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BlasterBates
31st March 2008, 15:51
Armagedon (http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10925548)

Notice that for journalists recession, depression and even doom is to weak describe what is happening.

What is happening is:

Armageddon

realityhack
31st March 2008, 15:51
Don't panic - HRH will know how to fix all of this.

MOH
31st March 2008, 15:54
a bit of 2 by 4 and some epoxy resin:laugh

sasguru
31st March 2008, 15:55
Don't panic - HRH will know how to fix all of this.


Between him and atw, we should have no problems at all.

TheFaQQer
31st March 2008, 16:22
Between him and atw, we should have no problems at all.

Phew.

Crisis averted.

AlfredJPruffock
31st March 2008, 17:05
Armagettinoutofhere

Meanwhile Moscow reports that the US airforces are preparing for a nuclear strike on Iran and bomb over 400 targets - inital casulites could be in the region of one million in he first three days alone ... unprecedented global finanacial chaos and the entire Middle East catches fire as Iran retaliates by striking Israel with biological and nuclear weapons ... Russian troops are then dispatched via Syria to occupy the Golan hights as the US Gulf fleet is sunk in less than 12 hours by advanced Russian missiles and as Bush reels China invades Taiwan ...China and Russia declares War on the US - North Korea detonates nuclear weapon over Hawaii ... complete collapse of the US dollar ..; food queues and breakdown of order in New York - Russian tanks storm though Ukraine and make their objective in Warsaw with minimal resistance - NATO HQ in Brussels is devastated by Iranian suicide bombers - US broadens conflict by attacking Paksitan with nuclear weapons who in turn attacks and destroy much of India with surprise nuclear attack -Chinese troops over-run Kashmir and occupy Northern India - EC ready to make peace with Russia and hands baltics and Eastern Europe to Soviet 1950 boundaries - UK closes down US misslie bases by force as Brown capitulates to SinoSoviet demands as the US descends into chaos - Russian and Syrian troops occupy Jerusalem

As Armegedeon beckons - back at the ranch - Bush is drunk/cocained out of his box singing

A la Beachboys ..

Bomb- Bomb- Bomb -bomb bomb Iran - you got me rockingandarolling - Bomb Iran


PS Folks -relax ... none of the above is going to happen - our leaders arent that crazy - honestly - Im just kidding

AtW
31st March 2008, 17:38
Yes, friends of Abramovich will be nuking Chelsea and their expensive mansions all around europe as well as forfeiting their fat foreign bank accounts.

realityhack
31st March 2008, 17:44
It can't be long before NickyG sees this...

AlfredJPruffock
31st March 2008, 17:47
Last Friday, Dick Cheney was in Saudi Arabia for high-level meetings with the Saudi king and his ministers. On Saturday, it was revealed that the Saudi Shura Council -- the elite group that implements the decisions of the autocratic inner circle -- is preparing "national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors," one of the kingdom's leading newspapers, Okaz, reports.


The German-based dpa news service relayed the paper's story.

Simple prudence -- or ominous timing? We noted here last week that an American attack on Iran was far more likely -- and more imminent -- than most people suspect. We pointed to the mountain of evidence for this case gathered by scholar William R. Polk, one of the top aides to John Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and to other indicators of impending war. The story by Okaz -- which would not have appeared in the tightly controlled dictatorship without approval from the top -- is yet another, very weighty piece of evidence laid in the scales toward a new, horrendous conflict.

We don't know what the Saudis told Cheney in private -- or even more to the point, what he told them. But the release of this story now, just after his departure, would seem to be a clear indication that the Saudis have good reason to fear a looming attack on Iran's nuclear sites and are actively preparing for it.

II. A Nuclear Epiphany in Iran?


And they certainly should be bracing themselves. A U.S. attack on Iran will come suddenly, and if it is indeed aimed at destroying Iran's nuclear capabilities -- a "threat" being talked up again with new urgency by both Cheney and Bush lately -- it has the potential for unimaginable consequences. As we noted here in a previous piece:

Twelve hours. One circuit of the sun from horizon to horizon, one course of the moon from dusk to dawn. What was once a natural measurement for the daily round of human life is now a doom-laden interval between the voicing of an autocrat's brutal whim and the infliction of mass annihilation halfway around the world.

Twelve hours is the maximum time necessary for American bombers to gear up and launch an unprovoked sneak attack * a Pearl Harbor in reverse * against Iran, the Washington Post reports. The plan for this "global strike," which includes a very viable "nuclear option," was approved months ago, and is now in operation. The planes are already on continuous alert, making "nuclear delivery" practice runs along the Iranian border, as Sy Hersh reports in the New Yorker, and waiting only for the signal from President George W. Bush to drop their payloads of conventional and nuclear weapons on some 400 targets spread throughout the condemned land.

And when this attack comes * either as a stand-alone "knock-out blow" or else as the precusor to a full-scale, regime-changing invasion, like the earlier aggression in Iraq * there will be no warning, no declaration of war, no hearings, no public debate. The already issued orders governing the operation put the decision solely in the hands of the president: he picks up the phone, he says, "Go" * and in twelve hours' time, up to a million Iranians could be dead.

This potential death toll is not pacificist hyperbole; it comes from a National Academy of Sciences study sponsored by the Pentagon itself, as The Progressive reports. (Although Bush's military brass like to peddle the public lie that "we don't do body counts" of the enemy, in reality, like all good businessmen they keep precise accounts of their production outputs: i.e., corpses.) The Pentagon's NAS study calibrated the kill-rate from "bunker- busting" tactical nukes used to take out underground facilities * such as those which house much of Iran's nuclear power program.

Another simulation by scientists, using Pentagon-devised software, was even more specific, measuring the aftermath of a "limited" nuclear attack on the main Iranian underground site in Esfahan, the magazine reports. This small expansion of the Pentagon franchise would result in stellar production figures: three million people killed by radiation in just two weeks, and 35 million people exposed to dangerous levels of cancer-causing radiation in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Bush has about 50 nuclear "earth-penetrating weapons" at his disposal, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Nor is the idea of a nuclear strike on Iran mere "liberal paranoia." Bush himself pointedly refused to take the nuclear option "off the table" this week. But what's more, Bush has made the use of nuclear weapons a centerpiece of his "National Security Strategy of the United States," issued last month, The Progressive notes. While reaffirming the criminal principle of "pre-emptive" attacks on perceived enemies which may or may not be threatening America with weapons they may or may not possess, Bush declared that "safe, credible and reliable nuclear forces continue to play a critical role" in the "offensive strike systems" that are now a key part of America's "deterrence. "

In the depraved jargon of atomic warmongering, a "credible" nuclear force is one that can and will be used in the course of ordinary military operations. It is no longer to be regarded as a sacred taboo. This has long been the dream of the Pentagon's "nuclear priesthood" and its acolytes, going back to the days of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For decades, a strong faction within the American power structure has been afflicted with a perverted craving to unleash these weapons once more.

An almost sexual frustration can be discerned in their laments as time and again, in crisis after crisis, their counsels for "going nuclear" were rejected * often at the very last moment.

Turion
31st March 2008, 18:17
So, have you dug your bunker yet? How many contractors do you have space for? We need as many contractor to survive as possible in order to rebuild the IT infrastructure, so that normal online gaming can continue....Hmm sounds like you are already playing out an online game. What have you been playing. Sounds very good. High death toll, lots of gore...can I join in?

tay
31st March 2008, 18:30
Was a great movie..... they saved the whole friggin planet!

KackAttack
31st March 2008, 20:19
I thought the Navy Seals had already started operations against Iran, back in Feb:


The most sinister speculation so far has blamed the U.S. and Israel for the cuts in a blatant attempt to further cripple Iran which is now purported to have their Internet service back albeit through U.S. and British routers. There is a widespread belief amongst conpiracy theorist bloggers and on Internet messageboards that the U.S. will engage in a campaign of “Information Warfare” attacking Iran.

http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=1771

Board Game Geek
31st March 2008, 23:57
U.S. will engage in a campaign of “Information Warfare” attacking Iran

um...sorry to be pedantic, but isn't that what the CUK forums have been doing for the last x years ?

AlfredJPruffock
1st April 2008, 17:06
We knew things were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their families.


Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s.

The increase – from 26.5 million in 2007 – is due partly to recent efforts to increase public awareness of the programme and also a switch from paper coupons to electronic debit cards. But above all it is the pressures being exerted on ordinary Americans by an economy that is suddenly beset by troubles. Housing foreclosures, accelerating jobs losses and fast-rising prices all add to the squeeze.

Emblematic of the downturn until now has been the parades of houses seized in foreclosure all across the country, and myriad families separated from their homes. But now the crisis is starting to hit the country in its gut. Getting food on the table is a challenge many Americans are finding harder to meet. As a barometer of the country's economic health, food stamp usage may not be perfect, but can certainly tell a story

NotAllThere
1st April 2008, 17:10
Sounds bad. Ah'm a geddon out of here.

BrilloPad
1st April 2008, 17:18
We knew things were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their families.


Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s.

The increase – from 26.5 million in 2007 – is due partly to recent efforts to increase public awareness of the programme and also a switch from paper coupons to electronic debit cards. But above all it is the pressures being exerted on ordinary Americans by an economy that is suddenly beset by troubles. Housing foreclosures, accelerating jobs losses and fast-rising prices all add to the squeeze.

Emblematic of the downturn until now has been the parades of houses seized in foreclosure all across the country, and myriad families separated from their homes. But now the crisis is starting to hit the country in its gut. Getting food on the table is a challenge many Americans are finding harder to meet. As a barometer of the country's economic health, food stamp usage may not be perfect, but can certainly tell a story

gap between rich and poor widening. only way to reduce it is depression.

bogeyman
1st April 2008, 17:19
Getting food on the table is a challenge many Americans are finding harder to meet. As a barometer of the country's economic health, food stamp usage may not be perfect, but can certainly tell a story

It's a dream come true for all those 'survivalists' who wanted to hide away in a shack in the Appalachian mountains with their shotguns primed, and their food stashed, and wishing the rest of the world would just go away, or at least blow its darned itself up.