Russia-China Gas Deal: End of US Superpower?

Shanghai China and Russia signed a $400 billion gas deal giving Moscow a megamarket for its leading export and linking two major powers that, despite a rocky history of alliances and rivalries, have drawn closer to counter the clout of the United States and Europe.

 The 30 year deal which Mr. Putin called an “epochal event,” will lead to pipelines and billions of dollars in investments by these two nations. This also solidifies a Russia-China alliance that puts the US and it's NATO allies trailing behind. Back in 2012 the Obama Regime blocked the Keystone Pipeline which is a 1,661 mile pipeline from Canada into the US including Nebraska, Illinois, and the Texas Gulf Coast. This pipeline would create over 20,000 jobs and produce over 700,000 barrels of oil a day; while bringing industry and respect back to the former United States.

With western sanctions over Russia following the Ukraine crisis this deal once again puts Russia into the global market despite the European Union, United States and NATO all being against them. Providing lower gas prices than the EU China also offered a loan of $50 billion dollars and gas is expected to start flowing by 2018.

   Our government it seems for awhile now hasn't been good at anything except military force so don't expect us or our children to have industry come home. Our bridges are collapsing, our railroads are over 100 years old and we a have millions of barrels of oil in Alaska and the Gulf Coast we aren't allowed to pump. Only the entrepreneurship spirit which built this country will save this country. It's up to all of us to do what we can for ourselves and others; working together we can overcome.  

                                                                                                                                                -Sodaghar 6/4/14

Cold War 2

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Ukraine (AP) - Masked gunmen stormed the parliament of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region as Russian fighter jets screamed above the border, while Ukraine's newly formed government pledged to prevent a national breakup with the strong backing of the West - the stirrings of a potentially dangerous confrontation reminiscent of Cold War brinksmanship.
 Moscow, meanwhile, has launched a major military exercise involving 150,000 troops and put fighter jets on patrol along the border. Barack Obama’s national security adviser said it would be a “grave mistake” for Vladimir Putin to send soldiers into Ukraine to restore a friendly government after the upheaval. The White House sent a stern message Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin to butt out of the Ukrainian crisis, warning a military intervention on his part “would be a grave mistake.”

 And then you have rational people like myself saying "Not again". Why does the US always feel the need to get involved in all Geo-politics even if the region is for strategic counter measures. We have had too much war and too much bad news in the country and nobody wants to hear Cold War rhetoric from politicians who've never even been in fight. This Slavic territory has been contested for a long time and if these people want to shape their own destinies I say so be it. No more American deaths in the name of national security or policing the world.
                                                                                                            -Sodaghar 2/27/14

Bitcoin Exchange Shutdown and Vultures Swarm Calling for Regulation

 Mt.Gox the largest Bitcoin Exchange has shut down causing an estimated loss of $300,000,000 plus worth of Bitcoin to go unaccounted for. This has left the Bitcoin market to fall about 50% of it's value currently trading at around $540 per 1 BTC. The closure of Mt.Gox has lead to a swarm of supporters, media, and politicians to call for regulations on Bitcoin.

"U.S. Treasury Department, for example, has suggested that bitcoin exchanges should follow anti-money-laundering rules that apply to money-transfer companies such as Western Union Co"

I was originally intrigued by Bitcoin because of the fact there is no oversight over what is being done with my money. Yes, you can launder money and yes you can buy illegal goods using Bitcoin but who is to say what or where my money goes towards?

 This is a big blow for Bitcoin and I wouldn't be surprised if governments had something to do with it. I for one lost a small fortune due to this and for now my days in the BTC trade are over. The US Government is the largest holder of Bitcoin and they are scared to death of anything that can destroy their fiat banking system. I see this as an attempt to co-op the Bitcoin exchanges and turn this into their favor. Perhaps a One World Currency??

 We all take risks doing anything online we even take risks shopping outside. The recent Target credit card breach left over 10million of it's customers credit cards to become compromised. Everyday we become targets in both the digital and the real world. That is why we should protect ourselves and our money. I still feel BTC is the future and a good investment but I will feel the opposite if we let bureaucrats and regulators step in.

Even with my loss I still see anything outside the fractional reserve banking system as something to embrace so long as it's not issued or regulated by the same central banks.

                                                                                                               -Sodaghar 2/27/14

Super Bowl 48: No Tailgating Allowed Slaves

 "You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," game committee CEO Al Kelly said during a Monday news conference. "And provided you're in the boundaries of a single parking space, you'll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you're not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you're not going to be able to take out a grill, and you're not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it'll all be watched very carefully."

 The average price for a Superbowl 48 ticket is $2,646 and make sure you travel through the harsh weather a few hours earlier to get groped by the TSA before you enter. The TSA announced it will be conducting security, not only at the entrance to the MetLife Stadium complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but at “local transportation venues, including commercial and general aviation facilities and mass transit” in the form of VIPR squads.

“Super Bowl fans may encounter TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams” a recent post on the TSA blog brazenly reveals.
“Most fans are getting to the stadium via mass transit where TSA officers will be conducting security screening on the way to the game,” warns the TSA Blog Team, adding that football fans should arrive early to accommodate enhanced, Constitution-infringing security procedures.

No longer is this the home of the free it is now the home of the slave when you cannot attend a sports venue, cannot peacefully assemble and are forced to be "touched" by thugs in uniforms in order to attend a football game.

The NYPD will deploy gun boats, as well as arm officers with “heavy weapons” in the week prior to the Super Bowl, preparations the department claims will “protect the public” and deter terrorists.

Also while you're at attendance at Super Bowl 48 keep a look out for an armed helicopter above your head.
“The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration will use a twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter equipped with radiation sensing technology, flying in a grid covering about 10 square miles at altitudes of 150 feet or higher at about 80 miles per hour, according to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management,” reports the Jersey Journal.

And who flips the bill for all this "security"? You the tax payer do. It doesn't matter that the NFL Commissioner makes  $29.5 Million Dollars a year. And if you didn't know taxpayers pay for the stadiums too.

Did you know there is only 11 minutes of actual action in an average football game? Honestly people what is the point? I for one could care less and my "FU" to the Police State is to boycott anything NFL.
                                                                                                                                                                    -Sodaghar 2/1/14

Bank Imposes Cash Withdrawl Restriction

Some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it, the BBC has learnt. 

Listeners have told Radio 4's Money Box they were stopped from withdrawing amounts ranging from £5,000 to £10,000. HSBC admitted it has not informed customers of the change in policy, which was implemented in November. The bank says it has now changed its guidance to staff. New rules
Stephen Cotton went to his local HSBC branch this month to withdraw £7,000 from his instant access savings account to pay back a loan from his mother.
A year before, he had withdrawn a larger sum in cash from HSBC without a problem.
But this time it was different, as he told Money Box: "When we presented them with the withdrawal slip, they declined to give us the money because we could not provide them with a satisfactory explanation for what the money was for. They wanted a letter from the person involved."
Mr Cotton says the staff refused to tell him how much he could have: "So I wrote out a few slips. I said, 'Can I have £5,000?' They said no. I said, 'Can I have £4,000?' They said no. And then I wrote one out for £3,000 and they said, 'OK, we'll give you that.' "
He asked if he could return later that day to withdraw another £3,000, but he was told he could not do the same thing twice in one day.

As this was not a change to the Terms and Conditions of your bank account we had no need to pre-notify customers of the change”
HSBC customer letter
He wrote to complain to HSBC about the new rules and also that he had not been informed of any change.
The bank said it did not have to tell him. "As this was not a change to the Terms and Conditions of your bank account, we had no need to pre-notify customers of the change," HSBC wrote.
Frustrated customers Mr Cotton cannot understand HSBC's attitude: "I've been banking in that bank for 28 years. They all know me in there. You shouldn't have to explain to your bank why you want that money. It's not theirs, it's yours."
Peter from Wiltshire, who wanted his surname withheld, had a similar experience.
He wanted to take out £10 000 cash from HSBC, some to pay to his sons and some to fund his long-haul travel plans.
Peter phoned up the day before to give HSBC notice and everything seemed to be fine.
The next day he got a call from his local branch asking him to pay his sons via a bank payment and to provide booking receipts for his holidays. Peter did not have any booking receipts to show.
The following day he spoke to HSBC again and this time, having examined his account, it said he could withdraw the £10,000.

Belinda Bell is another customer who was initially denied her cash, in her case to pay her builder. She told Money Box she had to provide the builder's quote.
Customer protection HSBC has said that following customer feedback, it was changing its policy: "We ask our customers about the purpose of large cash withdrawals when they are unusual and out of keeping with the normal running of their account. Since last November, in some instances we may have also asked these customers to show us evidence of what the cash is required for."
"The reason being we have an obligation to protect our customers, and to minimise the opportunity for financial crime. However, following feedback, we are immediately updating guidance to our customer facing staff to reiterate that it is not mandatory for customers to provide documentary evidence for large cash withdrawals, and on its own, failure to show evidence is not a reason to refuse a withdrawal. We are writing to apologise to any customer who has been given incorrect information and inconvenienced."

In a sense your money becomes pocket money and the bank becomes your parent”
Douglas Carswell MP for Clacton
Money Box asked other banks what their policy is on large cash withdrawals.
They all said they reserved the right to ask questions about large cash withdrawals.
But none of them said they would require evidence of what the money was being used for before paying out.
Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP for Clacton, is alarmed by the new HSBC policy: "All these regulations which have been imposed on banks allow enormous interpretation. It basically infantilises the customer. In a sense your money becomes pocket money and the bank becomes your parent."
But Eric Leenders, head of retail at the British Bankers Association, said banks were sensible to ask questions of their customers: "I can understand it's frustrating for customers. But if you are making the occasional large cash withdrawal, the bank wants to make sure it's the right way to make the payment."

Fact: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

  An investigation by El Universal has found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs in exchange for information on rival cartels.

   This shouldn't be too surprising considering the scandal "Operation Fast and Furious" where the ATF was caught giving guns to drug cartels in Mexico in order to "track" the weapons movement. To see other agencies of the US government involved with drug and weapon smuggling is really nothing new. We did this same thing during 'Iran-Contra affair' of the 1980's where we supplied weapons to Iran while funding the Contra revolution in Nicaragua using their cocaine as export into American streets. Think about it... the average drug dealer or criminal does not have planes to ship in drugs or a factory making guns but our government does and it is fact that the US ships in all the drugs then puts you in jail for using them. This is a top down effect going from the highest levels of government to your local police all involved in drug dealing. In 2007 a CIA plane ran out of fuel over Mexico and had 4 TONS of Cocaine on board!

 Here's what DEA agent Manuel Castanon told the Chicago court:

"On March 17, 2009, I met for approximately 30 minutes in a hotel room in Mexico City with Vincente Zambada-Niebla and two other individuals — DEA agent David Herrod and a cooperating source [Sinaloa lawyer Loya Castro] with whom I had worked since 2005. ... I did all of the talking on behalf of [the] DEA."
A few hours later, Mexican Marines arrested Zambada-Niebla (a.k.a. "El Vicentillo") on charges of trafficking more than a billion dollars in cocaine and heroin. Castanon and three other agents then visited Zambada-Niebla in prison, where the Sinaloa officer "reiterated his desire to cooperate."
El Universal, citing court documents, reports that DEA agents met with high-level Sinaloa officials more than 50 times since 2000."

"Zambada-Niebla also alleged that Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals. (If true, that re-raises the issue regarding what Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the gun-running arrangements.)"

Watch this Documentary by Kevin Booth: American Drug War


Also let's not forget about the major banks laundering money too and from the drug cartels
Money Laundering banks get free Pass in U.S
Banksters Launder money for Drug cartels and Al-qudea
ABC: Bank Executive Resigns over drug money, blood money
Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted by Wells Fargo 
Big Banks Launder Hundreds of Billions of Illegal Drug Cartel Money … But Refuse to Provide Services for Legal Marijuana

  Where are the arrests? Oh, that's right bankers don't get arrested pot smokers do....


                                                                                        -Sodaghar 1/14/14

2014 The Year of Government

2014 will be the year government shows their true colors. Already starting January 1st we the people are culled into socialized health care under the "affordable" care act where the healthy pay for the sick and the young for the old and if you don't want any part of it prepare to be fined. 2014 will also be the year where already 20 states have in some form decriminalized marijuana but according to our government you are still a criminal under federal law. It's my understanding of the United States Constitution that the State Government is GREATER than the Federal Government but over the decades this has been forgotten or ignored. It even goes beyond state into the county's if people in local government understood. A county or a state can legalize something and under the constitution this is law. If a county or state wanted to legalize drugs or same sex marriage the federal government has no authority over this. Same with the sheriff departments in all states and counties they can tell homeland security and the feds to GTFO and they would have constitutional authority to do so. Even jury's can overrule laws or judges we the people just need to be aware of this. I predict 2014 will also be the year of the awake. People no longer buy into the concept of government's being the end-all problem solver and is seen more of as a joke rather than any position of authority. Seriously SNL couldn't come with a funnier skit than Clinton, Bush and Obama as our "leaders" and congress has had less than 10% approval since Bush and continues to decrease. 40,000 new laws will take effect in 2014 and we the people can only laugh at this so called government. 2014 will be the year of the drone, the year of NSA spying and the year of crypto currency. I for one am glad the government is showing it's hand because this will only solidify those who are awake. 2014 will be a year consciousness takes hold and for the unconscious the year of rude awakenings. "But Josh the stocks are at record high look how awesome we are doing" This is a fools quote because they don't understand the federal reserve is pumping trillions into the stock market daily. They also don't understand the definition of inflation because if stocks are at a certain number and the value of the currency is reduced by more than half then you are looking at a fake number. Same with unemployment; they claim it's at 8% or so but don't take into account those who stopped receiving unemployment benefits or stopped looking for a job all together. 2014 will be the year of hope or despair. We choose it's outcome. Happy new year.

                                                                                                          - Sodaghar 1/1/14