THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"... the only way to fully comprehend U.S. policies toward the third world is to posit ..."the threat of a good example."Insurgencies in the third world do not challenge U.S. military security or even, ultimately, investments by U.S. corporations... What they represent is the possibility that emerging nations may demonstrate by example that the United States may not be the last word in democracy, freedom, and opportunity. That threat is much greater if weighed from the perspective of those who see it in their interest to preserve unchanged the present U.S. economic and political order." -- Frances Moore Lappe', Rachel Shuman, and Kevin Danaher, authors

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October 16, 2014

Oct 16 13:03

Cleveland Area Schools Cancel Classes Over Ebola Concerns

Fearful of Ebola, two schools in suburban Cleveland have canceled classes on Thursday, Q13 Fox reported.

Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School were closed as a precaution because an unnamed middle school staffer reportedly flew on the Frontier Airlines plane that a Dallas nurse previously used, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported. Amber Joy Vinson, the second American nurse diagnosed with Ebola, traveled on the same plane the previous evening.

In an email to parents, the school district said the closings were a precautionary measure, WKYC.com reported.

Oct 16 13:02

Ebola: French nurse 'tests negative' in Paris

A nurse who treated an Ebola patient in France was admitted to hospital on Thursday due to concerns she may have contracted the disease. However the latest reports suggest she has tested nagative for the virus.

Oct 16 13:01

Obama Admin Predicted 25% Ebola Threat To U.S… Obama Downplayed

President Obama assured the American public that our country’s Ebola risk was extremely low, even after a federal government-funded study quietly found a nearly 25 percent chance of Ebola reaching the United States in September 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof we are not getting the straight info from this government.

Oct 16 13:00

Ebola in Arkansas? Hospital in Clinton Locked Down Due to Ebola Scare [Update: No Ebola]

Ozark Regional Health in Arkansas was under lockdown on Thursday because of a patient possibly having the Ebola virus.

The hospital in Clinton was checking one patient for the virus due to the patient’s travel history.

The hospital didn’t elaborate whether the patient has traveled to Africa recently, but that’s likely what “travel history” means.

But the hospital later confirmed that the patient does not have Ebola,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At what point do we suspect that Ebola cases will stop being reported to protect the airlines, retail, and elections?


Oct 16 12:59

Moscow says U.S. working on military 'scenarios' at Russia's borders

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu accused the United States on Thursday of working on military "scenarios" near Russia's borders that he said were a source of grave concern.

Oct 16 12:55

No Ebola - Lubbock hospital official says state won't test; will be released, monitored

Updated 1:55 p.m.: A Lubbock man exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms does not have Ebola and the state will not test him, University Medical Center spokesman Eric Finley confirmed Thursday afternoon.

“The patient will be released and monitored by the Lubbock Health Department,” Finley said in a text message.

Updated: 1:40 p.m.: University Medical Center is currently waiting for direction from the Centers for Disease Control to test whether or not a patient exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms actually has the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I get really nervous abut the CDC, with its recent history of misjudgements, telling hospitals NOT to test patients!

Oct 16 12:46

Ohio Earthquakes Directly Connected to Fracking, Research Shows

STUDY ADDS TO BODY OF EVIDENCE SHOWING LINKAGE BETWEEN FRACKING OPERATIONS AND TREMORS ALONG FAULTLINES

Oct 16 12:42

Sun newspaper staffers involved in corruption: Prosecutors

Six executives and journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper have corrupted public officials on a massive scale to boost profits and further their interests, a British court has heard.


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Oct 16 12:41

Government, Officialdom Responsible for Spread of Ebola

The White House has resisted any effort to stem the virus by banning travel from West Africa. Instead, it has ordered what amounts to a facile public relations campaign – instituting “disease surveillance” at airports, an effort experts roundly condemn as not only ineffectual, but ludicrous.

Oct 16 12:30

Did The Saudis Just Get A Tap On The Shoulder?

The US-Saudi "secret" plan that was supposed to crush Putin quickly turned sour when as we reported several days ago, one after another America's own shale plays, which recently entered a very sharp bear market, started appearing on various death watches (case in point today's MHR Second Lien refi which repriced from L+500 to L+750 in minutes).

As a result, one wonders: did Obama realize that Russian "costs" which as everyone knows by now include a Eurpoean triple-dip recession, could also very soon include an insolvent US shale industry, and thus may be just a little too much, and, one further wonders, if he is the one who just tapped Saudi Arabia on the shoulder?

Oct 16 12:29

Researchers Expect Over 20 US Ebola Cases In Weeks, "You Don't Want To Know Worst Case"

"We have a worst-case scenario, and you don't even want to know," warns Alessandro Vespignani, a researcher creating simulations of infectious disease outbreaks, but there could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month. The projections only run through October because it’s too difficult to model what will occur if the pace of the outbreak changes but, as Bloomberg reports, Vespignani warns if the outbreak becomes more widespread in other regions, it "would be like a bad science fiction movie."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A far greater percentage of Americans use air travel than do Africans, so the pandemic spread could easily occur much faster here in the US.


Oct 16 12:25

Priest, air passenger among six hospitalised in Spain for Ebola tests

Spanish authorities reported four new patients with suspected Ebola symptoms on Thursday, including a feverish passenger who started shaking on an Air France flight to Madrid and a Spanish priest who had recently been in Liberia.

Three of the cases were in the capital and the fourth in the Canary Islands, where a health source said two other people were admitted to hospital for precautionary monitoring.

Oct 16 12:15

Venezuela elected to UN security council

The daughter of Hugo Chávez is set to play a more prominent role in international politics after Venezuela was elected to the UN security council.

María Gabriela Chávez is Venezuela’s deputy ambassador at the UN mission. The country garnered 181 votes from member states to secure one of five rotating seats at the security council. Angola, Malaysia and New Zealand were also successful, and Turkey and Spain will face a new round of balloting to decide who takes the last available seat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the Presidents of Turkey and Spain ought to have a wrestling match for that seat. Best three falls out of five takes it!

Oct 16 12:05

Iraq descends into anarchy: Shia militias 'abducting and killing Sunni civilians in revenge for Isis attacks'

Iraq is descending into savage sectarian warfare as government-backed Shia militias kill, torture and hold for ransom any Sunni whom they detain. Isis is notorious for its mass killings of Shia, but retaliation by Shia militiamen means that Iraq is returning to the levels of sectarian slaughter last seen in the Sunni-Shia civil war of 2006-07 when tens of thousands were murdered.


Oct 16 12:05

THE ART OF THE GAZA WAR

PHOTOS: How To Turn a Gaza War Into Art

Oct 16 12:04

Cartel Leader Commits Suicide After 36 Corrupt Cops Arrested

The following day, hundreds of students and teachers led a protest demanding the safe return of the 43 missing students and the immediate resignation of Governor Aguirre for allowing drug cartels to infiltrate the police and local government. Confronted with police in riot gear, the protesters overturned cars, smashed windows, and set fire to the state government headquarters in Chilpancingo. Allowing government employees to flee, the protesters ransacked their offices vowing to radicalize and take even more extreme actions if their demands were not met.

On Tuesday, police surrounded alleged cartel leader Benjamin Mondragon Pereda in the city of Jiutepec. After negotiating the safe departure of a pregnant woman from the scene, Mondragon killed himself to avoid capture. Authorities believe his gang is responsible for the transportation of heroin and marijuana to the violent streets of Chicago.

Oct 16 12:03

Soros, the Khmer Rouge and the Harmonica Virgins

This sense I'm getting is, like I said, of imminence and that implies something that would be imminent. It's not a looming specter kind of imminence, sometimes attended by clouds of war or... the image of ghost rider horseman, whose black steeds are stamping on the aethers, foretelling famine and pestilence and those other sidekicks, riding equestrian shotgun, along with hordes of wraiths and sundry trailing in the wake.

Oct 16 12:02

911 dispatchers forbidden from saying ‘Ebola’ on the radio

“At no point shall a dispatcher transmit over the radio any message containing the word ‘Ebola’ or related terminology,” according to the advisory, which was obtained by The Post.

Dispatchers instead must use the code letters “F/T,” as in Fever/Travel, to indicate that a 911 caller has a fever and a history of travel to West Africa. “Engine XXX, utilize Universal Precautions — you are responding to a Fever/Travel incident,” dispatchers are now ordered to say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are not managing the pandemic. They are managing the public!


Oct 16 12:02

AUDIO INTERVIEW & ARTICLE: Former Federal Prosecutor Reveals DoJ Corruption in New Book

A former United States federal prosecutor has written a book that confirms that the highest levels of prosecutorial power in this country have been and still are subverting the written law to advance their own particular agendas, including imprisoning innocent Americans and even deciding which prison they should be assigned to and how they should be treated by the warden and the guards.

Dave Gahary had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Sidney Powell, the author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, a 10-year federal prosecutor who has worked under nine different U.S. attorneys. For the last 20 years, she has been in private practice doing federal appeals, and has done over 500 federal appeals, 350 of them for the government, and about 150 in private practice, and discusses her book in this informative interview (44:43).

Oct 16 12:02

No Real Limitations on Tasers Used for Minor Infractions or Just Because

Zap! Should the State Keep Shocking Citizens to Enforce Minor Laws? A rhetorical question with this possible answer: "WTF, No!" The url words are also notable: "modest-limits-on-when-the-state-can-electrocute-americans."

It centers around Californian Gary Hesterberg jogging with his unleashed terrier which he then leashed. It ended with a National Park Service woman deploying taser barbs in his back and calling for backup...

Oct 16 12:01

Amazon.com Targeted by Censors

• Thought police “gatekeeper mafia” pushing book-selling behemoth to censor content.

Amazon, the billion-dollar online bookseller, stands as a test case in regard to whether free expression or Orwellian suppression will reign supreme in America. Currently, nearly every type of book is available on Amazon. Only graphic pornography is banned. But certain forces are working tirelessly in an attempt to curtail free access to certain types of political and historical writings found on the retail giant’s website.

Oct 16 12:00

US says Baghdad is not under 'imminent threat' from IS

The Iraqi capital Baghdad is not in immediate danger from Islamic State jihadists despite battlefield gains by the group in the country's west, a US military spokesman said Thursday.


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Oct 16 12:00

Virginia Files Billion Dollar Suit Against Banksters

True to its state motto — “Sic semper tyrannis,” or “Thus always to tyrants” — the Commonwealth of Virginia has brought a $1.15 billion civil fraud lawsuit against a “banker’s dozen” of the largest international investment houses. Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the case in mid-September, which was filed in Richmond Circuit Court. In a prepared statement, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleged that the big banks deliberately misrepresented the quality of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), a form of financial derivative, sold to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), beginning in 2004.

Oct 16 11:58

U.S./Israel “Special Relationship” on Ice

• Animosity grows between Israeli, U.S. leaders over criminal settlements policy of Zionist state.

The signs were all there that President Barack Hussein Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu would one day have a major falling-out, but few expected it would be over Israel’s war crimes policy of stealing Palestinian land and settling a massive influx of Eastern European Jews on it. Those Jews have been used to expand Israel’s population and to shrink the land Palestinians had hoped would form their new state.

Oct 16 11:42

New Review: Not Enough Evidence that GM Crops are Safe to Eat

A recently published review by researchers at two universities has suggested that there is not enough evidence that GM crops are safe to eat.

Researchers looked at published studies on rats fed GM crops containing one or more of three commonly used GM genes. Researchers examined studies that investigated the health of these rats by looking at tissues from their digestive tracts under a microscope.

Oct 16 11:39

EPA approves new 2,4-D herbicide blend, paving way for controversial GE crops

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) stated, “Today, EPA shunned its duties to protect the environment and safeguard public health by bowing to corporate interests instead of relying on science. For years, the scientific community has been sounding the alarm about the increased use of herbicides and the link to a multitude of health problems. It’s shocking that EPA thinks it’s a good idea to allow the widespread use of a toxic chemical once found in Agent Orange on this nation’s farm fields. EPA should be working to reverse the trend of chemicals that poison our food supply, water and soil. It will be just a matter of time before weeds develop a resistance to 2,4-D, and the chemical industry comes up with an even more dangerous and potent product.”


Oct 16 11:36

Fateful week for US-Iran talks

High expectations have been raised by world statesmen — one Iranian and the other two American — on the eve of the ‘trilateral’ meeting in Vienna today between the US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed optimism about a resolution of the nuclear problem in terms that haven’t been articulated before. He said Iran has the “political will” to clinch a deal. Interestingly, he said this in a national address telecast alive.

The signs are that Iran’s Supreme Leader has authorized the Iranian negotiators to clinch a deal. The Iran Daily newspaper, which is identified with the Supreme leader’s office has showered fulsome praise on Rouhani’s policies seeking detente with the West.

Oct 16 11:17

CHINA TELLS AMERICA: Turn Around The USS George Washington

"We oppose any military act by any party conducted in China's exclusive economic zone without approval."

Oct 16 11:15

Gen. Allen: US Won’t Coordinate With Existing Syrian Rebels

Speaking to reporters today at the State Department, Gen. John Allen, who has been advising President Obama on his new war against ISIS, today revealed that the administration has no plans to ever coordinate with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or any other of the existing rebel factions.

That’s a surprise, because officials have been harping on for years about how great these factions are, and have been lavishing them with US arms and funding.

The FSA is forever complaining about not getting enough aid from the US, as their way of explaining how years of rebellion has them with virtually no territory and sloughing off fighters to ISIS and other more successful factions at an alarming rate. Now, the US appears to be comfortable just cutting them loose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This administration is pathologically incapable of looking toward long-term strategies to keep the US safe and prosperous.

Attacking Syria, with any US-led assets, is not something that will make this country more safe and prosperous.

The only reason that the US government wants al-Assad out in Damascus is to pave the way for an invasion of Iran, and create regime change in Tehran.

And NO POLITICAL ENTITY wants this more than the government in Tel Aviv.

Someone needs to be reminded, in the bowels of the halls of power in DC, that not everything that is in Israel's best interests are not at all in We the People's best interest.

Certainly not for those military personnel who will be dispatched to fight, get killed or maimed for life, in this potential military misadventure.

The coming round of talks with Iran, I would be willing to bet, will consist of the US attempting to "run out the clock", as one says in football, then the complete abandonment of any talks after this.

Many Russian military and politicians have stated very bluntly that any attack against Iran will be seen as an attack against Russia's national interests.

IF, in fact, the US attacks Iran, it may be looking at a war against Russia. At this time in our history, the US does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia, and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.


Oct 16 10:51

An Egyptian Intervention in Libya

Two Egyptian officials claimed the country’s warplanes had begun bombing positions in Benghazi, the second-largest city in neighboring Libya, on Wednesday, in an attempt to wrest control of the city from the Ansar-al-Sharia Islamist militia. The mission, which will be led by Libyan pilots, marks the highest-profile collaboration between the two North African countries, both of which are beset by instability, since they experienced simultaneous Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. The Egyptian government has officially denied the news.

According to the Associated Press, the mission is slated to last three to six months and will “eventually involve Libyan ground troops recently trained by Egyptian forces.”

Oct 16 10:50

Ebola epidemic might trigger major food crisis - UN

The United Nations and non-governmental organizations believe an Ebola crisis that continues to strengthen in the coming months will cause food shortages that could devastate regions in West Africa hit hardest by the virus.

The UN World Food Program (WFP) said it is ramping up efforts to feed more people in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the trio of nations at the epicenter of the latest Ebola virus outbreak that has claimed over 4,000 lives. Border and market closures, restricted movements, and fear of the virus threaten food access in these areas, experts say.

Oct 16 10:47

'Origami' condoms, Michelle Obama gardening games and poop-throwing chimps: NIH spent millions on wacky projects but now complains cuts killed off Ebola vaccine research

The $30 billion U.S. National Institutes of Health blamed tightening federal budgets on Monday for its inability to produce an Ebola vaccine, but a review of its grant-making history in the last 10 years has turned up highly unusual research that redirected precious funds away from more conventional public health projects.

The projects included $2.4 million to develop 'origami' condoms designed with Japanese folding paper in mind, and $939,000 to find out that male fruit flies prefer to romance younger females because the girl-flies' hormone levels drop over time.

Other winners of NIH grants consumed $325,000 to learn that marriages are happier when wives calm down more quickly during arguments with their husbands, and $257,000 to make an online game as a companion to first lady Michelle Obama's White House garden.

The agency also spent $117,000 in taxpayers' grant dollars to discover that most chimpanzees are right-handed.

Oct 16 10:42

CDC's Frieden: U.S. not ruling out Ebola travel ban

A top public health official told a House panel that the Obama administration has not ruled out imposing restrictions on travel to and from West Africa to help protect Americans from Ebola.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barn -> door -> horse.

Oct 16 10:42

Saudi Arabia sentences reformist Shiite cleric to ‘crucifixion’

Raising fears of renewed sectarian tensions in the region, Saudi Arabia’s top court has sentenced a charismatic opposition leader to death for speaking out against the kingdom’s ruling family.

Nimr Baqer al-Nimr, a reformist cleric, has repeatedly called for an end to corruption and discrimination against minorities. He has a wide following, particularly among young people in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home to most of the country’s minority Shiites, who are considered heretics by the Sunni-ruled government.

After being imprisoned for nearly two years, al-Nimr appeared in Riyadh’s Specialized Criminal Court Wednesday with his lawyer and two brothers. Charged with terrorism offences and “breaking allegiance to the king,” the judge upheld the country’s harshest sentence — “crucifixion” — where the decapitated body is publicly displayed. His brothers were reportedly detained after the sentencing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW!! The Saudi government and its royalty have almost caught up with ISIS in terms of Medieval barbarism, and that is just my point.

And it is THIS government with which the US is BFF in the Middle East?!? IF we are judged by the company we keep, as a nation, we are in deep trouble here.

Because Saudi Arabia and the US government are inextricably entwined geopolitically, I would almost be willing to bet that you will get absolutely no corporate coverage of the execution itself, or the aftermath, the parading of the headless corpse, in US corporate non-news stations.

And a memo to the House of Saud and its judiciary: making a martyr out of this guy may well up the ante for religious unrest and demonstrations in your country, rather than smothering it.

In the 21st century, the parading of his corpse may well cause riots, intense enough that your military personnel will not be able to put them down.

Oct 16 10:42

As Fear of Ebola Spreads, Ohio and Texas Close Some Schools

Officials at school districts in Texas and Ohio shut schools on Thursday after they learned that two students traveled on the Cleveland-to-Dallas flight with Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse infected with Ebola, and that an employee may have later flown on the same plane.

Oct 16 10:35

Four Years Ago....Obama administration scraps quarantine regulations

The Obama administration has quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted four years ago as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers.The regulations, proposed in 2005 during the Bush administration amid fears of avian flu, would have given the federal government additional powers to detain sick airline passengers and those exposed to certain diseases. They also would have expanded requirements for airlines to report ill passengers to the CDC and mandated that airlines collect and maintain contact information for fliers in case they later needed to be traced as part of an investigation into an outbreak.

Oct 16 10:33

Ebola Is Airborne, University Of Minnesota CIDRAP Researchers Claim

Ebola is airborne, according to a new report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. Researchers at the university just advised the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that “scientific and epidemiologic evidence” now exists that proves Ebola has the potential to be transmitted via exhaled breath and “infectious aerosol particles.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ebola was known to be airborne all the way back during the Reston outbreak of 1990 (and strongly suspected in Africa before that). What I want to know is what politician decided to assure us all that Ebola was NOT airborne to make sure we kept going to the shopping malls for the Christmas shopping season!

Oct 16 10:28

Pennsylvania State Rep. Concealed Weapon Stopped Robbery

A state lawmaker from Scranton pulled out a gun last night on the streets of Harrisburg and shot at a robber, according to police.

Oct 16 10:27

Megyn Kelly shreds CDC Director Thomas Frieden

Megyn Kelly exposed just how unqualified CDC Director Thomas Frieden is for his job over the Ebola fiasco. Kelly pressed Frieden on numerous topics, to which Thomas Frieden could only spew Obama and Media Matters talking points. When asked why travel from West Africa hasn’t been cut off, Frieden bumbled and stumbled citing something totally unrelated with charter flights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reminds me of when the "New NASA" was created in the 1970s. Control of the science was taken away from the scientists and handed to a bunch of MBAs, marketing people, and political cronies who celebrated their elevation by replacing the NASA "meatball" logo with "The Worm" and otherwise mucking things up. They survived on the basis of already existing missions and technology but over time the chronic mismanagement caught up with them as typified by launching Challenger in freezing weather to "stay on schedule" (with the Teacher in Space on board) despite the Morton Thiokol engineers saying it was a bad idea, and saving a few bucks by launching Columbia without carrying any means to actually go out and check if there really was a huge #$^ing hole in the port side wing root!

Science is not subordinate to politics. It never has been, and every attempt to overrule that wisdom has always ultimately led to disaster!

Oct 16 10:26

Dallas Nurse Slams Hospital: "We Never Talked About Ebola

A Dallas nurse who cared for a co-worker who contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said the facility was unprepared

Oct 16 10:15

Niagara Falls, N.Y. over $400,000 in arrears on water bill; water department quadruples charge for fire hydrants

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WGRZ-TV) A decision by the Niagara Falls Water Board to quadruple rates for fire hydrants has left the city with a $400,000 bill, which it has yet to pay as it contests the enormous fee increase.

The Niagara Falls City Council tabled a resolution Tuesday that would have paid the majority of the money, giving council members two more weeks to figure out a strategy to negotiate with the Water Board.
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In 2012, the Water Board decided to increase the fixed annual rate of $25 per fire hydrant to $103 per fire hydrant, representing a 312 percent hike. With more than 2,000 hydrants located in the City of Niagara Falls, the municipality saw its annual bill to the Water Board jump from $57,175 to $215,064 for both 2012 and 2013. For the past two years, the city has attempted to contest the bill and, as a result, now owes a full bill and late fees totaling $405,360.

Oct 16 10:13

Politicians Try to Make Ebola a Partisan Issue for the Upcoming Election … But BOTH Parties Dropped the Ball

The Dallas Morning News notes:

The political blame game over the deadly Ebola virus is in full swing just weeks before the November elections — with each side ignoring the facts.

In reality, both sides have dropped the ball.

Oct 16 10:12

First Dallas nurse to contract Ebola headed for D.C. suburb

Officials announced Thursday that first Texas nurse to contract Ebola while treating a Liberian patient is scheduled to be transferred to a leading research center in suburban Washington.

Nina Pham, 26, will be taken to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Oct 16 10:11

Fabrication in BBC Panorama's 'Saving Syria’s Children'

The report contained harrowing scenes of teenage boys and young men, their skin apparently in tatters, racing into what the report describes as “a basic hospital funded by handouts” to be treated for burns. In one particularly disturbing scene a tableau of young men writhe, drool and groan, seemingly in great distress.

On further viewings, however, this scene in particular is strikingly odd. The young men are quiet and mostly static until spotting the camera upon them, at which point the central figure (Mohammed Asi) raises his arm and the group instantly becomes animated and begins groaning in unison.

Oct 16 10:10

Sources: Nurse with Ebola to be moved from Dallas hospital to Maryland facility

Frontier Airlines placed six crew members on paid leave for 21 days "out of an abundance of caution," CEO David Siegel wrote in a letter to employees.

The airline also removed the plane's seat covers and carpet near where the infected passenger sat, even though it had not been asked to by the CDC, Siegel said.

Oct 16 10:06

The Center for Jewish Life is stifling free speech at Princeton University

I have never met Slav Leibin.

Nonetheless, it recently came to my attention that he vetoed, with the approval of the Center for Jewish Life, my right to participate in a proposed panel on the recent hostilities in Gaza. Apparently this preemptive act of exclusion was carried out on entirely political grounds. This strikes me as an attempt to stifle the exchange of views on an important, if contentious, issue of concern to many in the Princeton University community — an egregious violation of our community’s values.

Oct 16 10:03

Gaza and the West Bank: Israel’s two approaches and Palestinians’ two bleak choices

The areas now known as the West Bank and Gaza, despite geographic differences, were once similar in social, cultural and economic terms. But through a long process of one occupation after another, they were set apart and differentiated.

Israel’s recent incursion in Gaza follows a pattern of harsher policies of suppression, compared to its counterpart to the East, after the two territories were created in 1948.

Oct 16 10:01

Emergency in Madrid airport over patient with Ebola symptoms on flight from Paris

An Air France plane carrying 183 passengers has been quarantined in Madrid’s Barajas Airport over a passenger showing Ebola-like symptoms. The airport activated the emergency protocol.

Oct 16 09:59

“It’s a terrible company”: Comcast not welcome in city, council says

The City Council in Worcester, MA does not want Comcast coming anywhere near its residents. The cable company is seeking a license transfer from Charter as part of a customer swap that's tied to its purchase of Time Warner Cable, but the council is trying to block it.

Oct 16 09:56

McDonald's Had to Hire a Fact-Checker to Prove It Serves Real Food

For McDonald's, 2014 has been like a Happy Meal that's missing a trinket: a major bummer. Its China operations (along with those other US fast-food firms) got caught up in an expired-meat scandal that pushed down Asian sales. Its US sales are downtoo, and its share price has fallen about 8 percent over the past three months.

Oct 16 09:36

“Imminent Ebola Epidemic Is A Certainty” Says Texas Officials & Healthcare Workers

Texas officials and healthcare workers from around the state are urgently warning friends and family that an “imminent Ebola epidemic is a certainty.”

This is not a test.

The above quote is drawn from a conversation between the author and a Texas healthcare professional with over 39 years of experience in many areas of medical care (including ICU, ER, labor & delivery) and currently works as a Director for a hospice organization. The individual quoted also has direct relationships with members of the Texas State Legislature and staff within the Texas Governors office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason for concern is not only all the bad judgement calls from CDC about how infective Ebola is, but that everything the government is doing is reactive, such as the Ebola SWAT teams. They are playing catch up. And in a race like this there is no second place, only dead last!

Oct 16 09:28

U.S. Response to Ebola: We Don’t Have the “Strongest” Medical System In the World … Only the Most EXPENSIVE

U.S. medical officials have repeatedly said – almost like a mantra – that Ebola can’t possibly effect our country because we have the “strongest” and “best” medical system in the world.

Were they speaking as scientists … or salesman? After all, the U.S. has the most expensive medical system in the world. And – like all good salesmen – they have to talk up and justify the super-pricey product.

In fact, independent studies rank the strength and quality of our system as low.

Oct 16 09:27

Ann Coulter - WE'LL TELL YOU HOW DANGEROUS EBOLA IS AFTER THE ELECTION

This summer, the U.S. government imposed a travel ban on Israel simply to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu into accepting a ceasefire agreement. But we can't put a travel restriction on countries where a contagious disease is raging.

It's becoming increasingly clear this is just another platform for Obama to demonstrate that we are citizens of the world. The entire Ebola issue is being discussed -- by our government, not the United Nations -- as if Liberians are indistinguishable from Americans, and U.S. taxpayers should be willing to pay whatever it takes to save them.

Maybe we should give them the vote, too! If Ebola was concentrated in Finland and Norway -- certainly Israel! -- we'd have had a travel ban on Day One.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, this IS an historic occasion. I actually agree with Ann Coulter on something!!!!

Oct 16 09:27

Malicious Anti-Iranian Propaganda

Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Big Lies persist with disturbing regularity.

It's been this way for 35 years. Washington tolerates no independent governments. Nor does Israel, its Lobby and other supportive organizations.

They want pro-Western vassal states worldwide. They want sovereign independence destroyed.

Oct 16 09:18

Polar vortex will likely make a return this winter, says Accuweather

“Cold air will surge into the Northeast in late November, but the brunt of the season will hold off until January and February,” they write. “The polar vortex, the culprit responsible for several days of below-zero temperatures last year, will slip down into the region from time to time, delivering blasts of arctic air.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So remember; think "Polar Vortex" and don't ever, ever, EVER, let all that snow and ice cause you to doubt for the teensiest instant the most holy revealed dogma of human-caused global warming and my need for a carbon tax. Or you'll get a bitch-slap that will make what happened to Galileo look like a parking ticket!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 16 09:09

U.S. Ebola Response to be Probed by Congress

Congressional lawmakers will probe the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak on Thursday amid growing fears of wider transmission after two health-care workers who treated an infected patient were diagnosed with the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cottage is on fire and Congress sits down to discuss whether or not they should buy a fire extinguisher!

Fire (not to mention Ebola) is a very real danger, but this government was caught off guard because for the last several years all their time, energy, and OUR money has been spent on the fiction of human-caused global warming, not to mention propping up Wall Street, Israel, and arming the Syrian Rebels, even though the CIA said this was not likely to work. To that end, the Obama administration sold the fire extinguisher (canceled the CDC's program to deal with a major epidemic outbreak in the US) back in 2010.

I understand that choosing a government is a political process. What I do not understand is allowing the political process to run the government!

UPDATE: So far the discussion is focused on getting a vaccine ready for sale and sending troops to Africa to save them from ISISbola!


Oct 16 09:06

The Idiotic Explanation Why The "Idiot With The Clipboard" Was Unprotected

So - in summary - due to the restrictive vision when wearing an Ebola-protective suit, one member of staff must be sacrificed/exposed to ensure no one trips?

Oct 16 09:01

WHO Shocked At 427 Ebola-Infected Healthcare Workers As Cases Top 9000, Deaths Exceed 4500

If trained professionals (in West Africa and the US) are becoming infected by the deadly Ebola virus, what hope is there for fellow passengers in a tightly-packed metal tube?

Oct 16 09:01

Obama May Send National Guard to Liberia to Fight Ebola: Sources

President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order Thursday paving the way for the deployment of National Guard forces to Liberia to help contain the Ebola outbreak there, sources told NBC News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is not a rescue, that is an invasion!

And keep in mind that it was deploying US troops that carried the 1918 pandemic from Camp Funston to every corner of the globe!

Oct 16 08:58

Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage

Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday.

Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents.

“It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25.

“I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aaaaaaaaaaand ... what is Michelle having for lunch, I wonder?

Oct 16 08:53

Obama Confident U.S. Can Avoid Ebola Outbreak

Yeah, and Obama was confident healthcare.gov was going to work, that arming the Syrian rebels was going to work, that stimulus was going to work, that human-caused global warming is real, etc. etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum ad nauseum!

Oct 16 08:50

5 Shockingly Cynical Tricks Behind Ancient Religions

Religion is an area that often attracts people with bad intentions. There are preachers who run away with the church's bankroll, cult leaders who molest their followers, and literally all of Scientology. But all those little ploys that modern faith healers and shady preachers use to fleece the masses have been around for thousands of years, and if anything, they've only gotten less inspired over time.

Oct 16 08:48

Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods

Businesses should not need to notify consumers that their personal data has been lost or stolen if the data has been encrypted, EU ministers have said.

Ministers in the Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the EU's Council of Ministers backed the plans as part of a wider partial agreement reached last week on reforms to EU data protection laws.

Oct 16 08:42

Snowden's Interview – The New Yorker Festival (+VIDEO)

The New Yorker Festival presents Edward Snowden in conversation with Jane Mayer. (VIDEO)

Oct 16 08:37

U.N. Arms Treaty – An Attempt to Disarm America

Gun-control liberals have chosen an odd time to be foisting their misguided agenda on the American public. Consider the following facts about life in America. Felonious incidents such as assault and battery, car-napping, murder, abductions, robberies, school shootings, workplace violence, road rage, and home invasions are occurring at unprecedented levels. In fact, crime is up in most categories, except, that is, in communities where law-abiding citizens have legally armed themselves. In an Oklahoma company one employee was beheaded by a discontented Muslim extremist, but the lives of other employees were saved because a manager in the company was armed and took quick action. Although the mainstream media does much to cover up incidents in which lives are saved by armed Americans, this kind of thing happens all the time, and Americans know it. Consequently, citizens of all stripes—men and women, Democrats and Republicans—are arming themselves.

Oct 16 08:36

Chutzpah on Social Cohesion

When government politicians talk of social cohesion I get worried. My own MP, Richard Benyon, tweeted recently, “Working with organisations who promote cohesion is vital: ‘good work should not be derailed by local or international events.'”. Fine. Who could disagree? But his party, the co-ruling Conservative Party, has been associated with two think tanks, Policy Exchange and the Centre for Social Cohesion, described by SpinWatch as “two of Britain’s most influential right-wing think-tanks”, which “have used the fear of terrorism and of Islam to push an authoritarian political agenda”.

Oct 16 08:36

Obama Knew Arming Rebels Was Useless, But Did It Anyway

What’s worse: Launching a disastrous military campaign under false pretenses to achieve goals you wrongly believe are attainable? Or launching a disastrous military campaign you know is doomed in order to help your party win an election?

I ask in light of today’s New York Times story about how President Obama asked the CIA a while back whether arming rebel forces – pretty much the agency’s signature strategy — had ever worked in the past.

He was told that it almost never has.

But then in June, once the political pressure for intervention in Syria got too great, he did just that — sending weapons to rebels fighting the Syrian military.

Yes: He knew better, but he did it anyway.

Oct 16 08:34

No, There's Still No Evidence There Was an Active WMD Program in Iraq

C.J. Chivers of the New York Times has a long piece today about chemical weapons found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. A few dead-enders are now gleefully claiming that Bush was right after all. Iraq did have WMD!

This is ridiculous enough that—so far, at least—the savvier wing of the conservative movement is staying mum about the whole thing. There are three main reasons for this. First, most of these weapons were rotting remnants of artillery shells used during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s and stored at Iraq's Muthanna State Establishment as well as other nearby sites.

Oct 16 08:29

A solar car built by Australian students has broken the electric vehicle world speed record

With a speed of 106.966 kilometres an hour, a solar car known as eVe is now officially the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres in the world - and it was built entirely by undergraduate engineering students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

Oct 16 08:23

Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed (Again) in Ohio

Kevin Samson
Activist Post

There has been an ongoing battle between researchers and the natural gas and oil industries over whether or not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is definitively leading to an increase in earthquake activity.

Ohio is already on the map as one of the 6 states where earthquakes are a new feature of reality. And it's one state where mainstream geologists and seismologists are now confirming the link between fracking and earthquakes that we have been suspecting all along...

Oct 16 08:20

Parents may be held liable for children’s Facebook posts

The parents of two children who posted defamatory comments about a fellow student in a fake Facebook account are heading to court, which will determine whether parents should be liable for their children’s internet activity.

The parents of seventh-grade students Dustin Athearn and Melissa Snodgrass learned this the hard way after their children created a fake Facebook page under the name of fellow student Alexandria (Alex) Boston. Dustin and Melissa, with the help of a “Fat Face” app, distorted Alex’s features, while also making offensive comments about the girl.

Oct 16 08:12

Calling Russia ‘threat to humanity’ puts Obama’s sanity in doubt - Medvedev

The Russian PM has suggested that Obama’s charges against Russia were caused by a “brain aberration” and added that such rhetoric saddened him.

“I am very upset by the fact that President Obama, while speaking from the United Nations’ podium and listing the threats and challenges humanity is currently facing, put Ebola in first place, the Russian Federation second and the Islamic State organization was only in the third place. I don’t even want to comment on this, this is some sort of aberration in the brain,” Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with CNBC television.

Oct 16 08:11

Putin: If Ukraine siphons gas from pipeline, Russia will reduce Europe supplies

Moscow will reduce gas supplies if Kiev starts siphoning deliveries destined for Europe, said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Serbia.

“There are large transit risks. If we see that our Ukrainian partners start illegally taking our gas from the export pipeline as it was in 2008, we will equally reduce the amount of supply as happened in 2008,” warned Putin on Thursday at a news conference in Belgrade, stressing he was "hopeful" it would not come to that.

However, the Russian president pledged that Moscow will supply enough gas to Europe this winter.

Oct 16 08:08

Afroman records positive version of 'Because I Got High' to support marijuana legalisation

Remember stoner one-hit-wonder Afroman? He's back, and soliciting pro-marijuana votes with a revamped version of "Because I Got High" that sees him extolling the drug's positive effects on glaucoma, crime and state funding under legilasation.

Blazing in a purple shirt and sliding down a street on a sofa, Afroman raps: "I had problems with glaucoma/But then I got high/Smelled the cannibis aroma/And I got high/Glaucoma getting better and I know why" (you get where this is going).

The original was released 13 years ago and scored Afroman a UK number one, before helping him on his way to a Grammy nomination.

Oct 16 08:07

The 4 Most Absurdly Expensive Versions of Filthy Products

If I'm going to buy a thing and its intended purpose is to get dirty, I'm not going to go for the most expensive version of that thing. That's a basic understanding of the world most of us share. "Most" being the key word.

Some people who are mega-rich apparently don't have that understanding. I know this because there are products that are normally inexpensive (for a reason) that come in decadent versions crafted specifically for the wealthiest people in the world. I'm talking everyday, basic things we all use and don't think twice about, yet some rich people apparently prefer to have gold-plated and diamond-studded and slapped with price tags so outlandish they defy all logic and taste.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Life-styles of the money-junkies!

Oct 16 08:05

13 Ohio nurses are being monitored for Ebola

Nurses from Ohio on the same flight with a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola have been placed on paid leave while their health is being checked daily for possible symptoms, two area hospital systems said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the local governments are hospitals are making better calls than the feds!

Oct 16 08:03

Confronting Battered Citizen Syndrome

James F. Tracy
Activist Post

State-sponsored terrorism poses a significant challenge to the psychological well-being of the body politic. While evident in many geopolitical locales, this condition arising from such government abuses is especially prevalent in the West. Such a disorder is comparable to the psychological manipulation recognized on a micro-level in some spousal relationships.

Indeed, the 13-year-old “war on terror” has contributed to a grave societal malady that might be deemed “battered citizen syndrome.” As the project of a transnational New World Order is laid out, the psychological constitution of the polity must necessarily experience perpetual crises and the threat thereof. Genuinely non-conventional political communication, organization and activism are among the few substantial means of combating battered citizen syndrome and the spiritual and psychological slavery it perpetuates...

Oct 16 08:00

US was 'prepared to use nuclear weapons against North Korea' if troops crossed border

The US was prepared to use nuclear weapons if North Korean forces crossed the border into South Korea, the former CIA Director and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has claimed in his memoir.

In a passage published in Newsweek from his autobiographical book Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, Mr Panetta recalled a briefing in 2010 by the commander of US forces in South Korea.

During this briefing in Seoul, he said General Walter L. “Skip” Sharp suggested the US would use nuclear weapons if necessary in the event that North Korea moved across the demilitarised zone.

Oct 16 08:00

Six reasons why stock markets are tumbling

More than £46 billion was wiped off the stock market on Wednesday as fears over the health of the global economy caused the biggest dip in share prices for almost a year and a half.

In a blow to savers, the FTSE 100 fell 181 points, 2.8 per cent, to just 6212 - its lowest since the summer of 2013. Financial markets around the world experienced a similar plight. The market recovered slightly on Thursday morning, but is still almost 10 per cent down on its 6880 peak in early September.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the reasons...

Oct 16 07:59

Markets in turmoil as growth fears deepen: live

European Central Bank fires starting gun on "QE4" as markets tumble in another day of turmoil

Time for QE4?

15.45 The European Central Bank has give its clearest indication yet of when it intends to buy private securities under its Asset Backed Securities program (ABS).

Until now, the ECB has refrained from providing too many details about the size and timing of its 'QE-lite' but now governing council member Ewald Nowotny has hinted at the end of the year as the start of what's being dubbed as "QE4".

Oct 16 07:58

Care Quality Commission: 'Four in five NHS hospitals not safe'

Watchdog finds 'shocking' levels of safety at NHS hospitals and warns 'public being failed' in first annual report since Ofsted-style ratings

Four out of five hospitals inspected by regulators are not safe, according to new annual ratings of NHS trusts which watchdogs have branded “shocking”.

The report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the inspectorate for health and social care, details findings from the first year of a new style of inspections, which will give all hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries Ofsted-style ratings.

The regulator said “the public is being failed” by the numerous hospitals, care homes, and doctors surgeries unable to meet basic standards, in a report which vows to call time on an “unacceptable lottery” in care.

Oct 16 07:57

In the last days of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ Israel focused on its final goal — the destruction of Gaza’s professional class

The bombing of these buildings was the finale of Israel’s mass destruction of the Gaza Strip, flattening landmark towers that provided essential social and economic functions, and which stood as symbols of the besieged coastal strip’s beleaguered professional class. While the war began with the flattening of the areas the Israeli military considers Gaza’s “hard shell” — border areas like Shujaiya and Khuza’a — it ended with a brazen assault on its soft core. The targeting of the professional class, a key pillar of Palestinian society generally considered unsympathetic to the political goals of Hamas, was a new front of economic and social warfare on Gaza.

Oct 16 07:54

Civil rights lawyer found dead in Mt. Laurel motel

Buckman, who played a key role in a court fight over racial profiling on the New Jersey Turnpike, was found dead Tuesday morning in a Mount Laurel hotel.

"There were no signs of foul play," Mount Laurel Police Lt. Stephen Riedener said Thursday.

He said police found Buckman's body around 8:45 a.m. after responding to the Residence Inn "to check on (his) well-being."

Riedener said an investigation into the incident, but he did not disclose a cause of death.

Oct 16 07:53

Clipboard man' seen without any protective gear stood with workers in full hazmat suits transporting Ebola patient

Video footage of a plain-clothes man surrounded by people in full hazmat suits transporting the second US Ebola patient to Atlanta has been described as a potentially "serious breach of protocol" by an Ebola expert.

In the footage, aired lived by NBC 5, the unidentified man can be seen clutching a document as health workers wearing full protective gear take Ebola patient Amber Vinson from an ambulance towards a specially-equipped jet at Dallas' Love Field.

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to ask why the man appeared completely unprotected, with one quipping: “Apparently, there is someone immune to Ebola”.

Oct 16 07:20

FEMA Conducting Pandemic Drills Amidst Ebola Crisis

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In yet another curious coincidence surrounding the recent Ebola crisis, it appears that FEMA has been preparing for the appearance of a pandemic of deadly disease in the near future all along...

Oct 16 06:54

A bold forecast: Today was not the bottom

Oct 16 06:52

Libyan renditions case: hearing today on secret spy policies

Two Libyan families who have sued the UK government over their rendition to Gaddafi’s torture chambers will today, in an Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) at 5pm, seek disclosure of secret government policies about whether private calls with their lawyers can be spied on and privileged information from those calls misused.

Oct 16 06:51

Putin calling, is Obama hearing?

Big things sometimes happen innocuously in politics.

Reading the transcript of Russian Foreign MInister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Channel Five in Moscow a fortnight ago, one did feel intrigued that almost innocuously, after some scathing criticism of the West’s containment policies toward Moscow, Lavrov switched tack abruptly, toward the end, with some loud thinking that there could still be “something else like reset No. 2 or reset 2.0? between Russia and the US. He left the intriguing thought hanging in the air.

Oct 16 06:48

John Williams - We’re Coming to the End Game

John Williams, founder of ShadowStats.com, says, “The big factor here is the U.S. dollar and all sorts of things that impact that. The economy is probably the biggest. You also have the Fed policy. Right now, there is the presumption that the easing is over and they are going to raise interest rates. Guess what? If the stock market continues going as it is and the economy starts turning down, I think the Fed is going back to easing (money printing) again. They will use the economy as cover for its actions in trying to prop up the stock market and trying to prop up the banking system. The Fed’s primary function in life is to prop up the banking system. A weak economy is not good for the banking system.

Oct 16 06:41

Dallas Commissioners Will Declare State Of Disaster Over Ebola

While the message from the President is 'keep calm and avoid bodily fluids', it appears the commissioners in Dallas are slightly more concerned at the potential for Ebola to escalate:

*DALLAS COMMISSIONERS TO DECLARE LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER TOMORROW: NBC-TV
*DALLAS COUNTY CONSIDERS DECLARING STATE OF DISASTER FROM EBOLA
*DALLAS DISASTER DECLARATION WOULD ACTIVATE EMERGENCY PLAN

Oct 16 06:26

NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies

Newly disclosed National Security Agency documents suggest a closer relationship between American companies and the spy agency than have been previously disclosed.

The documents, published last week by The Intercept, describe “contractual relationships” between the NSA and U.S. companies, as well as the fact that the NSA has “under cover” spies working at or with some U.S. companies.

Oct 16 06:24

Scientists find vitamin D is crucial in human immune response to tuberculosis

Vitamin D — a natural hormone, rather than a vitamin — is known to be instrumental in bone development but also may protect against cancer and autoimmune diseases and fight infections.

In a study published online Oct. 12 in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers examined the mechanisms that govern the immune system's ability to kill or inhibit the growth of pathogens such as Myobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.

The team found that T cells, which are white blood cells that play a central role in immunity, release a protein called interferon-g that triggers communication between cells and directs infected immune cells to attack the invading tuberculosis bacteria. However, this activation requires sufficient levels of vitamin D to be effective.

Oct 16 06:21

Embracing A Long Term Agenda For A New Economy

On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty years to make our country work for them—instead of people like us. They built elite think tanks, bought the media, and took over universities.

Oct 16 06:20

Ebola: A Symptom of Economic Inequality

Of the many strands that, woven together, make up one of the world’s greatest rivers, the Congo, there is one which enters the river’s main waters as the great river arches to its most northern latitude. Starting from the southeast regions of what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it first stretches almost due north, its main artery referred to as the Lualaba. A ways beyond Kisangani and Bumba, the main branch, fed by hundreds of tributaries, lurches almost due west, making a gentle west-north-west arch until, past the rapids just after Kinshasa, it tumbles dramatically to the ocean past Goma.

Oct 16 06:19

Nurses at Dallas hospital describe poor safety measures with Ebola victim

Nurses at a Texas hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola described a confused and chaotic response to his arrival in the emergency room, alleging in a statement Tuesday that he languished for hours in a room with other patients and that hospital authorities resisted isolating him.

In addition, they said, the nurses tending him had flimsy protective gear and no proper training from hospital administrators in handling such a patient.

The allegations, made under unusual circumstances, provided the first detailed portrait of Thomas Eric Duncan's second trip to the emergency room, where he arrived by ambulance days after doctors had sent him home with a fever, a headache, abdominal pain and a prescription for antibiotics.

Oct 16 06:18

US Embassies in Ebola-Stricken Countries Are Still Processing Visas for Non-US Citizens

Despite the outbreak of Ebola, it is still possible to get a visa from the three West African countries at the heart of the outbreak, and a key congressman is demanding to know why.

Oct 16 06:17

Tehran to act if Islamabad refuses to secure border: Iran general

Iran will step in to contain terrorists if Pakistan refuses to take measures in order to secure its borders to keep terrorists from slipping into the Islamic Republic, a senior Iranian military commander says.

Oct 16 06:17

VIDEO—Sen. Pat Roberts: Valerie Jarrett Was Involved In IRS Scandal

The IRS made war on the White House’s enemies. Should anyone be surprised that the attack orders came from the White House?

Oct 16 06:14

Two Republicans Call on CDC Chief to Resign Amid Ebola Spread

Two Republican U.S. lawmakers called for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas R. Frieden’s resignation, saying he mishandled the cases of two health-care workers in Texas who contracted Ebola.

Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, a member of the House Republican leadership, told conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham that Frieden had failed to prevent the spread of the virus to two health workers who cared for a man who died of the disease in Dallas. Representative Tom Marino of Pennsylvania also called for Frieden to quit, saying that the “Ebola situation is beginning to spiral beyond control.”

Sessions, whose district is home to the hospital where the Ebola patients were treated, and Marino commented after the agency said today that the second Texas health worker who tested positive for Ebola flew from Dallas to Cleveland and back before reporting she had symptoms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about as helpful as firing the Captains of the Titanic and the Hindenburg!

Oct 16 06:13

World Health Organization Forced to Admit that Ebola Might Be Spread to Healthcare Workers through Coughing and Sneezing

That’s why all frontline healthcare workers should wear respirators … just like CDC personnel.

Oct 16 06:12

Washington rabbi arrested for voyeurism over camera hidden in synagogue showers

A prominent Washington rabbi whose congregation includes leading political figures was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of voyeurism, police said.

Rabbi Barry Freundel, 62, was taken into custody by police at his home in the U.S. capital’s upscale Georgetown district, a few blocks from his synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation.

Washington’s NBC TV affiliate NBC4 reported that Freundel allegedly installed a hidden camera inside the women’s showers at the Orthodox synagogue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics!

Oct 16 06:11

Panetta reveals US nuclear strike plans on N. Korea, spurs controversy

US war plans against North Korea recently included the option of a nuclear strike, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed in his memoirs, triggering major controversy.

Oct 16 06:11

The 20-Year-Old Ebola Treatment That Could Save Kent Brantly

“The rest of the team became concerned,” says Colebunders, and some of the medical professionals there who had suffered through and survived an earlier infection (“convalescent patients” in the literature) wanted to donate some of their blood to the nurse. “The Americans and Scientists from the States didnt believe it could work,” says Colebunders, but the Congolese doctors did it anyway. The same blood transfusion procedure was repeated for seven others who were ill, the final group of Ebola-stricken patients in the hospital.

The results were staggering: seven of the eight survived.

Oct 16 06:06

Hollywood ousts homeless shelter with $4.8 million buyout

The city of Hollywood is paying $4.8 million to send a homeless shelter packing — and its founder too.

Under the deal, criticized by some as too generous, Sean Cononie, pied piper to hundreds of homeless, won't be able to return or set up a new shelter in Hollywood until the ripe age of 80.

Commissioners on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to the plan, which they feel will cleanse the city of unwanted vagabonds.

Oct 16 06:05

Disaster Declaration Planned for Ebola Fight

Dallas County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday at 2 p.m. to declare a disaster over "the potential for widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus."

The declaration could help officials impose new travel restrictions on health care workers who may have cared for the first Dallas Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan.

Oct 16 06:05

Some nurses from several local hospitals were on flight with Vinson

Some nurses from several local hospitals were on the Oct. 10 flight with Amber Vinson before she was diagnosed with Ebola.

Those hospitals include Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System and Aultman Hospital.

Oct 16 06:04

Ebola Could Mutate into an Airborne Virus; "Bar Entry from Affected Countries" Says Liberty GB

Lord Winston asserted: "I am slightly concerned about the possible risk of seeming a little complacent about saying that this is low-risk. We know that viruses mutate, for example, and we know that the Ebola virus can mutate."

He was echoing a similar concern expressed on US television by an expert on the Ebola virus, Purdue University virologist Dr. David Sanders, who has been studying this virus since 2003.

Oct 16 06:03

CDC Criticize Ebola Nurse Who Flew to Cleveland

“She should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” Frieden said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Frieden being a politician again. The nurse PHONED the CDC, described her condition, and was told by the CDC she was okay to fly back home to Dallas!

Oct 16 05:57

EARLY REPORT - Ebola has broken out in Guatemala, Central America

I have been informed from a private but totally reliable source in Guatemala that a male from the Congo is hospitalized with Ebola in the IGSS Hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

I am told that the authorities are in a panic as they do NOT have any facility capable of handling Level 4 Bio-hazards.

There has been a news embargo of this story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This report is not yet confirmed.

Oct 16 05:53

Emergency in Madrid airport over patient with Ebola symptoms on flight from Paris

An Air France plane carrying 183 passengers has been quarantined in Madrid’s Barajas Airport over a passenger showing Ebola-like symptoms. The airport has activated the emergency protocol, local media report.

Oct 16 05:51

Black voters in St. Louis County direct their anger at the Democratic Party

Darren Seals experienced waves of disbelief and anger after Michael Brown’s death, but two months later, he has found a way to channel his emotions: Focus on changing an elected leadership that seems deaf to the concerns of African American residents like him.

So on Nov. 4, the 27-year-old assembly-line worker and hip-hop musician from a deeply Democratic community plans to take bold action. He says he will vote for a white Republican.

Oct 16 05:51

Airborne spread of Ebola "strongly suspected" by Canadian health care workers

Viral Hemorrhagic Fever: Update for Clinicians and it's prior versions said that nosocomial transmission may occur "by aerosols." This information is consistent with the posted Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) "Ebola Virus Pathogen Safety Data Sheet," which says "...airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected"

In the statement, Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa's medical officer of health, emphasized that "Ebola virus disease spreads only through direct contact with infected bodily fluids." But the head of the Ontario Nurses Association said there is no consensus on whether or not Ebola can spread through the air. Linda Haslam-Stroud argued that someone could inhale tiny airborne particles if exposed to them long enough in an enclosed space.

"Aerosol transmission has not been ruled out and this is the fundamental disagreement that we're having right now with the government and we're working with the government to try to resolve," she said. "Ebola has a lot of unknowns to it."

Oct 16 05:45

Sleeping 7-year-old girl shot in head during no-knock police raid on wrong home

A Special Response Team shattered a family’s window in the middle of the night, hurled a flashbang onto a couch next to a sleeping girl, then charged in and shot her in the head. The hyper-aggressive tactics were made worse by the fact that police had taken it upon themselves to raid both sides of a duplex, when their suspect was only known to reside in one of them.

Oct 16 05:43

Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County

A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday.

Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the usual duties of local government is politely termed "vector control" which means taking active steps to reduce the population of insects and animals known to carry diseases; aka the "vectors." This is a function of government that usually operates below the notice of the taxpayers and for that very reason is the first to feel the austerity budget axe. That certainly happened here in Hawaii and likely California and other states, and now the populations of disease-carrying insects and animals are on the rise!

Oct 16 05:42

Drivers 'ripped off' at pumps as oil costs fall: Claims four pence a litre drop is yet to be passed on to drivers

Motorists are paying ‘rip-off’ fuel prices at the pumps because falling petrol prices are failing to keep pace with plummeting oil costs, motoring groups warned last night.

Although forecourt prices are falling – driven largely by supermarkets cutting their pump prices – it is claimed up to 4p per litre on average has yet to be passed on to drivers following a 2p drop since September.

And drivers in rural areas are being hit harder because there are fewer supermarket competitors to kick-start a price cut.

As a result motorists face a post-code lottery over the extent to which they benefit from crude oil prices tumbling on international markets.

Oct 16 05:39

Obama Says Ebola Virus Can Spread Globally if Not Supressed

The deadly Ebola virus will spread globally, if the current outbreak in Western Africa is not defeated, US President Barack Obama told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Magnificent grasp of the obvious, and only six months too late!

Oct 16 05:38

It's Really The Settlements, Stupid!

If Netanyahu isn't worried, Israelis should be. With its international standing rapidly eroding, and calls for more punishing economic boycotts against Israel's incendiary occupation, younger Israelis -- the future foundation of the state -- are increasingly calling it quits. In 2013 alone, more than double the Israelis quite Israel than in 2012.
Note: It is NOT just the settlements it is the illegal 50 year occupation, the illegal wall, the beating, and killing Palestinians and more.

Oct 16 05:33

Tel Aviv Diary: Why Are Israelis Dazed and Confused?

How can Israel and the rest of the world so misunderstand each other? After all, Israel is one of countries in the world that receive consistent and extensive news coverage; more reporters, more articles than almost anywhere else in the world.

How is it possible that the world still does not understand Israel? As for Israelis, they travel widely and are generally well-educated and reasonably well-read. So why do Israelis misunderstand so much of the world?

Oct 16 05:31

Second Ebola nurse was given green light to fly back to Dallas by CDC

On the same day President Obama vowed an aggressive response to Ebola, it was revealed feverish nurse Amber Vinson was told by the CDC she could fly back to Dallas because her 99.5 temperature was not at threshold and there were no symptoms.

Oct 16 05:29

D.C. Whispers: Top Dem Donor Threatens Valerie Jarrett

According to sources on Capitol Hill, Valerie Jarrett received a scathing indictment from an individual responsible for raising millions of dollars for the Obama campaign in 2012 and 2008. This top political bundler went so far to threaten the earning power of the Obama brand after 2016 – a threat that apparently had Jarrett jumping into action to try and salvage the president’s quickly sinking public image, including the sudden cancelling of two already scheduled fundraising appearances.

Oct 16 05:28

Obama: CDC ‘SWAT’ Teams Will Combat Ebola

President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration will respond to new Ebola cases “in a much more aggressive way,” taking charge of the issue after a second Texas health care worker was diagnosed with the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Behind the grandstanding lies a stark truth. The US Government is still playing catch-up with this problem, and in a race like this there is no second place, only dead last! That is not reassuring when dealing with a government whose first response to Hurricane Katrina was to send in armored tanks to New Orleans!

Oct 16 05:21

YouTube has potentially infected over 100,000 users during the past 30 days

YouTube has become a daily habit for millions all over the world, but it looks like there has been some malicious activity on the website -- which may have affected more than 100,000 users over a 30 day period.

According to Trend Micro, they have been monitoring the activity on YouTube over the past couple of months and have found that the attack comes in the form of ads that are present on the site. While the ads themselves have no malicious content, the issue seems to occur when the ad is clicked. Although these ads should be monitored and screened by YouTube, some have seemed to slip through the cracks, redirecting to malicious websites that could cause infections. While this all sounds fairly simple, the actually process for passing off a malicious site for something legitimate is fairly complex.

Oct 16 05:20

2nd nurse with Ebola called CDC before boarding flight

In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said "somebody dropped the ball."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn't 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn't officially fall into the group of "high risk" and was allowed to fly.

Officials in the U.S. have been trying to calm fears over the Ebola crisis, but time and again events have overtaken their assurances.

October 15, 2014

Oct 15 23:07

Pirouetting Poroshenko and the Kiev Nutcracker Suite

Well, admittedly, Kiev’s president Petro Poroshenko, the former Candy King, is carrying a bit of excess bodyweight, but nevertheless his swivelling statements and actions of late show that his ability for pirouetting is as agile as the finest ballet dancer.

Oct 15 22:53

What is Zionism?

- its history and role over the past 150 years

Today, Zionism has become the most dominant ideology in the western world and is the most significant expression of Anglo-American imperialism, and reached a new stage by ”Project for a New American Century”.

Zionism is, according to its own prominent figures, a religious/political movement the aim of which is to create a socialistic model state for Jews in the land of Palestine where Mount Zion is located. Its roots are found in Judaism and in the middle of the nineteenth century Moses Hess, Karl Marx’s mentor in socialism, developed it into a political movement.

Oct 15 21:53

Vice misrepresents Syrian Girl

Oct 15 21:23

Lockheed announces breakthrough on nuclear fusion energy

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.

Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were now going public to find potential partners in industry and government for their work.

Oct 15 20:47

Dear Parents: Two of Our Students Were on the Flight with the Ebola Patient

Parents of some Texas elementary school students got an alarming letter today.

It seems that two students who attend Belton Independent School District were on the same flight from Cleveland to Dallas on which the most recently diagnosed Ebola victim flew. Amber Vinson, a nurse who had cared for America's first Ebola victim, Robert Duncan, was running a fever and was hospitalized shortly after she disembarked from the plane.

Oct 15 20:01

Dallas Commissioners Will Declare State Of Disaster Tomorrow Over Ebola

While the message from the President is 'keep calm and avoid bodily fluids', it appears the commissioners in Dallas are slightly more concerned at the potential for Ebola to escalate:

*DALLAS COMMISSIONERS TO DECLARE LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER TOMORROW: NBC-TV
*DALLAS COUNTY CONSIDERS DECLARING STATE OF DISASTER FROM EBOLA
*DALLAS DISASTER DECLARATION WOULD ACTIVATE EMERGENCY PLAN
While we are not sure where a "state of disaster" ranks relative to a "public health emergency" such as the one in Connecticut, we are certain of one thing - it will mean civil liberties will be reduced as government takes control.

Oct 15 18:57

CDC AUTHORIZED EBOLA AIRLINE FLIGHT

Oct 15 18:54

“THERE WAS NO PROTOCOL”: Dallas Nurses’ Statement Is a Horrifying Timeline of Ebola FAIL

"We will stop Ebola in its tracks in the U.S.”

In the days following Ebola Patient Zero Thomas Duncan's positive test results, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reassured America with this line over and over and over on every mainstream media outlet that would let him.

To read this story (and any other stories I write about this topic from here on out) is to be forced to assume that we can trust what we're being told in our news media and by our government officials — not something I've been very good at historically, and something I'm even worse at these days.

But let's play along.

Oct 15 18:26

Atheist sent to jail for refusing to believe in higher power during drug rehab awarded $2 million.

An atheist in Northern California has been awarded nearly $2 million in a settlement with the state and a nonprofit drug rehab organization for violating his religious liberty by sending him to jail for refusing to submit to a “higher power” as part of a treatment program, local news outlets reported.

Oct 15 17:21

Thanks To Obama’s Incompetence, Ebola Is Now Out Of Control In America

Much of the responsibility for the Ebola crisis that the United States is now facing can be laid squarely at the feet of Barack Obama. If Obama had banned all non-essential air travel between the U.S. and West Africa, Thomas Eric Duncan would have never gotten on to a plane to this country in the first place.

Oct 15 17:13

Four Sections of the San Andreas Fault are 'Locked' and Building Up Pressure

A new report from the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA) has highlighted four sections of the San Andreas fault that are locked in place and building up pressure.

Fault creep describes the slight slips, and the release of small amounts of pressure that build up on fault lines. Without the creep that most faults exhibit, the pressure builds and builds until there is a major earthquake when the 'stuck' rocks suddenly move and the pressure is released.

Oct 15 16:20

The ""Ebola Plane" Made Five More Flights Before It Was Grounded

The news came out this morning that the second American nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane with 132 other passengers from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas, Texas. Amber Vinson had a low-grade fever when she boarded the plane, and was admitted to Texas Presbyterian Hospital just hours after disembarking.

The latest horror?

Not only were 132 people who flew with Vinson exposed to Ebola.

In the time it took the CDC to notify Frontier Airlines of the issue, 5 more flights were made.

Oct 15 16:06

'Violent' stock market crash could be round the corner as hidden liquidity crunch 'blows up' in investors' faces, warns think-tank

A potentially 'violent' stock market crash could be on the horizon as financial markets become dangerously stretched, a think-tank has warned.

The Bank of International Settlements said that suspiciously low levels of volatility in the markets seen this year suggest a lack of liquidity that could trip up investors who assume they can dispense of assets when a sell-off begins.

Oct 15 16:04

Top U.S. Military Leaders are Worried About Ebola

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the American top military leader – told CNN today:

“If you bring two doctors who happen to have that specialty [i.e. doctors who are experts in Ebola] into a room, one will say, ‘No there is no way it will ever become airborne, but it could mutate so it could be harder to discover,’ ” and another might say something completely different, Dempsey said.

He said he is alarmed by the World Health Organization’s warning that Ebola cases could increase and the virus could mutate.

“Then it will be an extraordinarily serious problem,” he said. “I don’t know who is right. I don’t want to take that chance, so I am taking it very seriously.”

Oct 15 16:00

Severe frosts will be more frequent due to man-made greenhouse gas: scientists

They say greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were changing the way high pressure systems formed and moved, causing severe frost problems for farmers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More of the "human caused global warming creates cold weather" crap!

Oct 15 15:53

Windows 7 patch KB 2952664 fails with error 80242016

I think Microsoft MVPs TaurArian and dvk01 nailed it:

If you don't intend to update the Windows 7 computer to either windows 8 or Windows10 TP, then uninstall the buggy KB2952664 update. It isn't needed... This is the sort of update that should be offered ONLY when you intend to update as part of the pre check by Microsoft when you do a compatibility check on a new OS to see if it will be suitable.

Oct 15 15:33

Who is unprotected clipboard dude…so we can all stay the hell away from him!

Oct 15 15:19

Plane that carried Ebola patient also flew to S. Fla.

Wednesday morning, officials confirmed a nurse who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan travelled on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on October 13 before feeling symptoms of the virus.

The same plane used on Flight 1143 was used on an October 14 flight from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The plane with tail number N22OFR later returned to Cleveland that afternoon before heading on a route from Cleveland to Atlanta and then back.

Frontier removed the plane from service early Wednesday following the CDC warning and according to reports, the airline said the plane was immediately decontaminated.

Oct 15 15:17

Sir Alan Duncan's 'apartheid' attack on Israel angers Jewish groups

Jewish groups have reacted angrily to comments made by Sir Alan Duncan, the former Tory minister, who described settlement building in the Occupied West Bank as an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe”.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that part of Sir Alan’s argument – that US thinking on the issue of settlements as being dominated by “a very powerful financial lobby” – was anti-semitic.

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