Friday, January 23, 2015

Where Greece Will Be Going Next Week

In this interview, Yanis Varoufakis tells Paul Mason of Channel 4 News that when elected on Sunday to form the Government of Greece, Syriza will kick the arses of the oligarchs, exit the Eurozone and create a free press by tearing control of the media from the grip of the money power.

Wow, this could be worth watching. Americans, in particular, take note. 

LOL: Our Genius Elite

American Billionaire flies his two nannies to Davos, tells Americans to “have less things”


“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence”, said Jeff Greene, who got rich betting against sub-prime mortgage securities. More here

Meantime,

Around 1,700 private jets flying in to Davos… for World Economic Forum meeting to discuss climate change and global warming.

Target CEO's severance package exceeds that of entire Canadian workforce of 17,500

Controlling the political elite: Frequent fliers with Epstein's Paedophile Express

How the political elite think:


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Examining Key Premises in the “Je suis Charlie” Discourse

 By Jonathan Revusky

Pretty much all the public discussion of the [Charlie Hebdo] incident centres around a series of premises that, as far as I can see, do not withstand logical scrutiny. They include:

The premise that it is some kind of "core western value" to insult other people's religious beliefs.

If the "Je suis Charlie" crowd is to be believed, my right to draw a cartoon portraying the Virgin Mary as a street whore and her son Jesus pimping her, is of paramount importance, no matter how offensive other people find it. However, it is not important to be able to:

(i) have a public discussion of the implausibilities of the official story of 9/11

(ii) have intellectually honest discussion of the events of WW2, in particularly the atrocities in which Jews were the victims, i.e. the “Holocaust”.

(iii) even mention the power or organized world Jewry (and I mean, even mention it without bothering to say whether you think it is a good or bad thing, it is simply taboo to mention it.)

(iv) have serious discussion of issues like gender, ethnicity, race outside the imposed straight jacket of "political correctness”.

Why are the above topics of discussion taboo? Apparently, it is because such speech offends people. It is hurtful to them!!!???

This is a bizarre paradox and it baffled me for the longest while. Finally, I did resolve the conundrum. Apparently, in France, and in the West generally, unrestricted free speech is only important in the case of people, who, like the ageing hipster cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo, actually have nothing to say!

Read this article by Jonathan Revusky in full as published by the Saker.

Related: 
Vinyard of the Saker: We Are Not Charlie: A millon Muslims and Christians in the streets of Grozny

iPolitics: France’s free speech controversy lands in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Moon of Alabama: Liberté D´Expression?

Olga Chetverikova: Charlie Hebdo Slaughter: Tragic Lesson for Europe to Learn

John Chuckman: The Extremely Dark and Unexamined Underside of the Charlie Hebdo Affair

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Taking Imperialist Humbug to the Next Level: Forty US Stooges in Paris

Petro Porochenko of Ukraine took part in Paris photo-op to honor the staff of the Islamophobic magazine Charlie Hebdo murdered by terrorists (curiously described by President Hollande of France as "illuminé"), while Porochenko's army and Nazified militias continue murdering his own citizens in Donestsk.

Porochenko is one of 40 heads of state who are said to "lead a march of millions" in Paris. But the photos show something different: most of the greatest humbugs and hypocrites in the World, with the exception of the Peace Prize winner, O'Bomber, converged on Paris not to lead a march, but to participate in a photo op, well segregated from the teaming masses.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Arseney Yatsenyuk: Silly Arse, Hitlerian Liar or Obama's Stooge?

Thursday, January 8, Arseney Yatsenyuk on an official visit to Berlin, told an interviewer on German TV channel ARD that the USSR had kicked off the Second World War by invading Germany.

"All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany,"

which is absurd not only because few of the present population of Germany were born 70 years ago, or can, therefore,"still clearly remember" anything about the Soviet march on Berlin, but also because the implication that Russia's invasion of Germany was an act of aggression ignores the fact that it occurred after Hitler's Germany had:

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Is Putin Creating a New World Order? Oil Price Blowback


By Mike Whitney


CounterPunch, January 6, 2015:

“If undercharging for energy products occurs deliberately, it also effects those who introduce these limitations. Problems will arise and grow, worsening the situation not only for Russia but also for our partners.” – Russian President Vladimir Putin
It’s hard to know which country is going to suffer the most from falling oil prices. Up to now, of course, Russia, Iran and Venezuela have taken the biggest hit, but that will probably change as time goes on. What the Obama administration should be worried about is the second-order effects that will eventually show up in terms of higher unemployment, market volatility, and wobbly bank balance sheets. That’s where the real damage is going to crop up because that’s where red ink and bad loans can metastasize into a full-blown financial crisis. Check out this blurb from Nick Cunningham at Oilprice.com and you’ll see what I mean:

The Road to War With Russia

By Chris Martenson

Peak Prosperity, January 8 2015: For several weeks now the anti-Russian stance in the US press has quieted down. Presumably because the political leadership has moved its attention on to other things, and the media flock has followed suit.

Have you read much about Ukraine and Russia recently?

I thought not, despite the fact that there's plenty of serious action -- both there as well as related activity in the US -- going on that deserves our careful attention.

As I recently wrote, the plunging oil price is a potential catalyst for stock market turmoil and sovereign instability. Venezuela is already circling the drain, and numerous other oil exporters are in deep trouble as they foolishly expanded their national budgets and social programs to match the price of oil; something that is easy to do on the way up and devilishly tricky on the way down.

But consider the impact on Russia. From the Russian point of view, everything from their plunging ruble to bitter sanctions to the falling price of oil are the fault of the US, either directly or indirectly. Whether that is fair or not is irrelevant; that's the view of the Russians right now. So no surprise,  it doesn't dispose them towards much in the way of good-will towards the West generally, and the US specifically.

The fall in the price of oil is creating serious difficulties economically and financially for Russia. We'll get to those facets in a minute. But right now, I want to focus on the continued belligerence of the US towards Russia -- some of which is overt and some of which, you can be certain, is covert -- which could very well end up provoking a more kinetic and dangerous response than the West is prepared for.

Russia Forced To Act

Before anyone jumps in to say "Why are you defending Putin? He's a bad man", let me just say that I have been closely analyzing each move by Russia and the West since then President of Ukraine Yanukovych declined to sign the European Association Agreement back in November of 2013.
Based on the preponderance of evidence, its' clear to me that the West/US deserve the lion's share of the blame for the conflict that now rages with Ukraine and between Russia and the western world.

Read more 

Related:


Fort Russ: Yatsenyuk is a warmonger and a puppet of Ukrainian oligarchs - Bundestag deputy

Finian Cunningham: NATO Trips on Own Lies with U-Turn on ‘Russian Aggressor’

Zero Hedge: Mikhail Gorbachev Warns of Major (Nuclear) War In Europe Over Ukraine

Dmitry Orlov: US Is on Its Way out of Eurasia. What Trouble Will It Cook up as It Exits?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Police Killing: Wot, No Blood?

Here's a video at Live Leak (It was on You-Tube but soon deleted) showing a wounded police officer in Paris being shot by one gunmen responsible for the multiple murder at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Note the lack of blood, and the absence of either rifle recoil or reaction in the motion of the victim's head. Strange that, and rather different from the Zapruder movie images of the shooting of President Kennedy.

[A truculent commenter (Larchmonter) over at the saker's blog states from a claimed position of expertise that at close range no blood or spatter would be expected, and further points out that the shot was to the neck not the head, which may well be the case. Still the apparent lack of weapon recoil seems surprising if the shot was not a blank. But then my expertise, other than a knowledge of basic physics, is zilch. In which connection, it is interesting to discover the vehemence of those who condemn speculation that contradicts the official narrative, e.g., some seemingly rather dumb commenters over at Craig Murray's blog. Is that because most people have an essentially binary way of thinking — something must be either black or white, yes or no — so that to ask them to entertain a hypothesis causes serious cognitive difficulty? Or is it that are there are great many shills for the mainstream narrative? In either the case, the result is not a useful or intelligent discussion, just an exchange of bald assertions and stupid insults.]

 But not to worry about the lack of blood. Someone added it later (Thanks to Aangirfan for the link:
PARIS INSIDE JOB; JE SUIS CIA LIE.).



As the Sky News reporters states at 1:02

"You can see the blood on the ground that was put there because of the blood that was shed at this spot yesterday."

So what happened to the blood that was shed at this spot yesterday. Did someone scrub it off and then add fresh blood, or what?

But the Sky News report didn't last long on U-Tube. LOL.

It's a pity, though, that the video's gone as it prevents one from checking an interesting point made by LoopDLoop on the Let's Roll Forum. What he says is:
Notice anything?

The cars that are parked there are exactly the same. They have not been moved since the night before. You can clearly match them up. Starting from back up the street a little way there is: a large white van, followed by a small black car, followed by the large white rental van, followed by the small red car with the white sign on the side, followed by the grey car with the yellow roof, followed by a grey sedan.

Watch both videos clearly and you will agree: the same cars are parked in exactly the same locations. So, there can be no question about it: the film of the policeman being shot was certainly taken the day before.

So instead of speculating that it was shot months before, focus instead on the greater mystery: how could these same 5 or 6 cars have remained in exactly the same paid parking positions for over 24 hours in a busy Parisian street?

Suggestion: it's a controlled location.
If anyone has a link to the Sky News report on Live Leak or else where, I'd be glad if they'd pass it on so we can restore the video here.

Related:
 
U-Tube: Paris false flag. Nikolai Starikov 

Moon of Alabama: Paris - A Photo-Op For the Hypocrites

Multi-culturalism Has Failed


Yahoo: 25,000 attend German anti-Islam march, but counter-protests bigger

Yahoo: Erdogan blasts Netanyahu for 'daring' to attend Paris rally

FT: Russian and Turkish conspiracy theories swirl after Paris attacks

Paul Craig Roberts: Charlie Hebdo and Tsarnaev’s Trial: Cui bono?

The Saker: Brainwashed zombies and hypocrites
... Why is it that when all of Europe supported the Syrian Takfiris AND the Ukrainian Nazis 3 million of people did not take to the streets?

How many of those 3 million people and 40 heads of state really do not know that Takfirism has been lovingly and carefully nurtured, organized, financed, trained, federated, directed, supported, armed and protected by the AngloZionist Empire?

How many of those 3 million people and 40 heads of state really do not know that Takfirism is a golem which has two functions – to be unleashed against those who dare disobey the Empire and to terrify the people of the West into accepting a police state?
Fort Russ: Charlie Hebdo anti-Putin cartoons

Deep Resource: European ethnomasochism

Moon of Alabama: Some Additional Bits On The Hebdo Attack
The whole political outrage over "free speech" in this case is completely made up. There is no "free speech" in France or elsewhere in Europe or in the U.S. Most states have blasphemy and lèse-majesty laws. Additionally social laws are effectively in place against other speech issues. Just try to make a few public point about the racist colonizations project of some East European in west Asia and see the reaction. Hebdo Charles itself fired one of its writers for alleged anti-semitism ...
Refreshing News: Charlie Hebdo cartoons: In English

Tony Cartalucci: Paris Shooters Just Returned from NATO's Proxy War in Syria

The Saker: I am not Charlie

The Saker: France's 9/11

Thierry Meyssan: Who ordered the attack against Charlie Hebdo?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The British Royals: Is It Time to Give Them the Chop?

Above the ebb and flow of party strife, the rise and fall of ministries, and individuals, the changes of public opinion or public fortune, the British Monarchy presides, ancient, calm and supreme within its function, over all the treasures that have been saved from the past and all the glories we write in the annals of our country.
Winston Churchill.
There are many excellent reasons for a constitutional monarchy, among them that it discourages megalomania on the part of the head of government. Under Britain's constitutional monarchy, David Cameron, a rather inconsequential public relations flack, on becoming Prime Minister, remained "Mr." Cameron and became resident at No. 10 Downing Street, rather than becoming President Cameron, resident at the Palace. Moreover, under the British constitution, Mr. Cameron, though head of the British government, possesses no power to declare any government measure law, since no law comes into effect without the assent of the monarch.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hating Vladimir Putin and Russia

By Boyd D. Cathay

Unz Review, December 29, 2014: Anyone who has followed the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe and Ukraine knows the very hostile view that the establishment news media and Washington political class have of President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his policies. In the halls of Congress and in the mainstream press—almost every night on Fox News—serious charges are proffered against Russia’s president and his latest outrages. Sanctions and bellicose measures get enacted by the House and Senate overwhelmingly, with only meagre opposition and almost no serious discussion.

The mainstream American media and American political leaders seem intent to present only a one-sided, very negative picture of the Russian leader.

Various allegations are continually and repeatedly expressed.

How do these charges stand up under serious examination? What is their origin? And, what do they say about the current political and cultural environment in America and the West?

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Putin on the Decadence of the West
(Or why Putin is hated by the liberal-left)

Another serious challenge to Russia’s identity is linked to events taking place in the world. Here there are both foreign policy and moral aspects. We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their historic roots, including the Christian values that constitute the very basis of Western civilisation. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual. They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan. The excesses of political correctness have reached the point where people are seriously talking about registering political parties whose aim is to promote paedophilia. People in many European countries are embarrassed or afraid to talk about their religious affiliations. Holidays are abolished or even called something different; their essence is hidden away, as is their moral foundation. And people are aggressively trying to export this model all over the world. I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation and primitivism, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis. What else but the loss of the ability to self-reproduce could act as the greatest testimony of the moral crisis facing a human society? Today almost all developed nations are no longer able to reproduce themselves, even with the help of unlawful migration. Without the values embedded in Christianity, without the standards of morality that have taken shape over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity. We consider it natural and right to defend these values. One must respect every minority’s right to be different, but the rights of the majority must not be put into question.

Related:

CanSpeccy: American Imperialism Versus Russian Nationalism: The Great Role Reversal

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sanctions on Russia: Punishing Your Friends and Enemies Alike

In a post concerning Western sanctions on Russia, Mike (MIsh) Shedlock refers to an an interview with CNN, during which President Obama said that the US-led Western economic sanctions on Moscow are working, and credited the American-led effort with a downturn in Russia’s economy and the decline of its currency.

But then the President admitted that Russia has yet to pull back from its "aggressive posture" in Ukraine, which is to say Russia has not reversed its aquiescence to the request by the autonomous government of Crimea for accession to the Russian Federation, a request based on an overwhelming positive referendum vote.

In other words, the sanctions have so far entirely failed to achieve their alleged purpose.

Energy Economics and the Price of Oil

The World will never run out of oil. The OPEC countries alone, which currently deliver 30% of the World's supply, have reserves sufficient to meet 100% of world demand for more than 30 years. But new discoveries and continual improvements in recovery efficiency — currenly only around 40% — imply that OPEC will have vast oil reserves 30 years from now even if they were to triple production from today onward.

At the current price of $55–60 per barrel, OPEC is collecting a tidy profit on oil produced at a cost of $25–30 on-shore or $40–50 off-shore, which raises the question: why should prices ever return to the $100-plus range of recent years?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hating Russians on Cue from the Western Mass Media

the Saker has a pretty scary piece entitled Oh how much they hate and fear Russia and Putin, which prompted several people to comment on the depth of hatred for Russia in the Western world.

But, in fact, Westerners don't in any meaningful way hate Russians. How could they? They know essentially nothing about Russia. They simply hate whoever they are told to hate. That's the essence of Western democracy. The elite brainwash the mass to think whatever the elite want them to think and to vote for whatever the elite intend to do. Right now, hating Russians is what is called for from the West's brainwashed masses.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Update: the Empire's Assault on Russia

Tony Cartalucci: The Feeding Frenzy Begins: Foreign Bankers Descend on Ukraine

Mike Whitney: The US-Saudi Economic Attack on Russia is a Risky Gambit
But who cares? The warmonger elite who planned the attack will no doubt have adjusted their investment portfolio to take advantage of the predictable carnage in oil stocks, vulnerable banks, foreign currencies, etc. If Western economies are damaged, so what? All nations, not just Ukraine and Russia, are to be subordinated to the interests of the international plutocratic elite, so the Machiavellians pulling the strings couldn't care less if the common  folk or non-elite controlled businesses in the West take some heavy hits as a result of their machinations.
UkraineWar.info: Shooting Down MH 17 – BUK 312 Story False Says Ukraine Crew Member

UkraineWar.info: Rostov’s MH17 flight data

Pat Buchanan: Putinism Is on the Rise Across the Globe

Fort Russ: Ukraine Begins to “Turchinovize” its Army

Deep Resource: Vicky, Fuck-the-EU, Newland and the New World Ordure

Thierry Meyssan: How Vladimir Putin upset NATO's Strategy

Paul Craig Roberts: The US Rigging Markets in the War for World Domination

William Engdahl: The Secret Stupid Saudi-US Deal on Syria

CanSpeccy: They will be assimilated, Resistance is futile

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Rouble Collapse: Paranoid Perception Versus Economic Reality

The Russian rouble has fallen to half its summertime value versus the US dollar, which during the same period has strengthened by around ten percent against a basket of other currencies (mainly the Euro, the Yen and the pound sterling).

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Many with Russian sympathy attribute the decline to the evil machinations of the United States of Aggression. Collaspsenik, Dmitry Orlov blames Putin for being too liberal. He should, so Orlov thinks, stiff those pesky Western bankers by halting foreign debt repayment until Western sanctions on Russia are lifted.

The Saker holds that the "real problem is the lack of credibility of the Russian Central Bank and the Kremlin. Thus the key factor in the fall of the Ruble is distrust of the Russian authorities." Many commenting on the Saker's blog seem to take a similarly psychological view of the problem.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Canada Prepares for War in Europe: Sends Military Police to Kiev

"Non-lethal" Canadian aid the the Kiev Fascists: Source
The Harper government is seeking deeper ties with Ukraine's Kiev junta, and has signed an agreement aimed at broad military cooperation. As part of this agreement, Canada has sent a team that will seek training opportunities with Ukrainian forces in the areas of military police, medical personnel and "personal protective measures," although, according to the CBC report, neither the minister of Defense, Rob Nicholson, nor the Department of National Defence "could (would?) say what that meant in practical terms."

As we wrote in August, Nazi Nato appears to be setting the stage for a proxy war with Russia, a project in which Canada is a full participant. As a correspondent identified as Larchmonter 445 quoted by the Saker asks:
In the context of US cruise missiles into Poland and 100 US tanks into Latvia, also right on the Russian border, how do you interpret these developments?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If you wondered How Low the US and Its Allies Have Sunk in Hypocrisy and Brutality, Read This

Yes, National Review, We Did Execute Japanese for Waterboarding


By Paul Belaga

Huffington Post, May 25, 2011: In a CNN debate with Ari Fleischer, I said the United States executed Japanese war criminals for waterboarding. My point was that it is disingenuous for Bush Republicans to argue that waterboarding is not torture and thus illegal. It's kind of awkward to argue that waterboarding is not a crime when you hanged someone for doing it to our troops. My precise words were: "Our country executed Japanese soldiers who waterboarded American POWs. We executed them for the same crime we are now committing ourselves." Mr. Fleischer, ordinarily the most voluble of men, was tongue-tied. The silence, rare in cable debates, spoke volumes for the vacuity of his position.

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Now Mark Hemingway of the National Review Online has asserted that I was wrong. I bookmark NRO and read it frequently. It's smart and breezy -- but on this one it got its facts wrong.
Mr. Hemingway assumed I was citing the case of Yukio Asano, who was convicted of waterboarding and other offenses and sentenced to 15 years hard labor -- not death by hanging. Mr. Hemingway made the assumption that I was referring to the Asano case because in 2006 Sen. Edward Kennedy had referred to it. (Sen. Kennedy accurately described the sentence as hard labor and not execution, by the way.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dumb Lefties — Left Handers, That Is

My present topic is not politics but handedness. In particular the findings of a recent investigation that left-handers are deficient in cognitive skills, have higher rates of mental and behavioral disability than normal people, and earn less.

As a lefty, this comes as a shock, brought up as I have been to the idea that we lefties are smarter than the right-handed mass. For example, among left-handed rulers there was Ramses II, whose reign is considered by many historians to mark the pinnacle of Egyptian art and culture; Alexander the Great, conqueror of the Persian Empire; Charlemagne, who invented joined-up writing, while founding an empire that set Western Europe on the march from stinking backwater to dominant global power; and, in Washington, DC, sometimes identified as the home of a "vast left-handed conspiracy," four of the last five US presidents (George Dubya Bush being the exception).

Gold Is Not Money

Speaking before the spooky Council on Foreign Relations, Former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank, Alan Bubbles Greenspan, said:
Gold is a currency. It is still, by all evidence, a premier currency.
So what's a currency?

It is:
A system of money in general use in a particular country.
And what's money?

 It is:
something (such as coins or bills) used as a way to pay for goods and services and to pay people for their work 
So where is gold used to buy a pair of shoes, a loaf of bread, a Boeing airliner?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ukraine Update

Russia Insider:
EU Seeks Russian Aid to Ukraine While Sanctioning Russia for Its Actions in Ukraine. LOL



Deep Resource:
Crimea for Dummies

James Petras:
The Rise of German Imperialism and the Phony “Russian Threat”

Moscow Times:
Crimean Government Steps Up Confiscation of Beachfront Property Stolen by Kiev Officials

Deep Resource:
Putin and Hollande Meet at a Moscow Airport

BBC:
When 1,000 people have died in less than three months, when civilians cower in basements and tens of thousands more flee their homes we can no longer speak of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
And here's the Obama-backed Nazified President Porshenko boasting that forcing children to cower in basements is how Ukraine will win the war



Fort Russ:
Has Hollande Been Cured of the Bulgarian Syndrome by Putin and Nazarbaev?

John Pilger:
Weaponized media target Russia

Russia-Insider:
Ukraine’s New American Finance Minister Lost $100 Million of US Taxpayer Funds

BBC:
Source
Merkel condemns Russia 'interfering' in Eastern Europe
Merkel the NeoCon mouthpeace: only the US and its puppets to interfere in Eastern Europe

AP:
French president supports autonomy for Ukraine’s southeast
Better to face reality late than never.

WUFYS:
Bulgarian nationalist party leader proposes referendum on NATO and EU exit
US commanded sanctions and blocked Russian pipeline projects in response to Russia's response to the American-inspired Kiev coup, seem to be hurting EU nations and the integrity of the EU more than they hurt Russia or threaten Russian unity.

AP:
French leader reaches out to Putin in Moscow

Arkady Molev:
You who chase the Nazi criminals all over the world… how can you miss the Lviv Nazi Renaissance? 

Putin Quote (via Pravda):
This little country America, relies on foreign oil and is telling the whole world and us what to do. Never mind that we're the largest country in the world with our own resources of oil and gas that can supply every nation. America, trillions in debt printing paper money while we have a vast gold supply and trillions in reserves. America has forgotten history. Hitler with millions of soldiers could not conquer us. We met the Nazis face to face and pushed them back to Berlin. A country like the US that overthrows governments for corporate interests like the coup in Kiev will be overthrown in the end.
Deep Resource:
War Again in Europe? Not in Our Name!

Tyler Durden:
Kissinger Warns "We Need A New World Order"; Ukraine Should Forget Crimea & NATO

Patrick L. Smith:
New York Times propagandists exposed: Finally, the truth about Ukraine and Putin emerges

John Mearsheimer:
Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault — The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin

Monday, December 1, 2014

Russia's Puny Economy and Dying Population

In August, while speaking with John Micklethwait and Edward Carr from The EconomistPresident Obama remarked:
Russia doesn’t make anything. Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy of the Russian male is around 60 years old. The population is shrinking.
Russia's puny economy and general decline is a common theme among those who disparage Russia. For example, in discussing the threat posed by Russia to European security, former UK Ambassador Craig Murray recently blogged:
Russia is not a great power. Its total GDP is about the same as Spain’s – and Spain is pretty knackered. Russia has even less economic clout as a basis for world domination than the UK. Russia’s economy is not diversified. It is over-dependent on raw commodity production and export.  ...  It will not be long before Poland plus the Baltic states are economically stronger than Russia.
Let's consider these claims. OK, Russia doesn't make anything except, um:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Russophobia and Nationalism, the Tinder to Ignite WW III

Ukrainians, we are to understand, hate the Russkies. Why? Well, so we are now being told, it is because Stalin, who was in fact a native of Georgia, not Russia, killed so many of them, intellectuals and peasants alike: the Holodomor, the forced labor, the Gulag, etc.

But in fact, this rather ancient history seems to have little to do with it. Rather, Russophobia in Ukraine seems to be an extremely recent phenomenon. Thus, for example, in 2010, a Pew Trust survey found a large majority of Ukrainians believed that they had been better off under the Soviet Union, i.e., under Russian domination, than under the post-Soviet "free enterprise" regime.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Plain Language, Better English

How often do you use words the meaning of which you do not know — Excruciating, for example, or abject, or that favorite of headline writers, lurid?

Yes, you may use those words appropriately, which is to say in accordance with common usage, but do you really know what they mean?

Perhaps you do, but most people, it seems, do not. The Reuters headline: Horror film "Buried" an excruciating experience, for example, nicely demonstrates the incomprehending and absurd use of a multisyllabic Latinate adjective.

Excruciating is a word derived from the Latin ex, out of or from, and cruciare, to crucify. Now to be buried alive must certainly be horrific, but few would imagine it to be closely comparable to the torment of crucifixion. To be buried alive is to be cast into darkness, crushed and suffocated. To liken live burial with crucifixion thus robs the word excruciating of useful meaning. It makes it merely another in a long list of rather meaningless intensifiers, its only merit being its multisyllablicity, to coin a term, that makes it hiss, pop and slither off the tongue.

Monday, November 24, 2014

American Imperialism Versus Russian Nationalism: The Great Role Reversal

Anyone trying to understand why international tensions are rising and why the World appears to be lurching toward a nuclear showdown between East and West needs to understand not only the difference between Russia and America in self-identification and foreign policy objectives, but also how those differences have so recently changed.

Russia, under the Bolsheviks, was a godless tyranny driven by an ambition for global conquest to be achieved by any means. Confronting Soviet Communism, America was a largely Christian nation constitutionally committed to individual liberty, democracy and human rights.

Today, Russia has restored the Orthodox Christian church (which dates back over 1000 years to the baptism of Vladimir of Kiev in 988), eschews imperial ambitions, and functions politically under a constitution that recognizes human rights, and provides for local self-government and the democratic election of President and Parliament.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

How Canada's Government Came to Love Ethnic Cleansers Wearing Swastikas

Canada's Foreign Minister, John Baird. 
Currently working feverishly, according to the CBC, in preparation to bomb Syria, while continuing a bombing mission without regard for the death of civilians in Iraq, John Baird nevertheless took time from his busy schedule to pen a diatribe for the (Toronto) Star against Vladimir Putin for his "aggression" in Ukraine (reader comments worth noting).

Russia, claims Baird, is guilty of murderous aggression in the Ukraine that has cost an estimated 4000 lives. But in fact, all that Russia has so far done is allow volunteer fighters and gifts of arms and ammunition to flow across the border with Ukraine in support of the self-defence forces of the people of Eastern Ukraine, ethnic Russians threatened with extermination by their own government.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Myth of Western Democracy

Accountability through periodic free and fair elections is a good thing in itself, apart from any effects it may have on the quality of government or economic growth. The right to participate politically grants recognition to the moral personhood of the citizen, and exercise of that right gives that person some degree of agency over the common life of the community. The citizen may make poorly informed or bad decisions, but the exercise of political choice in and of itself is an important part of human flourishing.

Francis Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay
The above statement must be among the most inane to have been uttered by a serious student of the political order. From a scholar of the stature of Francis Fukuyama it is simply preposterous and is explicable only as the price of publication in today's globalist world order, where the money power controls almost every avenue of public expression, including book publication.

Carroll Quigley, the historian of the New World Order, stated in a lecture on The Mythology of American Democracy:
Democracy is not the highest political value. Speeches about democracy and the democratic tradition might lead you to think this is the most perfect political system ever devised. That just isn't true. There are other political values which are more important and urgent—security, for example. And I would suggest that political stability and political responsibility are also more important.

In fact, I would define a good government as a responsible government. In every society there is a structure of power. A government is responsible when its political processes reflect that power structure, thus ensuring that the power structure will never be able to overthrow the government. If a society in fact could be ruled by a minority because that elite had power to rule and the political system reflected that situation by giving governing power to that elite, then, it seems to me, we would have a responsible government even though it was not democratic.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Suicidal Collapse of Western Civilization?

...it is cultural suicide, which adds to economic suicide and spells doom for the future of Western Europe. I have in mind here the heavy immigration from Islamic nations -- with most immigrants unwilling to adjust to the prevailing culture of the host country.

By Fred Singer

The American Thinker, November 16, 2014; My background is basically European -- and more specifically, Western European. I have lived and worked in many of those countries, and I know most of the major cities intimately -- from Stockholm in the north, Newcastle, London, Paris, The Hague, Munich, Vienna, to Rome and Erice, Sicily in the south. I have also spent several months in Moscow and in Jerusalem as a guest of academic institutions.

Economic Suicide

The ongoing economic suicide of Europe is based on a faulty understanding of the climate issue by most Western politicians and on their extreme policy response, based on emotion rather than logic and science. The major European economies have reacted irrationally to contrived, unjustified fear of imagined global-warming disasters.

Perhaps I should explain that the climate has not been warming for the past 18 years -- and even if it had been warming, it would be no disaster. The EU wants to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a natural plant-fertilizer, by 40% within 15 years — by 2030. This insane drive to replace energy sources from fossil fuels that release plant-friendly CO2 into the atmosphere has led to greatly increased costs of energy. As is well understood, such actions not only hurt economic growth, but they increase poverty levels and therefore threaten the social fabric of these nations.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Weakness of Russia: What Putin Must Do

By James Petras

The US-EU sponsored coup in the Ukraine and its conversion from a stable Russian trading partner, to a devastated EU economic client and NATO launch pad, as well as the subsequent economic sanctions against Russia for supporting the Russian ethnic majority in the Donbas region and Crimea, illustrate the dangerous vulnerability of the Russian economy and state.

The current effort to increase Russia’s national security and economic viability in the face of these challenges requires a critical analysis of the policies and structures emerging in the post-Soviet era.

Pillage as Privatization

The James Petras Website, November 8, 2014: Over the past quarter century, several trillion dollars worth of public property in every sector of the Russian economy was illegally transferred or violently seized by gangster-oligarchs acting through armed gangs, especially during its ‘transition to capitalism’.

From 1990 to 1999, over 6 million Russian citizens died prematurely as a result of the catastrophic collapse of the economy; life expectancy for males declined from 67 years during the Soviet era to 55 year during the Yeltsin period. Russia’s GNP declined sixty percent – a historic first for a country not at war. Following Yeltsin’s violent seizure of power and his bombing of the Russian parliament, the regime proceeded to ‘prioritize’ the privatization of the economy, selling off the energy, natural resources, banking, transport and communication sectors at one-tenth or less of their real value to well-connected cronies and foreign entities. Armed thugs, organized by emerging oligarchs “completed” the program of privatization by assaulting, murdering and threatening rivals. Hundreds of thousands of elderly pensioners were tossed out of their homes and apartments in a vicious land-grab by violent property speculators. US and European academic financial consultants “advised” rival oligarchs and government ministers on the most “efficient” market techniques for pillaging the economy, while skimming off lucrative fees and commissions –fortunes were made for the well-connected. Meanwhile, living standards collapsed, impoverishing two thirds of Russian households, suicides quadrupled and deaths from alcoholism, drug addiction, HIV and venereal diseases became rampant. Syphilis and tuberculosis reached epidemic proportions – diseases fully controlled during the Soviet era remerged with the closure of clinics and hospitals.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All the News the Mainstream Media Want You to Forget

President Porky Declares War on His Own People

Vinyard of the Saker: The Nazi plan for Novorussia: children bombed into basements and total war

Kiev's Latest Failed Assault on Eastern Ukraine

Fort Russ: The failed Ukrainian blitzkrieg that everyone failed to notice

Fatal Mistake, Did Kissinger say? 

 Yes, according to many news sources

Funny thing, though, in Spiegel's English translation, "fatal mistake" has become a mere "mistake." Nothing to worry about, then, folks.

Germans, En Masse, Abandon Germany's CIA-Bought Mass Media

Russia Insider: Germans Turn on Lying News Sites

Ukie Nazi Warriors Acknowledge Brit Alliance

Independent: White widow 'dead': Reports Samantha Lewthwaite killed in Ukraine dismissed as false

The White Widow, Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of alleged 7/7 London Tube train bomber Lindsay Germaine, is wanted by Interpol in connection with the planned bombings in Kenya. Concerning reports Lewthwaite had been killed by a Russian sniper while fighting with the Ukie Aidar battallion, the Independent reports:
Aidar commander Sergiy Melnychuk told BuzzFeed News the reports were false. He said: “We don’t have any white widows, and nor could we. They’re [the Russians} trying to drive a wedge between us and our British allies.”
So there's confirmation that the Brits are aiding the Nazis in the Ukraine civil war.

Bollocks from the New World Ordure: SEAL Who Claims To Have Killed Bin-Laden a Liar Says Fellow Warrior 

Mail Online. EXCLUSIVE - SEALS AT WAR: Fellow warriors brand Rob O'Neill a LIAR after he claims he was the shooter who fired three bullets into Bin Laden's head.

LOL. Liars lying about the lies they've told.

Related:  Bin Laden died in 2001


Loony Conspiracy Theory — Not?

ALEX JONES: GOVERNMENT HAD OSAMA BIN LADEN FROZEN FOR YEARS

How Mid-Term Elections Affect Obama

Finian Cunningham. America’s Moribund Democracy a Harbinger of More War: 
"With Republican control over the Congress, US President Barack Obama is now a lame-duck leader who can’t even quack."

How a Girl From Small-Town British Columbia Exposed JP Morgan's Humungus Mortgage Theft

Meet Alayne Fleischmann, the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking


Matt Taibbi: The nine-billion-dollar witness.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Benign Genocide of the Western Nations: The Role of Planned Reproductive Dysfunction

The Saker has a post on "Western Sexual Dysfunction," prompted by the MSM's bizarre interpretation of a courteous gesture by Vladimir Putin's toward the wife of Chinese President Xi, during this month's APEC meeting in Beijing.

Putin "hits on" Obama? Source
"Putin Hits on Chinese First Lady," blares the Council on Foreign Relations magazine Foreign Policy — an obvious absurdity picked up by other news outlets. Oddly, the same theme has not been repeated by the media in the context of Putin's friendly pat on Obama's shoulder at the same APEC meeting. But perhaps such an interpretation would raise unbecoming questions about Obama's sexual orientation.

According to the Saker, the West's sexual problems are cultural and religious in origin. But a more parsimonious explanation is that Wesstern sexual dysfunction has been deliberately induced to serve the purpose of the New World Order.

Sexual dysfunction has to be gauged primarily according to its reproductive consequences. By that measure, the West is severely sexually dysfunctional, with the indigenous majority in virtually every Western state having a fertility rate well below the replacement rate of 2.1.

In Greece and Bosnia, for example, the locals are rapidly approaching extinction with a fertility rate of only 1.3. Germany, Italy and Bosnia are headed for oblivion too, with a fertility rate of only 1.4.

By the same standard, the Russians are doing slightly better with a fertility rate of 1.6 but not as well as the Brits and the Americans who appear to be maintaining something close to population stability with a fertility rate of 1.9.

But the latter figure conceals the extent to which the native born are losing out to immigrants. For example, in Britain, native-born mothers match the poor performance of Russian women with a fertility rate of 1.6, whereas Libyan immigrants are hitting 5.6. Many other immigrant groups are well over 4.0, and Bangladeshi mothers, at 3.9, are doing much better than their sisters back home in Bangladesh.

This process of benign genocide is the result of a toxic culture, which protects the right to the slaughter of the unborn, holds in high regard billionaire pornographers such as Rupert Murdoch and Silvio Berlusconni, and makes instruction in fellatio part of the school curriculum.

Some may attribute such decline to undue permissiveness or the abandonment of religion. But the process of Western genocide, both racial and cultural, is too systematic for that. Rather it is more reasonably understood as the result of a deliberate policy to destroy the powerful Western nation states, the better to subordinate them to the Anglo-Zionist New World Order, with its oligarch-owned pseudodemocracy.

Putin's Russia, where the fertility of the native born has rebounded from a 1999 low of less than 1.2, being resistant to covert destruction, is in line for subordination by harsher measures.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Feminist Flakes

UK Labor MP, Harriet Harman and UK Liberal-Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg sporting forty-five-quid feminist T-shirts.
Here are the women in Mauritius who made the shirts. They earn sixty-two cents and hour and sleep 16 to a dorm. 

Not only does Ms. Harman, the woman on the left, seem to be a phony feminist quite happy enjoy the fruits of the sweated labor of her brown-skinned sisters in Mauritius, but she seems to have a contempt for civil rights in general having been closely affiliated with the National Council for Civil Liberties, an organization with scant regard for the welfare of children targeted by paedophiles.

Nicky Clogg, the woman on the right, also appears to have little regard for the welfare of children targeted by paedophiles, having rejected calls for an inquiry into reports of a Westminster "child sex ring."

Interestingly, despite their reported poverty, those Mauritian garment workers manage to look a lot better dressed than that pair of rich old women in T-shirts.

Source:

RedPillTimes:
T-ShirtGate. The DailyMail UK exposes feminism for what it really is…a wealthy, white women, elitist, power club

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Myths of the Globalist New World Order: Did German Nationalism Really Cause Two World Wars?

Nationalism is the enemy of empire. Genocide, the destruction of the racial and cultural identity of the nation states, is thus an essential policy of the New World Order.

The European nation states, subordinates of the US hegemon since WWII, are already in an advanced stage of dissolution as racially and culturally distinct communities. The process of universal genocide is driven by a combination of anti-natalist policies, including mass slaughter of the unborn and state-mandated education in the arts and perversions of non-reproductive sex, combined with unrestricted immigration and state-enforced multiculturalism. As a result, the indigenous peoples of Europe are already isolated cultural and even linguistic minorities in many cities including London, Oslo, and Marseilles.

Now Russia as an independent nation state is targeted for destruction by the forces of the New World Order. The assault is both internal and external. Internally, Russia is attacked by means of US-backed fifth columnists such as the punk anti-Christian group, Pussy Riot, and oligarch traitors and opportunists such as Mikhail Khodorkovsky.  Externally Russia is attacked both economically, by means of US-EU sanctions and other machinations to undermine Russia's foreign trade relationships; and militarily, including the the US-inspired genocidal assault on ethnic Russians in Ukraine, and subversion among non-Russian minorities, such as the Tartars and Chechens, within the Russian Federation.

To keep the ball rolling, unrelenting propaganda glorifying the historical necessity of globalization under a system of Western democracy while demeaning independent sovereign nations spews from the corporate-controlled founts of news and entertainment and the state-controlled educational establishment.

Francis Fukuyama, of Stanford, Johns Hopkins and George Mason Universities, the Rand Corporation and the State Department is among the more prominent scholarly propagandists for globalization. In his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man he argued that Western liberal democracy marked the end of human sociocultural evolution and thus the end of international conflict.

Since publication of the book was followed by the seemingly endless "War Against Terror," the rise of ethnocentric nationalism in Europe, and the current US-NATO effort to dismantle the Russian Federation, the timing if Fukuyama's book declarating the arrival of the era of global governance, cultural uniformity and racial homogenization  was not ideal. Indeed it earned the author some ridicule. But undeterred, in his latest work, Political order and Political Decay — a curious mishmash of ideas and information on topics ranging from the rise of the Mafia to the origins of the US Forest Service, Fukuyama does not neglect the role of a globalist shill. Otto von Bismarck (German Minister President, Foreign Minister and later Chancellor from 1862 until 1890), Fukuyama writes, "forged a modern German nation through war, and unleashed an aggressive nationalism that culminated in the two World wars."

So there you have it. The sovereign nation state is a great and abiding evil that must be eradicated to make way for a New World Order, under which the entire world will live for evermore in liberal democratic harmony, consuming junk food and Internet porn, each self-actualizing individual boosting their self-esteem by Tweeting and Face-book posting to the vast profit of oligarchs who, reportedly, view their clients as "dumb fucks".

But was German nationalism really the cause of two World Wars?

Well, actually, no.

World War 1 was a direct result, not of German, but of Serbian nationalism. The trigger for war was the assassination in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian imperial throne. The assassin, Gavrilo Princip, was a Serb nationalist backed by the Serbian state, which sought to incite a nationalist revolt among the slavs of Bosnia as a step toward the creation of a greater Serbia at the expense of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires.

Gavrilo Princip, a Serb nationalist, killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife
Austria-Hungary responded by declaring war on Serbia with the assurance of German support. What motivated Kaiser Willhelm's decision was not some upsurge of aggressive German nationalism. Rather, it was the belief that if a generally expected wider European war were to break out it was better that it break out before Russia completed its ongoing military build-up, the sequel to humiliating defeat by Japan in the war of 1904–05, and before Germany's only significant ally, the crumbling Austro-Hungarian empire, had grown even weaker.

Moreover, whatever Germany's responsibility for World War 1, neither the Kaiser nor his Chancellor wished for a general war. On the contrary, both hoped that if Austria-Hungary dealt promptly with Serbia, other European powers would accept the action without intervention, or that if a prompt settlement of the dispute were not achieved, Germany and Britain might somehow work out a deal to prevent other powers being dragged in.

And it was Russia, not Germany, that took the step that made a general conflagration inevitable. By declaring war on Austria-Hungary, nominally in support of their Serbian co-ethnics, but motivated also, if not mainly, by hopes of imperial conquest at the expense of Austria-Hungary and the Turkish Empire, Russia's action tripped the switch that made war between Triple Alliance (Germany, Austro-Hungary and Italy) and the Triple Entente (France, Russia and Britain) obligatory upon all parties.

In launching the war, Russia was strenuously urged on by the French, who hoped that, with Germany crushed by the weight of Russia's huge army, France could recover from Germany the territory of Alsace-Lorraine annexed to Prussia following the war of 1870–71.

Appalled once the reality of war emerged, the German Kaiser engaged in futile last-minute appeals to his cousin Tzar Nicholas II to halt the war on Austria-Hungary. He also attempted to halt implementation of Germany's strategic plan, which required an immediate and massive attack on France with the aim of knocking her out of the war at a stroke, before turning the weight of Germany's army against the slow-moving Russian behemoth. But by that time, Wilhelm, had ceased to count. The military, having received the command to advance, informed the Kaiser, falsely, as it now seems, that the strategic plan was immutable and irreversible. General war in Europe was the result.

Britain's declaration of war was delayed by liberals in cabinet who threatened resignation. However, Germany's strategic plan required not only an attack on France, but passage of the German army through Belgium, the neutrality of which had been guaranteed by all the European powers. Anxious to see their great power rival crushed, this breach of Belgian sovereignty, freed the war faction in Britain  to join the slaughter.

So much for German nationalism in 1914.

But what about 1939. Hitler's government was undoubtedly nationalist and undoubtedly aggressive. But German nationalism was by no means a key factor in the origins of the World War 2. Hitler never won more than 37% of the popular vote in a German election, he never gained a majority in the Reichstag, and after 1934, when he achieved power by backroom maneuvers involving manipulation of the senile chancellor, Field Marshall Hindenberg, he never gave Germans a chance to vote at all. So whether Germans under the Third Reich were nationalistic or not made little if any difference to German policy.

Rather, a strong argument can be made that Germany's dysfunctional and eventually pathological post World War 1 governments were a direct result of the stupidity of those who imposed on Germany terms of peace that included amputation from Germany of large tracts of territory with German majority populations and the imposition on Germany of a bill for vast and totally unpayable reparations.

Further a strong case can be made that Britain's policy of "appeasement," which entailed forcing Czechoslovakia to relinquish to Germany it's heavily fortified frontier region, provided Hitler with incitement to help himself to the rest of Czechoslovakia, which he promptly did. The result was to bring the hated German Nazis and the hated Russian Communists into direct confrontation, as may have been the objective of Neville Chamberlain's so-called appeasement policy.

Likewise, Britain's dishonored guarantee of Polish independence had a similar effect, perhaps intentionally so. With Britain's security guarantee in its pocket, the Polish government refused to negotiate Germany's demand for a corridor to the German city of Danzik on the Baltic coast. By such intransigence, Poland providing Hitler with motivation to join with Russia in the total destruction of Poland, an action the British resisted by dropping anti-war leaflets over Germany.

In response to questions about Britain's refusal to take effective action against Germany during the rape of Poland, Britain's Secretary of State for Air, Kingsley Wood, explained to astonished members of Parliament that the  Black Forest could not be bombed with incendiaries to burn German ammunition dumps there because the forest was "private property." He also explained that German munitions factories could not be bombed since the Germans might then do the same to British factories.

The implication that Britain sought to force the totalitarian powers into direct confrontation in the hope that it would lead to a war of mutual annihilation is compelling. But in any case, German nationalism, however much it may have been promoted by Hitler, did not drive Hitler's megalomanic plans. The nationalistic enthusiasm that greeted Hitler's early successes and which was vigorously stoked by the Nazi government may have discourage a coup d'état by responsible Germans who thought Hitler insane, but was never unanimous. Altogether, 77,000 Germans were executed during the war for resistance to Hitler, including Erwin Planck son Max Planck, the founder of quantum theory, and many religious figures including the Lutheran priest, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the Catholic Bishop, August von Galen.

Related:

Timeline of Events Prior to the Great War, 1870-1914