"Expat in Ekat" I recently had the opportunity to contribute to a local English language web portal set up as a welcome page for the Shanghi Economic Conference being held in Yekaterinburg this summer. Please check it out. Expat in Ekat This is a product of e1.ru a local information portal.
Moms on Skates As we exit winter, my wife Sophie is regaining her pre-pregnancy persona. This means trips out with the babster Thomas in the Kangaroo sling or in the stroller to get exercise. Recently an excursion to the ice rink was undertaken. Our ice rink is two blocks from our flat and we have noted a phenomina. Russian moms will push their babsters ahead of them in either a perambulator or stroller on the ice! Can we talk safety here. This is not my idea of safeguarding a new life. I saw one mom skating with a baby in her arms – Yikes!!!
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. This is one of those lingering Commie Holidays from the Soviet era. It has taken on many of the trappings of a capitalist holiday like Valentines Day (also celebrated here) or Mother’s Day. I got Sophie a big bouquet of flowers, candy and praised her womanhood and her ability to raise marvelous children. I then celebrated by having a nice Honduran cigar and taking my wife and new son for a walk in the park. Older child Nadia did a "home alone" gig, watching a movie on TV.
Why I’m NOT worried about the financial meltdown. Lets talk human nature… I teach about this at Urals State University and am convinced that Nickolai Kondratiev (Кондратьев) was onto the answer to economic cycles. He was unfortunately one of Uncle Joe Stalin’s gulag victims for telling the truth. The truth is Kondratiev believed that capital markets and schemes are characterized by long cycles of 50-70 years. When the Great Depression hit in the 1930’s Stalin asked Dr. K if this ment the end of bad old capitalism. He replied "no", saying it was just at the end of its normal cycle and capital markets would be back again stronger than ever. Stalin felt this was the incorrect answer and Kondratiev was hustled off to a labor camp in Siberia where he went mad and died. So much for telling the truth.
History does repeat itself and human nature being what it is, where inventive capitalists come up with things like derivitie swaps and companies such as AIG merrily provide the insurance for something that was uninsurable, will repeat again and again, you can count on it – I don’t care what Henry "Nostralitis" Waxman or Barney "My Boy Lolly Pop" Frank say. So the world is at the end of a K-Wave and we are all facing a World-Class F.U.B.R. This is a family blog so you either know F.U.B.R. or go somewhere else to get the def. Just know that the F.U.B.R. is going to be a depression folks. You better know how to raise potatoes and shoot your own meat for the table. I’m not worried because there is really nothing we can do about this. There is an evitability to severe downturns. Tighten your belts and get the garden going! Your neighbor’s dog can be mighty tasty in a stew. And learn how to make Depression Gravey – marvelous dish my mom cooked.
The other F.U.B.R. is what the Obamasiah is perpetrating on the world. This fellow is a socialist pure and simple and will kill the golden goose of American entreprenurism if left unchecked. Where is the Gipper or Neo-Gipper when we need him? If you believe in ghosts, start channeling Roand Wilson Reagan! The best place to be living right now by the way, is Cambodia. They have no banking system to collapse- it’s all barter and nobody from the west does business with Cambodia except those supplying the corrupt ruling elite with their luxury goods. Ruling Elite=Former Commie Aparacheniks. This is THE safe haven for the next few years.
Finally the Washington Post had some very useful perspectives on what happened to get this current depression in motion. A European perspective free from government taint is EuroIntelligence.com. Buckle up for their daily slap in the face with the realities of having boobs in positions of power making decisions that will prolong the end of the K-Wave and hurt the average guy. Just remember this is ALL about human nature!