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  1. Radu said, on august 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Reblogged this on radupopescublog.

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  2. geo said, on august 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Presiunea americana pe rusi creste: dupa reincalzirea conflictului din Caucaz, se incalzeste si Nistrul –

    If reports are true, and they seem to be, Ukraine may have decided to open another front of conflict in attacking Pridnestrovie, or Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), which was once administratively a part of Moldovan SSR.

    Border guards of PMR are receiving fire from Ukraine, by Ukrainian Army, but have been ordered not to return fire and «not to respond to provocations», writes Novoross.info.

    The Border Guard Service of the KGB of Pridnestrovie confirmed the facts in a press-release and also denied reports in Ukrainian media, that PMR had opened fire first. Pridnestrovie KGB further goes on to say, that according to their assessement, these allegations are meant to destabilise the situation in the border region of PMR and Ukraine, and to instill panic in inhabitants of the Odessa and Vinnytsia Oblasts, two regions of Ukraine bordering PMR.

    http://centralasia.zeropointfield.ch/?p=405

    http://www.novoross.info/general/28186-voyska-kievskoy-hunty-obstrelivayut-pridnestrove-spiker-putchistov-grozit-voynoy.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Bietii ucraineni nu isi dau seama ca sint niste amarite de unelte in miinile sforarilor…

    MOSCOW, August 2 (RIA Novosti) – The United States’ intention to allocate $19 million to train and equip the Ukrainian National Guard is direct complicity in genocide of civilians in Ukraine’s southeastern regions, the head of Russian parliament’s security and anti -corruption committee said on Saturday.

    “At a time when the Ukrainian National Guard is carrying out punitive operations in Donbas, the United States’ promises to allocate $19 million to train and to arm this military unit, which includes militants of the radical Right Sector movement, can be regarded as direct complicity in genocide of civilians in Ukraine’s southeast, as well as in war crimes,” Irina Yarovaya told journalists.

    Earlier on Friday, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby announced that the United States was planning to spend $19 million in 2015 on training and equipment of the Ukrainian National Guard “as part of their efforts to build their capacity for internal defense.”

    According to Kirby, arms deliveries to the crisis-hit country are not yet on the table.

    The Pentagon spokesman once again claimed that Russian forces allegedly continue their buildup along the border with Ukraine.

    “It’s difficult to pin it down to a specific number but they continue to be reinforced,” Kirby said.

    The Russian Defense Ministry announced last week that international inspection teams that visited Russia’s border areas with Ukraine had revealed no violations or undeclared military activity on the part of Russia.

    Kiev authorities have been conducting its military operation targeting independence supporters in the country’s southeastern regions since April. The National Guard comprised of troops and activists from Maidan self-defense squads plays the key role in the crackdown.

    On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the special operation cost the country about $6 million a day.

    http://en.ria.ru/politics/20140802/191628298/Russian-Lawmaker-Says-US-Plans-to-Finance-Ukraine-National-Guard.html

    http://russian.rt.com/article/43488

    http://slavyangrad.org/2014/08/01/ukrainian-journalist-openly-calls-for-genocide-on-hromadske-tv-financed-by-us-and-netherlands/

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  3. lastunnegru said, on august 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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    Ti-ai pierdut cartelela de intrare in scoala ia bratara cu microcip.

    Incercare esuata, pentru moment.

    Intr-o scoala din Noua Zeilanda conducerea scoli a dorit ca elevii sai sa poarte bratari cu microcip pentru incurajarea ” comportamentului bun ” dar datorita raspunsului imediat si dur ar parintilor conducerea scoli a decis sa ia o pauza in privinta proiectului cu bratari cu microcip. Bratarile cu microcip contineau numele elevului si numarul de identificare din scoala pus alte lucruri pentru motivarea comportamantului elevului.

    http://www.infowars.com/school-plans-to-tag-students-with-microchip-bracelets-to-encourage-good-behaviour/

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/school-taking-pause-over-microchip-idea-6042627

    Alti de la ei din tara insa sant de alta parere

    http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/microchip-bracelets-students-good-idea-video-6043311

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  4. lastunnegru said, on august 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

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    Jucatori de fotbal american din NFL vor purta cipuri de localizare pe echipamantul de joc.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/technology/chi-nfl-players-tracking-chips-shoulder-pads-20140731-story.html

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  5. lastunnegru said, on august 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

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    A New Digital Tattoo for Moto X

    Un nou tatuaj digital pentru Moto X

    http://www.vivalnk.com/

    Digital Tattoo

    Tatuajul digital

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  6. lastunnegru said, on august 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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    Hoy implanturi mamare cu microcip

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  7. STOP RFID 666 said, on august 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    IATA COMENTARIUL TRANSMIS FRATELUI MARIUS

    Frate Marius Yanush

    In Biserica Ortodoxa a aparut o controversa cu parintele Arsenie Boca si se creeaza o dezbinare teribila. Exista un material audio prelucrat referitor la parintele Arsenie Boca. Sunt materiale prezentate de Ortodox Crestin cu parintele Gheorghe Anitulesei care prezinta asa numitele rataciri ale parintelui Arsenie Boca. Daca poti, pentru ca stiu ca ai mai fost pe la Rarau, sa-i iei un interviu parintelui Ioan. Sa-i descopere Dumnezeu parintelui daca Arsenie a fost sau nu inselat ca sa terminam odata cu dezbinarea si capcana in care au cazut multi. Astept raspuns.

    http://yanush.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/ganduri-de-pe-drumul-crucii-mele-avanpremiera-editoriala/#comments

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    • scortisoara said, on august 4, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Nu se va termina cu dezbinarea indiferent pe cine veti intreba . E o naivitate sa credeti asta . Nu a fost suficient nici cea spus Sf. Par. Iustin Parvu despre Pr Arsenie Boca . Este clar ca unii sunt setati pe dezbinarea ortodocsilor . Va fii mai rau …. „Sarea ne cuprinde …” Iata ce spune Sf Ignatie Briancianinov :

      [Vremurile noastre se aseamănă cu vremurile din urmă – „sarea ne cuprinde”.[1]
      Păstorii Bisericii au rămas cu o înţelegere a creştinismului slabă, întunecată, confuză. O falsă înţelegere după buchie, distrugând viaţa duhovnicească în societatea creştină, distrugând creştinismul, care este faptă, nu buchie. Trist este să vezi, cui i-au fost încredinţate şi pe ce mâini au căzut oile lui Hristos, cui i-a fost încredinţată păstorirea şi mântuirea lor ! Apar „lupii îmbrăcaţi în blană de oaie”, recunoscuţi după faptele şi roadele lor. Toate acestea, însă, se petrec cu îngăduinţa Domnului. „Cei ce vor fi în Iudeea, să fugă la munte!”

      Cel mai greu este, desigur, în aceste vremuri, după cum remarca Sfântul Ierarh Ignatie, de a suporta singurătatea spirituală.
      „Mântuieşte-te singur! Fii fericit, dacă vei afla măcar un colaborator adevărat în lucrarea de mântuire: acesta e cel mai mare şi mai de preţ dar al Domnului, în zilele noastre. Păzeşte-te, vrând să-ţi salvezi aproapele, să nu te tragă el în prăpastia pierzaniei. Acest din urmă lucru se întâmplă la tot pasul.”
      Iată ce vremuri grele vor veni pentru mântuire, şi aceste vremuri au şi venit!
      „Mântuindu-te, mântuieşte-ţi sufletul!” – li s-a spus ultimilor creştini. Sunt cuvintele Sfântului Duh, subliniază Sfântul Ierarh Ignatie, vrând să ne impună tărie şi o vigilenţă sporită faţă de sinele nostru.

      „Sarea ne cuprinde” – Biserica încetează de a mai fi Biserică. Ea devine pseudobiserică, gata de a-l primi pe Antihrist ca ”Mesia”, în afară de „mica rămăşiţă” a dreptcredincioşilor care, conform cuvintelor Episcopului Ignatie devine „tot mai săracă şi mai săracă”. Toată cultura modernă şi întreaga viaţă umană, orientată exclusiv spre satisfacerea bunăstării aparente, pur materiale a oamenilor, pregăteşte stăruitor şi cu febrilitate omenirea pentru înscăunarea Antihristului.
      Prin urmare, a sosit timpul limită pentru fiecare din noi să hotărâm – unde suntem şi cu cine: în această „mică rămăşiţă” a dreptcredincioşilor, în această „turmă mică a lui Hristos”, după cuvintele lui Hristos Mântuitorul Însuşi (Luca 12,32) – cu Hristos sau cu vrăjmaşul Său – Antihristul ?
      Aceasta ne învaţă scrierile inspirate de înţelepciunea dumnezeiască ale Sfântului Ierarh Ignatie!
      1. „Şi întinzând bucăţica, a dat-o lui Iuda, fiul lui Simon Iscarioteanul. Şi după îmbucătură a pătruns atunci satana în el” (Ioan 13, 26-27). Potrivit unor tălmăciri, Iisus a întins bucăţica de pâine în sare.]

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      • scortisoara said, on august 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

        Si vom plati cu totii pentru ravna ” duhovniceasca ” a unora care poarta haina monahala . Tot Sf. Ignatie Briancianinov :

        ” Despre ravna sufleteasca si cea duhovniceasca
        Monahul trebuie foarte mult sa se pazeasca de rava trupeasca si sufleteasca, ce se infatiseaza la aratare ca evlavioasa, iar de fapt este nesocotita si stricatoare de suflet. Oamenii din lume si multi dintre cei ce duc viata monahiceasca, datorita nestiintei lor, lauda mult o asemenea ravna, nepricepand ca izvoarele ei sunt parerea de sine si trufia. Aceasta ravna ei o preama­resc ca ravna pentru credinta, pentru evlavie, pentru Biserica, pentru Dumnezeu. Ea consta in osandirea si acuzarea mai mult sau mai putin aspra a celorlalti, pentru greselile lor in privinta moralei si pentru cele impotriva bunei oranduieli si intocmiri bisericesti. Amagiti fiind de o falsa conceptie despre ravna, ravni­torii lipsiti de intelepciune socot ca, lasandu-se in voia acestei ravne urmeaza Sfintilor Parinti si sfintilor mucenici, uitand ca ei – ravnitorii – nu sunt sfinti, ci pacatosi.
        Daca sfintii ii mustrau pe pacatosi si pe necredinciosi, o faceau din porunca lui Dumnezeu, fiind datori sa faca aceasta, potrivit insuflarii Sfantului Duh, nu insuflarii propriilor patimi si a demonilor. Iar cel ce se hotaraste, de capul lui, sa-l acuze pe fratele sau sa ii faca observatie, acela arata limpede ca se socoate mai intelept si mai virtuos decat cel acuzat de el, ca lucreaza sub inraurirea patimii si a amagirii cu­getelor demonice. Se cuvine sa ne aducem aminte de porunca Mantuitorului: “De ce vezi paiul din ochiul fratelui tau, si barna din ochiul tau nu o iei in seama ? Sau cum vei zice fratelui tau: Lasa sa scot paiul din ochiul tau si iata barna este in ochiul tau ? Fatarnice, scoate intai barna din ochiul tau si atunci vei vedea sa scoti paiul din ochiul fratelui tau” (Mat.7, 3-5).
        Ce este aceasta – barna ? Este cugetarea trupeasca, groasa ca o barna, care rapeste orice putere si orice corectitu­dine puterii vazatoare daruite de Ziditor mintii si inimii. Omul manat de cugetarea trupeasca nu poate nicicum sa judece drept – nici despre propria lui stare launtrica, nici despre starea aproapelui. El judeca despre sine insusi si despre ceilalti dupa felul in care se inchipuie el insusi pe sine si dupa felul in care ii apar ceilalti pe dinafara, potrivit cugetarii sale trupesti – bineinteles, gresit; si de aceea l-a numit Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, pe buna dreptate, fatarnic. Crestinul, dupa ce a fost tamaduit prin Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu si Duhul lui Dumnezeu, primeste o vedere dreapta a pro­priei sale intocmiri sufletesti si a intocmirii sufletesti a aproapelui. Cugetarea trupeasca, lovind ca o barna pe aproapele care a gresit, intotdeauna il tulbura, nu arareori il pierde, niciodata nu aduce si nici nu poate aduce folos, nu are nici un pic de putere asupra paca­tului. Dimpotriva, cugetarea duhovniceasca lucreaza numai asupra neputintei sufletesti a aproapelui, mi­luindu-l, tamaduindu-l si mantuindu-l.
        Este vrednic a fi luat in seama faptul ca, dupa dobandirea intelegerii duhovnicesti neajunsurile si pacatele aproapelui incep sa para de foarte mica insemnatate, rascumparate fiind de Mantuitorul si lesne de tamaduit prin pocainta ­aceleasi greseli si neajunsuri care pentru intelegerea trupeasca pareau necuprins de mari si insemnate. Apare lesne de vazut ca aceasta cugetare trupeasca le dadea o insemnatate atat de uriasa pentru ca ea insasi este barna. Cugetarea trupeasca vede la aproapele pa­cate care nu sunt nicidecum: din aceasta pricina, cei atrasi de ravna lipsita de judecata au cazut adesea in clevetirea aproapelui si s-au facut unealta si jucarie a duhurilor cazute. Preacuviosul Pimen cel Mare poves­tea ca un oarecare monah, fiind manat de aceasta ravna, s-a supus urmatoarei is~ite: l-a vazut pe un alt monah culcat peste o femeie. Indelung s-a luptat mo­nahul cu gandul care-l silea sa-i opreasca pe cei ce pacatuiau si, fiind in cele din urma biruit, i-a impins cu piciorul zicand: Ci incetati ! Atunci s-a aratat ca era vorba de doi snopi (Pateric).
        Preacuviosul Avva Dorotei povesteste ca, pe cand petrecea in chinovia Avvei Serid, un frate oarecare l-a clevetit pe un alt frate, manat fiind de ravna cea lipsita de judecata, care este intotdeauna impreunata cu banuieli si cu pareri, fiind foarte plecata spre nascociri. Invinuitorul il invi­nuia pe cel invinuit ca in acea dimineata, devreme, ar fi furat niste smochine din livada si le-ar fi mancat: la cercetarea facuta de egumen, insa, s-a aratat ca cel barfit nu se afla in manastire in dimineata cu pricina, ci intr-una din asezarile vecine, fiind trimis acolo de iconom, si se intorsese in manastire doar dupa ter­minarea Dumnezeiestii Liturghii (Invatatura a 9-a a Preacuviosului Avva Dorotei).
        Daca vrei sa fii un fiu credincios si ravnitor al Bi­sericii Ortodoxe, atinge-ti telul prin implinirea porun­cilor evanghelice legate de aproapele. Nu indrazni sa-l lauzi ! Nu indrazni sa-l inveti ! Nu indrazni sa-l lovesti si sa-l mustri ! Acestea nu sunt fapte ale credintei, ci ale ravnei lipsite de judecata, ale parerii de sine, ale trufiei. L-au intrebat pe Pimen cel Mare: ce este cre­dinta ? Cel Mare a raspuns: “Credinta sta intr-aceea ca sa petreci in smerenie si sa faci milostenie” (Pateric), adica a te smeri inaintea aproapelui si a-i ierta toate supararile si jignirile, toate greselile lui. Intrucat ravn­itorii lipsiti de dreapta socoteala aduc credinta ca pricina a ravnei lor, sa afle unii ca acestia ca adevarata credinta (aici se intelege credinta lucratoare, nu cea dogmatica. Despre deosebirea lor, vezi in Filocalie la Calist si Ignatie), prin urmare si adevarata ravna, se arata prin smerenia inaintea aproapelui si milostivirea catre el. Sa lasam judecata asupra oamenilor si acuzarea lor in seama acelora pe ai caror umeri a fost asezata indatorirea de a-i judeca pe fratii lor si de a-i indrepta. “Cel ce are ravna mincinoasa – a spus Sf. Isaac Sirul – boleste de boala grea. O, omule care crezi ca-ti pui ravna impotriva bolilor straine, tu te-ai lepadat de sanatatea sufletului tau ! Osteneste-te cu osardie pentru sanatatea sufletului tau. Iar daca vrei sa doftoricesti pe cei neputinciosi, apoi afla ca bolnavii au mai multa nevoie de ingrijire decat de mustrari aspre. Ci tu, fara a ajuta pe altii, te bagi pe tine insuti in boala grea si chinuitoare. Aceasta ravna nu se vadeste in oameni prin vreunul din chipurile intelepci­unii, ci se numara printre neputintele sufletului, este semn al saraciei intelegerii (duhovnicesti), semn al nestiintei celei mai de pe urma.
        Inceputul intelepciunii Dumnezeiesti este linistea si blandetea, care tin de masura sufletului mare si intarit, de cel mai trainic chip al cugetarii si poarta neputintele omenesti. “Ci voi, cei tari”, spune Scriptura, “purtati neputintele celor neputinciosi” (Rom. l5, l) si: “pe cel ce greseste indreptati-l cu duhul blandetii” (Gal. 6, l ). Pacea si rabdarea le numara Apostolul printre darurile Sfantu­lui Duh” (Cuvantul 89). In alt cuvant Preacuviosul Isaac graieste: “Sa nu urasti pe pacatos, caci cu totii suntem pacatosi. Daca tu pentru Dumnezeu te por­nesti impotriva lui (a pacatosului), atunci varsa pentru el lacrimi. Dar pentru ce il urasti ? Uraste pacatele lui, iar pentru el roaga-te, si prin aceasta te vei asemana lui Hristos, care nu S-a maniat asupra celor pacatosi, ci se ruga pentru ei. Nu vezi, oare, cum a plans El pentru Ierusalim ? Si noi, in multe prilejuri, suntem batjocoriti de diavol. Si de ce sa uram pe cel batjocorit de diavol, care ne batjocoreste si pe noi ? Pentru ca, omule, urasti pe pacatos ? Pentru ca nu-i asa de drept ca tine ? Dar unde este dreptatea, daca nu ai dragoste ? De ce n-ai plans mai bine, pentru el,~ ci il gonesti ? Oarecari, ce gandesc despre sine ca judeca sanatos despre faptele pacatosilor si se manie pe ei, lucreaza astfel din nesocotinta” (Cuvantul 90).
        Mare nenorocire este parerea de sine ! Mare neno­rocire este lepadarea de smerenie ! Mare nenorocire este acea intocmire si stare sufleteasca in care aflan­du-se monahul, fara a fi chemat sau intrebat, manat de constiinta “valorii sale”, incepe sa invete, sa acuze, sa mustre pe aproapele ! Fiind intrebat, refuza sa dai sfat si sa-ti spui parerea, ca unul care nu stii nimic, sau la mare nevoie, vorbeste cu cea mai mare chibzuinta si modestie, ca sa nu te ranesti pe tine cu slava desarta si cu trufia, iar pe aproapele cu un cuvant greu si neso­cotit. Atunci cand, pentru osteneala ta in via porun­cilor, Dumnezeu te va invrednici sa simti in suflet ravna Dumnezeiasca, atunci vei vedea limpede ca rav­na aceasta te. va indemna la tacere si smerenie inaintea aproapelui, la iubire fata de el, la miluirea lui si la compatimirea pentru el, precum a spus Sfantul Isaac Sirul (Cuvantul 38). Ravna Dumnezeiasca este foc, dar care nu aprinde sangele ! Ea stinge in acesta aprinderea, aducandu-l intr-o stare de tihna (Filocalia rom. vol. VII, Convorbirea Preacuviosului Maxim Capsocalivitul cu Preacuviosul Grigorie Sinaitul). Ravna cugetarii trupesti este intotdeauna impreunata cu aprinderea sangelui, cu navalirea a numeroase pa­timi si inchipuiri.
        Urmarile ravnei oarbe si nestiutoare, daca aproapele i se impotriveste, sunt de obicei, mania asupra lui, ranchiuna, spiritul de razbunare in felurite chipuri, iar daca acesta se supune – multumirea de sine plina de slava desarta, atatarea si inmultirea cu­getarii trufase si a parerii de sine.”
        [Incheiem cu mult folositoarea rugaciune a Sfantului Ignatie – cu care se si incheie mai sus pomenitul capitol despre “Vederea pacatului propriu” – rugaciune pe care multi crestini ravnitori si monahi sporiti au inclus-o in pravila lor zilnica inca de la mijlocul seco­lului trecut:]
        “Doamne! Da-ne sa ne vedem pacatele noastre, asa incat mintea noastra, atrasa cu desavarsire de luarea-aminte fata de pacatele noastre, sa inceteze a mai vedea greselile aproapelui si sa-i vada pe toti, intr-acest chip, buni. Da inimii noastre sa para­seasca grija pierzatoare de neajunsurile aproa­pelui, sa isi uneasca toate grijile numai in grija pentru dobandirea curatiei si sfinteniei poruncite si gatite noua de Tine. Da-ne noua, celor ce ne-am intinat haina sufletului, sa o albim iarasi; ea a fost deja spalata prin apele botezului, iar acum, dupa pangarire, aceste haine au nevoie sa fie spalate prin apele lacrimilor. Da-ne sa vedem in lumina harului Tau neputintele cele de multe feluri care traiesc in noi, inabusind in inima miscarile duhovni­cesti, aducand in ea miscarile sangelui si trupului ca­re sunt potrivnice Imparatiei lui Dumnezeu. Da-ne marele. dar al pocaintei, inaintea caruia merge si pe care il naste marele dar al vederii pacatelor noastre. Pazeste-ne, cu aceste mari daruri, de hau­rile amagirii de sine, care apare in suflet din prici­na pacatoseniei sale, neluate in seama si neintelese, si se naste din lucrarile patimii dulcetii si slavei de­sarte care traiesc in el neluate in seama si neinte­lese. Pazeste-ne pe noi cu aceste mari daruri in ca­lea noastra catre Tine, si da-ne sa ajungem la Tine, Cela Ce chemi pe cei ce isi recunosc pacatosenia si lepezi pe cei ce se socotesc drepti, ca sa Te slavoslo­vim in veci, intru vesnica Ta fericire, a Singurului Dumnezeu Adevarat, Rascumparatorul celor ro­biti si Mantuitorul celor pierduti. Amin”.

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    • Ionut said, on august 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Aceasta controversa duce la smintirea multora, atat a celor care au citit indemnurile scrise de Pr. Arsenie, cat si a celor ce nu le-au citit inca. Iar din cei care stiu de Pr. Arsenie, unii se vor lepada, iar altii vor incepe sa considere ca anumite practici amintite n-ar fi chiar daunatoare.
      Eu n-am gasit alte scrieri in care sa fie prezentate mai pe intelesul oamenilor poruncile Domnului Hristos, ca si sfaturi folositoare pentru viata de zi cu zi.
      E foarte rau ca omul pe care il cunoastem ca mare rugator pentru neamul romanesc inaintea Sf. Treimi si a Maicii Domnului e astfel denigrat.
      E dureros ca se spune despre acest om ca e inselat. Imi amintesc ca pr. Nicolae Tanase a fost oprit de la slujire o vreme din cauza unei pretinse binecuvantari a unei lucrari referitoare la un preot controversat. Va dati seama?
      Cu alte cuvinte, oamenii care s-au luptat si se lupta o viata intreaga cu raul din noi si din lume, sunt „inselati”, in timp ce aceia carora nu le pasa de turma cea cuvantatoare sau strang averi sunt bine mersi.
      „Feriti-va de proorocii mincinosi, care vin la voi in haine de oi, iar pe dinauntru sunt lupi rapitori. Dupa roadele lor ii veti cunoaste. Au doara culeg oamenii struguri din spini sau smochine din maracini? Asa ca orice pom bun face roade bune, iar pomul rau face roade rele. Nu poate pom bun sa faca roade rele, nici pom rau sa faca roade bune.” (Matei 7;15-18)
      „Omul bun, din vistieria cea bună a inimii sale, scoate cele bune, pe când omul rău, din vistieria cea rea a inimii lui, scoate cele rele. Căci din prisosul inimii grăieşte gura lui.” (Luca 6;45)

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  8. alec said, on august 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    sau pr. Macarie de la Munteoru.

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  9. geo said, on august 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    August 1, Donetsk—The Guys Are Back In Town

    They’ve shown up, finally. Tired, hungry, sweaty, wearing flak jackets, American photographer Patrick Lancaster and freelancers David F. and Chris A. have crossed the threshold with a smile. Because after 16 hours of detention even the hostel you found on the net is worth being called home.
    It was not the first time. It’s happened to all of us and we have overcome it with no particular difficulty.
    The guys were told their names were not in the Database of Accredited Journalists in Ukraine. This was the explanation of the officer who handled their case. Sounds reasonable, right? A quite legitimate reason, indeed. After all, that’s a war zone and who comes here must have a compelling reason to do it. It’s not like reporting from Kiev, that’s clear. By the way, on June 6 despite their valid accreditation 2 Russian crews were kicked out of Verkhovna Rada building by the Radical Party leader and psychopathic criminal Oleg Lyashko. Weird, isn’t it?
    Last week, the British stringer Graham Phillips, after 3 days of detention was deported from Ukraine to Poland, and banned for 3 years from entering the country. He was told, “You work for RT, it’s the enemy.” And that’s the reason for his interdiction.
    His fellow detainee, beaten and threatened to be held captive, was Vadim Aksyonov, a Russian-speaking Ukrainian cameraman working for Anna-news agency—it should be another enemy, I suppose.
    In today’s Ukraine, a TV network can be singled out as an enemy of an army. And therefore, enemy of the country—Lyashko himself wrote on his facebook page that it’s because of propaganda and subversive activities of Russian journalists that there’s bloodshed in Ukraine.
    So, not 20 years of corrupt politics, not Soros and his funding of Maidan revolution, not US and EU foreign entanglements, not the CIA, whose director J. Brennan arrived secretly in Kiev end of April, not US Deputy Defense Secretary D. Chollet, who openly said he was taking part in the development of military operation against the South-East, not Polish Secret Service… Russian journalists are guilty for the bloodshed in Ukraine.
    You could immediately close the issue by answering that Lyashko is a lunatic who should be locked up in a room with padded walls, wearing a straitjacket, but the problem never was just one single person. In the Germany of the 30s, the problem was not a guy with a weird mustache, sputtering out chauvinistic words. The problem was there were millions of gullible Germans that gave him reason.
    Recently, during a radio interview, I was asked an opinion about the work of the press in the Donbass. The first thing I felt like saying was that hundreds of journalists had flocked here in consequence of the downing of Malaysia Airlines aircraft, which filled the news for some days. After that, they all left. Because here there is nothing else to tell, right? Everyone is familiar with the anti-terrorist operation: a fistful of Russian-Chechen mercenaries backed by Putin carries out atrocities on the population meaning to destabilize the country, and the US Adm faces the crisis by imposing economic sanctions on Russia, in an attempt to avoid an escalation of the conflict.
    This version, worthy of 2014 Joseph Goebbels Award for the Presstitute Whores, has filled the heads of millions of TV addicted zombies—those still believing the mainstream media to be engaged in providing information. Some of these guys, for some strange reason, occasionally write me on social media. For a moment they remain speechless when I say that there are neither terrorists nor Russian Army in the Donbass, that no one here thinks Russia is the enemy, and that Russian-speaking civilians get targeted by Ukrainian Army. A moment later, they find the words and return them to me under the form of insults and accusations of pro-Russian propaganda.
    I have lived long enough to realize that most of the people prefer a reassuring lie to an uncomfortable truth that challenges their faith—whatever it is. People live cradled in their deceptive security. At least until a rather dramatic occurrence comes to mess up everything in their life.
    Patrick and I were surprised in the street by shelling on Kramatorsk. We were in the right place at the right time to witness what was not relevant to Western and Ukrainian media—those regularly included in the Database of Accredited Journalists.
    The democratic president Poroshenko was bombing the Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens.
    The following morning, after seeing the damage to the city center, Patrick sat beside me and said, “I didn’t believe it was true. Thought it was Russian propaganda. So many civillian homes destroyed!”
    Which president would give the order to bomb the citizens of his own country, I wondered? The president of a country whose Prime Minister (Yatsenyuk) in a comment on the official webpage of Ukraine Embassy in the US, called the Russian-speaking Ukrainians with the Nazi word ‘sub-humans’—how proud should Pope Francis be for having him received at the Vatican on April 26! The president of a country where a journalist from the weekly Ukrainska Nedelya, Bogdan Butkevich, can state there are too many useless people in the Donbass, and that according to his calculations no less than 1,500,000 must be killed. In 2014, Ukraine is a country where a psycho who openly proposes mass murdering as a solution to political matters is paid to write on a magazine and speaks on TV.
    Thumbs up for all those included in the Database of Accredited Journalists in Ukraine!

    http://cbmalaparte.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/august-1-donetsk-the-guys-are-back-in-town/

    YOUNG HEROES OF NOVOROSSIYA

    August 3, 2014

    Interview with ANDREY, 15 years old, “VOSTOK” MILITARY BRIGADE, DONETSK.

    “I think I am brave, because, although I am afraid to die, I am more afraid for my motherland, than to die. The fear of death is in the second place, after the fear for motherland”, says Andrey. – “There is a great responsibility on me, because I give knowledge to people, which they won’t get anywhere else. They are going to fight, so this knowledge is the one they can further rely on during military actions.First of all, I have to watch my training squadron like little children, take them to eat, make some beds for them when they arrive here. Then I have to teach them by all means. This doesn’t involve just dealing with arms, but we also go to the firing ground, learn to walk and move across it.”
    “We had a national-patriotic club, – say Andrey’s young companions in arms. – When the couch came here and got settled down, he called us, that is made us an offer to come. And we didn’t reject it: why not?”
    These young fighters and Andrey studied in the same school. Andrey and his father were one of the first to join Republican fighters as volunteers.
    “Andrey is two years younger than I, – says one of the young Donbass patriots. – I didn’t expect to see him here. I was very surprised to see him here, when I and my friend arrived on site. He is just 15 and he has come to fight. There are people who are 20 years old, who have gone through the army service and are well-prepared but still stay at home locking themselves up in cellars.”
    In the free time young Republican fighters do sports – pull-ups and bars. But also they read “many interesting books on arms”.
    Andrey is a schoolboy, currently on holidays. Right now, he says, he would be playing soccer with his friends like all teenagers. Andrey loves soccer and even thought of bringing a ball to play. But he never did: too little free time.
    Andrey confesses that he misses ordinary life, but mostly in the evening, when he can get into bed, relax and think about life.
    “I was thinking, – says Andrey, – that if I was 18 years old, I would come here by all means. And after my father went, I asked to join him, asked him to arrange for me to come too. For a long time they didn’t want to let in a person who hasn’t come of age, but eventually it was arranged and my father took me here. I am very happy”.
    According to Sergey, one of the Republican fighters and Andrey’s father, the fact that Andrey is so young makes others respect him, respect the fact that there are such young people, who are not supposed to fight by their age but are here with arms in their hands. And they make their contribution. “I can just add that we do have young people, who are patriots and with all their heart are ready to wage war against faschism. And I respect them for this. I respect the choice of my son and support him in everything”.
    Of course, Andrey’s mother and grandmothers want him to come back and lead a peaceful life. But he is resolved to tell them that he will only come back with victory. “They shouldn’t worry”, – says Andrey.
    “Do you think it is hard to kill a person?” is the next question Andrey is asked. “I think it is hard, – replies Andrey. – “Perhaps the person is not evil but was just forced to come here. Back home he has his family, children, wife. Because people, who come here, come to kill our people, our brothers and relatives, we are left with no other choice than to shoot in response. It is certainly very hard. And nobody wants to do it. I am sure there will be good memories in the future. I am sure that after we win we will be able to tell friends where we were and there will no longer be such danger. And everybody will be proud of you, that in such a difficult situation we didn’t leave the country, didn’t hide in the cellar but came out with our brothers to defend our country. But of course we will mourn for people who have been already killed at war”.

    http://dnr-news.com/dnr/1786-molodye-geroi-novorossii.html

    Troops of Kiev junta shelled cars of OSCE representatives

    OSCE representatives on two cars Toyota with a bunch of identification marks tried to pass near the village Petropavlovskoe to the wreckage of the MH-17 lying in the neutral zone.

    Wreckage has traces of weapon that can’t be identified.

    But OSCE representatives came under shelling by mortars from the Ukrainian side, jumped from cars and spent 40 minutes in the basement of compassionate locals.

    In the media of Kiev junta and Kiev junta troops working unofficial order don’t show torture or humiliation of detained people. But time to time fascists publish in their pages photos of their „deeds”.
    We found another one photo, published by fascist. Here, some of fascists „battalion”, we recognize them by yellow ribbon on clothes. Member of „battalion” put foot to unknown man in military uniform as he is animal. Their victim could be local fisherman or hunter, they wear such clothes, it is comfortable. Another victim of fascist lay in same pose, it is humiliation of detainees, you can to see on both plastic handcuffs. These type of handcuffs like to use USA, EU, Israel police and backed by that regimes Wahhabi. Now USA, EU and Israel deliver this and other nonlethal aid to Ukrainian fascists. It make torturers and murder for Ukrainian fascists more comfortable.
    Thank You for that, we’ll never forget it.

    A border house in Poland was shoot from Ukrainian territory.

    Home of Polish family, which located in village near border with Ukraine was shoot by unknown from Ukrainian side, at 30th July. Firstly this news we got from our sources and now we have video of Polish channel. Media of Kiev junta keep silence about this news.
    House was shoot by carbine, in one of wall near entry to home hole from bullet. You can to see a special police ribbons in place of hole. Members of family who live at home are scared, they didn’t expect this.
    Poland made official request to Kiev junta law enforcement about this incident.
    From our side we congratulate Polish regime , which backing descendants of people who committed Volyn massacre. They have chance to repeat their deeds, using weapon which Poland gave to them, via Kiev junta. Also, they can to use knowledge which giving Polish mercenaries in failed state Ukraine.

    Polish media, here You can to see the video
    http://wiadomosci.onet.pl/rzeszow/zablakany-pocisk-z-ukrainy-dosiegnal-polskiego-domu-na-podkarpaciu/mls0j

    About Volyn massacre
    http://www.volhyniamassacre.eu/

    Ukraine Crisis | Ukr. Sergeant – Separatists Saved Me | English Subtitles

    30 July 2014 Captive sergeant of Ukrainian Armed Forces is recovering in a hospital. He is telling how his group got shelled by their own troops and what kind of terrorists & separatists he met in East Ukraine.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1b1_1406999549

    Mystery Bombing Runs Over Ukraine

    Fighter bombers attacking civilian targets in Eastern Ukraine, flying with Ukrainian Air Force markings, have been traced to air bases in Romania, Moldova and Azerbaijan, armed and some perhaps piloted by Poles and even Israelis.

    Canadian journalist, Geoffrey West, working with online “plane spotting” groups has identified combat aircraft flying “packages” over Ukrainian air space as taking off from NATO and other facilities.

    “What I discovered on Thursday evening using the tracking website… that a number of ‘no call sign’ flights were detected in the Ukraine/Black Sea region. My friend observed one that appeared to land in Bucharest. I observed one that appeared to land in Chisinau, Moldova.”

    Military Aircraft Returning from Mission Over Eastern Ukraine (Courtesy of Geoffrey West)

    Others appeared to originate from what were believed to be abandoned air fields in Azerbaijan, facilities identified in 2012 by defectors from the Azerbaijani military, as Israeli bases to be used in an attack on Iran.

    This is more than an attempt to avoid detection by Russian air defense radars capable of warning pro-Russian separatists opposing the Kiev junta.

    This is a gross violation of international law, of national sovereignty of the nations involved and an unauthorized use of NATO military forces, some under the direct command of General Breedlove, in a clandestine terror war against civilians, many of them Russian passport holders.

    Background

    This week, two SU25 fighter bombers were shot down over the Ukraine after dropping chemical weapons, white phosphorous bombs, on a small village in a predominantly pro-Russian region of eastern Ukraine. There are even more curious and frightening aspects of this attack.

    American news organization, MSNBC, referred to the attack, clearly a terrorist war crime, as a “task” in their reporting of the incident.
    The weapons used not only parallel current attack in Gaza but the bombs dropped duplicate the Israeli chemical attacks in other ways as well. The weapons themselves perform identically, as though they were manufactured in the same lot, American weapons.
    The planes involved in the attack didn’t take off from Ukrainian bases but rather from Romania and were seen entering radar near an America air base.

    MSNBC had been using radar-driven plane tracking websites to sell their version of the downing of flight MA17, one American military satellite imagery has debunked, not only based on the 25 mile debris field but imagery that identifies all missile operations in the region as controlled by the Kiev junta.

    In fact, in a Pentagon briefing, it was suggested that junta air defense units may well have defected “and then defected back again,” explaining their bizarre hypothesis, more conspiracy theory.

    NATO chemical weapon inventories

    With reports of chemical weapon use against population centers in the Eastern Ukraine, available inventories of these illegal munitions and their locations are critical to understanding the threat.

    The US maintains inventories of illegal chemical weapons around the world, some of them convenient for deployment against civilian targets in the Ukraine. America’s current inventory of chemical weapons stored in Israel has been significantly depleted by that nation in its attacks on population centers in Gaza.

    Other weapons storage centers are at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy, Camp Darby US Army Weapons Depot outside Pisa in Italy, on the British held Indian Ocean base on the Island of Diego Garcia and in forward deployment at MK Air Base in Romania. From Stars and Stripes:

    “’It’s an ideal location for us as far as capability,’ Maj. Gen. John O’Connor, commander of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command said in a recent interview with Stars and Stripes.

    The U.S. had already constructed 85 buildings capable of supporting roughly 1,500 personnel at Mihail Kogalniceanu – or MK Air Base – for previous missions, O’Connor said.

    Beginning in late December, elements of the 21st expanded the infrastructure to accommodate up to 2,000 transiting troops and 400 military personnel who run the operation.”

    This facility, initially designated as a “stopover” for troops returning from Afghanistan, regularly sees huge C 17 cargo planes capable of carrying, not only weapons inventories but any American heavy weapons system.

    More inventories of American weapons are in Azerbaijan, unloaded at the Georgian port of Poti by the USS Grapple in June of 2010 and transferred, according to sources in Georgia, by truck into Azerbaijan.

    Strategy

    As US Senator John McCain could so very well tell us, were he so inclined, giving an enemy access to air attack “package” information, routes used for attack and withdrawal, can lead to losing planes. While a prisoner in North Vietnam, McCain gave such information to the North Vietnamese in trade for special treatment.

    According to US Army Colonel Earl Hopper (ret. Deceased), McCain’s information led to the shoot down of over 60 American aircraft by North Vietnamese gunners. Similarly, with full knowledge of Ukrainian military bases, all of which are under direct radar observation by Russian defenses, bombing attacks on the Eastern Ukraine are far more risky than similar attacks on civilian targets perpetrated by Israeli jets on Gaza.

    It would seem sensible to use bases outside Ukraine, particularly if advanced chemical weapons, fuel and maintenance and even pilots and planes were furnished by NATO and “others.” Radar based evidence suggests specifically that this is being done.

    What is not sensible, however, is the thinly veiled deception used to broaden the conflict in the Ukraine. This week, General Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, while speaking at the ultra-conservative Aspen Institute, warned of how President Putin threatened to broaden the conflict in Europe through alleged use of Russian artillery in support of separatist forces.

    Giving General Dempsey the benefit of the doubt, he may well be “out of the loop” on the fact that the United States aided by Poland, Romania, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Israel, the latter two not NATO members, has violated both international and American law, or so the evidence would indicate.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/08/02/mystery-bombing-runs-over-ukraine/

    EU LIFTS ARMS EMBARGO TO UKRAINE

    At the last meeting of the European Council, EU leaders lifted the embargo on weapons imports to Ukraine, said „Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten”. The ban was adopted in February amid fears that arms would be used by Yanukovych’s regime against its own people. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the decision a policy of double standards on the part of Europe. The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the EU of lifting the embargo on arms exports to Ukraine.

    A message from the Foreign Ministry stated, that during the last meeting of the European Council in Brussels, the EU leaders lifted a ban on the export of military technology and equipment which can be used by the Government against its own people, which they initially feared, by imposing the embargo during the February riot in Kiev.

    At the moment, no statements about the European side have been reported, said German edition.

    http://dnr-news.com/inosmi/1779-es-po-tihomu-razreshil-vvoz-oruzhiya-na-ukrainu.html

    VIDEO: Captured Ukrainian soldier: „My commander is probably dead, I didn’t shoot anyone!”, breaks down crying.

    This short video brings you right inside the realities of war. This is the most intense reality show you have ever seen. Three captured Ukrainian soldiers look like they have just arrived from the battlefield. They look roughed up, but standing on their own feet. You can see the fear and desperation in their eyes. But their captors quickly tell them: „Relax, it’s over, no one will touch you, no one will kill you, put your hands down”.

    They are giving them first aid, while asking lots of questions about how they got there. It turns out this soldiers are from reconnaissance, originally from Krivoi Rog.

    The one in the middle is asked if he knows, he looks like a famous Russian actor, and he says, he gets it all the time.

    At the end of the video one soldier gets overwhelmed with emotion, gets on his knees, and starts weeping. He is asked, „Are you ashamed?” To which he keeps repeating „I haven’t shot anyone…”

    http://dnr-news.com/video/1778-2014-07-29-plennye-ukrainskoy-armii.html

    Captured Ukrainian soldier sobbing: „I am sorry, I want to live”

    Another weeping Ukrainian soldier, „I am sorry, I was following orders, I see you are just defending your homes and families, I just want to live and work, I don’t want to die, I haven’t seen much yet it my life.”

    At the end of the video he gets medical care at a hospital in Shachtersk.

    http://dnr-news.com/dnr/1772-voennoplennye-v-shahterske.html

    UKRAINIAN PEOPLE TO PAY FOR THE MILITARY OPERATION IN THE EAST FROM THEIR OWN POCKETS

    August 3, 2014

    Today come into effect the laws signed by Petr Poroshenko, which will allow Kiev to allocate additional funds to finance the punitive operation. In particular, amendments to the 2014 budget and the Tax code. The drafts were adopted at the closed meeting of Supreme Rada on July 31.

    Military tax from the population

    As of today a 1,5% tax is imposed on all kinds of income of Ukraine’s citizens – from wages to a lottery loss.

    The government intends to direct the received funds (which, according to specialists, will amount to $300 Ml.) to the so-called “anti-terrorist” operation against the self-defence forces of Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.

    Only during the current year Ukraine’s ministers plan to spend 9 Bl. hryvnas (about $800 Ml.) on the punitive operation in the East of the country. At the same time, only 2 Bl. hryvnas (about $150 Ml.) will supposedly be allocated to help the population of Donbass and restore the infrastructure.

    Budget amendments and saving

    Before 2015 the natural resource rent rate for gas and oil companies in Ukraine will triple, i.e. increase up to 55% and 45% respectively.

    As noted by “Rossiyskaya gazeta”, Yatsenyuk, speaking earlier about this law, declared that it would primarily affect oligarchs – Akhmetov and Kolomojsky. However, according to the newspaper, it is in fact representatives of small and medium businesses who will suffer, along with common citizens.

    The owners of hotels and alternative energy enterprises were deprived of tax holidays. Moreover, there will be an increase in prices on the “cost-effective” cigarettes, alcohol, biofuel, wood and construction materials made of it, speed train fares and a number of other things.

    As announced earlier by Ukraine’s finance minister Alexander Shlapak, the government plans to cut down on 2014 budget expenditures by 10 Bl. hryvnas (about $834 Ml.) and increase income by 21 Bl. hryvnas (more than $1,75 Bl.) through cancelling privileges for profit tax and VAT payments. He also linked this with expenses on carrying out the punitive operation in the East of Ukraine.

    Meanwhile Kiev is also preparing for rigid economy measures. The mayor of Ukraine’s capital Vitaly Klichko declared the day before that Kiev inhabitants will not see hot water until the start of the heating season – October 15th. According to him, this is due to saving on gas quotas given to Kiev.

    TOTAL LOSSES OF THE PUNISHERS IN THE DONBASS in the period from May 2, 2014 to August 2, 2014 – 15,681 people, including:
    9,321– killed, wounded
    20 – prisoners
    6340 – deserters

    MORE DETAILS OF THE LOSSES OF THE PUNISHERS:

    KILLED, WOUNDED – 9,321 people
    PRISONERS – 20 people

    including:

    2,590 extremists of the Right Sector, for the most part of those who joined the National Guard of Ukraine, and also the losses of the military of the National Guard of Ukraine.

    Head of the combat training of the National Guard, Major General Sergei Kulchitsky was killed near Slavyansk, Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossia on May 29, 2014.

    The National Guard „Chernihiv” battalion commander, Colonel Radievsky was killed in the city of Lysychansk, Lugansk People’s Republic, Novorossia on July 21, 2014.

    The National Guard „Kirovograd” battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Snitsar was killed in the city of Lysychansk, Lugansk People’s Republic, Novorossia on July 23, 2014.

    2150 Ukraine mercenary soldiers of Igor Kolomoisky (the battalions: „Dnepr”, „Donbass”, „Chernihiv”, „Aydar”, „Azov”, etc.).

    115 Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (Alpha Group of the city of Sumy is completely destroyed, other Alpha Groups of the cities of Kiev, Poltava, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Rivne, Lutsk, Volyn, Vinnitsa, Zhitomir suffered heavy losses, etc.).

    334 foreign mercenaries, including:
    – „ASBS Othago” (Polish PMC) lost 139 people,
    – „Greystone” (American PMC) – 44 people,
    – „Academi” (American PMC, known as „Blackwater” until 2009) – 125 people,
    – Baltic female snipers lost 26 people.

    200 military men of the 95th Airmobile Brigade, the city of Zhytomyr

    480 military men of the 25th Airmobile Brigade, the city of Dnepropetrovsk (Dnipropetrovsk)

    480 military men of the 79th Airmobile Brigade, the city of Nikolaev (Mykolaiv)

    490 military men of the 24th Mechanized Brigade, the city of Yavorov, Lvov region (Yavoriv, Lviv region)

    190 military men of the 80th Airmobile Regiment, the city of Lvov (Lviv)

    70 members of the 3rd Special Forces Regiment, the city of Kirovograd

    30 members of the 8th Special Forces Regiment, the city of Khmelnitsky (Khmelnytskyi)

    10 military men of the 10th Separate Brigade of the Special Forces of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, the city of Kiev (Kyiv);

    190 military men of the 93rd Mechanized Brigade, the the village of Cherkasskoyeh, Novomoskovskiy district, Dnepropetrovsk region (Cherkaskeh / Cherkaske Dnipropetrovsk province)

    360 military men of the 72nd Mechanized Brigade, the city of Belaya Tserkov (Bila Tserkva, Kiev region)

    110 military men of the 28th Separate Guards Mechanized Brigade, the village Gvardeyskoyeh (Gvardyiskeh / Gvardyiske, Odessa region)

    100 military men of the 128th Mountain-Infantry Brigade, the city of Mukachevo (Mukacheveh / Mukacheve, Transcarpathian region)

    100 military men of the battalions of the territorial defense

    80 military men of the 1st Tank Brigade, the village of Goncharovskoyeh, Chernigov region (Honcharivskeh / Honcharivske, Chernihiv region)

    55 military men of the Lugansk border detachment (Luhansk)

    55 military men of the Donetsk border detachment

    30 military men of the 51st Army Aviation Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine, the city of Aleksandria, Kirovograd region (Oleksandriia, Kirivohrad region)

    35 military men of the 16th Army Aviation Brigade, the city of Brody, Lvov region (Lviv region)

    40 military men of the 831st Combat Aviation Brigade, the city of Mirgorod, Poltava region

    5 military men of the 114th Tactical Aviation Brigade, the city of Ivano-Frankovsk (Ivano-Frankivsk)

    30 military men of the 299th Combat Aviation Brigade, the city of Nikolaev (Mykolaiv)

    9 people of the 25th Air Transport Brigade, the city of Melitopol – the crew of the 1st Il-76

    5 soldiers from the reconnaissance aircraft An-30, which was hit near the city of Chuguev, Kharkov region (Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region) on June 6, 2014

    25 people – the CIA officers and the FBI agents (13 killed, 12 wounded)

    50 members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

    THE DESTROYED EQUIPMENT:
    1 aircraft of unknown brand – on July 30, 2014
    2 An-26 aircrafts
    1 reconnaissance An-30 aircraft
    2 Il-76 aircrafts
    16 Su-25 aircrafts + 1 more Su-25 aircraft captured in the Lugansk People’s Republic on July 7, 2014
    7 Su-24 aircrafts
    5 drones
    19 combat helicopters („Mi-24”, „Mi-17” and „Mi-8”)
    185 T-64 tanks
    7 T-72 tanks
    1 „Bulat” tank
    ▪ 5 Hummers
    ▪ 1 Jeep
    ▪ 19 GAZ-66 trucks
    ▪ 1 staff vehicle
    ▪ 1 mobile crane
    ▪ 1 ZIL-131 trucks
    ▪ 26 Ural trucks
    ▪ 29 Kamaz trucks
    ▪ 3 UAZ-469 off-road vehicles
    ▪ 3 self-propelled mortars „Nona”
    ▪ 2 self-propelled howitzers „2S3 Akatsiya”
    ▪ 2 towed anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannons Zu-23-2
    ▪ 8 truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers „Grad”
    ▪ 6 self-propelled multiple rocket launcher systems „Uragan”
    ▪ 23 D-30 howitzers
    ▪ 17 122mm mortars
    ▪ 103 infantry fighting vehicles BMP
    ▪ 94 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles BMD
    ▪ 211 amphibious armoured personnel carriers – APCs.

    Source:
    Igor Panarin, a political scientist, PhD in Psychology, Doctor of Political Sciences, member of the Academy of Military Sciences. Member of the Scientific and Methodological Council of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, a member of the Expert Council Committee on CIS Affairs of the Federation Council.

    Surrounded in Lugansk republic Kiev junta forces began surrender negotiations.

    Kiev junta forces; 2000 soldiers and 70 units of armor, are surrounded south of Lugansk republic, began negotiations with the militia about surrendering. The staff of Lugansk defense forces announced earlier today.

    According to the staff of defense forces, the Ukrainian forces are out of food, water and fuel, with only enough ammunition to last them a couple days. The surrounded Ukrainian units announced terms of surrender: the handover of weapons and munitions, the destruction of all armored vehicles. In return the Lugansk republic would be obligated to provide safe passage for the personnel to territory held by Ukrainian forces.

    The Lugansk militia rejected these conditions and demanded that all military equipment is handed over intact. “The maximum term of campaign – four to five days. Militia is simply blocking the surrounded troops, not engaging them in close combat while periodically bombarding them with artillery”, – specified representative of the office of Luganks Peoples Republic.

    According to reports, the surrounded troops are comprised of the Ukrainian military that tried to drive a wedge and sever communications between Lugansk and Donetsk republic from the border with Russia. The Ukrainian enforces are blocked between the villages of Panchenkova and Biryukove from one side, and the boarder of the Russian federation from the other.

    Source:
    http://dnr-news.com/dnr/1787-okruzhennye-v-luganskoy-oblasti-siloviki-nachali-peregovory-o-sdache.html

    VIDEO: Ukrainian officer saves the lives of his soldiers, takes them to the Russian border.

    Alexander, the Ukrainian officer and 12 of his subordinates walk up to a Russian border checkpoint. He says, he is from the doomed 72nd brigade. „Our generals betrayed us, we have nothing to eat, and ammunition worth for half an hour” He says, he is a staff officer with 10 years experience from Kiev region.

    The video was uploaded on Agust 3, 2014.

    The Ukrainian soldier who previously was photographed with HitlerSalute and after that was taken prisoner by soldiers of Novorossia, get medical help.

    Ukrainian soldiers fleeing from the war with a white flag and ask for asylum in Russia, 3-Jul-2014

    Ukrainian Soldiers send greetings to the US. Obama’s EU-Nazis from the NAziTO, the Helmet is a gift from Poland for the new Third Bandera Reich.

    Apreciază

  10. dd(2d) said, on august 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Incercati sa nu cititi ‘materiale’ despre care stiti ca ar aduce indoiala in credinta voastra si in credinta vostra in sfinti. Sa nu va smintiti. Ramaneti in credinta vostra. Acum mai mult ca niciodata se incerca ratacirea oamenilor si racirea credintei.

    Ca a fost , ca nu e asa, ca de fpt a fost si nu este. Tot o sa mai fie, o sa vedeti. Traim vremuri apocaliptice.

    Apreciat de 1 persoană

  11. geo said, on august 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Pleşu spune că sînt o loază care nu vorbeşte corecteşte româneşte şi îi pare rău de succesurile mele în viaţă? OK. Shrug. Ridicăm din umeri şi mergem mai departe. Ce ştie ţăranul ce-i şofranul. Ce ştie sociologul cine a fost Dimitrie Cantemir. Ce ştie filosoful ce-i ăla tiristor sau funcţie discretă sau, că tot discutăm, incremental. Să bem, să ne matrafocsăm. Furtună într-un pahar de apă, ceartă între doi tiriflici cu doctorat. Lăsaţ, domnu’ Pleşu, avem altele pe cap. Vorbim la toamnă. Chiar mai bine, vorbim în decembrie. Ştiţi ce repede trece timpul? Incremental şi discret. Problema este însă că nu e o discuţie despre limba română sau cine are succesurile mai lungi. Nu e doar o problemă de lexic. E, din păcate, îndeosebi o problemă de moralitate. Ştiţi, dînsul scria pe vremuri o carte, Minima Moralia, care se vindea destul de bine pe sub mînă, dată fiind aura sa de dizident care s-a bătut cu Ceauşescu, cînd de fapt dînsul discuta discuţii cu oamenii ruşilor. Aici e buba. Că unde nu-i o minimă moralitate, păcat de erudiţie.

    http://adevarul.ro/news/eveniment/nu-stiu-e-bine-domnule-minima-moralia-1_53d800b40d133766a8d8f358/index.html?fb_action_ids=742988335742561&fb_action_types=og.likes

    Primăria oraşului siberian Novosibirsk a înregistrat, vineri, 1 august, cererea pentru o demonstraţie publică cu tema „Marşul pentru federalizarea Siberiei“, care va avea loc pe 17 august. Scopul iniţiatorilor marşului, ce se va desfăşura sub sloganul „Opriţi hrănirea Moscovei“, este crearea Republicii Siberiene, ca parte a Federaţiei Ruse cu drepturi egale cu ale altor regiuni autonome. Organizatorii acestei mişcări au creat şi o pagină oficială pe reţeaua socială VKontakte. La începutul lunii iulie a acestui an, locuitorii din Novosibirsk au pichetat clădiri oficiale exprimându-şi atitudinea negativă faţă de anexarea Crimeei. Ei au protestat faţă de faptul că noua entitate a Federaţiei Ruse va fi finanţată din contul altor regiuni ale Rusiei. „Am obosit să hrănim Moscova“ Locuitorii din localităţile siberiene solicită stabilirea unei distribuţii echitabile a veniturilor între bugetele federale şi locale. În plus, organizatorii marşului, făcând referire la Constituţia rusă, cer guvernului federal o mai mare autonomie pentru autorităţile locale şi federalizarea Siberiei, făcând referire la Republicile Populare Doneţk şi Lugansk din estul Ucrainei. Evenimentele din estul Ucrainei le-au dau oamenilor din regiunile Rusiei ideea de a cere autonomie. Dar o lege adoptată recent de Dumă (camera inferioară a Parlamentului rus) prevede pedepsirea cu 5 ani de închisoare a oricărui apel la separatism. Astfel de mişcări au existat încă de la mijlocul secolului al XIX-lea. Fondatorul mişcării, Grigori Potanin, în 1865, a fost arestat şi condamnat la închisoare pentru că a fondat „Societatea pentru Independenţa Siberiei“. Astăzi, la fel ca în Rusia ţaristă, aceleaşi convingeri ameninţă susţinătorii independenţei. Din păcate, ruşii din Rusia nu se bucură de aceleaşi drepturi pe care Putin le revendică pentru ruşii din Ucraina. Ei nu pot organiza referendumuri, nu pot vorbi de independenţă pe teritoriul naţional, susţin, organizatorii marşului. În 2011, un grup de activişti a făcut un film de intitulat „Petrol contra nimic.“ Moscova este o maşină de sifonare a bogăţiilor noastre în conturile din străinătate ale oligarhilor apropiaţi lui Vladimir Putin.„Am obosit să hrănim Moscova“. Oamenii încep să realizeze că există un dezechilibru intolerabil. Aici, toată lumea înţelege că Siberia are suficientă bogăţie pentru a se hrăni: petrol, gaze, lemn, nichel, dar toate aceste resurse sunt vândute în străinătate de către anturajul lui Putin care trăieşte într-un lux opulent. O fostă colonie britanică separatistă, Statele Unite, a devenit astăzi prima putere mondială. Cu bogăţia şi teritoriul său, Siberia eliberată de sub jugul colonial poate deveni un stat prosper. Are foarte multe mijloace pentru a asigura bunăstarea poporului său, susţin organizatorii „Marşului federalizării“. Publicaţiile ruse care au publicat informaţia, cenzurate Unul dintre liderii mişcării, Artem Loskutov, a acordat un interviu pentru site-ul slon.ru, iar furnizorii de internet din Rusia au primit ordin de la Roskomnadzor, serviciul de cenzură al lui Putin, să blocheze site-ul. Redacţiile altor 14 instituţii de presă din Rusia, printre care Kommersant şi Polit.ru, agenţiile de presă Regnum, Novîi Reghio, Rosbalt şi publicaţia electronică Grani.ru. au primit avertismente din partea Roskomnadzor, Agenţia Federală de Supraveghere a Tehnologiilor de Informare şi Mass-Media. fiind acuzate de: „Difuzarea informaţiilor despre pregătirea unei ample acţiuni care nu a fost autorizată de autorităţi, sub lozinci ce subminează integritatea teritorială a statului rus“. Anterior deciziei Roskomnadzor, o decizie similară a fost luată de Procuratura Generală a Rusiei, care a interzis apariţia publicaţiilor „Grani“, „Ejednevnîi Jurnal“ şi Kasparov.ru.

    http://adevarul.ro/international/rusia/dupa-modelul-republicii-donetk-locuitorii-siberia-cer-federalizarea-moscova-incearca-inabuse-actiunea-1_53dced090d133766a8f28cd5/index.html

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  12. geo said, on august 3, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelgaza-conflict-doctor-mads-gilbert-evokes-conditions-in-a-gaza-hospital-9617586.html

    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/25139-a-letter-from-doctor-mads-gilbert-in-gaza

    http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/middle-east/12920-letter-from-gaza-by-a-norwegian-doctor

    Wiping Out the Christians of Syria and Iraq to Remap the Mid-East: Prerequisite to a Clash of Civilizations? (I)

    Historically, the Levant is the birthplace of Christianity and the oldest Christian communities have lived in it and the entire Fertile Crescent since the start of Christian history. Early Christian called themselves followers or people of «the Way» before they adopted the term Christian; in Arabic their antiquated name would be «Ahl Al-Deen». [1] Traces of this original name are also available in the New Testament of the Bible and can be read in John 14:5-7, Acts 9:1-2, Acts 24:4 and 14. From the Fertile Crescent these Christian communities spread across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Since that time the ancient communities of Christians, many of which still use the Syriac dialects of Aramaic in their churches, have been an integral and important part of the social fabrics of the pluralistic societies of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. Nevertheless, the Christians of the Levant and Iraq are now in the cross-hairs.

    Deceit and mischief has been at play. It is no coincidence that Egyptian Christians were attacked at the same time as the South Sudan Referendum, which was supposed to signal a split between the Muslims in Khartoum and the Christians and animists in Juba. Nor is it an accident that Iraq’s Christian, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, began to face a modern exodus, leaving their homes and ancestral homeland in Iraq in 2003. Mysterious groups targeted both them and Palestinian refugees… Coinciding with the exodus of Iraqi Christians, which occurred under the watchful eyes of US and British military forces, the neighborhoods in Baghdad became sectarian as Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims were forced by violence and death squads to form sectarian enclaves. This is all tied to US and Israeli project of redrawing the map.

    The Christian communities of the Levant and Iraq have long distrusted the US government for its support of Israel, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and fanatical militants with anti-Christian leanings. Lebanon’s Christians have also been weary of US support for Israeli expansion and ideas about resettling Palestinians into Lebanon. There is also a widely held belief that the US and Israel have been involved in a policy to remove or «purge» the Christians from Iraq and the Levant in some type of Zionist-linked resettlement plan. Since the US-supported anti-government fighters started targeting Christian Syrians, there has been renewed talk about a Christian exodus in the Middle East centering on Washington’s war on Syria.

    Silencing the Ancient Church Bells of Sham and Shinar

    Christian Arabs and both the Assyrian and Armenian ethnic communities, which are overwhelming composed of Christian, inside Lebanon and Syria have been in the crosshairs. From Homs and Maaloula to Kessab, Syria’s Christians have been under siege. Various ecclesiastic councils or synods have expressed concerns as have Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, the Vatican or Holy See, Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow Cyril (Kirill) I, Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Aram I, the Maronite Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Lebanon, Jerusalemite Greek Orthodox Archbishop Theodosios (Attallah) Hanna of Sebastia, the Anglican See of Canterbury, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, the Free Patriotic Movement of Lebanon’s Michel Aoun, the World Council of Churches, and various interfaith bodies. Even US celebrities Cherilyn Sarkisian (Cher) and Kimberly Kardashian joined the chorus and voiced their concerns about Syria’s Christians after the Turkish government perfidiously helped Al-Nusra overrun the predominately Armenian town of Kessab in Lattakia Governate on March 24, 2014. [2]

    Inside Syria, Maronite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Damascus Samir Nassar, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham, Antiochian Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV, and Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas have all condemned the violence. The leaders of Syria’s other faiths, Druze Sheikh Al-Aql Hamoud Hennawi, Sunni Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin, and Ashari Imam Mohammed Said Ramadan, have joined the Christian leaders in their calls for peace and condemnations of Washington’s war on Syria. These leaders have risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones by taking these positions. Sheikh Ramadan, who was also an ethnic Kurd, was murdered while he was teaching in a mosque for his backing of the Syrian government on March 21, 2013. Patriarch Ignatius IV had his brother kidnapped in Aleppo whereas Grand Mufti Hassoun had his twenty-two year-old son murdered on his way to university in Idlib. Despite the threats, all these figures have spoken against the insurgency as a cancerous threat to coexistence in Syrian society and the broader region. Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham has very vocally said that his country is being attacked by bandits and terrorists under the fiction of a revolution that seek to destroy the Christians and all Syria. [3]

    The Christian communities of Syria, which constitute at least 10% of the Syrian population, have been systematically targeted; their churches have been attached and desecrated; their priests, monks, and nuns murdered; and generally discriminated against by the anti-government forces that the US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and their allies support. The objectives of establishing this exodus are reflected by the anti-government chants: «Alawites to the ground and Christians to Lebanon!» What this chant means is that Syria is no longer a place where either Alawis or Christians can live.

    America’s Foot Soldiers and the Rape of Christians in Syria and Iraq

    Fides News Agency, the official news agency of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church, has reported that the so-called religious leaders of the anti-government fighters declared it lawful for the anti-government fighters to rape «any non-Sunni Syrian woman» that they desired; the declarations of these corrupt pastors have been used to justify the rape, humiliation, torture, and murder of women and girls in towns and territory captured by groups like the so-called Free Syrian Army, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/Al-Dawlah Al-Islamiyah fi Al-Iraq wa Al-Sham (ISIL/DAISH). [4] Here is the account given to the Fides News Agency by two priests about what was done to one fifteen year-old Syrian Christian girl in Homs Governate after the anti-government fighters took control of it:

    The commander of the battalion «Jabhat al-Nusra» in Qusair took Mariam, married and raped her. Then he repudiated her. The next day the young woman was forced to marry another Islamic militant. He also raped her and then repudiated her. The same trend was repeated for 15 days, and Mariam was raped by 15 different men. This psychologically destabilized her and made her insane. Mariam, became mentally unstable and was eventually killed. These atrocities are not told by any «International Commission» say to Fides two Greek-Catholic priests, Fr. Issam and Fr. Elias who have just returned to town. [5]

    These same US-supported multinational insurgent groups have begun to do this to Iraqi Christians too. «On June 12, [2014,] only two day after capturing Mosul and other territories in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria issued a decree ordering the people to send their unmarried women to ‘jihad by sex’» and made a decree ordering that unmarried women sexually be offered to their fighters for fornication. [6] The following account, which was confirmed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights and reported by the Assyrian International News Agency, deals with Mosul after its takeover by the insurrectionary forces entering Iraq from Syria on June 25, 2014:

    A Christian father who watched his wife and daughter get brutally raped by members of the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) because he couldn’t pay them a poll tax in Mosul, Iraq, killed himself under the weight of the trauma this past weekend. [7]

    The molestation and rape of Christian women and girls as sex objects has not limited to Christians alone. Syrian women and girls, regardless of their faiths, that have been captured by the anti-government forces are being raped and molested. Muslims, Christians, and Druze are all equally at risk. These perverted acts are being encouraged by corrupt clerics issuing legal opinions and decrees (fatwas) that support rape and womanizing.

    These twisted legal opinions and decrees being issued include calls for foreign women to become concubines to the anti-government fighters in Syria in what is disgracefully called a «sexual holy struggle» (jihad al-nikah). The Tunisian government was even prompted to react in mid-2013 to these calls for sexual offering, because they were exploiting young Tunisian girls. [8] Tunisian Minister of Religious Affairs Noureddine Al-Khadimi condemned the corrupt and ignorant clerics and individuals behind the calls, insisting that they had nothing to do with Muslim teachings:

    The minister’s statements came after the spread of an anonymous «sexual jihad» fatwa on the Internet calling on young women to support opposition fighters in Syria by providing sexual services. According to media reports and mujahideen who returned to Tunisia after participating in jihad in Syria, 13 Tunisian girls headed to the battlefield in response to the «sexual jihad» fatwa. [9]

    «After the sexual liaisons they have [in Syria] in the name of ‘jihad al-nikah’ — (sexual holy war, in Arabic) — [these girls] come home pregnant», Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi bin Jeddou testified to Tunisian legislators months after Al-Khadimi’s condemnations, explaining that the misguided girls could have over a hundred partners. [10]

    Targeting Bishops, Priests, Monks, and Nuns: Besieging the People of «The Way»

    Since the start of the fighting, Christian spiritual figures have been targeted in one way or another. There are the cases of Greek Orthodox Archbishop Sayedna Paul (Boulos) Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan Mar Gregorios John Abraham (Yohanna Ibrahim), which were kidnapped near the Turkish border, on April 22, 2013. Their driver, a Christian priest himself, was killed instantly for protesting the two Christian metropolitans for refusing to let them leave their car. A fourth person in the car, Fouad Eliya, managed to remain free (and explain what happened). [11] The Turkish government is directly involved in the kidnapping of the two Orthodox Christian bishops. The Turkish newswire Dogan News Agency (Dogan Haber Ajansı) reported on July 23, 2013 that the murders or, using the report’s words, «assassins» of the two Syrian bishops were arrested in Konya. [12] The arrest happened to be of anti-Russian fighters from the North Caucasus, which corresponded to Foud Eliya’s account that Boulos Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim were taken by North Caucasian militants dressed like Taliban militants from Afghanistan. [13]

    Grand Mufti Hassoun revealed that Turkish-trained Chechen fighters were dispatched by Ankara to kidnap Sayedna Boulos Yazigi and Mar Gregorios, because of two important reasons. According to Sheikh Hassoun, the first reason is that Metropolitan Gregorios was asked by Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to head a church committee to begin the process of reclaiming the vast holdings of the Syriac Orthodox Church that the Turkish government had confiscated during its persecution of Syriac Orthodox Christians. [14] In a meeting between Prime Minister Erdogan and Mar Gregorios, the Turkish government asked that the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch establish a eparchy(an ecclesiastical province or administrative division of the church with a metropolitan) in Turkey and to even relocate its patriarchate from Damascus to Hatay (Antioch), but Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim refused and said that the patriarchate of the Syriac Orthodox Church will never change locations, that Syriac Orthodox Christians recognized Levant as one unified land, and that a bishop would be assigned to Turkey when the Syriac Orthodox Church’s properties were returned by the Turkish government, which angered Turkish officials. [15] The other reason that the Orthodox Christian cleric was targeted was that he was reconciling anti-government fighters peacefully with the Syrian government in Aleppo Governate, which upset Turkey and its allies. [16]

    Other cases include that of Father (Abouna) Fadi Jamal Haddad, a Antiochian Greek Orthodox priest acting as a mediator in Qatana during the fighting, who was tortured and shot in the head after he tried to mediate the release of a doctor that was being ransomed for money, Father (Abouna) Francois Al-Mourad, a Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order, who was shot for preventing fellow Christians and Syrians from being hurt by the anti-government fighters, and Father Frans van der Lugt, a Dutch priest of the Jesuit Order working in Homs. When Abouna Fadi went to pay insurgents for the doctor they abducted, they kidnapped him too; they would later kill the Christian priests and leave him on the side of the highway, «horribly tortured and [with] his eyes gouged out», where his body would be found on September 25, 2012. [17] According to the Franciscan Order’s representatives in Syria, the insurgents «broke into the convent, looted it and destroyed everything. When Fr. Franҫois tried to defend the nuns and other people, the gunmen shot him dead» on June 23, 2013. [18] The insurgents murdered Father Frans van der Lugt on April 7, 2014.This an account of the circumstances behind his murder:

    Wael Salibi, 26, recalled how when the Christian area in Homs was taken over by rebels, 66,000 of the faithful «left their home, and just few of them stayed there. He was the only priest, he stayed in his church.»

    «Just months before he died, he said ‘I can’t leave my people, I can’t leave my church, I am director of this church, how can I leave them?’» Salibi told CNA on April 11.

    Salibi, who hails from the now-ravished city of Homs, grew up as a close friend and pupil of Fr. Frans, who was brutally killed on April 7. Days before his 76th birthday, an unknown gunman entered his church, beat him and shot him in the head. [19]

    In Hasakah (Hasce) many of the Christian Syrians fled, but almost 30,000 stayed as internal refugees. The Syrian Christians who belonged to the Chaldean Catholic Church, Syriac Orthodox Church, Syriac Catholic Church, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, and the Armenian Catholic Church collectively asked the world for help and to put an end to the fighting, in an appeal that went unheard, in late-2012; they have suffered from persecution, lawlessness, kidnappings, ransoms, murders. One Christian from the area stated the following to Fides News Agency that Al-Nusra was targeting «all young people who were born between 1990 and 1992. They look for them, accuse them of being soldiers for the national service and kill them cold-bloodedly. They want to terrorize young people to prevent them from enlisting.» [20]

    Another example of the assault on the Christian community is Al-Nusra’s assault on the town of Maaloula. Maaloula is one of a few villages maintaining an old dialect of Aramaic, known as the language of Jesus of Nazareth. Many Christian structures and historic sites fill the Syrian town, but the Melkite Greek Catholic Saint Sergius (Mar Sarkis) Monastery and Antiochian Greek Orthodox Saint Thecla (Mar Taqla) Monastery standout. The town became the scene of fighting between Al-Nusra and the Syrian Arab Army and switched hands between the insurgents and Syrian government four times between late-2013 and mid-2014. Many of Maaloula’s residents, both Christian and Muslim alike, became trapped in their homes and local buildings, including forty Greek Orthodox Christian nuns and the orphans they were looking after, which sparked panic in the Christian populations of Syria and Lebanon. Hence the strong backing of Bashar Al-Assad’s government by all of Syria’s minorities and the expression of these type of sentiments were nearly universal among Christian Syrians: «‘They’re coming after us,’ Odette Abu Zakham, a 65-year-old woman in the congregation who lives in the nearby historic Christian district of Bab Touma. ‘All they do is massacre people, all they know is killing.’» [21] Not only were the nuns held hostage by Al-Nusra, but the anti-government fighters desecrated absolutely all of Maaloula’s shrines and Christian, stole its historic artifacts for sale in the black market, and scattered the partially Aramaic-speaking population of the town. Eyewitnesses who escaped Maaloula give below:

    [The insurgents] tried to change the religious and architectural-historical look of the ancient Christian town entirely: completely destroying some churches, the militants brought down all bells from other ones. The fate of two other world-famous monuments of Ma’loula was no less tragic: extremists blew up the statue of Christ the Savior, which had stood at the entrance of St. Thecla Convent, as well as the statue of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, which had stood close to the Safir hotel, the latter of which served as the main shelter for Takfirists for many months. [22]

    Easter, in 2014 was a special time for Maaloula. Around Easter, the Syrian government regained the town. Maaloula was finally secured and residents were returning. «The display of hatred was clear — the houses are totally destroyed, the whole village was destroyed. I can’t describe the amount of damage to the village», a returning resident by the name of Lorain told the press about what the insurgents did. [23] President Al-Assad visited too. Al-Assad himself came to visit it as a sign of the Syrian government’s commitment to its entire population regardless of their faith or ethnicity. Both the Western rite and Eastern rite Christian celebrations of Easter, respectively using the Gregorian and Julian calendars, fell on the same date: April 20, 2014.

    http://m.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/07/30/wiping-out-christians-syria-iraq-remap-mid-east-prerequisite-clash-civilizations-i.html

    http://m.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/08/01/wiping-out-christians-syria-iraq-remap-mid-east-prerequisite-clash-civilizations-ii.html

    ISIS Psychopaths Expelled All Iraqi Christians from Mosul

    This video shows excerpts from an interview with Iraqi Christians from Mosul who fled their city after the Wahhabi terrorist group, the Islamic State – formerly known as ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), gave the city’s Christians an ultimatum of a few hours to either leave their homes without taking anything or to get killed.

    Earlier reports had indicated that ISIL gave two additional options, to convert to Islam or to pay a Jizya “protection tax”; however, those two did not seem to be mentioned by the people in this interview.

    A statement issued by the Islamic State – formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – was read out at the city’s mosques and flyers were handed out with the statement. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.

    ISIL has control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic Caliphate.

    The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.

    “We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract – involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword,” the ISIL statement said.

    “Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Erbil,” in the neighbouring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told the AFP news agency.

    “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” he said.

    The patriarch, one of the most senior Christian clerics in Iraq, said militants had been seen tagging Christian houses with the letter N for “Nasara”, a term used for Christians in the Koran.

    After the Islamic State (aka “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” or ISIL) terrorist group recently forced all Iraqi Christians from their ancient city of Mosul after giving them an ultimatum, a Saudi militant from the group posts a video in which he justifies the actions that his group has taken. He also attacks other Muslim scholars who condemned ISIL’s actions as having hearts filled with humiliation and shame.

    ISIL has also recently blown up a Mosul landmark, the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah, under claims of preventing “idol worship”. ISIL has also ordered the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.

    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/isis-psychopaths-expelled-all-iraqi-christians-from-mosul-their-stories-shared-in-a-video-eng-subt/

    Ukraine, Novorossia, Results of Fighting for Shakhtyorsk: the Kiev’s 25-th Airborne [ …a brigade of killers of their own people…] disintegrated

    The losses (of Kiev’s army) were so huge that they were impossible to hide.

    Reports from Kiev’s government sources

    In the Donetsk region in the city of Shakhtyorsk due to powerful shelling from “Grad” of the militants against the positions of the military 21 paratrooper of the 25-th brigade from the military unit A1126 perished. In Shakhtyorsk the ‘terrorists’ shelled the ATO fighters from “Grad”: 21 dead. Photo of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. This is announced with reference to volunteers who are currently helping the brigade and also to the military themselves by “Hromadske TV”. In particular, according to the information, the commander of the 2-nd battalion is among the dead. Besides, it is announced that due to shelling there are very many wounded among the military. Currently they are transported by helicopters into Dnepropetrovsk. “Right now I got a call on my mobile phone from the detachment of Bruno Santos. They are getting “hammered” from 4 sides with “Grads”. They said their goodbyes. They said that there is no chance. Nobody brought them anything, there were no reinforcements and no supplies”

    Taking those who perished during street fighting, on checkpoints, and during the retreat from Shakhtyorsk into account (not counting the prisoners), the enemy lost up to 80-85 dead according to the most minimal estimates. The 25-th airborne brigade suffered especially high losses, which due to its specificity is certainly not supposed for street fighting in the first line.

    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/ukraine-novorossia-results-of-fighting-for-shakhtyorsk-the-kievs-25-th-airborne-brigade-disintegrated/

    http://cassad-eng.livejournal.com/42490.html#cutid1

    Ministry of Health in Gaza: The death toll is 1755, including 400 children, as Israeli regime has hit another UN-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees ~ +Video Chronicles

    After 28 days of indiscriminate bombing, the Zionist occupation continued its savage aggression against Gaza Strip: on Sunday morning, 48 Palestinians were killed and more than 30 were injured.

    The Israeli regime has hit another UN-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 11 people.

    The Israeli strike hit the school in the southern city of Rafah on Sunday, Gaza emergency services spokesman, Ashraf al-Qudra, said.

    http://terrasantalibera.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/ministry-of-health-in-gaza-the-death-toll-is-1755-including-400-children-as-israeli-regime-has-hit-another-un-run-school-sheltering-palestinian-refugees/

    Ethnic Cleansing Planned in the Middle East?

    The concept of a “Greater Israel” according to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, is a Jewish State stretching “’From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.’

    Rabbi Fischmann, of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, stated to the UN Special Committee on 9th July 1947 that:

    The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon’”, wrote Michel Chossudovsky. (1)

    Thus “from the Nile to the Euphrates.” Herzl’s detailed thesis was written in 1904.

    Quoted in the same article is Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya on The Yinon Plan (1982) “ … a continuation of Britain’s colonial design in the Middle East”:

    “(The Yinon plan) is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

    “Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims. The first step towards establishing this was a war between Iraq and Iran, which the Yinon Plan discusses.”

    At the time Yinon wrote, the eight year, Western driven Iran-Iraq war was into its second year – with another six grinding years of loss, tragedy and heartbreak, valleys of widows, orphans, maimed, on both sides of their common border. The toll on life and health was compared to World War 1. Iraq of course, in an historic error, had virtually been fighting a proxy war for an American regime, even then obsessed with Islam, which, in Iran they had decided was the wrong sort of Islam. What the faith of a nation thousands of miles away had to do with Capitol Hill, remains a mystery.

    The day after that devastating war ended, the US replaced Iraq over the then USSR as the country which was the biggest threat to America. A devastated, war torn nation of, at the time, just under seventeen million people. (2)

    Then came the dispute with Kuwait over alleged oil theft and Dinar destabilizing with the then US Ambassador April Glaspie personally giving Saddam Hussein the green light to invade should he choose. The subsequent nation paralyzing UN embargo followed, then the 2003 decimation and occupation – another orchestrated downward spiral – and tragedy and now open talk of what has been planned for decades, the break up of Iraq.

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    Greater Israel” requires the breaking up of the existing Arab states into small states.

    “Mission accomplished” for both the US with its long planned redrawing of the Middle East and North Africa – and Israel, through whose friendship with the Iraqi Kurdish autocracy, was set to become pretty well a partner in an autonomous, independent Iraqi Kurdistan. Dream come true, from “the Nile to the Euphrates”, the final fruition of near seventy years of manipulation and aggression for domination of the entire region.

    The all is also the vision of the super hawk, dreamer of destruction of nations, Lt Colonel Ralph Peters since the early 1990s. Here is his 2006 version (3.) Peters is a man whose vision of eternal war is seemingly an eternal wet dream. Here, again, for anyone unaware of the Colonel, is a repeat of that dream (US Army War College Quarterly, Summer 1997):

    “There will be no peace. At any given moment for the rest of our lifetimes, there will be multiple conflicts … around the globe. Violent conflict will dominate the headlines, but cultural and economic struggles will be steadier and ultimately more decisive. (US armed forces will keep) the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.

    “We have entered an age of constant conflict.”

    Peters would make some of history’s most megalomaniacal expansionists look like gift offering peaceniks. His cartographic monument to arrogance: “The New Map of the Middle East Project”, of geographical restructure in far away places of which he gave less than a damn, was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006.\

    It was surely no coincidence that on 1st May 2006 Joe Biden, long time Member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – now US Vice President of course – and Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Committee, joint authored a New York Times piece (4) urging the break up of Iraq, dividing the country on ethnic lines: “ … giving each ethno-religious group – Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab …” their own ethnic and political ghettos. Ignorance on wide inter-marriage, inter-relations, until 2003, inter-communities at every level for millennia, mixed neighbourhoods, shared celebrations, religious festivals, joys and heartaches, boggle the imagination. The deluded article is entitled: “Unity through autonomy in Iraq.” Think non-sequeta, think mixed marriages, does the husband live in a “Sunni” ghetto and the wife a “Shia” one, for example?

    “The Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite regions would each be responsible for their own domestic laws, administration and internal security.” A “five point plan” of ghettoisation, destruction, delusion and wickedness, the US-Israeli game plan for Iraq, with the UK as ever, tagging along dreaming of days of empire when, with France, Iraq and the region’s borders were imperially tinkered with just short of a hundred years ago (5.)

    Aside from the shaming arrogance and illegality of the plan, ignorance is total. Clearly there is no knowledge in the great annals of the US State Department, Department of Foreign Affairs or the CIA of Iraq’s religious and ethnic minorities, also co-existing for centuries: Christians, Mandaeans, Yazidis, Turkmen, Jews, Zoroastrians, Bahai, Kakai’s, Shabaks – and indeed those who regard themselves as non-religious.

    By October 2007 Joe Biden had: “attempted to create a reality when an overwhelming majority of the US Senate voted for his non-binding Resolution to divide Iraq in to three parts … (with) the Washington Post reporting that the 75-23 Senate vote was a ‘significant milestone’ ” in the severing of Iraq in to three, wrote Tom Engelhardt (6.)

    Engelhardt is seemingly the only eagle eye to have picked up that: “The (tripartite) structure is spelled out in Iraq’s Constitution, but Biden would initiate local and regional diplomatic efforts to hasten its evolution.”

    The Constitution, written under US imposed “Viceroy” Paul Bremer, is of course, entirely invalid, since it is illegal to re-write a Constitution under an occupation.

    “Only the Kurds, eager for an independent State, welcomed the plan.”

    What, ponders Engelhardt, with forensic reality, would be the reaction if Iraq, or Iran for example: “passed a non-binding Resolution to divide the United States in to semi-autonomous bio-regions?”

    He concludes that: “such acts would, of course, be considered not just outrageous and insulting, but quite mad.” In Iraq however: “at best it would put an American stamp of approval on the continuing ethnic cleansing of Iraq.”

    However, the US Administration’s commitment is clear, Joe Biden, a self confessed Zionist, stated at the annual J Street Conference in September 2013: “If there were not an Israel, we would have to invent one to make sure our interests were preserved.” (7) Think oil, gas, strategic aims.

    Biden assured his audience that: “America’s support for Israel is unshakable, period. Period, period.” (sic) He stressed a number of times the commitment that President Obama had to Israel. His own long and deep connections, he related, stretched back to a meeting with then Prime Minister Golda Meir when he was a freshman Senator and latterly his hours spent with Prime Minister Netanyahu. The latest meeting was in January this year when he travelled to Israel to pay his respects to the late Ariel Sharon and subsequently spent two hours alone in discussion with Netanyahu.

    It is surely coincidence that subsequently the rhetoric for the division of Iraq accelerated. Israel has had “military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s” viewing them as “a shared buffer between Arab adversaries.”

    In June Netanyahu told Tel Aviv University’s INSS think tank: “We should … support the Kurdish aspiration for independence”, after “outlining what he described as the collapse of Iraq and other Middle East regions …”(8) Iraq’s internal affairs being none of Israel’s business obviously does not occur (apart from their outrageous historic aspirations for the region in spite of being the newly arriving regional guest.) The howls of Israeli fury when even basic human rights for Palestinians in their eroded and stolen lands are suggested for the last sixty six years, however, metaphorically deafen the world.

    Of course Kurdistan has now laid claim to Kirkuk, with its vast oil deposits. The plan for the Northern Iraq-Haifa pipeline, an Israeli aspiration from the time of that country’s establishment can surely also not have been far from Netanyahu’s mind. An independent Kurdistan, which indeed it has enjoyed almost entirely within Iraq, since 1992 – and immediately betrayed the Iraqi State by inviting in Israel and the CIA – would herald the planned dismemberment of Iraq.

    It is darkly ironic, that whether relating to the break up of their lands or ghettoisation of those of Iraqis and Palestinians, this mirrors the plan of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of ethnic cleansing, who, after the outbreak of Word War II “arranged for Jews to be concentrated into ghettos in major cities …” he also devised plans for Jewish “reservations.”

    Additionally he was an architect of forcible expulsion, one of the charges brought against him after he was captured by Israel’s Mossad and Shin Bet in Argentina in 1960. He was tried in Israel, found guilty of war crimes and hanged in 1962. Ironically his pre-Nazi employment had been as an oil salesman (9.)

    Can Israel and the “international community” really be planning to mirror Eichmann by repatriating and ethnic cleansing? Will nations never look in to history’s mirror?

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-israeli-dream-the-criminal-roadmap-towards-greater-israel/5391839

    Ukraine: Donetsk and Lugansk Region under attack by Obama’s nazi-gangsters, dozens civilians killed, but Novorossia’s forces are resisting and inflicting heavy losses to Kiev’s army

    Yesterday (31/7/2014) the city of Lugansk was completely killed. Kirov substation is not subject to repair. All four oil transformer (each 100 tons of weight) are destroyed. This means that the main lines of the input electricity to the city from the North are lost for a long time.

    Yesterday in the afternoon Southeast overhead power line 35 kV was intentionally destroyed – the only straw to life support systems. It’s +30 C outside.

    The street lighting, water supply, drainage, mobile network, petrol stations are not working. There’s only gas. The air-raid warning system also doesn’t work.

    All hospitals are still working on diesel generators, but the stock of fuel is decreasing. As there’s no network nobody can communicate everything is through couriers.

    Communication exists only with the help of radio stations. All this is due to regular attacks.

    But the good news is that we have got some liquid chlorine and tomorrow, if electricity will be, we’ll disinfect the water.

    There are queues of people to leave the city for Donetsk or for Izvarino (to Russia). Tomorrow we open social canteens – there will be no hot food due to the electricity absence, so we’ll distribute packed meal. Next week we’ll open social chemist’s. In order to send this post I had to go to the border and catch weak signals of those towers which continue working in Krasnodon.

    People’s republics militias fighting (Kiev) government troops to seize the outskirts of Shakhtyorsk

    People’s republics militias were fighting government troops to seize the outskirts of Shakhtyorsk, a city in eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday morning, Novorossiya news agency reported, quoting armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

    Ukrainian government artillery had responded by setting an ammunition depot in the city on fire, the agency added. One eyewitness report spoke of casualties among militia fighters.

    Separatist sources claimed success already in their advance.

    “Militia fighters have taken control of Shakhtyorsk, and the National Guard, with armored vehicles, is hiding in thick foliage,” DPR representatives said, adding they had put a tank, an artillery system and a truck out of action.

    Lugansk faces famine

    The Lugansk City Council informs about food shortage in the city.

    For the past day in Lugansk in the result of constant shelling (including banned cluster bombs) three citizens were killed incl. a fifteen y.o. child.

    The delivery of food products to Lugansk is terminated, goods reserves are decreasing, only bread is supplied to the shops and markets, – the press service of the City Council reported. A network of large supermarkets, grocery stores, markets work with outage. The stores have only their own food stock.

    5000 inhabitants remained without water, some districts are completely without electricity, that is about 50 000 people.

    At least five civilians have been killed, 23 wounded over the past 24 hours as the Ukrainian Army continued shelling the city of Horlivka in Donetsk Region

    At least five civilians have been killed, 23 wounded over the past 24 hours as the Ukrainian Army continued shelling the city of Horlivka in Donetsk Region, the 5 Kanal television station reported Wednesday.
    “Five people died and 23 were injured in Horlivka during the past 24 hours due to shelling,” the channel said citing the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

    On Monday, the ongoing confrontation between Kiev forces and the militia in the eastern Ukrainian city claimed lives of 17 people, including three children. Shelling destroyed a local school and hit the grounds of a hospital, damaging several maternity ward buildings. On Monday, a three-day mourning period was declared in Horlivka due to the tragic events.

    According to the latest UN report, the conflict between pro-Kiev forces and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine has claimed the lives of 1,129 civilians since mid-April, with another 3,442 injured.

    http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/ukraine-donetsk-region-and-lugansk-under-attack-by-kiev-nazi-gangsters-dozens-civilians-killed-video-news-and-military-reports/

    “I killed 13 Palestinian kids today”: Israeli sniper

    The most stupid Zionist sniper unveil the real face of Israel: ‘chosen people’? no, just a bunch of alien monsters.

    An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 children in the Gaza Strip in one day, as Tel Aviv continues its aerial and ground attacks in the besieged enclave.

    Posting on an Instagram account, David Ovadia released a photo of himself holding a sniper rifle.

    The image with his post, however, was deleted entirely by hackers from an anonymous group. The group has launched hundreds of attacks on Israeli websites over the past two years.

    The move was reportedly followed by the group’s cyber attacks on Israel’s Mossad and Ministry of Military Affairs.

    The development comes as Tel Aviv claims that its military has been targeting Palestinian fighters from resistance group Hamas and described the growing death toll in the enclave as collateral damage.

    Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip since July 8. Israeli forces also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17. More than 300 children have so far been killed.

    More than 1,370 Palestinians have been killed and thousands of others injured by Israel’s offensive.

    The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.

    Israeli sources have confirmed the deaths of 56 soldiers. However, Hamas says the toll is much higher.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to complete the destruction of Gaza tunnels with or without a ceasefire.

    Tel Aviv also mobilized 16,000 reservists for the ground military operations in Gaza, putting the total number at 86,000.

    Tel Aviv has targeted hospitals, clinics, and shelters over the past 24 days.

    http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/i-killed-13-palestinian-kids-today-israeli-sniper/

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    • aha said, on august 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

      frate geo, iti respect mult munca. dar e cam in zadar. stii de ce? eu vorbesc in numele meu propriu. nu am timp sa citesc toate informatiile pe care le dai pentru ca nu sunt un cunoscator asa de bun al limbii engleze. si pentru ca sunt foooarte multe informatii deodata!! sincer, ma obosesc si poate pierd esentialul. poate ar fi mai bine sa conlucrezi cu cineva si sa faci un rezumat , daca se poate. stiu ca sunt informatii pretioase….dar prea multe deodata. eu, unul, nu am cum sa le prelucrez si trec peste ele. asta e adevarul! Doamne ajuta si sper sa nu te superi pe mine!

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  13. geo said, on august 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm
    Serratia is a bacterium that some doctors and residents of the Bay Area have been familiar with for many years. In 1950, government officials believed that serratia did not cause disease. That belief was later used as a justification for a secret post-World War II Army experiment that became a notorious disaster tale about the microbe. The Army used serratia to test whether enemy agents could launch a biological warfare attack on a port city such as San Francisco from a location miles offshore. For six days in late September 1950, a small military vessel near San Francisco sprayed a huge cloud of serratia particles into the air while the weather favored dispersal. Then the Army went looking to find out where it landed. Serratia is known for forming bright red colonies when a soil or water sample is streaked on a culture medium – a property that made it ideal for the bio-warfare experiment. Army tests showed that the bacterial cloud had exposed hundreds of thousands of people in a broad swath of Bay Area communities including Sausalito, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, San Francisco, Daly City and Colma, according to reports that later were declassified. Soon after the spraying, 11 people came down with hard-to-treat infections at the old Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco. By November, one man had died. Edward Nevin, 75, a retired Pacific Gas and Electric Co. worker recovering from a prostate operation, had succumbed to an infection with Serratia marcescens that attacked his heart valves. The outbreak was so unusual that the Stanford doctors wrote it up for a medical journal. But the medics and Nevin’s relatives didn’t find out about the Army experiment for nearly 26 years, when a series of secret military experiments came to light. The Chronicle’s David Perlman, who reported on the revelations in 1976, found no evidence that the Army had alerted health authorities before it blanketed the region with bacteria. As the news surfaced, doctors started wondering whether the Army experiment that seeded the Bay Area with serratia two decades earlier might be responsible for heart valve infections then cropping up as well as serious infections seen among intravenous drug users in the ’60s and ’70s, said Dr. Lee Riley, a professor of infectious disease at UC Berkeley. Before the 1950 experiment, serratia was not a common environmental bacteria in the Bay Area nor did it frequently cause hospital infections, Riley said. Some people now speculate that descendants of the Army germs are still causing infections here today, he said. The secret bio-warfare test might have permanently changed the microbial ecology of the region, the theory goes. But to prove it, researchers would need to take a DNA fingerprint of the Army strain for comparison with today’s microbes. In 2001, Serratia marcescens surfaced again as the culprit behind another fatal public health crisis in the Bay Area. Patients were coming down with a painful, hard-to-treat form of meningitis. Public health experts traced the infection to Doc’s Pharmacy in Walnut Creek, which mixed some of its own drug products, a legal practice. At Doc’s, investigators found numerous sources of potential contamination – some stemming from lapses in sterile procedures others from a bubbling tropical fish tank – in the area where the drug formulas were handled. Among the preparations Doc’s had sold was a form of cortisone injected into the spines of dozens of patients with back pain. One of those patients, a healthy, 47-year-old Concord man named George Stahl, died the day after his injection. At first, doctors believed that the death was due to a burst blood vessel. It wasn’t discovered until his autopsy that he had died from a massive serratia infection. In the meantime, more patients had received the contaminated shots. Doctors raced to identify and treat them. In the end, of the 38 people dosed with antibiotics, three people died and 10 were hospitalized. Serratia marcescens: History of trouble The bacteria behind the loss of half this year’s U.S. flu vaccine supply is Serratia marcescens, whose characteristic red colonies are shown here under the microscope. 1950: In a secret germ warfare experiment, the Army sprays a vast cloud of Serratiamarcescens over the Bay Area from a vessel in waters off San Francisco. The bacteria blanketed the city and surrounding communities in a circle from Sausalito through the East Bay to Colma. 1950: Shortly after the spraying, 11 patients at the old Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco develop unusually tough infections, and one dies. Serratia destroyed theheart valves of Edward Nevin, 75. 1976: The Army experiment is made public. Nevin’s son Edward Nevin Jr. learns his father’s death may have been caused by the secret test. Doctors wonder whether the Army germs established a microbial population that caused other infections in the 1960s and1970s. 2001: Meningitis outbreak after Serratia marcescens contaminates spinal injections prepared by Doc’s Pharmacy in Walnut Creek. Three die and 10 hospitalized among the 38 treated. 2004: Emeryville biotechnology firm Chiron Corp.’s stock dives when its entire store of flu vaccine, made in England, is declared unsafe due to contamination with Serratia marcescens. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Serratia-has-dark-history-in-region-Army-test-2677623.php [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnQVUf775VE&w=720&h=405] Ebola-infected Americans being flown from Africa to the United States will land at a military base outside Atlanta, officials said Friday. The patients will not be transported on U.S. military aircraft, but Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta will receive the planes because it can provide security and isolation from the general population, officials said. The State Department is working to organize the evacuation of two Americans — Kent Brantly, a doctor, and Nancy Writebol, a missionary — who are in serious condition in Liberia after contracting the deadly virus. The Centers for Disease Control equips small jets with containment equipment to safely move patients with infections diseases. Emory University Hospital has said it will admit one of the patients to a special isolation unit created with the help of federal health officials. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-evacuation-planes-will-land-dobbins-air-force-base-n170771 (CNN) – The fear began just after news broke Thursday that a long-range business jet with an isolation pod left the United States for Liberia, where it will evacuate two Americans infected with Ebola. Twitter exploded with questions about the deadly virus, which according to the World Health Organization is believed to have killed hundreds in four West African nations. And with reaction to news that two infected Americans would soon be on their way back to the United States. „Why are they doing this?” Robin Hunter asked in a post on Twitter. While U.S. officials have remained mum on the issue, a source told CNN that a medical charter flight left from Cartersville, Georgia, on Thursday evening. Sick doc. gives Ebola serum to friend Son of American battling Ebola speaks out Tracking Ebola patient’s journey to U.S. A CNN crew saw the plane depart shortly after 5 p.m. ET. The plane matched the description provided by the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately known when the two Americans – identified by the source as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol – would arrive in the United States, or where the plane would land. At least one of the two will be taken to a hospital at Emory University, near the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, hospital officials told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The patient will be cared for in an isolation unit at the hospital that is separate from patient areas, Gupta said. With the return of Brantly and Writebol to the United States, it will be the first time that patients diagnosed with Ebola will be known to be in the country. Brantly and Writebol are described as being in stable-but-grave conditions, with both reportedly taking a turn for the worse overnight, according to statements released Thursday by the faith-based charity Samaritan’s Purse. No known cure There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola, which the World Health Organization says is believed to have infected 1,323 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria between March and July 27. Of those suspected cases, it is believed to have been fatal in at least 729 cases, according to the health organization. In the United States, the National Institutes of Health announced it will begin testing an experimental Ebola vaccine in people as early as September. Ebola triggers CDC travel warning Son of American battling Ebola speaks out Could Ebola makes its way to the U.S.? The federal agency has been working on the vaccine over the last few years and says they’ve seen positive results when they tested it on primates. The NIH announcement came the same day as the CDC issued a Level 3 alert for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, warning against any nonessential travel to the region. As of now, the outbreak has been confined to West Africa. But it could spread via travel, especially since people who have Ebola may not know it; symptoms usually manifest two to 21 days. The symptoms include fever, headaches, weakness and vomiting, and at an advanced stage there is internal and external bleeding. The Eboloa outbreak is believed to be the worst in history, and even in a best-case scenario, it could take three to six months to stem the epidemic in West Africa, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, told reporters on Thursday. Writebol gets ‘experimental serum’ Both Brantly, a 33-year-old who last lived in Texas, and Writebol were caring for Ebola patients in Liberia. An experimental serum was administered to Writebol this week. Only one dose of the serum was available, and Brantly asked that it be given to his colleague, said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse said it did not have any additional detail about the serum. At the same time, Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who survived Ebola, the statement said. Brantly had treated the teen, it said. It was not immediately clear what doctors hoped the blood transfusion would do for Brantly. While blood transfusions have been tried before, Frieden told reporters no one really knows why some people survive and some don’t. There have been questions about the the health of Brantly’s wife and his children, who left for Texas prior to his diagnosis. In a statement released Thursday, Amber Brantly said she and her children „are physically fine.” „We had left Liberia prior to Kent’s exposure to the virus,” she said. „I am always anxiously awaiting any news from Liberia regarding Kent’s condition.” Meanwhile, Writebol’s husband, David, who like his wife is with Samaritan’s Purse, is near her, said their son Jeremy, who spoke with CNN’s Chris Cuomo from the United States. But she is isolated from him, and he has to wear head-to-toe protective clothing similar to a hazmat suit so that he does not contract a disease that starts out with similar symptoms as a strong flu but can end in internal bleeding and death. „Mom continues in stable condition but it’s very serious, and she’s still fighting,” her son said. „She’s weak, but she’s working through it.” American doctor battling Ebola Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said his country could ill afford to lose health care workers like Writebol and Brantly. „We join the families in prayers that they can come through this and become … shining examples that, if care is taken, one can come out of this.” Another physician in West Africa was not so fortunate; Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan fell ill early last week while overseeing Ebola treatment at a Sierra Leone hospital and died days later. Rate of infection Ebola fears hit close to home The rate of infection has slowed in Guinea, but it has increased in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. As infection accelerates, some aid groups are pulling out to protect their own. Samaritan’s Purse and the missionary group Serving in Mission have recalled all nonessential personnel from Liberia. The Peace Corps announced Wednesday it is doing the same, removing its 340 volunteers from the three severely affected nations. While there are no confirmed cases, a Peace Corps spokeswoman said two volunteers came into contact with someone who ended up dying from the virus. Those Americans haven’t shown signs of Ebola but are being isolated just in case. The spokeswoman said they can’t return home until they get medical clearance. Meanwhile, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma both canceled trips to the United States, and Koroma declared a state of emergency. Koroma announced an action plan to tear down many barriers that international medical workers say they face while fighting disease. Sirleaf said on CNN’s „The Lead with Jake Tapper” that the country is in desperate need of people with expertise in treating and dealing with Ebola. Some residents in affected villages have accused medical workers of bringing the disease into the country and have barricaded their towns or otherwise blocked access to Ebola victims. Koroma said he will deploy police and military to accompany the aid workers. They will search house to house for the infirm and enforce orders designed to curb the virus’ spread. American dies in Nigeria One American, 40-year-old Patrick Sawyer, died in a Nigerian hospital earlier this month – having come from Liberia. He was in a plane to Lagos, when he became violently ill. He was planning to go back home to Minnesota to celebrate his daughters’ birthdays, but the disease took his life before he could. The Nigerian government said Thursday it has located 10 more people who had contact with Sawyer, the first American who died in the Ebola outbreak. Meanwhile, none of the 67 people under surveillance and the two people in quarantine have shown symptoms of the disease, Nigerian Minister of Information Labaran Maku said. A naturalized American citizen who worked in Liberia, Sawyer flew to Nigeria intending to attend a conference. After exhibiting symptoms upon arrival July 20, he was hospitalized and died on July 25. Nigeria’s Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu says the government is still searching for more people that had contact with Sawyer on his journey on a plane that stopped in Accra, Ghana and Lome, Togo, before traveling on to Lagos. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/31/health/ebola-outbreak/index.html Now that the world has been put on notice about Ebola, it’s time to try facts instead of scare tactics. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the primary reporting agency on case numbers and deaths. Taking their stats with a few grains of salt, but recognizing that mainstream accounts come from WHO, here is their July 25 update, “Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa”: 1201 total cases. 672 deaths. These numbers cover Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia—the Ebola focus areas. Looking a little deeper, we see that WHO divides each number into categories: “confirmed,” “probable,” and “suspected.” Diagnostic methods for IDing Ebola in those 3 countries are uncertain. Therefore, we should only consider the category labeled “confirmed,” and even then we should have doubts. So let’s look at the total for confirmed Ebola case numbers in those countries. It’s 814. Confirmed number of deaths? 456. Now consider another WHO report. This one is titled: “Influenza (Seasonal) World Health Organization,” dated April 2009. It’s the WHO fact sheet on regular seasonal flu, the kind that is said to infect people globally, year after year, like clockwork. Ready? Annual number of severe cases: 3-5 million. Annual number of deaths: between 250,000 and 500,000. Remember, that’s every year—not a one-time shot. When it comes to seasonal regular flu, the World Health Organization issues no scare reports, no dire warnings, and the press mentions nothing. Zero. However, with 814 confirmed cases and 456 deaths from Ebola, the whole world is put on notice. We hear about possible travel restrictions. In the US, portable disease-diagnosing machines have been passed out out to many local communities. There are murmurs about detaining people who may have come in contact with somebody who may have Ebola. Something is very wrong here. Something is upside down. power outside the matrix If you set aside the images and fear-mongering of the press, you begin to see this is a propaganda operation, there is a selective process at work—what disease to promote, what disease to ignore. Imagine what would happen if WHO released a statement in which it substituted “Ebola” for “regular seasonal flu”: “There are 3 to five million cases of Ebola worldwide. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people are dead.” The world would go crazy. But again, there ARE 3 to 5 million cases, every year, of regular seasonal flu, and according to WHO, between 250,000 and 500,000 people die from it. And the world does nothing. People would respond, “Oh, but you see, Ebola is different. People hemorrhage. They bleed out and die. It’s horrible.” Now we’re talking about the process of dying, as if that really matters. And, with flu, when people die, they often drown in their own mucus. Is that vivid enough to rank alongside Ebola? Ebola is a propaganda operation. Choices are being made: what to emphasize, what to ignore, what to use in order to invoke fear. Producing fear, one way or another, is a standard element in exerting top-down control over the population. When people are afraid, they’re compliant, they’re obedient to authority. And that’s the agenda. http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/is-it-ebola-or-is-it-psychological-warfare/ http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/ebola-2-here-come-the-global-pandemic-promoters/ [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JHdHn-NnhE&w=720&h=405] For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired. What happened? Top image: French Test, photo by James Vaughan The article, „Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?,” appeared in the journal Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, which is published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK. It’s not exactly a household name, but the journal has been a publishing venue for prominent academics and policy wonks since it was founded in the Cold War (hence, its rather alarmist-sounding name). Doyle’s piece wasn’t an anti-government rant, but a lengthy argument that nuclear weapons had lost their strategic utility and value as a deterrent, that getting rid of them would enhance international security, and that this was an ideal point in time to get serious about global disarmament. In fact, Doyle praised President Obama’s vision: Obama said in Prague that the elimination of nuclear weapons might not be achieved in his lifetime, but 2045 – 34 years from now, when Obama will be 84 – will mark the 100th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan. Three-and-a-half decades is time enough for the world to transition away from the ideology of nuclear deterrence and to dismantle the system of nuclear forces deployed in the name of national defense. Each passing year will bring the need to support Obama’s vision of a world free of nuclear weapons more sharply into focus. The international community has the opportunity to honor the memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by eliminating nuclear weapons from the arsenals of the world within a century after they were unleashed. This ain’t radical stuff. There are plenty of people who disagree with Doyle, but bigger names than him—including Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara and Graham Allison—have called for working towards nuclear abolition now that the Cold War is over. But, at the time, Doyle was working as a contractor at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which receives about $2 billion annually to support activities that include the research, design and development of nuclear weapons. Awkward. The events leading up to Doyle’s dismissal are chronicled in a new report by the government watchdog group, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI). Doyle had written the article at home, in his spare time, so Los Alamos rules didn’t require him to submit the article for classification review. But, „in the spirit of following best practice,” he did so anyway. According to the CPI investigative report: Another laboratory employee familiar with the controversy, who spoke without approval and so asked not to be named, said that Doyle’s views upset management, but not the scientists and others who worked with him and who expect the labs to respect academic traditions of open inquiry. „It’s a well-argued opinion piece by a subject matter expert,” the employee said. „A scientist can respect that. Los Alamos National Labs should not be political.” Doyle’s article was published online February 1, 2013. Then, things got weird. Five days later, his supervisor told him that senior managers wanted copies of all his publications—more than 100 articles he had written since joining the lab in 1997. The request had been made by someone at the House Armed Services Committee. Nobody told Doyle who at the Committee had requested the information. But, as CPI notes: It was a sensitive moment for an anti-nuclear message to emerge from within the lab. During this period, Los Alamos officials and their Republican supporters on the House Armed Services committee were trying to find the funds for a new $6.5 billion factory at Los Alamos for plutonium „pits,” the baseball-sized spheres that form the core of most nuclear weapons. Although the Obama administration had sought to defer the project’s start, Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, who in 2012 chaired a strategic forces subcommittee, sponsored a successful amendment that year requiring construction of the factory by 2024 and authorizing $160 million to keep design work going. Obama signed the bill on Jan. 2, 2013, that included Turner’s amendment, but it still lacked support from appropriators. Later that day, Doyle was confronted by two members of a Security Inquiries Team who told him that his article contained classified information. Then, on February 7, Doyle attended a meeting at the office of Daniel Gerth, the lab’s chief classification officer. There, three „derivative” classifiers — experts who review documents for classified material — told Gerth that they had not found any secret information in the article. But Gerth overruled them and declared that the article was classified and tried to get it withdrawn from publication. From there, things kept getting worse. Doyle had to surrender his home computer so that all traces of his work on the article could be expunged. He lost his high-level security clearance and was denied permission for any work-related travel. Doyle spent the next several months protesting the retroactive classification of his article and his treatment by Los Alamos. He lodged several complaints with ethics officers at the lab and the Energy Department, without any success. System Failure Doyle was fired on July 8, 2014. Los Alamos said that he was being let go as part of a program of layoffs. Unsurprisingly, Doyle and others are skeptical: Los Alamos officials did not respond to several requests for an interview with an official who could discuss the case. Derrick Robinson, a spokesman for the Energy agency’s National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees Los Alamos, said he was seeking official comment. But none was received by press time. Doyle’s treatment has nonetheless already attracted criticism from former Obama appointees and from his editor at Survival….”It sure looks like he’s being fired for supporting the President’s policy,” said Jon Wolfsthal, a special adviser on nuclear matters to Vice President Joseph Biden from 2009 to 2012 who knows Doyle. „Nobody would go after this article on classification grounds unless they were pursuing a political agenda, and it is amazing to attack someone politically for writing an article in support of a policy of the president of the United States,” said Matthew Bunn, a former White House official under President Clinton and now a nonproliferation expert at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. „The classification system, of course, is not supposed to be used for political purposes,” Bunn said. „It is only to prohibit the release of information if it would damage the security of the U.S. And there’s nothing in this article that could in any way damage the security of the United States.” Dana Allin, the editor of Survival, said in an interview he had heard that there was a reaction to Doyle’s article at Los Alamos but not that any disciplinary measures were taken. „This was a think piece,” Allin said. „This was driven by a keen understanding of concerns about nuclear deterrence. It’s the kind of thing we publish all the time.” Doyle is now looking for work. „I pursued a career in national security with the motivation of improving the national security policy of my country,” he said. „And there’s nothing conflicting in advocating the elimination of nuclear weapons and maintaining the security of the United States.” http://io9.com/federal-employee-gets-fired-after-writing-an-article-cr-1614664221 SEOUL, South Korea — After my older brother fell ill from the stress of being a student in South Korea, my mother decided to move me from our home in Seoul to Vancouver for high school to spare me the intense pressure to succeed. She did not want me to suffer like my brother, who had a chest pain that doctors could not diagnose and an allergy so severe he needed to have shots at home. I was fortunate that my mother recognized the problem and had the means to take me abroad. Most South Korean children’s parents are the main source of the unrelenting pressure put on students. Thirteen years later, in 2008, I taught advanced English grammar to 11-year-olds at an expensive cram school in the wealthy Seoul neighborhood of Gangnam. The students were serious about studying but their eyes appeared dead. When I asked a class if they were happy in this environment, one girl hesitantly raised her hand to tell me that she would only be happy if her mother was gone because all her mother knew was how to nag about her academic performance. The world may look to South Korea as a model for education — its students rank among the best on international education tests — but the system’s dark side casts a long shadow. Dominated by Tiger Moms, cram schools and highly authoritarian teachers, South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness. The entire program amounts to child abuse. It should be reformed and restructured without delay. Granted, the South Korean system has its strengths. The idea that success is most important, no matter the cost, is a great motivator. My report card after the first exam in middle school ranked me 21st out of 60 students in my homeroom class. My mother, who was enlightened about the extreme horrors of South Korean education but nevertheless worried about my grades, immediately found me a private tutor for math, which helped me shoot up to a respectable No. 3 in the homeroom hierarchy. But that was the early 1990s. Since then, this culture of competition has only spread. Cram schools like the one I taught in — known as hagwons in Korean — are a mainstay of the South Korean education system and a symbol of parental yearning to see their children succeed at all costs. Hagwons are soulless facilities, with room after room divided by thin walls, lit by long fluorescent bulbs, and stuffed with students memorizing English vocabulary, Korean grammar rules and math formulas. Students typically stay after regular school hours until 10 p.m. or later. Herded to various educational outlets and programs by parents, the average South Korean student works up to 13 hours a day, while the average high school student sleeps only 5.5 hours a night to ensure there is sufficient time for studying. Hagwons consume more than half of spending on private education. This “investment” in education is what has been used to explain South Koreans’ spectacular scores on the Program for International Student Assessment, increasingly the standard by which students from all over the world are compared to one another. But a system driven by overzealous parents and a leviathan private industry is unsustainable over the long run, especially given the physical and psychological costs that students are forced to bear. Many young South Koreans suffer physical symptoms of academic stress, like my brother did. In a typical case, one friend reported losing clumps of hair as she focused on her studies in high school; her hair regrew only when she entered college. Students are also inclined to see academic performance as their only source of validation and self-worth. Among young South Koreans who confessed to feeling suicidal in 2010, an alarming 53 percent identified inadequate academic performance as the main reason for such thoughts. Not surprisingly, South Korea’s position in the international education hierarchy is flipped when it comes to youth happiness, with only 60 percent of the country’s students confessing to being content in school, compared with an average of 80 percent, in 2012, among the world’s wealthy nations. There is a historical explanation for South Korea’s education fervor. During the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910), having children pass the civil service examination administered by the royal court was seen as a sure conduit to social and material success for the entire family. As the late Professor Edward Wagner at Harvard noted, even then a form of private education persisted, with candidates taking years of lessons to prepare for the exam and wealthier families splurging on special tutors. Korean culture’s special focus on the family unit is also a major factor. Many parents believe that their right to decide their children’s future is sacrosanct. And the view that the family is an economic unit perpetuates such tight control over children. Marriage, for example, still often functions as a financial transaction between two families. To be a South Korean child ultimately is not about freedom, personal choice or happiness; it is about production, performance and obedience. Continue reading the main story Recent Comments MDK Yesterday I was a sympathetic reader until the author suggested that the system might require legislation criminalizing excessive private education. … Edward Pearlman Yesterday South Korea needs to read the new 10-year study, „Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.” Cramming has been proven to be an… michaelr Yesterday The problem of students constantly studying and becoming ¨test machines¨ is not unique to Korea, and is not new.I teach in Taiwan and, given… See All Comments Obedience to authority is enforced both at home and school. I remember the time I disagreed with my homeroom teacher in middle school by writing him a letter about one of his rules. The letter led to my being summoned to the teacher’s office, where I was berated for an hour and a half, not about the substance of my words but the fact that I had expressed my view at all. He had a class to teach but he did not bother to leave our meeting because he was so enraged that someone had questioned his authority. I knew then that trying to be rational or outspoken in school was pointless. Despite decades of outright abuse and the entrenchment of this disturbing system, signs are emerging that some people are beginning to take reform seriously. In the course of coming to terms with the legacy of dictatorial rule, South Koreans have embraced the notion of “healing,” with the understanding that past political repression and continuing social pressure have engendered psychological ills that require redress. That trend has led to discussion of the detrimental effects the education system has on students and what should be done. Another sign that things may move in a positive direction is the election in June of a large number of progressive education superintendents around the country, spurred by the growing desire of the public for reforms. But to effect any meaningful change in education, a culture that treats its children as a commodity to be used in the service of the family or the national economy must be radically altered. The government must halt its unrelenting pursuit of a higher birthrate in the face of a shrinking population and cease viewing children as mere cogs in the country’s economy with no right to personal happiness. South Korea must also encourage its citizens to see marriage not as a dutiful union that must yield tangible economic benefits, but as a life choice that can bring contentment and well-being. Only then can children be perceived as individuals with free will, rather than mere producers of wealth and status subject to onerous education. A private education industry run amok must be better regulated to put children’s welfare first. Although successive presidents have made attempts to rein in the cram schools, including mandating a 10 p.m. closure, many hagwon owners flout the regulations by operating out of residential buildings or blacking out windows so that light cannot be seen from outside. And some parents hire private tutors to get around the rule. The fight against these abuses would be far more effective if legislation were passed criminalizing excessive private education. Otherwise, South Korean parents may never recognize that the current system is a direct assault on the welfare of their own offspring. But above all, the conviction that academic success is paramount in life needs to be set aside completely. South Korea may have become an enviable economic superpower, but it has neglected the happiness of its people. Decrying the state of young people’s existence in Korea, Yi Kwang-su, an early reformist intellectual, wrote in a 1918 essay, “On Child-Centrism,” “As long as parents live, children have no freedom and are treated like slaves or livestock not unlike subjects of a feudal lord.” Before South Korea can be seen as a model for the 21st century, it must end this age-old feudal system that passes for education and reflect on what the country’s most vulnerable citizens might themselves want. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/02/opinion/sunday/south-koreas-education-system-hurts-students.html?src=me&ref=general&_r=0 On Friday, the President offered his frankest admission of post-9/11 interrogation tactics, condemned Hamas for breaking the cease-fire and criticized House Republicans On Friday, President Barack Obama previewed the upcoming release of a Senate report into the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation after the attacks of September 11, 2001, saying “we tortured some folks.” Speaking to reporters from the White House, he said, “Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong,” Obama said. “We crossed a line and that needs to be understood and accepted. We have to as a country take responsibility for that.” At the briefing, Obama also condemned Hamas for breaching a cease-fire with Israel minutes after it went into effect Friday morning, saying the breach makes it more difficult to end the weeks-long conflict in Gaza. he said Hamas must immediately release captured Israeli solider Hadar Goldin, who was taken on the Israel-Gaza border in a Friday morning attack that killed two other Israeli soldiers. “If they are serious about resolving this situation, that soldier needs to be released unconditionally as soon as possible,” Obama said. He added that with the trust broken, “I think it’s going to be very hard to put a cease-fire back together again.” “The Israelis are entirely right that these tunnel networks need to be dismantled,” Obama said, adding that Israelis should be pursuing ways to do so with fewer civilian casualties. The president also defended CIA Director John Brennan, who has been caught up in controversy amid revelations that CIA staffers improperly accessed the files of the Senate investigators. “I have full confidence in John Brennan,” Obama said. Obama also heaped praise on Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts in negotiating the cease-fire, saying he had been the subject of “unfair criticism” in recent weeks. He also said Israel must do more to reduce civilian casualties in Gaza. “It’s hard to reconcile Israel’s need to defend itself with our concern for civilians in Gaza,” he said. Obama also defended his handling of the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, saying the United States has done everything to support the Ukrainian government. “Short of going to war, there are going to be some constraints in terms of what we can do,” he said. Obama said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should want to resolve the situation diplomatically, “but sometimes people don’t always act rationally.” Before taking questions from reporters, Obama highlighted Friday’s jobs report showing the sixth-consecutive month of 200,000+ job growth and blasted congressional inaction on ambassadorial appointments and dealing with the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwest border. “House Republicans as we speak are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they know is going nowhere,” Obama said. Obama said he would act to shift money around to pay for the care of the unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody because Congress left him no other option. Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner said Obama has been AWOL on the border crisis. ““When it comes to the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, President Obama has been completely AWOL – in fact, he has made matter worse by flip-flopping on the 2008 law that fueled the crisis. Senate Democrats have left town without acting on his request for a border supplemental. Right now, House Republicans are the only ones still working to address this crisis.” http://time.com/3071149/obama-new-gaza-cease-fire-very-hard-after-hamas-breach/ Reuters) – The U.S. government will begin testing on people an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as September, after seeing positive results from tests on primates, according to media reports on Thursday. The National Institutes of Health’s infectious disease unit is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to put the vaccine into trial as quickly as possible, according to CNN and USA Today. The director of that unit could not be reached for comment. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/31/us-usa-ebola-vaccine-idUSKBN0G02T320140731 The United States Defence Department could help pay for a new cable linking New Zealand, Australia, the United States and several Pacific Islands, an Auckland source says. He said the department had an interest in spending about US$100 million (NZ$120m) to directly or indirectly acquire a pair of optical fibres between the US, Australia and American Samoa to link its defence bases. The interest has not been confirmed by the US Government or the Hawaiki company, which have been approached for comment. The US said in 2011 that it would build a permanent base for thousands of US Marines in Darwin. The Australian Government said in June that the number of Marines at the base would rise from between 200 and 250 to 1150 next year. By 2016, it would support a 2500-strong Marine Air Ground Task Force. If interest in a fibre link translated into a contract, that could be a big boost for Hawaiki Cable, a New Zealand-based venture headed by former Alcatel-Lucent chief executive Remi Galasso, the source said. Hawaiki is building a business case for a 14,000-kilometre cable network that it hopes to lay in 2015 at a cost of US$350m (NZ$420m). The network would connect the US, Australia and New Zealand, with spurs to several Pacific Islands, including American Samoa. The company this week signed a letter of intent with Australia’s fourth-largest internet provider, TPG Telecom, which has expressed interest in buying tens of millions of dollars worth of capacity on its Sydney-US and Sydney-Whangarei links. Hawaiki said last month that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with regional development agency Northland Inc to land the proposed cable in the Whangarei area. There is currently one fibre-optic cable with two fibre-pairs connecting American Samoa to Hawaii – the Ash cable, which was put into service in 2009. http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/9075070/US-military-interest-in-NZ-cable The most instrusive and powerful tools in the United States’ electronic spying armoury were being lined up for installation in New Zealand last year, according to a document obtained by the Herald. An engineer visited a GCSB base near Blenheim in February 2013 to talk about setting up a „Special Source Operations” site. The SSO is the division of the United States’ National Security Agency which carries out cable tapping and has vast resources to trawl and capture massive amounts of internet content and electronic communication, including the PRISM system. Disclosures of its powers were the most controversial of those made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he began revealing its capabilities last year. Use of the powerful tools has created diplomatic rifts and forced US president Barack Obama to talk of reigning in his electronic spies. The GCSB has refused to say whether it went ahead with plans to install the SSO site. But, asked directly about the engineer’s visit, said: „From time to time we discuss contemporary technology with partners, including where it may or may not be useful.” The GCSB spokesman also pointed to a recent review of the bureau, which said New Zealand’s intelligence partnerships gave it „much greater and more valuable support, skill, technology and intelligence than would otherwise be available to it”. The spokesman also repeated the bureau’s position saying „we don’t do mass surveillance and we don’t use partners to circumvent the law”. A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said there no cable tapping operation was operating in New Zealand and there were no plans to introduce one. She said NZ did not use the term „Special Source Operations” and made no comment about the other capabilities, which include accessing material through the Prism system or corporate partnerships with major telecommunications companies. She said the GCSB Act was changed to give the agency a clear legal framework and stronger oversight. The document which reveals the spying was a General Accounting Office travel disclosure, in which NSA staff declare any travel costs not funded by the US taxpayer. In declaring a $271 payment for „transportation, lodging and meals”, the NSA revealed it had sent an engineer to Blenheim for two nights to „participate in technical discussions regarding GCSB future SSO site”. The papers give no indication as to whether the tools are being offered to NZ’s GCSB or whether they would be operated by NSA staff working in NZ. The NSA already has an officer based in Wellington, according to a 2004 US Embassy cable in the Wikileaks files. The engineer’s visit was made to New Zealand as the country prepared to overhaul spy laws in a way which critics say gave them unfettered access to a massive amount of citizen’s personal information. While Prime Minister John Key said the new law tightened up the rules and better reflected the way they operated, critics claimed it gave the spy agency greater powers including the use of their powerful tools on Kiwis. Green Party leader Russel Norman said the technology used at an „SSO site” was the equivalent to establishing „a total surveillance state”. He said the Prime Minister needed to tell Kiwis if the plan for a „future site” and if the powerful spying apparatus was now operating on New Zealand soil. He said the Prime Minister should also make clear it was an NSA site operating on NZ soil or whether it was the GCSB using US technology. Mr Norman said Mr Key must have known as minister of the intelligence agencies. „It’s extraordinary Key knew this was happening all through the whole debate around the GCSB legislation without making reference to it. At the same time, he was approving total surveillance of all internet and phone traffic in and out of New Zealand.” GCSB Director Ian Fletcher at the Intelligence and Security Committee at Parliament. Photo / Mark Mitchell GCSB Director Ian Fletcher at the Intelligence and Security Committee at Parliament. Photo / Mark Mitchell The document containing the SSO reference was identified and forwarded to the Herald by Denis Tegg, a lawyer with an interest in civil rights issues. The line in the documents which caught Mr Tegg’s eye was from information originally sourced by US reporter Jason Leopold. Where has the #NSA been traveling to since the Snowden leaks? Here’s their travel reports https://t.co/9QnJzrfmIG https://t.co/rFeaAnAb32 — Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) July 28, 2014 Mr Tegg said he was concerned at the reference to an SSO site in New Zealand. „It means there is the potential for everything New Zealanders do on the internet to be accessed on New Zealand soil. „If there is a site in New Zealand – or being contemplated – we have had no discussion about that happening. It seems pretty clear the amendments to the GCSB Act was designed with this in mind.” Mr Tegg said the reliance of some of the systems on compliance by telecommunications companies required Telecom and others to come forward about approaches they had from the government. He said the government also had to be open about the tools it was using. „We have control over this – it’s on our soil. We’re entitled to know what’s being done in our name.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11302656 The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers to investigate the spy agency’s Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation. CIA Director John Brennan has determined that employees „acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” brokered between the CIA and its Senate overseers, according to agency spokesman Dean Boyd. Feinstein: ‘CIA’s Search May Well Have Violated’ the Constitution The Senate Intelligence Committee leader accused the CIA of interfering with its investigation into the agency’s old interrogation programs. The stunning admission follows a scathing, 40-minute speech by Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on the Senate floor back in March, in which she accused the CIA of secretly accessing her panel’s computers that were used to review documents related to the government’s torture, detention, and rendition policies deployed during George W. Bush’s presidency. The powerful California Democrat lacerated the CIA for attempting to impede her panel’s investigation and charged the agency with possibly violating the Constitution. At the time, Brennan denied Feinstein’s accusations, telling NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell, „As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth.… That’s beyond the scope of reason.” But after being briefed on an inspector general’s findings, Brennan „apologized” on Tuesday to both Feinstein and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, for the actions of his officers, spokesman Boyd said. Brennan has submitted the inspector general’s findings to an accountability board led by retired Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, according to Boyd. Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, once served on the Senate Intelligence Committee. In a statement, Feinstein called Brennan’s apology and the accountability board submission „positive first steps.” „The investigation confirmed what I said on the Senate floor in March—CIA personnel inappropriately searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers in violation of an agreement we had reached, and I believe in violation of the constitutional separation of powers,” Feinstein said. „This [inspector general] report corrects the record and it is my understanding that a declassified report will be made available to the public shortly.” Feinstein’s bombshell allegations, as well as the CIA’s charge that her staff removed classified documents from a CIA facility in Virginia, were both referred to the Justice Department for further investigation. But earlier this month, the department said it did not have enough findings to launch a criminal probe into either matter. Last week, the chairwoman issued a statement commending the Justice Department for not opening an investigation into her staff, saying it would „allow the committee to focus on the upcoming release of its report on the CIA detention and interrogation programs.” The Intelligence Committee voted to make a 500-page executive summary of its report public, but that literature is currently undergoing an exhaustive declassification process by the Obama administration. DON’T MISS TODAY’S TOP STORIES “I read the Tech Edge every morning.” The Senate report, parts of which have been leaked already, is expected to condemn the CIA’s secret „enhanced interrogation” practices under the Bush administration during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sen. Mark Udall, a member of the Intelligence Committee, called for Brennan’s resignation Thursday. „The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate Intelligence Committee computers,” the Colorado Democrat said in a statement. „These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences.” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, who also sits on the Intelligence panel, also blasted Brennan and asked for a public apology, „a full accounting of how this occurred, and a commitment there will be no further attempts to undermine congressional oversight of CIA activities.” The American Civil Liberties Union dismissed Brennan’s apology as „not enough” and called for the Justice Department to refer the CIA inspector general’s report to a federal prosecutor for a full investigation. „These latest developments are only the most recent manifestations of a CIA that seems to believe that it is above and beyond the law,” Christopher Anders, ACLU’s senior legislative counsel, said in a statement. „An uncontrolled—and seemingly uncontrollable—CIA threatens the very foundations of our Constitution.” http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/cia-admits-it-improperly-hacking-senate-computers-20140731 Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.” It’s worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about “human shields” or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. That is what Netanyahu is really saying, and that is what he now admits he has “always” talked about. It is about an unswerving, decades-long Israeli policy of denying Palestine self-determination, freedom, and sovereignty. What Israel is doing in Gaza now is collective punishment. It is punishment for Gaza’s refusal to be a docile ghetto. It is punishment for the gall of Palestinians in unifying, and of Hamas and other factions in responding to Israel’s siege and its provocations with resistance, armed or otherwise, after Israel repeatedly reacted to unarmed protest with crushing force. Despite years of ceasefires and truces, the siege of Gaza has never been lifted. As Netanyahu’s own words show, however, Israel will accept nothing short of the acquiescence of Palestinians to their own subordination. It will accept only a Palestinian “state” that is stripped of all the attributes of a real state: control over security, borders, airspace, maritime limits, contiguity, and, therefore, sovereignty. The twenty-three-year charade of the “peace process” has shown that this is all Israel is offering, with the full approval of Washington. Whenever the Palestinians have resisted that pathetic fate (as any nation would), Israel has punished them for their insolence. This is not new. Punishing Palestinians for existing has a long history. It was Israel’s policy before Hamas and its rudimentary rockets were Israel’s boogeyman of the moment, and before Israel turned Gaza into an open-air prison, punching bag, and weapons laboratory. In 1948, Israel killed thousands of innocents, and terrorized and displaced hundreds of thousands more, in the name of creating a Jewish-majority state in a land that was then sixty-five per cent Arab. In 1967, it displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians again, occupying territory that it still largely controls, forty-seven years later. In 1982, in a quest to expel the Palestine Liberation Organization and extinguish Palestinian nationalism, Israel invaded Lebanon, killing seventeen thousand people, mostly civilians. Since the late nineteen-eighties, when Palestinians under occupation rose up, mostly by throwing stones and staging general strikes, Israel has arrested tens of thousands of Palestinians: over seven hundred and fifty thousand people have spent time in Israeli prisons since 1967, a number that amounts to forty per cent of the adult male population today. They have emerged with accounts of torture, which are substantiated by human-rights groups like B’tselem. During the second intifada, which began in 2000, Israel reinvaded the West Bank (it had never fully left). The occupation and colonization of Palestinian land continued unabated throughout the “peace process” of the nineteen-nineties, and continues to this day. And yet, in America, the discussion ignores this crucial, constantly oppressive context, and is instead too often limited to Israeli “self-defense” and the Palestinians’ supposed responsibility for their own suffering. In the past seven or more years, Israel has besieged, tormented, and regularly attacked the Gaza Strip. The pretexts change: they elected Hamas; they refused to be docile; they refused to recognize Israel; they fired rockets; they built tunnels to circumvent the siege; and on and on. But each pretext is a red herring, because the truth of ghettos—what happens when you imprison 1.8 million people in a hundred and forty square miles, about a third of the area of New York City, with no control of borders, almost no access to the sea for fishermen (three out of the twenty kilometres allowed by the Oslo accords), no real way in or out, and with drones buzzing overhead night and day—is that, eventually, the ghetto will fight back. It was true in Soweto and Belfast, and it is true in Gaza. We might not like Hamas or some of its methods, but that is not the same as accepting the proposition that Palestinians should supinely accept the denial of their right to exist as a free people in their ancestral homeland. This is precisely why the United States’ support of current Israeli policy is folly. Peace was achieved in Northern Ireland and in South Africa because the United States and the world realized that they had to put pressure on the stronger party, holding it accountable and ending its impunity. Northern Ireland and South Africa are far from perfect examples, but it is worth remembering that, to achieve a just outcome, it was necessary for the United States to deal with groups like the Irish Republican Army and the African National Congress, which engaged in guerrilla war and even terrorism. That was the only way to embark on a road toward true peace and reconciliation. The case of Palestine is not fundamentally different. Instead, the United States puts its thumb on the scales in favor of the stronger party. In this surreal, upside-down vision of the world, it almost seems as if it is the Israelis who are occupied by the Palestinians, and not the other way around. In this skewed universe, the inmates of an open-air prison are besieging a nuclear-armed power with one of the most sophisticated militaries in the world. If we are to move away from this unreality, the U.S. must either reverse its policies or abandon its claim of being an “honest broker.” If the U.S. government wants to fund and arm Israel and parrot its talking points that fly in the face of reason and international law, so be it. But it should not claim the moral high ground and intone solemnly about peace. And it should certainly not insult Palestinians by saying that it cares about them or their children, who are dying in Gaza today. http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/collective-punishment-gaza?src=mp The U.N.’s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes. The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came at a special meeting of the U.N.’s top human rights body, which voted 29-1 to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged abuses since mid-June in the Gaza Strip. Only the United States voted against the resolution championed by Arab nations. Another 17 of the Human Rights Council’s 47 member-states abstained. Israel said that the council’s decision to investigate Israel’s role in the conflict sent a message to extremist groups around the world that using human shields — which it accuses Hamas of doing — was an „effective strategy.” „The Human Rights Council must start to investigate Hamas’ decision to turn hospitals into command bases and schools into weapons warehouses and to place rocket batteries near playgrounds, private homes and mosques,” said a statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office. The U.N. secretary-general said he was „alarmed” to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and that „subsequently these have gone missing.” A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief’s „outrage” at the incident and demanded that militant groups stop such actions and should be held accountable for endangering civilians. No details on the number or kind of rockets were given. The location of the school was not given. Of the more than 600 Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip reviewed by the United Nations, three-quarters were civilians, Pillay said. At least 147 were children and 74 women, she said. According to the latest count more than 680 Palestinians and 31 Israelis — two of them civilians — have been killed during the conflict. Pillay cited an Israeli drone missile strike in Gaza City that killed three children and wounded two others while they were playing on the roof of their home. She also made reference to an Israeli strike and naval shelling that struck seven children playing on Gaza beach, killing four from the same family. „These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” Pillay told the rights council’s special session. Israel launched its operation in Gaza on July 8 in response to heavy rocket fire out of Hamas-controlled Gaza. The fighting escalated last week with an Israeli ground offensive. Pillay also warned that Hamas and others were violating international law. „Israeli children, and their parents and other civilians, also have a right to live without the constant fear that a rocket fired from Gaza may land on their houses or their schools, killing or injuring them,” Pillay said. „The principles of distinction and precaution are clearly not being observed during such indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas by Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups,” she added. Pillay said not abiding by those principles could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rights-chief-strong-possibility-gaza-crimes-24674165 Government Surveillance and Internet Search Behavior https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm/SSRN_ID2414087_code512675.pdf?abstractid=2412564&mirid=3 An American doctor is receiving intensive medical treatment in Liberia after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in the West African nation, a spokeswoman for an aid organisation said. Share Dr Kent Brantly was in a stable condition, talking with his doctors and working on his computer while receiving care at a hospital in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, said Melissa Strickland, a spokeswoman for North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse. She cautioned that Dr Brantly is „not out of the woods yet.” She said patients have a better chance of survival if they receive treatment immediately after being infected, which Dr Brantly did. Dr Brantly, 33, has been working with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia since October 2013 as part of the group’s post-residency programme for doctors, Ms Strickland said. He is the medical director for the aid organisation’s case management centre in the city. The website for Samaritan’s Purse said Dr Brantly had worked as a family practice physician in Fort Worth, Texas. The highly contagious Ebola virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world. Photos of Dr Brantly working in Liberia show him in white overalls made of a synthetic material that he wore for hours a day while treating Ebola patients. Dr Brantly was quoted on the organisation’s website earlier this year, discussing efforts to maintain an isolation ward for patients. advertisement „The hospital is taking great effort to be prepared,” Dr Brantly said. „In past Ebola outbreaks, many of the casualties have been healthcare workers who contracted the disease through their work caring for infected individuals.” Ms Strickland says that Dr Brantly’s wife and children had been living with him in Africa, but they are currently in the US. A woman who identified herself as Dr Brantly’s mother answered a US phone listing for him, but said family members are declining comment at this time. The deadly disease has killed at least 672 people in several African countries since the outbreak began earlier this year. A government official said earlier that one of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors had died of Ebola, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the deadly disease. Dr Samuel Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die in the outbreak. A Ugandan doctor working in the country died earlier this month. http://www.independent.ie/world-news/us-doctor-treated-for-ebola-virus-30462367.html Forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (PDF) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices. The HOPE conference started in 1994 and bills itself as „one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world.” Zdziarski, better known as the hacker „NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is the author of five iOS-related O’Reilly books including „Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.” In December 2013, an NSA program dubbed ApreciazăApreciază
  14. geo said, on august 4, 2014 at 8:37 am

    The rise of data and the death of politics
    Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – ‘algorithmic regulation’. But if technology provides the answers to society’s problems, what happens to governments?

    On 24 August 1965 Gloria Placente, a 34-year-old resident of Queens, New York, was driving to Orchard Beach in the Bronx. Clad in shorts and sunglasses, the housewife was looking forward to quiet time at the beach. But the moment she crossed the Willis Avenue bridge in her Chevrolet Corvair, Placente was surrounded by a dozen patrolmen. There were also 125 reporters, eager to witness the launch of New York police department’s Operation Corral – an acronym for Computer Oriented Retrieval of Auto Larcenists.

    Fifteen months earlier, Placente had driven through a red light and neglected to answer the summons, an offence that Corral was going to punish with a heavy dose of techno-Kafkaesque. It worked as follows: a police car stationed at one end of the bridge radioed the licence plates of oncoming cars to a teletypist miles away, who fed them to a Univac 490 computer, an expensive $500,000 toy ($3.5m in today’s dollars) on loan from the Sperry Rand Corporation. The computer checked the numbers against a database of 110,000 cars that were either stolen or belonged to known offenders. In case of a match the teletypist would alert a second patrol car at the bridge’s other exit. It took, on average, just seven seconds.

    Compared with the impressive police gear of today – automatic number plate recognition, CCTV cameras, GPS trackers – Operation Corral looks quaint. And the possibilities for control will only expand. European officials have considered requiring all cars entering the European market to feature a built-in mechanism that allows the police to stop vehicles remotely. Speaking earlier this year, Jim Farley, a senior Ford executive, acknowledged that „we know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing. By the way, we don’t supply that data to anyone.” That last bit didn’t sound very reassuring and Farley retracted his remarks.

    As both cars and roads get „smart,” they promise nearly perfect, real-time law enforcement. Instead of waiting for drivers to break the law, authorities can simply prevent the crime. Thus, a 50-mile stretch of the A14 between Felixstowe and Rugby is to be equipped with numerous sensors that would monitor traffic by sending signals to and from mobile phones in moving vehicles. The telecoms watchdog Ofcom envisions that such smart roads connected to a centrally controlled traffic system could automatically impose variable speed limits to smooth the flow of traffic but also direct the cars „along diverted routes to avoid the congestion and even [manage] their speed”.

    Other gadgets – from smartphones to smart glasses – promise even more security and safety. In April, Apple patented technology that deploys sensors inside the smartphone to analyse if the car is moving and if the person using the phone is driving; if both conditions are met, it simply blocks the phone’s texting feature. Intel and Ford are working on Project Mobil – a face recognition system that, should it fail to recognise the face of the driver, would not only prevent the car being started but also send the picture to the car’s owner (bad news for teenagers).

    The car is emblematic of transformations in many other domains, from smart environments for „ambient assisted living” where carpets and walls detect that someone has fallen, to various masterplans for the smart city, where municipal services dispatch resources only to those areas that need them. Thanks to sensors and internet connectivity, the most banal everyday objects have acquired tremendous power to regulate behaviour. Even public toilets are ripe for sensor-based optimisation: the Safeguard Germ Alarm, a smart soap dispenser developed by Procter & Gamble and used in some public WCs in the Philippines, has sensors monitoring the doors of each stall. Once you leave the stall, the alarm starts ringing – and can only be stopped by a push of the soap-dispensing button.

    In this context, Google’s latest plan to push its Android operating system on to smart watches, smart cars, smart thermostats and, one suspects, smart everything, looks rather ominous. In the near future, Google will be the middleman standing between you and your fridge, you and your car, you and your rubbish bin, allowing the National Security Agency to satisfy its data addiction in bulk and via a single window.

    This „smartification” of everyday life follows a familiar pattern: there’s primary data – a list of what’s in your smart fridge and your bin – and metadata – a log of how often you open either of these things or when they communicate with one another. Both produce interesting insights: cue smart mattresses – one recent model promises to track respiration and heart rates and how much you move during the night – and smart utensils that provide nutritional advice.

    In addition to making our lives more efficient, this smart world also presents us with an exciting political choice. If so much of our everyday behaviour is already captured, analysed and nudged, why stick with unempirical approaches to regulation? Why rely on laws when one has sensors and feedback mechanisms? If policy interventions are to be – to use the buzzwords of the day – „evidence-based” and „results-oriented,” technology is here to help.

    This new type of governance has a name: algorithmic regulation. In as much as Silicon Valley has a political programme, this is it. Tim O’Reilly, an influential technology publisher, venture capitalist and ideas man (he is to blame for popularising the term „web 2.0”) has been its most enthusiastic promoter. In a recent essay that lays out his reasoning, O’Reilly makes an intriguing case for the virtues of algorithmic regulation – a case that deserves close scrutiny both for what it promises policymakers and the simplistic assumptions it makes about politics, democracy and power.

    To see algorithmic regulation at work, look no further than the spam filter in your email. Instead of confining itself to a narrow definition of spam, the email filter has its users teach it. Even Google can’t write rules to cover all the ingenious innovations of professional spammers. What it can do, though, is teach the system what makes a good rule and spot when it’s time to find another rule for finding a good rule – and so on. An algorithm can do this, but it’s the constant real-time feedback from its users that allows the system to counter threats never envisioned by its designers. And it’s not just spam: your bank uses similar methods to spot credit-card fraud.

    In his essay, O’Reilly draws broader philosophical lessons from such technologies, arguing that they work because they rely on „a deep understanding of the desired outcome” (spam is bad!) and periodically check if the algorithms are actually working as expected (are too many legitimate emails ending up marked as spam?).

    O’Reilly presents such technologies as novel and unique – we are living through a digital revolution after all – but the principle behind „algorithmic regulation” would be familiar to the founders of cybernetics – a discipline that, even in its name (it means „the science of governance”) hints at its great regulatory ambitions. This principle, which allows the system to maintain its stability by constantly learning and adapting itself to the changing circumstances, is what the British psychiatrist Ross Ashby, one of the founding fathers of cybernetics, called „ultrastability”.

    To illustrate it, Ashby designed the homeostat. This clever device consisted of four interconnected RAF bomb control units – mysterious looking black boxes with lots of knobs and switches – that were sensitive to voltage fluctuations. If one unit stopped working properly – say, because of an unexpected external disturbance – the other three would rewire and regroup themselves, compensating for its malfunction and keeping the system’s overall output stable.

    Ashby’s homeostat achieved „ultrastability” by always monitoring its internal state and cleverly redeploying its spare resources.

    Like the spam filter, it didn’t have to specify all the possible disturbances – only the conditions for how and when it must be updated and redesigned. This is no trivial departure from how the usual technical systems, with their rigid, if-then rules, operate: suddenly, there’s no need to develop procedures for governing every contingency, for – or so one hopes – algorithms and real-time, immediate feedback can do a better job than inflexible rules out of touch with reality.

    Algorithmic regulation could certainly make the administration of existing laws more efficient. If it can fight credit-card fraud, why not tax fraud? Italian bureaucrats have experimented with the redditometro, or income meter, a tool for comparing people’s spending patterns – recorded thanks to an arcane Italian law – with their declared income, so that authorities know when you spend more than you earn. Spain has expressed interest in a similar tool.

    Such systems, however, are toothless against the real culprits of tax evasion – the super-rich families who profit from various offshoring schemes or simply write outrageous tax exemptions into the law. Algorithmic regulation is perfect for enforcing the austerity agenda while leaving those responsible for the fiscal crisis off the hook. To understand whether such systems are working as expected, we need to modify O’Reilly’s question: for whom are they working? If it’s just the tax-evading plutocrats, the global financial institutions interested in balanced national budgets and the companies developing income-tracking software, then it’s hardly a democratic success.

    With his belief that algorithmic regulation is based on „a deep understanding of the desired outcome”, O’Reilly cunningly disconnects the means of doing politics from its ends. But the how of politics is as important as the what of politics – in fact, the former often shapes the latter. Everybody agrees that education, health, and security are all „desired outcomes”, but how do we achieve them? In the past, when we faced the stark political choice of delivering them through the market or the state, the lines of the ideological debate were clear. Today, when the presumed choice is between the digital and the analog or between the dynamic feedback and the static law, that ideological clarity is gone – as if the very choice of how to achieve those „desired outcomes” was apolitical and didn’t force us to choose between different and often incompatible visions of communal living.

    By assuming that the utopian world of infinite feedback loops is so efficient that it transcends politics, the proponents of algorithmic regulation fall into the same trap as the technocrats of the past. Yes, these systems are terrifyingly efficient – in the same way that Singapore is terrifyingly efficient (O’Reilly, unsurprisingly, praises Singapore for its embrace of algorithmic regulation). And while Singapore’s leaders might believe that they, too, have transcended politics, it doesn’t mean that their regime cannot be assessed outside the linguistic swamp of efficiency and innovation – by using political, not economic benchmarks.

    As Silicon Valley keeps corrupting our language with its endless glorification of disruption and efficiency – concepts at odds with the vocabulary of democracy – our ability to question the „how” of politics is weakened. Silicon Valley’s default answer to the how of politics is what I call solutionism: problems are to be dealt with via apps, sensors, and feedback loops – all provided by startups. Earlier this year Google’s Eric Schmidt even promised that startups would provide the solution to the problem of economic inequality: the latter, it seems, can also be „disrupted”. And where the innovators and the disruptors lead, the bureaucrats follow.

    The intelligence services embraced solutionism before other government agencies. Thus, they reduced the topic of terrorism from a subject that had some connection to history and foreign policy to an informational problem of identifying emerging terrorist threats via constant surveillance. They urged citizens to accept that instability is part of the game, that its root causes are neither traceable nor reparable, that the threat can only be pre-empted by out-innovating and out-surveilling the enemy with better communications.

    Speaking in Athens last November, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben discussed an epochal transformation in the idea of government, „whereby the traditional hierarchical relation between causes and effects is inverted, so that, instead of governing the causes – a difficult and expensive undertaking – governments simply try to govern the effects”.

    For Agamben, this shift is emblematic of modernity. It also explains why the liberalisation of the economy can co-exist with the growing proliferation of control – by means of soap dispensers and remotely managed cars – into everyday life. „If government aims for the effects and not the causes, it will be obliged to extend and multiply control. Causes demand to be known, while effects can only be checked and controlled.” Algorithmic regulation is an enactment of this political programme in technological form.

    The true politics of algorithmic regulation become visible once its logic is applied to the social nets of the welfare state. There are no calls to dismantle them, but citizens are nonetheless encouraged to take responsibility for their own health. Consider how Fred Wilson, an influential US venture capitalist, frames the subject. „Health… is the opposite side of healthcare,” he said at a conference in Paris last December. „It’s what keeps you out of the healthcare system in the first place.” Thus, we are invited to start using self-tracking apps and data-sharing platforms and monitor our vital indicators, symptoms and discrepancies on our own.

    This goes nicely with recent policy proposals to save troubled public services by encouraging healthier lifestyles. Consider a 2013 report by Westminster council and the Local Government Information Unit, a thinktank, calling for the linking of housing and council benefits to claimants’ visits to the gym – with the help of smartcards. They might not be needed: many smartphones are already tracking how many steps we take every day (Google Now, the company’s virtual assistant, keeps score of such data automatically and periodically presents it to users, nudging them to walk more).

    The numerous possibilities that tracking devices offer to health and insurance industries are not lost on O’Reilly. „You know the way that advertising turned out to be the native business model for the internet?” he wondered at a recent conference. „I think that insurance is going to be the native business model for the internet of things.” Things do seem to be heading that way: in June, Microsoft struck a deal with American Family Insurance, the eighth-largest home insurer in the US, in which both companies will fund startups that want to put sensors into smart homes and smart cars for the purposes of „proactive protection”.

    An insurance company would gladly subsidise the costs of installing yet another sensor in your house – as long as it can automatically alert the fire department or make front porch lights flash in case your smoke detector goes off. For now, accepting such tracking systems is framed as an extra benefit that can save us some money. But when do we reach a point where not using them is seen as a deviation – or, worse, an act of concealment – that ought to be punished with higher premiums?

    Or consider a May 2014 report from 2020health, another thinktank, proposing to extend tax rebates to Britons who give up smoking, stay slim or drink less. „We propose ‘payment by results’, a financial reward for people who become active partners in their health, whereby if you, for example, keep your blood sugar levels down, quit smoking, keep weight off, [or] take on more self-care, there will be a tax rebate or an end-of-year bonus,” they state. Smart gadgets are the natural allies of such schemes: they document the results and can even help achieve them – by constantly nagging us to do what’s expected.

    The unstated assumption of most such reports is that the unhealthy are not only a burden to society but that they deserve to be punished (fiscally for now) for failing to be responsible. For what else could possibly explain their health problems but their personal failings? It’s certainly not the power of food companies or class-based differences or various political and economic injustices. One can wear a dozen powerful sensors, own a smart mattress and even do a close daily reading of one’s poop – as some self-tracking aficionados are wont to do – but those injustices would still be nowhere to be seen, for they are not the kind of stuff that can be measured with a sensor. The devil doesn’t wear data. Social injustices are much harder to track than the everyday lives of the individuals whose lives they affect.

    In shifting the focus of regulation from reining in institutional and corporate malfeasance to perpetual electronic guidance of individuals, algorithmic regulation offers us a good-old technocratic utopia of politics without politics. Disagreement and conflict, under this model, are seen as unfortunate byproducts of the analog era – to be solved through data collection – and not as inevitable results of economic or ideological conflicts.

    However, a politics without politics does not mean a politics without control or administration. As O’Reilly writes in his essay: „New technologies make it possible to reduce the amount of regulation while actually increasing the amount of oversight and production of desirable outcomes.” Thus, it’s a mistake to think that Silicon Valley wants to rid us of government institutions. Its dream state is not the small government of libertarians – a small state, after all, needs neither fancy gadgets nor massive servers to process the data – but the data-obsessed and data-obese state of behavioural economists.

    The nudging state is enamoured of feedback technology, for its key founding principle is that while we behave irrationally, our irrationality can be corrected – if only the environment acts upon us, nudging us towards the right option. Unsurprisingly, one of the three lonely references at the end of O’Reilly’s essay is to a 2012 speech entitled „Regulation: Looking Backward, Looking Forward” by Cass Sunstein, the prominent American legal scholar who is the chief theorist of the nudging state.

    And while the nudgers have already captured the state by making behavioural psychology the favourite idiom of government bureaucracy –Daniel Kahneman is in, Machiavelli is out – the algorithmic regulation lobby advances in more clandestine ways. They create innocuous non-profit organisations like Code for America which then co-opt the state – under the guise of encouraging talented hackers to tackle civic problems.
    Such initiatives aim to reprogramme the state and make it feedback-friendly, crowding out other means of doing politics. For all those tracking apps, algorithms and sensors to work, databases need interoperability – which is what such pseudo-humanitarian organisations, with their ardent belief in open data, demand. And when the government is too slow to move at Silicon Valley’s speed, they simply move inside the government. Thus, Jennifer Pahlka, the founder of Code for America and a protege of O’Reilly, became the deputy chief technology officer of the US government – while pursuing a one-year „innovation fellowship” from the White House.

    Cash-strapped governments welcome such colonisation by technologists – especially if it helps to identify and clean up datasets that can be profitably sold to companies who need such data for advertising purposes. Recent clashes over the sale of student and health data in the UK are just a precursor of battles to come: after all state assets have been privatised, data is the next target. For O’Reilly, open data is „a key enabler of the measurement revolution”.

    This „measurement revolution” seeks to quantify the efficiency of various social programmes, as if the rationale behind the social nets that some of them provide was to achieve perfection of delivery. The actual rationale, of course, was to enable a fulfilling life by suppressing certain anxieties, so that citizens can pursue their life projects relatively undisturbed. This vision did spawn a vast bureaucratic apparatus and the critics of the welfare state from the left – most prominently Michel Foucault – were right to question its disciplining inclinations. Nonetheless, neither perfection nor efficiency were the „desired outcome” of this system. Thus, to compare the welfare state with the algorithmic state on those grounds is misleading.

    But we can compare their respective visions for human fulfilment – and the role they assign to markets and the state. Silicon Valley’s offer is clear: thanks to ubiquitous feedback loops, we can all become entrepreneurs and take care of our own affairs! As Brian Chesky, the chief executive of Airbnb, told the Atlantic last year, „What happens when everybody is a brand? When everybody has a reputation? Every person can become an entrepreneur.”

    Under this vision, we will all code (for America!) in the morning, drive Uber cars in the afternoon, and rent out our kitchens as restaurants – courtesy of Airbnb – in the evening. As O’Reilly writes of Uber and similar companies, „these services ask every passenger to rate their driver (and drivers to rate their passenger). Drivers who provide poor service are eliminated. Reputation does a better job of ensuring a superb customer experience than any amount of government regulation.”

    The state behind the „sharing economy” does not wither away; it might be needed to ensure that the reputation accumulated on Uber, Airbnb and other platforms of the „sharing economy” is fully liquid and transferable, creating a world where our every social interaction is recorded and assessed, erasing whatever differences exist between social domains. Someone, somewhere will eventually rate you as a passenger, a house guest, a student, a patient, a customer. Whether this ranking infrastructure will be decentralised, provided by a giant like Google or rest with the state is not yet clear but the overarching objective is: to make reputation into a feedback-friendly social net that could protect the truly responsible citizens from the vicissitudes of deregulation.

    Admiring the reputation models of Uber and Airbnb, O’Reilly wants governments to be „adopting them where there are no demonstrable ill effects”. But what counts as an „ill effect” and how to demonstrate it is a key question that belongs to the how of politics that algorithmic regulation wants to suppress. It’s easy to demonstrate „ill effects” if the goal of regulation is efficiency but what if it is something else? Surely, there are some benefits – fewer visits to the psychoanalyst, perhaps – in not having your every social interaction ranked?

    The imperative to evaluate and demonstrate „results” and „effects” already presupposes that the goal of policy is the optimisation of efficiency. However, as long as democracy is irreducible to a formula, its composite values will always lose this battle: they are much harder to quantify.

    For Silicon Valley, though, the reputation-obsessed algorithmic state of the sharing economy is the new welfare state. If you are honest and hardworking, your online reputation would reflect this, producing a highly personalised social net. It is „ultrastable” in Ashby’s sense: while the welfare state assumes the existence of specific social evils it tries to fight, the algorithmic state makes no such assumptions. The future threats can remain fully unknowable and fully addressable – on the individual level.

    Silicon Valley, of course, is not alone in touting such ultrastable individual solutions. Nassim Taleb, in his best-selling 2012 book Antifragile, makes a similar, if more philosophical, plea for maximising our individual resourcefulness and resilience: don’t get one job but many, don’t take on debt, count on your own expertise. It’s all about resilience, risk-taking and, as Taleb puts it, „having skin in the game”. As Julian Reid and Brad Evans write in their new book, Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously, this growing cult of resilience masks a tacit acknowledgement that no collective project could even aspire to tame the proliferating threats to human existence – we can only hope to equip ourselves to tackle them individually. „When policy-makers engage in the discourse of resilience,” write Reid and Evans, „they do so in terms which aim explicitly at preventing humans from conceiving of danger as a phenomenon from which they might seek freedom and even, in contrast, as that to which they must now expose themselves.”

    What, then, is the progressive alternative? „The enemy of my enemy is my friend” doesn’t work here: just because Silicon Valley is attacking the welfare state doesn’t mean that progressives should defend it to the very last bullet (or tweet). First, even leftist governments have limited space for fiscal manoeuvres, as the kind of discretionary spending required to modernise the welfare state would never be approved by the global financial markets. And it’s the ratings agencies and bond markets – not the voters – who are in charge today.

    Second, the leftist critique of the welfare state has become only more relevant today when the exact borderlines between welfare and security are so blurry. When Google’s Android powers so much of our everyday life, the government’s temptation to govern us through remotely controlled cars and alarm-operated soap dispensers will be all too great. This will expand government’s hold over areas of life previously free from regulation.

    With so much data, the government’s favourite argument in fighting terror – if only the citizens knew as much as we do, they too would impose all these legal exceptions – easily extends to other domains, from health to climate change. Consider a recent academic paper that used Google search data to study obesity patterns in the US, finding significant correlation between search keywords and body mass index levels. „Results suggest great promise of the idea of obesity monitoring through real-time Google Trends data”, note the authors, which would be „particularly attractive for government health institutions and private businesses such as insurance companies.”

    If Google senses a flu epidemic somewhere, it’s hard to challenge its hunch – we simply lack the infrastructure to process so much data at this scale. Google can be proven wrong after the fact – as has recently been the case with its flu trends data, which was shown to overestimate the number of infections, possibly because of its failure to account for the intense media coverage of flu – but so is the case with most terrorist alerts. It’s the immediate, real-time nature of computer systems that makes them perfect allies of an infinitely expanding and pre-emption‑obsessed state.

    Perhaps, the case of Gloria Placente and her failed trip to the beach was not just a historical oddity but an early omen of how real-time computing, combined with ubiquitous communication technologies, would transform the state. One of the few people to have heeded that omen was a little-known American advertising executive called Robert MacBride, who pushed the logic behind Operation Corral to its ultimate conclusions in his unjustly neglected 1967 book, The Automated State.

    At the time, America was debating the merits of establishing a national data centre to aggregate various national statistics and make it available to government agencies. MacBride attacked his contemporaries’ inability to see how the state would exploit the metadata accrued as everything was being computerised. Instead of „a large scale, up-to-date Austro-Hungarian empire”, modern computer systems would produce „a bureaucracy of almost celestial capacity” that can „discern and define relationships in a manner which no human bureaucracy could ever hope to do”.

    „Whether one bowls on a Sunday or visits a library instead is [of] no consequence since no one checks those things,” he wrote. Not so when computer systems can aggregate data from different domains and spot correlations. „Our individual behaviour in buying and selling an automobile, a house, or a security, in paying our debts and acquiring new ones, and in earning money and being paid, will be noted meticulously and studied exhaustively,” warned MacBride. Thus, a citizen will soon discover that „his choice of magazine subscriptions… can be found to indicate accurately the probability of his maintaining his property or his interest in the education of his children.” This sounds eerily similar to the recent case of a hapless father who found that his daughter was pregnant from a coupon that Target, a retailer, sent to their house. Target’s hunch was based on its analysis of products – for example, unscented lotion – usually bought by other pregnant women.

    For MacBride the conclusion was obvious. „Political rights won’t be violated but will resemble those of a small stockholder in a giant enterprise,” he wrote. „The mark of sophistication and savoir-faire in this future will be the grace and flexibility with which one accepts one’s role and makes the most of what it offers.” In other words, since we are all entrepreneurs first – and citizens second, we might as well make the most of it.

    What, then, is to be done? Technophobia is no solution. Progressives need technologies that would stick with the spirit, if not the institutional form, of the welfare state, preserving its commitment to creating ideal conditions for human flourishing. Even some ultrastability is welcome. Stability was a laudable goal of the welfare state before it had encountered a trap: in specifying the exact protections that the state was to offer against the excesses of capitalism, it could not easily deflect new, previously unspecified forms of exploitation.

    How do we build welfarism that is both decentralised and ultrastable? A form of guaranteed basic income – whereby some welfare services are replaced by direct cash transfers to citizens – fits the two criteria.

    Creating the right conditions for the emergence of political communities around causes and issues they deem relevant would be another good step. Full compliance with the principle of ultrastability dictates that such issues cannot be anticipated or dictated from above – by political parties or trade unions – and must be left unspecified.

    What can be specified is the kind of communications infrastructure needed to abet this cause: it should be free to use, hard to track, and open to new, subversive uses. Silicon Valley’s existing infrastructure is great for fulfilling the needs of the state, not of self-organising citizens. It can, of course, be redeployed for activist causes – and it often is – but there’s no reason to accept the status quo as either ideal or inevitable.

    Why, after all, appropriate what should belong to the people in the first place? While many of the creators of the internet bemoan how low their creature has fallen, their anger is misdirected. The fault is not with that amorphous entity but, first of all, with the absence of robust technology policy on the left – a policy that can counter the pro-innovation, pro-disruption, pro-privatisation agenda of Silicon Valley. In its absence, all these emerging political communities will operate with their wings clipped. Whether the next Occupy Wall Street would be able to occupy anything in a truly smart city remains to be seen: most likely, they would be out-censored and out-droned.

    To his credit, MacBride understood all of this in 1967. „Given the resources of modern technology and planning techniques,” he warned, „it is really no great trick to transform even a country like ours into a smoothly running corporation where every detail of life is a mechanical function to be taken care of.” MacBride’s fear is O’Reilly’s master plan: the government, he writes, ought to be modelled on the „lean startup” approach of Silicon Valley, which is „using data to constantly revise and tune its approach to the market”. It’s this very approach that Facebook has recently deployed to maximise user engagement on the site: if showing users more happy stories does the trick, so be it.

    Algorithmic regulation, whatever its immediate benefits, will give us a political regime where technology corporations and government bureaucrats call all the shots. The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, in a pointed critique of cybernetics published, as it happens, roughly at the same time as The Automated State, put it best: „Society cannot give up the burden of having to decide about its own fate by sacrificing this freedom for the sake of the cybernetic regulator.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/20/rise-of-data-death-of-politics-evgeny-morozov-algorithmic-regulation

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  15. Ionut said, on august 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Trebuie sa ne rugam lui Dumnezeu sa inceteze aceasta epidemie, ca si razboiul din Ucraina si cel din Palestina.

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  16. Iones said, on august 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Medicii afaceristi, suparati ca adevarul despre pericolul vaccinurilor este dat in vileag pe internet

    Nou născuţii ies din maternitate nevaccinaţi anti-hepatită: “Părinţii sunt disperaţi, citesc tot felul de PROSTII pe net”
    http://adevarul.ro/locale/timisoara/nou-nascutii-ies-maternitate-nevaccinati-anti-hepatita-parintii-disperati-citesc-felul-prostii-net-1_53df70bf0d133766a8ff943b/index.html

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    • Cosmin said, on august 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      @ Iones

      Sa citesti te rog articolul al carui link la dat. Treaba e prezentata cu psihologie inversa: nou nascutii ies din maternitati pentru ca nu ar mai fi vaccinurile respective disponibile si nu pentru ca s-au trezit insfarsit parintii si refuza vaccinarea.

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    • saccsiv said, on august 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      STOP RFID 666

      Doamne ajuta!

      Iertare frate, ai primit e-mailul meu din iunie? Raspunde-mi te rog pe e-mail.

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  17. geo said, on august 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Kiev keeps deploying missile launchers, including SS-21 (Scarab) and multiple rocket systems Uragan and Smerch in Donetsk as it “wants to continue the war” in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    “The Ukrainian army continues deploy Tochka U [which NATO refers to as SS-21 or Scarab], Smerch [the BM-30 Tornado] and Uragan [the BM-27] missile complexes to Donetsk. How many more lives will this weapon take? However, the Kiev authorities, it seems, are no longer concerned about the lives of civilians, military and militias. Kiev wants to continue the war,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in its statement, which was posted on its website.

    Representatives of the Donetsk self-defense forces have also said that the Ukrainian army is “trying to close in on Donetsk, aiming its strikes on Krasnogorovka and Mariynka, which remain under militia control.”

    The ministry stressed that Kiev’s “punitive operation,” which it is carrying out with “the Western regime sponsors’ incitement,” is claiming the lives of innocent civilians and leaving a “significant number of injured.”

    “The humanitarian situation is deteriorating in the region,” the Foreign Ministry said. “Despite Russia successive appeals to the Ukrainian authorities and international organizations to take urgent joint action with regard to the humanitarian disaster and sufferings of the people in the southeast of the country, very little has changed there,” it added.

    Kiev is also continuing its crackdown on Russian journalists who have come to the region to cover the situation in eastern Ukraine. The ministry was referred in particular to a recent case when Alina Eprimian, a producer for RT’s video agency Ruptly, was deported from the country.

    “The reporter was accused of an attempt to destabilize the situation in the country while shooting [her story] at one of the protests against the mobilization [of the Ukrainian army] in Trans-Carpathia,” the ministry said in its statement.

    RT’s video agency producer kicked out of Ukraine

    The ministry has stressed the necessity of an “immediate” ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the “start of negotiations to resolve vital issues of the further state structure of the country.”

    The ministerial statement comes as violent clashes are continuing in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

    In Ukraine, the town of Pervomaysk, one hotspot in the Lugansk Region, is running out of resources due to heavy shelling. One of the recent attacks, on August 2, left the town without gas and water supplies, and without mobile phone connections. Hospital and kindergartens buildings were also damaged.

    On the same day a school in Donetsk was targeted, killing one man and one woman.

    “In Donbass, an exchange of prisoners and bodies of killed took place between the militias and the Ukrainian security forces. According to militia representatives, the bodies of three out of 12 victims showed signs of torture. In addition, most of the prisoners from militia units had broken bones and all the internal organs were damaged,” the Foreign Ministry said.

    Meanwhile, the number of refugees seeking asylum in Russia is growing.

    According to information issued Saturday by Russian authorities, “there are 39,265 people, including 12,735 children, living in 537 temporary shelters.”

    The UN has estimated that at least 100,000 people have been forcibly displaced since the conflict in Eastern Ukraine began.

    http://rt.com/news/177856-missile-rocket-systems-ukraine/

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  18. geo said, on august 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Kev’s imposition of a “third” wave of military mobilisation has reportedly led to anti-conscription protests in several towns and cities in Ukraine.

    The measure, announced by President Petro Poroshenko on July 22, affects mainly young men aged between 18 and 25 years of age.

    It was introduced in the Ukrainian Rada by Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council. Puribiy is the founder of the fascist Social National Party of Ukraine. In 2012 he joined the Fatherland party of Yulia Tymoshenko. He functioned as a “commandant” of the Maidan protests, organising right wing thugs to back the pro-Western coup in February.

    According to the Ukrainian-based Zik.au, on July 22, angry crowds burned conscription documents and attacked the military registration office in the town of Bohorodchany, southwest Ukraine. In Skobychivka village in the same district, residents formed a human chain to block the road from Ivano-Frankivsk to Bohorodchany, holding placards saying “Stop the bloodshed.”

    Residents in seven villages in the neighbouring Bukovina region also blocked roads to protest conscription on July 28. In Chernivtsi, in the same district, a group of women confronted a local military recruitment officer and burned conscription orders. One woman complains that the Kiev authorities “are fleeing like rats from a sinking ship, but they come here to take our sons and send them to death. They made the mess and now they need us to clean it up.”

    The protests seem to mainly involve ethnic Romanians, the second largest minority in the region after Russian language speakers. But there are reports of similar demonstrations elsewhere.

    On July 25, in the shipbuilding port of Mykolaiv on the Black Sea, east of Odessa, mothers and wives of soldiers in service with the 79th Paratroop Regiment blocked the Varvarovsky Bridge over the Bug River.

    Demanding the return of their male relatives from extended tours of duty, they carried placards reading “Save our boys” and blocked traffic. The blockade was eventually broken up by police on July 27 with several arrests.

    The main Kiev-Chop highway has been repeatedly blocked by similar protests over the last month—the latest on July 28, near the border of Slovakia and Hungary.

    A report by V. Gritsak, head of the Anti-Terrorist Operation on July 9 said that 1,600 pro-government troops have been killed since April and 4,723 wounded.

    According to Ukraine’s private International Commercial Television channel, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has announced that anyone agitating against the regime’s operations in eastern Ukraine will be arrested and face imprisonment.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/04/prot-a04.html

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  19. Stefan said, on august 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    https://ro.celebrity.yahoo.com/cel-mai-sexy-r%C4%83zboi-al-lui-%C8%99tefan-cel-mare–actorul-maz%C4%83re-a-fost-reclamat-la-biseric%C4%83-pentru-parad%C4%83-085846119.html
    O organizație non guvernamentală s-a sesizat pentru chestiune în care Biserica trebuia să ia prima atitudine. În schimb purtătorul de cuvânt al Arhiepiscopiei Tomisului stă liniștit bazându-se pe „promisiunea” lui Măzăriche că va fi „cuviincios” în reprezentarea lui.

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  20. AlexIoan said, on august 5, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Doamne ajuta fratilor ortodoxi!!!! Sa ne rugam ptr tarisoara asta cat si ptr lumea asta! Saccsiv si Iacoboaie…..tot asa fratilor!!!! Doamne ajuta!!!

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  21. Sită Deasă said, on august 5, 2014 at 9:23 am

    @ off topic

    deontologii de serviciu sunt corecti politic: http://adevarul.ro/news/politica/ortodoxul-bun-ortodoxul-rau-1_53df81dd0d133766a8001131

    cat de curand, a fi sau a te declara crestin ortodox va insemna intr-o prima faza culpabilizare, apoi vinovat din oficiu iar mai tarziu mila lui Dumnezeu

    despre MRU aici: https://saccsiv.wordpress.com/?s=mihai+razvan+ungureanu+mru

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  22. geo said, on august 5, 2014 at 10:31 am
    Britain’s leading public health doctor today blames the failure to find a vaccine against the Ebola virus on the „moral bankruptcy” of the pharmaceutical industry to invest in a disease because it has so far only affected people in Africa – despite hundreds of deaths. Professor John Ashton, the president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, says the West needs to treat the deadly virus as if it were taking hold in the wealthiest parts of London rather than just Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Writing in The Independent on Sunday, Professor Ashton compares the international response to Ebola to that of Aids, which was killing people in Africa for years before treatments were developed once it had spread to the US and UK in the 1980s. He writes: „In both cases [Aids and Ebola], it seems that the involvement of powerless minority groups has contributed to a tardiness of response and a failure to mobilise an adequately resourced international medical response. „In the case of Aids, it took years for proper research funding to be put in place and it was only when so-called ‘innocent’ groups were involved (women and children, haemophiliac patients and straight men) that the media, politicians, scientific community and funding bodies stood up and took notice.” The Ebola outbreak has so far claimed the lives of at least 729 people across Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), although the number is likely to be far higher. Yesterday, a US relief organisation confirmed that two US aid workers who contracted the disease in Liberia had left the country. Dr Kent Brantly was being treated in a specialised hospital unit in Atlanta, Georgia, after becoming the first person with the disease to arrive on US soil yesterday evening. The second aid worker, Nancy Writebol, was due to land on a separate private flight. On Friday, the WHO warned that the outbreak in West Africa was „moving faster than our efforts to control it”. The organisation’s director general, Dr Margaret Chan, warned that if the situation continued to deteriorate, the consequences would be „catastrophic” to human life. Professor Ashton believes that more money must be funnelled into research for treatment. „We must respond to this emergency as if it was in Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster. We must also tackle the scandal of the unwillingness of the pharmaceutical industry to invest in research [on] treatments and vaccines, something they refuse to do because the numbers involved are, in their terms, so small and don’t justify the investment. This is the moral bankruptcy of capitalism acting in the absence of a moral and social framework.” Western countries are on high alert after Patrick Sawyer, a civil servant for the Liberian government, died last week after arriving at Lagos airport – the first known case in Nigeria. International airline hubs are the focus of attention because of the high volume of passengers flying into and out of West Africa every day. Dubai’s Emirates airline began a ban yesterday on its flights in Guinea over the crisis, with the suspension lasting until further notice. Professor Ashton welcomed the decision by the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, to convene a meeting of the Government’s crisis committee, Cobra, last week to discuss the UK’s preparedness for cases of Ebola in this country. Development of a vaccine is in the early stages in the US, but this is on a small scale and there is little hope of one being ready to treat the current outbreak in West Africa. Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has said it has plans possibly to begin testing an experimental Ebola vaccine on people in mid-September, following encouraging results in pre-clinical trials on monkeys. Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration put a hold on a trial upon healthy volunteers by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation to ensure their potential Ebola treatment has no ill-effects, as it sought more information to ensure the safety of volunteers. Professor Ashton said: „The real spotlight needs to be on the poverty and environmental squalor in which epidemics thrive and the failure of political leadership and public health systems to respond effectively. The international community has to be shamed into real commitment… if the root causes of diseases like Ebola are to be addressed.” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/west-accused-of-tardiness-over-ebola-outbreak-9644671.html With more than 700 deaths in West Africa since February in the largest outbreak of this devastating and almost always fatal disease, Ebola has finally made it on to the front pages. Whether this is because we are in the „silly season”, or because there is now the threat of cases other than of poverty-stricken Africans, can be debated but the Cabinet’s Cobra emergency committee has met, and Philip Hammond has pronounced. Ebola and Gaza are now sharing the limelight as the major news stories of the summer eclipsing domestic issues, a rare event. Perhaps the horror of this disease as described in novelist Robin Cook’s terrifying 1987 medical horror story Outbreak has something to do with it too, but faced with dramatic headlines on the one hand or ministerial reassurance on the other, what is the public meant to make of it all? From a public health point of view, health emergencies usually fall into one of three kinds; slow burn, rising tide, or big bang. With a new infection such as this, which first emerged in 1976, as with Aids which emerged, probably from West Africa, at the same time, the lack of experience of dealing with it means that the pattern of spread is initially unclear. However, in both cases it seems that the involvement of powerless minority groups has contributed to a tardiness of response and a failure to mobilise an adequately resourced international medical response. In the case of Aids, it took years for proper research funding to be put in place and it was only when so-called „innocent” groups were involved (women and children, haemophiliac patients and straight men) that the media, the politicians and the scientific community and funding bodies took notice. So, in trying to strike the balance between complacency and panic, we should welcome the prominence given to Ebola over the past week. Most developed countries should be able to cope with any cases that turn up in their own backyards, and the UK is no different (notwithstanding concerns about the chaos in the NHS produced by Andrew Lansley). The real spotlight needs to be on the poverty and environmental squalor in which epidemics thrive, and the failure of political leadership and public health systems to respond effectively. The international community has to be shamed into real commitment to the millennium goals for international development if the root causes of diseases like Ebola are to be addressed. And yes, as with the cholera in British cities in the 1840’s, the fact that the privileged were not exempt from being infected meant that enlightened self interest concentrated minds. In a shrinking world of long-haul flights, no reassurance by politicians can be copper-bottomed. So, what is to be done? There are already signs of increases in resources being made available, but if the experience of Aids is anything to go by, this may turn out to be smoke and mirrors, with funds being re-badged and failing to turn up on the ground. Photographs of the clinical conditions of health workers on social media this week have been truly shocking. We must respond to this emergency as if it was in Kensington, Chelsea, and Westminster. And we must „get real” over economic development. We must also tackle the scandal of the unwillingness of the pharmaceutical industry to invest in research to produce treatments and vaccines, something they refuse to do because the numbers involved are, in their terms, so small and don’t justify the investment. This is the moral bankruptcy of capitalism acting in the absence of an ethical and social framework. Ironically the European Union has a competence to engage with this agenda. Perhaps it is time that the UK took an interest! http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/theyd-find-a-cure-if-ebola-came-to-london-9644515.html (Reuters) – The U.S. government will begin testing on people an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as September, after seeing positive results from tests on primates, according to media reports on Thursday. The National Institutes of Health’s infectious disease unit is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to put the vaccine into trial as quickly as possible, according to CNN and USA Today. The director of that unit could not be reached for comment. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/31/us-usa-ebola-vaccine-idUSKBN0G02T320140731 Because Kent Brantly is a physician who has watched people die of Ebola, there was an especially chilling prescience to his assessment last week, between labored breaths: „I am going to die.” His condition was grave. But then on Saturday, we saw images of Brantly’s heroic return to U.S. soil, walking with minimal assistance from an ambulance into an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. „One of the doctors called it ‘miraculous,\'” Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported from Emory this morning, of Brantly’s turnaround within hours of receiving a treatment delivered from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. „Not a term we scientists like to throw around.” „The outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Dr. Margaret Chan, director of the World Health Organization, said on Friday in a plea for international help containing the virus. „If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives, but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries.” In that light, and because Ebola is notoriously incurable (and the strain at large its most lethal), it is overwhelming to hear that „Secret Serum Likely Saved Ebola Patients,” as we do this morning from Gupta’s every-20-minute CNN reports. He writes: Three top secret, experimental vials stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers [Drs. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol] who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment. Brantly had been working for the Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse as medical director of the Ebola Consolidation Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. The group yesterday confirmed that he received a dose of an experimental serum before leaving the country. In Gupta’s optimistic assessment, Brantly’s „near complete recovery” began within hours of receiving the treatment that „likely saved his life.” Writebol is also reportedly improved since receiving the treatment, known as zMapp. But to say that it was a secret implies a frigid American exceptionalism; that the people of West Africa are dying in droves while a classified cure lies in wait. The „top-secret serum” is a monoclonal antibody. Administration of monoclonal antibodies is an increasingly common but time-tested approach to eradicating interlopers in the human body. In a basic monoclonal antibody paradigm, scientists infect an animal (in this case mice) with a disease, the mice mount an immune response (antibodies to fight the disease), and then the scientists harvest those antibodies and give them to infected humans. It’s an especially promising area in cancer treatment. In this case, the proprietary blend of three monoclonal antibodies known as zMapp had never been tested in humans. It had previously been tested in eight monkeys with Ebola who survived—though all received treatment within 48 hours of being infected. A monkey treated outside of that exposure window did not survive. That means very little is known about the safety and effectiveness of this treatment—so little that outside of extreme circumstances like this, it would not be legal to use. Gupta speculates that the FDA may have allowed it under the compassionate use exemption. A small 2012 study of monoclonal antibody therapy against Ebola found that it was only effective when administered before or just after exposure to the virus. A 2013 study found that rhesus macaques given an antibody mix called MB-003 within the 48-hour window had a 43 percent chance of surviving—as opposed to their untreated counterparts, whose survival rate was zero. This Ebola outbreak is the largest in the history of the disease, in terms of both cases and deaths—729 known so far. As Chan warned in her call for urgent international action, the outbreak is geographically the largest, already in four countries with fluid population movement with porous borders and a demonstrated ability to spread by air travel. The outbreak will be stopped by strategic quarantines and preventive education, primarily proper handling of corpses. More than 60 aid workers have become infected, but many more will be needed to stem the tide. I am awaiting comment from the National Institutes of Health as to the role for this therapy as the epidemic plays out. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/the-secret-ebola-treatment/375525/ (CNN) – On Thursday, Dr. Kent Brantly thought he was going to die. It was the ninth day since the American missionary worker came down sick with Ebola in Liberia. His condition worsening by the minute, Brantly called his wife to say goodbye. Thankfully, the call was premature. Brantly is back on his feet – literally – after receiving a last-ditch, highly experimental drug. Another American missionary with Ebola got the same. Brantly’s and Nancy Writebol’s conditions significantly improved after receiving the medication, sources say. Brantly was able to walk into Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after being evacuated to the United States last week, and Writebol is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday. On July 22, Brantly woke up feeling feverish. Fearing the worst, Brantly immediately isolated himself. Writebol’s symptoms started three days later. A rapid field blood test confirmed the infection in both of them after they had become ill with fever, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s believed Brantly and Writebol, who worked with the aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, contracted Ebola from another health care worker at their hospital in Liberia, although the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention case investigation has yet to be released. The experimental drug, known as ZMapp, was developed by the biotech firm Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., which is based in San Diego. The patients were told that the treatment had never been tried before in a human being but had shown promise in small experiments with monkeys. Questions about this new Ebola drug According to company documents, four monkeys infected with Ebola survived after being given the therapy within 24 hours after infection. Two of four other monkeys that started therapy within 48 hours after infection also survived. One monkey that was not treated died within five days of exposure to the virus. Brantly and Writebol were aware of the risk of taking a new, little-understood treatment and gave informed consent, according to two sources familiar with the care of the missionary workers. In the monkeys, the experimental serum had been given within 48 hours of infection. Brantly didn’t receive it until he’d been sick for nine days. The medicine is a three-mouse monoclonal antibody, meaning that mice were exposed to fragments of the Ebola virus and then the antibodies generated within the mice’s blood were harvested to create the medicine. It works by preventing the virus from entering and infecting new cells. The Ebola virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever, which refers to a group of viruses that affect multiple organ systems in the body and are often accompanied by bleeding. Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. They later progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function – and sometimes internal and external bleeding. The ZMapp vials, stored at subzero temperatures, reached the hospital in Liberia where Brantly and Writebol were being treated Thursday morning. Doctors were instructed to allow the serum to thaw naturally without any additional heat. It was expected that it would be eight to 10 hours before the medicine could be given, according to a source familiar with the process. Brantly asked that Writebol be given the first dose because he was younger and he thought he had a better chance of fighting it, and she agreed. However, as the first vial was still thawing, Brantly’s condition took a sudden turn for the worse. Brantly began to deteriorate and developed labored breathing. He told his doctors he thought he was dying, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation. Knowing his dose was still frozen, Brantly asked if he could have Writebol’s now-thawed medication. It was brought to his room and administered through an IV. Within an hour of receiving the medication, Brantly’s condition dramatically improved. He began breathing easier; the rash over his trunk faded away. One of his doctors described the events as „miraculous.” By the next morning, Brantly was able to take a shower on his own before getting on a specially designed Gulfstream air ambulance jet to be evacuated to the United States. Writebol also received a vial of the medication. Her response was not as remarkable, according to sources familiar with the treatment. However, doctors on Sunday administered Writebol a second dose of the medication, which resulted in significant improvement. She was stable enough to be evacuated back to the United States. The process by which the medication was made available to Brantly and Writebol is highly unusual. World Health Organization spokesman Gregory Hartl cautioned that health authorities „cannot start using untested drugs in the middle of an outbreak, for various reasons.” Doctors Without Borders similarly weighed in on the side of caution. „It is important to keep in mind that a large-scale provision of treatments and vaccines that are in very early stages of development has a series of scientific and ethical implications,” the organization said in a statement. „As doctors, trying an untested drug on patients is a very difficult choice since our first priority is to do no harm, and we would not be sure that the experimental treatment would do more harm than good.” ZMapp has not been approved for human use and has not even gone through the clinical trial process, which is standard to prove the safety and efficacy of a medication. It may have been given under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s „compassionate use” regulation, which allows access to investigational drugs outside clinical trials. Getting approval for compassionate use is often long and laborious, but in the case of Brantly and Writebol, they received the medication within seven to 10 days of their exposure to the Ebola virus. On July 30, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, an arm of the military responsible for any chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive threats, allotted additional funding to MAPP Biopharmaceutical due to „promising results.” http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/04/health/experimental-ebola-serum/ (NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as „EboBun.” It’s patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. You can view it here. (Thanks to Natural News readers who found this and brought it to our attention.) Patent applicants are clearly described on the patent as including: The Government Of The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary, Department Of Health & Human Services, Center For Disease Control. The patent summary says, „The invention provides the isolated human Ebola (hEbola) viruses denoted as Bundibugyo (EboBun) deposited with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention („CDC”; Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America) on November 26, 2007 and accorded an accession number 200706291.” It goes on to state, „The present invention is based upon the isolation and identification of a new human Ebola virus species, EboBun. EboBun was isolated from the patients suffering from hemorrhagic fever in a recent outbreak in Uganda.” It’s worth noting, by the way, that EboBun is not the same variant currently believed to be circulating in West Africa. Clearly, the CDC needs to expand its patent portfolio to include more strains, and that may very well be why American Ebola victims have been brought to the United States in the first place. Read more below and decide for yourself… Harvesting Ebola from victims to file patents From the patent description on the EboBun virus, we know that the U.S. government: 1) Extracts Ebola viruses from patients. 2) Claims to have „invented” that virus. 3) Files for monopoly patent protection on the virus. To understand why this is happening, you have to first understand what a patent really is and why it exists. A patent is a government-enforced monopoly that is exclusively granted to persons or organizations. It allows that person or organization to exclusively profit from the „invention” or deny others the ability to exploit the invention for their own profit. It brings up the obvious question here: Why would the U.S. government claim to have „invented” Ebola and then claim an exclusively monopoly over its ownership? U.S. Government claims exclusive ownership over its „invention” of Ebola The „SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION” section of the patent document also clearly claims that the U.S. government is claiming „ownership” over all Ebola viruses that share as little as 70% similarity with the Ebola it „invented”: …invention relates to the isolated EboBun virus that morphologically and phylogenetically relates to known members filoviridae… In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated hEbola EboBun virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of: a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; b) a nucleotide sequence that hybridizes to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1 under stringent conditions; and c) a nucleotide sequence that has at least 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, or 99% identity to the SEQ ID NO: 1. In another aspect, the invention provides the complete genomic sequence of the hEbola virus EboBun. Ebola vaccines and propagation The CDC patent goes on to explain it specifically claims patent protection on a method for propagating the Ebola virus in host cells as well as treating infected hosts with vaccines: In another aspect, the invention provides a method for propagating the hEbola virus in host cells comprising infecting the host cells with the inventive isolated hEbola virus described above, culturing the host cells to allow the virus to multiply, and harvesting the resulting virions. In another aspect, the invention provides vaccine preparations, comprising the inventive hEbola virus, including recombinant and chimeric forms of the virus, nucleic acid molecules comprised by the virus, or protein subunits of the virus. The invention also provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the inventive hEbola virus described above, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. No medical reason to bring Ebola to the United States This patent may help explain why Ebola victims are being transported to the United States and put under the medical authority of the CDC. These patients are carrying valuable intellectual property assets in the form of Ebola variants, and the Centers for Disease Control clearly desires to expand its patent portfolio by harvesting, studying and potentially patenting new strains or variants. Dr. Bob Arnot, an infectious disease specialist who spent time on the ground in developing nations saving lives, recently told Judge Jeanine, „There is no medical reason to bring them here, especially when you see how well Dr. Bradley was.” (2) There is, however, an entirely different reason to bring Ebola patients to America: so they can be exploited for medical experiments, military bioweapons harvesting or intellectual property claims. Surely, medical authorities at Emory University and the CDC are working hard to save the lives of the two patients who have been transported to the U.S. But they are also pursuing something else at the same time: an agenda of isolating, identifying and patenting infectious disease agents for reasons that we can only imagine. Only hoping to save lives? On one hand, it’s worth pointing out that the CDC’s patent on Ebola is at least partially focused on methods for screening for Ebola and treating Ebola victims with drugs or vaccines. This seems like a worthwhile precaution against an infectious disease that clearly threatens lives. On the other hand, why the patent? Patenting Ebola seems as odd as trying to patent cancer or diabetes. Why would a government organization claim to have „invented” this infectious disease and then claim a monopoly over its exploitation for commercial use? Does the CDC hope to collect a royalty on Ebola vaccines? Is it looking to „invent” more variants and patent those too? Make no mistake that billions of dollars in profits are at stake in all this. Shares of Tekmira surged over 11% last Friday as pressure was placed on the FDA to fast-track Ebola vaccine trials the company has set up. „Health campaigners have started a petition which has already been signed by approximately 15,500 people on change.org pressurizing FDA to approve the drug in the minimum possible time frame,” reports BidnessEtc.com. (3) Carefully scripted medical theater With this, we start to see the structure of the elaborate medical theater coming together: A global pandemic panic, a government patent, the importation of Ebola into a major U.S. city, an experimental vaccine, the rise of a little-known pharmaceutical company and a public outcry for the FDA to fast-track the vaccine. If Act II stays on course, this medical theater might someday involve a „laboratory accident” in a U.S. lab, the „escape” of Ebola into the population, and a mandatory nationwide Ebola vaccination campaign that enriches Tekmira and its investors while positioning the CDC with its virus patents as the „savior of the American people.” Yes, we’ve heard this music before, but the last time around it was called Swine Flu. The formula is always the same: create alarm, bring a vaccine to market, then scare governments into buying billions of dollars worth of vaccines they don’t need. http://www.naturalnews.com/046290_Ebola_patent_vaccines_profit_motive.html# Despite concerns around the globe that the Ebola virus may continue to spread and mutate into something even more deadly, the director of the CDC attempted to assuage fears about the possibility of an outbreak on U.S. soil. “It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S.,” director Thomas Friedman told reporters on a conference call Thursday. “That is not in the cards.” But while the CDC downplays the potential threat, emergency planners behind the scenes have been getting ready since as early as April of this year. In a report presented to Congress while the virus was spreading in West Africa, the Department of Defense said that it has dispatched biological detection kits to National Guard units in all 50 states with the capability of diagnosing the virus in infected patients in as little as 30 minutes. And, in a move that raised some eyebrows this morning, President Obama amended a 2003 Executive Order that gives the Federal government, as noted by Paul Joseph Watson, the power to “mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of respiratory illness.” Although Ebola was listed on the original executive order signed by Bush, Obama’s amendment ensures that Americans who merely show signs of respiratory illness, with the exception of influenza, can be forcibly detained by medical authorities. Though the government and media are doing everything in their power to keep the panic to a minimum, going so far as to suggest that the possibility of Ebola spreading in the United States is almost non-existent, the fact that over 750 people in six West African countries have died from the virus suggests otherwise. Even the World Health Organization recently claimed that the virus is out of control and all attempts to contain it thus far have failed. Michael Snyder’s recent analysis on what is going to happen if Ebola comes to America sheds some light on how the government might behave. Though Obama didn’t sign the Executive Order allowing for the rounding up and detention of Americans suspected of respiratory illnesses until today, Snyder correctly pointed out just 48 hours before the order that “isolation would not be a voluntary thing.” The federal government would start hunting down anyone that they “reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease” and taking them to the facilities where other patients were being held. It wouldn’t matter if you were entirely convinced that you were 100% healthy. If the government wanted to take you in, you would have no rights in that situation. In fact, federal law would allow the government to detain you “for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary”. And once you got locked up with all of the other Ebola patients, there would be a pretty good chance that you would end up getting the disease and dying anyway. It turns out that not only is the government prepared to identify, isolate and detain potentially contagious individuals, but they already have the facilities in place. According to the Centers for Disease Control there are twenty (20) quarantine centers actively prepared to accept patients as of this writing. The following map provided by the CDC shows where these centers are located. CDC-quarantine-stations President Obama’s recently updated Executive Order gives the organization the authorization to detain anyone suspected of having been infected with a contagious disease. CDC has the legal authority to detain any person who may have an infectious disease that is specified by Executive Order to be quarantinable. Such “quarantinable” diseases may include Cholera, Smallpox, Plague, SARS, Hemorrhagic fevers (like Ebola), and now even “respiratory illnesses” that may have symptoms similar to those of deadly viruses. It was no accident that President Obama added the Executive Order amendment this morning. They can downplay the seriousness of Ebola all they want, but the fact is that hundreds of medical workers, including the World Health Organization, have failed to contain its spread. In anticipation of the virus hitting U.S. shores, President Obama has set the legal authorization to essentially declare martial law in stone. The U.S. military, including the National Guard, also has contingency plans in place. The minute this virus is detected in “the wild” on U.S. soil these directives will be executed. Though what happens next is unpredictable, preparing for a pandemic ahead of time may be the best way to not only avoid contracting a deadly virus, but staying out of a government run quarantine station. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/map-of-ebola-quarantine-stations-heres-where-theyll-send-those-suspected-of-ebola-or-respiratory-illnesses_08012014 The unnamed patient has been put in isolation and is being screened for the deadly disease which has killed hundreds already A man in New York is being tested for Ebola after falling ill following a trip to a west African country where the disease has been reported. The man has a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms at the city’s Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He is being treated in strict isolation and was screened to determine the cause of his symptoms according to WABC. The hospital said in a statement: All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff. „We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients.” Tonight the world bank announced emergency funding of up to $200million (£120million) for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help cope with the crisis. In Sierra Leone and Liberia troops have been deployed to quarantine communities hit by the virus as the death toll reaches 887 with three new cases reported in Nigeria. With healthcare systems in the West Africa nations overrun by the epidemic, the African Development Bank said on Monday it would immediately disburse some $60 million to the three countries worst affected – Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The World Health Organization, which warned last week of catastrophic consequences if the disease were not controlled, reported 61 new deaths in the two days to August 1 as the disease continues to spread. The outbreak began in February in the forests of Guinea. The toll there continues to rise, but the epicentre has since shifted to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Nigeria, where U.S. citizen Patrick Sawyer became the first person to die of the virus after arriving from Liberia in late July, the WHO reported three new cases, two of them probable and one suspected. Nigerian authorities had said earlier on Monday that a doctor who treated Sawyer had contracted the disease. A health ministry official declined to comment on the discrepancy. Panic among local communities, which have attacked health workers and threatened to burn down isolation wards, prompted Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to announce tough measures last week, including the closure of schools and the quarantine of the remote forest region hardest hit by the disease. Long convoys of military trucks ferried troops and medical workers on Monday to Sierra Leone’s far east, where the density of cases is highest. Military spokesman Colonel Michael Samoura said the operation, code-named Octopus, involved around 750 military personnel. Troops will gather in the southeastern town of Bo before travelling to isolated communities to implement quarantines, he added. Healthcare workers will be allowed to come and go freely, and the communities will be kept supplied with food. In neighbouring Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and ministers held a crisis meeting on Sunday to discuss a series of anti-Ebola measures as police contained infected communities in the northern Lofa county. Police were setting up checkpoints and roadblocks for key entrance and exit points to those infected communities, with nobody allowed to leave quarantined communities. Troops were fanning out across Liberia to help deal with the emergency. „The situation will probably get worse before it gets better,” Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told Reuters. „We are over-stretched. We need support; we need resources; we need workers.” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ebola-fear-new-york-man-3991804 A second American health worker infected with Ebola has left Liberia and was on her way to Atlanta for treatment on Tuesday. Health officials reported more deaths and cases worldwide, and more details surfaced on an experimental treatment. Officials at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York admitted a man who had recently been to West Africa. He arrived at the emergency room early Monday with symptoms consistent with Ebola — high fever and gastrointestinal problems. In a statement, Mount Sinai said, „The patient has been placed in strict isolation and is undergoing medical screenings to determine the cause of his symptoms. All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff.” Monday evening, the New York City Health Department issued a statement saying the department, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mount Sinai, had concluded „the patient is unlikely to have Ebola. Specimens are being tested for common causes of illness and to definitively exclude Ebola.” The toll from the Ebola virus outbreak spreading in West Africa has risen to 1,603 cases and 887 deaths, the World Health Organization said in an update Monday. The week ending Aug. 1 saw 163 new cases and 61 deaths, the health agency said. The newest numbers mean the overall death rate stands at 55%. Some previous Ebola outbreaks have had death rates up to 90%, and medical experts have speculated that faster, improved medical care may play a role. There is no approved medicine or vaccine specifically for Ebola, but supportive care, including maintaining fluids, can help. Two Americans stricken with the virus in Liberia may be showing signs of improvement after receiving additional experimental treatments there. Physician Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol each „received a dose of an experimental serum while still in Liberia,” Brantly’s organization Samaritan’s Purse said in a news release. „Dr. Brantly also received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola under his care.” An especially detailed report from CNN, quoting unnamed sources, says Writebol and Brantly received infusions of antibodies tested only in monkeys. Writebol remains in serious but stable condition as she prepares to return to the USA for further treatment, her sponsoring organization, SIM USA, said in a statement Monday. She was aboard a chartered plane that took off at 1:12 a.m. local time Tuesday from Liberia’s capital of Monrovia. Writebol, who is to join Brantly in a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, showed at least one sign of improvement over the weekend, says Bruce Johnson, president of the charity group: „Her husband, David, told me Sunday her appetite has improved, and she requested one of her favorite dishes – Liberian potato soup – and coffee.” Brantly also „seems to be improving,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation. Emory wouldn’t comment on the condition of the patient in isolation, to protect the patient’s privacy, says Vince Dollard, a hospital spokesperson. Infection with the Ebola virus causes fever and headache in early stages but can lead to hemorrhaging, liver failure and kidney failure and death in rapid progression. CNN said the experimental treatment given to Brantly and Writebol is an antibody drug called ZMapp that was developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical. That is one of several experimental therapies under development and previously untested in humans, says Thomas Geisbert, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Geisbert says he plans to test ZMapp in combination with other therapies. If the two patients are improving after the treatment, „that’s fantastic,” he says – but it may be difficult to determine whether the treatment made the difference. „There are a reasonable number of people who live even without treatment. … The longer you can keep someone alive, the more likely your immune system kicks in and fights this off.” Brantly is the first person to be treated for the illness in the USA. Most of the cases in the current outbreak have originated in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria reported a second confirmed case Monday and three health workers who may be showing symptoms. Guinean President Alpha Condé and senior officials from Liberia and Sierra Leone broke away from the U.S.-African Leaders Summit in Washington for private discussions about the Ebola outbreak with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and CDC’s Frieden, the State Department said. „The group identified national and regional priorities and held intensive discussions on the types of assistance needed to mount an effective response,” the State Department said. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/04/who-ebola-update/13578365/ The White House on Monday said U.S. officials have taken multiple precautions to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to this country, eliminating the need to block flights from African nations stricken by an outbreak of the deadly disease. “At this point there are screenings that are in place, both before individuals board flights in their home countries, or where these flights originate, but also after these individuals arrive here in the United States they are screened once again,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “And there are facilities available that if an individual is detected exhibiting these symptoms that they can be quarantined and promptly evaluated by a medical professional.” There have been calls for the U.S. to stop flights from countries battling the Ebola infection, punctuated by a comment on Donald Trump’s Twitter account over the weekend. “The U.S. must immediately stop all flights from EBOLA infected countries or the plague will start and spread inside our “borders.” Act fast!,” the tweet read. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the latest outbreak. The World Health Organization last week warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading quickly and the consequences could be “catastrophic” if greater efforts aren’t put into place to control it. But Mr. Earnest outlined a series of steps taken to minimize the risk of the disease spreading, including steps the Centers for Disease Control has taken to train Customs and Border Patrol officers to recognize symptoms of the illness. “Because there are CBP officers who are carefully monitoring passengers who are arriving from these countries, we are in a position to ensure that public health is protected,” Mr. Earnest said. “If CBP officers do recognize an individual who appears to be exhibiting some of these symptoms, there are facilities at these ports of entry, at these airports, where individuals can be quarantined and evaluated by medical personnel.” The disease isn’t contagious unless an infected person is exhibiting symptoms, Mr. Earnest noted. According to the CDC, infection is spread by direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. The latest outbreak comes as officials from Africa gather in Washington for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The White House in a statement said the U.S. is sending CDC experts to “augment the team that has been on the ground since March, and will work with partners to control the outbreak even as we increase assistance to those in need now.” http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/08/04/white-house-lays-out-ebola-precautions/ Now that the Ebola situation has hit the 24/7 mainstream media zoo, serious questions are being raised as to why now. After all, people were dying of Ebola in the hundreds in West Africa before this week. Aid workers and doctors were getting infected before. These things are not new, but the sudden media focus raises lots of questions. To start… Why are they shipping Ebola-infected patients onto American soil for the first time? As many have pointed out, this move seems particularly…ill-advised. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned people not to fly to the affected areas, but our State Department is going to go out of its way to put together heavily publicized, special containment tents inside planes to fly two Americans here while the media in lockstep makes a huge play-by-play deal? It isn’t exactly level 4 containment all the way, either, as Underground Medic’s Lizzie Bennett pointed out yesterday: the one guy arrived at the hospital and just got out of the ambulance and walked on in. Why is Obama amending executive orders about quarantining people infected with Ebola when he already had that power? The president just amended a G.W. Bush-era executive order 13295 which allows “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.” Section 1, subjection b has now been replaced with the following: (b) Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled. This subsection does not apply to influenza. Sure sounds like Ebola, doesn’t it? But in reality, those quarantine powers were already in place. It even says so on this CDC map of U.S. quarantine stations fact sheet the agency released in August 2013. Ebola definitely counts under the category “viral hemorrhagic fevers”. So why make a big deal amending an executive order when the power to detain people who have, or are suspected to have Ebola, already exists? The CDC also just released a brand new, timely webpage “Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals” as if it just completely slipped the agency’s mind to disseminate information to medical professionals on how to deal with Ebola before now. Come on. The page does, however, mention guidance for exposure to “contaminated air,” which is odd considering the CDC director has gone out of his way to say that there’s no way an Ebola outbreak could ever happen in the U.S. What exactly have Ft. Detrick biowarfare researchers been doing in the Ebola hot zone in West Africa all this time? Independent investigative reporter Jon Rappoport asked this very same question the day before yesterday, but it seems like a good one. He had several other questions, and they are all good ones: What exactly have they been doing? Exactly what diagnostic tests have they been performing on citizens of Sierra Leone? Why do we have reports that the government of Sierra Leone has recently told Tulane researchers to stop this testing? Have Tulane researchers and their associates attempted any experimental treatments (e.g., injecting monoclonal antibodies) using citizens of the region? If so, what adverse events have occurred? The research program, occurring in Sierra Leone, the Republic of Guinea, and Liberia—said to be the epicenter of the 2014 Ebola outbreak—has the announced purpose, among others, of detecting the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons. Is this purely defensive research? Or as we have seen in the past, is this research being covertly used to develop offensive bioweapons? The same day, Navy Times published an article talking about how U.S. biowarfare scientists have been highly interested in Ebola since at least the late 1970s for engineering bioweapons: “mainly because Ebola and its fellow viruses have high mortality rates…and its stable nature in aerosol make it attractive as a potential biological weapon.” But the article goes on to say that scientists from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have been working on a vaccine since then, a purely defensive measure. Of course, they can’t come out and say they’re working on offensive weapons. The Biological Weapons Convention went into effect in 1975, supposedly putting an end to the government’s biological weapons program. Why does the U.S. government own a patent on a novel strain of Ebola that those same Ft. Detrick researchers quietly admitted in a CDC journal article last month may actually be the cause of the current Sierra Leone outbreak, not Ebola Zaire as widely reported? This one gets tricky. There are five types of Ebola virus and the newest strain is named Bundibugyo, or Ebobun for short. The U.S. government actually holds a patent on this strain — US 20120251502 A1, for “Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof” related to the Bundibugyo version of the virus. Last month, the same Ft. Detrick researchers who have been over in the Ebola hot zone published an article in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases where they discuss the human testing that has been going on over there and down near the bottom of the article, they quietly admit,“Ebolavirus infections in Sierra Leone might be the result of Bundibugyo virus or an ebolavirus genetic variant and not EBOV.” The kicker? The Ebobun version of Ebola, which is apparently been found to be “genetically distinct,” as it differs by more than 30% at the genome level from all other known ebolavirus species, apparently has a much lower death rate than the Zaire version the media keeps talking about. Not that Ebola in any form isn’t dangerous. It’s deadly, period. But Ebobun had a 36% mortality rate at the initial outbreak in 2007, versus 70-90% on average for Zaire. Additionally, because it is much more unique, researchers have suggested that if a vaccine or treatment is created for Ebola and the Ebobun strain is not taken into account, the resulting treatment or vaccine obviously might not work on it. Regardless, all the mainstream media seems interested in driving home on repeat these days is that this outbreak is the Zaire strain which has a 90% mortality rate and no cure. Well…even that isn’t entirely true… A NOVA presentation from 1995 clearly shows survivors and discusses how a nurse named Nicole was given blood transfusions from an infected patient who survived, to build up antibodies. A review sums it up: After one week, Nicole began to recover. Spurred by this result, the Zairian doctors transfused an additional eight patients. Seven of the eight patients survived, but the Western doctors remain unconvinced. Because the experiment was completely uncontrolled, they argue that we will never know that the transfusion saved the lives of those patients. That was 20 years ago. Current news stories even discuss how the doctor who was flown here infected with Ebola was given a unit of blood from a 14-year-old who survived Ebola. The female patient flown in was also reportedly given an experimental serum no one seems to elaborate much on. On top of that, articles from 2008 show a vaccine was highly effective in monkeys and even used experimentally in a human patient with success. Where did those vaccines go? Why aren’t they widely available six years later? And finally, as with any crisis, who stands to gain from this, and what is it they are ultimately after? Just asking. One company Tekmira, who has been performing Phase I clinical trials for an Ebola drug it has been working on in otherwise healthy adult patients has seen its stock skyrocket over the last two weeks, even though its experiments in humans have now been halted due to safety concerns. Tekmira apparently has a $140 million contract with none other than the USAMRIID to work on this drug, along with a multi-million contract with biotech giant Monsanto for the same technology. The drug was granted FDA fast track status back in March. As the company’s site says, however, the drug is apparently for the Zaire strain of the virus. So has Tekmira taken the Ebobun strain into account? In addition, now Reuters is reporting that Ebola vaccines have been fast tracked as well, with human experiments starting as early as next month. Wow, that was fast. Will those vaccines take Ebobun into account? The last time a vaccine was fast tracked in such a manner, it was for the purposefully overblown swine flu “pandemic” — a created “campaign of panic” basically designed to sell vaccines and grant more emergency powers. As Aaron Dykes reported in 2010: Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, claims that the threshold for alert was deliberately lowered at the WHO, allowing a “pandemic” to be declared despite the mildness of the ‘swine flu.’ That designation would force a demand for the vaccine, which was subsequently purchased by governments or health facilities and pushed on the public through a full-scale fear campaign in the media… Wodarg is focusing on the motives for profit, as well as the ties between the World Health Organization (WHO), the pharmaceutical-industrial complex and research scientists, a nexus which Canada Free Press points out is eerily similar to the Climategate revelations that CRU research scientists fudged data to “hide the decline” in proxy temperatures in order to support global warming claims. Wodarg made several disconcerting statements to the media, including: “Never before the search for traces of a virus was carried out so broadly and intensively, besides, many cases of death that happen to coincide with seropositive H1N1 lab-findings were simply attributed to “swine-flu” and used to foster fear.” “A group of people in the WHO is associated very closely with the pharmaceutical industry.” “The great campaign of panic we have seen provided a golden opportunity for representatives from labs who knew they would hit the jackpot in the case of a pandemic being declared.” In fact, that’s what CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson was set to expose, but her bosses refused to air her story. The mainstream media completely shut her down. Fear sells. The truth, by contrast, doesn’t. “With the CDC keeping the true Swine Flu stats secret, it meant that many in the public took and gave their children an experimental vaccine that may not have been necessary,” Attkisson said. Read this piece on her 2009 interview with Jon Rappoport for more on how the CDC stopped counting cases of swine flu altogether and hyped the public into a panic that ultimately led to millions of people receiving potentially dangerous, fast-tracked vaccinations. That’s right. Countries the world over reported many deaths and disabilities suffered in the wake of the fast-tracked H1N1 vaccine, a vaccine people scrambled to get after the hysteria over swine flu was over hyped everywhere, from government agencies to the mainstream media. But hey, a lot of people in the military-medical-media industrial complex made a lot of money. Much worse than mere greed, though, is the possibility of martial law and a forced mass vaccination scenario — a scenario where the military is “forced” to step in to contain “bio-threats” (regardless of whether or not those threats are real or made up). For more on that, see DARPA’s “Blue Angel” project. Talking about something scary isn’t automatically scaremongering — but if the powers that shouldn’t be are scaremongering, we should talk about it. (Meanwhile, headlines about ‘Ebola fear going viral’ are already screaming at people to be afraid…very very afraid.) http://www.activistpost.com/2014/08/5-questions-about-ebola-scare.html A short two-minute video Bloomberg News uploaded to YouTube attempts to explain why the world doesn’t already have a widely available Ebola vaccine. (Trusting the ingredients of such a thing and whether or not you would personally take it is another matter entirely, but hold on a second.) What’s fascinating about this clip is what Dr. Ben Neuman, University of Reading, says towards the end. Neuman explains that because viruses easily mutate, “It’s not just one drug we need for Ebola. We need a cocktail of drugs and perhaps a nice vaccine that could be used.” Hm. Sounds like a Big Pharma hay day pay day, does it not? But Dr. Ben also goes on to explain why the major pharmaceutical companies haven’t been all that eager to produce this cocktail of drugs and vaccines — which would surely translate to big bucks — just yet. These all take a lot of money and right now in the history of what we know at least, there have been fewer than 5,000 people who have been infected with Ebola. It sounds scary, but I don’t know that there’s enough…uh…panic or enough people who are potential customers for these drugs to warrant a company — a private company anyway — putting the money it would take to develop this. [emphasis added] Did you catch that? (Yeah, I know you did, that’s why I added the emphasis.) Watch the video. The good doctor even struggles to find his words before he says he isn’t sure there is enough panic and customers to warrant developing a vaccine. This is despite the fact that articles were coming out in scientific circles back in 2008 that Ebola vaccines had been successfully used in animal trials and even on one human patient, a lab worker who accidentally pricked her finger with an Ebola-laced syringe. There’s not enough panic to go any further with it, though? Well, gee Ben, where can we get some panic from? This video reveals two fundamental truths. One: pharmaceuticals and vaccines really aren’t about saving lives…oh no, first and foremost, they’re about making money. Two: there has to be enough panic to stir up potential customers to necessitate the creation of said pharmaceuticals and vaccines and there just simply was not enough Ebola panic to go around to make it worth it. Well…there certainly is enough pricey panic now, isn’t there? It’s a concerted effort. As I wrote earlier in an article questioning this sudden media zoo surrounding Ebola and why, in an unprecedented move, we’re suddenly shipping people infected with Ebola here for the first time ever, a lot of people in the military-medical-media industrial complex stand to make a lot of money off of this virus. And, right on time, Reuters is reporting that they’re going to fast track a new Ebola vaccine and start testing on human patients as early as next month. Was that quick or what? The Hegelian Dialectic is such a timeless strategy. Why? Because it works. So they just keep using it over and over and over. Problem: not enough panic to make the big bucks off Ebola. Reaction: create a panic to make the big bucks off Ebola. Solution: problem solved. It’s basically the same strategy they used to pawn off fast tracked, experimental H1N1 vaccines on people just a few years ago, only this time they’re playing with a much scarier virus to induce even more fear. In fact, next time you see a headline like, ‘Ebola fear going viral’ feel free to keep this in mind. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCdNEl5vZLk&w=720&h=405] http://www.activistpost.com/2014/08/doctor-theres-not-enough-panic-and.html [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJOLSnzKt3o&w=720&h=405] ApreciazăApreciază
  23. Florin said, on august 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Uitati si noua blestematie de lege! Nu prea stiu sa o comentez dar, bag mana in foc ca e de origine satanica, face dreapta cararea catre iad si cauta sa inlature orice piedica pusa de biserica ortodoxa, celor ce au directia si dorinta indreptate spre pierzare. Observ ca arma lor este tot TOLERANTA, drepturile omului, de parca, omul a venit pe pamant din voia lui si cu propriile puteri si tot din voia lui pleaca din lume tot unde vrea el si nimeni nu are dreptul sa il incurce. Iar imi aduc aminte de:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aerj4qXPHJc
    http://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/social/legea-care-ii-permite-romanului-sa-fie-regizorul-propriei-inmormantari-reactia-bor-la-ideea-unei-inhumari-fara-preot.html

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