Thursday, March 3, 2011

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Current status of the Gulf Stream ~ link 

Revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East - Who Really Benefits?  Will they continue to spread throughout the world in the wake of global food shortages, global depression, and Austerity Fascism?  by Lord Stirling ~ link

Advanced Biological Warfare (article by Lord Stirling) ~ link ~ I have a link to a free movie on Hulu, BLACK DAWN: THE NEXT PANDEMIC, that is most interesting.  The movie is about the spread of a naturally occurring mutation in the H5N1 virus; a rather nasty mutation that kills up to 10% of those it effects.  I strongly urge people to take the time to view this movie, as it shows the impact of what a single naturally occurring virus mutation can do.  In reality, a global strategic Advanced Biological-based war would be at least ten-fold as bad and more likely a hundred-fold in its impact as the viruses would be military designer-created (recombination DNA) diseases with a much stronger kill ratio (90% or higher fatality level from an infection) and there would likely be many dozens of viruses released at the same time, instead of only one disease.      

Before we allow hardliners in Israel take us into yet another war, we need to take a very hard and realistic look at just what a war involving MAD on all sides would mean to Israel, to Europe, to North America and the entire world.  

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Libya stalemate presents diplomatic challenges ~ link ~
Rebels ride on a tank on the road leading to Brega Rebels in eastern Libya have mobilised to stop the advance of pro-Gaddafi forces
Every move in the diplomatic play-book has so far been thrown at the embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and yet he is still hanging on to power. Assets have been frozen, an arms embargo applied, and legal proceedings are being investigated by the International Criminal Court. There's even been talk of an internationally enforced no-fly zone to prevent the Libyan leader using his air force to attack his own people.

Nobody, of course, believed that the machinery of international condemnation alone would topple the Libyan leader. That looked as though it was well in hand by Libyan opponents of his regime. But as the fighting around Brega underscores, neither side seems to have the knock-out punch capable of defeating the other. Col Gaddafi appears unable to re-capture the eastern part of his country. And for now, his opponents seem unable to mount a major offensive against Tripoli. 

US Naval Update: It's A Mediterranean Party And The USS Enterprise Is Invited - Libyan Endgame Expected Within 5-7 Days ~ link ~ I would expect to see another super-carrier battle group or two, to arrive as well.  But remember, there are a large number of NATO air/army/naval bases near Libya, so most of the necessary firepower can be moved in with little notice.  Stirling
As we speculated last week, the LHD 3 Kearsarge deftly left the treacherous waters of the Red Sea a few days ago, and after crossing the Suez is now well on its way to the shores of Tripoli (where it is set to meet Canadian, Korean and Dutch warships). Yet to those who argue that the US military is a well-oiled machine, look no further than the schizophrenic moves the CVN 65 Enterprise has had to endure in the past two weeks: after it was just off the coast of Libya as recently as February 9, and rushing into the Red Sea in direction Straits of Hormuz two weeks ago, the storied aircraft carrier was halted dead in its tracks en route, and ordered to do a 180. It is now hot on the heels of the Kearsarge and we believe will also cross the Suez within 48 hours as it moves in to provide air support to Libya by the weekend. And with air coverage, the no fly zone will likely be instituted by Monday of next week, which, as Robert Gates telegraphed earlier, is the codeword for a "NATO" invasion. Which means this weekend will likely be do or die in terms of game theory defection choices for the Gaddafi family: will he defect peacefully and spend the rest of his days with his friend Robert Mugabe, the world's second best performing stock market after the NYSE Borse, and a few hundred pounds of gold, or will he set fire to the Libyan oil infrastructure as he leaves the scene kicking and screaming.  

Concerned neighbors warn against foreign intervention in Libya ~ linkTake the time to read this entire article at the link, if you can.   Stirling       

Arab states have warned against any foreign intervention in the Libyan crisis and pledged to support the unity of the country even as they struggle with the implications of the unrest sweeping the Middle East and North Africa. Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, led calls to avoid any outside role as rebels in the eastern Benghazi area called for UN-mandated air strikes against mercenaries fighting for Muammar Gaddafi's regime. "We hope the Libyan people can overcome these difficult conditions, and that the Libyan leaders take brave stands to stop bloodshed and respect the legitimate desires and rights of its people to live in a free, democratic nation," Zebari said.
"The Arabs are lost," said Ahmad Asfahani, a commentator with the al-Hayat newspaper. "Really they don't know how to deal with what is happening." In the conservative heartlands of the Gulf, concern is focused less on Libya than on the island state of Bahrain, where seven people died in protests that triggered concessions and a cabinet reshuffle by King Hamad but left uncertainty about the future, close to Saudi Arabia and its sensitive Shia eastern provinces. Plans to help Bahrain and Oman were revealed by the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas, which described a "Marshall-style plan" being drawn up by the six members of the Saudi-dominated Gulf Co-operation Council. It would help improve living conditions, create job opportunities and provide new homes, the paper said. In the United Arab Emirates state media reported a plan to invest $1.6bn to improve infrastructure in less developed regions. The UAE, the second largest Arab economy, has escaped unrest so far, not least because its small local population enjoys one of the world's highest economic outputs per capita, at over $47,000. In Saudi Arabia, the regional giant, King Abdullah last week returned home from a long convalescence abroad to announce a $36bn social welfare package aimed at buying off protests.

Roots of the Arab Revolts and Premature Celebrations ~ link ~ This is an excellent article on the social/cultural aspects of the Arab nations that have/are undergoing revolutions or crisis.  Stirling   

Libya's aerial onslaught steps up pressure for no-fly zone - with video ~ link ~ CNN seems to want NATO to go to war in Libya!  Who would benefit from that?!

Food Prices Reach Record High ~ link ~ Get ready for more Global ChaosStirling     

World food prices rose 2.2% in February from the previous month to a record peak, the United Nations' food body said Thursday, as it warned that volatility in oil markets could push prices even higher. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization price index rose by 2.2%—the eighth consecutive rise since June—to an average of 236 points last month, the highest record in real and nominal terms since the agency started monitoring prices in 1990.

Global cereal supplies are also expected to tighten sharply this year due low stock levels, the FAO said. The body raised its estimate for world cereal production in 2010 by eight million metric tons from its December estimate to 2.2 billion tons but said it expects that to be outpaced by an 18 million-ton increase in world consumption.

US Libyan Policy: Zero Legitimacy ~ link ~ Take the time to read the entire article at the link.  It shows how we are being set up to buy into the "revolution" nonsense.  The 'Domino Revolutions' are organized and controlled by outside forces with evil intent.  Stirling 
From the very beginning the US-backed Libyan unrest played out in oafish measures, crutched along by the most irresponsible, intellectually dishonest "journalism" to date. A week before the unrest began, it was the the London based National Conference of Libyan Opposition (NCLO) that called for the February 17th "Day of Rage," not Libyans in the streets of Tripoli or Benghazi.

The NCLO itself was
created in London in 2005 by Ibrahim Sahad and his National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), which in turn has been one of the leading Libyan opposition groups since the 1980's. The Daily Globe and Mail has reported that Sahad's NFSL had been behind several attempted armed uprisings and assassination attempts against Qaddafi in the 1980's, while records found in the US Library of Congress indicate Sahad's NFSL had CIA support and training.

Sahad himself now directs the unrest in Libya from Washington D.C. while giving interviews with the corporate owned media literally in front of the White House.

The reality now appears that the "protesters" are actually heavily armed insurgents who obliterated entire sections of steel-reinforced concrete walls of a Benghazi army base, then seized heavy artillery and armored vehicles before shoring up armed rebels in nearby towns and cities. The New York Times reported that weapons were coming in across the Egyptian border, while US and UK government mouthpieces called for providing additional arms and training for the rebels. The New York Times' latest piece, "Libyan Rebels Said to Debate Seeking U.N. Airstrikes" features images of insurgents receiving military training, further suggesting the unrest is the result of a yet another NFSL military operation rather than a "spontaneous" protest turned violent.

Gaddafi's forces capture Dutch Marines on "rescue" mission ~ linkThree Dutch marines are being held in Libya after they were captured by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi while trying to rescue Dutch workers. The marines were surrounded by armed men and captured on Sunday after landing near Sirte in a Lynx helicopter that was on board a navy ship, HMS Tromp, which is anchored off the Libyan coast to help evacuations, Dutch defence ministry spokesman Otte Beeksma said.

Dutch officials were in "intensive negotiations" with the Libyan government to secure the marines' release, he said.
Two people the marines were trying to rescue were also captured but have been released and left the country. The identities of the marines were not released.

Obama says Gaddafi must quit ~ link ~ Why is it that America must get involved in the affairs of just about every nation on Earth?  That is NOT what most Americans want anymore!  Stirling     

President Barack Obama said Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi must give up power and said he was positioning U.S. military assets near Libya to ensure he had the "full capacity to act" if the situation in Libya deteriorates further.

Mr. Obama said he had authorized sending military aircraft to the Libya-Tunisia border to help transport Egyptian refugees home, as forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi continued to battle rebel forces for control of key territory around oil installations.

Tunisia President Mebazaa calls elections ~ link ~ Sounds like they are taking a long time to write a Constitution and who knows how much longer after that to really have elections.  Stirling    
Fouad Mebazaa Mr Mebazaa he would continue in office even though the constitution limits caretaker presidents
Tunisia's interim president Fouad Mebazaa has announced details of new elections promised after the overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Mr Mebazaa said voting for a council of representatives to rewrite the constitution would be held by 24 July. He said a new interim government would run the country until then.

Mr Mebazaa said he would also continue in office, even though the current constitution limits caretaker office-holders to a 60-day term. In a televised speech, he promised to stay in power, "contrary to what has been rumoured, until the elections are held, with the help and support of all".

Egyptian Prime Minister Shafiq Resigns ~ link ~ One can only wonder who, in Egypt, is really in charge.  Stirling      

Ohio sets stage for national union rights fight ~ link ~ The American version of European Austerity Fascism and North African revolution/chaos.  Stirling   

With Wisconsin convulsed by unrest over a bill to curb public employee unions, a similar measure is steaming toward passage in Ohio, a bigger labor stronghold with a vital role as a political battleground. The speed with which the bill passed the Ohio Senate is energizing Republicans as they push to break what they see as labor's stranglehold on public agencies. The close vote bolsters Democrats and their union supporters. They believe they could go to the ballot box to reverse any law that passes.

British father-of-seven killed in Libya after going to rescue his 20-year-old daughter in Tripoli ~ link 

UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg: We failed North Africa ~ linkNick Clegg has called on Europe to make a "full and engaging offer" to north Africa to help promote democracy in the region. The deputy prime minister, giving a speech in Brussels, said European states had allowed autocratic regimes to "get away with making a pretence of reforming".
"We have failed because our support for North African countries has not been based strongly enough on the values of open societies," he said. "We have supported the important goals of economic opening and reform, but the EU has done nothing like enough to use its weight to encourage open, plural societies more broadly."

The Liberal Democrat leader urged EU states to come together to form a new response to the pro-democracy protests seen across north Africa and the Middle East, which have already toppled authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. His remarks are likely to be met with hostility from Conservative eurosceptics, however, as he piles pressure on the EU to rethink its foreign policy motives. "Everyday on our television screens, we are witnessing the courage of ordinary people taking to the streets to demand greater freedom," Mr Clegg said. 

UK PM Cameron retreats from Libya no-fly plan after US shows caution ~ link
Man holds Gaddafi poster in Tripoli
A man holds up a poster of Libya's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, one of several distributed among a crowd watching a burning fuel truck in Tripoli on Wednesday. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Britain has backtracked from its belligerent military stance over Libya after the Obama administration publicly distanced itself from David Cameron's suggestion that Nato should establish a no-fly zone over the country and that rebel forces should be armed.

As senior British military sources expressed concern that Downing Street appeared to be overlooking the dangers of being sucked into a long and potentially dangerous operation, the prime minister said Britain would go no further than contacting the rebel forces at this stage.

Over 60 North Africans hospitalized in Greece due to hunger strike ~ link ~ More than 60 people were hospitalized on Tuesday in Greece on the 36th-day of a hunger strike.

The action began in late January, when about 300 immigrants from North African countries organized a protest action demanding they be issued residence permits. The strikers refuse to stop the hunger strike until their demands are met.

The authorities, however, have no intention of holding a mass legalization of aliens. Presently Greece is the main transit point on the way of illegal migrants to Europe.

Kremlin: Gaddafi is a 'living political corpse' and should step down ~ link ~Russia rarely criticises authoritarian leaders, but President Dmitry Medvedev last week condemned Gaddafi's use of violence against protesters calling for his overthrow and said continued bloodshed would be a crime under international law.

The Kremlin source told reporters it was time for Gaddafi to step down, calling him "a living political corpse who has no place in the modern civilised world."

Moscow supported a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday calling for an arms embargo and other sanctions. Russia currently has around $2 billion in defence contracts with Libya, the Interfax news agency previously cited a source as saying.

China orders officials to go out and 'make people happy' ~ link ~ Also see: China to raise minimum income tax threshold ~ linkChina has no intention of allowing a revolution to happen in the 'People's Republic of China'.  Stirling   

China has ordered its officials to go out and "make people happy" in a bid to combat simmering discontent caused by a widening rich-poor divide, choking pollution, soaring inflation and endemic corruption.

Russia to Introduce Electronic ID Card in 2012 ~ linkRussian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday Russia would introduce a new generation of an electronic identity cards (ID) for all citizens, according to local reports.
The introduction of the new electronic IDs would start since January 2012. The new ID card, with similar size of a regular bank card, would contain an electronic chip with the holder's personal information, including fingerprints and a photo. 

In addition, Medvedev suggested the card be combined with driver's licenses, medical insurance and school and university ID cards, and proposed the card should be possibly used not only inside the country but also abroad.
Last week, Russian State Duma, or the lower house of the parliament, passed in the first reading of a bill introducing the electronic signature as a legal replacement of traditional signatures and seals.

Israel the Promised Land for Organized Crime - video ~ link ~ Some good points and information, however I do not like branding entire groups or races/whatever of people for the crimes of a few of them.  Stirling     

Pakistan: CIA man has no immunity ~ link ~ When the politicians, the military, and the intelligence people won't take our bribes any longer, you know that they seriously feel something very dangerous is about to come down on them.  They see WWIII as being very close.  So should you!  Stirling     

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of OPEC ~ link ~

Well, this sounds plausible enough: after all, there’s no reason why we can’t keep spending money we don’t have – any suggestion to the contrary is unpatriotic and probably motivated by support for terrorism.

The housing bubble, no-money-down loans, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac holding multi-billions in bad loans and other “toxic assets”? That’s not profligacy – it’s the Amurrican Dream, boy! And to suggest otherwise is … hey, what are you, some kind of Communist?
According to this report, paid for by the Pentagon and “declassified” so that Washington Times “national security expert” Bill Gertz could hyperventilate over it, the uptick in oil prices is also part of an Ay-rab plot. The Pentagon “study,” authored by one Kevin D. Freeman, cites neocon nutball Walid Phares, a Christian Falangist of Lebanese extraction and paid propagandist for the Israeli-connected Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, who avers:

“According to Political Economy assessment [sic], there may have been a third player in the crisis: OPEC, or more precisely, radical circles within Oil Producing regimes in the Peninsula. The thesis argue that combined Salafist-Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood circles in the Gulf -with consent from the Iranian side on this particular issue, used the escalating pricing of Oil over the past year to push the financial crisis in the US over the cliff.”

Aha! The long arm of the Muslim Brotherhood strikes again! Boy oh boy, the Brothers sure have been busy lately: first we find out they were really behind the Egyptian revolution and the overthrow of US-supported dictator Hosni Mubarak. Then we detect their nefarious influence in all the other revolts taking place across the Middle East. And now this! I also have my suspicions about their involvement in the spate of cold weather we’ve been having here in the US, but that will have to await confirmation until Freeman consults the proper omens. Meanwhile, “Dr.” Phares continues on in the same deranged vein:

Trusting The USS Titanic ~ link ~ Great one!  Stirling  

China aerospace group to buy Cirrus ~ link ~ Not a good sign.  Cirrus is one of the best late 20th Century and early 21st Century American aerospace firms.  They make a great family of all-composite glass-cockpit single-engine civilian aircraft.  A good friend of mine has one, it is a great little airplane.  Now America is losing even its high tech aviation firms to China.  Stirling    

Dangerous New Organism Found and Linked to GMOs ~ link The following information is vitally important to understanding just how dangerous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are, not only to the environment, but to the health of everyone on the planet.

One of the nation’s senior scientists alerted the federal government to a newly discovered organism that may have the potential to cause infertility and spontaneous abortion in farm animals, raising significant concerns about human health. Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University, believes the appearance and prevalence of the unnamed organism may be related to the nation’s over reliance on the weed killer known as Roundup and/or to something about the genetically engineered Roundup-Ready crops. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the professor called on the federal government to immediately stop deregulation of roundup ready crops, particularly roundup ready alfalfa.


Corporate Tax Revenues Near Historic Lows ~ link 
Why the Dollar's Reign Is Near an End ~ link

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