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Congress May Impose Sanctions On Russia... When It Comes Back From Vacation On March 24

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If one listens to the endless rhetoric of hollow threats and escalating war of words between Russia and DC, one thing should be clear by now: with the passage of the Crimean referendum, accepted (not to mention planned) as perfectly normal by Moscow and blasted as illegal by the West (since it is the former whose troops are in the Crimea, not the latter) then Putin has certainly crossed the Rubicon this time especially since as it was reported earlier, Crimea will formally apply to join Russia tomorrow. Surely, if nothing else, than at least the, drumroll, sanctions must be coming - after all if there is no forceful response now when Putin has called the Western bluff, the West may as well not bother. Well they very well may be... in about a week. The reason: Congress is now in vacation until March 24, so there will be at least one week before any response to the formal Russian annexation can be debated, let alone enacted into law.

 But once Congress is back from recess it certainly will unleash very harsh and truly "costly" sanction fury and what not. For real this time.

From the WSJ:

The U.S. and European Union must move quickly to exert economic pressure on Russian President Vladmir Putin for his attempt to seize a part of Ukraine, senators who recently returned from the embattled nation said Sunday.


The Senate’s first order of business when lawmakers return to Washington on March 24 will be legislation to impose sanctions against Russia and provide aid to Ukraine, said Sen. John Hoeven (R., N.D.), who was part of a bipartisan group of eight senators to visit Ukraine.  “I believe that Congress will pass that bill,” he said.

The strategy in a nutshell: "We need to move forward and put these things in place,” then wait to see how Russia reacts, Mr. Hoeven said in an interview Sunday. “They can be effective against the Russian ruling class. If we do that in a concerted way with our allies, we can make this painful to Russia.”"

The same ruling class that only cares if commodities go up, and is even happier if the oligarchs that are the traditional foil to the Kremlin face margin class, that one? Because for a second there we though it was Russia that had the upper hand when it steamrolled through every single instance of verbal diarrhea and game of checkers the west could throw at Russia's chess grandmasters.

Meanwhile, the ongoing appeasement - in all but name - continues:

If Russia deescalates the situation, the actions proposed by the U.S. and its allies could be adjusted accordingly, Mr. Hoeven said.

The justification?

Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) said Mr. Putin may have miscalculated how the U.S. and Europe will respond to his actions. “I think he marched into Crimea because he didn’t believe that the United States and Europe would actually take a chunk of flesh out of his economy,” Mr. Murphy said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Or, perhaps, Mr. Putin calculated perfectly to the third decimal place, that should the military conflict in Ukraine escalate to all out war, while it will crush the Micex which already is in a bear market (and yet people in Russia continue to survive even if the wealth effect has been cut by over 20%), the next stock market to take it in the face will be none other than the S&P500 - the same manipulated, artificial indicator of US economic "stability" sustained by the Fed's balance sheet at a time when every other hard data-based metric is screaming recession. Maybe the impact on the US' economy should Russia push on will be far more tangible than anything that could happen to Russia, the bulk of whose trade is with China anyway, and whose commodity exports keep Europe's precarious economy from tumbling into a re-depressionary abyss. And let's not mention what happens to Russia's current account (and Gazprom's bottom line) if the price of crude or nat gas explodes as a result of a Ukraine war.

What about simply freezing Russian assets in the west? "Mr. Hoeven and other lawmakers said the U.S. and Europe would be watching Mr. Putin’s next move closely following Sunday’s referendum, designed to set the stage for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region.... The proposed sanctions include diplomatic and economic penalties, such as travel restrictions targeting Russian and Ukrainian officials viewed as overseeing or complicit in the Kremlin’s efforts to annex Crimea."

Sure that would work... if Russian oligarchs had not already pulled material amounts of their western-bank parked holdings out as was reported on Friday, just as they did before the Cypriot deposit confiscation, whose one year anniversary incidentally was today. Quite an amusing way for Russia to celebrate said "blueprint" anniversary one would say.

Finally, in lieu of actually doing something, the western experts are proposing sliding scales and staggered sanctions:

Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said the level of sanctions will depend on Russia. “The bigger question is, where does Russia go and does Putin do?” said Mr. Pifer, now with the Brookings Institution think tank.

Sanctions would be imposed on a sliding scale of severity depending on Russia’s response, he said. Already, the threat has led economic forecasters at Goldman Sachs to downgrade their expectations for Russia’s economic growth this year to 1% from 3%.


Mr. Pifer sees three possible roads ahead: One is to recognize Crimea as an independent state, which is unlikely. The second is for Russia to formally make the Crimea region part of Russia. The third step is to take no action, leaving Crimea “in limbo” and using it as a negotiation tool to turn Ukraine away from joining the E.U. with the promise that Crimea’s status can be adjusted in a way that’s favorable to Ukraine.


Eugene Rumer, director of Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said even sanctions come with complications.

Like being unable to buy the S&P at the all time highs? Or maybe the "costs" Obama has been speaking about for so long had precisely the "BTFATH mentality" in mind?


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Sun, 03/16/2014 - 21:52 | 4557051 nmewn
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Its such a crisis, you see.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 21:59 | 4557072 HoofHearted
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People were giving BO a lot of shit about still vacationing while everything was going down in Ukraine...but it turns out all politicians are just about equally as worthless. Bunch of assholes and idiots, I would say. But then we the people voted for them. (I wasted my vote and went for all the Libertarians.)

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:15 | 4557108 nmewn
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Leadership calls the shots, just cuz vacations are scheduled doesn't mean they can't be cancelled, by leadership. So, at the end of the day, vacations are more important to leadership, than Putin taking the Crimea.

I simply find it as hard to get worked up about it, as they do, while they're on vacation.

Obviously a psychological flaw on my part ;-)

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:18 | 4557118 HoofHearted
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I'm with you. Why don't we just leave the Ukrainians the fuck alone? They have decided, even if it isn't in US politicians' best interests. So let them be...

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:34 | 4557169 nmewn
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As far as I'm concerned, its a european problem. The fucking halfwit socialists & bilderburging idiots have it coming.

Just so they know and can sleep well tonight, there are Russian speaking enclaves throughout eastern europe (Latvia, Estonia, Belarus etc.) that Putin can say I'm moving in to "protect them".

Sleep well EU, I'm thinkin some UN Bangladeshi's should get involved ;-)

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:13 | 4557256 IridiumRebel
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Yeah, let the EU and Russia fight it out. We can come in after and help rebuild. There is something to be said about sitting back and letting others fuck each other up only for the one sitting back to go in for clean up. Krugman BitcheZ.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:36 | 4557292 nope-1004
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Maxine Waters to the rescue of all those innocent Ukrainian victims?  lmao.


Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:45 | 4557318 The Vineyard
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We're gonna crush those communist bastards.  No more hotdogs for Ivan.  Bitches.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:51 | 4557333 Ralph Spoilsport
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Take a long walk off a short pier. Nobody here cares about your bowel movements or what your zipperhead wife serves for dinner.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:17 | 4557381 Manthong
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If Reagan came back for a visit, I wonder which bloc he would identify as the "Evil Empire" today?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:22 | 4557391 TruthInSunshine
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 04:23 | 4557586 Flux
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So ...

We organize a political coup, destabilize the government, launch a bloody false flag operation, establish a EU-friendly puppet government, then when the Russian tanks roll in ...

Go on vacation?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 04:43 | 4557602 Independent
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No Flux that is what they want, they want Russia dragged into all of Ukraine after they have looted its gold deposits.  They want the Russians to pay for their mess. Putin is not dumb.  He will let the Ukrainians see what the EU and USA and Nazis and Jew Oligarchs have done as Ukraine implodes and its economy shatters.  The USA doesnt want to give money to a lost cause, this was done to trigger the Russians into a Ukraine invasion which would economically weaken them and cause demonstrations that could topple Putin. Putin is not dumb, in the eyes of the world the USA broke Ukraine they can fix it, Putin just got the best part Crimea, and he may take back via referendums, some eastern provinces but only as much as he can afford.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:45 | 4557707 Element
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Washington is bluffing, they are weak, they can be taken here.

It is not the vacations that are the issue, it's the vacillations if most allies in Europe decide that butting-heads directly with Russia, right over the top of a powder keg, that could blow up at any time, and completely ruin European 'stability', is something they'd rather not be part of. If humpty falls by Ukraine exploding, the core of Europe will also be trashed.

Then where are the US 'Allies' that are needed to inflict this 'pain' that little Johny-jowels yaps-on about? Where's the western alliance and US superpower status then? It's down the toilet is where. The only place they'll still find some support will be in the Pacific, if that happens.

i.e. the end of the PAX-Americana empire awaits. 

All Putin has to do is scare the shit out of Europe and they will fold. Some will talk vociferous shit and make some melodrama and get all red faced, but they will still fold. And then the US grip on the western hemisphere is done.

Washington will be up shitz creek in a barbed wire canoe without a paddle. The NWO coalition that came into existence with Gulf War v1.0, will largely finally disintegrate back to the core anglosphere states.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:58 | 4557808 i-dog
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The NWO doesn't really care whether independent states like Ukraine are under Brussels' dominion or Moscow's dominion; they simply want them under one of the NWO Regional Central Planners™, rather than remaining independent.

Russia couldn't easily have annexed Ukraine and extended the Ruble Zone without the [seemingly] senseless provocation by McShame and Noodlewoman. It has all been a Punch and Judy Show, with the audience jumping up and down in their seats booing at the respective puppets. Shoddily scripted theatre of the absurd.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:17 | 4557858 Ghordius
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Russia is in the process of annexing part of Ukraine. Calling Putin's "regime" as one of the "NWO Regional Central Planners" is a nice intuition, yet does not explain a whole lot of things, including why the whole "Punch and Judy Show" would result in such bad terms for them

putting everything in terms of monetary zones is too way too simplistic, imho. in short, why label as "NWO Order" what can be explained with simple imperialism?

meanwhile in the US this episode is being used to promote the Keystone pipeline (for fracking and exporting to europe) and moar defence spending

note that element's use of "NWO" differs from yours

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:24 | 4557869 Element
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Element's use simply a reflection of GH Bush's inciting of the term.

You'd have to ask old boy bush what it really means. Certainly it is imperialism, but it seems to have its shadow-empire aspect as well.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:39 | 4557894 Ghordius
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I just doubt Bush the Second included Russia as a senior partner in his definition of NWO, that's it. Saudi Arabia and Israel? of course, at least as beloved clients. Russia? don't think so

all empires have shadows. the needs of the "deep state", "intelligence", weapons and drug deals, corruption of the old sort and corporate lobbyism gone wild


take intelligence. nicely tiered, eh? Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, Fourteen Eyes, Thirtyone Eyes. "Germany, you are not allowed to the next higher level of intelligence" lol

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:48 | 4557934 Element
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No, obviously Russia was never in the NWO in-crowd, unless you want to call it the G8 maybe.

I love the "NO FORN" concept in intelligence ... that's where the really dirty shit resides.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:59 | 4557962 i-dog
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I meant Crimea, not Ukraine. Slip of the fingers.

Anyway, my perception of the objectives and extent of the global 'Deep State' NWO is vastly different to the simple 'Anglo-American Empire' that you express. Your perception does not include a global digital currency, nor a single global 'New Age' religion, nor a limited number of regional blocs (eg. EU, Muslim Brotherhood, Russian Federation, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trans-Atlantic Partnership, and probably another covering Latin America), nor a global taxation regime, etc.

When I say "global", I mean global. When I say 'NWO', I mean a New World Order, not a rehash of 19th century competing power blocs. And I believe "they" see it my way. YMMV.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:26 | 4557874 overmedicatedun...
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Ghordius, from putin's finance advisor a warning that Russia knows the $ is the weak link for the west, I predict the west will have no sanctions, they cannot risk the rise in interest rates that would follow if russia did this..

"Mr. Glazyev said earlier today that Russia would be forced to switch to other currencies and set up its own payment system if US Senate were to sanction it over Ukraine.

The advisor claimed that Moscow would recommend everyone to get rid of their US Treasury bonds if the United States froze the assets of Russian public institutions and private investors. He added that Russia would also have to default on its loans to American banks.
Read more:"

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:45 | 4557928 Ghordius
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I don't see the Russian national bank agreeing. note that Putin's cabinet is also disawowing Glazyev, in the very article you (thanks) linked

fact is, the Rouble needs ammo. to fend off attacks, which are probably forthcoming. and the attacks will be USD based, and for that you'd better have USDs to counter

the original EuroDollar, btw, was Russian balances in USD outside the US, i.e. in europe. loooong story of needing the dollar and hating the fact

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:03 | 4557824 Ghordius
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element, I disagree on what scares us europeans

a communist Russia with all their soviet republics and communist satellites... was scary indeed. particularly if you think about how our socialists might have welcomed a socialist world order

a conservative, imperialist, proto-fascist, oligarch-driven Russia with only satellites like Belorussia and perhaps Ukraine (or parts of it)?

way less scary. in fact, not scary

so in fact most allies in europe are not going to butt heads with Putin's Russia. France will probably go on selling warships, gas will continue to flow, and some bitching and frictions will continue with probably special targeting of the "Putin Regime" nexus of power. oh, and a clear military message that the Baltic States are not Russia's playthings

all in all I broadly agree with your conclusion: "The NWO coalition that came into existence with Gulf War v1.0, will largely finally disintegrate back to the core anglosphere states." Actually, if you follow up on who was on board during Gulf War v2.0... remember Bush's Coalition of the Willing? You have to add at least Poland to the "core anglosphere nations" (what I once called 1984's Oceania), at least at the moment

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:56 | 4557920 Element
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Of course Putin's Russia is not scary, it's not meant to be. There is no need to butt heads with Russia, that's my point. He actually wants to be Europe's partner.

But Ukraine's exploding in internal violence, and oil, gas and coal to Europe coming to a halt for a month or three, is a very different kind of fright, no? It has real political weight. The people of Europe will not want this, nor business.

And that sort of development in Ukraine is a real possibility, even just via accident.

You know very well what would occur in that case. Central Europe would become about as trashed as the periphery and it would resound for a long time afterward in recession and business closures and bank and policy crisis. Europe can not afford to not cooperate and have a close relationship with Russia over the Ukraine issue, and all others - that is my point.

At which time the US stranglehold tide over the Western hemisphere's strategic policy and intervention addiction will go out. It just can't work for Europe to have a poor relationship with Moscow. But Europe can afford a downgraded relationship with Washington.

Well, I hope it is that relatively peaceful.

But Washington will do all it can to poison the essential relationship between Europe and Russia, over Ukraine, which is exactly what it is now planning to do.


Unfortunately Poland is a pawn, it will be treated thus, and they will be angry, but they must also play their part in the US tide going out. They have no choice, they can't control it.

Incidentally that "Coalition of the Willing" term was coined in the modern era by John Howard (from UN sources on intervention), as the legal method for INTERFET to form and go into East Timor with legal basis. Bush and Cheney NWO NEOCONs simply adopted it from there.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:10 | 4557438 The Vineyard
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My bowel movements are very important.  The world turns on this valuable information.  Shithead.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:44 | 4557653 merizobeach
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:17 | 4557383 Nexus789
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Well actually, the numbnuts in Wasihing caused the problem by funding the neo nazis. Putin moved nothing. There was already a Russian miliary based already in Crimea.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:31 | 4557159 Muddy1
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"Congress is now in vacation until March 24, so there will be at least one week before any response to the formal Russian annexation can be debated, let alone enacted into law."


If this were truly a matter of importance the Speaker and or the apresident could call the House and Senate back into session and commence to taking action.  But vacay and golfing await.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:58 | 4557423 e_goldstein
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Don't forget, the clown in charge has a pen, and a phone, and a teleprompter.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:13 | 4557254 HisNameIsRP
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I agree, so nicht on the 18 Bil, sorry Ukraine, the people have spoken, oh yeaaaaah

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:22 | 4557275 DrData02
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Your vote wasn't wasted because you voted for a Libertarian.  All votes are wasted because we only get worthless choices.  How would a vote for Obama or Romney have been worthwhile?

At least your Libertarian vote was a worthwhile statement.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:17 | 4557384 Talleyrand
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If you voted, you can't complain.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:26 | 4557282 astitchintime
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"People were giving BO a lot of shit about still vacationing while everything was going down in Ukraine"

YES, as they should have.  Silly half-brained sorry excuse for a leader should have been at the helm!

"but it turns out all politicians are just about equally as worthless. Bunch of assholes and idiots, I would say"

And, you would be correct there!!

"(I wasted my vote and went for all the Libertarians.)"

WHY are you still wasting your time voting ??

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:37 | 4557293 Muddy1
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As reported on ZeroHedge yesterday, not only has Obama been on vacation, more importantly he has been AWOL for national security team meetings on 1 March, and 15 March.



Much as he was absent, and his whereabouts unknown for about 5 hours, when the attack in Benghazi happened.  Sounds like three examples of dereliction of duty to me.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:16 | 4558002 drendebe10
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What else but incompetence would any one expect from such an arrogant narcissistic lying illegal alien kenyan muslim sociopathuc ignoramus fudge packer in chief. Its idea of a job is make priclamations, go golfing and get paid so it can buy the wookie 17K dresses to enhance her Ho look.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:11 | 4557990 drendebe10
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The whole elected ruling elite and their favored minions are a bunch of self entitled over paid over privileged imbeciles but the golf fudge packer in chief takes the cake. The sheeple put them office and keep them there, not we the people. 

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:00 | 4557077 krispkritter
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Giving CongressCritters paid vacation is like paying the guy who robs your house overtime for working after dark.  These cretins should be paid minimum wage for the hours they are actually in session and not when sucking $$$ out of lobbyists or blowing coke up the asses of hookers in DC.  

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:22 | 4557125 LetThemEatRand
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You guys ready for the LTER conspiracy theory du jour?  Plane disappears in an area of constant surveillance.  No one even knows which direction it went.  Putting aside the absurdity that this could happen in today's worldwide grid of military surveillance of the skies and even corporate surveillance of engine performance, we have a constant stream of conflicting misinformation from various governments including stories of "unrelated" oil slicks that are initially reported as consistent with a plane crash.  Then, we have stories of Chinese satellites that find debris in the ocean, because they are looking hard and stuff.  Turns out it's not the plane, of course.  And we also have MSM covering the story 24/7 with barely a mention of how implausible it is that a plane could just disappear.  Then, a week goes by and all of sudden they just "figure out" that one of the pilots is supposedly a fanatic.  Meanwhile, in late February, Cheney got on Hannity and said "the biggest threat to America is that a terrorist flies an EMP device over the fatherland, er, homeland."  

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:53 | 4557203 kito
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spot on LTER. and whats mindboggling is our federal govt has been doing NOTHING to harden our systems outside of the military. in the grand scheme of hundreds of billions pissed away by our federal govt, hardening the system, or at least subsidizing the hardening of them, is a no brainer. and yet only the states like maine and arizona are beginning to take the lead. one has to wonder why, with all of the money spent on surveillance, with the billions spent on creating a police state, with all of our anti terrorist agencies spending massive amounts of manpower and energy, nothing is being addressed by the federal govt regarding EMPS. hmmmmmmm.........makes you wonder......

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:04 | 4557217 LetThemEatRand
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Now they have a neat little backstory -- including a fanatic (proven by his wearing of an anti-Malaysian government t-shirt) -- and the idea that planes cannot be tracked if you turn off the transponder, to explain it away if it happens.  No doubt a few passports would fall from the sky during the attack as well just to seal the deal.  Ten years later, the mastermind would be caught in an allied country and quickly buried at sea.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:06 | 4557232 Ignatius
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Talking heads paid to mouth inanities.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:40 | 4557306 LetThemEatRand
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 06:35 | 4557431 TruthInSunshine
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@LTER - The latest claim is that although it's a remote possibility, Israel is altering civilian aircraft approach protocol and "beefing up" air defense network due to the threat of the 777 being used in an attack upon Israel.

I'm not making this shit up:


Is it just me, or are there more than the average number of nations seemingly hungering for war, catalysts, or other acts of sabotage/aggression/hostilities lately, whether real or staged?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:08 | 4557240 maskone909
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Anti gov tshirt?! Wow we are all fukd if thats the case! Emp might be just whats needed, that is, if bitcoin truely is an idiopathic creation and a threat to banks.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:13 | 4557244 LetThemEatRand
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Oh no!!!! Fonestarjuice.  Fonestarjuice.....

But that aside, Drudge shamelessly reported today that the younger pilot was a fanatic, and offered as proof that he was "anti-government" because he wore a t-shirt protesting the arrest and imprisonment of a Malaysian politician (for being gay).  This was a top Drudge headline earlier today, linking to freedom loving UK press.

You can't make this shit up.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:15 | 4557261 maskone909
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Haha oh geez i really up and did it now!
My conspiracy theory, although a little thin, is that there is an attempt to consolidate powers for the nwo. I meanjust look how bad the sentiment is for our own gov. They are pushingg us to civil war to say the least. At that point the un will jump in and most likely some one like or possibly putin himself will have attained sainthood status by then- will assist in the final disarming and conquering the usa. I am just really skeptical when he msm praises putin for is diplomatic strategy ect amidst our leaders obvious shortcomings

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:21 | 4557271 LetThemEatRand
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I totally agree.  The knighting of Putin by the MSM is no accident.  

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:30 | 4557286 maskone909
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Not to mention these so called "sanctions" which everyone knows is like shootingourselves in the foot! It will be a self imposed economic disaster that will require IMF intervention. All part of the MFing plan. Kiss our sovereignty goodbye

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:37 | 4557296 LetThemEatRand
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You just coined a great new expression -- the IMFing plan.  I'm fucking sick of these IMFing snakes on this IMFing plane.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:42 | 4557311 maskone909
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We are all so IMF'ed in the A.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:07 | 4557235 AlaricBalth
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The Threat of High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulses: Why it should
be keeping Combatant Commanders up at night

Joint Military Operations Department
Naval War College

"Experts have raised concerns over the last decade about the readiness of both the civilian and the military sectors to withstand HEMP attacks. These experts produced several studies assessing various at risk sectors. In 2004, a Congressional Commission reported that HEMP was one of a few threats that could place population at great risk and may cause significant degradation to U.S. military forces. Even as recently as 2009, the report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States stated that only limited protective measures have been implemented by the Department of Defense and that no EMP vulnerabilities have been addressed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Virtually all sectors of the civilian critical infrastructure were found to be extremely vulnerable to an EMP attack. Civilian vulnerabilities include power generation and distribution, telecommunications, air, marine and land traffic, food infrastructure, and emergency services"

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:12 | 4557252 kito
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isnt it incredible??? DHS focused solely on civilian control, uprisings, societal breakdown, rogue anti government groups.........not at all working to prevent the very thing that could lead to all of the issues they have their eye on........



Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:17 | 4557264 LetThemEatRand
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Don't forget the war against copying of DVD's.  

In all seriousness - they could have protected a lot of major systems from an EMP attack for what they spent on hollowpoints.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:03 | 4557427 MisterMousePotato
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Hey, Bub. Copying DVDs is not a victemless crime. I know because I see it on my TeeVee before I watch any movie. (See? We ARE getting something for our propaganda dollar.)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:20 | 4557388 Kirk2NCC1701
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Don't we already have Hemp attacks?  ;-)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:28 | 4557396 Rock On Roger
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I too, get an electromagnetic pulse everytime I spark up a hEMP.


Stack On

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:22 | 4558024 drendebe10
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aka cntrl-alt-del

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:32 | 4557288 astitchintime
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They shouldn't be paid at all!  They 'claim' they want to provide a public service, fine provide it.  Unpaid and GO AWAY and back to your previous profession after you've provided your public service.

Public service was NEVER meant to be a career.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:18 | 4557385 Nexus789
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Has anyone noticed they are not there? 

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:04 | 4557088 Whoa Dammit
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Never let a good vacation, uhm,..errr... crisis go to waste.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:11 | 4557102 insanelysane
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World domination...spring break, world domination...spring break, spring domination, spring break...

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:16 | 4557109 Real Estate Geek
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Congress?  Who needs a Congress when we have Dear Leader to just dash off another Executive Order.  The precedent's been established and we shall reap the whirlwind because of it.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:35 | 4557173 CrashisOptimistic
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Hell, 1 week is more than enough time for Russia to get Kiev, too.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 21:57 | 4557068 ronron
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beware the ides of march. 2055.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 21:58 | 4557070 Soul Glow
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Until then it's coke and hookers.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:02 | 4557081 FredFlintstone
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You'd be fun to hang out with. Always talkin blow and hookers.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:13 | 4557105 zionhead
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Yep, me think that soul-glow, is, has, or was a Goldman-Sacks broker, .. :)


On that note, ... and not a peep here, but last week GS issued a DEATH-CERTIFICATE on Bitcoin, and not a peep about that document, and not a peep on ZH since,...

Lastly, never forget that ZH was started by GS folk,

Ho's and Blow, ... so 1980's :)

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:04 | 4557086 ghengis86
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And golf and Reggie ball washing?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 21:59 | 4557071 Ignatius
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The latest from Paul Craig Roberts:

Paul is currently writing almost daily on events in Ukraine.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:20 | 4557121 socalbeach
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Doesn't really matter, but he understates his case.  Correct numbers are closer to 23% and 77%:

"Lie: “Many Crimeans loyal to Kiev boycotted the referendum, and the EU and US condemned it as illegal.”

Fact: More than 80% voted and the vote was 96% against Washington. So who precisely boycotted the vote, and how could it have made any difference? The BBC doesn’t care. The BBC’s job is to lie for Washington. Let’s assume that the 20% of voters who did not turn out would all have voted against rejoining Russia. That 20% together with the 4% who did vote not to rejoin Russia could give a vote of 24% against and 76% for. So, despite the BBC’s utterly dishonest attempt to suggest that it wasn’t a majority vote, it would have made no difference whatsoever if the vote turnout had been 100% instead of 80%."

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:49 | 4557196 Ignatius
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What's amazing to me is that Paul as a former Asst. Treasury Secretary and Wall Street Journal editor has come to such a stark and critical evaluation of our government and its policies.  The lying is so blatant for those with eyes to see and he could no longer ignore it.  The pain of his transition can be seen here:

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:10 | 4557245 YHC-FTSE
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I posted about this before. We used to play a game called, "spot the lie", a couple of years ago in our household every time the BBC News came on. During the Syrian crisis,  it was a matter of seconds before one of us spotted one. Their lies, either outright lies or lies by omissions were just ridiculous considering anyone can check that they are being deceitful within minutes on the net, and these days when I see it (They're on in hotels, banks and pubs constantly) a few seconds exposure makes me absolutely livid. 

Last week, a BBC reporter said there was gunfire in one of the military barracks between the Russians and Ukraneans. Another news channel came and interviewed the soldiers who were puzzled about the fake reports. They're also making it sound like there are Russian tanks roaming around the Ukraine outside the Crimea which is totally false, and there's nothing at all on the neonazis and zionists who grabbed power in Kiev by murdering their own supporters and police with snipers. 

I live in the UK and I pay my licence fee to the British Bullshit Corporation. I have seriously considered suing them to get my money back from the thieving liars. 


Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:35 | 4557291 Ignatius
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It all makes perfect sense if one looks at who controls the media.

Just flip it around and assume you're a psychopath and in charge.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 21:59 | 4557073 JustObserving
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The hypocrisy of these United States is infinite:

The United States has systematically violated the national sovereignty of Ukraine to unconstitutionally overthrow an elected government and install a far-right regime that includes neo-Nazis whose thugs served as the shock troops for the February 22 putsch.

It was Mr. Pyatt, after all, who participated late last year in the leaked phone conversation with Victoria Nuland, the US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, in which the two officials discussed the need to “midwife” the opposition movement in Ukraine into a new government. They agreed that the individual who has since been installed as prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, referred to as “Yats,” had the “economic experience” and “governing experience” to run the country as a stooge of the United States.

The entire regime-change operation was carried out illegally, with the US and European powers intervening in Ukraine with billions of dollars in funding for oppositional forces allied with fascist organizations such as the Svoboda party and the Right Sector. It is these rabid Ukrainian nationalists who have waged “an active campaign to stir division,” spewing anti-Jewish filth and threatening and beating up Russian-speaking Ukrainians and other minorities. In one of its first acts, the new parliament eliminated language rights for Russian speakers.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:07 | 4557078 Tracerfan
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Unlike in Ukraine, oligarchs do not control the state in Russia.  American Congress critters have already bankrupted the U.S to the tune of $17 Trillion, with at least another $100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities.

They are the ones playing Russian Roulette.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:02 | 4557080 XRAYD
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The meaning of mindless partisanship as stated by Bob Schieffer of CBS today:

(or We don't need not stinking vacations?)



Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:03 | 4557224 Ignatius
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Thanks for the reminder of how fucked up it really is.

Makes me think of the fake Hollywood sets.  It's all show now.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:05 | 4557085 ebworthen
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Pretty sure the U.S. CONgress is on permanent vacation except when it comes to fucking over their constituents and raping The Constitution.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:10 | 4557097 Cattender
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congress.. LOL those guys are BUSY!!!!

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:19 | 4557122 nmewn
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Not to worry, Senator Di-Fi is working feverishly on a plan to extract her foot from her own mouth!

She's got till the 24th, these things take time ;-)

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:11 | 4557090 socalbeach
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In a week, the Russians subject to sanctions could move their money out of US and European banks, don't you think?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:49 | 4557195 zhandax
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That's so last week....

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:32 | 4557280 mrmister
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Next I suspect that the dormant web trojan that everyone has talked about for the past 5 years will wake up and crash the entire western financial system. I learned long ago anything connected to the net is basicly compromised. Everything.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:10 | 4557098 quasimodo
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Does anyone actually give a flying fuck what these asshats even think or have to say anymore? They are actually THAT blind, to think most people give a shit at this point? Sure, it makes sense to the small circle jerk they have going on but really?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:57 | 4557342 astitchintime
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Well, yes it actually matters to me.  Because I sense a real 'in your face' to the little guy/peasant/slave <insert your nomenclature here>

I give a flying fuck because these asshats control our destiny.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:11 | 4557100 Seize Mars
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...Enacted into law...?

What law?

The United States is a collection of jackbooted thugs with batons, and their money-printing overlords barking for blood. There is no fucking law. (Where is Jon Corzine hiding this evening?)



Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:11 | 4557101 q99x2
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The main purpose of Congress is to steal as much from the American people as possible. They specialize in approving laws and regulations prepared for them by the globalists and foreign banks.

If Russia or China was serious about Ukraine/Syria they would directly go after Rockefellers and Rothschilds for war crimes, treason and financial terrorism.

Anyhow Congress will do whatever they are paid to do.


Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:12 | 4557103 valkir
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Sanctions?What will happend if tomorrow Rusia and China dump all treasures and Rusia ask gold for petrol and gas?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:20 | 4557123 zionhead
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The USA doesn't buy shit from RUSSIA, so this narrative must stop.

If Russians demanded GOLD for its OIL, that would only hurt Europe.

PUTIN want's EURO's.


SAUDI is OWNED by ZIO-NEO-CON, so they will continue to sell OIL in dollars.


Sanctions on RUSSIA? That means real vodka and caviar will cost more money,... WHO can afford to buy real vodka and caviar in the USSA? Only the 1%.

Sanctions my ass.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:38 | 4557299 mrmister
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And ATMS stop working, etc.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:14 | 4557107 logically possible
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The best thing Congress could do, is not come back from vacation.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:17 | 4557110 Son of Captain Nemo
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Sure as fuck hope that Russia dumps the rest of it's U.S. "T's" and demands GLD for it's oil and gas while Washington is on "holiday". Jesus Christ who the fuck says they work, when they pass legislation the lobbyists make sure they don't read???

Wouldn't it be nice to see the DOW and S&P tank completely when they return?

It's the only way we'll fix this fucker at this point...

Russia do your stuff.  Make it burn!!!!

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:55 | 4557207 IridiumRebel
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3 to 1 odds that Nemo cracked open a fif a whiskey.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:03 | 4557356 astitchintime
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and ... what's wrong with Cap'n Nemo opening a fifth this evening?

When clearly the world has gone full retard?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:19 | 4557386 Ralph Spoilsport
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You must be new here.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:38 | 4557404 astitchintime
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Yes, I am newly signed up here.

EDIT.  Ralph, you must have been new here at some time ... what's your point ?

and p.s.   thanks for the welcome /sarc

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:38 | 4557407 zionhead
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I might crack a bottle of BAI-JIU for myself tonight.

It's now clear that the CIA ( zio-neo-con ) is trying to steal UKRAINE, SYRIA, and KAZAHKSTAN all at once before our very eyes from PUTIN.

My god,... and now its confirmed they have full support by the CHINESE for the theft.


It's going to be a slaughter, I wonder who will be PUTIN's allies?

Maybe venezuela? Cuba? Iran? No-Korea ... so called axis of evil,

Given CHINA has gone full retard in support of ZIO-CON hegemony, ... who the fuck that counts will support Russian on the backside?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:15 | 4557111 krispkritter
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If you want to impose meaningful sanctions, please start at WallyWorld:  Yes, your brain and eyes will bleed, butt please stop the madness...

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:18 | 4557117 Son of Captain Nemo
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This is why I don't visit Walmart...

JHC Russia nuke it!

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:25 | 4557143 Son of Captain Nemo
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Goodness gracious all these "down arrows"...

Does the cocksucker Senator from Connecticut quoted above have an account here?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:16 | 4557444 Hovel Downs
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I remember when going to a Wallmart was like the downside of visiting a third world country. It lacked the street food and street feel, even danger.  It was a reminder of how vacant our society was.  Those were the good old days.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:17 | 4557115 zionhead
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Between now an March 24, a lot can will happen.

The Best Congress that AIPAC can buy and control needs a rest cuz when they return there will be war on many fronts.

While all lies are told right now on my TV here in CHINA, I'm  being told that the MISSING PLANE is in Kazahkistan, and that will lead to CIA al-queda.


We don't know the end-game here, but what we do know that the  CIA has created a hornets nest by RILING the RUSSIANS & CHINESE at the same time, a smart bee-keeper, would then turn the two against each other.

US Congress, know as much about what's going as the AIPAC tells them or the ameriKKKan people.

But surely by March 24, the world will have changed the AIPAC US-Congress will be busy,  very busy.

Mostly likely they're all on 'vacation' right now in TEL-AVIV, being drilled marching orders.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:28 | 4557134 Son of Captain Nemo
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That is actually true and if we keep doing the shit to them we are doing I hope that prophesy becomes a reality.

Maybe this will finally get us to press charges of treason on all of them based soley on their voting record for war crimes and every other violation to the oath of office they've taken with no trial and no jury just like they have taken it away from "us".

The only choice they will receive is the rope or the guillotine!

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:53 | 4557201 IridiumRebel
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Dude. Nuclear destruction. No one lives. I think your hatred for our shitty leaders is outweighing you critical thinking ability that if this happens EVERYONE FUCKING DIES. Love your other posts tho!

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:49 | 4557269 Son of Captain Nemo
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Ask yourself how this country ever could have managed to let it get this bad starting with Iraq, then Libya then Syria, now a nuclear superpower's neighbor with it's most strategic Naval port of the last couple hundred years. I've used this example before and I'll use it again.  It would be like Russia coming into Newport News or Norfolk VA seizing control of it's assets and declaring the people in those regions (without any justification) being "misrepresented" by the U.S. Government and in need of it's undivided support.  How far do you think they would get?  Do you think the U.S. would declare an all out war on Russia?

If I were Putin or anyone in Russia's government and I saw a U.S. naval force messing with my most strategic commerical and military assets your damn right I'd be ready to start anything with the United States, which is why they are justified in doing everything possible at this point given how far outside the rule of law and international treatise we violated just in the past two decades alone starting with Yugoslavia in the 90's. 

And speaking of "critical thinking skills" who in this Country has them anymore based on what we've done and what we are still doing to the rest of the World?  When we found out that we were lied to about Afghanistan, Iraq and the "pretext" that started it all many lawmakers in Washington including President Bush should have been thrown in jail or worse, and thanks to America's indifference -well here we are!

As per your other comment about the 1/5 of JD I've got mine at the ready.

Might as well keep it up at the rate this Country is going and where we're headed if we don't put a stop to it very soon.  If you aren't prepared to do anything of the sort, the next best thing is praying for devine intervention

-Good luck with that one!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:43 | 4557411 zionhead
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GO farther dude this is a 3-way




All at once, ... and all strategic as HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

This like HIGH-NOON in the movies, the USAofZIO has gone full retard in an ALL or NOTHING move to steal all of PUTIN's assets, and the entire world will look on and eat all the shit that its fed.

Who can RUSSIA strike back?

It's just like hitting a puppy now, or like invading LIBYA.

The USA can invade Russia now, because they have NO allies, ... everyone else has been bought with USD FIAT to INFINIT by ZIO-CON.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:49 | 4557412 zionhead
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Who do you NUKE?

I mean think about it?

PUTIN will see his country' torn apart in 3+ directions.

NUKING doesn't even help anything. Think about it,... its deterrence, but if the invader is a PAID MERC (US-MIL) on zio-con leash, then who fucking cares? It's full retard,... ONLY nuking the HQ makes sense, ... but the rats are all over the earth ready and waiting for HQ to change daily.


In a pure world, certainly NUKING TEL-AVIV might send somebody a signal, ... but at this point I would estimate that 90% of the world has been BOUGHT OFF by the Trillionaires.


Does anybody here on ZH think a NUKE will be deployed? I don't,.. this is all about grabbing the remaining BLACK-GOLD while you still can.

The ZIO's own the world, and the KGB is full of ZIO whores,... Putin might be the last man standing,

The end of history is here.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:19 | 4557120 buzzsaw99
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congress should stay on vacation permanently

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:21 | 4557127 nmewn
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Hear hear, they've done enough damage already.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:25 | 4557140 Heffer
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like a staycation?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:26 | 4557146 22winmag
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Wish it was a permanent vacation.


Best *CON*gress money can buy!


Sorry, don't fool yourself into thinking the Tea Party [political bowel] movement is going to really change much either.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:12 | 4557250 Ralph Spoilsport
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"If you think everything will be okay once Obama is out of office, you don't understand the problem."

General Curtis T. Goatheart (Retired)

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:31 | 4557162 q99x2
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Impeach Obama. Overthrow the globalists by...well by having integrity and decency andl if you have to join the DHS so you are in a position to do the right thing if necessary.

If the smartest and the brightest in America become imbedded within the globalist forces what chance do they have. Not that they have much of a chance now.

Shits coming down. Better get into position and do what you have to do.

Myself I can't do much other than speak up within academemia. And, vote. I always vote against the globalists and I've had a few of the representatives that I've voted for win. So voting still works in the US even though the crooks don't play by the books.

We will come rejoicing bringing in the thieves.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 04:42 | 4557601 nathan1234
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The American Congress & Senate are bought and paid for to do an act for the American public.

They need to be impeached first. Obummer should have been impeached for many many things by now.

The fact that he has'nt is clear dereliction of duty to the American public

Americans will need to answer the world soon- Like Germans had to answer for the Nazis




Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:34 | 4558072 drendebe10
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Impeachment too good for fudge packer in chief. Sandpaper its skin off then bury it in salt. The wookie too.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 22:50 | 4557197 Jack Burton
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The Washington Whore House decides the fate of Crimeans? Naturally, you see these fucking whores are so full of themselves they really believe every man on earth bows to their commands or they will send in the troops. Well Washington whores, who spend our tax money, just keep pushing your power until a nukes come out. The Washington Whore House fucks are fully prepared to kill billions in order to sling their mini dicks around the world. McCain the insane old man of the Whore House, and the Black Christ Obama are just two examples of the one party Whore House that steals our taxes, lies to us, spies on us and trys to send every job we have to fucking China. Yet, as usual, the patriotic sheep buy into the whole Whore House lie fest!

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:18 | 4557266 IridiumRebel
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I think Jack is getting angry.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:26 | 4557454 pupdog1
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So, like, if you were going to compare these government employees to something, what would it be?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:41 | 4557764 Element
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Jack, those idiots sending in the troops couldn't even take North Vietnam with massive and unprecedented levels of sustained heavy weapon violence. Sending in the troops is a recipe for failure. Plus the US has been sickened and demoralized from being lied to way too many times.

The system is actually dissipating before our eyes.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:08 | 4557241 Ralph Spoilsport
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Living in interesting times we are, while being a few drams under par.


Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:13 | 4557257 zionhead
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When the ZIO's engineered WW1&WW2 they didn't know the outcome it was an insured bet.

Now they have engineered WW3 with nothing to lose, if they don't make this gamble the USD is going to collapse,

If they win WW3 then they make the IMF-SDR and rule the world for 500+ years

If they lose, they all crawl back to TEL-AVIV and live in comfort forever...




For NOW grab europe, russia and china, ... take it all grab it all, wait a few more years when the USD is worthless and the US-MIL has no power then WW3 is impossible

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 23:52 | 4557334 holdbuysell
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With all the think tanks and advisors on Obama's side and how things have been, anyone here think that this admin is purposely trying to tank the country?

Unless, this is considered as good as it gets in this managed decline.

This is becoming an all-time greatest episode of the Keystone Cops.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:10 | 4557365 JR
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Congress is saying what its handlers – the bankers – want to hear.

It’s going to look a little strange to Americans and other peoples that here we have a part of a country that has voted almost unanimously to join Russia and now the U.S. is going to punish Russia.

Sanctions can go both ways. German industry better look out if this is the road it's going to take.

This Congress no longer speaks for the American people because the nation no longer has a representative government. Example: One side of the political spectrum has put up a socialist for president and he was elected twice. The other side put up a man who has just been judged the least popular man in the U.S. Senate.

Americans have no more self-determination than do Ukrainians.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:14 | 4557376 kchrisc
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"No soup for you; One year!"


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:48 | 4557413 Tartarus
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There are more important things to deal with right now. Super PACs need more B-roll footage of the politicians with their constituents. Mid-terms are coming up dontcha know?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:24 | 4557452 pupdog1
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Congress needs to come back to locked doors, no job, and no pension.

Every fucking useless whorin' one of them.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:32 | 4557455 Atomizer
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Good luck on the Sanctions Congress. You’ll end up fucking over other revenue inflow relationships to keep the Ponzi scheme fluid. I digress. It’s your circus show, play your own hand on the outcome. Just be prepared to accept responsibility to your failures or bad judgment calls.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:36 | 4557460 GoldIsMoney
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You better pray that congress, will never come back.  But you can bet they will, and they are not there to make your life easier....

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 01:43 | 4557464 royal
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Sanctioning Russia for simply asserting it's interests is incredibly hypocrital and utterly foolish since any economic sanctions will be akin to getting angry at someone, and then punching yourself in the face over and over.

The West just needs to stay out of it, and accept the fact the Eurasian Union (Soviet Union lite) is coming, and there's nothing they can do about it.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 02:07 | 4557485 Rogue Economist
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By then, Vlad the Impaler should be be in charge of the NG Valves in Ukraine along with the ones in Crimea.

Latest Collapse Cafe on the Crimea/Ukraine situation can be found on the Doomstead Diner.  Coming up later tonight, a Frostbite Falls Daily Rant on the Crimean Referendum.

Also for Energy Afficionados, we currently have ongoing a Napalm Contest with a Fracker Petroleum Geologist that is very entertaining. :)

Don't miss the Death of Debt or The Week in Doom either for late breaking Diner Analysis!



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 02:46 | 4557494 franciscopendergrass
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I don't believe in sanctions.  However, if something of this importance on such a global scale warrants staying in vacation then why the fuck are the American citizens paying these fucks for?  These fucks are suppose to come up with a diplomatic resolution.  Since our President missed briefings about Ukraine, why should they care?  To put this in perspective, if my house sprung a leak causing major flooding in my house and I was on vacation, I would come home and fix the problem.  I think the Crimean issue is much bigger than flooding that would be occurring at my residence.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 02:49 | 4557527 DIgnified
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How many fucking vacations does this group of assholes get?  They work like 20 minutes a month and get paid 12000x what they are worth. 


I haven't had a vacation in over a decade.  Unless for us the occasional three day weekend counts. 

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:07 | 4557629 lakecity55
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"Grandpa, why do we celebrate Tree Day right after July 4?"
"Well, little Jimmy, that's when a lot of crooks were left swinging by ropes and we became free again."

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 03:48 | 4557557 BeetleBailey
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FUCK Congress!


If these fuckers "impose" anything, they should be laughed at.





Mon, 03/17/2014 - 04:31 | 4557593 nathan1234
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Obummer rules by Executive Orders.

He says Fcuk Congress

And Obummer is ruled by the cabal

24th March is just meant to put Russia off the track


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:04 | 4557626 lakecity55
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They have another week of vacation?

Thanks, Lord, that's one moar week they can't screw us over.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:50 | 4557655 nathan1234
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Yawn. You are being screwed all the time.

Congress is on Holiday so Obummer can rule by Executive Order and Eric Holder implements.

Obummer and Michael just finished their family holiday in Florida ( next one scheduled for Kiev)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:17 | 4557637 dreadnaught
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stoopid sons of bitches in DC-----ALL or them they think they are so ENTITLED.....

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 06:28 | 4557670 Lumberjack
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Congress mulls...while on vacation....


Teacher: Now class, what do you think they will do?


Little Johnny (waving his hands furiously): I KNOW! I KNOW! PICK ME! PICK ME!


Teacher: Ok Little Johnny, what is it?


Little Johnny:



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:03 | 4557704 Lumberjack
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Marois says independent Quebec would adopt loonie — but it won’t play out like she wants


Elections are on April 7th.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:08 | 4557711 Last of the Mid...
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Talk about a false flag event back-firing. Looks like Barry and co. got bitch slapped hard over the Ukraine. Never show up to a bear fight with an ACORN.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:20 | 4557723 vyeung
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DC are packed full of thugs. Their masters reside in the UK and Europe. If US is stupid enough to do these so called sanctions, and the LNG price sky rocket, I doubt the EU and its people are going to be very happy. But then again, I'm not sure Russia is stupid enough to fall for this pathetic tactic. Putin's been a few steps ahead everytime, I doubt he dosen't have a strategy in place.

The spoiled brat now is going to get his frigging arse handed to him.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:28 | 4557741 vyeung
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Once these DC morons slap sanctions on, goodbye USD. It will be the nail in the coffin. Russia will demand payment for oil/gas in other ccy, BUT USD. That trend from a big global provider will nuke the US financial system in a somewhat disorderly manner. DC MORONS, OBAMA MORON, EU shoe shine boyz (once the US is screwed, the EU will just go back to Russia and say we didn't slap anything on yea, its the MORONS in DC. We had no choice in the UN resolution as you can understand. Lets continue to do good business. hehehehe)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:40 | 4557761 his lips are moving
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           that is 100% correct.Sanctions are a big joke.The game is over Crimea escaped the Satanic Matrix.  Russia gets paid for oil and gas with U.S.petro dollars,all they have to do is change to payment in any currency EXCEPT dollars and the dollar dies along with Wall street and their puppets in Washington.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:56 | 4557806 shovelhead
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Maybe it's time to start thinking about a 'retirement plan' for some key players in various business and Govt. groups.

I'll bet it wouldn't take too many pink slips before it started a cascade voluntary 'retirement due to health reasons' to be tendered.

BB King has got a point about paying the cost to be the boss and I think the bill is coming due.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:10 | 4557840 El Hosel
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Conrgress on Vacation... WTF is the difference, as long as the Federal Trading desk is open its all good.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:16 | 4557853 Herdee
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And today,up in Canada,Stephen Harper who as Canada's Prime Minister denounced Russia and said that he will visit Kiev in Ukraine and give them financial support.Conservative polls up here indicate the Tories have the lowest level of support in years and the polls indicate the Party elite is completly out of touch with even their own Conservative Party members.Just about everyone sees Harper in his last term of office as being like a stooge or parrot for the American Administration.He will even get down on his knees in front of Obama in order to get the Keystone pipeline deal done.Basically he's a Keynesian trained slave who most likely will get a banking board of directors job upon leaving office.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:52 | 4557887 NuYawkFrankie
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ZUSSA Congress: Enemy Of The USA

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