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  1. I was happy to find an intelligent article about Iraq that covers their current predicament. The protests that are largely underreported, are about disatisfaction that Iraq is aligning with Iran, and about the elections - which some are claiming were rigged, in addition to more and more of the population turning against Abadi. I was trying to decide if this would help or hurt the RV. On the one hand, I can understand why Iraq would want to stabilize things before pulling the trigger, maybe even waiting until after the election recount. But on the other hand, if I were Abadi, I'd probably feel insecure about my future so I might want to have the RV soon to make the people happy and try to cement my current position by ingratiating people to me. I realize it's not his decision alone, but surely he must wield a fair amount of power and maybe it's enough that that he could push everyone, including the CBI, to get it done. What do others thing about this? https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/Domestic-Unrest-Threatens-OPECs-No2.html Domestic Unrest Threatens OPEC’s No.2 By Cyril Widdershoven - Jul 16, 2018, 5:00 PM CDT Iraq’s future is again tottering with protests erupting of the country. Baghdad is being confronted by internal unrest, as economic and social problems have spilled over into the political arena. Protests and strikes have been reported in the major oil port of Basra, while reports are also mentioning protests in the provinces Dhi Qar, Wasit, Maysan and Babil. Peaceful protests seem now to have crossed a red line, as protesters and security forces have clashed near the Iranian border at Amara, with several injured and 2 killed as reported by NBC News. Violence also has erupted in the holy city of Najaf, where protesters stormed buildings and the airport. A majority of the protests at present are focusing on the growing influence of Iran. Direct attacks have been reported on offices of the Kata’ib Hezbollah in Najaf, Dawa, Badr and other places. Kata’ib Hezbollah is directly linked to Iran and its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The protests erupted following the elections in May, in which to the surprise of many, Shi’a leader Muqtada Al Sadr came out victorious. Former pro-Iranian militia groups were voted in as second force, while Iraq’s PM block came in third. Until now, no new government has been formed and the election results are even being questioned, as many fear that widespread election fraud occurred throughout the country. The formation of a Shi’a led pro-Iranian government seems the most feasible at present. At the same time, Iraq’s economy is being hit by a crisis in which corruption and a total failure of investment strategies has caused the population to turn against Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. The current stagnating economy and the lack of transparency is being blamed on the pro-Iranian parties, or even the total Iranian power in the country.Related: Record Oil Production Doesn’t Free U.S. From Global Market It seems that the ongoing widespread protests in Iran, which have still been underreported in mainstream media, are supporting the current protests in Iraq too. People throughout the whole region are fed-up with the increased cooperation between Baghdad and Tehran. The anti-Iran and Baghdad protests come at a very bad moment. After the removal of ISIS in almost all of Iraq, the current power struggle and economic crisis have again given room to a re-emergence of the terrorist group. Since the elections in May, ISIS has stepped up its attacks throughout the whole country. Iraqi special forces are currently battling with ISIS groups in the Salahuddin, Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh provinces. These operations are partly successful, but no end to the violence is in sight. Even though no real damage has been reported in Iraq’s southern oil and gas fields or energy infrastructure, parties are aware of the fact that more violence could easily spread to southern Iraqi ports or directly to up- and downstream projects in the region. Protests have been confirmed around Basrah’s oil and gas plants and infrastructure, but until now, crude exports remain unaffected. Sources have indicated that some production in the Majnoon field has been suspended, but figures have not been given. The ongoing protests in the Basrah area, however, could have a detrimental impact on Iraq’s export capabilities. The clashes and severe actions taken by security forces against protestors could spill over to the energy infrastructure of the region soon. Until now the protests have been effectively suppressed, but new clashes with Iraqi army and security troops are to be expected. Al-Abadi has ordered new reinforcements to go to Basrah and other southern cities to quell the unrest. Join the world's largest energy community with over 10,000+ members Learn, Share, and Discuss on the OilPrice Community A threatening sign of things to come is the fact that the already fledgling internet in Iraq has been shut down in the protest areas. The severity of the overall situation has become clear after that Abadi, who attended the NATO Summit in Brussels, where also U.S. president Trump and several Arab leaders also met, left the meeting to lead the actions against the protests. How far the Abadi-government will be able to quell the current unrest is unclear. For most protesters, the fact that the Basrah region is the main provider of oil and gas revenues but no real changes are seen on the street is the main point of conflict. Al Abadi also needs to counter a potentially larger opposition force; Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani. Al Aistani has put his own position behind the protests. If Al Sistani and Al Sadr would join forces and openly support the protests, the days of Al Abadi could be numbered. A power struggle could emerge on the streets of Basrah, Karbala and other places, leaving Iraq in shambles. Related: Oil Retraces On Libyan Production Surge The latest reports indicate that protestors already have the oil and gas fields in the south in their sight. Protestors are currently surrounding the Siba natural gas field, which is run by Kuwait Energy. At the same time, news is emerging that protestors are at the gates of Iraq’s main oil fields, West Qurna 1, West Qurna 2 and Rumaila. An eruption of violence in this region could potentially decimate the export volumes of the country. At present, Iraq is the second-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, with a production of around 4.5 million bpd. Baghdad’s overall production is reported to have surged last month by 122,000 bpd and around 1/3 of total production is located in the Basrah province. Oil prices would spike if Iraq were to see major outages and OPEC won’t be able to compensate for it. By Cyril Widdershoven for Oilprice.com
  2. Thanks for clarify and I agree. There is much room and great need for imrovement!
  3. These 2 are the father and son whose arrest sparked Cliven Bundy et all to speak up and take a stand against the injustice of it. In January, the Bundy's suit was finally dismissed by a judge and now this is even more great news! Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who sparked occupation of wildlife refuge President Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven — whose case spurred armed militants led by Ammon Bundy to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days in 2016. “The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.“ The statement went on to accuse the Obama administration of overzealous prosecution of the father and son. “At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would ‘shock the conscience’ and be ‘grossly disproportionate to the severity’ of their conduct. As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences,” the statement continued. “The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison. This was unjust.” The White House noted that Dwight Hammond, 76, had already served about three years behind bars and that his son Steven, 49, had served nearly four years in prison. The pair had also coughed up $400,000 to settle a civil suit with the feds. Modal Trigger Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his Burns, Ore., home in 2016.AP “The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West. Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond,” the statement said. On Jan. 2, 2016, militants seized the headquarters of the wildlife refuge in Harney County to protest the Hammonds’ prosecution and sentencing. Bundy was also part of the 2014 standoff at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. The Hammonds have been locked up since Jan. 4, 2016, after they were resentenced following their 2012 conviction for arson on public lands. Their case spurred outrage in ranching communities across the West, with critics slamming the federal government for their aggressive tactics. The Hammonds said the fires they had set on their own property to fight invasive plant species had accidentally spread to public lands. Clemency does not erase their convictions, but vacates the remainder of their prison sentences. It was unclear when they would be released. https://nypost.com/2018/07/10/trump-pardons-oregon-ranchers-who-sparked-occupation-of-wildlife-refuge/
  4. I'm not sure I understood what you were trying to say, but I believe you are saying you agree the U.S. IS a 3rd world country. As someone who lives in a 2nd world country, I can assure you first hand that the US is still a 1st world country. While there are many locations in the US that have horrendous living situations, at least there is the opportunity to go somewhere else that's better. For the vast majority of people in those locations, if they work hard, they can change their circumstances and create a good life for themselves. That's not the case in 3rd world countries (and it's not even as doable in a 2nd world country). Obviously the U.S. is in trouble, but that's why I posted this - to point out some of the issues!! But the author of the article is totally wrong to assert the U.S. is a 3rd world country when pretty much any 3rd world country resident would love the opportunity to live in one of the worst locations in America. The point of my post was to draw attention to some of the real problems in the US and not focus on the sensationalized and inaccurate headline. I'm sorry you didn't get that.
  5. - Of course, we know that's really not true. But he brings to light some pretty disturbing facts.... The USA Is Now a 3rd World Nation I know it hurts, but the reality is painfully obvious: the USA is now a 3rd World nation. Dividing the Earth's nations into 1st, 2nd and 3rd world has fallen out of favor;apparently it offended sensibilities. It has been replaced by the politically correct developed and developing nations, a terminology which suggests all developing nations are on the pathway to developed-nation status. What's been lost in jettisoning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd world categories is the distinction between developing (2nd world) and dysfunctional states (3rd world), states we now label "failed states." But 3rd World implied something quite different from "failed state": failed state refers to a failed government of a nation-state, i.e. a government which no longer fulfills the minimum duties of a functional state: basic security, rule of law, etc. 3rd World referred to a nation-state which was dysfunctional and parasitic for the vast majority of its residents but that worked extremely well for entrenched elites who controlled most of the wealth and political power. Unlike failed states, which by definition are unstable, 3rd World nations are stable, for the reason that they work just fine for the elites who dominate the wealth, power and machinery of governance. Here are the core characteristics of dysfunctional but stable states that benefit the entrenched few at the expense of the many, i.e. 3rd World nations: 1. Ownership of stocks and other assets is highly concentrated in entrenched elites. The average household is disconnected from the stock market and other measures of wealth; only a thin sliver of households own enough financial/speculative wealth to make an actual difference in their lives. 2. The infrastructure of the nation used by the many is poorly maintained and costly to operate as entrenched elites plunder the funding to pad their payrolls, pensions and sweetheart/insider contracts. 3. The financial/political elites have exclusive access to parallel systems of transport, healthcare, education, etc. The elites avoid trains, subways, lenders, coach-class air transport, standard healthcare and the rest of the decaying, dysfunctional systems they own that extract wealth from the debt-serfs. They fly on private aircraft, have their own healthcare and legal services, use their privileges to get their offspring into elite universities and institutions and have access to elite banking and lending services that are unavailable to their technocrat lackeys and enforcers. 4. The elites fund lavish monuments to their own glory disguised as "civic or national pride." These monuments take the form of stadiums, palatial art museums, immense government buildings, etc. Meanwhile the rest of the day-to-day infrastructure decays in various states of dysfunction. 5. There are two classes that only interact in strictly controlled ways: the wealthy, who live in gated, guarded communities and who rule all the institutions, public and private, and the debt-serfs, who are divided into well-paid factotums, technocrat lackeys and enforcers who serve the interests of the entrenched elites and rest of the populace who own virtually nothing and have zero power. The elites make a PR show of being a commoner only to burnish the absurd illusion that debt-serf votes actually matter. (They don't.) 6. Cartels and quasi-monopolies are parasitically extracting the wealth of the nation for their elite owners and managers. Google: quasi-monopoly. Facebook: quasi-monopoly. Healthcare: cartel. Banking: cartel. National defense: cartel. National Security: cartel. Corporate mainstream media: cartel. Higher education: cartel. Student loans: cartel. I think you get the point: every key institution or function is controlled by cartels or quasi-monopolies that serve the interests of the few via parasitic exploitation of the powerless. 7. The elites use the extreme violence and repressive powers of the government to suppress, marginalize and/or destroy any dissent. There are two systems of "law": one for the elites ($10 million penalties for ripping off the public for $10 billion, no personal liability for outright fraud) and one for the unprotected-unprivileged: "tenners" (10-year prison sentences) for minor drug infractions, renditions or assassinations (all "legal," of course) and institutional forces of violence (bust down your door on the rumor you've got drugs, confiscate your car because we caught you with cash, so you must be a drug dealer, and so on, in sickening profusion). 8. Dysfunctional institutions with unlimited power to extract money via junk fees, licensing fees, parking tickets, penalties, late fees, etc., all without recourse. Mess with the extractive, parasitic bureaucracy and you'll regret it: there's no recourse other than another layer of well-paid self-serving functionaries that would make Kafka weep. 9. The well-paid factotums, bureaucrats, technocrat lackeys and enforcers who fatten their own skims and pensions at the expense of the public and slavishly serve the interests of the entrenched elites embrace the delusion that they're "wealthy" and "the system is working great." These deluded servants of the elites will defend the dysfunctional system because it serves their interests to do so. The more dysfunctional the institution, the greater their power, so they actively increase the dysfunction at every opportunity. The USA is definitively a 3rd World nation. Read the list above and then try to argue the USA is not a 3rd World nation. Try arguing against the facts displayed in this chart: I know it hurts, but the reality is painfully obvious: the USA is now a 3rd World nation. http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-usa-is-now-3rd-world-nation.html
  6. And the plot thickens....... BREAKING: Founder of #WalkAway Campaign Brandon Straka ABUSED by Leftists at NYC Camera Shop Share this Tweet this Google + Email this JULY 6, 2018 9:18 AM AMERICA DIVIDED (Gateway Pundit) – The #WalkAway campaign began on Facebook after a handsome, *** hairdresser from New York named Brandon Straka posted a video last month explaining why he was walking away from the Democrat party. People are leaving the Democrat party in droves because all they have to offer is violence, intolerance, divisiveness and hatred. Brandon Straka’s videos are so popular that he is beginning to get recognized in public. On Thursday, Brandon Straka went into a camera shop to purchase some new supplies when he was abused by leftists working there; they recognized him and refused him service. This type of hatred and discrimination is precisely why Brandon Straka began the #WalkAway campaign in the first place. Brandon Straka tweeted: I’m shaking right now. I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc. and they recognized me from tv. I was refused service because they said it was for “alt right” purposes. That literally just happened. Twitter Ads info and privacy Straka said he will not let what happened to him today slow him down. “We will prevail.” What happened to me today will NOT slow me down or deter me in any way. We will prevail. #WalkAway https://www.teaparty.org/breaking-founder-walkaway-campaign-brandon-straka-abused-leftists-nyc-camera-shop-312578/
  7. And this may help move this along quickly! Trump To OPEC 'Allies': "Reduce Oil Prices Now" Or Lose US Defense Shield Update: For the umpteenth time this year, President Trump has lashed out at OPEC over soaring oil prices (and therefore gas prices): "The OPEC Monopoly must remember that gas prices are up & they are doing little to help. If anything, they are driving prices higher." Then Trump escalated his rhetoric, appearing to threaten the withdrawal of support unless action is taken "...the United States defends many of their members for very little $’s. This must be a two way street. REDUCE PRICING NOW! " Twitter Ads info and privacy This is coming after reports that Trump asked the Saudis to increase production by 2mm barrels and that they agreed. President Trump has not been shy of expressing his views to OPEC... https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-04/how-much-us-households-lose-gas-prices-rise
  8. LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for saying this. Kim Clement, a well respected prophet, has said that the RV will happen too. I didn't lose hope when I heard what Whitedove said, but I was rattled just a bit. Like I said, even the best psychics are wrong 1 in 5 times, so I've been counting on this to be one of those times for Whitedover. I will wait until it happens or the money becomes worthless, but optimism sure helps make the wait easier. I got in in 2011, so I'm going into my 8th year. But that's nothing compared to those who got in around 2004. GOOOOOO RV!
  9. Breiting, who I greatly respect, has been saying this as well. In fact just this week he gave the range of $60-63. He also mentioned that the increased outputs of OPEC members, and especially Suadi Arabia, should push this forward pretty quickly. Thanks for posting. GOOOOOOOOOOOO RV.
  10. Catastrophic drought threatens Iraq as major dams in surrounding countries cut off water to its great rivers Iraq after Isis: After decades of war – including the last battle against Isis – Iraq is in danger of losing the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates. In the first part of a new series, Patrick Cockburn reports that as Turkey, Syria and Iran dam its rivers, parts of the country are turning into desert (this is the headline on the above link posted by Pitcher) OH COME ON!!!! Just when we think Iraq is finally free to move forwad and finally do the RV, this happens! Going off point for a moment, Michell Whitedove is known as "America's psychic" (I guess she's done TV shows where she earned that title). A month or 2 ago she was asked about the Iraqi dinar and she said she didn't see people getting rich from it. I'm not usually one to rely on psychics, but there is something to them, although even the best psychics only get it right 80% of the time at best...... But geeze louise!!! if Turkey, Syria and Iran cut of Iraq's water, that'g gotta be catastrophic for Iraq and maybe it will never get to RV. Boy am I gonna big sick if this psychic turns out to be right about this. Still, I'm not giving up so I'm gonna keep hopin' and a prayin'! Thanks for sharing this Pitcher. Though it's bad news, I'd rather know about it sooner than later. GOOOOOO RV!
  11. KristiD

    Buddy in military in iraq

    With respect, I don't think you understood what I was saying at all. Again I will state that I absolutely agree that you have the right to disagree with or dislike anyone's post. What I don't like is when you - or anyone - does so with disrespect. Calling BS on Bull Dog's rumor insinuates that he made it up (tantamount to lying) - and that is disrespectful, I think almost anyone would agree with that. Declaring that you "feel sorry" for him because he doesn't see things the same way you do -- is also disrespectful because it's a put down. And some of the things others have said were even more disrespectful. Still, you all are free to be disrespectful if you want, I was just pointing it out with the hopes that maybe you would stop once you thought about it. And again I will point out that you are not in a position to declare that Bull Dog needs to have thicker skin. That's just your opinion and you don't have the right to impose that on anyone else (except maybe your kids). God did not put you in charge of deciding what and when other people should or shouldn't feel (or think or do) - especially people you don't even know. If you really believe you have something valuable to say, then try saying it in a respectful way. It's much more likely to be accepted and illicit change than if you try to force someone to change by insulting them. Bull Dog respectfully said he didn't like all the rude attacks. I say good for him for speaking up and letting people know that they offended him. If people would just stop trying to impose their beliefs and opinions on other people, if they could just give up the need to be right and accept that others see things differently, the world would be a much better place. And while I do recognize that this is just my opinion, I'm also pretty sure that almost everybody here would agree with that and also that almost everyone resents it when someone else tries to tell them what to feel or think or do - particularly when it's done disrespectfully. Maybe if we all treated others the way we want to be treated - life would be much more pleasant for everyone. That said, I also hope this pops soon. GOOOOOOOOO RV!!!
  12. KristiD

    OMG! THIS IS TOOOOO CUTE!

    Hilarious! only 1 minute
  13. - at least I think so. It's from Alex Jones, who honestly is a bit too pushy and sensationalist for my taste generally. But he does have good information a lot of the time and I think this is particularly important right now. It shows a clip from Mike Adams about what he feels is about to break out in the US, which is that the liberals are deliberating trying to incite viiolence and use that as an excuse to start rounding up (and worse) conservatives. I agree that this is likely the true plan of the liberals, I am just not sure whether it's about to happen right now or if it's a ways off still. But, because of the magnitude of what may be happening soon, I encourage every American to take the time to watch this. Hopefully we have more time, but if not, it's best to be prepared now, and he gives some good advice about how to do that.
  14. KristiD

    RANDY KOONCE LETS OUT SOME POOTS...

    Perhapys it's because you're like me and you just like to indulge in a little hopium (even though it's likely not true) because it helps pass this depressingly long wait for the RV to happen. A little, temporary false hope just brightens our day sometimes. jmo
  15. Conservative Hollywood actor and social media firebrand James Woods posted his own modified version of TIME’s magazine cover, which featured Obama walking away from yet another problem that Trump would have to fix. View image on Twitter There’s just one big problem with TIME’s cover and accompanying piece — the separation of illegal immigrant families at the border didn’t start with the Trump administration, but occurred under the past few administrations as well, including that of former President Barack Obama.
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