OUTBREAK ALERT: Indonesia To Mass Vaccinate In Order To Contain Diphtheria

Indonesia is seeing an outbreak of diphtheria which is scaring civilians and government officials alike. The disease continues to spread as officials desperately work to contain the bacteria before it becomes a pandemic.
The bacteria that causes diphtheria ravages the human body. It causes a thick covering in the back of the throat and it has so far, infected hundreds in Indonesia. The disease is spreading quickly and not only to regions with limited health service but also to the country’s capital Jakarta, where health services are much better.
Between January and November 2017, the government has recorded 593 diphtheria cases, spread across 95 regencies in 20 provinces. The death toll has reached 32. The World Health Organization data on diphtheria shows that the number of cases in Indonesia has fluctuated since the 1980s. -Medical Xpress
Diphtheria is a life-threatening communicable disease that spreads through air containing Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which can lead to breathing difficulties, heart failure, paralysis, and even death if left untreated. The bacteria attacks the upper respiratory system, leading to symptoms such as high fever, sore throat, difficulties in swallowing, and shortness of breath. The bacteria can also spread through spits and coughs and contaminated objects. When they enter the body, they release toxins which spread through the blood and can cause damage to the body system, especially the heart and nervous system. These complications can lead to death.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 12th, 2017.

Michael Snyder And Other Pro-Trump Candidates For Congress Are Freaking The Establishment Out

Literally dozens of pro-Trump candidates are running for seats in Congress in 2018, and the establishment is really starting to freak out about this. If having Trump in the White House was a nightmare for them, how are they going to respond once his allies start taking control of Capitol Hill? For a very long time I have been saying that the 2018 mid-term elections are going to be the most important in modern American history. They will inevitably be a referendum on Trump and his policies, and I believe that the American people will support Trump wholeheartedly.
Personally, I am running as a pro-Trump candidate in Idaho’s first congressional district. Trump supporters have been flocking to my campaign, and it is absolutely amazing how much momentum we have built up over the past few months.
At first my opponents were very polite to me because they didn’t see me as a threat. But then they started seeing numbers that showed how well I was doing, and now the claws are coming out.
It is funny how the attacks against me and other pro-Trump candidates around the nation sound almost exactly like the attacks that are constantly being hurled at Trump himself. But like Trump, we are refusing to be intimidated and we are keeping our eye on the ball. Our campaign website is getting the most visits of any of the candidates, our Facebook page has the most likes, and we won the most recent online poll by a very wide margin. We need your help to keep the momentum going, because the establishment is likely to continue to hammer me with attacks up until election day.
Other pro-Trump candidates are getting a lot of heat as well. One of the candidates that I really like is Tom Campbell of North Dakota…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on December 12th, 2017.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF NY TERRORIST RELEASED IMMEDIATELY, STILL NOT 1 IMAGE FROM VEGAS MONTHS LATER

New York, NY – On Monday morning, a 27-year-old alleged terrorist by the name of Akayed Ullah walked into the underground tunnel between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and detonated a crudely-made pipe bomb. Luckily no one but Ullah was seriously injured.
After the blast, which happened at 7:20 am during rush hour, the suspect was almost immediately identified and a profile of him released.
Ullah is from Bangladesh and had been living in Brooklyn. He arrived in the United States in February of 2011 and had a visa. He came in with his parents and 3-4 siblings and subsequently obtained a Green Card and became a permanent U. S. resident, according to CBS news.
‘They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here,’ law enforcement sources reportedly told the NY Post.
He told cops he was inspired by ISIS, but police don’t believe he had any direct contact with the group, sources said.
Currently, police are claiming Ullah is a lone wolf attacker and they are saying there is no reason to believe any other attacks are forthcoming.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 12, 2017.

KIDS’ CLIMATE CHANGE LAWSUIT GOES FORWARD THANKS TO 9TH CIRCUIT 3-JUDGE PANEL

The headline on an article by Mercury News reads ‘Kids’ climate change lawsuit against Trump administration lands in San Francisco court.’ The headline, while technically true, doesn’t really paint the full picture. The lawsuit that has made its way to the Ninth Circuit court of appeals was actually begun in 2015, so, technically, it’s a lawsuit against the Obama administration, now extended to include the Trump administration.
The lawsuit itself is extremely troubling from a liberty perspective. A bunch of high-born, self-righteous, central-gov-supporting adults gathered up a group of kids and manipulated them to bring a lawsuit against the Federal government because they’re not doing enough to stop climate change.
Despite what you may have heard from the central-goverment-loving statist left, the science is NOT settled on climate change, so the fact that children can bring a lawsuit against the Federal government that could force the government (and I’m sure the government would be extremely upset at being forced to take more control over the lives of the people it rules over) to seize the means of production in the name of saving the planet for these poor, traumatized kids.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 12, 2017.

Trump Slams Senator Demanding His Resignation; Gillibrand Fires Back: “You Can’t Silence Me”

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017

One day after several women reincarnated the narrative of “Trump as sexual predator”, early on Tuesday morning President Trump slammed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for coming to his office “begging” for donations, and as someone who “would do anything for them.” Trump’s attack against Gillibrand comes a day after the New York Democrat said Trump should resign from the presidency because of the renewed accusations numerous women have made against him for sexual misconduct.
Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Gillibrand said the accusations against Trump are ‘credible’ and should be investigated, and that the president should resign. Just a few hours later, Trump was on Twitter – after taking an unexpected sabbatical from his favorite social network – and calling Gillibrand a ‘flunky’ for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N. Y.) and a ‘lightweight’ lawmaker. He also made a reference to Gillibrand’s statement this month that President Clinton should have resigned from office, calling her “very disloyal” for the former president.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 12, 2017.

Yes, The FBI Is America’s Secret Police

Authored by James Bovard via TheHill.com,
Politifact delivered a ‘pants on fire’ slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ‘has become America’s secret police.’
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The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end Donald Trump’s presidency.
This is a stunning reversal that may have J. Edgar Hoover spinning in his grave.
In order to boost the credibility of the FBI’s investigations of the Trump team, much of the media is whitewashing the bureau’s entire history. But the FBI has been out of control almost since its birth.
A 1924 American Civil Liberties Union report warned that the FBI had become ‘a secret police system of a political character.’
In the 1930s, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court feared that the FBI had bugged the conference room where justices privately wrangled over landmark cases, as Tim Weiner noted in his ‘Enemies: A History of the FBI.’
In 1945, President Harry Truman noted that ‘We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction.’
And FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover compiled a list of 20,000 ‘potentially or actually dangerous’ Americans who could be rounded up and locked away in one of the six detention camps the federal government secretly built in the 1950s.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 12, 2017.

McCabe Cancels Testimony, Something “Far More Sinister” With Fusion GPS

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly cancelled his closed door testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee as news emerged that the wife of Senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm which assembled the infamous “Trump dossier.” Ohr was demoted last week after allegedly trying to conceal his contacts with Fusion.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram’s sources tell him “McCabe has an Ohr problem,” and they believe “FBI DepDir McCabe not coming to Hse Intel Cmte tomorrow because he’d be asked about Bruce Ohr & Ohr’s wife Nellie who worked for Fusion GPS,” adding “something far more sinister.”
Pergram also tweeted “Expect subpoenas to compel McCabe to appear this wk.”
FBI’s McCabe was expected to appear before Hse to Intel Cmte Tues. Now told he’s not coming. Expect subpoenas to compel McCabe to appear this wk. Source: ‘McCabe has an Ohr problem’
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 12, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 12, 2017.

Oil Producers Turning To Crypto To Solve Sanctions Problems

Authored by Tom Luongo,
Last week, Venezuela announced it would develop a national cryptocurrency backed by its oil reserves, the Petro. Now there is a report that Russia is considering the same thing. Iran will likely follow suit.
As of right now this is just a rumor, but it makes some sense. So, let’s treat this rumor as fact for the sake of argument and see where it leads us.
The U. S. continues to sanction and threaten all of these countries for daring to challenge the global status quo. There is no denying this. And so much of what we see in the geopolitical headlines are knock-on effects of this challenge.
The Geopolitical ‘Why’
From the Middle East to North Korea, the Dutch changing their laws to block Nordstream 2 to the Saudis breaking off relations with Qatar, everything you read about in the news is a move on the geopolitical ‘Go’ board.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 12, 2017.

Chinese Banks Push Back On Shadow Banking Regulations – Expose “Catch-22” For Financial System

In November, we discussed how the post-Party Congress measures to deleverage and crackdown on the worst abuses in China’s credit bubble took an important step forward with the announcement of a new era of regulation for China’s $15 trillion shadow banking and asset management industry. See “A New Era In Chinese Regulation Means Turmoil For $15 Trillion In China’s Shadows”. In particular, the authorities turned their sights on wealth management products (WMPs).
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On the way out are ‘guaranteed returns’ and ‘capital pools’ which had turned the $4 trillion sector into a leveraged Ponzi scheme. We joked that in a ‘radical and shocking’ departure from the norm, financial institutions would have to offer yields based on the risk and returns of the underlying assets. Paying out guaranteed returns with new funds from depositors would no longer be allowed.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 11, 2017.

Government Should Leave Bakers Alone

Last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case stems from the refusal of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery, to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The bakery was found guilty of a civil rights violation and ordered to stop refusing to bake and design cakes because they are for same-sex weddings. The bakery was also required to file reports on the steps it takes to comply and whether it turns down any prospective customers.
The decision to force the bakery to change its business practices reflects a mistaken concept of rights. Those who support government intervention in this case view rights as a gift from government. Therefore, they think politicians and bureaucrats can and should distribute and redistribute rights. This view holds it is completely legitimate to use government force to make bakeries bake cakes for same-sex weddings since the government-created right to a cake outweighs the rights of property and contract.
This view turns the proper concept of rights on its head. Rights are not gifts from government, so the government cannot restrict them unless we engage in force or fraud. The bakery did not use force to stop any same-sex couple from getting a wedding cake. It simply exercised its right to decide who it would accept as a customer. No one would support private individuals forcing bakery employees to bake a cake at gunpoint, so why is it right for the government to do it?
Some people claim that forcing the bakery to bake the cake is consistent with libertarianism. The reason they make this claim is they view the bakery’s actions as rooted in bigotry toward homosexuals. But even if this were true, it would not justify government intervention. Bigots and others with distasteful views have the right to use their property as they choose. The way to combat bigotry is through boycotts and other means of peaceful persuasion.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on December 12, 2017.

To NYC Liberals: You Asked For It

Eat the bomb (or if you prefer, “embrace the suck”) and enjoy it, Governor and Mayor.
An attempted suicide bomber who set off a rush-hour explosion at the nation’s busiest bus terminal is a Bangladeshi national living in Brooklyn who was inspired by ISIS, law enforcement officials said.

Ullah lived in Brooklyn after he entered the U. S. in 2011 from Bangladesh on a chain migration visa, Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement.
Good thing this particular terrorist was not very bright (as demonstrated by his inability to make a bomb that was actually effective and went off when he wanted it to, instead of exploding both poorly and early.) That was a matter of luck, by the way — luck that will eventually run out.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-12-11.

HSBC Shares Surge As US DoJ Removes “Sword Of Damocles” On Money Laundering

On Monday, HSBC announced its deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) had expired, removing the threat of criminal prosecution for money laundering which had been hanging over the company for five years. From the Financial Times.
The US Department of Justice has given HSBC a major boost by seeking dismissal of the deferred criminal charges that have been hanging over the bank since it was fined for money laundering and sanctions breaches five years ago. The move by the DoJ lifts the threat of criminal prosecution that had been a ‘sword of Damocles’ hanging over London-headquartered HSBC, as its new management team looks to put its misconduct-plagued past behind it.
HSBC said the DoJ would file a motion with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking the dismissal of the charges deferred by the agreement it reached as part of a settlement with the bank in December 2012. The deferred prosecution agreement meant the DoJ could have reopened the criminal case against HSBC if the bank had been caught breaching the rules again during that period.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 11, 2017.