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"When people feel themselves powerless to change fundamental aspects of their world, they begin to make accommadations with 'realities' that they actually detest." -- Michael Lerner, from the book The Politics of Meaning, 1997, p311

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October 14, 2014

Oct 14 05:51

7.4-magnitude quake hits El Salvador, kills 1

Oct 14 05:32

100s of Ukraine soldiers protest in front of presidential administration

Ukrainian National Guard troops are protesting outside the presidential administration office in Kiev as they demand demobilization. They are refusing to return to their barracks outside the capital.

About 200 soldiers have surrounded the building claiming they have served six months longer than their contracts stipulated. Soldiers are chanting, “Demobilization!” and, “All for one and one for all.”
They say they are not going to leave until authorities answer their questions, key amongst them being when they will be able to return home.

Members of the presidential administration, however, have demanded that the soldiers immediately return to their military barracks.

Oct 14 05:28

Private donors supply spy gear to cops

In 2007, as it pushed to build a state-of-the-art surveillance facility, the Los Angeles Police Department cast an acquisitive eye on software being developed by Palantir, a startup funded in part by the Central Intelligence Agency's venture capital arm.

Originally designed for spy agencies, Palantir's technology allowed users to track individuals with unprecedented reach, connecting information from conventional sources like crime reports with more controversial data gathered by surveillance cameras and license plate readers that automatically, and indiscriminately, photographed passing cars.

Oct 14 05:16

US sanctions against Russia is economic terrorism – Morales

US sanctions against Russia can be considered as economic terrorism, in the opinion of acting Bolivian President Evo Morales.


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Oct 14 05:09

Italy loses billions in economic standoff with Russia, opposition leader says

The EU sanctions imposed on Russia have already cost Italy alone two billion euro due to Moscow’s retaliatory food embargo, the leader of Italian opposition party Matteo Salvini says.

Western sanctions on Russia are a “great foolishness" and the EU agricultural sector has already lost five billion euro, said European Parliament deputy and the leader of the Northern League opposition party Matteo Salvini.

He added that Brussels is only ready to provide 200 million in compensation.

Oct 14 05:07

‘Duck and hide!’ - Comet’s near-hit of Mars may crash NASA spacecraft orbiting planet

Comet Siding Spring is expected to travel exceptionally close to Mars at 126,000 mph (202,000 kph) on October 19, according to NASA, which says it will strategically maneuver its craft orbiting the Red Planet away from the comet’s impacts.

Siding Spring will come within 87,000 miles (139,500 km) of Mars, which is “less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than one-tenth the distance of any known comet flyby of Earth,” NASA said.

NASA holdings that are orbiting and roving around Mars will collect data on the comet and its effects on the planet’s atmosphere.

Oct 14 05:02

Two years of sanctions against Russia to cost Europe €90 billion - Lavrov

Europe will lose €90 billion from sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 to 2015, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with European business people in Moscow on Tuesday.

Oct 14 05:00

Aloha! Mark Zuckerberg buys 700 acres of Hawaii island for $100MILLION

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shelled out more than $100 million for two huge pieces of land in Hawaii where he plans to create create a private getaway for his family.

The internet entrepreneur, who is worth around $33 billion, has bought a total of 700 acres on Kauai's North Shore in his latest leap up the property ladder.

The purchase includes Pila'a Beach - an isolated 393-acre swathe of land with a pristine white sand beach - and the adjacent a 357-acre Kahu'aina Plantation.


Oct 14 04:51

Confronting Campus Scourge of Anti-Israel Venom

Indeed, I do not recall the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA discussing whether it is appropriate for an academic unit that calls itself “Center for Near East Studies” to take an entire country, a home to about 50% of the Jewish people, and to claim it as illegitimate, obsessively denying Jews the right to a homeland in the Middle East. The co-directors of CNES, Gabriel Piterberg and Sondra Hale, are active promoters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and have signed several petitions to boycott Israeli academics (including me).

Oct 14 04:46

Using Asphalt To Influence Politics In Canberra

The BOM thermometer at Canberra Airport is cleverly located adjacent to a huge parking lot, and showed 2013 as the hottest year ever. That thermometer shows Canberra warming at 3.3°C/century since 1996

Lower troposphere temperatures measured by satellites above Canberra tell a completely different story. Last year was cooler than average, and is cooling since 1996.

Oct 14 04:44

Bill Clinton's 'King David' Defense in Monica Lewinsky Scandal

“From the perspective of Jewish history, we have to ask how Jews can condemn President Clinton’s behavior as immoral, when we exalt King David?” Susannah Heschel wrote. “King David had Batsheva’s husband, Uriah, murdered.

“While David was condemned and punished, he was never thrown off the throne of Israel. On the contrary, he is exalted in our Jewish memory as the unifier of Israel.”


Oct 14 04:44

Protesters attempt to shut down Wal-Mart

in solidarity for John Crawford shooting at an Ohio Walmart

Oct 14 04:41

This Is What Happens When Someone Is Desperate To Sell $750 Million Of Stocks

At 1532ET today (Columbus Day - with half the market absent), someone - apparently having waited to see if the almost 'ubiquitous' 330pm Ramp would occur - decided it was time to dump three-quarters of a billion dollars notional of US equity market exposure in 1 second. The results of this forced liquidation (or utter disregard for fiduciary duty) were as follows...

Oct 14 04:41

Disturbing mystery affecting your favorite news sites…

watchdog news websites are scratching their heads and trying to make sense of the latest data released by a California company that measures website traffic.

Oct 14 03:47

The Ringworm Scandal: When Israeli Doctors Killed Tens of Thousands of Arab Children

The 2004 documentary, The Ringworm Children, presents the historical context of this immigration and is dedicated to the greatest national medical scandal in the state’s history. During this early period, Israel looked with deep suspicion on the Arab olim. They were viewed not only as culturally inferior, but as reservoirs of disease. To be fair, these same views had been prominent in the U.S. during the heights of immigration to this country.

Oct 14 03:33

The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Spc. Alyssa Peterson was one of the first female soldiers who died in Iraq. Her death under these circumstances should have drawn wide attention. It's not exactly the Tillman case, but a cover-up, naturally, followed.


Oct 14 03:29

Propaganda war of Islamic extremists is being waged on Facebook and internet message boards, not mosques - Robert Fisk

Ever since the Pentagon started talking about Isis as apocalyptic, I’ve suspected that websites and blogs and YouTube are taking over from reality. I’m even wondering whether “Isis” – or Islamic State or Isil, here we go again – isn’t more real on the internet than it is on the ground. Not, of course, for the Kurds of Kobani or the Yazidis or the beheaded victims of this weird caliphate. But isn’t it time we woke up to the fact that internet addiction in politics and war is even more dangerous than hard drugs?

Oct 14 03:19

Ireland’s Right2water Demonstration 11 October 2014

There are days when history is made, days after which things will never be the same. This was one of those days. The day the people of Ireland said we will be silent no longer. You are not getting any more blood. We have paid and we are not going to pay twice.

Oct 14 03:14

Disability firm chief nets £1m bonus

The chief executive of a company operating a charitable scheme that provides cars for the disabled was paid more than £1m in bonuses and benefits last year on top of his basic salary.

Oct 14 03:13

Former police officer gets 12-month sentence for killing puppy

Just before he was sentenced for killing a puppy who had defecated on his carpet, a former Baltimore police officer stood up in a Montgomery County courtroom Wednesday and told the judge: “I am ready to accept full responsibility for my actions.”


Oct 14 02:29

The British vote to recognise Palestine won’t change a complex reality

The British vote in parliament recognising a Palestinian state alongside Israel is seen by many as a landmark moment in British policy on the Palestinian question. The vote comes shortly after Sweden’s newly elected prime minister, Stefan Löfven, expressed his readiness to recognise the state of Palestine. But Sweden’s gesture is the more significant one, since Britain’s Conservative-led government has made it abundantly clear that the parliamentary vote will not change its position on the Israel-Palestine issue.

Britain’s current position is that it would recognise a Palestinian state if it helped the peace process. Would it? Certainly, many on Israel’s left appear to think it will advance the prospect of a two-state solution. Former Israeli diplomats and members of Knesset were among the 363 Israelis who signed a letter encouraging British MPs to vote to recognise Palestine.

Oct 14 02:27

The lingo conceals the lies

And language means the use of words. That is why propaganda is the first weapon of the dictator - the power to bend the real meaning of words in order to bend the listener/reader's mind.

The two weapons of the propagandist are the misnomer (the wrong word with the wrong meaning) and the euphemism (the wimp that dare not say what it really means.) Way out in the lead for both categories is the BBC. Listen to the news and you'll see what I mean.

The Beeb will never under any circumstances use the word 'terrorist'. It says 'militant' instead. Len McCluskey of Unite is a trade union militant. But he does not torture prisoners, massacre villages of men, women and children, or crucify opponents. ISIL, Al Qaeda and Al Shebaab do that. They are terrorists. Why not use the right word?

Oct 14 02:15

Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth, says report

The richest 1% of the world’s population are getting wealthier, owning more than 48% of global wealth, according to a report published on Tuesday which warned growing inequality could be a trigger for recession.

According to the Credit Suisse global wealth report (pdf), a person needs just $3,650 – including the value of equity in their home – to be among the wealthiest half of world citizens. However, more than $77,000 is required to be a member of the top 10% of global wealth holders, and $798,000 to belong to the top 1%.

“Taken together, the bottom half of the global population own less than 1% of total wealth. In sharp contrast, the richest decile hold 87% of the world’s wealth, and the top percentile alone account for 48.2% of global assets,” said the annual report, now in its fifth year.

Oct 14 00:10

Journalist shot dead while investigating illegal logging


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October 13, 2014

Oct 13 22:33

Thailand invites tourists to experience martial law

THAILAND’S TOURISM AUTHORITY SAYS TOURISTS CAN NOW TRAVEL “BOTH DAY AND NIGHT WITH SAFETY AT ALL TIMES”

Oct 13 19:47

Televangelist Ernest Angley Alegedly Pushed Vasectomies, Abortions Because Raising Kids Cuts Into Donations

As for the claim that Angley encouraged men in the church to have vasectomies, he said that he had "helped so many of the boys down through the years."

“They had their misgivings," he recalled. "Sure, I’d have them uncover themselves, but I did not handle them at all."

"And I would tell them how that would work. And they’d have to watch it. I’d have some of them come back to me that I felt needed to. And I would tell them, I would look at them, their privates — I, so I could tell how they were swelling," the pastor told the congregation. "I was a farm boy. We thought nothing about undressing. We didn’t know about homosexuals. We talked about women."

Becky Roadman, who left the church last year and moved to Georgia, told the paper that "none of us have kids because he makes all the men get fixed."

Oct 13 19:09

Shutdown: A Single Ebola Patient Has Overwhelmed The System: Dallas Hospital Forced To Close Emergency Room

Consider for a moment what something like this might look like if several cases popped up throughout a major metro area simultaneously.


Oct 13 18:38

South African president wanted corruption charges dropped because corruption is a 'Western thing'

One of the reasons President Jacob Zuma believed criminal charges against him relating to the arms deal should be dropped was because corruption is only a crime in a “Western paradigm”, City Press reports.

Oct 13 18:36

Violent police 'home invasion' leads to $66K bill for victims

Two siblings are speaking out for the first time about how Halifax police "invaded" one of their homes in the middle of the night, then assaulted him as he tried to protect his sister from getting seriously hurt.

Oct 13 18:11

Tropical system could become hurricane, hit Hawaii

Rain and gusty winds may threaten Hawaii later this week as Tropical Depression 2C tracks toward the islands.-- “Warm water and low wind shear will contribute to strengthening this week as Tropical Depression 2C tracks toward Hawaii,” -- Residents and travelers to Hawaii, particularly the Big Island, should pay close attention to the track and strength of this system.


Oct 13 17:34

Hypocrisy: CDC Tells Healthcare Workers They Don’t Need Respirators … But When CDC Personnel Visit Ebola Patients, They Wear Respirators

CNN notes that CDC tells healthcare workers that they only need goggles and a cloth face mask when treating Ebola carriers … but CDC personnel themselves wear full respirators and hazardous materials suits when visiting the same hospitals

Oct 13 15:44

Tony Abbott to 'confront' Vladimir Putin on MH17 shooting

Australian PM Tony Abbott has said he plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane in July.

Oct 13 15:37

Nuclear War Could Be Near, According to Nobel Laureate

The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week.

Oct 13 15:32

'Revolution' NYC Book Reading/Signing Announcement

Oct 13 15:28

Dublin gridlocked as 50,000 Irish protesters oppose ‘Ministry of Thirst’ water charges

Some 50,000 people packed Dublin’s streets to oppose a government plan for a new water tax. The anti-austerity protest came on the same day as a shock by-election victory for an anti-water charges campaigner, and was Ireland’s largest demo in years.

Oct 13 15:15

Ukraine Crisis - Urgent false-flag warning from Kharkov

A resident of Kharkov warns that individuals aligned with the Kiev junta have been seen preparing for false-flag violence in order to discredit the Kharkov People's Republic and their supporters.

Oct 13 15:02

Novel Nanotechnology-BasedAntiviral Agents - Silver nanoparticle neutralization of hemorrhagicfever viruses

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This is the document mentioned on today's radio show showing US Government research shows that colloidal silver may be effective against hemorrhagic fevers.

Oct 13 15:01

David Beckham to lead campaign to stop spread of deadly Ebola virus in Africa

David Beckham is set to lead a campaign to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa.

That's it then, it'll be all over in a week!

Oct 13 14:54

Police attack protests for indigenous rights in Chile

The protest ended with violent attacks by police, on the anniversary day of the Colombus' invasion of the Americas, and the beginning of a strong indigenous resistance that has still not been fully recognized in many countries of the continent.

Oct 13 14:45

US moves armoured vehicles to Russia’s border

The United States sent five Abrams tanks, 12 BMP Bradley and other military equipment to Latvia. These were filmed unloading in the Latvian port of Ventspils, according to a report by the TV channel "Moscow 24".

Oct 13 14:40

Biased Human Rights Report on Ukraine

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is gone. She served from September 2008 through August 2014.

She won't be missed. She disgraced the office she held. She lacked credibility altogether.

She served Western interests. She was a reliable imperial tool. She buried truth.

She irresponsibly bashed Assad. She blamed him for Western-sponsored death squad crimes.

Oct 13 14:30

PARENT ALERT! NSF Awards Grant for Data Mining Children

The National Science Foundation has awarded grants of $4.8 million to several prominent research universities to advance the use of Big Data in the schools.

Benjamin Herold writes in Education Week:

"The National Science Foundation earlier this month awarded a $4.8 million grant to a coalition of prominent research universities aiming to build a massive repository for storing, sharing, and analyzing the information students generate when using digital learning tools."

Oct 13 14:22

Five Ukraine war tragedies: Questions unanswered, investigation drawn out

Human rights groups have united in calls for Kiev to conduct forensic analyses of corpses from mass graves uncovered in E. Ukraine to learn what happened to them. But like four other tragedies, scant progress has been made in bringing the truth to light.

Oct 13 14:19

U.K. parliament passes non-binding motion to recognize Palestinian state

In majority of 274-12, Parliament decides to support the motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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Oct 13 14:18

Americans are sick and tired of Saudi Arabia: US senator

An eminent US senator says Americans are getting sick and tired of the Middle East region, particularly of Saudi Arabia, and calls on Riyadh to send troops to fight the ISIL terrorist group.

Oct 13 14:12

100s of Ukraine soldiers protest in front of presidential administration

Ukrainian National Guard troops are protesting outside the presidential administration office in Kiev as they demand demobilization. They are refusing to return to their barracks outside the capital.

About 200 soldiers have surrounded the building claiming they have served six months longer than their contracts stipulated.

Soldiers are chanting, “Demobilization!” and, “All for one and one for all.”

They say they are not going to leave until authorities answer their questions, key amongst them being when they will be able to return home.

Members of the presidential administration, however, have demanded that the soldiers immediately return to their military barracks.

Oct 13 14:07

Calais migrants: 'We're not wanted in France'

Thousands of migrants are camped out in the French port of Calais from where they will risk their lives to try to get to the UK. But why don't they want to stay in France?

Oct 13 14:05

The lie machine

You only hear what the interest groups permit you to hear.

Oct 13 13:59

The CDC Director Just Confirmed They Have No Clue: “We Have To Rethink The Way We Address Ebola Control”

What, exactly, have these people been doing since Ebola was first discovered nearly 40 years ago?

Oct 13 13:36

New Silk Roads

A spectre haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB.

Oct 13 13:28

UPDATE: Boston patient does not appear to have Ebola, hospital says

A man in Massachusetts who was being evaluated at a Boston hospital for a possible Ebola infection does not appear to have the deadly disease, officials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said on Sunday night.

Oct 13 13:11

Mainstream Media Blackout On Israeli Crimes

As a consequence of the corporate mass media’s blackout of the news about Israeli crimes against humanity; as a consequence of the International Criminal Court’s cowardly disregard of crimes committed by Israeli leaders while instead charging Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta with crimes against humanity; and as a consequence of the West’s Israeli orchestrated preoccupation with the necessity to wage war against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) — which came into being with covert encouragement and assistance from the real axis of evil of the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia — Israel’s latest barbaric assault euphemistically codenamed Operation Protective Edge but in reality intended to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian people, has been quietly and quickly forgotten.

Oct 13 13:09

Defying the dollar Russia & China agree currency swap worth over $20bn

The central banks of China and Russia have signed a 3-year ruble-yuan currency swap deal up to $25 billion, in order to boost trade using national currencies and lessen dependence on the dollar and euro.

Oct 13 13:05

Fukushima radiation up tenfold in groundwater as TEPCO braces for second typhoon in a week

Groundwater contamination at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power facility got much worse over the weekend as Typhoon Phanfone dumped heavy rain over the plant causing radioactive readings to increase tenfold.

Oct 13 13:00

Ebola and the Five Stages of Collapse

The scenario in which Ebola engulfs the globe is not yet guaranteed, but neither can it be dismissed as some sort of apocalyptic fantasy: the chances of it happening are by no means zero. And if Ebola is not stopped, it has the potential to reduce the human population of the earth from over 7 billion to around 3.5 billion in a relatively short period of time. Note that even a population collapse of this magnitude is still well short of causing human extinction: after all, about half the victims fully recover and become immune to the virus. But supposing that Ebola does run its course, what sort of world will it leave in its wake? More importantly, now is a really good time to start thinking of ways in which people can adapt to the reality of a global Ebola pandemic, to avoid a wide variety of worst-case outcomes.

Oct 13 12:55

Cheney: 'Very Dangerous Period … More Threatening Than the Period Before 9/11'

"So we're in a very dangerous period and I think it's more threatening than the period before 9/11," Cheney predicted. "I think 9/11 will turn out to be not nearly as bad as the next mass casualty attack against the United States--which, if and when it comes, will be with something far deadlier than [with] airline tickets and box cutters."

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Trying to pull the focus off of Ebola and back onto the war agenda.

Oct 13 12:51

Germany seeks Iran, Turkey role in anti-ISIL coalition

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says his country is attempting to convince both Iran and Turkey to join the coalition against the Takfiri ISIL militants.

Oct 13 12:48

Monsanto Records $156 Million Loss For Fourth Quarter

Monsanto Co. reported that the company recorded a loss of $156 million in the latest quarter, a loss that was considerably higher than expected. The loss amounted to about 31 cents per share. Analysts expected a loss of around 24 cents per share.

Oct 13 12:47

US Slips to 12th in Economic Freedom

A new report of “economic freedom” around the world finds the US ranked 12th among 152 countries, tied with the United Kingdom, and lower than neighbor Canada or Australia. The index, published by the Cato Institute and Canada’s Fraser Institute, has been published since 1996. As recently as 2000, the US ranked 2nd in the world, in terms of boasting a free economy. The US’s declining ranking will lower future economic growth.

Oct 13 12:47

Ebola 'prankster' shuts down Berlin bar

A Berlin bar was sealed off on Sunday afternoon after a man called emergency services to say he had Ebola. Dozens of firefighters and police were called to what turned out to be a prank.

Oct 13 12:44

Calais migrant crisis: Protesters demand more police

Shopkeepers, police officers and farmers all joined together in protest on Monday calling for increased security around the port of Calais due to the ongoing migrants' crisis.

Oct 13 12:43

Medical crews surround aircraft at Logan Airport

Medical crews in hazmat suits have responded to an arriving plane at the international terminal at Logan Airport.

A Massport spokesman told NewsCenter 5 that five passengers on board an Emirates flight had become sick with flu-like symptoms.

The plane, Emirates flight 237 that had arrived from Dubai, was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits.

The Massport spokesman told NewsCenter 5 that none of the passengers taken ill had come from West Africa.

Oct 13 12:38

When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor

It has been 50 years since America launched the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act and legislation to outlaw racial discrimination were the centerpieces of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s vision to create a Great Society.

Today, rather than a war on poverty, we seem to have a war on the poor. Wealth inequality is growing. State support for education is withering. Social safety-net programs are under attack in Congress. Many Americans believe that if people are poor, it’s their own fault. The only “solution” for poverty that many people advocate is allowing companies to create jobs offering wages too low to support a family.

Oct 13 12:37

Report: Toronto's Trump condos could become future slum

TORONTO, Canada (Financial Post) Glass panels have been falling off newly built Toronto condos, including the luxury Shangri-La and Trump towers and a dozen or more lesser-known buildings across the city. New buildings suffer from water leaks and poor insulation, making them ill-suited to Canadian weather.
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“The life cycle is clear. They are okay for the first five years, they gradually deteriorate by year 10 … and don’t even reach year 20 before significant remedial work needs to be done. In 50 years these buildings may well become an urban slum.”
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“It’s all about timing. We advise most clients to get out before that five-year mark,” said Roy Bhandari of Sage Real Estate, which notched nearly C$50 million in Toronto condo sales in 2013, with clients typically from China, Eastern Europe, or the Middle East. “It’s the magic number because after five years the warranties are expired.”

Oct 13 12:35

Mainstream Media A "No Fly Zone" For Truth

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

It just keeps coming. The pro-war propaganda touting the necessity of intervention and invasion of Syria and the attempt to paint President Bashar al-Assad as a villain and butcher shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, at least not until the goal of the destruction of the secular Syrian government is completed and the Anglo-American oligarchy turns its sights on Iran.

And why would it let up?...

Oct 13 12:29

More than 1,000 marchers confront Missouri police over fatal shootings

More than 1,000 protesters shouted slogans at riot police in St. Louis in the early hours of Monday near the climax of four days of street rallies and sit-ins over the police shootings of two black 18-year-olds.

Oct 13 12:27

Nurses Warn of 'System Failure' as Ebola Spreads to US Healthcare Worker

Privatized U.S. hospitals are driving a "system failure" in the face of the Ebola epidemic, warn nurses, who say that healthcare facilities and workers across the country are ill-prepared because of poor training and oversight— putting those on the front lines at great risk.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Sunday that a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital tested positive for the virus after treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease last Wednesday.

Oct 13 12:25

NSA agents may have infiltrated the global communications industry

Leaked Snowden documents published by Laura Poitras and Peter Maass in The Intercept describe the NSA's SENTRY EAGLE program describe six programs aimed at weakening the capacity of people all over the world to communicate in private.

Oct 13 12:20

Yes, CEOs are ludicrously overpaid. And yes, it's getting worse

A new report produced by the TUC claims that we're in the middle of the worst pay squeeze since the 1860s, with real wages falling for the seventh year in a row. Not the best time for another report, by Incomes Data Services, to show that FTSE 100 directors have received a bumper 21 per cent pay increase over the past year. While their actual salaries only rose by 2.5 per cent, rising share prices and juicy bonuses saw their median pay packet reach £2,433,000. The typical CEO now rakes in £3,344,000, or 120 times more than the average UK worker.

The chart below, taken from the IDS report, compares the wages of the highest-paid director of each FTSE 100 company (which usually means the chief executive) with the average UK salary. It shows how, since 2000, bosses' salaries have increased almost six times more quickly than their workers'. (Pay packets at smaller companies, in the FTSE 350, have also risen much faster than ordinary wages, but not quite as spectacularly.)

Oct 13 12:20

Ebola-like symptoms seen in 2 people isolated in Ottawa, Belleville

Two people with Ebola-like symptoms are in isolation after showing up separately at hospitals in Ottawa and Belleville, Ont.

One patient arrived at The Ottawa Hospital's General campus on Sunday and was immediately placed in isolation, Ottawa Public Health confirmed to CBC News on Monday.

The patient had recently visited a West African country where Ebola has been reported.

Samples from the patient have been sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for testing, and results are expected Monday evening.

Oct 13 12:15

Hup Two Three Four! MILITARY READIES FOR ‘CLIMATE’ WAR…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas on Monday, unveiling a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change.

Oct 13 12:12

Warning: Chocolate may contain an Ebola surprise — price spike

According to a bombshell report written by Bill Tomson of Politico.com, “Ebola is threatening much of the world’s chocolate supply.”

Oct 13 12:10

From WiFi to LiFi: start-up is poised to win $10m funding British start-up invents light bulb fitting capable of acting as a wireless network

A British hi-tech start-up has invented a light bulb fitting capable of acting as the equivalent of a wireless network in the home.

PureLiFi, a spin-out from Edinburgh University, is poised to announce new technology that can create a two-way high-speed connection using signals sent by LED lightbulbs for the first time.

The company’s creation has attracted the interest of a club of hi-tech investors who are close to agreeing a $10m (£6.2m) funding to help miniaturise and commercialise the system.

Oct 13 12:03

Amazing images show Super Typhoon Vongfong's awesome power from SPACE

Astronaut Reid Wiseman captured some of the amazing pictures from the International Space Station, where he is currently on a mission.

One picture was accompanied by the the caption: "I've seen many from here but none like this".

Although the typhoon has been downgraded to a tropical storm, at least 37 people were injured on the southern island of Okinawa and 400,000 people were advised to evacuate.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said that the storm could reach Tokyo by early tomorrow.

Oct 13 12:02

Ted Rall: Obama a “Reluctant Warrior,” My Ass

From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya to now Iraq all over again, Barack Obama is as much of a “reluctant warrior” as Genghis Khan.

David Ignatius is to The Washington Post what Thomas Friedman is to The New York Times, the 50-yard line of the world as seen by political elites. Like Friedman (but minus the Mustachioed One’s tortured syntax and penchant for airport-to-Four-Seasons taxicab policy briefings), Ignatius mirrors the views of our wealthy, powerful and oblivious leaders at any given hour of the day.

Oct 13 12:02

LISTEN: Automated calls sent to residents telling them neighbour has deadly Ebola virus

HUNDREDS of people received an automated phone call letting them know one of their neighbours was suffering from the deadly and infectious Ebola disease.

The message, which was pre-recorded in a monotone, was heard by people living in a four-block radius to a US nurse who tested positive for the virus.

Oct 13 11:58

Military called in to help sick as more than 400,000 NHS workers go on strike

Soldiers and the police were called in by the London Ambulance Service to help during the four hours walkout.

The strike involves several trade unions, including the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and was in response to a pay row.

It came as Jeremy Hunt claimed the Government "can't afford" what the NHS staff members were calling for.

The Health Secretary said some 14,000 people would be laid off if unions received the salary increase they were calling for.

Oct 13 11:54

What's Really Killing the World Economy

Turns out forgiveness can be a virtue when it comes to easing hard economic times, as well as other areas of life.

The world economy is still stumbling, Paul Krugman writes in his column today. Recovery is stalling. "If this story sounds familiar, it should; it has played out repeatedly since 2008," Krugman writes, somewhat depressingly. "As in previous episodes, the worst news is coming from Europe, but this time there is also a clear slowdown in emerging markets — and there are even warning signs in the United States, despite pretty good job growth at the moment."

Oct 13 11:53

Daily Show Highlights Mystery of How Many Americans are Shot and Killed by Police

If there's one statistic that's important for Americans to know, it's how many of us get shot and killed by our own police force.

Oct 13 11:50

Pair of possible Ebola patients quarantined at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital: sources

Two people with symptoms similar to the Ebola virus were taken by Fire Department ambulances to a Manhattan hospital, sources said Monday.

Both patients were picked up at a New York City address and both are believed to have recently returned to the city from Africa, the sources said.

The two — both believed to be adults — were put into isolation at Bellevue Hospital.

The EMS crews that dealt with the patients were briefly isolated as a precaution and then cleared to go back to work, the sources said.

Oct 13 11:49

Cops caught using millions in seized assets on surveillance gear, weapons and clowns

An investigation concerning the use of federal civil forfeiture law by local law enforcement agencies across the United States has exposed problems with a routine but rarely discussed police tactic.

After obtaining 43,000 reports from agencies across the United States, journalists at the Washington Post wrote over the weekend that the budgets of police departments and drug task forces are being padded largely by a program that redistributes the worth of seized assets, including property and money that might never have been involved in a crime but taken nonetheless.

Oct 13 11:41

Good War and Bad Peace: Perpetual War and the Erosion of Liberty

In a letter written in 1783, Benjamin Franklin said, “In my opinion, there never was a good War, or a bad Peace.” -- That kind of talk today probably would get Ben branded a terrorist or an associate of al-Qaeda, ISIS, or the latest enemy in the perpetual War on Terror. Lindsey Graham definitely would tell him to shut up and then send him to Gitmo.

Oct 13 11:37

Israeli Lobby Seeks To Block UK Parliament Vote on Palestine

Efforts by the Israeli lobby in the UK and Britain’s Friends of Israel parliamentary groups, have recently gained momentum to block a motion to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

British lawmakers are expected to debate the motion, proposed by Labor MP Grahame Morris, which calls on the UK government to symbolically recognize the state of Palestine.

Oct 13 11:36

“De-Dollarization”: Iran, Russia Planning to Establish Joint Bank

Iran and Russia plan to establish a joint bank as an effort to multiply bilateral trade and bypass sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s banking sector.

Head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Asadollah Asgaroladi said that Tehran and Moscow are studying the possibilities of opening a new chapter in trade relations that could break the domination of Western currencies over bilateral exchanges.

“Since Russian banks fear the implications of working with Iran due to sanctions, we want to establish the joint Iran-Russia bank with the help of our central banks and private sectors,” Asgaroladi said.

“Such a bank would be able to exchange money between the two sides using rials and rubles and put aside dollars, euros and pounds,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very smart economic thinking, on the part of both Iran and Russia.

Oct 13 11:35

Federal Reserve’s Low Interest Rates Enable Washington’s Dysfunctions

Nowadays, many young people can’t start a decent career, are burdened with too much college debt, and are postponing marriage and children. More elderly are bagging groceries and busing tables, because they can’t get a decent return on savings and many have lost pensions.

Oct 13 11:34

Hypocrite Cameron blasted for courting tycoons, despite anti-lobbying bill

Top Tory politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron dined with billionaire donors, including big landowners, at a dinner that cost around £1,000 per head.

According to leaked documents seen by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), representatives of big business rubbed shoulders with the senior politicians at the annual ‘black and white’ ball held in February.

Oct 13 11:33

AN ODE TO COLUMBUS ~~ THE REAL MEANING OF THE DAY

COLUMBUS DAY
By Tom Karlson
*

Financed by Iberian Jewry

the Admiral, Christian or Jew, Spaniard or Italian

leads 120 men in the

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria

sailing south and west

India bound

crewed by:

Oct 13 11:30

Surgeon at leading Irish children’s hospital ‘unable to write notes’ and ‘had difficulty putting on surgical gloves’

A paediatric surgeon employed at the country’s leading children’s hospital had difficulty scrubbing up for theatre, and putting on a gown and surgical gloves, it was claimed.

Oct 13 11:24

Suddenly, We Have Problems

Oct 13 11:23

Gold Rises on Lower Dollar, Rate Hike Uncertainty

Gold rose on Monday as the dollar fell on uncertainty about how soon the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates and worries about the global economy reduced investor appetite for risk.

Oct 13 11:15

Mexican activist slain during radio broadcast

Two gunmen walked into a radio station and killed a local activist while he was giving his weekly radio program, prosecutors in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa said. It was the first on-air killing in recent memory in Mexico.

Oct 13 11:11

Censorship Alert: the Alternative Media Harassed by the NSA

Google’s Safe Browsing List, which blocks websites and flags them as containing malware, is increasingly used as a mechanism for the censoring of independent media a

Oct 13 11:10

85% of Nurses Not Trained for Ebola

Eighty-five percent of America’s nurses said their hospitals have not educated them on Ebola, according to a poll conducted by the largest nursing association in the U.S.

Oct 13 11:08

India PM Orders ‘Heavy Losses’ in Pakistan

Firefights continued along the Line of Control between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir tonight, with Pakistan reporting 12 civilians slain in cross-border firing so far this month, and urging the United Nations to stop the growing clashes.

India’s Home Ministry reported the latest orders from Modi are “to ensure that Pakistan suffers deep and heavy losses” in the cross-border fighting, following up on Modi’s bragging about firing 1,000 mortars into Pakistani territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF India's Prime Minister Modi actually made those remarks, he will go down as one of India's worst warmonger Prime Ministers in its history.

Because it is not only the Pakistani military which will be killed and maimed for life as this conflict continues; it will also be Pakistan's innocent civilians; children; women; and the medically fragile elderly, unable to escape the firefights.

IF EVER there was a time for the UN and Dr. Ban Ki-Moon to "grow some male attributes" regarding this situation, it is now.

Both countries need to agree to UN peacekeepers on their border, and to back away from escalation of the conflict.

Then, representatives of BOTH countries need to enter into serious, binding arbitration to prevent this from ever happening between them again.

Unfortunately, however, this is very unlikely to happen, even though it desperately needs to happen, to prevent a regional war.

And please remember: the US and India have a mutual defense pact with India, signed in 2005, and goes through December 31st, 2015.
In any major confrontation between India and Pakistan, the US military would have to get involved in India's behalf.

The big question is, what would China do, in a larger military confrontation between India and Pakistan, for Pakistan?!?

Oct 13 11:00

The Bank of Japan may put further easing on hold

Oct 13 10:49

Joint Chiefs Chairman: Ground Role for Troops in Iraq Likely

Though the civilian leadership in the Obama Administration is continuing to insist that they’ve ruled out a ground war in Iraq, top Pentagon brass continue to indicate the exact opposite.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey today said his “instinct at this point” is that the war will eventually require the “advisers,” US ground troops sent to Iraq, will have to engage in ground combat, particularly in the push to retake the major city of Mosul.

Gen. Dempsey went on to say that ISIS is successfully blending in to the Sunni population in towns along the outskirts of Baghdad, and that “indirect fire” from mortars and artillery against the Iraqi capital are virtually certain in the coming days.

He went on to say that last week’s decision to start using Apache helicopters in attacks on ISIS was a result of ISIS nearing Baghdad, and the US effort to try to protect the airport, saying it’s a vital US interest to keep the airport open.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we are being "groomed" for yet a third invasion of Iraq, via the US military?!?

And forgive me, but has General Dempsey had a bit of SMD (selective memory disorder) going on, to forget about a Shia cleric named Muqtada al-Sadr, who still has a hold of large swathes of Iraqi people, and can mobilize them against the US military in a heartbeat?!?

As reported at aljazeera.com on 21 September:

Thousands of Iraqis have rallied in central Baghdad against a US-led military campaign targeting fighters from the group known as ISIL. Followers of Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on the Iraqi government to reject US interference in the battle against ISIL, as the US-led coalition formed plans to intensify raids against the group. Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Baghdad.

Folks, this is about who gets the oil, and oil revenue from Iraq, and in what countries' currency.

This isn't about "stability" in Iraq; it's about the money, period, end of discussion.

Internal restabilization of Iraq has to happen through an internal dialogue, at the highest level, of Sunni and Shiia politicians and religious leaders. The process will be long and painful, but this is how it has to happen.

And ultimately, no amount of US military intervention can possibly resolve this.

Oct 13 10:46

First to contract Ebola in US: CDC confirms Texas health care worker’s diagnosis

A Texas health care worker who treated the first state’s Ebola patient, has been tested positive for the virus, officials said blaming a breach in of treatment protocols for the new case.

Oct 13 10:45

BEX? Ferguson Comes to New York as Mob Trashes Jewish Store

(Just in case you forgot about the endless plight of the Jews)

Oct 13 10:40

How America Changed from Being the World’s Leading Democratic Nation under FDR, to Being the World’s Leading Nazi Nation under Obama

America has changed fundamentally since — and away from — the values that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt represented both in his words, and in his actions (that’s to say, in his actual decisions, his choices, as the U.S. President). Though President Barack Obama isn’t radically different from FDR in his words, he’s almost the opposite of FDR in his real governing values and decisions, his real leadership of the United States.

Oct 13 10:37

BREAKING : Cornell West was among those arrested today at Ferguson Missouri Police Dept protest

Unconfirmed: 9 Arrested as clergy sing hymns in front of #Ferguson Police Department #MoralMonday #FergusonOctober

Multiple LIVE Stream Feeds + Chats - : Ferguson Continues to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

SOLIDARITY PROTEST ALSO IN CHICAGO, AND NYC

Oct 13 10:33

Public Health: Central Ohio mumps outbreak over

Finally, good news !

Oct 13 10:28

Colloidal silver dosage calculator.

100 drops equals about one teaspoon.

Oct 13 10:19

Directors 'earn 120 times more than average employee' - Directors of the top 100 listed UK companies now earn 120 times the average sum earned by their employees, according to a report by Incomes Data Services (IDS).

Executive pay has escalated far faster than average pay. In 2000, bosses of top companies earned 47 times more.
IDS said a director now typically earns £2.43m a year. Official figures put the average annual salary at £27,000.

Oct 13 10:18

Secret space plane X-37B to finally land after record 667 days in orbit

The US Air Force is preparing to land X-37B, a kind of robotic space plane that has spent a record 665 consecutive days in space. Its real purpose is a complete mystery, but it’s finally set to land after a ‘successful’ mission

Oct 13 10:14

S. Korea deploys more weapons to border regions to deter N. Korea

The South Korean military said Monday it has deployed additional weapons to islands near the tense western maritime border to better deal with North Korea’s growing threats.

The disputed sea border remains a powder keg with the two Koreas fighting bloody battles there in 1999, 2002 and 2009. In the latest incident, both sides briefly exchanged fire last week as a boat from the North violated the Northern Limit Line (NLL).

Drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, the NLL acts as the de facto sea border between the two Koreas, but Pyongyang does not recognize the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that cooler heads on both sides of the DMZ will prevail, and that they will take every step possible to ratchet down tensions here.

Oct 13 10:14

The FBI's secret surveillance weapon comes under fire in court

A critical legal battle for one of the most controversial tools in U.S. law enforcement’s arsenal has begun

Oct 13 10:09

Russia dumping dollars to use to protect currency and falling oil prices

Despite the reassuring narrative from The West that Russia faces "costs" and is increasingly "isolated" due to sanctions for its actions in Ukraine, the most recent data suggests reality is quite different. First, capital outflows slowed dramatically in Q3 (from $23.7 billion in Q2 to $13 billion in Q3) with September seeing capital inflows for the first time since Sept 2013. Second, Russia's current account surplus was significantly stronger than expected ($11.4 billion vs $8.8 billion expected) driven by increased trade. Third, and perhaps most crucially, Russia paid down a massive $52.8 billion in foreign debt as Putin "de-dollarizes" at near record pace, reducing external debt to the lowest since 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) it has become keenly apparent that the most sought-after capability for anyone working for this administration is their pathological inability to think any scenario through to its logical conclusion.

These anti-Russian sanctions appear to have blown up in the face of this administration like a really bad trick cigar.

It has forced China and Russia closer together economically, and caused the US dollar to be bypassed nearly completely in their trading.

And, in the midst of all this, let us not forget that instead of having a budget surplus, the US government has an extraordinary budget deficit, which does not appear to be getting addressed at any time in the near future.

Oct 13 10:01

Saudi Arabia's "Oil-Weapon" Hits Europe

We first exposed the "secret" US-Saudi deal in September which led to the inevitable bombing of Syria. We then progressed to explain the quid pro quo of the deal in lower oil prices (benefiting US consumers into an election and crushing Russian revenues). In today's Wall Street Journal we get the final piece of the puzzle as it is clear that what Saudi Arabia loses in 'price' it will make up in 'volume' as The Kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude. Simply put, "they are threatening [European] buyers" to discontinue sales if they don't agree with the full fixed deliveries. The 'oil weapon' grows stronger...

Days after slashing prices in Asia, Saudi Arabia is now making an aggressive push in the European oil market, traders say.

The kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the quid pro quo for slashing its prices was that the US was going to accomplish regime change in Damascus, ousting Al-Assad once and for all.

This bothers me tremendously, both morally and legally.

We are bombing a sovereign nation which has done absolutely nothing against the United States; we are destroying its oil infrastructure; its food infrastructure; and its civilian infrastructure (by bombing residential areas).

And why?!?

Ultimately, to force regime change in Teheran, something Tel Aviv and certain elements in DC want to see happen.

The P5+1 meetings regarding Iran's nuclear energy program are just for show, and I would almost bet real money that by the end of next month, there will be neither a viable agreement will be reached, nor a desperately-needed extension of these talks.

And again, members of our American military will fight, be killed outright, or maimed for live; all in the service of private, corporate, profit.

Oct 13 10:00

Probe of silencers leads to web of Pentagon secrets

The mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations are unraveling in federal court, where a criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program entwined with allegations of a sweetheart contract, fake badges and trails of destroyed evidence.

Oct 13 09:53

From Mayberry to Martial Law: The Transfer of Military Surplus to Domestic Police (w/infographic)

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. - James Madison

Joe Wright
Activist Post

Many of us find ourselves asking this question. What happened?

The state of police brutality and militarization in the United States is literally off the charts. When you realize that you are 9 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist, you know something is severely wrong...

Oct 13 09:46

Court overturns Alaska’s first-in-the-Nation gay marriage ban

State’s same-sex marriage ban made ‘it is impossible to assert that all Alaskans are equal under the state’s laws,’ GOP-appointed judge writes

Oct 13 09:45

China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

One place where Russia has been hit the hardest as a result of tumbling oil prices, is the crashing currency, with the Ruble hitting new record lows against the USD on a daily basis. In fact, as Bloomberg reports, Russia has been forced to spend a whopping $6 billion in just the past 10 days to slow down the tumble of the RUB.

Russia’s central bank intervened in the past 10 days to stabilize the ruble, central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina told lawmakers in Moscow today. The action, which comes as President Vladimir Putin orders a withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine’s border, has so far failed to halt the ruble’s decline amid a domestic foreign currency shortage stemming from sanctions. The cost of swapping rubles into dollars widened to a record.

Oct 13 09:44

U.S. CDC head criticized for blaming 'protocol breach' as nurse gets Ebola

Some healthcare experts are bristling at the assertion by a top U.S. health official that a “protocol breach” caused a Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola while caring for a dying patient, saying the case instead shows how far the nation’s hospitals are from adequately training staff to deal with the deadly virus.

Oct 13 09:39

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus

Every textbook tells that people lived in the Americas before Christopher Columbus landed. However, when authors swing into what they see as their main story— the settlement of the Americas by Europeans—Native Americans pretty much drop out of some books. The omissions begin with their presentations of Columbus. American Indians play bit parts in the Columbus story textbooks tell.

Oct 13 09:35

THE CIA AND MOSSAD COMBINE FORCES TO ‘FIGHT’ TERRORISM

Ever hear of MEMRI? (Middle East Research Institute)

The institute was co-founded in 1998 by Yigal Carmon, a former Israeli military intelligence officer and Meyrav Wurmser, an Israeli-born, American political scientist. MEMRI states that its goal is to “bridge the language gap between the Middle East and the West”. Critics charge that it aims to portray the Arab and Muslim world in a negative light, through the production and dissemination of inaccurate translations and by selectively translating views of extremists while deemphasizing or ignoring mainstream opinions. (FROM)

Emphasis on Critics charge that it aims to portray the Arab and Muslim world in a negative light, through the production and dissemination of inaccurate translations and by selectively translating views of extremists while deemphasizing or ignoring mainstream opinions.

Consider me one of those ‘critics’!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Me too.

Oct 13 09:34

A LOOK AT HOW EBOLA AND ISIS ARE BEING ‘TREATED’

Oct 13 09:33

IN PHOTOS ~~ THE WORLD STANDS WITH PALESTINE IN HARLEM

On Saturday evening, October 11th, a meeting was held at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Community Center in Harlem, NYC. It was formerly the Audubon and the conference took place in the ballroom, almost sacred ground because it is where Malcolm was assassinated. It began with a very good buffet dinner and the music of an excellent Latino band. Tables were set up around the side of the large room selling beautiful handmade Palestinian goods, Mumia T-shirts and giving out information. The theme of the evening was solidarity among oppressed peoples and the interconnections between the various peoples struggles.

Oct 13 08:54

The Globalization of War

snip: Realities are turned upside down. “War is Peace” said George Orwell. The media in chorus upholds war as a humanitarian endeavor. “Wars make us safer and richer” says the Washington Post.

The Big Lie becomes The Truth. In turn, upholding The Truth –through careful documentation and investigative analysis of the horrors of U.S. led wars– is casually categorized as “conspiracy theory”.

While Washington wages a “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), those who forcefully oppose America’s wars of aggression are branded as terrorists. War becomes peace, a worthwhile “humanitarian undertaking”. Peaceful dissent becomes heresy.

With unfolding events in Ukraine and the Middle East, humanity is at a dangerous crossroads. At no time since the Cuban Missile Crisis has the World been closer to the unthinkable: a World War III scenario, a global military conflict involving the use of nuclear weapons.

Oct 13 08:50

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."

Oct 13 08:49

Nuland Lands in Kiev as US-backed Regime Tools Up for War

The long overdue visit to Kiev this week by Victoria Nuland – Washington’s Ukraine hawk – carries the foreboding imprimatur of US-backed war escalation.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko has flipped to a strident war rhetoric. In a televised appearance this week, the former industry tycoon had swapped his tie and suit for military uniform, and was warning that forces under his command were ready to use «modern fighting techniques».

Oct 13 08:42

NASA now says vast methane cloud over US southwest is for real

A cloud of methane gas about the size of Delaware was detected over the Four Corners area of the American southwest years ago. The readings were so unusually high that NASA scientists dismissed them. A new study confirms the methane hotspot is real.

Oct 13 08:41

U.S. taxpayers paid $486 million for Afghan air fleet. DOD sold it for scrap

The Defense Department destroyed nearly half a billion dollars worth of defective Italian aircraft that U.S. taxpayers bought for Afghanistan and then sold the scrap for $32,000, according to an agency watchdog.

Oct 13 08:41

113-year-old woman joins Facebook... she had to lie about her age to sign up

When silver surfer Anna Stoehr decided to join Facebook on the eve of her 114th birthday, she came across an oversight which Mark Zuckerberg and pals may not have anticipated.

Oct 13 08:38

What Obama’s Ukrainian Stooges Did

Here are highlights from a one-hour-and-thirty-seven-minute video documenting the ethnic cleansing or attempted genocide against the residents in southeast Ukraine, the Ukrainian area that had voted overwhelmingly for the man whom Obama overthrew on February 22nd. If the voters in that region were to stay in the then-existing territory of Ukraine, no nationwide Ukrainian vote (such as for Ukraine’s President) would favor the pro-U.S, anti-Russian, Government, that Obama had installed in February of this year. Even if new leaders would be elected, the government would then go back to being predominantly pro-Russian, as it had been under Yanukovych.

Oct 13 08:35

Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century

Many despairing observers of The New American Century have asked me whether - given the recent revelations about NSA surveillance, along with other signs that American democracy is deteriorating irrespective of which party governs - an honest vote counting system would even matter anymore. A fair question to which I believe the ultimate, if uneasy, answer is "Yes."

Oct 13 08:32

Oil Price War Throws the Fed into Crisis Mode

It was only a matter of time until the evidence became irrefutable that the only way out of a global deflation on the order of the Great Depression was to address the fact that 571 U.S. billionaires simply don’t have enough hours in the day to spend adequate money to buy enough goods that would require the restocking of shelves, create new factory orders and thereby ramp up job hiring to keep a nation of 317 million people afloat.

A nation where the top 10 percent reaps more than 50 percent of the income is doomed to end up in the quicksand of deflation, dragging down the rich along with everyone else. The Federal Reserve’s timidity to address this reality since the crisis of 2008, as the national debt ballooned and its own balance sheet quadrupled, has now put it in a dire pickle at a most inopportune time.

Oct 13 08:30

Patient tested for Ebola at Baptist Medical Center

"We have admitted a patient with common flu-like symptoms (but no fever) who is being tested for Ebola on the basis of self-reported casual contact with a West Africa traveler. This patient is in isolation and is being monitored closely for their protection as well as the safety of our team members and the community.

"There is no confirmation that this patient has Ebola; in fact, that diagnosis is highly unlikely. We are exercising extreme caution and are using CDC protocols to rule out the Ebola virus, for everyone's peace of mind."

On Sunday, a patient at Flagler Hospital in St. Johns County was tested for the virus, but was determined to be not at risk.

There are currently no cases of Ebola in Florida.

Oct 13 08:27

Ebola Health Care Workers Strike in Liberia

Workers want more protection and pay

Oct 13 08:22

Iranian official: Turkey involved in the expansion of ISIS in region

Javani pointed out that Justice and Development Party in Turkey has transformed some Turkish areas into training camps for ISIS members, providing them with weapons, ammunition, logistic coordination and medical services.

Oct 13 08:20

Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey.

It is like old times. Kurdish protestors clashing with Turkish riot police in towns across southeastern Turkey and ultranationalists taking to the streets, too, flashing the symbol of the Grey Wolves, a violent far-right group that was responsible for more than 700 murders in the vicious political violence that engulfed the country in the 1970s.

But the events provoking this madness are absolutely current. Just across the border in Syria, the city of Kobani, once home to more than 50,000 people – most of them Kurds – is about to fall to the forces of the so-called Islamic State, better known as ISIS or ISIL. Kurdish militias – men and women – have held off the savage jihadists for weeks now despite being outnumbered and outgunned. In the last few days U.S. airstrikes have slowed the ISIS advances, but not enough. ISIS has taken more than half the town, including major government buildings.

Oct 13 08:20

Turkey 'allows Syria rebel training'

Turkey has agreed to allow moderate Syrian rebels to be trained on its soil, the US says, in its bid to combat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Oct 13 08:16

CDC training questioned after director blames nurse's Ebola infection on 'protocol breach'

"You don't scapegoat and blame when you have a disease outbreak," Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United told Reuters on Sunday. "We have a system failure. That is what we have to correct."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The CDC is pointing to the gloves as the most infected part of the suit and the tendency for people to wipe the sweat from their face after taking off the hood, but while still wearing the gloves. There is an easy answer for that, but one that forces the CDC to admit they did not think their protocol through very carefully and it must be changed. Just have a pan full of chlorine bleach or envirochem in the de-suiting area with dipping the gloved hands into the pan the very first step after coming out of the hot zone. That decontaminates the gloves and the smell will remind people not to touch their faces.

Oct 13 08:14

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

Of the millions of dollars worth of ads aired in Kansas’ competitive gubernatorial race, most have not been paid for by the campaigns of Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, or his Democratic opponent, Paul Davis.

Instead, two vaguely named entities have dominated television airwaves there, spending more than $3 million to saturate commercial breaks from Topeka to Wichita with roughly 7,000 ads that boosted or bashed the incumbent governor.

Oct 13 08:12

No Ebola Checks at Brussels Airport After Flights From Liberia

It’s the classic airport scene: a man hugs his wife and two daughters at arrivals. But in this case, the traveler had just stepped off a plane from the Ebola-stricken Liberian capital of Monrovia —meaning that some might shy away from such embraces. "I've been screened before getting on the plane," he pointed out before heading for the exit.

The twice-weekly flight from Monrovia to Brussels is now the only air link from the city to the European continent — and is the route most Americans would likely travel on their way home. Thomas Eric Duncan, who died in a Dallas hospital last week, traveled to the U.S. from Liberia via Brussels.

Only a handful of passengers from Brussels Airlines Flight SN1247 actually collected their luggage in the Belgian capital on Saturday morning. Those interviewed by NBC News said they were screened before boarding the flight, but not upon arrival in Brussels.

Oct 13 08:10

Colorado Mountains Brace for Snow

The calendar may say it's the fall season, but the weatherman says it's time to brace for some wintery weather in Colorado.

Oct 13 08:10

Rain, snow blowing in to Western Washington

The snow level is expected as low as 5,000 feet by Wednesday which would leave the first significant snow of the season on the Mount Baker Highway, Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway, Paradise at Mount Rainier and Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula.

Oct 13 08:10

Get ready for snow!

Glazer informed the crowd that the woolly worms have been predicting the weather since 1997 with “108 percent correct” accuracy. Last year, the woolly worms predicted we would have a harsh winter. This year, they are predicting the same slow start but heavy finish.

It looks like snow is definitely coming!

Oct 13 08:09

Here it is: S-N-O-W in the mountains

The National Weather Service says the Sawtooths and the mountains around McCall got a light dusting of snow Saturday night. But it appears to still be hanging around.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


FLASHBACK, March 20, 2000!

Oct 13 08:07

Turkey allows US to use its bases for anti-ISIS operations - officials

Turkey’s authorities have allowed the US to use its airbases in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, said US officials , adding that Washington can also use a key Turkish installation near the Syrian border.

"Details of usage are still being worked out,” the US official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Oct 13 07:58

The Federal Govt's Highest Agency for Fighting Disease Finds US Ebola Outbreak 'Deeply Concerning'

Federal health officials in the US admitted on Sunday they were deeply concerned by a “breach in protocol” after it was revealed that a healthcare worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas had become the second person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US.

Oct 13 07:56

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker

More than $1bn earmarked for the reconstruction of Iraq was stolen and spirited to a bunker in Lebanon as the American and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover the money, it has been claimed.

Stuart Bowen, a former special inspector general who investigated corruption and waste in Iraq, said the stash accounted for a significant chunk of the huge sums which vanished during the chaotic months following the 2003 US-led invasion.

Bowen’s team discovered that $1.2bn to $1.6bn was moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping – and then pleaded in vain for Baghdad and Washington to act, according to James Risen, a journalist who interviewed Bowen for a book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War, to be published this week.

Oct 13 07:55

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Covered California gives no-bid contracts to cronies

Corrente readers could see this coming in May 2013: "California exchange spending and contractors exempted from open records law". I'm sure there are plenty of rationalizations for exemptions like that, but it's hard to think of any good reasons. And so we come to today's story from AP:

AP Exclusive: California gives no-bid health pacts

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director. ...

Oct 13 07:55

The Myth of “America”

To mark Columbus Day In 2004, the Medieval and Renaissance Center in UCLA published the final volume of a compendium of Columbus-era documents. Its general editor, Geoffrey Symcox, leaves little room for ambivalence when he says, “This is not your grandfather’s Columbus….

Oct 13 07:54

John McCain, Czar Hater, Calls For Ebola Czar

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes President Barack Obama should appoint a "czar" to lead America's response to Ebola.

"From spending time here in Arizona, my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them. I would say that we don't know exactly who's in charge. There has to be some kind of czar," McCain said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the use of the word "reassurance." The politicians are still treating Ebola like a political issue (and a damned inconvenient one, surfacing just ahead of the mid-terms). They are still focused on looking like they are doing something about the problem, rather than doing something about the problem.

Oct 13 07:52

Sales of gas masks, bio-hazard suits and foil blankets soar as 'survivalists' prepare for Ebola epidemic - and warn others to store water

Stocking up on drinking water and avoiding all human contact are among steps that will have to be taken to avoid an Ebola epidemic, survivalists have warned.

To avoid contracting the deadly virus people will have to barricade themselves in their homes if the infection spreads, they say.

Their advice comes as sales of protective clothing and home infection control kits rise with an increasing number of people fearing the worst.

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This is a sign that people have lost trust in the ability of the government to deal with this crisis.

Oct 13 07:50

Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin

Military exercises over the last month are meant to prove NATO’s resolve. But Putin’s “little green men” and his “ambiguous assault” strategy still have it in a quandary.

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Russia, of course, isn't doing anything and Putin's withdrawing of the troops away from the Ukraine border is a signal that he is trying to settle things down. The violence in Ukraine is the direct result of the US overthrow of Ukraine's elected government last January for the "crime" of refusing to merge with Europe and Putin wisely intends to keep the world's attention focused on that fact.

Oct 13 07:48

Fort Worth area hospitals, clinics focus on Ebola

North Texas hospitals and neighborhood clinics are stepping up training efforts to ensure that workers are ready to deal with Ebola patients.

Oct 13 07:35

Ukraine’s Poroshenko accepts resignation of defence minister

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday accepted resignation of Defence Minister Valery Geletei, the official website of the Ukrainian head of state reported.

“The president stressed it was time to change the defence ministry’s top official,” the press service said.

Oct 13 07:34

When the euphoria in flipping slows down: Culver City small home with large price tag. Sales volume continues to slow.

People have a hard time understanding that low interest rates in today’s market are largely a reflection of a negative outlook on the economy. Central banks around the world are more concerned about financial assets and the secondary impact on real estate is just that, secondary. The market took a beating last week and you get people saying “hey, at least rates will be low for that $700,000 crap shack!” This is the kind of isolated California logic that puts people into a bubble regarding macro trends. It is also the same kind of reasoning that caught so many people off guard during the last crisis.

Oct 13 07:33

Dallas Nurse Caught Ebola Because CDC Protocols Are Inadequate

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The CDCs protocols are working about as well as Obamacare. Following those protocols, some 240 trained medical people have become infected with Ebola and about half of them have died. So clearly, it is the protocols that are the problem, and blaming the victims will not change that.

Oct 13 07:31

Counterfeiting Trillions of Dollars in US Treasury Bonds And Other Crimes.

So the Bankers are allowed to take more than $405 billion a year from you because they can counterfeit Treasury bonds. The Federal Reserve has 21 primary dealers who handle Treasury transactions through the New York branch of the FED.

Is there any evidence that there are large amounts of fake Treasury bonds floating around? Yes. There is. There is a rather intriguing story from June 2009 about two Japanese men headed to Switzerland who were detained in Italy with 134 billion dollars in US Treasury bonds. The bonds turned out not to be genuine according to the US Treasury. It is illegal to possess counterfeit securities, but the men were sent back to Japan without being charged. Bloomberg did a story a few days later saying this was merely bizarre news.

Oct 13 07:31

BDS protestors confront Israeli shipping line in Tampa

The following is a write up of the Block the Boat Tampa picket and protest which was held in the morning hours of October 11th at the Port of Tampa against the ZIM ship, Alabama.

At 5:30 am, activists, community organizers, local labor union members and representatives and members from nearly two dozen social justice organizations marched down the entryway to the Port of Tampa where barricades were set up to stifle our resistance to Israeli apartheid entering our shores, our community in Tampa Bay.

Oct 13 07:31

Proof: Virus leaving U.S. children paralyzed did come from Central America

Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) refuses to discuss the origin of the current outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the fact that emergency rooms across the country began seeing infected children around the same time as the nation's public schools were re-opening for the 2013-2014 school year, should serve as at least a clue as to how the virus made its way here.

Of course, the Obama administration has allowed tens of thousands of children to enter this country illegally over the past several months, and most of them have now been admitted to our public schools.

Oct 13 07:30

A Maid’s Execution

On Wednesday, the Saudi Arabian government beheaded Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan woman who had worked as a maid in the kingdom, holding her responsible for the death of the four-month-old baby of her employer.

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So, where is the constant airing of the video by ABCNNBBCBSFOX followed by outraged demands for bombing and invasion?

Oh, that's right, we LIKE Saudi Arabia. It is only [staged] beheadings by people the US wants to invade that make the evening news! :)

Oct 13 07:29

Israel's plan to build 600 new homes in E. Jerusalem earns UN’s anger

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his frustration at Israel’s settlement program, which plans 600 new homes in East Jerusalem. The new units are set to expand four existing settlements in the Palestinian city.

"I once again strongly condemn the continued settlement activity by Israel," the UN chief told journalists after a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah.

The Israeli government also plans to seize one square kilometer of farmland near Bethlehem, “intended for the construction of settlement units, parks, a synagogue and agricultural roads,” according to a report by the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Oct 13 07:20

Russia and China may agree on Western gas pipeline in 2015 – Medvedev

Russia and China may complete negotiations on building an additional natural gas pipeline to China, which will deliver energy via a western route by 2015, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

The final details on constructing the second pipeline will hopefully be agreed within the next year, Medvedev said at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang.

“We would like to come to an agreement in the next year,” the Russian Prime Minister said, but made no comment on any of the business details.

Oct 13 07:19

Rumors Swirling About Israel's Shocking 'Endgame' Plan for Palestinians in Gaza

It is difficult to imagine that sooner or later Israel will not face a massive upheaval on its doorstep. So how does Israel propose to avert a scenario in which it must either savagely repress a mass uprising by Palestinians in Gaza or sit by and watch them tear down their prison walls?

Reports in the Arab and Israeli media – in part corroborated by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas – suggest that Egypt may be at the heart of plans to solve the problem on Israel’s behalf.

Oct 13 07:12

China will use gold and gold pricing to force global currency reset

On Sept. 30, statistician and economist Dr. Jim Willie was a guest on the Caravan to Midnight radio show to talk about current financial, economic, and geo-political events. During his three hour interview, Dr. Willie stated that one of the purposes behind China's creation of the new Shanghai gold exchange is to eventually take over global price controls for the monetary metal away from the Comex, and then force a global currency reset by raising the price of gold to its true or actual value.

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If the price of gold cannot be kept low, people will abandon the stock market and their savings accounts for the metal. Worse, the holders of gold commodities contracts will be unwilling to settle the contracts for the cash value if gold is heading up, and the sellers of those contracts, who printed and sold far more contracts than they have gold to cover, will default.

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