by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
For the moment, our top public health officials are quite adamant that there absolutely will not be a major Ebola outbreak in the United States. But what if they are wrong? Or what would happen if terrorists released a form of weaponized Ebola or weaponized smallpox in one of our major cities? What would such an event do to our economy? I think that we can get some clues by looking at the economic collapses that are taking place in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone right now. When an extremely deadly virus like Ebola starts spreading like wildfire, the fear that it creates can be even worse for a society than the disease. All of a sudden people don’t want to go to work, people don’t want to go to school and people definitely don’t want to go shopping. There are very few things that can shut down the economy of a nation faster. Considering the fact that our big banks are being more reckless than ever, we better hope that we don’t see a “black swan event” such as a major Ebola outbreak come along and upset the apple cart. Because if that does happen, our Ponzi scheme of an economy could implode really quick.
“No matter what we do on the ground to try to exercise our rights, if they have that kind of power over us, if they can shut off our water, if they can toxify our air and soils, it’s going to be game over if it continues.” – Dane Wigington
from SGT Report.com:
This may be the most important news I’ve ever shared. I spent one hour with Dane Wigington, founder of Geoengineeringwatch.org to discuss the rapidly unfolding environmental catastrophe of global climate Geoengineering, which Dane calls “an all out assault against all life on earth.”
How bad is it, you ask? A concerned Geoengineering insider from a government lab told Dane, “If the public truly found out about these programs they would seek out those who are responsible and hang them or shoot them in front of a firing squad.”
Dane explains, “Geoengineering and climate engineering is the all out assault against everything we hold dear. This issue will decide our collective future if we don’t deal with it. It’s that simple.”
by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
I know, I know I’ve been radio silent on the precious metals sector. That’s because there’s nothing constructive for me say right now given the extreme level of intervention going on and everyone can read rants about that ad nauseum on a lot of other blogs. I will say that I believe the relentless take-down of the metals using massive quantities of paper gold (Comex futures, LBMA forwards) is throwing off the rotten stench of extreme desperation. I have my views on why, which I’ll share later.
Meanwhile, there is area of the market that is very ripe for making money – shorting the housing market. And this strategy has produced pretty good returns since early 2013. And it will produce even better returns as the natural force of the market’s fundamental “gravity” gets its grip on the helium – helium in the form of printed money – which is levitating the SPX/Dow. And the best way to short the housing market is by shorting the homebuilders. When the SPX eventually goes down “X,” the homebuilders go down 2-3X.
Read More @ Investmentresearchdynamics.com
The International Monetary Fund urged regulators to pay closer attention to a shadow banking system that has grown to more than $70 trillion worldwide to help prevent risks from building outside the bounds of traditional financial oversight.
“Shadow banking tends to take off when strict banking regulations are in place, which leads to circumvention of regulations,” Gaston Gelos, chief of the IMF’s global financial analysis division, said in a statement accompanying portions released today of its Global Financial Stability Report. The full report is scheduled to be released Oct. 8.
Read More @ Bloomberg.com
by Vivian Lee, Memory Hole Blog:
With a rash of “beheadings” sweeping the world, a horrified public is asked to see this depraved barbarity as The New Normal.
First we had the August “murder” on video of U.S. journalist James Foley, shown kneeling before a black-robed, masked figure brandishing a knife. Yes, even a rather small knife can do it (just as box-cutters can enable the hijacking of commercial airplanes). The perpetrator is identified as a member of the terrorist group ISIS (or IS or ISIL), which supposedly wants to install a new Islamic caliphate based in the region.
However, the video did not actually show the beheading, but faded to black at the appropriate moment. A subsequent frame purports to show Foley’s head propped up on his headless body. This video was staged, however, as proved by numerous researchers, and even admitted in the British press.
Read More @ Memoryholeblog
By Jason Kissner, Global Research:
We begin with the Public Health Agency of Canada, which once (as recently as August 6) stated on its website that:
“In the laboratory, infection through small-particle aerosols has been demonstrated in primates, and airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated (1, 6, 13). The importance of this route of transmission is not clear. Poor hygienic conditions can aid the spread of the virus.”
No more; the “airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected” language has been cleansed:
“In laboratory settings, non-human primates exposed to aerosolized ebolavirus from pigs have become infected, however, airborne transmission has not been demonstrated between non-human primates.
Read More @ GlobalResearch.ca
What’s behind the propagandized rise of the deadly virus Ebola?
from 21st Century Wire:
In early August, it was reported that an American doctor along with another aid worker had arrived in Atlanta traveling from West Africa, supposedly after contracting the deadly virus Ebola.
Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, of the Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse and Nancy Writebol of Serving in Mission (SIM), were flown in to the United States, following aid work in Foya, Liberia.
An outbreak of big pharma: There is no cure for the Ebola virus, as it has reportedly killed between 50- 90% of those infected. We’ve been told that both Brantly and Writebol, have made a ‘miraculous’ recovery due to an experimental drug called ZMapp. The new drug from Mapp Biopharmaceutical, has not been approved for clinical testing, but that hasn’t stopped it from being thrust into the public sphere due rising concerns of a global pandemic involving Ebola. On August 12th, an unprecedented intervention by a panel from the World Health Organization (WHO) approved its use internationally, without any clear evidence of the drug working.
Read More @ 21st Century Wire.com
Russia’s second biggest bank VTB has reduced its US dollar lending, Andrey Kostin the bank’s head said on the sidelines of the Russia Calling! forum on Wednesday.
“In general, we are trying to avoid extending dollar loans in order to de-dollarize the economy. This is right. Many businesses prefer to borrow dollars not because they need them, but because the currency looks less expensive. But in doing so, they assume currency risks without having dollar incomes. And this is wrong,” TASS quotes Kostin as saying.
According to the VTB head, currency loans should be limited to importers or those who really need them.
Read More @ RT.com
by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:
Less than 24 hours after the first US-based Ebola infection was confirmed in Dallas, TX it is being reported that another individual who had contact with Patient Zero is now in strict isolation and being tested for possible infection.
Dallas health officials are now monitoring another person who they fear may have Ebola after coming into contact with the infected man currently being treated in Dallas, Texas.
“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: the fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson said Wednesday in an interview with local ABC affiliate WFAA. “So this is real.”
Read More @ SHTFPlan.com
from Wolf Street:
Canada’s truly magnificent housing bubble, incomparably more magnificent than the housing bubble in the US that blew up with such spectacular results, is starting to worm its way into all sorts of venues. And on Tuesday, Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Agathe Côté had a special place for it in her discussions of “vulnerabilities and risks” to the “stability of the financial system.”
Home prices in Canada rose more moderately than in the US during the crazy go-go years from 2000 until the financial crisis: in the US they more than doubled in that period, according to the CaseShiller Index, while they rose “only” about 70% in Canada, based on the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index.
Read More @ Wolfstreet.com
[Ed.Note: Originally published January 27, 2014]
from GeoEngineering Watch:
How To Murder A State
A state being murdered? How can that be? It is indeed very hard for most normal people to grasp the evil intent of those at the top levels of the power structure in America, and now in most countries of the world. For those that have overcome the psychological reluctance to look at such a reality, I will explain to you how this particular crime against humanity is being carried out. First imagine that you have the technology and the will to set in motion a multi-billion dollar project to wipe out the water supply to all of California, and as a “side effect,” poison the soil so plants and trees can no longer survive. This will help accomplish many aspects of your larger agenda of consolidated control of the population, in this case through food and water scarcity which justifies government control to further micromanage our lives “for our safety.” In the meantime, you can just blame nature for the killer drought, so the public never realizes what is going on. To make sure no one notices that the natural soil pH is changing and trees and crops are being poisoned by aluminum in the soil (which would implicate the jets which are spraying the aluminum every day), just stop all official government testing for aluminum, and make sure nothing of the kind is covered on the media.
Read More @ Geoengineeringwatch.org
from The News Doctors:
Ukraine’s Central Election Committee has registered quite a set of characters: Darth Vader, Yoda, Padme Amidala, Chewbacca, and Palpatine are to officially run in the country’s parliamentary elections on October 26.
The Star Wars contenders will run under Ukraine’s Internet Party, which has 11 million supporters according to its website. Darth Vader, one of the greatest movie villains in cinema history, is the number one candidate on the party’s list.
Read More @ TheNewsDoctors.com
Tuesday’s market was anything but magical. It had some brief Halloween-like scary moments but none were really terrifying and all were rather short-lived.
End Of Quarter Window Washing Leaves Us In Somewhat Familiar Territory – On July 1st, the first day of the third quarter, the S&P closed at 1973. Last night, on the last day of the third quarter, the S&P closed at 1972 (H/T The Kirk Report). Kind of like commuting by roller-coaster.
U.S. stocks opened lower as early economic data tended to disappoint.
The morning selloff bottomed around 10:15, a bit above recent lows in the S&P. In mid-morning, I sent out this synopsis to some friends:
Art Cashin continues @ KingWorldNews.com
from Fox News:
Thousands of African children who have lost parents to Ebola are facing a “potential death sentence” as they are at risk of being shunned from society, UNICEF says.
The U.N. organization said Tuesday that at least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola.
“Thousands of children are living through the deaths of their mother, father or family members from Ebola,” Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West & Central Africa, said in a statement. “These children urgently need special attention and support; yet many of them feel unwanted and even abandoned,” he added
Read More @ FoxNews.com