Shadow Theater

Sat, Mar 1, 2014 - 5:48am

There are some/many who ascribe a high level of incompetency to world leaders and their attendant bureaucratic apparati. While this may be true at the individual figurehead level (the incompetence / weakness / corruptibility / blackmailability of said ‘leaders’ is necessary to make them sufficiently pliable), there is another matter – the world’s largest concentration of capital, hardware, software and human resources in the hands of the MIC, which in turn is beholden to our favorite humanitarians, the banksters, and the owners of both of the above.

Looking upon the current and recent events in world affairs, it may seem like the West is stumbling from one miscalculation into another. Foment, fund and arm insurgency/’popular uprising’ in Syria, threaten war – then back down. Local participants get royally screwed. Foment, fund (and perhaps arm, though we are not here yet) ‘popular uprising’ in Ukraine – then act all aflutter, make noncommittal noises about respecting sovereignty and de-escalation. Then presumably back down.

I would caution against assumptions that the currently unfolding scenario has not been simulated, run and re-run, and on continuous loop since at least the last few days (if not weeks, months and years). There is lots of hardware and ‘humanware’ dedicated to war planning, at by any definition direct involvement in the toppling of a government of a strategic partner of an opposing (subsuper)power definitely falls into that category.


  1. Western leaders did not realize and anticipate the likely response of Russia to the efforts to remove Ukraine from its sphere of influence, and are now scrambling to try to develop a plan to deal with the situation on the ground.
  2. Western leaders decided to ignore the likely detailed projections from the planning and intel teams on likely Russian response, and are now frantically reading through the options developed far in advance for just such a scenario.
  3. Despite the hard time we like to give Western .gov entities about playing checkers on a chessboard against chess pieces, they and their advisors (as well as their ‘life coaches’) knew full well the consequences of creating a situation like the one we are seeing.

There is no way, despite the corruption, nepotism, lack of oversight and rampant abuse of power, dumbing down of society and governmental institutions, that military planners and the intel community could have allowed 1) to take place, in my opinion.

While 2) could potentially still be in play, this merely points to the irrelevance of the specific placeholders installed to be statesmen proxies. This option also requires a strong belief that these 'leaders' are truly acting with autonomy, without direct outside/higher-level control. What the puppet knows, believes or chooses matters little with respect to how the play will be performed.

The question as to whether both/all sides in this performance are equally captured can be raised, but is ultimately not decisive in terms of the fact of the matter – which is that we are all watching a performance.

The real question is the intended effect of the show, and the on-the-ground outcome of the proceedings. A secondary question: what back-room parallel events are being masked by the events on front center stage? Is there something all this smoke is supposed to cover -- besides the potentially very real fire, and the intrinsic incentives involved in the conflict itself vis-à-vis control of Ukrainian society/territory/natural resources and energy infrastructure?

Over the course of the events last summer (and several years, really), the regional geopolitical crises have become a monotonous sequence (yet ever increasing in tempo). While all-out war may not (yet) be to the advantage of the players around the table, there certainly seems to be a perceived need to keep the temperature and tensions high. While the stage limelight focuses on one particular area (Ukraine right now), there are back-up scenarios being set up by the stagehands (on whichever side) in the shadows not illuminated on stage. Venezuela and Thailand, just to name a few:

Venezuela riots: New clashes erupt during protests in Caracas

Though it may very well be that the intended effect is that of financial collapse of the targeted nations, to be ‘rescued’ by the IMF and/or Western donors, there is another consideration. The national debts of the respective countries are held by – Western financial institutions and central banks. Ukraine seems to have approximately 8B of external debt as of October 2013 (though more recent estimates are around 0B). Could the 1.36M troy ounce of gold reserves be a factor to consider? Besides inducing a bail-in upon governmental insolvency, could the implosion of the sovereign debt (vast majority of which is USD denominated) – with the accompanying ripple effects in credit & currency markets and for the holders of the securities and their derivatives be in anyone’s interest at the present time? If the central issue really IS energy (natural gas), why THIS particular timing? The same applies if the direct raw military value of the territory is the driving force.

The newly installed Prime Minister of Crimea has already appealed to Russia for help:

"I appeal to the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to provide assistance in ensuring peace and tranquillity on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea," Mr Aksyonov said in a statement."

All that remains is for the legal, 'legitimately'* elected Head of State for Ukraine to make the same appeal from Ukrainian soil, if legal cover were really required. Since he has already officially denied having such intentions, this might be an interesting twist to look for.

"He said he had not met Putin since his arrival in Russia.

“When I ended up in Russia, I had a phone call with him,” Yanukovych said. “We agreed once the president of Russia has an opportunity, we will meet, but I don’t know when this will happen.”

It would be adorable to see the delusions of autonomy on the part of these figures, if it were not for the very real consequences of their actions and words.

Welcome to the new normal. In this wonderful game of musical chairs, the only question is – where will the next hotspot be? And at which hotspot will the music ultimately REALLY stop. Perhaps such events really are the last throes of an unstable system. But everything, including time, is relative. In astronomical and geological terms, human history is not exactly a meaningful factor. And even in the history of the rise and fall of human empires, periods are measured in centuries and decades, not years and months. The world can stay irrational longer than individuals can stay alive.

The longer ‘this’ goes on, we can be sure that history is relentlessly moving forward – but what will constitute the ‘end’ of the current period? How will we know we have arrived there, and where is ‘there’? The funnel of the gravity well can be awfully long, especially from the perspective of those traveling within it.

Not to mention – what exactly is the plan for when we finally get to the event horizon?

Keep stacking, and make your preparations multi-faceted. One way or another, it seems we will sooner or later get to see what the other side of the singularity looks like, and I suspect assets, tools, resources and capital of all kinds will be scarcer than they currently are.

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Mar 1, 2014 - 6:23am


We should take a look at where gold is formed...

Sloshing Star Goes Supernova

"NASA Simulates Supernova Explosion
One of the largest mysteries in astronomy — how stars blow up in supernova explosions and seed the universe with elements like gold and iron — is being solved with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). This 3D simulation demonstrates how the supernova explosion might look."

Hmmm? Is our world in the "sloshing" stage before going supernova?

Mar 1, 2014 - 6:43am

I believe China is due to

I believe China is due to give its 5 year report on its gold holdings in April................that is all. Carry on.

Mar 1, 2014 - 7:29am

Bankers still need new places

Bankers still need new places they can load up with private debt. Ukraine is one. However, banker countries like EU and USA can not allow a single USD to go down the they would not give money to Ukraine now. They can not afford war, though they would like some war where they could lend to both sides..I do not think Ukraine can play the other side this time, like Georgia could not in 2008. Russians know this.

So i m not sure even what is the game plan of the West? Obviously flower revolutions will not happen any more as People at Power in autocratic systems sense western weakness and non-commitment.West is trying to achieve all for themselves with other hands. Good luck- this phase when people were striving for democracy under bank rule is over. They have got just wise enough to not fall into production free debt trap which Ukraine-EU agreement Ukraine did not sign intended to create. Is it really playing with matches in hope somehow they get a piece of territory to load up with debts?

I think it is rather a part of bigger plan to stoke up instability in order to bring money home and put developing nations in more dependent situation. Did You notice how "currency markets" are punishing Uganda for anti gay laws? Now who exactly is currency market? Same old international bankers that lend to governments to control them.

I know many Ukrainians who really are welcoming Western values culturally, 100%. Problem is , most of these values are direct result of growing debt culture, so they go together. When looked from this point of view, they are not anymore "universal". They are expanding debt values and culture.

That causes a confusion to choose,in my head as well. I am looking for new Western values, not purely Christian (0 usury) , but not purely debt growth (or decline) created either. I am looking for rational and natural, or natures value system that ensures operation of the Universe with minimum necessary evil. Nature is rational, but its rationality in relation to human behavior is hidden from us so far. Somewhere close to Plato and earlier in Mahabharata , and later in Leibniz, but to be nurtured and implemented outside the cave, in the real dimensions of life.

Information is constantly flowing between matter space time humans and God, or One, or eternal world of pure ideas which takes no real space nor experiences real time . The problem not solved is physical mechanism of this exchange, whose energy is enormous ( presumably dark energy). These flows hold the Universe together.

BTW the split of Ukraine is coming closer.

Green Lantern
Mar 1, 2014 - 7:48am

Ukraine Deep State

NEW: Excellent analysis of the Ukraine situation by ZH.

Mar 1, 2014 - 7:59am

i'll take the fifth

cinco de saturday!

Mar 1, 2014 - 8:07am

Hmmmm, gold and silver or bitcoin.....?

If you can't hold it in your hands, you don't own it. Shades of Jon Corzine.

"Thousands of volunteering and self-organizing detectives have been meticulously laying a puzzle that reveals the Gox billion-dollar heist as an inside job. As smoke clears on the implosion of the Empty Gox bitcoin exchange, thousands of people in the community committed to revealing the truth behind the stonewalling exchange. What was claimed first to be a technical problem, then an outside theft, has been conclusively determined that the MtGox management knew too much, too long ago, to have this be an ordinary case of theft...."

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Mar 1, 2014 - 8:28am

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Mar 1, 2014 - 8:30am
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Mar 1, 2014 - 9:07am


Thanks. Great article.

Mar 1, 2014 - 9:13am


You didn't tell us that JPM was in the death pool! I don't think that should be allowed. Not only do they have insider information on who is going to get whacked, they get a financial pay off, as well as bragging rights. That's just not fair. The next thing thing you know they will be manipulating financial markets. It's a very slippery slope.

According to information available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, JPMorgan created the LifeMetrics Index in March 2007 as an “international index designed to benchmark and trade longevity risk.” The index was said to enable pension plans to hedge the risk of payments to retirees and incorporated “historical and current statistics on mortality rates and life expectancy, across genders, ages, and nationalities.” From 2010 through 2013, JPMorgan has received patent approval on four longevity related patents.

Reuters reported on August 26, 2013 that the long-term longevity bets taken on by the big banks have now started to cause pain as international capital rules known as Basel III require more capital to be set aside for longer-dated positions. The article noted that “JPMorgan likely has the biggest holdings of long-dated swaps because it is the biggest swaps trader on Wall Street, responsible for about 30 percent of the market by some measures, traders at rival firms said.”

One extremely long longevity bet taken on by JPMorgan was reported by Insurance Risk on October 1, 2008. According to the publication, JPMorgan entered into a 40-year £500 million notional longevity swap with Canada Life whereby Canada Life would make a fixed annual payment in return for a floating liability-matching payment that would increase if the annuitants lived longer than expected. JPMorgan was believed to have passed on some of the risk to hedge fund investors but retained the counterparty risk. Because many of these deals are private, the full extent of JPMorgan’s exposure in this area is not known.

In plain language, this means that JPMorgan Chase is betting that people die sooner rather than later. That is because JPMorgan will need to pay the insurance companies if they have to payout more money than they had actuarially predicted because the people they cover are living longer. The bottom line: JP Morgan is looking to profit from early deaths. The longer the insured individuals live beyond an agreed upon average age, the more the bank must reimburse the insurance companies.

Wall Street on Parade also speculates that JPMorgan may have actually profited from the suicides of their employees. That is because the bank has followed the trend of many companies in taking out life insurance policies on employees that are payable to the corporation. This is how Wall Street on Parade explains the scheme

Wall Street veterans have also commented on the fact that JPMorgan may actually stand to profit from the early deaths of the two young men in their 30s. As we reported in March of last year, when the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released its report on JPMorgan’s high risk bets known as the London Whale debacle, its Exhibit 81 showed that JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office was also overseeing Bank Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) and Corporate Owned Life Insurance (COLI) plans which allow the corporation to reap huge tax benefits by taking out life insurance policies on workers – even low wage workers – and naming the corporation the beneficiary of the death benefit. Both the buildup in the policy and the benefit at death are received tax free to the corporation.

According to the exhibit, the Chief Investment Office was tasked with “Maximization of tax-advantaged investments of life insurance premiums” for the BOLI/COLI plans. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal in 2009, JPMorgan had $12 billion in BOLI, noting that a JPMorgan spokesperson had confirmed the figure. Other insurance industry experts put the total for both BOLI and COLI at JPMorgan significantly higher.

Eddie izzard-cake or death
Green Lantern
Mar 1, 2014 - 9:44am

US: It will destabilize the

US: It will destabilize the region=it will mess with our dominance in the region

US: There will be costs

What costs? We are going to send ground troops into Kiev and Crimea. What's the military strategy short of dropping a bomb on Moscow?

Russia is drawing a line in the sand. Enough is enough.

"The Voice of Russia warned, “Russia is getting ready to defend itself in the global financial war which is going to break out in the near future.”

IF this escalates American's and Brits aren't going to be happy at the pump. And if we send in any kind of guns, let's see how long it takes Russians to awaken those sleeper cells in the US

Whitecastle123 dgstage
Mar 1, 2014 - 10:24am


Another thanks for all the links you post. Your the web surfer king.

That 94' treaty is a little scary, no.

That video of Kerry wouldn't load unfortunately and

What the hell did they do to his head, anyone know ? Did they grow a new one in a secret lab somewhere and transplanted it ?

He looks like a clay- mation character for gods sake.

El Gordo
Mar 1, 2014 - 10:59am

Whose interest is at risk?

There seems to be some implication that eventually the USA will be forced to take some action or make some statement with regard to events overseas. Both the Russians and the Chinese (as well as the mullahs, sheiks, imams, goathumpers, and the like) know that our administration does not have the preservation of traditional American values as it's primary interest. It further suggests that the administration may be naive or incompetent, etc. No, I would suggest that current events are playing out as wished by our administration who continues to believe that we need to be taken down a few notches. Never misunderestimate these people - they know exactly what they are doing.

Mar 1, 2014 - 11:37am
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Sound Money Minnow ivars
Mar 1, 2014 - 1:10pm

Great post Ivars and JY896

I am new to posting here and just want to thank all the guests posting. I always walk away from this site, better informed, and with a broader knowledge of how things work together. I just grabbed a premium membership and really want to thank all the contributors and posters. It is nice to be in the room with some great minds. I hope some of it can rub off on me. A hearty hat tip to you all, and thanks Ivars and JY896.

Mar 1, 2014 - 1:10pm

All wars are bankster fraudsters wars.

Follow the money; gold for the center of conflict. Ukraine has gold, ports and energy; ie natural gas lines flowing to the Ezero. That was the speculative call to Ezero by Putin to Britain which supposedly shut down and isolated the US to be the lone wolf and back off on Syria. I mean hey what the hey? Western powers think the Ukraine some push over and the same won't happen as Putin stuffs all this marshmallow western talk back down the thieving rat bastards throat again? Instant replay to war because cry baby coward western thugs didn't get a thing from Syria other than Putin sayin bring it on. Here's Putin again holding all the cards and screamin bring it on. bankstering fraudsters of the west so desperate to start a conflict the black magic illusionist scum has no scruples to begin a global scorched earth policy and blow up the whole world, cause the cry babies can't have the world new and all financially re-ordered; banksters way. Reality bites. Russia, China, and the rest of the BRICS and some western alliances already made to circumvent the USDinker dollar SWIFT system. This does look like the Willie scheiss storm sweeping globally coast to roast.

Mar 1, 2014 - 1:14pm


Either Russia is acting in her own self interest or some puppet masters pull the strings of the whole world; ultimate control of the masses being the objective.

Democrat/ Republican

Russia/ The West.

An illusion of choice?

Problem reaction solution = servitude. Different masters or the same master under a different title?

Mar 1, 2014 - 1:14pm

Interesting analysis, JY

I keep going back to the audio of sociopath Victoria Nuland -

This is not calculating or even intelligent - it's sheer arrogance.

There seems to be this assumption that the people orchestrating the "New World Order" are all smart simply because they are all powerful. I have come to the conclusion that they aren't as smart as they think they are. It seems it's now a war between a Russian New World Order or a Western New World Order (with China maybe waiting it out to see which side wins before staking its claim - or maybe working with Russia, I don't know).

I am not an expert on foreign affairs by any stretch of the imagination...I don't have all the info. I hear a lot of different stuff, some of which may or may not be true.

I can only tell you what I can sense from a more intuitive perspective. I see that the NWO agenda is flailing here in America...more people are waking up. I see Putin playing the Western media like a fiddle. He's calm, cool, and collected. He's in charge.

Obama is reading off a teleprompter - and not even that enthusiastically, lately.

If I were to place bets on who wins this war, it would be Russia. But they have been playing the long game for a long, long time.

Either way, we lose.

Mar 1, 2014 - 1:25pm

Putin vs Obama

The past few weeks I have been thinking about differences in Putin and Obama. A look at their typical public images says everything you need to know. Obama's carefully crafted and controlled public images typically show him with his mouth open, saying things. Either that or he is looking embarrassed or shameful. There was one image with Obama shooting skeet using bad form. Many argued that the image was photoshopped. At best, it was staged. He is no shooter. In the first couple of hundred images, his only action photos are of kissing, dancing, eating, and balancing a ball on his head.

Putin on the other hand has released images that show a wide variety of actions, Feeding baby deer, holding a leopard, shooting impressive guns, inspecting a tiger he just shot, hunting, fishing, swimming, riding shirtless. Most of his images show his mouth shut. He is a man of action.

Presidents of modern nations carefully craft their visual images. Media specialists work hard for both public figures to control that image. While both suffer their share of ridicule, one is still left with that visual contrast of talk vs action.

Obama: "I am deeply concerned, troubled, and this is going to cost Russia."


News: Russia invades Ukraine. Obama addresses the nation.

I guess Russia believes it can afford the cost. Seems China is no longer cowed by our US military either, goading our ally Japan. Now we have Iranian ships headed for the American coast. Hmmm... they don't seem to fear us either. No doubt these foreign governments know more about the reported firings of American generals and a potential rift in our military than the American people do.

I can't see past presidents like Reagan allowing a hostile nation's ships to patrol coastal waters without taking action.

Mar 1, 2014 - 1:33pm


ok, most, if not all of this site is completely kookoo, but the obama/putin stuff is hilarious!

Mar 1, 2014 - 1:57pm

Dr. J

You forgot one.

Nice bike helmet you fucking nerd. My mom has a bicycle that looks the same except its purple. On closer inspection there is a basket on the end of it. That is a woman's bike.

Mar 1, 2014 - 2:05pm

I ndependant MSM Steph?

That Putin via the media is playing the west like a fiddle. Perhaps it is "we" the intended audience of this West controlled message who are being played as fiddles?

The Bear is strong and should be feared,,,,yada yada,,,

Whitecastle123 Bugzy
Mar 1, 2014 - 2:19pm

Steven B.

You made me burst out laughing with that pic of Putin and Potus on his gender-neutral Presidential Transport.

Mar 1, 2014 - 2:48pm

WhiteCastle- gender-neutral Presidential Transport

LMAO, as funny as the GNPT is, that is decidedly not a GNPT. In every corner of the English Speaking World, it is known as a girl's bike. I'm just sayin'...

Mar 1, 2014 - 2:51pm

Steven B.

I laughed out loud too. That's great!

Seems that every time he tries to set up an action shot, he just looks ridiculous. I bet there are dozens of images like that out there.

I had also noticed that in the "beer shots" that Obama's cup is small while Putin has a large manly mug.


pseudozero, that site cracked me up! Everyone should take a look. Thanks. Obama's dog pulling him down the sidewalk compared to Putin's dog heeling without a leash! That speaks volumes. I didn't catch Obama's beer-pinky lift before, but he is also doing it in the shot above.

Whitecastle123 Doctor J
Mar 1, 2014 - 2:53pm

I saved Putins

Pic to my photos with no problems but it will not take the other gay shot after 5 tries.

Maybe my IPad is homophobic or something, I don't get it.

Mar 1, 2014 - 3:43pm

I've often wondered . . .

why a rogue air force pilot doesn't drop its ordinance on the house of Rothschild and the other bankster elites that run the puppet show we call the financial/industrial/military complex?

I would think there can't be more than 20 or 30 enclaves, that, if they were blown to smithereens, would provide some light into a darkening world.

Of course, there are other ways that the elite might meet an end. KGB operatives, or similar such types. Getting them on the run seems to be the only possible way out of this stinking mess.

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