December 31st, 2008:
So which bit does Cuba get? Florida?
My first reaction was why did the WSJ even bother printing this twaddle, itâ€™s just some blokes late night power fantasy, but then I was pleased they did. Anyone who thinks Russia will be a resurgent power any time in the next twenty years is living in a fantasy world – and with people like this in positions of influence, you can understand where the fantasies are coming from.
Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.
Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces — with Alaska reverting to Russian control.
In addition to increasing coverage in state media, which are tightly controlled by the Kremlin, Mr. Panarin’s ideas are now being widely discussed among local experts. He presented his theory at a recent roundtable discussion at the Foreign Ministry. The country’s top international relations school has hosted him as a keynote speaker. During an appearance on the state TV channel Rossiya, the station cut between his comments and TV footage of lines at soup kitchens and crowds of homeless people in the U.S. The professor has also been featured on the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda channel, Russia Today.
Mr. Panarin’s apocalyptic vision "reflects a very pronounced degree of anti-Americanism in Russia today," says Vladimir Pozner, a prominent TV journalist in Russia. "It’s much stronger than it was in the Soviet Union."
Russia is turning into a nutcase.
H/T Mark Steyn
…The first, on May 21, headed “Climate change threat to Alpine ski resorts” , reported that the entire Alpine “winter sports industry” could soon “grind to a halt for lack of snow”. The second, on December 19, headed “The Alps have best snow conditions in a generation” , reported that this winter’s Alpine snowfalls “look set to beat all records by New Year’s Day”.
Well I dunno about the Alps but it’s fucking Baltic round Manchester* and I’m off up to Gateshead tomorrow which is gonna be even worse. Oh and regular commentator Sunfish is off up the hills in the USA for a bit of winter sports.
Thank God for that. we got ‘em on the run Cats! I have been saying this for years to anyone who would listen. And now they are.
The Telegraph has fallen to our camp. The Times will be next. Then the rest will fall for good or ill. And by 2158 even the Indy will be calling Monbiot and Gore for the alarmist loons they ruly are.
2009 is going to be the year reality starts again. Have a good one folks. Have a remarkable one. I know I will.
*I had to return a bra to Selfridges today. I almost couldn’t use the car door my hands were so cold which was abysmal because of course the car was where heat was. I had that once in Memphis, TN and that was the coldest I have ever been. I literally came within seconds of looking like Jack Nicholson at the end of “The Shining” slumped by the passenger side door of a Honda Accord just opposite Graceland. As far as the bra was concerned I had to exchange a 32C for a 32D so, as they say, every cloud has silver lining…
Pictures of shit being blown up. This is not flagged under entertainment. This is war. This is out of interest and not prurience. The Israeli/Gaza war is a tragedy as are all wars but I know full-well who’s side I’m on. And that matters because, at the end of the day, Hamas started this and there is no way any nation-state would put-up with their antics.