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MORE BLOWBACK FROM THE UKRAINE: VISA AND MASTERCARD WILL CREATE ...

Dear US State Department; ok, we get it. Vladimir Putin is a secret, David Icke-like reptilian, a reincarnation of Prince Vlad Draco, bathes in acid baths, eats powdered human bones sprinkled on his borscht, drops LSD on the sugar cubes he sips his nice black Russian chai through, and is, basically, an evil crypto-Communist neo-Stalinist oligarchical thug intent on invading weak neighbors like south Ossetia and stirring things up in the peaceful, mind-its-own-business, western-backed-civilian-shooting-no-Neo-Nazis-here-and-so-what-if-there-were-it-doesn't-matter Ukraine. Victoria Nuland had an unfortunate lapse in her otherwise lady-like discrete discourse and diction, which was brought about by frustration over the evil crypto-Communist neo-Stalinist oligarchical former-Komitet Gosvudasrtvennoy Bezhopaznosti thug Putin. Fortunately, the always truthful font of morality and decency Zbgnw Brzznsk, who overcame a lifetime of vowel depradation, rode in to save the day, ordering up the usual cure: a soupcon of private covert ops, NGOs, and mercenaries, with bows to the usual gloss to appear legitimate and peaceful:  by imposing sanctions.... we get it. 

Now, if the scenario were to appear in a movie, we'd all laugh at the clownish insanity of it; it's the sort of gum-chewing, back-slapping, America-rides-in-to-save-the-day stuff that makes World War One and World War Two American propaganda and history books so nauseatingly predictable, and .... surreal. All the other players on the geopolitical stage are just there to play their part, and make America look good. France, the UK, Italy, Russia, Serbia contributed nothing to winning World War One: we saved everything. And certainly the good ole USA could have won WW2 against the pipsqueak Hitler on its own, single-handedly; Russia contributed nothing but headaches. And the UK, Canada, the rest of the British Commonwealth, the Dutch, the Chinese? Well, they were along for the ride, but really, they didn't do very much.

Except... sometimes not everyone is willing to play their scripted parts. Russia was playing it well under the perpetually drunk Yeltsin... not so well under Putin. In fact, Russia lately has been showing up on the stage with its own script, not the one written in Pocantico, London, New York, and Washington, and certainly not the one being written in Zbgnw Brzznsk's vowelless mind. The most recent example, of course, was when, in response to the West's sanctions, Russia's state Duma passed a law, which Mr. Putin quickly signed, requiring western credit card companies, if they wished to continue to do business in Russia, to create a Russia-based system of clearing independent of the whole London-New York system revolving around CHIPS and SWIFT and operational payment centers outside of Russia.  And just to make sure everyone got the "Point", Russia announced it was going ahead with its own credit card and payment system anyway, regardless of what the two big western credit card companies did.

Well.... guess what?

Visa and Mastercard think it's a good idea:

Visa and MasterCard to stay in Russia

Granted, a national payment operator system based in Russia is not nearly the same thing as CHIPS or SWIFT, but it's a start.

But let's look at the script here: if the evil former-KGB oligarchical necro-cannibalistic crypto-Communist neo-Stalinist thug Putin(thank you so much, Washington DC and American lamestream media, for letting us know this monster's true designs!) is truly intent on re-creating the Evil Soviet Empire, then he will need - as I've been arguing - to create such systems of domestic and international financial clearing, and being the evil former-KGB oligarchical necro-cannibalistic crypto-Communist neo-Stalinist typically Russian Byzantine schemer and plotter that he is, he will be sneaky and stealthy about it. He will first manipulate the always-well-intentioned USA - which only uses Nazis out of necessity mind you, like when it needs big shiny German rockets to get to the Moon ahead of the evil always-Stalinist Russians in their big shiny German rockets, or bombard evil, always-Stalinist Russia with said rockets - into imposing sanctions, which he will then cleverly respond to by imposing laws requiring western credit card companies either to leave evil-credit-card-opposing always-Stalinist Russia, or, if it wants to continue doing its meager business in evil-credit-card-opposing crypto-Communist always-Stalinist Russia, it can damn well do it after it agrees to build a Russia-based operational payments clearing center, which, incidentally, in his ever-inscrutable but-always-inclined-to-evil-crypto-Byzantine-and-typically-scheming-and-plotting Russian ways, would be a nifty way to get his hands on all that wonderful managerial clearing technique and technology to handle massive amounts of electronic financial clearing in order to establish international competition for his own credit cards, and international financial clearing.

....sigh... and I know that inevitably there will be some people - I hear by email from them all the time, who really believe that one huge overarching macro-conspiracy of bankers runs it all, and that Mr. Putin really is playing his script, just as it is dictated to him by London and Pocantico and New York and Washington, or, in its latest and silliest incarnation, from the Vatican and the evil Jesuits.

They have to believe that, you see, because the alternative - that the Western oligarchical and technocratic leadership really is that colossally stupid, and committing such egregious financial and geopolitical blunders with incalculable long-term repercussions, none of them very good for the UK or USA - is really too dire to contemplate.

See you on the flip side...

 

24 thoughts on “ MORE BLOWBACK FROM THE UKRAINE: VISA AND MASTERCARD WILL CREATE ...”

  1. Having acknowledged recently that the “old guard” is most evidently on its way out the door, so to speak, we must consider that “the script” may be, at this point, being co-written. After all, there exists a significant difference between following along and playing along.

    This scenario may, admittedly, be a longshot, but it’s certainly something to be considered—if only to avoid more dire contemplation for a single afternoon.

    Ultimately, it may be a monstrous mistake to presume that there exist no wholeheartedly American players interested in disassembling the globalists’ neofeudal “economy” and/or replacing the USD as the international reserve currency, with the aim of removing the USA and its domestic economy from the altar of sacrifice.

    Consider how someones (globalists, bankers, “intelligent” anti-bankers, whomever) might endeavor to achieve this sort of goal.

    Again, perhaps it’s unlikely, but it’s worth consideration.

  2. Hey Doc, that post was FrankieCalcuttaesq.

    Bring back FC, release him you hounds of Omega!

    1. is your posting sincere or a mockery?

      “if” sincere, please present a paper trail proving the post was from sometimes-contributor known as ‘Frankie Calcutta’ (I always enjoyed his postings although he more often than not took me to the twilight zone…)- but, hey, maybe there’s more twilight zone out there than we’d care to believe…

      like start with Malaysian Flight 370…

      Larry

  3. While I didnt know how history is presented in US and I surely dont agree with the way it present the things, as Dr Farrell pointed out, I wouldnt rush to disagree that much with the way Russia and Putin are painted.

    The Russian empire is an evil empire for lots of people, in Eastern Europe, Asia and even inside Russia (and very probably for some in America and western Europe too). It did killed tens of millions of people in the near past (Stalin was about as worse as Hitler, not to mention they were quite friends at some point, friends by interests but still friends – see Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact), and deported other many millions. Pretty much all the wars and crisis around there now are the direct results of this policies, including the Ukraine crisis today.
    The societies were artificial changed (or was attempted this), the ethnic maps were changed, strange ideologies were forced to people, nations were occupied and heavily affected.
    This is reality and thats why US (or well, the elite that rule US) have such an easy way to envelope Russia, because many people around really dislike her after Russia imperial politics. And Putin actions instead of making Russia coming to more good terms with the neighbours make them instead to remain at least cold toward Russia, if not outright enemies and natural allies of US (and those who rule her).

    And Putin, well, is just a Mafia like boss, surounded by his group of oligarchs and trying to preserve his domain (Russia) in front of the advance of rivals (a much stronger ones I believe) coming from “ze west”.
    Putin did ordered the assasination of some political adversaries, and there were many jurnalists (and others) killed there because they maked troubles to the oficial line. Remember that guy poisoned with polonium, he was a former KGB (or how is called now) agent and he said before how his agency planted some bombs in some apartment buildings in a Russian town and blow them up, so that Putin can blame the Chechens and start the second Chechen war.
    Not to mention that Putin signed a law that forbid the separatism within Russia Federation but in the same time he hipocritically support the separatism in the nearby countries, outside Russia.

    All these are just power struggles betwen groups of thugs who want to preserve their domain or to eliminate the other rival group and even get its domain eventually. And Putin is by no means the “good guy” (not that the “west group” is much of a “good guy” either, at least not all the time).

    Is just that history show us that empires fall sooner or later, and well, Russia is an empire too.

  4. WELL PUT JOSEPH,
    JUST WONDERING HOWS THE MOOD IS ON ALL THOSE AEGIS FRIGATES THAT BILLIONS OF MY MONEY PAID FOR. STILL FEELING CONFIDENT ABOUT FLYING?
    AS YOU SAY, TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME.

  5. WARNING to US foreign policy makers and think tanks, a hack from South Dakota just delivered you something to think about. Joseph you have outdone yourself this time with more adjectives than I knew were in the dictionary. Poor old ZB gets it in the neck again, when will he ever learn.
    The pressure that must be coming from large US corporations to the white (out) house must be deafening and the Pentagramaphone doesn’t give a hoot. Visa and MasterCard have now joined the bad a** Russians and get to do business with the very country that the elites hate so much. MR. Putin wins again, and so far the game has been a one sided affair, so what’s next Mr. Kerry, why don’t you put sanctions on the import of Russian Vodka?, maybe he likes it too much!

  6. old97polarcat

    So, how does Russia gain by letting Western corporations run its internal credit care operations? As someone mentioned, these would be hackable and subject to fraud? Is it only a bit of politically useful posturing for Putin? What about China? Are the Chinese running their own credit card operations? Or is this significant because it augurs the creation of CHIPS and SWIFT alternatives? I enjoy and often agree with the good Doctor’s point of view, but he can be a bit vague, at times. What would the Romans say: Who benefits? So, who benefits from Putin forcing credit card corporations to dance to his tune?

  7. DAVID GOLDMAN

    Re: “They have to believe that, you see, because the alternative – that the Western oligarchical and technocratic leadership really is that colossally stupid, and committing such egregious financial and geopolitical blunders with incalculable long-term repercussions, none of them very good for the UK or USA – is really too dire to contemplate.”

    I have had difficulty believing “that the Western oligarchical and technocratic leadership really is that colossally stupid”. Still, I have no ready explanation for the ham-handed effort now underway to isolate Russia and China. My best guess now is that there are elements in the break-away civ that are directing their minions to undermine national sovereignty in the interest of furthering the corporatocracy a la such vehicles as the Trans Pacific Partnership, a treaty that would subordinate the laws of sovereigns to those of corporations. That is not much of an intellectual reach with regard to assaults on Syria, Libya and Iraq. It’s a big step, however, to consider that the US is in “their” sights, but I’m struggling to accept the idea that what is quite obvious to some of us is totally inconceivable to those who apparently are taking these stoopid actions.

    1. marcos toledo

      Thanks for the link to the video Daryl so it’s wheelbarrows of money to buy our goods Weimer Republic here we come. History repeats itself 1929 on steroids.

  8. This is the thing that bothers me….it doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult for the Western bankers (or general oligarchs, or whomever)to hack the Russian system, even if it is a completely “closed” one from the West. If it uses satellite technology, then they can hack the satellite system, design programs to hack into the general system, or whatever. So the problem I see with Russia doing this is two-fold:
    1) The system develops all kinds of glitches that cause a nightmare, either with problems in the system generally or customers accounts being hacked and information stolen.
    2) The West lets them develop the system, set everything up, then they can cause the Russian economy to tank by manipulating it the same way that the Western banking system has been manipulated. It would be a relatively easy way to ruin the Russian economy, along with some of the other BRICSA nations that decided to go along with it.
    But maybe I’m imagining things, I don’t know.

    1. Can they still bring down an economic system the size of Russia’s? Particularly now that Russia has China on side?
      I would think those countries would just have to dump their US treasuries dollars whatever and bring the US down too.

  9. marcos toledo

    The West has a long line of blunders going back to the Trojan war read The March Of Folly: From Troy TO Vietnam by Barbara Tushman. Though she if she was still alive the subtitle would be extended From Troy To Iraq And Afghanistan. Then there King Leopold’s Ghost which I just received in the mail plus To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild finally War God by Graham Hancock to educate ourselves. I hope the Russian banks credit, debit card plans work out in the end.

  10. I LOVE it when you go Maureen Dowd once a month!
    What a better world it would be if people studied world history. Like how Kiev used to be the heart of the great Russian people during the Kievan Period. This during the era when buffalo-chasing, red pagans were happily roaming America before those wonderful British came over the water with their benevolent East India Company policy of inclusion.
    But you forgot one vital theory, good Doctor. Chelyabinsk was an emergency, Annunaki shuttle of “old gold” sent to that test tube hybrid of Enki and Catherine The Great — Vlad The Very Bad — to run his start-up, anti-Illuminati bank.
    And you KNOW Pussy Riot are shapely, shape-shifting, NSA agents trained by Eddy Snowden in his suite in the Kempinski Hotel in Moscow.

  11. Great bark-out, Doctor! I love it when you go Maureen Dowd once a month.
    Oh, but what a better world it would be if people only studied history.
    Kiev used to be the heart of Russia during the Kievan Period. Back when buffalo-chasing heathens owned America, waiting for the brilliant British to come and “set them right!”
    You forgot one theory of events: Chelyabinsk was an emergency supply shuttle of Annunaki “old gold” delivered to their favorite, test tube, hybrid offspring of Enki and Catherine The Great — Vlad The Very Bad.
    Come on, Doctor. Pussy Riot are shapely shape-shifters. Any red-blooded conspiracy theorist can see that.

  12. Robert Barricklow

    Currently reading A Coffin For Dimitrios.
    In Eric Ambler is taken aback by the providence of chance, that it not only plays a major role in human affairs; but that chance occasionally & wickedly operates with a sort of fumbling occurrence readily mistakable for the workings of a self-conscious Providence.
    Their very absurdity seems to prohibit the use of the words “chance” and “coincidence”.
    [It is her Eric Ambler gives a name to the character that is going to carry the novel. It is here where I will substitute…]
    The choice of Western oligarchical and technocratic leadership as an instrument could have been made only by an idiot!
    [again I’ve taken the liberty of substituting a ! for a period.]

    1. Robert Barricklow

      And speaking of idiocy…

      GMO Grass Set For Lawns Across America
      -No Regulation Needed.

      1. Eh Robert, does that include the grass round the White(out) house, oh, and maybe the Rose garden…whoops!

  13. That’s pretty much what you get when you (s)elect puppets to run your country. Without a doubt our current leadership are the most inept armatures on the planet.
    Was there just a hint of satire in that blog?

  14. You forgot about jailing pseudo rock groups then releasing them unharmed – backward Russia doesn’t seem to have a Guantanamo…

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