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OBAMA’S MISTAKE RIDDEN RESPONSE TO EBOLA

The Ebola crisis has already blackened Obama’s declining reputation, and it certainly won’t help Democrats in the mid-term elections desperately trying to hold onto their majority in the Senate. The administration’s response to the Ebola pandemic in West Africa is typical of all that is wrong with an overconfident government filled with crony appointees at the highest levels. The nation is fed up with corruption at the IRS, Eric Holder’s Justice Department, and now in the CDC which is plagued with insider connections with the big pharmaceutical companies. The CDC promotes dangerous drugs and vaccines as the sole solution. The current crisis is a combination of incompetence, bureaucratic slowness, and decades of our own government experimenting with and developing bio-warfare viral strains like Ebola—and the genie is now out of the bottle. All of this may not have been as accidental as it seems, and the government will surely use the current crisis to dramatically increase it’s power to restrict personal liberties. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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'Plunge protection' behind market's sudden recovery

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 22 2014
Mysterious forces were trying their best, but they couldn't keep the stock market from swooning Wednesday. They failed in the morning, despite massive purchases of stock index futures contracts. Within minutes of the market's opening, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 350 points. Later in the day - after a lot of shocking ebb and flow - the Dow bottomed out with a decline of 460 points. It was only in the last hour of trading that the market saviors managed to trim the Dow loss to just 173 points. And they succeeded only after Janet Yellen's private, upbeat remarks about the economy were leaked. Welcome to a new kind of stock market - one that the average investor should refuse to be invested in. — New York Post

Massachusetts awards $566 million subway car contract to Chinese rail company

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 22 2014
A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the "T," the nation's oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China's human rights record as well as complaints from competitors that the company's winning bid was unrealistically low. — Fox News

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 22 2014
A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. The decision closes an emotional chapter in a case that outraged Iraqis, inflamed anti-American sentiment across the globe and touched off debate over the role of private security contractors working for the U.S. government in war zones. — Reuters

Expert: Autopsy doesn't show if Brown went for gun

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 22 2014
Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him. The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy report, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, doesn't explain why Brown was killed after the apparent scuffle at the officer's police vehicle spilled onto a Ferguson street or confirm whether he was confronting Wilson or trying to surrender when he was fatally shot - both scenarios offered by various witnesses to the Aug. 9 shooting. — Roanoke.com

Michael Brown autopsy reveals close-range shooting, THC in system

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 22 2014
An official autopsy and toxicology report for Michael Brown, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reveals that he was shot at close range and had marijuana in his system when he was gunned down by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. — St. Louis Post Dispatch

Estonia Demands Explanation Over Russian Spy Plane

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 22 2014
The spokeswoman said Estonia wants to know why a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft crossed into its airspace Tuesday afternoon. NATO says the Russian aircraft was in Estonian airspace for about a minute. NATO says it scrambled Danish and Portuguese F-16s from an air base in the Baltics after an unknown aircraft appeared on radar. Danish fighter jets intercepted and identified the Russian plane. — Voice of America

UNC Admits Fake Classes for Athletes Were Widespread: Four Blunt Points

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 22 2014
The University of North Carolina on Wednesday admitted its academic-fraud-for-athletes scandal was worse than the public has previously been told. That's saying something. After all, the practice at Chapel Hill of steering football and basketball players into fake classes had already made North Carolina the epicenter of a national debate about the corrupting effects of the $16 billion college athletics industry. Four blunt points: — Bloomberg

White House Punts on USCIS Request for 'Surge' of Immigration ID's

posted by askousen - Tuesday, October 21 2014
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to address a Breitbart News report about a "surge" of immigration ID's requested by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services....The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In the "surge," scenario in 2016, the agency would need an additional five million cards - more than double the baseline annual amount - for a total of nine million. — Breitbart

French scientists devise fast-track test for Ebola

posted by askousen - Tuesday, October 21 2014
...The diagnostic tool, not yet approved by regulators, works by monoclonal antibodies reacting to the presence of virus in a tiny sample, which can be a drop of blood, plasma or urine, it said. A European pharma company Vedalab is turning it into a user-friendly kit called Ebola eZYSCREEN. Similar to a DIY pregnancy test, a positive result sees a small stripe showing up in a results window on the hand-held device. The kit is simple to use in the field without any additional equipment, said the CEA, which also does non-nuclear research with a possible military or security application. — Channel News Asia

US probing claims ISIS fighters seized airdropped weapons meant for Kurds

posted by askousen - Tuesday, October 21 2014
U.S. military officials say they are investigating claims that Islamic State fighters seized a cache of weapons that were airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces and meant for Kurdish militiamen. A video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic State showed a cache of weapons including hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Their claims would appear to correspond with those of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said the militants had seized at least one cache. — Fox News

Detroit officials bristle at UN visit, scolding over water shut-offs

posted by askousen - Tuesday, October 21 2014
Detroit officials are fuming after two visiting United Nations lawyers scolded the city for cutting off water to delinquent customers and described the shut-offs as a "human rights" violation. The response follows a three-day visit to Detroit -- which desperately is trying to bail itself out of bankruptcy -- from two representatives with the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. — Fox News

Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches

posted by askousen - Tuesday, October 21 2014
Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). I don't mean to point out the obvious here - but what do those attorneys think a sermon is? It's a speech. — Fox News

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

posted by askousen - Tuesday, October 21 2014
...PPE, or, personal protective equipment, is sort of a catch-all phrase for the suits, booties, gloves, hoods and in many cases respirators worn by individuals who are entering a hot zone. These suits are incredibly difficult to move in. You are wearing several layers of gloves, which limits your dexterity to basically nil, the hoods limit the scope of your vision -- especially your peripheral vision, which all but disappears. The suits are hot?--?almost unbearably so. The respirator gives you clean air, but not cool air. These suits are for protection, not comfort. Before you even suit up, your vitals need to be taken. You can't perform in the suit for more than about a half hour at a time -- if you make it that long. Heat stroke is almost a given at that point. You have to be fully hydrated and calm before you even step into the suit. By the time you come out of it, and your vitals are taken again, you're likely to be feeling the impact -- you may not have taken more than a few steps in the suit, but you'll feel like you've run a marathon on a 90-degree day. — Huffington Post

Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
"He wanted us to become participants in this partition of Ukraine ... This was one of the first things that Putin said to my prime minister, Donald Tusk, when he visited Moscow," he was quoted as saying in the interview dated Oct. 19. "He (Putin) went on to say Ukraine is an artificial country and that Lwow is a Polish city and why don't we just sort it out together," Sikorski was quoted as saying. — Reuters

Swedish navy hunting for mystery sub, asks all civilian vessels to leave area south of Stockholm

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
...Swedish military officials say there have been three sightings of the elusive craft since Friday, just 40 kilometres west of Stockholm amid the myriad of islands and skerries that stretch from the capital into the Baltic Sea. — National Post

Yes, It's Legal To Film The Cops -- And What's Been Filmed In Recent Months Is Appalling

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
...Although police might intimidate bystanders into thinking otherwise, it's perfectly legal to film the cops -- not only in New York, but everywhere in the U.S. -- as long as you don't get in their way. Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, encourages people to keep using their phones to film troubling police incidents. The more people who post these videos online, she said, the more likely it is that other people will reach for their own phones when they see cops doing something questionable. — Huffington Post

City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene. "Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted," attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. "The threat of enforcement is more than just credible." — Fox News Radio

Supreme Court Destroys Trial by Jury

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
...So now the question is no longer hanging. People were punished for behavior of which a jury specifically found them to not be guilty, and the Supreme Court is going to let the conviction stand. You can read Scalia's dissent at the Sentencing Law and Policy blog. I can't believe that either Alito or Roberts would not join Scalia and Thomas. Right now, the judge can not only include crimes of which you have never been convicted in sentencing you, but he can include crimes that a jury has denied you are guilty of. That is a mockery of justice. — Political Outcast

Exclusive: Obama Administration Quietly Prepares 'Surge' Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun. — Breitbart

Doctors "Hit Breaking-Point" As Ebola Death Toll Tops 4500; Nigeria 'Clear' But Harvard Issues Trave

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
The WHO is coming under increasing scrutiny over its response to the the deadly epidemic. As The BBC reports, after stating that the death toll has hit 4,555 worldwide, a leaked internal document shows "nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall." There are a few tidbits of good news this weekend: the Spanish patient's test returned negative, 48 "at-risk" people in Dallas have been cleared, and Nigeria has been declared "ebola-free". Sadly, the bad news keeps coming: the virus has spread to new regions of Guinea (affecting mining operations), Moodys warns the economic legacy will linger, IMF slashes growth forecasts for Africa, and most critically, MSF doctors are at their breaking point: "The epidemic is still getting worse... I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel." Lastly, Harvard has imposed a travel ban from Ebola-affected nations. — ZeroHedge

Obama's New Ebola 'Czar' Does Not Have Medical, Health Care Background

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
...Facing renewed criticism of his handling of the Ebola risk, Obama will make Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, his point man on fighting Ebola at home and in West Africa. Klain will report to national security adviser Susan Rice and to homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, the White House said. Klain does not have a medical or a health care background. — CBS News

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. — Reuters

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

posted by askousen - Monday, October 20 2014
Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies-even clinics-going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS 'taxes' and putting ISIS people on their payrolls. — The Daily Beast

White House Ebola Czar Was 'Key Player' In Solyndra Scandal

posted by askousen - Saturday, October 18 2014
Ron Klain, the newly appointed White House Ebola response coordinator, was one of the senior White House officials who advised that President Obama should visit solar power company Solyndra in 2011, despite an auditor raising red flags about the company's finances. — Daily Caller

Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

posted by askousen - Saturday, October 18 2014
In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a "real risk" in the future. "I think that is a real risk," Cruz tells me. "Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response." But he adds: "The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now." — The Brody File

Local jails refusing to hold illegal immigrant offenders, forcing feds to track them down

posted by askousen - Saturday, October 18 2014
...In all, some 275 counties in 42 states now refuse to honor ICE "holds" even for the most serious criminals. According to ICE data, 62 percent of the 8,811 criminal aliens released this year had been previously charged or convicted of a crime, in most cases a felony. The sharpest drop in transfers to ICE custody came from northern California, down 53 percent. They came down 15 percent in Los Angeles, where immigrant advocates claim ICE holds can be triggered by as little as a traffic stop and needlessly rip apart families. Colorado and California have laws prohibiting local agencies from cooperating with ICE, and several courts ruled agencies are under no obligation to comply with holds because they do not meet constitutional standards of probable cause. — Fox News

DHS Opens Door to New Immigrants from Haiti, Extends Special Protections For Honduran, Nicaraguan Im

posted by askousen - Saturday, October 18 2014
The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that is will be extending Temporary Protected Status to nationals from Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months and instituting a new program to bring thousands of Haitian immigrants to U.S. — Breitbart

Pentagon withheld information about decades-old chemical weapons during Iraq War, report claims

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 15 2014
American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York Times reported late Tuesday that American troops reported finding approximately 5,000 chemical warheads, shells, or aviation bombs in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. On at least six occasions, soldiers were wounded by those weapons, which had been manufactured before 1991. In all, the paper reported that 17 U.S. soldiers and seven Iraqi police officers were exposed to chemical agents during the war. The U.S. government said its number was slightly higher, but did not release a specific figure. — Fox News

Lockheed Martin Claims Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change World Forever

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 15 2014
Lockheed Martin, the industrial conglomerate based in Bethesda, MD with close ties to the U.S. Department of Defense, is claiming to have made a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion, which could lead to development of reactors small enough to fit on the back of a truck within a decade. — Forbes

CDC Scrambles to Fix Ebola Procedures After Second Dallas Hospital Infection

posted by askousen - Wednesday, October 15 2014
A second Dallas health-care worker has now tested positive for Ebola, and a medical worker in Madrid was diagnosed with the virus after treating patients there. Outside the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, where hospital staffs have been decimated by Ebola-as well as some cases in Nigeria, where medical staff caught the virus—health workers have safely treated patients without further transmission in Senegal and at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. What went wrong in Dallas and Madrid? — Bloomberg