Thursday, 15 January 2015

An excellent documentary: "Putin´s Way"

 This excellent documentary on Vladimir Putin and the mafia state he has created is highly recommended:



The documentary does not address the question about how the free world should react to what has happened in Putin´s Russia, but in a separate interview Walter Clemens, professor emeritus of political science at Boston University and an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, gives his well founded opinion:


What should the international community do about Mr. Putin?

CLEMENS: He should be indicted and brought before the International Criminal Court. Putin is probably guilty of all types of transgressions the court is authorized to prosecute—genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression. As Russia’s president or prime minister, Putin dispatched Russian armed forces against the peoples of Chechnya, Georgia, and Ukraine while keeping them in a province of Moldova. His troops killed between 100,000 and 200,000 Chechens, split off South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia, and watched as South Ossetians carried out ethnic cleansing of Georgian villages. Putin’s forces have seized Crimea, putting Tatars as well as Ukrainians at risk. Putin has fomented separatism in eastern Ukraine and sent several thousand Russians to fight alongside the separatists. He may not have intended for his proxies to shoot down a Malaysian airliner, but he provided the equipment and training that permitted them to do so and kill nearly 300 civilians. When weapons based in Russia strike targets inside Ukraine, however, there is no doubt about Putin’s intentions.

Friday, 9 January 2015

In praise of US senator James Inhofe

The US global warming establishment, which  includes most mainstream media, is scared to death as senator James Inhofe takes charge of the important chairmanship of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee:

This is how Democratic activists like to think of Inhofe: as a doddering caricature of conservative values who, given a platform such as the chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee, will regularly supply punch lines to the opposition. They see him as an untethered radical off in a world apart even from his conservative colleagues; a Don Quixote with Jesus as Sancho Panza, on a quest to rein in overzealous lefties. Their hope is to use him as a foil. Their worry is that his maneuvering could cause a lot more damage when he is wielding a gavel than when riding a horse.
Climate change is certain to be a major issue for Congress in the next couple of years. Tom Steyer, the billionaire Democratic environmentalist, topped the list of campaign donors in the past election cycle; there’s still the Keystone XL pipeline to figure out; and a number of new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency are set to take effect this year. On all this, Inhofe aims to take center stage.
“Expect huge and enormous fireworks in the committee,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the committee. “[Inhofe’s] going to go after everything, and I’m going to stop him dead on the floor of the Senate. . . . The biggest denier of all is the chairman of the environment committee — that’s a cruel joke.”

However, for all those who do not wish to be part of the leftist greenie global warming mafia, there is reason to celebrate:

"It's not happening," Inhofe said during the AP interview. Climate changes detected in recent years are part of a natural cycle that takes between 25 and 35 years to complete, he said.
"We've gone through this since 1895 five times," Inhofe said. "There's not warming going on. We're now in the 15th year of cooling."
He said regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will kill the economy and jobs. He has urged the agency to abandon stricter rules on refinery air pollution and to reject their own scientists' recommendation to tighten a standard for the main ingredient in smog.
As the likely chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Inhofe will lead an effort to boost oversight of the EPA and try to thwart its agenda.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

A tale of two CVs

Extracts from the official CVs of the Finnish and Swedish Prime Ministers make interesting reading

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb:

1999 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) international politics, London School of Economics
1995 Master of Arts (MA) political science, College of Europe, Bruges
1994 Dîplome de Langue et Civilisation Française (DL), Sorbonne Universitet, Paris
1993 Bachelor of Arts (BA) political science, Furman University, South Carolina, United States
1988 Matriculation (magna cum laude), Gymanasiet Lärkan, Helsinki
1986 Highschool Diploma, Mainland Highschool, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

Language skills
Finnish, Swedish, English, French and German
Publications
Eleven books on the EU, about 30 academic articles on the EU and over 100 columns

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven:

Trade union training
School of Social Work and Public Administration, Umeå (1½ years)
Welder training
Upper secondary school, business programme(2 years)
Compulsory school (9 years)

Mr. Löfven´s official CV page does not include any information about his language skills. However, this brief video gives a hint:




PS

It goes without saying that a less educated politican can be as good a politician as an educated one. However, in our globalized age it certainly helps to have language and educational skills.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Vladimir Putin named most corrupt Person of the Year



"Putin has been a finalist every year so you might consider this a lifetime achievement award. He has been a real innovator in working with organized crime. He has created a military-industrial-political-criminal complex that furthers Russia’s and Putin’s personal interests. I think Putin sees those interests as one and the same."

Another well deserved award for Vladimir Putin:

Vladimir Putin has been named the 2014 Person of the Year by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an award given annually to the person who does the most to enable and promote organized criminal activity.
Putin was recognized for his work in turning Russia into a major money-laundering center; for enabling organized crime in Crimea and in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine; for his unblemished record of failing to prosecute criminal activity; and for advancing a government policy of working with and using crime groups as a component of state policy.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Sir David Frederick Attenbourough GWA

Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA speaks for "all human beings":

The naturalist said that it was "silly" to play down the issue of climate change in an interview with Sky News.
The 88-year-old said: Wherever you look there are huge risks. The awful thing is that the people in authority and power deny that when the evidence is overwhelming. 
"They deny it because it's easier to deny it.
"It's a very major, serious problem facing humanity but at the same time it would be silly to minimise the size of the problem.
"Never in the history of humanity in the last 10 million years have all human beings got together to face one danger that threatens us.
"It's a big ask but the penalty of not taking notice is huge."
 
One essential letter combination is missing from Sir David´s already impressive list  - GWA (for global warming alarmist).
 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The EU´s foreign policy chief ready for appeasement with Russia

The EU´s foreign policy chief, Italian Federica Mogherini, appears to be ready for appeasement with regard to Putin´s Russia. Hopefully Mrs Merkel will stop her!

BRUSSELS - Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, has said the bloc should launch a new “debate” with Russia aimed at ending the “confrontation” over Ukraine.
She told Italy’s La Repubblica daily on Saturday (27 December): “The current situation is very difficult for Russia. It would be in its interest to contribute to ending the conflict. At the same time, we all know that Russia plays an important role not only in Ukraine, but also in Syria, Iran, the Middle East, Libya”.
“We have to open a direct debate with Moscow on our mutual relations and the role that Russia can play in other crises”.
She noted that Ukraine and the US also want a way out.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Vladimir Putin´s press conference on December 18, the birthday of Joseph Stalin


Putin:
"What [The West] is trying to do is chain the bear, take out his claws...what we're trying to do is maintain our sovereignty and independence."

Vladimir Putin has today, on the birthday of Joseph Stalin, held a televised press conference.
The leader of the world´s foremost thugocracy carefully followed the advice of another Russian leader, Vladimir Lenin, when answering questions: "A lie told often enough becomes the truth".