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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Ebola Story Doesn’t Smell Right — Paul Craig Roberts

The more I use Dr. Paul Roberts, the more I am starting to worry that he is moving into the conspiracy category. I think the man sounds rational, but what do you all think? Has he lost it? Is he starting to fall into the Gerald Celente category? 

Bukko as a healthcare worker, if you went to Africa to work with Doctors Without Borders and treated the ill in the Ebola stricken areas, would you be ok upon returning home regardless of what country that was, to be quarantined for 21 days? What about others? Why would Obama send 3000 soldiers into a high risk area and then also tell them they will be quarantined when they return. If they are going over there to build relief shelters do we assume that our soldiers are now carpenters? Why didn't we use our connections with Halliburton to send contractors, plumbers, electricians and carpenters? 

I hate this topic, but it is relevant. Should we stop all flights to and from West Africa? Quarantine everyone who can find a way out of there by car, bus or boat? What about that nurse in Maine who flipped out when NJ quarantined her and then gave in? She went home and still broke quarantine in Maine and despite a police car sitting outside her home, they didn't stop her. Now a judge rules in her favor. I have an opinion, but who am I to judge? QB

Quarantine order for Maine nurse rejected

Kaci Hickox says she's healthy, has no symptoms


A Maine judge on Friday ruled in favor of a nurse who defied a quarantine in a tense standoff with state authorities, saying local health officials failed to prove the need for a stricter order enforcing an Ebola quarantine.

District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, to submit to "direct active monitoring," coordinate travel with public health officials and immediately notify health authorities should symptoms appear.
Standing with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, outside their home in Maine, Hickox told reporters the decision was a "good compromise" and that she would continue to comply with direct active monitoring.
"I know that Ebola is a scary disease," she said. "I have seen it face-to-face. I know we are nowhere near winning this battle. We'll only win this battle as we continue this discussion, as we gain a better collective understanding about Ebola and public health, as we overcome the fear and, most importantly, as we end the outbreak that is still ongoing in West Africa today."
Paul Craig Roberts
The federal government has announced that thousands of additional US soldiers are being sent to Liberia. General Gary Volesky said the troops would “stamp out” ebola.
The official story is that combat troops are being sent to build treatment structures for those infected with ebola.
Why combat troops? Why not send a construction outfit such as an engineer battalion if it has to be military? Why not do what the government usually does and contract with a construction company to build the treatment units? “Additional thousands of troops” results in a very large inexperienced construction crew for 17 treatment units. It doesn’t make sense.
Stories that don’t make sense and that are not explained naturally arouse suspicions, such as: Are US soldiers being used to test ebola vaccines and cures, or more darkly are they being used to bring more ebola back to the US?
I understand why people ask these questions. The fact that they will receive no investigative answer will deepen suspicions.
Uninformed and gullible Americans will respond: “The US government would never use its own soldiers and its own citizens as guinea pigs.” Before making a fool of yourself, take a moment to recall the many experiments the US government has conducted on American soldiers and citizens. For example, search online for “unethical human experimentation in the United States” or “human radiation experiments,” and you will find that federal agencies such as the Department of Defense and Atomic Energy Commission have: exposed US soldiers and prisoners to high levels of radiation; irradiated the testicles of males and tested for birth defects (high rate resulted); irradiated the heads of children; fed radioactive material to mentally disabled children.
The Obama regime’s opposition to quarantine for those arriving from West Africa is also a mystery. The US Army has announced that the Army intends to quarantine every US soldier returning from deployment in Liberia. The Army sensibly says that an abundance of caution is required in order to minimize the risk of transferring the ebola outbreak to the US. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/army-quarantines-general-soldiers-fighting-ebola/story?id=26486775 However, the White House has not endorsed the Army’s decision, and the White House has expressed opposition to the quarantines ordered by the governors of New York and New Jersey.http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/27/joint-chiefs-call-for-quarantine-troops-returning-from-ebola-zone/
Apparently pressure from the White House and threats of law suits from those subject to quarantine have caused the two states to loosen their quarantines. A nurse returning from treating ebola patients in West Africa has been cleared by New Jersey for discharge after being symptom-free for 24 hours instead of the 21-days it takes for the disease to produce symptoms. The nurse threatened a lawsuit, and the false issue of “discrimination against health care workers” has arisen. How is it discrimination to quarantine those with the greatest exposure to ebola?
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/10/29/ebola-story-doesnt-smell-right-paul-craig-roberts/
Hackers Probing Financial System’s Defenses Show Why Everyone Should Worry
Hackers are testing the financial system’s cyber defenses, and they can boast of some alarming success.
Let’s start with what we know. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) says a breach of its computer systems exposed the personal information of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. The intrusion lasted from June until sometime in August, so hackers had more than a month to nose around. They accessed names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, although the bank says there’s no evidence they compromised account information, passwords or Social Security numbers, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its December issue.
And keep in mind: JPMorgan is a giant, profitable bank with a reputation as one of the best companies in the world at cybersecurity.

Russia: Natural Gas Will Flow After Ukraine Pays


Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.
Alexei Miller, chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, made the statement hours after Russia, Ukraine and the European Union thrashed out a $4.6 billion deal that will guarantee Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and further on to the EU.
The deal eased fears that Europe will end up shivering this winter like it did in 2009, when a spat over Ukraine's gas bill prompted Russia to cut off energy supplies to Europe for nearly two weeks.
The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine hailed the deal in a conference call Friday as an "important step toward ensuring uninterrupted gas transit to Europe," the Kremlin said.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also welcomed the deal as a "positive step."
Moscow had cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June over unpaid debts, a move that followed the ouster of Ukraine's Russia-friendly leader and the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea in March. Talks dragged on for five months amid fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian insurgents and government troops. But the looming onset of winter — a fierce, freezing season in Ukraine — had given the talks increasing urgency.
Miller said Friday that Gazprom expects to receive the first Ukrainian tranche of $1.45 billion before the end of next week and will start gas supplies to Ukraine within 48 hours after getting the money. Under the deal, Ukraine has pledged to pay the rest of its $3.1 billion gas debt before the year's end and also to pay in advance for Russian gas supplies through March.