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Putin dismisses top ranking officials

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Russian president Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed a number of top-ranking officers of the Russian Interior Ministry, Emergencies Ministry, the Investigations Committee and the Federal Service for Drug Control, according to a decree posted on the official internet portal of legal information on Friday.

Thus, the president dismissed internal services Major General, chief of the directorate for relations with civil society institutions and mass media of the Russian Interior Ministry Andrei Pilipchuk.

Comment: Putin has a long history of cleaning house when needed. Ustinov, linked to the "siloviki" hardliners, had previously been removed from his position as Prosecutor-General in 2006. It appears Putin may again be taking a stand against some of the more hawkish influences of the Russian government.


Take 2

Obama might have just given up on Ukraine, and Western media simply ignored it

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the meeting in Sochi: "Yes, this would be the way to avert further disaster, John."
On Tuesday, May 12th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was asked at a press conference in Sochi Russia, to respond to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's recent statements promising renewed war against Donbass, which were made first on April 30th, "The war will end when Ukraine regains Donbass and Crimea," and which were repeated on May 11th, by his saying, "I have no doubt, we will free the [Donetsk] Airport, because it is our land." In other words, Poroshenko had repeatedly made clear that he plans a third invasion of Donbass, and, ultimately, also to invade and retake Crimea. (The Western press, however, had not reported any of these threats that were being made by Poroshenko.)

Kerry responded:

" I have not had a chance - I have not read the speech. I haven't seen any context. I have simply heard about it in the course of today [which would be shocking if true]. But if indeed President Poroshenko is advocating an engagement in a forceful effort at this time, we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in that kind of activity, that that would put Minsk in serious jeopardy. And we would be very, very concerned about what the consequences of that kind of action at this time may be."

Comment: Unfortunately there is also, probably, a 'Plan C' being played out that the Obama Administration is not even aware of, or privy to, at this time. Plan C, would have been devised by those who truly pull the strings and basically tell the White House what to do. Such a Plan C would mean "playing nice" for now until a new strategy for instilling chaos in Russia and Eurasia could be devised - and may already be in progress but requires more time to develop and implement. Considering, also, how important Ukraine is to an overall strategy of attacking Russia, don't be surprised if the administration does yet another about face towards supporting the Kiev regime's aggression towards its eastern populations. Remember what we're dealing with here.


Wolf

How George Soros dodges his $6.7 billion tax bill

Hedge Fund schemers are the modern version of robber barons. At the top of the list of unscrupulous manipulators is the Nazi collaborator, George Soros. With reports like in Forbes that George Soros May Owe Billions In Taxes, an alarm should go off to all investors.

"By the early 2000s, hedge funds were considered de rigeur for sophisticated investors willing to take a risk in exchange for potential wealth. As that potential wealth grew, so did the potential tax bill, and managers began looking at other options. The solution? Investing in offshore hedge funds. Hedge fund managers are generally taxed on income in the country where the fund is located making relocating to the usual offshore suspects such as the Caymans, Bermuda and Ireland attractive. Tax was essentially deferred on fees from these funds until it landed in the hands of those in the U.S."

The 2008 financial meltdown had all the Wall Street elites scrambling to protect their investment, while avoiding the day of reckoning with the tax man. One such effort as Forbes cites allowed for another deferred work around.

The change was inserted into the (Public Law 110-343) - and if that sounds familiar, you're not imagining it. That law was also instrumental in the administration of the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP. The new law essentially banned the deferral of fees and compensation by these offshore hedge funds.

Moving the domicile for the Soros fund to Ireland was an attempt to circumvent the intent of an ill-written law.

Comment: This is one way the 1% rig the game.


Nuke

'Nuclear disaster waiting to happen': Royal Navy probes Trident whistleblower's claims

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HMS Victorious is seen berthed at the Clyde Naval Base in Scotland
The Royal Navy has launched an investigation into whistleblower William McNeilly, who exposed horrid security lapses in UK's trident nuclear program which make it easier for intruders to access some secured areas than enter "most nightclubs."

UK authorities are "concerned for the whereabouts" of the 25-year old whistleblower, who went absent without leave and cooperated with WikiLeaks to post a detailed 18-page report called The Nuclear Secrets.

McNeilly, a weapons engineer, who allegedly served from January to April this year on board the HMS Victorious, claims that a number of security lapses and technical faults with the Trident missiles carrier exposes the UK nuclear deterrent to potential terrorist attacks that "would kill our people and destroy our land."

Possible attackers have "the perfect opportunity to send nuclear warheads crashing down on the UK," he claims.

In his revelations, the whistleblower notes some 30 safety and security flaws on Trident submarines that are based out of Faslane on the Clyde, Scotland. McNeilly took his time outlining the ease at which potential terrorist can infiltrate the secured base.

"At a Base security brief we were told that thousands of Royal Navy IDs go missing every year. A terrorist can use them, or create counterfeits with them and easily gain access down the submarine. Considering most of the guards barely look at them from a few metres (couple of feet if they're the rare ones) away the fakes wouldn't have to be too perfect," the whistleblower explains.

"I've shown a room card or nothing, at least once at every check point," McNeilly wrote.

An intruder could bring inside the secured facility any private electronic device to potentially steal top secret data - or even weapons and explosives, since the whistleblower claims, contractors and their equipment are hardly ever being searched.

"You can carry anything through the security check points without it being checked!" he says in the report. Personnel Electronics should be banned yet the policy isn't enforced. You can bring whatever electronic devices you want onboard... They use their own personal electronics right beside the missiles."

Comment: See also: Welfare not warfare: Protest in London against £100 billion nuke replacement plan


Nuke

International community seems fine letting Saudi Arabia acquire nuclear weapons...

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Nuclear-capable missile Shaheen II.
At the prospect of the international community's nuclear deal with Iran, Saudi Arabia has reportedly taken a decision to call in an old favor from Pakistan and get some of its nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia is widely believed to have bankrolled the Pakistani nuclear weapons program. In exchange, Riyadh reportedly expects Islamabad to provide missiles in times of trouble to defend the kingdom.

"For the Saudis the moment has come," a former American defense official told The Sunday Times newspaper. "There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis, and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward."


Comment: A good question to ask is why now? What's changed on the international chessboard that makes the Saudi elite think they need nuclear weapons.


According to the report, no actual transfer of weapons has taken place yet, but "the Saudis mean what they say and they will do what they say," the source reportedly said.


Comment: Interesting that there's been no major outcry from the west, no threats of war, barely a peep from the US State Dept. Again, we see that the issue is never what the media pundits proclaim, but that acquiring nuclear weapons (like WMD in Iraq) is simply a rallying banner that governments use to drum up support for their latest desire to invade and conquer.


Light Sabers

Russia stops transit of NATO military cargo to Afghanistan through its territory

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Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory.

According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.

Comment: It only makes sense. What has NATO ever done for the benefit of Russia?


Snakes in Suits

79 members of Congress have been in office for at least 20 years

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No wonder Washington never changes - 79 members of Congress have been there since Bill Clinton's first term in the White House. This list includes names such as Reid, Feinstein, McConnell, McCain, Pelosi, Boehner, Rangel and Boxer.

In this article, I am going to share with you a complete list of the members of Congress that have been "serving" us for at least 20 years. They believe that they are "serving" us well, but without a doubt most Americans very much wish that true "change" would come to Washington. In fact, right now Congress has a 15 percent approval rating with the American people, and that approval rating has been consistently below 20 percent since mid-2011. So of course we took advantage of the 2014 mid-term election to dump as many of those Congress critters out of office as we possibly could, right? Wrong. Sadly, incumbents were re-elected at a 95 percent rate in 2014. This just shows how broken and how corrupt our system has become. The American people absolutely hate the job that Congress is doing, and yet the same clowns just keep getting sent back to Washington again and again.

Comment: Yes, there are solutions but Americans need to wake up first and realize there is a problem in order to make the changes that benefit themselves.


Stock Down

JP Morgan warns of liquidity crunch; U.S. farmers in 'dire straits'

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Despite the government's 'advice' to young debt-laden students, the tragedy of the American farmer continues with worryingly pessimistic views on the future of the industry. With farmland prices falling for the first time in almost 30 years, credit conditions are weakening dramatically and the Kansas City Fed warns that persistently low crop prices and high input costs reduced profit margins and increased concerns about future loan repayment capacity, and JPMorgan concludes, the industry is currently in dire straits with the potential for a liquidity crunch for farmers into 2016.

Not so long ago, U.S. farmland - whose prices were until recently rising exponentially - was considered by many to be the next asset bubble. Then, almost overnight, the fairytale ended, and as reported in February, U.S. farmland saw its first price drop since 1986.
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Looking ahead, very few bankers expect price appreciation and more than a quarter of survey respondents expect cropland values to decline further in the next three months.

Crusader

Sen. Warren releases 'Broken Promises' report in face of Obama's TPP vows

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One of the biggest critics of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal being touted by the White House raises questions about the Obama administration's promises for the TPP in a new report.

The 15-page "Broken Promises" study put out by the Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) on Monday this week contains what the lawmaker's office describes as highlights from "two decades of failed enforcement by the United States of labor and environmental standards" related to past free trade agreements.

US President Barack Obama has hailed the 12-nation TPP agreement currently being discussed as a means of enhancing the economy both at home and abroad by establishing new relationships among Pacific Ring nations. Opponents of the trade deal have taken aim at the secrecy with which negotiations have so far been conducted, as well as whether or not the TPP will actually live up to the administration's promises, or spawn results similar to that of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Comment: She keeps hammering the point but is anyone listening?


Chess

Another moronic plot to damage Russia as the US strains to hold on to world dominance


The Empire is failing.
"The U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests.....We must, however, be mindful that...Russia will remain the strongest military power in Eurasia and the only power in the world with the capability of destroying the United States."

-- The Wolfowitz Doctrine, the original version of the Defense Planning Guidance, authored by Under Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, leaked to the New York Times on March 7, 1992

"For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia...and America's global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained."
-- The Grand Chessboard - American Primacy And It's Geostrategic Imperatives, Zbigniew Brzezinski, page 30

The Laussanne negotiations between Iran and the so called P5+1 group (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) have nothing to do with nuclear proliferation. They are, in fact, another attempt to weaken and isolate Russia by easing sanctions, thus allowing Iranian gas to replace Russian gas in Europe. Laussanne shows that Washington still thinks that the greatest threat to its dominance is the further economic integration of Russia and Europe, a massive two-continent free trade zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok that would eventually dwarf dwindling US GDP while decisively shifting the balance of global power to Asia. To counter that threat, the Obama administration toppled the elected government of Ukraine in a violent coup, launched a speculative attack on the ruble, forced down global oil prices, and is presently arming and training neo-Nazi extremists in the Ukrainian army. Washington has done everything in its power to undermine relations between the EU and Russia risking even nuclear war in its effort to separate the natural trading partners and to strategically situate itself in a location where it can control the flow of vital resources from East to West.