Russia Warns Of East Ukraine Invasion To "Defend Compatriots", EU Threatens Gazprom, Rosneft CEOs With Visa Ban

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While Russia has been massively piling up troops next to Ukraine's eastern border, one thing that was missing to allow the crossing of the border was a provocation, aka the proverbial spark to give Moscow the green light to "defend" Russian citizens in the East. It may have just gotten that last night, when as previously reported, clashes in the eastern city of Donetsk between pro-Ukraine and pro-Russian civilians turned lethal, killing at least one person and dozens injured. A clip of the clashes can be seen below:

 

Needless to say, this escalation was just the green light Russia needed. As Reuters reports, the Russian Foreign Ministry, responding to the death of at least one protester in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, repeated President Vladimir Putin's declaration of the right to invade to protect Russian citizens and "compatriots".

"Russia is aware of its responsibility for the lives of compatriots and fellow citizens in Ukraine and reserves the right to take people under its protection," it said. Curiously, organizers of the anti-Moscow demonstration said the dead man was from their group. That, however, is irrelevant, and in the fog of war, when tank batalions enter a country to "defend" select citizens, mistake are made.

In the meantime, and as we have been reporting since day one, Russian troops continue to gather:

A Reuters reporting team watched a Russian warship unload trucks, troops and at least one armored personnel carrier at Kazachaya bay near Sevastopol on Friday morning. Trucks drove off a ramp from the Yamal 156, a large landing ship that can carry more than 300 troops and up to a dozen APCs.

As also reported before, the key event in the coming days is the Crimean referendum whether to join Russia. Which is why a doomed last ditch diplomatic scramble has seen John Kerry rush to London where he later today he will meet Russian foreign minister Lavrov in a final attempt to diffuse the situation. The attempt will fail.

Summarizing it best, or perhaps just waking from a month-long nap, was the Estonian defense minister, Urmas Reinsalum who suddenly appears agitated to quite agitated:

  • PUTIN IS PREPARING TO INVADE EASTERN UKRAINE: ESTONIAN DEF MIN
  • UKRAINE EVENTS CLEARLY SHOW RUSSIA ONLY ACCEPTS FORCE: ESTONIAN DEF MIN

Hardly anyone is surprised there...

But perhaps the biggest news so far this morning is that the EU is considering visa bans to 13 Russian politicians and industry leaders, which according to Germany's Bild, include the headest hocnho of all: Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller. From Reuters:

Visa bans threatened by the European Union and United States should Crimea vote to join Russia in a referendum would target at least 13 Russian politicians and industry leaders including Vladimir Putin's close aides, Germany's Bild newspaper reported.

 

The visa ban list includes Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov, the secretary of the National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, as well as several of Putin's advisors, Bild said in an advance copy of a report to be published on Saturday. The report cited diplomatic sources in Brussels and Washington.

 

Visa bans could also be slapped on the chief executive of Russian energy firm Gazprom Alexei Miller, and Igor Sechin, head of Russia's top crude oil producer Rosneft .

Remember, it is all about the gas. And if Europe "forces" Russia's hand by denying Gazprom free access, then Gazprom will have no choice but to retaliate. At that point all bets are off.

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:27 | 4547128 kliguy38
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Ya wanna "hold" over the weekend........hehehehhee.......

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:39 | 4547169 Winston Churchill
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Double dog dare anyone to BTD.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:40 | 4547173 SheepRevolution
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This should get exciting....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:48 | 4547202 john39
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it will be interesting to see how many different parts of Ukraine wish to dump the new kiev coup installed government.  I suspect, before long, most of the country will turn on Kiev.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:54 | 4547234 eclectic syncretist
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Give me a motherfuckin' break!  Unless the EU has a 3-D printer that lets them print natural gas (in addition to Euros) this is just meaningless pissing in the wind bullshit.  It's like a kid on the playground saying "if you don't do it my way I'm going to take my ball AND POP IT".

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:12 | 4547330 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Cue horse-faced Herman Munster holding his breath until he gets what he wants.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:22 | 4547381 kaiserhoff
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Sitzkrieg.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:03 | 4547634 krispkritter
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Putin vs. Obama: Smiley?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:06 | 4547660 kaiserhoff
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Damn it, Krispy, that which is seen cannot be unseen.

Why does Barry look so happy;)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:09 | 4548854 StychoKiller
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:23 | 4547401 superflex
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There go silver and gold again.  Au to 1385 and Ag to 21.76

Better get to work Mr. Yellen.  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:06 | 4547654 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Cue horse-faced Herman Munster holding his breath until he gets what he wants.

That would be a hilarious scene after he is passed out on the floor! Want in one hand and sh*t in the other.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:18 | 4547718 Manthong
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Maybe horseface could put his bogus swiftie medals on a rail gun and aim it at the Kremlin.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:42 | 4547495 Bunker Boy
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 "I suspect, before long, most of the country will turn on"... the West. There, fixed it fer ya.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:41 | 4547177 johnQpublic
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new red line to be draw by obammy, in indelible ink this time, at western ukaine border

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:10 | 4547318 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Obama is just a little bit confused. His "red lines" aren't actually red. They're dark grey lines on a red Etch-A-Sketch®.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:07 | 4547652 Professor Fate
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Are you kiddin'?  Up until a week ago, Obammy thought Ukraine was the 58th state.  The only one he hasn't visited.  Poor bastard!  Can't get no R-S-P-E-C-T from Vlad the Impalor, either.

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max"

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:46 | 4547193 Republi-Ken
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Russia blocks internet sites of Putin critics (Reuters)

Maybe Comrade Snowden likes his new safe home Russia now?

And Maybe Comrade Putin can put Comrade Snowden in charge of spying in Ukraine.

A new career move for "The Defender of Democracy"...

But watch out Comrade Snowden, you may be shutdown for speaking out in Russia.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:01 | 4547261 Momauguin Joe
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Off topic, but the fact that Snowden has gotten so much airplay in the MSM (and continues to get airplay) leads me to believe that he's been a part of the Matrix all along.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:22 | 4547394 Freddie
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Yes.  Something does not add up.  There is a virtual blackout of what the USA and State Dept did in the Ukraine.   Totally illegal and probably impeachable.  Looks like DOJ and Holder gave Harry Reid a get out of jail card.  Harry and the Dems have not had a budget for 5 years.   Endless looting of Amerika under Bushes, Clintons and Obama.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:42 | 4547501 john39
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that snowden is a fake is pretty obvious if you just step back and think about how silly the entire narraive is.   anyway, jon Rappoport has been covering the snowden psyop for awhile.  here is something from yesterday:

http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/snowden-feinstein-cia-nsa-t...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:48 | 4547531 Thought Processor
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Rappoport is good.  He was on this long before anyone else began to question Snowden's motives.

 

But the fact that the MSM outlets continue to give this air time means it's an op.  Anyone notice how Senator Feinstein's CIA accusation coverage lasted all of 24 hours.  Then POOF, it's gone.

Snowden is a CIA limited hangout Psy-Op meant to hit the NSA.  

 

 

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:24 | 4547759 Johnny Cocknballs
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the fact he didn't really say anything new and got saturation coverage suggests Tarpley, who is a batshit crazy marxist nut, may be right on Snowden.

He did, unlike wikileaks or al qaeda, target israel at least once, the story about the raw data feed - but virtually no MSM press covered that, including, famously, the NYT.

I'll admit being totally puzzled by the Malaysian plane thing {something to do with framing Iran? capturing Chinese scientists or spies? just a bizarre accident in a radar dark spot?}....and this recent Feinstein/CIA thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ymez-5-77s

I wonder how much is real and how much is theatre.  Feinstein seems somewhat scared/nervous in the above clip - is she wondering how much info the CIA has on her contacts with Israeli intelligence or financial crimes?  Is she wondering if she pissed some of the wrong people off?

Or is it all an act to make us think the security state sayan extraordinaire is really looking out for Americans' privacy rights all of a sudden?

Some sort of civil war amongst the ghosts may or may not be occurring, but it seems inevitable.  NSA seems to be largely controlled by a 5th column. The CIA is deeply corrupt, of course, but they may be more "American."  'More.'

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/04/shady-companies-nsa/all/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data...

 

What's your take?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:05 | 4548268 Overfed
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My take is the hope that the CIA will do some good for once and suicide Swinestein.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:52 | 4547548 swmnguy
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No kidding.  The only part of the intercepted Nuland-Pyatt conversation that is allowed to be remembered is the "Fuck the E.U." part.  That we allow, because it gets the "Freedom Fries" crowd all giggly, wondering if the French have surrendered yet.

The other 99.5% of the conversation, talking about funding and directing the protests, and selecting "Yats" to be the banksters stalking horse in Kyiv, is not permitted to be remembered.  As an experiment, I've written up several comments to post on MSM websites.  The pairs of comments are identical except that in one, I quote from the forbidden part of the conversation.  In the other, I omit those quotes.  Almost every time, the one without the qotes gets posted, and the one with the quotes...disappears.

The suppression of facts is very sophisticated.  They don't just shut things down.  They even report the facts early on, then just bury them.  Only long afterward do they delete the original story, usually.  The facts are there, but most people miss them or don't understand them at fiirst, and then later once the desired narrative is established, contradictory facts are shaded out of existence.

It all reminds me of the Soviet-era joke where an American delegation was hosted in Russia by Soviet citizens.  As they talked, the Americans were astonished by how well-informed their Soviet hosts were about the true nature of geo-politics.  They asked where, in a totalitarian state, they were getting their information.  "Pravda," their hosts replied.  "But isn't Pravda all state propaganda," asked the Americans.  "Of course," replied the Soviets, "But you have to know how to read Pravda."  Same thing and more applies to the US MSM.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:01 | 4548085 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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But unlike the Soviet days the internet is like a giant memory hole the issue isn't information but shear laziness of the populations in general to not dig to get the 'real' story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIvRljAaNgg

There also seems to be a bigger divide here between the the EU/NATO and UN in general hence the total disregard for international law concerning this interim government that is possibly an illegitimate and unconstitutional one at the same time.

remember who radio free europe is tied to..

http://www.rferl.org/content/was-yanukovychs-ouster-constitutional/25274...

It is like all the slime is turning on each other over this.

Turf wars galore here.

To get a good understanding where the German's as the defacto head of the EU and in turn calling the shots head is in all this take the time to read this paper.

http://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/arbeitspapiere/EU%...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:05 | 4548271 Urban Redneck
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It's not a joke.  Back in the 80's I was told the same thing quite directly by an SIS officer (ironically in the land of the other SIS), only he cited 3 American propaganda rags.  Industry jargon is useless unless one can also comprhend the esoterica.  Spies, diplomats and bankers all have their own pedigree of Schrödinger cats.  It's not a rabbit hole, welcome to the mutiverse.  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:00 | 4548811 swmnguy
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Indeed.  Over the years I've gotten a lot better at reading The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. too.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:45 | 4547514 Rafferty
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I think Snowden himself is honorable and straght-up but something's not right about the whole thing.  Hope I'm wrong.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:07 | 4547293 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Republi-Ken bleated:

Russia blocks internet sites of Putin critics (Reuters)

Maybe Comrade Snowden likes his new safe home Russia now?

Good thing that sort of thing can't happen in the good ol' land of the free, home of the brave.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/wikileaks-loses-website

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:56 | 4547582 Johnny Cocknballs
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Mr Schroeder told a discussion forum hosted by Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper that as someone who was aware of history, Mr Putin had certain justifiable “ fears about being encircled” and that since the end of the Cold War there had been “ unhappy developments” on the fringes of what was once the Soviet Union.

He also claimed that the European Union appeared not to have “ the remotest idea” that the Ukraine was “culturally divided” and had made mistakes from the outset in its attempts to reach an association agreement with the country.

Mr Schroeder accepted that Russia’s intervention was in breach of international law but compared the Kremlin’s action to his own government’s military support for the NATO bombardment of Serbia during the Kosovo crisis in 1999.

“We sent our plans to Serbia and together with the rest of NATO they bombed a sovereign state without any UN security council backing,” Mr Schroeder insisted, adding that he had since become cautious in apportioning blame.

Mrs Merkel has described Mr Schroeder’s claims as “shameful”. She told the German parliament that there was “no way” that the Kosovo crisis could be compared with Russia’s intervention in Crimea.

An attempt by the German Green Party to ban Mr Schroeder from speaking in public about Ukraine was narrowly defeated in the European parliament on Thursday.

- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10697986/Merkel...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 23:26 | 4551000 zstard
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Key word...Reuters

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:53 | 4547198 y3maxx
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"Knock Knock...Who's there?...WW3...WW3 who? Russia, China, India and the rest of Mother Earth Citizens gonna knock the Evil Empire, USSA out into Orbit, once and for all."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:00 | 4547260 Ranger4564
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I originally thought Russia and China and India were defending the world from the US and Western comrades... but I'm now thinking this is another left / right charade... the real story is the collapse of the $ and the transition to a new SDR... the threats about bad consequences and all that, those are about the IMF and SDR which every other nation has ratified except the US. Every otehr nation's politicians are on the hook for having signed, but the US Congress is stalling hoping something will camouflage the treason.

This is not actually a win for Humanity, no matter which side appears to be winning... this is a lose lose for humanity... no matter which side wins, the world will soon have a global currency based on an SDR. For some, that might not be such a shocker, since the Global Reserve Currency status is already a defacto global currency, and at the whim / mercy of one imperialist superpower... be that any of the recent former superpowers.

So on the one hand, I hope we get a more equitable SDR currency system in place that removes priviledge from any single nation state... on the other hand, I am now petrified that we've moved completely into a stateless monetary oligarchy which will ruthless dictate global policy no differently than the indifferent corporations. It's all about money, and these evil motherfuckers are centralizing it. BIS at the top, IMF as the dirty agent.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:28 | 4547441 RaceToTheBottom
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"I hope we get a more equitable SDR currency system in place that removes priviledge from any single nation state.."

 

Seriously? and why would they do that?

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:12 | 4547498 PeakOil
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SDR? Meh... IMF sponsored P.O.S.

Gold bitchez!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:34 | 4548420 Urban Redneck
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Bindar Dundat.

1659 - Bank of Amsterdam and the migration from banco florin (old SDR) to Dutch dukaat (new SDR).  

Rinse, Repeat.

Right now SDR's are repriced every few years by IMF dictat (read US/FRBNY).  The trade-off for a new SDR is greater SDR exchange rate volatility as a function of something closer to an actual clearing and settlement price (or more accurately a reflection of the underlying currencies existing pricing volatility carried through to the SDR itself), but still subject to the manipulations of BIS member banks.

A good read.  I left my copy in the US, but wish I hadn't.  It doesn't really get into the long history of settlement currencies, and some of the papers are truly  worthless (warning: they're all written by economists), but if you speak Bankster and can read between the lines...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:45 | 4547520 TruthHunter
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The whole world's got Testosterone poisoning

 

did they stop putting tranquilizers in the contrails?  :-)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:04 | 4547638 williambanzai7
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:35 | 4547828 Smiley
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Can't stop laughing at the baloon, good stuff.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:33 | 4547149 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, I will only added that in the absence of a functioning fusion reactor, "he who has the most oil and gas can actually do something".

As the world returns to the feudal system and the robber barrons fight for their territory I expect we will see "spring riots" every year.

Hedge accordingly.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:46 | 4547192 trader1
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"the world" never left the fedual system.

and, we still have slavery today - see China, India, and other developing countries with billions of "poor" people producing goods for "rich" people in the "old + new world"

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:53 | 4547228 LawsofPhysics
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I am refering to the U.S.S.A dipshit.  They don't have a "SNAP" program in those countries (and soon there won't be one in the U.S.S.A).

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:15 | 4547348 eclectic syncretist
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Laws,

totally agree with your message here, and would like to add that additionally, we don't have any meaningful quantities of extractable rare earth metals left.  That's why Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and the other military industrial complex companies have to get materials from china to build our high-tech weapons systems: it's the only place they can get them. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rareearth_production.svg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-13/u-s-will-ask-for-wto-s-help-to-...

If China for whatever reason decided to quit exporting rare earth metals our air force, for instance, would be immediately crippled. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/10/us-usa-china-weapons-idUSBREA2...

With the continual and ongoing abuse of the worlds reserve currency by the Fed and US Gov our country is in a difficult place at the moment.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:24 | 4547414 LawsofPhysics
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The true power brokers in China and the U.S.S.A have been on the same page since 1971.

Sheep in both countries will be sacrificed unless they wake up.

same as it ever was...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:03 | 4547949 Rafferty
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Actually I'd say 1913 would be more acurate.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:19 | 4547726 Spastica Rex
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They could possibly get them from North Korea.

Hmmmmm...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:01 | 4547923 trader1
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you are missing the picture for failing to think big.  you're getting there, but you still have more homework to do.

to better understand the world today, which will lead to ways of understanding the root cause of its problems and hence the solutions, then i suggest the following non-exhaustive course of study (or at least a brief refresher training in any area):

  • Ethics and Philosophy 101
  • Art, Music (Comedy and Drama) 101
  • Mathematics 101
  • Language (Mother Tongue and Foreign) 101
  • Science 101
  • History of World Religions 101
  • World History 101 (from pre-historic / ancients until present, and not just the American and/or Western view - this is important) 
  • Economics/Business 101
  • Historical Fiction, Fantasy and Sci Fi 101
  • Psychology 101
  • Athene's Theory of Everything
  • Quantum Mech/Phys 101 (Through the Wormhole series documentary makes the topic a little more accessible to those who aren't science buffs)
  • Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy complemented by a deeper dive into Spinoza and Leibniz
  • Alan Watts' the Book complemented by his audio recorded lectures
  • Adam Curtis' documentaries (Century of the Self, All Watched over..., etc.)
  • Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror series
  • Bill Hicks and George Carlin 101
  • Andrew Stanton's WALL-E
  • Juan J. Campanella's The Secret in Their Eyes
  • Godfrey Reggio's documentaries (Koyaanisqatsi and others) 
  • Ron Frickes' Baraka and Samsara documentaries
  • Louis Malle's My Dinner with Andre
  • Richard Linklater's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly
  • Richard Schenkman's The Man from Earth
  • Tom Tykwer's Cloud Atlas
  • Gary Geck's Secret History series
  • Terence McKenna's The Food of the Gods
  • Tobias Churton's Gnostics and The True Story of the Rosicrucians series
  • History of Switzerland 101
  • go back and read + analyze (and not always literally) aurora ex machina posts here on zh

synthesize all above (meta) in context of the media propaganda (both foreign and domestic) and everyday world and local events/interactions you experience. 

the rest is up to you and me.

 

EDIT: if you're going to junk this, at least have the courtesy to challenge the merits of the proposed education.  what would you add or take away?

would such education have a regressive or progressive impact on human/world evolution?  why?  provide definitions for any terms you feel require such elaboration.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:58 | 4550138 TheGoldMyth
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Thanks trader1.

 

  • The Stanford University Prison Experiment in conjunction with the study of Stockholm Syndrome to be taken together.
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 08:45 | 4547190 TheGoldMyth
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"It's the golden rule, he who has the most gold, makes the most rules.".... negative rates. And that is why gold can never again be used as a form of currency. Now that the central banks own most of the gold, it is only one with a severe dose of Stockholm Syndrome who would actually encourage the use of this as a form of currency after it has all been stolen using the most corrupt financial system the world has ever known.

Gold is tainted by criminality and needs redistrubution and some bankster prosecution including the return of stolen goods which would flood the market wiith gold. This would drive down the current value of gold which is largely attributed to an artificial scarcity manufactured by central banks that thrive in a criminal environment..

It might be a good idea to use gold as currency if there is a need to ensure that banksters whgo have stolen the gold remain in control of everything and anything. The idea that gold can be used as a currency in this circumstance is for the criminally insane.

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