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North Korean Tanker Burning In Libya After Navy Opens Fire

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The Libyan defense minister took over duties as prime minister this morning as the Libyan parliament voted "no confidence" in the current prime minister after a North-Korea-flagged tanker broke the "blockade" from a rebel-held port. The ouster of the PM appears to have bolstered confidence in the anti-rebel oil-stealing that we discussed yesterday, and resulted in


The oil tanker - The Morning Glory - had at least 234,000 barrels of oil aboard but is now "under complete control" of Libyan government authorities. However, as Bloomberg reports, the North Korean tanker is said to be on fire after being hit by a missile.

It's been a busy morning for Libya:

The rebels started it..


And for a while they were right...


Which led to:



Via BBC,

Libya's parliament has dismissed PM Ali Zeidan after a tanker laden with oil from a rebel-held port reportedly broke through a naval blockade.


MPs called a vote of confidence in Mr Zeidan amid reports that the North Korean-flagged ship had escaped to sea.


Defence Minister Abdullah al-Thinni was named interim prime minister.


Earlier, Libyan officials had said they had "complete control" of the tanker as it tried to leave Sidra port. However, rebel fighters rejected the assertion.


Separatist militants have occupied three major eastern ports since August.


They are seeking a greater share of the country's oil revenues, as well as autonomy for eastern Libya.


The oil tanker - named Morning Glory - was reported to have taken on at least 234,000 barrels of crude oil at the Sidra terminal.


It was the first vessel to have loaded oil from a rebel-held port since the separatist revolt against the authorities in Tripoli erupted in July.

which resulted in:


And, as the Libya Herald reports,

The North Korean-flagged oil tanker that left Libya this morning after loading an illegal shipment of oil is said to be on fire after being hit by a missile.


Part of the ship is burning because it was shot at,” General National Congress (GNC) member Abdullah El-Kabier told the Libya Herald. He was unable to give more details or identify who had fired on the tanker.

We suspect Mr. Kim will be displeased (or is this a way to distract from Ukraine and get the North Koreans to rattle some sabres?)


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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:36 | 4535406 Belrev
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This video shows a March 10th clash of pro-Russia vs pro-Western protesters in Ukraine.

Blue/Yellow is pro-Western and then things get interesting ...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:37 | 4535413 g'kar
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The show just keeps getting funnier and funnier.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:39 | 4535421 Levadiakos
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ANy word on Cap'n Suk Sum Poo?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:42 | 4535443 NoDebt
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OK, so let's talk over/under betting action on that statement....

I got $20 and the obligatory ZH "sandwich bet" on the Over.  Any takers on that action?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:49 | 4535473 ZerOhead
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Looks like the little dealio that Exxon had with the Ukrainian government to drill for all that oil off the south west coast of Crimea in the Black Sea is also going up in flames...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:52 | 4535486 HyBrasilian
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Meh ~ all the GOLD is gone already...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:56 | 4535495 ZerOhead
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But the OIL and GAS is still there. Some estimates say that there is as much oil in the Black Sea as is in the Caspian basin...

Before violent protests in Kiev overthrew pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian troops occupied parts of Crimea, a group including Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell Plc planned to spend $735 million drilling two wells about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the region’s southwest coast.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:00 | 4535525 Say What Again
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Are there any central bankers on board?  One can alway hope

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:51 | 4536782 mjcOH1
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So Ronery.  So ronery.   So ronery and sadry arone. 

There's no one.  Just me onry.   Sitting on my rittle throne.  I work rearry hard and make up get prans.  But, nobody listens, no one understrands..

So Ronery.  So ronery.   So ronery and sadry arone. ...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:00 | 4535527 Joe Davola
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I'm digging this reality show, the producers just keep throwing out one twist after another!

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:05 | 4535543 McMolotov
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Be on the lookout for Obama wearing a leather jacket and water skis.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:43 | 4535667 NotApplicable
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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:37 | 4535835 Independent
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Game Set and Match and a major Checkmate from Putin.  Big oil and gas of Crimea back in Russia bosom, and I hear someone said there was gold in the Crimea Mountains, maybe a third of Ukraine Total resources, and another third is in Ukraine East.  No wonder Russia love Putin so much, he not only delivers the best beaches and coast line of Black Sea that were once and are now again part of Mother Russia, but he also makes lots of money for the state treasury on the deal.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:59 | 4535899 Flakmeister
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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:08 | 4536842 Independent
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Hey Flaksters I see you wore your flak jacket but not your helmet when the shell went off, I guess coma sleep is deep sleep LOL, if you do wake up ever see a plastic surgeon for sure, right now your date potential is nonexistant

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:42 | 4536751 Independent
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Great links ZerO, energy is always the game,  Should be interesting if Russia will still give Exxon a piece of the pie or if they will reward another Euro firm to teach the Americans a lesson.  They dont need to tap that stuff right now since they still have lots of resources in Siberia, but its deposits on the resources bank for the future.  Besides who wants tar and oil on their beaches in Crimea

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:24 | 4535802 Kirk2NCC1701
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Just the friendly Fifth Column from Al-CYA-duh being busy, "doing God's work".

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:44 | 4535450 Thought Processor
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Gotta love that they waited until it crossed into international waters before pasting the thing.


I'm quite sure they secured and confirmed payment for said oil as soon as it left the dock.  This was planned well in advance.   39 million in oil.


Any guesses on LiL Kim's reaction?


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:00 | 4535481 SilverRhino
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Norks versus the Libyans .... holy shit this ought to get interesting seeing those two trying to project power / revenge to each other.   

Hah,  I could see NK shooting SCUDs off a freighter loaded with VX.   It's not like Libya can shoot back with their Navy.   

OR ... he could load his little craptacular nuke into an oil tanker and dock it with the Western Libyan government held port .... and detonate it.   


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:01 | 4535530 Say What Again
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What do they call it when two roosters fight in a small enclosed area?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:03 | 4535537 Dr. Richard Head
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A shotgun wedding?  Engagement?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:06 | 4535749 11b40
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As an alum of the original USC, I know the answer!

 A COCK FIGHT....true blood sprot.


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:11 | 4536850 Independent
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There is one crazed mofo you dont fuck with and that is Kimchi, you can expect the NK to respond in a rather bizarre yet deadly way.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:29 | 4535814 Independent
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Finally the excuse North Korea needs to secure its oil supply. Here is my thinking.  Sinking its ship is an act of war, so they go in there and take over country with a few hundred thousand koreans (solves his issue with feeding his people), the koreans are ruthless, they exterminate all the Libyans and start new Mediterranean North Korea, nobody messes around with KIMCHI cause he has nuclear weapons.  Plus now he can put his missiles closer to Europe and America :)

Plus now the Koreans adopt ISLAM and become even more radicalized and crazy than they already are.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:32 | 4535823 More_sellers_th...
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But he's got no oil to power the ships to bring the troops?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:42 | 4535848 Ifigenia
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their ships are nuclear powered, is dangerous, but it work.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:45 | 4535857 More_sellers_th...
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R U retarded... they can make a firecracker, but they cant build a ship any more than I can fuck a supermodel... read a book

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:48 | 4535869 Ifigenia
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irony is too subtle for a retard like me.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:54 | 4535885 More_sellers_th...
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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:37 | 4535840 shovelhead
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The US is funding al Qaida to infiltrate NK, dig up their kimchi pots and urinate in them.

Codename: Yellow Revolution.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:45 | 4535860 Ifigenia
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it would cause a mini ww3. No one dare to urinate in their kimchi pots. Is utterly disrespectaful to the dearest leader. His uncle was killed just because he asked for some more kimchi.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:43 | 4536041 wakeupsheeps
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They will send Rodman strapped to a nuke. Suck it puppet Govt.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:53 | 4535491 Dr. Richard Head
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Didn't his pops detonate a nuke before his passing.....of course, I mean passing as in death, not gas. 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:36 | 4535825 Kirk2NCC1701
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Note attached to Missile: 

"Shoulda used genuine debt-based Benny-Bucks -- not imitation, debt-free Kim-chi-Bucks! 

Keep printing fake Dollars and real tankers. 

Love, The Fed."

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:43 | 4536283 hobopants
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Wait thats kim?? I thought it was buddha's angry sister. Gotta start paying more attention to this stuff lol.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:46 | 4535460 McMolotov
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"Damn you, Ribyan Navy!"

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:53 | 4535492 ParkAveFlasher
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"Ahhhggg!  Arr my petroreum, rost at sea!"

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:26 | 4535807 Kirk2NCC1701
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Ribya, we give you Nuke, you give us rots and rots of Petroreum.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:51 | 4535480 Cacete de Ouro
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And I thought Something about Mary was funny..

but this is a laugh a minute...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:55 | 4535507 BlackChicken
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Is it a prerequisite in NK that the leader looks and acts like Baby Huey?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:54 | 4535498 Spumoni
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Can it match Dianne Feinstein screaming about her constitutional rights being trampled, though? That is THE funniest thing I have read in the news in ten years.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:56 | 4535510 Dr. Richard Head
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I agree.  If princess DiFi didn't just show the two-tier justice system that these twats expect, nothing does.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:59 | 4535521 McMolotov
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Cuntstain's hypocrisy is off the charts, even by DC standards.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:02 | 4535731 Joe Davola
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Senate Democrat screaming about the Constitution - time for Evil Captain Kirk to appear.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:45 | 4536761 Independent
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Joey whats your avatar icon all bout, its kind of creepy, I see what looks like a dude with heavy white makeup and a funky shower cap with little ears.  Almost has a serial killer feel to it???? ;)

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:13 | 4535580 RafterManFMJ
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Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:21 | 4535784 11b40
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So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain. Can you tell a green field from a pouring rain.

Nice reminder of the sublime beauty these guys often wrote into their music.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:22 | 4535796 The Gooch
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I will raise you  "The Great Gig In The Sky"

On a long enough timeline, angels sing.

"And I am not frightened of dying, any time will do, I 
don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying? 
There's no reason for it, you've gotta go sometime.
If you can hear this whispering you are dying." 

"I never said I was frightened of dying." 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:33 | 4535640 Wahooo
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Tanker hunting! Where can I get in on that?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:40 | 4535658 Spumoni
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Look on the form from FedFish-it's right under the "sell your tuna" application.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:50 | 4535479 rotagen
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Love of christ, we stole that Oil fair and square after killing our puppet dictator ... give it back DAMMITTTTT.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:00 | 4535729 Canadian Dirtlump
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well the folks in the Ukraine can have a good look at the failed state that is libya, because they can only dream of that. If the west keeps it up the Ukraine will be ground zero for a nuclear holocaust whereby victoria nuland rides an icbm dr strangelove style screaming fuck the eu and erryone else..

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:21 | 4536176 The Gooch
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Remember the U.S.S. Liberty.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:06 | 4535743 Canadian Dirtlump
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double fukkin post 2 thumbs up for the nato satanists and the terrorists they install. PEW PEW.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:22 | 4536178 sgorem
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got to love those Morning Glory "seeds"..................

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:37 | 4535410 buzzsaw99
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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:42 | 4535440 williambanzai7
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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:46 | 4535461 g'kar
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Forecast heavy rain on Motorhead.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:50 | 4535475 JamesBond
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Nice light show.  We've seen it all before:  14 April 1561 Nuremberg, Germany 
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:09 | 4535569 ShrNfr
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I always take cover when I see a glass container of that stuff in the supermarket.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:27 | 4535810 11b40
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Whasmallow widchu?  You no likey Kimchee?

Maybe you like Nuoc Mam better, OK.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:24 | 4535801 The Gooch
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How can I make this into a poster?


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:32 | 4535827 Independent
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You need the high resolution picture file from Banzai, he may have it on his Flickr account as a higher res image, if he doesnt maybe he can email it to you. Ask him

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:38 | 4535416 SgtShaftoe
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Ship's name was Kim Jong BOOM.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:42 | 4535419 Wolferl
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Sorry, those rebels .... are they our rebels (freedom fighters) or not our rebels (terrorists)? Gosh, this is so complicated.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:44 | 4535451 Belrev
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Kosher World Council is deliberating on this matter at the moment. Decision will be announced shortly.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:39 | 4535422 Smuckers
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Good...this incessant name calling was just getting on my nerves.


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:39 | 4535425 NoDebt
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Too many regime changes in too many places.  Can't keep up.  Quickly losing the will to try.

I'm guessing this means $120/bbl oil sometime soon.


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:56 | 4535511 Spumoni
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What's a 'legime?' Does it berong to Bon Long Waistrind?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:34 | 4535644 Dapper Dan
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The world is in flames and our dear leader is....................


Midtown, New York, NY, US

Mar 11, 2014, 08:30 PM GMT 1m
President is shopping at a New York City Midtown East Gap to support increased hourly wage; traffic reported on 3rd Avenue - @mikememoli, @ShawnaNBCNews
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:40 | 4535427 HominyTwin
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Nothing like a crude oil spill in the Med sea to bring back the tourism!

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:40 | 4535430 ParkAveFlasher
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No more lubricant for the Little Shit's hair clipper!  This means nuclear war.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:22 | 4535606 RafterManFMJ
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AP - Italian aircraft have spotted a widening oil spill in the Mediterranean that is widely believed to be the remains of MA Flight MH370. Anonymous sources indicate the French, Italian and Libyan and all Libyan rebel navies are looking for debris and survivors.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:40 | 4535431 ShrNfr
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You can find Obama between some ferns or at the first tee. Not sure what his calendar has for today...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:45 | 4535454 FieldingMellish
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He'll be playing the back 9 somewhere. Kerry is preparing for a busy yachting season.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:51 | 4535484 Charles Wilson
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"He'll be playing the back 9 somewhere."

Sure has a different meaning when talking about You-Know-Who, doesn't it?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:52 | 4535704 BidnessMan
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Drained a long one.  And then made his putt.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:41 | 4535437 yogibear
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An act of war!! KABoom folks.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:42 | 4535439 smacker
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Looks like a new opportunity for war.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:43 | 4535445 Cannon Fodder
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Wars and rumours of wars....

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:52 | 4535706 lakecity55
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Go long on Bible prophecies. A sure deal.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:44 | 4535452 yogibear
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Overnight this will get messy real fast.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:44 | 4535453 Joe A
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Oh yeah motherfuckers, just what a nearly closed ecosystem as the Meditterranean needs: a burning and potentially leaking oil tanker.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:00 | 4535526 LFMayor
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that's one hell of a saltwater aquarium you got there, Marty Stoeffer!

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:46 | 4535561 Joe A
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So is the gulf of Mexico. And remember Exxon Valdez? And the sinking of an oil tanker in the Gulf of Biscayne? That cost the local communities of Galicia 5 billion euros worth of damage to nature and the local economy.

'The solution to pollution is dilution?' Too bad that currents bring everything to one spot. But hey, their problem, right?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:47 | 4535465 yogibear
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North Korea is ready to use it's nukes. Gonna get hot over there.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:02 | 4535535 Boomberg
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Yes and too risky to use on SK or Japan. Might as well put one on the next tanker and let it dock in Tripoli, then boom. Only thing is it's questionable if anyone would notice. 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:24 | 4535614 _SILENCER
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I question whether they really have nuclear capability. I would think that if the Norks lit off a nuclear weapon they'd have footage of that bastard all over the place, bragging, beating their chests. Glorious fireball reflects power of great leader! Sky turns bright as sun as great leader demonstrates his awesome power! ...or some such nonsense.

Maybe they just buried a few tons of TNT in a hillside and lit it off, Year of the Dragon style.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:49 | 4535466 CrashisOptimistic
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FYI NKorea doesn't use or need much oil.  They fund what little they need by selling coal to China. Probably paid for with Chinese oil rather than USDs.

So given they have enough, that oil would have been resold for cash.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:07 | 4535556 Schmuck Raker
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How much oil does China produce? In 2010 China consumed 10% of Libya's oil exports. I would imagine they currently receive far less. So I'd say China/NK would have preferred the use of that oil. Not ragging on you, just disagreeing. Anyway, who would NK sell to?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:50 | 4535875 CrashisOptimistic
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China's oil production is a state secret.

They are likely between 5 and 10 mbpd.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:02 | 4535905 Flakmeister
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Considerably less, I would venture no more than 4 mmbpd....

CIO, you do know that mbpd means 1000 barrels per day? 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:18 | 4535589 DoChenRollingBearing
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Sweet bunch, the Norks.  They also export amphetamine to Japan, counterfeit $100s to whoever will buy them and weapons technology (sleazy though it may be).

And Lil Kim gets to keep it all for his cognac and $1000 / hr Scandinavian whores.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:45 | 4535854 Kirk2NCC1701
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That's why the Fed came out with the New $100 Notes:  "No more debt-free $100 Notes for you!"

And as of today:  "No more oil for you!"

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:21 | 4537450 Schmuck Raker
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Random thought:

I've often wondered how far behind the technological curve your average despot must be to pay a premium to North Korea for "weapons technology".

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:48 | 4535471 pound the vix
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Little man going to have a temper tantrum any minute

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:49 | 4535472 q99x2
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Man those globalists want control over oil and gas like madmen.

I say arrest the globalists for treason.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:21 | 4535602 _SILENCER
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Treason against whom? They're globalists.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:41 | 4535847 john39
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crimes against humanity... they serve demons.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:46 | 4535866 Kirk2NCC1701
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crimes against humanity... they serve clingons.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:52 | 4535487 pound the vix
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good thng they paid with Bitcoins

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:53 | 4535493 LFMayor
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Oh man, this is fucking cool!  What's not to love?

I hope the next blockade runner they send has an Extra Special surprise in it.

That fucking piglet is crazy enough to do it, too.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:53 | 4535494 earleflorida
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send in the hillary!

"what difference does it make", ma`dam president

leading from behind, with the british and french into wwiii... again?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:53 | 4535496 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood Justice and Construction Party, the second largest force in parliament, withdraw on Tuesday its five ministers from Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s government, including the oil minister.

Resignations by the JCP, which repeatedly failed to secure a vote of no-confidence against Zeidan, complicate efforts to overcome deadlock in the General National Congress (GNC) and stabilize Libya two years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.


#Zeidan on Al arabiya TV moments ago attacks Muslim Brotherhood in #Libya saying their ideology is outdated &Islam shouldn't be exploited.



Sounds like Qatar is having a hissy fit...

Saudi Arabia’s listing of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and the withdrawal of the Saudi, Kuwaiti United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain ambassadors from Qatar signal a big geopolitical realignment in the Middle East.

Qatar is the Red Prince of the Middle East. Despite being fabulously wealthy because of its natural gas exports, its foreign policy has been populist, showing a special fondness for the Muslim Brotherhood and a dislike of the Middle East’s secular authoritarian dictators, including Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Qatar has used its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood as a form of soft power in places like Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Egypt. Its popular Aljazeera Arabic news channel cheered on the 2011 popular upheavals in the region.


This should be fun when the Arabs turn on each other next...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:21 | 4535600 DoChenRollingBearing
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If Israel lays low and keeps their yaps shut, Arab vs. Arab might happen.  Interesting days ahead.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:54 | 4535713 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Regardless of any bullshit you hear otherwise as long as the Saud royality is in power Israel is firmly on whatever side they back same with the Egyptian military. Remember power doesn't like the status quo being broken and will bound together to hold status quo even if the status quo doesn't necessarily get along most of the time. Qatar was threatening that stability, if they had left Egypt alone the Muslim Brotherhood might not be on the status quo shitlist now. The fact they let it go as far as it did says the US was involved also.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:50 | 4535874 Kirk2NCC1701
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No global shortage of them either.

"Arm both sides" -- The only time that Americans and Bankers agree on anything.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:59 | 4535725 earleflorida
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"Egypt caught between Russia and Saudi Arabia"    3/10/14    by   Malhoud Salem

Look for Turkey to be a big player in Russian/Ukraine. Erdogan and Qatar gas pipeline-dreams, has Russia contemplating just what side of the MB divide will play with Crimean Turks.

Turkey/Ottoman Empire have fought 19 battles over the centuries and Turk/otto have lost everyone v. USSR/Russia,

Poland has been traing thousands of Libyan Nat'l via the USSA (CIA?), but the one caveat most european's fail to appreciate is when the bifurcated Libya turns its wrath towards Algeria?

What's next, could be even moar unpleasantness-- should Niger pop into the equation?

The USSA backed (good) al Qaeda could easily turn???  There goes the neighborhood (Morocco)?!? Just look at that landscape in Casablanca?


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:54 | 4535497 youngman
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Little Kim will get might get eaten by dogs...he will not let this pass..escalation is his middle name in North Korean

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:22 | 4535607 DoChenRollingBearing
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My guess would be that he will take it out on S Korea, which is probably on Red Alert already.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:57 | 4535515 Joebloinvestor
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Someone stepped up to the plate and bitch slapped the queery little runt.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:58 | 4535518 pound the vix
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Dennis Rodman put out the fire.  All is well.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:05 | 4535519 pound the vix
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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:59 | 4535523 kchrisc
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"The North Korean-flagged oil tanker that left Libya this morning after loading an illegal shipment of oil..."

" illegal shipment of oil"?!--I do believe that that one phrase captures the insanity of today's 'tribe' mortgaged and controlled world.


"It's our world and you're just our bitch in it."

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:55 | 4535888 kurt
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whoop dey it is

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:02 | 4535536 1stepcloser
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its a dog eat uncle world

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:03 | 4535538 homiegot
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Some random inner circle of Kim will be executed for this. Someone must pay...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:08 | 4535541 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Someone remind who the bad guys are here the rebels/freedom fighters/terrorists/anti-government groups, North Koreans, Muslim Brotherhood/Qatar or current government/rest of GCC? I'm getting confused now.

Thankfully someone at the BBC has broken down the factions so us rubes can try to figure it out.

Guide to key Libyan militias and other armed groups
Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:05 | 4535544 vote_libertaria...
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How exactly would a war between NK and Libya work?


Knuckles and knives on the Maldives in 2 weeks!!!

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:32 | 4535638 Canucklehead
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It would be the Iron Chef - NK vs Libya.  Both are liver eaters.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:04 | 4536615 kchrisc
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Best score, two out of three on Donkey Kong.

"It's on like Donkey Kong!"

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:11 | 4535546 shanearthur
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What would a world conflict be without including China and North Korea? Missing plane - check. Bombed oil tanker - check. The world is strange indeed.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:12 | 4535577 Cacete de Ouro
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Ukrainian gold gone - check
Libyan gold gone - check
German gold on sabbatical - check
Bolivian gold sold (by LBMA) - check

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:21 | 4535788 layman_please
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question remains, are western shakers aware of something we mortals aren't. or is it just to satisfy chinese appetite? i'm not sure which of those scenarios will play out but both prove lucrative for gold prospects.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:35 | 4535834 SilverRhino
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The only way I could see them sitting on knowledge is if we've had that weird 'breakaway civilization' and oddball space travel actually happening and the guys at the VERY VERY top are sitting on a gold asteroid smelted out where no one's been working or looking.   

If they DON'T have it then we get collapse.   


Actually that would be a pisser.   The guys at the top rather than knock the board over during the Great Reset pull out a brand new board (new power technologies, new propulsion and space travel resources) and hit the baby reset button instead of the GREAT reset button 

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:42 | 4535663 Zymurguy
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Ah, that's it... the plane flew into the tanker.

Case closed.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:08 | 4535558 Ironmonger69
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Does it matter that it's a Saudi ship, and the NorK flagging is a flag of convenience? Would the littlest Kim still care?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:27 | 4535624 RafterManFMJ
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It'd be cool if a Nork-flagged Saudi ship was attacked by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa while Iranian escort ships fought with the pirates, as well as the Norks.

It'd make an awesome musical.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:29 | 4535626 Ironmonger69
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Only if everyone who fell overboard was eaten by sharks with laser beams on their heads

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:43 | 4535671 RafterManFMJ
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OK I'll give you co-writer credits.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:30 | 4535820 pupdog1
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Little Kimmie Pudgkins can't afford real sharks.

He uses mutant sea bass.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:08 | 4535559 Chuck Knoblauch
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President Carney reports all is well between North Korea and Libya. There is nothing to worry about. Go back to sleep.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:15 | 4535583 SmallerGovNow2
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(Reuters) - Libya's parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after rebels humiliated the government by loading crude on a tanker that fled from naval forces, officials said, in a sign of the worsening chaos in the OPEC member state.

Libyan gunboats later chased the tanker along Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast and opened fire, damaging it, a military spokesman said. Italian naval ships were helping move the tanker to a Libyan government-controlled port, he said. But Italy denied any of its vessels were in the area at the time and the reported firing incident could not be confirmed.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:30 | 4535628 TheMuppet
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According to this, the ship was literally false-flagged:

Ain't the Norks then, whowazzit?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:48 | 4535687 lakecity55
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Someone  desperately in bad need of oil.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:30 | 4535629 TheMuppet
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According to this, the ship was literally false-flagged:

Ain't the Norks then, whowazzit?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:35 | 4535648 Fix It Again Timmy
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Time to put another shining plaque of achievement on our State Department's Wall of Successes...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:47 | 4535683 lakecity55
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Cometh the Black Swan.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:12 | 4535767 beyondtheprogramming
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may wanna run for cover inside a fantasy world, the real one looks to be on the brink ... did everyone decide to go off their meds all at once?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:33 | 4535830 More_sellers_th...
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Is it just me? or I am I the only one who doesnt give a rats ass anymore... I cant control it, Im going to focus on group sex and water sports

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:56 | 4536077 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Just remember to wear some type of rubber while doing either one or both at the same time.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:54 | 4536784 Emergency Ward
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Recommended: swim fins and a wet suit -- for either activity.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:18 | 4535953 Moe Howard
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I'm thinking of getting an old tanker and trying this scam myself....

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:45 | 4536048 autofixer
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Libya?  Was there another YouTube video involved?  "At this point, what difference does it make!?"

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:15 | 4536866 mt paul
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knock knock

who's there

nuke you

nuke you who

nuke u 2, that's who...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:31 | 4536949 ChargingHandle
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Way to go Democrats. You remove their leader,  essentially have him executed only to have terrorist take control of their oil fields and ports. Well done.  

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