Scotland and the World: Can we look to a World run by Woman for true Democracy?


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ShaunBy @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews 

I once used to think if the World was ran by woman we would have a better fairer World. Some of the rumours coming out of Westminster and also the US Senate are, well disturbing to say the least. Much of what I heard from Westminster, sadly, was when Thatcher was in charge, so can we say this? Can we say ‘Woman in Charge would be better’ Don’t get me wrong I love Nicola Sturgeon and have done so since she was a 16 year old student coming through to the political World. The progress this woman has made has been nothing short of astonishing. Then we have Leanne Wood, she climbed the same mountain in a man’s criminal party. Natalie Bennett needs a shout from the Green Party.

One thing all 3 of these Woman share is ‘THEY CARE’ And when we go to the polls we look for democracy to be real and for our leaders to lead, not take from us and leave us poor. The act’s of the Tory party the last few years and that of the American political system has left many much worse off. Poverty is real in both countries. I am led to believe the UK and USA are the two most powerful countries on Earth, for that reason I wanted an independent Scotland. I wanted Scotland to vanish like a rabbit in the woods and be like Sweden, Finland, Holland, Countries that just live and stay as far away from War. Every time the UK goes to War Scotland get dragged along kicking and screaming. We don’t want the Nuclear weapons, all of them, all of the UK arsenal kept in the West coast of Scotland in Faslane naval base

We will have a chance soon to rid our soil of these weapons of mass destruction

We will have a chance soon to rid our soil of these weapons of mass destruction

So the question I am asking you Scotland and anyone in the World I guess in any country is simple “Can ‘Woman Power’ lead us to the promised land” We are tied well with Wales, a bond that will be hard to break, we are one in the same. This togetherness with Wales may one day be the friendship that gets Scotland what it was offered promised then denied. We got some of the deal but nowhere near enough. I see a WORLD waking up, I see democracy in people and not in politicians, I see a need for love and caring for others in people but not in politicians, well some politicians are different. Alex Salmond, with nobody knowing gave 1/3 of his working salary to charity for many years, yet people say “Ahh but he will get 2 wages” The point being, Alex doesn’t rip his own people off to fill his pockets the same as the Tory party and the Red Tories have done, leading to 5 MP’s getting jailed, many more should have been. We go back to Thatcher, I hated this woman but I did not party in the street like half the UK did, I don’t party at death, but I had a small smile on my face for my Gran, Thatcher pulled half her pension and almost made her freeze to death. I left School and went into Thatchers YTS Scheme, like many in ‘Scotland only’ we worked a 39 hour working week for £29.50 + expenses. We can’t use Thatcher as a yard stick, she was evil, she took from the people and made people suffer and commit suicide, so don’t use this woman as a reason for your answer.

...Yet David Cameron, same Tory Party leader of this generation went to his funeral. Irony is a kicker huh?

…Yet David Cameron, same Tory Party leader of this generation went to his funeral. Irony is a kicker huh?

Angela Merkel the German Chancellor since 2005 came into a man’s political World as did many others, some in the past and some still in power. Would a World led by woman be a better World? Would woman be so greedy, so perverted, so willing to help friends and not those who voted them in. I say perverted there, I refer to the ongoing child abuse claims in Westminster and Whitehall. I believe this is a man’s society, a man’s world, we NEED more woman in power, in places where they can call things out. So again I ask simply, ‘Would a Woman’s World be a better World?’ The list below is every woman to have served as leader of their nation, do we need more?

Name Image Country Office Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Khertek Anchimaa-Toka Khertek Anchimaa-Toka.png.jpg  Tannu Tuva Chairperson of the Presidium of the Little Khural 6 April 1940 11 October 1944 4 years, 188 days
Sükhbaataryn Yanjmaa Sükhbaataryn Yanjmaa.jpg Mongolia Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the State Great Khural 7 September 1953 7 July 1954 0 years, 303 days
Soong Ching-ling Soong Ching-ling 1937.jpg  China Acting Co-Chairperson 31 October 1968 24 April 1972 3 years, 176 days
Golda Meir Golda Meir 03265u.jpg  Israel Elected Prime Minister 17 March 1969 11 April 1974 5 years, 25 days
Isabel Martínez de Perón Isabelita ícono.jpg  Argentina President 1 July 1974 24 March 1976 1 year, 267 days
Lidia Gueiler Tejada LIDIA GUEILER TEJADA.jpg  Bolivia Acting President 16 November 1979 17 July 1980 0 years, 244 days
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Vigdis Finnbogadottir (1985).jpg  Iceland President 1 August 1980 1 August 1996 16 years, 0 days
Maria Lea Pedini-Angelini  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 1981 1 October 1981 0 years, 183 days
Soong Ching-ling Soong Ching-ling 1937.jpg  China Honorary President 16 May 1981 28 May 1981 0 years, 12 days
Agatha Barbara Ms Agatha Barbara.jpg  Malta President 15 February 1982 15 February 1987 5 years, 0 days
Gloriana Ranocchini No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 1984 1 October 1984 0 years, 183 days
Carmen Pereira No image.svg  Guinea-Bissau Acting President of Guinea-Bissau 14 May 1984 16 May 1984 0 years, 2 days
Elisabeth Kopp Elisabeth Kopp.gif   Switzerland Member of the Swiss Federal Council 21 October 1984 12 January 1989 4 years, 83 days
Corazon Aquino Corazon Aquino 1986.jpg  Philippines President 25 February 1986 30 June 1992 6 years, 126 days
Gloriana Ranocchini No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 October 1989 1 April 1990 0 years, 182 days
Ertha Pascal-Trouillot No image.svg  Haiti Acting President 13 March 1990 7 February 1991 0 years, 331 days
Sabine Bergmann-Pohl Sabine Bergmann-Pohl.jpg  East Germany President of the People’s Chamber 5 April 1990 2 October 1990 0 years, 180 days
Violeta Chamorro Violeta Chamorro 1993.jpg  Nicaragua President 25 April 1990 10 January 1997 6 years, 260 days
Mary Robinson Mary Robinson World Economic Forum 2013 crop.jpg  Ireland President 3 December 1990 12 September 1997 6 years, 283 days
Edda Ceccoli No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 October 1991 1 April 1992 0 years, 183 days
Ruth Dreifuss Ruth Dreifuss, President of Switzerland (cropped).jpg   Switzerland Member of the Swiss Federal Council 1 April 1993 31 December 2002 9 years, 296 days
Patrizia Busignani No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 1993 1 October 1993 0 years, 183 days
Sylvie Kinigi No image.svg  Burundi Acting President 27 October 1993 5 February 1994 0 years, 101 days
Chandrika Kumaratunga Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.jpg  Sri Lanka President 12 November 1994 19 November 2005 11 years, 17 days
Ruth Perry No image.svg  Liberia Chairperson of the Council of State 3 September 1996 2 August 1997 0 years, 333 days
Rosalía Arteaga Serrano R Arteaga.jpg  Ecuador Acting President 9 February 1997 11 February 1997 0 years, 2 days
Mary McAleese Mary McAleese.jpg  Ireland President 11 November 1997 10 November 2011 13 years, 364 days
Janet Jagan Janet Jagan.png  Guyana President 19 December 1997 11 August 1999 1 year, 235 days
Ruth Metzler-Arnold Ruth Metzler.gif   Switzerland Member of the Swiss Federal Council 1 January 1999 31 December 2003 4 years, 364 days
Rosa Zafferani No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 1999 1 October 1999 0 years, 183 days
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga Ministru prezidenta tikšanās ar eksprezidenti (4108711953).jpg  Latvia President 8 July 1999 8 July 2007 8 years, 0 days
Mireya Moscoso Mireya Moscoso.jpg  Panama President 1 September 1999 1 September 2004 5 years, 0 days
Tarja Halonen Tarja Halonen 1c389 8827-2.jpg  Finland President 1 March 2000 1 March 2012 12 years, 0 days
Maria Domenica Michelotti No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 2000 1 October 2000 0 years, 183 days
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Gloria Macapagal Arroyo WEF 2009-crop.jpg  Philippines President 20 January 2001 30 June 2010 9 years, 161 days
Megawati Sukarnoputri President Megawati Sukarnoputri - Indonesia.jpg  Indonesia President 23 July 2001 20 October 2004 3 years, 89 days
Micheline Calmy-Rey Micheline Calmy-Rey 2011.jpg   Switzerland Member of the Swiss Federal Council 1 January 2003 31 December 2011 8 years, 364 days
Valeria Ciavatta No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 October 2003 1 April 2004 0 years, 183 days
Nino Burjanadze Nino Burjanadze (Tbilisi, December 5, 2003).jpg  Georgia Acting President 23 November 2003 25 January 2004 0 years, 63 days
Barbara Prammer Mag.a. Barbara Prammer (14316641697).jpg  Austria Acting President 6 July 2004 8 July 2004 0 years, 2 days
Fausta Morganti No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 2005 1 October 2005 0 years, 183 days
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, April 2010.jpg  Liberia President 16 January 2006 Incumbent 8 years, 350 days
Michelle Bachelet Michelle Bachelet foto campaña.jpg  Chile President 11 March 2006 11 March 2010 4 years, 0 days
Doris Leuthard Doris Leuthard 2011.jpg   Switzerland Member of the Swiss Federal Council 1 August 2006 Incumbent 8 years, 153 days
Dalia Itzik Dalya Itzik 1.png  Israel Acting President 25 January 2007 15 July 2007 0 years, 171 days
Pratibha Patil PratibhaIndia.jpg  India President 25 July 2007 25 July 2012 5 years, 0 days
Nino Burjanadze Nino Burjanadze (Tbilisi, December 5, 2003).jpg  Georgia Acting President 25 November 2007 20 January 2008 0 years, 56 days
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Cristinakirchnermensaje2010.jpg  Argentina President 10 December 2007 Incumbent 7 years, 22 days
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf 2011.jpg   Switzerland Member of the Swiss Federal Council 1 January 2008 Incumbent 7 years, 0 days
Rosa Zafferani No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 2008 1 October 2008 0 years, 183 days
Assunta Meloni No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 October 2008 1 April 2009 0 years, 182 days
Rose Francine Rogombé No image.svg  Gabon Acting President 10 June 2009 16 October 2009 0 years, 128 days
Dalia Grybauskaitė Dalia Grybauskaite 2014 by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg  Lithuania President 12 July 2009 Incumbent 5 years, 173 days
Roza Otunbayeva Roza Otunbayeva - World Economic Forum on Europe 2011.jpg  Kyrgyzstan President 7 April 2010 1 December 2011 1 year, 238 days
Laura Chinchilla Chinchilla Adelante.jpg  Costa Rica President 8 May 2010 8 May 2014 4 years, 0 days
Simonetta Sommaruga Simonetta Sommaruga 2011.jpg   Switzerland Member of the Swiss Federal Council 1 November 2010 Incumbent 4 years, 61 days
Dilma Rousseff Dilma Rousseff - foto oficial 2011-01-09.jpg  Brazil President 1 January 2011 Incumbent 4 years, 0 days
Maria Luisa Berti No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 2011 1 October 2011 0 years, 183 days
Atifete Jahjaga Atifete Jahjaga 2011.jpg  Kosovo President 7 April 2011 Incumbent 3 years, 269 days
Monique Ohsan Bellepeau No image.svg  Mauritius Acting President 31 March 2012 21 July 2012 0 years, 112 days
Slavica Đukić Dejanović Slavica Djukic Dejanovic (1).jpg  Serbia Acting President 5 April 2012 31 May 2012 0 years, 56 days
Joyce Banda President of Malawi Joyce Banda (8985928177).jpg  Malawi President 7 April 2012 31 May 2014 2 years, 54 days
Denise Bronzetti No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 October 2012 1 April 2013 0 years, 182 days
Park Geun-hye Park Geun-hye (8724400493) (cropped).jpg  South Korea President 25 February 2013 Incumbent 1 year, 310 days
Antonella Mularoni Antonella Mularoni.jpg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 2013 1 October 2013 0 years, 183 days
Anna Maria Muccioli No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 October 2013 1 April 2014 0 years, 182 days
Catherine Samba-Panza Catherine Samba-Panza 2014-09-26.jpg  Central African Republic Acting President 23 January 2014 Incumbent 0 years, 343 days
Michelle Bachelet Michelle Bachelet foto campaña.jpg  Chile President 11 March 2014 Incumbent 0 years, 296 days
Valeria Ciavatta No image.svg  San Marino Captain Regent 1 April 2014 1 October 2014 0 years, 183 days
Marie Louise Coleiro Preca No image.svg  Malta President 4 April 2014 Incumbent 0 years, 272 days

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German-made ‘miracle’ machine turns water into gasoline


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By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Well well, water to Gasoline! I would love to live in a World where these inventions all over the World can be used by us all and a lot cheaper. Sadly we WILL be using oil till it runs out so the fat cats can make money. I am not surprised any Main Stream Media outside Eastern Europe has ran this story. I would not expect to see this on Main Stream TV in the West. Why? Because it gives people the impression this may happen. It might, but not for you and I and not in our lifetime. All that said, this is an AMAZING invention. Science just blows my mind sometimes..

There is as yet no method to mimic Jesus Christ and turn water into wine, but German chemical engineers have proved they can perform miracles of alchemy. They are now finalizing the assembly of a rig that changes water into gasoline. The German company says it has developed an engineering installation capable of synthesizing petroleum-based fuels from water and carbon dioxide. The ‘power-to-liquid’ rig converts gases extracted from water into liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

“I would call it a miracle because it completely changes the way we are producing fuels for cars, planes and also the chemical industry,” Nils Aldag, Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of Sunfire GmbH told RT’s Ruptly video agency. The Dresden-based company expects the technology to have a big impact on the future fuel market. The electrically-powered installation uses a process known as Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, first developed by German chemists Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch in 1925. The Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) reaction converts colorless, odorless, incombustible carbon dioxide gas (CO2) extracted from water, and hydrogen gas generated from water vapor, by electrolysis into liquid fuels such as diesel, jet kerosene and other chemical products.

The conversion process takes place in a series of reactors at temperatures between 150 and 300 degrees Celsius.
However, the F-T fuel technology “will always be more expensive” than getting conventional liquid hydrocarbon fuels from oil or coal, Aldag warned.

“What is important is that the value creation happens at the place where you use the fuel,” he said. So there will be no crude oil transportation costs and expensive infrastructure. “You are producing the fuel right where you are actually going to use it,” Aldag stressed. One might think that much cheaper conventional fuels will always be a sure bet, but this depends on the given conditions. The Pentagon has already been working in this direction.

The US military has spent up to $150 per gallon on alternative jet fuels made from algae, which is a good bit more than the approximately $3 per gallon that traditional jet fuels currently cost in the US. Although $150 seems a lot for a gallon of gas, the US has spent a fortune on fuel during its 13-year campaign in Afghanistan. The military themselves estimate that the cost of delivering fuel to remote bases is $400 a gallon.

Sunfire believes the technology will be refined, and after obtaining regulatory permission they hope to offer it for commercial exploitation by 2016. While Nils Aldag considers the technology has a bright future, the will to use it needs to gain momentum. “I think in a very long time it will actually have an impact on geopolitics. What you always have to know is that the quantities that are required in these industries are so big that it would be difficult for such a technology to make a significant impact in a short period of time,” said Aldag.

http://rt.com/news/209619-sunfire-water-synthetic-fuel/

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/11/german-made-miracle-machine-turns-water-into-gasoline-3070078.html

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=107653

 

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Disturbing Parallels Between America & 1930s Germany


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He made his people see lies, he brainwashed his people, it wasn't till after WWII the German people seen the camps with Jews in it. Shocked they were

He made his people see lies, he brainwashed his people, it wasn’t till after WWII the German people seen the camps with Jews in it. Shocked they were

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

The practice of invoking a comparison between your opponent’s argument and Nazi ideology is such a common occurrence in internet discussions that, years ago, an author and attorney named Mike Godwin coined a tongue-in-cheek adage known as “Godwin’s Law.” Strictly speaking, this tactic constitutes an informal fallacy in that it relies upon hyperbole in an attempt to derail a person’s arguments via guilt by association. I’ll be the first to admit that it is overused. A case in point is how the president of any nation that refuses to submit to the demands of Americas own national policy makers is invariably labeled as “the next Hitler.” As the political ramp up to a war with Iran continues, we’ll all have plenty of opportunity to see this practice in action. The sad thing about Godwin’s Law is that legitimate comparisons can be drawn between 1930’s Germany and the American populace today. That’s not the same thing as saying that the US government is led by Nazis or that modern day leaders are rounding up the undesirables to be systematically exterminated. It simply means that the same types of trends that blinded Germans to the potential of Adolf Hitler can be found within US society today. Too many Americans believe that Germans as a whole were arrogant and evil and knew what Hitler was capable of from the very beginning.

But that’s not the case at all. We forget that Germany in the 1930’s was a turbulent place economically and politically. With hyper-inflation ravaging the value of the German mark, a wheelbarrow full of money was required to purchase a mere loaf of bread. On top of the financial unrest was the fear of takeover by the Bolsheviks who had recently succeeded in turning Russia into a giant Soviet prison camp. In 1933, a terrorist fire bombing of the German Reichstag building added another dimension to the panic felt by many German citizens, history tells us now it was a false flag operation by Hitler.

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Hitler burnt the Reichstag building to blame others

On top of all this fear of economic distress, communism and terrorism, were the humiliating terms of the Treaty of Versailles, which was still punishing the Germans for their part in the First World War. With their dignity in tatters, encompassed by trouble on every side, it is understandable that a charismatic leader might come forward–especially if that leader offered strong solutions to the problems vexing Germany. But in order to accomplish the monumental task of fixing the problems and leading Germany to what many Germans considered its proper status among the nations, that leader would require that the German people trust him with absolute power. By playing upon their fears, Hitler persuaded the German people to grant him unprecedented power and the long downhill slide to their well documented destruction began.

So where are the parallels in American society?

US economy is–to put it mildly–on shaky ground thanks to a dollar that has lost over 95% of its purchasing power since 1913 and mounting public and private debts have the markets as twitchy as a tightrope walker juggling hornet nests. The solution pursued by those who make the nation’s monetary policy is to sell more bonds (go further in debt) to the Federal Reserve and have it print more money which will, in turn, further reduce the buying power of the dollar through inflation. Those industries that have stronger political connections than others (read fascism) are treated to taxpayer-funded bailouts for being “too big to fail.”

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Who got blamed here and where is our World today?

Since September 11th of 2001, the American people have lived in an unending cycle of fear and a corresponding expansion of government powers to address terrorism abroad while building a garrison state here at home. Consider that in 2001, we lost just under 3,000 U.S. citizens in the 9/11 attacks, but during that same year homegrown American criminals murdered FOUR TIMES that number. Statistically, your likelihood of dying in a terrorist attack is about the same as that of dying of a spider bite. But when your leaders tell you that they need to spy on our phone calls, e-mails, bank accounts and library transactions, a surprising number of modern Americans fall into line just as their German counterparts did during the ascendancy of the Third Reich. When the government claims power to kidnap, torture, detain indefinitely or even murder American citizens without due process–in the name of fighting terror–many consider it their patriotic duty to support these actions just as the Germans of the 1930’s did. Just as Hitler justified his aggression against other nations as acting in Germany’s self defense, too many Americans view any use of military force as automatically righteous and justified without measuring such actions against the standards of Just War. And just as patriotic Germans shouted down those who questioned Hitler’s aggression, self-styled “great Americans” consider it their patriotic duty to silence those who question our leaders’ actions. One of the most telling similarities between Nazi Germany and modern America is a growing acceptance of the practice of marginalizing and dehumanizing a targeted group of people who are blamed for the ills of our nation. In Germany it was the Jews who bore the brunt of this treatment as German society methodically marked them for destruction, first by innuendo, next by legal sanction and finally by the direct action of rounding them up and exterminating them. Other groups including gypsies, communists, homosexuals and those with permanent disabilities were labeled as being a danger to the Fatherland and likewise targeted for elimination. We must remember that the process by which the Final Solution was implemented was as gradual as it was deliberate. Had Hitler started rounding up the Jews in the spring of 1933 the German people could have quickly discerned what he was doing and withheld their support. By first carefully sowing seeds of distrust for the Jews and then implementing laws that forbade them to be a legitimate part of German society, the Nazis were able to convince enough Germans that Jews were somehow not really people at all.

It’s easy to picture a majority of German people as possessing a fanatical hatred for the Jews, but in reality it was primarily their calloused indifference that allowed the atrocities of the Third Reich to move forward virtually

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unopposed. Too few Germans took the time to give serious thought to the official propaganda they’d been fed regarding the Jews and Hitler’s efforts to “defend” the Fatherland. By the time some Germans realized what was being done in their names, it was too dangerous to speak out. The current hysteria in America over Muslims in general is disturbingly familiar to those who have studied the methods used to dehumanize the so-called undesirables in 1930’s Germany. The propaganda flows daily from various media sources who are vigorously trying to inflame public opinion against Muslims everywhere, not just those in America. Thus far the propaganda campaign to convince Americans that Muslims are an existential threat to the USA as a nation has succeeded in rousing the right wing through its highly contrived tale of a so-called “Victory Mosque to be built at Ground Zero” of the 9/11 attacks. Given the vast amounts of information that are readily available to most of us in a matter of milliseconds via our computers or even our cell phones, it’s astonishing that so few Americans are willing to challenge the outrageous claims and do even the most rudimentary fact-checking. Never has information been so easy to come by, and yet the tried and true methods of sowing seeds of distrust, and the urging of legal disenfranchisement are being employed at this moment.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 BY BRYAN HYDE

http://www.thesocialleader.com/2010/09/disturbing-parallels-america-1930s-germany/

http://therionorteline.com/2012/04/09/9418/

http://www.4thmedia.org/2014/05/the-white-houses-nazis-from-hitlers-germany-in-the-1930s-to-kiev-today-the-us-disturbing-partnerships-with-nazis/

http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/20498553/fpart/all/vc/1

http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2004/09/germany_in_the_.html

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Frankfurt authorities prepare for Ebola – Is it about to get bad?


Are we ready for Ebola? It's a question the German media have been asking for weeks. Frankfurt Airport has come under particular scrutiny due to its size. But could Frankfurt really be an entry point for the disease?

Are we ready for Ebola? It’s a question the German media have been asking for weeks. Frankfurt Airport has come under particular scrutiny due to its size. But could Frankfurt really be an entry point for the disease?

Some of the taxi drivers at Frankfurt Airport feel helpless against the disease

Some of the taxi drivers at Frankfurt Airport feel helpless against the disease

Ebola continues to rage in Africa. So far, the virus has claimed more than 1,500 lives in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. But the deadly disease has stirred fears on the European continent as well, triggering a string of false alarms. With several airlines including British Airways and Air France cancelling flights to affected countries, European airports have been on the alert for weeks. As Germany’s biggest airport, Frankfurt has come under particular scrutiny. Over 58 million passengers pass through its sliding glass doors and terminals every year. The taxi drivers outside the airport’s international arrivals terminal are concerned that one of those passengers could be carrying the Ebola virus. “I often have a bad feeling about it,” one of them comments. “Every time I leave the airport here with passengers I always say: ‘May I ask where you’ve just come from?’ And then I can usually make up my own mind.” He says he has even considered wearing mouth protection. Two others say they have a duty to take people to where they need to go, and they don’t ask where people have just come from. “What can you do? That’s the way it is. We have to keep working,” says one, and takes a drag from his cigarette.

Emergency medical care

The taxi drivers have to depend on airport safety measures and on passengers from affected countries making sure they get checked for Ebola. But according to Bonn-based

René Gottschalk's team at the health authority meet daily to discuss Ebola measures

René Gottschalk’s team at the health authority meet daily to discuss Ebola measures

journalist Abu-Bakarr Jalloh, that is easier said than done. Jalloh recently returned from Freetown in Sierra Leone, where he had been in close contact with Ebola patients on a reporting assignment. He was feeling unwell and tried desperately to get a blood test to confirm he was Ebola-free. He was shocked by the response of medical staff.

“You go to the emergency clinic and you would sit there for hours and hours and tell them ‘Hey my case could be very serious, take it seriously.'” Even when he explained that he could be a carrier of the virus, he was told that emergency patients are the priority. “As long as you don’t look like you’re dying, you’re not a priority,” Jalloh said. Jalloh says the response he got to his case in Germany has made him think that “the measures that authorities in Europe and airliners are taking aren’t sufficient.”

Staff at the regional health authority in Frankfurt would surely disagree . Chief public health consultant René Gottschalk estimates that employees there have been spending around 30 percent of their time dealing with Ebola-related issues in recent weeks. Every day, Gottschalk and his team meet in the so-called “Ebola crisis management room” to prepare for a potential Ebola case. The team includes infectious disease specialists and a crisis management expert who liaises with the police and the fire brigade. The walls in the room are plastered with maps, health warnings and lists of emergency contacts, flight numbers and airports in Africa.

Of course, a large chunk of the Ebola-related work at the health authority currently consists of press requests regarding Frankfurt airport’s precautions. His team has been so overwhelmed that it has gone from answering individual requests to arranging larger-scale events for journalists. Gottschalk thinks that reporting on the disease hasn’t amounted to scare-mongering, but that the amount of reports has stoked fears. “People read, see and hear more than twice a day that Ebola is a problem in Germany. But it isn’t a problem.”

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Isolation ward 68 at Frankfurt's university hospital is prepared for Ebola patients

Isolation ward 68 at Frankfurt’s university hospital is prepared for Ebola patients

Gottschalk explains that there’s a clear procedure for the event that a passenger suspected of having Ebola comes to Frankfurt airport: The flight would land outside the airport grounds. Passengers on board would then be classified according to how likely they are to be carrying the virus, using a traffic light color-coding system.

“If a passenger is marked red, we will transport him directly from the aircraft to the university hospital. Passengers marked yellow will enter the airport in a specialized area. Only passengers marked green will enter the airport and travel on,” Gottschalk explains. The same marking procedure is used for other viral hemorrhagic fevers, such as Lassa fever, which are transmitted from person to person through bodily fluids rather than through the air. There was a suspected case of Ebola on a flight from Addis Ababa to Frankfurt on August 15, 2014. But the passenger had tested negative for Ebola before flying and was allowed to travel on after being examined on the plane. An elderly couple who had been on the same flight told DW they felt “the airport staff did a good job. We felt safe and had the feeling that they knew what they were doing.”

Isolating the virus

But if there were to be a case of the virus at the airport, an infected passenger would be taken directly to Frankfurt’s university hospital, for treatment in isolation ward 68. The two-bed ward there is sealed off from the rest of the hospital, using airlock doors and negative pressure in the room. Before entering, medical staff would put on sterile protective clothing, including an orange plastic overall, two pairs of gloves, rubber boots and head covering. A built-in hose blows filtered air into the hat and into the entire gown. That way, if the suit ripped, air would blow any potential bacteria out of the suit.

.Not a European battle

Timo Wolf, a consultant in infectious diseases who runs the ward, explains that doctors at the hospital train in the isolation ward every three months. Wolf says working in the gear is “very physically straining,” so staff need to

Staff in the isolation ward wear full-body protective gear

Staff in the isolation ward wear full-body protective gear

practice performing medical procedures in the full-body suits, which he says feel like hot, heavy, scuba-diving suits.

Such preparations are very necessary, Wolf believes. “I think it’s possible, if not likely, that in the next couple of weeks, we will be confronted with a suspected or maybe even a definite case of Ebola.” Frankfurt’s system is tried and tested, Wolf says. The ward has treated Lassa fever and had a SARS patient in 2003.

“I think that there’s no reason to be afraid of anything now in Europe. I think that in the long run, this game has to be won in Western Africa,” Wolf says

Rwanda tests suspected Ebola case


The patient is the first to be tested in Rwanda since the outbreak emerged in west Africa earlier this year

The patient is the first to be tested in Rwanda since the outbreak emerged in west Africa earlier this year

Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and is waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, the health ministry says. “Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory for approval, results will be available in 48 hours,” the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The patient is the first to be tested in Rwanda since the outbreak emerged in west Africa earlier this year.  This outbreak of the virus, centred on Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, is the worst recorded and has killed nearly 1,000 people. Last week the World Health Organisation declared the epidemic a global health emergency. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s health minister, said the patient was a German medical student who had recently spent time in Liberia. He had a fever and malaria but for “100 percent security” Rwanda had quarantined him, until test results were back in two days, Binagwaho said. Like other nations across east Africa, Rwanda said it had put in place measures against the deadly virus. “Surveillance systems and emergency management systems have been established,” the health ministry said. “Health workers have been trained across the country and are vigilant.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria has 10 confirmed cases of Ebola, up from seven at the last count, although only two so far have died, including the Liberian who brought the virus in, the health minister said on Monday.All were people who had had primary contact with Patrick Sawyer, who collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 25th
and later died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told a news conference. A nurse who treated him not knowing what it was and without protective gear also died.

Hong Kong test negative

As fears of the disease spread, Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection said on Sunday night that a Nigerian man, earlier suspected of having the virus, had tested negative at the Princess Margaret Hospital. It was Hong Kong’s first suspected case of Ebola, which is spread through blood and body fluid, in the latest outbreak. The 32-year-old man who had been vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea, both symptoms of the disease, had arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday. After he went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the man was transferred to the Princess Margaret Hospital and was quarantined there. According to the centre, the man had never been to Ebola-effected countries such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the past month, nor had he had contact with Ebola-positive patients and animals. The UK National Health Service website says an infected person will typically develop fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat and intense muscle weakness. These symptoms start suddenly, between two and 21 days after becoming infected, but usually after five to seven days.

EU on high alert as Germany agrees to accept Ebola patients


A scientist separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate any Ebola

A scientist separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate any Ebola

A story I have been following on AceNews, https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=Ebola I think it’s fair to say forget Israel, Palestine, Russia, ISIS, Ukraine, any conflict or war because of how this story has developed over night. The main Dr who was helping contain this has died, https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/top-ebola-doctor-has-contracted-the-ebola-virus/  who died, and overnight we were told this is “Out of Control” This is the worst outbreak of Ebola, this is the 1st time it has broken one border, it has broken through several, rumours of a woman in China, if true and she has passed it on, China is 24% of the planet. Over night news https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/ebola-epidemic-out-of-control-now-a-world-threat-90-mortality-rate-please-read-and-learn/
Know the disease, learn about this disease that kills 90% of people who get it, one of, if not the worst micro-bug on Earth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease

German hospital has agreed to treat Ebola patients amid widespread fears of a possible outbreak of the deadly disease in Europe. Over 670 people have already been killed by the disease in West Africa with doctors struggling to control the epidemic. A German hospital in Hamburg agreed to accept patients following a request from the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Welle reports. Doctors assure that the utmost precautions will be taken to make sure the disease does not spread during treatment. The patients will be kept in an isolation ward behind several airlocks, and doctors and nurses will wear body suits with their own oxygen supplies that will be burned every three hours. German authorities were expecting the arrival of Sheik Umar Khan, an Ebola expert who caught the disease while treating patients in Sierra Leone, but he died before he could be transported. “We were actually anticipating the patient’s arrival over the weekend,” Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, head of the viral diagnostic unit at Hamburg’s Bernhard-Nocht-Institute, told German public broadcaster NDR.

This latest outbreak of Ebola originated in Guinea in February and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria where the first case was reported last week. The disease has already claimed over 650 lives and has prompted authorities in Europe to take measures to prevent its spread. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will chair a meeting of the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBRA) on Wednesday to discuss the government’s reaction to the outbreak of the deadly disease. On Monday, a man was tested for the virus at a Birmingham Airport following a flight from Nigeria via Paris. The Department of Health later confirmed that the tests were negative and said the UK authorities were prepared to deal with the threat of Ebola. “Protecting the public from infectious diseases is a priority and we lead the world in this field. We are well prepared to identify and deal with any potential cases of Ebola,” a Department of Health official told reporters.

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In Hong Kong, a woman has been hospitalized with a suspected case of Ebola. According to reports from China Daily, the woman had recently returned home from a trip to Africa. In an effort to confine the spread of the disease, the International Civil Aviation Organization will consult with the World Health Organization. “Until now [the virus] had not impacted commercial aviation, but now we’re affected,” WHO Secretary-General Raymond Benjamin told the media, referencing the death of a 40-year-old man who died of Ebola after traveling on Togo-based airline ASKY from Liberia to Nigeria via the Togolese capital of Lome. “We will have to act quickly,” Benjamin said. “We will consult with the WHO to see what types of measures should be put in place.” The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact of bodily fluids and is deadly in up to 90 percent of cases. Symptoms include fever, vomiting and internal bleeding.

The World Stands As One For Palestine – As Israel Slaughter Gaza


People in Israel celebrate with Bomb Parties! Bastards

People in Israel celebrate with Bomb Parties! Bastards

I don’t do hate. So this blog is about solidarity, about the WHOLE World coming together this weekend AGAINST Israel and to support Palestine. The World has your back Palestine. Israel, you walk a hard road on your own.

WORLD AGAINST ISRAEL – SUPPORT PALESTINE – ISRAEL, YOU MUST LISTEN, OR ELSE  

Demos against Israeli atrocities held across the globe

THE WORLD IS TALKING TO YOU ISRAEL.

THE WORLD IS TALKING TO YOU ISRAEL.

SWEDEN

SWEDEN

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

Sinn Fein against Palestine

Sinn Fein against Palestine

Scottish woman selling cakes to raise money to help Palestine

Scottish woman selling cakes to raise money to help Palestine

ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL

DUBLIN

DUBLIN

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

LONDON

LONDON

LONDON

LONDON

FRANCE

FRANCE

FRANCE

FRANCE

MESSAGE FROM PAKISTAN

MESSAGE FROM PAKISTAN

RABAT, MOROCCO

RABAT, MOROCCO

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

SESKATOON, CANADA

SESKATOON, CANADA

EIRE

EIRE

MAURITUS

MAURITUS AND EUROPE

YOUNG MAN MAKING HIS FEELINGS KNOWN

YOUNG MAN MAKING HIS FEELINGS KNOWN

THE WORLD

THE WORLD

ISRAEL/NAZIS

ISRAEL/NAZIS

THE WORLD HAS SPOKEN

THE PROPAGANDA IS KILLER

THE WORLD

THE WORLD

AMERICA

AMERICA

KIDS IN PALESTINE NOT BACKING DOWN

KIDS IN PALESTINE NOT BACKING DOWN

THIS IS MY MOTO

THIS IS MY MOTO

AMERICAN

AMERICAN

PALESTINE KIDS

PALESTINE KIDS

Dr  Mads Gilbert  A Norwegian Doctor Kisses One Of the Palestinian Children Killed...

Dr Mads Gilbert A Norwegian Doctor Kisses One Of the Palestinian Children Killed…

Belfast

Belfast

Stop buying with this barcode start

Stop buying with this barcode start

THE WORLD SPEAKS

THE WORLD SPEAKS

WE STAND AS ONE!

WE STAND AS ONE!

THE WORLD

THE WORLD

SCOTLAND STANDS WITH GAZA AND OPPRESSION

SCOTLAND STANDS WITH GAZA AND OPPRESSION

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen, Scotland

Germany Win World Cup 2014 – Well Done!


Germany crowned the World’s best. 172 nations started to qualify, 32 qualified, Germany were the last team standing. 4 Billion of Earth’s 7 Billion watched live on TV. After destroying hosts Brazil 7-1 in Tuesday’s semi-final in Belo Horizonte, this was a game that required different qualities such as resilience and concentration – but Germany were never found wanting and their ecstatic celebrations at the end were in contrast to the tears of the Argentines.

Finals are very difficult games, and very strange games. I have been involved in about 12 or so and every time form goes out the window, they are unlike ANY other game of football you will play. They are either the best feeling in the world or the hell, there is no in-between. The goal that won is was a cracker from young German wonder kid Mario Götze who plays club football for Bayern Munich, he win the biggest prize last season when Bayern won the UEFA Champions League and tonight he scored a wonder goal.

Cross, chest, volley, goal, 1-0 and there and then I knew Germany would hold on. I predicted Germany would win it, not at the start though, when Holland beat Spain 5-1 I said ‘Germany will win this’ a few Holland fans I know didn’t want to hear it (LOL) But Germany are a solid, hard, battling, tactically brilliant side. This is the first time a unified Germany has won the World Cup. West Germany won it in 1990 beating Argentina, Germany, unified lost in the final in 2002 to Brazil. Germany, West and as a unified Germany have won the World Cup 4 times now 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014. They deserved this 100%

Many teams had better players, Portugal with Ronaldo, Argentina with Messi, Holland with Robben, Brazil with Naymar. Germany don’t have that ‘Prize Player’ They have a team of brilliant team players, my time in football taught me team spirit gets you further than relying on 1 or 2 players. This Germany team’s average age is 24! The youngest average aged team to win the World Cup.


Winner: Mario Gotze scores the World Cup winner.


The German squad gather in a huddle at the front of the stage as Philipp Lahm waits to receive the famous trophy.

This has been the best World Cup I have seen in my 40 years on this Earth. A European team winning the World Cup in the Americas for the first time ever. Germany’s organisation and tactics were just brilliant. To the untrained eye you won’t see it, me a coach 15 years winning 19 trophies I can see the tactics and the way the teams are set-up. Germany were just superb all the way through. The team that win’s any final of any tournament deserves it.

Well back to Glasgow Celtic for me, we start on Tuesday for real. Can’t wait

Again, well done Germany, unlucky Argentina, Holland and Brazil were awful!

What a goal by this kid on the biggest sporting stage on the planet


More than 250,000 German fans are estimated to have watched their country’s win at Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate


Germany’s Mario Gotze became the first substitute to score the winner in a World Cup final


Bastian Schweinsteiger shows what it means

Football is the World’s number 1 sport, it brings people together


Fifa president Sepp Blatter is flanked in the Maracana stands by Russia President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel


Brazil’s three-time World Cup winner Pele is always a target for the cameras – as are compatriot Kaka and ex-England skipper David Beckham.

Another sign of the World turning against the USA as Germany throw out CIA Agent for spying


Germany has taken the unusual step of asking the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country, following two reported cases of suspected US spying.Thursday’s move reflects growing impatience in Germany at what is perceived as US nonchalance about being caught spying on a close ally, amid a yearlong row over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.

“The representative of the US intelligence services at the United States embassy has been asked to leave Germany,” Steffen Seibert, a German government spokesman, said in a statement. “The request occurred against the backdrop of the ongoing investigation by federal prosecutors as well as the questions that were posed months ago about the activities of US intelligence agencies in Germany. “The government takes the matter very seriously.” Seibert said Germany continues to seek “close and trusting” cooperation with its Western partners, “especially the United States”.

Shortly before the decision was announced, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said Germany and the US had “very different approaches” to the role of intelligence agencies. Merkel stressed the need for greater trust between allies, a position she has repeatedly voiced since reports last year that the National Security Agency eavesdropped on her mobile phone.

Espionage suspected

In separate cases over the past 10 days, one man has been arrested and an investigation against another has been launched on suspicion that they worked for foreign intelligence. German media have reported that the men were suspected of passing secrets to Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, and reported that the scope of the cases and who was involved were not yet clear.

Talks were taking place with the US at various levels, the media reports said.”If the situation remains what we know now, the information reaped by this suspected espionage is laughable,” de Maiziere said in a statement. “However, the political damage is already disproportionate and serious.”

Al Jazeera’s Nick Spicer, reporting from Berlin, said resentment had grown in Germany since October, when it was revealed that Merkel’s phone was tapped and that the NSA had also plugged into Google and Facebook to spy on ordinary Germans. “The psychology here is just one of complete resentment towards what is seen as American interference in ordinary lives and, from a governmental perspective, a complete lack of trust,” he said.

World stands as one – warn Russia to relent in Ukraine standoff


Barack Obama has ordered a freezing of US assets and visa restrictions on those involved in Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, as Britain’s David Cameron warned President Vladimir Putin “it cannot be business as usual”. Mr Obama signed an executive order aimed at punishing Russians and Ukrainians responsible for “threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”. The visa ban does not apply to the Russian President, a US official said. The White House’s rebuke came as the European Union also ramped up the pressure on Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

Member states agreed to suspend negotiations on a more liberal visa regime for Russians, stop work on a comprehensive new agreement on relations between Russia and the EU and to pull out of all preparations for the G8 summit in Sochi in June. The European Commission has also been tasked to work on additional measures including travel bans and asset freezes. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is at the Brussels summit, unveiled the details of the action and said Europe needed “to send a very clear message to the Russian government that what has happened is unacceptable and should have consequences”. He said: “The situation in Ukraine remains highly precarious – the slightest miscalculation can see it spiral out of control.

“If Russia takes further steps the statement issued today makes very clear there will be far-reaching consequences. ”It cannot be business as usual with Russia.” Mr Cameron said world leaders needed to find a way to “diffuse” and “de-escalate” the situation. ”We know from history that turning a blind eye when nations are trampled over and their independence trashed – that stores up far greater problems in the long run,” he added.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the country’s armed forces would act if Moscow moved any further into its territory. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome for a second round of talks but failed to reach an agreement, said US sanctions against Russia were “not constructive”. It came as Crimea’s deputy prime minister Rustam Temirgaliev said a decree making the region part of Russia was already in place: “The only lawful armed force on the territory of the Crimea is the Russian armed forces.”

MPs in Crimea – which remains under the tight grip of pro-Russian troops – have voted in favour of becoming part of Russia and are calling for a referendum in 10 days. But Mr Yatsenyuk, who has been meeting European leaders in Brussels, said the decree was “an illegitimate decision and this so-called referendum has no legal grounds at all”. He added: “Crimea is, was and will be an integral part of Ukraine. In case of further escalation and military intervention into the Ukrainian territory by foreign forces, the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian military will act in accordance with the constitution and laws.”

In Simferopol, the region’s capital, about 50 people rallied outside the parliament waving Russian and Crimean flags. Among the posters they held aloft was one that said “Russia, defend us from genocide”. Gunmen at an improvised checkpoint on Crimea’s regional border with the rest of Ukraine have blocked a group of 40 unarmed military observers from carrying out an inspection mission requested by Ukraine’s government. Interpol is examining a request by Ukrainian authorities to issue a ‘Red Alert’ for the arrest of ousted President Victor Yanukovych. Ukraine’s Paralympic team has threatened to boycott the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The athletes will announce their decision at 9.30am (UK time) on Friday.

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http://web.orange.co.uk/article/news/ukraine_russia_faces_pressure_amid_clashes

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/us-eu-sanctions-obama-russia-ukraine-crimea

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/28/world/europe/ukraine-politics/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26475508