Tuesday, May 31, 2011

China weighs in on UN censure of Syria, again: Forget about it!

I have covered the fact that Russia has twice said no to the move to censure Syria at the UN.

It seems China is weighing in on that issue for a second time.

Here is what they are saying-

"The stability of Syria has a bearing on the stability of the whole region," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing.

"The Chinese government supports Syria's efforts to protect its sovereignty and stability and we hope that stability and order in Syria will be restored as soon as possible," she added.

"In the current circumstances, we believe that the adoption of the U.N. Security Council resolution would do no good for the easing of tensions and stability in Syria."

China has said that the outside world should not interfere in Syria's internal affairs.

A little more from Syria - A meeting in Beijing and the outside world's interference

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad on Monday discussed with China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhai Jun the situation in the region and Syria.

During their meeting in Beijing, Dr. Mikdad affirmed that the ongoing attack against Syria aims to undermine its stability and weaken it in the face of the conspiracies and challenges targeting the Arab nation.

Dr. Mikdad also discussed the reform process led by President Bashar al-Assad in response to the people's demands, developing all aspects of political, economic and social life, adding that more major reform steps are being prepared.

The Deputy Minister touched on the attempts by the US, France and Britain at the UN Security Council to impose their will on Syria and use the UN and their organizations to restore the days of colonialism and mandates and justify interference in countries' internal affairs.

Dr. Mikdad thanked China's leadership, government and people for their stances in international circles and their constant efforts to bolster relations between the two friendly countries.

For his part, Jun expressed his country's appreciation of Syria's pivotal regional and international role, affirming China's rejection of any interference in Syria's internal affairs and voicing confidence that the Syrian leadership's wisdom and expertise will allow it to overcome current difficulties.

The Vice Minister affirmed China's support of the reform efforts and all the steps taken by the Syrian government to preserve its sovereignty, security and stability

One story bolsters the other. As of right now, it looks as if Russia and China have drawn the line in the sand.

What are the NATO nations going to do now? If the Syrian ports remain open and accessible to Russia and China, how will the NATO nations succeed in their strangling of both those nations?

Lots at stake here.

Greece will probably get EU Aid to avoid default

Building on the two previous posts, an interesting development.

Greece will probably get Aid. Maybe?

Greece will probably get the bailout loans needed to avoid becoming the first euro country to default, Fitch Ratings said.

While filling a financing hole of about 30 billion euros ($43 billion) next year, the European Union also probably won’t force Greece to extend maturities, a step opposed by the European Central Bank, according to today’s Fitch note.

Greece will probably remain shut out of financial markets beyond the scheduled end of the 110 billion-euro bailout in May 2013, Fitch said in a report on its May 20 decision to cut Greece’s credit rating to three levels to B+.

EU and ECB officials remain divided over how to aid Greece, with some European leaders calling for new loans and a debt “re-profiling” -- convincing bondholders to voluntarily accept an extension of maturities.

ECB (central bank) officials have said “re- profiling” is tantamount to default and would prompt the Frankfurt-based central bank to refuse to accept Greek bonds as collateral in their emergency funding operations, wiping out the capital of the Greek banking system, the biggest holder of the country’s bonds.
And the EU and European Central Bank are still at odds.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Consolidating US Money Power: The Four Horsemen of Global Banking

Interesting piece;
Seems to shed light on the banker vs banker theory you can find linked in today's earlier post

Consolidating US Money Power: The Four Horsemen of Global Banking


If you want to know where the true power center of the world lies, follow the money - cui bono. According to Global Finance magazine, as of 2010 the world’s five biggest banks are all based in Rothschild fiefdoms UK and France.

They are the French BNP ($3 trillion in assets), Royal Bank of Scotland ($2.7 trillion), the UK-based HSBC Holdings ($2.4 trillion), the French Credit Agricole ($2.2 trillion) and the British Barclays ($2.2 trillion).

In the US, a combination of deregulation and merger-mania has left four mega-banks ruling the financial roost. According to Global Finance, as of 2010 they are Bank of America ($2.2 trillion), JP Morgan Chase ($2 trillion), Citigroup ($1.9 trillion) and Wells Fargo ($1.25 trillion). I have dubbed them the Four Horsemen of US banking.


(This would explain the French bank's breaking the ranks with the EU?)

The September 2000 marriage which created JP Morgan Chase was the grandest merger in a frenzy of bank consolidation that took place throughout the 1990’s. Merger mania was fed by a massive deregulation of the banking industry including revocation of the Glass Steagal Act of 1933, which was enacted after the Great Depression to curb the banking monopolies which had caused the 1929 stock market crash and precipitated the Great Depression.

In July 1929 Goldman Sachs launched two investment trusts called Shenandoah and Blue Ridge. Through August and September they touted these trusts to the public, selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of shares through the Goldman Sachs Trading Corporation at $104/share. Goldman Sachs insiders were bailing out of the stock market. By the fall of 1934 the trust shares were worth $1.75 each. One director at both Shenandoah and Blue Ridge was Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer John Foster Dulles. [1]

John Merrill, founder of Merrill Lynch, exited the stock market in 1928, as did insiders at Lehman Brothers. Chase Manhattan Chairman Alfred Wiggin took his “hunch” to the next level, forming Shermar Corporation in 1929 to short the stock of his own company. Following the Crash of 1929, Citibank President Charles Mitchell was jailed for tax evasion. [2]

In February 1995 President Bill Clinton announced plans to wipe out both Glass Steagal and the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956- which barred banks from owning insurance companies and other financial entities. That day the old opium and slave trader Barings went belly up after one of its Singapore-based traders named Nicholas Gleason got caught on the wrong side of billions of dollars in derivative currency trades. [3]

The warning went unheeded. In 1991 US taxpayers, already billed over $500 billion dollars for the S&L looting, were charged another $70 billion to bail out the FDIC, then footed the bill for a secret 2 1/2-year rescue of Citibank, which was close to collapse after the Latin American debt crunch hit home. With their bill’s paid by US taxpayers and bank deregulation a done deal, the stage was set for a slew of bank mergers like none the world had ever seen.


Reagan Undersecretary of Treasury George Gould had stated that concentration of banking into five to ten giant banks was what the US economy needed. Gould’s nightmare vision was about to come true.

Recounts a history of bank mergers up to the latest-

In the US, the George Gould nightmare reached its ugly nadir just in time for the new millennium when Chase Manhattan swallowed up Chemical Bank. Bechtel banker Wells Fargo bought Norwest Bank, while Bank of America absorbed Nations Bank. The coup de grace came when the reunified House of Morgan announced that it would merge with the Rockefeller Chase Manhattan/Chemical Bank/ Manufacturers Hanover machine.

Four giant banks emerged to rule the US financial roost. JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup were kings of capital on the East Coast. Together they control 52.86% of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. [9] Bank of America and Wells Fargo reigned supreme on the West Coast.

During the 2008 banking crisis these firms got much larger, receiving a nearly $1 trillion government bailout compliments of Bush Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs alumni Henry Paulsen; while quietly taking over distressed assets for pennies on the dollar.

Barclays took over Lehman Brothers. JP Morgan Chase got Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns. Bank of America was handed Merrill Lynch and Countrywide. Wells Fargo swallowed up the nation's 5th biggest bank- Wachovia.

The same Eight Families-controlled banks which for decades had galloped their Four Horsemen of oil roughshod through the Persian Gulf oil patch are now more powerful than at any time in history.


They are the Four Horsemen of US banking.

Interesting?

Dominique Strauss Kahn's arrest- The first domino fell. Greece is tipping. Is this financial war against the Eurozone?

It does appear to be, financial warfare. As bankers look to loot nation after nation.
Greece is only the beginning. But, which European nation will be next? Spain?
Portugal? Ireland? How about in the end, the crown jewel of Europe- Germany?

Let's get back briefly to the arrest of Dominque Strauss Kahn, which took place May 14/2011 hitting the news massively May 15 2011.
I am wondering if his sudden ouster had anything to do with this private meeting of certain powerful central bankers and a possible move to restructure Greek debt to avoid default?


Just prior to DSK's arrest, on May 6/2011, there was a secret meeting in Europe of some the European Central bankers. Not all of the bankers were included. I find that odd. Is it significant?
I think so.

The nations whose central bankers were in attendance are as follows Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The meeting was convened by Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister and the chairman of the eurogroup of single currency members.

Four top central bankers and the Chairman of the Eurogroup?

Top of the agenda was the fate of Greece, after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – on the hook for €30bn of the original €110bn rescue – demanded that the EU come up with a new strategy as the Mediterranean country continued to plunge into debt and recession.


Recap- The IMF wanted the EU to come up with a new strategy to ensure Greece repays it's debt.

Recall- that DSK was set to meet Angela Merkel, they were to discuss the Greek crisis.

That meeting never took place. Dominique Strauss Kahn was imprisoned at Rikers Island.

Back to the May 6th meeting-
"As news of the meeting leaked out, financial markets went into spasm sending the euro into a nosedive. In a desperate bid to end the turmoil, Mr Juncker, who had not informed other eurozone finance ministers of the meeting, chose to lie. "I totally deny there is a meeting"


An aside, and an unsurprising on at that, Mr Juncker (suitable name) had already horrified many of his counterparts by openly bragging last month that he often "had to lie" to suppress public debate over eurozone economic policies which, he claimed, were too important for open contemplation.

"I am for secret, dark debates," he said. "When the going gets tough, you have to lie."

You gotta love the honesty.
It may have horrified his counterparts that he said it publicly but hell , it's pretty dam obvious!

But back to the subject at hand - What I am wondering here is if some of the European bankers were going to attempt to restructure Greece's debt and that the IMF and Mr. Kahn were amenable to that happening?
BUT- but! Some other bankers had other ideas?

Recalling the US banks role in precipitating the Greek crisis?
I had a couple of articles linked in the comments section, relinked here and here
""Six major Wall Street banks" being investigated for misleading investors on Greece."

After the May 6/11 meeting and DSK's arrest there was yet another meeting.

Greek debt restructuring: Junckers says yes, ECB says “Hell, no!
May 16th and 17th/2011 as DSK sits in prison....

The blow-up happened at a crucial two day meeting of European finance ministers on Monday and Tuesday May 16-17.


And the new acting head of the IMF, John Lipsky, is in charge.
(This meeting may explain the prompt replacement of DSK by a JP Morgan man)

Unsurprisingly, the French broke ranks.


The French delegation, broke ranks by openly admitting that he and his colleagues were squaring up to what the markets have for some time now been regarding as an inevitability, namely a Greek default
The French delegation broke ranks. Ensuring a Greek default. Denying a restructuring.

Why I find that unsurprising is France has been aligning its interests more often then not with that of the US. Not at all with the interests the French citizens or the other European nations.
Sarkozy is continually cuddling up to the Americans.
I wonder if this has to do with the long rivalry between Germany and France?
Would the US bankers be playing into that historic competition for supremacy?


A quick aside- If a European comes to lead the IMF, which is still very much up in the air at this time the anointed one will be the French woman who has thrown her hat into the ring, Christine Lagarde.


Getting back to Greece, if Greece defaults rather then restructures.
Everything will be up for grabs, dirt cheap. Everything!

Papandreou has put Greece up for sale under restructuring

"Greek state assets, wants to sell stakes in Hellenic Telecommunications, Public Power Corp., Postbank, the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki and their local water company. All supposedly worth $70 billion"


Under default it will be a plunder!
You can bet the banks will swoop in like the vultures they are, to pick apart the carcass of a nation.
The bankers, of course, say they are worth far less. They want to buy them for 10% to 20% of what they are worth – so what else is new.
The bankers that are pushing for the pillage of Greece wouldn't be the same American banks that brought on the whole crisis??

Lots of questions for sure!
For some background you may need to refresh your memory with this one

Banker vs Banker - Dominique Strauss Kahn vs Ben Bernanke?

And this post, in particular the article Gallier brought to attention

The main Anglo-Saxon hedge funds (4) decided at a dinner Feb. 8, 2010 in New York, bet a concerted manner on the decline of the euro and the deterioration of European debt. He was admitted only after the Greek crisis triggered the domino effect would be a winning move, a real strike against the euro. "

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is primarily intended to discredit the IMF, and by extension to amplify the crisis of the euro. The consequences will be direct and important, especially for Greece.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Typhoon heads straight for Japan, Fukushima is already feeling the effects

Dublin Mick, in the previous post mentioned a storm that was slamming Japan.

"A case in point, we have a category five storm all over Japan, their sea is loaded with radioactive elements for 300 kilometers out, the storm is obviously going to pick it up along with the air and throw it inland.
You would think a cat five storm razing three nuclear plants that have just melted down might be considered news. "

Yeah, DM you would think?

What we have this time is a typhoon. Japan is not prepared.

Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared to deal with violent storms, officials admitted Saturday, as the country braced for Typhoon Songda to hit.

The typhoon, packing gusts up to 216 kilometres per hour near its centre, is moving northeast and could hit Tokyo as early as Monday, the agency said.

It is not yet clear whether it will move towards the Fukushima Daiichi plant, more than 200 kilometres northeast of the capital.

But the typhoon has already brought heavy rain to the Fukushima region, prompting worries that runoff water may wash away radioactive materials from land into the Pacific Ocean.


OR

Crippled Nuke Plants not prepared for heavy rain and wind

Heavy rain has been forecast for the areas from Sunday to Monday due to the season's second typhoon, Songda, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Heavy rain has been forecast for the areas from Sunday to Monday due to the season's second typhoon, Songda, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Tokyo Electric, or TEPCO, has for the last month been spreading anti-scattering agents around the troubled Nos. 1 to 4 reactor buildings to prevent radioactively contaminated dust from being carried into the air and sea by rain and wind.

But some of the reactor buildings have been left uncovered after they were damaged by hydrogen explosions following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. TEPCO plans to launch the work to put covers on the destroyed buildings in mid-June.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Orwell's Warning- The Greatest American Paradox

The Author Erik Blaire was good enough to let me know that his book, Orwell's Warning, is available, in four formats- free to download.


"I'm just writing to let you know that I'm giving my book away in four formats--free to copy and share--do unto others, I guess.
All in the name of helping others. I built a new page, and I think it will be to your liking. "



So, I am passing this info along. As Erik said "In the name of helping others"


You can find the book in all it's formats- here

Erik has even made it available to listen too, in MP3 Format.

Though I have already read the book, enjoyed and wrote a review on it here.
I am going to download it and listen to it.
So, feel free all who read here.
Thanks Erik!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fukushima: Hate to say I told you so, but. The naysayers were right all along

And the apologists, such as the shameless George Monbiot or Anne Coulter, should just go away....

Earthquake not Tsunami damaged the Fukushima power plants

Data from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant indicates that the March 11 earthquake--not the tsunami--damaged piping for the emergency core cooling system at the No. 3 reactor, leading to a meltdown, experts said.

Data released on May 24 by TEPCO points to the possibility of quake damage to the high-pressure coolant injection system
Keiji Miyazaki, professor emeritus of nuclear reactor engineering at Osaka University, said the piping at the reactor was probably ruptured before the waves hit the plant.

"Since the piping of a high-pressure coolant injection system is inside the reactor building, "it unlikely to be damaged in tsunami," he said.

Therefore it would have had to been damaged by the earthquake.

Now, let's look at the containment vessels-

The containment vessels of the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were probably damaged within 24 hours of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

And TEPCO knew that from the start!
"the utility said it carried out minute calculations on internal pressure and other measurements in the nuclear reactors after the earthquake."

After the Earthquake, before the tsunami

TEPCO said it found that an isolation condenser, a type of emergency cooling device, did not work properly at the No. 1 reactor. This caused the core meltdown to progress until it damaged the bottom of the pressure vessel about 15 hours after the earthquake.Additional reading here on the damaged containment units


Rehash: 15 hours after the earthquake you have core meltdowns and breaches of the pressure vessels. As if that isn't bad enough, there are also melted fuel rods in 3 reactors. Recall that the amount of toxins, poisons, mutators.. call them whatever you like in those fuel rods is worse then the cores. Imagine damage on a global scale from the combinations of core and fuel rod meltdowns?

Can we say cancer increases? Genetic mutations?
This is not Chernobyl, it is worse, a lot worse.
Recall the lying main stream media at the beginning, when attention was focused on Japan?

TEPCO has confirmed nuclear rod meltdowns, melted fuel rods in 3 reactors

Three reactors at Japan’s stricken power plant have melted fuel rods and it may take longer than nine months to gain control at the site.

About 55 percent of the radioactive fuel rods in the Unit 1 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant melted after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Ostendorff said. About 30 percent of the rods in unit 2 and 35 percent of the fuel in reactor 3 also melted.

If you had been reading along here since this nuclear holocaust began you already know this.

If that isn't enough bad news reaffirmed for you, there is still more!
More radioactive water has leaked, likely straight into the Ocean.

There are new fears Thursday that radioactive water may be leaking from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after a drop in water level was discovered at a wastewater disposal building.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, said the latest leak was discovered amid efforts to transfer highly contaminated water from reactors two and three to an improvised storage facility.

The company said the water level in the facility dropped nearly two inches in just 20 hours, meaning nearly 60 tons of water may have leaked from the facility.


What will become of this radioactive mess?
Well the brilliant masters of industry who brought this disaster to bear on the world have an idea that is as stupid as building those reactors in the first place!

A nuclear graveyard at Fukushima, right on the coast, of the Pacific Ocean.
In an earthquake/tsunami prone area of the World! Sheer Genius, right?

Atomic energy specialists are discussing a plan to make the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant a storage site for radioactive waste from the crippled station run by
Tokyo Electric Power Co.



Since it was Atomic energy "specialists," no doubt using their "intelligence" and education, that played a role in the construction of the Fukushima facility in a seismically active area.....
The idea to make a nuclear graveyard out of this same area is: Insane? Irrational? Delusional?
I am at a loss for just the right word.

One more thing.
Mother's breast milk has been testing positive for radioactive substances.
5 women out of 41 tested. One from Tokyo
This testing was done 1 month after the disaster began.
Well now it is over two months!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Protests in Syria? How about two years of protests in Georgia?

How come that isn't well known?
Where is the saturation media coverage?
I'm not talking the state of Georgia in the US.
I am referring to Georgia, the country Georgia.

I did a post way, way back on protests in Georgia, protests against the western puppet government. You can refresh your memory, here, from June 2009.
As early as May of 2009 protests began and protests have continued on, sporadically in Georgia to this day. Two years later. Complete with state repression.
But, you would have never know that in the West.
The Western media did not report on it then.
They are not reporting on the protests now.
The protests in Georgia are being vastly ignored by our corporate propagandists?
Why do you suppose that is?
Back in 2009 it was all about the Iranian "protests", all the time.
You know the western backed colour revolution?

How does this relate to what is going on at this time?
First, let's get up to speed. To 2011. Protests in Georgia keep on coming.

3000 demand Georgian president's resignation

OR

Georgia opposition protests enter fifth day

Seen that on the idiot box? The boob tube?
The device one gets their perception management from, complete with visuals?
No? I didn't think so.
The online coverage is lacking as well.
This would be due to the fact that this news isn't getting picked up by many mainstream media outlets.

What protests movement is getting tons and tons of coverage?
On line, in print and on the nightly news?
It is all about Syria. The Syrian protests.
The West has even placed sanctions against Syria.
There have been two attempts at the UN to have Syria taken to task.
I mean Canada has even imposed sanctions against Syria.Canada imposes sanctions on Syria
As for Georgia? Nary a word.


Let me demonstrate-
Georgian Protest news- 183 related articles.

Two years ago contrast in coverage was with the so called Iranian revolution.
In 2011 the coverage or lack there of when compared to Syria is glaring.
A search of Syrian Protests- 1904 related articles.

An obvious and glaring difference in coverage. In media saturation.
Why would one suppose that is?

Could it be that the media just doing it's job as spin doctors for their corporate and government masters.
To control the information.
To manage your perception.
Is it because the Western masters want Syria to succumb to the "protest" movement they have backed, supported or fomented?
In Georgia would the Western masters want their puppet to stay in power.
Despite the years of protests complete with repressive put down.
The difference in coverage is as obvious now as it was back two years ago.

Here is a picture included with a small news report-
The police clashed with anti-government protesters in Georgia on Sunday, at one point firing tear gas and rubber bullets, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the capital of the former Soviet republic to demand the ouster of President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mehran Airbase - False Flag attack ?

While the main stream media has been giving us the distraction of Israel/Palestine and the '67 borders....... As if Obama and the US government are going to hold Israel to any sort of minimal human rights/justice standard????
Why would they?
Israel engages in the same type of 'activities' that the US does.

So let's move away from that spin and check out what else has been going on.
Let's get over to Pakistan!
You may have heard the TTP attacked a Pakistani naval base? They have claimed responsibility. The TTP being Tehrik Taliban of Pakistan. The TTP is a destabilizing force in Pakistan.

Based on all my reading, the only conclusion one can realistically draw is that the TTP is a western intelligence backed/infiltrated terrorist group. A bunch of dupes and patsies.
This latest attack brought that point home, again!

Before I get to far ahead, let's start at the beginning.


Mehran Airbase is located on the Arabian Sea

The TTP allegedly struck the base with precision.

They " knew exactly where the naval base's weak spot was. Dressed in black and armed with AK-47 rifles, grenades and rocket launchers, they crept up to the back wall of Mehran Naval Station in Karachi, keeping clear of security cameras."

That was the starting point of an attack that went on for several hours.

A bit more on this precision attack -

NEVER since the attack on GHQ in Rawalpindi in 2009 have the militants shown such audacity and meticulous planning as witnessed in their blitz launched on PNS Mehran in Karachi on Sunday night. Its dimensions and ferocity were different from the three previous attacks on PN targets last month. It was like a war operation, with the militants piercing the naval installation`s defences to race through what should have been a well-defended base, and wreak havoc on the garrison. It wasn`t an ordinary attack, if at all an attack on a military base can be called `ordinary`; it was a well-planned mini-invasion by highly trained killers who appeared to be well-acquainted with the layout of the naval aviation base. They knew the location of their targets, both men and material, and displayed utter contempt for the naval personnel through their astonishing speed and firepower.

Honestly, I have some problems with a generally ragtag bunch pulling this off.
Precision attacks have not been there Modus Operandi previously.
Dressed from head to toe in black, striking with military precision.

Either the TTP is getting some real military training somewhere?Blackwater, Xe, Israel, to name some likely possibilities. Or this was not the TTP, but instead intelligence operatives from the NATO allied countries, masquerading as TTP, with the dupes and useful idiots contained within the TTP willing to take the "glory"? Recall Raymond Davis and all the CIA operatives in Pakistan?

I can't say which, but, what is being presented to us, is not the truth.

We have contradictions on what happened

The police making one claim the military making another.
It's hardly surprising as I am certain political agendas are at play here.

The Pakistan Military eventually fought off the attack, killing the terrorists or at least some of them.

Mehran naval base has been cleared of after 18 hours heroic operation by the security forces killing four terrorists.

What was the targetted material?

" two costly high tech P3C Orion surveillance planes hitting them with rockets."


Pakistan Naval Air Arm - ~Four P-3C; based in Naval aviation base Faisal, Karachi. Upgraded P-3C MPA and P-3B AEW models (equipped with Hawkeye 2000 AEW system) ordered in 2006,[29] first upgraded P-3C delivered in early 2007. In June 2010, two more upgraded P-3Cs joined the Pakistan Navy with anti-ship and submarine warfare capabilities.

Were the two targetted planes the two newest additions? Just curious?

A little more on just how vital these planes were to Pakistan.

Naval base attack: Big blow to Pakistan's snooping capabilities

" Pakistan has lost almost half of its sophisticated long-range maritime snooping and strike capabilities in just one well-targeted attack"

"It's quite a significant loss for Pakistan Navy...almost 50% of its long-range maritime patrol capabilities has suddenly been taken out," said an Indian Navy officer.


Very beneficial to India. Always ask who benefits.


Clearly the TTP (if this was them) knew their targets.
The media is informing, or disinforming, us that the TTP have 'claimed responsibility".
The media is also informing us that these attacks were carried out in retaliation for the "killing" of Osama Bin Laden.

I was already taking issue with the military precision of this attack, the obvious benefit to India, US, Israel & NATO this was even more pause for thought.

"The Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said was meant to avenge the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in the military city of Abbottabad."

Um, hello!
The spin is that the Americans "took out" Osama ( bin Dead since 2001), in Abbottabad.
So why would the TTP avenge his killing by attacking a Pakistan military base?
Do you see the most obvious problem with this claim, aside from the fact it makes zero sense?
That's the problem the claim, logically speaking,makes zero sense.

But in a world of perception management this nonsense make sense.
It reaffirms the American version of events.

First of all it bolsters the fabrication that Osama (dead since 2001) was taken out in Pakistan.
Secondly, it bolsters the Obama administrations warning that "terror" attacks would occur because of the 'killing' of Osama.

This may well be a false flag attack!
Claimed to be the TTP, but quite likely not the TTP.

Now, let's take a look at the outcome of this attack?
By that I mean, let's look at the direction the media is driving with this attack.
What does the media want the masses to think about?
It is an angle that is of great concern to western powers, US, Israel , Britain, generally the NATO gang.
I have mentioned it multiple times....

A view from India- Naval base attack raises questions over safety of Pak nukes

America- Taliban Raid Raises Concern Over Pakistan Nukes

The Taliban’s success in penetrating a Pakistan airbase and destroying some of the country’s newest surveillance planes has heightened concern that the military is unable to guard its own assets, including nuclear weapons.


NATO get's in on the act- NATO concern over Pakistan nuclear arsenal

NATO chief admits concern over security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons following Taliban attack on Karachi naval base.
Well there it is boys and girls! Pakistan's nukes are the 'concern'.
The concern is that Pakistan has them, thereby the nukes serve as a deterrent to out and out attack on Pakistan.

Friday, May 20, 2011

What on Earth is Happening

Just want to share something new with you all.

I was listening to Jan @ Gnostic Media, way back and heard two interviews with someone named, Mark Passio. You can catch the second part of the interview here.

If that catches your interest and I will admit I was interested.
Interested enough to look for the site and start listening to the podcasts.
Has anyone else heard of this fellow and his site?
Oh yeah, I should mention the site's name! That would be helpful.
The site is What on Earth is Happening
I started all the way back at Podcast # 1.
I have just finished listening to #18.

So far, so good. I find them thought provoking.
Thinking is my thing.
Though hubby says I think way to much :)

My intention is to listen all the way through to the latest one.
Sadly, I realize this is going to take me a while ,but, it seems the best way to digest all the information in the podcasts.
(I do fast forward through all the announcements as they are to old now to be relevant)

Below is some of what is discussed

  • The components of our own Consciousness
  • How to recognize Truth and Deception
  • The Emotional Polarities we experience in our lives
  • The differences between Magic and Sorcery
  • What a healthy or destructive Worldview looks like
  • The basic nature of Good and Evil
  • The basic nature of the problem we collectively face as a species
  • The forces of the Dark Occultism at work in our lives
  • The multi-faceted methods by which human consciousness is manipulated on a daily basis
  • The underlying agenda of those performing the manipulation
  • What Natural Law is and how it contrasts with the law of man
  • What Sovereignty and Anarchy really mean
  • Grassroots Solutions that anyone can employ to begin to turn the tide and heal the damage that has been done to our ourselves and our world


That all said, I thought some readers may find that site and the podcasts quite interesting.
Or not. It is entirely up to you to decide if this is " your thing."

The site is now linked in the sidebar

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss Kahn: Resigns from IMF & released on bail. View from Europe- Economic Warfare

That is not a coincidence. That did not just happen.

The original excuse for not releasing DSK was because he was a flight risk. Even though his lawyer agreed he would pay a million dollars bail, which his wife had already handily raised, and wear an electronic tracking bracelet.

This was rejected by the original judge because of the flight risk
"Judge Melissa Jackson on Monday denied his bail request of $1 million, saying Strauss-Kahn was a flight risk after he was arrested on board an Air France flight to Paris"

But, that was Monday.
Today is Thursday.
What changed?

Obviously, one thing and one thing only. This morning, Thursday May 19/2011, DSK resigned as head of the IMF

From his prison cell in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has announced his resignation as head of the International Monetary Fund.

There has been mounting pressure for him to tender his resignation.
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, among others, said he was in no position to head the IMF.
In fact Timothy Geithner has been very vocal, very, very vocal in calling for DSK to resign.


Lo and Behold, after he announces his resignation, there is another bail hearing and he is released!

Strauss-Kahn To Be Released On Bail

Former IMF chief will wear ankle bracelet and be monitored around the clock.

A New York judge has set bail at $1 million for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and ordered that the French politician be placed under house arrest.


Sounds very much like what was offered Monday, before the resignation.

James wrote a very interesting piece here : The Big Split?

In it he expands on the theory of why DSK had to remain incarcerated.
From the angle of keeping him silent and controlling the message delivered to the masses through the media.
He expands on the banker vs banker theory that I had brought to light with this post.
A very enlightening read.

Thanks for sharing that with us all James!

Now from Gallier 2, who left a link to a most interesting article.-

I have put it through the translate, so it will be a little off, BUT, you will be able to come away clearly with the idea that in Europe this is seen as economic warfare & the attempt to destroy the economies of the Euro-zone.

The DSK case is a US act of war against Europe


The premise being the US is bankrupt. In more ways then one. But, I digress. The solution is to take down the Euro, to subject the euro zone to speculation. Making it easier for the US continue forcing treasury bills on the other nations- This was also the issue with the SDR's.

She said the largest economy in the world is one vast illusion because "to produce a dollar of wealth, it needs $ 6 of debt."

"For this analyst, there is no doubt that the U.S. depends on the solvency of the euro disrepute, because only a crisis of confidence in the single European currency would allow the U.S. to easily sell their future emissions of Treasury bills.

"one way or another, speculative attacks against the sovereign debt of countries in the euro area will continue, and even intensify in the coming months as the U.S. economy is now moribund. The real question is what form this may take a war of the dollar against the euro, or more precisely how far the U.S. is able to go in their destabilization maneuvers. "

The main Anglo-Saxon hedge funds (4) decided at a dinner Feb. 8, 2010 in New York, bet a concerted manner on the decline of the euro and the deterioration of European debt. He was admitted only after the Greek crisis triggered the domino effect would be a winning move, a real strike against the euro. "

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is primarily intended to discredit the IMF, and by extension to amplify the crisis of the euro. The consequences will be direct and important, especially for Greece.

-Anglo-Saxon Hedge funds will not be deprived of the opportunity offered to them on a tray to redouble their speculations on government bonds of Greece, because the IMF is in the eyes of "markets" such as guaranteed the successful completion of the rescue plan put in place last year.

The voice of the IMF is its CEO.


So we should see the price of CDS (Credit Default Swap) on Greek debt soar, the required rate of return on Greek bonds on the secondary market surpass 15%, which would result, as indicated in Earlier this week the economist Nouriel Roubini, "that the failure part of Greece is now inevitable. "If Greece fails, then it's like a game of dominoes, all countries and that European banks will collapse, and the euro, before disappearing.
Merci Gallier!

Hoping you will get the gist of this article? The translate is lacking, but, it's a heck of a lot better then I can manage!


Bankers vs Bankers?

Osama: Speaks from the "grave" A man of the west to the end.

Yup, A man of western backed revolutions to the end!
Of course, that is how it all began.....

Though the msm spin may claim the video is brought to you by the "media" arm of Al Quaeda....
The video was really and truly brought to you by the spinmasters at SITE

"The video was (released to jihadist websites by Al Qaeda's media arm and was) obtained and translated by SITE Intelligence Group.

SITE, I have covered them previously.
They released some nonsensical drivel on Jihad Jane, complete with burka.
And of course Adam Gadahn/Adam Pearlman.


They are a "non-profit" organization. What ever that is supposed to mean?
Because clearly they get money from somewhere?
Some government? Some intelligence agency?

So here is what Bin Laden had to say-

'I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world, with permission from Allah.

'The light of the revolution came from Tunisia. It has given the nation tranquility and made the faces of the people happy.'


Curiously, or not, depends on if you have been really paying attention?

"both Bin Laden and the West have generally supported protest movements in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere"

Isn't that an amazing and fortuitous coincidence?

Of course the video was really audio only, with a random picture of Bin Laden zombie stuck on for visual reinforcement and perception management purposes.

Nothing ever changes in the world of spin. I guess because it works on so many? I can't understand why???

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Straight Talk from Russia on Syria & the Missile Shield.

Being a tad short on time today, just a quick update!

Getting back to the Syria. Briefly. Russia has twice blocked Syrian censure at the UN.
Today it is being reported that Russia will do so again.

Medvedev: Russia Won't Support any UN Resolution against Syria
or - Moscow will never back UNSC resolution on Syria – Medvedev

President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia on Wednesday said that his country won't support any UN Security Council resolution against Syria.

In a press conference in Moscow, Medvedev said "the Syrian government should be given the required time to fulfill the reforms announced. We shouldn’t put pressure on Syria by adopting resolutions against it."

The UN Security Council resolution on Libya, to which Russia voted, was manipulated by a number of countries, said President Medvedev, adding the development of events proved that such resolutions can be manipulated and consequently the UN position could be undermined.

That seems clear cut enough

After sending that clear message with regards to Syria, Russia took the talk a little further...

If NATO refuses to cooperate Russia will boost it's nuclear strike capabilities.

Medvedev reiterated a warning issued by the Foreign Ministry that Moscow may pull out of the New START disarmament agreement, which entered into force this year, in response to the United State's position on the shield.

"It is clear that the missile defense shield is directed at blocking the strategic capabilities of certain states," Medvedev said. "I understand that other states mentioned do not have Russia's [nuclear] potential and are unlikely to receive them in the coming years...So, it is directed against us."

A little more on what Medvedev had to say-

"It is clear that the missile defence shield is directed at blocking the strategic capabilities of certain states."I understand that other states mentioned (Iran, North Korea) do not have (nuclear) potential compatible with Russia and are unlikely to achieve them in the coming years... So, it is directed against us,"

"This would be a very bad scenario, which would take us back to the Cold War era."

"We will have to take retaliatory measures, which we do not want to have to do. This will mean forcing the development of our nuclear strike potential,"


Russia can see which way the missile "defense" is aiming. They know because alleged targetted nations have no capabilities requiring a "missile shield". It is quite obvious that the so called "shield" is not defense, it is offence, and they are the target.

Two straight-forward messages on the same day. Both clearly aimed at the US.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Banker vs Banker - Dominique Strauss Kahn vs Ben Bernanke?

SDR vs US Dollar?
The IMF vs the Federal Reserve?
Banker vs Banker.
This may get ugly.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Saw a picture of him sitting and looking rather miserable.
I imagine a night in a Harlem precinct is a far cry from a $3000.00 a night hotel room.
There seemed a natural kind of justice in that. A poetic justice. I am sure it will be lost on Mr. Kahn.
Oh well, he doesn't get my sympathy.

In yesterday's post I touched on the fact that DSK may have been taken down in a political power struggle over just who will be at the helm of the IMF.

The shifts in the global economic power structure seemed to prelude an end to the practice of giving the IMF’s top job to a European.

Noting the IMF had been very critical of the US. DSK had also instituted changes in the allocation of voting shares


"the IMF overhauled the way it allocates voting shares. China vaulted over nations such as Britain, Germany and France to become the third-biggest shareholder after the United States and Japan. The clout of former European powers such as Belgium was seriously curbed in favour of rising powers such as Brazil. "

I would like to expand on the issues. Issues that may have been behind DSK's takeout.

An interesting article here


The IMF under Dominique Strauss Kahn has been over the past 3 years been planning it’s own currency of reserve. Calling on a currency, called an SDR (special drawing rights) in focus the point that could be the major issue is the SDR bond that allows the IMF to issue bonds that could (and most likely would) compete with US treasuries.

The moment the SDR BOND becomes popular is the exact moment the US dollar loses it’s currency reserve status.

But alas, the guy that was pushing this through finds himself behind bars on what some say are bogus charges.

You could imagine what is at stake. The US dollar itself.

-If Dominique Strauss Kahn was able to pull this off and use the IMF to draw SDR Bonds you will see a dramatic drop in the value of the US debt. ( I do not see this as the real issue because the US is already devaluing their dollar)

- Countries and investors would be buying SDR bonds rather than US treasuries. It will effectively end the USA’s ability to print off the debt.(This is the meat and potatoes of the issue with SDR)

- Was this engineered to keep the US Dollar as the currency of reserve?

Is that the reason Strauss Kahn was taken out?
If the US dollar is no longer the global currency, the reserve currency, how could the US continue on their warpath? How could the US continue to bury all other nations with indebtedness that through their economic policies, the US is deflating away?

Is this the reason as mentioned the US wanted an American at the helm of the IMF?


A quick aside: I see David Cameron is ok with an American at the helm of the IMF. He has suggested looking beyond Europe. Which would on the surface seem an odd position, but, thinking in term of banksters, it isn't.


Here is another article where the writer is making mention of the IMF's war on the US dollar-
Your will find this one quite interesting!

I've been baffled over the past couple years by calls for the IMF to play a greater role in the international economy. Unhappy with the U.S. dollar-dominated global monetary system in place today, officials in China and Russia and some economists have called for the enhanced use of the IMF's SDR as a global currency – the belief being that, backed by an impartial institution, it would be more stable than the greenback, which is governed by national policies crafted to a great degree by the Fed.

The fact that Strauss-Kahn may have tossed away his political career for a hotel maid doesn't give me much confidence in his judgment on issues regarding the life and death of the global economy. Would you rather have Strauss-Kahn or Ben Bernanke making the key decisions that impact the global monetary system? Despite his own failings, I'd put my money on Bernanke

Strauss-Kahn or Ben Bernake? A European or an American? SDR's as global currency or a continuation of the US dollar dominance of the globe?

From the Guardian

Strauss-Kahn allowed his staff earlier this year to attack the US, its main paymaster, for running a bigger budget deficit while others tried to reduce theirs.
He also changed the emphasis of the fund's lending from simply a means to impose neo-liberal capitalism on near-bankrupt victims, to a more sympathetic programme with less micro-management from Washington.
At the IMF's most recent conference in Washington, Strauss-Kahn stressed the failure of western governments to promote job creation as a means of safeguarding social democratic structures. He feared the riots in Athens would spread across Europe.

Was Strauss-Kahn biting the hand that feeds the IMF? Besides the SDR? By allowing the IMF to vocally express their disdain with the US? Job creation is an issue, but, not one that benefits the elite classes of asses. Did Strauss Kahn wish to avoid global collapse of society?

From all I have read over the past few days it is clear, quite clear to me, that DSK was taken out politically. Call it a honey pot, call it a set up, whatever?
Dominique Strauss Kahn was humiliated, worse then he had allowed the IMF to embarrass the US in their public drubbing.
He was removed from leading the IMF, an IMF that was going to use SDR's to challenge US dollar global supremacy.
He bit the hand that fed him. He crossed the Fed.
Bankers vs Bankers.
The fall out shall be interesting.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss Kahn's arrest- Prelude to the end of Europeans leading the IMF?

UPDATE AT BOTTOM, don't miss it!

Were big changes in global banking afoot? It seems quite possible.

Dominique Strauss Kahns timely arrest may have had more then one beneficiary.

Monsieur Sarkozy would of course benefit from the disgrace of Dominique Strauss Kahn.
There is yet another curious intrigue to be looked at. A twist in the tale of...

The temporary appointment of John Lipsky, former head of the US treasury and previous JP Morgan bankster, might just be the signal of a planned for change.
I covered some of this in yesterday's post- here.
(interesting comments too)


Apparently the US did not want a European at the head of the IMF!

Let's read together.


The parlour game had begun well ahead of the charges, which Mr. Strauss-Kahn denied and will fight in court.

The shifts in the global economic power structure seemed to prelude an end to the practice of giving the IMF’s top job to a European.

Under Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the IMF overhauled the way it allocates voting shares. China vaulted over nations such as Britain, Germany and France to become the third-biggest shareholder after the United Sates and Japan. The clout of former European powers such as Belgium was seriously curbed in favour of rising powers such as Brazil.

But something happened on the way to this new world order: the European debt crisis. The buzz at the spring meetings of the IMF in Washington last month was that the European powers were no longer keen to cut their special link to the fund, which is a key player in the rescues of Greece, Ireland and Portugal. With the so much of the fund’s current activity in Europe, the thinking was that a European should remain in charge.

BUT, the U.S. might not be willing to play along.


While Europe gets to choose the head of the IMF, the U.S. gets to choose the No. 2 at the fund and the president of the World Bank.

Colin Bradford, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington who studies international governance, says he’s become less confident that the Obama administration is ready to give up its privilege of ensuring Americans serve in senior positions at the institutions.

Lipsky's temporary appointment has already usurped the European postion at the IMF.

The names being tossed around as replacements are

Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish finance minister and World Bank official.
Simon Johnson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former chief economist at the IMF, told -- http the Financial Times that the Bank of Mexico's Agustin Carstens would make a good candidate.
Another oft-sited name is Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of India’s planning commission.
There is one woman French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde mentioned, but if the Europeans are not to be at the helm of the IMF , that seems doubtful.

Bringing up the rear is Mark Carney from the Bank of Canada, a former Goldman-Sachs man.
Not so long ago Mark Carney hired another bankster, former Goldman-Sachs man Timothy Hodgson, to serves as a special adviser.
Timothy Hodgson could quite easily replace Mark Carney, should he move on up.

What is presented is so different then what goes on behind the scenes
"Raping- Part of the IMF Business"

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dominique Strauss Kahn arrested- IMF names replacement?

That didn't take long!
His allies are suggesting this is politically motivated....
A "conspiracy." A word that has morphed into a buzz word used for derision & dismissal.
This arrest works out well for Sarkozy.

Notice how quickly the IMF names a replacement?
Within hours.
I.M.F. Names Replacement as Chief Awaits Arraignment

Strauss- Kahn, has not even been arraigned and he is out!
John Lipsky is in.

Mr. Lipsky, the I.M.F.’s first deputy managing director, is a former U.S. Treasury executive and onetime banker at JP Morgan. William Murray, an I.M.F. spokesman, said that Mr. Lipsky, who has been overseeing the logistics of the bailout of the Greek economy, would meet with members of the I.M.F. board in Washington later in the day, according to Reuters.

A JP Morgan man at the head of the IMF.
Wow!
JP Morgan's reach just got a whole lot longer.

More on Mr Lipsky- pictured below



Was this politically motivated?

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is victim of trap, minister suggests

A French government minister said Sunday he could not rule out that IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest for alleged sexual assault was the result of a set-up with political motives.

"We cannot rule out the thought of a trap," Henri de Raincourt, minister for overseas co-operation in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, said in a broadcast interview.

"I note that this has happened just after the affair of the car and the suit in a short space of time," he added, referring to sniping at the socialist presidential hopeful for using a Porsche and wearing tailor-made clothes.


Strauss-Kahn arrest removes Sarkozy's toughest rival


Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest on sexual assault charges removes the toughest rival to French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the 2012 presidential race, bumping up his chances of re-election to a second term.


Who benefits?

Had Kahn conducted himself in this fashion previously and got away with it?
Perhaps this time he miscalculated his political opponents?