Saturday Odds & Sods: Supper’s Ready

This week: Russian paranoia, Mallory McMorrow, The Shield At 20, Evans/Goode, Shirley MacLaine, and Carson/Falk. Music by Genesis, Nancy Wilson, ZZ Top, The Kinks, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Roy Orbison, Johnny Winter, and The Cars. Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: Supper’s Ready

Fawlty Tory

To Quote: “Boris Johnson’s buffoonery contrasts with the courageous leadership of President Zelensky. To compare a referendum to women and children fleeing Putin’s bombs is an insult to every Ukrainian. He is no Churchill: he is Basil Fawlty.”
Some thoughts on Boris Johnson, Basil Fawlty, and clowns running governments. Continue reading Fawlty Tory

Ukraine Is Not Weak, As Putin Is Finding

Sometimes you watch or read something, think nothing of it at the time, and then suddenly due to some random event it becomes significant in an odd way. This clip from Seinfeld has become strangely relevant, prophetic, even. For those who are not Seinfeld fans, this clip is the culmination of a heated game of Risk between characters Kramer and Newman, which is abruptly ended by a Ukrainian man who overhears Kramer say “Ukraine is weak” while they are playing in the subway. Not a great idea to play a board game on a subway, of course. Now, I am … Continue reading Ukraine Is Not Weak, As Putin Is Finding

We’re Not Going To Take It Anymore

No, I’m not a Twisted Sister fan. But I did see the news story about Ukrainians taking up their song “We’re Not Going To Take It” as a battle anthem. What is even better is that Dee Snider, whose grandfather was Ukrainian, endorsed their use of it while denying its use by the US trucker convoys: People are asking me why I endorsed the use of "We're Not Gonna Take It" for the Ukrainian people and did not for the anti-maskers. Well, one use is for a righteous battle against oppression; the other is a infantile feet stomping against an … Continue reading We’re Not Going To Take It Anymore

Vlad And The Magical Disappearing Currency

Russian RublesWhile Russian troops advance into Ukraine, the Russian economy looks to be slipping further and further into inflation, recession, and dare I say even depression. The New York Times has a good article that articulates in non-Economics Professor terms just what the West is doing financially to try and curtail the Mad Dog of Moscow.

Last week I advocated for severe economic punishment for Russia’s blatant disregard for Ukraine’s national sovereignty and amazingly (because who thought the Western Allies could ever agree on doing something) that punishment has been meted out.

Somewhat.

I’m hoping that the somewhat is only to give Vlad the Impersonator a taste of what could happen if full measures were in fact instituted. Hoping, but something tells me that somewhere along the line some country somewhere will do the “but we need their natural gas” and begin to fray the alliance. But as for now the sanctions currently in place are definitely worrying to Russia. Russians are lining up at ATM’s trying to get cash out. The Bank of Russia even went so far as to promise that

“The volume of bank notes ready for loading into A.T.M.s is more than sufficient. All customer funds on bank accounts are fully preserved and available for any transactions.”

Um, sure. But something tells me many Russians are getting ready to make a run on the bank which is never a good thing. Would that panic spread to the rest of the world? My college economics professor would have said yes, but the world has changed in the *cough cough* years since I took his class. As the sequel to Wall Street (the movie) said, “money never sleeps”.  Besides with a government fiat against doing business with Russian banks in place, a default letter from any Russian bank will be laughed at by any foreign borrower.

Damn that let’s Trump off the hook for a while. No wonder he thought Putin’s Penetration was a smart move.

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