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Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

I see, yes you are correct he failed to pack the court.

How long is Putin going to continue? 

I understood Putin to be 'approved of' by the Russian people.

Russia is nothing like the US. It is not a democracy, it is an illusion of democracy. In the US there is a two-party system, so opposition is always present. In Russia the whole opposition has been wiped out thanks to Mr.Putin, so the majority of seats (75% presently) in Russian Parliament is held by 1 party for many consecutive years. But more important is the total control over Russia media. Russian people are being literally brain-washed, they are told non-sense like the Russian Constitution of Boris Yeltsin was written by Americans who only wanted to ruin Russia, and Putin is here to save Russia. Not many actually read foreign media regularly in order to be familiarized with other points of view. Medical emergency takes 5 hours to arrive to your home in Russia (that's how my mom died), people with cancer borrow a lot of money in order to have surgeries in Israel because Russian healthcare sucks, and people are told that this is not because of Mr.Putin, but rather because Mr.Putin doesn't have sufficient power in order to change those things, so lets give him more power and vote for proposed amendments of Constitution Unhappy  


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Are you fortunate to have this global information or is it better to be ignorant?

If you believe in a world that starts with mind before matter, events in human history such revolution can be seen as born in the collective or world mind.

What political changes would improve life in Russia? 

Do academics recognize the democratic republic as viable? 

Or as the ideal?

I hope you don't mind these questions, this information is compelling.

 
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Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

Are you fortunate to have this global information or is it better to be ignorant?

Well, many fortunes and misfortunes come through knowledge or ignorance, as you righteously pointed Smile I was educated in the UK, so for me communicating in English is not a problem. I can read and watch news in Spanish too, know a bit of Turkish, which clearly helps to bring together what is published in different languages and widen my grasp of the current developments. Nonetheless, my personal views of, lets say, British democracy is not idealistic and full of skepticism, which is obviously also the case when I discuss Russian politics. I would be a "difficult citizen" for any country I live in, because I tend to ask too many questions and don't take things on trust easily. 

Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

What political changes would improve life in Russia? 

I am afraid I am not that competent in order to comment on all that. All I can say that there are certain things that surprise me when I read about other countries and how Russia stands against them in terms of socio-economic security of its population. Russia seems to be so behind:







Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

Do academics recognize the democratic republic as viable? 

Or as the ideal?

Well, having opposition or free media in a country is absolutely viable unless you allow someone to crack down on them and bring "under someone's control". When the only way of familiarizing with alternative points of view is achieved through reading foreign media in foreign languages, it is indicative of what the situation is like inside the country.  


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Vanuatu, I can give you one bright example of when Russian democracy seems incomparable with the American democracy 

Such thing as shown on the video is unimaginable in Russia, I can't even think of what would happen to the person who does the same thing in Russia publicly behind Mr.Putin's back, but such person is likely to lose his/her job and perhaps even ends up being killed   
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Yea, it makes me wish Nancy Pelosi was in Russia when she did that.Dead

We are mostly completely spoiled, self satisfied and ignorant in the US and understanding the 'world' is not a priority for most.

Your article by Rodney on capitalism made some good points. The pension system is just -as we say-"Pie in the Sky." That time has come and gone and it's usually local politicians fleecing tax payers for corporate endeavors that serve globalists who want us to beg for Socialism.

Any means of separation are acceptable by virtue of race, sex, age, religion etc .. A California Senator publicly states that ;
'yes, and the source of most of the pollution in the world is white people' to her dark brown friend who cheerfully adds 'MHMMM' Maybe they blame business owners for creating jobs?

The air that Americans breathe isn't equal.

Blacks and Hispanics disproportionately breathe air that's been polluted by non-Hispanic whites, according to a study. This new research quantifies for the first time the racial gap between who causes air pollution – and who breathes it. 

"Pollution is disproportionately caused by whites, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic minorities," the study said.

Poor air quality remains the largest environmental health risk in the United States, the study warns. In fact, with 100,000 deaths per year, more Americans die from air pollution than car crashes and murders combined.

“Even though minorities are contributing less to the overall problem of air pollution, they are affected by it more,” said study co-author Jason Hill, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota, who is white. “Is it fair (that) I create more pollution and somebody else is disproportionately affected by it?” 

Hill said that while the air in the U.S. has gotten cleaner in the past decade, pollution inequity has remained stubbornly high.

"What is especially surprising is just how large pollution inequity is and has been for well over a decade," Hill said.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/11/air-pollution-inequality-minorities-breathe-air-polluted-whites/3130783002/

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Your remark on the pollution in the US in response to my post about Russian politics is although very intriguing, but not quite relevant Smile  Socialism, no matter how much it is being discussed by the candidates in the US presidential campaign, is something where Europe is certainly ahead of everyone else in the world. Because Europe has 6% of the world population, less than 20% of world GDP, but 50% of global social spending!
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I am not sure I would call it "ahead" that Europe is big on social spending, but I get your point.  Most of them, however, were successful economically (capitalistically) before they introduced their social programs.  I think there is much to say for "inefficiency," I think of calls for (complete) efficiency as calls for people to fit in as perfect cogs of the "machine."  Roughly half of Americans don't vote in Presidential elections, so while some are trying to advocate the perfect system, a good number of people just want to be let alone.  That is what libertarians are, radical centrists who form a party which is largely anti-government.  The place were you see them elected the most are small county sheriffs, who don't want to enforce stupid laws.

Do you have an opinion on Pussy Riot?  Or on a more serious vein, the chess grandmaster, and opposition politician Kasparov?

I recently watched a Dark Docs video on Youtube that was the "Mutiny on the Storozhevoy." (a destroyer in the Baltic fleet).  It is not a book, but from what I understand it is the basis for Tom Clancy's "Hunt for Red October."  I would love to hear if you have any insight you could share on such an attempt.
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Do you have an opinion on Pussy Riot?  Or on a more serious vein, the chess grandmaster, and opposition politician Kasparov?

Well, I hope you aint serious when asking me about Pussy Riot or Kasparov Smile The fact that someone's achieved a significant result in intellectual sports career does not mean that the person can play the role of a professional politician. We can't expect every Russian intellectual like Grigori Perelman or Eugene Kaspersky to be equally successful in building their political careers even if they wanted to, because the rules in politics are very different. The political rules are not about being the first one in making a particular discovery or achieving a particular result in sports, but rather about leading the crowds and appealing to the wide range of audiences. The person can be very smart, but still unable to communicate their proposals efficiently. Sometimes the policies could be complete rubbish, but sneaky politicians still manage to push them through by manipulating the audiences. 

Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:


I recently watched a Dark Docs video on Youtube that was the "Mutiny on the Storozhevoy." (a destroyer in the Baltic fleet).  It is not a book, but from what I understand it is the basis for Tom Clancy's "Hunt for Red October."  I would love to hear if you have any insight you could share on such an attempt.

I certainly used to be a big fan of Tom Clancy's computer games, such as Ghost Recon, when I was young. Unfortunately, my interest towards Mutiny on the Storozhevoy is very low, perhaps you know about it more than me. The spectrum of my personal interests in history is rather narrow, I am more keen on reading about some strategic developments in history or economics rather than particular incidents, which I suppose may take place in every country. Although I do recognize the fact that sometimes the Butterfly effect takes over and leads to global changes. Smile
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I find it interesting when art imitates life, although I don't really consider Clancy much of an artist.  But, it is interesting that he did not make Hunt for Red October out of whole cloth, but borrowed the idea from an obscure incident.  btw, Clancy was a good story teller and a successful novelist, but I wouldn't consider anything of his that I read (or movies I saw), great literature.

Pussy Riot are clowns, but they are intentionally clowns and should be taken as such.  In the West, it is bad form to shoot the jesters.  I think they were cracked down on because they were vocal (and obnoxious) critics of Putin, but it sounds like his excuse is that they mocked the Orthodox Church.
He probably claimed that he was "just" protecting the Russian Orthodox Church, and I am sure that they love his patronage and protection.  Putin is a prince, of the Machiavellian kind, I imagine he would embrace the description, unless he could use it against somebody.

You hear about Kasparov in the West, probably because his stature on the international stage keeps him from being molested too much by Putin.  Chess is one of those things that is thought quintessentially to be Russian.  It gives him a little more room to navigate in, (or so I imagine).  I admire that he sticks his neck out a little, but I have no idea of what he would actually be like as a politician.  Kasporov is actually good at something, which is more than some of our politicians could claim.

One thing you get in the US is Congress (the House, and the Senate), get low approval ratings, but people generally approve of congressmen and senators from their own state.  When things get down to the state level, citizens don't see their own representatives to be "part of the problem."
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

You hear about Kasparov in the West, probably because his stature on the international stage keeps him from being molested too much by Putin.  Chess is one of those things that is thought quintessentially to be Russian.  It gives him a little more room to navigate in, (or so I imagine).  I admire that he sticks his neck out a little, but I have no idea of what he would actually be like as a politician.  Kasporov is actually good at something, which is more than some of our politicians could claim.


Out of interest I watched one talk by Kasparov in English about politics and grand strategy of Mr.Putin Smile I'd say Kasparov is a clown too, though fit to entertain only the American audiences. No wonder in Russia he is not known as politician with zero rating. I find him boring like Putin. 
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Originally posted by Novosedoff Novosedoff wrote:

Your remark on the pollution in the US in response to my post about Russian politics is although very intriguing, but not quite relevant Smile  Socialism, no matter how much it is being discussed by the candidates in the US presidential campaign, is something where Europe is certainly ahead of everyone else in the world. Because Europe has 6% of the world population, less than 20% of world GDP, but 50% of global social spending!
Oi!Smile
Let me explain- we have a creature in congress called an "AOC" Alexandria Occasionally Cognizant.
She won in a democrat New York district, Pelosi herself said democrats could have run a glass of water and won that district.
AOC is an adult female brown skinned Greta Thuneberg, who made a big 'splash' with talk of a Green New Deal bc the world is expected to end due to climate change in 12 years around 8:45 pm. 
Democrats include ideas such as an end to carbon emissions, death to all farting cows and a train from US to Australia so we can spare the world nasty plane carbon emissions. Yes.

Of course the democrats are only almost that stupid. Recently democrats admit that they don't care about climate or economy. They want socialism. They want to tear apart the economic structure and redistribute wealth. Green New Deal would be a tool for that disassembly.

In my view, this is where socialism breaks down for the republic. If we take our good working system and replace with 'same for everyone' Utopian idea is gone. We know some are more equal than others.
White people in America do not have to guess which villains will lose their farms, businesses and homes to pay people who have no drive or initiative to create and build.

So the wealthy, the workers and those who are old enough to remember history are pushing back. As things are now, with my low education in Human Services I can get some version of just about anything that a well bred, wealthy American can get. 
Not thinking 'Billionaire' grade lifestyle but certainly all the news, information and gadgets to connect me to the game.

As I understand socialism average people have a great deal of trouble getting basic things like phones and internet service.
You are a very blessed individual, think of Venezuela they were on the rise a decade ago. Putin is not stupid, that is Russia's biggest problem.

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Quote "Because Europe has 6% of the world population, less than 20% of world GDP, but 50% of global social spending!"

When I read this I wonder "is this spending all debt?" 
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Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

Quote "Because Europe has 6% of the world population, less than 20% of world GDP, but 50% of global social spending!"

When I read this I wonder "is this spending all debt?" 

Yeah, those social expenses that Europe bears aint necessarily efficient. That's why countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal are overburden with debt. Neither Europeans are equally advanced in treatment of cancer like Israel.

I guess in Britain they've just made a number of calculations and realized how bad it is for them to stay EU. Visa-free journeys are fine, but common market is a different thing Smile
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Is this correct? The actual vote to keep Putin in power never officially happened?

Because of the coronavirus, the vote was not held and 
has not yet been scheduled. The 75th anniversary celebration has been postponed indefinitely. On May 9, when Russia celebrated Victory Day, Putin made a short speech and laid a wreath on the grave of the unknown soldier with little fanfare. A military flyover of 75 planes and helicopters was announced, but I watched it — they fly directly over my house, rattling the windows and setting off car alarms — and it looked like barely two dozen. And since no one was supposed to go out in the evening, the only people who saw the fireworks were those who lived near the launch point and had a balcony facing the right direction. The holiday, envisioned as a kind of coronation for Putin’s presidential “reset” and the triumphant return of Russia as a world power, went by almost unmarked.
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Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

Is this correct? The actual vote to keep Putin in power never officially happened?

The proposal to let Mr.Putin be re-elected 3rd time came in March, 2020 from a 83 years old  member of Russian parliament, who can still recall her own name. The proposal was seemingly supported by the majority of MPs in explosive applause with violent public masturbation and with a number of burning streakers passing by the cameras in order to make the celebration look even more wild. As I understood, the vote  on the amendments of Constitution is somehow related to the vote on Mr.Putin's 3rd term, perhaps they are both to take place at the same time. Initially the vote was planned to take place in April or May, but due to Covid the vote has been put off till noone knows when Smile


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I think you misunderstand me, sir.  I saw or heard Kasparov on the TV (or radio), maybe for a three minute clip, I knew his name, especially from having sold chess "computers" at the store.  That was probably 15,  20 years ago, I seem to remember his interest in Russia having a more open society.

So, I am just asking you, what do you know?  I am by no means wed to him, he just seemed like a decent fellow and I wish him well, hoping he does not get into too much trouble.

I am asking you just like I would ask about an interesting car to my friend who is a motorhead.  I would have liked a little more analysis and insight about Russian politics, but if you want to denounce him as a clown that is okay too, I cannot argue otherwise.  Although from little I know, I would venture to propose that if they are both clowns, Pussy Riot and Kasparov are on entirely different levels of clownishness.
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Oh by the way, I am not asking for an analysis and insight now, I am just saying that I was asking as a matter of curiosity, between our government and your government, so many things get filtered in regards to what we see and get over here.  I say "government" but for us it is also the media which likes to pretend it is independent.  Well it is "independent" in the sense that is often calling the shots.


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Hi franciscosan,

I don't want to pretend like I know something special about Kasparov or Russian politics. You may not believe it, but I don't even watch Russian TV for something like 9 years Smile I quickly get bored of any political talk shows which are plentiful and popular in Russia nowadays like anywhere else in the world. Overall Russian politics seems very predictable and stable, given there are no changes at the very top levels of the pyramid. Unlike Americans, we don't shuffle the cards that often, which makes it very likely to see the same faces on the news in 10 years or even 20 years. But I mean German chancellor Merkel has been around for quite a bit of time too, and in Britain the same queen has been in the office even longer. So Russia is vulnerable to the same European disease.
The only way one can witness the diversity of life is by traveling and submerging in new cultures, new environments, new languages, new people around and new knowledge Smile Unfortunately, I prefer playing the cards, so Kasparov and chess have been always beyond my scope of interests
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I am living with my little ol' mother these days, so I am a hostage to her news watching habits (CNN primarily).  I don't travel much, have some anxiety. and depression that discourages me from travel, such is life.  I don't like change very much, and Americans seem to be attracted to change for its own sake.  I just don't like the rate of change and the frivolousness of a lot of it.  I know it is perhaps naive, but it would be nice for a citizen to be able to know (all) the laws of society.  Or at least the general laws.  But that takes a lawyer, and even they have to specialize.

The liberal believes:  I don't know why something is there (in society) let's get rid of it.
The conservative believes:  I don't know why something is there, let us leave it alone.
Of course, there is probably a happy medium where the liberal and conservative can agree that something has to stay, or got to go.  But, there always is a potential for unintended consequences.

Of course, the American conservative is rather liberal on a lot of other scales.
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