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Psychopath Robert Gates warns UK: cutting back on your military will diminish your global presence

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Britain will be unable to fight as a full partner alongside the US if military cuts continue, psychopath Robert Gates has said.
Former US defence secretary warns cuts will leave British forces seriously compromised and lacking 'full-spectrum capabilities'

Cuts to Britain's armed forces would mean the UK could no longer be a full military partner to the United States, a former American defence secretary has warned.

Robert Gates told the BBC that cuts in the number of military staff would limit the UK's global position.

The government is planning major cuts to the military. The army is being cut from 102,000 to 82,000 over a number of years, with the 20,000 posts expected to be gone by 2020.

Navy numbers are expected to fall by 6,000 while the RAF will lose 5,000 staff.

Gates, who served under Barack Obama and George Bush, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that naval cuts were particularly damaging, noting that for the first time since the first world war Britain lacked an operational aircraft carrier.
Dollars

Nothing to see here: Bank of England governor plays down UK housing bubble threat

Mark Carney tells MPs at Treasury committee that current house prices and mortgage approvals are not threat to financial stability

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said mortgage approvals and transactions were running at around three-quarters of pre-crisis levels. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA
The Bank of England governor Mark Carney played down the threat of a UK housing bubble on Wednesday, arguing the housing market was playing catchup after the lows of the downturn.

Carney told MPs on the Treasury committee that at current levels rises in house prices and mortgage approvals were not a threat to financial stability.

"We've had an acceleration from quite a low level. Any time we see a sharp increase in credit growth we take an interest. We do have to put in some context though that it is still running below historic averages."
Bad Guys

Psychopathic GOP Congressional candidate: Spousal rape shouldn't be a crime

Republican attorney general Ken Cuccinelli
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Republican attorney general Ken Cuccinelli introduces Richard H. Black at a 2011 rally.
Virginia state Sen. Dick Black fought to block a statue of Lincoln and invited a reporter to watch him viewing violent rape porn on a library computer. Now he's looking for a promotion.

After taking a drubbing in last year's state elections, Virginia Republicans are debating whether their party has come to be defined by its extremists. But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state's main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. "Dick" Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he's guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife "when they're living together, sleeping in the same bed, she's in a nightie, and so forth."

Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as "baby pesticide." Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn't sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery. And once, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn.

In 1998, Black was elected a delegate to the Virginia House. He sparked multiple battles over social issues until he was voted out of office in 2005. But Black wasn't done. In 2011, after moving several times around Northern Virginia in search of a friendly district, Black was voted back into the Legislature, this time to the state Senate.
Take 2

Reform EU or Britain quits - UK Chancellor George Osborne lays down ultimatum

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The chancellor, George Osborne, at a EU finance ministers' meeting, in Brussels, three years ago.
Membership withdrawal threat after Tory MPs sign letter calling for dismantling of Europe's core principles via veto powers

George Osborne will today deliver a stark warning to Britain's European partners that the UK will leave the EU unless it embarks on whole-scale economic and political reform.

The chancellor's comments come as the Tory leadership tries to regain the initiative on Europe, after 95 MPs signed a letter calling for the dismantling of the core principles of the EU.

In a speech to a conference organised by the pro-reform Open Europe thinktank and the Fresh Start group of Tory MPs, Osborne will say: "There is a simple choice for Europe: reform or decline. Our determination is clear: to deliver the reform, and then let the people decide."

Tory backbencher Bernard Jenkin won the support of about 100 MPs for a letter to David Cameron calling for the British parliament to be given a veto over all EU laws.

Such a move would dismantle the rules of the European single market which were drawn up by Margaret Thatcher's ally, Lord Cockfield, to prevent France imposing protectionist measures by denying member states a national veto.

Jenkin suffered a blow when Andrew Tyrie, the chairman of the Commons Treasury select committee, said he had been wrongly listed as a supporter. But Osborne will make clear that Cameron will push for wide-ranging reforms if he wins the general election next year with a mandate to renegotiate the terms of British membership.
Star of David

The truth about Israel's secret nuclear arsenal

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Israel's nuclear reactor at Dimona.
Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won't come clean?

Deep beneath desert sands, an embattled Middle Eastern state has built a covert nuclear bomb, using technology and materials provided by friendly powers or stolen by a clandestine network of agents. It is the stuff of pulp thrillers and the sort of narrative often used to characterise the worst fears about the Iranian nuclear programme. In reality, though, neither US nor British intelligence believe Tehran has decided to build a bomb, and Iran's atomic projects are under constant international monitoring.

The exotic tale of the bomb hidden in the desert is a true story, though. It's just one that applies to another country. In an extraordinary feat of subterfuge, Israel managed to assemble an entire underground nuclear arsenal - now estimated at 80 warheads, on a par with India and Pakistan - and even tested a bomb nearly half a century ago, with a minimum of international outcry or even much public awareness of what it was doing.

Despite the fact that the Israel's nuclear programme has been an open secret since a disgruntled technician, Mordechai Vanunu, blew the whistle on it in 1986, the official Israeli position is still never to confirm or deny its existence.
War Whore

Obama the killer: 74% of U.S. Afghan casualties came after troops increased

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Seventy-four percent of the U.S. military personnel who have given their lives serving in the Afghan War died after Feb. 17, 2009, when President Barack Obama announced his first increase in the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan, according to CNSNews.com's database of U.S. casualties in the war.

In the more than twelve years that have passed since U.S. troops first entered Afghanistan with the aim of removing al Qaeda from its sanctuary there, 2,162 U.S. service personnel have given their lives in and around Afghanistan in support of U.S. military activities in that country.

1,593 of those 2,162 U.S. casualties - or 73.7 percent - have occurred since Feb. 17, 2009, when Obama announced the first of his multiple increases in U.S. military personnel deployed to Afghanistan.

Comment: The following, from Lobaczewski's Political Ponerology describes why Obama the pathocrat is killing America's children:
[...] the biological, psychological, moral, and economic destruction of the majority of normal people becomes, for the pathocrats, a "biological" necessity. Many means serve this end, starting with concentration camps and including warfare with an obstinate, well-armed foe who will devastate and debilitate the human power thrown at him, namely the very power jeopardizing pathocrats rule: the sons of normal man sent out to fight for an illusionary "noble cause." Once safely dead, the soldiers will then be decreed heroes to be revered in paeans,useful for raising a new generation faithful to the pathocracy and ever willing to go to their deaths to protect it.


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Russia expels U.S. propagandist David Satter without explanation

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Moscow authorities ban writer from the country in first expulsion of US journalist since the cold war

Russia has expelled a US journalist living in Moscow for the first time since the cold war, in a move that is likely to strain relations with Washington on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

David Satter - a distinguished former correspondent with the Financial Times and the author of three well-received books on Russia and the Soviet Union - was told on Christmas Day that he had been banned from the country.

Satter had been based in the Russian capital since September. Last month, he travelled to the Ukrainian capital Kiev to renew his visa where Alexy Gruby, a diplomat at the Russian embassy, read him a prepared statement that said: "The competent organs have decided that your presence on the territory of the Russian Federation is not desirable. You are banned from entering Russia."

The "competent organs" are the Federal Security Service (FSB), President Vladimir Putin's powerful domestic spy and counter-intelligence agency. Such language is usually used in spy cases.

Comment: Bear in mind that the above author has also been expelled from Russia in the past.

As for Satter, does his Hudson Institute bio not spell out 'CIA' or what?!

USA

Wanna-be dictator Obama: "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone" as he vows to legislate via Executive Order

Obama
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If this isn't one of the creepier things you've seen in a while, then I don't know what to tell you. Obama's emotional expressions in this clip are one of a man who has been utterly defeated following several years of rampant cronyism and epic public failures. As such, it seems as if he is prepared to step up further to the "wanna be dictator" plate and just start doing whatever he wants via executive orders.

I mean, why even bother pretending to have a Congress at this point? Hasn't this guy done enough harm...
Yoda

This is what happens when a journalist forces a banker to actually answer a question

Watch as Irish journalist Vincent Browne makes a valiant effort to get a straight answer from European Central Bank spokesman Klaus Masuch about why ordinary Irish people are being forced to fork over billions to bondholders to 'save the Euro'.

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Miko Peled, the General's Son: Israeli speaks out on Zionism


From mikopeled.com:
"Miko was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family. His grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and the Sinai.

Miko's unlikely opinions reflect his father's legacy. General Peled was a war hero turned peacemaker. The general clearly stated that contrary to claims made later, the 1967 war was one of choice, and not because there was no existential threat to the state of Israel. He then dedicated his life to the achievement of Israeli Palestinian peace.

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