A senior official for Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is “totally out of control” and that the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond.
More than 80 people may have been exposed to airborne anthrax bacteria in an embarrassing mishap at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and the numbers may go even higher, officials said Friday.
“Right now we have an excess of 80 individuals,” CDC deputy director Dr. Ileana Arias told NBC News. “We expect that number may even grow … because we’re trying to make that available to as many people as possible in order to make sure there are no adverse consequences to health of any of our employees as a result of what happened.”
It’s not the first time the CDC has been tricked by anthrax, and the agency is going all out to make sure that this time no one gets sick. The last time, in 2001, five people died including two postal workers infected after anthrax spores puffed out of anthrax-filled letters as they were processed.
CDC officials said late Friday that they’ve ceded control of the investigation into the safety breach to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to avoid any potential conflict of interest. In normal circumstances, the CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins, DSAT, would handle the probe. Instead, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS, which is also part of the Select Agent Program, will look into the matter.
The prophetic reality upon this generation is confirmed. Everyone on Earth can see the fact that the ”New World Order” line of bullshit is pure evil. Everyone can see at this point that all of the top bankers and their market makers don’t just need to be arrested at this point, they all need to be hung.
Everyone knows that the last hope for the world was America, but that hope has been proven to be a false hope. Everyone knows that the American people have absolutely no soul and no power to bring order to their own country at this point. Everyone knows that everything coming out of Washington is not only a lie it’s evil. Anyone paying attention can, at this point, say, with complete confidence, as a result of everyone knowing that we are now all being put into a global situation that will result in a massive natural correction, the prophetic reality of what Saints have been warning everyone about can now be fathomed by even the dumbed boob tube GMO eating fat bottom payola princess at the bar, AKA Meathead.
Seriously, lol, if you are a Saint out there, and you have been lead to glean this site, do you know anyone that currently rejects the prophetic revelation of Christ that shall be moved even when the Antichrist is confirmed and tribulation time is in affect? Looking at the end time harvest, the measure of wheat in the cup is that of the stranger.
The question is, will the people be so moved to rise up in agreement in the name of Christ? or shall they remain seated unto their destruction and damnation?
Finally, for all those confused where the inflation, which is so “woefully” missing from the global economy, is look no further than the stock market. Because in 2014 the wealth of the world’s millionaires, the vast majority of it contained in paper profits of financial assets, grew by a whopping 14% and hit a second consecutive record high of $52.3 trillion, increasing by over $6 trillion in one year!
Here is the punchline: according to the latest wealth report the number of high net worth individuals increased by nearly 1.8 million in the past year, the second biggest surge since 2000, which also happened to be the crazy days of the first tech bubble (not to be confused with the current tech bubble). In other words, the epic, unprecedented stock bubble reflated by the world’s coordinated central banks, has succeeded. Succeeded, that is, if its goal was to make the world’s richest people wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. As for everyone else, just over 7 billion people, better luck next time..
The only thing we note is – it appears the beta is running lower on the ignition.
In other news, there have been no material geopolitical updates, which added with the fact that it is Friday, means there will be a now traditional VIX slam into the last minutes of trading to close stocks out at the day’s, and a new record, highs.
And if that wasn’t enough…
Bonus Chart: Oh no, this market is not over-levered and all about options manipulation at all… here is AAPL’s close…
So is this just a political witch hunt in a country notorious for backroom dealings, or the start of something greater? The answer will depend on whether the local population does indeed, as the central bank requests, stay calm or if people decide en masse once again that the best option is simply to put what little savings they have in their local mattress, while they still can (or before the Fed suggest fee gates be implemented, the same way it would like to force a run out of US bank funds).
Should exports and profits weaken further, that would cause us to reevaluate risks in both financial markets and the economy.
Together with emerging global risks, it begs the question of whether sagging exports can drag the U.S. into recession.
Worse still, export growth already lags behind every one of the past ten expansions, even the 1980s, thanks to a drop in the first quarter
Fast forward to the present, and export performance may soon be as noteworthy as it was 30 years ago. Risks to the global economy (and exports) include turmoil in oil-producing nations, credit markets that are teetering in China and comatose in Europe, and the backside of Japan’s April sales tax hike..
With a nod to the absurd, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen freely admitted earlier this week that the Fed really has no idea what’s going to happen to the economy.
Bear in mind this is the person who controls interest rates in the United States, effectively setting the ‘price of money’ for the most widely used currency in the world.
This is key– because the price of money (interest rates) influence the prices of so many other things. Real estate. Business investment. Automobile sales. Agricultural commodity prices. Oil prices. Etc.
Of course, there’s a knock-on effect. Consider, for example, how many products and services are influenced by the price of oil… fertilizers, plastics, shipping, etc. And then how many products and services are influenced by the price of shipping… like everything in the world that’s imported / exported.
So in setting the price of money, Ms. Yellen is influencing the price of just about everything.
Yet she and her fellow members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) admittedly don’t have a clue where the economy’s going.
So you’d think that with such a demonstration of ignorance that investors would be heading for the hills, right?
Not so. The big banks and institutional investors (who appointed most of the FOMC members to begin with) rewarded the Fed’s stunning admission and lack of foresight with… record high stock prices.
If I could quote our long-lost Billy Mays– BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
The Fed also reduced its GDP growth forecasts for the US economy from 2.9% to 2.2%. In case you’re not too fast on the ‘calc’ icon, that’s a 24% proportional reduction in GDP growth. Not exactly a drop in the bucket.
AND, of course, there’s the recent data that inflation has ticked up, even according to their own official numbers. Of course Ms. Yellen proceeded to downplay the inflation, writing it off as ‘noise’.
So this morning I received yet another analysis from a large private bank I deal with; the report’s headline– FED: Growth down, optimism up.
Hmmm. Spot the oxymoron here. (OK fine, paradox)
Growth is down. Inflation is up. The grand wizards don’t have a clue. Yet people are excited about this?
We have but one choice, folks, and it was always the only and inevitable one. There are now no other options left. Obama and his cabal must be physically removed from our White House.
It’s no surprise to anyone that Americans have zero faith in their so-called “Representatives.” The vast majority of these folks are lying, thieving, white-collar criminals, and we all know it. The real question is what, if anything, are we going to do about it?
I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq..
Meet the Skunk, a heavy-duty, semi-autonomous octocopter drone that can unleash pepper spray, plastic bullets, paintballs, strobe lights and “blinding” lasers, as well as a cacophony of audio in its mission to persuade unruly mobs to disperse. Unveiled at the IFSEC International trade show in London this week, the Skunk is now for sale—and its manufacturer says the orders have begun to roll in.
Armed with four hopper-fed pneumatic “markers”—high-pressure carbon-fiber airguns capable of pumping out up to 20 paintballs, pepper-spray capsules, or similarly sized projectiles per second—the Skunk has a potential combined rate of fire of 80 projectiles per second. The Skunk can carry up to 4,000 projectiles in varying mixes. According to marketing materials by the unmanned aircraft’s manufacturer, South Africa-based Desert Wolf, the highest rate of fire “will only be used in an extreme ‘Life threatening situation.'”
Researchers from MIT Wireless Center of the Computer Science and Artificial intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a wireless system which can track movement through a wall using WiFi waves.
Scientists claim that using WiFi waves, they can detect subtle gestures like rise and fall of a person’s chest through which a person’s heart rate can be measured with 99% accuracy. The technology can be used in health-tracking apps, baby monitors, and for the military and law enforcement, the scientists claimed.
MIT electrical engineering and computer science professor and co-author of the research paper, Dina Katabi said, “It has traditionally been very difficult to capture such minute motions that occur at the rate of mere millimeters per second.”
“Being able to do so with a low-cost, accessible technology opens up the possibilities for people to be able to track their vital signs on their own,” Katabi added. The system can monitor the movement of four people behind a wall, and could be useful in rescue and operations in a building especially during fire accident. As part of the research, the system monitors the movements by transmitting a low-power wireless signal and catching back its reflections.
It can also track the movements of humans staying behind closed rooms or hiding behind a wall.
As oil prices have risen on geopolitical concerns (that have been printed away by central banks in stocks), so gas prices at the pump in the US have risen to their highest for this time of year since 2008 (and that did not end well). We are not alone in our concern as Morgan Stanley’s (and esx Fed) Vince Reinhart warns that a more extreme jump in oil prices would be enough to stall the recovery (lowering real GDP growth by 1.7 percentage points one year out; and perhaps more worryingly, raise CPI growth by about 3.6pp, lowering real consumer spending growth by a full two percentage points).
Not exactly encouraging (but then stocks don’t care; growth will come roaring back after the Polar Vortex, the war, and El Nino)
And of course Russia: because while Putin clearly benefits from rising crude prices, it is his Lukoil that is developing (and investing vast amounts of money in) the vast Iraqi West Qurna-2 oil field. It is not clear how he would feel about it falling into ISIS hands..
It was the bolded text that was of biggest interest because as we noted the next day, when discussing the next steps for ISIS, we said that “One wonders how long until the mercenary force finds its latest major backer, because for all the western, US-led intervention, both Russia and China are oddly missing from the scene. We expect that to change soon.”
Because clearly one can’t have a global proxy war without China, and certainly without Russia.
Well, we said we expected Russia’s conspicuous absence to “change soon”, and so it did: within just 24 hours. Because apparently all Putin was waiting for was for Obama to pick sides (i.e., not Maliki) before the Russian leader made it clear whom he sides with. US, helpfully obliged yesterday morning when we also reported that “US Slams Its Former Iraq Puppet: “The Maliki Government, Candidly, Has Got To Go”.”
So what does Putin – who as a reminder is heavily invested in Iraq’ massive West Qurna-2 oil field via Lukoil – do? Why announce his undying support for Maliki, of course, and as AP reported, the former KGB spy offered Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki Russia’s total backing for the fight against fighters who have swept across the country, as well as his full support for the embattled prime minister.
And just like in Syria from 2012 to 2013, the chessboard is once again set, with a regional middle-east conflict, this time in Iraq, merely serving as the proxy staging ground in which the Iraqi PM, once an obedient US puppet but now an enemy of Saudi Arabia and thus the US, “simply has to go” in the words of Dianne Feinstein, has suddenly become the fulcrum issue behind yet another soon to escalate conflict between Russia and the US.
One thing is certain: the more the US (and Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) pushes for Maliki’s ouster, the more involved Russia will become with its offers of support and bilateral cooperation. And if the Syrian fiasco (for John Kerry) is any indication, Russia is about to expand its “national interest” sphere of influence by one more country.
According to the Russian diplomat, the visit will take place at the invitation of the Saudi Diplomatic official Saud al-Faisal. “Negotiations will be held with representatives of the Saudi leadership, ” said Lukashevich. “During the upcoming negotiations, of course, the hottest topics on the regional agenda will be discussed, that is Syria and the situation around the country, the situation in Iraq, security issues in the Persian Gulf, as well as the bilateral agenda, especially given the Russian-Saudi cooperation, including political dialogue and cooperation in trade and economical sphere “, he added..
Iran’s supreme leader is promising a world free of infidels and nonbelievers with the coming of the Islamic messiah, Mahdi, a 9th-century descendant of the prophet Mohammad whom the Shiites refer to as the 12th Imam.
“The coming of Imam Zaman [Mahdi] is the definite promise by Allah,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech Wednesday on the anniversary of Mahdi’s birthday at an exhibition of research and historical documents on the 12th Imam.
Khamenei said one of Allah’s promises was that an Islamic revolution would come to Iran. “Who would have thought that in this sensitive region and in this important country, with a regime [run by Shah Pahlavi] and supported by the international powers, a revolution based on religion and Sharia [law] would take place?” Khamenei asked.
The Obama administration is currently engaged in intensive negotiations over the regime’s illicit nuclear and missile programs. Iran insists on its right to enrichment and the expansion of nuclear research and development, but international analysts believe the goal is to acquire nuclear weapons to use against Israel and the United States.
The supreme leader, in another recent statement covered by The Daily Caller, bluntly said that jihad will continue until America is destroyed.
“Delaying the fight against terrorism and ISIL and putting conditions on it have fuelled suspicions and doubts about the United States’ objectives in Iraq,” Abdollahian said, according to the state broadcaster’s website.
“Obama’s comments show the White House lacks serious will in fighting terrorism in Iraq and the region,” he added.
On Thursday, Obama had warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Iran against promoting sectarianism after Tehran vowed to help Iraq against the fighters and defend Shiite holy sites located in its western neighbour.
“Our view is that Iran can play a constructive role if it is helping to send the same message to the Iraqi government that we’re sending,” Obama said.<–Well HELLo Imam Obozo
The conservative Presbyterian Lay Committee decried the votes in Detroit as an “abomination.”
While teachers working for Catholic boards must abide by church teachings in the classroom, he said, participation in a parade known for its nudity and gay pride is allowed because it is an “internal union” activity.
I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.