Segregated Bus Line for Gypsies in Torino Causes Uproar

by Breitbart Feed on October 25, 2014

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

After ongoing complaints of pickpocketing and aggression from gypsies, the mayor of Borgaro, Italy, has forced the local bus company to offer a dedicated route for gypsies to separate them from other passengers.

“It’s not racism; it’s just a way to solve a problem that has gone on for too long,” say members of the municipal government, run by the party of the Democrats of the Left (PD).

The new measure met with applause Friday afternoon when announced to an assembly of locals at City Hall.

Bus number 69 stops in front of one of the largest camps of gypsies (or Romani) in the city of Torino, which hosts more than 1,500 nomads. The bus has long been the center of controversy, protests, petitions, and even Facebook pages that denounce its dangers for passengers. “The gypsies attack us,” “they cut a girl’s hair,” “they spit on us,” and “no one does anything,” the accusations run.

“This will solve the problem without hurting anyone,” said Claudio Gambino, the center-left mayor. “This problem has been going on for more than 20 years.”

“Citizens suffer from theft and harassment,” says Gambino. “Monday there was an incident involving a 13-year-old girl, attacked by two gypsy girls. First they tried to take her cell phone and then scuffled with her until their arrival at the bus stop.”

“It’s the best solution for everyone,” echoed his commissioner for transportation, Luigi Spinelli, a democratic socialist (SEL).

The proposal has met with resistance, both from the political left and right.

Marginalization is never a solution to the problems of the common welfare,” said the head of the PD, Micaela Bell. “I have heard the mayor’s arguments,” she said, “but responding to violence with segregation does not help.”

“Now the Left realizes that there is a gypsy immigration problem in Borgaro,” said the secretary of the Piedmont Northern League, Roberto Cota. Maybe Prime Minister Renzi can solve it, “since there has never been a more permissive government on the immigration question.”

A past attempt at resolution involved dispatching officers aboard the bus to escort the passengers, an experiment that lasted all of two weeks before being discontinued.

“Two lines, one for us and one for them,” insists the mayor. “I’ll talk with the commissioner, but this seems to me the only solution,” he said.




{ 0 comments }

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Two-year-old baby in Mali dies after spreading Ebola
  • WHO: ‘Millions of doses of Ebola vaccine by end of 2015′
  • World Health Organization declares a global polio outbreak
  • Stephen K. Bannon interviews John Xenakis about Ebola crisis

Two-year-old baby in Mali dies after spreading Ebola

The Ebola virus (Science Insider)
The Ebola virus (Science Insider)

The news that Craig Spencer, a physician with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who was treating Ebola patients in Guinea, has himself contracted Ebola since returning to New York City (NYC), is triggering high anxiety and near-panic in some people in NYC, especially upon learning that Spencer took the subway and went to a bowling alley. Nonetheless, Spencer’s situation appears to be a template for how the public can be kept safe from Ebola. New Yorkers are much more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than by Ebola.

By contrast, there may be a worst-case scenario unfolding in Mali. 

A grandmother took her two-year-old girl hundreds of miles on a bus from Guinea to Mali, stopping in several towns, including spending two hours in the capital city Bamako. The girl had a bloody nose, and was first treated for typhoid on Monday in a clinic in Mali. When she did not improve, she was tested for Ebola, which was confirmed on Thursday.

Officials doing contact tracing identified 43 people, including 10 health workers who came into close contact with the girl. But there may have been dozens of additional people who came into contact with the sick girl during the bus trip, and there is no way to trace these people. 

The NYC case and the Mali case are sharp contrasts, showing what is and is not possible in controlling the spread of Ebola.

As I reported last week, all large cities and war zones are places vulnerable to the spread of Ebola, either unintentionally or through a terrorist act. But as the Mali case shows, any crowded train or bus could be the vehicle that spreads Ebola from city to city or country to country. 

Since Ebola has already been spreading in Guinea for several months, we may never know whether the two-year-old girl is responsible for infecting other people in that country. The girl died on Friday. Forbes and BBC and CNN

WHO: ‘Millions of doses of Ebola vaccine by end of 2015′

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that “millions of doses” of an Ebola vaccine will be available by the end of 2015. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Public Health Agency of Canada already have experimental vaccines in safety trials. 

Normally it would take almost ten years to bring a new vaccine to market. The “millions of doses” prediction is a best case scenario that assumes that everything will go well in the breakneck development being planned. Enormous shortcuts will be taken in safety and efficacy trials, and there are insufficient manufacturing plants that meet the “biosafety level 2″ regulatory requirements, meaning that safety standards may have to be reduced. And even if all that goes well, it’s still possible that the vaccine won’t work, or won’t work well, or will have dangerous or unpleasant side effects.

There are plenty of legal problems. Pharmaceutical companies will not go ahead with the vaccine program unless governments absolve them of legal liability if something goes wrong. 

And then there’s the problem of administering the vaccine to the public. There are dozens of megacities in the world, each with over 20 million people. Once Ebola starts spreading in such a city, it will be too late to start administering a vaccine. Even if the vaccinations start early, there may be gang wars or drug cartels making an effective vaccination program impossible. Vaccine may first be given to the upper classes, possibly stirring unrest in the slums. 

Similar problems exist in a war zone. If Ebola starts spreading in the war zones in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, or any other war zone, a vaccination program will be impossible. An Ebola vaccine will first be administered to whichever army has control of the supply, but administering the vaccine to civilians may be impossible.

The Ebola cases that arose this past week in New York City and Mali are going to be repeated many times. As I wrote last week in “Forecasting the Ebola Endgame,” I expect the world to look very different a year from now. BBC and Science Insider and AP

World Health Organization declares a global polio outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) is declaring a resurgence of polio globally, with outbreaks in at least ten countries: Pakistan, Syria, Cameroon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya. According to a WHO official:

It’s really attributed to two things. One is the spread out of Pakistan through the intense transmission. And then combined with an increase in vulnerability of some highly unstable areas like Syria where it’s been able to get another foothold.

Karachi, Pakistan, is rapidly becoming a polio hub. Polio cases in Pakistan have been surging to record-breaking levels due to the Taliban’s opposition to polio vaccine, claiming that it’s a Western plot to sterilize Pakistani children. The Taliban have been murdering healthcare workers in Pakistan involved in polio providing vaccines ever since the U.S. administration bragged in 2011 that a hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan was used as a cover to locate and capture Osama bin Laden.

Polio has also re-emerged in Syria since polio vaccinations have become extremely limited since the war began in 2011. 

There has been a polio vaccine available for decades, and yet polio has still not been eradicated. In fact, cases of polio have been surging in war zones and large cities where there is civil strife. 

If an effective Ebola vaccine is developed, it’s far from clear that even having millions of doses available will be effective in stopping the spread of Ebola. AP and Deutsche Welle and AP (May 2014) 

 

Stephen K. Bannon interviews John Xenakis about Ebola crisis

On Sunday, October 19, Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon conducted a fifteen-minute interview with me about the Ebola crisis on his SiriusXM Patriot radio show.  

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Craig Spencer, Ebola, Mali, Guinea, Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF, Doctors without Borders, World Health Organization, WHO, GlaxoSmithKline, GSK, Public Health Agency of Canada, Pakistan, Syria, Karachi, Taliban, Osama bin Laden, Steve Bannon, SiriusXM Patriot radio
Permanent web link to this article
Receive daily World View columns by e-mail




{ 0 comments }

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Our recent documentary Rocky Mountain Heist, hosted by Michelle Malkin, is hitting the airwaves on the heels of our Wednesday premiere in the Centennial state. This film aims to expose the Left’s quiet hijacking of the once Red state of Colorado. 

Rocky Mountain Heist is meant as an eye-opening experience not just for Coloradans, but all Americans, because the Liberal “Colorado Model” was made in order to be replicated across all states. It is very important that all freedom-loving Americans take to heart the message in Rocky Mountain Heist that if these divisive millionaire and billionaire liberals are not stopped, our country as we know it could be “fundamentally transformed.”

The liberal elitist “Gang of Four,” who took over Colorado politics, essentially took away the freedoms and rights of the citizens of Colorado and implemented laws and regulations pushing their own agenda. Rocky Mountain Heist was produced in order to inform the masses in Colorado that it is essential they take their state back from these elitists and return control to the people. 

The importance of reestablishing citizen’s control cannot be overstated. The current Colorado Model of politics is fundamentally what Obama fantasizes every state in America will one day look like: a government of epic proportions which unilaterally makes all laws and regulations and has every individual completely reliant on it. This prospect is frightening, and it is why we must learn our lesson from what has occurred in Colorado.

You can watch the film in its entirety at NewsMax.com as well as on NewsMax TV. Please visit http://rockymountainheist.com/ to learn more about the film, purchase the DVD and check out the TV-viewing schedule for this weekend.




{ 0 comments }

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

As the media prepared to vacate newsrooms for the weekend, Democrats snuck in a last minute proposal that the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) be allowed to heavily regulate political content on internet sites such as Youtube, blogs, and the Drudge Report.

Obama FEC Vice Chairperson Ann M. Ravel announced late on Friday that the FEC was preparing new regulations to give itself control over videos, Internet-based political campaigns, and other content on the web. She insisted that, “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long overdue.”

This snap decision came after the FEC deadlocked 3-3 over whether or not an anti-Obama Internet campaign in Ohio had violated FEC campaign disclosure rules. The videos were placed for free on Youtube and were not paid advertising, but they also did not disclose who made them.

Until now, videos and other political content that is not posted for a fee are unregulated by the FEC. Only paid advertising is regulated under election rules. It is this that the Democrats want to change.

“FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site, or even a chat room could be regulated,” the Washington Examiner reported on October 24.

“I have been warning that my Democratic colleagues were moving to regulate media generally and the Internet specifically for almost a year now,” Goodman told FoxNews.com. “And today’s statement from Vice Chair Ravel confirms my warnings.”

Chairperson Ravel says that it should be illegal for free Internet videos to be used for paid TV advertising. But Goodman points out that Ravel is conflating the matter, and that FEC rules already regulate that situation. TV ads are paid advertising and already fall under regulatory oversight, he said.

Goodman and the other two FEC commissioners who voted that the Ohio videos did not violate regulations lamented the decision by the chair to float oppressive new limits on political free speech on the Internet. “Regrettably, the 3-to-3 vote in this matter suggests a desire to retreat from these important protections for online political speech–a shift in course that could threaten the continued development of the Internet’s virtual free marketplace of political ideas and democratic debate,” they wrote.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com




{ 0 comments }

Charlie Crist Refuses to Return Strip Club Money

by Breitbart Feed on October 25, 2014

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Charlie Crist, the Democratic candidate for governor in Florida, refused to give about $90,000 he received from strip club owners during a preview of an interview on CBS Miami’s “Facing South Florida” set to air Sunday.

When Crist was asked if why he hadn’t returned the money by anchor Jim DeFede, Crist responded “because we got it from a management company.”  After DeFede pressed Crist, asking if now that he knew the source of the money, he thought it should be returned, Crist responded “no, I don’t.”

(h/t RPOF)

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett




{ 0 comments }

Will Immigration Swing New Hampshire to The GOP?

by Breitbart Feed on October 25, 2014

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

This article was originally posted on powerlineblog.com and written by John Hinderacker.

In New Hampshire, Scott Brown has pulled into a statistical dead heat with incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown is not a staunch conservative on every issue; if he were, he would not be competitive in purple New Hampshire. But one issue on which Brown is strong is immigration. That, plus the fact that by all accounts he has crushed Shaheen in their debates, has propelled him into a strong position. If Brown wins in New Hampshire, the GOP will have an insurance seat in the battle for control of the Senate, even if something goes haywire in Kansas or Kentucky. So both parties are pouring resources into the Granite State.

Conservative bellwether Jeff Sessions is backing Brown strongly:

Open borders billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is spending one million dollars to defeat Scott Brown. He knows that a Scott Brown victory is a massive defeat for Obama’s extreme immigration policies. Scott Brown’s opponent in this race, on the other hand, is a reliable vote for Obama’s immigration policies and his desire to bring in millions of new low-wage workers to compete for your jobs and wages.

The President’s immigration policies will reduce your pay, increase your tax bill, and squeeze millions of Americans out of the middle class.

We need to help struggling Americans find good jobs and rising pay – not import more low-wage workers to replace them.

Your donation to the Brown Campaign can help level the playing field.

This election is the epicenter of the fight to stop Obama’s immigration agenda. This is where we draw the line. This is where we make our stand.

Scott Brown has pledged to fight for American workers and American jobs. He has pledged to serve the working people of New Hampshire. He has pledged to protect our border so we can keep out threats- whether they be deadly terrorists or deadly viruses. …

President Obama announced his plans to nullify America’s immigration laws and issue a sweeping executive amnesty after the election. This action would give work permits, photo ID’s and Social Security numbers to millions of illegal immigrants – taking precious jobs directly from struggling Americans.

But you have the power to fight back. You have the power to send a bolt of lightning that will send shockwaves through Washington DC. You have the power to tell Obama and his open borders extremists: NO.

At this moment in history – at this grave hour – the single most effective thing you can do to stop Obama’s executive amnesty is to help elect Scott Brown.

Read the rest of the article here.



{ 0 comments }

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

This article originally appeared at Yale News:

The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating swaths of West Africa will likely get far worse in the coming weeks and months unless international commitments are significantly and immediately increased, new research led by Yale researchers predicts.

The findings are published in the Oct. 24 issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

A team of seven scientists from Yale’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia developed a mathematical transmission model of the viral disease and applied it to Liberia’s most populous county, Montserrado, an area already hard hit. The researchers determined that tens of thousands of new Ebola cases — and deaths — are likely by Dec. 15 if the epidemic continues on its present course.

“Our predictions highlight the rapidly closing window of opportunity for controlling the outbreak and averting a catastrophic toll of new Ebola cases and deaths in the coming months,” said Alison Galvani, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and the paper’s senior author. “Although we might still be within the midst of what will ultimately be viewed as the early phase of the current outbreak, the possibility of averting calamitous repercussions from an initially delayed and insufficient response is quickly eroding.”

The model developed by Galvani and colleagues projects as many as 170,996 total reported and unreported cases of the disease, representing 12% of the overall population of some 1.38 million people, and 90,122 deaths in Montserrado alone by Dec. 15. Of these, the authors estimate 42,669 cases and 27,175 deaths will have been reported by that time.

Much of this suffering — some 97,940 cases of the disease — could be averted if the international community steps up control measures immediately, starting Oct. 31, the model predicts. This would require additional Ebola treatment center beds, a fivefold increase in the speed with which cases are detected, and allocation of protective kits to households of patients awaiting treatment center admission. The study predicts that, at best, just over half as many cases (53,957) can be averted if the interventions are delayed to Nov. 15. Had all of these measures been in place by Oct. 15, the model calculates that 137,432 cases in Montserrado could have been avoided.

There have been approximately 9,000 reported cases and 4,500 deaths from the disease in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea since the latest outbreak began with a case in a toddler in rural Guinea in December 2013. For the first time cases have been confirmed among health-care workers treating patients in the United States and parts of Europe.

Read the full story at Yale News.




{ 0 comments }

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

2014-10-24T180418Z_1_LYNXNPEA9N0U7_RTROPTP_4_HEALTH-EBOLA-USA-e1414208968867

The staged White House hug was a drastic departure from Obama’s previously-stated stance on photo ops which he laid out at a July 9 press conference held to discuss the child immigration crisis.

“This isn’t theater. This is a problem,” Obama said. “I’m not interested in photo ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.”

Departing from an unofficial policy that has been in place since the summer, President Barack Obama instructed Nina Pham – newly free of Ebola – to pose with him for a photo op in the Oval Office on Friday.

“Obama hugged Pham after the president said something to the effect of “Let’s give a hug for the cameras” – according to two photographers allowed into the Oval,” reported CQ Roll Call’s Steven Dennis, who was covering pool duty for the day, Mediaite reported.

“Photos show Pham with a radiant smile. Photographers say they didn’t see a kiss but said hug was a full embrace.”

{ 0 comments }

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

The Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa will appear a sea of red on Saturday at 7 p.m. in honor of the two soldiers killed in separate incidents of terrorism on home soil this week. 

Wednesday’s shootings at the Canadian parliament building put part of Ottawa on lockdown and cancelled the Ottawa Senators’ game that evening. The Senators are encouraging fans to wear red to Saturday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. They also warn of increased security measures.

“All patrons, both staff and guests, will be screened with hand-held metal detectors in addition to having their bags searched before they will be granted access into the building on Saturday,” the team announced, “and on all future event days at Canadian Tire Centre as part of the building’s enhanced security measures.”

The Senators join the Maple Leafs and Canadiens in honoring the fallen soldiers tonight. 

“As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two our country’s soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts,” Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk reflected in a statement. “But what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. Today our country stands more united than ever and so does the entire NHL family. We are very pleased to join forces with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs in coordinating a unique and special tribute prior our game on Saturday in honour and recognition of these two brave soldiers, their families and all members of our Canadian military.”

In addition to the murder of Corporal Nathan Cirillo by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in Ottawa, Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau ran down Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu outside of Montreal on Monday.

The Senators game against the Maple Leafs, postponed because of Wednesday’s attack, has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 9, at 6 p.m.




{ 0 comments }

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

psych-meds-600x400

A homework assignment that was given to middle school students in Utah has some parents concerned.

From Fox 13:

Students at a Mapleton Junior High School in Utah County were asked to take inventory of the things inside their family medicine cabinet and then turn that list into their health teacher.

Say what?

Let’s get this straight. A teacher asked CHILDREN to go nosing through their family’s medicine cabinet – where potentially deadly drugs are kept – and write details down on a chart?

Here’s the chart the students were given to fill in:

medicine-cabinet-inventory

{ 0 comments }