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  • Ebola crisis: 'Many exposed' to infected Mali girl

    10/24/2014 8:12:49 PM PDT · by RightGeek
    BBC ^ | 10/24/2014 | BBC
    Health officials fear many people may have been exposed to Mali's first Ebola victim - a two-year-old girl. She recently arrived from Guinea, one of the worst affected countries, and has since died. The girl showed symptoms, including a bleeding nose, while travelling on a public bus through several towns, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Forty-three people, including 10 health workers, who came into contact with her have been identified and isolated. The girl was being treated in the western town of Kayes, after arriving at a hospital on Wednesday. The child had travelled more than 1,000 km (600...
  • Is a Puerto Rico municipality thinking about seceding?

    10/24/2014 8:02:46 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 5 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan - A group of residents of Vieques, which was used by the United States Navy for six decades, plans to convene a referendum to propose its independence from Puerto Rico, of which it is a municipality. "We don't need the government of Puerto Rico. What we want is our own constitution and government under the United States Constitution," said today Yashei Rosario, who is proposing this initiative along with her husband Julián García. Rosario and those who second this idea complain that the Puerto Rican authorities "have not promoted the economic development of Vieques" since the...
  • Obama Asserts Executive Privilege for Eric Holder's Wife, Mother in Fast & Furious

    10/24/2014 6:29:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 24, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On October 23, Judicial Watch announced it received a "Vaughn index" for records the Department of Justice has withheld from Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Contained in the index details are evidence that Obama asserted executive privilege for Attorney General Eric Holder's wife Sharon Malone—and his mother. According to Judicial Watch, emails between Holder and his wife and Holder and his mother are the materials withheld via executive privilege and "the dubious claim of deliberative process privilege." Yet the release of the Vaughn index is a good thing, and it comes after Judge John D. Bates ordered the index...
  • Israeli official: EU proposal to negotiate West Bank redlines is a death warrant

    10/24/2014 4:25:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/23/2014 06:25 | Herb Keinon
    The European Union is asking Jerusalem to weave the rope with which they will come to hang Israel, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday in response to reports that the EU is interested in negotiating with Israel over its redlines in the West Bank. Haaretz on Wednesday published an internal document drawn up by EU officials in Brussels that outlined the content of a sharp message regarding Israel’s construction beyond the Green Line and its policies in the West Bank that the EU’s Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen has been instructed to deliver at the “highest possible level” in the...
  • Obama administration considers mandatory quarantine

    10/24/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 October 2014 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is considering imposing a forced quarantine on healthcare workers who return to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated patients there tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner told Reuters on Friday that a mandatory quarantine is one possible plan under discussion by officials from across the administration. 'There are a number of options being discussed pertaining to the monitoring and mobility of healthcare workers who are returning to the United States from affected countries,' Skinner said.
  • New York and New Jersey Tighten Ebola Screenings at Airports

    10/24/2014 3:17:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | By MARC SANTORA
    The governors of New York and New Jersey announced Friday afternoon that they were ordering all people entering the country through two area airports who had direct contact with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to be quarantined. The announcement comes one day after an American doctor, who had worked in Guinea and returned to New York City earlier in October, tested positive for Ebola and became the first New York patient of the deadly virus. “A voluntary Ebola quarantine is not enough,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. “This is too serious a public health...
  • Putin lashes out at U.S. as warmonger that has 'deformed' world order

    10/24/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Carol J. Williams
    Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States on Friday, accusing Washington of provoking armed conflicts and undermining global security in a quest to lord its power over the rest of the world. In a 40-minute speech that mixed harsh criticism with veiled warnings against trying to oust the Russian bear from its role as “master of the taiga,” or boreal forest, Putin cast his nation's former Cold War nemesis as an aggressive force responsible for much of the violence racking the world today. “They are throwing their might to remove the risks they have created themselves, and...
  • Britain will have to pay extra €2.1bn into EU budget by December

    10/24/2014 3:04:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 23 October 2014 | Ian Trayno , Nicholas Watt
    Britain has been told it must pay an extra €2.1bn (£1.7bn) into the European Union budget by the end of next month because the UK economy is doing better relative to other European economies.
  • Putin Warns Of Risk Of Major Conflict, Says Dollar Losing Reserve Currency Status

    10/24/2014 2:59:28 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 11 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | October 24, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Having been relatively quiet for a while, Russia's leader Vladimir, speaking in Sochi (following meetings with Middle East crown princes who confirmed Russia as a key partner - "isolated"?), has unleashed his most aggressive statements with regard the failing world order: *PUTIN SAYS U.S. DOLLAR LOSING TRUST AS RESERVE CURRENCY *PUTIN: WORLD WITHOUT RULES IS POSSIBILITY; ANARCHY GROWING Adding that the risk of major conflicts involving major countries is growing, as well as the risk of arms control treaties being violated, Putin exclaimed that the US-led unipolar world is like a dictatorship over other countries and that "US leadership brings...
  • World faces $650 billion housing problem

    10/24/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | 23 October 2014 | Ansuya Harjani
    staggering 330 million urban households around the world live in substandard housing or are so financially stretched by housing costs they forgo other basic needs like food and health care, according to McKinsey. Urban dwellers globally fork out $650 billion more per year on housing than they can afford, or around 1 percent of world gross domestic product (GDP), McKinsey estimated in a new report, highlighting the enormity of the affordability gap. More than two-thirds of the gap is concentrated in 100 large cities. In several low-income cities such as Lagos and Mumbai, the affordable housing gap can amount to...
  • Muslims Blame Malaysian Tornado on Petting Dogs, Call for Stoning Dog Lover

    10/24/2014 2:21:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Muslims and non-Muslims animal lovers attend the ‘I wanna to touch a dog’ event in Central Park, Bandar Utama, October 19, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy MayIf it’s not Cartoonophobia, it’s Gynophobia. And if it’s not Gynophobia, it’s Judeophobia. And if it’s not Judeophobia, it’s Christophobia. And if it’s not that, then it’s Dogophobia.Moderate Muslim Malaysia is now being torn apart by controversy over petting dogs. Since it’s a moderate Muslim country, no one has been stoned to death.Yet. More than 1,000 people attended the “I Want to Touch a Dog” event in the affluent Bandar Utama neighborhood...
  • Pentagon Believes North Korea Has Made Advance in Nuclear Weapons

    10/24/2014 2:09:25 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 24, 2014 | Felicia Schwartz
    A top U.S. commander said Friday that North Korea likely has the capability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a rocket, putting its wherewithal to build a nuclear missile within closer reach. North Korea has struggled for years in its attempts to develop nuclear warheads and long-range missiles, as well as with the steep technical challenges of combining warhead... But the secretive dictatorship apparently has moved a significant step closer, according to Pentagon officials. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, said North Korea...
  • Sixty more women and girls reported kidnapped in Nigeria

    10/24/2014 2:06:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 23 October 2014 | David Smith, Africa correspondent
    Doubts grow about government ‘truce’ with Boko Haram after dozens are reportedly abducted and bombing kills five people ___ Sixty women and girls have been kidnapped from two towns in north-east Nigeria, according to reports, dealing a fresh blow to government claims of a truce with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Residents of the town of Wagga told Agence France-Presse that suspected Islamist gunmen had gone door-to-door looking for young women and girls and abducted 40 of them. Lazarus Baushe, an elder of the Wagga community, said: “They left 1,500 naira (£5.67) and some kola nuts in each home...
  • Foley Family to White House: You Saved Bergdahl. Why Not Our Son?

    10/24/2014 1:37:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/24/2014 | Eli Lake
    After the Obama administration bargained for Bowe Bergdahl’s life, the family of ISIS hostage James Foley begged the White House for the same treatment—only to be denied. The parents of James Foley, the journalist ISIS beheaded in August, learned about the U.S. government’s attempt to rescue him about an hour before the rest of us did. The grieving parents got word from President Obama himself. “I told Obama that Jim worked hard to get him elected,” John Foley, James’s father, told The Daily Beast. “He believed till the end his country would come and get them.” The president, according to...
  • UN chief 'shocked and alarmed' by Gaza tunnels

    10/24/2014 1:35:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Irael Hayom ^ | 15 October 2014 | Shlomo Cesana, Gadi Golan, Daniel Siryoti
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits southern Israel, Gaza Strip • Ban: The build-destroy, build-destroy cycle in Gaza must be broken • Ban tours terror tunnel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, calls threats posed by rockets and tunnels "not acceptable." The U.N. Human Rights Council's investigation of Operation Protective Edge will go ahead as planned, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the two met in Jerusalem earlier this week. Israel tried to convince Ban that an internal Israeli probe of the recent Gaza operation would be sufficient, but Ban made clear he would await the results of the...
  • Red line? ISIS used chemical weapons against Iraqi army

    10/24/2014 1:31:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when terrorists get their hands on weapons of mass destruction? They will use them, and that also includes marauding armies of terrorists like ISIS. Despite the risks associated with using old chemical ordnance, risks that the West hoped would dissuade ISIS from making use of battlefield discoveries of old stock, the Washington Post reports confirmation that the terrorist army has deployed chlorine-gas weapons on at least one occasion against the Iraqi army: Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The...
  • Jordan says Russia can help solve Israeli-Arab conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:49 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10/2/2014 | Justin Jalil
    Jordan’s king told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow plays a pivotal role in efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during a meeting between the two in Moscow Wednesday. “The world should realize that without Russia, it is nearly impossible to make serious progress in the region,” King Abdullah II said, in a meeting that highlighted security and economic cooperation between the two nations, according to the Russian news agency TASS. “Of course, we are very grateful to Russia for the role it plays in the Mideast region.”
  • Attack on Egypt army post kills 30

    10/24/2014 1:02:39 PM PDT · by AU72 · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24 2014 | ASHRAF SWEILAM and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by Islamic extremists since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Officials described it as "well-planned" attack that began with a car bomb which may have been set off by a suicide attacker. Other militants then fired rocket-propelled grenades, striking a tank carrying ammunition and igniting a secondary explosion. Roadside bombs intended to target rescuers struck two army...
  • Russia and Israel: A Beautiful Friendship?

    10/24/2014 12:29:32 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/24/2014 | Michael Curtis
    When Bob Dylan sang “For the times they are a-changin’” he was not referring to relations between Israel and Russia, but his lyrics might just fit at the present time. No one can speak of a Russian tropical heat wave towards Israel but it isn’t surprising the temperature’s rising. The relationship may be heading to a beautiful friendship if not the beginning of love...
  • So what's the point? NYC Ebola patient PASSED new 'enhanced screening' at JFK Airport

    10/24/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT · by dennisw · 37 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 24 October 2014 | David Martosko
    Dr. Craig Spencer returned from Guinea on Oct. 17 The CDC's 'enhanced screening' protocols didn't flag him as a disease carrier because he had no Ebola symptoms 'He went through multiple layers of screening and did not have a fever or other symptoms of illness,' the CDC tweeted He spiked a 100.3-degree fever six days later and landed in New York City's Bellevue Hospital Critics are slamming the CDC and the Obama administration for letting west African travelers into the country while requiring airport screening that can't identify patients Craig Spencer, the doctor whose confirmed Ebola diagnosis sent New York...
  • Raytheon's Alabama-made SM-6s intercept targets in 'engage on remote' tests

    10/24/2014 12:17:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AL.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Leada Gore
    Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 had a pair of successful intercepts during recent testing highlighting the system's ability to use targeting information provided from a remote source. The "engage on remote" scenario involved two SM-6s launched from the USS Chancellorsville against anti-ship and cruise missile targets. The scenario included the SM-6s being launched prior to its own radars detecting the incoming threats, and instead using targeting information from the USS Sampson, another Aegis ship in the area. The first SM-6 intercepted a low-altitude, short-range supersonic target while the second intercepted a low-altitude, medium-range subsonic target. The SM-6 and Standard Missile-3 are produced...
  • Jim Hagedorn says Rep. Tim Walz(D-Mn) wants to move Al Qaeda prisoners to Rochester(Mn)

    10/24/2014 9:47:20 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies
    KTTC.com ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Stephen Rydberg
    Representative Tim Walz's republican challenger, Jim Hagedorn, is accusing Walz of wanting to move Al Qaeda prisoners to Rochester. Hagedorn talked to the media outside Federal Medical Center in Rochester on Thursday. He said Representative Walz voted to close the Guantanamo Bay Prison and supports transferring what Hagedorn calls the worst Islamic terrorists on the planet into the US. Hagedorn goes on to say that Walz is open to bringing some of those prisoners to FMC in Rochester. "The people of Southeast Minnesota, the people of Rochester, are protected by the Islamic terrorists in Guantanamo bay by 1,875 miles, an...
  • Shooter In Canada Stopped By Good Guy With Gun

    10/24/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Security: In a country with strict gun control and without a Second Amendment, an armed citizen stopped a terrorist attack as our neighbor to the north becomes a jihadi target. When Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, aka Michael Hall, was shot dead by Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, the jihadist wannabe and Muslim convert had already murdered Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a guard at Canada's National War Memorial, and was inside Canada's Parliament building, very near a room where Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with members of his Conservative Party. "PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed...
  • China’s Submarine Fleet Adds Nuclear-Strike Capability, Altering Strategic Balance Undersea

    10/24/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | JEREMY PAGE
    One Sunday morning last December, China’s defense ministry summoned military attachés from several embassies to its monolithic Beijing headquarters. To the foreigners’ surprise, the Chinese said that one of their nuclear-powered submarines would soon pass through the Strait of Malacca, a passage between Malaysia and Indonesia that carries much of world trade, say people briefed on the meeting. Two days later, a Chinese attack sub—a so-called hunter-killer, designed to seek out and destroy enemy vessels—slipped through the strait above water and disappeared. It resurfaced near Sri Lanka and then in the Persian Gulf, say people familiar with its movements, before...
  • UK rejects ‘appalling’ EU demand for more money

    10/24/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Raf Casert and Mike Corder
    British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Friday he would not pay a European Union bill for an additional €2.1 billion ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc. Thumping his fist in frustration, Cameron said “people should be in no doubt: as an important contributor to this organization, we are not suddenly going to get out our checkbook and write a check for €2 billion. It is not happening.” Cameron said asking Britain for a top-up of some 20 percent in its contributions on short notice...
  • Ebola vaccine trials could start in Africa in December: WHO

    10/24/2014 8:54:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/24/2014 | Kounteya Sinha,TNN
    LONDON: One million doses of an Ebola vaccine will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. Vaccines, "several hundred thousand" of which will be produced in the first half of the year would be initially made available to front line health workers in West Africa as early as by December 2014. Dr Marie Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director-general, said: "While we hope that the massive response, which has been put in place will have an impact on the epidemic, it is still prudent to prepare to have as much vaccine available if they are...
  • Slaves of Dubai (2012)

    10/24/2014 7:57:16 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 17 replies
    Vice ^ | 8/8/2012 | Ben Anderson
    Most people know Dubai for its massive skyscrapers and luxurious hotels, but few know that the city was built by modern-day slaves. For months, the BBC's Ben Anderson hung out around the glittering, insane towers springing up in Dubai trying to infiltrate the community of expatriate workers who are putting them up. What he found when he finally got in was that the jewel of the Arab world is almost entirely built upon imported slave labor...
  • The Traitors Who Join ISIS: We have treason laws, why aren't we enforcing them?

    10/24/2014 7:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2014 | Tom Rogan
    Nathan Cirillo and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. As I noted yesterday, the moral contrast between these two men — the Ottawa terrorist and the guard he shot — couldn’t be more stark. Cirillo gave his life in the service of country and honor. Zehaf-Bibeau gave his life in the service of tyranny and murder. All those who have died serving Australia, Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. have made a great sacrifice for those respective democracies. Most Westerners honor them with gratitude. Tragically, however, some Westerners are betraying that honor by joining the Islamic State’s global movement. This societal struggle —...
  • Congolese Refugee “Women at Risk” in U.S. Need Trauma-Related Services

    10/24/2014 6:31:58 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    WAUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. government must do more to address the needs of Congolese refugee “women at risk” through trauma-related services and social support, according to a report by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Sociology & Social Work at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The report issued recommendations for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which is responsible for resettling 50,000 Congolese refugees in the United States by 2019. The recommendations are based on a study of refugee women from the Democratic Republic...
  • Red-faced Swedish Navy calls off hunt for mystery vessel in Baltic Sea

    10/24/2014 6:17:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Swedish military has called off the search for a 'Russian underwater vessel' thought to have been lurking in the Stockholm archipelago, after admitting that it was 'definitely not' a submarine. Navy top brass has today been forced to concede that although 'underwater activity' is confirmed, the military has ruled out the possibility that it could have been a Russian sub. This comes after Moscow blasted the hunt as 'groundless actions by the Swedish military, based on a Cold War-rhetoric'.
  • Charlie Rangel: ISIS Is "Not A Threat To Our National Security"

    10/24/2014 6:17:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Thursday on MSNBC's "Jose Diaz-Balart," Rep Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said ISIS is not a threat to our national security and we should not be bombing them. Rangel said, "Well, one thing, I don't see where that's a threat to our national security."
  • Relax, North Korea has given us something new to speculate about

    10/24/2014 6:17:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WP ^ | October 23, 2014 | Anna Fifield
    Relax, North Korea has given us something new to speculate about By Anna Fifield October 23  Conspiracy theorists disappointed with the reappearance of Kim Jong Un earlier this month can breathe a sigh of relief. North Korea has provided new fodder for unchecked speculation, wild rumors and frenzied tea-leaf reading. Citing fears about the spread of Ebola, the world’s most closed state abruptly told Western travel agencies Thursday that it would not allow foreign tourists to enter, starting on Friday. Never mind that it’s 8,261 miles from Monrovia to Pyongyang. Never mind that North Korea is hardly a major...
  • One Easy Way to Blow $7.6 Billion: Try eradicating Afghanistan’s poppies

    10/24/2014 6:13:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 23, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    The U.S. military learned the hard way not to interfere with Afghanistan’s thriving production of poppies, the colorful flowers that are the source of opium and, by extension, heroin. Now we know the cost of that lesson—a cool $7.6 billion. On Oct. 14, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction—a.k.a., SIGAR—alerted the Defense, State and Justice Departments to this latest dollar figure for poppy-elimination efforts. And here’s SIGAR’s kicker. Despite the nearly $8 billion America has spent on eradication efforts, today the Afghan opium trade is booming. At 400,000 acres, the poppy crop in 2013 was the biggest ever.
  • Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

    10/24/2014 5:31:05 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | October/24/2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.” “With the important exception of some state-sponsored terrorist organizations, ISIL is probably the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted,” David Cohen, U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Oct. 23. “It has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace.” ISIL is generating tens of...
  • Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

    10/24/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Richard Weizel
    Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ... Ebola fears have also touched one of the world's most reclusive countries, North Korea, which will bar entry...
  • Witnesses, attorneys forbidden from saying 'Navy SEALS' at silencers trial

    10/24/2014 4:55:42 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | October 22, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Witnesses, attorneys and even the judge took special care not to let the phrase "Navy SEALs" pass their lips during a federal criminal trial in Alexandria this week, further cloaking an already mysterious case involving the purchase of hundreds of unmarked rifle silencers for the military. Instead, people involved in the trial referred obliquely to "the program," "operators" and "other entities in the government" when discussing who might have wanted to use the silencers, which were acquired through a classified Navy contract. On Wednesday, a key defense witness was interrupted almost immediately after he introduced himself as the weapons accessory...
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign: Letter to Senator John McCain

    10/24/2014 4:47:53 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 3 replies
    Right Side News ^ | October 24, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign
    Senator John McCain 241 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Dear Senator McCain: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. In light of your unwavering support for the Arab Spring, it is important to weigh your concerns for "democracy" against empowering the nation’s enemies. The State of Qatar was a consistent advocate for the Arab Spring, precisely because they are the home of the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. Before even President Obama, reacting to events in...
  • UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to European Union budget

    10/24/2014 4:09:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 24, 2014
    he UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) towards the European Union's budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years. The payment follows new calculations by the EU that determine how much each member state should contribute. It would add about a fifth to the UK's annual net contribution of £8.6bn. A government source said the demand was "not acceptable" while one Tory MP said the UK should simply refuse to pay it. UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the UK had been "hammered again" while Labour said it was imperative that...
  • Russia Will Be Plunged Into A Recession If Oil Prices Fall Further [Fracking stops Putin Empire]

    10/24/2014 3:45:20 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Oct 14 | Tomas Hirt
    Russia will struggle to avoid falling into a recession if oil prices are allowed to drop to $80 a barrel — and could face calamity if prices fall below that level. Brent crude oil prices have fallen from a June high of $115 a barrel to just over $86 a barrel Wednesday. This poses a huge problem for Russia as oil and gas account for around two-thirds of total exports from the country:
  • The Russian Ruble Is Getting Crushed [Good news!]

    10/24/2014 3:41:28 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Russia's currency has been put under pressure by a combination of falling oil prices and fears over a possible sovereign debt downgrade by Standard & Poor’s Friday. The ratings agency currently has a BBB- on Russia, only one grade above junk. A further downgrade would push it into junk territory, likely increasing the country's borrowing costs at a time when it is already struggling to meet budget targets due to plunging commodity revenues. If the oil price continues to slide analysts see the country falling into a recession.
  • Critics Of A Missile Australia Wants For Its F-35s Say It Can Make Its Own Decision To Kill

    10/24/2014 2:37:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Business Insider, Australia ^ | 10/24/2014 | PETER FARQUHAR
    Picture courtesy of Kongsberg. Australia’s new fighter jets could be armed with controversial robot-controlled missiles that critics claim can “make decisions to kill without human interference”. The Joint Strike Missile is close to final development by Norway’s Kongsberg Gruppen. It’s a $1.3 billion bet by the country to make it the standard weapon for the F-35. Back in June, Australia was one of the first countries to express interest in arming its F-35 fleet with the JSM. It’s also been pitched to Japan and South Korea but now it’s close to completion, it’s looking increasingly likely to become the missile...
  • Woman recalls efforts to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at War Memorial [you are loved, you are brave...]

    10/24/2014 12:06:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    CBC Radio ^ | October 23, 2014 | Carol Off speaks with Barbara Winters
    People across the country are mourning the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo today. Since his shooting death at the war memorial in Ottawa, there has been an outpouring of sympathy for his family and his comrades in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders reserve force. Barbara Winters shares that feeling. She is now a lawyer but she spent 17 years in the Naval Reserve. And she was one of those who came to the aid of Nathan Cirillo yesterday in the moments after he was attacked. In an emotional interview with As It Happens host Carol Off, she recalls her efforts...
  • Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis

    09/01/2014 9:52:17 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 1, 2014 | JIM GOMEZ ( Associated Press)
    The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for seeking only surrender options. When rebels challenged UN Camps at a crossing on the Syrian-Israeli, Golan Heights Wednesday. Al Qaida-Nusra, demanded the Fijian and Filipino peacekeepers surrender. The commander of U N Grovel Force, or UNGF, directed demand compliance. Fijian peacekeepers surrendered their weapons, munitions , supplies and pride, are now held by the Nusra. Flip Gen. Catapang, said "nuts", and instead, initiated a daring run for all you are worth, ending the sorta tense, standoff thing. The Philippines has given notice...
  • Canadian reservist's beloved dogs wait for him to return home a day after he was shot dead

    10/23/2014 9:26:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 23, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    * Corporal Nathan Cirillo was gunned down as he stood guard at Canada's National War Memorial on Parliament Hill * The Hamilton, Ontario native was rushed to the hospital but later died * Cirillo, a fitness fanatic and animal lover, served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and worked as a personal trainer and bouncer * His mother, who is traveling to Ottawa, is 'completely broken', relatives saidTheir noses peeking out from under the fence, Nathan Cirillo's dogs wait patiently for their dad - unaware that he will never be coming home. A day after the 24-year-old Canadian reservist and...
  • MacDill troops, families warned to downplay military connection in public

    10/23/2014 8:35:16 PM PDT · by antidisestablishment · 21 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Howard Altman
    TAMPA — Troops and their families at MacDill Air Force Base are being advised to downplay references to their military connections on Facebook, Twitter and other social media because of online threats made by Islamic State and other jihadi groups.
  • WH: States to Decide What to Do If West African Travelers Don’t Self-Report Ebola Symptoms

    10/23/2014 8:24:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – Individuals from West African nations who travel to airports in six U.S. states will be tracked for 21 days for signs of Ebola, but it will be up to individual states to decide what to do if these travelers fail to self-report, the White House said Wednesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest called it “an additional layer that will be based upon an effort to share information with state and local health authorities so they can put in place the measures that they believe would be most effective in protecting the populations of their states.” Screening has already...
  • Man attacks New York police officers with a hatchet By Shimon Procupez and Greg Botelho, CNN

    10/23/2014 7:57:03 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 23, 2014
    Man attacks New York police officers with a hatchet By Shimon Procupez and Greg Botelho, CNN updated 9:48 PM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014 Source: CNN New York (CNN) -- A man charged at four New York police officers with a metal hatchet Thursday, hitting two of them at a time of high alert for authorities concerned they might be targeted in the United States and Canada. The suspect was hiding behind a bus shelter as if he was waiting to attack the officers, according to a law enforcement official, who said it almost appeared as if he was stalking...
  • U.S., allies scramble jets almost daily to repel Russian incursions

    10/23/2014 7:05:08 PM PDT · by knak · 10 replies
    Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense assets on a nearly daily basis in response to air, sea and land incursions by Vladimir Putin’s forces. Not only is Moscow continuing to foment unrest in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials and regional security experts say Russian fighter jets are testing U.S. reaction times over Alaska and Japan’s ability to scramble planes over its northern islands — all while haunting Sweden’s navy and antagonizing Estonia’s tiny national security force. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/23/vladimir-putin-emboldened-by-weak-us-response-to-r/#ixzz3H1YXcfit Follow us: @washtimes...
  • NYC doctor tests positive for deadly Ebola virus (Bowling for Obola)

    10/23/2014 5:52:30 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 154 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Post Staff
    A Harlem doctor who recently treated patients in Africa, tested positive for the deadly disease after he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with symptoms, including a 103-degree fever, sources told The Post. [snip] Spencer had spent Wednesday night bowling in Williamsburg. He used an Uber car service to get to and from the Brooklyn neighborhood. Hipster bowling hot spot The Gutter was closed last night due to “unforseen circumstances.”[snip]
  • Burrito chain urged to drop ‘illegal’ from name (‘Illegal Pete’s’, Colorado)

    10/23/2014 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:58 PM EDT
    Some people are urging the Colorado burrito chain Illegal Pete’s to change its name because of the way the word “illegal” has been used to describe immigrants. The Coloradan reports that about 30 people gathered in Fort Collins Wednesday to ask owner Pete Turner to change the name of the chain, which is about to open an outlet there. It’s part of a bigger campaign nationally against what critics refer to as the “I-word.” They think using the word to describe a person is dehumanizing. …