Category Archives: Russia

Whatever Happened To Capitalism?

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the decision of Chinese Communist leaders to embrace market economies was thought to signal the end of Communism, and the birth of a new world in which Capitalism was the new economic norm. That was then, and today is now. European economies are stagnant, right wing nuts blaming immigrants for the failures of capitalism are present in just about every European society. America has become a nation in which 1% control 22% of the wealth, and our top 5% control 44%. The gap grows wider between the average working stiff in America and his beloved suffering boss who devotes his time and money ensuring the election of conservatives who pray before the altar of the wealthy. Raising minimum wages is the first step on the road to communism, but lowering taxes on the wealthy is the best guarantee they will have more and more money. So, what is the story of modern Capitalism?

1. The number of low income people able to become middle class is falling. If you are born poor, so will your children live a life of poverty.

2. Capitalism is NOT producing jobs that pay a middle class wage for the average person.

3. The number of part time employees rises each year which ensures these workers will never enter the middle class.

To put it bluntly, Capitalism has failed to create a society in which each person, in reality, has a chance to economically advance. This basic claim of capitalism simply no longer is true.

Perhaps, it is time to revisit other forms of economic theory such as Socialism. Perhaps, we need a new economic system that incorporates the best ideas from Capitalism and from Socialism?

I await the ideas of a new Economic system that is designed to empower each person to rise to some higher economic status. Of one thing I am certain, this will NOT happen under a Capitalist system!!

Life In Putinland

There are stories that come from Russia which reveal the extent of how Vladimir Putin has transformed a budding democratic society into one where what the Great Leader says is truth must be the truth or decide to spend your life in some prison in Siberia. The entire staff of the State Central Museum of Cinema has resigned. Yes, the entire staff of trained professionals because they do not wish to work for someone who simply mouths of the ideas of Putin, the great expert on cinema. The entire staff claims that Putin appointed Lavria Solonitsya “has demonstrated her incompetence more and more.. the non-transparency of her decisions has come accompanied with a stubborn unwillingness to listen to the opinions of employees.”

What better description of President Vladimir Putin. Place an egomaniac in charge of the nation and he will appoint like thinking people to key jobs. Anyway, I assume these employees will be offered a nice job at a cinema in Siberia.

Putin Speaks, So Listen!!

Vlaimir Putin has spoken and I trust that Americans will listen to a man with an iron heart who does not fear any animal, let alone any human. There are unconfirmed reports he just came back from wrestling a bear and sending him flying away in fear. So, the Great Leader decided to offer some of his wise words both to the people of Russia and America. He wants the world to know that: “I don’t think the United States poses a threat to Russia.” Wow, now I can sleep peacefully knowing the most powerful man in the world does not expect to go to war against America! However, the All Wise one has some words of advice to the American people about Barack Obama: “I think the policies of the ruling elite(in America) are erroneous. I think they go against our(Russian) interests, and undermine trust in the United States.”

I think we Americans should pay attention to this man of the truth. If only he was in the White House, every Muslim terrorist would tremble in fear. Imagine the head of ISIS being challenged to a duel at high noon with the Black Belt leader of Russia! If only we had a Rambo in the White House instead of a guy who plays golf! How about asking Putin to come to America and become our leader? OK, so you gays might be a bit worried, but which is more important, disturbing gays or ending fear of terrorists??

Then again, this blog would end if Putin was in charge.

Obvious Is Obvious!

The German secret police, the BND, have concluded their investigation into the shooting down of the Malaysian plane, MH17 which was flying over Ukraine when a missile blasted it to pieces. According to our beloved leader, the Great Vladimir Putin, the reason for this disaster was evident–some Nazis emerged from their graves in Ukraine, grabbed a missile system and shot down the plane. If the Great One explains any event, it is always the truth. For some strange reason, these Germans,and please remember, they are Germans, simply will not accept the truth. The BND told a parliamentary committee that Ukraine separatists had captured a BUK air defense missile system at a Ukraine military base, and used it to shoot down the plane. Although over 100 Dutch citizens died in the crash, the Netherlands has not been actively pursuing any investigations of the disaster.

This report will be filed. German newspapers are filled with stories of anger. Vladimir Putin will pontificate once again about Nazis. And, in the end, this story will disappear into the black hole of never doing anything about evil men in our time. Frankly, the stakes are too high. Russia has nuclear weapons, and when a nation is in possession of such weapons of mass destruction, we simply gaze in another direction. Such is modern life.

Putin Pouts Demanding Defiance!

These are difficult days for President Vladimir Putin since the media is filled with stories about Ebola or bombings in Iraq or here in America, about illegal immigrants. No one appears to be thinking about Vladimir, nor do world leaders pay any attention to what he thinks concerning issues of the day. Imagine a week without the world focused on another of his threats and histrionics? Vladimir just had to issue another of his warnings of doom in order to shift attention to what he thinks. Putin is on his way to visit Serbia so he gave an interview to a Serbian newspaper. “We hope that our partners realize the futility of attempting to blackmail Russia,and remember what consequences between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability…Together with the sanctions against entire sections of our economy, this approach can be called nothing but hostile” I assume he is raising the possibility of a nuclear war. What is most amazing is that Russian political and military leaders do not rise up in anger at this wild man and his threats to bring destruction to their nation.

Putin history lesson:

1. Gangsters overthrew the government of Ukraine.
2. Thugs paid by the CIA seized control of Ukraine.
3. Putin, the man of peace intervened to protect Ukrainians.
4. OK, some airliner was shot down, but it was shot down by the CIA!

In other words, Putin is only seeking peace and justice. The man certainly has balls to utter this nonsense!

Putin Liquidates Good Guys

I recently have been studying life in Stalin Russia during the 1950s and encountered story after story of ordinary people, war veterans and famous writers being sent to the gulag for a reason or simply because a quota had to be filled and their name cropped up. Vladimir Putin is president of Russia, and apparently he longs for the good old days when the government decided what you read, what you said and what you thought. He has restored a dictator who murdered about FIFTEEN MILLION RUSSIANS to a new place of honor in the pantheon of famous Russians. The Russian Ministry of Justice is petitioning the supreme court for permission to “liquidate: an important human rights group in Russia known as Memorial. This group already has been forced to admit it is a “foreign agent” because it receives money from human rights groups outside Russia. It has committed the un-Russian idea of urging President Putin to “immediately cease Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

Vladimir Putin has a hero in life, his name is Joseph Stalin. Stalin liquidated people and Putin wants to begin by liquidating ideas. People will then follow the liquidation process.

Silence Of The Tiger!

About this time of the year is when the great Vladimir Putin offers the nation his outline of how the economy is growing and next year will be even witness even greater growth. Alas, that was then, and now is now. The all wise leader of Russia insists that Western sanctions have no impact upon the Russian economy. For some reason, he has decided not to offer an economic pep talk this year,and proceed with the silent treatment. I assume the following is behind this sudden silent from the man whose mouth never ceases to run.

Economic growth of Russia this year–0.2%

Economic growth for Russia next year–0.2% would be great.

Ruble has lost 20% of its value.

Oil prices are down and Russia needs high oil prices to survive.

Over a $100 billion has fled the country.

Perhaps, silence at this point is a wise decision!

Putin Bucket List

The Moscow Times produced a Bucket List for Vladimir Putin:

1. Fly a jet plane.

2. Pet a tiger.

3. Dive for ancient treasures.

4. Ride a Harley

5. Be on T-shirts.

6. Start a war.

7. Win a war.

8. Crush all enemies.

9. Be on cover of Time Magazine.

10. Get a pony.

Let me add a few more.

1. Have Christ descend and appoint him Pope of the world.

2. Swim the English Channel.

3. Have Barack Obama on bended knees beg forgiveness.

4. Secretly enjoy a night with a gay man.

5. Be loved by all!!

Everything OK In Russia

I understand many Americans are upset with the great leader of Russia our beloved, All-Wise Vladimir Putin, but when one listens to his words of wisdom, it is clear that the Mother nation is set on the right course of action. Putin made clear to America and European nations that sanctions against Russia simply will not work. According to Vladimir it is “stupid” thinking to believe any outside force can damage his work. He informed the world that “We truy want a country that is strong and open to the world.” In other words, Russia is on a solid economic foundation, and nothing other nations can do will impact the brilliant success of his work.

Of course, there are a few-minor- issues. Inflation is now at 8%, economic growth has reached the high level of -ZERO. The government will have to cut spending by $25 billion, and the need for modern technology for oil development is encountering a few kinks. But, not to worry, there is always Vladimir to cheer people up with a pep talk. I wonder how one eats his words for dinner?

Bad News For Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin enjoys creating difficulties in the Middle East in order to prevent solutions to problems. He will veto any UN action that might lead to the destruction of ISIS or ending the conflict in Syria. His foreign policy is based on the principle of being an obstructionist to peaceful actions. Putin has blocked every effort to end terrorism in the Middle East. However, in the process of acting in this manner, the great leader has refused to confront how the Middle East directly impacts the safety of his beloved Mother Russia. Unfortunately for Russia, thousands of its Muslim citizens have gone to fight in the Middle East, and this can impact the safety of Russia.

A Russian official pointed out some problems for his nation. “We understand that these people have gained military experience and on top of that being religiously and politically inclined, upon returning h one can pose a serious threat to the national interests of our own country.” Yes, indeed, learning how to improvise destructive bombs in Iraq means upon return to Russia, one can do the same. The Putin policy of obstruction will one day lead to incredible terrorist activities in Russia. It is in the foreign policy interests of Russia to actively support efforts to destroy terrorism in the Middle East –or suffer the consequences in Russia!