If you´re feeling the pinch in our age of austerity, you might want to hark back to life in the last years of the Soviet Union. Shop shelves were often bare, long lines for food were a regular sight and some children just didn´t have that youthful glint in their eyes you might expect. As was the essence of communism, the USSR´s economic system was highly centralised and based on inflexible five-year plans rather than market forces. Years of military expansion also hindered growth.[Snip]The unrest grew to such an extent that the USSR finally collapsed on Boxing Day 1991, shortly
As I have posted in the past, wife and I went to moscow twice in 1996, and things were pretty bad then. The entire city is always under a cloud of pollution, littering is unbelievably bad, even at the moscow airport. drivers are absolutely insane, gas stations, state run, were only open during weekdays. If you needed gasoline on a weekend, young men along the highway would sell you a jug of gas. or wash your car, using a bucket brigade from a creek.
This wasn`t just the `last days` of the Soviet Union. This was e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y in the Soviet Union.
This is an example of centrally planned top down crony govn on full display. Everything was up for grabs. Nothing got done without the permission from the top. A simple decision took weeks or perhaps never. The U.S. will morph into this nightmare the more govn intrudes into our lives. Food, energy and health care shortages are coming in our future. None of it is necessary as we have survived for more than 200 years without it but as we have seen the past 4 years, ideology is beginning to trump all.
The Cold war would have been over a lot sooner if we know how broke the USSR was at the time. They did a hell of a job concealing it.I guess it´s arguable that Reagan´s star wars finally broke their back.
Considered this America´s future this morning as I was driving through the dreary, rainy, cold streets while listening to the obligatory 2012 headlines in review on the radio. And that ´fall´ of the USSR didn´t last long. Putin is back and even Stalin´s statue has been returned to Georgia.
Listen to yourselves... You have all given up already. We haven´t even tried to fight back and you all have allowed the left to make you believe you are already defeated. How many of you are doing something productive to fight against this? You have to be creative. Organize folks. Make calls, write letters, get involved! Turn off the TV and get out there and make a difference. I just hear people resigning themselves to the idea that we are now slaves and have only nightmares to look forward to. Is that what you really want?? It must be because I don´t see anyone doing anything but sitting and waiting for the worst to come. Oh, maybe a few folks hope someone will come sweeping in on a white horse and save us all...but it won´t happen. It is up to all of US to change things. They can´t win without our consent. But the apathy, complacency, the desire to be saved, etc, seems to be ensuring their victory over us. I guess folks really don´t care about their future anymore.
Look at Detroit! Look at Los Angeles! I cant believe how LA has deteriorated in the past 10 years.
Eventually, you run out of money and drive the money makers out of the city/county/state/country. Hollywood does more and more filming in Canada, New Zealand and other areas. Most of California´s manufacturing has left the state.
Socialism always, always fails long term. And a socialists excuse for the never ending failures is that it was never implemented right.
Way, way late, #16. The destruction of America started 150 years ago when the federal army became the governors of many states, when habeas corpus was suspended,when dissenters were jailed. Further disassembled when feds took control of economy through regulation under TR. Further destroyed a hundred years ago with income tax and new senator election amendments instituted. Don´t even think of the socialist onslaught of FRD/Hopkins/Perkins and the disembowelment by LBJ, Clinton, and Obama and you think we´re going to recover by writing letters and making phone calls? How naive.
Hey, look at Seattle and Portland, OR as well. Sad-looking, grimy, pothole streets, surly union demonstratiors always out there screaming about something! Pike Market, yes, the famous Pike Street market taking on an air of businesses barely making it. I remember what a clean, well-kept city Seattle once was! No more!!!
Those of us attempting to put together a "survival" package for the coming hard times should take note. No man or family, can survive alone. Not for very long, anyway. What happens when you come out of your hut six months or a year after the fall? You get to enter an even worse world! The only true survival plan is to act strongly to preserve your nation as a strong, wealthy state! Hiding and withdrawing into yourself is a suicide pact.
It is a good thing Obama is so lazy. He works a 4 hour day on a good day. If he was a harder worker, we would be closer to this. The Russians are tough as evidenced by WWII. Unfortunately the Russians are not rugged individualists like many in the U.S. Vast sections of the U.S. do not take kindly to a central government telling them what to do. I disagree that this is the future of America. I dare anyone who disagrees to go into a rural town and say they from the government and are there to to confiscate everyones weapons or register all farm animals for a per capita tax. The folks in the blue sections of the U.S. have no idea what will happen when they push the folks too far. The seething resentment in the red sections will be unleashed. The majority of the shooters in our country´s military all come from small towns for a reason. The blue sections cannot or will not fight. They do not know anyone whose kids are fighting in our current wars.
I´m with #16. For you people who think it is over - what are you going to do - wait till we are all pathetic & hopeless to take action? As one poster said, you can´t fight when you stand in line for food, starving. You might as well go jump off a cliff now & save yourself the misery. If you REALLY believe it is hopeless, make up your mind to die trying - your demise will at least mean something. I, for one, will not be anybody´s serf.
I was there during the transition from user to Russia. I knew it was over at a kremlin business dinner for the us-ussr trade and economic council meeting. Rychkov was presiding when Gorbachev unexpectedly came in like some kind of rock star. Someone handed him a Rolex watch- and he took it. When the tanks fired on politicians and Yeltsin stood on the tanks- someone interviewed me and asked what I thought. I replied, what if that had happened on our Congress? Would you cheer? It was one of my Russian contacts who indicated that Obama was who he is. The senate has yet to pass a budget and the pigs are all at the trough. Did Hilary or /Obama? Set up our Ambassador to be killed? Or are they that incompetent? Why did the WH watch for 7 hours as they were murdered and do nothing? How could Obama go to bed and then a LV fundraiser? What was Jarrett doing and why?
#18, I am not suggesting only making calls and writing letters. That is just one thing we should be doing. We need to get involved, motivate others, organize, etc. There are hundreds of things we should be doing and aren´t. If you think that it was all over 150 years ago, then why bother voting? Why not just join the Democrats? They´d be happy to have another accepting slave on their side. I don´t give up that easily. Why didn´t the founders just give up to the British?? They had everything to lose and were way outmanned by the greatest military in the world. Only a small number of folks even wanted independence. They were dying in the freezing snow, starving, and had all odds against them but didn´t give up. But we can´t even bother to put a few hours a week into fighting against these tyrants who´re the minority? And we have TRUTH on our side too!! No, laziness, apathy, complacency is all I see. We´ve been so spoiled that we´re willing to let it be taken away cuz we can´t be bothered. Ugh...
#16, there´s not a great deal some of us can do (because of the infirmities of age, for example). But I do post as much useful information as I can, especially regarding universal health care. It´s ammunition in the fight against rampant liberalism. I do spread information away from Lucianne.com too--as diplomatically as possible without weakening the message and never saying "I told you so" (or giving an Obama Wink) when my friends have come around to more sensible thinking.
How offensive is the phrase ‘bongo bongo land’, used by Godfrey Bloom, a Ukip MEP, in a private address to party activists in which he inveighed against foreign aid? [Snip] As such drums were most common in Africa, ‘bongo bongo land’ was once used as a derogatory reference to that continent. But is it very offensive? It’s hard to think so. As Mr Bloom said in an interview on yesterday morning’s Today programme on Radio 4, since bongo bongo land doesn’t actually exist, its inhabitants can hardly take umbrage.
TUCSON — Young immigrants known as the “Dream 9” were released Wednesday from federal custody in Arizona, a small step in their bid to win asylum in the United States. The immigration activists were released on parole, which allows them to return to their American communities until they get the chance to argue for asylum before an immigration judge. The nine were tranferred by bus from the Eloy Detention Center in south-central Arizona to Tucson, where their arrival was welcomed by immigrant rights activists. “You’re here!” shouted someone in the crowd. Some of the dreamers and their supporters were crying.
Yemeni officials said Wednesday that the country´s security forces had broken up several plots by al Qaeda militants but the government distanced itself from those reports later in the day, illustrating Washington´s challenges as it tries to work with Yemen´s government to combat al Qaeda´s branch there. The relationship between Washington and the government in San´a is under scrutiny now, as the U.S. says Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is behind a new terror alert that has led the State Department to stop work at embassies and issue world-wide travel alerts. Though questions remained over whether Yemen
The Government’s decision this week to pull all staff out of our embassy in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, raises questions about why we are spending some £3 million a year of taxpayers’ money on this dusty, dangerous diplomatic outpost. Why bother with a country that shows every sign of being a basket case? [Snip] Their lives could scarcely be less glamorous than the usual diplomatic round of receptions. They are the trailer trash of that world--literally. So great are the risks in Sana’a that inside their “fort” our staff sleep and eat in containers--the kind used for shipping freight.
As Chelsea Clinton continues her charity tour of Africa with her dad, she has admitted that she is reinventing herself after shunning the spotlight for much of her life. "I had very much led a deliberately private life for a very long time," she told CNN´s Nima Elbagir on Monday during a stop in Rwanda, adding, "I´m attempting to lead a purposefully public life." Growing up in the White House, the Clintons tried hard to shield their only child from the media´s harsh glare. But even as she entered adulthood, she shied away from attention. At the age
In domestic disputes with Republicans, President Obama mostly frames the debate as a clash of values. He tries to win contests of ideas. He’d be wise to stick to that higher-level framing in explaining why he canceled a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin often acts as if Russia is in a competition of geopolitical interests rather than values. When Edward Snowden sought asylum after stealing official American secrets, the Kremlin--which has few compunctions about domestic surveillance--treated the fugitive as merely a pawn in a global power play. In Syria, Putin sees little value in ending the mass
Yemen says it has foiled an audacious Al Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize key ports, as US special operations forces reportedly prepare for action in the country. Security forces thwarted a plan by terrorists to take over oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital in the eastern part of the country, a government official said today. Rajeh Badi, press advisor to Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, said the plot involved dozens of Al Qaeda militants dressed in Yemeni army uniforms storming the facilities on the night of the 27th of the Muslim month
New US drone strikes reportedly killed seven alleged al-Qaida members in southern Yemen on Wednesday after the government in Sana´a claimed to have foiled a large-scale terrorist attack and the US and Britain evacuated their embassy staff. Security officials told the Associated Press (AP) the latest drone attacks hit targets in Shabwa province, where residents reported seeing two vehicles and several bodies on fire. The news came as details emerged in the capital of an ambitious plan by the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a "franchise" of the global terrorist network, to attack installations and towns.
Have you been to Bongo Bongo Land? I have--but only in Tintin and dogeared copies of Sanders of the River and the fabulous Deborah Kerr and Stewart Grainger version of King Solomon´s Mines. Still, I think we all have a good idea what Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom was on about when he told a meeting of supporters in the West Midlands that he didn´t want vast sums of taxpayers´ money being squandered on pointless foreign aid. Often, he noted, it ends up not in the hands of the needy but on "Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the
Hope, a three-week-old Shih Tzu, was rejected by her natural mother, Diamond, after being born alongside a stillborn sibling. But the puppy has found a new mum in feline Coco - who gave birth to a litter of three kittens on the same day as Hope was born. Loving Coco treats Hope like one of her own - and even feeds her. Coco´s owner Paula Ball, of Liverpool, persuaded partner David Cohen, who owns Diamond, to introduce the pair. ´I suggested it because there was no other option - the puppy wouldn´t have survived otherwise,´ she said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out publicly for the first time on Monday in favor of immigration reform, an issue he´s been working on behind the scenes for several months. [Snip] Wearing his trademark hoodie and sneakers, Zuckerberg disputed the notion that he and other Silicon Valley leaders are just trying to secure more H1B visas for high-tech workers. Zuckerberg and his former Harvard University roommate Joe Green recently founded the organization Fwd.us to advocate for a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But Monday was the first time Zuckerberg spoke
A Republican candidate running for a state Senate seat in Maine has been forced to defend amusing video footage of himself dancing around in Speedos to Samba music. Eric Brakey, 24, has been attacked by Mike Hein, a former employee of the Christian Civic League, who circulated the video and described Brakey as looking like ´a demon possessed.´ But Brakey laughed off the jibes on Tuesday, pointing to his past as a professional actor and saying that the outtake was from ´comedy piece´ commercial for a soft drink made in 2011. ´It shows that I´m a full human being
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.