Obama Calls For Collectivized New World Order

InfoWars
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON

“People are anxious…. the old order isn’t holding”

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During a fundraiser in Seattle this week, President Barack Obama called for a “new order” based around a collectivized system in order to quell people’s concerns about geopolitical strife and the economy.

“People are anxious. Now, some of that has to do with some big challenges overseas,” said Obama, adding, “But whether people see what’s happening in Ukraine, and Russia’s aggression towards its neighbors in the manner in which it’s financing and arming separatists; to what’s happened in Syria … to the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise … to what’s happening in Israel and Gaza….”

“Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people. … But here in the United States, what people are also concerned about is the fact that although the economy has done well in the aggregate, for the average person it feels as if incomes, wages just haven’t gone up; that people, no matter how hard they work, they feel stuck.”

In a geopolitical context, Obama’s call for a “new order” really doesn’t sound any different from the old unipolar world order that the United States has represented since the end of the Cold War, which is now being challenged by the rise of the BRICS countries.

Developments over the course of the past year have made it clear that the United States no longer considers Russia to be part of this “new order” as a result of its resistance to NATO encirclement.

In terms of the economy, Obama’s insistence on “economies that work for all people” based on “common humanity” is in direct contradiction to his actual policies, which have almost exclusively served to help Wall Street fat cats while the average American sees their household income decline year after year when adjusted for inflation.

This is by no means the first time that Obama has called for a new world order.

During a 2010 West Point speech, the President encouraged the development of a new “international order” to help secure America’s interests.

Obama also urged Europeans and Americans to embrace the idea of “global citizenship” during a 2012 Berlin speech.

Vice-President Joe Biden has also repeatedly called for a “new world order.”

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Smart Homes Reveal User Behavior, Prone to Hacks: Study

Activist Post
by Kevin Samson

Our Internet-driven world filled with interconnected smart gadgets and computing applications is making us vulnerable to potentially life-changing hacks and tracking. Not only are modern cars open to being hacked, but also boats, planes, and GPS-driven weapons. (Source)

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The modern smart home (image source)

So, perhaps you think you’ll ditch the modern car, get rid of the smartphone, limit travel and hunker down safe and cozy in your home? Well, unfortunately, if your house is filled with modern appliances and electronics, it could potentially open you up for a nightmare experience. This is the subject of a new European study that will be presented at the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks in Oxford.

The smart home market is exploding even as news about pervasive surveillance and concerns over Agenda 21 continue to mount.

According to a report from Market Watch, the global numbers are staggering; the report also notes how government regulations will promote future growth.

The following points are taken from a full report that you can read here. Emphasis mine:

  • APAC smart homes market is expected to have a stable growth in coming years, with the revenue growth estimated to reach $9.23 billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 16.73% from 2013 to 2020.
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  • The total European smart homes market is expected to reach $13.81 billion by 2020 at a double digit CAGR from 2013 to 2020.
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  • The major drivers for the European smart homes market are the regulatory initiatives and the mandatory measures taken by European Union (EU), and the comfort and the security ensured by the smart homes systems.
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  • The major restraints for the European smart homes market are the lack of standardization and high costs of the smart homes systems.
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  • The growth of the Americas smart homes market in the coming years is expected to be remarkable, with the revenue growth estimated to reach $22.4 billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 17.62% from 2013 to 2020.
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  • China, currently, leads the market share for APAC smart homes as this region has the maximum adoption. South East Asia countries from Others market are the emerging market for smart homes and are poised for the highest growth rate amongst all the countries followed by China growing at a CAGR of 17.50% from 2013-2020. It is estimated that the Others market will increase at a CAGR of 19.13% from 2013 to 2020.

As you can see from the third bullet point, security is one of the main selling points of this massive rollout. However, vulnerabilities are being exposed which could undermine this aspect of the initiative.

IT security expert Christop Sorge and a team of researchers at Saarland University in Germany believe in the benefits of smart homes, so they have undertaken an examination of how to provide better protection against the negative consequences of the massive amount of data that is gathered by these systems.

Here is how they describe the current reality:

“Many of the systems do not provide adequate security against unwanted third-party access and therefore threaten the privacy of the inhabitants,” says Sorge.

For the purposes of their study, the researchers took on the role of a malicious attacker. “Using a simple mini-PC no bigger in size than a packet of cigarettes we eavesdropped on the wireless home automation systems (HASs) of two volunteers and were thus able to determine just how much information a conventional wireless HAS reveals about its user,” explains Sorge. No other information about the users was available to the research group. The result: “Non-encrypted systems provide large quantities of data to anyone determined enough to access the data, and the attacker requires no prior knowledge about the system, nor about the user being spied on,” says Professor Sorge.

“The data acquired by the attacker can be analysed to extract system commands and status messages, items which reveal a lot about the inhabitants’ behavior and habits. We were able to determine absence times and to identify home ventilation and heating patterns,” explains the expert in legal informatics. The analysis enabled the research group to build up profiles of the inhabitants. Even systems that use encryption technology can supply information to third parties: “The results indicate that even when encrypted communication is used, the number of messages exchanged is enough to provide information on absence times,” says Sorge. Potential attacks can be directed against the functionality of the system or the privacy of the inhabitants. “An attacker with malicious intent could use this sort of information to plan a burglary,” says Sorge. (emphasis added) [Source]

If we have learned anything, we have learned that there are gaping security holes in nearly every modern computing application. As a matter of personal privacy and data protection it is concerning enough, but as the Internet of Things expands to include everything - even our own bodies as form of identification and access – the potential dangers are becoming as exponential as the advancement of the technology itself.

Until the proper protections are proven in real-world conditions, we should be doing all we can not to buy into these gadgets and conveniences. We must also refuse any mandatory measures to impose this smart world upon us.

Activist Post

MH17 and America’s Deceitful Game

New Eastern Outlook
by Gordon Duff

435345America claims “evidence is being tampered with.” Who would know better than America? After 9/11, the evidence, not just the dirt itself, enriched with uranium and plutonium, taken to a landfill, but the scant remains of the twin towers, sold to China, never to be examined but in passing.

America is playing a double game, crying out about tampered evidence in order to maintain deniability when the evidence turns against them. There have been thousands of photos of the crash site of MH317 but, curiously no overhead photos of the wreckage field, covering more than a square mile.

Huge sections of wing, fuselage and interior, untouched and pristine, scatter the countryside. Secretary Kerry was silent when it was learned that the video Kiev had released of the crash had been fabricated. Fabricating a video is not “tampering” to Kerry.

WHAT AMERICA HAS TO HIDE

The large pieces of wreckage, untouched by flame, undamaged by missile fragments, real or imaginary, are “slam dunk” proof that MH17 was torn apart at 33,000 feet from the inside. You see, MH17 took off from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, a facility controlled by ICTS, a company established by former Israeli Shin Bet members.
They have put bombs on planes before.

Back in 2009, a young learning disabled son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, close associate of the CIA and business partner with Israeli firms now tied to Boko Harum, landed in Schiphol Airport. There, he was met by ICTS security and taken through an aircrew security door so that he wouldn’t be held in immigration detention. You see, he had no passport, no visa, no luggage, no money and had not changed clothing nor bathed in weeks.

ICTS furnished young Umar Mutallab with a bomb, walked him through the airport, around security checkpoints and directly onto a US bound plane, seating him in exclusive VIP first class.

Back in 2009, when our Israeli friends placed a bomb on a Detroit bound plane, attorney Kurt Haskell was watching. He reported it to the FBI, especially how he saw ICTS personnel place Mutallab on the plane, helping him avoid security checkpoints. Haskell was an eye witness. Here is Haskell’s story:

“With jury selection set to begin in the Underwear Bomber Trial set to begin tomorrow, I’ve spent the evening reminiscing about Christmas Day 2009 and the 21 months since. The Underwear Bomber attack has fundamentally changed my life. Not in the way most would think, but it has destroyed any faith I’ve had in the U.S. Government, the media and this country as a whole. To say that I believe the government is corrupt and the media is complicit doesn’t fully explain my beliefs. Not only have I come to those conclusions, but I’ve witnessed that an ordinary person who sees something important can be silenced despite his efforts to spread the truth. Such is the Underwear Bomber case. I can do nothing but laugh at the TSA’s new policy of “If you see something say something.” That is exactly what I did, and not only did the U.S. Government not want to hear what I had to say, but it actively lied about it, attempted to get me to change my story, and hid, by withholding (secret government) evidence or putting a protective order on the evidence and nearly everything that would support my eyewitness account.”

This is the same America accusing others of withholding evidence. Should anyone be surprised when a plane leaves Schipol Airport with a bomb on it? We saw America cover up 9/11. For those still in denial, the 2009 attempted terror bombing in Detroit should be enough.

But, it gets better. We are now told that “terrorists” are hiding the evidence. In today’s South China Post, a newspaper seemingly “Chinese” but in fact a CIA front, a highly biased and foundationless article attacking Russia was published. The photo they show are first responders in uniform, carrying body bags away from the scene, bodies that had, in fact, fallen a great distance from the crash site. You see, when a plane is destroyed by a “Schiphol bomb” at 33,000 feet, bodies aren’t conveniently “vaporized” as we saw with 9/11.

When the bodies aren’t picked up, the dead are disrespected. When they are picked up, “evidence is being tampered with.”

“WHO DUN IT”

The answer is easy. Terrorist crimes, as with any other crime, require “means, motive and opportunity.”

If Russia or Novorussian separatist downed the plane, something evidence at this point does not support, we see “means” and maybe even “opportunity,” something yet unproven. But there is no motive. When we look at a missile hit and look to the post-coup junta in Kiev, we have all three, means, motive and opportunity.

When we look at a bomb, the answer that fits the evidence, we only have to look to Schipol. There we find the Israeli backers of the Kiev junta, with a Gaza war to hide and wild conspiracy theories for the press and their political “creatures of the night.”

AS Kurt Haskell would tell you, they “do bombs” at Schipol. They did bombs in 2009, they put them on airliners. If they did it then, they are still doing it because the reason they did it then is the same reason they are doing it now. They have motive, tons of motive. Running security and with an established history of planting bombs on airliners, it is not a stretch to accuse them of doing it again. That’s opportunity, opportunity “in spaces.”

All that is left is to ask yourself, “could an Israeli security company come up with a bomb?” Then we only have to go back to 2009. Yes, that wasn’t a great bomb, but what bomb designed to fit in underwear is. This time they had an entire plane at their disposal.

Best of all, whatever is found, all they have to do is claim the evidence was tampered with. In fact they have already done so. Now we know why.

New Eastern Outlook

Malaysian Aircraft Incident: Every US War Starts With A Lie

New Eastern Outlook
by Caleb Maupin

ukraine-plane-mh17-crash-8train-leaves-torez-july-21The US news media is buzzing about the Malayasian airline which was downed from the sky in Ukraine. Some questions are being raised. Some are asking “Why did Ukrainian air traffic controllers not stop the flight from passing through the troubled region?” Others are asking “What motivations could Putin or the resistance fighters possibly have for shooting the plane down?”

While the forces who seek sanity, peace and stability in the world are raising questions, the Western media is singing a chorus of anti-Russian hysteria. Accusations and rhetoric are flying from US officials.

As events unfold over the next few days, weeks, and months, people must not forget that every war that the US has been involved in within recent history has been started with a lie. Hysterical media campaigns demonizing foreign leaders, are an essential part of the war machine. “Incidents” are frequently manufactured in order to build up public support and provide some loose justification for US military aggression.

Incubators in Kuwait

The Gulf War began with propaganda with a campaign of false propaganda about “crimes” by Saddam Hussein. CNN was filled  with clips of a woman only called named “Nariyah” testifying that Iraqi troops were pulling babies from incubators. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other non-profits backed up her claims. The media went on overdrive speaking of “crimes against humanity” and the need to “take action” to “protect the innocent.” President George H.W. Walker Bush justified sending troops, and dropping bombs on Iraq, claiming his intention was to rescue the people of Kuwait.

However, once the war was over, it was confirmed that the entire story had been a lie. “Nariyah” was actually Nariyah Sabah, the daughter of the US ambassador to Kuwait. She had not even testified under oath, making her immune from being prosecuted for perjury. In fact, she had been in United States the entire time, and could never have witnessed the events she described in Kuwaiti hospitals. Her testimony had been staged and scripted by an advertising firm called “Hill & Knowlton.”

Amnesty International and others issued retractions, when it was confirmed in the aftermath of the war, that no infants had ever been pulled from incubators by Iraqi troops. The whole story had been a lie. The lie was blasted everywhere in the US media, and made the gulf war possible. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died.

Ironically, Saddam Hussein had committed many real atrocities just a few years before during the Iraq-Iran war. He had slaughtered entire villages, and used chemical and biological weapons against the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran. However, the US media never sought to publicize these atrocities, and at that time Saddam Hussein had been aligned with the United States. The US media had intentionally ignored real crimes by Saddam Hussein, but then promoted false ones in order to justify US military intervention in Kuwait.

Panama, Serbia, and Iraq

The US invasion of Panama in 1989 was justified with claims that Panamanian soldiers had fired on US troops. This was true, but what the western media left out, was the US military had a policy of deliberately provoking this. The US military was conducting exercises, and was directly ordered to “provoke” the Panamanians to fire at them. It took several attempts, but finally after enough provocation, the Panamanians responded and shot at US troops. The media then went into overdrive, and the US played the victim, and talked about the “war on drugs” “money laundering”, and other things. Thousands were killed during the US invasion in Panama, justified with an incident entirely provoked and staged to justify war.

Clinton’s bombing of Serbia in 1999 was also justified with lies. When Clinton began his bombing campaign, the US media was screaming about “mass rapes”, “concentration camps”, and “ethnic cleansing.” The “human rights” industry of non-profits and NGOs funded by George Soros, the Ford Foundation, and other “liberals” invested millions of dollars in building a case for war against Serbia.

In the following years, almost all of these claims were quickly disproved. Reports show that what the US Media was describing was completely false. Serbia had not been committing genocide, and the mass rapes and concentration camps were merely fairy tales designed to sell the war.

The Kosovo Liberation Army, a violent terrorist group aligned with the United States against Serbia had actually committed a huge number of atrocities, but these real crimes against humanity had been ignored. In addition, when the US bombed Serbia, it deliberately targeted hospitals, schools, churches, and other non-military targets. Thousands of Serbians were killed, and an entire country’s infrastructure was destroyed, all justified with lies.

The “weapons of mass destruction” George W. Bush claimed were in Iraq in 2003 did not exist. This lie, used to promote the US invasion in 2003, has resulted in at least a million deaths. The lie did not simply belong to Bush, but was repeated by many figures throughout the US government and media, including both Democrats and Republicans.

A Record of Deception

The record of US lies to justify war goes back further than the last few decades. The escalation of US involvement in the Vietnam War had been the “Gulf of Tonkin Incident.” It was claimed that US ships were attacked by Vietnamese Communists. Then President Lyndon Johnson spoke of “Communist aggression”, and US Congress passed the famous “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” to justify further US military intervention in Vietnam.

In reality, the Vietnamese had not fired on the US ships. The opposite had occurred. US ships had opened fire on the Vietnamese. This lie was used to justify the escalation of the Vietnam War, which killed at least 3 million Vietnamese people. Over 58,000 US troops also died.

The record of lies used to justify US militarism against one country or another is lengthy. One could go back as far as the “Remember the Maine!” battle cry of the Spanish American War, or the suspicious “Zimmerman Telegram” of 1917, which prompted the US to enter the first world war.

In each instance that the US is preparing for war, the media is always filled with hateful propaganda. The leaders of one foreign government or other are demonized, called “monsters”, and stories are told of the “inhumanity” and “brutality.” Some kind of incident is staged, where the US gets to play the victim, or the rescuer. With such a propaganda victory, the US can then respond by killing thousands of innocent people, beating down whoever its latest competitor is, and continue to dominate and control world markets.

Once the smoke clears, most of the stories that were churned out are proven to be lies.

Furthermore, the people the US claims to be “rescuing” always end up in far worse circumstances. US bombs don’t free people, or save them from destruction. Every single place the US has intervened in the last several decades has only gotten worse. Libya is now in ruin, as warlords contend for power and the population has been reduced to extreme poverty. Iraq is a mess of poverty and instability. Afghanistan is wrecked. Serbia has never recovered from the devastation caused by the United States.

As the actual facts emerge regarding the recently downed aircraft, the important thing is that we don’t fall for it again. We cannot trust the billionaires that run the US, or their puppets in the White House of Pentagon.

We must not be conned into supporting yet another war, that will mean huge profits for them, and death, poverty and destruction for so many others.

New Eastern Outlook

Northwoods and MH-17: False Flags Fly alongside ‘Old Glory’

Strategic Culture
by Wayne MADSEN

Americans are fond of revering their flag, dubbed «Old Glory». However, most Americans have never heard of other «flags» common in their history, «false flags» intended to whip up public fervor and plunge the United States into a continuous cycle of warfare.

The use of commercial passenger planes as false flag targets of opportunity for U.S. national security and intelligence planners is nothing new. The U.S. National Archives yielded an explosive formerly classified document some five months before the 9/11 attack in 2001. The document, «Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba» outlined for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a series of false flag attacks, codenamed OPERATION NORTHWOODS, which would be carried out by the United States on various targets but be blamed on the Fidel Castro government of Cuba. Dated March 13, 1962, the Top Secret NORTHWOODS document was prepared by America’s top covert Special Operations officer, General Edward Lansdale.

Lansdale, who was a key leader of a Central Intelligence Agency plan, OPERATION MONGOOSE, which targeted Castro for, among other things, assassination inside Cuba, was the head of the «Cuba Project» under Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Lyman Lemnitzer. 

NORTHWOODS extended MONGOOSE targets from Cuba to the United States. NORTHWOODS called for carrying out bogus Cuban terrorist attacks in Miami and other Florida cities, as well as in Washington, DC, that would be blamed on Castro and be used to justify, amid the public outrage over the attacks, a full-scale American military invasion of Cuba. The NOTHWOOD plans called for the sinking of a boatload of Cuban refugees en route from Cuba to U.S. shores, blowing up an American ship in Cuban waters, and more importantly in light of the recent downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, faking a Cuban Air Force attack on a civilian jetliner.

Lansdale and his NORTHWOODS planners concluded that the U.S. invasion of Cuba would receive wide support as a result of an outraged public. The document states: «World opinion and the United Nations forum should be favorably affected by developing the international image of Cuban government as rash and irresponsible, and as an alarming and unpredictable threat to the peace of the Western Hemisphere».

Similar language has been used in the talking points of the U.S., British, Canadian, and other Western governments to describe the self-government authorities in eastern Ukraine and even the Russian government itself. After an admission by senior U.S. intelligence officials that there is no evidence that ties Russia to the downing of MH-17, Western corporate propaganda media, aided and abetted by neo-conservative longstanding enemies of Russia and President Vladimir Putin, continue to beat the drums for war and blame Moscow for the attack on MH-17. 

With the consensus admission by the CIA, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and other U.S. intelligence agencies that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the attack on MH-17 comes the distinct likelihood that MH-17 fell victim to a NORTHWOODS-like false flag operation designed to isolate Russia internationally and defame Putin and Russia’s leaders just after the announcement in Brazil of the establishment of a new international development bank by the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Putin also became an instant hit with Latin American leaders he met at a time when Latin Americans’ view of U.S. President Barack Obama has hit an all-time low. In other words, U.S. Special Operations planners may have decided to dust off and revise NORTHWOODS by changing «Castro» to «Putin» and the right-wing Cuban exiles who were to help carry out false flag attacks to the neo-fascist elements within the Ukrainian Defense and Interior ministries who carry out America’s «dirty work» on the ground in Ukraine. 

Referring to the perpetrator of the attack on MH-17, one senior U.S. intelligence official told the Associated Press, «we don’t know a name, we don’t know a rank and we’re not even 100 percent sure of a nationality». In other words, the CIA and the other U.S. agencies, which have Ukraine covered by telecommunications intercepts and photographic and thermal imagery from orbiting satellites cannot rule out the Kiev authorities as the perpetrators of the MH-17 attack.

Obama is advised by those who want to overthrow Putin from power in Moscow with the same burning desire they engaged in destabilization operations to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, Bashar al Assad in Syria, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, Hun Sen in Cambodia, Nuri al Maliki in Iraq, and Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine. Obama echoed the neo-con propaganda points of his administration’s chief «Responsibility to Protect» interventionist aides, including national security adviser Susan Rice, UN ambassador Samantha Power, and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. These interventionists are even better places to ensure the media runs with White House talking points, regardless of «real» or «false» flag events. Rhodes’s brother David Rhodes is president of CBS News. Rice’s husband, Ian Cameron, has been a producer for ABC News in New York and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news in Toronto. Between Obama’s number one and two National Security Council officials, there are enough White House personal contacts with the corporate media to sell anyone as the perpetrator of the attack on MH-17.

Obama said he is confident that MH-17 was shot down «over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine» and that Russia «trained and armed [the separatists] with military equipment and weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons.” Obama appears more willing to mimic his White House national security polemicists and propagandists than heeding the intelligence of the CIA, NSA, and other agencies. After blaming Russia for the attack without the supporting intelligence evidence, Obama winged off to the West Coast to collect campaign cash for Democrats for the upcoming November off-year election. White House observers reported that there is no sense of any sort of «national security» crisis within the administration. Such crisis atmospheres are difficult to maintain when those who perpetrated the crisis event are also manufacturing the public’s reactions to it.

Other elements of NORTHWOODS that are relevant today were plans to «start rumors» through the use of clandestine radio stations. Today, with such networks as Fox News, MS-NBC, CNN, and the British Broadcasting Corporation, clandestine news sources are not necessary. Journalists are more than willing to prostitute themselves to delivering the government propaganda lines. There were also plans to land Cuban refugees wearing Cuban military uniforms «over the fence» in Cuba to carry out an attack on the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, sink a U.S. ship near the harbor entrance, and «conduct funerals for mock-victims,» and carry out an attack on a «drone (unmanned) vessel in the vicinity of Havana or Santiago». 

Other NORTHWOODS plans were to carry out a «Cuban-based, Castro-supported» attack on a neighboring Caribbean nation, such as the Dominican Republic. On October 6, 1976, CIA-supported Cuban exiles actually carried out such an attack on a civilian jetliner. Cubana Airlines flight 455, a DC-8, was blown out of the sky after two bombs were placed on board the airliner at Seawell Airport in Barbados. All 78 passengers and crew members were killed when the plane exploded over the Caribbean five miles off the Barbados coast. Among the dead were women and children and the entire Cuban fencing team. Nationals of Guyana and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were also killed. The perpetrators were tracked back to a CIA-funded Cuban opposition group based in the Dominican Republic, the same country that was mentioned as a target for false flag attacks by NORTHWOODS.

NORTHWOODS operations against civilian airline traffic is also spelled out in the document. A «properly painted» disguised U.S. Air Force F-96 was to harass civilian aircraft and then be reported by crew and passengers as a Cuban MiG. The key plan against civilian aircraft was to be the shooting down of a chartered civilian airliner «en route from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama, or Venezuela». 

The chartered plane would be carrying «a group of college students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons with a common interest». The flight plan would call for the plane to cross Cuban airspace. The NORTHWOODS document states «an aircraft at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami area. At a designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the actual civil aircraft and be loaded with the selected passengers, all boarded under carefully prepared aliases. The actual registered aircraft would be converted to a drone. Take off times of the drone aircraft and the actual aircraft will be scheduled to allow a rendezvous south of Florida. From the rendezvous point the passenger-carrying aircraft will descend to a minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Eglin AFB where arrangements will have been made to evacuate the passengers and return the aircraft to its original status. The drone aircraft meanwhile will continue to fly the filed flight plan. When over Cuba the drone will being [sic] transmitting on the international distress frequency a «MAY DAY» message stating he is under attack by MiG aircraft. The transmission will be interrupted by the destruction of the aircraft which will be triggered by radio signal. This will allow ICAO radio stations in the Western Hemisphere to tell the US what has happened to the aircraft instead of the US trying to «sell» the incident. 

There were also plans to fake a Cuban attack on a U.S. F-105 by «disbursing F-105 parts, parachute, etc. at approximately 15 to 20 miles off the Cuban coast». The parts would then be «found» by search ships and aircraft. 

NORTHWOODS proves the existence of U.S. false flag attacks against civilian aircraft as a part of U.S. military doctrine and CIA «trade craft». Elements of NORTHWOODS have as much relevance as they did with respect to Israel’s shooting down of Boeing 727 Libyan Arab Airlines flight 114 over Sinai in 1973; the CIA’s bombing of Cubana flight 455 in 1976; perpetrators still remaining at-large involved with the hijackings of American Airlines flights 11 and77, United Airlines flights 175 and 93, and the suspected bombing of American flight 587 from New York to the Dominican Republic; and today with Malaysian Airlines flight 17 and the still-missing flight 370. Attacks on civilian aircraft are so engrained in U.S. and Israeli military doctrine, there is nothing to suggest that the practices have been shelved.

Strategic Culture

Why Is Wal-Mart Preparing For A Major Earthquake On The New Madrid Fault?

The American Dream
by Michael Snyder

New Madrid Fault ZoneBuried in a Wall Street Journal article from about a week ago was a startling piece of information.  According to a Wal-Mart executive, Wal-Mart “participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” earlier this summer.  And officials at the U.S. Geological Survey have just released a report which indicates that they believe that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“.  So should we be concerned?  Do they know something that we don’t?  The USGS also says that the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern portions of the United States has quintupled over the past 30 years, and that significant earthquakes have started popping up in areas of the country that were once extremely quiet.  Along with the new report, the USGS released the following map…

Earthquake Map

If you look toward the middle of the map, you can see a big red oval over the center of the New Madrid fault zone.

Most Americans don’t realize this, but the most powerful earthquakes in U.S. history did not happen in California.  Rather, they actually occurred along the New Madrid Fault zone in 1811 and 1812.  Documents from that time indicate that those earthquakes were so powerful that they were felt more than 1,000 miles away.

If you are not familiar with it, the New Madrid fault zone covers parts of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.  If an earthquake similar to the quakes of 1811 and 1812 were to happen today, it would destroy structures all the way up to the Great Lakes and all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

That is why it is so alarming that Wal-Mart is actively preparing for a major earthquake along the New Madrid Fault.  The following is from the Wall Street Journal article that I mentioned above…

Walmart Stores Inc., with its huge network of stores and facilities, has also taken note. “We are seeing increased earthquake activity in the central U.S. That is an area we are focusing on even more,” said Mark Cooper, senior director of emergency management at Walmart, in an interview. He explained that Walmart takes an “all-hazard” approach to emergency preparedness, but focuses on specific risks in areas of the country where those risks are particularly relevant, such as hurricanes in Louisiana. “A few weeks ago, we participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line,” he said.

And that Wal-Mart executive is absolutely correct – earthquake activity in the central part of the country is increasing.  In fact, as I mentioned above, it has quintupled over the past 30 years…

According to the USGS, the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled, to an average of 100 a year during the 2011-2013 period, up from only 20 per year during the 30-year period to 2000.

Most of these quakes were minor, but research published by the USGS earlier this year demonstrated that a relatively minor magnitude 5.0 quake caused by wastewater injection after conventional oil drilling triggered a much bigger, 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague, Okla.

“We know the hazard has increased for small and moderate size earthquakes. We don’t know as well how much the hazard has increased for large earthquakes. Our suspicion is it has but we are working on understanding this,” said William Ellsworth, a scientist with the USGS.

The USGS has also specifically identified the New Madrid fault zone as an area to watch

The midwest region is preparing for earthquakes that are bigger and more powerful than ever believed imaginable.

The U.S. Geological Survey updated their seismic hazards map last week, and in it, Kentucky is listed as one of 16 states at highest risk of earthquakes.

USGS says the New Madrid Fault, which runs through a number of midwestern states, has been identified as an area that has potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought.

Hopefully it won’t happen any time soon, but a massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault has the potential to be extraordinarily destructive.  One New Madrid earthquake in 1812 was so powerful that it rang church bells up in Boston and toppled chimneys up in Canada

Accounts of the 1812 quake vary since there were no measuring instruments at the time, but most geologists say evidence shows it was at least a magnitude 8 earthquake, and possibly a 9 or higher.

The shaking was so intense that church bells started ringing as far away as Boston and New York.

Chimneys toppled from the Deep South to Canada, and President James Madison was awoken by the violent shaking as he slept in the White House.

Eyewitnesses said it even caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a time.

At that time, the New Madrid region was sparsely populated.

But today, tens of millions of people live there, and most buildings have not been built to withstand massive earthquakes.

According to ABC News, a study by the Mid-America Earthquake Center discovered that even a magnitude 7.7 earthquake would cause incredible amounts of damage.  The study concluded that “nearly 750,000 buildings would be damaged, 3,000 bridges would potentially collapse, 400,000 breaks and leaks to local pipelines and $300 billion in direct damage and $600 billion in indirect losses would occur.”

So what would a magnitude 8 or a magnitude 9 earthquake look like?

And most people don’t realize that there are 15 nuclear reactors along the New Madrid fault zone.  In the event of a major earthquake, we could have multiple “Fukushimas” all going on at the same time.

Let us hope that it is a very long time before a disaster such as this strikes.

But as I mentioned above, earthquake activity in the central part of the country has increased dramatically in recent years.

And Wal-Mart is so concerned that it actually participated “in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” just a few weeks ago.

So let us hope for the best, but let us also not be blind to the warnings signs all around us.

The American Dream

America The Divided: Everyone Knows We Have Problems But There Is Very Little Agreement On Solutions

The Economic Collapse
by Michael Snyder

Argument - Public DomainA house divided against itself will surely fall.  America is more divided today than it has been in decades, and the deep divisions that are tearing us apart continue to get even worse.  In fact, a newly released Rasmussen Reports national survey discovered that 67 percent of voters believe that America is even more divided now than it was four years ago.  We are angry, we are frustrated and we love to fight with one another, but none of this strife and discord is getting us anywhere.  What most Americans can agree on is that we are facing tremendous problems as a nation.  One average of recent polls found that only 26 percent of Americans believe that this country is heading in the right direction and 63.8 percent of Americans believe that this country is heading in the wrong direction.  Unfortunately, there is very little agreement on what the solutions to our problems are.  That is where the division is.  As a nation, we no longer have a shared set of values or principles that provides a foundation for our decisions.  Everyone just kind of does whatever is right in their own eyes, and the result is chaos.  At a minimum, the U.S. Constitution was supposed to bond all of us together, but it has become clear that very few of our lawless politicians have any respect for that document at this point.  And the American people must not have too much respect left for the Constitution either, because they keep sending the very same politicians back to Washington over and over again.  Unless a miracle happens, everyone is going to keep pulling in different directions, and that is going to continue ripping our country to shreds.

The issues that divide us are countless.  The following are just a few examples…

-Illegal Immigration

-Taxes

-Obamacare

-Government Debt

-U.S. Military Intervention In Foreign Countries

-Gay Marriage

-Abortion

-Racial Relations

-Unemployment

-Shipping Our Jobs Overseas

-Cost Of Living/Inflation

-The Gap Between The Wealthy And The Poor

-Social Security/Medicare/Entitlements

-The Size And Role Of Government

-Welfare

-Political Correctness

-Sexual Morality

-Global Warming/Climate Change

-Guns/Gun Control

-Common Core

-Corporate Corruption

-Government Surveillance

-The Emerging Big Brother Police State

-The War On Drugs

-The War On Terror

-U.S. Relationship With Israel

-The Role Of Faith In Society

I could go on and on with this list, but I think that you get the point.

If you pick just about any issue on that list, there are large numbers of Americans that want to take us one way and large numbers of Americans that want to take us exactly in the opposite direction.  In many instances, both sides consider their opponents to be the epitome of evil.

Sadly, the fights that take place among those that are supposed to be on the same side are often even more disturbing.  Some of the most bitter fighting that I have ever witnessed has been between people that should be working together.  In fact, it often seems like a lot of people would rather fight others in their own “movement” than do something constructive.

And actually the establishment loves when we fight with one another.  The more divided that we are, the easier we are to control.

I am often asked if I think that there is any hope for a political solution in this country.

I wish that I could be more optimistic when I answer, but as divided as this country is right now I see absolutely no hope for a political solution on the national level any time soon.

Even though Darth Vader has a higher favorability rating than any 2016 White House contenders, it is inevitable that one of them (with the full backing of the elite) will be our next president.  And even though a few incumbents will be knocked out of Congress in 2014 and 2016, history has shown us that incumbents typically have a victory rate of more than 80 percent in election after election.

We keep sending the same jokers back to D.C. again and again and yet we continue to keep expecting different results.

Are we insane or what?

In a previous article, I noted a whole bunch of other polls and surveys that show how dissatisfied the American people have become with our government…

#1 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness”.  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#2 66 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the size and power of federal government”.

#3 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the government will “make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.”

#4 Only 8 percent of Americans believe that Congress is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.

#5 Only 4 percent of Americans believe that it would “change Congress for the worse” if every member was voted out during the next election.

#6 60 percent of Americans report feeling “angry or irritable”.  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#7 53 percent of Americans believe that the Obama administration is “not competent in running the government”.

#8 An all-time low 31 percent of Americans identify themselves as Democrats.

#9 An all-time low 25 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

#10 An all-time high 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as Independents.

Clearly the American people are sick and tired of politics as usual.

But even if we voted out every single member of Congress, who would we replace them with?

That is where not having a shared set of values and principles comes into play.

Even if we could start from scratch, the new politicians that the American people would send to Congress would not suddenly look like the founding fathers.

That is because we no longer believe in the same values and principles that they did.

Instead, an entirely new Congress would probably end up looking very much like the old Congress did.

I wish that national unity was just as easy as saying something like this: “Come on guys – let’s all just get together and agree to do what is right for the country.”

That sounds really good, but what is right for the country?

In America today, there is very little agreement about what is right and wrong anymore.

And politically, it is hard enough to get a handful of people to agree on much of anything these days, much less the millions upon millions of people that would be required to form a viable political movement.

So no, I don’t believe that there will be a political solution on the national level any time soon.  The government that we have already reflects what is in the hearts of the American people.

Until we start seeing hearts change on a widespread basis, we are not going to see any significant change in Washington.

The Economic Collapse

Calm Down … You Are Much More Likely to Be Killed By Boring, Mundane Things than Terrorism

Washington’s Blog

The U.S. Department of State reports that only 17 U.S. citizens were killed worldwide as a result of terrorism in 2011.* That figure includes deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq and all other theaters of war.

In contrast, the American agency which tracks health-related issues – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – rounds up the most prevalent causes of death in the United States:

Comparing the CDC numbers to terrorism deaths means:

– You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

– You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

(Keep in mind when reading this entire piece that we are consistently and substantially understating the risk of other causes of death as compared to terrorism, because we are comparing deaths from various causes within the United States against deaths from terrorism worldwide.)

Wikipedia notes that obesity is a a contributing factor in 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year. That makes obesity 5,882 to times 23,528 more likely to kill you than a terrorist.

The annual number of deaths in the U.S. due to avoidable medical errors is as high as 100,000. Indeed, one of the world’s leading medical journals – Lancet – reported in 2011:

A November, 2010, document from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services reported that, when in hospital, one in seven beneficiaries of Medicare (the government-sponsored health-care programme for those aged 65 years and older) have complications from medical errors, which contribute to about 180 000 deaths of patients per year.

That’s just Medicare beneficiaries, not the entire American public. Scientific American noted in 2009:

Preventable medical mistakes and infections are responsible for about 200,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to an investigation by the Hearst media corporation.

And a new study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety says the numbers may be up to 440,000 each year.

But let’s use the lower – 100,000 – figure. That still means that you are 5,882 times more likely to die from medical error than terrorism.

The CDC says that some 80,000 deaths each year are attributable to excessive alcohol use. So you’re 4,706 times more likely to drink yourself to death than die from terrorism.

Wikipedia notes that there were 32,367 automobile accidents in 2011, which means that you are 1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack. As CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria wrote last year:

“Since 9/11, foreign-inspired terrorism has claimed about two dozen lives in the United States. (Meanwhile, more than 100,000 have been killed in gun homicides and more than 400,000 in motor-vehicle accidents.) “

President Obama agreed.

According to a 2011 CDC report, poisoning from prescription drugs is even more likely to kill you than a car crash. Indeed, the CDC stated in 2011 that – in the majority of states – your prescription meds are more likely to kill you than any other source of injury. So your meds are thousands of times more likely to kill you than Al Qaeda.

The financial crisis has also caused quite a few early deaths.  The Guardian reported in 2008:

High-income countries such as the UK and US could see a 6.4% surge in deaths from heart disease, while low-income countries could experience a 26% rise in mortality rates.

Since there were 596,339 deaths from heart disease in the U.S. in 2011 (see CDC table above), that means that there are approximately 38, 165 additional deaths a year from the financial crisis … and Americans are 2,245 times more likely to die from a financial crisis that a terrorist attack. 

Financial crises cause deaths in other ways, as well.  For example, the poverty rate has skyrocketed in the U.S. since the 2008 crash. For example, the poverty rate in 2010 was the highest in 17 years, and more Americans numerically were in poverty as of 2011 than for more than 50 years. Poverty causes increased deaths from hunger, inability to pay for heat and shelter, and other causes. (And – as mentioned below – suicides have skyrocketed recently; many connect the increase in suicides to the downturn in the economy.)

The number of deaths by suicide has also surpassed car crashes. Around 35,000 Americans kill themselves each year (and more American soldiers die by suicide than combat; the number of veterans committing suicide is astronomical and under-reported). So you’re 2,059 times more likely to kill yourself than die at the hand of a terrorist.

The CDC notes that there were 7,638 deaths from HIV and 45 from syphilis, so you’re 452 times more likely to die from risky sexual behavior than terrorism.  (That doesn’t include death by autoerotic asphyxiation … discussed below.)

The National Safety Council reports that more than 6,000 Americans die a year from falls … most of them involve people falling off their roof or ladder trying to clean their gutters, put up Christmas lights and the like. That means that you’re 353 times more likely to fall to your death doing something idiotic than die in a terrorist attack.

The same number – 6,000 – die annually from texting while driving.  So you’re 353 times more likely to meet your maker while lol’ing than by terrorism.

The agency in charge of workplace safety – the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration – reports that 4,609 workers were killed on the job in 2011 within the U.S. homeland. In other words, you are 271 times more likely to die from a workplace accident than terrorism.

The CDC notes that 3,177 people died of “nutritional deficiencies” in 2011, which means you are 187 times more likely to starve to death in American than be killed by terrorism.

Approximately 1,000 Americans die each year from autoerotic asphyxiation.  So you’re 59 times more likely to kill yourself doing weird, kinky things than at the hands of a terrorist.

Some 450 Americans die each year when they fall out of bed, 26 times more than are killed by terrorists.

Scientific American notes:

You might have toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by the microscopic parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which the CDC estimates has infected about 22.5 percent of Americans older than 12 years old

Toxoplasmosis is a brain-parasite. The CDC reports that more than 375 Americans die annually due to toxoplasmosis. In addition, 3 Americans died in 2011 after being exposed to a brain-eating amoeba. So you’re about 22 times more likely to die from a brain-eating zombie parasite than a terrorist.

There were at least 155 Americans killed by police officers in the United States in 2011. That means that you were more than 9 times more likely to be killed by a law enforcement officer than by a terrorist.

Around 34 Americans a year are killed by dog bites … around twice as many as by terrorists.

The 2011 Report on Terrorism from the National Counter Terrorism Center notes that Americans are just as likely to be “crushed to death by their televisions or furniture each year” as they are to be killed by terrorists.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that Americans are 110 times more likely to die from contaminated food than terrorism. And see this.

The Jewish Daily Forward noted in May that – even including the people killed in the Boston bombing – you are more likely to be killed by a toddler than a terrorist. And see these statistics from CNN.

Reason notes:

[The risk of being killed by terrorism] compares annual risk of dying in a car accident of 1 in 19,000; drowning in a bathtub at 1 in 800,000; dying in a building fire at 1 in 99,000; or being struck by lightning at 1 in 5,500,000. In other words, in the last five years you were four times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist.

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has just published, Background Report: 9/11, Ten Years Later [PDF]. The report notes, excluding the 9/11 atrocities, that fewer than 500 people died in the U.S. from terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2010.

Scientific American reported in 2011:

John Mueller, a political scientist at Ohio State University, and Mark Stewart, a civil engineer and authority on risk assessment at University of Newcastle in Australia … contended, “a great deal of money appears to have been misspent and would have been far more productive—saved far more lives—if it had been expended in other ways.”

chart comparing annual fatality risksMueller and Stewart noted that, in general, government regulators around the world view fatality risks—say, from nuclear power, industrial toxins or commercial aviation—above one person per million per year as “acceptable.” Between 1970 and 2007 Mueller and Stewart asserted in a separate paper published last year in Foreign Affairs that a total of 3,292 Americans (not counting those in war zones) were killed by terrorists resulting in an annual risk of one in 3.5 million. Americans were more likely to die in an accident involving a bathtub (one in 950,000), a home appliance (one in 1.5 million), a deer (one in two million) or on a commercial airliner (one in 2.9 million).

The global mortality rate of death by terrorism is even lower. Worldwide, terrorism killed 13,971 people between 1975 and 2003, an annual rate of one in 12.5 million. Since 9/11 acts of terrorism carried out by Muslim militants outside of war zones have killed about 300 people per year worldwide. This tally includes attacks not only by al Qaeda but also by “imitators, enthusiasts, look-alikes and wannabes,” according to Mueller and Stewart.

Defenders of U.S. counterterrorism efforts might argue that they have kept casualties low by thwarting attacks. But investigations by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies suggest that 9/11 may have been an outlier—an aberration—rather than a harbinger of future attacks. Muslim terrorists are for the most part “short on know-how, prone to make mistakes, poor at planning” and small in number, Mueller and Stewart stated. Although still potentially dangerous, terrorists hardly represent an “existential” threat on a par with those posed by Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.

In fact, Mueller and Stewart suggested in Homeland Security Affairs, U.S. counterterrorism procedures may indirectly imperil more lives than they preserve: “Increased delays and added costs at U.S. airports due to new security procedures provide incentive for many short-haul passengers to drive to their destination rather than flying, and, since driving is far riskier than air travel, the extra automobile traffic generated has been estimated to result in 500 or more extra road fatalities per year.”

The funds that the U.S. spends on counterterrorism should perhaps be diverted to other more significant perils, such as industrial accidents (one in 53,000), violent crime (one in 22,000), automobile accidents (one in 8,000) and cancer (one in 540). “Overall,” Mueller and Stewart wrote, “vastly more lives could have been saved if counterterrorism funds had instead been spent on combating hazards that present unacceptable risks.” In an e-mail to me, Mueller elaborated:

“The key question, never asked of course, is what would the likelihood be if the added security measures had not been put in place? And, if the chances without the security measures might have been, say, one in 2.5 million per year, were the trillions of dollars in investment (including overseas policing which may have played a major role) worth that gain in security—to move from being unbelievably safe to being unbelievably unbelievably safe? Given that al Qaeda and al Qaeda types have managed to kill some 200 to 400 people throughout the entire world each year outside of war zones since 9/11—including in areas that are far less secure than the U.S.—there is no reason to anticipate that the measures have deterred, foiled or protected against massive casualties in the United States. If the domestic (we leave out overseas) enhanced security measures put into place after 9/11 have saved 100 lives per year in the United States, they would have done so at a cost of $1 billion per saved life. That same money, if invested in a measure that saves lives at a cost of $1 million each—like passive restraints for buses and trucks—would have saved 1,000 times more lives.”

Mueller and Stewart’s analysis is conservative, because it excludes the most lethal and expensive U.S. responses to 9/11. Al Qaeda’s attacks also provoked the U.S. into invading and occupying two countries, at an estimated cost of several trillion dollars. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000 Americans so far—more than twice as many as were killed on September 11, 2001—as well as tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans.

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In 2007 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that people are more likely to be killed by lightning than terrorism. “You can’t sit there and worry about everything,” Bloomberg exclaimed. “Get a life.”

Indeed, the Senior Research Scientist for the Space Science Institute (Alan W. Harris) estimates that the odds of being killed by a terrorist attack is about the same as being hit by an asteroid (and see this).

Terrorism pushes our emotional buttons. And politicians and the media tend to blow the risk of terrorism out of proportion. But as the figures above show, terrorism is a very unlikely cause of death.

Indeed, our spending on anti-terrorism measures is way out of whack … especially because most of the money has been wasted. And see this article, and this 3-minute video by professor Mueller:

Indeed, mission creep in the name of countering terrorism actually makes us more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

And corrupt government policy is arguably more dangerous than terrorism.

* Note: The most recent official report – published in 2012 – shows that even fewer Americans were killed by terrorists than in the previous year.

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Brain-Eating Amoebas: What You Need to Know

The Daily Sheeple
By Lisa Egan

amoeba

It sounds like the stuff of horror films, nightmares, or scary bedtime stories.

Unfortunately, Naegleria fowleri - more commonly known as “brain-eating amoeba” – is very real.

The amoeba lurks in warm freshwater lakes, rivers, and hot springs, and makes its way into the body via the nose when people go swimming or diving. According to the CDC, in very rare instances, Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated and contaminated tap water) enters the nose.

Certain factors increase risk of exposure to the amoeba. From the CDC:

Naegleria fowleri is a heat-loving (thermophilic) organism. It grows best at higher temperatures up to 115°F (46°C) and can survive for short periods at higher temperatures. It is less likely to be found in the water as temperatures decline. The ameba can be found in lake or river sediment at temperatures well below where one would find the ameba in the water.

While infections with Naegleria fowleri are rare, they occur mainly during the summer months of July, August, and September. Infections are more likely to occur in southern-tier states, but can also occur in other more northern states. Infections usually occur when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.

After Naegleria enters the nose, it travels to the brain, where it causes a swelling called primary meningoencephalitis (PAM). The infection leads to the destruction of brain tissue and is almost always fatal: it kills more than 97 percent of its victims within days. Only 3 people out of 132 known infected individuals in the United States from 1962 to 2013 have survived.

One of the 3 known survivors in the US is Kali Hardig, a 13-year-old from Benton, Arkansas, who was infected last summer after swimming at a water park. She was treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Doctors there called the CDC and got a new drug to add to the cocktail they were already giving Kali. During the 22 days Kali was unconscious, doctors had to drill a hole in her skull to accommodate the swelling in her brain.

She’s made quite a recovery, as NBC News reports:

Kali completed her recovery with a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, and began to regain what she’d lost. “Now she looks normal again,” Traci Hardig said. “She can talk and ride a bike, whatever.”

Kali was left with some scar tissue in her brain where the amoebae did their damage. But her brain has managed to rewire many of the connections she lost.

Infections are not common in the US, with only 34 cases reported between 2004 and 2013. Of those cases, 30 people were infected by contaminated recreational water, 3 people were infected after performing nasal irrigation (Neti pots) using contaminated tap water, and 1 person was infected by contaminated tap water used on a backyard slip-n-slide.

Naegleria infection usually occurs in people who have been engaging in water sports like diving, waterskiiing, or wakeboarding – activities that may forcefully suffuse the nose with lots of water.

Scientific American explained the progression of the infection:

It turns out that “brain eating” is actually a pretty accurate description for what the amoeba does. After reaching the olfactory bulbs, N. fowleri feasts on the tissue there using suction-cup-like structures on its surface. This destruction leads to the first symptoms—loss of smell and taste—about five days after the infection sets in.

Early symptoms usually start between 1 to 7 days after infection (usually in about 5 days) and resemble those of bacterial meningitis. Symptoms may include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck. The neck stiffness is attributable to the inflammation, as the swelling around the spinal cord makes it impossible to flex the muscles.

As the infection spreads and penetrates more brain tissue, the secondary symptoms begin:

They include delirium, hallucinations, confusion and seizures. The frontal lobes of the brain, which are associated with planning and emotional control, tend to be affected most because of the path the olfactory nerve takes.

Loss of balance and lack of attention to people and surroundings are also observed.

“But after that there’s kind of no rhyme or reason—all of the brain can be affected as the infection progresses,” Jennifer Cope, an epidemiologist and expert in amoeba infections at the CDC, said.

After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death by respiratory failure within about 5 days (range 1 to 12 days).

Options for treatment are limited:

Several drugs are effective against Naegleria fowleri in the laboratory. However, their effectiveness is unclear since almost all infections have been fatal, even when people were treated with similar drug combinations. Recently, 2 people with Naegleria infection survived after being treated with a new drug called miltefosine that was given along with other drugs and aggressive management of brain swelling. (source)

If you suspect infection with Naegleria, seek medical care immediately, particularly if the person has been in freshwater recently and develop a sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, and vomiting.

To prevent infection, experts say to assume there is a low level of risk associated with any warm freshwater, especially in southern states. Testing has shown the amoeba is commonly found in those bodies of water.

Evidence suggests infections may be increasing. Prior to 2010, more than half of cases came from Florida, Texas and other southern states. Since then, however, infections have popped up as far north as Minnesota.

Cope said, “We’re seeing it in states where we hadn’t seen cases before. It’s something we’re definitely keeping an eye on.”

Surveys in the 1970s found Naegleria fowleri in close to half the lakes in Florida. In 2011, two Australian researchers reviewed data from 18 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia and found overwhelming evidence that water towers and drinking-water systems were colonized with enough amoebas to be a health concern.

Avoiding the amoeba may be difficult because it is so common, so what can you do to avoid infection?

Cope told Scientific American that she recommends using nose plugs and not immersing your head fully under water when swimming. She also advises against kicking up sediment, which can shake the amoeba loose.

Naegleria is not found in salt water, like the ocean.

In June 2014, scientists sequenced the amoeba’s genome for the first time. Their insights may help us understand what makes it so virulent and point the way to better treatments.

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The Ten Plagues That Are Hitting America Right Now

The American Dream
by Michael Snyder

10 PlaguesWhy are so many plagues hitting the United States all of a sudden?  Yes, one can always point out bad stuff that is happening somewhere in the country, but right now we are facing a nightmarish combination of crippling drought, devastating wildfires, disastrous viruses, dying crops and superbugs that scientists don’t know how to kill.  And as you will see, we even have a plague of flies down in Mississippi.  So what in the world is going on?  Is this just a case of bad luck, or is something else happening?  At the conclusion of this article, please feel free to tell me what you think.  The following are ten plagues that are hitting America right now…

#1 The Plague Of Flies In The Upper Mississippi River Valley

This is perhaps the least dangerous plague, but it is also one of the most interesting.  Just recently, a plague of flies was so thick in the upper Mississippi River valley that it showed up on radar

The mayflies were detectable on radar around 845 pm and reports in the towns and cities began rolling in of the swarming and piles of mayflies. Numerous videos and pictures were circulating on social media, some of which are posted below as well.

The radar detected the flies about 845 pm, emanating from the river (the source) with echo values similar to that of light-moderate rain (35-40 dBZ). With a general south-to-north wind flow above the surface, the mayflies quickly moved north once in the air. As the flies dispersed moving north-northeast, they also gained altitude with some of the echo being detected as far north as Black River Falls and as high as 2500 feet above ground.

By late evening, mayflies were swarming in La Crosse, La Crescent, Stoddard and points up and down the river. While the emergence of mayflies from their river bottom mud dwelling can occur at various times through the warm season depending on the species, this particular emergence was that of the larger black/brown Bilineata species.

Here is one photo of the flies that was posted by the federal government…

Plague Of Flies In Mississippi - Government Photo Public Domain

#2 The Chikungunya Virus

As I wrote about the other day, down in Florida health officials have discovered the very first confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus to be transmitted locally.  In other words, it is now being passed to people that have not even traveled out of the country.

An epidemic of the virus has already been declared down in Puerto Rico, and authorities are deeply concerned about the possibility of one up here as well.

Already, cases of the virus have been reported in 30 different states and the total number of cases in the U.S. is more than five times higher than in any other recent year.

If you live in an area that has a lot of mosquitos, you might want to be very, very careful right about now because this is a virus that is exceedingly painful

With illness onset, the person develops high fever, chills, and joint pain, followed in some by a rash on the trunk, limbs and face lasting 3-4 days. Muscle and joint pain last about one week. Joint pain is often severe and in some people lasts longer, up to several months.

#3 The Wildfires Out West

The massive wildfires in Washington, Oregon and western Canada have spread clouds of smoke over vast areas of the northwest United States in recent days.  The following excerpt comes from a recent CNN report

Wildfires spanning almost 170,000 acres are driving hundreds of people from their homes in Washington state and across the border in Canada, officials said.

Washington authorities say the fires surged overnight to 168,713 acres in the state. The flames have encroached on towns.

Janet Pearce of the Washington state Department of Natural Resources said the four fires had not been contained as of Friday morning. An estimated 80 homes were destroyed and cell phone service was knocked out.

#4 The Drought In California

The nightmarish multi-year drought in the state of California just continues to get even worse.

This week it was reported that 81 percent of California is now experiencing “extreme drought” or worse.

Three months ago, that number was just 68 percent.

And we are being told that downtown Los Angeles is now the driest that it has been since rain records began in 1877.

For much, much more on this, please see my recent article entitled “20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic“.

#5 The Virus That Has Killed Millions Of Our Pigs

A horrific pig virus known as porcine epidemic diarrhea came over from China a little over a year ago.

Since then, it has killed about 7 million pigs, and approximately 100,000 more are dying each week.

#6 Citrus Greening

Have you ever heard of citrus greening disease?

Perhaps not, but it has gotten so bad down in Florida that experts are now saying that the entire citrus industry in the state “could be destroyed”

“It’s horrible — it’s a disaster,” says Fred Gmitter, a professor of horticulture science at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center.

It might be time to kiss your OJ goodbye, unless science steps in to save the day.

At least 70% of Florida’s citrus trees are already infected by the disease, known as citrus greening, huanglongbing, or occasionally just with an ominous “it,” as in “It’s here.”

Florida’s citrus crop this year is the lowest it’s been in 30 years, and agricultural authorities have continued to lower their production estimates. Orange-juice prices are up nearly 20% this year alone and will continue to rise. The disease was a major factor in the lime shortage that made the price of a box of Persian limes jump from $18 to $85 last December. Prices could jump higher for oranges. Researchers and growers say that if a cure isn’t found, the entire $9 billion Florida citrus industry could be destroyed.

#7 Bananas Going Extinct?

You bananas are not safe either.

According to CNBC, the TR4 fungus is spreading so rapidly that it could eventually totally wipe out the variety of bananas that we find in our grocery stores today…

Banana lovers take note: The world’s supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

“It’s a very serious situation,” said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.

“There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

While there are nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, the most popular is the Cavendish, which accounts for 45 percent of the fruit’s global crop—and the one Americans mostly find in their supermarkets.

#8 The Number Of Earthquakes Is Increasing

For a long time, scientists tried to deny that the number of earthquakes is increasing.

But now, the USGS is finally admitting that the number of big earthquakes has doubled

If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.

“We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California.

Fortunately, most of the earthquakes in the U.S. so far this year have been relatively small or have been in isolated areas.

But they have been popping up in very unusual areas (such as Oklahoma), and as seismic activity along the Ring of Fire continues to increase, it is probably only a matter of time before one of our major cities gets hit with a major tragedy.

#9 Superbugs

Thanks at least in part to the massive overuse of antibiotics, a new generation of superbugs is arising.  Scientists have no way to kill these superbugs, and according to experts they are finding their way “into healthcare facilities nationwide”

Drug-resistant superbug infections have reached near-epidemic levels across U.S. hospitals, with an alarming 500% increase now documented in a study just published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America).

Lead author of the study, Dr. Joshua Thaden, warned “This dangerous bacteria is finding its way into healthcare facilities nationwide… A CRE epidemic is fast approaching… Even this marked increase likely underestimates the true scope of the problem given variations in hospital surveillance practices.”

The study also found that an astonishing 94 percent of CRE infections were caused by healthcare activities or hospital procedures.

#10 Fukushima

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Hundreds of tons of radioactive water are being released into the Pacific on a continual basis, and this could potentially affect our oceans and our food chain for generations to come.

But it is a “slow motion disaster” that is already “old news”, so most Americans don’t think about it anymore.  But the truth is that there is a lot of evidence that it should be taken very seriously in this country.  For much more on this, please see this article.

In Japan, of course, things are even worse.

In fact, one Japanese doctor that was working in Tokyo says that radiation sickness is rampant in that city

Since December 2011, I have conducted thyroid ultrasound examinations, thyroid function tests, general blood tests and biochemical tests on about 2000 people, mostly families in the Tokyo metropolitan area expressing concerns on the effects of radiation. I have observed that white blood cells, especially neutrophils, are decreasing among children under the age of 10. There are cases of significant decline in the number of neutrophils in 0-1 year-olds born after the earthquake (<1000). In both cases, conditions tend to improve by moving to Western Japan (Neutrophils 0–>4500). Patients report nosebleed, hair loss, lack of energy, subcutaneous bleeding, visible urinary hemorrhage, skin inflammations, coughs and various other non-specific symptoms.

And this Japanese doctor believes that things are so dire that he says that the entire city of Tokyo should be evacuated…

Residents of Tokyo are unfortunately not in the position to pity the affected regions of Tohoku because they are victims themselves. Time is running short. I took an earlier step forward and evacuated to the west. My fellow doctors of medicine, I am waiting for you here. And to the people in Eastern Japan still hesitating, all my support goes to facilitating and enabling your evacuation, relocation, or a temporary relief in Western Japan.

Just like with Chernobyl, this radioactive material is going to silently make people sick and kill people all over globe for years to come, and most of them will never have any idea what is really happening to them.

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