Germany planning to expand military operations in Mideast ~ link ~
The German government intends to massively expand its military engagement in the Middle East, including in both Iraq and Syria.
On Wednesday, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing government sources, reported that the foreign and defence ministries are reviewing plans for the German Army to train Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Washington Post seizes on bogus chemical weapons to press for wider Syrian War ~ link ~
Two articles in Friday’s Washington Post reporting chemical weapons attacks in Iraq and Syria are part of a general propaganda campaign by the mainstream media to turn the operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) into a war to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
A front-page article headlined “Jihadist launched chemical assault” reports that ISIS forces deployed chlorine gas in an attack last month against Sunni police officers in the Iraqi city of Duluiyah, approximately 60 miles north of Baghdad. The officers reported being overcome by a cloud of yellow gas which hung low to the ground, consistent with chlorine gas. The attack reportedly sickened at least 11 officers who were taken to a nearby hospital and treated with oxygen and anti-inflammatory medication for shortness of breath.
"Whatever we decide is a disaster for us" - France admits Putin is winning as Europe "blinked" ~ link ~
While the analogy of Vladimir Putin playing geopolitical chess (while the rest of the world plays checkers) has been a popular one, the French ambassador Gerard Araud has a different - somewhat stunningly honest - persepctive: Putin "is more a poker player really, putting all the money on the table; saying, 'Do the same' and of course we blink. We don't do the same." As Bloomberg reports, Araud goes on to express entirely un-Juncker-like, how Putin has outmaneuvered his opponents and humiliated Ukraine. Simply put, he adds, the Russian president "has won because we were not ready to die for Ukraine, while apparently he was," leaving the ominous question, "when is Putin going to stop? Whatever we decide is a disaster for us."
'Dark Money' will decide control of US Senate in early November elections ~ link ~ In modern day 'democracies', where Rothschild Empire money is king, only the truly evil bought-and-paid for political whores make it to the top. Stirling
And you thought candidates were the biggest factor in their races. No, this year, battle for control of the Senate is largely being determined by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.
Red Death: Ebola official death count passes 10,000 - Real toll may be 3 times this number ~ link ~ As a world class Contagion, such as Ebola, spreads the numbers begin to double and then to double again and again, with shorter times between the doubling! You get some real large numbers after a little while!!! Stirling
Red Death: NYC Ebola doctor's condition worsens as fiancee returns home to mandatory quarantine ~ link ~
New York City health officials have released Morgan Dixon, the 30-year-old fiancée of recently diagnosed Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer, to her West 147th Street Manhattan apartment where, as WSJ reports, she will remain under mandatory quarantine. This 'good' news comes as New York's Department of Health issues a statement on the deteriorating condition of Dr. Spencer who "is entering the next phase of the illness, which is anticipated gastrointestinal symptoms." This was expected apparently, as NYC's health commissioner Mary Basset noted, "we've seen with this disease that it continues to get worse before it gets better." A large CDC team is actively involved.
Red Death: Evidence of American development and testing of airborne Ebola ~ link ~ Make no mistake about it, Ebola has always been a man-engineered biowar virus!!! Stirling
A food powerhouse in serious peril ~ link ~
Now in its third year, the drought in California has forced local farmers to switch their water use from rivers and reservoirs, which are at historic low levels, to underground sources. This has mitigated substantial production losses, but given that underground reservoirs take a long time to replenish, if the drought continues the food situation in California might get much more dicey.
Shooting in Canada: Pre-Crime plans for 'Preventive Arrests' ~ link ~ I feel that I am limited by the old honorific Canadian "offices-of-state" tied to my Scottish titles on commenting on Canadian political matters, so I usually don't tread in Canadian political waters. However, I do feel that it is important to say that no terrorism event or shooting should be allowed to strip Canadians of their God given rights and their rights under the Canadian Constitution. Stirling