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Sound of trumpets and other eerie noises in sky heard across the world

Over the last few years, like you, I’ve seen reports of eerie loud noises from the sky heard by people for almost a decade in countries across the globe, including:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus

Mail Online recounts some examples:

  • In August 2011, an “extremely loud” sound was recorded in Kiev, Ukraine, which an eyewitness said was heard by people in cities 18-25 miles (30-40 km) away.
  • In Salzburgh, Austria, the noise was magnified across the Eastern Alps.
  • In Montana on Feb. 18, 2012, the strange sounds gave Aaron Taylor “vivid nightmares.” He said, “‘My wife woke me from a dream last night where she says I was screaming like she’s never heard me scream before.”

Governments and scientists have no explanation for the sounds, although University of Oklahoma geoscientist David Deming has written in the Journal of Scientific Exploration about a phenomenon called The Hum – “a mysterious and untraceable sound that is heard in certain locations around the world by two to ten per cent of the population.” He said sources of The Hum could include telephone transmissions and “aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy for the purpose of submarine communications.”

NASA says the Earth has “natural radio emissions” — “a remarkable symphony of strange noises coming from our own planet” which we would hear “if humans had radio antennas instead of ears.  Scientists call them “tweeks,” “whistlers” and “sferics” that “sound like background music from a flamboyant science fiction film, but this is not science fiction. Earth’s natural radio emissions are real and, although we’re mostly unaware of them, they are around us all the time.” For example, lightning can produce eerie-sounding radio. Earthquakes, too, can produce sub-audible sounds, according to seismologist Brian W. Stump from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

The most disconcerting of the strange noises is what sounds like the blowing of TRUMPETS or a similar brass musical instrument on May 7, 2015, in Terrace, British Columbia, which can be heard in the beginning of the video below.

Speculations on the Internet about what the eerie sounds really are include the grinding of tectonic plates, atmospheric pressure, noises from trains reacting to railroad tracks and overhead wires, building construction, the U.S. government’s HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), space aliens, and the apocalypse.

“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” -Matthew 24:31

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets…. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. -Book of Revelation 10:7, 11:15

H/t FOTM’s j.case

Update (May 19, 2015):

Here’s more on the sound of trumpets heard in British Columbia, from WND:

In June 2013, Kimberly Wookey of Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, first caught the sound, and has continued her recordings through May 7 of this year.

Wookey said on YouTube: “On the morning of August 29, 2013 at approximately 7:30am I was awoken by these sounds. I shot out of bed realizing it was the same sounds I had heard before and I ran looking for a camera to try to capture them with. I came out into the living room to find my seven-year-old son awake and scared wondering what was going on. He had said the noises woke him up as well and shook his window. I managed to record three clips showing almost five minutes of these strange sounds. After it was over and I sat down at the computer to upload the video. After checking my Facebook I noticed a lot of locals had heard the same sounds again but this time it was far more widespread. I have no idea what these sounds are but it is pretty strange and I am glad that I was able to catch them this time and share what I heard. The sounds were heard again on Sept 8th at 6:30am so far we have confirmed reports of it being heard from town to the lake, 25km away.”

Update (May 23, 2015):

Strange sound of trumpets in sky is that of ancient biblical shofar?

~Éowyn

Secret underground bunker for spooks in Virginia mountain

The U.S. federal government has a public budget and a secret budget. The latter is called a black budget — a budget that is classified, i.e., not disclosed publicly on the grounds of “national security.”

The Department of Defense (DOD) has a black budget it uses to fund black projects. According to the New York Times, that budget nearly doubled in the Bush years to $32 billion, which was more than the combined budgets of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

If you think $32 billion is bad, wait till you see what the DOD’s black budget is under Obama. From 2008’s $32 billion, it increased to $50 billion in 2009 and $52.8 billion in 2012, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden. Just last month, James Rosen of McClatchyDC reported that the Pentagon can’t account for $1.3 billion that was shipped to force commanders in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2014 for critical reconstruction projects. But the missing $1.3 billion is part of the DOD’s public budget, so you can imagine what might be “missing” from the DOD’s secret or black budget.

The government’s black budget presumably is used for expenses related to military research, covert operations, and other hush-hush secret projects, including the construction and maintenance of bunkers and shelters. In the event of a national disaster or catastrophe, the federal government already has plans in place to shelter the élite in those bunkers. Just don’t tell We the little People about that.

As an example, when the planes struck New York’s twin towers on September 11, 2001, then President George W. Bush was whisked from an elementary School in Sarasota, Florida (where he was visiting) to Air Force One, which flew him first to a secret and secure place on Barksdale Air Force base near Shreveport, Louisiana, then to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to the US Strategic Command Underground Command Center, where he was taken into an underground bunker designed to withstand a nuclear blast.

Secret Service agents had also burst into Vice President Cheney’s White House office, carried him under his arms and down the steps into the White House basement and through a long tunnel into an underground bunker. (Source)

Recall that in 2011, I reported on a mysterious massive construction project going on in the grounds of the White House, shielded from the public eye. The official word was that the construction was a 3-year “infrastructure” project to upgrade and lay down pipes and wires, at an estimated cost of $375 million. (See “About That Top-Secret $97M White House Construction Project“)

Then there is the secret underground base below the Denver International Airport, the existence of which was confirmed by a DIA (Defense Intelligency Agency) whistleblower in 2014.

This post is about an underground bunker for spooks (aka national intelligence service) in Peters Mountain, north of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Peters Mountain, VA

Below are excerpts from William M. Arkin’s “The Secret Mountain Our Spies Will Hide In When Washington Is Destroyed,” via ZeroHedge, May 2, 2015. underground bunker north of Charlottesville, Virginia.

The bunker’s purpose is completely secret, though I was easily able to verify that it has been expanded and spiffed up in the years since 9/11 at a cost of tens of millions of dollars [… for] Officialdom evacuating from disorderly and disobedient America before the citizenry catches up or catches on. Countless billions have been spent on this endeavor over the years, a secret orgy of preparedness going on behind the scenes, one that ensures Washington can defend itself, take care of its own, and survive no matter what.

Its called continuity of government, and it’s been refined over the years to anticipate foreign invasion, nuclear war, catastrophic accident, rioting and citizen unrest, an electromagnetic pulse above the capital, a catastrophic failure of critical infrastructure, a malicious hacking of the electrical grid, terrorist attack, hurricanes and earthquakes, an asteroid from space—you name it. The spigot opened after 9/11, gushing tax dollars into this subterranean world of never again, but just in case. If our all-seeing, all-knowing national security establishment fails…well, the White House and the Generals and the Departments large and small all have plans to depart the capital city and recover.

But what about the spies? […] they, too, needed their own continuity operation. That’s right: the very people who will fail to predict the Big One will need somewhere to go and keep writing their reports. […] their classified alternate facility, which sources say is in Albemarle County in central Virginia.

There is really only one candidate—a mysterious facility atop Peters Mountain, roughly 16 miles east of Charlottesville—and it’s undergone a $61 million plus renovation since 2007.

For decades, there’s been speculation about just what Peters Mountain is, this Cold War artifact on the outskirts of Washington, part of a string of “hardened” communications nodes built to survive nuclear war in the 1950s. It’s a favorite of internet conspiracy types, but no one seems to know what it is, other than the fact that the land it’s on is officially owned by AT&T. And if that’s not clear, there’s an AT&T logo newly installed on the top of the mountain itself, a helicopter pad built for this don’t-pay-attention-to-us blank spot on the map. […]

Peters MountainNote the huge AT&T logo, top left

I went down a rabbit’s hole of research trying to confirm that this indeed is an intelligence community bunker, scouring the records of Albemarle County and pulling the planning, construction and tax records for the land parcel, which is indeed described as belonging to AT&T, though it is listed as “vacant residential land” of no value. […]

The building permits that have been submitted to the county since 2007— B200701545AC dated 07/03/07; B201302542ATWR dated 10/29/13; and B201402314AC dated 11/12/14 — amount to $61,124,583.00 in interior and exterior alterations, including the building of that helicopter pad, a new bunker entrance, “alteration to interior spaces,” and installation of two new satellite dishes.

So this vacant residential land of no value, which has seen tens of millions of dollars in construction activity, is obviously something other than its cover. The county itself, in its useful GIS property viewer, shows the “vacant” residential land clearly houses several buildings.

The two large structures on top of the mountain, to the left of the helicopter pad, are assumed to be vent stacks and hardened power and communications antennae. Two satellite dishes added after 9/11 are also now apparent, suggesting autonomous and enduring communications.

Peters Mountain2

Nothing in the federal budget or in the county records suggests any government occupation […] or the intelligence community. […] sources who have worked for the DNI and its continuity activity […] describe the national Warning, Alert, and Mobilization System (WAMS) which would alert a select group of civilian executives from across the intelligence community to deploy to the bunker. […]

We sent a Gawker scout out to look at Peters Mountain Road this morning, to see if indeed there were men with guns and U.S. government insignia warning hikers to stay clear.

Road into Peters Mountain

“Road closed” to him meant road closed, and he declined to drive further. County maps do not show the road as being closed or restricted in any way […] the prerogative of those who live in the shadows. […]

The bunker is built. It’s regularly exercised. It’s ready to go, joining Mount Weather and Raven Rock and the Olney bunkers that dot the west, north, and east of the capital. As the government —and now the intelligence community—button-up to protect themselves during a disaster, the helicopter pilots and drivers and the guards and the rest of the unchosen (even those who work for the same organizations) are supposed to just stay outside, always a scenario I find difficult to imagine. How would this exactly work, this glorious evacuation of a select few? “Honey I’m off to a secret mountain to survive Armageddon, good luck?”

And as for the local officials and people of Charlottesville, huddled in darkness without electricity, staring up at the blue-lit mountain glowing in the night on generator power? Well, they will just have to wait for the report to be written that it’s all clear, or for the one that says it’s all over, in which case Peters Mountain will be a lonely island, prepared for a future of nothingness. And there’s a report on that too, required to be submitted every 12 hours: It’s called the IC Health and Status report—health and status of the intelligence community, that is.

~Éowyn

Why Are Feminists All So Damn UGLY?

image While reading DCG’s recent post http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/03/28/hey-guys-your-handy-guide-to-dating-a-feminist/ a revelation occurred to me: feminism is a conspiracy. A conspiracy created by big pharma in order to sell millions of dollars worth of Viagra!

Outlandish, you say. Not at all! Have you ever been to a feminist rally or seen pictures of feminists? What’s the first thing you notice? If you’re a male, like me, I know what your answer is: My gosh, they’re all UGLY! Can you see the conspiracy now???

By dismissing beauty, femininity, and girlish charm, feminism promotes ugliness. It turns beautiful, free-spirited girls into manly, dogma-spouting zombies. It brainwashes them, destroys their individuality, and casts them adrift in the sea of sameness; they become corks bobbing in the ocean of political correctness. (And ugly corks at that.) Talk about useful idiots! (http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/12/29/are-you-a-useful-idiot/)

Now do you see the conspiracy??? Confronted by all this ugliness, men can no longer get it up! Who wants to get intimate with a brainwashed shrew? Who wants to make love with someone who looks like their brother Hank? One look at these “feminists” and any normal man goes completely limp! Then Viagra sales go through the roof!

Why it’s downright brilliant! They take young, red-blooded American males, send them off to college where they’re surrounded by dimwitted, Marxist-quoting, butched-out females, and for the rest of his life, the poor guy needs medication to get a rise!

It’s genius, I tell you! Genius! And look at the ancillary sales in liquor and mind-altering drugs! A guy would have to get stone-faced drunk in order to find feminist women attractive. No wonder frat parties serve so much booze!

Can you imagine being married to a feminist??? The horror, the horror! There’s no surprise why the divorce rate is so high now, is there?

Forget about preaching abstinence to youngsters. Send some of these feminazis around to the high schools. Teen sex will disappear faster than you can say Hilary Clinton.

Kinda explains why lesbianism is on the rise, too. When the feminists discover that no man wants to touch them, they turn to the only available source of intimacy: other feminists!

All those false rape accusations we keep hearing about from the universities? It’s their wounded pride, don’t you see? Their egos can’t take the rejection, so they make up stories!

I’d like to keep writing, but I don’t have time. Gotta call my stock broker and load up on shares from companies selling Viagra. I figure I’ll be a millionaire in no time.

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/11/15/an-open-letter-to-obama-supporters/

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/09/04/feminism-is-communism/

http://www.savethemales.ca/000185.html

They will have no fear of bad news

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Blood Moons, EMP attacks, ISIS beheadings, Iran nukes, Obama, Republican betrayals, Yellowstone super volcano, Ebola, muslims in America, FEMA camps

We are a highly news-conscious group. I rarely go a day ignoring the news. Usually I turn on FoxNews before my first sip of coffee. Within 5 minutes I have seen one terrifying story after another before thinking about anything else, setting  me onto a desperate binge of searching out more of the story and spending the day seeking to alert everyone that the sky is falling.

Then the Holy Spirit put a spotlight on this verse, and subsequently the rest of the psalm. I immediately began to feel peace. My new morning routine is to make sure I read some of the Bible before allowing myself to see the news. The difference is amazing. 

Psalm 112 is worth the trouble to memorize, to “hide it in your heart.”  ~ TD


Psalm 112 (NIV)

 

Praise the Lord.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their hornc will be lifted high in honor.

The wicked will see and be vexed,
they will gnash their teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.


So who will have no fear of bad news? 

“…those who fear the Lord
who find great delight in his commands.” 

Parable of the lost sheep

Parable of the lost sheep

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He went to the ordinary people, with all their sins and blemishes; with all the usual sins. He healed them, but He rejected the self-righteous religious specialists. So what was the difference? The screwed up people knew they were screwed up, and feared the Lord. The super religious thought they had it so correct that they did not fear the Lord. 

There is only one kind of righteousness that actually counts, the righteousness we are clothed in through faith in Jesus Christ.

Let’s all make sure we qualify. 


See also: Enough with the Blood Moon apocalypse porn!

Something wicked this way comes

The Internet is full of dire apocalyptic warnings proclaiming impending disasters, man-made or natural. If you take apocalypse-porn seriously, they can keep you wide awake at night which could engender your own personal end of days from assorted illnesses due to chronic sleep deprivation.

I make a conscious effort not to post about these cries of alarm, either because in the case of catastrophic natural disasters like a feared eruption of a super-volcano in Yellowstone National Park, there’s really little, if any, we can do about them; or because so many warnings of a coming economic collapse and of martial law turn out to be false.

As an example, in January 2013, Doug Hagmann, a self-described “multi-state private investigator,” predicted that martial law was coming in the Spring which would “change life significantly for the average American.” Hagmann claims to have an informant inside the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security whom he calls “DHS insider.” As we all know, spring came and went, but there was no disaster or martial law. In fact, 2013 and most of 2014 had passed, but life for the “average American” remains alarmingly the same. I stopped paying attention to Hagmann after that.

That being said, two recent events warrant our attention. I have no idea what they mean, but they have triggered my “spider” sense. They may be portents of something wicked this way comes.

Blackouts of select conservative news websites

Early Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2014, as reported by BeforeItsNews.com, The Blaze and other sites, several very popular conservative websites — Drudge Report, WND, Natural News — went offline for an unknown reason. People trying to access those websites instead got an error message “This webpage is not available,” with no explanation.

error messageAs Natural News’ Mike Adams pointed out, what is noteworthy about the incident are the following:

  1. The outage was selective, not general.
  2. The websites that were blocked were fully functional, that is, the problem wasn’t at their end.
  3. Only online news sites were blacked out.
  4. Only conservative online news sites were blacked out.

According to Before It’s News technical staff, the selective targeting of news websites could have been accomplished by “deep packet inspection used inside the routers that move information packets along the internet. This technology allows ISP’s to look inside the packets your computer sends and receives and then make a decision to allow the packets through, modify the packets or block them. This technique can also be used to slow or speed up traffic.”

Kentucky Emergency Alert

A week later, on Dec. 9, 2014, thousands of cell phone users in the Corbin and London areas of southern Kentucky received an emergency alert from the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Emergency Alert system, warning of a “civil emergency” requiring the recipient of the message to “prepare for action.”

Kentucky emergency alert

At the same time, residents of Kentucky’s Laurel County reported seeing military helicopters performing low-flying maneuvers immediately after receiving the civil emergency alert. Over a hundred Kentuckians flooded the comments of the Laurel County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page, attesting to how frightened people were by both the emergency alert message and the sound of low flying military choppers rattling their roofs. Leila Hughes wrote: “6 black helicopters above our house this morning shook the whole house!! Then this. scary!”

Here’s a picture of four military helicopters taken by an InfoWars reader near his home:

Military choppers Kentucky

Frankfort Emergency Operations spokesman Buddy Rogers later said that the civil emergency alert had been mistakenly sent out “during testing” and was the result of “a computer error, followed by a human error.”

But the fact that the helicopters left London airport immediately after the alert message was sent out led some to fear that a terrorist attack or other major event had taken place, while others expressed the view that the whole sequence of events was a test run for martial law. Vince Bowling wrote: “I don’t care what they say, that wasn’t a test, it was a warning….there’s a few other comments from people that know what I’m talking about.”

Another idea making the rounds was that the initial civil emergency text message was sent out to the wrong group and that it was only meant for government employees and emergency responders.

As InfoWars reports, there have been similar mysterious emergency alert messages that also prompted confusion and panic, including:

  • On Dec. 12, 2011, Verizon customers in New Jersey received text messages warning them that a “civil emergency” was in progress and to “take shelter,” prompting alarmed citizens to flood 911 lines with anxious calls.
  • More recently on October 24, 2014, television viewers in Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; across North Carolina; and other areas of the country were interrupted by an alert directly from the White House warning them to stand by for an emergency message and not to use their phones. AT&T blamed a “nationally syndicated radio station” for sending the alert message, despite the fact that only the President of the United States can activate the Emergency Alert Notification system in times of emergency, reports Fox 5.

Natural News’ Mike Adams writes:

According to what I’m hearing from several sources in my network of contacts, the U.S. government is putting systems in place to black out online news sites like Natural News, Drudge Report, The Blaze and many others. A practice run that took place earlier this week in California has already achieved this result and confirmed the technical ability to make it happen at will. […]

This selective blocking that took place earlier this week is widely believed to have been a dry run for a planned online news site blockade by the federal government during an upcoming “major event.”

What sort of major event? The sort of major event where the government wants its official narrative to be the only information allowed to circulate, obviously. These tend to be either terrorism events or false flag events which are seized upon by the government to enact harsh new police state regulations and surveillance initiatives to spy on the American people. […] What all governments know is the importance of “getting out in front of the narrative” and telling the government’s story first, before anyone else can look at the facts and present a more rational explanation for what happened.

Then, to really freak us out, Adams refers us to the infamous hacker Guccifer (real name Marcel-Lehel Lazar), now serving a 7-year sentence for hacking at the high-security jail in Western Romania’s Transylvania region. As Guccifer, Lazar had hacked into the personal email accounts of many public figures and revealed that former President George W. Bush had taken up painting.

Marcel-Lehel Lazar, aka Guccifer

Marcel-Lehel Lazar, aka Guccifer

According to an account in the New York Times of Nov. 21, 2014, Lazar/Guccifer claims to have acquired emails that spoke of a plan to set off a nuclear bomb in Chicago and an unnamed city in Pennsylvania next year. Although his prison psychologist rolled his eyes at Lazar’s many “conspiracy theories,” the psychologist nevertheless said he had no doubt about the state of Lazar’s mental health: “He is not really crazy at all.”

Adams has some good tips on how to stay connected to independent alternate news sites in the event they are blacked out. Click here.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Eowyn 

Remember All Those Kids Coming Across Our Open Border?

Well they’re  still coming , and bringing some nasty virus’s. I don’t know why, but with everyone watching Ebola it seems we forgot about this junk. Hmmmm You know Skippy. Always have to watch the left hand while he waves the right.

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WND EXCLUSIVE

CDC DENIES ENTEROVIRUS LINK TO ILLEGAL-ALIEN KIDS

Disease common in Latin America was rare in U.S.

JEROME R. CORSI

NEW YORK – The CDC denies a causal link between the surge of illegal-alien children from Latin America and the enterovirus D-68 outbreak in the United States, but government data show the virus was rare in the U.S. before this year.

“There is no evidence that unaccompanied children brought EV-D68 into the United States; we are not aware of any of these children testing positive for the virus,” the CDC emailed WND in response to a request for comment.

The CDC argued EV-D68 is not new to the U.S., having been identified in California in 1962.

“In previous years, it has not been as commonly identified as other enteroviruses,” CDC said. “This year’s increase in confirmed cases is not due to a recent introduction in the United States.”

However, evidence buried in peer-reviewed medical journals provides support for the argument enterovirus D-68, or EV-D68, in the United States was a relatively rare disease. The EV-D68 epidemic occurred only after the surge this year of unaccompanied alien children illegally crossing the border from Latin America, a region where the virus is more prevalent among young children.

The CDC records nearly 700 people who have been diagnosed with the virus this year. Five children have died while infected.

As WND reported Tuesday, EV-D68, believed to cause polio-like paralysis in addition to flu symptoms, is widely suspected to have a direct connection to the Obama administration policy of placing across the U.S. tens of thousands of minors who have been allowed to enter without a health screening.

D-68 surge coincides with illegal aliens

The surge in EV D-68 in the U.S. became evident in mid-September when the CDC first reported it had reached epidemic levels in six U.S. states: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri.

The surge in unaccompanied minors was also evident in September, with the numbers jumping from 16,067 apprehended in Fiscal Year 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and from 38,833 in FY 2013 to 47,017 in the first eight months of FY 2014.

Currently, a page on the CDC website dedicated to “Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014″ discloses, “The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.”
Rest Of WND Story HERE!

~Steve~

Ebola out of control: dogs eating Ebola corpses in Liberia

Ebola virus

Months ago in April 2014, when Ebola made the jump from the jungles of West Africa to its urban centers, the charity medical group Doctors Without Borders already declared the epidemic to be out of control. That declaration was later repeated by the UN’s World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

By now, after taking the lives of 1,552 people, this horrific epidemic that has no cure has gotten even worse. The latest report is that dogs in one community in Liberia are eating the corpses of Ebola victims buried in shallow graves. Being asymptomatic carriers of the virus, this means the dogs can further spread Ebola to humans via bites and scratches.

Note: Liberia was colonized and founded by U.S. freed slaves in 1847.

LIBERIA-HEALTH-EBOLA-WAFRICANurses wearing a protective suit escort a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor reports for Monrovia’s The New Dawn, Aug. 26, 2014, that residents of the Johnsonville Township outside Monrovia saw dogs eating the remains of dead Ebola victims who had been buried by the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare some weeks ago.

The burial was done in a hurry at night following a standoff in the day between residents and the Ministry of Health burial team. The former had refused to grant the authority a piece of land to carry out the burial. The dogs were seen pulling the bodies out of their shallow graves and hastily eating them.

A resident named Alfred Wiah told the NewDawn that upon discovery of the dogs’ behavior, residents immediately contacted the Health Ministry, but to no avail. The residents also attempted to kill all of the dogs, but some escaped.

According to CBS Atlanta/AP, Dr. Stephen Korsman of the University of Cape Town’s medical virology division tells News 24 that dogs can be infected with the Ebola virus but that “infections appear to be asymptomatic. This means that dogs won’t get sick, but they still could carry a potential risk [to humans] through licking or biting.”

The Atlanta-based CDC has sent nearly 70 scientists and staff to help in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.

Ebola in West Africa

The Ebola epidemic is not just reeking havoc on the populations of West Africa but also on front line health workers and doctors fighting the disease. To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in West Africa, more than 120 of whom have died.

The CDC continues to insist the Ebola virus is transmitted only by close contact with bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and sweat — even something as innocent as a tainted tear. But that is exactly why the high incidence of health care workers stricken with Ebola is worrisome because, being knowledgeable about the virus, they would be extra careful by donning full-body protective suits like the ones in the pic above. The problem is the virus’s early symptoms of headache, fever, nausea and vomiting are hard to distinguish from those of malaria or typhoid, common ailments during West Africa’s rainy season.

Even more worrisome is a Canadian research in 2012 which strongly suggests Ebola may spread between animal species, through the air.

The Canadian researchers (from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, the University of Manitoba, and the Public Health Agency of Canada) first inoculated a number of piglets with the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, which is the deadliest strain with mortality rates up to 90%. The piglets were then placed in a room with four cynomolgus macaques, a species of monkey commonly used in laboratories. The piglets and monkeys were separated by wire cages to prevent direct contact between the species.

Within a few days, the inoculated piglets showed clinical signs of infection indicative of Ebola infection. (Happily, 9 days after infection, all piglets appeared to have recovered from the disease.) Within eight days of exposure, two of the four monkeys showed signs of Ebola infection although they had had no bodily contact with the piglets. Four days later, the remaining two monkeys were sick too.

While the study provided evidence that transmission of Ebola between species is possible, researchers still cannot say for certain how that transmission actually occurred. There are three likely candidates for the route of transmission:

  1. Airborne
  2. Droplet
  3. Fomites: Inanimate objects that can transmit disease if they are contaminated with infectious agents. In this study, a monkey’s cage could have been contaminated when workers were cleaning a nearby pig cage. If the monkey touched the contaminated cage surface and then its mouth or eyes, it could have been infected.

Meanwhile, writing in Foreign Policy, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett warns Americans and the world that “you are not nearly scared enough about Ebola.” Garrett writes that “experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague” and that if Ebola hits Lagos, the capital of Nigeria — Africa’s most populous country — with a population of 22 million, “we’re in real trouble.”

In a Council on Foreign Relations conference call, Garrett said “We’re now in a perfect storm” and that the World Health Organization is “bankrupt” and drowning in debt. “There is no strategic plan for how this epidemic will be brought under control.”

WND reports that the same term, “perfect storm,” was also used to describe the Ebola outbreak by CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden in testimony before Congress on August 7, 2014.

Frieden testified that the CDC raised its emergency operations center to Level 1, the highest possible alert in an effort to better coordinate a CDC-organized surge of health professionals and equipment being rushed to West Africa in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Frieden also told Congress that it’s “inevitable” that someone with Ebola will get on a plane and fly to the United States, risking an outbreak here.

An outbreak on U.S. soil would require sweeping measures, including total quarantine of cities or sections of infected cities, as well as restrictions on air travel. On the official CDC website are “Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases” specifying that, due to Ebola’s incubation period of as long as 21 days, seemingly healthy citizens who show no symptoms of Ebola can be forcibly quarantined at the behest of medical authorities. (See also “Obama signs Executive Order for detention of Americans showing signs of ‘respiratory illness’“)

Adding to our unease is the fact that U.S. researchers and the military have been studying the use of Ebola as a bio-weapon. Michael Snyder reports that:

  1. Researchers from Tulane University have been active for several years in the very same areas where this Ebola outbreak began. One of the stated purposes of their research was to study “the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons”. According to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Tulane University researchers have been asked “to stop Ebola testing during the current Ebola outbreak,” whatever that means.
  2. The Navy Times says that the U.S. military has been interested in studying Ebola “as a potential biological weapon” since the 1970s, mainly because Ebola has high mortality rates of 60-90%, and its stable nature in aerosol makes it attractive as a potential biological weapon.

Meanwhile, two dozen suspected Ebola cases have emerged hundreds of miles from West Africa in what health officials are calling a second “unrelated” outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Update (Aug. 29, 2014):

1. Yesterday, health authorities in Nigeria reported that Ebola had spread beyond Lagos to claim another death.

2. Yesterday, WHO said the Ebola epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people — almost seven times the current number of reported cases — before it could be brought under control. The latest figures are that the total cases had risen to 3,069, with 1,552 deaths, in four West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Indicative of the epidemic getting worse, more than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. WHO presented a plan to stop the transmission of Ebola within 9 months, which is estimated to cost nearly half a billion dollars over the next 6 months. Doctors Without Borders, however, cautions against taking a “false sense of hope” from WHO’s plan.

3. Also yesterday, an article published in the journal Science, says the Ebola virus has mutated repeatedly during the current outbreak, which could hinder diagnosis and treatment of the devastating hemorrhagic disease (in its end stage, those afflicted with Ebola bleed from every orifice of the body). Sadly, 5 of the paper’s more than 50 co-authors had died from Ebola before publication — yet more testimony to the terrible toll Ebola has wrought on the very health workers combating the epidemic. (H/t FOTM’s josephbc69)

Many years ago, when AIDS first broke out, I read a sobering account about how difficult it would be for medical science to come up with a cure or a vaccine for AIDS because it’s a virus and viruses CONSTANTLY mutate.  Just look at how successful we’ve been at developing a cure or vaccine for the common cold, which is also viral. The same applies to Ebola, which is also a virus.

UPDATE (Aug. 30):

As news comes that the Ebola epidemic has spread to a 5th African country, Senegal, it’s only getting worse in Liberia. Now Bloomberg reports that corpses of Ebola victims are just left on streets, unburied, for as long as 5 days because of “shortage of ambulances and fuel.”

I say “bull” to that. You don’t need ambulances or fuel to bury the dead. All it takes are hands and shovels. Nor is shortage of fuel an excuse not to cremate the dead. They do have cars and gasoline in Liberia, don’t they?

Bloomberg reader Dan Sanders wrote: “Leaving bodies lie has long been a Liberian tradition. During the 80’s when I lived in Monrovia bodies that had been hit by cars would lie where they were stricken for many days. The graft that goes on in the sub sahara along with the mentality of the natives makes for great chaos drama.”

~Eowyn