Baby Disposal Boxes to be Provided to Mothers of Unwanted Babies
Child abuse in Russia is routine. Russian streets are overflowing with unwanted “street children,” and the Russian orphanage system is a global disgrace. The “official” number of abortions performed in Russia is down, for several reasons — few of which have anything to do with Russian mothers actually wanting to keep their babies.
In 2009, 1.3 million abortions were performed in Russia, according to the federal state statistics service. In 1995, 2.8 million terminations were carried out in the country…
Incidents in which babies are simply abandoned in Russia, including during the frigid winter months, are a common occurrence… Last month, Russian media reported that the corpse of a newborn baby still covered in placenta was found in a plastic bag at the bottom of a Moscow pond when the pond was being cleaned out.
… Baby boxes are affixed to the wall of an existing medical facility. The area is devoid of surveillance cameras or security guards to protect the identity of the person leaving an infant there. Once a baby is deposited into the heated box, the metal latch that was used to open it automatically locks, preventing the box from being reopened from the outside. Some two minutes after a child is left in the box, an alarm goes off inside the medical facility to alert personnel. __ Unwanted Baby Boxes
Russia’s population pyramid reveals a deep notch cutting into Russia’s young adult populations. The best of Russia’s young are emigrating outside the country. Many of Russia’s young people are unhealthy, or disabled by drugs and alcohol. Others are lost in Russia’s burgeoning culture of crime.
The public health infrastructure is collapsing, so that essential medical procedures are becoming more difficult to obtain. In Russia, abortion is considered “an essential medical procedure” by most young women, since few good men are left who will stick by their women. Illegal abortions are not listed on official statistics, but are becoming more common. And of course, there are abandoned babies.
Putin Proliferates Nuclear Weapons to Kaliningrad and Crimea
In an open threat to Eastern and Southern Europe, Putin is moving nuclear-ready weapons to Russia-occupied colonies in Kaliningrad and Crimea.
Russia plans to station state-of-the art missiles in its westernmost Baltic exclave and deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea as part of massive war games to showcase its resurgent military power amid bitter tensions with the West over Ukraine.
… The Iskander missiles deployment to Kaliningrad reflects Moscow’s readiness to raise the ante in response to NATO moves to deploy forces closer to Russia’s borders. The missiles, which are capable of hitting enemy targets up to 500 kilometres (310 miles away) with high precision, can be equipped with a nuclear or a conventional warhead. From Kaliningrad, they could reach several NATO member states.
Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz interpreted the move as an attempt by Russia to pressure EU nations as they consider possible new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.
… U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme commander in Europe, has termed Russia’s “threats to deploy nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles in Kaliningrad” part of what he called the Kremlin’s “pattern of continuing behaviour to coerce its neighbours in Central and Eastern Europe.” _Nuclear Proliferation Putin
Putin cannot accept that the USSR is gone, the great Russian Tsarist Empire is gone, Russia is no longer a great empire or a superpower. Russia is rotting from the inside out, and still Putin flirts with global thermonuclear war rather than addressing Russia’s more important concerns.
Global Oil Glut Places Putin’s Ambitions in Doubt
The economic foundation — inflated global oil prices — that allowed Putin to partially rebuild Russia’s nuclear attack forces, is crumbling. A global oil glut — and relatively low oil prices — are cutting the economic ground from beneath Putin’s feet.
According to the World Bank (and others have made similar estimates) nearly every member of OPEC, and Russia, requires oil to be priced between $100 and $180/bbl to fund their national budgets. __ Mark P Mills
Russia’s real breakeven cost is somewhere between $115 and $180, depending upon how close to the bone Putin is willing to cut graft payments to his supporters, and whether he is willing to limit the budgets of nuclear, spy, propaganda, industrial sabotage, and hacker/troll agencies supported by the Kremlin.
If Russia and Saudi Arabia were hoping to break the North American oil industry by tolerating low prices temporarily, they may be in for a surprise. Failing the start of a large scale war, global oil prices look set to stay below Russia’s fiscal breakeven for many years — probably longer than Putin can afford to wait.
Today, the United States has some 3,000 wells drilled and ready to flow. Nearly all of them will remain idle until needed. The amount of oil stored in those 3,000 wells ready to flow is at least three times greater than all the oil stored in steel tanks around the country. And it only takes a few months to turn on well production. All those wells, when they roll, will add nearly three million barrels per day to U.S. production.
Add to this then, all the ‘extra’ oil parked in the steel tanks around the country that, when released, can add nearly another one million barrels per day. That combination, four million barrels per day, equals an amount equal to the total growth in U.S. oil production seen over the past half dozen years…
… If, as some have claimed, the Saudis have been trying to drive U.S. shale producers out of business, hoping that a subsequent supply shortfall will push prices back up, they are in for a surprise. The hundreds of small shale oil producers in America are likely to follow precisely the pattern we have already seen for small shale gas producers. When prices tick back up, new production comes on-line practically overnight to capture the opportunity. When prices sag too much, the producers quickly revert to storing the bounty underground. __ Mark P Mills
Several prognosticators have predicted the breakup of modern Russia within the next 10 to 15 years. Such a breakup is most likely to begin with the sale of Russian land and assets in Siberia — probably to China. Russia needs the cash and the technical expertise that China can bring to Russian oil production and sophisticated weapons production. China needs the natural resources and expanded locations in the far east to place strategic military bases and missile launching stations nearer the Arctic.
But if Putin continues on his current course, Russia’s disintegration may occur on multiple simultaneous fronts — from Siberia to the Caucasus, to Kaliningrad, to areas adjacent to Finland, to the very core heartland of Russia herself — the Moscow-St. Petersburg centre. It is all up to Putin, and how long the Russian elite and Russian people will put up with Putin.
No one knows what Russia’s true population is today. Realistic estimates are so closely guarded by the Kremlin that not even Russia’s leaders understand their demographic predicament. And so they continue to blunder into disaster.
Russia’s foundations — economic, demographic, industrial, military — are crumbling. The emperor has no clothes, but no one in the empire is brave enough to tell the emperor of his plight. Ignorance, for the emperor, is bliss. For the empire, it is disaster.
Street Level, in the Empire
Meanwhile, at street level in the empire, drug addiction and alcoholic stupour abound alongside violent crime. Abandoned babies wait in boxes to be “rescued,” and sent to orphanages. After that, a lifetime on the streets or in child-brothels awaits them. The best of Russia busy themselves securing foreign jobs and bank accounts, convinced that nothing can save Russia as it blunders along its current course to oblivion.
And Russia’s nuclear weapons — those that still work — await the call to bring destruction to Europe, North America, and any other place where a better future might be waiting.
Russia herself is moldering to ruin, on her own initiative — or lack of it. There seems no reason to allow anyone, anywhere, to have things any better.