Monday, September 29, 2014

Magnesium and Madness: Is a Mineral Deficiency Responsible for the Western Epidemic of Mental Illness?

What if there were a substance said to prevent, cure or ameliorate schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette's syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety disorder, geriatric cachexia and memory loss, ischemic heart disease, hypertension insulin resistance, and osteoporosis, while increasing life expectancy and lowering the risk of stroke?

What would you call it?

A wonder drug?

Or a scam?

Little is known about the cause of most of the diseases listed, but each must have a distinct and complex aetiology.

So how could one substance cure all?

Well, what if there is a widespread deficiency of an essential nutrient with many biochemical functions? Then enhancing the supply of that one substance should cure a wide array of distinct diseases.

Magnesium may be that nutrient.

Half of all Americans are believed to have a dietary magnesium intake that falls short of the estimated average daily requirement for good health.

How can that be?

The reason is complex. In part it reflects changes in eating habits, from a reliance on mostly unprocessed dietary staples including cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables, plus milk, meat and eggs from free-range animals, to increasing dependence on processed food, high in cheap calorie-rich, mineral-poor commodities such as corn starch and fructose syrup, supplemented by highly flavored fast food rich in fats and factory-farmed meat from animals fed on the cheapest available commodities.

Perhaps even more important in accounting for widespread magnesium deficiency is the documented decline in the mineral content of fruit and vegetables produced under intensive agricultural regimes. Two factors responsible for this decline in quality are:

First, maximization of crop yield through fertilization with nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, which results in reductions of up to 40% in the content of other minerals in the harvested crop.

Second, yield improvement through genetic modification of crops that results in measurable declines in mineral and protein content of both vegetables and cereals.

In addition, the adoption of irrigation to enhance crop yield can leach the soil of minerals essential to human nutrition, thereby reducing the content of these minerals in food crops.

Yet another cause of deteriorating mineral nutrition is urbanization. Rural populations are largely reliant for drinking water on ground water drawn from wells. Such waters are generally much richer in dissolved minerals than the lakes or rivers from which most urban water supplies are drawn. Moreover, where urban water supplies are from groundwater rich in minerals, the minerals are normally removed to prevent scaling of pipes.

The risk of magnesium deficiency is further increased by a rising trend in consumption of calcium. Most are aware that calcium is essential for strong bones and that milk is an excellent source of dietary calcium. Consistent with this understanding, the quantity of milk and milk products in Western diets has increased over recent decades. But what few understand is that, within the cell, calcium acts as a magnesium antagonist, which means that even with an otherwise adequate supply, a physiological deficiency of magnesium may arise through excess consumption of calcium.

So what does magnesium do?

Magnesium is the second most abundant intracellular mineral. It has over three hundred known biochemical functions. It is a co-factor in several hundred enzyme-catalyzed reactions. It is required in energy metabolism, being complexed with ATP the energy carrying molecule. It is required in the synthesis of nucleic acids, and it plays multiple roles in the regulation of both the central and peripheral nervous systems.

The increasing prevalence of magnesium deficiency, either absolute or induced by excess calcium consumption, provides a recipe for widespread mental and physical debilitation.


I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions. For your further consideration, here are links to some of the many studies on magnesium and disease:

Aging
Billard, J-M. 2006. Ageing, hippocampal synaptic activity and magnesium. JL Eurotext

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
http://www.drhoffman.com/page.cfm/609

Rosanov, A. 2010. Rising Ca:Mg intake ratio from food in USA Adults: a concern? Magnesium Res. 23:S181-S193.
Galland, L. 1991. Magnesium, stress and neuropsychiatric disorders. Foundation for Integrated Medicine.
Nechifor. M. 2008. Interactions between magnesium and psychotropic drugs. Magnesium Res.
Australian Gov't. Magnesium and human health.
Seelig, M. 1964. The Requirement of Magnesium by the Normal Adult. Am. J. Clin. Nutr.

Depression
Serefko, A. et al. 2013: Magnesium in depression. Pharmacol. Rep. 65:547-554.
Nechifor, M. Magnesium in PsychosesIn Yoshiki Nishizawa et al. (Eds.) New Perspectives in Magnesium Research: Nutrition and Health. Proc. 11th International Magnesium Symposium, Osaka, Japan 22-26, 2006. Springer, e-book.

Epilepsy
Epilepsy therapy project

Fitness
MacDonald, R. and C.L. Keen. 1988. Iron, Zinc and Magnesium Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Sports Med. 5:171.

Heart Disease

Heterogeneous Diseases
Milagros G. Huerta, et al. 2005. Magnesium Deficiency Is Associated With Insulin Resistance in Obese Children. Diabetes Care 28:1175.

Magnesium deficiency Prevalence

Migraine

Nutritional Therapies for Mental Disorders
Lakhan, S.E. and K.F. Viera. 2008: Nutritional therapies for mental disorders. Nutritional J. 7:2.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Schizophrenia
Kirov, GK and KN Tsachev. 1990. Magnesium schizophrenia and manic-depressive disease. Neurophsychobiology.
Schizophrenic and depressed patients had lower plasma magnesium concentrations than healthy controls. Plasma Mg increased on achieving clinical remission in the schizophrenic patients.
Nechifor, M. 2011: Chapter 22. Mangnesium and psychosesin Magnesium in the Central Nervous System. University of Adelaide Press. (Whole Book Text. PDF format here.)
Changes in plasma and intracellular magnesium found in both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Drug therapy (antipsychotics) significantly raise intracellular magnesium, without changing plasma Mg.
Stroke
Kupetsky-Rincon E.A. Uitto J. 2012. Magnesium: Novel Applications in Cardiovascular Disease – A Review of the Literature. Annals of Nutrition and Medicine Vol. 61, No. 2

Tetany
Galland, L. 1992: Magnesium stress and neuropsychiatric disorders. Magnes. Trace Elem. 10:287-301.

Tourette's Syndrome

Sunday, September 28, 2014

World War III: Reports From the Front Line

David Cameron:
“Non-Violent Extremists” Including “9/11 Truthers” and “Conspiracy Theorists” are Just as Dangerous as ISIL Terrorists

Many people seem to think this is insane. But its actually quite true. If the truthers persuade the majority that 9/11 and 7/7 were some kind of "inside job", then its game over for the warmongers — at the end of a rope.

Tarpley.net:
Metaphysical Doubts Concerning the Existence of Modern Ukraine, a 1918 Creation of the German General Staff

NEO:
Will France and Germany challenge NATO?
... today’s U.S. and NATO policy is dominated by grand policy architects like Obama administration adviser Zbigniev Brzezinski ... who is literally, and in the opinion of several professional psychologists, clinically obsessed with encircling Russia, dividing Russia into six or more, smaller states, to then force Moscow into a U.S/U.K.-dominated hegemony.

Z-Big’s latest book “Strategic Vision” ... is essential literature for anyone who has not fully comprehended [the] scope of NATO’s policy and the fact that it aims at establishing a U.S./U.K. hegemony over continental Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East. This necessarily implies that continental European powers, including France, Germany and Russia have to be subjugated by this U.S./U.K.-dominated hegemony.
iPolitics:
A Difficult Week For a Warmonger

Stephen Harper advocating for war to a rapt audience at the UN. Source




The Saker:
Dmitri Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, On Russia's preparation for war

The Saker:
The Russian response to a double declaration of war

Zero Hedge:
"The Information War For Ukraine"
When one of the most watched German channels - south German state TV channel ZDF - releases an 8+ minute satirical spoof of all the fabricated "news" surrounding the Ukraine "ïnvasion" by Russia and all the associated newsflow from the region (in which "any similarity to the current news is unintended and accidental, but absolutely inevitable"), you know that the time has come to double down on the propaganda effort because if ground zero of media indoctrination, Germany, is starting to see through the fog of endless media BS, then how long until the rest of the world follows?


The Spectator:
Former Czech PM, Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous

MH-17;
Russian Union Of Engineers Accuses Ukraine Airforce In MH17 Crash

Tony Cartalucci:
Dutch MH17 Investigation Omits US “Intel”

 NBC News:
$30 Million Reward Offered in Hunt for Culprits Behind MH17 Attack

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obama, the “Peace Prize” Winner, Lying His Way to a World War

Craig Murray, sacked UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, is a clever fellow who, among bizarre and and sometimes absurd blog posts, occasionally writes exceedingly well something well worth saying. 
His current post provides an example:
If bombing a country really made it better, we would have made a paradise of Iraq by now. Instead it is a total disaster, with access to electricity, drinking water, education and health services all far worse than they were before we started bombing it. That is even without the growth of the Caliphate, or ISIS, a direct result first of our deposing Saddam and conniving in the intolerant Shia rule of Maliki, and then of our connivance in arming and funding anyone willing to fight Assad. 
So now we are told we have to bomb Iraq yet again, and this time, finally, that will make it all better. There are two extraordinary contradictions in the British position. 
1) The justification in international law given by the neo-cons for the current bombing of Iraq is that it is at the invitation of the government of Iraq. But simultaneously they propose to bomb Syria to attack the government of Syria. This is the most astonishing hypocrisy. 
2) The Caliphate forces were encouraged and trained by the CIA initially. They continue to be massively financed from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. In fact, the Caliphate is still funded to a massive degree from the very states who are currently bombing them alongside the United States – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE. It is the ruling families of those states which are attacking ISIS in an official capacity, who are financing ISIS in a private capacity. The BBC manages to avoid any mention of Saudi funding for ISIS. The interests of the City of London are, as always, the most important factor for the British establishment.
 From which he concludes:
The security state here in the UK needs the “War on Terror” to justify its continued existence and the power and jobs of those who administer it. One thing that is certain to keep the conflict going, and thus keep the security state going, is for us to start bombing the Middle East again.
Which I find to be something of an anti-climax, and indeed quite inadequate as an explanation. The truth, I believe, is much more horrific. The US needs a world war now. The pro-Nazi Ukraine intervention was an attempt to get things going, but Russia declined to take the bait.

So, now, more bombing in the Middle East must be seen as an another way to achieve the desired flare-up and spread of violence.* It is clear, however, from Obama's September 24 speech to the UN General Assembly that the Ukraine approach to war is far from having been abandoned.

Quote:
...Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt President fled. Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into Eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.
Wow. How many lies?

If you can't spot them, I won't waste my breath elucidating them, since your ignorance of events in Ukraine is so deep and so wide and so high that it would take a month to educate you.

Suffice it to say that (a) it was the US that financed a Nazi-backed coup against the legitimate democratically elected government of Ukraine, and backed that government in its genocidal onslaught on the "terrorists" and "subhumans" comprising eight million ethnic Russians in East Ukraine; (b) Crimea, Russia`s Black Sea naval base since 1793, which has a population that is 80% ethnic Russian, voted overwhelmingly for independence from Ukraine in an internationally observed referendum, following which Russia accepted the request of the government of Crimea for admission to the Russian Federation; (c) the violence in Eastern Ukraine was driven entirely by the US–Nazi-backed Kiev junta which launched virtually all of the armed forces of Ukraine on a "punitive" mission, involving Nazi-forces proudly bearing Nazi symbols, the Swastika and the Wolfsangel, against Eastern Ukraine during which civilians were the main targets of shelling, bombing and ballistic missile attacks; (d) there is no evidence that Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine, although Russian volunteers aided in the defense of the people of Eastern Ukraine who sought autonomy within a federated Ukrainian state. Moreover Russia likely provide aid to the self-defence forces of the Donbas region, or Novorossia, in the form of weapons, ammunition and and other supplies, although most of the weapons in the possession of the Novorossian Armed Forces were  captured from the Army of the Ukraine; (e) the failure so far of the inquiry into the downing of Malayasia Airways Flight MH-17 to release the cockpit voice recordings or offer any explanation as to the cause of the catastrophe supports the conclusion of the Russian Union of Engineers that MH-17 was downed by gunfire and an air-to-air missile from a Ukrainian Forces SU 25 or Mig-29 aircraft, as observed by Russian radar and reported within 24 hours of the crash.

Or, in brief, Obama is bare-faced liar who seeks to lay blame on Russia for the creation, through a five-billion-dollar US intervention, of a genocidal, Russophobic, Nazi-backed state led by freaks intent on killing their own people. The intent, clearly, is to continue baiting Russia in the hope of setting Russia to war against America`s West European EU-NATO puppets.

And the reason is clear. The US needs a war to smash all rivals. The US economy is stagnant, while Russia`s GDP tripled since 2000, and China`s has grown even faster. So, just as WW1 knocked the stuffing out of the British Empire and neutered Germany, as WW2 sucked the marrow from the bones of the British empire and re-gelded Germany and dished Japan, while accidentally raising Russia to great power standing, and as the Cold War drained the life from the Soviet super power, so now the US seeks to smash all rivals in a war from which it aims to emerge relatively unscathed and thus once again on top of the manure pile.
That’s the context in which I’d view Russia’s recent giant military maneuvers.

As noted by the Saker:

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov commented: “As for the U.S. President’s speech, we earned the second place among the threats to international peace and stability: number one is the Ebola virus, number two is the so-called Russian aggression in Europe and ISIL and other terrorists who are now taking hold of the Middle East and primarily of the countries, which have evidenced U.S. interventions, are ranked as number three.”

* There are also more specific reasons for bombing folks in the Middle East: to pave the way for pipelines to carry gas from the Persian Gulf to Europe, thereby cutting demand for Russian gas, overthrowing the Assad regime in order to expel Russia from its Mediterranean naval base at Tartus, in Syria, etc.

Related:

The Saker:
September 27, 2014: The Russian response to a double declaration of war

Russia in Global Affairs:
Serge Glazyev – The Threat of War and the Russian Response
U.S. actions in Ukraine should be classified not only as hostile with regard to Russia, but also as targeting global destabilization. The U.S. is essentially provoking an international conflict to salvage its geopolitical, financial, and economic authority.
RT:
Russia calls for intl probe into Ukraine burials with signs of execution

The Saker:
M. Khazin: Is peace in the Ukraine possible?

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Drive for Scottish Independence: A Fortunate Failure

Why all the fuss about Scottish “independence” (aka incorporation of Scotland into the EU superstate)?

Why not independence for Yorkshire, for the West Midlands, for the South West of England, for London. All have similar or larger populations to Scotland and cultures as distinctive?

Actually, no one has the slightest idea.

Nor could one in a hundred of the fanatical participants in the Scottish Independence referendum on either side tell you what constitutes the ideal form, size, or constitution for a nation state.

Well here’s a suggestion. The ideal size for a nation state is sufficient to defend itself from foreign domination whether economic or military, but no larger.

Judged on that basis, Scotland is too small, but the United Kingdom, outside the EU and NATO, is large enough. So the objective for the UK should be devolution of powers to reflect regional differences in economic characteristics, culture, physical resources, etc. and to allow scope for creative innovation in government, while retaining the coherence and sense of collective pride necessary to the preservation of national independence.

In that connection, it should be noted that Eire is too small for true independence, as is evident from the fact that during WW2, it was taken for granted by the British Government that Ireland would be annexed should the military situation so require. (And more recently, the Bank of England bailed out the Irish banks.) From that, it follows that the UK and Ireland should work toward an eventual union of the British Isles under a federal constitution. Such a federation would be a highly secure and well integrated geopolitical unit that should be friend-of- all-the-world, trading freely with all, but without entangling alliances, either economic or political.

Then the British Islanders could look the World proudly in the eye and, and if necessary, say "fuck off" to the imperial United States whether of America, Europe or Asia.

But none of this will come to pass. Hate is a more powerful agent of change than rational thought and the hate-mongers continue their deadly work, in Ireland between North and South, in Britain, between England and Scotland (and here).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Russia Must Do

Everyone knows that Putin is a beast driving Russia to war with the West with the goal of occupying all of Ukraine before rolling all the way from Poland to Portugal. The only hope the Russians now have of redeeming themselves and avoiding total disaster is to rid themselves of  Putin, the newest of New Hitlers and, as Colin James at the Saker explains:
[March Putin] through the Red Square tarred and feathered on his way to giving a press conference admitting his culpability for invading Ukraine and shooting down MH17, declaring European values to be the bestest thing ever, allowing NATO to have all of Ukraine including Crimea, dissolving all BRICS economic agreements and Eurasian security treaties, giving BP and Exxon controlling interests in Gazprom and Rosneft, and handing their entire government over to the fifth column Atlanticists.

THEN destroying all Russia's nuclear weapons and balkanizing the Russian Federation into fourteen mini-states, each controlled by their own Poroshenkite corrupt oligarch. Also, there would have to be a commitment to the requisite privatizations, elimination of banking regulations, austerity measures, and crippling IMF loans that can never be paid back. Oh, and GMOs.
But I'm not sure that'd be enough. Jen Psaki, John Kerry, the BBC and Stevie Harper would probably condemn the performance as a crude and transparent trick and that the only thing, really, would be an American nuclear first strike, taking out Putin and the rest of those subhumans (and here) occupying the Donbas region of Ukraine and their co-ethnics in Russia.

How Russia's gonna look. Source
Related:

Jim Deans:
Could Kiev fail before the New Republics?

Condi Rice, She Say:
Here's how we take Russia down. Europe must buy oil and gas from the US of A instead of Russia. Ah yes,  Eazy-peazy Condolleezy, except for one problem: US oil production 11 = million barrels a day, US oil consumption  = 18.9 billion barrels a day. But don't worry. We're an empire now. We create our own reality (including oil), duh:


Related:
Mike Whitney: Did Putin Just Bring Peace to Ukraine?
... There is no way to overstate the significance of what has transpired in Ukraine in the last three weeks. What began as a murderous onslaught on the mainly Russian-speaking population of east Ukraine, has turned into a major triumph against a belligerent and expansionistic empire that has been repulsed by a scrappy, battle-hardened militia engaged in a conventional, land-based war. The conflict in east Ukraine is Obama’s war; launched by Obama’s junta government, executed by Obama’s proxy army, and directed by Obama’s advisors in Kiev. The driving force behind the war is Washington’s ambitious pivot to Asia, a strategy that pits Russia against Europe to prevent further economic integration and to establish NATO forward-operating bases on Russia’s western border. Despite the overheated rhetoric, the talk of a (NATO) “Rapid Reaction Force”, and additional economic sanctions; the US plan to draw Ukraine into the western sphere of influence and weaken Russia in the process, is in tatters. And the reason it is in tatters is because a highly-motivated and adaptable militia has trounced Obama’s troopers at every turn pushing the Ukrainian army to the brink of collapse.

... Washington’s harebrained gambit was doomed from the get go. Who made the decision to topple Yanuchovych, install a US-puppet in Kiev, fill-out the security services with neo Nazis, and wage a bloody ethnic cleansing purge on the Russian-speaking people in the east?

Read more

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Scotch Nationalists Gone Bonkers

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said that the sight of people lining up to vote in the referendum on Scottish independence was 'almost reminiscent of scenes in South Africa'.

Er, well not exactly. Or actually not at all. Britain is not an apartheid state and the Scots are not an oppressed people, just a paranoid people, apparently, who imagine themselves to be harshly victimized.

Then there's former deputy leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, Mr Sillars, who appeared campaigning with Mr. Salmond last week and who warned that oil giant BP would be nationalized "in part or in whole" by an independent Scotland.

Well, we can forget the "or whole," assuming that when Mr. Sillars says "nationalize" he means compulsorily purchase at fair market value, rather than "steal," since BP with annual sales twice Scotland's GDP has a market capitalization of around $150 billion or $30 thousand for every man, woman and child in Scotland, or a bit more than Scotland could actually afford.

As for the "in part," Scotland has no jurisdiction over BP except in Scotland, one of eighty countries in which the firm operates. So all that an independent Scotland might nationalize are BP's Scottish operations, but what would they be getting for their money?

Well just the leases that BP has acquired from the UK Government which allow the company, in return for taxes and royalties, to extract oil from the UK's sea floor. But BP's profit margins are not extravagant — about 5% of sales. So would the Government of Scotland do better in the deep water drilling business?

LOL. So much for that.

How, in reality, an independent Scotland would differ from the largely autonomous kingdom within the UK that it is today is hard to discover. English-born, English-raises and English-resident, former UK ambassador and fanatical Scotch Nationalist Craig Murray, had this to say on his blog the other day:

"How can anybody know what policies an independent Scotland will pursue? Nobody has the right to say what those policies will be."

Which is reminiscent of the company prospectus issued by hucksters at the time of the South Sea Bubble offering shares in:

“A company for carrying out an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is.”

For the Scots to claim independence seems premature. Not that that will stop the nationalists from trying. Vote now: find out what you're to get later. That's what's on offer, and as many as 51% in Scotland say they are buying.

So much for democracy.

Related:

CanSpeccy:
The New World Order and the Drive for an Independent Scotland

Nigel Farage on Scottish Independence Referendum:


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Stevie Harper Invites Ukie Oligarch to Address Canadian Parliament in Show of Support for Nazi Genocide

The CBC reports:
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit Canada next week and address Parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

Nazi symbols worn by Poroshenko's soldiers engaged in "punitive" operations
in E. Ukraine that have killed 10,000 and created more than 700,000 refugees.
 Image source: NBC News.

Harper invited the Ukrainian leader in a show of support for the country, which is fighting against pro-Russian rebels seeking to exterminate ethnic Russian in its east. Poroshenko will make his first official visit to Canada on Sept. 17, according to a news release from the prime minister's office.
The party that shouts the genocidal bastard* down will have my vote at the next election.

Porky's Ukraine. The war memorial of Saur Mogila, Donbas, Ukraine. Source

* I meant Poroshenko, not Harper. but why not both.

Related:

Global Research:
Defeat of Ukraine Army. What Prospects for Donbass. Interview with Donesk Prime Minister


Peter Lvov:
US Trying to Create an Oil and Gas Collapse in Russia

Pakalert Press:
Redrawing the Map of the Russian Federation: Partitioning Russia After World War III?

GlobalResearch.ca
Camouflage and Coverup: The Dutch Commission Report on the Malaysian MH17 Crash is “Not Worth the Paper it’s Written On”

RT:
Putin: Weird New EU Sanctions

Slavyangrad:
We Will Not Allow for Russia to be Ripped Asunder and Ruined

CanSpeccy:
In Canada We're All Nazi-lovers Now

Igor Strelkov: NATO's Backing for Nazified Ukraine, Russia's Fifth Column and the War for the Destruction of Russia



Via the Saker.

Strelkov, aka Igor Girkin, reminds me of Strelnikov, aka Pasha Antipov, Lara's estranged husband — a man who considered the personal life to be dead,  as played by Tom Courtney in David Lean's film of Boris Pasternak's great novel, Dr. Zhivago. In fact, Strelkov could play the part better than Courtney. Like Strelnikov, Strelkov seems half crazy. Russia may be plagued by a fifth column, but his blaming fifth columnists for bad Russian policy in Ukraine seems either paranoid, or else a way of giving an attack on Putin the appearance of patriotism.

Strelkov, clearly wanted a direct march on Kiev, whereas Putin seems intent on roiling Western public opinion by allowing people in the West to see what scum the Obama-led US Empire and its EU puppets are backing.

To that end, stasis in Ukraine serves Putin best. Moreover, Putin must be happy to see Obarma drive the EU puppets to impose sanctions on Russia, since that allows Russia to impose commensurate retaliatory sanctions that enhance Russian self-sufficiency while pushing the EU into even deeper recession, creating further disaffection with the empire.

However, contrary to the urging of Paul Craig Roberts, Russia will not cut energy supplies to Europe (except under special circumstances, such as during Poland's recent attempt to get around Russia's termination of service to Ukraine for non-payment by back-flowing Russian gas to Ukraine. Russia) but will protect its reputation as a reliable energy supplier and a keeper of contracts.

If, however, the EU determines of its own accord to freeze in the dark this coming winter by shutting the valve on Russian gas, the better will that fulfil Putin's objective; namely, Western demoralization, raising the possibility of open European revolt against US hegemony, already beginning to be apparent in the recent electoral successes of European nationalist parties.

In all of this, one wonders about the role of Frau Merkel. In Putin's company she always appears at ease, not surprisingly since they speak one another's language and share an upbringing under the Soviet system. Yet Merkel goes along with all the foolish anti-Russian rhetoric and sanctions.

Could it be that she is simply playing along with Putin's strategy. That would explain expectations that she will resign as Chancellor sometime next year. When the downside to Obama's war on Russia — the economic cost plus the emotional stress for Europeans, particularly Germans, of backing war-criminal Nazis — becomes generally apparent, a change of regime will allow Germany to assert a new and more constructive direction in its relations with Russia.

Related:

Reuters:
NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

We gonna make those Russkies fight us in Ukraine no matter what.

Zero Hedge:
Russia: New EU Sanctions Act of War By Other Means

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ukie Navy Goes to War — LOL



Ukraine naval vessel launches rocket during joint Ukraine–NATO exercise in the Black Sea.

They didn't sink themselves, but it was close.

Related:

RT:
Ukrainian parliament to debate amnesty for troops who committed war crimes in in Eastern Ukraine
These Nazis are our friends, so we support their war crimes. That is, they're Stevie Harper's friends, and Stevie Harper supports their war crimes. He even supplies them with bullet-proof vests and other "non-kinetic" means of committing war crimes at the Canadian taxpayer's expense.

NBC News:
Nazi Symbols on Helmets of Ukraine Soldiers
Don't worry. These Nazis are our friends. Stephen Harper's friends, anyhow.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya:
WWIII aimed to redraw map of Russia?

Investment Watch:
LETHAL AID from NATO begins arriving in Ukraine; This just became a real life PROXY WAR with Russia

As we said: Ukraine: Nazi NATO Setting the Stage for a Proxy War on Russia

See Also:

CanSpeccy:
In Canada We're All Nazi-lovers Now

Monday, September 8, 2014

Yes for "Independence" Will Mean Greater Subordination of Scotland to the Money Power

Craig Murray, the fired UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, who is passionately wrong about just about everything,* has just announced that in the September 18 Referendum on Scotch independence the "Yes is very obviously headed for a majority."
On this, Mr. Murray may for once be correct. But if so, then the feeble “No” campaign and a win for the “Yes” is UK government policy.
Why?
Because the NWO — the Anglo-Zionist project for global empire subordinate to the money power (aka the New World Order) — requires the breakup of powerful nation states such as the UK (and most importantly Russia and then China), for the easier exploitation of the parts, which will receive their orders from supranational institutions such as the EU, NATO and the WTO.
Separation of Scotland from the UK will not mean greater independence for Scotland, it will mean greater subordination to the undemocratic control of those supranational institutions that serve  the financial interests.**

The feebleness of the “no” campaign is the result of the failure by the government of the UK to focus attention on the consequences of separation.
If you allow the debate to center on the question of “independence,” without discussion of the consequences of separation, then the “Yes” is at a huge advantage: Who would not opt for “independence” over, well, what’s the opposite: “dependence? “subordination?” “subservience?”
If the separatists ( or “terrorists” to use NATO jargon as applied to Eastern Ukraine) had been required to answer a few simple questions before the vote, such as how the UK national debt will be allocated between Scotland and the Disunited Kingdom (DK); what will be done with former UK and NATO defense installations in Scotland including nuke sub and air bases, radar installations, etc.; how the border will be controlled to prevent cross-border movement of illegal immigrants, smugglers and criminals (visas for Scots working in England? delays at the border due to customs and immigration inspections and controls); what will become of former UK Government employees in Scotland; what will happen to pensions of former UK civil servants in Scotland and contributors to the former UK national pension scheme, then the outcome of the debate would have been very different.
Another critical question left entirely in the air is that of the status of Scottish MP’s in Westminster during the negotiation of the terms of Scottish independence? Are the English really going to standby while laborite Scotch MP’s dictate the terms of settlement? And if not, is not the referendum merely the prelude to serious turmoil, that could lead even to violence.


* Murray’s latest effusion, in which he claims England has stolen Scotland’s ocean rights, provides a good example of his total incapacity for objectivity. The theft, he claims, is the result of the way in which the England–Scotland maritime boundary was drawn by the Blair government in 1999, resulting in the inclusion of seven oil fields south of the boundary that should rightly be attributed to Scotland. 


The claim is nonsensical for the simple reason that Scotland has no international maritime boundaries because it is not a sovereign state. Moreover, if it were a sovereign state, only a dope would expect what Murray claims to be logical, namely that Scotland’s Eastern maritime boundary should extend due East. That would be logical only if the coast of England and Scotland were oriented North-South in a perfectly straight line.
In fact, as CM perfectly well knows, the determination of maritime boundaries is a complex matter dependent on many factors including not only the shape of the coastline but the presence of features such as islands.
The existing maritime boundary between England and Scotland was established by the UK government as an internal administrative matter. If Scotland becomes independent the question of the maritime boundary will have to be resolved. The present administrative boundary will likely have no influence in the determination of the international boundary.
But any bollocks are good enough, apparently, to justify the claim of Scotch victimization.


** Some may question why the supranational institutions serve the financial interests, but the answer is pretty clear when you consider who else they might serve. Who runs those institutions? Bureaucrats and ex-politicians who have no elections to worry about. So who are they gonna serve? 

Themselves, obviously. 

What else are they going serve? 

The greater good of humanity? 

Come on: these are some of the most manipulative people on the face of the planet. Experts say that one in twenty of the population is psychopathic. Well these guys are super-intelligent psychopaths with terrific diplomatic, people-management or political skills that they deploy to their own advantage, which makes them perfectly responsive to the incentives the money power is so well able to provide. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ukraine: After the Ceasfire Continued Escalation

Yuri Lytsenko, a senior aide to Western Ukraine's President Porky, claimed on his Facebook page that:
At the NATO summit agreements were reached on the provision of military advisers and supplies of modern armaments from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway
A claim since denied by all but France.

On Otto Von Bismarck's principle that in war, one should believe nothing until it has been officially denied, the denials seem to confirm that Saturday's ceasefire "agreement" made among parties representing no one in particular, is a non-starter, or rather a non-war-ender, which is to say a meaningless irrelevance preceding further escalation to a full-blown proxy war between Nazi-NATO and Russia.

Meantime, shelling resumes in Mariupol and Donetsk; while the US and Ukraine plan joint naval drills in the Black Sea; NATO stages massive military drills in Latvia; Britain faces the imminent prospect of having its own "terrorist" breakaway region of Scotland; Gorby warns of a terrifying massacre in store for Europe (aren't all massacres terrifying?); the EU comedy team of Von Rompy and Bozozo threaten new sanctions against Russia before the ink on the ceasefire agreement has dried; Russia imposes import bans on substandard Ukrainian cake (since they have pledged help to Ukraine, let the French eat it); and Ukie troops opt for regime change in Kiev.

And now, despite Merkel's claimed wish for a solution in the Ukraine that does not hurt Russia, Germany is to supply Ukrainian troops with bullet-proof vests, thus insuring each and every Ukie soldier a better chance to kill a Russkie. What's more, Europe's decided to freeze in the dark this winter by imposing sanctions of Russian oil and gas exporters.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The US Economy Still Sucks

RECORD 92,269,000 AMERICANS NOT WORKING:
A record 92,269,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in August, as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The labor force participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent in six of the last twelve months, but prior to last October had not fallen that low since 1978.
Meantime:

CHINA BECOMES WORLD'S LARGEST MARKET FOR ROBOTS
Which means that most of those jobs off-shored from the West won't be coming back, ever.

And in the US, the Wall Street Journal Reports:

ONE IN THREE WORKERS IS A TEMP
Layoffs that accompanied the recession forced many individuals to forge a living from short-term gigs, while online marketplaces such as Elance, TaskRabbit and Uber emerged to match independent workers with companies or individuals in need of labor.
And from Bill Bonner:

THE REAL REASON AMERICAN CAPITALISM IS FAILING
Washington now pays out a quarter of all personal income in the US – either in salaries or benefits.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ukraine: Game Over or the Beginning of the Escalation?

As Brad Cabana explains, the Ukraine Government's genocidal assault on the Russian-speaking population of South-Eastern Ukraine is headed for total failure. By burning, shelling, strafing, bombing and lobbing ballistic missiles at civilian targets in Eastern Ukraine, the US-installed, neo-Nazi-backed Kiev junta has irretrievably lost all respect in Russian-speaking South-Eastern Ukraine, where independence is now the only acceptable option. At the same time, the junta armed forces, sent to occupy and punish the formerly federalist, now separatist, people of Eastern Ukraine have been comprehensively defeated by the local self-defense militia with substantial Russian aid.

Dneiper dam, destroyed by retreating Soviet forces in 1941. Source
The struggle may long continue. Great disasters may yet be in store. The psychopathic warlord Kolomoisky may yet blow the Dnieper hydro-electric dam, releasing 33 billion tons of water to wash away whole towns and villages.

But whatever events intervene, the latest episode in the drive for US global hegemony through color revolutions, sabotage, bribery, assassination and collaboration with the scum of the earth seems likely to end in an epoch-making reverse. Russia has already reclaimed its ancient naval base of Crimea with a compelling democratic mandate. And when the dust settles in Ukraine, the US project to bring its first-strike-enabling anti-missile system to Russia's Ukraine border will prove a humiliating failure.

Unless, that is, the West raises the stakes by direct intervention on the side of the Kiev neo-Nazis, leading to an escalating proxy war between NATO and Russia. Then, anything may happen and we could all be dead by Christmas.

Of the alternative, US-NATO humiliation is much to be preferred. For the West, the embarrassment would not be a catastrophe. By revealing for all to see that the existing genocidal system of Western capitalism is not only evil but profoundly stupid, it may provide an opportunity, perhaps the only opportunity, to restore in the West the sovereign nation-state democracies that have been submerged by the US drive to establish an oligarchic system of control over an enslaved, miscegenated global proletariat that is to be bred, culled and brainwashed at will.

Vive le Novorossia libre.

See Also:

CanSpeccy:
Ukraine: Nazi NATO Setting the Stage for a Proxy War on Russia

Related:

New Eastern Outlook:
Jim Dean: Kiev Coup is Collapsing

Zero Hedge:
The Battle For Strategic Mariupol Begins As NATO Vows To Do "Whatever It Takes"

Novorossia:
Far from keeping the peace, Nato is a threat to it

Moon of Alabam:
Ukraine: Obama Doubles Down?

Washington Times:
Rapid Trident: U.S. ground troops to train in Ukraine next week

Tony Cartalucci:
NATO's Options in Ukraine

Finian Cunningham:

Western Doublethink on Blind Path to War

Ron Unz:

American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?

RiaNovosti:
NATO May Hold Drills, Set Up Military Training Centre In Georgia – Rasmussen

Uh-uh. Maybe NATO will hold drills in Georgia, or may be Russia will first.

Express:
British troops set to head for war-torn Ukraine

Zero Hedge:
US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

Zero Hedge:
Russia Slams Barroso Over Leaked "Take Kiev In 2 Weeks" Comments, Revises Military Doctrine

Moon of Alabama:
Ukraine: War, For Now, Over And NATO Still In Decline

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Why Most People don’t Know What They Think They Know About Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

First, and this is the biggie, Russia has not invaded Ukraine (and here).

But then there are several other reasons. For example, most people think that Russia or the “pro-Russian” rebels of East Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 over the Donetsk battle zone. For some reason, this is supposed to clinch the argument for Russian invasion and, in general, for the utter evil of Vladimir Putin and the Russian people stupid enough to support him.

But the entire concept is incorrect.

First, because there are no  “pro-Russian” rebels. The civil war in Ukraine is being fought between US-installed Nazis in Kiev who launched a war of extermination against six million ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine, and the people of Eastern Ukraine opposed to being genocided by a murderous Ukrainian state controlled by oligarchs and criminals backed and financed by the forces of the New World Order; namely, Washington, Ottawa, London, NATO, the IMF, etc., etc.

Second, because there is no evidence that the downing of MH-17 had anything to do with Russia or those fighting for East Ukraine independence. This is clear from the determination of the Nazified Western states (i.e., Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia) who are conducting the technical investigation of the crash to prevent release of the results of their own investigation. The implication is clear, those results prove that MH-17 was shot down by Kiev forces or their Western backers, with the obvious intent of smearing the “pro-Russians” fighting for their lives in Eastern Ukraine with the crime of mass murder.

And more:

Robert Parry:
Russian Invasion of Ukraine? CIA Vets warn Merkel of Fake US Intelligence

GlobalResearch.ca:
“Russia Invades Ukraine”, Strategic NATO Public Relations Stunt. Where are the Russian Tanks?

Dmitry Orlov:
How can you tell whether Russia has invaded Ukraine?

CounterPunch:
Mike Whitney — Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine
Moscow has repeatedly called for an end to the violence and a resumption of negotiations, but each request has been rebuffed by Obama’s puppet in Kiev leading to another round of hostilities. Washington doesn’t want peace. Washington wants the same solution it imposed on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, that is, a chaotic failed state where ethnic and sectarian animosities are kept at a boiling point so forward-operating bases can be established without resistance, so resources can be extracted at will, and so a formally-independent nation can be reduced to a “permanent state of colonial dependency.” (Chomsky) That’s the basic gameplan wherever Washington goes. The same rule applies to Ukraine. The only choice the people have is to arm themselves and fight back. Which is what they’ve done.

Donetsk and Lugansk have formed militias and taken the war to the enemy. They’ve engaged Obama’s proxy-army on the battlefield and pounded it into mincemeat. That’s why Obama deployed his propagandists to lie about the fictitious “Russian invasion”. The administration needs a diversion because the Novorussia forces (aka-the “pro Russia separatists”) are kicking the holy crap out of Obama’s legions. ...
DumpHarper:
Chris Alexander, Canada's Minister of Immigration: proud to have Ukrainian Right Sector Nazis fundraising in Toronto

Telegraph:
Russia demands publication of recordings from downed flight MH17

 WaPo:
The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

I love how so many Americans think Ukraine is in (a) the United States (No wonder they want U.S. intervention), (b) Greenland, (c) Australia, or (d) Antarctica.

Where Americans place Ukraine. LOL. Source: WaPo.

GlobalResearch:
“Russian Invasion” – Screaming ‘Wolf!’ Strategy of Deception. Lies Repeated Umpteen Times. What is the Endgame?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

B'nai Brith to Nominate Stephen Harper for Nobel Peace Prize — LOL

B’nai Brith Canada, an organization chiefly engaged in yelping about a horrifying incidence of anti-Semitism in Canada, will nominate Stephen Harper for the Nobel Peace Prize, a prize unconnected except in name with Alfred Nobel that is awarded by a corrupt committee of warmongering Norwegian MPs.

Harper, a fervent Russophobe who equates Canadian critics of the Israeli government with Hitlerite Nazis, seems an ideal candidate to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Peace Prize winner Barak O'Bomber, the worst American President ever, the man who destroyed Libya (with Harper's assistance) — then the most prosperous country in Africa, renewed the bombing of Iraq, and now with side-kicks Harper and Cameroon, seeks to launch WWIII.

Meantime, Canada plans to provide further military help to the Nazis of Kiev now being terrorized by the Russian speakers of their own South-Eastern provinces who they (the Nazis, that is, the folks we Canadians support) set out to exterminate. At the same time, the EU is looking to screw itself to spite the Russians by further sanctions on its own trade.

As someone several thousand years ago said, those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

Related:

Liveleak:
Militia commander: what is Novorossia fighting for

CBC:
As his punitive forces retreat from Eastern Ukraine, President Porky talks of war on Russia

Ron Paul Inst
Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie
The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.

How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, from assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland, from Obama and his entire regime of pathological liars, and from the British, German, and French governments along with the BBC and the entirety of the Western media?

This, of course, is a good reason for knowing that the latest Western propaganda is a lie. Those who are pathological liars don’t suddenly start telling the truth.
Deep Resource:
Ukraine forces in mass retreat

Zero Hedge:
Famous last words? French President Says "There Is Risk Of War"

Looks like Von Rumpy and Borroso are gonna go down to some deep air-conditioned bunker in Brussels and lead the West into a war of mutual annihilation, although given the balance of nukes and land area, Europe's likely to be finish up more annihilated than Russia.

The Saker:
More about our Nazi friends in Ukraine

Center for Syncretic Studies:
Understanding the Astounding Novorossiyan Victories
What many do not understand is that Germany among others have already ruled out any NATO intervention, have ruled out further sanctions of any meaning, and has called for a ceasefire based upon the August 23rd positions, which essentially recognizes a Novorossiya with a united Lugansk and Donetsk.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ukraine: Nazi NATO Setting the Stage for a Proxy War on Russia

The US, in rapid economic and military decline relative to its rivals Russia and China, is intent on a war to smash the competition while the possibility of success remains. The principle of mutual assured nuclear destruction that for more than 70 years has kept the peace between the United States and Russia does not apply in wars between US and Russian proxies. The US thus aims to create the conditions for a proxy war in Ukraine, the ultimate objective of which is the humiliation of Putin, disintegration of the Russian Federation through foreign subversion, a new round of oligarchic looting, and expansion of NATO to China's border.

America's own representatives, the Kiev junta, have already been installed. But on the other side space must be created for the Russian proxy. A start was made by the declaration by former Ukraine PM and Presidential candidate Julia Tymoshenko of genocidal intent against the eight million Russians of South Eastern Ukraine, a provocation followed by the little-reported atrocities committed against unarmed opponents of the Kiev junta in Odessa and during the ongoing punitive assault on Donetsk, Lugansk and other towns of Eastern Ukraine, where the people were incited by the terrorists and neo-Nazis of Kiev to vote overwhelmingly for autonomy within a federated Ukraine.

Memorial to the Second Nazi War on Russia: Source.
The memorial to the First Nazi War on Russia. — same location.
In defending themselves from attack by both the regular Ukraine army and Kiev's punitive brigades of neo-Nazis and criminals, the people of Donetsk Republic have transformed a self-defense militia of a few dozen volunteers into a well-disciplined and battle hardened army that makes the plausible claim to have killed, captured or wounded over 35,000 junta forces. Now the army of the Donetsk Republic appears to be on a roll, encircling large junta troop formations and rapidly extending its area of control. It is quite possible, however, that Ukraine army forces are being deliberately sacrificed by the Ukrainian command in order to create a significant footprint for Russia's proxy.

If that is the case, a turning point can be expected quite soon, at which time the junta forces will be stiffened either by better leadership or, as necessary, through increased NATO support. Then it will be Russia's turn to provide further assistance to their representatives. From that point, the sky's the limit to possible escalation. With home-made nukes already in their possession, the Kiev junta may be the first government to nuke their own people. Most critical, would be the struggle for control of the air, with Russia's anti-aircraft missile systems pitted against the US Air Force that performed so admirably on 9/11.

As for the outcome, who knows? Or as Winston Churchill remarked:
Always remember, however sure you are that you could easily win, that there would not be a war if the other man did not think he also had a chance.
Can such a war be averted? Almost certainly not unless the United States is confronted by a rebellion within the NATO alliance. The European nations, with the exception of Poland, the Baltic crazies and the UK, obviously don't want a new European civil war. In particular, neither Germany nor Russia have any reason for war.  On the contrary, both countries are well aware that the combination of German capital and technology with Russian human and natural resources can forge a hugely prosperous central European partnership.

The risk of rebellion against America`s war plans is, however, not great. Ask the US to remove their military bases from your territory and your nuclear reactors may blow up, question 9-11 and your airliners may be shot out of the air or simply disappeared. In fact, show any inclination to refuse the leadership of the indispensable nation and pressures will be brought to bear, and your leadership bought, blackmailed or assassinated. Hence the grovelling sycophancy of Stephen Harper, Tony Abbott, and Friend-of-Israel Cameron to the US-Israeli warmonger alliance.

Across Europe, it is true, the people have begun to push back against US imperialism, with strong electoral support going to nationalist parties. It is questionable, however, what signficance these nationalist movements have. Most are probably already firmly under the control of national or foreign security services. Angela Merkel, it is true, has had the temerity to deny the indispensability of indispensable nation and to demand a solution to the US-manufactured Ukraine crisis that does not harm Russia, while Hungary has condemned EU sanctions on Russia as counterproductive, while demanding autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine.

But meantime the propaganda for war intensifies. The New York Times, notable for telling the World of Saddam`s soon-to-be-proved-nonexistent, weapons of mass destruction, is now assuring the World that Russia has begun the invasion of Ukraine. This, surely, is the prelude to new and aggressive anti-Russian measures to be decided upon at this weekend`s NATO meeting in Britain. The possibility of Europe collectively telling the US of Aggression to, in the words of a great American imperialist, go fuck themselves thus seems negligible to non-existent.

Related:
Moon of Alabama:
Ukraine Lost A Battle - West Escalates With More Russia Sanctions

Slavyangrad:
NATO's goal: an internal Slavic war, the final solution to the Russian question
We often quote the words of Zbignew Brzezinski: “deprived of the reunion with Ukraine, Russia is not destined to reclaim the status of a great power”. “Long Zbig” is wrong: Russia can reclaim that status without Ukraine, but it will be more difficult and take longer. The thing is, Brzezinski is not original; he repeats the words of a German General Paul Rohrbach, who stated, in the beginning of the XX century: “to diminish the threat of Russia to Europe, and especially to Germany, you must completely remove Ukrainian Russia from Muscovy Russia”. Please note that to a German General both – Ukraine and Muscovy – are Russia; and he speaks of creating an internal, Russian, split. He evokes the ideas of the German politicians of the last third of the XIX century, principally Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck-Sch├Ânhausen, who not only insisted on the necessity of such a split, but defined the means.
Deep Resource:
SITREP Ukraine

Dmitry Orlov:
MSM Manufacturing Ukrainian Reality

Zero Hedge:
Putin: Everything U.S. Touches Turns Out Like Libya Or Iraq

Canada.com:
Ukraine ambassador begs for troops to counter Russian invasion

Having so far failed in their genocidal war against the Russian speakers of East Ukraine, the Kiev Nazis expect the Nazi-lovers of Canada to finish the job. The Zionist warmonger Harper will probably go for it, since nothing much less than a World war is likely to save the psychopathic bastard at next year's election.

RT:
Putin calls on Novorossian militia to let blocked Kiev troops cross into Russia

RT:
Kiev Junta facing rebellion in own ranks

Tony Cartalucci:
US rationale for Syria intervention provides Russia ample justification to intervene in Ukraine

MofA:
"Zero Proof" - The "Russian Invasion" Of Ukraine

Zero Hedge:
Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Launching Invasion, Then Promptly Retracts

Novorossiya Today:
Moscow accuses Budapest of supplying tanks to Ukraine
The better to frame the Russians as invaders?

Novorossiya Today:
Christof Lehmann: The Atlantic Axis and the Making of a War in Ukraine