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October 10, 2014

Oct 10 07:33

MH-17 Report False Flag Exposed After Revelation Passenger Was Wearing Oxygen Mask

Needless to say, this makes a complete mockery of the story that the plane had exploded upon impact with the "Russian" missile, and is why there was supposedly no trace of any impact on the flight's black box recorder. Whether or not it also means that the alternative theory that a Ukraine jet had purposefully downed the Malaysian aircraft to serve as a pretext to implicate Russia, is unclear. But it also means that yet another conspiracy theory becomes fact: namely that whoever were the western powers who doctored and manipulated the "official" crash report of MH-17 to implicate Putin, not only lied but fabricated evidence.

Oct 10 07:32

Pepsi and Coke take hammering in Mexico as junk food tax starts to bite

Mexico has become one of the few places Pepsi and Coke have seen declining sales after the country adopted anti-obesity laws last year. Concerned over the losses the US beverage industry seems determined to stop similar legislation at home.

PepsiCo saw a 3 percent drop in snack sales volume in Mexico, while reporting a higher quarterly profit in global sales on Thursday.

Its main rival Coca-Cola has also reported beverage volume declines in the Latin American country for the first half of the year, AP reports.

Oct 10 07:32

Fourteen quarantined in Spain with suspected Ebola infection

The number of patients put under quarantine in La Paz-Carlos III hospital in Madrid with suspicions of being infected with the Ebola virus, rose to 14 people on Friday.
Spain's TV quoted health officials saying that the condition of the Spanish nurse who was diagnosed with the virus last Monday had worsened, without much hope for her to be cured.

Oct 10 07:31

Spain seeks answers as seven more enter Ebola isolation

Seven people turned themselves in late on Thursday to an Ebola isolation unit in Madrid where Teresa Romero, the nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside Africa, lay gravely ill.

Alarm about Ebola's spread around Europe grew on Friday as Macedonia said it was checking for the virus in a British man who died within hours of being admitted to hospital in the capital Skopje on Thursday. A Prague hospital was testing a 56-year-old Czech man with symptoms of the virus.

In Spain, recriminations mounted over Romero, who was infected in hospital as she treated two Spanish missionaries who had caught the haemorrhagic fever in West Africa -- where Ebola has already killed around 4,000 people -- and remained undiagnosed for days despite reporting her symptoms.

Oct 10 07:30

Exclusive: Feds take jobs from disabled Americans, send them to Central Asia

Sibyl Mikell has worked in the same New Orleans warehouse by the Mississippi River docks since 1980, one of dozens of blind workers who make the mess trays sent to U.S. military forces overseas — including her own son, who finished his second tour of duty in Afghanistan earlier this year.

This operation is an integral part of AbilityOne, a program that awards government contracts to nonprofits that employ blind and disabled people to produce basic products for the military. But Ms. Mikell and 42 coworkers were recently and abruptly laid off from their jobs at Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans because of a little-known change in federal procurement rules that encourages military forces in Afghanistan to buy from manufacturers and brokers in Central Asia.

Oct 10 07:29

Palestinian Christian Leaders: Europe Must Recognize the State of Palestine

In a Middle East region that continues to suffer from the consequences of violence, the people of Palestine continue to live under occupation and in exile. Palestinian Christians, the descendants of the first Christians, are an integral part of the Palestinian people, continue to suffer, just like our Palestinian Muslim and Samaritan brothers and sisters, we have been denied of our national and human rights for almost a century Heads of churches and Christian clergy in Jerusalem wrote in a letter send to European Union officials.

They said in the letter:"From Jerusalem, our occupied capital, we send our urgent message to the whole world and particularly to Europe: We are yearning for justice and peace. Recognizing Palestine and defining Israel's borders is a first step towards that goal".

Oct 10 07:28

They're among the brightest young minds in the country... and they think America is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS: Harvard video survey reveals the value of a $60,000-a-year education

So much for the best and the brightest!

Harvard students believe that American is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS, according to a recent survey of attendees at the prestigious Cambridge university.

Campus Reform, a self-styled 'campus watchdog' for conservative students, carried out the interviews in the quad at the Ivy League school on Saturday and asked: ‘Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the U.S.?’

The students featured in the video were overwhelming in their belief that America and its interventionist foreign policy is a greater threat than the group of Muslim fanatics that have gained global notoriety in recent months through a series of video of Western hostages being beheaded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the not-too-subtle dissing of the Harvard students for daring to think that maybe the US Government are not very nice people.

Oct 10 07:26

At least 31 die in Turkey's street protests

The death toll from ongoing illegal pro-Kurdish protests in Turkey has risen to 31 after a man died after being injured in demonstrations in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Cumali Gunes, 29, passed away after being taken to the Dicle State Hospital for treatment following an attack between two-group protesters in the province, health officials said on Friday.

Oct 10 07:16

Japan Braces for Typhoon Vongfong; U.S. Air Bases Put on Alert

Japan was preparing for Typhoon Vongfong on Friday, with the most powerful storm of the year packing winds gusting up to 156 mph as it powered north toward the Okinawa island chain that is home to U.S. military bases. Vongfong was downgraded from a "super typhoon" by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center Friday but was still the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, threatening to dump up to 19 inches of rain on Okinawa.

Oct 10 07:15

Ebola crisis: disease may already be in Britain as man dies on business trip

Ebola may already be in Britain, it was feared on Thursday night, after a businessman who had travelled to Macedonia became the first Briton to die from the disease.

Macedonian officials confirmed that the 57-year-old, who has not been named, had been suffering from fever, vomiting and internal bleeding and that his condition had deteriorated rapidly.

"These are all symptoms of Ebola, which raises suspicions with this patient," said Dr. Jovanka Kostovska of the health ministry's commission for infectious diseases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The British press is now saying the man did not have Ebola, but as usual does not say what he did have that produced Ebola-like symptoms.

Oct 10 07:13

Madrid hospital staff quit over Ebola fears

Carlos III hospital in Madrid is scrambling to contract extra personnel as worries about lack of training and safety standards have left some staff refusing to attend to possible Ebola cases.

Fourteen people are in quarantine, including four health workers who treated Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse who contracted the virus after treating an Ebola patient repatriated from Sierra Leone. Seven people including two hairdressers who had given Romero a beauty treatment before she was diagnosed with Ebola turned themselves in late on Thursday to the isolation unit. None had so far tested positive for the disease except Romero, whose condition was described by the hospital as serious but stable. Her treatment has included injections with antibodies extracted from the blood of Ebola survivors.

Oct 10 07:13

Assurances Are Given and a Deputy Goes Home, but Ebola Fears Persist

So far, there is no evidence the Ebola virus has spread in this vast metropolitan area of 6.5 million people. But fear has.

Officials on Thursday announced that a local sheriff’s deputy examined for possible infection with the virus had tested negative and was sent home from the hospital.

None of the other 48 people who officials say had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola at a hospital here Wednesday, have showed symptoms of infection. Because no one has been exposed in 11 days, officials say, the likelihood of a new case is diminishing.

But live images on local television of an ambulance racing the deputy to the hospital on Wednesday were enough to convince many here that Ebola was more dangerous than officials were letting on.

Oct 10 07:12

Fury of Dallas deputy's wife after CDC publicly announced his Ebola results before even telling HIM he was clear of the fatal disease

Fear gave way to fury for the wife of a Dallas cop who was briefly quarantined with possible Ebola symptoms Wednesday after the CDC told the media of his negative test results before even informing his family.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Public relations move.

October 9, 2014

Oct 09 16:20

ISIS/ISIL Ebola Suicide Bombers Coming To America And Europe

Just when you think the situation can't get any worse, there's a new threat being announced by the Israeli News Agency.

Imagine your at a large public event with thousands of people attending when all of a sudden a Jihadists, infected with Ebola, detonates a bomb he is wearing. Now imagine a coordinated attack like this in multiple cities across the city within hours of each other.

Oct 09 16:19

#BBCtrending: The 'rich kids of Tehran'

Rich Kids of Tehran - a play on Rich Kids of Instagram - is a collection of photographs that appears to show the decadent lives of the city's gilded youth. Young women in bikinis lounge by deep blue swimming pools, while the men recline in supercars or slouch in front of tables stacked with liquor. The women seem to be in their private homes and gardens - where going uncovered is not prohibited - and some of the photos are taken in different countries. Many are clearly taken in and around Tehran, however. And while it is impossible to confirm where the alcohol has been photographed, it has been widely reported that drink is available to Iranians with deep pockets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not all that different from Americans after all!

Oct 09 16:16

Whiteface Mountain may get first snow of East

A light dusting of snow could be seen Thursday morning on Whiteface Mountain.

Publicists at the Olympic Regional Development Authority were billing it as the first snow of the season in the East and using that as a preview for the season.

Oct 09 16:05

Australian Nurse Is Found Not to Have Ebola

An Australian nurse who reported a fever after returning from Sierra Leone, where she had worked at an Ebola treatment hospital, has been found not to have the disease, health officials said on Friday.

Oct 09 16:04

Doctor Who Treated Spanish Ebola Patient: 'My Sleeves Were Short at All Times'

The doctor who treated Spanish Ebola patient Teresa Romero during the time she had not yet been confirmed to be carrying Ebola sent a scathing internal letter to superiors at his hospital, alleging that he only found out about her positive diagnosis in the media and was not properly equipped to protect himself.

Oct 09 16:04

Passenger with 'symptoms of Ebola' sends Birmingham firefighters to airport in hazmat gear as precaution

Birmingham firefighters in hazardous material protective gear have set up a command post after a passenger on-board a flight that arrived at the Shuttlesworth-International Airport showed "signs of symptoms of Ebola."

Oct 09 16:03

Ebola Patient Duncan Got 'High Level' of Care, Hospital Says

Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola Wednesday, got the best care possible, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Thursday.

In its most complete statement yet, the hospital addresses a series of criticisms about Duncan’s care, including questions about experimental treatments.

Oct 09 15:44

Southcom General Predicts Illegals Will Bring Ebola to U.S.

The commander of the U.S. Southern Command, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, told an audience at the National Defense University illegal immigrants may bring Ebola to the United States.

“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” Kelley said. “That’s horrific. And there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”

He said Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and other countries in Central America will not able to deal with the disease when it arrives in the Western Hemisphere.

Oct 09 14:32

As Spanish Ebola patient’s health deteriorates, two doctors who treated her are under observation

The health of Ebola-stricken Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos worsened on Thursday, and two doctors who treated her were admitted to a hospital for observation.

Oct 09 13:58

NYPD cop takes $1,300 from man, pepper-sprays him in the face when he complains

cell phone video shows a New York City police officer use pepper spray on a man and his sister after they complained the cop had taken more than $1,000 during a stop-and-frisk search.

Lamard Joye was stopped by police Sept. 16 in Coney Island after confronting officers who roughed up a young man nearby, said the man’s attorney.

“Is that necessary?” Joye and some friends asked police, according to the attorney.

One of Joye’s friends begins recording video, posted online by the New York Daily News, that shows an officer standing face-to-face with Joye, who oustretches his arms and says, “You see this?”

The officer then reaches into Joye’s pocket and pulls out a handful of cash, and smacks his face and calls him an “asshole” when Joye asks him to return the money.

The video shows the officer squirt pepper spray at Joye, who retreats as onlookers accuse the cop of stealing his money.

Oct 09 13:56

Ebola Test Negative For Dallas County Deputy

A test to detect whether a Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy has the deadly Ebola virus has come back negative, according to state health officials.

The results were provided by Texas Department of Health.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which would be a lot more reassuring if the test did not have a history of false-negatives.

Oct 09 13:38

Breaking: Law Enforcement Reports LIVE on CNN that *3* cops are ill possible Ebola

Oct 09 13:37

White House Hosts Fashion Show As Ebola Spreads Like AIDS

The White House somehow found the time to host a fashion show despite government officials admitting they are completely unprepared for an AIDS-like Ebola pandemic in the U.S.

Oct 09 13:33

Hello America, It's Me, Colorado

Amendment 67 is what's also known as "Personhood".
Personhood, if you've never heard of it before, is the movement to give fertilized eggs all the same rights as people -- two cells would have the same rights as you or your best friend. The group behind this movement, Personhood USA, is based right here in Denver. Every couple of years they try and write their fertilized egg = person ideas into my Constitution. The last couple of times most Coloradans have voted "NO" on these amendments and they've failed. But this year things are different.

This year, the Personhood USA folks are more deceptive.They've disguised "personhood" as something else. This year, they say they simply want to "protect pregnant women." Which is why when people read the language on their ballots, they think it sounds like a good idea. But it's not.
Here's what Amendment 67 would really do:

Outlaw all abortion in Colorado, even in cases of rape and incest.

Oct 09 13:31

Businessman hospitalized in Prague with Ebola-like symptoms

A Czech businessman has been hospitalized with symptoms similar to Ebola after returning from West Africa, with authorities saying they are awaiting test results to confirm the country’s first case of the deadly disease.

“For now, the 56-year-old male patient is being treated in a quarantined ward,” said Martin Salek, spokesman for the hospital Na Bulovce in the Czech capital.

Oct 09 13:30

City Orders Family to Get Rid of Special Needs Child’s Make-A-Wish Gift

10-year-old Tiffany Miranda of Santa Fe Springs, CA suffers from a severe seizure disorder that prevents her from playing on playground equipment in public parks. To ease her quality of life, the Make-A-Wish Foundation built her a playground play set, which her parents placed in the back yard of their own property. However, according to CBS Los Angeles, the Santa Fe Springs city government has issued a citation ordering the family to remove the play set from their back yard, claiming that it is an eyesore.

Oct 09 13:30

Guess who Obama is now blaming for his poor approval ratings…

On Tuesday, President Obama identified a new scapegoat with regards to his poor approval ratings. Obama told a group of wealthy donors that the media was to blame for his dismal dip in approval ratings and implied that the mainstream media was also responsible for the unpopular public image of his tenure. Obama’s approval ratings continued to plummet in September, reaching an all time low of 38%.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You think being a major screw-up might have something to do with it, Barry?

Oct 09 13:20

Top 5 Medicinal Foods for Super Immunity

These five foods pack some of the most healing benefits of any foods in the world, and they are all widely available. You can find several of them at your local grocery store, health food store, or online. Some of them you may even feel like growing yourself. But no matter how you get them, it’s important you research the benefits of these foods and make them a part of your life.

Oct 09 13:09

Team Reveals How Deadly Ebola Virus Assembles

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered the molecular mechanism by which the deadly Ebola virus assembles, providing potential new drug targets. Surprisingly, the study showed that the same molecule that assembles and releases new viruses also rearranges itself into different shapes, with each shape controlling a different step of the virus’s life cycle.

“Like a ‘Transformer’, this protein of the Ebola virus adopts different shapes for different functions,” said Erica Ollmann Saphire, professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science at TSRI. “It revises a central dogma of molecular biology—that a protein molecule has one shape that predestines one biological function."

Oct 09 12:54

Macedonia seals hotel after Briton dies of suspected Ebola

A British man with symptoms of the Ebola virus died in Macedonia on Thursday and authorities said they had sealed off a hotel where he stayed, keeping another Briton and hotel staff inside.

A Health Ministry official said the man had arrived in the capital, Skopje, from Britain on Oct. 2 and had been rushed to hospital at 3 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Thursday, where he died several hours later.

Oct 09 12:49

Ebola crisis: Officials in France and Macedonia investigate potential cases

A Macedonian health ministry official said a hotel in Skopje had been quarantined with people inside after a British man died there after exhibiting Ebola symptoms.
A community centre in a Paris suburb was quarantined after four children recently arrived from Guinea were said to exhibit Ebola symptoms.
Six people were under quarantine in Madrid, Spain, where the condition of a nurse diagnosed with Ebola was said to be deteriorating.

Oct 09 12:49

Hospital: Condition Of Spanish Nurse With Ebola Is Deteriorating

Hospital officials in Spain are saying that the condition of a nurse quarantined with Ebola has worsened.

Yolanda Fuentes, an official at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, says of Ebola patient Teresa Romero Ramos: "Her clinical situation has deteriorated but I can't give any more information due to the express wishes of the patient."

Oct 09 12:48

BREAKING NEWS: British man dies of suspected Ebola in Macedonia - first UK victim of virus that has killed thousands

A British man has died of suspected Ebola in the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

If confirmed, the unnamed man is the first British victim of the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa and has spread to North America and Europe.

A second man, a friend of the deceased, has also shown symptoms of the disease. The man's death and nationality was confirmed by the Macedonian Foreign Ministry this evening. Tests are underway to find out if he had the disease.

Oct 09 12:11

The premises of the DASS in Cergy-Pontoise curly, a suspected case of Ebola

Google translate: The premises of the DASS in Cergy-Pontoise (Val-d'Oise) is currently curly. Authorities suspect an Ebola cases and locked sixty people. An attending physician on the premises has been warning noting troubling symptoms in four people who had returned from Guinea.

First aid arrived on the scene there for over an hour, a security perimeter has been set up and activated a crisis in the prefecture. Workforce of UAS equipped accordingly are expected on site a moment's notice.

Oct 09 12:10

Destabilization – US Weapon in a Energy War in Ukraine and the Middle East

These trade negations have been passing under the public’s radar, because they have been taking place very discreetly behind closed doors. The very TTIP’s name is designed to conceal, and was selected by policy and trade mandarins, because of their fears that a public backlash could erupt against the negotiations, as it did in the case of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) talks in 2001. Like the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which was signed in Ottawa between Canada and the EU on September 26, wordsmiths calculatingly picked the name TTIP to try to hide the fact that it is a free trade agreement.

Oct 09 12:08

OutFrontCNN tweets

union rep. tells @ErinBurnett two other officers "feeling ill" on the same day the 1st US patient dies.

Oct 09 12:00

Pharmaceutical millionaire: I didn’t force drugs down son’s throat

A pharmaceuticals millionaire charged with killing her developmentally disabled son in a deluxe hotel room told jurors Wednesday that she didn’t force drugs down his throat, as prosecutors maintain.

Taking the stand in her murder trial to give an account she’s long yearned to tell, Gigi Jordan depicted a failed murder-suicide — one her defense has said was spurred by a mother’s fears for her own life and her vulnerable son’s future.

“Did you give yourself and your son an amount of drugs that you believed would take your life and his?” asked one of her attorneys, Allan Brenner.

“Yes, I did,” Jordan said, her voice quavering.

But she denied the scenario prosecutors have painted: that she climbed on top of the comatose 8-year-old, forcibly opened his mouth and shoved a lethal dose of prescription medication down his throat with a syringe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at who she hired as her lawyer.

Oct 09 11:56

Notice that ISIS Isn’t Beheading Swiss Citizens

Like the United States, Switzerland has a welfare state and a regulated society.

Yet, notice something important: Switzerland isn’t the subject of terrorist attacks, and the Islamic State isn’t beheading Swiss citizens. Wouldn’t you think that if radical Muslims hate the United States for its freedom and values, they would also hate Switzerland for its freedom and values, especially since the freedom and values of the United States are similar to those of Switzerland, with one major exception?

So, what’s that major exception? Is it possible that that major exception could provide a clue as to which comes first: terrorism or U.S. interventionism?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me say this straightaway: I do not condone ANY violence, period, end of discussion. That which is hardest, true, good-faith negotiations, is always the best.

However, that having been said, the American government's interventionism and pre-emptive wars (for profit, and maintaining the US dollar as the world's reserve currency) have not won it many friends around the world, particularly if people who have had innocent family members or friends slain, or maimed, as a result of the US government's mucking about with other people's countries.

Oct 09 11:51

Jesse Jackson wonders if Ebola patient's care was slighted because he was black

In America today, there is no such thing as a race-neutral issue. Eventually, everything is defined as white vs black. It's almost like we can't communicate unless someone is being accused of racism.

The case of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan is instructive in this regard. Jesse Jackson and others are raising the issue that if Duncan was white and insured, he would have been treated differently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More signs that Ebola is being viewed as a political and economic issue rather than as a genuine health crisis!

Oct 09 11:51

CIA didn't know it had Senate 'torture' report

It's a report that's been the talk of Washington's intelligence community for months, yet lawyers for the nation's premier intelligence agency — the CIA — improbably maintained it didn't have a copy.

That claim evaporated Tuesday as a Justice Department lawyer said the government was wrong when it told a federal judge that the Central Intelligence Agency did not have a copy of the unabridged version of a Senate committee report on treatment of detainees. In fact, the CIA does have a copy of the 6,300-page report, DOJ attorney Vesper Mei said.

"There was a miscommunication over at the agency as to what we were looking for," Mei told U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg at a court session Tuesday. "They didn't realize that they had it."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"MISCOMMUNICATION", MY ASTROLABE!!!

The CIA doesn't want the taxpaying American public to know how horrifically they tortured - or outsourced torture - on American held prisoners of war.

And this is precisely the reason we should know.

Oct 09 11:50

IN PHOTOS ~~ APARTHEID AND WAR ARE NOT GAMES! BOYCOTT ISRAEL ON THE COURTS!!

When activists arrived at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to protest a Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces fundraiser that was coupled with an exhibition game between the Nets and Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, the police were waiting with a message of their own. As the night unfolded, this message spoke volumes. Protesters would not be allowed on the expansive plaza that unfolds from the front of the Barclays Center all the way to the Atlantic Yards subway entrance. Instead, they would have to be in a fenced-off pen on the narrow strip of sidewalk to the side of the arena. Yes, an outdoor space built with public funds was deemed a privatized, no-free-speech zone, enforced by armed public employees, otherwise known as the police.

Oct 09 11:50

TODAY’S TOON ~~ THE GRUESOME THREESOME

Oct 09 11:47

Fighting Intensifies on India-Pakistan Border

There have been more civilians killed in cross-border fighting between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Indian officials say at least two civilians were killed and 18 wounded Tuesday night in gunfire and mortar exchanges. Pakistani media report three deaths from Indian firing.

Nine people were killed Monday, marking the highest civilian death toll in the Kashmir conflict in more than a decade.

Thousands of civilians have been evacuated on both sides.

Indian Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha, says India is seeking a quick resolution to bring the border flare-up to an end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To leadership on both sides of the conflict: STOP IT NOW!!

Get to the negotiating table, check your testosterone at the door, and have the doors locked behind you, until you come up with a reasonable solution to get the fighting to stop.

Oct 09 11:42

U.S., Iran, EU to meet in Vienna as nuclear deal deadline looms

The top diplomats of the United States, Iran and the European Union will meet in Vienna next week, accelerating efforts to clinch a long-elusive deal to end a dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme by a Nov. 24 deadline.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Oct. 14 and the two will be joined the next day by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the EU said in a statement.

The talks will take place with only six weeks to go before the self-imposed November target date to reach a diplomatic settlement to resolve the decade-old standoff over Iran's nuclear program and dispel fears of a new Middle East war.

Iranian and Western diplomats say significant differences remain over the future scope of Iran's uranium enrichment activity and that a successful outcome is not guaranteed, despite a political commitment to seek an agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US and Israel looking for any way possible to prevent this agreement from happening, don't hold your breath that something positive will emerge here.

I would love to be proven wrong, but looking at the interference game Israel has played, I don't think I will be.

Oct 09 11:36

Protests Erupt After St. Louis Police Officer Fatally Shoots Teen

A police officer fatally shot a teen who opened fire in St. Louis on Wednesday night, officials said. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said that the officer fired his weapon 17 times after "at least three" shots were fired at him. It was not immediately clear how many times the 18-year-old suspect was hit. The death sparked protests in the Shaw neighborhood in the south of the city. The incident occurred on the eve of demonstrations scheduled to take place in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police two months ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this went down precisely the way the officer said it did, the incident was the polar opposite of what happened in the Michael Brown case, if in fact the young man was armed, and shot first.

But why did the three young men run off after spotting this officer?!? What is the story here?

And could he not have called for back-up, rather than running after them in a way which almost guaranteed that if they were armed, there was going to be a confrontation?

There are several areas of this story which make no sense, but appear to have been added by St Louis police to augment their "narrative" of what happened, and this is not new, in the process of police protecting their own, where police will simply lie to create cover for their actions.

Why have the police in Missouri not been trained in the use of non-lethal weapons which do not kill, and why do they not have such weapons to hand?!?

A non-lethal device which incapacitates a person without killing them, is a sedative dart, but the problem here is dosage.

If that problem can be overcome, rather than killing someone outright, I would much prefer that police departments carry these rather than bullets, or tasers, which can, and do, kill.

Oct 09 11:14

Lavrov, Kerry to Meet in Paris Next Week: US Department of State

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Paris next week, the US Department of State confirmed Wednesday in its press release.

"On October 12, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cairo to participate in an international conference for Gaza reconstruction… Secretary Kerry will then travel to Paris to meet with French Foreign Minister [Laurent] Fabius, Russian Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov, as well as other partners," the US Department of State said.

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said earlier that Washington was expecting a Kerry-Lavrov meeting "in near future."

On October 3, Lavrov and Kerry have discussed the situation in Ukraine in a phone conversation. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two Foreign Ministers have agreed to continue "intense contacts" for further discussions of important issues on the international and bilateral agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to characterize this meeting as a potentially hopeful moment in US/Russian relations.

Unfortunately, with the US government being in a hopelessly belligerent mode against Russia, I am not expecting that much will come of it.

Oct 09 11:01

Yemen Shiite rebels set sights on strategic strait, oilfields

Shiite rebels who breezed into the Yemeni capital unopposed last month are now widely thought to be moving to cement their grip by snatching a strategic strait and oilfields.

The militiamen known as Huthis stormed into Sanaa on September 21, easily seizing key government installations, and they now man checkpoints and run patrols across the city in almost total absence of the security forces.

The rebels, who Yemeni authorities accuse Shiite-ruled Iran of backing, have refused to quit Sanaa despite a UN-brokered deal to give them more influence with the Sunni-dominated government.

Numerous sources in Yemen say the Huthis are now setting their sights on prized assets like the narrow Bab al-Mandeb strait leading to the Suez canal, as well as oilfields in Marib province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These rebels are very smart, in seizing strategic, revenue producing assets in the region.

I just hope that the Yemenite people get a lot more of their oil revenue, manifesting in schools, health care, and infrastructure projects than they did under al-Hadi.

Time will tell.

Oct 09 10:56

Badcop: Not First Offense for NYPD Cop Caught on Camera Pistol-Whipping Teen

The NYPD officer who used his gun to bludgeon an unarmed Brooklyn teenager in the face has been suspended without pay and might be indicted, after video footage of the violent August arrest went public this week.

But then, this isn’t Officer David Afanador’s first brush with the law he is sworn to uphold. Nor is it the first time that Afanador’s misconduct under the color of authority has involved a camera.

In 2009, Afanador was one of five officers who were defendants in a lawsuit against the NYPD. According to the complaint, Afanador and four of his colleagues were strip-searching a suspect on the street when plaintiff Ranique Williams walked by. For whatever reason—legally, he never needed one—Williams whipped out his camera and started snapping pictures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The paramilitary training of American police (generally by Israeli resources) makes them believe they have a carte blanche to break every rule, and that they can get away with it.

Rogue police officers who behave in this way should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and definitely need to re-define what the phrase "To Protect and Serve" means.

Oct 09 10:52

Energy Wars: Russian Shale Boom Unlikely As Sanctions Force Another Company Out

The payoff for both Russian and western companies might have been enormous. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that Russian shale deposits are the largest in the world, at 75 billion barrels.?

First, it was the U.S. company ExxonMobil. Then, France’s Total. Now western sanctions against Russia have led Royal Dutch Shell to discontinue its work with Gazprom Neft extracting shale oil from a field in Siberia.

In announcing Shell’s suspension on its website, Gazprom Neft, part of the Kremlin-run gas monopoly Gazprom, said it will continue work “by itself” on the first horizontal exploratory drilling at the Bazhenov shale in Siberia, which began last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions will ultimately have a boomerang effect, particularly against Europe, which is poised to have a bitterly cold winter.

Oct 09 10:49

Here's What Happened When One City Gave Homeless People Shelter Instead of Throwing Them in Jail

Salt Lake City crunched the numbers. And the prescription was clear. The city was spending $20,000 per homeless resident per year – funding for policing, arrests, jail time, shelter, and emergency services. Homelessness was not going down. Instead, for $7,800 a year through a new program called Housing First, the city could provide a person with an apartment and case management services.

In 2005, the city was spending $40 million to address chronic homelessness. Several years after starting the Housing First program, in 2013, spending was down to $9.6 million.

And more importantly, chronic homelessness has dropped 72 percent.

Oct 09 10:48

United States is more evil than ISIS: Harvard University

A conservative watchdog group that monitors liberal-left bias and extremist indoctrination on university and college campuses in the United States released a report and video on Tuesday that shockingly revealed that students at one of the nation's most prestigious and influential institutions of higher learning believe their own country is more evil than a terrorist army marching through Iraqi and Syrian cities and towns killing, torturing and enslaving thousands of people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Harvard students!

Oct 09 10:47

Ebola Pandemic Hits Germany, Turkey, And Australia As Infected Spanish Nurse Went Un-Quarantined For A Week

Despite the still confident exclamations from officials that the Ebola pandemic is ‘contained’, more and more nations are admitting to Ebola-symptomatic cases or bringing infected patients back from Africa for treatment. Australia has its first potential case of the deadly disease, as Bloomberg reports a nurse who returned from volunteering in Africa has developed Ebola-like symptoms. Despite claims that Nigeria’s outbreak is over, a Turkish worker there has been hospitalized in Istanbul after signs of high fever and diarrhea. Health officials from Germany confirm a 3rd Ebola patient has arrived in the country – having contracted the disease in Liberia. And finally, just as in the sad case of Thomas Duncan in Dallas, The Guardian reportsthe infected Spanish nurse went untreated and unquarantined for a week despite reporting symptoms at least three times to hospital officials. It seems the world is ill-prepared for this...

Oct 09 10:47

How The NSA Plans To Recruit Your Teenagers

Kids across America no longer have to wait until college to plan on being a part of the National Security Agency. In fact, they could start preparing for their NSA careers as early as age 13.

The NSA has began sponsoring cybersecurity camps for middle and high school students, agency recruiter Steven LaFountain told CNBC’s Eamon Javers in a recent interview. Six prototype camps launched this past summer, and the NSA hopes to expand the program to some 25 schools and, eventually, to have a presence in schools in all 50 states.

The camps, LaFountain told CNBC, teach “low-level programming… where most cybersecurity vulnerabilities are” and sponsor activities like a “wireless scavenger hunt” in which 10th graders were dispatched to hunt down “rogue access points.” The general idea is to eliminate “threats out there on the Internet”

“The students are really, really into it,” LaFountain added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here, is what does the NSA consider a "threat"?!?

Is it a coming from a Christian pacifist (like myself) who believes that wars are a really lousy way of resolving geopolitical differences, and that good faith negotiations are always preferable to people getting killed or maimed for life?!?

IS it people who tell the truth about what a bloated, corrupt instrument of power and control, which always looks out for the monied, this Federal Government has become?!?

The NSA wants business to continue as usual for the major corporations and the wealthy, with never a logical thought about how much better life would be if people were exposed consistently to the truth, in order to have the power to make intelligent, rational choices in their lives.

Oct 09 10:45

EU Court Orders End to Sanctions on Iran Oil Shipping Company

After the deadline for appeal to a July ruling lapsed, the General Court of the European Union has once again ordered that the block immediately lift all sanctions on the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).

Oct 09 10:45

Former CIA officer says US policies helped create IS

American [author and former CIA officer] Graham Fuller emphasized that the West, including the United States, has now accepted that the [Bashar al-] Assad government will retain power. According to Fuller, Turkey has to do the same. Fuller, who described the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham [now the Islamic State, or IS] as "made in the USA," also made a confession of sorts about the struggle between [Turkey's Justice and Development Party] AKP and the Gulen movement by saying, “It turned out to be deeper than I thought.” But he noted that the positive approach of the Unite toward [Fethullah] Gulen has not changed.

Oct 09 10:44

Netanyahu orders clampdown on Jerusalem unrest

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told police chiefs and the Shin Bet security service on Tuesday to get tough on violent Palestinian protest in Jerusalem, which has spiked in recent months.

Oct 09 10:44

EU set to reassess ties if Israel doesn’t move on peace

Fed up with settlement expansion, officials in Brussels are working on punitive measures to be implemented as soon as the political leadership wants to do so

Oct 09 10:38

Israelis Chant “N*ggers Go Home” Carrying ISIS-Style Flags At Anti-African Rally

Israelis took to the streets with ISIS-style flags, chanting “niggers go home” at an anti-African rally in Tel Aviv following an Israeli High Court ruling to close the Holot detention center. Israel has faced international scrutiny for it’s treatment of refugees, most of whom hail from Africa. Both the Israeli government and public have fought to deport as many refugees as possible, claiming that they threaten the Jewish identity of the country.?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has become one of the most virulently apartheid, xenophobic countries on the face of the earth.

"The only 'democracy' in the Middle East"?!?!? Give me a break!!

And of course, we will hear ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from President Obama about this whatsoever.

Oct 09 10:34

Secret Russian spy base in Syria seized by Western-backed rebels

The Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it took over the spy base on Sunday, following several weeks of fighting against rival groups, including Syrian government soldiers and members of Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. The FSA said the base, referred to as “Center C” by Russian intelligence, had been under Russian command until it was abandoned at a time and for reasons that remain unknown. In a three-minute video released by the Western-backed rebel group on YouTube, an FSA officer appears to be guiding the cameraman around part of the seized base. He points to several diagrams and captions on the walls, which are both in Arabic and in Russian. At some point in the video, the seal of Syrian intelligence is clearly visible, placed next to the seal of the GRU’s 6th Directorate, the branch of Russian military intelligence that is tasked with collecting signals intelligence (SIGINT).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia bashing, I see.

Such alleged "evidence" could be very easily faked, for the camera.

And even IF such a base existed, Russia and Syria have been militarily cooperative for some time,which is another reason to look at not attacking Syria militarily with ground troops.

Because at some point, Russia will be aggravated enough to stop the US madness in the Middle East, once and for all.

And that will be brutal, because the US military, at this time in its history, does not have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military confrontation with Russia.

I cannot tell you when precisely the Russian government will make such a move; I can only tell you that with renewed military hostilities in the region, it is coming.

Oct 09 10:30

Ebola drug maker Chimerix's stock tumbles after Dallas patient dies

Shares of Chimerix Inc., the maker of an experimental drug to combat Ebola, sank Wednesday after the death in Dallas of a patient with the disease who received the medicine.

About two hours after officials announced the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Durham, N.C., company’s stock was trading at $30.54, down $2.69, or 8.1%. The shares had hit an all-time high earlier in the day before the announcement.

Oct 09 10:28

Russia’s Gazprom buys Europe’s biggest gas storage facility

Russia will acquire Europe's largest underground gas storage facility this autumn from Germany’s BASF, continuing the development of its Nord Stream operations. In return, the Germans will get access to large gas reserves in Western Siberia.

Oct 09 10:27

‘Disgusting’: Anti-homeless cages installed at UK university

One of the UK’s most prestigious universities has installed cages over warm air vents, as a way to ward off the city’s homeless sleeping on them.

The cages, which have been placed around the universities campus, completely cover the area surrounding the warm air vents near the college buildings.

Students say they are “disgusted”by the cages, saying that the move shows a lack of love and compassion for the less fortunate.

Oct 09 10:22

WHO says no signs spread of Ebola is slowing

"The situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone continues to deteriorate, with widespread and persistent transmission of Ebola," the organisation said. "There is no evidence that the EVD epidemic in West Africa is being brought under control."

Oct 09 10:16

Cubana Flight 455: Remembering the Victims of US-Supported Terrorism

During that meeting, over 20 assembled individuals representing terrorist factions founded CORU, an anagram for the Coordinación de Organizaciones Revolucionarias Unidas, headed by Orlando Bosch, in response to CIA director George H. Bush’s demand that the offensive against the Republic of Cuba be centrally co-ordinated under CIA direction and funding as part of Operation Condor. That same month, June, 1976, Bosch is on record that he sent a bomb to the Cuban embassy in Ottawa, aimed at hindering the relations between Canada and Cuba and enforcing the illegal U.S. blockade of Cuba, one of many targets attacked by Cuban-American terrorists inside and outside the territory of Canada during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Oct 09 10:12

L.A. Fashion District Is Awash in Drug Money

The next time you're shopping in Santee Alley for a pleather handbag or a $20 pair of distressed jeans, look around you. The vendor selling you that fine Cucci wallet might be laundering money for one of the globe's largest drug cartels.

Some of downtown L.A.'s clothing retailers and wholesalers are so awash in dirty cash that the federal government this week announced that it will be requiring "additional reporting and record-keeping obligations" for nearly the entire L.A. Fashion District.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drug lords will usually set up some kind of legitimate business where there is a lot of cash traffic, such as convenience stores, multi-screen cinemas, office supply stores, and those weird stores that sell ceramic statues and kitty-themed items that make you wonder just how they stay in business month after month while stores selling essentials are dropping like flies.

The fact is that these legit business will blend the drug money in with their actual sales receipts to launder it. The good news is that the public really are not buying those weird and pointless toys or albums of really awful music.

Oct 09 09:52

Former SC GOP director: Ebola patients should be ‘put down immediately’

A prominent pro-life Republican in South Carolina has a plan to stop an Ebola outbreak in the United Nations.

Kill anyone who gets it.

Todd Kincannon, the former executive director of the South Carolina GOP went on a Twitter tirade this weekend.

His first tweet read: “People with Ebola in the US need to be humanely put down immediately.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pro-life, huh?

The current Ebola has a 56% lethality rate, so almost half the people Kincannon wants to kill would live if left alone.

Now I agree with those who say that everyone even suspected of having Ebola ought to be in BSL4 isolation, and yes, livestock such as pigs and dogs who are asymptomatic carriers should be put down, but Kincannon's suggestion seems a bit extreme to me!

Oct 09 09:48

Foreign Media is Losing Their Freedom to Lie in Russia

The editorial teams of foreign-owned media are presently bustling with activity to make a last ditch effort to abort their demise. In doing so, they curiously testify to the present media freedom of Russia. I refer here to two articles in The Moscow Times last week: Foreign Media Law Makes Putin Less Glamorous and Curbs on Foreign Ownership Will Gut Russia’s Media.

These articles testify to how freely the Western media has been able to operate in Russia all the while complaining about total lack of press freedom. This surprises me greatly, because having followed for years The Moscow Times (TMT) and its peer publications, including its Russian language half-sister Vedomosti (The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Finland’s Sanoma corporation), I can only recollect their constant complaints about the lack of media freedom in “Putin’s Russia”.

Oct 09 09:47

90% of All Deaths In War Are CIVILIANS

"The proportion of civilian deaths and the methods for classifying deaths as civilian are debated, but civilian war deaths constitute 85% to 90% of casualties caused by war, with about 10 civilians dying for every combatant killed in battle."

Oct 09 09:30

Israelis: Send Obama Ebola

According to an August 2014 poll, half of Israelis want to send Obama Ebola for only supporting Israeli terrorism 95, not 100%.

In the wake of Israel’s summer 2014 genocidal massacre in Gaza, euphemistically called Operation “Protective” Edge,” the US corporate media is finally (somewhat) catching on to the egregious degree of violent extremism, racism, and downright fascism in Israeli culture.

A 5 August NBC story, titled “Send President Obama Ebola as Birthday Gift, Some Israelis Say,” reports that, according to a recent poll, 46% of Israelis “said they wanted to give Barack Obama an envelope containing the Ebola virus as a present for his 53rd birthday.”

Note, these aren’t just “some” Israelis, as NBC writes; these are almost half of Israelis.

Oct 09 07:37

Panetta advice can start war between Russia and NATO: Analyst

An American analyst believes that recent suggestion by Leon Panetta, the former US defense secretary, about actions against Moscow would provoke "a hot war" between Russia and NATO.

Panetta said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s measures against his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were not enough to stop him in Ukraine. "I would have taken some very tough positions with regards to Putin."

The former CIA director also proposed strong military options about the crisis in Ukraine, saying imposing further “sanctions” against Russia and providing “military aid to the Ukrainians” would be needed to resolve the crisis.

James George Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, said, “I think Mr. Panetta’s comments are very unfortunate.”

Oct 09 07:37

EU approves Hinkley Point nuclear power station as costs raise by £8bn

The European commission on Wednesday gave Britain the green light for a huge government subsidy that will open the way for the first atomic power stations to be built for nearly 20 years.

Oct 09 07:36

9/11, ISIS, ISIL and The Black Art of Reversed Kabala.

Let's take a short ride in The Way Back Machine. I'll leave my saucer pod as collateral. History has been efficiently destroyed, obscured and or distorted and as a result 99.99% of us know very little about what was going on back around the time of The Chaldeans and certainly even less about anything going on before. We pretty much know jackshit about the ancient Egyptian periods. Most of this is hidden behind ridiculous speculation, fantasy, junk science and Beavis and Butthead archaeology, along with the usual block-headed academic pseudo intellectualism. Please feel free to enjoy the cheese cubes and white wine.

Oct 09 07:34

Perry visits troops going to Africa to fight Ebola

Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Army troops before they deploy to West Africa to support U.S. efforts to contain and eradicate Ebola.

The Republican is coming to the sprawling Army installation at Fort Hood on Thursday to address the soldiers before they leave. He isn't seeking re-election in November but is seriously considering a second run for the White House in 2016.

Oct 09 07:33

Cairns Ebola scare: Nurse 'feeling well' amid Ebola scare after returning from Sierra Leone

A Cairns nurse will find out Friday morning whether she has become the first Australian to contract the deadly Ebola virus during the recent outbreak.

Oct 09 07:32

Spain - Three new patients isolated over Ebola fears

Three more health workers in Spain have been admitted to hospital for monitoring for Ebola on Wednesday night, including two doctors who had contact with a nurse who has been infected with the disease.

Oct 09 07:31

BREAKING NEWS: Possible Ebola Case in New York City

A Harlem man showing Ebola-like symptoms was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday, sources told The Post.

The 31-year-old had recently visited Nigeria and was showing Ebola-like symptoms of the deadly disease when he was taken to the hospital for testing and observation, sources said.

The FDNY confirmed that an ambulance responded to a call for a patient who was feeling sick at the Center for Urban Community Services and took the person to the city hospital around 12:42 p.m.

Oct 09 07:30

Indonesia cave painting suggest new origin for art

Scientists say cave paintings of wild animals and hand markings in Indonesia are at least 35,000 years old, making them older than the artwork found in Europe.

Oct 09 07:30

Serious Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan

There are some who believe that the next great financial crash will not begin in the United States. Instead, they are convinced that a financial crisis that begins in Europe or in Japan (or both) will end up spreading across the globe and take down the U.S. too. Time will tell if they are ultimately correct, but even now there are signs that financial trouble is already starting to erupt in both Germany and Japan. German stocks have declined 10 percent since July, and that puts them in "correction" territory. In Japan, the economy is a total mess right now. According to figures that were just released, Japanese GDP contracted at a 7.1 percent annualized rate during the second quarter and private consumption contracted at a 19 percent annualized rate. Could a financial collapse in either of those nations be the catalyst that sets off financial dominoes all over the planet?

Oct 09 07:29

Pro-Russians claim control of Donetsk airport

Sporadic shelling still continues to target residential areas in the eastern city of Donetsk on a daily basis. Sometimes even up 2 to 3 times a day. The city's residents tell Press TV they feel really worried and frightened but that they are getting used to it all. The constant sound of explosions caused by heavy artillery is also audible. It comes from the airport only 20 km away from the city center. Pro Russian militias are battling Ukrainian troops over control of the strategic location. We met with a general with the self proclaimed DPR forces. He says pro-Russians are largely in control.

Oct 09 07:28

Feds issue rules for burying Ebola patients in the U.S.

The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died from the disease Wednesday and now Texas health officials are facing a situation they have not before experienced: how to handle a body that could remain highly contagious for several days.

Oct 09 07:27

Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

Oct 09 07:05

Yemen's new PM quits after Houthis call mass protest

Yemen's new Prime Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak quit his post early on Thursday hours after the Houthi militia called for mass protests against the "foreign interference" they said was behind his appointment.

Oct 09 07:04

Jordan, Abbas slam Israeli 'siege' on Al-Aqsa compound

Jordan has slammed the storming of occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israeli troops on Wednesday, urging the international community to pressure the self-proclaimed Jewish state to "lift its siege" on the holy site.

In a statement, government spokesman Mohamed al-Momani denounced what he described as the "heinous crime" committed by Israeli forces, accusing the latter of opening fire inside the mosque, leading to the injury of several worshippers.

"Continued Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and worshippers therein have become one of the most commonly-used justifications for terror and religious extremism in the region," he said.

Oct 09 07:03

Pentagon: 100 US Marines heading to Liberia

The Pentagon says 100 U.S. Marines will go to Liberia on Thursday with helicopters and other transportation to help the military get to locations around the country and help with the Ebola fight.

The Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the Marines are part of a special air-ground task force out of Spain.

Oct 09 07:03

Terrorism and Assassinations in Venezuela

Last Friday, the centre of Caracas was filled with thousands of mourning citizens as they accompanied two flag draped coffins loaded with flowers they had cast upon it in homage.

If a Member of Parliament representing the Venezuelan opposition had been brutally tortured and stabbed to death in his own home, the Western press –including Canada’s- would have splashed the news in headlines around the world.

Yet this has just happened to a Member of Parliament from the governing party of Venezuela, but the international press is mostly silent. International politicians have not wrung their hands with indignation or regret, as they have about the lawful incarceration of opposition leader Leopoldo López who publicly and repeatedly incited mobs to violence and caused has at least 47 deaths.

Oct 09 07:01

Pentagon sees Baghdad at risk of Islamic State takeover, expects Kobani to fall

Calls increase for U.S. ground troops in Iraq, Syria as airstrikes fail to stop terrorists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Oct 09 07:01

Officials shoot down congressman's claims ISIS terrorists are running across US-Mexico border

Federal officials have called a sitting U.S. Representative a liar after he went on national television claiming ISIS militants were crossing into the country through the Mexican border.

The Department of Homeland Security told AOL News that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was telling a tale Tuesday afternoon when he told Fox News that insurgents were traversing the Texas border.

"The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground," spokesperson Marsha Catron told AOL.

Oct 09 06:58

Storm Team 8 predicts above average snow, cold

Meteorologist Matt Kirkwood predicts this winter will be both colder and snowier than average.

Oct 09 06:57

While we wait on Ebola

Travel bans and quarantines will never seal a country completely. Even if travel could be reduced by 80 per cent, public health models predict that new transmissions would be delayed only by a few weeks. Worse, it could drive an increase in the number of cases at the source. It would prevent help and assistance from reaching affected countries. The local economy and health systems would further collapse, causing a far wider spread of Ebola.

The international response, disappointingly, has been contemptible and laced with racist undertones. Yet our safety on a global level is best served by stopping the epidemic at its source. A belief that the virus is being spread by locals' ignorance of the disease is unwarranted. Rather, the virus inserts itself in a cruel way into people's lives and families.

Oct 09 06:55

Fear of Ebola could have “catastrophic” economic costs, World Bank predicts

A report issued Wednesday by the World Bank forecasts that the total economic impact of Ebola could exceed $32 billion by the end of 2015 if the virus spreads from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to neighboring countries.

That single dollar amount doesn't fully convey the extraordinary human toll of a virus that kills four in five of its victims and could infect as many 1.4 million people by January. Yet the World Bank's estimate is a reminder that sickness and death are only part of what could be a developing regional crisis.

Oct 09 06:54

Effort to prevent panic over Ebola went too far

n their early attempts to prevent panic in the United States, government officials spoke too quickly and with too much assurance when they told Americans not to worry about the Ebola virus crossing the country's borders. Last month, President Obama announced that all the necessary steps had been taken “so that someone with the virus doesn't get on a plane for the United States.” Had the public realized what those precautions consisted of — merely checking travelers' temperatures, even though infected people can remain without a fever for weeks, and asking them whether they had been in close contact with Ebola patients — many Americans probably would have disagreed with the president. It was only a matter of weeks before Obama's words proved inaccurate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck on that last one!

Oct 09 06:53

Ebola crisis: global response has ‘failed miserably’, says World Bank chief

The president of the World Bank, Jim Kim, admitted on Wednesday that the international community had “failed miserably” in its response to the Ebola virus that has killed more than 3,800 people in west Africa and warned that the crisis now affecting Spain and the US was going to get much worse.

Amid signs yesterday that western governments were being forced to take the risks of a global pandemic more seriously, Kim said he wanted them to back a new $20bn (£12bn) global health fund that would be able to react instantly to emergencies.

“It’s late. It’s really late,” he said in an interview with the Guardian before the annual meeting of the Washington-based organisation this weekend.

Oct 09 06:52

Majority of Americans Want Flights Banned From Ebola Countries: Survey

A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, an exclusive NBC News online survey reveals.

The survey, which was conducted by SurveyMonkey and then weighted for age, race, sex, education and region to match U.S. Census data, found that 58 percent of Americans want a ban on incoming flights from West African countries hardest hit by the virus, such as Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Twenty percent of respondents opposed a travel ban, and the rest said they didn’t know.

Oct 09 06:50

Airline Cabin Cleaners Strike Over Ebola Exposure Fears

Nearly 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off the job overnight, striking over health and safety issues that include fears over possible exposure to Ebola.

The protest involves Air Serv cabin cleaners in Terminal D at New York’s LaGuardia airport, a contractor that serves Delta, as well as supporting workers from LaGuardia and JFK International airports.

Protesting workers carried signs and chanted during today’s rally, protesting against conditions that they say often find them encountering hypodermic needles, vomit and blood.

October 8, 2014

Oct 08 16:30

Federal Court Says the Government Can Impersonate You on Social Media — and There’s Not Much You Can Do About It

In June 2013, Arquiett filed a formal complaint against Sinnigen on the grounds that her privacy was violated. However, the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of New York ruled the DEA did nothing to overstep its authority.

“Defendants admit that Plaintiff did not give express permission for the use of photographs contained on her phone on an undercover Facebook page, but state the Plaintiff implicitly consented by granting access to the information stored in her cell phone and by consenting to the use of that information to aid in an ongoing criminal investigations,” the court said.

Therefore, the court went on to state, “Plaintiff does not have a First Amendment Right to Privacy in the photographs.”

Oct 08 16:16

Bag full of Islamic State flags discovered in north

Police launched an investigation Tuesday morning after a bag containing dozens of Islamic State flags was found in an industrial area in Nazareth Illit by a municipal worker.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP TO THE TOP

Everyone kept asking where all those black ISIS flags were coming from and now we know. They come from Israel!

Oct 08 15:26

Could take 48 hours to confirm if deputy has Ebola

Crews transported a patient exhibiting "signs and symptoms of Ebola" from a Frisco CareNow to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

"Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case," said Wendell Watson, a spokesman with the hospital.

The patient was identified as Sgt. Michael Monnig, a deputy who accompanied county health officials Zachary Thompson and Christopher Perkins into the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan stayed in Dallas.

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