Ron Paul: ‘US provoking war with Russia, could result in total destruction’


Former US Representative Ron Paul

Former US Representative Ron Paul

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Well here is another TOTAL waste of my time to tell America War with Russia is close..

America it is HIGH TIME you stopped being political and blaming each other for ‘Whatever’ all out War with Russia is VERY CLOSE if we are not careful here. Ron Paul is a guy I just like. He want’s the USA to spend more on the USA. Anyone against that principle has a warped political mind. Ron is saying exactly what I have been. I will leave the links below, but America, this is real, others and I have been SCREAMING it to you for a LONG time. Don’t think or say “Well there is nothing I can do” BULLCRAP!!! You can, you are to damn scared America! And so people can’t say “But RT is rubbish news” I will leave other links at the bottom. America, I have warned you for 2 years and been proven correct on MANY occasions. wakey wakey…Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I know…You are asleep. America has passed a resolution because Putin and Russia are entering other countries…THIS IS COMING FROM AMERICA..You do understand Irony America? If you can’t stop political bashing your downfall and death will be quick and swift and you are already alone with Israel on the World stage America! America you think you are the centre of Earth and you can’t be beaten or taken down. Well I have news, the Roman and Ottoman Empire and many others had this same attitude, and I bet most Americans have not even heard of either. I am at a loss with America at Government level. I am a loss with the people who blindly believe the Media…Being awake and aware will soon free my Country Scotland so we can go and hide away from the World stage and be a nobody. We just want to exist and be left alone. USA NEEDS war to prop up it’s financial reserves. A VERY DANGEROUS GAME!

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/us-declares-war-on-russia-step-one/

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/are-you-ready-for-nuclear-war-i-have-pieced-a-few-things-together/

Former congressman Ron Paul has lashed out at the resolution the House passed against Russia, branding it “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever.” It could even pave the way for a potential war with Russia, as it was with Iraq, he warns. Resolution 758 strongly condemns the actions of Russia under Vladimir Putin, for what it describes as a policy of “aggression against neighboring countries,” in a motion that describes Moscow’s political and economic domination in the region. However, Ron Paul says the bill was nothing but “16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush.”

Speaking to RT, Paul added that the resolution was “part of the war propaganda machine.” “It’s this kind of stuff that stirs up trouble. I’d rather dissipate the problems and have our government tone the rhetoric down a little bit. This was terrible; this was just a very provocative resolution,” he said.

Via RT America on You Tube 

Most worryingly for the once-presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party is the statement that“military intervention” by Russia in Ukraine “poses a threat to international peace and security.” In his Facebook blog, Paul says it is not an accident that such wording was used as it will allow more aggressive resolutions to follow and this is merely sowing the seeds for this. “If we accept that Russia is posing a ‘threat’ to international peace, how can such a thing be ignored? These are the slippery slopes that lead to war,” Paul says.

READ MORE: House of Representatives passes resolution against Russia

Paragraph 45 of the resolution gives the green light to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to restart Kiev’s military campaign against anti-government militias in the southeast of the country, which would be contradicting the Minsk Agreement signed in Belarus on September 5 to end hostilities in Ukraine, Paul said.

USA: House of Representatives passes resolution 758 against Russia
Via RuptlyTV on You Tube

He believes this will potentially lead to the deaths of thousands more civilians, while the bill also calls on President Barack Obama to “provide the government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty.” The 79-year-old politician questions the sanity of putting US weapons in the hands of US-trained troops, who would be “engaged in a hot war on Russia’s border.”

Notice how these things are passed and the media never tell you?

Notice how these things are passed and the media never tell you?

On September 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko made a speech to the US Congress, saying that Kiev needed lethal aid to help them overcome anti-government forces in the east. “Blankets and night-vision goggles are important, but one cannot win the war with blankets. You cannot keep the peace with a blanket,” the Ukrainian president told lawmakers, adding that Ukraine urgently needs “more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal,” which drew a round of applause from those assembled.

According to Paul, the US resolution is littered with hypocritical statements. It accuses Russia of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, despite not being able to provide any proof despite Washington having numerous high powered satellites that can read number plates from space. The House also overlooks the role the US played in overthrowing a democratically elected government in February, Paul points out.

READ MORE: Obama: Putin ‘scares heck out of neighbors’ with ‘nationalist, backward-looking’ policy

“We have all heard the tapes of State Department officials plotting with the US Ambassador in Ukraine to overthrow the government. We heard US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragging that the US spent $5 billion on regime change in Ukraine. Why is that OK?”

Guess Ron isn't the only one who can see the Danger.

Guess Ron isn’t the only one who can see the Danger.

The United States has for decades championed the rights of self-determination for peoples around the globe, but Paul believes this is only when it suits Washington. He cites the example of the people in the east of Ukraine holding what the US stated where “illegal” and “fraudulent” elections. “Aren’t the people of eastern Ukraine allowed self-determination? Isn’t that a basic human right?” he said.

READ MORE: Russia won’t get involved in geopolitical intrigues and conflicts – Putin

Paragraph 16 condemns Russia for selling weapons to the Assad government, however Paul points out that at least these arms were used to fight Islamic State, rather than the US who armed the Syrian rebels, but then saw the weapons supplied end up in the hands of Islamic State. Equally, paragraph 17 which hits out at Russia for the US believes are economic sanctions imposed on Ukraine, completely ignoring the fact that the US has “repeatedly hit Russia with economic sanctions and is even considering more.”

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Many more are concerned. Are you?

To put the final nail into the coffin, Paul was astounded that so few members of the House of Representatives voted against the resolution. “This dangerous legislation passed today, December 4, with only 10 (!) votes against! Only 10 legislators are concerned over the use of blatant propaganda and falsehoods to push such reckless saber-rattling toward Russia,” Paul said.

http://rt.com/usa/211799-paul-congress-russia-war/

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/06/389002/us-provokes-total-war-with-russia-paul/

http://islamtimes.org/en/doc/news/423767/us-provoking-war-with-russia-that-could-result-in-total-destruction-ron-paul

http://yournewswire.com/video-ron-paul-us-provoking-war-with-russia-could-result-in-total-destruction/

http://human-wrongs-watch.net/2014/12/06/30601/

 

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World War 3 possible as Russia send Submarines to Australia and threaten cold war pact


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WWIII Becomes closes when this man talks

 

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ShaunyNews

This is bad, real bad. Russia has said it may stop the 1987 nuclear missile treaty signed with the USA at the time by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It was a sign of peace, the Cold War ended, leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 9, 1989. It was a time when Russia and the USA seemed to act friends. Over time the Soviet Union split into 15 post-Soviet states and renaming Russia. The Soviet Empire fell. Also just now we have America on her knees printing money from thin air. All that was agreed at the 1987 US/Soviet Union treaty is about to stop. The deal was to stop dangerous factions and terrorists being able to get a nuclear bomb easily. Should Putin be telling the truth I will bet all I have ISIS use the nuclear bomb against Israel or some form of aggression to start a conventional WWIII and not an economic one. The dangers presented to our World should Russia and Putin pull out of this agreement leaves the West in a lot of trouble, more sanctions will be placed on Russia. Russia as I have been reporting have been flying and sailing through the air and water borders of many Countries. When we look at our World we see it is indeed broken, maybe a hard re-set is what is needed to bring order from the chaos. The rhetoric between the US and Russia has been building over the past few weeks. Russia said “No longer will we sit back and allow the USA to police the planet” then signed various deals with China. America have Japan, South Korea and others onside, what worries me right now is the Islamic State. I believe they are funded and trained by the USA. The US Military have LONG asked the people in the USA to wake up to America’s new “War Country” approach. These are very dangerous times, when you put all the pieces together as I have here, you see a pattern and not a good one

BARACK OBAMA – IS HE IN THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD? FORGET WHAT YOU THINK AND THINK FREELY

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/barack-obama-is-he-in-the-muslim-brotherhood-forget-what-you-think-and-think-freely/

What I have wrote so far:

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/alert-russia-announces-deployment-of-bombers-over-gulf-of-mexico/

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/russian-strategic-bombers-near-canada-practice-cruise-missile-strikes-on-us/

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 President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Nuclear pact

President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Nuclear pact

Russia plans to stop cooperating with the U.S. in the effort to keep nuclear bombs out of the hands of terrorists, criminals, and rogue states, according to a report in the New York Times on Thursday. The ominous announcement came at the start of the G20 summit in Brisbane Australia, where Russian President Vladimir Putin engaged in a brazen display of military muscle-flexing.

The joint U.S.-Russia security agreement began in 1991 and was designed to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorist groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other dangerous and unpredictable groups.
Putin arrived at the G20 conference Friday morning with four Russian warships stationedjust off the northeastern coast of Australia. The summit’s host, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is reportedly furious with Putin for the swaggering show of force, after Abbott had threatened to “shirtfront” Putin — that is, forcefully face him down — over theMalaysia Airlines Flight MH17 shootdown disaster in July.
The Russian warships now positioned off the Australian coast are seen by some observers as Putin’s own “shirtfront” of Abbott, humiliating the Australian leader.

World War 3: Russian Nuclear War Possible If U.S. And NATO Intervene In Ukraine

Australia sent three ships of its own to confront the Russian ships — causing a tense naval standoff at the same time leaders of the world’s 20 top economic powers are meeting in what are supposed to be peaceful negotiations.
Now the head of Russia’s nuclear operations, Sergey Kirienko, has told U.S. officials that Russia will no longer let the U.S. have a hand in insuring that Russia’s nukes won’t fall into the wrong hands.

Is playing a very dangerous game

Is playing a very dangerous game

The nuclear cooperation between Russia and the U.S. started right after the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago, amid fears that in Russia’s political chaos, nuclear material could easily be lost or stolen by criminals and terrorists.
In addition to pulling out of the security agreement, Russia has a “nuclear surprise” in store for NATO and the United States, warned the Russian newspaper Pravda in an article detailing the Russian nuclear arsenal this week.
The west will be “surprised” by the strength of Russia’s nuclear readiness, Pravda says — because the Russian nuclear forces are now more powerful than anything the United States possesses, the article claims.
“It just so happens that today, Russia’s strategic nuclear forces (SNF) are even more advanced in comparison with those of the US, as they ensure parity on warheads with a significantly smaller number of carriers of strategic nuclear weapons,” Pravda said. “This gap between Russia and the United States may only grow in the future, given the fact that Russian defense officials promised to rearm Russia’s SNF with new generation missiles.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28538387

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1042259/pg1

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Obama Vows to Bypass Congress and Rule by Decree


He can and does and will bypass Congress. I know here in Scotland, you should also USA

He can and does and will bypass Congress. I know here in Scotland, you should also USA

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By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ShaunyNews

The day after a massive midterm defeat that gave the GOP control over both houses of Congress, President Obama struck a conciliatory tone, but the content of his news conference remarks was defiant as he promised to move ahead on his goals with, or without, the consent of Congress. Obama repeatedly claimed a desire to work with Congress, but he also promised to take unilateral actions where he thought it important and to veto bills he did not like. The president predicted, “Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign,” and that he and Republicans would continue to disagree on passionately held positions.

Obama never actually cited a policy on which he might be willing to compromise, while saying he would try to work with Republicans on funding measures to stop the spread of Ebola, hammering out a budget and getting new funding and congressional authorization for military forces to fight ISIS. The president did not agree that the election served notice that he should change his policies and vowed to pursue his goals. When asked if voters had repudiated his policies, which he had declared were on the ballot, Obama insisted he would not “try to read tea leaves” when it came to interpreting election results and would instead do what he thinks is best for the country.

He appeared to justify his intention to move forward with his agenda by noting, “I’m the guy who’s elected by everybody. They want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through the gridlock, and get stuff done. So the most important thing that I can do is just get stuff done.” Obama seemed to claim voters merely had not understood his message, stating what he had said “didn’t penetrate,” and insisted, while he would see what he needs to do differently, the principles that guide him would not change.

If you live in the Orange part, you are not protected by your Government.

If you live in the red part, you are not protected by your Government.

A prime example was illustrated in his responses to reporters’ questions on immigration and potentially extending amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, where he again vowed to act without Congress if he felt it necessary, proclaiming, “What I will not do is just wait.” Obama said he preferred to have Congress pass a bill on so-called comprehensive immigration reform, including a process to let immigrants “become legal,” but if that did not happen, he “felt obliged,” to act with what he called lawful executive authority. A reporter noted soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had just warned the president that implementing an executive order would poison the atmosphere and be akin to waving a red flag in front of a bull.

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The president stood his ground, stating that he had heard that argument for years but had yet to see legislation he could act upon. He then doubled-down on his pledge, reiterating, “Before the end of the year, I will take whatever lawful actions I can take.” The president was also asked if voters had not just told him not to do so, but he didn’t respond to that. He also did not respond to a question about whether such executive action would scuttle the chances of working with Congress on other matters. Instead, he took aim at conservatives in Congress, particularly those in the House, indicating they were to blame for not passing an immigration reform bill.

The president stated that undoubtedly “some” in the GOP will be angered by an executive action he may take, but “those are folks who are also opposed to any form of immigration reform,” and are responsible for blocking what he called the bipartisan reform bill passed in the Senate. In his own news conference, staged an hour before Obama appeared, McConnell indicated a willingness to cooperate and compromise with the president, stating, “When the American people choose divided government, I don’t think it means they don’t want us to do anything.” McConnell portrayed his main task in dealing with the president as looking for areas of agreement.

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The man he will replace as Senate majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., struck a similar tone, saying, “The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together.” But, as WND reported, Rush Limbaugh had a far different take on the message sent by voters, telling his radio audience on Wednesday, “The Republican Party was not elected to compromise.” Going further, Limbaugh observed, “The Republican Party was not elected to sit down and work together with the Democrats. The Republican Party was not elected to slow down the speed the country is headed to the cliff and go over it slowly. The Republican Party was elected to stop before we get to the cliff.”

His assertion appeared to be reinforced by the fact that every newly elected GOP senator had campaigned on repealing, not fixing, Obamacare. McConnell implied it was not possible to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying, “I’d get rid of it if I could.” Instead, he proposed a piecemeal approach to fix parts of the deeply unpopular law, saying he would discuss how to move forward on incremental changes to Obamacare, such as repealing the medical device tax.

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McConnell also criticized the individual mandate, saying “people hate it,” but Obama insisted in his news conference that he would not budge on eliminating that provision, portraying it as essential to the health-care law. While preaching cooperation with the president where possible, McConnell did not strike a conciliatory tone with conservative members of his own party. When asked how he could prevent his colleagues from “yanking you back from the middle,” McConnell replied the “vast majority” of them did not feel they were sent to Washington “to fight all the time,” and most would rather make “progress.”

He did say he was “hoping” the president would move toward the center. When asked if he would use the controversial parliamentary procedure called reconciliation to effectively cut off funding for Obamacare, as he has intimated previously, McConnell replied he had to take care of this year’s business first. As for using the budget as leverage to shut down Obamacare or reach other GOP goals, McConnell replied, “Let me make it clear: There will be no government shutdown and no default on the national debt.”

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However, he did promise to use the power of the purse to stop the bureaucratic strangulation of the economy, citing only the “war on coal,” perhaps the biggest issue in his home state of Kentucky. McConnell also promised to pursue compromise on trade agreements and reducing the corporate tax rate. He promised to get the Senate “back to normal” so it could once again vote on bills. McConnell also vowed to make Congress work more, “including Fridays.” With Republicans winning a majority in the Senate, the GOP will have control over both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006. The cause of the voters’ late shift toward the GOP appeared to be fueled by the declining popularity of President Obama, as evidenced in the polls.

The president’s approval rating began to nosedive at the start of last year and has been abysmal for months. Obama had fallen from a 69 percent approval rating when he took office in January 2009 to 38 percent in September. By the election, he was mired at 42 percent. Even more indicting, WND reported how Obama had become so toxic to the Democrats’ Senate candidates, they weren’t just running away from him, they were running against him, and attacking the president in both debates and ads with stinging rebukes one would expect to hear coming from only Republicans.

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However, while the big win was good news for Republicans, it may not bode well for conservatives in the House. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will have a considerably larger House Republican caucus, meaning he could strike deals with the Obama administration while not needing the support of as many conservatives. As WND reported, it was intense pressure from conservatives led by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., that caused Boehner to not only drop his own border bill for lack of support, but eventually pass a much stronger one in August.

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights-governments-100-mile-border-zone-map

http://www.thenation.com/article/180649/66-percent-americans-now-live-constitution-free-zone

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/13/constitution-free-zones-controversial-obama-administration-policy/

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As The US Dollar Crumbles – The World Is Set For War


Russian Bear, Chinese Dragon, American Eagle

Russian Bear, Chinese Dragon, American Eagle

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

RESEARCH YOURSELF! The guy in the video said what I did a while back 

I got told about the link directly below by Army Personnel and partners left at home real upset, they are there! 

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/breaking-american-and-uk-military-sent-to-kuwait-and-middle-east/

I am no expert AT ALL here! I did this article here about the World dropping the PetroDollar (What currency the World use to trade Oil) and the effects that may happen. From what I hear/read/see I believe the US Dollar is about to crash. I also believe this new War is part of America’s plan to make money because War = Oil. 

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/obama-has-created-a-scenario-for-the-destruction-of-the-united-states/

The concrete piers of two new bridges are rising out of the Ohio River between Louisville, Kentucky, and southern Indiana, as crews blast limestone and move earth to build the roads and tunnels that will soon connect the twin spans to nearby interstate highways. For more than two decades, the project languished. Business and political leaders on both sides of the river couldn’t agree on how to relieve snarled traffic, improve safety and spur development that was bypassing the region for Indianapolis and Nashville. The Ohio River Bridges project is an American anomaly that has the potential to become a model while lack of money and political will are allowing many of the nation’s roads and bridges to crumble. Along the shores of the Ohio, Democrat-led Kentucky and Republican-run Indiana have forged a partnership to rebuild U.S. infrastructure at a time of partisan gridlock and untapped trillions in private dollars. “It’s an enduring irony that the U.S., allegedly the home of innovation, is absolutely block-headed and backwards in this one respect,” former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, now the president ofPurdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, said in an interview. “America needs the upgrade and modernization of our infrastructure, and I don’t think you’ll get there if you keep excluding, or at least discouraging, private capital.”

America, the WORLD! If you have a spare 15 minutes, learn about how you WILL lose all your savings, the US dollar is dying

WW3 – World War 3 Is Coming – US Dollar Collapse!‬

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World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

Only 11 Countries not in/at or in War

Only 11 Countries not in/at or in War

Construction crews work to erect a new highway bridge to carry I-65 traffic across the Ohio River to southern Indiana.

Construction crews work to erect a new highway bridge to carry I-65 traffic across the Ohio River to southern Indiana.

Trillions Sidelined

President Barack Obama’s administration, which had resisted private financing of public works, is starting a new center to serve as a one-stop shop for bringing capital into government projects. During a Sept. 9 infrastructure conference with investors, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said while direct federal spending is indispensable in such cases, tight budgets demand creative ways for unlocking private money. His cabinet colleague, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, put it more bluntly when he announced the Build America Investment Initiative in July. “There will always be a substantial role for public investment,” Foxx said. “But the reality is we have trillions of dollars internationally on the sidelines that are not being put to work.” Fixing those roads and bridges also boosts employment. Every $1 billion in new infrastructure investment creates about 18,000 jobs, according to a 2009 report by economists at the University of Massachusetts’ Political Economy Research Institute.

Safety Dividend

An Indiana economic-impact study estimated that the Ohio River Bridges project alone will generate an average of 15,500 jobs annually through 2042. Planners promise a safety dividend as well: The river’s juncture is a national crossroads of truck traffic that has seen higher accident and injury rates than U.S. averages, according to a crash study. For Indiana’s share of the $2.3 billion project, the state is using WVB East End Partners to finance, design, build and maintain for 35 years a new bridge and highway approaches. The group consists of Walsh Investors LLC of Chicago; Vinci Concessions SAS, based in Rueil-Malmaison, France; and Bilfinger Project Investments North America, a division of the German builder Bilfinger SE. While Kentucky lacks the legal authority for such a deal and is using more traditional public financing for its portion, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear is pushing for legislation to allow Kentucky to use public-private partnerships for transportation work. The old model of relying on federal funding is no longer viable, he said. “The practical facts are that if we are going to have any large infrastructure projects in the foreseeable future, it’s going to have to involve the private sector,” Beshear said. “That’s where the money is, and that’s where people are willing to put money up in order to get these projects built.”

Pension Capital

Institutional investors such as Montreal-based Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec have capital and want to invest in U.S. infrastructure because it meets their long-term objectives, said Macky Tall, Caisse’s vice president of private equity and infrastructure. The Caisse is Canada’s second-biggest pension-fund manager, with C$214.7 billion ($190.7 billion) in net assets as of June 30. There hasn’t been more investment because the U.S. is behind other countries in tapping private capital, Tall said, and there’s been a lack of expertise, legal authority or receptivity to it in some parts of the country. “We as the investors keep it very simple: We only go and invest where that capital is desired and considered helpful,” he said. “We really only make these investments where there is appetite for that capital.”

Gas Tax

Tall said U.S. states are becoming more comfortable with private investment, in part because there are more examples of successful projects and fewer alternatives to pay for mounting infrastructure needs. The U.S. has used mostly fuel taxes and public financing for such projects. And the federal gasoline tax hasn’t been raised since President Bill Clinton was in office. A divided Congress only managed a short-term measure in July to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent. California passed the first legislation allowing public-private partnerships for transportation projects in 1989. Today, 33 states and Puerto Rico have such authority, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. After years of debating the Ohio River bridges, Daniels and Beshear got on the phone late in 2011 and agreed to split the work, paying for each share separately.

‘Spaghetti Junction’

Kentucky’s portion includes a new six-lane downtown bridge for northbound Interstate 65 from Louisville and a reconfigured “Spaghetti Junction” where I-65 and two other interstates meet. Indiana is building a new bridge eight miles (13 kilometers) upstream connecting Louisville’s east end with southern Indiana while also expanding highways and building twin tunnels under historically protected property to connect to the new span. Indiana’s history of tapping private industry for transportation work includes the $3.8 billion, 75-year lease of the Indiana Toll Road that Daniels sought in 2006 to pay for roads and bridges. The toll road’s private operator sought bankruptcy protection last month when traffic didn’t match projections. The state’s piece of the Ohio River Bridges uses a different public-private financing model that could require taxpayers to cover any shortfall in tolls. The Indiana Finance Authority issued $677 million in tax-exempt, private-activity bonds in March 2013 on behalf of WVB East End Partners. The authority is also making $392 million in “milestone” payments during construction and annual “availability” payments for 35 years — assuming the operator maintains the bridge — using toll revenue on the new spans that the states are splitting.

Toll Road

The toll-road bankruptcy may prompt some government planners to question using availability payments and require private operators to assume more risk, said Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, which advocates free markets. It still makes sense for governments to take on some risk in return for private investment, as long as they account for the liability, Poole said. The agency has done just that, said Stephanie McFarland, spokeswoman for the Indiana Finance Authority. While the toll-road deal involved “aggressive traffic projections” and financing, she said, the Ohio River Bridges project is based on conservative traffic estimates and low-interest debt.

Ingenuity Award

Indiana’s approach won “project of the year” recognition last year from groups including the Washington-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association, which called it “a prime example of the ingenuity” of public-private partnerships. The tools had been used before, though rarely on a project of such scale involving two state governments, the association said. Kentucky is using more traditional financing that includes bonds backed by toll revenue, a low-interest federal loan and Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles bonds, or Garvees. The failure to craft more innovative approaches has left an unmet U.S. infrastructure need that the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates will reach $3.6 trillion by the end of the decade. The list of stalled projects includes a replacement for the Interstate 5 bridge connecting Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, and a new Brent Spence Bridge between northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.

PLEASE Spot the joke here

PLEASE Spot the joke here

Hungry Investors

Officials in those bordering states have been unable to agree on the scope or funding as Kentucky and Indiana have with the Ohio River Bridges. Beshear said he’d like private financing as an option for the Brent Spence Bridge, just as public-private partnerships have been used for the Denver FasTracks rail project and the replacement of the Goethals Bridge between New York City and New Jersey. Institutional investors say they would like to invest more in public infrastructure — if only there were more suitable projects willing to take their money. If there were, it would mean an additional $2.5 trillion in investment globally through 2030, according to a 2013 study by the McKinsey Global Institute. The U.S. has the potential to be the largest public-private partnership market in the world because of the size of its infrastructure and urban populations, Moody’s Investors Service said in a Sept. 8 report. The swift financial closing of the Ohio River Bridges project — fewer than nine months — suggests the U.S. is ready for more public-private partnerships, said Xavier Huillard, Vinci’s chief executive officer.

Taking Off

“American lawyers are now good at dealing with such contracts, credit-rating agencies that rate bond issues, they’re all ready to deal with the concept of PPPs,” Huillard said in an Aug. 1 earnings call. “And that’s probably the sign that PPPs should start to take off in the United States.” One remaining barrier to private investment is that projects generally require a dedicated funding stream such as tolls, which some Americans oppose on top of paying taxes, said Robert Palter, director of McKinsey’s infrastructure practice in Toronto. While residents in Louisville and southern Indiana aren’t happy about tolls for the new Ohio River bridges, the work has been needed for decades, said Rebecca Bethard, who bought a house with her husband that overlooks the bridge work in Indiana. It will cut her 40-minute commute to Louisville in half, and the value of their home should only increase, she said. “Tolls are a fair trade-off for getting it done,” Bethard, an attorney, said in an interview. “The benefits outweigh the costs.”

Convoys Diverted

The unreliability of conducting business in the region was significant, said Kerry Stemler, chairman of the Louisville area’s chamber of commerce, who helped lead a bi-state bridges authority. U.S. military convoys have even diverted around Louisville because of the congestion, he said. “Not to move forward with this project basically was saying to this city and this part of the country that we’re not going to be participating in the future growth of the country, and that’s not acceptable,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in an interview. Companies in the region support the project, including United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), which operates what it calls the world’s largest fully automated package-handling facility at Louisville International Airport, and Ford Motor Co. (F), which employs about 8,800 at its Louisville Assembly Plant and nearby Kentucky Truck Plant.

Job Generator

The bridge project may generate an average of 15,556 jobs a year from 2012 to 2042 in the region, with $29.5 billion in personal income and $86.7 billion in economic output, according to a March update of a study prepared by the Economic Development Research Group Inc. in Boston. The promise of better interstate access and flow of commerce is already attracting companies including Amazon.com Inc. to the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center, the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant near where the east end bridge is being built, said Jerry Acy, the center’s executive director. The juxtaposition of work being done by the two states using different financing models also will provide a unique opportunity for comparison over time, said Daniels, the former Indiana governor. He called it “about as close to a political trial as you’re ever likely to have.” Investors are watching, said Raymond Levitt, director of the Global Projects Center at Stanford University. “If this Ohio River project finishes up really well, that’s going to be, I think, a beacon for foreign investors to say, ‘This can be done in the U.S.,’” Levitt said.

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http://rt.com/op-edge/keiser-international-confidence-crumbling-snowden-182/

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Fears grow in United States over Ebola’s spread outside West Africa


A sign asks patients to inform staff if they have fever, cough, trouble breathing, rash, vomiting or diarrhea symptoms and have recently traveled internationally or have had contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York

A sign asks patients to inform staff if they have fever, cough, trouble breathing, rash, vomiting or diarrhea symptoms and have recently traveled internationally or have had contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

(Reuters) – Fears are growing in the United States about Ebola with about 200 airline cabin cleaners walking off the job in New York and some lawmakers demanding the government ban travelers from the West African countries hit hardest by the virus. “The nation is frightened, and people are frightened of this disease,” the U.S. cabinet secretary for health, Sylvia Burwell, said on Thursday, a day after the death in Texas of the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell told a news conference that people were frightened because Ebola “has a very high mortality rate. They’re frightened because they need to learn and understand what the facts are about that disease.”

As the government prepares to start screening passengers from West Africa for fever at five major airports over the next week, cleaners at New York’s LaGuardia Airport staged a one-day work stoppage over what they say is insufficient protection for workers whose jobs include cleaning up vomit and bathrooms. The cleaners will return to work Thursday night. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said the goal was to expand airport screenings for Ebola internationally to “as many different checkpoints as possible.” The Ebola virus causes hemorrhagic fever and is spread through direct contact with body fluids from an infected person, who would suffer severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. “We are always with feces and near garbage,” Sharekul Islam, 20, whose job cleaning airplane cabins at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport regularly exposes him to the type of waste and fluids that can transmit Ebola.

Twenty-three Republican and three Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking the State Department to impose a travel ban and restrict visas issued to citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Oct. 8-dated letter also asked U.S. health and border control officials to consider quarantine of 21 days for anyone who arrives from the affected nations after being exposed to Ebola, the period in which they would show signs of illness. It said the World Health Organization “is an organization of unelected bureaucrats and political appointees of foreign countries. It has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do.” WHO says nearly 4,000 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record, with a death toll averaging about 50 percent of cases since March. An unrelated outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed dozens.

Shares in Lakeland Industries, a maker of suits to wear while handling hazardous materials, rose more than 50 percent on Thursday on expectations of the disease spreading. A Liberian man who flew on commercial flights from his home country on Sept. 19 and died in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday morning had had contact in Liberia with a woman who later died of the disease. In other examples of the concern over Ebola, a sheriff’s deputy was admitted to hospital Wednesday after saying he may have been exposed to the Liberian man. The deputy tested negative for Ebola, the state health department said. And on Wednesday, jail officials in Kenosha County, Wisconsin moved a female Immigration Customs Enforcement detainee into medical isolation after learning she was from Liberia, and despite her showing no symptoms of the virus, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Her temperature was taken twice and she was monitored by nurses, the department said. Separately in Washington, a Republican in the U.S. Senate is still holding up most of $750 million from the Defense Department’s request to shift $1 billion in war funds to fight Ebola. Senator James Inhofe’s approval as the top Republican on the Senate Armed Forces Committee is needed, although other senior Republicans said they backed the funds. U.S. health officials, while answering questions about mistakes in the treatment of Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas and overall preparedness for Ebola patients, have emphasized the need to tackle the virus at its source in West Africa. “This is a fluid and heterogeneous epidemic. It is changing quickly and it’s going to be a long fight,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday at a high-level meeting of major donors at the World Bank. Frieden compared Ebola to AIDS and said, “Speed is the most important variable here. This is controllable and this was preventable.”

A Spanish nurse is in serious condition in Madrid with Ebola after treating a priest who was repatriated from West Africa and died of the disease, the first reported transmission outside of the region. A British man suspected of contracting the virus died in Macedonia, a government official said on Thursday.

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**BREAKING** Reports Of Second US Journalist Beheaded By IS


horrific video Tuesday that appears to show the beheading of 31-year-old Steven Sotloff.

horrific video Tuesday that appears to show the beheading of 31-year-old Steven Sotloff.

The freelance journalist was last seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamist group which showed the murder of fellow American journalist James Foley, who was also beheaded.

Sotloff appeared dressed in a similar jumpsuit in Tuesday’s footage which was entitled A Second Message To America.

A masked figure in the video warned governments to back off “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State”.

Sky’s Dominic Waghorn said Site, a US video monitoring agency in Maryland, said the video showed Sotloff being beheaded by the same man, believed to be British, who killed Foley.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki described the reported act as a “horrific terrorist act”.

She said the video was yet to be verified – and would not be drawn on whether current events meant the US was at war with IS, formerly known as ISIS and ISIL.

Ms Psaki said it was clear the US was concerned by the threat of IS to western and Middle East interests which is why President Barack Obama was working towards building a coalition to address the threat.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I have just seen the news. It is an absolutely disgusting and despicable act. I will be making a statement later”.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/islamic-state-militants-behead-american-journalist-report-article-1.1924883

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/world/middleeast/steven-sotloff-isis-execution.html?_r=0