Spain sets stage to take control of Catalonia..EU leaders rule out involvement

•October 22, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/world/europe/catalonia-independence-referendum.htm l

The standoff over Catalonia intensified significantly on Thursday as the Spanish government said it would take emergency measures to halt a secessionist drive in the economically vital and politically restive northeastern region.

The announcement came almost immediately after the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, facing a second deadline to clarify Catalonia’s intentions since it held an Oct. 1 referendum on independence, warned that regional lawmakers were prepared to break from Spain.

The government in Madrid, in turn, announced that it would convene an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday “to defend the general interest of Spaniards, among them the citizens of Catalonia.”

The rapid succession of events moved what was already one of the gravest crises in Spain’s relatively young democracy to a far more serious and unpredictable stage, with the prospect that Madrid could take over the running of Catalonia. At the most extreme, the Spanish government could arrest Mr. Puigdemont and charge him with sedition, as it has done with two other separatist leaders.

But such a step would risk provoking a popular backlash and new street demonstrations in a region where many are already bridling at what they see as a heavy hand by the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

“A bad situation has become even worse today,” said Argelia Queralt, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Barcelona. “Neither side seems really willing to yield an inch, which means there is only a very limited chance of any positive outcome to this conflict.”

The Catalan government has said that 90 percent of those who voted in the referendum supported independence. But Mr. Rajoy’s government and the courts had declared the vote illegal, and the police officers sent to block polling places wounded hundreds in clashes.

Only about 40 percent of the Catalan electorate took part, after Madrid advised those who opposed secession to stay away from polling stations.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41683390

European Council President Donald Tusk has explicitly ruled out any EU action over Catalonia, despite the “concerning” situation.

“There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action,” he said.

He was speaking at a joint news conference with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Catalans voted to secede in a 1 October referendum, which was outlawed by Spain and has prompted mass demonstrations.

Mr Tusk’s remarks came hours after Spain said it was beginning the process of imposing direct rule on the autonomous region.

“I am of course for many reasons in permanent contact with (Spain’s) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy,” Mr Tusk said.

“There is no hiding that the situation in Spain is concerning, but our position… is clear.”

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this is getting out of control..we joked nato would attack catalonia if they tried to go alone like crimea..minus the bombs its all heading that way!

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Daughter of Putin’s mentor Ksenia Sobchak announces her presidential bid

•October 20, 2017 • 3 Comments

https://www.rt.com/politics/407133-sobchak-presidential-bid-announcement/

Russian jet setter, TV personality, glossy magazine editor and all-around It-girl-turned opposition figure Ksenia Sobchak, 35, has officially announced her decision to run for the presidency in the 2018 election.

Running as an independent, Sobchak generally has a love-hate relationship with the Russian audience. Having been on the country’s pop culture scene for many years, she has hosted one of the most popular reality TV shows, is a frequent guest at international VIP celebrity parties, has modeled for Playboy and is now editor-in-chief of L’Officiel Russia.

In a recent interview with Glamour Russia, Sobchak called being president “a top level art project,” adding that she thinks her career in showbiz would help in her political bid.

Sobchak also hosts an interview show on the Dozhd (Rain) TV channel, and in 2012 joined the opposition movement, having taken part in the Bolotnaya Square protests in central Moscow.

Ksenia’s late father, Anatoly Sobchak, was a famous Russian politician, the first democratically elected mayor of St. Petersburg in the 1990s. Vladimir Putin joined Sobchak’s team in 1990, and worked closely with the politician, who is widely considered to be his mentor.

I have always had respect for [Ksenia’s] father and regard him as an outstanding figure in the modern Russian history… He was an honorable man, and played a great role in my life,” Putin told Vedomosti newspaper in September, when rumors of Ksenia Sobchak’s possible run for the presidency started circulating.

However, Putin pointed out that “personal matters can play no significant role when running for presidency is this case,” saying that Sobchak’s potential political career “depends on the political program she offers.”

Every citizen in accordance with the law has the right to run as a candidate. Ksenia Sobchak is no exception,” he said.

Among other candidates who have announced their bids for the 2018 election are the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, founder of Russia’s Yabloko party, Grigory Yavlinsky, and the head of Communists of Russia, Maksim Suraykin. President Putin has not officially voiced his plans for a re-election bid.

The election campaign for the March 18 vote will be officially launched in December. To be registered, candidates need to either represent a political party, or – as in the case with Ksenia Sobchak – collect at least 300,000 signatures.

The latest Levada Center poll has shown that the majority of Russians, 71 percent, welcome women’s participation in politics. Some 60 percent would like to see women occupying top positions in the state along with men. However, only 34 percent said they would like a woman to become the president of Russia in the next 10-15 years.

Conducted in mid-September among 1,600 respondents across the country, the poll also found that such women as Russian Upper House chair Valentina Matviyenko, politician Irina Khakamada and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova could occupy the highest position in the country. The world’s first woman in space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, as well as Ksenia Sobchak, were also mentioned among potential Russian leaders.

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the russian election in 2018 is starting to warm up..im sure the usa wont be meddling in it..because that would be hypocritical eh?

“Running as an independent, Sobchak generally has a love-hate relationship with the Russian audience. Having been on the country’s pop culture scene for many years, she has hosted one of the most popular reality TV shows, is a frequent guest at international VIP celebrity parties, has modeled for Playboy and is now editor-in-chief of L’Officiel Russia.”

playboy!

“among other candidates who have announced their bids for the 2018 election are the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, founder of Russia’s Yabloko party, Grigory Yavlinsky, and the head of Communists of Russia, Maksim Suraykin. President Putin has not officially voiced his plans for a re-election bid.”

i think putin will run..why wouldnt he?

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***Soros transfers $18 billion to his foundation***

•October 20, 2017 • 19 Comments

https://www.wsj.com/articles/george-soros-transfers-18-billion-to-his-foundation-creating-an-instant-giant-1508252926

George Soros, who built one of the world’s largest fortunes through a famous series of trades, has turned over nearly $18 billion to Open Society Foundations, according to foundation officials, a move that transforms both the philanthropy he founded and the investment firm supplying its wealth.

Now holding the bulk of Mr. Soros’s fortune, Open Society has vaulted to the top ranks of philanthropic organizations, appearing to become the second largest in the U.S. by assets after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based on 2014 figures from the National Philanthropic Trust.

Soros Fund Management LLC’s 87-year-old founder now shares influence over the firm’s strategy with an investment committee of Open Society. Mr. Soros set up the committee and is its chairman, but it is meant to survive him, people familiar with it said.

A new chief investment officer at the Soros firm is less a trader than an allocator of capital to various internal and external asset managers. Unlike past investment chiefs, the official, Dawn Fitzpatrick, doesn’t report to Mr. Soros or others at his firm but to the philanthropy’s investment committee.

Mr. Soros doesn’t plan to trade the billions that now belong to Open Society, according to the people familiar with the situation. Mr. Soros was trading his own money, held separately within the Soros firm, as recently as last year, when he bet—wrongly, it turned out—that stocks would slump after Donald Trump was elected president.

“It’s an ongoing process of migration from a hedge fund toward a pool of capital deployed to support a foundation over the long term,” said Bill Ford, a committee member and the chief executive of General Atlantic LLC, a firm that invests in growth-stage companies.

Though the $26 billion Soros Fund Management was a pioneering hedge fund, it returned outside investors’ money several years ago and became a family office—a type of structure, largely free of regulation, that is increasingly popular with wealthy clans.

Mr. Soros began his giving in 1979 and stepped it up to fight communism across Eastern Europe. In 1984, he set up a foundation in Hungary, the country of his birth, that distributed photocopiers to universities and libraries to break the government’s hold on information.

Having lived under both communism and a Nazi occupation in Hungary, Mr. Soros hoped to foster “open societies” in places where authoritarian governments held power. He named his foundation after a book by the philosopher Karl Popper, one of his teachers, that defended liberal democracies.

Open Society today has a broad mandate driven largely by its founder’s values. It operates through a network of more than 40 foundations and offices in countries from Afghanistan to South Africa. It has funded refugee relief, public-health efforts and programs including a mobile court for gender crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The philanthropy also advocates for rights of the Roma, one of Europe’s largest ethnic minorities.

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alarm bells..

“George Soros, who built one of the world’s largest fortunes through a famous series of trades, has turned over nearly $18 billion to Open Society Foundations”

thats a huge war chest..

whats he up to..dying?

“operates through a network of more than 40 foundations and offices in countries from Afghanistan to South Africa. It has funded refugee relief, public-health efforts and programs including a mobile court for gender crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The philanthropy also advocates for rights of the Roma, one of Europe’s largest ethnic minorities.”

anything, anywhere..divide..conquer..divide..conquer..

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North Korea: Trump is Hitler for dumping the Paris Accord..”mentally retarded” says Ayatollah

•October 20, 2017 • 6 Comments

http://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-trump-worse-hitlet-nuclear-holocaust-toxic-gas-688166

North Korea has lobbed perhaps the most damning insult yet in its war of words with President Donald Trump, accusing the Republican of being worse than Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Led by Kim Jong Un, North Korea has defied U.N. sanctions and U.S. military pressure while developing its nuclear and ballistic weapons program. The communist state is known for its reclusive, secretive nature, but has attacked the U.S.’s own recent moves to isolate itself from the international community. In a commentary published Sunday by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state-run outlet said the U.S. “is not qualified to talk about global peace, security and civilization” because of Trump’s decisions to withdraw from the U.N.’s world heritage agency and the Paris climate accords.

“The Trump group is mulling denying the payment of dues to the UN which it has used as a tool for hegemonism and imposing the payment on other member states. On June 1, it ruthlessly violated the Paris Agreement, the fruit of the common efforts of the international community to preserve global environment,” the article read.

“When the U.S., an arch criminal of wrecking global environment, announced it would withdraw from the agreement, the international community branded its move as an ‘act surpassing the toxic gas atrocities by Hitler’ and a ‘crime to annihilate humankind by making the whole green planet a room filled with toxic gas,'” it added.

While KCNA did not specify who it was quoting, Trump faced fierce backlash abroadfrom allies and foes for exiting the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over perceived anti-Israel bias Thursday, and for his earlier decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark deal signed last year by every nation in the world except for Syria and Nicaragua. Last month, Nicaragua changed its mind and decided to sign, leaving Trump alone with Syria, which is in the midst of a devastating war against rebels and jihadis.

Trump, whose administration has espoused controversial skepticism toward climate change, called the Paris Agreement a “bad deal” for the U.S. North Korea, a traditional opponent of U.S. policy with a tradition of support for environmental causes, joined the international community in blasting Trump, but took it a step further, arguing his move would result in more death and destruction than Hitler’s institutionalized campaign of executions that killed up to 17 million people, including 6 million Jews, many of whom were forced into gas chambers.

On Wednesday, KCNA again invoked World War II by calling out the U.S. for being “the empire of evil which inflicted the nuclear holocaust on humankind for the first time in history.” The article referenced the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed at least 250,000 people, in August 1945, and suggested Trump was threatening to once again unleash weapons of mass destruction.

To back the claim, KCNA referenced an NBC report released last week that cited three unidentified security officials claiming Trump during a national security meeting over the summer demanded the U.S. increase its nuclear arsenal tenfold. Since then, Trump and Kim have publicly threatened to attack one another’s countries with nuclear weapons, in an increasingly tense war of threats and insults.

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/10/19/10/07/donald-trump-mentally-retarded-ayatollah-khamenei-iran

Donald Trump and his administration are “mentally retarded”, according to the supreme leader of Iran.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tore into Trump over the president’s plans to tear up the nuclear deal the US made with Iran in 2015.

The deal made by the Obama White House effectively shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program and eased economic sanctions on the Middle Eastern country.

“I will not spend time to respond to the nonsensical comments by the foul-mouthed president,” the Ayatollah said in comments posted on his website.

“The European governments have underlined the nuclear deal’s issue and condemned the US president’s remarks.

“Trump’s stupidity should not distract us from America’s deceitfulness … if the US tears up the deal, we will shred it.”

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attack trump..gain new friends..north korea is using this exact premise..using climate change now..like they give a fuck..

“When the U.S., an arch criminal of wrecking global environment, announced it would withdraw from the agreement, the international community branded its move as an ‘act surpassing the toxic gas atrocities by Hitler’ and a ‘crime to annihilate humankind by making the whole green planet a room filled with toxic gas,'” it added.”

this almost proves that north korea is a puppet state..somebody else is doing the talking..

and the ayatollah:

“Donald Trump and his administration are “mentally retarded”, according to the supreme leader of Iran.”

possibly right..

and even dubya is getting in on the bash him meme..quite ironic coming from the most stupid president ever:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/19/george-w-bush-trump-bigotry-lies-coded-attack

why dont you travel overseas anymore george? wmd?

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Bitcoin now bigger than Bayer, Goldman Sachs & Nike

•October 20, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/406565-bitcoin-record-high-bayer-goldman/

The value of the world’s largest cryptocurrency bitcoin has broken the $5,800 mark, hitting another all-time high before retreating to the $5,600-$5,700 level, still close to the maximum.

Its market capitalization is approaching $97 billion. If bitcoin were a company, its market cap puts it in the same league as some of the world’s biggest corporations.

The cryptocurrency would be in 77th in PwC’s list of the top 100 corporations, bigger than Bayer, Goldman Sachs, UPS, Nike, and Mitsubishi.

Bitcoin is up over 480 percent year-to-date.

The reason behind the rally is talk China may reverse the ban it imposed on cryptocurrency exchanges last month. The Chinese central bank also declared initial coin offerings (ICOs) illegal and banned fundraising through ICOs.

After the Chinese ban, the Japanese yen consolidated the global trade volume, with 57 percent of bitcoin’s fiat exchange volume. The US dollar and South Korean won follow.

Some investors say bitcoin bulls could test a new ceiling of $6,500. They are also buoyant that banking giant Goldman Sachs is likely to start trading bitcoin.

Mike Novogratz, Galaxy Investment Partners, recently told CNBC that bitcoin can hit the $10,000 mark soon, but with a warning.

“Remember, bubbles happen around things that fundamentally change the way we live,” he said.

“The railroad bubble. Railroads really fundamentally changed the way we lived. The internet bubble changed the way we live. When I look forward five, 10 years, the possibilities really get your animal spirits going.”

Bitcoin is likely to become “the biggest bubble of our time,” he added.

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the last sentence:

“Bitcoin is likely to become “the biggest bubble of our time,” he added.”

it will be..or conversely its the best thing to invest in since Microsoft announced it had an idea for a computer and operating system..

“Bitcoin is up over 480 percent year-to-date.”

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The real reason weather IS manipulated

•October 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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thanks to xxx for the link..

enjoy..

they can do these things..and imagine the technological progress since the 1950s..

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China Communist Party congress set to start in Beijing

•October 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41647872

China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, is set to begin in Beijing.

More than 2,000 delegates will be meeting under tight security in the capital.

The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China and the country’s direction for the next term.

Xi Jinping became China’s leader in 2012 and is widely expected to remain as chief of the ruling Communist Party.

A fresh team of leaders in China’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, is expected to be unveiled, as well as a roadmap for China for the next five years.

The congress is expected to finish next week.

Beijing is decked out in welcome banners and festive displays for the congress.

However, the capital is also on high alert. Long lines were seen earlier this week at railway stations due to additional checks at transport hubs.

The congress has also affected businesses, with some restaurants, gyms, nightclubs and karaoke bars reportedly shutting down due to tightened security rules, and room-sharing websites like Airbnb cancelling bookings.

An austerity drive, instituted by Mr Xi, has meant a more pared down congress, with Chinese reports this week of delegates’ hotels cutting back on frills such as decorations, free fruit in rooms and lavish meals.

Many observers believe Mr Xi will further cement his position within the Party during the congress.

The Party is expected to rewrite its constitution to enshrine his political ideology – thus elevating him to the status of previous Party giants Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

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technocratic socialistic capitalism..on show..

“Many observers believe Mr Xi will further cement his position within the Party during the congress.”

no doubt..

we await any ground breaking revelations..but dont hold your breath..

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