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North Korea closes borders to tourists because of Ebola

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Foreign tourists with any travel history are now not welcome in North Korea - concerns about Ebola made Pyongyang bar any tours from entering the country. At least this is what North Korean specialized travel agencies tell media.

"We have just received official news from our partners in the DPRK that, as of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless of where they have recently visited, will not be permitted to enter," Gareth Johnson of the China-based Young Pioneer Tours told Reuters.

North Korean state media released a statement on Thursday notifying its readers that checks on travelers were becoming more stringent.
"Travelers and materials are undergoing more thorough checks and quarantine at airfields, trading ports and border railway stations than ever before," the state KCNA agency wrote.

Further agencies reported similar instructions. "We have just received news from our partners in Pyongyang that the country is not accepting any international tourists from tomorrow, effectively closing its borders due to the threat of the spread of the Ebola virus," said a spokesperson for Beijing-based Koryo Tours.

Piggy Bank

Inflation caused by Federal Reserve policies another reason food prices are skyrocketing

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Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices. Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates. And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve's near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts.

The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market. But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don't stretch as far as they once did. The cost of living continues to rise at a much faster pace than wages are rising, and this is especially true when it comes to the price of food.

Someone that I know wrote to me today and let me know that she had to shut down the food pantry that she had been running for the poor for so many years. It isn't that she didn't want to help the poor anymore. It was that she just couldn't deal with the rising food prices any longer. Now she is just doing the best that she can to survive herself.

Comment: Things aren't likely to improve anytime soon, and in fact, could probably get much worse as recent indicators show the US economy is headed for a crisis. Storing food would be a wise thing to do:

A good way to invest your money: Store large amounts of food, like now


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Arizona riot cop filmed slamming peaceful people to the ground

Tucson Sgt. Joel Mann
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Tucson Sgt. Joel Mann.
Tucson - Riot police brutally handled a crowd following a NCAA basketball game, leading to multiple state-sanctioned assaults caught on video.

On March 29th, 2014, Tucson officers held a heavy presence on University Boulevard, which was the site of some unruliness amongst the young people gathered in the street.

One officer - clad in a gas mask and riot gear - was caught on film on that evening performing multiple acts of unprovoked aggression on students in the area. It was Tucson PD Sergeant Joel Mann, an 18-year-veteran of the force.

Sgt. Mann shoved a female pedestrian so hard that she flew into a metal bench on the sidewalk.

The woman, Christina Gardilcic, had been doing nothing other than walking along the sidewalk toward a group of students congregating up ahead.

"We were just walking behind on the sidewalk and next thing I know I was just on a bench," Ms. Gardilcic told ABC News. "My feet were... up in the air and I just got hit. It really happened very fast. I got up fast 'cause I was kind of in shock."

"What happened to me, I consider excessive force," Gardilcic added in the ABC interview. "I had no idea I was doing anything wrong. If I was, and he physically shoved me and I fell, I could have been really hurt."

View a bystander's recording of Sgt. Mann's the assault on Christina Gardilcic below. A helmet-cam video shot from Mann's perspective is also available.

Quenelle

Mental illness? The mainstream media's irrational arguments against Ebola isolation

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The only thing spreading faster than the global pandemic outbreak right now is the mental illness it seems to invoke across the establishment media. The principle of isolation, a fundamental tool for halting any outbreak, is now being widely and repeatedly described in the leftist media as "racist." (See video below.)

What we are being told by the media now is essentially that people with dark skin like Thomas Duncan should never be kept in medical isolation because that would be racist. Similarly, flights from countries with dark-skinned people can never be restricted because that, too, would be "racist."

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Taser use in UK disproportionately used against mentally ill and minorities

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UK: Taser weapons are increasingly and disproportionately used against black Londoners and the mentally ill.
Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered an inquiry into police use of Taser stun guns, after it emerged the weapons were increasingly and disproportionately used against black Londoners and the mentally ill.

On Thursday, May said she wanted to see clear data on the reasons why officers deployed Tasers in specific incidents. The weapons were introduced to UK police forces in 2004.

"Taser is an important operational tactic which can protect the public, but we are right to demand transparency," the Home Secretary said.

"So I have asked the national policing lead and Home Office officials to conduct an in-depth review of the publication of Taser data and other use of force by police officers.

"This will present options for publishing data on how police officers are deploying these sensitive powers, who they are being used on and what the outcome was. Just as with 'stop and search', we need to bring proper transparency to these powers by improving data reporting."

Comment: It seems the UK police are following in the footsteps of the US police state, where police increasingly use violent tactics first, ask questions later, if at all. It will be interesting to see if anything useful comes out of this inquiry. More likely it will result in little more than rhetoric and hand-slapping.

UK Police State: Tasers used 28 times EVERY DAY in 2013, over 10,000 in total

London police Taser blind man after mistaking cane for samurai sword


Handcuffs

Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty

White House
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A United States uniformed Secret Service officer (L) is seen at a post in front of the White House in Washington September 23, 2014.
A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday.

Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds and facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said.

The incident came about one month after an intruder armed with a knife scaled the White House fence and entered the executive mansion, raising questions about security at the heavily guarded complex and spurring the resignation of Julia Pierson as Secret Service director.

Officials charged Adesanya, 23, with two felony counts of assault on a K-9 police officer, one felony count of making threats and four misdemeanor counts of resisting and unlawful entry, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. K-9 refers to the team using specially trained dogs.

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Florida woman allegedly sets roommate on fire for throwing out pasta

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Melissa Dawn Sellers
Clearwater, Fla., woman charged with aggravated battery after allegedly dousing roommate in nail polish remover and setting him on fire.

A Florida man was in critical condition Wednesday after his roommate allegedly set him on fire in a dispute over some spaghetti and meatballs.

Clearwater, Fla., police arrested Melissa Dawn Sellers, 33, for allegedly pouring nail polish remover on her roommate, 42-year-old Carlos Ortiz Jr., and setting him on fire with a cigarette lighter.

The pair had been drinking and fighting about pasta Sellers accused Ortiz of throwing away.

"She was setting little objects on fire, then that turned into pouring nail polish remover all over him, and then all of a sudden, the lighter sparked and he lit on fire," witness Ines Causevic told Bay News 9.

"When he got up, his face was like melting off, it was pink and sore," he added. "His lips were burning."

Bullseye

Michael Snyder on economic truths: indications and warning

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Michael Snyder
Michael Snyder is a self-proclaimed "truth-seeker" and financial writer who says there is no recovery on Main Street, and we are not going to get one - ever. Snyder contends, "We've had permanent damage to the U.S. economy. It's kind of like going to the beach, and you build a sandcastle. The waves start coming in, and the sandcastle is not going to be destroyed by the first wave. Then, more waves will come in, and eventually the whole sandcastle will be wiped out. That's kind of what's happening to the U.S. economy. We've had waves of economic problems, and we have had permanent damage as a result. Our economy is not totally destroyed yet, but we have permanent damage. Now, new waves are on the way, which will cause more damage because of the long term trends." Snyder goes on to explain, "None of the long term problems that have been plaguing our economy have been fixed. Instead, the Fed printed a bunch of money and pumped up the stock market. It made people feel good, but the underlying fundamentals are not getting any better."

Comment: Also watch for a rapid rise in the US Dollar Index as capital flees stocks/bonds/derivatives for the perceived relative safety of the USD, T-Bills, etc.


Heart - Black

More #EbolaHysteria (or xenophobia?): Guinean woman attacked on bus in Rome, Italy

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Informing the public or just plain fear-mongering?
A Guinean woman has been attacked in a bus in Rome by angry passengers who told her she was infected by Ebola and had to get off the bus, Italian media reports. She was taken to hospital suffering from multiple bruises.

Fataomata Sompare, 26, was about to get off the bus on Monday, said Il Messaggero, an Italian newspaper, as cited by the Local.

A teenage girl who was on the bus with her friends saw Sompare and began accusing her of having the deadly virus. Then some of the teen's relatives started beating the woman.

"They told me that I had Ebola and that I had to get off the bus," said Sompare, who has been living in Italy for four years.

People at a bus stop near Grotte Celoni Metro station in the east of the city managed to save the woman, who suffered multiple bruises after being beaten by passengers. The police arrived and she was taken to hospital.

The incident was reported to public prosecutors by Sompare's lawyer.

Comment: Andrew M. Lobaczewski, author of Political Ponerology had this to say about hysteria in Germany during the 19th and 20th century and what we are witnessing again today:
Large portions of German society ingested psychopathological material, together with that unrealistic way of thinking wherein slogans take on the power of arguments and real data are subjected to subconscious selection.
This occurred during a time when a wave of hysteria was growing throughout Europe, including a tendency for emotions to dominate and for human behavior to contain an element of histrionics. How individual sober thought can be terrorized by a behavior colored with such material was evidenced particularly by women. This progressively took over three empires and other countries on the mainland.



Stormtrooper

Doctor assaulted by police at dying son's birthday, tasered so many times he had a heart attack

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Do you think, if Dr Randal Cox (above) was white, they would have tasered him?
An Ohio medical doctor was assaulted and arrested at his own home on charges that would eventually be found to be false.

Montgomery, OH - Dr. Randal Cox was hosting his terminally ill son's 18th birthday when six police officers from two different precincts showed up to his door.

When Dr. Cox opened the door he was attacked by the officers. The incident was captured on cellphone video from one of the guests at the party.

"Somebody grabbed me around the neck, they body slammed me then multiple people got on top of me then I started getting Tased," said Cox.

Cox was then arrested and hauled off to jail in front of his son, who was left devastated at what would be his last birthday. Cox's son died several months later as a result of his terminal brain cancer.

Cox was charged with resisting arrest, which would later be dropped.