Saturday, 25 October 2014

Ebola report - 10.24/2014

New York, New Jersey Begin Mandatory Quarantines In Ebola Response


24 October, 2014


Despite the constant confirmation that New York "is prepared, and has been prepared for months" for an Ebola outbreak (that is extremely difficult to catch apparently), it appears Governor Cuomo and NJ's Christie are more concerned than they are letting on. Having earlier admitted that the CDC's screening guidelines are "insufficient" for New York regions' population density, Reuters reports that Cuomo and Christie are considering "enhanced screening" where "all healthcare workers will be mandatorily quarantined." Cue "state of emergency" proclamation and civil liberties 'interrupted'...

  • *EBOLA SCREENING WILL BE STRENGTHENED AT NY AIRPORTS, SAYS CNBC
  • *NY AIRPORT SCREENING WILL GO BEYOND CDC REQUIREMENTS: CNBC
  • *NY AIRPORTS TO QUARANTINE ALL HC WORKERS FROM HI RISK NATIONS
  • *JFK, NEWARK TO HAVE ADDITIONAL SCREENING FOR EBOLA: CHRISTIE
  • *STEPS INCLUDE MANDATORY QUARANTINE FOR MED. SERVICE PROVIDERS
  • *MEDICS BACK FROM EBOLA COUNTRIES TO BE QUARANTINED: CHRISTIE
  • *NEWARK, JFK HEALTH DEPTS.TO DETERMINE QUARANTINE NEEDS:CHRISTIE
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Governors Cuomo & Christie explain how its for your own good... but it's not very congaious and really hard to catch... etc.



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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are planning to increase current screening procedures for people travelling from Ebola-affected regions.
 
Depending on an individual's risk level—exposure to infected individuals and countries visited—a mandatory 21-day quarantine could be instituted, Cuomo said.
 
All medical workers from Ebola-affected countries will be subject to a quarantine,said Dr. Howard Zucker, acting commissioner of health for New York State. Cuomo said voluntary quarantine is not sufficient, and that it is "almost an oxymoron."
 
"In an region like this, you go out one, two, or three times—you ride the subway, you ride a bus—you could affect hundreds and hundreds of people," Cuomo added.
 
"There is no reason for undue concern or undo anxiety under this situation," the New York governor said. "I believe this adjustment and increasing the screening procedures is necessary. I think it reduces the risk to New Yorkers and the residents of New Jersey."
 
Christie indicated that authorities have already stopped one traveler in Newark.
 
Cuomo said that he and Christie believe it is a state's right to protect their borders, and he indicated that the governors have been in touch with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He added he believed the CDC's procedures are "not rigorous enough."
 
Christie said the measures are "necessary to protect public health."
"CDC's guidance is continually changing, and we need to set a standard for our two states," Christie said. These new procedures have already been put in place at the Port Authority airports, Cuomo said.

And so it begins...

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Additionally, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) released the following statement in the aftermath of the first confirmed case of Ebola in New York:







In the wake of the first confirmed case of Ebola in New York City, the Obama administration must reassess the strength of the measures put into place to protect the health and safety of our residents. All options should be on the table in the fight against Ebola, including a possible ban on nonessential travel originating in the source West African nations.”

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If there is a major Ebola pandemic in America, all of the liberties and the freedoms that you currently enjoy would be gone.  If government officials believe that you have the virus, federal law allows them to round you up and detain you "for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary."  In addition, the CDC already has the authority to quarantine healthy Americans if they reasonably believe that they may become sick.  During an outbreak, the government can force you to remain isolated in your own home, or the government may forcibly take you to a treatment facility, a tent city, a sports stadium, an old military base or a camp.  You would not have any choice in the matter.  And you would be forced to endure any medical procedure mandated by the government.  That includes shots, vaccines and the drawing of blood.  During such a scenario, you can scream about your "rights" all that you want, but it won't do any good.

In case you are tempted to think that I am making this up, I want you to read what federal law actually says.  The following is 42 U.S.C. 264(d).  I have added bold for emphasis...







(1) Regulations prescribed under this section may provide for the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease in a qualifying stage and (A) to be moving or about to move from a State to another State; or (B) to be a probable source of infection to individuals who, while infected with such disease in a qualifying stage, will be moving from a State to another State. Such regulations may provide that if upon examination any such individual is found to be infected, he may be detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary. For purposes of this subsection, the term “State” includes, in addition to the several States, only the District of Columbia.
 
(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term “qualifying stage”, with respect to a communicable disease, means that such disease—
 
(A) is in a communicable stage; or
 
(B) is in a precommunicable stage, if the disease would be likely to cause a public health emergency if transmitted to other individuals.
In addition, as I discussed above, the CDC already has the authority to isolate people that are not sick to see if they do become sick.  The following is what the CDC website says about this...







Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine can also help limit the spread of communicable disease.
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Welcome to the new normal American police state.

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Don't worry though - as this TV anchor says - just don't eat Ebola-infected shit!!!


Ukraine update - 10/24/2014

Ukraine mini-SITREP: very ominous developments (follow up)



24 October, 2014

This post is a short follow-up to the Ukraine mini-SITREP: very ominous developments post I did a couple of days ago.

Several of you have noticed what can only be called a declaration of war on Russia by one of the top figures of the AngloZionist international capital, George Soros who has declared that "
Russia is an existential threat to Europe".  First, Khodorkovsky, now Soros - it is pretty clear who is gunning for Russia and how, and it is equally clear that what these financiers are really admitting by their bellicose statements is that Putin is an existential threat to them.  In the latter statement, they are actually 100% correct (proving one more time that those who say that Putin is an oligarchic puppet are just useful and manipulated idiots).


Nuland, Soros, Khodorkovsky, Hillary, Friedman and the list goes on and on and on.  The entire Neocon cabal is out for war and they are putting tremendous pressure on the rest of the planet to join.

The Europeans are, typically, showing less spine than a microwaved jellyfish: even though they fully know and understand that Uncle Sam is propping up a Nazi regime in Kiev and that the US policies are hurting them, they will do whatever the US tells them.  There is no European foreign policy to speak of.  All the Europeans can produce is a submissive "yessir! anything you say sir!".  One of the most pitiful expressions of this European submission to any order from the US, no matter how stupid, is this fairytale about a Russian submarine lurking inside the Swedish waters.

Not only is that a bad replay of the Swedish Cold War era paranoia following the 
Whiskey on the Rocks incident, in which a navigational error resulted in a Soviet Whiskey-class sub being beached on the rocks near Karlskrona.  While the Swedes of the Cold War could be excused for seeing Soviet subs as often as Scots see the Loch Ness Monster, to come up with the same nonsense in 2014 is plain embarrassing and shows that the Swedish military will also execute any other, no matter how evidently stupid.  This time around, the BBC claims that the first sign of a Russian sub was, I kid you not, a "radio conversation in Russian was reportedly detected on Thursday 16 October between the Stockholm archipelago and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, where Russia's Baltic fleet is based".  Apparently, there are people dumb enough to believe this kind of nonsense.

Seriously, funny as these "Swedish fairytales" are, we should not overlook the fact that the intention behind them is not funny at all: to create fear and possibly a pretext for a confrontation.

In the meantime, in Banderastan, things are getting worse and worse every day and the only thing holding back a full scale Ukie attack on Novorussia is the fear of further military defeats before the elections.  But short of a major change in dynamic, a Ukie attack will happen as soon as the elections are over.  One thing which could delay such an attack would be an anti-Poroshenko coup in Kiev.

Though this has not quite been reported that way, one thing which did come out of the Milan summit is that the Ukrainians have basically admitted that they have no money at all.  None.  Hence all the talks about the Europeans forking the money for the Russian gas.  Also, the cold season has begun and from now on its all just going to get worse and worse.
One more important item:

The deadline to post comments to Khazin has just passed.

I have to admit that even in my wildest dreams I could not have imagined such a huge number of questions.  Next, the Russian Saker Blog Team Leader and myself will have to decide on the number of questions we will forward to Mikhail Khazin  and what methodology to follow to select questions.  We might combine similar question into one.  I am not sure, but I will keep you posted.

Kind regards,

The Saker


Putin warns the West

Putin Warns Of Risk Of Major Conflict, Says Dollar Losing Reserve Currency Status



24 October, 2014

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 no good for others," and calls for a new global consensus.

Having met Crown Prince Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi in Sochi, who confirmed that Moscow “plays a very important role in the Middle East," and added that he had no doubts that his country and Russia “are bound by a privileged relationship," it appears Russia is less "isolated" than the West would have many believe.

As Bloomberg reports:

*PUTIN SPEAKS AT MEETING OF VALDAI CLUB IN SOCHI
*PUTIN SAYS WORLD GROWING LESS SECURE, PREDICTABLE
*PUTIN SAYS NO GUARANTEE OF GLOBAL SECURITY
*GLOBAL SECURITY SYSTEM IS WEAK, DEFORMED: PUTIN
*COLD WAR ENDED WITHOUT PEACE BEING ACHIEVED: PUTIN
*PUTIN SAYS COLD WAR `VICTORS' DISMANTLING INTL LAWS, RELATIONS
*U.S. HAS WORSENED DISBALANCE IN INTL RELATIONS: PUTIN
*PUTIN SAYS U.S.  ACTING LIKE NOUVEAU RICHE AS GLOBAL LEADER
*PUTIN SAYS WORLD LEADERS BEING BLACKMAILED BY `BIG BROTHER'
*U.S. LEADERSHIP BRINGS NO GOOD FOR OTHERS: PUTIN
*PUTIN SEES GLOBAL MEDIA UNDER CONTROL, UNDERMINING TRUTH
*PUTIN SAYS WEST CLOSED EYES TO INTL TERRORISM ENTERING RUSSIA
*PUTIN CALLS U.S. SELF-APPOINTED LEADER
*PUTIN: UNIPOLAR WORLD LIKE DICTATORSHIP OVER OTHER COUNTRIES
*PUTIN SAYS MANY COUNTRIES DISENCHANTED W/ GLOBALIZATION: PUTIN
*PUTIN SAYS U.S. DOLLAR LOSING TRUST AS RESERVE CURRENCY
*RUSSIA WON'T BEG FOR ANYTHING: PUTIN
*SANCTIONS UNDERMINING WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION RULES: PUTIN
*RUSSIA ISN'T WALLING ITSELF OFF FROM WORLD, PUTIN SAYS
*RUSSIA READY FOR DIALOGUE ON NORMALIZING ECONOMIC TIES: PUTIN
*PUTIN: WORLD WITHOUT RULES IS POSSIBILITY; ANARCHY GROWING
*PUTIN CALLS FOR NEW GLOBAL CONSENSUS, INTERDEPENDENCE
*PUTIN: CONTINUED USE OF FORCE IN UKRAINE MAY LEAD TO DEAD END
*PUTIN SAYS U.S. CAN'T HUMILIATE ITS PARTNERS FOREVER
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Fighting talk?
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Escalation? It seems sabre-rattling is picking up as The Washington Times reports,


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.



What’s going on is a radical escalation of aggressive Russian muscle flexing and posturing designed to demonstrate that Russia is no longer a defeated power of the Cold War era,” says Ariel Cohen, who heads the Center for Energy, National Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security in Washington.

The more we retreat, the more we are encouraging Russia to behave in a more aggressive way,” Mr. Cohen said. “We need to be engaging more deeply with our Central Asian allies, but instead we are in the process of abandoning turf to Russia, and it’s wrong — it’s against our interests geopolitically to let Russia feel that they all of a sudden have won all the turf without firing a shot.”


Headlines

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Cut, baby, cut! -- RF
McDonald's franchisees are furious that the company's aggressive promotions and costly restaurant upgrades are squeezing their profits, according to a new survey. "Growth for McDonald's is over," one franchisee wrote in response to the survey by the financial services firm Janney Capital Markets.

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Saudi airspace has become one of the most potentially dangerous areas to fly in the world, with the rate of near-crashes surpassing seven times the global average.
The five biggest U.S. airlines all increased their base fare on domestic flights in the past week, despite declining fuel prices and apprehension over the potential spread of Ebola.
Don't expect the once-struggling airline industry to pass its good fortune on to travelers during the holidays

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
This is one of the most sensible proposals I've seen in a long time. -- RF
Congressional neocons are determined to sink negotiations to constrain but not end Iran’s nuclear program – all the better to get on with bombing Iran at the heart of their agenda.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Masked assailants Wednesday set fire to the city hall in Iguala in a rampage triggered by the failure of Mexican authorities to resolve the case of 43 missing student teachers.

## Energy/resources ##
The Philippine government said on Tuesday it would count on big businesses with diesel-fuelled power generators to avert rolling brownouts in 2015, as it struggles to get authority from the country's Congress to tackle a looming electricity shortage.

## Got food? ##
73% of seed crops are now ‘owned’ by 10 corporations – while community and grassroots initiatives are working to keep global diversity alive.

## Environment/health ##
All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Devices identical to those secretly planted in New York City phone booths have been installed in public spaces in Los Angeles and Chicago.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

## Japan ##
Two U.S. Navy destroyers with ballistic missile defense capabilities are being forward deployed to Japan, the U.S. Navy announced.
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as part of preparations for removing the nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool.

## China ##
China is finding oil supplies 14,000 miles away, aided by the global rout in prices that’s left producers vying for new markets.

## UK ##
The impact of the startling price of energy has been revealed by a government leaflet released today, which recommends that pensioners only heat one room in their house in order to stay warm without breaking the bank. It raises the question of just how desperate energy bills are making life for retirees.
How many "excess deaths" this winter? -- RF
Parents with adult children still living at home forced to take out loans and cut back on groceries, survey finds

## US ##
Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn’t have changed policies much even if he tried.
Which is essentially the point I made on July 18. Obama is not in charge, any more than Bush was. From POTUS on down, American elected officials largely do as dictated by the system; they actually have little discretion to make any substantive changes. So again, dumping on Obama, or any previous president, is barking up the wrong tree. -- RF
After last year's long cold winter spiked propane costs and left firewood piles burned to nothing, White said rural Minnesotans are stocking up on anything to keep their homes warm.
Americans' love of central heating will lead to tragedy, as the struggle to heat entire homes, instead of just a few rooms, will exhaust fuel supplies much faster. -- RF
While we joked about it getting cold in Ukraine as they argued with Russia over supplies, it might be the other side of the Atlantic that faces the bigger chill.

And finally...