Monday, July 28, 2014
Via BBC News: Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to try to halt the spread of the virus. Screening centers are also being set up at the few major entry points that will remain open, such as the main airport. Meanwhile, Nigeria largest's airline, Arik Air, has suspended all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone after a man with Ebola flew to Nigeria last week. The virus has killed at least 660 people in West Africa since February. The outbreak began in southern Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It is the world's deadliest so far. Nigeria has put all its entry points on red alert after confirming that a Liberian man died of Ebola after arriving at Lagos airport on Tuesday.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Via WWTDD: Michelle Lewin keeps her taint positioned eternally toward Orion’s Belt, with Orion being the Latino pimp who smuggled her out of Venezuela and taught her how to spit polish her bare ass for the gringos. Everything Michelle does, from checking her text messages to giggling at Sabado Gigante like no American could, she does with her ass tilted up toward the heavens. I’d complain, but it’s fucking amazing.
Via Disclose.tv: Nobody can argue there's something heavenly about a cluster of clouds on a summer's day. And by the look of this stunning picture, that is certainly the case, if you look closely. Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took this extraordinary photograph which appears to show a God-like bearded man in the clouds. Myself I think the picture rather resembles my old friend Elijah the Tishbite, who passed away on April 19th this year.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Via Businessweek: Even before the U.S. announced tough new sanctions last week, Russia’s economy was already in trouble. After 15 years of strong growth driven by higher commodity prices, the economy is now on the edge of recession. During the first quarter, Russian GDP grew by 0.9 percent year-on-year. Forecasts for annual growth have since slowed to 0.5 percent. Unemployment is nearly 5 percent, and inflation is over 7 percent. The country’s population is aging and money is pouring out. The price to insure against Russia defaulting on its debt is surging. Credit default swaps against China’s debt (or Brazil’s, or India’s) are much cheaper. Russia’s main stock index, the Micex, is down 7 percent since July 17. In June, Russia’s Finance Minister forecast that additional restrictions on sectors of Russia’s economy would cost 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product this year.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Via Before It's News: Financial newsletter writer Jim Willie says no matter who shot down the Malaysian commercial jet over Ukraine recently, there is going to be massive fallout. Willie contends, "Here’s the big, big consequence. The U.S. is basically telling Europe you have two choices here. Join us with the war against Russia". Willie goes on to say, "It’s a war game and Europe is sick of U.S. war games. The defense of the dollar has come to war versus trade. Are you with us or are you against us?" As far as the NSA spying on Germany, Willie says, "I think they are looking for details on assisting Russia on dumping the dollar. I think they are looking for details for a secret movement for Germany to get away from the dollar and join the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.) This is exactly what I think they are going to do".
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Via The Local: Swedish defense and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp's submarine shipyard in southern Sweden. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has around 850 employees and counts the navies of Sweden, Australia and Singapore among its clients. "The acquisition strengthens Saab's position as a comprehensive supplier of naval military systems", Saab said. The subsidiary designs, builds and maintains not only submarines but also surface vessels and submarine rescue vehicles. Sweden is one of the world's biggest arms exporters per capita, and Saab is the country's main defence equipment company. The business unit, renamed Saab Kockums, is expected to keep its operations in the southern Swedish ports of Malmö, Karlskrona, and Muskö. The acquisition "makes Saab one of few companies in the world with the ability to develop, produce, and deliver comprehensive defense solutions for air, land, and sea", chief executive Haakan Buskhe said when the company published its second-quarter results last week.