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A Journey Through Vogelsang: Once USSR's Massive East German Nuclear Military Base, And Now A Ghost Town

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And now for something completely different. Instead of scary tales of horrifying Math 101 (soon to be banned in one of the many upcoming Eurosummits), which confirms that no matter how it is spun, the global reality is ugly and getting worse (and ever more diluted in paper format), courtesy of Spiegel we present a photographic journey through Vogelsang: formerly one of the biggest Soviet military garrisons housing nuclear weapons and numerous nuclear launch pads, home of the 25th tank division protecting the USSR's most prized external asset, located in the forest near Berlin and housing over 15,000 people. It is now a surreal ghost town, and as haunted as any of the "cities" one can find deep in China.

From Spiegel:

Vogelsang is not exactly a boomtown. Located just northwest of Berlin, it has a mere 100 residents and a tiny train station. It is extremely quiet.

 

But in the forest nearby, there is a different Vogelsang. It its day, it was completely autonomous from the nearby village, had its own residential buildings, cinemas, warehouses and even a school. Some 15,000 people once lived there, and it was seldom quiet. The second Vogelsang was the home of Soviet troops, the warehouses were crammed full of tanks, howitzers and all-terrain vehicles. The cinemas were for the soldiers' families.

 

Vogelsang, one of the largest Soviet garrisons outside of the Soviet Union, was the base of the 25th tank division. For almost 40 year, soldiers belonging to the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany lived here -- until they finally withdrew in 1994.

 

Sine then, Vogelsang has been left to the elements, a ghost town in the middle of the Brandenburg forest. And yet, two decades after the last light was switched off, there is still plenty of life at the site. Deer and raccoon roam among the trees as do feral sheep and goats.

 

The barracks too still hint at the life they once contained. While most look the same from the outside, plenty of differences can be seen on the inside. The type of heating within, for example, indicates whether they housed officers or mere foot soldiers. The former tended to have decorative, tiled wood stoves instead of simple potbelly stoves. Window grates in the form of a shining sun likewise provided a bit of ornamentation.

 

The residential buildings, similar to the gigantic halls housing military equipment and vehicles, were painted in standard shades of gray, blue, green, yellow and sometimes even pink. The resulting mixture is a photographer's dream.

 

One part of the facility was sealed off from the rest, surrounded by high walls and barbed wire. It housed the prison, full of tiny cells, some of them with no window. The only furnishing was a wooden bench that stretched from wall to wall, leaving little open space in the cell. It is difficult to believe that people were locked into the rooms, but messages scratched into the walls continue to bear testament to their former prisoners.

What will be the ghost towns of 2034?

Vogelsang, the forgotten city near Berlin, is little more than ruins today. But...
Vogelsang, the forgotten city near Berlin, is little more than ruins today. But from 1952 to 1994, it was one of the biggest Soviet military bases in the world. Here, a decaying sports hall.

 

The Soviets used to hold atomic weapons at Vogelsang -- ready to strike at a...
The Soviets used to hold atomic weapons at Vogelsang -- ready to strike at a moments notice. This crumbling fresco of Russian astronauts serves as a reminder of the former might of the USSR.

 

A derelict kitchen. The site is full of reminders of the life it was once...
A derelict kitchen. The site is full of reminders of the life it was once filled with.

 

The buildings did not only house soliders but their families too. Pictured here...
The buildings did not only house soliders but their families too. Pictured here is an abandoned classroom in the school that was built on the site.

 

Construction at the site began in 1951. This image shows the entrance to the...
Construction at the site began in 1951. This image shows the entrance to the on-site medical care facility.

 

Quitely rusting away: Pictured here are the old coal ovens that used to heat...
Quitely rusting away: Pictured here are the old coal ovens that used to heat the buildings.

 

A wall in one of the dining rooms is still adorned with a traditional Russian...
A wall in one of the dining rooms is still adorned with a traditional Russian scene once intended to remind soldiers of home.

 

The obligatory frieze of Lenin likewise adorns one of the walls on the site.
The obligatory frieze of Lenin likewise adorns one of the walls on the site.

 

Another view into the boiler room. Some 15,000 soldiers and civilians lived on...
Another view into the boiler room. Some 15,000 soldiers and civilians lived on the site.

 

An abandoned pool where the former inhabitants used to soak.
An abandoned pool where the former inhabitants used to soak.

 

A memento of days past: Here a jacket still hangs on a nail in the boiler room.

A memento of days past: Here a jacket still hangs on a nail in the boiler room.

 

An empty mess hall, completely emptied of tables and life.
An empty mess hall, completely emptied of tables and life.

 

Vogelsang also had plenty of facilities to provide for residents'...
Vogelsang also had plenty of facilities to provide for residents' entertainment. This room used to be a theater, even if nothing is left to indicated its former use.

 

This staircase leading to the theater would once have serviced uniformed...
This staircase leading to the theater would once have serviced uniformed officers and their companions on their way to watch a show.

 

The Soviets took a lot of material home, but some things, such as the sinks...The Soviets took a lot of material home, but some things, such as the sinks pictured here, remained.

 

A room that used to serve as an office, now empty, surrounded by forest outside.
A room that used to serve as an office, now empty, surrounded by forest outside.

 

The glass may be broken on this window at Vogelsang but the metal bars remain.

The glass may be broken on this window at Vogelsang but the metal bars remain.

 

An empty wheelbarrow lies abandoned on the grounds. Vogelsang was the base of...

An empty wheelbarrow lies abandoned on the grounds. Vogelsang was the base of the 25th tank division.

There is nothing left to indicate what this room may have been used for during...

There is nothing left to indicate what this room may have been used for during the Soviet era.

 

The inhabitants were afforded different levels of comfort depending on their...

The inhabitants were afforded different levels of comfort depending on their status. While officers warmed themselves at tiled ovens, lower-ranking soliders had to make due with improvised, potbelly stoves such as this one.

 

Nature is slowly reclaiming the site.
Nature is slowly reclaiming the site.

 

A former prison cell. The only thing that remains is the graffiti the unlucky...

A former prison cell. The only thing that remains is the graffiti the unlucky prisoners scrawled on the walls.

 

A chair at the end of the hall by the prison cells.
A chair at the end of the hall by the prison cells.

 

A tree grows inside the building as the forest reclaims what it once owned.
A tree grows inside the building as the forest reclaims what it once owned.

 

Here a shot of an abandoned bath in the afternoon sunlight.
Here a shot of an abandoned bath in the afternoon sunlight.

 

Most of the furnishings have vanished from Vogelsang. Some, however, like this...

Most of the furnishings have vanished from Vogelsang. Some, however, like this stool, remain.

 

A window quietly leans against a decaying wall.
A window quietly leans against a decaying wall.

 

A pail lies rusting in the doorway, where it was abandoned decades ago.
A pail lies rusting in the doorway, where it was abandoned decades ago.

 

Vogelsang Soviet Nuclear Missile Launch Pads - photo 1
Vogelsang Soviet Nuclear Missile Launch Pads - photo 2

 

 

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Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:38 | 2596522 wandstrasse
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beautiful! err.. sad! er.. terrible.. err.. visionary!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:54 | 2596556 cossack55
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Ordensburg Vogelsang is much more picturesque.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:25 | 2596602 Spirit Of Truth
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Moscow let go of East Germany and the Soviet Union in the hope of gaining the world:

http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2009/11/fall-of-berlin-wall-rise-of...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:28 | 2596718 BigJim
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In two thousand years' time, archeologists will dig up the remians and decide this must have been one of the fortified capitols of Germania during the 'zombie years' (2008 - 2060 A.D.)

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:09 | 2596797 smiler03
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But but Jack Sheet said this of Der Spiegel, "ZH should be wary of acting as their mouthpiece."

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/how-germans-feel-about-more-european-bailouts#comment-2596369

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:22 | 2597290 GetZeeGold
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beautiful! err.. sad! er.. terrible.. err.. visionary!

 

It's Marxism.

 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 05:17 | 2598075 jeff montanye
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imo it is a more common phenomenon of man and his pride: http://holyjoe.org/poetry/shelley.htm

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:16 | 2596821 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Reminds me of the abandoned mining cities in New Mexico after the various commodity crashes in the past. At least the ones in NM produced something useful and never housed weapons of terror.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 18:50 | 2597001 Benjamin Glutton
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reminds me of 2 sites on State road 905 north of Key Largo and just south of the very exclusive Ocean Reef Club.

 

Love the pics but what point comradski ZH contributor?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:31 | 2597784 Freddie
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Zombie of Hopium and the Euro mit die EUSSR.

I remember after the wall fell that the Russians did not want to go back because they had it so good in East Germany.  A bit like wanting to stay in a shithole like Chicago versus having to return to Detroit.

Great photos.   I love how nature reclaims this place, Chernobyl and Detroit.  God help Fukashima.

 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:59 | 2596566 Precious
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Priceless.  Well done.  

A foreboding of America's future as a people of the government, by the government, for the government.

Gee.  Look.  Nothing left to govern.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:26 | 2596716 Ray1968
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Forward!!!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:23 | 2597300 GetZeeGold
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Yup......what our hospitals are soon going to look like. Forward.....straight off the cliff.

 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:31 | 2596620 James_Cole
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How is this sad? Thank God it's in ruins. Look forward to the day Bagram looks like this.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:25 | 2596715 BigJim
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Yes, the Taliban must look at these photos and smile.

First the Soviets, then the West...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:39 | 2596886 Vampyroteuthis ...
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The Soviets and the West caused their own downfall with the Taliban when they refused to leave out of pride. Pointless, economy destroying conflicts.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:39 | 2596523 SheepRevolution
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I fear we will read equal stories and watch equal pictures of American cities in 10-20 years from now.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:12 | 2596565 sitenine
Sun, 07/08/2012 - 18:07 | 2596982 CompassionateFascist
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Ray'cisssm. Don't forget, they can run and jump.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:40 | 2596525 Dick Darlington
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As horrible as the modern version, EUSSR. Just replace Lenin with Herman Van Rumpty Hump or the mao-extremist Barroso.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:45 | 2596537 Jack Sheet
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aka "Gollum" and "Dickhead"

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:47 | 2596545 Dick Darlington
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My precious!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:40 | 2596526 I am Jobe
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A glimpse into the USSA. Not too far off the way things are going.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:41 | 2596528 financial apoca...
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Looks like Detroit with less people

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:53 | 2596554 Disenchanted
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I really like the irony of this one:

 

"And you shall say God did it"

 

http://cache.io9.com/assets/images/8/2011/11/f2374ac9bcf11f5f4a22ef3d2b8...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:48 | 2596547 Yellowhoard
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Detroit should aspire to look that good.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:59 | 2596685 TrainWreck1
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Indeed.

Ruins, but no trash or graffiti.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:09 | 2596698 Cruel Aid
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We've got new motor cities popping up in the south.

There is a correlation in there somewhere.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:44 | 2596534 blunderdog
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Nice pics.  If that were in the USA, there'd be residents by now.  Guess the German economy really IS doing pretty well.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:45 | 2596535 Temporalist
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This proves housing has bottomed!  Get Jim Cramer and Steve Liesman on the horn!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:45 | 2596536 macfly
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Wow, what a great story and fascinating images, stories like this really are the topping on the cake of already excellent journalism that makes 0-H my #1 daily read, even though I don't really comment so much anymore.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:45 | 2596538 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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Glimpse of a post human environment, kind of like the ancient Mayan cities with trees growing out of the temples.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:46 | 2596540 oguz
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This is what NY is gonna look like 50 years later. 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:46 | 2596543 steelrules
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A fixer upper!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:46 | 2596544 q99x2
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On a side note: Hillary doesn't have the access to launch nukes does she?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:51 | 2596549 cossack55
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Only the SLBMs.  Bill is in charge of erections.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:58 | 2598014 Rogue Trooper
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Ohhhh, that IS scary......... good scene from Crimson Tide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeFfny1K8FQ

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:50 | 2596548 knukles
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Talking about strangeness...

All of the MSM's focus on London's upcoming celebratory media frenzy of sports seem eerily overly focused upon threats, cautionary tales and the organizers' and participant's goober-mental entities efforts to ensure that naught comes to harm.  Even going so far as to, in some reports, be worried about alien invasions.  Meaning green people, not green cards.

Like, cut me a break.
Stoke up the fear based memes
Ensure that if nothing happens, Success in defense of peace and freedom.
If something happens, look ma, it coulda been a gazillion times worse.
And along side it, blast all the conspiracy theorists as being fuck nuts
Enjoin further credibility to the center of politics
Treat us so well as to justify raising taxes further (to keep your asshole free of evil reamings)

Fills all the necessary wants and desires of the unholy alliance between the press and goober-ment.

So how's this tie in here?
This is how it all ends.
Empty, useless, ill planned, unnecessary and downright wrong.

 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:51 | 2596550 NOPOMO
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Flip it.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:55 | 2596551 Village Idiot
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The new ZH compound we've all been dreaming about.  Tyler(s) and Max can start broadcasting RT from the gym. 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 18:12 | 2596993 ZeroAvatar
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Dibbs on the makeshift potbelly stove!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:53 | 2596555 Kimo
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abandoned because of the economic collapse of the USSR. 

Should we hope/fear that Ramstein will look the same someday?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:06 | 2596572 Black Forest
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Don't worry. Ramstein will be bought by the Chinese People's Liberation Army and completely renovated.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:30 | 2596616 Kimo
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Thank you for that... there is order in the world, after all.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:21 | 2596596 cossack55
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Only Ramstein Hospital after Oromney care kicks in.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 07:24 | 2598177 Gavrikon
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Actually, there isn't much of a hospital at Ramstein AB, per se.  The main military hospital is located at Landstuhl, several kilometers distant.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:54 | 2596558 Bicycle Repairman
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The frieze of Lenin must have inspired all who served here.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:54 | 2596559 duckarooni
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All empires come and go, there are no exceptions.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:54 | 2596560 max2205
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Could be Detroit ?!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:55 | 2596561 Anonymouse
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Clean it up and add about 20 coats of paint to the walls, and it looks exactly like the orphanage in Ukraine where my kids came from.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:55 | 2596562 Xibalba
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Revelation 11:18

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to[a]reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the [b]saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:08 | 2596568 bob_dabolina
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Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:02 | 2596569 Snakeeyes
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Detroit? How about Chicago! With David "The Red" Axelrod and the Crony Communists that form Obama's inner circle.

"Let them eat rats!" should be Obama's new campaign slogan.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:58 | 2596684 brettd
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How is old "tiny dancer" Emanual doing, anyway?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:08 | 2596575 jbvtme
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"the hand that mocked them, the heart that fed"...but for the want of two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:08 | 2596577 timbo_em
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This is how that bulding's going to look where all those useless EU summits are held 28 years from now...3 more years of the same muddling through followed by the collapse of the EU and 25 years of decay.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:08 | 2596578 bob_dabolina
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There is nothing left to indicate what this room may have been used for during the Soviet era.

That room reminds me of a squad bay at Parris Island. Racks could have been running along the port and starboard sides.

http://tinyurl.com/7wlsb4q

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:52 | 2596671 HungrySeagull
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It could very well be a squad bay.

The pictures are good. I think with adequate money and labor the place can be renovated for something good.

I agree with the Detroit thoughts.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:41 | 2596892 Peter K
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That was the first thing that came to mind as I was reading the caption.

BTW: Hollywood in my case.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:10 | 2596581 Rastamon
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if there's ANYTHING fascists/libertarians love, it is the sight of decay. they breed on it.

 

but hey, you don't have to go to Russia or Germany to witness the SAME DECAY..... all you Milton Friedmanite mutual self destroyers have to do is go to Detroit to witness your Rosenbaum'er ... oops.... Ayn Randian laissez faire nihilism.

 

and..... you can witness it in real time.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:43 | 2596744 verum quod lies
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Give me a break; it's not the system as much as it is the people. For example, when Detroit was mostly white it was the "Paris of the Midwest", and now it's less than 10% and it's a complete hellhole. Don't hate the system; hate the people who run the system. Sure, the system matters but it is a necessary and not a sufficient condition for economic and societal health. The base in the pictures served a military purpose and was abandoned (hence, it looks abandoned); Detroit served and economic and social purpose and was abandoned mostly by whites. How's California doing lately? South Africa? ... Gee, I wonder what's the common thread in those cases? Can't handle the truth? Ad hominym attack on one, two three, go ...

 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:39 | 2596887 Peter K
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Yea, it was the monetarists that caused the problems in Detroit.

Yea, that's the ticket.

BTW, you're a racist f**k.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:33 | 2597996 Lednbrass
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Fascists/libertarians?  You are really one stupid sonofabitch.

On the plus side, I don't think we have to worry about you breeding on anything or anywhere, so at least there's that.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:14 | 2596585 ebear
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Along the same lines...

http://www.kiddofspeed.com

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:16 | 2596587 George Orwell
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That's how most of China will look like after we launch our nuclear weapons in order to depopulate the country since they use more and more of our oil every day. Nuking China solves a lot of our problems.  To list a few:

1) No need to pay back the trillions of dollars that we owe them.  Do you want to pay 75% in taxes to give them back their money?  How about your kids?  Want them to work for the Chinese? I didn't think so.

2) Free up a lot of oil that they are currently consuming.  It is rightfully ours.  We spilled a lot of blood in the middle east to make sure that oil flows freely.  Let's spill some more blood to make sure that the oil only flow to US.

3) They make all our iCrap in their factories.  After we nuke them, we have to start making our own iCrap right here in the USA.  After WWII there was a big economic boom because most of Europe was destroyed. American businesses had no competition.  We will nuke all our Chinese competitors to dust.

Of course, we will also have to nuke India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Nigeria of course.  The most populated countries on the planet.  Sure, killing billions of people with nuclear weapons is wrong.  But when you think about it, we're doing it for the greater good.  For YOUR own good and that of your family.

Do you want to work for the Chinese?  Do you want to be China's bitch?  Do you want to pay $20 a gallon for gasoline?  No?  Them start preparing for the day when we will nuke china so that scenario does not happen.

George Orwell

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:40 | 2596630 Monedas
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Pay 'em off in fiat !     There's no need to nuke 'em !       Regain our Capitalism and we will run circles around them and they will be a productive member of our stable !      China invigorated it's Socialist model with Capitalism .... we need to do the same .... why do we deny ourselves our own invention .... the prosperity machine ?   ANSWER: Socialist Saboteurs .... traitors amongst us !             Monedas     1929       Comedy Jihad Frothing At The Mouth With My Hatred Of The Left

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:50 | 2596664 Temporalist
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Fuck nations, fuck governments, fuck banksters, fuck politicians, fuck military.  People are free, albeit brainwashed, but nonetheless they own the planet collectively not one country trying to provide for its own people.  Actually people don't own anything the earth owns you.  Fucking humans and their hubris.  Fucking socialsts and crony capitalists are all power hungry egomaniacs. 

 

People aren't protesting and revolting worldwide because of some cross border economic politics; they are revolting because they have skin in the game of life too and they are being exploited while some rich kleptocrat dickhead pretends to know all the answers or tells them that some group over there is their enemy when they know the police state is crushing them regardless of foreign animosity.

 

People know the system is corrupt to the core.  If there were a global revolution it would make the most sense.  Hate not your brothers and sisters for they are in the same plight as you.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:31 | 2596855 Moe Howard
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Doesn't the Bernake have a few trillion dollar bills laying around he can toss to them? The night before we change currencies? Keep the change?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:43 | 2596645 AnAnonymous
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2) Free up a lot of oil that they are currently consuming. It is rightfully ours. We spilled a lot of blood in the middle east to make sure that oil flows freely. Let's spill some more blood to make sure that the oil only flow to US.
______________________

And it is still US'oil.

The oil is used to allow US citizens in their standard of life.

The Chinese do not consume it for themselves.

As production is outsourced, so it the consumption required to enable the production processes.

Killing Chinese or some others will only lead to a bigger consumption in oil since for the same output, US citizens consume more oil.

The sad story of the extorter of the weak, farmer of the poor: the extorted and the farmed are the best people to be extorted and farmed, opposed to the extorter and the farmer.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:00 | 2596674 Temporalist
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"The Chinese do not consume it for themselves."

If this is how they drive I wouldn't let them consume it either

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdxAgO9tC3o

 

This one is not for the squeamish:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkZ4VW7HM4I

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:00 | 2596775 AnAnonymous
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That looks like solid research.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:54 | 2596763 Abitdodgie
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Nuking America would save a lot more problems

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:33 | 2596852 jonjon831983
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http://www.indexmundi.com/map/?v=91000

bbl/day per 1000 people

China: 6.134

vs.

USA: 59.668

 

Think about that.  US consumes amongst the most and has a smaller population compared to China.

 

iCrap made in China?  You get what you demand to pay for.  Blame the CEOs for driving prices lower to make higher pay for themselves and executives while allowing crap to come into the country and undercutting quality higher priced goods..

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:16 | 2596588 Amish Hacker
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Powerful atmosphere, but no birdsongs. What lingers is the stench of paranoid military authoritarianism, hanging over the place like the radiation at Chernobyl.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:52 | 2596670 Nom de Guerre
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Get out of here Stalker...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:02 | 2596689 Monedas
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Chernobyl was nothing .... in their haste to build nukes in the late 1940's they dumped radioactive waste into old mines in the eastern Urals .... contaminated an area the size of Georgia .... didn't you see the 60 Minutes program exposing this .... with Leslie Stahl and Andy Rooney ?  SARC/ON

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:26 | 2596847 smiler03
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There's a fair amount of depleted uranium in the Middle East.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:18 | 2596590 Jack Sheet
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There must be more in this publication than meets the eye. Message for Vladimir Vladimirovich?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:36 | 2596632 hardcleareye
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As I read the article, I could not help but wonder if the US will go the way of the USSR.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:46 | 2596656 Monedas
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Socialism is an equal opportunity shit fest !     The answer is yes .... if we let it !

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:25 | 2596603 l1b3rty
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Excellent Photos! Surprised none of the totalitarian minds of today saw it fitting to move their asses in...

http://silvervigilante.com

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:42 | 2596606 Monedas
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Soviet officers had nicer stoves than mere soldiers .... there's your "Classless Socialist Model" .... what crap !         Capitalists win for our better plumbing alone .... not to mention a thousand other things !     Now you see why they call them PEASANTS !      I'd love to see a North Korean base ?            Monedas         1929          Comedy Jihad Kid In A Candy Store Of Socialist Incompetence

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:29 | 2596611 Duke of Con Dao
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great pix.

nature is reclaiming the site. so in 1000 years it'll look like Angkor Wat...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:37 | 2596635 Monedas
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Right now it looks like ANGER  TWAT  !

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:44 | 2596649 TrainWreck1
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Leave Hillary out of this.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:44 | 2596647 AnAnonymous
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With a bit of free entrepreneurship, this could be turned into movie studios.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 15:54 | 2596676 HungrySeagull
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Or scanned for a game world.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:03 | 2596688 Againstthelie
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The Soviet occupants are gone - when will leave the US and British occupants?

And when will they end the status of war and sign a peace-treaty?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:09 | 2596699 Monedas
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When will leave ?    They didn't just leave .... we kicked their asses out !   Mr. Gorbachev .... tear down that outhouse called Vogelsang !

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:22 | 2596710 Againstthelie
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Gorbatchev is a freemason. Today he is argueing for world tribunals. Google "bohemian grove", then maybe you will discover, that Reagan and Gorbatchev were on the same side working for the same target. They just noticed, that world government would come much faster, by giving up the communist experiment again and make it via capitalism. Capitalism has proven much more revolutionary and powerful to destroy cultures and nations than Communism. After this decision was made, the miraculous tranformation of the socialist and red parties took place in western europe, who had been against the EU, suddenly became pro-EU. Today they stand united and have only one enemy: the souvereignity of nations and all political leaders and parties, that do not bend to the NWO agenda.

Poor sheeple, if you still believe in the globalists divide an conquer games despite you have internet and all information a fingertip away.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 18:33 | 2597033 Monedas
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Your tortured view of life through your cracked kaleidoscopic pink spectacles !  You would have been an asset during the halcyon days of the Soviet Union as a writer for Pravda .... seeing hope in every failed five year plan !

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:08 | 2597258 optimator
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The West German Government simply bought East Germany back from a starving Soviet. 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:33 | 2597792 Sinnycool
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Not quite correct:

“In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.”
-- Fran Lebowitz

More compulsory reading includes:

“Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate”
-- Bertrand Russell

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
-- Winston Churchill

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:08 | 2596796 Seasmoke
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BEAUTIFUL !!!!.....Just open your eyes

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:33 | 2596858 Peter K
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A poigniant reminder of what Obama's America will look like in a few years time.

Socialism es muerte, in living color :(

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:37 | 2596872 Youri Carma
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This town. Is commin like a ghost town http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WhhSBgd3KI

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 17:52 | 2596931 CheapBastard
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Ghost towns are all the rage now...check out China's dozens of "Ghost Cities":

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339536/Ghost-towns-China-Satell...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPILhiTJv7E

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:33 | 2597648 i-dog
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Those are there for a purpose.

Farmers will soon be kissing their farms and rural villages goodbye. People are too difficult to control when they're scattered around the countryside. Americans, take note.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 18:08 | 2596983 tongue.stan
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Ozymandius

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 18:17 | 2597004 Herdee
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Send someone over to strip out the copper and metals.I could use that old pail and that big bathtub looks like I could lay in that hot water so deep and even wear my snorkelling gear.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 18:37 | 2597047 Monedas
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Slave labor in a socialist economy often results in bizarre, extravangant uses of valuable commodities like copper .... like 5 kilo pure copper door stops !       

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:52 | 2597116 Colonel
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 Looks like another leftist "utopia".

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 07:16 | 2598175 Gavrikon
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Like Detroit?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 03:01 | 2598016 Vlad Tepid
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I hope the Japanese put the former bases on Okinawa to better use when the next superpower falls apart in shame and ignominy.  Those Osprey are a lot safer as playgrounds than flying over kid's heads.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 06:53 | 2598158 hero HNL
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I prefer Little Bitch.

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