Putin May Be An Authoritarian Asshole … But Americans Should ALSO Criticize Stupid U.S. Policy

In launching the Iraq war and the war on terror, George Bush said “you’re either with us or against us.”

We now know that the entire justification for the Iraq War was false from the get-go.  And Saddam Hussein – while an asshole and tyrant – did not pose a threat to the West.

So what about Americans (us included) who protested the Iraq War at the time? Were we – as loudly proclaimed by those pushing for war – “Saddam-lovers”, “apologists for Saddam” and “propagandists” for Iraq?

No, of course not … we were loyal Americans trying to stop a very stupid policy mistake that we knew would cause a lot of problems for Americans.

The same thing is true for the frothing-at-the-mouth warmongers and Putin …

Specifically, Putin is an authoritarian asshole.  The Russian government spies on everyone, and cracks down on free speech.   If someone living in Russia criticizes Putin, Lord only knows what would happen to them.  I’m very grateful that I was born in America, and not Russia.

As we’ve previously noted:

Putin is certainly no saint. A former KGB agent, Putin’s net worth is estimated at some $40 billion dollars … as he has squeezed money out of the Russian economy by treating the country as his own personal fiefdom. And all sides appear to have dirt on their hands in the Russia-Ukraine crisis.


But knuckleheads who label all Americans who criticize U.S. foreign policy towards Russia as “Putin-lovers” or “propagandists” for Russia are as bad as Bush during the Iraq War.

Indeed, it’s virtually the same numskulls pushing the McCarthyite “we’ve got to stop them, because there’s a Rooskie under every bush” nonsense who pushed the Iraq War.

Those of us who criticized the Iraq War before it started have been proven right.  On the other hand, those trying to shut us up were wrong.

The same thing is true of the whole McCarthyite anti-Rooskie campaign.  Those of us pointing out that U.S. foreign policy towards Russia is stupid are trying to save America from further harm.

That’s what patriotism is all about …

Postscript.  Those who love America are willing to criticize her actions when they are stupid:

“It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error”
– United States Supreme Court in American Communications Association v. Douds

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
– Mark Twain

“The citizen who sees his society’s democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor.”
– Mark Twain

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
– Attributed to Thomas Jefferson (but not confirmed)

“To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“All that is necessary for the forces of evil to prevail in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke, British statesman

“Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of government power, not the increase of it.”
– Woodrow Wilson

“Those who are willing to trade freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Activism is the rent we pay for living on the planet”
– Alice Walker.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.
  • paul

    NOt quite fair to Putin.

    • swinebraten

      I think it is safe to say that our politicians and media find Putin to be somewhat intimidating, so they must smear him whenever possible.

      • Nexusfast123

        I think that is the truth of it. Putin has a formidable grasp of subjects and can speak without any aids and not sound like a bumbling idiot.

        • blue579

          Even left Gatekeeper Chomsky admitted years ago the role of POTUS (considered the most powerful political leader in the world) has become entirely ceremonial, with important policy decisions made on higher levels. This was evident when the Trilateral Commission captured the White House when Jimmy Carter took office. Politics of personality is a limited view.

  • Westcoastliberal
    • swinebraten

      Most people haven’t even heard of this. Sadly, the misguided elector from Texas who plans to flip his vote feels that GW Bush would be better for the country than Trump.

  • Mao Cheng Ji

    Putin is fine, very popular, and if you think criticizing his policies is forbidden or dangerous, you probably need to cut down on western media.

    • Question More

      Yep. I too am suspicious about some of the stuff in this article. $40 billion net worth? Viciously attacking dissenters? I’m glad many others spotted this and are calling it out. MAYBE WASHINGTON’S BLOG HAS BEEN HIJACKED TOO JUST LIKE WIKILEAKS ??????????? This post raises serious questions now…

      • Nexusfast123

        All these type of sites will be infiltrated more and more as ‘they’ are trying to change the narrative. Articles like this are so poor its easy to see through them.

        • blue579

          Something you should look at independently on your own to confirm is the government engineered resurgence of Maoism in China and Stalinism in Russia. If you are aware of the horrors of those eras, >100 million slaughtered as dissidents, then this should be very alarming. And both nations starting this year are cracking down hard core on peaceful dissent (thought criminals). Russia sentencing people to Siberia and or labor camps for sharing articles on social media critical of government corruption. China swooping into Hong Kong to disappear hundreds to thousands of pro democracy advocates placing them in indefinite detention on the mainland, also throwing human rights lawyers into prison. Please look into China’s Social Credit Score system, it is being developed for the entire world – I have researched and found the details.

    • blue579

      Bush II was very popular after 9/11, the misplaced loyalty and the drum pounding patriotism / jingoism was based on Big Lies. If you don’t do delve into the deep research on Russia’s political and economic system, you won’t be able to understand how and why it parallels the corruption and iron fisted fascism observed in the west, cloaked in slightly different ways, though clear to anyone taking the time to dig deeply.

      • Nexusfast123

        Not sure I agree with the narrative that you are trying unsubtly pushing which is that they are really no different to us. I would beg to differ.

        • blue579

          I’m saying popularity is not a measure of integrity or honesty. It’s that simple. I’m a neuroscientist who has spent years studying history on a very broad basis. I believe “people are people wherever you go” and that the Iron Law of Politics and “power corrupts” reflect certain historical and modern day realities. How many people were bamboozled with the Obama “Hope and Change” routine, then Trump bamboozles a wide swath of the “awake” community. Is it not possible in your mind that the Kabuki theater on the domestic stage has not been played out on the geopolitical international stage too? It’s not that hard to do when TPTB control the MSM and have cointelpro tentacles in all major alt media organs and thus by direct psy op or by diffusion (influencing opinions) control the spin. It shouldn’t matter what one person says or a group, it’s the facts that count, all the facts not selected facts. The world of economics and geopolitics is more complex and than you have been lead to believe.

          • Mao Cheng Ji

            Popularity is not a measure of integrity or honesty – it’s a measure of popular support. With Mr Putin, it’s very simple: every economic and social characteristic has improved, tremendously, since 2000, which is when he first became president. It’s hard to say to what extent it was his personal qualities deserve the credit (the oil prices definitely did help), but nevertheless, the correlation is unmistakable:
            https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/04/GDP_of_Russia_since_1989.svg/700px-GDP_of_Russia_since_1989.svg.png

          • blue579

            I’m already well aware of these stats and many more. GDP recovered because oil prices are controlled by TPTB and when Russia’s economy was deliberately imploded in the 90s, top bankster Larry Summers was sent to Russia to advise on the privatization of Russian state owned assets (anchoring global fascist neoliberalization in Russia with a massive transfer of public wealth to the plutocracy). I also know Russia has the highest wealth disparity of any nation out of some 200 in the entire world! It’s off the the charts, literally!! The home to income price ratio is the highest among developed nations. International organizations also give Russia very poor rankings for *systemic* corruption, near the bottom 1/3 of nation states. I realize people can still meek out a comfortable survival in austerity and control grids, there a lot of factors figuring into attitudes on quality of life. You’re stilling missing the big picture about the global control grid and Russia’s place in the NWO! Sorry you aren’t catching my wavelength. We don’t seem to have any kind of meeting of the minds here. Best I can do is recommend Dawisha’s book Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Own’s Russia, it has some deep perspective. Doubtful you would ever read it. Just trying to expand the discussion, not get mired in trivial points and data – I get that too as a scientist, many can’t see the forests for the trees and most people can’t easily shift their frames of view. Despite our impasse, peace and best of luck to you. Blue579

          • Mao Cheng Ji

            Everything is a kleptocracy, and corruption is everywhere: according to an Italian mafia expert, the UK is the most corrupt country in the world.

            Meanwhile, in Russia the average wage jumped at least 7-fold between 2000 and 2010, in dollar terms. Crime, suicide, drug addition – all’s gone down dramatically. Average life expectancy has gone up by ~5 years, above that of the time of Soviet collapse.

            These are the things people pay attention to, not the ‘big picture’ fantasies.

          • blue579

            Too bad you don’t understand what global Technocracy is. It’s totalitarian and its being birthed today. That’s not a fantasy and I guarantee you more well informed persons than yourself or the person who wrote this article understand what’s coming. Also, unfortunate you can’t be gracious enough to let the discussion go politely since we obviously are not on the same page or level of discussion. I wished you well and supplied information on a new scholarly sourced book on Russia that provides intensive historical background for context, intended as only one piece in a larger puzzle. Please be a gentleman and leave it alone as I have nothing else I would like to share with you in the interest of open source learning and synaptic offerings. Good bye!

          • Mao Cheng Ji

            Well, I think I do understand what global technocracy is, and I apologize if what I said sounded rude. I actually don’t necessarily disagree with you all that much, even if I wouldn’t use the words ‘totalitarian’ and ‘fascist’ in this context. My only point was that the ‘big picture’ is not what’s being discussed here.

            Cheers.

          • blue579

            Thank you very kindly for your response, and I too apologize that in trying to convey a complex issue in a short space pressed upon your concerns about an incomplete portrayal. I was focusing on the “authoritarian” aspect of the title of the article. Technocracy, by definition, is rule by appointed “experts” (not elected) and is authoritarian by its nature. Scholars researching the new global system being developed have proven beyond a doubt it is, in fact, authoritarian (aka totalitarian). My concern is for loss of freedom and dignity, loss of representative government, attacks on peaceful dissenters, and censorship. I was only trying to expand the discussion touching on the word authoritarian in the article title and noting Russia’s participation in the new global system which aims to track and monitor every individual in real time and punish them for not conforming. I very much appreciate your feedback and sincerely thank you for sharing your perspective as I will endeavor to keep an open mind and hope others will too. Cheers.

        • eddysachs

          Differ all you want …that’s your prerogative …but…Facts are Facts & you’re waaaaay behind the curve of seeing the BIG Pic & essentially expanding your world view because you haven’t as yet done the deeper research…..an existential epiphany awaits you…I s**t you not.

      • Mao Cheng Ji

        Bush2 was popular for a few months – rally-around-the-flag effect. Putin has been popular for many years. More so in the last few years, but a very decent approval rating all the way since 2000.

        As for fascism, I don’t know what you mean by ‘fascism’ here. I understand Russian, I watch Russian TV talk shows on youtube, and trust me, there is a far better variety of views (including ‘anti-Putin’, i.e.: criticizing government policies) openly and routinely expressed there than anywhere in the western mainstream media (vis-a-vis the western elite consensus). If that’s fascism, it’s a very odd kind…

        • blue579

          The temporal aspect doesn’t alter the social engineering (psychological) methods used. In a relatively freer society, a more overt and energetic left vs. right Hegelian political theater is relied upon to keep the citizenry in entranced and divided. The conditioning and public debate platforms used to maintain control in a plutocracy of alternating show puppets vs. an authoritarian “vertical of power” structure with one person at the helm for a very long time are going to be different. Although, it is true that heavy jingoism and nationalism are a feature of Russia’s current Zeitgeist, thus it parallels the early period in US after 9/11. Respectfully, what you are seeing in terms of “criticism” is the paper tiger criticism allowed in the west as venting and a simulacrum of social debate. Do you not find it odd that Russia Today (aired on one of my local PBS affiliates for awhile despite PBS ties to the highest echelons of elite power) has long been open about 9/11 as a false flag attack, though it never delved into the 1999 Moscow false flag bombings, discussing parallels? Has RT or Sputnik ever reported on the Apex Globalists possessing deep state capture over Russia’s economic and political systems via BIS central bank domination, the UN Agendas 21 and 2030, and globally interconnected “Smart” control grids?…. with resource and energy multinationals quickly intercalating into a tightly bound centralized unit of global interdependence. The latter is why Russia and Saudi Arabia are moving quickly to privatize state owned assets. A global multinational corporation economic grab of resources = fascism, one facet in the global techno neofeudal Technocratic digital gulag being completed.

          • Mao Cheng Ji

            RT has not been “open about 9/11 as a false flag attack”, as far as I know. And your complaints of them not reporting things that you find worthy of reporting is not a proof of anything. Read infowars or something; RT is a mainstream news source. And as a mainstream news source I find it a good alternative to the western sources.

            Also, whatever RT and Sputnik do or don’t report has nothing to do with my point: that criticism of the Russian government including the president is NOT, in fact, a risky business. That’s all I’m saying.

          • blue579

            You brought up popularity and I addressed that as not mutually exclusive to duplicity and corruption. I provided background for clarity. You also said you didn’t understand what I meant by fascism, I touched on the vertical of power structure and global multinational corporation resource capture involving Russia, that’s fascism by definition. Run a search for Russia Today 9/11 false flag and /or RT 9/11 inside job and you’ll find several entries, including news video clips of RT making the clear statement the White House executed 9/11 as an inside job / false flag. (Refer to my next reply for an example of one such link on YT.) You are missing the larger points I’m making about cloaked parallels AND you apparently have ZERO knowledge of the Moscow false flag attacks, which were horrific, the FSB/KGB caught red handed in the act of planting large bombs (bombs used size of Oklahoma City false flag), Russians seeking transparency and truth for their loved ones were silenced, some murdered. You are only skimming the surface, just as most people in the west are tuned into MSM establishment media. RT and Sputnik are not independent, they are state sponsored. I have respect for the inherent good will of the Russian people, it’s the plutocracy which is, behind the geopolitical curtain, a mirror image of western elites. Washington’s Blog is remiss in not fully informing readers. I remember well, several years ago WB’s founder was a staunch Truther. P.S. I can also supply you with links on peaceful Russian govt dissenters being prosecuted and the info for a very well researched book by a respected Russian scholar on the composition of the Russian political system as a Kleptocracy.

          • Mao Cheng Ji

            Look, any capitalist society is ruled by rich people and their institutions, that’s a given.

            Any media source is advocating something, that’s a given. All communication is manipulation.

            Russian Federation and RT are not exceptions, obviously.

            But what does it have to do with Putin being or not being an asshole (any more than any other politician, that is), and with criticizing him being or not being dangerous?

          • blue579

            Here is the important takeaway message and warning I’m trying to share with you. The alt media has been heavily infiltrated, contaminated. Call it greed, evil, group think, seductive rationalizations, or fear of exposing too much and becoming a target – whatever the motive(s), it’s an egregious level of deception and spin to keep the awakening masses from the final realization that ALL nation states have entered a state of NWO deep capture and the elites of these nations are FULLY cooperating. The elaborate geopolitical Kabuki theater between the west and Russia (and China to some extent) provided a cover for this final phase of the global digital-slave gulag build out. The evidence was already clear there have been powerful global committees working on the specifics of how to censor and control the internet, transferring control away from the US first amendment realm. If more people understood this, we could have been mobilizing to work together to resist the surveillance state and any and all forms of censorship, especially attacks on the internet and plans to track us on the individual level shutting down dissenters one by one. Again, research the China Social Credit system to grasp the level of control being rolled out around the entire globe. How many awake people opted not become boots on the ground activists and instead sit back to follow the alt news, believing Russia and the BRICS were stopping the NWO Bankers? We are about to go completely “blind” if a lot more people don’t fully wake up. It’s a real Matrix, a comfortable existence for those choosing to remain asleep. Huxley’s prediction about mind control and loving slavery is our reality.

          • blue579

            P.S. Elite control knows no political or economic boundaries (“capitalism”). The new system is a hybrid, Marxist style redistribution, banker and multinational corporate control, cloaked by environmental treaties (Agenda 2030).

            Informative articles should not be about the politics of personality, creating lightening rods and endless personal attacks for distraction purposes. We should be working together to understand the systems of control in order to trouble shoot together, peacefully, imo.

          • blue579

            Quick 12 minute example of the 2030 takeover. Important, though small, piece of the puzzle
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=josKPWSGpY4

          • blue579

            Russia Today: 9/11 was a False Flag Attack

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pYlfFW-20w&list=TLLSpML4BKZR8

          • Mao Cheng Ji

            Okay, that’s not RT, that’s a British show thetruthseeker. That’s one.

            Now find me a second one.

  • tom

    OK, that does it. I cease to read this blog forthwith. I have seen NO evidence whatsoever for your libellous remarks about Mr Putin. And I do not wish to waste my time reading a blog that purveys poisonous lies.

    • Tannenhouser

      I think they worded it that way so as not to give Propornot anymore incentive:)
      I’m pretty sure NO leader ever is lilly white. Putin while most probably lining his mattress at least appears to have his countries interest front and center if not a very close second:) The same cannot be said for most Now Another Terrorist Organization countries.

    • blue579

      The truth is out there, takes a lot of time and persistence to put it all together.

      Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia
      https://www.amazon.com/Putins-Kleptocracy-Who-Owns-Russia/dp/1476795207/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481242954&sr=1-1&keywords=putin%27s+kleptocracy

      Moscow False Flag Attacks: None Dare Call It Conspiracy
      http://reprints.longform.org/putin-conspiracy-banned-story-anderson

      • Shameer Mulji

        I want to thank you for all your posts. Very informative and thought-provoking. I was curious what your thoughts are regarding the situation in Syria and Aleppo? On the one hand, you have people saying the Syrian & Russian government are engaging in war crimes killing innocent civilians all in the name of fighting ISIS. The other side says that the “civilian rebels” are just ISIS jihadists in disguise and backed by US / CIA all for the purpose of taking down Assad / regime change? Who does one believe?

        I would definitely appreciate any other books / websites that you highly recommend where one may go to expand upon their knowledge & research.

        Thanks again.

  • swinebraten

    Prof. James Petras has a more balanced view of Putin: http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=2110

    ” The Russian Furies: Vladimir Putin

    During the 1990’s, the US plundered Russia at will. Washington imposed a unipolar world, celebrated as the ‘New World Order’. They bombed and devastated former Russian allies like Yugoslavia and Iraq, setting up ethnically cleansed rump states like Kosovo for their huge military bases. Meanwhile, Washington reduced Russia, under the inebriate Yeltsin regime, to a backwater vassal stripped of its resources, its institutions, scientists, and research centers. In the absence of war, the Russian economy declined by 50% and life expectancy fell below that of Bangladesh. The US celebrated this ‘victory of democracy’ over a helpless, deteriorating state by welcoming the most obscene new gangster oligarchs and pillagers and laundering their bloodstained loot.

    The door slammed shut on the pillage with the election of Vladimir Putin and the demise of the Yeltsin gangster-government. Russia was transformed: Putin reversed Russia’s demise: The economy recovered, living standards rose abruptly; employment in all sectors increased, and cultural, educational and scientific centers were restored. Vladimir Putin was elected and re-elected by overwhelming majorities of the Russian electorate despite huge sums of Western money going to his opponents. Russia systematically recovered many strategic sectors of the economy illegally seized by Western-backed Israeli-Russian oligarchs. Even more important, Putin restored Russian statecraft and diplomacy – formulating a strategy for an independent, democratic foreign policy and restoring Russia’s defense capability. The loss of this critical vassal state under its dipsomaniacal Boris Yeltsin shook the US EU-NATO alliance to its very core.

    In the beginning President Putin did not oppose the US-NATO military invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. It went along with the economic sanctions imposed on Iran. It even maintained its cooperation despite a US-sponsored attack by the government of Georgia against South Ossetia killing scores of Russian peacekeepers. In the wake of those destabilizing disasters, what finally led the Russian government to reverse its complicity with the West was the horrific US-financed invasion of Syria where Russian jihadis from the Caucasus were playing an important role as mercenaries, threatening to return and undermine the stability of Russia. This was quickly followed by the US-sponsored putsch in Ukraine, fomenting a civil war on Russia’s frontiers, threatening is vital naval base in Crimea and repressing millions of ethnic Russian – Ukrainian citizens in the industrialized Donbas region. These blatant aggression finally pushed Putin to challenge the expansionist policies of Washington and the EU.

    Putin backed a plebiscite in Crimea and won when its citizens voted overwhelmingly to re-join and preserve the Russian bases. Putin has backed the rebel defense of the Donbas against a NATO-neo-fascist Kiev invasion.

    Putin accepted a request for aid from the Syrian government as it battled mercenaries and jihadis to preserve its national integrity. The Russians sent arms, troops and air support for the Syrian Arab Army, rolling back the Western and Saudi armed terrorists.

    In response to the Washington-EU economic sanctions against Russia over the Crimean plebiscite, Putin signed multi-billion-dollar trade and investment agreements and joint defense pacts with China – mitigating the impact of the sanctions.

    Wherever Washington seeks to seize and control territory and regimes in Eurasia, it now faces the Putin nemesis. In Russia and overseas, in the Middle East and the Caucuses, in the Persian Gulf and Asia, the US meets stalemates at best, and roll-back at worst.

    The CIA-stooge Yeltsin and his cronies were evicted from the Kremlin to the indignation of Washington and the EU. Many of the kleptocrats, politicos, thugs and swindlers fled to their new homes in Langley, on Wall Street, in Washington or set up talk-shops at Harvard. Even the gruesome Chechens had their ‘color-coded’ support center (the CIA-American Committee for Peace in Chechnya) based in Boston. Never in modern history has a country so rapidly transformed from degraded vassalage to a dynamic global power as Russia. Never has the US seen its grand imperial design so successfully challenged in so many places at the same time.

    The Putin Nemesis has become the inescapable agent of the downfall of the US Empire.”

    • Taras77

      Excellent read on Putin-no one expects a saint but he is one of the more effective leaders in the world and compared to the sychphants in the west, he is head and shoulders above all. He loves Russia obviously but he still is a human being with insight for what is best for Russian interests.

      • blue579

        “…no one expects a saint but…”

        Putin murdered his own countrymen in false flags and used the engineered attacks to gut civil liberties and kill Chechens, including civilians. When we take the path of excusing such behavior, we become the same apologists and rationalization robots that we criticize in the west, i.e. those with blinders on to the duplicity and corruption in their own society. Russian elites, including Putin, are steadily transforming Russia into a construct in the NWO paradigm.

        • Mike Meyer

          Dear blue579,
          Thank you very much for sharing your perspective on Putin,Russian and Chinese and U.S.- APEX GLOBAL ELITE’S formation of a global elite CONTROL GRID[BIS] and the New World Order economic paradigm under the banner of UN Agenda 2030.
          Your logic and persuasive factual commentary have been very helpful !

          PS,Please comment on private space programs vis a vis national space programs regulated by international treaty Law.

          • lab rat ‘citizen’

            Supranational Elite interpretation of the Bill of Rights[just-us];
            http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/internet-censorship-in-us-and-europe-is-coordinated-2/

          • Lab Technician

            Robotics in Russia and China too…what is a laborer to do?…LAND REFORM-Homesteading Act #2

            zerohedge.com
            Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years
            Submitted by Mac Slavo via SHTFPlan.com,

            There is a paradigm shift coming and it is about to rewrite everything we know about economics, human labor, and government dependence.

            Earlier this week Amazon launched its first Amazon Go store,
            which allows a customer to walk in, grab the items they want, and
            simply walk out. Everything is tracked utilizing RFID chips, so the
            second you step out of the store Amazon knows exactly what you’ve
            purchased and automatically charges your account:

            Amazon Go is a system that marries physical stores with advanced algorithms and sensors to eliminate the need for a typical store checkout.
            Instead of packing all the things you need into a basket or cart and
            then dragged it through a tedious checkout process, you just grab
            whatever you need and walk out of the store.

            It sounds like a shaky concept at first, but only until you see just how advanced the technology really is.
            When you first walk into the store, you use your smartphone to open you
            virtual shopping cart. As you make your way around the store, a vast
            system of sensor tracks where you are, what you pick up, and what you
            take with you. The system even knows if you pick something up and then
            put it back, and will only charge you for things you actually intended
            to buy.

            Amazon’s latest move is simply the next evolution designed to make human labor obsolete.

            As Mike Shedlock recently pointed out at Mish Talk,
            the transition to automated systems like Amazon Go, as well as
            technologies like self-driving cars and long-haul trucks, has been fast
            tracked.

            We’re no longer talking decades, but rather, a few years before we start to see the direct effects on the labor market:

            Once again competition is the driving force that will guarantee success no later than a 2022-2024 time frame. By the end of that period, if not much sooner, long-haul truck jobs will vanish.

            Perhaps drivers will be needed for final delivery in cities and
            remote locations, but the need for long-haul interstate and major state
            highway drivers will vanish.

            My statement that “millions of long haul truck driving jobs will
            vanish in the 2022-2024 time frame” is likely way off on the low side if
            one counts Uber, taxi, and chauffeur driven vehicles.

            Take a look at Uber’s goal once again: “replace Uber’s more than 1?million human drivers with robot drivers—as quickly as possible.”

            That’s just Uber. And those jobs will vanish. All of them. What about Lyft? Taxis?

            We’re talking tens of millions of jobs. And they’ll be gone within half a decade’s time.

            The immediate response to such revelations is that there will be widespread societal upheaval.

            How will displaced human workers feed their families or keep roofs over their heads?

            The
            answer, according to Silicon Valley, which is driving the new paradigm
            full force, is quite simple and has been detailed in the highly rated
            documentary Obsolete from Aaron and Melissa Dykes (available free for Amazon Prime subscribers).

            It’s
            called “universal basic income,” or UBI, and essentially means that
            every member of society will be given a paycheck to meet their most
            basic needs.

            Aaron Dykes of TruthStream Media explains what’s coming in Obsolete:

            Basically,
            a general idleness, an aimlessness of people who could become
            revolutionary, who could be subjected to civil unrest… who will probably
            be on social welfare and benefits for the rest of their lives and have
            nothing else to look forward to.

            That’s the direction that the people in this country are actually headed towards.

            Just a week and a half after Bilderberg’s June 2016 meeting it was
            reported that [Silicon Valley tech startup incubator] Y-Combinator was
            running a basic income experiment.

            Billed as the “Social Vaccine of the 21st Century,” in Oakland,
            California where some 100 families were chosen to receive $1000 or $2000
            a month in order to collect valuable date in the pilot on how to
            implement, manage and scale further UBI incentives.

            Obsolete Documentary Trailer:

            The trend should be clear. Bilderberg members from around the world are preparing their governments and citizens for the inevitable.

            Robotics
            and artificial intelligence technology are advancing at a pace that
            will soon replace tens of millions of jobs in key economic sectors that
            include food service, grocery, transportation and customer service.

            What
            the end result will be is anyone’s guess, but we suspect the transition
            could destabilize the global economic system, complete with violence
            and revolution.

            Trending Articles

            Is Janet Yellen Sabotaging The Trump Administration?

            Submitted by Dennis E. Miller,
            Is Janet Yellen trying to screw Donald Trump?
            No, I’m not asking for possible…

            A better rate. A better value. Get a lower rate that
            delivers more value. At OptionsHouse, our rates are structured
            specifically as a better value for active traders. With our competitive
            commission rates & lower per contract fees, you save more as you
            trade more. Traders enjoy some of the lowest rates in the industry. And
            some of the best tools. $4.95 Flat Stock Rate. $4.95 + $0.50 per
            Contract Options Rate; only one base charge per spread. Open & fund a
            new OptionsHouse account today and take advantage of a great value. Read More

          • blue579

            You’re welcome, Mike, glad to be of service. Regarding private space programs regulated by international treaties, I don’t have much knowledge on this, although, I would expect the template to be similar to what we saw emerge in the Paris Climate treaty signing (UN 2030) involving control over the world’s oceans and seas, turned over to multinational corporations and the UN. Some of the details can be found in Spiro Skouras’ excellent 12 minute summary on his YT channel. I highly recommend it. The title is “UN 2030 Agenda Continues: The Plan To Take Over 1/2 Of The World With 1 Move.” https : // www (dot) youtube (dot) com/watch?v=josKPWSGpY4
            I’ll keep my eyes open for detailed information on the space programs. Important issue to be farsighted on, no question about that. Thanks!

        • Deniserwooden

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj498d:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !mj498d:
          ➽➽
          ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash498MediaLandGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!mj498d:….,……..

    • blue579

      How about getting down to brass tacks to admit since the days of the Bolsheviks and Stalin, Russian elites and Chinese elites, have been minions for the Apex Global Elite? This has continued to this day and via Hegelian dialectic sorcery the world is now on the threshold of becoming a techno totalitarian gulag, aka global technocracy under an interlocking highly centralized system of dehumanizing rule. It’s no coincidence that Putin, in his transition from head of FSB (KGB) to Prime Minister oversaw the horrific large scale false flag Moscow apartment complex bombings, then proceeded to eviscerate Russian civil liberties codified in the still fresh Constitution creating “extremist laws” used on peaceful dissenters today, or that the false flag attacks were used as an excuse to bomb Chechens, leveling Grozny, Fallujah style. Sound familiar? Why honest academic minded writers didn’t expose this parallel to US barbarism and the march to a global Orwellian totalitarian nightmare is beyond comprehension.

      • Nexusfast123

        Not sure about that. The Russians and Chinese along with other nations are creating separate political and economic block. Why go to all that bother if you are party to the formation of a single system. Its just another transition in history as the latest empire collapses and a new arrangement emerges. The transfer of gold from the West to the East will have an interesting end point.

        • blue579

          That’s not true, absolutely not true about a separate block. It’s still part of the global elite control grid and all of the BRICS banks are still firmly tied by their umbilicus to the Bank of International Settlements, the granddaddy bank of all central banks controlled by the Rothschilds and Rockefellers et al. All of these nations are quickly adopting the New World Order economic paradigm under the banner of UN Agenda 2030. If the US empire along with the controlling tentacles of the TPTB were dying / collapsing and a true FREE decentralized multipolar world was emerging, then that would be excellent, beyond excellent, wonderful. That is not what’s happening. In their own words and white papers, shortly after WW2, the Rockefeller intelligenstia were predicting that to create their NWO they would need to use American hegemony and then transition into their multi-polar regional government under a world government system. You can find a lot of this documentation at the website reddefininggod (dot) com. I don’t know the blogger, but he is a very good researcher and my research using different lines of evidence (esp. “follow the money”) comes to the same exact conclusion in terms of the construction of the NWO via the dialectic. Mountains of evidence.

      • Nolatsmith

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj404d:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !mj404d:
        ➽➽
        ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash404MarketMarketGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!mj404d:….,…..

        • Eric Zuesse

          Go to hell, spammer!

          • eddysachs

            Nola should stop pussy footing around & just say she’s an unrepentant hooker(lol)

  • Nexusfast123

    Western leaders are not in the same league as Putin. Other than the fact Putin is sharp witted and across difficult subjects he believes in what he is doing in terms of protecting his nation. Most of the Western leaders appear to be acting as if someone has something on them.

    • Brian McKeever

      Someone DOES have something on them–the billionaires who put them in office who have been trying to effectively destroy national boundaries in order to impoverish every worker. Putin stands in the way of that global project, which is why he is demonized (especially since they have proven repeatedly that they don’t care about any regime’s human rights abuses just so long as they play ball).

    • nomad1984

      quite. compared to american leaders putin is great. the best head of state on the world stage.

  • JustPassingThrough

    “Putin May Be An Authoritarian Asshole”

    the quality of the title to this post reflects the quality of the post and in particular on the immaturity of the poster.