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Gaza Fires 50 Mortars Into Israel, Heaviest Barrage In Two Years, As Latest Black Swan Stretches Its Wings

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Whether related to the broadly escalating violence in the region or not, the latest development out of Israel is sure to bring even more geopolitical tension, especially with Iran adn Syria already on edge following their own violent protests (and arguably looking for a political scapegoat). BBC reports that "Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired dozens of missiles into southern Israel in what appears to be their heaviest such barrage in two years. About 50 mortars were fired - two Israelis were hurt, Israel says." Never one to step away from an escalation, Israel replied in kind: "Israeli tanks later shelled targets in the coastal strip, wounding at least five people, Palestinian officials say." We are confident newsflow out of Israel and Gaza will intensify as the latest and greatest Black Swan out of the middle east is now stretching its wings.

More from the BBC:

The Islamist group Hamas, which runs Gaza, said it fired some of the mortars. Three days ago an Israeli air strike killed two of its members.

The BBC's Jon Donnison in Gaza says this seems to be an escalation - both in terms of the number of rockets fired from Gaza and the fact that Hamas said it was responsible.

Hamas's military wing said it launched dozens of rockets, our correspondent reports.

Hamas and Israel have largely halted hostilities since the end of the Gaza war in January 2009, but skirmishes often break out around the border area.

Although members of Hamas's military wing rarely carry out attacks, the Israeli military says it holds the group responsible for all militant activity in the Gaza Strip.

The problem is that while in the past Hamas v Israel tensions have been even higher, never before has the entire periphery been involved in a cycle of revolutionary uprisings, thereby making the downstream consequences of any escalation even more unpredictable with social and religious stability in the region in a complete state of flux.


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Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:06 | 1075506 Bearster
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"never one to step away from an escalation..."

You could just as easily have said: "No longer accepting the dogma of Chamberlainian appeasement..."

Or do you think that Israel would buy peace with honor, peace in our time, lasting peace by accepting the mortars without response?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:11 | 1075534 HamyWanger
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Must agree with my friend Bearster on this one. 

No one should be legally allowed to criticize Israel. 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:57 | 1075768 chumbawamba
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Well, I have a license to criticize Israel, and I say FUCK THEM.  And you.

When your national pasttime is running roughshod over Palestinian villages and shooting old ladies with flechette tank missiles, it comes without saying that payback is a bitch.

Well, this is your payback.  It is time.

To all those who stood by Israel all these years: wave as you go under.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:17 | 1075835 bunkermeatheadp...
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Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:58 | 1075974 Bearster
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I must say I expected the hate from an islamist like "chumbawamba".  But the rest really blows me away.

Anyone here ever watch The Lord of the Rings?  You know that scene when Eomer meets Aragorn?  "Theoden no longer recognizes friend from foe."

You can repeat, Goebbels-like, the lie that Israel murders the babies of muslims to get the blood for their matzo, but it doesn't make it true.

One other observation.  If the mainstream perceives Jew-hate as being part of the same movement as end-the-Fed and financial system reform, they will conclude that ending the Fed is built on the same kind of violent, unreasoning hatred.

Haters: junk away.

Everyone else: maybe this will make you go think in the night?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:08 | 1076005 Internet Tough Guy
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Please stop being logical. You are required to believe that Israel is the worst oppressor ever, and disregard the truly horrible acts committed by Arab regimes against their own people. Never mind that Israel was on the receiving end of these mortars. They are still evil and horrible, at least in the sick minds of jewhating anonymous internet bitchez.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:46 | 1076687 Paul Bogdanich
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"Please stop being logical. You are required to believe that Israel is the worst oppressor ever, and disregard the truly horrible acts committed by Arab regimes against their own people."


While it appears clear that hamas is responsible for this latest incident the view that Israel is somehow blameless in this whole situation (the last 15 years) is equally illogical.  A little balance would be nice but nowhere to be found amongst this group of beligerents and their respective supporters.  I would remark that I find it curious how arabs are the new incarnation of the bogeyman much like European Jewery was the incarnation of the early part of the 20th century.  Everything is there fault, nothing good to say about them ever and they are all to be regarded as vernmin seems to be the order of the day.  Also your particular statement "disregard the truly horrible acts committed by Arab regimes against their own people." is equally curious.  Like that justifies anything?  It's like saying "Well Bobby was doing it."  Dangerous when that kind of arguement is accepted as a rationalization for the actions of a Nation State.




Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:42 | 1080651 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Thank the fukking heavens I am not Chumbawamba

or any of the other resident moronistas who are right less than a broken clock.


Just like to know why the western world led by the woman that stood by her philandering husband sent Hamas billions instead of their wealthy arab brothers taking care of their own?


Hey arab ass lickers- where can I go to piss on Arafat's grave and the billions he stole while his peeps lived worse than cavemen?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 13:02 | 1078991 bankruptcylawyer
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this is precisely the issue. there are real problems and specific people causing them, and then there is the problem of people mis-identifying these problems due to prejudicial tendencies of lumping all people as perpetrators of fraud. 

there are plenty of greedy people amongst all creeds, races, and religions. are there greedy jews heading goldman sachs and jpmorgan, and the fed. sure. are there greedy non-jews in positions of power, yes ...many.  to cast aside common sense and blame a group of 15 million people for causing all the worlds problems is absurd. 


if you are against the state of israel's existance, than you are against the existance of any state that was created in response to the persecution of a minority by a majority, are against the existence of the u.s.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:37 | 1075894 cosmictrainwreck
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congrats, Hamy...keep reeling 'em in... can't believe only 7 junks - I'll give ya one more. Hey, if it's good enough for BLS.......

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:38 | 1076102 cosmictrainwreck
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well, he's up to 13 now, might have hit statistical inflation barrier, unlike  BLS, or pace slows because readersip has fallen off. Here's #14 for ya, Hamy

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:44 | 1075923 sunny
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No one should be legally allowed to criticize Israel.

You really, really,  REALLY need to read the book BLOWBACK  by C. Johnson before making comments like that.

After reading that book, you might wish to reconsider the implications of such blanket endorsements.


Sun, 03/20/2011 - 03:07 | 1078075 Savyindallas
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And not only that  -we should all be required to bend over and kiss their ass. That's pretty hard to do since we're already bent over taking it up our ass.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:46 | 1075712 Mr T
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Buy? Buy? They steal.Lives, Land, resources. The Palestinians have no right to fight this Illegal occupation?Israel is a made up country with racist  delusional leadership and extremist religious beliefs.  mentioning Israel as a country should be illegal since they have never defined their borders. Or do you believe thats ok cause their god gave the chosen ones the world and all thats in it for dominion? Shame on all those that birthed this monstrosity a little over a century ago.

By the way I junked you you are an israeli disinfo dweeb being first.


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:02 | 1075980 Bearster
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I noticed that for all the junks and spewing of profanity, no one actually dared to address my question.  Does anyone honestly fucking believe that if Israel decided to absorb those mortars it would buy them peace?  Does anyone have a fucking clue who Chamblerain was, or what he did and said or what the cost of his policy was?


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:12 | 1076017 Internet Tough Guy
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Most racist twits have four-letter vocabularies and a thought process that would shame a neandrathal. Just expect the 'hate jews' meme.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:30 | 1076076 Freebird
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You`re talking the "peace in our time" Chamberlain right?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:11 | 1076273 Triggernometry
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I know who Hitler was, and the longer Israel pisses on the Palestinians and international law, the closer it gets to posthumously awarding him vindication.

Hitler was wrong, no human beings should suffer what the Jews did, which is exactly why Jews, above all others, should know better.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:05 | 1076465 Papi_Al-Mahdi
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nicely said.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 03:05 | 1078071 Savyindallas
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You read far too much Post WW2 propaganda. Read Buchanan's "The Uneccessary War". Chamberlain was right to give back the Sudetenland to germany  - it was german territory, inhabilted by germans  for centuries, and never should have been given to the Czechs at the stupid Treaty of Versailles- Everyone but the idiot warmonger Churchill understood that back in 1938.  

you have no understanding of history. Go ahead and tell me how the fool and buffoon Woodrow Wilson was a great American President  -and you will confirm beyond any doubt that you do not know what you are talking about.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:49 | 1076693 Yardfarmer
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what is there to celebrate after all? dropping white phosphorus
incendiary devices on elementary schools in Gaza? slaughtering women
and children? Yes, this is the face of the new America, the
obamanation. To feed the cavernous maw of
Moloch, the slaughter of the innocents must proceed apace! It is
really no coincidence that the rupture of the Israeli-Hamas cease fire
negotiated back in June 2008 should occur on the very eve of the American
election as IDF forces crossed into Gaza, dynamiting tunnels and
assassinating Hamas "assets". The very next day, in a haste the import
of which could scarcely be mistaken, the annointed one rushed to
deliver an address of support and congratulations to AIPAC. A splendid
way to kick off the new "administration".And here even the right wing
crazies offer their support and best wishes to the demagogic seraph
who floats so serenely above the blood and fire of the armies of the
night! And why not? After all, there is absolutely no disagreement
when it comes to the state of Israel and the phony machinations of the
"war on terror". This ultra transparent scheming initiated by the
super-hoax of 911 and undoubtedly aided and abetted by the Shin Bet
Israeli intelligence has attained the unassailable character of
religious dogma in the minds of the ever gullible sleepwalkers of
fortress Amerika. And so it is we take one step further into the
abomination of desolation from which there is no return. what is there
to celebrate after all. Weep america. Your end is near at hand.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:09 | 1075524 cossack55
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Ok. Lets take those carriers covered in cesium-137 over to the Med and start protcting civilians by bombing them.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:08 | 1075527 pton09
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I hope Hamas doesn't back down this time.  But most likely this won't escalate too much. 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:33 | 1075660 dark pools of soros
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this is like the old IRA nonsense..  attention whores.  50 mortars and 2 injuries??  rednecks hurt more of their family in their backyard range

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:45 | 1075918 Ray1968
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Gotta agree with you here. This weekend there will be more deaths in Baltimore from random crime than what's going on in Gaza.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:07 | 1076504 Papi_Al-Mahdi
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Yeah, these mortars are drops in the ocean compared to the violence and crimes Israel commits.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 02:53 | 1078065 Savyindallas
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Most Palestinians would die for their cause - moreso than the rich, spoiled and corrupt Israelis - besides the Palestinians have little to lose. People oppressed such as these people turn very religious. Hezbollah showed in Lebonon that they are very formidible and disciplined warriors. 

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:10 | 1075531 Id fight Gandhi
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Meh. Let them fight it out.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:15 | 1075566 DoChenRollingBearing
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Agree.  There will not be peace as both sides want the same piece of real estate (Israel).

Get it on and get it over with already.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:19 | 1075575 Id fight Gandhi
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Why can't two people, the leaders of both sides just enter a death ring fight winner take all. Save a lot of money and people.

Oh to be honorable.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:21 | 1075587 DoChenRollingBearing
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Not all that much honor over there.  They talk it, but don´t walk it.

Besides, everyone knows Netanyahu would kick any Arab leader´s butt, so it would be an unfair fight to begin with, LOL.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:06 | 1075795 chumbawamba
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Netanyahoo is a nigger.  Watch what happens when Hizballah gets involved.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:04 | 1075988 Bearster
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is there any collective or tribe you *don't* hate?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:22 | 1076327 zaknick
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Only the joooo vampire tribe, racist rednecks and banksters (wait, isn't Lord Blankfein, Rothschild, Rubin, Summers etc joooooos tooooo?).

You people want wrap this as racism but we don't hate you cause you're a specific race but by your criminal, genocidal, uncouth behavior.

I have seen the jooooos in many countries always conspiring with other outside joooooos to feed off their host. AIPAC anyone?

Evil, dirty, dirty jooooos.

Oh and fuck you too DoChen joooo loving, ignorant fuck

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 19:37 | 1077066 DoChenRollingBearing
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Chumba:  I agree with you re a badass Hizbollah guy vs. Netanyahu.  Hizbullah are trained fighters (put their best up against Israeli Special Forces to make things equal).  What I said was put him up against any Arab LEADER (dictator or King).  Netanyahu vs. Col Q?  Game over.  Net vs. any Arab King?  Same.

zaknick:  Your reply speaks for itself.  Your racism and potty-mouth lend your comments little weight.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 20:32 | 1077192 Canucklehead
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Hizbullah are lab mice running around in a maze.  Where are they going to go and how to they concentrate their forces?

As the world's attention turns away and focuses on Arab vs Arab, the IDF can go about their business in a methodical manner.

Everyone wants old scores settled.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:26 | 1075613 alien-IQ
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By "get it over with already" do you mean they should unleash one of the most heavily armed military forces in the world against the worlds largest outdoor prison camp (AKA Gaza)?

If this turns into another Operation Cast Lead, I would not expect, given the current climate in the ME, other Arab nations to sit idly by as Israel conducts a redux of the December 2008 massacre.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:33 | 1075667 dark pools of soros
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Israel probably launched the mortars themselves..  only two injuries?? just wanting a reason to storm with tanks

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:41 | 1075707 Missiondweller
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Yeah, they fire on themselves from the Gaza Strip.


Makes sense.......if you're a jew hating nut job.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:59 | 1075772 alien-IQ
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Yeah you're right...It's crazy to think that Israel would ever engage in any sort of False flag activity.

Like the Lavon Affair

Or the attack on the USS Liberty...but I'm sure that they just attacked that US Flagged ship by accident...For three Hours non stop.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:09 | 1076010 bankrupt JPM bu...
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no different than the Lusitania or 9/11, its fraudulent pre emptive media coverage to then have a legal UN reason to 'defend themselves"

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:41 | 1075710 alien-IQ
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It wouldn't be the first time, that's for sure. Funny how the vast majority of these rockets tend to land in empty fields, huh? And they are, of course, always retaliated to with a massive bombing campaign thanks to all the military hardware the US provides at scrap metal prices. (A special thanks there to Dov Zakheim).

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 20:17 | 1077155 Max Hunter
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Zackly!!  Don't forget the timing.  Always during holidays or when other big events will allow MSM to completely ignore the response from so called attacks by Palestinians..  We're not suppose to figure that out..  The poor Jews..  got some sand in their eyes from shells that never seem to hit anything.  Fucking joke.. I hope the entire Arab world declares war on those racist, greedy, parasitic mother fuckers.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:09 | 1076516 Papi_Al-Mahdi
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A good quote from 1984: "In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connexion to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, 'just to keep people frightened'." - or in this case to allow the zionists with fresh cover for past and future atrocities.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:23 | 1076523 Papi_Al-Mahdi
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@missiondweller - So it's racist to accuse someone of commiting false flags? I don't get the connection..

Anti-Semetism is abused and used to discredit and mutilate legitimate questions and critisism. Granted it's only a theory that Israel is launching mortars on themselves, but you certainly can't call someone racist for suggesting the theory!

One can be aganst Israel's crimes and not hate Jews. Israel / Zionism is not the same thing as Judaism. They are two different things - In many ways even opposing things. Zionism does not = Judaism.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 19:44 | 1077095 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ alien-IQ above

I would expect the Arabs not to be idle either in the event of another Israeli Gaza invasion/perversion/massacre.

There will be NO PEACE in the Middle East until the Israelis and the Arabs fight (any of them who care to fight anyway) it out 100% to the end.  They hate each other and want the same peace of land.

IMO of course.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 20:25 | 1077175 Max Hunter
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How convenient. White, light skinned, light hair so called Semites claim and invisible man gave them Palestine a few thousand years ago. We can't actually confirm this happened but Christians in America buy it like cold beers on nickle draft night.

 Arabs don't hate the Jews, never was a problem until the European (ashkaNAZI) Jews landed in 1948 and began the raping and pillaging of Palestinians.. Now it's a age old understanding that they hate each other.. BULLSHIT.. Fucking read something besides MSM headlines.. Just once..

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 20:35 | 1077202 DoChenRollingBearing
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Max, even the Quran says to kill the Jews.

I try to read a variety of sources of news.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 20:43 | 1077215 Max Hunter
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The Bible says some hair raising things as well.. Care to comment on that?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 22:59 | 1077521 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes it does, you are quite correct. 

That does not negate my point that the Arabs and Israelis hate each other, and that it seems unlikely that this will change.

Just IMO.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 09:04 | 1078332 Max Hunter
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It could be said that historically, Christians hated the Jews as well.  I simply do not think that declaring the root of the ME problems is a hatred between Jews and Arabs does justice to current issues. Much can be pointed to that would discredit that as a "primary" cause. In addition, it certainly benefits Israel for the world to believe that Arabs hated them and always have and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:56 | 1075765 ibjamming
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They have...  They've fought and won before...  We make them give it back.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:51 | 1075939 Tail Dogging The Wag
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For big banks, warmongers, and weapons makers there is simply no money in peace.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:13 | 1075547 Oh regional Indian
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All round madness ensues.

Anyone still doubting LUNA-cy on supermoon night needs to get their junk fingers tested.

This will all peak till the 22nd and then explode. Today/night is just the introduction.


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:16 | 1075568 cosmictrainwreck
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so it's peaking...but does not peak? instead blows past what shoulda been a peak?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:23 | 1075604 Oh regional Indian
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Couldn't express the sense of 'coming to a boil" or "fuse lit and running to combust" etc.

Yes, you said it well Cosmictrainwreck. Perhaps your handle is wher we will all end up as a species.


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:46 | 1075728 cosmictrainwreck
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I am not optimistic about the future.... the only glimmer is what awaits on the other side

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:08 | 1075802 Oh regional Indian
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Entered the world opti-mistically, leaving it misty-optically.

Enough to make a grown man cry eh?


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:28 | 1075870 greenfire
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I say bring it.  The population overshoot, the greed sickness, and the hubris are all just too much, sometimes.  Wake up! Paradigm shift or death!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:11 | 1076015 Oh regional Indian
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I hear you green. Is that the Deepwater Horizon in your Avaata picture?


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:37 | 1075901 cosmictrainwreck
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btw, ORI...what is it again about March 22?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:53 | 1075949 Oh regional Indian
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Cosmic, just take a quick peek at this:


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:19 | 1075576 DoChenRollingBearing
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We´ll all be watching ORI. 

I will check out moon tonight here in Peru!  Unless there is an earthquake...

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:27 | 1075629 Oh regional Indian
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Indeed DCRB. It' salready huge and brigght over India and madness ensues in the ME.

You are in the right place, I feel. Be safe. The quaking earth is currently focussed in the Northern hemisphere.


Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:29 | 1075633 cossack55
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I notice the ignorant-assed MSM now calling it SuperMoon. Went out today at 4 AM est. and using some really good binos was unable to spot either red cape flowing behind or large red S on front of moon.  Fortunately I am no where near Perigean tides.


PS I see it returns in about 2016. I will assume by then it will be MegaMoon. Lying assed MSM mofos

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:18 | 1075559 John Law Lives
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I wonder what the bullish spin on this will be.

I can't remember a time when there was so much groupthink amongst banksters, fraudsters, pundits and whoremongers that every piece of bad economic or geopolitical data must be spun in a positive way.  My cynical guess is TPTB want to drag every last retail sucker they can get from the bottom 90% to buy overpriced shares from banksters, fraudsters, pundits and whoremongers before the market is allowed to tank again.

Massive budget deficits + massive trade deficits + massive outsourcing of American jobs + massive devaluation of the US Dollar has wiped out a lot of wealth from the bottom 90% of the folks.  Maybe the Ponzi Scheme of kiting the stock markets on printed US Dollars + all the spin jobbing from banksters, fraudsters, pundits and whoremongers to get the bottom 90% to buy into the stock market before letting it crash again is the Final Solution for the bottom 90%.

The Great Chairsatan = Architect of Final Solution for the bottom 90%?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:21 | 1075588 Id fight Gandhi
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Any hopes of getting retail suckers to flood the market are gone. They have to pay too much for all their inflated prices aside from the Japan disaster and wars. They're not that dumb to pile into overpriced shit stocks.

Last two days I saw the first real break down of momos since last summer, the times are a changing.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:30 | 1075647 John Law Lives
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<<<  They're not that dumb to pile into overpriced shit stocks.  >>>

That won't stop the banksters, fraudsters, pundits and whoremongers from trying.  ZH has illustrated the heavy insider selling by corporate insiders for months.  Somebody bought those shares.  I don't want to see the retail sector holding the bag on overpriced stocks. As you said, they have enough of a burden just to put food on the table and gas in the car.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:23 | 1076050 Saxxon
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"I don't want to see the retail sector holding the bag on overpriced stocks."

But we will.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:36 | 1076092 cosmictrainwreck
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definiton of "retail"? don't know what the public participation in trading is now vs 5 or 10 years ago - way smaller, I think. I'm guessing who's buying all the insiders' shit are Mutual Funds & Institutions, ergo John Q still gets screwed on pass-thru to 401(k), etc

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:20 | 1075580 High Plains Drifter
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Well sure, have to give the Israelis reasons for further provacations. Works perfectely for the IDF and their overall goals.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:22 | 1075592 kaiserhoff
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I guess this is what CKGB means by "permanent peace dividend."  The wonders of Newspeak.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:24 | 1075600 MsCreant
Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:23 | 1075602 TexDenim
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Isn't there an old saying that things come in "threes"? I think it's counterintuitive that everything seems to go wrong at once, but certainly in the ME there is a causal domino effect -- Tunisia --> Egypt --> Libya --> Yemen --> Gaza.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:38 | 1075690 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Lindsey "Providence of God" Williams

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:11 | 1075811 chumbawamba
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You sort of have that backwards.  Put Gaza at the head of the queue and tag it with a date of 1948.  Then you might be approach accurate.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:42 | 1075915 Matte_Black
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Yeah, Tex, I've heard that thing about threes, but I'm not sure if I believe in it since there seems to be way more than three fuses lit at the moment, especially if you throw Japan in to the mix.

A flock of Black Swans maybe?

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:25 | 1075608 Millivanilli
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Neat little documentary

Louis Theroux



Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:35 | 1075673 Seasmoke
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stupid Israel

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:40 | 1075704 AG BCN
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You tell em.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:36 | 1075674 InconvenientCou...
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Israel is in tricky spot. Do they stand back and see if Islam implodes or do they escalate?

It seems Hamas/Iran wants Israel to make a move. Stabbing a baby and slitting the throat for effect isn't a military tactic. Israel bombing someone would be a much needed distraction whilst they get their people under control again.

The endgame is Iran. Notice how they never actually do anything in the open outside their border? Get them to make an open move and you've got'em. Sooner the better IMO.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:18 | 1075842 chumbawamba
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Your lack of adaptive thinking is truly stunning.

I am Chumbawamba.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:53 | 1076710 Paul Bogdanich
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"Israel is in tricky spot. Do they stand back and see if Islam implodes or do they escalate?"


When one considers the amount of time that Netenyahu has been spennding on American TV telling everyone who will listen that to be arab is to suffer a defect of reason I would suggest that in all probability the Israelis have already made the decision to escalate at the first available opportunity / provocation.  Obama is weak and can be rolled and they know it so the rather chaotic situation presents a good oportunity if one only cares exclusively about one's narrow self interest and is devoid of any concern for anything larger or the concern of others.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:52 | 1080692 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Yes and you have a predisposition for jew hate regardles of action just like Chumbamoronista.


His  streak of unabated ignorance in staggering.

Never actually correct about anything on any topic.


thanks heavens I am not Chumbawamba the queen of the moronistas.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:44 | 1075689 Long-John-Silver
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This Sunday evening @ 6:00 PM EST Oil, Gold, and Silver explode upward.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:41 | 1075711 AG BCN
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I will be buying Gold this evening.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:46 | 1075729 Long-John-Silver
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You and about a million other people world wide. Everyone else will be watching the boob tube.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:47 | 1075733 spongeBOB
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Those mortars or the home-made "Qassam" rockets that Hamas fires a pretty much useless unless they get a direct hit, but mostly they fall short of reaching the cities. The thing the MSM does not report is they are a retaliation to some bombing by Israel that killed a few people.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:53 | 1075749 JR
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As regards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, M.J. Rosenberg reports this week in AIPAC’s Newest Strategy that the Netanyahu government and AIPAC already have begun smear tactics to blame the Palestinian Authority (PA) for lack of a peace process.

They are using the old “there is no partner” mantra, so Israel can “preserve an ugly and deadly status quo.”

Says Rosenberg, “At this rate, the Israeli government and its lobby will soon be back to its old mantra (1948-1977) that ‘there is no such thing as the Palestinian people’ at all.”

All this stems from AIPAC’s worries “over the democratic revolutions that are sweeping the Arab world,” and  efforts to thwart the Palestinian Authority’s hopes to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state this summer.

Netanyahu, who intends “to stop a Palestinian declaration of independence dead,”  has ruled out any withdrawal to the pre- ’67 borders - a requirement of British Foreign Minister William Hague -  and proffers only “ a very partial settlement freeze (no freeze in East Jerusalem at all).”

 Knowing that the PA can no longer afford to even consider such an offer, Netanyahu has decided to preemptively label Israel's old friends in the Palestinian Authority as extremists, with the goal of ensuring that both Congress and the Obama administration back his plan,” says Rosenberg, a Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network.

All this is a prelude for AIPAC’s annual conference (May22-24) where most all members of the U.S. House and Senate and the president or vice president of the United States, along with candidates for Congress and the leading Republican candidates for president, will be standing in line before this powerful Israeli lobby waiting for handouts. 

Normally, you think of lobbyists making the rounds of Congressional offices, constantly going up and down the Hill, meeting with congressional staff to work out their special privileges.  These are congressmen, going up to the Lobby, standing before it, each trying to outdo the other for favors and contributions, “all vying for support by promising undying loyalty to the AIPAC agenda..”


In addition, Israel has demanded a full cut-off of US and international aid to the Palestinians, at the same time Israeli defense minister Barak is “requesting” another $20 billion in U.S. aid to Israel.

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Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:02 | 1075777 Kurtieboy
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All hell is breaking lose!!! Here comes WWIII!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:52 | 1076451 Zero Govt
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it's time for regime change ...let's not worry about them, let's sort our own bloody bunch of parasites out 

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:49 | 1080702 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Damn JRmoronista no cut and paste from CARE?


Why should the US send a penny to the Pals when they are surrounded by their oil rich arab brethren who don't contribute jack?


Seems to me they are hoping the zionists actually win in the end. But then again I am not an arab ass licking  moronista.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:32 | 1075890 Ethics Gradient
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Stratfor considered Iran's possible responses to Saudi intervention in Bahrain. Starting a proxy war in Israel was one possibility. Here it comes.....

I bet the USS Enterprise doesn't know which way to go.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 14:59 | 1075972 TexDenim
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It worries me that a single little bomb going off in a Saudi oilfield right now could cause the ME to escalate. The shot heard round the world, like Archduke Ferdinand failing to dodge that bullet.....I hope not, but if I were AQ, I would see this as an opportunity for real mischief.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:12 | 1076023 dcb
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good time to get it over with, but it should be no surprise if the countries that are being protested by citizens haven't paid a bit to hamas to cause some trouble and make people unite behind their hatred of israel. this is good for the dictators and allows a clamp down in the name of security like egypt did for thirty years. good for syria, good for all corrupt petty dictators in the region.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 16:06 | 1076245 JR
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Ask yourself, who are the players?  Who are the central bankers, the heads of the IMF, the World Bank…?  Who are the principals of the TBTFs, the owners of the Fed?  Who controls the power centers and political elite of the US?  Who are the perpetual winners?  Who is behind the Goldmanite that opened diplomatic relations with China’s communist government and sticks to Hillary Clinton’s side like glue as “undersecretary”  to manage Washington’s “strategic and economic dialogue"  around the globe? Who is the recipient of the direct pipe line filled with Iraqi oil? Who is destroying America's currency and reputation in the world?

Hamas?  Al-Queda?

As Eustace Mullins wrote in 1992: “The insiders come through ‘with flying colors,’ while millions of victims are ruined, destroyed by forces which they refuse to believe exist.  Heartbreak, losses of homes and businesses, breakdowns, suicides, destruction of families, these are the results…”

Oh, yes. The Arabs did it.  Or maybe it was the Irish.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:02 | 1076477 zaknick
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Eustace Mullins n u are anti-amerikan and anti-jooooo!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:52 | 1076705 JR
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The core of our discussions should not be Israel or the Jews; but it should be what’s happening with the financial centers of the United States and, for that matter, the dominating control over U.S. foreign policy.  It happens that that core and that control are heavily dominated by the needs and demands of Israel and its Likud supporters in the United States.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 15:37 | 1076100 bob_dabolina
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Like I've been saying for the last 6 months...

There will be a world war. The enviroment has never been so ripe.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:04 | 1076487 Zero Govt
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the pips are already squeeking on Western Govt budgets... in order to finance a war already contracting Govt budgets will have to be pinched even further even faster ....Mr President, I think we've run out of (other peoples) money!

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:10 | 1076525 trendybull459
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There is one problem in the World,people became disconnected each with other and International govrnment and FED fighting us country buy country(it would be impossible without FED printed funds to do any military operation untill making order in own country instead making Chaos world wide continuely bumping commodities prices into our bills) making us slaves of their wishfull thinking mashines,people,unite on our blog and vote for FED existence,tell it yur friend or co-worker,it looks like every one hate FED,but in practice makes nothing to stop it from doing chaos in the world,take 5seconds and tell to the friend:

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 17:12 | 1076533 Zeilschip
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Yes 6 million Jews died during WW2. However 26 million Russians died defeating the Germans. I think we all know who suffered most in WW2.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 19:33 | 1077057 MelvilleSaysNo
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If you are referring to the Holohoax, allow me to refer you to 'The Hoax of the Twentieth Century' by Arthur Butz.  Check it out.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 02:39 | 1078052 Savyindallas
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It's not a complete hoax. Somes aspects of the story may be true  - although on a much smaller scale than the story we have been told.   

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 19:32 | 1077048 MelvilleSaysNo
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For those who are pro-Israel...

remember the Liberty.

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 20:33 | 1077196 Max Hunter
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+ 1967

Americans don't care if our soldiers are SLAUGHTERED by Israeli Jews..  Now if a brown person threatens our well being (wealth being), now.. that's a different story..

Sat, 03/19/2011 - 19:42 | 1077089 Ted K
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This is all the excuse Netanyahu needs to kill the rest of the Women and children in Gaza.  Netanyahu has been moping around the office lately, severely depressed because he feels the death rate of Palestinians to starvation and lack of clean water is not fast enough.  Kosher Pizza party at Netanyahu's house tonight, only the most sadistic Israelis invited to attend.  Door prizes include pics of Gaza children hallucinating about cups of clean water before school.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 17:59 | 1079605 sbenard
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A strategically-placed tactical nuke would do wonders for this situation!

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