BRIEF SYRIA UPDATE

The OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) reports that almost all of Syria’s chemical weapons have been delivered to the U.S. ship Cape May to be destroyed.  As of today, 31.8% of Category 1 and 2 chemical weapons have been neutralized at sea by the U.S. ship. One would think this to be […]

GOOGLE EYES THE FUTURE

Google has a track record of identifying promising innovation across a wide spectrum of internet related technologies.  Hopefully, this week’s announcement will be another. Google has selected Alcon, the eye-care unit of Novartis, as its partner in developing ‘Google Lens,’ a smart contact lens created to help monitor blood glucose levels in diabetics through measurements […]

EBOLA ON THE RISE

The World Health Organization says the number of documented Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has risen by 14 percent this week bringing the death toll since the outbreak only three months ago to more than 600.

MR. PUTIN’S NEW FRIENDS

It was quite a spectacle when the camera panned the stadium at the World Cup final only to see none other than Germany’s energy conscious Chancellor, Mrs. Merkel seated next to Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff followed by the FIFA president seated to the left of Vladimir Putin. Germany, with its private oil pipeline from Russia […]

THAI PROTEST UPDATE

Thailand’s new military junta, which was heralded by Western media to abolish the atrocities of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her exiled brother (who levied heavy taxes on the rich to provide free health care, education and micro-credit lending to the poor), has now been granted permission to travel abroad. As a reminder, the media […]

PROGRESSIVE CHURCH

Anathema to the Catholic church is gender equality along with an antiquated anti-gay stance.  The new Pope seems to be on a mission to change this denominational perspective on the roles played in our society by those oppressed or formerly oppressed but the pace at which change of this nature takes place at an institutional […]

dilusionsblog1 May 17

DILUSIONS OF A DONETSK REFERENDUM

According to Western media, on May 11th, the people of Donetsk ‘overwhelmingly’ voted in favor of a referendum for independence granting Mr. Putin yet another score in his exhaustive and successful information war.  The palimpsest of cold war propaganda, revitalized through control of Russian media, had once again afforded the voracious Russian president another jewel […]

gitmoblog1 May 17

TORTURE CONTINUES AT GUANTANAMO

No President has lived up to all campaign promises, but Mr. Obama trumpeted that he would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) and his failure to do so will leave a lasting mark on his record as leader of the free world. The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been held for 12 years […]

tunneloflovemerkelputin May 02

MRS. MERKEL’S SECRET CRUSH ON PUTIN

Germany’s Chancellor is in Washington today to discuss among other things the NSA wiretap on her cel phone. The privacy concern is to distract the viewer from her real reason for crossing the Atlantic. German business lobby is pushing Mrs. Merkel to abstain from the U.S. Imposed sanctions against Russia. Why would the leader of […]

tugofwarisland1 May 02

WHY DOES CHINA WANT ROCKS?

Off the coast of Taiwan (a country whose sovereignty is not officially recognized) there are a group of uninhabited islands consisting of nothing more than rock jutting up in the South China Sea. Until 1968, nobody cared about the barren Senkaku islands but then something changed. It was discovered the abandoned isle sits atop a […]

quicknoteblog April 30

WHY U.S. WON’T SANCTION RUSSIA

Quick note on why the U.S. is so reluctant to invoke more stringent sanctions against Russia, Vladimir Putin and those involved in anarchy of Eastern Ukraine. If the U.S. imposes sanctions on accounts of Russian provocateurs any action intentional or otherwise with these accounts by the bank that holds them could result in the Federal […]

deathrow1 April 29

DEATH PENALTY- WHAT WOULD JUDGE POSNER DO?

Former Harvard Law School professor and Federal Circuit Judge Richard Posner has written volumes on cost-benefit analysis.  Judge Posner has applied this calculus to everything from public funding for Aids education to trademark law. Taking the conservative Federal Judge’s philosophy and applying it to capital punishment, there is an obvious imbalance in the equation immutable […]

kerrypress1 April 21

SYRIA’S SUFFERING CONTINUES

The role of U.S. Secretary of State is to be the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser and to conduct negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs.  It is distinctly not a decision making role.  However, on September 9th, John Kerry was asked by a reporter if a strike in Syria (to stop the Assad regime) could […]

blogkirchnerlagarde1 April 19

ARGENTINA’S GDP GETS BOTOX

Argentina’s nubile president Cristina Kirchner says she ‘was born wearing makeup’ however, vanity is hardly Ms. Kirchner’s only sin.  The veracity of her finance minister’s reported GDP growth rate is questioned by everyone including the all important IMF.  In fact, IMF head Christine Lagarde (an alluring woman for her age as well) has given Ms. […]

Dante Ruffalo April 13

EVIDENCE OF RUSSIA DESTABILIZATION OF UKRAINE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2014 MEDIA NOTE Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many of the militants were outfitted in bullet-proof vests […]

dante ruffalo alicia moritz April 13

UKRAINE- WHAT THE MEDIA MISSED

FOR THOSE WHO QUESTION THE ACCURACY OF MY ANALYSIS OF THE UKRAINE, COMPARE THE DATES OF MY POSTINGS WITH THE FACTS LISTED BELOW FROM THIS APRIL 13, 2014 STATEMENT FROM A SPOKESPERSON AT THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT.   U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2014 FACT SHEET Russian […]

blogthaiprotestbread April 13

HERE COME THE RICH THAI PROTESTERS AGAIN!

Thai protest leader (and shrimp farm and palm oil magnate) Suthep Thaugsuban has thus far failed to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck.  Now he hopes the newly minted Supreme Court will finish the job for him. The Thai Supreme Court is appointed by the King and was created after the 2006 coup that overthrew Ms. Yingluck’s […]

blogpayoff1 April 07

DON’T ASK DONETSK- PUTIN PROPAGANDA CONTINUES

Today U.S. media report ‘pro-Russia’ demonstrators take over government buildings in the Ukraine city of Donetsk.  Why American journalists believe what Russia state TV tells them is baffling.  It is nothing but a further extension of Mr. Putin’s fanciful propaganda campaign. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there is strong evidence FSB operatives (the […]

blogcuba1 April 06

CUBA- OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

This week Cuba announced surprising economic liberalisation allowing for the first time foreign investment in certain sectors, lowered corporate tax rates and slightly reduced government intrusion.  Raul Castro hopes to revitalize his country’s economy and in so doing, thaw U.S.- Cuban relations. This begs the question- what threat does the diminutive communist island pose to […]

bloggoodluck1 April 06

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT HIGHEST PAID POLITICIAN IN WORLD

Today, the Nigerian finance minister announced total GDP for 2013 increased to $318 billion USD ($510B PPP) making Nigeria Africa’s biggest economy, even larger than the modernized South Africa. Nigeria is roughly twice the size of California and has a population of 174 million.  For a comparison, the entire U.S. has a population of slightly […]

blogputin-puppet4sm March 29

PUTIN BRAINWASHES AMERICA

When the West won the Cold War, they incorrectly assumed the strategy employed by our former Soviet adversaries was so fundamentally flawed their collapse was both foreseeable and inevitable.  This may have in part been true, but that is not to say the USSR was a failure at everything.  Our short-term memory of what Russia […]

BLOGSNAP1 March 26

FOOD STAMPS ARE FOR LAZY PEOPLE

Recent cuts in food stamps were a contentious issue based in erroneous perceptions about none other than race.  The Senate’s former third-ranking Republican, Rick Santorum, is a vociferous advocate of teaching ‘intelligent design’ in public schools, opposes abortion even in the case of rape (saying the victim should ‘make the best out of a bad […]

Dante Ruffalo, Alicia moritz March 24

HOW ABOUT TRYING SANCTIONS THAT WORK?

The EU, as a whole, imports about one third of its oil and gas from Russia making it difficult for the monetary union to back sanctions against Mr. Putin.  Further, former Eastern European countries are significantly more reliant on Russia as their fuel source with Lithuania importing over 90% of its fuel needs from the […]

Alicia Moritz Dante Ruffalo March 23

A LITTLE INFLATION HELPS A LOT

Inflation hawks are critics of the Federal Reserve and include politicians such as Ron Paul (who understands so little about economics he actually believes you shouldn’t use numbers in estimating things like GDP growth, i.e. Austrian School of Economics, which was debunked as nonsense). Mr. Paul writes alarming newsletters every week warning about soaring inflation. […]

alicia moritz dante ruffalo March 23

IOU MRS. MERKEL

The Eurobond is a form of mutualized debt subsidized by member states of the European Union.  A comparison to the United States is when China buys our ‘debt’ they are actually buying bonds that are secured by the collective economic output of the 50 states.  Similarly, a Eurobond is a debt instrument like U.S. bonds, […]

alicia moritz DANTE RUFFALO March 22

“THE MOLDOVA PLEASE.”

For an unknown reason, everyone outside the media, including both Republican and Democratic Congressmen, foreign policy analysts and Ian Bremmer (an expert on states in transition)  have known literally for months that Mr. Putin has the grand aspiration of reuniting the USSR under the auspices of a trade agreement known as the Eurasian Union. The […]

alicia moritz dante ruffalo March 21

Find My iPlane App

iPlane missing… but not for long

dante ruffalo alicia moritz March 16

GAY NEO-NAZIS TAKE OVER UKRAINE!

Watching the BBC’s recent piece ‘exposing’ the neo-Nazi stronghold on the Ukraine government was slightly reminiscent of seeing Mel Brooks musical ‘The Producers’ in which a closeted gay Adolf Hitler dances across the stage wearing a sequin swastika while singing Springtime for Hitler. Both are fictional pieces, one is entertainment, the other proffered as investigative […]

dante ruffalo alicia moritz March 14

BRITISH LIES, PUTIN FLIES

After a vitriolic and public twitter war between BBC Chief Political Correspondent Norman Smith and myself, which revealed both Mr. Smith’s passion in pursuit of his beliefs as much as it did his immaturity for a man of his age and credential, I took it upon myself to read the entire Ukraine Constitution. Here is […]

Alicia Moritz Dante Ruffalo March 14

CRIMINY CRIMEA!

Mr. Putin wants nothing more than to be recorded by history as the man who reassembled the USSR and brought home to mother Russia the lost rapscallion of Perestroika and Mikhail Gorbechav.  Sunday’s vote in Crimea is his next and greatest step because, if successful, annexation of Crimea by Russia creates a very dangerous precedent […]

Dante Ruffalo alicia Moritz March 11

Nope, no sanctions here…

Angela Merkel’s opposition to sanctions against Russia is because Germany imports one third of its oil and gas from Russia and Russia ranks 11th in total consumption of German exports making the countries economically intertwined.

Dante ruffalo Ukraine Alicia Moritz March 08

CHESS PRO PUTIN PUTS THE WEST IN CHECK

Chess is a game of strategy and tactic.  A good player knows winning requires a long-term goal of noticing opponent’s weakness, watching for opportunity, lulling them into a false sense of security, then cutting them off from all means of escape. If this stratagem sounds reminiscent  of the cold war era, it should.  In fact, […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz March 02

STICK TO THE EURO, NOT THE GYRO

The Troika is a reference to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission (EC).  The troika is the economic powerhouse in charge of the bailout funds for southern European nations.  They are not a well liked group by citizens in these desperate countries because they control the purse strings […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz March 01

WHY DON’T SUPREME COURT JUSTICES KNOW MATH?

Monday, the Supreme Court will here Hall v. Florida.  The issue in the case is whether the Florida state court erred in sentencing to death a man with an IQ below the threshold for intellectual disability (IQ of 70). In 2002, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in Atkins, a similar case of a ‘mentally retarded’ man sentenced to […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz February 28

FASCINATING LOOK AT THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS

The Nobel Prize is always awarded for a body of work which is transformative and of great significance, but this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to one of the numerous theoretical physicists responsible for the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle, is perhaps the greatest breakthrough in physics since Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The […]

Alicia Moritz Dante Ruffalo February 28

SOBERING LOOK AT ITALIAN ECONOMICS

Italy is not alone among southern European countries with economic strife.  In fact, they are relatively well off compared to neighboring Greece, Spain and Portugal.  But that isn’t saying much. Italy’s GDP growth for 2013 was -1.8 percent.  Unemployment remains above 12.7 percent and the 10-year-government bond rate is 3.59 percent. Although these numbers are […]

The Politics of Red Lines: Putin’s takeover of Crimea scares U.S. leaders because it challenges America’s global dominance

Originally posted on Ahaa:
http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/top10_military_planes_alt/b2_spirit.jpg The current Ukraine crisis is serious and threatening, so much so that some commentators even compare it to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.Columnist Thanassis Cambanis summarizes the core issue succinctly in The Boston Globe: “[President Vladimir V.] Putin’s annexation of the Crimea is a break in the order that…

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