How to think about Vladimir Putin

President Putin with the elected representatives, turned the economy of Russia around, to give Russia back to the people of Russia. The middle class appeared by 2004 and continues to increase to this day. Over 30% of the Russian population is now middle class while the west sinks into poverty. Unemployment is very low so Russia is being careful on immigration. Very little of what he and the elected Duma and Senate have done is told to the western audience. While the west continues to spend trillions on war Russia built a rapid rail system between Moscow and St. Petersburg. A nine hour trip now takes under three environmentally friendly hours.

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Things that aren’t happening in Russia

A friend in Russian and blog writer gives you a look at Russia as it stands today. The Russian middle class grew from 8 million to 55 million from 2000-2006 and makes up the majority today. Watch out for his sense of humor :)

Life in Russia

1. Russia Isn’t Dying

This myth has got considerable traction, especially in the Western media. Its origin could have something to do with the decline in Russia’s population from 150 million in 1991 to around 140 million today. But chew on this – in 2012 Russia’s birth rate actually exceeded that of the United States. This is quite surprising when you consider that in 2002 the US had a birth rate 75 percent higher than Russia’s.
Mark Adomanis, an expert on Russian demographics and economics, has compared Russian and American data, and discovered that since 2008 the Russian birth rate has increased by about 10 percent while the United States has slumped by about 9 percent.
To be sure, over the really long term the Russian population will be older and smaller. But here’s the difference: by 2050 Russians will still be in control of Russia, whereas today’s dominant ethnicities in…

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Fun With Max

Mike “Mish” Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management.

MishTalk

I taped a videocast with Max Keiser on Wednesday following the FOMC meeting. We discussed the usual things: The Fed, the stock market, GDP forecasts and Chicago pizza.

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We Shot an Israeli Jet Down, Sent Others Fleeing | Syrian Army

Israel has carried out air raids against Syrian-based targets on many occasions, but it rarely acknowledges the attacks. On Friday, however, the Israeli military acknowledged that its jets bombed several targets in Syria.

Covert Geopolitics

The covert WW3 that’s being fought in the Middle East has just gotten nastier. Earlier in the day, the Israeli military underwent a preempted propaganda denial by saying that the Syrian armed forces shot missiles at their jetfighters, but failed to hit any of them.

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