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Stocks Hit All Time Highs After Russia Announces It Has "No Plans Of Military Incursion Into Ukraine"

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Two weeks ago, a 100 point ramp in the S&P started when Russian RIA Novosti tweeted Russia was seeking to "de-escalate the conflict" in Ukraine, quoting the Russian Security Council Chief. Moments ago RIA went for a double when it tweeted a rather amusing statement from the Defense Ministry, namely that Russia has no plans of invading Ukraine.

RIA also added that the defence ministry is once again calling for a cease-fire for the aid convoy because it is "worried by use of incendiary bombs, ballistic missiles in Ukraine."

So will this be today's catalyst to push the S&P over 2000 (so far it is working with the S&P hitting fresh record highs on the statement), and will futures continue to rise on hopes that Russia will step back from its trade war with the west, something which has failed to produce a correction in stocks, and yet where every rumor of de-escalation leads to higher highs in the market? We should have the answer shortly.

And the result...


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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:56 | 5124809 dontgoforit
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Ok; so who will be first to get caught with their pants down?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:00 | 5124829 Publicus
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Go long cryptocurrencies. They are the next reserve currency after the dollar.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:06 | 5124869 Latina Lover
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Russia does not need to invade the Ukraine.   The Ukrainians are their own worst enemy;  they are doing an excellent job of destroying themselves.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:08 | 5124887 pods
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Russia most certainly has plans drawn up to obliterate Ukraine.

They are just not planning TO do it.


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:09 | 5124892 Headbanger
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Of course Russia has no plans to invade Ukraine



Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:10 | 5124897 flacon
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Did you see that HUGE spike in VIX a few minutes ago? And it just got crushed back down again. Something is going on.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:17 | 5124930 flacon
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Impale the white-haired Fed gnome on that spike.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:23 | 5124950 Headbanger
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Oh!   There it is now

Must be some delay on the Market Watch chart

Duh on me...

And check this out:

It hit the "capping" downward trend line which makes me think it's a valid spike.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:26 | 5124976 fonzannoon
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Is that the same chart that shows your black monday call a few weeks ago followed up by your S&P 1958 resistance?



Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:28 | 5124987 Headbanger
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Fonz,   Thanks in advance for all your cash you mook! 


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:29 | 5124994 Manthong
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Why the hell would Putin want what’s left of Ukraine?

All the ambitious ethnic Russians bugged out already.

Let the west pay for the debris.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:32 | 5125012 fonzannoon
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Keep banging that head and throwing that money out the window you putz.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:38 | 5125037 Patriot Eke
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I guess it all depends on the definition of Ukraine, for what was once Eastern Ukraine is now considered "New Russia" by many of the people living there.  Does a Peacekeeping force qualify as an invasion force too?  I suspect the Russians and majority of people in Eastern Ukraine would say no.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:33 | 5125297 Terminus C
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Don't we usually wait for something to be officially denied to confirm its existence?

So what we have here is a confirmation that Russia does indeed have plans to invade Ukraine (which is obvious to any thinking person).  You can bet NATO has invasion plans of Ukraine as well.  I'd lay money on the fact that NATO has invasion plans for Russia (multiple iterations going back to WWII, no doubt).  Hell, I'd bet the US military has plans to invade Canada and Mexico.  This is what military planners do, you don't want to be planning this when the shit hits the fan, you need to be able to pull a starting point off the shelf when you need it.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:14 | 5125848 Lore
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Ukraine was essentially "invaded" when the Svoboda/Pravy Sektor (Nazi) junta took over the parliament in Kiev, beating up anyone who objected. THAT is what motivated the landslide referendum in Crimea. Russia hasn't needed to lift a finger, but now they're dealing with a humanitarian crisis of some 600,000+ refugees coming across the border, wanting to get away from the Nazis who have been shelling them and hitting them with white phosphorus. Then there is the matter of mass troop desertion, not to mention attempts to steal a relief convoy. For a better understanding of modern American foreign policy, permit me to suggest John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

The greatest threat to American national security is her own banking complex. She is collapsing under the weight of debt and misallocation and destruction of capital at the hands of self-serving elites who pursue objectives and make policy decisions that people of conscience would find inconceivable. But there is a limit. How can you fund a military and mount an invasion when your money and credit is no good? How can you maintain a capable and moral fighting force and motivate large numbers of troops when your military complex is increasingly preoccupied with corporate welfare? It's not clear that the planners know how to deal with simple entropy. The system is exhausted and destroyed by individuals who were charged with its stewardship. Is there a plan for this contingency? 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:43 | 5125336 LostandFound
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There is no correlation between Russia and the all time high stocks. it feels like the pundits are trying to find any excuse to come up with logic as to why stocks are trading so high.

No one is expecting Putin to invade Ukraine and the risk was never priced in, its bullshit.


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:23 | 5125262 Kirk2NCC1701
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Speaking of charts and "announcements", TPTB/NWO announce that "The Sideways Market in PM will continue" /sarc  Speculate accordingly.

Queue the BTFD crowd, now that we all have jobs, houses and DI (Disposable Income) for PM.  ;-)

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:02 | 5125162 Bossman1967
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Nothing to see here now move along. Markets hit records today period

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:23 | 5124968 Latina Lover
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Headbanger, the Russian Federation has not invaded the Ukraine. 


Instead, there is a civil war occuring between an illegal government in Kiev and two provinces comprised primarily of russian speakers. NATO has been arming the Kiev government, and Russia to a much lesser extent is supplying the rebellious provinces.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:26 | 5124980 Headbanger
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No shit.. Really??

I never would have guessed.

But we can be sure the Russian military is already deeply entrenched in Ukraine cause how many times has it been reported there were unmarked military trucks and soldiers in Ukraine the past few months?


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:34 | 5125022 Manthong
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Of course they are in there..

to make this as expensive for the US as they can..

But so are we.. Noodleman’s Blackwater/Acadami buddies are all over the place killing ethnic Russians and are the spearhead of the US ethnic cleansing program there.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:35 | 5125024 Latina Lover
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Hi Headbanger, You are reading ZH because you believe the MSM never lies, correct <g>?


The USSA media is almost completely controlled, publishing whatever BS the state department dictates.  There is no proof whatsoever that the Russian Military is deeply entrenched in the Ukraine.  There may be russian irregulars fighting with the rebels, and some resupply from Russia, but no Russian Military, otherwise the pictures and video would be blasted all over the MSM and internet.


And what happened to MH17....?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:26 | 5125700 hot sauce technician
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MH17 smells of false flag. I don't know who orchestrated what, but someone was in the know beforehand. I'm more interested in MH370... Has the full flight manifest ever been released?... That wasn't a false flag but there seems something much more sinister about it's fate.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:31 | 5125985 Jack Burton
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You are right, these two stories really both smell! How to get to the bottom of it when the vast CIA and NSA network controls even the mainstream media? Also, American allies have CIA and NSA as a full part of their own intelligence services. So say Australia, even if they had hard evidence of MH370 would only be allowed to release it on White House approval.

We need to realize that globalization has placed the US spy agencies, State Department, military intelligence and Pentagon deeply into all the structures of the EU, United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand. Media in these countries follow in lock step with US media like CNN, FOX, NPR, MSNBC and others. Notice the MH17 news blackout for weeks now!? This happened like a light switch being thrown, that can only happen if the US controls foreign media as closely as CNN and company!

I have looked over the MH17 wreckage photos in detail. There is no doubt that the pilots side of the cockpit was targeted by air to air 30mm cannon fire, which the Ukrainian SU-25's which flew along with the MH17 at the end of it's flight, have. The cannon fire was aimed directly at the pilot, thus a huge hole was blown next to his seat by concentrated 30mm cannon shell, around the larger hole are many dozens of scattered cannon shell holes, perfectly round and all the same size. A second blast of cannon fire entered above and behind the cockpit. This was maybe the first try which missed killing the pilot, the second did. It is debated that an air to air missile was fired to finish the plane fast, as the cockpit hits killed the pilots but at that point the plane was still intact and in a turn which all witnesses saw. And many witnesses on the day of the shoot down saw the two Ukie SU-25s and heard cannon fire ain the air and two explosions in the air. NO WINTNESS saw a smoke trail from a ground to air missile, and no video taken as the plane fell showed a smoke trail anywhere from ground to air. I know these missiles, you can youtube firings of them, they leave a huge and lasting smoke trail, it lasts anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes depending on wind.

Ukie fighters shot that plane down. That is why blackbox is still being held and no word from meida or governments of the west. None!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:36 | 5125030 Majestic12
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...reported by who?  Duhh....

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:39 | 5125048 Patriot Eke
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Kiev certainly doesn't have outside forces fighting for it, and they are not getting equipment from the outside either.  /sarc

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:21 | 5125252 fel.temp.reparatio
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...i thought you were smarter than that

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:28 | 5125275 Kirk2NCC1701
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Headcase, you can stop bleeding on us, as the most recent Russian announcement assures us that the NWO can invade countries with impunity, and only token resistance will be put up.

Relax and just BTFATH.  And see Dr. McCoy about that condition of yours.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:25 | 5125481 Anarchy 99
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what happened to the real headbanger

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:58 | 5125594 dontgoforit
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Hacked.  Don't think it can't happen.  It can, and has.  Part of NSA/US Govt PI (preemptive intervention) - to slow down the dissemination of real intel amongst the disinfranchaised - us - so that a revolution won't actually get sparked.  They don't fear the Ferguson moments.  They fear - us.  Because they've been fucking us so badly and they know we're on to it.  (Now, if we just knew what to do about it.....)

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:28 | 5124984 Aussie V
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Hmm interesting

Did you know that Australia, Ukraine, Holland and Belgium (read EU) have entered into a Non Disclosure Agreement signed on August 8th which allows any country to VETO the findings of the investigation into MH17.

Any country can Veto the findings for any reason, and without explanation thus making the findings classified.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:36 | 5125036 Latina Lover
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Classified findings... yeah that should give closure to the surviving families of the MH17 victims.  It would be vitally important to find out, for example, why Kiev Air Traffic Control directed MH17 into the Kill zone, but I guess we will never find out.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:18 | 5125224 fel.temp.reparatio
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as i see it...

if a report is released in septemberthen it'll go one of two ways...

a) implicate russia directly, or

b) implicate russia indirectly

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:31 | 5125004 Latina Lover
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PODS, you can bet that the Russians have drawn up plans to invade the Ukraine, in the event of certain contingencies.   For example, if the Ukies are suicidal enough to attack Crimea, Putin will most certainly hammer their army into pieces and take out the Kiev Kriminals.

Otherwise, there is no percentage for Russia to invade the Ukraine since they have nothing to offer that Russia needs or wants. Moreover, the Ukraine is a bankrupt entity, with 140  billion USD in external debt, and 4th worst performing economy in the world per Forbes.  Since their debt is denominated in USD but Kiev can only print the local toilet paper currency, they are basically screwed. 

The last thing Russia needs is to assume the obligations of the Chernobyl like meltdown of  Ukie economy. Better to let it implode and stick the bill to the USSA and EU bankster led governments.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:34 | 5125020 Majestic12
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Oh wouldn't be nicer to see Vlad make wedding "plans" with Christina?  The really make a cute couple....and the kids would be beautiful...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:41 | 5125535 studfinder
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Sooner or later even the people of Kiev and surrounding areas will revolt when everything they have is sucked up and exported.  Every grain of wheat, every sunflower seed...basically anything not bolted down will be exported to service their debt and pay the money masters financing this disaster.   They had a good deal with the Russian puppet in power.  At least the Russians were keeping the gas flowing at discount rates.  Now with that shut off and Russia demanding payment, ouch...  economic destruction.  The reason Putin just has to sit back and smile.  No doubt he has to protect the Russian speakers in that area of the country to some extent...or at least get Ukraine to leave them alone. 


I'm sure Putin already has a Po 210 candy bar for the chocolate king ready to go.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:12 | 5125390 Kirk2NCC1701
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@ Latina Lover: "Russia does not need to invade the Ukraine."

But Russia does need to prepare for war with the US, via its NATO proxies.  Fact is, "the US is Militarizing Ukraine For War With Russia" -Sergei Glazyev (Economic Adviser to Pres. Putin)

This video* is a MUST viewing for all the peace loving people of the world, as it explains what is happening in Ukraine from the Russian perspective and how they see the US as trying to start a World War.

We truly live in interesting and desperate times, about to get more so.  Plan, hedge, "invest" and act accordingly.

p.s. Years from now, if you survive and your kids ask you "Mommy/Daddy, where were you before all this happened?  What do YOU do -- besides blog and criticize The Community Organizer?  Did YOU organize the community also, or were you an armchair organizer?  And please remind me again of that saying "When good people do nothing, evil prospers"? 

Make sure you have good and truthy answers to awkward questions like that.  I'm trying to do my part to do more than "Talk" about it.  We all need to do way more than just "talk".  What's that American saying about the price of talking?  "Talk is..."


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:29 | 5125494 Anarchy 99
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Yes, I also posted another more recent video in yesterday's thread, more broad in scope and timing

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:59 | 5125598 Latina Lover
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Great video, Kirk2.

Yes, the USSA's plan is to use the Ukraine as their jihadis to attack Russia.  I suspect, however, that this plan will ultimately fail since race and religion are minor dividing factors, except in western Ukraine.

Russians and Ukrainians have a very long shared history and can speak directly to each other.  The Ukie media may be completely controlled but internet communications, cell phones, social media provide ample means for  circumventing censorship, bring home to everyone the horrors of civil war.  Once the gas shortages, higher taxes and reduction in pensions and wages kick it, I expect another palace revolt.  It will also be accelerated by the thousands of Ukies sent home in body bags to shocked families. The Ukie regime is hiding losses, but this fraud will eventually fail. The final straw will likely be the realization that Ukies will NOT be granted visa free travel to the EU or USSA.

Putin will ultimately win provided that the novorussians can hang in for another 2-3 months.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:13 | 5125657 dontgoforit
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It would be nice if we could get a message to him that it's not the U.S., it's the U.S. oligarch/military-industrial/anti-Christ Obama thingy.  Obama wants to destroy America and how better to do it than this?  Now, I'm not sure I buy everything this Economic Advisor to the President of Russia is selling, but his point from my perspective has a certain validity when I consider that I do, in fact, believe that the POTUS has a real desire to destroy the US.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:51 | 5125107 Majikat
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agree, it is the only logical conclusion to this mess. Why have USD as a reserve for everyone else when we can have something more neutral that doesn't come with printing machines?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:19 | 5125460 digitalindustry
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agreed - just try not to invest into a complete scam, and learn the basics of decentralized economics.


its quite simple.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:13 | 5124916 Payne
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In the new normal everyone publishes there territorial invasions plan prior to actually starting them, makes perfect sense in the new normal.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:39 | 5125047 DeadFred
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This news is as comforting as having your neighbor tell you he isn't a secret serial killer. As if they would tell you.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:50 | 5125103 Global Hunter
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And then twitter the announcement

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:58 | 5125134 fel.temp.reparatio
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...and let's just say he did tell you he was a secret serial killer, what then..?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:36 | 5125313 luckylongshot
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Since America's only hope of avoiding being recognized for having its pants down hinged on dragging Russia into a war over Ukraine this announcement means that the answer to your quesstion is the good ole USA.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:58 | 5124815 fonzannoon
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The ramp in the S&P started the minute it and the Dax touched their respective moving averages. It was completely technical because the market it completely and totally rigged. Why fight it?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:06 | 5124862 ekm1
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Either gamble or quit it, like me.


I don't want to be caught at  dow 2000 pts drops daily which is inevitable all the way down to dow 4000


If not, bye bye USD as world currency

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:13 | 5124915 Divided States ...
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Why dont you buy some way OTM puts that are cheap as hell right now? I agree with quitting gambling but just saying.

You still calling for December meltdown where the Gringe comes to Wall Street?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:31 | 5125005 ekm1
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I was asked repeatedly to GUESS a time last year in May 2013.

My guess was for no later than December 2014


I can analyse the course of events.

Timing belongs to God only, I'm not a prophet.


When free will of decision makers is involved, timing is impossible.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:46 | 5125093 DeadFred
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October 2014 is where I'm looking. It won't catch anyone by surprise unless your one of the ones trying to buy the dip. There will be weeks of time for the fortunate sons to exit in reasonable shape. God isn't being quiet about what's coming for those whose ears are open.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:31 | 5124997 Majestic12
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I need new glasses....I read "the Dax touched their respective moving averages" "the Tax douched their respective moving averages" pretty....I didn't even know they had moving averages for that....

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:59 | 5124816 FieldingMellish
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So now all the gold that wasn't bought as the tension rose can be sold.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:29 | 5124992 Quinvarius
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The new Fixes are probably an indication that the bankers need an all electronic paper metal FIX process that does not actually involve physical metal, like the old fixes did.  Their access to metal has most likely been curtailed.  I suspect holders of physical might not have much longer to wait for the predicted "dislocation" of price.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:06 | 5124818 Majestic12
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Time to short pants shitting today....

in case you needed the visual....that's taking a shit (excrement) in your pants....most likely running down the leg...on your Bear skin rug....hmm, bear fur and shit....not good....go long on Lysol.....

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:01 | 5124826 Quinvarius
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I give 50/50 odds the Western Junta is going to bomb the shit out of that convoy, blame the rebels, and pray for a Russian retaliation so NATO will get involved.  I give 100% odds that they are actually considering that plan.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:03 | 5124846 basho
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NATO? you must be joking.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:07 | 5124880 Majestic12
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...speaking of shit.....ok, I'll stop....

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:27 | 5124982 froze25
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it wouldn't be the first time they have pulled bull shit. MH-17 haven't heard a peep about that anymore.  Or the IRS harddrive failure, I mean really these folks are either lying or covering up so much the credibilty is shot.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:11 | 5126206 ebear
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Why would the separatists attack a convoy of aid directed at their own people?

How do you spin that one?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:00 | 5124830 Meat Hammer
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And tomorrow it'll be, "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!"  And Monday it'll be all good, then Tuesday....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:11 | 5124899 hoist the bs flag
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yes...because friday is the new tuesday...i finally got the memo.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:01 | 5124833 TabakLover
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Amazing how the market can embrace the same news muliple times like it was new.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:08 | 5124885 Majestic12
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ADHD....go long Pharmaceuticals......

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:01 | 5124835 basho
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"worried by use of incendiary bombs, ballistic missiles in Ukraine."

no plans for a mil. incursion but should one of these hit the convoy all bets are off. wake up fools.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:10 | 5124904 Majestic12
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it's all part of the plan...we'll just get another Derek Zoolander shot of Putin and his FM will "slam" bombing the "shit" (yeah, I sed it) out of the convoy and more poor Russian/Ukranians will die....the "plan" remember?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:02 | 5124837 NaiLib
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:) So nice to see markets on this one. Next more anctions from Russia on EU---

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:04 | 5124841 holdbuysell
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I think Alasdair Macleod (via PeakProsperity) nailed it with this series of articles. Russia doesn't need to do anything aggressive but merely protect the Motherland. It's the West that has a clock ticking against it.

First Part: Ukraine: A Perspective from Europe (second part: Rise from the East)

Edit: and because of this clock against the West, one can expect the aggressiveness and belligerence to come from it going forward.


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:02 | 5124842 Senduko
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Ugh, someone shoot another airliner, really this whole 'its in its out" game is getting boring fast.
I expect something to happen tomorrow after stocks close.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:26 | 5124913 Majestic12
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I'd rather see someone stab Antlers Fogg RatsassMutton in the head....

...ooops, too soon?  Oh look, John McCain is calling....hold, please.....

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:02 | 5124843 Majestic12
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"Russia has no plans of military incursion into Ukraine – Defense Ministry"

They have always said that ....THIS JUST IN!  Russians will continue to breathe "air"....they have no plans to develop gills and swim to Amerikkka....!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:29 | 5124990 toady
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Sure, the defense ministry has no plans for a military incursion, but what about....


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:02 | 5124844 the not so migh...
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pipeline go BOOM soon

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:09 | 5124890 Two-bits
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You don't blow up something you can charge more to turn back on when Europe comes crawling back.  You just turn the valve.  Righty tighty...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:06 | 5124850 NumNutt
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Yeah right. No plans.....

Just like the other three greatest lies of all time.  I love you. The check is in the mail. I promise not to cum in your mouth...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:46 | 5125086 fel.temp.reparatio
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you forgot...

artificial sweeteners are safe; anna-nicole married for love; iraq had wmds

</q "Shooter">

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:19 | 5125241 loonyleft
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the nsa isn't watching you, and you can delete your facebook account.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:03 | 5124851 Meat Hammer
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In Russia, military incursion plans you.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:15 | 5124924 Majestic12
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and in the Ukraine, bumble-fuck boneheads "plan" is handed to them by Antlers Fogg RatsassMutton...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:03 | 5124857 Arkilokoos
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And Russia and Germany were best friends just before WWII.  If you are going to invade why would you tell the press?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:29 | 5124993 froze25
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Good point.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:03 | 5124858 Seasmoke
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So they basically have boxed Gold into where if WW3 doesn't begin today, it is worthless. It is disgustingly impressive. 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:04 | 5124861 Dr. Engali
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Putin loaded up on call options after the last dip.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:17 | 5124927 Majestic12
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who will be left to pay out?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:04 | 5124863 JustObserving
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Does that mean the demonization of Putin will be ratcheted down to move the markets higher and gold lower? Has Made-in-America ISIS replaced Putin?

Picking up on the scent, the CIA attack dogs in the US and European media blamed the crash squarely on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The cover of the July 28 print edition of German news magazine Der Spiegel showed the images of MH17 victims surrounding bold red text reading “Stoppt Putin Jetzt!” (Stop Putin Now!). A July 26 editorial in the Economist declared Putin to be the author of MH17’s destruction, while the magazine ghoulishly superimposed Putin’s face over a spider web on its front cover, denouncing Putin’s “web of lies.”

Anyone comparing the media’s demonization of Putin with their treatment of Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi had to conclude that Washington was launching a campaign for regime change in Russia like those it carried out in Libya and Iraq—this time, recklessly pushing the United States towards war with a nuclear-armed power, Russia.


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:45 | 5125082 froze25
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It is troublesome to see the play book in action again.  I mean its getting so transparnet now when they are going to pull some type of bullshit, they telegraph it through thier actions.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:05 | 5124870 fonzannoon
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Syria - nothing burger

Ukraine - nothing burger

10yr yield exploding - nothing burger

high yield bond implosion - nothing burger

Ebola dr. Cured

Must be a rough day in Michael Snyder land.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:10 | 5124894 Dr. Engali
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I wouldn't say they are all nothing burgers if you swallowed the blue pill and BTFD like the rest of us lemmings.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:11 | 5124907 Bay of Pigs
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I want another cheethburgeth!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:36 | 5125033 LawsofPhysics
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"10yr yield exploding",  well if you consider 2.43% an "explosion".



Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:58 | 5125382 Utah_Get_Me_2
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It was hovering around 3.00% earlier this year! 2.40-2.45% range is a god send for mortgage pricing. Exploding my ass.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:31 | 5125980 TheFourthStooge-ing
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fonzannoon said:

Syria - nothing burger

Ukraine - nothing burger

10yr yield exploding - nothing burger

high yield bond implosion - nothing burger

Ebola dr. Cured

Must be a rough day in Michael Snyder land.

Now you've done it. You've jinxed everything. Later today or tomorrow I expect to see this article on ZH:

Eleven Reasons Why It's a Rough Day in Michael Snyderland and Twenty Three Reasons Why Americans Should Be Concerned

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:05 | 5124871 intric8
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The most manipulated market in all history of equities

Who are they fooling

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:23 | 5124971 dontgoforit
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Apparently at least some of us.  Which end is up again?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:08 | 5124889 hoist the bs flag
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yay! the apocalypse has been cancelled...lets go shopping!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:09 | 5124895 Golden1182
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Putin is making BILLIONS off the market swings.

He owns the headlines.....owns the market.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:10 | 5124896 mandea
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sure, no official plan. But they do "crimeea style". Sending little green men there with heavy weaponery.  These soviets did not upgrade their rethoric in the last 80 years.

Did ZH mentioned that the recent spill of Putin's testosterone, namenly, banning food imports from UE and USA led to dramatic surge in food prices, even with 80%? Nooo, oh, wait, putin is the chess player, check-mate, check mate:)) but the poor russian workers pay for the horrible corruption in farming industry in russia. Someone is going to get riiichh but not russian mujik.

Where are the trools, "latina lover", "voldakov" to tell us that the west is cumbling whereas north-coreea, china, brazil and india are just staggering powers with unbelievable life standards? Oh, wait, is not evening yet in russia.

Anyways the interevention in east ukraine is a total failure, "rebels" are fleeing, in a matter of days donetsk and lughansk are cleansed of the pest and so the "republics". It shows that russia is not popular at all in ukraine, since so many voluntieers are fighting russian special operation troops.

well, not so good chess player.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:19 | 5124941 Rock On Roger
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You lie like a Ukrainian. Ukrainian army is retreating, they're beaten, thousands of conscripts killed.



Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:33 | 5125016 mandea
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:)) buddy, you are funny! and what is that link you sent??? come on man, are you even serious?

and btw, i am not ukrainian, but very very close to that area. Even "separatists" recongnized that they are in big trouble and need russian support. Lughansk is completely encircled and so donetsk.



Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:38 | 5125039 zzzddd1
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Great Psaki-ing, mandea!

Keep going  we are all ears!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:40 | 5125059 fel.temp.reparatio
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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:43 | 5125067 Rock On Roger
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A twit really proves big trouble. Got a youtube to back that up?

Try this link, liar.

There is a video on Saker's blog of gruesome atrocities committed by the Kiev killers.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:48 | 5125096 David Wooten
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"Lughansk is completely encircled and so donetsk. "

Even if that is true, do you think the separatists are just going to surrender and all those refugees just go home and go to work again?  The civil war will simply change character - to guerilla warfare. 

And Ukraine is bankrupt, cannot pay its soldiers or for Russian gas they will need this winter.  Do you suppose Russia is going to send Ukraine free gas now?

Russia doesn't need to invade.  By the next election (if there is one), Ukrainians will be so fed up with Poroshenko that he won't even get the 5% vote that the last western-installed puppet (Yuschenko) got in 2010.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:56 | 5125136 mandea
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so many ukraininas ahd some kind of sympathy for putin until he ripped crimeea off. That was his most stupid move. He got some land (even he controlled it before) and lost people'S hearts. That is why rebels do not have any support and are about to loose. Was not expected on russian's side.

Sure, a guerilla warfare is sick, but then rebels are in a very bad situation. Officially they will be treated as "terrorists". people will not support them as crimeeans will see that russia can not bring and prosperity. In which country russia brought prosperitiy? Come on guyz, dont think that much, they had half of europe under control for half of century. All of them were ruins after that. So, who wants that again? No one. Pure and simple. 

Let's face it: it is better to be closer to the west than to have again president for 30-40 years:)))))) and the same party ove and over. How long do you think putin will run russia? my opinion, another 20 years...if they do not trash him by then.


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:22 | 5125255 Terminus C
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You have a flase understanding of the "west".  There is no democratic choice here.  It is a one party state dressed up as a dual/multi-party state.  Political discource is contained to "legitimate" topics by a tightly controlled press and the people of the west are bought off using the spoils of slavery, theft and war.  

How is the presidency of the US any different than what we are seeing in Russia.  If you were a betting man you'd have good odds of seeing Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential "race".  How is that different than the Putin/Medvedev swap?

No-one here (who thinks beyond dualities) believes that Putin is a good guy.  But we also know that the "west" is using Pravda like propaganda tactics to demonize the "other".  If I were a betting man I'd say Putin is in the club and it is mutually beneficial for Putin and Obama to demonize each other as it solidifies support at home (and neither man is actually "in charge").  Ukraine and its people be damned, as neither side cares (though both sides profit from support and weapons sales).

1984 meets A Brave New World.  Welcome to it. 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:29 | 5125287 mandea
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what has that to do with putin's crazyness? I know very well how it works in the US, lived there for more than 10 years (and still missing it).

The difference, well, is so simple -  in the US you can have a decent life if you work and are educated. in the URSS, even if you work you do not have decent life. Believe me, average russian earns something like 300-500 dollars/month. But putin does not have any issue in spending bilions to buy warships. Come on, is his prestige, wtf??

How does that sounds to you? 500 dollar /month salary?????? If you hate west, why not getting a life in russia and you will see.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:45 | 5125766 Omen IV
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in all these posts you have said nothing factual or insightful

you appear to have shit for brains why not go get an enema?


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:23 | 5125943 mandea
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oh omen, the fourth, sure, i mentioned a string of facts. do you have the ability to underrstand things?

I mean, you dont say much, either:)))

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:09 | 5125636 Latina Lover
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EuromaidanPR as proof, mandea?   Euromaidan is nothing more than a propaganda mouthpiece for the USSA.   What you call proof is your masters voice, lying into your slaves ear.

Believe what you want to believe. It is your future that is being destroyed,  not mine.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:34 | 5125993 TheFourthStooge-ing
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You lie like a Ukrainian.

Hilarious! I'll have to remember that one.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:23 | 5124969 Majestic12
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"the poor russian workers pay for the horrible corruption in farming industry"

Yeah, because Americans don't pay for Monsanto/Syngenta/Gates corruption and "poinsoning " of our food supply...genetics that mean no "recovery" of that supply...unless "they" the seed bank owners allow it...

...we see you that have been "Kinged"....good show, old man...good show....high five your NSA mates....

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:40 | 5125057 mandea
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wtf has to do that with americans? it's all about poor russian who make huge lines in front of western embassies for a decent job. I do not see too many people begging for a job in russia. 

Again, who is paying for putin's excess of testosterone? Does russia needs now a surge in nationalism, christian orthodoxims and "novorussia" crap? I think they need decent jobs for their simple people and not those olighars who "hate" west now, but of course all of them like a lot to live in the west. So much hypocrisy. Again, someone pays the bill at the end and is not putin so he can order as many dishes as he wants. He will leave the table and mujik will work hard to pay his dreams. So sick. Stupidity is expensive.

Again, do not change the dirrection of discussion pointing to USA, is a cheap trick. As I said, upgrade boyzzz...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:15 | 5125660 Latina Lover
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No one is saying Russia is perfect, or Putin is an angel.  But face facts.

Since Euromaidan, courtesy of "fuck the EU" Nudelman:

- Currency is down over 45% against the USD

-Crimea is gone

-Donbass, producing over 30% of GNP is destroyed

-War costs already 8 billion USD

-1000's of Ukies dead and injured by the war

- nat gas is cut off

-no visas to EU or USSA

-General Winter is coming...

And you still have Oligarchs controlling your country!

Good luck with your new Ukraine. You will fucking need it.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:20 | 5125923 mandea
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sure, but you know who is behind that, right? UxxR (please feel free to fill in the missing letters).

In a country at war it is obvious that the currency is down. So the ruble.

Since donbass was invaded by "peaceful citizens" protesting against "nazi junta" (so hilarious) with  rocket launchers, tanks and heavy artillery, well what could you expect?!

This was was initiated by russia. The motiv that they were not happy with janukovitsch removal, well, he was just a moscow puppet. That's what they want.

There will be more casualties, unless russia stops sending soldiers there. (and think in what a coward way they occupied crimeea, trying to convice us that those folks were just....angry citizens, later to recognize they were soldiers).

There will be no visas. Moldavia republic is already free of that.

Oligarchs, sure, they will be there as in russia, usa or any other country.

Although I am not ukrainian, I am pretty sure that ukraine will do so much better out of russian influence. Or you suggest Abhazia and south osetia (do you even know how is there?) or transnistryan republic (oh, shit, another piece of free world), as counter-examples?  Maybe google and take a look at pics there, see yourself waking up there??

And euromaidan is so much better than russia today:))

come on, you do not believe what you write there, its obvious. if you do it for living, that's ok, at least me, i am not paid by anyone. I just know history, very well. I saw it also so your arguments are just childish. Why dont you comment stocks or economy -related articles, because it's obvious you do not grasp the way ruskies work.

so, be careful with what you wish for.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:43 | 5126411 TheFourthStooge-ing
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sure, but you know who is behind that, right? UxxR (please feel free to fill in the missing letters).

Ah, simple question with simple answer. UNJR - Ukrainian Nazi Junta Regime.

Since donbass was invaded by "peaceful citizens" protesting against "nazi junta" (so hilarious) with  rocket launchers, tanks and heavy artillery, well what could you expect?!

Unfortunately, data give draw another picture. It shows that people who have been deeply involved in the making of the Kievan Yatzi Junta do not want to finger pointed. They fight to avoid that.

They can not admit facts. And adjust to them. Because admitting facts would point stinky fingers at them.

This was was initiated by russia. The motiv that they were not happy with janukovitsch removal, well, he was just a moscow puppet. That's what they want.

Kievan Yatzi Junta citizens can not take blame. It has to be someone else.

Blaming others for their own unproficiencies... Wait for it, not surprising but Kievan Yatzi Junta citizenish.

There will be more casualties, unless russia stops sending soldiers there. (and think in what a coward way they occupied crimeea, trying to convice us that those folks were just....angry citizens, later to recognize they were soldiers).

Keep building up fantasy instead of answering to the situation at hand is indeed the logical answer when you can't defend your position.

Very understandable when the position is Kievan Yatzi Junta citizenism.

Although I am not ukrainian, I am pretty sure that ukraine will do so much better out of russian influence. Or you suggest Abhazia and south osetia (do you even know how is there?) or transnistryan republic (oh, shit, another piece of free world), as counter-examples?  Maybe google and take a look at pics there, see yourself waking up there??

Nice successful comical attempt. Save, of course, you are a Kievan Yatzi Junta citizen. Kievan Yatzi Junta citizens can and will deny anything and everything. I have so far found out nothing Kievan Yatzi Junta citizens can not deny. If someone has...

And euromaidan is so much better than russia today:))

Right now, well, it does not look that way so Kievan Yatzi Junta citizens weasel their way out through fantasy. Just apply the good old Kievan Yatzi Junta citizen trick: don't account for people you push into misery.

come on, you do not believe what you write there, its obvious. if you do it for living, that's ok, at least me, i am not paid by anyone. I just know history, very well. I saw it also so your arguments are just childish. Why dont you comment stocks or economy -related articles, because it's obvious you do not grasp the way ruskies work.

Kievan Yatzi Junta citizens do dance a masquerade. So please apply your piece of advice to yourself, rip off the disguise, cut down on the propaganda, accept your Kievan Yatzi Junta citizen nature.

It will be better for all as all your cheap propaganda to cover what you are, has turned totally useless and do not even fool yourself.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:45 | 5125083 Latina Lover
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Tell you what, Mandea, we'll see who cleans the 'pests' within the next week.   The Ukraine is not even part of NATO and already thousands have died fighting the USSA war against Russia.  Meanwhile your economy is the 4th worst performing in the world.  Do you enjoy being the white niggers of europe, LOL?

Porkyschenko reminds of Hitler in 1945, screaming from his bunker moving imaginary armies as the economic self implodes.  He will be lucky if he survives the next 6 months.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:58 | 5125147 mandea
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you are funny, have no ideea about that region at all...but keep posting, sure.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:21 | 5125254 mandea
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to me, putin looks like hitler, actually. And, repeat, i am not ukrainian. But i was born and lived in an eastern-european country and know that nowadays no-one, but absolutely no-one has any sympathy for putin. And we speak of an overall pupulation close to 100 milion people(central+east-eurpean countries). Are you surprised that ukrainians (and not the old soviet nostalgics) actually do not support them?

With americans/germans/french etc, you can sometime negociate, work with them do something useful.With russians, no. Never. They were called "the russian boot"! How many students from eastern countries studied in the West? Sooo many. How many in Russia? Soo few. Does that tell you the fact or are you willing to keep posting the same hilarious things over and over? Of course west is far from perfect, far from anything some people were dreaming of, a lot of dissapointing things, but imagine we return to the era of the "vast majority" party, ortodox-nationalism, jeez, why that? would you let your kids live in such places, where if you say something against the "chess player" you end-up in jail?  mutilated or poisend with polonium?

Are you guys ok? think twice.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:17 | 5125669 Latina Lover
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Who cares about Putin or Russia? Does hatred blind you to the obvious, that the Ukraine is destroying itself?

Stop blaming Russia for your troubles and start fixing your shithole country.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:22 | 5125470 petkovplamen
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The West IS crumbling. Ever been to ANY downtown USA city lately? The homless are a wave now, spilling everywhere. Food prices in USA are jumping at at least 20%.  People cannot afford their cars no more, apartment prices are not affordable to most of the people. Wages havent moved in years.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:50 | 5125565 mandea
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wow, absolutely sinister. right, people starving, homeless, drug addicts, crazy dudes roaming around....sounds too familiar to me. Are u working for the north koreea news agency?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:08 | 5126195 JohninMK
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Whilst I agree with some of the things you say, I think you are missing a significant point.

That is that the Russian economy is closer to financial reality than just about anywhere else (perhaps not Norway) in that they do not have a lot of debt and they have a lot of natural rescources still in the ground.

The only way that life in the West looks so attractive to you is because it is superficial wealth based on borrowed money. We have spent the money of future generations now, so no wonder it looks good to you. This will not continue, it is just not possible.

One day it will have to be sorted out, and it will not be pleasant.

Don't burn your bridges with Russia yet.


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:33 | 5127635 Aussiekiwi
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I thought you could live in your car purchased with a cheap Obana loan regardless of your credit rating that you never have to pay back because the tax payer will pick the tab up.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:11 | 5124905 Bryan
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Well, I'm glad THAT war's over then.  Whew.  What's up next on the telly?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:11 | 5124906 LawsofPhysics
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Russian stawks or 'merican stawks?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:30 | 5124998 smacker
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"Russia has no plans of military incursion into Ukraine"

OK, so Russia has no plans and will only invade East Ukraine after a sudden serious incident carried out by the West's puppet, Poroshenko.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:39 | 5125050 David Wooten
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"...hopes that Russia will step back from its trade war with the west..."

If the Russians aren't going to invade Ukraine, is there any hope that the west will step back from its trade war with Russia?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:26 | 5125274 Terminus C
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No, no, no, you've got it all wrong.  The West is sanctioning an aggressive Russia.  These are not acts of war.  Russia's retaliation, though, are escalatory and need to be met with more sanctions...

Get with the script man.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:41 | 5125056 q99x2
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Russia has everything and I'm going there to visit. Lots of young Russians women in college. Nice legs. No hair on back yet.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:31 | 5127624 Aussiekiwi
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'No hair on back yet.' yeah, those hairy back woman gross me out everytime.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:51 | 5125111 Uncle Remus
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Pffft. Vlad enjoys watching the Muppet Market as much as the next central banker.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:56 | 5125126 Lea
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Are these people morons or something? Lemmings? With their feet firmly stuck in starting-blocks, tensing up and ready to make a dash for it at any sign of anything happening at all?

Putin has stated from frigging day ONE he had no intention of invading Ukraine. He even turned the Eastern Ukrainians' pleas to be reunited with Russia. And that was back in May.

Bunch of retards.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:19 | 5125245 Bankster Kibble
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It's all about the legend.  Bad Bad Putin sells column space and advertising.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:58 | 5125151 himaroid
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At least Putin can shoot fokkers in the street and not be called racist.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:02 | 5125167 realWhiteNight123129
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Actually probably has no plan to invade. However that is not the point.

Statement analysis.

1. If PUTIN has not plan for invasion he probably woudl say:"  I have no plan for invasion".

2. If PUTIN has a plan for invasion he would say : "I have no plan for invasion".


Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:20 | 5125248 agent default
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Translation:  We are looking for half of an excuse to get in there and go old school on them.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:24 | 5125266 Arthor Bearing
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This is not news, Putin asked the federal assembly to revoke his power to declare war on Ukraine in order to de-escalate the situation. In Russia the executive requires permission from the legislature before declaring war. Russia cannot make an incursion into Ukraine without legislative permission.

Proving that market participants are a bunch of ignorant assholes once again.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:25 | 5125271 Spungo
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If I were going to invade a country, I know I would definitely warn people about it. I would also post my attack plans on facebook.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:28 | 5125272 Hellone
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that being said this is interesting is Russia gaming markets? Their Ruble gets messed with all the time a lil payback? what games are they playing Russian knows damn well it has plans otherwise it wouldn't be massing on the border the way it is...If NATO makes a move into the Ukraine is when thins get serious and goes hot everyone knows this otherwise the Ukranians can fight it amongst themselves for now and then the west can freeze to death come winter...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:27 | 5127605 Aussiekiwi
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Love it, massive rant and then ' that being said......,' hilarious.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:31 | 5125295 Stuck on Zero
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Ukraine to Russia: What big teeth you have.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:38 | 5125316 fel.temp.reparatio
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Ukraine to US: What big eyes you have.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:39 | 5125531 roadhazard
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All the Mother Russian rebel leaders in Ukraine have left for points east. By this time next month the rebels will be no more. Putin has kept the subject of Crimea in the background as long as possible.   

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:50 | 5125554 walküre
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Good move, Putin. For the record and for all the world to see, Putin does not want this war ... "has no plans to invade Ukraine"

Putin and Russia don't need this war. They're busy destroying what's left of USD credibility with their BRICiS moves and they're not the ones potentially freezing to death this winter.

Let the record show once and for all that Putin's Russia is NOT the antagonist in this drama unfolding right before our eyes as much as the US can no longer claim the status of universal protagonist or "freedom" maker.

The warmongers and MIC apologists are shitting their pants. All the provocations and all the propaganda back fired and failed to rally the world against Russia.

Now what, Lindsay Graham et al? Your playbook is not working!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:21 | 5126265 JohninMK
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Putin is playing the civil war to his benefit. Just look how many new friends he has made around the world by opening up the Russian food market.

Russia is playing the long game here, the Russian good guy against the US bad guy.

He knows that, apart from WW3, the EU/US/NATO are powerless against the Russian military (growing fast in capability whilst the West's shrinks) and the shear size of Russia. He has the rescources the EU needs at good prices so there is a limit to their actions.

He also knows most are bankrupt and very worried that he and the Chinese will pull down the dollar (very easy and low cost, just hit the silver market) forcing a global reset, which will hurt everyone but the BRICS less than the West.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:25 | 5127588 Aussiekiwi
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mmmm, time for another passenger plane to be shot down, or a bomb in a high story apartment building with 'made in Russia' stamped on English.......They won't let this go so easy.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:17 | 5125910 Icebramovich
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Russia doesn't need to invade Ukraine, they just have to wait until nex winter when the ukrainian government will cut off the gas supplies for the ukrainian homes, and poverty, unemployment and economic crisis worsens

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