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Ukraine Prepares Military Response To Russian "Act Of Aggression"; Fears Specter of "Gas Wars"

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Following more firefights and government building seizures amid the so-called "liberation of Southeast Ukraine," the Maidan's demands that the government not "give up like in Crimea" appear to be resonating woth leadership. Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov has declared: "The Ukrainian authorities consider the events of the day as a display of external aggression from Russia," adding that, ""Units of the interior and defense ministries are implementing an operational response plan." Russia was quick to respond with threats of war action if Ukraine suppresses pro-Russia 'self-defense' forces. As Reuters adds, with the crisis escalating militarily, the specter of "gas wars" is looming with Ukraine's Energy Minister declaring, "we are probably steering towards Russia turning off its gas provision."





And as Reuters reports,

Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an "act of aggression by Russia".


Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk and set up barricades on the outskirts of the city. Official buildings in several neighboring towns were also attacked.




"The Ukrainian authorities consider the events of the day as a display of external aggression from Russia," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement.


"Units of the interior and defense ministries are implementing an operational response plan," he added.

Which it seems Russia is quick to respond to...




Which leaves the threat of "gas wars" imminently hanging in the air...

With the crisis in Ukraine still unresolved, the gas dispute threatens to affect millions of people across Europe.




Russia is demanding Kiev pay a much higher price for its gas, and settle unpaid bills. Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom and its Ukrainian counterpart, Naftogaz, are in talks, but the chances of an agreement are slim.


"I would say we are coming nearer to a solution of the situation, but one in the direction that is bad for Ukraine," Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said in an interview with the German newspaper Boersenzeitung


"We are probably steering towards Russia turning off its gas provision," he was quoted as saying.


That raised the specter of a repeat of past "gas wars", when Ukraine's gas was cut off with a knock-on effect on supplies to EU states.

And The US quickly got involved...

Washington backed Kiev's assessment that Moscow was responsible. "Worrisome violence in ... Ukraine today. Russia again seems to be behind it," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Twitter.

And of course, here is the YouTube proof that Washington needed...


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Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:29 | 4651618 magpie
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And so it beginskikow

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:40 | 4651650 Headbanger
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Yeah, but the big question now is how far does it go?  Where will it end?

I still think we'll see Russia make a push back into Cuba sooner than later.

But Obozo just doesn't have the balls JFK did against Khrushchev!


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:55 | 4651911 Oquities
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Russia is the powerful Landlord, Germany is the industrious Tenant, and Ukraine is the corrupt utility company, about to be nationalized.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:32 | 4652035 0b1knob
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Since the gas pipeline through the Ukraine is the main gas supply from Russia to Europe, what happens if the Ukrainians just shut the whole thing down?   

If the Russians can raise the gas price at will, can't the Ukrainians just raise the transit fees for the pipeline to any level to compensate?   Its not like Russians can go to war.   Oh wait....

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:28 | 4652181 silvermail
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It does not matter who will raise the price of gas or gas transit. Pay for it, will eventually be buyers in Europe. It certainly will good for the U.S. economy.
But if for any reason, the supply of gas from Russia to Europe will be terminated, it will be very good for the U.S. economy. In this case, the U.S. plan about economic the destruction of Europe, can be considered as successful executed.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 21:39 | 4652834 TBT or not TBT
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So you can project pathetic victimitude fantasies onto Europeans?

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 01:54 | 4653295 Kirk2NCC1701
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A European-Asian economic alliance/market is very, VERY bad news for the London and NY bankers.

Europe is a zero-sum piece for the Anglo-American alliance. And, by its dependence on the US, Israel is also tied to the fate of London and NY.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:31 | 4652960 StychoKiller
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[quote]...what happens if the Ukrainians just shut the whole thing down?[/quote]

Nothing like stabbing Prince Charming's horse to increase his luv for you!

Ukraine's best course of action would be to round up all the 4th-Reich wannabes and have Putin trundle them off to Siberia.  Every other course leads to more pain and suffering for the average Ukrainian. 

The EU can't even afford Spain/Greece/Portugal/Cyprus, so they wanna add Ukraine to their list of basket-cases?  Someone's been handing out free crazy pills again!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:58 | 4653143 Volkodav
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Well...Russians are very stable and durable and will not be cold..

Ukies are more excitable, and will be out of work and cold...and angry

expect pensioner deaths, like after oligarch stealings after Soviet Collapse..

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:53 | 4652262 BlindMonkey
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Missiles in Cuba was a response to missiles in Turkey. History has been framed that Kruchev backed down. The reality is that the US pulled the missiles out of Turkey too. Given that, I am not so sure that I would characterize it as JFK staring down the gun barrel without blinking.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:53 | 4653138 Volkodav
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Yes   and witnesses says Krushchev was the much more stable minded...

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 09:55 | 4653763 Kirk2NCC1701
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As stable as any Ukrainian, I suppose.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:51 | 4653135 Volkodav
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More the other way around...US removed missles from Turkie put there first also...that is what started it..

and Krushchev aaccording to witness was the more reasonable negotiator...Kennedy not so much,,,as Bobby in on it and was wild enough, it is thought if he had been President, would have pushed the button..

and I am not fan of Krushchev...less than neutral toward him...but he was relief after Stalin..

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:37 | 4651635 Chuck Knoblauch
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The gas war. Wow, epic news. Wake me up when the fat lady sings.

It's not even a gas war, but a threat of a gas war.

Get a life people.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:42 | 4651655 Skateboarder
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Where I come from, gas war = farting contest.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:45 | 4651662 Chuck Knoblauch
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Threat of food wars in the U.S.

Beef prices hit a 27 year high in the U.S. and not even a fart from the braintrust at ZH!

Lack of priorities at ZH management.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:55 | 4651910 swmnguy
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Well, there was this a couple nights ago:

Why Meat Prices Are Going To Continue Soaring For The Foreseeable Future

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:35 | 4652045 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Chuck is delusional.

A simple google search shows that the Tylers were onto this back in January.



Before you rant on the Tylers missing a scoop, type your rant into google and wait for a split second: beef prices soar


The Tylers donT miss much.  There are more than one of them you know.  Having multiple personalities has its advantages.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:02 | 4651939 giggler321
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Bundy Ranch Is A Very Big Deal...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:59 | 4652281 BlindMonkey
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Because: SOLAR!!

Oligarch cocksuckers....

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:56 | 4652101 css1971
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Inflation increases year after year. It's been going on for centuries. It means that X is always at an N year high price. Currency devaluation is covered by ZH constantly. They even tell you exactly how it all works.


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:45 | 4651878 BandGap
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Yep, mystery meat chili and a case of Huber beer. We could have taken out whole armored divisions in college.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:56 | 4652274 BlindMonkey
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"Where I come from, gas war = farting contest."

In homage to your avatar: You shall not pass!!! (Gas)!!!!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:35 | 4651636 The Deacon
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i am shocked all these recent events in Ukraine may lead to the Ukraininan people being worse off than when it all started.  Shocked I tell you.


That's not how it ended up in Syria, Libya, Afganistan and iraq is it?


Seems that wherever 'freedom' decides to rear its head, chaos follows.  ; (

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:38 | 4651848 Wait What
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with the help of the US Govt a bunch of of locals decide they want to be like Americans, then reality smacks them in the face and they realize they are not like Americans. nor should they want to be, really.

Tu Vuò Fa' L'Americano!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 21:42 | 4652842 TBT or not TBT
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Ukraine is in shitty condition. So is Russia for that matter. Relative to mediocre parts of the USA.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:43 | 4653124 Volkodav
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Russia is everyday better...

Better worry about your country..

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:24 | 4652365 silvermail
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For the complete victory of American democracy, Lavrov must urgently come to Donetsk and start handing out cookies in the town square.
Damn, where Lavrov with cookies when we need it?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:34 | 4652973 StychoKiller
Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:36 | 4651638 stant
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Now is phase 6 of fiendish plan

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:38 | 4651644 EZYJET PILOT
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So Ukrainian violence is allowed in the name of democracy to "liberate" Kiev, yet when the pro Russia brigade attempt to do the same thing it's suddenly unchecked aggression! It works both ways you fucking buffoons except we all know it wasn't really a homegrown force that led to the illegal coup.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:40 | 4651651 Chuck Knoblauch
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Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:02 | 4652292 BlindMonkey
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A very reasonable retort. Your fight club skills are without parallel.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:48 | 4651672 crunchyfrog
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And you are delusional enough to believe that those uniforms and automatic weapons belong to a homegrown force? The number of people here on ZH whose rabid hatred of the current US government makes them talk like Putin is a good guy is astounding.


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:00 | 4651700 IridiumRebel
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So you are ok with the government fomenting violence in foreign lands that end in innocents dying? It's not Pro Putin. It's Ant-War. You'd better bring better comments if you're going to mix it up here in Fight Club.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:26 | 4653182 Element
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No IR, he's quite right, it is pro-Putin-ism nonsense, and Putin is clearly supporting (politically at the very least) the separatists cause, which will knowingly and without fail produce a conflagration, and thus Putin's military support for civil war will then be evident for all to see.

So Putin is pro-war in Ukraine and he's never been 'anti-war', which is plainly Alice-in-Wonderland stuff. People supporting Putin as though he's just some nice chap who's against war can hardly be taken seriously, or considered to have all their marbles. It's quite obviously a load of steaming hooey, Putin is a hard core militarist and he's never hidden that. People just presume that if he's against the US then he somehow translates (in their on-off type mind) to a savior and a good thing.

Never what he really is;

A Politician of a major power (stike #1),

Former KGB/FSB (strike #2)

A militaristic nationalist with openly declared imperial intent (strike #3)


If you doubt strike #3 read the speech he made on March 18th.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:27 | 4653189 Oldwood
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Putin is an asshole but I do think he is a pro Russian nationalist. Who is our government for?

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:28 | 4653192 Element
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Not a bad point that.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:44 | 4655090 Sirius Wonderblast
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That is not the speech of anyone about to do anything stupid. The thing that has always struck me about Putin, and probably the scariest thing about him, is just how thought-through everything is. I've read the entire speech. I'll be honest, it is impressive (while always remembering all sides have their agendas). Certainly, I cannot imagine any of the west's mental minnows delivering anything remotely as complete, ordered and effective. He rips them a new one.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:27 | 4656193 Element
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Oh I agree, it is, it is calculated as well, as is everything they do, but the intent is there to maximize empire. Maybe the greatest danger is that Putin may not have calculated how daft and goofy Washington is. Obviously he sees they make little sense and make silly moves, so why not take them where you can, while you can. But they are just as likely to over react as well. I think Putin can be relied on to go as far as he possibly can.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:01 | 4651703 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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You clearly didn't understand what he wrote.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:03 | 4651710 i_call_you_my_base
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Point out in that post where he asserts the Russian takeover is homegrown.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:06 | 4652303 BlindMonkey
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Because, pro-Russia is reflexively bad. Don't bother to think about concepts like self-determination. Those are out of scope. Russia sucks, end of conversation. /s

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:03 | 4651713 McMolotov
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What's astounding is that you seem to believe Uncle Sam can go halfway around the world to take a shit in Russia's backyard without there being consequences.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:37 | 4652417 Goldilocks
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War, Inc. (2008)

War, Inc. Clip
Clip: I signed up to kill the bad guys (0:47)

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:18 | 4651766 H. Perowne
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C'mon guys, cut the 12 week 3 day member a break. S/he's new here from Homeland Security and likely didn't graduate at the top of the class; a few flubs are de rigueur, y'know?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:43 | 4652225 ObamaDepression
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Some of us were 4+ year members before the Tyler(s) blocked us for not having a pro Russia view.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:21 | 4653181 Anusocracy
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Open your eyes.

It's not so much pro Russia as anti-US gov.

US gov is a serial killer. There is no moral justification for its continued existence.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:38 | 4652207 silvermail
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If Washington, regularly delivers automatic weapons for "peaceful citizens of Syria," then why Moscow can not supply automatic weapons for "peaceful citizens of Ukraine"?
- Why is the supply of weapons to civilians Syria - it is good, but the supply of weapons to civilians Ukraine - is that bad?
- Why will of the people in Kiev - is good, but the will of the people in Donetsk - is that bad?
- Why is the source of power in Ukraine, can act only the U.S. and EU, but not the people of Ukraine?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:41 | 4652992 StychoKiller
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No, I'm delusional enough to believe that just because the Police have Ukrainian badges, it doesn't mean they won't look the other way when the local armory comes up light in the next inventory check.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:38 | 4653116 Volkodav
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Most are Afgantsy now on pension, not active military..just citizens volunteers now.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:41 | 4651647 Payne
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It is not a war when your Gas company shuts you down for non-payment of your bill.

Its not a real war when you do not produce the gas supplies you need to move you own troops.

More of a bad bluff.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:25 | 4652020 Urban Redneck
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It is often war when the gas company shuts off your (FSA/subsidized) gas, although it is usually civil war in the as a result of the withdrawal of government handouts.  There is a huge chasm between "you" singular and "you" plural - what would happen if Uncle Sam decided to stop subsidizing the nominal price or availability of food (via snap) or fuel (via MIC) in the US?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 20:50 | 4652687 shovelhead
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Got a feeling we'll find out soon enough.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:40 | 4651649 SpanishGoop
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A gas war, break out the nitrous oxide.


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:43 | 4651656 The Deacon
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if anyone owns a stockpile of tires in Eastern they are loving these events.   They are sitting on a veritable gold mine.  Pallets too apparently.


Nice video.  Looks like a tire truck over-turned and some comrade hauled over 3 pallets in his Lada.  Chaos I tell you!


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:44 | 4652999 StychoKiller
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Time to paint some happy flames, over near the smiling rioters, ne?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:44 | 4651659 IridiumRebel
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Fearing gas? Is McShitstain going over there to chit chat with the troops and spread his own poison gas?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:12 | 4651739 ThirdWorldDude
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Rumor has it, Nuland and McStain will try to help Ukraine build up its gas reserves by handing out free coleslaw & bean stew on Maidan.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:48 | 4651667 Chuck Knoblauch
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Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:52 | 4651678 i_call_you_my_base
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There are substitutes for beef.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:55 | 4651687 Ignatius
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Cake comes to mind.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:12 | 4651741 Chuck Knoblauch
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Do you want to buy pork from Smithfield Foods Shuanghui?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:32 | 4652036 Urban Redneck
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And the USDA is scratching its head as to how a porcine virus was transplanted from China to the US?  

There's a funny little question on the Customs & Border Patrol entry card asking whether you have been in contact with any livestock before entering the USSA, but that's okay, what's a little white lie in the pursuit of transnational (globalist) M&A profit. 

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:12 | 4652332 BlindMonkey
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White lie?? The USDA has inspectors in China ensuring the safety of our food supply. Sleep well.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:23 | 4652319 Dickweed Wang
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Do you want to buy pork from Smithfield Foods Shuanghui?

It's actually faux-pork made from cat . . . .

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:04 | 4652296 Dickweed Wang
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There are substitutes for beef.

Yeah, like my pork sword.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 06:49 | 4653489 samcontrol
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pacífic tuna ?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:59 | 4651694 Headbanger
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We can blame the fucking libtard environmentalists wanting to sue the BLM to make the save the fucking desert tortoise and force ranchers off their land!


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:02 | 4651707 i_call_you_my_base
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Or you can blame the bad grain harvest a year ago that forced farmers to put more livestock to slaughter, which lead to a predictable decline in inventory this year.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:09 | 4651719 Chuck Knoblauch
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Spike in exports to Asia.

That spike may turn into something more permanent.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:09 | 4651725 Abitdodgie
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What bad grain harvest , its been almost record returns for the last 3/4 years 

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:17 | 4651762 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Don't worry more foodstamps are on the way. Oops, I meant less. One more reason for the Plebeian consumers to be confident.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:22 | 4651788 trader1
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that's called a signal for americans to go vegan and stop stuffing their (fat) asses with red meat, the mass production of which is responsible for a significant adverse effect on the environment.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:41 | 4651863 Chuck Knoblauch
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Yes, blame the American people for wanting to eat beef at a reasonable price.

See how far that argument will get you.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 04:33 | 4653391 trader1
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from the OECD: <PDF link>

Market situation

The meat sector is adjusting to the supply and demand imbalances in the feed sector of the past three years, which has incited swings in feed prices. Beef and sheep meat farmers are enjoying a period of higher prices, but those producing white meats, require supply adjustment to avoid further financial difficulties. Faced with high production costs, restricted access to credit, high energy costs and a subdued demand during the financial crisis, cattle farmers culled their herds. This initially resulted in a sustained supply of meat products, and prices fell sharply. Prices started to recover as economies pulled out of recession. The red meats sector had liquidated breeding animals and was unable to rapidly satisfy the increasing post-recession demand. As a result, prices recovered strongly in 2010. The supply of pig and particularly poultry meat responded more quickly to the higher demand and, as a result, prices recovered at a slower pace than those of red meats. 



Projection highlights

The meat market outlook for the decade ahead reflects the response to sustained high feed costs in a context of firm demand, particularly from developing countries. High price signals in the first half of the Outlook are expected to result in the expansion of livestock inventories, and a subsequent expansion of trade during the second half (Figure 7.1). 

  • World meat production growth is anticipated to slow to 1.8% p.a. dampened by higher costs during the Outlook period, which compares to 2.1% p.a. for the previous decade. The growth is primarily driven by productivity gains from both larger economies of scale and technical efficiency gains, notably for poultry and pigmeat in developing countries (Figure 7.2).
  • Relative to the previous decade, meat consumption growth in the Outlook period will decelerate due to high meat prices and a slowing of population growth. Demand growth will mostly stem from large economies in Asia, Latin America and oil exporting countries.
  • Driven mostly by an expansion of poultry and beef shipments, world meat exports in 2020 are projected to increase by 1.7% p.a, in the Outlook period, which compares to 4.4% p.a. in the previous decade. Slower growth is largely attributable to reduced import demand by the Russian Federation which is seeking to expand its livestock sector. The bulk of the growth in meat exports will originate from South and North America, which together account for 84% of the world increase in exports.
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 04:39 | 4653399 trader1
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Trends in meat consumption in the United States


To characterize the trends, distribution, potential determinants, and public health implications of meat consumption within the United States.


We examined temporal trends in meat consumption using food availability data from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and further evaluated meat intake by type (red, white, processed) in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) linked to the MyPyramid Equivalents Database (MPED).


Overall meat consumption has continued to rise in the U.S., European Union, and developed world. Despite a shift toward higher poultry consumption, red meat still represents the largest proportion of meat consumed in the U.S (58%). Twenty-two percent of the meat consumed in the U.S. is processed. According to NHANES 2003–2004, total meat intake averaged 128 g/day. The type and quantities of meat reported varied by education, race, age, and gender.


Given the plausible epidemiologic evidence for red and processed meat intake in cancer and chronic disease risk, understanding the trends and determinants of meat consumption in the U.S., where meat is consumed at more than three times the global average, should be particularly pertinent to researchers and other public health professionals aiming to reduce the global burden of chronic disease.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 04:43 | 4653403 trader1
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Meat consumption patterns – highest in industrialised countries

Annual meat production is predicted to rise from a level of 218 million tonnes recorded in 1999 to 376 million tonnes by 2030. There is a strong and positive relationship between the level of income and the consumption of animal protein, with the consumption of meat, milk and eggs highest in industrialised countries.

Global trends

Global patterns of meat consumption reveal trends towards increased meat consumption. This is of interest in terms of cancer prevention, as the consumption of red and processed meat has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. WCRF’s recommendations for cancer prevention encourage people to limit their consumption of red meat to less than 500g a week, with very little if any of this being processed. These recommendations arise from the WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report that systematically reviewed the evidence linking patterns of food and diet to cancer risk.

Until the recent food price crisis in 2008 there had been a steep decline in relative price of meat. As a result developing countries embarked on higher meat consumption at much lower levels of gross domestic product – average consumption in developing countries more than doubled from 1964-1999, increasing from 10.2 kg per capita/per year to 25.5 kg. This is forecast to reach 36.7 kg by 2030.

Increased meat consumption in Brazil and China

There has been a remarkable increase in meat consumption in countries such as Brazil and China, for example, although levels are still well below the levels of consumption in the United States, France, Spain and most other industrialised countries (see fig 1). A break down of meat consumption by regions of the world (see fig 2) reveals significant increases in meat consumption in developing countries, with Latin America and the Caribbean, and East Asia seeing particularly large increases. Forecasts are for this pattern of growth to continue.

It is not clear at this stage what the implications of this transition to increased meat consumption at the population level will be for cancer and specifically colorectal cancer. The effect on obesity and overweight is also unclear, as evidence indicates that diets with high levels of animal fat tend to be relatively high in energy and may lead to an increased risk of weight gain.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:32 | 4652187 kurt
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"stuffing their (fat) asses with red meat..."

Hmm. Vat vood der goot Dr. Freud zay about dis? I prescribe a rib eye steak and a (fat) hooker.

Und stop polluting our environment.


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:57 | 4651922 RafterManFMJ
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Say the valorous BLM just rustled 300 head of cattle and it's on its way to market - should drive those prices down!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:08 | 4651960 marcusfenix
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I read the BLM euthanized quite a few of them...

that should help the price of beef.

but that's the federal government at work, take a bad situation and make it worse in every possible way.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:13 | 4651981 Chuck Knoblauch
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It's on the way to Asia.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:24 | 4652018 kurt
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Hey wussie little victims waaaah! waaaah! Baby Cry!

Don't pay more than $3.50 for any cut of meat. It will be marked down on thursday and in the dumpster on monday. How much do they plan on throwing away? 

Vote with your wallet.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:19 | 4652344 BlindMonkey
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So, rifling through the dumpster is you hedonic adjustment ?? Clever. I will make a hedonic adjustment to say that a 7 yo MacBook Pro is as good as a new one assuming it is for email and browsing porn.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 20:54 | 4652700 shovelhead
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LOL @ City slickers.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:31 | 4653103 Volkodav
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Da..while they harass cowmen...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:47 | 4651669 JR
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Hey, Ukraine and Europe. We got all the gas you need. All for free.* Just sign here.

Goldman Sachs (Goldmangas).

*Some regulations may apply.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:28 | 4651804 Yen Cross
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  Hey J.R. on the bright side the 200day average in usd/jpy should get taken out. If not then the (caugh...caugh >surplus economy) reserve status of the yen will have to be re-evaluated.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:48 | 4651673 disabledvet
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"no comment."

move along.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:51 | 4651675 Inthemix96
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The only thing I can see in the future, is imminent violence, extreme violence.

And not where NSA and GCHQ think its coming from.

Wipe your arses boys.  Your mother wouldnt want it any other way.

Cock sucking cunts.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:06 | 4651680 Ying-Yang
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Been watching what Obama/State Dept. has been saying versus Putin/Russian about Ukraine.

Takeover by pro-russian forces are "Self Defense" against the Ukraine government.

This repeated "Self Defense" declaration might be a good strategy to protest an overbearing government.

Who can argue with "It was self defense" if chanted and repeated by the unruly masses over and over as buildings then cities are taken back by the people.

Add in "self determination" rhetoric to be the mantra to aggregate frustration towards change.

We the people...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:54 | 4652095 Yen Cross
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 I've been trying to track you down forever Ying-Yang. That Zorin tip was fantastic!  

I've learned so much about Linux thanks to you. I have Z-8 on my pendrive now. I'm going to take an older machine and fully partition it for the whole Linux program. Zorin is fun, but once you understand the termial commands it's really not necessary.

   Hope to meet you at a Z/H convention. ( That would require some serious security)

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:11 | 4652311 Ying-Yang
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Heh... hi Yen, been hanging low but reading Z

Yes Zorin is my fav. I checked most of them out and I like you woke up to Linux which I thought might be hard to learn for an old guy.

Found it easy and even haved started checking out virtualization of multiple OS on thumbdrives. Kind of like taken my PC with me in my pocket.

When you are feeling frisky... download free VMware and try having XP, Windows 7, Winny 8 and Mac OS as virtual drives to run those pesky programs that Linux won't. Pretty damn cool.

Can you imagine Z'hers all at one complex????? We would be a NWO (chuckle).

Stay warm my friend.



Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:25 | 4652362 BlindMonkey
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Watching disabledvet medicate would just depress me. I would love to listen to MDB run his shtick on ZH'ers that don't grok. That would be priceless.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:10 | 4651716 22winmag
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We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10,000 miles away from home to do what Ukranian boys ought to be doing for themselves.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:06 | 4653053 StychoKiller
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Hmm, just change out of those sand-camos and into snow-camos (ask mom to send your parka), what could go wrong?  Napoleon, Adolph -- your comments please...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:22 | 4653083 Volkodav
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Ukraine forces switched sides...more than you know.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:15 | 4651757 q99x2
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The Russians have all their kids in the California college system. Some of the young ladies are awesome. Not the Black Sea ones but the ones from the northern latitudes of Russia.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:24 | 4651792 Yen Cross
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Water Weasels vs Bears isn't much of a contest?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:29 | 4651811 JR
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“Our republic and its press will rise and fall together.” –Joseph Pulitzer

Spearheading the western press coverage of the events in Ukraine, Reuters obviously is on the ground in Kiev and on the phone to Washington, revealing news through handouts from the oligarchs.

Almost all major US news outlets are following the Kiev propaganda lead that backs the European Union and NATO banker putsch in Ukraine versus Putin.

This warmonger propaganda is the latest in a continuing deterioration of journalistic reporting standards. Walter Trohan, distinguished chief of the Chicago Tribune bureau in Washington, attributed press failures and the advance of the Bolshevik threat to the “system” in Washington. In Decline of the Fourth Estate he wrote in 1951:

“In Washington, where a thousand newspapermen ply their trade, there is mounting suspicion that members of the press have begun to grow weary of the exacting watch-dog role and have been attaching themselves to the First Estate, the ruling class.

“The simple truth is that the press has given up on fact-hunting for the less arduous and frequently more profitable role of interpreting what has gone  before and predicting what is to come, in conforming with the Administration’s pattern."

Describing how the press is seduced with high living and first-name treatment by the “greats" of government, Trohan continued:

“The temptations to abandon reporting in favor revealing are many…it is far easier to run through the grist of official handouts than to grub for news… Once a reporter convinces himself that he can bring his readers great news from these handouts, he has little or no compunction in lengthening the stride of his dispatches to take in the propaganda.

“It is not difficult to convince a reporter that it isn’t the news but the way he writes it that counts. Especially when he finds that those who hew the line most consistently are acclaimed as journalistic greats…and when he becomes aware that Pulitzer prizes go to reporters taking handouts from law firms defending loyalty suspects or from a foreign nation.”

Is it any wonder that America’s news outlets such as Reuters must take their share of responsibility in the fall of Ukraine to the Bolshevik bankers?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:50 | 4652064 Fractal Parasite
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In particular the press failed to report what is actually stated in the "EU-Ukraine association agreement", which all the shouting has supposedly been over since the beginning.

Tymoshenko and Yatsenuk have been falling over themselves to sign away the country, while Yanukovych rejected it because it was "not in the interests of the Ukrainian people."

What the agreement really means:

  • The Ukrainian government will be eclipsed by a ruling 'Commission', appointed jointly by the EU and Ukrainian authorities (ostensibly);
  • Ukraine must hand over any person wanted by the ICC (fair trial guaranteed), something which the country's Constitutional Court already declared in 2001 to be incompatible with the Constitution.
  • Gaz prices to rise multiple-fold.
  • Industry to be destroyed.
  • NATO forces to be stationed on Ukrainian soil.

Explained here by Russian Deputy Evgeny Fedorov, one of the few people to have actually read the document:

What EU-association means for Ukrainians

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:22 | 4652932 JR
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That is powerful information, which makes it a massive cover-up by the press. Without the Fed there would be no tyranny by the European central banks, and without the Fed, there would be no worldwide media monopoly.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:25 | 4652170 kurt
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Is this like how a Doctor of Medicine ends up installing big fake tits and puffing up lips all day?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:47 | 4653008 Volkodav
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Good post  if ever look Kyiv a slobbering of Russian hate


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:48 | 4653013 Volkodav
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Good post  if ever look Kyiv a slobbering of Russian hate


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:10 | 4653062 StychoKiller
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It was truly an eye-opener when CNN admitted to spewing Saddam Hussein's propaganda in order to keep access to Baghdad!  Pressitutes one and all!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:39 | 4651847 ebworthen
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Euromaidan PR "proof" that Russian separatists seized security building = wooden pallets being unloaded from a hatchback.


If I were Yatsenuyk I'd be nervous, NATO and the West will do nothing but talk.

Germany has no appetite for war, and they need the gas.

France - need I say anything?

U.S. = Paper Tiger.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:38 | 4651849 earleflorida
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FWIW Dept:

'Since July 1-3, 2004 to present day... Sept. 19- 22, 2013 annual meetings at `Yalta, Ukraine' have gone on like clockwork?'   WHY???

Both Clinton's, Blair and others in picture gallery should be of interest.

Sidebar chronology of all guest-- amazing!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:41 | 4651862 Yen Cross
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  This topic is just too easy! [Gas Wars]    Blazing Saddles comes to mind...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:00 | 4651932 One And Only
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Shut off the fucking gas already.

Shit would end real quick.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:22 | 4652015 f16hoser
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Good Luck NAZI Assholes! Pretty sure Putin is gonna kick your Euro-Ass into oblivion! TEE HEE HEE!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:32 | 4652037 kurt
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Here's a question.

Down the line how many utilities are filling every available pressure tank with unpaid Russian gas? Two reasons, I'd guess, anticipation of higher prices, keep it free if war starts. Sadly, if it was my gas, I'd look at each of those tanks as GREAT BIG BOMBS. If I was Nutland and the rouge CIA/Nato, I'd have natgas tankers in the Agean Sea pirating that shit. If I was some war wise capitalistic grifter oligarch, I'd do the same thing. Then blow that shit up? Who did it? Kill Kill Kill!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:41 | 4652054 Ifigenia
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"With the crisis in Ukraine still unresolved, the gas dispute threatens to affect millions of people across Europe."

Could this millions of people affected put a class action against the zio-jew Vitoria Nulland and US State Departmant for indemnization?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:48 | 4652079 earleflorida
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funny how obi1 is taking a page from truman's 'berlin airlift'-- aka, 'ukaine airlift',...

the guy is totally unfit, period! there is no carefully prescribed 'bear trap' by 'cool hand luke- Vlad'... but the coldwar-neocons would have the sheeple believe so!

"Whom the God's would destroy... they first make mad!"

`and to whom of curiousity,... it is at first glance the God's create

 never by chance

 deciding not on one's fate... but, by no means  enough to accomplish their illicit incarnate  mortal deed

 no need are trifles in mankinds affairs

 how... so long do they unbeknownst lay in waiting for destinies never to come

nor for those whom choose to sway their sculptors hands

for their ashes hence, were but clay mixed with tears of regret'd pastures once fertile

alas, begotten

beholdened present... molded under temperance and awash'd with perserverence

always weight'd with a vex'd  abominable intolerance balancing a catharge`de`carnage 

before madness sets the stone brittle upon vaulted complacency, that what follows in axial lockstep

paradoxial mired in hubris and folly

the apex and nadir marrying the inevitable equation of life


the final solution that only the God's find joy in madness' 

thankyou Tyler 

just musing while the world decides to destroy itself once again,...




Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:22 | 4652164 lolmao500
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What do you do to deadbeats? YOU CUT OFF POWER TILL THEY PAY YOU... Of course no one in bailout nation Murica understands this.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:40 | 4652426 StupidEarthlings
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What am I missing?.. doesnt seem like a gas war..more like pay for gas (at requested price) or dont pay ..and it gets turned off. 

Or get it somewhere else.  ;)


Doesnt seem like a war. More like a decision.. and not a very difficult one at that.  


"You get to choose any single choice you want..out of all one of them."


Please lets have some news this bored.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:50 | 4652462 novictim
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Russia has chosen to pretend that since they control the Crimean port that they no longer need to pay for this with discounted gas prices.

And now the Russians are about to lose so much they will likely never recover.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:48 | 4652456 novictim
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NATO, strap on the boots and start kicking the Russians in the balls.

Russian people, rid yourself of your littlest Napoleon or you will lose half your country to China.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 21:11 | 4652742 falconflight
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I pray the Ukranians have boobytrapped so much of the pipelines that the EU and the NeoSoviets will be spitting blood for years.  Bring em all down with you if necessary.  Scorched earth baby!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:08 | 4653058 TheMeatTrapper
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Here's a pistol. Go shoot yourself in the head - that will show us!

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:22 | 4653176 Volkodav
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Most Ukrainians would disagree ....more are is some recent developments...

Media dumb you down much?

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:14 | 4654396 novictim
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The bullshit on this page was evident in the first sentence reference to "Fascists" is a worn out lie at this point.

BTW...didn't your propagandist, pro Russian brethren move on now to calling the Maidan protests a Jewish plot?  Could you guys convene a conference and get on the same page?  Either we are "Jews" or we are "Fascist Nazis"...we cannot be both, ok?

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:10 | 4654387 novictim
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Hear Hear!

Yes, that would be a just response if the "Weaklings of the West" (Obama, Hollande, Merkel, Camel-run) can't get a back bone and rise to meet this Russian Imperialist aggression.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:23 | 4652937 Spungo
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Detroit's new industry: export used tires to Ukraine for the sake of burning.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:19 | 4653076 PennilessPauper
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"Note to self" Do not re-incarnate on a planet run by Psychotic Narcissistic children posing as politicians/world leaders.


Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:11 | 4653168 Volkodav
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Vineyard of the Saker blog: SITREP Ukraine


Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:39 | 4653213 dogismycopilot
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so this means the next time i don't pay my electric bill and they turn off my power i can accuse the utility of starting an "electric war" and i can take them into international court?


Sun, 04/13/2014 - 05:22 | 4653433 dreadnaught
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The Ukraine issue is nothing more than distration to keep the peoples minds off the bank corruption and the corruption of congress-also to distract you from the fact that the NSA is reading every email you write

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:06 | 4654382 novictim
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Clearly, this situation is challenging for you.  Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:57 | 4653924 KnightsofNee
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What difference does it make?

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!