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Guest Post: Putin Is the New Global Shah of Oil

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Submitted by Marin Katusa via Casey Research,

Exxon Mobil is no longer the world's number-one oil producer. As of yesterday, that title belongs to Putin Oil Corp – oh, whoops. I mean the title belongs to Rosneft, Russia's state-controlled oil company.

Rosneft is buying TNK-BP, which is a vertically integrated oil company co-owned by British oil firm BP and a group of Russian billionaires known as AAR. One of the top-ten privately owned oil producers in the world, in 2010 TNK-BP churned out 1.74 million barrels of oil equivalent per day from its assets in Russia and Ukraine and processed almost half that amount through its refineries.

With TNK-BP in its hands, Rosneft will be in charge of more than 4 million barrels of oil production a day. And who is in charge of Rosneft? None other than Vladimir Putin, Russia's resource-full president.

TNK-BP has been an economic dream, producing many billions in dividend payments for its owners – but it has been a relations nightmare. The partners have fought repeatedly. In 2008 Russian authorities arrested two British TNK-BP managers amid a dispute over strategy that forced then-CEO Bob Dudley (who now heads BP) to flee Russia – and that is just one of many partnership scandals.

The writing has been on the wall for TNK-BP since this time last year, when one of the AAR billionaires quit his role as CEO of the venture and declared that the relationship with BP had run its course. Since then speculation has raged over who might buy into the highly profitable venture.

Now we know: Rosneft is buying the whole thing, in a two-part deal. In the first part, Rosneft is acquiring BP's 50% stake of the joint venture in exchange for cash and Rosneft stock worth $27 billion. The deal will give BP a 19.75% stake in Rosneft. In stage two, AAR would get $28 billion in cash for its half, though this deal is not yet finalized.

Finalized it will be, however, because the billionaires of AAR are now eager to sell, rather than remain in a joint venture with the powerful Russian oil company. Rosneft gained much of its current heft at the expense of another Russian oligarch whom Putin threw under the bus, and the billionaires of AAR know they could easily meet the same fate if they try to partner with Rosneft as equals.

If it all comes to pass, Rosneft's daily production will jump to some 4.5 million barrels per day – enough to put the Russian firm neck and neck with Exxon in the race to be the world's top oil producer. And the deal that seals it will be worth something like $56 billion – for comparison, Nike is worth $34 billion and Kraft only $27 billion. If the TNK-BP deal goes through, it will be the largest in the industry since Exxon bought Mobil in 1999.

Numbers like that deserve a little contemplation. Russia is spending a heck of a lot to buy its own oil production – smells like nationalization to me. And with Vlad Putin – the most resource-driven leader in the world today – behind the controls, I dare say we're witnessing the "Saudi Aramco-ing" of Russian oil.

Putting Putin in a position of even greater resource power can only lead one place: to high oil prices and an amazing bull market in energy.

What's In It For BP

Russia has been a pretty profitable place for BP, and while BP is tired of dealing with the drama within TNK-BP, the British firm definitely wants to stay in Russia to participate in developing the country's vast northern oil and gas potential.

 

A cash and shares deal gives BP a nice ownership stake in Rosneft, which is the best way to profit from Russia's immense untapped oil potential – because Putin will ensure Rosneft gets first dibs at prime opportunities. Depending on the size of BP's slice, the company would likely also get a seat or two on Rosneft's board. That is as important as anything else, because it would put BP personnel in regular, direct contact with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Rosneft, who has a significant say in Russian energy policy.

 

In general, a role in Rosneft would also allow BP to pursue closer ties with a Kremlin that exerts a much tighter hold on the oil industry than it did in the 1990s, when BP first invested in Russia. And anyone who wants to operate in Mother Russia has to have an inside track to the Kremlin – or you are likely to find yourself unexpectedly kicked to the curb.

Putin's Plan Is Working

Rosneft has grown dramatically in the last ten years – not by chance, but because Rosneft is Vladimir Putin's vehicle to reassert state ownership over a fair chunk of Russia's oil fields. The most famous example happened in 2003, when Putin charged privately held producer Yukos Oil with a $27-billion tax bill that bankrupted the company. The Russian president then handed Yukos' oil fields over to Rosneft, immediately boosting Rosneft's daily production from 400,000 barrels to 1.7 million barrels.

It was blatant nationalization. Yukos' chairman and founder, Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was convicted of fraud and sent to prison. Overnight, Rosneft ballooned from a small producer to Russia's biggest oil company.

With a snap of his fingers, Putin had created a national oil giant, a vehicle through which he could pursue his plan to reassert Russian influence in the world by controlling other countries' energy needs. The pending TNK-BP deal is simply the next step in this plan. If Rosneft does buy TNK-BP, the state oil giant will pump almost half of the barrels of oil produced in Russia.

That is a massive amount of oil. Remember, only Saudi Arabia produces more oil than Russia; and no country in the world exports more oil than Russia. The country is an energy superpower – and by gradually nationalizing Russia's energy resources, Putin is tightening his grip on Europe's energy needs.

However, Putin knows he can't quite do it alone – his country doesn't have enough oil and gas expertise. Without the right expertise, production will tank, and Putin's whole plan will be derailed.

History proves that point. When Saudi Arabia nationalized its oil industry in 1980, the country was producing more than 10 million barrels of oil per day. Within five years, production had fallen by more than 60%.

For Putin, that's not an option. That's why he is encouraging BP to stick around – Rosneft needs BP's technical expertise in order to tap into Russia's huge reserves of unconventional tight oil and shale gas. Having BP as a significant shareholder also lets Putin continue the pretense that Rosneft is not simply an arm of the government.

But an arm of Putin's government it is, and as Rosneft gradually takes control of more and more of Russia's oil wealth, Putin's leverage on the international stage will increase. Saudi Arabia may have struggled in its early years as an oil-producing giant, but today the country hosts incredible clout on the world stage because of its ability to open or close oil spigots and thereby influence global oil prices.

Europe is reliant on Russia for oil and gas. To be in control of other nations' necessary energy resources is to be in a very powerful position – one that Putin has been working toward for more than a decade.

He has built pipelines that bypass troublesome countries and feed into needy markets. He is cornering the uranium market by owning a large amount of primary production and controlling 40% of global uranium-enrichment capacity, while leaving the United States in need of a new nuclear-fuel supplier. He has increased Russia's oil and gas production and encouraged unconventional exploration.

Gazprom, the Russian state gas company, already has Europe wrapped around its little finger. Russia supplies 34% of Europe's gas needs, and when the under-construction South Stream pipeline starts operating, that percentage will increase. As if those developments weren't enough, yesterday Gazprom offered the highest bid to obtain a stake in the massive Leviathan gas field off Israel's coast.

Gazprom in control of Europe's gas, Rosneft in control of its oil. A red hand stretching out from Russia to strangle the supremacy of the West and pave the way for a new world order– one with Russia at the helm.

It is not as far-fetched as it might seem – or as you might want it to be. If Rosneft does buy both halves of TNK-BP, it will become a true goliath within the global oil sector. All the little Davids who rely on its oil will be at Putin's mercy. Same goes for Gazprom as a Goliath in the continent's gas scene.

In this scenario, Russia could choke off supply to raise prices. Putin could play oil- and gas-needy nations off one another, forcing European nations to commit to long-term, high-priced contracts if they want secure supplies.

Or imagine this: Russia could join OPEC. Suddenly the oil cartel would control more than half of global oil production and most of its spare capacity. With that kind of clout, the nations of OPEC could essentially name their price for oil – and the rest of the world would simply have to pay.

 


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Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:20 | Link to Comment news printer
Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:50 | Link to Comment Wile-E-Coyote
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O'Barmy pushed BP into Putins hand well done dickhead.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:56 | Link to Comment Seer
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Huh?

BP = British Petroleum.  Further, one cannot both embrace AND attack nationalism (vis a vis who is in control of oil).

If TPTB want it then so it be... only party pussies fail to get this (POTUS is a fucking puppet, "dickhead").

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 21:42 | Link to Comment bilejones
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I hate to point out the fucking obvious but who, other than the state, can have a claim to the assets previously owned by the USSR and a totalitarian monarch?

 

If there's an orderly and lawful disposition of the states assets in the future than private property rights in them might be real.

 

They are not now.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:58 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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Here is the updated Russian version of the national anthem, with same music, post-Communist lyrics, and pretty Russian military girls in the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A71wdsTqkfM

For many of us Continental Europeans, the 'smart' idea is what Charles De Gaulle suggested long ago - a great Eurasian alliance stretching from France to Germany to Russia ... leaving Nato, dumping the Americans, and letting the Brits go with them

The world is a much better place because Putin is there ... and the RT 'Russia Today' news service too

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:05 | Link to Comment Nozza
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Chuckle - I posted the original on purpose. Not sure about Putin - at least with Brezhnev we knew what/who we were dealing with.

poka

Noz

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:27 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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With Putin I think you are dealing with someone a whole lot more competent than Brezhne.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:46 | Link to Comment Omen IV
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Russia & The Chinese = Mercantilism  - Putin is a shrewd guy - american vampire capitalism is no match to these two powerhouses

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 07:07 | Link to Comment malikai
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Yea, the reason why people 'don't like' Putin is precisely because of his competence.

The reason why people did 'like' Brezhnev was precisely because of his incompetence.

It's easier to 'manage' the incompetents than it is the competents.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:22 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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The song of the Volga Boatmen is one of the coolest songs ever. Sung by commies, but whatever - Leonid's vocals are stellar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WD0WVL-HjE

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:16 | Link to Comment Crassus
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"Hills of Manchuria" is the tune being hummed under Putin's breath.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:57 | Link to Comment Parrotile
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Lest you have forgotten, if it wasn't for "The Brits and Americans" you'd be enjoying the Third Reich right now, and there would be no Russia to suck up to ('cause they would be part of "The Greater Germany" also)

It's very instructional to review history - De Gaulle exhorting the US and UK to commit more and more "resources" to free "his" Country (whilst he was comfortably and safely esconced overseas, well away from any actual fighting). Once the war was over (and France restored to it's "rightful place at the centre of Europe" ) it was highly enlightening to note that De Gaulle was ever so keen to have Germany as part of this "New Europe", but Britain was "not quite good enough" and was denied membership of the EU by De Gaulle's deciding vote.

The British - good enough to do the fighting and dying on France's behalf, but not good enough to be a member of the "New Europe".

And you all wonder why they hate the French (who seem to run the EU primarily for their benefit - look where all the big capital projects tend to end up), and why there's such an "Anti-EU" groundswell in the UK?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:26 | Link to Comment ersatzteil
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Fun facts:

Germany invades Poland, Britain declares war on Germany. The Soviet Union invades Poland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania. Britain and America send massive military aid.

Britain fights Hitler to free Poland. Post war Poland is not free.

Britain fights to preserve the empire and democracy. Does not allow suffrage for colonies, loses the empire and is bankrupt. Condemns half of Europe to communism.

Also half of German casualties occured after the war in massive forced deportations and ethnic cleansing. German concentration camps in Eastern Europe continued operating under the GULAG structure, often with higher death rates than their Nazi-run predecessors. 

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:22 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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You forgot Eisenhower's POW death camps:

"Eisenhower, in his personal letters, did not merely hate the Nazi Regime, and the few who imposed its will down from the top, but that HE HATED THE GERMAN PEOPLE AS A RACE. It was his personal intent to destroy as many of them as he could, and one way was to wipe out as many prisoners of war as possible.

 

Of course, that was illegal under International law, so he issued an order on March 10, 1945 and verified by his initials on a cable of that date, that German Prisoners of War be predesignated as "Disarmed Enemy Forces" called in these reports as DEF. He ordered that these Germans did not fall under the Geneva Rules, and were not to be fed or given any water or medical attention. The Swiss Red Cross was not to inspect the camps, for under the DEF classification, they had no such authority or jurisdiction."

 

 

 http://rense.com/general46/germ.htm    

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:43 | Link to Comment gmrpeabody
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I call bullshit...

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:37 | Link to Comment caustixoid
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The great British/American myth:  "without us you'd all be speaking German".  If you want to be more accurate, without you all of Europe would be speaking Russian.   Russia took the brunt of the German Army for 3 years, took the brunt of the casualties and was kicking ass by June 1944.  Compared to the Germans they had more men, more tanks, more planes and MORE OIL.    De Gaulle was bitter because you let the Russians take all the slaughter and left France rotting under German rule for 3 years.  Funny that.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:42 | Link to Comment kaiten
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Fool. WWII turned at Stalingrad and Kursk. Russia single-handedly broke the Wehrmacht, inflicting 80% of their losses.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 17:15 | Link to Comment css1971
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I suspect that it was as much to do with the leadership's stupidity and hubris.

Anyway, the future is what matters.

Germany turned against nuclear, they will turn back in a while as their energy costs rise.

France is full on nuclear anyway.

The UK is comming down from it's North Sea high with a bump. Scabbling around for a coherent policy. Nuclear will be the solution. Eventually.

In the meantime everybody hates nuclear. Nobody wants it. It's cheap. Low. Buy.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 11:02 | Link to Comment Seer
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"Lest you have forgotten, if it wasn't for "The Brits and Americans" you'd be enjoying the Third Reich right now,"

Bad systems cannot survive!  Yeah, sure, they can cause havoc for a while, but in the long-run they, as any BAD system will/does, FAIL.  This has nothing to do with western exceptionalism and everything to do with Mother Nature (physics).

Thanks for playing!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:05 | Link to Comment ersatzteil
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Russia's resources with German expertise...that screenplay was written by Stalin but Hitler spoiled it on June 22, 1941. Stalin's biggest mistake was annexing Bessarabia.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:24 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
Sat, 10/27/2012 - 06:08 | Link to Comment YuropeanImbecille
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I agree, I like Americans and they are mostly good people. Sadly they are so intrenched in the zionist-satanist agenda that there is no reasoning with them.

 

I see it as cutting of a infected leg, to save the person. The Brits have killed themselves, just travel to the UK and see the filth and violence these animals live in.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 11:43 | Link to Comment Karl von Bahnhof
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Absolutely agree bank guy! CDG was right all along.

Actually I cannot read in french but I recommend to read Jean Parvulesco (only few texts translated to eng) and Alexander Dugin, who is new russian ideologist.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:22 | Link to Comment Herkimer Jerkimer
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Or, we could all jump on the Thorium technology that we've all been hearing about and in 3-5 years, tell them to go pound sand?

 

Like we should have done back in '73?

 

Oh… Yeah.

 

OjO

V-V

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:40 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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I wasn't aware that our transportation infrastructure ran on electricity...

Also please list all the commercial reactors running a thorium fuel cycle...

Look, don't get me wrong, thorium may be a solution but it will be 40 years before 20% of the grid is so powered and that is assuming a Mahanttan Project starting yesterday...

Too little, too late as the old saw goes...

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:37 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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In my city the buses and the subway run on electricity.  40 years is plenty of time for transition even if we are at peak oil.  Which we aren't.  And it wouldn't take 40 years, either.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:31 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Look what the cat dragged in...

Last I checked not much of the food distribution, or freight for that matter, relies on public transit...

Well given that we have not increased crude oil production to any significant degree since 2005 I would say your statement is a wee bit misguided... (and this despite ~$2 Trillion invested in CAPEX since then)

Given a typical nuclear power plant is ~1 GW and world capacity is about 2.3 TW or ~2300 plants, 20% would be 475 plants. So I would say that you are blowing smoke out of your ass... (For comparison, world nuclear capacity in 2008 was only ~311 GW...)

Do you believe stuff just because it sounds nice or do you have any analytic and critical thinking skills?

 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 03:26 | Link to Comment Flagit
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im really starting to wish i did.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 06:16 | Link to Comment falak pema
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No wonder these Areva shills feel the future is rosy inspite of Fukushima thrills! 

Their EPR technology is shitty and not upto scratch, but competition is weak as the US is out of the nuclear game. 

Its really going to be a long slog to get humanity out from under the oil gun; what's left of it if the resulting temp rise hits 2°C +, by 2050!

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:17 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Conventional oil is ok, tar sands much less so...

It is the coal that will do us in...

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 14:37 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Oh, look what the cat shat out, it's Flakmeister.  Trains also run on electricity.  Not every train, pinhead, but certainly every train in the NE corridor can.  So quite simply, you're wrong.

Crude oil production hasn't increased, so I guess it's gone.  Unless it makes more sense for the people who own the oil to leave it in the ground and not tell anyone how much is there.

You can take nuclear plants and blow them out your ass.

Clearly you believe everything the energy industry feeds you.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 17:49 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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  A shining example of BR logic....

Crude oil production hasn't increased, so I guess it's gone

BR also never lets silly things like facts get in the way of whatever he is arguing...  Did you get the tickets I left for you at the Creation Museum?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 20:03 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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I don't believe in fairy stories like creationism, global warming or peak oil.  Oil is an important commodity, and information is power.    The powerful are not going to share any power with the likes of you.  Feel free to analyze whatever garbage they give you academics.  The result of your analysis is just another fairy story.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 23:49 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Re: Fairy tales, that is just too much coming from a guy that swears up and down that oil is abiotic...

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 07:17 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Says the guy who thinks that oil is dead dinosaurs.  The guy who cannot explain how oil comes from 10,000 feet below the earth's crust where nothing organic has ever existed.  How hydrocarbons exist on planets where organic life has never existed.

You're an over-educated idiot, Flakey. 

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 22:42 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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At 10 microns a year, how long does it take to lay 10,000 ft of sediment?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 08:58 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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And the sediment comes from where? Mars?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:00 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Do you know what sedimentary rocks are?

How old is the earth?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 17:53 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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You can have the last word, Flakey.  everyone has moved on and they don't care what you have to say.  I certainly don't.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 16:59 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Ah, but you obviously do....

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:15 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Actually, no.  This is our final conversation. 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 11:07 | Link to Comment Seer
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Oh, great!  All the "important" stuff is covered then, is it not?

NOT!

This is merely shuffling folks to/from the concentration, er a, work camps.  NO REAL WORK IS BEING PERFORMED HERE!

Farming and trucking.  Where's electricity happening here?  Yeah, this model is starting to crack, but this model will be one of the last to collapse (the city, high-rise, jobs, the ones serviced by your electric buses and subways, will fail first).

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 17:06 | Link to Comment css1971
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Buy the technology from India. Wow... Isn't that a reversal?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:22 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 If Otool gets re-elected, Putins (remora fish), Medvedev will do the dirty work!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:32 | Link to Comment data_monkey
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~10/16 Exxon-Mobil Executive Shot Dead in Belgium http://cryptogon.com/?p=31822

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:11 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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Here's another article about the shooting of ExxonMobil executive Nicholas Mockford in Brussels - with a photo of him in typical casual Brit style, alcoholic drink in his hand.

Quite a nice area of town where he was killed, this does feel like an assassination.

Report of the murder was in the Dutch- and French-speaking Belgian news some days back, seems it is taking a little time to get into the Anglo news.

Very likely a deeper story here ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-oil-executive-mur...

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:20 | Link to Comment RiverRoad
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Widow believes he was targeted.  And she was there.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:41 | Link to Comment walküre
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What did he know or who did he piss off is the question.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:41 | Link to Comment Parrotile
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- with a photo of him in typical casual Brit style, alcoholic drink in his hand.

Your point is??

Appearances can be deceptive, and it's been "The Way of the West" to seal the deal with a drink - just ask any Scotsman.

Or are you Bankers all teetotal??

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:56 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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Myself and 007 do propagate this myth , i must admit.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 06:04 | Link to Comment falak pema
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Talking of cloak and dagger stuff, great game nonsense; he even looks a bit like Kim Philby...but apparently they got him; not Philby! 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:03 | Link to Comment MilleniumJane
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"...could take years."  And by then, no one but the immediate family will care.  Shitty.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Seer
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Just a sign of the times... does it really matter if it was a strategic hit or just some killing of a PTB by a 99%-er?

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Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:33 | Link to Comment h0oS
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The fascination with increasing oil production is a very much a preoccupation of large oil consumers. I tried to explain to some 'economists' that ageing infrastructure, inefficient extraction and general lack of will for producers to dance to consumers demands to increase production is simply a matter of supply and demand. Leaving more of the stuff in the ground increases its price and weakens the consumers political power. They looked at me the same expression a dog has after being shown a card trick (bill hicks) they genuinely believed it was in the producers best interest to pump away, reduce prices and generally do as they are told.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:08 | Link to Comment Seer
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I agree that oil production is being squeezed and that full-out pumping isn't necessarily the recipe for the most profits.  But... there's no guarantee that the demand will be there (given how in-debt everyone is), that exiting infrastructure is designed for maximum output (under-utilize and your margins start to get really smashed), there are shareholders who want their profits NOW, more pressures on limiting supplies tends to jack up "insurance" costs (the pirates and the CIA [same?] tend to get a bit busier), and then, as you note, aging infrastructure.  Further, in the 70s OPEC caved in in fear that markets would shift toward renewables.

I don't think that many people really understand just how fragile this all is...

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:37 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Hope he does with banksters what Russia's last century leaders did.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:53 | Link to Comment john39
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the bolshevik revolution was bankrolled by New York bankers...  

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:59 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Who went to Russia disguised as Red Cross 'doctors' in order to direct the show!

Good work, if ya can get it.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:57 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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I don't believe for a second that Putin is aligned against the banksters, but rather, is running a front for them. What we are observing is the weeding out some of the factional in-fighting, in an effort to further concentrate wealth and power.

Otherwise, I'd have to go back to believing the fairy tale that the world is run by governments. Nope, I'd say that Putin is merely the most powerful puppet on the planet, as he's one of the few that actually appears leader-like, while his KGB upbringing gives him the gravitas to keep subordinates in line.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:44 | Link to Comment walküre
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Make no mistake. Putin is ex KGB. He has no love for Goldman. They won't know what hit them when world trade is settled in gold backed and oil backed Russo/China currencies.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:07 | Link to Comment caustixoid
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I'd like to believe it too, but remember his origin.  Boris Let-state-assets-go-to-foreign-aligned-Oligarchs Yeltsin handpicked Putin.   A simple mistake by a demented alcoholic?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:31 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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Putin - Ex KGB remember?

Yeltsin was for a bullet if he didn't.

I know Russians and i'll explain what they explained to me.

They think Gorbachev was a traitor who bent over for the soap from the usa.

Then Yeltsin came in to hand all the resources over to the 90% jewish oligarchs for peanuts.

Mother russia had to do something and Putin was the man... and will remain the man.

and a rock band off to the gulag is immaterial - the russkis learned a lot from those experiences.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 03:36 | Link to Comment vato poco
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"...what these rooskis explained to me."

Would these by chance be the same dumbfucks who gaze back fondly at the Stalin years, and sigh nostalgically? Say things like, "We had *order* back then!" You mean those Russians?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 05:56 | Link to Comment falak pema
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"those" russians now have oil and RM coming out of their ears and a strategy that puts them back in the GREAT game race bigtime.

Russia is the size of a continent, like the USA, more so, and its largely untapped. Russia's history speaks for itself and Stalin was a glitch, a Czar who bought into a decadent, brutal philosophy in the most brutal times the world has seen.

Putin is smarter than that; he is more son of de Gaulle. Sovereignist but also great game player, he is not small  fry. I don't like his style but these are decadent times and the neo-cons of USA have set the shit-bar very high in this leapfrog race to bottom.  

I guess we beggars can't be choosers! 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 18:40 | Link to Comment emersonreturn
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falak perma +1.  putin definately works the russian mass and media to the point of becoming a russian saint super star.  he enjoys power and money and right now the ruling western financial barons are facing their worst nightmare.  

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 08:02 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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Yes vato cocko dicko, the ruski's

softcocks (and tough guy guns n ammo tools around here) dont get what life is like when its tough.

when you are poor, really poor...

the russians have been under the cosh forever and its all they know.

thats why they get nostalgic for genocidal dictators after a few vodka's

read some sylvia plath...  she writes about loving the fist. ah dont bother ur a maggot.

its very russian and thats why they are about the hardest people on the planet.

 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:15 | Link to Comment Seer
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The Russian people are seasoned "survivalists."  The west has been far removed from understanding these things (exception being a few).  When "it" comes we'll see...

I'm kind of thinking that the Afghans might be the hardest of peoples (folks in North Korea have been hammered pretty hard as well).

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 20:36 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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Its good to think about isnt it.

hard to judge the west now its got weak

i dont rate the afghans - to much beating on women and sodomising sheep to rate...

100 years ago definately the Scots and Russians.

Now?  Iceland!!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 18:52 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Russia join OPEC? Why would they? To what end? They can already do whatever the fuck they see to be in their best interests....

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:08 | Link to Comment Fort Mac Flatlander
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Thorium is everywhere. Its one of the largest contaminants in rare earth mineral mining. However, purification or enrichment isn't feasible due to its minute concentrations in nature.  Don't get me wrong, there's enough there to collapse 2/3 of the rare earth mineral juniors market if  anyone did any due dilligence, but to founder in a new energy revolution......Hardly!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:43 | Link to Comment ersatzteil
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Thorium is more abundant than Uranium by four-fold. But you can't get weapons-grade Uranium and Plutonium from Thorium fuel cycles. And if you can't get weapons out of it, then what's the point?

The current energy supplied by reactors is a convenient byproduct for the hoi poloi.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:34 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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This is as good a place to start your research

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium_fuel_cycle

Thorium is hardly the panacea that it is made out to be....

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:23 | Link to Comment Kiwi Pete
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Thanks for posting that link Flak. I see that the Germans have had 3 test reactors over time that have all closed down. Even the Canadians had one and those guys are not after nuclear bombs either so it looks like that aint the reason countries don't want to build them.

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 06:14 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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Nevertheless India and China are building prototypes

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment Seer
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And people should keep in mind why it was "developed" in the first place.  All the "for peace" shit was merely a feel-good propaganda campaign to get the people to continue to shell out over and over again (thus continuing the real game).

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:09 | Link to Comment jo6pac
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Thanks great news and I agree why would they join some club like opec. Just maybe Hugo and few others like Russia will start their own club.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:16 | Link to Comment RiverRoad
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As the sun sets on the West and rises in the East.....the deck is stacked against us, folks.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:28 | Link to Comment Seer
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And then the sun will set in the East... as long as people are building their empires based on non-renewables then the "end of the line" is always guaranteed.

It'll be proven as one of the most politically brilliant strategies ever- get China to buy into the car culture when they don't have the resources to support it (even in the short-term).

It's the same time-proven method of trapping people- get then addicted to something that you're able to control/steer.

From the uber-capitalist den back in the 70s one of the Forbes' (wish I could provide a handy link/reference, sorry) stated that the US should use up everyone else's oil first (keep its oil in the ground).  The more oil you sell the more you deplete your "reserves" and lash your tax men to it; and, as scarcity sets in the locals will be demanding more for themselves*.

* The real concern with oil isn't production, it's net exports (problem for exporters as well as importers).

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:22 | Link to Comment Herdee
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I think old T Boone has the right idea.Stop giving all of American's money to people that only hate you.Switch over and be independant and not rely on your enemies for oil.That's how you create jobs is by being energy self sufficient.It's a great idea,heat your home with natural gas or plug your car in to fuel it up when you get home,whether electric or NG.Everyone's homes need solar panels too,hell,install a natural gas generator or use  wood burning stoves.Burn coal again if you have to,you can get that stuff cheap.Doesn't this all mean not to give America's money to a bunch of idiots?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:08 | Link to Comment Parrotile
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If you're going to have a significant number of people using Coal / Woodfired heating, you're going to have a very significant atmospheric pollution problem. Combine this with the American love of the automobile, and zero investment on a transnational rail elecftrification system, et voila - smogs like you've never seen them!

Well, I suppose it's one way of "eliminating the problem" of respiratory cripples, and so reducing the cost of Medicare (a small step along the painful path to a balanced budget!)

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:24 | Link to Comment toomanyfakecons...
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I'm firing up my wood stove before hurricane Sandy shows up.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:32 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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not if you use rocket mass stoves or other similar devices that use pyrolisis.  using those devices will also allow other forms of biomass over just coal and wood and allow for more efficient distribution of heat per unit of mass.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:35 | Link to Comment Seer
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Psst!  51% of electricity comes from coal.  Promote MORE electrical consumption, with the likes of "transnational rail electrification" and you're going to promote the consumption of MORE coal.

As far as this being any "plan" to kill off "cripples," I highly doubt it.  It is no more than what all other organisms do: over-shoot their carrying capacity- humans just think that they're smarter (even to the point of distracting themselves from this basic FACT with conjectures such as yours).

I heat with wood.  Less emissions to transport and maintain than with the centralized ones, which, when they puke (as they do), won't leave me and mine in the cold.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 16:53 | Link to Comment css1971
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Coal is being phased out in favour of natural gas generation very rapidly.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:32 | Link to Comment Debeachesand Je...
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One way to profit from this sale is to buy BP stock.They have sold enough assets to pay damages for their G of Mexico fiasco and they have sold their future to Putin & Company.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:12 | Link to Comment SoNH80
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Why would the Russians want to join the scramble in Vienna (aka OPEC)?  It's a bit dark if you know what I mean around there.  Instead, they can keep doin' what they're doin', enjoy the OPEC floor price, without having to squabble with Babuistan about production quotas.

BTW.  Don't push the Western Europeans into the New England option, aka burning all of those convenient poplar trees lining invasion roads, if you don't want to hit your bottom line.  Follow the Sr. Chavez approach, make a lot of noise, then offer a fair deal.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:16 | Link to Comment pdl
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good article - but I think Saudi Aramco must be a bigger producer

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:17 | Link to Comment Parrotile
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With Russia (and Russian-controlled interests) gaining world supremacy in many areas of the energy market, along with the known mineral resource asset reserves under the Siberian tundra, just how many more "little knocks" is it going to take to start to topple the US $'s position as Reserve Currency. Russia WILL support China, and these combined Nations are very signifcant players on the World stage already - a closer alliance / allegiance will certainly not be in the interests of the US, and with the CIA's gloating over causing the largest non-nuclear explosion in history in Russia (sabotage of a NG compression station), you can all rest assured that Russia, and Putin, are not particularly charitably disposed to the US - the Russian Bear has a LONG memory.

So what happens when the US $ ceases to be Reserve currency, and the US immediately loses the luxury of "printing themselves out of debt".

Going to be fun, isn't it! And, might be happening sooner than we'd all prefer.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:43 | Link to Comment Seer
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There are a few problems in this idea that Russia is in control...

1) If they are basing things on perpetual growth then they're in trouble (finite planet and all);

2) A collapsing USD will likely also be alongside a collapsing Euro, leaving the two largest markets in shambles;

3) Over time Russia will consume more of its energy, thereby decreasing its income from exports.

#2 is going to be problematic, as govts in these countries, esp the US, will be called upon by their citizens to obtain more (what they've been lead to believe is) infinite oil, which will ONLY be possible via war (and I'm not sure that the Russians feel confident that they'd come out on the long-end of the stick).

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:18 | Link to Comment lynnybee
Fri, 10/26/2012 - 20:53 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Any American politician could take a lesson from this guy.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 07:39 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Checkmaye in two moves.

Gold for oil and gas ?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:16 | Link to Comment MilleniumJane
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HA!  ROFLMAO!  This guy oughta be in a Geritol commercial!!!! 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:52 | Link to Comment falak pema
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I'm sure this makes Schwarzy, or Clint "Firefox" Eastwood, very jealous. This guy has real power, not like Terminator or Dirty Harry.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 21:35 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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America's military technology runs the planet.  Simple as that.

 

And when oil returns to $30 per barrel, things will be different.

 

http://bullandbearmash.com/chart/wti-oil-weekly-falls-hard/

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:26 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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So you are calling for a complete economic collapse and a return to an early 20th century agrarian society?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:56 | Link to Comment Seer
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Are you saying that we  (western world) can continue to defy the historical norms of an agrarian society?

OIL = ENERGY = WORK = LEVERAGE (from machines)

I've got a tractor and I've got shovels.  I can tell you that the tractor is THE preferred tool.  I am, however, flexible and understand hedging- I can and do operate either tool (set) well.

People need to get over this notion that it would be some sort of failure to "return" to an agrarian society.  This notion of "failure" is propagated by TPTB, as it's this highly mechanized world (fueled by limited energy resources) that allows them to direct others to use shovels and tractors while they sit on their asses and amass their "wealth" (and pass it along to their offspring).

Thomas Jefferson was right.  Hamilton, as should be more than obvious, was WAY wrong.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 16:49 | Link to Comment css1971
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As you point out though with the tractor you have excess production. With shovels you may not even be able to feed your own family.

We are a loong way from going back to shovels, the agricultural sector will be the last to lose access to oil.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 23:46 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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That is a whole different kettle of fish...

I was merely implying that anyone that thinks oil is going back to $30 a barrel (for any extended period of time) must be sure that an economic collapse of historic proportions is in the offing...

PS At no point did I imply agrarian society is failure....

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:22 | Link to Comment MilleniumJane
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Funny!  Just what I needed tonight!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 22:48 | Link to Comment ScotlandTheBrave
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The Russians will not climb in bed with the Salafi-Muslem Bros-Sunni. They are in bed with the Chicoms and Persian. There is a long semering hatred between the Russians and the Arabs going back to the Ottoman empire. Indeed, the current conflict in Syria is a fight between a Russian client and the Sunni Brohood whose tribal affiliations trace back to the Sauds. Basically, the Arabs want to run a pipeline up through there into Turkey to feed the huge European market with natural gas and oil...competing with Putin's plans. Also consider that Russia and Europe in general are on their deathbeds demographically. Europe will be Europistan in less than 100 yrs and the southern and western parts of Russia will be swallowed by the Chicoms and the south eastern part of Russia is already predominately moslem. Interesting times ahead.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 23:47 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Storing Up Trouble: A World of Imbalances

Humanity’s increasing impact on the Earth’s climate system involves more than just the emission of a trillion-plus tonnes of carbon dioxide since 1750.

The IEA publication CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion (2012) calculated global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion to be more than 30.5 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2010, equivalent to atmospheric concentrations of 3.9 parts per million (ppm). The United States Department of Energy’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center has data extrapolated back to 1750 showing that of the 1337 Gt of CO2 emitted from use of fossil fuels in the 261 years since the dawn of the steam age, 24% occurred in the 11 years from 2000 through 2010.

... During the last great climate-change event, the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, some 55 million years ago, the Earth heated up about 6°C over 20 000 years and then took 200 000 years to return to near pre-perturbed conditions. The planet underwent significant changes during this period; ocean acidification accompanied mass extinctions on land and in the sea. The sedimentary rocks that formed before and after this event are so different that they were divided into separate geological epochs long before scientists discovered what had caused the split.

For a great many species, adaptation was simply not possible, even over many thousands of generations. Business-as-usual scenarios using current emission trajectories suggest that a similar degree of climate change is likely, but over less than 1/100th the amount of time.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:39 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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ouch.   that 360 dervish turn will be a bitch.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 11:14 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Yep...

Irene was fast moving, Sandy may sit there with a full moon...

It is only a one run of one model, but it don't look good....

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment Seer
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So, God hates bankers (and, given that they're littered all over the eastern seaboard- spook shops)?

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 00:31 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 RAS- PUTIN

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:06 | Link to Comment Joe A
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The more the West becomes dependent for oil on despots and oppressing regimes and the higher the prices become, the sooner new nuclear and hydrogen technologies will be developed.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 05:25 | Link to Comment falak pema
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the US Neo-cons thought by controlling the Oil monarchies that oil would be "theirs" forever.

They forgot that by making Chindia into a new industrial gorilla thru outsourcing, they had sawed off their own petrodollar plank of ME NWO construct. The resulting imbalances now feed the crazy fiat ponzi in runaway frenzy.

Now, not only is the Oil patch of ME in jeopardy; aka the Oil kingdoms themselves, but also the resurgence of Putin Oilistan is creating a bigger international conglomerate, that has the US neo-con capabilities in energy and MIC, and maybe soon in the NEW money line decoupled to king dollar.

The USA risks to LOSE control of the vital three threads  (Oil/RM, USD hegemony, MIC supremacy) of its neo-con NWO power construct. ANd if it does, the international Oligarchs will abandon the USA as its preferred base. 

This Oligarchy is truly corporate, transnational and runs the world. Its US component is expendable over time! 

We will start hearing voices saying : From the Atlantic to the Ourals, even from the Atlantic to Vladivostock and Peking land! 

Mutti Merkel-Putin-China would be a redoutable team, if they truly gang up together. Right now China is too coupled to US economy but the writing is increasingly on the wall for US oligarchs...if the US economy implodes under USD instability.

Race to the bottom in first world continues...and the issue leads Eastwards !

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 06:54 | Link to Comment BigDuke6
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Trying to see through the opacity of it all is the key, and i always enjoy your thoughts FP.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:15 | Link to Comment toomanyfakecons...
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I would add a few things: 1. that nations around the world want their stolen gold back from the FED, BIS, and G5 nations. 2. lawlessness is peaking and 3. it looks like either the bankster-politicans (neocon and otherwise) get arrested, or the nuclear missiles fly, and nobody wants to see that.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 15:00 | Link to Comment Seer
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Always good analysis :-)

Keep in mind, however, that since all these "control" points/issues rest upon the notion of perpetual growth on a finite planet they have a built-in shelf-life- even IF there was ZERO human opposition to USA control Mother Nature is still there...

It's all a race to see who can become more dependent upon dwindling resources.  Someone needs to point out the flaw in this premise...

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 16:41 | Link to Comment css1971
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Canada, Australia and Kazakstahn are going to be the next resource flash points. Got to get your uranium somewhere.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:13 | Link to Comment slackrabbit
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"He has built pipelines that bypass troublesome countries and feed into needy markets"

 

He didn't built that!

;-)

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:43 | Link to Comment falak pema
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The irony of it; Reaganomic's inheritors said in 1991 : the US towers like a colossus; we are from NWO Mars, you are from surrogate Venus Europe; after Berlin Wall fell and Saddam's ass was kicked in oil patch USA.

ANd the prevalent hubris churned out the present construct all based on ponzi debt and imported MENA-Russia oil/gas. Zirp, burp, Glass-Steagall revoke, derivative bubble cola bottled and toxic pie baked in the WS/City factory, all outsourced to all and sundry. 

Now Putin, twenty three years after the Berlin Wall fell can pull the energy rug from under the West's feet and sing, "Tovarich, we are the kings!". 

Ask yourself, why an intelligent people who had it all could lose it all so quickly on both sides of the pond. Is this manifest destiny or just sheer stupidity? I don't know what to say as the sheer size of this madness is beyond comprehension as we sit on this runaway train, and look at our leaders in total denial. Do these guys even know what time it is?

 

 

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 04:59 | Link to Comment JJSF
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One correction is needed in this article.

Russia is no longer #2 in worldwide oil production. It is now #1 with Saudi Arabia bumped down to #2.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 09:12 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Minor quibble, they flip-flop back and forth and the production statatistics are probably only accurate to ~100,000 bopd...

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 11:25 | Link to Comment Offthebeach
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Stalin.
Kill off Russian officer corps. Check.
Kill off military labor pool of young Ukrainians and other. Check
Supply, a little, military with Soviet industry junk, and pre WWI junk. Check.
Have mutual admiration society with Hitler. Check.
Have credible intel of Hitler breaking pact( yet again ) and invading, ignore. Check.
Have mental breakdown for near a week. Toady officer corps paralyzed. Check.
Have pathetic third world equipped and untrained slave army using only mass death, occasional ditch digging, mass occasional shooting of anyone capable of reading a road map and point to the sun. Check.
Germans slaughtering said supposed 'Army' limited only by logistics and Hitler's Toady Generals. Then claim mass Stalin incompetence, enforced by legions of fellow Russians sending millions of Russians to be woodchipped by German Army as glorious sacrifice as opposed to the truth of regime preservation by murder by other means, in this case the German Army as opposed to the usual Soviet state. Check.
After war send million or so Russian veterans to Siberia. Check.

US, Allies, lead, train, equip, maneuver( Professional Military ) and have killed numbers less than those killed by KGB discipline battalions on fellow Russians.

Also, US Allies, conquer the North and South Atlantic, Mediterraneans, liberate Africa, India, double the time zones of Russia, supply Russia, win the Air War over Europe, conquer the Pacific, sink the Japanese Navy, rollback the Imperial Japanese Army from India all through the pacific, most of China, win the air war over the pacific and Japan.

The distance from Moscow to Berlin was a walk in the park for the Allies. It is just Stalin and the Soviets were incompetent, slob, mass murders. And, they and we know it.

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 16:13 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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For a few decades, I have watched as the "leaders" of the Anglo-American (Zionist) Western countries (NATO) told bigger and bigger LIES, and backed them up with more violence. For about a decade I have found that what Putin says makes way more sense than anything that the President of the USA, or the Prime Minister of Canada, or any other similar politician ever say!

Of course, I do NOT 100% agree with Putin, however, I respect what he says, as things that make sense, and are consistent, while, the leaders of North America, and NATO generally, are more and more saying things which are bizarre bullshit, flatly contradicting everything that my own independent research was able to ascertain is closer to the real world facts. Of course, in North America, and NATO countries generally, the mass media are MASSIVE LIARS, and everything our politicians do has been based on one Huge Lie, after another, backed up with more and more insane violence!

I WISH that I did not discover that to be the real situation. I WISH that the leaders of my country, and it allies, were not revealed to be deranged puppets! Of course, I do NOT like everything about Russia, and I believe that Moscow is probably a dangerously twisted mad house, in its own right, not totally different than Washington DC. But nevertheless, I find it more and more disturbing that Putin keeps of making more and more sense, whereas the "leaders" of especially North America are more and more plainly obvious LIARS, actually working primarily for international banksters, and Zionists, etc. ...

I WISH I had not discovered that to be the case, because I am stuck living in North America, surrounded by a society that is becoming more dangerously insane everyday, and there is no way I could go anywhere else to escape from that. Therefore, when the INSANE organizations like NATO start world war, and North American countries impose martial law, my desire to respect more truth, and sanity (which I believe Putin represents a lot more than the President of the USA, or the Prime Minister of Canada, etc., do) will probably only get me in more serious trouble within North America, as that society becomes much more seriously psychotic, as it backs up even bigger lies, with more violence, which IS what I have been watching governments in North America do, decade after decade, more and more, during my entire adult life!

That Russia has a lot of oil makes it one of the major targets of the international banksters, to try to overthrow one more time. Putin appears to be very well aware of that! THE PROBLEM is that the international banksters want to consolidate their power to create endless money out of nothing, and to force everyone else to accept that, so that those banksters can totally dominate and control ALL of the world's natural resources.

Russia appears to now be a serious obstacle in the way of that grand plan. It looks to me that Putin would like to work out a reasonable compromise. However, the international banksters are not willing to do anything like that. The international banksters, that control the NATO countries, by controlling their puppet politicians, and their mass media, etc., appear to want to start a world war, and they appear insanely willing to risk doing that, despite that it probably would go out of control!

THE PROBLEM is that we are deep, deep, deep into the situation of the runaway triumphs of the international banksters being able to control the world's money supply, so that they and their friends can control the world's natural resources. That power of the banksters requires that their military arm, NATO, and their secret police powers, like the CIA and MI-6, and so forth, provide the force to back up the triumphant runaway financial frauds of the banksters.

Clearly, Putin and Russia appear to now be a very substantial obstacle in their way! That is why I am 100% pessimistic about the future, since I believe that the insanity of our "leaders" in North America will create conditions which overwhelm the attempts that Putin and Russia are making to create a more balanced world system.

The problem of the FRAUD BACKED BY FORCE international banksters' system attempting to achieve complete global hegemony and consolidation is reaching a serious end game play, with Russia, under a leader like Putin, being a serious obstacle to the fulfilment of the banksters' plans.

Unfortunately for me, personally, I am extremely vulnerable to becoming a victim of the bankster controlled governments of North America starting world war, and imposing martial law, and the FACT that I believe that the banksters, and their political puppets, are seriously insane does not make anything any better, but rather only more seriously jepardizes my own personal future, as an indivdual.

As I said, I WISH that my independent research did not lead me to the conclusions that I have outlined above, which are that the growing power of Russian to control its own natural resources is something that the banksters do NOT like, and therefore, more serious social insanities are far more probably the political future, than anything else!

NATO countries, as directed by the international banksters, are attempting to force Russia to play their game, BUT, so far, Russia is not willing to roll over and play dead. Instead, Putin appears to be speaking out sensibly, and taking actions which are challenging the power of the banksters, backed by NATO, to have their fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting system completely take over the whole world! Therefore, genocidal world war, along with democidal martial law, are the most probable result of the temper tantrum that the international banksters are going to throw, and then back up with NATO and NORCOM, etc. ...

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 22:15 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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as someone who greatly enjoys your posts here, I hope adding my perspective to this latest won't annoy. . .

it would seem that you have made an alliance with a certain potent plant, which in itself can be a shamanic act, depending on the mind of the partaker. . . shamanic archetypes include either a symbolic death, or at the very least a releasing of old ways of believing in order to embody a larger perspective, one that includes more of the truth, and less limiting of information gathered.

this of course is completely insane IF one attempts to live out this awareness within the cultural tribe.  I like the story of the shaman living on the edge of the village because the people cannot abide the shaman's point-of-viewing for extended periods, too disruptive, etc.  one visits the shaman for healing, for a bit of peace, but heads back into the pattern until. . . one needs the shaman again, rinse repeat.

you've got a couple of "sides" you're paying attention to, two halves to a whole perhaps. . . but a whole what?  certainly not the whole picture!  that's not really available to anyOne, as we're designed to think we're separate, and experiencing uniqueness, and to seek out similar types to affirm this, etc. 

when perhaps we're all a part of the Oneness, and just experiencing the insanity for a while, gathering information, watching the show, hopefully having some fun. . .

wide-angle lens.  refocus.  breathe.

peace.

 

 

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 17:28 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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Thanks for your reply Cathartes Aura, my response will go wildly off topic of Russian oil, turning into a global giant, and the desire of the international banksters to be able to control the whole world's natural resources, by being able to dominate the world's "money" supply. Of course, I put "money" in quotes, because what they are actually doing is not the normal idea of "money" that most people still believe, since those people still have to earn their money, but rather the banksters' "money" is their ability make "money" out of nothing, and FORCE everyone else to accept that FRAUD, since the banksters were the best organized gangs of criminals, who were able to take control of almost all the world's governments, and certainly those in North America, and, to different degrees, all of NATO. For example, the banksters have ALWAYS dominated Canada, and there was never a time when there was any significant Canadian revolution, to change that. Therefore, the banksters ALREADY control Canadian oil and the tar sands, and so forth.  The banksters do not have to order the USA or NATO to bomb Canada to take back control of the natural resources in Canada. RATHER, the Canadian Prime Minister, and the Harper government generally, are rabid Zionists, and totally supportive those things, and everything else that is related to the overall growing global systems of DEBT SLAVERY, BACKED BY WARS BASED ON DECEITS. Since Canada has lots of natural resources, but a small population, Canada is better off than almost all other countries, in a material sense. However the flip side of that is that Canadians general are relatively worse political idiots, with an even more colonial style of government!

Therefore, the current government of Canada is transforming that country, as fast as they can, to fit into the overall globalized, privatized, banksters take over.  Canada used to be a country that was much nicer than the USA, and it still appears to be, relatively speaking, BUT, under our current "leaders" we are transforming faster and faster to become like the USA already is!

For instance, Canada is trying to catch up to America in the war on drugs. In March of 2012, the Canadian government passed an Omnibus Crime Bill that imposed mandatory minimum jail sentences for cannabis crimes. At the same time, the Canadian prisons are getting uglier and uglier, with practices like over-crowding and double bunking in cells becoming common, which has results like record breaking rates of prisoners hurting themselves, and others.  Of course, those conditions in Canada are still nowhere near as bad as in the USA, nor in Russia, for that matter. However, the TRENDS are there, and, there is NO reasonable hope for the foreseeable future that that situation is going to do anything else but get worse, faster!

Therefore, in Canada, IN FACT, cannabis is MORE criminalized now than ever before, and the most probable political future is for that to continue to get worse, faster! My point in bringing that up, in regard to your reply, are the OBJECTIVE social facts, that, as "leader" of the Marijuana Party of Canada, my REALITY is being forced backwards, into retreat, as everything gets worse! The dominant controlled opposition political parties in Canada provide no genuine alternatives. There are NO bigger political parties in Canada that I could join and support. Again, the Canadian situation is not nearly as bad as that in the USA, but we suffer the basically same fate, that there is NOBODY worth voting for, and the opposition is controlled, so that the "democracy" is dwindling and dying. The politicians are powerless puppets, whose behavior in Parliament is clearly becoming corrosive, obnoxious bullshit, which is happening so fast, and is so noticeable a deterioration, that many mainstream pundits and commentators are lamenting what they are seeing happen before their eyes!

ANYWAY, that is the background to your comment that:

"... it would seem that you have made an alliance with a certain potent plant, which in itself can be a shamanic act ..."

That used to be true, but it is no longer true. The objective social facts have become so bad, that I have become almost 100% objectively depressed. After the Omnibus Crime Bill was passed in March, 2012, imposing mandatory prison sentences for growing or selling marijuana, I gave up consuming cannabis. The primary reason for doing that is that I find I no longer can get high. I do not have the slightest shred of optimism or idealism left!  I find I can not get high, because I find it IMPOSSIBLE to generate any kind of reasonable hope for the future, so much so that I can barely day dream about anything that I could actually DO to prevent things from automatically getting way, way worse than they already are!

I used to have hopes for the future, that I thought were far fetched, but still barely possible. I no longer believe in even any irrational hopes for the future.  Therefore, I find that when I consume cannabis, I no longer get "high." My sense of 100% objective depression, based on the real social FACTS, makes it practically impossible for me to believe in anything, other than that there will surely be bigger lies, backed up with more violence, getting unimaginably worse.

Anyway, my alliance with shamanic ideas, and substances that might assist with those realizing those ideas has been BROKEN.

I still cruise on autopilot, because of believing in ideals like truth and justice in the past, and believing that working on a greater use of information, for the sake of higher consciousness, was worthwhile. Therefore, I made so many decisions based on those ideas, for so long, that I am still like an arrow in flight, fired with those aims in sight. However, that arrow is now headed down, and there is zero motivation that I am able to generate on the basis of ideals for a better future, that is not deadened by knowing too much about the OBJECTIVE SOCIAL FACTS, that our society is almost totally controlled by FRAUD. BACKED BY FORCE, that is headed towards debt insanity, backed up by insane wars!

Therefore, I am more like an empty shell of a "shaman." ... For instance, did you know that Santa Claus is the modern representative of the archetype of the shamans that were throughout Eurasian cultures, including across Russia, of course, for tens of thousands of years, and the magic bag of gifts that Santa Claus had was actually full of magic mushrooms?

Because of the way I look, almost every day, and sometimes more than once a day, people, especially young children, point at me and say, "Santa Claus," or more often "Pere Noel" because I now live in Montreal, Quebec, where French is spoken. Thus, the amusing situation is that Santa Claus represents the modern, Coca Cola, version of the shamans that lived all across Asia, like in Russia, for tens of thousands of yeas, and who used shaman substances, like magic mushrooms, in their social ceremonies, and spiritual practices ... And, at least once a day, a child will point at me, and spontaneously say "Santa Claus," because I look like the classic Coca Cola version of that archetype.

HOWEVER, although I certainly agree with you that "we're all a part of the Oneness," my best objective assessment of the foreseeable future is runaway social insanity, that no shaman can do any social psychiatry to heal. On the contrary, I have come to conclusion that the only realistic future that I can actually believe in, (although I WISH that I did not) is that we ARE headed towards psychotic social breakdowns. ...

Of course, I do not think that overthrows the perfect Oneness of the universe, no more than a hurricane overthrows the existence of weather patterns. Rather, it is just that I believe we are on the verge of social storms more violent than anything before in human history. I believe that the primary reasons for that are that our governments ARE controlled by the international banksters, and they ARE going to go for broke to attempt to consolidate a global hegemony of their triumphant financial frauds, backed up by the powers of completely compromised governments.

Therefore, although A LOT of who I am now is due to my embracing shamanic kinds of ideas (a creative synthesis of ancient mysticism with postmodernizinng science) my current state of mind is such that I no longer find any inspiration or solace in consuming cannabis, or magic mushrooms, nor anything else like that.

The only "fun" I have left is due to my developing a macabre sense of humour, to laugh at evil. However, that is not actually much like having some "fun" should be! Apart from laughing at the runaway absurdities of the world being more and more controlled by bigger frauds, backed by more force, I no longer have any "fun" doing anything that I used to enjoy doing.  Therefore, my "alliance with a certain potent plant, which in itself can be a shamanic act " is BROKEN.

I WISH I did not believe in the things that I wrote in my comment above, about the entire geopolitical insanity of the international banksters INTENDING to work their way up to starting insane wars against Russia ... because I believe that is an INSANE thing to do!!! However, I have become almost 100% convinced that that is what is happening, and that the Zombie Sheeple in North America, and other NATO countries, will NOT be able to stop that from happening. I am nearly 100% convinced, (with no reasonable doubts left) that the vast majority of people in North America will continue being brain dead sheep, being fleeced, and being set up to be slaughtered, and that that is going to get way worse, not any better, within the foreseeable future.

I have not abandoned the sublime abstract ideal of Oneness.

However, I believe that the REAL future, for me, and many, many other people, is going to be the miserable runaway results of being controlled by frauds, backed by force, getting worse, faster.  Therefore, just as, here in Canada, IN FACT, cannabis is more criminalized than ever before, and there is NOTHING practical that I can do about that, so too, on the larger global scale, such as with the oil industry, and the competition between the players there, I am nearly 100% convinced that the end game of their competition to take control of those resources will backfire extremely badly, and end up destroying almost everything that they were fighting about!

Therefore, my personal relationship with the ideal of Oneness, has become like that of an individual with a diagnosis of a fatal disease. That disease is not inside of my body, so much as it is throughout the society that surrounds me. I am very close to 100% convinced that the society I live in IS INSANE, and will go through destructive psychotic breakdowns, and that that is so bad, that there is nothing that I can do to prevent, nor prepare for those events. Therefore, like a person with a terminal sickness gets by, living one day at a time, I too barely get by in a similar fashion, while I wait and watch world events, where my only strained relief is the increasing workout that my well-honed macabre sense of humour gets, as I laugh at the runaway tragedy of the world being controlled by astronomically amplified frauds, backed by threats and force, while IF those threats are ever acted upon, then we will have a quick, and insanely destructive war, with weapons of mass destruction, between Russia, and the bankster dominated NATO countries, which are attempting to make Russia submit to international bankster control.

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 09:42 | Link to Comment northerngirl
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Ironic isn't it... Russia is becoming a Natural Energy Giant positioning and using of their natural resources in such a manner that they will become a more affordable force to be reckoned with then during the Cold War.  What are we doing in the US "Go Green!" We are not investing in building a pipeline from Canada, but rather investing in, "Renewable Energy", companies that go bankrupt.  Lastly, what will happen when oil is no longer traded in dollars?  Russia and China have already started to move in this direction.  This is the problem with American...Americans.

 

 

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 10:40 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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You do realize that the purpose of Keystone XL is to supply Gulf Coast refiners for export?  Look up Valero and tax free export zones...

Keystone will equalize the prices paid in the interior of NA to international levels, i.e. it will actually raise the price of gasoline for many...

Moreover, it will be a net job killer once built since it takes much less labor to operate a pipeline compared to moving it by rail...

Keep listening to Koch funded propaganda....

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