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Checkers Versus Chess

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Submitted by Jeff Thomas via Doug Casey's International Man blog,

For quite some time, we have been predicting that the Russians and Chinese will, at some point, bring an end to the petrodollar system that has virtually guaranteed the US the position of having its currency be the world's default currency. This position has allowed the US, in recent decades, to go on a borrowing and currency-printing spree, the likes of which the world has never seen.

First, a Little History

It's important that we back up a bit here to have a look at how this came about in the first instance.

In 1971, the US government, under Richard Nixon, took the US off the gold standard. This meant that, from that point on, the dollar was backed by nothing. However, as long as the dollar was accepted as legitimate currency (even though it was now mere paper), not only could the game continue as before, but the US would then be free to print as much "currency" as it wished. It would also be free to borrow as much as it wished, thereby building as large an economic house of cards as it wished.

Of course, the foolhardiness of this decision would not be immediately clear to all and sundry. It would take some time before the chickens would come home to roost.

Enter the Petrodollar

Back in 1971, it was necessary to assure that the dollar would retain its position in world trade as the world's premiere currency, in spite of the fact that it was no longer backed by anything. The US reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia that, in trade for arms and protection, the Saudis would denominate all future oil sales, worldwide, in dollars. The other OPEC countries fell into line, and the "petrodollar" was assured.

Returning to the present, we have stated for some time that the methods by which the US, the Russians, and the Chinese have been playing the game have been very different. The Chinese, for over 4000 years, have played the game of wéiqí, and the wéiqí philosophy is a primary part of Chinese philosophy. The idea is to distract your opponent whilst you subtly surround him. Once he is enclosed, with no support from outside, it's game over.

By contrast, the Russians are perennial chess players. Chess, played correctly, involves the concept of imagining each move that your opponent may possibly make. For each possible move, you imagine each possible move you could make and how your opponent might retaliate. You then select your best move. A good chess player is one who has learned to imagine several moves in advance. Therefore, once your opponent makes his move, you are never taken off-guard. You are prepared for anything he does.

Mister Putin is a consummate chess player, and since he has returned to office, each time the US has made a move, he has been ready. Each of his moves has not only countered the US, but trumped them. At every step that the US gets tough on Russia, Russia immediately says, in effect, "Okay, remember, you brought this on yourselves." Russia then makes a move that puts the US in a far worse position than it was before.

The amazing fact here is that the US method recognises neither wéiqí nor chess. They appear to be playing checkers. The US has, since World War II, used the approach of "The Yanks are Comin'." The US has been the biggest boy in the schoolyard and has, through a combination of bluster and bullying, been able to intimidate the world and, as a result, get virtually everything it wanted for a very long time. Conventional diplomacy has taken a back seat with the US, and, particularly since the administration of George Bush, the US has very much ramped up its "biggest boy in the schoolyard" approach, much to the irritation of the rest of world.

Here Come Those Chickens

But now, the US is broke, and its stature as the biggest boy has begun to wane. The other kids in the schoolyard are playing smart, whilst the US is still playing tough…and it's no longer working.

Claiming that Russia was overstepping its power in the Ukraine (when, in fact, it was the US that was guilty of this move), the US applied economic sanctions to Russia. The US media treated this as a major blow to Russia, from which the Russkies had better back off if they knew what was good for them.

But, in fact, this served as an open invitation for Russia to retaliate. Since the very first thrust by the US, each parry and thrust by the Russians has been both effective and well planned. (It should be borne in mind that the latest announcement that Russia would not accept US dollars in payment for gas could only be enforced if Russia could get its international gas customers to agree. At the time of announcement, nine out of ten customers had, in fact agreed. These decisions were, unquestionably, not reached overnight. This chess move was planned well in advance.)

When Russia announced that Gazprom, the largest gas supplier in the world, would no longer be accepting US dollars from its clients, the West was shaken by the news.

End of the Petrodollar     

So, does this spell the end for the petrodollar? Not just yet. But it does add a nail to the petrodollar coffin, and a rather large nail, at that. It most certainly announces to the world that, if the US continues its schoolyard bully approach, both the Russians and the Chinese are more than ready. They have greater power than the US gave them credit for and, as we are witnessing, are more adept at the game itself.

Time after time, the US announces a flimsy new policy that is half-baked at best, and the US media announce, in effect, "This'll show 'em!" And yet, at every turn, the Sino-Russian tag-team deals blow after blow to US hegemony in the world.

The US is at war with China and Russia. It's an undeclared war, and it's monetary warfare, not military warfare. Yes, there are the military distractions, such as in the Ukraine and the Middle East, but the primary war is being fought monetarily.

If we observe the Asian responses to the US attacks in this war, and assess them objectively, we see that the Asians do not seek to kill off the US. In each battle, they, like skilled bullfighters, deflect the charging bull, then thrust the sword forward, wounding him again and again with every charge.

As this approach is becoming a pattern, it would indicate that the Russians and Chinese, much like a bullfighter, are wearing out the bull and provoking him to lose enough blood that, soon, he will no longer be able to continue the fight.

There will be no H-bomb moment here. No point at which the US, to the entire world's surprise, suddenly self-destructs. Just as Rome wound down 2000 years ago, we shall observe a similar winding down of the US. (Although there will be many sudden crashes along the way, the entire process will stretch out for years.)

And I believe the US will be kept alive by the victors. It will remain in business as a country and will serve the East, particularly as a consumer of Eastern-produced goods.

But it will cease to be the world's empire. Much as the British Empire wound down as a result of the world wars, the US will be greatly diminished in power.

More and more, US residents are coming to realise that the "recovery" that is forever being heralded as "just around the corner" will not arrive. No "green shoots," no "shovel-ready jobs" will materialise. The US are attempting to win a chess game by playing checkers, and they will not succeed. The US's place in the world will be a casualty of that error, as will be the US economy.

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately there’s little any individual can practically do to change the trajectory of this trend in motion. The best you can and should do is to stay informed so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible, and even profit from the situation.

This is what Doug Casey’s International Man is all about: helping you cut through the smoke and mirrors while making the most of your personal freedom and financial opportunities around the world. The free IM Communiqué is a great place to start.

 

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:01 | 4887760 Squid Viscous
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doubtful that Obozo is even good at checkers...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:06 | 4887783 El Vaquero
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He's still trying to determine if the red checkers taste any different from the black checkers.  See, he's smart like that.  He wants to choose the worst tasting checkers to play with so that he can eat his opponent's checkers every time he captures a piece.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:11 | 4887799 WayBehind
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Obama is too busy dealing with more important issues ... like canceling trademarks names for a NFL team

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:20 | 4887830 Publicus
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The East has more than enough consumers for it's own goods. When the time comes, just as Rome, the US will fall into the dark ages while the East enters a golden age.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:28 | 4887845 ZerOhead
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With bankers, neocons and Israel at it's helm we can only hope.

That'll make for a short ride.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:30 | 4887863 SafelyGraze
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what they don't realize is that the fed can lend unlimited amounts of dollars into existence, or just issue them to outright buy things

so even if the russians and chinese and europeans and south americans don't use the dollars, the fed can *still* generate more and more and more of them.

and that's what keeps the economy safe and stable.

and keeps the value of the dollar high.

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:42 | 4887898 ZerOhead
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Somewhere around 1 quadrillion dollars or so the wheels suddenly fall off of that argument...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:43 | 4887907 Anusocracy
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One comparative disadvantage the US has is the conga line of Obamaoid wannabes, both red and blue, waiting to take charge of the US Demolition Derby.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:32 | 4888176 SafelyGraze
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zerohead -

you know that I am reluctant to take issue with you but ..

"Somewhere around 1 quadrillion dollars or so the wheels suddenly fall off of that argument... "

just try telling that to my 100 trillion zimbabwe note

that's right. signed by mister gono. 

backed by the full faith and credit etc.

so now who is holding Real Wealth and who is on the outside, staring at my zimbabwe note. I think we know the answer to that.

keep on zeroing!

 

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:44 | 4888383 strannick
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A US elite that destroys its own Twin Towers and disaopears A Mayasian jestliner and kills everyone on board as collateral damage, will to anything to perpetuate its power. Get to know God/Jesus, because the elites are enthralled to a demon (,living lie)

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 03:03 | 4888435 MeMadMax
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I don't think the author of this article has taken into account that the US has more debt than ever recorded in history...

We are in uncharted economic territory and anything goes...

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 03:39 | 4888460 Steverino
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once the dollar loses some of its hegemony... all that gold being socked away by the #1 consumer and producer of gold (China) will come into play... backing the yuan... and the dolla will devalue.. and you just might get a "100 trillion dollar USD note" to go with your 100 trillion zimbabwe note..

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:53 | 4888219 Urban Roman
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One Avogadro, two Avogadro ...

How much does a mole of dollars weigh?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:53 | 4887941 Ness.
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Brazil, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, Africa, UAE, Chile and Iran have all been making arrangements since 2009 to trade in something other than the USD.

SNAP!!  that's some shit right there.  Your move Barry!

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:15 | 4888671 tonyw
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"The US is at war with China and Russia. It's an undeclared war, and it's monetary warfare,"

Not only China and Russia but anyone who uses USD and those who try to use something different e.g. Ghaddafi, Hussein.

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:47 | 4888312 Nexus789
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Don't think so. At some point the Dollar will reach an inflexion point where it is not worth holding as there are alternative 'stores' of value. Dollar denominated assets will then collapse in value. You can carrying on printing but it would be a fruitless exercise with no demand for US currency, bonds or other dollar based financial assets.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:27 | 4887849 COSMOS
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We are surely on our way out... I mean look at the # hashtags, its Tick Tack Toe, this is all these politicians can play on the international scene.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:23 | 4888550 Crazy Or Not
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Agree COSMOS. 
There are fundamental flaws in ratios of resource consumption for USA v Rest of the World.
Marry those to contributions/products or services produced and US of A does not stack up as a player.
i.e. it takes far more than it gives, so RotW is going to take any opportunity to action any "What Gives" stratergy to "rebalance the field".
And here we are.....game on. 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 19:19 | 4891234 Monty Burns
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If/when the petrodollar dies Americans won't be doing much consuming of foreign produce.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:00 | 4887959 Savyindallas
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Fine  -that's a task I think he should be involved with  -just stay out of foreign policy and economic matters. As a Cowboy fan who hates the arrogant billionaire Jew Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins, I think we should change the name. I have several suggestions - how about the Washington Native American indians? Actually, I think these people should be offended by any affiliation with the scumbags in DC. The city is mostle  black anyway- except for the few Ivy League protestants and the jews who the inhabitants serve and who really run things. Maybe we should still honor the locals by Calling them the Washington African Americans  -or to be totally honest -the "Washington Uncle Tom's" ?   

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:04 | 4887972 Savyindallas
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"Hail to the Washington Uncle Tom's!

Hail Victory!

Former slaves on the warpath

Fight for Ole DC!

 

I think this works. They can even keep their old fight song-with these slight adaptations. 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:29 | 4888170 Al Huxley
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How 'bout the Washington Sociopathic Bankster Toadies?  The logo could be a guy in an expensive suit sucking off a guy in an even more expensive suit while simultaneously lifting the wallet out of  Joe Sixpack's back pocket.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:05 | 4888241 BlindMonkey
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I see where you are coming from but you are new to this marketing thing.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:01 | 4888237 Elliott Eldrich
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How about the "D.C. Catamites?" 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catamite

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:21 | 4888270 IronForge
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District of Marion Barry...

with Hizzonner as the Mascot, with Pipe in hand...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:27 | 4887852 Pairadimes
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I can't read the cartoon, but I think Obama is saying "King me!".

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:45 | 4887916 erg
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El Vaquero: The ten pound dumbbell was just too damn heavy so now he just curls a couple of checkers.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:53 | 4887942 erg
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Deleted: Spoken below.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:09 | 4888251 erg
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jerk

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:10 | 4888125 RafterManFMJ
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Nah, Amurika is being bled dry, defanged and shuttled off to the ash heap of history like an incontinent old dog.

And that is Amurika - an old dog with rotten teeth; can still bite but if you're nimble it cannot quite get to you, and besides it's easier to bark threateningly and lie in the sun, dreaming of the glory days that in reality, never were quite as good or as pure as remembered.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:19 | 4887827 drendebe10
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Putin allegedly said, negotiating with obama is like playing chess with a pigeon.  It knocks all the pieces over, craps all over the board and then struts around like it won.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:27 | 4887855 COSMOS
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That may work in the hood in Chicago, but it don't work in Afghanistan or anywhere else around the world.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:33 | 4888050 BKbroiler
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what's funnier is where that quote was misapropriated from:

"Pigeon chess" or "like playing chess with a pigeon" is a figure of speech originating from a comment made in March 2005 on Amazon by Scott D. Weitzenhoffer[1] regardingEugenie Scott's book Evolution vs. Creationism: An introduction:

Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon — it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:41 | 4887878 booboo
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As much as I hate to admit this (and I despise the fucker) Oblahblah is just a distraction, selected more for his narcisism and loosed on the American landscape by his masters and told he could do anything his heart desires, a perfect patsy for a perfect moment. The transitional President deludes himself into thinking he is in control and walks around saying "Crown Me"

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:07 | 4888247 BlindMonkey
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Yes but shake-weight Barry is just so much fun to fuck with.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:43 | 4887904 Savyindallas
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BTW, now that Obama's handler butt-buddy rahm is back in Chicago  -who is his new handler? I should know this, but I don't think I know.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:08 | 4888248 BlindMonkey
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TOTUS

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:58 | 4888106 TheReplacement
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To paraphrase what someone here once said about him before, 'Obama's still trying to figure out why the black checker tastes the same as the red one.'

It's that or Obama is the real evil genius and his goal is to kill the USA. 

Either way, mission accomplished.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:42 | 4888307 pathetic looser
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i assume brezinsky is

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:02 | 4887768 CPL
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The don't put an end to it.  They escape it.  Slightly different strategy when dealling with something that is so broken, out of control and well on it's way off a cliff.  They are doing the only option any country can do right now, which is jump, tuck and roll.

Beats the alternative to staying on the 'train'.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:03 | 4887776 DanDaley
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If the object were to actually help the US or be on the side of the US, Obama's attitude would be different, perhaps...but that's not what he's after, quite the contrary,

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:09 | 4887795 buzzsaw99
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owebomba doesn't want the usa as a whole to win at anything. only his maggot billionaire owners matter to him and winning is not in their best interest.

...It wasn't my war! You asked me, I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn't let us win! [/Rambo]

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:15 | 4887816 NoDebt
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TPTB know full well the US is basically just running out it's clock on the world stage.  So they're extracting as much as possible from it as it goes down and moving on to the next.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:28 | 4887844 noob
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ya, again with the checkers analogy,

HOW BOUT THAT! 

End of the Petrodollar
Enter the Gazprom-dollar

New ( / Old ) World Order wise, what's the difference?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:39 | 4888298 thestarl
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Can say that again ND,private equity, hedge funds etc been snapping up anything and everything down here in Oz last couple of years. 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:39 | 4888302 thestarl
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Can say that again ND,private equity, hedge funds etc been snapping up anything and everything down here in Oz last couple of years. 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:09 | 4887794 LuciusGermanicus
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Chess is a game with finite outcomes.

Chess...checkers it doesn't matter.

All those "chess strategies" can be usurped simply by recognizing the pattern or having calculated every possible outcome.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:22 | 4887832 drendebe10
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Your premise requires cerebral horsepower....  the incompetent, corrupt arrogant narcissistic illegal indonesian kenyan muslim sociopathic liar in chief only cares about its celbrity grand imperial golf life style at the expense of hard working US citizen tax payers... 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:28 | 4887860 COSMOS
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# they only know hashtags and tick tack toe, that is the full extent of their cerebral power.  They cant think longterm

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:52 | 4887944 LuciusGermanicus
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Maybe they can dust off Deep Blue and consult the Oracle ;)

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:39 | 4887889 Savyindallas
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Perhaps the US can get back into the chess game by borrowing (and modifying) Goldman sach's HFT computer software. Probably not, as the Big Boys seem to want the US to self destruct, as they have spent hundreds of billions on Homeland Security and the police state. Better to let us implode and then fight off the minority Patriots and enslave us. I think that's their strategy  -but I am hoping they are stupid, and the American peple are not as dumb as we seem-and that we can win the battle and take back this Country from the criminal Oligarchs who are destroying us.  

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:10 | 4887797 Bárðarbunga
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quote: There will be no H-bomb moment here. No point at which the US, to the entire world's surprise, suddenly self-destructs.

Um, how the fuck do you know this?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:15 | 4887815 El Vaquero
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JIT supply chains plus expensive oil plus debt plus a psychotic greedy government that does everything it can to prevent economies from relocalizing tend to support the idea that there will, in fact, be an H-bomb moment.  

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:22 | 4887833 ZerOhead
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If they can't get WWIII started first and using actual H-bombs that is...

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:59 | 4888400 El Vaquero
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Well, yes, there is that.  A prime target for Russian Nukes is far enough away that I don't have to worry about blast and heat, but close enough that I do have to worry about being blinded if I am looking in the wrong direction and also what direction the wind is blowing.  If it's blowing towards me, I have 1-2 hours to get out.  If it's blowing away from me, I can stay put, but I need to worry about whether or not a shitload of fallout fell into my water supply after Los Alamos certainly gets a warhead right over it.  The latter is probably a short term problem.  The former means that the fucks pushing this shit deserve to have their balls fed to them.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:34 | 4888620 Uncle Remus
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#WinningCombo

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:24 | 4887818 ZerOhead
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He's just trying to give the readers some sense of "hope".

Can't afford to lose all of his readers when they start sticking guns in their mouths now can he?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:17 | 4888141 RafterManFMJ
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This just in from the Economic Collapse Blog!

37 reasons why you should place a pistol in your mouth and pull the trigger!!

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 02:42 | 4888395 Radical Marijuana
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Yeah, that quote about no nuclear war jumped out at me too!

Overall, I thought that was a great article to read. However, my world view has become that I believe that the ruling classes that dominate the Anglo-American (Zionist) Empire are more criminally insane than can be fully comprehended. I believe it is important to understand that the spectacular political symbols set up on 9/11/2001 were inside job, false flag attacks, designed to start more genocidal wars, along with prepare for democidal martial law. Similarly, the financial crises in 2008 were deliberate inside jobs, due to evil insanity, not due to incompetent stupidity.

The American democratic republic is being deliberately destroyed by the people that control the people that control the government of the USA. They want to make a profit killing the American economy, and they have, in spades. For them, I believe, it is a fringe benefit that after they succeed in sufficiently destroying the American economy, then that will drive many Americans to desperation, and so, start killing each other, which will then enable more democidal martial law, in a vicious spiral. Furthermore, since as above, so below, and as within, so without, the runaway genocidal wars will be matched by democidal martial law, and vice versa. Therefore, the people who control the bigger game, of globalized organized crime, do intend to knock all of the game boards over. Their plan is to mass murder the majority of the world's population. It does not matter that appears to be criminally insane, they ARE criminally insane.

They certainly will continue to bluff that they are that criminally insane, which is credible, because they ARE that criminally insane! I WISH that I could still believe that the situation was as simple as board games, where there are rules. However, we are now in the era of the existence of weapons of mass destruction, where, theoretically, the only way to win is not to play. However, the ruling classes ARE playing, and playing hard. In my opinion, they are willing and able to kill the majority of the world's population, and certainly will continue to prepare to do so, and keep on at least bluffing that they will do so, which constantly risks accidents, or somebody calling their bluff.

I WISH that I have not arrived at those conclusions. I WISH that I could still short-circuit to the kind of optimism that presumes that something which is criminally insane will not happen, simply because it would be criminally sane to actually make that happen. However, the more that I have learned, the worse it always got. Therefore, today I believe that the criminally insane ruling classes will keep on pushing and pushing their criminally insane agenda, and will not stop. They plan on having America be destroyed, and for Americans to be mass murdering each other. They are deliberately working towards that goal, and they are clearly succeeding in doing so. They plan on also killing huge numbers of other people in other countries.

Nobody can deny that the weapons exist which could actually do that. However, somehow most people tend to PRESUME that nobody is criminally insane enough to keep pushing and pushing until that finally happens. However, after one faces the facts that the destruction of the American economy is being done deliberately, and that events like 9/11, and many others, were inside jobs, or false flag attacks, then it becomes harder and harder to avoid the conclusions that the people behind those, and successfully getting away with doing those, will continue to do even more of those things in the future.

Of course, I do NOT know the future. However, everything I have learned has indicated to me that the real wold is controlled by people who are criminally insane, while they are easily able to continue to do that, because there were thousands of years of history behind building up the existing social pyramid systems on the basis of backing up lies with violence, whereby the best organized gangs of criminals were able to capture control over governments, to create the current situations where countries like the USA, as well as all around the world, to lesser degrees, are about 99% controlled by systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, in a globalized political economy based on enforced frauds.

Within the life time of a generation that is still alive today, there have been developed weapons of mass destruction and mass surveillance which are trillions of times more powerful and capable than anything else that existed previously in human history. However, the ruling classes, or the pyramidion people at the top of the established social pyramid systems, got to be who they are simply because they WERE the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, and therefore, they ARE criminally insane.

The globalized ruling classes that have been deliberately destroying the American economy, and tricking the USA to fight deceitful wars at home, and all over the world, are criminally insane, while they have the assistance of many people inside the USA who are also criminally insane, and were set up to work on that agenda, because they agreed to do so, and could do so, because that has all been developing for thousands of years, at an exponentially accelerating rate Therefore, given the magnitude of the basic real problems of previous exponential growth, based on strip-mining the natural resources of the planet, which are reaching tipping points of diminishing returns, there are surely going to be severe pressures placed on the existing systems.

As far as I can tell, the ONLY things that the ruling classes have actually done to prepare for that is to prepare to start more genocidal wars, and impose democidal martial law. Everything they have actually be doing has advanced that agenda, while not advanced any other agenda that would make any sane sense. Therefore, reluctantly, and I truly WISH that I could avoid making this conclusion, the world is dominated by people who are criminally insane, whose "game plan" is to mass murder the majority of the world's population. They are NOT playing any board game, they are playing a criminally insane game, while nobody else is in a position to actually be able to stop them, and therefore, I believe that is what is going to happen, despite that that seems utterly irrational and almost too insane to imagine.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:18 | 4888682 DanDaley
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To call these people "insane" is to in some degree excuse them, let them off, as is done with the criminally insane -"well, he was insane, and therefore had no real control over his actions, otherwise he wouldn't have been a genocidial maniac, he would have gone bowling with the guys."

 

No, they are full on psychopaths and are completely aware of the evil that they promulgte...inexcusable psychopaths.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 17:30 | 4895318 Radical Marijuana
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You may well be right, DanDaley.

At these levels, it is hard to tell the difference between evil insanity versus insanely evil. One thing that seems for sure is that "they" are getting away with doing that, and therefore, will surely continue to do that even more.

My studies of the events on 9/11/2001 have convicted me that Dick Cheney must have one of the insiders necessary to enabling those events to happen. He has a track record of going through the revolving doors of various corporations and government positions, promoting one insanely evil thing after another. However, the clearly apparent theme is that he keeps of being successful at doing that, while the mass media keep on treating him as if he was not one of the crucial insiders that must have been in on the planning and execution of the 9/11 events, and then maximizing their subsequent spin off consequences of even more evil insanities.

That is why this prediction Dick Cheney recently made is so serious:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cheney-predicts-u-s-face-deadly...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney predicts U.S. will face deadly, nuclear attack within decade

The circle of people that Cheney operates within are surely the kinds of people that could pull off false flag nuclear attacks against cities in the USA.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:24 | 4887814 socalbeach
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In Ukraine, the question is whether or not the Federalists can at least stalemate Poroshenko ("Porky"), so that a direct invasion of Ukraine by Russia can be avoided.  There are some hopeful signs, but I'm not sure they can. If the US wants to ignite a larger war, which seems to be the case, I would think they can succeed. BTW, I read somewhere that Porky's main job is to translate English into Ukranian. (Another thing I heard is that the Ukranian language is to Russian, as Ebonics is to English.  Don't know if that's accurate, but it's kind of funny.)

This article from a little over 3 weeks ago is encouraging though:

On Donbass came a large group of volunteers from Russia and the modern means of arms!

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:25 | 4887841 kowalli
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All Ukraines know Russian. Word "Ukraine" come from Russian word "edge". Ukraine was the edge of the Russian Empire as part of

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:34 | 4887874 COSMOS
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I really hope the Eastern Ukes can escape the fate the IMF has in store for them.  It would be great if they can link up with Crimea and Odessa and leave those scumbags in Kiev NOTHING!!!

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:01 | 4888238 Urban Roman
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Kiev will still have Chernobyl.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:12 | 4888255 BlindMonkey
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Great point. I will reverse my positions on night lights for Kiev to short.

Thanks for the pro-tip!!

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:53 | 4888221 ChiangMai
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That reminds me, it's time for:

[02:35] June 23rd Novorossia News Bulletin by the ANNA news agency

Try to pay attention to the news (English captions), rather than the newscaster.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

The Saker (with whom I have no connection), writing from Florida/USA at The Vineyard of the Saker, provides, in my opinion, the most penetrating and incisive coverage* of the USA empowering vicious Nazis in Ukraine. Even the comments are informative and perceptive. 

* You can confirm this by skimming his RSS feed page. Note particularly the COMBAT SITREPS.

I particularly recommend the five posts below.

Regarding the two short videos: the first is extremely powerful — WARNING: very graphic live footage beginning at [02:13], and the second is a powerful and informative 78 seconds):

[VIDEO - 04:39] '"For Inna" - a video which should be circulated worldwide'

 

[VIDEO - 01:18] Save Donbass People from Ukrainian Army!

Translation of the "must read" article of worldcrisis.ru explaining why there is no Russian intervention in the Ukraine

 

Considering the "what ifs" and "then whats" of a direct Russian intervention in the Donbass

 

A scorecard for the US "lukewarm war" on Russia - strategic and tactical levels

15 June

 

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:13 | 4888259 BlindMonkey
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I have the hots for that newscaster chick. Wow.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:01 | 4888524 Zwelgje
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she is perfect, imo.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:19 | 4887825 Capt. Ray
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World Championship at  200 W. St.:

Chess   vs   I Spy With My Little Eye.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:19 | 4887828 Reaper
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The unknown is that there are other players in the game. There's nature with volcanoes and weather. There's kleptomaniacs who totally destroy systems. There's unknown leaders who arise. There's the fall of Saudi Arabia or collapse in China. That is the nature of this world with the unpredictable.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:24 | 4887838 I Write Code
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I'm not sure there's a war, just a drunken driver careening the US all over the road.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:27 | 4887850 Dublinmick
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You see many unknowledgeable people who actually believe this.

"There will be no H-bomb moment here. No point at which the US, to the entire world's surprise, suddenly self-destructs. Just as Rome wound down 2000 years ago, we shall observe a similar winding down of the US. (Although there will be many sudden crashes along the way, the entire process will stretch out for years.)"

Rome has not wound down, in fact they control the City of London still which controls the Untied States. The queen's banker "The Rothschilds" are in charge of the federal reserve, your social seciurity numbers are devised in London. They have not wound down. Only the US is winding down as they have been the mercenary army for the scum of Europe for decades now. Of course the United States is not so much needed lately. with the ongoing push to reduce the worlds population by 90%. The United States is scheduled to be re-wilded. That is what the GMO, fluoride, MSG, fracking, corext after the BP blowout and many other things such as mandatory vaccines are all about.

The education system is best described as dumb and dumber. The average American and most Europeans actually believe Hitler was some type German savior when he also was just another Rothschild. The plan has been in place for a very long time. The long time prognosis for America is not very good with 200 nuclear power plants and many of them located on earthquake faults. Not to mention a quckening of of earthquake, tectonic relocation worldwide in conjuntion with a drifting magnetic pole.

When the New Madrid goes, some 18 nuclear plants will meltdown. there are gas, oil and electricl lines crossing this fault and the explosion could be seen in place. This is not to mention the Yellowstone super volcano which is now activating can darken the skies and place ash over most of the United States.

Of course Europe is likely not to be unscathed by some of this as the Phlegrean Fields area of Italy has unlimited capability of destruction.

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/campi-flegrei.html

Little known to the average "trader" also, Germany has a super volcano many fear is coming to life.

https://news.yahoo.com/german-volcano-could-devastate-europe-211000098.html

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:18 | 4888142 potato
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total BS.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:14 | 4888260 BlindMonkey
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Not BS. Just doom porn. Some folks can't get enough of it.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 02:46 | 4888407 Radical Marijuana
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Not "doom porn" but rather, enough intellectual integrity to face the facts.

Blind monkeys deliberately cover their eyes so that they do not see. Since the vast majority of people deliberately do not want to see what the ruling classes have actually been doing, those ruling classes have been easily getting away with doing those things, like staging inside job, false flag attacks, and all the other things which were listed in the comment that you facetiously replied to.

One of the main reasons why we are rushing towards INSANE World War, no matter how insane that is, as well as rushing towards the destruction of the economy causing democidal martial law to be imposed, is that the ruling classes far too easily get away with that, partly due to those who dismiss that as being merely "conspiracy theories" or "doom porn." My views are those that I outlined in my comment here. Your attitude, Blind Monkey, is one of the reasons why I believe that.

There is a long list of possible natural and/or man-made megadisasters, which could compound each other, as in the Fukushima event. Although the probability of any one of them is relatively low, there are a LOT of them in play ... Civilization, as it currently operates, is a social pyramid system, dominated by cartels, running enforced monopolies, often based on frauds, whose advantages, as enforced frauds, have wiped out their competition, and so, eliminated diversity, which has made most people extremely vulnerable to any of the long list of possible megadisasters.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 15:24 | 4890363 BlindMonkey
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Mr doom porn,

Let me know when that ELE asteroid is heading to the earth. Pardon me if I choose not to loose sleep over it.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:41 | 4887864 Son of Captain Nemo
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In case any of you missed the next layer of shit on the Presidential "Sachertorte"

It's hard to believe they could even be this blatant but compared to what we did in Ukraine and now Iraq it simply pales in comparison.  If anyone caught what happened to the bus full of children in Slavyensk this simply tears your heart out.  Don't think Russia will be restraining itself much longer with acts from the the U.S. and Israel like this!

This is what America manufactures today! 

What this article fails to point out is that while Russia and China are playing the shit out of the U.S. by winning over the rest of the World which has been rather easy in light our actions, the "bully" also happens to be out of his mind and not only is it an irrational and deranged psychopath who can't play a game of chess let alone checkers -which is rather obvious by "it's" own actions... it's what he is indisposed to when he doesn't get his way that should be the most disconcerting for the NATO team that has U.S. military bases and missiles inside their Countries.

If anyone doubted that the U.S. isn't in love with the Sampson option after looking at what we've already done since 9/11 then ask yourselves why no one will follow this story after the statement was rendered?

http://investmentwatchblog.com/shock-government-contract-homeland-security-solicited-bids-for-escort-services-for-unaccompanied-alien-children-in-january/
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:43 | 4887865 JuliaS
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Even though there are parallels between the bankruptcy USSR endured during its Afghan campaign and the situation happening in Iraq today, I'm still somehow not buying it - our sudden weakness. The reason I'm not buying it is because there has been no perceived scaling down in any of the Military Industrial Complex institutions. There's been no mass layoffs among the merc contractor firms. The arms manufacturers are having a field day. To me it seems as like an exact opposite to reduction in military spending is taking place.

There is a buildup. Much like there was a buildup in Germany prior to WW2. Gear being produced and put into storage in preparation for Blitzkrieg.

I find surprising the lack of defensive action taken by the US in Baghdad. Our world's biggest embassy, housing 55000 staff receives no reinforcements... could it be a setup for another Pearl Harbor? Have the staff been evacuated already, or are they going to serve as human sacrifices before the next grand invasion?

During WW2 we've sent bombing raids of 500 planes per day, against German and Japanese targets. All of the sudden we can't even spare a dozen drones to neutralize 10000 ISIS operatives, or their intended target, US puppet gone loose: Nouri al-Maliki? Something just doesn't smell right.

It looks like a defeat, yet doesn't feel like it.

Media is prepping us for war. War's good for the economy, remember?! War, war, war. Despite the lack of action or boots on the ground, the fearmongering is increasing. Where are we headed next? Who is our next big target?

I'm not too sure about Syria. It was always high on the priority list, but the last attempt at starting a war through chemical weapons accusations failed. The ISIS was trained almost exclusively for weakening Assad's rule, yet the campaign fell through. Now they're ravaging through Iraq. The situation appears to be out of control, yet willfully so. We are letting them do what they do. We are supplying them with tools and waiting... for what?

For them to blow up Baghdad, get rid of Maliki, bomb the mannequin staffuffed US fortress, in order to prompt nuclear retailation, starting in Baghdad and then, as if by accident ending in Syria and Iran? Is that the plan? Where will the next false flag commence and what excuse will it provide?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:44 | 4887913 COSMOS
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They can stack all they want not sure the American people will be marching in step with the big media and govt campaign.  People are getting fed up.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:49 | 4887930 JuliaS
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Sure hope so. But even if the public was against war, when did it ever matter? Obama has rock bottom ratings. He's still the president. The confidence in congress is low? They're still passing laws. Banks screwed us over? They still got the bailouts. If our opinions mattered, things would've been different long ago. There'd be no Vietnam to begin with and no subsequent wars.

American people don't matter. That's one thing I can say with confidence. What we think doesn't count... or to correct myself - it only counts when it fits the predetermined agenda.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:33 | 4887869 Dublinmick
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What if I told you No wind down here. Unfortunatley the average westerner is taught from grade school how Rome and the British empire fell. If you are raised up on FOX and CNN news it is easy to believe this, but nothing can be further from the truth.

https://sites.google.com/site/nocancerfoundation/eu

http://www.in5d.com/40-outrageous-facts-most-people-dont-know.html

https://dublinsmick.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/bush-rothschild-and-the-roc...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:35 | 4887880 orangegeek
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another end the petro dollar - fair enough

 

so what's going to replace it?

 

that's what I thought

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:27 | 4887925 noob
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the peg?
http://www.kitco.com/gold_currency/index.html?currency=no&timePeriod=1y&...

See, clearly the currencies are independent, yo   /sark

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:03 | 4888239 pakled
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That's the thing. This article is an articulate summary of the current situation. But there is a huge variable that is not mentioned. All these alt petro-dollar deals being made are dependent upon the alt petro-dollar currencies remaining stable enough to trade in... in the volumes required.

 

I don't know if they will hold up or not. But the US dollar has been referred to as the 'least sick patient in the hospital'. The US DOES nead to smarten up though, or we will find a way to give the store away. The arrogance must be stifled. Then maybe we can start to see things for how they are.

I think I'm going to see if there are any recent Jim Rickards interviews on this topic...

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:20 | 4888268 BlindMonkey
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"The US DOES nead to smarten up though, or we will find a way to give the store away. The arrogance must be stifled."

You are adorable when you have hope. Don't let the big bad world change you sweetie.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 02:49 | 4888429 pakled
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Ha ha ha. Does this look like a sweet face to you? [rhetorical]

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:52 | 4900297 BlindMonkey
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It will after I pinch your cheek to a nice blush. A little color goes a long way.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:36 | 4887885 My Days Are Get...
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At least, we have, for once, a clearly written article from Casey.

I can not disagree with these thoughts and do agree that there is little an ordinary person can do, other than remain vigilant and have a survival plan.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:40 | 4887896 litemine
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It would be an Eye opener to have been a fly on the wall during the deallings with Saudi Arabia.   Then the back door deals afterwards.  Just to see OZ who (was/is) behind the Curtain. Americans don't trust their Government, even Election results. The Government decided that the Rich including Bankers need to control most of the Wealth, giving the ELITE the ability to BUY and control MOAR, as the people suffer. The tricks used have now increased World Wide. I think nothing will stop the Cronies in Power but their Death. The Bailouts paid to Corporations came at a cost... which hasn't hit Yet. It's coming.   Or WAR where the Unemployed will have to Fight. Well......The fight is coming.......

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:44 | 4887900 screw face
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zero hedge USA, zero hedge USA, zero hedge USA

If you see a bright flash, don't look up.

Just keep your eyes on your stinking I-pad, what comes around goes around.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:43 | 4887905 kellycriterion
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People in the OPM biz have more in common with each other than they have with you. Crime Syndicate Feudalism has won the day. Think adapt.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:43 | 4887908 b_thunder
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before making bullfighting analogies, check rusian population 20 years ago, now, and projected popualtion 20 and 50 yearss from now.

also, make sure look closely what's taking place in and around china - the environment, the ageing of the population, the credit bubble, the conflicts with every neighbor (and soon with russia as well)

yes, USA is in pretty bad shape, but russia is literally DYING and china is about to face the music like japan did some 25 years ago, except chinqa is not nearly as "wealthy" and prepared as japan was.

have you thought that this whole thing that Putin started is to drum up nationalizm inside russia as the last resort to stay in power?  to keep people from rioting?  have you the fact that in last 2 years (before the "maidan") ukraine has already reduced purchases of russian nat gas by MORE that what china agreed to buy from the russian?  not to mention that china won't pay nearly as much as ukraine and it will cst tens of billions to build the pipeline to china?

The reson why russkies are stirring the pot is b/c in last 4 years their growth was near 0% (while inflation was raging) and whatever growth there may have been, that was stolen by oligarchs and moved promptly offshore.

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:51 | 4887934 COSMOS
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So like what you want to grow a population untill it covers every square inch of the petri dish like a mass of bacterial colonies.

Has it dawned on you that maybe there is so much unemployment in Europe and apts so expensive because there are too many Euros packed into the cities.

Maybe there needs to be a little contraction.  The Chinese saw their population going out of control and realized it would destroy their country, that is why they throttled it back.

Dont worry about the Russians, they will do quite fine with regards to their population.  They have nuclear weapons they dont need a 4 million man army and the huge expenses associated with it.  That is why they are moving to a smaller higher tech professional army.

Also steps have been taken to promote an easier family life.  They already have free child care and a safe place for parents to drop off their kids.  They dont have to go into medical debt if they have kids.  And Putin has made it more financially rewarding for those that have a family.  It takes time but steps have been taken and results will be seen in a few years.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:57 | 4888227 pakled
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Hello. Has anyone ever told you you look like Jack Burton's sister?

 

 

/just funin'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:03 | 4888791 gcjohns1971
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It doesn't work.

The incentives to reproduce are at odds with the rest of the social structure world wide.

World Wide elites are trying to use their puppet governments to mold society into a form most resembling a plantation.  In order to get people to accept the plantation life-style they must be induced to be child-like, irresponsible, and meek.  

They are induced to be child-like through cheap credit, bread, and circuses - those are the carrots.   The urban lifestyle in world cities is the epitome of this.

They are induced NOT TO BE self-reliant, prudent, and responsible by means of income redistribution via monetary policy and inflation - which hits those with capital resources of their own which becomes ever more expensive to maintain and benefits those with debts.  It is done with regulation to make the formation of a business that can deliver an income stream difficult or impossible.   It is done through taxation.  These are the sticks.

Why would irresponsible adult-sized children want the trouble of raising children of their own?

They don't.  They want to do the minimum time at work on the plantation, and then get to the bread and circuses.  The lifestyle is so restrictive most people aren't willing to add stress to their free time.  Thus the dropping birth rate.

It is not technology that has killed the birth rate.  It is the socialist plantation scheme that captured the hearts and minds of world elites in the progressive era.

Humanity will not finally die with a bang, but with a whimper.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:24 | 4888158 Dublinmick
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bthunder

Israel is dying also, the sperm count is nil. There will soon be no more Israelis

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:45 | 4887920 teslaberry
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what a played out cliche. 

 

how about manatees versus hippos. chew on that metaphor you fuckheads.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:12 | 4887991 rsnoble
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Who fucking knows what will happen.  The article explains what will happen if there is no war, natural disaster etc.

Life is certainly fragile.  Funny how some people act and plan like they will live forever.  

This is your life NOW.  Like some friends of mine that work construction all they talk about is how they are going to retire in 10yrs.  In the meantime they are miserable and are already broke down.  They were giving me shit and weren't too happy with me telling them a few things such as what are you going to do?  Retire and watch tv sitting on your 20' tall pile beer can throne and die 5 years later like a good portion of the rest of your  buddies who have already led the way?  Enjoy.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:47 | 4888085 syntaxterror
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Can you image that little prissy faggot losing a game of chess? All you would hear is hours and hours of pouting about being fair and being rayciss.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:57 | 4888229 AdvancingTime
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 Too many people it appears a struggle is occurring to unseat America as the words most dominate nation. Too many proud Americans who see the world from the unenlightened and possibly undefendable position the United States has a right to be in control it is both threatening and frustrating to see control slip away.

It is threatening to think the country might quickly fall to the position of a second rate power mired in debt with many of the options we have come to see as our right suddenly ripped away. It is frustrating that in many ways the country has become its own worse enemy guilty of political inaction and squandering its power through a series of bad choices and missteps. More on this shift in power and our best response in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2014/06/americas-struggle-to-stay-on-top....

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:16 | 4888262 Spungo
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Whoa, Russia actually did state that it will no longer accept dollars?  That's not good.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:28 | 4888280 teslaberry
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"But it will cease to be the world's empire. Much as the British Empire wound down as a result of the world wars, the US will be greatly diminished in power."

 

the whole fucking premise of the article that monetary wars won't result in actual wars is contradicted by the above line in the end of this article. 

 

and that's because the author is pointing out a bunch of stuff we already know but not making any real points . 

 

this article is shit shit shit shit shitty as shit. it's worse than shit. it's anal mucus after eating some bad food. 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:16 | 4888353 are we there yet
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All of our real problems are long term (since the 60's) dygenics. Too bad it is as politically incorrect as bad breath, but it still is stinkey true. The movie 'Idiotocracy' is true.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:44 | 4888380 Dublinmick
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"The East has more than enough consumers for it's own goods. When the time comes, just as Rome, the US will fall into the dark ages while the East enters a golden age."

 

Meanwhile Rome owns the London Corporation, the queen bows the the pope and the vatican owns bank of america and is the major stock holder in Beretta. It is the western mind that has fallen into the dark ages not Rome. The Jesuits are Israeli. FOX news and CNN are not something you wish to form your world view around.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 02:46 | 4888428 dag
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"The Chinese, for over 4000 years, have played the game of wéiqí."

"The Russians are perennial chess players."

"The US are attempting to win a chess game by playing checkers, and they will not succeed."

 

The writer is declaring the "winner" of board games too soon. 

 

Yes, the national game in China is wéiqí and is based on distracting "your opponent whilst you subtly surround him. Once he is enclosed, it's game over." 

Wéiqí  did not prevent the Hans (Chinese) from being "surrounded" by the Manchus who ruled for over 300 years.

Someone should tell the Chinese that military bases are currently being established all over Africa by the Americans, British, French, and Germans "surrounding" China's natural resource investments. (It was no accident that China was kicked out of Libya and Mali.)

Has wéiqí playing China noticed the "surrounding" by Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Japan, Australia, Philippines, Mongolia, etc., as "allies" of the US?

Ask the Chinese what they're doing with their massive mobilization in Xinjiang. A clever "distraction" created  by the US? 

Yes,  "Russians are perennial chess players" but the US also has chess players. Isn't Ukraine a nice gambit?

Obama may not know how to play chess, but it was reported that he plays bid whist.

Bid whist is a game of skills and strategy.  (The game of bridge came from whist). 

I'm not saying that Obama is a strategist, but he does follow orders well.

The name of the game is "who has the best support group" behind them.  Putin and Xi are in the same boat as Obama - they also follow orders.

Obama, Putin, and Xi are all playing (different) games.  Let's just kibitz and not call "winners" yet.

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:06 | 4888529 aardwolf
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"kibitz"? You sound jewish. The Jews are the most dangerous and intelligent race on planet earth. I respect them like I would respect a poisonous snake. I would keep my distance. They are a den of thieves intent on enslaving the Gentiles, and they mutilate their children's genitals to prove their belonging to the Tribe. A very dangerous people indeed. They are in full control of many countries around the world via the Media and banks like Goldman Sachs. The more Mossad False flags like 9/11 and Sandy Hook I see, the more I understand the motivations of the German people between 1939 and 1945. I do not condone it but my understanding grows every day and that I find very sad because I'm sure most Jewish people are like everyone else. However, I believe there are some Zionists in their midst that would be the first against the wall.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 03:07 | 4888438 Ghordius
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good article. that is, up to the point where it comes with this:

"And I believe the US will be kept alive by the victors. It will remain in business as a country and will serve the East, particularly as a consumer of Eastern-produced goods."

first, this "will be kept alive". as if the author was writing for children. of course neither Russia or China wishes the US to "die". just to give them a bit of "breathing space". which is nothing else than their own "spheres of influences", aka empires

second, "will serve the East". the correct term is not serving, it's trading with

third, the meme "the world needs the US as a consumer" is a FED/Petrodollar generated meme. eventually, credit dries up. which means that imports have to be matched by exports. some day

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:20 | 4888686 Uncle Remus
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as if the author was writing for children

He is.

 

No, I think "serve" works. "Trading" is a propaganda term. There's a new bwana in town.

 

The last thing the US needs to be is the world's "consumer", not only for the reasons you state (credit et al), but because it is used as a bludgeon by the US on the US. It's a cancer.

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 04:28 | 4888485 SMC
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Checkers appears to be far too advanced for the Obummer regime.

Perhaps the DC (District of Clowns) decision making process would be more accurately modeled as as an opponent playing Tic-Tac-Toe, unconcerned with anything but the immediate desired outcome, without considering collateral effects and with the limitation that they always have the first move.

That said, never - ever underestimate the treachery and rottenness of the beltway buffoons and their crony-capitalist masters. To succeed against them, a state actor must always ensure that the battle has been won before going to the battlefield.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:05 | 4888650 d edwards
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The rest of the world plays chess. The 0bamao regime plays with itself.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:03 | 4888588 Last of the Mid...
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So basically all oil sales are in dollars or we're going to send in the CIA to destabilize your government and install some puppet DICKtator. I have to say that's really working our well for the US. No wonder the people in these countries hate the site of us.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:06 | 4888653 gcjohns1971
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That sums it up.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:06 | 4888652 Chuck Knoblauch
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The elite don't need a country, only volatility to make a market for their investments.

There is nothing wrong with that, as long as there is balance.

Current economic inequality will continue, but not forever.

This of course leads to the volatility the elite need to make more money.

Most of you are pawns in the game.

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:07 | 4888737 gcjohns1971
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I have a problem with the article.

The author presents Weiki and Chess as cultured, deep, strategic, and indiciative of skill and intelligence.

The author presents checkers as low, simple, and direct.

These are cultural biases. 

I've been hearing all my life about how fat, uncultured, uneducated, and overall LOW Americans are... especially as compared to Europeans who are presented as universally, thin, cultured, good-looking, and sophisticated.

After three decades travelling the world and living for years in different countries, and living married life for a time in Europe, I have discovered that while the clothing styles and languages change, people are people everywhere.

Weiki, Chess, and Checkers are GAMES.  They survive as adult games because they offer challenges to the players.

Weiki and Checkers are both games of position.  In Weiki the player's strategy occurs through positioning his own pieces.  In Checkers the player's strategy emerges from influencing his opponent to position HIS pieces in such a way as will guarantee his loss.  In both games, everything seems part of the continuum of the game until the positions are set, and then the opponent collapses rapidly.

Chess, by way of contrast, is a strategy game based on action, reaction, and counter action.  As such the losing player tends to steadily weaken before losing.

The problem with all three countries mentioned in the Article - the US, Russia, and China is that they are all run by governments who function in EXACTLY the same way as the Mafia depicted in 'The Godfather'. 

Presuming one government to be better than the other is a function of the zeitgeist, rather than any characteristic of the government itself.

The Article is also deafening in its silence with regard to THE OTHER SUPERPOWER - Europe.  Since WWII Europe has been written off as at best the lovely bride or mistress of either the US or USSR - at worst a party favor to be passed around.  

Everyone is pretending that Europe is a jewel for their capture, largely devoid of its own volition.

From the viewpoint of the last 2500 years of history that viewpoint is crazy.  The post-WWII hiatus in European power has been the exception and not the rule.  Europe and her nations still have their schemes.  Europe still has power.

These defects in the article combine to form a very inaccurate picture of how this struggle for world power is developing.

The depiction of the US as a schoolyard bully is apt, but incomplete.  It is not the low simple nature of the US that drives US behavior.  It is the lowness, simplicity, stupidity and ultimately hubris of those chosen to lead it.

The US political elites are people whose main qualifications stem from their ivy league educations, and the social connections they gained in the course of that education.  They've annointed themselves as the 'Great Deciders' or 'Chosen Ones' who are so superior to everyone else that it is their 'White Man's Burden' to rectify the behaviors, views and policies of the rest of the country's population - and the rest of the world's population.

That worldview by the US political elites taken alone without reference to any other information about them tells one that they are dangerously arrogant and emotionally unbalanced.  Once you start examining their real qualifications and accomplishments they shrink before the eyes like raisins in the sun. 

These are not exceptionally intelligent people.  These are people who would never have gone to an ivy league school without the presence of a trust fund and high social connections.  They are simply megalomaniacs who are intellectually stunted by their privileged births, upbringing, and most of all by their own assumptions that they have nothing to learn from the rest of humanity.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:16 | 4889378 RabbitOne
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Few articles or ZH replies look the real possibilities for the end of the U.S. dominance in the Petro Dollar, Reserve Currency Status or Fractional Reserve Banking with its possible consequences on you and me.

There are so many big questions to be asked and answered. Will America come to the ‘Winter of Discontent” as it happened in Britain in the late 1970s? Will fiat currencies evolve to become a world currency? Will we soon see defaults in government bond markets? Will a massive currency devaluation of the dollar take place or will it be a gradual slide?

 However, through all of these economic threats, I think most about of what is going on the heads of current U.S. government leaders about their future disaster planning and how they may control you and me when the SHTF.

Will Obama expand gun control illegally after this next election so future riots need only minor riot control? Will all U.S. cash deposits be used in a Cyprus like bailout (as on the FDIC site) when the SHTF? These are just some of the questions?

What I want to see are the possibilities of what this new controlled state may look like beyond the SHFT and answers in preparing that are not “Buy Gold Bitches…Guns and Ammo Dude…PM’s are what its about…”.     

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