Ten Lessons To Lead A Nation

“Analysts name Putin’s ten lessons for Russia’s future political leaders” – TASS

There is not a doubt in the world that all through the ‘Putin Time’ Russia has grown and flourished like it would not have done under any other leadership.

President Putin has manoeuvred Russia from being, and not entirely of its own doing, an almost failed state to now currently a nation with stability, solidity and a position in the family of nations that is the envy of all others (which is usually measured by the amount of vitriol in the language they use) – in spite of the best attempts, by those who believe that such lofty things are their own specific birthright, to undermine the efforts and success of both the Russian people and those (such success is never a one-man show, but does require exquisite leadership) who have led the nation to such achievement.  And that is also why an unjust (and largely unsuccessful) campaign of fear and hatred has been waged against President Putin in particular.  

The man is an inspired and inspiring genius – and as such, stands tall as an eagle in the presence of all the turkeys arrayed against him.  There is no other.  President Xi of China may one day contend, but he has yet to prove himself.  Trump of course is just one of the mediocre turkeys who has so far managed to escape the chopping block.

I won’t comment on the ‘ten lessons’ of Putin’s success as outlined in the TASS article, since I couldn’t come up with anything better, and they do on the face of it fit the bill.  To fill his shoes, any future leader will have to be exceptional.  But he is now taking steps to protect the work that has been already done (which must have the West weeping into its weak turkey soup) and we must not forget that he has (hopefully) another four years of brilliance to further astound us with. And astounded, I feel sure, we will be.

Wearying, But Worth it – Putin’s Press Conference

For the first time I watched most of President Putin’s annual press conference live this year, in fact last night. Well, nothing much of any importance or relevance is happening anywhere else in the world at the moment, so why not? The conference, as it turned out, went for about four and a quarter hours, with him continuously answering questions from roughly 400-500 journalists in the room. I switched off at 12.30 am to retire to bed and so just missed the end of it.

This is a remarkable gift to the community of mankind, both locally and globally, by a man who is a figurative dynamo and has his finger on the details of all aspects of interest to everyone, even though at times it gets down to very local issues being discussed.

I present here, with English translation, the whole recorded conference. Note this link replaces the original one I used. It is, as far as I know, unedited and covers the whole event.

I don’t expect anyone to watch the whole thing, but if you do, I think you will be amazed, although trying to keep up with the translation over the top of the Russian dialogue for so long, I found to be quite wearying. 

Alternatively, you might prefer to glance through TASS snippet posts of various highlight moments here: https://tass.com/putins-annual-media-conference

Going Out With A Bang?

The single most dangerous time (for the world) in the cycle of US Presidential incumbency, especially with a President who has accomplished virtually nothing of merit or memorability, is the final year of office for the outgoing President.

He, I was going to say ‘He/She’ but there never has been a ‘She’ and it looks unlikely to happen for a while yet, will be spending that final year desperately looking for something, anything, with which he can go out on a high note.

A war would suffice, would it not?  There doesn’t appear to be much else presenting itself as an option.  Even his climate change proposals have been shot down.

I suppose he could hand back that sick award he was given seven years ago, the Nobel Peace Prize.  What a joke that was.  That would make a splash, of sorts, to leave on.  But no, I don’t see it happening.

So, war it is then, …and the preliminary preparations appear to be under way: The Pentagon has fired the first shot in a new arms race

‘In the last months of his presidency, this detachment is ending.’ President Barack Obama talks to defence secretary Ashton Carter.  Photograph: Pool/Getty Images


See also: US ‘to quadruple defence budget for Europe’

Of course, this belligerent posing by the US, is based on the entirely non-existent ‘Russian aggression’ that they are so afraid of.  It is a complete figment of their imagination but it works in well with their own aggressive purposes.  We all know that they want, and expect to become, Masters of the Universe.  But Russia, or maybe even Russia and China, is standing in the way.  The US may have bullied most of the rest of the world into submission to their hegemonic, hedonistic aims, but those two nations and especially Russia will not in any way bow the knee, and for that we must be very grateful.  That must irk the shit out of the Yanks.

I won’t go into details here, but Russia under President Vladimir Putin, has shown no form of aggression against the United States, nor any European nation either.  On the contrary, he has demonstrated that he is prepared to work with those nations in the best interests of peace in the world.  The world needs Russia and Russia needs the world, just the way it is.  The same cannot be said for the warmongers who gather daily at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

To suggest that Russia has in any way invaded or interfered in the Ukraine civil war, is pure nonsense.  There are no Russian forces in Ukraine nor has there been since the breakup of the USSR.  The civil war, the unrest, and the bankruptcy of the state of Ukraine, lays entirely at the feet of the US, their attack dogs in NATO, and the greed and complicity of the European Monetary Union.  Well, all of that hard work the US put in to setting up a puppet state there has backfired in their faces and as usual the US has all but abandoned Ukraine to its fate as a failed state which the EU will have to bail out unless they go crawling back to Russia.

That is the true situation.  It will not be heard in Western circles I know, except in the readership of blogs like mine.  And there are a few.  Some of them with much wider coverage than I will ever have.  Some of them in the US itself.  You see, not all of the people can be fooled all of the time.  The perpetrators of Western aggression need to know that.  And they need to know that they will never reach a state of total dominance over this planet.  Not while people like me are alive.

And, if it comes to actual war,  …well, the much vaunted US military has failed to win one yet.  Unless you count that one where they fought themselves.

Maintaining The Trust

In spite of the almost daily barrage of innuendo, misrepresentation and outright lies emanating from biased Western media, the disinformation and outright lies coming from Western government propaganda sources and the pure gibberish put out by oral mucous ejecting, rabid, uninformed and ill-informed internet opinion ‘experts’ and trolls, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin still, after all this time, manages to present as the only extant sane world and national leader currently operating.  His people should be proud.

No, I am not a Putin Fanboy.  I just recognise the difference between quality and Kmart.


I personally trust this man.  I trust his judgement.  I trust his integrity.  I trust his motives.  I trust his vision for his nation and the future.  Why?  Because I believe that I fully understand what he is trying to do, and his reasons and passion for pursuing those goals, which are at the same time, simple, reasonable and laudable.

I cannot, unfortunately, make the same statement about any other world leader, nor about any of the prospective replacements for them over the next few years.

Why do Western nations have to choose idiots, criminals, fools and the disreputable to lead them.  I always thought that the cream was supposed to rise to the top.  There is obviously something inherently wrong, sick, corrupt or just plain bad about how we in the West set about getting someone with the right human attributes and characteristics to lead us.  And this is not a new phenomenon.  It has been this way for a while now.  It reflects pretty badly on our societies, on our collective and individual values, and our lack of backbone and gumption to do any fucking thing about it.  We are content to sit back and let slimy snakes from the undercurrents of our sewer systems drag us to the brink of war and national ruin.  Not to mention assisting corrupt and evil corporate organisations to feed us shit, make us sick, and rob us blind in pretending to treat us make us well again.  Well fuck ’em all.  We deserve what we get, unless we decide to take care of ourselves in spite of the situation and ignoring everything they try to tell us is being done for our good.

Hmm… Well, that’s not what I started this for, so I will just end by offering this RT article for your reading pleasure and hope that it will dispel some of the crappy lies ‘they’ want you to believe, and it is much more than just the title may indicate: Russia supports both Assad troops and rebels in battle against ISIS – Putin

Happy reading, or whatever.  I think I need a drink.


We Are So Totally Stuffed – Ain’t Life Grand?

My heart grows so heavy every time I try to think about what next year will bring for us.  I can only see darkness.  No glimmer of hope.  And I can’t pinpoint one thing, selectively, that I could point to as being the cause of that.

Could this be the end?  For me personally (because I can’t see through it)?  For most of us (our rock bottom, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it moment)?  For all of us (nuclear Armageddon or natural catastrophe)?

Or is it possibly because so many disruptions await us next year that they are inseparable, their effects incalculable and their resulting destruction inescapable?

I don’t know.  Believe me, I would tell you, if I had any clear idea.  I just know that there are so many acute possibilities for life changing/ending events accumulating at this time and any one of them, any grouping of them, or all of them together, could make life difficult, untenable or downright impossible for any and all living things on this planet.

The large threats remain as the usual suspects.  Those things will never go away until we reform our social structures and personal expectations and get out from under the regime of greed, exploitation and animosity that currently define us …but there is little sign of willingness to alter any of those things.  Maybe a little cosmetic adjustment here and there, but nothing materially affecting the way we live.

Most of us in any case have little or no understanding of how the way we live is endangering our capability to continue living.

And so, unbridled climatic reactions will continue unabated, transmuting from the merely annoying and inconvenient events that we have tasted so far, to truly terrifying, destructive and epoch ending catastrophes that will snuff out our lives like so many candles in a gale, through storms and floods and fires and unbearable heat and cold and upheavals in the ground on which we walk and the mountains above us and the eruption of molten magma from volcanoes and ground fissures and the throwing of billions of tons of rock and dust into our atmosphere to create perpetual darkness and winter, ending countless lives through asphyxiation or in agonising pain of slow starvation which could also result simply from extended drought and lifeless soils.  These things are not in question.  The trigger has been pressed.  The ball is rolling, and gathering momentum.  Like it or not, there is little we can do to prevent it, despite the fact that we are about to be asked to pay for massively expensive but worthless attempts to do so.  Who can tell if the speed of events will overtake us in the next decade or two, or whether it will play out over this century or into the next?  But it will come, and the signs are there for a fairly rapid escalation.  Only an ice-age will stop it, and we wouldn’t really want to be around for that either, I think.

And so,  …I can’t go on explaining the other major options for civilisation-ending events.  I have said these things so many times.  I can’t go through it all again about why.  Just take it as read, and imminent, and just think about how your world would be without money, job, home, welfare, health service, pharmacies, supermarkets, restaurants, any means of powered transport, electricity, gas, running water, telephone, schools or day care, police to protect you, cleaners to clean up after you, sanitation, a defense force, prisons, eyeliner, blush, waxing or tanning treatments, clothing or shoe shops.  And without hope of any of those things ever being restored to how you have relied on them (some maybe unknowingly or unrecognised) so far in your life.  Now, what are you going to do?  How will you cope?  How will you survive?  Will you survive?  Have you the will to survive?  There will be no anti-depressants, no drug-pushers to allow you a means of escape from reality.  It will be a case of get real or get out.  And real life can be extremely difficult without the trappings of a modern, cultural, society to molly-coddle you.  Enough said.

There is one thing though that I want to mention more specifically as being (or becoming increasingly so, in my mind) a potential cause for the darkness that I see surrounding the prospects for anything good coming out of the year 2016, and that is the prospect of global warfare erupting at any moment during the year.  The risks are once again very high for an escalation of such a conflict to the level of a nuclear exchange that would, or could, end life on Earth.  Let me explain the reasoning.

The United States, or at least its leaders, the ruling elite (as distinguished from the ordinary folk, who are mostly just like any other folk anywhere), want, plan for, and have the expectation that it is their destiny to rule and govern the world.  It’s a thing called US Hegemony, and everyone else around the world is supposed to accept that, agree with the concept, and live with it, like it or not.  It’s why they have the largest military force of any nation, bigger than that of pretty much all other nations combined.  That doesn’t mean a thing of course, because they know that they can’t move without the support of all of their allies and other Western nations not within their immediate inner circle, known as ‘The Five Eyes’.  All of the native English speaking nations in case you were not aware.

Now, that’s all well and good, from their perspective, and no-one ought to have any problem with accepting the concept of being a US vassal for ever, should they?  That’s a rhetorical question.  I don’t need assistance with the answer.

The only problem is, some nations leaders do have a problem with it, and will never accept the US as vassal overlords for their people and lands.  And who could blame them when they take a look at how the US treats its own people, where 50% of the nation’s wealth belongs to the top 1% of the country’s population.  Not only that, but the US has the largest proportion of its people incarcerated in overcrowded jailhouses of any other nation on Earth.  Not to mention that they tend to shoot each other more often than anyone else and most of them can only make ends meet by living off a food stamps handouts because they don’t have a means of income at all or can only find demeaning part time jobs.  It’s not a pretty picture by any set of standards.  The surprising thing is that the US can find anyone to be their allies or friends.

So, who are these upstart world leaders who will not submit to US Hegemony?  Well, the largest of them are Russia and China who together with a number of economic partner nations (the BRICS) are forming an alternative bloc (defined as: a group of people or countries that are connected by a treaty or agreement or by common goals) for mutual economic benefit.  I can foresee that as interest wanes across the world, in being associated with the US, either economically or militarily, this bloc could well grow in strength.

As it stands, if both Russia and China stood together to oppose the US in a military conflict, with or without the support of current US allies, they could beat the pants off their enemies with no trouble.  The major problem with that is that a wounded and losing US military would be very likely to escalate the conflict to a nuclear war status, and that would not end well for any of us or our innocent other planetary life-forms.

The US must be aware of all these facts, and yet they are so caught up in their obsession to rule the world as overlords, that they continue to push Russia in particular to accede to the hegemony that they see as rightfully theirs.  That is the reason behind NATO expansion into Eastern Europe.  That is the reason for the troubles in Ukraine and the setting up of a US puppet government in that country.  That is the reason for the bringing down of flight MH317.  That is the reason for them setting turkey up to shoot down a Russian military aircraft.  Goading, goading, goading.  All aimed at irking Russia into starting something.  Having failed to stir up a war over Ukraine, they are now trying the same thing in Montenegro.  They will never stop, until they get their way or until Russia bloodies their nose, or their allies desert them after seeing them as the lunatics that they are.  That last, may not be that far away.  But they may then become desperate lunatics, and such are pretty dangerous both to themselves and everyone around them.

I offer this article from Dr. Paul Craig Roberts as supporting evidence for my assertions above: War Is On The Horizon: Is It Too Late To Stop It?  It makes very interesting and revealing reading.  Dr. Roberts credentials to speak on these matters are considerable.  He was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan administration and has a host of other worthy accolades.

This YouTube video also offers a useful perspective:

Another commenter, James Howard Kunstler, seems to be of similar mind. The Story Line Dissolves   I wonder what his year-end predictions will be for 2016?

And what of Russia?  Are they being pushed too far?  How much more pushing and pressure will President Putin and his advisers take before they react other than in the calm way that they have hitherto?  Mr Putin is on the brink, I think.  A renewed flare-up in Ukraine (which  the US has just funded through the IMF), one more incident with Turkey, a step too far in Montenegro, or even just a passing insult from US leaders, may push him that once too far.  I would rather he held firm and steady, waiting for the next crack to appear in the Western alliance shaky foundations.  European nations and Canada are already beginning to distance themselves from the US/NATO position especially in Ukraine and now also in requests for further support in the Middle East.  But such movements and weakening in bargaining positions only serve to heighten tensions among the major contenders.

Listen carefully to Predident Putin’s words on this short clip from his comments at the Valdai Club in October 2015:

“If The Fight Is Inevitable, Be The First To Hit”

A fight does appear to me to be inevitable, unless the US backs off.  But they continue to push for a fight with Russia.  They will not back off.  Such a step is not in their plans, but even so, I’m not sure they would have recognised the gravity of Putin’s statement, if they even cared to listen.

We live in dangerous times.  I repeat, my heart grows heavy at the prospects that await us next year, whatever they may be.

My slogan for 2016?  Based on the above, it could be any of:

  • 2016  – The Darkness Grows
  • 2016  – Could This Be The End?
  • 2016  – Hegemony or Bust
  • 2016  – Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’
  • 2016  – Clash Of The Titans
  • 2016  – A Goad Too Far
  • 2016  – Last Out, Turn Lights… Oh, They’re Already Off!
  • 2016  – If Collapse Don’t Get Ya, The Nukes Just Might
  • 2016  – And The Skies Shall Fall    (title of an appropriate book I am reading)

High Ideals And Forward Thinking

Russia – A nation to look to for high ideals and forward thinking.

While other major players on the world stage are bogged down in grubby, costly and destructive, oil centered dramas, Russia is aiming to be self-sufficient in food by 2020.

“Ten years ago, we imported almost half of the food from abroad, and were dependent on imports. Now Russia is among the exporters. Last year, Russian exports of agricultural products amounted to almost $20 billion – a quarter more than the revenue from the sale of arms, or one-third the revenue coming from gas exports,” said President Putin.


Photo: © Eduard Korniyenko / Reuters  


“American Feelgood Is More Important Than Syrian Lives.” – Obama

Let’s be clear, President Obama didn’t actually say that to the UN General Assembly, but that is his underlying message.

Russian President Putin, on the other hand, to quote this article:

“Putin is right. Everyone knows Putin is right, that the only way forward in Syria, if not to eternal slaughter, is via the established government of Bashar al-Assad and his Lebanese and Iranian allies.”

Who is the greater man? Who is the more worthy leader (in spite of the veiled digs of Henry Kissinger)?  Again, quoting this article:

“The result of American and British grandstanding at the UN this week – seeing who can be ruder about Assad – is that Vladimir Putin has gathered ever more cards to his pack. Putin has already performed the two primary duties of a Russian leader, bringing stability and pride. He now faces turbulent Russian minorities across his European frontier and a serious menace from Muslim states to his south. He is perforce becoming a player on a wider stage. He has read Iran, India and Syria correctly. He is no fool.”

One final quote:

“…western policy in the region …has been a disaster. If we have nothing more intelligent to say on Syria, we should listen to Putin. He has.”

This post inspired by:  Why the west should listen to Putin on Syria

Tick Tick Tick (per Jim Kunstler)

I often share posts by Jim Kunstler from his Clusterfuck Nation blog, but hey guys, this is a masterpiece of interesting writing, reflecting the typical dumb, canned attitude of US media towards Russia, and the brilliant take-down, but always polite, responses from President Putin.  Along, of course, with some biting Kunstler wit.

To be enjoyed by all: Tick Tick Tick