June 26, 2013


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06 26 13 Superpower Death Watch
















Veterans’ uphill road back, struggle with suicide


Jun 25, 1:34 AM EDT [Jun 25, 10:35 AM EDT]












The number of suicides is nearly double that of a decade ago when the United States [The World Tyrant] was just a year into the Afghan war and hadn’t yet invaded Iraq.  While the pace is down slightly this year, it remains worryingly high.




The military says about 22 *veterans* kill themselves *every day*




But how to tackle the spiking suicide number among *active-duty troops*…remains in question.




“It’s not just people who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan who are killing themselves.




About 50 percent are people who’ve never deployed before.




The American public, largely untouched by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because an all-volunteer military did the fighting, is gradually becoming aware of the problems faced by active-duty troops and military veterans.








Illinois’ bad credit costing taxpayers millions


Jun 25, 3:32 AM EDT












Largely because of its *unfunded retirement plans*, Illinois has replaced longtime bottom-dweller California as having the lowest credit rating of any state. 




So when Illinois tries to borrow money, it faces…far higher interest rates.




Take the $1.3 billion in bonds Illinois is expected to sell this week to improve highways, rebuild a 40-year-old elevated train line in Chicago and buy land for an airport.  [Brian Battle, director at Performance Trust Capital Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm] estimates the state will pay more than $18 million in *extra* interest *each year* than states such as Virginia or Maryland, which have high credit ratings.




That’s an *additional* $450 million *over the 25-year life* of a bond issue. 




In personal terms, it’s $36 [extra] taken directly from the pockets of each of Illinois’ nearly 13 million residents.  And that’s for just one bond sale.




For decades, legislators skipped or shorted payments to state retirement funds, creating a $97 *billion* pension shortfall




Yet lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly adjourned the spring legislative session last month without a deal.  It was the fifth time in 12 months that they left town without solving the crisis.










Kabul operation ends after hours of fighting; several dozen killed


Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:28










s martyrdom attack hitting the most heavily-fortified strategic points at the heart of Afghan capital early this morning that includes




Arg [presidential palace],




the ministry of defense,




the Ariana hotel used as a CIA headquarter,




the U.S. Embassy and




the headquarters for the NATO-led coalition invading forces




ended after hours of fighting at about 9:30 a.m. this morning, said the Al-Emara spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.






A group of eight Mujahideen combatants [troops of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan],




Shamsullah and Omar coming from Wardak province,




Muhammad Siddiq and Niyazmin from Paktika and Paktia province,




Naseer Ahmad and Shafiullah from Kabul province and




Muhammad Kabeer and Qadir Khan from Khost province,




equipped with rifles, machine guns, RPGs, hand grenades, explosives & other equipment stormed Ariana hotel at about 6:00 a.m. to strike the CIA headquarter, *the primary target* of the operation.




Once Mujahideen fighters manged to reach inside they took positions and opened fire on the spy agents including two US [World Tyrant] generals killing and wounding a number of them.  The operation [was] initiated as soon as Mujahideen blew up an explosive-packed car parked outside Ariana hotel that blasted out a large part of the hotel and security barriers.




Meantime, the fighting was continuing at the gate of the Arg [presidential palace], and in the inner area of the Palace, the ministry of defense and




the martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen carried out a number of large explosions that were heard across the city and smoke was rising from the palace and other buildings.




The martyr attackers exchanged gunfire with coalition and puppet forces for roughly three hours, killing scores of the foreign invaders and the internal puppet security forces.










[Pantocles Putin’s] News conference with President of Finland Sauli Niinisto


June 25, 2013, 19:00 Residence Kultaranta












QUESTION: My question has to do with international politics.  According to available information, Edward Snowden came to Moscow and may still be there.  The United States [The World Tyrant] has criticised Russia’s [The New Russian Empire’s] actions very sharply, accusing it of aiding a criminal.  My question is to President Putin: how serious is this issue for Russian-US [New Russian Empire-World Tyrant] relations and how do you feel about this criticism?




VLADIMIR PUTIN: It is true that Mr Snowden arrived in Moscow, which was completely unexpected for us.  He came as a transit passenger, so he didn


t need a visa or other documents.  As a transit passenger, he has the right to buy a plane ticket and go wherever he wants.




However, he does not need a visa because he did not cross the state border.  Therefore, any accusations against Russia [The New Russian Empire] are just nonsense.  He is a transit passenger and remains in the transit hall.




Our special services [intelligence agencies] never worked with Mr Snowden and are not working with him now.




As for his possible extradition, we can extradite foreign nationals only to those countries with which we have relevant international agreements on the extradition of criminals.




We have no such agreement with the United States [The World Tyrant].  Mr Snowden has committed no crimes in the Russian Federation.




There is a similar case with Mr Assange, regarding whom we have also received extradition demands and who is also considered a criminal.  Like Mr Snowden, he considers himself a human rights activist and fights for the freedom of information. Ask yourself this: *should we extradite such people so that they can be imprisoned on not*?




In any case, I personally would prefer not to get involved in such cases. It


s like shearing a piglet: theres a lot of squealing and very little wool.  I would rather leave it to [FBI Director Robert] Mueller and [Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander] Bortnikov to resolve this.  I hope that it does not affect our business relations with the United States [The World Tyrant].  And I hope that our partners will understand our position.




Mr Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his travel destination, the better it will be for us and for him.
























America died




AUGUST 6, 1945




while giving birth to








which immediately began writing –in blood– its








Asterisks indicate my emphasis.








Veterans’ uphill road back, struggle with suicide




2 Illinois’ bad credit costing taxpayers millions




3 Kabul operation ends after hours of fighting; several dozen killed




4 [Pantocles Putin’s] News conference with President of Finland Sauli Niinisto / Re: Snowden 



















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