Saturday, October 20, 2012

UPDATE : BREAKING : Gaza-Bound Aid Ship Estelle Attacked by Israeli Forces

Reports still coming in

PRESS TV
10/20/2012 9:5AM GMT


A Gaza-bound Swedish ship carrying aid to Palestinians has "come under attack" by Israeli naval forces, a spokeswoman for the group says.


10:10 European Time:   Spokesperson says that 5 or 6 military vessles were closing on Estelle, 10 or 15 minutes later he said Israelis in masks attempting to board ship.

Said all on ship are peaceful activists, they are carrying cement and children's books, they will not resist against armed soldiers.

Contact lost with ship.

1743 Jakarta Time:


Israelis released statement saying crew and passengers will be turned over to immigration authorities. 

 
PRESS TV Update 9.05 GMT

The Israeli forces attacked Estelle, a Swedish-owned ship under the Finnish flag, on Saturday in the international waters and kidnapped all activists, including five parliamentarians and a former Canadian lawmaker, aboard the ship.

"The Estelle is now under attack -- I have just had a message from them by phone," Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign said.

"Some time ago, they said that they had military ships following them, but we don't know exactly what they mean" when they say they were attacked, she added.

The ship left the Italian port city of Naples on October 6 to breach Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The Tel Aviv regime has warned that it will use its military force against the ship.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli forces attacked the Gaza-bound humanitarian Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish nationals aboard Turkey’s Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other activists who were part of the six-ship convoy.

Also in November 2011, a Canadian and an Irish yacht were prevented by Israeli forces in the international waters to transport pro-Palestinian activists and medical supplies to Gaza.

The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

DB/AZ



Company Sells Post-Apocalypse Survival Shelters

The 5th Estate normally avoids crap like this like the plague (no pun intended), but this is so over the top we had to comment on it:  This is a "mainstream media" propaganda trip to fantasy land, an attempt to give hopeless, pathetic, loser cowards a way to assuage their fears and to make money for yet another shyster businessman selling glorified drainpipe and a fairy-tale; the reality is if there is a breakdown of society these "shelters" - if they can be called that - will be dug up and emptied by the mobs within days, and if these so-called "doomsday preppers" do manage to hide they will wind up killing each other when madness takes hold and supplies quickly run out:  The only way to prevent this "apocalypse" is to stop it in it's tracks by exterminating those who originate it - but that's too dangerous now, isn't it?  Coward Americans will never go after their own murderers and will take the easy way out by attacking the messengers (journalists) in a vain hope they will save face by (usually anonymously) attacking SOMEONE, ANYONE other than those responsible

Trending Now
By Melissa Knowles
10/18/2012

The world may end at the end of this year, or at least that is what a number of people are fearing because of the ancient Mayan calendar that does not go beyond December 21, 2012. Some people even fear that the end of the world could come in the form of a zombie apocalypse. If you're a doomsdayer or know someone who is, a California-based company has a new solution for you.


Atlas Survival Shelters, whose slogan is "Better prepared than scared," offers survival chambers made out of 32x10-foot metal tubes. The chambers are designed to be installed 20 feet underground, far away from the possible crumbling of the world above. The survival chambers would be accessible from a hatch in the backyard of the survivalist.

Atlas's website says you can stay safe in one of their shelters in the event of "pandemic outbreak, civil unrest, malicious mobs and biological, nuclear fallout or attacks from home grown terrorists or other nations." Not every survival shelter is the same, because they're each customizable. They come equipped with bunk beds, flat-screen televisions, kitchens, and even an electric toilet.

So how much will you have to shell out to own one of these bad boys? The survival shelters start at close to $50,000 and go up from there. The owners say they have not actually sold one yet, but there have been some very serious inquiries. And they've recently added an incentive to purchase: Get 10 acres of land free when you buy a shelter.


A shot from one of their ads demonstrates the patent insanity:  Squeaky clean?  Leather furnishings?  And a Refrigerator and TV?  Where is the electricity going to come from?  And the signal for the TV???????


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Drug-Resistant Superbugs Found in Wild Animals : MRSA Flesh Eating Bacteria Present in Animal Populations

Having failed to infect humans fast enough for eugenicists, CDC, WHO, virus weaponizers find new and improved vector - this will threaten those that hunt to survive forcing them to eat GM frankenfoods or starve - will fish be next?

Wired Science
By Jill Adams of Science Now
10/19/2012

One of the most notorious and hard-to-treat bacteria in humans has been found in wildlife, according to a new study in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. The researchers isolated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in two rabbits and a shorebird. Wild animals may act as an environmental reservoir for the disease from which humans could get infected.


MRSA
S. aureus can cause skin infections or, if it gets into the bloodstream, life-threatening illness. Most infections are easy to manage with penicillin and related antibiotics, but MRSA, the resistant variety, is on the rise; also known as a “superbug,” it kills an estimated 18,000 Americans a year. In most cases, people contract the bacterium from a hospital stay. Hospitals are breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant organisms, because patients are treated with a wide variety of antimicrobial drugs, prompting pathogens to develop defenses.

It’s been clear for more than a decade, however, that people can catch MRSA strains outside of the hospital as well; researchers call these “community-associated” strains. For instance, pigs on livestock farms have been found harboring the bug, likely because farmers give antibiotics to food animals as they grow, another way of encouraging resistance to evolve. Other studies have found MRSA in pets and zoo animals; they may have been infected by human caretakers.


Hungry?  Broke?  Fancy a ground squirrel stew?  You may have to think twice now

Now it appears that even animals in the wild can be infected with MRSA. Researchers led by epidemiologist Tara Smith of the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health in Iowa City took samples from 114 animals that came into the Wildlife Care Clinic, which rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals, at Iowa State University in Ames. Seven of the animals, or 6.1%, carried S. aureus that was sensitive to methicillin; these included owls, pigeons, a beaver, a heron, and a squirrel. Three animals, or 2.6%, carried MRSA: two Eastern cottontail rabbits and a lesser yellowlegs, a migratory shorebird. (For comparison’s sake: An estimated 1.5% of Americans carry MRSA in their noses.)

A big question is how these species came to carry MRSA. “This is really, really hard to do—to understand the source, especially with something like migratory birds,” says Jorge Ferreira, a veterinarian and epidemiologist working as a consultant in Switzerland who has studied the presence of MRSA on humans and their pets. Presumably, the infected animals have never received antibiotics, he notes, so they must have picked up the bugs directly from their environment.


Too broke for that Christmas turkey and want to substitute duck or geese for the kid's sake?  Maybe not

Molecular typing of the isolates showed that the shorebird carried a hospital-associated strain of MRSA while the rabbits had community-associated strains. The rabbits’ MRSA was also resistant to tetracycline, which Smith says is common in farm animals.

Perhaps most troubling of all was that one of the pigeons carried a Staphylococcus bacterium that, while still sensitive to methicillin, was resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin. “Vancomycin is used as a last resort in MRSA infections,” says study co-author Shylo Wardyn, a research assistant in Smith’s lab, and vancomycin-resistant staph strains are rare in humans.


Are primates next?

Whether wild animals represent a reservoir of MRSA in the environment—that is, whether they could spread the superbugs to other animals and humans—is an open question, Smith says. The infections could be “spillover events” from humans, caused by hospital waste, sewage, or farming, that pose no wider threat. It’s also not clear if the animals can rid themselves of the infection, if they can be infected multiple times, or if they have ever passed their infection back to humans.

Ferreira’s work suggests that dogs and their owners can pass MRSA back and forth, and wildlife is a well-known source of other human infections, as with deer and Lyme disease, and mice and hantavirus. While such evidence is suggestive, there’s a lot more work to be done to show whether humans can get infected with MRSA from wild animals.

This story provided by ScienceNOW, the daily online news service of the journal Science.



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Israel Behind Lebanon Bombing, Political Analysts Say

This is no surprise; Israel was complicit in the bombing of the Annex in 1983 using Hezbollah as a proxy   

PRESS TV
10/20/2012

Some political analysts have blamed the Israeli regime for a deadly car bombing in the Lebanese capital in which at least eight people, including a senior intelligence official, were killed and dozens of others were injured.


Things have not changed in Beirut since 1983
“As 1992 to today in the day bombing of Beirut the identical scenario, who benefits from attempting to divide Lebanon and spread the turmoil, who benefits destabilizing the government in Damascus, who states to destabilize Beirut and subject Lebanon to civil war, the Zionist regime (Israel), the Mossad. It is a classical operation of Mossad,” Ralph Schoenman, a political commentator from Berkeley, told Press TV.

Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan -- the intelligence chief of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces - is believed to be the intended target of the attack that took place near Sassine Square in Beirut’s predominantly Christian district of Ashrafiya on Friday.

Wissam al-Hassan had recently dismantled an Israeli spy cell in Lebanon.

Lebanese political parties have described the terrorist attack as an attempt to destabilize the country.

Meanwhile, the anti-Syrian March 14 alliance has said Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati must be held accountable for the bombing, calling for his resignation.

The anti-Syrian group has also accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of orchestrating the attack and has demanded the expulsion of Syrian ambassador to Lebanon. This is while the Syrian government was among the first countries to condemn the bombing as a “cowardly” move.

Prime Minister Mikati said the government was trying to identify and punish the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.

Friday’s attack is the worst to hit Beirut in almost four years.

MHB/DB/MA

 
 
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Second Passports, Alternative Citizenship & Residency

The noose is tightening and the best insurance you can ever buy will be your passport - either first or second; The 5th Estate recommends you get your passport NOW

The Escape Artist
10/20/2012

Each day American Citizens lose more and more of their fundamental rights. Many of these rights were given up in the name of “national security.” It’s a very slippery slope. Scholars have debated the erosion of civil rights caused by the passage of the Patriot Act. A recent unanimous amendment to a Senate transportation bill may have just cost Americans the right to travel. - Senator Harry Reid of Nevada was successful in amending a Senate highway funding bill to now allow the IRS to revoke or limit the passports of U.S. taxpayers who are seriously delinquent in their tax obligations. - Under the measure, if one owes more than $50,000 and the debt is at the levy or lien stage, the IRS can request the State Department revoke the taxpayer’s passport. America abolished debtor’s prisons in 1833 but the new measure is pretty similar - Americans freedom and liberty can be curtailed until the taxman is paid

A second passport, or an economic citizenship passport is harder to get then it once was.  Even getting that first passport may be difficult.


Obama moving to stop U.S. citizens from leaving
Why is that, you may wonder. The reasons are not complex; in fact they are rather straight-forward and easy to understand. The US government has gone broke. They don't want you to go away with your money, they want to steal it. How did they go broke? Since 1949 they have been throwing wars like a teenage nymphomaniac throws parties.

The combination of Chaney and Bush was more than the economy could bear. They ran up a twelve trillion dollar debt by starting a totally meaningless war costing $720 million dollars a day. The money spent on one day of the Iraq war could buy homes for almost 6,500 families or health care for 423,529 children, or could outfit 1.27 million homes with renewable electricity, according to the American Friends Service Committee, which displayed those statistics on large banners in cities in the USA nationwide. The bottom line is they screwed up very bad, squandered billions of dollars and now they need you to pay for their stupidity. If you get a 2nd passport and flee America they can't take your money. 

Therefore they have done everything to keep you from getting a second passport, closing resources and threatening tax-haven nations with sanctions. On this page we supply what information we can. You can get a second passport; it's just harder to get then it was a few years ago . . . why don't you wait a few more years, then it will be impossible and you won't have to worry about it. Your fate will be sealed.

The Shrinking World of Second Passports

We just learned from our sources on the ground that Panama is not granting US citizens second passports after those people have fulfilled the residency requirement. Is this the beginning of something new trend? Will other Americans be denied second passports wherever the US has a cozy relationship with the issuing government? Many countries like Panama have residency requirements which take 5 years to get a passport. The problem is, as many US citizens have recently found out the hard way, anything can happen during those years leading up to passport eligibility. The solution, an expedited passport. If there was ever was a need for another citizenship and passport, it is now. The idea that US citizens need to become a citizen of some other country simply to invest or bank abroad is unbelievable, and yet that is exactly where we are at the moment. In addition, matters will only get worse. The financially stressed US government will chase money and revenue from wherever it can.


Hitler did the same thing
The goal of FATCA is to identify US citizens with undeclared assets hidden in overseas bank accounts. In terms of banking or investing abroad, it is the bank or financial institution turning US clients away – not because it would be illegal in that jurisdiction to open an account for a foreigner (or American specifically) but rather to avoid any hassle or aggravation in dealing with the US government. The result is to get another citizenship and passport, or as the banks are increasing stating, “take your funds elsewhere.”

Now that you understand some of the benefits of a second passport, how can you acquire one?

Almost every country has a program offering citizenship or passports to individuals with a family history in that nation. In Ireland, persons with at least one Irish-born grandparent qualify for Irish citizenship and passport.

Many countries allow spouses of citizens to apply for citizenship and passport, usually after a specified period of residence. In Austria, the ordinary 10-year period of residence necessary to qualify for a passport and citizenship is reduced to six years if you’re married to an Austrian citizen.

Your religion may also be a viable route to alternative citizenship. For instance, Jews who immigrate to Israel under the “Law of Return” are entitled to Israeli citizenship and passport.

If you don’t qualify based on these factors, in most countries, you can acquire citizenship following a period of prolonged residence. Among other countries, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States exchange residence rights for domestic investment. Eligibility also depends on your age, education, life skills, health, and other criteria. Your spouse and minor children can often accompany you, although in some cases they may be subject to a separate qualification process.


But there are only a handful of countries which offer official, legally mandated expedited citizenship and passports. The Commonwealth of Dominica, the Federation of St. Kitts Nevis, and the Dominican Republic.

The least expensive option is to obtain citizenship and a second passport from the Dominican Republic. There are numerous promoters and facilitators which offer this service, but only one can procure citizenship and passport in 6 months. For a total cost of $25,000 and the required documentation, plus three trips into the country, you can be a citizen with passport in 6 months. Please contact us below if you would like to learn more about this program.

Under Dominica’s (not the Dominican Republic) program, you may acquire citizenship and passport in return for a cash contribution in 2 months. Total costs including all fees for a single applicant come to about $105,000. Add $25,000 if you need a passport for your spouse and up to two children under 18. Dominican passport holders can travel without a visa, or obtain a visa upon entry, to nearly 100 countries and territories. You can also live or work in most members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), including Antigua; Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent; the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.

In the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis, there are two ways to obtain economic citizenship. The most practical strategy is to make a direct contribution. Total costs including all fees for a single applicant under this option come to about $225,000 or $275,000 for an applicant with up to three dependents. It will take about 3 months. Alternatively, you may purchase qualifying property worth a minimum of $395,000.

However, fees and taxes under this option are much higher than if you make a direct contribution. St. Kitts & Nevis passport holders can travel without a visa, or obtain a visa upon entry, to more than 130 countries, including nearly all of the 27 member countries of the European Union. You can also live or work in most CARICOM countries.

8 Signs that the US Government is Making it Harder For You to Become an Expat

One of the most common reasons for wanting to expatriate from the United States is the concern about government overreach. Many feel that the expansion of government in recent years has been chipping away at the freedom and liberty that the country was founded upon. What with more and more agencies, regulations, surveillance, and mandates, the right to privacy and self - determination is steadily shrinking right along with financial outlooks. So, are you among the increasing number of people who feel that the only real solution is to get out of the country? Well, using the exact same tactics that are driving you away, the government appears intent on preventing you from leaving. Changes that have recently been put in place as well as proposals for future changes in rules and regulations might be intended to discourage. But they might also drive your resolve to take your destiny into your own hands and do whatever it takes to make your move overseas.


Want to wind up like this?  It's easy, just blow-off getting your passport - and have fun in the FEMA camps or your nearest friendly supermax prison.

THE BOTTOM LINE


You can’t put a price on freedom.   Procrastination is a killer.  A first or second passport will give you the peace of mind to concentrate on the big decision you will have to make when you finally come to the realization that you must get out to save yourself and the lives of your family.  Don't abrogate, delegate, or obfuscate.  Get that passport NOW.


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Obama Cuts Deal with Iran over Nukes

Murdering idiot Obama now finally realizes he can't win, cut's deal in attempt to save face:  Sanctions to vanish in exchange for 'temporary' halt in enrichment work   

World News Daily
10/19/2012

This report was compiled by a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards using a pseudonym.  The 5th Estate does not print pseudonyms, and this story should be taken with caution by our readers.  There is however, if true, potentially important information contained herein that is  relevant and appears to be verifiable, hence our publication of it here

Iranian and U.S. negotiators have reached an agreement that calls for Iran to halt part of its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of many of the U.S. sanctions against the Islamic regime, according to a highly placed source.


Coward Obama has ass handed to him by Iran
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expects a letter from President Obama in a few days guaranteeing the details of the agreement, arrived at recently during secret negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

The source, who remains anonymous for security reasons and is highly placed in Iran’s regime, said that once Khamenei receives Obama’s guarantees, he will authorize an announcement by Iran on a solution to the nuclear crisis before the U.S. presidential elections.

The agreement calls for Iran to announce a temporary halt to partial uranium enrichment after which the U.S. will remove many of its sanctions, including those on the Iranian central bank, no later than by the Iranian New Year in March. Iran is in the throes of massive inflation and citizen unrest because of the sanctions.

French intelligence verified today that Yukiya Amano, the current director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has been given the go-ahead by the U.S. to be ready to travel to Iran and announce the agreement, according to Hamid Reza Zakeri, a former intelligence officer in the regime who has defected to Europe.


It will be interesting to see how Obama spins this defeat
The source in Tehran said Khamenei has made it clear that unless he receives Obama’s written guarantees, he will not begin the process, which would dramatically boost Obama’s re-election chances. If the guarantees are not given, Khamenei has warned, Iran will speed up its nuclear program.

The guarantees would ensure the regime’s right to peaceful enrichment, quickly remove many of the sanctions, accept that Iran’s nuclear program does not have a military dimension and relieve international pressure on the regime while it continues its nuclear program. Also, the U.S. would announce that the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists was the work of a foreign country, though Israel would not be named, to increase legal pressure on Israel.

According to the Iranian source, a previous Obama letter to Khamenei indicated that it’s best for the regime not to give any motive to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, a message that was re-emphasized in the Qatar negotiations.

As reported exclusively by WND Oct. 4, a three-person delegation led by a woman on behalf of the Obama administration traveled to Qatar about Oct. 1 and met with Iranian counterparts, including Ali Akbar Velayati, the former foreign minister of the Islamic regime and a close adviser to Khamenei on international matters.

In the meeting, according to the source, the U.S. delegation urged an announcement, even if only on a temporary nuclear deal, before the U.S. elections to help Obama get re-elected. A Romney presidency, the delegation said, would surely move more toward Israel, and the Iranians were reminded that Obama has stood up to Israel against any plans to attack Iran. The regime’s delegate was urged to understand that if Iran does not stand by Obama, Israel will attack Iran.

Days after the WND report, Ali Akbar Salehi, the regime’s foreign minister, in an
interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, stated, “If our right to enrichment is guaranteed, we are prepared to offer an exchange.”

The same message was relayed by several other officials of the regime.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said recently in Kazakhstan that the sanctions can be lifted immediately if Tehran worked with world powers to address questions about its nuclear program.

In the Qatar meeting, according to the Iranian source, the American woman delegate, who has had several meetings with Velayati during the past several years, jokingly told Velayati that she will be the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in a second Obama administration and that it would be wise for Iranians to invest in U.S. real estate.

In the past five months, four meetings were held in the U.S. with the Islamic regime’s surrogates to hash out what was to be discussed at the Doha meeting. The source identified Valerie Jarrett, a senior Obama adviser, as the head of the U.S. effort to engage Iran. Also identified was Cyrus Amir Mokri, assistant secretary of the Treasury Department for financial institutions, as another member advising the president on the issue.

Jarrett’s family has known the Velayati family since their stay in Iran in the 1950s, the source added. Jarrett’s father worked at the Namazi hospital in Shiraz, owned by an Iranian family that has been influential with the regime after the Islamic Revolution.

WND contacted both the U.S. State Department and the White House, asking about the Doha negotiations, who led the delegation from the U.S., whether Obama will provide the written guarantee, what negotiations the U.S. has pursued on its own and what is known about Amano’s plan to travel to Iran for the announcement.

The State Department declined to respond to multiple calls as well as email inquiries. A spokeswoman said the White House would not comment.

The European Union, which increased sanctions on Iran last week, fears back-channel negotiations between the Obama administration and Iran will leave it out. EU leaders are seeking to send a group of representatives from seven European countries to Tehran to strengthen their position with the regime over the nuclear program and their economic interests.

The Iranian currency, meanwhile, has hit another historic low, falling to 43,000 rials to one U.S. dollar. As reported recently, a secret memo by the Intelligence Ministry to regime officials has warned of major riots in Iran due to dire economic conditions.

Another internal report by the government’s Economic Commission indicated that government foreign currency reserves will run out in the coming months and that it will have difficulty meeting payrolls for public employees who could lose 50 percent of their pay.

Many within the Iranian opposition believe that if the West continues to pressure the Islamic regime and supports the aspirations of the majority of the Iranian people who resent the regime and its ideology, the regime will face a nationwide uprising and will collapse from within, changing the geopolitics of not only the region but the world.

However, if the regime is provided a lifeline for whatever reason, not only will it get the bomb but it will take Iranians and the world hostage for decades to come, they believe.

An Oct. 8 WND report revealed another secret nuclear site in Iran. The regime’s nuclear scientists have successfully completed testing of a neutron detonator and have nearly completed design of a nuclear warhead.




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Meningitis Outbreak : Should Anti-Fungal Meds Be Given to Those at Risk?

Hell yes:  They should have been made available at the first onset of the "outbreak" - We recommend Difulcan (fluconazole), a powerful antifungal for both treatment and prophylaxis - New York reports first case

LiveScience.com
By Rachel Rettner
10/20/2012

An outbreak of deadly fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has raised the question of whether people who received the shots, but don't have meningitis symptoms, should take anti-fungal drugs to prevent disease.


For now, health officials are not recommending use of the drugs as a preventative treatment, but that advice could change as officials learn more about the outbreak, experts say.

So far, 257 people have been diagnosed with meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid injections in the spine as a treatment for back pain, and of these, 20 have died. More cases are expected as the outbreak continues to unfold.

But around 14,000 people may have been exposed to the fungus through contaminated shots. Most of these people have been contacted by health officials to notify them of their potential risk for infection, and the Food and Drug Administration has warned about being vigilant for symptoms. The hope is that the disease can be diagnosed early so treatment can begin as soon as possible, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Patients who develop meningitis are being treated with the anti-fungal drug voriconazole.

Whenever doctors prescribe a drug, they must consider the benefits of the medication against its risks. And currently, doctors don't know whether the drug — aimed at treating existing fungal infections — could also prevent the disease.

"The possible benefits are immeasurable," Allen said.




While anti-fungal medications are used to prevent fungal diseases in some cases, such as with cancer and transplant patients, they have not been used to before to prevent this particular form of meningitis, said Dr. Peter Pappas, a fungal disease expert who is advising the CDC in the current outbreak.

The vast majority of meningitis cases in the outbreak have been caused by the fungus Exserohilum — a fungus never before linked with meningitis. So doctors don't know how long patients would need to stay on the medications to sufficiently ward off a potential infection, Pappas said.

In addition, anti-fungal medications have dangerous side effects, including hallucinations, kidney damage and hepatitis. Most people on the drugs experience some side effects, the mildest of which is nausea, Pappas said.

"The medication used to treat this is pretty tough on people," Pappas said. "If this were penicillin or something that could be administered for a few doses over the course of a few days…perhaps that would make better sense," he said.

While a particularly concerned patient could, in theory, get a doctor to prescribe this medication to prevent fungal meningitis, "we do not think that a wise approach," Pappas said.

However, if officials are able to identify factors that put people at high risk for the disease, such as information about who received doses that were heavily contaminated, that might change the recommendation, at least for some people.

"If they could identify lots of this where a large percentage of patients are getting actual infections, you could make a case," for giving the drugs as a prevention measure, Pappas said.

Another reason the CDC might decide to change its recommendation is if it turns out doctors are not able to diagnose the condition early, said Dr. Thomas Patterson, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, who is also advising the CDC.

But, fortunately, it appears so far that doctors have been able to make early diagnoses, Patterson said.

For now, the low percentage of cases (about 2 percent of exposed people), and the low mortality rate from the disease (about 8 percent), suggest that the current recommendations are working, Pappas said.

Pass it on: Health officials are not recommending anti-fungal medication as a preventative treatment in the meningitis outbreak, but that could change as more is learned.


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Possible Israeli Angle to EU Ban on Iranian Channels : Analyst

The Zionist regime of Netanyahu usually has it's fingerprints on anything sabotaging decency, morality and ethics in the Middle East - they will lose their blatant attempt to silence PRESS TV, and the EU is cutting it's own throat with illegal Iran sanctions which target - again - innocent civilians:  Obama, EU, Netanyahu to cowardly to take on Iran/Syrian military

PRESS TV
10/19/2012

A political analyst says there is a possible Israeli angle to the Eutelsat ban on several Iranian TV channels, Press TV reports.


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“The Eutelsat of course it is not a business decision for them, they are going to lose money on that so obviously they [did not take that into] consideration. There must have been other pressure coming and, as your report indicated, maybe there was an Israeli angle to this thing,” William Jones with the Executive Intelligence Review said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

European satellite provider Eutelsat SA has stopped the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels, including Press TV, al-Alam, Jam-e-Jam 1 and 2, Sahar 1 and 2, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, Quran TV, and the Arabic-language al-Kawthar following an order by the European Commission.

In a flagrant violation of the freedom of speech, the company ordered media services company, Arqiva, to take the Iranian satellite channels off one of its Hot Bird frequencies on Monday.


PRESS TV targeted for bringing the truth to the West
“Iranian TV can then broadcast what is actually happening there as well as broadcast some of the things that are happening in Europe and in the United States that the other channels do not want to cover and I think there is definitely an attempt to curtail that news in order to [exercise] kind of population control,” Jones argued.

The analyst added that legal measures should be taken to force the European company to reverse its decision.

“I think that there is a lot more regress poking around to see who is doing what to whom to find out who the perpetrator is in this respect and then to bring it out into the international media and to expose it because this really cannot continue in any kind of a free society and we are less free than we were for a long time but this press freedom is very important and should not be violated in this manner,” Jones concluded.

TNP/HGH/SS

 


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CIA Seeks Significant Expansion of its Assassination Drone Fleet

Obama's CIA murderers preparing to kill more innocents; time for Pakistan and Afghanistan to retaliate by shooting them down with some of the left-over Stingers given them by Rumsfeld, Oliver north and John Poindexter

PRESS TV
10/19/2012

American premier spy agency the CIA has called for a significant expansion of its fleet of assassination drones to bolster the agency’s terror campaign of targeted bombings in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere

American spy agency, the CIA, has called for a significant expansion of its fleet of assassination drones to bolster the agency’s terror campaign of targeted bombings in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

 
Afghan children killed by CIA Predator drone strike
The plan, submitted to the White House by CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Director David Petraeus, would enable the spy agency not only to boost its persisting campaign of deadly strikes against suspected militant areas in Yemen and Pakistan, but also shift the assassination drones to “emerging al-Qaeda threats in North Africa or other trouble spots,” US daily The Washington Post reported on Friday, quoting officials that spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the issue.

One American official said the request by Petraeus, a former top military official who commanded US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, reflects a US concern that “political turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa has created new openings for al-Qaeda and its affiliates,” according to the report.

“With what happened in Libya, we’re realizing that these places are going to heat up,” said the official, referring to the September 11 incident at the US Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where four Americans, including the US ambassador to the African country, were killed following a massive anti-US demonstration to protest the release of a film that grossly insulted Muslims and their highly revered Prophet Mohamed (PBUH).


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No decision has so far been taken about shifting armed CIA assassination drones into the North Africa region but contingency plans are being mapped out, according to the official. “I think we’re actually looking forward a little bit.”
American officials at the White House, the CIA and the Defense Department have refused to comment on the drone expansion proposal, says the daily, and those who did, spoke on the condition of anonymity.


8 Afghan women killed by CIA Predator drone strike
Washington officials, says the report, are “particularly concerned” about the emergence of pro-al-Qaeda militants in North Africa, following the downfall of pro-US regimes in Libya and Mali.

Seeking to reinforce their intelligence surveillance in the region, the US has been forced to “rely on small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes.”

The CIA, according to the report, also maintains a separate fleet of stealth surveillance drones, the use of which were exposed when one of them was brought down intact in 2011 by Iranian forces while on a surveillance flight over the country. Such drones were also used to monitor “bin Laden’s compound” in Pakistan before a US military assault to kill him, the daily claims.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has promoted collaborations between the CIA and the military in what it advertises as “counterterrorism operations,” leading to “a blurring of their traditional roles,” according to the Post. In Yemen, the CIA routinely “borrows” the aircraft of the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) to carry out strikes. The joint command is growingly engaged in operations that resemble espionage.


Afghan children killed by U.S. CIA Predator drone strike

Moreover, says the daily, any decision to extend the reach of CIA’s fleet of armed assassination drones would most likely require the spy agency to establish additional secret bases overseas. The CIA relies on American military pilots to fly the drones from bases in the southwestern US “but has been reluctant to share overseas landing strips with the Defense Department.”

The CIA’s pilotless Predators used in terror strikes over Pakistan are flown out of airstrips along the border in Afghanistan. The agency established a secret base on the Arabian Peninsula when it began its drone attacks over Yemen, even though JSOC drones are flown from a separate facility in Djibouti.


Murderers Obama, Clinton, Panetta, Petraeus, and all drone "operators" will be held accountable for drone strike killings at their Hague War Crimes trials

On Wednesday, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced that contrary to US claims, 80 percent of people killed by US assassination drone strikes in the country are innocent civilians.

Talking to reporters outside the Parliament, Malik added that the total of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks conducted by US drones in Pakistan amounted to 336 attacks, killing nearly 2,300 people.

Despite Islamabad’s repeated calls on Washington to end the terror drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country.

Meanwhile in Yemen, a recent report by the country’s National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms states that over 300 people have been killed in the strikes carried out in the southern regions of the country so far in 2012.

The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush, but have escalated under President Barack Obama.

The United Nations has censured American drone attacks as targeted killings and says they flout international law.

MFB/MA/AZ




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The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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