Sunday, December 20, 2015
Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE
News Blog EUROPE
Holy Shroud of Turin
prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link
Pray for Peace
Putin on Russia's combat efforts to assist Syria: 'Russia is capable of MORE' ~ link ~
Vladimir Putin has said Russia is using "far from everything we are capable of" in its military operations in Syria. "We also have other things as well and will use them if necessary," the Russian president said.
UN Security Council agreement on Syrian War ~ link ~ I am hopeful that events will lead to Peace; but doubtful ... very doubtful. Stirling
Doubting American Commitment in Asia would be a 'Severe Miscalculation' ~ link ~
“U.S. commitment to Asia should not be underestimated, and to do so would be a severe miscalculation,” Abraham Denmark, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, told an audience at The Heritage Foundation, a D.C.-based think tank.
As part of its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, Denmark said the Obama administration has been solidifying alliances, deepening key partnerships, strengthening institutions and promoting strong trade and investment links in the region over the past years. Recent initiatives, from the inking of a new U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership to the unveiling of the new Maritime Security Initiative, were proof of America’s commitment to the region (See: “US, ASEAN to Ink New Strategic Partnership”).
Doomsday Plan: Survival systems that is in place if America's power grid is wiped out ~ link ~ Hopefully the plan also addresses the risk from EMP attacks. Stirling
The US is at an ever growing risk of a cyber attacks, with energy infrastructure likely to be hackers' prime target.
This was the stark warning made by General Keith Alexander, the retired general and former chief of the National Security Agency, earlier this year. Now, the Pentagon says it has a plan to do something about the threat.
Australia in secret Freedom of Navigation Operation in South China Sea ~ link ~
If Australia did conduct a patrol aimed at establishing freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea (and, critically, there’s no clarity on exactly where the AP-3C Orion was flying at the time, and whether it entered the 12 nautical mile zone around any Chinese-held features), it did so as quietly as possible. Compare that to the U.S. FONOP of October 27, which was preceded by months of built-up anticipation, based on both public and anonymous comments from U.S. officials.
There’s no question as to which approach China would prefer – which explains its relatively muted response to the reports. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei answered a question on the possible Australian FONOP by emphasizing China’s stance that “there is no problem with navigation and overflight freedom in the South China Sea.”
Turkey: Blasts "Breakthrough" UN Resolution on Syrian War ~ link ~ How much of Turkey's trouble making of its own design and how much is that of 'others'??? Stirling
China's navy deploys its first Nuclear Deterrence Submarine Patrol ~ link ~ A major strategic sign that events are worsening globally. Stirling
A central part of having a credible nuclear response option is to develop a so-called “nuclear triad.” This consists of having ground-, air- and sea-based nuclear capabilities, in order to retain a “second strike” capability in case an opponent launches its nukes first. Submarines and small, mobile land-based launch platforms armed with nuclear ballistic and so-called Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs) are crucial to a second strike capability, since they are difficult to detect and target.
China has recently achieved some important milestones with regards to both these capabilities. According to IHS Jane’s, U.S. military officials confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has deployed a Type-094 Jin-class nuclear-powered ballistic submarine on a nuclear deterrence patrol. If true, this represents the first time that China has deployed a sub on this kind of mission.
Your American Radiation This Week ~ link
Fall of the American Empire: 'They intend to collapse the Financial System' ~ link ~
Here in the U.S. this is a direct extension of Cloward-Piven, to be able to reduce the populace to one that is completely dependent upon the government for all support. Ancient Rome had the daily bread dole and heavy subsidies for Roman workers who could not compete with the cheaper goods from foreign labor and imports.
And our fiat monetary system is about to collapse. Dave Hodges recently put out an article entitled Key Bankers Told Bank Holiday is Near-Read This Before Taking Money Out of the Bank, and this article reveals that the bankers are preparing for “widespread banking failure.” Such preparations have included “dry runs” in conjunction with FEMA and DHS. The bankers held a secret meeting in Albuquerque, NM, where the participants signed non-disclosure statements. In a manner right out of Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago I,” if these bankers violate them and leak information, all of their property will be confiscated and they will proceed directly to Fort Leavenworth, KS for a 25-year sentence at hard labor.
In the manner of Ancient Rome, corruption is rampant in the economy and in all sectors of governmental leadership to enable such a thing to transpire. A report is in circulation that even precious metals vendors are worse than the banks themselves: for every 325 ounces “sold” on paper, the report has it, only 1 physical ounce is in the possession of the company “selling” the gold. This is paralleled by our own crooked Federal Reserve System.
There Is NO Upside Left ~ link ~
There’s no upside left–not just in the real economy, but in jobs, politics or policy tweaks. Yes, there will be huge relief rallies in the stock market–relief that the Fed is still omnipotent, that the Fed didn’t destroy the world by withdrawing liquidity, etc., etc., etc.–but in terms of sales and profits, there’s no upside left: an increasingly nervous upper middle class is reining in profligate spending, while everyone below the top 10% is running out of credit cards, student loans, etc. to tap.
Whatever surplus the real economy generated has been skimmed by financiers, lenders and the central state. Stock buybacks have boosted the wealth of corporate managers and institutional owners while creating zero jobs; lenders have feasted on high-interest credit cards, federally backed student loans and subprime auto loans that are immediately spun off to credulous suckers (Widows and Orphans Fund of Norway, et al.) as high-yield securitized debt.
Chinese Herbal Medicine - Ancient Widsom in Modern Times ~ link ~ Modern people are very foolish not to take advantage of the great wisdom of ancient peoples!!! Stirling