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The Russia is not fucked thread

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I read that the effect of sanctions against Russia has been to de-dollarize them, and force them to seek alliances elsewhere. So sanctions have harmed Western economies, reduced influence, and spurred Russia to become more (sorry about the use of this word...) resilient. Well done!

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10 minutes ago, Bod said:

I read that the effect of sanctions against Russia has been to de-dollarize them, and force them to seek alliances elsewhere. So sanctions have harmed Western economies, reduced influence, and spurred Russia to become more (sorry about the use of this word...) resilient. Well done!

Sanctions have also rescued Russian agriculture. 

They now account for 18% of the world wheat exports, more than the US.

Some way to go to equal 1910 when Russia accounted for 36% of the worlds wheat exports.

Food is power and the Russians are ousting the US, the EU and Australia from markets in the Middle East and Africa

https://www.ft.com/content/af66f51e-6515-11e6-8310-ecf0bddad227

When you see these trends you begin to understand why some in the west are so desperate for conflict. Their control of the world is slipping away 

 

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22 minutes ago, Bod said:

Coincidentally, I was reading about Soviet wheat production under Stalin whilst on the Wikipedia page for Trofim Lysenko.

Lysenko didn't believe in genetic hereditary, so introduced bizarre methods of agricultural techniques such as pulling the leaves off the plants to make the seeds stronger. The repercussions were tragic. What it showed was that it is possible for lies to prosper, and that sane people can be effectively silenced (thousands of scientists who spoke up were killed or sent to the gulags). His methods were still in use in the 1960s! I have a feeling something very similar is happening right now, but in the West.

The West has long ceased to be a member of the reality based community.

The balance of power created by the two world wars in the 20th century is now visibly changing. That is what is making so many in politics and the media uneasy. Just reciting the old ideological incantations louder and louder is not working any more.  Sadly, most people won't realise it until the western political powers enter a military conflict where they get their arse handed to them. Countries like the UK already could not sustain a high intensity armed conflict for more than a couple weeks. For us the 'material war ' - as the German High Command in World War 1 liked to call it -  has already effectively been lost.

Edited by Virgil Caine

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Can you invest in Russian stuff? I can't see how they can lose long term considering they have lots of gold and shit hot weapons. 

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4 hours ago, Virgil Caine said:

Sanctions have also rescued Russian agriculture. 

They now account for 18% of the world wheat exports, more than the US.

Some way to go to equal 1910 when Russia accounted for 36% of the worlds wheat exports.

Food is power and the Russians are ousting the US, the EU and Australia from markets in the Middle East and Africa

https://www.ft.com/content/af66f51e-6515-11e6-8310-ecf0bddad227

When you see these trends you begin to understand why some in the west are so desperate for conflict. Their control of the world is slipping away 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Virgil Caine said:

Sanctions have also rescued Russian agriculture. 

They now account for 18% of the world wheat exports, more than the US.

Some way to go to equal 1910 when Russia accounted for 36% of the worlds wheat exports.

Food is power and the Russians are ousting the US, the EU and Australia from markets in the Middle East and Africa

https://www.ft.com/content/af66f51e-6515-11e6-8310-ecf0bddad227

When you see these trends you begin to understand why some in the west are so desperate for conflict. Their control of the world is slipping away 

 

Good job we are fully self-sufficient in feeding our own growing population then and don't rely on importing two thirds of our food....

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39 minutes ago, maynardgravy said:

Good job we are fully self-sufficient in feeding our own growing population then and don't rely on importing two thirds of our food....

it really isn't going to end well is it?  We would be all starving within a fortnight.  

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4 hours ago, Virgil Caine said:

The West has long ceased to be a member of the reality based community.

BANG! Everything in a nutshell! Holy crap, this is why I love this place!

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