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Poverty, prostitutes and the long,
slow death of the Soviet Union:
Haunting pictures show des-
perate struggle to survive
in last days of USSR

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/1/2013 2:22:32 PM

If you´re feeling the pinch in our age of austerity, you might want to hark back to life in the last years of the Soviet Union. Shop shelves were often bare, long lines for food were a regular sight and some children just didn´t have that youthful glint in their eyes you might expect. As was the essence of communism, the USSR´s economic system was highly centralised and based on inflexible five-year plans rather than market forces. Years of military expansion also hindered growth.[Snip]The unrest grew to such an extent that the USSR finally collapsed on Boxing Day 1991, shortly

Someone has photographed my nightmares.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/1/2013 2:29:53 PM     (No. 9093360)

As I have posted in the past, wife and I went to moscow twice in 1996, and things were pretty bad then.
The entire city is always under a cloud of pollution, littering is unbelievably bad, even at the moscow airport. drivers are absolutely insane, gas stations, state run, were only open during weekdays. If you needed gasoline on a weekend, young men along the highway would sell you a jug of gas. or wash your car, using a bucket brigade from a creek.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/1/2013 2:47:35 PM     (No. 9093379)

This wasn`t just the `last days` of the Soviet Union. This was e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y in the Soviet Union.

This is an example of centrally planned top down crony govn on full display. Everything was up for grabs. Nothing got done without the permission from the top. A simple decision took weeks or perhaps never. The U.S. will morph into this nightmare the more govn intrudes into our lives. Food, energy and health care shortages are coming in our future. None of it is necessary as we have survived for more than 200 years without it but as we have seen the past 4 years, ideology is beginning to trump all.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/1/2013 2:50:20 PM     (No. 9093384)

The Cold war would have been over a lot sooner if we know how broke the USSR was at the time. They did a hell of a job concealing it.I guess it´s arguable that Reagan´s star wars finally broke their back.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/1/2013 2:55:15 PM     (No. 9093392)

Look carefully at these pictures. This is the future of the USSA under Obama and the takers who voted for him.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Vivi, 1/1/2013 3:09:10 PM     (No. 9093403)

#4 Not true. I´m pretty sure we´ll have cell phones and all the birth control pills we can eat.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Dante, 1/1/2013 3:13:23 PM     (No. 9093407)

A beaten down populace and an all-powerful government, barry must drool over photos like those.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Yo Yo, 1/1/2013 3:14:51 PM     (No. 9093408)

The looks on these people´s faces are so resigned, so defeated. I felt something like this over the past couple of months. Is this what we´re leaving our children?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bobn.t, 1/1/2013 3:29:23 PM     (No. 9093423)

Getting to that point takes about eight years of economic collapse. We´re halfway there.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bobn.t, 1/1/2013 3:33:54 PM     (No. 9093429)

Photos were taken in Detroit, Harlem, Camden, Providence, York Pa, East St. Louis, Watts and Philly.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: neanderthal, 1/1/2013 3:45:53 PM     (No. 9093443)

Preview: Pittsburgh/Washington circa 2020

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Reply 11 - Posted by: hamrman, 1/1/2013 3:58:33 PM     (No. 9093453)

This will be our fate unless we cut the head off of the Leviathan in Mordor on the Potomac!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: slipstik, 1/1/2013 4:02:10 PM     (No. 9093460)

Back in the early 80´s I had a Russian programmer working for me. He said, "you know, people can´t revolt when they have to stand in a food line".

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jkb, 1/1/2013 4:08:30 PM     (No. 9093469)

Considered this America´s future this morning as I was driving through the dreary, rainy, cold streets while listening to the obligatory 2012 headlines in review on the radio. And that ´fall´ of the USSR didn´t last long. Putin is back and even Stalin´s statue has been returned to Georgia.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: chumley, 1/1/2013 4:12:41 PM     (No. 9093473)

Obama´s America.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/1/2013 4:24:19 PM     (No. 9093484)

Listen to yourselves... You have all given up already. We haven´t even tried to fight back and you all have allowed the left to make you believe you are already defeated. How many of you are doing something productive to fight against this? You have to be creative. Organize folks. Make calls, write letters, get involved! Turn off the TV and get out there and make a difference. I just hear people resigning themselves to the idea that we are now slaves and have only nightmares to look forward to. Is that what you really want?? It must be because I don´t see anyone doing anything but sitting and waiting for the worst to come. Oh, maybe a few folks hope someone will come sweeping in on a white horse and save us all...but it won´t happen. It is up to all of US to change things. They can´t win without our consent. But the apathy, complacency, the desire to be saved, etc, seems to be ensuring their victory over us. I guess folks really don´t care about their future anymore.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: chance_232, 1/1/2013 4:32:52 PM     (No. 9093491)

Look at Detroit! Look at Los Angeles! I cant believe how LA has deteriorated in the past 10 years.

Eventually, you run out of money and drive the money makers out of the city/county/state/country. Hollywood does more and more filming in Canada, New Zealand and other areas. Most of California´s manufacturing has left the state.

Socialism always, always fails long term. And a socialists excuse for the never ending failures is that it was never implemented right.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: neanderthal, 1/1/2013 4:46:23 PM     (No. 9093506)

Way, way late, #16. The destruction of America started 150 years ago when the federal army became the governors of many states, when habeas corpus was suspended,when dissenters were jailed. Further disassembled when feds took control of economy through regulation under TR. Further destroyed a hundred years ago with income tax and new senator election amendments instituted. Don´t even think of the socialist onslaught of FRD/Hopkins/Perkins and the disembowelment by LBJ, Clinton, and Obama and you think we´re going to recover by writing letters and making phone calls? How naive.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: NYbob, 1/1/2013 4:57:00 PM     (No. 9093513)

I´m afraid I agree with #18. The issue is what to do now. Going forward I´m not sure who survives or manages to thrive. Hope I´m wrong, but I think we will really miss today.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Bpl40, 1/1/2013 5:08:36 PM     (No. 9093526)

Keep voting like 11/08/08 and 11/06/12 and this future is not too far fetched. It´s not so much a question of giving up but learning correctly from experience. Ignorance can be fixed, stupid is fatal.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/1/2013 5:37:27 PM     (No. 9093566)

Hey, even look how Seattle and Portland OR look so grimy now! I remember what a clean, well-kept city Seattle once was! No more!!!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/1/2013 5:41:16 PM     (No. 9093568)

Hey, look at Seattle and Portland, OR as well. Sad-looking, grimy, pothole streets, surly union demonstratiors always out there screaming about something! Pike Market, yes, the famous Pike Street market taking on an air of businesses barely making it. I remember what a clean, well-kept city Seattle once was! No more!!!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/1/2013 5:42:04 PM     (No. 9093571)

Doggone it! They were almost over the hump, too - but then that darned Reagan spoiled the plan and ruined everything.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/1/2013 5:42:14 PM     (No. 9093572)

Sorry everyone, IPad boo-boo.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/1/2013 6:17:03 PM     (No. 9093608)

Those of us attempting to put together a "survival" package for the coming hard times should take note. No man or family, can survive alone. Not for very long, anyway. What happens when you come out of your hut six months or a year after the fall? You get to enter an even worse world! The only true survival plan is to act strongly to preserve your nation as a strong, wealthy state! Hiding and withdrawing into yourself is a suicide pact.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: FunOne, 1/1/2013 6:51:32 PM     (No. 9093648)

Just because socialism didn´t work out in the USSR is no reason to think it will fail here in the USA. After all, they didn´t have Obama. He knows how to make it work here.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: Achilles, 1/1/2013 7:27:46 PM     (No. 9093671)

It is a good thing Obama is so lazy. He works a 4 hour day on a good day. If he was a harder worker, we would be closer to this. The Russians are tough as evidenced by WWII. Unfortunately the Russians are not rugged individualists like many in the U.S. Vast sections of the U.S. do not take kindly to a central government telling them what to do. I disagree that this is the future of America. I dare anyone who disagrees to go into a rural town and say they from the government and are there to to confiscate everyones weapons or register all farm animals for a per capita tax. The folks in the blue sections of the U.S. have no idea what will happen when they push the folks too far. The seething resentment in the red sections will be unleashed. The majority of the shooters in our country´s military all come from small towns for a reason. The blue sections cannot or will not fight. They do not know anyone whose kids are fighting in our current wars.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 1/1/2013 9:46:05 PM     (No. 9093858)

I´m with #16. For you people who think it is over - what are you going to do - wait till we are all pathetic & hopeless to take action? As one poster said, you can´t fight when you stand in line for food, starving. You might as well go jump off a cliff now & save yourself the misery. If you REALLY believe it is hopeless, make up your mind to die trying - your demise will at least mean something. I, for one, will not be anybody´s serf.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/1/2013 10:32:15 PM     (No. 9093905)

I was there during the transition from user to Russia.
I knew it was over at a kremlin business dinner for the us-ussr trade and economic council meeting.
Rychkov was presiding when Gorbachev unexpectedly came in like some kind of rock star.
Someone handed him a Rolex watch- and he took it.
When the tanks fired on politicians and Yeltsin stood on the tanks- someone interviewed me and asked what I thought.
I replied, what if that had happened on our Congress?
Would you cheer?
It was one of my Russian contacts who indicated that Obama was who he is.
The senate has yet to pass a budget and the pigs are all at the trough.
Did Hilary or /Obama? Set up our Ambassador to be killed? Or are they that incompetent?
Why did the WH watch for 7 hours as they were murdered and do nothing? How could Obama go to bed and then a LV fundraiser?
What was Jarrett doing and why?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/1/2013 11:04:52 PM     (No. 9093932)

#18, I am not suggesting only making calls and writing letters. That is just one thing we should be doing. We need to get involved, motivate others, organize, etc. There are hundreds of things we should be doing and aren´t. If you think that it was all over 150 years ago, then why bother voting? Why not just join the Democrats? They´d be happy to have another accepting slave on their side. I don´t give up that easily. Why didn´t the founders just give up to the British?? They had everything to lose and were way outmanned by the greatest military in the world. Only a small number of folks even wanted independence. They were dying in the freezing snow, starving, and had all odds against them but didn´t give up. But we can´t even bother to put a few hours a week into fighting against these tyrants who´re the minority? And we have TRUTH on our side too!! No, laziness, apathy, complacency is all I see. We´ve been so spoiled that we´re willing to let it be taken away cuz we can´t be bothered. Ugh...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/2/2013 12:18:17 AM     (No. 9094019)

# 16 So long as I am upright and breathing, I will fight. My ancestors came here in the 1600´s and fought with weapons. Today, I fight with a key pad and a telephone.

It is time to stand up and be counted, not roll over and play dead. Make a difference.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/2/2013 5:04:48 AM     (No. 9094143)

Our future by the time 2016 rolls by and 666 leaves the WH.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 1/2/2013 6:24:01 AM     (No. 9094163)

#16, there´s not a great deal some of us can do (because of the infirmities of age, for example). But I do post as much useful information as I can, especially regarding universal health care. It´s ammunition in the fight against rampant liberalism. I do spread information away from Lucianne.com too--as diplomatically as possible without weakening the message and never saying "I told you so" (or giving an Obama Wink) when my friends have come around to more sensible thinking.

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Official: Stephen Colbert is the new host of CBS’ Late Show. Release: The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s

Global solar dominance in sight
as science trumps fossil fuels

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Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
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Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. Roughly 29pc of electricity capacity added in America last year came from solar, rising to 100pc even in Massachusetts and Vermont.[Snip] The technology is improving so fast--helped by the US military--that it has achieved a virtous circle. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.

The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus
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Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/11/2014 6:33:53 AM     Post Reply
Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don´t know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling. That´s thanks to the letter House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp sent this week to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner. The average citizen might be dizzied by the torrent of confusing terms—BOLO lists, Tigta, 501(c)(4)—and the array of accusations that have made up this IRS investigation. Mr. Camp´s letter takes a step back to remind us why this matters, even as it provides compelling new information that goes to motive and method—and clarifies some of

Jeb Bush defends ‘act of love’
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Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
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STAMFORD, Conn. — Jeb Bush defended his controversial comments about immigration reform, insisting they were nothing new for him and urging “sensitivity to the immigrant experience.” At a Connecticut Republican party dinner Thursday night, the former Republican governor of Florida did not repeat his remarks from last weekend at his father’s presidential library, when he said that people who come to the United States illegally in search of a better life for their children “broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.” This time the potential 2016 candidate put it differently. “To be young and

Pelosi: Immigration law
like internment of Japanese

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Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/10/2014 3:42:16 PM     Post Reply
The deportation of foreigners living illegally in the United States is similar to the forced internment of ethnic-Japanese Americans in World War II, according to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “I’ll be very honest with you: Looking at the numbers at some point, in terms of how people are treated and deported and families separated and the rest, this has a scent of Japanese internment,” Pelosi told a Politico reporter. “It’s really a black mark,” said Pelosi. Roughly 110,000 ethnic-Japanese immigrants and their American children were detained during World War II after Japan’s sneak attack on Americans in Pearl Harbor. Pelosi also urged Obama

Obama´s politicized, lawless executive branch
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Washington Examiner, by David Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/10/2014 4:29:52 PM     Post Reply
Under the administration of President Obama, as never before in my lifetime, there is reason to be a bit afraid of the federal government. I have written two books documenting Obama´s abuses of power, his assaults on the Constitution, his wars against business and energy, his abominably reckless spending, his divisiveness, his renegade Justice Department, his regulatory expansion, his executive orders, his overall lawlessness, and more. Obama´s conduct concerning Obamacare alone would be enough to get the impeachment wheels rolling for any other president. His flagrant, deliberate lies regarding almost every aspect of that

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