Ukraine retakes airfield with “Anti-Terrorist” operation..casualties reported

•April 17, 2014 • 2 Comments


Ukraine’s military launched an offensive today to quell pro-Russian violence that has swept eastern Ukraine, as Russia’s prime minister tweeted an ominous message.

“There is foreboding of a civil war in #Ukraine,” Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev posted today.

In what Ukraine’s acting president has called an “anti-terrorist operation,” Ukraine’s military — complete with helicopters loaded with special forces units — quickly won back an occupied airfield, its first target.

There were reports of wounded pro-Russian protesters, raising fears in Washington that Moscow would use bloodshed as an excuse to invade Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly warned it may intervene to defend Russian speakers in Ukraine.

Coup-imposed President Aleksandr Turchinov said that he received a telephone call confirming that the military has seized the airfield in Kramatorsk.

Ukrainian troops approached the military airfield in armored personnel carriers between the eastern cities of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk earlier on Tuesday, the people’s militia located at the airfield told RIA Novosti over the phone.

“They started negotiating with the people’s militia, which is in control of the airfield. The shooting started unexpectedly. There are injured among the people’s militia, and there may be deaths,” they said.

The activists who controlled the base said they were forced to retreat. However, the city is still under the control of the people’s militia, as they have blocked the entrance to Kramatorsk and are ready to defend the city, the activists added.

“We were forced out of the airfield, but the city itself is under our control, we won’t allow [the Ukrainian troops] to enter,” one of the activists told Interfax.

“There are about 60 units of armored vehicles. They have been preparing for several days, and now they started to storm [the airfield]. The protesters blocked their way, they started shooting, there are wounded. Our people retreated. There are about 15 tanks, the other units are armored personnel vehicles,” another member of the people’s militia told RIA Novosti.


look how loosely the word “terrorist” is used these days..there are spotfires breaking out all over the east of ukraine..very hard to keep track of who is doing who..but people on both sides are being killed..


Group of lawmakers demand to try Mikhail Gorbachev for complicity in USSR breakup

•April 16, 2014 • 1 Comment


A group of State Duma members from different political factions has prepared a request addressed to Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika. The lawmakers demand to conduct a prosecutor’s investigation into the events that took place in the period of USSR breakup.

The parliamentarians expect that over the request and the following investigation, criminal cases would be filed, in particular, against the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the Izvestia newspaper reports on Thursday.
In their request, the deputies note that Soviet citizens voted at a referendum for keeping the state’s integrity, but top Soviet leadership committed illegal actions, which led to the country’s breakup. The initiators of the investigation recall that November 4, 1991, the directorate for supervision over the execution of law on state security under the USSR Prosecutor’s General Office filed a case against USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev. However, on the next day, the Prosecutor’s Office under pressure of the last Soviet leader cancelled the order on institution of criminal proceedings.

Gorbachev is accused of creating the USSR State Council and chairing this institution, which was not stipulated by the Soviet Constitution as a government authority. It was the State Council that adopted orders on recognizing the independence of Baltic Soviet republics, although such decisions could not be made even by legitimate authorities.
Among the initiators of the request are United Russia deputies Yevgeny Fyodorov and Anton Romanov, members of the Communist Party (KPRF) Igan Nikitchuk and Oleg Denisenko, as well as representative of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) faction Mikhail Degtyaryov.

“It’s very important to do this, since until today there were no legal estimates given to the fact of breaking up a state,” Degtyaryov noted. “Even today, we are facing the consequences of developments of 1991. People in Kiev are dying and will be dying further due to the fault of those, who made the decision to destroy the country in the Kremlin many years ago.”

The lawmakers also noted in their request that such crimes did not have a term of limitation, and Gorbachev himself currently does not have any immunity that would prevent criminal prosecution.


lots of information on gorby linked above..he is a NWO globalist and he did break the unbreakable..the USSR..he may be put on trial even if absent, but he would be granted immunity in the USA if found guilty..


A pyramid in the middle of nowhere built to track the end of the world

•April 16, 2014 • 6 Comments




A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it’s just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.

The Library of Congress has an extraordinary set of images documenting the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota, showing it in various states of construction and completion. And the photos are awesome.

Taken for the U.S. government by photographer Benjamin Halpern, the particular images seen here show the central pyramid—pyramid, obelisk, monument, megastructure: whatever you want to call it—that served as the site’s missile control building. Like the eye of Sauron crossed with Giza, it looks in all directions, its all-seeing white circles staring endlessly at invisible airborne objects across the horizon.

The pyramid’s location is given somewhat absurdly as “Northeast of Tactical Road; southeast of Tactical Road South.” Like I said, then, it’s in the middle of nowhere.

One thing I like so much about these shots is how they remind me of the hulking Mayan ruins found at Chichén Itzá.

One structure was built as part of a kind of divine tracking system for celestial events and epic calendars, as dark constellations of gods spun across the sky; the other was a temple to mathematics built for pinging incoming missiles as they streaked horizon to horizon, a site of early warning against the apocalypse, as nuclear warheads would burst open to shine their artificial world-blinding light on the obliterated landscapes below.

Trajectories, paths, horizons: both pyramids, in a sense, were architectural monuments for navigation of different kinds. Both timeless, strange, and seemingly inhuman, spatial artifacts of a lost civilization.


thanks to xxx for the link..

interesting and with a big viewing “eye” on each side..looking for the ICBM’s..

why did they go with that design? the other buildings are strange as well..


Myanmar newspapers go black to protest over jailed journalist

•April 16, 2014 • 2 Comments


Several newspapers in Myanmar have printed black front pages to protest against recent arrests and jail terms handed out to journalists.

The protest comes after a court on Monday jailed a journalist for a year over charges that included “disturbing a public servant” and trespass.

Local journalists and rights groups have called for Zaw Pe’s release.

Media in the country, also known as Burma, was heavily censored by the government until recently.

Democratic Voice of Burma video journalist Zaw Pe, 41, is planning to appeal against his conviction, reports say.

According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, he had visited the department of education in Magwe District to do an interview about a Japanese-funded scholarship programme

The paper ran a black cover with the message: “Journalism is not a crime.” The protest was repeated across major daily newspapers, BBC Monitoring reports.

Several journalists have been arrested or jailed on various charges in the last four months, reports add.

The black newspaper pages became a topic of discussion among readers in the cities of Mandalay and Yangon, also known as Rangoon, a BBC correspondent says.

In Mandalay, more than a dozen journalists also distributed leaflets to protest against Zaw Pe’s case.

A reporter from the Democratic Voice of Burma, Kyaw Zay, told the BBC that journalists were still being harassed despite authorities promising more transparency and freedom.


oh..i thought burma was all “fixed”..obviously not..i am waiting to hear obama or cameron call for the release of journalists detained..but that wont happen..burma is ripe for the ravaging and will be divided up accordingly..the big corporations are ready to go..


Derivatives rules softened in victory for banks

•April 16, 2014 • 2 Comments


In a victory for banks, global financial regulators revised rules governing how much money must be set aside to cover losses by swaps traders, backing away from guidelines that firms warned would destabilize the $693 trillion derivatives market.

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s final rule, released today, would require swaps dealers to hold less cash to protect against defaults than did a proposal published last year. The plan now applies a minimum 20 percent risk weighting to money deposited at clearinghouses, which are third parties that guarantee the transactions, down from 1,250 percent in the original proposal. The change takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

The interim plan had threatened to boost costs as much as 92 times, according to calculations by three banks shared with Bloomberg News. The risk from that original rule, which was last revised in 2013, was the higher costs could have caused market participants to flee rather than take advantage of the clearinghouses, making it more difficult for the third parties to safeguard the swaps market.

“They really had people spending a year thinking about it, and they reversed it,” said Chris Cononico, president of GCSA LLC, a New York-based underwriter that’s seeking to insure derivatives clearinghouses. “The banks should be very happy,” he said. The proposed rule “seems to have evaporated,” he added.

International regulators are trying to safeguard trades and bring more openness to a market whose secrecy and sheer size overwhelmed regulators in 2008. Where swaps had been one-on-one deals before, now they would be backstopped by third parties in clearinghouses that ensure everyone can pay, with the aim of avoiding emergency bailouts and panic. Basel is made up of regulators from 27 of the world’s largest economies and sets international bank supervisory guidelines.

Swaps are what investors use to help guard against risk. They’re bought by pension plans and retirement funds to protect against fluctuations in interest rates, meaning they affect most people who own annuities. They’re used by the U.S. government to limit exposure in the mortgage market and cut home-loan costs. Investors can also hedge an investment in a company by buying a swap that will pay them if a borrower stops paying its debts.

They’re called swaps because investors and banks exchange, or swap, payments over time based on how interest rates move or how the creditworthiness of companies changes. They trade on swap execution facilities, including one run by Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News. Other SEF owners include ICAP Plc and Tullett Prebon Plc.

There’s about $30 billion in default funds worldwide, GCSA’s Cononico said. The largest swaps clearinghouse owners are exchanges: CME Group Inc., IntercontinentalExchange Group Inc., London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE) and Deutsche Boerse AG.

The world’s largest derivatives brokers at the end of 2013 were owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Newedge Group SA, Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), Morgan Stanley (MS) and the Merrill Lynch division of Bank of America Corp. (BAC), according to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The reversal by Basel is “not just a victory for the banks, it’s a victory for the system,” said Will Rhode, director of fixed-income research at New York-based Tabb Group LLC. By reducing the cost to clear trades, more banks will be able to offer clearinghouse services to their clients such as money managers and pension funds, he said. “That means more capacity for clearing will be there and the system won’t be working at cross purposes.”

Since 2010 we have seen nation after nation cry for a bailout package from the IMF through its many central banks, leading to austerity measures to gain the credit which are devised to completely takeover the entire asset base of the nation in need of a bailout.

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is also in control of the Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs) such as Moody’s, through the issuance of guidelines. Moody’s and other CRAs are very busy dismantling the high street banking system based entirely on their ability to downgrade, upgrade or affirm banks and company financial ratings.

Ultimately the power to this effect lies with the Bank for International Settlements through the BCBS.


“The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is also in control of the Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs) such as Moody’s, through the issuance of guidelines.”

these are the 2 most important financial groups in the world..basel (BCBS) and the BIS..working in hand with the imf and credit ratings agencies..its a rigged game..and despite all the horror of 2008 they still allow the banks and traders to get away with more!

“global financial regulators revised rules governing how much money must be set aside to cover losses by swaps traders”

and they didnt revise it UP did they?


Venezuela’s military admits excesses during deadly protests..30 Venezuelan military officials allegedly under arrest for coup plotting

•April 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment


The military in Venezuela has admitted it committed “some excesses” during weeks of political unrest that have left more than 40 people dead.

The military’s strategic command chief, Vladimir Padrino, said they were investigating 97 officers and police staff for “cruelty and torture”.

But the general stressed these were less than 1% of all officers.

Security forces have been accused of human rights abuse during the almost daily anti-government protests.

“We are able to say that 97 (officers) are being investigated by prosecutors for cruelty, for torture,” Gen Padrino said.

“That represents only 0.4% of the force,” he told Venevision television.

The protests have left at least 41 people killed and hundreds more injured on both sides.

The Venezuelan opposition and human rights activists accuse the security forces of repression and using heavy-handed tactics.

But Vladimir Padrino insisted the security forces were acting “in accordance with the rule of law”.

“No soldiers have received orders to hurt anyone, harass or end the life of a Venezuelan,” he said.

On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met opposition leaders in crisis talks aimed at quelling more than two months of protests.

Thirty Venezuelan military officers of different ranks, including several generals, have been arrested for alleged conspiracy to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, a leading national newspaper has reported.

The information, reported by Ultimas Noticias, was attributed to “high level sources” in Miraflores presidential palace. The majority of those arrested are from the Venezuelan Air Force, however a few officers from the National Guard, Navy and Armed Forces were also arrested.

According to the sources, loyal military figures previously informed the national intelligence service that “something strange” was being planned by a group of officers, and due to this the alleged conspirators had been under observation by authorities for some time.

The UN report adds that a “destablisation attempt” was supposedly planned to occur on 20 March with an air operation and strafing of soldiers, among other incidents, to create “confusion” and “clashes”.

Further, the report alleges that “it has been confirmed” that the group of officers has been in contact “with at least one opposition leader”. There exist rumours that this politician is Julio Borges of the Justice First party, of which former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles is leader. According to the rumours, Borges met with a group of 60 military officials, to which those arrested would presumably belong.

Both Borges and Capriles participated in the nationally-broadcast dialogue meeting with the government last Thursday.

Authorities have not yet offered public comment on Ultimas Noticias’ allegations on the arrest of the thirty military officers.


“said they were investigating 97 officers and police staff for “cruelty and torture”

does that lead to the story below..

“Thirty Venezuelan military officers of different ranks, including several generals, have been arrested for alleged conspiracy to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro”

i wonder how many who were involved in the cruelty and torture became officers allegedly involved in trying to overthrow maduro?



•April 16, 2014 • 2 Comments


Beef prices have hit their highest level in almost three decades, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn’t likely anytime soon.

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.

Everything that is produced is being consumed, said Kevin Good, an analyst at CattleFax, a Colorado-based industry information service. And prices will likely stay high for a couple of years, as cattle producers start to rebuild their herds amid big questions about whether the Southwest and parts of the Midwest will receive enough rain to replenish pastures.

Meanwhile, quick trips to the grocery store could drag on a little longer as shoppers search for cuts that won’t break the budgets. Patrons at one market in Lubbock seemed resigned to the high prices, but not happy.

“I quit buying steaks a while ago when the price went up,” said 59-year-old Lubbock resident Len Markham, who works at Texas Tech. She said she limits red meat purchases to hamburger, opting for chicken, pork and fish instead.

Fellow Lubbock resident Terry Olson said she buys chicken and eggs now.

“I don’t buy (red) meat, period,” the 67-year-old said, admitting there’s an occasional hamburger purchase. “Not like I used to because of the price.”

Restaurant owners, too, must deal with the high prices. Mark Hutchens, owner of the 50 Yard Line Steakhouse in Lubbock, raised his menu prices for beef items by about 5 percent in November. Since then, the owner of the eatery has tried to make cuts elsewhere to avoid passing it on to customers.

“It really squeezes the small guys more,” he said of non-chain restaurants. “You just can’t keep going up on people forever. I just think you have to stay competitive and keep your costs low.”


“Beef prices have hit their highest level in almost three decades”

i would suspect the days of cheap meat are gone and not just beef..unless you start eating horse, camel, rabbit or pigeon..



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