Putin’s Wet Dream of a World Autocracy (with Putin at the helm) is Coming to a Country Near You

A Must Read. How Putin (and Trump et.al) is using the threat of terrorism and yesteryear’s status quo to stamp out Democracy. thinkingblue

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/its-putins-world/513848/

 

Excerpt: After the global financial crisis of 2008, populist uprisings had sprouted across Europe. Putin and his strategists sensed the beginnings of a larger uprising that could upend the Continent and make life uncomfortable for his geostrategic competitors. A 2013 paper from the Center for Strategic Communications, a pro-Kremlin think tank, observed that large patches of the West despised feminism and the gay-rights movement and, more generally, the progressive direction in which elites had pushed their societies. With the traditionalist masses ripe for revolt, the Russian president had an opportunity. He could become, as the paper’s title blared, “The New World Leader of Conservatism.”

Putin had never spoken glowingly of the West, but grim pronouncements about its fate grew central to his rhetoric. He hurled splenetic attacks against the culturally decadent, spiritually desiccated “Euro-Atlantic.” He warned against the fetishization of tolerance and diversity. He described the West as “infertile and genderless,” while Russian propaganda derided Europe as “Gayropa.” At the heart of Putin’s case was an accusation of moral relativism. “We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization,” he said at a conference in 2013. “They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious, and even sexual … They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan.” By succumbing to secularism, he noted on another occasion, the West was trending toward “chaotic darkness” and a “return to a primitive state.”

 

(This from Putin? How can anyone not see through this monster?)

 

Excerpt 2: Few analysts grasped the potency such rhetoric would have beyond Russia. But right-wing leaders around the world—from Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to Nigel Farage in Britain to Donald Trump in the U.S.—now speak of Putin in heroic terms. Their fawning is often discounted, ascribed to under-the-table payments or other stealthy Russian efforts. These explanations don’t wholly account for Putin’s outsize stature, however. He has achieved this prominence because he anticipated the global populist revolt and helped give it ideological shape. With his apocalyptic critique of the West—which also plays on anxieties about Christendom’s supposedly limp response to Islamist terrorism—Putin has become a mascot of traditionalist resistance.

At first, most Western observers assumed that Putin wouldn’t win fans outside the furthest fringes of the right. In France, Russia’s hopes initially focused on Marine Le Pen, the fierce critic of immigration and globalization, whose National Front party has harbored Holocaust deniers and Vichy nostalgists. In 2014, a Russian bank loaned Le Pen’s cash-strapped party 9 million euros. Le Pen, in turn, has amplified Putin’s talking points, declaring Russia “a natural ally of Europe.”
In 2013, the columnist Pat Buchanan championed Putin as an enemy of secularism: “He is seeking to redefine the ‘Us vs. Them’ world conflict of the future as one in which conservatives, traditionalists, and nationalists of all continents and countries stand up against the cultural and ideological imperialism of what he sees as a decadent west.” This type of homage became a trope among conservative thinkers—including Rod Dreher and Matt Drudge—and in turn influenced their followers. In mid-2014, 51 percent of American Republicans viewed Putin very unfavorably. Two years later, 14 percent did. By January, 75 percent of Republicans said Trump had the “right approach” toward Russia. (When asked about this change, Putin replied, “It’s because people share our traditional sensibilities.”

“WTF!” thinkingblue

(This is very chilling INDEED!)

Ending Paragraph Says It All

(There is little empirical basis for the charge of civilizational rot. It speaks to an emotional state, one we should do our best to understand and even empathize with. But we know from history that premonitions of imminent barbarism serve to justify extreme countermeasures. These are the anxieties from which dictators rise. Admiring strongmen from a distance is the window-shopping that can end in the purchase of authoritarianism.)

Read More Here: It’s Putin’s World

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Another Informative Read

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/containing-trump/513854/

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Ponzi Schemes’ Newest Victim

Public school teachers are now at risk of losing their jobs and low-income children will be locked out for good in the hope of attaining “The (only for the rich) American Dream”. So what else is new? The R’s have never believed the poor deserve a break, if they could someway figure out how to deport them out of America… they would. Oh but then again, that would cut deeply into their bottom line because where would they get their (almost) slave labor. CW thinkingblue

Excerpt: Given what we know about her—DeVos’s ties to the multibillion dollar Amway Corporation, for which she is heiress—people are well within reason to question and, even worse, fear how she might run the U.S. Department of Education. In this light, it is important to note that DeVos’s husband, Richard DeVos, Jr., inherited his billions from Amway, a company known for exploitative business practices, i.e., multilevel marketing—also known as pyramid schemes—to funnel precious resources from the thin pockets of the masses to the greedy bank accounts of the gluttonous few.

While her record on education appears to be lacking, what DeVos brings to the job of Secretary of Education is an unmatched charisma for fiscal alchemy—the ability to turn other public money into private profit. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the only real educational policy DeVos seems to have durable knowledge of is the Title I provision (the most lucrative provision) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—better known as No Child Left Behind.

Under No Child Left Behind, in access of $14.5 billion of federal monies were set aside to address education funding inequities by financially bolstering school districts with large proportions of poor children. The stated purpose of the funding was to give poor children greater access to the same types of learning opportunities as wealthier children who reside in affluent districts with schools that benefit from higher property taxes, among other supports.

Further, we know that, as a result of choice policies such as the voucher programs that DeVos champions, 20 percent of all Title I monies earmarked for poor students—roughly $2.6 billion—end up in school districts with a higher proportion of wealthy families. This often overlooked detail could shed light on some of DeVos’s intentions as Secretary of Education, while giving us incredible insight into a department of education that, under a DeVos regime, could resemble a Ponzi scheme.

Read More Here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-e-kirkland/a-crusade-for-billions-ho_b_14635444.html

Not in Trump World

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Whispers of an Unthinkable Past, Haunting the Now Present

Not so long ago (before Nov. 8th, 2016—when the world still had hope for a better future.) no one would have ever believed what is happening today within the Whitehouse and our American government could become a reality.

USA as a participant in the Global Family, we are all responsible bystanders if Trump and Bannon get away with what they are out to repeat.

Hmmm, makes me wonder what will they call their regime of nightmares, they can’t use Nazi, it’s already been used. thinkingblue

Excerpt:

President Donald Trump offered to inflict political damage on lawmakers who try to limit civil asset forfeiture, making a joke about a practice that has come under serious criticism in recent years from Democrats and libertarian-minded Republicans.

During a meeting at the White House with county sheriffs, Trump said he would “destroy” the career of a Texas state legislator who had proposed restrictions on seizures of property belonging to suspected criminals.

More from Bloomberg.com:

“Do you want to give his name?” Trump asked Rockwall County, Texas, Sheriff Harold Eavenson after he complained about the legislator. “We’ll destroy his career.”

The comment prompted laughter from participants in the meeting.

Eavenson declined to name the lawmaker as reporters and camera crews recorded the exchange at a brief photo session during the meeting. The Dallas Morning news reported that Texas state senators Konni Burton , a Republican, and Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa , a Democrat, have offered legislation to require conviction of a crime to seize a suspect’s property.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress and in state legislatures have recently pushed legislation to rein in the long-standing practice of police seizing the cash and property of suspects who haven’t been convicted.

Read More Here:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-quips-d-destroy-career-193347486.html

Trump, Bannon Aryanisation isn’t new it has happened before!

Read More Here: http://alphahistory.com/holocaust/jewish-property-seizures/

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And it’s happening again.

Read More Here:

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/30/14431216/trump-holocaust-statement-6-million-jews

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Another Example of Nazi Reappearance:

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Trump Bullying World One Continent At A Time

Trump Just Tried His Bullying Technique on Australia

Every day when I turn on my computer, I think to myself… What kind of lunatic tweet has Nut-ball in Chief’s tiny little fingers typed out to the world this morning getting us closer to a WW. There’s always something, whether it be a giant step or a baby crawl, our psychopath leader will most assuredly bring the world (our world of reality, not his self grandiose view of the world) closer to a mushroom cloud with every f**king convoluted tweet. Today was no exception… thinkingblue

Excerpt: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was left scrambling to defend his country’s allegiance to the U.S. after The Washington Post published a report on Thursday detailing a tense exchange that allegedly took place during the Australian leader’s first telephone call with Trump since he became president. During the call, the Post reported, Trump ranted about an agreement struck with the Obama administration that would allow a group of mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the United States. The newspaper said Trump dubbed it “the worst deal ever” and accused Turnbull of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers” — a reference to Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, U.S. citizens born in Kyrgyzstan who set off explosives at the 2013 Boston marathon.

Though Turnbull declined to confirm the report, he also didn’t deny it, apart from rejecting one detail — that Trump had hung up on him. The prime minister insisted his country’s relationship with the U.S. remained strong, and that the refugee deal with the U.S. was still on.

More Here: https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/ap-analysis-trumps-clash-australia-strains-alliance-092616807.html

Australia

Country in Oceania

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Capital: Canberra

Dialing code: +61

Population: 23.13 million (2013) World Bank

Currency: Australian dollar

Prime minister: Malcolm Turnbull

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Interview with Madness (First Whitehouse Interview with Donald Trump)

Watch this interview; it will scare the bejesus out of you; Commander (Bozo) in Chief at his very best MADNESS! Our Leader… We are doomed if this embodiment of Sarah Palin, in male fly front, over the groin trousers, is allowed to continue.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW2ULvhwAYo

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OK Video was taken down because of COPYRIGHT issues.

Please watch it here, a bit shorter and not as good but what can I tell you… Copyright wins. thinkingblue

A Trump catastrophe has happened before (not too long ago) in Germany and it appears that not much has changed in the Fight or Flight response (acute stress response – a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.) within the Human animal’s brain. Please watch this video from PBS…http://www.pbs.org/nazi…/season-three/nazi-mega-weapons/
Billions of people could not stop Hitler, only a world war could do it. Today it would be a Nuclear WW.
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Video: Women’s March Set to Music By Buffalo Springfield’s 1966 hit “For What It’s Worth”

This is unbelievable… Kellyanne Conway DIDN’T SEE A POINT TO THE WOMEN’S MARCH {{Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said she “didn’t see the point” to the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday}}.and she counsels Asshole in Chief. I wish she could watch this video but NO WAY with those heavy-duty protection from reality blindfolds on.

I feel sick. thinkingblue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEPZhGJxP0o

FULL SCREEN https://www.youtube.com/embed/qEPZhGJxP0o

PS: This woman Kellyanne does not have a clue as to what is going round and to think, she is Donald Trump’s Counselor… I can’t help but think about the age old cliché, Blind leading the Blind. To say we are in for a bumpy ride is the biggest underestimation ever uttered. What we are in for is the

Eve of Destruction.

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The Party of NO, Don’t Care (Whether You Live or Die)

I came across this essay on Facebook… It is so noteworthy I decided to include it on one of my blogs. Please read it and learn about what we, who critically think, have suspected all along about the Party of No (republican) and all their supporters. thinkingblue

They/ Don’t/ Care.
By: KAREN HAAKENSON-KAHAN•SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2017

Okay. I’m seeing a whole lot of very nice people agonizing over what the GOP and Trump are doing, and trying to appeal rationally to others about how wrong it is. Especially now that the Big White-Guy Privilege Machine is starting to warm up in all its antisocial racist anti-LGBTQ feudal misogynist anti-secular glory. So I think something needs pointing out before anyone else attempts to engage Trump supporters in rational discussion about the issues being perpetrated by their politicians. That thing is this: They. Don’t. Care.

Trump, the GOP, the supporters: They. Don’t. Care.
They. Don’t. Care.

It’s unconstitutional? They don’t care.

It’s unethical? They don’t care. It’s going to leave a shit-ton of women without access to affordable, crucial, preventive testing and women’s healthcare? They. Don’t. Care. It’s going to leave millions of citizens without legal protection–at work, at the ER, at home, walking down the street? They. Don’t. Care.

It’s going to leave a huge number of American taxpaying citizens without *any* healthcare? They don’t care. It’s going to completely bankrupt the Middle Class? They don’t care. It’s going to burn down and salt the earth of what was once a good education system? They don’t care. It’s going to leave the next generation with a raped and denuded country, and no ability to work competitively with the rest of the world for… anything?

They don’t care.

It’s going to legislatively endorse open discrimination in practice and theory against many groups of marginalized citizens? They don’t care.
It directly contradicts what they said when they were campaigning? They don’t care.

Russia worked to influence the legitimacy of this election? They don’t care.

The national and international comparisons of Trump to Hitler are flying faster and thicker around us? They don’t care. We’ve been put on the map as the country currently under the most unstable impending leadership in our history? They don’t care.

It is absolutely corrupt? It is. But they don’t care.
And by “they,” I mean the political figures *AND* the voters who put them there. Because what we’re seeing the birth of right now? *This* is *exactly* what those folks were after.

If they cared about *any* of those arguments, any well-thought-out explanations for why it is reprehensible and literally or morally wrong, our concerns for the youth of this country, our concern for our standing in the world, any of the protests, any of the open rage or disappointment or rebellion or disapproval, Donald Trump would not be our president, and the rest of his merry band of rich-frat-boy Christian Sharia neo-nazis would not control all of the branches of our government in the first place.

This is what they worked for; what they wanted as a result. This is the monument to the triumph they built. And they don’t give a fuck about what any of us think about it now that it’s theirs. They’re sometimes willing to listen a while to what we have to say, but only so they can use our discourse as a way to insert “Libtard” and, “Get over it,” into the conversation as often as possible. They love this shit. They hope this shit goes on forever. Seriously. This is the world they wanted all along.

That’s the truth. I found the truth important, myself, because it got a lot easier to disagree, draw my own lines in the sand, when I no longer felt a need to explain our points of view and serve as one of millions of completely ignored canaries in the coal mine. Because they really don’t care. And that makes it okay for me to change the paradigm I’m going to live with now. It’s freeing, actually. We can disagree simply because we disagree, instead of disagreeing because the research no one is going to look at or give any validation whatsoever shows our point. We can skip addressing any of them at all, and spend that saved energy volunteering at a community table or something, where we are among people who aren’t actively trying to pervert everything that made us proud to be American people. We can stop trying to save people who want the sort of country whose leaders shamelessly, smugly, vengefully, actively work against the majority of the taxpayers who pay them for “representation.” We can give up giving a shit about people who have expressed their disdain for us, and be loyal to those who deserve our loyalty rather than demand, and then denigrate, it. Because they’re going to do exactly what they’ve been dying to do all along, and until an avenue–a legitimate avenue–to take meaningful action head-on against it appears, we’re all going along for this ride together.

That’s a grim thought, yes. But all indications thus far are bearing it out pretty clearly. This is a country divided in a way, already, that commentators on international news outlets are referring to as a Cold Civil War. We aren’t going to change that with our respectful forbearance, and fairplay debate skills. They. Don’t. Care.

So calling it by name is pretty freeing. Reality–even if it sucks–is more empowering than not. It means we can drop the pretense, drop that particular exercise in social debate, and just do what we need to do. What we can, what we’d like, to do to make things better and safer for each other, without them. In spite of them. We still care; we can care about the things we can do.

So they don’t care. What are you willing/able to do without their involvement and approval? Grow a garden this year? A larger garden? Share some produce with friends and family? Teach someone how to preserve seasonal foods by pickling or canning? Help your community with winterization? Get together with a few members of your community to start a small clothing bank for shelters (or individual members) in your community? Buy a gas card if you have a few bucks, and give it to someone who needs it when you can? Offer to pick someone at risk up from a night class or a late work shift? Ask each other once a week how they’re doing and what they need?

The roots are the strongest part of the trees. That’s the truth, no matter what the rest of the forest thinks.

So they don’t care. As long as we still do, we’re free to decide what to do about it.

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