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71614 Gleaning NWO Obozo 911 Clown Show Continues To Be A Pathetic Joke Upon The World

If you like your 72 virgins, you can keep your 72 virgins

Ramadan Caption Contest 

President Barack Hussein Obozo The 911 NWO 666 Antichrist Clown hosted Tuesday an Antichrist ”(g)od Has No Son”) Iftar at the White House in celebration of the Antichrist Holy Month of Ramadan. The Antichrist Iftar – the sixth to be hosted by Obozo since he came to power in 2008 – has become an annual tradition at the White House, gathering diplomats from the Arab and Muslim world. We are sure that was not awkward at all for Obozo…

The last time Israel was attacked by multiple Muslim states was the 1967 war (Egypt, Jordan, and Syria).
Today Israel was attacked on four fronts for the first time ever.

BLOOD MOONS PROPHECY UNFOLDS :Israel attacked on multiple fronts first time since 1967 war. 

By 1971, the situation had gotten far worse. Another decade of war, excessive spending, trade deficits, and money printing had pushed many foreign nations to their breaking points.

Foreign nations’ dollar reserves far exceeded the US government’s gold holdings. And with confidence waning, many began redeeming their dollars for gold.

Only days later, Richard Nixon put a stop to this and unilaterally terminated the US dollar’s convertibility to gold.

Think about the magnitude of this decision: Nixon was effectively defaulting on US obligations to the rest of the world– a complete betrayal of their trust.

Yet despite this massive shock that reset the global financial system, the dollar somehow managed to remain the world’s #1 reserve currency.

You’d think they would have been grateful, thanking their lucky stars that the rest of the world gave them a second chance. But no.

Over the past 43 years, the US has continued to print, devalue, and mismanage the dollar.

Along the way, they’ve created epic bubbles and financial shocks.
They’ve run up the biggest deficits and debt levels ever seen in the history of the world.
They’ve bickered internally to the point of shutting down government.
They’ve passed arrogant, painful regulations and commanded the rest of the world to comply under threats tantamount to financial homicide.
They’ve unleashed their tax and securities authorities to terrorize anyone doing business with the US.
They’ve totally ignored foreign pleas to restructure the IMF and World Bank.
They’ve slammed foreign banks with record fines simply for doing business with nations that the US doesn’t like.
They’ve waged pointless wars. They’ve spied on their allies. They’ve meddled in other nations’ affairs.
And they’ve demonstrated absolutely no willingness or ability to improve.
Simply put, other nations are done. Fed up, really. And it’s not just words.

When You See This Happen, You Know It’s Game Over For The Dollar 

In mid-September, NASA and the Library of Congress will hold a free, two-day symposium on Astrobiology and Society in Washington D.C. to consider how we should prepare for the discovery of extraterrestrial life—not just microbial life, but perhaps complex and intelligent life as well. The fact that this topic is being discussed at the Library of Congress suggests that it’s no longer considered an unlikely pipe dream, but rather something that should be taken seriously by government institutions.

NASA, U.S. Library Of Congress Summon World’s Top Philosophers, Scientists & Theologians To Convene In Washington In Just Two Months From Today. Why? To Answer The Cosmic Question — How Will We Handle The Official Disclosure Of Advanced Extraterrestrial Intelligence

When scientists start using phrases such as “the worst drought” and “as bad as you can imagine” to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad. Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age. The state of California is getting ready to ban people from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but if this drought persists we will eventually see far more extreme water conservation measures than that. And the fact that nearly half of all of the produce in America comes out of the state of California means that ultimately this drought is going to deeply affect all of us. Food prices have already been rising at an alarming rate, and the longer this drought goes on the higher they will go. Let us hope and pray that this drought is permanently broken at some point, because otherwise we could very well be entering an era of extreme water rationing, gigantic dust storms and crippling food prices. The following are 20 signs that the epic drought in the western half of the United States is starting to become apocalyptic…

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/20-signs-the-epic-drought-in-the-western-united-states-is-starting-to-become-apocalyptic

We should also point out the fact that our lovely commander in chief has also undertaken one of the most dramatic (although highly under reported thanks to his buddies in the mainstream media) purges the military has ever seen. This has included the firings of literally hundreds of high ranking officials, including dozens of generals, colonels, lieutenant colonels, majors, and other ranks. He has also insisted that current officials actually take an oath to him personally.

What do YOU think about all this? Should we take notice how more and more military generals are beginning to openly question, criticize, and call for drastic changes in Obama Regime policies? What do you think of the quotes given by these generals…and the formation of their citizens council?

Many Military Generals Now Taking Public Stands Against Obozo

The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election year.

WHITE HOUSE DEFIES SUBPOENA FROM DARRELL ISSA 

The action the President is reportedly contemplating would be a nullification of the Immigration and National Act by the Executive Branch of government. Indeed, it would be an executive nullification of our borders as an enforceable national boundary. By declaring whole classes of illegal immigrants beyond the reach of the law, it would remove the moral authority needed to enforce any immigration law, creating the very open-borders policy explicitly rejected by Congress and the people. And it would guarantee that the current illegal immigration disaster would only further worsen and destabilize.

OBOZO’S NEW IMMIGRATION STRATEGY ‘THREATENS FOUNDATION OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC’

Barack Obama explicitly violated federal law, unlawfully spent federal money, illegally ignored congress, and illegally released terrorists, and illegally financially “aided and abetted the enemy.”

Former Judge: Penalty for Obozo’s Crimes is “10-Years… to Life in Prison”

In other words, Barack Obama has explicitly committed treason against the United States. He has provided “material support” for our enemies, has violated federal law, and should be impeached and prosecuted.

People may not be aware of what is happening all across America because the MSM hasn’t been reporting it, but a revolution has begun, Americans are fighting back, pushing against the illegal actions of Barack Obama and others, and it is getting uglier by the day.

It’s Going To Get Very Ugly! Revolution Has Begun In 237 Communities And Counting (Videos) 

When Obama was first proposed as a presidential candidate in 2007, the nation failed to have a meaningful debate concerning the serious constitutional issue of electing someone whose father was not a U.S. citizen.

According to correspondence from the original framers of the Constitution as well as Supreme Court rulings, the legal writings that helped establish the principles of the Constitution and even a Senate resolution affirmed by Obama himself, Obama likely does not qualify for the constitutional requirement that stipulates only a “natural born” citizen can serve as U.S. president.

In other words, Obama’s very presidency could itself be unconstitutional. And the matter has nothing to do with where the president was born.

IMPEACH OBOZO? PRESIDENCY LIKELY ILLEGAL

Kurdish news outlets are reporting incidents in which ISIS is believed to have used chemical weapons against Kurdish soldiers.
The Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been indispensable in containing the spread of ISIS, organizing in unprecedented numbers to fight ISIS where the Iraqi military deserted, surrendered, or were executed en masse. Kurdish forces reported it exceptionally difficult to fight ISIS, as jihadists come to the battlefield hoping to die and receive expected rewards in the afterlife.
The Kurdish outlet Firat News is now reporting that spokesmen for the Kurdish army are denouncing ISIS for use of chemical weapons. Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Rêdûr Khalil issued a statement denouncing the use of chemical weapons in Syrian Kurdistan:

Kobanê canton has been exposed to the cruel attacks of the terrorist ISIS militants for some time. In these attacks, ISIS gangs are using all kinds of weapons, including the thermal missiles of USA. Nonetheless, after the first researches and medical control which was done by health team of Kobanê canton and experts on the wounded and martyred fighters, it has been proved that the ISIS gangs have used chemical weapons. Doctors found burns and white dots on the bodies of the martyrs.

KURDISH FORCES: ISIS USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS

I can remember several times when Obama just started to laugh in public at various disasters triggered by his policies.

Happy laughter now seems to be the official White House reaction to domestic and international chaos and human suffering. You could call it leading with Obama’s big strength — a great smile on TV — while avoiding the worst of his weaknesses — his inability to actually solve anything.

About a year ago when painfully high black unemployment figures were mentioned, especially among young black men, Obama gave a happy smile in response. Then when “NATO” (i.e., the U.S.) started to bomb and overthrow the stabilizing regime of Gadaffi in Libya in a plot to arm Syria’s Al Qaeda rebels with American weapons, including MANPADS, Obama gave us his fabulous movie star smile after being asked whether U.S. Presidents should not ask Congress for authorization to go to war. Now those weapons are being used by ISIS to kill people in Syria and Iraq, as it is marching on Baghdad and el-Maliki, our supposed ally. When the administration is asked to stop the march of barbarism in Iraq, it just gives a collective shrug. What, me worry?

Now the ISIS has a reported 88 pounds of enriched uranium and half a billion dollars stolen from Mosul banks, but “administration officials” are telling us not to worry.

Obozo: Dancing Barefoot on the Embers

The EU has provisionally agreed to start listing Russian companies over the Ukraine crisis ahead of Wednesday’s (16 July) summit.

EU leaders may expand Russia sanctions 

When New Hampshire’s largest utility needed to rebuild coal supplies after the past frigid winter, it turned to Russia rather than Appalachia in the U.S. Northeast or Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

Hungry U.S. Power Plant Turns to Russia for Coal Shipment

It took just a little over an hour for Vladimir Putin to respond to the latest, most provocative and toughest round of US sanctions yet. The response, appropriately enough, came just after the BRICS summit in Brazil, where the world’s developing countries yesterday announced the formation of both a BRIC bank and a $100 billion currency reserve to provide a liquidity alternative to the insolvent developed world’s central banks. Here Vladimir Putin was asked to comment on the new package of sanctions against Russia announced just minutes earlier by Obama.

Putin’s response: “We aren’t the ones introducing sanctions, you should ask them.”

“Sanctions have a boomerang effect and without any doubt they will push U.S.-Russian relations into a dead end, and cause very serious damage, and it undermines the long term security interests of the US State and its people.” he said to reporters while elaborating that said he needed to see the details of the sanctions to understand their full scope Reuters added.

And as was largely expected, Putin’s next jab was right where it hurt: energy.

“This means that U.S. companies willing to work in Russia will lose their competitiveness next to other global energy companies.”

Putin said the sanctions will hurt Exxon Mobil Corp which has been given the opportunity to operate in Russia. “So, do they not want it to work there? They are causing damage to their major energy companies,” he said.

Putin Responds: “US Sanctions Will Boomerang And Cause Very Serious Damage”

In other words, the US just froze any transactions involving products made by the world’s most popular assault rifle: both purchases and sales. For now, however, one can still buy Russian-made gold and silver. And US rifles, of course…. For now that is.

If You Own A Kalashnikov Rifle, Obozo Just Sanctioned You 

As for Putin’s response, once he is done laughing, we hope to see the newly-launched BRIC bank provide its first bilateral liquidity swaps with the named individuals and companies. Because that would conveniently frame what the endgame will look like.

“Are you gay?” Obama asked.

“Only when I have sex,” Webb replied.

He tells the Austin Chronicle that Obama then began laughing and offered his fist, saying, “Bump me.”

“Obama couldn’t care less what God and the Bible say about sodomy,” LaBarbera lamented. “But no matter how cool the Left and ‘gay’ activists try to make homosexual behavior, it will always be detestable in the eyes of our Creator. Thank God it’s also changeable as proven by the many men and women who have left homosexuality behind.”

Obozo Laughs, Fist Bumps Crossdresser for Saying He Has Sex With Men

Less than 3 per cent of the US population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviours, found that 1.6 per cent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 per cent consider themselves bisexual.
The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 per cent, labelled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 per cent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else”.

Less than 3 per cent of US population identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual, survey finds

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers the central bank must press on with record monetary stimulus to combat persistent job-market weakness.

Yellen The Felon Says Weak Job Market Shows U.S. Laborers Still Need To Be Robbed Daily By The Fed Beast 666 Stimulus

Ironically, Carl Icahn – poster-child of the leveraged financial engineering that has overtaken US equity markets on the back of Central Bank largesse – told CNBC that he was “very nervous” about US equity markets. Refelecting on Yellen’s apparent cluelessness of the consequences of her actions, and fearful of the build of derivative positions, Icahn says he’s “worried” because if Yellen does not understand the end-game then “there’s no argument – you have to worry about the excesssive printing of money!” So in 12 hours, we have been told: some sectors are stretched (Yellen), there is a bubble but we don’t want to pop it (Fisher), when the Fed ends QE, there’ll be abear market (Druckenmiller), and now Icahn is “worried about markets.” Cue, Cramer explaining how none of these buffoons know anything about stocks…

“The Fed did a great job of dragging us out of themess that Wall Street created”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-16/carl-icahn-very-nervous-about-stocks-due-feds-excessive-money-printing

“I hope we can all agree that once in a century emergency measures are no longer necessary five years into an economic recovery,” begins Stan Druckenmiller as he unleashed a torrent of uncomfortable truthiness on a crowd of Fed apologists stunned by his reality check that the Federal Reserve is putting the economy at risk by continuing its aggressive market intervention.. Blasting the counterfactual “mob”, Druck slams, “To economists and Fed officials who continually cite that we are better off than we would have been without ZIRP for long I ask why is that the relevant policy time horizon? Five years after the crisis and with growing signs of economic normalization it seems to be time to let go of myopic goals.” Simply put, Druckenmiller concludes, rather ominously, “I am fearful that today our obsession with what will happen to markets and the economy in the near term is causing us to misjudge the accumulation of much greater long term risks to our economy.”

Druckenmiller Warns Fed’s “Market Obsession” Creates “Long-Term Risks To The Economy” 

Their report, based on an Arabic report in the outlet Ankawa, claims that government workers in the city were explicitly told not to give rations to Christians and Shiites. One worker in particular told the outlet that he “was warned that if he gives rations to Christians and Shiites he will be charged and prosecuted according to sharia law.”
ISIS has committed violent acts against Christians in Mosul before, particularly attacking and destroying the tomb of the prophet Jonah. It has also begun converting Christian areas of prayer into Muslim properties.

ISIS STARVING OUT CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL 

AINA reports that the cross above the St. Ephrem Cathedral in Mosul has been removed, with photos showing that the cross is no longer visible on top of the cathedral’s dome. St. Ephrem Cathedral is the seat of Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese in Mosul.
Christians have fled Mosul in droves, attempting to reach Kurdish territory, where they are accepted, or pass through the country’s borders to other areas. One factor that may be triggering the denial of rations – which would essentially starve Christians to death – is the fact that Christians who fled are returning to Mosul.

71514 Gleaning The Cut Off Time

It’s finally happened. Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, teaming up with some of the greatest minds in advanced robotics and engineering, cementing the inevitable coming of a robot uprising.

Google Is Officially Bankrolling the Robot Uprising

What’s more, with the upcoming DARPA Challenge, which sees NASA’s Valkyrie competing with what is now Google’s ATLAS, it’s safe to say we’re probably going to see something truly mind blowing very soon.

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/07/three-new-jpmorgan-it-deaths-include-alleged-murder-suicide/

Friends and colleagues say Julian Knott was a kind and thoughtful individual. The idea that he would orphan his three teenage children, leaving them with the memory of the brutal murder of their mother at the hands of a father they loved and trusted, is causing shock and disbelief among relatives and friends in the U.K.

The trader sent us his trade execution reports, and we matched up his trades with our detailed consolidated quote and trade data to discover that the mechanism described in Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys” was alive and well on Wall Street.

You can clearly tell when the trade hits: activity explodes to over 80 quotes in 1 millisecond (this is equivalent to 80K messages/second as far as network/system latency goes). But the point here is that nothing was going on in this stock in the immediate period before this trade hits the market.

Worse, someone ELSE was filled for 1,570 shares during these same milliseconds! Remember, nothing was happening in Ford until his order came into the market.

Market Rigging Explained

Note that other than the first entry (which is a reference to how long the 24,800 shares was sitting in the books waiting for execution), there is only 3 milliseconds of time shown here! The entire trade is reported in about 15 milliseconds (but 82% completes in 5 milliseconds).

Looking at the table data, we note the first trade is 100 shares on BOST (NQ-OMX Boston) and belongs to our trader. Note, however, it was the 4th trade reported back to him (“4″ in the last column).

The next trade is 67 shares at EDGE (New Bats Edge-A), and that someone else bought those shares (“X”). How does that happen?

Lines 4 and 5 are order cancellations of 100 shares and 600 shares from ARCA and NYSE respectively – all in the same millisecond!

Lines 6, 7 and 8 are trade executions from EDGE and belong to our trader – note the first trade (line 3) was also from this exchange but went to someone else. This also means that the order cancellations from NYSE and ARCA happened before any size appeared.

The next 19 entries (lines 9 to 27) show a flurry of order cancellations coming in from NYSE, ARCA, BATS, NQEX and EDGX. This is before the first trade execution at any of those exchanges! This flurry of cancellations removes 10,300 shares from the number of shares offered (Shares Avail. column drop from 21,400 down to 11,100)!

Within 2 milliseconds, half of the shares have disappeared, someone else stole 67 shares, and our trader has only 13.5% (2,700 shares) of his order filled!

Conclusion

All this evidence points to an inescapable conclusion:

The order cancellations and trades executing just before, or during the traders order were not a coincidence. This is premeditated, programmed theft, plain and simple.

Michael Lewis probably said it best when he told 60 minutes that the stock market is rigged. To the fantastic claims made by HFT that they provide liquidity, perhaps we should ask, what kind of liquidity? To the now obviously ludicrous claim that “everyone’s order uses the same tools that HFT uses”, we’ll just say, the data shows otherwise. To Mary Jo White and other officials who claim the market isn’t rigged and that regulators need to look at the data before making any decisions, well, you made it this far – if things aren’t clear, just re-read the above, or just call us and we’ll explain it to you. Or dust off Midas and lets us show you how to work with data.

One more note to the SEC in particular – if you believe that the industry can fix these problems on their own, then we believe you are no longer fit to regulate, because that is not, and never was, how Wall Street works. Honestly, a free for all, no–holds–barred environment would be better than the current system of complicated rules which are partially enforced, but only against some participants. And make no mistake, what is shown above is as close to automatic pilfering as one can get. It probably results in a few firms showing spectacularly perfect trading records; it definitely results in people believing the market is unfair and corrupt.

And to CNBC and other financial media companies who say these problems have all been fixed – we think you might have been lied to. Probably by the ones doing the market rigging.

And finally, to our regular readers: we are taking a break. Everyone has a limit to how much corruption they can witness and digest in a given period of time and we’ve simply reached our limit.

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We wish Nanex an enjoyable break.

We here at Zero Hedge, on the other hand, are not only just getting started, but every new case of corruption (which inevitably 6/12/24 months prior was nothing but another ridiculous “conspiracy theory”) merely doubles our resolve to expose and chronicle this farce of a rigged market, rigged economy, and rigged political theater, as an aid to whatever comes next. One can only hope that the mistakes of this period of near-terminal lunacy will be studied and, hopefully, not repeated.

^^^It won’t  be repeated, this is ”The Cut Off Time”. Next up, 666…

And in a “developed world” obsessed with minizing the impact of fossil fuels and maximizing the size of friendly totalitarian governments everywhere, and which is one reserve currency announcement away from being far more insolvent than Venezuela, one can be sure that Venezuela’s experiment with air trax is coming to a socialist paradise near you.

Breathing The Air In Venezuela? Prepare To Pay

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/murrieta-mutiny-border-patrol-will-not-obey-unlawful-orders-from-homeland-security-and-white-house_07152014

Given the recent history of such brazen actions by American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights, it was believed that the federal government would step in and begin detaining protesters in free speech zones or temporary holding facilities so that the buses could get through.

But that never happened.

Now, a highly credible insider speaking with GMN in a recorded interview has shed some light on what happened, and according to him things could have gone a whole different direction.

According to the whistleblower, who has thus far remained anonymous for fear of reprisal, the Department of Homeland Security on orders from the White House was preparing to disperse the protesters with physical force if necessary. Federal riot police were being mobilized, complete with riot gear, body armor and armored personnel carriers.

When local law enforcement and border patrol agents, many of whom live in Murrieta, got wind of the plot they reportedly pushed back against the Federal government and themselves protested behind closed doors.

By keeping all of the employees’ names and all the internal emails hush-hush, the public remains in the dark about where the culpability lies for these crimes against a devastated nation.

We know that one red-hot, smoking gun memo exists because the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Report talks about an internal whistleblower, Richard Bowen, taking his findings on toxic mortgages all the way to Robert Rubin, the former Treasury Secretary who sat on the Executive Committee of Citigroup and collected a whopping $115 million in compensation over a decade of watching the hubris pile up.

The majority of Americans were against the Wall Street bailouts but Congress defied the will of the people. The very least the U.S. Department of Justice can do at this point, having failed to criminally prosecute a single CEO or CFO of a major Wall Street bank, is give the public names and facts and internal documents so that the public has the ammunition to push for prosecutions and meaningful legislative overhaul.

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/07/7-billion-citigroup-settlement-about-those-25-million-missing-documents/

In the past four weeks, the SKEW has exceeded 140 three times: on June 20, July 2 and July 3. Only four other earlier readings, in June 1990, October 1998, March 2006 and December 2013, surpassed this threshold since calculations started in 1990. The chart shows all but the earliest occurrence, which happened four weeks before the S&P 500 peaked for the year.

Which seems to have been triggered at the FOMC meeting (when Fed confirmed QE will end in Oct)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-15/strategist-warns-skew-flashing-big-warning-signal-stocks

A few days ago it was that other great egaliatarian president, Barack Obama, who urged Americans to tear free from the shackles of cynicism and to unleash some more of that hopium that got Obama elected in the first place. Now it is the turn of that other just as impressive socialist, France’s own Francois Hollande, who just like Obama has seen his popularity rating crumble to unprecedented levels, come up with his own prescription for how to fix the troubles that ail France.

French President Urges His Countrymen: Stop Bashing Your Country, Have Some Confidence 

Bottom line: watch your president and government lie every day while pandering and preaching, working solely on behalf of the rich, while you rot away in your part-time jobs or worse, unemployed, surviving day to day on the measly pittance the government hands you to make you a docile little handout addicted serf, and at the end of the day, whatever you do, don’t become a jaded, cynical lamenter and disparager, but have “hope and confidence.” Truly the road to socialist utopia is paved with best intentions.

Armed wing of Hamas reportedly rejects Egypt’s Gaza cease-fire offer, calling it ‘submission’

Israeli officials said that the truce proposed by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry had been accepted by the cabinet shortly after it was due to take effect Tuesday at 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. Eastern Time). Less than half an hour later, a senior Hamas official told The Associated Press that the group had rejected the proposal, claiming that Cairo had not consulted them

Iran Celebrates Use of Rockets Supplied to Hamas
Iran: ‘All Zionists are within the range of the resistance’s missiles’

Iranian military leaders on Monday celebrated Hamas’ use of advanced long-range rockets that were supplied to the terror group by the Iranian regime.

Iran’s role in arming Hamas militants with more sophisticated artillery capable of reaching deep into Israel has fueled concerns among lawmakers that U.S. negotiators are not doing enough to address Iran’s support for terror during ongoing nuclear discussions.

Russia, Saudi Arabia to Sign Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Deal

Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement in the civilian nuclear cooperation, the head of Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation said on Sunday.

“Everything is ready, at the level of delegations everything has been initialed and agreed. We expect to sign [the document] in the fall,” Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko said..

Ten days ago, the sun was peppered with large spots. Now it is nearly blank. This image taken on July 15th by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a solar disk almost completely devoid of dark cores:

Long-time readers absorbing this image might be reminded of 2008-2009, years when the sun plunged into the deepest solar minimum in a century. The resemblance, however, is only superficial. Underneath the visible surface of the sun, the solar dynamo is still churning out knots of magnetism that will soon bob to the surface to make sunspots. Solar Max is not finished.

For today, though, it has been paused. Solar activity is low, and NOAA forecasters put the odds of an X-class flare at less than 1%.

http://www.spaceweather.com

Yellowstone Volcano: Supervolcano Eruption Would Last for ‘Many Months,’ Possible Even ‘Years’ (+Map, Effects)

“These giant eruptions in Yellowstone – the supervolcano, if you wish — probably last many, many months, maybe even years,” Smith said.

The story also discussed news that is actually six months old–that Smith and other scientists discovered that the magma pool underneath the volcano is about 2.5 times larger than previously thought.

The LRS-B was originally intended to be an ‘optionally manned’ bomber, but the Air Force has indicated the aircraft will be at least initially manned.

It is believed the planes will be larger, carry a bigger payload and have much longer range than the current generation of bombers.

A contract to move ahead with plans to develop the next generation heavy bomber is expected to be awarded next Spring.

David Cenciotti, who operates the popular blog The Aviationist, told FoxNews.com that he thinks a craft linked to LRS-B could already be in the sky.

‘My idea is that something related to LRS-B might be already flying,’ said Mr Cenciotti.

‘It could be a technological demonstrator, a prototype or even a production plane.’

He even said said an amateur photographer in Wichita, Kans., is believed to have photographed the plane.

‘Even if it may seem far fetched, I think the one over Kansas could be the next generation LRSB,’ Cenciotti said.

U.S. Air Force moves forward with super-secret next generation bomber that could one day fly without a pilot

On the third day of Operation Protective Edge, a Haaretz news update on 29-year-old Sareena Denis’s phone alerted her to horrifying news. Hamas had hit a chemicals plant in Haifa. The city was being evacuated. Twenty-five people were dead.

“I was so worried, I was so scared. It was this realization that the conflict escalated to a whole other level,” said Denis, a Chicago native who made aliya in 2010, and had been taking the semi-regular red alerts and trips to the bomb shelters in stride.

Yet none of the news sites was carrying the story, and none of her friends had heard about it. Soon, Haaretz clarified that the text messages sent to thousands of phones “were in fact sent from a fake account.”

“I was relieved, but at the same time I was so upset, because it’s very disturbing to know that some hacker or Hamas has my phone number,” Denis said. “Something about having my emotions manipulated, it just felt like, as terrorists, they had really achieved their goals. I just started bawling when I realized what had happened.”

The false message, written in English, was one of several that made its way to people’s phones during the operation. Though police do not yet know if the texts originated from abroad or within Israel, they are perceived as part of a psychological war waged by Hamas or its supporters, akin to the cyberattacks on Israeli websites that have proliferated in recent years.

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Terror-texts-bring-cyber-warfare-to-mobile-phones-362756

Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported in Science magazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers.

This achievement was made possible by the combination of two state-of-the-art technologies. One is the laser cooling and trapping of atoms. The other is the fabrication of chip-based, ultra-high quality miniature optical resonators that couple directly to the optical fibers. Dayan’s lab at the Weizmann Institute is one of a handful worldwide that has mastered both these technologies.

The main motivation behind the effort to develop quantum computers is the quantum phenomenon of superposition, in which particles can exist in many states at once, potentially being able to process huge amounts of data in parallel. Yet superposition can only last as long as nothing observes or measures the system otherwise it collapses to a single state. Therefore, photons are the most promising candidates for communication between quantum systems as they do not interact with each other at all, and interact very weakly with other particles.

The world’s first photonic router
Jul 14, 2014

As we suggested last night, the anti-dollar alliance among the BRICS has successfully created a so-called “mini-IMF” since the BRICS are clearly furious with the IMF as it stands currently: this is what the world’s developing nations just said on this topic “We remain disappointed and seriously concerned with the current non-implementation of the 2010 International Monetary Fund (IMF) reforms, which negatively impacts on the IMF’s legitimacy, credibility and effectiveness.”

As Putin explains, this is part of “a system of measures that would help prevent the harassment of countries that do not agree with some foreign policy decisions made by the United States and their allies.” Initial capital for the BRICS Bank will be $50 Billion – paid in equal share among the 5 members (with a contingent reserve up to $100 Billion) and will see India as the first President. The BRICS Bank will be based in Shanghai and chaired by Russia.

Simply put, as Sovereign Man’s Simon Black warns, “when you see this happen, you’ll know it’s game over for the dollar…. I give it 2-3 years.”

BRICS Announce $100 Billion Reserve To Bypass Fed, Developed World Central Banks

Fed up with U.S. dominance of the global financial system, five emerging market powers this week will launch their own versions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa –the so-called BRICS countries — are seeking “alternatives to the existing world order,” said Harold Trinkunas, director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

At a summit Tuesday through Thursday in Brazil, the five countries will unveil a $100 billion fund to fight financial crises, their version of the IMF. They will also launch a World Bank alternative, a new bank that will make loans for infrastructure projects across the developing world.

The five countries will invest equally in the lender, tentatively called the New Development Bank. Other countries may join later.

BRICS bank: 5 emerging powers to announce alternatives to IMF, World Bank

Now, says Thomas Wright, a fellow at Brookings’ Project on International Order and Strategy, “they want a safety net if they fall out with the West.”

Developing countries have also been frustrated because the U.S. Congress has refused to approve legislation providing extra money to help the IMF make more loans to countries in trouble. The money is part of a broader reform program that would give China and other developing countries more voting power at the IMF.

Uri Dadush, an economist with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, sees no problem with the BRICS countries’ development bank and financial crisis fund. But he worries that the five countries’ decision to go outside of existing institutions provides more evidence of the “fracturing of the postwar (economic) system that gave us so much peace and prosperity. The system has not been able to adapt to the new reality, the rise of the new powers.”

According to the Rundschau, student organization Left-SDS, Islamists and some members of the Neo-Nazi group National Socialists Rhein-Main attended the anti-Israel protest. Flags from Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Hamas were on display at the protest. Banners compared Prime Minister Netanyahu with Adolf Hitler.

Supporters of Assad’s regime were also present at the protest.

In a bizarre act of cooperation, German journalist and publicist Thomas von der Osten-Sacken reported on the website of the weekly Jungle World that Frankfurt’s police allowed the demonstrators to use a police vehicle and loudspeaker to blast anti-Israeli slogans. According to a police statement, the authorities allowed the use of their equipment in order to deescalate the situation. The Jungle World article sarcastically titled its account, “The Police, Friend and Helper.”

http://www.jpost.com/International/Neo-Nazis-Islamists-chant-You-Jews-are-beasts-during-protest-of-Israeli-operation-362742

Iran is offering to hold off from expanding its uranium-enrichment program for about seven years in negotiations with six world powers, Tehran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said in remarks published by The New York Times Tuesday.

Iran could accept deal to halt nuclear program for seven years, FM says 

US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through a ceasefire with Israel, brokered by the Egyptian government and accepted by Israel’s cabinet Tuesday morning.

At least 35 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire was set to begin, mere hours ago.

Kerry slams Hamas for bucking ceasefire with Israel

Israel’s government has accepted the proposal, but Hamas – the primary perpetrator of rocket fire from Gaza against Israeli cities and towns over the last month – has yet to respond to the paper, which calls for an end to hostilities followed by dialogue.

“The Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and negotiations provides an opportunity to end the violence and restore calm,” Kerry said. “We welcome the Israeli cabinet’s decision to accept it. We urge all other parties to accept the proposal.”

Kerry will instead return to Washington from Vienna, where he has been engaging Iranian leadership directly over its controversial nuclear program.

Embarrassment for Tony Blair as Middle East ceasefire plans backed by him crumble within hours as Gaza fires scores of rockets and Israel resumes air strikes

Tony Blair’s involvement in the Middle East peace process came under scrutiny today as a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza proposed by Egypt and backed by Britain’s former PM crumbled in hours.

The speedy resumption of violence, less than a day after Egypt presented its ceasefire plan, illustrated that it will be harder this time than in the past to negotiate an end to Israel-Hamas fighting.

A key difference to a previous truce in 2012 is that Hamas does not trust the current rulers of Egypt who deposed a Hamas-friendly government in Cairo a year ago.

China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain oil and gas deposits and has rich fishery resources. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also lay claim to parts of the sea, where about $5 trillion of ship-borne trade passes every year.

China’s official Xinhua news agency said authorities had on Tuesday deported 13 Vietnamese fishermen and released one of two trawlers seized recently for illegally fishing close Sanya on the southern tip of China’s Hainan island.

Relations between China and the Philippines have also been tested in recent months by their dispute over a different area. A Foreign Ministry spokesman in Manila said the Philippines strongly supported the U.S. call for all sides to stop aggravating the tension.

China tells U.S. to stay out of South China Seas dispute 

Who could have seen this coming?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-15/vix-slammed-algos-forget-why-they-sold-30-mins-ago

BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, which will last 53.3 years at current rates of extraction.

How long will world’s oil reserves last? 53 years, says BP

Such methods are helping the United States, for example, to achieve energy independence. But that won’t apply to China, a huge customer for fossil fuels. BP says Asia-Pacific oil reserves will last only 14 years at current rates. That means China will have to keep importing oil, putting further strain on global reserves.

The Middle East Is “Fixed” – WTI Crude Drops Below $100 For First Time Since May 

We can hear the headlines now… thin of the tax cuts, think of the improved discretionary spending, see Iraq was a storm in a teacup… WTI Crude’s drop back below $100 provdes so much great news for the world that many perhaps are missing that the world and his brother were long black gold into this and this squeeze appears anything but reflective of the rising tensions… (or is it due to tumbling demand?) Russia won’t be happy – time to escalate.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10967316/Ukraine-and-Russia-edge-closer-to-war-amid-accusations-of-cross-border-attacks.html

Russia and Ukraine lurch closer toward open warfare on Monday as both countries accused each other of lethal cross-border attacks including the downing of a Ukrainian plane, and Moscow appeared to resume a build up of troops on its south-western frontier.

The Russian government warned Ukraine could face “irreversible consequences” in response to cross border shelling that killed one person on Sunday, but backed off from reports that it was considering “retaliatory precision strikes” in what would be the first conventional Russian intervention in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Sunday’s shelling, which struck a residential house just across the Russian border, was the latest of several incidents of cross-border fire in areas where Ukrainian forces are struggling to win back control of crossings seized by pro-Russian rebels. Kiev has blamed the latest incident on rebel fighters trying to draw Russia into the war.

“The cruder and the more monstrous the lie, the better it will look for the Russian propaganda machine,”

Russian state television has provoked a storm of criticism after it aired an uncorroborated report claiming that the Ukrainian army publicly nailed a three-year-old boy to a board in a former rebel stronghold.

Ukraine accused Russia of ratcheting up its propaganda war by airing an interview in which a woman gave graphic details of the alleged incident in the Ukrainian flashpoint city of Slavyansk, which neither AFP nor other media have been able to confirm.

Channel One television at the weekend broadcast footage of a woman who said she recently saw Ukrainian soldiers round up people in central Slavyansk, which the army took over this month after three months of clashes with separatists, and nail an insurgent’s child to a notice board.

A spokeswoman for Ukraine’s interior ministry, Natalya Stativko, on Monday slammed the report as “following in the footsteps of Goebbels,” Nazi Germany’s minister of propaganda.

Russian TV sparks outrage with Ukraine child ‘crucifixion’ claim

Despite reassurances from US asset-gatherers and TV ‘personalities’ that Portugal must be fixed (because US equities are up), it is anything but. Today’s triple whammy from the ‘recovered’ Portugal starts with Banco Espirito Santo bonds and stocks hitting new record lows (down over 10% more on the day). The contagion has rippled across to Rioforte, which controls Grupo Espirito Santo’s non-financial arm – and is likely to default on a EUR 847 million payment to Portugal Telecom. And just to add further salt to that wound, Portuguese business lending in May collapsed at a record pace (down 8.23%). But apart from that, yeash Portugal is all fixed and their sovereign bonds are worth every penny…

Portugal Contagion Spreads: Espirito Santo To Default On Portugal Telecom Loan, Business Lending Drops Most On Record

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday finalizing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria.

But just as he was sitting down for a late-afternoon lunch at his Washington, D.C., office, an urgent call came in. There had been another accident, this one just as disturbing, if not more so – and no one in the agency’s top leadership had been informed about it until that Monday, though the CDC’s lab had been told about it more than a month earlier.

Crisis of faith at CDC after latest blunder: It somehow shipped a deadly strain of bird flu to a poultry lab

CDC workers had somehow shipped a dangerous strain of avian influenza to a poultry research lab run by the Department of Agriculture. Known as H5N1, the virus had killed more than half of the 650 people who had been infected with it since 2003.

The recent revelations have created a crisis of faith in the federal agency, prompting calls for an independent body to investigate such incidents in the future, as well as for sweeping changes at the agency and to a sprawling web of research labs that has grew after the 2001 terror attacks led to an intensified focus on microbes that could be used as biological weapons.

Death toll from Ebola outbreak reaches 603, West Africa

Some of the tools use the same methods that the US and UK have prosecuted online activists for, including “distributed denial of service” attacks and “call bombing.”

Snowden files: Manipulating polls, netting from LinkedIn, YouTube in GCHQ bag of tricks

The single largest source for the federal government’s record tax receipts in the first nine months of FY 2014 was the individual income tax, which brought the Treasury approximately $1.0458 trillion.

The second largest source was what the Treasury calls “Social Insurance and Retirement Receipts,” which includes the Social Security payroll tax, the unemployment insurance tax and other retirement taxes. This accounted for $784.479 billion in tax revenue.

The third largest source of federal revenue in the first eight months of fiscal 2014 was the corporation income tax, which brought in $235.018 billion.

Federal Tax Revenues Set Record Through June; Feds Still Running $385.8B Deficit

Federal tax revenues continue to run at a record pace (in inflation-adjusted dollars) in fiscal 2014, as the federal government’s total receipts for the fiscal year closed June at an unprecedented $2,258,565,000,000 according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.

With $323.646 billion in revenue coming into federal coffers in June alone, the federal government spent $253.127 billion, and ran a surplus for the month of $70.519 billion.

However, despite this one-month surplus, the government has still run a cumulative deficit of $385.855 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2014. (The federal fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2013 and will end on Sept. 30, 2014.)

Is NASA sending a spacecraft to a nearby asteroid to bring back a rock sample or to check out a pyramid on its surface? That’s the question being asked by many who have seen a video and photos purported to have been created by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) showing what appears to be a large black pyramid on asteroid 1999-RQ36, the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission scheduled for launch in late 2016.

Mummy, Is There a Pyramid on That Asteroid?

71414 Gleaning ===((>X<))===

Blow Your Mind! Your iPHONE Has PAGAN Beliefs Built Right Into IT! What’s Tainting the Rest of Our Electronic Devices? COVERT Intrusion!

The identification of the true object of worship practiced by modern Freemasonry—Athena to Mithras, to Attis and Cybele, Semiramis and Ninus, Neith and Ra, Isis and Osiris, and Eve and the Nachash.

The identification of the ultimate goal that has been looked forward to for thousands of years by the elite members of the mystery religion might come as a surprise to many. The truth might seem too fantastic to accept. But the fact that the common man will be made aware of this truth also points to the lateness of the hour. The final objective of the great work that was started by the ancient mystics will be accomplished. The true end however, won’t occur as they have been expecting.

FORBIDDEN SECRETS OF THE LABYRINTH
The Awakened Ones, The Hidden Destiny Of America, And The Day After Tomorrow 

Most people have never heard of Jaime Caruana even though he is the head of an immensely powerful organization. He has been serving as the General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements since 2009, and he will continue in that role until 2017. The Bank for International Settlements is a rather boring name, and very few people realize that it is at the very core of our centrally-planned global financial system. So when Jaime Caruana speaks, people should listen. And the fact that he recently warned that the global financial system is currently “more fragile” in many ways than it was just prior to the collapse of Lehman Brothers should set off all sorts of alarm bells.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-head-of-the-central-bank-of-the-world-warns-that-another-great-financial-crisis-may-be-coming

In other words, at a point which is month #61 of the current business cycle, and thereby already beyond than the average cycle since 1950, why would any one in their right mind say a market is not bubbly when it’s trading at nearly 20X reported earnings. Indeed, in a world where interest rate and profit rate normalization must inevitably come, the capitalization rate for current earnings should be well below normal—-not extended into the nosebleed section of historical results.

And this applies to almost any other measure of valuation in risk asset markets. The Russell 2000, for example, still stands at the absurd height of 85X reported earnings. The cyclically adjusted S&P stands at 24X, or six turns higher than its half century average. The Tobin’s Q measure is also far more stretched than in 2007.

David Stockman Sees “Signs Of The Bubble’s Last Days” 

Likewise, emerging markets have piled on $2 trillion in foreign currency debt since 2008. This makes them far more significant in the global financial scheme than they were in 2008 or even at the time of the East Asia crisis of the late 1990s. And that is not even considering the massive house of cards in China, where credit market debt has soared from $1 trillion at the turn of the century to $25 trillion today.

At the end of the day, the Fed and its fellow traveling central banks have systematically dismantled the natural stability mechanisms of financial markets. Accordingly, financial markets have now become dangerous casinos in which speculative bubbles are guaranteed to build to dangerous extremes as the central bank driven financial inflation gathers force. That’s where we are now. Again.

Santelli’s epic rant on the Fed, easy money & markets

According to the CPI, the overall rate of inflation since January of 2000 has been 39 percent.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-14/feeling-poorer-through-power-inflation

Still Think First Quarter Earnings Were Strong? Then Look At This Chart

Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in response: “Once again [President Obama] is putting domestic politics ahead of the security of our nation. The Army captains and majors receiving pink slips while on the battlefield is just the latest example.

“My heart goes out to these men and women who are risking their lives and making great sacrifices, yet are now being told they are being separated from the Army and will have no job when they return home to their families.”

Pentagon gives pink slips to thousands of soldiers, including active-duty officers

Since December of last year, JPMorgan Chase has been experiencing tragic, sudden deaths of workers on a scale which sets it alarmingly apart from other Wall Street mega banks. Adding to the concern generated by the deaths is the recent revelation that JPMorgan has an estimated $180 billion of life insurance in force on its current and former workers.

Three New JPMorgan IT Deaths Include Alleged Murder-Suicide

They are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere, located in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 76 to 85 kilometres (47 to 53 mi). They are normally too faint to be seen, and are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth’s shadow. Noctilucent clouds are not fully understood and are a recently discovered meteorological phenomenon; there is no record of their observation before 1885.

Another outbreak of noctilucent clouds over Europe

On June 11, 2002 a conference on North American integration was held by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The center, which influences policy making in Washington, is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Gates Foundation and George Soros. During the 2002 meeting, shocking revelations were made regarding the elite’s plans to create a North American Union between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In order to accomplish this, representatives from various think tanks agreed that a campaign of social engineering needed to re-shape beliefs about national sovereignty and identity.

http://www.oldthinkernews.com/2014/07/globalist-think-tank-north-american-community-will-be-forged-in-the-heat-of-conflict/

We have found this cycle’s greater fool and once again it is the retail investor.

Mission Accomplished: Retail Piles In To Stocks As Pros Pile Out

Because this time they are telling the truth. In the meantime, Japanese population continues to ingest rice and who knows what other irradiated food under the assumption that all is safe.

And to think that several years ago we joked (or so we hoped) that in order to fix its demographic bubble, in which Japan finds itself having the oldest average population of any country in the world, was merely to feed said population radiation. It appears that this “proposal” was taken a little too seriously by the local administration.

Fukushima “Cleanup” Has Contaminated Rice Crops 20 Kilometers Away

Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement in the civilian nuclear cooperation, the head of Russia’s Rosatom nuclear energy corporation said on Sunday. “Everything is ready, at the level of delegations everything has been initialed and agreed. We expect to sign [the document] in the fall,” Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko said.
In June, reports said Russia and Saudi Arabia had agreed on the draft document and discussed prospects for advancing bilateral cooperation in civilian energy and related sectors. Saudi Arabia also presented its national nuclear energy program..

Russia, Saudi Arabia to Sign Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Deal 

Earlier, the former KGB spy launched his tour with a visit to Russia’s Cold War ally Cuba, where he met President Raul Castro and his 87-year-old brother Fidel, father of the island’s communist revolution.

Putin calls for a new world order

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday major differences persist between Iran and six world powers negotiating on Tehran’s nuclear program, with a week to go before a deadline for a deal.

The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China want Iran to reduce its nuclear fuel-making capacity to deny it any means of quickly producing atom bombs. In exchange, international sanctions that have crippled the large OPEC member’s oil-dependent economy would gradually be lifted.

U.S., Iran say disputes remain in nuclear talks as deadline looms

But now we know.

The uncertainties were swept aside on Friday afternoon, when the prime minister, for the first time in ages, gave a press conference on Day Four of Operation Protective Edge.

He spoke only in Hebrew, and we are in the middle of a mini-war, so his non-directly war-related remarks didn’t get widely reported. But those remarks should not be overlooked even in the midst of a bitter conflict with Gaza’s Islamist rulers; especially in the midst of a bitter conflict with Gaza’s Islamist rulers. The prime minister spoke his mind as rarely, if ever, before. He set out his worldview with the confidence of a leader who sees vindication in the chaos all around. He answered those fundamental questions.

Netanyahu finally speaks his mind
At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be

He made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank. He indicated that he sees Israel standing almost alone on the frontlines against vicious Islamic radicalism, while the rest of the as-yet free world does its best not to notice the march of extremism. And he more than intimated that he considers the current American, John Kerry-led diplomatic team to be, let’s be polite, naive.

Perhaps most reporters switched off after he’d delivered his headlines, making plain that “no international pressure will prevent us from acting with all force against a terrorist organization (Hamas) that seeks to destroy us,” and that Operation Protective Edge would go on until guaranteed calm was restored to Israel. If they did, they shouldn’t have.

As far as Egyptian president is concerned, Israel can continue crushing Hamas

Even after US President Barack Obama telephoned him and personally asked him to mediate between Israel and Hamas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is doing it “unenthusiastically,” as an advisor at the presidential palace defined it.

“The US Has Only Succeeded In Accelerating Middle East Disintegration”

What’s changed is the perception that the USA has any role to play any longer even in the diplomatic theatrics. The Middle East is disintegrating faster than any polity in historical memory. It appears that, if anything, the USA has only succeeded in accelerating the process wherever we turn our attentions. Since the 1970s, we haven’t felt the ultimate consequence of trouble in that part of the world, which would be an interruption in the oil supply coming out of there.

Back then, there might have been something we could do about it. Now there is nothing we can do but stand on the sidelines and wait. In the meantime, wouldn’t it be a good idea to attend to our own problems, especially the critical need to prepare for American life in a post-oil world?

Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling

Russia on Sunday accused Ukraine of lobbing a shell over the border and killing a Russian civilian and warned of “irreversible consequences,” in a sharp escalation of rhetoric that raised fears of a Russian invasion in Ukraine’s east.

The Real Purpose Of The IMF

My opinion of the IMF, concurs with that of John Perkins, author of ‘Confessions Of An Economic Hitman’, his views being that of an insider in the system and mine merely as an observer. He succinctly points out that major western nations use financial warfare to get what they want and gain influence over other countries – the IMF being one of the tools with which they do this..

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