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05 November 2016 @ 10:35 am
Europe Beware: Russian Slavers On the March!  

By Phil Butler
Global Research, November 03, 2016
New Eastern Outlook 3 November 2016

The headline read “Lithuania issues updated Russian invasion advice booklets”. This author’s thoughts immediately returned to a “duck and cover” film they showed us in El Paso, Texas when I was in the 2nd grade. These pesky Russians, simply will not give up in their quest for world domination! But wait, wait just one minute…

What do Lithuania and the rest of Europe have that Russians need so desperately? What natural or human resource is deposited in Europe to the west of the Dnieper River, which is so valuable Vladimir Putin would risk annihilation over it? Before you are done reading this report you will understand completely the unmistakable truth of our times, Russia needs nothing from Europe or the west, except to be left alone. Read on and discover the truth of détente today, and how Russia’s real mission is enslaving all of Europe! (or not).
The answer to the question is, “nothing”. Russia has never needed anything but Russia to survive and thrive. The biggest country in the world, also possesses the most vast natural resources. On this point there are two facets worth examining. First, Russia’s development before Vladimir Putin was drastically curtailed by western influences, and especially during and just after the first Cold War. Second, while most consider the fall of the Soviet Union a bitter defeat for Russia, being loosed from the shackles of dependent satellite states actually strengthened Russia’s core economy. To put things bluntly, the United States did not exactly “win” the Cold War. As shocking as this may be, the reality is here.
Historically speaking, Russia has almost always been the target of conquest. This history (not revisionist ones) teaches us the Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, the Patriotic War of 1812, ended in utter defeat. Of the 680,000 soldiers who entered Russia with the Grande Armée, only 27,000 lived to tell stories of the bitter Russian winter. Then, in the Russo-Persian Wars, and in the Russo-Turkish Wars, both the Persians, and Ottoman Empires, lost and lost some more to Imperial Russia, during the last great expansion of the motherland. Interestingly, Russia actually assisted nations now aligned against her in these wars, as Czar Alexander I helped free Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Armenia, Greece and Moldova from the Ottoman Turks. Today NATO covets many of these lands as military partners clearly pitted against Putin’s Russia. To continue…

Next the Crimea War in between October 1853 to March 1856 must jog us into sensibility here, if not for the utter failures of Russia’s enemies; France, Great Britain, the Ottomans and Sardinia, then for the irony of religious conflict. In this invasion of Russia’s sphere, it was Roman Catholicism versus Eastern Orthodoxy that was at the crux of the conflict. Today these old religious differences play a role too, but I’ll get to that in the summary (please remember). Even though Russia officially lost this war technically, in the end Orthodoxy was reinforced. However, the Treaty of Paris and Russia’s failure to secure a victory paved the way for the great conflicts to come, in the end the so-called “Eastern Question” was not (and is not) resolved. Today we still see and feel the reverberations of discord left after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

Then World War I saw the German Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro Hungarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Bulgaria were pitted against Russia, Great Britain, France and the other allied powers. The German’s narrowly avoided the total invasion of East Prussia by the Russians, and there was a deadlock afterward in the east and west. The unresolved issues of WW I, led to the ultra-nationalism in Europe and World War II. It was during this “Great Patriotic War” that the most powerful armies the world has seen gathered on the field in Russia. The Nazis and their allies made the greatest gains on Russian territory since Genghis Khan and the Monguls, but were eventually crushed. After the war, the western Allies relinquished to the Soviet Union the most hard hit and devastatingly poor satellite nations in Europe to rebuild and support.

At least this is a meaningful way for grasping the points I make today. The nations of the so-called Warsaw Pact actually represent an unbelievable achievement in cooperation, considering the relative position of West Germany and the war torn nations under western influence. It’s important to remember, the Soviet Union, and Russia proper, were utterly destroyed to the west of Moscow and Stalingrad. The nations of Eastern Europe left in the USSR’s sphere after the war were crushed by the war. Though western historians’ vilification of the Soviets control of Poland and others of these nations is not without cause, the burden and impact for Russians has never been weighed. The US, Britain, and to a lesser degree France, were all left to rebuild West Germany, but compared to the task laid before the Soviets, those nations bore nothing at all. West Germany rebuilt itself with loans from the London and New York bankers, Italy and other nations in this sphere faired far better than Eastern Europe, and the Cold War taxed the Soviets most severely.

While it can be argued Soviet rule was harsh and cruel for millions of people, many argue today that life under communism was better than the austerity we see now in Romania and elsewhere. This notwithstanding, it’s fair to say America and the NATO allies (pre-1991) were always in a more advantageous situation than their Soviet (particularly Russian) counterparts. This brings me to a final point, that of natural and human resources, and just what Russia really needs from Europe. Let me break this all down for you simply.

The most common commodities Russia currently imports from Europe are: machines Russians could make as easily, cars Russian production could produce, textiles, food products currently hurt by sanctions, and tennis shoes. Furthermore, the sanctions imposed on Russia by western nations have actually helped the Russians to fill voids in their GDP by making it necessary to replace foreign commodities. Put bluntly, Europe is more or less run out of natural or even manufactured resources Russians could ever want for, while Putin’s administration has dramatically expanded his country’s already massive self sufficiency. Taking over Lithuania and other Baltic states is a zero sum proposition for the Russians. The Eurozone is broke, overall unemployment is above 10%, while Russia maintains a 5% unemployment rate that is going down as Putin ramps up manufacturing. Get this, government bond yields in the Eurozone are in the negative at -0.38% yield at last count. Conversely (amazingly) even with the attack on the ruble and economic sanctions, while fighting an air war against ISIL in Syria, Russia’s 10 year bond yields are currently at 10.52%. Hello!

The current European Union debt is running at about €12.5 trillion euro. The US is rapidly approaching $20 trillion. Russia owes about $150 billion in US dollars and that is all. Let me emphasize this, Russia owes less than Greece does, less than Austria, less than Belgium, and less than Sweden too. Put another way, every German owed over €20,000 euro because of their government’s borrowing and bad decisions, while each Russian citizen only owes $1,000 US dollars (or 800 euro bucks maybe). Every Italian man-woman-and child owes about $40,000 dollars, and every Russian owes 1/40th of that!!! Italy should pray that Russia invades soon, and Spain should too.

Lithuania, at the behest of NATO, has updated its civil defense booklet telling citizens what to do in the event of a Russian invasion. The citizens there are pretty well off compared to the average European citizen, each only owing about €4,000 euro when they are born. But considering the tiny country’s miniscule ability to enhance life for most Russians, even should workers there be turned into slave labor, the likelihood Putin covets their limestone or quartz resources, since Russia is one of the world’s leading producers of anything Lithuania has. The same goes for the rest of Europe as well. Russia is the top producer of gold, 1st or 2nd in natural gas and oil, 3rd in coal, and 1st in iron, tin, lead and wood. By now my point should have sunken in abundantly. If Russia were to invade anywhere in Europe, Russians would be sharing their wealth with the future poor of the world. China and Southeast Asia took manufacturing, Russia and the BRICS have three fourths of the world’s remaining resources, and Russians own per capita, more real wealth than any people on Earth. Europe has banks and failed social-capitalistic service centers, how in hell could Putin justify invading this place?

In 1991 the Russians rid themselves of an Eastern Europe propagandized into believing the good old USA would ride in and deliver paradise! Radio Free Europe still operates to convince Poles and Romanians of the BIG RED MENNACE. NATO is in “job security mode”, and a quest to masquerade as defenders of the faithful. The real logic of true life though, it betrays the insane reason of Cold War dinosaurs. Washington and London think tanks are operating on decayed brain cells. Russia could care less, should care less than to even fantasize about a Russian speaking Paris. Putin does not need the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, St. Petersburg is overflowing with art. The average Russian does not fly off to London to hear Big Ben, they head to Greece or Italy to lie under the warm Mediterranean sun. Not even Ukraine is so coveted as to provoke Putin to invade, or else Kiev would surely be under the Russian flag now. Crimea turned homeward, because NATO can never have Russia’s biggest warm water port. And the rest of this ludicrous “invasion” fairytale is just justification, to try and hide the death throes of a Euro, a dollar, and a pound.

There’s food for your imperialistic thoughts Lithuanians. If I am wrong, you’ll be slaving away making Russian shoes no matter what.

Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

The original source of this article is New Eastern Outlook
Copyright © Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 2016

 
 
 
clothcapclothcap on November 5th, 2016 11:45 am (UTC)
Phony ‘Corruption’ Excuse for Ukraine Coup
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By Robert Parry
Global Research, November 03, 2016
Consortium News 2 November 2016
If Ukraine becomes a flashpoint for World War III with Russia, the American people might rue the day that their government pressed for the 2014 overthrow of Ukraine’s allegedly corrupt (though elected) president in favor of a coup regime led by Ukrainian lawmakers who now report amassing, on average, more than $1 million each, much of it as cash.
The New York Times, which served as virtually a press agent for the coup in February 2014, took note of this apparent corruption among the U.S.-favored post-coup officials, albeit deep inside a story that itself was deep inside the newspaper (page A8). The lead angle was a bemused observation that Ukraine’s officialdom lacked faith in the country’s own banks (thus explaining why so much cash).
Ukraine’s anti-Russian President Petro Poroshenko speaking to the Atlantic Council in 2014. (Photo credit: Atlantic Council)
Yet, Ukraine is a country beset by widespread poverty, made worse by the post-coup neoliberal “reforms” slashing pensions, making old people work longer and reducing heating subsidies for common citizens. The average Ukrainian salary is only $214 a month.
So, an inquiring mind might wonder how – in the face of all that hardship – the post-coup officials did so well for themselves, but Times’ correspondent Andrew E. Kramer treads lightly on the possibility that these officials were at least as corrupt, if not more so, than the elected government that the U.S. helped overthrow. Elected President Viktor Yanukovych had been excoriated for a lavish lifestyle because he had a sauna in his residence.
Kramer’s article on Wednesday tried to explain the bundles of cash as a sign that “many of the lawmakers and officials responsible for inspiring public trust in Ukraine’s economic and banking institutions have little faith that their own wealth would be safe in the country’s banks, according to recently mandated financial disclosures. …
“Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, for example, declared over one million dollars in savings in cash — $870,000 and 460,000 euros — apparently shunning Ukraine’s ever-wobbly banking system. The top official in charge of the country’s banks, Valeriya Gontareva, who is responsible for stabilizing the national currency, the hryvnia, maintains most of her money in American dollars — $1.8 million.
“A tally of the declarations filed by most of Parliament’s 450 members compiled by one analyst, Andriy Gerus, found that the lawmakers collectively held $482 million in ‘monetary assets,’ of which $36 million was kept as cold, hard cash. …
“Some politicians seem to have approached the declaration as a sort of amnesty, revealing everything they have earned from decades of crooked dealings, in an effort to come clean. … One minister reported a wine collection with bottles worth thousands of dollars each. Another official declared ownership of a church. Yet another claimed a ticket to outer space with Virgin Galactic. …
“Another theory making the rounds in Kiev — where people generally acknowledge the inventive, venal genius of their politicians — suggests that the public servants are padding their declarations,” so they can hide future bribes within their reported cash holdings and thus offer plausible excuses for luxury cars and expensive jewelry.

Accessing More Money
Ironically, passage of the law requiring the disclosures of what appears to be widespread corruption among Kiev’s officials unlocked millions of euros in new aid money from the European Union that then flowed to the same apparently corrupt officials.

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
However, because the Ukraine “regime change” in 2014 was partly orchestrated by U.S. and E.U. officials around the propaganda theme that elected President Yanukovych was corrupt – he had that sauna, after all – the continued corruption in the post-coup regime has been a rarely acknowledged, inconvenient truth. Indeed, some business people operating in Ukraine have complained that the corruption has grown worse since Yanukovych was overthrown.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/phony-corruption-excuse-for-ukraine-coup/5554648
clothcapclothcap on November 5th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
The Burgundy Blog on that Clinton woman
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The Hall Of Mirrors
Posted on Monday 17 October 2016 by Rob Godfrey
Professional wrestling is an act, it’s not real combat, it’s totally contrived, and much the same thing can be said about the 2016 US presidential election. I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years, even by American standards. We’ve got Hillary Clinton, a blood-soaked warmonger and the most corrupt US presidential candidate in history, up against Donald Trump, who says more and more outrageous things and is quite obviously a straw man designed to drive voters into the arms of Hillary. This is how rotten and corrupt the US has become. There is no democracy. It’s all a charade so that the likes of Goldman Sachs can keep pulling the strings from behind the scenes.
The presstitues are all 100% behind Hillary Clinton (with the exception of Fox News, but that’s all part of the illusion, to give the impression that America is a functioning democracy) and indulge in an endless round of Trump bashing, whilst praising Saint Hillary, ‘the first woman to become President’. The charade has been highlighted by Wikileaks and their release of the ‘Hillary Clinton e-mails’, particularly the batch that Wikileaks have put out this month. In saner times such e-mails would have brought the downfall of a presidential candidate, but there’s been barely a mention of it, and when it is mentioned the e-mail hack is blamed on the Russians in an attempt to both undermine the authenticity of the e-mails and to divert attention. That’s the dire state that the West is now in.
Vid
So, we’ve got a totally corrupt psycho puppet who’s a shoe-in to be the next President, a puppet who wants to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria. Last month General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced the Senate Armed Services Committee and was asked about this…
Continues, vids http://www.spiderbomb.com/blog/?p=3809#more-3809


Hold On To Your Hats, Folks!
Posted on Thursday 3 November 2016 by Rob Godfrey
For weeks now, as the American presidential race nears the finish line, Hillary Clinton has been heavily promoted by the entire mainstream media (with the exception of Fox News). Today, Thursday 3rd November, with less than a week to go before the election, Hillary has all but disappeared from the front pages. So what’s going on..? Historic events, it seems: 7 days ago the FBI Director, James Comey, announced that the bureau was re-opening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server whilst she was Secretary of State (she was accused of sending classified material via an easily hacked e-mail address). This, after Comey announced back in July that Clinton had been cleared of criminal charges and the case was closed. This is the first time ever that a US presidential candidate has been under criminal investigation, and to re-open the investigation less than two weeks before election day is quite astounding.
All this is against the backdrop of hacked Clinton e-mails which Wikileaks have been releasing since last March. These e-mails plainly show that Hillary Clinton is totally corrupt and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office. These e-mails also show that the MSM is completely in cohorts with Clinton (this has been confirmed by other sources). Naturally enough the MSM are either playing down or totally ignoring the Wikileaks releases.
The plot thickens, because in the last 24 hours it has emerged, mostly from Fox News, that it seems the FBI are going to lay charges against Hillary Clinton before the election next Tuesday. Once again this is a totally unprecedented situation, but if the FBI know that Clinton is guilty it does make sense, because to charge her after she is elected President would lead to a constitutional crisis, a la Richard Nixon. It seems that these charges won’t just relate to Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, but also the Clinton Foundation and what the pundits are labeling ‘pay to play'; ie, bribery and corruption.
More, vids http://www.spiderbomb.com/blog/?p=3815
clothcapclothcap on November 5th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
E-mails - Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood
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by Thierry Meyssan
Damascus (Syria)
The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails is not directed at a case of negligence in the face of security regulations, but at a conspiracy attempting to eliminate any trace of her correspondence which should have been archived on the servers of the Federal State. It could include exchanges about illegal financing or corruption, and others concerning the links between the Clintons, the Muslim Brotherhood and the jihadists.
Here http://www.voltairenet.org/article193924.html

United States – reformation or fracture?
by Thierry Meyssan
Observing the US presidential electoral campaign, Thierry Meyssan analyses the resurgence of an old and weighty conflict of civilisation. Hillary Clinton has just declared that this election is not about programmes, but about the question «Who are the Americans?». It was not for reasons of his political programme that the Republican leaders have withdrawn their support from their candidate, Donald Trump, but because of his personal behaviour. According to Thierry Meyssan, until now, the United States was composed of migrants from different horizons who accepted to submit to the ideology of a particular community . This is the model which is in the process of breaking down, at the risk of shattering the country (...)
Here http://www.voltairenet.org/article193847.html

The role of the US and Nato in EU relations with China
by Manlio Dinucci
Participating in an international conference, the Italian geographer Manlio Dinucci ties together the various strands of his analysis of the weapons that the US has at its disposal to dominate the entire world. Yet the importance of this article goes beyond that. For it is on account of this domination, this unipolar global order, that Syria, Russia and China, challenge today the use of force.
Here http://www.voltairenet.org/article193913.html

“Syria is paying the price of its independence”
by Bashar al-Assad
Interviewed by the Cuban journalist Roberto Garcia on behalf of the agency Prensa Latina, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic highlights the cohesion between the different groups within Syrian society and popular participation in defense of the Nation. After noting that preserving national independence was a fundamental factor in the struggle that today is liberating the Syrian state, Bashar al-Assad recognizes the historical similarity between this battle and the recent struggles between Latin American nations.
Here http://www.voltairenet.org/article193943.html


Edited at 2016-11-08 07:36 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on November 5th, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
Physicists Think They’ve Just Found a Self-Destruct Button for the Universe
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ANTIMEDIA November 3, 2016
Jake Anderson
The bad news is physicists believe the universe could have its own self-destruct button. The good news is it probably won’t get pushed for billions of years.
The so-called self-destruct mechanism revolves around the Higgs boson, or “God particle,” which was finally discovered by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012. In the documentary film, Particle Fever, which chronicled the historic discovery, scientists found that the mass of the particle was 125 GeV. This is significant because it split the difference between two competing schools of thought: one proposed a Higgs mass of 140 GeV, which would support the idea that our universe is situated inside a multiverse; the competing theory posited that the mass would be 115 GeV, which would support a ‘supersymmetry’ model of the universe. The conclusion substantiated neither theory.
Despite solving one of the great mysteries of modern science — shoring up the theoretical underpinnings of three of the four fundamental forces of the universe — the Higgs boson particle struck some physicists as problematic. One of them was Stephen Hawking. Hawking, who lost a $100 bet when the particle was discovered, began assembling a collection of essays called Starmus, which argued the “God Particle” may, in fact, be what destroys the universe.
In Starmus, Hawking describes how the quantum field by which the Higgs boson bestows mass upon particles makes it different than most others. Normally, these fields are vacuum states; but the Higgs field is not a true vacuum, and over time, is becoming unstable. When the Higgs field transitions to a high energy state, a process Hawking and others argue has begun, it will trigger a quantum fluctuation known as “vacuum decay.”
During the “vacuum decay,” which could quite literally begin any second, a metastable high energy bubble will begin to consume everything around it at the speed of light. Eventually, this bubble will reach the Earth, but this will probably take billions of years.
Some believe this process is a cycle that may have repeated itself countless times, creating and destroying the universe over and over.
http://theantimedia.org/physicists-universe-self-destruct-button/
You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Jake Anderson and theAntiMedia.org. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific.

If there was profit in it, no doubt the zio psychos would push that button too.
clothcapclothcap on November 6th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
Happy Sunday
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I wonder what it's like to be a christian and to have it slowly dawn that their religion is being luciferianised and fellow christians in the MENA - Ukraine regions are being decimated, all due to some zionists and their luciferian Talmud Kabbalah religion's Trojan Horse, freemasonry that has control of the Vatican and its wealth, almost all governments and control of privatised central banks.
clothcapclothcap on November 7th, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
NATO Fighting for its existence
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The criminal jesuit outfit siamesed with the CIA is becoming hysterical in its struggle to maintain its existence and credibility with its push for WWIII, without the tiniest geenuine reason for its actions, such as supporting terrorists, as the post explained.

Poland must target Kaliningrad, Moscow Metro & RT to deter Russian invasion – think tank
RT News 22 Jul, 2016
Russia is unpredictable and may attack the Baltic states and Poland at any moment, so Warsaw should strengthen its military and be prepared to hit the city of Kaliningrad with missiles and shut down RT, a think tank with close ties to NATO has said.
Called ‘Arming for Deterrence’, the 25-page document released by the US-based Atlantic Council says what NATO in general and Poland in particular should do to “counter a resurgent Russia.” The threat of such an attack is imminent, the report states.
Read more
Lithuanian soldiers take part in a field training exercise during the first phase Saber Strike 2014, at the Rukla military base, Lithuania, on June 14, 2014. (AFP Photo/Petras Malukas) ​Lithuania prints ‘Russian invasion’ survival manual
“Even if Moscow currently has no immediate intent to challenge NATO directly, this may unexpectedly change overnight and can be implemented with great speed, following already prepared plans. The capability to do so is, to a large extent, in place,” the report warns.
[...]
“[NATO] force [in Poland] is not required to win the war, but it must be able to fight alongside the host-nation forces to buy NATO more time for reinforcement. NATO’s presence in the region is currently not large enough
Swift reforms are needed if Poland wishes to be able to deter Russia, the report says, suggesting a number of measures for Warsaw to take. Many of them are focused on the Polish military and involves strengthening its numbers and purchasing modern new weapons, such as the US-made JASSM aircraft-launched cruise missiles, which could hit targets deep inside Russia, or the coastal NSM missiles, which can be placed in range of the Russian city of Kaliningrad.
Poland should also procure more multiple rocket launchers, attack helicopters, UAVs and other weapons, the report adds
. These efforts would require streamlining the procurement process so that purchases were not stalled by Polish red tape, the report suggests.
All this spending would not allow Poland to withstand the hypothetical Russian onslaught, the report says, so the country should prepare its military for a guerrilla war by building a network of shelters in its wooded areas.
[...]
“You know it’s amazing. It’s been 25 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union […] but to many people in Washington who are reconstructed cold-warriors nothing ever really changed and they still view Russia as a nation that should be contained…” he said. “The problem for the world is that even younger politicians like President Obama are beholden to these ancient old cold-warriors who think it’s still 1975.”
Keeping the Cold War mentality in place is “big business” and is in the best interest of lots of companies in the US and around the world since there are “billions if not trillions of dollars at stake”.
“It’s just a scare-tactic. It’s fearmongering and the US intelligence community is very very good at it... If we, God forbid, ever lived in a peaceful world and in peaceful coexistence with other nations, God knows how many companies would go out of business in the United States and around the world,” Rall said.
“This is big business and there has to be a constant sense of fear and terror, otherwise, this whole infrastructure would collapse”.
Full https://www.rt.com/news/352712-poland-russia-atlantic-council/
clothcapclothcap on November 8th, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia: Depleted uranium
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Depleted uranium (DU; also referred to in the past as Q-metal, depletalloy or D-38) is uranium with a lower content of the fissile isotope U-235 than natural uranium.[2] (Natural uranium contains about 0.72% of its fissile isotope U-235, while the DU used by the U.S. Department of Defense contain 0.3% U-235 or less). Uses of DU take advantage of its very high density of 19.1 g/cm3 (68.4% denser than lead). Civilian uses include counterweights in aircraft, radiation shielding in medical radiation therapy and industrial radiography equipment, and containers for transporting radioactive materials. Military uses include armor plating and armor-piercing projectiles.
Most depleted uranium arises as a by-product of the production of enriched uranium for use as fuel in nuclear reactors and in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Enrichment processes generate uranium with a higher-than-natural concentration of lower-mass-number uranium isotopes (in particular U-235, which is the uranium isotope supporting the fission chain reaction) with the bulk of the feed ending up as depleted uranium, in some cases with mass fractions of U-235 and U-234 less than a third of those in natural uranium. Since U-238 has a much longer half-life than the lighter isotopes, DU emits less alpha radiation than natural uranium. DU from nuclear reprocessing has different isotopic ratios from enrichment–by-product DU, from which it can be distinguished by the presence of U-236.[3]
DU used in US munitions has 60% of the radioactivity of natural uranium.[4] Trace transuranics (another indicator of the use of reprocessed material) have been reported to be present in some US tank armor.[4]
The use of DU in munitions is controversial because of concerns about potential long-term health effects.[5][6] Normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart, and numerous other systems can be affected by exposure to uranium, a toxic metal.[7] It is only weakly radioactive because of its long radioactive half-life (4.468 billion years for uranium-238, 700 million years for uranium-235; or 1 part per million every 6446 and 1010 years, respectively). The biological half-life (the average time it takes for the human body to eliminate half the amount in the body) for uranium is about 15 days.[8] The aerosol or spallation frangible powder produced by impact and combustion of depleted uranium munitions can potentially contaminate wide areas around the impact sites, leading to possible inhalation by human beings.[9]
The actual level of acute and chronic toxicity of DU is also controversial. Several studies using cultured cells and laboratory rodents suggest the possibility of leukemogenic, genetic, reproductive, and neurological effects from chronic exposure.[5] A 2005 epidemiology review concluded: "In aggregate the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU."[10]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium
clothcapclothcap on November 8th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
DU's origins. Deliberate blind spot?
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Extracting a disaster
The effects of uranium mining are disastrous. To minimise the risks, the nuclear supply chain needs independent auditing
David Thorpe
Friday 5 December 2008
The increased sourcing of raw uranium that will arise from nuclear new build is an ethical and environmental nightmare currently being ignored by the government.
The World Nuclear Association (WNA), the trade body for companies that make up 90% of the industry, admits that in "emerging uranium producing countries" there is frequently no adequate environmental health and safety legislation, let alone monitoring. It is considerately proposing a Charter of Ethics containing principles of uranium stewardship for its members to follow. But this is a self-policing voluntary arrangement. Similarly, the International Atomic Energy Agency's safety guide to the Management of Radioactive Waste from the Mining and Milling of Ores (pdf) are not legally binding on operators.
The problem is that transparency is not a value enshrined in the extractive or the nuclear industries. Journalists find themselves blocked. Recently, to tackle this issue, Panos Institute West Africa (IPAO) held a training seminar for journalists in Senegal which highlighted that only persistent investigation – or, in the case of the Niger's Tuareg, violent rebellion – has a chance of uncovering the truth.
The co-editor of the Republican in Niger, Ousseini Issa, said that only due to local media campaigns was there a revision of the contract linking Niger to the French company Areva. "As a result of our efforts, the price of a kilogram of uranium increased from 25,000 to 40,000 CFA francs," he said. The local community hopes now to see more of the income from the extraction of its resources.
IPAO has much evidence that in Africa the legacy of mining is often terrible health, water contamination and other pollution problems. IPAO would laugh at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative – an Orwellian creation launched by Tony Blair in 2001.
What is the effect of uranium mining? Nuclear fuel from fresh uranium is cheaper than from recycled uranium or recycled plutonium (MOX), which is why there is a worldwide uranium rush.
To produce the 25 tonnes or so of uranium fuel needed to keep your average reactor going for a year entails the extraction of half a million tonnes of waste rock and over 100,000 tonnes of mill tailings. These are toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. The conversion plant will generate another 144 tonnes of solid waste and 1343 cubic metres of liquid waste.
Contamination of local water supplies around uranium mines and processing plants has been documented in Brazil, Colorado, Texas, Australia, Namibia and many other sites. To supply even a fraction of the power stations the industry expects to be online worldwide in 2020 would mean generating 50 million tonnes of toxic radioactive residues every single year.
These tailings contain uranium, thorium, radium, polonium, and emit radon-222. In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency sets limits of emissions from the dumps and monitors them. This does not happen in many less developed areas.
The long-term management cost of these dumps is left out of the current market prices for nuclear fuel and may be as high as the uranium cost itself. The situation for the depleted uranium waste arising during enrichment even may be worse, says the World Information Service on Energy.
No one can convince me that the above process is carbon-free, as politicians claim. It takes a lot of – almost certainly fossil-fuelled – energy to move that amount of rock and process the ore. But the carbon cost is often not in the country where the fuel is consumed.
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...just leave it in the ground.
More https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/dec/05/nuclear-greenpolitics
CO2... as if it mattered. Perhaps the only benefit of uranium mining, plant food.
clothcapclothcap on November 8th, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
The problem > Producers
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ICBUW
Three U.S. companies produce large calibre DU tank rounds: Alliant Techsystems (120mm), Day & Zimmermann (120mm) and the former Primex Technologies, now General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (105mm and 120mm). Other companies – located in China, France, India, Serbia, the former Soviet Union, and Pakistan – also produce large calibre tank rounds. Alliant Techsystems, the largest ammunition manufacturers in the US also produce small calibre rounds (25mm, 30mm) for guns on U.S. aircraft and fighting vehicles. The UK-based firm BAE Systems produced 120mm shells for the UK armed forces until 2003, when they ceased production on ‘environmental’ grounds. This list is not exhaustive.

Aerojet, US
Alliant Techsystems (ATK), US
BAE Systems, UK
General Dynamics, US
Nexter (Giat Industries), France
Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Pakistan
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BAE Systems (UK)
BAE Systems is "a systems company innovating for a safer world and delivering total solutions to customer requirements, from the outermost reaches of space to the depths of the oceans." BAE Systems has annual sales of £12 billion and employs more than 90,000 people world-wide.

Producer details including a bit about Britain's 'past its use by date' DU, nothing about irradiated tank crews here;
http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/uranium-weapon-manufacturers
Lots more info, check the sidebar there. Recommended reading.

Edited at 2016-11-08 09:00 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on November 8th, 2016 09:38 pm (UTC)
The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes John Podesta
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Activist Post November 6, 2016
By Abby Martin
With the Wikileaks release of thousands of emails belonging to John Podesta, very little is known in US society about Podesta himself. While he’s maintained a low profile, John Podesta is actually considered one of Washington’s biggest players, and one of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the world.
In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin explores John Podesta’s political rise, his vast network of corporate connections and his think tank “Center for American Progress.” Learn why the Podestas and the Clintons are a match made in ruling class heaven.

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/11/empire-files-abby-martin-exposes-john-podesta.html

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http://theempirefiles.tv/

blue579 • 2 days ago
Bet Abby doesn't mention Podesta and the Clintons, working with other powerful Trilateralists, along with Bill Gates et al, are helping Russia build UN Sustainable Smart City Skolkovo transferring advanced classified technology to Russia's version of Silicon Valley generating an FBI letter of extraordinary warning. In return, Russian oligarchs have donated >$35 million to the Podesta and Clinton foundations.
Always boomerangs back to the international banksters and their UN Trojan horse.
clothcapclothcap on November 9th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Whoopee. The electorate put Hillary's stalking horse on the luciferians' mantlepiece
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And, in doing so advised the luciferian neocon cucumbers what to do with their criminal nominee.
Hopefully the FBI can now continue their investigation of the Clinton crooks.
Has Hillary picked a country that doesn't have extradition for her retirement yet? Palestine aka Israel, China?

Edited at 2016-11-09 07:17 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on November 9th, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Presidential pardon for his friends, the Clintons?
clothcapclothcap on November 9th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Was Donald heard to say, "oops"?
:-)

I wonder what they're sneaking past us behind all the flapping?
clothcapclothcap on November 9th, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Kind of weird situation. Everything seems to be frozen in space. Currency, stocks, war.

If he didn't want wars there wouldn't be any.
clothcapclothcap on November 9th, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC)
Still thinking aloud
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Could Trump be a Trojan Horse into Russia's weak spot, politics?