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Ukraine: Follow The Energy

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

Scrape away the media sensationalism and geopolitical posturing and it boils down to a simple dynamic: follow the energy.

Though many seem to believe that internal politics and geopolitical posturing in Ukraine are definitive dynamics, I tend to think the one that really counts is energy: not only who has it and who needs it, but where the consumers can get it from.

Let's cut to the chase and declare a partition along long-standing linguistic and loyalty lines a done deal. Let's also dispense with any notions that either side can impose a military solution in the other's territory.

Media reports on the weakness of Ukrainian military forces abound (for example, Ukraine Finds Its Forces Are Ill Equipped to Take Crimea Back From Russia), but Russia's ability to project power and hold territory isn't so hot, either.

A knowledgeable correspondent submitted these observations:

RE: Russian Army. Effective draft evasion is running 80%. Morale is low, training is very poor and poorly funded. The Russian army has also gone through 22 years of near continuous contraction.

And this standing army has heavy commitments in the Caucasus and Far East Siberia. Moreover, at least half of these Russian ground troops are short term 12 month conscripts. I don't think these kids will produce many usable and motivated troops. The low morale recently seen in the Ukrainian Berkut and other police will be multiplied by at least 10x.


Russian speaking Ukrainian bands are rumored to already be crossing the borders into Russia territory. They're to be ready to sabotage bridges and infrastructure and generally retaliate. Fluent Russian speakers with many years experience of living in Russia. Who can say for sure if this has already happened or is just being threatened? We can say this is a very real danger. These people look just like "Russians."


And we can also say this threat will seriously complicate Russian rear area security and logistics. And speaking of logistics, the distances in south Ossetia and Abkhazia were very short and the populations were entirely friendly. Neither condition prevails in the Ukraine outside the Crimea.


Supplying moving armored units over hundreds of miles of occupied country is very difficult logistically. The logistics for air assault helicopter units are just as bad. These helo units look mobile but they're a lot like a yoyo being twirled around your head on the string. They only go fast within a fixed radius anchored by logistics that are about as heavy to move as an armored division's supply columns. That is years in the 101st Airborne Division talking. The fuel consumption rates are immense. Stuff starts breaking down fast.

Conclusion: a de facto partition is already baked in because neither side can force a re-unification. Various jockeying and posturing will undoubtedly continue for some time, but the basic end-game is already visible: de facto partition.

Let's move on to correspondent A.C.'s observations about energy.

This map rounds out the European energy Rosetta Stone. When they hear that Italian fighter jets are over Tripoli, or that the French Foreign Legion has returned to the deep Sahara Desert, they can can better understand the reasons and real objectives of such operations.



Many have noted that the Russia economy is critically dependent on oil and gas exports to the EU. It should be noted that the converse is less true every day about EU dependence on Russian oil and gas. The Wall Street Journal even had a line about an EU proposal to push natural gas EAST to the Ukraine. It's hard to understand that passage or where the natural gas could come from unless one understands the North Africa to southern Europe gas pipelines.


The factors bringing the conflict in Ukraine to a head are:


1. The natural gas discoveries in eastern Poland and western Ukraine played the largest role.


2. The reduced importance of the gas pipeline running through the Ukraine to Europe as compared to 2009. Since that time the Nordstream lines have been finished and Gazprom acquired commercial control of the Belarus pipeline. The South Stream lines are well along in development.


3. Fast developing liquid natural gas (LNG) seaport terminal infrastructure.


Events in Libya, Mali and Algeria are not hermetically isolated from this. They are part of a comprehensive energy policy problem being dealt with by the same leaderships. It increasingly looks like a series of peripheral Energy Wars that are being fought out for control of Europe.

LNG exports are going to become a weapon in the struggle for geopolitical influence and control.


This highlights another problem for Russia/Gazprom. Its present natural gas advantage in Europe now rests mainly on its pipeline infrastructure. This advantage is fading due to the current and proposed pipeline projects running through Turkey to Europe, plus LPG terminal & ship developments, plus the five trans-Mediterranean pipelines from Libya, Algeria and Morocco to southern Europe, plus local shale gas plays...


The Ukraine is not the only country becoming less systemically important to Europe for natural gas supply. So is Russia. Current events will only accelerate everyone's efforts to diversify away from such an unstable and apparently dangerous supplier.


I think the long-term fallout from the Ukrainian Crisis will be similar to China's attempt to exploit its temporary low price monopoly position in rare earth metals a few years ago. The result is rare earth metals are becoming less rare by the day as alternate mines outside China are opened and reopened.

Thank you, A.C. Scrape away the media sensationalism and geopolitical posturing and it boils down to a simple dynamic: follow the energy.


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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:08 | 4509272 orkneylad
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If you ain't in the oil business, you ain't in business.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:22 | 4509335 Escrava Isaura
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Tyler, talking about business, is there anything wrong with Zero Hedge site?

Zero Hedge at Mozilla is crashing. Tried at Explorer and it's very slow. The others sites are fine at Mozilla.


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:26 | 4509348 IridiumRebel
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chrome is working fine


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:28 | 4509362 MarsInScorpio
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I posted - repeatedly - there isn't going to be a hot war. MAD is still around, and doing its job.


Frankly, I wondered why anyone would oppose anyone else having the bomb. After all, it's highly effective at stopping war.


Then it dawned on me: The reason is because then the US, China, Russia, et. al couldn't go in and drone countries, or loot counties, or finance a coup in countries that have the bomb. They’d have to actually use win-win scenarios to advance their agendas.


Can't have that, can we? How can you rape the world if everyone is carrying a gun to kill the attacker?


The more I read ZHer posts - well, some excluded of course but most posts - the more I realize how long I bought the Big Lie of the oligarchs and their wage slaves carrying out their policies.


George Wallace once said of the Dems and Reps, "Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum."


How true.


And how true of all the Controllers no matter where you are in the world.


So I say, "People of Ukraine, you have thrown off the chains of one group of oligarchs to have them replaced with the chains of another group of oligarchs. Either way, you are nothing but slaves."


And to think of all the innocent lives the oligarchs are guilty of murdering for wealth. 


The French Revolutionaries only killed half the guilty parties - and replaced them with the other blood-thirsty half that survived.


In the Big Scheme of things, nothing changed.


And nothing ever does.


Or to put this in the form of a Robert Crumb cartoon:


Average Joe is climbing the mountain to seek the wisdom of Mr. Natural.


He reaches the top, and exhausted, he asks, "Mr. Natural! Mr. Natural!! What's it all mean??"


Mr. Natural, in his finest guru attire looks down at him and says, "Don't mean shit."



Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:37 | 4509399 Independent
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Russia at minimum needs Crimea and Odessa to control Kiev because these are the only two ports, otherwise everything has to come overland through other countries and makes things more expensive.  Odessa also links up to Transniester the breakaway part of Moldova which is made up of mostly Russians and has been isolated all this time.  Odessa in Russian hands gives Transniester umbilical cord to the sea and to Mother Russia.  I think the referendums will have Odessa go to independence from Kiev and join up with Russia.  We will see the same in the industrial East referendums.  Then Kiev can do nothing as Russian troops come in to regions that are ethnically Russian and want to be part of Russia.   Putin has made it clear that he will not allow Ukraine troops to fire on Russian citizens which is what will happen if Ukraine sends troops into the areas that want to break away.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:05 | 4509501 Phuk u
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I think you will find that a lot of russian speaking ukrainians do not want anything to do with Putin,

this is all a Russian exercise in propaganda which it holds in spades. I also believe that some idiot from either side

will pull the trigger and cause a serious problem, I hope I am wrong.


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:35 | 4509596 Occident Mortal
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Russian Natural Gas exports to Europe....$35bn per year

Russian Crude Oil exports to Europe.....$240bn per year

Gas is cheap. Oil is not.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:43 | 4510051 Lost Word
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Is that Russian Oil exported mainly by pipeline or ship?

Either method could be blocked by war.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:05 | 4509946 angel_of_joy
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I think you will find that a lot of russian speaking ukrainians do not want anything to do with Putin

Very true ! However, these Russians tend to live mostly in North America, and definitely not in Eastern Ukraine...

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 08:01 | 4511038 Truthseeker2
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The Ukraine Deception: US/EU-Directed Coup D’état Exposes Itself


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:51 | 4509687 disabledvet
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they'll need at least a 250,000 man Army to take and hold Odessa.
Turkey will not stand idly by while 300,000 tartars are subjugated either.

Again..."these are ghosts best left undisturbed."
Putin and all his "pom-pommers" should GO BACK NOW.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:04 | 4509943 vened
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"Turkey will not stand idly by while 300,000 tartars are subjugated either."

Good, Russians also want Constantinople back. Unfinished business from 1852....



Wed, 03/05/2014 - 01:14 | 4510630 Ecclesia Militans
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Byzantine Catholics would like their Basilica in Constantinople back too - held it for almost a 1000 years until being slaughtered by the Jannisaries in 1453 - how far back do you want to take this line of reasoning?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 02:17 | 4510735 Unpopular Truth
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Indeed, Ecclesia!
I say, let's go to the time when Alexander the Great died.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 22:12 | 4510136 Independent
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Well seeing how there are 1.6 million ethnic Russians in Crimea I would say they have more than enough boots on the ground to hold on to Crimea, as for Odessa its a port city and the Russians rule the Black Sea, not to mention the Region is Pro Russian and dont forget Transniester is already heavily militarized and weaponized by Russian speaking population.  If the Ukraine military, which is practically nonexistand, all this media talk of Ukraine military and I see nobody, while I see tons of Russian equipment and troops, so if Ukraine military moves on Odessa they will be flanked fromt he west and North by Transniester, basically they would be walking into a pincer formation.  Look at the map.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 00:48 | 4510432 Lordflin
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Well Mars, I wish you were correct... And I am more than willing to be wrong about this, but I strongly suspect I am not.

No one builds a military and then doesn't use it. Nations throughout the world are rearming... With the exception of US... one could speculate a number of reasons for that...

There has been no weapon designed by man that has not eventually been used. Near the end of WW II US built three nuclear bombs... they tested one and dropped the other two.

Currency war being fought world wide... will end in agreement or war... My money is on the latter.

US empire is crumbling... this is another prelude to war... ie WW II British empire was following apart. In fact, Hitler use to offer countries a portion of the British empire to come into the war (Stalin use to write to Hitler asking what part of the British empire he was going to get... Hitler answered him in June of '41)

I could go on... world is facing perfect storm... suspect it is going to get very wet...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:18 | 4509545 zionhead101
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CHROME is google, never use anything from google, and especially YOUTUBE.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:30 | 4509367 Freddie
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He has a lot of BS going on with Flash video players on Mozilla/Firefox.  Explorer is hopeless.  Opera is free and ZH work better for me using Opera.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:33 | 4509383 Big Corked Boots
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Ad Block (bitchez)

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:01 | 4509485 Escrava Isaura
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Thanks Big Corked. Downloaded Adblock and Mozilla is rocking!!!

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:07 | 4509768 Son of Captain Nemo
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Much obliged for the intel on this problem.  You're right perfect fix.


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:53 | 4509915 Escrava Isaura
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My pleasure! Now let's focus on Flakmeister... He/she is on a row

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:06 | 4509761 ForTheWorld
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Ad-Block Edge (not Plus) is better in Firefox. Make sure you add the subscriptions to filter out malware and social networking sites - it makes things a LOT better. Ghostery is a decent add on as well for filtering out more crap, but it reports your browsing habits for "marketing research", so it's got a bad side.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:57 | 4509468 Levadiakos
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Man up and quit looking at porn

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:39 | 4509622 Kirk2NCC1701
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As an alternative, try Ghostery.  That'll slow down or block the (4-12) marketing probes etc that tag along on every ZH page.

Aside from the hyper-texted ZH links, most of the Flash-players slave-ads vanish.  Damn Flash player and crap!

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:32 | 4509375 salvadordaly
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I had the same problems with explorer, and it was only with the hedge that I experienced it. Other sites were fine. Not saying who or why but I got it cleared up by running anti spyware software. I got that Super spyware free down load and all is better.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:58 | 4509475 vulcanraven
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Try Adblock plus, there are certain ads that will freeze/crash your browser. Adblock should take care of that.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:16 | 4509541 zionhead101
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You have to use a whole bunch of shit,

Just use mozzilla and use adblock+, and then get all the addon's that say 'google block', you will end up using about 5 tools, but you need to have them all installed, and make sure you always have shockwave turned off its the worst NSA trojan horse.

Note that to view Banzai's pictures they'll no longer be visible, because he's not showing JPG's, which can be done by a dumb browser, but he's using a google tool that requires all the dumb ad stuff be on, so its clear that banzai's photos are all a honey pot to get people to enable ad's,

The problem is if you enable ad's then you have 1,000's of dumb clients spying on your computer.

turn it all off, and you'll be fine, and if Banzai wants people to see his work, then he can post JPG's like normal non-nazi human beings

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:39 | 4522390 mkkby
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That faggot Banzai's pictures are stupid anyway.  After you've seen the first 2, the high school shit gets old.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:41 | 4509418 ZH Snob
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boy, talk about competitive marketing.  it's getting rough out there.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:13 | 4509788 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Hey wait a minute, I am to understand that is is not about  the safety of ethinic Russians in Ukraine that is important, that it is money?

Oh for shame Mr Putin a good communist would be ashamed. 

First one to say Putin is not a communist gets a bright red star.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 02:53 | 4510779 Idiocracy
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orkneylad, by chance did you pen ths bon mot:

If you ain't a Harley Rider, you ain't shit

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:12 | 4509284 ParkAveFlasher
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It's a good thing all the big billionaire money is being pumped into Europe.  /s

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:14 | 4509297 Flakmeister
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The EU is trying to wean itself of Russian supplies... They can't, but that won't stop them from trying...

The "discoveries" in Poland and the Western Ukraine are shale plays that have yet to be demonstrated. Exxon walked away from Poland in 2012 but this may be have been related to presssure over Sakhalin...

Oil does indeed trump gas....

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:18 | 4509316 Spastica Rex
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The silver lining to all these dark clouds is now often presented as "energy independence, it's just around the corner!"

I don't buy it.


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:03 | 4509493 ZerOhead
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So Europe is counting on a reliable long term supply of natural gas/oil from a stable Libya and Nigeria?

Do these guys even have brains...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:08 | 4509516 Flakmeister
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Libya was a reliable exporter of oil to the West for many years...

Oxy Petroleum has been a major player there from the get go along with ENI....

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:27 | 4509564 11b40
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So, why did the screw it up?

I have my answer, but curious about your Eurocentric opinion.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:38 | 4509700 Flakmeister
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I don't know exactly what happened in Libya but clearly some people felt Muammar had to go...

And if you think he was replaced by some Western stooge, I defy you to name him...


Edit: It should be very clear that the West was "content" with Khadafi in that the oil flowed and western oil cos. were welcome and that extraction terms were reasonable...

When it became clear that Muammar was not able to deal with the uprising he got thrown under the bus...

That is what is called RealPolitik...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:11 | 4509962 angel_of_joy
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To be more precise, the Americans pushed him under the bus.

 Like they did with Mubarak, Assad... and (surprize !) Yanukovych .

They tried the same shit with the Iranians and Putin. Didn't work !

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 22:44 | 4510260 Independent
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If you are the world leader of a country and you have a picture of yourself shaking the hand of a smiling western politician know that you are somewhere on the list of people to be thrown under the bus and that was your handshake of death

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 00:01 | 4510463 Flakmeister
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The moment Mubarak showed he could not keep things under control, he was dropped. Morsi showed he could not run the country. In fact no one can. Egypt is being propped up by Gulf money....


Is that not what anyone reasonable wants? Let the guys who have to rely on violence to fail?

It is simple, the guys that can't keep the peace don't last. And it is all about keeping the peace now, there are tremendous forces driving things, rising food prices, stagnant growth, lack of oppurtunity.... 

And there is no fix in the offing, it is about managing the overshoot...


Assad is a very different story. Perhaps later...

Yanukovych is another failed player, it all it takes is $5 billion over 23 years to topple the Crown Jewel of the FSU then someone is not doing their job... Very simple....

Iran is a failure whose roots lie 60 years ago....

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 01:54 | 4510697 angel_of_joy
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BS !

Mubarak has been always a very loyal American ally. They had ZERO reasons to throw him under the bus, other than Obama's idiocy.

When you treat one of your best allies like that, the others take notice.

Nobody trusts America anymore. It started after Vietnam, it became a foregone conclusion with the Egypt episode.

America SUCKS as an ally.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 02:04 | 4510716 Flakmeister
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He proved that he could no longer control the country...

Were you not watching?

Would you rather the US clearly prop him up in full view of the world? 

Now that would be very stupid...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 23:30 | 4510393 CrashisOptimistic
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What happened in Libya was a Total and BP production agreement expiration, and Gadaffi said he was going to replace them with Petrochina and PetroBras.

Total and BP pushed their governments into the old human rights rage (with nothing having changed there) amid the initial Tunisia upheaval.

Then the UN was persuaded to provide a resolution that authorized "protecting civilians", and both China and Russia agreed to it.  After several months of $120 Brent, the sortie total flying from Italy started to eat into the fuel supply budget of NATO and suddenly "protecting civilians" transmuted into "bombing purely defensive Gadaffi force positions".  Russia and China were angered and essentially said they would never again cooperate with any UN resolution.

I was quite taken by the actually excellent press conference transcript from Putin today in that he used the phrase "protecting civilians" several times, and noted pointedly how activity in Libya had been so very corrupted. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 00:25 | 4510521 Flakmeister
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Forget the bullshit rhetoric for public consumption, the posturing, the games of the UN and what not...

Look at what actually happens and why...

The lesson is that Russia and China cannot project power and they counted on Muammur without realizing that he could not hold the country...

Do you think that at any time more than 1500 rebels were involved in securing the export facilities? 


It is the game that has been played for long long time... Everybody plays it...

It would be wonderful if the game didn't exist, but that is not going to change anytime soon, especially when the stakes are on the rise...

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 00:28 | 4510535 CrashisOptimistic
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I don't know what that meant.  No number of rebels would have overthrown the Gaddafi government if it had not been bombed in a manner not authorized by the UN resolution.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 01:07 | 4510559 Flakmeister
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And Khadafi could not push them out either... This is RealPolitik, if you cannot back your claim, you have no claim...

Incidentally, Russia and China got fooled at the UN? Is that what you are telling me? You know, the Chess Player and the Dragon?


Edit: BTW, thanks for the lead, I looked up the Chinese and Russian involvement, I had forgotten about that... They would have gotten some western built infrastructure pretty cheaply if Khadafi had been able to keep his word... Everyone tries to play the game....

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 05:00 | 4510890 BlackVoid
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Khadafi was pushing for gold for oil.The uprising was staged.


You are misinformed.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:08 | 4511286 Flakmeister
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If it makes you feel better, then by all means cling to your childish narrative...

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:24 | 4525121 11b40
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I don't think Flakemeister is misinformed.  He just has a different perspective that I can't quite figure out.

My opinion is that the gold dinar was a major reason.  What force is more powerful than the worlwide central banking cartel?

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:16 | 4509540 d_taco
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Do you mean Liberated Libya? There are no tribes in Libya. That Libya?

I wish the people in Ukraine more fortune than the other liberated countries.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:32 | 4509585 Nassim
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I was once sent to Lagos, Nigeria, to install computers at their then brand-new airport. They wanted the CRT's to be painted black - their idea of black-power. I had three disasterous hotel stays in 9 days. The last one was their airport hotel. The drunk prostitutes would come and bang on your door at night asking to be let in. If you let them in, there is a good chance they would steal all your belongings. I mean, how can you stop numerous strong young women from doing what they want with your room?

I somehow doubt that things have changed much for the better in the 30 years since those wild days. They hardly ever write about the place in the newspapers. They are still flaring enormous amounts of gas offshore. Bunch of cretins.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:14 | 4509298 CheapBastard
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Free Corzine!


[That's The Honorable Corzine I'm referring to]

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:49 | 4510073 Rock On Roger
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hang by the neck until dead

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:15 | 4509300 cornflakesdisease
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Nothing in government happens by accident.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:16 | 4509306 kchrisc
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Good analysis. Thanks.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:54 | 4509457 Idleproc
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Propaganda. The sequence of generated coup driven instability.

The overall policy of TBTF is a failure.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:24 | 4509558 lakecity55
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Exactly! With all the "Climate Change" there will be no need for heating fuel!

And, APPLE does NOT want to sell anything to you if you disagree!

Fuck Apple. They died with Jobs.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:16 | 4509307 LawsofPhysics
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Would be a shame if anything were to happen to those pipelines.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:05 | 4509502 holmes
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Good thing we got global warming, er, climate change going on or else those Europeans would really freeze their asses off if Putin turns down the gas pipelines.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:22 | 4509549 blindman
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The end could be nearer than you think — Paul Craig Roberts
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March 3, 2014

The end could be nearer than you think


We are having trouble today with the website. I do not know ...." p.c.r
so we have one of those universal agreement news days around the ukraine
situation in the msm, it is fascinating and telling.
democracy now ...
Yemen: At Least 3 Killed by U.S. Drone Strike
A U.S. drone strike has reportedly killed at least three people in Yemen’s Marib province near the town of Shebwan. Tribal sources said a drone hit the vehicle of a suspected al-Qaeda fighter, killing him and two other occupants. Two civilians tending sheep nearby were reportedly wounded. Reuters reported there was a second drone strike in Yemen, saying at least four people had been killed in the two strikes. Last week, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to condemn the drone strikes, passing a resolution that calls for member states to ban extrajudicial killings. The vote was 534 to 49.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:31 | 4509582 11b40
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...."Last week, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to condemn the drone strikes, passing a resolution that calls for member states to ban extrajudicial killings. The vote was 534 to 49."

Seems like I recently heard a high-ranking State Dept official say someting to the effect of "Fuck the EU"

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:18 | 4509317 icanhasbailout
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I have a hard time believing that Russia will have a supply lines problem operating in Ukraine, calling it "projecting power" is a real stretch given that they aren't projecting very far. If the US could manage supply lines into Afghanistan for 12 years and counting, I am skeptical that Russia couldn't manage supply lines that are mostly within its own territory.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:52 | 4510088 Lost Word
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Same as Russian supply line to Afghanistan?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 00:05 | 4510477 icanhasbailout
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If you look at a map and are aware of the distribution of population in Russia, it is self-evident that Afghanistan is far away from Russian supply sources, while Ukraine is literally right next to them. Also Ukraine isn't heavily mountainous terrain filled with highly experienced guerilla fighters who believe they have a divine mandate to repel the invading infidel.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:19 | 4509321 blindman
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follow the traveling, destabilization, bouncing ball
across africa, asia, north africa to syria and now ukraine.
perfect timing correlation and coincidence do not imply causation,

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:06 | 4509763 lewietheparrot
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I get bogged down on this site

maybe cause I came here to fight

All the words are OK

Though I don't know what they say

When they come together so all mixed-up

Like a yipping and yapping year-old pup

Wish I could write like that blindman writes

But I can't tell the difference 'tween the blacks and the whites


Thanks, for your post---as you see---it inspired me

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:35 | 4509872 blindman
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sometimes i think the one thing i am good at is
inspiring people to try or think just a little
harder. here, you have encouraged my self flattery,
if you were the buddha i would have to kill you.
go forth and initiate an important and disturbing
interchange and debate; one day, the promise
holds, you will know the truth! as frightening
as that may be it is the final prize, the truth
and you will be armed well with it!

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 22:03 | 4510117 lewietheparrot
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Not bad, though a lot of exclamation marks

hope you're not saying

The truth will set us free

No one killed that buddha

Died a natural death

after living a natural life

lots of shade under that tree

and not much strife

Sorry, blindman---this is too easy---except for the caps

i think we're getting too old for this type of

you finish it---i'm off to bed----the lack of humor here tonight is

devastating to a light mind

if it's cold where you are---burn that buddha

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 22:38 | 4510239 blindman
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the truth will set you free because
the truth is you have always been and always
will remain free.
the thing is we do not know what is
here a joke for the heavy mind.
a giraffe walks into a bar and says
to the bartender ....
"the high balls are on me."

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 22:59 | 4510301 lewietheparrot
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Thanks, Blindman,

The 'highballs are on me' made my day

Freedom only if you believe in slavery

I don't----it has never been any part of my experience

But for the last 20 years I have lived outside of the US

And the difference feels like what I might call freedom

Had I anything to compare it with

Oh my---I'm so lucky, some will say

But not really---I live in a dream

Thanks again for the lightness!

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 23:41 | 4510417 blindman
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heavy to light to rock.
what of first good, nature?

..scraps ...unknown origin?
even the MSM had it tonight, Obama has offered 1B to Ukraine, that's about half a day of QE, and the desk guys says, who does Ukraine owe this money too? answer, Vlad Putin of course.

get out of denver baby .......go

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 01:00 | 4510603 blindman
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hear this all /// ...
Eddie And The Hot Rods - Life On The Line ( Full Album )
Eddie and the Hot Rods "Teenage Depression" Full Album
particularly this huh....
Eddie & The Hot Rods - Teenage Depression

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 01:09 | 4510616 blindman
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George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 01:14 | 4510627 blindman
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George Harrison - The Last Performance (John Fugelsang)

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 02:02 | 4510710 lewietheparrot
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you're the best


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:19 | 4509323 0b1knob
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Remember when Russia went on its little Afghanistan adventure?   It was perceived at the time as a victory for Russia and a disaster for the west.   Nothing is over till its over.

PS If only the US had learned from Russia's mistake.   Oh well.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:11 | 4509521 Pseudonymous
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I think the lesson was actually learned and applied. The lesson is that this is one way to bring empires down.

Good post.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:56 | 4509711 disabledvet
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ummm....we didn't go into Afghanistan because we needed a warm water port you moron. creating a huge Afghan Army, paying for it...supplying it...we are in fact ENHANCING Russian security.

I think "KGB Colonel Putin" is a nut.
After Afghanistan and Olympics we get "Chicken Kiev"?

He and his "men" are kicking over the gravestones of millions of dead.
Again...these things are best left undisturbed.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:03 | 4509941 Pseudonymous
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You must have misunderstood me. I was only trying to suggest that maybe the decision to start a land war in central Asia was influenced by people who wanted to accelerate the demise of the American empire... which is a laudable goal, but done with horrible methods.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:55 | 4510095 Lost Word
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Cannot live with America,

Cannot live without America.

A dilemma for them.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:22 | 4509332 Surging Chaos
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"Permit me to issue and control the pipelines of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws."

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:22 | 4509336 RaceToTheBottom
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Slovakia recently made a deal with Ukraine to provide Gas using pipelines the other way.

I am sure that was just a coincidence with all this other Ukraine trouble.....  lol

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:22 | 4509338 chump666
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Vlad rallied markets for the Oligarchs with his nonsensical attempt at propaganda insane the membrane rant, love the, 'we come in peace' , 'human rights' blah blah then sets off a missile hahah.

Follow the energy?  Sure.  Impaler will pull a Stalin, instead of staving out the Ukrainians ala 1930s, he is going to try and shutdown their power

EU gotta make a move, whatever it is...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:41 | 4509421 disabledvet
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"mission accomplished."

I do agree a lot has changed since the end of the cold war.
I'm just not an expert "post 1993" other than to think of the world as a far more dynamic place than policy folks look at things.

I do think "militarily speaking" things don't change all that much.
"For every move Russia makes there is an equal move the Americans will make."

I "feels" like chess...and this is probably exactly how President Putin looks at things...but there is a lot of emotion "post Soviet Union collapse"...something the USA (and in many ways me personally) have been confronting for the past 12 years...especially the last two.

Whatever happens to "Ukraine" it represents to me a very powerful symbol of a "peoples" or "State" to determine their own destiny (not just a right to "self-determination"....whatever that means.)

Russia "seizing" Crimea seems quaintly out of place in the 21st Century. What did the "Crimean peoples" do to be in need of "seizing"?
And perhaps the USA and Europe really wanting to do anything about it...let alone also a quaint fixture of the 20th century as well.

"just another corner of the world where not much of importance is going on."
Perfect time to "go for broke" if your Putin I guess.

I guess it all comes down to "will the US President do anything here?"
He really has spent the last six years doing nothing but talking actually.
As far as "acting" it doesn't get any bigger of a "stage" than the entirety of "the East." Rumors are we've already move out military into Ukraine as well.

"Once the shooting starts this is no longer chess."

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:08 | 4509514 holmes
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I do think "militarily speaking" things don't change all that much.
"For every move Russia makes there is an equal move the Americans will make."

Exactly. Putin takes over Crimea and Obozo wrings his hands.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:57 | 4509716 disabledvet
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"European Governments collapse...Bill Gross and other sovereign debt holders make a fortune."

What's your point again?

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:14 | 4509533 chump666
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It's chess and Putin's opponent is terrible, so it makes Vlad look good.  Putin has the west by the balls, shouldn't be like that, but it is.  Uk/Germany are balless, that could been seen by the ECB and IMF dictating policy over the PIIGS shambles, so...with a Cold War warrior emerging, that being our boy Vlad.  Who is going take the play against him?  He isn't that tactful, blunt Soviet style all the way.  He will try and squeeze Ukraine into submission.  

Until someone fires the first shot...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:58 | 4509722 disabledvet
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it's easy to think "i have to think two moves ahead" here...but VERY hard to think "that guy has to think two moves ahead too."

When you think's amazing we do anything at all actually.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:23 | 4509344 IridiumRebel
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Anderson Cooper?

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:32 | 4509363 Red Lenin
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Russia has no territorial ambitions for the whole Ukraine.    Crimea,  and part of East Ukraine is what Putin is after.

East Ukraine - apart from being majority Russian and pro-Moscow,  is worth something.   West Ukraine is an economic basket case.


Suits Putin - take the bit that likes you and leave US/EU having to pour infinite billions into the rest of it in order to save face and honour their word.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:15 | 4509536 lakecity55
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I recall it seems a lot of Russian and prior USSR industry in in the east/south; some of it may be defense industry. Another reason for Russia to hold on to the east besides the ethnic factor.

The most damaging event of all is the 5 Billion Dollars the criminal USG spent of OUR money to overthrow the elected government. During the Cold War, what was our line? "The Soviets are overthrowing elected governments! We must stop Kommunism!"

This crap is 110% out of control! The USG has only 1 goal: secure Financial Monopoly for the Big Fish; the Number 1 enemy of the USG are the Citizens of the United States!! If this corrupt and evil government rolls any tanks, it won't be against Ivan, it will be MRAPS rolling against Ma and Pa and the kids. They have stocked more ammo to use Against US than both the Russkie and ChiCom armies!

GRRRRRR! Rescue The Republic, ZHers!!

Americans Unite!!

Evict the Bath House Queen and his evil Flying Monkeys!

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:41 | 4510039 Spanky
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For... an accurate rant and...

The most damaging event of all is the 5 Billion Dollars the criminal USG spent of OUR money to overthrow the elected government. -- lakecity55

Evidence of inflation. During the Cold War the company could overthrow an elected government for only 5 or 10 million dollars... best case, of course.

Putin did not want this; US and (some) Eurocrats did. Timing the coup during the games and Nuland's indiscretion prove the point.

All Putin needs do is hold Crimea, and wait. If he does not advance westward, his forces cannot be accused of atrocities. If the extremists attack eastward, their purpose becomes apparent and Putin is justified.

The neo-cons believe this a small victory, insofar as it introduces conflict on Russian borders and in strategic regions. O need not respond with military force (other than covert weapons and intel), but must provide political cover for "freedom fighters' and "democracy advocates", esp. the notorious ones McCain and Kerry photo op with...

Domestically, the terrorist threat thread is worn out and needs a new villain. The old manichean devil is officially dead -- a new one is necessary to breath life into TPTB fear-based narrative -- the ultimate conflict of good and evil.

We good. Putin, apparently, not so much.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 23:57 | 4510447 Clowns on Acid
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"The neo-cons believe this a small victory.." Under GWB they were neo-cons, under Obama they are neo-Bolsheviks.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 06:15 | 4510949 tip e. canoe
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+1 for ... Domestically, the terrorist threat thread is worn out and needs a new villain. The old manichean devil is officially dead -- a new one is necessary to breath life into TPTB fear-based narrative -- the ultimate conflict of good and evil.

if there is a silver lining in this Grand Farcical Tragedy (a/k/a The Great Game), it's that the half-life of these real-life fairy-tale storylines is decreasing exponentially with each iteration.

what if there was a World War and no one watched?

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:30 | 4509368 I woke up
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Fusion technology, if it's even technically viable would make the resource wars obsolete and give power back to the people.

Seems like it's always 20 years away, sometimes I wonder if it's by design or if it's the unobtainable holy grail

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:47 | 4509438 globozart
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troll alert.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:55 | 4509462 Flakmeister
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Fusion makes fission seem like childs play....

And energy is still extracted by thermalization of neutrons and at orders of magnitude higher fluxes...

I have a funny feeling that even if fusion is solved it would only ever be used as some kind of propulsion system in space...

And that is being as optimistic as I can be....

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:33 | 4509589 Pseudonymous
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That is not the only possible way to capture energy from a fusion reactor. See direct conversion with aneutronic fusion. See research about dense plasma focus (DPF). These things will be pursued.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:39 | 4510034 Flakmeister
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Yes and look at the relative difficulty vis a vis D-T, it is basically a no go for any forseeable future...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 23:19 | 4510339 Ident 7777 economy
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Flak - still deficient in his education on these matters ...


M-Nanor technology (see Dr Mitchell Swartz) is already yielding 20x to 80x over input excitation, using multiple 'controls' and calorimeter validations ... not that Flak would understand any of that terminology, having only a 6th grade education and all ... and this is all happening at the 1 to 5 Watt level vs milliwatts as in years past ...


Poor Flak, he is to be 'left out' on this one too.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 00:27 | 4510529 Flakmeister
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Argle Bargle Morgle Whorsh??

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 23:23 | 4510371 ed31337
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Fusion is abundantly viable and already gives power back to people smart enough to use it. Plant some fruit and nut trees in your yard. Build a couple hydroponic ponds for fast growing vegetable plants. Put up a clothes line and decommission your dryer. Put some solar hot water and photovoltaic panels on your roof. Do everything you can to make use of the giant fusion reactor in the sky that's been powering this planet from the beginning of time. Fuck the HOA, fuck city code ordinances, and fuck all the oil company shills that claim it doesn't work. This shit is real.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:32 | 4509377 leekyuranus
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No. Follow the money. Power, political or otherwise, is to be exercised. It's no use having power unless you get the goodies. Yanukovitch was a thief - as are all politicians (they produce nothing so they can only steal). Putin is a bigger thief looking out for his crony. It's a kind of mafia. All the talk about politics, nationalism, oil, gas etc are just the symptoms of crooks everywhere trying to steal from all of us.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:52 | 4509691 Pseudonymous
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Follow the money

That too. When you do you find out that many (most?) Ukrainians are actually doing it to themselves. They hold UAH, USD, EUR, RUB, which are indirect mechanisms to fund the governments and corporations that cause all their troubles and misery. While they're at it they also cause suffering in their respective countries. America, being "privileged" to have the world reserve currency is actually the largest net recipient of suffering and market distortions facilitated by the foreign holders of the currency. It is pretty much everyone screwing up everyone and themselves.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:33 | 4509385 Schmuck Raker
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"Let's also dispense with any notions that either side can impose a military solution in the other's territory."

Yeah, 'cause, like... it's not as if Russia could invade, say, Crimea without losing thousands of soldiers in the bloodbath THAT would entail.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:34 | 4509391 magpie
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The people in charge of America were handed orders to begin World War 3 - that is all.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:35 | 4509395 vjmali
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It is much easier to bring it fom Qatar and Saudi Arabia through Syria to Turkey. If only Assad could be removed....

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:35 | 4509398 falak pema
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That Nigeria to Algeria pipeline project is being promoted by a lot of far seeing oligarchs; including the lead Oligarch of Nigeria : Aliko Dangote. 

France is already positioning itself to help this trans saharan energy thread. It fits in with its 19th century project of linking Dakar to Djibouti in a trans saharan green belt project that promotes the ecological resurgence of Sahel and Lake Chad.

Dreams of yester year and Oligarchy plays of tomorrow.

When American and European corporate giants reshape the nation state boundaries their countries haphazardly traced in the sand in the race to rape colonial Africa during the late 1880s onwards. Fashoda here we come! 

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:56 | 4509466 Flakmeister
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I'll see your Fashoda and raise you one Khartoum...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:40 | 4509624 Urban Redneck
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Pipeline... Northern Nigeria... Energy Security... That's Funny. Where do these people get these crazy ideas?

Name one decent length pipeline in Nigeria that continually operates at capacity and that isn't subject to regular siphoning or sabotage.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:37 | 4509406 Lumberjack
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Warren Buffett says climate change made no difference to insurance on catastrophes


A CNBC show interviewed Warren Buffett  — and in the context of talking about insurance shares — the billionaire (and Bershire Hathaway shareholders) are smiling all the way to the bank. Climate scientists may be predicting disasters, but as far as insurance goes, nothing much had changed.

Interviewer:  How has the latest rise of extreme weather events changed the calculus on Ajit Jain in reinsurance?

Warren Buffett: “The public has the impression, because there has been so much talk about climate, that the events of the last ten years have been unusual. …They haven’t. We’ve been remarkably free of hurricanes in the last five years. If you’ve been writing hurricane insurance it’s been all profit.”

 Warren Buffett: “So far the effects of climate change, if any, have not affected… the insurance market.

It has made no difference. I calculate the probabilities in terms of catastrophes no differently than a few years ago… that may change in ten years.”

Warren Buffett: “I love apocalyptic predictions, because … they probably do affect rates…”

 Warren Buffett: “Writing US hurricane insurance has been very profitable in the last five or six years… now the rates have come down and we’re not writing much, if anything, on Hurricanes in the US at all. The biggest cat risk right now.. I think is earthquakes in New Zealand.”



Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:59 | 4509476 Kayman
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So as Obama shills for climate change, Warren pockets the profits. Whodathunkit...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:03 | 4509494 Flakmeister
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Also known as talking your book...

And since when has quoting WB been a good thing at ZH????


Anyway here is MunichRe on the issue


And I will close with this nugget from today:


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 23:22 | 4510362 Ident 7777 economy
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Bullshit Flak. 17 yrs and counting - NO WARMING.

Give it up, boy.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:28 | 4511348 Flakmeister
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So  you are clearly admitting  that it was warming before you say it stopped.

Why was it warming before?

So when exactly did it stop?

And what changed to make it stop?


Finally, could you explain the following fitted trends GISTEMP 

1970 to 1997:  0.146 +/- 0.067 C/decade

1970 to 2014:  0.163 +/- 0.031  C/decade

If the warming "stopped" why has the rate of warming increased if I add the last 17 years in?

It is mathematically impossible for what you say to be true...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:40 | 4509417 Tracerfan
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I'm sorry, but No:  "The natural gas discoveries in eastern Poland and western Ukraine played the largest role. "

There is more gas coming out of Poles' rear ends than there is out of the ground.  A small number of wells have found some commercial gas.  Not nearly enough to meet needs.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:44 | 4509430 Obama_4_Dictator
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"long-term fallout from the Ukrainian Crisis will be similar to China's attempt to exploit its temporary low price monopoly position in rare earth metals a few years ago. The result is rare earth metals are becoming less rare by the day as alternate mines outside China are opened and reopened."


Anyone care to comment on this tid bit....

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:01 | 4509484 Kayman
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Not before taking my red pills.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:56 | 4509710 JR
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It’s not about resources, per se. Ultimately it’s about a pervasive and absolute tyranny imposed by an elite aristocracy that intends to own and control the movement of all the world’s resources, including all human “resources.”

Wars brought on by economic conflict, the oligarchs believe, greatly accelerates their push for a one-world, socialist, Utopian dictatorship – warfare institutes control over sovereign economies, over deficit spending, government planning, devaluation of past purchasing power, redistribution of the wealth… and imposes the power of a police State.

The world oligarchs are forcing these conflicts of cultures and nations to divide the people so they can more easily be controlled. Culture from the dawn of man has been the method for civilization to develop. Kinship, brotherhood, friends and family, tradition and belief have strengthened man’s confidence in himself and his hope for the future.

Family and culture do not fit with Marxism, with Bolshevism. State control to exist must not have the interference of culture and its values. Since WWII the conflict of culture against culture has intensified as a world kleptocracy enabled by the Fed imposes its will upon nations, most notably in Europe and now, with class vs. class, color vs. color clashes being instituted by a banker-operated Congress and White House, in the United States.

Today, of course, it’s the Ukraine.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:44 | 4509431 nothing can go wrogn
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Master Blaster runs Bartertown.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:11 | 4509437 percolator
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  • CHS, I call bullshit on your supposedly "knowledgeably" correspondent; all his supposed "facts" are based on fucking rumors.  I've spent a fair amount of time in Southern Ukraine; Odessa, Kherson, Nikoleav, Dniproptrovsk and Zaporizhia and still have many friends there today and the majority of these people speak Russian and prefer Russia to the West. It's only in the North and the West Ukraine that they don't like Russians.

Russia won't have any problems in Eastern and Southern Ukraine because they'll have the support of the people!

Your correspondent sounds like a god damn Fascist chicken-hawk cock sucking fucking faggot!


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:29 | 4509847 zionhead101
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CHS is a zio- apologist just like KUNSTLER, anybody that doesn't know this isn't using his critical reading skills.

ZIO- fodder for the blogger fodder on ZH and nothing more. To maximize clicks for google nickels.

Just like Faber, or Ron Paul.

Or Bitcoin ...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:53 | 4509453 Cornholiovanderbilt
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Peak Easy to Steal Oil is hard on everyone!!

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:57 | 4509459 JR
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It's been years since conflict somewhere in the world has not involved the United States, whether publicly or with its many clandestine agencies. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the former Soviet satellites where the American Empire, working with its European bankers, attempts to set up puppet regimes that serve the bankers and short change the people.

And, now, Ukraine.

Says Columnist Philip Giraldi: “The neocons’ modus operandi is fomenting hatred, both within the United States and around the globe.” Giraldi, of, is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

Already having seized a major portion of the wealth of America’s middle and upper-middle classes through financial control and manipulation, the neocons’ objective is universal control. Under the guise of central planning, this international cabal -- based for 100 years in America -- is instituting Orwellian “1984” Bolshevism not only over the United States but throughout the European Union as well.

The Question: Will the international bankers be able to produce a Third World tsunami that engulfs the entire globe?

The answer rests within the American people.

For as Raging Debate, Zero Hedge blogger, wrote in September of 2010, the forces once active in Russia and now in the Ukraine are the same as those active in the U.S.:

“What the United States is going through is exactly what the Russians went through in the mid-nineties. Same group of economic U.S. ‘advisors’ helped the oligarchs liberate the remaining wealth from the Russian citizens…. I know all about it, I have lived that life too.”

And, now, rather than let the Ukrainian people decide their own fate, the Fed neocons once again are breathing WWIII fire that, if successful, will guarantee the final destruction of Western civilization and freedom – all in the corrupted interests of the IMF and the bankers. Here’s the way it happens (from 2003):

Who controls the Ukraine?: Ukraine’s billionaire media moguls Gregory Surkis, Victor Medvedchuk, Vadim Rabinovich and Victor Pinchuk. | Radio Islam 

Ukraine, which parted from Russia in 1991, has never achieved a true independent state. Just like in Russia, or even 80 years earlier in the Weimar Republic, a tribe of economic vultures descended upon the body of the nation.

In the early 1990s, backed by the financial power of international Jewish bankers, they bought for pennies, and plainly seized, all major enterprises previously owned by the state, including the biggest factories and entire sectors of the newly "privatized" national economy.


According to the 2001 Ukrainian census, there are 103,000 Jews in Ukraine, which is 0.2% of the total population… However… the Jewish "oligarchs" were the ones who happened to seize all positions in mass media.

Professor Vasyl Yaremenko, director of the Institute of Culturological and Ethnopolitical research at Kiev State University, released an article in 2003 entitled, "Jews in Ukraine today: reality without myths." In it he says the following:

"Ukrainians need to know that the mass media is completely in the hands of Jews, and everything that we watch or read is the product of Jewish ideology…"

He then reviews the situation in regards to Ukrainian network television and cable broadcasters:

• "First National Television Channel UT-1" is owned by the president of the Social Democratic Party, led and dominated by chief of staff Viktor Medvedchuk.

• "Inter TV" and "Studio 1+1 TV" have been Ukrainian national broadcasters since 1996, they are available in English, Ukrainian and Russian languages. They are owned by Viktor Medvedchuk and Gregory Surkis.

• "Alternativa TV", "TET Broadcasting Company", and "UNIAN (Ukrainian Independent Information & News Agency)" are also owned by Viktor Medvedchuk and Gregory Surkis.

• "STB TV" and "ICTV" are owned by the Viktor Pinchuk, the wealthiest man in Ukraine, with an estimated net worth of $3 billion.

• "Novyi Kanal (New Channel) TV" is owned by Viktor Pinchuk with a group of Jewish oligarchs from Russia called "Alpha Group." 

Zionists control all of Ukrainian television media!

According to Professor Yaremenko, all major newspapers are also owned by Jews:

• The publishing house of Rabinovich-Katsman owns the newspapers Stolychka, Stolichnye Novosti, Jewish Review (in Russian), Jewish Reviewer, Vek, Mig, and Zerkalo .

• Jed Sandes, an American citizen and a Jew, publishes Korrespondent and Kiev-Post.

• Gregory Surkis publishes Kievskie Vedomosti and the weekly 2000.

• Jew Dmitro Gordon publishes Bulvar.

• Viktor Pinchuk publishes Facts and Commentaries.

• The Donetsk Group (Jewish-Russian oligarchs) publishes Segondnya.

Who are these "Ukrainian" oligarchs?

Victor Pinchuk is the son-of-law of Jewish Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma [Kuchma was placed into office by Jew George Soros]. He is the owner of several oil, gas and energy import/export companies. He also owns the nation's largest steel mill and a chain of banks. His group has very strong ties with other Jewish organizations in Ukraine, as well as in the U.S. and Israel. He is a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, an adviser to the president, and one of the leaders of the Labor Ukrainian Party.

Vadim Rabinovich is a citizen of Israel. In 1980 he was charged with stealing state property and spent 9 months in a jail. In 1984 he was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison for his black market activities. He was released in 1990. In 1993 he became a representative of the Austrian company "Nordex" in Ukraine. The company received exclusive rights to sell Russian oil from president Kuchma. In 1997 Rabinovich became president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, and in 1999 he was elected head of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine. Also in 1999, Rabinovich created the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine. That same year the Associated Press estimated his wealth as $1 billion. Rabinovich owns Central Europe Media Enterprises, which controls television stations in seven East European countries.

Victor Medvedchuk is Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's Chief of Staff. The Medvedchuk-Surkis cabal controls Ukraine's energy sector (8 regional energy companies), oil and gas market, alcohol and sugar production, shipbuilding, and athletic organizations. He is a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, and a leader in the Social Democratic party of Ukraine (SDPU).

Gregory Surkis is second in command of the SDPU. He owns a soccer team, Dynamo-Kiev, and is a president of the Professional Soccer League. He is CEO of Slavutich, a company that controls several regional energy companies (KirovogradEnergo, PoltavEnergo, etc). He too is a member of the Ukrainian Parliament.

Professor Yaremenko points out that out of the 400+ members of the Ukrainian Parliament, 136 (possibly 158) are Jews. That is more than in the Israeli Knesset. Who voted for them, asks professor Yaremenko. Who paid for costly election campaigns? — 90% of Ukrainian banks are owned by Jews.

Ukraine is the perfect example of so-called Democracy - "democracy" where the rule of a tiny, ethnic minority is disguised under the cloak of the will and rule of the majority. By controlling mass media and skillfully manipulating the opinions of the Ukrainian electorat, these "fat cats" as they're called in Ukraine are the real masters in this beautiful country…

"Jews in Ukraine: Reality Without Myth" was published on Sept. 30, 2003, and was the article that prompted the Ukrainian Jewish Congress to file a lawsuit asking the court to shut down the newspaper Sel'skie Vesti, which published it. Sel'skie Vesti had a circulation of over 500,000 and was the largest in Ukraine.

On Jan. 28, a court in Kiev, Ukraine, ordered the closure of the daily newspaper on the grounds that it was publishing "hate literature," a crime in Jewish-owned Ukraine. The newspaper was found guilty of publishing "anti-Semitic" materials, and promoting ethnic and religious hostility…

Prior to being shut down, the newspaper published the following letters from readers, which were reprinted by Jewish organizations and used as "proof" of "anti-Semtism."

...Today the Jewish community in Ukraine is not experiencing the rebirth of a national minority but is in the process of legalizing its dealings as an apolitical and economic structure, which is well planned, organized and financed. This so-called minority exhibits extreme aggression. It poses an elevated threat to the national security of Ukraine. As a foreign political body that practically oversees international trade, national finances, mass media and publishing, it must be placed under strict government and sate control, and must be regimented and regulated.

...90% of Ukrainian banks are run by Jewish "specialists." In other words, Ukrainian finances are in Jewish hands. As a Ukrainian citizen and an ethnic Ukrainian, my origin forces me speak up and ask: "Is this normal?"

By helping seal Ukrainians’ fate, Americans will unknowningly be sealing their own.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:06 | 4509507 Flakmeister
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So its a big Jewish conspiracy behind all the trouble?

What do you think should be done?

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:37 | 4509614 JR
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End the Fed.

As Economist Michael Hudson said: “In today’s world, the easiest way to obtain wealth by old-fashioned “primitive accumulation” is by financial manipulation.” He calls it “a lapse back into neofeudal debt peonage.”

When Americans end the Fed, they will end this dictatorship of capital that reigns and enables the bankers to own the earth by creating bank deposits with a simple flick on a keyboard. No more saving the bankers and their friends from losing on their toxic mortgages and debts, no more using the IMF as enforcer, no more using the Fed and IMF to bail themselves out. And it’s not just a financial war: it’s a social war that guarantees that the standard of living of the Greeks, the Spaniards, the Portuguese, the Italians, the Irish, the Americans…and eventually all sovereigns…will be crushed in the interests of the bankers.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:45 | 4509656 blindman
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Guns and Butter
"Behind the Smoke Curtain: What Happened at the Pentagon on 9/11, What Didn't, and Why It Matters" with Barbara Honegger. KPFA Winter Fundraiser
Guns and Butter
"Dress Rehearsal for Government Privatization" with Michel Chossudovsky. Privatization of government operating through the process of fiscal collapse; black budgets; war and Wall Street; the Federal Reserve Bank; shock and awe economics; IMF structural adjustment; the Washington consensus; extreme austerity measures; the proxy state; speculative onslaught, regulatory capture; financial warfare against the American public. (Encore from10/23/13)

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:08 | 4509513 Kayman
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Gosh, and I thought Kerry had no dog in this fight.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:26 | 4509834 Redstone
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Brilliant!! Kayman.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:13 | 4509528 Fred123
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It's the Joooosss..... lol....

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:15 | 4509535 Optimusprime
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+1000  Teach, bro.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:17 | 4509542 Phuk u
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Ye seriozna problema, banki i vzhe uriad ye zhidivski, pravy sektor movchit ? JR we have as

usual serious problems in Ukraine which again I fear will never be solved.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:29 | 4509571 lakecity55
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OMG! They are infested with the Locust People!

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:26 | 4509836 zionhead101
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The answer rests within the American people.


If this be true then we the American people are truly fucked.

Maybe along with Monica's soiled dress, we can auction Obama's shit stained shorts from the Cass Sunstein Chicago bath-house and at least have a good bye party for all, before the lights get turned off.

The AMERICAN-PEOPLE allowed themselves to be taken over by a "FORIEGN LOBBY" some 100 years ago, and now the FROG is boiled dead.

Sure good ahead and bitch and moan on ZH, but the frog is dead, and if your still living in the USA, then your a dead man looking for a resting place.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:44 | 4510053 22winmag
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It's not over 'til the fat lady sings. Tens of millions of Americans with rifles still get a vote.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 22:10 | 4510144 Kirk2NCC1701
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+1.  After what seems like a lengthy absence, welcome back JR.  Your posts are almost always informative and educational.

I commend the Jews for aspiring to the top of the Food-chain and sticking together, which Christians do not.  The Jewish God (Elohim) is a Warrior God who demands that his people "shape up and take over".  It is also noteworthy that the ancient Hebrews used to worship a number of gods, but that Elohim won out in the end:  Winner takes all!  Jesus seems more of a "1960s Hippie God", riding his Dad's sweat-equity and success.  "Blessed" are the poor, the abused, enslaved... Don't get even, Forgive & Forget, Love all*..."  talk about instilling NO self-esteem or sense of competition in his followers.  What a slacker and a poser -- happy to benefit from "cheap, easy energy" (leveraging Dad's powers), rather than "by the sweat of your brow" stuff.  I can see how the Sanhedrin was disappointed, after the big buildup if his Powers.

* "Love all"?  Really?  Interesting that more people were killed under the 'Christian' banner/culture than all others combined:  Christians killing Christians.  If a Jew even rips off other Jews, he goes to jail (Madoff).  Christians betray and turn on each other -- like low-grade peasants - Jews do not.

If the Jews are now in such dominant position, the Christians have only themselves to blame: They handed over the reigns.  Time to fire the "Hippie God" and time for a new "Warrior God".  Maybe that's why the Nazis fired Jesus and re-hired the Nordic gods of strength and victory (and in the process killed more Christians than Jews).  You need Zeus, not Aphrodite.   Shape up and take over, or get milked, raped, sheared and fleeced.  -Kirk out.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 06:44 | 4510969 tip e. canoe
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+1 for choosing to correctly define the word chosen as noting the switch from polytheism to monotheism.

-1 for choosing to respond within the limited boundaries of the same zero-sum game.   how very Klingon of Kirk.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:58 | 4509473 Eastwood
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shocked...absolutely SHOCKED that there is no source for this map.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:36 | 4509586 Tall Tom
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When you want to find the source of an image...


1) Right Click the Image.

2) Click Copy

3) Open

4) Paste into Search Window and hit enter.

5) Google will have a query line at the top, before the listings that asks, "Search for Image"? Click on that.


You can find your avatar on this page...


Scroll down.



Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:52 | 4509912 IridiumRebel
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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:06 | 4509506 DonutBoy
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Interesting - but limited.  Russia is not going to allow a pro-Western government to control Sevastopol, and they are certainly not going to allow an Ultra-nationalist party to outlaw the Russian language in Crimea.  Ukranian ultra-nationalists fought with the Nazi's against Russia.  There are still Ukranians dressing-up as Nazis and recreating battle scenes fighting the Soviet Union - see this.  It's historically untenable, and unlike Americans, the Russians remember.  

The Russians installed a puppet and economically black-mailed Ukraine.  The Americans funded demonstrators and sought a pro-Western government to pull Ukraine into the EU.  Both lost. The puppet flew home; the pro-Westerners aren't up to facing down the neo-nazis.

As you suggest, a partition - which is only a formality on top of the effective status quo - is the only reasonable answer. There won't be a war over the territorial integrity of the Ukraine - no one in the EU will fight for it and America is not going to do that alone.

The outlook in "lesser" Ukraine is not pretty, the neo-nazis are ready to kill and will come out on top.  As is so often the case, Ukraine would have been better off if the "Super" powers had stayed home.


Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:30 | 4509578 Phuk u
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In 1942, The Ukrainians in the west had a choice when the weirmacht turned up, join the force to fight against

the communists or go to work in Germany. It meant that some went to Germany to work like my father and some to 

join the weirmacht and fight the Russians. This meant eventually that Ukrainians were killing eachother.

This is not the first time Ukraianians have shot themselves in the foot, they seem to have this propensity

in spades. Saying this there are no neo nazis in Ukraine (ok a few), mainly  just people who want a normal life

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:33 | 4510014 zionhead101
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There are NEO-NAZI's tribes in all of Europe. Every European country has Nazi-Wannabe's even Germany.

SKIN-HEADS call them what you wish, but they all worship HITLER.

The CIA hired the NEO-NAZI's of Ukraine to create CHAOS, at the price of $5 billion USD via Lurch/Hillary.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:48 | 4509673 Flakmeister
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Loss of Sevastopol would result in Putin losing face, and the West knows not to do that...

Sevastopol could easily become the 21st century version of Gitmo...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 20:22 | 4509822 zionhead101
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the pro-Westerners aren't up to facing down the neo-nazis.


The Pro-Westerners are the NEO-ZIO-NAZI's, and the $5 Billion from HILLARY/LURCH funded the most hard-core NAZI's in the UKRAINE to bring chaos to the streets.

Never forget who the real NAZI's are in this game, and its goes back to BUSH, FORD, HARRIMAN, and Hearst, and Rockefeller in 1910.

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:45 | 4509644 notquantumdum
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In his book, "The Prize:  The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power," Daniel Yergin repeatedly makes the point that the control of, and access to, energy sources has largely dominated the thinking, strategy, motivations, and other considerations of all of the major wars fought for the last 150 years or longer -- certainly since the advent of mechanized warfare.

He even points out that, although Hitler was frequently criticized for attempting to fight WWII with both western and eastern fronts simulataneously (thus splitting his fources), Hitler really had no choice.  Germany would have run out of oil and other energy sources before being able to win WWII no matter what.  Attacking both fronts, acording to Yergin, was an attempt by Hitler to hedge his bets so that he would either be able to capture the Allied fuel depots in western Europe or the Baku oilfields in the east.  As it turned out, the nazis just missed capturing both -- due to mistaken navigating in the case of Europe and due to Hitler deciding to attempt to capture Stalingrad instead of focusing on the Baku oilfields once he was tempted by how close to Stalingrad his forces had come (if I remember correctly) -- and the war's outcome was more or less prededermined at that point, according to Yergin.  I have no idea if this is actually true, but Yergin makes a compelling argument.

I strongly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in history -- specifically, the history of energy.

Follow the money and the energy!

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