The New York Times reports another sign of the apocalypse for Russia. Just as California decimated the French wine industry years ago, winning a major international competition head-to-head with the Frenchies and proving that Napa could outdo Bordeaux, now the Golden State (which by the way has a GDP larger than Russia's all by itself - in fact, Russia's raw GDP is rivaled by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area alone) looks set to surpass Russia in the production of sturgeon caviar. Totally irresponsible Russians, heedless of the environment, have destroyed the Caspian caviar beds, and now in the future it will be California, not Russia, that is famous for the expensive fishy treat. This comes on the heels of Russia being beaten in several major international vodka competitions by the likes of France and Poland. What's left when Russia no longer has caviar and vodka? Zaire with Permafrost, of course.