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Russian Military Chief Accuses Georgia of Preparing Aggression

  • The world is heading towards a period of major wars. Possibly even World War 3. This pain in the side of Russia called Saakashvili will not go away. His backers are the Neo Cons and they are intent on the encirclement of Russia based on Zbigniew Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard . (See Pentagon Preparing For War With The Enemy: Russia)
     
  • I think they want to hold Russia with a conflict in Georgia, so that Russia will not interfere with the regional Middle East war and possibly a conflict with China?? The Illuminati elite is executing their world conquest plan 1 step at a time. I don’ t think they will be able to conquer both Russia and China in 1 war.
     
  • Pavel Felgenhauer comments:
     
    The top Russian military commander, the Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Defense Minister Army-General Nikolai Makarov during the Paris air show this week said: “Georgia is saber-rattling and preparing weapons to resolve its territorial problems by any means.” Makarov accused NATO of supporting Georgian aggressive intentions and E.U. observers of ignoring Georgian rearmament and war preparations. Makarov stated that the Russian army and the FSB Border Guards in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are preparing together with local forces and forming new military infrastructure. He confirmed that the defense ministry will permanently station “somewhat less combat troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia” than the previously announced 3,700 soldiers in each region (RIA Novosti, June 17).
     
    If Moscow were indeed anticipating a possible new Georgian attack, it would have been logical to place forces in forward positions to prevent a sudden assault. But if Russia itself is preparing major military action, using the accusations of Georgian aggression as a pretext, it makes practical sense not to spend resources creating large permanent military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It is much more expedient when the time for action arrives to move combat troops from permanent bases within Russia.
     
    This month the Russian military will stage massive exercises in the North Caucasus, “Kavkaz-2009.” According to the defense ministry’s official spokesman Colonel Aleksandr Drobyshevskiy the exercises will involve 8,500 soldiers, 200 tanks, 450 armored combat vehicles and 250 guns and last from June 29 to July 6. General Makarov will be directly in command. The official aim of “Kavkaz-2009” is to prepare to counter terrorists (www.mil.ru, June 11). Makarov previously told the press that “Kavkaz-2009” will be held from June 29 to July 10, and that it will be “a large-scale exercise,” involving “all the brigades of the North Caucasia military district, the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla marines brigades,” as well as troops from other districts (RIA Novosti, June 5). This would seem to indicate that much more than 8,500 men will be involved. It is also unprecedented in Russian military tradition for the Chief of the General Staff to be directly in command of a routine regional exercise aimed at countering terrorism. 

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June 20, 2009 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , | 1 Comment

CDC: ‘Something different” Happening With New Flu

  • This A/H1N1 swine flu is mutating and infecting a lot more people around the world. Summer is not the flu season. So, influenza infection usually dies down before summer. But this strain of flu is behaving atypically.
     
  • Reuters reports :
     
    The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing “something different” to happen in the United States this year — perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday.
     
    An unusually cool late spring may be helping keep the infection going in the U.S. Northeast, especially densely populated areas in New York and Massachusetts, the officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
     
    And infections among healthcare workers suggest that people are showing up at work sick — meaning that workplace policies may be contributing to its spread, the CDC officials said.
     
    The new strain of swine flu is officially a pandemic now, according to the World Health Organization. So far the virus is causing mild to moderate disease, but it has killed at least 167 people and been confirmed in nearly 40,000 globally.
     
    The United States has been hardest hit, with upward of 100,000 likely cases and probably far more, with 44 deaths and 1,600 hospitalized. “The fact that we are seeing ongoing transmission now indicates that we are seeing something different,” the CDC’s Dr. Daniel Jernigan told a news briefing.
     
    “And we believe that that may have to do with the complete lack of immunity to this particular virus among those that are most likely affected. And those are children,” Jernigan added.
     
    “The areas of the country that are most affected, some of them have very high population densities, like Boston and New York. So that may be a contributor as well. Plus the temperature in that part of the country is cooler, and we know that influenza appears to like the cooler times of the year for making transmission for effective.”
     
    Jernigan said in areas that are the most affected up to 7 percent of the population has influenza-like illness.
     
    SUMMER OF FLU
    “The United States will likely continue to see influenza activity through the summer, and at this point we’re anticipating that we will see the novel H1N1 continue with activity probably all the way into our flu season in the fall and winter. The amount of activity we expect to be low, and then pick up later.”
     
    One worrying pattern: healthcare workers are being infected, and most reported they did little or nothing to protect themselves, the CDC’s Dr. Mike Bell said. People coming into emergency departments or clinics need to be checked right away for flu symptoms and anyone working with such a patient needs to wear a mask, gloves and eyewear, Bell said.
     
    “We’re beginning to see a pattern of healthcare personnel-to-healthcare personnel transmission in some of the clusters, which is also concerning, because it gets to the issue of people showing up to work sick,” Bell said.

     
  • Henry Niman is reporting a worrying mutation in the swine A/H1N1 virus, E627K Acquisition in Swine H1N1 Raises Pandemic Concerns:
     
    The recently released PB2 sequence from a patient (22F) in Shanghai (see updated map) contains E627K.  This is the first reported acquisition of this change, which is present in virtually all human influenza A isolates, including the pandemic strain from 1918. 
     
    The current isolate, A/
    Shanghai/71T/2009, was collected May 31, 2009 and the sequence was deposited at Genbank on June 10, 2009.  The isolate is closely related to the swine H1N1 currently spreading worldwide, and all positions upstream from E627K match the consensus sequence, indicating the E627K was not acquired through reassortment with human PB2 or other H1N1 viruses that were not closely related to the swine H1N1 circulating in the human population.
     
    Acquisition of E627K is a
    concern because it allows for optimal replication at 33 C, the temperature of a human nose in the winter, in contrast to E627, which is in the avian version of PB2 and allows for optimal replication at 41 C, the body temperature of birds.  The PB2 in the swine is of avian origin, and A/Shanghi/71T/2009 is the first public sequence from the circulating sub-clade with E627K.
     
    In human seasonal flu, activity peaks in the winter months and only minimal levels are detected in humans over the summer.  However, the swine flu has
    remained active and almost all influenza A detected in the northern hemisphere at this time is swine flu.
     
    The appearance of E627K raises concerns that the level of swine flu with E627K will markedly increase in colder months.  In 1918, the flu in the spring was mild, but the fall version of the virus, which had E627K, was much more virulent and targeted young, previously healthy adults, as previously
    reported for the outbreak in Mexico, and now being reported in United States and Canada, where levels are highest.  This younger population target is also being reported in other countries worldwide.
     
    Although the current case fatality rate is low, small changes like E627K could increase viral load, leading to high cytokine levels, which are associated with many of the deaths due to the current “milder” version of the swine H1N1.  In contrast to the recent isolate from Brazil, A/
    Sao Paulo/1454/2009 which is identical to the HA consensus sequence, the A/Shanghi/71T/2009 has a unique change that is not found in closely related sequences. 
     
    This change is found in other H1N1 swine sequences (see list
    here) and the region surrounding E627K matches H3N2 seasonal flu in circulation in 1995.  Moreover, the downstream region matches sequences found in human lethal infections in the H7N7 outbreak in the Netherlands in 2003, as well as the H5N1 outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997 (see matches here).  However, in the above outbreaks, transmission to humans was not efficient, and the number of deaths was limited. 
     
    The only reported death in the H7N7 outbreak was a veterinarian infected with H7N7 containing E627K (and that case remains the only example of a human fatal bird flu infection not involving H5N1).  The H5N1 sequence from Hong Kong was used to show the association of E627K with increased virulence in mice.
     
    Thus, the acquisition of PB2 E627K in the swine H1N1 is readily explain by homologous recombination with locally related sequences containing E627K, which was a concern when the swine H1N1 begun transmitting efficiently in humans .  This sustain efficient transmission lead to a phase 6 designation for the 2009 Pandemic. 
      
    The acquisition of E627K creates concern that the virus will evolve into a more lethal agent that will be associated with an increased case fatality rate in previously healthy young adults, as was seen in the 1918 Pandemic.

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June 20, 2009 Posted by | Medicine & Health | | 2 Comments

Ron Paul: The Obama Administration Wants To Give More Power To The Federal Reserve, The Institution That Caused Our Problems !

  • Senator Ron Paul is correct. The Obama administration is giving banksters even more power and control over the entire economy and not just the financial system. This is obviously a coup by banksters against the American public! The solution is to get rid of the FedRes.

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June 20, 2009 Posted by | Economics | , | 6 Comments