But, Justin, we have to make sure we have a well-fed supply of terrorists to send to Syria or the next regime-change operation. It isn’t so much “blowback,” when they manage to strike US civilians. More like “mission drift.”<>
How Sergey Aleynikov Learned Never to Talk to the Police – The embedded video is worth taking the time to watch if you’ve not seen it. Although the advice may sound counter-intuitive or even impious on first blush (respect for authority and all that), there is a good case to be made for not speaking to the police as a matter of increasing the chances of justice. Remaining silent is a right offered you, not stubborn disobedience.<>
Out of the mouth of babes should come praise to the true God. But this type of theological monstrosity is what we are to expect of a people who make politicians the last hope of civilization. The parents here are largely to blame. Their indoctrination is now becoming a generational curse. We are not to put out trust in princes nor in messiah-like politicians, Republican or Democrat. A nation that has lost confidence in the true God is a nation that turns to anyone as a their new god. This may be an insignificant reflection of the broader culture, but the fact that it is present at all is indicative of a larger problem.<>
Putin is supporting a new “stimulus” program for the Russian economy: free imprisoned entrepreneurs and businessmen. It is horrifying to learn why some of these people were imprisoned in the first place:
One of those Mr. Titov championed was Ruslan V. Tyelkov, whose short arc from businessman to inmate illustrates both the entrepreneurial spirit that still simmers in Russia and the risks. Mr. Tyelkov, a strapping 32-year-old from Moscow, invested nearly his last ruble to open a wholesale upholstery business that could hardly have gone wrong in Russia: selling leopard-print fabrics.
In 2010, Mr. Tyelkov spent the equivalent of $31,000 for 25,000 yards of Chinese-made leopard-print fabric suitable for chairs and sofas. “It’s very popular here, not only for furniture but cloths, wallpaper, sheets, shoes, bags, everything.”
With no warning, the police arrived at his warehouses and removed every roll on six flatbed trucks, handing it over to a competitor, ostensibly for storage, though it was later sold. Then they arrested Mr. Tyelkov, who spent a year in pretrial detention.
The crime? The police said they suspected copyright infringement of the leopard design. “It was funny at first,” recalled Mr. Tyelkov of his initial meeting with the police. “I asked, ‘Who owns the copyright, a leopard?’ ”
Mr. Titov’s later investigation confirmed the police had colluded with a competitor to seize the merchandise under the pretext of a criminal case, so it could be sold for a profit.
While his business was ruined, Mr. Tyelkov said he did manage to apply his skills to the small challenges of life in jail. He rose to become the informal leader of the cell he shared with a killer, a militant and several drug addicts.
Steven, this brings up (to my mind) the problem with corporations. They rarely do this kind of thing.
Publicly owned companies especially are naturally state-compliant entities. The phone companies, remember, when ordered to do illegal wire-tapping, only cared about their legal liability to their customers. Once that was taken care of (or promised), they fully cooperated.
What else could we expect? Why would a person hired to an office be willing to resist the government to the possible harm of the company he worked for. The stockholders would fire and replace him.
As stray thought: this would give us one reason why governments would appreciate large corporations and be suspicious of small business.<>