Is The Ebola Crisis The October Surprise? – Episode 494

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 16, 2014
Italy and France are looking for economic opportunities to get out of debt. Home builder sentiment is declining. Foreclosures picking up in 10 states. FED looking to continue QE. Ebola workers did not wear protective closing with Thomas Duncan. CDC confused in protocols, information and Ebola. FEMA conducting pandemic drills in 2013-2014. Russia will reduce gas supplies to Europe if Ukraine siphons gas. Gulf states are putting together a navy to counter Iran. Russia will not cooperate with U. S.on the Islamic State unless UN approves the coalition. FBI now warning Chinese are getting ready to cyber attack the U. S.

The Ebola Effect Arrives: Half Of Americans Will Avoid International Air Travel Out Of Ebola Fears

Remember when Obama said “Putin was isolated”, despite the Russian having the explicit support of the BRIC nations, and thus at least half of the world’s population? Well, as irony would always have it with this particular US president, the tables have promptly turned, and paradoxically where ISIS failed to “terrorize” Americans into a state of paralyzed daze, the West African virus has succeeded in isolating none other than America, and as a brand new Reuters poll reveals, nearly half of Americans are so concerned about the Ebola outbreak that they are avoiding international air travel!
In other words, global trade, commerce and simply transit, already declining thanks to the global depression rematerializing now that the Fed’s latest placebo round has worn off, are about to slam into a brick wall.
The poll results come as health officials said the second nurse infected at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas had flown from Ohio to Texas with a slight fever the day before she was diagnosed. The Reuters/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1,577 Americans 18 or older online, found nearly 80 percent were concerned about the Ebola outbreak, with 41 percent saying they were “very concerned” and 36 percent “somewhat concerned.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/16/2014.

Vladimir Putin Responds To Obama’s ‘Hostile’ Acts: Warns of Nuclear Consequences

When the leadership of North Korea or Iran suggests a nuclear attack against the United States the threat is usually dismissed as mere posturing by extremist regimes.
But when the President of a global military super power like Russia makes such a threat, then perhaps it’s time to start paying attention.
In an interview with Serbia’s Politika newspaper Vladimir Putin did not mince words about his feelings surrounding the recent sanctions against his country’s economy and monetary system. He believes the actions of Europe and the United States to be hostile acts and he warns that Russia is prepared to go all the way if the hostilities continue.
It’s futile for the U. S. and its allies to ‘blackmail’ Russia over the Ukraine crisis, President Vladimir Putin said in a newspaper interview today.
Russia’s partners should remember the risks involved in disputes between nuclear powers, Putin said.
He accused Barack Obama of adopting a ‘hostile’ approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in the U. S. president’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 16th, 2014.

Vladimir Putin Reminds Obama That Sowing Discord Between Nuclear Powers Can Undermine Strategic Security

In an interview today with Politika, a Serbian newspaper, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, said that it is futile and dangerous for the US and its European puppets to blackmail Russia and that the Exceptional Nation and its vassals should consider the risks that are inherent in aggressive disputes between countries heavily armed with nuclear weapons. Putin noted that Obama took a hostile attitude toward Russia in Obama’s UN speech to the General Assembly on September 24 when Obama declared Russia to be one of the three threats to the world along with the Islamic State and ebola. President Putin said that unilateral and punitive actions taken against Russia can provoke a crisis, and that if Washington’s purpose is to’isolate our country, it is an absurd and illusory goal.’
Here are some of President Putin’s direct quotes:
‘How can we talk about de-escalation in Ukraine while the decisions on new sanctions are introduced almost simultaneously with the agreements on the peace process?’
‘Together with the sanctions against entire sectors of our economy, this approach can be called nothing but hostile.’

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on October 15, 2014.

Last leader of USSR urges Russia and the West to stop sanction war

Ex-Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev called on Russia and its western partners to give up the logic of reciprocal accusations and sanctions in their relations.
Western partners’ refusal to take account of Russia’s views and interests is one of the main causes behind the current crisis in global politics, Gorbachev told Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily in an interview on Wednesday.
"Today we need to acknowledge that the European and world politics is in crisis. The unwillingness of our western partners to take account of Russia’s views and lawful security interests is one of its causes though not the only one,” the ex-Soviet leader said.
Western politicians used to applaud Russia, especially under the rule of Boris Yeltsin, but in fact paid no regard to it and its interests, Gorbachev went on to say.

This post was published at ITAR-TASS

Vladimir Putin warns over rise of neo-Nazism before Serbia visit

Vladimir Putin will seek to use a military parade in Belgrade on Thursday to portray Russia and its allies as a bulwark against the rise of neo-Nazism across Europe.
The cold war-style parade involving tanks, phalanxes of soldiers and a flyover by military jets will be the first of its kind that Serbia has held for nearly three decades. The last time, the country was still part of socialist Yugoslavia.
The event is to commemorate the liberation of Belgrade from Nazi occupation by Yugoslav Partisans and the Red Army 70 years ago. The date of the ceremony was moved forward four days to fit in with Putin’s timetable.
At a time of deep rifts between Russia and the European Union over Ukraine, Putin’s one-day visit will be an opportunity to show he has friends and influence close to the heart of Europe. For the Serbian government it is a chance to curry favour with an important friend and energy supplier at a time of chronic economic crisis with winter approaching, and to counter right-wing criticism that it is leaning too far towards the west in the hope of eventual EU membership.

This post was published at The Guardian

Rebel commander wages fight to the death for east Ukraine airport

From an empty flat overlooking the shattered remains of eastern Ukraine's biggest airport, Givi is leading an all-out assault against the last government outpost in the main pro-Russian stronghold.
The camouflage-clad guerrilla, a Russian tricolour on his arm, heads one of two units tasked with flushing out government soldiers from a site at the heart of the six-month war, which has already claimed 3,400 lives.
Despite a five-week truce, his "Somali battalion" has been aiming tanks and rockets at Prokofiev International Airport, inflicting daily losses and reducing the futuristic structure to piles of rubble and twisted steel.
Ukrainian soldiers have been confined to the grounds' vast bunkers and other underground areas, giving the rebels de facto control, Givi boasts.

This post was published at France24

U.S. bid for oil supremacy shakes crude market

Propelled by surging shale output, the United States is fighting for supremacy in the global oil market even as a pullback in crude prices threatens to challenge the boom.
The U.S., which only a few years ago seemed to be in the midst of an inexorable decline in domestic petroleum production, may have already overtaken other petroleum giants.
In terms of crude alone, the US pumped 8.8 million barrels a day in September, still a distance from Russia's 10.6 million barrels and Saudi Arabia's 9.7 million, according to official sources.
But when natural gas liquids are included, the U.S. extracted 11.5 million barrels in August, essentially level with OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia, according to data from the International Energy Agency.

This post was published at France24

Abbot Challenges Putin to Fist-Fight

It’s Actually a Good Idea … Russian government spokesmen were slightly perplexed when Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbot announced that he intended to ‘shirt-front’ Russia’s president Putin on occasion of an upcoming G 20 meeting in Brisbane. Abbott is a former amateur boxer, who actually once knocked out his treasurer, but he may not be aware that Putin has a black belt in Judo:
‘Prime Minister Tony Abbott intends to have a one-on-one meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a summit of the world’s 20 biggest economies in Brisbane next month to demand Russian cooperation with a Dutch-led investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysia airliner in Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists with the loss of 298 lives in July.
Abbott told reporters on Monday he was ‘going to shirtfront Mr. Putin,’ using an Australian Rules Football term for a head-on shoulder charge to an opponent’s chest aimed at knocking the opponent backward to the ground.
Abbott is an athletic 56-year-old former amateur boxer who famously punched his Treasurer Joe Hockey unconscious when they were both Sydney University students decades ago. Putin is a 62-year-old former KGB officer and judo black belt.
Alexander Odoevski, third secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canberra, described Abbott’s threat as unhelpful.
‘We consider the recent statements tough talk; we consider it immature,’ Odoevski told Australian Associated Press.
‘Hopefully there’s no fight. Well, definitely we admire the Australian prime minister. He’s very fit, but the Russian president, he’s a professional judo wrestler,’ Odoevski told Ten Network television.
We will refrain from commenting too extensively on the accusation that Putin is somehow ‘hindering the investigation into the shooting down of MH 17′, or the assumption that pro-Russian actually did the deed, which remains an unproved allegation. So far the progress of the investigation suggests that the investigators themselves have no great interest in making too many waves about it (as noted previously, reportage in the mainstream press has practically disappeared, and what little has been revealed so far is at best apt to feed suspicions).
Anyway, immature or not, the idea is actually not a bad one in principle. Instead of sending people off to die in wars, or impoverishing citizens with economic sanctions, let our various ‘dear leaders’ fight their differences out among themselves.
It would be a lot less costly in terms of both blood and treasure, and would be a great boon to bookmakers and gamblers as well. Naturally, it would also add greatly to the entertainment value of politicians, which as we always point out is a politician’s by far most important characteristic.

Tony Abbott (right) in his boxing days in the 1980s.
(Photo source: sbs.com.au, author unknown)

This post was published at Acting-Man on October 16, 2014.

U.S. Chemical Weapons Mysteriously Appear In Iraq – Episode 493

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 15, 2014
Europe is falling apart it is now spreading to the U. S. Retail implodes, Real Estate implodes and the stock market is down over 900 points in 3 weeks. GDP is no being revised and major companies are revising profits in 2014. Russia is creating its own service oil company. BIS warns a major crash is headed our way. The 3rd patient has been confirmed in the U. S. CDC looking at its protocols and revising them. Regime change in Sudan has now been confirmed. Ukraine building pipeline to Poland to bypass Russia. US Embassy gives warning of terrorism in Ethiopia. Chemical weapons found in Iraq and this explains how the Islamic State has them. Syria rejects buffer zone and will take action if implemented.

Pictorial Essay: Russian Military Equipment

This thread is based on recent news events.
The Saker ( ) just posted a video; ‘Sunday evening with Vladimir Soloviev’, one of the most watched shows on Russian TV. Here’s the bottom line: Russian politicians, Russian media, and the Russian people believe that the USA! has declared war on Russia.
They are correct. No one disputes that a Naval Blockade is an act of war. Economic sanctions attempt to achieve the same goals. But, instead of warships, it is done with banks. So, since we are at war, let’s look at some of our enemy’s armaments.
This thread is based on recent news events.
The Saker ( ) just posted a video; ‘Sunday evening with Vladimir Soloviev’, one of the most watched shows on Russian TV. Here’s the bottom line: Russian politicians, Russian media, and the Russian people believe that the USA! has declared war on Russia. They are correct. No one disputes that a Naval Blockade is an act of war. Economic sanctions attempt to achieve the same goals. But, instead of warships, it is done with banks. So, since we are at war, let’s look at some of our enemy’s armaments.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 15th October 2014.

Putin Warns Of “Nuclear Power Consequences” If Attempts To Blackmail Russia Don’t Stop

Vladimir Putin slams President Obama for adopting a “hostile” approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in his recent UN speech. From an interview with Serbia’s Politika newspaper, Bloomberg reports,
It’s futile for the U. S. and its allies to ‘blackmail’ Russia over the Ukraine crisis, President Vladimir Putin said in a newspaper interview today. Russia’s partners should remember the risks involved in disputes between nuclear powers, Putin said. He accused Barack Obama of adopting a ‘hostile’ approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in the U. S. president’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/15/2014.

Toxic Mix Blows up: Oil Price Collapse & Junk Bond Insanity

It’s now called a ‘collapse’: The US benchmark light sweet crude plunged 4.6% to settle at $81.84 a barrel on Tuesday, the lowest since June 2012. In London, Brent made a similar journey to $85.04, its lowest level since November 2010. Explanations abound why this is suddenly happening, after years of deceptive calm.
Is it some harebrained plot to punish Russia by destroying its economy? Signs of success are everywhere. The ruble is in free fall despite the central bank’s efforts to prop it up. Yield on Russia’s 10-year note is nearly 10%. The government’s budget, heavily dependent on oil revenues, is in trouble. And every unit of foreign currency that isn’t nailed down is fleeing the country.
Or is it a plot by Saudi Arabia to squash the US shale oil boom? In November last year, the Saudi Gazette published an editorial on the ‘successful, wise, and balanced OPEC strategy’ that led to ‘unprecedented’ stability of oil prices for the past few years of around $106 a barrel. But couched in words such as ‘skeptics are demanding,’ it uttered the threat to raise OPEC production until the price would drop ‘below $70 a barrel’ to ‘remove the shale oil from the world oil production map….’
Or is it the combination of surging production in the US and sagging demand around the world, particularly in China and Europe?
Demand for oil would inch up this year at the slowest rate since the terrible year of 2009, the IEA predicted. OPEC might not be willing or able to lower production, it said. Why? Because of the US shale boom. And so, ‘Further oil price drops would likely be needed for supply to take a hit – or for demand growth to get a lift.’
Whatever the reasons for the market chaos, we already know what it has accomplished in the US: Investors who were long when they sleepwalked into this new era that started in late June have had their heads handed to them. WTI gave up 21% in less than four months. Over the same period, the SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Fund (XES), a basket of the largest oil- and gas-related stocks, plummeted 33%. Shares of smaller oil and gas companies have gotten demolished.
Reason for this mayhem:

This post was published at Wolf Street on October 15, 2014.

Phony ISIS Fight and Ukraine’s Gas Problems – McAdams and Taylor on Real News of Week

What is Obama’s war on ISIS going to cost? Well is the US really at war with ISIS? Or is it a war for regime change in Syria? RPI Director Daniel McAdams again visits with Jay Taylor to go over the real news of the week.
“Cost? Who cares about the cost,” jokes Jay Taylor. “We’ll just print up more money!”
Also on the menu: The risk-averse Russians unlikely to seriously challenge US regime-change plans for Assad, prospects for ISIS taking over Baghdad, Israel’s protection of Syrian rebels, Ukraine is about to go down in flames. And more…
Listen to the real analysis of the news of the week here:


This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on October 14, 2014.

Saudis Deploy the Oil Price Weapon Against Syria, Iran, Russia, and the U.S.

Asian stock markets continued to fall today, propelled at least in part by the adverse reaction to the Saudi announcement yesterday that they would let oil prices fall to $80 a barrel. And further reports indicate that the Saudis intend to keep oil prices low enough to force a realignment of prices not just among various grades of crude, but also for intermediate and long-term substitutes.
It is critical to remember that the Saudis have no compunction about imposing costs on other nations to maximize the value of their oil resource long term and hence the power they derive from it. The 1970s oil shock produced a nasty recession in the US and most other advanced economies and gave a further impetus to inflation, which was already hard to manage and dampened growth by discouraging investment.
The current alignment of factors gives the Saudis the opportunity to make life miserable for a long list of parties they would like to discipline, including the US.
The sharp rise in the dollar means that lowering the price of oil in dollar terms is unlikely to leave the desert kingdom worse off in local currency terms. But it undermines US energy development, both fracking and development in the Bakken, as well as more development by the majors, who were regularly criticized by analysts for how much they were spending on exploration when the math didn’t pencil out well at over $100 a barrel. Countries whose oil is output is mainly heavy, sour crude, like Iran and Venezuela, find it hard to sell their oil when prices are below $100 a barrel (or at least when the dollar was weaker, but the $80 price point, even with a strong dollar, may be low enough to cause discomfort).
In other words, this is a classic case of predatory pricing: set your price low enough long enough to do real damage to competitors, and reduce their market share, not just immediately, but in the middle to long term.

This post was published at Naked Capitalism

Kerry: U.S., Russia to Intensify Intelligence Cooperation Against Islamic State

The United States and Russia agreed to strengthen intelligence exchanges related to the fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in the Middle East and Central Asia, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.
The United States and Russia can overcome their differences on Ukraine and cooperate in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, Kerry said.
“In our discussions today I suggested to minister Lavrov that we intensify intelligence cooperation with respect to ISIL and other counter-terrorism intelligence in the region and we agreed to do so," Kerry told reporters in Paris following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"We also agreed to explore whether Russia could do more to support Iraqi security forces, and the foreign minister indeed acknowledged their preparedness to help with respect to arms, weapons … and also potentially with the training and advising aspects."

This post was published at RAI Novosti

The Latest from Batchelor and Cohen

Professor Cohen has returned from his trip to Moscow and he’s full of new information. Please be sure to give last night’s discussion a thorough listen.
Among the topics discussed last evening:
An update on the scope of Kiev’s military defeat in late August. With winter approaching and gas supplies low, the next “Maidan” may be just weeks away. Will fighting resume after the Ukraine elections a week from Sunday? The danger posed by the Svoboda and Right Sector parties in Ukraine. The possibility of Russian-U. S. cooperation in dealing with Middle Eastern issues CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

This post was published at TF Metals Report on October 15, 2014.

Toxic Mix for Fracking: Oil Price Collapse & Junk Bond Insanity

It’s now called a ‘collapse’: The US benchmark light sweet crude plunged 4.6% to settle at $81.84 a barrel on Tuesday, the lowest since June 2012. In London, Brent made a similar journey to $85.04, its lowest level since November 2010. Explanations abound why this is suddenly happening, after years of deceptive calm.
Is it some harebrained plot to punish Russia by destroying its economy? Signs of success are everywhere. The ruble is in free fall despite the central bank’s efforts to prop it up. Yield on Russia’s 10-year note is nearly 10%. The government’s budget, heavily dependent on oil revenues, is in trouble. And every unit of foreign currency that isn’t nailed down is fleeing the country.
Or is it a plot by Saudi Arabia to squash the US shale oil boom? In November last year, the Saudi Gazette published an editorial on the ‘successful, wise, and balanced OPEC strategy’ that led to ‘unprecedented’ stability of oil prices for the past few years of around $106 a barrel. But couched in words such as ‘skeptics are demanding,’ it uttered the threat to raise OPEC production until the price would drop ‘below $70 a barrel’ to ‘remove the shale oil from the world oil production map….’
Or is it the combination of surging production in the US and sagging demand around the world, particularly in China and Europe?
Demand for oil would inch up this year at the slowest rate since the terrible year of 2009, the IEA predicted. OPEC might not be willing or able to lower production, it said. Why? Because of the US shale boom. And so, ‘Further oil price drops would likely be needed for supply to take a hit – or for demand growth to get a lift.’

This post was published at Wolf Street on October 15, 2014.

The Return of Mercenaries

Private armies for hire are becoming popular on all sides. For government, this is the greatest invention since taxes – no social benefits. Mercenaries fighting for the USA get about $141,000 a year. Even in Ukraine there are a number of mercenaries from Europe and other countries is on the rise. They fight on the side of Kiev against the Russian rebels in the east. They are often Chechens who just hate Russians, but they are also appearing from France, Poland, Spain, Italy, Denmark and the Baltic States. Who finances their use is unclear since most seem to be unpaid. The generally fight in the Ukrainian in the right-wing battalion Azov (pictured above). Many are there to prevent the revival of the Soviet Union as they see it.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on October 15, 2014.

Ebola Vaccine Available for Mass Use in Summer 2015 at Earliest: WHO

The Ebola vaccine will be available for mass use in summer 2015 at the earliest, the assistant director general of the World Health organization (WHO) told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
"I think by January we will be able of doing larger scale studies with this thing. But in terms of large scale use, no, not until middle of the next year. That's our target," Bruce Aylward said, answering a question on when an Ebola vaccine would be ready for mass use.
Earlier the WHO said that the first anti-Ebola vaccine could be available as early as November 2014 and would first be given to the health care workers most at risk of exposure to the disease. The vaccine had been expected to become available for mass use early in 2015.The organization said that the Canadian VSV-EBOV vaccine and the ChAd-EBO vaccine developed by the British GlaxoSmithKlein are the most promising counters to Ebola.
The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of the infected. There is no officially approved medication for the disease, but several countries are currently working on developing Ebola vaccines, with Russia planning to introduce three vaccines within the next six months.

This post was published at RAI Novosti