Why We Should Care More about America (But Probably Won’t)

One of the hallmarks of mass hysteria is the loss of critical thinking.  The flip side is the ability to swallow whole-hog absurdities.

We’ve seen this in the recent war with Ukraine.  So far, we’ve been told that “the Ghost of Kiev” shot down six Russian jets, sailors stranded on Snake Island told the Russian Navy to go “F” themselves instead of surrendering, and the Russian Army has suffered innumerable losses.  To hear the Corporate Media tell it, Ukrainian babushkas were fighting off Russian tanks with broomsticks and it was only a matter of time before the Azov Battalion was going to storm the gates of the Kremlin itself.  Now we know (well, at least some of us) that we’ve been fed a steaming pile of horse dung.

So why did we fall for it?   

In a recent interview with Buck Johnson, I called it a “reverse Beatlemania.”  And like the original Beatlemania, it enjoys a massive, overwhelming (and unthinking) popularity.  Unlike the real  Beatlemania, the present Ukromania is not long for this world.   That’s because we in the collective West have the attention span of gnats and the gullibility of kindergartners; so, it will soon be forgotten, especially as we go to the next Current Thing.  

In any event, both were distractions:  the Fab Four brought a lot of joy to the world (to say nothing of brilliant musicality) while Ukromania on the other hand has brought nothing but misery. Like the recent Will Smith/Chris Rock slapping incident (another flash-in-the-pan “controversy”), Ukraine allowed us to take our eyes “off of the ball.”  That’s what I mean by distractions.   

What “ball” am I speaking of?  Only this:  the present state of our country and its disintegration into Third-World banana republicanism.  Take a look at this video if you don’t believe me:  https://www.unz.com/isteve/it-was-nice-while-it-lasted/ and then try to tell me that we don’t have horrendous problems in this country. 

That’s the “ball” I’m speaking of. 

And then, the next time you drive to work, take a look-see at the embankments under the overpasses.  You will no doubt see more than a few homeless people living there.  In fact, you will see more with each passing week.  The lucky ones have grocery carts in which they can place their belongings. 

You know what else you’ll see?  An ever-growing contingent of homeless women.  Used to be the overwhelming majority of homeless people were men.  According to some statistics, women now make up 20 percent of the homeless population.  It used to not be that way, mainly because indigent women in the past could maintain a residence (however humble) by prostituting themselves.  Things are so bad now that it seems like that market has dried up.  Anyway, as you get off a freeway, you will also see people there panhandling.  Some of them have signs which say things like “Homeless Veteran,” or “Lost my job/Need help.”  Last week, Gail and I saw fairly youngish man holding up a sign that said “My Wife is Pregnant, Please Help.” How pathetic is that?

On the other hand, good ole “Working-class Joe Biden from Scranton,” doesn’t see these people.  Instead of helping them out he eagerly doles out $800 million on an almost weekly basis to “help” the Ukrainians “defeat” the Russians.  Not that he’s alone, the Stupid Party (aka GOP), is even more profligate with the public fisc when it comes to Ukraine.  Kiev has already gotten over $10 billion in less than two months.  Compare this with the two years (2017-2019) when the Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress and the Presidency:  Trump had to drag $1.5 billion out of them to build his wall.  I guess there’s some obscure clause buried deep in the arcane rules of the Senate that goes something like this:  “sovereignty for Ukraine but not for us.”  

I could show you more videos like the one above.  Here’s a charming one:  https://videos.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2022/04/20/8185945455449686644/640x360_MP4_8185945455449686644.mp4  

So, why don’t we care more about America?  Why will we continue to concentrate on lost causes like the one in Ukraine?  I suspect it’s because we don’t want to face the fact that we are devolving into a Soylent Green-like hellscape.  As long as Putin remains the demon that lives rent-free in the heads of the American Establishment, they can continue to salve their consciences, telling themselves that they are “better” than the Russians.  By doing so, they can keep on driving by the underpass or ignoring the poor fellow standing at the exit ramp.  Talk about Queens of Denial.

It’s also because our elites have lost touch with reality.  They’re Cloud People whereas everybody else is Dirt People.  And there is nothing worse in the eyes of Cloud People than those who make their money catering to the needs of Dirt People.  (Hence their intense hatred of Trump.)  Their hatred for Putin is because, according to them, he rigged the 2016 election; if it weren’t for him, Madame Mao would have been president.  This unmooring from reality has reached into the third generation as their children go to formerly elite Ivy League schools and learned Really Important Things like how to pronounce “womxn” and “Latinx.” And that’s about it.  The really well-connected ones get cushy jobs sitting on their behinds and reading words from a teleprompter or occupying some useless mid-level position in the human relations department.  The rest get jobs as baristas.  Remember that the next time some political functionary like Raggedy Ann McCircleback tells you that inflation is really a “good thing.”   (She really said that.)

Unlike the elites of the Gilded Age –the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Mellons, etc.–our elites don’t understand reality (or human nature).  Whatever the sins of the earlier “Robber Barons,” they actually made things.  That’s how they accumulated their wealth.  Today’s elite doesn’t create wealth as such, as manipulating clever financial instruments (all coincidentally, to their benefit).  Henry Ford invented the assembly line and mass-produced a product that people of modest means could buy.  Rockefeller started an oil company that fueled those cars that Ford built.  Andrew Carnegie made the steel that made the skyscrapers that ordinary people could live in.  Marc Cuban and Mike Bloomberg do —what, exactly?

In comparison, the Russians of today have been down this road before.  That’s why they’re winning in Ukraine, even though the West has thrown every sanction against them —including the kitchen sink. 

So who do we turn to for insights?  Andrei Martyanov, the author of Disintegration: Indicators of the Coming American Collapse, is one such man:  “Speaking in layman’s terms, the Russians get it. They, unlike any other people in the world, can relate to what the United States is going through right now. Russians can read the signs extremely well, while the U.S. elite not only has no experience with it but is completely insulated from understanding it.  This is America’s tragedy unfolding before our very eyes.  Not only is America’s crisis systemic, but its elites are uncultured, badly educated, and mesmerized by decades of their own propaganda, which in the end, they accept as a reality”

So does this mean that all is lost?  

Not necessarily.  After the loss of the thirteen colonies in 1783, many in Great Britain wondered whether they could ever recuperate from such a humiliating loss.  Edmund Burke, the father of modern Conservatism (and a member of Parliament at the time) was reported to have counseled against this fear:  “Make no mistake Sir, there is a lot of ruin left in a great nation.”  In other words, Great Britain would be able to ride this out.  Especially if they learned from their mistakes.  Great Britain learned its lesson and went on to enjoy a golden age lasting for well over a century.  For those nations that don’t, they peter out.  

We, too, can ride this out but only if we take counsel from history, that is to say, to learn from our mistakes.  At the very least this means being humble; we must realize that history did not begin at Plymouth Rock.  And under no circumstances should we believe that it is our duty to police the world or to make it “safe for democracy.”  We’ve got our own problems here.  Pat Buchanan was right thirty years ago when he said “Come home, America.”  As you can see from the videos above, we have some serious problems here in the States.  It’s about time we tended to our own knitting for a while.  


In the meantime, if you want to know what’s really going on, on the ground in Ukraine, check this out:  Is Russia’s Army a Paper Tiger? (thegatewaypundit.com)


  1. Perhaps looking to people like Sergei Chapnin, a former insider at the Moscow Patriarchate, might be someone to turn to for insights.

    • George Michalopulos says

      And then we could look to the silence from clergymen in the various Ukrainian sects who said nothing at all during the past eight years in which Ukronazis were killing civilians in the Donbass.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I have attached Sergei Chapnin’s opinion on Ukraine in the link below, but what I found more interesting was the following preface to his piece.

      BREAKING #2 —

      Here is a background article on the Russia-Ukraine situation published by Bloomberg, the influential financial news network.

      And it is labeled “Opinion,” so it is not “News.” But this means it is important to know the background and outlook of the man writing the opinion.

      The piece is written by a Russian-born, Russian Orthodox theologian journalist, Sergei Chapnin. I met him in 2005. He is intelligent and passionate. But some of his fellow Russian Orthodox feel he has in recent years become a “modernist” in matters of religion.

      One such observer writes (link): “Sergei Chapnin was a Church journalist, the editor of the Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate, an official publication of the Patriarch. When I first met him, in 1997, he was a young convert, zealous but not yet stable in the Faith. Meeting him a second time, 10 years later, he had come to prominence, but his Faith, as that of some intellectual converts can do, had already by then taken, to put it mildly, a liberal turn, putting him at the margins of the Church… His increasing modernism and ecumenism and finally, his views expressed only weeks ago [the year was 2015] in a forum sponsored by the US Embassy, notorious for its attempts to undermine and protestantize the Russian Orthodox Church, were the last straw. [In those months, Chapnin was fired from his editorial post by Patriarch Kirill.] He now has time for repentance and so the opportunity to reintegrate the mainstream of the Church, returning from his errors.”

      Chapnin’s piece, seen in light of these preliminary observations, is quite interesting, and worthy of attention, in coming to understand better what is at stake in Ukraine.

      Ukraine is important, as it may be the “hinge” in geopolitical terms, between America and Russia, and between Orthodoxy and Catholicism, on the level of the Church.


  2. George Michalopulos says

    Brethren, if you haven’t book-marked Jacob Dreizin, I suggest you do so (at least if you want to know what the heck is really going on right now):

    “The ruble runs victory laps

    At 12:10pm U.S. Eastern Time, April 28th, 2022, the USDRUB currency pair reached a low of 71.0000 on Yahoo Finance.

    It was at about 80 at the time of “the invasion.”

    In other words, the ruble strengthened over 10 percent against the dollar, since the invasion.

    (It has strengthened even more against the Euro, considering the Euro has fallen sharply against the dollar this past week.)

    After Europe “froze” (stole) $300 billion of Russian central bank-held Eurobonds, all the “smart people” figured it was lights out for Russia.


    Clearly, Russia has “the world’s best central bankers.” Also, Putin’s gas-for-rubles scheme worked.

    All the “smart people” said Putin is nuts, it won’t fly. Europe buckled.

    Among other pluses, the favorable exchange rate is a MASSIVE inflation damper, for the benefit of Russian consumers.

    This wasn’t supposed to happen. All the State Department and Congress-geniuses were drooling about “crippling” sanctions that would “cripple”, “hobble”, and “destroy” Russia’s economy.

    I wrote in January and perhaps even December, THEY PICKED THE WRONG DECADE. You can’t destroy Russia when the commodities cycle is picking up sharply in favor of commodities exporters.

    The USSR was always going to come apart at some point, but it fell in 1991—not 1981—for a reason. Look at the oil price history chart. It wasn’t just “Reagan’s arms race” that did it.

    I also wrote in January that those who preach, “Carthage must be destroyed”, better make sure they don’t live in Carthage.”

  3. George Michalopulos says
  4. George Michalopulos says

    It looks like Germany is bending the knee (agreeing to the gas-for-rubles scheme) to Russia:


  5. I’m not sure that caring more about America is the answer. While I will vote exclusively MAGA in the future in order to give hope a chance, I have to say that America is lost and will likely stay lost indefinitely until a much better man than Trump comes to power and thoroughly cleans out the Augean stables of government and the press.

    Until then, it is better to focus on personal advancement. If you create your own lucrative world, grounded in the Church, then the rest of it won’t matter so much. Just treat the government like the weather, something you plan for, contain, manipulate, etc. Fully exploit the sunny aspects and protect yourself against the storms. The FBI and the state and local police are just street gangs of note you need to be aware of and work around. And the Law of God is the only law that remains.

    True, it seems like a gangster state of mind, but it seems appropriate given the dystopian reality. Really it’s pretty much the same mentality as rural Southerners have had for many generations. “Prosecutors will be violated.”

    • “…America is lost and will likely stay lost indefinitely
      until a much better man than Trump comes to power
      and thoroughly cleans out the Augean stables of government and the press.”

      Florida Man II? De Santis?

      • Gail Sheppard says

        Probably General Flynn and he was standing right next to me and I was too undone to ask him for a picture! (You’ll laugh when you hear me saying this, but some believe it’s going to be JFK Jr. Apparently, not everyone believes he’s dead!)

        Trump said it all depends on the midterm elections and how many seats the GOP picks up in the House and Senate.

        • @Gail
          Nope, no General Flynn. Had our support but when he became a paid lobbyist for Erdogan and Company lost us. Still has much to answer for where his son was involved in his personal and political dealings. He’s got baggage.

          • Gail Sheppard says

            Who would you pick? DeSantis?

            • I think DeSantis is the best we have right now in current circumstances.

              • George Michalopulos says

                It’s either Trump or DeSantis but they must rule by executive order and not reside in the DC Swamp. Rule from Bedminster, not the White House.

                The Swamp is irredeemable. I know that there are good people in the bowels of the government but all they are is just an obstacle.

                One other possibility: Tulsi Gabbard. I’d vote for her for president. She’d be a good VP choice for either Trump or DeSantis.

                • I was actually just talking to one of my brother the other day saying that if DeSantis does run, and he’s got brains, he would chose Tulsi as his VP. He would have the Right & Center squarely covered & I imagine Tulsi would do well with Independents.

      • The only American politician I’ve seen in my lifetime who IMO had the “right stuff” was Pat Buchanan, and he’s too old now. Buchanan had a hard edge to him which is what is needed. Neither Trump nor DeSantis have any such hardness, as far as I can tell.

        The only hope I see in Trump is that if he is elected it will be his last term and he won’t have to worry about doing anything that might hurt him at the polls. In that scenario, there is no telling what he is capable of with the right team. After all, that prospect is what caused the uniparty to oust him in the coup of 2020.

        • In her delightful book What I Saw at the Revolution, Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter, speaks highly of her senior colleague Pat Buchanan. He was smart, well-read and a pleasure to work with, according to Miss Noonan.

    • IMHO America, in its current form, has to 100% fall. Look at what we export to the world, abortion, alphabet soup, gender dysphoria. That’s the “freedom” we shove down the throat of the collective world and Globalism was how we exported it.

      If America is no longer top dog and crashes, there’s no way for “America” do it anymore. I’ve always thought that God is not going to allow that to last.

      The collective Western World is crumbling. This has happened countless times through history to different civilizations. The Balkanization of America will continue.

      • Yes, Petros,

        Liberalism took over America in the middle and late 20th century. Now it is the status quo of the uniparty establishment. This sick ideology – liberalism – is one of the two main problems on planet earth, the other being Islam. Fortunately, liberalism’s days are numbered inasmuch as Joe Biden is cursed. And the Biden Curse is destroying the economic, political and military power of America and thus the West.

        The Curse is atrocious judgment, defective and self-destructive ideology, incompetence, corruption and general godless foolishness. It is locked in by hubris such that they just keep on digging and rationalizing no matter what happens. It’s the old Clinton rule – just keep talking and it will all go away.

        So, as it appears the West is destroying itself, strangely, at the same time the world is being saved from it. And that is cause for joy, notwithstanding the fact that those of us who live in the West may suffer to some extent from the process. All we need do is trust in the Lord and He will protect and deliver His own.

        • Agreed on all fronts Misha.

          So, as it appears the West is destroying itself, strangely, at the same time the world is being saved from it.

          This is essentially what Lavrov said the other day, I believe I heard that from Alex Christoforou. Was good to hear Lavrov call a spade a spade.

  6. Μωλον Λαβε says

    There is no fixing this. No amount of band-aids can stop the damage. The situation is FUBAR.
    The inevitable solution is that there is no solution except we watch the fire finish burning the house, toast some marshmallows and clean up the ashes. It’s going to be a s**t sandwich and we are all going to have to take a bite – except for those who have enough oil for their lamps.
    No telling how long the process may take until we can rebuild Christ centered communities.
    I assure you that the “elites” will not survive the inevitable since the elements of their destruction are baked into their grandiloquent plans drawing down with their tails the sycophants and idolaters into the abyss of their utopian nightmare.
    Instead of being dismayed by the sturm und drang of endless roadside attractions, I am forever assured that Our Lord is forever victorious and merciful and has a bright future for those of us who love Him and abide by His Word. To my Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ I wish you all
    Χριστος Ανεστη (Και του χρονου στην Κωνσταντινούπολη !)

  7. “My Wife is Pregnant, Please Help.”

    I expect a charitable liberal might offer to fund an abortion…

  8. A ballad for those mourning our country —


  9. Children’s risk of Death increases by 5100%
    following Covid-19 Vaccination compared to
    Unvaccinated Children according to official ONS data


    ‘ The Office for National Statistics has revealed without realising it that children are up to 52 times more likely to die following Covid-19 vaccination than children who have not had the Covid-19 vaccine. … ‘

    Truth will out…

    • Gail Sheppard says

      The reason we’re not seeing the same out of the CDC is that the CDC only looks at issues that come up within 14 days (something like that) of receiving the vaccine. What will be interesting is to compare the overall death rates in 2021 and 2022 to prior years in each age category.

  10. To our own elites, some illusory hegemony oversees is more valuable than our infrastructure, national debt, and our own military. They keep spending money we don’t have, and even depleting our stock piles, just to preserve a foreign elite with no allegiance to us.

    There will be no return on this investment.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I think they really don’t have the money. I don’t know how they’re getting away with it or where it’s coming from.

      • Brendan says

        It all comes from the Magic Money Tree.
        They print lots of IOUs and say you must believe in them,
        otherwise they will bomb you back into the Stone Age.

        But if one little boy sees the King has no clothes – and says so,
        it all comes tumbling down…

        Vladimir Putin is that little boy – which is why they hate him so much.

      • Μωλον Λαβε says

        My aunt and uncle used to say “it’s only zeros”. This was over 40 years ago.
        I seriously doubt that there is any gold left in either Ft. Knox or the FRB in NYC.
        Rather, all the gold has been transferred to the owners of the “federal reserve bank”.
        How many of us would trust anyone to hold our gold in exchange for a piece of paper ?
        It’s right in front of us the whole time written on every piece of paper issued “Federal Reserve NOTE” i.e. an instrument of debt. That’s what you have, in exchange for what ? I guess since FRNs are fake and vapor, why not a digital currency and become more of a slave ?
        J.P. Morgan once said “gold is money” and the printing machine goes – brrrrrrrrrrrr !

        My apologies for preaching to the choir

        • Michelle says

          The global monetary system is too complex for anyone (including employees of the Federal Reserve, BlackRock, Lloyds of London, etc.) to understand, let alone fix. That some countries withhold information about holdings, currency value, etc., prevents anyone from being able to comprehend the whole global economy and thus prevents full comprehension of the state of the economy of any one country (e.g., America).

          Trust is the only currency.

          Economies will be fine as long as they operate within communities of trust (families, churches, etc.) with resources to sustain its members. To fix the American economy, our “global leaders” will need to establish better trust so we can begin to understand the global economy… before we can even begin to work out what America’s debt even actually means. But by the time such trust between “global leaders” has been established so that the global economy can be quantified with any precision and thus we are able to understand what it means to send billions of dollars to Ukraine, etc., the calculations of the health of individual economies no longer matters, as we will be, or already are, operating from a global financial trust / corporation instead.

          This is opinion and conjecture based on my limited understanding, and probably trite.

          I have no idea how this relates to the destruction of food production and distribution centers, though, except that seems like a wiser thing to be concerned with than our trillions in debt.
          I don’t trust the global corporation at all. I do trust my neighbors and believe that horses and whiskey are a better investment than crypto.

          • Gail Sheppard says

            I have heard that the physical dollar we use in an exchange for a commodity, e.g. dish soap, food, a boat, etc., is more like a receipt. It has a number on it that can be tied back to the transactions. It sounds like the “money” our government is spending is more like an IOU.

            • Μωλον Λαβε says

              Michelle and Gail, yes and yes. I’m not an economist, but what might work on paper and magic algorithms, don’t reflect real world dynamics. IMHO, globalism and digital currency are the inevitable end result of fractional reserve banking, fiat currencies and Keynesian economics. The current Ponzi scheme must be continued for the elite few to benefit the most – at the expense of everyone else.
              – this is what made communism and socialism such an appealing idea – to the workers – who in turn were exploited as well by those who promised to lead everyone to a workers utopia but in reality were in it only for themselves and no better than the globalists today, in turn becoming wealthy elites – at the expense of everyone else.
              Perhaps we will see the Austrian school of economics become the standard economic model which is better suited in smaller scale, community based, economies. We may just need to apply this theory of economics since the current model is broken and .cannot be fixed – no matter what magic pixie dust algorithm economists throw at it except to make the wealthy richer until der springensnappen und gearenpoppen and the Hindenburg burns and crashes.
              Keep in mind that the elite have a longer way to fall. I don’t see how they will succeed considering what a mess they’ve made.
              Either way if we ever get to such a point will be painful and may take longer than a generation. We are very quickly reaching this pivot point.

              My apologies to those who have a better understanding of economics. My knowledge is quite elementary.

              • Brendan says

                Your knowledge seems good to me.

                • George Michalopulos says

                  Me too. Although I am not an economist either, I do know the three iron laws of economics:

                  1. High supply = low demand (and visa versa)
                  2, Bad money drives out good (Gresham’s law)
                  3. Buy low, sell high

                  And I’ve listened to enough of Ron Paul to know that fiat currency is the ultimate Ponzi scheme. It will collapse in due time and the resulting hyperinflation will cause a country to implode.

                  Tangent: the ruble has rebounded magnificently. As to why this hasn’t hurt the petrodollar is because it’s the USD was competing against the euro and it’s the euro that’s presently taking it on the chin.

                  As for the USD being the reserve currency, those days are over (provided the Chinese, Indians and Saudis stick together). That doesn’t mean that in losing international reserve status, the USD will hyperinflate. It may be that the newer world order that is being ushered in by Putin will result in the creation of several regional reserve currencies. A basket of currencies so to speak, from which any nation can draw from to maximize its buying power.

                  • The Missing Money

                    “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.” ~ Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, U.S. Constitution

                    $21 Trillion dollars is missing from the US government. That is $65,000 per person – as much as the national debt!

                    ‘ What’s going on? Where is the money? How could this happen? How much has really gone missing? What would happen if a corporation failed to pass an audit like this? Or a taxpayer?

                    This means the Fed and their member banks are transacting government money outside the law. So are the corporate contractors that run the payment systems. So are the Wall Street firms who are selling government securities without full disclosure. Would your banks continue to handle your bank account if you behaved like this? Would your investors continue to buy your securities if you behaved like this? Would your accountant be silent?
                    This is the reason that there is such a strong push to change or tear up the US Constitution. This is why members of the establishment say it is “old,” “outdated!” This is why there is such a push for gun control. Don’t buy it! We can use the Constitution to get our money and our government back. It is time to enforce the US Constitution. … ‘

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      RE: “We can use the Constitution to get our money and our government back. It is time to enforce the US Constitution. … “

                      We can and we will.

                    • Brendan says

                      Good luck with that, Gail.
                      And for once, I am not being ironical…

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      Thanks. We need it.

                    • Μωλον Λαβε says

                      What do you propose we do ? There have been several instances since 1914, perhaps earlier (Whiskey Rebellion?) that we the people should have taken action.
                      Once a people have been lulled into complacency with full bellies, something to watch on TV and at least live paycheck to paycheck – nothing will happen. Oh, sure, you’ll get the usual grumbling, but we’ll vote in the new candidate who promises a car in every garage, a chicken in every pot and lollipops for all.
                      At this point, there are only two possible options. (voting is not an option)
                      1) This option is quite obvious and actually easier than it has ever been. I will not go into specifics for obvious reasons, but the biggest problem here is organization and coordination. When mothers are out in the streets protesting because their children are hungry, the dominoes start falling.
                      Imagine if we the people enforced the 2nd Amendment on Jan 6 instead of submitting to a DC law prohibiting firearms – how would the outcome have been different ?
                      2) Let circumstances take their course and option one gets kicked further down the road – until everyone is out in the streets protesting because they are hungry – or no one is protesting because anyone can be imprisoned, enslaved or – cancelled permanently.
                      3) (yes, I did say two) Doing the same thing repeatedly expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Voting is the illusion of option C or C .
                      4) There are always other options that we can never conceive of…..after all did anyone think Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination would have sparked WWI ?
                      Chance favors the prepared mind.

                    • @Μωλον Λαβε

                      You must get your Republic back.
                      You must restore public morality
                      with Christianity ‘in the public square’;
                      and you must get sound money.

                      How these are to be got, I do not know.
                      But I do know these are what you need.

                      Perhaps some attention to the achievements of Vladimir Putin
                      over the last two decades or so might be useful…

                      Of course, on my side of the pond, we need the same…

  11. Seraphim says

    Христос Воскресе!

  12. Μωλον Λαβε says

    Addressing an earlier comment on where the money comes from. Yes, Virgina, there is a Sanity {;P} Clause – It’s created from thin air.
    Consider the practice of leverage, then look at the banksters bail-out by the Bush II administration, then nearly 25(?) years before that with the savings and loan bail-outs.
    “We don’t get fooled again” is not a mantra of the American people. (for that matter – the rest of the world either)
    The current system is based on debt and passing on that debt to another rube who will try to collect and so forth and so on. That debt is also used as leverage to create even more debt.
    Consider that since 1921, the USD has lost 98% of it’s value. Even more so in 1974 when Nixon took the USD off the gold standard in order to create more FRNs out of thin air and then by process of the petrodollar and the USD as the world’s reserve currency, sucker the rest of the world to finance the US debt and keep inflation low. Well – that’s at least how the theory – should – work. BUT in order to keep the game moving more debt is created making the elite wealthier and the poor, poorer, to pay for it. Pretty soon you have another Wiemar Republic. It seems the only way the elites know how to get out of the mess they created is to start another war to “reset” the game – and become wealthier still. But what to do with all the worthless eaters ?
    It appears we have reached a point of diminishing returns or a Fourth Turning. The future is anyone’s guess.
    I am not a broker or a financial consultant – so with that disclaimer out of the way – I’d exchange those pieces of paper or anything else on paper or ether or cyber into items that have value and utility for the upcoming sporting life.
    Make sure you have plenty of oil for your lamps (and bullets, beans, band-aids)
    ……….And pray every day

  13. Hakan Dagler says

    Don’t buy into Kievan Rus, Ukraine is glorious Turkish Cossackia! Turks are responsible for human innovation by overturning all your hideous hierarchies, which is why Gibbon adored the Turks and the West is based on Turks because of Hun, Lapp, Finn, Viking and American Indian Heritage.

    See Hugh Pope, Sons of Conquerors, on how all modern progress hails from the wondrousness of the Turks.