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War propaganda with a side of fear mongering: Could the U.S. face a cruise missile threat from the Gulf of Mexico?

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The United States is puzzling over how to block cruise missiles that theoretically could be launched from the Gulf of Mexico, even after throwing some of its most advanced technologies at the problem.

Russia and Iran have been cited as possible threats that might, at some point, lurk in the waters just off U.S. shores.

A 2013 military exercise pitted systems such as Patriot interceptors, Aegis warships and combat aircraft against potential cruise-missile or short-range ballistic missiles fired from the Gulf. But the drill highlighted a particular vulnerability to cruise missiles lobbed from that region, U.S. Northern Command head Gen. Charles Jacoby indicated in congressional testimony last week.

He said the Pentagon has "some significant challenges" in countering these missiles, but is exploring "some opportunities to use existing systems more effectively to do that." Many detailed results of the Oct. 11 drill conducted near Key West, Fla., remain classified, Jacoby said.

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Russian stocks: Morgan Stanley says buy; White House's Jay Carney says sell

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There's a few Golden Rules that most Wall Street traders intuitively know never to cross: "Don't fight the Fed," "Cut your losses short and let your profits run," "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel," and the one coined just last week: "Don't bet against the folks with a military budget larger than the next ten biggest spenders combined."

Of course, traders have egos and can sometimes forget the basics. The London Whale traders at JPMorgan elected not to cut their losses short and let them run to $6.2 billion, which led to press ink by the barrel, multiple Congressional hearings, indictments of traders, a $920 million settlement by JPMorgan and the trials have yet to start.

Now, once again, it seems that common sense has escaped the Masters of the Universe on Wall Street. Last Tuesday, Jay Carney, the Press Secretary of the Commander in Chief of the United States, told an assembly of reporters that he would not recommend investing in Russian equities right now, unless they were going to short them. Exactly one week later, Morgan Stanley, which boasts of "$1.7 trillion in client assets, nearly 17,000 Financial Advisors and 740 locations," reinstated its "Buy" rating on Russian equities.

Carney was responding to a question from a reporter about the fact that the Russian stock market had seen a bounce over the past few days. Carney responded:


White House, media attack after Drudge pays Obamacare opt-out penalty - "Liberty Tax"

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A White House aide set off a stampede of liberal media criticism for Matt Drudge over Obamacare - but his critics don't seem to understand how small businesses pay taxes.

The brouhaha started when Drudge tweeted, "Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not 'getting covered'... I'M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX."

Jesse Lee, the Director of Progressive Media at Barack Obama's White House, responded that that was a "Flat lie, no fee for previous year," adding, "Scary how much influence he once had."

Lee's response to Drudge set off a firestorm in the liberal media, with many mainstream media and left-wing reporters countering him on Twitter and in their own articles to claim he does not have to pay Obamacare's Individual Mandate tax until next year. The individual mandate went into effect Jan. 1 of this year, and most people paying their taxes right now are paying taxes for 2013.

"Dude, there's no penalty until next yr," Sahil Kapur of the leftwing Talking Points Memo tweeted.

Comment: See also: Alex Jones: Conspiracy Inc.

Snakes in Suits

'U.S. thinks its superior, rules only apply to inferior Nations' - sez former Australian PM

America feels it can break international law, that what America does is right. Rules are made for other people, for countries like Russia or countries like Australia, but whatever America does is right because America does it. Now that's in the American psyche:

Oksana Boyko (OB): Hello and welcome to Worlds Apart. Politics is an art of compromise, or at least it used to be. In the current standoff between Russia and the West over the Ukraine, both sides accuse each other of intransigence and keep raising the stakes. After years of paying lip service to the non-zero sum approach, are we back to the geopolitics of all or nothing? Well to discuss that, I'm now joined by one of the world's most senior statesmen and a former Australian prime minister, Malcolm Fraser. Mr Fraser, thank you very much for being on the show.

Malcolm Fraser (MF): Good afternoon.


Brainwash level - 'neocons': Staged Liz Wahl psy-op exposure explodes on Twitter

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Remember the Mainstream's frothing over Liz Wahl's resignation from RT? How she was feted by the networks, supported by the beast, and embraced heartily by neo-con Russia-haters?

Turns out things might not be as spontaneous as they seem - in fact, in the paranoid world of neo-con American journalism things are very rarely spontaneous. They're usually nasty, angry, ugly exchanges full of trolly self-righteous butthurt.

Rania Khalek & Max Blumenthal revealed that tweets, likely by mouthpiece Jamie Kirchick at the neo-con think-tank FPI, pre-empted Wahl's RT stage exit.

Not only that, but that Kirchick, along with Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray (who coincidentally also published an RT hit-piece recently) and Eli Lake, are knitted into a cosy set of self-supporting neo-con relationships with lobbyists and foreign policy hawks.

Bad Guys

Nationalists threaten Ukrainian top cop with 'revenge' over far-right leader murder

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Ukrainian nationalist party Right Sector has announced it holds the acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov accountable for the death of notorious radical militant Aleksandr Muzychko and will avenge it, Ukrainian media reports.

"We will take revenge on Arsen Avakov for the death of our brother," said Rovno coordinator of the Right Sector Roman Koval, as cited by charivne.info news portal. "The shooting of Sashko Bilyi [Muzychko's nom de guerre] is an assassination ordered by the minister. Muzychko never received any notices concerning criminal offences and was never summoned anywhere."

Earlier, Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, was proclaimed dead after a police raid against his gang in Rovno, western Ukraine.

During the raid, Muzychko opened fire wounding an officer. He continued shooting even despite being injured in the leg, the Interior Ministry said.

"When [the police] attempted to detain him, they found out he was wounded. The medics who arrived at the scene proclaimed Muzychko dead," First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said.


Obama, Kerry: U.S. political "leadership" psychopath War Criminals

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Psychopath: diminished empathy and remorse, disinhibited behavior, meanness, criminality, violence, disregard for moral beliefs, untruthfulness, superficial charm and good "intelligence."

War Crime: serious violation(s) of the laws of war giving rise to individual criminal responsibility, often in concert with Crimes Against Peace for Wars of Aggression and Crimes Against Humanity

"You just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. This is an Act of Aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It's really 19th Century behavior in the 21st Century." - US Secretary of State, John Kerry on Meet the Press, March 2, 2014.

"The steps Russia has taken are a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, their territorial integrity - a violation of international law." - US President Barack Obama, March 3, 2014

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Turkey blocks use of Twitter where wiretapped recordings have been leaked

© Adem Altan/AFP/Getty ImagesTwo weeks ago Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that a total ban on all social media sites like Facebook or Twitter was in his thoughts.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatens to 'root out' social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked

Turkey restricted access to Twitter hours after its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to "root out" the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government's reputation ahead of local elections.

Some users trying to use Twitter were taken to a statement apparently from Turkey's telecommunications regulator (TIB).

The statement cited four court orders as the basis for blocking the site, where some users in recent weeks have posted voice recordings and documents purportedly showing evidence of corruption among Erdoğan's inner circle. It said that action had been taken against Twitter as a "protection measure".

But Turkish telecoms watchdog BTK said on Friday that the ban came after complaints were made by citizens that the social media platform was breaching privacy.


Was the Boston Marathon witness purposely executed while trying to flee a brutal FBI interrogation?

Ibrahim Todashev, 27, a Russian immigrant friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed last May 22 in the middle of the night by the FBI at the violent end of a five-hour interrogation in his home in Orlando. Now the FBI, ten months later, is claiming that its agent was attacked by Todashev, and was justified in killing him. But a CounterPunch investigation raises grave questions about what happened in that apartment.

While it's of course conceivable that this was just a hugely botched investigation by two inept FBI agents, our investigation suggests that Todashev may have been killed trying to flee a brutal interrogation, and that he may have even been deliberately executed by the FBI.

Questions raised in this case range from why FBI agents failed to follow Bureau's long-established interrogation protocol, leaving just one agent to question the witness, to why a suspect known to be a competitive mixed martial arts expert was left unrestrained during a hostile and high-pressure interrogation, how Todashev was shot, including a bullet to the top of the head, and finally to how he could have been shot seven times, clearly with intent to kill given where he was hit, if he was considered by the Bureau to be a key witness in the Boston Marathon case.

The FBI and other law enforcement sources, as I reported earlier in the online publication WhoWhatWhy.com, have leaked a series of widely at odds explanations to selected mainstream news media organizations as to how and why Todashev was shot and killed. Initially Bureau sources leaked to reporters that he had variously grabbed a sword off the wall, or left the room and returned from the kitchen with a pipe or a broomstick, or alternatively with a knife.
Todashev bloodstains
© unknownBlood stains at the exit point from the room where Todashev was interrogated, leading towards foyer and the apartment’s front door. Was Todashev killed trying to escape a brutal grilling?

Comment: For further reading see:

Were The Boston Marathon Bombers 'Mind Controlled'?

Monkey Wrench

The pathetic Ukrainian operetta: Ukrainians on the verge of a nervous breakdown

Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Igor Tenyukh
© ReutersActing defense minister Igor Tenyukh has resigned his post in Ukraine.
Ukraine's defense minister has resigned (via El País).
"Since some don't like the decisions I have made, I am not going to stay in this post," he said before the Supreme Rada (Parliament) in Kiev. The deputies, which initially rejected his resignation, ended up accepting it after an emergency meeting among the different political parties... In his speech before the Rada, he offered a new - and disheartening - tally of desertions: only 4,300 of the 18,800 [Ukrainian] soldiers in Crimea will continue in the Ukrainian army; the rest have accepted the offer by the Russians to join their armed forces.]
In this intercepted phone call Yulia Tymoshenko, a likely Ukrainian presidential candidate (but there will be no elections*) talks about using nuclear weapons on the eight million Russian citizens who live in Ukraine.

Good thing these "Ukrainians" don't have any nuclear weapons, but they do have plentiful baseball bats and AK47s looted from armories in the west of the country. Listening to the tone of her voice (these Ukrainian nationalists are speaking together in pretty good Russian, by the way; they are both urbane and Ukrainian is a village dialect) I almost feel sorry for her. Except that she is talking about murdering people like me (my father was born in Kiev, so I have the right to a Ukrainian citizenship). Ahem, President Putin, do you have a moment?

[* And the reason there will be no election is that if the election were held today, the people in power would get maybe 5% of the popular vote.]

In his novel The White Guard, Mikhail Bulgakov, writing of the events of 1918 in Ukraine, characterized Ukrainian politics as a "pathetic operetta." We appear to be at just that point yet again.