Russia: Increases current military drills to 80,000 troops ~ link ~ There are a number of ways to 'read' the current large scale NATO and Russian Air/Land/Sea military deployments and 'war games' being held across Europe and Asia. One way is that both sides are now very close to all-out war and are positing forces for the imminent outbreak of hostilities. Is this the correct way to 'read' current events? I certainly hope not, but the very fact that we are seeing large exercises on both sides is a significant 'red flag' considering the economic - political - strategic global environment!!! Stirling
Russia said Thursday it had doubled the number of troops taking part in mass drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin this week to 80,000 in a major show of strength amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.
Putin on Monday ordered drills for more than 40,000 troops in regions spanning the country, from the Arctic to the far east to the volatile southern Caucasus, and ordered nuclear bomber jets to be deployed in Crimea a year after its annexation by Moscow.
Russia said Thursday that thousands of troops had launched war games on the remote Pacific island of Sakhalin close to Japan.
The AFC has advanced plans to locate a fast response Gripen jet squadron on Gotland, along with a support helicopter unit and a modular-structured rapid response Army battalion.
Second French-built Mistral-class warship for Russia completes first Sea Trial ~ link ~
The Sevastopol, the second of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers built for Russia, returned to harbor Friday after a first sea trial, a spokesman for prime contractor DCNS said.
Meanwhile, on the first ship, the Vladivostok, DCNS and subcontractor STX France bear the monthly cost of some €2.5 million (US $2.7 million) to cover security, maintenance and harbor fees, specialist website Mer et Marine and regional paper Le Télégramme reported. DCNS declined to comment.
Italy increases air and naval presence in the Mediterranean ~ link ~
One Last Look at the Real Economy Before It Implodes ~ Part 1 link ~ Part 2 link ~ Part 3 link ~ I am posting some limited sections from the three-part articles. Do take the time to read this eye opening series of articles at the links. Stirling
The Baltic Dry Index has been a steadfast indicator of the REAL economy for many years. While most other indexes and measures of fiscal health are subject to direct or indirect manipulation, the BDI has no money flowing through it and, thus, offers a more honest reflection of the world around us. In the past two months, the index measuring shipping rates and international demand for raw goods has hit all-time historical lows, plummeting 57 percent over the course of the past 12 months and 30 percent for the year to date.
Beyond this lay the true beneficiaries of public oblivion; international corporate moguls, banking financiers, and political despots. Corporations and governments only do two things relatively well — lying and stealing. One always enables the other.
The establishment has done everything in its power to hide the most foundational of economic realities, namely the reality of dying demand. Why? Because the longer they can hide true demand, the more time they have to steal what little independent wealth remains within the system while positioning the populace for the next great con (the con of total globalization and centralization). I will cover the many advantages of an economic collapse for elites at the end of this series.
That said, the swift decline in manufacturing jobs in the U.S. over the past two decades, including a considerable 33 percent overall decline in manufacturing jobs from 2001 to 2010, leaves only the consumer and service sectors as the primary areas of employment and “production.” The service sector provides about three out of every four jobs available in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The truth is that America actually produces very little that is tangible beyond Big Macs, pharmaceuticals and the occasional overpriced fighter jet that doesn’t function correctly and is filled with Chinese parts. All three will kill you at varying degrees of speed...
Of the 102 million working-age Americans without work today, only 8.7 million are counted by the BLS as unemployed. Out of all working-age Americans, over 92 million are without jobs and are not counted by the BLS as unemployed. Why?
Using the AFS report, Kotlikoff and other more honest economists estimate real U.S. national debt to stand at about $205 trillion.
How is the U.S. currently covering such massive obligations on top of the already counted existing budget costs? It’s not.
Taxes collected yearly in the range of $3.7 trillion are nowhere near enough to cover the amount, and no amount of future taxes would make a dent either. This is why the Grace Commission, established during the Ronald Reagan presidency, found that not a single penny of your taxes collected by the Internal Revenue Service is going toward the funding of actual government programs. In fact, all new taxes are being used to pay off the ever increasing interest on current debts.
Putin will nationalize the Rothschild controlled Russian Central Bank ~ link ~ Such events cause wars, even world wars!!! Stirling
Monsanto rejects WHO finding that Roundup "probably" causes cancer ~ link ~ This is just a 'wild bet' but I bet that the members of the Monsanto Board of Directors and their top officials and many of their top researchers DON'T eat products that contain Roundup!!! Stirling