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To Everyone Saying Russia Is "Isolated", Here's A Map

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While NATO is happy to provide Russia with geographical advice, we thought the following map of "the world" will help explain President Obama's increased use of the term "isolated" when it comes to Russia...



h/t @PersonOfAwesome


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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:37 | 5168900 HUGE_Gamma
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Obama is peeing his pants over the "Boomerang"

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:38 | 5168923 Publicus
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Color the BRICS nation green. I dare you.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:41 | 5168938 BlindMonkey
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....then circle the BRICS with red lines and have John Madden do the voice over explaining it all.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:50 | 5168978 Xibalba
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A boomerang that doesn't come back is a stick

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:59 | 5169011 BlindMonkey
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I am missing the point my man. Elaborate por favor?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:35 | 5169123 knukles
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It didn't "Pivot" or "Reset"

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:04 | 5169134 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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In the meantime, welcome to Novorossiya. Russia does not appear to be squandering time.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:34 | 5169279 Anusocracy
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All of this boils down to Putin/Russia vs. the dollar.

Die Fed, die dollar.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:10 | 5169392 y3maxx
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Putin 100%

Golfer in Chief 0%

...Golf match, Chess match, Checkers...what have You

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:00 | 5169708 markmotive
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Putin is in more control than the media would have you believe.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:29 | 5169805 CheapBastard
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Not only is he in control, his approval rating at home is over 95%. 

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:32 | 5169950 JuliaS
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Ukraine and Crimea are colored violet! WTF?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:46 | 5169984 Drunk In Church
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Russia is islolated.  It's isolated from freedom, decency, and basic human rights.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00 | 5170012 Seize Mars
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Your blog is uninteresting. Sorry. I'm just being honest here.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:04 | 5170020 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Hey let's bring 'em some of that good ol 'Murhan freedom! Ya know, like the stuff we brought to Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya? Comes in a few easy-to-deliver forms, Drone Freedom, Abrams Tank Freedom, Cruise Missile Freedom, Spy Freedom, and Wall Street Super Special Fake-O-Money Laundering and Debt Freedpm! Boo-ya!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:20 | 5170054 zerophilo
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Dude, seriously, your blog is terribly boring.

Give it up man.

Stop trolling this site with empty comments.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:38 | 5170169 Volkodav
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Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:35 | 5170285 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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There's little point in trying to convey those realities to the people here at Zero Hedge. Most of them seem to be part of the American crowd which openly symphatizes with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, likely because of the latter's overt nationalism, homophobia and Christian conservatism.

After American actor Mickey Rourke having donned a "I love Putin!" t-shirt in Moscow recently, we apparently now also have Steven Seagal proclaiming his solidarity with mother Russia in the middle of Sevastopol.

The conclusion I draw from all of this is that Americans appear to be growing a bit more nutty by the hour.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:30 | 5170670 Zaptastic
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...or perhaps they're just tired of listening to their government lying to them at every opportunity and treating them like they're stupid?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:54 | 5170107 Freddie
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Despite the endless western media demonization - I bet Putin has a higher approval rating than Obama in Amerika.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:44 | 5170266 DavidPierre
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JIM WILLIE — Critical Geopolitical & Monetary Update: NATO is Falling Apart & Germany is Breaking Away From the U.S.

Dr. Jim Willie presents some important recent developments that bode ill for the dollar as Germany, France and other former allies and partners of the US are now aligning themselves with Russia, China and the BRICS bloc. Also, Willie’s source claims Blackwater mercenary group has been captured in Ukraine. “NATO is dead.”

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:44 | 5169983 SeattleBruce
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"we thought the following map of "the world" will help explain President Obama's increased use of the term "isolated" when it comes to Russia..."

This coming from the prez who discussed 57 other states he'd visited.  This is who we're dealing with...


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:27 | 5169941 juan323
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I noticed that at: they are taking interns....lolz. They need to put up a job posting at Colombia Journalism School.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:44 | 5168949 A82EBA
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or Gold

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:08 | 5169040 CHX
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+1 BRICS of Gold...

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30 | 5169267 YuShun
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In Chinese, BRIC is "gold-bars-four-countries" (jin-zhuan-si-guo).   

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 13:24 | 5171768 matrix2012
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@ YuShun, thanks for hinting on it, you're right, never realize that the Chinese put such high meaning on the BRICS organization.

I just checked the online dict for the Chinese word on "BRIC / BRICS Economic Bloc", it says "Jin Zhuan"; whereas "Jin" means "gold; metals in general; money" and "Zhuan" means "tile, brick"


so literally the BRICS is called out as GOLD BRICK in Chinese :-) so smart, so true!!


Word dictionary - brics economic bloc - MDBG English to Chinese dictionary
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:33 | 5169230 Kirk2NCC1701
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Ah, a version that even Canadian Ploticians and Military can understand!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:50 | 5170359 what's that smell
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you forgot god's chosen piece of shitty desert.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:13 | 5169399 LegalizHazing
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Color the British financial colonies green? Next everything blue, I presume?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:36 | 5169966 JuliaS
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The black must be ISIS. That Saudi king wasn't exaggerating.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:31 | 5169808 hyoung
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I did, adding Mongolia (recent trade deal announces it has come home to Daddy), Venezuela, Iran, and I'm sure a bunch of other gaps could be filled in too, particularly in view of the influence China is building in Africa.  The fun thing will be to see how long it takes Europe to start going green.  Seems some German industrialists and senior/ex politicians want this.  Once the USD starts to wobble, it could happen pretty fast - like dominoes.  It is the inevitability is the future vs B-52s.


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:32 | 5169815 hyoung
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Also China and Vietnam just made up too ...

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:24 | 5173707 crazzziecanuck
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Forgot to paint Crimea green...

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:38 | 5168928 Vendetta
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as if he cares about anything but getting out of office and collecting his payola like his predecessors

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:41 | 5168934 BlindMonkey
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Why do you think he changed his suit color to taupe?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:08 | 5169044 RiverRoad
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Actually it's more likely a Brooks Bros. summer khaki:  He fancies himself a preppy.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:28 | 5169104 Berspankme
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All the queens are wearing them this year 

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:38 | 5169449 Dakota Kid
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It's  trendy.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:46 | 5169163 BlindMonkey
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Wouldn't the cloven hooved sheep in the logo make it unclean for a muzzie like Barry to wear?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:51 | 5169176 knukles
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Those are sex objects, silly

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:35 | 5169283 BlindMonkey
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I regret that I only have one up vote.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:48 | 5169859 Hulk
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I put one in for you !!!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:02 | 5169715 Trucker Glock
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Sheep chew the cud.  I think they're considered clean.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:01 | 5170588 TruthHunter
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"Sheep chew the cud.  I think they're considered clean."

The way they eat garbage in Muslim countries, they are hardly clean.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:45 | 5169162 tempo
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only ATH for precious 500 or beloved 30 stocks on a weekly basis will bring Russia to their knees. That's all the US/EU central bankers can construct and control in the world.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:35 | 5168908 Pooper Popper
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Way out of her leauge....

I wouldnt fuck with Putin if I were you Jarret,,,,you fucking bitch!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:37 | 5169291 disabledvet
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I would....AND I AMMMMMMMM!!!!!

(wouldn't phuck with Russia though. I respect Russia and the Russians...especially their Army way too much for that. As an American who is quite familiar with General Custer however I also understand the possibility of error. Custer was no pushover either. I think he and Putin share a lot in common actually. His glorious death pushed General Grant into some serious action...and changed the face of America forever.)

"Once these things get serious...they don't become unserious anytime soon."

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:42 | 5169454 Dakota Kid
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Putin F's back, with interest payable on demand.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:36 | 5168911 F0ster
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You can add Germany, France and maybe the UK to Russia's partners soon too

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:14 | 5169059 smacker
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I can't see the UK Govt becoming a partner to Russia anytime soon. Cameron has burnt his bridges and Putin's got better taste.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:20 | 5169080 Winston Churchill
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Cameroon seems to have doubled down on stupid.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:55 | 5169161 knukles
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When I lived in the UK way back in the 60's we were always chastised by our cousins for our bad "policies with your* Negros"; the cities up in flames during the summers of love, etc.  Then the UK announced that for some reason I have yet to remember because whatever reason it sounded ominous, that anybody who had a passport from a Commonwealth nation could come live and work in the UK.  Thereafter when chastised by the Brits, we'd warn them that they would be facing the Exact Same Social Strains as the US which they criticized so openly.  But oh no..... we didn't understand, it was different, we'ren't it, eh?.
Back then, most everybody in London was still English with some Scots, Irish and Welsh sprinkled here or there about and a few quaint Indian restaurants.  Big social conflict were the Mods and Rockers.  Oy!  Or the Chelsea and Spurs fans duking it out in some pub after a match.  And the Kray brothers.
Go figure

*note the language.... yes they were referred to as "your" Negros.  ....real nice.....

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:04 | 5169208 PacOps
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By the time I got to London - 72/73 the evening sport/social conflict seemed to have evolved into "Paki Pounding" - "their" Negros by then.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:09 | 5169218 Rootin' for Putin
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By the time i got to high school in the UK  (81) the 2 Pakis in the whole school were completly untouchable (not just because of the smell)  They could do anything and never get in trouble for it.


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:18 | 5169239 logicalman
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1. You can't blame them for the system.

2. You may have smelled as bad to them as they did to you.

I guess you always fall for the divide and conquer techniques used against you.

I bet you have a favourite delusion, I mean religion, too.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:58 | 5169349 Rootin' for Putin
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Nope, you should know that.  Im C of E, thats barely 1 step above no religion at all.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:19 | 5169241 Dave
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I was there 76-79. Pakis were still their negros. Haven't been back since. I assume things haven't improved.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:22 | 5170481 GeezerGeek
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The UK is having its own problems with Pakistanis and their preferred form of child abuse, er, I mean multiculturalism.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:52 | 5169331 Kirk2NCC1701
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And by the time I went to grad school in London in the 80s, I knew some "Negro" guys from Brixton, who liked to hang out in the City of Westminster (London's fashionable West End).

Funny thing is, their appearance aside,  they were totally 'regular' guys:  No attitude, no chip on shoulder, no slave culture baggage.  Just regular guys to joke with and drink with.  I remember thinking how completely different they were from 95% of American "Blacks" I knew.  All other guys (from all over Europe and a few from the US) noticed the same thing.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:30 | 5169428 worbsid
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OT:  The city of Chicago is changing all their German Shepard police dogs for coon hounds.  Seems they are not having trouble with Germans.  Yes, I know, but it's still funny for us old guys. 

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:45 | 5169460 Dakota Kid
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It's divide and conquer in the USA,  thanks to the puppet in chief.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:06 | 5169213 logicalman
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The Krays.

If they'd gone into banking they would have been unbelievably successful - Their attitude to life would have been a perfect fit!

Lambretta and Vespa schooters vs Norton 750s, Triumph Bonnevilles and BSAs - memories are made of this!


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:29 | 5169262 Winston Churchill
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Enoch Powell and Gerald Nabarro were right, and got pilloried for it.

Used to live with a woman whose ex was a Kray Bros. enforcer, she taught me Cockney,

along with a lot of other things.

There were a lot of other races there but they kept to their own patch,Poles,West Indians,

Turks,Greeks etc.Plus the visiting Aussies and Kiwis.,

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:59 | 5169314 YuShun
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a Kray Bros. enforcer -
like Chas in Performance?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:45 | 5169318 MalteseFalcon
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Those were the days when Europeans with their homogeneous societies would lecture us about our 'negroes' (their usage, not mine).  I also pointed out that trouble was headed their way.

LOL.  Fuck them.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:32 | 5169436 nmewn
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I always enjoy being lectured to by my inferiors as well.

It seems to give them comfort and me a good laugh ;-)

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:49 | 5169469 Dakota Kid
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nmewn "I always enjoy being lectured to by my inferiors".

Yes you enjoy it, however, it hurts at the same time knowing these people are ...shall I say, STUPID.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:57 | 5170111 Freddie
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Cameron works for the Red Sheild.  Putin is for Russians.  The English establishment are for letting their children get raped by Pakistanis and punishing anyone who speaks out about it.  F Cameron, Milliband, the Tories, Labour, Lib Dems, the BBC and the UK zio-media.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:38 | 5168918 Vendetta
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Isolated except having established a strong alliance with China that has the lions' share of manufacturing of imports into the US

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:07 | 5169034 toady
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Yep. Change China green, and India too.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:30 | 5169108 Berspankme
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And Cuba and Venezuela

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:37 | 5168922 NoIdea
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That map shows Crimea as part of Ukraine. Haven't you been watching the news or reading your own website?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:08 | 5169047 toady
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Yep, change Crimea green, and change Iran green while your at it.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:46 | 5168930 Smegley Wanxalot
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So about 75% of the world is directly on Russia's side, plus about 40% of what's left. 

That's about 85%. Poor poor isolated Russia.


Then again, all we need on our side is that mysterious bond buyer in Belgium and all is good.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:46 | 5168959 BlindMonkey
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Quality over quantity I always say. One Belgium friend is worth 3 billion people or so.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:00 | 5169017 Excursionist
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Agreed on quality vs. quantity.

Overlay GDP figures on this map, and the isolation becomes apparent.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:06 | 5169032 BlindMonkey
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The deeper implication to the reply is that the quality is really refering to access to capital markets. I believe the credit markets to be an illusion and would much prefer the company of 3 billion individuals, regardless of a marker as meaningless as GDP. The Belgian bond buyer is a phantom entity.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:31 | 5169114 Excursionist
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To each their own, I guess.  You can have your company of 3 billion poor souls.  I'll take the company of a few hundred thousand of the right kind with a "meaningless" per capita GDP of $1M.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:51 | 5169174 BlindMonkey
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Each to their own Ex.

My belief is that the impending great reset will put a premium on a human and reduce the value of a phantom to nil. We will see.

Care for a friendly wage of a bottle of Blue Label?

(PS. +1 FWIW)

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:52 | 5169332 MalteseFalcon
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Yes.  Which side withstands the reset better is the crux.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:53 | 5169479 Dakota Kid
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You are looking at one picture, if you watch the movie, you will have a different viewpoint.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:34 | 5169611 photonsoflight
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George Washington warned us not to become entangled in the affairs of Europe. Belgium literally could bring down the US overnight. He was right.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:39 | 5168932 Jack Burton
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How isolated are you when you just started the largest gas pipeline on earth direct to the world's largest economy? How isolated when Brazil begins building 17 food processing plants and looking to hire 20,000 workers just to meet your food import demands? I could go on, but fuck CNN, why should I spend more time refuting that lie machine?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:48 | 5168970 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Jack Burton, take a look at this video, because you will appreciate both the humor and ingenuity.

An anti-nazi Kiev blogger explains how he set up several small shell companies in various Ukrainian cities to sell paint. Not just any paint, but blue and gold paint, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. He then thanks the Ukrainian 'patriots' for funding the Donetsk militia, which is where all of the profits were sent.

Length is 7 minutes 35 seconds, with English subtitles:

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:49 | 5168971 BlindMonkey
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"I could go on, but fuck CNN, why should I spend more time refuting that lie machine."

'Cause it's a good hobby. It keeps you off the mean streets at night.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:21 | 5169246 JohninMK
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Yup, and China are going to build a nice new deepwater port in Crimea to bring all those imports into. Oh and build a bridge from Crimea to Russia just for good measure.

Those two certainly know which side of their bread is buttered!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:58 | 5169355 conscious being
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They may build the bridge anyway, but it looks like they're not gonna need it.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:50 | 5169328 potato
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Anyone with half a brain is practicing Russian and brushing up on engineering/management skills to go build that pipeline next year.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:14 | 5169537 bid the soldier...
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Anyone with half a brain

And if you have a brain and a half, you're reading Pushkin in Russian and learning how to play chess while watching "Swan Lake"

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:42 | 5169840 CheapBastard
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<< practicing Russian >>

I wish I could. I'm stuck at Spanish 101! I've at least mastered the Canadain language and have the "eh' down pat.


Forget Mandarin or Russian...but I would encourage any and all Yutes to at least try to learn some Mandarin and Spanish and if they're really adept at languages, Russian also. My older sister took Russian for five years awhile back for fun an dall she learned how to do was to order pirogees from the menu. It's not in my DNA, evidently.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:19 | 5170139 Volkodav
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Russian Accelerator is best Russian Language course....


Tue, 09/02/2014 - 13:54 | 5171958 matrix2012
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My goodness Jack, you're killing me with this phrase:

"...I could go on, but fuck CNN, why should I spend more time refuting that lie machine?"




Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:45 | 5168954 LawsofPhysics
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Keep an eye on those black ones....


Just my two cents, they are in fact the biggest commodity (i.e. oil and gas) exporters, I wonder what would happen if they just kept all those calories...

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:49 | 5168968 RadioactiveRant
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They'd roll back free-shit and the people would burn down the palaces.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:50 | 5168974 LawsofPhysics
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...and then the recovery would begin in earnest.  Yes.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:23 | 5169417 The_Prisoner
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I agree that South America holds the balance of power.

Only thing they lack is a nuclear deterrent. If Russia provides a nuclear umbrella, South America and Russia can overturn the debt-based-world-order.

That's why the CIA is working hard to take back control. The fifth columnists in Brazil are being showered with cash by George Soros.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:49 | 5169468 Winston Churchill
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S. America has always been pivotal ever since europeans discovered it.

The Spanish and then the British empires, both failed when they lost them ,

either as possesions or trading partners.Seems the Russians and Chinese both know

real history.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:52 | 5168987 cart00ner
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Australia is green - Tony Abbotomy just doesn't know it!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:52 | 5168989 Drummond
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I just said to my wife that there has not been a decent racist map of the world on ZH for a while and what do you know...

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:56 | 5169000 Balvan
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This page is so anti US and anti West, and pro Russia it's getting disgusting. Why don't you Zerohedgers go live there if Russia is so great?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:57 | 5169009 LawsofPhysics
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Many of us do business with the BRIICS countries.  I, for one, don't believe the propaganda in any country, but I do understand what real value is and the numbers are what they are when it comes to precisely who the creditor countries are and who the debtor countries are, that's just math.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:04 | 5169025 TheFourthStooge-ing
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This page is so anti US and anti West, and pro Russia it's getting disgusting. Why don't you Zerohedgers go live there if Russia is so great?

Butthurt by the truth? That's a common affliction among members of the She-Man Putin Haters Club. You'll get used to it.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:09 | 5169039 Dre4dwolf
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Living in America is like living in a fertile food rich section of a forest, sure you can eat, build a house and survive, but there are these freaking Mosquitoes (Fed-Squitoes) the size of bats swarming around you everywhere sucking you dry.


Its a testament to the STRENGTH of the average American out there , that this country is still standing with such an infestation of blood sucking vermin.


Just get rid of the following

And America will be awesome again.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:25 | 5169095 SIOP
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That 2nd pic is really good,  reminds me of one of my favorite bumper stickers I used to see when I lived in San Diego...


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:11 | 5169053 BlindMonkey
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If you feel comfortable putting your faith into the strategy-less Kenyan parading as the taupe knight go ahead. I would rather not.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:18 | 5169071 himaroid
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Says the anti-ZHer who won't leave.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:31 | 5169115 Canucklehead
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5 weeks and you think you are an expert.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:25 | 5169088 Tasty Sandwich
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The grass is always greener on the other side.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:39 | 5169165 anita22
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I completely agree with you. I love the US and old american thinking, while I dislike the way the US politicians mess with everything. And while, on one hand I disagree strongly the FED's interventionism and all about the CIA, I think this site has forgotten that not only the US (and its European allies) is a bad guy. Those ones are bad too, and defending them while waving the Anti-US flag is being dishonest to freedom's principles and liberty rights. If we are going to bash someone, let's bash about them all.

PS: However, it is true that *maybe* here the US is the bad guy, but, as I am completely against separatists movemments (they are not fair in my opinion, as the tend to create new countries forgetting all their parents ones inverted on them and how they got benefitted from the position of being theirs), I think Putin's troops' invasion of Crimea (even if it's a pacific one, I would like to know what would happen if Ukraine or the US did the same in, let's say, St. Petersburg) is NOT the best example of diplomacy and pacifism. If Russia gave Crimea to Ukraine they do not have the right to get it back, it's not theirs anymore.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:13 | 5170129 Volkodav
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Not your choice.

Crimea voted.

Crimea is Russia

Too many Russians died through history defending it.

No fat ass "Red" Mafiya oligarch ever did

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:09 | 5172045 matrix2012
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@ anita22

please kindly direct your speech to the Yugoslavian/Balkanization; Serbia-Kosovo; South Sudan-Sudan...

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:09 | 5169215 knukles
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I for one am not "pro-Putin" or "pro-Russia"   It seems to me that what is being read here is a singular negative reaction, indeed a whiplash, to the US's own foreign policies and propaganda.  "They" are simply accumulating kudos for calling the blubbery and buffoonery from the West's side.  Wars are not good things and nobody but a few deeply disturbed, crazy (as in should be institutionalized) "folks" cheer for them.  But alas, it seems that there is an ever present hand of the West in the series of Arab Springs, Ukraine, etc., that have served to ignite the misery death and destruction.  That's the why and where from which the push-back comes....
Look at it this way.  Were the West and especially US to simply pack up and go home, cease foreign entanglements, there would be none of the "rooting", "cheerleading" or "pro Russia" and Putin propaganda to which you refer. 

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:31 | 5169434 Winston Churchill
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Exactly knuks. I felt the same way about the old soviet union.

The US has become a carricature of even the old soviets.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:01 | 5169496 gonetogalt
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Replying to Knuckles...

Don't know if you ever followed Chuck Missler, but after he bailed from Southern Cal for Idaho around 1995, he had a kind of epiphany and summed it up with: "Don't confuse the USA with the Kingdom of God".

With that in mind, patriotism kinda takes a back seat to looking at who defends our fellows from serious mistreatment worldwide, and it ain't the USSA going all the way back to Serbia/Croatia and Clinton bombing the Christians in favor of the equally bloodthirsty Muslims in what has been the frontier between the two worlds for 1000 years.

Sad as it is, nowadays Russia is the only country that consistently ends up supporting the Christians or at least the 'not anti-Christian' side, and pulls no punches about ther bias. So yes, as a Christian who's  been bobbing and weaving to stay out of USSA's clutches for years, Putin is more my president than any other in years.


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:52 | 5169478 himaroid
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I just like playing their game, ie the enemy of my enemy, etc. They can't keep ALL of the good stuff to themselves.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:06 | 5169511 bid the soldier...
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I for one am not "pro-Putin" or "pro-Russia" 


Then you must be stoned all the time.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:13 | 5169226 Omen IV
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Why do the clowns always have "only" one retort - go live somewhere else - when they can't muster and back up a position?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:05 | 5169507 bid the soldier...
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It's usually the result of a weak intellect

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:28 | 5169272 Bdelande
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Putin may well be a thug, but at least he stands directly in the way of the avaricious financial globalists that the West is utterly beholden to, and I salute that.  Go Vlad Go!!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:07 | 5169036 laomei
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Russia can pull of Autarky rather well.  Tons of land, tons of resources, and an ongoing trade surplus.  The stuff it does import... eh, it can go to China for most of it, and the BRICS for the rest.  Russia's not going to be hurting anytime soon.  Europe on the other hand....

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:56 | 5169347 MalteseFalcon
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The BRICS could be a world unto themselves.  Just what does the developed world offer them?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:03 | 5169368 COSMOS
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Slavery, serfdom, plunder of resources...did I leave anything out?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:27 | 5169943 IndyPat
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War, Walmart and Air Jordans.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:17 | 5172079 matrix2012
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Hollywood whores & prons; NSA's superb backup and archival services;...

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:53 | 5169871 laomei
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Ya nailed it pretty well right there.  The developed world gives them an export market, but as a percentage of GDP, exports are nothing all that crazy.  Germany relies on over 50% of it's GDP from exports.  The BRICS... mid-20s and lower and generally falling as they turn more to domestic consumption.  Once a nation has the ability to autarkic, you really can't do shit to them, and if it's a union of states combined... again, you're basically fucked once that solidifies.  Sure there are some high end imported luxuries and shit that the moneyed class likes, but cutting it off doesn't actually hurt anything.  China and Russia forming a union combining Chinese labor with Russian resources... a pair of nuclear powers with no external debt and no actual need for much in the way of outside imports?  Good luck rest of the world.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:19 | 5169075 ms84124
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Hey Taylor: Do you get your payments before or after your "opinion," “news,” and "investigation" pieces? What is the going rate for pushing Russian propaganda these days? 

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:18 | 5169236 WAMO556
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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:06 | 5169382 conscious being
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Go anywhere else and enjoy a heaping helping of all the MSM lies you want you freakin' bankster monkey toad.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:30 | 5169429 Blano
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Taylor who?


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:17 | 5169756 ms84124
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My mistake. Sorry. Taylor, Tayler -- they both sing for money, just dufferent tunes. 

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:31 | 5169948 IndyPat
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Strike Two.

Trolling is hard. Spelling even more so.

It's Tyler Durden, numbnuts.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:22 | 5170144 Freddie
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He means (George) Taylor aka Charlton Heston in the Planet of The Apes.

Damn you all to hell.


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:04 | 5169505 gonetogalt
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Bite me !!!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:21 | 5172106 matrix2012
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Just adding another toad into my toad list at ZH board

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:20 | 5169081 himaroid
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Even the best part of the U.S. is on Russia's side.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:25 | 5169093 Rootin' for Putin
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So, this is BRICS and all the interested in joining countries.


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:31 | 5169113 Canucklehead
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Tyler, you are trying too hard.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:33 | 5169119 deeply indebted
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Why is Crimea blue?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:47 | 5169166 Jorgen
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Why is Japan black?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:54 | 5169189 BlindMonkey
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Because of the massive imports of Africans to act as radiation sinks in place of the failed ice dam.


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:39 | 5169129 Freaky - Freaky
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The BRICS in my country are usually RED... why are they black in this picture (surprise smile)?

Western world would  go blind if this map is full of RED(s).

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:59 | 5169202 besnook
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the usa and europe and japan do control 50% of the world economy albeit, ex japan and germany, on the consumer side much more than the producer side. i just read a stupid article that posited that asia cannot become a global economic entity until they lever up for global growth. what if asian companies told the west fuck off and pay a lot of money or build your own washing machines? afterall, the west is only a fraction of the total market and is a built out mature relic of the industrial revolution.

anyway, the comforting thing about history is the algos for forecasting are a lot simpler than the crap one must build as an economist or actuary. history says the usa loses the next confrontation even if it wins and the people of the usa will suffer great financial hardship paying for it in the aftermath.


killing them all now probably wouldn't prevent  the preordained end but would be a great preemptive party, a sort of primer for the future.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:12 | 5169225 NOZZLE
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How come Crimea is blue, that is Russia.  Also, happy to see that Serbia had the sense to support its big brother.  

I hope Putin sends in a strike force, takes Kiev down and smashes those nazi assholes in the face so hard that they don't forget this lesson for 200 years.

You send in that strike force starting with a bombing campaign of existing troop concentrations and watch how fast those Maidan cowards shit their pants and run back the West like the fucking cockroaches that they are.


Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:28 | 5169258 JohninMK
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He won't need to. Once the Rebels have beaten back the Ukie army to their borders they will just sit back and watch Ukraine implode as the various private armies/gangs tear the country apart.

There is a reasonable chance that in 6 months time whoever is in power in Kiev will be pleading for the Russians to send their 14,000 strong Peacekeeping Divisions in to restore order. At that point the EU is a busted flush.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:47 | 5169321 potato
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Yes. Patience. 

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence.

Supreme excellence is defeating your enemy, without fighting.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:00 | 5169360 NOZZLE
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Take a lesson from Carlito's Way, if you don't smash your enemies and drive them before you they will keep comming back like the cockroaches that they are.  That's all enemies think about all day long, how to refight the last war they lost.  Just look at Israel and the PaliRoaches.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:14 | 5169228 logicalman
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Depends where you are standing and how you see the world.

Fog in Channel; Continent Cut Off - the Brit attitude to Europe in the early 20th Century

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:29 | 5169266 williambanzai7
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I don't see any golf courses on that map

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