The Syria dilemma

Please post all news, updates, developments and discussion relating to the conflict in Syria and the wider international implications in this thread…….

Putin has just sent a letter to Obama stating his stance on the situation. you can read it here
http://news.sky.com/story/1140518/syria-crisis-vladimir-putins-letter-to-america

Should the UK intervene militarily in Syria?

I would answer no
– we have no evidence there was a chemical attack (david kelly) and even if we assume there was one we have no proof which side was responsible
-it is not our business to get involved when it does not threaten the UK
-we have massive debt and cannot afford another war particularly with Russia and Iran opposing it

The US need to keep their big noses out of the situation “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional (America), whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.” Putin summed it up in his letter.

Views?

Do politicians make rash decisions in order to make world history??

its strange recently that the world leaders seem to be getting ever more ‘big headed’.

To put things into perspective you can relate back to the days of the Founding Fathers…… Fought for independance, did the right thing, genuine, honest and were real powerful leaders.

Moving through history you get people like lincoln, Churchill, Eisenhower. Great leaders, were well known for there honest motives…….

But recently what the hell is going off.

George W Bush in my opinions couldnt get much worse, but atleast he created a few jobs in America, so along came the saviour, that is Obama…… Dreamy eyed black guy flying the flag for a new america…….
I have never seen such an arrogant, unsympathetic and unempathetic human ever. All he seems to want to do is bomb the living daylights out of others hiding beind the weak mask of drone attacks. Discusting…

Cameron, Blair and Brown were no different, throwing policies and the English heritage and nature out of the the window with their rash views and decisions.

What strikes me is that ive never been to a country or spoke to anyone that wholeheartedly loves their Government. Now with that in mind, dont you think that its time to turn a page, to stop acting like a doormat for ridiculous policies. i often feel extremely patronised when the suppose ‘leaders’ run amock as if us the people are a load of scape goats. Totally out of order….. And especially if there doing all this for some ego trip, or some powerhoused hunger trip. Because at the moment thats certainly looking like the culprit. grrrrr

We all know that Obama, Cameron and Hollande are keen on military action in Syria, but are these reasons a more sinister motive for creating history for themselves.

GTA 5

The hugely anticipated GTA V is going to be coming out into the games rooms soon.

I personally cannot wait for its release, its should a iconic game now I cant think of many games that can top it.

I can remember the old London style ones in Birdseye view. thinking that that was only 10 years ago is strange really. The improvement made to both graphics and game-play is undeniably unbelievable, it makes you wonder what the future games will be like, i doubt well be able to know whats real and whats fiction…. weird.

But to be fair there are some other awesome games that need to be kept up like:

BIOSHOCK < possibly the most awesome game ever, apparently they are making it into a film… BOSS

FIFA: cant beat abit of FIFA and the graphics just keep getting WOW

FALLOUT: SUPER

AND WHO CAN FORGET COD 🙂

OMG its making me look like a games freak…….. so true though haha

OBSCURE SPORTS :)

So lets have a fun topic!!

Whats everyones favourite obscure sport??

This one is an easy one for me!!! And its dodgeball,

I absolutely love this game and genuinely thing it should make it to the Olympics haha, but seriously the best game ive ever played at school.

I think it really made its name from the film DODGEBALL anyone else seen it as many times as me?? HAHA.

Come one. OBSCURE SPORTS AT THE READY!!!! I CAN THINK OF LOADS

Are 30 hours a week acceptable for the unemployed to work??

Heard about this legislation that is trying to be put through by the Conservatives and I think it is crazy.

Simply, if you want your unemployment benefit, you need to work voluntarily for 30 hours a week (although this includes going to the job centre etc so lets say you work 28 hours of the week).

Now, I feel that people who are unemployed should do some compulsory volunteering, but 30 hours is steep. I would think 15 hours is more acceptable.

There’s a few things wrong with this:

Say you have to quit your job due to looking after children or due to exhaustion at work, you are then forced straight back to work.

I’m not entirely sure how much you get in unemployment benefit, but I’m pretty sure if you worked 30 hours a week for it, it would be slave labour.

I’m sure I might be ridiculous with this one, but does this mean those who can’t work (for example the disabled) have to work? And will junkies (practically every one of them in my area) claim that they are disabled to avoid work?

This could easily increase unemployment if certain stores (Poundland was one shop that took on these people) take on volunteers and decide that they do not need to take on as many paid staff because they can make it past on volunteers.

I am currently unemployed and in between education, and I can tell you that being unemployed and doing nothing is so boring. I’m assuming that the Tories assume that most people who are unemployed and lazy sods, when the truth is, there is no jobs (well in Scotland anyway).

So what’s your thoughts on this?

Should we start investing in gold.

With the current financial instabilty should we start to invest in gold.

Recently ive been getting really interested in gold and investing in this precious metal. The gold rush is now over, and prices have stabalised. However, with the recent foreign affairs issues the price of gold is increasing slightly. Is it best to jump in now and invest before the people get thrown overboard?? Who knows,

But it does slightly make me anxious when you see top business men solely investing in gold, even going as far as to only trading in gold. Why would they do this?? What do they know that we dont?? im not sure, but everything seems to be a little bit fishy!!!

Whats everyones views, ill leave you with a short overview of Gold 🙂

“Everywhere you look, people are talking about gold, and it isn’t even Oscar season. So why have precious metals been taking center stage?

Well, when investors are scared, they have historically bought gold, silver and other precious metals as a security blanket.

Beyond their uses in jewelry and industry, precious metals are seen as a hedge against inflation. Why? Because investors assume such metals will hold or increase in value as major currencies decline in value due to financial uncertainty.

Famed investor Warren Buffett describes the dynamics of this phenomenon best when he talks about gold: “Gold is a way of going long on fear, and it has been a pretty good way of going long on fear from time to time. But you really have to hope people become more afraid in a year or two years than they are now. And if they become more afraid, you make money; if they become less afraid, you lose money. But the gold itself doesn’t produce anything.”

In other words, precious metals tend to soar in price when investors have great anxiety about the future. But when that angst goes way, prices fall back to earth.

Well, judging from the prices of precious metals, investors don’t expect to be fearful a year or two from now. Gold prices have fallen more than 17 percent this year. Exchange operator CME Group had to halt the trading of silver four times on May 19 after prices plunged more than 9 percent that day.”

The new Scottish independent agenda….

Well there is the possibility that an independent Scotland might get greater oil and gas revenues, but these have declined quite dramatically over the last few years anyway.

Scottish public spending is *very* high, much higher than in the rest of the country, which might suggest that a new Scottish government would need to raise taxes.

An independent Scotland would also find it quite difficult to borrow to fund the massive deficits it would be running right now. Presumably, it wouldn’t have its own currency, either using the pound or the Euro – and, without sovereign monetary policy, it would be vulnerable to self-fulfilling sovereign debt crises just like Ireland or Spain.

Would you like a touchscreen computer.

I really cant imagine why anyone would want a touch screen computer.

I used one a while back and it just aches your hands being so high up all the time :/

Whats the deal with that, but at the rate that touch-screens seem to be dominating at the moment it wouldn’t surprise me that it will be a staple part of computer room in the near future mmmmm

P.S IPads are great 😛

The big debate!! Apple or Windows……..Or Linux

WOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Whats everyones low down on your method of cyber transportation??

Do you open the curtains for a windows machine
Are the macs the apple in your eye
or is linux the tux of systems

Im pretty sure we all started of with windows. Maybe im jumping to conclusions but i did lol.

Saying that though we did have one of those macintoshes in primary school, and as i can remember it was that long ago parental conditioning had not yet made it to the internet, so us 13 year olds ended up getting alot more than we bargained for haha.

Anyways over these transdental years of life ive seen a fair few computers and gotta admit ive been totally convinced. Windows is crap.

Well, i cant be too harsh i suppose. Pretty much every program supports windows functionality and its a little annoying sometimes when the programs havnt been designed for the MAC system, but ive gotta admit its coming close

Windows systems tend to be long drawn out, cumbersome, and to be fair, out-dated these days. Especially now the powerhouse that is Apple have come along and pretty much swept up the net of information technology.

Windows for me though has been a close friend in the past, you security was loose so you could mess around with pretty mcuh anything you like. Apple on the other hand, tend to be a little heavy handed on things, they prefer a Lock rather than a Key i suppose.

A few years back now i get rudely interupted and thrown onto a mac pc. Errrrrr its different, whats this button do?? whats that button do?? i dont know, but i didnt like it.

The ipod snuck out and then BOOM, things started getting big.

It was the macs speed that everyone enjoyed and to this day its at the forefront of design and ingenuity and to be fair microsoft is wavering behind in quite and embarrassing fashion.

I cant really say much about Linux apart from the fact that it never gets a bad wrap. And if i was ever to convert to Linux, which to be fair i can see myself doing in the future, its because its open source.

Therefore you get no spying soen-sos, no dodgy backend loops and no power source telling me what i can and cannot do :)\

anyways, whats everybody elses ideas??

Be interesting to know 😀

Global economic collapse

The economy is failing terribly at the moment, the global bankers cant be trusted. We are constantly in a recession, and our governements give out false hope and honesty.

Here are 18 signs that the Ecomony is about to go into global collapse.

#1 The yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries has risen for 5 of the past 6 days, and it briefly touched the 2.90% level on Monday.

#2 Rapidly rising interest rates are spooking investors and causing them to pull money out of bonds at a very rapid pace…

Investors have yanked nearly $20 billion from bond mutual funds and exchange traded funds so far in August. That’s the fourth highest pullback ever, according to TrimTabs data. In June, investors took out $69.1 billion — the highest on record.

#3 The sell-off of U.S. Treasuries is being led by foreigners. In particular, China and Japan have been particularly aggressive in selling off bonds…

China and Japan led an exodus from U.S. Treasuries in June after the first signals the U.S. central bank was preparing to wind back its stimulus, with data showing they accounted for almost all of a record $40.8 billion of net foreign selling of Treasuries.

The sales were part of $66.9 billion of net sales by foreigners of long-term U.S. securities in June, a fifth straight month of outflows and the largest since August 2007, U.S. Treasury Department data showed on Thursday.

China, the largest foreign creditor, reduced its Treasury holdings to $1.2758 trillion, and Japan trimmed its holdings for a third straight month to $1.0834 trillion. Combined, they accounted for about $40 billion in net Treasury outflows.

#4 Thanks to rapidly rising bond yields, some of the largest exchange-traded bond funds are getting absolutely hammered right now…

• The $18 billion iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond fund (ticker: LQD) has fallen 7.94% since May 2, according to S&P Capital IQ. That’s including reinvested interest from the fund’s bond holdings.

• The 3.7 billion iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) has plunged 15.9% the same period. Longer-term bonds typically get hit harder when rates rise than shorter-term bonds. For example, the iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond fund (IEI) has fallen 3.2% since May 2.

• PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt (PCY), which invests in government bonds issued in developing countries, has fallen 12.7%. The fund has $1.8 billion in assets.

#5 In recent weeks we have witnessed the largest cluster of Hindenburg Omens that we have seen since prior to the last financial crisis.

#6 George Soros has bet a tremendous amount of money that the S&P 500 is going to be heading down.

#7 At this point, the S&P 500 has fallen for 9 out of the last 11 trading days.

#8 Margin debt has spiked to extremely dangerous levels. This is a pattern that we also saw just before the last financial crash and just before the dotcom bubble burst…

The exuberant mood comes as margin debt on Wall Street hovers near $377bn, just below its all-time high and well above peaks before the dotcom crash and the Lehman crisis.

“Investors have rarely been more levered than today,” said Deutsche Bank, warning that the spike in margin debt is a “red flag” and should be watched closely.

#9 The growth rate of new commercial bank loans and leases is now the slowest that it has been since the end of the last financial crisis.

#10 According to a shocking new report, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are masking “billions of dollars” in losses. Will they need to be bailed out again just like they were during the last financial crisis?

#11 Wal-Mart reported very disappointing sales numbers for the second quarter. Sales at stores open at least a year were down 0.3%. This is a continuation of a trend that has been building for years.

#12 U.S. consumer bankruptcies just experienced their largest quarterly increase in three years.

#13 The velocity of money in the United States has hit another stunning new low.

#14 The massive civil unrest in Egypt threatens to disrupt the steady flow of oil out of the Middle East…

After last week’s bloody crackdown by the Egyptian army, fears of a disruption of oil supplies to the West have boosted the oil price. Brent crude prices were propelled to a four-month high of $111.23 on Thursday. If the turmoil gets worse – or unrest spreads to other countries – the risk premium currently factored into the price of crude is likely to increase further.

#15 European stocks just experienced their biggest decline in six weeks.

#16 The Japanese national debt recently crossed the quadrillion yen mark, and many are expecting the Japanese financial system to start melting down at any time.

#17 In Indonesia, the stock market is “cratering”.

#18 In India, the yield on their 10 year government bonds has skyrocketed from 7.1 percent in May to 9.25 percent now.

As the coming months unfold, keep a close eye on the “too big to fail” banks both in Europe and in the United States. When the next great financial crisis strikes, they will play a starring role once again. They have been incredibly reckless, and as James Rickards told Greg Hunter during an interview the other day, we are in much worse shape to deal with a major banking crisis than we were back in 2008…

What’s going to cause the next crisis? Rickards says, “The problem in 2008 was too-big-to-fail banks. Well, those banks are now bigger. Their derivative books are bigger. In other words, everything that was wrong in 2008 is worse today.” Rickards goes on to warn, “The last time, in 2008 when the crisis started, the Fed’s balance sheet was $800 billion. Today, the Fed’s balance sheet is $3.3 trillion and increasing at $1 trillion a year.” Rickards contends, “You’re going to have a banking crisis worse than the last one because the banking system is bigger without the resources because the Fed is tapped out.” As far as the Fed ending the money printing, Rickards predicts, “My view is they won’t. The economy is fundamentally weak. We have 50 million on food stamps, 24 million unemployed and 11 million on disability, and all these numbers are going up.”

We never even came close to recovering from the last financial crisis and the last recession.

Now the next major wave of the economic collapse is coming up quickly.

I hope that you are taking this time to prepare for the approaching storm, because it is going to be very painful.