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  • @Sam J.
    Cutting the top off of mountains is a good thing. The area has almost no flat level spots so the cut off mountains are used to add flat spots for buildings and recreation like baseball parks. Local governments approved of and requested the flat spots. This flatting of mountains might be a problem in an area with no mountains but if you have too many mountains the flat level spots are nice.

    Cutting the top off of mountains is a good thing.

    I disagree, I know a little of the physical geog. of the area, why can’t those recreational areas be made under the feet of the mountains?

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  • @Sam J.
    Cutting the top off of mountains is a good thing. The area has almost no flat level spots so the cut off mountains are used to add flat spots for buildings and recreation like baseball parks. Local governments approved of and requested the flat spots. This flatting of mountains might be a problem in an area with no mountains but if you have too many mountains the flat level spots are nice.

    So, following that logic to its conclusion, we need a billiard-ball Earth?

    You were also disingenuous to avoid stating any connection with mining.
    It is not being done to make dull playgrounds and dull recreational areas, at least until the mining is finished.

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  • @Che Guava
    Avery,

    I gather, from MSM sources, that *at least* in the Dakotas and parts of Appalachia, cutting the tops off mountains to get at coal seams or minerals without the inconvenience of tunnels has become common (at least not uncommon) practice in the USA.

    That is what I mean.

    Cutting the top off of mountains is a good thing. The area has almost no flat level spots so the cut off mountains are used to add flat spots for buildings and recreation like baseball parks. Local governments approved of and requested the flat spots. This flatting of mountains might be a problem in an area with no mountains but if you have too many mountains the flat level spots are nice.

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    So, following that logic to its conclusion, we need a billiard-ball Earth?

    You were also disingenuous to avoid stating any connection with mining.
    It is not being done to make dull playgrounds and dull recreational areas, at least until the mining is finished.
    , @Che Guava

    Cutting the top off of mountains is a good thing.
     
    I disagree, I know a little of the physical geog. of the area, why can't those recreational areas be made under the feet of the mountains?
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  • @Che Guava
    Avery,

    I gather, from MSM sources, that *at least* in the Dakotas and parts of Appalachia, cutting the tops off mountains to get at coal seams or minerals without the inconvenience of tunnels has become common (at least not uncommon) practice in the USA.

    That is what I mean.

    Sorry, completely oblivious of that: way off my radar.
    If it’s being done, it sure sounds bad.
    Wouldn’t be surprised: Fed Gov will come down hard on little guys, but big polluters somehow manage to get a pass, or get fined a nominal amount, and they are in the clear.

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  • @Avery
    {what do you think about the recent policy for cutting the tops off mountains?}

    Please explain.

    PS: I share your dislike of TSA.
    I avoid flying, unless absolutely necessary.
    The whole TSA "For Your Own Safety" baloney is a farce and worse.
    Children, handicapped, etc are harassed and humiliated, yet, Gov testers bring guns, knives, simulated explosives on board an airplane under the noses of TSA drones.

    It's a sick joke.

    Avery,

    I gather, from MSM sources, that *at least* in the Dakotas and parts of Appalachia, cutting the tops off mountains to get at coal seams or minerals without the inconvenience of tunnels has become common (at least not uncommon) practice in the USA.

    That is what I mean.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    Sorry, completely oblivious of that: way off my radar.
    If it's being done, it sure sounds bad.
    Wouldn't be surprised: Fed Gov will come down hard on little guys, but big polluters somehow manage to get a pass, or get fined a nominal amount, and they are in the clear.
    , @Sam J.
    Cutting the top off of mountains is a good thing. The area has almost no flat level spots so the cut off mountains are used to add flat spots for buildings and recreation like baseball parks. Local governments approved of and requested the flat spots. This flatting of mountains might be a problem in an area with no mountains but if you have too many mountains the flat level spots are nice.
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  • @denk
    *I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting. *

    Be warned !
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/11/i-feel-you/

    Thanks for that, too.

    Many of the comments are very poor, so I stopped reading there.

    Still warm enough for the insect musicians to make great sounds, I look around, seem the only non-zomby here, except the occasional taxi driver on a break, and a couple of young lovers, otherwise only Pocket Monster zombies, I sit here because I love the insect musicians.

    I want to make a vid of the zombies tomorrow night.

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  • @denk
    I'm a hardcore 'conspiracy theorist' when it comes to uncle scam.

    Empire watch rule 1...
    For every conflict/carnage/mayhem, assume uncle scam guilty until proven innocent.

    What do you make of this....?
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/pokemon-go-the-cia-totalitarianism-and-the-future-of-surveillance/5538709

    Thx for the link.

    Interesting, given Niantic’s being a part of Google and having received CIA cash, it surely is likely to be at least a test of what the article describes.

    It is a shame that Nintendo and the Pocket Monster Company go along with it.

    As an aside, I have not seen my friendly acquaintances in the small park for weeks, the zombies keep them away!

    Thx again.

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  • @Che Guava
    Avery,

    I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting.

    Also, even if totally sober, I am not sure that l can get used to right-side driving, have trouble with it in video games at first.

    From news and fiction, I gather that the long-distance bus terminals there are terribly dangerous, and one can't go anywhere much by rail.

    Still, I want to visit 'fly-over country' if I ever have the chance.

    Not much interested in Noo Yawk, LA, SF, etc.

    Glad that you care about the place,
    what do you think about the recent policy for cutting the tops off mountains?

    My own opinion is that it is horrid.

    *I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting. *

    Be warned !

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/11/i-feel-you/

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Thanks for that, too.

    Many of the comments are very poor, so I stopped reading there.

    Still warm enough for the insect musicians to make great sounds, I look around, seem the only non-zomby here, except the occasional taxi driver on a break, and a couple of young lovers, otherwise only Pocket Monster zombies, I sit here because I love the insect musicians.

    I want to make a vid of the zombies tomorrow night.
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  • @Che Guava
    Thx for the reply, no hard feelings on either count.

    Although Mr. Wong may make a better choice of targets, I cannot see how he chose me as an enemy

    Right now, I am in a park that is a popular site where 'Pokkemon Go' activity is concentrated , there are forty or so zombies lurching about, staring at their screens.

    Cheers,

    Che.

    I’m a hardcore ‘conspiracy theorist’ when it comes to uncle scam.

    Empire watch rule 1…
    For every conflict/carnage/mayhem, assume uncle scam guilty until proven innocent.

    What do you make of this….?

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/pokemon-go-the-cia-totalitarianism-and-the-future-of-surveillance/5538709

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Thx for the link.

    Interesting, given Niantic's being a part of Google and having received CIA cash, it surely is likely to be at least a test of what the article describes.

    It is a shame that Nintendo and the Pocket Monster Company go along with it.

    As an aside, I have not seen my friendly acquaintances in the small park for weeks, the zombies keep them away!

    Thx again.
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  • @Che Guava
    Avery,

    I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting.

    Also, even if totally sober, I am not sure that l can get used to right-side driving, have trouble with it in video games at first.

    From news and fiction, I gather that the long-distance bus terminals there are terribly dangerous, and one can't go anywhere much by rail.

    Still, I want to visit 'fly-over country' if I ever have the chance.

    Not much interested in Noo Yawk, LA, SF, etc.

    Glad that you care about the place,
    what do you think about the recent policy for cutting the tops off mountains?

    My own opinion is that it is horrid.

    {what do you think about the recent policy for cutting the tops off mountains?}

    Please explain.

    PS: I share your dislike of TSA.
    I avoid flying, unless absolutely necessary.
    The whole TSA “For Your Own Safety” baloney is a farce and worse.
    Children, handicapped, etc are harassed and humiliated, yet, Gov testers bring guns, knives, simulated explosives on board an airplane under the noses of TSA drones.

    It’s a sick joke.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Avery,

    I gather, from MSM sources, that *at least* in the Dakotas and parts of Appalachia, cutting the tops off mountains to get at coal seams or minerals without the inconvenience of tunnels has become common (at least not uncommon) practice in the USA.

    That is what I mean.
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  • @Avery
    {Take care to not reply to idiots}

    Che: if a falsehood goes unchallenged, uniformed readers might take it is fact.

    I don't mind replying, even if the poster is an 'idiot'.
    So if there is something I care about - in this case America - and if I happen to read the post, then I'll counter or debunk.

    All in good fun and as a public service.

    Avery,

    I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting.

    Also, even if totally sober, I am not sure that l can get used to right-side driving, have trouble with it in video games at first.

    From news and fiction, I gather that the long-distance bus terminals there are terribly dangerous, and one can’t go anywhere much by rail.

    Still, I want to visit ‘fly-over country’ if I ever have the chance.

    Not much interested in Noo Yawk, LA, SF, etc.

    Glad that you care about the place,
    what do you think about the recent policy for cutting the tops off mountains?

    My own opinion is that it is horrid.

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    • Replies: @Avery
    {what do you think about the recent policy for cutting the tops off mountains?}

    Please explain.

    PS: I share your dislike of TSA.
    I avoid flying, unless absolutely necessary.
    The whole TSA "For Your Own Safety" baloney is a farce and worse.
    Children, handicapped, etc are harassed and humiliated, yet, Gov testers bring guns, knives, simulated explosives on board an airplane under the noses of TSA drones.

    It's a sick joke.

    , @denk
    *I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting. *

    Be warned !
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/11/i-feel-you/
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  • @Avery
    {Take care to not reply to idiots}

    Che: if a falsehood goes unchallenged, uniformed readers might take it is fact.

    I don't mind replying, even if the poster is an 'idiot'.
    So if there is something I care about - in this case America - and if I happen to read the post, then I'll counter or debunk.

    All in good fun and as a public service.

    Avery,

    I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting.

    Also, even if totally sober, I am not sure that l can get used to right-side driving, have trouble with it in video games at first.

    From news and fiction, I gather that the long-distance bus terminals there are terribly dangerous, and one can’t go anywhere much by rail.

    Still, I want to visit ‘fly-over country’ if I ever have the chance.

    Not much interested in Noo Yawk, LA, SF, etc.

    Glad that you care about the place,
    what do you think about the recent policy for b

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  • @denk
    Thank you for your input.

    So far as I can see,
    China ,warts and all, remains a positive force.
    Unlike the Yanks, the Chinese harbor no intention to rule the world, they'r just trying to survive in a harsh
    and hostile planet ruled from Washington with a death grip.

    Beijin's foreign policy is benign and inclusive, as opposed to murkka's 'You'r either with me or against me' zero sum mindset.
    Lets hope the nationalists in China prevail over the pro West trojan horse .
    With Russia and China, there's hope yet.

    As regard Joe Wong, here's a bit of context.
    There's a virtual army of trolls infiltrating the cyber world , its sole purpose is to demonise China, you could find many in this forum.
    Joe prolly mistook you as one of those.
    Bit of misunderstanding there I think, no hard feeling !

    Thx for the reply, no hard feelings on either count.

    Although Mr. Wong may make a better choice of targets, I cannot see how he chose me as an enemy

    Right now, I am in a park that is a popular site where ‘Pokkemon Go’ activity is concentrated , there are forty or so zombies lurching about, staring at their screens.

    Cheers,

    Che.

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    • Replies: @denk
    I'm a hardcore 'conspiracy theorist' when it comes to uncle scam.

    Empire watch rule 1...
    For every conflict/carnage/mayhem, assume uncle scam guilty until proven innocent.

    What do you make of this....?
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/pokemon-go-the-cia-totalitarianism-and-the-future-of-surveillance/5538709
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  • @Anonimo
    >The package is designed to propel the global economy back to growth and at the same time install more made in China-friendly rules for global economic architecture and governance.

    This is such BS Chinese don't want to help anyone except themselves. The international community needs to stop all the abusive trade from China. I think the countries more affected by China are not even advanced economies but other middle income economies, we just can't compete with those subsidies. Chinese are insane if they think we'll just let them destroy our industry, to help in their quest to dethrone the US. I think they'll manage to become a developed nation, with a GDP per capita on the lower spectrum of advanced economies. Though they'll never have the hegemony the US had in the last decade two decades, right now not even the US does.

    *This is such BS Chinese don’t want to help anyone except themselves. *

    Unlike Yanks, the Chinese never pretend to be Santa Claus in the first place.
    They give something and expect a reasonable return, this might be an alien concept to Uncle Scam.
    Hey you can actually pay for your stuffs , no need to send in the jackals !

    *The international community needs to stop all the abusive trade from China. *

    Ask the international community whether they prefer China’s way or the ‘Economic Hit man’.

    As for that other bogus ‘international community’, aka ‘five eyes’, they have been busy wrecking Chinese investments all over the world with very abusive tactics no doubt.

    *. Though they’ll never have the hegemony the US had in the last decade two decades, *

    BIg deal , stop projecting yourself !
    that ‘master of universe’ BS has never been China’s cup of tea.
    You can take it back and stuff it up…..

    *right now not even the US does.*

    Is it so difficult to share the planet with others as equals ??

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  • @Che Guava
    Agreed, to some extent, denk.

    However, the biggest corruption case near the top level was against a neo-Maoist with aspirations to the leadership, at least to the Central Committee and Politbureau.

    The charges seemed trumped up for political reasons to me.

    The govt. under Xi has prosecuted many lower down the tree, but it seems only to be when they have behaved in a way that blatantly enrages the people they are supposed to represent, and only if the rage concerned is not against a favoured 'developmemt' project.

    IMHO, Xi's heart is in the right place, but it does not stop his offspring from taking advantage of his position, and that is wrong.

    You are surely correct about relative degrees of meritocracy.

    In Japan now, we have a school for politicians, most of the younger ones from both the Liberal Democratic party (neither liberal nor democratic) and the Democratic party (pretty much meaningless since P.M. Kan was deposed, with the big earthquake and wave as the excuse, as if he had personal responsibility for them) go to the same school.

    It is a bad joke.

    Thank you for your input.

    So far as I can see,
    China ,warts and all, remains a positive force.
    Unlike the Yanks, the Chinese harbor no intention to rule the world, they’r just trying to survive in a harsh
    and hostile planet ruled from Washington with a death grip.

    Beijin’s foreign policy is benign and inclusive, as opposed to murkka’s ‘You’r either with me or against me’ zero sum mindset.
    Lets hope the nationalists in China prevail over the pro West trojan horse .
    With Russia and China, there’s hope yet.

    As regard Joe Wong, here’s a bit of context.
    There’s a virtual army of trolls infiltrating the cyber world , its sole purpose is to demonise China, you could find many in this forum.
    Joe prolly mistook you as one of those.
    Bit of misunderstanding there I think, no hard feeling !

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Thx for the reply, no hard feelings on either count.

    Although Mr. Wong may make a better choice of targets, I cannot see how he chose me as an enemy

    Right now, I am in a park that is a popular site where 'Pokkemon Go' activity is concentrated , there are forty or so zombies lurching about, staring at their screens.

    Cheers,

    Che.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc.
  • >The package is designed to propel the global economy back to growth and at the same time install more made in China-friendly rules for global economic architecture and governance.

    This is such BS Chinese don’t want to help anyone except themselves. The international community needs to stop all the abusive trade from China. I think the countries more affected by China are not even advanced economies but other middle income economies, we just can’t compete with those subsidies. Chinese are insane if they think we’ll just let them destroy our industry, to help in their quest to dethrone the US. I think they’ll manage to become a developed nation, with a GDP per capita on the lower spectrum of advanced economies. Though they’ll never have the hegemony the US had in the last decade two decades, right now not even the US does.

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    • Replies: @denk
    *This is such BS Chinese don’t want to help anyone except themselves. *

    Unlike Yanks, the Chinese never pretend to be Santa Claus in the first place.
    They give something and expect a reasonable return, this might be an alien concept to Uncle Scam.
    Hey you can actually pay for your stuffs , no need to send in the jackals !

    *The international community needs to stop all the abusive trade from China. *

    Ask the international community whether they prefer China's way or the 'Economic Hit man'.

    As for that other bogus 'international community', aka 'five eyes', they have been busy wrecking Chinese investments all over the world with very abusive tactics no doubt.


    *. Though they’ll never have the hegemony the US had in the last decade two decades, *

    BIg deal , stop projecting yourself !
    that 'master of universe' BS has never been China's cup of tea.
    You can take it back and stuff it up.....


    *right now not even the US does.*

    Is it so difficult to share the planet with others as equals ??
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  • @denk
    *Xi would like to be seen to be doing something about that, but he won’t really, his own children are prime beneficiaries, even though it seems that he would prefer it not to be the case, but if he had any real ethics or principles, he could put an end to that rubbish.

    Yet he chooses not to.*

    You seem to have missed the several dozens of high profile corruption charges on top level officials in recent years ?


    *If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time.*

    I'm not an expert on the CCP, but from what I gathered, while Chinese leaders aint 'elected' like in murkka, their accession was based on their performance on previous postings. Xi was previously a governor of the Fujian province.
    So Chinese leaders actually rose through the ranks with proven records.
    If you ask me, this looks more meritocratic than the fake 'election' process touted in the west. ?

    Agreed, to some extent, denk.

    However, the biggest corruption case near the top level was against a neo-Maoist with aspirations to the leadership, at least to the Central Committee and Politbureau.

    The charges seemed trumped up for political reasons to me.

    The govt. under Xi has prosecuted many lower down the tree, but it seems only to be when they have behaved in a way that blatantly enrages the people they are supposed to represent, and only if the rage concerned is not against a favoured ‘developmemt’ project.

    IMHO, Xi’s heart is in the right place, but it does not stop his offspring from taking advantage of his position, and that is wrong.

    You are surely correct about relative degrees of meritocracy.

    In Japan now, we have a school for politicians, most of the younger ones from both the Liberal Democratic party (neither liberal nor democratic) and the Democratic party (pretty much meaningless since P.M. Kan was deposed, with the big earthquake and wave as the excuse, as if he had personal responsibility for them) go to the same school.

    It is a bad joke.

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    • Replies: @denk
    Thank you for your input.

    So far as I can see,
    China ,warts and all, remains a positive force.
    Unlike the Yanks, the Chinese harbor no intention to rule the world, they'r just trying to survive in a harsh
    and hostile planet ruled from Washington with a death grip.

    Beijin's foreign policy is benign and inclusive, as opposed to murkka's 'You'r either with me or against me' zero sum mindset.
    Lets hope the nationalists in China prevail over the pro West trojan horse .
    With Russia and China, there's hope yet.

    As regard Joe Wong, here's a bit of context.
    There's a virtual army of trolls infiltrating the cyber world , its sole purpose is to demonise China, you could find many in this forum.
    Joe prolly mistook you as one of those.
    Bit of misunderstanding there I think, no hard feeling !
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  • @Che Guava
    Mr. Escobar,

    I always appreciate your articles.

    Of the so-called BRICS, the B is in the midst of a constitutional coup d'etat, supported by the USA, the I is generally drifting into the US orbit in terms of geopolitics, the S is a token ingredient, right now with a prez. who is a 'big man' in the same sense as a dominant male gorilla, multiple wives, etc.

    The C: the inner party of the CPC is a vehicle for enrichment of the grandchildren and great-grand-children of party leaders in the distant past, and of many party leaders.

    Xi would like to be seen to be doing something about that, but he won't really, his own children are prime beneficiaries, even though it seems that he would prefer it not to be the case, but if he had any real ethics or principles, he could put an end to that rubbish.

    Yet he chooses not to.

    If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time.

    Agree on much in general, the trains to Spain are a very interesting achievement. The snub of Obama on arrival and the reaction to that were pretty funny, as are the seating arrangements you describe.

    *Xi would like to be seen to be doing something about that, but he won’t really, his own children are prime beneficiaries, even though it seems that he would prefer it not to be the case, but if he had any real ethics or principles, he could put an end to that rubbish.

    Yet he chooses not to.*

    You seem to have missed the several dozens of high profile corruption charges on top level officials in recent years ?

    *If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time.*

    I’m not an expert on the CCP, but from what I gathered, while Chinese leaders aint ‘elected’ like in murkka, their accession was based on their performance on previous postings. Xi was previously a governor of the Fujian province.
    So Chinese leaders actually rose through the ranks with proven records.
    If you ask me, this looks more meritocratic than the fake ‘election’ process touted in the west. ?

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    Agreed, to some extent, denk.

    However, the biggest corruption case near the top level was against a neo-Maoist with aspirations to the leadership, at least to the Central Committee and Politbureau.

    The charges seemed trumped up for political reasons to me.

    The govt. under Xi has prosecuted many lower down the tree, but it seems only to be when they have behaved in a way that blatantly enrages the people they are supposed to represent, and only if the rage concerned is not against a favoured 'developmemt' project.

    IMHO, Xi's heart is in the right place, but it does not stop his offspring from taking advantage of his position, and that is wrong.

    You are surely correct about relative degrees of meritocracy.

    In Japan now, we have a school for politicians, most of the younger ones from both the Liberal Democratic party (neither liberal nor democratic) and the Democratic party (pretty much meaningless since P.M. Kan was deposed, with the big earthquake and wave as the excuse, as if he had personal responsibility for them) go to the same school.

    It is a bad joke.
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  • @Joe Wong
    It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades while the American and their ex-imperialist parasite allies decline into oblivion due to their twisted greed and corrupted societies.

    You should know if China is as bad as your troll, it should decline like the greedy and morally bankrupted USA, Japan and its gang of thugs not on the rise, but China is on the rise and it has overtaken the USA economically and in R&D. Your troll proves you are jealous, resentful and fear of China's achievements.

    Bad mouthing only can soothe your frustration via delusion, but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA, Japan and its allies.

    {Bad mouthing only can soothe your frustration via delusion, but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA,…}

    PART2.

    GDP – per capita (PPP):
    USA: $55,800 (2015 est.)
    Japan: $38,100 (2015 est.)
    China: $14,100 (2015 est.)

    http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/chinese-immigrants-united-states

    {Chinese immigrants are now the third-largest foreign-born group in the United States after Mexicans and Indians, numbering more than 2 million and comprising 5 percent of the overall immigrant population in 2013.}
    {Approximately one-quarter of all Chinese emigrants settle in the United States, with other popular destinations including Canada (896,000), South Korea (657,000), Japan (655,000), Australia (547,000), and Singapore (457,000), according to mid-2013 estimates by the United Nations Population Division.}

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/07/chinese-immigrants-largest-column/29784905/

    {Chinese immigrants now make up the largest single group of arrivals a year into this country. The Census Bureau says China replaced Mexico as the top country of origin for immigrants to the U.S. in 2013.}

    If US is declining, why are all those (mainland) Chinese immigrating to US?
    Are they crazy or something?
    You know, desperately trying to book a passage on the Titanic?

    EPILOGUE.

    Yes China has larger GDP than US: And?
    What is the point of a larger GDP, better economy: it is to make the lives of a country’s citizens better.
    Most Chinese slave away in mega-factories for pittance to produce a large GDP for the country. Who benefits?
    Chinese worker suicides and attempted suicides (e.g. Foxconn) are common occurrence.

    China has to have a GDP 4X that of US for its people to have the same standard of living as US. Is that even possible?

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  • @Che Guava
    Avery,

    Either 'Joe Wong' is simply a troll or a very stupid US citizen of Chinese descent.

    Srsly, read his words, the former is clearly the case.

    Take care to not reply to idiots! Then again, I also don't have much to say at times, so I say nothing.

    I do find Hillary's breakdown problems very entertaining,

    So, we are now supposed to believe that her coughing fits were caused by pneumonia, why were they a constant until last weekend, but nobody in MSM noticed.

    To how many supporters has Hillary problems pneumonia?

    {Take care to not reply to idiots}

    Che: if a falsehood goes unchallenged, uniformed readers might take it is fact.

    I don’t mind replying, even if the poster is an ‘idiot’.
    So if there is something I care about – in this case America – and if I happen to read the post, then I’ll counter or debunk.

    All in good fun and as a public service.

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Avery,

    I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting.

    Also, even if totally sober, I am not sure that l can get used to right-side driving, have trouble with it in video games at first.

    From news and fiction, I gather that the long-distance bus terminals there are terribly dangerous, and one can't go anywhere much by rail.

    Still, I want to visit 'fly-over country' if I ever have the chance.

    Not much interested in Noo Yawk, LA, SF, etc.

    Glad that you care about the place,
    what do you think about the recent policy for b
    , @Che Guava
    Avery,

    I always want to vsit the USA some tlme. However, the idea of the TSA experience at the airports is off-putting.

    Also, even if totally sober, I am not sure that l can get used to right-side driving, have trouble with it in video games at first.

    From news and fiction, I gather that the long-distance bus terminals there are terribly dangerous, and one can't go anywhere much by rail.

    Still, I want to visit 'fly-over country' if I ever have the chance.

    Not much interested in Noo Yawk, LA, SF, etc.

    Glad that you care about the place,
    what do you think about the recent policy for cutting the tops off mountains?

    My own opinion is that it is horrid.
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  • @Avery
    {It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades......}

    China would have made a fraction of the achievements it has made, if the US that you are looking down on had not opened up her rich markets to the Chinese producers.

    Same previously with Japan and then South Korea.

    Japaneses, South Koreans, and Chinese are smart, hard working, enterprising people. But if US had not opened up her markets and had prohibited US businesses from transferring all sorts of technological know-how, how far could those three counties have gone on their own?

    {...but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA....}

    People have underestimated US and Americans before.
    And the rumors of the death of US have been greatly exaggerated, as Mark Twain remarked.

    When Chinese students stop coming to study in US universities, you can crow about 'the decline of the USA,'

    [Chinese Students in America: 300,000 and Counting]
    [More Chinese students are studying in the U.S. than ever before.] (2015)
    http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/11/16/china-us-colleges-education-chinese-students-university/

    {Now, Chinese students are by far the most visible international presence at many universities across the United States, and their numbers continue to grow. This year, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the number of Chinese students studying stateside was 304,040, a 10.8 percent increase over the 2013-2014 academic year, according to a just released report by the nonprofit Institute of International Education (IIE). This is the sixth year in a row that China has been the leading place of origin for international students in the United States. Out of the more than 974,000 international students currently in the United States, almost one in three is now Chinese.}

    Avery,

    Either ‘Joe Wong’ is simply a troll or a very stupid US citizen of Chinese descent.

    Srsly, read his words, the former is clearly the case.

    Take care to not reply to idiots! Then again, I also don’t have much to say at times, so I say nothing.

    I do find Hillary’s breakdown problems very entertaining,

    So, we are now supposed to believe that her coughing fits were caused by pneumonia, why were they a constant until last weekend, but nobody in MSM noticed.

    To how many supporters has Hillary problems pneumonia?

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    {Take care to not reply to idiots}

    Che: if a falsehood goes unchallenged, uniformed readers might take it is fact.

    I don't mind replying, even if the poster is an 'idiot'.
    So if there is something I care about - in this case America - and if I happen to read the post, then I'll counter or debunk.

    All in good fun and as a public service.
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  • @Joe Wong
    It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades while the American and their ex-imperialist parasite allies decline into oblivion due to their twisted greed and corrupted societies.

    You should know if China is as bad as your troll, it should decline like the greedy and morally bankrupted USA, Japan and its gang of thugs not on the rise, but China is on the rise and it has overtaken the USA economically and in R&D. Your troll proves you are jealous, resentful and fear of China's achievements.

    Bad mouthing only can soothe your frustration via delusion, but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA, Japan and its allies.

    You misinterpret my words in a very strange way.

    My comment was in no way what you say, from your user name, I would guess that you are a very inept and amateur propagandist, Lord only knows with what motive.

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  • @Joe Wong
    It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades while the American and their ex-imperialist parasite allies decline into oblivion due to their twisted greed and corrupted societies.

    You should know if China is as bad as your troll, it should decline like the greedy and morally bankrupted USA, Japan and its gang of thugs not on the rise, but China is on the rise and it has overtaken the USA economically and in R&D. Your troll proves you are jealous, resentful and fear of China's achievements.

    Bad mouthing only can soothe your frustration via delusion, but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA, Japan and its allies.

    {It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades……}

    China would have made a fraction of the achievements it has made, if the US that you are looking down on had not opened up her rich markets to the Chinese producers.

    Same previously with Japan and then South Korea.

    Japaneses, South Koreans, and Chinese are smart, hard working, enterprising people. But if US had not opened up her markets and had prohibited US businesses from transferring all sorts of technological know-how, how far could those three counties have gone on their own?

    {…but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA….}

    People have underestimated US and Americans before.
    And the rumors of the death of US have been greatly exaggerated, as Mark Twain remarked.

    When Chinese students stop coming to study in US universities, you can crow about ‘the decline of the USA,’

    [Chinese Students in America: 300,000 and Counting]
    [More Chinese students are studying in the U.S. than ever before.] (2015)

    http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/11/16/china-us-colleges-education-chinese-students-university/

    {Now, Chinese students are by far the most visible international presence at many universities across the United States, and their numbers continue to grow. This year, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the number of Chinese students studying stateside was 304,040, a 10.8 percent increase over the 2013-2014 academic year, according to a just released report by the nonprofit Institute of International Education (IIE). This is the sixth year in a row that China has been the leading place of origin for international students in the United States. Out of the more than 974,000 international students currently in the United States, almost one in three is now Chinese.}

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    Avery,

    Either 'Joe Wong' is simply a troll or a very stupid US citizen of Chinese descent.

    Srsly, read his words, the former is clearly the case.

    Take care to not reply to idiots! Then again, I also don't have much to say at times, so I say nothing.

    I do find Hillary's breakdown problems very entertaining,

    So, we are now supposed to believe that her coughing fits were caused by pneumonia, why were they a constant until last weekend, but nobody in MSM noticed.

    To how many supporters has Hillary problems pneumonia?
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  • @utu
    Japanese for reasons I do not understand are viewed as anti-Semites while about Chinese we read that they are fascinated by Jews in positive way. There is a big trend of intermarriage between Jews and Chinese (tiger moms) that produce slant-eyed Jews. Possibly this will help to bring the two elites together.

    they are fascinated by the jews because a small tribe of people can actually exert an enormous amount of influence on the entire western world. the chinese are still playing catch up, and the jews are the best to learn from atm regarding certain aspects like information control.

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  • @Astuteobservor II
    not co-opt but more like the chinese elite will just become the same as the current western elites. it is inevitable. they want to stand at the top together, not as servants like japan.

    they would love to be like the western counter parts, because the western system has neutered their populace, the 99.99%. where as they are deadly afraid of the chinese peasantry.

    Japanese for reasons I do not understand are viewed as anti-Semites while about Chinese we read that they are fascinated by Jews in positive way. There is a big trend of intermarriage between Jews and Chinese (tiger moms) that produce slant-eyed Jews. Possibly this will help to bring the two elites together.

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    they are fascinated by the jews because a small tribe of people can actually exert an enormous amount of influence on the entire western world. the chinese are still playing catch up, and the jews are the best to learn from atm regarding certain aspects like information control.
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  • @utu
    Will Chinese elites betray Chinese? Will Chinese oligarchy be coopted by the international western oligarchy?

    not co-opt but more like the chinese elite will just become the same as the current western elites. it is inevitable. they want to stand at the top together, not as servants like japan.

    they would love to be like the western counter parts, because the western system has neutered their populace, the 99.99%. where as they are deadly afraid of the chinese peasantry.

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    Japanese for reasons I do not understand are viewed as anti-Semites while about Chinese we read that they are fascinated by Jews in positive way. There is a big trend of intermarriage between Jews and Chinese (tiger moms) that produce slant-eyed Jews. Possibly this will help to bring the two elites together.
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  • Will Chinese elites betray Chinese? Will Chinese oligarchy be coopted by the international western oligarchy?

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    not co-opt but more like the chinese elite will just become the same as the current western elites. it is inevitable. they want to stand at the top together, not as servants like japan.

    they would love to be like the western counter parts, because the western system has neutered their populace, the 99.99%. where as they are deadly afraid of the chinese peasantry.
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  • “Your troll proves you are jealous, resentful and fear of China’s achievements”

    and your troll speaks volumes as well. I’m certainly not jealous or fear China’s achievements….that’s a silly argument….what i do have to realize is the cost to my livelihood that has been destroyed to China “competition” i put that in quotes because how can you compete with a communist country where profits seem to be a secondary concern.

    also, once the Yuan was accepted into the SDR basket China went on a devaluation cycle that has gutted my industry further,

    I’m facing bankruptcy, that’s what I’m fearful of.

    back to the profits story. there are projects where we get quotes from China that are less than what just the steel costs here in the states. There’s no competing with state subsidized industry.

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  • @Che Guava
    Mr. Escobar,

    I always appreciate your articles.

    Of the so-called BRICS, the B is in the midst of a constitutional coup d'etat, supported by the USA, the I is generally drifting into the US orbit in terms of geopolitics, the S is a token ingredient, right now with a prez. who is a 'big man' in the same sense as a dominant male gorilla, multiple wives, etc.

    The C: the inner party of the CPC is a vehicle for enrichment of the grandchildren and great-grand-children of party leaders in the distant past, and of many party leaders.

    Xi would like to be seen to be doing something about that, but he won't really, his own children are prime beneficiaries, even though it seems that he would prefer it not to be the case, but if he had any real ethics or principles, he could put an end to that rubbish.

    Yet he chooses not to.

    If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time.

    Agree on much in general, the trains to Spain are a very interesting achievement. The snub of Obama on arrival and the reaction to that were pretty funny, as are the seating arrangements you describe.

    It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades while the American and their ex-imperialist parasite allies decline into oblivion due to their twisted greed and corrupted societies.

    You should know if China is as bad as your troll, it should decline like the greedy and morally bankrupted USA, Japan and its gang of thugs not on the rise, but China is on the rise and it has overtaken the USA economically and in R&D. Your troll proves you are jealous, resentful and fear of China’s achievements.

    Bad mouthing only can soothe your frustration via delusion, but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA, Japan and its allies.

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    {It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades......}

    China would have made a fraction of the achievements it has made, if the US that you are looking down on had not opened up her rich markets to the Chinese producers.

    Same previously with Japan and then South Korea.

    Japaneses, South Koreans, and Chinese are smart, hard working, enterprising people. But if US had not opened up her markets and had prohibited US businesses from transferring all sorts of technological know-how, how far could those three counties have gone on their own?

    {...but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA....}

    People have underestimated US and Americans before.
    And the rumors of the death of US have been greatly exaggerated, as Mark Twain remarked.

    When Chinese students stop coming to study in US universities, you can crow about 'the decline of the USA,'

    [Chinese Students in America: 300,000 and Counting]
    [More Chinese students are studying in the U.S. than ever before.] (2015)
    http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/11/16/china-us-colleges-education-chinese-students-university/

    {Now, Chinese students are by far the most visible international presence at many universities across the United States, and their numbers continue to grow. This year, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the number of Chinese students studying stateside was 304,040, a 10.8 percent increase over the 2013-2014 academic year, according to a just released report by the nonprofit Institute of International Education (IIE). This is the sixth year in a row that China has been the leading place of origin for international students in the United States. Out of the more than 974,000 international students currently in the United States, almost one in three is now Chinese.}

    , @Che Guava
    You misinterpret my words in a very strange way.

    My comment was in no way what you say, from your user name, I would guess that you are a very inept and amateur propagandist, Lord only knows with what motive.
    , @Avery
    {Bad mouthing only can soothe your frustration via delusion, but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA,...}

    PART2.

    GDP - per capita (PPP):
    USA: $55,800 (2015 est.)
    Japan: $38,100 (2015 est.)
    China: $14,100 (2015 est.)

    http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/chinese-immigrants-united-states
    {Chinese immigrants are now the third-largest foreign-born group in the United States after Mexicans and Indians, numbering more than 2 million and comprising 5 percent of the overall immigrant population in 2013.}
    {Approximately one-quarter of all Chinese emigrants settle in the United States, with other popular destinations including Canada (896,000), South Korea (657,000), Japan (655,000), Australia (547,000), and Singapore (457,000), according to mid-2013 estimates by the United Nations Population Division.}

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/07/chinese-immigrants-largest-column/29784905/
    {Chinese immigrants now make up the largest single group of arrivals a year into this country. The Census Bureau says China replaced Mexico as the top country of origin for immigrants to the U.S. in 2013.}

    If US is declining, why are all those (mainland) Chinese immigrating to US?
    Are they crazy or something?
    You know, desperately trying to book a passage on the Titanic?

    EPILOGUE.

    Yes China has larger GDP than US: And?
    What is the point of a larger GDP, better economy: it is to make the lives of a country's citizens better.
    Most Chinese slave away in mega-factories for pittance to produce a large GDP for the country. Who benefits?
    Chinese worker suicides and attempted suicides (e.g. Foxconn) are common occurrence.

    China has to have a GDP 4X that of US for its people to have the same standard of living as US. Is that even possible?

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  • Compare it with Xi’s so-called “four prescriptions” – “innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive” – necessary to re-boost the world economy.

    “Inclusive” in the sense that the US & Europe degrades it’s workforce with low IQ, low skilled ‘immigrants’ thus allowing the plum hi-tech & manufacturing sectors to be retained in China.

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  • @HdC
    "If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time."...

    Methinks that describes our western governments very well, also, don't you think? HdC

    hehe, pointing fingers when a mirror serves just as well if not better.

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  • “If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time.”…

    Methinks that describes our western governments very well, also, don’t you think? HdC

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    hehe, pointing fingers when a mirror serves just as well if not better.
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  • Mr. Escobar,

    I always appreciate your articles.

    Of the so-called BRICS, the B is in the midst of a constitutional coup d’etat, supported by the USA, the I is generally drifting into the US orbit in terms of geopolitics, the S is a token ingredient, right now with a prez. who is a ‘big man’ in the same sense as a dominant male gorilla, multiple wives, etc.

    The C: the inner party of the CPC is a vehicle for enrichment of the grandchildren and great-grand-children of party leaders in the distant past, and of many party leaders.

    Xi would like to be seen to be doing something about that, but he won’t really, his own children are prime beneficiaries, even though it seems that he would prefer it not to be the case, but if he had any real ethics or principles, he could put an end to that rubbish.

    Yet he chooses not to.

    If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time.

    Agree on much in general, the trains to Spain are a very interesting achievement. The snub of Obama on arrival and the reaction to that were pretty funny, as are the seating arrangements you describe.

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    It seems you cannot stand the achievements China made in the last few decades while the American and their ex-imperialist parasite allies decline into oblivion due to their twisted greed and corrupted societies.

    You should know if China is as bad as your troll, it should decline like the greedy and morally bankrupted USA, Japan and its gang of thugs not on the rise, but China is on the rise and it has overtaken the USA economically and in R&D. Your troll proves you are jealous, resentful and fear of China's achievements.

    Bad mouthing only can soothe your frustration via delusion, but it cannot reverse the decline of the USA, Japan and its allies.
    , @denk
    *Xi would like to be seen to be doing something about that, but he won’t really, his own children are prime beneficiaries, even though it seems that he would prefer it not to be the case, but if he had any real ethics or principles, he could put an end to that rubbish.

    Yet he chooses not to.*

    You seem to have missed the several dozens of high profile corruption charges on top level officials in recent years ?


    *If you govern in the name of a communist party to institute a kleptocracy rather than a mix of meritocracy and support for those doing the hard work, it is bound to fail at some time.*

    I'm not an expert on the CCP, but from what I gathered, while Chinese leaders aint 'elected' like in murkka, their accession was based on their performance on previous postings. Xi was previously a governor of the Fujian province.
    So Chinese leaders actually rose through the ranks with proven records.
    If you ask me, this looks more meritocratic than the fake 'election' process touted in the west. ?
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  • In July 2014, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi told Russian president Vladmir Putin at BRICSS summit: “Even a child in India if asked who India’s best friend is will reply it’s Russia because Russia has been with India in times of crisis.”

    However, lately, India’s extremist Hindu leaders have started trusting Israel more for its aggressive military power than Russia or the United States.

    Modi’s recent Made in India dream to pull 60% of country’s population from planet’s most abject poverty, cannot work with country’s dependence on foreign energy sources. India imports 80% of it oil, 30% of its gas and 20% of its coal needs from abroad – mostly from Russia and Iran…..

    https://rehmat1.com/2014/12/02/indias-best-friends/

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  • The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage? Washington is currently conducting economic and propaganda warfare against four members of the five bloc group of countries known as BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Brazil and South Africa are being destabilized with fabricated political scandals....
  • @Si1ver1ock
    The BRICS are gong to have problems. They can't or won't disengage and if they remain engaged, they risk overthrow. They keep expecting the West to accept their submission on key issues while allowing them to remain sovereign. Bad idea.

    They under estimate the evil in Washington which will brook no competitors or even dissent. The BRICS (and the rest of the world ) need a containment strategy. Take the best the West has to offer and dump the rest.

    Western NGOs should simply be banned. Western blather about Human Rights and Democracy is complete bullshit. Look at Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the rest. Someone ought to say so, loudly.

    They don't need to defeat the US Empire, they only need to outlast it.

    “Western NGOs should simply be banned. Western blather about Human Rights and Democracy is complete bullshit. Look at Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the rest. Someone ought to say so, loudly.”

    Damn straight!

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  • @bossel
    Wow! World War III is there & I haven't noticed. Damned me! My perception is really lacking greatly as it seems. I also completely missed the Ebola apocalypse, which you predicted. & how quickly humanity recovered from that, to have another WW already...

    ….Sky lab, Y2K…..

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  • Lol India has also had a lot of controversy created over petty things by NATO assets.

    Beef ban, temple politics, kashmir etc

    It’s just that people are waking up.

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  • Are we really that stupid, Mr. Roberts.

    Are we really that daft.

    after WWII exterminated sixty million people, and destroyed half the planet, as well as nearly all of European civilization,

    Are we really that imbecilic…to do it again.

    God help us all, if we are, Mr Roberts.

    God help us all.

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  • @bossel
    Wow! World War III is there & I haven't noticed. Damned me! My perception is really lacking greatly as it seems. I also completely missed the Ebola apocalypse, which you predicted. & how quickly humanity recovered from that, to have another WW already...

    Bossel, fuck off already.

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  • ” … they will have to go to war in order to defend their sovereignty.”

    No they won’t … being the ever-efficient pseudo-capitalists the West are, the war will be delivered to them. They call it the Free World for reasons that have nothing to do with Liberty … it’s marketing schtick for a free lunch.

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  • Washington is currently conducting economic and propaganda warfare against four members of the five bloc group of countries known as BRICS

    Yeah, well have you noticed it is doing the same thing to us, its citizens, Roberts?

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  • @bossel
    Wow! World War III is there & I haven't noticed. Damned me! My perception is really lacking greatly as it seems. I also completely missed the Ebola apocalypse, which you predicted. & how quickly humanity recovered from that, to have another WW already...

    It was used to fear up the American public prior to the mid term elections. Like the anthrax scare in 2001.

    The outbreak is still ongoing. You just don’t hear about it much now.

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  • The BRICS are gong to have problems. They can’t or won’t disengage and if they remain engaged, they risk overthrow. They keep expecting the West to accept their submission on key issues while allowing them to remain sovereign. Bad idea.

    They under estimate the evil in Washington which will brook no competitors or even dissent. The BRICS (and the rest of the world ) need a containment strategy. Take the best the West has to offer and dump the rest.

    Western NGOs should simply be banned. Western blather about Human Rights and Democracy is complete bullshit. Look at Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the rest. Someone ought to say so, loudly.

    They don’t need to defeat the US Empire, they only need to outlast it.

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    "Western NGOs should simply be banned. Western blather about Human Rights and Democracy is complete bullshit. Look at Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the rest. Someone ought to say so, loudly."

    Damn straight!
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  • Wow! World War III is there & I haven’t noticed. Damned me! My perception is really lacking greatly as it seems. I also completely missed the Ebola apocalypse, which you predicted. & how quickly humanity recovered from that, to have another WW already…

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    It was used to fear up the American public prior to the mid term elections. Like the anthrax scare in 2001.

    The outbreak is still ongoing. You just don't hear about it much now.
    , @Richard Steele
    Bossel, fuck off already.
    , @boogerbently
    ....Sky lab, Y2K.....
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  • Having removed the reformist President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Washington is now disposing of the reformist President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds...
  • Monroe doctrine and all that shizzle!

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  • This is nonsense, South American governments are more than capable of collapsing in infighting and corruption allegations without any help from the outside. Not everything is the result of the nefarious machinations of the USA.

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  • The 2016 Summer Olympics may be a showcase for anti-Brazilian sentiments, as if there were more risks and troubles needed beyond local performance.

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  • Kirchner and Rousseff’s “crimes” are their efforts to have the governments of Argentina and Brazil represent the Argentine and Brazilian peoples rather than the elites and Wall Street.

    What are the best things they have done with that goal in mind? I follow alternative media and I’ve never heard of anything especially good about their work.

    Washington is moving to put into political power a rightwing party that Washington controls in order to terminate Brazil’s growing relationships with China and Russia.

    This sounds like good news.
    1) Overtly oppressive regimes regularly turn out better than covertly oppressive ones.
    In the former case the people see the government as the enemy. In consequence they think more clearly and become more resilient. See Eastern Europe and the difference between the clear opposition to communism with the negligent opposition to neoliberalism. In Brazil, the Left is ideologically by far dominant over the Right, so Brazilians would see their government as an enemy. That should help them evolve as a nation.
    Firm rightwing governments are better than compromised leftist ones. Pinochet and Franco left better legacies than Eastern European communist leaders.
    2) For Brazil to fall out from BRICS should be good. The damages from losing a militarily weak and underdeveloped ally separated by oceans can conceivably be compensated. Far more important is the need for Russia and China to wake up to the evil of the West, the perils of their balancing where balance is absurd, and the event of losing the B in BRICS would help that.

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  • I’ve always been sympathetic to the South American reformers, but if they weren’t for the most part economically illiterate perhaps they’d be able to beat America’s schemes to control them. Chavez/Maduro’s spending orgies and Kirchner’s economic controls destroyed the economies of those countries, no American intervention required.

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  • Suppose a country owes money to another nation’s government or official agency. How can creditors collect, unless there’s an international court and an enforcement system? The IMF and the World Bank were part of that enforcement system and now they’re saying: ‘We’re not going to be part of that anymore. We’re only working for the...
  • Perhaps trying to sue one’s way into social justice aka True Communism at last wasn’t a smart move. Sure lots of Progs got rich and holier than the others along the way but it’s played out.

    Of course more successful people hire better lawyers.

    I deplore the predation above while also deploring Progressives.

    Capitalism has it excesses and even it’s great crimes but they pale next to the crimes of Progressive Socialism. Not just the genocides of the USSR, China, Cambodia and all the others but the degenerate and pornographic, hedonistic debt fueled “progress” of the last 50 years in America.

    As for being in bed with Finance – who are you kidding? Soros owns you. Finance is Progress; neither Social Democracy nor Progressive projects with other peoples money could ever exist without Finance.

    What is needed is the medieval synthesis of Strong government concerned with the welfare of it’s citizens without looking upon their lands as strip mining claims – but doesn’t feed it’s own citizens Dark Sides above all ENVY. Envy is the most useless of sins for there will always be a better or more fortunate man.

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  • In order to “throw the moneylenders out of temple,” as the Bible quotes Jesus saying – the Western nations should follow Catholic-majority Ugandan nation and switch over to HALAL Banking.

    Last month, Ugandan parliament amended the Financial Institution Act and introduced Islamic banking that is consistent with the Islamic Shari’ah (law) and guided by Islamic economic.

    Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been advocating for Islamic banking model also known as Halal banking – where instead of a bank imposing interest (Capitalism Is Jewish Usury), it shares the profit or loss it accrues with clients.

    In 2009, the Vatican had urged western banks to adopt Islamic banking system.

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/02/22/uganda-legalizes-halal-banking/

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  • Two historical summits are taking place this week: the crisis talk in France and Germany about the Greek crisis and the simultaneous meeting of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries in Ufa, Russia. These two meetings could hardly be more different. The Eurobureaucrats are scrambling to prevent a domino effect in which Greece...
  • @Priss Factor
    It all sounds good on paper, but most of these nations have terrible governance.

    South Africa? Pakistan? India? Brazil?

    Etc.

    They have potential but won't get very far unless they clean house and develop proper national character.

    They need to Prussianize.

    Well said.

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  • Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations --...
  • @Seraphim
    This is an amphibology, an intentional ambiguity. The meaning of the "West" is not a geographical one. It purports to designate the "modern", "enlightened", "progressive", "civilized" and "civilizing" part of the Humankind as opposed to the "Rest". Anyhow, Russia was NEVER considered, by that enlightened part of Humankind as belonging to the "West" and even incapable of reaching ever these lofty heights.

    “The meaning of the ‘West’ is not a geographical one.”

    Uh, yeah it is. The term originates from the greatest world powers being in Europe for hundreds of years.

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  • Introduction: Rightwing politics now dominate the globe. Broadly speaking, the Right can be divided into a US-centered rightwing bloc and a variety of anti-US rightwing regimes and social forces. The US-centered rightwing includes absolutist monarchies, like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States and Jordan; neoliberal electoral regimes and opposition parties in the European Union and...
  • @Joe Franklin

    The moralities of the left and right are that government is supreme and individuals are objects to be used for whatever suits its fancy.

     

    Your claim would be true if there was no popular voting in the US.

    Since there is indeed popular voting in the US, the organized majority of voters rules.

    The organized majority of voters in the US are the protected classes, the victim class people.

    Victim class people are conditioned to trade their votes for undue privileges offered by federal politicians

    Here's a listing of the victim class people in the US:

    Jewish
    Women
    Queers
    Hispanics
    Latinos
    Disabled
    Military professionals
    Asians
    Muslims
    Native American

    The conditioning of victim class people is the following paradigm:

    Gentile oppress Jewish
    Men oppress Women
    Straight oppress Queer
    Gringo oppress Hispanics
    Gringo oppress Latino
    Healthy oppress Disabled
    Militia oppress Military professionals
    Occidental oppress Asians
    Christian oppress Muslims
    Paleface oppress Native Americans

    The universal enemy of victim class people is the so-called white supremacist, or Nazi.

    A Nazi is profiled by all the attributes of the oppressor classes combined:

    Gentile-male-straight-gringo-healthy-militia-occidental-Christian-paleface

    Victim class people are always a super-majority of the voting populace, over 90% of the voters by design and by preferential immigration policies.

    For example, the US has blanket amnesty and citizenship for Latino diversity and Israel has its Law of Return for Jewish people only.

    No one can be elected in the US or Israel to national public office without appealing in some way to victim class people. This is true because victim class people are easily over 90% of the voting populace.

    In Israel, only flavors of Jewish are victim class.

    As a result, Jewish Israeli's have at least 30 privileges versus Israeli gentiles.

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/lawsuit-challenges-israels-discriminatory-citizenship-definition/8767

    "Critics say the special status of Jewish nationality has been a way to undermine the citizenship rights of non-Jews in Israel, especially the fifth of the population who are Arab. Some 30 laws in Israel specifically privilege Jews, including in the areas of immigration rights, naturalization, access to land and employment."

    Oops, I forgot to include Afro-Americans to the victim class listing.

    African-Americans are, of course, oppressed by white people, according to the diversity paradigm.

    The revised Jewish concocted profile of a Nazi-White Supremacist is the following:

    White-Gentile-male-straight-gringo-healthy-militia-occidental-Christian-paleface

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  • @Drapetomaniac
    The moralities of the left and right are that government is supreme and individuals are objects to be used for whatever suits its fancy.

    The moralities of the left and right are that government is supreme and individuals are objects to be used for whatever suits its fancy.

    Your claim would be true if there was no popular voting in the US.

    Since there is indeed popular voting in the US, the organized majority of voters rules.

    The organized majority of voters in the US are the protected classes, the victim class people.

    Victim class people are conditioned to trade their votes for undue privileges offered by federal politicians

    Here’s a listing of the victim class people in the US:

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    Jewish
    Women
    Queers
    Hispanics
    Latinos
    Disabled
    Military professionals
    Asians
    Muslims
    Native American

    The conditioning of victim class people is the following paradigm:

    Gentile oppress Jewish
    Men oppress Women
    Straight oppress Queer
    Gringo oppress Hispanics
    Gringo oppress Latino
    Healthy oppress Disabled
    Militia oppress Military professionals
    Occidental oppress Asians
    Christian oppress Muslims
    Paleface oppress Native Americans

    The universal enemy of victim class people is the so-called white supremacist, or Nazi.

    A Nazi is profiled by all the attributes of the oppressor classes combined:

    Gentile-male-straight-gringo-healthy-militia-occidental-Christian-paleface

    Victim class people are always a super-majority of the voting populace, over 90% of the voters by design and by preferential immigration policies.

    For example, the US has blanket amnesty and citizenship for Latino diversity and Israel has its Law of Return for Jewish people only.

    No one can be elected in the US or Israel to national public office without appealing in some way to victim class people. This is true because victim class people are easily over 90% of the voting populace.

    In Israel, only flavors of Jewish are victim class.

    As a result, Jewish Israeli’s have at least 30 privileges versus Israeli gentiles.

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/lawsuit-challenges-israels-discriminatory-citizenship-definition/8767

    “Critics say the special status of Jewish nationality has been a way to undermine the citizenship rights of non-Jews in Israel, especially the fifth of the population who are Arab. Some 30 laws in Israel specifically privilege Jews, including in the areas of immigration rights, naturalization, access to land and employment.”

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    Oops, I forgot to include Afro-Americans to the victim class listing.

    African-Americans are, of course, oppressed by white people, according to the diversity paradigm.


    The revised Jewish concocted profile of a Nazi-White Supremacist is the following:


    White-Gentile-male-straight-gringo-healthy-militia-occidental-Christian-paleface

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  • The moralities of the left and right are that government is supreme and individuals are objects to be used for whatever suits its fancy.

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    The moralities of the left and right are that government is supreme and individuals are objects to be used for whatever suits its fancy.

     

    Your claim would be true if there was no popular voting in the US.

    Since there is indeed popular voting in the US, the organized majority of voters rules.

    The organized majority of voters in the US are the protected classes, the victim class people.

    Victim class people are conditioned to trade their votes for undue privileges offered by federal politicians

    Here's a listing of the victim class people in the US:

    Jewish
    Women
    Queers
    Hispanics
    Latinos
    Disabled
    Military professionals
    Asians
    Muslims
    Native American

    The conditioning of victim class people is the following paradigm:

    Gentile oppress Jewish
    Men oppress Women
    Straight oppress Queer
    Gringo oppress Hispanics
    Gringo oppress Latino
    Healthy oppress Disabled
    Militia oppress Military professionals
    Occidental oppress Asians
    Christian oppress Muslims
    Paleface oppress Native Americans

    The universal enemy of victim class people is the so-called white supremacist, or Nazi.

    A Nazi is profiled by all the attributes of the oppressor classes combined:

    Gentile-male-straight-gringo-healthy-militia-occidental-Christian-paleface

    Victim class people are always a super-majority of the voting populace, over 90% of the voters by design and by preferential immigration policies.

    For example, the US has blanket amnesty and citizenship for Latino diversity and Israel has its Law of Return for Jewish people only.

    No one can be elected in the US or Israel to national public office without appealing in some way to victim class people. This is true because victim class people are easily over 90% of the voting populace.

    In Israel, only flavors of Jewish are victim class.

    As a result, Jewish Israeli's have at least 30 privileges versus Israeli gentiles.

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/lawsuit-challenges-israels-discriminatory-citizenship-definition/8767

    "Critics say the special status of Jewish nationality has been a way to undermine the citizenship rights of non-Jews in Israel, especially the fifth of the population who are Arab. Some 30 laws in Israel specifically privilege Jews, including in the areas of immigration rights, naturalization, access to land and employment."
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  • The morality of the US left is totalitarian government.

    The morality of the US right is that local government is preeminent, central government is limited.

    The 10th amendment codifies the rights ideology into the US constitution, the supreme law.

    Today, in our very Jewish world, the US left and US right are both totalitarian.

    The US left supports reformed-secular Judaism ideology, supremacy of the protected class people in the world.

    The US right supports conservative Judaism, supremacy of the protected class people in the US and Israel.

    Such is our current sad state of affairs.

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  • The left, or rather the morality of the left, was mankind’s morality from at least the advent of anatomically modern humans until the morality of the right developed about 12,000 years ago. Since its appearance, the right morality has been steadily replacing the left morality as the organizing force in man’s world – due to being the causative and the beneficiary of the economic and political systems it has put in place. The left morality has been, and will continue to be, a failure when it attempts to run the right morality systems. The only way for it to succeed is to copy the right morality, or better yet, go back to the principles that founded America. The morality of freedom and liberty. Not likely.

    Mankind’s modern world is created by the right for its own use while the left’s world has essentially disappeared. That’s not a blip, the left will soon follow its world into irrelevance.

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  • @Tom_R
    WHICH PARTY TO DO YOU WANT TO JOIN—THE ONE THAT IS JEWISH CONTROLLED OR THE ONE THAT IS CONTROLLED BY THE JEWS?

    Sir, the left had some principles before. They were against war, and believed in freedom and for the working class. But the Judaists took over the left and the left has become:

    a. pro-war.
    b. anti worker (immigration).
    c. anti-freedom (speech codes and putting people in prison for questioning the holohoax, in Europe and firing them here from jobs).

    http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/cofc-chap3.pdf

    They, of course, control the right too. The pope and Hagee are perfect Jewish puppets.

    So we have 2 parties now---one controlled by the Jews and the other Jewish controlled. They are both financed and owned and operated by the Judaists. Take your pick.

    With respect. You may have confused the left with the Democratic Party. Or elements of the intelligentsia. The left is the working class and we are still here. We are powerless and we are being crushed. We have no voice in the media nor in Washington. Pro war? Anti-worker? Anti-freedom? You must be talking about somebody else.

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  • The US is NOT capitalist, it is crony capitalist or crapitalist.

    The US taxpayer bailout of peculiar Wall Street investment houses and peculiar union dominated businesses should have made crapitalism noticeable to anyone.

    Red China is more capitalist than the US.

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  • WHICH PARTY TO DO YOU WANT TO JOIN—THE ONE THAT IS JEWISH CONTROLLED OR THE ONE THAT IS CONTROLLED BY THE JEWS?

    Sir, the left had some principles before. They were against war, and believed in freedom and for the working class. But the Judaists took over the left and the left has become:

    a. pro-war.
    b. anti worker (immigration).
    c. anti-freedom (speech codes and putting people in prison for questioning the holohoax, in Europe and firing them here from jobs).

    http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/cofc-chap3.pdf

    They, of course, control the right too. The pope and Hagee are perfect Jewish puppets.

    So we have 2 parties now—one controlled by the Jews and the other Jewish controlled. They are both financed and owned and operated by the Judaists. Take your pick.

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    With respect. You may have confused the left with the Democratic Party. Or elements of the intelligentsia. The left is the working class and we are still here. We are powerless and we are being crushed. We have no voice in the media nor in Washington. Pro war? Anti-worker? Anti-freedom? You must be talking about somebody else.
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  • Bravo! Well done Mr. Petras.

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  • Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations --...
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  • @Seraphim
    This is an amphibology, an intentional ambiguity. The meaning of the "West" is not a geographical one. It purports to designate the "modern", "enlightened", "progressive", "civilized" and "civilizing" part of the Humankind as opposed to the "Rest". Anyhow, Russia was NEVER considered, by that enlightened part of Humankind as belonging to the "West" and even incapable of reaching ever these lofty heights.

    The meaning of the “West” is not a geographical one.

    That’s funny. You were using a geographical meaning in your last post:

    Russia is ultimately part of the “East”. She belongs to the cultural sphere of the “Old Europe”, which is Eastern in geographical terms

    Eastern Europe is still european, isn’t it? Western culture or european culture, old and new, is ultimately derived from Greece and Rome, isn’t it? Was Byzantium greco-roman or not?

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  • @Bliss

    Russia is ultimately part of the “East”. She belongs to the cultural sphere of the “Old Europe”, which is Eastern in geographical terms and older than the Roman Empire in chronological terms.
     
    "Old Europe"/Greece/Byzantium is still the West by definition; still west of Persia, India, China (near east/middle east, east, far east).

    Ancient Greece is the very mother of western civilization. Russia is a protege of Byzantium aka the Eastern Roman Empire. Just because Russia conquered a huge chunk of the Asian landmass does not make it part of the East.

    This is an amphibology, an intentional ambiguity. The meaning of the “West” is not a geographical one. It purports to designate the “modern”, “enlightened”, “progressive”, “civilized” and “civilizing” part of the Humankind as opposed to the “Rest”. Anyhow, Russia was NEVER considered, by that enlightened part of Humankind as belonging to the “West” and even incapable of reaching ever these lofty heights.

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    The meaning of the “West” is not a geographical one.
     
    That's funny. You were using a geographical meaning in your last post:

    Russia is ultimately part of the “East”. She belongs to the cultural sphere of the “Old Europe”, which is Eastern in geographical terms
     
    Eastern Europe is still european, isn't it? Western culture or european culture, old and new, is ultimately derived from Greece and Rome, isn't it? Was Byzantium greco-roman or not?
    , @Sean the Neon Caucasian
    "The meaning of the 'West' is not a geographical one."

    Uh, yeah it is. The term originates from the greatest world powers being in Europe for hundreds of years.
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  • @Seraphim
    Russia is ultimately part of the "East". She belongs to the cultural sphere of the "Old Europe", which is Eastern in geographical terms and older than the Roman Empire in chronological terms. The "West" is in reality the Atlantic fringe of Eurasia and its cultural development diverged from that of the Old Europe which is the basis of the Christian Roman Empire of Constantine or, as it is generally known, Byzance. The Eastern Greco-Slav-Orthodox are the children of that Empire. The "West" is the result of a lengthy process of de-Christianising of the Christian Empire, started by the alliance of the Pope of Rome with the barbarian Franks to build a "Roman Empire" against Byzance, accelerated by the revolt of the "Northern-Germanic-Protestant" and ending in the atheistic revolution of the "West". That "West" endeavored to bring Russia under its control for centuries, but with little success. Her natural movement was towards the East. The collaboration with China is not a makeshift one, but the result of a necessity.

    Russia is ultimately part of the “East”. She belongs to the cultural sphere of the “Old Europe”, which is Eastern in geographical terms and older than the Roman Empire in chronological terms.

    “Old Europe”/Greece/Byzantium is still the West by definition; still west of Persia, India, China (near east/middle east, east, far east).

    Ancient Greece is the very mother of western civilization. Russia is a protege of Byzantium aka the Eastern Roman Empire. Just because Russia conquered a huge chunk of the Asian landmass does not make it part of the East.

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    • Replies: @Seraphim
    This is an amphibology, an intentional ambiguity. The meaning of the "West" is not a geographical one. It purports to designate the "modern", "enlightened", "progressive", "civilized" and "civilizing" part of the Humankind as opposed to the "Rest". Anyhow, Russia was NEVER considered, by that enlightened part of Humankind as belonging to the "West" and even incapable of reaching ever these lofty heights.
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  • @Bliss

    Years ago, Vladimir Putin suggested that there could be a “Greater Europe” stretching from Lisbon, Portugal, on the Atlantic to the Russian city of Vladivostok on the Pacific. The EU, under Washington’s thumb, ignored him
     
    And this is why any Russia-China alliance is a makeshift one. The previous alliance between these two powers, based on shared communism, was shaky as well and easily disrupted by Nixon and Kissinger.

    Russia is ultimately a part of the West, one of the three children of the Roman Empire: the Eastern Greco-Slav-Orthodox child. The other two being the Northern-Germanic-Protestant and the Latin-Mediterranean-Catholic.

    Russia is ultimately part of the “East”. She belongs to the cultural sphere of the “Old Europe”, which is Eastern in geographical terms and older than the Roman Empire in chronological terms. The “West” is in reality the Atlantic fringe of Eurasia and its cultural development diverged from that of the Old Europe which is the basis of the Christian Roman Empire of Constantine or, as it is generally known, Byzance. The Eastern Greco-Slav-Orthodox are the children of that Empire. The “West” is the result of a lengthy process of de-Christianising of the Christian Empire, started by the alliance of the Pope of Rome with the barbarian Franks to build a “Roman Empire” against Byzance, accelerated by the revolt of the “Northern-Germanic-Protestant” and ending in the atheistic revolution of the “West”. That “West” endeavored to bring Russia under its control for centuries, but with little success. Her natural movement was towards the East. The collaboration with China is not a makeshift one, but the result of a necessity.

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    Russia is ultimately part of the “East”. She belongs to the cultural sphere of the “Old Europe”, which is Eastern in geographical terms and older than the Roman Empire in chronological terms.
     
    "Old Europe"/Greece/Byzantium is still the West by definition; still west of Persia, India, China (near east/middle east, east, far east).

    Ancient Greece is the very mother of western civilization. Russia is a protege of Byzantium aka the Eastern Roman Empire. Just because Russia conquered a huge chunk of the Asian landmass does not make it part of the East.
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  • @Realist
    "I thought you were attempting to say that the numbers that would come out today would be negative, no?"

    Did you think I was incapable of getting the results without your help????

    "Unless I misunderstood, and if so, could you expand your thoughts a bit?"

    No problem. You're a pompous, gloating, little shit.

    How's that?

    You misunderstand.

    On two occasions, you repeated the same question and I then elaborated (after which you did not reply whether we were on the same page or not). Forward to today; upon my posting you replied as if you were totally surprised why I did so, and I thought the conversation dropped from your memory.

    No gloating on my part. You should learn how to learn. It will help in your endeavours.

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  • “I thought you were attempting to say that the numbers that would come out today would be negative, no?”

    Did you think I was incapable of getting the results without your help????

    “Unless I misunderstood, and if so, could you expand your thoughts a bit?”

    No problem. You’re a pompous, gloating, little shit.

    How’s that?

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    You misunderstand.

    On two occasions, you repeated the same question and I then elaborated (after which you did not reply whether we were on the same page or not). Forward to today; upon my posting you replied as if you were totally surprised why I did so, and I thought the conversation dropped from your memory.

    No gloating on my part. You should learn how to learn. It will help in your endeavours.
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  • @Realist
    Why would you send me the GDP number?

    Realist says:
    July 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm GMT

    “All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year.”

    Citation?

    US 2nd Q GDP comes out this Thursday. How negative will it be?

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    Realist says:
    July 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm GMT

    “Expected QoQ at 2.5%.”

    That’s not what I ask you. Thursday’s GDP number….how negative?

    and

    Sam Shama says:
    July 27, 2015 at 10:53 pm GMT • 100 Words

    That is the expected GDP growth rate to be released on Thursday, measured using quarter end to quarter end data and then annualised. If the first release (which is followed by more releases after greater information becomes available), turns out to be, say 2.2% then it is -0.3% below expectations. However, if you mean you are expecting the actual growth rate to be negative (such as -1.5%), I would very much doubt it. The actual level of GDP (end of last year, I believe from memory) was $17.7 trillion. So if you are claiming we’ve had negative growth this year thus far, the actual level would have to be below $17.7 trillion. Again I doubt it very much.

    I thought you were attempting to say that the numbers that would come out today would be negative, no?

    Unless I misunderstood, and if so, could you expand your thoughts a bit?

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  • @Sam Shama
    U.S. GDP in the 2nd quarter +2.3%

    Why would you send me the GDP number?

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    Realist says:
    July 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm GMT
    @Sherman
    “All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year.”

    Citation?

    US 2nd Q GDP comes out this Thursday. How negative will it be?

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
     

    Realist says:
    July 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm GMT
    @Sam Shama
    “Expected QoQ at 2.5%.”

    That’s not what I ask you. Thursday’s GDP number….how negative?

     

    and

    Sam Shama says:
    July 27, 2015 at 10:53 pm GMT • 100 Words
    @Realist
    That is the expected GDP growth rate to be released on Thursday, measured using quarter end to quarter end data and then annualised. If the first release (which is followed by more releases after greater information becomes available), turns out to be, say 2.2% then it is -0.3% below expectations. However, if you mean you are expecting the actual growth rate to be negative (such as -1.5%), I would very much doubt it. The actual level of GDP (end of last year, I believe from memory) was $17.7 trillion. So if you are claiming we’ve had negative growth this year thus far, the actual level would have to be below $17.7 trillion. Again I doubt it very much.
     
    I thought you were attempting to say that the numbers that would come out today would be negative, no?

    Unless I misunderstood, and if so, could you expand your thoughts a bit?
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  • @Bliss

    Years ago, Vladimir Putin suggested that there could be a “Greater Europe” stretching from Lisbon, Portugal, on the Atlantic to the Russian city of Vladivostok on the Pacific. The EU, under Washington’s thumb, ignored him
     
    And this is why any Russia-China alliance is a makeshift one. The previous alliance between these two powers, based on shared communism, was shaky as well and easily disrupted by Nixon and Kissinger.

    Russia is ultimately a part of the West, one of the three children of the Roman Empire: the Eastern Greco-Slav-Orthodox child. The other two being the Northern-Germanic-Protestant and the Latin-Mediterranean-Catholic.

    You are correct about Russia’s longing and belonging to European civilization. After the dissolution of the USSR, there has been a huge influx of visitors (the former Soviets) to European museums and old beautiful cities. But the “Greater Europe” is not acceptable for the Hegemon. A peaceful Europe makes poor perspectives for war profiteers and for Vampires Squids of banking sector.

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  • @Realist
    "Expected QoQ at 2.5%."

    That's not what I ask you. Thursday's GDP number....how negative?

    U.S. GDP in the 2nd quarter +2.3%

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    Why would you send me the GDP number?
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  • Years ago, Vladimir Putin suggested that there could be a “Greater Europe” stretching from Lisbon, Portugal, on the Atlantic to the Russian city of Vladivostok on the Pacific. The EU, under Washington’s thumb, ignored him

    And this is why any Russia-China alliance is a makeshift one. The previous alliance between these two powers, based on shared communism, was shaky as well and easily disrupted by Nixon and Kissinger.

    Russia is ultimately a part of the West, one of the three children of the Roman Empire: the Eastern Greco-Slav-Orthodox child. The other two being the Northern-Germanic-Protestant and the Latin-Mediterranean-Catholic.

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    • Replies: @annamaria
    You are correct about Russia's longing and belonging to European civilization. After the dissolution of the USSR, there has been a huge influx of visitors (the former Soviets) to European museums and old beautiful cities. But the "Greater Europe" is not acceptable for the Hegemon. A peaceful Europe makes poor perspectives for war profiteers and for Vampires Squids of banking sector.
    , @Seraphim
    Russia is ultimately part of the "East". She belongs to the cultural sphere of the "Old Europe", which is Eastern in geographical terms and older than the Roman Empire in chronological terms. The "West" is in reality the Atlantic fringe of Eurasia and its cultural development diverged from that of the Old Europe which is the basis of the Christian Roman Empire of Constantine or, as it is generally known, Byzance. The Eastern Greco-Slav-Orthodox are the children of that Empire. The "West" is the result of a lengthy process of de-Christianising of the Christian Empire, started by the alliance of the Pope of Rome with the barbarian Franks to build a "Roman Empire" against Byzance, accelerated by the revolt of the "Northern-Germanic-Protestant" and ending in the atheistic revolution of the "West". That "West" endeavored to bring Russia under its control for centuries, but with little success. Her natural movement was towards the East. The collaboration with China is not a makeshift one, but the result of a necessity.
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  • Two historical summits are taking place this week: the crisis talk in France and Germany about the Greek crisis and the simultaneous meeting of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries in Ufa, Russia. These two meetings could hardly be more different. The Eurobureaucrats are scrambling to prevent a domino effect in which Greece...
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  • Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations --...
  • @annamaria
    "His conquest of Crimea..."
    Well, compare this "conquest" to the conquest of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and to the multitude of regime change in South America conducted by the US. What was the danger of relatively peaceful Iraq for the US, again?
    Why so much hate towards one man? He is just a head of state, like Holland and Obama and Merkel. A politician. As for Russians overall, they had more than enough of revolutions and wars during the last century. It is obvious that the former Soviets want peace and prosperity and freedom of visiting other countries. They do not want any confrontations with either Europe or the US.
    On a side, do you really want to compare Putin (a self-made man) with the obscenity of Lesser Bush and the poison of Cheney family? Come on.

    {“Why so much hate towards one man?”}

    [annamarina]: having read your many posts I can tell you are knowledgeable about such things, so I am surprised you’d ask such a question.
    The SOP for the Neocons is to demonize anyone who stands in the way of their projects.
    Pres Putin is being demonized because he is a Russian patriot, he is smart, knows who and what Necons are (thanks to his KGB background), and has been able to checkmate Neocon designs on Russia at every turn to date.
    Neocons want someone like Yeltsin: a drunkard, a doofus, so that they can loot and dismember Russia behind his back.

    Various interests in the West have always coveted the vast natural wealth of Russia for a couple centuries at least.
    Nothing new.
    They can’t take on Russia directly: they have tried and were badly mauled.
    And that was before nuclear weapons.
    Now they face the real threat of being annihilated, if they screw up.
    So they have to be careful not to start a real war where nukes start flying.

    So you demonize the leader first.
    Not working on the people of Russia though: Putin’s approval rating is approaching 90%.
    And the poll was conducted by a Western outfit.

    However, Russian people need to have a large number of future ‘Putins’ available to take over when he retires.
    Another ‘Yeltsin’ will be another disaster.

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  • When you remember that Putin was declared ‘Haman’ for the Purim 2014, you understand who really hates him so much and why.

    “Putin’s future for Ukraine – Please pray his plans like Haman’s are thwarted!”. This is taken from ‘Closeups From Far Away’: “blog dedicated to those who are resisting the status quo when it comes to their faith in the real God of the Bible, to those who are interested in Messianic Judaism and/or their Jewish roots and to those who want to combat the evil of anti-Semitism and its disabling effect on the followers of Yeshua, Jesus, and the nations. Also we will keep you updated on what’s happening in Europe and the US that interests us. Shalom. David Schneier”.

    Or, from a Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin(@http://www.jewishjournal.com/martini_judaism/item/happy_purim_vlad):

    ‘Time to play that game with none other than Haman, Purim’s arch-villain. Every time I try to type “Purim” in Word, it auto-corrects to “Putin.” Maybe Word is trying to tell me something…. That’s the point. The presence of evil is a deep mystery, and not often lightly or easily explained.
    Come Purim, and I will be thinking of Putin. And Assad.
    And Iran, aka Persia.
    Don’t let the gragger drown out the truth: There is still a whopping amount of evil in the world. And our job is to vanquish it.”

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  • @annamaria
    "His conquest of Crimea..."
    Well, compare this "conquest" to the conquest of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and to the multitude of regime change in South America conducted by the US. What was the danger of relatively peaceful Iraq for the US, again?
    Why so much hate towards one man? He is just a head of state, like Holland and Obama and Merkel. A politician. As for Russians overall, they had more than enough of revolutions and wars during the last century. It is obvious that the former Soviets want peace and prosperity and freedom of visiting other countries. They do not want any confrontations with either Europe or the US.
    On a side, do you really want to compare Putin (a self-made man) with the obscenity of Lesser Bush and the poison of Cheney family? Come on.

    Much of the hatred of Putin by the Atlanticist-Zionist elites and spread through their controlled media is born of envy and personal animus. “How,” these elites must ask themselves, “could a man who did not attend the Ivy League, never worked on or for Wall St. or in Washington D.C. have achieved things our own servant politicians could never even hope to accomplish?”

    When contrasted with his contemporaries in the west, Putin is a lion in a den of Daniels, by far the greatest statesman of the twenty first century thus far. The elites hate everything Putin represents: strength, national sovereignty, Orthodox Christianity, and traditional societies – it literally enrages them that Putin can stand up to all of them at once with what St. Augustine called noble insolence.
    After all, a tin pot dictator like a Noriega or a Saddam is one thing, the world’s largest nuclear arsenal is another, and the arsenal combined with an 86% approval rating still another. The gnashing of teeth in Washington, New York, London and Tel Aviv must be intense.

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  • @unit472
    There's a reason Putin talks up schemes like Eurasia or the Brics. Its all he's got. There is a reason the Russian Far East and Central Asia are so undeveloped and sparsely populated. They are horrible places to live! Winters are long and brutal, summers short and other than mineral extraction or nomadic lifestyles why would a person want to live in such harsh and empty areas. Even high speed rail doesn't take you anywhere anytime soon. Amtrak can get your from Chicago to Seattle in 50 hours. From Beijing to Moscow it would take just as long via the putative highest speed rail in the world, but there is nothing much in between so why anyone would want to spend two days on a train that goes too fast to sight see on when they could fly is the main reason this ridiculous scheme, like so many of Putin's fantasies, will never happen.

    The BRICS concept is something else Putin has latched onto. Never mind it was a term coined by a Goldman Sachs executive to describe a bloc of large and, especially in regards to China at that time, nations with unrealized potential. Only Putin imagines it as some sort of geopolitical bloc that would support Russia in a confrontation with the West. Xi Jinping may allow Putin to preen around Beijing but he isn't interested in destroying his relations with his real economic partners in Japan, North America and Europe just so Putin can destroy Ukraine. Why India or Brazil would be anymore inclined is never explained either.

    Putin is an international bottom feeder now. Isolated and reduced to visiting and hosting any nation that will have him. His conquest of Crimea is recognized by Zimbabwe, Venezuela ( at least until Madura gets the heave ho) and a few other inconsequential nations. His economy is crumbling ( he just fired 110,000 Interior Ministry employees) and his promise to the Russian people made at the beginning of this year that the economy would be back on track in two years will be exposed as an all too palpable lie come January 2017.

    “His conquest of Crimea…”
    Well, compare this “conquest” to the conquest of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and to the multitude of regime change in South America conducted by the US. What was the danger of relatively peaceful Iraq for the US, again?
    Why so much hate towards one man? He is just a head of state, like Holland and Obama and Merkel. A politician. As for Russians overall, they had more than enough of revolutions and wars during the last century. It is obvious that the former Soviets want peace and prosperity and freedom of visiting other countries. They do not want any confrontations with either Europe or the US.
    On a side, do you really want to compare Putin (a self-made man) with the obscenity of Lesser Bush and the poison of Cheney family? Come on.

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    Much of the hatred of Putin by the Atlanticist-Zionist elites and spread through their controlled media is born of envy and personal animus. "How," these elites must ask themselves, "could a man who did not attend the Ivy League, never worked on or for Wall St. or in Washington D.C. have achieved things our own servant politicians could never even hope to accomplish?"

    When contrasted with his contemporaries in the west, Putin is a lion in a den of Daniels, by far the greatest statesman of the twenty first century thus far. The elites hate everything Putin represents: strength, national sovereignty, Orthodox Christianity, and traditional societies - it literally enrages them that Putin can stand up to all of them at once with what St. Augustine called noble insolence.
    After all, a tin pot dictator like a Noriega or a Saddam is one thing, the world's largest nuclear arsenal is another, and the arsenal combined with an 86% approval rating still another. The gnashing of teeth in Washington, New York, London and Tel Aviv must be intense.

    , @Avery
    {“Why so much hate towards one man?”}

    [annamarina]: having read your many posts I can tell you are knowledgeable about such things, so I am surprised you’d ask such a question.
    The SOP for the Neocons is to demonize anyone who stands in the way of their projects.
    Pres Putin is being demonized because he is a Russian patriot, he is smart, knows who and what Necons are (thanks to his KGB background), and has been able to checkmate Neocon designs on Russia at every turn to date.
    Neocons want someone like Yeltsin: a drunkard, a doofus, so that they can loot and dismember Russia behind his back.

    Various interests in the West have always coveted the vast natural wealth of Russia for a couple centuries at least.
    Nothing new.
    They can’t take on Russia directly: they have tried and were badly mauled.
    And that was before nuclear weapons.
    Now they face the real threat of being annihilated, if they screw up.
    So they have to be careful not to start a real war where nukes start flying.

    So you demonize the leader first.
    Not working on the people of Russia though: Putin’s approval rating is approaching 90%.
    And the poll was conducted by a Western outfit.

    However, Russian people need to have a large number of future ‘Putins’ available to take over when he retires.
    Another ‘Yeltsin’ will be another disaster.
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  • @Mulegino1
    America was diverted from its proper historical role by dreams of empire. Perhaps no nation on earth was ever so well suited for peaceful economic development and for providing a level of modest comfort to all its citizenry. Yet this opportunity was thrown away when the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana Harbor and America began its endless wars of empire.

    Although it may sound odd, individuals like Theodore Roosevelt, John Hay and Admiral Mahan - in league with the Atlanticist-Zionist factions on Wall St. and the City, turned the U.S. into a thalassocratic power, destined to be the successor to the British empire. The U.S. turned away from the development of its own "great space"; it went abroad to ape faithless Albion.

    Thalassocratic power is by nature extractive and predatory; it thrives on world conflict, chaos and strife and hates the peaceful concert of nations and the stability of peoples.

    On the other hand, powers that are tellurocratic, such as China and Russia, look to peaceful cooperation and mutually beneficial economic development - pipelines, rail lines, power stations, transfers of technology, etc. This requires regional stability and peaceful societies.

    What we are now witnessing is a symbiosis between Russia and China - and if you think about it, the relationship is an ideal one. Russia has what China wants - enormous amounts of valuable resources, highly advanced weapons system and an enormous "great space", while China has what Russia wants, manufacturing technology, and an enormous consumer market for its own products.

    The U.S. will never get a clue until it elects individuals of the caliber of Putin and Xi. Look at a Putin press conference - over a period of three hours, the man can give elaborate, technically precise and extemporaneous answers to questions on issues of great complexity - and he takes questions from the hostile foreign press as well, and compare it to the childlike teleprompter readers we have as our own elected officials. (Xi is brilliant as well. I read somewhere that he can read 14 languages.)

    I agree with every word you say here. The American Empire is the successor to the British Empire… Anglo-Zionism at work.

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  • @unit472
    There's a reason Putin talks up schemes like Eurasia or the Brics. Its all he's got. There is a reason the Russian Far East and Central Asia are so undeveloped and sparsely populated. They are horrible places to live! Winters are long and brutal, summers short and other than mineral extraction or nomadic lifestyles why would a person want to live in such harsh and empty areas. Even high speed rail doesn't take you anywhere anytime soon. Amtrak can get your from Chicago to Seattle in 50 hours. From Beijing to Moscow it would take just as long via the putative highest speed rail in the world, but there is nothing much in between so why anyone would want to spend two days on a train that goes too fast to sight see on when they could fly is the main reason this ridiculous scheme, like so many of Putin's fantasies, will never happen.

    The BRICS concept is something else Putin has latched onto. Never mind it was a term coined by a Goldman Sachs executive to describe a bloc of large and, especially in regards to China at that time, nations with unrealized potential. Only Putin imagines it as some sort of geopolitical bloc that would support Russia in a confrontation with the West. Xi Jinping may allow Putin to preen around Beijing but he isn't interested in destroying his relations with his real economic partners in Japan, North America and Europe just so Putin can destroy Ukraine. Why India or Brazil would be anymore inclined is never explained either.

    Putin is an international bottom feeder now. Isolated and reduced to visiting and hosting any nation that will have him. His conquest of Crimea is recognized by Zimbabwe, Venezuela ( at least until Madura gets the heave ho) and a few other inconsequential nations. His economy is crumbling ( he just fired 110,000 Interior Ministry employees) and his promise to the Russian people made at the beginning of this year that the economy would be back on track in two years will be exposed as an all too palpable lie come January 2017.

    @They are horrible places to live!

    Why then the “International Community” is so keen to get a slice of the ice and dust? Why do they think that ‘Siberia is too large and rich to belong to one country’?

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  • There’s a reason Putin talks up schemes like Eurasia or the Brics. Its all he’s got. There is a reason the Russian Far East and Central Asia are so undeveloped and sparsely populated. They are horrible places to live! Winters are long and brutal, summers short and other than mineral extraction or nomadic lifestyles why would a person want to live in such harsh and empty areas. Even high speed rail doesn’t take you anywhere anytime soon. Amtrak can get your from Chicago to Seattle in 50 hours. From Beijing to Moscow it would take just as long via the putative highest speed rail in the world, but there is nothing much in between so why anyone would want to spend two days on a train that goes too fast to sight see on when they could fly is the main reason this ridiculous scheme, like so many of Putin’s fantasies, will never happen.

    The BRICS concept is something else Putin has latched onto. Never mind it was a term coined by a Goldman Sachs executive to describe a bloc of large and, especially in regards to China at that time, nations with unrealized potential. Only Putin imagines it as some sort of geopolitical bloc that would support Russia in a confrontation with the West. Xi Jinping may allow Putin to preen around Beijing but he isn’t interested in destroying his relations with his real economic partners in Japan, North America and Europe just so Putin can destroy Ukraine. Why India or Brazil would be anymore inclined is never explained either.

    Putin is an international bottom feeder now. Isolated and reduced to visiting and hosting any nation that will have him. His conquest of Crimea is recognized by Zimbabwe, Venezuela ( at least until Madura gets the heave ho) and a few other inconsequential nations. His economy is crumbling ( he just fired 110,000 Interior Ministry employees) and his promise to the Russian people made at the beginning of this year that the economy would be back on track in two years will be exposed as an all too palpable lie come January 2017.

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    @They are horrible places to live!

    Why then the "International Community" is so keen to get a slice of the ice and dust? Why do they think that ‘Siberia is too large and rich to belong to one country’?
    , @annamaria
    "His conquest of Crimea..."
    Well, compare this "conquest" to the conquest of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and to the multitude of regime change in South America conducted by the US. What was the danger of relatively peaceful Iraq for the US, again?
    Why so much hate towards one man? He is just a head of state, like Holland and Obama and Merkel. A politician. As for Russians overall, they had more than enough of revolutions and wars during the last century. It is obvious that the former Soviets want peace and prosperity and freedom of visiting other countries. They do not want any confrontations with either Europe or the US.
    On a side, do you really want to compare Putin (a self-made man) with the obscenity of Lesser Bush and the poison of Cheney family? Come on.
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  • @Realist
    "Expected QoQ at 2.5%."

    That's not what I ask you. Thursday's GDP number....how negative?

    That is the expected GDP growth rate to be released on Thursday, measured using quarter end to quarter end data and then annualised. If the first release (which is followed by more releases after greater information becomes available), turns out to be, say 2.2% then it is -0.3% below expectations. However, if you mean you are expecting the actual growth rate to be negative (such as -1.5%), I would very much doubt it. The actual level of GDP (end of last year, I believe from memory) was $17.7 trillion. So if you are claiming we’ve had negative growth this year thus far, the actual level would have to be below $17.7 trillion. Again I doubt it very much.

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  • @Sam Shama
    Expected QoQ at 2.5%. So? The US is a super high income economy, try producing 7% growth on that level of income. I posted something a few minutes ago,

    “Expected QoQ at 2.5%.”

    That’s not what I ask you. Thursday’s GDP number….how negative?

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    That is the expected GDP growth rate to be released on Thursday, measured using quarter end to quarter end data and then annualised. If the first release (which is followed by more releases after greater information becomes available), turns out to be, say 2.2% then it is -0.3% below expectations. However, if you mean you are expecting the actual growth rate to be negative (such as -1.5%), I would very much doubt it. The actual level of GDP (end of last year, I believe from memory) was $17.7 trillion. So if you are claiming we've had negative growth this year thus far, the actual level would have to be below $17.7 trillion. Again I doubt it very much.
    , @Sam Shama
    U.S. GDP in the 2nd quarter +2.3%
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  • America was diverted from its proper historical role by dreams of empire. Perhaps no nation on earth was ever so well suited for peaceful economic development and for providing a level of modest comfort to all its citizenry. Yet this opportunity was thrown away when the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana Harbor and America began its endless wars of empire.

    Although it may sound odd, individuals like Theodore Roosevelt, John Hay and Admiral Mahan – in league with the Atlanticist-Zionist factions on Wall St. and the City, turned the U.S. into a thalassocratic power, destined to be the successor to the British empire. The U.S. turned away from the development of its own “great space”; it went abroad to ape faithless Albion.

    Thalassocratic power is by nature extractive and predatory; it thrives on world conflict, chaos and strife and hates the peaceful concert of nations and the stability of peoples.

    On the other hand, powers that are tellurocratic, such as China and Russia, look to peaceful cooperation and mutually beneficial economic development – pipelines, rail lines, power stations, transfers of technology, etc. This requires regional stability and peaceful societies.

    What we are now witnessing is a symbiosis between Russia and China – and if you think about it, the relationship is an ideal one. Russia has what China wants – enormous amounts of valuable resources, highly advanced weapons system and an enormous “great space”, while China has what Russia wants, manufacturing technology, and an enormous consumer market for its own products.

    The U.S. will never get a clue until it elects individuals of the caliber of Putin and Xi. Look at a Putin press conference – over a period of three hours, the man can give elaborate, technically precise and extemporaneous answers to questions on issues of great complexity – and he takes questions from the hostile foreign press as well, and compare it to the childlike teleprompter readers we have as our own elected officials. (Xi is brilliant as well. I read somewhere that he can read 14 languages.)

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    I agree with every word you say here. The American Empire is the successor to the British Empire... Anglo-Zionism at work.
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  • @Realist
    "All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year."

    Citation?

    US 2nd Q GDP comes out this Thursday. How negative will it be?

    Expected QoQ at 2.5%. So? The US is a super high income economy, try producing 7% growth on that level of income. I posted something a few minutes ago,

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    "Expected QoQ at 2.5%."

    That's not what I ask you. Thursday's GDP number....how negative?
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  • @Sherman
    I think the effects of all this economic and infrastructure integration is greatly exaggerated.

    It sounds like a bunch of weak, oil and gas dependent economies propping each other up.

    Furthermore, I believe China's economic strength is also greatly exaggerated. All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year. I doubt China will grow indefinitely at this rate.
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  • @Priss Factor
    Politically, this makes sense.

    Economically, this will not work.

    The finances of China, Russia, Brazil, India, and esp South Africa---and other interested states---are too shaky to embark on a venture like this.

    Well, that’s like, your opinion man.

    Jeff Lebowski

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  • @Sherman
    I think the effects of all this economic and infrastructure integration is greatly exaggerated.

    It sounds like a bunch of weak, oil and gas dependent economies propping each other up.

    Furthermore, I believe China's economic strength is also greatly exaggerated. All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year. I doubt China will grow indefinitely at this rate.

    “All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year.”

    Citation?

    US 2nd Q GDP comes out this Thursday. How negative will it be?

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    Expected QoQ at 2.5%. So? The US is a super high income economy, try producing 7% growth on that level of income. I posted something a few minutes ago,
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  • Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says:

    Politically, this makes sense.

    Economically, this will not work.

    The finances of China, Russia, Brazil, India, and esp South Africa—and other interested states—are too shaky to embark on a venture like this.

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    Well, that’s like, your opinion man.

    Jeff Lebowski
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  • I think the effects of all this economic and infrastructure integration is greatly exaggerated.

    It sounds like a bunch of weak, oil and gas dependent economies propping each other up.

    Furthermore, I believe China’s economic strength is also greatly exaggerated. All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year. I doubt China will grow indefinitely at this rate.

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    "All this integration is ultimately dependent on The assumption that China will continue economic growth of 7 percent a year."

    Citation?

    US 2nd Q GDP comes out this Thursday. How negative will it be?
    , @Sam Shama
    Precisely.

    I had written this:


    http://www.unz.com/efingleton/misconceptions-about-chinas-stock-market-crash/#comment-1009834
     
    in response to:

    http://www.unz.com/efingleton/misconceptions-about-chinas-stock-market-crash/#comment-1009654
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  • I agree with some of what Pepe has to say. But co-operation or agreements between China/Russia and Islamic countries is extremely problematic.

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  • Neocons never admit defeat. They just slink back to their secret liar, and work on their new death obsessed, Zionist scheme. Crazed animals do tend to become more dangerous when cornered, and these are still in control of politicians, who control nukes. Good times for all.

    Good luck to the BRICs and their silk road. Like with all grand economic plans, they should thrive initially. Unfortunately there still is only so much junk one can buy, especially as water becomes the next hot commodity for the burgeoning human herd.

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  • A natural and positive development. Not for the US so much, but its abuse of its former dominant role deprives it of the right to complain.

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  • Two historical summits are taking place this week: the crisis talk in France and Germany about the Greek crisis and the simultaneous meeting of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries in Ufa, Russia. These two meetings could hardly be more different. The Eurobureaucrats are scrambling to prevent a domino effect in which Greece...
  • @Rurik

    Do you think we should keep talking to a shill and pretend that he is anything but that?
     
    I don't know. Most of the people I know don't give the matter much if any thought, and so most of them are in the sheeple camp, and believe what ever CNN or Faux News tells them. They aren't shills or provocateurs, they're just too busy trying to survive to dedicate much energy to truth seeking. They lack a skeptical bent I suppose.

    In the case of our mutual friend, I just don't know. Obviously if he's genuine, then he's clearly yet another member of the human race condemned to lemmingry.

    I'd say the biggest thing going to point to him as a shill is his obvious intelligence.

    I've already asked him if he's being deliberately obtuse. I just don't know.

    In the case of our mutual friend, I just don’t know.

    It’s true that there is overlaps between the tactics of real shills and just the behavior of deluded people who refuse to consider that the government is lying. So it can be hard to know.

    With this guy, though, I think there are some pretty clear giveaways, the continual refusal to answer a straight question, even things that just admit a yes/no. Like, I asked him straight out whether he had read any of the 9/11 independent research community literature, for example The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin. And he refused to answer! This, after asking me whether I had read the Senate Committee Report on something or other.

    So, you know, somebody who will ask you whether you read something and you answer, and then he won’t answer a straight question on whether he has read something — this is not an honest person. Obviously, he’s trapped to some extent. If he says he has read David Ray Griffin, he’s under some onus to explain what is wrong with the general argument. And if he admits that he hasn’t read it, then it kind of suggests that, for all his representations, he doesn’t really want to know. He hasn’t read the most basic literature on the topic.

    So he just refuses to answer. And if you ask him a straight-out question like “Is there, in your opinion, strong evidence for the government’s official story?” he just refuses to answer. I asked him that question several times. He claims that it is up to me to demonstrate that the government did 9/11. Well, maybe I can’t demonstrate that outright, but it’s not relevant if the government is pushing a story for which there is zero proof?

    And look at the song and dance when you start asking him about building 7. He says he already addressed that earlier. No he didn’t!

    The guy’s dishonest for sure. Whether he is part of an overall disruption campaign, I don’t know for sure, but dishonest definitely.

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