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Europe Furious That Putin Dares To Retaliate To Sanctions, Blames Economic Slide On Kremlin

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Either Europe is run by a bunch of unelected idiots, or... well, that's about it.

After blindly doing the US' bidding over all propaganda matters Ukraine-related, and following just as blindly into round after round of US-inspired sanctions, sanctions to whose retaliation Europe would be on the frontline unlike the largely insulated US, Europe appears to be absolutely shocked and is apoplectic that after several rounds of sanction escalations, Russia finally unleashed its own round of sanctions and yesterday announced a 1 year ban on all European food imports, something which will further push Europe into a triple-dip recession as already hinted by Italy yesterday.

In fact, Europe is so stunned by this unexpected "politically-motivated" retaliation by Russia, it issued a press release.

Statement by Commission spokesman on the announcement of measures by the Russian Federation


The European Union regrets the announcement by the Russian Federation of measures which will target imports of food and agricultural products. This announcement is clearly politically motivated. The Commission will assess the measures in question as soon as we have more information as to their full content and extent. We underline that the European Union's restrictive measures are directly linked with the illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Ukraine. The European Union remains committed to de-escalating the situation in Ukraine. All should join in this effort. Following full assessment by the Commission of the Russian Federation's measures, we reserve the right to take action as appropriate.

Surely, Putin is waiting for the European Commission to also issue a #hashtag before he starts shaking in his boots.

For an indication of just how clueless Europe is, we also read that it is ready to appeal to the World Trade Organization to have the Russian agriculture import bans lifted, a European diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS.

“Politically motivated large-scale trade restrictions are a direct violation of WTO rules, which Russia pledged to comply with,” the diplomat said. “These measures will be thoroughly analyzed, and then relevant claims will be submitted with the WTO.”


The source added that the European Commission would start analyzing Russia’s ban on imports from EU states as soon as the official list of banned goods would be published.


The EU Council may convene an urgent meeting in connection with Russia's response to European sanctions.


It is early to say whether the EU will take measures in response to the Russian ban on imports of food products from Europe, source told.


“First, it is necessary to see and analyze the official list of product that Moscow intends to ban. After that, decisions will be made both at the European and the national level,” the source stressed.

The punchline: "The Russian ban on agricultural imports from the European Union is an “irresponsible measure” that can lead to losses of billions of euro for European as well as Russian consumers, the source told ITAR-TASS."

In other words, Europe actually thought it would keep escalating without Russia retaliation. If confused, see the first sentence of this article again.

In the meantime, Europe counter-retaliating to Russia's retaliation to European sanction aggression is sure to make the already bad trade war, worse. A trade war so bad in fact, that what snow was to Q1, "evil Putin" will be to Q3. From Bloomberg:

The crisis in eastern Europe is showing signs of disrupting Mario Draghi’s economic outlook.


Evidence is building that the conflict in Ukraine and European Union sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s Russia are undermining a euro-area recovery that the European Central Bank president already describes as weak. With the ECB expected to keep interest rates on hold near zero today and refrain from any new policy measures, Draghi is likely to face questions on how he plans to keep the economy on track.


The ECB may have few tools left to mitigate the impact of political turmoil that European companies from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI) to Siemens AG (SIE) say is hurting their business. A volley of measures introduced in June will take time to work, and policy makers have so far shied away from wheeling out a full-scale asset-purchase program.


“The euro-zone recovery is very fragile and the macro situation fluid,” said Andrew Bosomworth, managing director at Pacific Investment Management Co. in Munich. “Expect Draghi to elaborate on spillover risks from the Russia-Ukraine crisis.”

Ironic, because this is just as we said would happen when we predicted that Putin will soon become Draghi's best friend and as a result of Putin "aggression" Draghi will have "no choice" but to boost Europe's monetary insanity, which recently crossed into the NIRP twilight zone, even beyond the rabbit hole.

Finally, Bloomberg actually did touch correctly on what the recent trade war escalation is all about in "Russia Sanctions Accelerate Risk to Dollar Dominance."

U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia threaten to hasten a move away from the dollar that’s been stirring since the global financial crisis.


One place the shift has become evident is Hong Kong, where dollar selling has led the central bank to buy more than $9.5 billion since July 1 to prevent its currency from rallying as the sanctions stoked speculation of an influx of Russian cash. OAO MegaFon, Russia’s second-largest wireless operator, shifted some cash holdings into the city’s dollar. Trading of the Chinese yuan versus the Russian ruble rose to the highest on July 31 since the end of 2010, according to the Moscow Exchange.


While no one’s suggesting the dollar will lose its status as the main currency of business any time soon, its dominance is ebbing. The greenback’s share of global reserves has already shrunk to under 61 percent from more than 72 percent in 2001. The drumbeat has only gotten louder since the financial crisis in 2008, an event that began in the U.S. when subprime-mortgage loans soured, and the largest emerging-market nations including Russia have vowed to conduct more business in their currencies.

"No one is suggesting"? We are!

As for the propaganda landscape, the scene is already set:


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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:16 | 5058023 DavidC
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Victoria Nuland has a lot to answer for.


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:17 | 5058029 max2205
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I vote Idiots....

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:21 | 5058040 Save_America1st
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notice you don't see Germany or Merkel mentioned at all in this...

The NWO globalist puppets of the EU are just doing what they're told just like obama is and ganging up on Russia. 

I'd be willing to bet that Nigel Farage is on Russia's side in all of this.  He kicks ass. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:24 | 5058062 Haus-Targaryen
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How *SHOCKED* will the US and UK be when bullets start flying, and suddenly Germany is not so keen to fight the Russians again. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:32 | 5058078 MonsterBox
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If they still got gas, what are they bitch'n about? Vlad has them by the balls come winter.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:59 | 5058211 Clint Liquor
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My guess is; Come winter, Putin will decide Russia will only accept Rubles or Gold for Nat. Gas.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:01 | 5058228 Keyser
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And doubles the price of gas overnight, due to unforeseen cost increases related to foreign sanctions... 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:11 | 5058277 Latina Lover
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Blowbacks a bitch, Eurodopes.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:19 | 5058330 Publicus
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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:24 | 5058354 Mister Ponzi
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If Europe likes its dairy products, it can keep its dairy products.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:01 | 5058549 lordylord
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How to run a State and enforce control over a population 101:  Blame all your problems on a distant enemy

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:27 | 5058689 Occident Mortal
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Putin is going to keep this crisis bubbling along until November and then he's going to unveil a gigantic "routine pipeline maintenance program" which plunges Europe into the dark ages.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:41 | 5058778 smlbizman
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im pretty sure this is raysiss......but so good

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 00:01 | 5063375 Idaho potato head
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That is a beautiful thing. Thanks for posting.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:39 | 5058759 TahoeBilly2012
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Love the ROTCHILD headline "Inside the bulletproof bubble..." wishing just wishing for a chance to assisinate like Gaddafi and Hussein. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:24 | 5058682 MarsInScorpio
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Putin sees Ukraine slowly crumbling. He doesn't need to do anything but wait for its collapse - that's why no invasion.


The MH-17 murders by the Ukrainian AF was the last despaerate attempt to turn the world against Russia. It failed because the Internet won't allow the old media powers to control information as they used to do. We now know the airliner was shot down because the world can see for itself, and analyze, the .30mm holes that are the Death Hand on the western lies.


I look forward to the international blowback that occurs when this evidence is beyond denial. The only issue is will the other-than-US political establishments in the West have the courage to arrest, try, convict, and execute the murderers, and those in power who ordered the murders.


Prediction: There will come a day not too long after Obama leaves office that he will not be able to travel freely outside the US for fear of arrest - for this, and for the war crimes of his drone attacks. I look forward to the smuggled video of his hanging, and the body swinging beneath the scaffold.


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:32 | 5058729 Freddie
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The old media is not giving up with the lies.   I don't watch shit TV or Hollywood which is all full on propaganda by people like Nudelman.   Even Bloomberg's web site, which I rarely go to to, has evil Putin stories.   These people are evil dual citizen scum.

Putin can just watch the calendar.   As the end of August arrives we get closer to the fall and winter.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:25 | 5059006 TahoeBilly2012
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"by people like Nudelman..." go ahead and speak your mind brother, have no fear.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:51 | 5058815 bh2
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More likely the crazy Swedes will award him a second Nobel Prize for "Peace" and "progressives" will laud his enlightened political "accomplishments", lawless or not.

Like Blair and Clinton, he'll be perpetually enriched by frequent quarter-million-dollar fees for speaking a few minutes to private gatherings of the 1% rich and powerful oligarchs of the West.

In other words, life in this corrupt republic will go on even as it steadily declines into eventual chaos and dispair. After all, control fraud isn't a crime when conducted by (and to the benefit if) officials of the state and their cronies. Just business as usual.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:31 | 5059017 CheapBastard
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Bullies hate when their victims fight back. My guess is any well-read, educated EU citizen sees thru this and is weary of their brand of 'de-escalating' this conflict. After all, the Europeans would get the punch in the face being right next to their Russian neighbors.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:10 | 5058592 Omen IV
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"checkmate" is breaking the back of POLAND

with the thousands of Polish farmers realing from Meat, Vegitables and Fruit completely cut off -  worth over a Billion Euros  and moving permanently to Turkey - and Russia trade industry to follow into the abyss - the epicenter for launching into Ukraine with men and materials and as a training center as moves on the 80% dependence on Russian NG  - is also exploited

Polish military already in East Ukraine as the point of the NATO spear for US with potential  targeted heavy casualties could crater domestic Polish support for US strategy when it comes to Polish participation 

absolutely key!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:16 | 5058627 Sandmann
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Polish military must be an asset on someone's balance sheet.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:33 | 5058734 Freddie
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The poor Poles.  Played again by the dual citizens types like Soros.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:08 | 5059250 Kirk2NCC1701
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Acting like serfs is a tradition in Poland.  Many centuries of Church rule and Feudalism has bred them into hierarchical obedience.  They love to defend Oli's.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:17 | 5058624 Againstthelie
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Not at all!

What is the intention behind this all?

Keep the Russians out, the Germans down and USrael in!

The Euro was a problem and the axis of cooperation Paris-Berlin-Moscow was against the 200 year old doctrine to never allow continental Europe unite and always stir up problems.

Merkel is wearing the highest civilian medal of the Jewish state and she admitted even publicly the reason of the German state was to serve Israel.

Btw: rumors are that a big Jewish immigration of 200k-400k from Ukraine to Israel is planned - one Ukrainian crisis and so many advantages!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:34 | 5058349 philipat
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And Putin hasn't even really started yet. Apart from Energy initiatives, Russia has not yet stopped EU airlines from flying over Russsian airspace. To do so would force flights to North and East Asia to "Go the long way round", adding several hours to these flights and providing a very substantial cost advantage to Asian carriers.

Incidentally, whilst (Of course!!) there is nothing in the MSM, there are more and more anlyses coming out over how MH17 was shot down:

We are also getting no information about WHY the flight was diverted several hundred miles North of its regular flight path to take it directly over the combat zone. Or WHY Ukrainian Security saw it necessary to confiscate all the converations between MH17 and Kiev ATC?

But, hey, fortunately we have the UK doing the decoding of the Black Boxes so I'm sure we can trust the analysis.......;-)

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:35 | 5058416 HenryHall
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In the light of recent events I think it is more likely that, rather than ban foreign airlines over Russian airspace, RF will instead that all such airliners be GLONASS equipped.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:25 | 5058688 Keyser
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The western MSM are all complicit in the globalist's plan... I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for them to shine the light of truth on anything other than the agenda they have been told to adhere to... 


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:16 | 5058309 barre-de-rire
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be sure of it.

actually i love the apples retaliation & food stuff pologne france, as french i love what happen. this leeds to the final crush so long awaited.

and to finish, in later, falls, gaz business  in rubles only with definitivly crack the dollar & usa.

be sure of one thing, WW3 is in les than 1 year now. we have dates now.



Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:35 | 5058417 Winston Churchill
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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:18 | 5058643 barre-de-rire
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no, you know why ?  russian winters my friends... too cold, napoelon lost war because of that.


nobody will fight russia in russian land in winter.  falls : gaz price & payable in rubles only. serious issue in europ, then, europ may refuse to pay, crash in money system & economics, war preparation,

then after january- february when sun comes back with heat, shit start.


 i would like to add that, in france, for the 5 billion issue on S.G, kerviel was the scapegoat.  the russian boycot  just killed any chance of europ to get out of crisis ( even if they never been & cannot ) but medias are now in phase making a humanification of the responsible for the crushin economy = VLAD.


reality is 35 years of total economy carnage. when you are at the exploding point, if you can tell masses " hey , poutin's fault, not mine "

2 points : politics do not have to run like headless chiken while masses got spikes & forks chasing 'em, and they can take advanges of situation by piloting what is going on.


at this point we , the peole, of the world, whole world, usa, europ, everywhere, have 2 solutions.

1) close eyes, tighten jawbone, wait for silence to keep going.

2) get guns, kick .govs in the ass to remove 'em the fuck out of their seat.


tic...tac... bomb timer is triggered, we got 6 months.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:24 | 5058678 Winston Churchill
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They won't.

But their proxy junta in Kiev is failing fast.

War , albeit a phony war may come sooner than you think, with real hostilities

delayed to late spring next year.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:24 | 5058977 barre-de-rire
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coz of kiev failing, they must get another way to go... ( mh17 = fail, partially ).

i read couple of days ago EU removed under-the-table embargo to weapony for ukrain, kiev requested nuke status back, & usa said they would send some suppositories to kiev...

so, i expect kiev to mess even worst than a commercial flight.

as they already  launched 4 short ranged balistic missiles but the heads was empty or something not that serious & russia intercepted em, no media in the whole world but cnn  reported this.

i seriously think that usa/eu will push kiev to do more dirty jobs, in case of problem US/EU can delete evidences by shooting kiev themselves to make em mute.


imho, no more sanction for august, this month is now enough & time to digest. september will be definitivly crutial for the futur.

any movement before september will be clearly a war-willing** ( sry dunno how translate ) from  EU/US and that's not what they want to look like. they want to be punisher, & hate boomerang punished  feeling, ->lead to system crash,

this is the reel danger, to me.


i can be wrong but they know, i think, they cannot move over certain number of moves per turn until thruth comes to disturb plans.


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:05 | 5059661 Overfed
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I suspect that those missiles were launched just to see if the Russian anti-missile systems are any good. Evidently, they are.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:39 | 5058763 Bendromeda Strain
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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:21 | 5058652 Freddie
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Rocking Around The Christmas Tree.

I guess not so much when the gas pressure starts dropping.  The Europeans can wear more sweaters like Jimmy Carter did.

These evil stupid fux get angry when Putin acts like an adult to their acting like murdering and psychopathic children.   Putin makes them look like the evil fools that they are.


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:32 | 5058725 DeadFred
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Germany has storage capacity for ten weeks of natural gas. Most of the rest have less capacity. If you were an evil pariah with nuclear fire in your eyes when would you cut off the gas supplies? Plan accordingly.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:29 | 5058082 knukles
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Now that is alcoholic thinking.  Fuck it up and blame somebody else.
Somebody need their heads examined.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:12 | 5058602 Renewable Life
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What's absolutely unreal is, Putin warned these arrogant cocksuckers, every step of the way!!! He said from day 1, don't do it, it will come back to bight you!

He told them, the US was leading Europe down a path to despair, but the dumb POS just don't listen, AND what's even sweeter is, this doesn't hurt the Russian people an ioda!! Over the last 6 months, while dipshit in the WH was talking and golfing, Putin has been making billions of dollars of trade pacts and creating new economic infrastructure around the world, for this very moment!!

There are plenty of NEW agricultural markets and trade pacts he has opened up that will replace those overpriced, entitled EU and US producers!! From Iran to China, to India and Brazil, from South Africa to Southeast Asia, Russia has replaced whatever they needed and more, before they ever made this move yesterday!

Do you think the over leveraged US and EU producers have found new buyers to replace Russian demand??

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:19 | 5063902 August
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>>>(Putin) told them, the US was leading Europe down a path to despair, but the dumb POS just don't listen...

69 years of conditioning, based on real experience, is hard to escape.  The Europeans will ultimately cease being the house niggers on Uncle Sugar's plantation, but it will take a painful shock to make them see things as they now are, rather than as they once were.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:27 | 5058699 Keyser
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What you talking about? That's been the SOP of the US gubbamint for decades... 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:03 | 5059641 KnuckleDragger-X
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Politics and dogma have replaced reality but reality, like entropy always wins in the end.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:32 | 5058094 Dutti
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Next: A disgruntled Euro citizen shoots a high ranking Euro bureaucrat. Now the US can start WW3.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:38 | 5058111 SoilMyselfRotten
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The US is tyrying to play chess without a king.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:54 | 5058180 Buckaroo Banzai
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But we sure have a Queen!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:58 | 5058214 HardAssets
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But many of us are sick & tired of being pawns in their game

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:08 | 5058576 BlindMonkey
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:16 | 5058317 barre-de-rire
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you meant a queer ?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:12 | 5059267 Kirk2NCC1701
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Not the subtle one, are you?

That's right, attract shills to the site and have us smeared with labels, and the site marginalized.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:06 | 5059659 KnuckleDragger-X
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Welcome to the jungle...


Fri, 08/08/2014 - 00:36 | 5063515 Idaho potato head
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A spade after all, is a spade.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:56 | 5058195 Bindar Dundat
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NY --  last weekend: I saw a billboard saying "Our Vodka is so pure we even took  Russia out of it"

This shit is getting serious and has been planned for awhile.  

I am actually starting to like Putin..... does that sound like a backfire?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:58 | 5058858 Snoopy the Economist
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You are one of the few who get the real news. There are many more mindless sheep that believe MSM.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:06 | 5058903 WillyGroper
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Glad to do my part to help.

Bought a bottle of Stoly the other day to make cherry liqour & vanilla.


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:37 | 5058108 LawsofPhysics
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Indeed. The world finds itself once again in a state where the political puppets must find a way to hide the fraud committed by their masters. As usual, war is the prefered method.


Same as it ever was...

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:24 | 5058316 Winston Churchill
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Looks like its all building up to a September kick off judging by the

tempo of the propaganda.

How convenient that NATO is holding those joint excercises in Ukraine then.

The mother of all false flags is fast approaching.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:37 | 5058422 LawsofPhysics
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Meh,  I have left Texas to meet with my trade partners in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad to the old folks) many times.  Good people.  I don't think anyone, on either side, believes any of this shit, or is willing to die, or send their children to die, for the oligarchs anymore.  Like all the other "solutions" in the west, and the E.Z. in particular, I think there will be lots of jawboning and an "official" story about everything, all the while the situation on the ground will be very different.  The Russians have lived like this for many years already.

Like I have been saying, get long black markets and sharecropping.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:11 | 5058605 Winston Churchill
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From my own informal poll in europe I totally agree LoP.

I'm just stating what I believe is the US's PTB plan.

MH17 is starting to backfire on them, so I wonder what else they have up their sleeve.

It will have to be a humdinger whatever it is , and very soon.

Enjoy St.Petersburg, I always did.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:12 | 5058612 Sandmann
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MH-17 will be mysteronised and flown by Captain Black

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:12 | 5058611 BlindMonkey
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I speak to Russians nearly daily on Skype conferences. I am convinced they don't see a need or want war with anybody. They are in a happy groove with their economy and building lives and livelihoods.

Too bad the Russians don't have a say in this. If the US wants a war bad enough they will just start bombing shit somewhere and get the ball rolling that way.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:14 | 5058620 Sandmann
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You will be Marked by Microsoft and Nailed by the out for Boston Brakes

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:35 | 5058726 HardAssets
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Former Asst Sec of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, - Paul Craig Roberts on this subject (notable article - first time I've ever seen him actually write the term 'dumbshit' - it's in reference to western European 'leadership'):



Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:48 | 5058808 Freddie
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I doubt any Germans will fight.  Their kids have died for centuries fighting for the elites and noble familes/banksters.  American kids have been slaughtered for nothing since The Civil War.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:40 | 5059087 CheapBastard
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I'm not sure any of the EU countries can afford to send troops anywhere too far. Their own streets are a war zone at night due to the massive influx of war-torn MENA people who riot just abut every third night in cities like Paris. Most of Paris is now untouchable...very damgerous as is Geneva at night.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:13 | 5059692 KnuckleDragger-X
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"Like I have been saying, get long black markets and sharecropping."


This is what I've been planning for awhile now, I can get you a nice price on beans and cornbread...

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:38 | 5063914 August
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>>>I don't think anyone, on either side, believes any of this shit, or is willing to die, or send their children to die, for the oligarchs anymore.

I hope, and think, that you're right.  Paul Craig Roberts expects WW3 it seems, but I suspect that a good, old-fashioned cold war of a few decades duration may be just what the Amurican MIC ordered.  Any actual combat will be reserved for Ukrainians... unless a player gets out of control.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:24 | 5058043 Headbanger
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Shouldn't the face on Newsweak be a lot darker and have really big ears?

And with a golf green reflecting in the glasses?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:32 | 5058097 GetZeeGold
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With long robes and the sunlight shining down, surrounded by adoring Guatemalan and Nicaraguan children all bowing down and worshiping him?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:56 | 5058198 tbone654
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So few realize that Putin is really the one who acts like the "grown-up" in all of this...  Serious question...  What is the true land of religeous freedom?  Clue: it's not the U.S.  Next Question... Who's more communist, U.S. or Russia ?  Clue:  In Russia, Communist candidates received 17% of vote... In U.S. Communist President received 50% of of the vote...

Putin is doing the heavy lifting...  Keep these rules in mind... Nothing is perfect, and the concensus is never right...

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:16 | 5059737 KnuckleDragger-X
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Putin is putting his country first instead of bowing before the internationalists. This regressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:08 | 5058263 whirling tword ...
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Nah, the reflection in the glasses should have a shirtless putin sweaty and making grunting noises.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:08 | 5058266 herbivore
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Sounds like a job for Banzai

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:52 | 5058172 holgerdanske
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and I agree, idiots the whole bunch. Chief amongst them Obama. That Europe didn't tell the American government to go take a hike, can only be atributed to what the NSA must have on the individual politicians.

One way to fighting. Except Putin is too clever for the heavy handed American behaviour.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:57 | 5058179 HardAssets
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I vote . . . 'blackmailed by various intel agencies'


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:38 | 5059089 kchrisc
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With respect, but pols and crats are never idiots no matter their IQ. They take and execute their orders and then collect their lucre. Pretty smart if you ask me.


"It all pomp and luxury until someone gets guillotined."

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:31 | 5058091 stant
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The money bunny on cnbc just said bacon prices are going down because of more production lol. Not because Putin banned Canadian exports.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:39 | 5058121 Bindar Dundat
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AT LAST!!!  I would make a little bacon with that tight ass too!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:50 | 5058164 stant
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16 boeings are also on discount now that Putin canceled the order, now that's some cooked smoke bacon Mack daddy

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:20 | 5058329 COSMOS
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:09 | 5058559 cowdiddly
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Who will the sanctions affect most? You decide.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:45 | 5058795 Anarchy 99
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nice link

Designed to compete internationally with its An-158Embraer and Bombardier counterparts, the Superjet 100 claims substantially lower operating costs, at a lower purchase price of $35 million.

The final assembly of the Superjet 100 is done by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association. Its SaM-146 engines are designed and produced by the French-Russian PowerJet joint venture and the aircraft is marketed internationally by the Italian-Russian SuperJet International joint venture

russian, italian, french all working together, who is the US fooling?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:43 | 5059114 kchrisc
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Who needs the Israeli and Rothschild controlled West for that matter?!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:03 | 5058235 my_nym
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Lol.  Who is going to make them answer?  People aware of long term cycles could lay the foundation of a Pentagon sixty years to the day before another fabrication of a prelude to a pretext to one of their wars was needed and no one would notice, at this point.  Or at that point, in the past.  Moses Hess already predicted the alchemical transformation of Communism into Zionism.... and here we are.  How did he do that?  

Victoria Nuland has been incorporated in the usual networks of Zion* within the Empire, so how or who do you think is going to make them answer?  Have the dumb goyim made them answer for anything that they've done in the past?  For the goyim it's all reparations and affirmative action need to be taken.  For the monetizers of the slaves and the empire builders within the various empires, there is no call for any affirmative action to be taken. Who is going to make them answer?  A military man like another Hitler?  A loser.  Anti-semitic fascist street thugs?  More losers.  That went well.    


*In its September 2000 report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses, PNAC anticipates that U.S. forces must become “able to rapidly deploy and win multiple simultaneous large-scale wars.” This requires a profound transformation, including a new military corps, the “U.S. Space Forces”, to control both space and cyberspace, and the development of “a new family of nuclear weapons designed to address new sets of military requirements.” Unfortunately, according to the authors of the report, “the process of transformation […] is likely to be a long one, absent of some catastrophic and catalyzing event— like a new Pearl Harbor.” [202] There is, again, the reference to Pearl Harbor as a politically strategic event. Neither the members of PNAC nor Brzezinski can ignore that the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, which generated public support in favor of the war and led the Congress to grant President Roosevelt full military power, had been not only foreseen with precision, but deliberately provoked by Washington, while the command of the Hawaii military base had been kept in the dark. Twelve days before Pearl Harbor, the Defense Secretary Henry Stimson summarized a conversation with Roosevelt in his diary: “ The question was ‘how should we maneuver [the Japanese] into firing the first shot” (Robert Stinnett, Day of Deceit , 2000). [203] For all intended readers of PNAC’s literature, “Pearl Harbor” is a codeword for “fabricated pretext.”

Guyénot, Laurent (2013-12-22). JFK-9/11: 50 Years of Deep State  

Meet Neocon “Doughnut Dolly” Victoria Nuland


Victoria Nuland’s family ties: The Permanent Government in action


That's the thing with the goyim. They tend to be in and out of power.  Or destabilized through immigration and new voting blocs forming, whereas the Tribe Inc. that recommends open borders and disarming them ("Mr. and Mrs. America, turn in your guns."  Feistein) tends to maintain power in the Empire permanently.  At least, until those rather "apocalyptic"/revelatory days when they cannot.  Then they tend to move to another Empire to try again.  Not that most of them even know what they're doing or how they're incorporated in an occulted egregore. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:01 | 5058553 Anarchy 99
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well written  +1000

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:04 | 5059228 gallistic
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I wonder how many people noticed that Kimberly Kagan (yeah, those Kagans) is head cheese at the "Institute for the Study of War"?

They are funded by Raytheon, General Dynamics, L3, DynCorp, and other MIC types.

The Tylers put a lot of faith in their "analysis" and frequently post articles using their graphics.

Know your sources.



Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:29 | 5058715 tempo
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O says American people want him to act. That's allows O to define who are the "American People" and what "acts" they want. This will lead to a dictatorship w/o constitutional protection and attorneys judges and jails used to eliminate any and all protests. Its very dangerous and the democrats seem to like it as long as it benefits their interests.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:12 | 5058929 doctor10
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typical pack of liberal idiots-unable or unwilling to acknowledge their own repsonsibility for their own mess.


Even my hounds know better-

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:17 | 5058024 JPMorgan
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HA! you reap what you sow.

Poke the bear and you just might get bitch slapped back.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:19 | 5058036 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Oh, my, something's burning in Kiev again.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:51 | 5058167 IridiumRebel
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...and Mr. Obama gets to eat a banana for his birthday!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:43 | 5058469 Latina Lover
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I didn't know that Reggie Love is visiting Obama....

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:53 | 5058171 Victor999
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It smells like Nazi officials.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:22 | 5058046 yogibear
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Exactly! Their about to get clawed.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:04 | 5058115 ebworthen
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"They're", as in "they are"- but you are otherwise absolutely correct.

"Cut off your nose to spite your face" comes to mind with Europe.

They're living high in the clouds (Aristophanes's).

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:55 | 5058190 SofaPapa
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This is a question of propaganda.  Over the coming weeks, we will find out how many believe that Ukraine's problems were initiated by the Russians versus how many believe that Russia has acted only in response to a hostile takeover of a neighboring government by western backed forces, and is now again only responding to offensive sanctions by the US/EU.

Two key items are:

1) When the separatists took control of Crimea and of Donetsk and other eastern power centers, basically no blood was spilled.  The population of the areas didn't exactly jump out into the streets to eject them. There were articles at the time, actually, pointing out that life went on pretty much as normal outside of the actual government buildings.  The blood started flowing when Kiev started lobbing shells into population centers.  That is hardly the story the west wants to tell, though, so it's ignored.

2) Why did Kiev block the ATC tapes for MH17?  They clearly don't want what actually happened on that plane to get out.  Not an innocent gesture.

Overall, what is the US interest?  Joe Biden's interest I can see loud and clear.  Our national interest, not at all.

The arrogance and hubris of western leadership at this point is off the charts.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:11 | 5058284 HardAssets
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Arrogance and hubris . . . . . but also just plain ole' criminality. That's 'our government' today.

The term 'RICO' definitely applies - Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:16 | 5058025 Catullus
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OH NO! Food prices in europe may drop now! What will europeans do not paying out the ass for food?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:29 | 5058087 Azannoth
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Doubt that, very much. Eurpe has been an expert at keeping prices high (in all areas) they will burn the food if need be before they let the prices adjust.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:37 | 5058109 firstdivision
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If they don't the plebs may well figure out that open economic trade only benifits the few at the cost of many.  Cannot have that now, can we

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:45 | 5058148 NoWayJose
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Lower food prices help unleash Draghi's Demon - something hated even more than Putin - Deflation!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:40 | 5058448 cowdiddly
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Well yes, I hope you like it cold. But look on the bright side you can drive a nail with a frozen banana.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:30 | 5058723 Kirk2NCC1701
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Europe,  have no fear.  GMO is here.

Bullish for Monsanto. Euro-bitchez.


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:16 | 5058026 negative rates
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As long as London has something to blame, all will be right with the world.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:19 | 5058028 MFL5591
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And what was Putin to do?  Just take it like all the pansies of the world have over the past 50 years? 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:54 | 5058515 Eyeroller
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That's exactly what he was supposed to do.  

This magazine cover is no different than how anyone in the US who criticizes Barry gets labeled as a racist. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:17 | 5058030 falak pema
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Looks like Mutti and the EU commission don't have a common vision of what to do with Putin's strategy as response to US strategy.

Uncomfortable to be sitting between two stools. Only for fools. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:33 | 5058732 Kirk2NCC1701
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"Torn between two lovers, feeling like a fool, loving both of you is breaking all the rules..."

Old song.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:52 | 5059995 Zwelgje
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Mutti is irrelevant. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:29 | 5058033 Smegley Wanxalot
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How dare Putin not capitulate!  Dammit!


But as obama said that "Russia doesn't make anything" I am at a loss to see how it can have an effect on all those productive EUSSR countries and their wildly expanding centrally planned economies.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:21 | 5058339 HardAssets
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Putin cannot capitulate.

He sees that the neocons are trying to destroy him and Russia.

At minimum, they want to start up another Cold War.  Its a nice diversion. It would feed the war industry; the only industry America seems to be good at today.  But in the thermonuclear age, that's a very dangerous game to play. Black swan events can be fatal.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:21 | 5058041 yogibear
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Putin raised the penalties against the EU Goldman soldier,  Mario Draghi.

Russia's Putin decided he didn't want to play Goldman's/Federal Reserve bankster games so now they gang up on him.



Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:35 | 5058357 Urban Redneck
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Who's the Eurotrash quota monkey/campaign donor/inbred relative of SuperMario who didn't see the irony in:

“Politically motivated large-scale trade restrictions are a direct violation of WTO rules, which [the EU] pledged to comply with,” the diplomat said. “These measures will be thoroughly analyzed, and then relevant claims will be submitted with the WTO.”

(Russia already mentioned WTO submitting a WTO claim)

Medvedev told a law conference in Russia’s northern city of Saint Petersburg on Friday that Russia has sent a “communiqué” to the organization declaring that the United States “politically motivated” sanctions in response to the integration of Crimea into Russia and the developments in Ukraine are “illegal” under the WTO regulations.

“Such sanctions violate WTO rules, including the most favored nation status, as they show discrimination to service providers and suppliers from another country and violate restrictions of the second article of the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services,” Medvedev said.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:20 | 5058042 AdvancingTime
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 Nightmarish World War II memories linger in Moscow, Ukrainian neo-fascists were among those who seized control in the new government in Kiev yet the U.S. rushed to give its blessing to what the Kremlin later described as a "coup d'etat". Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, reflected these worries when he voiced "most serious concern" over Ukraine in phone calls to the French, German and Polish foreign ministers. The EU, knowing this was what Washington wanted did nothing.

Regardless of who shot down the plane the Russians are furious at what they see happening in Ukraine. Don't hold your breath for Putin to back-off or back-down, he has put down his marker and is now playing both Obama and Kerry for fools in a contest that cost Russia little. It is likely that if If Putin doesn't get Eastern Ukraine next week he will next month or next year at the latest. More on this subject in the article below.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:54 | 5058521 Eyeroller
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Puzzled as to what Putin is waiting for...

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:27 | 5058704 Bollixed
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Probably just waiting for more rope to appear for the West to have enough to hang itself. Putin may be a lot of things, but his pinnicle of experience wasn't being a community organizer...

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:22 | 5058044 Day_Of_The_Tentacle
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All according to Bogeyman-Scapegoat Plan - it is getting embarrasingly clear. I wonder if they really truly believe that people will not notice. What I am curious about is how they will spin back the "pariah" to being oh an so good friend, once the economy post delevering crash and Bogeyman-Scapegoat Plan conclusion will require resumption of trade with Russia.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:35 | 5058088 NotApplicable
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Politicos worldwide breath a heavy sigh of relief, escaping blame yet again. As for the future, I'd guess that the NWO will be ushered in by the winning rational actors in this drama, while the losers will enjoy a nice cup of STFU, as demonstrated by the previous two world wars.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:43 | 5058047 NoWayJose
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Europe - ya ain't seen nuttin' yet - better get ready for some natty gas price increases or 'temporary disruptions'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:22 | 5058048 orangegeek
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and now we have the excuse for the first leg down in the markets - markets were heading this way regardless, but MSM needs a fabrication to write about it - looks like Putin is the fall guy


damn, and I thought China or France insolvency would be the excuses (not that there's anything wrong with that)


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:22 | 5058049 Rootin' for Putin
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Interesting how everyone says this "committed to de-escalating the situation in Ukraine. All should join in this effort." And yet no one actually does anything

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:28 | 5058081 Sudden Debt
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a Typical European actionplan.

wait a bit longer... maybe the rest will do our work for us... wait for it... wait for it... fuck this... let's wait untill next month.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:22 | 5058050 Dr. Engali
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No nails can stand above another in the NWO. Any nail that does must be hammered into place.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:23 | 5058052 huggy_in_london
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Ohhh excellent... i look forward to a glut of cheap EU grown food sending prices in the supermarket lower!!

Thanks European Commission!!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:23 | 5058053 plongka10
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From the UK telegraph:

"Janusz Piechocinski, Poland's deputy prime minister and economy minister, warned: "We are close to a war which has never been in Europe before. This is a trade war. Both sides will suffer losses."

His comment came as Rheinmetall, the German maker of auto parts and defence technology, warned it would cut it full-year targets after the German government blocked a major contract with Russia to build a combat training centre.

James Ashley, Chief European Economist, and Timo del Carpio, European Economist, at RBC Capital Markets said in a note: "For the larger EU economies – Germany included – the costs are bearable; for some of the smaller EU economies the pain will be more acute."

Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb said the indirect impact of the sanctions could be significant for the eurozone nation, adding: "This has the potential - and I stress potential - to become economic crisis 2.0." "

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:33 | 5058731 Omen IV
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poland IS FUCKED big time - they will not stand the test of time!

there will be so much unemployment they will be able to change a lightbulb with ten people

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:23 | 5058056 buzzsaw99
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without globalism europe is fucked

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:24 | 5058057 gcjohns1971
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Newsweeek.  Seriously?

It is a progressive rag worth considerably less than the paper it consumes.

The National Enquirer has more credibility.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:31 | 5058375 Renfield
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Heh. I remember all the handwringing when Newsweak ended their print edition. The only time I noticed them was when they finally 'died', but in the New Normal, here they are still walking around as a zombie. Fuck Newsweak, and send them back to the obscurity that all propaganda deserves. Let them continue preaching to their 6 regular readers.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:24 | 5058060 vyeung
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these criminals eurocrats are promoting such horse shit its not even funny anymore. The EU is farked and it isn't Russia's fault. Blaming it on them is like little children. People, look at the pathetic arseholes that are in power. Total loosers and criminals.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:27 | 5058061 A82EBA
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Odd: If the S&P drops 960 from here, it will be at 960..(2009 pre-QE support)

and today is the 7th

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:36 | 5058063 NoWayJose
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On Ransquawk - Ukraine National Security guy resigns (Parubi). It looks like the West has found out who really gave the order on MH17 and wants a little distance before releasing hard evidence.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:25 | 5058065 yogibear
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Russia can just turn the screws on Europe and drastically raise prices, winter is coming. What timing.

Watch Europe start screaming when that happens. Looks like Obama is about to lose some allies.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:05 | 5059652 JohninMK
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I doubt Putin will do anything on that Gas Contract. He has been making the point for years that Russia is a reliable partner. Keeping that contract as it is will be important in confirming that. He also wants to keep South Stream under construction.

Putin is reacting to EUSA sanctions on the few in Russia by hitting the many in the EU. The many are voters who are likely to see through this charade as the screw tightens.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:25 | 5058066 ziggy59
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Typical; EU plays the Victim Card...US does same ...

Bunch of lying, sick hypocrits...

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:09 | 5058587 Anarchy 99
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they are experts at this (6mil?)

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:26 | 5058069 Dr. Engali
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Maybe the EU should tell Zero to shove his little crusade.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:25 | 5058070 blabam
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No war with Russia.... but the bankstas now have someone to blame for when it goes tits up. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:27 | 5058071 blackbeardz
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USSA - better get ready for 2008 all over again, we'll go the way europe goes.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:26 | 5058072 LoneStarHog
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And...then there is this posted by a freelance journalist:


Russia really CAN make things difficult

I wondered how Russia could possibly enforce economic sanctions that would actually hurt, and got a good laugh when I saw one method: All Russia has to do is deny overflying of airspace for Asia/Pacific routes, and it will cost European airlines over a billion USD per month. If at the same time Russia allows Asian air carriers full access, by default European airlines will be put out of business in huge portions of the world, and Russia's allies will be GREATLY helped.

That gave me a good chuckle, yes, geography alone will allow Russia, which is the world's largest nation geographically, to totally hammer issues home . . . . . no more trans polar routes or other routes that use the curvature of the earth to gain advantage . . . . unless you are a friend.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:26 | 5058073 SoDamnMad
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Russia needs to take a lesson from the USSA and package all it's food in different size packaging to mask the inflation that has hit and will really slam them as soon as the sanctions take effect.  The extra 3% tax to be applied regionally is also goign to go over like a wet fart in church.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:43 | 5058137 schatzi
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Smaller packaging for the same price has been part of the global processed food industry for at least 25 years. Nothing new. How to push margins with stagnant top line growth. If that fails to get your targeted margin, you can always fire some workers. Once you've done that, you start buying back shares and cash in on your options package. The blueprint for every successful CEO.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:26 | 5058074 the not so migh...
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I am sure Putin will drop sanctions when Obunghole drops his sanctions

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:27 | 5058075 Two dogs
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Anyone make anything shorting airlines yesterday?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:27 | 5058076 Sudden Debt
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Are they actually that stupid to believe that a country that is on a militairy side 10 times stronger than europe wouldn't do anything?

man O man... and what will happen when they keep pushing him and they send armed forces?

America won't step in.

We don't have a army.

What? But equippement for 500 billion and hope the guys who'll have to operate it know what they're doing?


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:20 | 5058334 agent default
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America wouldn't step in even if it had an army.  Like fuck the US will get 60M of its own population killed instantly over some shit in Europe. 

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:40 | 5058452 Sudden Debt
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that Obama started...


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:27 | 5058077 yogibear
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LOL, Putin not playing the Goldman/bankster game.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:41 | 5058080 jay28elle
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