Forex-Rigging Fines Could Hit $41 Billion Globally

Banks could have to pay as much as $41 billion globally to settle probes into allegations traders rigged benchmarks in the currency markets,Citigroup Inc. (C) said today.

Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) is seen as probably the “most impacted” with a fine of as much as 5.1 billion euros ($6.5 billion), Citigroup analysts led by Kinner Lakhani calculated, estimating the Frankfurt-based bank’s settlements could reach 10 percent of its tangible book value, or its assets’ worth.

Using similar calculations, Barclays Plc (BARC) could face as much as 3 billion pounds ($4.8 billion) in fines and UBS AG (UBSN) penalties of 4.3 billion Swiss francs ($4.6 billion), they wrote in a note first sent to clients on Oct. 3.

Authorities around the world are scrutinizing allegations that dealers traded ahead of their clients and colluded to rig currency benchmarks. Regulators in the U.K. and U.S. could reach settlements with some banks as soon as next month, and prosecutors at the U.S. Department of Justice plans to charge one by the end of the year, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

Spokesmen for Deutsche Bank, Barclays and UBS declined to comment on the Citigroup estimates.

The Citigroup analysts made their calculations using a Sept. 26 Reuters report that the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority settlements could include fines totaling about 1.8 billion pounds. They derived their estimates for how high fines could go in other investigations from that baseline, using banks’ settlements in the London interbank offered rate manipulation cases as a guide.

“Extrapolating European and, more importantly, U.S. penalties from a previous global settlement suggests to us a total potential global settlement on this key issue,” they said in the note.

Cooperation Rewards

U.K. authorities will probably account about $6.7 billion of fines across all banks, according to the Citigroup analysts. Other European investigations will account for $6.5 billion. Penalties in the U.S. cases could be about four times greater, hitting $28.2 billion.

The Citigroup analysts didn’t take into account the possible effect of banks’ collaboration with investigators. That can have a big impact on the size of the fines, lowering and even wiping out a penalty in some cases.

UBS and Barclays saw $4.3 billion worth of antitrust fines waived by European Union authorities in December in exchange for their early and full cooperation. Six others were fined 1.7 billion euros in that case, which involved rigging euro and yen interest rate derivatives.

UBS has sought leniency in exchange for handing over evidence of misconduct to U.S. antitrust investigators in the foreign-exchange probes, and was also the first to step forward to cooperate with the EU, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Partington in London at rpartington@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Simone Meier at smeier@bloomberg.net Heather Smith, Edward Evans

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UFO Over Los Angeles On Weather Radar, Oct 13, 2014

Light Worker 29501:

Did a UFO really explode over LA?

Originally posted on Mission Galactic Freedom:

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Date of sighting: Oct 13, 2014 afternoon.
Location of sighting: Los Angeles, California, USA
This UFO was caught on radar last Monday leaving the area of the sonic boom. Weather specialist say it is nothing to do with with weather and is an unknown at present. It looks like a cloaked UFO came to visit the city, then began leaving the area. SCW
News states: 

The National Weather Service in Shreveport says they picked up a debris field on radar Monday afternoon at the same time many people around the ArkLaTex reported hearing a loud boom.

Published on Oct 18, 2014

The National Weather Service in Shreveport says they picked up a debris field on radar Monday afternoon at the same time many people around the ArkLaTex reported hearing a loud boom.

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DYNAMIC DUO : WILCOCK/FULFORD : Did the dragon family take control of the Federal Reserve Board

Light Worker 29501:

Hatter has done a great job of documenting this week’s exchange between Ben Fulford and David Wilcock.
“You were kept out the loop obviously, otherwise you would have received this :

UPDATE FALSE FLAG: Neil has just asked me to post this for him relating to the earlier Grammy J posting:
Quote: AIL HAIL TO THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES OR NOT????????? HAS THE CORPORATION FINALLY STEPPED DOWN? THIS IS WHAT I HAVE FOR NOW…endquote
Neil has managed to do a lot of digging and much effort to try to get to the bottom of the ‘information’ he had heard. He has spoken to the Dragon family and the Pentagon to discover that it is indeed a False Flag coordinated by an agent of the Bush faction as a distraction and to create confusion. Neil recognised the name ‘Robert Won’ and instinctively this raised an alarm as Won is not part of the Dragon family and so would never be the person in a position to ‘sign over the gold’. Also the family and China have made it clear that they will never waive the debt, meaning that they will not blame the people for the debt but attribute it appropriately to the Zionists, Nazis and other associated negatives. As usual Neil saw that there were half truths woven into the ‘information’ as with all disinformation in an attempt to give it credibility.”

Like it or not, this NESARA/GCR/RV thing has been one big psy-op, thus far, hasn’t it?

Originally posted on DEATH RAY WISH:

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October 20, 2014

Multiple sources are reporting that as of October 17th, 2014, the Dragon family has taken over control of the international operations of the Federal Reserve Board and that as a result, the cabal’s ISIS and ebola campaigns, which were negotiating tactics, will be wound down. Under the deal, the United States, Europe and England, respectively, will be issuing their own domestic currencies. However, the world’s reserve currency will no longer be controlled by the families that used to own the Fed, the sources, including pentagon and CIA officials, said.

A Chinese government source was unable to confirm that a deal had been reached. Nonetheless, he did note that China, Indonesia and Japan had been printing dollars of their own under the old regime but that all new creation of dollars world-wide will stop in October. This implies that any new currency…

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Comet Siding Spring – Massive explosion on Mars as comet passes by Mars

Originally posted on Mission Galactic Freedom:

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Dr.Fritz Helmut Hemmerich made a video from 1200-meters at Tenerife in the Canary Islands showing Comet Siding Spring immediately after its Mars encounter.

Short video of the explosion, made between 21 h and 22 h UT UT. 75 shots of 40 sec duration.

Recordings from tonight in Tenerife (1200 meters altitide). Hyper Star 14 “with 460 mono Atik. SWAN_band filter.

According to many viewers of NASA’s live feed of the close passage of Comet Siding Spring to the planet Mars on October 19, 2014, NASA suddenly cut off the feed.

Comment from a viewer during the live feed: “I was watching and listening as well – when I heard the “dirty snowball” reference, I had a feeling we were screwed. They positioned all the camera towards it, then once they cut the live feed, I knew that something was up, yet this ‘ball of energy’ can’t really be explained”?

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House Purchases Delayed After Real-time Payment System Goes Offline

Bank of England’s Real Time Gross Settlement payment system, which processes £277bn of money transfers a day including UK house purchases, resumes operations after being down for more than nine hours


The Bank of England has responsibility for RTGS Photo: DANIEL JONES

The Bank of England has responsibility for RTGS Photo: DANIEL JONES


By James Titcomb

4:14PM BST 20 Oct 2014

Update: The Bank of England says the system is back online, and that RTGS will remain open until 8pm on Monday ­ four hours later than usual ­ to process the backlog of orders.

CHAPS, which deals with the payments, says: “The Bank of England’s RTGS system is now processing payments again following a resolution of the technical issue experienced earlier today. As such, CHAPS is now processing the backlog of payments and is confident that all payments submitted today will be processed today.”


House purchases and other large transactions were unable to be completed on Monday after the infrastructure that processes large payments between British banks went offline, the Bank of England has said.

The central bank said the “Real Time Gross Settlement Payment System” (RTGS), which settles large transfers between banks, had gone offline at 6am on Monday morning. It remained so until late on Monday afternoon and will stay open until 8pm to deal with a backlog of payments.

The Bank said that the biggest payments were being processed manually and reassured the public that all payments would be on Monday, since the system has the capacity to process a large number of payments when it does go back online.

Smaller payments such as standing orders and direct debits use a different system and were not affected.

The RTGS is set up to settle large payments in real time, rather than at the end of the day, reducing risk.

The system ­ which processes payments such as house purchases ­ went down at 6am on Monday morning. The large banks were contacted early in the day, and the Bank disclosed the fault at around 11.30am.

Jonathan Harris, of the mortgage broker Anderson Harris said the issue could be “hugely inconvenient for buyers”.

“It is hugely fortunate that the Chaps system didn’t collapse on a Friday as this is by far the busiest day of the week for completions. However, with everyone pushing to complete on a Friday there are a proportion of deals which don’t happen ­ maybe 15pc ­ which are pushed back to the following Monday. These are already critical and if they are delayed yet again, it will be hugely inconvenient for buyers,” he said.

“Those in a long chain in particular will feel a cascading effect down the chain with potentially many people affected. Presuming the system is back up and running on Tuesday, then these deals should be able to complete then.”

The Bank of England said: “The Bank of England has identified a technical issue related to some routine maintenance of the RTGS payment system and has paused settlement while we resolve it.”


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“We are working to address this issue as quickly as possible, and restart the RTGS payment system in a controlled manner. The most important payments are being made manually and we can reassure the public that all payments made today will be processed.”

The RTGS routes payments made through CHAPS (the Clearing House Automated Payments System), which settles important and time­-sensitive payments, including house purchases.

According to the CHAPS website, it processed £70 trillion of payments last year and is used by 5,000 financial institutions.

A statement from CHAPS said it would be keeping operations running longer than normal on Monday afternoon to ensure that they go through.

” CHAPS is currently liaising with the Bank of England who are working hard to resolve the issue – which means payments submitted today will be processed,” it said.

The system helps keep the day­to­day running of banks going by acting as an intermediary between banks. If a payment is going to be made between banks, RTGS credits the bank receiving the funds quickly, and takes funds from the bank sending money, removing the risk for the receiving bank.

In effect, RTGS sits at the top of the payment structure for banks, as shown by this Bank of England document:

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The other major payment system that uses RTGS is CREST, which processes transactions for financial instruments such as shares and bonds. However, CREST is not believed to be affected.

Euroclear, which runs CREST, said: “Euroclear is monitoring the current technical issue with the RTGS system at the Bank of England. We are working closely with the BoE and if necessary will extend our own operational deadlines, to ensure that all settlement and payment instructions will be processed today.”

Around £277bn a day is processed through CHAPS, up from the £254.5bn in 2011:

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The financial analyst Lorcan Roche Kelly said the event was “every central bank’s nightmare”.


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Virginia Files Billion-Dollar Suit Against Banksters

• Virginia files lawsuit against plutocrats who conned state with toxic mortgages.

By Ronald L. Ray —

True to its state motto — “Sic semper tyrannis,” or “Thus always to tyrants” — the Commonwealth of Virginia has brought a$1.15 billion civil fraud lawsuit against a “banker’s dozen” of the largest international investment houses. Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the case in mid-September, which was filed in Richmond Circuit Court. In a prepared statement, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleged that the big banks deliberately misrepresented the quality of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), a form of financial derivative, sold to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), beginning in 2004.

Prior to 2010, “Virginia was forced to sell the vast majority of these toxic securities built on junk mortgages and lost $383 million.” The attorney general now seeks to obtain the maximum penalty allowed by law, in order to redress the harm done to Virginia taxpayers. The OAG expects that the money recovered will go to repay the taxpayers and VRS for their losses.

In a virtual “who’s who” of plutocratic pirates, 13 mega-banks have been accused of violating the commonwealth’s 2002 Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, which permits treble damages for losses, plus additional penalties.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, however, two JPMorgan Chase subsidiaries, JPMorgan Securities LLC and WAMU Capital Corporation (formerly Washington Mutual), were dropped subsequently, when the OAG learned that Herring’s predecessor, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, had previously reached a secret settlement with the two firms for $3 million. Depending on circumstances, however, they could be sued in the future.

The remaining “banker’s dozen” are subsidiaries of the world’s biggest institutional usurers: Barclays, Citigroup, Countrywide, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, RBS, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Merrill Lynch.

In brief, Virginia alleges that 220 securities it purchased were offered as being rated AAA or similarly, with 0% delinquency. This factor is important to institutional investors like Virginia because ofthe need for a stable and secure return. However, 75% of the mortgages eventually defaulted. The RMBSs were backed by 785,000 mortgages, of which 40% were “fraudulently misrepresented.” The OAG stated that the banks “knew, or shouldhave known,” that claims in their prospectuses and sales presentations were false.

The fraudulent practices were discovered by Integra REC, LLC, “using extremely sophisticated proprietary methods” to match RMBSs with the respective individual mortgages, said the OAG.

The first of three main accusations is that the banks misrepresented the loan-to-value ratio (an indication of likely default). On average, only 23.4% of loans were represented as being for more than 80% of property value, when it was really 54%. Fifteen percent were “underwater.” Further, rates of owner occupancy were overstated significantly, and second mortgage numbers were severely understated. Both of these latter factors also contribute to delinquency rates.

Herring stated: “Every Virginian was harmed by the financial crisis. Homes were lost, retirement accounts were devastated, small businesses saw their credit dry up almost overnight. . . . I will notallow Virginians to be left holding the bag for the reckless, fraudulent business practices of a few big banks who thought they were above the law. These banks lied to Virginia, and taxpayers and [nearly 600,000] state employees lost hundreds of millions dollars as a result.”

As a measure of Herring’s confidence and resolve, the Commonwealth of Virginia has demanded a jury trial. It is to be hoped that true justice will be served, and that there will be no further secret settlements that allow the plunderous plutocrats to return to usury as usual.

Despite a nearly endless stream of revelations of the moneylenders’ wrongdoing—now including collusion by the Federal Reserve—at least one apologist for the weasels of Wall Street, Matthew E. Fishbein, suggests in the New York Law Journal that the banksters and other corporate criminals are the victims, forced by evil government lawyers to admit to things they believe they did not do. He goes so far as to call cases similar to the Virginia lawsuit “marginal,” because they involve only a few hundred million dollars.

But the truth is that the international bankers are usurious pirates, bent on sucking every cent out of the nearly empty pockets of widows and orphans. They have created a corporate culture ofcorruption, which is destroying nearly every economy on the face of the planet. It is time to end the financial pharaohs’ stranglehold on the common man by ending usury and putting every single one of these predatory banks out of business.


Ronald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor ofTHE BARNES REVIEW. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence.

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Steve Barwick on Colloidal Silver and Ebola Hype

Steve Barwick is a well-known researcher in arena of colloidal silver. Below, is one of his newsletters, in which he shares the information about activities US Department of Defense regarding the effects of silver nanoparticles on Ebola. Bottom line: we’re in uncharted territory with Ebola. It might work, but what’s the recommended dosage? If the DoD knows, they aren’t telling. -LW


The spread of Ebola is the big news now. 

And the news media “hysteria machine” (not to mention the end-of-the-world crowd on the internet grapevine) is running full force with scare stories about Ebola’s potential spread — particularly since it’s been announced that several American victims of Ebola in West Africa are going to be evacuated to the U.S. for treatment.

But do we really have a lot to fear from Ebola here in the U.S.?  I contend we have a lot less to fear from Ebola than we have to fear from the federal government using the Ebola issue to rob us of more of our freedoms and liberties under the guise of “protecting” us from a largely manufactured “national health crisis.”  

That’s the bad news.  The potentially good news is this:  Way back in 2008 the federal government itself demonstrated the fact that antimicrobial silver is, under certain conditions which I’ll explain below, extremely effective against Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses. 

In fact, two years ago I was able to obtain from the U.S. Department of Defense formerly classified documents they probably now wish they’d never de-classified. These documents explain the positive results achieved by the DOD when testing antimicrobial silver against these deadly viruses. 

So with all of that said, here’s my somewhat contrarian view regarding the current Ebola “crisis,” as well as what I’ve discovered so far about the potential for colloidal silver’s effectiveness against this deadly virus…


Hi, Steve Barwick here, for TheSilverEdge.com

How soon we forget how shrewdly the federal government used the overblown anthrax scare directly after 9-11 to rob us of many of our precious Constitutional rights.

After the anthrax scare we witnessed the institution of illegal spying on America citizens, unconstitutional search and seizures, and severely diminished due process of law.

We also forget how the news media later whipped up the so-called “Bird flu” hysteria, followed by the “Swine flu” hysteria.

Through these manufactured crises, various departments of the federal government were able to pass new “guidelines” and regulations on the detention and quarantine of U.S. citizens

These can now be used by the federal government to restrict travel at a moment’s notice, arrest and detain individuals, and even quarantine entire cities during a declared “national health emergency.”

That’s why I’m extremely skeptical of the current so-called “Ebola crisis.”

Yes, I understand how virulent and deadly Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses are.

And yes, I also understand that the federal government is now said to be bringing Ebola victims to the U.S. for treatment.  And I understand what a threat that could pose should the virus ultimately get loose and go rogue in this country.

Psy-Ops Campaign

But I also understand how psychological operations (psy-ops) campaigns work, and what the federal government stands to gain from them.

The federal government absolutely loves it whenever they can whip up enough public hysteria that the resulting public outcry to “protect us” allows them to step in as “saviors” and implement more laws that violate our fundamental rights and liberties under the guise of “keeping us safe.”

And folks, this current “Ebola crisis” is indeed a massive psy-ops campaign.  In other words, the threat is largely being manufactured and planted into the minds of the American public, through the federal government/news media axis.

Real v/s Realistic

That doesn’t mean the danger from Ebola isn’t real.  Quite the contrary.  It’s very real, if you’re exposed to it.

But what’s your actual likelihood of exposure?  It’s virtually nil.  Which means while the threat may be “real,” it’s not very realistic.

Let me explain with an example you can probably relate to:  The deadly, drug-resistant super-pathogen MRSA is also very real.  In fact, it’s just as “real” as Ebola.

But the difference between MRSA and Ebola is that MRSA is a far more realistic threat to the population of the U.S. than Ebola.

We know that, because the FDA’s own testing has demonstrated that 61% of all meat in supermarkets is already contaminated with the deadly MRSA pathogen (up from 50% only last year).  And independent testing backs those numbers up.

Largely because of this, some 39,000 Americans now get infected by the flesh-eating MRSA pathogen every single year, and a full 20% of those infected end up dying – constituting more deaths annually than those caused by AIDS.

Now that’s a news story, right?

After all, you have a proven, deadly, antibiotic-resistant super-pathogen like MRSA contaminating 61% of all meats in supermarkets.  And you buy that meat on a regular basis and bring it home to your family.  Wouldn’t you want to know about that?

Yet there’s not so much as a peep about it in the mainstream news media.  Listen carefully.  The only sound you’ll hear on this issue is crickets.

On the other hand you have a virus like Ebola, which is largely endemic to West Africa, and which hasn’t caused a single death anywhere in the United States…ever.  Nor has there been a singleinfection in the U.S.

Yet the mainstream news media drumbeat about the so-called “Ebola threat” is absolutely relentless. And as a result, people are quite literally going out of their minds with fear over it.

If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the mainstream news media and the end-of-the-world internet fear-mongers chanting, Ebo-la…Ebo-la…Ebo-la…Ebo-la…as if they’re actually cheering it on.

Why the dichotomy?

Why is there zero fear-mongering over the deadly MRSA super-pathogen, even though it represents an immediate, dire, realistic and already-proven threat to the American populace…

…while in direct contrast, there’s incessant fear-mongering over the Ebola virus, which has not so much as even been detected in this country?

And Now for the Other Side of the Story

Here’s the reality:

Dealing with the very real threat of MRSA would cost Big Agriculture billions of dollars a year in sales.

So if the USDA and the FDA publicly acknowledged the growing MRSA crisis, people would stop buying meat out of fear, and foreign markets for our beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork and other meat products would also dry up overnight.

The entire U.S. agriculture industry would crumble.  Billions of dollars would be lost.

So while community-acquired MRSA infections are now absolutely skyrocketing, we don’t hear so much as a squawk about it from the news media.

Nothing.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  Pitch black silence.

There are no talking heads from the FDA, CDC, WHO, or other alphabet soup health agencies making appearances on national TV news to warn the populace about the growing spread of MRSA.

This is spite of the fact that, for example, some 30,000-plus hospitalizations of children for this deadly disease have taken place over the past few years alone here in the U.S. (which is double the annual rate of child MRSA infections since the year 2000).

Why is there no outcry from the health authorities?

It’s because the health and regulatory authorities have weighed the astonishing number of annual deaths being caused each year in this nation by MRSA, against the economic havoc that would be caused to the agriculture industry if they went public with this information each night on the national news.

And the regulators say, “This is an acceptable loss of life.  Let’s keep quiet about it.  We’ll save as many MRSA victims as we can.  And those who die, die.  We can’t risk destroying one of our nation’s largest industries over this.”

But hyperventilating over Ebola, on the other hand, poses no serious direct economic risk to anyone.

The feds and their news media lackeys can rile the population up, scare the living bejabbers out of them, and convince everybody they’re our saviors if we’ll just let them “protect us” from the threat, which of course, is largely non-existent.

The Real Question:
What Will Obama Do?

So the real question is this:  How far is the federal government willing to go with this charade?

Would they, for example, allow a few controlled Ebola infections to take place in the U.S., as a means of convincing the population that the so-called “Ebola threat” is “real” so new restrictions to our freedoms and new laws for detaining people could be implemented?

With the anthrax scare of 2001, the Bird flu scare of 2005, and the Swine Flu scare of 2009, the powers-that-be accomplished much of their mission of convincing Americans of the supposed reality of a huge and deadly medical apocalypse directly on the horizon.

“It’s not a matter of if, but when,” goes the relentless drumbeat from the talking head “medical experts” (most of them being paid, government shills) who have appeared on the nightly news for the past decade and a half to assure us our future is bleak.

That’s now embedded in the collective psyche of the entire nation.

So with the vast majority of Americans now convinced of a coming medical apocalypse, what next?  What exactly do the powers-that-be have in mind with the latest threat-du-jour known as Ebola?

I find it quite telling that Obama has already used the so-called Ebola crisis to sign a new amendment to an executive order that would allow him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of ‘respiratory illness.’

According to an article on InfoWars.com:

“Obama’s amendment allows for the detention of Americans who display, ‘Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled’.”

The InfoWars.com article goes on to explain exactly how ominous this new executive order amendment is:

“Although Ebola was listed on the original executive order signed by Bush, Obama’s amendment ensures that Americans who merely show signs of respiratory illness, with the exception of influenza, can be forcibly detained by medical authorities.

Although the quarantining of people suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus seems like a perfectly logical move, the actual preconditions for this to happen aren’t restricted to just those suffering from the disease.

As we highlighted earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has measures in place for dealing with an outbreak of a communicable disease which allow for the quarantine of “well persons” who “do not show symptoms” of the disease.

 In addition, under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, public health authorities and governors would be given expanded police powers to seize control of communications devices, public and private property, as well as a host of other draconian measures in the event of a public health emergency.

 When the legislation was introduced, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons warned that it ‘could turn governors into dictators’.

The $64,000 Question

So why does the government/news media axis downplay a very realistic medical threat like MRSA, with very real deaths, and very real impacts on literally thousands of American families every single year, yet relentlessly hype an unrealistic “medical crisis” like Ebola that’s virtually non-existent in this country?

I don’t ask that question to start arguments or to inspire conspiracy theories.  I ask it only to bring some semblance of sanity to the table in regards to the supposed “Ebola crisis” and the panic and mass hysteria now evolving around it.

At this point, the so-called “Ebola crisis” is a fabricated one.  And the sooner we realize it, the lower the chances are that the federal government can take further advantage of it by reducing our freedoms under the guise of “saving” us.

Why So Fearful?

If you absolutely need to be fearful, you’d have far more reason to be fearful of a deadly MRSA superbug infection striking your household than you would an Ebola infection.

You can come into contact with the MRSA superbug just about any day of the week – right now — especially when you shop for meat at your local supermarket.

What’s more, with MRSA all you need is a small cut or scratch on your body for it to go internal, induce sepsis, cause organ failure and other calamities, giving you a one-in-five chance of living through the infection.

(But thankfully, colloidal silver cures MRSA with relative ease.  See the clinical and anecdotal evidence presented on the Colloidal Silver Cures MRSA website, and in my article “Does Colloidal Silver Really Cure MRSA?”)

So your likelihood of coming into contact with the deadly MRSA pathogen is quite high.  But your likelihood of being anywhere near the vicinity of an Ebola victim is just about zero.

So please think about it.

My advice is this:  If you’ve got to panic over something, then panic over something that represents a realistic threat, rather than a sensationalisticthreat.

Ebola may be a “real” threat, but it’s not a very realistic threat here in the U.S.  At least, not yet.

The true threat at this point is the federal government and the new regulations being implemented to give the federal government the power to detain anybody they want, at any time, under the guise of a “national health crisis.”

Colloidal Silver and Ebola:
What We Know So Far

Which, finally, brings us to the topic of colloidal silver and Ebola.  Here’s the good news:

Back in 2008, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in conjunction with several other federal agencies quietly conducted clinical research into the use of silver nanoparticles against Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses.

And what they found was astonishing.  They discovered that silver nanoparticles were highly effective against these deadly viruses, including the Ebola virus.

They later presented their findings to federal health regulators and other national health authorities.  But it was all kept top secret.  The presentation was called “Silver Nanoparticles Neutralize Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses.”

And the gist of the presentation was that silver nanoparticles displayed “powerful neutralizing effects against hemorrhagic fever viruses,” including Arenavirus and Filovirus (i.e., Ebola).

This clinical presentation was conducted under the auspices of the DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction.

And the presentation was given by researchers from the Applied Biotechnology Branch, 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

In other words, those are the big guns, folks!   Which is to say, those are the very people responsible for keeping this nation safe from outside threats like bioterrorism.

That clinical presentation, made to federal regulators and national health authorities, was later summarized in a printed document, de-classified, and cleared for public release.

But there was no news media hoopla surrounding the release of this information.  Not a peep.

And to this very day, to my knowledge, there still hasn’t been a single report in the mainstream news media on the release of this important information, in spite of the fact that Department of Defense researchers found antimicrobial silver to be profoundly effective against Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, under certain circumstances which we’ll discuss below.

Before we get into the results of this research, as documented in the published version of the DOD presentation, it’s important to note that one of the main tasks of the DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency is to “anticipate and mitigate future threats long before they have a chance to harm the United States and our allies.”

In other words, the researchers were specifically looking for ways to stop Ebola or other hemorrhagic fever viruses from damaging our national security.

And the results they found when using silver nanoparticles for that precise purpose were strikingly positive — enough so to warrant not just the presentation to health and regulatory authorities, but its later publication and public release.

What Researchers Discovered

The researchers tested silver nanoparticles of several different sizes and concentrations on infected cells in vitro (meaning, in the test tube).

And they concluded that silver nanoparticles were able to neutralize hemorrhagic fever viruses inside the cells by “decreasing S segment gene expression and concomitantly decreasing progeny virus production.”

Translation:  Silver stops the Ebola virus and related hemorrhagic fever viruses from replicating inside the cells.  And when there’s no viral replication inside the cells, there’s no spread of infection!

The researchers had discovered the holy grail Ebola treatments.  But they also discovered that neutralization of the virus by silver occurs during the early phases of viral replication.

Therefore, they pointed out that for antimicrobial silver to be effective against Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, the treatment would have to be administered PRIOR to viral infection or at least within the first few hours after initial exposure to the virus.

In other words, for antimicrobial silver to be effective, an exposed person would need to have already been taking it, or at the very least would have to start taking it within a few short hours of exposure to an infected individual.

Another interesting thing the researchers discovered is that while an enzymatic protein called Cathepsin B has been shown to play an essential role in Ebola virus replication, silver nanoparticles work to decrease cathepsin activity, thus further limiting viral replication in the cell and subsequent spread of the virus to other cells.

And by far the most interesting thing the researchers discovered (at least, to me) is that only very low concentrations of silver nanoparticles were necessary to prevent replication of the virus.

Indeed, low concentrations of 10 ppm nanosilver appears to have worked better than higher concentrations of 25 ppm or 50 ppm nanosilver.  This means there’s no need for overly high silver concentrations.

What’s more, the smallest silver particles tested by the researchers worked far better than the larger silver particles tested.

This demonstrates once more that the use of very small silver particles is far more important than the “ppm” or concentration of the colloidal silver solution one is using.

Simply put, smaller silver particles penetrate cells and tissues easier, and are therefore better able to get to the point of infection before the virus spreads.

Here’s a link to the printed version of the DOD clinical presentation, so you can scroll through it and read it for yourself.  It’s technical.  But if you take your time it’s relatively understandable.

Thinking Out Loud:
Here’s What I’d Do in Case of Ebola

People have written to ask me, “Steve, how much colloidal silver would you have to take in order to protect yourself from an Ebola infection?”

And of course, the answer is, no one knows for sure.  As I mentioned, the DOD research discussed above was in vitro (i.e., laboratory test tube) research.

And while it demonstrated that very small particles of silver at surprisingly low concentrations could stop the Ebola virus in infected cells from replicating and spreading, it in no way gives us so much as a clue as to how much colloidal silver a living human being would have to take in order to achieve the same results.

Now I know that’s probably not what you want to hear.  But just as I refuse to join in with all of the doom-and-gloom hype about the supposed coming worldwide Ebola apocalypse, in like manner I also refuse to join in with those making blanket statements that colloidal silver is the sure-fire “cure” for Ebola.

Under real-life conditions, it might, or might not prove to be effective.

And if colloidal silver did prove to be effective, the research seems to indicate it would depend upon getting the right dose of very small silver particles into your body, early enough in the infective process to stop viral replication.

Indeed, it appears that to have the very best chance of protection, utilizing colloidal silver in small amounts on a daily basis would be the way to go.

In other words, based on the DOD study, daily prophylactic dosing with colloidal silver before exposure to the Ebola virus would appear to provide better protection than dosing after exposure.

This is just one reason why I continue to take my usual one-ounce per day dosage of colloidal silver, which is just about right for my body weight.

(See “How Much Colloidal Silver Can You Take Safely Each Day?” to learn the simple formula for determining your safe daily colloidal silver dosage, based on your body weight and the ppm of the colloidal silver solution you’re using.)

But again, since there’s been no in vivo testing that we know of (i.e., no testing of colloidal silver usage in a real-life human being infected with Ebola) there’s simply no way to know for an absolute certainty if regular oral use of colloidal silver would provide an adequate amount of protection upon exposure to the Ebola virus.

Nebulizing Colloidal Silver

Some people have pointed out that in the event of exposure to the Ebola virus, immediately nebulizing with colloidal silver (i.e., inhaling an atomized mist of colloidal silver into the lungs, using a device called a medical nebulizer) would be a potentially effective way to get colloidal silver into the bloodstream, cells and tissues of the human body quickly and effectively.

And that’s a very good possibility.  Why?  Because just about anything inhaled into the lungs has a far better chance of making it into the bloodstream, cells and tissues of the body faster than oral ingestion.

Indeed, were I to suspect that I’d just been exposed to a person infected with Ebola, probably the first thing I’d do would be to high-tail it back home, break out my medical nebulizer, fill the little basin with very small particle size colloidal silver of 10 ppm concentration, turn the machine on and inhale the colloidal silver mist into my lungs for five or six minutes.

And I’d probably repeat the process every few hours for up to five or six times.

(See “Using Colloidal Silver With a Nebulizer” to learn what the experts say about nebulizing colloidal silver, including a brief video demonstration of how easy it is to use a medical nebulizer.)

After that, if the colloidal silver didn’t work, it would be too late anyway, as the viral replication kicks into high gear after several hours, and antimicrobial silver only works during the first few hours according to the DOD report.

Now all of that is pure layman’s speculation on my part in terms of what might work. I’m just talking off the top of my head.  I’m no doctor.  And I’m not “prescribing” for anyone else, of course.

After all, nobody’s ever had to do this before.  So use of oral doses of colloidal silver for Ebola is an unknown factor in terms of knowing how much to use, how to use it effectively, and when to use it.

But based on the DOD research, it would seem to me that the key would be quick action utilizing 10 ppm colloidal silver with a very small particle size, and getting it into the cells and tissues of the body as quickly as possible.

Even more preferable, the research suggests, would be to take a small amount of colloidal silver prophylactically (i.e., before the fact), on a daily basis, so it’s already in the body in the event of exposure to Ebola.

One More Interesting Thought

My good friend Skip W. wrote to say that if he were in an area where Ebola virus outbreaks were taking place, one thing he’d do is wear a protective face mask any time he had to go out into the public, such as to the supermarket or mall.

I believe he’s talking about the white surgical face masks, for example, like those you see doctors wearing in the surgical ward.  These light-weight surgical masks are often available on various survivalist-oriented or “prepper” websites.

In fact, I just now went to Amazon.com, and using their search engine I typed in the search terms “surgical face mask” and “antimicrobial face mask.” Those two search terms brought up an amazing array of such masks, at fairly reasonable prices.

Skip also pointed out that he’d saturate the mask on both sides with a fine mist of colloidal silver and allow it to air dry before putting it on to go out into the public.

And he said he’d also lightly spray his hands and face with colloidal silver at the same time, and allow it to air dry, as well.

Skip explained “I’m asthmatic, and I’ve done this before as a precautionary measure when going out into the public during flu outbreaks, for example. I may look a bit strange but I seldom ever get the flu.”

Obviously, Skip is a forward thinker.  And it’s probably not a bad idea to take such precautions should the situation ever truly warrant it.  At this point in time, however, it does not.

In Conclusion

To sum up, at this point in time (August 2014) in the United States the so-called “Ebola crisis” is the modern-day equivalent of Shakespeare’s “Much ado about nothing.”

While Ebola is a very real danger should one become exposed to the disease, the threat of exposure is not yet very realistic.  In fact, the threat is pretty much nil here in the U.S. where all of the unnecessary panic is nevertheless taking place.

The only thing this manufactured panic will serve at this point is the very real threat of the federal government stepping in and using the panic to institute even greater restrictions on our fundamental freedoms and liberties.

As Obama’s old mentor Rahm Emanuel so famously stated, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”  The federal government is certainly following that advice.

Compared to the very realistic threat of acquiring a superbug infection such as MRSA, the threat of Ebola pales in comparison.

Nevertheless, should Ebola ever become an actual threat in this country the DOD report described above gives us some very good hope that colloidal silver could be a bona-fide first-line of defense if used quickly enough at 10 ppm concentration, and in very small particle size.

Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another great article on colloidal silver….

Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
SteveSig2010
Steve Barwick, author

The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual

 

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