Dear Oliver: About Those Putin Interviews

On the Hits and Misses of Oliver Stone's recent Showtime film that compiles his interviews with President Putin over a two-year period.
Dear Mr. Stone: I have just finished watching all four episodes of The Putin Interviews. May I give you my critique? Overall, I felt that the series is Very Good but felt just short of Great. I will explain below what I feel could have made it Great. First, I want to tell you what I really loved about it.



1. You have an easy style. I felt as if Mr. Putin was at ease with you, and you with him. You have a warm command of the English language and can transmit your ideas into language in a very personable way -- an art that is missing among so many American media people these days. I felt that you drew out a candid side of Putin, well, that is, as far as a man of his intellectual prowess and disciplined self-control will allow.
2. Best moment of the show: Sitting next to Vlad and watching Dr. Strangelove! Oh my goodness, most people would not even dream of adding such a thing to their bucket list.
3. I loved the walking tour of the President's offices and the general background of the Kremlin architecture and decor. I pay attention to the daily, tweeted photos from the Kremlin's official account. I have seen those desks and tables a million times in the photos. But now I have them all within a mental frame, thanks to your film. Question: I was burning to know why Vlad had a pair of scissors and multi-colored construction paper in the middle of his desk, did you happen to ask him, off-camera?


Where It Fell Short

Mr. Stone, I hated that so much time was wasted talking about the contrived "Russia hacked the election" meme. Hillary might not know why she lost the election, but the rest of the nation does. When my father would get on a roll with his bad jokes, Mom would tell us kids: "Don't encourage him." Well, you too need to stop encouraging the MSM to keep breathing life into a dead meme.
You also wasted time re-hashing Crimea. "Read My Lips," Vlad said, "the Crimeans ASKED, BEGGED, AND VOTED to rejoin Russia." Good grief, when McCain's and Nuland's beloved neo-Nazi Svoboda party took illegal control of Ukraine, their first move was to try and make it illegal to speak Russian [James: Kiev partisans will point out the law introduced almost immediately after the coup in the Verkhovna Rada failed, but the damage was done -- the coup plotters essential message to pro-Russian Donbass of 'drop dead' was received loud and clear, with the Russian spring uprising the result]. Geez, half the people in Ukraine ARE Russian! Mr. Putin has exercised considerable restraint towards Ukraine.

What I Would Have Asked Putin

Mr. Stone, I have been following the development of BRICS, the "Silk Road Project," and the EEU (European Economic Union) for a half-decade now. I can't have a conversation with my neighbors and friends about all of that here in America because not one of them has heard anything about it! You had a great opportunity to ask Mr. Putin to school us on the Sino-Russian version of a multi-polar world without war, but you totally blew it. I don't think you ever asked Vlad about China, did you?
Speaking of China, another related topic that you absolutely should have asked was the China-Russia schedule for De-Dollarization. There's something like 50,000 tonnes of gold between the two of them with statements being made all the time by both country's economic leaders about how the AIIB nations are groomed now to abandon the PetroDollar -- and yet you asked nothing! [An aside from James the Russian Analyst: Putin did brag mid-way through the first episode about Russia not only owing less than 12% of its GDP in total debt, and Moscow paying off all USSR and ex-Soviet republic debts owed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) -- including over $20 billion of the Soviet debt portion owed by Ukraine, prior to the Maidan coup and Donbass conflict began in 2014 -- JWS]
Putin even prompted you to ask him. In the scene where you saw all the newspapers and books piled up on Putin's desk, you looked directly at a book on that very subject. The author is Nikolai Starikov and the title is "Natsionalizatsiya rublya - put k svobode Rossii" (Nationalization of the ruble - the path to freedom of Russia). The book has a bright yellow cover. Vlad had that book placed directly under your own book! And you stared directly at it BUT YOU MISSED YOUR CUE! Oh I wanted to cry; that made me hurt so much! You're killin' me, Mr. Stone, killin' me. [James: We concur with Deb that it's extremely unlikely a careful man like Putin would just happen to leave that book lying around on the table for the Showtime cameras/producers eyes without intending it as a message to Washington re: the dollar. RogueMoney readers can visit Nikolai Starikov's Russian-language website here, and read his writings translated into English at The Vineyard of the Saker]


However, in spite of the missed opportunities, I feel that the series was a success and I have already recommended the Showtime link to my friends. I might even post this message in my own blog. I really hope you get to re-visit the Kremlin for a follow-up. Or maybe Beijing, The Forbidden City? I would pay fake American monopoly money to see a walking tour of the Shanghai Gold Exchange. But let's ask some questions next time on topics that actually matter, OK?

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Bankster Slayer

"When I look back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all." -- the "Kodachrome" song by Paul Simon, 1973

I grew up in a quiet, small, city east of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, in Palmdale, California. I'm not quite old enough to remember the assassination of JFK, but do remember the assassination of Brother Bobbie on an early summer's day. I was finishing up my first grade at the elementary school just up the street from our suburbia house. Maybe that was when I became self-aware that something wasn't right. When I saw the events of that day unfolding on our new color TV, I remember a thought passing through my 6.5 year old mind. And silly me assumed that everybody else was also holding this same belief because it seemed so obvious to me:


"The President and his brother must have been killed by the same people."

I don't know how a little first-grader was able to come up with that conclusion. That certainly wasn't the sort of idea you would expect to be rumbling around the brain of a little kid. But it kept rumbling in mine and still does, to this day.

The people of my generation passed through the Space Race, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Disco Era, Yuppies, the World Wide Web, and Irrational Exuberance. Throughout this entire period, a relentless Matrix Machine has been whirring in the background of our lives, unnoticed and largely unchallenged. In fact, that Machine has been whirring for centuries.

I guess it was inevitable that the 6.5 year old kid who once questioned the official doctrine of the Kennedy assassinations would one day swallow her own Red Pill. And so I did, following the 2008 Crash, as I watched the financial lives of my parents and myself collapse into disaster as the equity of our homes evaporated into the dry Arizona air.

I finally came to that moment as have so many readers and contributors of Rogue Money, that day when you finally stop and ask "Why did this happen?" I started reading, researching, listening. Gradually the bricks of The Matrix began to crumble. The monstrous beast was no longer hidden from view. 

And so I join this team of writers and readers who are all trying to Slay the Bankster Beast in their own way. We carry on with confidence because no Evil has ever stood forever against the onslaught of Truth. Undaunted, we move forward.

You will find that my contributions to the Rogue Money web site will focus on the deep history that created The Matrix in the first place. In other words, you won't find any opinion forthcoming on this-or-that presidential election ... unless you are talking about the overthrow of regimes 2- or 3- thousand years ago. In that case, I might be interested!

I make no apologies if what you hear steps on the toes of a long-cherished paradigm. I am just A Messenger. In fact, you will find that my blogs will invite your comments to provide additional pieces of information that perhaps you may have gleaned from your own research. I have many holes that need filling.

You've been told what, how, when, and where to think your whole life. I leave it up to you to exercise your own Mind and take appropriate Action to slay the monster for yourself.

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