Thomas Friedman always provides interesting reading. However, some of his latest writings are very lengthy (longer than what I write) and go into great detail regarding the economics behind dealing with Putin and the Russians as they invade the Ukraine.
In 1977, I was enrolled in a college class in Soviet History. I was working to complete a second major besides my music education degree. The professor of that class predicted that unless the West comes to grips with the fact that dealing with matters regarding the Soviets and the Middle East and focusing on the issue of oil, there was little chance of success. He told the class that ideology had nothing to do with it, but it was oil that would guide who succeeded, unless we developed alternative fuels to oil and saved oil like a savings account in reserves to be used when it became necessary.
America has not learned about this, but the Russians and the Chinese have. Same with Saudi Arabia and even Iran. It is the Muslim sect in Saudi Arabia which inspired the U.S. and faked us out with Middle Eastern wars. Most Afghans are of the same sect. That was why a man named Osama bin Laden was located in Afghanistan. The control over Hussein was something the Saudis wanted. When George W. Bush left a vacuum in Iraq after bringing down Hussein, it opened doors for supporters of the Saudis in both Iraq and Syria. America was faked out with the ISIS group which does executions in the same manner that the Saudis do. A sword or knife to chop off a head. America was faked out.
America was faked out with the Reagan push for Gorbachev to “take down those walls.” It was a strategy on the part of the Russians to make it look like peace was achieved, as the Russians collected their power base. I saw it and spoke about it, but was scoffed at because everyone just wanted peace and was willing to sacrifice American justice in order to achieve peace.
Recent events which demonstrate that ultra right wing, not ultra left wing, movements are happening in former Soviet bloc nations. one is East Germany. The other is Hungary. Friedman and the rest of the media are totally ignoring all of this. In those years, it had nothing to do with communism.
Figures I have heard in recent years is that the Soviet state killed more Jews than Hitler’s Germany did. Such figures were presented at a speech on the campus where I was a professor. All the speaker did was blame communism, not the Russian leaders like Stalin. I thought it was rather crude and rude as Americans were being faked out. A fake is a good gesture in football, but not in running our lives in America.
Even PBS is biased against Joe Biden and snubbing him on the eve of his State of the Union address by ignoring the good things which are happening in the economy, in favor of a Trump-like approach to dwell only on the bad. Unemployment is down. Yet a PBS announcement about the State of the Union address and they feature a woman complaining about “needing to eat.” Last I knew, the Republicans don’t like the Democrats because of the food stamp program. So what gives with a woman who has trouble eating? It simply does not make sense, at all.
In line with what I am saying about energy and the predictions made by the professor in Potsdam in the 1970s, what about the Chinese? A few years back a CBS Sixty Minutes report told us about how new alternative energy sources were not good money makers, but could develop into such over a long term investment. Americans were not willing to invest, but the Chinese did see the possibility for long-term investments which would pan out over time. Just as the professor predicted in the 1970s, but it was the Chinese, not Americans, who were putting forth the investments for the long-term, while Americans have been, and still are, faked out by the evangelical horde of puritanical bastards who get upset if someone somewhere is having a good time. Americans are also being faked out by Rick the Prick Santorum and his wishes to block service in healthcare to anyone who is opposed to his own personal beliefs. Then there is Rick the Prick Scott and Ron DeSatan of Florida who keep shoving into our faces the fake stuff about socialism and how all Democrats are socialist. They make certain that no one like me and MANY OTHERS, don’t get heard as we try to address issues of healthcare in line with Adam Smith and Teddy Roosevelt types of thinking that it is best to have regulated capitalism. Regulated capitalism is NOT socialism, if one would dare look it up. In fact, central based newspapers and any businesses in energy, communications, and other trades is a form of socialism and even communism, put in place by Reagan’s supply side economic theories which are bizarre. They create the centrally planned corporations with monopolies, doing so in the name of “free markets.” No one listens. And America is suffering from losses in technology, alternative fuels, and newspapers, plus other commodities, due to it. Local control of newspapers and media have been wrestled away from local areas and consolidated into a communist type central bureaucracy, in the guise of “capitalism.” And the media, including Thomas Friedman, never mention these things. Instead, we read two pages of details, some of it repetitive, about all this drivel regarding Russia and Ukraine which is absolutely bizarre and lacks much meaning for the situations we are facing.
We need a Teddy Roosevelt. I have never really cared for TR’s statement, “speak softly but carry a big stick.” TR came in second place as a third-party candidate in 1912, losing to Woodrow Wilson. The more I think of it, Wilson spoke softly but did not carry a big stick, when it came to dealing with the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, as did the Republican candidate, Taft. Too bad TR lost that election in 1912 and never ran again in 1916.
Who and what money is manipulating our media with mind control with these issues? Why are so few in the media considering what I am saying?
What I hope and pray for, rather than letting Robertson and other evangelical shitheads place fear in people’s minds, is that there is a leadership contingent made up of people like TR and the generals from World War II, particularly, General Dwight D. Eisenhower who led one of the greatest military invasions from the sea which has ever happened. The true God is a caring and loving God and would not bring on Armageddon by way of pushing humans into war. However, the true God to whom I believe does want peace WITH justice. In World War II, after great losses, we did achieve peace with justice. It was a tough one. But we need to remember that Chamberlin sat by when Hitler invaded Poland and did nothing. Even DEMOCRAT FDR wanted something done, but his hands were being tied by Republicans and threats of an overthrow by many Republicans, in the USA. Thank God it was discovered before it was hatched. Here we go again, though. Threats by people from southwest Florida like fascist-leaning ones in those days gone by – Lindburgh, Ford, and others. Today it is Ric the Prick Scott from Southwest Florida. That area of the nation is NOT the only area, as we learn about lunkhead Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan, too, plus other areas.
Shut up the perverted puritanical types and televangelists (plus others who fake the population), as they endeavor to work to divide and conquer in the name of fascist autocratic theology of hate, and other autocratic means. They do this in the name of a god which is made in the image of the human lunkheads with money and fascist ideals.
Putin, Russia, Ukraine News, 2/6/2022
Putin is calling the bluff of NATO, Europe, Britain, and the USA (Nuclear Fear Redux: Long-buried fears of Nuclear Armageddon Return for Many”). Do we react in fear or do we call his bluff by recalling that when America was threatened with German submarines off shore, we were reminded that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Postiive thinking, not the bullshit about Armageddon. Today, nuclear weapons are being used by Putin to call our bluff and see how far he can push the envelope. We need to come together and call his GODDAMN bluff.
According to a report on CBS News, the UN voted to censure Russia with a huge majority. China was not mentioned, but China was also not listed with the fascist autocratic regimes in the wold (four of them) which did not support the majority in the UN. Trump made it look as if he was so much against North Korea with its nuclear armament. North Korea voted NOT to support the censure of Russia and Putin.
Today, it was learned that Trump spoke open.ly about supporting Putin. Anyone who speaks against democratic government is a traitor to the USA. Trump is a traitor who should be accused of lying, cheating, an treason. Those who support the Russian mob int he USA, from DeSantis to Scottt and other Republicans, need to be treated as traitors, too. Those who support the anarchism of libertarianism are traitors because they support the idea that “anything goes.” People like Rand Paul of Kentucky. A traiotor. Mitch McConnell a traitor.
In the name of democracy and capitalism or socialist democracy of Scandinavia, we need to call Putin’s bluff. No questions asked. Stop the fear.
When people acted against the boats carrying Africans to American slavery, they did so, many times, in the name of criminal acts which favored human justice and humanity. In the name of human justice along with PEACE, we need to call Putin’s bluff on this issue of “nuclear fear redux.”
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