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- July 3, 2015 - Today in History:
1775 - U.S. Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army
at Cambridge, MA.
1844 - Ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiated a commercial
treaty with China that opened five Chinese ports to U.S. merchants and
protected the rights of American citizens in China.
1863 - The U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, PA, ended after three
days. It was a major victory for the North as Confederate troops
1890 - Idaho became the 43rd state to join the United States of America.
1898 - During the Spanish American War, a fleet of Spanish ships in
Cuba's Santiago Harbor attempted to run a blockade of U.S. naval forces.
Nearly all of the Spanish ships were destroyed in the battle that
1903 - The first cable across the Pacific Ocean was spliced between
Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.
1930 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Veterans Administration.
1934 - U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) made its first
payment to Lydia Losiger.
1944 - The U.S. First Army opened a general offensive to break out of
the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.
1944 - During World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk.
1945 - U.S. troops landed at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on
Borneo in the Pacific.
1945 - The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was
driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit,
MI. Production had been diverted due to World War II.
1950 - U.S. carrier-based planes attacked airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo
area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War.
1954 - Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the
end of World War II.
1974 - The Threshold Test Ban Treaty was signed, prohibiting underground
nuclear weapons tests with yields greater than 150 kilotons.
1981 - The Associated Press ran its first story about two rare illnesses
afflicting homosexual men. One of the diseases was later named AIDS.
1986 - U.S. President Reagan presided over a ceremony in New York Harbor
that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
1986 - Mikhail Baryshnikov became a U.S. citizen at Ellis Island, New
1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush formally inaugurated the Mount
Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
2014 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 17,000 for the
US accusations that Russia is not respecting its neighbours' sovereignty
are 'confrontational', says Moscow
The Independent - Russia has accused the US of adopting
“confrontational” tactics, after the Pentagon updated its military
strategy on Moscow amid the on-going crisis in Ukraine. Tensions between
Russia and western powers have reached their lowest point since the end
of the Cold War, partly because of the pro-Russian rebellion in eastern
Ukraine. Moscow has said Washington risks setting back efforts to
improve already deteriorating relations after the Pentagon updated the
US National Military Strategy on Russia to consider its role in the
bloody conflict which has killed over 6,400 people, according to the UN.
US nuclear missile commander says Vladimir Putin's actions echo those of
Nazi Germany in the 1930s
US Operates Top Secret Drone Bases Inside Somalia
Sputnik News - Already receiving fierce criticism for operating drone
bases on foreign soil – sometimes without the host country’s knowledge –
the US has begun expanding its operations in Africa. But according to
reports, the Pentagon has been running a base in Somalia, completely in
secret, to conduct drone missions and train elite Somali forces. "They
have a base over there," Abdighani Abdi Jama, state minister for the
presidency in the interim regional administration in the Somali city of
Kismayo, told Foreign Policy as part of an exclusive report. He pointed
toward a large compound near the city’s airport. "They have high tech;
they have drones; they have so many things." Jama’s allegations have
been confirmed by others. Regional government officials and forces from
the African Union can also testify to the base’s existence. The only
organization which seems to be in the dark is the US military, itself.
260,000 Austrians sign EU exit petition, forcing referendum debate in
RT - Over 260,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for the EU
exit for the country, and now the Austrian parliament must discuss a
referendum on the issue. Overall, the 261,159 people who signed the
petition represent 4.12 percent of the electorate. The petition was most
popular in the regions of Lower Austria (where 5.18 percent of potential
voters signed it) and in Carinthia (4.85 percent). The threshold for
calling a debate on a potential referendum is 100,000 people. The
petition was launched by 66-year-old retired translator Inge Rauscher,
who composed a similar petition in 2000. On that occasion, it was signed
by 3.35 percent of the electorate. Rauscher told The Local that there
was probably more support for a referendum now because of the economic
crisis and the Greek crisis.
US Air Bases in UK Cancel 4th of July Celebration Over Security Concerns
Sputnik News - "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the 2015 4th of
July Celebration, set to be held at RAF Feltwell, is cancelled. The
decision was made due to the most current, local threat assessments,"
RAF said in a statement published on its Facebook page. The RAF stressed
that all the events, including the preview party on July 3 are
cancelled. The announcement comes after last week’s attack on a popular
Tunisian resort that left nearly 40 people dead. The number of Britons
confirmed to have been killed in the shooting stands at 30.
Ebola Makes Mysterious Return in Liberia With 3 New Confirmed Cases
Sputnik News - The death toll from Ebola in Liberia is on the rise once
again, after the World Health Organization declared the West African
country free of the virus on May 9. Liberia is seeing an unexpected
rebound of the deadly Ebola virus, after locals in the village of
Nedowein said neighbors had eaten contaminated dog meat, commonly
consumed in the country. Three men known to have dug up a dead dog and
shared the meal tested positive for the virus. The country's Ebola task
force team confirmed that investigations into the possibility that
animals could be carrying the disease have resumed, following a
significant number of cattle deaths in remote Lofa County.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Pentagon: US facing growing possibility of "war with major
Press TV - The Pentagon has warned that the United States faces
a low but growing possibility of engaging in a war with a major
power. It says if the threat ever turns into reality, the
consequences will be immense. America’s 2015 National Military
Strategy has singled out Russia and China in the report as
aggressive and threatening to US security interests. It has also
expressed concern about states developing advanced technological
capabilities that are causing the US military to lose its edge.
WikiLeaks: TISA to Block Other Deals Aiming to Boost Developing
Sputnik News - The proposed 53-nation Trade in Services
Agreement (TISA) bypasses the World Trade Organization (WTO) and
allows no room for favourable trade deals to help developing
countries advance, documents released by WikiLeaks reveal. “The
parties shall ensure that contracts are awarded to the supplier…
that has submitted the most advantageous tender or the tender
with the lowest price, based solely on the evaluation criteria
specified in the notice or the tender documentation,” the TISA
Annex to the Agreement on Government Procurement said.... The
terms of the treaty document would allow powerful multinational
corporations in major industrial nations to “bypass other
governments in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and rewrite
its services agreement in the interests of their corporations,”
TERROR PANIC: Rep. Says NYC Officials Expecting DIRTY BOMB
Attack on July 4th
Steve Watson - New York Congressman Peter King was spreading
more of his brand of fear on Fox News last night, telling
viewers that officials in New York are worried that there is
going to be a dirty bomb attack this weekend. peaking to Megyn
Kelly regarding the heightened chatter of a possible terrorist
attack during 4th of July celebrations, King took things to a
whole new level. Saying he’s never seen this level of concern,
King stated “You wouldn’t see the… nuclear explosion detection
devices being used the way they are… if this were just a routine
VIDEO: FAIL - Americans Don't Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July!
-- A conversation with the general public
Media analyst Mark Dice asks beach goers in San Diego,
California some basic questions about America's 4th of July
Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite
Declaration of Dependence
By Bryan Justice - When in the Course of sitting on our couches
watching the fables of the Ministry of Propaganda on TV, it
becomes necessary for us, the dumb masses, to embrace the
political bands which have connected us with our government, and
to accept the government as the ultimate powers of the earth,
deny the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature
and of Nature’s God entitles us, we realize that we prefer to
remain oblivious, uninformed, and controlled. Just send us our
checks, our food stamp cards, and our TV Guides.
University of Wisconsin: Complimenting People of Color is Racist
Paul Joseph Watson - Do you have several black friends,
compliment people of color, and think that America is a melting
pot? That’s according to the University of Wisconsin (Stevens
Point) “Examples of Racial Microaggressions,” a list of
discouraged phrases and behaviors that are being given to new
faculty and staff. I’m not making this up. This isn’t a spoof or
a hoax. You can visit the official University of Wisconsin
website and see this for yourself. Here’s an actual list of
things that according to the University of Wisconsin are
Federal Judge of 17 Years Repents – Compares Damage Done by “War
on Drugs” to Destruction of World War II
Liberty Blitzkrieg - Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner was
appointed to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 1994. She
presided over trials for 17 years. And Sunday, she stood before
a crowd at The Aspen Ideas Festival to denounce most punishments
that she imposed. Among 500 sanctions that she handed down, “80
percent I believe were unfair and disproportionate,” she
said.... “We were not leveling cities as we did in WWII with
bombs, but with prosecution, prison, and punishment,” she said,
explaining that her life’s work is now focused on trying to
reconstruct the lives that she undermined––as a general matter,
by advocating for reform, and as a specific project: she is
trying to go through the list of all the people she sentenced to
see who deserves executive clemency.
Record 93,626,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation
Rate Declines to 62.6%
CNS News - A record 93,626,000 Americans 16 or older did not
participate in the nation’s labor force in June, as the labor
force participation rate dropped to 62.6 percent, a 38-year low,
according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, according
to BLS, the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population,
consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the
military or an institution, hit 250,663,000. Of those,
157,037,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a
job or actively seeking one. The 157,037,000 who participated in
the labor force equaled only 62.6 percent of the 250,663,000
civilian noninstitutional population, the lowest labor force
participation rate seen in 38 years. It hasn’t been this low
since October 1977 when the participation rate was 62.4 percent.
Debt-Ridden Illinois Heading Toward State Government Shutdown
CNS News - Illinois is heading toward a state government
shutdown after the legislature adjourned Tuesday without closing
a $6.2 billion gap and passing a budget by the July 1 deadline.
Illinois currently has the largest deficit and lowest credit
rating of any of the 50 states. According to the University of
Illinois, its current annual deficit is $9 billion, which is
projected to grow to $14 billion by FY 2026.
BP to pay record $18.7bn over 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
RT - Under the agreement reached by BP and five US states along
the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil major will pay out $18.7
billion over 18 years. The deal resolves the firm of remaining
liabilities from the biggest oil spill in US history. A record
$5.5 billion will cover federal penalties under the Clean Water
Act. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas will
receive payouts for harm done in the oil spill.
Apocalypse Not Now: Yellowstone supervolcano eruption
predictable up to 10 yrs in advance
RT - US scientists have found a way to estimate the time of the
next eruption of the dormant volcano in Yellowstone National
Park from 10 months to 10 years beforehand. They promise it
won’t be cataclysmic, yet its lava and ash could cause a
volcanic winter. A new Arizona State University research focused
on past eruptions at Yellowstone volcano, with the most recent
happening nearly 70,000 years ago, in order to learn more about
the time when its sleep is over.
A Picture Every Time You Buy Something? Mastercard Beta Testing
‘Selfie’ Facial Recognition This Fall
Daily Sheeple - CNN Money is reporting that Mastercard will beta
test its new facial recognition program this fall and it’s all
based on the idea of the selfie. Because those pesky passwords
are just too darn hard to remember, the new program will ask
people to snap a picture of themselves with their smartphones at
This Video Could Save Your Life. I Got The Chills Just From
WorldTruth - Volkswagen has come up with a pretty genius way to
get people’s attention… and this time, they’re not trying to
sell cars. What the German auto conglomerate is trying to do is
save your life. Moviegoers in Hong Kong were treated to this
bold, innovative and terrifying new PSA that is sure to leave a
lasting impression… The moviegoers settle in for what they
believe is a coming attraction for a driver behind the wheel.
Then out of nowhere, everyone in the theater gets a text message
to their cell phone and most of the patrons look down to read
it. What happens next? I was chilled to the bone. This is one
video you need to see for yourself to understand.
Woman Looking At Cell Phone Causes Crash That Kills Her Father
Why SB 277 will totally backfire on the vaccine industry and
uncover the truth about vaccine science fraud
(NaturalNews) The pharma-controlled false narrative that
"unvaccinated children are spreading disease" is just a
marketing lie designed to convince more parents to pay for more
vaccines. In truth, it's the vaccinated children who are
shedding viruses and spreading disease among each other -- the
kids who have weakened immune systems that have been suppressed
by all the toxic chemicals intentionally added to vaccines
(mercury, aluminum, MSG, formaldehyde, etc). Now here's the
kicker: When disease outbreaks start to occur this year in
California's public schools, those outbreaks will be happening
among children who are nearly 100% vaccinated! There will no
longer be a minority of "unvaccinated" children to blame for the
Medical Journal Verifies That Vaccinated Populations Are
Transmitting Disease Without Symptoms
Bought Bonus Short- Unnecessary Vaccines
Tim O’Shea D.C.: It’s called “shot day”, or the well-baby
program. Today, a child who is getting all his vaccines in this
country will be getting sixty eight vaccines. If you were a baby
growing up in the 1950’s, you’re getting about four vaccines.
That means since the 1950’s the number of vaccines for children
has increased 17 times since the 1950’s to the present.... Now
the recommendation by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee is
to give the HPV vaccine to newborns, day one of life. First of
all, cervical cancer takes 15 years or more in the making. It is
mostly induced by certain strains of HPV virus. The antibodies
for the vaccine last on average three to five years. It makes
zero sense. The antibodies last three to five years, is this
newborn gonna be having sex in the first five years of life?
Human Body Energy Clock
Natural Blaze - The Chinese Body Clock is based on Chinese
medicine and the body organ Qi (energy) cycle. It’s the idea
that there is a cyclic flow of energy through the body that
moves in two hour intervals through the various organ
systems.... “When one organ is at its peak energy, the organ at
the opposite side of the clock, 12 hours away, is at its lowest
ebb. For example, between 1-3 a.m., the liver reaches its peak,
doing its work to cleanse the blood, while the small intestine,
the organ responsible for the absorption and assimilation of
many key nutrients, is at its ebb.... The idea, then, is to try
when you can to plan daily activity around an organ system’s
peak energy, while avoiding actions that can tax a system when
its energy is at its lowest ebb. Think of lifestyle habits you
might modify in order to better synchronize your system’s energy
ebbs and flows...
The Barbaric Procedure Your Dog Should Never Have to Endure
Dr. Becker - In March of this year, the New York State Assembly approved
a bill (A1679) that would ban devocalization procedures on dogs and cats
performed for reasons of convenience rather than medical necessity. The
legislation would also require veterinarians to document all such
procedures and provide the number performed to the Commissioner of
Education. Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski of New City in Rockland County,
NY, who sponsored the bill, made his feelings about devocalization
known: “This is a cruel and inhumane procedure that is being utilized to
silence an animal’s voice and we must put an end to it. Most
devocalization surgeries provide no medical benefit and are done solely
for the convenience of the owner.” He went on to say that devocalization
can lead to long-term respiratory and throat disorders. It also silences
communication between pet and owner, and the pet and other animals.
'I Have To Rehome Her': Man Posts Craigslist Ad After Girlfriend Demands
He Get Rid Of His Dog (Photo)
Opposing Views - When a man in Virginia was told by his girlfriend —
with whom he’d just moved in — that she didn’t want his beloved dog to
join them in their new home, he took to Craigslist to make things right.
- July 2, 2015 - Today in History:
1776 - Richard Lee’s resolution that the American colonies "are, and of
right ought to be, free and independent States" was adopted by the
1850 - Benjamin Lane patented a gas mask with a breathing apparatus.
(Patent US7476 A)
1857 - New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for
1881 - Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounded U.S. President James A.
Garfield in Washington, DC.
1890 - The U.S. Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1926 - The U.S. Congress established the Army Air Corps.
1937 - American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the
Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the
1939 - At Mount Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt's face was dedicated.
1944 - American bombers, as part of Operation Gardening, dropped land
mines, leaflets and bombs on German-occupied Budapest.
1947 - An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force
insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to
speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft.
1962 - Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas. It was the
first Walmart store.
1964 - President Johnson signed the "Civil Rights Act of 1964" into
law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others
because of their race.
1967 - The U.S. Marine Corps launched Operation Buffalo in response to
the North Vietnamese Army's efforts to seize the Marine base at Con
1976 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently
cruel or unusual.
1976 - North Vietnam and South Vietnam were reunited.
1979 - The U.S. Mint officially released the Susan B. Anthony coin in
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for
males 18 years of age.
1981 - Soyuz T-6 returned to Earth.
1982 - Larry Walters ("Lawnchair Larry") took flight in his homeade
airship that consisted of a lawnchair with 45 helium-filled weather
balloons attached to it. He stayed in flight for about an hour.
1985 - General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road
maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars.
1995 - "Forbes" magazine reported that Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates,
was the worth $12.9 billion, making him the world's richest man. In
1999, he was worth about $77 billion.
1998 - Cable News Network (CNN) retracted a story that alleged that U.S.
commandos had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the
2000 - In Mexico, Vicente Fox Quesada of the National Action Party (PAN)
defeated Francisco Labastida Ochoa of the Institutional Revolutionary
Party (PRI) in the presidential election. The PRI had controlled the
presidency in Mexico since the party was founded in 1929.
US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds
to fight Islamic State
The Telegraph - The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle
East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic
State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s
closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders,
including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over
the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.
Palestine Appreciates Russia Aid in Israeli-Arab Conflict – Palestinian
Sputnik News - Palestine is grateful for Russia’s cooperation in many
spheres, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peace negotiations,
Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said Wednesday. "We thank
Russia for all the efforts to help us in many areas," Palestine’s top
diplomat told journalists. Maliki added that the Middle East is
currently experiencing a "big political deadlock." Earlier today, a
two-day international meeting to promote the peaceful resolution of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict began in Russia’s capital Moscow.
Russia Ready to Help Greece Out Economically - Russian Envoy to EU
Sputnik News - Russia is prepared to help Greece out economically,
including economic cooperation in privatizing the country’s
infrastructure, Russian Envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said. “Russia
is ready to cooperate with Greece. As far as I know, Greece has not
turned to Russia for direct financial aid. We have the ability of
increasing our economic cooperation, in particular Greece has the
ability of privatizing, including railroads and the port [in
Thessaloniki],” he told RIA Novosti in an interview.
Radiation spikes after wildfire in Chernobyl exclusion zone
RT - Ukrainian nuclear inspectors have measured a significant increase
in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone caused by heavy wildfires
raging in close proximity to the crippled nuclear power station.... The
agency, however, has not released any information regarding possible
health hazards for people living near the zone or firemen battling
blazes nearby. It asserts that all other indicators in the area are
normal. SNRI proposes an online map with the results of its monitoring
of the situation.
Bank Of England Warns Greece "Threatens To Trigger Market Selloff That
Could Ripple Through The Global Economy"
Zero Hedge - When it comes to Europe, Greece lost the blame game, and
just like the Ukraine civil war last year, became an unwitting catalyst
greenlighting Germany's concession to ECB QE, this time it may be Greece
that launches the next step in the ECB's master plan: not just QE but
more QE. This is precisely what Goldman's Franceso Garzarelli, co-head
of macro and markets research, admitted earlier today in an interview on
Bloomberg TV, when he said that the ECB "will have to go big" if the
situation in Greece worsens and leads to wider peripheral bond yield
“Heartbreaking” Scene Unfolds At Greek Banks As Pensioners Clamor For
Zero Hedge - 1,000 Greek bank branches chanced a stampede in order to
open their doors to the country’s retirees on Wednesday. The scene was
somewhat chaotic as pensioners formed long lines and the country’s
elderly attempted to squeeze through the doors in order to access
pension payments. As Bloomberg reports, payouts were rationed and
disbursals were limited according to last name.... They were to receive
a maximum of 120 euros ($133), compared with the average monthly payment
of about 600 euros. Many left with nothing after the manager said only
those with last names starting with the letters A through K would get
In Athens, scavenging from bins has become a way to survive
Report: IMF Orders US Tour Operators to Withhold Payments to Greek
Paul Joseph Watson - The consequences of Greece’s default on its $1.7
billion IMF loan payment may already be damaging the country’s fragile
economy with reports that the International Monetary Fund has ordered US
tour operators to withhold payments to Greek hotels. According to Greek
blogger Alex Andreou, US tour operators have been told to, “Withhold
payments to Greek hotels for services used, by order of the IMF.” “To
crush us is their aim,” tweets Andreou. He links to a Skai TV report,
one of Greece’s mainstream news channels, which suggests that the
payments are instead being redirected directly to the IMF to pay off the
Gazprom halts gas deliveries to Kiev – CEO Miller
RT - Russia’s gas monopoly will not supply gas to Kiev without
prepayment, no matter what price, said company CEO Aleksey Miller on
Wednesday. After trilateral Russia-EU-Ukraine gas talks in Vienna failed
on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Naftogaz reported it would cease purchases of
Russian gas starting from Wednesday as it didn’t agree on the price....
Russia offered Ukraine a discount of $40 per thousand cubic meters on
Monday. The price of Russian gas with the discount was $247.18 per 1,000
cubic meters. The same price Ukraine bought gas in the second quarter.
However, Naftogaz refused to sign the deal, saying Kiev was dissatisfied
with the price and the discount. Ukraine's wish to get more than a 40
percent discount is "groundless", Russia's Energy Minister Aleksandr
Novak told Rossiya 24 TV channel on Wednesday.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Pentagon’s new military strategy calls for preserving US
dominion of the world
RT - The US military needs to remain engaged around the world
against both rival states and non-state actors, while nurturing
regional allies and promoting American values, declares the
Pentagon’s new National Military Strategy 2015. That the United
States is “the world’s strongest nation, enjoying unique
advantages in technology, energy, alliances and partnerships,
and demographics,” is the underlying assumption in the document.
“However, these advantages are being challenged.” The main
challengers are the state actors of Russia, Iran and North
Korea, and non-state groups – particularly the “violent
extremist organizations” (VEO) such as Islamic State and the
Taliban. The strategy attempts to create a unified approach to
dealing with both, seeking to “deter, deny, and defeat” the
states and “disrupt and degrade” the non-state groups.
Tim Donnelly starts effort to repeal California's vaccination
KPCC - A day after Governor Jerry Brown signed a tough
vaccination bill into law, former assemblyman and gubernatorial
candidate Tim Donnelly started an effort to repeal it. Donnelly
submitted his proposed referendum in a July 1 letter. The
secretary of state will deliver a title and summary of the
referendum by July 13; backers will then have 90 days to collect
more than 365,000 valid referendum signatures, according to the
Sacramento Bee. If they succeed in collecting enough signatures,
the referendum will be placed on the Nov. 1, 2016 ballot.
US Lobbying for Pharma Giants at TPP Trade Deal Talks May Hike
Sputnik News - US negotiators are lobbying for broader patent
rights for big drug firms in secret talks with Pacific Rim
countries to drive up drug prices, Politico reported Wednesday,
citing an edition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. A
draft chapter on intellectual property rights, obtained by the
magazine, shows that healthcare costs for governments and
taxpayers will rise by trillions of dollars if the TPP deal is
adopted in its current edition, the outlet said. Labor unions
and NGOs familiar with the leaked text expressed anger that
Washington had seemingly prioritized the agenda of "big pharma,"
abandoning the balance between affordable healthcare and more
profits for drug companies to invest in R&D. "We consider this
the worst-ever agreement in terms of access to medicine,"
Doctors Without Borders senior executive Rohit Malpani was
quoted as saying by the news outlet.
TISA Exposed: 'Holy Grail' of Leaks Reveals Detailed Plot for
Common Dreams - Days ahead of another round of secret
international negotiations, WikiLeaks on Wednesday released what
it described as "a modern journalistic holy grail: the secret
Core Text for the largest 'trade deal' in history."...
"Together, the three treaties form not only a new legal order
shaped for transnational corporations, but a new economic 'grand
enclosure,' which excludes China and all other BRICS countries,"
declared WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in a press
State Department asserts privilege against Benghazi committee
Washington Examiner - The State Department has informed the
House Select Committee on Benghazi that it is withholding "a
small number" of documents from investigators on the basis of
"important executive branch institutional interests." The
statement, made in a letter from Assistant Secretary of State
Julia Frifield to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, amounts to
a de facto claim of some form of executive branch privilege.
Affirming 'Dignity of All People,' Mainstream Church Votes to
Divest from Occupation-Profiting Companies
Common Dreams - The United Church of Christ, a one
million-member, mainstream Protestant church in the U.S., has
overwhelmingly passed a resolution to divest from companies it
says profit from Israel's occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.
The church described the Tuesday vote, which took place at the
General Synod in Cleveland, where it is based, as furthering its
years-long efforts towards peace in the region. The resolution
also calls for a boycott of products made by Israeli
settlement-based companies.... The Episcopal Church and
Mennonite Church USA area also weighing divestment resolutions
Report: FBI Agents Telling Friends & Family to ‘Avoid July 4
Paul Joseph Watson - Following warnings by the federal
government that terrorists may be planning to attack
Independence Day events, FBI agents are reportedly telling
friends and family members to avoid major July 4 celebrations.
Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft cites an “inside source” who told him
that, “FBI agents are telling their friends and family members
to avoid “official celebrations.” Hoft also claims that the FBI
has canceled vacation for all its agents for the duration of the
weekend.... Fox News also reported that the FBI is setting up
command centers in all of its 56 field offices across the
country to monitor potential terror threats. ISIS supporters
have recently intensified their social media propaganda
campaign, with almost 100,000 tweets a day urging mass murder.
ISIS Publishes Map of July 4th FBI Command Centers
Murdered: 3rd “Alternative” Prominent Doctor From Florida Found
Dead in 2 Weeks
Natural Blaze - This has been a tragic few weeks and our hearts
go out to family and friends of the doctors. First we had
controversial Autism researcher Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD who was
found in a river with a gunshot wound to his chest and died in
or around June 19th.... Then we have Dr. Bruce Hedendal DC PhD
who died suddenly on Father’s Day. Sources tell me that he was
found in his car and had died but the car was not running. There
was no car accident they say. He was just in his car. Deceased.
He had exercised earlier in the day they tell me and was in top
shape. Now we have the beautiful intelligent Teresa Ann Sievers
MD here in Florida. Her bio on her website talks about her many
accomplishments and degrees as a medical doctor who believed in
a holistic alternative approach. She lived in an “upscale” nice
neighborhood where neighbors said they rarely, if ever had
TSA Seizes $75,000 in Cash from Traveler, Tweets Picture of It,
But Probably Won’t Give It Back
Daily Sheeple - When a passenger simply tried to take a bag
filled with $75,000 in cash onto a flight at Richmond
International Airport, the TSA searched his “bulky” bag and
found the money. They quickly confiscated it. The man was
allowed to board his flight, albeit $75,000 lighter. The guy was
not under suspicion for any real crime other than having that
much cash on himself at an airport. Apparently just having large
sums of cash these days automatically equals a crime that allows
the government to steal from you?
While Puerto Rico sinks in debt, residents flee in record
numbers to the U.S.
Fox News Latino - Puerto Rico is losing its people. Whole
families are leaving. “Se Vende” or “For Sale” signs are
everywhere. Jet Blue and American Airlines are breaking records
in one-way departure flights to Miami and New York. According to
a recent Pew Report, Puerto Ricans are abandoning the besieged
island for the United States in numbers that rival those seen
during the Great Migration after World War II, when Puerto Rico
exported almost half of its population to the mainland.
Why The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Is Such A Huge Threat To The
U.S. Financial System
Economic Collapse - The debt crisis in Puerto Rico could
potentially cost financial institutions in the United States
tens of billions of dollars in losses. This week, Puerto Rico
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla publicly announced that Puerto
Rico’s 73 billion dollar debt is “not payable,” and a special
adviser that was recently appointed to help straighten out the
island’s finances said that it is “insolvent” and will totally
run out of cash very shortly. At this point, Puerto Rico’s debt
is approximately 15 times larger than the per capita median debt
of the 50 U.S. states. Yes, the Greek debt crisis is larger, as
Greece currently owes about $350 billion to the rest of the
planet. But only about $14 billion of that total is owed to U.S.
financial institutions. But with Puerto Rico, things are very
different. Just about the entire 73 billion dollar debt is owed
to U.S. financial institutions, and this could potentially cause
massive problems for some extremely leveraged Wall Street firms.
CPS To Cut 1400 Jobs After Making $634M Pension Payment
GovtSlaves - As many as 1,400 Chicago Public Schools jobs will
be affected starting as soon as Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel
and interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz will lay out a plan Wednesday to
fully fund the school district’s teacher pensions. The
announcement came after Tuesday’s 11th hour $634 million pension
payment... “I can tell you it’s dismaying news. It will have an
extremely harmful effect on students who are disproportionately
poor, students of color that are in Chicago Public Schools,” CTU
Vice President Jesse Sharkey said.
In Oklahoma, Fracking Companies Can Now Be Sued Over Earthquakes
ThinkProgress - If you live in Oklahoma, and you’ve been injured
by an earthquake that was possibly triggered by oil and gas
operations, you can now sue the oil company for damages. That’s
the effect of a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which on
Tuesday rejected efforts by the oil industry to prevent
earthquake injury lawsuits from being heard in court. Instead of
being decided by juries and judges, the industry was arguing
that cases should be resolved by the Oklahoma Corporation
Commission, a state regulatory agency. The state’s high court
rejected that argument.... Right now, the state averages about
10 small earthquakes per day — on June 26, there were 25 quakes.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey recognizes this is unprecedented,
saying “[n]o documented cases of induced seismicity have ever
come close to the current earthquake rates or the area over
which the earthquakes are occurring.”
Lawsuit Begins Over Monsanto Polluting World With PCBs
Natural Society - Monsanto spun off its chemical business to a
company called Solutia, but that may not provide protection in a
recent lawsuit. Monsanto, along with Pfizer and Pharmacia, will
have to defend themselves in court for allegations made by
plaintiffs that the corporations’ manufacture of PCBs, or
polychlorinated biphenyls, caused lymphohematopoietic cancer.
The lawsuit was filed in a St. Louis County Circuit Court, and
Monsanto is a lead defendant. One of the most hated companies in
the world for good reason, Monsanto manufactured PCBs from the
1920’s until 1977, when they were finally limited by government
agencies and Congress. Today, PCBs have been in almost
everything Americans are exposed to, from food packaging to
NSA’s XKEYSCORE spy program is ‘as easy as typing a few words in
RT - On Wednesday, the Intercept, where former Guardian reporter
Glenn Greenwald now works, began delving deeper into the
program, specifically looking at how NSA analysts are taught to
use the system and sift through the tens of billions of records
that are believed to be stored in its database.... Training
documents show that XKEYSCORE is extremely user-friendly,
requiring only a target’s email address, telephone number, name
or other identifying data for an analyst to be able to conduct
sweeping searches on that person.... “The amount of work an
analyst has to perform to actually break into remote computers
over the Internet seems ridiculously reduced ‒ we are talking
minutes, if not seconds. Simple. As easy as typing a few words
Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
(AP) - A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's
production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday....
The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the
stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal
plate, Hillwig said. He said initial conclusions indicate that
human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot,
which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly
process. He said it normally operates within a confined area at
the plant, grabbing auto parts and manipulating them.... German
news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering
whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.
One of the Most Important Aspects of Survival, Overlooked and
Daily Sheeple - Conditioning your body with optimum nutrition
should be near the top of your prepping list… but how do you
make your health a top prepping skill?... Look at it as
preventive medicine and make it a lifestyle change. Just as you
might pick up a few extra canned goods at the store each time
you go shopping, you incorporate another action into your
prepping and into your lifestyle. Start with baby steps...
4 Awesome Tools for a Whole-Body Fluoride Detox
Natural Society - Fluoride is NOT easy to totally avoid. Here
are 4 common and effective fluoride detox solutions anyone can
use to detox fluoride from the body.
Shocking New Study Confirms: Sugary Drinks Kill 184,000 People
Natural Blaze - According to a new study, the effects of sugary
soft drinks are considerably worse than previously thought: they
are directly responsible for 184,000 deaths every year. It is
the first comprehensive study of the effects of sugar-sweetened
beverages (SSBs) on human health, and the results confirm what
medical experts have suspected for decades. Published in the
latest volume of the American Heart Association’s Circulation
journal, the research implicates sodas, sweetened iced teas,
fruit drinks, and sports/energy drinks.
7 Top "Healthy" Foods to Avoid
Dr. Mercola - Many foods deemed healthy by food manufacturers
and even health officials are actually junk foods in disguise.
Are any of these "healthy" foods to avoid sabotaging your
otherwise healthy diet?
The Poisonous Threat to Your Dog You Probably Aren't Aware Of
Dr. Becker - You might be surprised to know that toad poisoning in dogs
is not uncommon. Over a 4-year period, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI)
processed almost 300 claims from pet guardians whose dog (or much less
often, cat) had an encounter with a deadly toad. In fact, it was one of
the top 10 types of poisonings during that 4-year period.... If your dog
comes in contact with a toxic toad, he’ll exhibit one or more of the
following symptoms almost immediately... Toad poisoning is a
life-threatening medical emergency. If you know or suspect your pet has
been exposed to a deadly species of toad, rinse his mouth out
immediately (preferably with a constant stream of water from a faucet or
hose) and call your veterinarian, the closest emergency animal hospital,
and/or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661.
- July 1, 2015 - Today in History:
1847 - The U.S. Post Office issued its first adhesive stamps.
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
1863 - During the U.S. Civil War, the first day's fighting at Gettysburg
1867 - Canada became an independent dominion.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt and his
"Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba.
1905 - The USDA Forest Service was created within the Department of
Agriculture. The agency was given the mission to sustain healthy,
diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future
1916 - The massive Allied offensive known as the Battle of the Somme
began in France. The battle was the first to use tanks.
1943 - The U.S. Government began automatically withholding federal
income tax from paychecks.
1945 - New York established the New York State Commission Against
Discrimination to prevent discrimination in employment because of race,
creed or natural origin. It was the first such agency in the U.S.
1946 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 that
incorporated the Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit
organization. The Civil Air Patrol was created on December 1, 1941.
1946 - The U.S. exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in
the Pacific Ocean.
1950 - American ground troops arrived in South Korea to stem the tide of
the advancing North Korean army.
1961 - The first community air-raid shelter was built. The shelter in
Boise, ID had a capacity of 1,000 people and family memberships sold for
1963 - The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit ZIP (Zoning
Improvement Plan) code.
1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.
1968 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed by 60 countries.
It limited the spreading of nuclear material for military purposes. On
May 11, 1995, the treaty was extended indefinitely.
1979 - Susan B. Anthony was commemorated on a U.S. coin, the Susan B.
1979 - Sony introduced the Walkman.
1980 - "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that provided for
2 acres of land near the Lincoln Memorial for the Vietnam Veterans
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that candidates for federal office
had an "affirmative right" to go on national television.
1991 - The Warsaw Pact dissolved.
2003 - In Hong Kong, thousands of protesters marched to show their
opposition to anti-subversion legislation.
Turkey Plans To Invade Syria
Brandon Turbeville - Turkey’s plan, arranged by [President Recep]
Erdogan through a series of rule changes to Turkish law, is being
justified on the basis of the Syrian refugee crisis. Erdogan suggests
that by creating a “buffer zone” in Syria, Syrian refugees will have a
larger area in which to find shelter, particularly a larger area that is
not Turkey. Yet Erdogan is not using the plan only for the benefit of
Turkey’s humanitarian relief assistance programs or the Syrian refugees.
While Erdogan’s public presentation of the plan also involves combating
ISIS in Syria, the truth is that the military operation will be a battle
against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad and the Kurdish forces
carving out their own independent country in the areas bordering and
possibly encompassing Turkey.
Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statement
The Guardian - Islamic State insurgents have threatened to turn the Gaza
Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the
organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being
insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video
statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare
public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in
Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the
US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.
Equities Soar As Tsipras Said Ready To Accept Most Of Expired Bailout
Offer, European Response Muted
Zero Hedge - Just hours after Greece became the first developed country
to default to the IMF, as a result being expelled from its existing
bailout program, a little before 5am CET news hit that Greek PM Tsipras
was willing to concede to virtually all creditor demands, with a few
exceptions. As the FT first reported, "Greek prime minister Alexis
Tsipras will accept most of the bailout creditors’ conditions offered
last weekend, but is still insisting on a handful of changes that could
thwart a deal according to a letter he sent late on Tuesday night."
Austerity not enough to save Greece - leaked IMF documents
ISIS Burns CIA Opium Fields in Afghanistan
Kurt Nimmo - The Islamic State is destroying opium fields in Afghanistan
as it routs the Taliban, according to witnesses. The reports may
ultimately result in the US sending troops back into the country to
protect these valuable and highly lucrative assets.
Greece becomes first developed nation to default on international
RT - The International Monetary Fund has confirmed that it didn't
receive the €1.5 billion payment from Athens that was due by the end of
June 30, Brussels time, as Greece becomes the first developed country to
default on its international obligations. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said
in a statement that Greece had asked for a repayment extension earlier
on Tuesday and that the Fund’s board will consider it “in due course.”
Australia and China sign free trade agreement
Bulletin Panama - The agreement will allow 85% of Australian exports to
enter the Chinese market free of duties, a figure that will increase to
95% once it has been fully implemented. So far, Australian products pay
import rates of up to 40%. Australia, meanwhile, removed the 5% duty on
Chinese electronics and appliances. Food products, manufacturing and
tourism are sectors that Australians will benefit from this treaty,
according to the Australia China Business Council.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
With court approval, NSA resumes bulk collection of phone data
Washington Post - The National Security Agency on Tuesday
restarted its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records for a
temporary period, following a federal court ruling this week
that gave it the green light, U.S. officials said. The Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday ruled that the NSA
could resume gathering millions of Americans’ phone metadata —
call times, dates and durations — to scan for links to foreign
terrorists. But the resumption is good for only 180 days — or
until Nov. 29, in compliance with the USA Freedom Act. That law,
which President Obama signed June 2 after a contentious
congressional debate, will end the government’s bulk collection
Another black church on fire in South Carolina
RT - The Mt. Zion AME Church in Williamsburg County, South
Carolina is on fire and the roof has collapsed, according to
local reports. Emergency crews are at the scene fighting the
blaze. It’s currently unknown how the fire began, but local WCSC
reported that officials received a call about it around 9 pm.
The church is located on Mackey Road in Greeleyville.
#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches? No Evidence Fires Any Relation To
Race, Some Not Arson
Obama Removes TPP’s Anti-Slavery Clause, Then Attacks
Confederate Flag as “Symbol of Slavery”
Kit Daniels - Right before he publicly attacked the Confederate
flag as a “symbol of slavery,” President Obama quietly removed
an “anti-slavery” provision from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Trade Agreement. “The provision, which bars countries that
engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals with the
U.S., was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.),” The Huffington
Post reported in May. “At the insistence of the White House,
Menendez agreed to modify his language to say that as long as a
country is taking ‘concrete’ steps toward reducing human
trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade deal.”
“Under the original language, the country that would be excluded
from the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership pact is Malaysia.”
Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants
(AP) - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants
and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United
States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress.
He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a
major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's
gay marriage decision.... Francis arrives in Washington, D.C.,
on Sept. 22 and the next day will be welcomed at the White House
by President Barack Obama, the Vatican said. Francis will
address Congress on Sept. 24, and will meet with homeless people
later in the day at a local parish, St. Patrick's. On Sept. 25,
Francis will speak on sustainable development at the United
Nations, where he'll have another opportunity to voice his
concerns about the environment.
Time Magazine: After Gay Marriage Victory, Kill ‘Tax Exemptions
for Religious Institutions’
Breitbart - In a provocative piece in Time magazine, columnist
Mark Oppenheimer has proposed following up Friday’s landmark
Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage on the nation
with the abolition of tax exempt status for religious
institutions. He laments, for instance, the difficulty the
government has in determining which institutions qualify as
churches or religious institutes, leading to an unfortunate
entanglement of church and state. “Since the world’s great
religion scholars can’t agree on what a religion is, it’s absurd
to ask a bunch of accountants,” he writes.
Black Civil Rights Icon: The Problem is Blacks Killing Other
Blacks, Not the Confederate Flag
Paul Joseph Watson - Black civil rights icon and former Mayor of
Atlanta Andrew Young says that debate over the Confederate flag
is a divisive non-issue which completely distracts from the real
problem – the fact that 93% of blacks are killed by other
blacks.... In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Young skewers the
politically correct outrage mob that has targeted the
Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting,
asserting that the elimination of southern heritage will do
nothing to address the problems faced by black people today.
VIDEO: Brawl Breaks Out In Front Of South Carolina Statehouse
Over Confederate Flag
(CBS Atlanta/AP) — One man has been arrested after a fight over
the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse.
The brawl started about 7:15 p.m. Monday when about a dozen
vehicles with Confederate flag supporters pulled up in front of
the Statehouse and stopped in the middle of the street, Public
Safety Department spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said in a
statement. About 10 of the flag supporters clashed with about 30
people who were on the Statehouse grounds protesting the flag,
the statement said.... About 50 officers responded and contained
the clash, including officers from the Bureau of Protective
Services assigned to the Statehouse, as well as Columbia police,
University of South Carolina officers and the South Carolina
Activists Plan to Burn American Flags in New York City Ahead of
Fourth of July
The Blaze - A group calling for the immediate disarmament of the
New York Police Department plans to burn American flags in a
Brooklyn park on Wednesday, just days before the Fourth of July
holiday. “Disarm NYPD” announced the “Burn the American Flags”
event on Facebook, inviting individuals to join the organization
at Fort Greene Park to “set fire to this symbol of oppression.”
Organizers said accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof wasn’t an
“isolated actor,” but a “product of a consistent pattern of
state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in
America.” The event originally was aimed at burning the
Confederate flag, but later changed to focus on the stars and
stripes. “There will be no peace until we tear down this system
of oppression,” the group wrote on Facebook. “It isn’t enough to
take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once
and for all.”
The New Knockout Game: Nearly 50 Black Teens Raid Wal-Mart,
Attack Shopper, Destroy Merchandise
Kit Daniels - In what’s perhaps the latest version of the
“Knockout Game,” a mob of nearly 50 teenagers rushed into a
Macon, Ga., Wal-Mart and attacked at least one shopper while
destroying merchandise. The shopper was thrown from his
motorized shopping cart and dragged to the floor during the
Sunday attack, which caused an estimated $2,000 in damage,
according to Bibb County sheriff’s officials. “The length of the
store from front to rear was lined with items which had been
shattered, destroyed, turned over and thrown about,” a sheriff’s
deputy’s report of the incident stated.
War Veteran with PTSD Faces Life in Prison for Pot, His Wife
Calls for Help
Truth in Media - Under Oklahoma's harsh marijuana prohibition
laws, 100% disabled US Marine Corps veteran Kristoffer
Lewandowski, who served three tours of duty overseas including
stints in Iraq and Afghanistan, is reportedly facing up to life
in prison for growing under an ounce of marijuana in his home in
an effort to treat his PTSD and wean himself off of
Barack Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will
Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis
Michael Snyder - Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed
by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told
reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe”
and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the
risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about
the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama
administration has already completely ruled out any sort of
federal bailout for the island. Barack Obama is assuring us that
everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed
for another global financial crisis. So is he correct?
The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of
Economic Collapse - Keep an eye on the shadow banking system –
it is about to be shaken to the core. According to the Financial
Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system
has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars. It has
approximately tripled in size since 2002. In the U.S. alone, the
size of the shadow banking system is approximately 24 trillion
dollars. At this point, shadow banking assets in the United
States are even greater than those of conventional banks. These
shadow banks are largely unregulated, but governments around the
world have been extremely hesitant to crack down on them because
these nonbank lenders have helped fuel economic growth.
Puerto Rico, Chicago, Detroit: Is the US Set to Be the Next
Sputnik News - State and local pension plans throughout the
United States are underfunded, which has some financial experts
wondering whether the type of economic crisis that befell Greece
could hit America sometime soon. A survey by the Center for
Retirement Research found that 150 state and local pension plans
had an average ratio of assets to liabilities of 74%. In other
words, for every dollar those funds owe their pensioners, they
only have 74 cents in assets. According to MarketWatch:
Chicago's six pension plans are 40% funded; New Jersey's are at
51.5%; and Puerto Rico, which is facing its own crisis moment,
is grossly underfunded at 3%. Many fear that elevated pension
costs might push these public entities into insolvency. Detroit,
as well as Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino in California,
have already declared bankruptcy due to overwhelming pension
Could LA's Big One be even bigger than we thought? Now explosive
helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los
Daily Mail - A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles
is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the
unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault
Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far
deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more
devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey
has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has
increased dramatically. UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles
found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a
30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los
Angeles Basin. He claims the results show that the
Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper than scientists previously
Deal Reached: Wireless Remote Drug-Releasing Microchip Implants
On The Assembly Line
Activist Post - A pharma company with generic drugs meets
michrochip and biotech in a marriage of implantable devices that
are shockingly close to the finish line of commercialization.
Deals were made. Money exchanged. Development in process - this
is actually going to happen. Is this the next phase of The
Singularity? The complete bypassing of pills, injections -
things that one actively chooses and takes - to a passive
acceptance of remote controlled wireless chips quietly and
somehow pumping substance for up to 16 years? Or is it more
public relations for the long-time push for the coming ''brain
PayPal Tweaking User Agreement To Remove Mandatory Robocalls
The Consumerist - PayPal’s new user agreement — the one that
gives the company even more latitude to make obnoxious
prerecorded marketing calls to “any telephone number that you
have provided us or that we have otherwise obtained” — is set to
kick in this week, but following an FCC warning that this policy
might be in violation of federal law, and a letter from multiple
senators asking PayPal to rethink its new terms, the company has
agreed to make changes that “clear up any confusion.”... PayPal
customers should be on the lookout for an e-mail explaining
Texas Clinics Turning Away Unvaccinated Children
Adan Salazar - Austin Regional Clinic, the largest healthcare
provider network in the Central Texas region serving close to
half a million residents, announced today they will begin
prohibiting children who are not up to date on vaccine
requirements from being seen by doctors starting tomorrow....
The ARC’s recommended vaccine schedule lists at least 21
inoculations infants should receive before the first year of
age, many of which can admittedly cause severe adverse
reactions.... Notably, the list also recommends children receive
a dose of Merck’s controversial Gardasil vaccine by age nine,
despite reports that hundreds of young women in the US have
died, and tens of thousands have been harmed by it. “Routine
dosing intervals are recommended,” a handout from the clinic
Beet Juice Boosts Cognitive Function In One Dose
Green Med Info - Recently, Deanna Minich, PhD, founder of Food
and Spirit, brought to my attention an amazing new study on
beets and their role in promoting cognitive health. She
summarized the study as follows: One recent study in 40 healthy
people showed that they were able to better perform on cognitive
tests 90 minutes after drinking 450 mL beetroot juice compared
with placebo (apple/blackcurrant juice, which is low in
nitrates). What I really like about this study is that brain
performance can be improved fairly rapidly in healthy people
with a simple activity like drinking beetroot juice (high in
dietary nitrates, which leads to more nitric oxide to open up
oxygen flow in the brain)."
Top Summer Foods for Health
Dr. Mercola - In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), yin and
yang refer to opposite elements or forces in nature, which, when
balanced, promote harmony. Qi is a type of universal energy, and
both yin and yang are manifestations of Qi, each with its own
attributes.... The summertime is a perfect opportunity to focus
your diet on yin foods, which are by nature cooling or cold.
When you eat yin foods in the summer, it helps you avoid “summerheat,”
which is a condition linked to an overabundance of yang that
causes a queasy, fatigued, and “blah” feeling when it’s hot
7 Health Benefits Of Watermelon
- June 30, 2015 - Today in History:
1841 - The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train.
1913 - Fighting broke out between Bulgaria and Greece and Spain. It was
the beginning of the Second Balkan War.
1915 - During World War I, the Second Battle Artois ended when the
French failed to take Vimy Ridge.
1921 - U.S. President Warren G. Harding appointed former President
William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
1934 - Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by destroying the SA and
bringing to power the SS in the "Night of the Long Knives."
1950 - U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and
authorizes the draft.
1951 - On orders from Washington, General Matthew Ridgeway broadcasts
that the United Nations was willing to discuss an armistice with North
1953 - The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in
Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250.
1955 - The U.S. began funding West Germany’s rearmament.
1958 - The U.S. Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of
Alaska as the 49th state in the Union.
1964 - The last of U.N. troops left Congo after a four-year effort to
bring stability to the country.
1971 - The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified when
Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. The amendment lowered the
minimum voting age to 18.
1994 - The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the
1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life
for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
1998 - Officials confirmed that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman
buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were
identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
2000 - U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill to give the
same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and
2004 - The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit. The
craft had been on a nearly seven-year journey.
2005 - Spain legalized gay marriage.
Some 1,000 Bank Branches to Open for 3 Days in Greece to Serve Retirees
Sputnik News - Approximately 1,000 bank branches will open throughout
Greece for three days to serve retirees who do not have bank cards, the
Greek Finance Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.... The banks have
also been instructed to immediately issue debit cards to all retirees so
that they may withdraw funds of up to 60 euros a day like everyone else.
Greek Supermarkets Begin To Resemble Those Of Venezuela
16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing
All Over The World
Economic Collapse - As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic
has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in
Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic
default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default
on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors.
Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been
unleashed all at once. Could it be possible that the great financial
crisis of 2015 has begun?
Australian Parliament Slams TPP, Calls it an 'Attack on Internet
Sputnik News - The Australian parliament has issued a harsh verdict on
the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal currently being negotiated,
calling it an "attack [on] internet freedoms" and seriously lacking in
oversight, in a report released Monday. The "Blind Agreement" report —
by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee —
criticized the secrecy of the negotiations crafting the deal, which
would bind 12 Pacific Rim countries. The report denounces the
"all-or-nothing choice" that Parliament is given to approve or reject a
deal, the detail of which they can't examine until after the deal is
WikiLeaks: EU Diplomat Interpreted US TPP as Hostile to China
Sputnik News - A European Union (EU) trade expert secretly told a French
economics minister that America's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seemed
designed to provoke a confrontation with China, according to a US
intelligence intercept published on WikiLeaks. “[The EU Trade Section
head Hiddo] Houben stated [to French Minister-Counselor Jean-Francois
Boittin] that the TPP… seems devised as a confrontation with China,” the
document, one of seven published by WikiLeaks on Monday, said. The TPP
is an ambitious trade pact negotiated between the United States and 12
Asian and Pacific Rim nations covering 40 percent of the world economy.
The pact excludes China.
U.S. Will Resume Sending Weapons to Bahrain Despite Ongoing Repression
The Intercept - The State Department announced it will lift its freeze
on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite
the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including
arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists
and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011.
Greece Will Default To IMF Tomorrow, Government Official Says
Zero Hedge - Earlier today, as the exchange between Greece and its
creditors got increasingly belligerent, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi
said that "Greece’s debt would still remain outstanding and creditors
would expect this money back." So did this latest antagonism change the
Greek mind? According to a flash headline by the WSJ released moments
ago, not all. In fact, Greece just made it official that it would
default to the IMF in just over 24 hours: "Greece won't pay IMF tranche
due Tuesday, government official says"
Related: Greece May Not Even Have The Funds To Conduct A Referendum
IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of Greece loans
Jubilee Debt Campaign - Ahead of the payment of €462 million by Greece
to the IMF on Thursday 9 April, figures released by the Jubilee Debt
Campaign show that the IMF has made €2.5 billion of profit out of its
loans to Greece since 2010. If Greece does repay the IMF in full this
will rise to €4.3 billion by 2024. The IMF has been charging an
effective interest rate of 3.6% on its loans to Greece. This is far more
than the interest rate the institution needs to meet all its costs,
currently around 0.9%. If this was the actual interest rate Greece had
been paying the IMF since 2010, it would have spent €2.5 billion less on
China's Stock Slump Widens as Stimulus Fails to Calm Investors
Sputnik News - The mainland’s historical longest bull market has come to
an end effectively with capital fleeing China at an accelerated pace,
while the real economy is ever staggering. One of the PBoC stimulus
moves on Sunday was aimed at stabilizing the market situation, but the
mad fluctuations showcased today suggested that Beijing’s plan failed…
the CSI300 Index dropped as much as 7% during the day, the next hour it
was regaining ground into the green so rapidly that most market
participants agreed the Chinese state-owned asset management enterprises
must have intervened to save the day. Such moves do not add to
investors’ confidence, the result is the ever-deepening decline… All in
all, mainland China has so far lost some $2.62 trln (more than the GDP
of Russia and Saudi Arabia combined) in market capitalization since its
June 12 peak.
The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS
London Telegraph - The world will be unable to fight the next global
financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to
tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has
warned. The so-called central bank of central banks launched a scatching
critique of global monetary policy in its annual report. The BIS claimed
that central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly
cutting interest rates to shore up their economies. These low interest
rates have in turn fuelled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk
taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have
responded to with even lower rates.
Sweden to Integrate Former Jihadists by Giving Social Benefits
Sputnik News - As of late, Scandinavia could easily be Europe's main
jihadist recruitment center… Oftentimes, these people come back to their
home countries to "rest" or even worse, to recruit new jihadists. The
situation is particularly bad in Sweden, where such recruiting
"agencies" have spread all over the country, the newspaper said. To
tackle the problem, the Swedish government responded with a strategy of
reintegrating former jihadist-returnees. According to this program,
jihadist fighters who are now back in Sweden will receive a number of
social benefits, including low-cost housing and help with finding
employment. Needless to say, this has caused anger and resentment from
the rest of Swedish public, Fria Tider said.
Goldman-Sachs Boss, Bilderberg Member Peter Sutherland: Europe Needs
More Refugees from Africa, Syria
Kurt Nimmo - Following a meeting with Pope Francis, the boss of
Goldman-Sachs International and Bilderberg attendee Peter Sutherland
said European countries have not taken their “fair share” of refugees
from African countries and Syria. Sutherland told RTÉ radio 240,000
immigrants flooding into Europe each year is not an economic burden on
countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. On the contrary, he
said, a quarter million or more immigrants a year represents an economic
and social benefit for Europe, Britain and Ireland.... A report by
University College London, however, found that migrants in fact
represent a huge economic drain on host countries. According to the
study, non-European migrants living in Britain have drained public
finances by almost £120 billion since 1995. The situation is similar in
Germany, by far Europe’s most prosperous and productive nation.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Obama Signs “Fast Track” Bill, TPP Inches Closer to Completion
TruthInMedia - On Monday President Obama signed into law the so-called
“fast-track” bill, setting the stage for approval of the controversial
Trans-Pacific Partnership.... Despite the bipartisan nature of the bill,
President Obama acknowledged the hurdles that remain for the TPP. “We
still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place.
The debate will not end with this bill signing,” Obama said.... With the
passing of the TPA and TAA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is possibly
only weeks away from approval. The trade agreement has been notoriously
secret, with the public only viewing chapters of the text which have
been leaked by WikiLeaks.
If Terrorist Attacks are on the Rise, What Does that Say about the
13-Year-Old "War on Terror"?
AllGov - The most recent figures from the State Department show that
there was a sharp increase in terror attacks worldwide in 2014 over the
numbers from the previous year. According to its figures, attacks
increased 35% and fatalities jumped 81% over 2013’s numbers, with the
increase coming mainly in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Part of the
reason for the huge increase in fatalities was the jump in large-scale
attacks, those killing more than 100 people. There were 20 such attacks
in 2014, compared to two in 2013. There were a total of 13,463 terrorist
attacks last year… Those aren’t the only metrics available on the war on
terror, of course. Another is how much money has been spent.
Terror Talk: Politicians, Former CIA Head, FBI, DHS All Ramp Up Warnings
For July 4th
Steve Watson - It’s a good job no one in the US watches the mainstream
news media any more. Any one who did take in the multitude of news shows
over the weekend, however, is now most probably convinced that they are
about to be attacked any second by armies of terrorists in their own
back yard. Politicians and intelligence officials were paraded out one
after the other to harp on about how terrorists hate the freedom of
Americans and blah blah blah July the 4th is most likely going to end up
in a terrorist attack. Following attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait
Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued alerts to
local law enforcement and urged Americans to “remain vigilant” for the
upcoming INdependence Day celebrations. “They don’t put those statements
out that far in advance, unless there’s reason for concern,” said
harbinger of doom New York Rep. Peter King in an interview with ABC’s
First Amendment Defense Act Proposed to Protect Business Owners from
SCOTUS Ruling on Same-sex Marriage
Kurt Nimmo - Court uses 14th Amendment to undermine the First. The First
Amendment Defense Act proposed Senator Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador
prior to the Supreme Court ruling upholding homosexual marriage under
the 14th Amendment right to equal protection reveals that the United
States no longer functions as a constitutional republic. The First
Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would bar the federal government from
imposing penalties on individuals, businesses, groups, and especially
religious organizations for refusing to participate in same-sex
weddings. In particular, the bill would not allow the IRS to revoke the
tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations that believe same sex
marriage is inappropriate.
The Real Reason for the Anti-Confederate Flag Hysteria
Lew Rockwell Blog - The anti-Confederate flag hysteria is only one small
part of the Left’s general strategy, however. It is part of their
overriding strategy of diverting the public’s attention away from all
the grotesque failures of leftist interventionism, from the welfare
state to the government takeover of education to the war on drugs and
beyond.... The welfare state has decimated the black family and is hard
at work destroying the white family as well by eliminating the stigma
against a man’s abandoning his wife and children with welfare checks.
What does the Confederate flag have to do with this? The welfare state
has destroyed the work ethic of millions of Americans. What does the
Confederate flag have to do with this? The Fed caused the biggest
depression since the Great Depression with its latest
boom-and-bust-cycle act. What does the Confederate flag have to do with
Revealed: Feds predicted surge of illegals, see another 127,000 this
Washington Examiner - Despite claims the administration was caught off
guard, the White House and four Cabinet departments predicted last
year’s surge of at least 60,000 illegal juveniles over the U.S.-Mexico
border and expect it to more than double to 127,000 this year, according
to an internal document. A 24-page administration PowerPoint for
congressional appropriators dated April 22, 2014 bluntly stated that
border arrivals of “unaccompanied alien children” would rise “by nearly
a factor of 10″ in 2014 to 60,000 and jump to 127,000 “if these growth
UPDATE: Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had
Unapproved Mineral Supplement
Medical Kidnap - From Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page: On June 24,
2015 the court returned custody of the final three children. Now all
seven are back in our custody.... As you all know, we have a major
battle ahead to prevent Michelle and me from being put on the Child
Maltreatment Registry. We have not neglected or abused our children, and
in six months the officials have found no neglect or abuse. The school
issue of not being properly registered is not sufficient to remove our
children from our home school and place them in public school. We must
win the battle on July 10th at the Child Maltreatment Registry Hearing.
America’s Greece: Puerto Rico Can’t Pay Its Massive Public Debt
Daily Sheeple - Puerto Rico has long been one of the most impoverished
territories in the United States. With over 40% of the population living
under the poverty line (almost twice as high as Mississippi, the poorest
state), and an unemployment rate of over 12%, they’ve been in a
recession since 2006. But their financial problems don’t stop there. A
recent economic report has found that Puerto Rico is carrying one of the
heaviest debt loads of any state or territory in the US. Governor
Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced last weekend, that the territory has
a public debt of over $72 billion, a debt which he doesn’t think they
New York State Officially Bans Fracking
Glenn Coin - After more than seven years of study, the state Department
of Environmental Conservation today issued the final document needed to
ban the controversial drilling practice, known formally as high-volume
hydraulic fracturing. "Prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is
the only reasonable alternative," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in a
prepared statement. "High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant
adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential
significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.
This decision is consistent with DEC's mission to conserve, improve and
protect our state's natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety
and welfare of the people of the state."
EPA Forced to Study Impact of Atrazine and Glyphosate on US Endangered
Sustainable Pulse - The Environmental Protection Agency will analyze the
impacts of atrazine and glyphosate — the two most commonly used
pesticides in the United States — on 1,500 endangered plants and animals
in the United States under the terms of a settlement reached today with
the Center for Biological Diversity.... The EPA has, for decades,
continued to register and allow the use of pesticides without
considering their impacts to endangered species, despite the legal
requirement for them to do so and the well-documented risks of
pesticides to thousands of imperiled species. A series of lawsuits by
the Center has forced the agency to consult on the impacts of scores of
pesticides on some endangered species, primarily in California, and
resulted in temporary restrictions on pesticide use in sensitive
DHS/Police say criminals drive cars that's why they're using a new
infrared license plate scanning system
MassPrivateI - A new infrared police license plate reader system called
the Data Driver Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDCAT) can spy on
nearly a million license plates in a two-month span. DDCAT's are being
used by police across the country, they're in NJ, NY, Boston and
California to name a few. DDACT's are basically $11,0000 fortune telling
machines that analyze crimes and PREDICT where future crimes will take
place!... DDACT's equipped police cars use three high-resolution digital
cameras which point forward and cover both sides of the vehicle. Each
police car is equipped with infrared lighting which enables them to see
in the dark. GPS is integrated into the system, and the digitized
pictures of license plates are captured to a laptop.
One Of The World's Top Universities Is Offering All Of Their Courses
Online, To Anyone, For Free
InvestmentWatchBlog - With the advent of the internet came a revolution
of information becoming available to the average person. MIT University
took it one step further when they began a program called OpenCourseWare,
which allowed anyone to download full course materials for virtually all
classes for free. But the new MITx interactive online learning platform
will go further, giving students access to online laboratories,
self-assessments and student-to-student discussions… “This is not MIT
light. This is not an easier version of MIT,” said Provost L. Rafael
Reif. “An MITx learner, anywhere they are, for them to earn a credential
they have to demonstrate mastery of the subject just like an MIT student
Light-Turmeric Extract Combo Treats Psoriasis Effectively
Green Med Info - Oral turmeric extract (curcumin) in combination with
light therapy produces remarkable healing results in patients with
severe-to-moderate psoriasis.... The study concluded: The results
suggested that moderate to severe plaque psoriasis should show a
therapeutic response to orally administered Curcuma if activated with
visible light phototherapy, a new therapeutic method that would be safer
for patients than existing treatments."
EU To Ban Triclosan, While EPA and FDA Reject Calls for U.S. Ban
Beyond Pesticides - The agency responsible for chemical oversight in the
European Union announced today that the antibacterial pesticide,
triclosan, is toxic and bioaccumulative, and will be phased-out for
hygienic uses and replaced by more suitable alternatives. According to
the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), “[N]o safe use could be
demonstrated for the proposed use of Triclosan.” This decision has
renewed calls for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the chemical from the
consumer market. EPA in May rejected a consumer petition that asked the
agency to ban triclosan.... Triclosan is an antimicrobial pesticide used
in cosmetics, personal care products and treated plastics and textiles.
It has been linked to hormone disrupting effects, bacterial and
antibiotic resistance, cancer, and impacts on aquatic organisms.
Sick: ‘Intolerable Levels’ of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in Breast Milk
Natural Society - After testing 16 women from different regions all over
Germany, the Green Party has found that traces of the chemical
glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide
Round Up, are appearing in breast milk at ‘intolerable levels’ that
could harm a developing baby and the mother. The weed killer traces in
breast milk were found to be between 0.210 and 0.432 nanograms per
millilitre (PPB). Drinking water is allowed to have no more than 0.100
nanograms of glyphosate. Irene Witte, professor of toxicology at the
University of Oldenburg, described the findings as “intolerable.”
- June 29, 2015 - Today in History:
1776 - The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made
1804 - Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark
Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of
the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins received 100
lashes on his back and Hall received 50.
1901 - The first edition of "Editor & Publisher" was issued.
1905 - Russian troops intervened as riots erupted in ports all over the
country. Many ships were looted.
1917 - The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia.
1932 - Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute
1946 - British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in
an attempt to end alleged terrorism.
1950 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of
1951 - The United States invited the Soviet Union to the Korean peace
talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor.
1953 - The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500
miles of freeway from coast to coast.
1966 - The U.S. bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese
cities of Hanoi and Haiphong.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could
constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." The ruling prompted states to
revise their capital punishment laws.
1995 - The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked,
forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.
2007 - The first generation Apple iPhone went on sale.
2011 - The state of Nevada passed the first law that permitted the
operation of autonomous cars on public roads. The law went into effect
on March 1, 2012 and did not permit the use of the cars to the general
public. Google received the first self-driving vehicle license in the
U.S. on May 4, 2012 in Nevada.
European Parliament to Debate Amendments to TTIP Deal With US
Sputnik News - A special European Parliament committee will meet Monday
for an urgent debate on a set of 116 amendments to the controversial EU-US
free trade deal, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment
Partnership (TTIP).... The Trade Committee’s extraordinary meeting on
Monday will decide whether the amendment package should be put to a vote
by the European Parliament as a whole.... An amendment package vote, if
successful, will enable EU lawmakers to put TTIP recommendations to a
plenary vote in July or September. The TTIP agreement seeks to establish
a transatlantic free trade zone for a market of about 820 million
people.... Opponents to the hotly-debated treaty claim the deal gives
too much power to transnational corporations, making it harder for EU
nations to regulate their own markets.
Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens
New York Times - In a matter of hours and on three different continents,
militants carried out attacks on Friday that killed scores of civilians,
horrified populations and raised thorny questions about the evolving
nature of international terrorism and what can be done to fight it. On
the surface, the attacks appeared to be linked only by timing. In
France, a man stormed an American-owned chemical plant, decapitated one
person and apparently tried to blow up the facility. In Tunisia, a
gunman drew an assault rifle from a beach umbrella and killed at least
38 people at a seaside resort. And in Kuwait, a suicide bomber blew
himself up inside a mosque during communal prayers, killing at least 25
Eurozone Rejects Greek Bailout Extension: All Bailout Programs Expire On
June 30, Referendum Moot
Zero Hedge - Regrettably, despite efforts at all levels and full support
of the Eurogroup, this proposal has been rejected by the Greek
authorities who broke off the programme negotiations late on the 26 June
unilaterally. The current financial assistance arrangement with Greece
will expire on 30 June 2015, as well as all agreements related to the
current Greek programme including the transfer by euro area Member
States of SMP and ANFA equivalent profits."
‘We don’t need EU permission’: Greek parliament ratifies bailout
RT - As an equal member of the EU, Greece does not need to ask
permissions from anyone to let the Greek people speak and have their
voices heard, PM Tsipras told his parliament, promising that the state’s
sovereignty and future will be decided via referendum. Referendums have
been used all across Europe as a way for people to directly express
their will and have their voices heard, and Greece is fully in its right
to conduct one PM Alexis Tsipras said during a late-night debate in
Greek Capital Controls Begin: Banks To Remain Closed Until At Least July
5th, Stock Market Will Not Open Monday
Zero Hedge - Despite the reassurances from any and all elected (and
unelected) officials, given the run on bank ATMs in Greece has turned
into a stampede, it is not surprising that the CEO of Piraeus Bank just
announced Greek banks would remain closed for at least one week; further
as reported yesterday, the Greek stock market will also remain closed.
A Desperate China Cuts Key Policy Rates After Stock Market Crash; "It's
Just Like 1987"
Zero Hedge - For the first time since October, 2008, China cuts both the
benchmark lending rate and RRR on the same day, in a frantic attempt to
sustain the country's equity bubble after stocks collapsed to the edge
of bear market territory on Friday…Analysts saw the PBOC’s [Peoples Bank
of China] moves as a reaction to the massive stock market decline… Some
analysts went so far as to liken the action by PBOC to that taken by the
U.S. Federal Reserve following the infamous “Black Monday”—or Oct. 19,
1987, when stock markets around the world crashed… “It’s just like what
the Fed did in 1987,” said Larry Hu, China economist at Macquarie Group
Ltd., a Sydney-based investment bank. “The PBOC is trying to stabilize
the market with the unprecedented easing moves.”
Iceland Just Jailed 7 Bank Executives For Market Manipulation
(True Activist) According to The icelandmonitor: “By fully financing
share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the
bank was accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand
for Kaupþingi shares by means of deception and pretence.” They were
accused of trying to artificially inflate share prices in 2008 by using
the bank’s funds to buy shares.
Australian Government Contractors Will Now Go to Jail for Reporting
Child Abuse in Detention Centers
Vice - Last month the Australian government, with the support of the
opposition, passed the Border Force Protection Act through both houses
of Parliament. It will come into effect on July 1. If the act defines
you as an "entrusted person," you might be facing jail for up to two
years if you reveal anything about what happens in Australia's
immigration detention centers to anybody else.... Refugee advocates and
human rights lawyers say the legislation is a veiled attempt to silence
whistleblowers from revealing human rights violations inside Australia's
detention centers. And the mounting evidence of such violations makes
this legislation all the more disturbing.
British Police Order Citizens: “Surrender Your Knives!”
Citizen Action - The British police have recently joined forces with
liberal grassroots activists in the UK, launching the “Save a
Life–Surrender Your Knife” program. Knife crime has been climbing
recently in major UK cities like London. The program involved several
weeks of “amnesty” for “pointed knives.” Civilians can turn in these
apparently dangerous weapons at their local police station in exchange
for “amnesty,” apparently, even though knives (rounded or pointed)
aren’t illegal in the United Kingdom.... Incidentally, the knife
violence rate in the United Kingdom is about double the rate of gun
violence in the United States. Possibly because Americans haven’t yet
been asked to throw away their right to self-defense in a bin at the
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Truth is a Crime Against The State
Paul Craig Roberts - Truth comes from foreign news sources, such
as RT, and from Internet sites, such as this one. Thus,
Washington and its vassals are busy at work closing down
independent media. Washington and its vassals have redefined
propaganda. Truth is propaganda if it is told by countries, such
as Russia and China, that have independent foreign policies.
Propaganda is truth if told by Washington and its puppets, such
as the EU Observer. The EU Observer, little doubt following
Washington’s orders, has denounced RT and Sputnik News for
“broadcasting fabrications and hate speech from their bureaus in
European Union cities.” Often I appear on both RT and Sputnik.
In my opinion both are too restrained in their reporting,
fearful, of course, of being shut down, than full truth
requires. I have never heard a word of hate speech or propaganda
on either. Washington’s propaganda, perhaps, but not the Russian
government’s. In other words, the way Washington has the news
world rigged, not even independent news sites can speak
Antietam, other parks stop selling items with the Confederate
Baltimore Sun - Workers at Antietam National Battlefield took
Confederate flags, T-shirts and magnets off gift shop shelves
Thursday as the National Park Service announced plans to stop
selling some items with the increasingly controversial symbol.
Park service officials said they would stop "stand-alone
depictions" of the familiar battle flag, which has 13 white
stars on a blue "X" over a red field. They said educational
items such as books, exhibits, and media showing re-enactments
and interpretive programs may use images of the battle flag "in
its historical context" as long as they cannot be "physically
Woman arrested for removing Confederate flag from SC Capitol
RT - The Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina
Statehouse was removed by an African-American woman on Saturday.
She was arrested by local authorities, and the flag was soon
raised again.... She was arrested upon her return to the ground,
along with another man, 30-year-old James Ian Tyson, who had
also entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag. The
two were charged with defacing a monument and face a fine of up
to $5,000 or up to three years in prison, NBC reported. The
flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again a short
time later. The incident occurred just after dawn on Saturday,
hours before a rally by flag supporters was scheduled at the
US officials warn of ISIS-inspired attack through July 4
RT - US intelligence and law enforcement authorities share a
growing concern of terror attacks in the country through the
July 4 weekend. On Friday, Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a statement in response to the
terror attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, saying,
“particularly with the upcoming July 4 holiday here in the
United States, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI
continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement
about what we know and see.” The analysis of the threat is based
in part on the “new normal” of Islamic State (IS, also known as
ISIS/ISIL) strategies, which uses social media to encourage
people worldwide to attack on both small and large scales.
Federal authorities have been scrambling to arrest homegrown
terror suspects before Independence Day, when they warn that the
likelihood of such attacks may be elevated.
$200 Million Went to House Members to Pass Fast Track – Here’s
Who Took the Cash
OpEd News - TPA passed with a mere 219-211 vote with only 218
needed to pass. The real shocker comes from the amount of money
each Representative received for a yes vote. In total,
$197,869,145 was given to Representatives for a yes vote where
as $23,065,231 was given in opposition.
Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being
Treated as Bigots by Governments, Employers, Schools
CNS News - In his dissent from the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision
in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage
is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely
likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its
decision “will be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent
to the new orthodoxy.” Alito warned that in the wake of the
court’s ruling, Americans who dare to publicly express views in
favor the traditional understanding that marriage is between a
man and a woman will risk recrimination. “I assume that those
who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts
in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views
in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as
such by governments, employers, and schools,” Alito wrote.
FLASHBACK--Q&A With Judge Robert Bork: Moral Life of Nation
Could be Decided by One Judge
Bad Medicine: Obamacare “Doctors Should Warn Global Warming
Could Make Patients’ Health Worse”
Mac Slavo - If having your doctor quiz you about owning a gun
isn’t enough to raise your blood pressure, then this new
Obamacare policy surely will. Obama’s White House is once again
politicizing health care, even as the net/noose tightens, now
asking medical professionals to advise patients on the effects
that global warming/climate change will supposedly have on their
health. The Daily Caller reported: Americans trust their
doctors, so the White House wants these medical professionals to
be a mouthpiece for President Obama’s global warming agenda. […]
The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to draw a
link between global warming and public health issues. The summit
included the U.S. Surgeon General, top administration officials,
and public health experts from around the country telling
doctors, nurses and other conference goers how to talk about
global warming with their patients.
VIDEO: David Sweat's DNA Found on Food a Mile From Where Richard
Matt Killed, Official Says
ABC News - DNA belonging to the convicted murderer who remains
on the loose after escaping prison three weeks ago was found on
remnants of food a mile from where his accomplice was killed
Friday, an official briefed on the manhunt efforts said Sunday.
About 1,300 law enforcement officers were involved in the search
for David Sweat as they concentrated their efforts near the
village of Malone, New York, about 20 miles from where fellow
escapee Richard Matt was found in a wooded area Friday....
Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally
Cops Refuse to Stop Chase Plowing Over Multiple Children,
Killing Them During Neighborhood Pursuit
Free Thought Project - “Officers must place the protection of
human life above all other considerations.” Or so says the
official policy of the Detroit Police Department. Yet, on
Wednesday, Detroit police continued a high-speed chase into a
busy neighborhood, resulting in two small children being killed
and others injured.... Even after the car had dragged the
children a distance down the street, the police did not stop
their pursuit. They continued to chase the car across one front
lawn after another, finally crashing, critically injuring three
more children including three year old Darius Andrews, Jr.,
Isaiah Williams, 5, and Zyaire Gardner, 7. Twenty-two-year-old
LaKendra Hill sustained injuries.
Rand Paul: Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business
Time - While I disagree with Supreme Court’s redefinition of
marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to
contract. The constitution is silent on the question of marriage
because marriage has always been a local issue. Our founding
fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not to
Washington, DC. I’ve often said I don’t want my guns or my
marriage registered in Washington.
In 5 Years, Average CEO Income has Increased 54%; Average Worker
AllGov - As the economy, which cratered at the end of the George
W. Bush administration, has improved since 2009, the average CEO
of the 350 largest corporations has gotten a 54% raise and is
making $16.3 million a year. His employees, on the other hand,
haven’t done as well, according to a study from the Economic
Policy Institute. The average pay in those companies in 2009 was
$53,200. Five years later, it’s still $53,200.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
7 Plants Mosquitoes Simply Hate
Off the Grid News - Avoid using sprays with chemicals like DEET
by growing plants that are not only helpful in controlling these
pests naturally, but are beautiful and easy to manage. The
plants below can be grown in your home or garden.
Study: Whooping Cough Resurgence Due to Vaccinated People Not
Knowing They're Infectious
Health Impact News - Whooping cough has made an astonishing
comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S.
(the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times
that of the rest of the population. The dramatic resurgence has
puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning
effectiveness of the current vaccine and growing anti-vaccine
sentiment as the most likely culprits. But that might not be the
whole story, suggests a new study... Their research points to a
different, but related, source of the outbreak — vaccinated
people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms of
whooping cough, suggesting that the number of people
transmitting without symptoms may be many times greater than
those transmitting with symptoms.
Five everyday herbs for indigestion
(NaturalNews) Most people think that indigestion is simply the
result of eating a meal that is too heavy or too rich or spicy.
But while it's true that scarfing down a third cheeseburger and
washing it down with a milkshake can really upset the stomach,
overindulgence in food is not the only reason why people get
indigestion. For some, it is linked to high stress levels and is
a physical reaction to feelings of anxiety or worry. For others,
it is a matter of wearing clothing that is too tight or
restrictive. Whatever the cause, indigestion can really make
people suffer, and that fact that there are so many prescription
and over-the-counter drugs to treat it attests to how common
this condition really is.
5 Health Takeaways of Essential Spices in Your Diet
Natural Society - Have you ever thought about the
health-boosting advantages of these minuscule condiments, in
addition to their ability to make your meal zesty? If not, here
are 5 health benefits of including essential spices in your diet
that you must know.
It Shall be Suitable for Use in Pet Food - Action Alert (Video)
Susan Thixton - In a last moments effort to get signatures on our
petitions to FDA and AAFCO, here is a brief video showing how FDA allows
hideous waste into pet food. Would you buy a meal for your family that
was prepared with spoiled, decomposing meat? You might be doing that
right now – for your furry family – without even knowing. The FDA allows
pet food to be made from spoiled, decomposing meat and moldy, rotten
vegetables – with no disclosure to the consumer.... In early August
2015, FDA and AAFCO will meet to discuss quality of ingredient
statements on pet food labels. Numerous pet food consumer advocates will
be at this meeting to tell authorities consumers have a right to know
the quality of ingredients used in their pet food. Here are our two
Whitehouse.gov petition closes July 5, 2015....
Change.org petition closes July 31, 2015.
- June 26, 2015 - Today in History:
1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas
River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
1819 - The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.
1844 - John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the
first U.S. President to marry while in office.
1870 - The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was
opened to the public.
1900 - The United States announced that it would send troops to fight
against the Boxer rebellion in China.
1900 - A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight
against the deadly disease yellow fever.
1926 - A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France was unveiled at St.
1924 - After eight years of occupation, American troops left the
1927 - The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster opened in New York.
1945 - The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.
1948 - The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started
ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
1951 - The Soviet Union proposed a cease-fire in the Korean War.
1959 - U.S. President Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in
ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1963 - U.S. President John Kennedy announced "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I
am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
1971 - The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg,
accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
1979 - Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as
world heavyweight boxing champion.
1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to
admit women or forgo state support.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act
of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on
1998 - The U.S. and Peru open school to train commandos to patrol Peru's
rivers for drug traffickers.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always
potentially liable for supervisor's sexual misconduct toward an
2000 - The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly
announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.
2003 - The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, struck down state bans on
2003 - Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S.
history, died in Edgefield, S.C., at age 100.
2008 - The Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of
Columbia as it affirmed, 5-4, an individual right to gun ownership.
1 beheaded, several injured in suspected Islamist attack on French gas
RT - The attack in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Grenoble in eastern
France was initially reported by local newspaper Le Dauphiné libéré. A
single assailant stormed the factory compound in his car and detonated
gas canisters that he had brought with him. The attacker reportedly
waived an Islamist black flag, possibly that of terrorist group Islamic
State. The flag was left at the site. The headless body of a man was
found near the factory. A French official later said the head was found
at the entry gate of the factory and that two Islamist flags were found
Secret doc: US to give Tehran nuclear technology, refurbish reactor
RT - As negotiators are about to gather in Vienna for the final round of
talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program, the US is offering
concessions to Tehran to sweeten the deal, a draft document detailing
would-be deal’s term shows. The negotiations between Iran and six
leading world powers are to kick off in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on
Friday, with deadline set for June 30. Diplomats however indicated that
the talks may drag past the date, as was the case with the previous
round that produced a preliminary agreement, which seeks to scale down
the program in exchange for lifting of international sanctions. As the
hard talks are set to start, the US is willing to offer concessions to
Tehran that would boost its civilian nuclear industry, AP reported
citing a confidential document perpetrating to the deal.
German EU commissioner says 'Grexit' unavoidable if no solution found in
RT - It’s not the European Commission’s aim to see Greece exit the EU,
but this may become unavoidable if no solution to the debt stand-off is
found in the next five days, Commissioner Günther Oettinger said,
according to Reuters. "We will do everything up until the 30th for the
Greeks to show they are prepared to reform," Oettinger, the EU
commissioner for digital economy and society, told Deutschlandfunk
radio. "A 'Grexit' isn’t our aim but would be unavoidable if there is no
solution in the next five days," he said.
Forget Grexit, "Madame Frexit" Says France Is Next: French Presidential
Frontrunner Wants Out Of "Failed" Euro
Zero Hedge - There has been some confusion why Germany and the Eurozone
are so strict in negotiating with France and unwilling to concede even
to the smallest of what they deem as outlandish Greek demands. The
reason is not so much whether Spain or even Italy, both countries with
soaring unemployment, a lost generation and a sweeping movement against
"austerity", follow with comparable demands should Europe concede to
Tsipras, but France, where the frontrunner for the next president, the
National Front's Marine Le Pen, has just warned that not only is a
Grexit inevitable, but that France would follow shortly.
China Plunges Most Since 2008, Points Away From Bear Market; Greek Drama
Zero Hedge - Following yesterday's furious market drop in Chinese
stocks, just before the overnight open, Morgan Stanley came out with a
much distributed report urging investors "Not to buy this dip", and so
they didn't. As a result, the Shanghai Composite imploded, at one point
trading down 8% while the Chinext and Shenzhen markets crashed even
more. This was the single biggest Shanghai Composite one-day drop since
2007, and with a close at 4192.87 the SHCOMP is now on the verge of a
bear market, down 19% from its June 12 highs. China's second largest
market, Shenzhen, is now officially in a bear market.
‘We always knew missile defense shield was against Russia & China’ – top
Moscow security official
RT - The head of Russia’s Security Council says the West’s recent
actions prove the NATO anti-missile defense system was always aimed at
hemming in Moscow and Beijing, and promises the Kremlin will “react” to
the alliance’s expansion in Europe. “Washington insisted that the
missile defense shield was a deterrent to Iran, but now the world powers
are negotiating with Iran, so logically plans for the system should be
dropped, but this isn’t happening,” Nikolay Patrushev told an
international security summit in the Siberian city of Ulan Ude. “We
already knew that the missile defense shield was aimed at Russia and
China, but current events confirm this.”
Russia to Deploy S-400 Air Defense Systems Near Western Borders by End
Sputnik News - Russia’s Western Military District will receive an
unspecified number of advanced S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S air defense
systems by the end of 2015, the district’s spokesman, Col. Oleg
Kochetkov, said Thursday. “Modern S-400 Triumf long-range air defense
systems and Pantsir-S gun-missile air defense systems will be put in
service with air defense units of the Western Military District by the
end of this year,” Kochetkov said. The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is a
Russia’s next-generation anti-aircraft weapon system, carrying three
different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at
short-to-extremely long range.... Russia is currently undergoing a
$325-billion rearmament program for a 70-percent modernization in its
military’s weaponry by 2020.
ISIS is ‘not strong,’ could be defeated ‘within two days’ – ex-Israeli
PM Ehud Barak
RT - The Islamic State militant group that has been terrorizing the
Middle East with its yet greatest offense for over a year, is "not
strong," former Israli PM Ehud Barak told RT. With a proper coordinated
response, they could be suppressed quickly, he said. I think that ISIS
is somewhat successful because it doesn't face a coherent coordinated
effort to destroy it. Technically speaking they are not strong. Some
30,000 - 40,000 people. Their vehicle is a Toyota pickup and some
machine gun on it,” the Israeli politician said in an interview with
RT's Oksana Boyko in her Worlds Apart show.
‘ICC credibility test’: Palestinians submit first war crimes evidence
RT - After meeting the ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Palestinian
Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that he had submitted the dossiers
concerning the 2014 Gaza war, as well as Israeli settlements on the
occupied Palestinian land and treatment of Palestinian prisoners in
Israel. Palestine is a test for the credibility of international
mechanisms ... a test the world cannot afford to fail. Palestine has
decided to seek justice, not vengeance,” Maliki said. He also added that
he had agreed with prosecutors on a date of their visit to Palestine,
although he did not reveal the exact time. “It depends on their ability
to enter Palestinian territory without problems,” he added. ICC
prosecutors intend to make a field visits both to Palestine and Israel,
but they have not received a formal permission from Israel yet, Reuters
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Pentagon Paying ISIS-Linked ‘Rebels’ $400 per Month to
‘Eventually’ Fight Assad
Mikael Thalen - Recently declassified Pentagon documents
confirmed West’s role in using radicals to topple Syria. The
program, deemed “critical” by Secretary of Defense Ashton
Carter, aims to equip as many as 5,400 fighters within the next
12 months, reports USA Today. According to Pentagon spokeswoman
Elissa Smith, roughly 6,000 Syrians have already expressed
interest in the program, with more than half preparing to be
vetted. The program has reportedly taken months to move forward
due to a lack of fighters willing to “adhere to laws of war and
pledge to conduct themselves properly.” The announcement raises
several red flags given recently declassified Pentagon documents
confirming Western governments’ regional support of al-Qaeda, a
terrorist organization now deceptively labeled “moderate.”
"Most Liberal Supreme Court Since 1960s" Gives Obama Huge
Victory With 6-3 Vote In Favor Of Obamacare
Zero Hedge - The Supreme Court has ruled that people who bought
healthcare coverage through federal exchanges as part of
Obamacare can keep subsidies that effectively limit the amount
low- and middle-income Americans pay for health insurance to
9.5% of their income or less. This is, naturally, a huge win for
Obama whose Affordable Care Law has just overcome its last
legitimate legal challenge. The outcome is hardly unexpected
(see below on "most liberal Supreme Court since 1960"), but that
the final vote was 6-3 is clearly surprising as most pundits
were expecting a 5-4 Roberts-led tiebreaker. As The Hill
summarizes, the SCOTUS upheld a key provision of ObamaCare,
affirming that 6.4 million people can continue to receive
subsidies that allow them to purchase healthcare plans.
I am a black South Carolinian. Here's why I support the
Washington Post - Thomas is a senior and student senator at the
University of South Carolina, where he is majoring in public
relations and political science. Four years ago, I became a
national news story after I hung a Confederate flag in my dorm
room window at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Controversy wasn’t my intention. For me and many Southerners,
the flag celebrates my heritage and regional pride. One of my
ancestors, Benjamin Thomas, was a black Confederate cook, and I
do not want to turn my back on his service to the South. So I
hang the flag in honor of his hard work and dedication to South
Carolina during the Civil War. My Confederate flag isn’t racist;
after all, I am black. I’m also an American who strongly
believes in the constitutional right to free speech.
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CNN's Hala Gorani speaks to Byron Thomas
House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare
The Hill - A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the
Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare.
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would
make all nine justices and their employees join the national
healthcare law’s exchanges. “As the Supreme Court continues to
ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six
individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the
American people,” he said. “That’s why I introduced the
SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its
employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said.
IRS Deleted Backups Of 24,000 Lois Lerner Emails Months After
Zero Hedge - According to the IG's deputy Timothy Camus, two
"lower-graded" employees at the IRS center in Martinsburg, West
Virginia, erased 422 computer backup tapes that contained as
many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois
Lerner. It gets better: the tapes were erased in March 2014,
months after congressional investigators requested all of
Lerner's emails, and months after Zero Hedge, among many others,
said to simply track down the server back ups. And the punchline:
according to George, the workers might be incompetent, a lead
investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were
part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence.
Confederate Flag Controversy: Will Obama Resign Because His
Family Owned Slaves?
Kit Daniels - If liberals want to ban the Confederate flag due
to its historical link to slavery, shouldn’t they also demand
President Obama’s resignation because his family owned slaves?
Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfather, George Washington
Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census
in Nelson County, Ky., the Baltimore Sun reported in 2007, and
Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Duvall,
also owned slaves. Obama’s campaign team in 2008 did not dispute
Confederate Frenzy: NY Film Critic Calls for Banning of ‘Gone
With the Wind’
Breitbart - In just three days, the left’s mob mentality took us
from removing the Rebel Flag from a state capitol to banning
“Gone with the Wind.” Lou Lumenick in today’s New York Post: If
the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums
as an ugly symbol of racism, what about the beloved film
offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American
culture? I’m talking, of course, about “Gone with the Wind[.]’’
… Lumenick isn’t beating around the bush. He’s serious about
calling on Warner Bros. to smother the movie outside of museum
screening — a self-imposed ban, but a ban nonetheless. This is
akin to book burning.
Iconic Dukes of Hazzard Car 'General Lee' Stripped Of
Confederate Flag: "This Is A New Level Of P.C. Idiocy"
Amazon Staff: Government Ordered Us Not to Sell Confederate Flag
Paul Joseph Watson - Amazon.com staff are telling irate
customers that the company was ordered by the federal government
not to sell items featuring the Confederate flag in the
aftermath of the Charleston shooting. Amazon made the
announcement this week, along with eBay, Sears and Walmart, that
it would no longer sell products bearing the rebel flag, but
according to a conversation posted on YouTube between a customer
and an Amazon sales rep, the decision could have been made as a
result of pressure from the government.
Rick Perry becomes first presidential candidate to reveal Big
Pharma connection to mass shootings
(NaturalNews) He was widely panned for it, but former Texas Gov.
Rick Perry, who recently joined the crowded field of Republican
presidential contenders, became the first – and so far, only –
member of that group that has tied the recent Charleston, S.C.,
shootings to Big Pharma. In an appearance on NewsmaxTV's Steve
Malzberg Show, Perry made the claim that the killing of nine
African American worshippers by avowed white supremacist Dylann
Roof was caused by mind-altering drugs.... He went on to point
out that mood-and-mind-altering psychotropic drugs have been at
the center of virtually all mass shootings in the U.S. since the
Columbine school shootings in the late 1990s.
The Economic Collapse Blog Has Issued A RED ALERT For The Last
Six Months Of 2015
Economic Collapse - I have never done anything like this before.
Ever since I started The Economic Collapse Blog in late 2009, I
have never issued any kind of “red alert” for any specific
period of time. As an attorney, I was trained to be level-headed
and to only come to conclusions that were warranted by the
evidence. So this is not something that I am doing lightly.
Based on information that I have received, things that I have
been told, and thousands of hours of research that have gone
into the publication of more than 1,300 articles about our
ongoing economic collapse, I have come to the conclusion that a
major financial collapse is imminent. Therefore, I am issuing a
RED ALERT for the last six months of 2015.
18 Years Ago This Country Collapsed Almost Overnight. Is This
Smart Meters Fire, Living Hell and Bureaucratic Messes
Activist Post - This is the real life story about what a Smart
Meter can do to your home and your life, especially when a
public utility company, a state regulatory agency and insurance
company are involved. Colleen, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, has
been living a Faustian nightmare and feels she has been pressed
to all reasonable limits all because of PECO, an Exelon company,
installing a SMART METER on her house.... No utility customer
should have to go through with the devastatingly unknown
problems Smart Meters cause: fires, explosions, problems with
insurance companies, housing displacement, etc.—even some deaths
due to Smart Meter fires. Nonetheless, it seems Pennsylvania
state officials are turning totally deaf ears to consumer
complaints about Smart Meters.
Two rival self-driving cars have close call in California
(Reuters) - Two self-driving prototype cars, one operated by
Google Inc and the other by Delphi Automotive Plc, had a close
call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week, a Delphi
executive told Reuters on Thursday. It was believed to be the
first such incident involving two vehicles specially equipped
for automated driving. The incident occurred Tuesday on San
Antonio Road in Palo Alto, said John Absmeier, director of
Delphi's Silicon Valley lab and global business director for the
company's automated driving program, who was a passenger in one
of the cars. No collision took place. Google declined to
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
10,000 Sue Syngenta Over Unapproved GMO Corn Shipped to China -
U.S. Farmers Lose $5 Billion in Sales
Health Impact News - Town hall meetings have been taking place
recently regarding corn litigation with the Syngenta company.
The lawsuit is regarding claims that Syngenta sold genetically
modified corn with a strain called MIR-162 to China without
their approval of the modification. “The first shipment that
tested positive for MIR-162,” Hecker Law Group attorney Jacob
Hecker said, “was destroyed by the Chinese in 2013. Afterwards
all other shipments with trace amounts of the strain were sent
back to where they came from.” Due to the strain, China, who at
the time was the third largest importer of US corn, boycotted
all corn from being imported from the US.
12 Strategies for Creating the Perfect Pantry
Natural Blaze - There are a lot of different ways to go about
building your pantry. While each style has its pros and cons, I
think that adhering to any one strategy alone leaves some gaps
in your food preparedness. Personally, I’m a fan of combining
the best of each world based on the needs of your particular
VIDEO: SB277: California's Mandatory Vaccine Bill Passes
Natural Blaze - California's SB277 which would remove virtually
all vaccine exemptions from California students is quickly
heading to the Governor's desk. Medical exemptions are allowed
but they are extremely rare and need to be signed off by MDs.
After much questionable Big Pharma lobbying - including $95,000
to Sen. Richard Pan who is carrying the bill - the law is all
but passed to remove parental choice. Passing Assembly is one of
the last hurdles before it gets signed into law. It is heavily
expected that Gov. Jerry Brown will definitely sign.
High-Sugar Diet Can Impair Learning And Memory By Altering Gut
Huffington Post - New research from Oregon State University
finds a high-sugar, high-fat diet causes changes in gut bacteria
that seem to lead to significant losses in cognitive
flexibility, a measurement of the brain’s ability to switch
between thinking about one concept to another, and to adapt to
changes in the environment. The study, which was conducted on
mice and published this week in the journal Neuroscience, found
that a high-sugar diet was particularly detrimental to brain
function, leading not only to decreased cognitive flexibility
but also to impairments in short- and long-term memory....
"Artificial sweeteners are likely even worse [than sugar]
because they have a huge effect on changing the microbiome,"
neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter... told The Huffington Post.
"Your risk of diabetes is twice as great if you’re consuming
diet drinks, which is far greater than if you’re drinking
Reasons why I eat fermented foods on a regular basis
Food Babe - In our over-sanitized modern world, most of us
aren’t exposed to very much good bacteria, and this can be a
problem. Most of our food has been pasteurized, irradiated, or
chemically treated to kill bugs – but this also kills the good
stuff. Our soil is depleted of good bacteria with the overuse of
synthetic pesticides and other chemical contamination. Certain
substances in our food have also been suspected to cause leaky
gut syndrome – which creates tiny little holes in our digestive
system organs that leak out the good bacteria we need to stay
healthy and keep our immune system strong. This is why we
absolutely must do everything to restore the good bacteria in
our guts. Historically, food was often preserved with
fermentation and traditional diets often consisted of raw and
fermented foods that contained a healthy dose of good bacteria.
The fermentation process creates good bacteria (probiotics) that
work like a little army in your gut helping to defend you from
- June 25, 2015 - Today in History:
1767 - Mexican Indians rioted as Jesuit priests were ordered home.
1788 - Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state
of the United States.
1864 - Union troops surrounding Petersburg, VA, began building a mine
tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.
1868 - Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South
Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed
by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event
is known as "Custer's Last Stand."
1877 - In Philadelphia, PA, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the
telephone for Sir William Thomson (Baron Kelvin) and Emperor Pedro II of
Brazil at the Centennial Exhibition.
1910 - The U.S. Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.
1917 - The first American fighting troops landed in France.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh traveled to France for talks on Vietnamese
1950 - North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War.
1951 - In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions
were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The
public did not own color TV's at the time.
1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the use of unofficial
non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional.
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to
Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
1970 - The U.S. FCC handed down a ruling (35 FR 7732), making it illegal
for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the
permission of the person being called.
1973 - White House Counsel John Dean admitted that U.S. President Nixon
took part in the Watergate cover-up.
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration
1986 - The U.S. Congress approved $100 million in aid to the Contras
fighting in Nicaragua.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the line-item veto thereby
striking down presidential power to cancel specific items in tax and
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that those infected with HIV are
protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
2009 - Michael Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful
anesthetic propofol. (The singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted
of involuntary manslaughter.)
Events in Armenia Identical to First Stage of Ukrainian Coup – Russian
Sputnik News - Current protests in Armenia are completely identical to
the first stage of the state coup in Ukraine and might be orchestrated
by the United States, Igor Morozov, member of the Federation Council's
International Affairs Committee, said Wednesday. Mass protests against
the rise in household electricity prices erupted in Armenia’s capital of
Yerevan on Friday, and on Monday and Tuesday thousands of protesters
attempted to march to the presidential residence. On Tuesday morning,
police dispersed the crowd using water cannons. Almost 240 people,
including journalists, were brought to police stations, and 25 have
sought medical assistance. According to city officials, all those
detained were subsequently freed. According to Morozov, the events in
Armenia are a repeat of those in Ukraine with exact precision. Thus, he
concludes that Armenia is close to an armed coup.
Step closer to surveillance state? France passes new spying law
RT - The French parliament has adopted new legislation, giving the
intelligence services more leeway to spy on the public. The bill comes
the same day as French politicians voiced anger over revelations of US
spying on three French presidents.... With their new legal powers French
intelligence services may circumvent the need for judicial warrants to
use wiretapping and other surveillance methods to gather intelligence
from the public. Private residences could now be monitored using
geolocation measures, while mobile communications can be intercepted and
web-page visits can be monitored using a complex algorithm that internet
providers will be forced to install. Installation of keyloggers to track
computer usage in real time will now also be possible.
U.K. Bankers to Wait Seven Years for Bonuses, under new law
WSJ - Senior U.K. bankers will have to wait seven years to collect their
annual bonus payments in full under tough new rules released Tuesday.
Three years must pass from the time of an award to receive any pay out,
and top bank executives will have a 10-year wait to be sure the bonus
won’t be clawed back. Risk managers will wait five years to receive any
performance awards in full, while traders and other “risk takers” will
have at least a three-year wait.... While annual bonuses for many bank
workers already must be paid in a mix of cash and shares and can’t be
more than 100 percent of salary, Tuesday’s announcement also explicitly
bans any bonuses for management at a bailed-out bank and for
nonexecutive directors of any bank.
President Putin signs order to extend counter-sanctions for another year
RT - President Vladimir Putin has signed the order to extend Russian
counter-measures in response to Western sanctions. They restrictions
will be prolonged for a year starting from June 24, 2015.... The move
comes in response to the EU decision on Monday to extend sanctions
against Russia for six months. They were first imposed on August 1, 2014
over the events in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea. Russia
responded on August 7 when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a
decree to ban imports of beef, pork, poultry meat, fish, cheese, milk,
vegetables and fruit from Australia, Canada, the EU, the US and Norway.
Colombian army killed hundreds of civilians to fake successful battles
and "boost body count" in war against rebels
Washington Post - In a twisted attempt to show battlefield success
against FARC rebels, the Colombian military killed hundreds, possibly
thousands, of civilians between 2002 and 2008, falsely depicting them as
slain combatants, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The
killings, known as “false positives,” were the source of a huge scandal
in 2008, but the new report alleges that the practice was far more
extensive and systematic than previously known. Many of Colombia's
highest-ranking military officials either condoned the practice or did
nothing to stop it, according to the rights group.
Greece Withdraws Proposal to Increase Pension Cuts says Reports
Sputnik News - Greece has withdrawn its recent proposal to increase the
insurance fees from pensioners during Wednesday's round of the
negotiations with its international creditors, Greek media reported. The
government's proposal concerned the increase of fees in insurance funds
to five percent from the additional pension and one percent with the
basic one, the Greek ERT Channel reported.
NSA spied on French presidents: WikiLeaks
Reuters -The United States National Security Agency spied on French
presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande,
WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top
secret intelligence reports and technical documents. The revelations
were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website
Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of
at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.
Obama Reassures Hollande of “Not Targeting” French Leader’s
Gardasil Vaccine in Denmark: Serious Adverse Reactions Now Number 1 in
Health Impact News - In March 2015, a Danish national television station
(TV2) aired a documentary focusing on girls who suspected they had been
injured by the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Immediately after the airing of the
show, girls with similar experiences started coming out of the woodwork.
Virtually all of the girls had the same story to tell. Dr. Jesper
Mehlsen is now reporting that one in 500 girls – or 1,000 of the 500,000
vaccinated experience serious side effects.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Fifteen Questions that Are Being asked about the Charleston
James Perloff - I am not asserting that Dylann Roof did not
commit the crime attributed to him. If the tragedy occurred just
as the media has said, my heart goes out to the victims’
families, and nothing here is intended to disparage the memory
of the dead. However, those who realize America has long been
run by a shadow oligarchy know our country has experienced many
false flags. Some have been used to attempt to bring us into
wars... We have also seen false flags used to advance gun
control and a domestic police state.... So we would not be
injudicious to examine the Charleston incident closely, and we
do find that reasonable questions are being raised.
Famous Autism Researcher, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet Found In River -
Suicide By Gunshot to Chest?
I’m sad to say that two prominent doctors in the “alternative
medicine” world have died in the past few days. The first is the
accomplished, well known and much loved Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet..
Fox Carolina is reporting that his body was found in a river in
North Carolina and that he died of an apparent “self inflicted
gunshot wound to the chest". The funeral is in Shelby, North
Carolina. Shelby is a small town of 20k people, and the same
town where they just apprehended the Charleston South Carolina
mass church killer Dylann Roof around the time of Dr.
Bradstreet’s death. Some doctors are reading this tonight and
writing me that they find it suspicious and are concerned. I too
am concerned, as my other half is a prominent controversial
doctor as well. I suspect we’ll know more as the investigation
continues.... Another doctor (whose name I cannot yet disclose)
died suddenly on Father’s Day here on Florida’s East Coast. He
was healthy and fit with a thriving practice, had an additional
PhD in Nutrition from Harvard.
Dr. Jeff Bradstreet: Where are the unvaccinated homeschooled
children with autism?
List of Sixty Traitors in U.S. Senate Who Voted to Advance
Obama's Secret TPP
Citizens for Legitimate Government - U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes
114th Congress - 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by
the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of
Sen. Rand Paul to sue IRS, U.S. Treasury
Washington Times - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will sue the U.S.
Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service for denying his
constitutional right to vote on treaties that the Obama
administration unilaterally negotiated with dozens of foreign
governments, The Washington Times has learned. The treaties,
which the administration calls “intergovernmental agreements,”
require foreign banks to gather and share private financial
information about millions of Americans living and working
outside the U.S. – information they would not have to disclose
to the U.S. government if they lived and worked in the U.S.
Revolt: Millions of N.Y. Gun Owners Refuse to Register Firearms
Kit Daniels - So far only around 24,000 gun owners, many of them
cops, registered their semiautomatic rifles with the state,
meaning that the law has effectively been repealed through civil
disobedience. “I am amused at the pathetically low numbers of
New Yorkers who registered their so-called assault rifles,” New
York State Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King said.
“The number of individuals who registered their guns is 24,000
and many of these are law-enforcement officials mandated to
comply by their department.”...The SAFE Act, which created a gun
registry for semiautomatic weapons using detachable magazines,
was practically ignored by both gun owners and sheriffs since it
was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013.
Cop Named Officer of the Year, Months Later He’s Arrested for
Strangling and Raping Two Women
Patriot Rising - Despite being accused of sexual assault back in
2007, Champaign Police Officer Jerad Gale was just given his
department’s highest honor in March. On March 30, Gale was named
Champaign’s Officer of the Year. Just three months later he
would be arrested for strangling and raping two more women.
Tuesday Officer Gale was arrested and charged with aggravated
criminal sexual assault and domestic battery.... The rates of
sexual assault and domestic battery within the ranks of police
officers are almost double that of the average citizen,
according to a study conducted by Bowling Green State
University. Another common occurrence is the fact that cops, who
are named Officer of the Year, frequently commit some of the
worst crimes. The most recent ‘Officer of the Year’ to be ousted
by the community is Officer Eric Casebolt, who was captured on
video brutalizing a teen girl and pulling his gun out on unarmed
Obama And Hillary Both Had No Problem Using Confederate Flag
During Presidential Campaigns
Steve Watson - In the wake of the Charleston shooting, and
subsequent pictures of the shooter posing with a Confederate
flag, Barack Obama this week said that the flag belongs in a
museum. It seems he has changed his tune in the last three years
somewhere, however, given that he was using the symbol during
his 2012 re-election campaign. Indeed, Obama have built a
powerful coalition of African Americans and white
Americans.”.... Hillary clinton had her own brand of Confederate
merchandise in 2008. Strange given that she has also stated that
the flag has no place in the US today.
Yard Signs Help Warn 4th of July Revelers of Combat Vets' PTSD
Howard Altman - For Russell Cook, a combat-wounded Army veteran
with post-traumatic stress disorder, the barrage on his
overloaded senses begins with fireworks explosions in his
Valrico neighborhood as the calendar turns to July.... Cook is
one of more than a quarter-million men and women who have
traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,
according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. No one knows
how many have a hard time dealing with fireworks, but an
Indiana-based nonprofit has come up with one way to help those
who do -- red, white and blue lawn signs reading, "Combat
Veteran Lives Here. Please Be Courteous With Fireworks."
The Liquidity Crisis Intensifies: ‘Prepare For A Bear Market In
Economic Collapse - Are we about to witness trillions of dollars
of “paper wealth” vaporize into thin air? During the next
financial crisis, a lot of “wealthy” investors are going to be
in for a very rude awakening. The truth is that securities are
only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them, and
that is why liquidity is so important.... The 76 trillion dollar
global bond bubble is threatening to implode, and if it does,
the amount of “paper wealth” that could potentially be lost
during the months ahead is almost unimaginable.
Lying CEOs Crash Their Stocks (So Will The Fed)
Zero Hedge - CEOs are not the most trustworthy figures in
society. They will lay off thousands of employees to beat
analysts' estimates, and yet they have no trouble looting the
stock to pay themselves millions while the company loses money.
However, one theme that keeps coming up is that unethical
behavior has a price tag. Layoffs do not always boost the stock
price. Treating people as expenses instead of assets does not
pay off in the long run. Corruption is a drag on stock
performance. Now, a new study shows that CEOs who lie about poor
performance end up crashing their company's stock.... With this
study in mind, consider the implications when the New York Fed
tells us that economic activity declined because of the weather.
How Turmeric Will Light Up The Future - Literally!
Green Med Info - Amazingly, Indian researchers discovered that a
mixture of two commonly consumed edible plants, red pomegranate
and turmeric, when exposed to light wavelengths just below the
visible threshold (380 nm), produced almost pure white light
emission (WLE). This finding represents a simple, cheap and
environmentally safe alternative to current LED technology,
which presently rely on toxic materials, including heavy metals
such as arsenic, copper, nickel, and lead, in their production.
EPA to be Sued After Endangering Pollinators with New Chemical
Natural Society - Concerned citizens from environmental and food
safety groups gave formal notice of intent to sue to the
Environmental Protection Agency for approving a toxic new
pesticide called bicyclopyrone (BCP). The EPA is accused of not
considering the fatal consequences to befall endangered animals
and plants, especially butterflies and bees responsible for
pollinating our food, should BCP be used. The agency’s own risk
assessment found that BCP alone exceeds levels of concern for
mammals and hundreds of plants protected under the Endangered
Species Act.... Sadly, the EPA gave its makers permission for
use on corn – one of the biggest GM crops grown across our
country – despite the fact that no tests on the herbicide’s
impact on wildlife have been conducted.
8 Ways to Incorporate Salad Sprouts into Healthy Meals
Health Impact News - We all know that salad sprouts are good for
us, especially when we take the time to grow them at home.
What’s more is that in the process we’re literally growing food
in our own kitchen. It’s a simple, doable process that anyone
can follow with a little time and some good seeds.
Turmeric-Ginger Tea - A powerful anti-inflammatory remedy for
(NaturalNews) In recent years, the topic of inflammation has
become more widely studied, and more is understood about this
condition than in the past. Medical researchers are beginning to
realize just how much of a toll chronic, low-level inflammation
can take on the body and are starting to link it not only to
arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, but also as a
suspected culprit in diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
The lymphatic system - How it works and why cleansing it matters
(NaturalNews) The lymphatic system is made up of glands, lymph
nodes, and a network of vessels. The tonsils, spleen, thymus,
and adenoids are the glands of the lymphatic system. This system
plays three major roles in the body: Immunological defense, fat
absorption, and fluid balance. If the lymphatic system isn't
working properly, our bodies can't fight disease or remove
toxins. For this reason it's crucial to keep the fluid of the
lymphatic system (lymph) moving. Slow moving lymph can lead to
disease, even cancer, in some cases.
- June 24, 2015 - Today in History:
1717 - The Freemasons were founded in London.
1861 - Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point,
1862 - U.S. intervention saved the British and French at the Dagu forts
1896 - Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive
an honorary MA degree from Howard University.
1910 - The Japanese army invaded Korea.
1931 - The Soviet Union and Afghanistan signed a treaty of neutrality.
1940 - France signed an armistice with Italy.
1940 - TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention
as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pledged all possible support to
the Soviet Union.
1955 - Soviet MIG's down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering
1964 - The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965,
cigarette manufactures would be required to include warnings on their
packaging about the harmful effects of smoking.
1970 - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin
1982 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no president could be sued for
damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the
1997 - The U.S. Air Force released a report titled "The Roswell Report,
Case Closed" that dismissed the claims that an alien spacecraft had
crashed in Roswell, NM, in 1947.
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make
the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.
2004 - Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for
more than an hour in connection with the news leak of a CIA operative's
2006 - Patsy Ramsey, who was thrust into the national spotlight by the
unsolved slaying of her daughter JonBenet, died at age 49.
2009 - After going AWOL for seven days, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
admitted that he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit his mistress.
2010 - Apple released the iPhone 4.
2011 - New York State legalized same-sex marriage.
Greek debt crisis LIVE UPDATES
RT - Greece and its lenders have been gridlocked in talks over its
€240-billion debt for about six months. Fears of Greece defaulting are
causing a run on the banks, with people withdrawing record amounts of
deposits. RT will report on the latest developments.
Anti-ISIL Coalition Carries Out 17 Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria - CENTCOM
Sputnik News - The US-led coalition against Islamic State carried out 17
airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria, US Central Command (CENTCOM)
said in a statement on Tuesday. Three airstrikes hit Islamic State
positions near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, where the US-led coalition
has been providing support to a coalition of Syrian Kurdish forces of
the YPG, Assyrian Christians and the Free Syrian Army group Burkan al-Firat.
Philippines Escalates Military Games with US, Japan in South China Sea
Sputnik News - In a move that could be interpreted as a warning to
China, the Philippines is set to hold separate naval exercises with US
and Japanese navies not far from the hotly disputed Spratly archipelago
in the South China Sea. The two-week-long exercises with the US began
last week off the east coast of Palwan Island, just 100 miles from the
Spratly islands, according to US Navy spokesman Arlo Abrahamson, and
will run until June 26. The exercises will overlap with drills held by
the Philippines and Japanese navies around the same island through June
Extended EU Sanctions Against Russia to Remain Ineffective
Sputnik News - Anti-Russian sanctions extended by the European Union
over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine on Monday will remain unproductive,
President of Athens Institute for Education and Research Gregory
Papanikos told Sputnik on Tuesday.... On June 19, a study by the
Austrian Institute of Economic Research revealed the European Union
could lose up to 100 billion euros ($114 billion) due to the
anti-Russian sanctions if things remain unchanged. Besides, according to
the calculations, current political situation can also affect over 2
million EU jobs because of the declining exports. “There is no question
that the economic impact will be negative for both Russia and EU. But
this relates very much on the enforcement of economic sanctions and of
course their duration…EU should scrap economic sanctions because they do
not work from a political point of view.”
Greek government confident despite backlash over debt deal
(Reuters) - Greece's leftwing government expressed confidence on Tuesday
that parliament would approve a debt deal with lenders, despite an angry
reaction from some of its own lawmakers who accused it of caving in to
pressure for more austerity. Concessions offered by Prime Minister
Alexis Tsipras, including hikes to tax and pension contributions,
garnered a cautious welcome from euro zone leaders but triggered a
furious reaction from some leftists in the ruling Syriza party.
Why The IMF Will Reject The Latest Greek Proposal In Just Two Numbers
UPDATE 1-G4S says making plans with Greece to cope with a bank crisis
(Reuters) - Security services group G4S has drawn up plans with Greece's
central bank to keep the country's cash machines stocked in the event of
a full-blown economic crisis, the company told Reuters. Andreas
Paterakis, the head of southern Europe for G4S, also said the
Britain-based company stored cash for a handful of major businesses last
week as fears grew about the stability of Greek banks. "Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday were critical, really critical," he said,
referring to withdrawals of cash from Greek banks. He added the
situation eased over the weekend. Greeks withdrew more than 4 billion
euros ($4.50 billion) from the banking system last week on fears the
country was set to default and potentially leave the euro zone.
Does The IMF Actually Want To Cause A Greek Debt Default?
Economic Collapse - As this endless crisis has stretched on month after
month, it has become increasingly apparent that more is going on here
than meets the eye. In particular, the IMF has been standing in the way
of a deal time after time. So what do IMF officials want? Are they
looking for the “unconditional surrender” of this new Greek government
in order to send a message to other governments that would potentially
defy them? Or could it be possible that the IMF actually wants a Greek
debt default for some other insidious reason? When the latest Greek
proposal was embraced with enthusiasm by EU officials, many hoped that
this meant that the crisis would soon be resolved. But it turns out that
there is still one very important player that is not happy, and that is
the IMF. The following comes from the Wall Street Journal…
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China,
Defense One - The Pentagon and intelligence community are
developing war plans and an operations center to fend off
Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government
satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will
receive data from satellites belonging to all government
agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at
the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference
sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence
Foundation.... Senior officials at the Pentagon and Office of
the Director of National Intelligence are still finalizing
details of the new center, which will back up the military’s
Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base,
New Pentagon manual declares journalists can be enemy combatants
Washington Times - The Pentagon’s new thick book of instructions
for waging war the legal way says that terrorists also can be
journalists.... The manual pushes aside the George W. Bush-era
label of “unlawful enemy combatant” for al Qaeda and the like.
The new term of choice: “unprivileged belligerent.” An
eye-catching section deals with a definition of journalists and
how they are expected to stay out of the fight. The manual
defines them this way: “In general, journalists are civilians.
However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons
authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged
Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push
Washington Post - In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens.
Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering
ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun-control
legislation. “We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s
going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our
colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding that he
hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival. Manchin
specifically mentioned an effort aimed at keeping guns out of
the hands of people diagnosed with mental illness.
Military Takes Over Florida High-School Parking Lot in
Preparation for Terrorist Training
TheRundownLive - Marion County residents have been instructed to
not worry about the 600-700 military soldiers who have occupied
the Westport High School parking lot. According to the Ocala
Post, the military drill is under the guise of “Operation
Guardian,” and will improve their skills in the event of a
“terrorist attack or natural disaster”. According to a
government website Operation Guardian’s purpose is to “combat
the importation of substandard tainted, and counterfeit products
that pose health and safety risks to consumers” and is under the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS).... The homepage mentions
no use of military involvement which if used domestically in
real time, could be a direct violation of the Posse Comitatus
CNN Goes There: Asks If Thomas Jefferson Memorials Should Be
Removed Because He Owned Slaves?
Zero Hedge - As the Confederate Flag hysteria escalates, CNN's
Ashleigh Banfield asks fellow CNN mouthpiece Don Lemon if it’s
now appropriate for lawmakers to start a future conversation
about whether or not the monument of Thomas Jefferson should be
removed from the U.S. Capitol. As DailySurge notes rather
eloquently, Banfield is foolish to conflate the Confederate flag
with a Thomas Jefferson memorial; but we fear the stupid won’t
be receding anytime soon.
Pentagon Prepares for Rise of Great Power Competition - US
Sputnik News - The US Department of Defense is preparing for the
coming challenges of rivalries between world powers in Europe
and Asia, US Department of Defense official for Special
Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) Theresa Mari Whelan
said on Tuesday. Both Russia and China have developed
sophisticated intelligence gathering and operational
capabilities that the US Defense officials have said could
counter the US ability to project military power.
Corporations Win Again: Senate Passes Obamatrade Fast-Track Bill
Zero Hedge - From the Hill: The Senate on Tuesday voted to
advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to
end debate on fast-track authority.... Thirteen Democrats backed
fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. They did so
even though the trade package did not include a workers
assistance program for people displaced by increased trade....
To move fast-track forward, the White House and GOP leaders in
both chambers decided to break TAA away from fast-track, and to
try to approve both in separate votes. After the Senate votes
Wednesday on final passage for fast-track, it will take a
procedural vote on a package that includes TAA and trade
preferences for African countries known as the African Growth
and Opportunity Act.
US criminal economics: TPP secret treaty = ‘constitutional
republic,’ debt = ‘money’, 500 million+ dead from poverty =
‘necessary.’ Had enough to demand arrests?
Carl Herman - US criminal economics: TPP secret treaty =
‘constitutional republic,’ debt = ‘money’, 500 million+ dead
from poverty = ‘necessary.’ Had enough to demand arrests? The
.01% psychopathic oligarch “leaders” in US government,
banking/finance, and corporate media wage war upon the 99.99% in
~100 crucial areas. Aside from lie-began overt unlawful military
Wars of Aggression connected to economic domination with the US
starting over 200 such armed attacks since WW2 and war-murdering
~30 million people (with these crimes “covered” by corporate
media, let’s consider three central economic policies...
VIDEO: Police release dash cam video of Dylann Roof arrest
ABC News - Police have released video of Dylann Roof's arrest in
Shelby, N.C. after he allegedly gunned down nine people in the
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
The video footage, taken from a police cruiser's dash cam on
June 18, shows how officers swarmed around Roof's car on a busy
street, and quickly took him into custody.
CNN Guest: Efforts to Remove Confederate Flag Are “Cultural
Paul Joseph Watson - As the debate continues to rage over the
Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre,
one CNN guest claimed that efforts to remove the controversial
symbol are predicated on “cultural genocide” against people from
Cultural Revolution: Wallmart Amazon and eBay to ban Confederate
Autopsy shows Freddie Gray died of 'high-energy injury':
(Reuters) - The autopsy of the Baltimore black man who died
after being hurt while in police custody shows he suffered a
"high-energy injury" like those in shallow-water diving
accidents, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday. The spinal
injury to Freddie Gray, whose death in April triggered protests
and rioting, was most likely caused when the police van in which
he was riding suddenly decelerated, the newspaper said. It cited
a copy of the autopsy report, which has not been made public.
The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death
fit the medical and legal definition of an accident. But it
ruled the death to be a homicide because officers failed to
follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."
Big Investors Are Dropping Stocks Like Hot Potatoes
Daily Sheeple - The stock market has reached completely
unrealistic levels, and it was only a matter of time before
investors started getting out while the getting is good, which
is exactly how most bubbles start to unravel.... Jill Carey Hall
of Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced that their clients
sold $4.1 billion in stocks last week. Coincidentally, this is
largest sell-off that they’ve seen January of 2008. But more
importantly, the bulk of these sales have been conducted by what
she’s calling “institutional investors.” In other words, these
are some of the biggest stock players, which often include
insurance companies, hedge funds, banks, and pension funds. This
sudden sell-off was just that. Sudden. According to Jill Carey
“After three weeks of net buying, institutional clients’ net
sales last week were the largest in our data history”.
How facial recognition will change shopping in stores
ExtremeTech - The privacy groups maintain that businesses using
this technology should get permission before scanning your face
for identification. Once identified, the businesses track your
purchases and buying habits, as well as gather information from
any available database that has you listed — criminal histories
and credit information, for example. On the other side,
retailers want to use this data for marketing purposes,
presenting consumers with special offers according their buying
habits and purchasing power. They also want to identify
potential criminals.... The biggest concern among privacy groups
is use of the technology by retailers, including casinos, to
target and profile people. So long as a company has an existing
photo of “persons of interest,” from shoplifters to “your best
customers,” staff can be sent an email or text alerting them of
that person’s arrival.... There is also the danger of the data
US Federal Cyber Defense Project Doomed by Lack of Funding -
Sputnik News - The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
cannot afford a $93 million IT upgrade to prevent future
cybersecurity breaches, OPM Assistant Inspector General for
Audit Mike Esser told a Senate Financial Services and General
Government hearing on Tuesday. “The cost of this work is likely
to be substantial and the lack of the dedicated funding source
increases the risk that the project will fail to meet its
objectives,” Esser stated. The project aims to overhaul OPM’s
entire infrastructure and migrate all systems to a new
datacenter environment. “Its estimate of $93 million includes
only the initial phases of the project, which covers tightening
up the security controls and building a new shell environment,”
the official said.
Are Psych Drugs Killing 500,000 Seniors?
Green Med Info - Does the long term use of psychiatric drugs
cause more harm than good? Yes, says Professor Peter C. Gotzche.
And, he contends, the harm done by psych drugs causes a shocking
500,000 deaths in adults aged 65 and older every year in the
Western World.... Professor Gotzche blames biased drug trials.
Almost all randomized trials include patients already taking
another psychiatric drug. They are taken off their medication,
and after a short "wash-out" period, are randomized to a placebo
or the test drug. But the patients going "cold turkey" are
dealing with withdrawal symptoms. As a group they make the new
drug look good in comparison. In addition, Professor Gotzche
blames under-reporting of deaths in drug company trials.... It's
even estimated that psych meds put 49 million Americans at risk
for cancer. If you are given a prescription for one of these
drugs check the Beers Criteria.
Kidney Cleanse: 22 Foods for Kidney Health
Natural Society - Kidney cleanses have been utilized since
ancient times to keep the kidneys free of calcium deposits.
These calcium accumulations can sometimes increase to the size
of a kidney stone. You’ll usually know when you have a kidney
stone because the pain can be excruciating. Thankfully, both
kidney cleanses and consuming essential foods for kidney health
are sound ways to prevent complications.
Artichokes can prevent cancer and protect your liver
(NaturalHealth365) A 2004 USDA study about antioxidant content
in a range of foods found that artichokes were among the top
four of all vegetables tested. Their phytonutrient content makes
them valuable in protecting against health issues like liver
problems and cancer. They were also shown to be highly effective
against heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol. Artichokes
are rich in polyphenol-type antioxidants that can help to
prevent numerous types of cancers, including breast cancer,
prostate cancer and leukemia.... Artichokes also have a number
of amazing benefits for the liver. They contain silymarin, a
flavonoid known for protecting the liver by optimizing cell
function. Consuming artichokes also results in an increase in
bile production, which is associated with cynarin, a very
beneficial compound for liver health.
- June 23, 2015 - Today in History:
1683 - William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians
1700 - Russia gave up its Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the
1760 - The Austrians defeated the Prussians at Landshut, Germany.
1757 - Robert Clive defeated the Indians at Plassey and won control of
1836 - The U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a
provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.
1860 - The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.
1902 - Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy renewed the Triple Alliance
for a 12 year duration.
1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first
round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.
1947 - The U.S. Senate joined the House in overriding President Truman's
veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
1951 - Soviet U.N. delegate Jacob Malik proposed cease-fire discussions
in the Korean War.
1952 - The U.S. Air Force bombed power plants on Yalu River, Korea.
1964 - Henry Cabot Lodge resigned as the U.S. envoy to Vietnam and was
succeeded by Maxwell Taylor.
1966 - Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman
discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate
2004 - The U.S. proposed that North Korea agree to a series of nuclear
disarmament measures over a three-month period in exchange for economic
2005 - Former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60
years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights
Airstrike Kills ISIL Militant Linked to 2012 Benghazi Attack on US
Sputnik News - An Islamic State militant linked to the 2012 attack on a
US embassy in Benghazi, which killed US ambassador to Libya Chris
Stevens, was wiped out during a US airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon said
late Monday. The Islamist was identified as Ali Awni Harzi, a "known
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operative and organizational
intermediary." "His death degrades ISIL's ability to integrate North
African jihadists into the Syrian and Iraqi fight and removes a jihadist
with long ties to international terrorism," Pentagon officials said in a
NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe
RT - NATO’s rapid response Spearhead Force in Europe might reach 40,000
troops, a tenfold growth from the initial 4,000-strong force deployed
last year, the military alliance’s chief said. Most of these troops will
be stationed near Russian borders. “NATO defense ministers ... [will]
make a decision to further increase the strength and capacity of the
13,000-strong NATO Response Force (NRF) to 30,000 or 40,000 troops,”
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. The decision is to be
officially announced during NATO’s defense ministers meeting on June
24-25 in Brussels. The troops will be under the command of 6 HQs to be
stationed in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
The Spearhead Force will include Special Forces and rapid response
teams, enforced with marine and air components.
Bundeswehr Can't Take Part in NATO Tasks Due to Lack of Equipment,
Sputnik News - The Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of Germany, is
incapable of effectively participating in NATO tasks due to being
ill-equipped, Hans-Peter Bartels, a member of the Bundestag, told Die
Welt in an interview. To participate in NATO's Very High Readiness Joint
Task Force (VJTF) drills in Poland, Germany had to scrape much of its
arms and equipment "from all around the Bundeswehr," Bartels said.
That's why Germany should significantly increase its military spending,
Greece Capitulates: Tsipras Crosses "Red Line", Will Accept Bailout
Zero Hedge - Under pressure from all sides (and most importantly from
Mario Draghi who holds the fate of the Greek banking sector in his
hands) Greece looks to have folded and is now set to accept an extension
of its current bailout program. PM Alexis Tsipras now faces an uphill
battle to unite Syriza around what is likely to be an unpopular
agreement. If he fails, the country could plunge into political and
‘Abortion drone’ to drop DIY drugs over Poland to women
The Telegraph - A drone carrying medical abortion pills is set to fly to
Poland, where abortion is severely restricted for women. The ‘abortion
drone’ is being sent by not-for-profit organization Women on Waves –
which provides medical abortion pills around the world – in a bid to
help Polish women terminate their pregnancies safely. Normally the
company sends the pills by post, after women have placed their orders
online, but this is the first time it has used the unorthodox method of
delivery by drone. On Saturday, it will drop a number of packages of
World Health Organization-approved abortion pills over a Polish town on
the border of Germany, where it will be met by women’s groups who will
hand the pills to individual women who need them.
Caribbean states developing biometric travel card
Planet Biometrics - The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
is developing a biometric travel card which citizens can simply “swipe”
to travel between the nations, according to local officials.
Director-General of the OECS Commission, Dr Didacus Jules, said the
initiative was part of regional integration plans, reported St Lucia
Online. “We have already designed a single biometric ID card that
contains all the information that is required so that in the near
future, with the issuance of these cards, people from the OECS will not
even have to fill out immigration cards to move – you just swipe and you
move.”... Meanwhile, in February the Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) Commission has also unveiled plans for a region-wide
biometric identity card.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
Last Chance to Stop Fast Track: Sen. Sessions Blasts Ugly Facts
New American - In a last-hour attempt to stop the U.S. Senate
from committing a most dangerous act, Senator Jeff Sessions
(R-Ala.) has once again taken the heroic stance of lone warrior,
warning fellow Republicans against giving President Obama Trade
Promotion Authority (TPA, aka Fast Track). After weeks of
complicated maneuvering and a confusing jumble of votes, the
stand-alone TPA bill passed by the House last week is set to go
back to the Senate on Tuesday, for what could be the final vote
to confer what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
has admitted is “an enormous grant of power, obviously, from a
Republican Congress to a Democratic president.”
Obama DOJ in $29 Million Charleston Shooting Payout
Memory Hole - On the late afternoon of Friday June 19 the Obama
Justice Department led by new Attorney General Loretta Lynch
announced it will “fast track” $29 million to victim families of
the June 17 shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Charleston South Carolina, Reuters reports. The
exorbitant payout amounts to over $3.2 million per family.
#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Vandalize Statues In Charleston
Steve Watson - In the wake of the heinous mass shooting in
Charleston last week, #BlackLivesMatter protesters descended on
the city this weekend and set about vandalizing a historical
monument to get their point across. The ‘protesters’ directed
their anger at a Confederate memorial statue Saturday night,
scrawling “black lives matter” and “This was the problem
#racist” in red spray paint on the base of the Fort Sumter
statue.... The City responded by covering the monument. Then
others placed signs around it that read #AllLivesMatter – a
clear rejection of the divisive agenda of the so called
‘No Obama. No Sharpton.’ Charleston rejects racial hatemongers
with #GoHomeDeray campaign
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Calls for Removal of Confederate
Flag from State Capitol
NBC News - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the
removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state
Capitol Monday. “Today we are here in a moment of unity to say
it’s time to move the flag from the capitol grounds,” Haley said
during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey
Graham, Tim Scott and other state leaders. Meanwhile, political
and religious leaders in the state urged lawmakers to vote to
remove the flag as early as Tuesday in tribute to the nine
people gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston last
week. Authorities have said the shooting was a hate crime, and a
white supremacist website that may be linked to shooter Dylann
Roof shows images that apparently show him holding the flag.
No Rolling Mainstream Media Coverage Of Two OTHER Mass Shootings
Steve Watson - While the nation’s mainstream media continues to
obsess over the heinous Charleston shooting, two other mass
shootings occurred this past weekend in Detroit and
Philadelphia, but were barely covered at all, despite the fact
that 19 people were shot and 1 person killed.... The two
shootings constituted black on black violence, and as such do
not neatly fit the constant barrage of race baiting division
currently being pumped out by the mainstream media. This is why
you probably didn’t hear about the incidents until now.
Free Range Parents Cleared: CPS Declares Kids Playing Outside
Alone is Not Neglect
Activist Post - Police and Child Protective Services in Maryland
twice removed the Meitiv children, 10 and 6, from their parents
for child endangerment because they played alone at a nearby
park. The generation that grew up as latchkey kids is now being
called "free range" parents if they let their children play
outside unattended. And they're being charged with neglect.
Today it's being reported that CPS has cleared parents Danielle
and Sasha Meitiv of a second case of neglect. They were cleared
of wrongdoing in their first case less than a month ago. No harm
ever befell the children except when they were kidnapped by
overzealous authorities and kept away from their loving parents.
Establishment Media Links Rand Paul to White Supremacy Group
Kurt Nimmo - The political establishment will use a report that
Rand Paul’s political action committee accepted a donation from
the Council of Conservative Citizens to sabotage his
presidential bid. Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston
church murders, allegedly mentioned the Council of Conservative
Citizens in a so-called manifesto attributed to him. Roof wrote
that he learned of “brutal black on white murders” on the
group’s website following the killing of Trayvon Martin 2012. A
story appearing in The Guardian on Sunday said the group donated
to the campaigns of several prominent Republicans, including
VA Wait List Continues to Grow at Alarming Rate
The Daily Sheeple - It’s been over a year since it was
discovered that the Department of Veterans Affairs had been
using “secret lists” to conceal the fact that they had abysmal
wait times for veterans in need, some whom died while waiting to
be treated… Now the number of veterans who are waiting one month
or more for their treatment, has grown 50% since last year, and
they’re currently facing a $3 billion budget shortfall. The VA
is now considering furloughs and hiring freezes to continue
US military admits it carried out secret race-based experiments
to test impact of mustard gas on US soldiers
The Independent - The US Department of Defence has for the first
time admitted that it carried out race-based tests on American
troops as part of its research about mustard gas. Up to 60,000
men were enlisted for a programme, declassified in 1993, to test
mustard gas and other chemicals agents on US troops. But
National Public Radio reported that the Pentagon has for the
first time admitted that it grouped its test subjects by race as
it believed African American and Puerto Rican US troops might
respond to the poisonous gas different to white soldiers.
Warren Buffett: Derivatives Are Still Weapons Of Mass Destruction And
‘Are Likely To Cause Big Trouble’
Economic Collapse - The next great global financial collapse that so
many are warning about is nearly upon us, and when it arrives
derivatives are going to play a starring role. When many people hear the
word “derivatives”, they tend to tune out because it is a word that
sounds very complicated. And without a doubt, derivatives can be
enormously complex.... At their core, derivatives represent nothing more
than a legalized form of gambling. A derivative is essentially a bet
that something either will or will not happen in the future. Ultimately,
someone will win money and someone will lose money. There are hundreds
of trillions of dollars worth of these bets floating around out there,
and one of these days this gigantic time bomb is going to go off and
absolutely cripple the entire global financial system.
Top CEO Warns Of Global Reset: “It’s In The Cards For Sure… It Could
Happen This Year”
Mac Slavo - When this reset comes to pass the manipulations so apparent
in commodities and broader stock markets today will be exposed, and
according to Neumeyer, may lead to the biggest surge in precious metals
we have ever seen. Echoing the forecasts of one of the world’s leading
trend strategists Gerald Celenete, Neumeyer notes that the monetary
system that takes hold after a global reset could result in gold rising
to $3000 an ounce or more. Such a move would have a similar impact on
silver, which may stabilize at it’s historical silver-to-gold ratio of
16:1, putting it’s strike price somewhere above $150 an ounce. Right
now, you’re mining 10 ounces of silver for every one ounce of gold. So
gold is trading at… let’s say $1,200 just to round it up. So that would
be $120 silver, if the ratio was 10-to-1. So I say silver should be
'It's time to hold physical cash,' says one of Britain's most senior
Churches are using facial recognition software to spy on members
MassPrivateI - Soon every churchgoer will be identified by
facial recognition software! You read that right, churches will
soon be using facial recognition software to identify you and
your family. The company website brags: "First of its kind,
Churchix provides you with accurate data on members attendance
in your events and services. The software also allows you to
sort and manage your videos and photos." “Churchix was
originally developed by us for a chain of international
churches, which wanted to follow up with membership attendance
at its events. Today it’s being used at a number of other
churches in the US and in Indonesia” Moshe Greenshpan, the
company’s CEO said.
"EPIC" fail-how OPM hackers tapped the mother lode of espionage
Ars Technica - Government officials have been vague in their
testimony about the data breaches—there was apparently more than
one—at the Office of Personnel Management. But on Thursday,
officials from OPM, the Department of Homeland Security, and the
Department of the Interior revealed new information that
indicates at least two separate systems were compromised by
attackers within OPM's and Interior's networks… initial actions
by the agency in response to the breaches indicate information
of as many as 3.2 million federal employees (both current
federal employees and retirees) was exposed. However, new
estimates in light of this week's revelations have soared,
estimating as many as 14 million people in and outside
government will be affected by the breach—including uniformed
military and intelligence personnel… And if true, personal
details from nearly everyone who works for the government in
some capacity may now be in the hands of a foreign government.
Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
WHO labels 2,4-D herbicide as ‘possibly’ causing cancer
RT - The WHO cancer research unit has deemed 2,4-D, the active
ingredient of Dow’s herbicide – once used in infamous Agent
Orange – as ‘possibly’ causing cancer. The chemical ranked one
behind the ‘probably carcinogenic’ glyphosate in Monsanto's
Roundup... Since its inception in 1945, 2,4-D has been widely
used to control weeds in urban and residential settings. The
chemical also makes up half of the toxic mix in Agent Orange,
once used by the United States during the Vietnam War, which is
thought to have resulted in the deaths of an estimated 400,000
and birth defects in 500,000 people. Dow AgroSciences, a unit of
Dow Chemical Co, rejected the findings of the IARC review,
claiming the new classification is “inconsistent with government
findings in nearly 100 countries.”
10 Ways to Use Orange Peels for Home and Health
Natural Society - Maybe you’ve heard that we waste 35% of all
edible food in this country. The worst part? Much of the stuff
we throw away has secret uses the average person may not know
about. Citrus peels are one of those wasted items that have so
many uses, but often end up in the trash bin. Here are 10 ways
to use every square inch of your oranges, limes, and lemons
after you’ve enjoyed their juice.
VIDEO: American Adults Surpass Children in Taking Drugs to Stay Focused
Bloomberg - ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, isn’t
just for kids anymore. Adults in the U.S. have overtaken children in
taking medication for the condition and accounted for 53 percent of the
industrywide 63 million prescriptions for ADHD drugs last year,
according to data compiled by Shire Plc, which makes the top-selling
Vyvanse treatment. That compared with 39 percent in 2007, the
Dublin-based drugmaker said.
CDC already pushing next year's flu shot despite last year's vaccine
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
says it plans to introduce two new flu vaccines this fall, a trivalent
(three-in-one) and a quadrivalent (four-in-one) variety, that it hopes
will work better than last year's jabs.... Part of the problem is that
influenza strains are constantly mutating and developing resistance to
conventional therapies, including flu shots and antiviral medications.
With this in mind, it makes little sense to continue pushing more flu
shots using the mantra that they at least provide some protection, when
in fact they provide almost no protection and are clearly contributing
to the spread of flu.
Health Benefits of Ginseng
Dr. Mercola - Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal supplements in
the US, perhaps most well known for its traditional use of boosting
memory and energy levels. However, it has many other uses. For starters,
ginseng is considered an adaptogen, which means it helps your body to
withstand mental and physical stress. Delving further into the benefits
first requires understanding the different types of ginseng available.
There are three major varieties, each with unique attributes, although
only two are actually ginseng...
Black Widow Spider Can Kill Your Pet If You Don't Act Fast
Dr. Becker - Without the anti-venom, this bite is fatal for most cats
and many dogs. They'll need hospitalization, and even then the prognosis
may be unclear for days. This "cousin" inflicts bites that are just as
disturbing, but with different symptoms. What to have on hand for both.