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  • The Shortages Are Global, And We Are Being Warned That They Will Intensify

    08/30/2021 6:37:06 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 88 replies
    Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 8/25/21 | Michael Snyder
    The global economy was supposed to be getting back to “normal” by now, but instead more problems are erupting with each passing day. As I write this article, supply chains all over the planet are in a state of chaos. The worldwide computer chip shortage is making things very difficult for thousands upon thousands of manufacturers, the process of moving products across our oceans has become insanely expensive and is often plagued by horrendous delays, and a lack of truck drivers is causing enormous headaches when it comes to transporting goods to retailers and consumers in a timely manner. We...
  • DHL Warns Global Supply Chain Disruptions To Persist Next Year

    08/27/2021 4:58:14 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Nation & State ^ | 8-27-2021
    The complex web of seaports, container ships, and trucking companies that move goods worldwide remains deeply tangled. More than 18 months since the virus pandemic forced governments to shut down their economies and, in return, disrupt global supply chains. The emergence of the Delta variant has metastasized into more logistical hell for shippers. Bloomberg spoke with companies on the front line of production and transportation to gather intel of what was happening on the ground. What they discovered was increasing supply chain disruption that will persist through 2022. “We do not expect freight rates to stabilize in the near term,”...
  • Washington's Black Sea allies worry about being pawns in Biden-Putin chess match as summit nears

    06/09/2021 12:57:03 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    WashingtonExaminer ^ | 08 Jun 2021 | Abraham Mahshie, Defense Reporter
    BUCHAREST, Romania — Government ministers in the former Soviet and communist countries along the Black Sea basin are bracing for President Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia next Wednesday in Geneva. But, analysts are warning them to keep their expectations low. They hope the American president will stand for democratic ideals and support their security, but regional analysts say they may be pawns in a broader geopolitical chess match between great power rivals. From Kyiv to Bucharest, government leaders are attempting to influence Biden ahead of the meeting, underscoring that their democracy depends on the United States and...
  • Schröder blames Georgia for crisis with Russia

    08/16/2008 7:31:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies · 193+ views ^ | 16 Aug 08
    Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has criticized Georgia for the war over South Ossetia, calling Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili a gambler, and warning against allowing the country to join NATO. In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine due out on Monday, Schröder said he thought Georgia’s chances of joining the transatlantic alliance had moved “even further into the distance,” following the fighting with Russian forces. Schröder’s comments are sure to be scrutinized due to his close personal and political friendship with former president and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, as well as his acceptance of a Gazprom job immediately after leaving...
  • Sensors detect rise in nuclear particles on Baltic Sea, global body says

    06/26/2020 8:40:31 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 23 replies
    Radiation sensors in Stockholm have detected higher-than-usual but still harmless levels of isotopes produced by nuclear fission, probably from somewhere on or near the Baltic Sea, a body running a worldwide network of the sensors said on Friday. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) oversees a network of hundreds of monitoring stations that use seismic, hydroacoustic and other technology to check for a nuclear weapon test anywhere in the world. That technology can, however, be put to other uses as well. One of its stations scanning the air for radionuclides - telltale radioactive particles that can be carried long distances...
  • Preserving a 460 year old wreck

    09/27/2005 7:11:48 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 16 replies · 657+ views
    An international team of researchers has analysed the sulphur and iron composition in the wooden timbers of the Mary Rose, an English warship wrecked in 1545, which was salvaged two decades ago. The team used synchrotron X-rays from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (USA) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France) in order to determine the chemical state of the surprisingly large quantities of sulphur and iron found in the ship. These new results provide insight to the state of this historic vessel and should aid preservation efforts. They are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy...
  • The Quest to Find—and Save—the World’s Most Famous Shipwreck

    06/07/2020 10:29:15 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 9 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 1/9/2019 | Lucas Reilly
    Anders Franzén lived for shipwrecks. An engineer and expert on the naval warfare of the 16th and 17th centuries, he was especially obsessed with the old Swedish men-of-war that had once menaced the Baltic Sea. When he wasn’t busy at his day job with the Swedish Naval Administration, he’d spend hours combing through archives in search of maps and documents, hoping they might reveal the location of Sweden’s great sunken warships. And when he learned that one wreck might still be trapped, undiscovered, not far from his home in Stockholm, he was hungry to find it.
  • 14th-Century Shipwreck Found in Stockholm

    03/02/2006 6:11:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 181+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/06 | Mattias Karen - ap
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Archeologists have found a shipwreck from the late 1300s buried in the mud of a bay in central Stockholm, officials said Thursday. They are now awaiting permission to excavate the wreckage — one of the oldest ever found in the Swedish capital — hoping it will shed light on shipbuilding techniques and trade in the 14th century. Experts say they might be able to bring the ship up on land, as was done with the 17th century warship Vasa, which is now housed in a museum that is one of Stockholm's main tourist attractions. Parts of the...
  • Hillary Legacy as Secretary of State: A Pictorial Essay of Shipwrecks

    07/09/2016 9:43:56 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 22 replies
    July 9, 2016 | PoconoPundit
    Every one experiences minor or major disasters in their life.  But some people's incompetence and stupidity is so great that their lives appear to be a series of shipwrecks. Hillary's legacy as Secretary of State is clearly one disaster after another: going to war against Syria, the TPP, the Iran deal, her gloating over the fall of Khadaffi in Libya only to be followed shortly thereafter by the Benghazi tragedy. So I collected three shipwreck images in tribute to Hillary's legacy.  The last shipwreck is an interesting one and I've elaborate on that one a bit... The Swedish warship...
  • Divers salvage 900 bottles of rare French cognac and liqueur from Swedish shipwreck

    11/07/2019 3:55:53 AM PST · by csvset · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 Nov 2019 | Staff
    On May 19th, 1917, at the height of World War One, Swedish steamer S/S Kyros set its course to Petrograd (today known as St Petersburg). It was delivering 50 cases of cognac and 15 cases of liqueur from France to Russia through neutral Swedish territory. But just off Åland island in the Baltic Sea, it was stopped and checked by German submarine UC-58, whose captain decided to sink the steamer because the alcohol was considered an illegal contraband product. The crew were transferred to another ship and were able to return home to Sweden safely – but the cognac and...
  • The road to Scandinavia's bronze age: Trade routes, metal provenance, and mixing

    07/25/2019 12:24:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | PLOS
    The geographic origins of the metals in Scandinavian mixed-metal artifacts reveal a crucial dependency on British and continental European trading sources during the beginnings of the Nordic Bronze Age.. 2000-1700BC marks the earliest Nordic Bronze Age, when the use and availability of metal--specifically tin and copper, which when alloyed together creates bronze--increased drastically in Scandinavia... isotope and trace-element analyses on 210 Bronze Age artifact samples, predominantly axeheads, originally collected in Denmark and representing almost 50% of all known existing Danish metal objects from this period... reveal the trading networks established to import raw metals as well as crafted weapons into...
  • Baltic defense ministers agree to raise defense spending above 2% of GDP

    11/26/2018 1:53:07 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2018-11-25
    During a meeting in Vilnius today, the defense ministers of the Baltic states agreed to raise defense spending above two percent of GDP, LETA was informed by the Latvian Defense Ministry. During the meeting, Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis, Raimundas Karoblis and Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik signed a joint communique today, expressing the commitment to raise defense spending above two percent of GDP. The communique also emphasized the importance of the presence of the NATO battle groups in the Baltics, thus strengthening the region's security, as well as the important role NATO and the United States play in the...
  • 'Days they dictate to us are over': Poland vows to build Baltic Sea canal to bypass Russia

    10/24/2018 1:23:20 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 25 Sep 2018 | Matthew Day
    The president of Poland's ruling party has said the country will push ahead with plans to cut a canal through a split of land near the Russian border saying "it is time show the Russians the days they dictated to us are over". Poland wants to dig the canal through a narrow strip of land that blocks the Vistula Lagoon on the north-east coast from the Baltic Sea. At present Polish ships leaving the lagoon from the port of Elblag have to pass through Russian waters to get to the open sea. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Law and Justice,...
  • Skilled female potters travelled around the Baltic nearly 5000 years ago

    04/03/2018 1:44:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Urethralert ^ | 22-Mar-2018 | University of Helsinki
    Researchers mapped the arrival routes of pottery and people representing the Corded Ware Culture complex (c. 2900-2300 BCE) into the Nordic countries by identifying the areas where the pottery was made. Corded Ware pottery was very different from earlier Stone Age pottery. It represented a new technology and style, and as a new innovation, used crushed ceramics -- or broken pottery -- mixed in with the clay. Finland, Estonia and Sweden had at least five different manufacturing areas for Corded Ware pottery which engaged in active pottery trade across the Baltic Sea approximately 5000 years ago. Häme in Southern Finland...
  • Abe: Japan enters cooperation pact with Baltic countries

    01/13/2018 10:10:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2018 11:10 AM EST
    Japan’s prime minister says his country has entered into a pact with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to boost economic and political ties with the three former Soviet republics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said after meeting on Saturday that information technology, transportation and medicine are areas where Japan sees the most potential in the Baltic countries. …
  • Nazi holiday camp built by Hitler before War becomes luxury resort with apartments on sale for £500k

    11/09/2017 10:01:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Mirror ^ | November 9, 2017 | Kara O'Neill
    The original camp was intended to be used by workers in the Third Reich - and was said to be the Nazi leader's idea of a 'dream resort' A Nazi holiday camp built by Adolf Hitler before World War II broke out has been turned into a luxury resort - boasting apartments worth more than £500,000. The Prora resort on Rugen, a German island in the Baltic Sea, had been left abandoned for decades after building work was halted in 1939.....
  • Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama (Baltics now targeted)

    10/08/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    Observer ^ | 10/07/2016 | John R. Schindler
    Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama The KGB officer in the Kremlin seeks one last, grand strategic humiliation for our president before he leaves office By John R. Schindler • 10/07/16 11:00am Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Prince Albert II of Monaco (not pictured) at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 6, 2016. / AFP / POOL AND AFP / YURI KADOBNOV Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images It’s long been obvious that Vladimir Putin and his inner circle view Barack...
  • Four teens charged over alleged rape on Baltic cruise ( Sweden )

    05/14/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Sweden - the local ^ | 12 May 2016
    Four men are facing trial this month accused of raping a woman on a student ferry trip between Stockholm and Finland, one in a series of alleged incidents on the so-called Baltic booze cruises. ... On Thursday four 19-year-old men were charged. According to the prosecutor no one else is believed to have been involved in the alleged aggravated rape. ... All Sweden-Finland ferry crossings give adult passengers the opportunity to purchase duty free alcohol, offering a huge discount for Nordic travellers used to some of the highest food and drink taxes in Europe. The incident is among several rapes...
  • Breedlove tells Congress US must rebuild forces in Europe to confront newly aggressive Russia

    02/25/2016 4:17:55 PM PST · by a_Turk · 50 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 25, 2016 | John Vandiver
    The U.S. military must rebuild in Europe to face a more aggressive Russia, whose advanced submarines, weapons systems and geographic advantage have the U.S. “playing zone defense,” the top U.S. commander in Europe said Thursday. “We have about 20 years of a different paradigm to correct,” Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, said during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. Breedlove, who has led EUCOM during the command’s biggest transformation in a generation, said he did not foresee a need to return to a Cold War-style military posture. But the era of trying to make a partner...
  • Finland and Sweden Inch Closer to NATO

    10/21/2015 6:34:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | Kevin Knodell
    For months, Scandinavian countries have accused Russian military planes and ships of slipping into their waters without permission. It’s made many Nordic governments wary of the Kremlin’s intentions in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Russia’s assertive behavior is driving Sweden and Finland — two countries that have never been part of NATO — closer to the alliance. At present, Norway, Denmark and Iceland make up NATO’s Nordic members. According to Anna Wieslander at the Atlantic Council: Denmark has played a key role, with some support from the United Kingdom, putting Baltic Sea security and the perspective of relevant...