I mentioned on the Peoplenomics report Wednesday that the fellow who is probably America’s best financial astrologer, Arch Crawford, was predicting a long-lasting impact – on the order of years from an event – that would happen sometime in the past week.
Well, to us, it looks like he has nailed it. On the other hand, sometimes the “big news” with huge carry-values off into the future, are not so apparent down at the “local sheep level.”
The story? Russia has dissolved its Parliament and Vladimir Putin is in the process of “de-presidenting” Russia a bit. As Russia Today (RT.com) noted in its coverage:
“It is an attempt to transform a super-centralized personified system of power into a more balanced and diversified one… with a strong president but not as strong as today.”
A couple of long-term facts are coming to light:
First is that since the fall of the Soviet Union and the de facto collapse of Stalinist communism ( since adopted by Bernie Sanders’ campaign staff), Russia has been moving to become a much more competitive semi-democratic state.
Second, this is not necessarily “good” for the U.S. because there are certain dynamics in play that could make Russia a more desirable place (in the long term), than the United States. Especially if the democratization drift continues.
Postulating a bit, I rather expect Putin would have become even less powerful and even more subservient to elected power, except for one thing: The U.S. Impeachment debacle.
I have a lot of respect for Putin – it would be interesting to have a beer with the bloke – but here he is, giving a bit more power to their elected Parliament. He would likely have gone even further, were we not witness to what happens when a left-wing uprising overtakes on house of congress.
Putin’s no doubt figuring – just as we have – that the Money Wing of the Democrat Party is going to steamroller Bernie, Liz, and Amy by simply dragging the Impeachment debacle out long-enough to keep all senators in their chairs ahead of Super Tuesday. This (what Nancy is doing) will pave the way to Mike Bloomie to come in and write enough checks to “big-shot his way in.” My consigliere reports you can’t turn on the telly in Ohio without seeing 3-4 Bloomie ads per break
Trust you saw the Project Veritas report on how a senior Bernista campaigner is threatening violence if Bernie doesn’t sell with the voters. This is the mod God-awful, screwed-up, contorted mess I’ve been in a long time!
Essentially, with Putin reorganizing things, the debacle/collapse here in latter-day Rome has likely prevented Putin from relaxing his reins of power, even more.
But understand, this is all part of the plan of the Globalist Cabal: We need to be ruled over by fear-mongering “Big Powers” and having Russia declare itself to be turning inward and focusing on its own Nation-building, would have a calamitous impact on the U.S. financial markets, because much of the war-making implement trade would begin to fold-up. And there’s too much “money in dying” to tolerate that.
Let’s look at just a few objective data points, however, and see where Russia is really going:
- They have been not easy to deal with in Syria,, but on the other hand, we haven’t gone up the escalation path.
- The “land grab in Ukraine” was a two-fold project any school-child (but maybe not John Bolton or the neocons) could recognize. Russia was a) getting back a warm-water port and b) they were restoring the Russian perimeter to Tsarist times. Repeat after me: Catherine the Great. Remember, Russia has had females in national leadership roles while we? Not so much…
- Putin is looking at building an economy not so dependent on making up soft social industries like the U.S. While we are cranking out degrees and grants to promote climate, genderism, racial divides, and a victimology culture,
- Russia is already facing the prospect of a declining population. More details in Wikipedia citing “As of 1 January 2019, the population of Russia is 144,438,554 excluding Crimea and Sevastopol, whose annexation is not recognized by most UN members. Including Crimea and Sevastopol, the population is 146,801,931 as of January 2, 2020. Compared to the previous year, the population decreased in Russia by 99,712, the result of a net migration gain of 124,884, and a natural population loss of 224,566. ” Ure bottom line here is they have less than half our population…and with negative population growth, not a very strong case for expansionism or war-making.
- The U.S., meantime, is pressing (through un-voted policies) an attack on its once white majority (which will become a minority in less than 20-years – with no voting or discussion of a 35% racial profile in less than 70 years – not quite genocide, but racism? You tell me…), to convert the former Anglo’s to non-breeders, and bring in more immigrants to create minion jobs and expand the US social services bureaucracies. Which will swell the military and improve gang membership – this last of which which will demand more police which will require more taxes, more consolidation of central government authority in the U.S……The data is stark! Everything Is a Business Model.
- Meantime, with less than half our population? Russia’s land mass 6.3 million square miles. The U.S. is 3.8 million square miles. Repeat after me: 25% of the population density.
Let’s roll it up here, since writing geography curriculum is not our main focus, although demograchy drives a lot of things.
Putin’s anti-gay policies are because Russia’s in negative growth. Virility and offspring are the tonic. The U.S. is promoting genderism to neuter a class of residents. However, we’re somewhat heartened to report James Bond: Barbara Broccoli says character ‘will remain male’.
Seriously? Government ought to be neutral on such matters, but the data argues government’s aren’t. It’s a “new industry” after all. (We’d offer a statistical comparison of long-term population impacts of religious policies too, since gov’t’s aren’t alone; citing the Vatican and Islamic leaderships, but again, what does that have to do with making a buck?)
Key Takeaway: The U.S. needs not one, but two enemies – one for either side of the country. Russia has been enough of a threat to NATO that the East Coast can worry and China for the West Coast. Military spending, right and left.
If Putin turned Russia into a more democratic, less nuclear, greater growth potential country, sustainable, lower cost civilization, care to take a wild-ass guess who that might be negatively impacted by that in the long run?
We score it a direct hit for Arch Crawford. Like the commercial says “This changes everything.” Shhh… Don’t mention this to the sleeping flock.
Spending to the Ending is America’s friending…
Details? “Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December 2019, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $529.6 billion, an increase of 0.3 percent (±0.4 percent)* from the previous month, and 5.8 percent (±0.7 percent) above December 2018. Total sales for the 12 months of 2019 were up 3.6 percent (±0.4 percent) from 2018. Total sales for the October 2019 through December 2019 period were up 4.1 percent (±0.5 percent) from the same period a year ago. The October 2019 to November 2019 percent change was revised from up 0.2 percent (±0.4 percent)* to up 0.3 percent (±0.3 percent)*. Retail trade sales were up 0.4 percent (±0.4 percent)* from November 2019, and 6.0 percent (±0.5 percent) above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 19.2 percent (±1.4 percent) from December 2018, and gasoline stations were up 11.3 percent (±1.2 percent) from last year. ”
Good related article in Fortune today: Exclusive: Consumer confidence nears a record high in the U.S., but dips in China and Europe.
Money, Money, Money
Cue some theme music!
Figured a warm-up for the Fed Repo Depot report would be worthwhile:
They doled-out how many billion today? $ 74.15 -billion. Dow futures up more than 75 when last checked.
And Bitcoins were going for $8,727 earlier. Repeat after me: “America unhinged!”
In the Shorts
Family up north is not amused:. And my buddy “the Major” reported snow on the ground in the Tacoma area, so no need to “go to the moutains ” Climate change is bringing it to the PNW low-landers.
In fairness to the weather-monetizers and carbon creditors, warm enough to BBQ hear yesterday. Cooling to a high of only 68 today, but it will be back to freezing Monday. Super warm in Russia this winter, BTW, speaking of Ruskies, as we were. One lawmaker there blaming US Climate Weapons.
We keep asking “What’s Boeing’s plan, here?” Southwest pulls Boeing 737 Max until June as airlines dig in for longer delays.
Trump Trade Deal aside, Iran says Europeans “sold out” nuke deal under Trump’s tariff threat. Yeah…un-huh… NY Times DealBook: Winners and Losers of the Trade Deal. And back to Fortune for analysis figuring ‘Unrealistically high:’ Experts doubt China can fulfill its targets in ‘Phase One’ of the U.S. trade deal.
And the Pillage of Taxpayers continues as On Taxpayers’ Dime, Foreigners Get Free College In US.
If you haven’t read it yet, this comes from Rand Paul’s 2019 Festivus report is a dandy expose on government waste in excess of $50-billion last year. Among his picks:
- Bought an elementary school gym scoreboard at a 491% markup (BIA) $13,000 ?
- Sent international students to college for free (State) $15,825,000
- Studied the habits of online dating app users (NIH and NSF)$1,200,000
- Taught Lao to Laotians (USAID) $20,000,000
- Improved the quality of TV in Moldova (State) $2,000,000
- Paid to teach social scientists how to apply for grants (NSF) $103,777
- Allowed the 1033 Program to be abused (DOD) $2,711,255
- “Tested” whether social justice improves STEM education (NSF) $649,773
- Funded a week of summer school for grad students (NSF) ……………………… $49,990
- Developed 6 undergrad course units on food marketing (NIFA) $128,054
We found, an extremely useful read, especially when it comes to the State Dept. giving away money:
“For millions of Americans, community colleges offer an affordable option for receiving a college education and gaining a competitive edge in the job market. But despite American families scrimping and saving to afford college, the State Department is using your taxes to pay the tuition of international students enrolled in American community colleges.
Avid readers of The Waste Report may recall a 2015 entry in which we exposed the profligate spending of the Community College Initiative (CCI),8 an exchange program that, according to the State Department, “provides scholarships [to students from other countries] to spend up to one academic year at U.S[.] community colleges.”9 Since this program is so out of step with the Trump administration’s agenda, one might have expected it to have been ended by now. “
This is not to say America’s past saving. But we certainly aren’t past spending, either…
Moron the ‘morrow, and write when you get rich…