Well, Let Me Hear Ya Say “Nyet”!

From Dmitri Orlov:

 

The way things are supposed to work on this planet is like this: in the United States, the power structures (public and private) decide what they want the rest of the world to do. They communicate their wishes through official and unofficial channels, expecting automatic cooperation. If cooperation is not immediately forthcoming, they apply political, financial and economic pressure. If that still doesn’t produce the intended effect, they attempt regime change through a color revolution or a military coup, or organize and finance an insurgency leading to terrorist attacks and civil war in the recalcitrant nation. If that still doesn’t work, they bomb the country back to the stone age. This is the way it worked in the 1990s and the 2000s, but as of late a new dynamic has emerged.

In the beginning it was centered on Russia, but the phenomenon has since spread around the world and is about to engulf the United States itself. It works like this: the United States decides what it wants Russia to do and communicates its wishes, expecting automatic cooperation. Russia says “Nyet.” The United States then runs through all of the above steps up to but not including the bombing campaign, from which it is deterred by Russia’s nuclear deterrent. The answer remains “Nyet.” One could perhaps imagine that some smart person within the US power structure would pipe up and say: “Based on the evidence before us, dictating our terms to Russia doesn’t work; let’s try negotiating with Russia in good faith as equals.” And then everybody else would slap their heads and say, “Wow! That’s brilliant! Why didn’t we think of that?” But instead that person would be fired that very same day because, you see, American global hegemony is nonnegotiable. And so what happens instead is that the Americans act baffled, regroup and try again, making for quite an amusing spectacle.

The whole Edward Snowden imbroglio was particularly fun to watch. The US demanded his extradition. The Russians said: “Nyet, our constitution forbids it.” And then, hilariously, some voices in the West demanded in response that Russia change its constitution! The response, requiring no translation, was “Xa-xa-xa-xa-xa!” Less funny is the impasse over Syria: the Americans have been continuously demanding that Russia go along with their plan to overthrow Bashar Assad. The unchanging Russian response has been: “Nyet, the Syrians get to decide on their leadership, not Russia, and not the US.” Each time they hear it, the Americans scratch their heads and… try again. John Kerry was just recently in Moscow, holding a marathon “negotiating session” with Putin and Lavrov. Above is a photo of Kerry talking to Putin and Lavrov in Moscow a week or so ago and their facial expressions are hard to misread. There’s Kerry, with his back to the camera, babbling away as per usual. Lavrov’s face says: “I can’t believe I have to sit here and listen to this nonsense again.” Putin’s face says: “Oh the poor idiot, he can’t bring himself to understand that we’re just going to say ‘nyet’ again.” Kerry flew home with yet another “nyet.”

What’s worse, other countries are now getting into the act. The Americans told the Brits exactly how to vote, and yet the Brits said “nyet” and voted for Brexit. The Americans told the Europeans to accept the horrendous corporate power grab that is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the French said “nyet, it shall not pass.” The US organized yet another military coup in Turkey to replace Erdo?an with somebody who won’t try to play nice with Russia, and the Turks said “nyet” to that too. And now, horror of horrors, there is Donald Trump saying “nyet” to all sorts of things—NATO, offshoring American jobs, letting in a flood of migrants, globalization, weapons for Ukrainian Nazis, free trade…

The corrosive psychological effect of “nyet” on the American hegemonic psyche cannot be underestimated. If you are supposed to think and act like a hegemon, but only the thinking part still works, then the result is cognitive dissonance. If your job is to bully nations around, and the nations can no longer be bullied, then your job becomes a joke, and you turn into a mental patient. The resulting madness has recently produced quite an interesting symptom: some number of US State Department staffers signed a letter, which was promptly leaked, calling for a bombing campaign against Syria in order to overthrow Bashar Assad. These are diplomats. Diplomacy is the art of avoiding war by talking. Diplomats who call for war are not being exactly… diplomatic. You could say that they are incompetent diplomats, but that wouldn’t go far enough (most of the competent diplomats left the service during the second Bush administration, many of them in disgust over having to lie about the rationale for the Iraq war). The truth is, they are sick, deranged non-diplomatic warmongers. Such is the power of this one simple Russian word that they have quite literally lost their minds.

But it would be unfair to single out the State Department. It is as if the entire American body politic has been infected by a putrid miasma. It permeates all things and makes life miserable. In spite of the mounting problems, most other things in the US are still somewhat manageable, but this one thing—the draining away of the ability to bully the whole world—ruins everything. It’s mid-summer, the nation is at the beach. The beach blanket is moth-eaten and threadbare, the beach umbrella has holes in it, the soft drinks in the cooler are laced with nasty chemicals and the summer reading is boring… and then there is a dead whale decomposing nearby, whose name is “Nyet.” It just ruins the whole ambiance!

The media chattering heads and the establishment politicos are at this point painfully aware of this problem, and their predictable reaction is to blame it on what they perceive as its ultimate source: Russia, conveniently personified by Putin. “If you aren’t voting for Clinton, you are voting for Putin” is one recently minted political trope. Another is that Trump is Putin’s agent. Any public figure that declines to take a pro-establishment stance is automatically labeled “Putin’s useful idiot.” Taken at face value, such claims are preposterous. But there is a deeper explanation for them: what ties them all together is the power of “nyet.” A vote for Sanders is a “nyet” vote: the Democratic establishment produced a candidate and told people to vote for her, and most of the young people said “nyet.” Same thing with Trump: the Republican establishment trotted out its Seven Dwarfs and told people to vote for any one of them, and yet most of the disenfranchised working-class white people said “nyet” and voted for Snow White the outsider.

It is a hopeful sign that people throughout the Washington-dominated world are discovering the power of “nyet.” The establishment may still look spiffy on the outside, but under the shiny new paint there hides a rotten hull, with water coming in though every open seam. A sufficiently resounding “nyet” will probably be enough to cause it to founder, suddenly making room for some very necessary changes. When that happens, please remember to thank Russia… or, if you insist, Putin.

Demanding Equality of the Sexes

Where is the female “representation” here?

 

“Five men have died after a “large concrete structure containing metal” collapsed at Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant.

Paramedics tried to free the men, including one who had suffered a heart attack. But West Midlands Police pronounced all five victims dead at the scene of the industrial accident in the Nechells area of Birmingham.

A sixth man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries. The victims have yet to be identified.”

Female British tourist ‘beaten senseless’ by security guards at Magaluf hotel

The headline reads: “Female British tourist ‘beaten senseless’ by security guards at Magaluf hotel” … except it wasn’t her that was beaten senseless, it was him. So when a women isn’t beaten, she is… When her boyfriend is actually beaten, the press tells us its HER that got beaten.

Men take the punches… and then the world is told how women suffer. This is the world that feminism has wrought. Only women suffer… even when they don’t. Actually a perfect monopoly on suffering.

You watch and decide… she doesn’t look like she was beaten senseless. She’s kicking and flailing throughout. It was actually HIM who was beaten senseless… but not for the press to report it.

Remember: only women can suffer… even when they don’t, it is WOMEN who are the victims. Is that clear now?

 

And so, full circle

 

Now the circle has been squared. We’re going to receive a little “guidance” about how things should be done.

 

From the Telegraph:

 

The Government should give parents lessons on how to raise their children, Britain’s leading public health expert has urged.

Professor John Ashton, the outgoing president of the Faculty of Public Health, said today’s children are being neglected by “sweatshop” schools and bad parents.

He said the state must step in to help prevent the next generation being crippled by conditions such as anxiety, anorexia and obesity.

 

…not to mention, disobedience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say Goodnight, Brussels…Say Goodbye Euro

If you live in western Europe, it doesn’t get much worse than this. Your country is ruled by unelected technocrats in Brussels, your national sovereignty is being stripped from you, while what’s left of your country is being invaded by hoards of foreigners, mostly (but not all) muslims – who hate the way you live.

And all the time you’re told how great it is… by the press, by the politicians, and the banks. And then, to the east, a country like Hungary turns up two fingers to Brussels and actually gets immigration under control, and holds referendum after referendum on single political issues, in something that looks like an actual participatory democracy. But you don’t get to do that, because your “representative democracy” of drunks and sexual deviants is “advanced” and superior. You realise you’ve been had.

And now, to top it all off, the currency which is supposed to be the shining beacon of the EU establishment’s dream, created by people who, it is clear, are rank economic amateurs, starts tanking. Austerity looms ever larger, the IMF is threatening to jump ship and leave the EU on its own to sort out a debt crisis that is insolvable, and the currency just keeps right on tanking. You’ve been left holding the proverbial monetary bag. Sovereign default, dressed up as “restructuring” is coming and it will be the worst horror show Europe has seen since the winter of 1946/47.

The brief Euro rally is over. As predicted here several times in the past weeks, the rout has recommenced. Within a year or two the whole currency will be toast. New lows are on the horizon, and the “showpiece” of the EU is headed for extinction.Western Europe stands at the brink of political, cultural and social armageddon.

And they talk about the ‘danger’ of Brexit?