Incredibly, direct shipping routes are still active between the Ebola-stricken countries in Africa and Europe's largest ports.
Look for Ebola to pop up there next.
Congress Votes for More War in the Middle East
Written by Ron Paul | Sunday, September 21, 2014
Last week, the House and Senate voted to rubber stamp President Obama’s war plans for the Middle East. Both bodies, on a bipartisan basis, authorized the US to begin openly training and arming the rebels who have been fighting for three years to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.
Although the Syrian government has also been fighting ISIS and related extremist groups for three years, the US refuses to speak to the Syrians and has warned Assad not to interfere with the coming US attack on sovereign Syrian territory
President Obama promised that airstrikes alone would “degrade and destroy” ISIS, telling the US military in a speech last week that:
“The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission… I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.”
But of course any US troops sent into a war zone are “combat” troops. And more are on their way.
ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.
The youth protest in the state's second-largest school district follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools in the politically and economically diverse area that has become a key political battleground.
US Foreign Policy Has Become a South Park Episode
It's Coming Right For Us
By Jeremy Herb | 9/23/14
The first airstrikes launched against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria by the U.S. and a handful of Arab allies were “very successful,” the Pentagon said Tuesday, but warned they were just the start of a long campaign that could go on for years.
“Last night’s strikes are the beginning of a credible and sustainable, persistent campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,” Lt. Gen. William Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon.
“I think it would be in terms of years, yes,” Mayville said when asked about the length of the campaign.
WHY THE AMERICAN DREAM NOW REQUIRES A WORLD IN FLAMES
Recently, Charles Hugh Smith posted arguments for why the U.S. dollar is bound to get stronger rather than collapse the way most folks in the gold-n-liberty club have been expecting. To be sure, they have had the right perspective on the problems and reasonable expectations for very severe consequences. After all, there are endless historical examples of government financial malfeasance to prove the gold-n-liberty folks right -- from Diocletian's debasement to Zimbabwe's 100,000,000% inflation rate.
But the truth is, the world has never had a hegemonic financial system in place as it does now. We are not only in a contemporary period of ahistory (meaning, nothing in history can compare), we are unaware as to the extent at which this system can be made to last for its beneficiaries -- at the expense of the REST of the world.
In The Counter-Intuitive Rise of the U.S. Dollar (September 22, 2014), Smith lists two main reasons for the dollar's continued dominance DESPITE the kind of massive abuse that ordinarily sinks other currencies and their economies: ubiquity and liquidity. He states:
Bill Maher took on America's latest march to war during the final minutes of "Real Time" on Friday, arguing that the fear of ISIS has been blown out of proportion. "They're selling terror and boy are we buying," he jabbed.
Back in July of this year, I had a friend notice a small bump on my 9 year old Jack Russell Terrior's chin. After that initial find, the bump grew from about 1 to 2 and 1/2 inches in a matter of 1 week.
The wife and I thought something was up because of how fast it grew and she wasn't eating in the morning or barely at all. We were right:
Here were the Veterinarians words, verbatim:
"This bump is going to grow and she will be in a lot of pain 6 months from now. We'll need to do a biopsy to identify exactly what it is and I'm certain we'll need to do surgery."
Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate
By Glenn Greenwald
The U.S. today began bombing targets inside Syria, in concert with its lovely and inspiring group of five allied regimes: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan.
That means that Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama—after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq.
The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and very few people seemed to mind that abject act of lawlessness; constitutional constraints are not for warriors and emperors).
Next we have yet another example of the nanny-nazi culture that has invaded this country gone awry. Weaverville, CA’s Trinity Alps School District gave a 13 year old boy detention because he shared his lunch with a friend that didn’t like his own cheese sandwich. Moronic? Why yes, it is. Let’s hear the explanation for the punishment, via KRCRTV.com:
The policies set by the district say that students can have allergies that another student may not be aware of.
Syria: another war for oil, being perpetrated to enrich American military and infrastructure contractors, and to serve as a proxy war to weaken Russia and Iran (Syria's biggest allies) in order to enrich international banking interests (who are threatened by Russia's and the East's expanding economic power) and empower competing regional powers, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Gulf States like Qatar, UAE, and Bahrain, whose power and influence in the region directly compete with Iran.
It really doesn't matter who is driving the bus if it is going over a cliff does it ?