In Uganda, 99 people are quarantined after 1 man dies of confirmed case of Marburg (Hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola). The 99 people live in 4 different locations and 60 of the 99 are health workers.
China and Zimbabwe agree to enhance military cooperation. China also providing food aid to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa.
China now urging the United States to stop "fabricating stories" and "mudslinging" after FBI official accused China of stealing secrets from U.S. firms. European Union and China to hold their first dialogue on Security and Defense, in Beijing- October 10. Meanwhile, China's Prime Minister urges Germany for both of them to open up their markets to one another.
China will install 8.17 million units of facilities for grain storage in 26 provinces, (no, I have no idea how many grain towers that number means), by the end of 2014 to reduce grain losses during process of storage. ( Historical note: this is also a prewar move by an aggressor prior to making war, or a defender, expecting war very soon.) Plus, after a decade of not doing so, China will now resume coal import tariffs and the USA is one such provider. Right here in Alaska we ship out a good amount of coal, taken from the coal mines in Healy, carried by train south to Seward and then loaded aboard some really good sized coal ships.
United Kingdom has appointed the Bank of China, plus two others firms to help organize the first sale of British Government debt denominated now in Chinese yuan.
US Dollar declined against most major currencies on 10-8-14 after minutes following the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed officials were concerned that the global economic slowdown and a stronger currency ( yuan or yen) could pose risks to the outlook for the US economy.
Russia has accused the U.S. of "periodical grave massive" violations of the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This concerned Washington's intention to deploy MK-41 Launch Systems, that "can" be used for launching intermediate-range cruise missiles from Poland and Romania. (Cruise missiles are used for both non-nuclear and nuclear weapons. But it seems Russia forgets nuclear bombs or smaller projectiles can also be attached to jet fighters, helicopters or even fired from artillery, if an agressor so wished to.) The U.S. had warned Russia back in July 2014 that they had violated the same treaty by testing of a new cruise missile design, but Russia had declined the event. ( We both behave like school bullies fighting over the last basketball court or even a swing-set.)
Another volcano has erupted, Mt Sinabung on the Island of Sumatra. First with poisonous gas last February that killed 16-people and sending 31,000 people fleeing down the mountain side. This times it spewing hot lava and flaming ash clouds.
India issues a dire warning to Pakistan: They will pay an, " unaffordable price" if they persisted with shelling and machine-gunning heavily populated areas across the border in Kashmir lowlands. This now raises the stakes for the two rival in their decade-long border shoot out. ( Both countries possess nuclear weapons and outlining countries live in fear one them might resort to using one and setting off a nuclear exchange.)
An Indian state has now made self-defense training mandatory for young women, due to the over-rampant harassment or even violence against womenfolk . ( Violent rape is on a rise and perhaps other states will follow suit. Hindu is the major religion, but there is a strong Muslim presence and a growing Buddhist minority group. )
United Nations is ramping up its Aid Efforts amid deepening Libyan Crisis ( not Liberian). Violence has forced the UN and other Aid Organizations to leave Libya. Still, the UN estimates it will need another $35 million in additional funding to continue helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by the crisis. An estimated 331,000 people are in need, which includes 287,000 displaced persons. In addition, another 100,000 people had fled to surrounding countries. A recent boatload of refugees out of Libya, making their attempt to reach Europe, all drowned. Their bodies were pulled from the sea. There is still no word as to what had happened, but as in all too many cases, the boat operator is ill-prepared to operate an open boat in the wild currents and rough seas of the ocean. Thousands have been lost.
The CIA/Insider story about the April Economy Crash and 25-year Depression, I provided you a connection for and that apparently came with an attached video, is now being shown on the Moscow Times- Russia's English speaking paper I review every morning. Now this morning it showed up on Global Times, China's English speaking paper and known for communist propaganda. This is a great story for Russian communist and Chinese communist, as it shows a possible downfall of the United States. But in some ways it adds a degree of weight to the former CIA analyst info and research. Enough to make you think.
Now WOW!!!! We used $500 million dollars of taxpayer money to purchase 16 Air Transports for the Afghan Air Force. Haul cargo, train their airborne.....what do they do with them. They destroy them so they can sell them as scrap for 6 CENTS A POUND. At least this has prompted some kind of government inquiry as to why taxpayer's money was so wasted on this poorly thought out program. (Now tell me again, why are we still there? We left 9,800 ADVISERS to train their troops. You'd think that with all the time we've already been there the AFGHAN Army would've developed a strong basic training program with really angry looking drill sergeants we had already trained 8 or 9 years ago. Plus, just how many of these advisers will end up being shot in the back by their own troops- this has happened far too much over there. No, bring the troops home and put them on our southern border. Who needs a multi-billion dollar fence when you can put a $800 a month private out there who's been train to repel boards. Besides, he already knows what the terrorists look like.)
China is pushing the line with Vietnam, and others like Philippines, Malaysia, Burma, Brunei and Taiwan, by building a military air strip on a South China Sea "DISPUTED" island. This one is called Woody Island, which is part of the Parcel Chain. China has also construct a small town near the strip. Once completed the Island will become the base for Chinese military aircraft and give them control of that region of the South China Sea. ( Chinese Air Force and troops strength is far larger than all those smaller nations combined. It is unknown if Japan would become involved, or the U.S.?)
I only found this story in one Intelligence Source I follow, which I've had happen before and I've found this Intel Source to be right. However, Last Sunday, rebel forces aligned to Syria's Western-backed Opposition, announced the seizure of a joint Syrian-Russian spy base, which observers reveal the extent of Russia's Intelligence Cooperation with Syria. The base is located at the base of the Tel al-Hara Mountain, in southern Syria's Golan Heights Region, just south of the border crossing with Israel. It is now mostly destroyed after the battle for the Syrian town of Quneitra. It took several weeks of intense fighting for the Western-backed Syrian Rebels to defeat the al-Queda branch of Syria and Syrian soldiers loyal to President of Syria. The base is known as "Center C" by the Russian Intelligence and was under their command, until they recently abandoned it to the Syrian military for unknown reasons. Mostly the base was used to monitor radio traffic in various forms, e-mails and all form of phone traffic coming out of and into Israel and their allies. The Western-backed Syrian rebels even made a 3-minute long YouTube, of a tour of the base, which did show wall imprints of both Syrian and Russian Intelligence Forces, symbols for same. ( I have yet not been able to locate this YouTube video, but I am not gifted in this area of finding things on the computer. SO, I wonder why this story wa never mentioned on CBS/NBC/ABC/FOX, Washington Post....list is long. But as I've said, I have had this happen before on some sensitive stories, ones that were proved out a week or a month later, when the story was finally given the okay from someone to be cut loose. But why is an abandoned building with a lot of wall paintings scare someone in power?)
**** Remember this one: Ebola hit Liberia cancels nationwide elections. (Could that happen here, maybe by simply instilling fear? Leaving President Obama in power for.....)
Quakes: only 10 of them of 4.0 or better. (1) mild one on Alaska. Southeast Pacific Rise 5 quakes of 5.6, 4.8, 5.2, 6.6 and a 7.1. Something going on down there, but maybe just a release to settle things down.
NASA extensive fleet of science assets is preparing to stady a once-in-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, October 19th. Comet c/2013 A1, also known as Comet Siding Spring, will pass within an estimated 87,000 miles of the Planet Mars, hurtling by at roughly 126,000 miles per hour. NASA is moving their orbiters, to ensure they will not be hit by the comet's debris. It is believed the comet's tail could cover one side of Mars for a brief period and the planet's landscape may take numerous hits by the comet's tail debris.
Russia is now reported to be moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea, while Obama Administrations backing informal talks aimed at cutting US tactical nuclear deployments in Europe. President Obama was said to have been warned 2 weeks ago by key congressmen how Moscow would make this move, which included bombers armed with long-range air launching cruise missile. (Putin has gone from saber rattling to an aggressive fencing lunge and Obama appears to be hiding being an over-stuffed chair. Putin is like the Tiger he often talks about now. He can appreciate strength, understand it and even learn to become friends with men who display it. But for mice, he will eat them up and recoil at the taste it has left in his mouth. This is not the time for a weak president, but it appears were stuck with one. Unless he's doing a lot of things in the background we/I do not read about. But even his faithful democrats are taking the walk.)
New Ebola Statistics given out on 10-8-14, but not in the computer until recently. 8,399 known cases in 7 countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and now the United States. Death count has risen to 4,033.
Washington Post Report: Morale at Homeland Security Plummets. Sunk to new lows, employees at Department of Homeland Security complain innovation is discouraged, treatment of staffers is discouraged and there is a failure to recruit skilled personnel. Only 21% of workers in the Department's "Science and Technology Directorate" held positive views of their leadership's ability to "Generate High Levels of Motivation and Commitment in the Workforce." Department wide the employees in 2013 held a 29.9% positive view, but this year that had dropped to 24.9%. When asked if their leaders "Maintain High Standards of Honesty and Integrity," 39.1% responded positive, but the numbers were 44.5% in 2013. Over the past 4 years DHS employees have left their jobs at twice the number for Federal Government positions in other departments. 40,000 employees took part in this survey.
Security experts now believe terrorists, such as Islamic State, could easily turn Ebola Virus into a Bio-Weapon. While at first it was believed a complex weapons system would need time to develop, using the blood of the victims. The terrorists only need release "faithful followers" as suicide weapons, people infected with Ebola to walk through heavily populated malls, shopping centers, fairs and carnivals. Before long, millions of Europeans, people of Britain and the United State would be dying off. First numbers would be too much for hospitals and clinics, military treatment centers to handle. ( But as that foolish White House Aid spoke up to say, there are no terrorist coming across the border and now in the US. You couldn't stop hundreds of thousands over the last 10 years, the recent surge of maybe 100,000 kids, how would you stop terrorists. They need not even get the faithful follower sick until they got here and then wash her in a victims blood. Once she is sick, running a high fever, release her or him to her assigned target. The virus does the rest.)
Earthquakes for today- (24) of 4.0 or better. (1) 4.2 in Alaska a 6.3 in North Japan. (30 more in Indonesia of 4.6/4.8/4.8 ( 3) in Fiji Pacific Rise has another 5.2 & 5.2
(3) mild ones in Oklahoma ( Mid west seeing more mild activity) but it did have the 4.3 yesterday in the same area.
California now reporting it has 32-cases of EV-D68 Virus. Hitting children from 1 week old to a 15 year older. Nationwide, the CDC reports a total of 691 cases. There is no vaccine, but rarely fatal. Prevention generally involves washing ones hands before contact.
China holds media forum in Hungary with 100 media representatives presents. China and Germany pledge closer cooperation in innovation, partnership of mutual benefit and also high tech boost between China and Russia. China is also calling for action over the fatal shooting of a Chinese fisherman by a South Korean Coast Guardsman. Plus, China is denouncing the United States for a congressional report supporting the unlawful "Occupy Central" Hong Kong Protest. Protestors moving back in high numbers after the government reneged on their meetings with youth leaders. Chinese military keeps approximately 6,000 troops, behind gates, in the event Hong Kong police cannot handle the problem.
Chinese yuan currency makes inroads into Global Payment and Trade Networks that used to be completely dominated by the U.S. Dollar. Last Wed., U.S. Dollar declined against most major currencies following a meeting, where officials announced they were concerned Global Economics slowdown and a stronger currency could pose a risk to the outlook of the U.S. Economy.
North Korea URGES South Korea to respond to its latest proposal for forming a low-level federation on the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile both sides continue to exchange machine-gun fire across the Demarcation Line. ( I've noticed in politics the word Urge or Urges often comes across as a threat. North Korea could be concerned about its neighbors and dearly hopes the south to join forces to provide a larger force, plus possibly bring USA to their joint cause against China. But at last count, China's military had a ground force of over 10-million active military troops and this doesn't count their reserves. Their Air Forces, though low in transports and bombs, has been adding to the air fleet and they have more than 500 fighters of several different types. Their Navy is growing and a 2nd Aircraft carrier can be considered completed if war was suddenly announced. Then there is their Nuclear submarine fleet our people never new about. It is believed they have a minimum of 12 such submarines, plus a good sized surface fleet.
I heard yesterday how Vietnam could whip China. I didn't agree with him, but he based his opinion on a 20-year old border battle. The two countries were always having live fire exercises, which turned in time to border altercations. At one point, China sent one of their regiments down to Northern Vietnam and they found a ground battle for 6-days. The Vietnamese actually won this bout by withdrawing and opening all the water dikes that were used to irrigate the rice paddies. They drowned a lot of Chinese. I've heard others base their opinion on this one battle. But the Chinese learned their lesson. Next time they go in it would be all out war with all their forces and they'd most likely stay clear of the rice paddies.
For now China and Russia are allies, but I do not believe that will last all that long. When China is ready to make its move it will probably have Putin assassinated and blamed on another country. But now I have already gone on too long again. So, I will stop.
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