Donnerstag, 1. Februar 2018

20 POINT PROGRAM OF MR PAVEL GRUDININ, THE PEOPLES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE



All capitalist mass-media both in Russia and in the West keep hostile silence of this program which comprises all basic demands of common Russian people. These demands were blatantly ignored by the oligarchic Putin regime all the years of its criminal and antisocial rule. In my opinion this program is the Russian counterpart of the programs of Chilean president Salvador Allende and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Considering the place of this Program in the history of Russia, I would like to express my hope that it will mark the resumption of the democratization process in Russia started in late 1980-ies and abruptly terminated in October 1993 by the military coup which brought to power brutal authoritarian dictatorship of Mr. Yeltsin and his successor Mr. Putin.
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It should be noted that the destruction of Soviet Union and the privatization of its economic assets was one of the major 20th century crimes of global capitalism against humanity. It had more devastating effect on Russia than both World Wars. It was literally a genocide, although not by military means, but by the means of economic plundering and subversion. Privatization heavily damaged the economy of Russia, ripped its infrastructure apart and caused literally millions of deaths from despair and hunger.

Fascist scumbag Yeltsin did exactly what Western imperialists ordered him to do. The Soviet Union was torn to bleeding pieces - fifteen so-called "independent states" - resulting in total economic and administrative chaos everywhere. The majority of population lost their savings and income, as more and more privatized enterprises were ruined by capitalist "efficient managers". Finally, privatization transferred economic assets of Russia into the hands of Western banks and multinational corporations and "Russian" oligarchs.

I repeat: this process of devastation and genocide was misrepresented in Western mass-media as "democratization" and directed by the worst enemies of the Soviet people - the Wall Street banksters, their economic hit-men and CIA bloodhounds. Actually, economic sanctions would have been much more justified in the 1990-ies against the globalist billionaire leeches – Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BoA, Barclay’s, Citibank etc. (they also devastated the USA and Europe enacting the financial crisis of 2008), and their "Russian" sock puppets - fascist dictator Yeltsin and the gang of Zionist criminal privatizers – Messrs. Chubais, Gaidar, Kirienko, Kudrin, Gref, Berezovski, Gusinski, Deripaska, Abramovich etc., rather than nowadays against the regime of Mr. Putin and his oligarch friends who own only a minor part of privatized assets.

This pro-Western oligarchic puppet regime of Yeltsin and Putin has no future exactly because from the very beginning it was designed this way by its Western imperialist masters - the same way as the pro-Western puppet regimes of Pinochet, Mobutu, Marcos, Duvalier, Somosa, Fujimori, Poroshenko etc. were designed. The initially undeclared function of this regime is to ruin Russia, and this function became obvious now, as weakened Russia has to face vicious slander and aggressive hostility of its "dear Western partners"...
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Considered from the viewpoint of world politics, the 20 Point Program of Mr. Grudinin is a clear Russian challenge to the antidemocratic and antihumanist forces of capitalist globalization. Globalization is quite obviously the capitalist antithesis of socialist and communist internationalism, an attempt to create a global fascist empire as a countermeasure against the failed project of world-wide socialist republic. Being a challenge to Western globalism, this Program is inevitably directed against the treacherous pro-Western comprador oligarchy headed by Mr. Putin and therefore is a curious mix of demands - both socialist and nationalist petty-bourgeois.

Therefore I decided to translate this interesting and important document into English. I made the translation with all due care, but please note that this is not an official translation, i.e. it is not (yet) approved by Mr. Grudinin. I added words in brackets to the translated text as a help for understanding the 20 Point Program of Mr. Grudinin by foreign readers.


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Mr. Grudinin, January 10th, 2018:

"I am confident that with the assistance of the joint electoral team of the Communist Party of Russian Federation (KPRF), the united Left and the National-Patriotic Forces of Russia (NPSR), I can and should win the presidential election. Having achieved that and being inspired by the will of the People and aided by the Supreme State Soviet headed by Mr. G.A. Zyuganov, we together will again make our Fatherland a strong and powerful country, eliminate poverty and ensure well-being of all citizens.

To achieve this goal, we will implement the following:

1. Transformation of the economic strategy. Priority will be given to the well-being of broad masses of the people and not of a bunch of oligarchs, to the interests of the common man and not to those of the "fat cats". This requires a sharp turn away from the oligarchic capitalism to a social state. We will use Russia's wealth, its natural, industrial and financial resources for the benefit of the people. We will nationalize strategically important and system-forming industries, the networks of electric power, railways and communications, as well as the major banks. The state will regain the monopoly on the production and wholesale of ethyl alcohol. These measures will give impetus to development, will bring the treasury trillions of rubles annually and will enable us to formulate a development-oriented budget instead of the budget of impoverishment and degradation.

2. Restoring the economic sovereignty of Russia. The present government stowed away several trillions of rubles. These immense funds were transferred abroad and entrusted to foreign financial organizations. We will invest these trillions of rubles kept idle in foreign banks and US debt obligations into industries, science and education. Our new government will liberate the economy of Russia from total subordination to the US dollar. We will create a new financial system to serve the interests of our country and its citizens. We will put under control the access of foreign speculative capital to the Russian market. We will withdraw from the WTO, because the 4 years of subordination under its economic tyranny resulted for us in more than one trillion rubles of direct losses and 5 trillion of indirect losses.

3. Using credit resources to rebuild the economy. To this end we will cut banking interest rates. We will stop the illegal transfers of capital abroad. We will bundle all available funds for investment in domestic production and in human development. We will create opportunities for large-scale investments into our economy and support small & medium-sized businesses and people's & collective enterprises. We will stop them being ruined by large transnational corporations. Our monetary system will guarantee them provision of long-term cheap credit.

4. New industrialization, modernization of the economy and putting it on the track of innovations. We will apply science and new technologies to start active development of technologically progressive industries: microelectronics, biotechnology, robotics and machine tools. We will raise the share of manufacturing industry in the GDP of our country from current 15-20% to 70-80%, to keep pace with the most advanced countries of the world.

5. Safeguarding Russia's food autarky and overcoming the present situation of importing a significant portion of food products from abroad. We will start the program of sustainable rural development to revitalize the countryside, large-scale agricultural production and social infrastructure in rural areas. We will apply for this task at least 10 percent of budget expenditures. We will reintroduce the Soviet standards (GOST) and introduce criminal liability for the falsification of food products.

6. Our historic task is to ensure the revival of "provincial" Russia. We will make budget financing of regions equitable. We will provide sufficient coverage of natural gas supplies in our country. We guarantee budgetary help for small towns, villages and rural settlements. We will reopen schools, hospitals and other social infrastructure in the countryside. We will finance from the budget connection of homes in small towns and villages to natural gas, electricity, water and sewage networks.

7. Price controls on basic foods, consumer goods and utility tariffs. We will curb predatory pricing of natural monopolies and stop the extortionate price rises for indispensable consumer goods and services. We will reduce the prices of medicines and tariffs for all types of transportation. The so-called "charges for housing overhaul" will be revoked. The charges of utility and municipal services should not exceed 10 percent of family income.

8. Taxation as the instrument of social justice and development. We will introduce progressive income tax with zero rate for the poor. The tax system will serve as the stimulus for productive investment and innovation.
We will revoke value-added tax, transportation tax and the privatized road toll system "Platon" that suffocate our industry.

9. Restoring guaranteed employment and 8-hour working day, creating jobs and decent wages. The minimum wage will be 25 000-30 000 rubles. Workers will again earn equitable wages and get decent holidays allowing them to regenerate their vitality. We will reintroduce guaranteed employment for youth. Graduates of state universities and colleges will be guaranteed their first employment. We will launch large-scale programs for retraining and advanced training.

10. We will stop the destruction of social sphere. We will guarantee free high-quality secondary and higher education and health care. We will reintroduce free annual overall clinical examination. We will set high standards for budgetary financing at the minimal level of 7% of GDP for each of: science, education and health care. The budget will finance all the expenses for treatment of seriously ill people, especially children. Gymnastics and sport, being the most important means of keeping the nation healthy, will again become available to the people.

11. Motherhood and childhood will enjoy full protection. We will restore the system of preschool day-care and will guarantee all children places in kindergarten and after-hours care at school. We will make available for children free (activities) in sports, hobby groups and creative studios. We will raise monthly child benefits to fully cover child's subsistence and extend baby care benefits from one and a half to three years. The state will subsidize the production of goods for children.

12. Our citizens will get fair retirement benefits. We will immediately pass the law on (extra) benefits for (the Second World) war-time children. We will not raise the current age of retirement. We will reintroduce inflationary indexation of the retirement benefits of working pensioners. We will cancel the multiplicator of 0.54 currently applied to the retirement benefits of military personnel. We will guarantee an average old-age pension to amount at least 50% of the average salary.

13. We will protect the moral health of our nation, revive our national culture and provide comprehensive (budget) financing of museums, theatres and libraries.

14. We will start mass construction of high-quality affordable housing. We will introduce the provision of apartments and homes for young families as well as the decommissioning of dilapidated and ramshackle housing. We will expand mass construction of housing and provide it to families with children at cost prices in instalments, without usurious mortgage interest rates. Mortgage interest rates will be reduced to 3-4%. Large families and young families will receive interest-free loans for a period of 30 years. We will prohibit development which increases the (existing) density of urbanization.

15. We will curb the greed of usurers. We will declare debt amnesty for the victims of "microfinance organizations". We will provide relief to those who took mortgages denominated in foreign currency. We will introduce criminal liability for those who sell bondage schemes. We will prohibit commercial debt collection and transferring the debt obligations of citizens.

16. We will protect our natural environment. We will ban both privatization and long-term leasing of forest and water areas. The practice of transforming forests and parks into construction plots will be prohibited.

17. We will guarantee defence capability and security of our country as well as a high scientific and technological level of the defence industry. We will significantly increase combat readiness of our Armed Forces and raise the prestige of military service and law enforcement agencies.

18. Judiciary will once again serve the law, the citizens and society as a whole, and not the oligarchy. We will guarantee genuine independence of the courts of law and crime investigation agencies from the executive authorities. We will introduce the election of judges. We will transfer all cases of the so-called "extremism", especially those invoking (infamous Russophobic) 282nd article (
of the criminal code of RF), as well as all corruption trials of senior officials into (the competence of) jurors courts. Innocently convicted patriots of our Fatherland will be released and rehabilitated. The same will apply to convicted ordinary participants of protests, but not to provocateurs, perjurers and organizers of illegal (subversive) activities.

19. We will restore the system of genuine democracy and people's representation. We will reintroduce the right of the people to decide all most important issues by referenda. The parliament will cease being an obedient endorser of the laws proposed by the executive and will become the assembly of the representatives of people's will. Its rights will be expanded. The president will be made controllable by and accountable to the people and the parliament. The impeachment procedure will be simplified. No one will have the right to be the president for more than two 4 years' terms in his entire life. We will establish the Supreme State Soviet, without the approval of which the president will not be allowed to decide any major issue. We will make the elections at all levels genuinely transparent and free, and will harshly persecute violations and frauds of vote counting.

20. We will improve the quality of public administration. We will introduce the accountability of the president for the cabinet of ministers he appointed, and the accountability of the government for its actions. The appointment of government (officials) will require approval by the State Duma (parliament).
All candidates for ministerial posts will require public corroboration by the president. The central bank will function as a controllable and accountable government body executing the task of financing the industries. The Accounting Chamber will be restored as a supreme and genuinely independent government monitoring body. Suppression of corruption not as an empty slogan, but as everyday practice will have positive effect on the economics, politics and morality.

Yours faithfully,
Pavel Grudinin"

Mittwoch, 27. Dezember 2017

MR. GRUDININ - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE UNITED PATRIOTIC FORCES OF RUSSIA



Western MSM - mainstream media (which should correctly be named NOT "mainstream" but "monopolistic" because they are owned by the same globalist cabal of multibillionaires who are also known as the "Wall-street banksters") - do their best to paint an utterly false picture of Russia and Mr. Putin as aggressive enemies of the so-called "global community" and "western democratic values", whereas in reality the oligarchic regime of Putin &Co simply tries to defend its position as the dominant exploiter of Russian people and looter of the natural resources of Russia, albeit not denying Western capitalist vultures their share of loot. On its part, globalist billionaires' oligarchy ruling the West considers Russia as its prey and demands total control over Russia and transformation of Russia into a destitute colony of the West.

The independent minority of Western media, active only in the Internet, imagines Putin's regime as a sort of "Ersatz" for Soviet Union, which for many decades was the only hope of all victims of Western imperialism all around the world. But this is nothing more than a nostalgic illusion, despite the latest incidents of Russia defending Crimea and Donbass from fascist Ukrainian puppets of Western imperialism and defending Syria from the terrorist aggression of ISIS, both being aggression vectors of Western imperialism.

These conflicts demonstrate only the fact that Putin's regime defends solely the interests of "russian" oligarchs, first and foremost of the monopolists exporting Russian natural resources to the West, in particular natural gas and oil to Western Europe. The anticommunist regime of fascist dictator Eltsin and his successor Putin broke highly industrialized Soviet Union into a handful of pathetic "independent states" - easily digestible fodder morsels for Western imperialism, and subjected Russia to neocolonial dependency of the West, converting it into a deindustrialized exporter of raw materials - a "gas station for the West", to quote a Russian bitter joke. This policy which Mr. Putin pursued from the day one of his rule, is the opposite of progressive economic and social development and its aim is total devastation of Russia as a sovereign country, to fulfill the predatory wishes and plans of  western globalist bankster scum.

The defense of Crimea, Donbass and Syria from the proxy warriors of Western imperialism (Bandero-fascists and ISIS) serves nothing else but securing the share of "russian" export monopolies (Gazprom and Rosneft) on the European market. The interests of the peoples of Crimea, Donbass, Syria and Russia as such play only a subordinate role in this conflict between Western imperialism and Putin's regime. It is worth remembering the fact that the regime of Eltsin and Putin generally refused helping victims of Western imperialism, e.g. Yugoslavia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Libya, North Korea etc. On the other hand, present co-operation of Putin's regime with the patriotic government of Venezuela is dictated solely by the mercantile interests of Gazprom and Rosneft.

There is a lot of noise in the Western "mainstream" (i.e. monopolist) media (MSM) about the so called "hate speech and abuse" in social media. What is really staggering is the fact that Western MSM are silent about their own incessant hate speech and abuse directed against Russia and Russians, Mr. Putin among them. And it is more than hate speech, it is an invariably vicious hysterical warmongering against Russia - the country which all the years since 1989 was unilaterally disarming and meekly backing up when facing stiff arrogance and aggressive moves of USA and NATO imperialism.

There is only one precedent of such an absurd politics, namely the British prime minister Mr. Chamberlain's "appeasement" of  Mr. Hitler and his fascist 3rd Reich, which resulted in the 2nd World War. Mr. Putin tries to appease USA and NATO and as a result gets more insults, sanctions, arrogance and terrorist wars. It is obvious for me that Mr. Putin and his oligarch buddies are unwilling and incapable to pursue an obviously necessary anti-Western hard line politics of national independence and remain servile and cowardly spit-lickers of their Western so-called "partners".

Western independent media and bloggers also should not forget that Mr. Putin as the president of Russia is the successor of two turncoat (anti)"communists" Gorbachev and Eltsin and as such is intrinsically pro-western, corrupt, antisocial and antipatriotic. Do not believe fake "opinion polls" alleging that 90% or more of Russians support Putin. It is all damned lies. The people of Russia since 1993 is being continually robbed by criminal oligarchs pumping export revenues into Western "offshore" banks and bullied by thuggish "civil servants" (chinovniki) and police. Russian oligarchs and government officials exist as a privileged parasitic "top 1 percent" closely knit together by corruption. Small wonder that the majority of Russians hates Putin and his buddies: Medvedev, Chubais, Kudrin, Gref, Miller, Sechin, Dvorkovich, Rotenberg brothers et al. These gangsters are wannabe "partners", not enemies of Western imperialism. Mr. Putin eagerly desires any, even the most humiliating compromise with the West and therefore his countermeasures against Western aggressions, provocations and insults are either none or deliberately inefficient.

The favorite way of capitalist powers out of overwhelming economic crises such as the one which is now going on since 2008 is through a major war, possibly a World War. USA and its pet bloodhound NATO are obviously provoking Russia. In this grave situation Russians have no other choice but to dig their heels and fight back, probably with nuclear weapons, as we fought back the Poles in 17th century, the Swedes of Karl XII in 18th century, Napoleon in the 19th century and Hitler in the 20th century. But sleazy pussyfooting Mr. Putin is not fit to do this job. We need another, truly popular leader.
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Mr. Putin holds government power thanks to the trick of splitting all genuine opposition by harnessing egomaniac ambitions of its leaders, plus creating sockpuppet "opposition" stooges like fascistoid hooligan Zhirinovski and "liberal" bitchy daughter of one of Eltsin's crooks, a certain Ms. Sobchak, and tolerating such an obvious CIA puppet as Mr. Navalny. The trick worked well all these years, but now all truly oppositionary forces have united in an alliance to defeat Putin on the next presidential elections due in February 2018. This alliance includes communists (The CPRF with its General secretary Mr. Ziuganov) and nationalists (The Executive Council of the National-patriotic Forces of Russia (NPFR) - Постоянно действующее совещание Национально-патриотических Сил России - ПДС НПСР, transliterated: PDS NPSR. This alliance nominated an impressive team of competent and popular leaders such as Mr. Boldyrev, Mr. Grudinin, General Sobolev et al, to defeat Mr/ Putin and his gang at the presidential elections due in March 2018. All of these patriotic alliance leaders have organic ties with the communists, Mr. Boldyrev as a former councillor to Mr. Ziuganov and Messrs. Grudinin and Sobolev as members of the CPRF). Mr. Grudinin is the presidential candidate of this alliance. I wish Mr. Grudinin  and the Patriotic Alliance to defeat Putin and his buddies at the Presidential elections in March 2018.  
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Watch full videoreport of the 2nd NPFR congress (in Russian) here https://youtu.be/ieRFIiust6I and read report of CPRF congress (in Russian) here  http://sovross.ru/articles/1643/37231  .

I urge the independent minority of Western media to get rid of the false picture of allegedly wide popular support of Putin's regime and devote due attention (and hopefully sympathies and support) to the united patriotic political forces of KPRF - NPFR and their declared project of economical reconstruction and social revival of Russia.

Freitag, 8. Dezember 2017

TODAY THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR BIT CON…



Update reposted from Zerohedge:
..."For those keeping track, this is how long it has taken the cryptocurrency to cross the key psychological levels:
$0000 - $1000: 1789 days
$1000- $2000: 1271 days
$2000- $3000: 23 days
$3000- $4000: 62 days
$4000- $5000: 61 days
$5000- $6000: 8 days
$6000- $7000: 13 days
$7000- $8000: 14 days
$8000- $9000: 9 days
$9000-$10000: 2 days
$10000-$11000: 1 day
$11000-$12000: 6 days
$12000-$13000: 17 hours
$13000-$14000: 4 hours
$14000-$15000: 10 hours
$15000-$16000: 5 hours
$16000-$17000: 2 hours
$17000-$18000: 10 minutes
$18000-$19000: 3 minutes
Coinbase is struggling to keep up...
We are currently experiencing record high traffic. This is resulting in some customers having slow performance or issues logging into their https://t.co/bCG11KveHS accounts. We are actively working to resolve this as quickly as possible.
— Coinbase (@coinbase) December 7, 2017
With a market cap of around $250 billion, Bitcoin is bigger than Proctor & Gamble and approaching the size of Wal-Mart as the 12 biggest 'company' in the S&P 500.
As CoinTelegraqph reports, the price is likely being driven by news of the imminent launch of Bitcoin futures trading. CBOE will be launching their futures market this coming Sunday, December 10, with CME Group following on December 18. Nasdaq plans to launch futures trading in the summer of 2018 and Japan’s Tokyo Financial Exchange is preparing to launch futures trading as well.
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And finally, for those calling this a "bubble" - we would humbly suggest you ain't seen nothing yet...

(Quotation end )
It would be wrong to call it "lemming migration". It is a clear example of skillfully manipulated operant mass behavior.
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Donnerstag, 7. Dezember 2017

BIT CON



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Digital co(i)ns breed like rabbits:
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So that every sucker will buy plenty of virtual Spielgeld.

Quoth Zerohedge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-06/bitcoin-explodes-above-14000-korean-pm-fears-serious-pathological-phenomena :
"Just a few hours ago, Bitcoin surged above $13,000 and now, on notable volume, it has reached the stunning $14,000 level... up 20% today...

For those keeping track, this is how long it has taken the cryptocurrency to cross the key psychological levels:
  • $0000 - $1000: 1789 days
  • $1000- $2000: 1271 days
  • $2000- $3000: 23 days
  • $3000- $4000: 62 days
  • $4000- $5000: 61 days
  • $5000- $6000: 8 days
  • $6000- $7000: 13 days
  • $7000- $8000: 14 days
  • $8000- $9000: 9 days
  • $9000-$10000: 2 days
  • $10000-$11000: 1 day
  • $11000-$12000: 6 days
  • $12,000-$13,000: 17 hours
  • $13,000-$14,000: 4 hours"
  If this is not the "mother of all bubbles", I really don't know what is.
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