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PLEASE take the time to listen to this extremely important, informative and relevant discussion about current events in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

As many of you know, back in February I discovered the John Batchelor Program on my local radio. It airs every evening at 9:00 pm EDT and it's not at all like your "normal" talk radio program. That's probably why I like it so much.

Every Tuesday evening, John has Stephen F. Cohen as his guest. Professor Cohen teaches at Princeton University and is a renowned expert on Russia and Eastern Europe. Here's a link to his Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_F._Cohen)

Last night, Mr. Batchelor and Professor Cohen had a wide-ranging discussion of the current events in Europe. They discussed the deployment of U.S troops to Poland, the escalating violence in Eastern Ukraine, potential political solutions within Ukraine and, most importantly, the utter disgust Professor Cohen has for the way the Woody Administration is handling the crisis. The third segment, which begins at around the 25:00 mark is a MUST LISTEN where Professor Cohen blasts Woody for his lack of interest in the crisis, his deeming of Russia as a "pariah" and the complete incompetence and bias that the American media has shown in covering the events.

Please be sure to also read Professor Cohen's latest article on the crisis. It's posted at The Nation and is linked here: http://www.thenation.com/article/179119/cold-war-again-whos-responsible

And try to catch The John Batchelor show either on air or online. More info here: http://johnbatchelorshow.com

TF

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treefrog's picture

furst!

putin is a chess player.  obummer is still learning checkers.

boomer sooner's picture

First danngit

First danngit

And now to add, beatin buy a frog, huh.
Sitting in the dark. No power since 7 pm, 3.5 hours ago. Power company does not know why, while 3900 customers are listening to a soft drizzle. At least i can do a little catching up.
Keep the faith, everything changes at some point.

treefrog's picture

duplicate

ribbitt!

tyberious's picture

Got Silver

An inventory (supposedly) represents the amount of silver or gold which is immediately available to any buyer willing to pay the current “spot” (or “futures”) price. Stockpiles, conversely, represent the amount of gold/silver which is potentially available for sale or consumption, but only at some (undetermined) higher price level.

How “quickly” such stockpiles would/could ever come onto the market (i.e. at how low a price) is primarily a function of how highly the present holders/owners of these stockpiles actually value their silver and gold. But this assumes that the holders of these stockpiles are primarily motivated by maximizing proceeds from the sale of those stockpiles.

In the case of the silver market; we have many reasons to believe that the majority of stockpiles (likely the vast majority) are held by a cabal separate from the bankers, but clearly allied to them: the (industrial) “silver users”. Here the authority is Charles Savoie, whose detailed chronology of the silver market he has (aptly) entitled The Silver Stealers.

According to the large body of evidence compiled by Savoie, and his own work in connecting-the-dots; it is our servile politicians who facilitated the looting of most of the world’s silver, and the bankers who perpetrated most of that stealing, but it’s the industrial Silver Users who are the likely holders of what remains from what was pillaged from markets (and even nations).

The nexus of this alliance among Oligarchs is that (unlike with gold) the bankers have no desire to hold silver themselves. They simply want to prevent ordinary people from holding silver. It’s only when ordinary people can be prevented (or simply deceived) from storing their wealth in the safety of silver (or gold) that they will turn to the bankers’ paper currencies.

As knowledgeable readers now understand; the moment that anyone is foolish enough to hold their wealth in the bankers’ paper (currency), such wealth can be stolen completely (over time) through a plethora of frauds, but primarily through the game of “currency dilution”. So it is the bankers who have made silver available to be bought and hoarded by the Silver Users at fraudulent, bargain-basement prices. In return; the Silver Users have promised to use as much of this hoarded silver as they want – while recycling as little as possible – thus literally “consuming” global stockpiles of silver.

What is the best way to ensure that the billions of Little People around the world can’t convert the wealth from their labours into the security of silver? Destroy that silver, first.

Here the authority is noted researcher and veteran silver analyst, Ted Butler. According to Butler’s estimates; global stockpiles of silver exceeded 6 billion ounces as recently as the 1950’s. On a per capita basis; this amounted to more than 2 ounces per inhabitant of our planet. But that’s when industrial usage of silver really began to ramp-up, aided greatly (at that time) by the explosion in the use of silver-based photographic film.

Going back nearly a decade; Butler estimated that this rapacious “consumption” of global silver stockpiles had/has devastated those stockpiles. By Butler’s own calculations; by last decade the world’s stockpile of silver had declined to approximately 1 billion ounces – or roughly 0.15 ounce per human inhabitant.

With silver presently less than 10% as plentiful (or more than ten times more precious); clearly the One Bank’s crusade to keep silver out of the hands of ordinary people is a much simpler one today . But “success” has its price.

The bankers’ ongoing (and illegal) scorched-earth tactics against the gold and silver miners is stifling almost all new mine development. The consequence of this is that mine supply has peaked, and (with gold) is already on the decline. Meanwhile the continued suppression of prices means close to maximum demand – at least in the ¾ of the world which still understands the difference between “money” and (mere) “currency”.

Combined, this has created a massive supply deficit in both the gold and silver markets. The difference is that unlike silver, global gold stockpiles have been conserved. Thus there is a much larger stockpile of gold accessible to the bankers (which they can then “sell” to multiple owners).

But in the silver market; the One Bank’s economic terrorism now works against it. Having simultaneously destroyed most of the world’s stockpiles of silver and created a massive supply-deficit in the silver market; we are now in a countdown to an event beyond the (unofficial) default in the bankers’ fraudulent paper markets.

Soon the silver market will simply implode. The world will literally “run out” of silver. The obvious question on readers’ minds is “when”. Part II will sift through the falsified data, and do some number-crunching with the data which is reliable, in an effort to provide some answer to that question.

http://bullionbullscanada.com/silver-commentary/26518-the-secret-silver-stockpile-part-i

tyberious's picture

Ukraine will be our Waterloo

Lord help us all!

El Gordo's picture

All is playing out

as Dear Leader has planned.  By the end of his term, there won't be much left to work with, and all without a shot ever being fired.  That's masterful, if I do say so myself.  Hopefully I'm old enough to not witness the final collapse, but I do worry about my offspring.

agNau's picture

Ukrain is the overt turn....

The (hidden)turn began many years ago with China hoarding Gold.
Now with Ukraine,...... the Dollar(US Reserve system) and Gold(BRICS)have jumped from a high flying plane with one parachute between them. At this turning point Gold has taken the parachute.......and has strapped it on....just like Iceland did.
They are rejecting the US Dollar hegemony. They are rejecting the deception. They have been awake and planning for a very long time.
Now......
They must reject the war.
They must unveil the deception.
They must reveal the truth.

Strongsidejedi's picture

Excellent interview and discussion!

Thanks for the reposting of that interview TF.

Dagney Taggart's picture

The Land of Masqueraders

who have successfully blurred the difference between religion and ethnicity.

Thanks for the bedtime music, Turd.

metalsbyamile's picture

Lifted from Lemetropole

Truth Re. Ukraine vs. USSA

Good morning Bill,
Yesterday’s Midas was of great interest but I wish to interject some clarifying comments.

The crisis in the Ukraine is not a Russian thing. It is an Amerikan thing. Just review the taped phone call between Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt for proof positive that the U.S. Department of State acted in full complicity to start the disturbance in the Ukraine.

However, this has backfired on them as they have now been caught in the tangled web they weaved. They attempted to create a situation of unrest to be blamed on Russia but they were caught red-handed as being the perpetrators themselves. The USSA caused this, not Russia.

The U.S. is playing with fire and they are going to get their asses burned. And they deserve to.
Best,
Fenwick

G-Rod's picture

There is someone in the Ukraine, the Kremlin or in Washington DC

Who is staring coldly at their subordinates, and uttering, slowly and distinctly, the following words.

"Take no prisoners, - show no Mercy - Kill them all."

... actually scratch that top line... I forgot to include the Marriner S. Eccles building!

Silly me.

G-Rod's picture

Watch for movements of F-22s into Europe

If there is going to be any real force on force conflict between the US & Russia over the Ukraine, look for some of the 120 combat coded F-22 aircraft in the US Airforce being sent into Europe.

This assumes that the US Air Force understands the threat of the 34+ SU-35s, deployed with the Russian Airforce.

In strategic terms the Su-35S is a game changer, as it robustly outclasses all competing Western fighter aircraft other than the F-22A Raptor. Deployed in significant numbers it is capable of changing the balance of power in any region where this occurs. This reality does not appear to be widely understood in most Western air forces, or DoD bureaucracies. Aircraft IOC will be achieved in 2012.

http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-Su-35S-Flanker.html

If the US relies on aging F-15, F-16, or god help them F-18 aircraft - they will need plenty of body bags.

Hagarth's picture

Plane Made ​​Of Gold

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El Gordo's picture

G-Rod

Do you think for one minute our CIC would start something over there with the intent to win?  No, he's looking to create another villain of one kind or another to blame all his failures on, and in order to create fear in the populus, which, of course, only the government can protect us from - we only have to give up more sovereignty, more of our liberties, and more of our freedoms.  Just give them some free health insurance and that  will make it all go away.  Many people still seem to think that Putin is playing chess and our guy is playing golf.  Well, it should be apparent to anyone who pays attention that our guy is achieving all of his objectives of cutting us down to size.  He'll probably deploy Cessnas.

Patriot Family's picture

F-22s

F-22s have never been in combat - at least never publicly shared information.  They require a notoriously high level of maintenance and ground support. The US seems to be holding them in reserve for a major confrontation.  The F-16, F-15 and F/A-18 are the workhorses for dual fighter/attack roles.  Those pilots can still do plenty of damage in ATA or ATG operations.  Even the A-10 is still a formidable armor killer after all these years.  I would agree the US is prepared to do some serious business if they deploy F-22s... but I just don't see it happening.  It's a finite fleet.  They are no longer in production, correct?

Anyway - I still don't think we will get involved in any operations to thwart Russia annexing all or some of Ukraine.  That decision was probably made on day one.  We lost any response advantage within the first week.  Perhaps I've read too many Tom Clancy books... I'm an armchair quarterback at this point.  We all are.

El Gordo's picture

I would suggest that

we lost any advantage we may have had when we elected a street corner huckster to serve as our CIC - our adversaries still can't believe their good luck, and our allies are looking around and wondering if they shouldn't switch sides.

Hrunner's picture

Red Phone, 9PM EST, April 21, 2014

BHO:  Vlad, now you've done it.  I warned you not to move troops into Ukraine.  I gave you an eloquent speech that you chose to ignore.  Now I'm really mad.  I am now informing you that I will be putting 600 troops in Poland and Baltic States to do training exercises.   The Washington Post applauds my move and says it makes me look strong.

VP:  [Laughter] [Click].

Boswell's picture

Look out below...

Wasn't there some "troll" calling for $18 silver?

G-Rod's picture

@El Gordo & Patriot Family

El, Every empire has to fleece someone - looks like the US Empire is primarily directed at fleecing their own citizens.

I certainly hope that this doesn't evolve into war - to many good young men will die for nothing.

Patriot, all good points - just the Russian Air force is not the Iraq air Force. Yes,  - the F-22 is no longer in production, and is a very fine piece of equipment.

ivars's picture

Rocks had planned this

Rocks had planned this Ukraine thing against wishes of EU with full knowledge it will lose it. That is the plan. To deliver Russia and Ukraine in the hands of China (Roths coming money supply co-empire) while instead getting reprieve from pressure on USD and keep half of the world under same old money supply control. So it seems to me from conspiracy theory point of view. 

The hotter it gets between Ukraine and Russia the better it is for this plan. Rocks are just doing their part of the deal while Roths are not attacking USD . That also explains the strange non-reaction of gold prices to escalation of tensions. Escalation is what Rocks have promised Roths and so Roths take care of gold prices as long as USA pokes Ukraine to be more aggressive - as it did when February 21st agreements were just ignored by the USA backed activists. 

@Dagney- to have full picture of current and former antagonists one has to remember whose place Khazars took in Central Asia and Ukraine ..who was driven out by Huns-  Scythians,  in some Celtic Irish histories originating from Magog ( while Cimmerians originated from Gomer,  or Gog), and ending up as Scots, Welsh, Irish , Galician , Galatian, South West Germany, Swabia, Bodensee, Heidelberg , Neuwied, Royal bloodlines of Europe  except Franks who were of Gaul origin ( Celts subdued by Romans) ..and in general Rocks tribe ancestors in the USA  ( Stone masons of ancient Egypt). 

This may sound cryptic, but it is long and evolving and interesting story. The interest in possessing old Scythian lands (From Ukraine to Afganistan) by major powers in all times ( starting from Alexander the Great) have been as extraordinary as for Jerusalem, but much less described as such in historic accounts. 

In general, these two has never been far from each other. Both Jews and Stonemasons were expelled from Egypt in 1500 BC, the towns where Rockefellers originated in Germany ( Neuwied) and Roths ( Worms) were 100 km apart, and they met again in the USA - after protestants/masons  ( again same Celts/Scythians) had conquered North America to make it their new Empire, Jews followed massively at the end of 19th century and afterwards with the help of first and foremost Theodore Roosevelt..who was a Roth plant in Republican party as far as I can understand USA history. 

Seems they can not really stay far from each other for too long. Why is so I do not know, must be some ancient reason. And they are not friendly to each other most of the time, not at all (think Rocks backed Hitler). They united a bit to get rid of Russian Tsar, but later Roths faction ( Stalin) cleaned Russia from those cooperating with Rocks faction ( Lenin, Trostky, Bucharin, et al. ) . Germans have always been on Rocks side, though. I wonder what they will do now. Rocks seem to be Germanized Celts, or Celtics bloodline that has grown within German tribes. Its complex as history is also taught/told in various ways with various accents, in controlled manner, which luckily differs from power to power.. so there is some possibility to figure out "truth" by comparing opposing history recitals. 

Sometimes these conspiracy theories get so  complex .. so much information missing but ..sometimes they seem fair, when somehow everything is pointing to some missing link..but its missing, like erased from history by concerted effort of both sides. Then again  , due to probably lack of completeness of the conspiracy theory, it does not predict correctly. Wonder if it is worth to pursue them. I have only opened to them for about half a year, so may be that is time needed to reach saturation point in conspiracy theories when it starts to draw blanks as further information is needed. 

Its nice weather outside, time to relaxyes

Safety Dan's picture

War & Thoughts...

The REAL Reasons We’re Drifting Towards World War III

Resolving ‘developed’ nations’ OBVIOUS complicity in lie-started US War Crimes

Critical mass public-awakening of Americans to US “leaders’” unlawful and lie-started Wars of Aggression raises several related and OBVIOUS issues that must be resolved if the 99% are to end the 1%’s War Crimes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Report_from_Iron_Mountain

The Report from Iron Mountain is a book published in 1967 (during the Johnson Administration) by Dial Press which puts itself forth as the report of a government panel. The book includes the claim it was authored by a Special Study Group of fifteen men whose identities were to remain secret and that it was not intended to be made public. It details the analyses of a government panel which concludes that war, or a credible substitute for war, is necessary if governments are to maintain power.  

Hoax or real? You decide: http://www.mega.nu:8080/ampp/ironmtn.html

All Wars Are Bankers Wars

More and more people are indeed seeing the connection between corporate banksterism and militarism …. Indeed, all wars are bankers’ wars.

World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rules The World

We have a system of “neo-feudalism” in which all of us and our national governments are enslaved to debt.  This system is governed by the central banks and by the Bank for International Settlements, and it systematically transfers the wealth of the world out of our hands and into the hands of the global elite.

buzlightening's picture

NWO pukes about to hurl globally.

All building toward bankstering; pagan satanist frenzy day or MAY DAY.  No coincidence the f*mc mtging held 2 days previous. ole yeller and the bankstering clan are going to uncork econophile chaos whoop arse upon the globe to advance the NWO agenda.  There MAY not be just one major ignition point 5/1/14 but by 5/11/14 we'll be deep into the self evident truth pointing to absolute breaking up of the current monetary system.  Deep doom boom bust economic peril begins to avalanche upon us rank'n file.  It'll be shaken and baken into June through the Summer, so much so, we'll have to double check, triply contain  our fear factoring inner panic O'chit meters.   You can sense a certain suffocating billowing scourge crushing sharply upon individual psyche, crashing forward into a collective conscious breaking point.  Especially within the confines of the American all is well illusion.  What iron financial curtain will slam down are numerous.  Blatant in your face excesses in fraud, theft, and acute corruption which goes over the top, will not be tolerated longer by the rank'n file.  Some want to call it an American Spring but it will be so much more than this. as our our black magic illusion, of as is well, gets blown away. A reaping of the whirlwind in hurricane force; and leaving the American public sitting in the street, blubbering over into major chronic collective meltdowns; resulting into a searing conscious internal fire storm, burning down into sack cloth and ashes.    Other than this, it will be a Summer picnic.

Mr. Fix's picture

Thank you for posting this interview:

I'm surprised that people are still dismayed, at the actions of Pres. Obama. It has become quite clear for a long time now that the United States government is a global pariah, and is an immense danger to anyone it can have influence over.

Just for old times sake I'll say it again, as I've been saying since 2008: Pres. Obama (or more accurately his puppet masters) have  carefully considered each and every decision to have the worst possible outcome for the United States.

There's been much discussion on the Internet of who Obama (or his puppet masters) are actually working for, because they sure as hell aren't working for the Americans.

I've concluded that Obama is a Western banking elite  puppet, and they are in desperate need of a war to hide their crimes against humanity.  ( They are openly trying to incite riots, and provoke wars).

President Putin does not seem to be on board with the agenda, and appears to be in a position where possibly for the first time in history the criminal banking elite can actually be exposed, and bypassed  with a global currency system that is independent of the parasites currently running it.

I am actually somewhat  optimistic that as  badly as the Obama administration is repeatedly trying to provoke a war,   or a bloody revolution within our own borders, Obama is actually quite limited in his power now, because nearly everyone recognizes him as a desperate, and insane megalomaniac.

The Western banking  oligarchs have a plan to enslave humanity, it's been widely known as the New World order, or agenda 21. They are way behind schedule, mainly because of  defections and infighting within their own ranks.

The collapse of Western civilization is still guaranteed, but if cooler heads prevail, and the Obama administration (or the mastermind criminals backing him) fail to initiate a global Armageddon, the defeat of this evil empire could in fact usher in a new age for humanity.

The Pentagon is well aware that Obama is an enemy combatant, an enemy of the United States and will no longer do his bidding. All we have to worry about is the alphabet agencies, most notably the CIA, who seems to have some extraordinarily high tech toys, but fortunately it's being run by some very stupid people.

I like the analogy of a chess master playing against a novice, because in this came,   Vladimir Putin really does have an enormous advantage. Although I don't think that the outcome will be advantageous for most Americans, because we have traveled so far down this path of destruction, at this point, a Russian victory would be better for humanity then to let the powers backing Obama continue to rule the world.

How does one prepare for the collapse of Western civilization?

Keep stacking! 

Hammer's picture

Random post time - seems some

Random post time - seems some are in need of a cardinal cross uncross

achmachat's picture

treasure trove of good info!

but hey... did you all know that teetering on the brink of a hot shooting war between NATO and Russia is extremely bearish for precious metals?

The things you keep learning each day... 

erewenguy's picture

Although she is no longer there

Silver seems to be reacting in a nice FUBM mode.

Oh, and anyone watching copper?

hans007's picture

i had no idea what FUBM meant

i had no idea what FUBM meant and googled it and came across this... http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=FUBM

hans007's picture

palladium spiked $10 a few

palladium spiked $10 a few min ago too

buzlightening's picture

lil scamBO Mr. Fix

"Obama is actually quite limited in his power now, because nearly everyone recognizes him as a desperate, and insane megalomaniac."   Surround by the asylum Fix.  American common sense is far from the point of breaking free of their own straight jackets.  We're moving forward is true but such blurry eyed citizens, lifting so slowly from slumbering sleepy hollow.   More wake up calls lined up for we the people.  We're wide eyed at turdville.  Thanks to level headed posters as yourself.  Again I'm too emotional when my inner sirens sound off.  Hard to put into level headed words of the impending challenges facing us all.  I see it but fail often in describing it's  monstrous foot print; thumping upon the false reality of our limited minds.  

Turd Ferguson's picture

Ukraine video

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Scenes from the "kinetic action" taken earlier today:

 

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