President Putin with the elected representatives, turned the economy of Russia around, to give Russia back to the people of Russia. The middle class appeared by 2004 and continues to increase to this day. Over 30% of the Russian population is now middle class while the west sinks into poverty. Unemployment is very low so Russia is being careful on immigration. Very little of what he and the elected Duma and Senate have done is told to the western audience. While the west continues to spend trillions on war Russia built a rapid rail system between Moscow and St. Petersburg. A nine hour trip now takes under three environmentally friendly hours.
The age of Empire ended with the decline of the Roman Empire between 400 to 700 C.E. (Common Era)
The vast trade routes of Rome extended to China, India, Africa and Europe. An Empire expands into unknown territories and the Roman Empire did so over more than a 1500 years.
“There was but one Rome: no other city, either of ancient or modern times, has ever rivaled this astonishing metropolis in the grandeur of magnitude; and not many—if we except the cities of Greece, none at all—in the grandeur of architectural display.
Among empires: the Persians, the Spanish, French and British cannot but be admired as prodigious growths out of so small a stem. There was but one Rome: no other city, as we are satisfied by the collation of many facts, either of ancient or modern times, has ever rivaled Rome. The earth had its prerogative city and that city was Rome.
Power is measured by resistance. Upon such a scale, if it were applied with skill, the relations of greatness in Rome to the greatest of all that has gone before her, and has yet come after her, would first be adequately revealed. Since that era no land, no part and parcel of the Roman empire, has ever risen into strength and opulence, except where unusual artificial industry has availed to counteract the tendencies of nature.” Thomas de Quincey
How is Your World?
Do you wonder how long it will take for the populist media to mention unemployment or under-employment? Did you receive an increase in pay from your employer during the past two years? Have you noticed how the food industry has reduced the size of the package and increased the cost of food?
When the media writes a story about food or price increases they use the term average price. Average is taking all of the prices over a time frame and dividing it. Only the median price or cost lets you see how many dollars are removed from your budget to cover the increase. It is deceit on the part of the media to leave out the details.
The Truth or Not is in the Wording
Some believe we are in an age of information made simple with electronic devices. I would agree we have improved on a rapidly moving technology. How many people look at their mobile device and think of it as a hand-held computer? Here is the result of a search for the most favored apps being used from the Google Play store.
It doesn’t appear as though many people are using a dictionary in that group. We certainly have no desire to ruin their day by teaching them to understand the meaning of words. Let’s look at another group from Google Play rated as the most used apps.
This group definitely sees no need to learn how to spell or understand composition. Say what you want to say in a myriad of characters and gain fans, friends and followers. Whatever you do keep it short and use one syllable words since very few people read or know how to read an article. The trick to raising your totals on most of these most used website apps is by posting a nude or semi-nude photo.
When you get into an argument with a know-it-all you can get rid of the person with a quick photo such as the one below. The person in this case retorted with “that’s not Moscow..!!” For over 15 years and counting Russia bolted forward while the populist media kept silent. Moscow became a financial hub bringing with it good paying employment, massive reconstruction, a space program second to no one and a rising middle class.
The sanctions placed on Russia go far beyond the Ukraine or Crimea. They were meant to slow down the billions of dollars flowing into Russia as a sound investment. There was a slight pause by investors for almost three or so months.
The Facts Please
Let’s be reasonable with the knowledge the cold war ended when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in 1989. Followed closely by the wall in Berlin the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) began to unravel. Each of the former states within the USSR, including Russia, began to feel freedom for the first time since 1917. (some countries were pulled into the Soviet sphere after WW II)
A marvelous writer wrote an article from an American perspective about the cold war. I re-blogged it a few weeks ago. As the communist Soviet Union came undone I was happy there were no longer Russian boggy men waiting to take my life. Now as the years pass I realize it was all a fabrication of lies to instill fear rather than peace in my life. For whatever reason, the US and its’ NATO allies, need an enemy to create a society for the very wealthy. As for the rest of us there are food banks, poverty, drugs and some food stamps.
We are not Equal in the Eyes of the Wealthiest
This article began by saying a few words about the Roman Empire. Seldom seen in the movies or documentaries are the lives of the slaves. We see the brave Senators while hearing the words of the largest land owners. They are in fact the same people. Rome was built on the backs of the slaves in the same way many western nations were built. A woman had no rights being considered unequal in the eyes of the men who wrote the rules. Simply read the biblical words men wrote on how a proper slave may be worthy of salvation. Why do you allow anyone to fill you with fear by placing themselves in the lofty position over you?
The media moguls should know when the cold war ended the so-called leader of the free world vanished too. Isn’t it odd the media repeats the free world lie while articles about our environment disappear? Follow the money trail whenever you read, listen to, or watch their trail of fear, lies and lack of imagination.
“The international community should have learned from the past lessons. The historical parallels in this case are undeniable. Unwillingness to join forces against Nazism in the 20th century cost us millions of lives in the bloodiest world war in human history. If they expected a nervous or hysterical reaction from us, if they wanted to see us become a danger to ourselves as much as to the world, they won’t get it. They won’t get any response meant for show or even for immediate political gain. They won’t get it..” Vladimir Putin Dec. 2, 2016
They didn’t get it nor do they understand.
Thank you for the Music – Freddie was our Friend too
I would hope by now you are happy with the Liberal plan, in Budget 2016, to eliminate poverty with an increase to the Canada Pension Plan. (CPP)
In a nutshell the CPP is made up of several plans all in one or nothing at all:
- Canada Pension Plan for those who contributed
- Old Age Security
- Guaranteed Income Supplement
- Provincial Benefit Plans
Your Investments reduce all of the above as punishment for thinking ahead. You get to pay taxes on the interest and pay taxes a second time when your withdraw money. On top of those insults your CPP+ benefits decrease. Company Pension Plans can reduce or eliminate all of the above.
If you worked for the government at any level, you need not worry, since those wealthy pensions are funded by the taxpayer.
The word poverty is used 13 times in the 271 page edition of Budget 2016. Three times when mentioning seniors in Canada. The same people who worked and find themselves facing a convoluted pension plan after 60 plus years.
Anyone who worked had best prepare yourself for the usual $7.00 per month pension increase in July. Examples of a large increase, used in Budget 2016, will only apply to people who never worked.
Yet another meaningless promise to the millions of seniors in poverty from the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau
Canada signed onto the Millennium Poverty Goals at the United Nations. Sadly reports in Canada base the poverty line on the Low Income Cutoff or LIM. Statistics Canada has made it very clear LIM is not a measure of poverty in Canada. The second false premise about poverty is the use of Line 150 on the Income Tax Return. Total income on Line 150 includes non-taxable supplements.
Poverty and low-income should be using Total Taxable Income on Line 260.
We needn’t concern politicians with low-income and poverty despite their promises made to Canadians and the United Nations. Their only concern is ensuring a wealthy pension for themselves with funds on an island in the Caribbean.
“the plan is overly bureaucratic and complex”
We are fooled into believing our elected officials operate the government. You should know it is far from the truth. Every form of government, everywhere, runs the show from behind the scenes. Do you pay taxes to multiple government run agencies?
You have heard or read the “government will spend 20 million dollars to launch a new program“. (example)
Do ever hear how much of the money will be spent on the bureaucracy to set up and make the program available?
To show you who operates the government I will use one example. You can do the same for your town, city, county, province or country. An additional massive bureaucracy is scattered across the country on behalf of the federal government.
How Many Dollars are Spent on The Bureaucracy?
Your example is the City of Edmonton
Cost for corporate administration, general, municipal and other total of $356,800.000.00 of the 2.6 billion dollars in revenue. Employee benefits run an additional $127,000,000.00 per year for a grand total of $483,800,000.00. And you thought the 18 million in traffic tickets was a lot of money.
The List is an Endless Empire of Bureaucrats
Agencies, Boards, Committees and Commissions
Policies and Procedures Governing Boards
Financial Services and Utilities
Just when you think enough is enough
Capital Region Board
Then the bureaucracy begins to rattle chains at the Provincial Government.
To those among you who believe the 4.7 million Canadians in poverty do not pay may I give you an example. Most in poverty pay rent and have housing costs. Mature Canadians (seniors) get nailed every way possible to pay by the nameless, faceless bureaucracy. We also contributed via taxation and pension plans our entire life.
Capital Region Housing Corporation of Edmonton offers a small subsidy although there is a waiting list of up to 7 years. Seems there are always 8000 people ahead of you. (before you apply get rid of your vehicle, television, computer, cell phone and shoot yourself in the foot) This elite group apparently reports to no one. All talk no action by highly paid bureaucrats. Pay to join your local political party and drop your name in the hat so you too can be appointed. Only paid up memberships get these high rolling, sit on your ass, do nothing jobs.
Electricity cost Per Month for a 450 sq. ft. run down single suite apartment. Front and back doors do not lock properly etc. The place is more suitable for mice. Electricity used $27.72, with taxes on electricity $34.19 for a total of $61.91. The $1.60 increase per month was a slap in the face to those of us who dedicated our life and liberty to Canada.
Yes, those of us in poverty, do pay taxes. If you believe it isn’t so, you have likely been listening to the wealthy, talk about poverty. I have been to their meetings and sat in on their committees. If clues were shoes they would run barefoot through the park. Their single minded purpose it to stay wealthy while ensuring the bureaucracy pays them an over-inflated pension.
“You will understand bureaucracies when you understand procedure is everything and people are nothing.” Thomas Sowell