Putin visits Yanukovych and asks if it is infectious. The doctor says yes, and you have it too. The sad part, you can say the same about Obama.
The Global Market Watch has been posted for the close of March 7th, 2014.
This is a non-official video, a Belarusian rock band sings this song in Russian (it’s called Daybreakers, the Warriors of Good or Light), it been combined the events in Ukraine with the song to illustrate these people are not fighting for USA/EU or Russia – but for freedom.
What we see in Ukraine is coming everywhere. Like there was an uprising against monarchy in the lat 18th century, we will see an uprising against this failed Marxist model and the inherent corruption within. Government play games to stuff in their supporters in power while the people are saying no more corruption. We should look at Ukraine for what is coming our way over the next 6 years.
Our sources in the east have reported that what has been marketed by the pro-Russian supporters as the “Russian Spring” in Donetsk, has collapsed. More than 10.000 demonstrators came out today in favor of a UNITED Ukraine against only 1.500 for separation! This is ahead of the news and it was totally unexpected in Donetsk, which has been the most vocal pro-Russian city in Ukraine.
After that many pro-Ukrainian demonstrators were beaten for protesting against separation and were also pummeled with eggs and many were arrested by the police and made to pay them a fine, people are starting to come out of their homes. This treatment is having the opposite effect and now more and more pro-Ukrainians are appearing on the streets. Based upon information from our sources in Donetsk, tomorrow the pro-Ukrainians will gather once again we are told at 1 p.m (Ukrainian Time).
The propaganda never stops from both sides and to get at the truth just reading the press is next to impossible. The Russians keep touting this was a US plot, and the US keeps trying to wiggle into the situation but the GRASS-ROOTS people do not leave for they are pissed-off at government in general and do not trust even the interim so-called political care-takers.
The US is finding it hard because this is a GRASS-ROOTS uprising that is fed up with politicians and trusts nobody. The US needs some sort of political structure to deal with, yet the politicians there are seen by the people as questionable care-takers not worthy of their trust no less respect. Even the so-called Maidan leaders who showed their faces once or twice in the Maidan are not acceptable and certainly not trusted.
The people lack leaders and it is more of a committee consensus than some hero rising to the forefront. This is the distinction between a real GRASS-ROOTS movement and a pretend one like the invasion of Iraq that has to be sold by the politicians with extreme exaggerated claims. The people are waiting for the May elections and until then, it remains a waiting game. They are not willing to accept puppets from Russia or the United States/EU.
There are insane people in Washington and Europe down to Turkey that do not appreciate the situation and want NATO to expand and include Ukraine. They fail to see that this will only provoke Putin and war will most certainly be the outcome. The USA has pissed-off just about everyone with its NSA nonsense and that has cost it serious respect. It has also placed China on the side of Russia for now.
Therefore, the morons who play with other people’s lives and see no problem starting World War III, neither comprehend history or Sun Tzu’s Art of War, which counseled against long-draw-out campaigns as economically disastrous. The waste of resources in both Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrate that Sun Tzu understood what he wrote about. Our leaders start wars easily, but they never know when to leave or how to end them. There is no victory at the end of the day.
So for now, the situation is fluid. We tend to think Ukraine is the pawn and power exists to simply push Putin around. Putin might not be able to match the USA ship for ship, but they have weapons designed to sink the ships. Their computer skills for hacking are second to none and they may be able to spin the US around in circles much easier than people think. It remains plausible to crash the banking system by hacking where that will disrupt the economy faster than any missile attack. So it is not over by a long-shot.
We are is the most serious crisis when it comes to pension plans. They simply do not work, are too expensive, and will collapse of their own weight. This is the decline and fall of Marxism. The real crisis will raise its head after 2015 and this is the very same issue that cause the collapse of the Roman Empire. As Rome could not meet its pension promises to its soldiers, two things developed. (1) there was a progressive trend of debasement as government tried to meet its obligations, and (2) many general revolted and we see a great number of usurpations of power and civil unrest as well as civil war. Armies began attacking any city that did not support their candidate and they sacked the cities for their payment.
Boeing is scraping its pension plan for 68,000 employees and it is moving to 401Ks. This will eliminate the worry going forward concerning its unfunded liabilities. This is the start of the trend and we will see a lot more of this as well as municipal governments collapsing as government employees discover they will not be secure in the future just as they discovered in Rome.
As the pension crisis hit Rome, then more and more people no longer joined the army with high expectations. The defenses of the Roman Empire declined as we are seeing today and as that declined, the barbarian invasions became successful. The government started raising taxes dramatically and that led to more corruption. The higher the taxes, the higher the bribes and corruption to escape them. In the end, people began just walking away from their property and the population of Rome itself collapse.
Investors are smarter than the fund managers on many occasions. They have been bailing out of the municipal bond markets for the last year. This is one of our strongest recommendations for far more cities will be going bankrupt after 2015.75 not just in the USA, but in Europe. Sell while you can and that includes Germany.