Wall Street, September 17: “Beginning of the Global Revolution…?”

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

The “Anonymous” anarchists are joining the planned occupation of Wall Street, beginning September 17.

It says, “flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months … Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.”

The September 17 protest is not confined to Wall Street. It is part of an international coordinated attack on the planet’s major financial centers. These people, if they can, want to shut down all major Western financial trading.

According to the OccupyWallStreet website:

Meanwhile S17 is surging ahead internationally. Simultaneous occupations of financial districts are now being planned in New York City, Madrid, Milan, London, Paris and San Francisco. With a bit of luck, this list of participating cities will grow.

If we can pull together just the right mix of nonviolence, tenacity and strategic smarts, S17 could be the beginning of the global revolution we’ve all been dreaming about for so long … wouldn’t that be lovely.

“Non-violent,” in anarchist and leftist parlance simply means not harming or killing people. Property destruction, vandalism, cyber attacks, occupations, riots etc. are all “non-violent” and legitimate forms of protest to these people.

Non-violent “global revolution”… I don’t think so.


Invasion of the Greenie Trolls – Whine vs. Tea

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

As the Tea Party Express rolled into Napa, they were greeted by Greenie Trolls who didn’t even bother to hide under a bridge as any other self-respecting troll would do. Don’t you know your etiquette? Geez.

Zombie has a fantastic photo essay post up at Pajamas Media: Green vs. Tea, Round 1: Party Battle Napa. You just have to see and read it all. The festivities were replete with Greenies whining and Tea Partiers being patriotic. It would bring a tear to your eye… Although, I can’t be sure whether that would be from patriotism or the wafting hippie aroma in the air.

The Reclaiming America Tour glided into town to spread hope and the intent of Constitutional Conservatives to cut spending, reduce taxes and restore our country to Constitutional principles. The Green Party brought their usual ‘hate’ rhetoric and a strong message of ‘meh’ to the scene.

By all accounts in the end about 90 radical Greenies showed. According to Zombie, approximately 2,000 patriots attended. Of course the irrelevant liberal media massively overstated the leftie attendees and grossly underestimated the Tea Party turnout. But, hey… What’s new?

Right on cue, the unions showed. May I just say… Coming from a family of Milwrights and Iron Workers – guys, at least try to look like real men? I mean, seriously? Ankle socks, plaid shorts, baggie pants showing your god-given split… You look more like a bunch of retired old men and gangbangers than you do rough and tough construction guys. If my Dad was still alive, he’d slap the stupid right out of you. When he was a Supervisor, he didn’t allow hippies or gangsters on his job sites. No dopers and no slackers either. The unions must have really gone downhill in the last few years. Not to mention the whole Commie thing.

I am so very proud of the Tea Party Express and other Tea Party members. You guys rock!

And the other side? Other than the massive butt shot above – Progressives, Liberals, Communists, Socialists, Marxists, Anarchists and Unions simply suck. I’ll take tea over whine any old day, thank you very much. Same old propaganda and hate from the Left. Nothing new there. Boring.

Love it!

Here’s a video from a Leftie:

Pity… They looked so life-like. No one home there.

Go over and read and see it all. Good times. Zombie did an exceptional job once again. Invasion of the Green Trolls was easily overcome by the Tea Party Express. The good guys always win in the end – that’s the American Tea Party way!


Russia and China’s Energy Dispute and the Struggle for Eurasian Dominance

By: John C.K. Daly of OilPrice.com

China’s voracious appetite for energy from anywhere has led most oil-producing nations to attempt to feed the dragon, including Russia.

But a curious situation has developed as regards Russian oil exports to the Celestial Kingdom, underlining that the two nations, which fought for global supremacy over the Communist movement for four decades, remain at best, “frenemies.”

According to Chinese customs reports, last month oil imports from Russia fell by nearly half.

Not so, Rosneft says, stating that deliveries are proceeding through the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline at their normal levels.

Russia is now China’s ninth largest source of oil imports, with Saudi Arabia first, Iran second and Angola third.

In trying to read the tea leaves in the contradictory statements emanating from Beijing and Rosneft, Russian analysts believe that China is sending Moscow a not so subtle signal that it can do without Russian imports.

The Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline began deliveries to China last January, at a volume of 300,000 barrels a day. Last month China imported 4.58 million barrels per day, with Russian imports making up a mere 6.5 percent of the total.

So, where’s the beef?

Money, apparently.

According to the 2009 Russian-Chinese intergovernmental agreement, oil deliveries to China through the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline are made under contracts among Russian oil company Rosneft, Russian state-owned pipeline monopoly Transneft, and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for 15 million tons a year over two decades. In exchange for guarantees of long-term oil deliveries China provided Transneft and Rosneft with loans of $10 billion and $15 billion respectively.

But at the beginning of 2011 the CNPC started underpaying for Russian oil, as China demanded a revision of the price formula. It currently includes the price of transporting oil along ESPO’s entire route to the port terminal in Kozmino. But as the branch to China begins at the point of Skovorodino, 1,271 miles from Kozmino, China is insisting that the pricing formula must be revised and that the cost of transportation from Skovorodino to Kozmino must be subtracted from it, with Beijing originally estimating the difference at $12 a barrel, underpaying accordingly.

Accordingly, China’s debt as calculated by Moscow is now approximately $85 million. In a telling comment on the validity of both Russia and China’s court systems, Rosneft and Transneft have begun consulting with lawyers about the possibility of initiating a lawsuit against the CNPC at the London Court of Arbitration. Earlier this month Transneft sniffed that if the case goes to court, it is prepared to return to China the $10 billion received in 2009 and to stop transporting Russian oil to China, unilaterally abrogating the 20-year contract.

Switching gears, China is upping the stakes to begin discussions at the governmental level to resolve the impasse. Chinese negotiators have invited Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko to participate in the next round of talks, which is to take place in Beijing starting at the end of August, when it was originally assumed that only Rosneft and Transneft representatives would be participating in the discussions.

Konstantin Simonov, general director of the National Energy Security Foundation, is convinced that China is indulging in a bit of good old fashioned “provokatsiia,” to use a Soviet word, telling reporters, “The statement by the Chinese customs is of a provocative nature: The Chinese are endeavoring to show that Russia is not fulfilling its contract obligations and is casting doubt on the development of energy relations with China as a whole.”

The reality is that Russia and China’s struggle for Eurasian dominance did not end with the 1991 collapse of Communism. The implosion of the Soviet system left many Russians feeling disoriented and it is worth remembering that the USSR was a continuation of the Russian Empire, which began to expand eastwards into Siberia in the later part of the 16th century.

Many Russian intellectuals bemoan the fact that Gorbachev liberalized the political system but not the economy, leading to the Soviet Union’s demise as China liberalized the economy while keeping tight Communist Party control, leading to the country’s dazzling economic achievements of the last decade.

The rivalry is evident in Moscow and Beijing’s contrasting visions of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which Russia sees primarily as a military structure, while Beijing favors increased economic integration. Both nations are engaged in an ongoing “Great Game” for the hearts, minds and economies of the former Soviet Central Asian states, with their rich energy assets. Beijing is making serious inroads there, not least of because of their deep pockets and the locals’ bitter memories of seven decades of Soviet domination.

Last but not least are Russian atavistic fears of the “yellow peril” and its threat to eastern Siberia, still largely devoid of population, large swathes which Russia acquired by the 1858 Aigun Treaty, which ceded the left bank of the Amur River to Russia and the 1860 Convention of Beijing, under which Russia gained control of Outer Mongolia. Both the Chinese Empire and subsequently the People’s Republic of China referred to them as “unequal treaties” until Prime Minister Zhou Enlai acknowledged them in 1969 in an effort to improve Soviet-Chinese relations in the wake of a series of violent frontier clashes along the Amur River earlier that year.

The struggle between the two nations is a fascinating study in opacity. Russia, the energy superpower versus China, the economic superpower. Amidst the energy pricing squabbles and ongoing covert struggle for influence in Eurasia, Beijing and Moscow nevertheless find common ground on one topic – limiting the influence of the United States. If 42 years ago Soviet and Communist Chinese politicians could hammer out a border agreement, what’s a mere $85 million among friends?

Source: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Russia-and-China-s-Energy-Dispute-and-the-Struggle-for-Eurasian-Dominance.html

By: John C.K. Daly of OilPrice.com


Happy Birthday Dad

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

I called my folks this morning to wish dad a Happy Birthday. Mom answered; but she wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t sure she was up to taking dad out for dinner, much less making his cake.

Many years ago mom wasn’t feeling well on dad’s birthday. It was a hot August afternoon in Levittown, Long Island, New York. The air conditioning where my father worked wasn’t working and he was looking forward to getting home where he could relax, take a shower and enjoy what remained of his birthday.

The cake mom made split in two and she did her best to fill in the crack with extra chocolate icing before giving up and heading for bed since she wasn’t feeling well. She placed the cake in the middle of the dinning room table with a note, something to the effect, “Enjoy your birthday cake.”

Earlier in the day my brother and I had cleaned the fish tank. We’d left the fancy blue rocks on the bottom of the tub to dry, never considering someone might want to use the tub after we’d gone to bed.

The house was dark as everyone was already asleep when he got home. He glanced at the note on the dinning room table, the one telling him to enjoy his birthday cake, “What cake?” He only saw an empty plate, the one the dog left after having eaten the entire cake leaving only a trace of chocolate icing.

Dad reached into the freezer for some ice only to find grape Kool-Aid ice cubes which were half frozen, not exactly what he’d planned. In my mind I can see him taking a deep breath and letting it out, shaking his head and wondering what else could go wrong.

He opted for a shower, stepping into the tub without looking, his tender feet landed on the rocks from the fish tank. The expressions which escaped his lips were not recorded; but you can bet they were spot on. I’m told he carefully gathered up the rocks and placed them in the kitchen trash with a vow never to let us have another fish tank.

Did I mention dogs that eat lots of chocolate cake tend to get sick, from both ends? Dad cleaned up several locations throughout the house prior to venturing into the shower for his second attempt at leaving the day behind. He never noticed the small fish tank rocks embedded in the soap bar as he gouged the side of his face; why else would he have let out a death defying war hoop in the middle of the night?

Here’s hoping your birthday is quiet and peaceful… Happy Birthday Dad!

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