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DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay - YouTube
Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback, Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic , talks about the similarities in the decline of the Roman and Soviet empires and the signs that the U.S. empire is exhibiting the same symptoms: overextension, corruption and the inability to reform [ in face of global change and internal ideology.] - min 15 + fiscal overstretch that does not serve people (economic multiplier, ie NSA, military bases, personnel, and long-term obligations ie pension and benefits) ... and unable to change bc of ideology married with identity (the American Dream is still alive and this country is fair and meritocratic) as well unable to keep up with global economic competition as a whole (take out Silicon Valley). & unable to smell crony capitalism (no shared economic interest), corruption and bribery when its showing up (ie TTIP, NAFTA and co.) &! Politics & Big Business communication run by PR & Spin Doctors (see also corporations = people).
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
GitHub blocked in Russia | Hacker News
May be for western people it's hard to believe how can it be possible to support this crazy regime. I can tell you that even top managers from leading russian internet company (from my private conversation with them) dreamed about great russian firewall because in that case, they won't have competitors like Google. Furthermore even IT guys like Putin regime and don't get worry about crazy laws passed against the internet. I assure you in that because many of my colleagues really like Stalin and really like what's happening in Ukraine. Almost all people in Russia really hate western world. They don't care about currency exchange rates and inflation, they care only about imperialism. When Putin made desision about Crimea, and when people totally supported it, I stopped believe in Russia at all. Russia is a pure soviet country, with pure 100% soviet mindset, vast majority of russian people like idea of self-isolation. This is why Russia has no future as a liberal market-driven country.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
SPIEGEL.TV - Zum 25 Jaehrigen Jubilaeum des Mauerfalls.
... Gregor Gysi "Wenn man die Welt nicht kennt, ist man unsicher. [... Die Errichtung der Mauer hat auch ein Stueckchen Selbstbewustsein genommen." ] // "Eine Diktatur lebt von Angst." >> Thus the Stasi-Apparatus, keeping Status quo. &!&!& http://www.spiegel.tv/filme/magazin-vom-12111989/ &!&!&!& http://youtu.be/5RahBpu2HV0
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Euro Breakup Precedent Seen When 15 State-Ruble Zone Fell Apart - Bloomberg
History of a Currency Union after end of Cold War & break up of Soviet union.

It was a currency union of 15 states in 1992. Two years later, as budget deficits spiraled out of control, hyperinflation reigned and economies shriveled, just two members of the Soviet Union’s ruble zone were left.

While differences between the Soviet Union and the EU are greater than their similarities, there are parallels that may prove helpful in assessing the debt crisis, historians say. Both were postwar constructs set up in response to a collective trauma; in both cases, the founding generation was dying out as crisis hit and disintegration loomed.

Greece’s departure from the euro bloc would deal a blow ...
BUT
Unions don’t break up because of troubles in peripheral countries, they break up from the core,

Alternative Scenario :: more unification to control out of Brussels offices likely to reawaken the monster of nationalism
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june 2012 by asterisk2a

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