Russia plants flag staking claim to Arctic region


CBC News
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A mini-submarine dropped a titanium capsule containing a Russian flag on the ocean floor at the North Pole Thursday, in a symbolic claim of the polar region's oil and minerals.
In this image made from an RTR TV broadcast, a Russian miniature sub is lowered Thursday from a research vessel, moments before diving under the polar ice to drop a capsule holding a Russian flag, staking a symbolic claim to the region's resources.
(RTR Channel/Associated Press)
If recognized, the claim would give Russia control of almost half of the Arctic seabed, an area as large as the Prairie provinces that could be abundant in natural resources such as oil and gas.
The region is currently divided among Canada, the United States, Norway, Russia and Denmark. Russia is claiming a larger area, saying that the Arctic seabed and Siberia are linked by the same continental shelf. The UN rejected the claim, citing lack of evidence, but the country is set to resubmit the application in 2009.
Canada, meanwhile, plans to spend $7.5 billion to build and operate up to eight Arctic patrol ships in a bid to help protect its sovereignty.
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said planting a flag will not change the claim to the region.
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Dreadful Nonsense
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If you don't use it you lose it.....

plain and simple.
we gotta get ourselves up there and rape the bejeevers out of it for everything from oil to plankton if there is any...damn the torpedoes and all that rot....

We should build prisons up there.....ship em off to work in those areas ..make proud canadians out of the lot of them.....hell lets make harder weed laws and really develope the place....make Bontany Bay look like a day trip.....
i'm serious....
 
Blackleaf
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by DocDred View Post


We should build prisons up there.....ship em off to work in those areas
i'm serious....

Like the British did in Australia when they were the first Westerner to land there?
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Like the British did in Australia when they were the first Westerner to land there?

Indeed....but
we're not the first westerner..it's re establishing whats ours...
It's our God given right...it says so in Our Song!

we could get all these criminals doing something for us...Hell lets open the immigration gates from _ _ _ _ _//lets keep this on the Q T , for Now!
 
BitWhys
#5
Can't. We need to start the lottery on who gets to plug Santa right f***ing now..
Last edited by BitWhys; Aug 3rd, 2007 at 12:22 PM..
 
Dreadful Nonsense
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Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhys View Post

Can't. We need to start the lottery on who gets to plug Santa RFN.

I gotta ask...santa RFN?
 
BitWhys
#7
right ****ing now.

edited for clarity.
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhys View Post

right ****ing now.

edited for clarity.

LOL!!!!! AAA AHAHAHAHAHA
BitWhys....i think i take you too serious...i was like thinking we had more boogymen to fry...LOL!!!!

so yer really not concerned huh?
 
BitWhys
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of course not. its just Vlad trying to get on George's nerves. let him have his fun.

how does "Operation Santa Drop" sound?
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhys View Post

of course not. its just Vlad trying to get on George's nerves. let him have his fun.

how does "Operation Santa Drop" sound?

Good plan Vlad.... Get on a narcissist's nerves when all that (legally) stands between you are three boyscouts in a rowboat....

Wolf
 
BitWhys
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Good plan Vlad.... Get on a narcissist's nerves when all that (legally) stands between you are three boyscouts in a rowboat....

...the collapse of open market, the conditions and technology to make extraction and transportation viable and the reshaping of every populated coastline as we know them.

honest. I don't care which set of rich bastards own it. If they ever use it, I'll still have to come up with the cash pay for it. With at the very least the entire American oil lobby getting all in a lather about this we'll get our share of the pie. and the Northwest Passage to boot. I think we should rent it out to the Chinese. not until we get bids from the Danish, though.
 
Zzarchov
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According to the USA, we don't own the Northwest passage, be hard for us to rent it when the only world superpower says we don't own it. Otherwise that (honestly) would be a good plan to charge for passage.
 
BitWhys
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Quote: Originally Posted by Zzarchov View Post

According to the USA, we don't own the Northwest passage, be hard for us to rent it when the only world superpower says we don't own it. Otherwise that (honestly) would be a good plan to charge for passage.

The only way the US can lay claim to any part of the Arctic around the Pole is by ratifying a treaty that extends their reach from the Alaska Northern coast. No way they can do that AND blow a hole through our Archipelago at the same time. Their public wouldn't stand for it.
 
s243a
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Since when can we claim an ocean and more importantly when is our government going to put a flag at the bottom of the pacific?
 
Dreadful Nonsense
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This thread has not made me feel better....ceptin i got a gnome in me trousers from it.
some weird lotto win huh
 
BitWhys
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Quote: Originally Posted by DocDred View Post

This thread has not made me feel better...

In that case I can only recommend you get drunk and stay that way until the whole thing blows over. Or doesn't. You never know with these powerful types.
 
RomSpaceKnight
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Blockade the NW passage. Old style forts to protect the entrances.
 
BitWhys
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by RomSpaceKnight View Post

Blockade the NW passage. Old style forts to protect the entrances.

Fort, schmort. Hooters with a shuttle. Unless its like those big beefeater hats or something. that'd be cool.
 
Zzarchov
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Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhys View Post

The only way the US can lay claim to any part of the Arctic around the Pole is by ratifying a treaty that extends their reach from the Alaska Northern coast. No way they can do that AND blow a hole through our Archipelago at the same time. Their public wouldn't stand for it.


The USA can lay claim to Toronto if they really want to, I highly doubt their public would care. And I really highly doubt they care if our public cares. Whether or not they have any real right to it is another matter, and im my mind they have no claim to it.

That being said, when they drive boats through it, what are you going to do?
 
BitWhys
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I dunno but I figure not buying into hateful propaganda would probably be a good start.
 
William Ashley
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The North and South Poles should be "world historic sites" or something of that sort. Since they may be of mutual interst - we should just stop environmental exploitation of the entire area.... yeah that's it.

There is always space...?

If I'm not mistaken it was the Norweigans who were there first wern't they?

Santa - is technically speaking Russian though... (bet this will come back to kick Coke in the buttocks - no wonder they changed their ads to penguins of the antartic - and polarbears)


I geuss the geology will show what it really is..
 
Ariadne
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Seems to me that people can't just drop flags and claim they own land like in the Roman Empire. What is Russia thinking? Have they not come up to speed with the rest of the world yet?
 
EagleSmack
#23
Why don't you guys tie a BIGGER flag to a rock and drop it over theirs?