Saturday, November 10, 2012

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 Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE
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Red = Very high importance and/or danger, or military topic; if yellow or black lettering or if black background is used, extreme importance and/or danger; if lime green lettering is used = 'oh crap'.
Blue = Occupy Wall Street/World/Together & European anti-austerity fascist  events/Eurozone Crisis, Global Depression & End the Fed
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Why have a color code?  Well I have a tendency to want to highlight really important things so I use this system.  Also, this is a low-cost one-man news blog and I simply want to add some color to the site and also help to group stories.  Tim Earl of Stirling     

Iran will hold massive air defense drills over this weekend ~ link ~ Gen. Farzad Esmaili, head of Iran's air defense headquarters, says the drill will include Iranian jet fighters, drones, air defense systems and about 8,000 troops.

Esmaili is quoted by the official IRNA news agency on Thursday as saying that the area of the war games will cover nearly the entire eastern half of Iran. The exercise is to start on Saturday and last seven days.

Assad: Erdogan thinks he's Calph, new sultan of the Ottoman - with video interview ~ link ~ In an exclusive interview with RT, President Bashar Assad said that the conflict in Syria is not a civil war, but proxy terrorism by Syrians and foreign fighters. He also accused the Turkish PM of eyeing Syria with imperial ambitions. Assad told RT that the West creates scapegoats as enemies – from communism, to Islam, to Saddam Hussein. He accused Western countries of aiming to turn him into their next enemy.

While mainstream media outlets generally report on the crisis as a battle between Assad and Syrian opposition groups, the president claims that his country has been infiltrated by numerous terrorist proxy groups fighting on behalf of other powers.

In the event of a foreign invasion of Syria, Assad warned, the fallout would be too dire for the world to bear.

Did the Israeli military defy Netanyahu - with video ~ link ~ Actually, I believe that senior Intelligence and Military officers defied him again earlier this year.  As long as he is in power, he remains the world's most dangerous man.  Watch him very carefully as the Israeli election gets closer, if he fears that he will lose power, expect him to pull out all stops to get his war, which will begin the Third World War.   Stirling    
A sensational story is rocking Israel this week – alleging that the Israeli military defied orders from its commander in chief, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Leading Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan is reporting that Netanyahu ordered his military to prepare for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities nearly two years ago. Dayan's story documents that both the army chief and the head of Mossad (Israeli intelligence) refused to comply with Netanyahu’s order.

USA prepares world for Third World War ~ link ~ A member of the Russian State Duma Yevgeny Fyodorov shared his vision of the current situation in the world with Pravda.Ru. He believes that the United States is preparing the grounds for starting World War III. Their plan is to combine all local conflicts together. The United States, when speaking about the fight against terrorism, in fact relies on extremism and terrorism.
Currently, the world is slipping into a complete destabilization that will inevitably end in a World War. This is precisely why many powers now are testing the ground. This is similar to the situation when the Soviet Union, fighting in Afghanistan, dealt not with the Mujahideen but with the Americans, Bin Laden and the American Stinger missiles.

'Assad is completely demonized by the press' - RT's interviewer - with video ~ link ~ The first thing that really marked me is that everything is so much more complicated than people portray it to be in the press. In any press, actually. And I will overemphasize that over and over again – it’s way too complicated. As far as Assad goes, I had a chance to talk to him 15 minutes before the interview, and he is completely demonized by the press, because he is a very educated man, he is a very pleasant man. He doesn’t seem to have, you know, this sickness of being a president and everything else. He is a very down-to-earth guy.

The thing that really marked me most is how really much more complicated the situation inside Syria is from what we see in the media, because I talked to people… yes, the country is divided, and even the people who didn’t like Assad before this conflict started are now so scared that fundamentalists will come to power – fundamentalists who are fighting on the side of the Free Syrian Army. And the Syrian people are not about that. And this is like the only secular Arab country that had a lot of different religious groups always living in peace with each other, whether it’s Sunni, or Shia, or Alawis, or Christians – and they’re really scared that if Assad goes, the army will fall apart and then, you know, you’d have these extremist Muslims coming to them and asking them to basically be just like them. And we actually saw a Twitter for the Free Syrian army, and they had the targets, the people that they want to target to kill… Basically, they’re targeting also famous people who don’t want fundamentalists in power. So it’s not just about Assad – I think people feel, whether he goes or stays, it all it can get worse if he goes because it will get… I mean, the terror attacks will continue and the fundamentalists will come to power, so they’re very scared of that.

Tension escalates along Turkish-Syrian border ~ link 

Violation of Iran airspace - An act of provocation by US days analyst - with video ~ link ~ “It is fairly obvious that it is another act of provocation that sends the wrong signal from Washington and I think that their own message is that the US continues to violate the airspace of Iran contrary to the international norms and rule of international law,” Kaveh Afrasiabi said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Friday that the Iranian military has repelled an unidentified aircraft that had entered the country’s airspace “above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic in the Persian Gulf.”

The comments come a day after the Pentagon claimed that two Iranian warplanes fired at a US drone last week as it conducted a routine, but classified surveillance mission over the Persian Gulf about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast.

Was Peteaus brought down by his secret love life or AIPAC?  ~ link ~ My guess, the latter!   Stirling    

Some have lamented, via social media, that wars, occupations, assassinations are not reasons to lose one’s job in the United States government. Indeed, such service gets you praised and promoted, while an extramarital affair will kill your career.

But what also struck me was the total absence in the extensive media coverage of another way Petraeus made a little history: by publicly criticizing Israel and enraging the Israel lobby.

Operation 'Sex Under a Desk': The racy emails between CIA chief Petraeus and his biographer 'mistress' that were found by the FBI and forced him to quit ~ link ~ Petraeus stepped down yesterday after confessing to cheating on his wife of 37 years, Holly - behaviour he explained was 'unacceptable' for a senior administration official.

Gmail probe led FBI to CIA chief's affair - with video ~ link ~ Washington is full of sexual affairs, they do NOT bring down top officials unless there is a major effort to remove them by some power or another.  Stirling     

CIA director David Petraeus's extra-marital affair, which forced him to resign, was uncovered during an investigation into a potential breach of his Gmail account, reports say.
Unnamed officials said the FBI was checking his private account when it found Mr Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. 

Color Revolutions: Argentina Next? ~ link ~ This is a good article, do take the time to read it all at the link.  Stirling    

Suspicion grows as Western criticism of Argentina's nationalization and rebuffing of "rules of global finance" sharpens in tandem with street protests.

media agencies have begun enthusiastically covering demonstrations in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires. CNN, AP, and the BBC have all covered the protests in equally vague terms, failing to identify the leaders and opposition groups behind them, while BBC in particular recycled "Arab Spring" rhetoric claiming that, "opposition activists used social networks to mobilise the march, which they said was one of the biggest anti-government protests in a decade."

The Western media claims the protesters are angry over, "rising inflation, high levels of crime and high-profile corruption cases," all the identical, vague grievances brought into the streets by Wall Street-backed opposition groups in Venezuela. Underneath these unsubstantiated claims, lies the International Monetary Fund, and threats of sanctions aimed at Argentina's turning away from the US Dollar and the Wall Street-London dominated international financial order.  And like in Venezuela, a coordinated campaign against the Argentinian government, led by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchne, has begun in op-eds across the Western media.

Argentinians flood the streets to protest against President Cristina Fernandez - with video ~ link ~ Brandishing banners and banging on pots and pans, thousands of Argentines take to streets of Buenos Aires to protest against President Cristina Fernandez.
Tens of thousands rally for Argentina's biggest protest in years - with video ~ link ~ Thousands of pot-banging, flag-waving, banner-hoisting demonstrators massed in Buenos Aires for Argentina’s largest anti-government protest in years. Common themes at the protest included the nation's high levels of crime, corruption and inflation.

From Fantasy to Facts: Four Ways the Fake Media Creates a False Reality ~ link ~ This is one that you really do need to read all of at the link.  Great article!  Stirling    

The mainstream media exclusively focuses on a single storyline about an event or an issue, which has the effect of marginalizing other points of view that are equally valid, if not more so. Narratives, not facts and objective data, have taken center stage in the aspiring journalist’s mind. Journalists and editors who oversee the making of the news play the same role as screenwriters in the filmmaking process. Their power stems from the fact that the public looks at news as “real,” whereas they know movies are totally fake. But news in the United States and the West is the farthest thing from being real.

The latest mantra that the mainstream media is using in a domestic context is the “fiscal cliff.” Media messengers for the tyrannical establishment do not discuss how the Federal Reserve’s private money machine, Wall Street bailouts, and the military-industrial complex’s wars have caused the skyrocketing of U.S. debt. They just keep repeating “fiscal cliff,” and then offer bipartisan solutions that will benefit the banksters in power while destroying the living standards of middle class taxpayers and workers.

By focusing on the “fiscal cliff,” rather than the Grand Canyon of Deception that is the unconstitutional Federal Reserve system, the mainstream media legitimizes the looting and pillaging of the American people by the transnational banksters.


Is the 29 hour work week coming as employers seek to escape the Obamacare Mandate ~ link ~ The retail industry will be among the first to reduce hours, as the retail industry is really slumping, and they figure on paying low wages, and do not intend to increase their payroll costs at a time of economic depression.   Stirling     

Businesses with 50 or more employees who average at least 30 hours of work a week will be subject to the Obamacare insurance coverage mandate.

Companies are reportedly planning large layoffs due to the implementation of Obamacare.

But, companies can potentially avoid being subject to Obamacare's insurance requirements by limiting employees’ weekly hours to less than the 30 hour level defined by Obamacare as “full-time.”

Foodstamps surge by most in one year to new all time record - In delayed release ~ link ~ Just 'accidentally' delayed until after the election...and if you believe that I have a 'bridge in Brooklyn for sale cheap'.   Stirling       

While there had been speculation that the BLS may delay the release of its October nonfarm payroll number until after the election, it turned out there was no reason to worry. Perhaps this is because the number, while at stall speed, was not quite as horrible as some had expected (even if the change in average hourly earnings did tumble to new all time lows) and so boosted Obama's reelection chances. There was, however, another closely tracked number which perhaps is far more indicative of the economic "growth" in the past 4 years, which certainly had a delayed release. The number of course is that showing how many Americans are on foodstamps, and usually is released at the end of the month, or the first day or two of the next month. This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August foodstamp data. One glance at the number reveals why: at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year. One can see why a reported surge in foodstamps ahead of the elections is something the USDA, and the administration may not have been too keen on disclosing.

Are markets and macro repeating 2008 ~ link ~ Actually, what is coming will be FAR WORSE than 2008!   Stirling      

Greek unemployment skyrockets ~ link ~ Within one month, 36,000 people lost their jobs, that is more than 1,000 people per day. Number of Employed: 3,726,663
Number of Unemployed: 1,267,595  Number of Inactive: 3,375,297

Almost one in three women is without job as the rate reached 29%. Among men unemployment is at 22.7%. Among the ages group, highest is the rate in ages 15-24 with 58% and 25-34 with 32.9%.

One-quarter of Spain and Greece workers without work ~ linkAs bad as the U.S. economy has gotten, things are worse in Spain and Greece, as the entitlement-heavy economies of both nations further implode, relegating tens of millions of their citizens to what could become a generation of abject poverty.

The unemployment rate in both countries stands at about 25 percent, a figure that in and of itself is bad enough, but one that becomes even more daunting when you learn that fully 50 percent of younger workers in these nations are jobless, The Atlantic reported recently. Jobless youth tend to create unrest.

Austerity bill not enough says German Foreign Minister and EU Commission ~ link ~ I really do believe that the globalists want a bloody revolution/civil war in Greece as part of their End Game Strategy to bring about their satanic New World Order.   Stirling     

The austerity package that will bring financial disaster to millions of Greek households was apparently not enough for Greece’s lenders to give the green light for the release of the 31 billion euro bailout tranche. Of course, the budget 2013 has to be adopted by the Greek Parliament, as well. That is another precondition for the tranche, and despite the political casualties Greece’s coalition government suffered on Wednesday night after the austerity bill voting, the budget is expeted to be adopted on Sunday night. However, also this crucial vote is not enough. 

Greek Coalition falling apart ~ link  

Gold and the Potential Dollar Endgame ~ link ~
Part 1 of 3: What supply and demand? It’s all stock to flow these days.
Reading our title has us convinced that somewhere our college economics professors are hanging their heads in shame with all of those x and y graphs scribbled to no avail. Economists the world over can take comfort that the laws of supply and demand still largely rule the marketplace. However, we believe there is a noted exception for a yellow, largely useless metal. A metal that just happens to have shaped the world’s monetary systems for the last several thousand years. Gold’s “supply” traditionally defined as global mining production is virtually meaningless in determining its’ price. How can this be? Analysts pontificate that global supply dynamics are integral in forecasting future metal prices. We can only attribute this to the fact that these analysts still myopically cling to the view of gold as a commodity.

Gold, even when viewed as a commodity, is unique in that it is not consumed. As there is little cost effective industrial application for the yellow metal, little to no “natural” industrial demand exists. Virtually every ounce ever mined from the earth is still above ground, either in a vault or a safe or an earring. An estimated 170,000 metric tons sits above ground, hoarded and unambiguously owned. Given that the annual supply of mined gold is approximately 2,500 metric tons, how is it gold not priced close to zero? After all, there is a 65 year overhang in supply! Despite all that we know of supply and demand dynamics and economic ‘law’, gold’s price is within striking distance of its’ all-time-high – in every currency on the planet.

On Germany's desire to see America collapse, and its 'infantile crush on Obama' ~ link ~ I see a growing 'script' that blames the global and EU economic mess on Germany.  Germany is NOT the problem...the satanic Global Banking Cartel families ARE.   Stirling   
Via Germany's most popular financial newspaper Spiegel:
"There is hardly an issue about which Germans as so united as they are by their desire to see America on its knees. It unites both the left and the right. Wherever they look, they see decay, a lack of culture and ignorance. "A perverse mixture of irresponsibility, greed, and religious zealotry".  With a bit of luck, the specter across the Atlantic might even take care of itself. It can't be ruled out.

When they are not shooting each other or being fried by dangling power lines then the Americans might simply pop. Two out of every three US citizens are overweight, or even obese! Every child in Germany knows the numbers. For the ├╝ber-watchful among us, the signs of the downfall are obvious. One must only take a look at the condition of the streets (every fourth bridge is crumbling!), or the entirely outdated power grid, to come to the conclusion that this country has its future behind it. A nation that has its utility lines hanging from poles in the street, instead of burying them in an orderly fashion underground, cannot really be taken seriously.

US Appeals Court: Tortured US whistleblowers can't sue ~ link ~ The globalist criminal trash have turned America into something that most Americans in history would not recognize!   Stirling     

The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out a lawsuit by two US whistleblowers, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel, who were tortured by the US military after coming forward with evidence of wrongdoing by the contracting company they were working for. 

Rapid anti-gun forces in our faces and they mean business ~ link ~ The Rabid anti gun agenda is in our faces.  The UN Small Arms Trade Treaty is rearing its head again since Obama was reelected. The mask is off the rabid anti gun crowd.  We see them as tyrants. Senator Diane Feinstein is moving in full force attempting to ban rifles and handguns.The are coming to disarm the American people. Obama wants a monopoly on force so he can have authoritarian rule over the people. With the momentum they are using to disarm the American people. These rabid anti gun communist will get a very rude awakening when the people resist them.
To me, there is no reconciliation with people who want to disarm us. Compromise does not work. Look at the NRA, they made deals with the rabid anti gun crowd hoping they would find common ground.  It is a very foolish thinking there can be a deal that satisfies everyone. There is no reconciliation, nor should we compromise with people who want to disarm us. It is insanity to think the anti gun crowd will show any real respect. Ask the moderates in the Russian Duma after the Bolshevik takeover. They though they had common ground until they were executed.

Justin Welby named next Archbishop of Canterbury - with video ~ link ~ Also see Bishop Welby's descent from royal bastard ~ link ~ His views on the ordination of women bishops will kill any future chance of a union of the Church of England with either the Roman Catholic Church or the Eastern Orthodox Church.  Stirling   

The next Archbishop of Canterbury has set out his support for the ordination of women bishops, as his appointment was officially confirmed.

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, 56, said his appointment was "astonishing and exciting".

Russia sacks Armed Forces chief amid on-going corruption scandal ~ link Russia's President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the armed forces chief, just three days after the defence minister was sacked over a corruption scandal.

Gen Valery Gerasimov replaces Gen Nikolai Makarov as the new armed forces chief of general staff.

HondaJet - 'Civic of the Sky' - coming next year ~ link ~ Also see images of HondaJet ~ link ~ and HondaJet site ~ link ~ It is a nice Very Light Business Jet, but it is coming at a bad time economically.   Stirling     

Honda said on Wednesday that its U.S.-based passenger aircraft unit was building the tiny five-passenger jet, noted for its two engines mounted over the wings, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

"U.S. federal certification for the jet's engine should come before the end of this year and for the aircraft overall next year," said Fumika Ishioka, a Tokyo-based Honda spokeswoman.

Get ready for the Zhuhai Air Show 2012 - with photos ~ link 

First Y-8C leaves for Venezuela ~ link ~ See also Y-8 background link ~ link

BBC prevents astronomer from listening for signs of extraterrestrial life on distant planet ~ linkProf Cox, who hosts the show with comedian Dara O’Briain, said he had hoped to point the Jodrell Bank telescope at the planet Threapleton Holmes B after it was discovered live on air last year and listen for signs of life.

But he claimed he was prevented from doing so because the Corporation was concerned that a discovery of aliens could violate BBC regulations.

Married for 87 years! ~ link WOW

In an age where few marriages endure the test of time, 107-year-old Karam and his wife Katari Chand, 100, are proof that happy ever after does exist.

The couple, who have eight children and twenty eight grandchildren together, have lived in wedded bliss for 87 years making them the world's longest married couple.

India's thorium-based nuclear dream inches closer ~ link SINCE India began its nuclear programme in the 1950s, it has aimed to tap the ample thorium reserves that lie within its borders. Construction is finally set to begin on a reactor that will produce electricity from India's most convenient fuel for the first time. But with a checkered past on the subject, the country's promises of a new dawn for nuclear rest on shaky ground.

Last week, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) put out statements to the Indian press touting the safety of its new Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR), which could break ground near one of the country's conventional reactors next year. Once operational, they claim it will fulfil the vision of India's 60-year-old blueprint for thorium-based nuclear energy production, generating 300 megawatts of power from thorium more safely than nuclear energy has ever done. NPCIL's technical director, Shiv Abhilash Bhardwaj, told the press that such reactors will be so safe they can be built right inside major cities like Mumbai.

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