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Iran Begins Large Scale War Games In Straits Of Hormuz

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Yesterday we found out that North Korea had, as everyone was well aware, in fact attacked South Korea by sinking its ship using a submarine torpedo, heating up geopolitics in the peninsula. Today we find out that Iran's Revolutionary Guard has started large-scale war games in the strategic Straits of Hormuz via Reuters. Surely, Israel will note this with passing indifference and go back to buying US consumer retail and REIT stocks in bulk, especially after watching Steve Liesman's latest "breaking" expose on Goldman by Goldman.

Reuters:

The Thursday report says naval, air and ground units from the Guard will participate in the three-day games codenamed "The Great Prophet."

Iran annually holds military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway through which some 40 percent of the world's oil and energy supplies pass through, to show off its military capabilities.

This year's war games, however, could heighten tension at a time when the West is at a deepening standoff with Iran over its nuclear program. The West suspects the program conceals a nuclear arm production drive, a charge that Iran denies.

 

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Thu, 04/22/2010 - 08:57 | 312421 BobPaulson
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They're always doing this. You know if the wire agencies with their significant plants from western intelligence agencies are suddenly covering this more, it means that big brother wants you mad at Emmanuel Goldstein again. 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:31 | 312482 pan-the-ist
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Hi Bob.

Can you ask your bud TD what happened to the Cougar ads?  I haven't seen any yet today.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 11:55 | 312910 Ripped Chunk
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They all found dates.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:49 | 312523 umop episdn
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Yep. Big Brother, save us! EastAsia is full of scary brown people!

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 12:59 | 313047 JR
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I sometimes think Orwell was somehow transferred from his era by a time machine to see present politics and media and then return to the Forties to prophesize the relationships of the people to Big Brother. Listening to the newscasts this morning, I couldn’t help thinking this is the novel 1984 where the Good News--the chant the economy is improving--is intertwined with useless distractions, weather reports, diet breakthroughs and accidents in areas you’ve never heard of, IOW, an entire newscast without any news, interspersed with Everything Is Okay—Obama’s going to this and do that and here’s what he has to say.

And then we go on to something else.  And then I think to myself, "My gosh, this is Orwell! How did he know this?"

The whole novel is just packed with this stuff.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:00 | 312426 MarketTruth
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Let 'the games' begin...

PS: Odds are Iran may be using this exercise to plant a few well-placed items at strategic locations. Am sure USA and the new Israeli nuke missle carrying subs will be carefully observing.

 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:00 | 312427 scatterbrains
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yea time to put a bid under the weakening crude market again

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:02 | 312429 doggis
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yup, 'government' banks are laying the foundations for the drumbeats of war......change the playbook guys  - that tatic has been used for too many centuries.....

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:06 | 312435 RobotTrader
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Wow, no wonder gold and oil are crashing today....

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:14 | 312448 10044
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Gold is crashing cause of optoion exp, "you" know that... BUY on the dips

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:17 | 312447 Cheeky Bastard
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It is all just so fucking obvious.

Step 1. Crash financial system

Step 2. Hidden monetization of debt for the purpose of getting the equities

           back to the pre-crash level in order to create a mirage of recovery 

           for various of purposes 

Step 3. Use back government and intelligence channels to incite a large scale conflict

Step 4. Crash system again blaiming the crash on the said conflict

Step 5. Incite conflict among two or more G20 nations

Step 6. Destroy as much as possible. "Scorch Earth" tactics

Step 7. Introduce new currency based on the old fractional banking and compound interest

           rules           

Step 8. Base the new currency on one or more metals/commodities because depopulation

           caused by the Global War will allow so

Step. 9. fixed the price of the participating metals/commodities lower than the open

            markets

Step 10. When population starts growing at 5% annualy introduce pure FIAT once the 

             population doubles

Step 11. Expand credit numerous times

Step 12. See Step 1.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:23 | 312468 Cognitive Dissonance
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Cheeky, you Bastard. You snuck a peek at the playbook, didn't you? How did you get past the guards? Oh, of course, the face.

Good show ole boy, good show.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:44 | 312478 Cheeky Bastard
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Thank you, dear Sir, thank you very much.

Once i was a proud fellow, socializing with the beasts on top.

I know the game plan, i know the action book by hearts.

Therefore i do not fear. They can not avoid the destruction which they will bring forth, no matter where they go, no matter what they do. It is certain, our doom will be synchronized with theirs. Reduced to the same pile of ash, equal in death, forgotten in time. The faith of Man by the hand of Man. A glorious suicide.

 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:48 | 312515 Cognitive Dissonance
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BTW, it's very good to again see you around the place Cheeky. A lot of the old guard no longer haunt ZH and while new faces and new blood is always welcome and in fact needed to keep the cobwebs from forming, it's still sad when the old withdraw for whatever reason.

Thank you for taking the time to share your view. While some people can't see beyond your face and sharp tongue, there is great depth and wisdom there and I for one am happy to see it reappear.

Thank you!

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:56 | 312528 Cheeky Bastard
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Likewise my friend, likewise.

Its necessary for us oldtimers to roam the world of ZH together, sharing our view and, if not anything else, maybe help with our words to the people who need help. I really hope that some posts, comments and observations made here on ZH helped somebody. That would be a fantastic achievement. Also, i know money is the central theme of ZH, but money isnt everything. There are more beautiful and more complex beings in the surrounding world than the question of money and its dynamics. Pick up a poetry book, drink some fine whiskey, order a hooker, listen to some blues and start your car up and drive the shit out of it. The magnificent simplicity of everyday acts is what keeps us going. And remember:

"Never compromise, not even in the face of the Armageddon" 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:58 | 312546 john_connor
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Pick up a poetry book, drink some fine whiskey, order a hooker, listen to some blues and start your car up and drive the shit out of it. The magnificent simplicity of everyday acts is what keeps us going.

Cheeky,

I don't care what anyone says about you, I like the cut of your jib.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:00 | 312552 Hulk
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 I really hope that some posts, comments and observations made here on ZH helped somebody

You can bet your ass they help...

Now knock off the mutual lovefest!

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:20 | 312616 Cognitive Dissonance
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Hulk, you sound jealous. Come on, give me a kiss big guy! You know you want it. :>)

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:50 | 312710 Hulk
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That will depend, how do you look in a push up bra and bright red lipstick???

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 12:16 | 312954 trichotil
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cheer up there is hope, the little green men have been engineered as babysitters to keep us from blowing up the place until mom and dad's planet gets back in town.

http://www.cufon.org/cufon/malmstrom/malm1.htm

see pp. 291-3:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/33965/Zecharia-Sitchin-Genesis-Revisited

 

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 00:06 | 314047 RockyRacoon
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Cheeky and CD, I've been here for 38 weeks.  That just shows that it's quality not quantity!

You guys rock.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:42 | 312683 Crab Cake
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"The faith of Man by the hand of Man. A glorious suicide." -CB

Chop Suey - System of a Down

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSvFpBOe8eY

"I don't think you trust in my self righteous suicide.  I cry when angels deserve to die."

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:32 | 312485 john_connor
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Exactly.  The order of magnitude just increases.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:37 | 312495 yabs
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good call

game ends FOREVER when all resources run out

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:42 | 312505 Cheeky Bastard
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Bingo, or at least until cold fusion or space mining take hold. Mars hold wast amounts of hydrocarbons and the moon could provide us with the ore that could fuel the fusion reactors. But hey it will take trillion upon trillion (if not more) to actually put that into action. On the other hand NatGas could easily replace worlds dependence on oil and its derivatives but TPTB only care for the bottom line. For them Bottom Line=Growth and Progress for me Bottom Line= Extinction of Man (not that is a bad thing because its probably not)

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:03 | 312564 Alienated Serf
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fracking for shale gas or more resource wars.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 11:31 | 312841 yabs
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Yes space next IGMF then

intergalactic monetary fund

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:37 | 312667 TheGunn
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So that's the problem, 12-steppers are in charge...

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:45 | 312695 Cognitive Dissonance
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If we could only be so lucky.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:50 | 312709 TheGunn
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Sober judgement would be nice...

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 13:27 | 313116 Bolweevil
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What if everyone had to complete a 12-step program? Probably be a much mellower place (Earth I mean).

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 00:08 | 314051 RockyRacoon
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I've been a Friend of Bill's for 19 years.  It's a nice place to be.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 11:59 | 312924 callistenes
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Awesome Cheeky, 

12 steppin' across the universe

Only going forward

Cause we can't find reverse

 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:17 | 312458 Cognitive Dissonance
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".....especially after watching Steve Liesman's latest "breaking" expose on Goldman by Goldman."

The self deluded Steve Liesman is just too easy a target for Tyler and company. But who says you can't kick them when they're down?

On the way in to my office this morning, for reasons unknown, Liesman's face flashed in my mind and nearly drove me off the road. After narrowing avoiding a head on with the cement mixer traveling in the opposite direction I realized I was in direct communication with that greatest of all practical jokers in the sky and I was receiving an image of Liesman as a Tellytubby. The purple one in fact.

I was going to post a picture but I decided I didn't wish to scare off the readers. So instead I have posted the link below which will bring you to my vision. Please be careful.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_58nSGP-ikP4/Sx9N5jnZRmI/AAAAAAAAAU0/PQSYI-vR20s/s400/teletubbies.jpg

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 00:12 | 314055 RockyRacoon
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Here is the latest pic of Liesman and Kneale explaining some abstruse economic theory:

http://i47.tinypic.com/e7xurm.jpg

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:31 | 312480 Alienated Serf
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TD, calm down with sensationalism on the national security front a bit.  Iran does this EVERY YEAR, just as we do joint war games with South Korea and every other clieant state EVERY YEAR.  It is just sabre rattling.  This stuff has been goin on forever, cold war constant Soviet incursions to Alaskan airspace, us with SR-71 flights over Russia.  This is what enemies do.

As for the South Korean ship, come on people!!@!$#@  A "sudden unknown explosion" sinks a SK ship at the disputed maritime border which has been the scene of inimurable deadly clashes since the armistice was signed, and they aren't sure if it was NK?  NK is a provocateur par excellence, they know SK/US are not gonna retaliate over that, its just pokin them in the eye.

What I'm trying to get across here is that sabre rattling and joint exercises aren't crap, just propoganda for the masses.  When the sh*t goes down for real, the little people aren't gonna be kept in the loop.

Don't fall for the propaganda, they don't advertise what matters.

 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:04 | 312569 ZakuKommander
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Well said.  Massive amounts of American troops and material are located on either side of Iran, and the Persian Gulf has a substantial American naval presence.  Another major nuclear power in the locale publicly considers a military strike on Iran.  And we worry that Iran holds war games?

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:53 | 312718 Hulk
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Yep, nothing to get all worked up over...

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 00:17 | 314057 RockyRacoon
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What is to worry about is that we put one of our ships in their way "accidentally", of course.  We all know what a False Flag is.

Gulf of Tonkin

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:53 | 312530 Alienated Serf
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 dlt

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:03 | 312561 waterdog
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Yesterday the US government told the South Korean government to put into the spin zone that both entities believe that a North Korean submarine attacked a piece of shit South Korean vessel, but they have no proof. North Korea responded by saying both of the entities are full of shit. Then the entities expressed the opinion that North Korean subs are hiding under Chinese fishing vessels to sneak into South Korean waters.

Now any idiot knows that we have submarines with nuclear tipped missiles prowling the waters of the South China sea. These highly advanced submarines are capable of picking up other submarine activity. Had North Korea fired a large torpedo at a ship, our submarines would have picked it up and  no one would be guessing from were the torpedo came.

But as the spin cycle was completed, there was one last comment. As soon as the United States raises the front half of the 1200 ton ship, they will know for sure that it was a torpedo.

Well no duh, but they will still lie about from where it came.

Had our sub picked up that a torpedo had been fired, the entire US submarine fleet would have destroyed everything floating on top of the water in a 1000 mile radius, including Chinese fishing vessels, by mistake.

 

 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:06 | 312578 Alienated Serf
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I'm pretty sure there are some SOSUS hydrophones by the border.  We don't need subs around there to pick this up.  A whale farts anywhere in the ocean, we hear it.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:22 | 312622 JW n FL
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If you lined up a North Korean sub broadside to one of our subs at... call it a 1,000 feet, the North Korean's could not hit one of our subs... electronic warfare is no joke. They may have things that go Boom! but we have the off switch. As well a North Korean sub fires some world war one design torpedo, our subs can out run said torpedo without taxing the reactor. I could go on and on and on... but why?

 

The technology and the advancements are part of the ego problem we suffer... our leaders know what we have, assume what they have and then decide they are just kiddies playing in our sand box. True enough but sand in the eye still stings and a lucky punch can put anyone down. Ego of course over rides common sense, common sense is not so common, especially at the top. 

 

In the plainest of terms, North Korea is on a threat on land when they march waves of men in the grinder and maybe they get through the 38 parallel and maybe they move south and enjoy the warm weather for a week, month and / or until such time that the fleet shows up. And there will be no stopping at the north / south line this time, South will enjoy the North as a gift from us to them. The idiot is an idiot but he’s not stupid enough to want to give up his water slide… http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124295017403345489.html#project%3DNKGOOGLE0509%26articleTabs%3Dinteractive

 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 10:45 | 312691 the grateful un...
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Responding to SEC charges, and several law suits in support of the charges, from international supporters of sanctions against the Vampire Squid, the Goldmanite Revolutionary Guard sold 1000 large S&P contracts, in a trading exercise, in order to demonstrate that the Goldmanian leader would not be intimidated.

The sale comes at a time when tensions have arisen over front running, and shorting complex derivative products after Goldman sold those products to unsuspecting pension funds, widows and orphans, who live under the threat of financial armegeddon. The President went on television to reaffirm his carrot and stick policy, after first granting Goldman FDIC status, and then seeking to regulate their derivative activity.

The leader of Goldman, Blankfienodad, stated that the derivatives were strictly for hedging purposes. He also stated that the financial crisis of 2008 did not happen, but resulted when the Israelis pulled their funds from Bernie Madoff's alleged ponzi scheme, which in fact is a US government conduit to the state of Israeli, to play in the international derivative market, and short crude oil, thus keeping the prices low, and supporting the American political candidates, who in turn maintain the flow of military aid, which in turn is used to keep the Middle Eastern state under their control.

Claims withstanding that the state of Goldman is a rogue state, were refuted by Blankfienodad, who claims derivates are necessary to defend themselves, against the sort of preemptive attacks leveled by the Bush administration against Lehman and Bear. The Goldmanian leader also claims the financial crisis resolved itself when the US / Israeli business arrangement was reaffirmed by the new administration, which had not been briefed by the outgoing President. Part of that new arrangement includes a military strike against the peaceful nation of Iran, in order to promote US/Israeli hegemony over the entire continent of Central Asia, or subcontinent if you will. In a secret email revealed on the internet but not mentioned yet on the MSM, the President asks "how much would it cost to nuke those guys back into the stone age?"

"And can you throw in North Korea while you're at it?"

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 11:13 | 312782 Bob
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Blankfienodad . . . love it, tgu!  It is interesting to consider how different the politics would play out if only the guy and corporation were middle-eastern?

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 12:08 | 312950 JR
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Well said.  In other words, the United States and Israel accuse Iran of what they do.  The tyrant wannabes who currently control the U.S. and Israel are looking for a useful global threat to ignite WWIII. Take a look into the propaganda and wishful thinking of the neocon Project for a New American Century.  If that is not enough, look into the background of Rahm Emanuel who is Obama’s chief of staff, i.e., gate keeper, as in prison.  All is exaggerated and fraudulent in this search for hate and an enemy, the antithesis of America’s founding concept of the brotherhood of man.  Remember on April 13, 2010,  when Israel issued urgent warnings for its citizens to flee the Sinai Peninsula over an alleged terrorist plot to kidnap Israelis and the U.S. went into a terror spin?

ISRAELIS LEAVE SINAI IN DROVES FOLLOWING TERROR WARNING:  According to police assessment 430 of about 650 Israeli vacationers left the Egyptian oasis by midmorning.

The head of the bureau said Wednesday that the groups believed to be planning abductions were receiving funding and guidance from Hamas.

"Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that by midmorning Wednesday, about 430 of the approximately 650 Israelis who were in Sinai when the warning was issued had returned to Israel.

"Tuesday’s warning followed a similar travel advisory issued before Pessah. In spite of the previous warning, nearly 70,000 Israelis crossed into Sinai from Taba during the holiday."
Thu, 04/22/2010 - 13:06 | 313070 the grateful un...
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the political class wants hegemony over the financial industry, and their process is racketeering 101, first you take the entity, the global financial industry, under your wing, and then you strangle them. we once set up the Shah of Iran, much as we propped up Hussein, in Iraq. The Iranians had a revolution however, and thus bought themselves some time. Not that we should feel sorry for their rogue state counterpart in the financial oligarrchy, the VS, but they are clearly in the net, and the next time you see their financial products in the market, they will all be labeled, "farm raised", in deference to Orwell.

The corporate model is dying and the pols are saying who does and does not get on the lifeboat, as stated in the main body of the text. in the end pulling an 800 pound gorilla squid on board may be more than they can handle.

free calamari cookout! maybe

 

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 11:02 | 312746 Currently Smoki...
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This could all be resolved with a hearty game of tic-tac-toe.

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 11:06 | 312759 Bob
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Mwah, <smoochie coo>, CD!  Now tell me ya haven't missed me . . .

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 12:01 | 312929 Ripped Chunk
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"Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums"

Now watch the rhetoric escalate to a fever pitch as the powers prepare to crush Iran. The propaganda machine begins its rotation........

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