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Shipbuilders Full Steam Ahead…

I have talked about this several times; Russia has been building warships, submarines and other warfare watercraft as fast as they can. One is finished and another hull is laid. I have mentioned that Russia is building ships 24 hours a day, seven days a week 356 days a year…

Not just warships, but all kinds of ships…

Dmitry Medvedev: “We need not only a powerful navy, but also civilian fleets that can tackle navigation and transportation tasks, Arctic development, the numerous shelf projects, and the production of marine biological resources. The President and the Government adopted decisions and issued instructions to this end.”

Say what you want and think what you want, but as I have expressed about the agricultural revolution happening in Russia. I am expressing also about the industrial revolution happening in Russia…

I see factories, warehouses and other plants being raised outside of many cities. I see a completely different world than when I came to Russia and it is growing fast. I see Russian products from cell phones to toothbrushes that were never in the stores, but in the last few years, Russian products have exploded on the market and they are well built, cheap and decent…

Just letting you know what is happening in Russia…

Post by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

4 Comments

  1. Mike October 29, 2014

    Dear Kyle:

    it seems to me that a sound agricultural base always goes hand in hand with a surge in industrial might (of course, only if resources and brilliant minds are readily available). People active in agriculture feature that self-reliant and critical thinking attitude necessary to inspire and elevate a nation as a whole. And once those rugged individuals have reached a critical mass, the rest will follow and nation-building can begin in earnest.

    Thus, barring a war or other calamity, it looks as if Russia is well on track toward positioning herself as an economic powerhouse predicated on actual material wealth – and not just virtual wealth based on debt.

    Too bad the West has gambled away its resources AND its agricultural landscape. In fact, the West doesn’t even use the name agriculture that often anymore; agribusiness is the word being utilized nowadays, reflecting the values of the West: destructive GMO profits over social and cultural capital. But unless the Russians learn how to manage their resources responsibly and with some sense of restraint, I’m afraid their country will end up in a similar dismal state just a few years down the line.

    Only if the Russians can keep the healthy balance between a sustainable agriculture (i.e. small-scale) and an industry with as minimal environmental destruction as possible, will they be able to prevent the same mistakes the West has made. Looking at history and the prevailing attitude of all nations (including the Russians), I wouldn’t be too overly optimistic.

    Nevertheless, the fact that Russians are now producing more products for their own consumption (instead of importing them via wasteful supply chains) is a first step in the right direction. Every nation should be cutting down on imports wherever possible. It’ll benefit both, the people and the environment.

    Truth is: Humanity just can’t afford a continuation of contemporary planet-cracker industrialism.

  2. Marion October 30, 2014

    Dear Mike et al; China also is retooling…good idea all the way around. America, on the other hand, has lost its family farms – all taken over by the conglomerates with their GMO foodstuffs. Some areas of this country prohibit people from even having little vegetable gardens.. I refer back to Oswald Spengler again – read what he has to say about what happens to a country when the people move off their family farms …the country goes Kaput! This is an older and wiser Russia now – most of the old. Bolshevik advisors moved to America and Israel – so, when Russia builds herself up again, bar the doors and don’t let them back. I notice a pattern to their movements…when a country is doing well, they stay and prosper but when the country folds, they hop a fast flight to the new country on the way up. etc. etc. (Russia has a little bit of time anyway – notice more and more of the going to China and marrying Chinese like Rupert Murdoch).

  3. kKeeton Post author | October 30, 2014

    Marion: It is the ignoring the farm that has me really worried. Roots are the land and land is nature. We either embrace nature or…

    Me, being a Capricorn, means I am very attached to the land. So attached, that next year I will get back to planting a field to grow food for Sveta and I. Then I will give away to family and friends what we do not need…

    It is exciting in Russia to watch the agriculture flourish and fields that have lain dormant for many years being plowed again. The new water wells being dug for irrigation purposes… New reservoirs being built to catch run off water… The John Deere factories and plants being built… The hog farms, chicken farms, turkey farms spring up all over. The herds of cattle (unheard of several years ago,) roaming in unfenced fields…

    This has all led to a decent drop in food price for basics and that is what counts. Fields of Sugar Beets feed animals and give us sugar. Fields of sunflowers give oil and nuts. Fields of buckwheat feed the masses, as rice does in China. Fields of wheat and rye gives us that black bread we all love here so much…

    Sveta and I have become fond of sneaking into Sugar Beet fields and gathering a few gigantic white beets. Oh they are so yummy cooked until soft, mashed with butter…

    Next year I am growing beets (purple,) carrots and cabbage and we will have borscht all winter…

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