News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Apparently, the leading cause of hard drive failures is subpoenas.” — David Burge
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“The trouble is that the stupid people–who constitute the grand overwhelming majority of this and all other nations–do believe and are moulded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper.” — Mark Twain, “License of the Press,” speech, 1873
The White House has not decided whether to ask Congress for additional funding to combat Ebola, press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.
The cruise ship carrying a Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is headed back to the United States after Mexican authorities failed to grant permission for the ship to dock off the coast of Cozumel, according to a Carnival spokeswoman.
The Carnival Magic had been waiting off the Mexican coast since Friday morning for its scheduled port visit. Mexican authorities still hadn’t given clearance by noon, so the ship continued to its home port of Galveston, Tex., where it was due back on Sunday, according to Carnival.
While many have slammed the CDC and the federal government for refusing to impose a flight ban on travelers from West Africa entering the United States, some liberals who signed the petition agreed that it would be “racist” to do so and that Ebola victims should be allowed to roam free across America.
Models of Apple’s higher-end portable computer, the MacBook Pro, have come to the end of their three-year extended warranties. That leaves their owners at the mercy of Apple when something goes wrong, and at minimum thousands of the computers have had the same computer-killing problem with their graphics processing unit. Apple has not publicly admitted that the machines have a problem.
Of course, MacBook Pro owners are people who have spent at least $2,500 on a computer designed for serious graphics work. That means that they’re probably media professionals or serious amateurs, and able to make YouTube videos making fun of the situation with really great production values.
Two-thirds of the beds sit empty in the Dallas hospital where a patient died recently from Ebola.
Many people are fed up with the US government’s handling of the Ebola situation. President Ebola Obama has refused to implement a travel ban from West African countries that have known cases of Ebola. People are understandably concerned about that.
Some have wished for (jokingly or not) the deadly virus to find its way to DC.
They may have gotten their wish.
Gardeners in the Israeli city of Nazareth Illit discovered a bag containing about 25 ISIS flags.
Israel Police have opened an investigation into the discovery of the flags on Tuesday in an industrial area of northern Israeli city. The possession of materials from the jihadist group was outlawed in Israel several weeks ago.
Very Encouraging. 4 out of 5 High Schoolers on a Bus have seen ‘Loose Change’ and believe the U.S. Government was behind 9/11
My daughter is a high school student. She rides a bus to and from school. During one of her bus rides, there were 5 students left on the bus and one began a conversation about what is happening in the U.S.. My daughter decided to ask in an off handed manner “Has anyone ever seen the video, ‘Loose Change’?”
She was shocked and amazed that 4 of the 5 students had watched it and said “OH, Yeah, the U.S. government was behind 9/11. The government is the one who did 9/11, not some man in a cave in Afghanistan!”
They all began sharing different things about the video and how they totally understand that the government committed 9/11 themselves.
Thinking of holidaying in or moving to Spain? Think again, if you play ludo, or are prone to looking at paintings, helping accident victims, attempting to aid those you believe are drowning or talking to the passengers in your car. And if photographing, insulting or showing any disrespect to those who see themselves as being positions of authority is your thing, Spain is not for you, even if those you are insulting are thoroughly deserving of your abuse and/or suitable subjects for photography.
It seems that Dekalb County residents have had it with corruption and abuse from their representatives. According to a number of sources, it appears that what the government in Dekalb County, Georgia is doing is preying on its citizens, while Georgia state agencies are failing to protect them from predation. Indeed, it seems that Dekalb County government officials have taken a page from this corrupt government and from the bankers who have robbed the country blind, stolen homes, destroyed jobs and rigged the whole economy. The Dekalb County government deserves some sort of corruption medal for originality as they have now entered the territory of entirely fictional billing for water services…
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine.
“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.
However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth of NIH studies within the past several years that have gone to questionable research.
For instance, the agency has spent $2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese, and $466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates. Another $2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs.
EDMONTON, Canada (CTV) Police in Edmonton say a Lutheran Church pastor faces child pornography charges.
The ‘Luna’ drones promised by Germany to monitor the Russian-Ukrainian border may not be sent after all – they can’t handle the bitter cold expected in the Ukrainian winter.
France could soon have stringent new powers to crackdown on would-be jihadists after its controversial anti-terrorism bill passed another crucial hurdle this week. The law however, has been criticised by civil liberties groups.
The World Health Organisation has admitted mishandling the early stages of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, saying it failed to recognise the risks of the disease in the fragile states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
WEBMASTER ADDITION: The reason the public is getting panicked is not the Ebola but the government’s demonstrated mismanagement of this crisis. The government is still focused on imaginary threats they have created with which to control us such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, and human-caused global warming. But having survived for so long with lies, fraud, and deception, they are ill-equipped to deal with a real situation, and are still treating Ebola as if it is a public-relations problem. People remember that the government’s first response to Hurricane Katrina was to send armored tanks into New Orleans!
The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that the individual responsible for covering up the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq in 2004 was Karl Rove.
The woman’s daughter arrived at the apartment complex at 9100 Mills Road in Cypress last night to check on her mother and found her deceased.
The daughter then informed authorities that her mother had just returned from Nigeria on Saturday, one of the countries in West Africa that has been impacted by Ebola, although there hasn’t been a new case in the country for 21 days.
A Hazmat crew quickly arrived to remove the body last night.
As you already know, there is a major outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa which is starting to spread to other parts of the world. It is too soon to panic, but not too soon to be concerned and to start educating yourself as to the problem and taking some common-sense precautions.
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Concerns about even remote chances of Ebola exposure rippled from a U.S. airline to a ship off Belize on Friday, with Frontier Airlines trying to contact hundreds more passengers of a plane linked to an infected nurse, and a cruise liner quarantining a health worker only tangentially linked to the care of a different Dallas Ebola patient.
Why the internet scares corporate media
Ebola-infected nurse Amber Vinson felt unwell while she was visiting Ohio last weekend, but did not show the typical symptoms of the virus. “There is some indication that she felt funny, that type of thing, during the time she was here,” Dr. Chris Braden of the Centers for Disease Control said at a Friday briefing. “She rested for a long time on some days, she said she felt funny. Those types of things but nothing specific.” Those details have led health officials to conclude that Vinson may have been sick as early as Oct. 10, when she flew from Dallas to Cleveland to plan for her upcoming wedding. The timing of when she fell ill is important because Ebola patients are only contagious when they are sick.
CDC is trying to spin its way out of having missed including Amber on the list of Dallas Hospital workers to be monitored, then goofing again when Amber called the CDC telling them she was ill, and the CDC told her she was okay to fly back to Dallas.
There ius another aspect of the CDC “guidelines” and “protocols” we need to be aware of. We all know about hypochondriacs; people who think they are ill all the time. My paternal grandfather was one of those. We dreaded the arrival of the Reader’s Digest because every time there was an article in the series “I am Joe’s Kidneys”, whatever Joe was suffering from, Grandpa was sure he had it as well. (One month Reader’s Digest had “I am Jane’s Ovaries” and things got really weird).
But there is an opposite condition called hyperchondria, often called anosognosia, or stoicism in which people who are ill refuse to admit it to themselves. It is these people, who are showing symptoms but refuse to acknowledge it, who will get on airplanes, go shopping, or worse, try to “work it off” by going to the gym. Clearly these people will evade the current CDC protocols.
According to new reporting by McClatchy, the five-year investigation led by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee into the torture program conducted by the CIA in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 will largely ignore the role played by..
Nurses: Michigan not prepared for EbolaKaren Bouffard, The Detroit News 8:09 a.m. EDT October 16, 2014
Nurses in Michigan and nationwide charged Wednesday they are not adequately prepared to care for Ebola patients, lacking both the training and proper equipment to deal with the deadly disease.
The Michigan Nurses Association called on Gov. Rick Snyder for greater leadership, even as state agencies and the Michigan State Police stepped up efforts to prepare for a possible outbreak.
Snyder spokesman Dave Murray said the administration is pushing the group for details about the complaints because its “statements are very general and broad.”
Chokeholds are dangerous and prohibited by the New York City Police Department. Yet on July 17, Officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped his arm around the neck of Eric Garner, who had resisted arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island. In a viral video of the encounter, Garner can be heard repeatedly screaming, “I can’t breathe!” before his body goes still.
The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, and “I can’t breathe!” became a rallying cry at a massive protest against police brutality in Tompkinsville, the neighborhood where Garner — who’d been caught on multiple occasions selling cigarettes illegally — was arrested for the last time.
Friday marks three months since the death of Garner, a 43-year-old father of six. For his family, it’s another milestone in justice that has been delayed.
Facing renewed criticism of his handling of the Ebola risk, Obama will make Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, his point man on fighting Ebola at home and in West Africa. Klain will report to national security adviser Susan Rice and to homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, the White House said.
Klain does not have a medical or a health care background.
Frontier Airlines notifies 800 passengers they were on the plane that carried Amber Vinson as Ohio health officials monitor 16 people who had contact with her
The CDC and Frontier Airlines have widened their search for people possibly exposed to Ebola by sickened nurse Amber Vinson – including more than 800 passengers who unwittingly flew on a Frontier plane after Vinson.
Now that they are saying that Vinson was probably contagious on the first flight from Dallas to Cleveland, then additional cities served by that particular aircraft over the weekend have to be added to the list, including Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego.
“The chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low….” — President Obama – Sept 16th 2014
Clorenzo Mack Griffin, a US marshal from Miami, was arrested last weekend for allegedly participating in an armed robbery of 24 pounds of marijuana.
As it happens, Syria is hardly the first or most significant place Obama has used his power as Commander-in-Chief in ways that get people slaughtered, even though he knew better, primarily for political purposes.
Obama’s biggest such decision killed a lot of American servicemembers who he sent to fight and die in Afghanistan.
Perhaps it was nothing more than a disturbing coincidence, but this Columbus Day, Facebook decided to delete the accounts of Native Americans from the Midwest Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Yellow Springs became nationally known after Dave Chappelle’s Block Partytoured popular spots in the comedians hometown.
Family of man sued a small town after he was killed by a police officer. A federal jury awarded them $97.5M. The town’s annual budget is $600,000.
A mix of shock, joy and uncertainty buzzed in this tiny, rural community Thursday as residents contemplated how the town might pay a court judgment so large it could fund the local budget for the next 162 years.
Sacked adviser to Victorian premier claims he ran MP porn ring
One of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies says a vaccine to tackle Ebola will “come too late” to curb the current epidemic, as the UK and other European countries begin screening passengers for the virus at international airports.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British multinational that produces pharmaceuticals, biologics and vaccines, said a working vaccine would not be readily available until late 2015, by which time the epidemic may have spread far beyond West Africa.
Magda Goebbels was born Johanna Maria Magdalena Behrend. Magda’s mother Auguste Behrend divorced Oskar Ritschel and married a Jewish businessman named Richard Friedländer. Magda Goebbels once dated Haim Arlosoroff. He became a prominent ZIONIST. Magda married Joseph Goebbels.
Joseph Goebbels had many affairs during his marriage to Magda. Reportedly, Joseph Goebbels had Jewish origins and was gay. Joseph Goebbels’ first girlfriend was Jewish. Goebbels’ family came from Holland; he was nicknamed “rabbi” in school. “Goebbels had a medal struck: on one side the swastika, on the other the Zionist star.”
snip: “One of the biggest concerns for us,” he said, “is that if a full narrative is not remembered, the government will use the narrative it creates to continue to conduct wars around the world — as a propaganda tool.”
As the U.S. military rushes to combat Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves against the deadly virus.
American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding quickly—forcing the military to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly.
Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related training before leaving to combat the epidemic. And the first 500 soldiers to arrive have been holing up in Liberian hotels and government facilities while the military builds longer-term infrastructure on the ground.
Yep, it’s an invasion, not a rescue!
Two strippers won’t be hitting up the champagne room for the next 21 days because they’re in Ebola quarantine.
Texas flop jockeys Axl Goode and Taylor Cole say they sat 3-feet from Ebola patient, nurse Amber Vinson during a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday so they called the CDC.
The buffed out strippers were on hold for 81 minutes before they finally got an official on the line. After that, they were placed on a 21 day voluntary quarantine.
What? No pictures of these patients?!?
81 minute wait?
Following the lead of American leaders like Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama, Turkish officials are now inching forward with their plans to implement a buffer zone and no-fly zone over Syria by simply changing the name of the zone they wish to implement…
In the past few years as some economic indicators have suggested a recovery is under way, US media have generally responded with celebratory reporting. But according to polls, Americans aren’t so sure. According to a recent NBC poll just 18 percent say the economy is excellent or good. How can we best understand an economy that seems to be serving some but slighting others?
“There are some crews that are starting to get a little antsy, and others have called in sick to avoid some trips,” said the pilot, speaking on condition of anonymity. “For just one flight from New York to West Africa, three different flight officers canceled and the reserve crew had to be called. Now these guys may have legitimately been sick, they’ll have to deal with that process on their own, but there does seem to be some fallout on the scheduling side because people are refusing to go.”
The Transportation Security Administration is disinfecting all the security checkpoints at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as a precaution because a passenger later identified with the Ebola virus traveled through the airport on Monday.
The Ebola patient who flew from Cleveland to Dallas/Forth Worth went through the central security checkpoint at Hopkins, prompting the TSA to do a disinfectant wipe-down of that screening checkpoint this afternoon.
So, for all day Tuesday, everyone who went through that TSA checkpoint was potentially exposed to Ebola.
snip: Presumably Caverley would acknowledge that U.S. wars tend to be one-sided slaughters of people living in poor nations, and that some fraction of people in the United States are aware of that fact and oppose wars because of it. Presumably he is also aware that U.S. troops still die in U.S. wars and are still drawn disproportionately from the poor. Presumably he is also aware (and presumably he makes all of this clear in his book, which I have not read) that war remains extremely profitable for an extremely elite group at the top of the U.S. economy. Weapons stocks are at record heights right now. A financial advisor on NPR yesterday was recommending investing in weapons. War spending, in fact, takes public money and spends it in a way that very disproportionately benefits the extremely wealthy. And while public dollars are progressively raised, they are far less progressively raised than in the past.
The Pentagon is now the latest place to suffer from an Ebola scare.
Arlington News reports that a woman began vomiting while on a tour bus at the Pentagon. Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman Chris Layman told Arlington News that Arlington County’s hazmat team was called out when they learned that the woman was recently in Africa.
The hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance of caution,” Layman told Arlington News.
According to Arlington News, a portion of the Pentagon South parking lot has been cordoned off and that police are telling non-Pentagon employees to avoid the surrounding area.
The woman has been transported to Virginia Hospital Center.
8 People In Ohio Under Quarantine As Officials Looking For Shoppers At Bridal Store Nurse With Ebola Visited
Eight individuals in northeast Ohio were under quarantine Thursday as health officials broadened the group of people being notified that they may have had contact with a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after visiting the area.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its investigation to include passengers on Amber Vinson’s flight from Dallas to Cleveland last Friday. Meanwhile, Summit County officials are looking for shoppers who were at an Akron bridal store she visited.
I am glad Ohio is taking this more seriously that Obama is.
Publicity didn’t go as planned, as reporting of events immediately began to diverge from the usual pattern. Most significant were the strong assertions of doubt about the plot from those cited in the media as experts. At the polite end of the spectrum, Iran expert Volker Perthes says, “I don’t regard it as impossible but rather improbable.” Coverage was especially notable for how prominently the skeptics were featured and in how lacking most articles were in finding competing expert opinions to try to achieve the usual veneer of balance. (2 thumbs down!) The response of the general public, as judged by the comments sections of the news articles, was overwhelmingly incredulous and dismissive of the charges.
The government is still trying to play by the rules that worked in the 1950s and 1960s, when the American people were naive, and trusted the government and media to tell them the truth. But those days are gone forever, shattered by reckless lie after reckless lie, about Saddam’s nuclear weapons, unemployment, Ebola, and of course human-caused global warming. The corporate media and the US Government have a huge credibility problem of their own making, yet cannot think of any other way to move forward than by following each failed propaganda hoax with yet another propaganda hoax.
Police officers acknowledge that they are aware of the law and are actively breaking it and make it clear that they don’t care. Why should anyone else?
Could ISIS fighters be training as warplane pilots capable of turning their weapons on coalition aircraft?
That’s the worrying prospect suggested by an unverified report from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that ISIS has three warplanes in its possession in northern Syria.
I am glad that CNN is honest enough to admit this report is unverified, as this story is clearly propaganda to justify a no-fly zone over Syria, ostensibly against ISIS, which has no aircraft. As anyone who knows anything about flying will tell you, you cannot take untrained people and put them into a fighter and expect a happy outcome. It takes years of training in smaller, slower aircraft before a pilot has the skills to handle a warplane. And, if ISIS had three captured warplanes in flyable condition, why not simply bomb them on the ground? As I said, this story is clearly propaganda to justify a no-fly zone over Syria.
The expanding options for communicating over the Internet and the increasing adoption of encryption technologies could leave law enforcement agents “in the dark” and unable to collect evidence against criminals, the Director of the FBI said in a speech on Thursday.
I am going to take it from the above that FBI Director James B. Comey is tacitly admitting that our series of NSA encryption challenges did in fact defeat the NSA cryptographers.
So, Comey is trying to revive an idea from 1995 and declare that any encryption system not authorized for use by the government (meaning not including a back door for them to use) is a “weapon” whose purpose must be assumed to be criminal, and therefore punishable. Better copy off those code snippets in my challenge while you still can!
The new attitude is “Use A Secret Decoder Ring: Go To JAIL!”
The government wants us to trust them that they are only going to spy on criminals, but we already know this is a lie. The FBI and other US Intelligence agencies have been caught stealing personal data for cronies of the President and their own personal profit. The Fourth Amendment says that the government cannot peek into your personal life absent an actual accusation of a crime and given the tsunami of evidence that the government is not complying with its Constitutional limits, We The People have every right to secure our business secrets, photos of our scantily clad partners, my Aunt Mary’s Top Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, and everything else from a government that is itself the biggest criminal organization in the country.
The BBC will begin – in the “next few weeks”
On his farm in Iowa, Matt Peters worked from dawn to dusk planting his 1,500 acres of fields with pesticide-treated seeds. “Every spring I worried about him,” said his wife, Ginnie. “Every spring I was glad when we were done.”
The goal was to occupy SLU and to kind of wake up the campus
Seattle-based group The Freedom Socialist Party, which owns socialism.com andregularly campaigns for a $15/hour minimum wage, advertised a job on Wednesday that offers just $13 an hour.
School officials rejected an appeal filed by the family of a boy suspended after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun
School officials in Anne Arundel County rejected an appeal filed by the family of a boy suspended after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, according to a decision the family’s lawyer received Wednesday.
WikiLeaks on Thursday released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights chapter, charging that it will hinder affordable access to medicines globally, increase online surveillance, and impinge on civil liberties while benefiting Big Pharma and other corporate interests.
Appears in today’s Jerusalem Post
While many of us have been concerned about, and appalled by the recent Islamophobic ads on NYC subways and buses and have responded to them in a number of different ways, we also recognize that Islamophobia extends far beyond those ads.
Tory Russell, who has been on the ground in Ferguson from the start, said, “What were saying is No Justice, No Peace. You can’t go on with life as usual until justice is served. We are fighting all across St. Louis and this is not a game to us.”
Following a fatal police shooting that has fueled weeks of protests, Missouri lawmakers could consider legislation that would remove local prosecutors from decisions about whether to charge police
Hong Kong Police Launch Dawn Raid To Dismantle Protest Site
A rare public hearing of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has for the first time revealed details of UK security services’ secret policies on the interception of private calls between lawyers and their clients.
The existence of the secret policies on legally-privileged material emerged in the course of a torture case brought by legal charity Reprieve and others, on behalf of Libyan rendition victims Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, Sami al-Saadi and their families.
“DU is but one example of the toxic legacy left by our wars in Iraq,” said CCR Attorney Jeena Shah. “Veterans who served in Iraq are suffering side effects, while many Iraqis still live surrounded by piles of metal debris left over from the war and with soil and ground water potentially contaminated by DU. The only way to deal with its effects and to ensure it is cleaned up is to have a full accounting of where weapons containing DU were deployed.”
Govt: US, Canada hit w/ “high concentrations” of Fukushima nuclear waste; Tremendous worldwide impact, enormous health consequences — West Coast plume at 500% of NRC reporting limit — UC Berkeley Prof: “We saw high…fairly…some…level of radiation” (AUDIO)
Texas officials moved for the first time Thursday to force health care workers who had contact with a dying Ebola patient to stay home, reversing course after a nurse later diagnosed with the disease flew across the Midwest and deepened anxiety about whether the virus would spread in the U.S.
Seventy-five Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas employees who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan were asked to sign legal documents in which they agreed not go to public places or use mass transit, according to Judge Clay Jenkins, top administrator for Dallas County.
That NBC news crew made the same promise.
The military is using an Ebola screening machine that could have diagnosed the Ebola cases in Texas far faster, but government guidelines prevent hospitals from using it to actually screen for Ebola.
It’s a toaster-sized box called Film Array, produced by a company called BioFire, a subsidiary of bioMérieux and it’s capable of detecting Ebola with a high degree of confidence — in under an hour.
Incredibly, it was present at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan walked through the door, complaining of fever and he had just come from Liberia. Duncan was sent home, but even still, FDA guidelines prohibited the hospital from using the machine to screen for Ebola.
Government regulation will be the death of us all. FDA is still blocking any tests of non-silver or echinacea against Ebola, and only allowing new treatments by the big pharmaceutical companies to move forward.
Over 48 million Americans live in poverty, according to a special report by the Census Bureau Thursday. It provides an alternative look at the worst off people in the nation than the official numbers that come out in September.
Government programs such as food stamps do help some people, especially children, but even so 16% of American children are living in poverty, according to the supplemental report.
Immigration surge means ‘at least 42,000 homes need to be built in London each year to cope with demand’
Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday.
A group of young Israeli expats have unleashed controversy back home by encouraging others to join them in Berlin, touching on two of the most sensitive issues in Israel: the country’s high cost of living and Jews’ tortured history with Germany.
While Israelis have been angered after learning that food prices are much lower in Germany, they are also outraged that the youngsters’ form of protest has been to give up on the Zionist dream by leaving the Jewish state, and relocate to the birthplace of the Nazi Party to boot. It rankles many in a society that once considered emigration shamefully akin to treason, at a time when many Israelis want to stick together after a brutal summer war in Gaza underscored greater political and security woes in Israel.
The Nazis are gone, and Germany is a very lovely place to live!
after lying about their age to stay in the UK
Klain is highly regarded at the White House as a good manager with excellent relationships both in the administration and on Capitol Hill. His supervision of the allocation of funds in the stimulus act — at the time and incredible and complicated government undertaking — is respected in Washington.
Considering that stimulus didn’t work, I am not reassured!
Under questioning from Congress on how two Dallas nurses contracted Ebola, Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, ‘While we do not yet know exactly how these transmissions occurred ….’ Right there, at last, Frieden said what he should have been saying all along, that he and everybody else only knew what they thought they knew about Ebola.
The fiance of Amber Joy Vinson, the second person to contract the Ebola virus in the United States, is under quarantine in Texas.
No name or age has been given for the fiance, who is in Dallas under self-quarantine, which basically means that he’ll avoid contact with others and alert officials if he shows any symptoms.
The man isn’t showing signs of the virus as of yet but will stay home from work for the next three weeks to play it safe, reported WFAA.
His employer, NationStar Mortgage in Lewisville, says the man called them and admitted that he’d been around Amber leading up to her diagnosis.
Senior management at the company believe everyone is safe.
Amber flew to Cleveland to plan her wedding, so it is a safe assumption the two were “in contact” during that weekend.
Fresh Ebola fears after a passenger flying from to Nigeria to JFK dies in his seat after vomiting profusely
A 63-year-old American man has died during a flight from Nigeria to New York’s JFK after vomiting profusely – but it was only a ‘cursory’ exam by the CDC that confirmed he did not have Ebola.
The unnamed passenger boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday night, but passed away before the plane reached its final destination.
Flight attendants called the CDC, Port Authority and customs officials, who then boarded the plane in protective gear as it touched down, forcing 145 worried passengers to remain on board.
The authorities then conducted tests on the body and it was only a short evaluation that suggested he did not have the deadly virus, prompting concerns there are still ‘vulnerabilities’ at airports.
While the US is panicking about three Ebola cases in one month, parts of West Africa are deteriorating rapidly, with little sign that the region is getting the outbreak under control.
Ebola has hit Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone the hardest because these countries don’t have healthcare systems that are equipped to handle the disease.
Nurses at hospitals in these countries are “lightly trained and minimally protected” and Ebola patients are dying “surrounded by pools of infectious waste,” according to a report in The New York Times.
Some hospitals don’t have access to running water, soap, and clean needles, which are all crucial to controlling and preventing further spread of disease.
Remember when Obama said “Putin was isolated”, despite the Russian having the explicit support of the BRIC nations, and thus at least half of the world’s population? Well, as irony would always have it with this particular US president, the tables have promptly turned, and paradoxically where ISIS failed to “terrorize” Americans into a state of paralyzed daze, the West African virus has succeeded in isolating none other than America, and as a brand new Reuters poll reveals, nearly half of Americans are so concerned about the Ebola outbreak that they are avoiding international air travel!
In other words, global trade, commerce and simply transit, already declining thanks to the global depression rematerializing now that the Fed’s latest placebo round has worn off, are about to slam into a brick wall.
Well, the kiddies have now seen the man behind the curtain at the Great Father Puppet Show. The CDC, at the poker table gambling with human lives, have just showed their hand and guess what? They’ve been bluffing all along. They don’t hold so much as a pair of deuces. Are you surprised? I bet we both aren’t. I am referring to the fact that a second health care worker in Dallas has now tested positive for Ebola, after contact with Duncan, the original carrier. This after CDC engaged in all kinds of decidedly bold braggadocio about how they had this situation under control, they were going to stop Ebola in its tracks, and, yes, there really is a Santa Claus.
UN document admits WHO badly fumbled response to Ebola, say top officials unaware of severity. (AP)
“This Works! People are getting better.”
Hon. Alpha Kanu, Minister of Information, Republic of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone`s Information Minister, Alpha Kanu has said the controversial Ebola treatment solution, Nano Silver, does not need any approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that Sierra Leone was considering using it to treat Ebola patients.
Nano Silver is a natural solution-based treatment therapy. While it is not specifically made for Ebola but its proponents say it slows down the development of the virus. However, those opposed to it say it is unsafe.
Sierra Leone has been awaiting an assessment of a batch of the solution.
Kanu, a chemist by training, has been a fervent supporter of the idea of deploying any treatment that can help alleviate the suffering of infected Ebola patients.
The US FDA is known to be vehemently opposed to the use of the drug which it considers as a fertilizer.
And yet the FDA does approve the use of a patented adaptation of nano-silver as a burn therapy! The FDA is not protecting the public. They are protecting the profits of the big pharmaceutical corporations.
Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported in September, a net worth of $81,200.
That’s not a whole lot of money. But half of America’s households would actually have less wealth than you do.
Now imagine that your net worth suddenly quadrupled, to about $325,000. That sum would place you within the ranks of America’s most affluent 20 percent of income earners. You would be “typical” no more. On the other hand, you still wouldn’t be rich, or even close to possessing a grand fortune.
Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries – and two of them appear to have snuffed out the disease.
The developments constitute a modest success in an otherwise bleak situation.
Google outspends Goldman Sachs on political donations for the first time as tech giant bids for more power in Washington
The technology giant’s political spending wing, NetPAC, spent $1.43 million attempting to guide policymakers’ hands in Washington – $30,000 more than that shelled out by Goldman in the same period.
As those military doctors and officials begin what will be a difficult task, among the challenges they face are rumors that spread fear — fear of Ebola, fear of quarantine measures and fear of doctors. Already, several medical workers have been murdered in Guinea — throats slit, bodies dumped in a latrine. Then six Red Cross volunteers were attacked earlier this week while they tried to collect the body of an Ebola victim.
And now, in what may plant further seeds of mistrust and suspicion, a major Liberian newspaper, the Daily Observer, has published an article by a Liberian-born faculty member of a U.S. university implying the epidemic is the result of bioterrorism experiments conducted by the United States Department of Defense, among others.
Which was the policy set forth in National Security Study Memorandum 200 back during the Nixon years.
A statement from the National Security Ministry says the ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have travelled to or transited through the countries in the past 28 days.
Russia has refuted media reports that Washington and Moscow have agreed to share intelligence on Islamic State terrorists. The news reports followed Wednesday talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Excerpts from a proposed international trade agreement leaked to the web this week suggest that the United States is pushing for changes that would make it more difficult to get life-saving drugs overseas.
The only chemical weapons US forces found in Iraq between 2004 and 2011 were “designed in the United States” and “manufactured in Europe,” according to a new revealing report.
American and Iraqi troops found, and in multiple cases, were injured by aged and degraded stockpiles of chemical weapons in Iraq, a New York Times investigation, published late Tuesday, has found.
However, the report said, the US withheld information about the discoveries as those weapons were manufactured in the 1980s when the US and its allies were actively supplying chemical agents to Saddam Hussein’s regime during the Iraq-Iran war.
The passage in the British House of Commons of a resolution favoring recognition of a Palestinian state, coming on the heels of the Swedish government’s announcement of its intention to extend such recognition, is the latest indicator of European disgust with Israeli policies.
Once in a million year comet ‘Siding Spring’ will pass close to Mars on Sunday and NASA has the best seats in the house
The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so.
A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching within 87,000 miles at a speed of 126,000 mph.
NASA’s five robotic explorers at Mars — three orbiters and two rovers — are being repurposed to witness a comet named Siding Spring make its first known visit to the inner solar system. So are a European and an Indian spacecraft circling the red planet.
Bulk collection of communications data by intelligence agencies such as GCHQ is not mass surveillance, insists Theresa May, the Home Secretary
Eurozone fears have returned with a vengeance as deepening deflation across Southern Europe and fresh turmoil in Greece set off wild moves on the European bond markets.
Yields on 10-year German Bund plummeted to an all-time low on 0.72pc on flight to safety, touching levels never seen before in any major European country in recorded history. “This is not going to stop until the European Central Bank steps up to the plate. If it does not act in the next few days, this could snowball,” said Andrew Roberts, credit chief at RBS.
“The forces of monetary deflation are gathering,” said CrossBorderCapital. “Global liquidity is declining and central banks are not doing enough, either in the West or the East to offset the decline. This may not be a repeat of 2007/2008, but it is starting to look more and more like another 1997/1998 episode.” This is a reference to the East Asia crisis and Russian default triggered by withdrawal of dollar liquidity.
After watching the testimony of CDC director Tom Friedan (and others) before a congressional committee today, it is abundantly obvious that no official source is going to tell the truth about the realistic danger of an exploding Ebola outbreak in the United States. Under the leadership of Frieden, the CDC has reached a state of delusional denial that staggers the mind, continuing to insist that Ebola cannot be spread through indirect contact (i.e. via contaminated surfaces).
The droning mantra of the CDC has now become, “We will consider any options that help reduce risk to Americans.” Yet somehow those options do not include air travel isolation — a fundamental tool in halting any pandemic outbreak.
Whistleblower nurse describes ‘chaos’ at US Ebola hospital Briana Aguirre claims she was given a hazmat suit with a large hole in it
The hospital at the centre of America’s Ebola outbreak admitted on Thursday that it had made mistakes and apologised, as a whistleblowing nurse described scenes of “chaos” there.
The admission came as Briana Aguirre, a nurse, described scenes of “chaos” at the hospital, with staff having no idea how to tackle the virus. She said the hazmat suit she was issued had a large gap in the neck and that materials used to treat suspected Ebola patients were left festering in corridors for days.
She claimed that suspected Ebola patients were wheeled around the hospital without protection and that doctors were told it was acceptable to move between rooms without disinfecting.
She said: “I can no longer defend my hospital at all. I’m embarrassed for my hospital. I watched them violate basic principles of nursing care, of medical care.”
Human rights organizations and activists called on Saudi Arabia to overturn the death sentence handed down to prominent Saudi cleric and pro-democracy activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, accusing the Saudi regime of curbing freedom of speech and opinion.
Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia and has called for greater rights for Saudi minorities, including the Shia, was convicted on Wednesday of multiple charges, including “delivering anti-government speeches” and “breaking allegiance with the ruler,” and was sentenced to death by The Specialized Criminal Court, Saudi Arabia’s “terrorism tribunal.”
A 13-year-old boy has been shot and killed by Israeli forces in a village near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
Bahaa Badr was shot in the chest on Thursday evening during clashes between protesters and Israeli forces who entered Beit Liqya near the separation wall with Israel.
According to reports, soldiers opened fire after demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at three Israel army Jeeps that entered the village west of Ramallah.
It is still unclear whether Badr took part in the clashes, which the Israeli army described as an “illegal riot”.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon berates international community for contributing only $100,000 into his $1bn global fighting fund
Britain has called on world leaders to “wake up” to the crisis posed by the Ebola outbreak and to follow the example of the UK, US and France in providing medical and financial support to countries in West Africa.
As the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, chided the international community for paying just $100,000 into his $1bn trust fund to fight Ebola, David Cameron called on other countries to “act in a similar way” to Britain, the US and France.
A British Jewish lawmaker has branded the government “cowardly” after it abstained from the vote on Palestinian statehood.
Speaking with the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Gerald Kaufman accused the government of running away from the debate in “a very cowardly way.”
“Members of the government and conservative backbenchers were instructed not to vote, which was a very cowardly thing to do,” he said.
Before we were spying on people for the fun of it to know everything about you, and use it against you, but NOW WE ARE SPYING TO PROTECT YOU … REALLY…NOT LYING LIKE BEFORE …WE MEAN IT… YOU GOT TO BELIEVE US …
FEMA IS PLANNING TWO HUGE PANDEMIC EXERCISES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FINANCIAL SECTOR IN NOVEMBER
“PROTECT THE MONEY! FUCK THE PEOPLE! PROTECT THE MONEY!” — Official White Horse Souse
Ebola may be part of God’s judgment for President Barack Obama’s alleged attempts to “divide Jerusalem,” said John Hagee, a San Antonio-based pastor and founder of Christians United For Israel.
Like I said, everyone is using Ebola to push whatever their own personal agenda is.
President Barack Obama boasted that he kissed nurses at the Atlanta hospital where Ebola patients were being treated.
Obama made clear that he is not afraid of Ebola, saying Wednesday, ”I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did,” Obama said. “In treating one of the patients, they followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so.”
Even with the recent screw-ups I cannot imagine the secret service allowing the President to kiss any nurse who had actually been near the area where the Ebola patients are being treated. This appears to be a repeat of Obama’s swim in the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, only it was later revealed that the swim had actually taken place in a swimming pool near the edge of the gulf.
Even this story admits Obama kissed the nurses weeks ago before Ebola was even there! What is alarming about this story is that Obama is still looking at Ebola as a public relations issue. His goal is to keep everyone calm, keep them using the airlines, keep them going to the shopping malls, and make sure they show up at those voting booths next month. As a side note, the “nurse” appears to be wearing a patient wrist band and if they are following the standard color codes, this patient is considered at risk for falling, suggesting recovery from an injury to the leg or foot.
A controversial police tactic that lets cops seize large amounts of suspicious cash has been aided by a family-owned company that won millions in federal contracts, Robert O’Harrow and Michael Sallah write in The Washington Post.
That company, Desert Snow, has trained cops around the US on the art of roadside asset forfeiture, which allows police to take cash or other assets they believe have been illegally obtained. Cops can take these assets from people even if they’re never convicted of or even charged with a crime, and people must go to court to get their stuff back.
Israeli naval forces have sunk a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip Thursday.
“Three Israeli naval gunboats opened heavy machine fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the shores of the central Gaza Strip city of Deir al-Balah,” Nizar Ayyash, head of Gaza’s Fishermen Union, told Anadolu Agency.
“[Five fishermen] tried to steer the boat towards Deir al-Balah, but it eventually sank due to heavy fire from the Israeli gunboats,” he said.
Two activist groups have filed an appeal in their lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to access one week’s worth of license plate reader data. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) lost their case before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last month.
In May 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the law enforcement agencies in an attempt to compel the agencies to release a week’s worth of LPR data from a particular week in August 2012.
BUT, no money for fair Veterans pensions and fair wages for the Armed Forces of Australia………………KT
Since the assassination of the Egyptian Prime Minister in 1945 and 1948, and dozens of other subsequent assassinations – most notably the assassination of President Sadat on October 6th 1981 and the assassinations perpetrated by the Brotherhood today in Egypt – their own history and the unfolding facts on the ground demonstrate that the Muslim Brotherhood have not forsaken violence and murder but rather have bequeathed this to the currents that are spawned from them. There can be no doubt that Al Qaeda and Hamas, for example, are really two scions of the mentality
The US government will allow Bahrain to get away with murder because the US 5TH Fleet is based there……………………….KT
The UK and the US should force Bahrain to respect human rights despite the Gulf Kingdom’s geopolitical and economic importance for the two and their security agreements, says prominent Bahraini activist, Maryam Al-Khawaja.
On September 8, a Texas state regulatory agency sent a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, suggesting that U.S. anti-fracking activists are receiving funding from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
To destroy sectarian identities prevalent in the Middle East region today, the rules would have to be redesigned, not by Paul Bremer type figures, but through the creation of new political horizons, where fledgling democracies are permitted to operate in safe environments, and where national identities are reanimated to meet the common priorities of the Arab peoples.
The Palestinian government aims to ask the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution requiring Israel’s retreat to the pre-1967 line.
A Palestinian boy was shot in the chest point-blank and later died amid a confrontation between Israeli forces and stone-throwing youths in a village of the occupied West Bank, according to local media and medical sources.
On a special October 16, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism, I interviewed Arthur Topham, who has been charged as a political thought criminal for allegedly violating Canada’s Criminal Code provisions for “willfully promoting hatred,” for his writings at his site, RadicalPress.com.
In this interview, the issues we discussed included:
- The Ontario Civil Liberties Association supporting his case and calling for a repeal of all “hate crime” provisions in the Criminal Code and circulating a petition calling for the B.C. Attorney General to revoke her consent for the prosecution of Arthur Topham.
Air France has quarantined a passenger airliner and its 183 passengers at Madrid’s Barajas Airport, following 4 suspected cases there, including 1 passenger on board that flight. Apparently, a Spanish missionary, who returned from Liberia was in contact with Ebola patients, before being rushed to Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital.
A soon-to-be released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, avoiding a full public accounting of one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror.
“This report is not about the White House. It’s not about the president. It’s not about criminal liability. It’s about the CIA’s actions or inactions,” said a person familiar with the document, who asked not to be further identified because the executive summary – the only part to that will be made public – still is in the final stages of declassification.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has fired an officer who he said instigated a fight with a mentally ill man that eventually led the officer to shoot the man 14 times, killing him.
Officer Christopher Manney, 38, was dismissed nearly six months after 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton’s death. Activists have compared the shooting to that of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Earlier this year, Chicago shorted their yellow traffic lights by fractions of a second and it resulted in nearly 8 million dollars from an additional 77,000 tickets
All yellow traffic lights are not created equal, it seems. Especially in Chicago.
Earlier this year, the city began issuing tickets to motorists who drove through yellow lights that turned red fractions of a second shorter than the three-second city minimum. The change was slight, but the effect for the cash-starved city was real: nearly $8 million from an additional 77,000 tickets, according to the city’s inspector general.
The World Health Organization is claiming that we are facing the most severe health crisis ever with the alleged Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
But since the WHO was caught inflating the Swine Flu pandemic to hoist experimental vaccines on the world, perhaps we should not just take them on their word without demanding evidence…
A new Drexel study published in the journal PLOS One suggests 21 days might not be a long enough quarantine period for those who have been exposed to the Ebola virus.
The research, which was conducted by Professor Charles Haas, PhD, and used data from both previous outbreaks and the first nine months of the current outbreak, claims that there is still a .1 to 12% risk of that person developing the virus if they are released from quarantine after 21 days.
“In other words from 0.1 to 12% of the time, an individual case will have a greater incubation time than 21 days,” Haas concludes.
The current WHO guidance on quarantining people for Ebola is 21 days, which is based on the supposed 2-21 day incubation period; however, Haas suggests a broader look at the risk factors and the costs and benefits when setting a quarantine standard.
An official at the Dallas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola told Congress on Thursday that emergency staff were not trained this summer on how to handle the virus, despite warnings from health officials about the outbreak in West Africa.
The official, Dr. Daniel Varga, apologized to a House committee and said that authorities were still trying to determine exactly how the nurses were infected.
President Obama has issued an executive order allowing the Pentagon to call up reserve troops to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa.
Obama notified Congress of his order Thursday. It reads: “I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.
The Pentagon is identifying gaps that active-duty troops cannot fill, said a Defense Department official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. Among the specialists that might be tapped: technical engineering, communication systems, logisticians, comptrollers and religious specialists.
All reservists called to duty will be given proper training and medical-threat briefings, the official said.
Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House resisted the idea and tried to tamp down fear as the pool of Americans being monitored expanded.
A report posted October 15th at Russia Insider, a Russian website, headlined “Russian Industry Expands Rapidly In September, Hammers Expectations: Fastest growth since 2012. Manufacturing up 3.6%. Food production shows double digit growth.” This contradicts many reports in U.S. media, which take unquestioningly the Obama Administration’s assertions that the Russian economy is doing poorly as a result of Obama’s sanctions against Russia. Russia has responded to those sanctions by simply increasing its trading with other nations, which aren’t within the U.S. orbit (and also its trading internally, within Russia itself).
IT IS WIDELY EXPECTED OBAMA WILL ISSUE AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDER AND SEND U.S. NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO LIBERIA “TO HELP CONTAIN THE EBOLA OUTBREAK THERE,” ACCORDING TO NBC NEWS.
“During the pandemic, CDC provided estimates of the numbers of 2009 H1N1 cases, hospitalizations and deaths on seven different occasions. Final estimates were published in 2011. These final estimates were that from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010 approximately 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (8868-18,306) occurred in the United States due to pH1N1.”
SIXTY MILLION cases of Swine Flu in America.
One out of every five people in the US had Swine Flu.
This lie takes the cake.
Stuart Littlewood examines the spurious arguments used by the British government to try to wheedle its way out of recognising Palestine as a state, as emphatically demanded by the British parliament.
Maybe Matt Drudge has gotten word of something that we’re not yet aware of just yet.
Or, perhaps, like any concerned citizen watching the Centers for Disease control botch the handling of Ebola, he sees the writing on the wall. The virus, as has been the case in Africa, will continue to spread.
As the official West African death toll in the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history nears 5,000, global concerns about the highly infectious disease continue to mount. Analysts and medical providers, from Liberia to the United States, say that in order to address the crisis, the international community must tackle the real culprit: western-driven economic policies defunding public health systems around the world, particularly in the countries hit hardest by the outbreak.
“The neoliberal economic model assassinated public infrastructure,” said Emira Woods, a Liberia native and social impact director at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice, in an interview with Common Dreams. “A crisis of the proportion we’ve seen since the beginning of the Ebola catastrophe shows this model has failed.”
WikiLeaks on Thursday released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights chapter, charging that it will hinder affordable access to medicines globally, increase online surveillance, and impinge on civil liberties while benefiting Big Pharma and other corporate interests.
“Our first impression in reading the document is the extent to which the United States has sought hundreds of changes in intellectual property norms, some small and subtle, others blunt and aggressive, nearly of all of which favor big corporate right holders, and undermine the public’s freedom to use knowledge,” declared James Love of Knowledge Ecology International.
The TPP is the world’s largest economic trade agreement that will, if it goes into effect, encompass more than 40 percent of the world’s GDP. The IP chapter covers topics from pharmaceuticals, patent registrations, and copyright issues to digital rights.
You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car — and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?”
Such is the Middle East today. The U.S. is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the ground.
Record $103 billion plummet in China’s FX reserves in Q3. Capital flight, bank recapitalization, or something else?
oh #SNAP “Wal-Mart cut its forecast for sales growth…citing lower food-stamp payment payments…” – WSJ
What if you could spend a fraction of what it would cost to buy or build your own house and instead build a unique home that you could make completely off grid? It can be done and there’s a bunch of people who’ve done it already.
After knocking Whole Foods around in some past articles, credit needs to be given where credit is due for the time being. Their latest release of the ‘Whole Foods Market Responsibly Grown Rating System’ is an honest attempt at cleaning up many areas of our food supply that have gone badly astray.
If the US Deficit is ‘only’ $483 Billion, why does the Government Have to Borrow $1.1 Trillion to Fill the Hole?
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday Britain should stand up for the rights of the people of Hong Kong after more than two weeks of pro-democracy protests in the former British colony.
Remember You Can’t Eat The Gold Card!
Remember You Can’t Live In a Monument!
Remember You Can’t Eat Your Medals
The facts are that in Australia today, no Defence Force member, no Veteran, no ex Service member, no War Widow and none of their kids can rely on the Department of Veterans Affairs to keep their confidential medical documents safe and secure, away from prying public eyes. This is the situation as you read this. The buck stops with DVA Minister Senator Ronaldson. This DVA Minister is so elitist, so arrogant and so irresponsible that he refuses to answer correspondence on the leaks of medical documents and refuses to plug the holes. To allow such a situation to continue while sending more young Australians off to war is political treachery and treason.
The Australian government has plenty of money for war, but says it doesn’t have enough money for fair war Veterans pensions.
The official estimate of the cost of the new Iraq war to Australian taxpayers is currently $500 million a year, and this will increase as time goes by. PM Abbott is now talking about deploying Australian combat ground Troops to Iraq. This will cost much, much more. Additionally, the government can find an additional $630 mil to upgrade our security organisations at home, which have been keeping the country safe for years on the budget they have as it is without any major increase.
Additionally the government intends to give millionaires $50,000 to have a baby and will be spending hundreds of millions extra for the Antarctic station.
When it comes to balancing the budget the government is forcing the small end of town to cop the bill and is leaving the big end of town alone.
During Question Time on Wed 1 Oct 2014 in the Australian House of LiaRepresentatives, PM Tony Abbott once again lied in response to a question about why the government plans to reduce war Veterans pensions from 2017. The government plans to change the method of indexation of war Veterans pensions from 2017 onwards which will see the dollar value and purchasing power of Veterans pensions reduce over time, yet Abbott denied this is true last Wednesday, and during his denial he once again distorted the facts and lied as he ran for cover while trying to defend this treachery. On top of this Abbott compared war Veterans pensions to the Family Tax Benefit when he said if it was good enough for the FTB to be indexed to the CPI alone, then it was good for all social security recipients. Abbott consistently likens war Veteran pensions, and the pensions of Defence Force members, war widows, ex service member and their kids to social security pensions. Veterans pensioners under Veteran Law are NOT social security recipients. Veterans are covered under special legislation which recognises their unique service to the Nation, and have been so recognised since 1916.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
A health worker who cared for Ebola “patient zero” Thomas Duncan at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is now confirmed to have been infected with Ebola.
Certain segments of the ultra orthodox community view those that serve in the Israeli army as pigs, an insult needless to say to any Jew who follows the laws of Kashrut ( laws concerning Kosher food).
If hundreds of doctors and nurses are becoming infected with Ebola, what chance is the general public going to have? This is not just a question that many of us are asking. As you will see below, this is a question that the World Health Organization is asking.
David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the UK constitution, the former prime minister Gordon Brown has said as he warned the Conservatives were wrong to suggest that Scotland should be 100%-responsible for its own income tax revenues.
A global shift in US strategy is currently underway, with America transitioning from the ‘world policeman’ to the Lead From Behind mastermind. This fundamental shift essentially entails the US moving from a majority forward-operating military to a defensive stay-behind force. Part of this transformation is the reduction of the conventional military and its replacement with special forces and intelligence recruits. Private military companies (PMCs) are also occupying a higher role in the US’ grand strategy. Of course, it is not to say that the US no longer has the capability or will to forward advance – not at all – but that the evolving US strategy prefers more indirect and nefarious approaches towards projecting power besides massive invasions and bombing runs.
The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do.
Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: “They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over”
Senator Elizabeth Warren scarcely requires an introduction. She is the single most exciting Democrat currently on the national stage.
Japan Times: ‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima — Radiation levels surge after typhoon — Tepco “doesn’t know why” this is happening — Warning “crisis could get worse” as 180 km/hr storm heading to area
Australia will not send health workers to Ebola outbreak zones until their welfare can be guaranteed.
Webb had uncovered a direct link between the Contras and street-level crack cocaine. His story also repeatedly highlights the facts that the Contras were a CIA-directed entity and that the drug-runners avoided prosecution despite mountains of evidence implicating them. Webb never explicitly states that CIA brass or other Washington bigwigs condoned smuggling drugs into the United States, but the facts of his story strongly imply it.
As shocking as that might have been to Webb’s readers and colleagues other than Farah, they were hardly unprecedented in American history. The United States’ global drug policy had long taken a backseat to more important foreign-policy concerns, in this case toppling Nicaragua’s socialist Sandinista National Liberation Front.
Webb had his career destroyed because he told a very uncomfortable truth about “business as usual” in Washington, and then paid with his life. And this blurb, at the end of the article, about:
“Over the next several years, his marriage fell apart and his meager wages were garnished for child support. On Dec. 10, 2004, Webb was discovered dead, shot twice in the head with his father’s .3