“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Russians Never Change, US Presidents Do.

Anyone who follows this blog knows of my contempt for the way in which George W. Bush has diminished our country. Some presidencies have elevated the respect and power of America. I challenge anyone to identify a President that has done more to weaken the Great United States of America through sheer incompetence and dereliction of duty the George Bush, the lessor.

This article caught my attention and reminded me of a time the Russians tried to choke the Berliners from fuel in the winter of 1948. President Harry Truman was in a re-election campaign, presented with his lowest approval rating and the threat of World War III with the Soviet Union over a developing situation in Berlin. It started in the previous summer when The Soviets then cut all surface traffic to West Berlin on June 27.

American ambassador to Britain, John Winnant, stated the accepted Western view when he said that he believed "that the right to be in Berlin carried with it the right of access." The Soviets, however, did not agree. Shipments by rail and the autobahn came to a halt. A desperate Berlin, faced with starvation and in need of vital supplies, looked to the West for help.

The order to begin supplying West Berlin by air was approved later by U.S. General Lucius Clay on June 27. President Truman, wishing to avoid war or a humiliating retreat, supported the air campaign, against many advisors wishes.

Surviving a normally harsh German winter, the airlift carried over two million tons of supplies in 270,000 flights. C47s were used to carry coal.

The blockade of Berlin was finally lifted by the Soviets on May 12, 1949. Berlin became a symbol of the United States resolve to stand up to the Soviet threat without being forced into a direct conflict.

Does anyone believe that the Russians take George W. Bush seriously enough and that he could achieve anything of the same magnitude?

Russia prepares to halt gas supplies to Ukraine
Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:10pm GMT

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Guy Faulconbridge

MOSCOW/KIEV, Jan 1 (Reuters) -
Russia was preparing to turn off gas deliveries to neighbouring Ukraine on Thursday, raising the spectre of disruptions to European Union supplies.

European states are anxious to avoid a repeat of what happened in January 2006 when, during a similar row, Moscow cut off supplies to Ukraine, causing a brief fall in gas supplies passing through Ukraine on the way to the rest of Europe.

Moscow says it will honour its contracts to supply European customers with gas, and these have enough reserves to manage without Russian supplies for days, but not weeks.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also gave assurances to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that there would be no disruptions to supplies to the EU, the European Commission said in a brief statement.

Pipelines that cross Ukraine carry about one-fifth of the EU's gas needs. A new cut-off could tarnish Russia's reputation as a reliable energy supplier and further undermine Ukraine's crisis-battered economy.


  1. Carter continued his predecessors' policies of imposing sanctions on Rhodesia, and, after Bishop Abel Muzorewa was elected Prime Minister, protested the exclusion of Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo from participating in the elections. Strong pressure from the United States and the United Kingdom prompted new elections in what was then called Zimbabwe Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), which saw Robert Mugabe elected as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe; afterwards, sanctions were lifted, and diplomatic recognition was granted.

    Malaise" speech
    When the energy market exploded – an occurrence Carter desperately tried to avoid during his term – he was planning on delivering his fifth major speech on energy; however, he felt that the American people were no longer listening. Carter went to Camp David for ten days to meet with governors, mayors, religious leaders, scientists, economists and citizens. He sat on the floor and took notes of their comments and especially wanted to hear criticism. His pollster told him that the American people simply faced a crisis of confidence because of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, and Watergate.[57] On July 15, 1979, Carter gave a nationally-televised address in which identified what he believed to be a "crisis of confidence" among the American people. This came to be known as his "malaise" speech, although the word never appeared in it:[4]

    I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy... I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might...

    The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.

    In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.

    I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel... I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people. In the days to come, let us renew that strength in the struggle for an energy-secure nation.

    Iran hostage crisis
    Main article: Iran hostage crisis

    The Iranian Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, meeting with Arthur Atherton, William H. Sullivan, Cyrus Vance, President Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1977The main conflict between human rights and U.S. interests came in Carter's dealings with the Shah of Iran. The Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, had been a strong ally of the United States since World War II and was one of the "twin pillars" upon which U.S. strategic policy in the Middle East was built. However, his rule was strongly autocratic, and in 1953 he went along with the Eisenhower Administration in staging a coup to remove the elected Prime Minster, Mohammed Mossadegh.

    On a state visit to Iran, Carter spoke out in favor of the Shah, calling him a leader of supreme wisdom, and a pillar of stability in the volatile Middle East. The speech was apparently never shown on American television.

    When the Iranian Revolution broke out in Iran and the Shah was overthrown, the U.S. did not intervene directly. The Shah went into permanent exile. Carter initially refused him entry to the United States, even on grounds of medical emergency.

    Despite his initial refusal to admit the Shah into the United States, on October 22, 1979, Carter finally granted him entry and temporary asylum for the duration of his cancer treatment; the Shah left for Panama on December 15, 1979. In response to the Shah's entry into the U.S., Iranian militants seized the American embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage.[34] The Iranians demanded:

    the return of the Shah to Iran for trial,
    the return of the Shah's wealth to the Iranian people,
    an admission of guilt by the United States for its past actions in Iran, plus an apology, and
    a promise from the United States not to interfere in Iran's affairs in the future.
    Though later that year the Shah left the U.S. and died in Egypt, the hostage crisis continued and dominated the last year of Carter's presidency. The subsequent responses to the crisis – from a "Rose Garden strategy" of staying inside the White House, to the unsuccessful attempt to rescue the hostages by military means – were largely seen as contributing to Carter's defeat in the 1980 election.

    20% interest rates

    He terminated the Russian Wheat Deal, which was intended to establish trade with USSR and lessen Cold War tensions. The grain exports had been beneficial to people employed in agriculture, and the Carter embargo marked the beginning of hardship for American farmers.

  2. I don't understand. Why is Russia obliged to sell gas or anything else to Ukraine, when Ukraine is in the rears in its payment for prior supplies from Russia?

  3. William Henry Harrison. That bastard.

    I was in Berlin on New Years Eve once. Yes I was. 1983/4. We walked to the wall that night from the Ku'damm (too many Irish coffees, I think - see how short it looks on this map?) and then we had ourselves stranded in some dark suburb on an S Bahn line as midnight struck. We got back in time to nimbly dodge dismemberment by the heavily-armed, happily unregulated celebrants. (Not actually armed, as they actually are, with actual rounds, in other places on this occasion.)

    The next day my mother and I went into East Berlin. A few hours that morbidly satisfied a lifetime's worth of curiosity.

    The next time I was in the East it was all for sale.

  4. President Chester A. Arthur, American Usurper


    The Noontime of the Glorious Swedish Empire

    Once a 'major European power', we have fallen on unfortunate lesser times, which the ghost of Charles (Karl) XII, occultated, will someday reverse and avenge. Finland, stout renegade Norway, the Baltics, parts of Poland, Russia, northern Germany, all will be brought to heel. We will attain a seat on The Security Council, our birthright, and bring Enlightenment and the Protestant
    Work Ethic to world! 2009--The Year of Stockholm.

    "From peasant hut to Empire, from Reindeer Milk To Champagne"

    Stockholm Map

  5. Hey, Bob, there no lions up there in Sviden, how come they got them lions depicted on their coat of arms?

  6. Them's Siberia Toothed Tigers, Mat.

  7. Me thought Pyotr Alexeyevich put an end to that. :)

  8. Has understood not absolutely well.

  9. 2020.01.03過年前後常會掀起酒店兼差熱潮,酒店工作調查顯示,因為薪水太低、產業前景不佳,有82%上班族想跳槽酒店上班,平均期待薪資約8萬元,不過,與八大行業企業開出大學生酒店打工平均薪資10萬元。知名酒店經紀今天公布「2020第一季景氣市場趨勢調查」。調查顯示,有高達90.6%企業透露今年第一季有徵才酒店兼職計畫,徵才意願高的制服店、便服店、禮服店、鋼琴酒吧、日式酒店、飯局、傳播等。根據調查,八大行業酒店企業第一季開出職缺平均薪資為新台幣9萬6000元,略高於去年同期的8萬7400元,創7年以來同期新高。

  10. 2020.02.11


    當時網路媒體還不是很盛行,智慧型手機也沒有很普遍。梁曉尊是八大行業裡第一位主張「網路行銷事業」開創人。此時不少資深前輩不看好,理由網路世界不切實際,畢竟虛擬世界可信度不高,缺乏真實性沒有說服力,這番遠見根本是好高騖遠、天方夜譚⋯等等評論!。於是梁曉尊堅持照著自己主張的開始經營Google 搜尋關鍵字先從自己名字創造舞台。可如今Google成為人們生活上必備工具不管是搜尋、查詢、求證、等等各方面⋯都被梁曉尊所預料到。

    Google 搜尋:梁曉尊/梁小尊。獲得亞洲地區Google認證關鍵字達到全版面。不僅如此⋯八大行業主要關鍵字(酒店工作)、(酒店上班)、(酒店經紀)、(酒店打工)、(酒店應徵)、(酒店兼差)、(酒店兼職)每組關鍵字都在首頁榮獲前3名。


    梁曉尊發動「台北之變」,事件導致影響北部八大行業酒店小姐薪資價格大翻轉。由於梁曉尊給1節190元,打破市場行情價,同時揭發很多經紀公司黑暗管理酒店小姐的秘密一併揭露出來例如:逼小姐簽合約、老二經紀控制法、毒品控制⋯等等!。於是讓有些操作不人道的黑心經紀公司、小經紀、各人經紀等⋯頓時崩盤甚至無法生存離開八大行業。資深酒店人士指出:圈內對於梁曉尊發動「台北之變」也是藉時讓台北地區八大行業重新洗牌。有些人認為誠實面對這個社會現實就是如此適者生存。因此圈內人士對於此事件又稱為梁曉尊「北梁軍閥」這個名號!名稱來自於 🔍台(北)⋯(梁)曉尊⋯(軍閥:代表一方梟雄的意思)這樣而來的。

  11. 2020.06.08曾經酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容雞排妹的《深夜保健室》最新一集與培根到酒店訪問我在酒店上班的日子的酒店小姐跟不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因,影片中介紹如:顏射(精子射在臉上) 、口交口爆(精子射在嘴裡) 、戴套肛交進行交易專業精緻化,酒店消費服務方式,還有小姐帶出場接S(性交易)等大家好奇的問題,其中酒店上班-酒店兼職-兼差如何達成人生的第一桶金小姐的薪水也是一般人想知道的問題,酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?透露,最菜最基本的酒店妹,一個月至少也可以賺10到20萬元,也曾有「職場須知 【酒店PT 】魔王級人物」一周就能賺40萬元,相當於月薪200萬,雞排妹問到酒店妹外貌與薪水成正比?酒店經紀表示並不是,通常看小姐自己的手腕,包括: 顏射(精子射在臉上) 、口交口爆(精子射在嘴裡) 、戴套肛交進行交易。突破高薪資的境界。至於常傳聞演藝圈知名網紅跨國賣淫,會轉行到酒店兼職,酒店經紀透露曾遇過10名通告女星「拍過廣告、拍過電影」找上門希望願意配合國外伴遊接受消費者陪睡性交易:顏射(精子射在臉上) 、口交口爆(精子射在嘴裡) 、戴套肛交進行交易,不過他表示雖然她為公眾人物,但在這行沒有差別待遇,起薪與一般小姐無異,不過影片中沒透露該女星身分,讓網友相當好奇。

  12. 2020.07.20不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因有關於八大行業酒店上班【簽約/合約】的問題!我梁曉尊做一次總解答讓妳們解決心中的困惑。
    1: 酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容已現在酒店上班沒有所謂的簽合約/切結書,因為這樣是綁小姐的做法,很不道德…【小姐總有一天會離開,強求她留在八大這是不人道的行為】
    2: 我在酒店上班的日子在職人員想更換經紀人或酒店不想做了…卻有合約在身怎麼辦~…!?我梁曉尊直接跟你說可以馬上離開了
    a : 酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?合約內容酒店小姐上班通常會取什麼名字?本身要件要有【商營利事業登記編號/還有政府認證核發蓋章】因為這些文件都是要繳稅的….一但登報稅了,您自己想想妳在職期間這幾年{妳}家人~早就會知道你在八大行業了…..反而家人卻沒發現,每年也都沒有繳稅單更沒有勞健保,因為這份是假合約【法律用語:偽造文書】
    b :合約內容常有一段話:幾年以內不能離職/幾年內不能更換經紀人。這番話已經觸犯【法律用語:強制罪】
    c :從一開始的違法合約到內容的不人道,甚至離職還又要賠償..。我梁曉尊跟妳說【妳被唬了】
    d : 酒店小姐去酒店上班都一定要出場接s嗎?重頭到尾觸法的假合約,真的到警察局/法院 {妳}是贏家。
    e :我梁曉尊做經紀人快十年了…我還沒見過有經紀公司拿著合約去警局敢賭這件事。

  13. 2020.08.03【18禁】酒店小姐深夜保健室不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因曾經做過酒店小姐雞排妹近來化身性愛大師,在節目《酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容深夜保健室》中大談18禁話題,最新一集找來八大行業老司機涼圓,分享我在酒店上班的日子按摩養生館和酒店的差別,不僅列舉養生館裡的「酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?」,還透漏曾有客人肖想無套,竟瞎扯懷孕更好,讓雞排妹怒轟「好噁心」。在養生館做幹部的涼圓說,按摩養生館和酒店的氛圍大不相同,因此客人TA(酒店小姐上班通常會取什麼名字?)也不一樣,會去酒店小姐去酒店上班都一定要出場接s嗎?大多以商務、談生意為主,希望小姐能幫忙帶氣氛,所以會較熱鬧;但會去養生館的人,主要是想達到身心靈放鬆,能和身材姣好的正妹有所互動。除了揭開養生館的神秘面紗,涼圓也爆料,這行很常遇到無良奧客,曾有做「全套服務」的按摩妹妹跟她說,有個客人想要求她無套,但她婉轉回應「可是我怕我會懷孕怎麼辦」?沒想到對方竟口出狂言,認為懷孕更好,因為「就可以接3個月的無套,之後再拿掉就好」,讓雞排妹大喊噁心,認為對方根本就是沒有同理心。而前陣子疫情關係,有小姐因酒客染疫,導致整個台灣的八大行業同時歇業,讓雞排妹關心起八大行業小姐失業狀態,不過涼圓透漏小姐心態,「今天酒店不能上班,難道我就不賺錢」,爆料這些小姐全跑到按摩店打工,讓雞排妹聽了恍然大悟。

  14. 2020.08.25不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因一般人的觀念裡酒店是一個複雜、不好的環境,酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容其實在酒店上班沒什麼不好,我在酒店上班的日子工作性質跟一般在聊天的美眉是同性質的。
    例如:像跟一群人去錢櫃好樂迪參加聯誼會那種形式,認識交際不同的人,一樣是跟客人單純的閒聊、喝 酒炒熱氣份,但只是變成工作,還有錢可以賺,不好的是因為吸毒而去做酒店,甚至賺錢去養男人這是最笨、最愚蠢的作法。

  15. 2020.10.18酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容第一次是剛入社會工作時,陪主管到台中出差,他們帶我去的;那晚,看到2個已婚主管大解放的樣子,讓我有點驚恐…他們玩得很瘋,我和一個年紀比我小、和我一樣菜的小姐,2個躲到隔壁沒人的包廂「避難」。