When it comes to Ebola, the story that the government is telling us just keeps on changing. At first, government officials were claiming that it was very difficult to spread the Ebola virus. Some of them were even comparing it to HIV. We were given the impression that we had to have “direct contact” with someone else’s body fluids in order to have any chance of catching the virus. But of course that is not true at all. Now authorities are admitting that Ebola is “aerostable”, that it can be “spread through droplets”, and that it can remain on surfaces for up to 50 days. That is far different information than we have been getting up until this point. So that means when they were so confidently declaring that they know exactly how Ebola spreads they were lying to us.
On October 24th, a 33 page document was released by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and in that document it is admitted that Ebola is “aerostable”. WND was one of the first news outlets to report on this…
The information was contained in a 33-page report released Oct. 24 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction.
The agency report states “preliminary studies indicate that Ebola is aerostable in an enclosed controlled system in the dark and can survive for long periods in different liquid media and can also be recovered from plastic and glass surfaces at low temperatures for over 3 weeks.”
The report says the government is seeking technologies for the “rapid disinfection” of Ebola, including an aerosol version of the virus.
The Fed’s $4 Trillion Bet … The U.S. Federal Reserve announced … that it will halt the bond-buying program known as quantitative easing — one of the biggest experiments in economic policy ever attempted. The policy was a gamble, and it’s too soon to be sure of the results. Nonetheless, the Fed was right to take the risk. – Bloomberg
Dominant Social Theme: Another bold step by the Fed.
Free-Market Analysis: The Federal Reserve, as expected, is distancing itself from the program known as “quantitative easing.”
This program involved purchasing various US securities with freshly printed money, presumably to add liquidity and confidence to the market. The program lasted several years but eventually poured money into the larger economy, causing many to worry about the results of monetary inflation.
As a result, Fed officials began to retreat from the program. The Fed bought fewer and fewer securities. And now, the announcement has come that the program is to be reduced to nothing – at least for now.
Nearly 15 years ago, European and African scientists knew that the Ebola virus could infect a person without them knowing about it, meaning they can walk around with the virus in their system and never show any symptoms.
In 2000, The New York Times (archived here), cited the findings of a study published in a prestigious medical journal, reporting:
The possibility of asymptomatic infection was only suggested in earlier studies, they said in last week’s issue of The Lancet, a medical journal published in London. Now they said they had documented such infections for the first time. They found that the Ebola virus could persist in the blood of asymptomatic infected individuals for two weeks after they were first exposed to an infected individual. How much longer the virus can persist is unknown.
The Times went on to report that the virus “usually spreads” from someone who is infected via contamination “in clinics or hospitals,” generally through contact with materials contaminated with infected bodily fluids. At that time, however, based on the “new finding” at the time, “some” Ebola “cases may result from healthy carriers,” though “[h]ow often is unknown.”
In an October 27 letter to President Obama, Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said that the president’s reported post-election plan to issue an executive order to grant legal status and work authorization to millions of illegal immigrants “will devastate the black community.”
Kirsanow said that in addition to low-skilled black workers, the increased legal status will also have a negative effect on high-skilled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workers. He explained that his concerns were renewed after he learned about USCIS’s (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’) draft solicitation projecting a potential “surge” in Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards.
In our October 20 article, we quoted the USCIS’s pre-solicitation notice, which stated: “The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total.”
In his letter to the president, Kirsanow said this vastly increased demand for green cards and work permits “suggests that USCIS expects to have a demand for 9 million to 14 million documents as a result of an executive amnesty or guest worker program.”
Here is an interesting article from the folks at The Daily Bell. Does the situation in Mexico make sense? Well, yes, if forces are attempting to destroy Mexico; to bring it into chaos. Remember: Order out of chaos. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
Enough! Mexico Is Ready to Explode … Mexico has been profoundly shaken by atrocities and high-level corruption in Guerrero. The earthquake’s epicenter is Iguala, the state’s third largest city. Fifty thousand marchers thronged Mexico City’s main avenues last Wednesday, and demonstrations took place all over the country. More than 80 delegates to the Inter-University Assembly have called for a nationwide halt to all educational activities on Nov. 5, and are asking other social groups to join them. Protesters set fire to state headquarters in Chilpancingo, Guerrero’s capital, and are sacking supermarkets and shopping centers. – Huffington Post
Dominant Social Theme: Mexico has been badly run for centuries. But things will surely improve over time …
Free-Market Analysis: Or not. We have a provocative question regarding Mexico: Is there a larger sociopolitical plan to destabilize this great country?
The American Red Cross was ill-equipped to provide aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac, a new report suggests, and allocated resources not towards offering help, but on generating publicity.
A new report conducted jointly by ProPublica and NPR raises concerns about how the humanitarian group conducted itself in the wake of the storms that occurred in 2012 and 2011, respectively, and claims that the organization’s actions were “politically driven” and not on par with how the Red Cross routinely acts in such situations.
Through internal documents obtained by journalists and interviews conducted with those close to the Red Cross’ response to those emergencies, the reports published this week by both media outlets conclude that evidence depicts “an organization so consumed with public relations that it hindered the charity’s ability to provide disaster services.”
Among the allegations unearthed in the new report are claims that “as many as 40 percent” of the agency’s emergency vehicles were used as backdrops during pressers, not for providing relief, during those emergencies, and accusations that Red Cross headquarters in Washington “diverted assets for public relations purposes.” According to one of the truck drivers, Jim Dunham, relief vehicles were ordered by the dozens to be deployed not to assist, but “just to be seen” at press conferences.
For the second time in just months, a major study is ringing alarm bells not just about the connection between abortion and birth-control pills and breast cancer, one of the biggest killers of women in the U.S., but over the fact patients are not being adequately warned about the dangers they face in making those “choices.”
It was a study in the Linacre Quarterly by experts from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Catholic Social Services in Lincoln, Nebraska, the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill that said informed consent is becoming a major issue.
“Research studies document a compounding of breast cancer risk factors for girls and young women that underscores the duty for full and accurate informed consent,” the study states, citing the horrifying statistics that have been revealed.
“A history of abortion before 8 weeks gestation in women younger than 18 years (girls) increased the risk of breast cancer by 30 percent. However, if a pregnancy lasting more than 8 weeks was terminated when a girl was younger than 18 years, the risk increased 800 percent,” the study said.
Facebook third-quarter revenue rises 59 percent, shares down slightly … Facebook Inc’s mobile ads powered the social network past Wall Street revenue targets in the third quarter, even as the company revealed deep losses in its recently acquired WhatsApp business. Shares of Facebook, which are roughly up 47 percent this year, were down less than one percent at $80.20 in extended trading on Tuesday. Facebook said revenue in the three months ended Sept. 30 totaled $3.2 billion, up 59 percent from $2.02 billion in the year-ago period. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: Facebook is great and getting better.
Free-Market Analysis: We’ve been waiting for the Facebook implosion ever since the company went public. We were not alone in reporting on the disaster-in-the-making that was the overpriced IPO, but we were certainly correct.
Our skepticism regarding the Facebook IPO was generated by our larger knowledge of the company and its apparent US intelligence ties. We figured that in some sense the US military-industrial complex was lined up behind Facebook and was going to milk the IPO for all it was worth.
Mark this day on your calendars. The Dow is at 16974, the S&P 500 is at 1982 and the NASDAQ is at 4549. From this day forward, we will be looking to see how the stock market performs without the monetary heroin that the Federal Reserve has been providing to it. Since November 2008, the Fed has created about 3.5 trillion dollars and pumped it into the financial system. An excellent chart illustrating this in graphic format can be found right here. Pretty much everyone agrees that this has been a tremendous boon for the financial markets. As you will see below, even former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan says that quantitative easing was “a terrific success” as far as boosting stock prices. But he also says that QE has not been very helpful to the real economy at all. In essence, the entire quantitative easing program was a massive 3.5 trillion dollar gift to Wall Street. If that sounds unfair to you, that is because it is unfair.
So why is the Federal Reserve finally ending quantitative easing?
Well, officially the Fed says that it is because there has been so much improvement in the labor market…
The Fed’s language, however, did suggest that they were getting more comfortable with the economy’s improvement. It cited “solid job gains,” citing a “substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market,” as well as pointing out that “underutilization” of labor resources is “gradually diminishing.”