To quote Gerald Celente




Sometimes a map or some number of maps with a chart or two thrown in, is all you need


Because we’re a mite out of practice, we’re gonna ease into this thing today with some simple stuff.

President Obama continues to block the Keystone Pipeline project.


And yet, Canadian oil exports to the United States continue to expand.


How’s it getting there?



Wait a minute ..... where have I seen a chart like this before?

Of course, it looks just like Michael Mann/Al Gore's famed "Hockey Stick" chart!

Oh well, at least the profits were real ..... in both cases.


Silly political reporters spent a couple days arguing about “ugly politics”, the “Green” wing of the Democrat Party and how they are killing jobs all over the country.

Your Uncle Roany, cynic that he is, is inclined to consider a different possibility and wonders who owns the Rail Cars delivering all that oil. 

Mostly, it’s the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.


Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways is 22% owned by Berkshire Hathaway since 2009.

You might have noticed that shipments of oil by rail took off big time in 2010.

Speaking of rich guys, Berkshire Hathaway’s largest shareholder is of course Warren Buffett.


Just sayin'.


Who, as an aside through Berkshire Hathaway, also bought a 1% interest in Suncor, a huge player in the Canadian Oil Sands just last summer.

In the interest of full disclosure, your Uncle Roany is about to get back into COS.

Speaking of oil, Russia is about to end up with about as much Ukraine as Putin feels like having despite the best efforts of the Neocon/Lib imbeciles running amok over at the CIA/State Department, as Europe will cave on the issue, leaving the pathetic little man in the White House with even more egg on his face than usual.

Here are the only two pieces of information you need in order to discern the fate of Ukraine.



If you’re wondering where the world’s proven oil reserves reside now days, here’s your answer.

Not much has changed in a while.


Not much has changed on the consumption side either, except that China continues to expand it's consumption.


Along with it's pollution problems.


That's all for now.

To quote Tony Kornheiser,



To quote The Ogster





You just couldn't make it up.


From Zero Hedge which remains our first read of the day.

The photo to the right is that of State Department Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki. Enjoy the following exchange between Jennifer and Associated press reporter, Matthew Lee during the Q&A following Ms. Psaki's announcement of the State Department's launch of the Third Annual "Free The Press Campaign", in which the Federal Government of the United States of America highlights "journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened, or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting."

You just couldn't make it up.
I dunno, maybe you could ..... I couldn't.

JENNIFER PSAKI: One more announcement for all of you: With World Press Freedom Day around the world on May 3rd, the department will launch its third annual Free the Press campaign later this afternoon in New York at the U.S. U.N. mission. Beginning on Monday and all of next week, we will highlight emblematic cases of imperiled reporters and media outlets that have been targeted, oppressed, imprisoned or otherwise harassed because of their professional work. The first two cases will be announced by Assistant Secretary -- Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski later at the -- at U.S. U.N. And we invite you of course to follow Tom at Twitter, who has -- on Twitter who, as you all know, was just confirmed several weeks, @Malinowski and to keep up with human rights issues on DRL's website.

With that --


Q: Sure. Just on that, reporters who are, what, harassed? I'm sorry --


MS. PSAKI: Targeted, oppressed, imprisoned or otherwise harassed.


Q: Otherwise harassed. Does that include those who may have been targeted, harassed, imprisoned and otherwise whatever by the United States government?


MS. PSAKI: I'm --


Q: No?


MS. PSAKI: I think you're familiar with our Free the Press campaign, Matt, but --


Q: Fair enough. So it does not include those who might have been harassed by --


MS. PSAKI: We highlight, as we often do, where we see issues with media freedom around the world.


Q: Right, I understand. But you would say that you don't -- the U.S. does not believe that it has a problem with press freedom, or if it does, that it's not nearly as severe as the problems in other countries.


MS. PSAKI: We do not. I think we can look at many of the problems --


On media press freedom?

Oh. Go ahead. And then we'll go to you, (Paul ?).

Did you have another question on media press freedom, or --



Q: If I could just go back to the overall, in general, the administration does not regard attempting to prosecute American journalists as an infringement of press freedom?


MS. PSAKI: I'm not sure which case you're -- what you're referring to.


Q: Well, there's several cases that are out there right now. The one that comes -- springs to mind is the James Risen case, where the Justice Department is attempting to prosecute. I just want to be clear. I'm not trying to --


MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, I --


Q: I just want to know if you regard that as an infringement on press freedom or not. And I suspect that you do not, but I want to make sure that that's the case.


MS. PSAKI: As you know, and I'll, of course, refer to the Department of Justice, but the leaking of classified information is in a separate category. What we're talking about here, as you all know and unfortunately we have talk about on a regular basis here, is the targeting of journalists, the arrests, the imprisonment for simply exercising their ability to tell the story.


Q: Right. I understand that. And we're all, I'm sure, myself and all my colleagues, we're very appreciative of that.

But the reporters in question here have not leaked the information; they simply published it. So is it correct, then, that you don't believe -- you don't regard that as an infringement of press freedom?


MS. PSAKI: We don't. I don't have anything more to say on that case.


Q: OK.


MS. PSAKI: Do we have a new topic?



Your government at work.



Cajones defined


One unarmed Ukrainian woman stops an entire column of tanks with one hand.

Her left hand at that.

To quote Jordan Morgan






To quote Maxick on the occasion of his death







While not entirely sure just exactly what that means,

I think that one has to be impressed with a man so dialed in to his mind, body and spirit that he felt death coming well enough in advance to get off a quick note about it.

Click on the photo for a pretty good Wikipedia primer on this powerful little man.


The Great Storm of 1913


One hundred years ago this weekend, the most destructive storm in their recorded history struck the Great Lakes.



Bodies along the beach south of Goderich, Ontario wearing Wexford life jackets. Photo: The Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, as used in The Wexford: Elusive Shipwreck of the Great Storm, 1913; Paul Carroll.


Twelve ships went down with all hands, eight on Lake Huron as over 250 men were lost.

Waves reached thirty six feet as winds in excess of eighty miles and hour were recorded.

Sustained winds of over sixty miles per hour raged throughout the Great Lakes Region for over sixteen hours.

Click on the photo above for a nicely done story on this tragedy from The Detroit News.



The Great Storm 1913 from Andy Morrison on Vimeo.


Your government at work


This one has well over three million hits by now, so maybe you've seen it.

We post it as an example of the attitude and quality of service being provided to the American people by the Federal Government of the United States of America.

Which service by the way, the American people are paying top dollar for.



Neither rain, nor sleet, nor a real long sidewalk .......




Named after the application for unemployment benefits from the United Kingdom, UB40 went on to sell over 70 million records over their 30 plus year career, during which time they have filled major concert venues on every continent and nearly every country on this earth.

If ever there was a testament to the power of simple songs with simple parts and simple arrangements played perfectly night in and night out it is UB40.

Here is the incomparable Ali Campbell on vocals and hips.  Robin Campbell playing his upside down strung, Fender Strat, left handed. Astro doing whatever it is that Astro does.  James Brown is on the drum kit and Norman Hassan is playing percussion.  Earl Falconer is playing bass guitar and Mickey Virtue the keyboards.  The back line features Brian Travers on a Yamaha WX7 breath controller to a synth, along with Henry and Patrick Tenyue on Trombone and Trumpet respectively,


Where Did I Go Wrong.



And from the same show, because I couldn't make up my mind.

Come Out To Play.



To quote Oliver Herford









To quote Winston Churchill over and over and over and .....


If you are going through hell, keep going.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they’ve tried everything else.
A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
He is a modest little man with a good deal to be modest about.
The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Do not criticize your government when out of the country.  Never cease to do so when at home.
Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Some people’s idea of [free speech] is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
There is no such thing as public opinion.  There is only published opinion.
History is written by the victors.  History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Study history, study history.  In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.
It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
You may try to destroy all the wealth and find that all you have done is increase poverty.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Saving is a fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.
I am an optimist.  It does not seem too much use being anything else.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every calamity.  The pessimist sees calamity in every opportunity.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
”Lady Astor, “Winston, if I was your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.”  “Nancy if I were your husband, I’d drink it.”
Old expressions are the best, and short ones even better.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
To jaw-jaw- is always better than to war-war.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
I hope I shall never see the day when the Force of Right is deprived of the Right of Force.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.  To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
The length of this document defends it well against the risk of it ever being read.
I like pigs.  Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.


75% of active American military personnel oppose military action in Syria


A Military Times survey of more than 750 active-duty troops this week found service members oppose military action in Syria by a margin of about three to one.

“I haven’t heard one single person be supportive of it,” said an Army staff sergeant at Fort Hood who asked not to be identified by name.

Click on the pie chart over there to the right for a series of three charts summarizing the opinions of the men and women in America's armed forces concerning air strikes on Syria, whether President Obama's proposed military intervention in Syria is in America's national interest, and whether or not Congress should pass a resolution on military action against Syria.


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