State of the World 2015




Putin just made a huge decision that may explain his strange disappearance
March 18th

By targeting Dadayev — the former deputy commander of a paramilitary unit formed by Kadyrov and run by the Chechen leader’s cousin, Adam Delimkhanov — the Federal Security Service (FSB) seemed to be ultimately targeting Kadyrov.

And now it appears that Kadyrov has successfully beaten back the FSB’s assault.

It was amid this turmoil that Putin vanished from public view on March 5, just six days after Nemtsov was assassinated and three days before Dadayev was charged.

“Putin appeared, live and legitimate, at exactly the same moment when Interfax reported that the Nemtsov assassination wasn’t a contract hit,” political analyst Leonid Volkov wrote on Facebook.

“Putin had to make a choice. Either feed Kadyrov to the FSB-men, or give up the FSB to Kadyrov. It’s a difficult and unpleasant choice … And he chose the one and only thing he could choose: Kadyrov.”



Obama snubs Binyamin Netanyahu and criticises Israel PM’s ‘divisive rhetoric’
March 19th

The secretary of state John Kerry, who has fought hard on the Middle East peace process, and was in Switzerland for the final stages of nuclear talks with Iran that Netanyahu has fought hard to scupper, pointedly refused to respond to questions about the Israeli election results.

State Department officials later said that Kerry called Netanyahu to congratulate him on the results. “It was a brief phone call,” said Jen Psaki, his chief spokesperson. “They did not discuss substantive issues.”

Analysis Netanyahu’s victory is clear break with US-led peace process
Palestinians see ‘long and difficult road of struggle’ against Israel after Netanyahu wins fourth term after rejection of two-state solution

Washington’s frosty response to Netanyahu’s unexpectedly decisive victory came as analysts predicted that relations between Israeli prime minister and the US president would not recover until Obama’s term comes to an end.

The rift between the Obama administration and the Israeli government reached rock-bottom earlier this month, after Netanyahu snubbed the White House by using a controversial speech before the Republican-dominated Congress to denounce the emerging nuclear deal with Iran.

“What I see is Netanyahu waiting this out until Obama’s successor is in post,” a well-placed diplomatic source told the Guardian. “The Israelis have good enough contacts in Congress and the Pentagon to keep going until either Hillary Clinton or a Republican president is elected in 2016. Israel will ride this out.”


March 18th

Along with being a recruitment center, the former billiard club also serves as the headquarters of Korchynksy’s political organization, “Bratstvo” (in English, the Brotherhood). I find Korchynsky in a side room furnished with a large billiard table, worn-out leather sofa, armchairs and a piano. Lying on the piano are the notes of Chopin’s funeral march and the lyrics to the German national anthem, whose first verse, beginning “Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,” harkens back to the Nazi era. It is perhaps an unfortunate choice of song for a political figure that is often described as an extremist, ultranationalist and fascist.

Korchynsky does not pretend to be moderate, but he doesn’t appreciate the worst epithet used against his forces.

“We are not Nazis,” he tells me. “We are patriots and nationalists.”

Korchynsky is nearly a caricature of a Russian-hating Ukrainian nationalist. His silver hair contrasts with his dark, bushy mustache, which is turned down at the edges in the Cossack style. The St. Mary’s Battalion, which is one of more than a dozen private groups fighting alongside the Ukrainian Army against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, is Korchynsky’s creation. It is also one of the more unusual volunteer formations in the ragtag forces taking on the separatists, incorporating an ideology that manages to mix Christian messianism with Islamic jihadism.


163 Replies to “State of the World 2015”

  1. Day late and a dollar short on “Christian Taliban”. The US south is crawling with them. And they are no more interested in the US Constitution than any administration in this or the last century.

    “Netanyahu snubbed the White House by using a controversial speech before the Zionist, Republican-dominated, corrupt, traitorous, bought-and-paid-for dual-citizen Congress to denounce the emerging nuclear deal with Iran.” Fixed it for ya.

    Russians play hard ball.

  2. really, who gives a flying fuck about troubles in ukraine except the military industrial complex that runs this country? the average joe and jane just want to keep a job with a decent paycheck. only idiots like john kerry can pretend to be concened.

  3. more than you or me would (could?) pay, is my guess.

    ee, you think those are fake (plastic?) tits and ass. is that what you’re saying? i have no way to prove it, but i think you’re wrong.

  4. dave: As a friend of mine once said to her husband while we were visiting in South Beach, “The reason they look too perfect is because they are.” While I can’t prove it either, my bet is that they’re (both T&A) augmented and rock hard.

  5. dave, I think EE means the kind of plastic you swipe at the register.

    EE – QOTSA – one of my favs. That and the odd Smashing Pumpkins.

  6. “We are the Michael Brown among nations, high on exceptionalism, stoned on entitlement, swaggering moronically from one place to another grabbing what we feel like, smashing things up as we go.” JHK


  7. “The United States went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.” – i wish i had said that.

  8. Idiocracy exponentiated

    “Yesterday, in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just “defensive” weapons to the Ukraine army – the same insolvent, hyperinflating Ukraine which, with a Caa3/CC credit rating, last week started preparations to issue sovereign debt with a US guarantee, in essence making it a part of the United States (something the US previously did as a favor to Egypt before the Muslim Brotherhood puppet regime was swept from power by the local army).”

  9. i’m suspicious that all civs rocketed to decadence asap from barbarism. things haven’t changed as much as folks would like to believe.

  10. You could say that street car America was as close to civilized as we ever got. Then the emergence of the automobile/petroleum industry cabal changed all that and made Levittown possible.

  11. yeah, i think that if there ever was an american civilization, it occurred sometime in that period between the wars: hemingway, stienbeck, falkner…etc., the first talkies, the first skyscrapers, the first really big concrete dams, george gershwin, etc.

  12. FLASH: 911 claims another 150 innocent plane victims (well, maybe just 149, not counting the mentally-ill, suicidal co-pilot).

    yup, 911 was an inside job that claimed thousands of lives so the usa would allow dubya and dick bushco to invade iraq for control of its oil and set up permanent military bases in the region, while it looked for secret weapons of mass destruction that our intel knew never existed there.

    so, how does 911 continue to claim innocent lives? EZ. since 911, the international airline standard is to reinforce the cockpit door, to keep any terrorists from entering and highjacking the plane. well, now the latest crash has been aided by said reinforced doors, preventing the sane pilot from returning to his seat after relieving himself in the john and kicking his poor, sick co-pilot in the cajones and/or punching his lights out, etc. for trying to crash the plane.

    911, the high treason that keeps on giving. (or, life gets complicated for liars.)

  13. my caption for above: “let your friends and neighbors see what you’ve been up to, like what you just bought on discount sale at macy’s!”

  14. The definition of high maintenance. But you’d go there. You would have to. And you would regret it.

  15. you can tell she’s a deep thinker, dave. lots to discuss about world events, society’s fate, and the origins of life and the universe.

    hey bif.

  16. from the first comment to that stupid “cracked” story:

    “No Plane hit WTC 7, WTC 7 fell in the same way… no steel construction building in history has ever fallen due to a fire before (and they have been hit by planes in the past, resulting in massive fires without a problem). So, which is more logical, that there is some variable we don’t know, or that WTC 7, perhaps the target of a plane that never reached its target, against all logic and evidence somehow sprang a fire out that burned hot enough to bring the building down in the SAME FASHION as the other two buildings, you have to admit it at least smells fishy and a true independent inquiry should be brought to bear.”

    also, “cui bono?”

  17. so let me tell ya about Munich, the birthplace of the third reich, a modern german city which has so miticulously sanitized the place you’d never know hitler ever set a foot there, let alone plotted and planned his takeover of the german nation. they’ve cleaned up neighboring dachau a lot, too, but much still remains there. big place. a lot of stuff to sanitize. saw one of the last remaining gas chamber “shower heads” still in place. the rest have been stolen for souvineers.

  18. baaaccck in the USSA, sorry, not enought time right now to have fun debunking the 911-conspiracy debunkers. give me a day or so to rid myself of the jet lag.

  19. So do we need a new term in this internet age for the german pilot?
    Certainly not serial killer, maybe parallel killer?

  20. FLASH: we’re saved, again!

    WATER WILL SOON be flowing from Lake Superior to the parched American Southwest.

    The federal Water Conservation Bureau gave approval Tuesday to piping 440 billion gallons of water per month to Arizona. The water would be drained via a 36 inch pipe already installed four miles west of Sugarloaf Mountain outside Marquette.

    Water Conservation Bureau Chairman I. M. Lyon said the water-sharing simply makes good sense. “Let’s face it. One area of our country has an over-abundance of water. Another area is in severe drought. We’ve got to share. It’s the American way.”

  21. just curious about GB’s “water under the bridge” comment, so I googled this:

    In Which Cases is the Statute of Limitations Longer than Others?

    The federal statute of limitations can be longer than five years for certain crimes, including:

    Federal tax evasion (U.S. Code 26 Section 7201) – 6 years
    Failure to file a tax return with the I.R.S. (U.S. Code 26 Section 7203) – 6 years
    Major fraud involving at least $1 million against the federal government (U.S. Code 18 Section 1031) – 7 years
    Non-violent violations of federal terrorism laws (U.S. Code 18 Section 3286(a)) – 8 years
    Arson (U.S. Code 18 Section 3295) – 10 years
    Embezzling funds from a federal financial institution (U.S. Code 18 Section 657) – 10 years
    Using false or fraudulent citizenship papers (U.S. Code 18 Section 1423) – 10 years
    Theft of major artwork (U.S. Code 18 Section 3294) – 20 years

    Which Cases Do Not Have a Statute of Limitations?

    There is no federal statute of limitations for certain crimes. A person can be charged at any time for the following:

    ***Federal crimes punishable by death (U.S. Code 18 Section 3281)***
    ***Terrorism crimes that resulted in death or serious bodily injury (U.S. Code 18 Section 3286)***
    Sex crimes with a minor (U.S. Code 18 Section 3283)

    ***Dick Cheney should pay particular attention to these codes.

  22. so i’m visiting my sister and relatives in SoCal. she owns a 20-acre avocado grove. it used to yield $80k in avocados per season. last year she got only $6k. her water bill alone is $2k per month and rising. taxes are $6k per year. my advice to her is to cease and desist all management of the grove until she can find a buyer, assuming there still are folks stupid enough to invest in agricultural land in CA.

  23. “Water Conservation Bureau Chairman I. M. Lyon said…”

    i hope everyone got the joke. the last laugh will be on CA. the folks there are someplace between completely and totally screwed. please bear this in mind if you have any ties to the place. it’s going to be an interesting summer.

  24. wow, a sane person actually proposing grassroots change. it’s as if the late george carlin decided to run for US president.

    “Look, I don’t think we need to wait for some moment when everyone feels ready to do it. Besides, what does it mean – whether everyone is ready or not ready? People aren’t ready to let this continue the way it is going, that’s for sure. And that’s the truth. We are no longer ready to let these things keep happening – things like losing our country, our culture, arts, hospitals, schools, water, gas and electricity. We are ruining the future for our grandchildren, that’s the problem. Therefore I think that we need to discuss it, think it over and come out with it. We need to try.”

  25. yeah, i guess that if the choice comes down to saving trees that took maybe 10 years to reach peak production, or planting a field of peppers, you’re gonna pick the trees. i guess…

    anyhoo, we’re all stuck in some kind of red queen cycle at this point. i’d say.

  26. Since we’re really dry at the moment, too, I’ll share this with yez..
    I’m repairing a guys water bore at the moment.
    Pulled it up and someone had short changed him on the number of lengths of pipe.
    I’m telling him to buy some extra lengths of pipe so the pump goes down deeper.
    He’s wondering how much the extra pipe will cost.
    I say I don’t know how much it will cost to get a drilling rig over the hole to go down another 20ft.
    Client convinced.

  27. i kinda miss the old daz when all my worries were about how big my chocolate easter bunny or see’s chocolate egg would be. whether the bunny would be hollow or solid chocolate (usually hollow). we also used to get baby chicks and ducklings, which we raised in the backyard. then, one day we’d kill and eat them. the neighbor kids used to say we always ate our pets. strictly not true. we never ate our cats or dogs. we did eat a pet goat that dad wanted to BBQ west texas style.

  28. from the “who cares?” department:

    “Some two months into Brian Williams’s six-month banishment from NBC for making stuff up, it’s not known whether he will ever return to the anchor chair at Nightly News. It’s also not known whether anyone cares. The understudy who stepped in, Lester Holt, is leading in evening-news viewership as Williams did. No one is complaining that Holt’s résumé includes three years co-hosting the Westminster Dog Show but lacks those narrow Indiana Jones escapes from danger, whether in Iraq or New Orleans, that his predecessor conjured up to prove his gravitas. No one is fretting about whether Holt sullied the dignity of an anchor’s higher calling when he did a cameo on 30 Rock. No one seems to notice that Holt is continuing as anchor at NBC’s Dateline, the trashy news­magazine whose signature feature is “To Catch a Predator.”

    The interchangeable blandness of the two Nightly News anchors and the continuity of their viewership confirm the reality that lurked just beneath the moral outrage, torrential social-media ridicule, and Comcast executive-suite chaos of the Williams implosion: For all the histrionics, this incident of media blood sport was much ado about not so much. The network-news anchor as an omnipotent national authority figure is such a hollow anachronism in 21st-century America that almost nothing was at stake. NBC’s train wreck played out as corporate and celebrity farce rather than as a human or cultural tragedy because it doesn’t actually matter who puts on the bespoke suit and reads the news from behind a desk.”

  29. regarding CA drought, some 80% of the state’s water use is for agriculture. of that, 80% is used to grow profitable nut crops such as almonds, walnuts, etc., and avocados. the rest appears to be for export alfalfa to Japan and garden cash crops like cantalopes. well, how about saving 80% of the water supply by ceasing all export cash agriculture? buy out the famers and tell them to get lost.

    when times are tough, lose the almonds and walnuts, which are primarily snack and candy food. at least cut back on the avocados, which can be used as food. support the garden crops for local consumption and tell the japanese to shop elsewhere for their alfalfa. why is this so hard to understand? remus is right about CA.

  30. cute bear joke:

    Two men went bear hunting. While one stayed in the cabin, the other went out looking for a bear. He soon found a huge bear, shot at it but only wounded it. The enraged bear charged toward him, he dropped his rifle and started running for the cabin as fast as he could.

    He ran pretty fast but the bear was just a little faster and gained on him with every step. Just as he reached the open cabin door, he tripped and fell flat. Too close behind to stop, the bear tripped over him and went rolling into the cabin.

    The man jumped up, closed the cabin door and yelled to his friend inside, “You skin this one while I go and get another one!”

  31. WTF – Ahnold been hittin’ the hormones?

    dave, no offense man, but that is just wrong.

  32. oh, i don’t know. i bet her clitoris is at least as big as the first joint of my little finger, easy to find. i guess.

  33. i keep looking at her/him and don’t know what to make of it. is it really just an ugly girl with a hard body or a not-so-bad looking guy with long hair, breast implants and some surgery down under? talk about conflicted, alternative lifestyles. takes all kinds, i guess.

  34. factoid i recently learned at Dachau: did you know that Jehova’s Witnesses were a top priority for the nazi concentration camps? they were anti-war, for one thing, but they already had a bad reputation in Germany for unsolicitied calls at home on the weekends and distributing the Watchtower, etc. maybe drop thar fact on them the next time they come to visit.

  35. i place myself in category “s”, in that some shit happens at the expense of some other shit not happening, something like that

  36. yeah, i think people are way too hard on ca. i mean look at places like nyc, boston, or, need i say it? washington, dc. how many resources do they suck in? and what do they produce? i say let the almonds have all the water they need or want.

  37. orlov is category I, mcpherson is category K-L, kunstler is category G, tverberg is category B, the girl in the picture above is category WOW!

  38. it always amazes me that so many fucking retards out there are still living in the post ww2 dreamland, not for too much longer. i’d say.

  39. yeah, you can save yourself a lot of work and frustration by just nodding along with them, then, when the time is right, slip off to your south pacific/central america hideyhole and practice your permaculture and coastal fishing skills.

    as the world burns, you get to pretend you’re on a long, permanent vakay. that’s my dream future, anyway. sorta orlov without all the boat bullshit. fucking boats = lotsa work.

  40. yeah, brian shaw. i’ve been following him on the strongman ciciut for maybe 3 or 4 years now. guy’s a fucking monster.

  41. the skinny i heard (so to speak) from the Hawaiian Air folks was the Tongan royalty would charter the entire plane, and they would each take 2 seats, with a special seat belt extender to bridge them.

  42. About your political map, Dave.
    Just change the colours of those clouds to brown and they look like shit (that can happen).

  43. old person joke:

    Subject: Gas Problem

    A little old lady goes to the doctor and says, ‘Doctor I have this problem with gas, but it really doesn’t bother me too much. It never smells and is always silent. As a matter of fact I’ve farted at least 10 times since I’ve been here in your office. You didn’t know I was farting because it doesn’t smell and is silent.’

    The doctor says, ‘I see. Take these pills and come back to see me next week’.

    The next week the old lady returns.

    ‘Doctor,’ she says, ‘I don’t know what the heck you gave me, but now my farts, although still silent, stink terribly’.

    ‘Good,’ the doctor said. ‘Now that we’ve cleared up your sinuses, let’s work on your hearing.’

  44. true, because the US is still a major coal producer. it’s about equal to oil in the amount used, though, and makes moron CO2 than oil.

    i guess US foreign policy is a testament to the value of oil to “our way of life”.

  45. another way of looking at the true value of the low EROEI and short life of fracked oil is it hasn’t made much of an impact upon US foreign policy, despite all the hype over American energy independence.

  46. she’s baaaack, and the news is still not good:

    Gail Tverberg says:
    April 15, 2015 at 10:50 am

    “This time is different, because the economy is being stretched to the limit by debt. High oil prices (that is, greater than $20 barrel oil) can only be balanced out by increasing debt, and we are approaching limits on debt. Interest rates are approaching zero, or are even negative in some cases. Adding debt can cover up the limits we are reaching for a while, but at some point, it becomes difficult to add more debt. We were reaching the end of the line in 2008, and have “bought time” with QE. It looks like we are reaching limits on QE as well.”

  47. “another way of looking at the true value of the low EROEI and short life of fracked oil is it hasn’t made much of an impact upon US foreign policy, despite all the hype over American energy independence.”
    good point.

  48. FedRes fiat Is not called a “coaldollar” either.

    Fracked oil/US energy independence is a cruel joke on us, with the environment as proxy. I have a friend that works in the oil business and he tows the party line on this issue. Sad really. I live near fracking, so I know different. The slab repair boys have been busy on my street.

    The drought in CA is forcing the disease therein to metastasize to other states. This is by design. The only way to get those assholes to leave paradise is to turn it into hell. Mission accomplished. I’d urge border controls in flyover.

  49. boy, that eye bleach really works great! i can see much better now, and for some reason am now excited and looking forward to future predicaments, assuming they’re predictable.

  50. “FedRes fiat Is not called a “coaldollar” either.”

    yah, but i still enjoy calling any hybrid or all-electric car i see driving around “coal cars”. this usually really gets under the skin of those “zero emissions” delusional types that like to hype their cars as the solution to clean air, when i remind them of the pollution just being centralized at the coal-fired power plant. ain’t no such thing as “clean coal”. these people are morons at best, frauds at worst.

  51. In Oz, standard Prius (sans decent batteries, an optional extra) only goes about 1 mile purely on batteries.
    Maybe a quarter mile on roads not paved with sticky Dino-juice?

  52. There’s a guy in the area here selling a used Prius, fairly cheap too if my memory serves right. I am guessing it needs a new battery pack.

    @doom – yeah, I can see how “coal cars” can aggravate the delusional. It’s not much different really than asking someone where a bank gets the money to loan out. Deer in the headlights.

    Coal plants up by the Grand Canyon can really impact the view at times. That whole area up on the Rez in N AZ used to be my turf.

    But either way, Uncle Warren is good – he’s got rail.

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