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Putin’s Stupidity Leading the Russian Economy to Disaster

Putin's aggression has created a deep recession in Russia.

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May 3, 2014 - 3:56 pm
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Here’s a stock tip for those who’d like to get in on the ground floor of the bountiful opportunities being provided by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to American investors:  Short International Paper, and go long on SpaceX.

You can profit mightily by selling International Paper stock you don’t yet own because the company has been aggressively cooperating with the Putin dictatorship, and it now finds itself on the outside of the civilized world looking in.  As international sanctions resulting from Putin’s aggression in Ukraine begin to bite and multinationals in Russia run for the exits, companies like International Paper are seeing massive hits to their stock prices as they pay a proper penalty for trying to line their pockets at the expense of democracy.

But then, you can profit even more by investing in companies who are primed to take advantage of Putin’s neo-Soviet aggression, like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, for instance.  As Putin’s crazed conduct severs ties with the West, forcing it to break its dependence on Russia for space transit and fossil fuels, companies like SpaceX and shale fuel developers are poised to step into the breach and score huge gains.

According to the International Monetary Fund, the Russian economy ostracized by the entire Western world, has just entered recession, and continued aggression by Putin resulting in further international sanctions will make that recession much longer and deeper.  Such sanctions are inevitable. Indeed, a phalanx of Republican senators led by John McCain has just introduced legislation designed to codify and entrench them.

Senate action is needed because as even Maureen Dowd agrees, Barack Obama has been running scared on Russia. In a brutal jibe, she hissed:

Especially now that we have this scary World War III vibe with the Russians, we expect the president, especially one who ran as Babe Ruth, to hit home runs.

If this is what the New York Times is willing to admit, dare you imagine how rudderless our nation really is?

But the thing is, Putin’s conduct is so fully deranged and terrifying that it’s thankfully outstripped Obama’s ability to come up with appeasing responses and galvanized the entire world. Putin may well turn out to be the best thing that happens to America this century. In addition to destroying the Russian economy, he has caused an overwhelming vote on the floor of the UN General Assembly in support of the U.S. against Russia and reinvigorated the moribund NATO alliance led by America.

How crazy is Putin? His Goebbels, Alexander Dugin, is openly talking in the classically paranoid Soviet style about reviving the Stalin purges against the enemies of Putin within Russia.  His Pravda, Russia Today, is reporting that China’s economy, which was half the size of America’s last year, will be bigger than the USA’s this year. Even the ballerinas are turning against Putin, who is promoting separatism in a country rife with separatist movements that he has suppressed, creating a precedent for national implosion.

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When you understand who Kim Zigfeld (author of this article) is you understand clearly where she is coming from: a neocon's neocon with hatred in her heart for the Russian establishment and who wants American boys in American military boots to die on Russian soil for Zigfeld's mania.

Bugger off, Zigfeld. What is it about "NO" that you can not seem to understand.
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Putin's belligerence is rooted in his intolerably deep humiliation and unrelenting fury at the fall of the KGB and the Soviet Union.
This is analogous to Hitler's humiliation and fury at the surrender of Germany in WWI. We all know the result of Hitler's humiliation: World War II, 50,000,000 dead, including Hitler.
Putin will not tolerate another deep humiliation, so what do you suppose will happen when it inevitably eventuates? He might sacrifice Russia to ward it off.
32 weeks ago
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You hate Russia. We already knew that --- many times over.

So what? Who the hell cares? Tell me why I should care?

What is so God awful bad about Russia in 2014? What is so good about America in 2014? It's all relative. Do you think Obama is advancing America's economy? Or America's freedom? Or America's rule of law, not of men? Or America's race relations? Tell me. I would really like to know.

We have around 20 to 30 million third world invaders in America who may soon be granted Big Amnesty/Big Rewards and will turn us int a third world one party state. Our government, including our military (even though most other than their generals don't want to), now supports al Nusra and the Muslim Brotherhood.

We have an unchecked lawless and utterly depraved President and administration filled with serial and pathological liars and destroyers who are at war with the United States Constitution and especially it's Bill of Rights, as well as with even basic decency..They have politicized, and in many cases weaponized, most federal agencies already. They are essentially invading fascists and rampaging jihadists..

A reasonable person has to ask himself, 'Who would Ronald Reagan call the Evil Empire now"?

In Syria the Christians say, 'Thank God for the Russians!!!".

Maybe in a generation or two when Western Europe may well be Muslim, it will be much better to be part of a Christian Russia.

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Putin should have long ago to bomb criminal Nazi clique in Kiev to powder. Not a lot of population in Russia understands his restraint in the face of Nazi savagery unleashed by Kiev junta against Ukrainians at east and south people. However bad was Yanukovich even he did not dare to use force against armed to teeth violent demonstrators on Maidan. I don't believe he will be forgiven for failure to crush Maidan Nazi scum.
Those who want to know the truth about massacre in Odessa read here http://ersieesist.livejournal.com/813.html Ukrainian nationalists showed they are worthy offsprings of their parents and grandparents who were the most enthusiastic collaborators of German executors who found much support in this country.They may be not so numerous but richly supplied by West in money and weapon. Thus their small numbers are irrelevant as their incomparable savagery intimidate and shock their unarmed opponents. How can peaceful citizens resist armed to teeth brutes. Those who know history understand that evil wins when goodness is weak. The only hope is on Russians, only they will be able to wipe out this Nazi scum as they did it 70 years ago virtually by themselves. Russian people are not afraid of Western boycott. They are not strangers to suffering and they want Putin to hit these brutal cannibals really hard.
32 weeks ago
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As the French found out it is never a good idea to put a short man in charge of an army

32 weeks ago
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Little Vlady takes his que from Uncle Joe.

Stalin and the Soviet Premiers that succeeded him kept the Workers Paradise scam running for 75 years before it collapsed. It is amazing how long you can stay in power if you are willing to kill anyone at any time to do it.

Body count in Ukraine and Crimea is now what?
32 weeks ago
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Are you ever going to understand that Obama wants war IN ORDER TO destroy America? You can hate Putin all what you want, but we don't have what it takes (a true American leader) to go to war now, not even in Syria or South Sudan, let alone Russia and Ukraine.
Obama wants this confrontation for anti-american reasons.
32 weeks ago
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"Are you ever going to understand that Obama wants war IN ORDER TO destroy America?"

What a moron you are! If Obama wanted war, he'd be bombing the Russian assembly points in Russia with the US Air Force. It's not like the Russian aggression hasn't given him what would be good cover for it in international law!

Obama is hoping Putin doesn't miscalculate and bring US domestic politics to force Obama to do something that substantially distracts Obama from his domestic agenda which also reinforcing us strategically. He would prefer the US military be incapable of defending our interests abraod, let alone actualy using them to do it!

Who in Putin's propaganda factories approved the stupid idea you just put forward?
32 weeks ago
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Obama doesn't want to win a war, maybe -as you say- he doesn't even want a war, but he's exactly producing that, like a sorry mutation of Chamberlain. OTOH, you're the moron, moron.
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Putin is the only one starting a war, and he's doing by putting his unwanted troops in a foreign country.

Those like you, Joenobody, and Warren Bonensteel who can't see that are the morons--and Putin is counting on you staying stupid and numerous so he can re-assemble the Warsaw Pact.
32 weeks ago
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Kim, what are you talking about? Putin's weakness or Obama's? The US economy is in sad-ass shape, much worse than the MSM makes it out. For that matter the whole world is in this QE/ZIRP mode and it can't get up. What is your point?
32 weeks ago
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For one thing, rather than face up to how his policies and cronies have further impoverished the Russian people from the freedom and prosperity they should have, he may go ahead and provoke a war quite openly, to benefit politically from nationalism and to excuse his failures.
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While a case can be made that 'Economics is everything'. Not everything is economic' As long as the 'PEOPLE' are happy that there is fuel for the tanks and bullets for the Infantry, then the overall state of an economy doesn't really count. And in today's Russia, the headlines are that the nation is at it's happiest and most satisfied since the fall of the USSR.
32 weeks ago
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Well they must be so very happy in North Korea and Iran.
32 weeks ago
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When you understand who Kim Zigfeld (author of this article) is you understand clearly where she is coming from: a neocon's neocon with hatred in her heart for the Russian establishment and who wants American boys in American military boots to die on Russian soil for Zigfeld's mania.

Bugger off, Zigfeld. What is it about "NO" that you can not seem to understand.
32 weeks ago
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US soldiers died all over the world fighting mentally deranged despots like Putin and his kind. And hasn't it paid off. If only Obama would get it.
32 weeks ago
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Who shouldn't hate the Russian establishment? Those among it who are living well of off totalitarianism and kleptocracy, that's who. What's your excuse?

What's your real name?


What do you think a neo-con is?
32 weeks ago
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Maybe Putin isn't as stupid as you say.

"'Dying' Russia's Birth Rate Is Now Higher Than The United States'"

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2013/07/25/dying-russias-birth-rate-is-now-higher-than-the-united-states/

"Fully 78 percent of Russians say they’re the most content they’ve been in 25 years, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center VCIOM found"

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/2/russias-happiness-index-hits-25-year-high-despite-/

http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=ny_gdp_mktp_cd&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=region&idim=country:RUS:CAN:GBR&ifdim=region&hl=en&dl=en&ind=false

"Gerhard Schroeder is not the only former German chancellor to have expressed sympathy with the Russian position on Ukraine. Helmut Schmidt has said that Russia’s actions in Crimea were “completely understandable”. Helmut Kohl has fretted about how the West is being too tough on Russia. Opinion polls also suggest that the German public is deeply reluctant to confront Russia – with just under 50 per cent saying they see Germany’s role as mediating between Russia and the US. By these standards, it is Angela Merkel’s relative toughness that is the aberration." Financial Times
32 weeks ago
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In North Korea 99.9% are as happy as they have ever been. Dunce!
32 weeks ago
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He provides links to back up his argument. Agree or not he has done vastly more than you have. Maybe someday you will figure out who the real dunce is.
32 weeks ago
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So Putin being successful so far in the business of being murderously self-serving should impress us?
32 weeks ago
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What to do?

Regular people, we the people, for now ignore the government as much as possible. Yet Government, feeling their grasp of power loosening by the power of technology, attempts to tighten its grip upon its citizens by selected laws as well as ignoring others for supposedly future gains.

High national pride in Russia is limited to that part of the world. Europe is in the most danger from potential Russian expansion. Putin is living a fanstasy for as long as reality is kept at bay by parades, militarily maneuvers and purges.

Chinese are not fools. Even with agressive military leaders attacking US interests is like robbing a the customer at the Bank of China. If it happens the US no longer woud want to be a customer anymore really quickly.

The balance of the world is in flux, however it is those in power getting a hard dose of truth that has been known for centuries. It was written in a document dated July 4th, 1776.

Most people, even the US President, focus on the unalienable rights. They forget where the power to secure these rights comes from. It is so easy, like for Putin, to use the brute force of Government to get whatever they want. When a government is just the government is secure. Is the Russian government just? No. Is the US government just? No. Unlike Russia, the mechanism or foundation to rebuild upon the document of the Declaration of Independence shows us the way. For the Russians to throw off governments like Putin requires more than protests. Even in the US, it will take continued effort to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.

While we want change tomorrow it is on its way from advancement in technology, innovation and invention. It is inevitable. What isn't is if people like Putin or Obama reduce the world to atomic ash before it can happen. I am betting yes, if I am wrong it won't matter.

While the storms of today are rough when it is over the future will be bright indeed.
32 weeks ago
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Merkel wants peace. Even Putin wants peace. Obama wants war.

The German chancellor for her part viewed the timing of the Kiev offensive as an American attempt to dictate to Berlin and Europe its policy of harsh, unequivocal confrontation with President Putin - when she had come to Washington to urge Obama to start listening to the Russian president instead of turning a deaf ear. [http://debka.com/article/23890/Ukraine-slides-into-civil-war-amid-Merkel%E2%80%99s-bid-to-bridge-US-Russian-differences-Putin-resigns-responsibility]
32 weeks ago
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Putin wants the Ukraine, the Ukrainians don't want him. If he forces the issue, there should be war whether anyone wants it or not.
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