– Russian Pivot: Greece Will “Probably” Join BRICS Bank, Official Says (ZeroHedge, May 30, 2015):
Greece has very little in the way of bargaining power with European creditors.
Outside of gimmicks like tapping its SDR reserves, Athens has no cash to make payments to the IMF in June and, perhaps more importantly, there’s very little in the way of wiggle room when one looks at revenues versus spending (see below), meaning Greece will also struggle to pay public sector employees which, in combination with Greeks’ consternation about the safety of their deposits, could contribute to social unrest and put unwelcome political pressure on PM Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party that swept to power just five months ago on a defiant (and apparently naive) anti-austerity platform.
“Saakashvili was offered the position of first deputy prime minister of Ukraine last December, but he refused the appointment, saying he doesn’t want to renounce his Georgian citizenship.”
– Jewish Georgian minister: Thanks to Israeli training, we’re fending off Russia (Haaretz, Nov 8, 2008):
“Israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers,” Yakobashvili told Army Radio in Hebrew, referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired.
“We killed 60 Russian soldiers just yesterday,” said Yakobashvili. “The Russians have lost more than 50 tanks, and we have shot down 11 of their planes. They have enormous damage in terms of manpower.”
… which is why…
– Vladimir Putin ‘wanted to hang Georgian President Saakashvili by the balls’ (The Times, Nov 14, 2008):
With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to Mr Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr Putin declared.
Mr Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” – he asked. “Why not?” Mr Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”
Mr Sarkozy, using the familiar tu, tried to reason with him: “Yes but do you want to end up like [President] Bush?” Mr Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah – you have scored a point there.”
And just in case somebody still doubts who started it …
– Saakashvili admitted that Georgia began military operations in South Ossestia (The Times, Nov 29, 2008):
“Mr Saakashvili admitted yesterday that Georgia began military operations in South Ossestia but insisted that it was in response to Russian provocation.”
And now he becomes governor in Ukraine.
You really can’t make this stuff up.
– Ex-Georgian president, wanted at home, becomes governor in Ukraine (RT, May 30, 2015):
Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili, wanted by his country’s prosecutors for embezzlement, abuse of power and politically-motivated attacks, has been appointed governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region.
President Petro Poroshenko personally appointed Saakashvili to the post, saying the former Georgian leader is “a friend of Ukraine.” In a statement at Saakashvili’s nomination in Odessa, Poroshenko said the two had known each other for 25 years, since university days.
Нас об’єднує любов до Одеси і України.Від щирого серця бажаю успіху новому главі ОДА Михайлу Саакашвілі.У добру путь! pic.twitter.com/O1Dj8cWWRq
— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) May 30, 2015
According to Poroshenko, Saakashvili “has proven with deeds, not words that he can not only give birth to creative ideas, but also put them into practice.” He added Georgia’s ex-president had changed his country “in the direction of transparency, effectiveness, anti-corruption, appeal for foreign investors, fair justice, protection of citizen’s rights, democracy,” something Poroshenko “would like to see very much” in Odessa.
– Record Snowfall in Many Parts of New Zealand (Ice Age Now, May 29, 2015):
A massive storm far off the coast of New Zealand has left behind bitter cold weather in the country.
On Tuesday morning, Blenheim in Marlborough dropped to -5.1 degrees and central Wellington to -1.7 degrees, according to MetService meteorologist Nick Zachar. The cold air dumped snow in several places including the hills around Wellington and reached as far North as Hawke’s Bay.
– Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance (StarTribune, May 29, 2015):
Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him.
It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns.
Before the people realized that behind the “most transparent administration ever” there was nothing but double seasonal adjustments, drones and an impenetrable layer of propaganda and lies, there was…
And change, of course.
The entire editorial board of the Washington Post functions as a group of hilarious quack science Monsanto operatives pretending to be engaged in reporting real news. It’s so bad that key articles published by the Post now appear to be “written” by Monsanto, with the “Greenwashington Post” parroting Monsanto’s quack corporate “science” talking points. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Post’s hit piece response to Chipotle’s announcement of going 100% non-GMO on their menu items.
As background to all this, customer demand for non-GMO foods is exploding across America. People don’t want to eat foods laced with cancer-causing glyphosate, the herbicide chemical that’s sprayed on most GMO crops, and they also don’t want to eat foods made from GMO corn, a crop which grows its own deadly pesticides inside every grain. The fresh food movement is taking America by storm.
– Audience Cheers As Bernie Sanders Laments Global Warming ‘Devastation’ (Ice Age Now, May 29, 2015):
“Sanders is an outspoken socialist who has championed approaches to global warming that give the federal government more power over businesses and Americans’ everyday lives,” says this article by Michael Bastasch.
Audience Cheers As Bernie Sanders Laments Global Warming ‘Devastation’
By Michael Bastasch
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders got his supporters fired up in a speech Tuesday, talking about all the problems in America and his socialist solutions.
The crowd also went wild as Sanders talked about how global warming is “causing devastating problems in our country.”
– Surge in whale deaths along West Coast — Experts: “So many in such a small area is setting off alarms… We really don’t know what’s going on” — Professor: “I’m not sure this is just a natural event… There may be a disease in ocean” — Gov’t: “We’re not even concerned about it” (VIDEOS) (ENENews, May 29, 2015):
NBC Bay Area, May 27, 2015 (emphasis added): In Northern California… a dozen dead whales have been reported… since April, according to Mary Jane Schramm [from the] Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Others have probably gone unreported…
Press Democrat, May 26, 2015: “It’s alarming because we’re seeing more than we typically see” [said Sheila Semens, Noyo Center for Marine Science]… Three gray whales were beached just last week… There also were reports of a… whale on an inaccessible beach.
Read moreSurge in whale deaths along West Coast — Experts: “So many in such a small area is setting off alarms… We really don’t know what’s going on” — Professor: “I’m not sure this is just a natural event… There may be a disease in ocean” — Gov’t: “We’re not even concerned about it” (VIDEOS)
– Decades Of Global Cooling Ahead (Ice Age Now, May 29, 2015):
A new study out of the U.K. predicts decades of cooler temperatures and fewer hurricanes hitting the U.S., says this article by Michael Bastasch.
(Excerpts) – Scientists at the University of Southampton predict that cooling in the Atlantic Ocean could lead to a global temperature drop a half a degree Celsius and may offer a “brief respite from the persistent rise of global temperatures.”
“Sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic vary between warm and cold over time-scales of many decades,” said Dr. Gerard McCarthy, the study’s lead author. “This decadal variability, called the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO), is a notable feature of the Atlantic Ocean and the climate of the regions it influences.”
– The Dissident Dad – 10 Things I Had to Unlearn That My Children Won’t (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 28, 2015):
This list could grow to 1,000 ideas, but I’ve kept it down to ten. In the future, I might update it and add some more.
There are a lot of bad ideas that dominate the world we live in today, most of which are uncritically accepted as the norm and fully embraced by society.
As a millennial myself, I’ve noticed my peers seem to accept most of these as conventional wisdom. Hook, line, and sinker.
Here are some ideas I was propagandized with that I hope my children will never have to “unlearn.”
“I’ve always maintained our freedom of choice, freedom of speech & freedom of movement have been eroded incrementally since 9/11.
Yet we are being prompted to expect another big event.
This article clearly questions the need for a big event, as incrementalised destruction of our freedoms is progressing steadily.”
– The Danger That There Will Be No “Big Event” (SHFTplan, May 28, 2015):
The following article has been generously contributed by Paylie Roberts, author of Bugging Out to Nowhere and Life After Bugging Out, and most recently, Memories of Poland, Lessons From Growing Up Under Communism.
Editor’s Note: Paylie was born behind the Iron Curtain, during the heydays of Soviet occupied Poland. She understands a thing or two about what a real collapse looks like, and as she explains in her highly informative commentary below, it may not all “go down” like some might expect. Though a large-scale waterfall event always remains a possibility given the current geo-political climate, Paylie argues that there is another possible outcome of what we are experiencing today. Rather than a full-blown, rapid decent into chaos, what if the “event” many are pointing to as the singularity for collapse is actually happening right now, as a slow and consistent degradation of our way of life? And what if the “other side” of this degradation, wherein most people expect a resurgence of individual liberty and sound economic policy, turns out to be even worse than the system we have today? We know the elite members of the political, financial and business classes will not want to let go of their power, just as was the case in Communist countries across Europe in the 20th century. Who’s to say they won’t make every effort to remain in power by way of the iron fist many of us understand is behind the command & control organizations managing global affairs?
The Danger That There Will Be No “Big Event”
By Paylie Roberts
How many times do you hear preppers and liberty-minded folks make statements along the line of “When the schumer hits the fan, I will take such action,” or “After some event I will make that change,” or “If it gets to that point, then I’ll take a stand!”? These ideas are based on the premise that there will be “the big event.” The assumption among many preppers and liberty activists is that there will be a clear cut “before” and “after,” with a defining moment, event, or series of events, delineating between the two. Such events could include economic collapse, natural disaster, a pandemic, an EMP or CME, a “terrorist” attack, or martial law. I myself have at times fallen into this very trap.
– US-Trained Special Forces Chief Joins ISIS, Vows To Bring Jihad To Russia & America (ZeroHedge, May 29, 2015):
Meet Gulmurod Khalimov, the US-trained and funded former commander of Tajikistan’s special forces, who, as Reuters reports, has now gone to Syria to fight with ISIS. He has a message: “Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims…God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you.”
Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation’s special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and militants. He disappeared in late April, prompting a search by Tajik police.
He reappeared Wednesday, vowing to bring jihad to Russia and the United States as he brandished a cartridge belt and sniper rifle, in a professionally made, 10-minute video clip posted in social networks.
Here is an excerpt of that video, in Russian
“The video, allegedly made in Syria, says that Khalimov joined the jihadists in protest against government policies that do not allow namaz (canonical prayer) or the wearing of Islamic dress,” the video’s Russian source states.
The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor compiled some of Khalimov’s fun video soundbites:
“Listen, you dogs, the president and ministers,” Khalimov says in the video, “if only you knew how many boys, our brothers are here, waiting and yearning to return to reestablish sharia law there.”…
“Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims,” he said. “God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you.”
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The big question is – was he ‘recorded’ as a moderate when America considered funding and training his elite special forces unit?
ISIS is an operation run by the CIA and the Mossad …
McCain and his buddy, ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi:
Mentioning also who is behind ISIS: Former CIA Agent: ‘Every Single Terrorist Incident We Have Had In The U.S. Has Been A False Flag’ (Video)
The U.S. has armed and trained ISIS:
– U.S. Special Forces Train Syrian Rebels In Jordan (Le Figaro)
Flashback:… all of them coming directly from from our Al-CIAda unit …
Just one month after this article has been published in the Guardian Robin Cook DIED:
– Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook: ‘Al-Qaida, Literally “The Database”, Was Originally The Computer File Of The Thousands Of Mujahideen Who Were Recruited And Trained With Help From The CIA To Defeat The Russians’
– Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist or How The US Created Al Qaeda (Documentary)
– BBC: Al-Qaeda Does Not Exist (Documentary)
Retired U.S. General Wesley Clark …
Wesley Clark , Oct 3 2007 at the commonwealth club of California.
– Baltimore Has Descended Into A State Of Lawlessness – And More Cities Will Soon Follow (Economic Collapse, May 28, 2015):
Did you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened? On Thursday, a mother and her 7-year-old son were both shot in the head in a double murder that has shocked the entire nation. Police believe that the son may have been shot in order to prevent him from identifying the individual that shot his mother. So is this what America is turning into? A place where 7-year-old kids are executed in cold blood? That mother and son were the 37th and 38th murder victims in the city of Baltimore so far this month. That makes this the deadliest month in Baltimore in 15 years, but because of all the controversy surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, police in Baltimore are afraid to do their jobs at this point. In some areas of the city, young men boldly smoke weed in public and wave guns around at innocent bystanders without any worry that police will intervene. Baltimore has descended into a state of lawlessness, and this is just the beginning. As I discussed just the other day, the same kind of lawlessness will soon sweep all across this country.
From the article:
What is disturbing is that as noted before, inventories contributed the biggest component of Q1 GDP growth, adding $106 billion in nominal “growth.” Without that contribution, annualized GDP would have been worse than -3%!
In short: welcome to the recession, which however will soon be double seasonally adjusted into another flourishing, of only stiatistically, “recovery.”
– “Welcome To The Contraction”: Q1 GDP Drops By 0.7%, Corporate Profits Crash (ZeroHedge, May 29, 2015):
And you thought the preliminary 0.2% Q1 GDP print from last month was bad. Moments ago, just as we warned, the BEA released its latest, first, revision of Q1 GDP (pre second-seasonal adjustments of course), and we just got confirmation that for the third time in the past four years, the US economy suffered a quarterly contraction, with the Q1 GDP revised drastically from a 0.2% growth to a drop of -0.7%: the worst print since snow struck, so very unexpectedly, last winter.
Incidentally, there has not been a US “expansion” with three negative quarters in it in the past 60 years.