Sunday, September 10, 2017

Traffic Gridlock in Florida Metaphor for What Putin Said about the US?

Floridians take to highway to
escape Hurricane Irma

I look at the above video of Floridians taking to the highways to escape Hurricane Irma and I can't help but think about what Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin said last week...and what alternative geopolitical writer Finian Cunningham is writing about this morning.

Look at the above aerial photo. I see this time and again...hurricane after never changes.  One direction of the highway is gridlock and the other is virtually empty.  Is this not a sign of insanity?  Why can't the traffic police simply set up traffic cones and redirect the traffic, utilizing three of the four lanes to go in one direction and only set aside one lane going in the direction TOWARDS THE HURRICANE?????

Similarly, why can't the US, which has already bombed North Korea back to the stone age once within the past 100 years not sit down with that poor, benighted country and forge a peace that won't put the entire planet at risk of a nuclear Armageddon????

Please read Finian Cunningham's excellent opinion piece from Covert Geopolitics, a snippet of which I have linked here (but read the entire piece because it's very good) and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:


Putin Calls Out US Folly

On one of the rarest of occasions, the Russian president vented his frustration in dealing with the American government, during the last BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China.
“It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia.
But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among part of the American establishment.
As for the American people, America is truly a great nation if the Americans can put up with so many politically uncivilised people.” – Vladimir Putin

Putin Calls Out US Folly

By Finian Cunningham
Speaking at the BRICS summit this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin deplored the “low political culture” of American leaders.
“It is difficult to dialogue with such people,” said Putin, adding: “You can do nothing about it.”
Less diplomatically, what the Russian president was lamenting is this: the incorrigible stupidity of US leaders.
To say that is not merely about making a facetious swipe at American politicians. Far more seriously, it points to how difficult and dangerous international relations are when a major party is so evidently obtuse to reason and facts.
As if to illustrate the point, while Putin was castigating American low political culture, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was opening her mouth to release more of her habitually inane remarks.
Haley told the UN Security Council on Monday that North Korea “was begging for war” and she affected a hilariously innocent pose, saying: “War is never something the United States wants.”
What? This is from an envoy whose country has been in a state of permanent war over the past two decades, and which at times has been bombing seven countries simultaneously in flagrant violation of international law.
For the American envoy to make such a patently false rendering of reality is beyond stupid. It is dangerously delusional. This is what Putin was referring to when he said it is difficult to dialogue with such people. It’s like trying to reason with someone who’s psychotic...."


Yes, for years I've wondered why the Americans don't think ahead far enough to temporarily adjust their traffic patterns to avoid gridlock in times of's done all the time up here in the backwoods of Canada.  But time and again you see it on TV.  Total gridlock in one direction and no traffic in the other!  Stupidity is the only way to describe it.

Again, in the sphere of international "diplomacy" and geopolitics...the inmates are in charge of the American asylum.  Nobody else with a few brain cells to rub together is permitted to step up to the leadership plate and infuse some reason and common sense into the dialogue.

My sympathies are with the victims of Hurricane Irma and thoughts are with them as they brace themselves to meet the challenges and aftermath of this latest coincidentally timed (to obscure the yearly anniversary of 9/11) "weather event"...but, again, I find it disturbing that they are again contemplating the "navel" of an unprecedented hurricane at such a geopolitically critical time in world history--while Russia, Syria and Iran are celebrating their Victory over the USrael proxy ISIS in Syria and the USrael-supported Kurds are preparing for battle with the SAA over Syrian oil fields; while the US has had to airlift some of its ISIS leaders out of Syria by helicopter prior to defeat...and while BRICs countries and others are switching from the petrodollar to alternative gold-based currencies.

Russia has recently agreed with Japan to help clean up Fukishima.  Wouldn't such environmental co-operation with other countries help to avoid planetary weather disasters such as Hurricane Irma?  Wouldn't sharing information, identifying who and what entities are involved in the already admitted (by governments) military weaponization of weather and chemtrail programs, potentially save innocent victims from even more catastrophic hurricanes such as Irma in the future?

Or, will the United States continue to travel doggedly down one or two lanes to oblivion while there are potentially so many other lanes (policies) to use...ones which would lead towards a better future for humanity.


james@wpc said...

Finian Cunningham has written well about the maddening frustration of trying to negotiate with the Americans. He wonders if they are psychotic. No, they are psychopathic.

Psychopathy is the explanation to all his puzzlement and the answer to all his questions.

Coincidentally, I have recently written about the nature of psychopaths in regard to another matter but it is equally applicable to international relations.

Psychopathy also explains the gridlock problem. It is incompetence but incompetence survives and thrives to the same extent the organisation has been captured by psychopaths. As I say in the article, you can tell the level of corruption in an organisation or institution by the level of incompetence. Psychopaths promote each other and they are always incompetent for their position.

greencrow said...

Hi James:

Thanks for your comments. I was wondering if I'm missing something in the gridlock thing. Could there be a logical reason for the strange adherence to the day-to-day pattern, even in an emergency? In Australia, for example...wouldn't they switch the opposite lanes to quicken the traffic flow? I mean, the authorities are worried about the people running out of gas and yet they leave them crawling along the highway on two lanes?

And yes, it is a psychopathy. There is an old saying: "There are none so blind as those who WILL not see."

Anonymous said...

It is called
Being brainwashed
Nobody thinks outside the box
Everyone likes to bark orders and make threats
They call it freedom and liberty
This is what freedom and liberty looks like
It is like in winter
Every neighborhood has at least ten people with plows
But it is illegal to touch the streets for the paid employees must plow
Blah blah blah
Through kaos comes order
thank you

james@wpc said...

Hi Greencrow,
You'll remember that when New Orleans was flooded, the Fed authorities went out of their way to hinder rescue work and generally make things worse? Psychopaths in power are not only incompetent but just love to cause suffering and stress whenever they can.

Ed(itor) said...

I've had first-hand exposure to the psychopathic complex: There is a mentality, a psychological/neuroscientific aberration, in which by both genetics and upbringing some individuals cannot recognize their own internal mental and emotional feedback and thus have a predilection for power, destruction, control and the abuse and misuse of individuals and society.