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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is time to understand that whenever say China sells or buys from Japan in USD denominated transaction the City of London/Wall Street characters getting to skim from the top without lifting a finger. It is changing fast, more and more direct regional swap facilities are being setup, incidentally one being between China and Japan.

Portion of that ill-gotten income was re-directed to the population of the Host Countries, but lately it is becoming less and less.

Population of the United States, with exception of farming and a few remaining industries, does not produce anything to earn foreign exchange. So it is mostly relies of International Welfare State of affairs when dirt-poor Chinese workers are subsidizing Americans purchases at the Wall Mart.

The only way for the dirty Brutish Empire to reverse the trend is a major war.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

except the bill has a 6 month grace period

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16376072
Quote:
The bill, which was passed by wide majorities in both houses of Congress, gives the president the power to grant a six-month grace period to give oil markets time to factor them in.


http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20120101/wl_nm/us_iran_missile
Quote:
If enforced strictly, the sanctions could make it nearly impossible for most refiners to buy crude from Iran, the world's fourth biggest producer.
POSSIBLE WAIVERS
However, Obama asked for scope to apply the measures flexibly, and will have discretion to waive penalties. Senior U.S. officials said Washington was consulting foreign partners to ensure the new measures did not harm global energy markets.


also rising prices also help the Iranian economy and provide posturing for both the new talks its pursing with the EU and its own elections coming up. I bet it took you until episode 3 to realize general duku was working for Senator Palpatine...

If iran threatens , speculators drive the price of oil up. If iran closes, they lose a good chunk of their military and handicap their oil exports.

and as long as we are quoting mainstream alternative news sources
Iran backs off Strait threat

Iran bluffing with threat to block oil passageway, military analysts say

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Strait of Hormuz was de-facto closed for 5 hours on Sunday just due to the fact that Iranian Navy warned of possible missile tests.
Actually, they even do not need to militarily blockade the Strait. All they need is a media hype that will lead to hiked tankers insurance rates set by somebody like Lloyd of London to drive the oil prices through the stratosphere.

We are already getting reports like
Gas prices rise 30 percent in Myanmar for new year
right on the mainstream Yahoo Financials
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/gas-prices-rise-30-percent-173455388.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Failing to see how that is not mutually beneficial for tehran and the western banks. Neither are currently inclined to slow petrodollar trade , both benefit from sabre ratling before an election cycle. Convienient no?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Failing to see how Tehran could benefit from inability to clear the oil payments. What they gonna do with all that oil, drink it?

That is exactly what a consequences of the Bill signed by Obama on December 31, 2011. Granted, there is a 60 days “grace” period, but I fail to see how it is going to help in view that the current tensions are over 7 years old and nothing has been resolved so far.

Iran has unalienable right to protect its borders with all means necessary. That includes Nuclear weapons. The only Nation that proved capable of using nuclear weapons indiscriminately (mostly against civil population) while not defending its territory was United States under the British Asset Truman.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think im the one getting trolled...

rising oil prices benefit Tehran, THEY ARENT ACTUALLY GONNA CLOSE THE STRAITS OR GOTO WAR. ITS A GAME. speculators drive price up on news , helping Iran (who is conveniently unwilling to dump the petrodollar right now, see previous posts) and the exchanges.

war with Iran is not on the books (yet?). This is about both sides looking good to their constituents in an election cycle and boosting the petro dollar at the same time.

ok one more time (i think this is the 4th time i said this)

this is about both sides PRETENDING like a jersey shore brofest.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iran provokes showdown, warns US carrier not to return to Persian Gulf
http://www.debka.com/article/21615/

In another heated escalation over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iran
Tuesday, Jan. 3, threatened to take action if the US aircraft carrier which "moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill returns to the Persian Gulf." Army chief Lt. Gen. Ataolla Salehi said:" Iran will not repeat this warning."

He referred to the USS Stennis as "the enemy's carrier," which "I recommend and emphasize… not return to the Persian Gulf." He avoided naming the US vessel or the details of action Iran might take if it returned.
debkafile's military sources report that the Stennis transited the Strait of Hormus Wednesday, Dec. 28 and entered the Sea of Oman where Iran was staging a naval drill. Washington was demonstrating freedom of navigation in the international strait through which one-fifth of the worlds exported oil is shipped and underlining Iran's inability to close it to merchant shipping and US warships.

Iran said that its surveillance aircraft and warships tracked and filmed the US carrier's movements in and around Hormuz which it claims to fully control.

Saturday, Dec. 31, Iran announced a long-range missile test-fire would take place over the strait, thereby causing a five-hour stoppage of shipping traffic. Later, an Iranian general said the missile test was delayed. debkafile's Iranian and military sources reported that this was a trick to prove Iran capable of closing the Strait of Hormuz in defiance of strong warnings from Washington.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thousands of US troops deploying to Israel
http://rt.com/usa/news/us-troops-israel-iran-257/


Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel, and Iranian officials believe that this is the latest and most blatant warning that the US will soon be attacking Tehran.
Tensions between nations have been high in recent months and have only worsened in the weeks since early December when Iran hijacked and recovered an American drone aircraft. Many have speculated that a back-and-forth between the two countries will soon escalate Iran and the US into an all-out war, and that event might occur sooner than thought.
Under the Austere Challenge 12 drill scheduled for an undisclosed time during the next few weeks, the Israeli military will together with America host the largest-ever joint missile drill by the two countries. Following the installation of American troops near Iran’s neighboring Strait of Hormuz and the reinforcing of nearby nations with US weapons, Tehran authorities are considering this not a test but the start of something much bigger.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/01/01/sunday-morning-gossip-and-intel-and-welcome-2012/
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Russian, French warships off Syria, Iran, US drones over Iranian coast
http://www.debka.com/article/21633/


US, Russian French and British air and naval forces streamed to the Syrian and Iranian coasts over the weekend on guard for fresh developments at the two Middle East flashpoints.
The Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov anchored earlier than planned at Syria's Tartus port on the Mediterranean Sunday, Jan. 8, arriving together with the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and frigate Yaroslav Mudry.
To counter this movement, France consigned an air defense destroyer Forbin to the waters off Tartus.

debkafile's military sources report a buildup in the last 48 hours of western naval forces opposite Iran in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea in readiness for Tehran to carry out its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz.

Britain has dispatched the HMS Daring, a Type 45 destroyer armed with new technology for shooting down missiles, to the Sea of Oman, due to arrive at the same time as the French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.

Our sources report too that Saturday, the giant RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV, took off from the USS Stenning aircraft carrier for surveillance over the coasts of Iran. The Stennis and its strike group are cruising in the Sea of Oman at the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz after Tehran announced it would not be allowed to cross through.

So, just sabre rattling?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Supremacy in cyberspace: New strategy by US



http://www.panarin.com/comment/16270/

MSgt Michael Gregory, senior operations controller, works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 20, 2010. (Reuters / Rick Wilking)



US President Obama delivered a public address in the Pentagon on 5 January this year introducing the “defense strategic review.” Writer and political analyst Igor Panarin believes Washington’s new military doctrine will focus on cyberspace supremacy.

In the article below, Panarin explains his view.­

The United States was first to approach cyberspace as a new sphere of military action, along with the existing military domains such as land, sea, air and space. The concept dates back to 1998, but it was only interpreted into a concrete action plan following the war in South Ossetia in August 2008, which did not play out well for the US and its Georgian proxy.

Late in May 2009, President Barack Obama instituted the post of Cyberspace Coordinator within his administration, with the coordinator sitting on both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. The same month saw the establishment of the US Cyber Command, headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland, and headed by Army General Keith Alexander, who also happens to be the head of the National Security Agency, America’s most powerful intelligence service.

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is the United States’ centermost intelligence agency. It was formally established on 4 November 1952. The agency is responsible for the collection of foreign communications and signals intelligence, employing the Echelon eavesdropping system as its key technical asset. The NSA performs clandestine surveillance of Russia’s electronic communications through Echelon elements stationed in Norway, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan and the Baltic states.

The US Cyber Command, aka CYBERCOM, plans to employ cyber warfare for purposes of land-based, naval and aerial military operations. Special information and cyber warfare units and command structures have been set up within the US armed forces, including the Army Cyber Command/Second Army. Naval cyber warfare is to be directed through the Fleet Cyber Command, based on the once-disbanded and specially reestablished US 10th Fleet. The air force component of CYBERCOM is the 24th Air Force, aka Air Forces Cyber. The US Marine Corps also has its own Cyberspace Command.

The US Department of Defense’s technical research branch, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently finalizing its National Cyber Range: a miniature version of the internet meant as a testing ground for cyber intelligence and warfare. The Cyber Range is intended for testing new tactics and techniques through cyber war games, as well as for training cyber troops. The new strategy also includes developing new cyber weapons and tools, such as passive viruses, cyber beacons, etc.
US lawmakers have already developed new legislation regulating government and military activities aimed at securing America’s cyberspace supremacy. One of the notable trends is simplified decision making for offensive cyber warfare operations and activities. In the past, launching a cyber attack required stage-by-stage authorization from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then the defense secretary, and then the US president. Under the new rules, decision making on such an action will take no more than 10 minutes. This primarily concerns psychological operations targeting any specific audience of Internet users.

CYBERCOM held a simulation exercise early in December 2011, which eventually earned praise from Gen. Alexander. The exercise involved 300 cyber specialists designated respectively as CYBERCOM elements and “the enemy,” practicing offensive and defensive tactics and coordination. The simulated US cyber defense operation was centered at the Air Force’s Nevada Test and Training Range at Nellis, Nevada, while the designated aggressors sought to penetrate the American cyber network from remote locations.

In just over a week, both sides sought to win initiative and counter each other’s moves, analyzing their own progress and performance through daily operational briefings. The exercise served to try out various real-time scenarios based on the probable action and counter-action of a potential adversary. DoD officials commended the exercise as highly successful, complementing CYBERCOM specialists for their proficiency and excellent teamwork.

Rather mysteriously, the CYBERCOM exercise took place at the same time as Russia experienced an unprecedented surge in street protests following its parliamentary election last December. It seems rather telling that the protest rallies that drew thousands of people in some of Russia’s major cities were mainly organized and dispatched through web-based social networks such as Facebook.

Finally, on 5 January 2012 President Obama and the DoD released a defense strategic guidance titled “Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st-century Defense.” The document formulates the United States’ top strategic priority as securing the nation’s global dominance through aggressive action in cyberspace. Herein, the White House and the Pentagon explicitly state their intention to enhance America’s global posture by securing its domination in cyberspace through information and cyber warfare tactics.


Thus, the Obama administration is laying out its own ambitious global-domination project, superseding Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” and George Bush Junior’s “War on Terror”: a global war in cyberspace.


­Prof. Igor Panarin, Doctor of Political Sciences, for RT

So, Plato, you still think that "the Internet is still not controlled by "the powers that be" ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Panarin does not say internet is controlled.
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