How I Knew

Do you know the Irish word ‘skanger’? Or its British equivalent ‘chav’? If not, look them up on Google Images.

This is exactly what Putin has been his whole life. He’s a typical skanger. Folks, the guy is totally dumb. You watch too much TV if you imagine a team of ultra-competent plotters and schemers sitting in the Kremlin. Putin is notoriously incapable of tolerating anybody with an ounce of intelligence, so he surrounds himself with cognitively challenged folks. I see them on the news a lot and, believe me, they are like cartoon characters, they are so dumb.

Look at what they’ve done. It takes a person with an intact brain 30 seconds on Google Maps to figure out that annexing the Crimea would leave it without potable water. Five years later, the Crimea is dying for lack of water. “Huh,” says Putin and still doesn’t get what the problem is.

They are in the midst of a profound recession, and they go and send troops to fucking Syria. Like, why? It’s nuts.

Putin’s greatest supporters, his largest, most reliable electoral bloc are 50+-year-olds. So what does he do? He raises the retirement age, immediately impoverishing the very group of people who gave him landslide wins. Can you guess what happened then? Yeah, his approval ratings tanked. How long did it take you to figure this out? Well, the evil genius Putin who supposedly got his spy into the White House is still puzzled by this development.

I could continue this list forever. Putin once accused somebody of being a US spy because the guy had uploaded a video “to a company that owns servers in California.” For the next two months, nobody managed to get into Putin’s thick skull how YouTube works and why you don’t have to be a spy to upload videos to it.

Putin’s Prime Minister once started tweeting “fuck you, you motherfucking sheep” at the followers. Turns out the curator of his Twitter didn’t realize everybody can see what you tweet. And then he couldn’t figure out how to delete the tweets.

People have asked me on the blog, “well, why would Putin be against Hillary if she gave him uranium?” Folks, he’s not complex enough to make such profound connections. Remember the “servers in California”? His limited cognitive apparatus somehow linked them to Hillary, and there we go.

No, for real. He did blame Hillary for the YouTube videos that hurt his feelings. And that’s how we ended up with the Mueller investigation because Americans watch too much dumb TV and confuse it with reality.

We are no longer dealing with an evil empire. We are dealing with skanger rule.

I’m sorry for the long post but I can’t make this point without giving at least a couple of examples.


2 thoughts on “How I Knew”

  1. I obviously know only a fraction that you do about Russia, and I don’t speak or read Russian, but that was always my impression of Putin and all the other similar old long-time former KGB apparatchiks. Vicious, sure, but not particularly intelligent. More like street-level thugs who don’t understand nuance and aren’t really capable of grand plots and elaborate, calculated plans. Just reaction and violence, mainly.

    Glad to hear that’s your take as well.

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  2. When people think Putin is some kind of grand genius slash absolute dictator they’re still under the influence of cold war Russians in movies (modern versions were found in House of Cards and Okkupert). Of course the truth is a lot less impressive and fairly depressing – all that potential and they just steal like common trash….
    I also just realized that American doesn’t have a good equivalent to chav, skanger (which I’d never heard) or pikey which is similar (my new nickname for him is now Pikey Putin).
    The closest I could think of is trailer trash (but that’s too rural and regional)… there’s guido but that’s more working class (and regional and ethnic…).
    What’s the equivalent of chav or pikey in Russian (and or Ukraine if different)?
    In Poland there’s blokers (singular, plural blokersi) or dresiarz (from dres – sweatsuit which didn’t have the kind of organized crime connotations it had in the post USSSR…


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