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Today's News: The Riley Report

JANUARY 2017

Mon
day - January 23, 2017

Today In History:

1789 - Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the U.S. The school is in Washington, DC.
1845 - The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
1943 - The British captured Tripoli from the Germans.
1964 - Ratification of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was completed. This amendment eliminated the poll tax in federal elections.
1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
1997 - A judge in Fairfax, VA, sentenced Mir Aimal Kasi to death for an assault rifle attack outside the CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and wounded three other people.
2001 - A van used by the remaining two fugitives of the "Texas 7" was recovered in Colorado Springs, CO. A few hours later police surrounded a hotel where the convicts were hiding. Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody the next morning without incident.
2002 - John Walker Lindh returned to the U.S. under FBI custody. Lindh was charge with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorists and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban while a member of the al-Quaida terrorist organization in Afghanistan.
2003 - North Korea announced that it would consider sanctions an act of war for North Korea's reinstatement of its nuclear program.

World News

Presidential Frontrunner Marine Le Pen Threatens to Take France Out of 'Dead' EU
Sputnik News - Le Pen, who is leading in opinion polls about France's upcoming presidential elections, said that if she is elected president, she will demand a range of concessions from Brussels in return for France staying in the bloc. "I demand from the European Union the return of independence in four areas: (our) borders, currency, economy and legislature, — the Front National leader explained.... Le Pen also hailed the election of Donald Trump as US President. She said his election signifies "the end of the old world which was ruled by the market, a world in which nations were to be sacrificed to neoliberalism, and disappear. The great return to the nation and the people begins here," she said. In French regional elections in December 2015, Front National won a 27 percent share of the vote, and the latest opinion polls show that Le Pen is currently the favored candidate for this April's presidential elections.... According to a survey published in the French newspaper Le Monde on Thursday, Le Pen has the support of 25-26 percent of prospective voters, ahead of nearest rival Francois Fillon who commands 23-25 percent.... Fillon, who was French Prime Minister from 2007-2012, won the presidential nomination of France's The Republicans (formerly called the Union for a Popular Movement) on Sunday.

Brazil graft probe judge buried after being killed in plane
Reuters - A Brazilian Supreme Court justice who had overseen the investigation of politicians linked to the nation's largest graft scheme was buried on Saturday, two days after he died in a plane crash. Justice Teori Zavascki was killed when the small aircraft he was in crashed in heavy rain on Thursday.... Four others on board, including the pilot, also died.... Federal police and prosecutors are conducting separate investigations to reassure a suspicious public that no foul play was involved. Zavascki was close to making public what is expected to be explosive plea bargain testimony from 77 executives of the Odebrecht construction conglomerate.... Investigators have said Odebrecht was the company that gained the most from a vast graft scheme involving billions in bribes to win contracts with state-run oil firm Petrobras and other government-controlled companies. Testimony from Odebrecht executives is expected to implicate upward of 200 politicians and powerful figures from the business community, greatly expanding an already massive probe and possibly also implicating the sitting president, Michel Temer, who has denied any wrongdoing. Temer, who attended the funeral, said before the burial that he would not nominate a justice to replace Zavascki until the top court has decided which of the sitting judges would take over handling the graft probe. That move helps avoid any accusations that Temer was meddling in a case that has already ensnared some of his ministers and members of his party.

Gladio Again: Germany Could've But Didn't Stop Berlin Attacker. Why?
Activist Post - According to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), German security and intelligence agencies were particularly familiar with the Berlin attacker, Anis Amri, long before he plowed a large truck into a Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring many more.... Germany’s weak excuses for not apprehending a man who openly admitted he sought to acquire weapons and take human lives echo similarly convenient excuses provided by the French government following a string of fatal attacks across its territory.... Such purposeful negligence matches another chapter in Europe’s more recent history – that during the Cold War in which NATO security and intelligence agencies maintained a myriad of pan-European terrorist organizations of every imaginable variety, used to assassinate political opponents, carry out deadly and spectacular terror attacks, and otherwise use violence, fear, and intimidation to manipulate both public perception and political outcomes during elections in respective states. Called “Operation Gladio,”... The real question is – are there similar networks being created and perpetuated by Western intelligence agencies today, to fill both the ranks of foreign mercenary armies everywhere from Libya and Yemen, to Syria and the borders of Iran – as well as manipulate and impose fear upon the populations of Western states at home?

Merkel Scours Trump Archive for Clues on How to Read Him
Bloomberg - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been poring over old interviews and video of Donald Trump, seeking clues on how to influence the incoming U.S. president when they first meet, according to two people familiar with her preparations. Merkel, the European leader who’s been most in Trump’s sights before his inauguration, was struck by the frenzied supporters at his post-election “Thank You” tour rallies and by an archived interview with Playboy magazine that quoted Trump as saying he’d only run for president if he saw the U.S. “continue to go down the tubes,” said the people, who asked not to be named discussing private conversations. Merkel is trying to take the new president’s measure while gearing up her own campaign for a fourth term in Germany’s fall election, where she’s already using Trump as a foil. The chancellery in Berlin has reached out to Trump’s transition team to suggest an early meeting, which would give Merkel a chance to get Trump’s ear and counter his dismissive views on the European Union, NATO and free trade, according to another government official…. Some of Merkel’s red lines are already becoming clear, including any attempt by Trump to undermine the EU at a time when the 27-nation bloc is losing the U.K. and under threat from nationalist parties.

Rothschild Family Wealth is Five Times that of World's Top 8 Billionaires Combined
Waking Times - A recent report by Oxfam International highlights the dramatic rise in income equality by noting that the combined wealth of the world’s top 8 individual billionaires is more than the lower half of the world’s population, some 3.6 billion people.... however, the report failed to hit the mark on this serious issue by not acknowledging the greatest problem with the world’s economy, which is the global central banking model of privately owned debt-based fiat currencies. The current banking model is the product of hundreds of years of planned development, structuring, manipulation, force and trickery which began in earnest with Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who first established banking and finance houses in Germany in the 18th century.... Fast forward to 2016, the Rothschild family is a dynasty of unimaginable wealth which manages to somehow conceal it for the most part, never quite being publicly credited as the richest and most influential family in the world.... Investopedia estimates the family’s total wealth at over $2 trillion in assets and holdings, including some of the world’s oldest living corporations.... At $2 trillion plus, the family’s reported wealth is closing in on five times as much as the combined wealth of the world’s top 8 individual billionaires, meaning that the Rothschild family alone controls more wealth than perhaps three-fourths or more of the world’s total population.

Text alert scheme will ensure families in India get the message on organ donation
The Guardian - Doctors in India are to get text alerts reminding them to ask families to donate the organs of deceased loved ones as part of a campaign to solve the country’s organ shortage, which has fuelled a black market trade.... According to government data, up to 200,000 people are on the waiting list for kidneys in India while 25-30,000 are currently awaiting a liver. Legal donations meet about 3% to 5% of the demand.... Donations to a patient by a close relative are allowed but few occur. In desperation, some patients on the waiting list seek the services of middlemen to procure organs for money. The middlemen scout villages for potential donors, whom they sometimes lure with money and false promises of a job.... [Head of India’s organ transplant programme, [Anil] Kumar’s department has been alerted to various forms of organ trade – from advertisements on websites offering money to donors, to kidnappings for organs, as well as people from Nepal trying to sell organs in India to rebuild their homes after the earthquake. Campaigners say the organ supply-demand gap can be bridged if doctors, particularly those working in the intensive care units of major hospitals, are sensitised to counsel families to donate organs.

Automatic recognition system to replace passport control at Australian airports
RT - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced that it will proceed with the transition to a “contactless” ID check system this year under the initiative first announced in 2015.... Passengers will not need to show their passports or any other ID documents as well as to contact customs officers or other officials, as they will be instead processed through biometric recognition of their face, iris and fingerprints that will be matched to existing data.... By 2020, the government wants the system to process 90 per cent of travellers automatically, with no human involvement. “Biometric capability will reduce manual processes, allowing a fast, seamless self-processing experience for up to 90% of travellers and enable border control officers to concentrate on passengers of interest,” the DIBP said in its 2015 statement, according to the Guardian.... Meanwhile, [head of border security at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, John] Coyne assumed that the passengers are likely to be asked to pass through a sort of a corridor with their biometrics being captured and checked without them even stopping. The analyst also stressed that the proposed innovation could be possible due to the massive amount of passenger data - including ticket information, travel history and criminal records - collected and stored globally.... Australia is not the only country developing such technology as similar innovations have been tested by the US Customs and Border Protection in John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The US also plans to introduce such technology at all major airports, although it has not set any specific deadlines yet, the International Business Times reports.

No signs of life on fourth day of Italian avalanche rescue
The Local - As the painstaking rescue operation entered a fourth day, firefighters and mountain rescue experts again had to battle extreme weather conditions as they tried to locate the 23 people thought to be trapped under a vast pile of snow and the mangled ruins of the Hotel Rigopiano. Nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble since rescuers first reached the remote hotel in the mountains of central Italy early on Thursday. All of them were located on Friday and no other potential survivors have been identified since then. But with scores of them working round the clock, the rescuers were refusing to give up hope that more people could still be clinging to life somewhere under the wreckage.... The avalanche followed four earthquakes of more than five magnitude in the space of four hours earlier on Wednesday. The death toll from the quake, not including the avalanche victims, rose to five on Saturday. Some 33,000 homes were still without power and more than 8,000 troops and emergency services were deployed in the relief effort.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump gets to work: Donald enters the Oval Office for the first time as President and immediately signs executive order to 'ease the burden of Obamacare' (Photos) (Videos)
Daily Mail 20 January 2017 - President Trump's Obamacare order directs every government agency that implements or enforces the 'Obamacare' law to grant waivers, deferments, exemptions and delays in order to minimize or eliminate any costs associated with implementing Obama's signature medical insurance scheme. It also orders agencies to bend over backwards in order to 'provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.' It also orders agencies to bend over backwards in order to 'provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.' Moments earlier Trump had signed government commissions making James 'Mad Dog' Mattis the secretary of Defense and John Kelly the Homeland Security secretary. Both men are retired U.S. Marine Corps generals, and were sworn in moments earlier by Vice President Mike Pence.

WATCH THE REPLAY: Trump’s Inauguration & Parade (Full Video)
NBC News - Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, outlining his forceful vision of a new national populism and echoing the same "America first" mantra that swept him to victory last November.

President Trump halts new federal regulations
Washington Times - President Trump put a hold on all new and pending federal regulation on his first day in office Friday, with a White House memorandum ordering federal agencies to subject the regulations to review by incoming secretaries. Rolling back federal regulation was a top campaign pledged from Mr. Trump, who promised to impose a rule that two existing regulation had to be eliminated for each new regulation created. He has said the regulations had a stranglehold on businesses and slowed job creation and economic expansion. The memorandum from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus ordered the agencies to delay sending any new regulation to the Office of Federal Register (OFR) until reviewed by the Trump-appointed secretary or director. It ordered regulations sent to OFR but not published to be withdrawn and regulations published but not put in effect to be delayed 60 days. All of those regulations would them be subjected review by the new secretaries or their designees. The order exempted regulations identified by the Office of Management and Budget for emergency situations or urgent “other urgent circumstances relating to health, safety, financial, or national security matters.”

President Trump orders a standing ovation for Hillary and Bill Clinton - and finally gets them to smile after humiliated couple sit glumly through his swearing-in and hear crowd chant 'lock her up' (Photos) (Videos)
Daily Mail 20 January 2017 - Donald Trump extended an olive branch to Hillary Clinton on Friday afternoon in the form of a 30-second standing ovation for his political nemesis after a luncheon with members of Congress. And at long last, she offered a broad smile. Trump's moment of generosity came after Clinton, the Democratic Party's unsuccessful White House candidate, braved an inauguration ceremony that she had expected would mark the beginning of her own presidency. She and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, sat through that ceremony stone-faced, betraying little of the regret and disappointment that comes along with losing the world's most consequential election. Adding insult to injury, a pocket of Trump supporters in the crowd chanted 'Lock her up!' when the Clintons were introduced.

President Donald Trump held his first swearing in ceremony for 30 senior staff members in the East Room of the White House on Sunday afternoon (Photos) (Videos)
Daily Mail January 22, 2017 - Trump took to the podium around 2:30pm (ET) for the start of the brief ceremony, as his oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, was present for the notable occasion since her husband, Jared Kushner, was sworn in as a senior advisor in his administration. The 70-year-old stood by as Vice President Mike Pence officially swore in the senior staff members that included Trump's son-in-law, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus and Omarosa Manigault. Before the ceremony began, the billionaire shared that he found a letter that was left for him written by former President Obama inside the Oval Office…. 'I just went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama,' Trump said while holding up the letter simply addressed 'Mr. President'. 'It was really very nice of him to do that. And we will cherish that. We will keep that. And we won't even tell the press what's in that letter.'

President Trump returns bust of Churchill to Oval Office
Washington Times January 20, 2017 - On his first day in office, President Trump brought back a bust of the legendary British prime minister to the West Wing, after President Obama had removed it. Mr. Obama replaced it with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. Reporters who were summoned to the Oval Office Friday night to witness Mr. Trump signing an executive order noticed the Churchill bust had been returned to the Oval Office. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson had speculated that Mr. Obama removed Churchill’s bust in part because he is “part-Kenyan,” and was motivated by anti-colonial feelings. Mr. Obama refuted that, saying he had moved the bust to a place of prominence in his private office in the White House residence. “I love Winston Churchill, I love the guy,” Mr. Obama said. Mr. Trump did more redecorating, replacing Mr. Obama’s crimson drapes in the Oval Office with gold ones. He also added a bust of Teddy Roosevelt on one of the bookshelves, and swapped out some of Mr. Obama’s artwork in the presidential office.
* Related: Trump Calls Out Time Magazine For Fake News Story About Removing MLK Bust From Oval Office

MSNBC, ABC hosts deem Trump inaugural address as 'militant,' 'anti-Semitic'
Fox News - Immediately following President Donald Trump's inaugural address, MSNBC and ABC pundits and hosts slammed the newly-sworn in President's speech for its "militant" and "dark" anti-Semitic overtones. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow emotionally proclaimed Trump's "America's First" slogan has "very dark echoes in American history." "There was an America First Committee that formed in this country, hundreds of thousands of people in this country, some of the richest businessmen in the country who were part of it, they were formed to keep us out of World War II. They were infiltrated by the Nazis, many of them are anti-Semitic, part of why they weren't alarmed by Hitler's rise in Germany," Maddow said. Over on ABC, journalist Terry Moran echoed Maddow's comments saying Trump's speech reminded him of the 1930s. "It carries with it overtones from the 1930s when an anti-Semitic movement saying, 'We don't want to get involved in Europe's war. It's the Jews fault in Germany!”

D.C. police report 217 arrested during Inauguration Day riots
Washington Times - Police and protesters clashed in the nation’s capital during Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremonies Friday — leading to more than 200 arrests after a faction of anti-establishment activists smashed storefront windows and threw bricks at law enforcement. Thousands of Trump supporters as well as protesters demonstrated peacefully along the National Mall, but police said officers outfitted in riot gear deployed pepper spray and crowd control munitions to disperse a small faction of protesters who engaged in violent skirmishes outside the parade’s security perimeter. The 217 people arrested during a clash Friday morning were all charged with rioting and were expected to appear in court Saturday, according to interim D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham. Many of the protesters engaged in violence exhibited black bloc-style tactics, donning masks to hide their identities and wearing all black clothing. Police said the rioters came armed with hammers and crowbars and smashed the windows of several banks and chain restaurants, later dragging trash cans and newspaper boxes into the middle of the street and lighting refuse and even a limousine on fire. At least six police officers were injured during the skirmishes, three when they were struck in the head with projectiles. Earlier in the morning, protesters descended on security checkpoints around the National Mall, intent on forming blockades to prevent access to the Inauguration Day parade route.

Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington
NYT Live - This was NOT a grass roots demonstration. …Soros has funded, or has close relationships with, at least 56 of the march’s “partners,” including “key partners” Planned Parenthood, which opposes Trump’s anti-abortion policy, and the National Resource Defense Council, which opposes Trump’s environmental policies. The other Soros ties with “Women’s March” organizations include the partisan MoveOn.org (which was fiercely pro-Clinton), the National Action Network (which has a former executive director lauded by Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett as “a leader of tomorrow” as a march co-chair and another official as “the head of logistics”). Other Soros grantees who are “partners” in the march are the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. March organizers and the organizations identified here haven’t yet returned queries for comment.

Obama Drops 1,500 Pages Of Regulations On Final Day
Daily Caller - Government agencies must file final rules and proposed rules in the Federal Register, which has had a busy couple of months, The Hill reports. “There is a huge increase in the volume [of rules we receive] toward the end of an administration,” Miriam Kleiman, a spokeswoman for the Federal Register told The Hill. The end of President Barack Obama’s administration has been particularly heavy on regulations, however. The Federal Register published 1,464 pages of rules Thursday, which is only the second-highest number of pages since President-elect Donald Trump won the election. The government published 1,465 pages on Nov. 18, 10 days after the election…. The cost of rules finalized and proposed earlier in January would cost $111.2 billion, according to American Action Forum, which tracks regulatory costs…. Trump plans to repeal any “job killing” energy regulations on first day in office (which he considers to be the Monday after the inauguration). Fox News contributor Judge Napolitano said Trump could immediately sign hundreds of executive orders on his third full day in office.

Congresswoman Who Accused US of Funding ISIS Takes “Secret” Trip to Syria
The AnitMedia - Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the representative who recently accused the U.S. of directly arming ISIS and introduced a bill to put a stop to it, has taken a “secret” trip to Syria and Lebanon. It is not clear when she will be returning. According to Politico, Gabbard’s office won’t say who is funding the Hawaii Democrat’s controversial trip. Gabbard spokeswoman Emily Latimer did say, however, that the trip was not funded using taxpayer dollars and confirmed the visit was approved by the House Ethics Committee.... Gabbard has staunchly opposed American intervention in Syria, even condemning previous efforts to do so as she believes this will lead to more instability in an already volatile region. According to the Atlantic, her trip to Syria may violate the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized individuals from contacting a foreign government that’s engaged in a dispute with the U.S. (how many countries would that add to the list of prohibited countries, given the number of disputes the U.S. has across the globe)? The Washington Post previously dubbed Gabbard the “Democrat that Republicans love and the DNC can’t control.” Her trip to Syria will likely frustrate many of her fellow Democrats. However, absent from any criticism of her trip is the fact that she is actually taking the initiative to visit Syria for herself and not relying solely on the biased corporate media narrative for her decision-making, something that can’t be said of many of our beloved, peace-loving politicians.

Meet the Harvard whiz kid who wants to explain Trumpism
Politico - ... Julius Krein, a 2008 Harvard graduate who has spent most of his admittedly short career in finance, is launching a journal of public policy and political philosophy with an eye toward laying the intellectual foundation for the Trump movement.... “We hope not only to encourage a rethinking of the theoretical foundations of ‘conservatism’ but also to promote a broader realignment of American politics,” Krein said.... Krein’s journal marks the first attempt to build an intellectual home for the Trump movement and to generate ideas and policy proposals that the new president can tap. “Not nearly enough of that is happening around the changes we’ve seen in this election,” said [National Affairs Yuval] Levin.... Trump won largely without the support of the ideas-men who have populated right-leaning magazines and think tanks for the past six decades, advancing the philosophical arguments and generating the policy proposals that have served as the lifeblood of successful political movements. The leading conservative magazines, National Review and the Weekly Standard, opposed his nomination. American Affairs will try to fill the void, particularly in the realm of trade and international economics, where Trump generated an upswell of support during the campaign but around which there has been little deep thinking on the right.... “Our goal is to provide a forum for people who believe that the conventional ideological categories and policy prescriptions of recent decades are no longer relevant to the most pressing problems and debates facing our country,” he [Krein] said.

Charges: Cop left out gun that girl, 8, used to kill herself
Associated Press - A police officer left his personal .357-caliber revolver loaded and unsecured on a shelf before his 8-year-old daughter fatally shot herself, prosecutors said Friday as they announced criminal charges against him. Kenneth Righter, of Stratford, was charged with three counts of child endangerment as well as the disorderly persons offense of storage of firearms if minors may have access, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said. The girl was found unresponsive on the afternoon of New Year's Eve. Her mother took her to the hospital, where she died from her wounds. Righter's other children were 14 and 17 at the time of the shooting. Authorities haven't said how the shooting occurred but have concluded that only family members were in the house at the time of the shooting…. Wixted said Righter went to the prosecutor's office voluntarily Thursday. The case will now be presented to a grand jury. Righter, 46, has been suspended without pay, the prosecutor's office said. The Stratford Police Department's most recent annual report lists him as an assistant firearms instructor, among other assignments.

Mom sues to stop Bible study classes in West Virginia schools
Fox News - A kindergartner's mother is suing her public school system in West Virginia, asking that it discontinue a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes that violate the U.S. and state constitutions. The woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in the federal lawsuit backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says her child will be forced either to take these weekly classes at her Mercer County elementary school or face ostracism as one of the few children who don't. Her daughter is called “Jamie” in the suit. “Jamie will either be forced to attend Bible indoctrination classes against the wishes and conscience of Jane Doe, or Jamie will be the only or one of only a few children who do not participate,” the lawsuit says. “Jamie will therefore be made conspicuous by absence, and essentially be identified as a non-Christian or nonbeliever, subjecting Jamie to the risk of ostracism from peers and even school staff.” A call to Mercer County Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Akers wasn't immediately returned Friday. Teresa Russell, another county schools official, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the Bible courses are voluntary, financed by a nonprofit group and that the system's 19 elementary and middle schools provide alternative courses at the same time.

Economy & Business

Chicken Tax Makes Trucks Expensive and Unavailable
Pontiac Tribune - During... [a] conversation with a salesman, he told us that the Australian VW sells a superb high-end pickup truck called an Amorak that is not sold in Canada or the United States. “Why not?” I asked. “That,” said the salesman, “is a long story. Google Volkswagen and Chicken Tax to get the answer.”.... According to Wikipedia, the Chicken Tax is a 1963 tariff imposed by the United States on potato starch, dextrin, brandy and light trucks. It was a tit for tat response to tariffs imposed by France and West Germany on U.S. chickens. The period from 1961-1964 was actually known as the Chicken War.... The Dutch claimed that U.S chickens were being priced below the cost of production. The Germans accused the Yanks of “fattening chicken artificially with arsenic”. Tariffs were imposed, first by France and then by Germany. This resulted in a 25 percent decline in U.S. chicken exports.... After diplomacy failed, “President Johnson imposed a 25 percent tax (almost ten times the average U.S. tariff)” on the aforementioned items. The tariff took effect in January of 1964. How did trucks get into the mix you might ask. Politics! Lyndon Johnson wanted support from the United Auto Workers union for his civil rights plans, and he wanted to avoid a strike before the 1964 election. UAW chief Walter Reuther wanted the President to stifle import of Volkswagen trucks into the U.S. They high-fived and the rest is history.... It is absurd that, except for light trucks, all other components of this tax have been repealed. It is also absurd that the Chicken Tax is ten times that of a normal tariff..... And it is almost criminal that the tax on light trucks came about because of graft in the Lyndon Johnson administration.

"The Travesty Is We Have 23.5 Million Americans Aged 25-To-54 Outside The Labor Force"
Zero Hedge - ... the demise of productivity is vastly overstated and that is because the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is likely vastly overstating labor input, and I’m talking here about how hours worked are estimated. But the real travesty, and what I think deserves top priority (but I don’t see it), is that we have, in addition to 7.5 million officially unemployed (a number that is closer to 15 million when all the hidden unemployment is accounted for), 23.5 million Americans aged 25-to-54 who reside outside the confines of the labor force. And at a time when job openings are at record highs.... The problem is that unqualified applicants for these openings also are at a record high. The number of jobs available that are not being filled because the skill set is absent is at an unprecedented level — and this was an overriding theme in the latest edition of the Fed's Beige Book.... While deregulation and simplifying the tax code obviously are constructive segments of the Trump plan, they are not the most important obstacles in the way of growth. Neither is globalization. Even the most ardent ''supply-sider" would admit that labor input is key to the outlook and this should really be at the top of the agenda — closing the widening and unprecedented gap between job openings and new hiring. There simply is no replacement for excellent education achievement with respect to maximizing labor productivity.

Energy & Environment

Georgia and Mississippi tornado - 15 dead as Florida on storm warning
Daily Express - Georgia and Mississippi have been hit by scores of tornadoes killing 15 people and injuring two dozen more, with the storm path heading to Florida next. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency said almost a dozen had died in the southern Cook, Brooks and Berrien counties. That tornado was one of 16 reported so far this weekend, with 11 of them in Georgia.... Brooks County Coroner Michael Miller confirmed that two people had been killed in his country which borders Florida with five more in Cook County to the north and four more in Berrien County. The deaths are on top of the four people that died in the area of Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Saturday morning after a large tornado hit which wrecked homes leaving residents trapped, collapsed buildings and brought down power lines.... The National Weather Service in Atlanta/Peachtree City said a "significant tornado outbreak" was expected on Sunday around the Florida-Georgia border, with storms expected from noon onwards. It added in a tweet that there had been a large amount of rainfall in the past 24 hours, with the city of Charlotte getting 13.6cm (5.3 inches). A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for northwest Florida.

Trump Pledges Federal Aid After Georgia Storms Kill 11 in State
The Patch - Speaking during a White House ceremony, Trump said he had spoken with Gov. Nathan Deal. "I expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken," Trump said. "The tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong. And they suffered greatly, so we'll be helping out the state of Georgia.”… Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in seven south central Georgia counties.

Science & Technology

Popular Selfie App Sending User Data to China, Researchers Say
The Intercept - Meitu, a Chinese selfie editing app, has amassed billions in downloads since launching in 2008.... But there’s a serious privacy and security issue with the app, according to mobile security researchers who performed tests running the application, primarily on Android phones. The code instructs users’ phones to send a large amount of data back to China, and possibly around the world.... Some of the application’s permissions, presented before users download the app, include access to the calendar, camera, geolocation data, contacts, screen resolution, photos, the contents of the phone’s USB storage, and other data. The application also appears to be collecting the unique ID, the IMEI number, of users’ phones.... Meitu published a statement on Friday in response to concerns about the application’s privacy and security, saying that the company takes “personal data very seriously” and only collects information to improve performance of the app. Meitu “does not sell user data in any form,” the statement says. However, if hackers got ahold of this data, it would provide them a lot of detailed information on millions of people who have downloaded the app, according to Linares. “Imagine pairing this data with other compromised data,” he said, noting the massive theft of security clearance information from the Office of Personnel and Management announced in 2015—a breach often tied to China.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Who thought Skittles were cow food?
Associated Press - The case began when a Wisconsin sheriff posted on Facebook this week that "hundreds of thousands of Skittles" had been found spilled on a highway. Later, he updated the post to say the candy had fallen off a truck on its way to be cattle feed…. A variety of food byproducts are commonly used for animal feed, and Mars says it has procedures for discarding foods for that purpose. However, the company says the Skittles in question came from a factory that doesn't sell unused products for feed. "We don't know how it ended up as it did and we are investigating," Mars said…. Linda Kurtz, a corporate environmental manager at Mars, said the company sells unused candies and ingredients to processors that incorporate them with other materials to make animal feed. She said Mars does not sell directly to farmers, and its procedures follow Food and Drug Administration regulations…. Josh Cribbs, a cattle nutritionist and director of commercial development for the American Maine-Anjou Association, which promotes a particular cattle breed, said that the food byproducts that get used for cattle feed vary depending on what's available in the region and particular time of year. Cribbs said specific byproducts would be mixed with other ingredients to achieve a particular nutritional profile. "You might think, 'Oh my gosh, they might be eating a Skittle.' In reality, that piece of candy is being broken down," he said.

Health

Measles outbreak grows in L.A.'s Orthodox Jewish community despite California's strict new vaccination law
LA Times - Six months after California’s strict vaccine law took effect, a measles outbreak has infected 20 people, most of them in Los Angeles County, prompting a search for others who may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus. Most of the patients live in western areas of the county, including L.A.’s Westside, the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Fernando Valley. Santa Barbara and Ventura counties each reported one case. At least 15 of the 18 L.A. County patients either knew one another or had a clear social connection, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, interim health officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health. None of the 18 could provide proof of vaccination, he said…. Hershy Z. Ten, a rabbi who runs Jewish healthcare foundation Bikur Cholim in L.A.’s Beverly Grove neighborhood, said county health officials told him a measles outbreak was affecting the county’s Orthodox Jewish community. He convened a panel last week to discuss steps that Jewish day schools and synagogues could take to stem the outbreak and ensure unvaccinated children are immunized…. A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in 2014 infected 145 people across the United States, as well as dozens in Canada and Mexico. It led to the passage of a law in California requiring all children to be vaccinated unless a doctor provides a medical exemption. The law took effect in July.

State Bill to Mandate Children to Receive Every Vaccine — Citizens Fighting Back
Natural Blaze - Oklahoma State senator and physician, Ervin Yen won’t give up his personal vendetta to force all Oklahomans to vaccinate their children. For the third year in a row, Yen has introduced a bill requiring all children in the state to be vaccinated, with the only exception being children who already have a serious medical condition. Yen’s fear is that students won’t be vaccinated (even though OK already has a 90 percent compliance rate), and an outbreak will occur — killing thousands of the state’s schoolchildren. “I’m worried about those kids who are immune compromised, who cannot be vaccinated, I don’t want them going to school and being exposed,” said Yen. He’s urging his colleagues to bring Senate bill 83 to a vote. “I’d like to get it passed right away before we have a huge outbreak and a lot of people die,” said Yen. Yen’s is just the latest exhibition of the corporatocracy at work. The melding of big pharma with government is almost imperceptible but present nonetheless. After all, who doesn’t want all children to be healthy?… Pushing back against Senator Yen is the group Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice-PAC. They’ve invited producer and filmmaker Del Bigtree to come to a planned rally (Feb. 7-8) against Yen’s legislative overreach. The bill, if it becomes law will essentially force all Oklahoman schoolchildren to take the shot, and literally drive up rates of Autism, especially within the Black community.

What's Doubling Brain Tumors In Denmark?
Natural Blaze - Since 1990 brain tumors and tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) have more than doubled, according to a report by the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation Stralskyddsstiftelsen published January 20, 2017. The number of patients is on a steady increase since 2004-2005. Is that coincidental with the increase of smart technology, which uses microwaves to implement instant access and networks? In 1990 the rate was 827 patients, whereas in 2015 it more than doubles to 1807 patients or 2.185 times! The rise in malignant and non-cancerous tumors is happening in younger patients, those who are more likely to be using smart technology gadgets, e.g., iPhones and Wi-Fi at school or work.... The Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation report is only one of hundreds, if not thousands, of reports and/or published studies indicating that cancer, whether it is CNS or some other etiology, definitely is on the increase, especially in folks using microwave technology and its ‘smart’ gadgets.... Currently, there’s a huge disconnect between microwave industry-promoted science and those independent scientists who are finding what’s called non-thermal radiation adverse health effects. Here’s where it’s at: Microwave Industry studies find 32 percent harmful effects and 68 percent no effects; whereas Non-industry studies find 70 percent harmful effects and 30 percent no effects. Whoever funds the research really matters.



Friday - January 20, 2017

Today In History:

1801 - John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
1887 - The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
1891 - James Hogg took office as the first native-born governor of Texas.
1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.
1942 - Nazi officials held the Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews.
1944 - The British RAF dropped 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin.
1981 - Iran released 52 Americans that had been held hostage for 444 days. The hostages were flown to Algeria and then to a U.S. base in Wiesbaden, West Germany. The release occurred minutes after the U.S. presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
1986 - The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
1987 - Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon. He was there attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was not freed until November 1991.
1994 - Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South Carolina. Faulkner joined the cadet corps in August 1995 under court order but soon dropped out.
1997 - Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States.
1998 - American researchers announced that they had cloned calves that may produce medicinal milk.
2000 - Greece and Turkey signed five accords aimed to build confidence between the two nations.

World News

Obama's Last Attack: US B-2 Bombers Strike ISIS Camps In Libya, Killing Dozens
Zero Hedge - With just 24 hours left in Obama's tenure, the U.S. president launched his final airstrike on ISIS after two B-2 bombers carried out airstrikes on two ISIS camps in Libya overnight, defense officials said Thursday, part of an operation targeting militants driven out last year from their coastal stronghold. The stealth bombers struck jihadis 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte, located halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi. A U.S. official told NBC News that "several dozen" militants were believed to have been killed in the strikes. According to Reuters the mission was coordinated with Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). The Pentagon added that many of the targets had previously been inside Sirte until it was liberated from ISIS late last year.

‘Stop Operation Soros’ movement begins in Macedonia
RT - A new initiative, Stop Operation Soros (SOS), dedicated to countering the influence of American billionaire activist George Soros, has been launched in Macedonia. In a press conference on Tuesday, the founders of the group called on all “free-minded citizens,” regardless of ethnicity or religion, to join them in the “fight against one-mindedness in the civil sector, which is devised and led by George Soros,” the Vecer newspaper reported. The movement says it will first focus on uncovering ‘subversive’ activities by Soros-funded NGOs. According to Nikola Srbov, a columnist for pro-government news portal Kurir and co-founder of SOS, Soros-funded NGOs have monopolized civil society in Macedonia and used their position to suppress dissenting views. We've witnessed the takeover of the entire civil sector and its abuse and instrumentalization to meet the goals of one political party. That is unacceptable and goes beyond the principles of civic organizing,” Srbov said at the press conference. “The Open Society Foundation, operating under the Soros umbrella, used its funding and personnel to support violent processes in Macedonia. It has monopolized the civil society sector, pushing outside any organization which disagrees with the Soros ideology,” he stated.

High time? German MPs legalize medical marijuana for severely ill
RT - The German parliament has adopted an amendment to drugs regulations that will make marijuana legal for severely ill people. Prescriptions for cannabis products are to be covered by patients’ health insurance. The proposed draft bill put forward by the Health Ministry was unanimously adopted in the Bundestag (German parliament) on Thursday…. The law provides for a new state-run “cannabis agency” to be set up to manage and control cultivation and distribution of the drug. The self-cultivation of cannabis will still be prohibited, and although private producers will have a chance to apply for a permit to grow marijuana, there will be strict requirements in place…. The price for a month’s supply, almost always paid for by the patient, could be up as high as €1,800 (over US$1,900), Die Zeit reported…. Along with the legalization, Germany is also planning to launch research to study the positive effects of such therapy, the appropriate dosage of the drug, and also its side effects.

Venezuela’s New Highest Denomination Bills Can Barely Get You a Big Mac
Economic Policy Journal - New currency began circulating in Venezuela this week, the 500, 5,000 and 20,000 bolivar notes appearing first and which, many have pointed out, are barely enough to purchase even the cheapest of items, reports Orlando Avendaño for the PanAm Post. The 20,000 bolivar note can only buy, for example, two Big Macs at McDonalds. The sandwich costs about 8,000 bolivars now, though two weeks ago it cost only 6,000. This is what hyperinflation looks like.

Dozens Feared Dead After Huge Avalanche Buries Luxury Italian Hotel After Series Of Earthquakes
Zero Hedge - Following a series of strong earthquakes, a huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy with up to 30 people feared to be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. The disaster happened at the base of the Gran Sasso mountain range near the Rigopiano di Farindola hotel. The avalanche struck on Wednesday evening, just hours after four earthquakes with a magnitude of above 5.0 hit central Italy, sparking fears about possible avalanches. In addition to the quakes, the country has been pounded by heavy snowfall and rain. Rescue battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel on skis. They arrived in the dark to find most of the four-storey structure submerged under a mountain of snow and debris Reuters reports.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Watch: Lee Greenwood Performs ‘God Bless the USA’ at Trump Inauguration Concert
Breitbart - Country singer Lee Greenwood performed his hit song, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” at the “Make America Great Again: Welcome Celebration” concert in Washington, D.C. ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration on Thursday. The 74-year-old singer joined the Frontmen of Country to perform the hit song, which he wrote in 1983.
* Related Video: Lincoln Memorial Pre-Inaugural Concert - Full Event

Video: Trump, Pence Lay Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery
ABC News - On Thursday Donald Trump and Mike Pence will lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Donald Trump Inauguration 2016: Live Updates
Breitbart - Day one: 7:55 PM: Protesters wearing black masks confronted police Thursday outside the National Press Club, where the pro-Trump “DeploraBall” event is being held. As Breitbart News’ Brandon Darby reports: “the event inside drew the ire of the hundreds of anarchists and their associates. Many of the mask-clad protesters physically resisted police efforts to clear the sidewalk as others shot their middle fingers to the police officers.”…

CNN: If Trump is Killed During Inauguration, Obama Appointee Would be President
Paul Joseph Watson - CNN has been criticized for airing a report which revealed that an Obama appointee would become president if Donald Trump was killed during an attack on the inauguration… Entitled Disaster could put Obama cabinet member in Oval Office, the report admits that there is no specific threat targeting the inauguration, but goes on to speculate about “who would be in charge if an attack hit the incoming president….just as the transfer of power is underway”. An individual named the “designated presidential successor” will not attend the inauguration as a security precaution, “but it won’t be a Trump cabinet secretary….it will be an Obama appointee,” reports CNN. The report emphasizes that “a president from the prior administration” will take power if there is an attack due to the fact that none of Trump’s cabinet secretaries have been confirmed yet. According to CNN, the designated presidential successor is likely to be Tom Shannon, the Under Secretary For Political Affairs, and an Obama appointee. The report teases the potential for an attack on the inauguration by asserting it would create “chaos” and “high theater,” before airing clips from ABC’s Designated Survivor show in which Kiefer Sutherland plays an obscure cabinet secretary who is “unexpectedly thrust into the presidency after an attack at the capitol during a State of the Union address.” Given the huge number of death threats leveled at Trump – including one family friend of Hillary Clinton who was arrested after he threatened to assassinate Trump at the inauguration – is CNN irresponsible in drawing attention to this issue?

Michigan 4th Grade Teacher Won't Let Students Watch Trump Inauguration Speech
Fox News - A teacher in Michigan reportedly will not allow his fourth-grade students to watch President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration speech on Friday. In an email to parents, Brett Meteyer, who teaches at Explorer Elementary in Williamston, Michigan, said he will allow students to tune into the Inauguration Day ceremony but not Trump's speech, due to the president-elect's "inflammatory and degrading" language. "Because I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration Donald Trump this Friday, but we will not view Mr. Trump's inauguration speech," he wrote, according to conservative radio talk show host Steve Gruber, who posted the email on Facebook.

Girl Scouts blasted on social media for agreeing to march at Trump’s Inauguration
RT - The Girl Scouts of America faced an avalanche of criticism on social media for its decision to march at Donald Trump’s Inauguration. The organization usually takes part in the parade, but Trump’s stunning election win prompted calls for a boycott. The Girl Scouts were listed along the Boy Scouts of America when the Presidential Inaugural Committee earlier this week, announced the participants and their order of appearance for the parade. The announcement unleashed the Twitter storm.,,, After a steady stream of protests, the Girls Scouts responded with a statement on Wednesday saying the group has traditionally marched in the parade “reflecting on girl scouts’ history of civic action,” and 75 members had volunteered to be in the parade. “As part of this unique experience, these girls will gain insight into the time-honored democratic tradition of a peaceful transition of power,” stated the Girl Scout Blog.

Obama Approved One More Anti-Gun Rule Before He Left Office
Off the Grid News - During his final days in office, President Obama’s administration ushered in a federal firearms rule deeming tens of thousands of disabled citizens “mental defectives” simply because they receive a Social Security disability check. Americans with mental disabilities who receive a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefit check may now have to decide which is more important to them — money or their firearm. The National Rifle Association (NRA) fought hard to prevent the Obama administration from creating the new rule, but lost the battle. During the public comment period about the federal gun restriction rule, more than 91,000 Americans stood up in opposition to the plan in comments to the Social Security Administration. “It will affect those who receive SSI or disability insurance because of a listed mental health impairment and who have been assigned a representative payee to manage the benefits because of the person’s mental condition,” the NRA reported. “The bottom line, however, is that tens of thousands of completely harmless, law-abiding people will lose their rights every year under the rule, a premise the SSA did not even try to refute.” The Social Security Administration “essentially ignored the NRA’s comments and the tens of thousands of others pointing out problems with the plan,” the NRA added.

Mexico extradites notorious drug lord El Chapo to US
RT - Infamous Mexican drug lord, Joaquin Guzman – better known as El Chapo – has been extradited to the United States where he’ll face multiple drug, homicide and money laundering charges, the country’s Foreign Ministry has announced. The Fifth Collegiate Criminal Court in Mexico City has denied notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, protection under the country’s laws according to a statement by the Mexican Foreign Ministry. Therefore, permission to extradite Guzman to the US has been issued, and the “Government of the Republic delivered today to Mr. Guzmán to the authorities of the United States of America,” reads the statement…. Guzman faces charges in seven US states. Its widely believed that he might first appear in Brooklyn, New York, to stand trial on federal charges. El Chapo is already in US custody and is being flown to New York, according to a US official quoted by ABC News.

Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders
Breitbart - Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire. One of the main destinations that the criminal organizations delivered drugs to was Chicago, Illinois. This week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 convicted criminals and pardoned 64 others. The majority of the convictions were from drug trafficking or production offenses. Four of those convicted criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison will be released by May 17. They ran a criminal organization made up of close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move between 100,000 to almost 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. during a 10-year period. The drugs were moved into Houston and then distributed to Atlanta, Chicago, and other major metropolitan areas.

Undocumented worker sues San Francisco for violating sanctuary law
(Reuters) - An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador is suing San Francisco alleging police violated the city's sanctuary city policy by turning him over to U.S. immigration authorities after he reported his car stolen. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday on behalf of Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, 32, in federal court in San Francisco against the city and its police chief for violating his right to due process and breaking an ordinance barring municipal employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities seeking to deport a person. Figueroa walked into a police station in November 2015 to report his car stolen, according to the lawsuit. Two days later, the car was found and when he went to recover it, he was handcuffed and led outside where federal immigration agents were waiting for him, the lawsuit said…. "We'll obviously have to review the lawsuit before we can comment on it," John Cote, a spokesman for the San Francisco city attorney, said by phone. "That being said, San Francisco has strong policies in place to encourage victims and witnesses to report crimes without fear of being deported."

Economy & Business

Obama Leaves U.S.A $9,335,000,000,000 Deeper in Debt
(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama will leave the federal government approximately $9,335,000,000,000 deeper in debt than it was when he took office eight years ago, according to data released today by the U.S. Treasury. The increased debt incurred under Obama equals approximately $75,129 for every person in the United States who had a full-time job in December. The $9,334,590,089,060.56 that the debt had increased under Obama as of the close of business on Wednesday is far more debt than was accumulated by any previous president. It equals nearly twice as much as the $4,889,100,310,609.44 in additional debt that piled up during the eight years George W. Bush served as president. When Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the federal debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08. As of the close of business Wednesday, it was $19,961,467,137,973.64.

US Government Caught Massively Fabricating Student Loan Default Data
Zero Hedge - An the WSJ reported… many more students have defaulted on or failed to pay back their college loans than the U.S. government previously believed." The admission came last Friday, when the Education Department released a memo saying that it had overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools and provided updated numbers. This also means that the number of loan defaults in various cohorts is far greater than previously revealed. A spokeswoman for the Education Department said that the problem resulted from a "technical programming error.”… When The Wall Street Journal analyzed the new numbers, the data revealed that the Department previously had inflated the repayment rates for 99.8% of all colleges and trade schools in the country. In other words, virtually every single number was made to appear better than it actually was. According to an analysis of the revised data, at more than 1,000 colleges and trade schools, or about a quarter of the total, at least half the students had defaulted or failed to pay down at least $1 on their debt within seven years.

Energy & Environment

Is Geoengineering the Cause of High Levels of Aluminum in Bumblebees?
Natural Blaze - The University of Sussex study titled Bumblebee Pupae Contain High Levels of Aluminum shows that: Mean aluminum content was shown to be a significant negative predictor of average pupal weight in colonies. While no other statistically significant relationships were found relating aluminum to bee or colony health, the actual content of aluminum in pupae are extremely high and demonstrate significant exposure to aluminum. Bees rely heavily on cognitive function and aluminum is a known neurotoxin with links, for example, to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The significant contamination of bumblebee pupae by aluminum raises the intriguing spectre of cognitive dysfunction playing a role in their population decline. A University of Pittsburgh study published that “bees are at risk of ingesting toxic amounts of aluminum and nickel found in flowers growing in polluted soil.” So where is the aluminum coming from? One cause could be from geoengineering experiments. A short time ago, military whistle-bower Kristen Meghan came forward and exposed aluminum barium as an ingredient in weather modification. Air, soil and water all tested positive for Aluminum Barium, Strontium Oxide and Sulfates.

Science & Technology

Here’s How Crooks Steal Your Credit Card At The Gas Pump
Off the Grid News - A simple gadget called a skimmer can let bad guys steal numbers from hundreds of people without the card owners even knowing it. A skimmer is a device placed over a card reader. When you swipe your card, it reads the numbers but lets you complete the transaction normally. Some skimmers collect data for criminals to pick up later, while others transmit it to the bad guys via Bluetooth or a wireless phone call…. Crooks can steal your credit or debit card numbers at: • Gas pumps. This is the most common location for skimming, because people are often in a hurry to fill the tank. The Minnesota Commerce Commission found nine skimmers on pumps in the Minneapolis area during a sweep in April 2016, the local CBS affiliate reported. • Skimmers have been found on regular and self-service checkout lines at several supermarkets, including Safeway. The Consumerist reported that one looked like a normal card reader and even stole pin numbers. Skimmers also were found at the self-checkout lanes at Walmart stores in Virginia and Kentucky in April 2016, security expert Brian Krebs reported. • Train stations. In November 2014, police found skimmers on ticket machines at three Denver-area light rail stations. • Skimmers have been popping up on ATMs for several years now, Krebbs reported. Crooks also place false pin readers on ATMs to steal your data…. Here are some tips for spotting a skimmer and protecting your accounts: 1. Grab the card reader, pull it hard and jiggle it around. If it is loose, it might be a skimmer, the Northport, Ala., Police Department said. Always tug on readers at gas pumps and ticket machines. 2. Look for hidden cameras and cover the hand that is entering data. Thieves sometimes place cameras in discrete locations to steal PIN numbers. Any pinhole or clear area near the PIN reader might contain one….

Survival/Preparedness

Empty Shelves & Madness (In America): A Minor Winter Storm Drove People Into "Panic Buying Of Food And Basics”(Photos)
Zero Hedge - A couple of weeks ago, in early January, there was a relatively minor storm in the South and Southeast U.S. Cold weather, threat of the power going out, snow and ice and empty store shelves…. Shortages, and ill prepared people scrambling about for the final available resources. The angry race to the checkout line probably elicited road rage, fights and arguments… the storm that is brought out in people poses perhaps an even larger threat than the natural disaster, etc. itself. After a few short hours ahead of a short-lived bitter cold, practically everything was gone – and nothing even happened yet. None one had gone without, and things hadn’t even gotten the chance to turn ugly. If this had been a true crisis, and not just extreme weather over the weekend, people would have killed and died over a cart of groceries, some bottles of water or some fuel… and they could have prepared instead…. Becoming self-sufficient, and cutting yourself out of the loop of dependency on the system, supply chain and people around you might be a good thing to do. At the very least, a couple extra weeks of everything you might need in a crisis should be the minimum step to take – as political and economic unrest may well be coming, along with perhaps more than the average level of natural disasters and extreme weather events. These are not normal times.

Health

Feds force doctors & pharmacists to spy on 60% of Americans
MassPrivateI - In nearly every state, doctors and pharmacists are being forced to spy on drug prescription users. The name of the national prescription drug spying program is called 'PMP InterConnect'. "PMP InterConnect facilitates the transfer of prescription monitoring program (PMP) data across state lines. It allows participating state PMPs across the United States to be linked, providing a more effective means of combating drug diversion and drug abuse nationwide.”… According to a Drug Enforcement Agency report, big brother is collecting patients names, DOB, addresses, phone numbers, demographics, prescriber and pharmacy names, as well as prescription information (drug names, quantities and day supply). A Foundation Care whitepaper claims, that as of 2016 a total of 48 states have enacted legislation for prescription drug monitoring programs. The PDMP Training and Technical Assistance Center claims, every state except the District of Columbia has created a prescription drug monitoring program. According to sources, 60% of Americans or 119 million people take prescription drugs. Which means they're spying on 60% of Americans. Big brother is one state away from creating a NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM.

As New State Legislative Sessions Begin, Renewed Efforts to Increase Mandatory Vaccines
Health Impact News - 2017 has started off with a bang. We are only about one week into legislative sessions across the country and so much is happening. New State vaccine legislation is being introduced daily - all over the country. Here's the status of State bills throughout the US as of 1/17/17. If you live in one of the following states, there are already vaccine bills filed that can affect your rights…This week there are hearings in IN and MO…. Here is a breakdown of the bills filed that we are tracking as of 1/17/17. EXEMPTIONS and INFORMED CONSENT: Restricting Vaccine Exemptions – MN, NY, TX, Eliminating Vaccine Exemptions – AR, NY, OK, PA, Required School Exemption Disclosure – VA, Expand Vaccine Exemptions – NJ, NY, Add to Who Can Sign Medical Exemptions – TX, Prohibit Docs from Throwing Exempting Patients out – TX, Forced Detention and Treatment on Suspicion of Vaccine Preventable Disease – NY, Expand Vaccine Informed Consent – OR, TX MANDATES: Adding New Vaccine Mandates – IN, KY, MO, NJ, NY, OR, VA, Restricting Vaccine Mandates – NH, NJ, Prevents Vaccine Mandates for Adults – MS. VACCINE TRACKING AND REPORTING: Eliminate OPT-IN Consent for Vaccine Tracking – TX, Expand Vaccine Tracking – NY, TX. VACCINES: Prohibit Certain Ingredients in Vaccines – MO, Required Vaccine Promotion/Marketing – NE, TX, Pharmacists Administer Even More Vaccines – MT, NY.

Black Seed Oil Puts Deadly Asthma Meds To Shame
Green Med Info - A new study published in the journal Phytotherapeutic Research reveals that a powerful little black seed known as nigella sativa -- once referred to as ‘the remedy for everything but death’ -- may provide a powerful alternative to pharmaceutical medicine in the treatment of asthma. This is extremely promising for the millions of chronic asthma sufferers who are still taking medications like long-acting beta agonist which the FDA warned back in 2006 actually increased the risk of dying from asthma…. The study provides insight into why nutritionally-based interventions are superior to conventional drug-based ones. With the 2006 discovery by asthma drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline that asthma medications actually increase the risk of death from the very condition being treated, the need for safer and more effective asthma solutions has never been clearer. One of the primary criticisms of monotherapy with long-acting beta agonists is that they do not address the underlying inflammation that is closer to the root cause of asthma. This is why conventional approaches now default to combining corticosteroids with beta-agonists. Corticosteroids, however, have a wide range of adverse health effects, including immunosuppression and even severe psychiatric side effects. The fact that black seed oil extract can improve overall clinical parameters of asthma, as well as significantly reduce blood eosinophil levels (the target of steroid drugs) to the point of “normalization,” is amazing.

Warning Signs Your Turmeric is Fake
Living Traditionally - Did you know that according to the Food Fraud Database, turmeric powder is often adulterated with Sudan dye and a yellow dye called “metanil yellow,” which isn’t approved for human consumption and may cause damage to the nervous system? The use of metanil yellow colour and lead chromate are most common. The use of color is common in countries like India. Thus is unfortunate as India is largest producer, consumer and exporter of turmeric in the world. Turmeric powder has also been found to contain rice powder, starches, and even lead. Metanil yellow: Widely used in Indian sweets like jalebis and ladoos, it is highly dangerous as it causes degenerative changes in the lining of the stomach, kidneys and liver. It also adversely affects the ovaries and testes, proving to be dangerous to reproductive organs. It is commonly used to add colour to ladoos and biryanis and consumption of this colour has reported symptoms of giddiness, weakness and food poisoning. How to check if turmeric is pure? Dissolve half a spoon full of besan or turmeric powder in 20 ml of lukewarm water. Add a few drops of hydrochloric acid or any commonly available acid at home. If the water turns pink, violet or purple, it shows the presence of Metanil yellow.

Pet News

Safe Flea Control for Pets: No Pesticides and No Drugs (+ video)
Healthy Home Economist - A quick tour around the internet demonstrates just how common serious reactions to conventional flea products truly are. Emergency trips to the vet, convulsions, staggering, lethargy, vomiting, seizures and even death are not uncommon. Thousands of pet deaths have been reported from pyrethroid containing flea products alone. Believe it or not, these same insecticides are used on cotton crops, fruits and lettuces that are polluting waterways…. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), cat flea collars contain some of the most dangerous insecticides, including tetrachlorvinphos, carbaryl, and propoxur. Some of the collars posing the greatest risk are already being phased out of production. The NRDC is suing the EPA to ban the rest…. There are a number of products on the market that use natural essential oils (EOs) to repel or kill fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Dr. GreenPet and Sentry offer popular sprays or drops using therapeutic grade essential oils diluted to safe levels…. Vitamins and herbs sprinkled on a pet’s food to repel fleas is another natural method to consider. The ingredients of these supplements vary quite a bit. For example, the Flea Free Pet Supplement contains primarily vinegar (28%) as the active ingredient with smaller amounts of garlic (3%) , citrus (2%) and herbs (2%). Others such as NuLife Flea and Tick Repellent utilize garlic and the B vitamins in Brewers Yeast as the primary repellent…. I have found that a simple dusting of your pets once every week or two with food grade diatomaceous earth does the trick with no side effects. Diatomaceous earth works by scratching the exoskeleton of fleas and other insects hiding in the fur. This causes slow dehydration and eventually death. In essence, diatomaceous earth acts as a nontoxic flea powder. It is used basically the same way without all the chemicals. It is completely safe for animals and humans.



Thursday - January 19, 2017

Today In History:


1764 - John Wilkes was expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.
1793 - King Louis XVI was tried by the French Convention, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.
1861 - Georgia seceded from the Union.
1937 - Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record. He flew from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
1942 - The Japanese invaded Burma (later Myanmar).
1949 - The salary of the President of the U.S. was increased from $75,000 to $100,000 with an additional $50,000 expense allowance for each year in office.
1955 - U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.
1971 - At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter" were written on a mirror.
1977 - U.S. President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino (the "Tokyo Rose").
1981 - The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months and for arrangements to unfreeze Iranian assets and to resolve all claims against Iran.
1983 - China announced that it was banning purchases of cotton, soybeans and chemical fibers from the United States.
1996 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. The investigation was concerning the discovery of billing records related to the Whitewater real estate investment venture.
2001 - Texas officials demoted a warden and suspended three other prison workers in the wake of the escape of the "Texas 7."
2006 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was launched. The mission was the first to investigate Pluto.
2013 - In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series "Batman" sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.

World News

Russian, Turkish Air Forces conduct first joint anti-ISIS op in Syria
RT - Moscow and Ankara are carrying out their first joint military operation against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced…. Nine Russian and eight Turkish planes are involved in the operation which has been coordinated with the Syrian government, Russia's Defense Ministry said, adding that 36 terrorist positions are being targeted. Based on the initial results, the joint effort has proved successful, the Defense Ministry official added. At the same time, the Russian military is involved in a separate operation against Islamic terrorists in Syria, assisting the Syrian Army in eastern Deir ez-Zor province to fend off the militants' recent large-scale offensive, Rudskoy said. The jihadists there are using their numerical superiority and are constantly attacking Syrian forces that are defending civilians in Deir ez-Zor, according to the military official. If the terrorists manage to capture the city, "a real genocide awaits its citizens," Rudskoy said, adding that "the whole Deir ez-Zor population might be completely exterminated." So far, Syrian government forces in the city, supported by the Russian Air Force, have managed to resist the IS assault, he said, describing the situation in Deir ez-Zor as "difficult."

NASA to Rely on Russian Shuttles for ISS Missions Until 2019
Sputnik News - If NASA intends to continue sending astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) or the moon, the space agency has little choice but to rely on Roscosmos’ Soyuz spacecraft, at least until 2019. On Tuesday, NASA filed a "presolicitation" requesting that private firms reach out to NASA if they can transport astronauts to and from the orbital research platform. NASA is “considering contracting” with Boeing on a noncompetitive basis, primarily because there may not be a suitable alternative. The Chicago-based aerospace firm has ties with Russia, allowing it to serve as a middleman to get American astronauts on board the Soyuz (Russian for 'union'). Particularly, Boeing won the seats NASA now seeks from Energia, a Russian aerospace firm, in a settlement negotiated in late 2016. The transportation services include one astronaut in the fall of this year and another in the spring of 2018, according to a document published by the General Services Administration (GSA). Procuring seats on the Soyuz will "maximize ISS science utilization," it notes.

UK, Germany, & France ‘grossly interfered’ in US election – Russian FM
RT - Leaders and top officials from the UK, Germany, and France have “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Lavrov said Moscow “is tired" of accusations it meddled in the US election. In fact, Lavrov said, it is time to “acknowledge the fact” that it was the other way around. “US allies have grossly interfered in America’s internal affairs, in the election campaign,” Lavrov said. “We noticed that Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, Theresa May, and other European leaders” did so. He added that official representatives of some of the European countries did not mince words, and essentially “demonized” Donald Trump during the election campaign. In August last year, German Foreign Minister Frank Walther Steinmeier called Trump a “hate preacher.” Reacting to Trump’s statement that parts of London are ‘no-go areas,’ UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in December that Trump is “unfit” to be US president. Later on, however, Johnson said that Trump’s presidency might be a “moment of opportunity.” The Russian government, on the other hand, has expressed its willingness to work with the US under Donald Trump. “Trump says that if the promotion of US national interests would lead to a chance of working with Russia, it would be foolish not to do that,” Lavrov said.

Tourists Flee ‘Nightmare’ Paris Amidst Rising Theft, Assaults, Terror
Breitbart - President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-François Zhou, said “increasingly violent” thefts and assaults are turning France into “one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists”. President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-François Zhou, said “increasingly violent” thefts and assaults are turning France into “one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists”…. Rising violence and aggression account for the drop, according to Mr. Zhou, who said: “For a number of Chinese tourists, the dream of visiting France and Paris has turned into a nightmare. Rising violence and aggression account for the drop, according to Mr. Zhou, who said: “For a number of Chinese tourists, the dream of visiting France and Paris has turned into a nightmare. Violent incidents in France have “sparked panic” on social media in Chinese, Mr. Zhou said, recalling one in which an 80-year-old man was seriously injured as he tried to resist thieves, and he reported how female tourists have been pushed to the ground while criminals steal bags containing all their papers.

Italy Pummeled by 10 Earthquakes in Four Hours
Breitbart - Having not yet recovered from the severe earthquakes of recent months, central Italy was struck by 10 earthquakes in succession over a four-hour period Wednesday, all of them registering over 4.0 on the Richter Scale. Wednesday’s earthquakes varied in magnitude between 4.1 and 5.7, and several lasted a significant amount of time. The first quake, measuring 5.3, struck the beleaguered city of Amatrice at 10:25am local time, and the shock waves could be felt in contiguous regions and all the way south in Rome. Amatrice had already been laid waste by a powerful earthquake last August 24, which destroyed the town and left nearly 300 dead. After the quake, the mayor of Amatrice announced: “The town is gone.” The second quake—the strongest of all—hit just a few miles from the epicenter of the first, 45 minutes later. In all, five of the 10 quakes struck within five miles of Amatrice. The bell tower of the church of Sant’Agostino was one of the few monuments in Amatrice to survive last summer’s earthquake, but Wednesday’s quakes finished the job, bringing the tower crumbling to the ground. To add insult to injury, central Italy had been covered with snow prior to the quakes and was suffering from exceptionally cold temperatures.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sean Spicer: Trump to Impose Up to Five Executive Orders on Day One
Breitbart - President-elect Donald Trump is set to impose a range of executive orders immediately after his inauguration on Friday, according to his transition team. “He’s got a few of them, probably in the area of four or five, that we’re looking at for Friday,” said incoming press secretary Sean Spicer at the Trump transition headquarters. “Then there are some other ones that I expect him to sign with respect to a couple of issues that have been high on his priority list,” he continued…. The most likely executive order to be repealed on Friday is the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which grant amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants. Other orders that will inevitably be repealed on Friday or in the near future include the Clean Power Plan, as well as orders pertaining to gun control and religious liberty.

Fake News from CNN: Left Attacks Trump’s HHS Pick over ‘Questionable Stock Purchase’… That Would Earn Him $300
Breitbart - The Presidential Transition Team called a CNN story about Dr. Tom Price (R-GA) “junk reporting” and late Tuesday requested “that CNN retract this blatantly false story,” noting that the network failed to accurately report all the facts. Though the term “fake news,” which President-elect Trump used in a news conference last week to describe CNN’s reporting, was not specifically used, it is clear the Presidential Transition Team considers this latest story from CNN yet another report from that network to which those words also apply. Price, who will appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Wednesday for his confirmation hearing to become the secretary of Health and Human Services, is one of eight Trump cabinet nominees Schumer has vowed to stop. A legal expert familiar with the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012 tells Breitbart News that allegations made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday and first reported by CNN that “Donald Trump’s pick to quarterback the replacement of Obamacare, Tom Price, might have broken the law with a questionable stock purchase” are baseless and “entirely about politics.”

Here are the Democrats Who are Skipping Trump’s Inauguration
Breitbart - At last count, over 50 Democrats have announced they will be skipping President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, January 20. The majority of them are from the deep blue state of California. According to Roll Call, Democrats who are planning to skip Trump’s historic swearing-in ceremony include Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Don Beyer (D-VA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ted Liu (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), John Conyers (D-MI), Mark Desaulnier (D-CA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)…

Exclusive: Trump Operative Roger Stone Survives Assassination Attempt
Infowars - Former Trump adviser Roger Stone was recently targeted for assassination, he revealed on the Tuesday edition of the Alex Jones Show. The renowned Republican operative says he’s usually very healthy, but became violently ill unexpectedly several weeks ago. “I am generally a healthy person. I have been a runner and a weight lifter. I am very careful in my diet. I’m a user of the Infowars supplements. I have been treated with acupuncture by perhaps the greatest acupuncturist in the state of Florida if not the United States,” Stone told radio host Alex Jones. Stone went on to describe that his symptoms presented themselves first as a “routine stomach virus,” but that he eventually grew “exceedingly ill.” “So I ultimately went to the doctors at Mt. Sinai hospital in Miami Beach, my own personal physician. They conducted extensive blood tests. Those blood tests were passed on to CDC.” “The general consensus is that I was poisoned,” Stone says. “I was poisoned with, they now say, a substance that may have been polonium or had the characteristics of polonium. This made me exceedingly ill. The conjecture of all the doctors was that I did not receive a large enough dose to kill me, but I have never been this ill.” Polonium-210 is a radioactive substance that releases extremely harmful alpha particles throughout the body producing cancer-causing free radicals. It has been used in numerous high profile assassinations, including that of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, and was suspected in the death of former PLO leader Yassar Arafat.

Video: Rand Paul Doubles Down: Someone Needs To Go To Jail For Fake Trump Leaks
Steve Watson - …“I think it’s unseemly that people in our intelligence community, the CIA director, is out there giving press conferences, criticizing the incoming president — I think that’s inexcusable and I would not have anybody in the CIA that’s publicly criticizing the president.” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who has continued to defend CNN’s coverage of the Trump/Russia blackmail fake news story. “It’s not their job, it’s not their role and it’s frankly, unseemly, and it takes away from the credibility.” Paul continued. “Look, the intelligence community has had a great loss of credibility in the last couple of years. James Clapper came to the Senate and lied under oath. Now we have the head of the CIA publicly criticizing the incoming president. I think that’s not the role of the CIA.” the Kentucky Senator urged. “The CIA should be in the background trying to protect our country and not out there trying to score political points. I think it’s a terrible and tragic day, and it hurts all of our intelligence gathering and their credibility to have the head of the CIA out there doing this.” Paul, who is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs….

Protester tries setting self on fire outside Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel: ‘We have a dictator that has been elected’
NY Daily News - A man set a pile of debris ablaze and claims he tried torching himself across the street from the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. to protest the incoming “dictator” on Tuesday night. The man was reportedly hospitalized with burns but did not appear hurt when explaining his motives to a reporter outside the real estate magnate’s hotel venture, which opened in October 2016. “We have a dictator that has been elected,” the man told WRC-TV, just as his small fire erupted with what he described as “denatured alcohol.” The firebug seemed startled by the small explosion but assured witnesses that the worst was over. The reporter immediately asked, “Why would you do this?” “I tried to set myself on fire as an act of protest … to protest the fact that we’ve elected somebody completely incapable of respecting the constitution of the United States,” he added. The apparent arsonist was not immediately identified except that he was from California, according to the television station.

Florida man charged with making online threat against Trump
The Associated Press - A South Florida man has been charged with threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump in a video posted online. A Miami Beach police report released Wednesday identified the suspect as 51-year-old Dominic Puopolo. Jail records show Puopolo is being held without bail on state charges of threatening harm against a public servant. Court records do not list a lawyer for him. The police report says Puopolo on Monday posted a video on his Twitter account stating that he would "be at the review/inauguration and I will kill President Trump, President-elect Trump" while in Washington. The report says he was arrested a short time later at a Miami Beach Subway restaurant and admitted to officers he had posted the threatening video. Police say Puopolo told them he is homeless.

Conservative students ARRESTED for handing out Constitutions (Video)
Campus Reform - Kellogg Community College is being sued after campus police arrested three conservative activists and college students while they were handing out pocket Constitutions and signing students up for a conservative student organization. As detailed in video footage obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, a KCC student and two fellow conservative activists spent two to three hours handing out Constitutions and recruiting for a Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter on campus in September before they were accosted by administrators and ultimately arrested for trespassing…. They were first stopped by Drew Hutchinson, the manager of Student Life at KCC, who told them they couldn’t approach students outside or engage them in conversation because it could “obstruct the student’s ability to get an education.”

CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans
Reuters - The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time…. The new procedures, under development for years, were signed on Tuesday by CIA Director John Brennan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. While the 1982 guidelines were made public two years ago, sections were blacked out. The updated procedures were posted in full for the first time on the CIA's website on Wednesday. The updated procedures include what the CIA must do when it clandestinely obtains a computer hard drive holding millions of pages of text, hours of videos and thousands of photos containing information on foreigners and U.S. citizens. Because extensive time and many analysts are required to assess such large volumes of data, the new rules regulate the handling of material whose intelligence value cannot be promptly evaluated. They also regulate how such data can be searched and create strict requirements for dealing with unevaluated electronic communications, which must be destroyed no later than five years after the are first examined. The rules were unveiled a week after civil liberties groups decried new guidelines approved by the Obama administration expanding the NSA's ability to share communications intercepts with other U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA.

CIA Releases 13 Million Pages Of Declassified Documents: Include Psychic Experiments, UFO Research
Zero Hedge - The Central Intelligence Agency has published nearly 13 million pages of declassified files online, documents which previously were physically accessible only from four computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland…. The release has been a long time coming: Bill Clinton first ordered all documents at least 25 years old with "historical value" to be declassified in 1995. The agency complied, however anyone who wanted access had to trek all the way to the US National Archives in Washington DC to get a peak. In 2014, a nonprofit journalism organization called MuckRock filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit pressing the CIA to post all of its documents online, but the agency said it would take up to six years to scan everything according to engadget. At the same time, journalist Mike Best crowd-funded more than $15,000 to visit the archives to print out and then publicly upload the records, one by one, to apply pressure to the CIA. "By printing out and scanning the documents at CIA expense, I was able to begin making them freely available to the public and to give the agency a financial incentive to simply put the database online," Best wrote in a blog post…. The online records, shed light on the agency's activities throughout the Vietnam, Korean and Cold War conflicts; they also includes documents relating to UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the Stargate program, which has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists. The archives also cover events from the 1940s the 1990s (each year, a new batch are declassified) and include details about the flight of war criminals from Nazi Germany, the quarter-mile Berlin tunnel built to tap Soviet telephone lines, internal intelligence bulletins and memos from former CIA directors, UFO reports and more…. The archives cover events from the 1940s the 1990s. It can be accessed at the following link.

Veteran News

Video: Bernie Sanders Lectures Ex-SEAL Team 6 Member For Criticizing VA
Mikael Thalen - President-elect Donald Trump’s interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke was lectured by Sen. Bernie Sanders Tuesday over the quality of healthcare provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). During Zinke’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Sanders questioned the former Navy SEAL team 6 member on the state of healthcare in the Native American community. “As bad as the VA is…” Zinke began. As Zinke attempted to finish his point, Sanders, who has never served in the armed forces, interrupted to defend the government-run healthcare system. “Some of us don’t accept that,” Sanders said. The VA has been plagued by scandal in recent years concerning the coverup of massive waiting lists, which led to the death of numerous veterans, and an incident in which hundreds were infected or exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B and C. As noted by the Washington Free Beacon, Sanders has repeatedly lashed out against any criticism of the VA. “As the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, the socialist senator attempted to explain away the deaths of patients as a Koch brothers conspiracy in May 2014,” the Beacon writes. “There is, right now, as we speak, a concerted effort to undermine the VA,” Sanders said at the time.

Economy & Business

Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare
Free Beacon - The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released findings Wednesday that rising premiums and regulations under the Affordable Care Act have had “dire” consequences for the labor market. The report found the law has cost $19 billion in lost wages per year and forced 10,000 small businesses establishments to close their doors. The study covered employers with 20 to 99 employees…. Aside from wage losses and job cuts, Obamacare has cost the economy $51 billion and added 172 million hours of paperwork through regulations, the American Action Forum said. “To put that in perspective, it would take more than 86,200 employees working full-time (2,000 hours annually) to complete a year of new ACA paperwork, roughly the population of Miami Beach, Fla.,” the report said…. “There are many reasons policymakers have called for significant amendments to the ACA,” the American Action Forum said. “Higher premiums are typically cited as a top concern. However, these higher premiums have broader consequences for the labor market. As AAF’s research has shown, ACA regulations have contributed to at least $19 billion in lost wages, 10,000 fewer establishments, and nearly 300,000 lost jobs.

Energy & Environment

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal
The Guardian - Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m installment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office. The fund was a key aspect of the Paris agreement signed in 2015, which aims to keep global warming “well below” 2C and aspires to keep warming to 1.5C…. The US committed to transferring $3bn to the fund. The new installment leaves $2bn owing, with the incoming president, Donald Trump, expected to cease any further payments. The move followed a large campaign, with more than 100 organizations and nearly 100,000 people calling for Obama to transfer the full $2.5bn owed to the fund.

Army Corps starts Dakota Access Pipeline environmental study
RT - The Army Corps of Engineers have began studying the environmental impact of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline crossing of Lake Oahe in North Dakota, but a federal judge could stop that effort. The notice was posted on the Army Corps’ website on Wednesday. It invites anyone interested “to help identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives” that should be considered in an environmental impact statement (EIS). The notice was posted on the Army Corps’ website on Wednesday. It invites anyone interested “to help identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives” that should be considered in an environmental impact statement (EIS). The Texas-based developer of the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), is barred from working on the pipeline under Lake Oahe, while the study is being conducted. Lake Oahe is the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

National Guard Deploys Missile Launchers at Dakota Access Protest Site
Sputnik News - Two surface-to-air missile launchers have been deployed by the North Dakota Army National Guard to surveil protesters near a disputed Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Activists at the site have posted video and photos of Avenger missile systems spotted on January 16. Self-described citizen-journalist Jon Ziegler wrote, "Anti-drone missile system confirmed on top of a hill guarding the DAPL drill pad. Many water protectors made it further around the bend to the east closer to the drill site and were met with police and (there are) reports of mace used. We climbed up the hill on the west side right up next to the launcher." The Avenger missile-system launcher tubes are empty, according to William Prokopyk, National Guard spokesman, who told the Daily Beast, "These systems have observation capabilities and are used strictly in the observation role to protect private property and public safety.

Science & Technology

Facebook blocks RT from posting until after Trump inauguration
RT - RT has been blocked from posting content to its Facebook page. The ban, according to the Facebook bot, will last until Saturday 10:25pm Moscow time (2:25pm EST) and will extend across US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. A misplaced live-rights strike during RT's broadcast of President Obama's final press conference seems to have triggered the ban. RT’s Head of Social media, Ivor Crotty, said “the live-rights strike seems to be part of an algorithmic failure to acknowledge rights acquired by broadcasters, and we hope it will be resolved in the short term.” While Facebook is a powerful distributor of live-streams it is struggling with the rights ramifications. RT will continue text-only posts to Facebook until the issue is resolved,” Crotty added.

The US Postal Service Wants to Hunt Down Dark Web Criminals
Motherboard - The FBI isn't the only US law enforcement agency on the dark web. Considering that the digital drug trade relies on snail mail to transport goods, the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) works on related investigations too, and is now looking to expand its intelligence operations with more analysts. USPIS is the law enforcement arm of the US Postal Service (USPS). According to a recent job listing sent to members of the information security community, the USPIS has an opening for an “Investigative (Internet) Analyst,” to start as soon as possible. The investigator will use data from a number of sources, including open research and classified sources too. “The cybercrime program reviews network data, collects forensic images, researches tools and technologies, administers hardware and software, conducts online investigations into black market/dark web activities affecting the USPS, its customer and employees,” another similar job listing for an “Intelligence Gathering Specialist” reads. Quite a bit of the analyst role will center around investigating dark web markets, judging by the description, which looks for experience with the “darknet,” the Tor network, and bitcoins. The ultimate goal for much of this is to “determine physical attribution of an Internet identity,” the listing reads. In other words, unmasking someone online. (The listing also looks for other skills, such as analyzing research results using graphical techniques, and using “cyber intelligence tools” to mine the open internet for information).

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC security update installs Chrome spyware
Infoworld - The latest version of the venerable (and oh-so-holey) PDF viewing routine, Acrobat Reader DC 15.023.20053, released this week, looks for information about your Google Chrome surfing habits. Without your knowledge or consent, the security patch installs a Chrome browser extension that's spyware, pure and simple. The situation's a little more complex, but for most people using Adobe Acrobat Reader, Chrome spyware comes along for the ride. If you haven't looked at the Adobe Acrobat Reader lately -- I haven't used it in years, due to security concerns -- this latest privacy twist warrants your attention. Unfortunately, there are three distinct versions of Acrobat Reader making the rounds, and this spyware "feature" affects only one of them. In April 2015, Adobe put Acrobat Reader in the cloud, creating Acrobat DC. Those who haven't gone to the cloud are still running Reader XI, which will lose support in October 2017. Acrobat DC is split into two branches, the "continuous release track" -- the one affected by the spyware this month -- and the "classic release track," which freezes the feature set at 2015 levels.

An insidious new Gmail phishing attack is tricking even the most careful of users
BGR - A new phishing technique is fooling internet users into giving hackers access to their Gmail accounts. According to WordPress security plugin creator Wordfence, the way that the attack works is that hackers send emails to the contacts of compromised accounts containing a seemingly innocuous attachment. When the user clicks the attachment, a new tab opens in the browser that looks nearly identical to the Google sign-in page. If the user inputs their log-in information, it goes straight to the attacker. On Hacker News, a commenter describes an incident that occurred at his school last year in which several employees and students were tricked into handing over their account information to attackers after receiving compromised emails and opening the attachments, thus perpetuating the cycle…. While the idea of having your Gmail account serve as a host for the chain of hacks to continue is frightening enough, the hackers will also have the ability to download and read through all of your private emails, as well as gain access to other information connected to your Google account (or whichever service is hacked). Here’s what you need to look out for in your address bar to avoid this attack….

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

FDA Approves New Gmo Pineapple Without Independent Safety Testing: Here’s What You Need To Know
March Against Monsanto - Costa Rica is one of the most diverse and natural paradises in the world, but now the country is expected to be the site of the latest GMO experiment: an “extra sweet pink flesh” pineapple…. “Del Monte’s new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.” According to the company’s information the product is “safe,” but the process itself has many questioning it, wondering if perhaps any unintended consequences will come from “playing God” with such a widely consumed food. While genetic engineering can be explained simply in a surface way, it also can create unseen changes at a cellular level that the everyday person is not aware of, critics say. When GMOs were originally approved, the FDA ignored its own scientists’ warnings about potential allergens and long-term health concerns…. According to the NBC report, the pineapple will simply be labeled “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple,” suggesting that no special labels showing that it is genetically engineered will be required.

Health

Toddler dies from mumps virus in MMR vaccine
What Doctors Don't Tell You - The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine has been directly blamed for the death of a five-year-old boy in the UK. Doctors have confirmed that the boy died from a mumps virus in his brain, which came from the ‘live’ vaccine. The boy, who has not been named, was given the vaccine when he was 18 months old, and was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID) four months later. Over the following months, he was treated with drugs to treat symptoms of fever, rash, diarrhoea, lethargy and seizures. MRI scans detected encephalitis, or brain inflammation caused by infection. The symptoms worsened, and by the time he was four, he was uncoordinated and was losing his sight. Further tests discovered damage to the central nervous system and chronic inflammation, but despite being given antibiotics, antivirals and antifungal drugs, he died when he was five, by which time he was blind. In post mortem examinations, researchers at University College London found a virus strain that came from the MMR in the boy’s brain. Lead researcher Sofia Morfopoulou says the boy may have had an impaired immune system before he was vaccinated, which made him more susceptible to a severe reaction. A similar case happened in 2015 when a 13-month-old girl died from encephalitis after being given the MMR.

Why We Should Be Eating Wild Rice (even if grain free)
Healthy Home Economist - Imagine a nutrient dense, traditional food that is equal to pastured meats but is completely storable for many years without refrigeration or freezing required. Seems hard to believe, but this humble food known simply as wild rice is surprisingly not technically grain at all, but a traditional grass based food native to both North America and Asia. This is news to people who might regularly consume white or brown rice and may have not considered the healthier, wild alternative! Wild rice is a wetland growing grass known scientifically as Zizania aquatica and Zizania palustris. It was a crucial staple food used by Native Americans as a source of nourishment and for other purposes…. As shown in the chart below, gram for gram, wild rice is equal or superior to grass-fed beef!

Pet News

Video: No Wonder Cats Love These Classes so Much
Dr. Becker - I am continually amazed by the genius of so many animal shelter and rescue organizations that are always designing new and creative ways to get deserving homeless pets in front of people who just might give them a home. Recently, I read about a no-kill cat shelter in Marietta, Georgia called Good Mews, and their "yoga with cats" class. The shelter has a cage-free adult cat room that for three evenings a month transforms into a yoga studio…. The Good Mews yoga with cats classes are a big hit. They sell out as soon as the times are announced online. Similar classes are now taking place in New York City, San Francisco, Des Moines, Iowa and Mobile, Alabama. Participants like the fact that the sessions are relaxing and more like fun than work. "There's not as much pressure to make my form perfect," says Katie Misencik, a volunteer and regular yoga practitioner…. The Good Mews kitties definitely seem stimulated by the humans in their midst and all the yoga-inspired goings-on. Their natural curiosity drives them to interact with the exercisers, and in return, they get lots of individual attention, affection and socialization. For class participants, it's a chance to help shelter cats become even more adoptable while doing something healthy for themselves.



Wednesday - January 18, 2017

Today In History:

1803 - Thomas Jefferson, in secret communication with Congress, sought authorization for the first official exploration by the U.S. government.
1778 - English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he called the "Sandwich Islands."
1943 - During World War II, the Soviets announced that they had broken the Nazi siege of Leningrad, which had began in September of 1941.
1943 - U.S. commercial bakers stopped selling sliced bread. Only whole loaves were sold during the ban until the end of World War II.
1957 - The first, non-stop, around-the-world, jet flight came to an end at Riverside, CA. The plane was refueled in mid-flight by huge aerial tankers.
1964 - The plans for the original World Trade Center in New York were unveiled to the public.
1987 - For the first time in history the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) was seen by over 100 million viewers. The audience was measured during the week of January 12-18.
1990 - A jury in Los Angeles, CA, acquitted former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, of 52 child molestation charges.
1990 - In an FBI sting, Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession. He was later convicted of a misdemeanor.
1991 - Eastern Airlines shut down after 62 years in business due to financial problems.
1993 - The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S. states for the first time.
1995 - The "yahoo.com" domain was created.
2002 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of a saliva-based ovulation test.
2012 - Wikipedia began a 24-hour "blackout" in protest against proposed anti-piracy legislation (S. 968 and H.R. 3261) known as the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. Many websites, including Reddit, Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, contended would make it challenging if not impossible for them to operate.

World News

ISIS cut off Deir ez-Zor airbase, threaten 120,000 civilians – RT reporter
RT - A large group of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants have been making massive advances in Deir ez-Zor province, cutting off a key air base supplying both anti-jihadist fighters and civilians in the region, RT's Lizzie Phelan reported from Syria. "Frightening developments" is how Phelan has described the situation unfolding in the eastern Syrian province near the Iraqi border over the last few days. She said the terrorists had succeeded in cutting the last government-held patch of the Deir ez-Zor city in two, and severed a government-held military base from the rest of the city. The airbase had been used by the Syrian government to deliver supplies to an estimated 120,000 civilians trapped in the city, which has been under the siege by the militants who had blocked all other delivery routes. Helicopters, which have been the only source of aid deliveries, including food and medical supplies, are now unable to land at the base, the RT crew reported…. It is believed the Islamists now involved in the Deir ez-Zor offensive came from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where they had been forced out by a US-led military operation against the terrorists. Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that more than 5,000 terrorists had moved to Syria's Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor from Iraq's Mosul.

Taiwan Begins Massive Drills Simulating Chinese Attack
Sputnik News - In what may be a response to a recent show of force by the transit of the Chinese aircraft carrier through the Strait of Taiwan, Taipei initiated defense preparation exercises over the weekend while vowing to "enhance training 365 days a year." aipei simulated a scenario in which China’s sole aircraft carrier, the Lioaning, crossed the dividing line of the Taiwan Strait in a simulated attack on the island, home to some 23 million people. China does not acknowledge Taiwan as a sovereign nation, claiming instead that the island country belongs under the principle of "One China" and, as such, is merely a Chinese province. Beijing has indicated that upholding this principle is non-negotiable, and would resort to force should Taipei be acknowledged as independent.

UN ‘estimates’ death toll in Yemen war surpassed 10,000
RT - The death toll in the Yemeni conflict has surpassed 10,000 people, according to “estimates” from a senior UN official, amidst the ongoing chaos in the war-torn country suffering a tremendous humanitarian disaster. “I don’t know the figures but the estimates are that over 10,000 people have been killed in this conflict and almost 40,000 people injured,” UN Yemen Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick told the reporters at a press conference in Sanaa. The estimates seem to be pretty rough, since McGoldrick stated in August last year that “at least 10,000 people” had been killed in the protracted conflict…. “This is a war of aggression being waged by Saudi Arabia. Civilians are being targeted, they are not simply collateral damage,” Brian Becker, National coordinator of the ANSWER coalition told RT. While McGoldrick gave no breakdown on civilian casualties, October figures from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), states the conflict has claimed the lives of at least 4,125 civilians and left at least 7,207 wounded, with the majority of the casualties caused by coalition airstrikes. These people are committing war crimes routinely, systematically against the people of Yemen. This amounts to Holocaust, not just war crimes it’s Holocaust,” Kim Sharif, a human rights lawyer and director of Human Rights for Yemen, told RT.

Western ‘messiahship’ bred Ukrainian crisis, Arab Spring, & refugee flood – Lavrov
RT - The foreign policies of Western nations have been driven by ‘messiahship’ and attempts to export their values worldwide, Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday. This approach ultimately led to the Ukrainian crisis, the ‘Arab Spring’ & the refugee crisis. “The export of values continues to sow crises in international relations. This export of values and the demand to adhere only to a European perspective launched the crisis in Ukraine,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. “Exporting democracy led to the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ [and] gave birth to the export of refugees into Europe,” Lavrov said at a press conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2016. He also noted that from his point of view, current Western values are not traditional for Europe itself. If we talk about the Western, European values that we are all constantly reminded of as exemplary, they are not the values that were professed by the ancestors of modern-day Europeans, they are something new, modernized.” “I would describe them as post-Christian values [that] are fundamentally at odds with the values of our country, which we want to keep and pass on,” Lavrov said. He called the attempt to impose these ‘post-Christian values’ on Russia “indecent from the humane point of view,” and “a colossal mistake and unacceptable revaluation of one’s own influence on international relations.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Is this proof America is preparing for war with Russia? US plane is spotted in a mock dogfight with a Russian jet above the top secret Area 51 base
Daily Mail - These are the amazing scenes which show a Russian-built fighter jet taking on a US Air Force F-16 in a mock dogfight – in what could be a sign that America is preparing for the possibility of war with Moscow. The images were captured by air traffic controller Phil Drake in the skies above Area 51 in Nevada, one of the world’s most secret military bases, on the day Donald Trump was elected President. According to Drake, the aircraft in the photographs are a single seater Sukhoi Su-27P and America’s veteran F-16…. He said the Russian jet was a Su-27P Flanker-B - which has never been officially imported into the United States. 'This aircraft was anonymous and unidentifiable, apart from the Soviet style camouflage it wore,' he said. 'After they finished their mission they flew into Groom Lake's highly restricted airspace.

McCain Proposes Massive $5 Trillion, 5-Year Defense Budget; Blames "Flawed Obama Defense Strategy"
Zero Hedge - Just weeks after it was revealed that the Pentagon attempted to bury a study, that it itself had actually commissioned, which revealed staggering financial waste on Department of Defense programs, John McCain has proposed a new military budget that would exceed Obama's proposed spending by $430 billion over 5 years and total over $5 trillion, in aggregate. In a 33-page white paper called "Restoring American Power", McCain described his proposals as just a start toward repairing the "damage that has been done to our military over the past eight years" under the Obama administration…. In a scathing review of the Obama administration's military strategy, McCains blasts the "flawed assumptions" that justified substantial military spending cuts over the past eight years and resulted in a "military caught in a downward spiral of depleted readiness and deferred modernization.”… Of course, as we pointed out in a post entitled "Pentagon Buries Study Revealing $125 Billion In Waste On 'Bloated Bureaucracy'", the Pentagon seems to already be under the impression that they're wasting about $125 billion per year on mismanagement and bloated bureaucracy so that might be a good place for McCain to find some of the money for his proposal.

Chelsea Manning to Be Released Early as Obama Commutes Sentence
NY Times - President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted his administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures. The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction. At the same time that Mr. Obama commuted the sentence of Ms. Manning, a low-ranking enlisted soldier at the time of her leaks, he also pardoned Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who pleaded guilty to lying about his conversations with reporters to F.B.I. agents investigating a leak of classified information about cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program. The two acts of clemency amounted to a remarkable final step for a president whose administration carried out an unprecedented criminal crackdown on leaks of government secrets. In addition, Mr. Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who was part of a Puerto Rican nationalist group that carried out a string of bombings in the late 1970s and early 1980s; the other members of that group had long since been freed. Mr. Obama also granted 63 other pardons and 207 other commutations — mostly of drug offenders.

Manning commutation could set up Assange extradition to US
RT - Now that President Barack Obama has commuted much of whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, will Wikileaks founder Julian Assange follow through on his promise to accept extradition to the US? On Tuesday, Obama announced that he was granting clemency to Manning, along with 208 other people. The former US Army intelligence analyst will be freed on May 17, rather than in 2045 as originally intended by his conviction under the Espionage Act. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. The Australian has previously fought extradition to Sweden over accusations of rape, which he denies. He has claimed the Swedish effort is a way to have him transferred to the US, which, as of May 2016, was actively investigating WikiLeaks’ activities. WikiLeaks and Assange released a statement in reaction to the announcement by the Obama administration, thanking “everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning's clemency.” Although Assange did not immediately specify whether or not he will honor his promise and risk potential extradition to the US, where he could face possible espionage charges, his lawyer Melinda Taylor confirmed that “everything that he has said he's standing by.”

Florida Airport Shooter Claims He Carried Out Attack For ISIS
Zero Hedge - Accused Florida gunman, Esteban Santiago, who is charged with opening fire at a Florida airport, killing five victims and wounding six others, told investigators that he spoke with ISIS terrorists in “jihadi chat rooms” and carried out the deadly Jan. 6 attack on behalf of ISIS, authorities said Tuesday during a bond hearing. Speaking at a bond hearing in Florida, FBI Special Agent Michael Ferlazzo testified that Esteban Santiago did not specify whether he was acting on ISIS' orders or was inspired by the group, according to CNN. Ferlazzo said Santiago told him that he was in touch with like-minded individuals on jihadi web forums as they plotted similar attacks. He previously admitted to carrying out the mass shooting, according to authorities cited by AA.com…. Santiago faces multiple charges related to the Jan. 7 shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, including using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused serious bodily injury; and causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm. If convicted, he could face the death penalty on the last two charges.

Trump to Take Oath on Lincoln Bible
Breitbart - President-elect Donald Trump will swear in as president on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration as president. The Lincoln Bible is currently part of the Library of Congress collection and was used by Obama to swear in as president after the 2008 and 2012 elections. Only Obama and Lincoln have used that copy of the Bible to swear the oath of office. “In his first inaugural address, President Lincoln appealed to the ‘better angels of our nature,’” said Presidential Inauguration Committee Chairman Tom Barrack. “As he takes the same oath of office 156 years later, President-elect Trump is humbled to place his hand on Bibles that hold special meaning both to his family and to our country.” According to a statement from the Inauguration committee, Trump will also use his family Bible that was given to him by his mother after he graduated from Sunday Church Primary School at First Presbyterian Church in 1955.

Video: Desperate: Democrat Calls For Trump Impeachment, Claims Russia Fed Him The Term ‘Crooked Hillary’
Steve Watson - A Democratic Congresswoman has called for Donald Trump to be impeached on the grounds that he coined the term ‘crooked Hillary’ in collusion with the Russian government, even suggesting that the Kremlin was feeding Trump such lines to use during his campaign. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters was egged on by MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews to explain why Trump’s presidency is ‘not legitimate’. Matthews and Waters then engaged in some of the most dumb speculation ever aired on a broadcast. Matthews suggested that the Russian government engaged in “collusion” with the Trump campaign, and asked Waters “Does that make Trump subject to impeachment? Waters struggled to find a valid answer, so went with the following remarkable utterance: “If we discover that Donald Trump or his advocates played a role to help provide strategy — if they’re the ones who came up with ‘Crooked Hillary,’ if they’re the ones who came up with, ‘she’s ill, something’s wrong with her energy,’ and the way that he basically described her during the campaign — I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached.” Waters went as far as to suggest that the nicknames Trump used against all his political opponents, even Republicans, were fed to him by Russia. “So, you think you can commit an impeachable offense before you take office?” Matthews probed further. “Well, I think that at the point that investigations discover and confirm and can document any of that role in helping to strategize — they had a role in attempting to determine the outcome,” Waters said, not answering the question. She attempted further reasoning on the fly, again failing to deliver any logical conclusion…

Putin Warns Of "Maidan-Style" Attempt To Delegitimize Trump; Doesn't Believe Trump Used Hookers In Moscow
Zero Hedge - Warning that a "soft coup" is being waged against Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he sees attempts in the United States to "delegitimize" US President-elect Donald Trump using "Maidan-style" methods previously used in Ukraine, where readers will recall president Yanukovich was ousted in 2014 following a violent coup, which many suspect was conducted under the auspices of the US State Department and assorted US intelligence operations. "I have an impression they practiced in Kiev and are ready to organize a Maidan in Washington, just to not let Trump take office," Putin said, apparently referring to anti-government protests in the Ukrainian capital in 2014, which resulted in the leadership being ousted. The campaign to discredit the president-elect shows that certain "political elites in the West, including in the US," have "significantly" worsened, the Russian president added. Putin said he doesn’t believe that Donald Trump met with prostitutes in Russia, calling the accusations part of a campaign to undermine the election result, and said reports spread in the Western media accusing Trump of frolicking with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel, the Russian president said he doubted that a man who had been organizing beauty pageants for years and had met "some of the most beautiful women of the world" would hire call girls in the Russian capital. The Russian leader also called the allegations that Moscow might have blackmail material on the US president-elect "evidently fake.”… Unsubstantiated allegations made against Trump are “obvious fabrications,” Putin told reporters in the Kremlin on Tuesday. “People who order fakes of the type now circulating against the U.S. president-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don’t have any moral boundaries at all,” he said.

Secret Service Taking Extraordinary Measures To Protect Against "Unprecedented" Inauguration Threats
Zero Hedge - Just yesterday we noted the latest undercover video from Project Veritas which revealed anarchist groups plotting to disrupt the Trump inauguration by dumping butyric acid into the heating and ventilation systems of buildings expected to be used for this weekend's festivities. Add to that, the fact that ~750,000 protesters are expected to descend upon Washington D.C. with a stated intent to "paralyze the city" and Obama's "extremely unusual" move to fire the D.C. National Guard Chief just days before the inauguration ceremonies and you have a recipe for disaster. Describing the situation to Washington Top News, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy acknowledged that the threat level at this ingratiation is "different" from previous ones saying that, after a contentious 2016 campaign cycle, people "are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past.”… In addition to D.C. being a perpetual high-profile target for terrorist attacks, Clancy notes that, as confirmed by the latest Project Veritas video, the bigger threat is likely coming from anarchist groups who will stop at nothing to disrupt the inauguration ceremonies in some way…. this year's inauguration will include large perimeters that will be heavily fortified with "trucks, dumpsters, buses and the like" to defend against terrorist attacks similar to those that struck Nice, France and Berlin, Germany in 2016 as rogue trucks plowed through masses of people…. And, if all else fails, we're sure the "Bikers For Trump" will be available on short order to form a "wall of meat" to protect the President-elect.

Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural
Fox News - Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters: Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week’s presidential inauguration events. Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” posted identical ads Jan. 12 in multiple cities on Backpage.com seeking “operatives.” “Get paid fighting against Trump!” says the ad. “We pay people already politically motivated to fight for the things they believe. You were going to take action anyways, why not do so with us!” the ad continues. “We are currently seeking operatives to help send a strong message at upcoming inauguration protests.” The job offers a monthly retainer of $2,500 plus “our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year,” as well as health, vision and dental insurance for full-time operatives.

Radical Leftists Target DC Metro Rail Line to Block Inauguration Access (Video)
Adan Salazar - Far left agitators are reportedly planning to block access to the 2017 presidential inauguration by disabling the Washington DC metro line, a potentially terroristic act which may constitute a federal offense. In the latest sting video covertly filmed by Project Veritas, leaders from several left-wing organizations conduct training workshops informing “comrades” how anti-inauguration events will proceed…. “Which include, they can include shutting down major bridges and highway access points as well as shutting down metro rail. So to do that we are going to try to break into several teams kind of like the checkpoints,” Carrefour says. “So fears in doing that, we don’t think these are going to be necessarily arrestable actions but there is a possibility you could be; so keep that in mind if you want to participate,” he continues, evidently cognizant the actions may be illegal. In another video clip, Carrefour goes on to describe how agitators would go about shutting down not just one, but “every single line in the city”… As Project Veritas founder and investigative journalist James O’Keefe notes, the acts discussed could be construed as terroristic acts violating federal law. “Disabling trains constitutes an act of terrorism” under 18 USC 1992, O’Keefe says, which states offenders “…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if the offense results in the death of any person, shall be imprisoned for any terms of years or for life, or subject to death.” Another leftist organizer appearing in the exposé also tells workshop attendees it’s OK to punch Trump supporters in the throat.

Here's What It's Like To Attend The Satanic Temple's Black Mass
LAist - On Saturday, the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles held their biggest event ever: a massive satanic mass, complete with a live bloodletting ritual. The purpose of the mass, according to the Satanic Temple's website, was "to inspire personal and societal liberation." The event, which was held in partnership with Das Bunker, doubled as a fundraiser for a number of causes including the women’s reproductive rights campaign, lawsuits concerning violations of the First Amendment, and providing education and assistance to individuals incarcerated in our for-profit prison system. Once attendees made it past the massive line to get in, there was live painting, and first-come-first-serve tattooing. The event was essentially a goth/industrial show, with many attendees dressed in costume. There was a mosh pit and crowd surfing. There was a demonic cat lecture by Paul Koudounaris, and a destruction ritual, along with an invocation ritual. The invocation included a statement of principals of the Satanic Temple (aka the Seven Tenets), including a call to question everything and standing up to racial and gender inequality, and ending with chants of "Hail Satan." Coven of Ashes performed a bloodletting ritual, and the bands Lumerians, Author + Punisher, and 3Teeth performed.

She Corrected A Student’s Spelling. Then The School Fired Her
Off the Grid News - Katie Nash lost her job as “web experience coordinator” at the Frederick County Public Schools after telling a student how to spell “tomorrow,” The Frederick Post-News reported. Nash, who ran the school Twitter account, responded, “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)” Her response was certainly popular on Twitter, generating 1,000 likes and leading to the hashtag #KatiefromFCPS going viral. Even though the unidentified student did not mind the response, Nash’s superiors told her not to send out more Tweets. But she kept Tweeting calendar updates. Then on Jan. 13, Nash was told she was being terminated from her $44,066-a-year job. Michael Doerrer, a spokesman for the Frederick Public Schools, would not say why she was terminated. Nash is now tweeting from her personal account, @KatieNash. The mother of two is not ashamed of what she did…. She’s received lots of support on social media, with people inundating the @FCPSMaryland feed with words of criticism for the school.

Economy & Business

Walmart to Create 10,000 Retail Jobs, 24,000 Construction Jobs
Breitbart - The new jobs will be retail jobs for Walmart’s 59 new stores planned for the next fiscal year that starts in February or e-commerce jobs, but there will also be 24,000 new construction jobs created in order to build the new stores, Reuters reports. Walmart said the number of new jobs is about the same as previous years, and is part of $6.8 billion in capital investments in the U.S. for the new fiscal year which starts Feb. 1. The investments also include construction and remodeling of stores and distribution centers as well as expansion of new services such as online grocery pickup, KWTV reported. “Our 2017 plans to grow our business … will have a meaningful impact on the country,” Executive Vice President Dan Bartlett said in a statement. Walmart also said it would open 160 training academies around the country, adding to the 40 that already exist. The company aims to provide up to six weeks of specialty training to 225,000 workers, the company said. Walmart’s job announcement comes after the store had to close 154 poor-performing U.S. stores and slash 10,000 jobs in January 2016, USA Today reports.

Energy & Environment

Virginia Bill Would Set the Foundation to Reject EPA Clean Power Plan
Tenth Amendment Center - A bill introduced in the Virginia House would take a small, but important, first step in setting the foundation to reject the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” in practice. Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) introduced House Bill 1974 (HB1974) on Jan. 10. The legislation would prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from unilaterally implementing EPA Clean Power Plan emission requirements. Under the proposed law, the Department of Environmental Protection would be required to consider a number of specific factors when developing any state plan to comply with EPA emission standards. Before submitting any plan to the federal agency, the DEQ would have to submit it, along with a detailed report, to the state legislature for approval. While the proposed law would not guarantee the state would reject compliance with EPA mandates, it sets the foundation to do so. It also brings the entire process into the public spotlight, allowing Virginia residents to have input into it. As it currently stands, the Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA can work behind the scenes to adopt such plans without any public or legislative input at all. The department acts, in practice, like a part of the federal government. HB1974 reasserts some state authority over the Department of Environmental Protection and the entire process…. Passage would begin to place the process back in the hands of the state, thus diminishing the power of the federal agency. The legislation also sets the stage for more aggressive action such as refusing cooperation with the enforcement of EPA rules and regulations.

What Actually Happens to Your Donated Clothing?
Dr. Mercola - Most people will drop clothes off at a donation center such as Goodwill, thinking they will get re-sold to someone with limited means who really needs them. In reality, much of the discarded clothing ends up in landfills. In 2013 alone, a staggering 12.8 million tons of textiles were sent to landfills — that's more than 7 percent of the total U.S. landfill waste — costing charitable organizations millions of dollars in various fees and transport expenses, to boot…. It's also worth noting that those used clothing donation bins you may find scattered throughout your neighborhood typically belong to for-profit textile recycling companies that sometimes falsely disguise themselves as charitable organizations. According to Huffington Post associate lifestyle editor Suzy Strutner, Goodwill will sort through donations to determine what can be sold and what cannot. If it's in near-perfect condition, it will remain on the sales floor for four weeks. After that, the item gets sent to a "Buy the Pound" liquidation outlet. Whatever isn't sold in these outlet stores gets sent on to Goodwill auctions, where you bid on entire bins without knowing precisely what you're getting. Whatever still remains at this point is sent to textile recycling organizations such as SMART, a trade association for textile recyclers. Of the clothing SMART acquires, approximately 5 percent is discarded to landfill, 30 percent gets cut into rags for industrial use, 20 percent is processed for fiber fill that gets used in furniture and insulation, and 45 percent is resold into the American and international second-hand clothing markets.

Science & Technology

Feds want facial biometrics that can idenitfy people based on facial hair, skin tone, weight and more
MassPrivateI - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) otherwise known as the Dept. of Commerce plans to evaluate facial biometrics for the government. Beginning next month, the NIST will begin evaluating facial recognition technology algorithms. The NIST calls it the 'Face Recognition Vendor Test' (FRVT). "The FRVT is aimed at measurement of the performance of automated face recognition technologies applied to a wide range of civil, law enforcement and homeland security applications including verification of visa images, de-duplication of passports, recognition across photojournalism images, and identification of child exploitation victims." Page 7, Table 4 of the FRVT explains how people can be identified from booking photos, driver's licenses, magazine photos and personal photos. Page 9, Table 10 of the FRVT explains how biometrics can identify a person using their skin type, facial hair, height & weight. The Feds also want biometric cameras that can estimate a person's age and sex. The NIST is also evaluating fingerprint recognition systems for government use. The NIST calls it the 'Minutiae Interoperability Exchange' or MINEX III. Since 2014, the NIST has been working with NEC Corporation of America to install facial recognition cameras across the country. According to NEC's "It's All About The Face (Facial Recognition)" whitepaper, retail stores and hotels in America have begun secretly using facial recognition cameras…. Already, a dozen top stores and exclusive hotels in Britain, America and Asia have been testing the face recognition technology provided by NEC. It works even when people wear sunglasses and other items that cause other face recognition technologies to stumble." Last year, I warned everyone that hotels, malls and retailers were using facial recognition cameras to spy on everyone. (KFC, just started using facial recognition in China. Hotels like the Hilton in Texas, admit to using 3VR facial recognition

Health

In Pain? Feds Don’t Care!
Alliance for Natural Health - The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is moving against cannabidiol (CBD), a supplement used to control pain and inflammation. The circumstances are extremely suspicious. Late last year, the DEA published a final rule that classifies marijuana and hemp extracts, including CBD, as Schedule 1 controlled substances—a category that includes heroin, LSD, mescaline, and MDMA. Note that none of the CBD extracts contains significant amounts of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana—only the non-psychoactive painkilling chemicals. There are thousands of published scientific studies on CBD and its beneficial health effects on pain, inflammation, seizures, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. CBD is available as a dietary supplement…. This is not a merely irrational move by the DEA—it’s a deeply suspicious one. The US government holds a patent on CBD that covers the use of CBD to protect the brain from degeneration and the treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Sound familiar? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been obsessed with natural remedies that can treat Alzheimer’s. So far, the agency has attacked supplements such as picamilon, vinpocetine, and pyridoxamine, essentially clearing the field for expensive Big Pharma-owned Alzheimer’s drugs that they know don’t work. The government seems to be employing the same playbook against CBD. One of Big Pharma’s most loyal puppets is Sen. Claire McCaskill. A powerful democrat from Missouri, she has waged an all-out war against vinpocetine.

Are Vaccinations Safe for Children with Allergies?
Health Impact News - In 2010, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) published a paper titled Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States. The paper described how the NIAID had joined forces with 30 professional organizations, federal agencies and patient advocacy groups to set guidelines for the management and safety of patients suffering from food allergies. One of the sections highlighted was a section titled Vaccinations in Patients with Egg Allergies. The authors wrote: "In Summary: Patients who have generated IgE antibodies to an allergen are at risk for anaphylaxis with systemic exposure to that allergen. Thus, patients who have IgE-mediated egg allergy are at risk for anaphylaxis if injected with vaccines containing egg 17 protein." The CDC appears to be completely unaware of the NIAID guidelines. The advice that they give to patients with an allergy to eggs is the polar opposite to the advice given in the NIAID guidelines.

3 Ultra Healthy Superfoods That are Rich in Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Moringa: This easy-to-grow tropical plant species contains over 90 protective compounds and is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. It is known to have extraordinarily high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, a full spectrum of B vitamins and complete protein. It’s also rich in antioxidants like quercetin, which have a number of beneficial effects in the body from fighting inflammation to protecting cells from degeneration. Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, rightly earning its title as one of the top superfoods known to man, and is a power-packed source of chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and 98 different essential minerals found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. Spirulina: …a natural algae that is incredibly high in protein and is a world class source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals and other essential daily nutrients. It’s also rich in phycocyanin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound. pirulina is one of nature`s richest food sources of the hard to get Vitamin B-12 and also contains more iron than spinach or beef liver, both important supplements to a sometimes-deficient vegan diet. Additionally, it is rich in Vitamin E, beta-carotene, calcium, and chlorophyll. Its oils are richer in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) than evening primrose oil. Studies have indicated that GLA helps lower blood cholesterol and high blood pressure and eases such conditions as arthritis, premenstrual pain, eczema and other skin conditions.
 



Tuesday - January 17, 2017

Today In History:

1773 - Captain Cook's Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.
1806 - James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.
1900 - The U.S. took Wake Island where there was in important cable link between Hawaii and Manila.
1900 - Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaimed their independence from Mexico.
1946 - The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
1961 - In his farewell address, U.S. President Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."
1966 - A B-52 carrying four H-bombs collided with a refuelling tanker. The bombs were released and eight crewmembers were killed.
1977 - Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first to be executed in the U.S. in a decade. The firing squad took place at Utah State Prison.
1991 - Coalition airstrikes began against Iraq after negotiations failed to get Iraq to retreat from the country of Kuwait.
1992 - An IRA bomb, placed next to a remote country road in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, killed seven building workers and injured seven others.
1994 - The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles, CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion in damage was caused.
1997 - A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.
1998 - President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit when he answered questions from lawyers for Paula Jones, who had accused Clinton of sexual harassment.
2000 - British pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC agreed to a merger that created the world's largest drugmaker.
2001 - Faced with an electricity crisis, California used rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people.

World News

US Marines land in Norway for contested deployment
The Local - Some 300 US Marines arrived in Norway on Monday for a rotational deployment in the Scandinavian country, to neighbouring Russia's dismay amid rising tensions with the West.... Nato member Norway announced in October it had accepted a US request to station troops on its soil. The deployment, by rotation so as not to anger Moscow, has been presented as a one-year test to enable the Marines to train and conduct exercises with the Norwegian army in harsh conditions. The initiative has however annoyed Russia, amid rising tensions with the West over the Ukraine crisis and the conflict in Syria. This "for sure won't make better (the) security situation in Northern Europe," a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Oslo, Maxim Gurov, told AFP in an October email. Before joining Nato in 1949, Norway allayed Russian fears by pledging not to open its territory to foreign combat troops "as long as it is not under attack or threat of attack." The Norwegian government has argued that Nato troops regularly carry out exercises in the country and that deployment by rotation is not the same as opening a permanent US base. Until now, the US has had large quantities of military materiel pre-positioned in tunnels dug into Norway's mountains, but no troops.

Europe Gears Up for ‘Record Levels’ of New Migrants in 2017
Breitbart London - “Come next spring, the number of people crossing over the Mediterranean will reach record levels,” said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta, the current Presidency of the Council of the EU. “The choice is trying to do something now, or meeting urgently in April, May… and try to do a deal then.”.... The total number of migrants that reached Europe in 2016 ran to 363,348, with Italy receiving the largest share, followed closely by Greece. Given recent data, the trend shows no signs of abating. Hundreds have already attempted the perilous sea crossing this month, despite freezing temperatures.... The characteristics of Europe’s immigrants have changed as well. Of the top ten countries of origin of Italian immigrants in 2016, all but one were from Africa, with Nigeria topping the list. They are not refugees from war, but job seekers looking for better economic opportunities. Muscat reportedly wishes to enlarge on an agreement Italy is negotiating with Libya by sweetening the deal with EU funds and other support. Of the many difficulties with this plan, Libya is still in a state of political turmoil with no central authority to deal with.... All seem to agree that Europe’s migrant crisis requires immediate action, which may involve unpopular decisions and political compromise.

Germany Slams Trump Criticism: Urges US To "Build Better Cars", Accuses Washington Of Causing Refugee Crisis
Zero Hedge - In his interviews with Bild and the Times, the US president-elect had indicated that he would aim to realign the “out of balance” car trade between Germany and the US. “If you go down Fifth Avenue everyone has a Mercedes Benz in front of his house, isn’t that the case?” he said. “How many Chevrolets do you see in Germany? Not very many, maybe none at all … it’s a one-way street.” So, when asked what Trump could do to make sure German customers bought more American cars, [leader of the centre-left Social Democratic party, Sigmar] Gabriel had a simple suggestion: “Build better cars.”.... Responding to Trump’s comments that Merkel had made an “utterly catastrophic mistake by letting all these illegals into the country”, Gabriel said the increase in the number of people fleeing the Middle East to seek asylum in Europe had partially been a result of US-led wars destabilising the region. Slamming US foreign policy - and thus the Obama regime, not to mention Angela Merkel's close friend Hillary Clinton - as a culprit for the European refugee crisis, Gabriel said that “there is a link between America’s flawed interventionist policy, especially the Iraq war, and the refugee crisis, that’s why my advice would be that we shouldn’t tell each other what we have done right or wrong, but that we look into establishing peace in that region and do everything to make sure people can find a home there again,” Gabriel said.... Gabriel, who will likely run as the centre-left candidate against Merkel in Germany’s federal elections in September, said Trump’s election should encourage Europeans to stand up for themselves.

Suspect in New Year's Eve Attack on Istanbul Nightclub Captured Alive: Turkish Police Sources
ABC News - The man authorities suspect of being behind the New Year's Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been captured alive, according to Turkish police sources. The alleged attacker was caught with his son in a raid on the Esenyurt suburb of Istanbul, sources said. He was arrested at the home of a friend, who was also detained. Three women were also in the house, which Turkish police believe may have been an ISIS cell, according to sources. Police are confident that the man they arrested is the suspect they were looking for, sources said. Thirty-nine people were killed in the attack and dozens more were injured. Authorities said the gunman fired 180 rounds of 7.62-mm bullets, which are commonly used in AK-47 assault rifles. The attacker also used flares to illuminate the inside of the nightclub during the attack, according to police. Police said they don't believe the weapon used in the attack came from inside Turkey. The serial number on the weapon had been defaced.... The gunman allegedly killed a policeman and a civilian outside the Reina nightclub before he began to shoot in a "cruel and merciless way on innocent people," said Vasip Sahin, the governor of Istanbul. Most of the victims were shot at close range or took bullets directly to the head, according to a report from the morgue.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

F-35 has 276 deficiencies and counting, unfit for combat operations – Pentagon report
RINF - The F-35 stealth fighter jet suffers from hundreds of problems and won’t be fully combat-capable before 2020, says a scathing report from the Pentagon’s top evaluator. New issues keep cropping up, and fixing them all may cost over $1 billion.... “The Services have designated 276 deficiencies in combat performance as ‘critical to correct’ in Block 3F, but less than half of the critical deficiencies were addressed with attempted corrections,” says [the Pentagon’s director of operational test & evaluation, Dr. Micheal] Gilmore’s report, referring to problems in the F-35’s software. “Deficiencies continue to be discovered at a rate of about 20 per month,” the report added. “Much more testing is needed to assess the cybersecurity structure of the air vehicle and supporting logistics infrastructure system,” the report says, “and to determine whether, and to what extent, vulnerabilities may have led to compromises of F-35 data.” Worse yet, the program is trying to skip many of the tests and declare the systems development phase over early, shifting the testing to the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) process starting in August 2017, the report noted. Rushing the tests means shifting the risks onto operational testing, follow-on modernization, and to the pilots intended to fly the planes into combat. The F-35 program office “has no plan to adequately fix and verify hundreds of these deficiencies using flight testing within its currently planned schedule and resources,” Gilmore wrote.

Report: CNN/Buzzfeed to Release Damaging New Trump Tape 48 Hours Before Inauguration
Paul Joseph Watson - A source claiming to work for NBC has contacted Infowars to warn of a CNN/Buzzfeed plot to release a damaging video tape of Donald Trump just 48 hours before he is inaugurated as president. According to the source, who wishes to remain anonymous, a two minute clip has been cut from out-takes of Trump’s appearances on The Apprentice which is “very damaging” and “nuclear in impact”. The tape has been circulating for a while in an effort to attract rich backers such as Mark Cuban or Larry Flynt who would be prepared to take the substantial legal risk of releasing the video. owever, with Trump’s inauguration looming, “the plan is to leak it to CNN and Buzzfeed on Wednesday at 3pm,” claims the source. The source added that he had the names of the people who were set to leak the tape and would be getting in touch with Trump’s Senior Counselor Steve Bannon to pass on the information.

National Black Leaders Condemn Promotion of ‘Civil Unrest’ Against Trump
Breitbart - Led by Rev. William Owens (pictured), the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) convened in Washington, D.C. Saturday to formally “denounce racial over tones against President-elect Donald Trump and challenge other black leaders to cease pushing division among people of Color for political expediency.” “Leadership has to be proven,” Owens said. “The current path by Democrats and some Republicans is aimed strategically to disrupt, where in the end, it’s the citizenry that will lose; we need strong leadership to move America forward.”.... Owens is extending the same premise to Trump, explaining the new president “must have the same platform – the chance to prove himself president, without intentional bombardment from both sides of the aisle.” CAAP’s president is also inviting Rev. Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network, to a “dialogue” to “discuss critical issues related to the future of the African American community.” Owens observes he would like Rev. Sharpton to “consider discussing the disastrous policies his office has sometimes promoted–policies that serve to entrap blacks and minorities in a cycle of dependency and require their allegiance to a party and system that does not serve their interests.”

‘Women’s March’ Removes Pro-Life Group After Feminist Media Uproar
NewsBusters - On Sunday, pro-life group New Wave Feminists announced that the women’s march officially accepted them as partners. “Super pumped to rep prolife feminism at theWomen's March on Washington,” [sic], the group’s Facebook post read.... The group, led by Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, made headlines when an Atlantic story declared Monday morning that, “These Pro-Lifers Are Headed to the Women’s March on Washington.”. “For their part, the [march] organizers say pro-lifers will be welcome to march on January 21st,” wrote staff writer Emma Green. But hours later, New Wave Feminists had disappeared from the march's partner list (that boasts organizations like Planned Parenthood and NARAL [National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws]). In response, Herndon-De La Rosa told MRC Culture that the women's march organizers "have not reached out to me officially, just removed us from their site." She added, "so I can only assume they caved to the backlash on social media after the Atlantic piece came out saying we were listed as partners.".... So much for supporting all women.... The Women's March organizers issued a statement on Twitter to "apologize" for the "error" of admitting the "anti-choice" New Wave Feminists.

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas: Anti-Trump Activists Planning 'Stink Bombs' at DeploraBall
The Epoch Times - Specifically, the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, which is part of the anti-Trump inauguration group called #DisruptJ20, wants to force the cancellation of the DeploraBall—a sold-out gathering slated for Thursday at the National Press Building, as captured on video by Project Veritas, the brainchild of controversial conservative firebrand James O’Keefe. “I was thinking of things that would ruin their evening, ruin their outfits and otherwise make it impossible to continue with their plans. So they get nothing accomplished,” says a man identified in the video as Scott Green, the leader of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition. Another man, identified as Luke Kuhn, described their potential plans. “If you had a pint of butyric acid, I don’t care how big the building is, it is closing,” he says in the clip, which was captured in a sit-down meeting at the Comet Ping Pong pizza place in Washington, D.C. Butyric acid is commonly used to produce stink bombs.... Another activist in the video can be heard issuing tacit threats to the Washington, D.C. city government. He says, “The message has to be, we do not recognize the city government either. If you try to close us down we will look for your house, we will burn it. We will physically fight the police if they try to steal one of our places. We will go to war and you will lose.” But in a Monday post on its website, #DisruptJ20 dismissed the Project Veritas video and suggested that O’Keefe is using actors. It said he has used “sad aspiring actors to go undercover to get video of leftists in order to chop up the film to make up a news story. Hilariously enough, we have nothing to hide.” It, however, did not refute whether the men in the video were associated with #DisruptJ20 or the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition.

State Department Held Stress Workshops After Trump’s Win
Free Beacon - The State Department held stress management sessions following Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, providing employees tips for how to cope with change so they do not “become paralyzed by fear.” he workshops, titled “The Emotional Transition: Managing the Stress of Change,” were held by the State Department’s Bureau of Medical Services on Dec. 8 and 14, just one month after the department’s former boss, Hillary Clinton, was defeated. “Change is an inevitable part of the human experience,” an email invitation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon reads. “We can become paralyzed by fear or allow the experience of change to propel us closer to self-actualization.” The purpose of the post-election seminars, which were open to all Foggy Bottom employees, contractors, interns, and workers for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was to dive into the “emotional cycles” of change…. Workers were given excused absence from their work duties in order to attend the one-hour sessions.

Sensenbrenner: Close up the ATF
Washington Examiner - Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., has proposed legislation that would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... His bill, the ATF Elimination Act, would impose a hiring freeze at the ATF, require the Justice Department to "eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste," and mandate a report to Congress detailing how it would shut down the ATF and transfer its responsibilities to the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and other departments. Sensenbrenner would see the FBI assume the ATF's enforcement of firearms, explosives and arson laws while the DEA would absorb its responsibility for ensuring that alcohol and tobacco are not illegally distributed. The FBI would take over the ATF's building and assets.... The veteran lawmaker first proposed eliminating the ATF after 2010's "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal, in which the ATF intentionally allowed gun traffickers to sell guns to Mexican cartels in hopes of bringing down the cartels. Instead, the ATF lost track of most of the guns it allowed to flow across the U.S.'s southern border.

Rep. Steve King Introduces Bill to Ban Aborting Babies With Heartbeats
CNS News - The legislation, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, says that “any physician who knowingly performs an abortion and thereby kills a human fetus without determining, according to standard medical practice, whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat; without informing the mother of the results of that determination; or after determining, according to standard medical practice, that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.” The bill has an exception for the life of the mother in the case of “a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, but not including psychological or emotional conditions.” It also clarifies that “a mother upon whom an abortion is performed” is not liable and may not be prosecuted under the legislation. ... In June, the Supreme Court upheld a July 2014 federal judge’s ruling on a similar North Dakota heartbeat bill which struck down the bill on the basis that Roe v. Wade “unequivocally said no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability.”

MLK Assassination Exposed as Conspiracy of 'Governmental Agencies & Others' in Court Victory
The Free Thought Project - As the world remembers the life, and death, of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., one little-known fact regarding his assassination is that in 1999 the family of Dr. King won a civil lawsuit against Loyd Jowers and others, including governmental agencies, for the wrongful death of King in the case of the King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators.... While a civil court trial uses a preponderance of evidence standard, rather than a reasonable doubt standard, there is no mistaking the dark picture painted by the evidence over the course of the trial. King family friend and attorney William F. Pepper won the civil trial, which found ‘US governmental agencies’ guilty of being part of a conspiracy that resulted in the wrongful death/assassination of Dr. King.... Once Ray realized that he was being scapegoated for the killing of King, being solely blamed for the assassination, he attempted to recant his guilty plea and ask for a trial – which was summarily denied. Ray went so far as to produce a letter from his attorney stating the promise of a trial if he would plead guilty in a convoluted bit of legalese. The King family themselves repeatedly voiced their support for a criminal trial for Ray, but their requests repeatedly fell on deaf ears as their pleas were continually denied by both the state and federal government. In fact, the U.S. government has repeatedly denied the King family’s requests for an independent investigation, in spite of the vast amount of new evidence presented at the 1999 civil trial. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report that explained they had investigated themselves and found they had done nothing wrong — concluding that there was no evidence to warrant any further investigation.

Race Baiting Reporters Plead With Mlk III To Attack Trump
NewsBusters - On Monday afternoon, reporters stationed inside Trump Tower begged with Martin Luther King III to attack President-elect Trump over tweets concerning Democratic Congressman John Lewis (Ga.) following a meeting on the day honoring King’s father Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King began by stating that he and Trump had “a very constructive meeting” with most of the focus being on voting rights, but the topic shifted to Lewis when reporters interjected with questions. ABC correspondent Tom Llamas snuck in the first pathetic question baiting King into blasting Trump: “Mr. King, as you know, Representative Lewis still has the scars from the March on Selma. Were you offended by the President-elect’s tweet that Representative Lewis is all talk and no action?” King responded by stating the Lewis is, like “many others,” a “bridge builder” but added that “in the heat of emotion, a lot of things get said on both sides.” With the press corps not satisfied, an unidentified male reporter trotted out this second-hand claim by a woman he saw on Sunday at Trump Tower: Sir, you know many African Americans are very concerned about a Trump presidency. A woman came in here last week and told me he's going to have black people up against the wall, both literally and figuratively. Did he allay your concerns that he'll be a president for all people, black and white? Once again, King didn’t take the bait as he ruled that “certainly he said that, that he is going to represent Americans” and he’ll “continue to evaluate that” throughout Trump’s presidency.
* Related: Donald Trump PRAYS with Martin Luther King's son to 'heal the nation'

2 suspects in custody after MLK park shooting in Florida, 8 reported injured
Metro - Authorities say two suspects and two weapons are in police custody after a shooting near Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Florida on Monday. The shooting occurred in northeast Miami-Dade on the day set aside to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., the activist who believed in peaceful disobedience. Eight people were injured, three of whom had been shot, WSVN's Ann Kiel tweeted. One of the patients is in critical condition, NBC6 Miami reported.

North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who ‘Accidentally’ Hit And Kill Protesters
Huffington Post - Republican lawmakers in North Dakota are taking aim at protesters with a handful of bills that would make another pipeline protest far more dangerous. The oil-friendly legislature argues that its constituents are frustrated over the protests, which led federal authorities to halt construction of the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline as thousands of protesters braved cold weather and violence for months. A bill that state GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced would exempt drivers from liability if they accidentally hit a pedestrian, according to the Bismarck Tribune. House Bill 1203 was written up in direct response to groups of protesters blocking roadways, Kempenich told the paper. He claims protesters were seen jumping out in front of vehicles. “It’s shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian,” Kempenich said. “They’re intentionally putting themselves in danger.”… Other new bills would be a thorn in the side of protesters and the federal government. One measure would make it a crime for adults to wear masks nearly across the board, while another would allow the state to sue the federal government over millions in extra police costs, according to ABC News. At this point, it’s unclear whether any of these measures stand a chance, and there’s no committee hearing set for HB1203. It might be crazy to think they’re anything more than posturing, dissenters say.

Veteran News

Video: Vaccine Syndrome Film Debuts about Forced Military Anthrax Vaccine
Health Impact News - The online FREE Vaccines Revealed Docuseries just released the World Premier of the documentary, VACCINE SYNDROME. The film claims that over 35,000 soldiers have died from the anthrax vaccine, according to a “RAC-GWVI Government Report” published in 2008. Compare that to how many soldiers have died in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, which is 6753 at the time of the filming. The film starts out with a dramatized recreating of Lance Corporal Jared Schwartz, who refused to receive the anthrax vaccine. He had to face a military tribunal without legal counsel, and read a prepared statement. That statement can be found online, such as at the GulfWarVets.com website. The film also mentions how pharmaceutical companies have legal immunity from any injuries or deaths resulting from vaccines, and that the civilian population only has recourse to sue the federal government in a special Vaccine Court. However, military personnel are prohibited from suing in this court, which is part of the National Vaccine Compensation Program. To view the remaining FREE episodes of the Vaccine Revealed Docuseries, sign up here. You will also be given the opportunity to purchase the episodes you missed…. Polly Tommey, one of the producers and part of the VAXXED film team, filmed an interview with Sherrie Saunders, a former military medic and now whistleblower regarding military vaccines. Sherrie discovered that the animal protein in the anthrax vaccine was causing Gulf War syndrome in some soldiers, some who even died. When she reported it to her commander, she got a visit from someone in Washington, D.C. and was told to keep quiet about it. She is no longer keeping quiet. Listen to this interview which is going viral on the Internet…

Economy & Business

GM Will Invest Over $1 Billion In New US Factories, Create More Than 1,000 Jobs
Zero Hedge - the latest automaker to respond to Trump's Twitter criticism is General Motors, which according to the WSJ, will announce this week plans to invest at least $1 billion across several U.S. factories "a move aimed at underlining its commitment to U.S. manufacturing jobs in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the auto maker’s imports from Mexico." The company will also announce that it will create more than 1,000 new jobs stemming from the investment but doesn’t plan to specify which of its factories are in line for more work. The move comes days after Mr. Trump publicly ratcheted up pressure on the nation’s largest auto maker.... “I hope that General Motors will be following. And I think they will be,” Mr. Trump said. They did indeed, even if GM's response was largely predictable. Recall that GM CEO Mary Barro was appointed to Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, which as a reminder "is composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders, will be called upon to meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again." It would look confusing if one of Trump's own economic policy advisors looked the other way when practicing what Trump is preaching.

Wall Street Faces 20 Years Of Retirement Withdrawals As Boomers Hit 70 1/2
Zero Hedge - Over the next 30 years, the U.S. economy will face an unrelenting demographic transition as ~75 million baby boomers exit the highest wage earning years of their life and start to draw down what little retirement savings they've managed to tuck away while wreaking havoc to the public "safety net" ponzi schemes, like Social Security, that will almost certainly be insolvent in a decade. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, over the 30 years, the number of people in the U.S. over the age of 65 is expected to double while those 85 and up will triple. Needless to day, the overall population growth of the United States is a fraction of that which means that millennials are about to get crushed by their parents....so it's probably a good thing they already live in mom and dad's basement.... But while the Boomers, and by extension taxpayers, are facing a harsh future, Wall Street has made a killing in fees off of managing the ever growing balance of retirement accounts as Baby Boomers have come of age. But that all looks set to change as America's aging population is forced by IRS regulations to take retirement withdrawals once they hit 70 1/2 years of age.... Moreover, mandatory withdrawals, as set by the IRS, grow exponentially as America's Boomers get older. While mandatory annual withdrawals are only ~3.5% of assets at age 70.5, that number grows to 8% by age 90. And even though it may not sound like a lot, 3.5% of $10 trillion is $350 billion worth of assets that would have otherwise been paying Wall Street a handsome annual management fee.

Amazon to Accept Food Stamps Under New Obama Regs
Kit Daniels - The Obama administration claims it’s the government’s responsibility to provide “healthy food choices” to food stamp users, and Amazon is already selling groceries through “Prime Pantry,” which offers cookies, baked goods, Kool-Aid and more. “It marks the latest of many costly experiments by the administration to expand the fraud-infested program, which has seen a record-high number of beneficiaries under President Obama,” reported Judicial Watch. “To eliminate the welfare stigma, the administration renamed food stamps Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the rolls swelled to an astounding 46.5 million in 2016.” That’s roughly 1/6th of the U.S. population, and it’s costing taxpayers at least $70 billion annually. Even more, many of the recipients are illegal aliens. In 2012, the USDA, which administers the food stamp program, was working with the Mexican government to “increase participation in SNAP,” according to the Daily Caller. The USDA even printed Spanish-language flyers targeted to illegal immigrants, telling them that they do not need to “divulge information” regarding their “immigration status” to receive welfare benefits for their children. But why is President Obama expanding the food stamp program with only days left in his presidency? Simple: he’s creating conditions for mass rioting if President Trump cuts the program. By encouraging mass dependency on the welfare system, the Obama administration has ensured civil unrest due to program cuts which the establishment could then blame on President Trump.

Energy & Environment

Actor Mark Ruffalo Just Added To Terror Watch List Before Anti-Fracking Documentary Screening
Alternative Media Syndicate - Ruffalo recently drew the attention of Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security after organizing screenings for the documentary Gasland, according to the Guardian. The Telegraph confirmed that Ruffalo was added to the list, as far back as 2010. That documentary recently won the special jury prize at this year’s Sundance film festival. Ruffalo said he was “concerned about the impact of drilling on water supplies.” For some time now, the well-known actor has addressed the subject, including in the latest edition of of the magazine GQ. Gasland was directed by Josh Fox. The documentary follows the film-maker’s visits to communities in Pennsylvania where natural gas has been drilled with some clearly disturbing effects on the environment and community. Fox documented his trip after a natural gas company wrote to him in 2008 with an offer to lease his family’s land in Milanville, Pennsylvania for $100,000. The documentary has attracted attention for one particular scene where a local man shows that he is able to set his tapwater on fire. Others claim they are suffering from numerous health issues due to their water having been contaminated. Gasland has been fiercely opposed by the natural gas industry, and many are saying that this is the reason why Ruffalo has now been targeted by the FBI. While Ruffalo was added to the Terror Watch List, he confirmed that he was still allowed to fly. While most are unaware, the reality is that most people are the No Fly List are actually permitted to fly after being subjected to additional screening requirements and the FBI being contacted.

Science & Technology

KFC's New Facial Recognition Software Is Troubling For A Few Reasons
Huffington Post - The fast food chain recently debuted facial recognition technology at a restaurant in Beijing, China, thanks to a partnership with the Chinese search engine Baidu. A spokesperson for KFC told The Guardian that the artificial intelligence-enabled system provides meal recommendations based on a consumer’s age and mood. According to a Baidu press release obtained by Tech Crunch, the machine would offer a male customer in his early 20s something like “a set meal of crispy chicken hamburger, roasted chicken wings and Coke.” On the other hand, a female customer in her 50s would be given a recommendation of “porridge and soybean milk for breakfast.” After making the meal assessment based on your features, the AI-enabled machine can reportedly save the picture of your face to remember your order for future KFC visits. Perhaps the most troubling thing about this kind of technology ― aside from fast food giants gathering personal data on your eating habits and the sexist and ageist suggestions ― is that eating is an incredibly personal (and human) experience. Food is all about choice. Choosing what you want to eat, where you want to eat it, how much you want to pay for it and who you want to eat it with. Of course you can override the machine’s suggestions from this KFC assessment, but why would you want them in the first place?

Survival/Preparedness

14 Winter Survival Items Everyone Should Store In Their Vehicle
Off the Grid News - Wintertime is hard on cars, so they need to be in good shape. …before the first real freeze hit. I checked all the fluids, the rubber on my tires, the battery, and the condition of all of the “regular maintenance” items, like hoses and belts. Better to spend a few bucks replacing one when it’s convenient, than getting stuck because you didn’t (which will cost more). Te next important thing was the gas tank. In the wintertime, I’d always keep a minimum of half a tank of gas. That way, if I did get stuck somewhere, I could use the engine for heat. Used cautiously, running the engine only in short bursts, that half a tank will last the night. In addition to those two items, I’d put some things in the trunk, to help my car or the car of someone else who was stranded: 1. Sand - The extra weight of two bags of sand made a huge difference in traction. Of course, that was rear-wheel drive, so it’s not so important today. But if you drive a pickup truck, you’ll need to add some weight over the back wheels, where they are notoriously light. 2. Chains - If your state allows chains, get some. Just be sure to take them off, if you get to dry pavement or even spotty drive pavement. Otherwise, they’ll break. 3. Shovel – You never know when you might have to dig your own car out. 4. Tow strap – I prefer the nylon straps to a chain, but to each his own. 5. Basic tools – For emergency repairs. 6. Spare battery – Batteries are one of the things that go out easily in the cold. I’d carry a spare, as crazy as that might sound…. I also carried the following: 7. Plastic bags – To use as a makeshift toilet…. 8. High energy food – High calorie food bars will help your body produce heat. 9. Water - The trick here is keeping it from freezing. I kept mine in the passenger compartment…..

Health

Arguments from Authority and Intimidation Support Vaccine Propaganda
Government Rag - A recent AP article attempts to present Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy as Kooks for talking about an investigation of the efficacy and safety of vaccines. The article titled, “Trump asks skeptic to probe vaccine safety, alarming doctors” is a carefully crafted vacuous “Argument From Authority and Intimidation” defending the $41 billion dollar a year vaccine industry from any reasonable attempt to independently and reputably investigate the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The Associate Press presents Donald Trump’s willingness to question and even investigate the effects and safety of vaccines as “reviving long debunked attempts to link vaccines to autism.” The Associated Press (AP), presenting Donald Trump’s meeting with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., to discuss chairing a commission on vaccination safety, as the act of an ignorant naive who has neglected to read Big Pharma’s bible and last word on vaccine safety and its connection to Autism…. AP attempts to connect the opinions of licensed, as Allopathic ‘Medical Doctors’, by medical monopoly organizations benefiting and controlling access to medical professions and procedures – to the safety and efficacy and the sensibleness of the decades old enforced-by-law practice of vaccinating children. According to AP, Kennedy met with the Trump and stated the “President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,” Kennedy added, “we ought to be debating the science.”

Don’t remove your appendix: it’s a safe house for our good gut bacteria
What Doctors Don't Tell You - After discovering a ‘new’ organ in the gut last week (see WDDTY News), medicine has this week learned that our ‘useless’ appendix has a vital role in play. It’s a reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria, say researchers. The appendix is routinely removed, especially after in becomes inflamed, but the surgery could be a mistake, say researchers from Midwestern University who have researched its function across a range of different mammals. They have discovered that the appendix has evolved in 30 different groups that have a more advanced immune system, and especially have higher concentrations of lymphoid (immune) tissue in the cecum, a sac that is between the small and large intestines. It seems to play a vital role as a secondary immune organ, and is a ‘safe house’ for good gut bacteria. The appendix hasn’t disappeared in any species, which suggests it’s far from useless, and has evolved along with other parts of the intestine, say the researchers.

Even seated yoga helps improve arthritis pain
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Doing yoga while sitting—known as chair yoga—can ease the pain of osteoarthritis in the lower part of the body, such as the hip, knee, ankle or foot. It’s an effective alternative for people who cannot perform the usual yoga positions, say researchers at Florida Atlantic University who tested the effects of chair yoga on a group of 131 people with osteoarthritis. Those who participated in the eight-week class reported greater flexibility, less pain and improved quality of life overall than those who instead took part in a health education programme. Chair yoga was developed by Kristine Lee for people with mobility and flexibility problems; people can perform the positions while seated or while standing and holding a chair for support.
* Related: 10 Chair Yoga Poses for Home Practice

Pet News

The New Functional Food That's Anything but Healthy or Functional
Dr. Becker - Molasses made from sugar beets is a different type of molasses and the one being marketed to the pet food industry…. Beet molasses is 50 percent sugar, predominantly sucrose, but contains significant amounts of glucose and fructose. Beet molasses isn’t considered a human-grade food, so it’s used in animal feed…. There are apparently no regulatory restrictions on the use of molasses in pet food…. Added sugar has no place in a healthy dog’s (or cat’s diet). Sugary pet food and treats can lead to obesity and all the health problems that go along with it, including diabetes and cancer. Sugar also feeds yeast and other opportunistic pathogens in the small intestine. A high-quality pet treat won’t contain grains or unnecessary fillers, rendered animal byproducts, added sugar (masquerading as molasses or honey), chemicals, artificial preservatives or ingredients known to be allergenic. These criteria rule out the vast majority of commercial pet treats on the market…. Your dog or cat has no biological requirement for the carbs in these treats, and in addition, they’re pro-inflammatory…. If your dog likes dehydrated chicken strips (chicken jerky), you can make your own quite easily. Just buy some boneless chicken breasts, clean them and slice into long, thin strips — the thinner the better. Place the strips on a greased or non-stick cookie sheet and bake them for at least three hours at 180 degrees F. The low temp dries the chicken out slowly, and the strips wind up nice and chewy. Let the strips cool, and then store them in plastic bags or another airtight container. You can also freeze them.

Don’t Ignore This Odd Behavior, It Can Be a Sign of a Medical Emergency
Dr. Becker - Head pressing is when your pet compulsively pushes the top of her head against a stationary object. Usually it’s a wall, but not always. It can be a couch, a corner or another hard surface. She presses her head very intently against the object for an extended period of time, or over and over again. A pet who is head pressing will often push continuously, moving along the item against which she’s pressing until she reaches a corner and gets “stuck” there with her head pressed against it…. There are a number of potential causes of head pressing, all of which are quite serious. They include: Prosencephalon disease, which involves damage to the forebrain and thalamus. Hepatic or renal encephalopathy, which means blood-borne toxins have crossed the blood-brain barrier. Exposure to toxins. Brain tumor. An infection of the nervous system, such as rabies or a fungal infection. Stroke…. Obviously, regardless of the cause, head pressing is a serious medical emergency. If your dog or cat is doing it, you need to make an appointment with your veterinarian for the next day or go to the nearest emergency animal hospital if your pet can’t seem to stop the behavior. It's also important to note that a normal behavior of healthy cats and some dogs is head butting or head bunting, as it is sometimes called. …when your healthy, happy kitty rubs her face against you or bumps her head against yours in an affectionate gesture…. Often there are other symptoms along with head pressing that depend on the underlying cause of the problem. For example, there can be abnormal vocalization, and compulsive pacing and circling that seems to have no end and results in sores on your pet’s feet.



Monday - January 16, 2017

Today In History:

1883 - The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect.
1900 - The U.S. Senate consented to the Anglo-German treaty of 1899, by which the U.K. renounced rights to the Samoan islands.
1919 - The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages, was ratified. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
1920 - Prohibition went into effect in the U.S.
1925 - Leon Trotsky was dismissed as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the USSR.
1944 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.
1979 - The Shah of Iran and his family fled Iran for Egypt.
1982 - Britain and the Vatican resumed full diplomatic relations after a break of over 400 years.
1998 - Researchers announce that an altered gene helped to defend against HIV.
1991 - The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm. The operation was designed to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
1998 - The first woman to enroll at Virginia Military Institute withdrew from the school.
1998 - NASA officially announced that John Glenn would fly aboard the space shuttle Discovery in October.
1998 - It was announced that Texas would receive $15.3 billion in a tobacco industry settlement. The payouts were planned to take place over 25 years.
1998 - Three federal judges secretly granted Kenneth Starr authority to probe whether U.S. President Clinton or Vernon Jordan urged Monica Lewinsky to lie about her relationship with Clinton.
2002 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that John Walker Lindh would be brought to the United States to face trial. He was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorist organizations, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban of Afghanistan.
2002 - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted sanctions against Osama bin Laden, his terror network and the remnants of the Taliban. The sanctions required that all nations impose arms embargoes and freeze their finances.
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 500 million applications downloaded.

World News

Missiles Deployed Around Moscow as U.S. Troops Arrive in Poland
Breitbart - Russia responded to the arrival of 3,000 U.S. troops in Poland by deploying advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missiles around Moscow.... The UK Independent reports that the first deployment will take up positions in Podolsk, 15 miles south of Moscow. The Russians announced that S-400s would be deployed to Kaliningrad, near the Polish and Lithuanian borders, in November — a position that would give them the ability to target NATO aircraft over most of the Baltic region. The Independent observes that Russian officials gave no indication of which “enemy” they expected to launch airstrikes on vital infrastructure around Moscow. On Friday, Chinese government media reported that China and Russia are working together on “countermeasures” to the THAAD anti-missile system the United States is deploying in South Korea, to defend against North Korean threats. “China and Russia urged the United States and South Korea to address their security concerns and stop the deployment of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula,” read a joint statement quoted by Reuters.... CNN cites analysts who say the Chinese foreign policy establishment sees THAAD as a threat to the region on par with North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. In essence, the Chinese and Russians worry that the U.S. is building an anti-missile and anti-aircraft fence around them.

US launches ‘self-defense strike’ during raid against Shabaab
Long War Journal - US Africa Command announced that it launched an airstrike against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, while US advisors accompanied Somali and African Union forces in a counterterrorism exercise on Jan. 7. AFRICOM described the offensive under the guise of a “self-defense strike,” as it did on nine other occasions in 2016, when it was really another skirmish in a decade-long military operation against Shabaab.... The Long War Journal has recorded 30 such operations against Shabaab or the Islamic Courts since 2006 [list at link]. The number of US military operations in Somalia may well be higher, however, it has been difficult to track strikes against Shabaab as there are multiple actors involved in targeting the group, including Kenyan and Ethiopian sources. The US military has not released statements for every encounter. Additionally, for a long period of time, Iranian news outlets muddied the waters by attributing every nearly every action against Shabaab in southern Somalia as a US drone strike. Verifiable press reporting has also been inconsistent.

German court rules synagogue torching not anti-Semitism, but act to 'criticize Israel'
Washington Times - A Wuppertal judge last Friday upheld a lower court’s 2015 ruling that German-Palestinians convicted of arson against the city’s synagogue did so merely to “criticize Israel” and “bring attention to the Gaza conflict.” Fire damage caused by 31-year-old Mohamad E., 26-year-old Ismail A. and 20-year-old Mohammad A. (full names withheld by German authorities) totaled almost $850. The court went on to cite Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in the summer of 2014 — and the criminals’ consumption of alcohol — as the apparent impetus for the crime, the Jerusalem Post reported Friday…. The is not the first time Wuppertal’s court system has made national news in a story linked to Islam. Its district court judges ruled last November that gangs of men who harangued citizens in 2014 while wearing “shariah police” vests did not break any laws. A judge ruled that there was no “intimidating effect” from the group’s behavior, which was headed by extremist preacher Sven Lau, Deutsche Welle reported Nov. 21, 2016.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Congresswoman Says US Is Arming ISIS, Introduces Bill to Stop It
The AntiMedia - Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has broken free of the corporate media’s narrative by accusing the United States of funding and arming terror groups al-Qaeda and ISIS. “If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail,” Gabbard tweeted on Saturday. Most importantly, however, is her introduction of the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which she presented last Thursday. In her presentation of the bill, Gabbard cited prominent publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to show that the rebels the U.S. is supporting in Syria are aligned with al-Nusra (which is essentially al-Qaeda in Syria). She is co-sponsoring the bill with Rep. Thomas Massie, who says the bill “would prohibit the U.S. government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries who are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups.”.... The bill would prohibit any federal agency from supporting a terrorist group or funneling support through other countries that directly or indirectly support terror groups. It is also co-sponsored by lawmakers Peter Welch, Barbara Lee, and Trump ally Dana Rohrabacher.

FAKE NEWS: Lib Media Says Donald Trump Will Meet Putin in First Foreign Trip as President – NOT TRUMP
The GatewayPundit - The liberal media widely reported that Donald Trump will meet Vladimir Putin in his first foreign trip as president. The Sunday Times reported: “Donald Trump is planning to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin within weeks of becoming president — emulating Ronald Reagan’s Cold War deal-making in Reykjavik with Mikhail Gorbachev. Trump and his team have told British officials that their first foreign trip will be a meeting with the Russian leader, with the Icelandic capital in pole position to host the superpower talks as it did three decades ago. In a bid to reset western relations with the Kremlin, Trump will begin work on a deal limiting nuclear weapons.” Trump White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer came out last night to refute the leftist rumor…. ”not true – report is 100% false” — Sean Spicer.

Trump Team May Move West Wing Briefings to Expand Capacity
Bloomberg - The incoming Trump administration is considering moving White House press briefings out of the West Wing to accommodate more than the “Washington media elite,” President-elect Donald Trump’s press secretary said. “This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process,” Sean Spicer said Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz.” Involving more people, including bloggers and others who aren’t from the mainstream media, “should be seen as a welcome change,” he said. Spicer and other Trump officials said no decisions had been made. Their comments followed a report Saturday by Esquire, citing unidentified officials from the transition team, that the new administration may move the press corps out of the main White House building altogether because of antagonism between Trump and the media. Any change would be made for logistical reasons, in response to heavy demand from media organizations, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday.

Fake News: Wash Post Changes Story on Trump 'Firing' D.C. Nat'l Guard General
Breitbart - The Post’s original report set off a wave of stories across the world, causing raised eyebrows over Trump’s “extremely unusual” decision to fire a general in the middle of the presidential oath of office ceremony, especially during these dangerous times.... But the Post’s early reporting on the “firing” of General Schwartz contains no statements from the Trump transition office and also leaves out key points such as the fact that the general of the D.C. National Guard traditionally supplies his letter of resignation to every new president who is about to take office. Subsequent to the publishing of the paper’s story making Trump appear incompetent, news emerged that the incoming Trump administration offered to let General Schwartz keep his position through inauguration day, but it was the general himself who refused the offer, preferring instead to quit at 12 noon on January 20, the hour Trump takes his oath of office. The general then ran straight to the media to “argue his case in the press,” as a recent Fox News report noted....The current version of the story now on the paper’s website added two important paragraphs that change the flavor of its earlier story. Among other changes, one of the paragraphs added makes it clear that it is customary for such generals to submit their resignation, and in this case Trump accepted it. The paragraph also tries to cover for the paper’s poor reporting by insisting that the Trump team “provided contradictory versions” of the general’s situation — another fact not in the original story.

Inauguration Protesters Plan To Destroy Property
The Daily Caller - On the day of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration protesters are planning an anti-capitalist march, road blockades and disruptions to inauguration balls. The protests will likely include property destruction, a source with intimate knowledge of the protest plans told The Daily Caller Friday. The blockades are not limited to roads but will also be at every security checkpoint, the source said. The source added that the protesters blockading each checkpoint will represent a different liberal cause such as climate change or money in politics. A group called #DisruptJ20 is the most active in the planned protests for the inauguration. Organizers for #DisruptJ20 are planning to kick off the inauguration protests on Jan. 18 with a gay dance party outside of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Chevy Chase, MD home.

BIKERS FOR TRUMP Vow to Defend Trump Inauguration – Form Wall of Protection (Video)
The GatewayPundit - Chris Cox, Bikers for Trump founder, joined Stewart Varney on Friday to discuss plans for next week’s Inauguration. Bikers for Trump announced plans to protect Trump and Inaugural attendees. Cox says the bikers will “form a wall of meat” if needed…. We have the only pro- Trump permits for the inauguration. Anti Trump groups have gobbled up all other areas and are actively preparing and advertising for people to join their effort to cause chaos and mayhem. Remember the Bikers For Trump standing toe to toe against black lives matters and shoulder to shoulder with law-enforcement at the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio….

Trump Supporters Donate $366,000 To Black College Band To Attend Inaugural
Donald Trump supporters want to see the Talladega College marching band in the Inaugural Parade. So much so, the band’s GoFundMe goal of $75,000 to attend the inaugural was surpassed by over 500%. Fox & Friends reported Saturday morning that the “historically black” Great Tornado Band’s fundraising haul had reached $278,069. But as of Saturday afternoon, that total grew by nearly $100,000, to $362,976. By Sunday morning, it was over $366,000. Over 6,400 people gave contributions in just 11 days, according to the band’s GoFundMe page. The band says the funds will be used for “transportation, travel, lodging and other expenses” related to their appearance.... “Every member of the band should be so proud of themselves,” $200 donor Patricia Manz wrote. “You are all about to participate in an event YOU will never forget. Everyone should shake the hand of your schools President for having the GUTS to stand up to political B.S. I will be watching you all perform next week with pride in my heart.”

The Clinton Foundation Is Laying Off 22 CGI Staffers
The Daily Caller - The layoffs will take effect April 15, the Clinton Foundation said in a filing with the New York Department of Labor Thursday, citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative. The move is part of a plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election in order to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The layoffs were reportedly announced internally in September, ahead of Clinton’s stunning loss to President-elect Donald Trump. Many other employees had already begun looking for or accepting other jobs at that time, as it had become clear the future of the initiative was in doubt. It’s unclear how many of the once 200 strong staff might remain at the Clinton Foundation in some other capacity. The Clinton Foundation could not immediately be reached for comment.

Utah Rep. Mia Love renews call for single-subject bills in Congress
Deseret News - Rep. Mia Love is renewing her efforts to increase congressional transparency through single-subject bills with clear titles. The Utah Republican introduced the bill last year to curb the practice of passing complicated, multifaceted bills or attaching unrelated items to crucial appropriations bills. Love’s goal has been to force legislation to pass or fail on its own merits, while increasing the transparency of policymaking. The bill reflects similar policy in 42 states, including Utah, which require legislation passed at the state level to follow this method of simplicity and transparency with one subject and an accurate title to reflect the proposed policy. Attaching extra items to last-minute bills causes problems, Love said. "It puts members in the position to vote for something that they said they would never vote for that is attached to something that they promised they always would vote for," she said Thursday on KSL Newsradio’s “The Doug Wright Show.”…. While the original bill did not pass last year's attempt, Love said she believes there's more support for the measure and she has voiced a determination in continuing to push the legislation until it passes. Critics may argue that the measure would slow the lawmaking process and require too many bills, but Love said it would force Congress to reprioritize its efforts. An added benefit in the proposed bill, she said, is making legislation easier for the public to follow.

Mississippi Bill Would End All State Cooperation with Obamacare
Tenth Amendment Center - A bill introduced in the Mississippi Senate would end all state support and cooperation with the implementation and administration of Obamacare. Passage of this bill would set the stage to bring down the federal health care act in Mississippi. Sen. Michael Watson (R) introduced Senate Bill 2300 (SB2300) Jan. 13. The legislation would prohibit all Mississippi state agencies, political subdivisions and their employees from enforcing any federal rules, acts, orders or regulations designed to give effect to the Affordable Care Act, and from providing material support to federal employees doing the same. It would also bar the use of any state assets or funds for the enforcement of such rules and regulations. In addition to ending all state cooperation with the implementation and administration of Obamacare, SB2300 would also prohibit state expansion of Medicaid, an important part of the Obamacare plan. At this point it remains unclear whether Congress will actually send President-elect Trump a bill to repeal Obamacare. If so, will it be a complete or just a partial repeal? Regardless, state actions can help completely bring down the Affordable Care Act.

Video: Passing driver kills man attacking Arizona trooper on road
Associated Press - A man who shot and wounded an Arizona state trooper Thursday along a remote highway and then started slamming the helpless officer's head into the pavement as the two struggled was shot to death by a passing driver, authorities said. Trooper Edward Andersson, a 27-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, was shot in the right shoulder and chest in what authorities called an ambush and was in serious but stable condition after surgery at a Goodyear hospital. "My trooper would not be alive without his assistance," DPS Director Frank Milstead said of the driver who stopped. Arizona has a "defense of third person" law that allows someone to use deadly force against another who is threatening or injuring a third person…. The drama unfolded at an early-morning rollover wreck on Interstate 10 in the desert west of Phoenix that ejected and killed a woman. Authorities believe the man who shot Andersson was driving the car that crashed…. The man was on top of the officer and "getting the better of him," slamming Andersson's head against the pavement, Milstead said. That's when the passing driver showed up and asked if the trooper needed help. Andersson said yes, and the passer-by went back to his vehicle, got his gun and told the suspect to stop the attack, Milstead said. When he didn't, the driver shot him.

Economy & Business

Trump Team Shunning Davos Meeting of World’s Economic Elite
Bloomberg - Donald Trump won’t send an official representative to the annual gathering of the world’s economic elite in Davos, taking place next week in the days leading up to his inauguration, although one of the president-elect’s advisers is slated to attend. Former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, a regular attendee in the past, told the group he would skip 2017 after being named in December to head the National Economic Council, said people familiar with the conference. Other top Trump appointees will also pass up the forum. A senior member of Trump’s transition team said the president-elect thought it would betray his populist-fueled movement to have a presence at the high-powered annual gathering in the Swiss Alps. The gathering of millionaires, billionaires, political leaders and celebrities represents the power structure that fueled the populist anger that helped Trump win the election, said the person, who asked for anonymity to discuss the matter. Hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci is planning to travel to Davos, though. The founder of SkyBridge Capital and an early backer of Trump’s campaign, Scaramucci was named on Thursday as an assistant to the president. Scaramucci, who has attended the forum several times, made plans before being selected for the White House team and is traveling in an unofficial capacity, said Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks.

Jerry Brown Wants 42% Gas Tax Hike
Breitbart - Despite tax collection increasing by 50 percent in the last 9 years, California’s public pension insolvency is forcing Gov. Jerry Brown to propose a dangerously unpopular 42 percent increase in gasoline taxes and a 141 percent increase in vehicle registration fees. … on January 9 that Gov. Brown announced that for the first time since 2012, California’s $122.8 billion General Fund Budget is in deficit by $1.6 billion. Despite a near bankruptcy during the financial crisis, California’s tax revenues have increased by about $43 billion in the last 9 years…. Gov. Brown’s willingness to try raising gasoline taxes by 17 cents a gallon, and on vehicle registration fees by $65, is a sign of the insolvency risk from the exploding cost of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) public pensions. Brown’s draft 2017-2018 budget already includes a $524 million increase for the public pension contribution. That amounts to an 11 percent increase over this year’s $5.3 billion cost. The CalPERS contribution increase would have actually been another $516 million more next year, but the world’s biggest pubic pension is allowing the State of California to “smooth” the higher pension funding cost by reducing its projected investment return expectation from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. But that smoothing will lock California into about a $524 million CalPERS contribution increase for each of the next four years.

Energy & Environment

EPA locks in fuel economy standards through 2025, calls for 36 miles per gallon
Washington Times - Just days before President Obama leaves office, his Environmental Protection Agency on Friday finalized fuel economy standards that call on cars and light trucks to get an average of 36 miles per gallon by 2025. The standards have come under fire from conservatives and some auto industry leaders who say they’re unrealistic, but the EPA argues that current technology will allow the threshold to be met.... The rules apply to the “fleet-wide average” of cars and light trucks, meaning not every single vehicle must hit the 36 miles-per-gallon target. Instead, the average of all vehicles must hit the mark, meaning automakers can roll out some cars and light trucks that have a better fuel economy and some that get fewer miles to a gallon. The current fleet-wide average for cars and light trucks, the EPA said, is about 26 miles per gallon.

EPA Refuses To Pay For Massive Disaster They Caused!
The Federalist Papers - Tough luck. That’s what the EPA told victims of the massive mine waste spill they triggered in Colorado. Despite claims totaling more than $1.2 billion in damages, the Environmental Protection agency said they have no plans to pay for the losses. They claim that federal law prohibits any payout and that any justice must come from federal court or Congress. Attorneys for the dysfunctional agency claim that “sovereign immunity” preclude any payout. Sovereign immunity prohibits many lawsuits against the government – but not all. “The agency worked hard to find a way in which it could pay individuals for damages due to the incident, but unfortunately, our hands are tied,” EPA spokeswoman Nancy Grantham said, according to CBS News. A total of 73 claims were filed, some by farmers who lost crops or had to haul water because rivers polluted by the spill were temporarily unusable for irrigation and livestock. Rafting companies and their employees sought lost income and wages because they couldn’t take visitors on river trips. Some homeowners sought damages because they said their wells were affected.

Science & Technology

Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump
The Intercept - With only days until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. The new rules allow employees doing intelligence work for those agencies to sift through raw data collected under a broad, Reagan-era executive order that gives the NSA virtually unlimited authority to intercept communications abroad. Previously, NSA analysts would filter out information they deemed irrelevant and mask the names of innocent Americans before passing it along. The change was in the works long before there was any expectation that someone like Trump might become president. The last-minute adoption of the procedures is one of many examples of the Obama administration making new executive powers established by the Bush administration permanent, on the assumption that the executive branch could be trusted to police itself.

Hacker Steals 900 GB of Cellebrite Data
Motherboard - The hackers have been hacked. Motherboard has obtained 900 GB of data related to Cellebrite, one of the most popular companies in the mobile phone hacking industry. The cache includes customer information, databases, and a vast amount of technical data regarding Cellebrite's products.... Cellebrite is an Israeli company whose main product, a typically laptop-sized device called the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), can rip data from thousands of different models of mobile phones.... Cellebrite is popular with US federal and state law enforcement, and, according to the hacked data, possibly also with authoritarian regimes such as Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey. The data appears to have been taken, at least in part, from servers related to Cellebrite's website. The cache includes alleged usernames and passwords for logging into Cellebrite databases connected to the company's my.cellebrite domain.... The dump also contains what appears to be evidence files from seized mobile phones, and logs from Cellebrite devices.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Alaska Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales; Important Step To Nullify Federal Prohibition Scheme
Tenth Amendment Center - A bill introduced in the Alaska House would legalize the sale of raw milk in the state, taking an important step toward effectively nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Rep. Geran Tarr (D) introduced House Bill 46 (HB46) on Jan. 13. The legislature would allow individuals to sell raw milk in the state. A person may sell a raw milk product to a final consumer if the principal display panel on the raw milk product prominently states that the raw milk product is not pasteurized and may cause health concerns, and if the person complies with any state requirements for the sale of raw milk that do not conflict with this section. Current Alaska law prohibit raw milk sales except in the form of cow shares that individuals must purchase, making it difficult for consumers to gain access.

9 Amazing Garden Hacks To Transform Your Yard
REALfarmacy - 1. Vacation Watering - For potted plants: this trick will save your plants when away for a few days. Simply place a glass of water next to the plants and run a train of paper towel across the soil and into the cup. The water will slowly draw into the paper towel and supply the plants with a consistent level of moisture for up to three days…. 2. Eggshell and Coffee Grinds - Mixing your old eggshells and coffee grinds into your soil as compost will not only boost the nutrients in the ground, but can help prevent blossom rot. 3. Baking Soda Sweetener and Anti-Fungal Spray - Adding baking soda to your soil can help lower the acidity levels and produce some of the sweetest tomatoes you’ll ever taste. Don’t go too heavy. Sprinkle just a little around established plants and make sure to test it on one before adding it to you entire crop. If your soil is already slightly alkaline you could throw your soil balance off too much. Another use for baking soda with tomatoes is to make an organic spray for fungal diseases. Just mix 1 gallon of water with 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Stir and add 1/2 tsp of castile soap. Spray this solution on the foliage of tomato plants until the disease vanishes. 4. Potato Roses - Using the stems of roses, you can regrow a whole rosebush by simply poking them into potatoes before planting them in the ground. Cut your cuttings at a 45 degree angle to maximize surface area for new roots to pop out! The potatoes help to keep the cutting moist and help stabilize the rosebush roots.…

Health

Video: Alternative Cancer Clinic in Arizona Uses Natural Therapies with High Success Rate
Health Impact News - What if you knew of an all natural cancer clinic that has survived in the USA for nine years with a very high rate of remission and recovery rates? There is one in Tempe, Arizona. It’s called NatureWorksBest Cancer Clinic. Cancer patients come to that clinic after they’ve been diagnosed with cancer from conventional oncologists. There are some USA “integrative” cancer clinics and hospitals that offer natural treatments to mostly support cancer patients through orthodox oncology procedures. But the NatureWorksBest cancer clinic does not use chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery at all while using state of the art diagnostic methods to determine patients’ progress. Dr. Colleen Huber recorded 397 of her clinic’s patient histories from start to finish up to 2015, including those who left early, did chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and refused to comply with her dietary recommendations. Only a few died while under her clinic’s care…. Dr. Huber’s dietary recommendations center on excluding all processed carbohydrates and added sugars, using only pure unadulterated stevia as a sweetener. Recovery and remission was 85 percent with all patients who completed their treatments and followed the clinic’s food plan and up to 93 percent among patients in Stage I through early Stage IV. The actual history of patients documented through 2014 is available here. Conventional oncology’s cancer patients are commonly served and encouraged to eat cookies and ice cream while receiving IV chemotherapy to make the experience “pleasant.”… Dr. Huber and her staff did a study survey on their patients during and after their leaving the clinic. Those who engaged in “dietary disputes” and refused to give up sweets and processed carbohydrates had considerably less than half the stable remission rate of those who had complied with abstaining from added sugars, using only stevia, after leaving the clinic…. Here is the NatureWorksBest website that includes more details and contact information.

Video: College Student Gets HPV Cancer After Receiving Gardasil Vaccine
Health Impact News - The VAXXED film crew recently interviewed Erin Crawford in Nashville about her experience with the HPV vaccine. Erin was a completely healthy college student who was asked to take Gardasil as part of a trial. Within 24 hours she was violently sick, vomiting, and went on to develop cervical cancer within 18 months, the very thing the vaccine was supposed to protect her from. [Learn how she cured herself of cancer]

Turmeric: Orange Is The New Black For Pain
Green Med Info - Widely available over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers are labeled with strongly worded language listing dangers, and many of the prescription versions now carry a black box warning, the highest level of caution issued by the FDA for drugs found to have serious and/or life threatening risks. Consumers seeking safe, effective analgesic alternatives are turning to turmeric, making orange the new black for pain. There are six FDA approved oral analgesic categories, each with specifics risks and benefits: 1. Acetaminophen, the most popular over-the-counter analgesic in the US, is effective for mild to moderate pain…. Acetaminophen is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the US, and combining it with alcohol or drugs that are metabolized in the liver, raises the risk of toxicity. The FDA has continuously upgraded its warnings on this drug, now advising of the risk of life threatening allergic reactions and requiring black box labeling of prescription acetaminophen, which has also been limited to 325mg per dosage unit. 2. Non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NA-NSAIDs) block COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, which produce prostaglandins, the chemicals that induce pain, inflammation and swelling. The maximum recommended dose of 3200mg/day should not be exceeded, and use should be limited to ten days, unless otherwise directed by a doctor. Risks include life threatening allergic reactions and gastrointestinal bleeding. In 2015, the FDA strengthened its warnings for NA-NSAIDs because they all increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, even with short term use, even in healthy people, although the risk is higher in those with pre-existing cardiovascular disease…. 3. Antidepressants,… These drugs offer moderate pain relief for chronic conditions, but on the down side, all commonly used anti-depressants carry a black box warning for suicidal thoughts or actions, with highest incidence in those below the age of 24. These drugs can lose effectiveness if tolerance develops, and many users experience significant sexual dysfunction. 4. Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) work best for nerve pain… All AEDs are required by the FDA to carry a label warning of an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions with chronic use. AEDs have been associated with weight gain, behavioral changes, confusion, drowsiness and swelling of hands and feet….

Pet News

Animal Rescue Getting Outdoor Dogs Off Chains & Into Heated Dog Houses for Free
Dogington Post - “Every winter there are animals found dead, injured, or ill because they are not being properly taken care of,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue, an animal rescue organization. “Our team puts in a great effort to help as many pets as we can, but we don’t do it all on our own. We are urging the communities to get involved in helping to keep the pets in their area safe throughout the winter chill.” Guardians of Rescue (GOR), which has a new show called “The Guardians” that premiered on January 7, 2017 at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet, has been actively seeking out those dogs in the areas of New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia that are in need of proper shelter. Their mission is to get dogs from being chained outside to at least having a fenced-in area with a heated dog house, at no charge to the pet’s owner…. Pets left outdoors once it freezes are at risk for frostbite, hypothermia, and even death. … cold weather can also worsen some medical conditions pets may have, including arthritis. There are numerous things people can do to help protect their pets… including: • Shorten your dog’s walk when it’s very cold to help protect you both. Elderly pets may also have a difficult time walking on snow and ice. • Short-haired pets will usually feel the cold more than those with more fur and body fat. Keep this in mind when it comes to determining how long to take them for a walk. If your dog will allow it, put a sweater on them when taking them out on very cold days. When brining your pet back in from a walk in the snow or on ice, be sure to wipe them down to remove any deicing chemicals that may be on their fur. • Pets should always be indoors during freezing temperatures. Once the temperature drops below 40 degrees, pets should be brought indoors. For those who cannot keep their dog inside, opt for having a heated dog house, so they are kept warm during the winter….

6 Dog-Related Tax Deductions You May Be Eligible to Claim
Dogington Post - We all know our dogs are members of the family, but the IRS doesn’t see them that way – they can’t be counted as dependents. But, there ARE some dog-related expenses you might not be aware of! Of course, you’ll want to check with your tax professional to make sure your write-offs are legitimate. 1. Moving Your Dog: According to Kiplinger, If you moved during the tax year, it might be possible to deduct your moving expenses – including those specifically related to moving your dog. For example, if moving your dog requires special expenses, those expenses are treated no differently (in the federal government’s eyes) than any of your personal effects…. 2. Guard Dogs: According to tax expert, Cliff Ennico as reported in Entrepreneur, guard dogs can be a legitimate write-off. This would include the cost of caring for the dog, but not the dog itself. And, you can only deduct a percentage based on how much time the dog spends guarding….. 3. Charitable Donations to Dog Rescues/Shelters: The cost to adopt a dog is not deductible. However, any donations made in excess of regular adoption fees most certainly are. According to the law, only those donations made where no goods or services are received in exchange (i.e., your new dog) can be deducted. Should you choose to make donations to your favorite 501c dog charity, make sure to ask for a letter of receipt that states no goods or services were received…. 4. Service/Therapy Dogs: According to IRS Publication 502, You can include in medical expenses the costs of buying, training, and maintaining a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually-impaired or hearing-impaired person, or a person with other physical disabilities….

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Friday - January 13, 2017

Today In History:


1794 - U.S. President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
1893 - Britain's Independent Labor Party, a precursor to the current Labor Party, met for the first time.
1900 - In Austria-Hungary, Emperor Franz Joseph decreed that German would be the language of the imperial army to combat Czech nationalism.
1966 - Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on "Bewitched," had a baby. The baby's name was Tabitha.
1966 - Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by U.S. President Johnson.
1986 - "The Wall Street Journal" printed a real picture on its front page. The journal had not done this in nearly 10 years. The story was about artist, O. Winston Link and featured one of his works.
1990 - L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
1992 - Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
2002 - Japan and Singapore signed a free trade pact that would remove tariffs on almost all goods traded between the two countries.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel.
2009 - Ethiopian military forces began pulling out of Somalia, where they had tried to maintain order for nearly two years.

World News

US tanks and soldiers in Poland pose threat to Russia – Kremlin
RT - Russia sees the deployment of US tanks and other military vehicles, along with army personnel, as a threat to its national security and interests, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “We see this as a threat. These actions pose a threat to our interests and security,” Peskov told journalists on Thursday, stressing “especially, when a third country is beefing up its military presence along our borders with Europe.” “And this is not even a European country,” he added. Eighty-seven battle tanks, 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, and over 3,000 soldiers are on their way from Germany to Poland. An official ceremony to mark the arrival of the US servicemen was scheduled to take place on January 12. The brigades are to be deployed mainly in the western part of Poland, but drills have been planned that are to be conducted across the whole country. After the military exercises, the soldiers are to be distributed among Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and the Baltic countries. A headquarters unit will be stationed in Germany. The arrival of American military equipment and personnel in Poland is another step in Operation Atlantic Resolve, a large-scale military undertaking that the US launched in April of 2014, right after Crimea voted to join Russia, as a demonstration of “continued US commitment to the collective security of Europe.” NATO describes the buildup along Russia’s borders as a defensive measure justified by Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.

Russia reduces military presence in Syria, Su-25 transfer to Khmeimim is planned rotation – MoD
RT - The Russian Defense Ministry has said that it is continuing to scale down its military presence in Syria, with the recent transfer of four Su-25 aircraft to Khmeimim airbase part of a planned troop rotation. “In accordance with the order of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is implementing measures to reduce Russia’s military presence in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday. He added that the Russian Navy’s aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, and its group, which numbers more than 40 naval aviation aircraft, will be the first to return from the Mediterranean Sea to their base in Severomorsk, where Russia’s Northern Fleet is permanent stationed. In addition, the first six Su-24 bombers have already been relocated from the Khmeimim airbase to the territory of the Russian Federation. The withdrawal of other aircraft, as well as pilots and technical staff from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic is planned for the nearest future,” Konashenkov noted. He also said that, in the meantime, four Russian Su-25 airplanes, which NATO calls Frogfoots, have been deployed at Khmeimim, explaining that the transfer is part of a planned troop rotation.

US raid on Afghan homes saw 33 civilians killed, probe confirms
RT - Thirty-three civilians were killed and 27 wounded as US troops fired on Afghan homes during a shootout with the Taliban in the northern Kunduz province in November, the US military in Afghanistan has confirmed following an investigation. “The investigation determined, regretfully, that 33 civilians were killed and 27 wounded. To defend themselves and Afghan forces, US forces returned fire in self-defense at Taliban who were using civilian houses as firing positions,” the statement said. Since the actions were defined as self-defense, no further action will be taken. The probe followed allegations that multiple civilian deaths resulted from airstrikes called in to support Afghan and US troops under fire in the village of Buz. "Regardless of the circumstances, I deeply regret the loss of innocent lives," Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement on Thursday…. According to the US military, the ill-fated operation was conducted to capture Taliban leaders and was carried out by Afghan special operation forces backed by a “US element to provide advice and assistance.”

Israeli Airstrikes Target Military Airport in Damascus - Syrian State TV
Sputnik News - A Mezzah military air facility was struck by several explosions near the Syrian capital of Damascus. Israeli rockets took aim at an ammunitions hub, producing an enormous explosion, according to Syrian state TV. "Rockets strike at Mezzeh Military airport in Damascus minutes ago," Hadi al-Bahra, former president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces said on Twitter in the early hours of Friday, posting pictures of the explosions. The blasts were reportedly caused by heavy bombing conducted by Israel, local activists and journalists reported on Twitter. The airport is a major strategic asset used by Syrian elites, military officials and troops as a transit complex. The Syrian government also used the airport as a military outpost to launch artillery shells at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus. The death toll from the attacks has yet to be determined, according to a journalist on the ground. The airstrikes "may have taken out Syrian commanders," according to Georgetown Center for Security Studies' John Arterbury.

‘Stop island-building, prevent access’: Tillerson threatens tough stance over S. China Sea
RT - Beijing should be denied access to islands it has built in the disputed South China Sea, according to Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who likened the construction to “Russia taking Crimea” from Ukraine. Asked whether he was in favor of Washington taking a tougher stance toward China, the former ExxonMobil CEO replied: “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.” Tillerson did not elaborate on how exactly Beijing might be blocked from the artificial islands but said he considered its South China Sea activity "extremely worrisome." It would be a threat to the "entire global economy" if Beijing were able to dictate access to the waterway, he added. Tillerson branded as "illegal" the Chinese declaration of an air defense zone in the East China Sea, which Beijing contests with Japan…. The former CEO, 64, blamed the situation on what he called an inadequate response from the outgoing Obama administration.

Ruckus erupts in Turkish parliament as MPs debate new constitution (VIDEO)
RT - The fifth article of a constitutional reform package has been adopted by the Turkish parliament amid a mass brawl between the ruling party and members of the opposition. Lawmakers convened in Ankara on Wednesday to debate an 18-article series of constitutional reforms that will be put to a referendum later this year. The fracas began when members of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) complained about MPs from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) openly casting their votes in what was supposed to be a secret ballot on the third article of the new constitution. Opposition lawmakers were concerned that the open vote was an attempt to put pressure on MPs who might be considering casting their ballots against the reforms, according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

China’s ‘war on pollution’ leads to 720 arrests, $63.6mn in fines
RT - China detained 720 people and imposed fines totaling $63.6 million last year as part of its ‘war on pollution,’ according to state media. The arrests and fines took place following random inspections and public tip-offs. The central government looked into 33,000 cases of potential violations of environmental protection laws in 2016, according to data disclosed at a national environment work conference, as cited by state news outlet Xinhua. Fines totaling 440 million yuan (US$63.6 million) were handed down, and 720 arrests were made…. It comes just one week after smog levels in China reached historic levels, with as many as 32 cities under ‘red alert’ - the country's most severe pollution warning. Two other red alerts in Beijing forced the closures of schools and factories in December, and half the city's cars being banned from the roads.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Rand Paul: Trump Intel Leakers ‘Should Go To Jail’
Steve Watson - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said Wednesday that those responsible for leaking intelligence pertaining to Donald Trump, whether fake or not, should be prosecuted and jailed. “What I would say is that if there is private information that someone is blackmailing a public figure and the public figure or someone takes it to the intelligence agencies, you would think it would be private. And really, this is so important that I think whoever leaked it should be prosecuted.” Paul told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “Someone should go to jail. If this was an intelligence agency head talked to the media, they should go to jail. If it was the Obama administration, they should go to jail.” Paul urged. “The reason is you don’t want your public figures succumbing to blackmail.” Paul continued. “Now he’s saying the information is false and I have to rely on his word on that. But let’s say any public official is being blackmailed. What are you supposed to do? You’re supposed to go to the FBI and give them the information.” The Senator further noted. “But if you can’t trust the FBI to keep it secret and the FBI is going to tell the press what someone is blackmailing you about, what will happen is it will lead to where more public figures will be likely to be extorted or to be blackmailed.” Paul lamented. Reports suggest that individuals named within the fake dossier could take legal action against Buzzfeed, for proliferating the salacious material.

They Go Low… Report: Obama Officials Used ‘Russia Blackmail’ Claims to Undermine Trump-Israel Relations
Breitbart - U.S. intelligence officials warned their Israeli counterparts not to trust President-elect Donald Trump with intelligence secrets, citing alleged fears that Russia held blackmail information over Trump, according to a report today in Israel’s respected Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper. The alleged blackmail information that U.S. officials reportedly warned Israel about seems to be in part referencing details contained in a debunked document of mysterious origin purporting to be an intelligence report alleging that Russia collected compromising videos and information on Trump. In the report, investigative journalist Ronen Bergman writes of a meeting that took place “recently between Israeli and American intelligence officials (the date of the meeting is not mentioned to protect the sources of the report).”

Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who produced Donald Trump Russian dossier, 'terrified for his safety' and went to ground before name released
The Telegraph - Christopher Steele, 52, fled from his home in Surrey on Wednesday morning after realizing it was only a matter of time until his name became public knowledge. A source close to Mr Steele said on Wednesday night that he now fears a prompt and potentially dangerous backlash against him from Moscow…. With his cover about to be blown, Mr Steele hurriedly packed his bags and went to ground hours before his name was published on Wednesday…. Mr Steele, who spied in Moscow for the Secret Intelligence Service in the 1990s, fled from his home in Surrey after leaving his cat with a neighbor and telling them he would be away “for a few days”.

Opposition Firm Behind Trump Dossier Is Also Hired Gun For Planned Parenthood
The Daily Caller - The opposition research firm that hired a former British spy to dig up dirt on Donald Trump is the same shady outfit that was hired by Planned Parenthood to put a positive spin on videos showing the sale of baby parts. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Washington D.C.-based Fusion GPS is the firm that hired Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the salacious but unsubstantiated 35-page Trump dossier that was published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday…. After Steele was identified, the next mystery was the identity of his employer. The Times cleared that up by identifying Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm started by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson in 2010. According to The Times, Fusion GPS was hired to research Trump in Sept. 2015 by a wealthy GOP donor who was vehemently opposed to the real estate billionaire. But after Trump emerged as the GOP nominee, the unidentified Republican donor dropped the project. But Democrats who support Hillary Clinton had an interest in the information, according to The Times.

Obama ends visa-free path for Cubans who make it to US soil
(AP) - President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident. The repeal of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S. "Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities," Obama said in a statement. "By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea." The Cuban government praised the move. In a statement read on state television, it called the signing of the agreement "an important step in advancing relations" between the U.S. and Cuba that "aims to guarantee normal, safe and ordered migration."

Nutty Elizabeth Warren Tries To Trap Ben Carson at Hearing (Video)
The GatewayPundit - On Thursday renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson sat before Elizabeth Warren in a Senate committee and was questioned about his ability to lead the department of Housing and Urban Development. President-elect Donald Trump’s decision not to sell his businesses is providing opportunities for Democrats who are in need of attention to try to embarrass him and his Cabinet picks. Elizabeth Warren took on Ben Carson, Trump’s choice to head the department of Housing and Urban Development and tried to trap him on numerous occasions by her line of questioning. “Can you assure me that not a single taxpayer dollar you give out will financially benefit the president-elect or his family?” Warren said. She said she was trying to “highlight the absurdity” of Trump continuing to hold business interests. “I will manage things that benefit the American people,” he said, adding that using common sense and reason are the best tools to use when making decisions. Elizabeth Warren is a notorious liar who falsely claimed that she was native american so she could get into Harvard Law School earning her the nick name Pocahontas.

12 year old girl commits suicide online, Georgia cops struggling to take down video
RT - The live broadcast of a 12-year-old girl committing suicide has sparked outrage online, after authorities said they lack the power to remove the video from the internet. Katelyn Nicole Davis hung herself in the front yard of her Cedartown, Georgia, house on December 30, streaming her death for the world to see. The video reportedly runs for just over 40 minutes and apparently ends only after the parents discover the body of the girl. The suicide occurred after Davis announced that she had been physically and sexually abused by a family member. Davis' death has since been shared online, with Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd stating that authorities have cannot force websites to take down the footage, despite their best efforts…. According to reports by the local outlet Coosa Valley News, three days prior to the suicide police launched an investigation into Davis’ allegations of sexual abuse.

Veteran News

David Shulkin picked to head Department of Veterans Affairs
CNN - President-elect Donald Trump has tapped David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, he announced Wednesday…. Shulkin is the VA's current undersecretary for health, a position in which he oversaw more than 1,700 health care sites across the United States. Before joining the VA, Shulkin was president and CEO of the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and president of the Morristown Medical Center. He was also the chief medical officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System…. Veterans' care advocates had said they'd seen clear signs of progress and had lobbied Trump to keep current VA Secretary Robert McDonald in the post…. After joining the VA in 2015, Shulkin -- who is not a veteran -- pushed an initiative to expand nurses' authority to provide care, part of an effort to reduce the VA's backlog. "My number one imperative is to address the access issue among veterans," he told The Washington Post in 2016. "What we know about American medicine is that our supply of health-care professionals is not equally distributed. In rural areas, we have severe shortages. I've seen firsthand how difficult it is to recruit to some of the areas where our veterans live. We have a shortage of both nurses and physicians. We are recruiting thousands of doctors and advanced-practice nurses."

Economy & Business

Time Warner Stocks Fall After Trump Labels CNN ‘Fake News’
Mikael Thalen - Media conglomerate Time Warner, which owns CNN, saw its stocks fall Wednesday after President-elect Donald Trump labeled the outlet “fake news,” a CNBC reporter says. According to journalist Carl Quintanilla, the shares took a noticeable dip during the president-elect’s first news conference moments after Trump refused to answer questions from CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta. “Your organization is terrible…” Trump said repeatedly. “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.” Steve Kopack, a social lead for CNBC’s breaking news desk, also stated that shares “fell to session low.” While the dip was just “1.2%,” Kopack asserted the incident showed the “power of Trump’s comments.”

E.P.A. Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Secretly Violating Emissions Standards
NY Times - The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler of installing secret software that allowed more than 100,000 of its diesel vehicles to emit pollutants above legal levels. The case has echoes of one against Volkswagen, which on Wednesday pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy as part of a widespread emissions-cheating scheme. In both cases, the government focused on software in vehicles that can adjust emissions levels. The accusations against Fiat Chrysler also appeared to be part of a last push by the Obama administration to finish investigations and negotiations involving companies…. Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler, mounted an impassioned defense, denying that the company had intentionally broken the law…. The 104,000 affected vehicles include the light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3-liter diesel engines sold in the United States, the E.P.A. said. At issue is software installed in all modern diesel vehicles that calibrates an engine’s performance and controls emissions levels. Federal regulations allow diesel cars to shut off emissions controls in certain situations — to protect an engine from overheating, for example.

Energy & Environment

Record floods hit West Coast, Californians evacuate by the thousands (Photos/Video)
RT - California has been hit by seven days of major rain storms, causing flooding all over the state and prompting evacuations. More heavy rain is forecasted for the Golden State in the coming days. After six years of drought, parts of California have received record amounts of rain, causing rivers to flood, roads to close, trees to fall, power to go out and businesses to shut down. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued several warnings across the state, and authorities have advised thousands of Californians to evacuate their homes after rivers overflowed…. The Russian River is predicted to reach its peak of 37.8 feet, more than 6 feet above flood level, according to the NWS…. The storms have helped California out of a severe drought, filling the state’s dwindling reservoirs to record levels. Precipitation filled the reservoirs with 423 billion gallons of water, or enough to serve more than 2.5 million families for a year, Maury Roos, a longtime state hydrologist, told the Los Angeles Times.

Science & Technology

Your Fingerprints Now Can Be Stolen From Selfie Pictures?
Off the Grid News - Your fingerprints might be a major threat to your privacy. That’s because the images taken by smartphone cameras are so full of detail that it is now possible to copy fingerprints from them, Professor Isao Echizen of Japan’s National Institute of Informatics told The Sankei Shimbun newspaper. “Just by casually making a peace sign in front of a camera, fingerprints can become widely available,” Echizen said. The problem: An increasing number of new technologies, including iPhones, use fingerprints to unlock phones. Echizen said fingerprints can be stolen from pictures taken from up to 10 feet away – in other words, ever selfie you’ve taken where your fingerprints could be seen. Many people post such pictures on social media. “Fingerprint data can be recreated if fingerprints are in focus with strong lighting in a picture,” Echizen told Yomiuri TV. Even worse, the professor said that advanced technology is not needed to steal fingerprints. As Digital Trends reported, “The problem is compounded by photos being shared and stored online, creating a gallery of fingerprints for thieves to exploit…. Echizen’s find has other privacy problems: Cops might be able to identify and locate protestors via a news photograph. All they would need to do is run the fingerprints from the picture through the database.

Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal
RT - A European Parliament committee has voted in favor of a draft report that proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as “electronic persons”. The draft report, approved by 17 votes to two and two abstentions by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, proposes that “The most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations, including that of making good any damage they may cause.” Authored by Luxembourg MEP Mady Delvaux, the report proposes definitions and outlines rules to govern how robots interact with humans “now that humankind stands on the threshold of an era” that it claims will see artificial intelligence (AI) “unleash a new industrial revolution.” AI developers will have to ensure their creations follow a set of rules that prohibit them from harming a human or allowing a human to come to harm through their inaction. AI can protect their own existence under the rules, if this does not harm any humans…. An opt-out mechanism or kill switch is also proposed in the report, ensuring any rogue robots can be turned off easily (provided the designer hasn’t let their AI outsmart them).

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

DHS creates the 'National Livestock Readiness Program' to control our food supply
MassPrivateI - Last year, DHS gave the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) $331,118 to develop the 'National Livestock Readiness Program’…. The government created the FDA and the USDA to control disease, foodborne pathogens etc., why do we need a national livestock program run by DHS? The very name Department of Homeland Security should give people pause…. Many of us have watched DHS turn America into a police state ruled by fear. DHS has created fear of each other… fear of drugs, fear of drunk & drugged driving, fear of terror and now fear of hate crimes…. None of us could have imagined DHS controlling our food supply. "The program also entails extensive collaboration of academia, private industry and state governments. The center is collaborating with the Kansas Department of Agriculture to build relationships with other state departments of agriculture to ensure adoption of best emergency planning and management practices." "NABC has extensive experience developing, implementing, and managing research projects and training programs for multiple state and federal agencies — ranging from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Homeland Security — to the intelligence community." "NABC is dedicated to increasing public awareness of agro-terrorism and developing solutions for improving agricultural and food production safeguards." Americans have something else to fear: 'agro-terrorism.' Where does the lunacy end?

The Government – Placing Kill Orders On Homemade Cookies and Muffins
Natural Blaze - The president of Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund* recently reported: The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has filed a complaint with the Livingston County Circuit Court asking that the court order the destruction of, among other foods, 18 homemade oatmeal cookies and 17 homemade apple muffins. MDARD seized the cookies, muffins, and other foods during a September 1, 2016 raid of Dairy Delight Cow Boarding, LLC, a herd share dairy farm owned and operated by Kris Unger in Cohoctah Township. FTCLDF members have been subject to food seizures since the organization’s inception, but just about all of the seizures have been of either meat or dairy products; the enforcement action at Dairy Delight marks the first seizure of baked goods. The Unger case is great testimony for why a legal distinction needs to be established between the public and private distribution of food and why government agencies should leave the private distribution of food alone…. Just as in raids of the past, when there are complaints of or reports of illnesses such as E. coli, authorities set their sights on small farm clubs often without a whisper of proof. A raid will often take place on a Friday afternoon or perhaps when the farmer is gone, and personal items like computers are stolen for “evidence” and/or member contact lists are demanded.

Urban Agrihood In America Feeds 2,000 Households For Free
REALfarmacy - Inhabitat reports that in the city of Detroit – which is recognized as a location where many families are affected by economic imbalance, America’s first urban ‘Agrihood’ exists and it feeds approximately 2,000 households. The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) is responsible for implementing the three-acre project. Two acres of the land is devoted to growing crops, such as fruits and vegetables, and the remaining one acre allows for a fruit orchard with 200 trees. Additionally, a sensory garden has been constructed for kids to experience and learn more about sustainable agriculture.

Health

Is it Time for Your Flu Shot or Extra Nutrition?
Natural Blaze - The majority of individuals still fail to realize that the flu vaccine is neither safe nor effective at preventing influenza. It is considered one of the most dangerous of all vaccinations. According to integrative physician Dr. Mercola, the influenza vaccination has been responsible for causing a serious neurological disease, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which, in severe cases can cause paralysis and death…. There are an estimated 3-6,000 cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome each year. The flu vaccine is known to contain unsafe amounts of the neurotoxin mercury. Vaccines have also been found to increase inflammation in recipients, which, in pregnant women, is linked to brain damage in their newborns…. In a comprehensive report by Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center, Fisher revealed that several European scientific studies have shown that unvaccinated individuals were less likely to become ill with influenza and other respiratory illnesses, compared to those vaccinated…. The following suggestions can be beneficial for both prevention and treatment of respiratory illness and flu. Rest. Drink fluids. Vitamin D: Increasing vitamin D intake through supplementation or direct sun when possible is very healing for illness. Take cod liver oil. Cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamins D and A, which work together to ensure good health and healing. Vitamin C: Lots of research supports the healing power of vitamin C. Adding lemon juice to water, eating oranges and taking a vitamin C supplement can all aid the body to heal. One can safely take 4-6 1,000 mg doses of vitamin C throughout the day, no more than 1,000 mg per hour. Frankincense essential oil: If it is organic, therapeutic grade quality, then it is safe to take 2-3 drops in water 2 to 3 times daily…. Cinnamon powder mixed with raw honey is a good immune booster, about ½ to 1 teaspoon each, 3 times daily. Three cloves of crushed garlic mixed with honey also boosts the immune system, up to 3 times daily…. Oil of oregano capsules can help fight infection. Two capsules taken twice daily can be effective….

Video: Eleven states get failing grades for nursing home care
CBS News August 9, 2013 - More than one-and-a-half million Americans live in nursing homes, but the quality of care varies greatly. A report out Friday shows, for the first time, which states do a good job of caring for seniors and which fail to ensure that they won't be neglected or abused. Minnie Graham was a great-grandmother. At 97, she suffered from dementia. "She was a fine Christian woman," her granddaughter, Shirley Ballard, says. "And very loving. She would do anything for anybody." Graham lived in a nursing home outside Dallas for about a year when her family noticed bruises on her, then two black eyes. "They said she fell out of her wheel chair," Ballard says, adding she "absolutely" did not believe that had happened. Graham's family placed a clock, equipped with a hidden camera, in her bedroom, recording video for weeks. Graham resisted being changed; a nursing aide mocked her, pulled, pushed, then what sounds like a slap can be heard. The video also caught another aide shoving her. "That should never happen to people, ever, in nursing homes, anywhere," says Brian Lee, executive director of Families for Better Care. His nonprofit elder advocacy group released what it says is the first comprehensive state-by-state review of nursing home care…. States that got As: Alaska, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, Utah, Idaho, South Dakota and North Dakota. States that got Fs: Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois and Iowa. In Oklahoma, a hidden video caught a nursing assistant shoving a glove in a 96-year-old woman's mouth. In Ohio, which lacks staff, video caught a caregiver flinging a senior onto her bed.
* Related: Criminal Care Caught on Camera

Pet News

5 Reasons to Throw Out Your Dry Cat Food – It’s Bad For Your Cat
Natural News Blogs - Dry food is the biggest-selling form of cat food in the United States, despite the fact that it has been linked to urinary tract disease, diabetes, dehydration, and obesity. Let’s break through the ignorance and learn the unpleasant truth about dry cat food…. Cats are obligate carnivores. They are biologically designed to eat meat in the form of the prey they kill. Raw muscle meat, bones, and organs provide the nutrition that your cat requires. Cats do not naturally consume corn. Most dry cat foods are corn-based (read: cheap), and therefore, carbohydrate-heavy. This is not a biologically appropriate food for your cat. … Cats simply don’t get the hydration they need when consuming a dry food diet. As obligate carnivores, cats naturally get most of their hydration from eating their moisture-rich prey. Because a cat’s biologically normal food is so rich in water, cats have very low thirst drives. You typically won’t see a healthy cat chugging water after a meal…. Since cats living off of dry food are constantly dehydrated, their risk of suffering from urinary tract disease is high. Even dry foods marketed as being good for urinary tract health are dangerously dehydrating. If your cat develops a urinary tract disease, it’s a definite sign that it’s time to stop feeding them dry food…. Many dry cat food users engage in free-feeding, which encourages frequent snacking throughout the day. Since dry food is less satiating than a moisture-rich food, cats tend to eat more of it and will likely gain weight. When your cat consumes a high-carb diet and is overweight, the stage is set for feline diabetes.



Thursday - January 12, 2017

Today In History:

1773 - The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.
1896 - At Davidson College, several students took x-ray photographs. They created the first X-ray photographs to be made in America.
1915 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
1915 - The U.S. Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park.
1940 - Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.
1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
1945 - During World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
1966 - President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.
1973 - Yassar Arafat was re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1986 - Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
1991 - The U.S. Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait.
1998 - 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning.
1998 - Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.
2006 - The U.S. Mint began shipping new 5-cent coins to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. The coin has an image of Thomas Jefferson taken from a 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait in which the president is looking forward. Since 1909, when presidents were first depicted on circulating coins, all presidents had been shown in profile.

World News

US: Afghan Army Can’t Secure Country, Loses Territory to Taliban
Sputnik News - On Wednesday, a US government report stated that Afghanistan’s security infrastructure must be stabilized to keep from becoming a sanctuary for terrorists, but noted that Afghan Security Forces are not yet equipped to secure the country without assistance. The report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAR) rendered an assessment of the country two years after NATO forces pulled out in 2014, leaving behind a small training and assisting mission. SIGAR serves as an oversight group for the spending of US reconstruction funds in Afghanistan, and their high-risk evaluation notes that Kabul only controls 63 percent of its territory despite some $70 billion spent to train, bolster and equip Afghan forces. "The Afghan national defense and security force has not yet been capable of securing all of Afghanistan and has lost territory to the insurgency," the report reads. The document also observed that several areas in the country have become hotbeds for drug trafficking and corruption, with Inspector General John Sopko saying, "To combat the Taliban and other threats, the United States has provided more than $64 billion since 2002, including $3.45 billion in fiscal year 2016 alone, to support the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police, and the Afghan Air Force."

US-led coalition ‘acts secretively in Syria,’ Americans often absent from hotline – Russian military
RT - After senior US Air Force officers accused Russian jets of flying dangerously close in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry hit back. Moscow said US colleagues only reluctantly share plans for combat aircraft operations, and are acting secretively in Syria. According to the US Air Force, Russian planes allegedly don’t ‘squawk’ (carry transponders that send a four-digit number allowing air-traffic controllers to identify them), and fail to timely answer ‘guard calls,’ which are urgent summons on an emergency radio frequency…. The Russian Defense Ministry noted in a statement on Wednesday that it’s hard to say if the allegations are Gen. Corcoran’s personal views or if they are just part of “the farewell Russophobic performance by the outgoing US administration.”… In any case, we have received no such claims either from Gen. Corcoran or Pentagon representatives during the regular videoconferences with the Russian Defense Ministry on compliance with the memorandum on the prevention of incidents in the Syrian sky,” Defense Ministry spokesperson Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated on Wednesday. Both the US Air Force and the US-led international coalition are trying to act "secretively" during operations in Syria, he added. “Our American colleagues don’t like to notify [us] about their plans to use combat aircraft, only occasionally indicating the time period and an approximate area. But not the specific types of aircraft and their affiliation. This has allowed [the US] in the case of tragic ‘mistakes’ of the coalition aircraft to avoid responsibility for the deaths of civilians and destruction of civilian objects. Suffice to recall the bombing of Kurdish villages in Hasadjek, which led to the deaths of civilians in October 2016.”

S-400 missile defense regiment takes up combat duty outside Moscow (VIDEO)
RT - A surface-to-air missile regiment equipped with the brand-new S-400 air defense system, Russia’s most advanced, has come on duty in Moscow’s suburbs on combat alert. “The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system into service, and have gone on combat duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia,” the Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass Communication told Interfax. In December, the new SAM system arrived at its destination in the Moscow Region from Kapustin Yar in the south Russia, where drills at a military test range went successfully, the Defense Ministry noted. The main task of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces is air defense and protecting vital state, military, industry and energy facilities, as well as the Armed Forces troops and transport communications, from aerospace attacks,” the ministry stressed.

Gunman screaming 'Allahu Akbar' opens fire in Spanish supermarket
Daily Mail - The attacker, who was reportedly carrying gasoline and gunpowder, walked into the Mercadona shop, in the As Lagoas region of the northwestern region Ourense, before opening firing shots into the air. Several shoppers were inside the supermarket when the man entered and fired several shots into the air, causing emergency services to swoop on the building…. He was reportedly carrying gasoline and gunpowder, and was later detained after a struggle ensued… The incident, which happened at around 2pm, did not result in any injuries but left many extremely shaken.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump to CNN: ‘You Are Fake News’
Breitbart - During a press conference on Wednesday, President-Elect Donald Trump refused to take a question from CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta and told him “You are fake news.” After Trump criticized CNN for its recent report on Russia and him, Acosta asked if, since Trump was attacking them, CNN could ask a question. Trump stated, “Your organization is terrible. … Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. … You are fake news.” Acosta replied that this wasn’t appropriate. Later in the press conference, Trump did take a question from CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond.
* Related: WATCH: Donald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect

10 Key Moments and More From Trump’s News Conference
NY Times - President-elect Donald J. Trump made an important concession about Russia. He criticized American intelligence officials. He sparred with reporters and denounced “fake news.” And that was all before he arrived at the ostensible reason for holding his first formal news conference since July: his plans to extricate himself from the operations of his vast business holdings. Here are the highlights from the whirling, hour long news conference in Trump Tower. Mr. Trump said that after his briefing on Friday with American intelligence officials, he now thought Russia was behind the effort to hack his election opponents. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Mr. Trump said. However, later in the news conference, Mr. Trump wavered slightly when pressed on the matter. “But you know what, it could have been others also,” he said when asked why he had been so critical of American intelligence officials. He harshly criticized the publication of unverified reports that claimed Russia has salacious information about his behavior and finances. “I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies let any information that turned out to be so false and fake out,” he said. Explaining his Twitter post comparing the United States to Nazi Germany, he said of the leaks: “That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.” … Mr. Trump said he was untroubled by other intelligence reports that have been made public, which said Russia preferred him over Hillary Clinton and that President Vladimir V. Putin ordered the election meddling to benefit him. “If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks: That is called an asset, not a liability,” he said. He added that a strong relationship could allow the two nations to work together on difficult international issues. When asked whether he had a message for Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump said: “He shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it.” He added: “There’s no reset button. We’re either going to get along or we’re not.” …

McCain Admits He Gave Dossier Containing "Sensitive Information" On Trump To The FBI
Zero Hedge - While hardly surprising considering the copious amounts of bad blood between the President elect and John McCain, earlier today the Arizona senator confirmed that he passed along the 35-page report to the FBI that details unverified allegations that President-elect Trump's team coordinated with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a statement released Wednesday, McCain said passing the report along was the extent of his involvement in the process. "Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public," McCain said. "Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the director of the FBI. That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue." As The Washington Examiner notes, reports surfaced Tuesday night that a foreign contact of McCain's passed along the report detailing alleged compromising information the Russian government has on Trump. That report was published in full by Buzzfeed Tuesday evening, despite being unverified information.

Russian tech expert named in Trump report says US intelligence never contacted him
McClatchy - A Russian venture capitalist and tech expert whose name and company are mentioned in the now-notorious document alleging connections between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian hackers says no intelligence officers have ever contacted him about the accusations, which he says are false. A report compiled by a former Western intelligence official as opposition research against Trump was made public Tuesday when BuzzFeed posted its 35 pages. The document included unsubstantiated claims of collusion between the Trump campaign team and the Kremlin. It also alleged that global tech firm XBT Holding, with operations in Dallas, was instrumental in the hack of leaked Democratic Party emails that embarrassed Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats.

Buzzfeed’s Trump report takes ‘fake news’ to a new level
NY Post - BuzzFeed decided to publish a series of memos that have been floating around for months alleging all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump. Some of those terrible allegations have to do with efforts to influence the American elections and Trump. Some of them have to do with Trump’s personal sexual conduct…. There is literally no evidence on offer in these memos or from BuzzFeed that any single sentence in these documents is factual or true. What’s more, we know most major news organizations in America had seen them and despite their well-known institutional antipathy toward Trump, had chosen not to publish them or even make reference to them after efforts to substantiate their charges had failed. BuzzFeed tells us that “the document was prepared for political opponents of Trump by a person who is understood to be a former British intelligence agent.” Indeed, the memos are designed to read as though they were cables sent from the field to the home office. And they should set off the bull detector of every rational person who reads them.

Trump To Donate All Money Paid To Trump Properties By Foreign Govts To US treasury (Video)
The GatewayPundit - Trump’s tax attorney Sheri Dillon made an announcement regarding possible conflicts of interest between Trump’s business dealings and running the country as President. At first Dillon stated that Trump did not believe that paying for a hotel room would fall under the so called emoluments clause which states: “no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress , accept of any present, Emolument, Office or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign state.” Dillon then went on to make the announcement about Trump donating hotel profits from foreign governments to the US treasury: Just like with conflicts of interest, he wants to do more than what the Constitution requires. So President-elect Trump has decided, and we are announcing today, that he is going to voluntarily donate all profits from foreign government payments made to his hotels to the United States Treasury. This way it is the American people who will profit. – Sheri Dillon, Trump tax attorney.

Mexico's peso hits record low on Trump talk of wall, auto tax
Reuters - The Mexican peso weakened to a historic low of 22.04 per dollar and the country's stock index fell on Wednesday, after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump warned U.S. auto companies would face a high tax for products made south of the border. Speaking at a news conference in New York, Trump also reiterated that the United States would start building a southern border wall after he took office next week. He said Mexico would reimburse the cost either through a tax or a payment…. On Wednesday, Trump congratulated Ford and Fiat Chrysler for announcing plant expansions in the United States. He said General Motors, another major investor in Mexico, should follow suit, reiterating the threat of new taxes on Mexican-made autos. He said he would not wait for negotiations with Mexico to be completed before starting to build a wall along the two countries' border.

Trump says pharma 'getting away with murder,' stocks slide
Reuters - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said pharmaceutical companies are "getting away with murder" in what they charge the government for medicines, and promised that would change, sending drugs stocks sharply lower. The benchmark S&P 500 index .SPX slipped into negative territory after his remarks at a news conference spooked investors. The iShares Nasdaq Biotech ETF (IBB.O) dropped 4 percent at its session low and ended down 3 percent, its largest daily percentage drop in three months. "When the president-elect says we're going to negotiate drug pricing, you have to take that seriously, but at the same this is a complicated issue because there's not going to be clarity on drug pricing reform anytime soon," said Brad Loncar, manager of the Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF (CNCR.O). "When somebody that high profile says something that negative, people do not want to invest in it.”… After his promise to bring down drug spending, the ARCA pharmaceutical index gave up as much as 2.6 percent and ended the day down 1.7 percent. The drug industry has been on edge for two years about the potential for more government pressure on pricing after sharp increases in the costs of some life-saving drugs drew scrutiny in the press and among lawmakers. The government is investigating Medicaid and Medicare overspending on Mylan NV's (MYL.O) allergy treatment EpiPen, for instance…. Trump's campaign platform included allowing the Medicare healthcare program to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, which the law currently prohibits. He has also discussed making it easier to import drugs at cheaper prices.

California Lt. Gov: We’ll Stop Trump’s Wall with Environmental Suits
Breitbart - California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with ‘The Golden State Podcast’ that he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California. “There’s something called CEQA in California—NEPA at the federal level,” Newsom told the podcast host. “There’s indigenous lands and autonomies relating to governance on those lands. There are all kinds of obstructions as it relates to just getting zoning approval and getting building permits. All those things could be made very, very challenging for the administration.” Newsom hinted that if he could not actually stop the construction of the border wall in California, he would at least try to tie it up in bureaucratic battles. Trump’s border wall is reportedly in the works, as he explained at a press conference at Trump Tower today that he would not be waiting on payment from Mexico and begin construction immediately.

Illegal Alien Gets 12 Years for Hit-and-Run Crash Killing Pastor, Wife
Breitbart Texas - A prior report by Breitbart Texas notes that De La Rosa Sosa has been placed on an immigration hold by Immigration and Customs Enforcement since April 16, 2016, the day after he was arrested. De La Rosa Sosa, a 22-year-old Mexican national, pleaded guilty in the 180th Criminal District Court in Harris County on Tuesday, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed. He received four, 12-year prison sentences for each of the charges. Those charges include two counts of Racing on a Highway Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death (a Class 2 felony), and two counts of Failure to Stop and Render Aid in an Accident Involving Death (a Class 2 felony). The sentences were set by the court to run concurrently, meaning the man who killed Pastor Jesse Estrada Sabillon and his wife Maria Alicia Sabillon will spend no more than 12 years behind bars. An immigration detainer by federal officials should lead to his removal to Mexico following release from prison.

Volkswagen to plead guilty to criminal charges, pay $4.3 billion settlement in US
Deutsche Welle - The US Department of Justice said on Wednesday that Volkswagen AG (VW) has agreed to plead guilty to three-count felony of misinformation, including conspiracy to commit fraud, obstruction of justice and entry of goods by false statement. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the German carmaking giant is charged with conspiring to defraud the United States and the company's US customers, as well as conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act by using devices on its diesel vehicles that evaded emissions standards. VW will also pay a record $2.8 billion (2.6 billion euros) in criminal fines and $1.5 billion in civil fines. The company already agreed to additional settlements with car owners, dealers and for environmental cleanup to the tune of $17.5 billion. The United States will also charge six VW executives and employees for their roles in the nearly 10-year conspiracy - including Oliver Schmidt, who was in charge of VW's environmental engineering office in Michigan. Volkswagen admitted that between 2006 and 2016 six unnamed supervisors agreed to mislead regulators and customers about the standards of its diesel emissions. The Department of Justice also said that in 2012 VW officials instructed engineers to destroy a document that detailed the cheating, while lawyers prodded employees to destroy other documents.

Economy & Business

Gold Nears $1200 As The Dollar Tumbles To 2017 Lows (Charts)
Zero Hedge - Gold is now up almost 4% year-to-date, approaching $1200 - 8 week-highs - as the USD Index plunges to 2017 lows after Trump's disappointing press conference...

Science & Technology

Facebook launches 'Journalism Project' to fight spread of 'fake news'
Deutsche Welle - As part of the new "Journalism Project," Facebook said on Wednesday that it would focus on improving its current storytelling formats such as Live, 360 and Instant Articles. The company also plans to test a feature using Instant Articles to allow readers to see multiple stories at a time, as a package, from their preferred news organizations. Working with third-party organizations, Facebook said it will work to promote "news literacy" and help users decide which sources are trustworthy and would also continue to work on curbing hoaxes.

Prestigious Karolinska Institute Forces EMF Researcher To Retire – A Call To Action
Natural Blaze - One of the most respected electromagnetic frequency researchers in the world, Professor Olle Johansson, is being forced to retire from the Karolinska Institute apparently because Dr. Johansson’s research proves non-thermal adverse health effects from EMFs/RFs from microwave technology, things like Wi-Fi and AMI Smart Meters. The Karolinska Institute namely wants Dr. Johansson to retire in advance of his desire to do so, due to a) a lack of funding, and b) lack of need for his services, i.e. the need for research concerning health effects of electromagnetic fields and the functional impairment of electrohypersensitivity, which does not exist any longer at the Institute…. Those who are confronting the problems with AMI Smart Meters, Wi-Fi in schools harming their children for several hours a day, perhaps you ought to take seriously Dr. Johansson’s forced retirement and what it will mean not to have valid research about what those who promote microwave technology don’t want us to know…. Below are the officers of Karolinska Institute you should send an email to demanding Professor Olle Johansson NOT be forced to retire and his important EMF research continue.
* Related: Letter from Dr. Olle Johansson of Karolinska Institute to the California Public Utilities Commission Warning of the Dangers of Smart Meters

Scientists can now grow a beating human heart from stem cells
The Independent - A team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have used adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue. The study, published in the journal Circulation Research, detailed that the team took adult skin cells, using a technique called messenger RNA to turn them into pluripotent stem cells, before inducing them to become two different types of cardiac cells. Then for two weeks they infused the hearts with a nutrient solution, allowing them to develop under the same circumstances a heart would grow inside a human body. After the two week period, the hearts contained well-structured tissue, which appeared similar to that contained in developing human hearts. When shocked with electricity, they started beating. This represents the closest that medical researchers have come to growing an entire beating human heart. The next step, would be to find a way to help the cells mature faster and perfect the mimicry of conditions under which the heart develops - thus minimising the likelihood of the body rejecting a heart.

Health

Vitamin C does reverse cancer—and now it’s on track for approval as a chemo alternative
What Doctors Don't Tell You - High-dose vitamin C does kill cancer—but only when it’s given intravenously. It’s now just a few steps away from being approved as a safe and effective cancer treatment alongside chemotherapy and radiation. Although researchers have tested the vitamin as a cancer therapy many times, they almost always concluded that it was ineffective—but they were guaranteeing failure by giving it orally to patients. When it’s given intravenously, it bypasses the gut and goes directly into the bloodstream—where concentrations of the vitamin are up to 500 times higher than when it’s taken orally—and targets cancer cells, say researchers at the University of Iowa. The therapy is now going through the approval process, and could soon be available as an alternative to chemotherapy or radiation, the two conventional cancer treatments. It’s been proved to be effective in animal studies, and phase 1 trials have demonstrated that it’s safe and well-tolerated. Now doctors at the university are starting to use it on patients with pancreatic cancer and lung cancer, and are measuring their progress against other patients who will continue to be given chemotherapy or radiation. Biologist Garry Buettner, who works at the university, has worked out just why vitamin C is so effective: the vitamin breaks down quickly in the body, and generates hydrogen peroxide that kills cancer cells. “Cancer cells are much less efficient in removing hydrogen peroxide than normal cells, so cancer cells are much more prone to damage and death from a high amount of hydrogen peroxide”, he explained. “This explains how very, very high levels of vitamin C do not affect normal tissue, but can be damaging to tumour tissue.”

Here We Go Again: FDA Defies Congress
Alliance for Natural Health - In December 2015, Congress included a provision in an end-of-the-year spending bill ordering the FDA to issue a guidance document clarifying how physicians and compounding pharmacists could continue the “office use” of drugs. These are custom drugs that a doctor keeps on hand for immediate treatment use. Congress could not have been clearer: the agency was not to forbid office use. The FDA has now answered—by ignoring it. The FDA now wants the doctor to have to prescribe the drug—to have it compounded separately for each patient, and then administered on follow up visit. This is not only dangerous for patients who need immediate treatment. It also vastly increases the cost of the drug, wastes patient and doctor time, and is gross interference with the practice of medicine, which is supposed to be regulated by the states, not the federal government. In December 2015, Congress included a provision in an end-of-the-year spending bill ordering the FDA to issue a guidance document clarifying how physicians and compounding pharmacists could continue the “office use” of drugs. These are custom drugs that a doctor keeps on hand for immediate treatment use. Congress could not have been clearer: the agency was not to forbid office use. The FDA has now answered—by ignoring it. The FDA now wants the doctor to have to prescribe the drug—to have it compounded separately for each patient, and then administered on follow up visit. This is not only dangerous for patients who need immediate treatment. It also vastly increases the cost of the drug, wastes patient and doctor time, and is gross interference with the practice of medicine, which is supposed to be regulated by the states, not the federal government.

Worse than Zika, but Ignored. Why?
Alliance for Natural Health - This is a virus that most of us are exposed to—one that is likely to shorten your life, and that can destroy it. But you may not even have heard of it. Between 20,000 and 40,000 infants are born with cytomegalovirus (CMV) each year, and the virus kills 400 of those infants annually. These numbers compare with 1,600 babies exposed to Zika in the continental US in 2016. Twenty percent of infants born with CMV develop permanent disabilities such as hearing loss, microcephaly (a condition where the baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected), vision abnormalities, and intellectual deficits. It is the most common congenital viral infection and the leading non-genetic cause of deafness in children. If you don’t get this virus in utero, you are lucky, but you are not out of the woods. Half of adults have been exposed by age 40. Like all viruses, it remains inside the body even after the illness has passed. Like other herpes viruses, it tries to come back, and challenges the immune system in order to do so…. It should surprise no one that some in the public health community are recommending antiviral drugs for infected infants. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine seems to endorse that view, finding that infants who took antiviral drugs for six months had “moderately better” hearing than newborns who took the drugs for just six weeks. The CMV antiviral drug, of course, comes with a host of nasty side effects: tremors, nausea, and diarrhea are among those acknowledged…. There are natural ways of dealing with CMV and other viruses, including silver and ozone, and also natural supplements to deal with the associated inflammation—which may ultimately be what kills the patient, as it was in the famous Spanish flu epidemic. These include fish oil, resveratrol, curcumin, cherry extract, green tea extract, and many others. Of course, these therapies don’t make money for the drug companies, so don’t expect conventional doctors to discuss them with you.

Can’t Sleep? Here are 13 Effective Ways to Fall Asleep Faster
Natural News Blogs - Having trouble falling asleep can lead to getting not enough sleep or sleep deprivation, the most signs of which are excessive daytime sleepiness, yawning, and irritability. Chronic sleep deprivation can interfere with balance, coordination, memory, decision-making abilities. Worse still, it suppresses immune system function. …here are some do-it-yourself suggestions: Avoid eating within 1 ½ – 2 hours of bedtime - Eating especially right before your bedtime can be very disruptive to sleep. Salt-filled snacks such as potato chips, for instance, could make you feel thirsty. Drinking too much fluid before bedtime may cause extra trips to the bathroom…. Snacking on fats and proteins 2 hours of bedtime are much safer than snacking on carbs especially processed carbs. The reason is these foods would not cause sugar spikes. Fats especially healthy fats such as coconut milk, cheese, full cream milk and most proteins that contain an amino acid tryptophan may help you to feel calm, which in turn make you falling sleep more easily. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine - Caffeine, nicotine, and sugar are stimulants if consumed close to bedtime can prevent you from falling asleep. … Consider alternative treatment/therapy - Some medications can cause disrupted sleep. These are the most common ones said to cause it, including alpha-blockers, beta-blockers, corticosteroids, SSRI antidepressants, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, cholinesterase inhibitors, H1 antagonists, glucosamine/chondroitin, and statins…. Turn off you mind - Convert your concern over something that bothering such as worrying about next day’s event into some kind of action plan and you will rest easier. Take a piece of paper and jot down your top concerns. Then write down the steps you will take to resolve the problems or situations. Don’t forget to include how and when you want to materialize your planned strategies….


Wednesday - January 11, 2017

Today In History:


1770 - The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.
1805 - The Michigan Territory was created.
1861 - Alabama seceded from the United States.
1878 - In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell.
1902 - "Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time.
1913 - The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.
1922 - At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.
1935 - Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
1942 - Japan declared war against the Netherlands. The same day, Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
1964 - U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard.
1988 - Vice President George Bush met with representatives of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.
2000 - The merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government with restrictions.
2000 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.
2001 - The Texas Board of Criminal Justice released a review of the escape of the "Texas 7." It stated that prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates and not demanding proper identification from inmates.
2001 - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.

World News

Taliban attack near Afghan parliament kills more than 30
Reuters - Saleem Rasouli, a senior public health official, said 33 people had been killed and more than 70 wounded in the attack on the Darul Aman road, near an annex to the new Indian-financed parliament building. He said most of the victims were parliamentary staff members. On the same day, at least another 14 people were killed and dozens injured in separate incidents in the volatile southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar. The Islamist militant Afghan Taliban movement, which immediately claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack, said its target had been a minibus carrying staff from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan's main intelligence agency.... Hours after the Kabul incident, at least seven people were killed and 18 wounded in an explosion in the southern city of Kandahar. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Among the wounded were the provincial governor and the United Arab Emirates ambassador, officials said. Afghan armed forces control no more than two thirds of national territory, and have struggled to contain the Taliban insurgency since the bulk of NATO soldiers withdrew at the end of 2014. Several thousand, mainly Americans, remain in training and counter-terrorism roles. The United States has announced plans to send 300 Marines to the volatile southern province of Helmand, large parts of which are under Taliban control, as part of a regular rotation of troops helping train and advise Afghan forces.

Hungary To Launch Crackdown On All George Soros-Funded Organizations
Zero Hedge - The European Union member, and native country of Soros, will use "all the tools at its disposal" to “sweep out” NGOs funded by the Hungarian-born financier, which “serve global capitalists and back political correctness over national governments,” Szilard Nemeth, a vice president of the ruling Fidesz party, told reporters on Tuesday. No one answered the phone at the [Soros founded] Open Society Institute in Budapest when Bloomberg News called outside business hours. “I feel that there is an opportunity for this, internationally,” because of Trump’s election, state news service MTI reported Nemeth as saying. Lawmakers will start debating a bill to let authorities audit NGO executives, according to parliament’s legislative agenda. As a reminder, Orban was the first European leader to publicly back Trump’s campaign, and was reportedly invited by Trump to visit the US; he has ignored criticism from the European Commission and U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration for building a self-described “illiberal state” modeled on authoritarian regimes including Russia, China and Turkey. In 2014, Orban personally ordered the state audit agency to probe foundations financed by Norway and said that civil society groups financed from abroad were covers for “paid political activists.” As a result of Trump's victory, Orban has felt empowered to further last out against Europe's established structures, and its core supporters.

Israel's military investigating why its soldiers fled from truck driver terrorist
Daily Mail Online - The Israel Defence Forced (IDF) is looking into footage of soldiers seemingly fleeing the scene as Fadi al-Qanbar, 28, drove a truck into a crowd of troops in Jerusalem.... it was left to tour guide Ethan Rond to shoot the terrorist having already been sent somersaulting by the truck.... The tour guide initially thought it was a traffic accident, but when he saw the truck reversing, he knew it was deliberate. As the truck reverses, a video clip captures a group of soldiers appearing to run away from the scene. Some of the troops did run towards the incident.... 'I pulled out my gun and fired one shot at the wheel and I realised this wasn't enough. 'As he was driving, I ran to overtake him then I stood in front of him and started firing my entire magazine until it was over.'.... MK Amir Ohana (Likud) heaped praise on the tour guide, and told Israel National News: 'Of particular note is the fact that a citizen, a tour guide, was the first to shoot the terrorist to prevent the attack from continuing. 'He joins a growing list of civilians who have stopped terror attacks during this terror wave. 'I will continue to push and encourage law-abiding citizens to carry arms and to back those who do so according to the law.'

UK ‘first in line’ for US trade deal: Johnson
PressTV - UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Britain is “first in line” for striking a trade deal with the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, seemingly putting to rest concerns over President Barack Obama’s warnings against Brexit..... “Clearly, the Trump administration-to-be has a very exciting agenda of change,” he said. “One thing that won't change though is the closeness of the relationship between the US and the UK.”....“We hear that we are first in line to do a great free trade deal with the United States. So, it's going to be a very exciting year for both our countries,” Johnson added.... The remarks amounted to a rebuttal of Obama’s last year warnings that withdrawing from the European Union would put London “in the back of the queue” for trade deals with the US.... “Maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon.” Obama said during a visit to London in last April.

EU Boss: Citizens Should Not Get to Vote on Important Issues
The New American - The comments from the EU boss were crystal clear. “I am asking EU leaders to stop with adventures like the British and Italian referendums ... on domestic issues which pose a threat to the EU,” said Slovak Prime Minister and EU Council boss Robert Fico as he passed the rotating reins of the EU Council to its next leader on January 2 of 2017. In essence, Fico was calling for citizens of European countries ensnared in the EU to lose their right to decide their own fate. Like many other totalitarian-minded EU bosses from Eastern Europe, Fico was a longtime Communist Party operative. The “adventures” such as the British and Italian referendums he mentioned were a reference to recent votes held in those nations, both of which bucked the establishment. In the United Kingdom, voters defied the entire globalist establishment by voting for a British exit, or “Brexit,” from the controversial EU super-state. That historic vote shocked the political class, which is still scrambling for a way to defy the people without losing its legitimacy entirely. In Italy, voters also rejected the demands of the establishment in a vote that was compared to Brexit and the election of anti-establishment maverick Donald Trump. By a huge margin, Italian voters turned down a barrage of globalist-backed constitutional reforms that would have made it easier for globalists and the political class to expand government, surrender sovereignty, and more. Before, during, and after the vote, a “no” vote was portrayed as an anti-EU vote that could doom the country. Obviously, the sky did not fall.

The Ukrainian Power Grid Was Hacked Again
Motherboard - The more recent attack occurred at a transmission facility, as opposed to the 2015 attack that affected a distribution facility, and was not as far-reaching (although it could have been much worse—as disruptions to a transmission facility could impact a wider area than distribution facilities). But taken together, the implications of both attacks and a series of other breaches around Ukraine suggest that someone, or various individuals, may be using the country as a testbed for refining attacks on critical infrastructure that could be used across the world.... The attackers appear to be testing out techniques, says Oleksii Yasynskyi, head of research for Information Systems Security Partners in Ukraine, who worked on the investigation for UkrEnergo. Their ultimate goal is sabotage he says.... "The attack [was] not meant to have any lasting dramatic consequences," [Ukrainian researcher for Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Lab, Marina] Krotofil told Motherboard. "They could do many more things, but obviously they didn't have this as an intent. It was more like a demonstration of capabilities.".... The researchers say the attacks show that Ukraine "has turned into a training playground for research and development of novel attack techniques" — attacks that will likely be used elsewhere once the hackers refine them. "Ukraine uses equipment and security protections of the same vendors as everybody else around the world," says Krotofil. "If the attackers learn how to go around those tools and appliances in Ukrainian infrastructures, they can then directly go to the West."

Putin’s extreme plan to stub out smoking for good
Daily Express - Under plans to introduce legislations, anyone born after 2015 would be banned from simply buying cigarettes with penalties for the offence on a par with illegal drugs.... Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that the proposed band would require serious discussion and added that various ministries would need to be consulted beforehand.... The smoking ban has sparked debate in Russia, with warnings that the move could lead to a rise in black market cigarettes. Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, a member of the Russian public chamber, which advises the government on social policy, said: “Counterfeit tobacco could lead to even more harm to people’s health.” Cigarettes are relatively cheap compared to the price of a pack of 20 in the UK. In Russia a packet of Marlboro Reds costs 110 roubles (£1.10). A sizeable 43 per cent of the Russian population smokes.

Mercury fillings face Europe-wide ban
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Dentists across Europe will stop using amalgam fillings—which contain mercury—in pregnant and nursing women and children under the age of 15 in 2018. The ban, which affects dentists in all the 28 member-countries of the EU, comes into effect in July next year. The ban needs to be officially ratified, but this is expected to be a formality as the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament have already agreed to it. Health agencies in each of the member countries must also submit plans as to how they will be reducing the use of amalgam fillings in the rest of the population by 2019. The edict is a triumph for consumer groups who have played a major role in the six-year consultation period—and a blow to the dental associations that still maintain that amalgam fillings are safe. Groups such as the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry predict the ruling marks the beginning of the end for amalgam fillings across the developed world. Amalgam fillings—which are a mix of silver, tin and copper in liquid, or elemental, mercury—have been used by dentists for more than 150 years because the material is inexpensive and pliable. Dental associations have maintained the mercury—which makes up around half the filling—is locked in, and can’t escape. But, as WDDTY revealed last month... the mercury does escape, and can damage our brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system—because our gut converts the elemental mercury into methyl mercury, its most lethal form.

Pesticides Kill Over 10 Million Pollinators in Brazil
Sputnik News - The suspected cause of death is reported to be airborne pesticides.... The offending pesticides were sprayed on a nearby sugarcane field. The owner of the field, Ferrari Mill, claims that they did not spray their pesticides over the apiary and are not sure what caused the pesticides to migrate. São Paulo's Public Prosecutor's office has announced an investigation and potential litigation against Ferrari Mill. Ferrari Mill has sent bee corpses to a biologist to investigate whether their pesticides are what killed the bees.... Researchers from State University of São Paulo (UNESP) and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) performed analyses on damaged apiaries around the state and concluded that some 70 percent of mass bee deaths in São Paulo is the result of pesticide misuse. Millions of other mass bee deaths were recorded throughout São Paulo in 2015 and 2016.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Democrats Call For Sept 11-Style Commission To Probe Russia
Zero Hedge - According to Reuters, the proposed "Protecting our Democracy Act" would create a 12-member, bipartisan independent panel to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas and receive public testimony to examine attempts by Moscow and any other entities to influence the election. The panel members would not be members of Congress. The latest legislation proposal is one of many calls by lawmakers to look into Russian involvement in the presidential contest whose outcome stunned so-called experts.... U.S. intelligence agencies on Friday released a report saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Clinton. "There is no question that Russia attacked us," Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told a news conference. Actually there is, however when asked to show evidence of Russian hacking, yesterday the state department said it would be "irresponsible." Versions of the bill were introduced in both the Senate and House. In the Senate it has 10 sponsors. In the House it is backed by every member of the Democratic caucus, said Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. However, the bill may end up going nowhere as no Republicans currently back the bill, so its prospects are dim, given Republican control of both houses of Congress.

James Comey: DNC denied FBI direct access to servers during Russia hacking probe
Washington Times - FBI Director James B. Comey, in his first public comments since the presidential election, said the bureau requested but was denied direct access to the Democratic National Committee’s servers and other hacked devices as part of its probe of Russian hacking. Providing details Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee about the bureau’s investigation into Russian hacks targeting the election, Mr. Comey said the FBI made “multiple requests” for access but ultimately a private company was the one to conduct the forensic review and then shared details about what it found with investigators. “It’s not the way we would prefer to do the investigation,” Mr. Comey said. He said he did not know for sure why the DNC did not provide the FBI direct access to the servers.

Sessions showdown fizzles
Washington Examiner - There was a lot of talk that the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions would be an epic showdown.... But the epic showdown just didn't happen. The Democratic questioners were sluggish and without focus; with one exception, their questions lacked the sting of an opposition party that really wants to bring down a nominee. And the protesters — well, they just didn't bring their A game.... Sessions smoothly handled questions that might have tripped up a less prepared nominee.... It's not necessary to go down each line of questioning in detail, but the bottom line is that few, if any, laid a glove on Sessions.... Without the votes to win, Democrats and the activist groups that support them just didn't bring the energy to the Sessions showdown. The first Senate confirmation battle of the Trump administration goes to Trump.

Trump puts RFK Jr in charge of new commission on vaccine safety
The Daily Mail - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed his new role after a meeting at Trump Tower on Tuesday. He said Trump had asked him to head a commission on 'vaccine safety and scientific integrity' and that he had agreed to do so. Both Trump and Kennedy have have raised suspicions about vaccines despite their overwhelming support among scientists and physicians as a way to prevent the spread of deadly diseases that can infect infants and other children when the pool of protected people is diminished. Kennedy said the purpose would be 'to make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects.'.... 'President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,' Kennedy told reporters Tuesday. 'His opinion doesn't matter but the science does matter and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science,' Kennedy added. 'And that everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have – he's very pro-vaccine, as am I – but they're as safe as they possibly can be.'.... Kennedy's appointment marries vaccine skeptics on the left and right, notwithstanding the widespread scientific consensus on the benefit of vaccine use on a population. Trump tweeted about vaccines in 2014: 'Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!' he wrote. In another 2014 tweet, he wrote: 'Lots of autism and vaccine response. Stop these massive doses immediately. Go back to single, spread out shots! What do we have to lose.'

Activists Are Hoping To Turn Donald Trump’s Inauguration On January 20th Into One Of The Biggest Riots In U.S. History
Economic Collapse Blog - Radical leftists are planning to make January 20th the most chaotic Inauguration Day in American history. Their stated goal is to “disrupt” the Inauguration festivities as much as possible, and they are planning a wide range of “actions” to achieve that stated goal. Some of the more moderate groups are using terms such as “civil resistance” and “civil disobedience”, but others are openly talking about “blockades”, jumping barricades, throwing projectiles and “citywide paralysis”.... If you go to refusefascism.org, you will discover that the protests that they are organizing in Washington D.C. will begin on January 14th. They say that they want to “stop the Trump-Pence regime before it starts”, and they hope to have protests going “every day and every night” without interruption through at least January 20th. Another group that plans to kick things off on January 14th is DisruptJ20. Of course that is short for “Disrupt January 20th”. If you go to their official website, you will find a long slate of events that have already been scheduled.... And these protests are not going to end on January 20th. In fact, abortion advocates are hoping to get close to a million women into Washington D.C. on the day following the Inauguration to protest for abortion rights.

Jury sentences Dylann Roof to death for Emanuel AME Church massacre
postandcourier.com -The 12-member panel – three white jurors, nine black – deliberated for a little less than three hours before unanimously deciding that the 22-year-old white supremacist should die for his crimes rather than spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole. It will be up to the presiding judge to formally impose that sentence, but he is bound by law to follow the jury’s decision.... After Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson delivered a two-hour closing statement, Roof walked to the podium with a single sheet of yellow notebook paper. He appeared to read from it, pausing at times to glance down. His remarks lasted less than five minutes.... Loved ones of the nine people Roof killed crammed every seat in one side of the courtroom and listened with quiet but intense focus as he spoke. None of Roof's family members attended.

John Kelly promises to speed up deportations
Washington Times - President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Homeland Security Department vowed Tuesday to “rapidly” deport illegal immigrants from the U.S. and said the biggest threat to the country is a still-porous border, as he appeared before Congress for his confirmation hearing. Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly chided the Obama administration for giving “a pass” to most illegal immigrants, and said he believes the job of the secretary is to enforce the laws on the books, which includes deporting those who aren’t authorized to be in the U.S.... “I believe that there is a role for traditional prosecutorial discretion, but we cannot refuse to enforce the laws on the books,” Gen. Kelly said. The nominee also said a wall should be part of the mix of border security, backing Mr. Trump’s signature border security pledge from the campaign.

D.C. Will Create $500K 'Legal Fund' for Migrants
Breitbart - The nation’s capital is planning to use $500,000 to help migrants circumvent deportation under President-Elect Donald Trump’s and help pay the legal bills for individuals looking to apply for asylum. The money will go from the pockets of Washington D.C.’s taxpayers to the coffers of defense lawyers who are willing to represent the region’s estimated 25,000 illegal immigrants in court, the Washington Post reported. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said her city was “doubling down” on their sanctuary city status, saying the illegal immigrant population would be supported by the “legal community.”.... Washington is not the first in the country to begin a legal fund for migrants. Los Angeles, California, has started a much more significant fund, with nearly $10 million expected to be set aside to pay for the legal expenses of the area’s massive illegal immigrant population, as Breitbart Texas reported.

Energy & Environment

Thousands in California and Nevada told to evacuate due to flooding
12160 - Heavy rains and flooding along rivers forced the evacuation of thousands of people in a California wine making region and an area of Nevada east of Lake Tahoe on Monday, officials said, with more storms on the way. Regions of California and Nevada, two states which have suffered from drought for years, were walloped by storms over the past week from a weather system called the "Pineapple Express" that sent moisture streaming from Hawaii. The storms have knocked out power for more than 570,000 customers of Pacific Gas and Electric in northern and central California since Saturday, but electricity has been restored to almost all of them, said company spokesman Tom Schmitz. The storms are the latest in a wet winter expected to put a considerable dent in California's years-long drought.... Officials in both California and Nevada said they were still assessing flood damage on Monday. Over the past week, the storms brought 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) of rain and snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and lesser amounts of precipitation in western Nevada, meteorologist Bob Oravec of the Weather Prediction Center said by phone.

Viruses, Bacteria in Electrospun Nanofibers Can Be Sprayed on Crops, Says Academia
Natural Blaze - Academics from Israel, Spain, the US and other places have been writing papers about putting viruses, bacteria, drugs, and chemicals into electrospun nanofibers, which can be sprayed on crops, introduced to water supplies to treat the water, and be used to deliver medicine. One notable academic figure involved in much of this research is Prof. Zussman, of Universität Bayreuth. Israeli academics appear to be prominently involved in this. While these particular papers are not about biowarfare, could it explain why people report a plastic-like, electronic smelling odor in the air after noticing spraying in the skies? Could use of this technology be why people report illness after they smell that, and after witnessing chemtrails?… Why did they choose E. Coli and Staph to encapsulate in nanofibers? Another bacteria chosen was rhizobia, which adds nitrogen to the soil…. The concept of spraying nanoparticles of aluminum in the stratosphere to allegedly combat climate change is now well known: rain tests and common sense observation indicate aluminum, barium nanoparticles are already being sprayed on us, but the flu like symptoms and other observed effects after spraying have so far mostly been a mystery. Victims of the elusive Morgellon’s Disease have reported fibers and strange things coming out of their skin.

Science & Technology

College Forced To Pay Hackers Thousands To Get Data Back
The Daily Caller - A Los Angeles college paid hackers $28,000 to remove infected software from its computer systems after cybercriminals took the school’s data hostage. The perpetrators infiltrated the servers of the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) and issued ransomware–a type of infected software designed to take over a computer system and then block access for the authorized user until a fee is paid.... The Los Angeles Community College District made the payment after consulting “outside cybersecurity experts and law enforcement,” according to an official report of the incident. This isn’t the first time an academic institution has succumbed to nefarious virtual pressure. The University of Calgary was forced to pay roughly $15,700 in June to hackers who infiltrated its information technology systems. But the majority of cybersecurity experts say it is not advisable to pay cybercriminals when they take data captive. Two primary reasons are that there is no guarantee that data will be given back to its rightful owner, and because there is no assurance that the cybercriminal will not blackmail the person again–aside from the hacker’s word.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley Asks The World For Assistance To Save His Garden
Activist Post - Ron Finley, affectionately known as the Gangster Gardener, changes lives with his passion for urban farming, a task he took on when one day he realized fast-food and low-quality processed foods were killing his community, South Central Los Angeles, inflicting far more damage than drugs and crime.... His efforts have inspired and brought forth a new generation of gardeners, something the world needs now more than ever before as biodiversity in food seed is collapsing and companies like Monsanto and other agrochemical giants are poisoning the earth and monopolizing the global farming industry.... The Ron Finley Project (RFP) is headquartered in Los Angeles, now home to a massive edible community garden and a center for urban renewal with classrooms and a host of community projects. The building itself has been sold to a real estate investment firm and now the project is faced with the choice of purchasing it or finding a new location, something that would be a colossal setback for this grassroots movement, and he needs your help to save it. Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction.

Health

10-month-old suddenly suffers 14 seizures a day after receiving new meningitis vaccine, viral video spreads
(NaturalNews) As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, Luke Maguire, 25, and Louise McKever, 22, said they’ve taken their son, Bobby, to the hospital more than 55 times since he received all of his vaccines this past summer. It’s yet another sad example of vaccine injury that the ‘mainstream’ media and Big Pharma will try to sweep under the rug. The Daily Mail noted that the Bexsero Meningitis B vaccine has been administered to all babies in the UK since September 2015, and seizures are known to be a side effect. But the first-time parents say the vaccine has left their son suffering from other problems as well, including night terrors, allergies and stomach issues.... Little Bobby is now undergoing several tests, perhaps to rule out a complex genetic epilepsy disorder. But one expert in the condition who has seen the video footage says it is not likely that the seizures are related to the vaccine. That, of course, is coming from the UK government. The government’s regulatory agency also said there was “insufficient evidence” to link the meningitis B vaccine to the fits. But the parents aren’t buy it.... Maguire said his son began experiencing his seizures on the very day he received his eight-week vaccinations, when his temperature spiked suddenly and “he went floppy and unresponsive.”

Diatomaceous Earth: Safe Supplement that Supports Human Detoxification and Restores Collagen
Health Impact News - Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an inexpensive natural compound with multiple uses. As a food grade powder it can be used to detox heavy metals, parasites, and microbial pathogens. It also distributes silica internally. Silica is an important component of bone matter. So is magnesium, which is to a lesser extent part of DE. Without silica and magnesium, supplementing calcium alone is dangerous. Calcium’s assimilation into building bone matter depends on both silica and magnesium as well as vitamin D. Without proper assimilation into bone matter, calcium remains in the blood and can literally calcify in the arteries, creating arteriosclerosis. DE is known for its ability to safely eliminate bugs of all types, including bedbugs, from dwellings, gardens, and small organic farms. It’s safe because it is non-toxic to humans and animals…. Diatomaceous earth particles are quite tiny and hard. But food grade DE is crushed into an extremely fine powder that makes it easy to mix into a solution with water or juice. There’s only slightly chalky taste and texture. Yet food grade DE is just abrasive enough to “gently scrub” the inner walls of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract from beginning to end without damage to the GI tract. Recommended dosage from most sources: One teaspoonful mixed well in water or juice away from food. Then two teaspoonfuls away from food after feeling comfortable with that. This author has used tablespoon amounts at times without problems. Note: Avoid inhaling DE into your lungs or getting it into your eyes. Those areas may not be so resistant to DE’s mild abrasive qualities. The powder’s fine dusty quality could invade those areas and cause harm over time. However, there are no recorded incidents of eye and lung damage from DE….

Pet News

UPDATE: Raised for meat in SKorea, dogs head for new homes in USA
Nataly Pak - Demi was one of 10 dogs rescued on Tuesday from a farm in Wonju, 90 km (55 miles) from the South Korean capital, Seoul, where 200 dogs were being raised for human consumption, to start new lives as pets under the HSI's campaign. The farm is the sixth that the group has helped close down in South Korea since 2015, and follows six-months of negotiations, medical examinations and vaccinations. Because airline flights can only carry a limited number of dogs a day, it will take a couple of weeks for HSI to rescue all 200 of the dogs at the farm…. Humane Society International hopes the government will ban the breeding of dogs for meat ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. Recently, the mayor of the city of Seongnam, Lee Jae-myung, who is running for president, ordered the closure of a big dog-meat section of a city market. Seafood will be sold there instead.
 



Tuesday - January 10, 2017

Today In History:

1776 - "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine was published.
1870 - John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
1901 - Oil was discovered at the Spindletop oil field near Beaumont, TX.
1943 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed from Miami, FL, to Trinidad thus becoming the 1st American President to visit a foreign country during wartime.
1946 - The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place with 51 nations represented.
1957 - Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation Anthony Eden.
1984 - The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
1986 - The uncut version of Jerome Kern’s musical, "Showboat", opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
1994 - In Manassas, VA, Lorena Bobbitt went on trial. She had been charged with maliciously wounding her husband John. She was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity.
2000 - It was announced that Time-Warner had agreed to buy America On-line (AOL). It was the largest-ever corporate merger priced at $162 billion. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the deal on December 14, 2000.
2001 - American Airlines agreed to acquire most of Trans World Airlines (TWA) assets for about $500 million. The deal brought an end to the financially troubled TWA.
2003 - North Korea announced that it was withdrawing from the global nuclear arms control treaty and that it had no plans to develop nuclear weapons.
2007 - The iTunes Music Store reached 1.3 million feature length films sold and 50 million television episodes sold.

World News

U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessels
Reuters - A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down, U.S. officials said on Monday. The incident, which occurred on Sunday and was first reported by Reuters, comes as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on Jan. 20. In September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water." "This was an unsafe and unprofessional interaction, and that is due to the fact that they were approaching at a high level of speed with weapons manned and disregarding repeated warnings," Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a briefing. The warning shots were fired at the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats by the USS Mahan after it established radio contact but failed to get them to slow down, Davis said, confirming earlier accounts of U.S. defense officials. Those officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the Iranian vessels came within 900 yards (800 meters) of the Navy destroyer, which was escorting two other U.S. military ships. The Mahan also fired flares and a U.S. Navy helicopter also dropped a smoke float before the warning shots, they said.

Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile Babur-3
Times of India - Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 450km from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, giving the country a "credible" second-strike capability, the military said. The missile, Babur-3, was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, the Inter Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistani military said in a statement.... While the pursuit and now the successful attainment of a second strike capability by Pakistan represents a major scientific milestone, it is manifestation of the strategy of measured response to nuclear strategies and postures being adopted in Pakistan's neighbourhood, it said, in an obvious reference to India.

Peace Prize Nominated "Humanitarian" White Helmets Stand with al-Qaeda, Hold Citizens Hostage in Damascus Without Water
The Daily Sheeple - Shortly after the liberation of Aleppo, al-Qaeda fighters in the Barada Valley outside Damascus dumped diesel fuel into the water supply to the city on December 22.... the Syrian government is ready to send teams to restore water to Damascus, the lack of which only punishes civilians and holds a vast number of people hostage under the possibility of thirst. Terrorists, however, are denying access to the site and, instead, are offering to allow teams access the facilities on the condition that the Syrian military and Hezbollah end their military siege of the city. In effect, the terrorists are holding the people of Damascus hostage for military gain.... However, the White Helmets, who typically attempt to stay behind the scenes (although they have been exposed for doing much more than mere behind-the-scenes activity), have openly released a statement of solidarity with al-Qaeda in Barada and Damascus.

Senior Palestinian Official: Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem A ‘Declaration Of War On All Muslims’
Breitbart - If President-elect Donald Trump makes good on his promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, it would be considered “a declaration of war” on all Muslims, the Palestinian Authority’s supreme Sharia judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash declared on Friday. “The new American administration intends to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem. In a simple, calm, and rational manner, in clear words that need no explanation and which are unambiguous: Such a step, for every Muslim, is a declaration of war on all Muslims,” said Habbash in a Friday sermon broadcast on the Palestinian Authority’s official television network. The speech, which was attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was translated by Israeli watchdog Palestinian Media Watch. “We are no one’s enemies, and we do not want to be. We are not enemies of the US and we do not want to be. However, when something harms our faith and our existence, we cannot stand by and do nothing,” Habbash, who also serves as a senior aide to Abbas, said. “Occupied Jerusalem is our eternal capital, the capital of our existence and the capital of our state. In politics, there can be compromises here and there… In politics there can be negotiation. However, in matters of religion, faith, values, ethics, and history, there can be no compromises,” he added. Trump’s team has emphasized that the president-elect is “firmly committed” to transferring the embassy to Israel’s capital as soon as possible.

US Embassy in Mexico Warns Americans over Security Situation
Pontiac Tribune - The US embassy in Mexico called on US citizens in Guadalajara to avoid leaving their homes unless highly necessary following the recent attack on a consular official. A man injured the consular employee early on Friday. According to the video released by the US consulate, the perpetrator of the attack had been waiting for the consular official and started fire as the latter was driving out of a parking lot.... The embassy also recommended the US citizens to change their ordinary pattern of movement to prevent criminals from planning attacks.

Terror suspects could be forced to wear electronic tags under radical proposal from German justice minister
The Telegraph - Suspected Islamic extremists could be forced to wear electronic tags without trial in Germany, under radical new proposals put forward by the country’s justice minister. Heiko Maas said he wanted to extend the use of electronic ankle tags to those deemed a potential terror threat even if they have not been convicted of any crime. The proposals come as senior ministers in Angela Merkel’s government prepare to meet on Tuesday to discuss security reforms in the wake of last month’s Christmas market terror attack in Berlin, in which 12 people died. Anis Amri, the attacker, was able to move freely around Germany despite being identified as a terror threat because police could not secure enough evidence to arrest him. Mr Maas called for a “preventive offensive” against the threat from Islamic extremism. “The use of ankle tags should not be only available for convicted criminals after release from prison, but for those identified as a general threat as well,” he said. Under current German law, electronic tags are only possible for convicted sex offenders after their release from prison, but Mr. Maas called for their use to be expanded.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

As Americans Freaked Over Russian Fake News, FBI Quietly Released New Clinton Investigation Docs
The Free Thought Project - The documents were released Sunday on the bureau’s website, which has a page dedicated to the investigation of Hillary Clinton.... The FBI did not make an announcement related to the release.... The file is 299 pages and many of the documents are part of the basics of building a federal case including the preservation of records, evidence chain of custody, and listing many seized items.... The first document in the file is the initial report titled “Opening of Full Investigation on a Sensitive Investigative Matter (SIM),” which is dated July 10, 2015. It states the investigation is designated as a SIM because of the “connection to a current public official, political appointee or candidate,” which kept the status of the case out of the public domain. The same report also lists the case as a prohibited investigation, which receives special classification for counterintelligence needs.... On page 235 of the documents, the FBI admits the Office of Inspector General found classified materials on Clinton’s server. This means the FBI knew about this leak well before anything was made public — and while Clinton was publicly denying it the entire time.... The files are also showing signs of details corroborating some pending theories about Hillary Clinton’s corruption scandals, as evidenced by internet forums.... The FBI’s timing in releasing the documents has been questioned as it comes just days after the full report ordered by U.S. President Barack Obama to investigate Russian influence on the election in favor of Donald Trump.

Revealing evidence of Russia's hacking would be 'irresponsible' State Dept
RT - Asked by RT’s Gayane Chichakyan if Friday’s public intelligence report should have contained evidence, State Department spokesman John Kirby said that no one should be surprised that US intelligence agencies were keeping evidence secret in order to protect their sources and methods. “Most American people understand that they have the responsibility to protect their sources and methods,” Kirby said, adding it would be “irresponsible” to do otherwise. It is up to the agencies to decide which information they share with the public. “We rely on them to make that determination for themselves,” the State Department spokesman said at Monday's press briefing.... When Chichakyan brought up the 2003 intelligence assessment on the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – invoked by the Bush administration to justify the US invasion and occupation of that country – Kirby said the comparison was irrelevant, since that was a long time ago. “We have moved on. We have learned a lot from those mistakes,” he said.

Donald Trump musters a heartland army for his inauguration
Washington Times - Gleeful journalists who cackled over the celebrity boycott of the presidential inauguration must now face a new phenomenon. President-elect Donald Trump and his staff are winning praise for their “refreshing” ideas as they return inaugural culture to its more traditional, less complicated origins. The event is not supposed to be Woodstock says Boris Epshteyn, director of communications for the Inaugural Committee. Mr. Trump himself insists his No. 1 guest is “the American people,” and appears delighted with the heartland heroes — all 8,000 of them — who will be with him on Jan. 20, including Border Patrol officers, police color guards, high school and university marching bands, Boy Scouts, equestrian corps, first responders, wounded warriors, veterans, caissons battalions and pipe and drum corps.

Senate Democrats Prepare For Their 2017 Theatrical Debut As Confirmation Hearings Loom
Zero Hedge - Starting Tuesday Americans will be subjected to what will feel like endless hours of torture as Senate Democrats get their opportunity to question Trump cabinet appointees. The hearings will undoubtedly focus on the wealth accumulation of many of his nominees as key Democrats have already started to apply pressure for them to turnover historical tax filings. That said, given that Republicans control a 52-48 majority in the Senate and that Democrats eliminated the 60-vote threshold in 2013, the Democrat theatrical displays this week will ultimately amount to nothing more than an attempt to discredit and shame Trump's appointees. As John Cornyn of Texas pointed out, "[Democrats] can delay the process, they can’t stop it." Of course, their lack of leverage (due to their own rule changes which have now come back to haunt them in just 3 short years) has Senate Democrats "triggered" over Republican efforts to fast track the nomination approval process. As The Hill notes, Chuck Schumer seems particularly upset about the amount of work he'll have to do this week saying “It shouldn’t be the case that 6 hearings occur all on the same day." While all of Trump's picks will be put through the wringer, a handful, including Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State), Steve Mnuchin (Secretary of Treasury), Jeff Session (Attorney General) and Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), are expected to draw the most criticism from the left.

Feds Admit To Putting Migrants on Planes for U.S. Destinations
Breitbart - Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have admitted that they are not only releasing illegal immigrants at bus stations, they are also “identify[ing]” and transporting them to airports for travel to various destinations within the country. Officials say these undocumented migrants are from Central America. The migrants are given notices to appear and are promising to later reappear before an immigration judge. Missing from the recent announcement is an explanation of the types of identification that are being used to board commercial flights…. The Local 2455 Border Patrol spokesman said that the planes being used by the migrants were “the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel.” Moreover, he said: Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.

Veteran News

VA employees received millions of dollars in unjustified incentives
Stars and Stripes - The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out more than $30 million in employee incentives in one year without justification, and it will continue to overspend if changes aren’t made, according to a report released Thursday by the agency’s internal watchdog.... Inspectors initiated the investigation after allegations that the department was giving out too many incentives to VA executives without cause – a charge Republican lawmakers and VA leaders have quarreled about in recent years.... Inspectors found $30.7 million of $66 million spent in fiscal 2014 to recruit, relocate or retain employees was not fully justified. At that rate, they estimated the VA could give out $158.7 million in unsupported incentives through September 2019. Inspectors concluded VA officials did not always confirm the incentives were being used to help fix workforce gaps or were necessary to recruit and retain employees. The VA also failed to recoup about $784,000 of incentives that were awarded on conditions that employees then did not meet. Inspectors estimated the VA could fail to collect another nearly $4 million through fiscal 2019.... The findings were issued about two weeks after Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers lift spending restrictions on employee bonuses that were put in place last year.

Economy & Business

Great Again: Apple to expand manufacturing in Arizona...
CNBC News - Amid pressure to build products at home, Apple is seeking to conduct "high-tech manufacturing" at one of its American plants, according to a federal government filing. Apple has requested to make finished products in its facility in Mesa, Arizona, according to the document, first reported by Business Insider. Right now, it has permissions to make consumer electronics components there, the filing said. Mesa first announced the Apple manufacturing facility in 2013, when there were expected to be 2,000 jobs created there. In 2015, Apple said it would invest $2 billion to expand "a command center for the company's global networks." The company currently has job postings for "data center site services technicians" in Mesa. Apple has reportedly been looking to expand its cloud services to compete with rivals like Amazon and Google, The Information reported last year. Meanwhile, president-elect Donald Trump has said as president he would "create the incentives" to get Apple to "build a big plant in the United States."

Trump Hails Fiat Chrysler's $1 Billion Investment in America
LifeZette - President-Elect Donald Trump celebrated Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Sunday announcement that the company is investing $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing while creating 2,000 jobs as another pre-inauguration economic victory Monday. Even though Trump hasn’t assumed the presidency yet, the president-elect has been hard at work delivering on campaign promises to fight for U.S. workers, revitalizing the economy and bringing jobs back to the country. After Fiat Chrysler made its announcement Sunday, Trump lauded the move and expressed his optimism for the future of American auto manufacturing.... In its announcement, Fiat Chrysler said it would invest the $1 billion in revamping the two plants in the Midwest states. The company also plans to manufacture new Jeeps and a new pickup truck at the facilities, and indicated that it may halt production of its Ram model in Mexico and move it to Michigan, according to Reuters.

Fiat CEO Warns May Shut All Mexico Production If Trump Tariff Too High
Zero Hedge - Agree with his proposed policies or not, it's difficult to argue that Trump is delivering on his promises to the autoworkers of the Midwest who single-handedly voted him into the White House. Before even taking office, the mere threat of import tariffs has caused Ford to cancel the construction of a $1.6 billion new facility in Mexico, and has automotive CEO's from Toyota to Chrysler walking on eggshells as they carefully try to flaunt all of the capital investments they're making in U.S.-based facilities. While likely secretly hoping for the status quo, Fiat Chrysler's U.S. CEO, Sergio Marchionne, admitted earlier today that if Trump's import tariffs are "sufficiently large" he would be forced to shutter all of his manufacturing capacity in Mexico as it would be rendered "uneconomical.".... As it turns out, purchasing 18mm cars per year, even if those purchases are fueled by a massive subprime auto lending bubble, affords the U.S. some leverage on where those vehicles are manufactured. And, as Marchionne points out, the manufacturing capacity in Mexico was specifically designed and tooled to manufacture vehicles for the U.S. market which means that attempts to "re-purpose" the facilities for the export market would almost certainly be uneconomical.... And with America's United Auto Workers making just over 7x what comparable workers make to build the same products in Mexico, we suspect car shoppers in the U.S. should get accustomed to pay a little more for their Ford Focus or Chevy Cruze.

GM Lied To The Public And To Trump About Where Chevrolet Cruze Sedans Sold In The USA Are Assembled
Zero Hedge - On Tuesday, president-elect Trump tweeted about General Motors, stating the GM was building its Chevrolet Cruze in Mexico, importing them to the US tax-free, and selling them at US car dealers. GM quickly denied Trump’s tweet, and in a press release that same day, the company claimed that all Cruze sedans sold in the US are “built in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio”, and that GM builds the Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with only a small percentage being sold in the US…and the MSM and other liberal outlets were quick to pounce on GM’s statement, using it to slander the president-elect. ... So, who did the fact-checking work that the MSM didn’t bother doing? Auto enthusiast and Twitter user E.W. Niedermeyer, that’s who. …Niedermeyer quickly got to the nitty-gritty of his argument, noting the the VIN sequence (3G1) used at the beginning of GM cars made in Mexico……and finally, Niedermeyer provided evidence on where the autos sold in the US were built.... GM is selling Cruze sedans manufactured in Mexico, in the same Ohio town that builds Cruze sedans. And at the same time, GM is brazen enough to say it doesn’t sell Cruze sedans built in Mexico in the US.... And GM did so in the face of the president-elect of the United States accusing the company of building Cruze sedans in Mexico, shipping them to America tax-free, and selling them in your local dealerships.... If you think GM is somehow more credible than Trump, recall that this isn’t exactly the first time the auto maker has been caught lying.... But the MSM gleefully took GM at their word, using any chance it could get to refer to the president-elect as a dangerous, reckless liar, when a simple fact-check has shown GM was falsifying the truth, not Trump.

Seafood Companies Sue For Requiring They Track Every Fish
The Daily Caller - Under the rules from the National Marine Fisheries Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, companies would have to prove where each fish or cut of meat came from, down to the ship that caught it or the farm that raised it. Fish sellers would be required to show the origin for 13 of the most popular fish species — including most types of tuna fish, crabs and cod — and when the seafood arrived at U.S. customs stations.... Seafood fraud occurs when a company intentionally mislabels a fish as a different species, either to fetch a higher price or conceal illegal fishing, according to Oceana, an environmental group that supports the regulations.... “These changes to food processing practices in every nation would reduce exports into the United States and would dramatically increase the cost of catching, processing and importing seafood,” the lawsuit alleged. The National Fisheries Institute is committed to fighting seafood fraud, which according to an Oceana report, accounts for one-fifth of seafood sold in the U.S., but disagrees that the rule as written will do more help than harm. The lawsuit claims that the government’s own studies have shown most seafood fraud occurs within the border, “even though many U.S. importers subject imported seafood to DNA testing to preclude fraud at the border.”

Energy & Environment

U.S. should pursue controversial GeoEngineering research, federal scientists say for first time
˘The Liberty Beacon -The U.S. government office that oversees federally funded climate research has recommended studies into two areas of geoengineering research, marking the first time scientists in the executive branch have formally called for studies in the controversial field. The move, part of a climate science planning report sent today to Congress, will likely further normalize discussion of deliberate tinkering with the atmosphere to cool the planet, and of directly collecting carbon from the sky, both topics once verboten in the climate science community. Yet the new endorsement of geoengineering research comes amid deep uncertainty about the direction that climate research will take under the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump.... The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which produced the report, coordinates climate research across 13 departments and agencies. Currently, none expressly supports geoengineering research, though federal climate science officials have been quietly reviewing the idea for the entirety of the Obama administration. In 2009, in his first public interview after receiving Senate confirmation for the job of White House science adviser, John Holdren said he had discussed the controversial idea in his new position. A kerfuffle followed over whether the White House was “considering” geoengineering or not. In the aftermath, federal scientists rarely broached the topic publicly, though influential institutions like the Royal Society in the United Kingdom, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the House of Representatives science committee subsequently called for government-funded geoengineering research.

New Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Negative Social Behavior In Bees
Natural Blaze - While an increasing number of countries, particularly in Europe, have taken action against neonicotinoids, the U.S. stubbornly clings to their widespread use. This is happening even as the bumblebee has been put on the endangered species list in the U.S. for the first time. A new study has looked beyond what is documented to be a lethal level of pesticide exposure for bees and has found disturbing changes in bee behavior at sublethal levels. These effects, while not as dramatic as millions of bees instantly dropping dead, hint at a more insidious consequence of spraying. A team of researchers with the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard University noted that bees exposed to one type of neonicotinoid called imidacloprid experienced dramatic changes in the way they socialized within their hive. Essentially, they abandoned their responsibilities and withdrew from interaction, even with protective care and foraging…. This inability to attend to even the most basic functions that ensure the survival of future generations should sound a new alarm over the potential loss of such a key component of the ecosystem upon which human beings depend.

Science & Technology

Feds may let Playpen child porn suspect go to keep concealing their source code
Ars Technica - In United States v. Michaud, Jay Michaud of Vancouver, Washington allegedly logged on to Playpen in 2015. But unbeknownst to him at that point, federal investigators were temporarily operating the site for 13 days before shutting it down. As authorities controlled Playpen, the FBI deployed a sneaky piece of software (a "network investigative technique (NIT)," dubbed by many security experts as malware), which allowed them to reveal Playpen users’ true IP addresses. With that information in hand, identifying those suspects became trivial. Since being apprehended, some of the Playpen defendants immediately took plea deals. Others have challenged the government's NIT and the single out-of-district warrant that authorized its use. In this case, US District Judge Robert Bryan eventually ordered the government to hand over the NIT's source code. Since that May 2016 order, the government has classified the source code itself, thwarting efforts for criminal discovery in more than 100 Playpen-related cases that remain pending. In June 2016, prosecutors began the appeals process to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, but they ultimately decided to abandon Michaud at the higher court.

Survival/Preparedness

This Underground Survival Community Proves Preppers “Don’t Just Survive, They Thrive”
Amanda Froelich - In an unsuspecting location exists the world’s largest survival community, where doomsday preppers can invest in an eco-friendly bunker for just $25,000. In one of the most unassuming locations exists the world’s largest survival community, complete with 575 off-grid doomsday bunkers. Near the southern edge of Edgemont, South Dakota (population 740), the Vivos xPoint community can be found. Survivalists who wish to prepare for the worst can lease an off-grid bunker in a high-security area for $25,000. Additionally, there is a $1,000 per year ground lease that extends for 99 years. The survival community was once an Army depot that used to store ammunition and bombs from 1942 to 1967. Now, it exists as a potential refuge located about 100 miles from the “nearest known military nuclear targets.” In the case of WWIII, a zombie apocalypse, or (more likely) an economic collapse, at least 5,000 people can find security while the world falls apart. According to Vivos, each bunker can endure a 500,000-pound internal blast – just to be safe. Each bunker, which is approximately 1,800 to 2,400 square feet, is covered by a berm. Inside, residents will find life-sustaining resources, including water which can be acquired via two wells and is stored in reinforced concrete tanks. The company claims 10 to 20 people can subsist in a bunker for an entire year. And, those who lease a spot in the community can hire a contractor to outfit the shelter however they please.

Health

Why Are Nurses and Healthcare Workers Across the U.S. Refusing Mandatory Flu Vaccines?
Health Impact News - Dr. Meryl Nass, M.D., a 36-year career board certified internal medicine practitioner in Maine, has written extensively about vaccine safety and vaccine policy. She is most well-known for her work with hundreds of Gulf War Veterans who became ill after receiving the anthrax vaccine. Her most recent research has uncovered new information about a nationally imposed flu vaccine policy for healthcare workers. This policy also affects patients at hospitals and in pediatric practices, and general practitioners who are being lobbied, cajoled and sometimes deceived into getting flu vaccines. Dr. Nass discovered that the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) established by Medicare and organizations like the National Quality Forum, a federally established, public-private health quality assessment organization are created for the purpose of enforcing policies that are selected as “quality improvement” measures, whether or not they improve care or lower costs. They are surrogate measures that can then be used to get institutions to either comply or lose millions of dollars in reimbursements (up to 4% of acute care hospitals’ total Medicare reimbursements). The more employees and patients vaccinated, the higher the reimbursement rate…. This is evidently not so much a health policy, but a transactional policy: mandates are being forced upon employees so that hospitals will reap financial gain. Simply put, your practitioners’ health and autonomy are being used as a bartering tool to increase Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, which can determine whether a hospital has a profit and loss when margins are slim.

Groundbreaking Study Shows Roundup Herbicide Causes Liver Disease at Low Doses
Sustainable Pulse - This study is unique in that it is the first to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmental dose and a serious disease condition. Dr. Antoniou stated Monday; “The findings of our study are very worrying as they demonstrate for the first time a causative link between an environmentally relevant level of Roundup consumption over the long-term and a serious disease – namely non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Our results also suggest that regulators should reconsider the safety evaluation of glyphosate-based herbicides.” The results of this study demonstrate that long-term consumption of an ultra-low, environmentally relevant dose of Roundup at a glyphosate daily intake level of only 4 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 below US permitted levels, results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD currently affects 25% of the US population. Risk factors include being overweight or obese, having diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides in the blood. Rapid weight loss and poor eating habits also may lead to NAFLD. However, some people develop NAFLD even if they do not have any risk factors. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), itching, fluid build-up and swelling of the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites), and mental confusion. NAFLD can progress to the more serious condition non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Medicinal mushrooms boost immune function and prevent cancer
(NaturalHealth365) The main way medicinal mushrooms fight cancer is through their ability to boost your immune system. In fact, reishi extract from the reishi mushroom contains known anti-cancer compounds, and it is registered with the government for its anticancer abilities. Three decades of research have substantiated medicinal mushrooms as having cancer-fighting and tumor-shrinking properties. Cancer cell growth and tumor growth seems to be inhibited by the compounds that medicinal mushrooms contain. The extract of reishi mushrooms has been studied extensively for its properties as an immune system booster. It is believed it enhances immune functioning due to its ability to increase the body’s production of the compound interleukin 1 and 2. Medicinal mushrooms like the reishi also lower blood pressure, protect the liver, reduce inflammation and pain, and naturally kill viruses. Cordyceps is another medicinal mushroom that can help boost your immune system and prevent cancer. Cordyceps mushrooms are stimulating to the immune system and help to raise levels of natural cancer killing cells including T cells. The long tradition of Chinese medicine considers cordyceps mushrooms enhancing to the longevity of white blood cells, which are instrumental in fighting and preventing cancer. Other beneficial medicinal mushrooms include shitake mushrooms, sometimes called “Elixir of Life.” These mushrooms are used in miso soup and are known to help reduce cholesterol levels when eaten regularly. Shitake mushrooms contain lentinan, a known immune system booster and virus inhibitor. Shitake mushrooms also contain AHCC, a glucan which can treat and prevent cancer by boosting the immune system.

5 Headache-Curing Herbs Your Ancestors Used
Off the Grid News - Here are the top 5 herbs that have been used for ages to stop headaches, before pharmacies, before pills, and certainly before your boss was born! 1. Willow - The bark from willow trees has a long history of pain relief, and not just for headaches. Extracts from white willow bark was used by the pioneers in the 1800s, but the Native people of America used it well before that. Willow bark contains a compound, salicin, which your body will convert into salicylic acid, known to you and I as aspirin. 2. Ginger - It can be purchased in capsule form, but the quickest way to relieve headaches — and the one our ancestors used — was to put a half dozen thin slices of fresh ginger root in two cups of water and boil it as a tea. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes and drink after it has cooled a bit. 3. Feverfew - This ancient herb, best known for reducing fevers, is a terrific choice for migraines as it not only reduces pain but is known to help alleviate nausea and sensitivity to light. The leaves and flowers contain a compound that cause the blood vessels to dilate….



Monday - January 9, 2017

Today In History:

1793 - Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the U.S.
1788 - Connecticut became the 5th state to join the United States.
1799 - British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduced income tax, at two shillings (10p) in the pound, to raise funds for the Napoleonic Wars.
1848 - The first commercial bank was established in San Francisco, CA.
1861 - The state of Mississippi seceded from the United States.
1929 - The Seeing Eye was incorporated in Nashville, TN. The company's purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind.
1936 - The United States Army adopted the semi-automatic rifle.
1940 - Television was used for the first time to present a sales meeting to convention delegates in New York City.
1951 - The United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.
1986 - Kodak got out of the instant camera business after 10 years due to a loss in a court battle that claimed that Kodak copied Polaroid patents.
1991 - U.S. secretary of state Baker and Iraqi foreign minister Aziz met for 61/2 hours in Geneva, but failed to reach any agreement that would forestall war in the Persian Gulf.
2002 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was pursuing a criminal investigation of Enron Corp. The company had filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001.
2003 - Archaeologists announced that they had found five more chambers in the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China's first emperor. The rooms were believed to cover about 750,000 square feet.
2007 - Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.'s CEO, announced the first generation iPhone.

World News

100’s of US tanks, heavy equipment flows into Europe to counter ‘Russian aggression’
RT - The Resolve cargo ship arrived on Wednesday, while two more vessels – Freedom and Endurance – are expected in Germany on Sunday, Deutsche Welle reported. The unloading of the ships began on Friday, with the heavy equipment to be transported to Poland via rail and road. The US plans to deliverer a total of 87 Abrams M1A1 tanks, 20 Paladin artillery vehicles and 136 Bradley fighting vehicles to Eastern Europe, according to Reuters. Four thousand American troops will reportedly be spread across Poland, the Baltic States, Bulgaria and Romania where they’ll remain on rotation basis. Polish and US troops are scheduled to hold joint “massing” drills in Poland later this month, which NATO says is aimed at reassuring its European allies in the face of what it calls aggressive Russian behavior. The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, with 50 Black Hawk helicopters, 10 CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 1,800 personnel, as well as a separate aviation battalion with 400 troops and 24 Apache helicopters are also scheduled for deployment in Eastern Europe.... NATO calls it military buildup near Russia’s borders a defensive measure, claiming it is justified after Moscow’s reunion with Crimea in 2014 and its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. Russia views the military bloc’s actions aggressive and said the massive military is undermining the security balance on the European continent.

Turkey let ISIS get bomb supplies, former counterterror official says
Washington Times - Although Ankara denies it ever allowed private companies to supply the terrorist group, Ahmet S. Yayla, who held high-level Turkish law enforcement posts from 2010 to 2014, said the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a clandestine policy to facilitate cross-border transfers of explosive materials to the group. “Police were told to close their eyes when large shipping container trucks rolled across the Syrian border with Turkey,” Mr. Yayla told The Washington Times. “The protocol was that if national intelligence was arranging the movement, there was [no] stopping for inspection.” Mr. Yayla, an adjunct professor at George Mason University and an outspoken critic of the Turkish government, made the assertions amid growing scrutiny of Ankara’s suspected role in arming the Islamic State... Turkish diplomats strenuously denied the charges during a half-hour meeting at the Turkish Embassy late last month.... In a national address this week after the New Year’s massacre at an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the Islamic State, Mr. Erdogan strongly rejected charges that his government aided the jihadi terrorist group operating in neighboring Iraq and Syria.... But a report last month by the Britain-based tracking group Conflict Armament Research said terrorists operating out of numerous workshops and factories in the Mosul area produced tens of thousands of mortar rounds, rockets and improvised explosive devices using precursor materials originating in Turkish factories.

Turkey agrees to withdraw its troops illegally stationed in Iraq
Almasdar News - Following the announcement of a meeting between Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the two counterparts have agreed for the total withdrawal of all Turkish soldiers illegally stationed in the Bashiqa region near Mosul. Iraqi television quoted al-Abadi confirming an agreement reached with Turkey on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq.Turkish Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim is expected to also meet President Fuad Masum and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri following his meeting with Abadi, as well as community leaders of Iraq's Turkmen minority. The deployment of Turkish troops near Mosul caused a political showdown between the two states, with the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units vowing to rid Iraq of Turkish troops after defeating ISIS. Iraq also considered its options of attacking the illegally stationed Turkish troops.

US State Dept. wants Gambia Embassy families to evacuate as president refuses to give up power
RT - The US has ordered the evacuation of embassy personnel families from Gambia, as tensions heat up ahead of the end of President Yahya Jammeh’s term.... A statement from the US State Department also warned Americans not to travel to Gambia, “because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future.” Advising families of embassy staff to leave the country, the statement said that those who choose to stay should “prepare for the possible deterioration of security.” The long-time president lost his position to opposition candidate Adama Barrow on December 1. While Jammeh had initially accepted the result, he later called for a new vote, leading to widespread international criticism. The transition of power is set to take place on January 19, as Jammeh’s cabinet failed to get the Supreme Court to declare the election results null and void. A final ruling is expected on January 10, with everyone bracing for possible violence.... This was supposed to be the first peaceful transition of power in West Africa since 1965, after the British gave up the former colony.

Truck Rams Into Pedestrians In Jerusalem Killing Four, Wounding 15; Driver Shot (Video)
Zero Hedge - A truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers who were disembarking from a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15 others, AP reported citing Israeli police and rescue services said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the truck veered off course and rammed into the group on the street at the Armon Hanatziv promenade overlooking the walled Old City of Jerusalem.... Israel's rescue service MDA said the four casualties were in their 20s and included three women and a man. Of the 15 wounded, one was in serious condition.... An Israeli bus driver who witnessed the incident said on the radio the truck plowed into a group of soldiers, and that they fired on the driver, who reversed direction and ran over them again. "They shot him, until they neutralized him," said the bus driver, who gave his name only as Moshe.... Israel's police chief Roni Alsheich told reporters the attacker was from an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem and forces had no advance warning. He refused to elaborate and a gag order was placed on further details pending an investigation. According to a Times of Israel reporter, Hamas's Qassam brigades say Jerusalem attacker, Fadi al-Qanbar, was a released prisoner. Call him a "Mujahid." The Sunday attack, reminiscent of the recent truck-ramming at the Berlin Christmas market which took place in December and was perpetrated by an ISIS-supporter, would rank as one of the deadliest in a more than yearlong wave of Palestinian shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks against Israelis that had slowed of late. Sunday's incident marks the first Israeli deaths in three months.

Gunman shoots, wounds US consular official in Mexico
AP - The Attorney General's Office said the official was wounded in the attack Friday in Guadalajara. The city is the capital of Jalisco state, which is dominated by the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation cartel. There was no immediate evidence of any cartel link to the attack.... Surveillance video of the attack shows the gunman following the official in a parking garage. The official, whose name was not released, was dressed in shorts. The attacker doesn't appear to try to approach the official while he is walking, but instead waits for him to exit the parking garage in his vehicle and fires a round into the car's windshield. The consulate said on its Facebook page that the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information on the attacker. Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city and is not specifically singled out for any special precautions in the latest U.S. travel warning updated on Dec. 8. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said that for privacy reasons no further information would be made available on the victim, including his condition.

Government Will Not Request Prison Sentence for 'Child Migrant' Who Raped 5 Year-Old Boy
Breitbart London - The Attorney-General’s Office (AGO) will not request a prison sentence for a [15-year-old] “child migrant” who raped a 5 year-old boy in late 2015, Breitbart London has established. The migrant, who told the boy he would “break him into pieces” if he told anyone about the attack, was handed a non-custodial, three-year rehabilitation order by Judge Jonathan Bennett.... Any member of the public can request that the Law Officers of England and Wales appeal sentences of this nature under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. Breitbart London reported last November that at least one unknown member of the public had done so in this case. However, the AGO has since told Breitbart London that Tory MP Robert Buckland, the Solicitor-General, has “carefully reviewed the papers” and “concluded that if the sentence imposed on the offender was referred to the Court of Appeal, the Court would not increase the sentence”.... The original sentence was just one of a series of rulings which have encouraged accusations that the judiciary are “out of touch” with the ordinary public, with some calling for judges to be subject to retention elections, as in Japan and several American states.... Criticism of the judiciary reached fever pitch following a controversial ruling in the High Court which deemed that MPs should have the final say over whether or not the UK leaves the European Union (EU), a move which saw senior judges branded “enemies of the people”. Furthermore, the courts have proven keener to resort to imprisonment for offenses which are seemingly much less serious but judged to be “racially or religiously-motivated” in character.

Norwegian Murderer Of 77 Wins Verdict For "Inhumane" Prison Treatment
Gateway Pundit - Anders Breivik, the most prolific murderer in Norway’s history, was imprisoned after killing 77 people in a gun attack in 2011. In April of 2016 Breivik won an ‘inhumane conditions’ verdict for being kept in “inhumane and degrading” conditions. What exactly were the “inhumane and degrading” conditions that Breivik was experiencing? Cold coffee, Frozen microwave dinners, Plastic cups and plates, Regular use of handcuffs, “humiliating” strip searches, Being denied opportunities to meet other Nazis, Being denied a chance to marry a Nazi, Being banned from publishing books he has written. From Yahoo: "A Norwegian court will on Tuesday examine the state’s appeal against a ruling that right-wing extremist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been treated inhumanely since being jailed for killing 77 people nearly six years ago. A lower court made waves in April when it found that Breivik’s human rights were violated as he was subjected to “inhumane” and “degrading” treatment in prison — a decision that disturbed many families of the victims, mostly teenagers at a summer island camp.".... Perhaps the most outrageous part of this case is the actual prison sentence that Anders Breivik received. Breivik is serving only a 21 year sentence for murdering 77 people and injuring over 300 in a bombing and shooting attack.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

You're fired!' Donald Trump to sack Obama's diplomats
The Duran - Reports coming out of Washington say that Donald Trump has unilaterally told all Obama US ambassadors abroad, ‘you’re fired’. This comes after Obama’s expulsion of Russian diplomatic officials and their families just prior to western Christmas. The New York Times first reported that a State Department cable was sent to all ambassadors on December 23 informing them they have to vacate their posts by Jan. 20 “without exceptions.” Trump has been taking to Twitter to express his consternation over Obama’s campaign of hatred against Russia in his final weeks in power. By sacking many Obama appointed diplomats, Trump is both symbolically and materially taking the wind out of the foreign policy sails of the Democrats. The move however has implications beyond the tit for tat psychological war being waged between a lame-duck Obama and the President-elect. Trump had long derided Obama for rewarding important diplomatic positions to those who gave substantial financial contributions to his campaign. Famously, Trump mocked Obama for making Caroline Kennedy the US Ambassador to Japan because ‘she was bored’.

In Stunning Last Minute Power Grab, Obama Designates Election Systems As "Critical Infrastructure"
Zero Hedge - The statement from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson defines “election infrastructure” as “storage facilities, polling places, centralized vote tabulations locations, voter registration databases, voting machines” and all "other systems" to manage the election process...so pretty much everything.... Of course, it’s likely not a coincidence that the DHS made this announcement just hours after the "intelligence community" declassified their "Russian Hacking" propaganda which basically noted that RT has a very effective social media distribution platform while once again providing absolutely no actual evidence. Johnson’s statement goes on to note that while many “state and local election officials are opposed to this designation” he went ahead with his decision anyway…. Of course, one of the most vocal opponents of this move has been Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp who recently told Politico it is nothing more than an attempt to "subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security.” During an earlier interview with the site Nextgov, Kemp warned: "The question remains whether the federal government will subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security." Kemp told POLITICO he sees a “clear motivation from this White House” to expand federal control, citing Obama’s health care law, the Dodd-Frank financial-reform legislation and the increased role of the Education Department in local schools. To some election officials, this sounds like the first stage of a more intrusive plan. “I think it’s kind of the nose under the tent,” said Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, a Democrat. “What I think a lot of folks get concerned about [is] when the federal government says, ‘Well, look, we’re not really interested in doing that, but we just want to give you this,’ and then all of a sudden this leads to something else.’

Trump Demands Investigation into Potentially Classified NBC Leaks
LifeZette - Late Friday morning, Trump tweeted: “I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it.”.... The leaks to NBC first caught Trump's eye on Thursday night, when he asked how the organization was reportedly getting the names of Russian hackers who allegedly hacked Democratic email accounts. "How did NBC get 'an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented'?" Trump asked on Twitter. "Who gave them this report and why? Politics!".... It would be a serious violation of federal law if such classified information were leaked to the media, especially by government officials. By Friday, almost at noon, Trump had had enough, and asked Congress to investigate leaks.

5,000 National Guard troops will be deployed for Trump swearing in
Washington Examiner - Mayor Muriel Bowser said despite increased security concerns, the city is prepared and ready for the event, she said Friday at a press conference with U.S. Secret Service and other security forces…. In addition to the 5,000 National Guard troops being deployed in the city, 3,000 security officers from multiple jurisdiction will also be on the ground, according to security officials…. The city's interim police chief, Peter Newsham, said the city is ready for all contingencies and is monitoring social media to track activists and others looking to disrupt the 58th inauguration. "Some folks that are indicating on social media that they're coming to shut down the inauguration or the events," Police Chief Newsham said. "[It] is something that we will be prepared for." The inauguration will cost the city $30 million, with $19 million appropriated by Congress, according to the mayor. Bowser expects the remainder to be reimbursed by the federal government.

Jill Stein's Recount Effort Was A Failure, But Not A Financial One
Western Journalism - Stein used an online campaign to raise more than $7 million to help pay for the recounts.... The state of Wisconsin estimated it would need $3.5 million to pay for the recount. But because each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties were allowed to determine whether they wanted to use machines to recount votes as opposed to hand tallies, most used the faster machine counts. As a result, the cost of the recount was closer to $2 million. So Stein will receive a refund of approximately $1.5 million from Wisconsin. The cost to recount the votes in Michigan was paid up front by Stein. Michigan charged $125 per precinct for each of the states 7,786 precincts, for a total of $973,250. But by the time the recount was stopped by the court, a little more than 3,000 precincts had been recounted at a cost of $381,250. This means Stein is due a reimbursement in Michigan in the amount of $592,000.... Stein said she plans on using the reimbursements to fund a new “voter integrity” group.

CNN Sara Ganim caught laughing at Chicago torture video
Media Circus - At first, CNN simply ignored the Chicago torture of a special needs white man by four black leftist thugs. Then, they had to report on it because the story and outrage grew bigger and bigger. Now, it appears CNN is laughing at the special needs man being tortured by four leftist black thugs. At least Sara Ganim of CNN is laughing at it. Check out this video of Ganim caught laughing when she thought the camera was off here, then regaining composure when she realizes she on live with Wolf Blitzer.

Ft. Lauderdale shooting suspect said US intelligence forced him to watch ISIS videos
Fox News - Estaban Santiago, the 26-year-old airline passenger accused of shooting up a baggage claim area at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport Friday, leaving five dead and eight injured, visited the FBI Anchorage field office and told officers he was being forced to watch ISIS videos, law enforcement sources told Fox News. The visit took place last November. The sources said Santiago told agents that US intelligence had infiltrated his mind and were forcing him to watch ISIS propaganda videos. “In November 2016, Esteban Santiago walked into the Anchorage FBI Field Office to report that his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency,” a senior federal law enforcement official said. “During the interview, Santiago appeared agitated and incoherent, and made disjointed statements. Although Santiago stated that he did not wish to harm anyone, as a result of his erratic behavior, interviewing agents contacted local authorities who took custody of Santiago and transported him to a local medical facility for evaluation. The FBI closed its assessment of Santiago after conducting database reviews, interagency checks, and interviews of his family members,” the official added. The sources also said the November interaction with Santiago prompted the FBI to open an investigation on him that led to interviews with family members, database checks and an interagency review. The sources told Fox that the FBI found no connections to foreign terror organizations. At a late night news conference Friday, George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami divison, said authorities were pursuing all leads and had not ruled out terrorism - or anything else. Santiago's past has included a series of run-ins with the law in recent years. Almost exactly a year ago, he was charged with fourth-degree assault and damage of property in Anchorage, Alaska where he lived from 2014 to 2016. One of the charges was dismissed by the local prosecutor two months later, according to records found by Foxnews.com. Santiago's involvement in a domestic violence case was confirmed.
* Related: Official: FLL shooter told FBI that gov’t controlled his mind

CNN LABELS Fort Lauderdale AIRPORT SHOOTER ‘WHITE HISPANIC’
International Business Times - After Esteban Santiago, the alleged shooter who killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport Friday, was labeled “white Hispanic,” Twitter discussed the meaning of the term…. The label “white Hispanic” describes a person who physically appears white, but is of “Latin American or Hispanic birth or heritage,” the Huffington Post wrote in 2013. So, a person can be white and Hispanic because white is a race and Hispanic is an ethnicity. The discussion over Santiago’s race versus ethnicity is similar to the one that happened with George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. CNN came under fire after they labeled him a “white Hispanic,” with many claiming the term was about political bias.

Baltimore in 'Crisis' Due to Officer Shortage After Months of Anti-Police Policies
Breitbart - As officers retire, others quit, and as budget cuts and policy changes affect still more, it appears that few new recruits are lining up as replacements.... Police morale is also at an all-time low in the city as officers have quit in droves even as the murder rate soars. Baltimore ended 2016 with the second-highest number of murders per capita in its history, reports say. Meanwhile, the number of officers dropped another 6.1 percent in 2016. Since 2014, the force has seen hundreds of officers leave the job. At the end of 2014, the city had a 2,805-officer force, but there were only 2,634 officers at the end of 2015. By the closing days of 2016, that number had fallen to 2,445 officers, according to Yahoo News. Not only has political pressure due to various department prosecutions hit morale hard, but budget cuts, even in the face of rising crime, have also put a crimp in the department. With the political and media scrutiny, Baltimore officers have felt like they are “walking on eggshells.”.... The worst pressure began after the death of suspect Freddie Gray in 2015. The man’s death while in police custody sparked months of riots and property destruction, all masking a sharp rise in crime rates, including murder.

Kathryn Steinle's Family Gets Go-Ahead to Sue Federal Government
Breitbart - U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero said Steinle’s parents can sue but stressed that the suit may be dismissed if there is no evidence that the illegal alien–Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez–stole the gun from a federal agent. The gun in question came from the car of a federal agent—a car from which the gun was stolen. On August 28, 2015, Breitbart News previously reported that the .40 caliber round that killed Steinle was fired from a Sig Sauer handgun that had been stolen from a Bureau of Land Management agent. However, it appears the case will turn on whether Lopez-Sanchez stole the gun himself.... But the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Spero said the Steinle family “can sue the federal government for negligence because a ranger allegedly left the gun used in the shooting in his unlocked car.” He added, “Leaving a gun loaded makes (its) capability for harm readily accessible in the same way as leaving the key in the ignition of a vehicle.” Spero dismissed Steinle’s parent’s suit against the City of San Francisco, even as he gave the go-ahead for the suit against the federal government. He “rejected [her parent’s] claims that the city was legally responsible for releasing Lopez-Sanchez without contacting the federal government and that federal immigration officials, who had known the city was holding him, had a duty to pick him up and deport him.”

Illinois School District Bars Students From Announcing Prayer Gatherings on Facebook Page
Wayne City Community Unit School District 100 in Illinois has barred students at Wayne City High School from using the school's public Facebook page to encourage their peers to participate in prayer gatherings and religious events after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about a Facebook post announcing a prayer gathering during a "Bring Your Bible to School Day" event in October. The post, which was published on the Wayne City High School Facebook page by a student on Sept. 30, invited students to bring their Bibles to school on Oct. 6 and advertised a meeting in the school library at 7:50 a.m. "to pray over the day." "Everybody is welcome to join in on this activity," the post read. "We will be carrying our Bibles around school this day. This is not just a Wayne City thing, it's happening nationwide." Needless to say, such an advertisement of religion on the school's official Facebook page drew the ire of at least one local resident, who complained to the FFRF, an atheist legal group that pressures public schools around the nation to crack down on any perceived endorsement of religion. FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne sent a letter to the school district's Superintendent, Jeff Mitchell, on Oct. 5 arguing that such a posting violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Illinois law enlists hairstylists to prevent domestic abuse
(AP) - An Illinois law that takes effect Sunday aims to take advantage of the trusted relationship between hairstylists and their clients to prevent domestic violence. Stylists, barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders and nail technicians in Illinois will receive an hour of mandated abuse-prevention training as part of the licensing process. The law does not require them to report any violence, and it shelters them from any liability…. Hairstylists are well situated to notice signs of abuse, said Vi Nelson, spokeswoman for the industry group Cosmetologists Chicago. Abusers "tend to try to find places where it could be an accident or it's not as visible," Nelson said. "They may hit them in the back of the head, and there's a bruise or a bump. The hairdresser is touching you and can see things that cannot be visible to the casual observer." Clients and stylists often develop yearslong relationships, said Karen Gordon, who owns J. Gordon Designs salon in Chicago. "We get very close with our clients, even so far to say we love our clients," she said. "You know people through life's ups and downs. When people come into a safe environment like a beauty salon, they tend to open up."

Economy & Business

Manufacturing Jobs Declined by 45,000 in 2016; Government Jobs Increased by 183,000
CNS News - Jobs in manufacturing in the United States increased by 17,000 in December—the first post-election month—climbing from 12,258,000 in November to 12,275,000 in December, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even so, over all of 2016, manufacturing jobs declined by 45,000... At the same time, jobs in federal, state and local government increased not only from November to December, but over the course of the entire year.... Last December, government jobs in the United States outnumbered manufacturing jobs by 9,720,000. This December, government jobs outnumbered manufacturing jobs by 9,948,000.... The 22,223,000 who now work for federal, state or local government in this country, according to the BLS, is more than ever worked in manufacturing. Manufacturing employment peaked in June 1979 at 19,553,000. Since then, manufacturing employment has declined by 7,278,000—or 37.2 percent—to its current level of 12,275,000.

Bernie Sanders Supporters Launch Glass-Steagall Drive
Wall Street On Parade - Northwest Ohio supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders in his run for President have launched a nationwide push to enlist other organizations to send it letters and take to social media to endorse a demand that President-elect Donald Trump fulfill a campaign pledge. Trump made the pledge on October 26 of this year in a speech he delivered in Charlotte, North Carolina, promising to enact a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to reform Wall Street. Such legislation has been sitting dormant in both the House and Senate for years. If enacted, it would separate the deposit-taking, taxpayer-insured commercial banks from the globe-trotting, high-risk trading casinos known as investment banks on Wall Street. The 1933 Glass-Steagall Act kept the financial system of the United States safe for 66 years until its repeal in 1999 during the Bill Clinton presidency. It took only nine years after its repeal for Wall Street to blow up the financial system in a replay of 1929. All that prevented another Great Depression was a massive, secret money drop by the Federal Reserve.... Sanders’ supporters have good reason to be holding Trump’s feet to the fire on his pledge to restore Glass-Steagall.... Trump has nominated Steven Mnuchin, a 17-year veteran of Goldman Sachs to be his Treasury Secretary; named Stephen Bannon, another former Goldman Sachs banker, as his Chief Strategist in the White House; and nominated Gary Cohn, the current President of Goldman Sachs, to head the National Economic Council. Just this week, Trump nominated a Goldman Sachs outside lawyer, Jay Clayton of Sullivan & Cromwell, to serve as Wall Street’s top cop as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In an added insult to the public’s sensibilities, Clayton’s wife currently works as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.

Energy & Environment

Climate Scientist Resigns Over Climate Change
PJ Media - Former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech Judith Curry announced her resignation in a blog post on Tuesday. While her resignation is technically "a retirement event," and she is "cashing out" to get her pension, Curry explained that "the deeper reasons have to do with my growing disenchantment with universities, the academic field of climate science and scientists.” Curry is known for her scientifically astute explanations of the uncertainties in climate science. Indeed, she has been attacked as "anti-science" by other researchers who repeat the rote "scientific consensus" that man-made global warming is a catastrophic threat to humanity. In a cruel sort of irony, the universities — ostensibly the bastion of academic freedom — have become unsafe for those who, using good scientific methods, are skeptical of the received wisdom on climate change. "A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science," Curry wrote. "Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc."

Health

First of Its Kind Study Shows that Change in Diet Alone — Not Drugs — is Curing Diseases
(NaturalHealth365) Dr. David Suskind, a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s, is breaking the mold. Suskind has produced the first clinical evidence that food can indeed be medicine. In a first-of-its-kind-study led by Suskind, published today in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, diet alone was shown to bring pediatric patients with active Crohn’s and [ulcerative colitis] into clinical remission… In the small, prospective study, patients were put on a special diet called the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) for 12 weeks as the sole intervention to treat their Crohn’s or UC. SCD is a nutritionally balanced diet that removes grains, dairy, processed foods and sugars, except for honey. The diet promotes only natural, nutrient-rich foods, which includes vegetables, fruits, meats and nuts. At the end of the 12 weeks, eight out of the 10 patients who finished the study showed significant improvement and achieved remission from the dietary treatment alone…. Food as medicine may prove to have applications outside of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as many diseases may be related to chronic inflammation. For example, the charred meat prevalent in American diets is associated with prostate inflammation which can lead to prostate cancer…. This approach to treating illness is anathema to Big Pharma, which thrives as people pop more pills. Diet, exercise and being fully informed have no value to the corporatocracy.

This One Mineral Reduces Oxidative Stress, Repairs DNA, And Leads To Mechanisms Which Extend Life
Mae Chan - One of the biggest mineral deficiencies in the world is Zinc, with as many as two billion people around the world being in a daily deficit. A modest 4 milligrams of zinc extra every day in the diet may reduce DNA strand breaks and improve levels of proteins involved in DNA repair, oxidative stress, and inflammation. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is said to be the first to show that a modest increase in dietary zinc reduces damage to DNA which extends life. Dietary shortages of crucial minerals like zinc may be keeping almost a third of the world's people from optimizing their immune system. Studies at Oregon State University and elsewhere are raising concerns about the health implications this holds for infectious disease, immune function, DNA damage and cancer.

Splenda Suppresses Thyroid Function, Promotes Weight Gain
Green Med Info - A concerning new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition entitled, "Type of sweet flavour carrier affects thyroid axis activity in male rats,” is the first study of its kind to evaluate the effects of Splenda (Sucralose) on mammalian thyroid function and metabolism. Their findings reveal that sucralose has endocrine disruptive properties on the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis (HPA axis), resulting in thyroid hormone suppression, increased appetite, and weight gain.

Pet News

Live in This State? Your Pet Can Now Be Treated by EMTs and First Responders
Dr. Becker - If you can believe it, until very recently it was against the law for a firefighter or first responder to give cats or dogs the basic first aid care they needed after being rescued from a house fire, car crash or other emergency that might be life threatening to the animal. This was the case in Ohio and still is in several other states. The reasoning was that only licensed veterinarians were deemed qualified. But fortunately, a new law was passed in mid-2016, making the Buckeye State one of the first in the union to have this law passed, in effect protecting first responders who acted as Good Samaritans to helpless animals who might die or suffer debilitating injuries without their aid. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Ohio Voters for Companion Animals, Inc. (OVCA), the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association (OFCA) and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) all supported the bill, passed unanimously out of the General Assembly, and subsequently signed by Gov. John Kasich. “The bill simply allows animals to receive critical care at the earliest possible moment, which is in the best interest of the animal,” said Jack Advent, executive director of the OVMA…. According to AP News, fear of liability was an issue because pet owners have sued first responders who treated animals that ended up dying. “The law will allow first responders to, without fear of liability, provide oxygen, perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation, try to stem bleeding, bandage and even administer the overdose antidote naloxone to dogs or cats that have ingested opiates.”
* Related: Video: Fire Rescues: Pet Oxygen Masks Put To Use

Video: When You Buy Pet Food, Are You Being Pet Fooled?
Dr. Becker - How much do you really know about what goes into those cans or bags of pet food you buy for your furry family member? 'Pet Fooled' is a documentary film for pet owners that strips away some of the secrecy surrounding commercial pet food and the industry that produces and promotes it.
 



Friday - January 6, 2017

Today In History:

1720 - The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble published its findings.
1759 - George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.
1838 - Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.
1900 - Off of South Africa, the British seized the German steamer Herzog. The boat was released on January 22, 1900.
1912 - New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.
1930 - The first diesel-engine automobile trip was completed after a run of 792 miles from Indianapolis, IN, to New York City, NY.
1942 - The first commercial around-the-world airline flight took place. Pan American Airlines was the company that made history with the feat.
1942 - The National Collegiate Football Rules Committee abolished the Y formation.
1945 - The Battle of the Bulge ended with 130,000 German and 77,000 Allied casualties.
1967 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces launched a major offensive, known as Operation "Deckhouse V", in the Mekong River delta.
1982 - William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles, CA, of being the "freeway killer" who had murdered 14 young men and boys.
1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya Harding's ex-husband.
1998 - The spacecraft Lunar Prospect was launched into orbit around the moon. The craft was crashed into the moon, in an effort to find water under the lunar surface, on July 31, 1999.
1999 - The 106th U.S. Congress opened. The first item on the agenda was the impeachment proceedings of U.S. President Bill Clinton. The trial was set to begin January 7, 1999.
2004 - In the United Arab Emirates, construction began on the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Upon completion it was the world's largest building.

World News

Turkey car bomb and gun attack on courthouse in Izmir
BBC News - Two attackers, a policeman and a court worker have been killed in a car bomb and gun assault on a courthouse in the Turkish city of Izmir, state media say. Officials blamed Kurdish militants for the attack. A third attacker is reportedly still being sought. The attackers drove a car to the courthouse entrance, sparking an exchange with police and then detonating the car bomb. A number of people were wounded in the explosion, some critically.... Izmir's Governor Erol Ayyildiz the attackers were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and grenades. Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak added that, judging by the weapons found following the raid, a much larger attack was being planned. Images from the scene showed two cars ablaze. The governor said that the second had been destroyed in a controlled explosion.

US Reaffirms Extending Nuclear Deterrent to Protect South Korea, Japan
Sputnik News - On Thursday, U.S. Blinken, Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama, and Korean First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lim Sung-nam met in Washington, DC, for the sixth round of Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministerial consultations. “Blinken underscored that the United States remains steadfast in its defense commitments to Japan and the ROK [Republic of Korea]… providing extended deterrence, backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defense capabilities,” the statement, issued by the State Department on Thursday, noted. The trilateral series of meetings began in 2016 following North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions that year, the fact sheet noted.

'All those terror attacks': Sweden's nuclear sites to get armed guards
RT - Sweden has decided to tighten up security around nuclear plants by requiring guards to be armed. The measures will be introduced following recent terrorists attacks across the globe. "Just look at all the terror attacks, for example in Istanbul recently. We have to keep up and protect our operations as best we can," Anders Österberg, spokesperson for OKG AB, a Swedish corporation which owns and operates the country's Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant, said, according to Sveriges Radio on Thursday. Starting from February 4, guards at three Swedish nuclear plants – in Ringhals, Oskarshamn, and Forsmark – will be equipped with guns, Österberg later told TT news agency. Under new regulations, security officers are required to use guard dogs for patrolling nuclear power sites. Until now, the guards were only allowed to carry batons.

Japanese company replaces office workers with artificial intelligence
The Guardian - ... at an insurance firm in Japan...more than 30 employees are being laid off and replaced with an artificial intelligence system that can calculate payouts to policyholders. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance believes it will increase productivity by 30% and see a return on its investment in less than two years. The firm said it would save about 140m yen (£1m) a year after the 200m yen (£1.4m) AI system is installed this month. Maintaining it will cost about 15m yen (£100k) a year. The move is unlikely to be welcomed, however, by 34 employees who will be made redundant by the end of March.... The system is based on IBM’s Watson Explorer, which, according to the tech firm, possesses “cognitive technology that can think like a human”, enabling it to “analyse and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, images, audio and video”. The technology will be able to read tens of thousands of medical certificates and factor in the length of hospital stays, medical histories and any surgical procedures before calculating payouts, according to the Mainichi Shimbun.... Japan’s shrinking, ageing population, coupled with its prowess in robot technology, makes it a prime testing ground for AI. According to a 2015 report by the Nomura Research Institute, nearly half of all jobs in Japan could be performed by robots by 2035.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Hyped Up Senate Hearing on Russian ‘Hacking’ Ends Up Being a Flop
Sputnik News - No evidence was presented during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday to support allegations that Russia hacked the US Presidential election… The highly-anticipated hearing was expected to lay out the basis for US intelligence agency claims of Russian interference, but that was not the case. Instead, it was two hours of unsubstantiated statements, calls for aggression towards Russia, and hyperbole. Testifying before the committee were Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers. "I don't think that we have ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process," Clapper told the committee, while refusing to provide evidence to back up his claims. Committee chairman and Republican Arizona Senator John McCain used strong language during the hearing, including saying that the alleged hack was "an unprecedented attack on our democracy.” When questioned by a Sputnik reporter following the hearing about the debunking of the Joint Annual Report by security experts, including the finding that 43 percent of the IP addresses attributed to ‘Russian hackers’ were generic web-browser Tor exit nodes, the Senator responded by saying that he had “no idea” what she was talking about. As Sputnik previously reported, a whopping 367 of the IPs addresses that were claimed to be ‘proof’ of Russians hacking into the Democratic National Committee network, were simply Tor exit nodes, according to recent expert analysis. This means anyone using a Tor web browser, whether in Ireland, Nigeria, Alaska, or in mom’s basement in Ohio, could leave an IP trace that would apparently reveal them to be crème de la crème Russian computer hackers, according to the logic of the US intelligence community’s report.

Report: Trump Set To Overhaul ‘Politicized’ Intelligence Agencies - UPDATE
Steve Watson - The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Trump is seeking to overhaul at least two major intelligence agencies, one being the CIA, and the other being the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” an inside source commented. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring agencies and how they interact.” Sources close to Trump say that the new president believes that the ODNI, which was another fallout of the 9/11 attacks, has become overtly politicized, and needs to be restructured. The agency was established to build better communication between the different intelligence agencies and encourage more information sharing. However, Trump and his advisors believe it has become too ‘bloated’ and wieldy, according to the report. The report indicates that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s nominee for security adviser, as well as Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Ky.), Trump’s pick for CIA director, are heading up the intelligence re-vamp.
Related: UPDATE: Trump says the Wall St Journal report is FAKE NEWS

GOP Plans 'Pre-Emptive' Law Crackdown On Liberal City Agendas
Zero Hedge - ... as The Hill points out, the consolidation of power in state capitals as a result the 2016 election has many Republican state legislatures looking to fight back against their rogue bastions of liberalism. "Republican state legislatures are planning so-called preemption laws, which prevent cities and counties from passing new measures governing everything from taxes to environmental regulations and social issues. Republican legislators around the country say liberal cities and counties vastly overstepped their bounds by implementing new taxes on sodas and sugary beverages, by raising local minimum wages or through strict new environmental regulations.".... In fact, in the last month alone both Michigan and Wisconsin passed state laws preventing individual cities from banning plastic grocery bags. Moreover, the state of Ohio overturned Cleveland's effort to raise its minimum wage.... Meanwhile, rather than addressing new rules and regulations individually, other states are considering "blanket preemption" laws that would automatically cut off state funding for cities that pass legislation that runs contrary to state law.... And Trump has been quite clear that he intends to pursue a similar strategy when it comes to withholding federal funding from states that refuse to enforce federal laws, like harboring illegal immigrants.

Video: Michelle Obama Tells Oprah: “People Don’t Understand How Hard This Is”
The GatewayPundit - Michelle and Barack Obama’s family travels cost Americans over $96 million. Her wardrobe cost American taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. The Obama White House is notorious for late night parties with Hollywood stars and music legends. On Wednesday Michelle Obama whined to Oprah about how hard it’s been. “People don’t really understand how hard this is. And it’s not something you just cavalierly just ask a family to do again… Let me just tell America, This is hard.”… Americans are out of work, paying five times the amount they used to for insurance, eating soup and noodles because of her husband’s failed policies and she’s whining about HOW HARD IT’S BEEN on her and her family?

Legal Weed is Killing Cartels and Corporate Media Is Trying to Say that's a Bad Thing
The Free Thought Project - According to a video segment on Fox News, seizures of marijuana flowing out of Colorado into neighboring states has risen from 58 in 2008, to 394 in 2015.... Mason Tvert, of the Marijuana Policy Project, told FNC, “If anything, what’s happening is no different than it was before. People are still using marijuana, it’s just that they’re more likely to be using marijuana that didn’t come from a Mexican drug cartel.” According to FNC and University of San Diego professor David Shirk, that fact has now been confirmed. It seems, as marijuana proponents asserted, the Mexican cartels are getting out of the illegal marijuana trade. Shirk says the cartels are turning their backs on marijuana in favor of other “more predatory criminal activities” such as, “kidnapping, extortion, larceny…stealing petroleum from petroleum lines,”.... Had drugs not been illegal in the US, the cartels would have been extremely hard pressed to amass the money and power they now have. Rest assured, however, that kidnapping and larceny are not nearly as sustainable as the drug industry as it is much easier for politicians to look the other way on drug smuggling than it is for them to ignore children being stolen from parents.... FNC concluded their marijuana segment by saying President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t seem to have a problem with medicinal marijuana but added he does not approve of recreational marijuana. Whether or not Trump will allow the continuation of progress in the legalization of marijuana is yet to be seen. Certainly, Colorado will put up a fight if the newly named Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeks to overturn CO’s legal weed business as it’s now providing millions of dollars to help fund the educational system in that state.

Texas Leaders at Odds Over Subsidized Tuition for Migrants
Breitbart - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) told the San Antonio Express-News the current law is “perfectly acceptable” in an interview published on Thursday. The statement comes in stark contrast with the position of the state’s Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick, who leads the Texas Senate and opposes the current law. “Why do we charge an American student, maybe a Mexican-American student, maybe who lives in Oklahoma, who wants to come to a school in Texas — why would we charge him three or four times as much as the illegal student who is here in Texas who wants to go to college?” Patrick asked in an interview with Fox News in December.

Uber Accuses NYC Of Snooping On Its Passengers: "They Want Full Details Of Every Trip You Ever Take"
Zero Hedge - ... Uber got in trouble with privacy advocates when it was revealed that the ride-hailing company can now track its passengers' locations after they are dropped off and even when their app has been closed. As revealed in a new update to Uber's app, the global taxi service could collect passenger data up to five minutes after a journey has finished.... And while mobile apps tracking every habit of its users is hardly new, a new twist emerged this morning, when Uber sent out a notification to its users, accusing none other than New York City of demanding that it hand over all its "sensitive" passenger info data, including "where you’re dropped off, as well" in an attempt to "to piece together the full details of every trip you ever take," a move which creates "serious privacy risks." From the email sent to clients: Today, New York City requires Uber and other companies to hand over a lot of sensitive personal passenger data, including where you're picked up on every trip. Now, New York City wants more. They're trying to force companies to tell them where you’re dropped off, as well. In other words, they want to piece together the full details of every trip you ever take. Several independent privacy experts have said this policy creates "serious privacy risks." And that it would give the government "and anyone else who accesses this information a comprehensive, 360-degree view into the movements and habits of individual New Yorkers."

It’s Happening: Tucker Carlson To Take Over Megyn Kelly’s Prime Time Slot
Adan Salazar - On Thursday, Fox News announced it would be rearranging its prime time lineup after it was revealed Kelly would be leaving the conservative network for NBC…. Carlson will leave his current 7pm time slot following a rise in ratings in recent months after he broke out as one of the media’s and the network’s few outspoken supporters of President-elect Donald Trump…. Carlson’s knack for debating liberals has earned him respect from much of the Trump-supporting online community, where videos of his intense, often-humorous arguments are regularly shared and celebrated. On the other hand, Megyn Kelly’s popularity among Trump supporters has been declining since her public spats with the president elect, stemming from the first US presidential debate where served as a moderator. On a related note, Carlson’s was one of the only programs Wednesday to report on and air footage of the Facebook beating of a white Trump supporter by a group of black teens, as pointed out by Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson.

Chicago torture video: 4 charged with hate crimes, kidnapping
CNN - Four suspects have been charged in connection with the attack on a special-needs teen that was streamed on Facebook Live. Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24, have each been charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face charges of residential burglary. Hill also faces charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle…. The teen was tied up for four or five hours, Cmdr. Kevin Duffin of the Chicago Police Department told reporters. The victim will recover from his injuries and is at home with his parents, police said.

Economy & Business

World-Renowned Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Reducing Workforce by 1,000
Breitbart - The cancer hospital has had $110 million in operating losses from September through November this year, reported the Houston Chronicle. Approximately 800 to 900 will be laid off, and the remainder of the five percent planned for staff reductions will occur through attrition and retirements, Dan Fontaine, MD Anderson’s chief financial officer confirmed to the Chronicle. Doctors at the hospital will not be affected by the cuts. In all, the center has about 20,000 workers…. KPRC in Houston reported in December that the institution was facing the issue of how to fund its quality research programs with a decreasing number of patients.

Is Your Sears Or KMart Store About To Close?
Zero Hedge - One day after Macy's announced it would fire more thousands of workers after another holiday spending debacle, and will shut down dozens of stores as the overhyped consumer recovery fails to materialize for the 7th consecutive year, today struggling Sears Holdings, owner of K-Mart announced that the near-insolvent, anachronistic retail chain has obtained some more last-second liquidity after selling its Craftsman brand to Stanley Black and Decker for $900 million. That was not enough however, as Sears needed another billion dollar which it got courtesy of its controlling shareholder Eddie Lampert who gave the company a $1 billion loan. The company, which has been near death for years and years, issued the latest dire warning about its holiday business on Thursday, when it announced same-store sales fell as much as 13% in November and December, compared with a 2.1% drop at Macy’s Inc.... Meanwhile, it now appears that instead of a long-overdue "big bang" bankruptcy, Sears will continue instead melting away with periodic closures of its thousands of badly run, inefficient stores. And indeed, this morning Sears said it would continue to shrink by closing 108 Kmart and 42 Sears stores, including the original Kmart location that opened in Garden City, Mich., in 1962. Over the past decade, the company has closed or sold more than 2,000 stores, or two thirds of its locations. So is your neighborhood Sears or KMart store one of the 150 that are about to shut down as the heat around the melting Sears ice cube is raised by one more degree? [List at link]

Energy & Environment

This Wondrous National Park … Brought to You By McDonald’s?
Natural Blaze - Despite outcry from citizens, documented in public testimony and hundreds of thousands petition signatures, the director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced on December 28 that he had signed an order—officially titled Order #21 on Donations and Philanthropic Partnerships—which, among other changes, ends an outright ban on commercial advertising and lifts restrictions on naming rights in parks. “It is disgraceful that the parks service plans to sell our national parks to the highest bidder despite overwhelming public opposition to increased commercialism in our national parks,” said Kristen Strader, campaign coordinator for Public Citizen, which organized against the proposed reforms. Strader cited more than 215,000 petition signers and hundreds of individuals who submitted official objections to the NPS…. “Now that this policy has been finalized,” Strader warned, “park visitors soon could be greeted with various forms of advertisements, like a sign reading ‘brought to you by McDonald’s’ within a new visitor’s center at Yosemite, or ‘Budweiser’ in script on a park bench at Acadia.”… This order, Strader concluded, is “a dangerous shift toward opening our parks up to an unprecedented amount of commercial influence.”

Science & Technology

Pentagon’s DARPA Develops Kit Turning Aircraft Into Drones
Sputnik News - The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) envisions a future in which aircrew members are obsolete and high-powered aircraft are autonomous, a concept that was recently successfully demonstrated. DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS), a technical toolkit that transforms US military aircraft into drones operated by robotic pilots, was announced just days before Christmas. The accomplishments include flight demonstrations of two Cessna 208 planes, a 44-foot Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, and a twin piston, four-seater Diamond DA-42 aircraft. The fleet responded successfully to simulated mid-flight crises, including system failures. Installing and taking out the kit did not impact "airworthiness," DARPA noted.

Hacker breaches FBI for the second time, calls their security ’lazy’
RT - The latest hack revealed personal data on 155 agents in the FBI, including their names, passwords, and email accounts. [the hacker] CyberZeist warned other agencies that are currently using the Plone CMS that they too are vulnerable to a similar attack, including the EU Agency for Network & Information Security, Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, and Amnesty International.... CyberZeist breached the FBI’s site and found they were running an old version of the open source operating system (OS) FreeBSD. While the most recent version, 11.0, was released in October 2016, the FBI is still using version 6.2, which was released in January 2007. While exploiting the code, CyberZeist discovered that the FBI’s webmaster had “a very lazy attitude as he/she had kept the backup files (.bck extension) on the same folder where the site root was placed (Thank you Webmaster!)” Authorities in the US have not yet responded to the CyberZeist hacks. CyberZeist claims that they did not discover the vulnerability in the CMS. “I was assigned to test out the 0day vulnerability on FBI and Amnesty website,” because, as they claim, the vendor was “too afraid to use it against the FBI website.”

The Entire Internet Will Shut Down For 24 Hours In 2017, Major Company Predicts
Off the Grid News - LogRhythm, headquartered in Boulder, Colo., released its seven predictions for 2017 just before the New Year and said it believes the “internet will be shut down for up to 24 hours.” “We’ll see a rise in attacks on fundamental protocols of internet communications. We already started seeing it with DNS,” the company said, referencing a Domain Name System attack that brought down Amazon, Netflix and Twitter in 2016. “In 2017, we’re going to see it hit big sometime, somewhere. If the internet goes down, financial markets will tank.” James Carder, LogRhythm’s chief information security officer and vice president, said the attacks that brought down Amazon “were really just tests.” If you can prove that you can take down massive sites and a large chunk of the US internet for a few hours, a 24-hour outage seems pretty easy to do,” Carder told Business Insider. LogRhythm also predicted that “portions of the U.S. power grid will be shut down.” “If portions of the power grid go down, there will be lack-of-confidence and trust issues with the government, which will have long-lasting ripple effects,” LogRhythm said. The company has offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Mexico, France, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

White House Releases Strategy in Case of ‘Killer Asteroid’
Sputnik News - The White House has published a 25-page report on ‘National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy,’ detailing preparations in the event that a celestial object such as a ‘killer asteroid’ is found to be on a collision course with Earth. The report was written by the Interagency Working Group (IWG) for Detecting and Mitigating the Impact of Earth-bound Near-Earth Objects (DAMIEN)…. It outlined seven strategic goals, including to improve the detection and characterization of NEO's, to improve modeling and predictions of their behavior, to develop methods to deflect and disturb them, to develop emergency procedures in an impact scenario, to establish impact response and recovery procedures, to leverage and support international cooperation in the event of a potential NEO impact, as well as to coordinate communications of related US government agencies and establish a series of procedures if a potential NEO impact is detected.

Self-Driving Cars Already Are Deciding Who Lives & Dies
Off the Grid News - For example, an autonomous vehicle would decide who lives and who dies if it swerved to avoid a pedestrian but, by doing that, put its on-board passengers in danger. Or, it could keep its passengers safe by running over the pedestrian. The decision would be made by the computers and sensors in the vehicle – and by extension, the computer programmers. “On one hand, the algorithms that control the car may have an explicit set of rules to make moral tradeoffs,” Iyad Rahwan, a scientist at MIT, told Business Insider. “On the other hand, the decision made by a car in the case of unavoidable harm may emerge from the interaction of various software components, none of which has explicit programming to handle moral tradeoffs.” Rahwan added, “Every time the car makes a complex maneuver, it is implicitly making trade-off in terms of risks to different parties.” Google X founder Sebastian Thrun in 2014 said the company’s automated car would hit the smallest object in the road if it could not find a clear path. “If it happens that there is a situation where the car couldn’t escape, it would go for the smaller thing,” he said.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Cheap Mini-Greenhouse That Makes Seed-Starting Easier
Off the Grid News - … I was excited to stumble across the idea of winter sowing. In a nutshell, winter sowing is planting seeds in repurposed plastic containers, which act as mini-greenhouses. Once planted, the containers should be put outside — even in freezing temps, and even in the snow. As the temperature warms up, the seeds will germinate, and the seedlings will stay toasty in their little greenhouses. The containers will naturally collect moisture through their various openings. The plants should chug along on their own, and naturally harden off. You do have to do some work, though: Once the temperatures stay above freezing, the seedlings should be transplanted into your garden. Since it all sounds logical (and easy!), I’m going to give it a whirl. Tall translucent or clear plastic containers work best so that sunlight reaches the plants. Containers need to hold 3-4 inches of soil, and still allow room for seedlings to grow. Consider using containers like these: • Milk jugs • Distilled or filtered water jugs • Large vinegar bottles • Family-size juice bottles • Soda/pop bottles • Rotisserie chicken deli containers • Clear tote boxes. All containers will need holes drilled or cut into the bottom, both for drainage and so that seedlings can suck up available water. Additionally, the containers will need at least one hole in the top so that moisture can get in that way, too. Vessels like milk, water and juice jugs already have that hole built in. A bonus is that if you live in an area that experiences heavy rains, you can use the jug lid as a way to moderate moisture levels….

Health

Groundbreaking Study Shows Prescription Painkillers Prolong Chronic Pain
Natural Blaze - A research team out of University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) has found that prescription opioids may actually worsen chronic pain. The study also discovered that these drugs may in fact prolong the condition that they are supposed to help placate. This may explain why in the U.S., prescriptions of opioids, such as methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®), have quadrupled since 1999…. During the opioid study, morphine treatment in rats resulted in opioids sending repeated signals to the glial cells. This increased the activity of these nerve cells in the spinal cord, resulting in intensified chronic pain that continued for several months. We are showing for the first time that even a brief exposure to opioids can have long-term negative effects on pain. We found the treatment was contributing to the problem. ~ Peter Grace, CU-Boulder Assistant Research Professor and Faculty Member in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

13 Ways to Uncover Cancer Causing Toxins In Your Home
Natural News Blogs - 1- Your cloths may be tox-sick. Research states synthetic materials, thermoplastics and wrinkle free cloths can be filled with formaldehydes. Formaldehyde is viewed as a carcinogen for humans and respiratory cancer. Additionally, exposure to paint, lacquer, glue and cleaning products which contain formaldehyde can increase risk for nasal cancer. If you live next to a fracking facility, they can increase your exposure to unsafe amounts of formaldehyde. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals causing liver damage, kidney damage, and central nervous system damage. 2- Electromagnetic frequencies can harm brain cells, eyes and neurotransmitters. Avoid EMF blue light from computers, wifi, cells phones, televisions and other electrical devices in or near where you sleep, such as smart meters. EMF’s can not only disrupt our sleep and hormones they can be linked to disrupted DNA. 3- Make sure your mattress isn’t treated with a flame retardant which can impact thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. 4- A professional dry cleaner may put your health at risk. Trichloroethylene is an organic chemical that has been used in dry cleaning and linked to liver and kidney cancer. There are non-toxic sustainable ways of dry-cleaning your cloths. 5- What pesticides are you spraying on your lawn? Environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals including pesticides have been linked to cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer. Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S., and is sprayed on our lawns, golf courses and found in our water supply. Atrazine is also sprayed on conventional foods including corn, sugarcane, and wheat. It helps to know your farmer….

Weekend Watching

Video: Now you can HEAR chemistry: Health Ranger translates molecules into music in stunning video demonstration that will blow your mind (and your ears)
(NaturalNews) In the video below, I demonstrate what I now call “Elemonics” — the science of translating chemistry and molecules into audible music by sequencing elements using the inverse of their atomic mass units (i.e. frequencies) as documented in the Table of Elements. (The video explains it in more detail.) In essence, I have discovered a way to map the elements to a standard 88-key keyboard using their documented atomic masses. Hydrogen is mapped to 3,520 Hz (high A7 key on the keyboard) as the only arbitrary choice in this mapping, and the rest of the elements are mapped in relation to Hydrogen. Since Carbon has a mass of 12, for example, it gets mapped to 3,520 / 12 which equals 293.3 Hz. That corresponds to the D4 key on an 88-key keyboard. Using this translation, I was then able to play molecules as musical sequences, allowing the world to HEAR nutritional chemistry for the first time. In this video demonstration, I play the musical sequences for many different molecules of life, including water, oxygen (O2), carbon dioxide, magnesium oxide, calcium carbonate and even progesterone. Using the same mathematical translation of physical elements into musical tones, I was also able to sequence organophosphate pesticides and toxic herbicides such as glyphosate. In the video below, you can now “hear” toxic pesticides, fluoride and even toxic heavy metals like mercury, lead and cadmium. What you’ll notice in experiencing all this is that highly toxic elements like Fluorine, commonly used in psychiatric drugs and toxic pesticides, sound disturbing and destructive. This is not mere coincidence.



Thursday - January 5, 2017

Today In History:

1781 - Richmond, VA, was burned by a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold.
1885 - The Long Island Railroad Company became the first to offer piggy-back rail service which was the transportation of farm wagons on trains.
1896 - It was reported by The Austrian newspaper that Wilhelm Roentgen had discovered the type of radiation that became known as X-rays.
1914 - Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.
1925 - Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming She was the first female governor in the U.S.
1933 - In California, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.
1940 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio.
1944 - The London "Daily Mail" was the first transoceanic newspaper to be published.
1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The foota1956 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy walked on two legs for the first time.
1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.
1987 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan underwent prostate surgery.
1998 - U.S. Representative Sonny Bono died in skiing accident.
2002 - A 15 year-old student pilot, Charles Bishop, crashed a small plane into a building in Tampa, FL. Bishop was about to begin a flying lesson when he took off without permission and without an instructor.

World News

US sends special forces to Russian Border as Nato is poised to strike back against Vladimir Putin’s ‘aggression’
The Sun - President Obama has deployed US special forces troops along Lithuania’s border with “aggressive” Russia. Tensions between Washington and the Kremlin have reached Cold War levels amid reports Vladimir Putin is deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad – which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. And Lithuanian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite confirmed America has offered additional military support following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. She said: “The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration of the security situation in the region after the annexation of the Crimea.” She added: “US Special Operations Forces presence in Lithuania is one of the deterrents” against military threats by Putin’s aggressive regime, reports the Express…. The US and its Nato allies will send battalions of up to 1,200 to each of the three Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – and Poland by spring this year, reports the New York Times.

US coalition spared ISIS oil production facilities in Syria – Russian MoD
RT - The US-led international coalition did not bomb oil production facilities captured by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov has stated. “Miraculously, only oil fields, captured by ISIS allowing the militants to earn tens of millions of dollars every month on illegal oil sales and recruit mercenaries from all over the world, did not come under the US bombardment,” Konashenkov said. CIA Director John Brennan stated earlier that Russia is using a “scorched-earth policy” in Syria. “What the Russians have done in Syria in terms of some of the scorched-earth policy that they have pursued that have led to devastation and thousands upon thousands of innocent deaths, that’s not something that the United States would ever do in any of these military conflicts,” Brennan told PBS on Tuesday. The CIA head “should have known and remembered” history, Konashenkov said, pointing out the US nuclear bombings of Japan during WW2, as well as its later military operations in Vietnam and Laos, “for which no one in the US has been punished yet.” “I would also like to remind [John Brennan] that international wars of the past decades unleashed by the US thanks to false CIA data in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya have all been started, continued, and finished with a destroyed economic infrastructure of these states by the US Air Force,” Konashenkov said. It was “doubtfully a coincidence” that American companies close to the CIA and the Pentagon had “always” been among the first to receive contracts to rebuild damaged infrastructure, he added. “John Brennan is perfectly aware of the real results of Russia’s actions in Syria. Specially for the CIA and special services alike, we announced them during the Russian Defense Ministry’s final board meeting,” Konashenkov stated on Wednesday.

What Mainstream Media Won’t Show You: Life in ‘Fallen’ Aleppo Returns to Normal
Sputnik - Last month, the brutal four year battle for Aleppo ended, and the Syrian government began the enormous task of rebuilding the city. Toward the end of the battle for the city, much of the mainstream media spent so much time covering the ‘fall’ of Aleppo that they forgot what happens afterward: rebuilding, restoration, and most importantly, peace. Sputnik has obtained footage of the effort now underway to rebuild the completely ruined eastern portions of the city, most of them held by militants for four years until the sudden and unexpected victory of government forces last month. Residents are shown rebuilding their homes, while small factories (those that hadn’t been disassembled, looted and taken across the border to Turkey) are shown humming once again, producing what appear to be textiles and other goods…. Last month, Aleppo Province Governor Hussein Diab told Sputnik that the damage caused by the fighting was “terrible.” Nevertheless, he stressed that life in the city is “gradually returning to normal life.” He explained that the government is doing everything possible to get people to return to their homes in the liberated areas, thus alleviating the strains of internally displaced persons currently living in makeshift government-administered shelters outside the city.

France: Muslim Men Ban All Women from Public Spaces (Video)
Information Liberation - In the new France, a country now occupied by over 6 million Muslims, women are effectively banned from public spaces in majority Muslim suburbs and subject to threats if they dare step into a café. In this report aired on state TV channel France 24, the lying media hilariously spends three minutes acting like it’s a “gender” issue before reluctantly acknowledging it’s a result of hostile Muslims working to impose Islam. Rather than demand these hostile foreigners go back their home countries where this the norm, women’s groups are organizing dine-ins where they go to these Muslim owned businesses and give them their money in order to “take back” these public spaces. It really doesn’t get any clearer that this mass migration is in fact a hostile invasion, one which is likely to end in civil war.

Learn ‘terrorism first aid’ in case of an attack, public told
RT - Britons are being urged to learn “terrorism first aid” in the event they are caught up in an attack. Military medics from CitizenAID have developed a phone app and pocketbook designed to coach people in how to provide potentially life-saving treatment before the arrival of emergency services. Its creators say it will be effective in the aftermath of an attack when emergency services may be concerned with removing a threat, rather than treating victims. They say it could take some time before it is deemed safe for paramedics to arrive on the scene after an attack. The idea is supported by counter-terrorism police. Security services say a UK terrorist attack is “highly likely.” Developers of CitizenAID say it is a good idea for people to have a plan in place in case a terrorist attack occurs, even though the chance is small…. Brig Tim Hodgetts, medical director of the Defence Medical Services, told the BBC, said: “We don’t know when the next incident will be that involves blasts or gunshots so we need a critical mass of the general public to learn these first aid skills.

Angry protests erupt across Mexico after 20% hike in gasoline prices
The Guardian - Demonstrators have blockaded highways, looted shops and forced service stations across Mexico to close in a wave of angry protest triggered by a hike of more than 20% in the government-set price of gasoline. The announcement of the price increase came on 1 January – when long queues of cars were already forming at pumps because national oil giant Pemex was unable to supply all gas stations due to problems with oil refining and fuel shortages caused by theft. The so-called gasolinazo – as the price hike is known – added insult to injury, and since then, protests have spiraled. Truckers, taxi drivers and irate individuals have blocked the main highways into Mexico City and major thoroughfares in the capital, prompting bus lines to cancel service. The timing of the protests could prove particularly troublesome as Mexico prepares for the impact of US president-elect Donald Trump and his promises to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) and build a wall on the northern border – moves economists warn will throw the country into recession.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Shown With Rows of Empty Seats Behind Him at Farewell Speech to Military
The GatewayPundit - President Barack Obama gave a farewell address to the military Wednesday afternoon at Henderson Hall at Joint Base Myer in Arlington, Virginia just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Live video of the speech showed Obama speaking with row after row of empty seats behind him leaving the impression of less than enthusiastic support for the outgoing Commander-in-Chief. It was oddly inept staging given the hundreds who were there to say goodbye to Obama. After the speech, cameras panned the hall to show full rows of seating extending around a good part of the hall but with many sections empty. The floor itself was kept open for military marching bands to perform and for the Obama farewell ceremony. The speech was attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and other dignitaries.

California Hires Eric Holder to Lead Legal Fight Against Trump
Breitbart - Democratic leaders of the California legislature have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to represent the liberal state in future legal battles with the Trump administration. “With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead,” California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon wrote in a statement Wednesday. “The Legislature will work with the Governor and our next Attorney General to protect California’s economy and our sensible policies on climate change, health care, civil rights and immigration,” the statement says. “The Legislature has retained the services of an expert legal team from the nationally-renowned Covington & Burling law firm, led by former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.”… Holder’s tenure in the Obama White House was plagued by scandal, a fact not lost on one California lawmaker. “It is not surprising that California Democrats would hire someone with a record of lawlessness to represent them,” Assemblyman Travis Allen’s wrote in a statement, responding to what he called the California Democrats’ “Fast and Furious” hiring of Holder.

Rand Paul Reintroduces Legislation To "Audit The Fed"
Zero Hedge - Having been pursued, unsuccessfully, many times by his father in previous years, today Senator Rand Paul, together with Rep. Thomas Massie re-introduced legislation to “Audit the Fed", after a similar effort stalled in the last Congress. While in the past such a proposal, which has been vocally opposed by Janet Yellen and Wall Street for obvious reasons, was quietly shut down it may face its best odds ever of becoming law in the current Congress according to the Hill. With both chambers controlled by Republicans long critical of Fed’s policies, the legislation could end up being a test of Donald Trump stated resolve to putting the Fed to heel. In the past, the president elect has heaped scorn on the central bank, and demanded accountability from the "independent" Fed. To that end, Paul specifically mentioned Trump in a statement about the bill Wednesday, making clear the measure’s proponents believe they have an ally in their cause coming to the White House.

Boulder Becomes Sanctuary City to ‘Defy Trump’
Breitbart - The affluent region of Boulder, Colorado has declared itself a “sanctuary city,” to shield illegal immigrants from federal agents ahead of President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Boulder city council members said their effort to reaffirm their sanctuary status was intended to reassure illegal immigrants in the area that they would be protected, according to the Daily Camera…. Boulder is so persistent on shielding illegal immigrants from the law that it has configured exactly how the City would operate, should a President Trump cut federal funding for noncompliance…. Under the Boulder’s city council sanctuary policy, officials are prohibited from cooperating with federal immigration officials and local law enforcement is not allowed to hold suspects solely based on their immigration status.

New Hampshire Bill Would Require Courts to Inform Juries Of Their Right to Nullify
Activist Post - House Bill 133 (HB133) would require courts to “inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.” An unusually short and concise bill by modern standards… HB133 is an important piece of legislation, as it would bring to light the indispensable right of last resort for regular people sitting in the jury box to stand up against laws that violate their rights. Jury nullification is the ability to declare someone not guilty in a case, even when it is clear he has violated the law in question. Juries use this power to defend people against laws that are unjust, immoral, or unconstitutional. This power is one of the most untapped, unknown, and powerful of any at the disposal of ordinary people to stand up to tyranny…. Last year, the full house passed a similar bill by a 184-145 margin, but the bill was ultimately killed in the Senate. HB133 will first be assigned to a House committee, where an “ought to pass” recommendation will greatly influence the chance of passage in the full House.

Economy & Business

Federal Debt Climbs $1,054,647,941,626.91 in 2016
CNS News - The federal debt climbed by more than a trillion dollars during 2016, according to data released today by the U.S. Treasury. On Dec. 31, 2015, the last business day of 2015, the federal debt was $18,922,179,009,420.89. On Dec. 30, 2016, the last business day of 2016, it was $19,976,826,951,047.80. The one-year increase in the federal debt during calendar year 2016 was therefore $1,054,647,941,626.91. That increase in the debt equaled $8,860.65 for each of the 119,026,000 households the Census Bureau estimated there were in the United States as of September.

Macy's, Kohl's Crash After Reporting Abysmal Holiday Sales; Cut Guidance; Announce Mass Layoffs, Store Closures
Zero Hedge - First, it was Kohl’s, which announced it was slashing its full year forecast, and now sees FY2017 adjusted EPS of $3.60-$3.65, down from $3.80-$4.00 less than two months ago, in the day after the election (ironically). It wasn't just the future: the company revealed that comp sales were also down 2.1% y/y in fiscal months November and December combined…. But an even greater surprise was revealed moments later by retail bellwether Macy's, which not only reported a drop in same store sales, not only slashed guidance, but also announced it would close 68 stores and lay off over 10,000 workers.

Energy & Environment

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant cited for cooling system problem
PennEnergy (San Luis Obispo, CA) - Federal regulators have cited the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant for a problem that may have knocked out a reactor cooling system for a year-and-a-half. The Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a "white finding" on Thursday...During a test in May, workers found that an emergency cooling system for one of the two reactors wasn't working -- and may not have been operating since it was last checked in October 2014.

BLM Pushes Sage Grouse Protection By Restricting Mining on 10 Million Acres in 6 States
CNS News - As the Obama Administration comes to a close, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing ahead with its plan to restrict more federal land from future mining operations by putting 10 million acres in six states off limits. “As part of its continuing efforts to conserve habitat vital to healthy populations of the Greater Sage-Grouse in the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the draft proposal to withdraw a subset of lands that are sage-grouse strongholds from future mining claims,” read a press release posted on the BLM website on Thursday. The announcement about the restrictions on land in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming, which was published in the Federal Register on Friday, said a 90-day public comment period will take place until March 30, 2017 and that the agency will host eight public meetings in the West next month…. The agency said the move is part of its effort to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse even as it decided not to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act. But Luke Popovich, vice president for external communications at the National Mining Association, said the move by the agency is not only not necessary, but also is destructive to the mining industry and to the larger national economy.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Paraquat - Banned in EU While US Increasing Use of This Toxic Killer
Dr. Mercola - In the U.S., farmers dependent on genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready soybean crops are increasingly running into a problem. Weeds are quickly becoming resistant to Roundup herbicide, leaving the farmers desperate for an effective chemical alternative. Paraquat is being marketed as one such alternative, but this pesticide is highly toxic to humans, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to the extent that just one sip can be fatal.1 Sadly, it's become an herbicide commonly used for suicide attempts, but in countries that have banned its use, such as South Korea, suicide rates dropped significantly…. Europe is ahead of the game, as they've already prohibited the use of paraquat. In all, 32 countries have banned the chemical…. Paraquat is banned in Europe not only because of its highly lethal nature but also because it's linked to Parkinson's disease. The EPA is aware of the issue, and reported "a large body of epidemiology data on paraquat dichloride use and Parkinson's disease.” They're currently reviewing whether to allow continued use in the U.S., but not with the urgency one would expect; a decision isn't even expected until 2018. In the meantime, its connection to Parkinson's disease grows…. Paraquat is often applied in the same areas as another pesticide, maneb, and it's believed the two have synergistic effects. One study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology revealed that exposure to both pesticides within 500 meters of the home increased the risk of Parkinson's disease by 75 percent…. Paraquat is not approved for household use in the U.S., but it is sprayed on more than 100 crops globally, including coffee, almonds and oranges. Its use in food crops may be particularly problematic when used as a pre-harvest desiccant, such as on cereal grains.

Health

Paleo-type diet reversing Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are being reversed solely by diet—essentially a Paleo diet. The non-drug approach has been successful in 80 per cent of children who’ve been put on the special diet. The diet—called the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD)—has been pioneered by Dr David Suskind, a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The diet excludes grains, dairy, processed foods and sugars, other than honey, and promotes natural, nutrient-rich foods, including vegetables, fruits, meats and nuts. hildren are going into complete remission after just 12 weeks on the diet, a new study has discovered. Ten children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—an umbrella term for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis—were put on the diet, and eight were completely symptom-free by the end of the study.Suskind started exploring a dietary approach to IBD because he became convinced that the standard medical treatment of steroids or other medication was inadequate. “For decades, medicine has said diet doesn’t matter, that it doesn’t impact disease. Now we know that diet does have an impact, a strong impact. It works, and now there’s evidence,” he said.

You Will Never Eat McDonald’s Again After You Read These Horrifying Facts
Natural Blaze - Here are some of the most disgusting additives you’re eating when you hit the drive-thru: 1.) Ammonium Sulfate - Nothing helps mass-produce bread like ammonium sulfate. Unfortunately, nothing fertilizers soil or kills bugs like it either. 2.) Silicone Oil - Chicken McNuggets are full of dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone oil that is often used for making contact lenses and other medical items. 3.) Cysteine-L - Fast food restaurants use Cysteine-L, an amino acid synthesized from human hair or duck feathers, to flavor their meat and soften their breads and pastries. 4.) TBHQ - This additive can be found in 18 McDonald’s menu items. It’s potentially lethal, but don’t worry, the FDA says it’s generally regarded as safe (GRAS). 5.) Propylene Glycol - Propylene glycol is a chemical compound that can be found in anti-freeze, e-cigarettes, and that’s right! Fast food! 6.) Prescription Drugs - By testing feathers, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found some very interesting characteristics of factory-farm-raised poultry. And you thought the pink slime scandal was bad? Anti-depressants as well as other prescription drugs are added to chicken feed for fast food “poultry” items. That’s right, those McChicken sandwiches and McNuggets come from chickens that were raised on a steady diet of prescription, over-the-counter, and even banned drugs. 7.) Dimethylpolysiloxane - You’ll find this in almost any fried fast food menu item and also in silly putty, contact lenses, caulking, shampoo and conditioners, cosmetics, polishes, heat resistant tiles, and the list goes on…

Pet News

Possible Evanger’s Pet Food Recall
Susan Thixton - From our anonymous friend that has provided numerous recall alerts in the past (prior to public notice), I am being told Evanger’s Pet Food will be recalling canned Hunk Of Beef dog food…. A Washington woman says her 4 pugs became gravely ill after eating Evanger’s “hunk of beef” and another died. Recall is: Manufactured June 2016. Lot Number is 1816E06HB13. The information of the sick dogs can be confirmed by clicking here.

Four Children Die Linked to a Commonly Used Pet Food Fumigant
Susan Thixton - In a lawsuit brought against Mars Petcare we learned about a commonly used fumigant used on food/pet food ingredients – aluminum phosphide. This same fumigant was recently responsible for the deaths of four children. How dangerous is aluminum phosphide to our pets? In Amarillo Texas on New Years Day 2017, someone used a chemical fumigant (aluminum phosphide) under a house. Four children in that house died the next day. “When Aluminum Phosphide is mixed with water or any moisture, it produces a toxic Phosphine gas, which is what took the lives of these occupants. One resident of the east Amarillo home was trying to kill mice and placed the pesticide underneath their home, then applied water. They were already getting an odor and they were trying to suppress the vapors.” Aluminum phosphide is directly linked to pet food (and human food). Thanks to bits and pieces learned from a lawsuit filed against Mars Petcare, we know that aluminum phosphide is commonly used to fumigate pet food ingredients. The 2012 lawsuit claimed phoshine gases “were allowed to accumulate and disburse into the Mars plant at unsafe levels.” An anonymous employee of the pet food plant stated “We know there was stuff coming in that was fumigated and was not listed as being fumigated that went straight into making pet food.” In other words, this anonymous employee claimed that a deadly fumigate was added directly into the pet food. A statement made by Mars Petcare to KOAM TV seems to confirm that it is common practice for aluminum phosphide to be added into pet food. Julie Lawless (interesting last name) of Mars Petcare provided KOAM TV with a statement, declaring “Our products are tested by various state and federal agencies for phosphine.”



Wednesday - January 4, 2017

Today In History:


1885 - Dr. William Grant performed the first successful appendectomy. The patient was Mary Gartside.
1896 - Utah became the 45th U.S. state.
1936 - The first pop music chart based on national sales was published by "Billboard" magazine.
1944 - The attack on Monte Cassino was launched by the British Fifth Army in Italy.
1948 - Britain granted independence to Burma.
1951 - During the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
1958 - The Soviet satellite Sputknik I fell to the earth from its orbit. The craft had been launched on October 4, 1957.
1962 - New York City introduced a train that operated without conductors and motormen.
1965 - The Fender Guitar Company was sold to CBS for $13 million.
1965 - In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Johnson proclaimed the building of the "Great Society."
1974 - U.S. President Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1991 - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to condemn Israel's treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories.
1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.
2007 - Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold the position.
2010 - In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) opened as the world's tallest tower at 2,625 feet.

World News

UK Won’t Deport Bin Laden-Linked Terror Suspect
Breitbart - An Algerian who entered the UK illegally will be allowed to stay in the country, despite being a terror suspect with alleged links to Osama Bin Laden, because his fight against deportation damaged his “mental health”. The man has been fighting deportation for 21 years, after entering the UK with a fake French passport, and is thought to have sent young British Muslims to terror training camps abroad. According to The Telegraph, the judge ruled that the alleged jihadist’s two-decade long deportation battle had affected his mental health, such that he could not be deported in the end. The man, who cannot be named, is also reported to be a father and uses a wheelchair. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has repeatedly vowed to change the law to make it easier to deport foreign criminals or those thought to be a security risk, and this ruling is just the latest blow to the government’s aims. The Home Office previously refused to grant the migrant the right to remain in the UK and had imposed restrictions on him, insisting he stayed at his home address and report to a police station every month. However, thanks to the judge, he will now also be allowed to study for a degree in Algebraic Thinking at the Open University.

German interior minister wants federal ‘departure centers’ to speed up deportations
RT - Germany is considering setting up special federal centers to help speed up deportation process of rejected asylum-seekers. The initiative, as suggested by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, forms part of general security shake-up inspired by Berlin Christmas market attack. De Maiziere’s proposal was released in a guest article in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on Monday. Anis Amri, the prime suspect in the Christmas market attack that killed 12 people, is a Tunisian asylum-seeker who’se application was rejected. He was supposed to be deported from Germany but the process stalled because the man reportedly didn’t have documents that could have confirmed his identity. Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack. De Maiziere put forward the idea of creating federal “deportation centres” near airports where people who have been told to leave Germany could live before being deported. German state authorities are currently handling deportations, but De Maiziere wants to give more powers to Berlin and is calling for a “reorganization” of Germany’s security structures.

Czech Interior Ministry seeks right for citizens to use arms against terrorists
RT - The Czech Republic is considering amending its constitution to allow citizens to use legally obtained arms for defense against terrorists following the attacks in Berlin and Nice…. The Interior Ministry plans to submit a proposal for a respective gun law amendment before the country’s general elections in October this year. “The possibilities of state bodies to quickly and efficiently prevent casualties and other damage are limited during such attacks,” according to the Ministry as reported by the CTK news agency. This requires that citizens who officially obtained their weapons get legal advice in the event that they have to protect themselves against terrorists, the Ministry said. Officials note that this would increase the protection of people’s fundamental rights and freedoms, CTK reports. The proposed amendment would apply only to Czech citizens and not to people from other EU countries staying in the Republic, the news agency writes.

‘Israeli shoot-to-kill policy belongs to western movie laws’ – HRW official to RT
RT - Human Rights Watch has urged top Israeli officials to publicly denounce the excessive use of lethal force against Palestinians. A HRW representative told RT that Israel is not governed by Biblical or western movie laws to employ such extreme policies. HRW has condemned Israel’s “shoot-to-kill policy” and has accused some senior Israeli officials of openly supporting and encouraging the practice. A new HRW report suggested that some senior Israeli officials openly encourage the Israeli Defense Force and police to deliberately kill Palestinians who they suspected of attacking Israelis, even if the threat of attack has passed. The report takes in statements made by top officials since October 2015, including Israel’s defense minister Avigdor Lieberman, who not only failed to condemn cases of excessive lethal force, but even encouraged it.

Greece bans cash: Tax-allowance possible only through payments via plastic money
Keep Talking Greece - Greece is banning the use of cash the soft way. As of 1.1. 2017, taxpayers will be granted tax-allowance and tax deduction only when they have made payments via credit or debit cards. The new guidelines refer to employees, pensioners, farmers but also unemployed. Accepted expenditure will be: purchases for food and supermarket products, electronic and electric devices, household equipment, footwear, clothing, fuel, furniture, cigarettes*, drinks. Restaurants, cafeterias, bars and hotels. Services like by hairdressers and beauty parlors, gyms and dance schools, car repair, plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters, lawyers and accountants. For doctors and pharmacy the same practice will be valid as in last year. The tax office will accept the expenditure only if payments are made per credit card or bank transfer. Expenditure for utility bills, landlines and mobile phones, heating, rent, loan repayments that in fact swallow the largest amount of monthly expenditure for private households will not be accepted. Also not accepted is expenditure for toll and transport tickets…. Should a taxpayer will not be able to spend the necessary percentage of the annual income according to the guidelines, the punishment will be a penalty of 22% imposed on the missing difference…. Exempted from the compulsory usage of credit/debit cards are seniors over 70 years old, residents of remote areas and people with disability over 80%.

Silver Company CEOs Prepare For War On Big Banks: Class Action Lawsuit For Price Rigging
Activist Post - …Deutsche Bank has agreed to turn over documents implicating other banks in related schemes, major mining companies are preparing lawsuits of their own. Straight-shooting First Majestic Silver CEO, Keith Neumeyer, who in 2015 was the first mining company head to issue a public statement on the manipulation of precious metals prices by a small concentration of players, has said that the company’s legal team is closely monitoring the situation. Citing loss of revenue, jobs and shareholder value Neumeyer said in an interview with SGT Report that his company will likely be preparing legal action against the bullion banks involved in the rigging of prices.

France Bans Pesticides in Public Green Spaces
Sustainable Pulse - French children will soon be able to frolic in the grass without risk of intoxication. Pesticides will be banned in all public green spaces from Sunday (January 1 2017) while non-professional gardeners will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter. The new measure is part of a larger green program adopted by French lawmakers that also includes a ban on plastic bags for vegetables. The pesticide ban covers public forests, parks and gardens, but local authorities are still allowed to use pesticides in cemeteries. The new law also stipulates that pesticides will be prohibited in private gardens from 2019.

Massive quake off Fiji triggers tsunami warning within 300km radius
RT - A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Fiji, triggering a tsunami warning within 300km of the epicenter. The USGS downgraded the quake to 6.9 while the PTWC measured it at 7.0, warning that waves up to 1 meter might hit the island nation. The quake, initially measured at 7.2 magnitude, was centered some 221 km southwest of Nadi at a depth of 15.2 km, the USGS said. A series of strong aftershocks measuring between 4.9 and 5.8 struck the same area within an hour after the initial quake. “The tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed,” the PTWC said in their latest update after the Center warned that waves of up to 1 meter could hit the coast of Fiji.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump Tells DHS To Prepare For Border Wall Construction
Zero Hedge - In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction. The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump's transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials… The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect's strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration…. The transition team also asked for copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009, according to the memo summarizing the meeting. Trump has said he intends to undo Obama's executive actions on immigration, including a 2012 order to allow children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to remain in the country on temporary authorizations that allow them to attend college and work. The program, known as DACA, collected information including participants' addresses that could theoretically be used to locate and deport them if the policy is reversed. Another request of the transition team was for information about whether any migrant records have been changed for any reason, including for civil rights or civil liberties concerns, according to the internal memo seen by Reuters…. One program the transition team asked about, according to the email summary, was Operation Phalanx, an aerial surveillance program that authorizes 1,200 Army National Guard airmen to monitor the southern border for drug trafficking and illegal migration. The program once deployed 6,000 airmen under President George W. Bush but was downsized by Barack Obama, a move blasted by some conservatives who argue the surveillance is vital to border security.

Feds Continue to Drop Migrants at Texas Bus Stops
Breitbart - Bus station employees are reporting that illegal immigrants continue pour into the Texas border town of Laredo. They have seen a holding center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carrying between 20 and 40 undocumented women during at least five bus trips. The local NBC affiliate, 8KGNS-TV first heard that 400 migrants were headed to the border city but it has been difficult to get a concrete number of released individuals from the agency. Officials report that these women meet certain release eligibility requirements set by the federal government. Local officials say that federal representatives did not notify anyone in the City of Laredo, and that a similar problem was created in 2014 when there was a surge of Central Americans in the Texas border town. What is adding to the flood of migrants crossing the border from Central America is the fact that some countries are refusing to repatriate their own.

Senate Begins Process To Repeal Obamacare
Zero Hedge - …the Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi released a 2017 budget resolution setting up the process to partially repeal Obamacare early in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. The Senate will consider the bare-bones budget on the floor starting this week with votes expected next week. Once the House and Senate agree on a resolution a reconciliation bill repealing parts of Obamacare could proceed. Of course, using the reconciliation process allows Republicans to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate which is the same process that Democrats used to pass the controversial legislation in the first place. Of course, as we pointed out last week, Obama has summoned top Democrats to a meeting on The Hill tomorrow to "strategize" on how they might fight Trump's repeal efforts. Unfortunately for Dems, given that Republicans will control all three branches of government in about 17 days and only a simple majority vote will be required to repeal the law in the Senate through the reconciliation process, they're pretty much powerless.
* Related: Conway: Nobody will lose coverage under ObamaCare replacement

Trump Wins Again: House GOP Reverses On Ethics Office Overhaul
Zero Hedge - Following House Republican's vote to strip the Ethics Office of independence, Trump lashed out with a tweet suggesting Congress' time be better spent on other things... and just minutes ago, following an emergency meeting, Republicans have confirmed the amendment has been pulled. As a reminder, House Republicans abruptly voted on Monday night to eliminate the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics, the chamber’s nonpartisan ethics board which investigates lawmakers' alleged misconduct, largely stripping it of its power, leading to pushback from Democrats and government watchdog groups. House Republicans, meeting as a group Monday night, approved an amendment from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte that would place the office under the oversight of the lawmaker-run House Ethics Committee.

Face to Face Once More: Bill & Hillary Will Attend Trump’s Inauguration
Breitbart - New York magazine cited “well-placed sources” to the Clintons saying they “decided to do so out of a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.” Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush will also attend the inauguration. In a statement, the Bushes said they were “pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power – a hallmark of American democracy” by attending the ceremony in Washington, D.C.

WikiLeaks Hints At Huge Upcoming Revelations: "2017 Will Blow You Away"
Blacklisted News - Ahead of Jullian Assange's interview tonight on Fox News with Sean Hannity, in which as we previewed last night the Wikileaks founder will again deny on the record that Russia was the source of hacked Democratic emails, stating that "our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party", Wikileaks decided to engage in some creative marketing and, on Monday afternoon promised that 2017 will be an even bigger year for leaks than 2016, which saw the whistleblowing site publish thousands of documents exposing the dirty laundry of the Clinton campaign, US political secrets, covert trade deals and private communications from global leaders.

Economy & Business

Ford cancels Mexico plant. Will create 700 U.S. jobs in 'vote of confidence' in Trump
CNN Money - The $700 million investment will go to the Flat Rock, Michigan plant to produce more electric and self-driving cars. Ford believes electrified vehicles will outsell gas-powered vehicles within the next 15 years…. This is a major U-turn for Ford. Trump repeatedly slammed Ford on the campaign trail for shipping U.S. jobs to Mexico (a claim the company said was wrong). The president-elect has kept up the pressure. Just hours before the Ford announcement, Trump criticized GM (GM) for producing cars in Mexico. All of the big car manufacturers currently have some production in Mexico. Last year, Ford announced it would invest $1.6 billion in Mexico to transfer production of the Ford Focus from Michigan to Mexico to save costs. Now the Focus will be built at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, and Ford will instead expand its plant in Michigan. Trump threatened to slap a 35% tariff on Ford vehicles made in Mexico and sold in the U.S., although experts say it is not possible for Trump do that to a single U.S. company. The president-elect reiterated that threat again to GM Tuesday, tweeting, "Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!" Ford's CEO tried to walk a delicate line on how much Trump influenced this major change in the company's plans. He praised Trump for his vows to cut taxes and scale back regulations on businesses, but stressed Ford's decision was "done independently" of the president.
* Related: Trump slams GM on Twitter

Mexico Responds To Ford's Decision To Scrap Its New Plant
Zero Hedge - Mexico "regrets" Ford's decision to scrap the plan to build a plant in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, the Economy Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that it has made sure Ford will reimburse any costs and expenses from the state government to facilitate the now defunct investment. […] Mexico vowed to maintain its commitment to making Mexico a competitive nation to attract investment, and reiterated its commitment to modernizing NAFTA in a way that strengthens competitive capacity of North America.

Science & Technology

Apple’s FaceTime blamed for girl’s highway crash death in new lawsuit
Ars Technica - According to the latest figures available, US highway deaths increased by more than 10 percent year-over-year during the first half of 2016. One big reason? Distracted driving with mobile phones. Apple, maker of the ever-popular iPhone, is being sued on allegations that its FaceTime app contributed to the highway death of a 5-year-old girl named Moriah Modisette. In Denton County, Texas, on Christmas Eve 2014, a man smashed into the Modisette family's Toyota Camry as it stopped in traffic on southbound Interstate 35W. Police say that the driver was using the FaceTime application and never saw the brake lights ahead of him. In addition to the tragedy, father James, mother Bethany, and daughter Isabella all suffered non-fatal injuries during the crash two years ago. The Modisette family now wants Apple to pay damages for the mishap. The family alleges the Cupertino, California-based technology company had a duty to warn motorists against using the app and that it could have used patented technology to prohibit drivers from utilizing the app. According to the suit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court… The patent referenced, issued by the US patent office in April 2014, is designed to provide a "lock-out mechanism" to prevent iPhone use by drivers. The patent claims a "motion analyzer" and a "scenery analyzer" help prevent phone use. The reliability of such lock-out services, however, has come into question.

New human organ discovered, purpose of ‘mesentery’ unknown
RT - A new human organ has been discovered hiding in the human digestive system. The mesentery’s purpose isn’t fully understood, but its presence could hold the key to treating digestive diseases. It was previously thought that the organ was an unimportant group of structures, but it has now been classified as one single organ, which connects the abdomen to the intestine. The discovery that the mesentery was a single structure was first made by Irish researcher J Calvin Coffey at University Hospital Limerick in Ireland in 2012. Since then, he and his team studied the mesentery to prove it should be classified as an organ. "When we approach it like every other organ,” Coffey explained, “we can categorise abdominal disease in terms of this organ." The organ’s reclassification findings have been published in ‘The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology’. "In the paper, which has been peer reviewed and assessed, we are now saying we have an organ in the body which hasn’t been acknowledged as such to date," Coffey said. "The anatomic description that had been laid down over 100 years of anatomy was incorrect. This organ is far from fragmented and complex. It’s simply one continuous structure.”… “The next step is the function,” Coffey explained. “If you understand the function you can identify abnormal function, and then you have disease. Put them all together and you have the field of mesenteric science … the basis for a whole new area of science."

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Texas Wineries Worry EPA Approval of Monsanto, Dow Herbicides Will 'Kill' Industry
EcoWatch - Wineries in Texas are worried that federal approval of two highly volatile and drift-prone herbicides used on neighboring genetically modified (GMO) cotton fields will cause widespread damage to their vineyards, The Texas Tribune details. The herbicides in question are Monsanto's dicamba-based XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, which was approved in November by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Dow AgroSciences' 2,4-D-based Enlist Duo, which the EPA also proposed to register for use on GMO cotton seeds. Enlist Duo is already used on GMO corn and soybean crops in 15 states. "The approval of these formulations will wind up affecting every vineyard up there," explained Paul Bonarrigo, a Hale County vintner who believes that his withering grapevines have been damaged by the illegal spraying of dicamba and 2,4-D on nearby cotton farms. Bonarrigo believes that the state's $2 billion wine industry is in jeopardy. The debacle is yet another chapter in the expanding issue of herbicide-resistant weeds, or superweeds, that have evolved to resist the herbicide glyphosate, or Roundup. In response to weeds such as pigweed that have infested farms across the U.S., agribusinesses such as Monsanto and Dow have developed ever stronger weedkillers to help farmers.

Health

Video: France to Ban People with Down Syndrome from Smiling
Health Impact News - Another big step was taken towards the mass persecution of children with Down syndrome. On November 10th, the French ‘State Counsel’ rejected an appeal made by people with Down syndrome, their families and allies to lift the ban on broadcasting the award winning “Dear Future Mom” video on French television. The ban was previously imposed by the French Broadcasting Counsel. Kids who are unjustly described as a ‘risk’ before they are born, are now wrongfully portrayed as a ‘risk’ after birth too. The video features a number of young people from around the globe telling about their lives. Their stories reflect today’s reality of living with Down syndrome and aims to reassure women who have received a prenatal diagnosis. Their message of hope takes away the fears and questions these women may have, often based on outdated stereotypes. The video was produced in 2014 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. A day created by Down Syndrome International and officially recognized by the United Nations for the promotion of the human rights of people with Down syndrome. The State Counsel said that allowing people with Down syndrome to smile was “inappropriate” because people’s expression of happiness was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”…. Women must continue to believe in the myth that society and medical professionals portray; that Down syndrome is a life of suffering, a burden to their family and society. Obviously, if the truth gets out that 99% of people with Down syndrome are happy with their lives, society may start to question the systematic screening and deliberate mass elimination*) under the pretense of health-care and women’s rights.
* Related Article/Video: Couple sues and wins $2.9 million because they would have aborted their little girl had they known she had Down Syndrome

Pet News

Video: Sailor Jumps to Safety in Rough Waters – And Saves His Pet Cat!
The Catington Post - The US Coast Guard released a video showing the dramatic moment when a man jumped from his 30-foot sailboat onto a rescue ship in rough seas while holding his cat. According to the Coast Guard, Manu Wattecamps activated his emergency beacon when his sailboat lost its rudder, leaving him helpless and his boat battered by 20-foot seas about 400 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska. A nearby oil drilling vessel was able to rescue the sailor, and the Coast Guard monitored the rescue by airplane, where they captured this video, in which you see the Frenchman tuck his pet cat into his clothes before making a daring leap onto the rescue boat to safety.
 



Tuesday - January 3, 2017

Today In History:

1777 - The Battle of Princeton took place in the War of Independence, in which George Washington defeated the British forces, led by Cornwallis.
1823 - Stephen F. Austin received a grant from the Mexican government and began colonization in the region of the Brazos River in Texas.
1833 - Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. About 150 years later, Argentina seized the islands from the British, but Britain took them back after a 74-day war.
1938 - The March of Dimes was established by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The organization fights poliomyelitis. The original name of the organization was the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
1947 - U.S. Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time. Viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
1959 - In the U.S., Alaska became the 49th state.
1961 - The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1962 - Pope John XXIII excommunicated Cuban prime minister Fidel Castro.
1967 - Jack Ruby died in a Dallas, TX, hospital.
1988 - Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century.
1993 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Moscow.
1995 - WHO reported that the cumulative total of officially reported cases of AIDS had risen to 1,025,073 in 192 countries as at the end of 1994.
2001 - The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) charged the "Texas 7" with weapons violations. An autopsy showed that Office Aubrey Hawkins, killed by the convicts, had been shot 11 times and run over with a vehicle.
2004 - NASA's Spirit rover landed on Mars. The craft was able to send back black and white images three hours after landing.

World News

Islamic State claims responsibility for New Year’s Day attack at Istanbul nightclub
Long War Journal - The so-called caliphate says that its “hero soldier” assaulted one of Turkey’s “most famous nightclubs,” because it is a location where “Christians celebrate their polytheistic [pagan] holiday.” The jihadist group also attempts to justify the attack by portraying Turkey as a “protector of the cross” and accusing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government of spilling the “blood of Muslims” with its planes and guns. This is likely a reference to Turkey’s military operations in northern Syria, where its forces and allied rebel groups fight Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s men on a daily basis. Of course, most of the Islamic State’s victims are Muslims, meaning its accusation against Turkey is hollow. Many of the victims at Reina were likely Muslims as well. Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of Baghdadi’s enterprise, released its own statement hours after the Islamic State’s first claim was posted online.... Initial reports indicate that at least one gunman assaulted Reina. Some local accounts claim that he was dressed like Santa Claus, or in similar holiday garb. However, that detail and many others remain unconfirmed. Turkish authorities have arrested several people suspected of being tied to the Islamic State’s network inside Turkey, but the terrorist responsible for the killings has not yet been identified or detained.

Syrian refugee who asked ISIS for €180,000 for bombings in Europe detained in Germany
RT - A Syrian asylum seeker has been detained in Germany on suspicion of asking ISIS for money to buy and booby trap cars to kill a large number of "non-Muslim" people in “Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands,” German authorities say. The 38-year old man was detained early Saturday by German special forces in his flat in the city of Saarbrucken in the Federal State of Saarland. Official confirmation of the operation and further details emerged only on Monday. The Syrian refugee was arrested after Saarland police received a tip off from the Federal Criminal police. According to the Prosecutor’s office, the man in custody is suspected of having reached out to an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group’s contact person in December “who he knew was in a position to obtain IS money for terror financing.” The asylum seeker apparently “asked him [IS contact person] to provide €180,000 so he [the suspect] can use the money to buy vehicles, which he planned to bobby trap with explosives,” a statement by the Prosecutor’s office reads. The Syrian asylum seeker allegedly planned to buy eight cars - €22,500 each - booby trap the vehicles and drive them into the crowds to “kill a large number of non-Muslim people.” He reportedly said 400 to 500 kilograms (882 to 1,100 pounds) of explosives would be placed in each car.

1000+ Migrants Attempt to Break Into Spanish Territory
Breitbart - Footage has emerged of the “extremely violent and organized” attempt by over one thousand would-be African migrants to break into Spain’s North African territory of Ceuta on Sunday. Five Spanish policemen and around 50 members of the Moroccan forces were injured during the massive border raid, including one who lost an eye. The army of migrants used weapons including metal bars as they attempt to breach gates and double fences to enter the small piece of Spanish territory.... Both Spanish and Moroccan authorities have responded with aggressive rhetoric, promising to punish and deport those responsible.... Spain is keen for its small enclaves in Africa not to become easy entry points into Europe. Once inside the fenced off areas, migrants can claim asylum and are often transported to mainland Europe. To stop this, Spain has built substantial fences and actively works to keep the exact location of the official border secret so migrants can be removed even if they cross the barriers.

Bedlam: Video Shows Migrants in Sweden Aiming Fireworks at People
Paul Joseph Watson - This is the perfect illustration of the “cultural enrichment” that has invaded Malmo, a city that has been besieged by arson attacks on a routine basis, with cars regularly being torched by Muslim migrants. The terror group ISIS even claimed one of the attacks. The scenes are disturbingly reminiscent of what happened Cologne last year before the mass molestation of hundreds of German women. The only difference here is that there appear to be no native Swedes in attendance, with virtually everyone in the clip appearing to be of Middle Eastern or North African origin. At one point in the clip, a woman appears to have been injured by a firework as she ducks behind a vehicle, holding her face. Migrants are seen picking up boxes of fireworks that are shooting vertically into the sky and aiming them horizontally to target people down the street. A toddler is also being held high on the shoulders of one of the migrants, despite the clear danger of fireworks being shot off in all directions. The fireworks are also placed in the middle of the road despite cars attempting to pass through. Police vehicles are seen driving through the melee but speed off and make no attempt to stop the insanity. Reports suggest that similar scenes were witnessed in other Swedish towns and cities, with “rockets” and “firecrackers” being “directed against people” as well as police officers, houses and apartment blocks.

More than 250 rioters smash kebab shop after 'group of Arab men stab young local to death'
Expess- A staggering 300 rioters stormed the streets in a peaceful suburban town after a group of Arab men allegedly stabbed a lone local to death near a kebab restaurant, according to reports. The rioters descended on the town of Elk, Poland, after a group of Arab -- reportedly of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia descent -- chased a young man out of a restaurant in the town and repeatedly stabbed him. The man, known only as Daniel R, was stabbed last Saturday around 11pm local time, got into a brawl with four other men after reports suggest he threw a firecracker inside a kebab diner.

France sees 650 cars torched on New Year's Eve
The Local - New Year's Eve "went off without any major incident" but "saw some troubles with public order", the Interior Ministry has said in a statement.... Meanwhile, in something of a tradition for the French, vandals torched a whopping 650 parked cars. While the figure is worse than the 602 the year before, the ministry was quick to point out that there has been a 20 percent drop over the last five years. Meanwhile, Le Monde newspaper accused the ministry of deflating the figures, reporting that 945 cars were actually on fire during the night - an increase on the 804 that it reported were torched the year before. The paper said that the government was only reporting on the cars that were "directly" torched, ignoring those that caught fire nearby from leaping flames. A ministry spokesperson responded that the figures released were the "most pertinent and the most coherent".... The custom of setting vehicles alight on New Year’s Eve reportedly began in the east of the country, around Strasbourg, in the 1990s, in the the city’s poorer neighbourhoods. It was then quickly adopted by youths in cities across the country.... Authorities have previously refrained from reporting on the number of torched cars on New Year's Eve after it was discovered that a district-by-district breakdown was fuelling destructive competition between rival gangs.

France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation
The Guardian - France has reversed its policy on organ donations so that all people could become donors on their death unless they join an official register to opt out. The new law presumes consent for organs to be removed, even if it goes against the wishes of the family. Until 1 January, when the legislation took effect, unless the person who had died had previously expressed a clear wish for or against donation, doctors were required to consult relatives who, in almost a third of cases, refused. Those who do not want all or any of their organs to be used must now put their name on a “refusal register” – so far 150,000 people have signed up. The authorities have promised to make it easier for those who wish to refuse by allowing them to join the register online instead of by registered post. Alternatively, those vehemently opposed to their organs being used can leave a signed document with their next-of-kin or transmit their wish orally to relatives who must make a written declaration of non-consent to doctors at the time of death.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

DC Appeals Court: Law Required Kerry to Ask AG to ‘Initiate Enforcement Proceedings’ to Retrieve Clinton Emails
CNS News - A federal appeals court judge ruled on Tuesday that under the Federal Records Act (FRA), Secretary of State John Kerry was required by law to ask Attorney General Loretta Lynch to “initiate enforcement proceedings” to help him and U.S. Archivist David Ferriero recover emails that his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, kept on her private accounts. The ruling by Senior Circuit Judge Stephen Williams for the D.C. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia pointed out that not only does the FRA “strictly limit the circumstances under which records can be removed from federal custody or destroyed,” the statute also gives agency heads “no discretion to determine which cases to pursue.” The decision was the result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch in May 2015 that sought to compel Kerry’s compliance with the FRA after he refused to ask Lynch to help him retrieve tens of thousands of emails sent by Clinton and her top aides while she was secretary of state that had not been turned over to the State Department.... The appellate ruling “rejects the Obama State Department’s excuses justifying its failure to ask the attorney general, as the law requires, to pursue the recovery of the Clinton emails,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton also said. “This ruling means that the Trump administration will have to decide if it wants to finally enforce the rule of law and try to retrieve all of the emails Clinton and her aides unlawfully took when they left the State Department.”

Obama could still force Merrick Garland onto court during ‘intersession recess’
Washington Times - President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — but it’s a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn’t worth the fight. Mr. Obama’s moment will come just before noon, in the five minutes that the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of session and the time the 115th Congress begins. In those few moments the Senate will go into what’s known as an “intersession recess,” creating one golden moment when the president could test his recess-appointment powers by sending Judge Garland to the high court. A smattering of activists has asked him to give it a try, but Mr. Obama has given no indication that he’s thinking about it. The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment for this story. The move would be a legal gamble under the high court’s last ruling in 2014 on recess appointments. That 9-0 decision overturned a handful of Mr. Obama’s early 2012 picks, saying the Senate was actually in session when the president acted, so he couldn’t use his powers.

Sanctuary cities free more than 2,000 illegal immigrants rather than cooperate with feds
Washington Times - The Obama administration has made significant headway in cutting down the number of sanctuary cities, but 279 municipalities are still holding out, refusing to cooperate with federal authorities on at least some cases involving illegal immigrants.... Those sanctuary communities released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants back onto the streets rather than turn them over to federal authorities in fiscal year 2016, and were on pace for even more in the first two months of fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1.... Last year, ICE caught 114,000 illegal immigrants, the lowest number in Mr. Obama’s tenure. That represented only 1 percent of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants believed to be at large in the U.S. More than 90 percent of those ICE apprehended had criminal convictions, had gang ties, were deemed national security risks, were new illegal arrivals or were defying active orders of deportation. Security analysts say that makes the number of people released by uncooperative sanctuary cities even more troubling. The Obama administration wouldn’t be asking for them unless they were priorities for deportation, either as convicted criminals, national security risks or people who are ignoring recent orders of deportation.

1,565 Refugees Diagnosed with Active TB Since 2012, Three Times More Than Previously Reported
Breitbart - In October, Breitbart News reported that 476 cases of active TB among refugees have been reported in the fifteen states that made that data available. Thirty-five states did not make the data available, even though they had apparently reported it to the CDC: At least eight cases of active TB were diagnosed among refugees upon their arrival in Minnesota in 2015, bringing the total number of cases of active TB among refugees in Minnesota over the past six years to at least 304. That also increases the number of active TB cases diagnosed among refugees over the past six years in the fifteen states in which Breitbart News has been able to obtain data to 476, broken down as follows: Minnesota (304), Wisconsin (27), Nebraska (21), Louisiana (21), Michigan (19), Vermont (17), Colorado (16), Florida (11), Ohio (11 in one county), Idaho (7), Kentucky (9 in one county), North Dakota (4 in one county), Indiana (4), California (3), and Tennessee, where two refugees have been diagnosed with the very dangerous, multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB. Until Breitbart News discovered the public, but effectively hidden, CDC reports, the scale of the TB problem among refugees was underreported by more than 1,000 cases over recent years – off by a factor of more than three.

Nevada's universal gun background check law deemed unenforceable, put on ice
Washington Times - At issue with the Nevada ballot initiative, which 50.4 percent of voters approved on Nov. 8, is who would be responsible for conducting background checks during gun transactions between private citizens.... Under the initiative, transactions are subject to federal screenings through the FBI-run National Instant Criminal Background Check System. But the FBI on Dec. 14 alerted the Nevada Department of Public Safety that it would not conduct the checks. The bureau said in a letter to state officials that it is the state’s responsibility to facilitate the checks and that the ballot measure’s approval “cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.” Nevada is one of 12 “points of contact” where states handle their own gun background checks.... But the Bloomberg-backed initiative specifically prohibits private sales checks from being run through the state’s central repository, leaving the state with no authority to perform checks for private sales, according to an opinion issued by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican. “It is manifestly unjust to criminally penalize someone for failing to perform an act that is impossible to perform,” Mr. Laxalt wrote in an opinion Wednesday deeming the ballot initiative unenforceable.

Shane Ralston, Penn State professor: Stop 'coddling the young adult mind'
Washington Times - An associate professor at Penn State University Hazleton recently argued that colleges are treating young adults like infants and setting them up for a lifetime of failure. Shane Ralston, an associate professor of philosophy, wrote in an article for Intellectual Takeout last week that university trends like instituting “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” are to blame for young adults failing to “develop perseverance and grit,” The College Fix reported.... “How are safe spaces, trigger warnings, parental health coverage until age 26 and living at home into one’s thirties signs of living in bad faith?” he asked. “In college, administrator-designed safe spaces create a false sense of security, denying young people the opportunity to experience the world’s uncomfortable realities (e.g. hate, sexism, racism, and homophobia) and make life choices accordingly. Trigger warnings about shocking or controversial class topics and materials, usually shared with students by professors, have the same effect: coddling the young adult mind. “Parental coverage of health insurance until age 26 and living at home into one’s thirties create more cocoons that inhibit free choice,” he wrote. “There’s even a euphemism for living with the parents past an acceptable age: failure to launch. One out of three young adults (18-35 year olds) fail to launch, rely on mom and dad’s generosity far too long and deceive themselves into believing that they couldn’t choose to do otherwise.”

California lawmakers advance bill to decriminalize prostitution for minors
LA Times - [California Senate bill] SB 1322, authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), would make the crimes of solicitation and loitering with intent to commit prostitution misdemeanors inapplicable to children younger than 18. It also would allow law enforcement to take sexually exploited children into temporary custody if leaving them unattended would pose an immediate threat to their health or safety.... SB 1322 drew the support of a large coalition of advocates who said the bill was a step further in that direction, taking young victims entirely out of the juvenile justice system. But law enforcement officials oppose the move, saying the state's child welfare system is woefully low on resources.... But while supporters of the bill argued that it would provide a better way to connect young victims with social services, opponents countered that it would prevent law enforcement from helping vulnerable children who often don’t see themselves as victims, run away from unsecured shelters and remain tied to their traffickers through complicated psychological and emotional bonds.

Economy & Business

Pennsylvania Democrats Pass $3 Tax on $6 Sugary Drinks
The GatewayPundit - Now a $3 pack of sugary soda will cost you $6. Customers are already feeling the impact of the new sugary drink tax. The new law adds 1.5 cents per ounce on most drinks.

Energy & Environment

Oregon Couple Told They Have No Water Rights, Forced to Destroy Their Own Pond
Natural Blaze - The Jackson County Watermaster’s office has told Jon and Sabrina Carey to destroy their 2-acre pond — built 40 years ago, long before they bought the 10-acre property off Butte Falls Highway two and a half years ago — as they don’t have any water rights. “I basically bought a lemon. That’s how they explained it to me.” The county had no issues with the pond until Jon sought to grow legal medical cannabis on his property. He was then required to produce proof that he had a viable source of water for cannabis cultivation. Although the county records clearly show the pond, the Watermaster’s Office claimed the previous owners had not received a permit for the pond so the Careys were now in violation of Oregon regulations — and they would have to shoulder the cost of draining the water. As a result, the Careys stopped using pond water and resorted to trucking in water from Butte Falls for their household and garden needs.

Science & Technology

White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered with election
Ars Technica - While security companies in the private sector have said for months the hacking campaign was the work of people working for the Russian government, anonymous people tied to the leaks have claimed they are lone wolves.... Sadly, the JAR, as the Joint Analysis Report is called, does little to end the debate.... "This ultimately seems like a very rushed report put together by multiple teams working different data sets and motivations," Robert M. Lee, CEO and Founder of the security company Dragos, wrote in a critique published Friday.... The sloppiness, Lee noted, included the report's conflation of Russian hacking groups APT28 and APT29—also known as CozyBear, Sandworm, Sednit, and Sofacy, among others—with malware names such as BlackEnergy and Havex, and even hacking capabilities such as "Powershell Backdoor." The mix up of such basic classifications does little to inspire confidence that the report was carefully or methodically prepared.... The writers showed a similar lack of rigor when publishing so-called indicators of compromise, which security practitioners use to detect if a network has been breached by a specific group or piece of malware. As Errata Security CEO Rob Graham pointed out in a blog post, one of the signatures detects the presence of "PAS TOOL WEB KIT," a tool that's widely used by literally hundreds, and possibly thousands, of hackers in Russia and Ukraine, most of whom are otherwise unaffiliated and have no connection to the Russian government.

Fridges and washing machines could be vital witnesses in murder plots
The Telegraph - High-tech washing machines and fridges will soon be used by detectives gathering evidence from crime scenes, experts have forecast. The advent of ‘the internet of things’ in which more devices are connected together in a world of ‘smart working’ could in future provide important clues for the police. Detectives are currently being trained to look for gadgets and white goods which could provide a ‘digital footprint’ of victims or criminals. Mark Stokes, the head of the digital, cyber and communications forensics unit at the Metropolitan Police told The Times: “Wireless cameras within a device, such as fridge, may record the movement of owners and suspects. “Doorbells that connect directly to apps on a user’s phone can show who has rung the door and the owner or others may then remotely, if they choose, to give controlled access to the premises while away from the property. “All these leave a log and a trace of activity. The crime scene of tomorrow is going to be the internet of things.” The new Samsung Family Hub Fridge has cameras that carry a live feed of its contents, so shoppers can tell what they need when they are out at the shop. The dates and times that people logon to the fridge, therefore could provide alibis or prove people were not were they said they were. Mr. Stokes said detectives of the future would carry a ‘digital forensics toolkit’ which would allow them to analyse microchips and download data at the scene, rather than removing devices for testing. However the police could come up against opposition from companies making the gadgets, who are concerned about the privacy of their customers.

Health

Hidden Side Effects: Medical Studies Often Leave Out Adverse Outcomes
Scientific American - Approximately half of studies published on new medical treatments leave out at least some of the adverse effects they uncovered, according to a recent analysis in PLOS Medicine. A team of British researchers conducted the review after coming across individual cases of missing side effects in medical literature, which includes studies from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and academics. To determine how widespread the problem was, they analyzed 28 journal articles that together cross-checked the published data from more than 500 clinical studies with their original data sets. The review's results quantitatively confirm that some drugs may have side effects not even doctors know about—which means treatments may not be as safe as they appear, says Yoon Loke, a physician and lecturer at the University of East Anglia in England.... Starting this month, U.S. investigators conducting clinical trials will have to make all their findings publicly available—no matter what outcome a study has—thanks to a new rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Meanwhile the Evidence-Based Medicine Data Lab at the University of Oxford released a new online tool called TrialsTracker that reveals exactly who is withholding data.
* Related: TrialsTracker: Who's not sharing their clinical trial results?

At $125,000 Per Dose, Will This Be the Most Expensive Drug in the World?
AllGov -The FDA has approved Spinraza, the first drug to treat patients with spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that can kill infants before they turn 2. Biogen, which is licensing it from Ionis, said one dose will cost $125,000--equaling up to $750,000 to cover the the first year, and about $375,000 annually after that. Patients presumably take it the rest of their lives. The pricing could put it in the cross hairs of lawmakers and perhaps discourage insurers from covering it.

Why You Should Take Your Apple Cider Vinegar at Night
Dr. Mercola - No doubt, you’ve seen them — lists touting the amazing curative power of apple cider vinegar for an amazing number of ills. “ACV” (as it’s sometimes referred to in studies) has been praised for its ability to balance you pH, increase good gut bacteria and help control your weight, as well as many other beneficial things. Here’s the kicker: All those are true, and more besides. One of the most sensational is its ability to balance your blood sugar. A study1 at Arizona State University tested 11 volunteers with type 2 diabetes (diagnosed by a doctor) who weren’t taking insulin but continued taking their prescription medications. Each participant took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a snack — an ounce of cheese — before bedtime. The researchers demonstrated that in the morning, the study subjects had lower blood sugar readings than when they had the same snack with 2 tablespoons of water. This is important and potentially life-changing news for half of the American population, as NBC News reports that half the country suffers from either high blood sugar or full-blown diabetes…. Another thing apple cider vinegar provides is detoxification of your lymphatic system, which then helps optimize homeostatic function in your body. This may be as a result of the antioxidants in ACV reducing oxidative damage by free radicals, while improving both your blood and organs.

The iodized salt scam. And why You SHOULD NOT Buy this Type of Salt
Living Traditionally - During the past hundred years the industry has made the unfortunate move towards increased processing and fortification (albeit often with good intentions such as decreasing Iodine deficiencies). However, heavy processing during the production of conventional table salt, strips out the other minerals aside from Sodium Chloride. Natural salt contains 85.62% Sodium Chloride and 14.38% other minerals (often; sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium and fluoride). So, by heavily processing the salt (in an effort to produce it in mass quantities at low cost) 15% of the nutritional value from salt is eliminated, some of these minerals are hard to replace in a conventional diet. In addition to removing valuable minerals from salt, the processing used to produce conventional table salt includes introducing man made additives (US law allows for 2% additives in table salt). These are usually bleaching, drying and anti-clumping agents. Also added is Iodine. However, the levels of Iodine needed to overcome the Iodine deficiencies mentioned above would require a unhealthy level of salt intake. In addition, Iodine is present in sufficient quantities and form in sea food, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale and other fruits and vegetables.



Monday - January 2, 2017

Today In History:

1788 - Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1882 - The Standard Oil Trust agreement was completed and dated. The document transferred the stock and property of more than 40 companies into the control of nine trustees lead by John D. Rockefeller. This was the first example of what became known as a holding company.
1892 - Ellis Island opened as America's first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through.
1893 - The first commemorative postage stamps were issued.
1900 - U.S. Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to prompt trade with China.
1935 - Bruno Richard Hauptmann went on trial for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby. Hauptmann was found guilt and executed.
1942 - The Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.
1953 - "The Life of Riley" debuted on NBC-TV..
1960 - U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1968 - Fidel Castro announced petroleum and sugar rationing in Cuba.
1971 - In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
1974 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. The law was intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.
1991 - Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC. She was the first black woman to head a city of that size and prominence.
2004 - NASA's Stardust space probe collected samples from the comet Wild 2. The samples returned to Earth on January 15, 2006.
2008 - The price of oil hit $100 per barrel for the first time.

World News

Gunman in New Year slayings at Istanbul club still at large
CNS News - Turkish police struggled Sunday to track down an assailant who gunned down New Year's Eve revelers at a popular Istanbul nightclub in an attack that killed at least 39 people, most of them foreigners. The attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the popular Reina club at around 1:15 a.m. before entering and firing on people partying inside.... Close to 70 others were injured.... There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what authorities immediately called a terrorist attack.... Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the gunman, who has not been identified, remains at large. [Prime Minister Binali] Yildirim said the attacker left a gun at the venue and escaped by "taking advantage of the chaos" that ensued.... The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Sunday warned American citizens to keep their movements in the city "to an absolute minimum.".... The U.S. Embassy in Ankara said in a statement that "contrary to rumors circulating in social media, the U.S. Government had no information about threats to specific entertainment venues, including the Reina Club."

War in Syria: Ceasefire holds despite government air strikes
Sydney Morning Herald - Syrian government planes carried out air strikes and low-level clashes persisted, but a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey has largely held on its third day, a monitoring group and rebels say.... But opposition groups did not follow through on threats made on Saturday to abandon the truce altogether, raising hopes for an end to almost six years of fighting. A military news outlet run by Lebanese group Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said the Syrian army had destroyed an armoured vehicle belonging to the former Nusra Front in southern Aleppo province. The army has said the group, previously al-Qaeda's Syria branch, is not included in the ceasefire deal but rebels say it is. The latest truce agreement is the first not to involve the United States or the United Nations – a reflection of Moscow's growing diplomatic influence after a long campaign of Russian air strikes helped Assad recapture the northern city of Aleppo last month. The truce was endorsed by the United Nations on New Year's Eve.

U.S. Special Operations Numbers Surge in Africa’s Shadow Wars
The Intercept - In 2006, just 1% of commandos sent overseas were deployed in the U.S. Africa Command area of operations. In 2016, 17.26% of all U.S. Special Operations forces — Navy SEALs and Green Berets among them — deployed abroad were sent to Africa, according to data supplied to The Intercept by U.S. Special Operations Command.... As recently as 2014, there were reportedly only about 700 U.S. commandos deployed in Africa on any given day. Today, according to [chief of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, Brigadier General Donald] Bolduc, “there are approximately 1,700 [Special Operations forces] and enablers deployed… at any given time. This team is active in 20 nations in support of seven major named operations.” Using data provided by Special Operations Command and open source information, The Intercept found that U.S. special operators were actually deployed in at least 33 African nations, more than 60% of the 54 countries on the continent, in 2016.... According to data provided to The Intercept by Special Operations Command, elite U.S. troops are also deployed to Sudan, one of three nations, along with Iran and Syria, cited by the U.S. as “state sponsors of terrorism.”

Putin: Russia 'will not expel anyone' in US diplomatic row
EuroNews - ...Moscow “will not expel anyone” in response to Washington’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats over alleged cyber hacking to interfere with the US election.... Following the US move to kick out 35 Russian diplomats, [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov said “we cannot leave such steps unanswered”. The foreign minister said he had asked President Putin to declare 31 US embassy staff in Moscow “persona non grata”, as well as four consulate staff in St Petersburg. But reports then quickly emerged quoting Vladimir Putin saying no-one would be expelled in response to the US sanctions. The president went further, inviting the children of American diplomats to New Year parties at the Kremlin.... Writing after Obama’s order on Thursday and before the Russian response, US President-elect Donald Trump said – without mentioning Russia directly – that it was “time for our country to move on to bigger and better things”, adding that he would meet with intelligence leaders next week.

Russia Proposes Clear GMO Labeling for Eurasian Economic Union
Sustainable Pulse - Russia has officially proposed clear GMO labeling on all food products that contain genetically modified ingredients in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC), starting in 2017. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) announced last week that it is inviting all EAEC countries to apply an additional “GMO” icon on the packaging of food products that contain modified organisms. The Rospotrebnadzor and the Eurasian Economic Commission confirmed the proposed amendments to the technical regulations on the labeling of food products in the EAEC, despite objections from some European Union food manufacturers, who claimed that the new GMO icon will cause problems for international trade. According to the new regulations the basic size of the GMO icon label must not be less than 5 mm…. The Russian Government has stood strong in the face of increasing pressure from U.S. biotech companies and they have also managed to see through the Russian pro-GMO forces’ misleading claims and pseudoscience.

Alexandrov choir sings 'God bless America' in tribute posted by Russian Embassy in US (Video)
RT - Mourning the victims of Sunday’s Tu-154 plane crash in Russia, in which 92 people died, including 64 members of the renowned Alexandrov Ensemble, the Russian Embassy in the US posted on its official Twitter feed one particular song performed by the artists. In the video, the choir and its soloist Grigory Osipov, who was on board the fateful Tu-154 flight, sing the classic patriotic anthem “God Bless America.” …. Written and revised in the first half of the 20th century by the Russian-born American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin, the song was performed by the Russian choir at an international music festival in Quebec, Canada…. The world-famous Alexandrov Ensemble was en route to Syria to perform at the Latakia airbase for Russian servicemen ahead of the New Year’s holiday celebrations.

India money mess
Business Insider - [India Prime Minister] Modi's announcement that 500 and 1,000 rupee bills — making up 86% of India's currency — were no longer legal tender has posed an enormous hardship for millions of people who use cash for everything from salaries to cellphone charges. Almost immediately, serpentine lines appeared at banks and ATMs as people waited hours to deposit or exchange old currency notes for new bills.... Daily commerce in essentials including food, medicine, and transportation screeched almost to a halt. Worst affected were the country's hundreds of millions of farmers, produce vendors, small-shop owners and daily-wage laborers who usually are paid in cash at the end of a day's work. Many lost their jobs as small businesses shut down, compounding their poverty.... Real estate, tourism, transportation, and gold and gems have been hit the hardest, along with informal sectors that rely mostly on cash. Prices are forecast to rise since the cash crunch is pinching supplies of all sorts of goods. The country's banks, however, are seeing banner business. The central bank said old notes worth 13 trillion rupees ($191 billion) had been deposited as of December 10, with many more expected by Friday's deadline. That should improve bank liquidity and in turn encourage more lending to boost economic growth.

Venezuela Military Trafficking Food as Country Goes Hungry
Epoch Times - With much of the oil country on the verge of starvation and malnourished children dying in pediatric wards, food trafficking has become big business in Venezuela. And the military is at the heart of the graft, according to documents and interviews with more than 60 officials, company owners and workers, including five former generals.... “Lately, food is a better business than drugs,” said retired Gen. Cliver Alcala, who helped oversee border security.... In large part due to concerns of graft, the three largest global food traders, all based in the U.S., have stopped selling directly to the Venezuelan government.... Officials sometimes keep ships waiting at sea until they are paid off, according to a stevedore who spoke anonymously because he feared losing his job. After the cargo is unloaded, customs officials take their cut, refusing to even start the process of nationalizing goods without a payment, four customs workers said.... The demands for bribes delay shipments, and state officials sometimes neglect to distribute what they import.... The corruption doesn’t stop once cargo leaves the port, according to truck drivers. The military has set up checkpoints along highways to catch food traffickers, and truck drivers say they have to pay bribes at about half of them. At the end of the food chain, some soldiers partake in selling food directly to citizens, according to business owners. Bakery owner Jose Ferreira cuts two checks for each purchase of sugar: one for the official price of 2 cents a pound and one for the kickback of 60 cents a pound. He keeps copies of both checks in his books, seen by the AP, in case he is ever audited.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Quietly Signs The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act" Into Law
Zero Hedge - … while the passage of the NDAA - and the funding of the US military - was hardly a surprise, the biggest news is what was buried deep inside the provisions of the Defense Authorization Act…. Long before the "fake news" meme became a daily topic of extensive conversation on such discredited mainstream portals as CNN and WaPo, H.R. 5181 would task the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and … ‘develop and disseminate’ “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda. In short, long before "fake news" became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label "fake news.”Fast forward to December 8, when the "Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act" passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. And now, following Friday’s Obama signing of the NDAA on Friday evening, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law…. And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate “Russian Propaganda” with “fake news"..., while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also "fake news" and thus falls under the "Russian propaganda" umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda." Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.

Clinton Foundation CEO Declared 'Missing' By the Internet After Going Public Saying 'Follow the Money'
The Free Thought Project - Twitter users have started the hashtag #WheresEric in reference to Eric Braverman, the former CEO of the Clinton Foundation, because some think he has been a possible missing person since before the November 2016 U.S. election. Braverman’s last public activity, accessible via the internet, was an October 12 retweet. A common understanding of the events surrounding Braverman’s possible disappearance centers around his abrupt resignation from the Clinton Foundation in January 2015, which many thought was caused by his discovery of internal corruption at the non-profit organization. Braverman named was CEO in July 2013 during the immediate aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State which ended February 2013.... Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta thought Eric Braverman was the source of information leaks to the media, according to a leaked email sent March 8, 2015, which was published on October 22 of this year by WikiLeaks. This email was one week after a March 1 POLITICO article which detailed his struggle against the tenured Clinton staff, titled “Eric Braverman Tried to Change the Clinton Foundation. Then He Quit.” The article was described as “Not a pretty read” and forwarded to Podesta less than 24 hours after it was published. While these events occurred in 2015, many believe that the ongoing FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation may be a factor in Eric Braverman’s lack of public activity.

Washington Post Caught Spreading More Fake News About "Russian Hackers"
Zero Hedge - The opening paragraph of WaPo's story directly linked the "hack" of the Vermont utility to the same "Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe" that the Obama administration has blamed for the DNC and John Podesta email hacks. Vermont's Governor, Peter Shumlin, told WaPo that "Americans should be both alarmed and outraged" by these actions perpetrated by "one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin," before seemingly calling for further retaliatory actions from the Obama administration. Moreover, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy took the rhetoric to a whole new level by asserting a diabolical Russian plot to shut down the U.S. electrical grid in the middle of winter... Of course, it didn't take long for the New York Times and ABC to latch on to the story since it fits their "2016 election hacking" narrative so perfectly. Alas, there was just one minor problem, namely that the entire article was completely fabricated. Apparently the esteemed "journalists" of the Washington Post didn't even bother to contact the Burlington Electric Department to confirm their bogus story...and why should they...it fit the "Russian hacking" narrative so perfectly therefore it must be true, right? Well, apparently not. The quick spread of WaPo's "fake news" story forced the Burlington Electric Department to issue a clarifying statement assuring worried residents that, indeed, their electricity grid had not been hacked, but rather a single "laptop not connected" to the grid had been found to have a malware virus.

Trump Hints At "Russian Hacking" Revelations In Coming Days: "I Know Things Other People Don't"
Zero Hedge - During a brief, informal exchange with reporters on New Year's Eve at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Donald Trump questioned the official version of the "Russians hacking the election", saying it was possible "somebody else" compromised the Democratic campaign’s servers, adding that he will reveal some previously undisclosed facts in the coming days by hinting that "I also know things that other people don’t know, we they cannot be sure of the situation." Asked what that information included, the Republican President-elect said, "You will find out on Tuesday or Wednesday." .... Trump also reiterated his belief that others might be responsible for the cyberattacks: “I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.” “I think it’s unfair if we don’t know. It could be somebody else,” Reuters cited Trump as telling the media.... The President-elect said he wanted to press U.S. intelligence agencies to make sure they are correct in asserting that Russia was behind a cyberattack aimed at disrupting the 2016 presidential race, asserting that the US intelligence community has been wrong before. He made reference to a government assessment before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the country’s former leader, Saddam Hussein, possessed weapons of mass destruction. “And if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster and they were wrong,” Mr. Trump said, according to the press pool report. “And so I want them to be sure. I think it’s unfair if they don’t know.”

Video: Media Freaked Out By Trump Using Twitter to Have a Direct Conversation With Americans
Breitbart - Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” while defending President-elect Donald Trump’s use of Twitter, the incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said,”I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45-plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation. He doesn’t have to have it funneled through the media.”

Obama seizes Bundy Ranch area in massive last minute land grab
IntelliHub - Startlingly, the area in Nevada includes the site of the infamous Bundy Ranch standoff as well as land very close to the Bundy Ranch itself. With this move Obama has possibly triggered another armed standoff while also heading off any moves set to be made by incoming president Donald Trump…. A “fact sheet” put out by the White House reads:[in part] "Located in Clark County, Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas, the Gold Butte National Monument spans nearly 300,000 acres and will protect significant cultural resources, important geological formations, and vital plant and wildlife habitat.”…. Right now it is extremely difficult to confirm exactly how much of the land in and around the Bundy Ranch is now a national monument but a map put out by the Las Vegas Review seems to line up directly with the Bundy grazing allotment. Vocativ is reporting that multiple individuals involved with the original Bundy standoff have already made it clear that they plan to stand up to this latest federal tyranny…. One has to wonder what exactly are the reasons for this new land grab by President Obama in the last days of his presidency. It’s extremely hard to imagine that it is not at least partially connected to the Bundy’s and the standoffs in both Nevada and Oregon. More importantly, this area may actually include land that has documented precious metals throughout it as detailed in the video report below.

The City Told Her To REMOVE Her God Bless America Sign, What She Did Next Is Amazing! (Video)
Q Political - [6 months ago] 5 Mile Cafe in Penfield, New York is a family-owned restaurant known not only for serving breakfast any time of the day, but also their patriotism. The establishment is covered in American flags and patriotic decor 365 days a year, making it a truly inspiring sight to see. When owner Jennifer Aquino was forced to take down her ‘God Bless America’ banner, she responded in the best way ever. Here’s what happened… Jennifer requested a town permit so she could display a “God Bless America” banner on the front of her restaurant. A proud patriot, Jennifer was hoping to hang the banner from Memorial Day through Independence Day. However, there was just one HUGE problem. The town of Penfield has a strict banner allotment policy that prohibits businesses from displaying banners for more than a total of three weeks out of the year — and Jennifer had already used up her allotment, so her request was declined…. Jennifer refused to feel defeated, so she decided to post the ‘God Bless America’ banner inside of the restaurant instead of the outside. Shortly after Jennifer’s courageous act of patriotism, she received an email from the town telling her to remove the banner with threats to face a possible fine for violating the ordinance. What Jennifer did next restored my hope for America — this really blew my mind. “I didn’t take it down and I was willing to pay the fine,” Jennifer said. Despite the town board’s disapproval, many locals seem to agree with Jennifer’s sentiment. However, Jennifer revealed she never imagined there would be a day like this in America — where you can be punished for simply being patriotic.

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Economy & Business

Trump says Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the US; OneWeb will create 3,000 jobs
CNBC News - President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday took credit for Sprint's decision to keep 5,000 jobs in the United States, as well as OneWeb's plan to add 3,000 jobs in the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday took credit for Sprint's decision to keep 5,000 jobs in the United States, as well as OneWeb's plan to add 3,000 jobs in the U.S. While Trump made a point to announce the Sprint job creation, those positions are part of the previously-announced deal with SoftBank, a Sprint spokesman told NBC News.

Virginia Bill Would Take a Step Towards Supporting Sound Money
Tenth Amendment Center - A Virginia bill prefiled for the 2017 session would remove sales taxes from some purchases of gold and silver, a first step towards encouraging its regular use as currency and breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) prefiled Senate Bill 934 (SB934) this week. The legislation would exempt some bullion or currency purchases from state sales tax. The official bill summary reads, in part: Exempts legal tender coins whose total transaction sales price exceeds $1,000 from sales and use tax. Under the proposed legislation, the exemption would remain in place until June 30, 2022. Imagine if you asked a grocery clerk to exchange $1000 in cash for smaller bills and he charged you a $53 tax. Silly, right? After all, you were only exchanging one form of money for another. But that’s essentially what Virginia’s sales tax on gold and silver does. By removing the sales tax on some exchanges of gold and silver, Virginia would move towards treating specie as money instead of a commodity. This represents a small step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money.

Energy & Environment

EPA hid planned radiation exposure 1,000s of times Safe Drinking Water Act limits
Blacklisted News - In the last days of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is about to dramatically increase allowable public exposure to radioactivity to levels thousands of times above the maximum limits of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to documents the agency surrendered in a federal lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). These radical rollbacks cover the “intermediate period” following a radiation release and could last for up to several years. This plan is in its final stage of approval. The documents indicate that the plan’s rationale is rooted in public relations, not public health. Following Japan’s Fukushima meltdown in 2011, EPA’s claims that no radioactivity could reach the U.S. at levels of concern were contradicted by its own rainwater measurements showing contamination from Fukushima throughout the U.S. well above Safe Drinking Water Act limits. In reaction, EPA prepared new limits 1000s of times higher than even the Fukushima rainwater because “EPA experienced major difficulties conveying to the public that the detected levels…were not of immediate concern for public health.”

Attorneys General of 15 States Plan Court Action if Trump Scraps Clean Power Plan
AllGov - Unveiled in August 2015, the plan envisioned a 32 percent reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants across the nation by 2030, relative to 2005 levels…. When the Environmental Protection Agency published its guidelines months later, West Virginia and Texas led roughly two dozen states in a lawsuit that went up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which temporarily blocked Obama’s plan until the courts had resolved it…. But New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, together with 14 other states and four localities, promised litigation should Trump choose that path…. Other attorneys general signing the Dec. 28 letter represent California, New Mexico, Oregon, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Illinois, Vermont, Iowa, Virginia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington and the District of Columbia. City attorneys and mayors of Boulder, Colo., New York City, South Miami and Broward County, Fla., also signed on…. Despite promising to keep an “open mind” on climate change, Trump has long attacked rising global temperatures as a hoax, and he has appointed fossil fuel executives and environmental opponents to top cabinet posts.

EPA To Alaskans In Sub-Zero Temps: Stop Burning Wood To Keep Warm
The Federalist - Smoke from wood-burning stoves increases small-particle pollution, which settles in low-lying areas and can be breathed in. The EPA thinks this is a big problem. Eight years ago, the agency ruled that wide swaths of the most densely populated parts of the region were in “non-attainment” of federal air quality standards. That prompted state and local authorities to look for ways to cut down on pollution from wood-burning stoves, including the possibility of fining residents who burn wood. After all, a declaration of noncompliance from the EPA would have enormous economic implications for the region, like the loss of federal transportation funding. The problem is, there’s no replacement for wood-burning stoves in Alaska’s interior. Heating oil is too expensive for a lot of people, and natural gas isn’t available. So they’ve got to burn something. The average low temperature in Fairbanks in December is 13 degrees below zero. In January, it’s 17 below. During the coldest days of winter, the high temperature averages -2 degrees, and it can get as cold as -60. This is not a place where you play games with the cold. If you don’t keep the fire lit, you die. For people of modest means, and especially for the poor, that means you burn wood in a stove—and you keep that fire lit around the clock.

Swarm of earthquakes hit California on New Year’s Eve
RT - Brawley, California residents had a shaky end to 2016, though not on account of any over-exuberant festive celebrations but instead a swarm of earthquakes of between 1.1 and 3.9 in magnitude striking off the coast. The quakes stretched from San Francisco to Las Vegas and along the border with Mexico. The first quake, with a magnitude of 1.1, struck at 3.30am local time on December 31 in the Californian town of Brawley, with over 100 aftershocks reported afterwards throughout the early morning hours. The area was struck by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in 2012, although the strongest quake of this latest swarm was recorded as magnitude 3.9. Scientists have said a stronger quake is still a possibility in the coming days, however, according to KABC. No injuries or serious damage has been reported at this stage. The swarm comes only days after another series of 200 tremors rattled the California Nevada border on Wednesday, which followed an earthquake measuring 5.7 early in the morning, reported the LA Times.

Science & Technology

Anonymous Just Hacked Bilderberg & Issued Ominous Threat -- 'Work for Humanity' Or Lose It All
The Free Thought Project - Since the mainstream media refuses to shed light on this secretive and power-hungry group, an anonymous hacking group appears to have taken action. The bilderbergmeetings.org website has been taken down by hackers and the group has been issued a warning that they need to work for the benefit of humanity - or their assets will be hacked next. “Dear Bilderberg members, from now on, each one of you have 1 year (365 days) to truly work in favor of humans and not your private interests,” the hackers, who identified themselves as the “HackBack movement and Anonymous,” said in a message posted at bilderbergmeetings.org. “Otherwise, we will find you and we will hack you,” they threatened the “Wealthy Elitico-Political 1 percent.” “Mind the current situation: We control your expensive connected cars, we control your connected house security devices, we control your daughter’s laptop, we control your wife’s mobile. We tape your secret meetings, we read your emails, we control your favorite escort girl’s smartwatch, we are inside your beloved banks and we are reading your assets. You won’t be safe anywhere near electricity anymore,” the hackers said.

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to replace almost every human worker with robots
The Verge - The first phase of Foxconn’s automation plans involve replacing the work that is either dangerous or involves repetitious labor humans are unwilling to do. The second phase involves improving efficiency by streamlining production lines to reduce the number of excess robots in use. The third and final phase involves automating entire factories, “with only a minimal number of workers assigned for production, logistics, testing, and inspection processes,” according to [general manager of Foxconn’s automation committee, Dai] Jia-peng.... There is, however, a central side effect to automation that would specifically benefit a company like Foxconn. The manufacturer has been plagued by its sometimes abysmal worker conditions and a high rate of employee suicide. So much so in fact that Foxconn had to install suicide netting at factories throughout China and take measures to protect itself against employee litigation. By replacing humans with robots, Foxconn would relieve itself of any issues stemming from its treatment of workers without having to actually improve living and working conditions or increase wages.

Health

Drug Companies Flooded W.V. with more than 780 Million Pain Pills
Natural Society - The United States is embroiled in a fierce battle against opioid abuse. In 2014, there was a 3.4-fold increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths in America. The state hit hardest by the opioid crisis is West Virginia, where drug companies pumped 782 million pain pills into the state over the last 6 years. In 2015, West Virginia had the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the country. Since 1999, overdose deaths have quadrupled in the state. The Charleston Gazette-Mail obtained previously confidential drug shipping sales records sent by the DEA to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office. The paper used the records to disclose the number of pain pills sold to every pharmacy in the state, as well as the drug companies’ shipments to all 55 counties in West Virginia between 2007 and 2012. Their findings, both astounding and infuriating, were documented in a report published in the paper on December 17. One drug company shipped nearly 9 million hydrocodone pills to a single pharmacy in Mingo County over the course of 2 years. The rural, impoverished county has the 4th-highest prescription opioid death rate of any county in the U.S. In Wyoming County, which has the highest overdose rate in the entire nation, shipments of OxyContin doubled. One privately-owned pharmacy in the town of Oceana received 600 times as many oxycodone pills as the Rite Aid pharmacy only 8 blocks away. In total, from 2007 to 2012, drug companies shipped 224,260,980 oxycodone pills to West Virginia. Wholesalers flooded the state with 555,808,292 hydrocodone pills during the same time period. That comes to about 433 pain pills for every man, woman, and child in West Virginia…. The majority of the painkillers came from the nation’s 3 largest prescription drug wholesalers: McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health, and AmeriSource Bergen Drug Co.

13-Year-Old Boy Permanently Disabled From Chicken Pox Vaccine Wins His Case in Vaccine Court
Natural Blaze - A young man was recently awarded compensation in the United States Court of Federal Claims Vaccine Court, for injuries he sustained after being administered the hepatitis A and varicella vaccinations in 2009. After five long years of litigation, Health and Human Services (HHS), the Respondent in all vaccine injury cases, conceded xthat the varicella vaccination did in fact cause RD’s vaccine injury, transverse myelitis, which has left him a tetraplegic. In November 2014, HHS conceded that the vaccination caused RD’s injuries. Even with this concession, his case continued for another year in the damages phase, during which time the parties continued to negotiate the amount of damages that RD would receive for his injuries [The maximum amount a family is entitled to for pain and suffering is $250,000.]…. RD was only 13 when his life changed forever. At a routine well-child visit in 2009, the doctor informed RD’s parents that he was due to receive the hepatitis A and varicella vaccinations. His parents complied with the doctor’s order and RD received the vaccinations. RD was only 13 when his life changed forever. At a routine well-child visit in 2009, the doctor informed RD’s parents that he was due to receive the hepatitis A and varicella vaccinations. His parents complied with the doctor’s order and RD received the vaccinations. About 14 days later, RD began to experience excruciating pain shooting through his body along with tingling, numbness and paralysis of his limbs. After extensive testing and many invasive procedures, RD was diagnosed with transverse myelitis.

Can Milk Thistle Help Heal Breast Cancer?
Natural News Blogs - Milk Thistle has been studied for years for its anti-tumor effects on several types of cancer, especially prostate, lung and liver. Milk Thistle has been studied for years for its anti-tumor effects on several types of cancer, especially prostate, lung and liver. This year (2016), however, was the year for this bristly-looking herb to prove its effectiveness on breast cancer. In 2016 alone, there were 9 separate studies which verified Milk Thistle’s activity against many forms of breast cancer, including ER positive and Triple Negative. Silibinin is the active constituent in the flavonoid called silymarin and the main reason why Milk Thistle is such a healing herb. Silibinin has proven in scientific studies to prohibit cancer cells from reproducing while also reducing the life cycle of existing cancer cells…. What also makes Milk Thistle so effective against breast cancer and other cancers of the reproductive system, such as cervical and prostate, is its detoxifying effect against xenoestrogens. The daily lives of most individuals are filled with exposure to toxic chemicals in food, the air, the water and home products. Some of these toxins convert into “fake estrogens” in the body, which can build up and overpower the system, leading to cancers of the reproductive system. Milk Thistle has the ability to metabolize excessive amounts of aggressive estrogens such as estradiol (which xenoestrogens tend to mimic)…. Milk Thistle helps take the burden off an over-taxed liver. One study found that workers exposed to toxic chemicals for up to 20 years were able to improve their overall liver function after being given Milk Thistle extract (80 % silibinin) for just one month…. The standard for a reputable source of Milk Thistle is between 70 to 80% silymarin. Be sure to investigate the source of your Milk Thistle supplement to avoid toxic fillers and verify that the herb comes from an organic source.

Pet News

Court Rules Police Can Legally Execute Your Dog if It Does Anything But Sit Silently
Activist Post - The incident occurred on April 17th, 2013, when police were attempting to execute a search warrant on the home where the Browns were living because a police informant reported another man, Vincent Jones, was distributing heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from the residence. Jones was apprehended before police arrived on the scene…. The Browns dispute the claims by police that the dogs were barking. Officer Klein said the larger dog was barking and “lunged” at him, but later admitted the pet “had only moved a few inches.” Despite there being no attack, Klein fired a round at the dog. Both dogs ran away from the officers to the basement, obviously fleeing in fear…. There, the two dogs were shot and killed by the officers who felt that they could not properly clear the room and effectively execute the search warrant on the home, explaining they “did not feel [the officers] could safely clear the basement with those dogs down there.”…. Going further, the officers stated the “basement was loaded. You’ve gotta look under beds, you’ve gotta do everything, and [the dogs] basically prevented us from doing that, and they were protecting that basement.” Klein testified the smaller pit bull was “just standing there” when it was shot and killed. In spite of these sadistic admissions, the appellate court ruled in favor of the officers, the police department, and the other defendants. They agreed with the lower court ruling that the police officers were covered under “doctrine of qualified immunity” and were therefore not liable for compensating the plaintiffs in the case.The precedent has now been set.

Video: Police Officer Knows Exactly How To Calm Aggressive Dogs
The Dodo - When aggressive dogs started charging and barking at him, this police officer knew EXACTLY what to do.

Check For This Ingredient Before Feeding Your Dog Peanut Butter -- It Could Kill Them
ViralNova - Peanut butter is the perfect food to fill a bone with to keep your furry friend entertained during the day while you're at work or to keep them from jumping all over your guests. Your dog might not ever stop loving peanut butter, but some companies are using a new ingredient that could be deadly. Here's what you need to know to keep your pup safe. Some peanut butter companies are now using a sugar substitute called xylitol. Xylitol is about 100 times more toxic for dogs than chocolate. It can cause seizures, hypoglycemia, and even death. The best way to protect your pet is to make sure you're using all-natural peanut butter. Peanut butter brands that use xylitol include Go Nuts, Co., Krush Nutrition, Nuts 'N More, and P28 Foods. It's always best to check the list of ingredients just to be sure the brand you buy won't hurt your best friend.



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