‘The walls of society are falling down. After months of geopolitical crises tearing through every region, the global economy has seized up and there are supply shortages of everything: food, water, energy. News comes through that riots are breaking out across the UK. What would you do?
John Bland knows exactly what he would do because he is a “prepper”. Preppers are, as the nickname suggests, prepared. To them the collapse of society is not probable, but it is still possible. So they prepare for it in all ways, from boning up on survival skills to having fully stocked bunkers.’
- Ebola and Isis: Black Swans of the Apocalypse?
- Is it time to join the ‘preppers’? How to survive the climate-change apocalypse
- Doomsday preppers: How to survive anything from a zombie apocalypse to a natural disaster
- Inside Britain’s Armageddon houses: Meet the ‘preppers’
- UK Preparedness Network
- UK Preppers Guide
Iraqi doctors and prominent scientists believe that DU contamination is also connected to the emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal and anaemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi governorates.
There has also been a dramatic jump in miscarriages and premature births among Iraqi women, particularly in areas where heavy US military operations occurred, such as Fallujah during 2004, and Basra during the 1991 US war on Iraq.’
- Iraq calls for global treaty ban on depleted uranium weapons
- US fired depleted uranium at civilian areas in 2003 Iraq war, report finds
- Iraqi Government Killing Civilians in Fallujah
- Still dangerous after 30 years: Uranium particles from DU weapons
- World Health Organization Covers Up Iraq War Crimes
- How the World Health Organisation covered up Iraq’s nuclear nightmare
- We’ve moved on from the Iraq war, but Iraqis don’t have that choice
- Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq With Mass Displacement & Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers
- In a State of Uncertainty: impact and implications of the use of depleted uranium in Iraq
- Study: Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009
‘In 2011, Wes Carter was talking to a handful of friends when he realized they had something in common: They all flew on the C-123 planes after the Vietnam War, and they were all sick.
During the Vietnam War, C-123s were used to spray the herbicide Agent Orange. Although the planes were being used for cargo and medical flights by the time Carter served after the war, he and his fellow veterans believe their illnesses—which range from diabetes to cancer—are tied to their time on the planes between 1972 and 1982.
“We were physically scraping goop from nooks and crannies trying to get the thing as clean as possible, because there’s quite an odor to it,” said Carter, 68, who flew on a C-123 plane and believes that his prostate cancer and heart disease are tied to his time in the service.’
- The orphans of Agent Orange: Fifty years on
- Vietnamese Americans, Exposed to Agent Orange, Suffer in Silence
- Makers of Agent Orange followed formula dictated by U.S. government
- Four Decades on, U.S. Starts Cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam
- Documentary: Agent Orange (Journeyman Pictures)
- Christopher Hitchens: The Vietnam Syndrome
- Chemical weapon used by US in Vietnam war still damaging new generations
‘If Britain’s big supermarkets fondly imagined that they’d come roaring back to health once the recession ended, then they’ve been sorely disappointed. Instead, as the new Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, put it: “The reality is that the market has changed more rapidly in the last three to six months than I’ve seen in my 30 years in the industry.”
And Sainsbury’s isn’t even the company most in trouble. Tesco has been caught cooking its books in order to make its fall in profits look slightly less vertiginous. The conventional wisdom is that this is all because shoppers are flocking to Aldi and Lidl. Maybe that’s part of it. But figures from August confirm that the big four – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – still have a market share of nearly 75%. Between them, Aldi and Lidl have 8.4%. The real difference is that, with their pared-down approach, those two sell at a decent profit.
The success of Aldi and Lidl does mean something, of course. But I suspect that Britain’s changing grocery habits are the consequence of much more than mere bargain hunting. As a society, we are a bit different post-recession. I think a lot of people’s lives and priorities have changed.’
‘[...] Livestock thefts have increased on British farms during the past few years, and jumped again by 24% last year. According to figures from the insurance company NFU Mutual, which insures around three quarters of the UK’s farmers, around 90,000 animals were stolen last year – mostly sheep, though pigs and cattle have also been targeted – costing farmers £6.5m. The word rustling sounds almost quaint, with its connotations of centuries-old mischiefs, or wild west-style lawlessness, but it can be hugely damaging to many farmers’ livelihoods, has serious welfare issues for the animals taken and could have terrible consequences if diseases are spread. It can even affect the health of the customers who buy illegal meat.’
‘Pakistan has recorded its highest number of polio cases for 15 years, with health officials blaming the rise on attacks on immunisation teams. The number of new cases in 2014 so far is 202, exceeding the 199 cases in 2001 but short of the 558 cases in 1999.
Most of the infections are in the north-western tribal region where militants have targeted health teams. Militants there accuse doctors of being spies and say the vaccinations are part of a Western plot to sterilise Muslims.
Suspicions over the programmes worsened after the US was accused of using a fake vaccination programme during its tracking of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.’
- Did CIA’s Fake Polio Vaccination Program in Pakistan Help Fuel a Global Health Emergency?
- The CIA Aided Polio’s Comeback, but Media Have Forgotten the Story
- CIA will not use vaccination schemes for spying, says White House official
- CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden’s family DNA
- C.I.A. Vaccine Ruse May Have Harmed the War on Polio
- Infections are the true beneficiaries of war
‘[...] Over the last year, Big Tobacco has made major inroads into the $3 billion e-cigarette market with major companies like Altria and Reynolds American releasing their own e-cig brands. At the same time, they have taken on an unlikely role as champions for public health. Industry leaders have been lobbying hard for any negative health effects of e-cigarettes to be publicized and for people to switch over to this purportedly less-harmful smoking alternative. This week, the CEOs of Reynolds and Lorillard, two of the country’s largest tobacco companies, urged the FDA to move faster to regulate the burgeoning industry, citing concerns that e-cig users were relying on cheap, low-quality products purchased online and imported from China.
That’s right: the leaders of an industry that sells a product that kills some 480,000 Americans every year are now in a panic to warn consumers about the health risks of smoking. It is a remarkable about-face. So what’s in it for them?’
- CDC: Smoking kills around 480,000 Americans every year
- Who Knew What and When?
- E-cigarette Sales Surpass $1 Billion As Big Tobacco Moves In
- Tobacco CEOs Push FDA to Adopt E-Cig Rules More Quickly
- Why Is Big Tobacco Taking Stock in E-Cigarettes?
- Quality issues push e-cigarette production to U.S. from China
- Big Tobacco’s E-Cigarette Push Gets a Reality Check
- Grain of salt with Big Tobacco’s e-cig warning
- Dire Warnings by Big Tobacco on E-Smoking
- Big tobacco companies are putting big warning labels on their e-cigarettes
- Big Tobacco is cool with scary e-cigarette warnings because no one reads them anyway
- Study of smoking cancer patients fuels e-cigarette debate
- It’s Disturbing That Health Advocates Are Against E-Cigs That Save Lives
- Some E-Cigarettes Deliver a Puff of Carcinogens
- The battle over e-cigarettes
‘Ebola is spreading at a “terrifying rate,” with five people infected with the deadly virus every hour in Sierra Leone alone, according to data published Thursday by human rights organization Save the Children.
The London-based group estimates the rate of infected persons in the West African country will increase to 10 every hour if nothing is done to curb Ebola’s spread.
“The scale of the Ebola epidemic is devastating and growing every day, with five people infected every hour in Sierra Leone last week,” Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, said in a statement. “We need a coordinated international response that ensures treatment centers are built and staffed immediately.”
The organization’s infection-rate figures are based on both confirmed cases and an estimate of how many cases are not being reported.’
- Ebola: Sierra Leone hospitals running out of basic supplies, say doctors
- US Aid Effort in Liberia Barely Off the Ground as Ebola Rages
- Cut in UK aid to Sierra Leone may have helped spread of Ebola, MPs say
- UN: Stopping global Ebola spread ‘world’s highest priority’
- Ebola outbreak: Second patient arrives in Germany
- NBC News Freelancer in Africa Diagnosed With Ebola
- Ebola crisis: Aid workers risking all to combat virus
- Collapse of three African states possible
- Ebola outbreak exposes West Africa’s existing public health woes
- Ebola crippling the health system, Liberians die of routine medical problems
- Rapper Akon Performed In A Bubble In Africa To Avoid Contracting Ebola
- Colonial Lines Drawn Again for Ebola Aid
- Malta bars ship carrying suspected Ebola patient
- Experts: Ibuprofen Is All It Takes to Avoid Airport Ebola Screening
- There’s Really No Way To Screen for Ebola at Airports
- Ebola patients buying survivors’ blood from black market, WHO warns
- Doctors Without Borders calls for more effort to fight Ebola
- On the front line of the war on Ebola
‘The UN’s chief of Ebola mission Anthony Banbury said Ebola could become airborne in a ‘nightmare scenario’ but leading scientists have slammed his remarks saying this has never happened and suggesting it is ‘irresponsible’.
Mr Banbury was speaking exclusively to the Telegraph as predictions were made that Ebola could have infected 1.4m people by January.
He said the longer the virus is in humans the greater the chance it could mutate. He said the virus being spread through the air was a ‘nightmare scenario’ but that it ‘could not be ruled out’.
However leading British scientists have rounded on him saying his comments are a distraction and accused him of spreading panic.’
- UN Ebola chief raises ‘nightmare’ that virus could become airborne
- Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola
- What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola
- Why Michael Savage Freaks Out About Ebola
- UNSC unanimously declares Ebola ‘threat to international peace’
- Ebola Spreading Faster Than the Efforts to Contain It
- Newsweek’s Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering
- Canadian Health Agency Deletes Info on “Airborne Spread” of Ebola
- From 2012: Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmission of Ebola
- From 2012: From Pigs to Monkeys, Ebola Goes Airborne
‘Four members of a household with whom the US Ebola patient had been staying were confined to their Dallas apartment under armed guard on Thursday as authorities faced tough questions over a series of mis-steps in their handling of the case.
Towels and sweat-ridden bedclothes remained for two days in the Dallas apartment where an undiagnosed Ebola sufferer – Liberian citizen Thomas Eric Duncan – was staying because health officials in Texas struggled to find a waste management company willing to accept them.
It came as a freelance cameraman working for NBC in Liberia became the fifth American to contract Ebola. He will be flown home for treatment, NBC said on Thursday.
A company with experience of dealing with medical waste was finally due to clean the apartment on Thursday afternoon, but only after the patient’s girlfriend told CNN that the materials had not been disposed of.’
- Officials say as many as 100 had contact with Ebola patient; four have been quarantined
- Texas Hospital Error Highlights Need for Broader Ebola Training
- Five blunders US made in treating country’s first Ebola patient
- Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Vomited Outdoors, Witness Tells Reuters
- Unprotected workers cleaning up ‘Ebola vomit’ in Dallas
- Ebola patient’s leaving Liberia was ‘unpardonable’
- Liberian Ebola Patient in US Could Face Prosecution
- Ebola Patient in Dallas Lied on Screening Form, Liberian Airport Official Says
- US Ebola victim helped carry infected woman days before flying to Texas
- Taxi Driver Describes Ebola Patient’s Fateful Ride
- NBC News Freelancer in Africa Diagnosed With Ebola
- In Dallas Schools, Fear of Possible Ebola Exposure
- Why Michael Savage Freaks Out About Ebola
- Ebola Patient’s Journey Shows How Global Travel Spreads Disease
- Budget Cuts “Eroded Our Ability to Respond” to Ebola, Says Top Health Official
- Experts: Ibuprofen Is All It Takes to Avoid Airport Ebola Screening
- Can TSA Screening Stop Ebola From Spreading?
- CDC issues Ebola guidelines for U.S. funeral homes
- There’s Really No Way To Screen for Ebola at Airports
‘[...] A major Liberian newspaper, the Daily Observer, has published an article by a Liberian-born faculty member of a U.S. university implying the epidemic is the result of bioterrorism experiments conducted by the United States Department of Defense, among others.
And while some commenting on the article were critical, the number who praised it was telling. “They are using” Ebola, wrote one, “for culling the world population mainly Africa for the…purpose of gaining control of the Africans resources criminally.”
The piece purports to describe scientific findings from various “reports,” which are not cited in detail, and even references the bestselling thriller, “The Hot Zone.”’
‘Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of painkillers — more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year — as the country’s prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.
That’s enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering.
As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year — more than from heroin and cocaine combined.’
- Unintended consequences: Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin
- States With Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Overdose Deaths
- States with medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription overdose deaths
- Reversing the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
- Denver mom survives darkness of prescription drug abuse epidemic
- Painkiller prescription rates vary widely among states
- CDC: Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths
- The Cost Of Creating A New Drug Now $5 Billion, Pushing Big Pharma To Change
- Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Take Prescription Drugs
- Three Unlikely Groups Hit Hard by the Prescription Drug Epidemic
- Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.
- A Glut of Antidepressants
- A Tale of Two Drugs
- Deadly Medicine
- Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
- US veterans being pumped full of addictive opiates
- CDC: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
- CDC: Prescription Drug Use Continues to Increase
- Why do Americans consume 80% of world’s painkiller drugs?
- Maybe we should blame teenagers for our health spending problems
- Gov’t Fails to Oversee Treatment of Foster Children With Mind-Altering Drugs
- Antidepressant use in pregnancy may raise autism risk
- Why Medication Can Be Dangerous to Your Health
‘It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the army of drug company lobbyists in Washington continues to gain political influence and rake in corporate welfare at the expense of taxpayers. The drug industry goes beyond crony capitalism when it then charges Americans the highest drug prices in the world.
Here is a short list of the honey pot produced by the lobbying muscle of the $300 billion a year pharmaceutical industry. It receives billions of dollars in tax credits for doing research and development that it should be doing anyway. Some companies reaped billions of dollars in revenues when they were granted exclusive rights to market a drug, such as Taxol, developed by the government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH). These corporations turn around and gouge patients without any price controls or royalties to NIH.
The pharmaceutical industry spends far more on marketing and advertising to physicians and patients than what it spends on research and development. More drug industry funds go to influencing politicians to prevent the implementation of price restraints on its staggering markups.’
‘China has fined the British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $488.8 million (3 billion Yuan) for a “massive bribery network” to get doctors and hospitals to use its products. Five former employees were sentenced to two to four years in jail, but ordered deported instead of imprisoned, according to state news agency Xinhua today.
The guilty verdict was delivered after a one day closed door trail in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province. The fine was the biggest ever imposed by a Chinese court.
The court gave Mark Reilly, former head of GSK Chinese operations, a three-year prison sentence with a four-year reprieve, which meant he is set to be deported instead of serving his time in a Chinese jail. His co-defendants received two to four years prison sentences with reprieves.’
- Royal Bank of Scotland chairman to move to GlaxoSmithKline
- Be careful what you wish for if you demand change at the top of GSK
- Bribery scandal dents Big Pharma sales in China, GSK hardest hit
- GlaxoSmithKline faces fresh drug bribery claims in Syria (and other countries)
- Investigator: Systematic bribery at GlaxoSmithKline China ‘credible’
- Glaxo’s China Scandal Exposes Big-Pharma’s Ugly Underworld
- UK drug company Glaxo ‘paid bribes to Polish doctors’
- From 2012: GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs sales
- From 2012: GlaxoSmithKline’s bribes are evidence that Big Pharma isn’t working
- SourceWatch: GlaxoSmithKline
‘[...] Few would oppose a robust U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, but the militarized nature of the White House plan comes in the context of a broader U.S.-led militarization of the region. The soldiers in Liberia, after all, will not be the only American troops on the African continent. In the six years of AFRICOM’s existence, the U.S. military has steadily and quietly been building its presence on the continent through drone bases and partnerships with local militaries. This is what’s known as the “new normal“: drone strikes, partnerships to train and equip African troops (including those with troubled human rights records), reconnaissance missions, and multinational training operations.
To build PR for its military exercises, AFRICOM relies on soft-power tactics: vibrant social media pages, academic symposia, and humanitarian programming. But such militarized humanitarianism—such as building schools and hospitals and responding to disease outbreaks—also plays more strategic, practical purpose: it allows military personnel to train in new environments, gather local experience and tactical data, and build diplomatic relations with host countries and communities.
- Ebola: US Military Struggles To Keep Pace With Racing Virus
- AFRICOM’s Ebola response and the militarization of humanitarian aid
- France to set up military hospital to fight Ebola in West Africa
- Obama’s Ebola military operation raises concern in Africa
- What 3,000 American Troops Will Be Doing To Fight Ebola In Africa
- The US and France Are Teaming Up to Fight A Sprawling War on Terror in Africa
- Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa
- 2008: US shifts on Africom base plans
‘The variety of the craft-brewing wave sweeping the US makes drinking beer more fun than ever. Maine’s Flying Dog Brewery brews a beer from local oysters, and the Delaware-based Dogfish Head uses an ancient beer recipe they dug up from 2,700-year-old drinking vessels in the tomb of King Midas.
But as this trend spreads, there’s another revolution going on that’s concentrating most of the world’s beer into the hands of just a few mega-corporations. These kings of beer are riding the wave of craft brewing enthusiasm, buying up smaller breweries, and duping customers along the way.’
- Who Really Owns Your Craft Beer?
- Carlos Brito: (Brew)master of the Universe
- Are We in Danger of a Beer Monopoly?
- Beer Map: Two Giant Brewers, 210 Brands
- US sues to block brewery takeover
- Big Beer dresses up in craft brewers’ clothing
- One Company Will Soon Control Half of the U.S. Beer Market
- The Plot to Destroy America’s Beer
‘A group of American families is suing football’s governing body Fifa for putting children who head the ball at risk of concussion, according to a report. The lawsuit, filed in California, accuses the sport’s administrators of acting “carelessly and negligently”.
It is not seeking financial compensation, but wants to see a limit on the number of times young players are allowed to head the ball among a number of other rules designed to protect children, according to The Daily Telegraph. Ben Pepper, a personal injury lawyer at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said the case might prompt people in the UK to consider legal action.’
‘A packaging-free supermarket has opened in Berlin, targeting eco-minded consumers by positioning itself as a “zero waste” store.
The concept of “Original Unverpackt” is simple: there is none of the usual superfluous supermarket packaging which either requires extreme levels of urban recycling or results in waste.
Instead, customers bring their own containers (tubs and recycled bags can be bought at the store) and help themselves to dry goods and non-foodstuff items which are stored in giant bins and dispensers.’
‘How outrageous, how heartbreaking, how truly grotesque! Windhoek City – the capital of Namibia – is, at one extreme full of flowers and Mediterranean-style villas, and at the other, it is nothing more than a tremendous slum without water or electricity.
And in between, there is the town center– with its Germanic orderly feel, boasting ‘colonial architecture’, including Protestant churches and commemorative plaques mourning those brave German men, women and children, those martyrs, who died during the uprisings and wars conducted by local indigenous people.
The most divisive and absurd of those memorials is the so-called “Equestrian Monument”, more commonly known as “The Horse” or under its German original names, Reiterdenkmal and Südwester Reiter (Rider of South-West). It is a statue inaugurated on 27 January 1912, which was the birthday of the German emperor Wilhelm II. The monument “honors the soldiers and civilians that died on the German side of the Herero and Namaqua ‘War’ of 1904–1907’”.
That ‘war’ was not really a war; it was nothing more than genocide, a holocaust.
And Namibia was a prelude to what German Nazis later tried to implement on European soil.’
- Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich (Documentary)
- Namibia Scraps German Place Names
- Memories of genocide at the hands of Germany fuels radicalism in Namibia
- Namibia crowds welcome colonial-era skulls from Germany
- Remembering German crimes in Namibia
- How Namibia’s Liberator Turned Into Its Oppressor (Documentary)
- Herero and Namaqua Genocide
‘Coal miners in Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia are contracting serious cases of black lung disease at rates not seen since the early 1970s — just after preventive regulations were enacted, according to a study published Monday.
Only 15 years ago, progressive massive fibrosis — an advanced form of black lung for which there is no cure — was virtually eradicated, health researchers say. But now, the prevalence of the disease in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia is at levels not seen in 40 years… Black lung is caused by the excessive inhalation of coal dust.’
‘The debate over whether diet sodas are good, bad or just OK for us never seems to end. Some research suggests zero-calorie drinks can help people cut calories and fend off weight gain. But in recent years, the idea that artificial sweeteners may trick the brain and lead to “metabolic derangements,” as one researcher has theorized, has gained traction, too.
Now, a new study published in the journal Nature introduces a new idea: Diet sodas may alter our gut microbes in a way that increases the risk of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes — at least in some of us. In the paper, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel describe what happened when they fed zero-calorie sweeteners, including saccharin, aspartame and sucralose, to mice.’
‘Active travel’ such as cycling or walking to the bus stop improves well-being, while those who get behind the wheel of a car feel under strain and less able to concentrate, the University of East Anglia suggests.
While most commuters associate public transport with cramped Tube carriages and delays, it appears that they are better off than those in their cars. Including some form of exercise in the daily commute, whether it’s cycling the entire way or simply walking to the train station, improves mental well-being as well as physical. ‘Switching off’ during a ride on public transport is also beneficial.’
‘It’s 2014, and a national magazine has a cover story about how African immigrants might spread a deadly virus in the United States, thanks to the peculiar and unsanitary food they eat. The cover image is a photo of a chimpanzee.
Yes, this really happened.
“A Back Door For Ebola: Smuggled Bushmeat Could Spark a US Epidemic” read the headline on the August 29 Newsweek, a profoundly shocking image and message that immediately drew criticism.
But the problems of the piece were bigger than just the cover. The piece is built around the idea that illegally imported “bushmeat”–what we would call “wild game” if it were being eaten in the United States–could carry the deadly Ebola virus.’
‘The World Health Organization is warning that the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than relief workers can manage. The organization says that thousands are at risk of contracting the virus in the coming weeks and more medical professionals are urgently needed to help contain the outbreak. So far, Ebola has claimed some 2,400 lives and continues to ravage Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It is the worst outbreak since the virus was discovered in 1976. Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after efforts to transfer her abroad for treatment failed. The loss is a major setback for the impoverished country, which is already suffering from a shortage of healthcare workers. Since the Ebola outbreak began, approximately 144 healthcare professionals have died while serving affected populations. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations.’ (Democracy Now!)
- Laurie Garrett: We Could Have Stopped This
- We Could Have Stopped This, CDC Expert Says
- World Health Organization: West Africa Ebola cases could double every 3 weeks
- WHO: $1 billion needed to keep Ebola infections within the ‘tens of thousands
- Ebola: ‘In decades of humanitarian work, I’ve never seen such suffering’
- Stabbing With Syringe in Nigeria Raises Concerns of Ebola as Weapon
- Main Ebola Treatment Centre In Liberia Turning Away Sick People
- Why the World Health Organization Doesn’t Have Enough Funds to Fight Ebola
- New Ebola vaccine approved for human trials
- Sierra Leone’s planned Ebola lockdown could ‘spread disease further’
- Liberia doctors strike, UN warns of food shortages due to Ebola
- Major quarantine and experimental vaccines to curb Ebola
- The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (Book)
‘The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,400 people during the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, spreads through contact with bodily fluids. That means you can catch it from infected blood, for example, or if you come in contact with vomit from an Ebola patient.
You can’t catch it from breathing in the same air as someone suffering from Ebola — at least you can’t right now. But as the virus continues to spread and mutate, could airborne transmission become a concern? Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, raised that possibility in a New York Times op-ed last week.’
- What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola
- Virologist: Fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia is lost
- Is Ebola mutating with unknown consequences before our eyes?
- Ebola has up to an 18% chance of coming to America (but you don’t need to worry)
- If Ebola Arrives In The U.S., Stopping It May Rely On Controversial Tools
- Possible evacuation of Americans infected with Ebola triggers fears in U.S.
- Executive Order — Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases
‘The distrust in the government is deeply rooted in anger at years of corruption and a lack of accountability within the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said Rodney Sieh, editor-in-chief of FrontPage Africa, a Liberian daily newspaper. Sirleaf, who became president in 2006, after the end of Liberia’s brutal civil war, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her role in the “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” But the ghosts of the nation’s past soon began to haunt her administration. In 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia recommended Sirleaf be forbidden from holding public office for thirty years because she previously backed Charles Taylor, the guerilla leader responsible for many of the atrocities committed during the war. Sirleaf remained in power. Her fellow Nobel laureate, Leymah Gbowee, resigned from her role in the commission and publicly distanced herself from the president in 2012.’
‘Former state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) resigned his position as first vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party late on Sunday evening amid criticism of comments he made on his radio show about women on welfare.
[...] His ideas are far from being on the fringe. They in fact help inform our policies. The Nixon administration pushed through funding for serializations in the 1970s aimed mostly a low-income people, usually women of color, and many were done involuntarily. And while it may sound like long-ago history, the practice of sterilizing low-income women hasn’t been entirely done away with. Between 2005 and 2013, 39 tubal ligations were given to women in California’s prison system without full consent. The majority of those were performed by Dr. James Heinrich, who has said of the practice, “Over a ten-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children — as they procreated more.” The state is now considering banning inmate sterilization.’
‘A senior U.S. diplomat told me recently that if Russia were to occupy all of Ukraine and even neighboring Belarus that there would be zero impact on U.S. national interests. The diplomat wasn’t advocating that, of course, but was noting the curious reality that Official Washington’s current war hysteria over Ukraine doesn’t connect to genuine security concerns.
So why has so much of the Washington Establishment – from prominent government officials to all the major media pundits – devoted so much time this past year to pounding their chests over the need to confront Russia regarding Ukraine? Who is benefiting from this eminently avoidable – yet extremely dangerous – crisis? What’s driving the madness?’
- Losing Credibility: The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine
- Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout
- Do We Have To Destroy Ukraine In Order To Save It?
- GM Food, Ukraine and the Return of Hill + Knowlton
- IMF loan for Ukraine may give Monsanto t a backdoor into EU
- Putin: Ukraine’s transition to EU trade will cost €165bn
- Bankrupt Ukraine Announces $3 Billion Increase in Military Spending
- Ukraine’s president prepares to sell assets via Rothschild-report
- Ukraine Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta Resigns
- PM Yatseniuk: Ukraine conflict is draining economy, hampering reforms
- Ukrainian government to privatize all enterprises except strategic
- What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict?
- Infographic: Infrastructure damage in Ukraine’s east is massive blow to economy
- Ukraine’s currency is collapsing, and there isn’t much it can do to stop it
- Ukraine’s Currency Drop May Swell Emergency Bailout Needs
- K Street’s Russian sanctions bonanza
- What Wiki-Leaked Cables Reveal About Ukraine’s New President
- Beneath the Ukraine Crisis: Shale Gas
- With friends like the IMF and EU, Ukraine doesn’t need enemies
- Ukraine Wants to Become the Silicon Valley of Europe
- Was The Price Of Ukraine’s “Liberation” The Handover Of Its Gold To The Fed?