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Thursday, June 23, 2016

This VOTE Count "IS" so Close that....................IF Brexit Should FAIL and MY Predictions of ""GLOBAL Recession"" are even HALF Right................... 

The Crushes Effects on the ""Global Economy"" because of the worse ""Credit Crisis"" in the History of Money......................Will MAKE the "LAB RAT"" in the UK ask for.............***DEMAND*** another VOTE to Leave the EU when Brussels(And YOU Know these Fricking Socialists WILL) totally SCREWS UP..................Reacting to the ""GLOBAL Recession""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Attention to ALL ""PIMPS"" of Wall Street...........................YOU Fucking ASSHOLES have some SERIOUS Shit Coming YOUR WAR if THIS Doesn't CHANGE REAL FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

YES to LEAVE the EU "IS" Leading by 5%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy CRAP this "IS" Soooooooooooooo ""COOL"" now some of the City Folks are showing UP in Support of ""BIG Government""(Soon to be GETTING Even BIGGER) if BREXIT Fails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Remain now by 1%.............""***CRAP***""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brexit..................""God's Will be DONE""!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once Again, The Judicial Branch finds Obama's Immigration Policies to be Unconstitutional and Obama "IS" on TV Telling America the Judges are Wrong and HE Will basically IGNORE the Ruling.......................Meaning, HE doesn't GIVE a SHIT about the Separation of Powers and the Constitution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

America, WE are Just ONE Judge Away from seeing the ""Rule of LAW"" BURN at the Stake and the NEXT President Will more than likely have at LEAST 3 Supreme Court Appointments over the NEXT 4 YEARS..........................You Don't WANT Hillary Making those Appointments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the rest of Obama's presidency. The outcome underscores that the direction of U.S. immigration policy will be determined in large part by this fall's presidential election, a campaign in which immigration already has played an outsized role.

People who would have benefited from the programs face no imminent threat of deportation because Congress has provided money to deal with only a small percentage of people who live in the country illegally, and the president retains ample discretion to decide whom to deport.

A tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.

Texas led 26 Republican-dominated states in challenging the program Obama announced in November 2014. Congressional Republicans also backed the states' lawsuit.

Obama Immigration Plan Blocked as U.S. High Court Deadlocks
By Greg Stohr

The U.S. Supreme Court divided evenly over President Barack Obama’s plan to shield as many as 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation, a deadlock that effectively kills the initiative for the rest of his presidency.

The 4-4 split leaves intact an appeals court ruling that said Obama overstepped his authority, along with a trial judge’s order preventing the program from taking effect. The high court action doesn’t mean those immigrants will be deported, but it blocks a program that would have let them seek work permits.

The deadlock may stoke what already is a fiery debate in the presidential campaign over the 11 million people who are in the country illegally. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he would deport them, temporarily halt immigration by Muslims, and turn back Syrian refugees. He says he would build a wall along the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration in the future.

The 4-4 split also underscores the significance of the partisan battle to fill the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s Feb. 13 death. Should Democrat Hillary Clinton win the presidency, she could put in place her own deferred-deportation plan and fill the vacancy on the court that may ultimately decide the policy’s fate.

Deadlock ‘Unacceptable’ 
Political Calculations
June 22, 2016

How U.S. GDP Will "Most Likely" Be Revised in July 2016

How much will U.S. GDP most likely be revised when the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its annual revision to the nation's real GDP on 29 July 2016?

We started working on that question last Thursday, the day after the BEA released its revision of GDP data for the individual 50 states and the District of Columbia, when we identified the "maximum potential" size of the revision to be a -2.0% decline from its value that was recorded at the end of 2015.

We updated that post two days later to take into account the contribution to national GDP from the U.S. government's overseas military and civilian activities, which add to the GDP contributed by the 50 states and the nation's capital to be equal to what the BEA should report for the nation's entire GDP. (Although we did that work last Friday, we only just featured that contribution to national GDP in the period from 2005-Q1 through 2015-Q3 yesterday.)

We then used that information along with the BEA's just-revised data for the individual 50 states plus DC to determine the "maximum likely" size of the upcoming revision to the nation's real GDP. The chart below reveals what we found. 

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When the Great American ""PONZI"" Scheme Collapses in 2017, America's ""LAB RATS"" are going to be Really PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The American MIDDLE Class has been Totally SCREWED by The FED and Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

What Does It take to Be Upper Middle Class?
By Charles Smith

What's left unsaid is much of the upper middle class is prospering due to privileged positions that are increasingly at risk of disruption.

What does it take to be upper middle class? According to one analyst, the answer is: at least $100,000 a year for a family of three. The Growing Size and Incomes of the Upper Middle Class (Urban Institute).

The paper claims the upper middle class has grown from 12.9% of the population in 1979 to 29.4% in 2014--in essence, the shrinkage of the "middle class" is not just from households dropping down the ladder but millions of households climbing up to the upper middle class.

Not Just the 1%: The Upper Middle Class Is Larger and Richer Than Ever (

While the evidence broadly supports this secular shift--the concentration of income and wealth in the top 20% increases while the wealth and income of the bottom 80% stagnates--I think the claim that 30% of all U.S. households are upper middle class grossly overstates the reality, which is it's become increasingly costly to even qualify as middle class, never mind upper middle class.

I've explored these topics in depth over the past few years: 

66 Million Americans Have Zero Savings
By Quentin Fottrell


Around 28% of U.S. adults have saved “zero dollars” for an emergency, according to a survey released Tuesday of 1,000 U.S. adults by personal savings website carried out by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, a polling firm. When extrapolated for the entire 234.6 million U.S. adult population, that’s equivalent to 66 million people. That’s down from 29% last year, but up from 24% in five years ago. Another 28% of adults have saved enough money to last six months, up from 22% from last year and a six-year high; 18% had some emergency savings, but not enough for six months. Generation Xers are in the worst position of all generations: 33% of 36- to 51-year-olds haven’t saved anything for an emergency.

Millions of Americans are struggling with student loans, medical bills and other debts, experts say, and although Central bankers hiked their short-term interest rate target last December to a range of 0.25% to 0.50% from near-zero, that’s still a small return for savings left in bank accounts. Many investors are behaving like another imminent rate hike is highly unlikely, MarketWatch columnist Jeff Reeves wrote this month. “Expenses grow faster than many Americans can save during the home-buying, family-raising years,” says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at “Accumulating emergency savings requires establishing the habit.”

Several previous studies also point to Americans living on the edge, due to their seeming inability to save during a time of stagnant wages and rising house prices. Among those who had savings prior to 2008, 57% said they’d used some or all of their savings in the Great Recession, according to a U.S. Federal Reserve survey of over 4,000 adults released in 2014. Of course, paltry savings-account rates don’t encourage people to save either. This is supported by a similar survey by last year, which also found that 62% of Americans have no savings for things such as a $1,000 emergency room visit or a $500 car repair.

Members of Generation X, more than any older generation, say they feel more hopeless about their ability to achieve retirement goals and about their overall financial situation, a recent survey by Allianz Life Insurance of 2,000 Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980) and baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) who had a minimum household income of $30,000 a year. Rising home prices helped build wealth for those who bought homes before the year 2000. But in the mid-2000s, at the height of the property bubble, many in Generation X bought their first home just in time for the collapse of that market. 

Surprise: Social Security And Medicare Are Going Bust, Don't Say You Weren't Warned
By Tim Worstall

The imminence of Social Security and Medicare going bust has been a feature of my adult lifetime. The reason why is the same reason the Central States pension fund is in such trouble, the same reason why Illinois seems to have just about no money for anything but public sector pensions. It’s far, far, easier to promise people something nice in the far future than it is to actually charge people the taxes required to fund that something nice. This is why politicians do it of course – you too can have a lovely pension and health care in 40 years time! Vote For Me! By the time the four decades have rolled around the politician has been elected, undercharged for the benefit, retired herself and collected her pension and then been buried before the bill comes due. Depending upon the politician we might hope for death before burial or not. There’s not a great deal that can be done about this, it’s a normal part of human nature and just the way that politics works. 

California's skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents
By George Avalos

Living in San Jose, Kathleen Eaton seemingly had it all: a well-paying job, a home in a gated community, even the Bay Area's temperate weather.

But enduring a daily grind that made her feel like a "gerbil on a wheel," Eaton reached her limit.

Skyrocketing costs for housing, food and gasoline, along with the area's insufferable gridlock, prompted the four-decade Bay Area resident to seek greener pastures -- 2,000 miles away in Ohio.

"It was a struggle in California," Eaton said. "It was a very difficult place to live. ... It's a vicious circle."

Eaton is far from alone.

A growing number of Bay Area residents -- besieged by home prices, worsening traffic, high taxes and a generally more expensive cost of living -- believe life would be better just about anywhere else but here. 

Worst “Zombie States” in America “Deteriorate Faster, Further”
By Wolf Richter

Moral Hazard Spreads: TBTF States?

During the Financial Crisis, it was California that made the headlines with “out-of-money dates” and fancy-looking IOUs with which it paid its suppliers. The booms in the stock market and the startup scene – the state is desperately hooked on capital-gains tax revenues – but also housing, construction, etc. sent a flood of moolah into the state coffers. Now legislators are working overtime to spend this taxpayer money. Gov. Jerry Brown is brandishing recession talk to keep them in check. Everyone knows: the next recession and stock-market swoon will send California back to square one.

Now Puerto Rico is in the headlines. It’s not even a state. And it’s relatively small. But look at wild gyrations by the federal government and Congress to deal with it, to let the island and its bondholders somehow off the hook.

But Puerto Rico may just be the model. Big states are sliding deeper into financial troubles, particularly New Jersey, Connecticut, and Illinois.

These three states hold the top positions in the “Zombie Index” that Bill Bergman, Director of Research at Truth in Accounting, developed two years ago. California has dropped to 7th place. Whew!!!

The Zombie Index for the 50 states is based on three main factors:

*Truth in Accounting’s “Taxpayer Burden” measure of state finances
*The timeliness of state financial reporting
*And the share of total debt effectively “hidden” off the balance sheet.

This “taxpayer burden” is not a reflection of actual state taxes paid, but of the state’s total liabilities per taxpayer – such as outstanding bonds and loans and off-balance-sheet liabilities such as for pensions.

In explaining the Zombie Index, Bergman writes in his article, “Zombie states deteriorating faster and further”:

Zombie states deteriorating faster and further

Two years ago, I developed a “Zombie Index” for the 50 states.  It has been based on three main things – Truth in Accounting’s “Taxpayer Burden” measure of state finances, the timeliness of state financial reporting, and the share of total debt effectively ‘hidden’ off the balance sheet.  (For a more complete description, see this article.)

The index is named after a term coined by Ed Kane, professor of finance at Boston College.  Kane wrote two books warning us about the S&L crisis back in the 1980s/early 1990s, before we knew what hit us.  Kane used the term ‘zombie bank’ to identify insolvent firms that were allowed to stay open by regulators, frequently with the aid of false regulatory accounting principles that delayed the recognition of insolvency.  Many of these firms ended up ‘gambling for resurrection,’ in Kane’s terms, and these incentives ended up trebling the cost of the S&L crisis when many gambles went sour.

As we are analyzing the states with 2015 financial reports available, we’ve noted two interesting trends, in light of regulatory issues in banking.  Larger states tend to show greater deterioration in their Taxpayer Burden from 2014 to 2015, as well as from 2009 to 2015.  And states ranking high on my Zombie Index have been getting worse, as well.

Here’s a look at 22 states for which we have analyzed 2015 results, comparing their rankings on the “Zombie Index” average for 2009-2014 to the change in their “Taxpayer Burden” from 2009 to 2015:

Public Pensions Municipal Bond DEBT..............THINK ""Puerto Rico""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Why Brexit Could Be Just the Beginning for an Angry Europe
By Ian Bremmer

A vote to stay won't eliminate the anger against the E.U.

The Brexit vote on whether Britain will leave the E.U. is underway, but no matter the result, the Euroskepticism that forced the referendum in the first place isn’t going anywhere. In fact, we should stop calling it ‘Euroskepticism.’ It’s really ‘Eurohostility’—and it won’t go away even if Britain votes to stay in the E.U. These five facts detail anti-E.U. anger beyond the British Isles—and what it means for Europe going forward.

1. Italy 

""LAB RATS"" of the UK...............You Don't want ANY Part of what's coming in Euroland over the next 4 YEARS................VOTE ""YES"" and Start Building a NEW ""***GREAT Britain***""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

French strike action drags economy into contraction as eurozone growth stumbles
By Szu Ping Chan

French business activity shrank in June amid a wave of strikes and political uncertainty that put the eurozone on course to grow at half the pace it did in the first quarter.

Output fell for the first time in four months as France's dominant services sector stagnated and manufacturing output contracted at the fastest pace in more than a year.

New orders also stalled, even as the country enjoyed a boost from hosting the Euro 2016 football championships.

Manufacturers reported a sixth successive monthly drop, according to Markit's latest barometer of private sector activity.

Its flash purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 49.4 in June, from 50.9 in May. This is below the 50 level that divides growth from contraction and well below economists' expectations of an uptick to 51.

Thursday's data suggest that the French economy will expand at a much weaker pace in the second quarter than the 0.6pc growth it enjoyed in the first three months of the year.

A separate survey by Markit showed Germany reported steady growth in June, while the rest of the eurozone also expanded at a modest pace.

The eurozone PMI fell to 52.8 in June, from 53.1 in May, "rounding off the worst calendar quarter since the fourth quarter of 2014", Markit said. 

EXCLUSIVE: Mob violence in lawless Paris: Terrifying video shows 'woman tourist' viciously attacked by marauding youths in city deserted by police despite 'state of emergency' and Euros rampage

*Young woman viciously beaten 'within sight of Notre Dame' in Paris
*Bloodcurdling screams and horrific attack caught on witnesses camera
*Extended attack not attended by police despite police station next door
*Paris is 'like a warzone,’ a witness told MailOnline who said he was terrified

By Peter Allen In Paris

A young woman screamed helplessly as she was set upon by a violent gang in the centre of tourist Paris today.

She was repeatedly punched and kicked in the head and upper body as around 15 mainly men surrounded her, knocking her to the ground.

The terrifying attack, which was captured on video, took place within sight of Notre Dame Cathedral, and less than half-a-mile from the Louvre museum. 

GOD's WILL be Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bremain Bounce Fades As "Biblical" Flooding Disrupts Vote

While cable holds near 2016 highs, it has begun to fade modestly from overnight exuberance as concerns over turnout due to torrential rain and flooding in the south of England are raising doubts about the Brexit vote outcome. With the majority of southern-England - most especially London - suffering "biblical" flooding, where the bulk of Britain's "remain" voters would be; as opposed to "balmy" weather in the rest of the country, perhaps the fade in cable and stocks is warranted?

    People heading to polling stations to vote in the EU referendum have had to wade through deep waters, as torrential rain fell on parts of London and the south-east, flooding homes and causing severe travel delays.

    London fire brigade said it had dealt with a day’s worth of calls in just 90 minutes, including buildings struck by lightning and flooded shops and houses.

    “Between around 1.30am and 3am our control officers took over 300 calls – around as many as they would receive in an average day,” a spokesman said.

    The Environment Agency issued four flood warnings covering rivers in Bromley, Sidcup and Basildon, and 22 flood alerts across the south-east, with the showers expected to ease off mid-morning and intensify again during the afternoon.

And Sterling has begun to fade a little...

MAPPED: The European countries most likely to call for an EU Referendum NEXT

THIS shocking map shows the rise of an anti-Brussels sentiment that is quickly spreading across Europe fuelled by the escalating migrant crisis and economic failings.
By Rebecca Perring

Rising disenchantment with the dealings of EU bigwigs is not just confined to the UK, with France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands considering turning their back on the 28-nation bloc.

It is believed if Britain backs a Brexit during tomorrow’s momentous EU referendum, this will fuel a domino effect, resulting in a flurry of EU referendums, and an ultimate crash of Europe.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

US General: Russia Would Roll Right Over NATO
By Jacob Bojesson

The commander of U.S. forces in Europe, Gen. Ben Hodges, thinks Russia can easily invade the Baltic states before NATO has the chance to intervene.

Russia has the capacity to take over the Baltic capitals — in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — within 36 to 60 hours, by Hodges’ estimate. In the case of such a scenario, NATO wouldn’t have the time to mobilize its defense.

“Russia could take over the Baltic states faster than we would be able to defend them,” Hodges said in an article published Thursday in German newspaper Die Zeit.

More than 30,000 personnel from 24 NATO member states took part in the “Anaconda” military exercise from June 7 to 17 in Poland. The gathering was officially called a “Polish national exercise” because “some countries, like France and Germany, thought it would be too provocative toward Russia to call it a NATO exercise,” Hodges said. 

Former U.S. Defense Officials Warn Of Russian Response To NATO Summit
By Mike Eckel (Watch the Video)

Image result for Radio Free Europe NATO Russia

WASHINGTON -- A former top U.S. Defense Department official has warned that the buildup of NATO troops in Eastern Europe, and Russia's own troop movements along its western borders, are deepening the risk of an accidental outbreak of war.

The comments on June 23 by Ian Brzezinski, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO under former President George W. Bush, came as another former defense official, Derek Chollot, said Russia might feel compelled to ratchet up tensions further if NATO leaders at next month's Warsaw summit make a show of unity.

The two spoke at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that previewed some of what's at stake when leaders from the 28-nation alliance meet in the Polish capital on July 8-9.

At the summit, NATO officials are expected to endorse ongoing plans to deploy up to four multinational battalions to Poland and the Baltic states. That coincides with U.S. plans announced earlier this year to begin rotating three armored brigades into Eastern Europe, along with stationing some heavy weaponry and other equipment there.

Those plans have been met with stern warnings from Russia, which has shifted several divisions toward its western border, and with more aggressive maneuvers by Russian fighter jets and bombers.

But the NATO movements have also been met with skepticism within the alliance, most notably in Germany, where the foreign minister said in an interview last week that NATO was engaging in "warmongering."

Chollot, who served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs under President Barack Obama, said parliamentary elections scheduled for September in Russia were without a doubt influencing Kremlin policy toward the West.

"I'm worried, and it's not just the election. It's actually how Russia responds to the Warsaw summit. Because if we succeed in having the Warsaw summit be a show of unity, a demonstration that NATO has resolve, and augmentation of the deterrent, Putin may feel the need to respond in some way, to show that he's still willing to do what it takes," he said. 

The Pentagon Plans for War on Many Fronts

It may not be long before there’s a military confrontation between the U.S. and what military officials call “a higher end threat,” presumably Russia or China.
By Rachelle Marshall

Since both Russia and china possess nuclear weapons, a future war could be on a scale never before experienced. (Photo: the Diplomat)

It is often said that nations typically defend themselves by preparing for the last war. That is what the Pentagon seemed to be doing a few weeks ago in the California desert near Twentynine Palms. The exercise called for one group of Marines to fire live ammunition in order to back up another group of Marines that was attempting to retake a city built to resemble the Iraqi towns of Falluja or Ramadi. When the general in charge was asked what language the participants were speaking, he said “Arabic.”

U.S. military commanders are at the same time training troops for war with Russia or China, or in the worst case scenario, both. The Pentagon says it is preparing for “hybrid wars” that will involve armies, guerrillas, and cyber threats. A large navy will be necessary as well. According to Admiral John M. Richardson, “When you look at this return of great power competition, one of the things that we have to pay more attention to, think harder about, is not only power projection, which is what we’ve been doing, but also sea control.”

What the Pentagon doesn’t say directly is that it is ready to use nuclear weapons. Unlike America’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the next confrontation may be with what military officials call “a higher end threat,” presumably Russia and/or China. Since both possess nuclear weapons, a future war could be on a scale never before experienced.

The Pentagon is said to regard as possible triggers the unpredictable Kim Jong-Un of North Korea, and China’s assertion of sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Taiwan. If a conflict breaks out between China and any one of those countries, America is likely to become involved. 

Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable missiles along NATO border by 2019
MOSCOW | By Andrew Osborn

Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia is likely to deploy advanced nuclear-capable missiles in its European exclave of Kaliningrad by 2019, casting the move as a reply to a U.S.-backed missile shield, and may one day put them in Crimea too, sources close to its military predict.

That would fuel what is already the worst standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War and put a swathe of territory in NATO members Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the cross-hairs.

Russia would probably have deployed the missile -- called the Iskander, the Persian name for Alexander the Great -- in Kaliningrad regardless, and the targets it will cover can be struck by longer-range Russian missiles anyway.

But Russian and Western experts say the U.S.-backed shield, which Moscow says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear capabilities, gives the Kremlin the political cover it needs to justify something it was planning all along.

"The Russians plan to do a lot of things they have had in train for some time," said Steven Pifer, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

"There's a long history in Moscow of saying what they're doing is in response to what you guys did, even though they planned it in advance." 

Moscow Building Spy Site in Nicaragua

Signals intelligence facility part of deal for 50 Russian tanks
By Bill Gertz

The Russian government is building an electronic intelligence-gathering facility in Nicaragua as part of Moscow’s efforts to increase military and intelligence activities in the Western Hemisphere.

The signals intelligence site is part of a recent deal between Moscow and Managua involving the sale of 50 T-72 Russian tanks, said defense officials familiar with reports of the arrangement.

The tank deal and spy base has raised concerns among some officials in the Pentagon and nations in the region about a military buildup under leftist Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega.

Disclosure of the Russia-Nicaraguan spy base comes as three U.S. officials were expelled from Nicaragua last week. The three Department of Homeland Security officials were picked up by Nicaraguan authorities, driven to the airport, and sent to the United States without any belongings.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said the expulsion took place June 14 and was “unwarranted and inconsistent with the positive and constructive agenda that we seek with the government of Nicaragua.”

“Such treatment has the potential to negatively impact U.S. and Nicaraguan bilateral relations, particularly trade,” he said.

The action is an indication that President Obama’s recent diplomatic overture to Cuba has not led to better U.S. ties to leftist governments in the region.

State Department officials had no immediate comment on the expulsion. 

Europe's Short Memory and Ukraine's Long Crisis
By Melinda Haring

“People have forgotten that there’s a real humanitarian situation and a real need in a European country,” said Jock Mendoza-Wilson, director of international and investor relations at System Capital Management, during a recent Atlantic Council panel examining the crisis in Ukraine.

In fact, he said, six hundred thousand people on Ukraine’s contact line live in “appalling conditions” without electricity and gas, have intermittent water, face shelling and small arms fire on a daily basis, and don’t have access to a food market. “They are in extreme need,” he said. “From the distance of Washington, DC, it may look like there’s not an active conflict...but it’s real and immediate.”

On June 21, seven experts gathered at the Atlantic Council to discuss the current state of Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis and its unmet needs.

Since 2014, the war in Ukraine’s east has claimed over ten thousand lives and displaced over 1.8 million people—the largest internally displaced persons crisis in Europe. According to data from the International Organization for Migration, 3.7 million people have been affected, 3.5 million need assistance, and 2.7 million live in areas that aren’t controlled by the Ukrainian government.

Nadia McConnell, president of the US-Ukraine Foundation, pointed out that a little over two years after the fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine, “it still remains an invisible emergency.” Less than 20 percent of the $298 million that the United Nations requested from international donors has been provided, she said.

System Capital Management’s charitable arm, the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, has delivered 8.4 million food packages in the last two years. Eighty-four percent of its recipients are pensioners; the rest are mothers with children. “People [along the contact line and in rural areas] have nothing else. If that food package doesn’t come in, they don’t eat,” Mendoza-Wilson said.

Not just one crisis zone

“To think of the crisis as one area is a misnomer. There are four zones, each with their own needs,” Mendoza-Wilson said.

The first zone, government controlled areas including Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhia, have high rates of IDPs; the second zone is the government controlled Donbas with the highest concentration of IDPs; the third zone, the contact line, needs the most urgent help. The fourth zone is citizens in non-government controlled areas.

But the crisis isn’t confined to eastern Ukraine, Taras Berezovets, director of Berta Communications in Kyiv, pointed out. According to Berezovets, since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March 2014, fifty thousand Crimeans have fled to mainland Ukraine. The first wave left for political and religious reasons; successive waves left for economic reasons.

Only 20 percent of businessmen who operated in Crimea before annexation remain there today, Berezovets said. Free speech is under assault and independent media has been eliminated, except for Radio Free Europe/Radio’s Liberty’s AM service. There is enormous pressure on Protestant churches and Crimean Tatars.

Kyiv’s inadequate response

Ukraine has 1.8 million officially registered IDPs out of a population of 43 million. To understand the enormity of that figure, one should remember that Germany, whose population is double that of Ukraine, accepted one million refugees last year, said Dr. Hryhoriy Nemyria, chair of Ukraine’s parliamentary Human Rights Committee. Almost 30 percent of IDPs are children and 59 percent are pensioners.

Ukraine is dealing with a phenomenon of protracted displacement, and long-term planning horizons are vital, Nemyria urged. He said Kyiv should view the crisis not as a burden but as part of a development paradigm and an opportunity.

The government’s response to the crisis has been “largely inadequate,” according to Aleksandr Galkin, director of the Ukrainian NGO Right to Protection. The government doesn’t have the resources or the political will.

“There is no national strategy in Ukraine as far as IDPs are concerned,” Nemyria agreed. “Yes there are policies...but they look like improvisations.”

The Ukrainian government provides social assistance and pensions to IDPs, but those payments were suspended earlier this year due to “inconsistencies in legislation,” leaving 350,000 IDPs without pensions and 15,000 without social payments.

Calling it “the most outstanding issue,” Nemyria noted that access to pensions has a severe impact on the survival of old people.

A recent Right to Protection report on the suspension of social assistance and pensions found that a majority of IDPs interviewed were not informed in advance about the suspension of their assistance or the grounds for suspension. The report also found that many IDPs must travel long distances to local government offices to have their payments reinstated and wait in line for hours to sort out their benefits.

There are other outstanding issues. IDPs haven’t been able to vote in the last three elections. Discrimination is also commonplace; many job advertisements state that people from the Donbas won’t be considered, Galkin said.

In April, the government set up a ministry dedicated to IDPs but it only has four employees, including the minister, and no budget.

But the picture isn’t hopeless, Nemyria said. There’s a new generation of first-rate NGOs that deliver relief and legal assistance in the Donbas, he said. He singled out Right to Protection, Donbas SOS, Euromaidan SOS, and the Center for Civil Liberties. Pointing to a poll from the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, Ukrainians trust the church, the army, and those NGOs helping IDPs the most.

Another poll shows that only 2 percent of Ukrainians are unhappy with IDPs, said Adrian Karatnycky, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. “Attitudes are extremely healthy,” he said. “The Ukrainian public passes with flying colors. Not so with the elites.”

Sources of the international community’s weak response

McConnell blamed part of the “pathetic” international response on the media.

The US-Ukraine Foundation analyzed the coverage of major US newspapers over the last year and found that the crises in Iraq and Syria massively outstripped coverage of Ukraine’s crisis. For example, The New York Times published 227 stories on Syria’s crisis in the past twelve months, 127 on Iraq’s, and only twenty-four on Ukraine’s.

And when it does cover the crisis, it does so inadequately, she said. The Washington Post recently published a story on IDPs with photos showing a couple in a kitchen with food, not in a refugee camp; it didn’t mention the war, Russian soldiers, or weapons. “We all will remember the picture of the soldier carrying the drowned baby from Syria,” she said. There’s no indelible image that represents the crisis for Ukraine.

Mendoza-Wilson agreed. “The picture gets the dollars,” he said. “There is no picture or not enough pictures that show the suffering that takes place in eastern Ukraine.” Resources are stretched, and Ukraine is not seen as an urgent need. Europe is also distracted by Syria and the refugee crisis, he said, adding that there’s an expectation that Ukraine can manage its problems. “Ukraine is not a poor nation. It’s a middle income nation... and that has a significant impact on how the international community responds.”

But that may change.

The gathered experts agreed that if the situation continues, people will leave, and this may mean another refugee crisis in Europe.

McConnell challenged the international community to up its game. She wants it to continue to push Ukrainian leadership to reform while supporting the country with meaningful assistance. “Ukraine is fixable,” she said. “It’s not a situation where we have to be engaged for decades.”

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), who delivered keynote remarks at the event, called Ukraine “the test of our time,” and urged President Barack Obama to speak about Ukraine outside of the United Nations. 

Ukraine.................Putin ain't done with Ukraine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

China Warns The US That It Is "The Wrong Opponent To Play Games With"

Two US aircraft carriers, the John C. Stennis and Ronald Reagan, began joint operations in the seas just east of the Philippines over the weekend the US Navy announced on Monday. The operations come during a tense time in the region, as China recently announced that it would not adhere to any unfavorable ruling that may come from The Hague regarding the Philippines formal challenge of territorial claims in the South China Sea. 

Hey America, YOU Don't WANT Hillary Anywhere NEAR the White House and the U.S. Military when the Global Economy Collapse and Planet EARTH Replays 1937-1939..............AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

EXCLUSIVE: Donald Rumsfeld says he'll vote for Trump – 'It's not a close call!' – as 9/11-era defense secretary says Hillary Clinton 'would probably be indicted' over emails if she were a soldier or sailor

*Rumsfeld tells that he will vote for the Republicans' presumptive nominee because he's a 'known unknown' and Hillary Clinton is a 'known known' 

GLOBAL WAR "IS" Coming before the END of this DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The ‘Inevitable War’ Between the U.S. and China
By Jonathan Broder

Updated | Roughly 15 years ago, a Chinese fighter jet pilot was killed when he collided with an American spy plane over the South China Sea. The episode marked the start of tensions between Beijing and Washington over China’s claim to the strategic waterway. So in May, when two Chinese warplanes nearly crashed into an American spy plane over the same area, many in China felt a familiar sense of nationalist outrage. “Most Chinese people hope China’s fighter jets will shoot down the next spy plane,” wrote the Global Times, China’s official nationalist mouthpiece.

Though little talked about in the West, many Chinese officials have long felt that war between Washington and Beijing is inevitable. A rising power, the thinking goes, will always challenge a dominant one. Of course, some analysts dismiss this idea; the costs of such a conflict would be too high, and the U.S., which is far stronger militarily, would almost certainly win. Yet history is riddled with wars that appeared to make no sense.

Today, the maritime dispute between the U.S. and China has become the most contentious issue in their complex relationship, and conditions seem ripe for a military clash between the two countries: This summer, an international court will rule on a Philippine challenge to China's claim to the disputed waterway, and for the first time, Beijing appears poised to send nuclear-armed submarines into the South China Sea.

Philippines says China blocking access South China Sea atoll.

On one level, the dispute is about territory. Beijing insists that nearly the entire sea—from its islands, reefs and submerged rocks to its fish and underwater energy reserves—historically belongs to China. The U.S., however, regards the South China Sea as international waters—at least until rival claims by several neighboring countries can be resolved. Until then, Washington contends, only the U.S Navy can be trusted to ensure freedom of navigation in those waters, which include some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.

The larger conflict, however, revolves around China’s emergence as a major regional power and America’s insistence on policing the Pacific. It also involves the system of international rules and institutions that Washington and its allies crafted after World War II. Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeatedly complained this system favors America and prevents Beijing from taking its rightful place as the dominant power in Asia. And at a time when China’s economy is slowing, Xi is under increased pressure at home to find other ways to demonstrate China’s advances under his leadership. A clear reassertion of Beijing’s control over the South China Sea after more than a century of foreign domination would do just that. Failure to do so, however, analysts say, could threaten Xi’s grip on power. 

Commentary: U.S. display of military power act of hegemony
By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily Online) 


Two American aircraft carriers conducted practice drills in the waters not far from the coast of the Philippines islands in recent days. John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations let it be known on June 20 during a meeting at the Center for a New American Security that it was not at all ordinary for the United States to dispatch two aircraft carriers to one single ocean region, and that it represents the commitment of the U.S. to maintain security in this region, and that it also serves as “deterrence” for related countries.

Conveying a so-called message about security through the exhibition of military might, and furthermore describing the events as an act of deterrence is something that the U.S. has done far too many times. Regardless of how many times it may have gone smoothly in other parts of the world the U.S. has chosen the wrong opponent by selecting China for this type of game. Behind all of this is lack of patience and brassy moves and it also reveals a nature of hegemony beneath the surface.

Statements from high ranking officials in the U.S. military as well as the aircraft carrier drills themselves once again demonstrate that the U.S. is definitely not a regional security safeguard, and instead precisely a trouble maker. In the regard of the South China Sea issue, the U.S. is playing an extremely destructive role.

For a period of time, the U.S., by making what appears to be a show being very much in earnest to advertise militarization dangers in the South China Sea is putting the hat that balances regional peace and stability onto China’s head in a sly manner . Yet in reality, what people see is that the U.S. aircraft carriers have arrived, that the U.S. strategic bombers have arrived, that the U.S. guided missile destroyers sailing with a flag representing “freedom of navigation” have not only approached near to Chinese islands, the Americans together with allies have conducted military drills one after another, so the question is who is promoting the militarization of the South China Sea, who is trying to turn the South China Sea into a gunpowder bucket? 

To YOU Socialists in Europe, YOU got a REAL Fricking Problem on YOUR Hands................PUTIN Could TAKE All of Europe in Probable 4 Weeks IF He Really wanted tooooooooo but before that would happen, Most of Europe would become ONE Giant Sheet of Nuclear Glass because a WAR in Europe would go Nuclear in Probable 7 Days or LESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The New York City Police Department SPENDS more money Policing the City of New York than what nearly 50% of the Member States of NATO SPENDS on THEIR National Defense NEED. 

You Socialists have been asking for Russia to KICK Your ASSES for some 40 Years. America at the height of Occupation and a Concern that Stalin might start something had over 450,000 Troops in Europe and today U.S. Troop Strength "IS" now under 65,000!!!!!!!!!!!! That's a Reduction of over 85% since 1953.......................Meaning, ""A SHIT Load of Europeans are going to DIE IF Putin Decides it's the THING to DO""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The U.S. Speed Bump in Europe (USAREUR)

Units and Commands

Organizational chart of U.S. Army Europe  

USAREUR Organization 

US forces – between Europe and Asia
By Jan Joel Andersson

General  Scaparrotti  assumes  command  in  a  very different environment from when his predecessor arrived in Europe three years earlier. Since the US ‘pivot’  to  the  Asia-Pacific  region  was  announced in 2011/2012, EUCOM has steadily lost resources and forces. During the peak of the Cold War, there were over half a million US personnel assigned to the European theatre of which 200,000 belonged to  the  US  army  alone.  Today,  around  65,000 US military  personnel  remain  permanently  stationed in Europe of which some 33,000 are US army soldiers. 

 This Came from a NATO Report that outlines the Defense Posture of Germany, France and the UK last Year....................And it's Fricking Pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Germany. German defense spending as a percentage of GDP rose from 1.2 percent to 1.3 percent in 2013, but an increase in personnel costs and building rents meant a real decline in money for capabilities.23 In 2013, Germany announced plans to cut its active duty military to 185,000,24 down from 205,000 in 2011.25 With the end of conscription in 2011, maintaining an active duty military of 185,000 may prove difficult moving forward. Furthermore, Germany lacks key capabilities such as tactical and strategic airlift.26 Germany will spend 240 million euros27 to keep dual-capable Tornado aircraft flying until 2024, an important piece of NATO’s nuclear deterrent. Germany plans to cut procurement and decommission certain specific capabilities, a reality that will fall primarily on its Army and Air Force. Tight defense procurement budgets will not allow for much flexibility in the redesign of existing projects.28

The German Bundeswehr is being rebuilt to transform into a smaller, more flexible, and more professional army from a conscription-based army meant to repulse any attack on the homeland. Former German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière summed up the rationale behind the changes: “It is more likely the Bundeswehr will in the future be employed in areas of crisis and conflict around the world than in defending the country.”29 Although they are ISAF’s third largest troop contributor to the mission to Afghanistan, Germany has played only a modest role in addressing global security issues.

Notably, the German military did not participate in the mission in Libya, abstaining from a U.N. vote authorizing a no-fly zone over the country. Germany is reluctant to use its armed forces overseas and only does so after rigorous internal debate.

New German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called publicly for German participation in future peacekeeping missions and has suggested that she believes Germany’s 2011 vote on the Libya no-fly zone was wrong.30 Although Germany may enter into more military engagements abroad, it will do so gingerly, punching well below its weight as the economic powerhouse of Europe.

France. France has long been one of the most militarily able NATO members, spending an anticipated 1.9 percent of GDP on defense in 2013. France retains 211 troops in Afghanistan31 and has 1,600 troops32 in Mali as a residual force from operations there that began in January 2013. However, a sputtering economy and an enormous debt are having a large impact on French defense. French military spending from 2014–2019 is fixed at 31.5 billion euros a year33 or approximately 1.5 percent of GDP, according to a military budget law passed at the end of 2013.34 However, in January 2014, President François Hollande announced plans to cut an additional 50 billion euros from the national budget in 2015–2017.35 As a result, defense may take an additional 1–2 billion euro annual budget reduction,36 the threat of which led the chiefs of the French armed forces to jointly threaten to resign in May 2014.37

While France remains politically and militarily dedicated to retaining an independent nuclear deterrent, cuts in military personnel and extension of aging equipment will be a reality. A 2013 French white paper on defense calls for reductions in forces, including the elimination of 24,000 jobs from the Ministry of Defense.38 However, the political and economic importance of the defense industry in France serves as a strong impediment to even deeper cuts though the government is finding ways to reduce defense spending. While the government has demurred from cancelling key procurements, it has cut orders, delayed payments, and renegotiated contracts on equipment.39

The United Kingdom. In 2010, the U.K. held its first defense review in 12 years. Due to the dire economic situation inherited by the conservative-led coalition government, the U.K. announced defense cuts of close to 7.5 percent. Consequently, the British are cutting the size of their regular Army by 20,000 personnel to 82,000, less than half the size of the U.S. Marine Corps. In addition the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy are each cutting an additional 5,000 personnel from their rolls.

In spite of all these cuts, since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United Kingdom has, without a doubt, proven itself to be America’s number one military partner. For example, Britain provided 46,000 troops for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. At the height of their commitment, the U.K. deployed 10,000 troops to one of the deadliest parts of Afghanistan—an area that, at its peak, accounted for 20 percent of the country’s total violence—while many other NATO allies operated in the relative safety of the north.

Even with recent defense cuts, the U.K. still maintains the most effective armed forces in European NATO. In recent years, it increased its funding for its highly respected Special Forces. By 2020, the RAF will operate a fleet of F-35s and Typhoons—the latter being upgraded to carry out ground attacks. The RAF recently brought into service a new fleet of air-to-air refuelers, which is particularly noteworthy because of the severe shortage of this capability in Europe. With the U.K., the U.S. produced and jointly operated an intelligence gathering platform, the RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, which has already seen service in Mali, Nigeria, and Iraq and is now part of the RAF fleet. The U.K. recently purchased their seventh U.S.-built C-17, but the European A400M is still fraught with delays. It has been reported that the decision to cut C-130s from the force structure might be delayed due to the niche capability this rugged and combat-proven cargo aircraft brings to special operations. The Sentinel R1, an airborne battlefield and ground surveillance aircraft, was originally due to be removed from the force structure in 2015 but will see its service extended.

The Royal Navy’s surface fleet is based on the new Type-45 Destroyer and the older Type 23 Frigate. The latter is expected to be replaced by the Global Combat Ship sometime in the 2020s. In total, the U.K. operates only 19 frigates and destroyers, which most experts agree is dangerously low for the commitment asked of the Royal Navy. Nevertheless, the Royal Navy still delivers a formidable capability.

The U.K. won’t have an aircraft carrier in service until around 2020 when the first Queen Elizabeth Class carrier enters service. This will be the largest carrier operated in Europe. In total, two of her class will be built, although there is a political debate in the U.K. as to whether the second one will be brought into service, placed into extended readiness, or sold upon completion. Additionally, the Royal Navy is introducing seven Astute-class attack submarines as it phases out its older Trafalgar-class. Crucially, the U.K. maintains a fleet of 13 Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMV) that deliver world-leading capability and play an important role in Persian Gulf security contingency planning.

Perhaps the Royal Navy’s most important contribution is its continuous-at-sea, submarine-based nuclear deterrent based on the Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarine and the Trident missile. Currently, there are plans to replace the aging Vanguard-class boats although the final decision will be made after the next general election in 2015.

So I have a Word of Advice for YOU Folks READING from Poland and the Baltic States, adopt the U.S. Second Amendment to YOUR Constitution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Allow Every Adult to BUY as many GUNS as they WANT and Subsidize the SHIT out of Ammunition. You Pols have some 11 Million Males between the Age of 15-54 AND Every Swing Dick in Your Country should OWN a GUN and KNOW How to USE IT..................Never Forget, Hitler and Stalin only Needed 1 Month and 5 Days to Conquer Poland and Wipe Out YOUR Military!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

‘As fast as they want’: US commander says Russia outpaces NATO in deployment capabilities

© Igor Russak

Russian capabilities to deploy troops at long distances are “scary” as they outweigh those of NATO, the commander of US Army Europe has said, calling for “a military Schengen zone” that would allow troops to move back and forth within the bloc’s territory.

“The thing I worry about the most is freedom of movement. The Russians are able to move huge formations and lots of equipment a long distance very fast,” Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of US Army Europe, told BBC’s Hardtalk show on Monday.

"The Russians...can move anywhere inside of Russia, as fast as they want,” Gen. Hodges claimed, speaking during the Anakonda 2016 exercises in Poland, which are viewed as NATO’s largest Eastern European war games since the Cold War. 

REVEALED: The 40-mile chink in Europe's border where Nato fears Russia could invade

A TINY stretch of land in eastern Poland could be the achilles heel in Europe's border which Russia could exploit to launch an invasion, Nato generals fear.
By Tom Batchelor 

The Suwalki Gap - measuring just 40-miles wide - is the only link between Poland and the Baltic states

The Suwalki Gap - measuring just 40-miles wide - is the only link between Poland and the Baltic states.

But it surrounded by the Russian province of Kaliningrad to the north and Kremlin-friendly Belarus to the south.

Nato commanders have expressed concerns that if Moscow's forces seized the thin slither of land, the three Baltic states - Lativa, Lithuania and Estonia - would be left isolated and helpless to a Russian invasion. 

NATO Summit 2016: The Alliance Must Defend the Baltic States
By Luke Coffey and Daniel Kochis

The July NATO summit in Warsaw offers an opportunity to focus on one of the most complex regions the alliance is obligated to defend: the Baltic States. NATO should think strategically and take long-term measures that include the eventual permanent basing of troops in the region, the establishment of a Baltic Air Defense mission, and a commitment to regular training exercises focused on rapid troop reinforcement in the region.
A Complex Region

The Baltic region presents unique military and political difficulties that the U.S. needs to overcome. These challenges include:

*The Baltic States’ geographical isolation. Militarily speaking, the three Baltic States—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—are isolated from other NATO members. To the north of the Baltic States are non-NATO (but friendly) Finland and Sweden. To the south and east are Russia and Belarus. To the west, Lithuania shares a border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Only Lithuania shares a land border with another non-Baltic NATO member: a tiny 65-mile border with Poland, to the southwest between Kaliningrad and Belarus, known as the Suwalki Gap.
*The Baltic States’ small size. The Baltic States are small in population and size. Combined, the three have roughly the same geographic size and population as Missouri. The Baltic region is probably the only region inside NATO that is too small to depend on rapid reaction forces based elsewhere for its defense.
*NATO’s critical dependence on non-NATO countries. It would be extremely difficult, but not impossible, for NATO to respond to an incident in the Baltic region without the acquiescence of non-NATO Finland and Sweden.
*Domestic European politics. Recent polling shows that any NATO response that placed large numbers of troops in the region would be politically difficult for most European governments.[1]

A Forward Presence

Currently, the U.S. rotates one infantry company (approximately 150 soldiers) in each of the three Baltic States and Poland for training. Other NATO members have also sent soldiers to the region on a rotational basis. In 2015, NATO established four NATO Force Integration Units in the region. These multinational command and control centers will facilitate the rapid deployment of Allied forces to the region as required. In terms of manpower they will be small.

One issue that remains controversial inside the alliance is the question of permanently stationing NATO troops in the Baltic States. The only way to guarantee the security of the Baltic States against a conventional Russian military threat is by having robust troops and military capabilities on the ground. The Baltic States are too small to rely on a strategy of defensive depth that could buy NATO enough time to mobilize and deploy a sizable force to the region.

There is a common misconception that the 1997 Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation (NATO–Russia Founding Act) prohibits permanently basing NATO soldiers in Central and Eastern European countries. This is not true. Regarding the question of permanent bases, the act states:

NATO reiterates that in the current and foreseeable security environment, the Alliance will carry out its collective defence and other missions by ensuring the necessary interoperability, integration, and capability for reinforcement rather than by additional permanent stationing of substantial combat forces.[2] (Emphasis added.)

When reading the phrase “in the current and foreseeable security environment,” it is important to remember that Russia and NATO agreed to this act 19 years ago. Russia’s commitment to Euro-Atlantic security has changed since the days of goodwill in 1997.

At the June defense ministerial meeting, NATO decided to base “battalion-plus”-size units (about 1,000 troops, so slightly bigger than the average battalion) in each of the three Baltic States and Poland on a “persistent” basis. The full details will be announced during the Warsaw summit, but it is expected that these troops will be sent to the Baltics and Poland on a rotational basis. So far, the U.S., U.K., and Germany have each committed to serve as framework nations for three of the four battalions, but no other NATO member has officially come forward for the fourth battalion. The deployment of four battalions is a step in the right direction but NATO should not believe that this is enough to deter Russian aggression.
altic Air Defense

Realizing that it was not feasible for the three Baltic countries to procure a fast-jet capability required to protect Baltic airspace, NATO decided that it should take up the task as a permanent part of its collective security mission and that the mission should continue indefinitely. Currently, the Baltic States are protected from the air by the Baltic Air Policing mission consisting of eight NATO aircraft, of which only a handful are in the air at any given time.

However, in order to protect the presence of NATO’s pre-positioned equipment, rotational troops, and key infrastructure and transport nodes required for rapid reinforcements in the Baltic region, NATO needs to develop a strategy promoting air defense, not just air policing. This would require a robust fast-jest and airborne surveillance presence in addition to air defense assets.

The commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, and Lithuania’s Defence Minister Juozas Olekas have expressed concern over the lack of air defense capability in the region.[3] However, beyond public aspiration by some officials in the region NATO has not agreed on a common position for Baltic Air Defense.

Train Like You Fight

There is a military adage that one should train as if one is going to actually fight. To meet the challenges in the Baltic region the alliance must:

*Be prepared to reinforce the Baltic region quickly. NATO should hold annual exercises focused on quickly deploying large number of troops to the Baltic region on short notice.
*Establish a permanent military presence in the Baltic region. The deployment of four rotational battalions to the region is a good start but more needs to be done. The Russian threat will remain for the foreseeable future. The U.S. and NATO need to show an enduring commitment to the region by permanently stationing armed forces in the Baltics.
*Set the record straight. It is time to put the myths about prohibition of permanent bases to rest. The 1997 NATO–Russia Founding Act is probably one of the most-quoted but least-read documents in the debate over transatlantic security. NATO should make a public proclamation that the act does not prohibit the establishment of permanent bases in Central and Eastern Europe if the alliance so chooses.
*Integrate the battalions into each Baltic nation’s defense planning. The four battalions should not be deployed to the region just for show. They should form the tip of a very long spear that NATO can deploy in the event of a crisis, and should be fully integrated into a plan for the defense of the Baltic region.
*Agree to establish a Baltic Air Defense mission. While the Baltic Air Police has been useful for defending the region’s airspace, more needs to be done. A robust Baltic Air Defense mission is needed to ensure that the region can be defended on the ground, in the air, and at sea.

Strong Defense

Any response that NATO makes to reinforce the Baltic region would be a responsible defensive measure designed to defend the alliance, not to provoke a war with Russia. Defending the Baltic States and deterring Russian aggression will be far easier and cheaper than liberating them. From a military and diplomatic point of view, it makes no sense not to have robust capability in Central and Eastern Europe.

Putin warns on NATO, says Russia "duty-bound" for combat readiness

US commander warns NATO couldn’t repel Russian Baltic invasion

BERLIN: NATO would currently be unable to protect the Baltics against a Russian attack, the commander of US ground forces in Europe, General Ben Hodges, said in a news report Wednesday. “Russia could take over the Baltic states faster than we would be able to defend them,” Hodges was quoted as saying in a German-language article by news weekly Die Zeit. The general said he agreed with an assessment by military analysts who claimed that Russian forces could conquer the capitals of Baltic states Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia within 36 to 60 hours. Hodges also said NATO forces had found numerous deficiencies during the recent “Anaconda” military exercise in Poland, according to the article from Thursday’s edition of Die Zeit, released early to AFP. Heavy military equipment could not be moved fast enough from western to eastern Europe, said the general, who also voiced concern about the alliance’s communication technology. “Neither radio communication nor email are secure,” he was quoted as saying. “I assume that everything I write on my BlackBerry is being monitored.”

Merkel says NATO must be strengthened

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday underscored her government's commitment to strengthening NATO's eastern flank, days after her foreign minister warned against "saber-rattling" that could escalate tensions with Russia. Merkel said Germany would continue to do engage in regular dialogue with Russia but also saw "new threats" close to Europe, and was determined to both increase its own military spending and strengthen the NATO alliance. "The (German coalition) government as a whole has agreed to the NATO decision that over the longer term we should dedicate 2 percent of gross domestic product to defense spending," she told a news conference after a meeting with Polish officials. "I think that will be supported by everyone in the government ... That is the position of the government." Merkel's comment came three days after Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sparked a firestorm with remarks that cautioned against antagonizing Russia.

German, Polish leaders united on NATO boost, wishes for UK to remain in EU

German chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo ahead of a joint cabinet session in Berlin. The two leaders discussed military tensions with Russia and the upcoming UK referendum.
By Darko Janjevic (AFP, dpa, Reuters)

Merkel and Szydlo praised the ties between the two neighboring countries at the Wednesday press conference, referring also to the troubled history between Warsaw and Berlin.

The talks were held in a "friendly atmosphere," Merkel said, describing the summit as a good day for bilateral relations. Members of their two governments also held a joint session in Berlin later on Wednesday.

The meet follows months of dispute between Berlin and Warsaw on a number of issues, including refugee distribution and the Polish government's relations with the judiciary and the media.

On Wednesday, however, Merkel said that Warsaw's relation to the press and the courts falls under the responsibility of the EU commission. 

Putin: Russia will respond to 'aggressive NATO rhetoric'

U.S. M1 Abrams tanks fire during the "Saber Strike" NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2016. © Ints Kalnins

Russia will take adequate measures to counter NATO's increasingly “aggressive rhetoric," President Vladimir Putin told MPs at the closing session of the State Duma. He called to create an international security system open to all countries.

It’s necessary to create a collective security system void of "bloc-like thinking" and open to all countries, Putin said on Wednesday in Russia's parliament.

"Russia is ready to discuss this extremely important issue," he said, adding that such proposals have been so far left unanswered by Western countries.

"But again, as it was at the beginning of WWII, we don't see any positive response," he continued. "On the contrary, NATO ups its aggressive rhetoric and aggressive actions near our borders."

"In this environment, we must pay special attention to strengthening our country's defense capabilities," he concluded.

NATO Russia Military.........................Putin "IS" ROTFLHFAO in TEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
Surprise: Social Security And Medicare Are Going Bust, Don't Say You Weren't Warned
By Tim Worstall

The imminence of Social Security and Medicare going bust has been a feature of my adult lifetime. The reason why is the same reason the Central States pension fund is in such trouble, the same reason why Illinois seems to have just about no money for anything but public sector pensions. It’s far, far, easier to promise people something nice in the far future than it is to actually charge people the taxes required to fund that something nice. This is why politicians do it of course – you too can have a lovely pension and health care in 40 years time! Vote For Me! By the time the four decades have rolled around the politician has been elected, undercharged for the benefit, retired herself and collected her pension and then been buried before the bill comes due. Depending upon the politician we might hope for death before burial or not. There’s not a great deal that can be done about this, it’s a normal part of human nature and just the way that politics works.

The result though is that Medicare and Social Security are going to burn through their trust funds soon enough: 

ROTFLMFAO in TEARS..........................Got it RIGHT Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

To YOU Fricking ""LIBERALS"" in the Press................................The U.S. Recession in 2017 WILL Cause Both Social Security and Medicare to become Insolvent sometime in the 1H of the NEXT Decade........................Meaning LESS than 9 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Social Security 


OH I Can't WAIT to SEE how the U.S. Economy Deals WITH the Coming ""TAX Increases"" to help SAVE Social Security and Medicare while at the SAME Time ""Obamacare"" Destroying the American MIDDLE Class..................Yes America, YOU Truly DESERVE the HELL Coming at YOU over the NEXT 4 YEARS with Either Hillary or The Donald in the White House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Medicare Is Going to Run Out of Money a Lot Sooner Than Expected

Two years sooner than last year’s estimate

The U.S. federal program that pays elderly Americans’ hospital bills will exhaust reserves in 2028, two years sooner than last year’s estimate, trustees of the program said on Wednesday.

In their annual financial review, the trustees also said that the combined Social Security and disability trust fund reserves are estimated to run out in 2034, the same projection as last year.

The Medicare program’s trust fund for hospital care is still scheduled to have sufficient funding 11 years longer than the estimate given before the Affordable Care Act was passed, the trustees said. 

Medicare to run out of money two years sooner
By Paige Winfield Cunningham

Medicare has lost two years off its life, according to the latest trustees' report released Wednesday.

The trust fund that feeds the federal health insurance program will run dry in 2028, two years earlier than projected last year. The outlook for Social Security remains unchanged from last year, still anticipated to run out of funds in 2034.

But spending on Medicare hasn't increased enough to trigger a controversial Obamacare panel, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or, IPAB. The panel was created under the Affordable Care Act to make recommendations on cuts to Medicare if costs exceeded targeted growth rates.

"Per-Medicare beneficiary cost growth continues to be exceptionally low," said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Trustees say Medicare fund to be exhausted two years sooner than estimated
By Steve Goldstein

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will have sufficient funds to cover its obligations until 2028, two years earlier than previously projected, trustees announced Wednesday. Social Security's retirement and disability trust fund reserves are projected to be exhausted in 2034, the same year as previously estimated.

Obama's America.....................Will make ALL Americans...............Well nearly ALL Americans Equal.............................Equally ""POOR""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!