Those Russian Sanctions

Part of the tale is that the US and NATO needs to punish Putin for his actions…..part of this punishment is arming Ukraine and heavy, massive sanctions on Russia.

Then I wonder are all these sanctions actually punishing Russia….

As usual since I am an opinionated SOB I have made my thoughts known on sanctions…..

Sanctions And Tariffs

And these thoughts….

Is Sanctions The Answer?

That out of the way for I like to let my reader see just what I am saying on these issues….let us return to the thought …..are sanctions hurting Russia?

Sanctions against Russia are a blessing in disguise, according toAlexey Butrimov, the general director of BJet, a Russian aviation company. Although he readily admits that the new restrictions have created significant complications for businessmen such as himself, he is confident that in the long-term, they will provide Russia with the much-needed stimulus to revive its long-dormant aviation industry. 

“On the one hand, we look at all the problems caused by sanctions with sadness, but we also understand deep down inside that we can finally resurrect our aviation,” he said. “When times are good, you don’t have much incentive to develop anything quickly. But now that we find ourselves in a situation where we don’t have anything, the only path forward is to build up our own aviation system.” 

Since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision in late February to send troops into Ukraine, Russia has quickly surpassed longtime pariahs such as Iran, North Korea, and Syria to become the most sanctioned country in the world. Almost overnight, the U.S. and its allies in Europe and Asia moved to freeze nearly half of Russia’s financial reserves, severely restrict Russia’s access to their financial and technological systems, and ban Russian planes and ships from entering their airspace and ports. Simultaneously, hundreds of multinational corporations have either suspended or downsized their operations in Russia since the start of the conflict.
The Biden White House has vowed that as a result of these new sanctions, “Russia will very likely lose its status as a major economy, and it will continue a long descent into economic, financial, and technological isolation.” Meanwhile, on the political front, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told CBS News in April that sanctions were meant “to make it harder for [Russia] to fuel their war machine,” and thereby overtime help “improve Ukraine’s position at the bargaining table and make an outcome of this war that Ukraine wants to see more likely.” 

Are Sanctions Hurting Russia?

While the ‘news’ about sanctions would have us believe we are crippling Russia….I just do not see this as the solution to Ukraine…..why?

The US will keep shoving money up Ukraine’s butt even if the conflict ends today.

Someone is making out like a bandit without a gun…..and that is what all this lunacy is all about.

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Gun Debate Op-Ed #7

The debate continues and as usual absolutely nothing is getting accomplished…semantics and bullsh*t seem to be the only thing all agree on.

While the debate rages with nothing more than accusations and lies….there are a few solutions that are popular and they work (according to this op-ed)……..

While there are many factors contributing to the scourge of gun violence in the United States, one thing is clear: The data—and the majority of Americans—support laws that sensibly restrict access to firearms under certain conditions.

“We have evidence-based solutions that exist right now that are supported by the majority of Americans from a range of backgrounds and experiences,” said Cassandra Crifasi, director of research and policy at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions. “We have the tools, we have the support, and we need to act.”

Crifasi and four of her colleagues from the Center for Gun Violence Solutions discussed the policies that are proven to decrease while also receiving significant public support during a virtual briefing Thursday hosted by Johns Hopkins University. They discussed topics including proven methods for reducing gun violence in schools, the intricacies of extreme risk protection orders, and the various effects gun laws have on democratic participation.

But they were united in presenting the facts supported by their gun policy research—particularly the demonstrated effectiveness of proposed policies, and their support among Americans.

An article below is from Reader’s Digest……

The recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 grade school students and two elementary school teachers—and devastated the entire country. In the wake of the violence, many Americans are looking for ways to help the victims and families and asking how to help with gun control to prevent school shootings in the future.

And they’re struggling with why it’s so hard to stop gun violence in America, especially when most of the country is in favor of strengthening gun laws. A recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found that the majority of Americans support laws that require background checks for all gun sales, set age minimums for gun purchases, and ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. Overall, 65 percent of Americans support stricter gun laws.

The tragedy has prompted people to examine how other countries respond to mass shootings, debate what the right to bear arms means in the context of the Second Amendment, and question what it would take to amend the Constitution. But those are large-scale changes. Fortunately, there’s a lot individuals can do to reduce the chances of another mass shooting, whether in a school or in another public area, like the recent supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York. If you’re interested in how to help with gun control, keep reading for ways to take action.

How to Help with Gun Control: 12 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Gun Violence

As I stated earlier….these op-eds are from others who feel they need to voice their opinion…..your thoughts will be appreciated.

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