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Why the US is going broke - you can't have both a high standard of living and a rapacious military

Fascinating article on how the US is in an unsustainable situation economically With unsupportable demands on the economy from both the domestic and the military sectors, a crisis point will soon be reached It is virtually impossible to overstate the profligacy of what our government spends on the military The Department of Defense's planned expenditures for the fiscal year 2008 are larger than all other nations' military budgets combined The supplementary budget to pay for

US passport found in South Ossetia was planted by the Russians

Turns out it might have been planted by the Russian themselves, as the owner lost it on a flight from Moscow to LA in 2005 Ever heard of Michael Lee White Chances are that you haven’t Unless, that is, you happen to watch the Russian TV news, where Michael Lee White has recently played a starring role Or more specifically his passport has, in a mysterious case that seems to come straight out of the Cold War Last Thursday, 28 August, the deputy chief of Russia’s General Staff, Colonel

Terrible times in Zimbabwe - email of events there

This is a a must read for anyone wondering what is happening behind the news An email sent to the West from a white family still living in Zimbabwe Its only fair to leave the email on the link as its from a relative of the blogger http://wwwfeloniousramblingscom/2008/08/frightening-letter-from-zimbabwehtml

Behind the hype and rethoric is Russia really wanting to return to the Cold War?

Apparently not if this article about Assad's visit to Russia is any indication The Syrian army’s aging generals couldn’t believe their eyes: The Soviet Union is back After seeing Russian tanks entering Georgia, they thought that time can be turned back two decades, to the era where the Soviet superpower backed President Hafez al-Assad; an era where Soviet advisors stayed in Syria, Soviet warships docked at the Tartus port, and Moscow transferred missiles and tanks to Damascus for free

Russians concerned - Black sea filling with NATO ships

Russia is concerned that NATO is deploying a surface strike force in the Black sea However it must only be a token force as its so close to Russias main borders as to be practically outnumbered However it is indicative of the tensions in teh area at present MOSCOW, August 25 RIA Novosti - Russia has to be concerned that NATO is continuing to get a stronger foothold in the Black Sea, the deputy chief of General Staff said Monday "NATO's naval deployments in the Black Sea, where ni

The Onion accurately predicted the last 8 years of Bush's reign

This article from 2001 presciently shadowed the events of the next eight years of George Bush's tenure How did they know WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over" [quote]My fellow Americans, at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American histor

Did North Koreas Kim die in 2003 and been replaced by a lookalike?

A great article with a fascinating premise Is Kim Jong Il dead Yes, North Korea’s “Dear Leader” is no more, having passed away in the fall of 2003, writes Waseda University professor Toshimitsu Shigemura in Shukan Gendai A one-time Mainichi Shimbun journalist posted in Seoul, Shigemura is introduced by the magazine as a leading authority on the Korean Peninsula His latest book, released this month, is titled “The True Character of Kim Jong Il” If true, the implications are potent

The war between Russia and Georgia is not as obvious as you might think

The Russians are not necessarily the bad guys in this conflict South Ossetia is an ethnic Russian enclave that wants to break away from Georgia Its Russian citizens have been attacked and terrorized by the Georgians and were under the protection of Russian 'peacekeepers' Ossetians claim Georgians had always mistreated the Ossetians, and South Ossetians want to reunite with North Ossetia in order to avoid being swallowed up by the Georgians As usual for this region this conflict

So whats Biden like as a debater?

Great Jo Biden debating the 'war on terrorism' Straight Talk from Joe Biden at MSNBC Debate He certainly knows his foreign affairs [flash=425x344]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/xuOkXgZqofA[/flash]

Cuban Taekwondo competitor kicks ref in face after being disqualified

BEIJING -- Cuba's Angel Matos deliberately kicked a referee square in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal match, prompting the World Taekwondo Federation to recommend Matos be banned for life [quote]We didn't expect anything like what you have witnessed to occur I am at a loss for words[/quote]said WTF secretary general Yang Jin-suk Although kicking the ref in the face is inexcusable, someone should have been watching the clock and got him up before the time limit expi

Video of Turkish journalists under attack from Ossetian soldiers

The filming of a SUV with Turkish reporters under attack from Ossetian soldiers is dramatic The white cloth on a sleeve indicates it's not regular Russian army, they are separatists or volunteers Watch the bullet holes just appear in the windscreen of the journalists vehicle and the slap of rounds hitting the vehicle [flash=425x344]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/VSFRiHbFEtg[/flash]

Girl embarrasses Fox by saying Georgian troops attacked and she was protected by Russian troops

12 year old Girl says it was the Georgian troops that started the fighting and the Russian troops that protected the family Fox interviewer is not happy Fox News even had to cut them off right in the middle of the account of Georgian aggression even though they had just come from a commercial break 2 minutes prior to that Note the muttering in the background by the announcer once the topic got around to which side really started the war [flash=425x344]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/H8

Photos from a Russian soldier in Georgia

Some are very graphic, so warning on some images of bodies and wounds, but all are unsanitized and raw Could this be a tank turret that has blown off a tank http://wwwnavoineru/forum/viewtopicphpp=551

Israel Sub fleet chief: We can hit targets overseas (Nuclear Capabilities?)

[b]In exclusive interview with Ynet, commander of army's most advanced, secret war machine fleet says submarines may be used in missions abroad[/b] Submarines may be used for hitting strategic targets outside Israel's territory, chief commander of the IDF's submarine fleet, Colonel Yoni, stated "The submarine task force is preparing for any scenario the State of Israel has defined as plausible for the army," he added In an interview with Ynet, Colonel Yoni revealed some of the cap

Iran caught photoshopping missiles - update - entire missile test may be a sham

Media images of the latest Iranian missile test show that they have been photoshopped with at least 2 of them being fakes In a handout picture released on the news website of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, four long and medium range missiles rise into the air after being test-fired at an undisclosed location in the Iranian desert on July 9, 2008 Iran today test-fired a missile it said is capable of reaching Israel, angering the United States amid growing fears that the standoff over the co
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