Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MERS, IRAN, DROPPING THE DOLLAR IN THE NEWS

Noted at Drudge this morning:



CBS News This Morning reports an infected patient left from JEDDAH on May 1 (Orlando Sentinel says April 30). He took four flights: Jeddah to London, London to Boston, Boston to Atlanta, Atlanta to Orlando. While traveling he developed flu-like symptoms. A full week later he was admitted to a hospital in Florida where it was confirmed he had MERS on MAY 10.

The CDC is now posting warnings in airports warning of traveling to Saudi Arabia, noting the symptoms of MERS: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

MERS has a high mortality rate according to Dr. William Schaffner in a CBS interview. About 1/3 of the people have died from this infection. Concern for possible outbreak has “even reached the President.” CBS showed a clip of Obama’s Jay Carney speaking at the podium stating that the President has been briefed.

Once contracted, it takes 5 to 10 days for symptoms to show up, and there is currently no cure or vaccine for the virus.

Interesting that this MERS case was confirmed the day after Susan Rice left Israel (May 9), where she had been meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran, and a couple of days before Chuck Hagel flew on May 12 to JEDDAH for a meeting on the 13th, to meet with Gulf leaders also about Iran.

If you remember from the movie Contagion, this very scenario is what keeps the CDC up at night-- a passenger carrying a virus on a long flight. This MERS patient took FOUR flights. That’s a lot of co-passengers, especially when you consider he flew into three of the major airports in the world: London, Boston and Atlanta. Orlando Sentinel reports that on the U.S. flights alone, there were about 500 passengers.



Orlando may not be a major airport like the other three, but we must remember it is a major tourist destination, especially for families and young children, because of Disney World. And no, this MERS patient did not go to Disney World, but it is possible that some of the other passengers were headed there.

KERRY MEETING PALESTINIANS IN LONDON ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP:

In keeping with London for a second, John Kerry is there today to meet with the Palestinians’ Abbas, and according to an anonymous source, in an effort to get the peace talks going again. When asked Kerry indicated the talks were not about resuming the peace talks but about the relationship between the U.S. and the Palestinians.

P5+1 MEETING IRANIANS IN VIENNA ABOUT THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM:

As Kerry is in London, the U.S. is meeting with Iran as part of the P5+1 in Vienna to try and seal a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, a program that Iran has vowed publicly multiple times that it will not pull back one iota from. In fact, they refuse to accept “nuclear apartheid.”

IRANIANS MEETING RUSSIANS, CHINESE IN MOSCOW ABOUT DROPPING THE U.S. DOLLAR:

So . . . as Obama continues to poke his finger in God’s eye, Russia’s Putin, not to mention the Iranians, ain’t shy about doin’ the same to ‘bama.

This from ZeroHedge:



Apparently "Moscow is very serious in its intention to stop using the dollar," and "Russia is actively pushing on with plans to put the US dollar in the rearview mirror and replace it with a dollar-free system."

Russia Holds "De-Dollarization Meeting": China, Iran Willing To Drop USD From Bilateral Trade