The "bad guys" behind the scenes continue doing their very best to create mass starvation, rioting, social collapse and martial law. Their attempts do become visible media events, as we continue seeing, but they are consistently baffled: they just can't get their plans to work.
New "leaked" insider data confirms that a whole mess of madness that was planned for this month has fallen apart — and the Cabal has no idea why.
This is good news for the rest of us. As wild as the headlines may look, things just keep on working out.
SCOTLAND WAS ONE PIECE OF A MUCH LARGER PUZZLE
Scotland's vote for independence this past week seemed to pop up out of nowhere for most people. The "yes" vote to secede from the UK was less than 50 percent, at least in the officially-reported numbers — but not by much.
An Ipsos MORI poll just before the election had the race running at 51 percent "no" to 49 percent "yes" — but as the results were finalized, it became 55 to 45 percent.
Those who have lovingly crafted their own tinfoil hats — with Origami-style precision — already know that we will soon see investigations of tampering, fraud, poll manipulation and vote rigging on a large scale.
Even if the independence vote was entirely legitimate, the fact that over 85 percent of the nation voted, and 1.6 million people said yes to independence, shows this movement against the Old World Order is just starting.
Immediately after this vote failed, articles emerged showing that many other such initiatives are already in place.
THE TRUTH CAN BE QUITE DIFFICULT TO ENTERTAIN
Although the basic concept is very simple: a sociopathic group seeking world power through deception, secrecy and violence — the idea can be quite difficult for some people to entertain.
Although many intelligent-sounding reasons will be offered for skepticism and doubt, the underlying subconscious motivation is fear: a tremendous, faceless, all-encompassing terror.
Once you go "down the rabbit hole" and accept that a Eurocentric "shadow government" has been attempting to create a New World Order, you invariably move through a profound personal and spiritual crisis.
BELIEF IN A HIGHER INTELLIGENCE CAN BE CHALLENGED
A recent Gallup poll from 2011 showed that 92 percent of Americans will say "Yes" when they are asked, "Do you believe in God?"
The more we see evidence that a shadow government is spying on us, creating staged terrorist events to try to lure us into wars, and is attempting to drive our society into chaos, the more our faith in the goodness of the universe is challenged.
A challenge to our positive worldview doesn't necessarily imply defeat. Instead, it simply presents us with an opportunity to ask the "big questions."
Such as: Are all the miracles, "coincidences" and happy endings in our lives indicative of a genuine higher power? A power that is looking out for us?
Or, are we only correct when we view things pessimistically — seeing that the "real world" is a place of suffering, pain and betrayal, and things are about to get a whole lot worse?
Second Man Arrested Trying to Enter White House
ISIS Using American Weapons
9/9: Ashkenazi Jews Descend from 350 People
A model based on the genetic sequencing of 128 Ashkenazi Jews concludes that today’s Ashkenazim descend from the fusion of European and Middle-Eastern Jews during the medieval era, between 600 to 800 years ago.
The math also indicates that today’s sprawling community of Ashkenazi Jews — there are more than 10 million around the world — derived from just 350 people or so. That previously postulated population bottleneck — a drastic reduction in population size — occurred between 25 to 32 generations ago, the scientists say.
The study was published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications by a team headed by Columbia University’s Shai Carmon….
The study also concluded that the ancestral European population experienced a bottleneck of its own when diverging from ancestral Middle Easterners 20,400 to 22,100 years ago, around the time of the Last Glacial Maximum – when the ice sheets had done their worst. The ancestors of both of these populations had undergone another bottleneck, probably corresponding to an out-of-Africa event….
The problem is also notorious in today’s drives to keep species alive. Efforts to repopulate the planet with beloved wildlife run into the problem of weakening offspring.
One of the saddest examples is the cheetah; the remaining population has very low genetic diversity following a bottleneck some 12,000 years ago. Thus those fastest of cats suffer problems from rickets to dysfunctional sperm.
9/10: C-SPAN Discusses Building 7 Going Down on 9/11
9/9: Evidence of Bush-Saudi Planning of 9/11 Discussed by US Senators
On the bottom floor of the United States Capitol’s new underground visitors’ center, there is a secure room where the House Intelligence Committee maintains highly classified files. One of those files is titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.” It is twenty-eight pages long. In 2002, the Administration of George W. Bush excised those pages from the report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. President Bush said then that publication of that section of the report would damage American intelligence operations, revealing “sources and methods that would make it harder for us to win the war on terror.”
“There’s nothing in it about national security,” Walter Jones, a Republican congressman from North Carolina who has read the missing pages, contends. “It’s about the Bush Administration and its relationship with the Saudis.” Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, told me that the document is “stunning in its clarity,” and that it offers direct evidence of complicity on the part of certain Saudi individuals and entities in Al Qaeda’s attack on America. “Those twenty-eight pages tell a story that has been completely removed from the 9/11 Report,” Lynch maintains. Another congressman who has read the document said that the evidence of Saudi government support for the 9/11 hijacking is “very disturbing,” and that “the real question is whether it was sanctioned at the royal-family level or beneath that, and whether these leads were followed through.” Now, in a rare example of bipartisanship, Jones and Lynch have co-sponsored a resolution requesting that the Obama Administration declassify the pages.
The Saudis have also publicly demanded that the material be released. “Twenty-eight blanked-out pages are being used by some to malign our country and our people,” Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who was the Saudi Ambassador to the United States at the time of the 9/11 attacks, has declared. “Saudi Arabia has nothing to hide. We can deal with questions in public, but we cannot respond to blank pages.”
1/27: Matt Drudge Issues a Warning: “Have an Exit Plan”
3/21: Russia Could Crush Dollar By Accepting Payments in Other Currencies
8/27: The Nail in the Petrodollar Coffin: Russia Begins Accepting Payment for Oil in Rubles and Yuan
Several months ago, when Russia announced the much anticipated "Holy Grail" energy deal with China, some were disappointed that despite this symbolic agreement meant to break the petrodollar's stranglehold on the rest of the world, neither Russia nor China announced payment terms to be in anything but dollars.
In doing so they admitted that while both nations are eager to move away from a US Dollar reserve currency, neither is yet able to provide an alternative.
This changed in late June when first Gazprom's CFO announced the gas giant was ready to settle China contracts in Yuan or Rubles, and at the same time the People's Bank of China announced that its Assistant Governor Jin Qi and Russian central bank Deputy Chairman Dmitry Skobelkin held a meeting in which they discussed cooperating on project and trade financing using local currencies. The meeting discussed cooperation in bank card, insurance and financial supervision sectors.
And yet, while both sides declared their operational readiness and eagerness to bypass the dollar entirely, such plans remained purely in the arena of monetary foreplay and the long awaited first shot across the Petrodollar bow was absent.
According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin'(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world.
9/11: Intel Agencies Conclude ISIS Poses No Immediate Threat to US
What Happens When You Accuse a Major Hollywood Director of Rape?
Sexual abuse in Hollywood has long been the subject of speculation. “It’s common enough that every boy child actor would have met a pedophile in their career at some point,” says Anne Henry, the mother of three child performers and co-founder of the BizParentz Foundation, a group for show-business families. Henry started BizParentz more than a decade ago to help families navigate the industry, but since then she has heard of hundreds of instances in which young actors say they’ve been harassed or abused.
Every few years, accusations surface in court, most of which fizzle with a plea. The accusers’ names are usually not public in these cases, and when actors like Corey Feldman do open up publicly, they don’t typically name their abusers. Egan’s case is one of the few where both the victim and the accused are publicly known, in part because victims have their own incentives for staying quiet….
In the spring of 2013, a year into Egan’s sobriety, his mother passed along a message from BizParents. A production company was planning a documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood, and they wanted to interview Egan. The documentary is directed by Amy Berg, whose Oscar-nominated 2006 film Deliver Us From Evil examined an infamous California Catholic Church sex-abuse case. While Berg and her team won’t comment on the film or even reveal its title, she did tell one reporter in April that Egan will be in it. “It’s much bigger than anything about the one case,” she said. “It is a huge problem. It’s pervasive in Hollywood, and the time to explore it is now.” Egan, who’s seen it, says about a half-dozen other men like him are interviewed, none of whom he knew beforehand….
Just days later, Egan called me in a panic. His lawyer wanted him to settle with Singer, and Egan was appalled. “I would look like a complete liar if I came out and said the things he wants me to say!”
The details trickled out in the weeks that followed. Five more alleged victims of Singer’s had come forward to Herman, and at least some of them had accusations within the statute of limitations. Under the proposed settlement, those five accusers would split the lion’s share of the settlement, which one source close to the case says amounted to $20 million. Egan would get a mere $100,000.
The money bothered him, but the confidentiality demands of the settlement bothered him more. For Egan, being silenced by his own lawyer felt like a new betrayal. “I look at what Jeff did to me as no better than the pedophiles,” he said.
Egan refused to sign, and soon after, Herman dropped him as a client, applying to withdraw as counsel in all four of Egan’s lawsuits. Herman hired his own attorney to represent him in Ancier’s malicious prosecution lawsuit; he declined to comment any further for this story, and he has yet to send Egan the bulk of his case file. In late August, adrift without a lawyer or most of the documents from his own case, Egan temporarily pulled the plug on his lawsuits. The court dismissed his claim against Singer without prejudice, which would allow him to refile should he find a new lawyer. “Herman’s created such a mess for me that nobody wants to touch it,” Egan said during another anguished phone call. “In all honesty, based on what Herman’s done, I’m looking to sue Herman. I just think to myself, How does he put his head on the pillow at night knowing what he did to me?”
Egan has run into difficulties in bringing his case to the court of public opinion as well. The Amy Berg documentary, which he hoped would bolster his claims, has been slow to find distribution. While this fall’s DOC NYC festival has accepted the film, discussions with Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures went nowhere. One source who’s seen the film says it’s emotionally powerful, with several shocking moments, but that the subject is too ripped-from-the-headlines for theaters, and perhaps better for TV or Netflix. Donna Daniels, a spokesperson for Amy Berg, says the filmmakers have “made the decision to self-distribute.”
9/7: Al Jazeera Retracts Story Suggesting ISIS Beheading Videos were Faked
Red Silver J – Illuminati Sellouts Exposed
9/6: Funny or Die Satirizes Ferguson
9/4: The Beheadings are Bait
9/2: Fed Says US Consumers are “Hoarding Money”
9/1: What Caused Hollywood’s Miserable Summer?
8/29: X-Men Director Accused of New Sex Assault in New York
X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of committing a new sexual assault against a man in his 20s in New York City last year, according to the New York Police Department.
The criminal complaint was filed with the NYPD on May 9, 2014, alleging that Singer forced the man into a sexual act in New York against his will on March 23, 2013 according to Buzzfeed.
However, while no charges have been filed against the well-known Hollywood director, law enforcement officials said an investigation has been launched.
It’s not the first time that the hit movie maker has faced allegations of sexual assault against boys.
Two civil lawsuits alleged that Singer had sexually assaulted teenage boys – but both have recently been dropped.
The first, filed in May, by an unnamed British man known as ‘John Doe 117’ claimed that Singer had drugged and sexually assaulted him in a London hotel when he was a teenager.
The man withdrew the case in July 2014.
The second case against Singer was filed in April by former aspiring actor Michael Egan, 31, in which he accused him of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii when he was 17.
But he dropped the case on Wednesday after reportedly being unable to find a lawyer who would represent him.
In 1997, a 14-year-old extra accused Singer of asking him and other minors to film a shower scene in the nude for the film Apt Pupil.
A lawsuit was filed but dismissed for insufficient evidence.
8/29: Kissinger’s New World Order Plan in Crisis
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.
The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the U.S.—strengthened in its economy and national confidence—began to take up the torch of international leadership and added a new dimension. A nation founded explicitly on an idea of free and representative governance, the U.S. identified its own rise with the spread of liberty and democracy and credited these forces with an ability to achieve just and lasting peace….
To play a responsible role in the evolution of a 21st-century world order, the U.S. must be prepared to answer a number of questions for itself: What do we seek to prevent, no matter how it happens, and if necessary alone? What do we seek to achieve, even if not supported by any multilateral effort? What do we seek to achieve, or prevent, only if supported by an alliance? What should we not engage in, even if urged on by a multilateral group or an alliance? What is the nature of the values that we seek to advance? And how much does the application of these values depend on circumstance?
For the U.S., this will require thinking on two seemingly contradictory levels. The celebration of universal principles needs to be paired with recognition of the reality of other regions' histories, cultures and views of their security. Even as the lessons of challenging decades are examined, the affirmation of America's exceptional nature must be sustained. History offers no respite to countries that set aside their sense of identity in favor of a seemingly less arduous course. But nor does it assure success for the most elevated convictions in the absence of a comprehensive geopolitical strategy.
—Dr. Kissinger served as national security adviser and secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Adapted from his book "World Order," to be published Sept. 9 by the Penguin Press.
8/28: Album Sales Hit a New Low
As more and more consumers transition from purchasing music to streaming tunes, it's natural to see album sales shrink. This year, there have only been five weeks where album sales were above 5 million.
Larger retailers and CDs, vestiges of an older record business, have been hit the hardest. Through August 24th, CD sales are down 19.2 percent year-over-year while sales at mass merchants and chains have fallen 23 percent and 25.6 percent, respectively.
Record label sales executives are not surprised by the latest downturn. "Sales have been going in the wrong direction all year," says one label sales head. "I guess its overdue, when you look at [the growth of streaming]." This year, label executives finally conceded something there were reluctant to acknowledge last year: Streaming is cannibalizing digital sales.
Last year, when Billboard covered the then-historic lows in album sales last August, weekly sales had dipped below 5 million units for five weeks in a row. Weekly sales fared even worse in the following weeks, falling under five million units in 10 of the next 13 weeks. There was even another five-week run of below-five-million weekly sales from early October to early November.
The five-million-unit mark has been almost unreachable in 2014. So far this year, weekly album sales have fallen below that threshold in 29 of 34 weeks and in each of the last 18 weeks. No weekly sales tally has exceeded 4.5 million units since the middle of June.
"What can I say about this week's sales," says yet another distribution sales executive. "I remember when album sales fell under 10 million units and the industry reacted like it was a tragedy."
There is yet more bad news about the sales trend. Since album sales began to slide in 2002, the lowest-placed weekly sales floor by the end of the year tends to become the new ceiling for sales in the following year. Past history teaches us that, if weekly sales continue to fall below the three million mark, next year's norm will be in the three to four million range.
While some major label executives claim that revenue from streaming, which continues to grow, is offsetting declining digital sales revenue, not everyone agrees with that assessment.
"This year the bottom fell out of digital sales to a degree that we never anticipated, which is why many companies are not meeting this year's revenue projections," laments one indie distribution executive.
8/28: Box Office Down 15%: Hollywood’s Worst Summer in Nearly a Decade
Analysts: 'Weak slate,' demanding moviegoers drove summer to 8-year low
Despite an August thaw that saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” shatter expectations, the summer box office will likely finish at its lowest point in eight years. Ticket sales are running 15% below last summer’s.
Thanks to the magic of CGI, cities crumbled on a weekly basis, defended by a rotating band of masked superheroes. But are these scorched movie metropolises a metaphor for a business being bombarded by newer, snazzier forms of non-theatrical entertainment, or is this a momentary stumble for an industry that’s still soaring?
“You can’t chalk it up to anything other than a weak slate of movies that didn’t resonate with consumers,” said Eric Wold, an analyst with B. Riley & Co. “We were expecting poor numbers to start with, and it got a lot worse.”
Studio executives and exhibitors argue that the box office downturn is cyclical, not systemic. Yes, YouTube, Facebook and other online enticements are growing in popularity, but moviemakers aren’t conceding defeat.
8/27: FBI Examining Whether Russia Tied to JP Morgan Hacking
Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.
The attack resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the probe is still preliminary. Authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are also linked to the attack, one of the people said.
In one case, the hackers used a software flaw known as a zero-day vulnerability in one of the banks’ websites. They then plowed through layers of elaborate security to steal the data, a feat security experts said appeared far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers.
The incidents occurred at a low point in relations between Russia and the West. Russian troops continue to mass on the Ukrainian border and the West tightens sanctions aimed at crippling Russian companies, including some of the country’s most important banks.
8/27: JP Morgan and Other Banks Struck by Cyberattack
A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks this month, according to four people briefed on a continuing investigation into the crimes.
The hackers infiltrated the networks of the banks, siphoning off gigabytes of data, including checking and savings account information, in what security experts described as a sophisticated cyberattack.
The motivation and origin of the attacks are not yet clear, according to investigators. The F.B.I. is involved in the investigation, and in the past few weeks a number of security firms have been brought in to conduct forensic studies of the penetrated computer networks.
According to two other people briefed on the matter, hackers infiltrated the computer networks of some banks and stole checking and savings account information from clients. It was not clear whether the attacks were financially motivated, or if they were collecting intelligence as part of an espionage effort….
The recent hacks against the American banks were not intended to disrupt the bank’s services but appeared to be part of a financial or intelligence-gathering effort, three people briefed on the investigations said.
8/23: My Father, the Earl Who Raped Me as a Boy
When Robert Montagu, younger brother of the Earl of Sandwich, first decided to publish his memoir, he thought he’d present it as fiction, using a pseudonym, such was the painful nature of the story that was about to unfold.
His was a disturbing tale about an innocent seven-year-old boy whose father confused love with lust and abused him on an almost daily basis until he was 11.
Yet Robert, son of the 10th Earl of Sandwich, knew all too well this was not fiction….
Robert says: ‘I do think we have to take this problem more seriously – pursuing people who act in this way and not allowing them to escape. It’s easy for me to say that.
'I let my father escape, as have all my family. But we’ve got to get tougher. I particularly want families to be active in reporting. It’s a difficult thing but it must be done.
‘You cannot have an 11-year-old telling of abuse that had reached a zenith and not act.
You must make sure that person is not in a position to do the same again.’
As Robert grew older, he realised there were others. Once he saw the paperboy go into his father’s bedroom and close the door. Victor, who died in 1995 aged 88, also abused one of Robert’s schoolfriends.
Robert says: ‘I know personally of ten (victims) and I’ve spoken with most of those.
They were family friends, London contacts, Dorset contacts, holiday contacts.
‘I suspect it might be 20, possibly more. He was extraordinary because he was a very open, generous man.
‘He liked people, he had a good touch with his ordinary constituents, he was very close and affectionate with women, but he had a dark side that nobody knew much about.’
After the abuse was revealed, Robert continued to see Victor.
8/19: Titanic Sank During Ordinary Year with Ordinary Icebergs
8/18: Army Preparing For “Full-Scale Riots” in US, Using Lethal Force Against Unarmed Civilians
8/15: George Soros Made a Huge Bet that Stocks Will Fall
It seems legendary hedge fund billionaire George Soros might be souring in his view on the market outlook for U.S. stocks, based on his most recent 13-F filing in the U.S., which showed a 605% increase in his short S&P 500 position (through put options on 11.29 million shares of SPDR S&P 500 ETF) to $2.2 billion.
In a 13-F filing three months ago, Soros' fund had puts on 1.6 million shares, valued at $299.264 at the time.
Even though he is still net long stocks, this took the short position (where he owns an option which will profit from a fall in stocks prices) on the S&P 500 from 2.96% of his Soros Funds Management Portfolio to a whopping 16.65%. (Hat tip to @BullionBarron for the heads up.)
Snowden Suggests A “Holy S-t” Smoking Gun Revelation Coming
Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee turned whistleblower, says that there are still huge revelations regarding the over reach of government surveillance that would have far reaching ramifications.
In an interview with fellow whistleblower James Bamford, appearing in Wired, Snowden spoke of the volume of documents he has in his possession, revealing that there are so many that he hasn’t yet been able to read all of them.
Snowden says that he doesn’t have anywhere near the 1.7 million documents the government claims he does, yet admits that there is a significant amount of information yet to be made public.
“I think they think there’s a smoking gun in there that would be the death of them all politically,” he tells the tech magazine, as he appears on this month’s cover wrapped in a US flag.
“The fact that the government’s investigation failed—that they don’t know what was taken and that they keep throwing out these ridiculous, huge numbers—implies to me that somewhere in their damage assessment they must have seen something that was like, ‘Holy sh_t.’ And they think it’s still out there.” the whistleblower added.
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My Short Career in the Internet Outrage Business
8/12: Class Action Lawsuit Against Big Banks in Australia
8/9: De-Dollarization Continues: China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agmt.
The last 3 months have seen Russia's "de-dollarization" plans accelerate. First Gazprom clients shift to Euros and Renminbi, then the UK signs currency swap agreements with China, then NATO ally Turkey cuts ties and mulls de-dollarization, Switzerland jumps in the currency swap agreements, and BRICS create their own non-US-based funding vehicle, and then finally this week, Russia's oligarchs have shifted cash holdings to Hong Kong.
But this week, as RT reports, Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments. “"The agreement will stimulate further development of direct trade in yuan and rubles on the domestic foreign exchange markets of Russia and China," the Russian regulator said.
8/7: Rhianna Horned Devil Image With Repeating “6” Creates Backlash
Drake set the record straight about the fiery image of Rihanna that appeared on a big screen during his concert on Monday in Canada.
The 27-year-old Canadian singer performed Days In The East in Toronto with a backdrop of his ex-girlfriend's face juxtaposed along with the number 6 that conjured up Satanic ties to some.
'My album title is VIEWS FROM THE 6. The 6 is Toronto. Rih is a great girl who I know is about to kill this tour with Eminem. It's all love!!,' Drake tweeted on Wednesday to his nearly 16 million followers on Twitter.
8/2: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Ebola Spreading in the US
8/1: Why You’re Not Going to Get Ebola in the US
The plan to bring two Americans stricken by the Ebola virus back to the United States for treatment has sparked a backlash on social media from some people terrified that the incurable disease will spread here as it has in western Africa.
“Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S.,” Donald Trump tweeted Friday. “Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!”
This mystifies infectious disease experts, who consider the viruses that cause Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and bird flu much more contagious — and therefore more dangerous to the public.
Transmission of Ebola requires direct contact with an infected person’s blood, vomit or feces during the period that he or she is contagious, something that is extremely unlikely for anyone but health-care workers. The virus is not spread by coughing or sneezing. Nor do Americans bury their own dead family members or friends, as some residents of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea must do with Ebola victims.
“There is zero danger to the U.S. public from these [two] cases or the Ebola outbreak in general,” said Amesh Adalja, a member of the public health committee of the Infectious Disease Society of America and an infectious disease doctor at the University of Pittsburgh.
“People who have Ebola are not walking around on the street. They are very, very sick and pretty much confined to a hospital and to a bed,” he added.
But what if you find yourself on an airplane, or in a hospital waiting room, with a symptomatic carrier of Ebola? What if you shake hands with an infected person whose hygiene is not perfect? Couldn’t you contract it that way?
Theoretically, yes, Adalja acknowledges, but here he quickly notes something that most Americans don’t realize: Lassa fever, another horrifying hemorrhagic disease that kills about 5,000 people in West Africa every year, has been imported into the United States by travelers seven times in recent years, with no known case of transmission.
The most recent case: 2014 in New Jersey, according to Adalja’s blog.
“Ebola will find the Unites States just as inhospitable as lassa fever,” he predicted.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, struck a similar tone in an interview with The Washington Post Thursday. “There is certainly a possibility that someone might get on a plane who is infected in Sierra Leone or Liberia and come to the United States,” he said. “But the chance of it being spread here the way you are seeing there is extraordinarily low, to the point that the CDC and me and other officials feel confident that there’s not going to be an outbreak here.”
7/31: Big Banks Remind Us Why We Should Be Scared
Since 2008, big U.S. and foreign banks have spent close to $100 billion to settle federal and state allegations of wrongdoing, including accusations that they:
1) Illegally seized borrowers’ homes.
2) Cheated towns across the country that had issued debt.
3) Ripped off troops.
4) Manipulated benchmark interest rates.
5) Misled investors when selling them home loans that had been bundled into securities.
6) Duped homeowners into taking out expensive mortgages.
7) Rigged markets to bolster their trading positions.
8) Processed payments for alleged terrorists and genocidal regimes.
9) Helped Americans evade U.S. taxes.
10) And enabled Mexican drug cartels to launder their money.
Authorities also have accused large financial institutions of misdeeds that include ignoring signs that Bernie Madoff was engaged in a massive Ponzi scheme, and tricking households into paying for worthless credit card products. In most of the settlements that ended government probes into banks’ misbehavior, the banks neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.
Regulators around the world now are investigating whether big banks attempted to manipulate the foreign exchange market, where currency prices are set and more than $5 trillion is exchanged daily.
Last year, during a speech focused on banks perceived to be “too big to fail,” one of the top U.S. financial regulators said that some of America’s largest financial institutions appear to lack respect for "law, regulation and public trust."
“There is evidence of deep-seated cultural and ethical failures at many large financial institutions,” William Dudley, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said in November.
Brown suggested that the litany of wrongdoing committed by big banks stems from the perception that they're either too big or important to be allowed to fail. “Ultimately the problem is that this just encourages risky behavior,” Brown said.