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Russia To Ban Several McDonalds Burgers Including Royal And Filet-O-Fish

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Think only the US can engage in the farce known as "sanctions" (why theater, because until Obama sanctions Gazprom, yeah right... crickets... it is nothing but populist theater)? Think again. Overnight Russia's consumer protection agency, filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court - which clearly has nothing to do with recent geopolitical bickering between the former Cold War enemies - seeking to ban some of McDonald's Corp's burgers along with its milk shakes and ice cream, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

The reason for the ban: as Reuters reports, a regional branch of the consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor asked the court to declare production and sales of some products illegal due to "inappropriate physical-chemical parameters."

The lawsuit's list of contested products named the fast-food chain's Royal Cheeseburger, Filet-o-Fish, Cheeseburger and Chicken Burger but not its Big Mac burger.

In other words as Gazprom is to Western sanctions of Russia, so the Big Mac is to Russian countersactions of the US. Impair Russian gas flows to Europe (something which Europe would clearly never allow but indulge us in a thought experiment), and Le Big Mac gets it. And yes, Russia is important to very important for MCD's whose recent earnings have already been disappointing even without having to worry about a Russian embargo: The fast-food company operates about 400 restaurants in Russia and sees the country as one of its top seven major markets outside the United States and Canada, according to its 2013 annual report.

More from Reuters:

McDonald's said in a statement it had not received any complaint from the agency and had no information about the lawsuit. It said its food was produced according to methods approved by Russian authorities.

 

The lawsuit comes three months after the fast-food chain decided to close its restaurants in Crimea, the Ukraine region whose annexation by Russia in March triggered U.S. and European sanctions. At the time, some Russian politicians called for all McDonald's outlets in Russia to be shut. The court will hold a preliminary hearing on Aug. 13 with the key hearing likely to be scheduled for September, she said.

Of course, with the US already sanctioning transactions in Kalashinkov, should Obama want to re-escalate however without going nuclear (or rather nat gas), he just may have to expand the diplomatic "prohibition" to other core Russian staples, such as vodka. It is unclear just which US fast food chain the Kremlin would then "retaliate" against...

 

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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:03 | 5002808 blabam
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This means war!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:05 | 5002813 negative rates
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Don't they know it's the fries that will kill ya, well that's what the Dr. says.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:08 | 5002818 GetZeeGold
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Banning the Royal? What a bunch of freakin Philistines!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002830 Headbanger
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Now it's the Ruskies protecting their precious bodily fluids from us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1KvgtEnABY

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:16 | 5002847 NoDebt
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One year from now the headline will read:  Russia reports dramatic drop in rates of obesity and diabetes as protesters demand full McDonalds menu back.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:00 | 5002982 Big Brother
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Now they just have to kick out Monsanto's GMO-midget wheat and they'll be on the track to overall good health.  What's the obesity rate of Russians anyway?  You'd think they'd burn a lot of energy just to keep warm.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:50 | 5004914 Funny Money
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The effects of the alcoholism keep their weight down.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:06 | 5002997 zuuma
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Ohh crap! Without pink slime & expired chicken supplements, Russian's bodies will change.

They'll lno longer need to play video games, watch TV, and do the knockout game.

How will they srvive?

 

Vodka sales might plummet, too.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:55 | 5003180 Freddie
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"A MF**ing Royal with Cheese (and wood pulp)!"

Racist and Obama supporter Samuel L Jackson from some Tarantino gore fest "movie" for the Weinstein brothers.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002828 thecoloredsky
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Cheeseburgers and circuses

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:15 | 5002852 abatis
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Duck Soup becomes reality:

They got guns,
We got guns,
All God's chillun got guns!
I'm gonna walk all over the battlefield,
'Cause all God's chillun got guns!

 

 

 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:20 | 5003053 f16hoser
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In other news; Russia's Obesity levels are set to decline in the very near future...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:22 | 5005080 ajax
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What this boycott means for The Big Mac Index is anybody's guess:

http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:06 | 5002815 oudinot
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ANYBODY WHO EATS MACDONALD'S SHIT IS CRAZY.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002832 tarsubil
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Hey, dogs eat their own vomit. Are dogs crazy?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:16 | 5002853 Smegley Wanxalot
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Vomit, or Alpo.  You tell me which is the better choice.  Dogs know first hand, and dogs are saner than your average human, by far. 

 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:09 | 5003014 RafterManFMJ
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Crazy or poor.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:14 | 5003259 lordylord
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"Crazy or poor."

More like dumb or lazy.  You can eat cheaper AND better by shopping smart and cooking yourself.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:10 | 5003019 Grumbleduke
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They do that only if there's something left to digest in the vomit.

So, yes - they are cleverer than the average exceptionalist.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:12 | 5003022 zuuma
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I've seen dogs eat turds, too.

That was point where I stopped letting them lick my face.

I could let the ball licking thing slide, but a mouth recently filled with shit was never meant to lick my face.

...But enough about Obummer's dating scenarios.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:06 | 5002816 Smegley Wanxalot
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At least I can get a 17 ounce soda in Moscow without the govt kicking my ass, unlike here in the land of the free.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:11 | 5002827 Jack Sheet
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with Rosneft fusel oil as a chaser.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:14 | 5002831 GetZeeGold
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At least I can get a 17 ounce soda 

 

Bloomberg is in Israel right now.....you will be dealt with harshly later....you will be made an example.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:26 | 5002877 Confused
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No shit......I thought you were kidding. This guy never ceases to amaze at what a fucking asshole he is. Wasn't he on some tropical island while NY was pounded with a giant snow storm? Fuck the plebs right? But he has no problem flying into a fucking "war zone" of the promised land?! What a fucking hack.  

 

http://time.com/3021425/michael-bloomberg-flying-to-israel-el-al/

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17 | 5002858 oudinot
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Your pancreas won't be happy!!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:10 | 5002822 observer007
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MH17:

Netherland wants to send military troops to east ukraine:

http://tersee.com/#!q=mh17&t=text

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17 | 5002857 FinalEvent
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No, parliament will decide sunday.

Sunday, because it's the 27th, Christine Lagarde told them.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:20 | 5003057 booboo
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Wait until them Ukrainian military missle units try and knock out the Netherlands Airforce, pigeons are way to dodgey for even the best SAM

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:10 | 5002824 Gringo Viejo
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What's not to like about irradiated fish?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:10 | 5002826 Hongcha
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They have gone too far this time.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:13 | 5002836 Urban Redneck
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The Russians could always send spetsnaz to extraordinarily render Hunter Biden to Russia for a show trial for providing aid and comfort to the Kiev junta... now that the US has once again taken short-sightedness to such an extreme that one must wonder if unforeseen consequences aren't actually intended consequences.

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140725/191243623/US-Attorneys-Say-Alleged-Abduc...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:13 | 5002839 Quinvarius
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The US should join the winning team for once and also ban these products until their chemical composition is more food like.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:14 | 5002842 petaloka
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Unhappy meal.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17 | 5002859 GetZeeGold
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There is no crying in baseball.....or McDonalds.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:15 | 5002844 Cognitive Dissonance
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So they don't have the Quarter Pounder either? It's called the Royal?

Next thing you know they'll be putting mayonnaise on their freedom fries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pkq_eBHXJ4

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:11 | 5003023 Yes_Questions
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Is there a sign in my front yard?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:14 | 5003030 Cacete de Ouro
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Royale with Cheese

http://youtu.be/08bzBAKCRlM

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:52 | 5003167 Seahorse
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:23 | 5002870 oudinot
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WELL BECAUSE EUROPE IS ON THE METRIC SYSTEM 'QUARTER POUNDER' MEANS NOTHING; 'A TENTH KILOER' DOESN'T HAVE THE SAME CATCHINESS.  THUS 'THE ROYAL'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:00 | 5002936 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yes, but look at the big brain on Brad who figured this all out on his own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrm-rPSCIBw

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:59 | 5002977 ajax
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...speaking of the Royale au fromage, have a look at the latest McDonalds billboards here in Switzerland:

http://www.tbwa.com/tbwa-zurich-royal-pleasures-for-mcdonalds

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:01 | 5002987 Cognitive Dissonance
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Tasteless advertising to compliment a tasteless burger.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:15 | 5003032 RafterManFMJ
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I'm curious why McDonalds even bothers to advertise. We get it by now - you manufacture pseudo-food at soylent green prices.

Everybody gets it; you see a McDonalds if you drive more than 100 yards in any direction.

They should reduce the ad budget to 0 and have all that cash drop right to the bottom line.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:18 | 5003276 Freddie
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It is not really a burger.  It is slime and wood pulp on a bun.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:07 | 5003004 11b40
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Wow!  They can get chilli on theirs!

We need to stand up and demand equal treatment with the Swiss.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:45 | 5003138 ajax
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not just chili, McDo serves wine and beer as well in its Swiss "restaurants" ...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:22 | 5004138 Seahorse
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Chateau Ronald

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:08 | 5003009 corsair
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They could have called it a Hundred Gramer. :)

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:14 | 5002845 digitalindustry
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lol this is one of the only times i totally disagree that this has anything to do with geopolitics.

 

i just think that guy finally got around to eating one of these things,

 

instant ban.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:16 | 5002855 youngman
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You will find that in Russia ..McDonalds is one of the cleanest and nicest restaurants in the city...they are always crrowded..they set a standard

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:25 | 5002873 Headbanger
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Yeah and you notice Snowden isn't in a hurry to get back to the good 'ol filty US of A!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:35 | 5002892 GetZeeGold
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Turns out Eric isn't looking to be Breibarted anytime soon.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:34 | 5002897 Racer
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Nice paintwork, shame about the fatty sawdust uh, food

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:20 | 5002856 medium giraffe
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Ronald McDonald international politics.  These international 'leaders' decend into the childishly absurd, and we're all stuck in the middle with our thumbs up our arses and brains in neutral.  And don't go kneejerk downvoting me because you think I'm 'Putin bashing' (which seems to be a crime here all of a sudden).  Although I am.  Not because I'm coming down on the side of the west, but because, yet again, we (humans) have surrendered our power to some egotistical power hungry child-men out to feather their own nests and make a show of caring for their country when they really don't give much of a shit.

We're seeing it for what it is now - immature, tit for tat, dick waving, Ronald McDonald politics.  Stop siding with the pea-brained retrograde dinosaur millionaires and we might start getting somewhere.  It's fucking pathetic now.  Pathetic.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:10 | 5003017 conscious being
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The audience is still finding their seats and you're already panning the show.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:15 | 5003033 corsair
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Actually, I see this more as scorn than as tit for tat.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:17 | 5002861 buzzsaw99
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they are doing it for the children [/owebomba]

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:35 | 5002896 ajax
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another take on "pink slime" McNuggets:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvq3Pf3j61c

 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:31 | 5002862 Lumberjack
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Pining for home comforts, Mark? Facebook boss visits McDonald's in Moscow as he meets with Russian prime minister

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2211028/Facebook-boss-Mark-Zucke...

 

Many tourists feel the need to enjoy home comforts even while travelling the world.

And apparently billionaires are no exception - Mark Zuckerberg has apparently been spotted visiting McDonald's while on a trip to Russia.

The Facebook CEO is in Moscow for a meeting with the country's prime minister Dmitry Medvedev in an attempt to boost his company's profile among Russia's 140million citizens.

Scroll down for video

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As Robin Williams said in the film 'Moscow on the Hudson", " Have a good McDay".

 

See clip at 1:32

http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/moscowonthehudson-trailer/105458

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:10 | 5003018 ajax
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Zuckerberg is a fucking disgrace

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:32 | 5003355 Bankster Kibble
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Putin can countersanction Facebook, but leave Starbucks alone!

/s

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:21 | 5002865 25or6to4
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So much for hamburger diplomacy.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:22 | 5002866 timeless21
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I guess some KGBs like to visit mcdonald, so they decided to keep some burgers still on.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:26 | 5002874 pathetic looser
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politics and more politics .  nobody gives a shit about public health . as long as you are able to work and die as soon as you retire its all good.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:12 | 5003025 conscious being
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I hear what you are saying, but make your own health.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:18 | 5003046 pathetic looser
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i'm trying , but who controls the food supply , water quality , pollution in my town ? i have no say in that!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:28 | 5002875 Chuck Knoblauch
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Putin targeted a weak swimmer.

There are many of them to target.

Starbucks next?

Any American retail chain is a target.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:28 | 5002878 yogibear
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All these sanctions will eventually hit the bottom lines on corporate balance sheets. It will hit them hard.

All the buying back of shares won't be effective.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:28 | 5002882 Chuck Knoblauch
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Update the algo for new threat variables.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:59 | 5002978 codecode
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at least they will have someone to blame...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:28 | 5002881 Dingleberry
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Hearing of the "Royal Cheeseburger" brings reminds me of Pulp Fiction.

Funniest movie ever made.

I suspect Putin is about to get medieval on some buttocks....with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.

 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:31 | 5002885 Chuck Knoblauch
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Maybe Putin is mocking the Queen's bi-sexuality?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:35 | 5002898 d edwards
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WTF is a Royal Cheeseburger?

 

I never go to McD's or eat that crap. It's Wendy's for me!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:53 | 5002958 Dingleberry
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Vincent Vega (a.k.a. "our man in Amsterdam"): "You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris?  Le Royale with Cheese".

Because of the metric system. I won't spoil the rest of the movie for anyone that hasn't seen that clip and what soon follows. Epic!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:08 | 5003007 NuckingFuts
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I don't see a sign that says "dead nigger storage, do you?"

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:15 | 5003034 conscious being
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Wendy's won't save you.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:59 | 5006685 IronForge
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It's not as tasty as a Kahuna Burger, though...

Those Kahuna Burgers make you thirsty...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:40 | 5002915 Canucklehead
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Putin is saying he no longer has a seat at the table. As he cannot play the game anymore, he will trivialize it.

This shows weakness on Putin's part. Russia's future within the geopolitical context is that of a hamburger. Russia is ready to be eaten.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:45 | 5002930 yogibear
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One cold winter coming. Barry and his staff want a war and a scapegoat. First an economic war.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:44 | 5002932 SidKhadak
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MH17 Chameleon: Operation Rapid Trident II

 

 

 

The announcement of U.S. BREEZE and RAPID TRIDENT II military maneuvers came on May 21, 2014 by Vice President Joe Biden’s office. Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is a newly-named director of the Ukrainian natural gas and oil company Burisma Holdings, Ltd., owned by Ihor Kolomoisky, the Ukrainian-Israeli mafia oligarch, who is known as the «Chameleon». Kolomoisky has raised his own mercenary army, complete with the BUK missiles allegedly used in the shootdown of MH-17. Kolomoisky, the Governor of Dnipropetrovsk oblast in eastern Ukraine, has threatened terrorist attacks against Russian-speaking officials in eastern Ukraine, including assassinations.


MH17 Chameleon: Operation Rapid Trident II
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:46 | 5002934 BiteMeBO
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Michele Obummer's Wookie prints are all over this.  

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:58 | 5002973 p00k1e
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'Go out and eat!  Eat a McMuffin."

 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:08 | 5003002 pupdog1
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If I were a yoga mat, I would be deeply offended by this statement...

 

"... a regional branch of the consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor asked the court to declare production and sales of some products illegal due to "inappropriate physical-chemical parameters." "

 


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:08 | 5003008 thurstjo63
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All this means is that Russia has finally discovered what many of us already knew. There is no meet or fish in their products.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:22 | 5003066 rsnoble
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I found the ultimate stoner hangout a few weeks ago when I went to an old hamburger stand.

Every combo comes with a free taco and crab rangoon.

Only problem is I don't smoke anymore but if I were young again I would love that place.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:52 | 5003164 world_debt_slave
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my problem is I'm old and still like to eat like a teen-ager, you know how that turns out

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:24 | 5003073 1stepcloser
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:33 | 5003098 SpanishGoop
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Really a cold or a lukewarm war , never got a Mac at a decent temperature.

 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:51 | 5003156 world_debt_slave
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vote with your feet

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:56 | 5003187 NoWayJose
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Interesting to let the Big Mac stay while banning cheeseburgers. The Big Mac is really two cheeseburgers squished together with some lettuce and sauce added. What is in the secret sauce that turns a Russian cheeseburger into 'healthy'?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:24 | 5003205 ToNYC
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It's an Enimence Front- It's a Put-On...Dress To Kill, the  Drinks flow, People forget.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u0GJdNu1Ds

Thank you,

Pete Townshend and The Who.

Sanction-Farce. Cui Sanctos? Holy crap.. an Agent of God decree? God is everywhere.

Trade is free market truth; denyers smoke and mirror their fail. Economic war cripples the producers everywhere while the policy-makers chill the uninformed to save their own jobs.

 

 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:15 | 5003262 roadhazard
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Putin ups Obama. Take That, 'merica.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:45 | 5003417 I Write Code
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Putin retaliates against Ronald McDonald - CLOWN WARS!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:47 | 5003428 sandhillexit
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Seemed appropriate to update this, posted on June 25, now that the next data points are in:  

" Just trying to recap the high points:

Chemical attack by indeterminate actor threatens to draw US into Syria hellhole, threatening Russia's only Medit. port access.

Putin forks BHO's bacon out of the fire by supervising chemical disarmament of Assad/Alewite govt & leading Iran nuclear disarmament talks in Geneva.  

Bandar flies to Moscow, threatens safety of Sochi Olympics if Putin doesn't take hands off KSA warplans.

Putin counters with an iron ring of Cossacks around the Olympic village.  

Nuland turns up the gas on  the Ukrainian pot to give Putin something to worry about closer to home, smooth the path to take advantage of a weaker Assad. Putin parries by scooping up Crimea. 

Bandar waits for the next international party to shift the Iranian warfront away from Putin's precious Medit. ports.  Assad thinks he has survived again, just barely.  However, next day, Israel finds a hole in the fence in the Golan Heights and starts bombing raids.  

Putin counters how?  (update: provides heavy anti-aircraft equipment to rebels in Eastern Ukraine, but withholds training.  Plausible-deniable mayhem ensues.  Or, plane is shot down by mystery fighter plane out of Kiev?  Azerbijian?  Dutch launch new windmill project.  Putin bans filet-of-fish sandwich).

Blitzkrieg I, nicely timed under cover of World Cup headlines, shifts the battleline between KingdomSA and Iran from Aleppo to Iraq-Highway1 give-or-take.  Iran counters,...how?  (update:  they are still thinking about it.  Persia hasn't been independent and wealthy for 5000 years by being hasty.)  Blitzkrieg II should really be Shiite uprisings in Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai.  So yeah, it's a bit dangerous up there on the high floors of Burq Khalifa (the Tall One).  It always starts near the tallest building.  (update:   Goldman issues a report listing the Shiite %ages of each oil sheikdom, just in case.)

The fountains there are really splendid though.

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

Is it really a surprise that Dollars (USD and CAD) are up? 

To be fair to WashDC, they are mostly bystanders in all this.  Like WileyCoyote the results of our aggressive spending/flailing on the world stage for ten years are just catching up.  We knew it was coming, just weren't sure how or where.  Worst part of it is that our bankers in Shanghai haven't weighed in yet.  Everyone knows we can't afford another round.  

(just want to say that if the govt. in Shanghai offers to accept beach front real estate in Calif. in lieu of payment for unfortunate war debts and WashDC starts confiscating our homes, we may respond a la Gaza.)   

The Saudis are quite ill-mannered, ruining two major sporting events in one year.  The idea of "Olympic peace" doesn't seem to translate into Najd dialect.  They never did like the Greeks.  Just ask the Palestinians about it.

Military curfew in the West Bank during World Cup seems pretty humorless as well. Maybe its too dangerous to have viewing parties when big stuff is going down.  (update: could it be any worse?  yeah)

It used to be that they just ruined everyone's August vacation by the sea.  

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:48 | 5003429 agstacks
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I'm lovin' it!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:09 | 5003510 22winmag
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Royal*e* bitchez!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:10 | 5003516 Circle of DNA
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There no food in "fast food". It should be illegal in all countries.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:16 | 5003537 Utah_Get_Me_2
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If it wasn't abundantly clear already, We have entered the twilight zone.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:03 | 5003773 Duude
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Now if only McDonalds had used innovation to create a tasty vodka shake, Russia would not even think about going after McDonalds out of fear of a backlash from Moscowvites.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:06 | 5003786 dogismycopilot
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there is a reason Russian women are hot - they don't have inappropriate physical-chemical relations within their food.

now, if you want to have a nice supply of Russian women to view inappropriate physical-physical relations then you need to make sure ALL the US fast food joints get thrown out of Russia. 

it's the borscht that makes them the way they are.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:53 | 5004000 screw face
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((((( Zero McDonalds in #Eritrea )))))

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:27 | 5006451 divingengineer
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They lost me for life with the rollout of Pink Slime and the McRib with the yoga mat chemical in it.

All that shit should be illegal.

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