EBOLA-BUSTERS! TOP MEN ON THE JOB!

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…The Tried & True meme here in Amerika when anything isn’t going exactly as planned is to Send in the Marines, aka enlist the Military as the Ultimate Problem Solver. This I guess is because the military has proven so effective in Vietnam, Aghanistan, Iraq et al? The military has done such a fabulous job with establishing Peaceful Democracies after dropping the Death from Above that we can trust them to handle an Ebola epidemic? WTF?

So, in the Dumb & Dumber Military Solution, besides the 3000 Sacrificial Lambs being pitched into the middle of the Plague in Africa, the other media propaganda Prep to prevent wholesale PANIC is the announcement that the Military is forming a Crack team of 30 Ebola-Busters who can be deployed anywhere in the FSoA inside 36 hours to handle any Ebola case that crops up inside the FSoA. Man, even the Ghostbusters couldn’t handle all the Paranormal Activity inside the Big Apple when Evil started running amok there, and those guys HAD all the best Slime [...] Continue Reading…

The Great Moving Adventure

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on October 19, 2014

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Note: If you are not a fan of LONG personal stories of Life in the Age of Doom, you should probably skip reading this article.
For a variety of reasons, in the last week I moved out of the domicile I have been living in basically since moving up here to the Last Great Frontier nearly a Decade ago now.  What follows is a Diary/Chronicle of this Moving Adventure, published over the last couple of weeks inside the Diner Forum.
Once I determined to move, I pondered on several possibilities, including moving in full time to my Bugout Machine, pictured above.  However, the problems with living full time in one of these contraptions are LEGION, even in temperate climates, so this concept has always been a “Last Resort” idea for me, and as nasty as things look these days with Ebola and a Crashing Stock Market and Oil Prices, at least up here we are nowhere NEAR the “Last Resort” scenario…YET!
Figuring out just where to move to and what the parameters are for decent resilience [...] Continue Reading…

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23 Things They Dont Tell You about Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang: Review

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Published on FEASTA on October 16, 2014

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Just one uneasiness about Ha-Joon Chang’s brilliant book – which, breaking the black hat habits of a lifetime, I’ll leave until last.

The book is a concise debunking of free market ideology. It presents as 23 ‘Things’ – short, provocative (to some) statements such as ‘There is no such thing as a free market’, ‘free market policies rarely make poor countries rich’, and ‘equality of opportunity may not be fair’. Each ‘Thing’ is introduced via a description of ‘What they tell you’, where Chang restates the position of free-marketeers in short order, with minimal use of adjectives. Read together these sections could provide an 8 page precised prospectus for the free market. Reading them one’s confirmation bias (I admit it) feels threatened, and a sense of unease initially sets in.

The joy of the structure Chang has chosen is that each of these sections is followed immediately by a ‘What they dont tell you’ section which states, in similarly bald prose, a rebuttal of the free-market thinking. Sections that follow then expand on this critical narrative, [...] Continue Reading…

The Kobani Riddle

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Originally published in Asia Times on October 24, 2014
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The brave women of Kobani – where Syrian Kurds are desperately fighting ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – are about to be betrayed by the “international community”. These women warriors, apart from Caliph Ibrahim’s goons, are also fighting treacherous agendas by the US, Turkey and the administration of Iraqi Kurdistan. So what’s the real deal in Kobani?

Let’s start by talking about Rojava. The full meaning of Rojava – the three mostly Kurdish provinces of northern Syria – is conveyed in this editorial (in Turkish) published by jailed activist Kenan Kirkaya. He argues that Rojava is the home of a “revolutionary model” that no less than challenges “the hegemony of the capitalist, nation-state system” – way beyond its regional “meaning for Kurds, or for Syrians or Kurdistan.”
Kobani – an agricultural region – happens to be at the epicenter of this non-violent experiment in democracy, made possible by an arrangement early on during the Syrian tragedy between Damascus and Rojava (you don’t go for regime change against us, we leave you alone). Here, for instance, it’s argued that “even if only a single [...] Continue Reading…

Canadian Terror Wave a Modern-Day Gladio

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October 23, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies’ military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada – precisely as they were predicted.

The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, “Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack,” that:
A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday.
The second, most recent attack, involved a shooting in Ottawa injuring several and killing another Canadian soldier. RT in its article, “Ottawa gunman ‘identified’ as recent Muslim convert, high-risk traveler,” would report that:
While the name of the Ottawa gunman is yet to be announced, a number of officials told numerous media that the shooter is [...] Continue Reading…

Epidemic: Countries Falling Ill from Oil Anemia

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Oil: we can afford to buy it now, but they really can’t afford to sell it to us.

First published at The Daily Impact  October 20, 2014
 

An epidemic of oil anemia is spreading around the world with the speed of an airborne virus, leaving scores of countries gasping for breath as their financial arteries shrivel for lack of cash. The price of oil has dropped to about $80 a barrel from $100 just a few weeks ago. And just as oil burning countries begin to shrivel when they have to pay more than $100, oil producing countries start to suffocate on anything less. The sickest examples:

Russia already faced daunting economic problems because Russian oil production peaked in December and has nowhere to go but down, as its own finance ministry admitted in July. Vladimir Putin has used oil profits to smooth systemic problems in other parts of the Russian economy, to bolster his public approval, and to give him the security to play geopolitical games in Ukraine. A six percent drop in oil revenues ($4.5 billion) as forecast by the finance ministry was bad enough, but now added to that [...] Continue Reading…

Do the Trans-Siberian shuffle

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Originally published in Asia Times on October 23, 2014
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A specter haunts the elites of the Empire of Chaos; the new Russia-China strategic partnership. It’s manifesting itself in myriad ways – energy deals, investment deals, a closer political alliance inside the G-20, the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a concerted effort to progressively bypass the petrodollar. I have described this long process as essential to the birth of the Eurasian century.

From a Washington/Wall Street point of view, it was so much easier in those long gone, unipolar, “end of history” days. China was still tiptoeing on the banks of the river of capital accumulation, and Russia was down if not out.

So allow me a flashback to the early 1990s. I had been on the road in Asia for months, from all points Southeast Asia to India, Nepal, the Himalayas and the eastern Chinese seaboard. Then I finally hit Beijing – waiting in the bitter winter of early 1992 to take the Trans-Siberian to Moscow. I was barely aware of the collapse of the Soviet Union – not exactly a news item in the Himalayas. I was [...] Continue Reading…

Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament

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Published on Our Finite World on October 22, 2014

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A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so that in total producers would provide enough–but not too much–oil for the world economy. The prices would be fairly affordable for consumers. And economies around the world would grow robustly with these oil supplies, plus other energy supplies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently. Let me explain at least a few of the issues involved.

1. Oil prices are set by our networked economy.

As I have explained previously, we have a networked economy that is made up of businesses, governments, and consumers. It has grown up over time. It includes such things as laws and our international trade system. It continually re-optimizes itself, given the changing rules that we give it. In some ways, it is similar to the interconnected network that a person can build with a child’s toy.

Figure 1. Dome constructed using Leonardo Sticks
Thus, these oil prices are not [...] Continue Reading…

Turmoil in Hong Kong, Terrorism in Xinjiang: America’s Covert War on China

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October 21 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – China is facing increasing pressure along two fronts. In its western province of Xinjiang, terrorists have been stepping up destabilization and separatist activities.

In China’s southeast Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, protests have disrupted normality in the dense urban streets, with protest leaders seeking to directly confront Beijing while dividing and destabilizing both Hong Kong society and attempting to “infect” the mainland.

What is more troubling is the greater geopolitical agenda driving both of these seemingly “internal” conflicts – and that they both lead back to a single source beyond China’s borders. With the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) now implicated in receiving, training, and employing terrorists from China’s Xinjiang province, and considering the fact that ISIS is the result of an intentional, engineered proxy war the US and its allies are waging in the Middle East, along with the fact that the unrest in Hong Kong is also traced back to Washington and London, presents a narrative of an ongoing confrontation between East and West being fought [...] Continue Reading…

“Omenland”

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation October 20, 2014

Did a few loose strands of Ebola seep into the organs and tissues of global finance last week? The US equity markets sure enough puked, the Nikkei bled out through its eyeballs, all the collagen melted out of Greek bonds, and treasuries bloated up grotesquely on a putrid stream of terrified “liquidity” that led two Federal Reserve proctologists to maunder about the possibility of a QE-4 laxative, out of which, in due time, will surely gush explosive bloody fluxes of deeper financial sickness.

The oil price fell on its face so hard it crashed through the floorboards. One particular idiot at NPR wrote that this means peak oil was a hoax (Predictions Of ‘Peak Oil’ Production Prove Slippery). I guess she didn’t notice that the junk financing associated with shale oil capex is also dissolving like the poor late Thomas Eric Duncan’s circulatory system. That is, expect a whole lot less drilling in the Bakken and the Eagle Ford in the months ahead, and a substantial fall in production. Unless the US government finds a back door to shovel money at shale (a possibility considering the [...] Continue Reading…

Oil prices keep going down, but this is not good news

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Originally published in Italian in “Greenreport” [14 October 2014]

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There is plenty of movement in the oil world: after five years of relatively stable prices, the legendary “barrel” is coming down from over $ 100 to under 90, and it looks like it will keep falling. What’s happening? Has anyone found new resources? Or is it Saudi Arabia using the “oil weapon” to bring down Russia, the heir of the old “evil empire”?

In reality, it is nothing like that. There are no major new discoveries of oil in the world and the Saudi oil weapon is much less fearsome than it is normally described in the media. But, then, why are prices going down? There are good reasons, but we need to understand them and, more importantly, to explain why the likely future drop in oil prices would NOT be a good thing; indeed it could be a planetary disaster.

First of all, we should take into account that oil is a finite resource, but also that it is subject to the laws of [...] Continue Reading…

Ebola v2.0

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Top Scientist: This Version Of Ebola Looks Like ‘A Very Different Bug’
Barack Obama and the head of the CDC need to quit saying that we know exactly how Ebola spreads.  Because the truth is that there is much about this virus that we simply do not know.  For example, a top Ebola scientist that is working in the heart of the outbreak in Liberia says that this version of Ebola looks like it could be “a very different bug” from past versions.  Other leading scientists are echoing his concerns.  And yet Barack Obama and Thomas Frieden continue to publicly proclaim that we know precisely how this virus behaves.  Not only is that bad science, but it could also potentially result in the unnecessary deaths of a very large number of people.  For example, Obama has refused to implement an Ebola travel ban because he is greatly underestimating the seriousness of this virus.  This decision could turn out to be incredibly costly.  If what you will read about below is true, we [...] Continue Reading…

The Mix of the VIX

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THE SATURDAY ESSAY: there’s no consumer credit or liquidity funds left folks….and the Vix knows it
CORRECTIONS: THE MARKETS KNOW PERFECTLY WELL THAT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING
For those too young (or late) to realise it, The Slog as a brand name is derived from the term Bollockslog. Following last week’s end of the beginning of the end of globalist neoliberal mercantilist claptrap, you may have noticed that the bollocks has been spewing forth from the defenders of this foundation-free and entirely idiotic ‘model’ of capitalism. But we should not be deceived.
Two inalienable truths remain for critics of this economic construct to keep banging on about:
1. The world economy has been 100% dependent on sovereign debt and consumer credit for the best part of fifteen years.
2. The current system’s ability to find finance via banks and bourses is not sustainable without constant injections of taxpayer monies.
This second point is really the killer, but both are fundamental. We are being asked to believe in/support/accept or whatever a system of economic activity that works like this: [...] Continue Reading…

Either you’re the Butcher or the Cattle

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Published on The Burning Platform on October 16, 2014

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I know many people have no interest in watching the boob tube because 99% of the programming is either mindless drivel or government sanctioned propaganda. It’s the 1% that reflects the deeper themes and moods engulfing our society. Television shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead reflect the darkening mood of this intensifying Fourth Turning. I wrote one of my more pessimistic articles called Welcome to Terminus in April regarding the season four finale of the Walking Dead series. I essentially argued we are approaching the end of the line and the world is going to get real nasty.

In the six short months since I wrote that depressing article, we’ve seen men beheaded on Youtube videos by terrorists no one had ever heard of at the beginning of this year. Somehow a ragtag band of 30,000 Muslim terrorists, using American military equipment supplied to fight Assad in Syria and taken from the Iraqi Army when they turned tail and ran away, have been able to defeat 600,000 Iraqi [...] Continue Reading…

Ebola Double Feature

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If A Few Ebola Cases Can Make The Stock Market Crash This Much, What Would A Full-Blown Pandemic Mean?
Is Ebola going to cause another of the massive October stock market crashes that Wall Street is famous for?  At one point on Wednesday, the Dow was down a staggering 460 points.  It ultimately closed down just 173 points, but this was the fifth day in a row that the Dow has declined.  And of course Ebola is one of the primary things that is being blamed for this stunning stock market drop.  Since September 19th, we have seen the S&P 500 fall about 7 percent and the Nasdaq fall nearly 10 percent.  The VIX (the most important measure of volatility on Wall Street) shot up an astounding 22 percent on Wednesday.  So many of the ominous signs for the markets that I wrote about on Tuesday are now even worse.  If a handful of Ebola cases in the United States can cause this much panic in the financial world, what would [...] Continue Reading…

We’ll Know by Christmas

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“The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.” Douglas Adams

As I write this the WHO is saying that the number of cases of Ebola in West Africa is likely to ramp up to 10,000 new ones every week by December, with around seven out of ten people who contract it dying from it. “Don’t worry,” seems to be the message being purveyed down from on high “This will have little impact in the technologically advanced rich nations.”

I’m not so sure.

Straight away I’ll admit that, obviously, I’m not a doctor or a specialist in contagious diseases. A majority of people will read that last sentence and say “Therefore you have no right to talk about it.” If you’re one of them, then bye. However, I do have a firm grasp of the exponential function, and a [...] Continue Reading…

The Oil Drama

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Oil prices: data up to Oct 06 from EIA, updated to Oct 15 according to www.oil-price.net/. 
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Are we going to see a repeat of the 2008 oil price collapse? It is still too early to tell, but, clearly, something is moving in in the oil market: something big; as I discussed in a previous post.

If prices really collapse, the consequences could be devastating for the profits of marginal producers, especially for “non conventional” resources such as shale oil, tar sands, heavy oil, deepwater and the like. Unless the dip were to be very short lived (as it was in 2008), it would necessarily result in a fall in the production levels. That would be, of course, a disaster for the world’s economy.

The oil drama is playing in front of us: we can only watch as it unfolds.

Petroleum/Economic Endgame

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Published on Economic Undertow on October 8, 2014

Figure 1: classic doomsday scenario as fuel prices begin to decline below what drillers require to bring new fuels to the marketplace. Fuel shortages do not drive prices higher; instead, capital depletion is reflected by the parallel decline of purchasing power. Customers are unable to gain credit while banking/finance systems break down. (Chart by TFC Charts, click on for big.)
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Every part of the world is experiencing distress as modernity requires cheap fuel and other resources to squander. Since 2000, waste- for- pleasure confronts resources increasingly priced in line with their value; resources that are becoming too costly to waste. Sadly, we humans never figured out alternative uses for our capital, the time to find such uses has run out.

Failure (Financial Times):

Sumitomo’s US shale oil foray turns sourBen McLannahanSumitomo Corp of Japan has drawn a line under its disastrous two-year foray into shale oil in the US, with writedowns connected to the project almost completely erasing its full-year earnings.On Monday, Sumitomo, the fourth biggest of Japan’s trading companies by market capitalization, said that [...] Continue Reading…

Vaccines: Penalizing the Unvaccinated?

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October 15, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LocalOrg) – Slate has enthusiastically supported vaccinations and in particular, establishment talking points and narratives regarding them, as well as a particular focus on dismembering mainstream anti-vaccine views. In a recent article titled, “Endangering the Herd,” Slate argues that those refusing to receive vaccines should be penalized, and the act of refusing to be vaccinated be criminalized.

The article would claim:
 Parents who don’t vaccinate their kids may have the most heartfelt reason in the world: fear for their own children’s safety. But the basis for that fear is simply unfounded, and their decisions are putting other kids directly at risk. The bottom line is that the government’s interest in protecting children from getting the measles should trump parents’ interest in making medical decisions for their kids
In an attempt to lend credibility to the article’s premise – particularly that fears of vaccinations are unfounded – it cites a fictional television show and repeated assurances from governments that there is no link between vaccines and otherwise unexplained conditions like [...] Continue Reading…

Twin Peaks: Stock-Market Fear, Oil Panic

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This is where stock and gas prices are going. To see the panic index, read from right to left.

First published at The Daily Impact  October 14 2014
 

Gasoline is below three dollars a gallon and the stock market is at an all-time high. Well, yes, that was last week but still. What could be wrong with this picture? Like a face that has had way too many plastic surgeries, this one is stretched a little thin, with eyes bugged out and droplets of sweat all over it. The market, which all concerned promised would go up and up and never come down (Does anybody remember them saying the same thing about real estate? Anybody?) has lost 7% of its value in a week and, yesterday at least, could not pull out of the nose dive. A 10 percent drop is a correction. Twenty percent is a crash. And the low gas prices are being celebrated by everyone but the frackers who brought them to us. For them, low oil prices mean almost-immediate ruin.

The stock market stampede has not yet begun in earnest, but the lightning strikes are getting closer, the [...] Continue Reading…

A Caliph in a wilderness of mirrors

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I’m aiming at you, lover
Cause killing you is killing myself
– Orson Welles (director), The Lady from Shanghai,1947
 

He’s invincible. He beheads. He smuggles. He conquers. He’s the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. No Tomahawk or Hellfire can touch him. He always gets what he wants; in Kobani; in Anbar province; with the House of Saud (which he wants to replace) trying to make Putin (who he wants to behead) suffer because of low oil prices.

If this was a remake of Orson Welles’s noir classic The Lady from Shanghai, in the mirror sequence the lawyer (American?) and the femme fatale (Shi’ite?) would also get killed; but The Caliph of Islamic State would survive as a larger than life Welles, free to roam, plunder and “give my love to the sunrise” – as in a Brave Caliphate World shining in “Syraq” over the ashes of the Sykes-Picot agreement.

He’s winning big in Iraq’s Anbar province. The Caliph’s goons are now closing in on – of all places – Abu Ghraib; Dubya, Dick and Rummy’s former Torture Central. They are at a mere 12 [...] Continue Reading…

Love and Survival

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Published on Dark Ages America on August  3, 2014
 
“When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. ”

-The Dalai Lama, Nobel acceptance speech, 1989

By late July, 2014, I couldn’t put it off any longer. I had been living in Mexico for almost eight years with Washington, D.C., license plates on my car, and if I wanted to apply for permanent resident status in Mexico, which I did, I would have to drive up to a Customs station at the border and “nationalize” my car, i.e., get Mexican plates. Frankly, I have never cared what passport I was carrying, or what driver’s license plates I had, as long as I could move around freely; but as I had no intention of returning to the U.S. except to visit, it seemed that the time was ripe for sorting things out with Mexico. The plates would enable me to become a permanent resident; or so my immigration adviser told me.

A little background info here: when I moved to Mexico in 2006, I was quickly “adopted” by a family in the town where I set up shop. It has been a very [...] Continue Reading…

Climate Reaching Critical Mass

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I hate summer. The torpid heat we usually suffer through for months in Norfolk takes a heavy toll on me. This has been a much cooler summer for us than usual, even a little chilly at times. I’m not complaining. Unfortunately, while we got a break this year the unusual weather is symptomatic of changes to the environment that bode ill. Places that normally have mild and even cool summers, like the Pacific Northwest, western Canada, northern Europe and parts of Siberia had much hotter summers than usual. A report from NASA’s Earth Observatory stated,
“Records for high temperatures (mid-30s°C, mid-90s°F) were approached or broken in Latvia, Poland, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, and Sweden in late July and early August. Searing temperatures also dried out forests and fueled wildfires in Siberia; in the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington, and California; in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Northwest Territories; and even in Sweden. At the same time, cool air moved from high northern latitudes into much of the U.S., setting record-low daytime and nighttime temperatures [...] Continue Reading…

Real Life is Not Spin Art

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation October 13, 2014

The authorities keep emphasizing that the nurse who caught ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan was sealed in her haz-mat suit the whole time she cared for the poor fellow and blah blah nobody knows how she could possibly catch the darn thing…. But the newspapers and cable news networks are not asking: What about all the people, ordinary civilians, that this nurse was consorting with off-work, after she took off her haz-mat suit and, let’s say, at some point stopped by the Kroger Store’s fabulous steam table display of take-out goodies behind the helpful and reassuring sneeze-guard on her way back home? It sounds like a new Netflix drama –The Fatal Mac and Cheese.

If one more person in that chain of circumstance falls ill, Rick Perry will have to ring-fence Dallas faster than you can say Guadalupe Hidalgo and then we’ll be off to the quarantine races in America. It will be interesting to see who’s shorting the airline stocks a few hours from now. I’ve got to pass through Dulles airport tomorrow myself, and then two more foreign hubs after that, [...] Continue Reading…

Ebola & the Management of Mass Psychology

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Public Health or Public Relations Crisis?

In the discussion about Ebola there appears to be a public relations message that we are all expected to accept that it is far less likely to run out of control in “developed countries” which have healthcare systems. In an article yesterday the chief concern of the Guardian‘s health editor, Sarah Boseley, was one of the management of mass psychology, the headline being: “Spanish Ebola case requires rapid response to allay western fears. It is important to ascertain exactly how Madrid nurse was infected to prevent inaccurate scare stories circulating on the internet.”

As one person commented after this article:

“No, it’s important to prevent the frigging ebola virus from infecting more people, especially medical staff and their families.”

In a potential epidemic situation like this we really all are in this together and it irritates the f*** out of me when journalists, officials and managers see it as their main job to “reassure the public”. This is because this “reassuring the public” starts from a presumption that everything will be OK [...] Continue Reading…

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10/25/2014

There's an Island Made of Toxic Trash Rising Out of the Sea in the Maldives


In Brazilian city, homeless face ‘extermination’



Exclusive: Lockheed, Pentagon reach $4 billion deal for more F-35 jets



Outrage Continues at Susan G. Komen’s ‘Frack for the Cure’ Pinkwashing Campaign



Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist



A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero



New Ebola Quarantine Protocol Seen as Barrier to Volunteers



Rise of the machines! Musk warns of 'summoning the demon' with AI: Report



7 things the middle class can't afford anymore



Weak El Nino Evolving by Year-End as Sea Warmer Than Usual

10/24/2014

Can a ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’ End the Criminalization of LA’s Most Vulnerable Residents?


Ferguson protests: Amnesty report criticises police excesses



How American Indians Could Save the Democrats' Senate Majority



Portland infant formula has pesticide-resistant GMOs



50 Ways To Describe The Repulsiveness Of Pat Robertson



For Sierra resident, the well runs dry -- along with her options



Science chief warns on acid oceans



Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes



Global Warming Fears Ignite South Florida Secession Movement


Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha


Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

10/23/2014

Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says


Solar Home Owners Battle Their Electric Companies



Election to Cost Nearly $4 Billion, CRP Projects, Topping Previous Midterms



Confused NYPD Officer Kicks Fellow Cop in Head Thinking He's a Suspect



For the Bottom 90% of Americans, Financial Security is Slipping Away



The Making of the Warrior Cop



Did Elizabeth Warren Just Change Her Tune on Running for President?



Hong Kong Protesters March After Leader Says Democracy Gives Poor Too Much Power



Thousands in Iran Protest Acid Attacks on Women



BP flak: We didn't ruin Gulf, La. caused oyster losses

10/22/2014

Cuban medics arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola


Ukrainian military accused of repeatedly using cluster bomb rockets against separatists



Shots fired inside Canada parliament



The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion



Big Coal Tries to Control Global Energy Debate



Officials warn 500 million financial records hacked



War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday



Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World



Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking



Dark Money and Our Looming Oligarchy



UN: A child dies violently every 5 minutes; Central America hard-hit

10/21/2014

Only 12% of drone victims in Pakistan identified as militants: report


Russia Won’t Accept Terms to End Sanctions Over Ukraine



How Edward Snowden Changed Journalism



Ebola, Capitalism and the Idea of Society



Immigration Reform, Activism, and Moral Certainty



Close the Overseas Torture Loophole



Doctors Without Borders Hits Ebola Breaking Point



Protesters disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center



America’s ugly economic truth: Why austerity is generating another slowdown



DHS imposes new restrictions on travelers from Ebola-stricken countries

10/20/2014

Amnesty International reports war crimes in eastern Ukraine


Can a Collapse of Global Civilization Be Avoided?



The Chinese people care more about the environment than Americans do



Only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan named as al Qaeda members



Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions



Untrained, Ill-Equipped US Troops Off to Fight Ebola



Obama’s Ebola czar is a government insider with no medical background



In U.S., Fear of Ebola Closes Schools and Shapes Politics



| The US Justice Divide: Why Crime and Punishment in Wall Street and Ferguson Are So Different



Nearly a third of female prisoners in the world are locked up in US prisons



The Cost of Campaigns

10/19/2014

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year


Local Cops Say Your Driving History Is Public - Unless You Want a Copy



Solidarity Economy Organizing in the Wake of Mike Brown



Q&A With SolarCity's Chief: There Is No Cost to Solar Energy, Only Savings



Mental Health Issues Put 34,500 on New York’s No-Guns List



Will Climate Change Denial Become a Political Liability? U.S. Treaty Envoy Thinks So



Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award



I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola



Georgia teen forced to ground at gunpoint for seat-belt violation files $12.5 million lawsuit



Fukushima: A Problem for Future Generations and the World

10/18/2014

“I’m not going away”: James Risen unloads to Salon about his government foes


ISIS in Texas?! ABC Fails an Easy Factcheck



Tornados Attacking in Swarms. Is Climate Change to Blame?



Isis and Ebola: the twin threats that reveal our impotence



Supreme Court allows Texas to use voter ID law



Six charts on the shocking rise in inequality



What will it take to rein in Big Money?



Dark Money Concentrates In Small Number of Pivotal 2014 Races



Amid Assurances On Ebola, Obama Is Said To Seethe - NYTimes.com



Russia is conducting a massive McDonald's purge

10/17/2014

Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide


First on CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar



Retreat from the Water’s Edge



The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?



The Saudi oil war against Russia, Iran and the US



More than 48 million Americans live in poverty, Census Bureau reports



"More Money Than I Could Count": Mitch McConnell's Very Special Relationship With Lobbyists



Hong Kong police dismantle protest sites in dawn raids



Gotcha: Chicago Generates Millions In New Tickets By Shortening The Time Of Yellow Lights



Traveling While Arab

10/16/2014

If the GOP Wins the Senate, Expect a Total Assault on Reproductive Rights


A Supersecret Spacecraft Comes Back to Earth After Two Years



High-speed rail: California Supreme Court eliminates hurdle



The Making of Ferguson



JUSTICE: COURT FINALLY OVERTURNS MARISSA ALEXANDER’S 20 YEAR SENTENCE



Harvard Researchers: Every 64 Days There's A Mass Shooting



The Truth Laid Bare



Seven Underwater Surprises Exposed in Dried Out California Lakes



Warren Buffett Has Begun Dumping Stock In The World's 2nd-Largest Retailer



Cleveland Area Schools Cancel Classes Over Ebola Concerns

10/15/2014

U.S. accused of hiding chemical weapons exposure to its own troops


Fossil Fuel Train Wreck: Kuwait Buys Stake in Tar Sands Production



Rachel Maddow: Chevron Spends Big Bucks to Buy Local Election



Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows



We're Going to Execute a Man Who Subpoenaed Jesus While Representing Himself Wearing a Purple Cowboy Suit



CIA Study: Arming Rebels Rarely Works



Orphaned by deportation: the crisis of American children left behind



2nd Texas Health Care Worker Has Ebola



Hong Kong police beat protester in violent crackdown on demonstrations



Wealth Gap: Just $3,650 Puts A Person In Top Half of Wealth In The World

10/14/2014


While the United States deals with its first Ebola patient who contracted the virus domestically, it must address its larger responsibility for tackling the disease internationally.



Christian Right’s Vile PR Sham: Why Their Bizarre Films Are Backfiring on Them



Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?



NIGHTMARE: 70 STAFFERS CARED FOR DALLAS PATIENT



Ferguson Protesters Hold Surprise Rally at Upscale Shopping Mall



Drone Maker Unveils Smartphone-Controlled Device



Cyclist 'executed' in broad daylight in NYC



STUDY: Four Northern California Faults Primed For BIG Quakes



AWKWARD: Turkey DENIES U.S. base deal in place to battle ISIS



THIEL: We're in govt bubble of 'massive size'

10/13/2014

17 arrested in St. Louis as sit-in against police brutality proclaimed ‘unlawful’


Columbus gets his comeuppance: Why his holiday is in deep jeopardy



Them That's Got Shall Get



Edward Snowden Speaks: A Sneak Peek at an Exclusive Interview



'What's in the box?' Scientist questioned by incredulous Fargo TSA agent for having Nobel Prize in his carry-on



Health worker who treated Dallas patient tests positive for Ebola



Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested



Morales wins third presidential term in Bolivia



California’s war on endangered species: Why its most water-dependent creatures are worth saving



The dangerous truth about Wall Street’s favorite new company

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