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The Russian Ruble is Collapsing


Couldn't have happened to a nicer kleptocracy:
The ruble tumbled the most since 1998, sliding past 60 for the first time, as traders tested Russia’s willingness to defend the currency amid an oil slump that’s pushing the economy toward recession.
The ruble weakened 9.1 percent to 64.0005 per dollar at 7:57 p.m. in Moscow, the steepest slide on a closing basis since the year Russia defaulted on local-currency debt. The 10-year government bond yield rose 23 basis points to 13.23 percent. Three-month implied volatility for the ruble climbed to a six-year high as the rout triggered the Bank of Russia to sell foreign exchange, according to BCS Financial Group and MDM Bank.
Traders are pressing the central bank to buy more rubles to limit a selloff that has wiped out 22 percent of the currency’s value this month. Oil’s slide toward $60 a barrel in London and sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine are undermining confidence in Russian assets as evidence mounts that the economy is entering a recession. Industrial output fell the most in more than a year in November, data showed today.

Everyone who bet on oil being expensive is losing money right now. And I think that this is largely driven by the fact that alternative forms of energy are making inroads and so there's a glut of oil on the world market. I don't want to be around (but I will be) when the major producers scale back--the price will shoot up, no doubt.

Is it time to get that electric car and invest in solar panels? It's always time to get the electric car and put solar panels everywhere.

The decision made by the Western nations (The U.S. and Europe) to put a shiv into the side of Russia's economy is paying off. The price for all of this has to be for Russia to give up two things: Eastern and Southern Ukraine and Edward Snowden.

On Your Way Back to North Korea Yet?


I have to believe that Jeffrey Fowle is probably planning on returning to North Korea soon, I would be willing to bet you that he's already had offers on a special Korean translation of the New Testament that can fit into a small, pocket-sized Bible that he can leave scattered all over the place once he goes back to Pyongyang.

However, the dastardly gangsters of Miamisburg, Ohio have plans to use their running dog tactics to keep him from his business:
While Fowle was detained, Miamisburg terminated his employment as a municipal worker, providing a $70,000 severance package. Officials said he had exhausted his leave.
But the city says it will hire him back.
"We wish Jeff well. We're excited to have him return," City Manager Dave Hicks told WHIO.
And why not? There are no consequences for poor judgment anymore. Nobody loses their job just because of a few discarded Bibles. They'll eventually let him go if he gets caught doing something stupid again. That's the kind of world we live in now. Diplomats and government officials have nothing better to do than negotiate the freedom of Bible dumpers.