6 May 2014 ~ First Update
Shooting in the Ukraine's Marcipal as self-defense forces say Kiev coup junta resumes assault ~ link ~
Ukrainian Special Forces have started storming checkpoints in Mariupol in the Donetsk region, Ukraine's south-east, the city's self-defense says. “It looks like the assault has started,” Mikhail Krutko from the self-defense headquarters told Interfax news agency, adding that there is no information about injuries or victims. "We have just now started getting messages about a massive attack on our checkpoints, located in the western part of the city.”
A local activist named Dmitry has confirmed to RT that “intensive shooting can be heard” and “there are dead”.
Right Sector's atrocities in Odessa to backfire on them ~ link ~ Those responsible should face trial and hanging!!! Stirling
Russian FM Lavrov: New talks on Ukraine doubtful unless opposition takes part ~ link
The Cossacks Are Coming ~ link ~ The Cossacks are one tough bunch! Stirling
Following the Ukraine government's most recent retaliatory escalation, which saw the death of some 50 people in Odessa on Friday, everyone has been waiting to see how the Kremlin would respond. For now while Putin appears to be merely biding his time until the various referendum votes take place in east Ukraine, quite confident they will have the same outcome as the Crimean vote to join Russia, thus giving him a legitimate basis to annex further Ukraine regions, some "independent" military units, according to local press, appear to be making their way into Ukraine: Cossacks, that roving group of militants (and sometimes mercenaries) who have been so instrumental in shaping the history of both Ukraine and Russia.
Only the wealthy can afford a Middle Class Lifestyle ~ link ~ Thanks a lot Global Banking Cartel!!! Stirling
The truth is painfully obvious: a middle class lifestyle is unaffordable to all but the top 20%. This reality is destabilizing to the current arrangement, i.e. debt-based consumerism a.k.a. neofeudal state-cartel capitalism, so it is actively suppressed by the officially sanctioned narrative: that middle class status is attainable by almost every household with two earners (a mere $50,000 annual household income makes one middle class) and middle class wealth is increasing.
It's not that difficult to define a middle class lifestyle: just list what was taken for granted in the postwar era of widespread prosperity circa the 1960s, four decades ago.
In What Does It Take To Be Middle Class? (December 5, 2013), I listed 10 basic "threshold" attributes and two somewhat higher thresholds for membership in the middle class: