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Isolated Russia Makes Friends: To Hold Military Drill With China; Strikes Multi-Billion Deals Qatar And Iran

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The G-8 may be no more as the G-7 throws every possible case of harsh language known to man at the Kremlin, which obstinately refuses to back down, while re-escalating sanctions against a Russia which merely has done what the US does every single time its national interest abroad is threatened, but one thing is becoming ever clearer: while the west isolates Russia with ever stricter measures, Russia has decided to make some new friends.

Such as China:

China and Russia will hold a "maritime cooperation-2014" drill in East China Sea at end-May, Voice of Russia reports on its Chinese-language website yesterday.


China and Russia will conduct reconnaissance in the area within 3 days to prepare for the drill, the report says, citing an unidentified representative from Russian navy.


Earlier, the Russian military delegation of the Russian Navy, led by Viktor Karamazov Couchepi, arrived in Shanghai. Naval officials and representatives of the General Command of the Pacific Fleet met the Russian military delegation.

Such as Iran:

Iran and Russia are negotiating a power deal worth up to $10 billion in the face of increasing US financial alienation. The construction of new thermal and hydroelectric plants and a transmission network are in the works. Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian met his Russian counterpart Aleksandr Novak in Tehran on Sunday in order to discuss the potential power deals, according to Iran’s Mehr news agency.


“[Expansion of] Iran-Russia relations are not only to the benefit of the two nations, but also are beneficial to entire region,” Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, stated in a meeting with Novak in Tehran on Sunday, reported Iran’s FARS news agency.


Plans include the construction of hydroelectric and thermal generating plants and a new transmission network. The possibility of Russia exporting 500 megawatts of electricity to Iran is also on the cards, said Mehr.


The strengthening of economic ties between the two countries is of heightened significance given both economic sanctions on Iran, imposed with the aim of encouraging Iran to cut its uranium stockpiles, and new economic sanctions on Russian officials imposed on Monday.


On Sunday, Chitchian reportedly stressed “the need for further expansion of economic ties between Tehran and Moscow, particularly in the energy and commerce spheres,” stated Mehr.


Moscow has additionally been discussing the trade of 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil for Russian goods with Tehran. The protracted deal, first reported at the beginning of April could be worth as much as $20 billion, and has rattled Washington because it could bring Iran's crude exports above one million barrels a day - the threshold agreed upon in the nuclear deal between the P5+1 powers - US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – and Iran.

And such as Bahrain:

The governments of Bahrain and Russia have signed a deal to cooperate on investments, at a time when U.S. and European governments are imposing economic sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.


Bahrain is a U.S. diplomatic ally in the Gulf, and its decision suggests Western sanctions may not deter other countries from continuing to expand business ties with Russia.


In a statement on Tuesday, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Bahraini sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat to identify and work together on investment opportunities in their countries. Mumtalakat chief executive Mahmood al-Kooheji will join the RDIF's international advisory board, helping to formulate its strategic direction, the statement added.


The Bahraini fund is one of the smaller sovereign funds in the Gulf, with $7.1 billion of assets as of last September. The RDIF is a $10 billion fund created by Russia's government to make equity investments, mainly in the Russian economy.

If nothing else, at least it shows just how seriously the rest of the world (away from those G-7 members who are as insolvent as the US of course) is taking US sanctions and threats of retaliation. Meanwhile, back in the US, rigged stocks hit intraday highs on what we would otherwise call BTFWWWIIID... if only there was a D.


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Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:27 | 4708531 idea_hamster
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Kerry = #winning!

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:29 | 4708539 Deathrips
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Ho Lee Fuk!



Buy physical silver NOW.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:38 | 4708601 Obama_4_Dictator
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My life savings are already in G&S.....when will it rise, that's the question.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:46 | 4708640 DoChenRollingBearing
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If you have 5% or more in gold (or silver, but I like gold better, both even better), you will be just fine.  Give it time, NONE of our financial problems have been solved.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:48 | 4708659 Obama_4_Dictator
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LOL, I hope so because I have over 70% in both......

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:51 | 4708675 Pladizow
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:56 | 4708699 the not so migh...
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thats hillarious

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:58 | 4708709 Four chan
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china will make the rope that russia will hang itself with.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:21 | 4708805 Oh regional Indian
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Sister Vanga said many things about Russia/China in Bear and Dragon language as well Russia being the future light of the world...

For what it's worth, very interesting,


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:27 | 4708840 Pladizow
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And what does the magic eight ball have to say?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:29 | 4708845 Latina Lover
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Putin 1

Obama 0

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:40 | 4708880 nope-1004
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I love this interweb.  Sites like ZH allow me to know what other countries are doing.

- Barrack HUSSEIN Soetero


OT, is there any reason our banker-shill president has an alias?  Is he hiding something? 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:30 | 4709517 knukles
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He couldn't be hiding anything.  The Democratic National Convention vetted him backwards and Forward.

I mean come on, Nazi Pelouzi signed off on him being a natural born whatever, etc.

Sealed records?  Understandable.  Nobody would want their Connecticut Social Security Number made public especially if they'd never lived let alone not born there!

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:13 | 4709008 Wile-E-Coyote
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Obama must be getting a real sore arse.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:33 | 4709073 dontgoforit
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Don't forget, Hitler cozied up to Stalin and look what happened to Hitler.  If I was China, or if I was Russia, I'd be rethinking this whole thing. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:00 | 4709180 strannick
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Is Merkel Hitler, and Obama Stalin in this comparison?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:11 | 4709224 hobopants
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Russia just wants to be left alone and China would stop expansion once they reclaimed the territory and influence they held during the high Qing. We are the antagonist in all this, we need a war. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:17 | 4709471 Ying-Yang
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Want to Laugh?

U.S. Taped Moscow Plotting Chaos

“Right now there is not a negotiation; there is a confrontation. I’m sad to report I’ve never seen such a complete, miserable, unaccountable, disgraceful walk away from a set of promises and understandings than what has taken place,” Kerry said. ““I’ve had six conversations with Lavrov in the last weeks. The last one was kafta-esque, it was other planet, it was just bizarre. Nobody is better at telling you that red is blue and black is white… That’s what we are dealing with.”

Horse Face is Having a Bad Day

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 18:36 | 4709513 derek_vineyard
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and fuck your 1st amendment, the rule of law (recording private conversations without consent) and the new racism:  kissing ass/double standard with racial minorites via the PC police.   this basketball incident has driven race relations to a new low.....the blacks are now becoming sissies/victims and at my local street ball court the blacks privately agree with me...if i recorded those dudes you'd really hear some opinions 

these black street ballers are laughing at the whites for lining up and saying 'yes sir' to the PC police

dont bust me google for typing this---in fact, do bust me google (google has NO morals --its all for cha-ching)


tyler---can you open a thread on this topic?    its a substantial news item with far reaching implications

even the free thinking marc cuban...changed his stance from slippery slope to 100% in favor of lifetime ban-----so the PC police pretty much have everyone in line


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 21:06 | 4710260 lakecity55
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Bath House Barry: "I have discoveed the US and UK were on the wrong side in WW2. Stalin tricked us into thinking Germany was the enemy. I am now declaring we are joining the NAZIs and attacking Russia."

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 23:19 | 4710769 newbie vampire
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The US used to hold all the high cards.  With China's enormous holdings of Treasurys, the US had China over a barrel.  We could repudiate the debt at any time using any excuse.  The US didn't need a pivot to Asia.  It was nothing short of a challenge to release the dogs of war.  And what has the US gained from that ?  An ally such as PM Abe who is rehabilitating the prestige of his family ?   Does anyone believe a rehabilitated aggressive Japan has forgotten the humiliation of unconditional surrender and 2 atom bombs at the hands of the US ?

Suspicious minds might believe the US has an overly large pool of cannon fodder to dispose of.  Perhaps an armed conflict would help the banker/military/industrial complex and reduce the number of welfare dependants thus contributing to a smaller budget deficit.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:56 | 4709613 Whalley World
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the enemy of my enemy is my friend, or something like that.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:23 | 4709877 Againstthelie
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I'd say that's not 1:0, that's at least a 2:0, if not a game changer.

Let's take the Bahrain deal. If the corrupt monarchs dare to make that deal, in the current situation, despite USraels very clear demands, and despite their color-revolutions, which could hit them with ease, and the Ziomedia could easily put them on their target list, then this deal IMO is a very important indicator how the influence has eroded and how nations begin to move, when the hegemony is breaking up.

And secondly the Chinese, which have been silent in the last weeks. And suddenly - BAM! - within weeks they are able to conduct a maneuver with the Russians. That shows, the biggest holder of US-debt is not at all impressed by their politics and propaganda.


Maybe a few words about Putin and his excellent foreign minister, Lavrov: the Zionists control the five biggest news agencies, they control 1000s of TV-stations and Russia has only one real international voice: But nevertheless Putin and Lavrov and the team around RT managed to make the world not only hear the authentic Russian arguments to build it's own opinion, but they even managed to outweigh the lies of 1000s of Ziomedia-stations, of the whole gigantic Ziomedia empire! Incredible.

What Putin has achieved, after he took power in Russia, when it was bancrupt and totally in the hands of Wall St., is already historic. But what he is achieving now, seem equally impressive. This man is real:


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:29 | 4709527 Dublinmick
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The magic eight ball says not everyone can be a student of the higher sciences.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:01 | 4708958 Dublinmick
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Thanks Ori


I also reposted the analysis by Cathartes Aura.

There is are some very good posters here. Jack Burton, El Vaquero, 813KML, Overfed, Tengri Temujin and others. Too many to name.

I have been a reader here for a long time but finally decided to login.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:05 | 4708976 Cathartes Aura
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just came back online to add a post to a late night thread discussion - and noticed you'd finally created an account DublinMick - welcome!

best new moon Taurus wishes to all, with a solar eclipse to stir the pot a bit more. . .

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:29 | 4709063 Dublinmick
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Thank you so kindly Cathartes Aura.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:29 | 4710882 Oh regional Indian
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;-) Sup brother Dub, welcome to ZH.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 18:14 | 4709663 Hook Line and S...
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Turkey Vulture... 

'AU' Gold, and 'RA' of the rising sun.

Your comments 'Set' well with me!



Tue, 04/29/2014 - 23:22 | 4710780 Cathartes Aura
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your thoughts on thinking resonate.

does one think?

or is one thought.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:45 | 4709583 hot sauce technician
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My man Isaiah said some dope stuff too. And I'm gonna roll with that brother:

2 And it shall come to pass in the end of days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many peoples shall go and say: 'Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 23:42 | 4710819 Seek_Truth
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That is, as long as you're not buying the Ashkenazi/Khazar/Zionist interpretation.

All who put faith in God are blessed in the way of Abraham- conversely, all who put their faith in anything else are toast.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 04:33 | 4711103 hot sauce technician
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Sorry but I don't go for the Ashkenazi/Khazar yarn. That's some wackness propagated by Nazis, Nation of Islam bitches and Arab fascists. I've mentioned this before, but if Ashkenazis are of Khazar stock why were they speaking Yiddish in Poland in the 16th century? Shouldn't the lingua franca of Jews in eastern Europe have been some turkic-altaic tongue? Besides which, the movement of Jews from central Europe to eastern Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries is well documented. Also, according to the historians, only the Khazar nobility actually underwent a full conversion to Judaism. Whether the masses converted at all, and to what extent, is debatable. And after muslim conquest not too long afterwards, the kingdom (whatever was left of it) accepted upon itself the yoke of Islam.

And what if I buy the Sephardi/Mizrahi interpretation? It's practically identical to the Ashkenazi one.

But yes, I'm all for peace and blessings. I like to always be fight-ready though just in case.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 21:45 | 4710409 acetinker
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Dang, Vivek!  You don't deserve all those junks, imho.  Although Vanga's predictions are hardly more specific than those of Nostradamus, those who disregard the esoterics do so at their own peril.

My thing is- even if it's all bullshit, it doesn't much matter if our 'leaders' ascribe to the darkside (Aleister Crowley) side of it.

As above, so below.  As it should be.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 01:05 | 4710930 Oh regional Indian
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Bingo Ace and thank you. All is good. Up arrows are good. Down arrows are good.

As long as someone says, hmmmm, what if?

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 01:37 | 4710983 Ward no. 6
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Grigori Rasputin was a Really strange kind of person...

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:28 | 4708807 Latina Lover
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But, but, but (gasping ) Ambrose Rose Pritchard tells us that the US and China re encircling Russia, LOL! 


I'll bet that the MI-5 puke that ghost wrote Pritchards article is still fighting the last cold war.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:23 | 4708818 Latina Lover
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Sure China will make the Rope that will hang Russia... and given Chinese quality, it will break immediately, giving them plausible deniability while China and Russia work together to put paid to the Anglo/American bankster empire.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:23 | 4709039 Sokhmate
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That would be more of an implausible undeniability (tm)

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:59 | 4710025 lakecity55
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Tue, 04/29/2014 - 18:12 | 4709657 SilverDOG
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Four chan,



US is already dangling by the rope.

The package it came in reads: "MADE IN CHINA"


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:57 | 4708703 Ying-Yang
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Somewhat off topic....

Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points

Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” a possible kidnap attempt.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:05 | 4708746 IridiumRebel
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What difference at this point does it make?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:27 | 4708835 Ying-Yang
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Heh, I love it..... it makes all the difference in the world.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:59 | 4708945 gtb
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Hillary = stupid fucking cunt.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:15 | 4709016 Husk-Erzulie
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:58 | 4710019 lakecity55
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I bet she lapped that up.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:59 | 4709176 drendebe10
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"There ain't nuthin uglier than an old white woman."   Fred Sanford

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 18:20 | 4709676 Supafly
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Hillary's a woman? 

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:59 | 4710923 Kirk2NCC1701
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What amazes me, is that with the Obama and the Dems being so "pro LGBT" and the MSM/LSM in the tank for them, that Hillary hasn't "come out" yet.

No doubt they do not want to lose potential votes from those who still believe that she is straight.  Some years ago, I spoke with some Florida lesbians who were having a real good laugh about all this.  The GOP needs to "out" her for 2016.  On the basis, that it's "ok" for her to admit it.  She still wouldn't do it, because Billary can't risk losing votes in a close election.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 23:27 | 4710789 newbie vampire
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What a caring response from someone who wants to be the next POTUS.  We have already had Hope and Change.  Now we're gonna be in for a whole lot of Caring.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:59 | 4708716 Haus-Targaryen
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ISOLATED: I·so·lat·ed /?a?s??le?t?d, ??s?-/ Show Spelled [ahy-suh-ley-tid, is-uh-] Show IPA

adjective Definition:1) Not being on the receiving end of American foreign policy. 2) The act of a sovereign state refusing to grab its methaphoric ankels, and thus allow the IMF/USSA/EUSSR banking cartel to penetrate you with a gardening spade. 3) Stannis Baratheon
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:30 | 4708850 Ying-Yang
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“Shaga: How would you like to die, little man?
Tyrion: In my bed, at the age of eighty with a belly full of wine and a woman's mouth around my cock.”

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:16 | 4709466 PT
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"My wife is so distraught that she has to drop out of university."

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:09 | 4708762 GubbermintWorker
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That made my day!

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:06 | 4708972 BlindMonkey
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Who downvotes the happy bear?? WTF??

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:16 | 4708792 beegle
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LOL , LOL , I REALLY hope so because I have 90 % ... really ... 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:02 | 4708961 Obama_4_Dictator
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I'm all in!  Either I will win big or just not lose everything....either way it's ok by me.....

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:38 | 4709091 Wahooo
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You have balls of tungsten.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:50 | 4709141 Obama_4_Dictator
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Done pretty well so far....started at 12 an oz and 830 an oz.....

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:33 | 4709280 just-my-opinion
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100%....beans and rice...8^)

Oh shit...edit...I forgot beer

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:57 | 4709169 drendebe10
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....don't hold your breath for the rise....

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:15 | 4709239 Obama_4_Dictator
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I'm not.  It's long will happen one day. I like holding my own shit...fuck the banks

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:39 | 4709558 hot sauce technician
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Never invest your life savings in one type of commodity. Diversify... Buy coffee now. Start hoarding that fuzz. Tea too. Tobacco. If you can afford to, buy real estate.

Gold might only go up in 25 years, along with bitcoin. The future is uncertain and take all possibilities into account.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:42 | 4709568 Obama_4_Dictator
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Ture, I belive we are in a real estate bubble though, so ima hold off on that.....i got cash too..and guns, and ammo, and food and water.....diversification is my middle name

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:56 | 4709612 hot sauce technician
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Sounds good compadre. I would add btc too, but that's me.

Yes real estate is in a bubble, but not entirely across the country. There are some distressed properties out there on the cheap, that if you'd be willing to invest in in the short run (taxes, basic maintanence) will be able to yield you nice income in the future. You need to do some research for that though. Good luck anyhow. On my side, I'm getting into some small time horticulture, growing my own food. You can't go wrong with that.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:29 | 4708540 StacksOnStacks
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Yes, you can lead him to water, but will he drink?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:32 | 4708551 maskone909
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He does have Horse Sense lmfao

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:17 | 4708794 Vampyroteuthis ...
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He has the face of a horse, but the smarts of an ass.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:26 | 4708825 NoPantsSpongeBob
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That horse got balls to call Israel an apartheid yesterday. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:32 | 4708857 oddjob
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No, he's a gelding.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:10 | 4708987 Mr. Delicious
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He said they "risk becoming" an apartheid state - which is simply more ass-kissing, since they are and have been for years.   Kerry, like the rest of the pro-Israel Jewish men sent to work on the "peace process" is and has been Israel's lawyer.

Funny how Russia gets sanctions and Israel, which has done far worse in Palestine, gets diplomatic cover, loan, and special treatment and goodies - like the raw data from NSA spying on all of us.



Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:24 | 4709041 Herd Redirectio...
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Aid given to nations usually takes the form of loans.  Note, I said usually.

The US gives aid to Israel in the form of GRANTS.  Nice work, if you can get it.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:51 | 4709140 Hongcha
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NSPBob -- Secretary Kohn simply speaks with a darting forked tongue to appear unbiased; much like our Israeli infiltrate defense secretary, Hagel, saying, "let the Jews pay for it."  They are both in the back pocket of the Knesset.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:31 | 4708548 McMolotov
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The writing is on the wall, clear as day for anyone who can read.

Too bad Uncle Sam is a paste-eating, illiterate fourth-grader with a ridiculously inflated level of self-esteem.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:33 | 4708568 pods
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Born on third base but grinning like we hit a triple!


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:41 | 4708621 Bastiat
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Good one!  Never heard it before.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:48 | 4708661 DoChenRollingBearing
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Me either, + 1

Kerry is a Fortunate Son...

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:52 | 4709998 lakecity55
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DCRB, I think the word you seek is "gigolo."

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:08 | 4708756 kill switch
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Here comes the SDR's

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:43 | 4709345 just-my-opinion
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In 4th grade....paste taste good

In 1st grade...dirt taste good

As an Adult...I hope ya'll like shit sammies

Game Over

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:33 | 4708563 thunderchief
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Obama couldn't even eat the finest Sushi in Japan.

He can't even keep company with the Japanese.

This is bad.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:41 | 4708624 Bastiat
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He couldn't eat it?  Maybe they should have dipped it in barbeque sauce.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:45 | 4708649 Obama_4_Dictator
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With a side of watermelon and fried chicken......

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:19 | 4708799 Vampyroteuthis ...
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...... purple drank and forty on the side......

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:51 | 4709991 lakecity55
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w/an extra shot of codeine.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:36 | 4709088 813kml
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Cock sauce, the fishy smell doesn't agree with Barry.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:45 | 4708639 HardAssets
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Sushi Chef Ono is a legend.

Wish I could trust ocean seafood post Fuki-shima. Japanese cuisine and sushi are among my favorites. Sigh.

Well, at least there's freshwater fish. I do like pan fried trout that I've caught myself.

Sorry for getting off track. Only had a cup of coffee for breakfast and I'm thinking of lunch.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:30 | 4708849 SAT 800
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If you're suspicious of Seafood; buy yourself a sensitive radiation monitor; after you discover the fish are just fine, it'll give you a new perspective on :"news". Hint; it's all propaganda. all of it. have a nice day.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:50 | 4708914 john39
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there is plenty of radiation around... but i agree with you, its not coming from fukishima.  fukishima is just the cover.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:55 | 4708932 Bastiat
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"just the cover?"   Some cover.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:50 | 4709989 lakecity55
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OK, now you must divulge The Secret.

Pray tell.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:51 | 4708920 Tenshin Headache
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Alpha emitters are probably the largest concern, and you need a scintillation counter for that. They are on the pricey side and prep work is required. You can't just hold a gamma counter to your fish.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:16 | 4709000 HardAssets
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Yep .. . . many years ago I was involved with nuke engineering. Was exposed to study of health issues related to radiation, but definitely aren't an expert by a long shot. (Again, it was a very long time ago and in the following years I was in entirely different fields. But, I likely have more familiarity with the subject than most laypeople.) I did some reading after Fukushima at various nuclear engineering & nuclear medicine websites and IMO the risk to reward ratio is such that I changed certain personal habits.  I can get along without sushi.  If evidence changes and is convincing enough to justify changing those habits, I will happily do so.  I really do love sushi.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:11 | 4709220 sushi
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So nice to hear.

Should we exchange telephone numbers or precious bodily fluids?


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:52 | 4708922 HardAssets
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Geiger counter won't cut it. The potential problem is with 'hot particles' which aren't able to be detected from background radiation with a Geiger counter. There's a difference from being exposed to radiation in the air impacting the skin, versus exposure to that which is ingested. (I agree that some of the YouTube videos with people using Geiger counters are incorrect in their application.)

If youre comfortable with Pacific seafood, fine. Maybe it'll turn out to be o.k.  I've seen enough to want to be overly cautious (perhaps) on this. I don't know who will be 'right' and 'wrong' in the end. But back in the 30s,40s & 50s plenty of doctors thought cigarettes were o.k. too.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:48 | 4709981 lakecity55
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Wait until the three-headed fish appear at your local market.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 18:27 | 4709697 SilverDOG
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SAT 800,



Even Japan admits radiation levels beyond consumption threshold.

Get out of your Rockefeller printed S(h)AT education books, ya tard.

Note: Detectors are limited, sensitive or otherwise.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:07 | 4708981 Totentänzerlied
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The Strontium-Iodine-Cesium Special Roll?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:03 | 4709196 drendebe10
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.... the official fudge packer in chief's food taster wouldn't pass it...

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:13 | 4709842 Mine Is Bigger
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It wan't Halal.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:39 | 4708611 Silver Bug
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Economic sanctions from the West are laughable. They know they will do nothing except drive a larger wedge between Russia, forcing them to become even closer allies with China.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:27 | 4708839 SAT 800
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Definetlely Isolated; without any powerful or wealthy partners; I know it's this way, because the nice man from the .gov said so on my TV.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:13 | 4709235 Mr Pink
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Qatar??!! Does this mean the US invasion of Syria isn't coming?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:11 | 4709837 Mine Is Bigger
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Yes.  Preparations for WWIII are progressing according to the plan.  The first step in creating the Axis for the Allied to fight -- Check!  But we probably need at least one more powerful enemy to join the Axis.  Let's see ... Who have we got here?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:46 | 4709972 lakecity55
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I say we invade Grenada again. Shorter logistics lines.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:29 | 4708538 DavidC
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The (un)rigged stock indices may be making highs, but the US is just outright delusional.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:32 | 4708562 sgt_doom
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Best article to read on the situation in Russia, the Ukraine and America --- and the most brilliant critique on Thomas Piketty's book --- and the easily demolishing of bank lobbyist, Paul Krugman:


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:05 | 4708975 agstacks
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Good read..+1

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:45 | 4709970 lakecity55
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yep. another +1!

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:30 | 4708541 Itchy and Scratchy
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Thanks for showin' up Asst Sec of State Victoria Nuland (nee: Nudleman) Kagan! What in the heck wudda we done without ya'?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:34 | 4708559 HardAssets
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Average American who watches t.v. 'news':   "Nu Land ?   Is that some place near Russia or sumpthin ? Or is that in Africa ?"


P.S. - I asked 8 people about 'the Ukraine situation' this last weekend. (And another half dozen who hadn't heard of it). All the 8 said Putin is 'doing bad things'. Afterall, they heard it on t.v. !

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:37 | 4708597 SheepDog-One
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Americans believe its a new reality TV show, 'Spoiled Bitchy Housewives of Nu Land'

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:38 | 4708608 walküre
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Propaganda is working! Just ask the Russians how they survived 40+ years of propaganda and live to tell about it. Hint, the underground is thriving there. Not so much here - yet.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:59 | 4708713 El Vaquero
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It will be thriving here, and I'm not just talking about drugs.  I know a "guerrilla" farmer, and as things deteriorate, I expect more to appear.  More and more people want higher quality local food, while the USDA is trying to clamp down on the food system with onerous regulation that effectively prices small farmers out of the market if they want to be legitimate.  It is a form of soft prohibition on unregulated food.  The results are predictable, just like they were with the prohibition of alcohol and the current prohibition on drugs.  If there is a demand for it, there will be a market, regardless of rules and regs.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:25 | 4708823 HardAssets
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If/When the economy & political conditions really get bad - I don't think they'll be successful with an attempted clamp down on good quality food. With many of these issues, people don't have personal experience with them. They take as 'truth' what they see on t.v. and they have no desire to look any deeper into things (Fear of cognitive dissonance.)

But food is different. We deal with it every day. We can see what's right in front of us. You can tell afterwards when youve eaten garbage vs good quality food. Heavy handed tactics, like SWAT raids on Amish dairy farmers, just focus peoples attention on the Reality that there is tyranny.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:21 | 4709037 El Vaquero
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A lot of people don't know they're eating garbage because they've never been exposed to real quality.  For a lot of people, if it doesn't come in a microwaveable container, or a box with simple directions, they don't know how to cook it.  What do you think they are going to do if all of a sudden, to eat, they have to butcher a chicken? 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:40 | 4709097 Miffed Microbio...
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They will learn fast or die. As a city girl, I had a rude awakening when I married a farm boy. But he showed me what life really was. I nearly passed out during my first slaughter but I was determined to show him I could do it. I have a tender heart and don't like to kill. My husband will chop the heads off the chickens and turkeys for me and I can do the rest but if faced with life alone I could do it myself. The difference is some wish to learn, experience and understand while others prefer a box and a microwave. Microwaving a box is like lobotomizing yourself watching television, a disconnection from the world in which we live.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:56 | 4709165 El Vaquero
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My sister had never butchered chickens before, and wanted me to come and help for her the first time. She wanted to try the throat slitting method rather than the hatchet and chopping block, and she decided that next time, it's going to be the hatchet.  If you're not used to killing, slitting a throat is a very visceral thing to do.  I don't know why it is so, but using a hatchet to chop off a bird's head, or a shot gun to blast it out of the air is not nearly as visceral as slitting a throat. 


I did all of the slicing of jugulars.  Once they were dead, however, she had no problem with the rest of it. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 23:00 | 4710725 jerry_theking_lawler
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try having to shoot a steer between the eyes with a .22mag and then jumping on it and slitting its throat while it is stunned....i had to do that at 15 to prove i was capable in case anything happened to my father.

eat or die. people would definitely appreciate their meals much more if they had to look in the animals eye right as it passed.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:14 | 4710862 Miffed Microbio...
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I watched my husband ( boyfriend at the time at 16) do this. After the guts were out all the boys told me because this was my first kill I had to lift the entrails into the tractor bucket to be dumped in the field for the coyotes ( I found out farmers had a kind of fuck off attitude towards health regulations). Not realizing it was a joke, I tried frantically to maneuver those heavy slippery intestines to no avail. I made one last heave on the stomach and caught it on one of the tines. That was one of the worst experiences of my life. People who tour my lab are often overcome with the smells. They have no clue what true bile in your mouth stench is.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:11 | 4708997 Dublinmick
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One of the biggest problems is the GMO, once it pollutes the seeds, it ruins the farmland. 80% of US corn is now GMO. Super weeds are growing which are immune to roundup and so strong they are punching holes in very expensive tractor tires.

By the way, Wild Turkey and Four Roses are the only whiskeys that are now Non-GMO. German beers also but they are pondering using GMO corn now in Germany. Drink accordingly!

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:26 | 4709051 El Vaquero
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Since March 30, I've been planting a block of six cultivars of corn every week, and it's all non-GMO. 


Navajo Blue Corn

Hickory King

Painted Mountain

Posole Corn

Earth Tones Dent

"Decorative" Indian Corn


I simply don't eat a lot of corn on the cob or sweet corn.  I'm more into hominy and corn tortillas, and I know how to turn corn into hominy with the wood ash from my smoker. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:53 | 4709149 Miffed Microbio...
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Your handiness and knowledge of so many subjects never ceases to amaze me. I must admit some jealously. I wish at some point in my life to be able to unshackle myself from wage slavery and delve full time into your world. Though I'm light years ahead of my peers in so many ways, I am still troubled I haven't achieved close to a sustainable situation if the worst situation is realized. At least most would be deterred by my defenses.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:03 | 4709174 El Vaquero
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I'm still not fully self reliant, but if I had to, I would become so very rapidly.  Or, rather, with the help of neighbors, we could get by fairly well. 


And a lot of this stuff is fairly simple.  It had to be, as some of the methods are very old indeed, and didn't have the benefits of modern science and industry.  While there are several ways to make hominy, I just put, in terms of volume, 3 parts ash to 2 parts dried corn into a pot and let it simmer until the hulls are coming off the kernels, then rince the hell out of it.  I use 3 parts ash to 2 parts corn, when a lot of people do equal volumes.  While I haven't logged and measured the times, it seems like the extra ash speeds up the process a bit.  From there, you can dry it, grind it into masa, make posole, etc...

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:11 | 4709222 Miffed Microbio...
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I have observed this at a demonstration at Jamestown among other early and Native American crafts. Native and early American herbology and medicine was shown at the Williamsburg apothecary. I was hooked. This is my new calling and hope to learn more.

Well, if you ever have the need I would be honored to be a secondary Bug Out. But, unfortunately in my case, the reverse would probably be more likely.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:26 | 4709272 El Vaquero
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The next thing that I intend on learning is making lye from ash and making soap with it.  If our JIT distribution system goes down, hygene will be very important.  And besides, I'll be able to use tallow in shave soap.  Now this is a bit more complex than nixtamalizing corn, but again, it was made prior to the industrial revolution.  I suspect that its manufacture sort of evolved over time. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 19:07 | 4709828 Dublinmick
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El Vaquero I tried the blue corn in the back yard the bugs always got to it before it was ripe. The sprayed barium from the skies or whatever it is kills off cucumbers and squash also. The vines just wilt. I have some beans that don't seem to be affected from it, also some tomatoes that do well as some other things like lettuce. Adding magnesium to the soil seems to help as barium and round up deplete magnesium.


Is this the plan? Boutillier is a researcher. I am not necessarily a fan of his prophet of Danie lamentations but the research is interesting. He is not a fan of my blog either as he suggested I leave a link but specify that he does not subscribe all of my theories either. :)

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:04 | 4710849 El Vaquero
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I actually have no idea.  I'm trying to use as few external inputs as possible, and that would include things like barium.  I've planted 6 varieties for genetic diversity and two of them are either from my state, or very near the border, with soil similar to mine, climates similar to mine, etc...  Those two would be the blue corn and the posole corn.  My goal is to let that which does not survive me merely keeping the soil healthy not go to seed, let promiscuous cross pollination happen, and wind up with a cultivar that adapted to my climate, my soil, my methods and co-evolves with the pests and diseases. 


And your username leads me to believe that you might just be from Ireland.  If that is the case, a lot of the blue corns are going to have been originally cultivated near me.  I have alkaline soil, 40f temperature swings from day to night, average 9" or rain annually, people from Phoenix have told me that, while it gets hotter in Phoenix, the sun here is more brutal and I live at around 5000' altitude.  I would call that a bit different than Ireland.  I would recommend either tracking down a blue corn that is from somewhere else, or tracking down as many different cultivars as you can and trying them all.  You might find one that works and withstands some of your bugs better.  Then again, you might not, and blue corn may be a no-go for you.  *shrugs*  On top of that, healthy plants are less likely to be swarmed by bugs. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:10 | 4708766 Volkodav
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Over 90% of potatoe consumed in Russia is still grown on family plots..

prepared so much more for everything in real

you have no idea....

Dmitry Orlov book gives some idea of this for English readers...

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:33 | 4708864 SAT 800
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I'm rootin for Putin !. Can we make this a new slogan ? Who wants to like and follow, "Rootin for Putin" ?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:34 | 4708866 HardAssets
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A Russian writer (or two) should pen a book on how they survived after the fall of the USSR.

The USSR was a murderous state. But after it fell, millions suffered tremendously. Their way of life and the institutions they relied upon were pulled out from under them. There followed a time of chaos.

What did people do physically & psychologically to survive ?

Russians who went through that and then came to America would have a lot to teach us.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:12 | 4709006 Totentänzerlied
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There are plenty of such books.

"What did people do physically & psychologically to survive ?"

Whatever they could, but still possibly as many as 9 to 10 million died as a result, though you don't hear about that ... ever.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:48 | 4709129 HardAssets
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Thanks for pointing that out. How did I miss the Orlov book which gets into the fall of the USSR from a macro and street level view ?

I ordered his book today.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:32 | 4708858 gcjohns1971
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Unfortunately, it is not thriving so much.

Critical thinking is a perishable skill, and most people everywhere really WANT TO BELIEVE that their leaders are good men and women.

Rats know a rat when they smell them.

Send a politician into a sewer and all the rats will leave.   The politician will rename the Sewer a 'Contingency Bunker, or a Continuity of Government Protected Site.

The modern version of this rat will also seize the land, lease it to his own front company, then make the records of the seizure and the lease disappear in a records warehouse fire.


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:31 | 4708545 maskone909
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Damn how many trade deals is that outside of the dollar now? Up to 500billion in the last week i think

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:01 | 4708725 IridiumRebel
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Yet the DXY is bouncing around the 80 mark like a Kansas City Faggot. Gold is drunk and not moving....makes total sense.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:20 | 4708801 Fuh Querada
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a new nugget of information for me...KC is a gay place??

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:28 | 4708841 maskone909
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No but their faggots do bounce around. Its unique and quite remarkable.
$USD is begging to break 79

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:36 | 4708872 SAT 800
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Well, we have to "win" something; may as well be the race to the bottom.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 15:08 | 4708986 Fuh Querada
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is that a pun?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:44 | 4708900 oddjob
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 20:00 | 4710031 IridiumRebel
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Kansas City does actually have a large homosexual population for the midwest. I grew up there and the Liberty Memorial was considered a "gay place". 

the thing even looks like a giant cock. (#4)

As for the quote, "Kansas City Faggot"...that comes from Dr. Strangelove 

"What in the wide, wide world of sports is a-goin' on here? I hired you people to try to get a little track laid, not to jump around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots!" 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:34 | 4708868 SAT 800
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Becoming significant; and we just keep spreading hatred and distrust of us every time our "leaders" open their sewer holes and squeek.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:31 | 4708549 Grande Tetons
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Bahrain. Could be Obama's Grenada moment. 

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:35 | 4708576 maskone909
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I think he is still stuck on Purple Rain. Or is is purple drink? Damn nm

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:38 | 4708603 Grande Tetons
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:44 | 4708641 maskone909
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Classic. I could have sworn he did a sunny d grape drink spoof for his show i cant find it tho :( miss that guy

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 13:32 | 4708552 Sudden Debt
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worth $ 10 billion....

did you see that silly S before the number with 2 lines through it?
US is still winning.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:38 | 4708878 SAT 800
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Winning !! Thinking seriously about becoming a Belgian resident. I want to watch the rest of the "winning" from somewhere else.

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