such a bridge." .. "And if the
Soviet Union wasn't able to do this," Hromenko says, he "strongly doubts
that the Russian Federation will be able to so" despite Moscow's claims
that it will be able to do so and before 2018."
<http://clck.ru/DNGo5>

Of course, only a complete idiot would take seriously what the post-coup
Ukrainian 'researchers' or 'officials' claim, however, the above excerpt
illustrates the 'racial' way of their thinking: only the Germans were able
etc etc. The post-coup post-Ukraine is based on the ideas instilled in them
by the German Nazi occupiers during the WW2. It's a Nazi formation, running
by the people exercising their inferiority complex while trying to imitate
the German Nazis they were accustomed to consider a superior race.

Later, when a great progress in the bridge construction became visible, the
tone of commentators changed, they started to exaggerate 'issues': Russia
can't really fund so complicated construction <http://clck.ru/DNHME>, "half
of allocated budget was spent" <http://clck.ru/DNHT2>, the project will
likely be not completed on schedule <http://clck.ru/DNHRe>, the workers are
being treated like slaves <http://clck.ru/DNHWV>, the bridge poses a great
environmental threat, it will "disrupt the water flow of the Black Sea and
Azov Sea" <http://clck.ru/DNHar> etc etc. These claims were pure bullshit
just reflecting the desperate jealousy of the scum as well as the aspiration
to keep their cattle-like domestic populace misguided and ignorant about the
Russia-related things.

At some moment it had become clear that the large, complicated bridge has
been successfully built, the comments became look like a prayer to the devil
to destroy it: "even if the bridge now under construction can be finished,
its chances of standing for any length of time are small" (the stinky English
Newsweek <http://clck.ru/DNHtX>).

Of course, everything - strong earthquakes etc - is theoretically possible,
so let us wait and see, and let the scum excercise their hateful wishful
thinking. So far, the bridge is about to function, it will certainly boost
the tourist flow in Crimea this summer and make it fully invulnerable to the
petty dirty tricks from the post-Ukraine. It will also generally improve the
Crimean economy and further strengthen the inextricable ties between Crimea
and Russia mainland.

...
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Hey where have you been?
Tsar Putin let you out of the pen again?

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<https://tinyurl.com/ya9cra5q> washingtonexaminer.com

Ukraine should blow up Putin's Crimea bridge

Tom Rogan | May 15, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting
Crimea, Russia, with mainland Russia on Tuesday. Putin did so by in a typical
show of bravado by leading a column of transport vehicles across the bridge.

Ukraine should now destroy elements of the bridge.

While that course of action would be an escalation against Putin and one that
would almost certainly spark Russian retaliation, this bridge is an outrageous
affront to Ukraine's very credibility as a nation. Of course, from Putin's
perspective that's the whole point. The bridge cost Russia's near-bankrupt
government billions of dollars, but it offers Putin a formal physical and
psychological appropriation of Ukrainian territory. ..

...

"Russia's near-bankrupt government". LOL. The oafs are living within bubble
of their delusion. By the way, this is why the risk of the [nuclear] war with
Russia today is much higher than during the Soviet times. The main reason for
that is monopolization of the Anglophone mass media which makes stupid and
delusional not only you the regular cattle but your policy makers as well.
Meanwhile, the Russia's government is currently planning even more expensive
bridge to Sakhalin, although its prospect is still muddy.

The above shows the pain in the ass the American scum must be feeling due to
this bridge, and I basically like their pain. One should be reminded, that
implementation and recognition of the anti-constitutional and anti-democratic
2014 coup in the Ukraine, in favor of a violent minority, was a cynical
disregard for international law. Crimea's reunification with Russia happened
in full compliance with the law and according to the will of the Crimeans
expressed through a free referendum. There's no other way to interpret it.

Also, one should be reminded once more that those unrepentant who backed the
unlawful violence of the coup in Kiev, simply don't have moral ground to say
anything about 'law', 'democtracy' and things like that. Today all this has
become a rotten stuff. After the Ukraine, those who still rant about
dempocracy and rule of law deserve to have been sput in their stupid snout.
The American scum also understand this in their heart, and in this sense the
idea to blow the Crimea bridge looks natural from them. Since the American
dumb swine used to make shit where she likes with impunity, the morons don't
tend to think about consequences. But these times're coming to an end.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
The below videos will help you the silly cattle meditate about the bridge.
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nijDCuOoFdQ>
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snllHhgigPY>
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Juzg82Q1c>
When the decision about the bridge construction was made, the very first
response 'from the other side' was that such a construction is simply not
possible.
"Sergey Hromenko, a researcher at the Ukrainian Institute of National
Memory, says that Moscow will not be able to build a bridge across the
Kerch Strait .. The "unpleasant" truth is that only the Germans were able
to build such a bridge in the course of their invasion of the USSR, but
the 4.5 kilometer German bridge was destroyed by ice flows immediately
after the war. And since that time, "no one, not even the Soviet Union
with all its power, was able to build such a bridge." .. "And if the
Soviet Union wasn't able to do this," Hromenko says, he "strongly doubts
that the Russian Federation will be able to so" despite Moscow's claims
that it will be able to do so and before 2018."
<http://clck.ru/DNGo5>
Of course, only a complete idiot would take seriously what the post-coup
Ukrainian 'researchers' or 'officials' claim, however, the above excerpt
illustrates the 'racial' way of their thinking: only the Germans were able
etc etc. The post-coup post-Ukraine is based on the ideas instilled in them
by the German Nazi occupiers during the WW2. It's a Nazi formation, running
by the people exercising their inferiority complex while trying to imitate
the German Nazis they were accustomed to consider a superior race.
Later, when a great progress in the bridge construction became visible, the
tone of commentators changed, they started to exaggerate 'issues': Russia
can't really fund so complicated construction <http://clck.ru/DNHME>, "half
of allocated budget was spent" <http://clck.ru/DNHT2>, the project will
likely be not completed on schedule <http://clck.ru/DNHRe>, the workers are
being treated like slaves <http://clck.ru/DNHWV>, the bridge poses a great
environmental threat, it will "disrupt the water flow of the Black Sea and
Azov Sea" <http://clck.ru/DNHar> etc etc. These claims were pure bullshit
just reflecting the desperate jealousy of the scum as well as the aspiration
to keep their cattle-like domestic populace misguided and ignorant about the
Russia-related things.
At some moment it had become clear that the large, complicated bridge has
been successfully built, the comments became look like a prayer to the devil
to destroy it: "even if the bridge now under construction can be finished,
its chances of standing for any length of time are small" (the stinky
English Newsweek <http://clck.ru/DNHtX>).
Of course, everything - strong earthquakes etc - is theoretically possible,
so let us wait and see, and let the scum excercise their hateful wishful
thinking. So far, the bridge is about to function, it will certainly boost
the tourist flow in Crimea this summer and make it fully invulnerable to the
petty dirty tricks from the post-Ukraine. It will also generally improve the
Crimean economy and further strengthen the inextricable ties between Crimea
and Russia mainland.
...
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Popular Austrian outlet about Crimea.

<http://tinyurl.com/yb92z2nz> diepresse.com

Yalta: The most popular holiday destination of wealthy Russians
With its palms and palaces Yalta is the center of beach life in Crimea. The
city has long been the most popular holiday destination of the Russians ..

Jens Malling | 03.07.2018

One thousand two hundred meters high mountains enclose Yalta like in a
gentle embrace. The pine-clad slopes fall steeply and hit the bottom of the
Black Sea. That is thankfully not black, but light blue. Offshore breezes
from the mountains drive the slightly wavy, rippled sea towards the horizon
in the southeast. The breeze brings cool air from the mountains and gives
the afternoon a pleasant freshness.

A mix of local and Russian guests frequent the beach. Western visitors are
only occasionally seen in the Crimea - if they are recognized as such at
all. On the beach, the 26-year-old Katja sits with her toes in the surf and
looks dreamily through her sunglasses. Her colorful summer dress goes well
with the lazy waves.

From Murmansk to Yalta

A few steps further, three generations of Russian men enjoy the beach
vacation together. The 63-year-old grandfather Anatolij came with his son
and grandson from the frozen Murmansk on the Barents Sea. They spend a whole
month together in the Crimea to escape the colder weather in their hometown
north of the Arctic Circle. Her stories of enduring hard winters along the
Arctic coast seem unreal in the subtropics, like a distant and unpleasant
dream.

This feeling is only reinforced by the passing yachts. The luxury boats
sting from the nearby dock in lake. The summer guests rent the ships for a
few hours or even days and are reportedly often lucky enough to spot
dolphins in the waves. The sea trips are a popular pastime for the Crimean
holidaymakers. .. The many fashion-conscious and beautiful women, the
jewelry and brand shops in which wealthy Russians frolic, and the many
specimens Jaguar, Mercedes and Lexus ..

Cypresses and acacias

The green of the cypresses, acacias, plane trees and ash shimmers
throughout the buildings. Already on the beach promenade this color
dominates in the form of giant cypresses and palm trees. And in the lanes
behind, acacia, pines and ferns provide the bulk of the vegetation.
Sweet and exotic are the fragrance of the magnolias, which with their white
and pink brighten this green world from time to time. The plants grow wild
between Art Nouveau houses and traditional bathing hotels. ..

Dawn settles over the palms and mansions of Yalta. The early evening takes
you back to the days when shellac records sounded through the windows with
the popular singers of the epoch of travel-book players, and carried the
melodies further out into the lukewarm nights among the cypress trees.
Artists .. composed with their melancholy Tango ballads the background
theme of the strange atmosphere that prevailed in this holiday paradise
before it was lost to the Tsar. ..

"The lady with the doggie"

Before the Revolution, the nobility and the bourgeoisie traveled in large
numbers from St. Petersburg and Moscow to Yalta. Because of the mild
stimulating climate, the doctors recommended the Crimea especially
tuberculosis patients as a holiday destination. One of those who suffered
from the widespread lung disease was the world-famous Russian playwright
Anton Chekhov. In the period around the turn of the last century, he used
to deal with other prominent poets and writers in Yalta. Among the authors
who had their houses in the holiday colony included Maxim Gorki and Lesja
Ukrajinka. A plaque on one of the city's famous beach hotels tells us that
Chekhov, Ivan Bunin and Vladimir Mayakovsky lived here. Chekhov always
preferred the Crimea to the French Riviera.

So excited was the playwright of Yalta that he built a dacha on the
outskirts of the city where he lived the last five years of his life. Among
other things, Chekhov's most famous short story, "The Lady with the Dog",
takes place in the city. .. Here is a monument dedicated to the main
characters of the novella. Chekhov's dacha became a museum. In the
surrounding garden, the author planted numerous fruit trees. He allegedly
served as a source of inspiration for his most famous work, The Cherry
Orchard. This was created here in the stately summer cottage. On a walk
through the small park, today's guests like to take a break on the bench,
where Chekhov and Gorky are often engrossed in conversation.

Cognac and cherry

The museum in Chekhov's dacha does not have a cafe, but Yalta has many good
spots to fill up on. Street vendors sell deep red cherries and juicy
strawberries from their own garden. Stalls with home baked goods are
strategically located at the trolleybus stops, which are passed by many
people. ..

Strengthened, you can climb winding streets on the slopes of Yalta's old
quarters. Stairs lead up, down, into terraced parks. The pines beautify the
asphalt with their dried needles. But it is still too early for a star
panorama. Only Venus clearly shines in the west of Yalta.

...

It's wrong to say that Yalta is specifically for wealthy Russians. In the
tsarist time, only the wealthy could afford such a 'beach life', not only
in Yalta. Today it's affordable for every one, there're various options.
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<http://tinyurl.com/y87l2wuf> 100posto.hr

Moscow. My first location after arriving in Russia ..

Pleasant, refreshing 18 degrees got me in the Russian metropolis. Twice less
compared to Sochi and it suits me. We take a Yandex taxi and head to town
and drive in a huge four-lane column. ..

I watch the pedestrians walking faster than we are driving. Beautiful
Russians walking along the road, there are businessmen with briefcases, and
I see a group of boys riding city bikes ..

The roads are cleaner than those in Germany, the locals are mostly in trendy
clothes .. If I did not know it's Moscow, I would say that it's New York or
London, and with that I would emphasize that this city is more beautiful.
Because of the wide, beautiful avenues, older buildings that are so subtle
and well preserved that you have an impression that they were built just a
few years ago. ..

...

I skipped praising of the unexcelled Moscow subway, because it's a well known
common place. The World Cup has generated quite many reports like the above.
So Russia now expects an inflow of tourists (as well as the illegal migrants ;)
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<http://tinyurl.com/yaxbchmb> independent.co.uk

The world saw a different Russia from the crass caricature often presented
to them by lazy publications. But Russians also saw a different country to
the one they were used to. This new Russia was more open, friendly, chaotic,
and confident than the old one. Whether it remains once Fifa packs its bags
is another matter - and largely out of the people's hands.

If the past is any guide, the window may not stay open for long. ..

...

The filthy MSM are importunate to promote their lies. The Russians did not
'see a different country', most of them saw the cup on the TV screen only.
But your mass media seek to justify the lies they 'reported' before. That's
why they started promoting the false narrative that Russia during the World
Cup has become somewhat different. That's a falsehood.

For the World Cup visitors, 'the window' will remain open at least to the
end of the year, since Russian government has extended validity of FanIDs,
so these folks can use their IDs instead of visa for repeated trips.
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<http://tinyurl.com/yaheqmm4> fourfourtwo.com.au

Around 319,000 football fans traveled between World Cup host cities on
free trains during this summer's tournament in Russia, the Russian Railways
said ..

<http://tinyurl.com/ybnevqqg> vesti.ru

The cost of things - linens, tea glass holders and other small property -
stolen by the World Cup fans from the trains is estimated about $15,000, the
Russian Railways said.

...
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<https://tinyurl.com/yb4947b5> wsj.com

The Most Ambitious Park in Russia
Grafting interactive culture onto wilder urban landscapes, Zaryadye Park in
Moscow aspires to be the emblematic park of the 21st century.

A few steps from the cobblestones of Red Square, pedestrians find themselves
thigh-high in meadow grass and wild roses with the sound of birch leaves
rustling in the air. It's a surprising change of pace in the shape of the
newly completed, 35-acre Zaryadye Park. ..
It is the work of a consortium of architects led by Diller Scofidio +
Renfro of New York with landscape and master-plan designer Hargreaves
Associates, also of New York, and Citymakers of Moscow, their local partner.
Unlike the formal park affairs typical of Moscow, Zaryadye is very much in
keeping with the new approach to wilder urban landscapes ..

...

This WSJ article was certainly paid by "Diller Scofidio + Renfro". "Zaryadye
Park" is a shoddy kitsch, it's a small piece of land close to Moscow downtown
that was recently decorated park-like. I visited it once, and hardly would
visit again. There are real and much nicer parks in Moscow. These quirky guys
have sold a crap to the Moscow government under "new approach" guise.
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The cost of things - linens, tea glass holders and other small property -
stolen by the World Cup fans from the trains is estimated about $15,000,
the Russian Railways said.
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Why are Russians conquered by tea?

2018-07-21

.. You may think, "Tea is sacred to Russians." In fact, Russians like to
drink tea and often drink tea. According to the results of the 2014 poll,
94% of the respondents had the habit of drinking tea. ..

Unlike the invasion of Napoleon or Hitler, tea successfully entered Russia
and completely conquered the country. Like most other countries, tea was
originally imported from China, but when was it? Historians still debate ..

In addition, in cold countries like Russia, it is important to eat foods
rich in vitamin C. However, not all Russians like to drink lemon tea. Some
people like the English way of drinking tea, adding milk when drinking tea,
but many people do not let anything when drinking tea. Finally, for the
Russians, there is no such thing as 'inferior tea'. ..

...

For the Russians, there is, of course, such a thing like 'inferior tea'.
It's possible to buy an extremely cheap tea in Russia, and its taste would
be inferior. The poor grades of tea are mostly being made in Georgia and
Central Asia, also Turkey, and they present in the low price segment of the
Russia's market. Production of good tea requires certain climate that does
not exist neither in Russia nor in the neighboring countries. Good and
average tea in Russia comes mostly from 'remote' imports.

The only exception is the Krasnodar tea. The Kuban Cossacks managed to
bring out sorts of tea that can be made domestically in the Russia's south,
and taste er... acceptable <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ayAFLDIdHE>.
Krasnodar tea still cannot compete with the good sorts of tea produced in
the southern Asia.

The very first certain mention of tea in the Russian chronicles occured in
1638, in a state report about diplomatic contacts with Mongolia. Peripheral
Russians, who had regular contacts with the Great Eurasian Steppe's nomads,
must have known about tea earlier. In the late 17th century, tea had become
a common good in the central Russia's markets, which is recorded in various
historical documents, but it turned to be a Russia's truly mass drink only
in 19th century.
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How Putin made Russia Great Again

Chris Kanthan | 16 Jul 2018

The western establishment is in panic over the Trump-Putin summit .. Nothing
scares the globalists like peace. US media and politicians endlessly repeat
cliched slogans and disinformation about Putin. The propagandists ignore the
horrific economic depression of the 1990's when Russia's GDP fell by 40%,
inflation shot up to 2000% .. one-third of Russians lived in extreme poverty,
the Russian military was devastated, and the country's future seemed totally
hopeless. (The fact that such misery was caused by Neocons, banksters and US
economists who controlled Russia in the 1990's ... will never be acknowledged
by the western media).

Putin became the president of Russia on Dec 31, 1999 under bleak conditions,
and his success should be measured by the progress in the last eighteen years.
Here are 7 ways in which Putin has made Russia great again:

- Grew GDP 10-Fold (1000%) From 1999 to 2013 ..

- Tamed Hyper-Inflation ..

- Reduced the Debt ..

- Vastly Increased Foreign and Gold Reserves ..

- Built a Strong Economy

There is no better testimony to the strength of the Russian economy than how
it not only survived the US/EU sanctions, a whopping 65% drop in oil price
and a ruthless attack on the Ruble by Wall Street ... but came out stronger.
Throughout 2014, 2015 and even 2016, western pundits kept assuring us that
Russia would collapse any moment. ..

The links <https://sott.net/en391148>

Alas (for them) all their gloom and doom predictions failed to materialize.
.. Under Putin, Russia has set records in grain production and has become #1
in the export of wheat, which again is quite an accomplishment ..

- Putin Made Russia a Global/Geopolitical Power

According to the US media, Putin is a thug, a tyrant, a killer, a Hitler and
every other sensational adjective the media normally uses for the enemies of
the Empire. However, if Russia is so poor and Putin is so evil, how come all
the global leaders schmooze with him and visit Moscow on a regular basis? ..

From the Middle East to Central Asia, Putin has amassed vast prestige and
power for Russia .. Putin's smart partnership with China has benefited both,
since they complement one another. Putin brings people and nations together,
unlike the West which is focused on "divide and rule."

- Made Russia Military Mighty

In the 1990's, the Russian military has been decimated and the soldiers
weren't even getting paid regularly. The Russians were so demoralized ..
Putin revived the military, turbo-charged Russia's technological prowess,
and restored national pride. The new military jets (introduced since 2011)
- Su-30, Su-35 etc. - are, by some estimations, better than their American
counterparts. Russia's new tank, T-14 Armata, which is now under production,
is one of the best tanks in the world by all accounts. In Syria, Putin
surprised the west with Russia's new precision missiles that could be
launched from ships. Russia's missile defense systems - S300 and S400 -
built under Putin, are one of the most coveted in the world. Finally, Putin
has developed hypersonic missiles which are so fast (4000 mph) that they
can overcome any missile defense system.

Most of all, Putin achieved all this while spending a fraction of what the
US does ($50 billion versus $760 billion per year). ..

- Putin Embraces Christianity and Traditionalism ..

Read more <https://sott.net/en391148>

...

Russia cannot afford to 'embrace Christianity' too much simply because Russia
is multi-confessional in religious sense. About 15% of Russians are of Muslim
culture, you know. We also have some Buddhist regions and Jewish community.

The prevailing policy in Russia is to restrain radicalism from whatever party
it may emanate, whether it would be 'progressives' or 'reactionaries'. The way
it's implemented is actually far from what the 'western' progressives tend to
be hysterical about, but it's also not what your right-wing conservatives tend
to imagine. It's also region-specific.

The cited text prises Putin in 'cult of personality' way, which isn't a proper
approach. Russian politics is a field where different interest groups are in
clash. The Kremlin, and Putin personally, has to play the role of mediator or
arbitrator, and generally follow popular demand and sentiment. If the Kremlin
abused 'authoritarianism' then approval ratings etc would go down, which would
be impossible to hide or compensate with the 'state propaganda'. Politically
interested people in Russia are much more informed than the ones in 'the west'

Those Russia's persons who go to complain to your mass media about incredible
Putin's horrors, usually are either 'western' own 'paid agents' or represent
marginal sectarian groups that do not have domestic support but still seek an
indecent way to affect the politics through the back door by smearing Russia's
image and begging your politicians to 'press' the Kremlin about something.
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Yalta: The most popular holiday destination ..
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RESILIENT RUSSIA

PaulR | JULY 25, 2018

.. Russia is perpetually on the brink of social unrest, instability,
and possibly even revolution. The apparent popularity of President
Vladimir Putin and the seeming strength of the Russian state are just
facades hiding a seething cauldron of discontent which is likely to
boil over the moment that the state opens up the lid by relaxing the
forces of repression. The 'Putin regime', in other words, is doomed.
It's just a matter of time.

You've no doubt read this sort of thing. It's pretty common. So too
is another type of analysis which maintains that Russia is stuck in
terminal economic decline. The only way out of this is 'deep
structural reform', but the ruling regime is incapable of carrying
out such reform, as it would undermine the interests of the
oligarchic clans which prop it up. Barring regime change, the only
way Russia can do is down.

The fact that the Putin regime stubbornly refuses to collapse or even
show any tangible signs of serious weakness doesn't deter pundits
from repeating these ideas. ..

Over the past decade, I've read so many variations .. All sorts of
reasons have been put forward to explain why the 'Putin regime' is
doomed .. So far, none of them have amounted to anything ..

...

You are still free to continue your fruitless meditation.
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How Putin made Russia Great Again
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RESILIENT RUSSIA
PaulR | JULY 25, 2018
.. Russia is perpetually on the brink of social unrest, instability,
and possibly even revolution. The apparent popularity of President
Vladimir Putin and the seeming strength of the Russian state are just
facades hiding a seething cauldron of discontent which is likely to
boil over the moment that the state opens up the lid by relaxing the
forces of repression. The 'Putin regime', in other words, is doomed.
It's just a matter of time.
You've no doubt read this sort of thing. It's pretty common. So too
is another type of analysis which maintains that Russia is stuck in
terminal economic decline. The only way out of this is 'deep
structural reform', but the ruling regime is incapable of carrying
out such reform, as it would undermine the interests of the
oligarchic clans which prop it up. Barring regime change, the only
way Russia can do is down.
The fact that the Putin regime stubbornly refuses to collapse or even
show any tangible signs of serious weakness doesn't deter pundits
from repeating these ideas. ..
Over the past decade, I've read so many variations .. All sorts of
reasons have been put forward to explain why the 'Putin regime' is
doomed .. So far, none of them have amounted to anything ..
...
You are still free to continue your fruitless meditation.
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How Putin made Russia Great Again
Alex Krainer wrote a book exposing the lies of the one-time American
Jew, now British Jew, William Browder who helped himself to Russia's
riches during its transformation.

Krainer was asked if he had been to Russia and to give some
impressions. He said his second trip was to St. Petersburg where he saw
no homelessness, no beggars and .... the only obese people he saw were
western tourists.

Terrible place this Putin's Russia!

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