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This one I designed a couple weeks ago and it’s a nice party plate design. Need to make some stickers of the same design. That would too cute.

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A summery swimming thing – kindle case.

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Four of the Thirteen Alcohol Flasks I designed yesterday

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Ten new products designed in the last few days

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And a lamp to go with it – hopefully, the cats will shine in silhouette on the wall -

 

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AND – yesterday, I made a bunch of different designs for letters – any letter can be chosen by customers – by clicking on the “customize it” button and then on the right hand side, under the image listed – and sizes – the letter of the alphabet or numbers can be chosen which will then have the design on them.

These may only work for exhibits, exhibitors, vendors, businesses, conventions, trade shows and really, really big parties, though.

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And these cute tiny little gift favor boxes – so nifty. (2 inches square)

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Unedited Thoughts About Ukraine – Crimea – Russia – EU – UK – US Crisis

1. Reagan years Republican foreign policy thrust – (maybe from Nixon years with same staff promoting this effort) - ” international economic interdependency”

2. Madeleine Albright on Amanpour CNNI interview – talks about Clinton years adding Russia to various international groups as member incl G8 – translated attitude for what she said – (we added them to our club so they would feel better and like they were an integral part of the world decision-makers, my note) That is NOT a diplomatic, solution oriented thing to say – it was petty, derisive and arrogant – rather than helpful (my opinion.)

3. GOP operative was paid by Ukraine PM that had been ousted in 2004 – for complete campaign management by this GOP operative to put Yanukovich back into office heading up the Ukraine government, which he was.

4. Same operative and his agency was integral in the GOP campaign for US President of John McCain thereafter.

5. Ex US Vice President Dick Cheney, GOP member said on Charlie Rose show Sunday, that he had made phone calls to EU Parliament members a couple days before during the week to talk to them about the Ukraine situation and President Obama’s place in causing us to appear weak to Putin and Russia (paraphrased, check quote exactly).

6. Brezhinsky in opinion piece for Deutsche Welle talks about adding military aid to Ukraine’s interim government as part of its aid package along with other statements intended to incite rather than de-escalate or diplomatically construct solutions to Crimea and Ukraine situation. Brezhinsky worked for GOP US President George Bush 2001 – 2005.

http://m.dw.de/english/mobile.A-17489004-1433.html?maca=en-twitter_en_europe-4005-xml-mrss

A generous aid package of both economic and security measures will also underline this commitment, says Brzezinski, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy from 2001 to 2005, under George Bush. Military aid could encompass a wide spectrum, he explains.

“It could range from assistance designed to consolidate, reform and modernize the Ukrainian military. That would be geared toward a longer term vision for Ukraine and its security relationship to the West,” he says. “And it could also include more immediate needs such as equipment that would be needed to help reinforce Ukrainian defenses against Russian forces.”

AND THIS One from the Japan Times – more GOP work -

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/11/national/ex-u-s-official-urges-japan-to-join-sanctions-on-russia/#.UyBGyeI7jhV

Michael Green served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from January 2004 to December 2005 under George W. Bush. – wikipedia

AND in the midst of all this – here’s what he publicly told the Japan Times for publication – threat, intimidation, manipulation, playing on fears of the region – GOP in action -

in this article from Japan Times – (link above)

Ex-U.S. official urges Japan to join sanctions on Russia

In addition, he warned that if Putin can use coercion and military force to settle a diplomatic dispute and violate the sovereignty of another country, that precedent will possibly encourage China to do the same thing with respect to the Senkaku Islands or the South China Sea.

7. Apparently, the Svoboda far-right wing party being backed by EU, UK, US and placed into Ukraine government positions of power was condemned by EU Parliament in December of 2012.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/12/eupa-m12.html

8. Pictures from video within last few days, showed armed roving thugs from the far-right wing nationalist parties moving through streets of Ukraine Kiev “keeping the peace” with police nowhere in sight. The video story was aired either on CNNI or BBC from journalists there.

9. Instead of working to resolve the issues, one of the US diplomat / foreign policy team was shown on a news broadcast exclaiming that we had missed the opportunity in 2004 after the Orange Revolution in Ukraine had unseated Yanukovisch and we weren’t going to miss this one.

10. A few days ago, Russian news media mentioned that Ukrainians would have to work with half their pension in an article. That money is likely wrapped up in some mess and to join the EU will not solve it. On a video CNNI, a member of the public in Crimea, a man said that he was fighting to join Russia to keep pensions and not have a higher retirement age as required by the EU. Also mentioned other personal concerns which could be local realities influencing people’s decisions there.

11. Although Angela Merkel made the comment after speaking to Putin that he was living in a different world, translated from the German to mean an entirely different place of perspective and thought – Western media and particularly Republican influenced far-rightwing media sources continue to reflect that as craziness, out of touch with reality and in a “world of his own” rather than give merit to any of what Russia is saying.

12. Since the far-right wing Svoboda party is legally condemned by the European Parliament, and since it was installed rather than elected to Ukraine government positions deposing the elected officials there, it would be against EU and International Rule of Law to support that party in any position of power in Ukraine. As well, any financial or other aid could not legally be given to Ukraine until after the public elections are accomplished democratically with outside observers which is supposed to take place on May 25, 2014.

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http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/12/eupa-m12.html

Today, the far-right Svoboda party holds top ministerial positions (deputy prime minister, education, ecology, and agriculture) and advisory posts in a regime that enjoys the economic and military backing of the EU and Washington.

Svoboda was condemned in an official resolution voted and adopted by the European Parliament. The document, titled “European Parliament of 13 December, 2012 on the Situation in Ukraine,” is available online.

In section 8 of the resolution, the EU’s legislative body declares itself “concerned about the rising nationalistic sentiment in Ukraine, expressed in support for the Svoboda party, which, as a result, is one of the two new parties to enter the Verkhovna Rada,” the Ukrainian parliament.

Stating that “racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic views go against the EU’s fundamental values,” the European Parliament “therefore appeals to pro-democratic parties in the Verkhovna Rada not to associate with, endorse, or form coalitions with this party.”

13. There is a lot more interdependency between Russia and the rest of the world beyond a space program, and Ukraine and natural gas access.

14. At the time this started, Syria had continued to slow down but make good on their promise to remove chemical weapons and allow them to be destroyed by the international community properly. Now, that effort that was moving along has stalled and those chemical weapons stores are not being moved out of Syria at all.

15. Russia signed a contract to add two more nuclear reactors to Iran despite agreements to the contrary with the international community at the same time, EU Ashton is in Iran to assure the most recent agreements to allow international inspections of nuclear facilities and to stop generating enriched uranium products as Iran had tentatively agreed with the international community.

16. Aside from removing parties from the G8 conference scheduled in Sochi later this year, EU along with US and UK have continued to call for “punishment” against Russia for their viewpoint position that Russia has made a fully armed incursion into Crimea even as Crimean majority are claiming their own autonomy to make their own choices, whether full independence or annexation by Russia if that independence cannot be assured.

17.There was an expert in Russian and International Studies interviewed on a news show within the last week who said (along with another source mentioning it in another news show) that last November (2013) a tripartheid concept was offered by Russia to be a part of the solution along with the EU for Ukraine’s needs. These two experts both indicating that the EU said no – to doing it that way.

18. Last fall, Exxon and Dutch Shell was prepared to sign leases to drill for conventional oil and natural gas reserves that were very recently discovered (2012) along the shelf of the Black Sea Crimean shore (maps indicate the basin runs under Crimea and the bowl of a lake / sea to its north as well).

19. Why would EU support the will of a part of Ukraine at the expense of every effort over many, many years to work with an international community inclusively? And, why would those in Crimea who predominantly want to be independent of both Russia and Ukraine essentially, not be allowed to simply be an officially recognized separate country of their own as a possible solution to the crisis rather than civil war and bloodshed?

20. I noted that Poland’s PM was on BBC America Hardtalk show demanding US, UK, NATO and EU involvement in driving Russia from the Crimean peninsula by force if necessary – and yet, none of these nations including Ukraine, Poland, Estonia or any others in the region – have anything but their immediate fears and regional conflicts in mind. Their appreciation for a much bigger picture including a future which still has Russia as their neighbor (friend or not) and an interplaying massively expansive international world around them – seems to fail or be nonexistent. They intend no workable solution which incorporates these larger concerns – they want things to be done to suit them as they see fit and everyone bring military resources into a highly charged, illegal and unproductive military intervention in the area.

21. Watching these nations manipulating leaders, media and public from constant interviews on international news shows, written materials and collateral hobnobbing with decision-makers has been frightening to consider that their vested interests are so shallow, narrow, regional and not able to conceive a larger integral future in a much bigger world.

22. Henry Kissinger took the time to write an opinion piece indicating how important it is to have Russia AND the EU partnerships for Ukraine. Why can’t that be made possible even now? That is the only thing that could work and also to restore the international relationships across the world between Russia, EU, UK, US and the G20 nations inclusively.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/henry-kissinger-to-settle-the-ukraine-crisis-start-at-the-end/2014/03/05/46dad868-a496-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html

Far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other — it should function as a bridge between them.

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The European Union must recognize that its bureaucratic dilatoriness and subordination of the strategic element to domestic politics in negotiating Ukraine’s relationship to Europe contributed to turning a negotiation into a crisis. Foreign policy is the art of establishing priorities.

- cricketdiane

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Crimea will soon take ownership of Ukrainian state companies on its territory, the first deputy prime minister of the region says.

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Reuters: EU member states have approved framework for travel bans and asset freezes against Russia over situation in

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23. A part of the treaty / Budapest Memorandum – states that US, UK and by implication, EU (as well as Russia) agreed to REFRAIN from interfering with the political independence of Ukraine. But, by backing the current appointed government of far-right party members which were officially condemned by the European Parliament, they are interfering in the territorial interests AND political independence of Ukraine against what the memorandum says. And, they have been doing it all along. Until after the elections are held and done so democratically, the people of Ukraine have not decided the composition of their government – despite having elected Yanukovich and not properly removed him from office.

In exchange, Russia, the US and the UK reaffirmed “their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.”

http://m.dw.de/english/mobile.A-17487632-1433.html?maca=en-twitter_en_europe-4005-xml-mrss

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Sitrep: U.S.: Black Sea Naval Drills With Bulgaria, Romania Underway

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The fact is, I don’t agree with throwing away over fifty years of efforts to interact with Russia effectively along with other world powers in diplomatic and reasonable problem solving round table approaches, first of all.

Second of all, our world leaders are throwing that away at the same time brewing another bloody violent horrific civil war in Eastern Europe that nobody can win.

Third of all, the only decent answer in this day and age – which genuinely is not 1955 after all, is to have Ukraine work hand in hand with both EU and Russia in healthy successful relationships and open dialogue / reasonableness / diplomacy / partnership.

Fourth of all, it is disturbing that so many Republicans whose only real answer to anything is to blow them to hell are playing a part in negotiations, influencing, manipulating, propagandizing, instigating, escalating and vulturing on this situation during a time when they are not elected to represent our national interests.

And, fifth of all – is that Russia, the EU, the US and UK are inexorably linked now in too many ways to not work together because of some small regional disagreement. It’s stupid.

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And one more thing – why haven’t the EU leaders, Kiev interim appointees, US, UK or any of the other leaders involved besides Russia, invited the Crimea Prime Minister and Parliament members to the table to negotiate. That is where it should have been all along and certainly before it got to this point – but it is still not being done.

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Inexorably linked – Russia, EU, US, UK – all of it -

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Russian debt deal could haunt Ukraine’s economy

Back in December, Russia lent Ukraine $3 billion as part of an assistance package that was supposed to reach $15 billion. But Russia didn’t just hand over money directly to Ukraine. Instead, Russian had the Ukrainian government issue $3 billion in bonds. The bonds were denominated in euros. And then Russia bought all of the bonds.

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It turns out that Russia didn’t just have Ukraine do a straight debt offering like the ones it had done before. Instead, Russia wrote into the new bond offering a provision. As part of the bond deal, Ukraine had to promise that it would keep its debt-to-GDP level below 60%. If it rose above that level, Russia had the right to demand the bonds be repaid immediately in full.

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http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/12/russia-ukraine-debt/

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I found the common ground to solve Ukraine / Crimean crisis – updated

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The common ground is that Russia, the US, EU, UK and every one of the rest of us around the world that is considering these events DO NOT want it to become what we can see it could be – in war, in annexation to Russia and the fight over that, in civil war, in cold war of tit for tat one-up-man-ship among the great nations of the world, etc.

It is already going that way. We all agree on that one thing – we have knowledge of those things and what they would be like and don’t want it to go there even as it rapidly approaches that precipice where there is no going back.

The solution I found is satisfactory to all and demands a degree of compromise from all but solves it in a way that stops and alters the ensuing snare of violence, territorial fighting and international tit for tat.

By special emergency session, the UN and its member states can recognize and officialize Crimea as an independent nation right now. It can be started tonight and be an overtly official decree within a week. The remaining details can be worked through over a period of time ahead of us, but in the meantime – this solves the question of annexation to Russia and the response that would bring both internationally and within the current Ukraine interim government.

The people of Crimea wanted autonomy anyway and have their current government structures set up for it. They would get the special services of the UN as a result to help them and to defend them (if needed but probably wouldn’t be under these circumstances) and they could choose to ally with whomever at whatever terms they might choose.

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Further, Russia could very well agree to this since it would not devolve into a war they don’t want either at the same time not risking their current alliance and facilities in Crimea. As an independent nation, Crimea could speak Russian, tend to their own affairs, govern in the social and economic forms of their choice and go forward as a member of the United Nations community.

The tit for tat going on between nations could come to a stop, but may not since some damage to relationships is already done. However, by making Crimea an independent nation, the impetus would be removed and international relationships could still be rebuilt given time and effort to do so. These relationships are critical for many efforts being made in our larger world from disposal of chemical weapons agreed by Syria to solving the difficult economic, social, climate and peace initiative issues that we all face.

The US, EU and UK could agree to this solution for Crimea because none of them would be enhanced in any way by this crisis continuing to unfold as it is heading and they certainly don’t want war and violence of this kind on their doorstep demanding resources, attention, lives and yielding nothing but frustration and despair in return.

Ukraine does not want civil war and that is the only step awaiting their path right now as they are pursuing it. The referendum will be held and its results will yield annex to Russia with the Kiev based Ukrainian government and its allies demanding that it is null and void then tries to impose its will on over half the Ukrainian population that agrees with it.

That yields civil war, violence, horrors of repression and oppression with its eventual tyranny along with the rest of the world exerting undue pressures on other nations in order to back up the will of a few in Kiev. That has to be changed in its dynamic because all of us know how that plays. It has been experienced. Its yield is not good to extremes that are hard to comprehend.

The Crimean peninsula, while not being the only territory who is interested in annexation by Russia, is such a significant part of what is providing impetus and fuel to the crisis, could be considered a key that could change the dynamic of the conflict if it were to be given full autonomy as an officially recognized independent nation. And, while normally, a nation asks the UN to become its own nation, it is also possible to intervene by making a place and its people into an official UN sanctioned nation without their initiating that action. In this case, it could circumvent the crisis and deflate its basis that is causing certain escalation and very quickly will become all out war.

I am saying this is a solution that works. It has common ground to which we all agree. It is dynamic and it is possible. It can be done. I’m asking the UN and our world nation’s leaders to do it.

- cricketdiane

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The people of Crimea have publicly stated on a continuing basis that their desire is autonomy, which could be taken to precedent the current push for annexation as an alternative. It is possible that the people there would not have a simple way to be approached to let them know of this possibility available to them (of being an independent nation.) However, a public campaign of media / news coverage of that effort being made by the UN could get the information to the people of Crimea in a manner, since their own family members in the region likely still speak with them even if they are not receiving broadcast information from extended sources.

The actions could be made in their behalf and by publicly announcing the efforts to officially begin that process using news and media outlets, it is possible that the population in these stirred up areas of western Ukraine and Crimea could be aware of this other options. (Note that it won’t work for attempts to be made now to speak with the Crimean government leaders directly, because they’ve been excluded from other decision-making tables in Kiev as decisions were being made affecting them. It would possibly be worthy of an effort to do so, once public information about Crimea becoming its own autonomous independent UN sanctioned nation separate to deal with their own affairs.)

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1. Public information about efforts for Crimea to be made its own nation.

2. Drawing up the papers of the official acknowledgment and recognition of Crimea as an independent nation by the UN bodies using special session emergency powers.

3. Official public relations efforts to express the common ground satisfied by this action (as noted among all nations not wanting further violence in Ukraine and among nations.)

4. Rapid restoration of civil and international teamwork to let those “on the ground” know this effort and information about it.

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10:37 07/03/2014

MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Crimean city of Sevastopol has voted to become part of Russia, mirroring an earlier vote by the region’s parliament and consolidating support for the majority ethnic Russian region to formally secede from Ukraine in an upcoming popular vote.

The Sevastopol city council voted “to join the Russian Federation as a subject,” the council said in a statement Thursday evening.

http://twitya.com/r/http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/ukraine/2014/ukraine-140307-rianovosti02.htm

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Hollande to continue cooperation with Russia, Mistral helicopter carriers to be supplied

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Western Businesses in Russia Are Watchful and Wary

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Ukraine hasn’t made its February fuel payment and owes Russia $1.89 billion:

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Photos of an abandoned bunker in Crimea which used to store nuclear weapons

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Why Obama’s sanctions against Russia are a mistake (and why all parties in the Ukraine crisis are handling it badly).

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Tense standoff reported at Crimean military post

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New Video : Tense standoff reported at Crimean military post

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Ukraine’s new government may start repressions against their opponents

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Russian troops storm Ukrainian missile defence site in dramatic escalation of … – Daily Mail: NDTVRus... uw

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Armed men in Crimea confiscate equipment from Associated Press employees, contractors working there

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  • No shots were fired in the attack on the base but move is the first time Russians have used force after seizing Crimea
  • Pentagon insists ‘routine’ deployment of USS Truxtun has nothing to do with Russia’s effective seizure of Crimea
  • It’s arrival in the Black Sea came just hours after the Pentagon announced a massive increase in airpower in the region
  • Russian newspaper claims Viktor Yanukovych is in ‘grave’ condition after a heart attack in Moscow
  • Austrian SWAT teams boarded plane carrying Ukraine’s new Prime Minister following ‘terrorist threat’
  • French foreign minister has said second round of sanctions against Russia could follow if first do not succeed
  • Austrian foreign minister calls Ukraine’s repeal of a law making Russian a recognised language in some regions an ‘absolute mistake’

By Will Stewart and David Williams and James Rush and Damien Gayle

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2576003/Russian-troops-storm-Ukrainian-missile-defence-site-dramatic-escalation-Crimea-crisis-U-S-sends-warship-Black-Sea.html

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  1. I know you don’t read this but I found a solution that works to stop battle over Crimea – UN makes it independent right now

  • If the UN in special session grants full independent state status to Crimea right now, Russia can’t annex it, fight is over

  • It is what Crimea wants, it satisfies the needs of the area & serves Crimea w UN services independently, they become nation

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  • Ukraine crisis in its international ripples flowing across cyberspace and practical reality

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    Here’s what twitter let’s me see while y’all are asleep – (this isn’t everything – just the Ukraine / Russia / EU / UK / US / Crisis and Impacts as they are unfolding) -

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    Reuters: French Foreign Minister says if initial sanctions against Russia do not work there could be more targeting businesses & individuals

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    The US will deploy 12 F-16 fighter jets to Poland next week in response to the Russia incursion into Ukraine

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    Putin: U.S., Moscow shouldn’t sacrifice relations

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    Ukrainian pop singer Ruslana Lyzhychko , a 2014 Woman of Courage, a powerful voice for peace and Ukraine’s Movement.

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    just spoke to Japan PM Abe about Ukraine. They agreed that “Russia’s actions are a threat to international peace and security” -WH

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    Vladimir Putin says Russia cannot ignore calls for help and will act accordingly in full compliance with international law

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    Southeastern gets invasion of Russian protesters

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    Obama urged Putin in a phone call Thursday to pursue a diplomatic solution to his military incursion into Crimea.

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    Pensions in to be halved – sequestration draft

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    CNN’s intvs President Maduro. Exclusive:

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    Russia begins huge air defense drill 450km from Ukraine border, Russian state news agency Ria Novosti reports.

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    Duma Deputy Prepares Bill Criminalizing “False Anti- Information,” Report Says

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    Kyrgyz coal wars stymie investment: The Kara-Keche coal deposit in Kyrgyzstan is a key asset for the country’s…

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    And somewhere within this – news on CNNI or BBC or somewhere on twitter, Canada is sending 9 Russian soldiers back to Russia who were involved in training with Canadian troops – they were given 2-3 days to get out of Canada or something like that. I’ll have to check that one, but damn. That is just not fair.

    - cricketdiane

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    And just now -

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    Ukraine President Moves to Disband Crimean Supreme Council

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    When they try to enforce that – all hell will break loose. Damn. (my note)

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    They’ve been re-tweeting this one at least twice over the past few hours with a chart -

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    Who will threatened sanctions hit most? EU-Russia trade in numbers

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    “There is a great deal of hostility.” CNN’s & crew told not to broadcast outside Crimean hotel

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    UAE lends Serbia $1 billion to boost ties

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    Poll Will Not Split Ukraine, Ex-Speaker Says

    KIEV — Ukraine’s second ranking political figure said Tuesday that inconclusive elections would not split the former Soviet republic along ideological lines.

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    “Voting for communists means rejecting the current state of affairs,” said party leader Pyotr Simonenko by telephone Monday from Donetsk, in the heart of the Donbass coal field in pro-Russian eastern Ukraine, where the communist platform of closer links with Russia was particularly popular with the electorate.

    Communists were not alone in advocating closer links with Ukraine’s eastern neighbor. Voters in two districts also backed by wide margins plebiscites calling for closer integration with Moscow, a federal state structure and equal status for the Russian language alongside Ukrainian.

    In Crimea, run by a Russian nationalist president since January, voters backed an “opinion poll” calling for greater devolution of powers.

    But in a move that came as a blow to the peninsula’s hopes for more autonomy, the United States on Monday stressed that it considered the Crimean peninsula part of Ukraine.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/495835.html

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    Things I see about Ukraine and its current crisis

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    People living in western Ukraine including Kiev believe they stood up to change things at their own impetus without any instigation from any party, movement, nation or force of any  kind.

    Russia says instigators and provocateurs instigated the uprising against Russian friendly and Russia backed President Yanukovych. They continue to say that far-right and Nazi / neo Nazi elements did the killing of police officers and protesters alike as well as instigating the efforts of local populations to protest and to take that protest into violence.

    The EU, UK and US say there were no such instigators supported by the West as implied by the Russian diplomats and President Putin in various statements made since the uprisings began. But, they do not say there were no instigators whatsoever inflaming the protesters, the violence and the outcomes of those events, including snipers who took the lives of police and protesters in Kiev.

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    People in Kiev and western Ukraine continue to believe the current change of government is the outcome they chose, despite not having voted for any of it yet. The people in eastern Ukraine continue to believe as does Russia, that they had voted for a President and government leaders by democratic election who therefore should have standing rather than this new group of government leaders not elected by anyone.

    In Russia, leaders and diplomats alike have continued to repeat that the government currently placed and backed in Kiev is illegitimate with voiced concerns about the far-right and neo Nazi components that have been placed in seats of the Ukrainian government. The Russian claim of illegitimacy is important in international law as a basis of outcomes from here and have been repeated in nearly every single statement made by President Putin, their diplomats, ambassadors and foreign minister.

    EU, US and UK continue to assert that the current interim government has been chosen by the will of the people based upon their massive protests to remove the Russian backed and what nearly all agree to be, corrupt President of Ukraine Yanukovych. They especially strengthen that argument in their estimation by his known mishandling of the protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square leading to deaths, injuries and greater violence than what would have otherwise occurred. They are also saying that because elections for Ukraine’s people to democratically choose a new President and Parliamentary members is scheduled within weeks, it is therefore reasonable for the current interim government to be considered legitimate as a working model to attend to the business of state for the people of Ukraine in this brief time period regardless of their political leanings and party affiliations.

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    Russian Ukrainians in eastern Ukraine claim to be defending their territory from not only the chaos of anti-Russian sentiment that has been witnessed in eastern areas of Ukraine with the toppling of statues, molotov cocktails and other violence against people and facilities of the community but also from unwanted force seeking for them to agree with Kiev about these changes. The self-defense forces may be local Ukrainian Russians and neighbors from across the border with Russia, none of which are actual Russian troops or they may be Russian troop members requested by the local Crimean government for help in policing, securing and defending the area from destructive social unrest emanating from Kiev and its eastern Ukrainian territories. Either way, they have been mostly peaceful with each day intensifying the potential of angry confrontation which in fact began occurring regionally within the last 48 hours, more or less.

    Russia says that those troops in the western Ukraine regions cannot be recalled by them because they are in fact, not their troops (said and repeated in every statement, official and otherwise), aside from those on their base and on their specific ships harbored there (not said but certainly implied.)

    US officials including President Obama, Ambassador Powers and Secretary Kerry, UK official Hague and others have stated publicly that those troops are Russian and must be removed at once. Their entire basis for instating the international compulsory action that justifies not only the UN Security Council intervening but also potentially international intervention in general are those troops or self-defense forces being official Russian military members. If they are not and it can be proven they are not, but are rather local yokels taking up arms in defense of their own territories in Crimea and western Ukraine, the burden of proof would not exist for international “rescue” of the local populations from those troops.

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    There is an economic component of this area being an influence on some parties involved in shaping these events. That Ukraine’s Crimea sits on an oil and natural gas rich basin which was set to be harvested, leased, drilled, and sold must be a factor in some push that is occurring both to keep the territory for Russia and to get the same territory away from Russia.

    It isn’t about bringing oil from there, it is about the oil and natural gas reserves recently discovered there and yet to be tapped. In fact, Russia has the resources ready to develop it for shipping to refineries, processing and moving it to markets throughout Europe, Eastern Europe and the Ukraine, but currently will have no access nor rights to any of it, if Ukraine moves away from Russian relationships.

    At the same time, the EU needs those resources to be less reliant on Russia for those products and in truth, Ukraine could become financially solvent and solve their own energy needs to a great extent by exclusively harvesting those resources (although they would by necessity require both the EU and Russia to effectively do it, from lease of Russian pipelines to market distribution interactions with the EU.)

    Unfortunately, most Ukrainians don’t seem to know that oil and natural gas was found there and that contracts were to be signed for it last fall (Nov.) The Russian Ukrainian population may make a different decision about their futures, if they knew their own energy resources and future of Ukraine were sitting beneath their feet. It is unlikely they will have that information when their decisions are made about joining with Russia or working with the current situation as set up in Kiev.

    Sep 24, 2012 – In June 2012, Kiev issued calls for tender to international oil companies for the exploration and development of two offshore natural gas fields 

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    The Skifska gas field natural gas field located on the continental shelf of the Black Sea. It was discovered in 2012 and developed by a consortium consisting of Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Petrom and Nadra. It will begin production in 2015 and will produce natural gas and condensates. The total proven reserves of the Skifska gas field are around 8.875 trillion cubic feet (250×109m³), and production is slated to be around 550 million cubic feet/day (15×106m³) in 2015.[1]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skifska_gas_field

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    That if Russia loses the Crimean peninsula and its oil basin access – it is a shot in the face after having been divided up so dramatically throughout the process of the Soviet Union being dissolved. At a time when their participation in the world has been portrayed as a partnership of equals working toward  equally beneficial goals, it now looks like those portrayals were not founded in truth (based upon the handling of this situation by other members of the world community.) So, in one sense Russia would have a viewpoint entirely at odds with other world leaders who speak of “punishing Russia” and of this moment in history “being on the wrong side of history”. Why would they believe that?

    And, if Russia does nothing to interact on behalf of their citizens living in Ukraine and Crimea in particular, and western Ukraine specifically, then their alliances around the world, promises to back allies and friends as well as to back up what they say, is in jeopardy.

    The Russian viewpoint that the Ukrainian government was wrongfully deposed by a coup, then installed in its place is a far right wing, fascist and Nazi government means that by the West’s own history with those extremist factions, the International Community, US, UK, EU, NATO and the World as well as Russia (in their estimation) should be on the same side to stop them, not to back them and say it is okay.

    There is a lot said about Georgia and the current situation. They are not the same. Anyone who believes they are the same could not have read through any of what happened to start, continue or aggravate the situation that occurred in Georgia. This is not the same situation.

    Whether anyone backed, instigator or provoked this situation to become what has happened to this point is likely a good question for history and certainly for those intelligence agencies who are often involved in such things and know a good deal about their counterparts’ actions when they occur.

    It isn’t the same as Georgia in any respect, nor is it today. However, this situation can become a great deal worse than anyone could possibly wrap their head around and it won’t be because of Russian troops, instigators or Kiev pro-western citizens.

    It will be because neighbors are fighting neighbors, entire families and communities destroyed in its wake and a new generation of not only Ukrainians, but Europeans, Russians, and Eastern Europeans watching their world spinning into horrors rather than peace and prosperity.

    - cricketdiane

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    So the Crimean Peninsula is sitting on an oil & natural gas pocket unharvested

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    Yesterday, reading this article from Politico, I thought it odd that a person known to be a GOP operative from a number of years had helped to put Yanukovych into place. Then it seemed even odder that the same man had gone to help McCain’s election campaign although he apparently left that to a business partner. Then, I got to thinking about why this one little lake, peninsula and Black Sea base was so important to everyone.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/paul-manafort-ukraine-104263.html

    After looking it up, there are exploration contracts waiting to be signed that were put off between Nov 2013 and now – which are, in fact, yet to be signed. It represents a huge payoff.

    The agreement, which was expected to be signed by the end of November, targets the offshore Skifske gas field that is expected to produce between 8 billion cubic meters and 10 billion cu m of gas annually.

    http://www.platts.com/latest-news/natural-gas/kiev/ukraine-exxonmobil-delay-signing-of-psa-on-black-21997357

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    ExxonMobil and Shell won bid on Black Sea Skifska gas field

    Sep 24, 2012 – In June 2012, Kiev issued calls for tender to international oil companies for the exploration and development of two offshore natural gas fields 

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    The Skifska gas field natural gas field located on the continental shelf of the Black Sea. It was discovered in 2012 and developed by a consortium consisting of Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Petrom and Nadra. It will begin production in 2015 and will produce natural gas and condensates. The total proven reserves of the Skifska gas field are around 8.875 trillion cubic feet (250×109m³), and production is slated to be around 550 million cubic feet/day (15×106m³) in 2015.[1]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skifska_gas_field
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    07/15/2013

    ExxonMobil reports strong gas potential offshore Ukraine

    Last August, the company and Shell, OMV Petrom, and Ukrainian state company Nadra won joint rights to develop underwater deposits at the site.

    Skifske is adjacent to the Romanian deepwater Neptun block, currently under exploration by ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom. Gas reserves from the Domino discovery could be in the 42-84 bcm (1.5-3 tcf) range.

    7/15/2013

    http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/2013/07/exxonmobil-reports-strong-gas-potential-offshore-ukraine.html

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    At the helm of the new energy diplomacy effort is Carlos Pascual, a former American ambassador to Ukraine, who leads the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources. The 85-person bureau was created in late 2011 by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state at the time, for the purpose of channeling the domestic energy boom into a geopolitical tool to advance American interests around the world.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/world/europe/us-seeks-to-reduce-ukraines-reliance-on-russia-for-natural-gas.html?_r=0

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    It would be obvious knowing all this – all players in this scenario are using people’s passions to destabilize Ukraine in order to get access for their own harvesting of these resources. But, with these resources of gas, Ukraine could actually harvest it themselves and serve their own needs, both for domestic consumption and for economic return. They would likely have to reach out for the help of both Russia and EU to do it but without this current uprising of passions, could be in a position to harvest these resources themselves without having them taken out from under them and do so with powerful equal relationships of neighboring powers.

    - cricketdiane

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    Looked at a number of maps -

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cOiRG0V38sc/TyDlO-Q4STI/AAAAAAAAEoY/VpreXSYsq5U/s1600/3.%2B%2BRussian%2Boil%2Band%2Bgas%2Bfields.png

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    http://homework.uoregon.edu/pub/class/350/rpet.jpg

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    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DXcjH7_zLco/TnhooVqeOrI/AAAAAAAAAM0/0ruD6mrTptM/s1600/Russia+_gasmap2.gif

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    http://images.energy365dino.co.uk/standard/107188_727fd6642fd14e7197d7.jpg

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    http://images.lesechos.sdv.fr/archives/2005/LesEchos/ECH19327053_1.jpg
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    http://www.eia.gov/countries/analysisbriefs/Caspian_Sea/images/caspian_basins_map.png – http://www.eia.gov/countries/regions-topics.cfm?fips=CSR

    http://www.eia.gov/countries/regions-topics.cfm?fips=CSR

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    http://www.rodhandeland.com/Energy%20Food%20Water%20Technology/Class%20I/a6f%20Russia%20Europe%20Oil%20Gas%20Pipelines.png

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    Shows refineries also -

    http://irkutskoil.com/images/upload/img1287361978.jpg

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    Both sides have been at fault in making this mess, trying to get their own way – both East and West. Ukraine with its people serving no purpose to those who are swaying them, will be left to live with one another. The oil and gas will be harvested by those in larger business groups with little reward being returned to Ukraine for it in comparison to its market value, because that is how they work. And, right now – Russia and the West will fight over the Crimean Peninsula because of that oil beneath it, under the nearby Black Sea and under the little hole of a lake / sea blocked in by Crimea.

    Одним из вопросов на референдуме в Крыму 16 марта будет вхождение АРК в состав России http://russian.rt.com/article/23749  pic.twitter.com/iU0FRHooTD

    Одним из вопросов на референдуме в Крыму 16 марта будет вхождение АРК в состав России http://russian.rt.com/article/23749 pic.twitter.com/iU0FRHooTD

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    Geekiness for the Kitchen Beings

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    Today I’ve been making some hand towels / dish towels for the kitchen using design ideas from nerdiness of my own – “mad engineering genius” and “mad science kitchen geekery” stuff – All of the rectangular ones here are dish towels / hand towels / garden barbecue towels -

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    Okay, so maybe the second one sounds too much like you’re cooking mad food rather than being a mad science cooking engineer doing it. I’ll try again.

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    This is the spiral bound notebook that is part of the set of Mad Science / Mad Engineering Genius / Geeks designs which I did awhile back and is the inspiration to take off from today – I’m going to be adding some to this design later on today also -

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    Went too far on that one -= back up -

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    I added “barbecue is chemistry” on the other side. Very nifty – needs an apron to go with it. And, then I think, what happens if the black sheath on this is white instead – or a solid companion color – like copper or rust in the case of the one above, or gold, blue or red of some kind on the others. And, do I really want to make a whole set of matching goodies to go with them like mugs and plates, placemats and napkins, aprons and condiment jars for the table? Hmmm? Not really – but I probably will because they would just be too nifty to not do them.

    - cricketdiane

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