Moscow has imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, and Putin, clearly referring to Turkish forces, ordered his own armed forces last Friday to "shoot down immediately any target" which threatens Russian troops or infrastructure in Syria.
Well, they’re having problems because they don’t want to control it. They, essentially are putting a lot of pressure on Europeans by letting the refugees through – so that’s one aspect of what they’re thinking, and also, supplying weapons to ISIS and Al-Nusra is Turkish policy, secret policy, and in return they’re able to buy the oil that ISIS is selling, and then they re-export it. The Turkish president’s family is involved in making a profit from this.
But nothing came of the inquiry. “I think it is a very pertinent question as to why nothing was done about it,” Walker was quoted as saying in Merchants of Menace: The True Story of the Nugan Hand Bank Scandal, a recent book by the Australian documentary filmmaker Peter Butt. “I think the reason nothing was done about it was the nature of the people on the board of the Nugan Hand bank. They were very senior military officials of United States of America and they certainly weren't going to be investigated by the American government.”
The group of teenage computer experts, known as ‘VandaSec,’ have unearthed details of internet protocol (IP) addresses used by three jihadists to access Twitter accounts used to carry out online recruitment.
We wondered if Europe would quietly go along with this unprecedented sovereignty land grab by Brussels and Berlin, in the process admitting that the political structure of Europe has been forever changed and that Germany is effectively the new hegemon of the formerly independent states. And while the final outcome is almost preordained, because what Germany wants Germany will eventually get, the process will be noisier than expected.
First, Putin could order the Russian military to shoot down a Turkish plane with air-to-ground missiles. The Russian military just deployed its advanced S-400 air defense missile system to the Syrian airbase of Hmeimim, only 18 miles from the Turkish border. This is a military game changer, with even a senior Israeli officer describing its deployment as his country’s “worst nightmare.” With a radius of 250 miles and the ability to target up to 36 aircraft or cruise missiles simultaneously, Russia now possesses the capability to take down a Turkish plane any time it wishes. It also eliminates the possibility that the West could establish a no-fly zone over northern Syria — a step long demanded by Ankara.
The Fed And Its Rate Hike (Aaron M.)
As we have warned, higher interest rates are NOT BEARISH but BULLISH for the market. Anyone who dares to peek under the rug at history for past performance will see U.S. stocks rally with higher rates. A simple correlation ALWAYS reveals rates rise with bull markets and decline in bear markets. It is just nuts the way these people talk up these events. So the Federal Reserve announced it is raising its key policy rate for the first time in nearly a decade in a vote of CONFIDENCE in the economy. For decades, the talking heads have indoctrinated a negative view on rate hikes in the vast majority and have brainwashed everyone, including the press.
Maybe so, but the notion of employer mandates has become anathema to Republicans in Congress since enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which requires employers above a certain size to provide health insurance for their workers. The bitter political battle over the health law killed any prospect for the White House’s mandatory retirement savings proposal — the auto-IRA — which was first proposed in 2009.
Max Keiser is an American broadcaster and film-maker. He hosts Keiser Report, a financial program broadcast on RT. He presents a weekly show about finance and markets on London’s Resonance FM, and writes for The Huffington Post. Keiser invented “Virtual Specialist Technology,” a software system used by the Hollywood Stock Exchange. Prior to inventing this technology, he worked on Wall Street where he began working after graduating from NYU.
Russia’s Turn (richcabot)
Getting down to business, Russia’s words match its actions. There is growing evidence that terrorist groups in Syria have taken a real battering from Russia’s air power. The West, particularly the US, remains at loss how to react. In the meantime, Russia is creating political facts on the ground.
Egypt, the prime example of this trend, produced 5 million new college graduates from 1996 to 2005. Yet only 1.8 million skill-intensive service sector jobs were created, according to the report. While some of those graduates are highly skilled and may find opportunities around the world in engineering, finance or business, many find there is no link between their university education and available employment slots.
Russia doubles electricity supply to Crimea (richcabot)
According to Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, along with Crimea’s own energy resources, the peninsula now gets 1,000 MW of electricity. This meets 80 to 100 percent of the region's demand, depending on the time of the day, according to Novak. The second power hookup will allow the reconnection of Crimean factories.
In November and the beginning of December , Crimea was facing a serious shortage of electricity as a result of bomb blasts which destroyed two pylons in Ukraine on November 22.
Why Volkswagen Cheated (richcabot)
Since the mid-1970s, the EPA has introduced progressively more stringent emissions standards for light-duty vehicles, including cars, sport-utility vehicles and small pickup trucks. But the requirements for model year 2004 were among the toughest ever. The federal agency slashed the amount of nitrogen oxide it allowed cars to emit from their tailpipes by more than 94 percent—from 1.25 to 0.07 grams a mile. Nitrogen oxide is a pollutant found in vehicle exhaust and cigarette smoke that, along with carbon dioxide, the EPA heavily regulates. Pollutants from tailpipe emissions can cause premature death, bronchitis, asthma and respiratory and cardiovascular illness.
Can the Fed Limit the Fallout Globally? (Aaron M.)
The Fed cannot limit the fallout. This is a massive debt crisis at the Sovereign level. It’s just time. All our models are warning to strap yourself in tight. This ride will pick up velocity come March. For now, beware of the DEFLATIONARY collapse.
How did they shoot at police from inside the SUV? For how long? How long would it take to fire 76 rounds with semi-automatics? This time includes replacing empty clips. We are supposed to believe that it took 380 rounds to kill them. If so, these are not sharpshooters.
The two are dead. So, there is no legal liability for naming them the killers. There is no “alleged” visible in the media. This ends all discussion. Of course they acted alone. Everyone knows this.
Last week, Rob McEwen, veteran investor and executive chairman of McEwen Mining Inc., reiterated the role of low interest rates in keeping the price of gold down, “Interest rates are dragging along the floor and have forced investors and savers to desert their prudent ways and seek riskier investments in a frantic search for yield. . .Too many people believe the government can control interest rates and inflation. People are going to realize that the government is not telling us the truth about the economy, about inflation, about having the economy under control. When that happens investors will rush to diversify and put funds into gold and silver.”
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