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Bulgaria Halts South Stream Pipeline Again As NATO F-15s, Troops Arrive

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As we detailed previously, Bulgaria had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, whose construction has stoked tensions between the West and Moscow as it enabled gas supply to bypass troubled Ukraine (thus squeezing the desparate economy back into Russia's hands). In early June, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski ordered an initial halt (after Europe offered the nation's suddenly collapsing banking system a lifeline). This time, Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project as it does not meet the requirements of the European Commission. Of course, we assume this decision (to halt a 2nd time) is entirely independent of NATO's deployment of 12 F-15s and 180 troops to Bulgaria's  Graf Ignatievo Air Base.


As RT reports, all operations on Russia’s Gazprom-led project South Stream have been suspended, as they do not meet the requirements of the European Commission, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Economy and Energy said on its website.

“Minister of Economy and Energy Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project,” the ministry said. This specifically means entering into new contracts.


There has been mounting pressure from the EU to put the project on hold, and now the European Commission will be consulted each step of the way to make sure it complies with EU law.


European 'anti-monopoly' laws prohibits the same company to both own and operate the pipeline. However, Gazprom and Bulgaria had previously struck a bilateral agreement regarding that aspect of the project.




Bulgaria is the first country traversed by the pipeline on land, after a section that runs beneath the Black Sea from Russia.

Wondering what the catalyst for this sudden decision might be???

Troops and fighter aircraft from the 493rd Fighter Squadron have been sent to Bulgaria as tensions in Eastern Europe continue to run high.





A dozen F-15s and approximately 180 personnel from the 493rd, based at RAF Lakenheath, England, have deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Base to participate in a two-week bilateral training exercise with the Bulgarian air force, Pentagon spokesmen Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday.


The exercise began Monday and will continue through Sept. 1.


The purpose of the deployment is to “conduct training and focus on maintain joint readiness while building interoperability,” Warren said.


The move comes at a time when America’s Eastern European partners and allies are concerned about Russian military intervention in Ukraine. There are fears that Moscow might try to destabilize other countries in the region.


“This is a reflection of our steadfast commitment to enhancing regional security,” Warren said about the exercise.

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How will Putin react one wonders?


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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:34 | 5111181 y3maxx
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...NATO(USSA) sends F15s to stop south pipeline which guarantees the start of WW3.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:34 | 5111186 VATICANT
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You bet your sweet ass it does

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:48 | 5111255 knukles
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How will Putin react?
Invade and Occupy Helsinki... Finland is not a NATO member, BTW.

That or just cut the fucking gas off.

Who the fuck cares?  Putin holds all the millions of cubic meters

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:03 | 5111324 kaiserhoff
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Halted?  It's August in Europe.  Every damn thing is halted except drinking and fucking and trying to get a little sunshine to help you survive the winter.

Le Carre on weather along the Rhine - "Sometimes the fog is colder.  They call that winter.  Sometimes the fog is warmer.  They call that summer."

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:22 | 5111915 Pure Evil
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Not to worry. Global Warming and Al Gore will keep everyone warm and cozy through the coming winter months.


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:43 | 5112017 sushi
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They can always burn F-15s to stay warm.


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:48 | 5112863 RafterManFMJ
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Dear Russia.

Fuck Europe. Begin MOAR pipelines to China, and India.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:09 | 5112948 nidaar
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When the winter comes
And EU starts farting ice
We'll see about pipeline halt
Nevertheless I'm going galt

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:49 | 5113320 Oracle 911
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No NATO invasion there. Move along.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:15 | 5112154 angel_of_joy
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Yeah, Bulgarians don't need any Russian gas, they'll syphon those F-15s first. Only problem I see is that Bulgaria gets 90% of its gas from Russia. But I'm sure they will build some LNG terminals, just in case some of that American shipped gas makes it into the Black Sea...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:13 | 5113179 Kirk2NCC1701
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Most of it goes through Old Yugoslavia (South Slavs), and might therefore be nicknames YugoStream.

Or, in light of the NATO kibosh, be called NoGoStream.  /s

p.s. This move was predictable, but it truly exposes the massive (wide and deep) scale that the US and its NATO flunkies will go to, to rule the world.  If they were to route it via Greece, the same thing would happen:  NATO and GS.  The US is FORCING a long, cold winter onto the Europeans, and if I were a European, I'd be MASSIVELY PISSED at both the EU Ploticians and the US Regime.  So much, so that I'd boycott EVERYTHING American.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:42 | 5111638 Malachi Constant
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Turning off Russian gas is the outcome that the US is after, so it is not very likely at this stage.

Just to clarify: the US started the whole color revolution franchise with the goal of gaining control of European gas supply. Their current priority is to prevent Russia and Europe from making any kind of a viable alliance.

As for Bulgaria - NSA must have collected enough unpleasant info on European "leaders" that they are so eager to make suicidal decisions.

Do American taxpayers realize that they already are in the real, active world war, - from which they stand to gain nothing, as usual?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:49 | 5111695 ZerOhead
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Do the Europeans realize that their leaders have just handed the Ukrainian Nazis (and Biden Jr.) control over their energy future?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:01 | 5111801 palmereldritch
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The NATO leaders could use some colorful nicknames like "Fat Tony" or "Jimmy Two Times"

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:02 | 5112092 Freddie
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Yup.  The USSA and Soros plus Biden's kid wanted in on the skim.  The Europeans will be paying extra.   The corruption is mind boggling.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 01:19 | 5113134 Aussie V
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No, I think you are wrong on one point. The US stands to gain a LOT through a European War involving Russia.

The Russian view is, that the US gained it's World Number One status because of WW2 and, they believe the only way to keep it is, through WW3 which, if they can swing it right, will be between Russia and the rest of Europe.

The US believe they can wipe their debt off via a war and once again be the last Nation standing with Europe and Russia in ruins.

That is the plan anyway!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 00:04 | 5136150 Malachi Constant
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You are perfectly right, except in one point: it's taxpayers, not tax absorbers, who lose wars. QED.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:50 | 5111786 JuliaS
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In WW2 the oil rich West opposed Germany and Japan on the grounds that they were industrially superior during the coal era - had world's best factories and rapid high volume transportation via the railroad networks. Combine that with access to oil and the 2 countries would've ruled the world for the next 100 years, completely displacing Britain and US as the centers of commerce.

There was one chance to put oil have-not's into a stranglehold, turning technological superiority into a fuel-starved disadvantage.

What's happening today is that Russia, possessing no technological superiority, has the oportunity of putting the entire Western Europe into a similar stranglehold, shifting the balance of power away from the petrodollar. And since US and Japan are pretty much intertwined through bonds and trade deals, it would also amount to marginalizing Japan.

This is a reason for war alright. WW1 and WW2 ocurred at the points where access to fossil fuel was ready to make or break nations. We're in the exact same situation yet again. Pipelines could potentially redraw borders. A war is already on the way. Alliances are formed. We're just waiting for the Archduke Nukem moment.

Who are the Axis and who are the Allies? They're the BRIC's vs. those shitting them.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:32 | 5112560 conscious being
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Great post except for the bit about Russians don't have superior technology. In some cases, they do. For example, they shut down the targeting systems on the first Ageis destroyer sent into the Black Sea in response to Ukraine tensions. They also lift all of NASAs heavier junk.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:55 | 5113281 Bioscale
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Very good point.

These are the known unknowns. But there are the unknown unknowns which russians are going to reveal when the time comes.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:28 | 5111939 Kirk2NCC1701
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A significant part of Intended Consequences is to...

- Place Russian gas and pipeline companies into tougher financial positions.

- Place Putin in an ever tougher position domestically

- Keep moving NATO troops ever closer to Russia, and encircle from all sides (like a Python)

This TOTALLY reminds me of the dirty tricks that the cocksucker Roosevelt pulled, in the years prior to Pearl Harbor:  Deliberate, Sustained and Escalating Economic and Political Provocations and Sanctions -- all designed to FORCE A MASSIVE ATTACK by the opponent.  Its purpose is the classic Sucker Punch, to mobilize Domestic Approval for War.  Pure and simple.

Some FAQs:  What can Russia and the BRICS do, to play a DIFFERENT GAME, and to put the sand into the gears of their opponent's economy?  Would things like Ebola, regional wars (in ME or Gulf) put enough pressure in oil supplies, and whom would it hurt more: the Chinese or Americans? 

So many variables, so many pieces and timeliness, such a large symphony to conduct in a very time-sensitive manner.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:52 | 5112879 RafterManFMJ
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I agree 100%. 

The only problem is, sometimes the attack you precipitate turns into a TKO.  EMP, anyone?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:53 | 5115022 CPAHb GOSPODNYA

Unfortunately it looks like things have become a little bit more complicated and messier. Iran wants to sell gas to Europe.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:45 | 5111240 Majestic12
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I'm sorry, "folks", but NATO and its poster boy, Antlers Fogg RatsAssMutton, is just a bunch of satanic, sick fucks....they are kiling children around the world like a full court press....this isn't collateral damage, when the collateral is the target....just who the frick are the "terrorists"?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:03 | 5111330 Escrava Isaura
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Who cares about Europe.

The future 'demand' is in Asia.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:34 | 5111183 VATICANT
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So they're halting for two weeks? Putin no reaction really. Or are they trying to halt for ever and ever? Because then Putin's going to be PISSED

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:41 | 5111214 El Vaquero
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Pissed?   All he has to do is lure Count Chocula and "Yats" in Ukraine to shut off Russian gas supplies to Europe as part of their boneheaded sanctions against Russia.  It will hurt Russian revenues pretty bad, but all that they would need to do is sit back and survive while pointing the finger at Ukraine.  Russia would then have a free hand to do whatever the fuck it wants after people start getting cold.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:57 | 5111302 The_Prisoner
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Looks like the Nazis are invading Eastern Europe again. So it looks like Russia will have to stop them, again.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:12 | 5111416 BlindMonkey
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Thank god for the Russians they have a leader that appreciates Russian nationalism rather than fears it. The Russian body count will be viewed as a bug rather than a feature this time.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:40 | 5111594 The_Prisoner
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Make no mistake, it will once again cost Russia dearly in blood and treasure. But, once again, they will prevail agains the forces of nihilism.

"Also set in historical precedent is US collaboration with fascists. Far from limited to sponsorship of Pinochet-style military governments in Latin America, it’s worth recalling that Wall Street actively financed Adolf Hitler’s rise to Weltmacht. And so today the ultra-nationalists of Ukraine enjoy Washington’s tacit support as they drive to ethnically cleanse the country’s south and east of Russians and attain a pyrrhic victory for their ideology"

"Behind inane sloganeering on freedom, democracy and human rights lies a relentless desire to destroy. Sovereignty must be ended, sex and the family distorted unto grotesquery, and God usurped by Mammon. The nation – the great extended family – must be annihilated. What the Brave New World needs are neither Russians nor Ukrainians, but demographic biomass engineered for exploitation."


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:48 | 5111691 BlindMonkey
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Jesus Christ.  Aren't we cheery?


Fuck man.  The doom porn just keeps getting more and more apocalyptic.  Every week brings a new point where I think we can't sink deeper.  I have been very wrong 3 weeks running.  I am going to buy and store 2 more 5ths of Blue Label for this.  When I break them out, you should know this will be the band balefully striking up for the last time on the deck before breaking in two and sinking, implacably beneath the waves.  

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:49 | 5111696 BlindMonkey
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Cheerz!  Bitchez.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:07 | 5111832 The_Prisoner
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No one can escape the war, because the war is inside each of us.

So just put your "house" in order.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:35 | 5112573 conscious being
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Nice and true Prisoner.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:52 | 5111722 ZerOhead
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10 bonus points for "Count Chocula"...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:45 | 5111235 Bankster Kibble
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Agreed, let's see if Bulgaria changes its mind again after the jets go home.  September.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:40 | 5112585 conscious being
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Agreed again. As pointed out up thread - Everyone in Europe is on vacation in August. Nothing was going to happen in August anyhow.

This is how the ants try to stay alive when the elephants are getting readyto fight.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:36 | 5111190 Let them eat iPads
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How will Pootin react?


With one of his patented Derek Zoolander faces, no doubt.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:46 | 5111248 Majestic12
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good one...;)

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:47 | 5111251 ThirdWorldDude
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One would be an idiot to not believe Gazpromia already has a plan B for 'South Stream' and that plan puts Bulgaria in company of Ukraine.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:41 | 5111634 The_Prisoner
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He doesn't need to react. He can win by doing nothing. Europe needs the energy more than Russia needs the cash.

That's why the west keeps trying to prod him into reaction.


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:37 | 5111194 Fuku Ben
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Black Knight takes White Pawn

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:19 | 5112174 813kml
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White King takes Mulatto Queen.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:53 | 5112889 RafterManFMJ
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Yeti steals Reggie's brown Slim Jim.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:40 | 5111205 MKD
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nothing new.

bulgarians are like a sunflower, wherever the sun is,is where they they drink with you and tomorrow they are your enemy.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:48 | 5111256 Majestic12
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...or should meet my Reptile friends....

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:10 | 5111398 WhyWait
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Bulgaria gave the Nazi's a really hard time.  They have a proud history of fighting for their independence and resisting foreign domination, and they made their own way within the Soviet block.  They are only now discovering how profoundly they sold (or were stripped of) their sovereignty when they joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.  Very sad.  

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:00 | 5112084 StormShadow
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Bulgaria MUST be demonized at some point. After all they are the main supplier of US bound AK variants (damn fine ones at that) now that Saiga/Izhmash/Molot/Tula are out of the picture. Who knows maybe Poland will get painted black eventually, too, completely ending AK importation into the US (China was taken out long ago). All part of Holder's plan...back door 2nd Amendment infringement.

And all while CIA funnels AKs n ammo to ISIS....Murrika!!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:41 | 5111211 logicalman
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Anyone who is unable to discearn a pattern here, is being willfully blind or has a room temperature (ºC) IQ.


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:57 | 5111296 trulz4lulz
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<Average Americans comments on Ukraine>

(Uniformed) "Ukraine? Will it keep me from going through the drive-thru? No? Dont care?"

(College Educated and Informed response) "Ukraine?!?! Whatever it is, Im sure Obombya will out class, whats his name? Putin? Yeah, thats his name, Putin, what a stupid name. What were you talking about? Oh yeah, just bomb them, problem solved. Fuck Russia."

(Highly Informed Voter) "Fuck Vladamir Putin, if he would have staying out of The Ukraine during the olympics and allowed the Western Ukrainians to form a peacful Government none of this would have happened. Instead he annexed Crimea, launched an invasion into Western Ukraine and is funding the rebels. We should bomb Iraq and show him who the boss is around there."

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:07 | 5111357 Escrava Isaura
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Where do you fit in your list?

And, once at it, where do most Hedgers fit in your list?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:28 | 5111549 trulz4lulz
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Im part of the American populace that has no voice. 

"What the FUCK was Noodles and Obombya thinking?! Staging a coup and backing Zio-Nazis with 5Billion USD in aide and Blackwater/XI/ or whatever they're called now?! Not to mention propping up a government that is using heavy military equiment on mostly lightly armed civilians. And Crimea? You mena, The Peoples Autonomous Republic of Crimea? Well, they have as much right to self determination as Western Ukrainians, or anyone else as that matters? What do you mena RUssia sent troops there? Russia has staged troops/navy there for 5 centuries, why would that change now? Oh the just shot down MH17 with a MiG......" and on and on and on and on and on and on with my governments (USSA) lies. How do they even keep them straight at this juncture?


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:58 | 5111771 Escrava Isaura
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Tell us something that we don't know!

Do you know how your nation was built?

Do you know why your nation had the world largest middleclass?

Can you tell us what come next?

The link below might shed some light in how to be part of a populace with a voice:

Good luck.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:18 | 5112753 trulz4lulz
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@Escrava Isaura
To address your reply:
Im coming here for satire and gallows humor, Im not here to convince anyone fo anything. Too little, too late in my opinion.

Yes. War.

Yes. War.

Yes. War.

That youtube video is too long (Plus he wont tell me anything I dont know). Id rather finish this bottle of Willett and get high. 


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00 | 5113036 oudinot
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Russia in Crimea for 5 centuries.


Crimea finally became Russian territory in 1786  -that was 328 years ago, not five centuries.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:30 | 5113909 trulz4lulz
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Youre correct! Thanks, Ill change my comment to reflect the correction.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:41 | 5118579 Rabbitnexus
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Hopefully Hedgers are informed enough not to waste their time voting in a broken system where all you in effect do is select between two flavours of crap sandwich. Will that be white bread or wholemeal with that crap sandwich sir?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:34 | 5111581 shovelhead
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That's a damn cold room.

A Freezing IQ...Speaking of which...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:43 | 5111222 tradingdaze
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I'll be cancelling my trip to Germany next winter. Could be chilly.

I usually go to my timeshare in Gaza but.....

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:44 | 5111233 Spitzer
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Sorry to be off topic but can someone make a chart ? Take out all the stocks that comprise the buyback index out of the S & P , then price it in gold.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:47 | 5111254 smacker
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" [South Stream] enabled gas supply to bypass troubled Ukraine (thus squeezing the desparate economy back into Russia's hands)."

I'm not sure this is Russia's objective for Ukie. Maybe.

Nevertheless, Bulgaria looks to be backing the wrong dog in this fight. The EU is a dead man walking.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:04 | 5112099 StormShadow
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Russia doesn't care if gas goes through one pipeline or another, or even at all. They win regardless. What's it matter anyway? Europe's gotta have natgas n it can only come from one place.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:48 | 5111258 Mercuryquicksilver
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People die so Joe Biden's son gets richer.

Bush's daughters have their water, Biden's son has his methane.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:49 | 5111265 trulz4lulz
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Hunter Biden will save you all! He fracks, he delivers, he Hunts. Hunter Biden for a Brighter Future and an even Hotter Tomorrow.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:49 | 5111268 Quinvarius
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Pipeline off?  Well, it looks like the East Ukraine is about to invade the West Ukraine.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:40 | 5113274 Zwelgje
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So no need anymore for South Stream, if true. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:50 | 5111273 solgundy
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no problem...the US can ship tons of LNG to the 2020......or is the shale revolution over by then????

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:53 | 5111284 roadhazard
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So the pipeline has been halted since early June. So, no the  f15's have nothing to do with the stoppage. I'm sure the pipeline could not be used this winter anyway. Saber rattling.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:49 | 5112634 conscious being
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Bulgaria struggles to please several masters.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:55 | 5111293 morning
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All of you are complicating the issue. Indian Su-33's got a 9:1 kll ratio on a drill vs F15's. Do the curve... do the curve.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:05 | 5111341 Volkodav
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Please provide link.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:19 | 5111475 BlindMonkey
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Here. It is old and the Americans freaked and have updated tactics. We will see (maybe) if it was enough.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:19 | 5111477 Canucklehead
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A feature of American Joint Exercises is that everyone gets bragging rights. There was a time when a Chinese Sub surfaced near an American Aircraft Carrier.

The unanswered question is how things would go in a real fracas.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:38 | 5112280 Freddie
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The F-16 is probably the best fighter followed by the F-15.  The F-35 is total junk and the F-22 is only marginally better.    Pierre Sprey and the two colonels quit on the F-15 and built the cheaper and better F-16.

Sprey says the F-35 is garbage and the F-22 is only slighty better as mentioned above.

America's military hardware is designed to make money for MIC.  Much of it is junk.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:52 | 5112651 conscious being
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Speaking of junk, I see we bought the super-hyped ironDome from the israelis, after we already gave them the prototype.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:56 | 5111294 Bernanke'sDaddy
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Say what you will about their politics and banking system, but the Bulgarians make some damn fine AKs.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:57 | 5112673 conscious being
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The only problem with their banking system is that they threatened not to play ball with the anglo-zino axis. Then they started having problems.

Another example of tbe coersive power of the Petro$ and why it must go go go.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:00 | 5111313 IronForge
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So, the USA just "invaded" Bulgaria; and took over their Govt via bullying.

Gee, that was done quickly!


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:01 | 5111316 limacon
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Same old war . Same old luck
See about what happened a century ago.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:05 | 5111340 emersonreturn
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if NATO wants europe to freeze this year, perhaps putin or gazprom will focus on china and india and supplying SE asia until europe has a change of heart.  (from china's incursion into india both may be gearing up and in need of increased fuel.)  i'm not sure what influence austria has within NATO but they have signed a deal with it worth less than most paper?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:22 | 5111495 BlindMonkey
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Here is a kick in the ass idea: they can finalize the pipeline through North Korea to South Korea. Then, Kim Jung can bleed off some gas and turn a couple of light bulbs on in that god forsaken hell hole.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:36 | 5112821 Ides of November
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Austria don't have any influence in NATO.


Simples. Austria ARE NOT in NATO.

If they had any sense, Turkey, Bulgaria & Hungary would be resigning from NATO in September/ October.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:12 | 5113257 Jano
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Only Jews and bankers have the say, concerning NATO.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:08 | 5111368 kchrisc
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Israel had ZATO send F-15s to Bulgaria to stop Russia's end-run around their basket case Ukraine.

Israel will get their pipeline no matter how many goy freeze to death or need fed to slaughter.

A non dual-citizen American.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:11 | 5111401 Atomizer
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Would this have anything to do with the Saudi Prince carjacking? Documents that is? Money was just a bonus prize, IMHO. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:23 | 5111512 BlindMonkey
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Very randy of you to think that was a black op. Sexy snatch operation. Keiser Soza kind of shit there.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:15 | 5111423 carlnpa
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If Putin really wanted to put the screw to EU he would false flag the Ukraine pipeline.


Take out a number of pumping stations and make sure it is clear Ukraine did it, maybe he could even get Ukraine to do it to pin the blame on Russia.


The possiblities here are amusing, all resulting in a fucked EU, they are all playing with fire.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:59 | 5112683 conscious being
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Shhhhh! You're jumping the gun.

Its not cold enough yet.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:15 | 5111442 Amish Hacker
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Does anyone still pretend that NATO is not the same thing as the US?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:02 | 5112695 conscious being
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Pretend, no. The US doesn't run NATO. The Bankster Zionists do. Hence ZATO is a better, descriptive moniker.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:17 | 5111458 teslaberry
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france is the only country to have ever LEFT nato membership . 


they recently rejoined of course after a few decades. and they still sold amphibious attack ships to france afterwards. how ...french. 


it would be a real coup to the u.s. if bulgaria were to suddly grow some balls and drop nato like a bitch. there might be a 'popular' 'democracy' revolution there if that were to happen. what a shame. it's our oil, fuck putin! huzzah huzzah!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:19 | 5111476 Laughing Sawfish
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Hope they can get the job done with the troops they have because they aren't getting any of the boys in my family. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:25 | 5111530 BlindMonkey
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That is why they are going full roman model and bringing in the illegals to fight for them. You don't need to worry about the boys.

Overseas at least.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:46 | 5112033 Laughing Sawfish
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Oh, I worry about the boys plenty.  Looks like plenty of fighting coming right here at home!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:21 | 5111492 ramacers
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hey vlad. keep tweakin' those nuke algos. they comin' fer ya.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:27 | 5111540 alexcojones
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Maybe the EU can heat their homes using the flames

From F-15s

Fucking dimshits

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:42 | 5111633 BlindMonkey
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I am all pro-Russian in this Ukie Nazi business.  I have a Russian fiancee.  I dig the culture and all of that.


I will remind all of you that the F-15 is one of the planes that has never been downed by enemy aircraft.  (1 friendly fire shootdown, 1 AA and 1 SAM shootdown)  It is a very capable aircraft piloted by very well trained crews.  Nobody should think the F-15s are pushovers.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:08 | 5111837 Rootin' for Putin
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And what have they ever gone up against?  The wikipedia wasnt helpful in that reguard.


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:54 | 5112890 Wahooo
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Against saddam's air corps?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:21 | 5113263 Victor999
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They have never been downed because they have never been up against anyone with a bonafide air force and defensive missiles.  They fly on reputation only.  America's military forces are built on manufactured reputation - it is of great benefit to them if everyone believes America's forces are not capable of defeat or even being seriously challenged.   Problem is that America has begun believing its own press.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:42 | 5111640 trulz4lulz
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LOL! Talk about the Law of Diminishing Returns! 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:31 | 5111566 Billy Shears
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That Putin, he is one kool kat! Just waiting for the "perfect" time to turn that gas tap to the off position! Europe is in for the shock of its life and they have no right to Russian gas and I'm sure the Russians can find other takers for their production. Pesonally, I would demand only Gold or Silver for my natural resources.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:17 | 5111705 rwe2late
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 If the alleged legal problem with the EU is a prohibition against one company owning both gas and pipeline,

why is that a problem for Russia to circumvent?

Cannot a dummy corporation be set up?

Could not Russia assume ownership or even nationalize either the gas or the pipelines?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:08 | 5113254 Jano
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The EU says, that the provider of the pipeline has to allow averybody else to use it, and pay for transport.

I don´t get it, why the Gasprom does not accept this. It would bring the adidtional revelu. They would still control the pipe.

But why should Russia play to EU tune?

Fuc* the EU, as American/Polish Jewess said.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:56 | 5111706 socalbeach
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Per Putin's Q&A with the Russian people, Russia gets $28 billion from gas revenue but $191-194 billion from oil revenue.  So I wonder if part of the "Western" strategy isn't to send the European (and world) economy into a depression, reduce demand for oil, and conseequently crash oil prices. That would have a much bigger effect on Russia than the loss of some natural gas revenue obviously.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:01 | 5111792 emersonreturn
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ah, the old shooting onself in the head, yes, i can see the logic appealing to ussa's mic as well as to nato...israel of course can make money both ways...and noble energy (oxymoron name) must be making headway with their oil play.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:04 | 5111806 emersonreturn
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sorry...double post.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:30 | 5112206 bid the soldier...
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I wonder if part of the "Western" strategy isn't to send the European (and world) economy into a depression, reduce demand for oil, and conseequently crash oil prices. 

They did that in 2008 and oil prices jumped around that year (up to $145 in the summer) and, after the shorts drove it down to $40, have settled around $100  barrel ever since, give or take. 

(And aren't we still in that recession - depression?)

I am the looney who thinks there is much less oil available than is commonly believed, so that even though a depression would cut into consumption of crude, demand would still remain high as all the nations who don't have adequate reserves will be filling all their available salt caverns and maybe a few swimming pools too.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:03 | 5113284 Bioscale
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US can't crash the oil price. US needs high oil price, otherwise all those shale oil investments would prove unprofitable.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:11 | 5111858 Rootin' for Putin
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Every day this goes on, you know what Putin does first thing in the morning?
He crosses one more day off the calendar that is pleasant outside and gets closer to that page that says first day of winter.
i don't always fuck with global cabals, but when i do, i win.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:34 | 5111982 Kirk2NCC1701
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I worry more about those NATO forces stopping in on the ISP provider where the ZH servers are located (in Sofia).

Tyler, hope you have a Plan B (backup), for when ZH need to Bug Out of Sofia.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:37 | 5111993 Paracelsus
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Things were fine before the Sochi Olympics.

Then everything went apeshit in the Ukraine.Very suspicious timing.

I feel this is wrong to keep putting these troops in harms way until someone gets killed(or SAM'd or sunk).

USS Stark (Exocet or Harpoon fired by Iraqi aircraft).

USS Cole (bombed in harbour,Aden).

Over 240 Marines in Beirut (Truck bomb,Hezbollah,using explosive gas captured from Shah of Iran's arsenal).

Mogadishu,Somalia (helicopters brought down with RPG's fitted with proximity fuses,rescue mission by land ambushed).

The whole concept of NATO needs to be rethought.

It was an Intruder from Aviano airbase in Italy (a NATO base) that clipped a cable car wire with its tail during joyriding in the Alps.Sixty dead tourists and the Italian gov't was not happy at all.

NATO is an antiquated alliance system designed to promote US influence,and limit the arms race between European states.

This bureaucracy is an enormous waste of cash which could be much better used elsewhere.

NATO's performance in the war in Bosnia was not so hot.

Sometimes taking 15 hours to get permission from the UN to hit one tank or other target. The primary mission seems to have been preventing weapons shipments being flown in.This resulted in the US having some diplomatic control over the Bosnian Gov't but that is about all.Didn't stop the slaughter of civilians on the ground.

Okay,I get it.The world is a dangerous place.But can we please stop putting these troops out there with a big target on them.

This new agenda of sending ships into the Black sea is disturbing.

I would like to see these eastern European countries set up a non-aligned movement.They shouldn't have to be forced to choose.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:42 | 5112013 WhyWait
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You've come to the right site for "rethinking it".  Stick around.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:08 | 5112430 Freddie
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Syria was in between Sochi and Ukraine.  Russia had 8 of their naval ships between Syria and the US Navy.  The Russians or Syrians would have easily shot down the Tomahawks.   Putin is standing behind Syria.

There is a certain country and people who think that Russia's oil and gas is their's to steal. 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 01:01 | 5113104 bid the soldier...
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Things were fine before the Sochi Olympics.

Except for Edward Snowden, Greenpeace and the Arctic Sunrise, and, not least, "The Love that dare not speak its name.  wink wink

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:45 | 5112030 Kina
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Oviously Bulgaria want's to turn itself into a heap of rubble.

The US will leave, the rest left with a broken country and poverty.

As usual with US interventions anywhere in the world.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:50 | 5112337 orangegeek
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show us your drones

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:35 | 5112568 bid the soldier...
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"A dozen F-15s and approximately 180 personnel from the 493rd, based at RAF Lakenheath, England, have deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Base to participate in a two-week bilateral training exercise with the Bulgarian air force, Pentagon spokesmen Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday.


The exercise began Monday and will continue through Sept. 1."


What we probably have here is the Bulgarian Govt suspending their work on the South Stream at the request of NATO, who while the excercises are ongoing (until September 1)  will be trying to brow beat the Bulgarians into not going ahead with the project.


"we assume this decision (to halt a 2nd time) is entirely independent of NATO's deployment"


The Bulgarians reply to that:  Been there. Done that."  We suspended once and reinststed. Don't be surprised if we do it again.


Bulgaria won't abandon its Slavic ties to Russia for the crumbs off the table of Western Europe. 



Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:39 | 5112590 Ventnor
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"Bulgaria won't abandon its Slavic ties to Russia for the crumbs off the table of Western Europe."

Don't bet on it (sorry to say). 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:48 | 5113078 bid the soldier...
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But isn't wishful thinking the gold standard of commentary here at ZH?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:40 | 5113229 Jano
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Well, I bet on it.
The same is Slovakia and Serbia.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:59 | 5112682 Sandmann
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Bulgaria is run by gangsters anyway - it is open to bribery. The F-15s will give Russia a chance to check metrics and test their air defences......but the USAF will get bored. China will no doubt have its people learning from the Russians so when things go up it can prepare to sort out Japan

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:52 | 5112882 Circle of DNA
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Straight from the Heart: I will be killing you with love

This is absolutely inspirational!
This is how people think and feel in the South-East of Ukraine/

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 01:04 | 5113110 Seize Mars
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Wow that was pretty fucking epic.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:08 | 5113253 Victor999
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Inspirational indeed.....If I were a Ukrainian oligarch I would be pising in my pants right now, knowing this man was coming for me.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:57 | 5113283 Urban Redneck
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That's what happens once inertia is overcome.

Newton's first law of motion applies to both the previous and future states.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:31 | 5118989 fel.temp.reparatio
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gov'ts around the world should know, this is what happens when man loses fear

when he stops being afraid and is willing to lose everything to put things right

gov'ts around the world should know, it's one thing to put the fear into men

another to come face-to-face with a man with no fear in his eyes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:27 | 5112979 Joe A
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The EC is firmly in the hands of lobbyists but countries such as Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia already indicated they want Sout Stream. Bulgaria is just playing a game because lots of money is to be made here for corrupt politicians. Playing games with the economy of fellow European countries and the warmth of the living rooms of fellow Europeans. How about that for 'Alle Menschen werden Brüder'?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:24 | 5112998 Son of Captain Nemo
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Wouldn't we all love to be behind the wall with the glass to our ear listening to the conversation between John Kerry and Rosen Plevneliev as he brings the Bulgarians brief case loads of cash (or maybe even some German and Ukranian stolen Au from 33 Liberty Street) telling the Bulgarian that's it's a gift "he can't refuse". and if he does refuse the U.S. Air Force will do the honors on Sofia...

John says that he would prefer a coup to using direct U.S. military intervention, but that the $5 billion overthrow of Ukraine was simply too expensive and that the hired guns in the cockpits are hard up enough that they will do anything to retire with the rank of major or colonel even if it means starting WWIII!

If you wanna know how desperate Yellen and Fischer are I believe now you have that answer with this announcement...

Gotta love the no holes barred insanity of it all!!!! 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:37 | 5113220 Jano
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You, Nemos, seem to be the brave optimists.

I imagine, that the conversation would go app. this way:

-you watched Poland, as we replaced Kacinski, ´cause he was not exactly on the line.

-you watched, how we replaced Berlusconi, who threatened to split EU and leave Euro, Italy has since Berslusconi the third chief of government, without elections, be aware.

-you watched, how we replaced czech prime minister Necas and put his kohorts into jal, and installed a brave government.

-you watched, how we have benn feeding candies to people in Kiev to get it our way

-you have seen the fate of Kadafi and Hussein (not Barry, the other Hussein)

So behave! And we leave you to do whatever you want, but you have to follow us. Else those fighter jets could accidentaly bomb some buildings in Sofia.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:58 | 5113097 Seize Mars
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Hey Look! A fake media event in Missouri!



Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:30 | 5113210 Jano
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Russia considers to stop the import of Europe produced cars.
Let us see, how far this will go. It is like 400 000 cars alone from Germany and another like 200 000 cars from France Italy Spain GB Cz Sk. seems to be not much in terms of money, some 12Bn, compared to financial markets a nix & nothing, but it impacts the workforce and closing of factories....5% of EU output. Korea and China and domestic manufacturers will be happy.
and well, the trucks and buses as well.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:30 | 5113270 Jano
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The russian Car kick out Turks from Bulgaria only 140 years ago (after 500 years of turkish occupation).

The Bulgarians are extremly thankful to their Slav brothers, to Russians.

The Russians started to demolish the Turks on Balkans (the last territories cleaned of Turks have benn Albania and Macedonia, 105 years ago) and in the Russian - Turkish war 1877 1878 they demolished their power in Bulgaria, hence the third Bulgarian state was created.

Since then and earlier, the Bulgarians warship Russians for getting out of mohamendas grip on them.

We are Slavs and like each other (except Poles, who are basically all Jews-Khazars, troubling and hating everybody arround, be it germans, russians, slovaks, czechs, ukraininas,  despite using slavic language)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:24 | 5113301 Bioscale
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I'm curious how long yet will the nations of Central Europe let  US and Israel shitting and pissing on their heads. They must really be insane thinking they can turn Europe (beside Poland and crazy Ukraine) against Russia.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:07 | 5113286 lool
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You see it's funny because they're saying this for the n'th time in Bulgaria but I am still working on the pipes, coming from the ships around the clock and laugh at anyone who thinks there's something that's going to stop this. Maybe delay it at best.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:07 | 5113287 lool
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You see it's funny because they're saying this for the n'th time in Bulgaria but I am still working on the pipes, coming from the ships around the clock and laugh at anyone who thinks there's something that's going to stop this. Maybe delay it at best.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:46 | 5113354 Brazen Heist
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Europe is so fucking dumb....this is their own gas supplies they are delaying/fucking with.


EU - destroying Europe one step at a time.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:11 | 5113443 Lumberjack
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Bulgaria's Energy Board to Start Functioning in ? Week


Bulgaria's energy board is to be structured by the end of next week, according to Ekaterina Zaharieva, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister.

The developments surrounding the energy board were reported after a meeting of Zaharieva and caretaker Economy and Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov with representatives of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) and the Podkrepa Labor Confederation.

"The main goal of the energy board of the energy board is to propose solutions for the stabilization of the sector, which is on the verge of collapse, due to imbalances accumulated as a result of inefficient decisions made under political pressure," Zaharieva stated, as cited by Sega daily.

"The energy board will be an efficient expert body comprising representatives of all interested parties. It will have to take the first essential steps to rescue the sector, as there is a real risk of the system collapsing in October," Zaharieva said, adding that the National Electric Company (NEK) kept running up losses of BGN 50 M a month and failing to transfer payments to companies...


...Zaharieva is to discuss the need for reform and stabilization of the energy sector in Bulgaria with EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.

Zaharieva, accompanied by caretaker Economy and Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov, headed to Brussels on Monday to attend the meeting.

During the visit to Brussels, Zaharieva and Shtonov will also meet with representatives of the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission, according to the press office of the caretaker government.

The agenda of the talks is to include important energy infrastructure projects, the risk of a Russian gas cut-off, and the need for greater cohesion on energy issues in the EU.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:24 | 5113467 Youri Carma
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U.S. game plan is perfectly clear now. Alienate Europe from Russia with propaganda thriving on old cold war sentiments and fresh false flags and cut off it’s supplies so that Europe will be drawn into the third great war.

Just as Japan was brought into war by the U.S. cutting off it’s supplies so will Europe.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:41 | 5114309 petkovplamen
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As a Bulgarian who doesnt live in Bulgaria, I hope a lot of Bulgarians freeze to death this winter. Maybe that will give them a new point of view but I doubt it.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:14 | 5114465 underbussen
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Iran just signed a gas supply agreement with the US, so Nabucco is likely back on, intersting times...


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:38 | 5116031 SmittyinLA
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Make no mistake, the Russians have F-15 killing drones, like 5 years ago 

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