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JULY  2016

Monday - July 25, 2016 - Today In History:

1759 - British forces defeated a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada.
1805 - Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.
1845 - China granted Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United States.
1850 - Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in OR.
1861 - The Crittenden Resolution, which called for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1866 - Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army. He was the first American officer to hold the rank.
1868 - The U.S. Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
1941 - The U.S. government froze all Japanese and Chinese assets.
1943 - Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was overthrown in a coup.
1946 - The U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.
1952 - Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.
1978 - Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
1984 - Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was aboard the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
1998 - The USS Harry S. Truman was commissioned and put into service by the U.S. Navy.
2000 - Texas Gov. George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney to be his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.
2008 - California became the first state to ban trans fats from restaurant food.
2010 - WikiLeaks leaked to the public more than 90,000 internal reports involving the U.S.-led War in Afghanistan from 2004-2010.

World News

Isis claims responsibility after 'suicide bombing' kills 80 and injures hundreds
The Independent - In a statement issued by its news agency, Aamaq, Isis group claimed responsibility for the attack on a protest march by Afghanistan's ethnic Hazaras. The marchers were demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their impoverished home province. Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, while most Afghans are Sunni.... The government had received intelligence that an attack on the march could take place, and had warned the organizers, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told The Associated Press.... Two suicide bombers had attempted to target the demonstrators, who were gathering in Demazang Square as their four-hour protest march wound down, [ presidential spokesman ] Haroon Chakhansuri said. One of the suicide bombers was shot by the police, he told AP. He said that three district police chiefs on duty at the square were injured and another three security personnel were killed.... Hazaras, most of whom are Shia Muslims, were especially persecuted during the extremist Sunni Taliban regime that ruled from 1996 to 2001.

Machete Attack in Germany Kills 1, Injures 2
Epoch Times - At least one person was killed and another two were injured during an attack in the German town of Reutlingen on Sunday, according to local media reports. The man killed a woman near a kebab shop. The man was identified as a 21-year-old Syrian refugee, reported German news agency DPA and Reuters. “The perpetrator was completely out of his mind. He ran with his machete behind a patrol car,” an eyewitness told Bild. The person said that a BMW driver stepped on the gas and “ran him over.”.... Witnesses said the man was arguing with a woman before he attacked her at around 4:30 p.m. local time.

Munich mourns after deadly mall shooting
CBC News - The gunman, an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent, first shot people at a McDonald's before moving across the street to the Olympia shopping mall in the culturally diverse, thriving middle-class neighbourhood of Moosach. Nine people, mostly young, were killed, more than two dozen others wounded.... What has emerged so far is that the young shooter, who local media have identified as Ali David Sonboly, acted alone. Police say he had no connection to ISIS or even right-wing extremist groups, as initially suspected, and that he suffered from mental illness. He may have even lured some of his victims to McDonald's with an invitation on Facebook for free food.
* Related: Munich gunman Ali Sonboly 'planned attack for more than a year'

Bomb blast kills 1, injures 11 at German restaurant
RT - At least one person has been killed and 11 others injured after an explosion struck a restaurant in the south German city of Ansbach, Bavaria.... A spokesman for the Bavarian interior minister said that the explosion in the Eugene Weinstube restaurant was a “deliberate” act rather than an accident. “At present we assume it is not an accident," the spokesman said. Initial reports indicated that a gas leak may have caused the incident, but the mayor of the city, announced that authorities believe it was triggered by an improvised explosive device.... According to media reports, the explosion occurred in front of a restaurant shortly after 10:00pm local time. A music festival nearby was forced to end and around 2,500 visitors were evacuated.... According to unconfirmed reports, a man with a backpack had been denied entry to a nearby music festival just before the explosion.

Beijing reacts as India deploys tanks to Indo-China border
IBTimes - The Indian military's deployment of T-72 tanks to the Chinese border came as a reaction to an "increase in force levels" from across the border. Beijing had been increasing its military presence in the border region over the past few years, causing concern for the government in New Delhi. On 22 July, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lu Kang, said: "The two countries should abide by relevant agreements and consensus, work in concert to maintain peace and tranquility of the border area and create a favourable environment for improving bilateral mutual trust and bolstering the proper settlement of the boundary question.". Kang added that there has previously been "significant agreements" reached between China and India on the border dispute.... According to Indian broadcaster NDTV, the number of Indian boots along the border have increased "exponentially" and more are expected over the next few months. It has indicated that China is prepared to hit India with between 60,000 to 80,000 soldiers in the case of any hostilities.

Turkish police arrest 60 children for TREASON
Mirror Online - The students, aged between 14 and 17, have been detained in prison, unable to speak to their parents, and accused of treason against the state.... Before the coup, the students, aged between 14 and 17 years old, were made to dress up in camouflage and were handed guns with empty magazines, their lawyers say. The children have been detained in prison, unable to speak to their parents, and accused of treason against the state.... “Some families haven’t heard anything from their children for seven days — children at the age of 14 or 15. That’s not something that should be happening even in a state of emergency,” said Nazli Tanburaci Altac, a lawyer representing three of the Kuleli students. She said 55 of the students had been subjected to a mass preliminary hearing in a single crowded courtroom, adding: “They got just two to three minutes to testify”. The boys’ families were not allowed to attend.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS
Washington Free Beacon - Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers. “As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.” Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.

Colorado Bill Would Fine Police $15,000 for Interfering with Citizens Filming Them
Activist Post - A bill in the Colorado Legislature is setting the groundwork that would subject officers who attempt to block, destroy or seize lawfully recorded video by citizens, seeing these officers face a penalty of up to $15,000. The bill was introduced by a bipartisan team of state representatives comprised of three Democrats and a Republican.... It came about as a result of numerous cases where the current laws and regulations were not properly enforced by police commanders, thereby allowing the unlawful seizure or destruction of legally filmed police video.... The United States Court of Appeals tackled this topic in 2011. The case of Glik v. Cunniffe was pivotal in paving the way for Colorado’s legislation. Simon Glik was filming police in Boston, where they had made an arrest. When they observed Glik filming, they arrested him on a charge of wiretapping. The court of appeals found that a citizen’s right to film police in public was “clearly established” and that Boston Police violated his rights by arresting him. Glik settled the case in civil court for $170,000.

Not Just Your Breath — Police Now Conducting Saliva Swabs to Check Drivers for Cannabis
Activist Post - Michigan State Police plan to implement one of the most invasive methods of drug testing in the country in a pilot program: saliva tests. Five counties will force their residents into becoming guinea pigs for what must be the worst thwarting of constitutional and privacy rights in recent years. Saliva-based tests will check drivers for cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and more — thanks to perhaps the most despised governor in the U.S., Rick Snyder. “The five-county pilot program will be used to help determine accuracy and reliability of the tests,” Snyder explained in June after signing the bill into law, as MLive reported. In other words, whoever happens to be unfortunate enough to have their saliva tested will literally be a guinea pig of the state — and there doesn’t appear to be any further information concerning recourse for those tested should the tests prove inaccurate.

Fort Worth Parents Beat Back Obama’s Bathroom Mandate
The Daily Signal - Administrators of a Texas school district changed guidelines for transgender students to involve parents and work with families on a case-by-case basis, after an uproar among parents. The Fort Worth Independent School District announced the two new pages of guidelines dated July 19 after parents and others had a chance to speak at school board meetings, six public forums, and five meetings of a safety advisory panel, among others.... The previous eight pages of guidelines, approved by Scribner in April, allowed students to use the male or female restroom of their choice and directed school personnel to address a student by the name or gender pronoun he or she prefers, even without permission from a parent or guardian.... The new guidelines say the school district will work with parents to create individual support plans for transgender students to address “the student’s unique needs.” If the student requests access to an opposite-sex restroom, locker room, or related facility, the campus administrator, the student and his or her parent or guardian, and guidance counselor will review the request on a case-by-case basis.

Election News

"The Hillary Leaks" - Wikileaks Releases 19,252 Previously Unseen DNC Emails
Zero Hedge - ... Julian Assange's whistleblower organization released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is part one of their new Hillary Leaks series, Wikileaks said in press release. To wit: Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.... A quick scan of the emails focus on Bernie Sanders and dealing with the fallout of many Democrats opposing Hillary Clinton and calling the system “rigged.”

Leaked DNC Emails Confirm Democrats Rigged Primary, Reveal Extensive Media Collusion
Zero Hedge - An initial read of the thousands of emails in the data dump reveals top officials at the Democratic National Committee privately plotting to undermine Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign.... They also reveal instances of media collusion as well as various questionable instances of fundraising.... In an email from early May, DNC CFO Brad Marshall wrote about a plot to question Sanders’s religion.... Another email shows similar 'us and them' language being directed at Sanders supporters.... An email titled 'Bernie narrative' sent by DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach to Miranda indicates that top officials in the party were trying to find an angle to disparage the Vermont senator in the media..... The DNC also made a secret “agreement” with Kenneth Vogel, an influential report for Politico. An email from late April with the subject line "per agreement... any thoughts appreciated" shows that Vogel sent an advanced copy of a story about Hillary Clinton’s fundraising to the DNC even before his editor even saw it.... Another email released in the Friday leak indicates that the DNC was in close contact with news websites on articles related to the Democratic Party. A Real Clear Politics article said that Sanders supporters were causing a lack of unity at the Nevada Democratic Convention. “This headline needs to be changed,” Wasserman Schultz wrote to Miranda.... The last email on the thread says: “Done. Article has been updated.”

Leaked Emails Show DNC Officials Planned Anti-Trump Protests
Daily Caller - The release of Democratic National Committee emails by WikiLeaks Friday reveals that DNC officials planned anti-Donald Trump protests. In multiple emails, DNC officials signed off and acknowledged the existence of two anti-Donald Trump protests in South Bend, IN and Billings, MT.... On April 29, a DNC press staffer, Rachel Palermo, alerted Eric Walker, deputy communications director, about a Facebook page for an anti-Trump protest on May 2 in South Bend. “Whoo! Thanks to our interns for finding this out.” Walker replies, “I like it, as long as the students feel safe getting involved. I imagine this demo will be nicer than the one in San Fran today.”.... In another other email chain also on April 29, titled “Week-Ahead Notes & Assignments,” former DNC media booker Pablo Manriquez comments “this should be fun” in reference to the May protest.... A DNC official wrote, “Pablo please reach out to any folks you think may be able to help.”.... Intern involvement with protests is mentioned twice in the leaked emails. DNC communications director Luis Miranda bemoaned photos of an empty anti-Trump protest in Washington, D.C. in one email chain. Miranda said: “Going forward, when our allies screw up and don’t deliver bodies in time, we either send all our interns out there or we stay away from it.. we don’t want to own a bad picture.”

WikiLeaks List: Most Damaging Emails About DNC, Clinton, & Bernie - WikiLeaks kept its promise to release a series of emails related to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the DNC. The emails show the DNC working against Bernie Sanders during the primary, with some startling tidbits such as how the DNC considered denying a Bernie delegate admittance to a fundraiser because she supported Bernie. The DNC was also only concerned about reduced polling locations in Rhode Island because it might give Sanders' supporters more reasons to complain. Many of these emails are part of the emails discovered from a hack of the DNC by Guccifer 2. With 19,252 emails released from the Democratic National Committee, including 891 documents and 175 spreadsheets, it can be a little overwhelming to go through them all. That's why we're providing in-depth coverage of the most interesting Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders emails in this gallery.... Note: Some of these are hard to read, so we provided a direct link to where WikiLeaks posted the email, if you need to see it more clearly.

Tapper to Clinton Campaign Manager: You Really Think DNC Leak Was the Russians Helping Trump?
Mediaite - Hillary Clinton campaign chairman Robby Mook appeared on CNN this morning and played up talk of Russian influence on the U.S. election in reaction to the DNC email leak. Mook told Jake Tapper, “Experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.” Tapper asked him what evidence is out there. Mook referred to pieces that have been written recently on potential scheming by the Russian government to help Trump win (and the Trump campaign returning the favor by, say, changing the GOP platform to be more pro-Putin last week). Tapper again pressed Mook on his “very strong charge” and asked him point-blank if he thinks Russia is trying to get Trump elected. Mook insisted that’s what “experts” are saying.

Wasserman Schultz resigning as party leader
CNN - Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday. The Florida congresswoman's resignation -- under heavy pressure from top Democrats -- comes amid the release of thousand of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest. Her announcement that she was leaving had pro-Sanders supporters cheering during a demonstration in Philadelphia and Donald Trump and other Republicans crowing about the disarray among the Democrats.
* Related: Hillary Clinton welcomes Wasserman-Schultz to campaign as 'honorary chair'

DNC Votes to Keep Superdelegates, But Sets Some Conditions
The Intercept - The rule-making body of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday defeated an amendment brought by Bernie Sanders delegates to abolish superdelegates — the unelected party elites who make up 15 percent of all delegates and are allowed to cast a vote for the presidential candidate of their choice, unbound by the popular vote.... After the defeat of the first amendment, the Sanders and Clinton camps met and came up with draft language for a “unity commission”... As part of the language of that proposal, which passed the committee 158 to 6, the commission will be charged to “make specific recommendations providing that members of Congress, governors and distinguished party leaders … remain unpledged and free to support their nominee of choice, but that remaining unpledged delegates be required to cast their vote at the convention for candidates in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state.” The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel reports that this would effectively bind two-thirds of superdelegates to voting as their states vote in the presidential nominating process.

Why Obama’s half-brother says he’ll be voting for Donald Trump
New York Post - “I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told The Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo. “Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.” Obama, 58, a longtime Democrat, said his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to “the party of Lincoln.” The last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state.... He’s also annoyed that Clinton and President Obama killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he called one of his best friends.... “I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.... Obama plans to trek back to the US to vote for Trump in November. Obama used to live in Maryland, where he worked for many years as an accountant and is registered to vote there, public records show.

Ivanka Trump Wore $138 Dress to Address the Nation on Prosperity – Hillary Wore $12,000 Smock to Address Nation on Poverty
The Gateway Pundit - On Thursday night Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, used the national spotlight a showcase her taste in fashion to the American public. Her dress costs $138 – so it is affordable for most American women. And she looked gorgeous. The dress was from the Ivanka Trump Collection and has already sold out at and In June Hillary Clinton gave a campaign speech on income poverty. She wore a $12,000 Giorgio Armani jacket.

Clinton Cash Is the Movie Every Voter Should See before Election Day
National Review - If anyone still doubts that the Clintons are greedy, corrupt, and morally reprehensible, they won't after this.... To those who would uncover the truth about the Clinton Foundation, “follow the money” seems quaint advice, considering that billions of dollars were involved — making for a scandal ten-times the size of Watergate.... The viewer is shown numerous examples of blatant pay-to-play schemes. These lucrative business deals illustrate the unofficial partnership between Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation. Every scheme is perpetrated to personally enrich the Clintons, their Foundation, or their high-powered cronies — in the name of “doing good” for the world’s poor, naturally.
* Related: Full Movie: "Clinton Cash"

Economy & Business

Canada Ditches Super Hornet After Threats to Buy F-35 or Lose 10,000 Jobs
Sputnik News - ... Canada reneged from its earlier proposal to acquire Boeing Super Hornet jets on an interim basis to plug the country’s air defense capability gap after Lockheed Martin threatened to pull all of its operations out of the country which would result in a massive layoff of some 10,000 employees and potentially bankrupt portions of Canada’s defense sector that benefits from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.... The Department of National Defense plans to rewrite its requirements for a new fighter jet, said Harjit Sajjan, the defense minister for the Liberal Party government. However, the existing aircraft requirements left by the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper are designed to favor the F-35 and any attempts to radically alter the criteria will lead to another uproar by Lockheed Martin. A spokesperson for Lockheed Martin confirmed that the company is responding to the Canadian government’s request for information about the F-35, something that it had been reticent to do prior, which signals that the fix is in and that Canada has capitulated to the defense contractor’s threats and extortion.

Energy & Environment

California Drought Worsens – El Nino 'Gains' Flushed Into The Pacific As Water Storage Runs Dry
Zero Hedge - The San Luis Reservoir supplies water to the Santa Clara Valley, San Benito County as well as farmers in the Central Valley. As of July 22nd, the reservoir stood at 11% of total capacity... which puts storage well below the levels recorded during the driest season recorded in 1976-1977. This news comes in spite of a robust rainy season in California with YTD precipitation roughly 16% higher than the long-term average and over 200% higher than the driest 1976-1977 season. So, why are California’s reservoirs drying up in spite of a solid rainy season? The answer lies in the environmental regulations implemented to protect the Delta Smelt, a 5-7cm fish and endangered resident of the California Delta. Regulations designed to protect the non-native species have prevented pumping of water from the California Delta in Northern California leaving many reservoirs in Southern California empty. So rather than take advantage of a solid rainy season the State of California has opted to squander the opportunity to refill its water infrastructure and pump the water through the San Francisco bay and into the Pacific Ocean instead.

New York Solar Project Would Result in Destruction of 350 Acres of Trees
AllGov - “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is just plain stupid,” said Dick Amper, of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society. “Solar is very important to fight global warming and beyond, but I’m afraid we’re making false choices when you destroy portions of nature and the environment to accomplish that end.”... Under the proposal, a company called LI Solar Generation, LLC, a joint venture between NextEra Energy Resources and National Grid, would construct the facility on the grounds of the defunct Shoreham nuclear power plant. The plant was completed in 1984 for $6 billion but never opened because of community opposition over potential safety concerns.... Similar projects are happening elsewhere. A court fight is brewing over a plan by New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park to cut down nearly 15,000 trees to make way for a solar farm. In Connecticut, state officials recently approved a plan to raze 134 acres of trees in the town of Sprague, near Norwich, for a solar energy project.

Collecting Rainwater Is No Longer Illegal In Colorado
Off the Grid News - Under the previous Colorado law, property owners who collected rainwater in a barrel could face a $500 fine. The idea, among its supporters, was that homeowners violate water rights and steal water from farmers and cities by collecting rainwater. That will change on August 1, when House Bill (HB) 16-1005 goes into effect. The measure, signed by Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, allows homeowners to store up to 110 gallons of rainwater in two barrels. “We’re using perfectly good drinking water for so many reasons that we shouldn’t be,” science teacher Aaron Broderick told Colorado Public Radio (CPR). “So this is one way to repurpose water.” Using rainwater to water the lawn and flower beds is a good way to avoid wasting resources in a drought, State Representative Jessie Danielson (D-Wheatridge) said.

Science & Technology

Gene-drive modified organisms not yet ready to be released into environment: Scientists
Homeland Security News Wire - Gene drives are systems of biased inheritance that enhance a genetic element’s ability to pass from parent organism to offspring.... “The science and technology associated with gene drives is developing very quickly,” said committee co-chair James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. “But before gene-drive modified organisms are put into the environment, our committee urges caution — a lot more research is needed to understand the scientific, ethical, regulatory, and social consequences of releasing such organisms.”.... Each proposed field test or environmental release of a gene-drive modified organism should be subject to robust ecological risk assessment before being approved, the report says. These assessments, which take into account the gene drive’s characteristics, effects on humans and the environment, and local values and governance, are a key tool for determining a gene drive’s impacts. As of May 2016, no ecological risk assessment has been conducted for a gene-drive modified organism.


Brain Food to Improve Cognition
Natural Blaze - You are what you eat and that’s especially true when it comes to your brain. To preserve cognitive thinking all the years of your life, you have to consume brain food…. Garbage food, fake food, fast food doesn’t feed your body or your brain. In fact, research shows it steals the nutrients you have. It saps away your energy, your fuel, leaving you exhausted, mentally sluggish, and sometimes even sick…. 1. Coconut oil. This healthy fat offers your brain an alternative fuel to glucose. In the case of neurodegenerative disease, your brain becomes insulin resistant and literally begins to starve from lack of energy source. Coconut oil in particular has shown incredible promise in slowing (and even reversing) some symptoms of dementia. 2. Eggs. The ultimate brain food (and a personal favorite) that’s also considered one of the most perfect proteins on earth. 3. Avocado. Another healthy fat that also helps improve blood flow. 4. Nuts and seeds. Packed with healthy fat, protein, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acid, nuts and seeds are a great snack that delivers all day long. 5. Fatty fish and sea vegetables. This is where you’ll find the best omega-3s.

Everything you wanted to know about Lyme Disease and diet
Lyme Disease Research Database - When you want to know what to eat (and drink!) when healing Lyme, ask an expert. My recent guest—nutritionist, herbalist, Lyme expert, and educator Rebecca Snow, MS—shares a lot of fascinating facts about foods, herbs, and how to start thinking about using nutrition to really get the most out of your healing protocol. Rebecca’s clients often come to see her for diet and lifestyle support, particularly those who are already seeing a Lyme literate doctor and may also be taking antibiotics. Unlike some of the more conventional Lyme experts I’ve interviewed, Rebecca thinks “there’s probably too much focus on antibiotics in the Lyme-literate community.” “There is evidence that chronic symptoms of Lyme may be infection,” she adds, “but they may also be related to an auto-inflammatory response.” A more effective approach than one that simply applies antibiotics to healing Lyme would include diet, nutrition, and the use of herbal and homeopathic supplements.

Magnesium a must for Lyme patients
Lyme Disease Research Database - It is highly likely that you are also deficient in magnesium, because the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia, unlike other bacteria that require iron to survive, has evolved to use magnesium to complete its own life cycle. The Lyme bacteria steals magnesium from our cells to survive. Another factor contributing to the problem, for Americans at least, is that our farming topsoil has been depleted in magnesium which is not replaced. So our foods tend to be deficient in magnesium, which is problematic. Magnesium supplements have been clinically proven to reduce pain and inflammation from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases. As Lyme is an inflammatory disease, it makes sense to pay attention to something as simple as adding in a vital mineral.

Friday - July 22, 2016 - Today In History:

1796 - Cleveland was founded by General Moses Cleveland.
1798 - The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1797.
1937 - The U.S. Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
1943 - American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily.
1941 - Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations.
1955 - U.S. Vice-President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington, DC. It was the first time that a Vice-President had carried out the task.
1975 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress.
1987 - The U.S. began its policy of escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers up and down the Persian Gulf to protect them from possible attack by Iran.
1998 - Iran tested medium-range missile, capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia.
2000 - Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.
2003 - In northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai died after a gunfight with U.S. forces.
2003 - In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
2004 - The September 11 commission's final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government." The report was released to White House officials the day before.
2009 - The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
2011 - Space Shuttle Atlantis landed successfully at Kennedy Space Center after completing STS-135. It was the final flight of NASA's space shuttle program.

World News

Turkey MPs approve state of emergency bill allowing rule by decree
The Guardian - The three-month state of emergency, approved by parliament on Thursday by 346 votes to 115, will allow the government to rule by decree, passing bills that have the force of law unless they are overturned by parliament, where the majority of MPs belong to the ruling Justice and Development party. Turkish officials insisted the lives and freedoms of citizens would not be affected, and that western powers such as France had recently taken similar measures. But concerns have mounted among both opponents and allies that the move will further consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s power.

…Meanwhile, All Hell Has Broken Loose in the South China Sea
James Corbett - The failed Turkish coup. The Nice attack. The RNC and DNC. There is no shortage of headline-grabbing news stories to keep you occupied during this summer of rage. But while your attention is elsewhere, huge moves are afoot in the Asia-Pacific. Specifically, those moves are afoot in the South China Sea, where the Permanent Court of Arbitration handed down a long-awaited ruling last week in favor of the Philippines in their long-running dispute over territorial waters with China. The court, operating under the arbitration provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ruled that China does not have “historical rights” to the waters in question and that their reclamation activity in the area has already caused irreparable environmental damage and should stop immediately. China promptly rejected the ruling exactly as they said they would…. Meanwhile China, for its part, is mulling the creation of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the South China Sea requiring any air traffic to first notify China before entering the air space over the waters. Oh, and Chinese citizens are smashing their iPhones and protesting outside KFC locations as a backlash against perceived American interference in China’s territorial disputes. To make matters worse, tensions are still high in the East China Sea, where Chinese and Japanese fighter jets are coming perilously close to actual dogfights. Indeed, each year there seems to be a fresh pronouncement that Japan has scrambled a record number of fighters to intercept Chinese jets over their airspace. And now that Prime Minister Abe’s coalition has just achieved the supermajority it needs to amend the constitution, many are worried that Japan is about to remove the mask of pacificism and convert its “Self-Defense Force” into the military threat it really is.

US Navy to return to New Zealand after 30-year rift over nukes
Stripes - The Navy will make a port call in New Zealand for the first time since 1985, when the South Pacific nation banned visits by ships carrying nuclear weapons. Vice President Joe Biden announced the visit Thursday during a short stop in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand Herald newspaper. The U.S. will send a ship to help celebrate the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary in November, officials said…. The Navy hasn’t docked in New Zealand since a left-wing government in Wellington refused a port-call request by the USS Buchanan three decades ago on grounds that the U.S. would neither confirm nor deny whether the guided-missile destroyer carried nuclear weapons…. The U.S. has been normalizing its defense relationship with New Zealand for some time, said Brad Glosserman of the Hawaii-based Pacific Forum think tank…. New Zealand is a key player in the South Pacific, where there are unstable governments and the potential for social unrest related to unsustainable development and climate change, Glosserman said.

Brazil arrests 10 suspected ISIS members ‘planning Olympic terrorist attacks’
RT - Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer has called an emergency cabinet meeting after authorities arrested 10 alleged Islamic State members who were planning to carry out acts of terror during the Olympic Games in Rio, which begin next month…. The police operation, codenamed 'Hashtag,' took place across nine states, with suspects arrested in Sao Paulo and Parana. Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes told a news conference on Thursday that all the detainees were Brazilian nationals. Judicial authorities in the state of Parana claimed that intercepted data and telephone calls revealed that a terrorist cell was planning to use “weapons and guerrilla tactics” to achieve its aims. It says that 12 warrants have been issued for an initial 30 days, which could be extended if charges are substantiated. Moraes said that the men were new converts to Islam, who initially researched jihadism on the internet, and came into contact by simply exchanging pro-jihadist messages on the chat platforms WhatsApp and Telegram, according to leading Brazilian media outlet O Globo.

Nice attacker 'plotted for months and had accomplices'
The Guardian - The man who drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and injuring hundreds more, had help planning the attack, the Paris prosecutor, François Molins, has revealed. Evidence from mobile phones and computer records suggested that Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was not a recently radicalised “lone wolf”, as previously thought, but had several accomplices and had planned his attack for up to a year…. The suspects, whose full names were not given, were still being questioned by an anti-terrorism judge in Paris as Molins gave details of their alleged contact with the attacker. They are expected to be formally mise en examen – put under investigation – as accomplices to murder and being part of a terrorist organisation, and to be remanded in police custody for further questioning. The five were in contact with Lahouaiej-Bouhlel shortly before he ploughed into crowds gathered for the traditional Bastille Day fireworks last week along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where the Tunisian man lived. Seconds before he drove the truck for almost 2km through groups of people, he sent two “odious messages” that appeared to have been pre-recorded on his mobile phone, Molins said…. The five people include a married couple from Albania, accused of supplying the automatic pistol that Bouhlel used to shoot at police, two French-Tunisian men and a Tunisian man. None were known to the French security or intelligence services and only one, a 41-year-old French-Tunisian, had a criminal record, for robbery, theft, assault and drug offences.

George Soros Doubles Down: Accept 300k Refugees Costing $30Bn, Or Risk EU Collapse
Zero Hedge - Seemingly doubling down on his comments in April (following what he called Europe's "flawed asylum policy"), George Soros has expanded his demands from four to seven fundamental pillars on how to prevent the collapse of the European Union. In an article penned for Foreign Policy titled “This Is Europe’s Last Chance to Fix Its Refugee Policy," Soros details his plan (over-riding the current "piecemeal approach") for rescuing Europe before it is too late. Simply put, the billionaire says the EU must take in hundreds of thousands of refugees a year, spend at least 30 billion euros (a minor sum, since he believes it can all be financed by debt and taxes) or Europe faces an "existential threat.”… Soros begins ominously: The EU’s piecemeal solutions are coming apart. Only a surge of financial and political creativity can avoid a catastrophe…. The benefits brought by migration far outweigh the costs of integrating immigrants. Skilled economic immigrants improve productivity, generate growth, and raise the absorptive capacity of the recipient country. Different populations bring different skills, but the contributions come as much from the innovations they introduce as from their specific skills — in both their countries of origin and their countries of destination. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for this, starting with the Huguenots’ contribution to the first industrial revolution by bringing both weaving and banking to England. All the evidence supports the conclusion that migrants have a high potential to contribute to innovation and development if they are given a chance to do so.

74% Of Migrants In Germany Fit Only For Menial Jobs
Breitbart - New figures released by the Federal Employment Agency (BA) could put a further challenge to German lawmakers who assured the public that most migrants would be easily able to transition into highly skilled jobs that the country desperately needs filled. The report by the agency reveals that 74 per cent of the migrants who were registered in June have no job qualifications or professional training at all, reports Die Welt. The BA looked at 297,000 migrants in total and determined that 74 per cent had no vocational or professional training. But even more worrying was the fact that over a third of the migrants, or 36.8 per cent, had little to no secondary school education either. The agency noted that it would be incredibly difficult for any of these migrants to hold down skilled work and most would be relegated to menial labour jobs – possibly for their entire lives.

Sharia In Denmark
Zero Hedge - After the television documentary, "Sharia in Denmark", embarrassed Danish authorities by revealing how widespread the preaching of sharia is in mosques in Denmark; the Danish government, in May, concluded a political agreement about "initiatives directed against religious preachers who seek to undermine Danish laws and values and who support parallel legal systems." "We are doing everything we can without compromising the constitution and international agreements," Bertel Haarder, the Minister for Culture and Church, said about the political agreement. The agreement centers on a number of initiatives, which are supposed to compensate for the detrimental effects of all the years in which sharia was allowed to spread in Denmark while most authorities paid only scant attention to what was happening. Part of the new effort, therefore, will be the mapping of all existing mosques in Denmark. It will now be obligatory, according to the agreement, for all priests, imams and others who are not part of the Church of Denmark, and who wish to be able to perform weddings -- as well as for foreign preachers who apply for residence permits -- to learn about Danish family law, freedom and democracy. At the end of the course, all will have to sign a statement that they will accept Danish law, including freedom of speech and religion, gender equality, freedom of sexual orientation, non-discrimination and women's rights.

Iceland rises from the ashes of 2008 financial meltdown
RT - The country worst affected by the global financial crisis eight years ago has made a miraculous turnaround. Iceland saw an unexpected GDP surge of 4.2 percent in the first three months of the year. The growth is explained by a significant rise in tourism. Tourism has been steadily growing since the beginning of the decade, and is currently a larger source of revenue than exports of fish and aluminum. The number of visitors in 2016 may beat last year’s record of 1.3 million, according to June data…. Iceland's ability to overcome the disastrous results of the 2008 banking crisis is seen by some as miraculous. In the aftermath of the crash, the country broke off negotiations on EU membership, nationalized three major banks and defaulted on $85 billion in loans. The government imposed a ban on the moving of capital abroad and devalued the national currency. As a result, the stock market plummeted 90 percent, unemployment jumped to 10 percent, and inflation ballooned to 18 percent.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Politics is Fake and Staged
The Corbett Report - Politicians are puppets, and your only questions should be: “Who is writing their speeches? And who is pulling their strings?”

White House to review ban on military gear for police - police leaders
Reuters - At last week's meeting, law enforcement leaders urged Obama to reinstate military equipment such as helmets, grenade launchers and tracked armored vehicles to enhance officers' safety and their ability to respond to violent riots. Under the 2015 executive order, the federal government may no longer transfer such equipment. Local police are not banned from purchasing it on the private market, but most departments cannot afford that on their own, potentially leaving officers vulnerable, said Pasco [the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police]. "The White House thought this kind of gear was intimidating to people, but they didn't know the purpose it serves," said Pasco, noting a grenade launcher can also launch tear gas for crowd control. At Obama's request, White House chief legal counsel Neil Eggleston will review the ban.

Obama Floats “Fixing” His Healthcare Plan with Obamacare 2.0
Activist Post - While the so-called affordable care act has increased the level of insurance coverage in the country, it has utterly failed in one of Obama’s primary promises – that competition introduced through the state exchanges would lead to lower premiums. This was supposed to put the “affordable” in the affordable care act. Peter Suderman explained the extent of the problem in a recent Hit & Run Blog post. What this means is that in many rural areas, Obamacare’s exchanges will be served by one and only one insurer. A recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that some 650 counties in states like Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arizona, and Oklahoma were likely to have just one carrier next year. In Wyoming, Alaska, and Alabama—yes, the same state that Obama highlighted in his 2009 speech—the exchanges will feature no competition anywhere in the state. In places like these, Obamacare has not solved the problem of too little competition in the health insurance market; it has allowed it to continue, and perhaps even contributed to it…. Essentially, Obama’s plan would bring the U.S. a step closer to the single-payer government run system progressives have aimed for all along.

Nebraska Law Expanding Health Freedom Now in Effect
Tenth Amendment Center - (July 20, 2016) – Today, a new law that will help facilitate healthcare freedom in Nebraska goes into effect. Sen. Merv Riepe (R-Omaha) introduced Legislative Bill 817 back in January. The new law specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients from the onerous requirements and regulations under the state insurance code…. Jack Spencer writes: “Under medical retainer agreements, patients make monthly payments to a physician who in return agrees to provide a menu of routine services at no extra charge. Because no insurance company stands between patient and doctor, the hassles and expense of bureaucratic red tape are eliminated, which have resulted in dramatic cost reductions. Routine primary care services (and the bureaucracy required to reimburse them) are estimated to consume 40 cents out of every dollar spent on insurance policies, so lower premiums for a given amount of coverage are another potential benefit.”… This represents the kind of cost control Obamacare promised, but failed to deliver.

New Nebraska Law Taking on “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture Now in Effect
Tenth Amendment Center - (July 20, 2016) – Today, civil asset forfeiture officially ends in Nebraska as reforms to asset forfeiture laws passed in the spring go into effect. Under the new law, the state can no longer take property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

Election News

FULL SPEECH: “I Am Your Voice” Donald Trump Speaks To All Americans at the Republican National Convention, Accepts GOP Nomination
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump spoke to all Americans in his nomination acceptance speech tonight including women, minorities and members of the LGBTQ community. He touched on the economy, national security, jobs, trade, and fairness of opportunity for everyone. He prosecuted the case against Hillary Clinton and Obama’s legacy which has left America divided, poorer and less safe than it was eight years ago. This is now officially a change election and Trump is offering the alternative to Hillary Clinton’s status quo campaign. The choice is clear. Politico has posted the entire text of Trump’s speech and you can read it here.
* Related: FULL EVENT: * Republican National Convention Day 4
                                      * Live updates of the last night of the 2016 GOP convention

Trump Sparks "Wave Of Alarm" Across Europe After Warning US May Not Help NATO Members
Zero Hedge - Having entertained America for the past three days, overnight Donald Trump's rhetoric crossed the Atlantic and as the FT puts it, "has sparked a wave of alarm across Europe" as well as calls for solidarity from the head of NATO after warning that the US might not come to the defense of an alliance ally under attack from Russia if that country had not fulfilled its obligations to America. The Trump statement in question that has provoked dread across Europe's NATO member states, came from the following NYT interview… in which the presidential candidate was asked whether he would defend the Baltic states in the face of Russian aggression if he were president. “If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes,” Mr Trump said.

Secret Service Investigating Trump Adviser For His Call To Put Hillary “In The Firing Line” And Shoot Her “For Treason”
The Hill - The Secret Service told Politico Wednesday it is investigating Trump adviser and New Hampshire delegate Al Baldasaro's call to put Hillary Clinton "in the firing line" and shoot her "for treason.” The New Hampshire state representative heavily criticized Clinton on Wednesday, calling her “a piece of garbage.” “She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi,” Baldasaro said. “She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back-up security. Something’s wrong there." “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,” he added. According to Politico, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hobackis said the agency is aware of Baldasaro's statement and will "conduct the appropriate investigation.”

Ted Cruz Responds To Angry Trump Supporters: "I Won't Be A Servile Puppy”(Video)
Zero Hedge - In his first statement since unleashing the fury of Trump supporters at the RNC, Ted Cruz on Thursday morning defended distancing himself from Donald Trump, saying he won't vote for Trump "like a service pully dog", adding that he is not voting for Clinton, while ripping the Republican National Convention’s response to his speech the night before…. Speaking to Texas’s delegation at the convention at a Thursday breakfast, Cruz said his pledge to support the GOP’s eventual nominee was “abrogated” when the campaign between Trump and him became personal. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he said. "Neither he nor his campaign has taken back a word of what they said about my family,” Cruz added, his voice rising. He then told the Texas delegation that "this isn't just a team sport. … This is about standing for what we believe in." Judging by the media response, many disagree. "In that speech last night, I did not say a single negative word about Donald Trump. And I'll tell you, this morning and going forward I don't intend to say negative things about Donald Trump. He also had nothing positive to say.

Veteran News

Lawsuit Accuses U.S. Army of Denying Diabetes Treatment for Children on Army Bases
AllGov - The Diabetes Association and the mother of 6-year-old M. W. say in the federal lawsuit that the Army refuses to give the girl access to daycare services, summer camp and sports programs at the Presidio of Monterey because she has diabetes and staff are prohibited from helping her if she is in need. The mother, Hope W., says her daughter has to leave the program after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes because the Army forbids its co-defendant U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services employees from "assisting with blood glucose monitoring and administering insulin, or even providing a rescue medication called glucagon in an emergency." The mother says this violates the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (pdf), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in federal programs. The Army's blanket policy denies "children with diabetes the opportunity to participate in and to benefit from the programs and activities that CYSS offers," the mother and daughter say.

Economy & Business

Bix Weir Warns Economic Collapse Coming Before Election: “August, September Time-Frame” (Video)
Mac Slavo - It was September 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed, and things became official. The Treasury, under Goldman Sachs’ Hank Paulson, hurried everyone into a quick bailout under the chaos and confusion of financial debris and an exciting election that would bring Obama into the presidency, at which time he quietly but faithfully followed through with the business of bailout and cover-up for the banks. Here in 2016, Donald Trump has been accusing the Federal Reserve of holding off on raising rates because Obama doesn’t want the bubble to burst on his watch. Maybe the Fed is waiting to dump the inevitable on Trump. But perhaps it will burst anyway, and leave whoever takes the presidency with the silent duty to comply with the aftermath of the banker crisis.

Arrested HSBC FX Trader Had Been Cleared In Bank's Own Internal Probe
Zero Hedge - One day after news hit that a prominent HSBC FX trader was arrested, we find that the bank conducted its own investigation three years ago into a $3.5bn currency trade that US prosecutors now believe was criminally fraudulent and found nothing wrong with the transaction. The HSBC review was led by an external lawyer and found no breach of its code of conduct…. How unexpected: a bank looked at its own trades, and found nothing strange despite clear evidence, as revealed by US authorities, showing that Johnson had an explicit intention of front-running the client order. It took a DOJ review three years later to stumble on the smoking gun. As a reminder, the DOJ alleged the traders used a technique known as “ramping” that caused the price of pounds to spike. That spike benefited the bank’s trading book at the expense of the client, who then paid a higher price for the sterling.

Amazon To Issue Student Loans To New "Prime" Shoppers
Zero Hedge - On the off chance the US didn't already have a big enough problem thanks to a staggering $1.3 trillion in student loans which contrary to White House' claims, are crushing an entire generation under their interest expense weight, earlier today none other than billionaire Jeff Bezos announced he was entering the student loan business, when Amazon unveiled a partnership with Wells Fargo in which the bank’s student-lending arm would offer interest-rate discounts to select Amazon shoppers. In Amazon's latest attempt to entice shoppers into its premium Prime program, Wells Fargo will cut half a percentage point from its interest rate on student loans to Amazon customers who pay for a "Prime Student" subscription, which provides the traditional Prime benefits such as free two-day shipping and access to movies, television shows and photo storage. The subscription-based service will cost $49 a year, half the regular Amazon Prime fee.

USDA and Agribusiness Cartel Plot to Destroy a Small Business
Economic Policy Journal - A bipartisan bill was just introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D, NJ) and Mike Lee (R, UT) aimed at preventing federal programs that were established to promote sales of agricultural products from being illegally used to attack competitors and influence public policy.... Documents released last year under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the American Egg Board, a compulsory cartel of egg producers supervised by the USDA, attempted to destroy small start-up Hampton Creek, producer of Just Mayo.... When Just Mayo appeared for sale on the shelves of the the Whole Foods grocery chain in 2013, Joanne Ivy, the president of the Egg Board, sounded the alarm to fellow cartel members via email, calling the new product "a crisis and major threat to the future of the egg product business".... Several months later, in January 2014, a USDA official wrote to Ivy advising that Just Mayo's labeling claims be challenged with the FDA. Ivy approved.... The AEB also hired a "sustainability contractor" to lobby Whole Foods to remove Just Mayo from its shelves. Whole Foods did not comply. Finally, the AEB worked covertly with Unilever, the $150-billion consumer products giant and the maker of Hellman's Mayonnaise, to quash Just Mayo. Unilever filed a suit against Hampton Creek alleging that Just Mayo was not really mayonnaise because it was eggless. The suit was withdrawn by Unilever a few months later.

Housing Market

Existing Home Prices Hit Record High As Sales Growth Slowest In 4 Months
Zero Hedge - Despite a better than expected 1.1% MoM rise in June (thanks to notable downward revisions), existing home sales growth is the slowest since February. Of course, NAR's Larry Yun gloated of "sustained job growth" driving an "impressive streak of sales gains," although he cautions " it's unclear if this current sales pace can further accelerate." Median home prices soared to new record highs driven by soaring demand for condo/co-ops (+3.2% vs just 0.8% for single-family homes).

Science & Technology

Highway Bluetooth detectors are spying on motorists and pedestrians (Video)
MassPrivateI - DHS, the Dept., of Transportation and probably the DEA are using Bluetooth detectors to spy on motorists and pedestrians. Government agencies like DHS and the DEA use Bluetooth detectors to gather Bluetooth data from a Wireless Sensor Network…. “The whole country is doing this,” Paul Misticawi, vice president of public sector sales for traffic data software company. Bluetooth detectors will soon be able to identify everyone. According to Michael Robertson, "sensors that re-identify vehicles specifically. Some examples given are "electronic toll tag transponders, cell-phone tracking, license plate reading, Bluetooth sniffing, magnetic signatures, (and) video tracking." If an electronic device were seized by police as evidence, the MAC address could be determined and matched against Bluetooth detection records. Similarly, users who download and use certain mobile device applications may make personal information, including their MAC addresses, known to the apps' publishers, who could then potentially mine, share or sell this information. They can detect a vehicles location, speed and altitude (according to page 25 of the Meshlium datasheet) Bluetooth detectors use a GPS-3G/GPRS realtime tracker…. In-pavement magnetic detectors can identify individual vehicles. According to the DOT, arrays of magnetometers are installed in pavement at detection locations which can identify and match vehicles based on each vehicle's unique magnetic signature .In-Pavement magnetic detectors also, have close to 100 percent detection rate.


Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Seeds, Instead Of Spitting Them Out
Huffington Post - You may have once believed that swallowing a watermelon seed would ignite the growth of an enormous fruit inside your belly. So instead of ingesting, you diligently plucked out each individual seed before chomping into the juicy fruit. Or you kept an arsenal of seeds in the pocket of your cheek to use as spitting ammo against your older brother. But these seeds will not bud fruit inside your body and they shouldn’t be tossed or shot at an annoying sibling. Instead, they should be eaten. (Here’s the catch: You shouldn’t eat them straight from the fruit. To make the most of them, the seeds need to be sprouted and shelled.) Once sprouted, shelled and dried, watermelon seeds become edible, protein-packed treasures. Just a one-ounce serving (about 1/8 of a cup) boasts 10 grams of protein — comparable to the amount found in your Greek yogurt breakfast.

The Vaccine that Causes Cancer
Living Traditionally - If you take any fruit and injected it with aluminum, phenol, acetone, thimerosal (mercury) and billions of bacteria and viruses…WOULD YOU EAT IT? If you answered NO…how can they justify INJECTING it into a muscle, which gets into your blood and circulates around the body…exposing all major organs and tissues to everything in the vaccine? Then, why do we inject our kids with a vaccine? In the early 1900s an astute Indiana physician, Dr. W.B. Clarke, stated “Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory vaccination with cowpox vaccine began to be introduced. I have had to deal with two hundred cases of cancer, and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person.” Formaldehyde in vaccines has been linked to several types of cancers, including Leukemia. Formaldehyde has been used in the Anthrax vaccine, DT, DTaP, Hib, HPV, Hep A, Hep B, Influenza, Meningitis, Polio, and more…. Vaccine makers don’t test vaccines for their potential to cause cancer.They are very clear about it. Every single vaccine package insert says it. Here’s what Merck says about its MMR vaccine: M-M-R II has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or potential to impair fertility. Various toxic elements within vaccines such as the SV40 virus, formaldehyde (formalin), mercury (thimerosal) and aluminum can become time bombs remaining dormant in the body for years until they suddenly activate, causing life threatening diseases.

Vaccine bombshell: Baby monkeys given standard doses of popular vaccines develop autism symptoms
Living Traditionally - Medical authorities have long claimed that vaccines play absolutely no role in the development of childhood autism. But if what they claim is true, why do some of the most popular vaccines that are commonly administered to children cause autism in animal primates? Many people are asking this question after a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh (UP) in Pennsylvania found that infant monkeys given standard doses of childhood vaccines as part of the new research developed autism symptoms.

Tulsi: The Queen of Herbs
Healthy Beginnings - Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as Ocimum sanctum, is better known as Holy basil, or tulsi. It is an aromatic plant in the family native to South Asia…. Tulsi’s health-giving properties are supported by its array of constituents, including flavonoids, fatty acids, sterols and polyphenols. It strengthens the immune system and benefits digestion. Its essential oils, which include eugenol, carvacrol, linalool, nerol and camphor, give Tulsi its sweet, pungent aroma and taste. The warming properties of Tulsi improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. Tulsi also has antispasmodic actions, which help relieve spasm, wind and bloating…. Tulsi can also help calm anxiety, mild depression, insomnia, and a variety of stress-related problems such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome…. Tulsi’s decongestant action explains its use in treating coughs, colds, fevers, sore throats and flu. Studies have demonstrated holy basil’s activity against a range of micro-organisms including E. Coli, Staphylococcus aurous and Mycoplasma tuberculosis. ulsi can be taken in teas, juice or in tincture form. It is often combined with ginger and black pepper and honey.

Thursday - July 21, 2016 - Today In History:

1733 - John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.
1861 - The first major battle of the U.S. Civil War began. It was the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction, VA. The Confederates won the battle.
1925 - The "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, TN. John T. Scopes was convicted and fined $100 for violating the state prohibition on teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned on a legal technicality because the judge had set the fine instead of the jury.
1930 - The Veterans Administration of the United States was established.
1931 - CBS aired the first regularly scheduled program to be simulcast on radio and television. The show featured singer Kate Smith, composer George Gershwin and New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker.
1944 - American forces landed on Guam during World War II.
1949 - The U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
1954 - The Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
1961 - Captain Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth. He was flying on the Liberty Bell 7.
1980 - Draft registration began in the United States for 19 and 20-year-old men.
1997 - The U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.
2002 - WorldCom Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time it was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
2004 - White House officials were briefed on the September 11 commission's final report. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government." The report was released to the public the next day.
2010 - President Barack Obama signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. lending and high finance rules since the 1930s.
2011 - Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the last flight of NASA's space shuttle program.

World News

‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’
RT - Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the UN secretary general and to the president of the UN Security Council, which at present is Japan. Damascus wants the organization to look into atrocities committed by France, which is a member of the US-led international coalition, after it targeted the village of Toukhan Al-Kubra, located near the Turkish-Syrian border and the city of Manbij…. In the letter, the Syrian Foreign Ministry added that it condemns the continued support by the US, France, Saudi Arabia, the UK and Qatar to terrorist organizations such as Al-Nusra Front and Jaish Al-Islam, despite these groups having clear links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Qaeda.

Erdogan Declares Three Month "State Of Emergency", Warns S&P "Don't Mess With Turkey"
Zero Hedge - Having warned earlier of the possibility, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced a three-month state of emergency, saying this would enable the authorities to take swift and effective action against those responsible for last weekend's failed military coup. He explicitly focused on the effort across his nation to "effectively tackle the Gulen movement," as Erdogan stated that there might be more plans to continue coup attempts. The state of emergency, which comes into force after it is published in Turkey's official gazette, will allow the president and cabinet to bypass parliament in passing new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary. The decision has immediately raised fears of more arbitrary arrests, killings and disappearances…. The president added that "citizens should have no concerns for democracy," and warned ratings egency S&P "not to mess with Turkey" and comforted his citizens that a "state of emergency does not mean military rule" and that the decision was not against the constitution. Erdogan said regional governors would receive increased powers under the state of emergency, adding that the armed forces would work in line with government orders…. Finally, he lashed out at Europe, "which he said does not have the right to criticize this decision," anticipating expressions of "concern" from the European Union, which has become increasingly critical of Turkey's rights record and has urged restraint as Ankara purges its state institutions since the abortive coup.

2 Constitutional Court judges arrested in Turkey, all military judges suspended
RT - Hundreds of Turkish judges and prosecutors have been suspended by the Turkish Defense Ministry, with at least two Constitutional Court judges having been arrested amid widening purges that follow a coup attempt last week. Over 100 members of Turkey's Constitutional Court, including prosecutors and other judiciary members were arrested on Wednesday, Turkish national broadcaster NTV reported. Two Constitutional Court judges, Alparslan Altan and Erdal Tercan are among them. The same day, the Turkish Defense Ministry also suspended at least 262 military judges and prosecutors.

Energy Is The Reason Europe Is Still Backing Erdogan - A lot of people in Europe are wondering why political leaders on the continent seem to be ready to agree with whatever Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, and do anything he demands. Many resent Erdogan’s hand-twisting approach to the migrant crisis and worry about Turkey turning into a dictatorship, plain and simple. The Bosphorus is where around 3 percent of daily global crude oil shipments pass, or some 3 million barrels. This may not be a lot in percentage terms, but for Europe it accounts for well over a quarter of its total crude oil imports. Europe imported 1.559 billion barrels from the former Soviet Union last year, or an average of 4 million barrels daily, according to European Commission figures. Besides the Bosphorus, Turkey is also home to two pipelines for Caspian and Iraqi crude, as well as the Southern Gas Corridor, which should provide Europe with an alternative source of natural gas in hopes of undermining the leading position of Russia’s Gazprom on the European market. There is also the Ceyhan port, Turkey’s main crude export terminal. This is where the two pipelines from Azerbaijan and Iraq end up, and this is also allegedly where a lot of ISIS oil ends up. In short, Turkey is already a major hub for oil and gas coming from the Middle East and Central Asia, and its importance in this respect will only grow as new projects—especially gas projects—come online.

S&P Sees A "Crisis Of Confidence Around The Globe" As Corporate Debt Hits $75 Trillion In 2020
Zero Hedge - In an analysis that may rival that infamous "McKinsey report" from early 2015 which found that not only had there been no deleveraging since the financial crisis but that total global debt has risen to an unprecedented $199 trillion as of 2014, or up by $52 trillion in 7 years, earlier today S&P Global Raters issued a new report in which it forecasts that global corporate debt is set to rise by 50% over the next four years, rising from $51.4 trillion currently to $75 trillion by 2020 as a result of easy central bank monetary policy and low interest rates. Not surprisingly, the world's biggest credit creator, China, is expected to account for the bulk of the credit growth, with the nation projected to add $28 trillion or 45% of the $62 trillion in expected global demand increase (the other $13 trillion of the $75 trillion total are refinancings). The U.S. is estimated to add $14 trillion, or 22%, in new debt, with Europe adding $9 trillion, or 15 percent…. S&P notes that central banks may be trying to reinflate their economies, but they’re doing so to the detriment of credit quality. “Central banks remain in thrall to the idea that credit-fueled growth is healthy for the global economy. In fact, our research highlights that monetary policy easing has thus far contributed to increased financial risk, with the growth of corporate borrowing far outpacing that of the global economy.”

BBC Suggests Calling Terrorists “Terrorists” is Politically Incorrect
Paul Joseph Watson - Never mind Obama refusing to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” now the BBC has suggested that calling terrorists “terrorists” might be a bigoted thought crime. A tweet sent out by BBC Scotland asks, “Do you think we should remove the word “Islamist” or “terrorist” from our newspapers or does it categorise the atrocities for what they are?” Because referring to Islamists who carry out atrocities in the name of Islam as “Islamists” might offend Islamists. Even worse, calling terrorists who carry out acts of terror “terrorists” might be Islamophobic…. It’s no surprise that this comes from the BBC, an organization that is so politically correct it actively discourages white people from applying for jobs in order to make itself more ‘ethnically diverse’. However, the mere notion that the words “Islamist” and “terrorist” should be censored because they don’t accurately “categorise the atrocities for what they are,” is totally absurd and suggests that the BBC thinks some terrorist atrocities are actually justified and that terrorists shouldn’t be called the pejorative term “terrorist”. Absolute unbridled insanity.

4yrs in jail, damages: Finnish man sentenced after defending against home invasion
RT - A homeowner in Finland has been sentenced to four years in jail and a hefty fine after fighting off three intruders who attempted to rob his house. The thieves, meanwhile, got lesser prison terms and are to be paid damages by their victim. In April, a 35-year-old man from Hyvinkää, a town just 50km north of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, heard a knock on the front door of his suburban house and rushed to open it. As soon as he unlocked it, three strangers rushed in and launched at him, toting baseball bats and a gun. The man retreated to the kitchen, where he found a knife and with it was able to overpower the intruders, two men and one woman. The court spent nearly four months examining the case to come up with the unexpected ruling. The homeowner has been convicted of “excessive self-defense and attempted manslaughter,” Helsinki news reports. He will serve an unconditional sentence for four years and two months, which he has to spend in prison. The man also has to pay damages to his attackers, with the fine totaling €21,000 (US$23,000). The newspaper does not provide information on the severity of injuries sustained by the home-invaders, however, it is known that they survived the event. The attackers were also convicted for felony home invasion and assault, yet their punishments are much less harsh.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

"My Own People Hate Me!" - Black Brooklyn Cop Slams "False Narrative Of Black Lives Matter"
Zero Hedge - Authored by Brooklyn, NY police officer Jay Stalien (via Facebook)… ”I haven’t slept well in the past few nights. Heartbreak weighs me down, rage flows through my veins, and tears fills my eyes. I realized... Black Lives do not matter to most black people. Only the lives that make the national news matter to them. Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter. The other thousands of lives lost, the other black souls that I along with every cop, have seen taken at the hands of other blacks, do not matter." [Long post, but worth the time to read.]

Troopers charged in beating of New Hampshire motorist (Video)
Reuters - State troopers from Massachusetts and New Hampshire have been arrested and charged with assault in the beating of a motorist that was captured on video, authorities said on Tuesday. Video footage taken from a helicopter showed officers drawing their weapons at the end of a high-speed chase in May that began in Massachusetts and ended in New Hampshire. The video shows a man being punched several times by at least two officers and handcuffed. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster identified the man as Richard Simone Jr. Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn, 32, faces two charges of simple assault. New Hampshire State Trooper Andrew Monaco, 31, has been charged with three counts of simple assault, Foster said in a statement. Both have been released on bond. The charges are subject to an enhanced penalty since the two officers were on duty at the time.

DoD Creating Virus-Fighting Viruses For Outbreak Emergency: Will “Evolve With Lethal Viruses As They Compete With Them”
Mac Slavo - The U.S. military is now creating its own custom-made line of viruses that it hopes can be used to neutralize a deadly virus during an outbreak by out competing with it and reproducing enough times to overwhelm a strain like HIV, Zika or Ebola. But early research also shows that the lab created, genetically-engineered “dud” viruses could interfere with DNA and trigger cancer, and unlike other therapeutics, will be evolving as it courses through…. via Bloomberg: A pair of brothers working in laboratories on opposite coasts of the U.S. are brewing a new approach to fighting viruses, one that’s drawn interest from the military for protection against the threat of infections such as Zika and Ebola. The experimental treatment pursued by Ariel Weinberger, a Harvard University biologist, and Leor Weinberger, a virologist at the University of California at San Francisco-affiliated Gladstone Institutes, deploys a tweaked, safe version of a virus to overwhelm the form that invades and kills cells. While it’s very early — the approach has only been tested in test tubes and animals — the U.S. government is ready to invest in developing the idea and seeing whether similar mutants can protect against other diseases. […] The brothers are studying bits of genetic material called therapeutic interfering particles, or TIPs […] the Weinbergers have received funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for exploratory studies of TIPs, and in April DARPA issued a call for more proposals.

Election News

Melania Trump speechwriter apologizes; resignation offer rejected
Fox News - A Trump organization staffer identified herself on Wednesday as the person responsible for plagiarism in Melania's Trump convention speech and offered her resignation. Meredith McIver apologized in a statement sent out by the campaign and said Donald and Melania Trump did not accept her resignation. McIver explained that she included the passages from Obama's speech after listening to Melania Trump read passages from the 2008 speech. "Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama's speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama's speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant."

Anti-Trump Protester Pepper-Sprayed, Arrested After Burning US Flag In Cleveland (Photos)
Zero Hedge - Police and fire officials moved rapidly in Cleveland as an Anti-Trump protester - reportedly a Communism-related "Revolution Club" supporter - set fire to the US flag. Plice and fire officials moved rapidly in Cleveland as an Anti-Trump protester - reportedly a Communism-related "Revolution Club" supporter - set fire to the US flag. There are few details as yet though it seems law enforcement had some knowledge it may occur...

Video: Hillary’s Racist VP Pick
David Knight - HUD Secretary leading contender for Hillary choice. While everyone was freaking out about plagiarism in a couple of phrases of Melania Trump speech, no one noticed the quiet announcement of an ethics investigation that found HUD Secretary Julian Castro, touted as a leading contender for Hillary’s Vice President, had violated the Hatch Act. His violation? Using his office and official position to support a political candidate. But what about Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg who did the same thing a week earlier? The media ignores these ethics violations, Obama says he won’t punish Castro and Castro says “mistakes were made”.

Veteran News

Pentagon tries to tackle anger and stress among military veterans after Baton Rouge and Dallas shootings
The Independent - As the US reels from the shooting deaths of police officers in Louisiana and Texas - incidents that were carried out by military veterans who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq - the Pentagon is trying to better understand the extent of the problems, and find solutions…. Police investigating the shooting deaths in Baton Rouge and Dallas say that the gunmen - Gavin Long killed three officers in Louisiana and and Micah Johnson killed five policemen in Texas - were apparently motivated by rage and anger. It it not yet clear whether their military service contributed to that anger. But reports have said both Long, who served five years in the Marine Corps, and Army reservist Johnson, both suffered with mental health problems. On Wednesday, CNN said that investigators in Louisiana had determined that 29-year-old Long was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The news channel said that Long had filled a prescription for Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug, as recently as June. He also had prescriptions for Valium and the sleep aid Lunesta.

Economy & Business

HSBC Global Head Of FX Cash Trading Arrested At JFK Airport
Zero Hedge - A historic event took place moments ago when Mark Johnson, the global head of cash FX at HSBC was arrested at JFK airport for his role in a "conspiracy to rig currency benchmarks", and specifically for frontrunning customer orders. He is the first person charged by the US in the ongoing FX rigging probe. As Bloomberg reports, a "senior manager at HSBC Holdings Plc was arrested in New York for his role in a conspiracy to rig currency benchmarks, according to two people familiar with the matter, becoming the first person to be charged in the Justice Department’s three-year investigation into foreign-exchange rigging at global banks." The DOJ adds that Mark Johnson, 50, a U.K. citizen and U.K. and U.S. resident, and Stuart Scott, 43, a U.K. citizen and resident, were charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Johnson was arrested last night at JFK International Airport in Queens, New York, and will be arraigned later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom of the Eastern District of New York. From Johnson's bio: Johnson is global head of foreign exchange cash trading at HSBC, based in London. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, he was founding managing partner and chief investment officer at Johnson Stewart Partners. Before that, he was global head of trading at Deutsche Bank.

19.4 Trillion Dollars In Debt – We Have Added 1.1 Trillion Dollars A Year To The National Debt Under Obama
Economic Collapse - As I write this article, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of $19,402,361,890,929.46. But when Barack Obama first entered the White House, our federal government was only 10.6 trillion dollars in debt. That means that we have added an average of 1.1 trillion dollars a year to the national debt under Obama, and we still have about six more months to go. Even though Barack Obama is on track to be the first president in all of U.S. history to not have a single year when the U.S. economy grew by 3 percent or better, many have still been mystified by the fact that the economy has been relatively stable in recent years…. In the United States today, our standard of living is being massively inflated by taking trillions of dollars of future consumption and moving it into the present. The politicians love to do this because it makes them look good and they can take credit for an “economic recovery”, but what we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is beyond criminal. On average, we are stealing more than 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day…. At this point, our national debt is more than 30 times larger than it was just 40 years ago.

Energy & Environment

Alameda Becomes 5th County in California to Ban Fracking
EcoWatch - Alameda County is the first county in the San Francisco Bay area to ban hydraulic fracturing, CBS San Francisco reported. A coalition of environmental groups worked for more than two years to persuade county officials to ban the practice…. Environmentalists have been working to ban fracking one county at a time after Gov. Jerry Brown voiced his opposition to a statewide fracking ban. Santa Cruz, San Benito, Mendocino and Butte counties are the four other counties that have already banned fracking. Environmentalists are now setting their sights on Santa Clara and Monterey counties. Monterey is set to vote in November on the issue. Colorado will also see anti-fracking initiatives on the November ballot.

Science & Technology

Why Citi’s Mark May Thinks "The Pokemon GO Threat Is Real"
Zero Hedge - The avg. U.S. iOS user is spending over 33 minutes playing Pokémon GO each day. This places PG ahead of apps such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram. Although we believe that PG is adding some incremental time to total smartphone time, we think it would be wrong to assume that the app’s success is not coming at the expense of other players.... , YouTube and TWTR are seeing the largest decreases in avg. time spent per day.

Saudi Clerics Unleash New Fatwa On Pokemon Game
Zero Hedge - Following Indonesia's ban and issuance of a 'national security threat', Reuters reports that Saudi Arabia's top clerical body has renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokemon game franchise is un-Islamic. Having tumbled almost 13% overnight - after its meteoric 'double' in the last 8 days - it appears Nintendo's new game is coming under increasing scrutiny... (as Reuters notes) Although the fatwa made no mention of the successful new Pokemon GO mobile game, Nintendo's augmented reality app, in which players walk around real-life neighborhoods to hunt and catch virtual cartoon characters on their smartphone screens, has prompted The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars said it had revived a 2001 decree against a Pokemon card game in response to queries from believers. The Council argued that the mutations of the creatures in the game, who are given specific powers, amounted to blasphemy by promoting the theory of natural evolution. "It is shocking that the word 'evolution' has been much on the tongues of children," the fatwa read. It also said the game contained other elements prohibited by Islamic law, including "polytheism against God by multiplying the number of deities, and gambling, which God has forbidden in the Quran and likened to wine and idols". The fatwa added that symbols used in the game promoted Japan's Shinto religion, Christianity, Freemasonry and "global Zionism".

After 7 Years, U.S. Health Agency at Loss for Extending Patient Privacy Law to Booming Health Tech Industry
AllGov - HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] requires tight security over personal health information. Apps and wearables may not have the same protections. A study looked at 600 of the most commonly used health apps and found that fewer than a third had privacy policies. Many apps connect to third-party websites without users’ knowledge and send data in unencrypted ways that potentially exposed personal information. Many people do not read an app’s privacy policy, leaving them open to having their information used in myriad ways.


Enjoy Lots of Watermelon This Summer – It’s Healthier Than You Know
REALfarmacy - First of all, it’s red. And all red veggies and fruits are high in lycopene and beta-carotene. Lycopene has several benefits beyond resisting prostate cancer. It helps resist other cancers that occur with women as well, and it may help resolve fatty liver with both men and women. It’s a powerful antioxidant. Beta carotene also provides protection against cancer. A Chinese study determined that women whose diets were high in fresh veggies and fruits, including watermelon had less incidents of breast cancer. Ah, but what about those sugar spikes. Watermelon is very sweet. A Danish study observed, tested, and analyzed 63 men and women recently diagnosed with diabetes 2. They concluded that the medical advice of eating less fruit for diabetics and pre-diabetics with high blood sugar or metabolic disorders is wrong…. Other studies using watermelon extract have demonstrated that watermelon actually helps prevent metabolic disorders that lead to diabetes type 2. And yet other studies show that watermelon’s L-citrulline and L-arginine improve cardiovascular health by preventing endothelial dysfunction, which reduces the blood vessels flexibility and ability to dilate as needed. In other words, watermelon is good for heart health.
* Related: Prostate cancer watermelon basil juice

Dandelion Tea Kill Cancer Cells, Controls Blood Sugar Spikes; How to Prepare it?
Natural News Blogs - Dandelion tea can be prepared from the roots or the yellow flowers of the dandelion weed. It is a very rich source of beta-carotene, as well of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. Dandelion tea also provides B-complex vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B6, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. It contains natural sodium, which fulfills the deficiency of nutritive salts, and detoxes the body, purifies the blood. It is an excellent source of antioxidants which prevents free radicals from damaging the body. Dandelion tea is very delicious and nutritious with a refreshing taste, when prepared, sweeteners like honey can be added. Ingredient: -1 tbsp. *roasted dandelion root -1/2 tsp. *minced, fresh ginger -1 cardamom seed -12 oz. Water -Honey to taste… Dandelion tea or juice benefits diabetics by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas and maintaining low blood sugar levels. Dandelion contains a substance known as alpha-glucosidase, which controls blood sugar spikes…. Dandelion root is also praised for its anti-cancer potential. It may slow cancer’s growth and prevent it from spreading. Dandelion is one of world’s best natural diuretic allowing your liver and kidney to more quickly eliminate toxins… It strengthens the immune system, reducing swelling, balance blood sugar levels, lowering your blood pressure, relieve heartburn and soothes digestive system.

Wednesday - July 20, 2016 - Today In History:

1801 - A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
1861 - The Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, VA.
1868 - Legislation that ordered U.S. tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs was passed.
1881 - Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to federal troops. (Montana)
1917 - The draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
1942 - The first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
1944 - U.S. President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1969 - Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon.
1976 - America's Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars.
1982 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan pulled the U.S. out of comprehensive test ban negotiations indefinitely.
1985 - Treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon "Nuestra Senora de Atocha." The ship sank in 1622 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL.
1998 - Russia won a $11.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help avert the devaluation of its currency.
1999 - After 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic, astronaut Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was recovered.
2003 - In India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.
2007 - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted almost totally along party lines, 13-6, to approve Elena Kagan to be the Supreme Court's fourth female justice.

World News

US air strike in Syria kills up to 85 civilians 'mistaken for Isil fighters
The Telegraph - US air strike killed more than 85 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State [I-CIA-SIS] fighters. Some eight families were hit as they tried to flee fighting in their area, in one of the single deadliest strikes on civilians by the alliance since the start of its operations in the war-torn country. Pictures of the aftermath of the dawn strikes on the Isil-controlled village of Tokhar near Manbij in northern Syria showed the bodies of children as young as three under piles of rubble. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes appeared to have been carried out in error, with the civilians mistaken for Islamist militants.

WikiLeaks releases 300k Turkey govt emails in response to Erdogan’s post-coup purges
RT - Despite a massive cyberattack on its website, WikiLeaks has published the first batch of nearly 300,000 emails from the Turkish ruling AKP party’s internal server and thousands of attached files in response to the Ankara government’s widespread post-coup purges. Some 294,548 emails pertaining to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice & Development Party (AKP) were made public on Tuesday at 11:00pm Ankara time. “WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government's post-coup purges,” WikiLeaks said in the release. “We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state,” added the whistleblowing site, which has previously insisted that it is neither pro- nor anti-government, but rather serves "the truth".
* Related: Search the AKP email database

Turkey formally requests extradition of cleric from U.S. as purge widens
(CNN) - Turkey has formally requested the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States, the Prime Minister said Tuesday, as the government widens its purge following a failed military coup over the weekend. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Gulen, a longtime bitter rival, for the attempted coup that began Friday night, leaving at least 232 people dead and leading to mass arrests and dismissals. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the request Tuesday in Parliament and on Twitter referred to Gulen as a "terrorist leader."

Erdogan Unleashes Unprecedented Crackdown: Fires All University Deans; Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers
Zero Hedge - In an unprecedented move, Erdogan has taken his putsch to the next level, and after sacking 20,000 government workers, army, police and ministry workers, he has purged a mind-blowing 40,000 educators working for Turkey's private school and university system…. Anadolu reports that Turkey's Board of Higher Education has requested the resignations of all 1,577 university deans, effectively dismissing them. Of the deans dismissed, 1,176 worked in public universities and 401 in private institutions. The National Education Ministry said Tuesday that the staff are in both urban and rural establishments, and that an investigation has been launched against them. It didn't stop there, and as Turkey's Ysafak reports, the country has just canceled the license of some 21,000 private school teachers…. Why is Erdogan doing all of this? Simple: he is doing everything in his power to undo the last traces of secularism in the Turkish state and to propel himself to the role of undisputed, "democratically elected" despot, without any internal opposition.

They Know What Comes Next: Russian Citizens Are “Stocking Up On Essentials In Case Of War”
Mac Slavo - According to a report from Newsweek titled In Europe and Russia There’s Talk Of War, plenty of Russians feel the same way: Older generations of Russians know exactly what the build up to a war looks like and signs around the world indicative of serious problems simply can’t be ignored. With Vladimir Putin having recently purged 50 of his top commanders following an old Soviet doctrine that calls for exactly such maneuvers ahead of war, there appear to be a variety of actions being undertaken by both East and West in anticipation of a large-scale conflict. NATO is deploying more assets to the Eastern front and the Russians for, their part, are feverishly deploying new weapons systems, one of which is reportedly capable of obliterating an entire U.S. state the size of Texas, as well as a Tsunami torpedo that could wipe out entire coastal cities. And while it may be easy to dismiss the stockpiling and preparedness activities of citizens as extreme behavior, the fact is that the governments of both the United States and Russia are actively preparing in much the same way. The Russians, for example, have built 5,000 underground nuke shelters in and around Moscow. In the United States, the government’s Continuity of Government plans have called for trillions of dollars to be spent on everything from Deep Underground Military Bases (DUMBs) to literally billions of rounds of stockpiled ammunition by various government agencies.

German train attacker left 'suicide note', wanted revenge for killings in Muslim countries
RT - Pages from a notebook found at the home of an Afghan teen who attacked passengers on a German train with an axe may be regarded as a suicide note, police and investigating officials said during a press-briefing on Tuesday. Addressing his father, the young man asked him to pray that he could take revenge "on the infidels" and "get to Heaven," officials said. The train attacker was "a devout Sunni," according to officials, who added that he didn't visit a mosque regularly, but had probably prayed privately. Having studied the man's presence on social networks, investigators said he had published a post against "enemies of Islam" some 24 hours before the attack. One of the perpetrator's friends, with whom he often spoke by phone, had recently died in Afghanistan, the media were told, with investigators adding that it may have been a trigger for the assault. Investigators said they were in possession of a video, the content of which was being "analyzed." Earlier on Tuesday, Amaq news agency, affiliated with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) released a video allegedly showing the axe-wielding attacker. Identifying him as Muhammad Riyad, IS called him a "soldier of the Caliphate."

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ohio Sheriff Urges Civilian Staff To Bring Weapons To Work
Zero Hedge - Following the recent surge in deadly violence involving police forces across the US, a sheriff in southwest Ohio has encouraged civilians on his staff to bring their weapons to work. According to the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is urging his civilian staff to “exercise some extra caution” concerning their personal safety, and in a memo to full-time and part-time staff and volunteers, Jones urged those with a valid Ohio CCW [Concealed Carry Weapon] License to carry their weapon within the department’s headquarters at 705 Hanover St. in Hamilton. He also encouraged employees to carry their weapon while operating any department vehicle away from the headquarters. The memo — which was directed to office-type personnel, not deputies — came Friday after recent attacks against police officers across the country over the past two weeks.

Police Officer Killed After Kansas City Shooting, Suspects At Large
Zero Hedge - According to a local report the officer was responding to a driveby shooting. A chase ensued and suspects emerged from a vehicle and shot the officer. According to police, officers responded to a shots fired call at about 1:30 p.m. at Second and Edgerton. One person was taken into custody. The caller said multiple people were shooting at him from a vehicle. Officers arrived at the scene at 1:37 p.m., and the suspects fled from the vehicle. An officer took one person into custody. As the second officer pursued the other suspects and made contact with one of them at 1:57 p.m., multiple shots were fired, and the officer was hit. The officer was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Authorities said he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest. Police continue to search for the other suspects.

Texas Governor Proposes Law to Make Cop Killing a Hate Crime
Breitbart - Texas Governor Greg Abbott proposed legislation to strengthen penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement officers — the Police Protection Act — to make targeting police with acts of violence a hate crime…. Aside classifying anti-cop violence as a hate crime, the Police Protection Act would change the crime of assault of an officer from a third to second degree felony — which carries stiffer penalties. The legislation also includes a campaign to educate Texas youth on having respect for police by teaching them the value that officers bring to their communities. “The men and women in uniform risk their lives every day to protect the public, and it is time we show them the State of Texas has their back,” Abbott said. “Texas will no longer tolerate disrespect for those who serve, and it must be made to clear to anyone targeting our law enforcement officials that their actions will be met with severe justice.”Abbott illuminated the Governor’s Mansion in blue for five nights to honor the five fallen officers, also hanging the Dallas city flag. He ordered Texas flags lowered to half-staff through July 12.

Election News

It's Official: Trump is Republican Nominee
Cleveland (CNN) - Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman whose outsider campaign has both galvanized millions of voters and divided the Republican Party, is the 2016 GOP presidential nominee. The New Yorker's embrace by the Republican National Convention marks a remarkable moment in U.S. political history and validates a campaign that shattered precedent, defied pundits and usurped the GOP establishment. His son Donald Trump, Jr., cast the votes for the New York delegation that put the billionaire businessman over the top of the 1,237 delegates he needed to clinch the nomination, as any talk of disruptive protest votes or walkouts dissipated. "It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates," Donald Jr. said, surrounded by three of Trump's other children -- Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany. "Congratulations Dad, we love you."

Norovirus may have crashed GOP convention, sickening 11 staff so far
Ars Technica - Around 11 Californian Republican Party staff members who arrived in Cleveland early to help organize this week's National Convention have fallen ill with what appears to be norovirus infections. Health officials have reportedly taken fecal samples from the sick and sent them for testing at a lab in Columbus, Ohio. "It looks like the norovirus, but we're not going to say that's definitively what it is," Erie County Health Commissioner Pete Schade told the local newspaper, the Plain Dealer. The staffers who have fallen ill are essentially being quarantined at their hotel, the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. That facility is almost 60 miles away from the Cleveland arena where the convention is taking place. They have been instructed to avoid the convention until going 24 hours without symptoms. So far, no delegates have been infected, but local health authorities are cautioning convention attendees to wash their hands frequently, avoid sharing food, and avoid shaking hands. The resort has set up hand sanitizer stations for guests, however alcohol-based sanitizers are not effective against non-enveloped viruses such as noroviruses.

Manafort takes heat from ex-Trump campaign manager over Melania speech flap
Fox News - Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski took to task the man who replaced him Tuesday over allegedly plagiarized passages in Melania Trump’s convention speech, saying Paul Manafort should find out who’s responsible and hold them “accountable.” The passages in question were strikingly similar to first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address. As current campaign manager Manafort downplayed the controversy, Lewandowski said Manafort should “take a deep look inside” the Trump operation to find out who signed off on the speech…. He even said, “I think if it was Paul Manafort [who signed off], he would do the right thing and resign,” while adding it’s “very possible” Manafort did not approve the speech…. RNC chairman Reince Priebus defended Trump's speech, calling it "inspirational" and a "great immigrant story," but said he'd "probably" fire the woman's speech writer.
* Related Video: Trump Campaign Responds To "Absurd" Melania Plagiarism Accusations

Did Michelle Obama Also "Borrow" For Her 2008 Speech
Zero Hedge - Today's political press has been captivated by the alleged plagiarism by Melania Trump, who is said to have stolen fragments of a speech delivered by Michelle Obama in 2008…. However, in a curious development, the IOTWReport website finds some curious analogues between Michelle's own 2008 speech, and a book written in 1992 by African author Rob Marsh titled, "Business success in South Africa."

Hillary Clinton Lectures on White Privilege. How About the Privilege of the Elite?
Kurt Nimmo - On Monday at the 107th NAACP convention in Cincinnati, she mounted the stage and declared white Americans need to “recognize our privilege and practice humility.” “We white Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face everyday. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume our experiences are everyone’s experiences,” she admonished. Clinton’s hypocrisy is nothing short of astounding. As a cherished member of the political elite, she enjoys unbounded privilege only imagined by the vast majority of Americans. The Justice Department has refused to prosecute Hillary Clinton for violation of 18 U.S. Code 1924 covering “Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.” FBI boss James Comey admitted Clinton enjoys special privilege.

Veteran News

The Feds “Assault” On U.S. War Veterans You Won’t Believe
Government Slaves - Constitutional Attorney Michael Connelly, JD, who also is the Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation, has written the article “OUTRAGEOUS: Veterans are now receiving letters prohibiting the purchase, possession, receipt, or transport of a firearm/ammunition…” that every voter and law abiding citizen in the USA ought to read to understand the scope of what’s happened in this country… According to Connelly, veterans are receiving a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that states in part, A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).? It seems as if the VA has taken another tact of dealing with neutralizing veterans apparently by denying them due process because, according to Connelly, In every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…

Economy & Business

White House Claims That Student Debt Is Good For The Economy
Government Slaves - The organization recently released a paper which argued that these student loans are actually beneficial to the economy. “Federal student loan programs help expand access to high-quality education, which has long-lasting benefits to individuals as well as the overall macroeconomy through higher labor productivity and faster GDP growth.” The report goes on to claim that the Fed’s student loan program has helped build skills among workers, earning them more money and driving growth. In reality, unless you earn a degree in a field that society needs, like say science, medicine, or engineering, you’re probably not going to earn enough money to justify your student loan. Most college grads don’t even work in the field that they studied for, and the idea that a college degree will magically net you an extra $1 million over the course of your life, is a total myth…. What’s really going on, is the Federal student loan program is saddling students with debts that can’t be defaulted on, in order to pay for degrees that won’t earn them any money. That’s why millennials are putting off starting families, starting businesses, buying homes, and getting married. These debts are so high that it’s not uncommon for parents over the age of 40 to still owe money, and have children who are also brimming with student loan debt. We have an entire lost generation on our hands because of student loans.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

New Report Slams US EPA over Harmful Pesticide Mixture Approvals
Sustainable Pulse - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity…. The Center’s new report, Toxic Concoctions: How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails, involved an intensive search of patent applications for pesticide products containing two or more active ingredients recently approved by the EPA for four major agrochemical companies (Bayer, Dow, Monsanto and Syngenta). “The EPA is supposed to be the cop on the beat, protecting people and the environment from the dangers of pesticides,” said Nathan Donley, a scientist with the Center and author of the report. “With these synergistic pesticides, the EPA has decided to look the other way, and guess who’s left paying the price?” Synergy occurs when two or more chemicals interact to enhance their toxic effects. It can turn what would normally be considered a safe level of exposure into one that results in considerable harm. Pesticide mixtures are ubiquitous in the environment and also present in many products for sale on store shelves.

Rhode Island Legalizes Hemp; Sets Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition
Activist Post - A coalition of five Democrats introduced House Bill 8232 (H8232) on May 19. As introduced, the legislation would have only allowed state-licensed representatives of the Narragansett Indian Tribe to produce, possess, distribute, and commercially trade industrial hemp. In a rapid series of events, the bill was amended in the House Committee of Health Education and Welfare to apply to everybody. On June 17, the House passed the amended bill 71-0. The Senate concurred the next day by a 26-7 margin. With Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signature, the law will go into effect Jan.1 2017. Under the law, industrial hemp is now treated as an agricultural crop subject to regulation by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.


Video: The Shocking Reason Why Apple Cider Vinegar Works for Weight Loss and Colds
Natural Blaze - Dr. Eric Berg has been turning old-time nutritional dogma on its head. In the video below, he explains the reasons why and how apple cider vinegar works in your body…. Excerpt from Dr. Berg’s description: Dr. Berg talks about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. It contains Acetic Acid, the key ingredient at a pH of 2.5 The different parts of our body have different levels of pH. The Key is to know your blood pH level and adjust accordingly. Acetic acid is very acidic and is used to cure various conditions like acid reflux in which the stomach becomes too much alkaline. High levels of cortisol might cause this body condition. You might also show symptoms of calcium or potassium deficiency in which case you can use apple cider vinegar. There are many benefits of apple cider vinegar and Apple cider vinegar is fantastic for all sorts of ailments, but not because of it’s nutritional content, but from the ability to acidify the body. It will help in the transportation of minerals, especially calcium, the digestion of proteins, the stimulation of thyroid function. Interestingly, due to the common excessive alkalinity a good portion of the population has, apple cider vinegar is a safe and healthy solution.

Even many organic salad dressing manufacturers now use toxic ingredients
(NaturalNews) Canola, for starters, is made from rapeseed oil, which is toxic to all animals, including humans. Canola oil, or "low acid Canadian oil," is simply rapeseed oil with less toxic acid content that meets absurd FDA guidelines. Although the "USDA certified organic" label means no pesticides are added to food, it does not mean the food is not toxic or doesn't contain heavy metal toxins…. Manufacturers use hexane, a vapor component of gasoline, to process rapeseed oil…. If you smelled it, you would never eat it, but rapeseed oil is bleached, deodorized and then cooked at high heat to remove the awful odor. The omega-3 fatty acids of processed canola oil are transformed during this deodorizing process into trans-fatty acids. The reason why canola is particularly unsuitable for consumption is that it contains a very long-chain fatty acid called erucic acid, which is associated with fibroid heart lesions…. Just since the year 2000, U.S. food manufacturers have introduced over 3,000 soy-based foods, many of which are labeled "certified organic.”… Any soy that is unfermented, whether organic or not, is linked to immune-system malfunctions, thyroid dysfunction and cognitive decline. Mountains of research from health studies reveal infant abnormalities, kidney stones and food allergies related to unfermented soy consumption.


Video: The Shocking Reason Why Apple Cider Vinegar Works for Weight Loss and Colds
Natural Blaze - Dr. Eric Berg has been turning old-time nutritional dogma on its head. In the video below, he explains the reasons why and how apple cider vinegar works in your body…. Excerpt from Dr. Berg’s description: Dr. Berg talks about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. It contains Acetic Acid, the key ingredient at a pH of 2.5 The different parts of our body have different levels of pH. The Key is to know your blood pH level and adjust accordingly. Acetic acid is very acidic and is used to cure various conditions like acid reflux in which the stomach becomes too much alkaline. High levels of cortisol might cause this body condition. You might also show symptoms of calcium or potassium deficiency in which case you can use apple cider vinegar. There are many benefits of apple cider vinegar and Apple cider vinegar is fantastic for all sorts of ailments, but not because of it’s nutritional content, but from the ability to acidify the body. It will help in the transportation of minerals, especially calcium, the digestion of proteins, the stimulation of thyroid function. Interestingly, due to the common excessive alkalinity a good portion of the population has, apple cider vinegar is a safe and healthy solution.

Even many organic salad dressing manufacturers now use toxic ingredients
(NaturalNews) Canola, for starters, is made from rapeseed oil, which is toxic to all animals, including humans. Canola oil, or "low acid Canadian oil," is simply rapeseed oil with less toxic acid content that meets absurd FDA guidelines. Although the "USDA certified organic" label means no pesticides are added to food, it does not mean the food is not toxic or doesn't contain heavy metal toxins…. Manufacturers use hexane, a vapor component of gasoline, to process rapeseed oil…. If you smelled it, you would never eat it, but rapeseed oil is bleached, deodorized and then cooked at high heat to remove the awful odor. The omega-3 fatty acids of processed canola oil are transformed during this deodorizing process into trans-fatty acids. The reason why canola is particularly unsuitable for consumption is that it contains a very long-chain fatty acid called erucic acid, which is associated with fibroid heart lesions…. Just since the year 2000, U.S. food manufacturers have introduced over 3,000 soy-based foods, many of which are labeled "certified organic.”… Any soy that is unfermented, whether organic or not, is linked to immune-system malfunctions, thyroid dysfunction and cognitive decline. Mountains of research from health studies reveal infant abnormalities, kidney stones and food allergies related to unfermented soy consumption.

Pet News

Why Probiotics?
Cats & Dogs Naturally - Probiotics are micro-organisms that are found in your cat’s and dog’s digestive tract. The gut has both good and bad bacteria, and since 80% of the immune system is located in the gut, it’s a good idea to keep a proper balance of good-to-bad bacteria so that the animal’s immune system continues to function well. If bad bacteria overruns your pet’s digestive tract, it can open the door to GI-related disorders, such as, poor food absorption, and intermittent or chronic diarrhea, or constipation. It can also lead to some serious conditions like leaky gut (dysbiosis), which means your pet can absorb partially digested amino acids and allergens into their bloodstream. And, this can result in a slew of other health problems, from allergies to disorders of the immune system…. Things go awry in the GI tract from the stress of antibiotics, processed pet food, vaccinations, the use steroids like prednisone, surgery, and chronic illnesses. And, then there are the emotional stresses, such as, travel, being placed in a boarding kennel, moving to a new home, and the arrival of a new pet (or, a baby) to the home.

Tuesday - July 19, 2016 - Today In History:

1799 - The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, was found in Egypt.
1848 - The Women's Rights Convention took place in Seneca Fall, NY. Bloomers were introduced at the convention.
1870 - France declared war on Prussia.
1942 - German U-boats were withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to effective American anti-submarine countermeasures.
1943 - During World War II, more than 150 B-17 and 112 B-24 bombers attacked Rome for the first time.
1964 - In Illinois, Cahokia Mounds was designated as a U.S. National Landmark.
1971 - In New York, the topping out ceremony for Two World Trade Center (South Tower) took place. The ceremony for One World Trade Center had taken place on December 23, 1970.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee recommended that U.S. President Richard Nixon should stand trial in the Senate for any of the five impeachment charges against him.
1982 - The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level in 1981.
1984 - Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice-President.
1985 - Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. She died with six others when the Challenger exploded the following year.
1989 - A United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people; 184 survived.
2005 - President George W. Bush announced his choice of federal appeals court judge John Roberts to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
2011 - Summoned by British lawmakers to answer for a phone hacking and bribery scandal at one of his tabloids, media mogul Rupert Murdoch said he was humbled and ashamed, but accepted no responsibility for wrongdoing.

World News

Former Admiral Urges US to Prepare for Naval Battle with China
Underground Reporter - In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.... The admiral’s recommendation came the day after a United Nations tribunal invalidated China’s claim of territorial rights to nearly all of the waters in the South China Sea.... The U.S., citing the territorial dispute and security concerns raised by its allies in the region, have for months been sending warships into the South China Sea as a check against Chinese hostility. Beijing, acutely aware of the military buildup off its coast, has publicly warned the U.S. it’s more than ready to defend against provocations.... Hanging above the whole affair is the fact that China, long before Tuesday’s ruling, had repeatedly stated it has no intention of abiding by the U.N.’s decision. And within hours after the tribunal’s verdict, China doubled down on that stance by raising the possibility that it would erect an “air defense identification zone” over the South China Sea.
* Related: China Warns US Patrols In South China Sea Could End In "Disaster" As It Launches Navy Drills

Erdogan Purges 20,000 As Europe Voices Concern Coup Was Staged With "Prepared Arrest Lists"
Zero Hedge - Bloomberg summarizes as follows: more than than 7,500, including more than 6,000 soldiers from various ranks detained by police, Turkish PM Binali Yildirim says in televised remarks. Those detained include 755 judges and prosecutors, 650 civilians and 100 police officers. Separately, about 9,000 from the Interior Ministry, 3,000 judges and prosecutors and 1,500 staff members of Finance Ministry have been removed from duty. In total, approximately 20,000 political opponents "purged" just days after the conclusion of the failed coup. At the same time speculation that the terribly planned "coup" was anything but came from the European Commission itself. As Reuters adds, the swift rounding up of judges and others after a failed coup in Turkey indicated the government had prepared a list beforehand, according to EU commissioner dealing with Turkey's membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said on Monday. "It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage," Hahn said. "I'm very concerned. It is exactly what we feared." It is also exactly what Erdogan has expected and hoped for. And with broad western support for Erdogan over the weekend, his mission to concentrate all Turkish power in his own hands is now assured.

Police search Turkish air base used by US military that houses NATO's largest nuclear weapons storage facility after commander was arrested by Erdogan over coup
Daily Mail - Turkish prosecutors accompanied by police have started a search of an air base used by US troops, which contains nuclear weapons... In the wake of Fridays failed military coup, authorities have begun a search of the base, according to state-run media. The authorities have already arrested a Turkish air force general from the base who was suspected of plotting the coup. General Bekir Ercan Van, ten other soldiers and one police officer from the Incirlik base were detained for their role in the botched Friday coup attempt.

French PM booed at ceremony for Nice truck attack victims
The Guardian - Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, has been booed before and after a minute’s silence in Nice for the victims of the Bastille Day truck attack. There were shouts of “Murderers!” and “Resign!” as Valls and two other ministers left the seafront, where a huge crowd gathered to remember the 84 people mown down by the truck driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel. There were also placards in the crowd calling for the French president, François Hollande, to resign. The incident highlighted how three days of national mourning have been overshadowed by an intensifying debate about whether the government has done enough to respond to terrorism.... Six people are being detained in connection with the attack, including a 38-year-old Albanian suspected of providing Lahouaiej-Bouhlel with a pistol he used to fire at police.... The health minister, Marisol Touraine, said 85 people were still in hospital, including 18 in a critical condition.

Police Rushed to Rescue Bono and Other Celebrities During Nice Attacks
Liberty Blitzkrieg - When it comes to terror attacks, we now know that #CelebrityLivesMatter. A lot. Specifically, some Nice residents expressed concern that U2 frontman Bono and other celebrities dining a half mile away from the scene of the recent terror attack received special treatment. According to the Telegraph... Bono and Ducasse were rescued by armed counter-terrorism police along with other prominent French figures including the former mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, who was also at the restaurant. However, local residents have questioned the decision to launch special rescue missions of celebrities who were nearly half a mile away from the Nice attack, saying it was a “ridiculous” use of resources at a time when the city was plunged into chaos. Paulo Mendes, 46, the manager of a souvenir shop next door to the restaurant, said: “It is ridiculous that Bono was rescued by police.” He told The Telegraph that police were needed half a mile away at the scene of the attack where thousands of people were rushing to safety. “There was panic everywhere in the town,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s Michael Jackson, Bono or Barack Obama. The police should not help one person just because he is a celebrity. Everyone is equal.”

Germany axe attack: Assault on train in Wuerzburg
BBC News - Three people were seriously hurt and one suffered minor injuries in the attack in Wuerzburg, police said. Initial reports said up to 20 people had been injured but it was later revealed that at least 14 had been treated for shock. The motive for the attack is not yet clear. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the attacker was a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who had been living in the nearby town of Ochsenfurt. He told public broadcaster ARD that the teenager appeared to have travelled to Germany as an unaccompanied minor.... Police said the attacker fled the train but was chased by officers who shot him dead.

Hungary asks IMF to leave the country after early payback
RT - The head of Hungary’s Central Bank Gyorgy Matolcsy wrote a letter to IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Monday asking for it to close its representative office in Budapest as it was "not necessary to maintain" it any longer. The IMF says it is ready to agree since the current IMF representative in Hungary is due to leave soon anyway. Hungary is heading for a general election next year, and many see the move as an attempt to show the government’s ability to avoid austerity programs and to act without outside help. In 2008, amid the global crisis Hungary was saved from bankruptcy with a $26 billion rescue package from the IMF and the EU. Two years later Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government decided not to renew the deal to avoid closer IMF scrutiny of its economic policies.... Hungary still owes $2.125 billion to the IMF from its original credit line of $25.5 billion.

To ease food shortages, Venezuela opens border with Columbia
CSMonitor - Venezuela temporarily opened the border to provide relief for its citizens, who have been accustomed to waiting in line for hours for anything from corn flour to medicine.... It was the second weekend in a row the Venezuelan government opened parts of the 1,378-mile border it closed to Colombia last August, ostensibly to combat smuggling.... "I've come to buy what I can't find in the country – rice, beans, lentils, sugar, toilet paper," Elizabeth Perez, a public employee, told Reuters. "I came a few days ago with a group of people so I could cross into Colombia today. We're only eating once a day."... [Venezuelan President Nocholas] Maduro said the jarring news a few weeks ago of 500 women rushing across a bridge from Urena, Venezuela, to Cucuta, Colombia, out of desperation to buy food was merely "a media show." .... Colombian officials dressed in white shirts, much like the 500 women who stormed the border checkpoint a few weeks ago, individually welcoming those arriving while police handed out cake.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Wisconsin sheriff on recent Baton Rouge shootings: I predicted this (Video)
CNN News - In a heated interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said he predicted the recent police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others. "I've been watching this for two years. I've predicted this," Clarke said. "This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer." Clarke blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for inspiring violent crimes against law enforcement officers, calling the group "purveyors of hate." Lemon pressed Clarke for specifics, but the sheriff didn't offer any. Lemon and Clarke, who will speak Monday at the Republican National Convention, got off to a rocky start. Lemon began the interview by saying law enforcement officials in Louisiana talked about the Baton Rouge police killings. "Their message is peace and coming together in the country. What's your message?" "You don't believe that for one minute, do you?" Clarke replied.

Video: O’Reilly on America's Race Problem
CNS News.

WH Responds to Petition Seeking to Label ‘Black Lives Matter’ a Domestic Terrorist Organization
CNS News - It didn’t take the White House long to respond to a July 6 petitionasking the Obama administration to “formally recognize Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization. “The White House plays no role in designating domestic terror organizations,” said last week’s response to the 141,444 signers of the online petition. “The U.S. government does not generate a list of domestic terror organizations, and therefore we are not able to address the formal request of your petition. We encourage you to engage with your community in the ongoing discussion of how we can better build trust and safety in our communities.

Highest Ranking Officer Found Not Guilty Of All Charges In Freddie Gray Case (Video)
CBS Baltimore - Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams has ruled that Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking Baltimore City Police officer to be charged in relation to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, is not guilty of all the charges he faced — involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office…. Rice is the third officer charged in the Gray case to get a full acquittal from Judge Williams. “The judge decided that there was no proof of any of the charges yet again,” according to WJZ’s Mike Hellgren, who was inside the courtroom as the verdict was read.

Democrats Introduce Bill to Ban Kids from Using Assault Rifles
USA Carry - Washington Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban children younger than 16 from using machine guns and so-called military style assault rifles. The bill, called the Help End Assault Rifle Tragedies Act, or HEART Act, would “prohibit the transfer, loan, or other disposition of a machinegun or semiautomatic assault weapon to an individual under 16 years of age.” Introduced by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), the ban would include blocking kids from firing the restricted firearms at a gun show or a gun range.... The bill goes on to list six pages of specific models of firearms that would fall under the bill, including all AR and AK types.

Declassified 9/11 pages show ties to former Saudi ambassador
USA Today - The details in the newly released documents are a mix of tantalizing, but often unconfirmed, tidbits about the Saudi Arabian ties of some of the 9/11 hijackers…. The pages were used by the 9/11 Commission as part of its investigation into the intelligence failures leading up to the attacks. A telephone number found in the phone book of al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, who was captured in Pakistan in March 2002, was for an Aspen, Colo., corporation that managed the "affairs of the Colorado residence of the Saudi Ambassador Bandar," the documents show. Another phone number found in Abu Zubaydah's effects was traced to a bodyguard at the Saudi embassy in Washington, according to the FBI. Osama Bassnan, who the documents identify as a financial supporter of two of the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, received money from Bandar, and Bassnan's wife also got money from Bandar's wife. "On at least one occasion," the documents show, "Bassnan received a check directly from Prince Bandar's account. According to the FBI, on May 14, 1998, Bassnan cashed a check from Bandar in the amount of $15,000. Bassnan's wife also received at least one check directly from Bandar." Bassnan and Omar al-Bayoumi, another Saudi living in San Diego, "provided substantial assistance" to two of the hijackers — Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi — the documents said.

Dangerous Doctors Keep Working Due to Flawed Reporting to National Database
AllGov - The AJC [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] found numerous examples of hospitals and medical boards failing to report disciplinary actions. What's more, the review found that even when hospitals and medical boards file reports, they may classify violations in a way that conceals the scope of physician sexual misconduct on the very limited portion of the data bank available to the public. Because of such gaps, the AJC -- in reviewing board orders, court records and news reports -- found about 70 percent more physicians accused of sexual misconduct than the 466 classified as such in the public version of the data bank from 2010 to 2014. That didn't surprise Robert Oshel, a retired former official who worked with the data bank program at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Powerful economic incentives, he said, can discourage hospitals from reporting. "Unfortunately, the incentives are -- if you've got a physician you are trying to get rid of because he has quality problems -- you want him to go away, and you don't want him to sue you when you take action against him to make him go away," he said. Doctors also have incentives to negotiate with medical boards, he said, about how their violation will be reported. "This is a real problem and it always has been," Oshel said.

Election News

GOP leaders stamp out anti-Trump push at Republican National Convention
Washington Times - GOP leaders steamrolled over anti-Trump delegates Monday, pushing through the party’s rules binding delegates and ensuring Donald Trump will claim the nomination later this week. Party leaders gaveled the voice-vote closed and declared the pro-Trump rules adopted, spurring an angry outcry from a vocal minority.... The party adopted rules that bind delegates to vote for the candidate who won them in the primaries — giving Mr. Trump far more than the 1,237 he needs to sew up the nomination.... Earlier Monday the anti-Trump forces had said they had enough signatures from nine states to force the roll call vote.... But convention officials said some of the signatures submitted had later withdrew, and only six states qualified in the count for a roll call vote.
* Related: Live Updates of RNC

‘Bikers for Trump’ Assemble In Cleveland: Photos
Adan Salazar - “Bikers for Trump” organizer Chris Cox told MSNBC he expects anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 bikers riding around the convention in order to be a “calming factor” against agitators wishing to carry out violence. “We feel like it’s open season on law enforcement, there’s an assault on decency, and we’re here to stand with law enforcement, and in the event that we’re needed we’ll step up,” Cox said. “The bikers are citizen crusaders from all walks of life,” he added.

Republican Platform Unexpectedly Calls For A Return To Glass-Steagall
Zero Hedge - According to The Hill, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager, told reporters gathered in Cleveland Monday that the GOP platform would include language advocating for a return of that law, which was repealed under President Bill Clinton, husband of, well you know.... “We also call for a reintroduction of Glass-Steagall, which created barriers between what big banks can do,” he said. Including that language in the GOP platform comes shortly after Democrats agreed to similar language in their own, calling for an “updated and modernized version” of the law. However before anyone gets their hopes up, recall that a party platform is not binding but is thought to reflect the values of the party.... until the values change as a result of Wall Street "incentives" because if there is one thing US "commercial banks" can not afford it is a separation of their depository and investment activities.

Paris Train Hero Attacked as 'Small-minded Bigot' for Wearing Trump T-shirt
Townhall - Alek Skarlatos was one of three young U.S. soldiers on the right vacation at the right time when a terrorist attempted to launch an attack on a train in Paris, France last summer.... Yet, Skarlatos found out very quickly how people can turn on him. All he had to do was post a picture of himself on Instagram fishing and wearing a "Trump: Make America Great Again" T-shirt. While some of his followers praised his presidential choice, others attacked him. "Racist" and "uneducated" were among the insults hurled at him. One especially nasty commenter called him a "small-minded bigot." That's not all he called him (but the graphic language is best not placed here.).... Some commenters applauded the nasty remark, but others stood up for Skarlatos' right to free speech - considering, you know, he is one of a few Americans who actually fought for it.

Video: Political Correctness Kills
Paul Joseph Watson - If Hillary wins, America loses.

Veteran News

Vietnam veteran Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Michigan gets Medal of Honor for saving soldiers
McClatchy DC - Nearly five decades after helping rescue dozens American soldiers pinned down by enemy fire during the Vietnam War, Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Michigan received the Medal of Honor. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and evacuated the wounded after they were ambushed in combat operations near Duc Pho in May 1967. He is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. The Veterans History Project campaigned to upgrade Kettles' Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor, and the Pentagon agreed his actions merited an upgrade. Congress passed legislation waiving a time limitation for the award, paving the way for the honor.

Economy & Business

HSBC Report Shows Eric Holder Pushed For 'Too Big To Jail' Policy
ShadowProof - A new report from the House Financial Services Committee, which explores the Justice Department’s conduct in relation to the megabank HSBC, proves once-and-for-all what many had long suspected.... The report shows that officials within the Justice Department wanted to bring prosecutions against HSBC in 2012 after the bank was caught laundering nearly $900 million for drug traffickers, terrorists, and countries under US sanctions, but were ultimately stymied and forced to accept a weak deferred prosecution settlement, which left senior bank executives untouched by Holder and other DOJ senior leadership. To repeat, officials within the Justice Department recommended prosecuting HSBC for its massive money laundering scheme, and Holder and friends overruled them. According to the report, senior DOJ officials justified their decision because they believed prosecuting HSBC “could result in a global financial disaster.” In other words, HSBC was Too Big To Jail.

Energy & Environment

Vermont AG sued for withholding records on possible investigation of ‘climate change deniers’
Watchdog - On Monday, two nonprofit legal centers filed a lawsuit to force Attorney General William Sorrell and Assistant Attorney General Scott Kline to turn over documents from private email accounts that discuss climate change “deniers.” The complaint, filed by attorneys for the Energy and Environment Legal Institute and Free Market Environmental Law Clinic, says a request for documents was made on May 10 but not responded to by the extended deadline of May 24.... According to the complaint, the groups seek discussions with Matt Pawa, an environmental lawyer for the Climate Accountability Institute; Lem Srolovic, chief of the New York Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau; Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general; and John Passacantando, former executive director of Greenpeace USA. Records obtained from a prior request made in March show Sorrell and Kline have been working with Schneiderman, Srolovic and anti-fossil fuel activists on launching investigations into ExxonMobil and conservative think tanks generally opposed to climate change agendas.
* Related: N.C. conservative group dinged for alleged climate change ‘denial’

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

11 Late-Summer, Quick-Growing Vegetables You Gotta Plant NOW To Beat The Frost
Off the Grid News - Depending on your growing zone and how many days you have left before frost, there are up to 11 vegetables you can still plant, from seed, and eat this season. Where I live in Zone 4, we usually expect our first frost about the third week of September. That means I can plant all eleven of the following vegetable choices right up until late July. If you have 60 or more days left of your growing season, you can plant the following: 1. Radishes. Almost all cultivars of radish can be grown in under 60 days. 2. Kale. This healthful favorite can be grown to full maturity in 60 to 75 days, depending on your conditions and the specific cultivar. 3. Peas. Mid-to-late summer is the perfect time to plant peas for a fall crop. They do not like high heat, and planting now will allow them to grow in relatively cool conditions. Most varieties are ready to harvest at between 50 and 60 days. 4. Cucumbers. Many cucumber cultivars reach maturity from seed in 60 days or less. Cukes vary widely, from as few as 49 days to nearly 70. 5. Summer squashes. There is a delightful array of zucchini, yellow and patty pan squashes that can be grown in a very short time. Some cultivars reach harvestable size in an astonishing 40 days. 6. Carrots. Many varieties of summer carrots reach maturity in under 60 days….


Man Given Months to Live with Brain Tumor Rejects Chemo for High-fat Ketogenic Diet – Doing Well 2 Years Later
Health Impact News - In recent times, studies have been done on cancer patients using the ketogenic diet, using the theory that refined carbohydrates feed cancer cells, whereas a diet induced state of ketosis can starve cancer cells. One of the most widely used dietary oils in the ketogenic diet to induce ketosis is coconut oil. But a diet approach to curing cancer is a direct threat to the multi-billion dollar cancer industry, which depends on no cures for future growth for its cancer products, which can only be pharmaceutical drugs approved by the FDA. (See: The Cancer Industry is Too Prosperous to Allow a Cure). So for cancer patients who want to try alternative methods to treat their cancer, they must endure ridicule, fear, and scorn by doctors in mainstream medicine…. The ketogenic diet relies on measuring ketones – an acid remaining when the body burns its own fat. The theory is that by reducing the intake of carbohydrates it is possible to starve a tumor of fuel and therefore stabilize it.

Alzheimer's and dementia can be prevented, slowed down and even reversed, despite what you've been told by conventional medicine!
The Alzheimer's and Dementia Summit is online and FREE from July 25 - August 1, 2016. Are you concerned about brain health? Or, of one day not recognizing your closest friend? If so, or if you care about friends and family members dealing with poor brain function, don’t miss The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Summit. Brain disorders, including memory loss, are fast becoming the single biggest health problem in the world. This event represents a unique opportunity to discover how to prevent, slow down and even reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Right Kind of Cinnamon Enhances Memory, Improves Learning Ability And Can Reverse Parkinson’s
Natural Blaze - Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and regular consumption can lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower blood pressure and even ward off Alzheimer’s. If you are to maximize the medicinal value of cinnamon it must also be non-irradiated and pure ceylon which will be labeled as such. Although related, cinnamon and cassia are not obtained from the same plant. They should be treated as separate foods, both from a nutritional and a health standpoint. Scientifically speaking, there is only one true cinnamon, which is most commonly called “Ceylon cinnamon,” and comes from the plant Cinnamomum zeylanicum. An alternative scientific name for Ceylon cinnamon is Cinnamomum verum, which simply translates as “true cinnamon.”

5 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp is a Fake!
David Wolfe - They’ll improve your mental clarity, cleanse the air in your room and help you get better sleep, among many other things. Unfortunately, those benefits – along with the lamps’ rising popularity – make Himalayan salt lamps a prime target for counterfeiters. Protect yourself and your wallet by learning what to keep an eye out for. #1 – It’s White And Cost Next To Nothing- White Himalayan salt is harder to come across than the pink variety. As such, genuine white Himalayan salt lamps tend to cost several times as much. Expect to pay upwards of $50 online…. #2 – It’s Super Heavy… Yet It Emits Light Well - Once a genuine Himalayan salt lamp exceeds about 20 pounds, it’ll no longer emit light in a uniform pattern. That’s just the nature of genuine Himalayan salt…. #3 – It’s Indestructible - Himalayan salt lamps – especially the white variety – tend to be fragile. So if you’ve dropped yours, or the shipping box has arrived with significant signs of damage, yet the lamp itself still looks good as new, it’s probably not 100% genuine. #4 – The Lamp Handles Moisture Well - Genuine Himalayan salt manufacturers recommend that their products be placed in a cool, dry area. That’s because the salt will absorb any moisture around it and begin to shrink. You can test your lamp by taking a damp cloth and gently rubbing the lamp. The part of the cloth you’ve rubbed should have noticeable discoloration and the lamp should look like it’s “weeping.” #5 – Nothing Changes - All of your life’s problems are not going to be solved by a Himalayan salt lamp. But after a couple weeks of using one in your home, you should notice a few things, including: Reduced allergy or asthma symptoms, Increased energy levels, Better sleep, Improved depression, Reduced stress.

Pet News

Bone Broth For You & Your Pet
Cats & Dogs Naturally - Achy knees? Arthritis? Leaky Gut? Or, do you just want to give your cat and dog (and yourself) a highly nutritious food? Well, then have some homemade bone broth! This past weekend, I made some broth from beef bones (grass-fed, hormone-free & antibiotic-free, of course!). I pulled out my 3-quart Crock Pot, packed in about 2.5 pounds of bones, poured in enough purified/distilled water to cover the bones, turned on my Crock Pot to low, and let it simmer for 48 hours. Some folks like to slow-cook the bones any where from 6 to 48 hours, but I figured two days is sufficient to pull out all the good stuff like glycosaminoglycans, collagen, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine. All these great nutrients may help heal a leaky gut, IBD, and other digestive problems. Plus, help reduce joint inflammation, too, especially if you (and your pet) consume bone broth on a regular basis. One other thing: Don’t forget to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the mix. This helps to extract the amino acid rich-gelatin from the bones into the soup… Since I don’t feed beef to my cats, I instead make their broth from chicken, turkey, and rabbit bones—it’s their favorite meats (Many cats can’t tolerate beef or bison, but some cats can. So, I suggest you use bones from a meat source that you know your cat or dog doesn’t have an allergy or a low tolerance to).

Meet Dindim, the penguin who returns to his human soulmate every year
The Independent - Four years ago, Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, found a South American Magellanic penguin covered in oil and starving on a beach on an island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. A friendship was born. Since they met in 2011, the creature, which normally breeds on the Patagonia coasts of Argentina and Chile, three to five thousand miles away, has become a faithful companion, swimming every year from its habitat to spend up to eight months living with the retired fisherman in his house on the island.

Monday - July 18, 2016 - Today In History:

1743 - "The New York Weekly Journal" published the first half-page newspaper ad.
1914 - Six planes of the U.S. Army helped to form an aviation division called the Signal Corps.
1932 - The U.S. and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1936 - The first Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company’s factory in Chicago, IL.
1936 - The Spanish Civil War began as Gen. Francisco Franco led an uprising of army troops based in Spanish North Africa.
1942 - The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, made its first flight.
1944 - U.S. troops captured Saint-Lo, France, ending the battle of the hedgerows.
1944 - Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister due to setbacks suffered by his country in World War II.
1947 - U.S. President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which placed the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
1971 - New Zealand and Australia announced they would pull their troops out of Vietnam.
2001 - A train derailed, involving 60 cars, in a Baltimore train tunnel. The fire that resulted lasted for six days and virtually closed down downtown Baltimore for several days. (Maryland)

World News

At Least 6,000 Arrested in Wake of Turkey's Failed Coup
Sputnik News - Previously, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that 2,839 coup perpetrators have been detained. A large number of judges and prosecutors have also been arrested over charges of links to the Gulen movement, headed by exiled opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been reportedly linked to the coup attempt. The justice minister vowed that all those implicit in the failed coup will pay the price as well as echoing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call on the Unites States to extradite Gulen to Turkey. Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup took place in the country. The coup was suppressed several hours later. Over 260 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the events.
* Related: 42 Helicopters Missing in Turkey Sparking Concerns of a Second Coup Attempt

“Why They Didn't Fire Is A Mystery" - Coup Pilots Had Erdogan's Plane In Their Sights And Did Nothing
Zero Hedge - …from Reuters: The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday near the coastal resort of Marmaris after a faction in the military launched the coup attempt on Friday night, sealing off a bridge across the Bosphorus, trying to capture Istanbul's main airport and sending tanks to parliament in Ankara. A senior Turkish official confirmed to Reuters that Erdogan's business jet had been harassed while flying from the airport that serves Marmaris by two F-16s commandeered by the coup plotters but that he had managed to reach Istanbul safely. "At least two F-16s harassed Erdogan's plane while it was in the air and en route to Istanbul. They locked their radars on his plane and on two other F-16s protecting him," a former military officer with knowledge of the events told Reuters. "Why they didn't fire is a mystery," he said.

Nice attacker sent text message about weapons supply – police
The Guardian - Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, wrote of his “satisfaction at having obtained a 7.65mm pistol” and discussed the supply of other weapons, a police source confirmed to the news agency AFP. A pistol, two replica assault rifles and a dummy grenade were found in the truck. It also emerged that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel took pictures of himself at the wheel of the truck before the attack and shared them by text message. More than 200 investigators are working on identifying the recipients of the messages. … French investigators are also looking at the level of preparation undertaken by Lahouaiej-Bouhlel after it emerged that he was seen by CCTV cameras on Nice’s seafront Promenade des Anglais twice in the two days before the attack. Six people are being held for questioning over the attack, among them a 38-year-old Albanian who was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of supplying the pistol that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel used to shoot at police trying to block his route. Lahouaiej-Bouhlel’s estranged wife and mother of his three children was released after questioning by police. She was not a suspect in the attack…. As the government faces mounting criticism from rightwing opposition groups over its security policy, the prime minister, Manuel Valls, said new attacks would occur as France faced a long-term issue of terrorism…. Valls warned against Donald Trump-style proposals such as restricting Muslims’ entry. “The response to Islamic State cannot be the Trump-isation of our state of mind,” he told Le Journal du Dimanche.

Family detail Nice attacker's mental health issues
RT - Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had a long history of violence and mental illness, his family back in his homeland of Tunisia said, while insisting he showed no obvious signs of radicalization prior to Thursday’s attack that left at least 84 people dead.... The 31-year-old Lahouaiej Bouhlel left Tunisia for France back in 2005, and did not keep in regular contact with his family.... “From 2002 to 2004 he had problems that led to a nervous breakdown,” his father Mohamed Mondher Lahouaiej Bouhlel told several French channels in an interview outside his home.... “He’d get angry and shout and break everything around him. He was violent and very ill. We took him to the doctor and he was put on drugs. Whenever there was a crisis, we took him back again. He was always alone. Always silent, refusing to talk. Even in the street, he wouldn’t greet people.”.... Although he last saw his family in Tunisia in 2012 when he traveled back for his sister’s wedding, in recent weeks Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s behavior radically changed. “Over the past month, he was calling us every day and he sent us money... He called several times a day,” explained [his sister] Rebab. His brother Jaber Bouhlel told the Daily Mail that the family received 240,000 Tunisian dinar (almost $110,000) from Mohamed in the past few weeks – a surprisingly large sum for a low-paid deliveryman. "He used to send us small sums of money regularly like most Tunisians working abroad. But then he sent us all that money, it was fortune. He sent the money illegally. He gave cash to people he knew who were returning to our village and asked them to give it to the family,” said Jaber.

Cloud seeding took place day before fatal flooding in Tasmania
Hang The Bankers - Tasmania’s government-owned energy company has been asked to explain why it conducted cloud seeding over the Derwent River catchment the day before flooding began this week. The catchment flooded on Monday near Ouse in southern Tasmania, where the search continues for a missing farmer. In the state’s north, one person was killed and another remains missing. Cloud seeding is a technique used to increase rain to bolster dams and involves the addition of a substance to suitable clouds to encourage the growth of ice crystals or raindrops. Premier Will Hodgman said he was told Hydro Tasmania authorised cloud seeding on Sunday morning in the Upper Derwent catchment, even though heavy falls were forecast.

Malta Set to Become First European Country to Fully Ban Glyphosate
Sustainable Pulse - An Environment Ministry spokeswoman told the Times of Malta that the government had begun the process of banning the chemical, which is considered a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organisation cancer agency. “Malta’s position remains against the use of glyphosate and Malta voted against it without reservations,” the spokeswoman said, confirming that the pesticide regulator was currently implementing political direction given by the Ministry towards a ban.

Zika Virus News

Zika Makes It Rain Pesticides With Your Taxpayer Money
Dr. Mercola - Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide $622 million to fight Zika virus…That money was intended to get U.S. health agencies through the end of September. Now the House has passed a $1.1 billion Zika funding bill, which still falls short of the $1.9 billion the White House had called for. Of the hefty sum, $230 million would go to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help with vaccine development. Another $476 million would go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mosquito control and “readiness and response activities,” while $85 million would go to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the development of rapid diagnostic tests, STAT News reported. The money would be further divided among the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which would get $175 million for mosquito control…. A rider inserted into the bill would allow pesticides to be sprayed over ditches, streams and other waterways protected by the Clean Water Act for a period of 180 days, with no permit required whatsoever…. Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland are racing to develop a Zika vaccine that may soon become one more shot that military personnel are required to receive. At the Institute’s Pilot Bioproduction Facility (PBF), researchers are growing Zika virus in monkey liver cells, then inactivating the virus, isolating the particles and injecting them into animals to study the resulting immune response. After the results are published, they’ll move on to testing in primates and then to human “guinea pigs” as early as this fall.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

John Kerry, secretary of state: Recent 'desperate' terrorist attacks proves ISIS 'on the run'
Washington Times - “They are on the run, and what I believe what we are seeing are the desperate actions of an entity that sees the noose closing around it,” Mr. Kerry said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” CNN anchor Jake Tapper immediately challenged Mr. Kerry, saying, “With all due respect, sir, I’m not sure it looks that way to the public, that ISIS is on the run.” Hundreds of civilians have died in the past five weeks in terrorist rampages, including the June 12 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead; the June 28 siege on Istanbul Ataturk Airport that killed 45; and the Bastille Day attack Thursday that left 84 dead in Nice, France. “I don’t think ISIS is on the run,” Mr. Tapper said.... Mr. Kerry said it is unclear whether those attackers were members of the Islamic State or merely inspired by the group’s ideology. “It depends on where you mean ISIS,” Mr. Kerry said. “I don’t know if this guy [in Nice] was actually ISIS and nor do you. And we don’t know if the guy in Orlando was fundamentally ISIS, nor even told what to do by ISIS. If people are inspired, they’re inspired.”

US Government Releases Redacted "28 Pages" Missing From 9/11 Report
Zero Hedge - The missing 28 pages from the 9/11 report begins as follows: "While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government...".... The 9/11 Commission concluded in its report that senior Saudi officials did not knowingly support the terrorist plot to attack the United States.... To be sure, what the report does provide is much circumstantial evidence that the Saudis were most certainly involved in 9/11, sufficient to convince any rational man, but perhaps not enough to launch a lawsuit against, say, the King. [For example] Osama Bassnan, who the documents identify as a financial supporter of two of the 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, received money from [Saudi Ambassador Prince] Bandar, and Bassnan's wife also got money from Bandar's wife. "One at least one occasion," the documents show, "Bassnan received a check directly from Prince Bandar's account. According to the FBI, on May 14, 1998, Bassnan cashed a check from Bandar in the amount of $15,000. Bassnan's wife also received at least one check directly from Bandar."

Police Purge Underway in Baton Rouge: Three Officers Shot Dead Amid Protest
Sputnik News - At least three officers have been shot in Baton Rouge only a week after the deadly attacks in Dallas that left five officers dead and a dozen others wounded as protests have soured into violence over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of cops.... A lone gunmen dressed in all black armed with a high-powered rifle ambushed cops. Police responding to calls of "officer down" arrived five minutes later and engaged the subject while EMS cared to the wounded officers. The gunmen was killed in the shootout minutes later. In total, there are three officers dead — two from the Baton Rouge Police Department and one from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department. Of the three injured, one is said to be clinging on to their life by a thread and remains in critical condition. The lone gunmen has been identified by police as a 29-year-old black male named Gavin Eugene Long from Kansas City, Missouri. Police caution that the motive behind the shooting remains unknown until further investigation.
* Related: Baton Rouge Shooting Updates

Lawsuit: Brutal Baton Rouge Police Crackdown Violated Protesters' 1st Amendment
The Anti-Media - After facing an acerbic backlash for the riot gear-clad, militaristic response to peaceful protests over the weekend, Baton Rouge Police and Louisiana state officials are now being sued in federal court for violating dozens of people’s First Amendment rights. Six groups, including the state chapters of both the American Civil Liberties Union and National Lawyers Guild, filed the lawsuit Wednesday over a veritable catalog of grievances surrounding the militaristic crackdown on an otherwise peaceful assembly, which led to the arrests of over 180 demonstrators and journalists…. According to local CBS affiliate WWL, 157 of the 180 people arrested over the weekend were “cited for obstruction of a roadway, inciting to riot, interfering, or a combination of two of these charges.” Witnesses present as the militarized cops menacingly moved on the crowd felt the motivation might have been retaliation rather than public safety,

Video: Cleveland Police Union Head on Baton Rouge: Obama Has ‘Blood on His Hands’
Mediaite - The head of a Cleveland police union reacted to the shooting of multiple officers in Baton Rouge by going off on President Obama and a media culture that helps boost anti-cop narratives. Detective Steve Loomis said that the shootings of police officers, from Dallas to now, started with what he deemed as a completely false narrative concerning the death of Alton Sterling. He said that Obama has “validated the false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the media are pressing out there,” and he said the president has “bloom on his hands” that he won’t be able to wash off.

Establishment Media: Baton Rouge Shooter Affiliated with “Anti-Government” Group
Kurt Nimmo - The Wall Street Journal tweets… Missouri man suspected in Baton Rouge shootings was affiliated with anti-government New Freedom Group… WSJ does not provide details on this suspected group or does it name the source making the claim. The establishment routinely uses “anti-government” in reference to constitutionalists, patriot groups, tax activists, and “militias.”

Milwaukee police officer ambushed in his car - Officer Down
The Thin Blue Line - A Milwaukee police officer was shot in a “vicious” attack early Sunday as he sat in his squad car while colleagues investigated a domestic disturbance call. The suspected shooter, identified by police as a 20-year-old West Allis man with two felonies on his record, was found dead in a nearby yard, they said. It appears his death was suicide. The incident began as a response to a domestic disturbance call near South 17th Street and West Morgan Avenue at about 2 a.m. During that investigation, someone fired shots into the squad car, striking an officer “multiple” times,” Asst. Police Chief William Jessup said in a morning press conference. The officer, a 31-year-old man with 13 years of service, was taken to Froedtert Hospital for surgery.... the injuries were not life-threatening.

Gov. Abbott Hospitalized After Severe Burns
The Texas Tribune - Abbott is recuperating from burns on both legs below the knees. On Tuesday, the governor will undergo skin grafts to repair damage on both feet. He is expected to be discharged and will return to Austin. His office revealed on Sunday that he had suffered "second- and third-degree burns" when he was accidentally scalded with hot water last week at a lodge in Jackson Hole. Abbott shortened his vacation when he learned about the Thursday shooting that left five officers dead and seven others injured. It is unclear whether the governor will attend the Republican National Convention, which is being held July 18-21 in Cleveland. Abbott is an at-large delegate to the convention.

Bundy brothers' motion for pretrial release previews their defense in Oregon standoff case
Oregon Live - [attorney Marcus] Mumford described his client Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan Bundy as political activists known for their strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and views challenging federal control of public land."The specific steps and lengths to which these defendants endeavored, including the establishment of a perimeter, the changing of the sign and renaming of the facility, the taking over of routine maintenance and cleaning, and the managing and control of the property all show that this was no random or spontaneous act of dangerousness or recklessness, but that it was a careful attempt by citizens acting in good faith... and in lawful protest of their government's actions,'' the attorney wrote.... The 28-page motion is a request for the pretrial release of Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, who have been in custody for five and a half months. But it could very well serve as their defense brief for trial, set to start Sept. 7. Attached to the brief is 58 pages of statements from supporting witnesses.

Newtown Rejects $11 Million Lawsuit Settlement Offer From Sandy Hook Victims' Families
Hartford Courant - The town of Newtown has rejected an offer by two families of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to settle a pending civil lawsuit for 11 million. Attorneys for the estates of Noah Pozner and Jesse Lewis had filed a motion last month offering to settle the lawsuit against the Newtown school district for 5.5 million each. The town had 30 days to accept the offer and attorney Donald Papcsy, who is representing the families, said the deadline passed this week. Papcsy said he is now starting to go through the more than 8,000 pages of documents that have been turned over as part of the discovery process. Much of that is the redacted state police report on the shooting made public two years ago, but the town also has turned over the school district's policies prior to the shooting on security and active shooter protocols…. The lawsuit alleges that Rousseau "had neither a key to lock the door nor any knowledge of the ... safety and security protocols rehearsed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in case an intruder or other dangerous individual gained access to the school." The lawsuit also alleges the town was negligent in not having a more secure entrance to the school because it did not have bulletproof glass on the front windows and for having classroom doors that couldn't be locked from the inside. The lawsuit also questions the lack of security in the parking lot. Lanza parked his car at the curb near the front, less than 100 feet from the entrance.

Election News

Watch: Donald Trump Announces Mike Pence As VP Pick At Press Conference
Saturday, July 16, 2016: Donald J. Trump officially announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential Candidate for the November 2016 today at a press conference in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown.
* Related Video: Mike Pence Full Speech At Welcome Home Rally In Zionsville, IN

Republican National Convention Schedule Revealed
Breitbart - The Republican National Convention has released its highly anticipated program. Each day has a different theme, for instance, Monday is Make America Safe Again. The long awaited schedule, which is included in full below, offers a window into presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s promise of an unconventional convention…. Monday: Make America Safe Again. Headliners: Melania Trump, Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Jason Beardsley and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (Mont.). Headliners: Tiffany Trump, Kerry Woolard, Donald Trump, Jr., U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Ben Carson and Kimberlin Brown. Wednesday: Make America First Again. Headliners: Lynne Patton; Eric Trump; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, whom Donald Trump has chosen as his vice presidential running mate. Thursday: Make America One Again. Headliners: Peter Thiel, Tom Barrack, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump.
* Related: Watch: RSBN Live Stream Coverage From The RNC In Cleveland – July 18-21

EXCLUSIVE – Roger Stone: Trump To Name Prospective Cabinet at RNC
Breitbart - Donald Trump is planning to use the Republican National Convention to make the unusual move of announcing names of potential cabinet members, Trump’s longtime confident Roger Stone has confirmed…. Stone said he doesn’t expect Trump to name establishment Republicans. So this will give the people some idea of how Trump will govern. Some idea of the caliber of people that he would bring to government. And I can tell you this. You are not going to be looking at a collection of political hacks. You are not going to be looking at the people responsible for the phony Iraq war. You are not going to be looking at people who have been part of the last 30 years of policy failures across the board, whether it’s immigration or trade or our fiscal situation. It is time for fresh thinking.

Economy & Business

Federal Reserve: creating debt-free money out of nothing for Americans is possible
Washington's Blog - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen affirmed last Wednesday in a press conference that the power to create debt-free money for direct payment of public goods and services is a legitimate consideration. In a statement parsed with eleven references that this action is “unusual,” “rare,” and claimed fears of hyperinflation, Yellen’s admission of this game-changing power is poisoned with lies of omission and commission. 1) The current “monetary” system only and always creates debt for what we use for money.... Yellen lies in omission to disclose that the Fed “monetary” system’s mechanics can only create increasing and unpayable debt. 2) Yellen lies that this is an “academic” debate only as an “all-out attempt” in a “very abnormal” situation without reminding us that Benjamin Franklin helped “invent” operating government without taxes when colonial Pennsylvania directly created currency to pay for its public goods and services.... Yellen lies about “academic debate” when 86% of US economics professors agreed that debt-free money to directly pay for goods and services is superior mechanics than our current debt and tax model when asked directly. 3) Yellen lies by not telling us that America’s infrastructure produces more economic output than investment cost, and therefore debt-free money to buy it produces game-changing triple benefits: employment, upgraded infrastructure, and overall falling prices.

Science & Technology

U.S. Defense Contractor to Blanket Earth With New Surveillance Technology
Activist Post - According to Lockheed, they are making final preparations for a next-generation global imaging satellite called DigitalGlobe WorldView-4. If all remains according to plan, the new satellite will be launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base as early as September 15, 2016.... The previous generation of this satellite, WorldView-3 at the time, contained an alarming level of accuracy.... The 31-centimeter resolution images allow viewers to discern, for example, the windshield of a car and the direction the car is facing.... It is of paramount concern that the functions of Lockheed’s upgraded globe-spanning satellite will no doubt be shrouded by the impenetrable cover of military National Security, while the collected images can be sold to private buyers around the world.... The statement that “DigitalGlobe’s smart imagery serves hundreds of thousands of end-users charged with the safety and security of nations” should sound an alarm to anyone who finds themselves concerned with a trends toward world governance. The reference to a “changing planet through 2030” also would suggest a connection to the United Nations 2030 sustainable development agenda.

World’s Most Powerful Radio Telescope Discovers 1300 New Galaxies in Trial Run
Motherboard - On Saturday night astronomers at the South African MeerKAT radio telescope array fired up 16 of its recently completed dishes and released the first ever image from what is slated to become the world’s most powerful radio telescope. The initial results were incredibly promising: operating with only one quarter of the 64 dishes that will eventually comprise MeerKAT, the telescope was able to find 1300 galaxies in a small corner of the universe where only 70 galaxies were known to exist previously.... The first image from MeerKAT depicts several galaxies with massive black holes at their center, as well as a galaxy that is roughly 200 million light years away.


“Prepare for Primitive”: How to Survive For One Week, Alone in the Wilderness (Video)
Mac Slavo - Tom Mcelroy-Wild Survival notes: In this video (part one and two) I go into the wilderness of North Eastern North America with only a knife and live off the land for a week. I document many of the crucial steps and tips and tricks that I do to survive in the forest. Skills shown are shelter, primitive fire, bark containers, water purification, fishing, weaving natural rope, bark shelters, trapping, edible plants, primitive cooking, fish traps….and tons more…. Establishing water, shelter, food, fire and more become the most important priorities in a crisis, and only with practice do we gain the competency to handle ourselves in nature, against the odds and without the support of modern society and its conveniences. Someday, it may unfortunately no longer be practice but necessity. If that day comes, it would be best to be ready.


Vaccines Injuries and Deaths Increase in Government Vaccine Court – June 2016 Report
Health Impact News - The most recent report was issued on June 3, 2016 which covered the period from 2/16/16 to 5/15/16 had 206 cases adjudicated. 116 of them were listed in the report, specifying the vaccine, the injury or death, and the amount of time the case was pending before settlement. 85 of the 116 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines put together. Most citizens of the United States are not even aware that there is something called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and that if you suffer harm or death due to a vaccine, that you cannot sue the manufacturer of the vaccine, but you must sue the federal government and try to obtain compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund,which is funded by taxes paid on vaccines. The amount of money currently sitting in this trust fund is over $3.6 BILLION, as of September 30, 2015. Congress gave the pharmaceutical companies immunity against lawsuits for injuries or deaths resulting in vaccines in 1986. Prior to this time, there were so many lawsuits pending against pharmaceutical companies for injuries and deaths due to vaccines, that the pharmaceutical industry basically blackmailed congress and told them that if they did not grant them legal immunity against the liabilities of vaccines, that they would quit making them. These vaccine products cannot survive in a free market, they are so bad.

Lemon + Flaxseed- Detoxifies Your Body, Reduces Blood Sugar, Melts Cellulite & Stimulates Metabolism
Natural News Blogs - Lemon juice with flax seeds is a famous remedy for those who have stomach or digestive disorders. It also hydrating and boost the health of your liver and skin. Lemon’s powers and benefits increase when it’s mixed with flax seeds. Ingredients: 1 cup hot water, 1/4 lemon, 1 tsp ground flaxseed… Squeeze the lemon juice in the cup of water. Mix well and drink it immediately. Drink this drink in the morning, to boost the metabolism and stimulate digestion throughout the day.

This Drink is A Medicine For Diseases – How A Cup of Potato Juice Heal Your Entire Body
Natural News Blogs - Potatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for the proper body functions. They are especially enriched in: Vitamin C: A half cup of potato juice contains almost half of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Potassium: A half cup of the juice provides around 27% of the daily recommended intake of potassium. Thiamine: A half cup of the juice provides more than 20% of the daily recommended intake of thiamine… Potato juice is a widely used remedy for treating sunburn, apply cold potato juice on the sun burnt skin to get a relief instantly. The solution made with potato juice and honey or olive oil works better for relieving the pain caused by sunburn. You can treat cuts, wounds, sores and cracks in the skin the same way with treating sunburn. Potato juice works effectively for these skin injuries. Potato is an effective anti-aging ingredient, it helps reduce wrinkles and keep your skin looks younger. Apply the juice on your face helps to fade away the dark spots, massage your face gently after applying potato juice and leave it for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. What’s more, potato juice also treats dry skin and removes the dead skin cells on the face. Raw potato juice is one of the best treatments for arthritis and joint pain, thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory properties…. Potato juice prevents hair loss and promotes your hair grow faster in a natural and chemical-free way.

Pet News

Mushrooms For Animal Health
Cats & Dogs Naturally - Do you know a cat with herpes? The calicivirus? or FIV? Or, a dog going through chemotherapy treatments? Perhaps, birds suffering from Beak & Feather diseases? How about senior cats and dogs that need an extra boost? Well, guess what. They all may benefit from mushroom therapy…. Mushrooms are immune-modulators or Biological Response Modifiers (BRMs). It’s like they have an intelligence that seems to know whether the immune system needs more stimulation or less stimulation. So, whether you have an immune deficiency or an auto-immune disease (like MS), mushrooms will work with the body…. The most well-known BRM compound […] are beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are largely responsible for warding off tumors, cardiovascular disease, immune deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases. Beta-glucans […] activate different immune pathways, such as, macro-phages, T-cells, B-cells, Natural Killer Cells, and then activate the antibodies…. It’s very important to know your product and read the labels. If you can, ask how the product was prepared. If you see a beta-glucan level on the label then you probably have a product that has been extracted in hot water at some point. But if you don’t see a beta-glucan level on the product’s label then it’s likely not extracted. And therefore, will not contain much beta-glucan.

Friday - July 15, 2016 - Today In History:

1806 - Lieutenant Zebulon Pike began his western expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine, near St. Louis, MO.
1813 - Napoleon Bonaparte's representatives met with the Allies in Prague to discuss peace terms.
1870 - Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
1876 - George Washington Bradley of St. Louis pitched the first no-hitter in baseball in a 2-0 win over Hartford.
1901 - Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steel workers went on strike.
1904 - The first Buddhist temple in the U.S. was established in Los Angeles, CA.
1916 - In Seattle, WA, Pacific Aero Products was incorporated by William Boeing. The company was later renamed Boeing Co.
1918 - The Second Battle of the Marne began during World War I.
1958 - Five thousand U.S. Marines landed in Beirut, Lebanon, to protect the pro-Western government. The troops withdrew October 25, 1958.
1965 - The spacecraft Mariner IV sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Mars.
1968 - Commercial air travel began between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., when the 1st plane, a Soviet Aeroflot jet, landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced he would visit the People's Republic of China to seek a "normalization of relations."
1987 - Taiwan ended thirty-seven years of martial law.
2006 - The social networking service Twitter was launched.
2010 - BP stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico after 85 days using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the well earlier in the week.
2011 - Rupert Murdoch accepted the resignation of The Wall Street Journal's publisher, Les Hinton, and the chief of his British operations, Rebekah Brooks, as the once-defiant media mogul struggled to control an escalating phone hacking scandal.

World News

Gun and truck terror attack leaves at least 77 dead in Nice: Bodies strewn across road after lorry drove for over a MILE through crowd watching holiday fireworks before gunman opens fire
Daily Mail - Eyewitnesses say there was an exchange of gunfire in the aftermath of the incident before the driver was shot dead. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to unconfirmed reports in the French media. A second suspect is currently on the run according to French authorities. Guns and grenades were later said to have been found inside the truck, which mounted the pavement at approximately 40mph and steered directly towards hundreds of people watching a fireworks display. Anti-terror police swooped in as the city was put on lockdown and residents were warned to stay indoors for their safety. Gunshots rang out in the streets, with gunmen targeting hotels and cafes in the port city in the south of France. [Warning Graphic Content ]
* Related: Nice 'terrorist attack': truck hits Bastille Day crowd killing 70 people – Live Updates

France 'informed of planned terror attack on Rio Olympic team'
The Telegraph - A terrorist attack targeting the French delegation at the Rio 2016 Olympics has been foiled by security services, it has emerged. The head of French military intelligence said "partner agencies" had issued an alert about the alleged plot by a Brazilian Islamist militant, according to a report into the Paris terror attacks in January and November, which killed 147. No other details about the plans were released and the information was not shared with Brazil’s intelligence agency Abin.

Fires tear through a row of cars in Brussels 'as three explosions are heard' in the south of the city
Daily Mail - The area is only a short distance from the European Parliament building. Several cars were destroyed after they burst into flames tonight in the Brussels business district of Saint Gilles amid fears of a possible terror attack. Early reports suggest that there may have been up to three blasts, although there has been on official confirmation of a terrorist explosion. Several cars have been destroyed been destroyed with video posted on social media showing pictures of a large fire. There are no reports yet of what caused the blaze and despite the extensive damage, they are not believed to have been as a result of a terrorist attack.

Report: French Government Covered-Up Torture of Bataclan Victims to Avoid Offending Muslims
Paul Joseph Watson - Did the French government cover-up details about how victims of the Bataclan Theatre massacre were tortured and killed in order to avoid offending Muslims? That’s the charge being made by French nationalist Boris Le Lay, whose website points to newly released documents from a parliamentary inquiry into the November 13 ISIS massacre in Paris that claimed the lives of 130 people…. François Molins, the public prosecutor for Paris, denies claims that any of the victims were tortured in such a manner, asserting that no bladed weapons were found at the scene…. However, people who escaped the Bataclan later told media outlets said they heard the screams of people being being tortured, with some claiming that ISIS jihadists sliced open the stomachs of their victims. According to the website that highlighted the documents, the information about how the victims were tortured and killed was withheld from the public “to protect the image of Islam and Muslim masses, both in France and in Europe and beyond.” If true, the issue wouldn’t be the only facet of the Bataclan attack that has prompted accusations of a cover-up.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Official: 6 of 7 Remaining Obamacare Co-Ops on the Brink
Free Beacon - The Illinois Department of Insurance announced this week that it was requesting an order of rehabilitation for the state’s Land of Lincoln Health co-op because of its unsustainable financial position. The co-op was originally awarded $160.2 million by CMS. This closing announcement has brought the number of failed co-ops from 15, which was reported earlier this week, to 16. Kevin Counihan, a top official for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, told lawmakers on Wednesday that of the seven co-ops that are still in operation, six have been placed on corrective action plans. Co-ops are flagged for these plans when the agency has identified issues with the co-ops finances, operations, compliance or management processes. The official was asked how many of the co-ops that are still in operation are profitable and he could not say. “Profitability very much can depend on the month,” Counihan said.

Obama Expected to Sign Industry-Backed GMO Label Bill Into Law
EcoWatch - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a 306-117 vote Thursday. The bill now heads to President Obama's desk. President Obama is expected to throw his weight behind a controversial bill that allows businesses to use a smartphone scannable QR code instead of clear, concise wording that informs consumers if a product contains genetically modified ingredients. The bill would also nullify state-by-state GMO labeling mandates such as Vermont's landmark law that took effect on July 1.

Organic Farmers Leave Organic Trade Association over GMO Labeling Betrayal
Sustainable Pulse - By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the U.S. organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), OSGATA announced on Wednesday. OSGATA’s decision was prompted by OTA’s duplicity towards organic farmers and consumers when a small number of OTA board members endorsed a dangerous Senate bill that would immediately preempt existing strong state GMO Labeling laws that are widely supported by the Organic community and ninety percent of consumers…. Recent revelations have made clear that the OTA has created numerous close partnerships with Monsanto including intensive lobbying efforts by the notorious biotech-linked lobbyist Podesta Group on behalf of the deal brokered by Senators Stabenow (D-MI) and Roberts (R-KS)…. OTA support for the Monsanto-backed bill proved essential for passage. Last week Stabenow-Roberts passed in the Senate by a narrow four-vote margin of victory on a vote of 63-30.

Manuscript of Obama’s book obtained from Malik Obama proves it was NOT written by the president
Got News - The new media startup WeSearchr has released a draft of Barack Obama’s first book proving he did NOT write the book…. The draft was obtained from Obama’s brother and former best man Malik Obama. Written notes and sticky notes all over the pages indicate large portions of the book were NOT written by Obama. One section is marked “Ink by Obama,” and others say not Obama on them. Obama has always maintained that he wrote his books by himself. Why did Barack Obama cross out the fact that his grandfather was a Muslim? Or did someone else cross it out? Was it Bill Ayers?

Election News

FBI, DHS Heads Warn of Possible Violence at GOP Convention
ABC News - The nation's top counterterrorism officials warned lawmakers today that radical activists drawn to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, next week could mar otherwise peaceful demonstrations with violence. "I am concerned about the prospect of demonstrations getting out of hand, and concerned about the possibility of violence," Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee today. "We have to be concerned about things getting out of hand, definitely.”… Johnson said the Department of Homeland Security alone is sending about 3,000 personnel to Cleveland, including personnel from the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard. A similar contingent will be going to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention the following week, according to Johnson. In addition to the DHS personnel, thousands of other federal authorities and thousands of state and local authorities will be helping to protect each convention, Johnson said.

Rasmussen Poll: Trump Takes 7 Point Lead Over Hillary
Rasmussen Reports - Just days before the Republican National Convention is expected to formally nominate him to run for president, Donald Trump has taken his largest lead yet over Hillary Clinton. The latest Rasmussen Reports weekly White House Watch survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 44% support to Clinton’s 37%. Thirteen percent (13%) favor some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided…. This is the third week in a row that Trump has held the lead, although last week he was ahead by a statistically insignificant 42% to 40%. This week’s findings represent Trump’s highest level of support in surveys since last October and show Clinton continuing to lose ground.

Trump Announces Suspension of VP Pick Amid France Terror
Infowars - Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump declared he would suspend his announcement for his vice presidential pick following news of a devastating attack in Nice, France that left over 70 dead. Trump had planned to announce his pick on Friday at 11am EST. Rumors swirled Thursday Trump would be selecting Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his VP, however the campaign did not formally confirm the speculation.

Trump Campaign Denies Reports Mike Pence Picked as VP
Breitbart - Reports surfaced on Thursday afternoon that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president (VP). “As Trump narrowed in on his choice of Pence, the two men spent time at both Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey in early July and at the Indiana governor’s mansion this week,” Roll Call notes, citing an anonymous Republican source for the report. The New York Times and CBS have also reported the pick is Pence. However, the Trump campaign is denying this is true. ***UPDATE*** A Republican source with information on Gov. Mike Pence’s travel schedule confirmed to Breitbart News that Pence is Trump’s VP. Pence will be returning to Indiana as part of his first stop on his tour as VP. ***UPDATE — 3:58 PM EDT*** Trump himself denies that he has made a final decision in a radio interview with Michael Savage.

Movement Conservatives Praise Mike Pence as VP, ‘Home Run Choice’
Breitbart - The NRA’s board member Ken Blackwell, who is also a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, called Pence a “home run choice” after reports emerged that Trump tapped Pence as his VP — although the billionaire hasn’t officially made the announcement…. “Mike is a fellow Midwesterner and a fellow rock-solid conservative, and will be a huge help on both scores. Mike has been a successful governor and chief executive, he’s been a successful legislator in Congress and commands deep respect across the board in the Republican Party and across the aisle with the Democrats. He’ll be an exceptional asset as Mr. Trump’s running mate, he’ll help unify the party as we take the battle to the Democrats in the fall up and down the ballot.” [said Ken Blackwell]… Susan B. Anthony List’s Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the the non-profit pro-life organization, praised Pence’s pro-life record: Mr. Trump’s selection of Gov. Mike Pence as his Vice President is an affirmation of the pro-life commitments he has made and will rally the pro-life grassroots. Gov. Pence is a proven pro-life champion both during his time in Congress and as Governor of Indiana. It was Mike Pence who led the effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress, and it was Gov. Pence who signed into law a historic bill protecting unborn children from lethal discrimination in the womb. Mike Pence is a pro-life trailblazer and Mr. Trump could not have made a better choice…. Trump plans to make his vice presidential pick official on Friday at 11 a.m. during a formal announcement in New York City.

Mike Pence Would be a Terrible Choice For Trump’s VP
Paul Joseph Watson - Making Pence VP is seen by many as a way of calming establishment conservatives and uniting the GOP, although why pandering to cuckservatives who have failed over and over again (John McCain, Mitt Romney etc etc) is suddenly a good idea remains a mystery. Here are more reasons why picking Pence doesn’t make sense; – While Trump has promised to build a wall, Pence has been savaged by respected conservatives like Pat Buchanan and Phyllis Schlafly for advocating “stealth amnesty” in the form of a guest worker program. – While Trump has campaigned against job-killing foreign trade deals, Pence vehemently supports NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TPP. – As recently as December, Pence tweeted, “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.” This completely contradicts Trump’s policy of a temporary halt on Muslim immigration. – Pence voted for the Iraq war and opposed a withdrawal date even after it became apparent that U.S. involvement in the country was a disastrous policy. – Pence once advocated “conversion therapy” for homosexuals. This will be exploited by the left to portray Pence as intolerant and bigoted, turning off many Bernie Sanders supporters who might have voted for Trump, as well as gays who were thinking about voting for Trump in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre.

Speakers Revealed for 2016 Republican National Convention
Breitbart - Jeff Larson, CEO of the 2016 Republican National Convention, today released a partial list of the speakers who will participate in the week-long, all-star event starting July 18th. The convention’s theme, “Make America Great Again,” will focus on the core themes of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign: national security, immigration, trade and jobs. A final list of speakers and information on convention themes will follow…. Pastor Mark Burns, Phil Ruffin, Congressman Ryan Zinke, Pat Smith, Mark Geist, John Tiegen, Congressman Michael McCaul, Sheriff David Clarke, Congressman Sean Duffy…

Trump Supporters Turned House Into American Flag
Breitbart - Youngstown, PA homeowner Lesli Rossi and her husband buy old buildings, restore them and then sell them, and one of their projects is drawing a lot of attention right now. The home is painted as an American flag and is surrounded in Donald Trump banners and signs. Rossi even stands outside of the house and hands out Donald Trump hats and other free stuff to visitors. Responses to the home are mixed, Rossi says, but she maintains positivity either way. “Here we’ll get a lot of honks and waves,” she told CBS Pittsburgh. “Sometimes I’ll get a thumbs down. But we’ll just wave anyway. Sometimes they’ll yell for the candidate they’re for, if it’s different. It doesn’t do any good to respond negatively. So if it’s too far, or I don’t feel I can control it, I just say I don’t want to speak to you. Please leave me alone.”

Veteran Awareness Video

YouTube: Five Finger Death Punch - Wrong Side Of Heaven
This is a Music video by Five Finger Death Punch performing Wrong Side Of Heaven to help bring awareness to the many challenges our veterans face!! 

Energy & Environment

Massive Fracking Explosion in New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire
EcoWatch - This week -- as thousands of Americans urge awareness to the destruction caused by oil bomb trains -- an oil field in San Juan County, New Mexico erupted in flames Monday night, highlighting the continued and increasing dangers of the fossil fuel industry. The fire broke out around 10:15 p.m. Monday at a fracking site owned and operated by WPX Energy, setting off several explosions and temporarily closing the nearby Highway 550. Fifty-five local residents were forced out of their homes. The site -- located in the Mancos shale deposit area and known as the 550 Corridor and a part of Greater Chaco Canyon -- contains six new oil wells and 30 temporary oil storage tanks holding either oil or produced water. All 36 storage tanks caught fire and burned, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based energy company said…. According to Albuquerque news station KOAT, WPX stopped drilling for natural gas and oil in the area last May. The company had been producing for about a week before the fire broke out. The cause of the fire is currently unclear.

Researchers Find Roundup Responsible for Harmful Algae Blooms In Great Lakes
Underground Reporter - Scientists from Ohio Northern University (ONU) in the U.S. have discovered that glyphosate is largely responsible for an increase in harmful algae blooms that contaminate lake water and kill off life dependent upon this habitat. Namely, dissolved reactive phosphorous (DRP) has been contaminating Lake Erie and the Maumee watershed. This DRP comes from surrounding farms that rely on Monsanto’s weedkiller to grow their crops. The runoff ends up in the lakes, killing fish and contaminating the water. Though Lake Erie’s trouble with phosphorous is not new, there has been an alarming increase in DRP, which caused scientists to question its probable origins.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

She Forgot To Mow Her Yard. So They Arrested Her, In Front Of Her Kids
Off the Grid News - Police in Cahokia, Illinois, took Conner to the station, booked her and held her for 30 minutes, KMOV-TV reported. “It’s grass,” Conner said when reporter Courtney Bryant asked her about the arrest. “And I’ve never heard of being arrested for grass.” “I understand I violated a code, but take the channels, give me a ticket first, make me appear in court,” Conner said. “I know there’s gotta be channels other than if you don’t cut your grass, we’re arresting you right now.” The single mother was arrested two weeks after receiving a code violation for uncut grass. She was upset because police never ticketed her or gave her a day in court. Another reason why Conner was so upset was that officers left her five children alone in the house, unattended. The only person nearby was a code enforcement officer, who was apparently sitting outside in his car. Disturbingly, Conner is far from alone, and several municipalities in the St. Louis area where she lives engage in similar practices. Residents of Pagedale, Missouri, were fined and arrested for such infractions as having weeds growing in a vegetable garden, leaving chipped paint on a drain sprout and having hedges over three feet high, as Off The Grid News previously reported.

The Delicious Edible Weed That Doesn’t Get Bitter, Is Packed With Vitamins, And Grows EVERYWHERE
Off the Grid News - We’ll pay a premium for spinach or kale but lose sight of the fact that many plants like dandelions, plantain and purslane have equal nutritional value. In fact, purslane not only equals the nutritional value of spinach and kale, but it also has a semi-sweet, salty and succulent flavor. Dandelion leaves and plantain leaves can acquire a bit of bitterness once they begin to flower or go to seed. Purslane is different. That’s because purslane is a succulent plant. It is related to the cactus and absorbs water, which gives it a refreshing taste and flavor. Unlike the cactus it has no needles and when chilled makes a great addition to a tossed, green salad and will stand up to the boil of a soup or broth. Purslane is high in omega-3 fatty acids and contains vitamins A, B, and C, and magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. It’s also an excellent source of fiber. Both the leaves and stems are edible, which also sets it apart from other “wild” weeds. I’ve even incorporated purslane leaves into deli salads like potato salad, egg salad and tuna salad to give a burst of freshness and flavor. You also can eat purslane on its own. It has a burst of flavor when chilled.


Cancer Study Halted After 3 People Die
Natural Society - U.S. regulators in July of 2016 halted a trial of Juno Therapeutics Inc.’s experimental cancer therapy, known as JCAR015, after three patients died. JCAR015 uses genetically engineered cells as a treatment for cancer. However, one of the pursuits in oncology was temporarily halted by the FDA when some of the participants developed fatal swelling in the brain…. Bishop and other Juno executives believe the catastrophic side effects were the result of the combination of the chemotherapy drug and the particular cells being used. Juno has asked to continue the trial without the drug, but it’s not clear whether the FDA will agree, or when it will make a decision. Company executives said it could be within 30 days. Juno is working on CAR-T therapy, which entails drawing blood from a patient to extract immune cells, which are then genetically engineered to make them kill cancer cells. These immune cells are then placed back into the bloodstream to do their work. Early studies have shown promising results in certain types of leukemia and lymphoma. However, severe side effects can occur, especially immune system overreactions and neurological toxicity, including cerebral edema, which is swelling in the brain. Several deaths have been caused by these adverse events.

Why Thyroid Health Is Completely Dependent on Selenium
Dr.Edward Group - Common thyroid maladies can be caused by low selenium intake, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. With this condition, the thyroid first becomes inflamed and secretes excessive amounts of hormones. Then, over time, it starts producing far less than it needs. Conditions like thyroiditis can lead to an imbalance of hormones and that can be the start of major disruptions in the body’s normal processes. Hypothyroidism, which is one such potential consequence, is a condition in which the thyroid fails to provide a sufficient level of thyroid hormones. The outcome can be serious and include abnormal heartbeat, low body temperature, and nervous system disorders. It can even disrupt the body’s ability to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. What can contribute to hypothyroidism? You guessed it, selenium deficiency.

Applegate Removes GMOs from Entire Meat Supply Chain
Sustainable Pulse - Applegate, the leading natural and organic meat brand in the U.S., announced Wednesday its commitment to remove genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from its entire supply chain – from animal feed to finished product – and gain third-party certification. The announcement comes as Applegate launches its first-ever Non-GMO Project Verified products, Applegate Organics Chicken Nuggets and Applegate Organics Gluten-free Chicken Nuggets. In June 2015, the company successfully removed GMO ingredients from all products, however, today’s move goes further down the supply chain to animal feed and includes third-party verification. The announcement is a monumental undertaking as the vast majority of animal feed crops in the United States, corn (88 percent) and soy (94 percent), are genetically modified, according to experts.

Pet News

Police Rescue Dog Hanging from Truck in Walmart Parking Lot
Dogington Post - Arkansas City, Kansas police responding to a shoplifting call at a local Walmart came to the rescue after an employee noticed a small dog hanging by his leash from a truck in the store’s parking lot. The dog’s owner had left the small dog inside the parked car with the windows rolled down, but leashed the dog to prevent him from escaping. Apparently, the dog had tried to jump out of the window and essentially hung himself by his collar and leash. Sergeant Jason Legleiter used his patrol duty knife to cut the dog free and, along with Officer Wade Hammond, began attempts to revive the unresponsive dog. They removed his collar and immediately began performing chest compressions. After several minutes, the dog began to slowly show signs of life. The officers kept tending to him until he appeared to fully recover and was able to stand and drink water on his own…. Once again, let this serve as a reminder to leave your dogs at home if they cannot join you where you’re going. Leaving a dog unattended in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down, is dangerous – in addition to heat exhaustion, dogs are at risk of escaping or being strangled like this lucky-to-be-alive dog.

Weekend Viewing

War On Health: The FDA’s Cult of Tyranny (Full Documentary)
Natural Blaze - “Featuring many pioneering American and European attorneys, physicians, medical researchers and advocates of health freedom, War on Health lifts the veil on FDA’s militaristic operations against organic food providers and alternative physicians. The film’s conclusion is perfectly clear: the FDA is a tyrannical cult founded upon the denial of sound medical science with little intention to improve the nation’s health and prevent disease.”

Music Video: Poisoned Rivers by Mike Younger
YouTube: This song and video reflect on a moment that a large corporate entity with all the money, all the influence and all the power tried to force itself upon a rural community made up of regular ordinary people.


Video: Adorable viral video shows toddler imitating Rocky Balboa training scene
A toddler’s adorable workout routine is gaining notoriety across the county after a video of the boy mimicking Rocky Balboa has gone viral.

Thursday - July 14, 2016 - Today In History:

1798 - The U.S. Congress passed the Sedition Act. The act made it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the U.S. government.
1891 - The primacy of Thomas Edison's lamp patents was upheld in the court decision Electric Light Company vs. U.S. Electric Lighting Company.
1900 - European Allies retook Tientsin, China, from the rebelling Boxers.
1911 - Harry N. Atwood landed an airplane on the lawn of the White House to accept an award from U.S. President William Taft.
1940 - A force of German Ju-88 bombers attacked Suez, Egypt, from bases in Crete.
1945 - American battleships and cruisers bombarded the Japanese home islands for the first time.
1946 - Dr. Benjamin Spock’s "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was first published.
1951 - The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, MO, became the first national park to honor an African American.
1958 - The army of Iraq overthrew the monarchy.
1968 - Hank Aaron (Atlanta Braves) hit his 500th career home run.
1981 - The All-Star Game was postponed because of a 33-day-old baseball players strike. The game was held on August 9.
1998 - Los Angeles sued 15 tobacco companies for $2.5 billion over the dangers of secondhand smoke.
2001 - Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics. It was the first time that the China had been awarded the games.
2003 - Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.
2015 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft became the first space mission to explore Pluto.

World News

Thousands of S. Koreans protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location
RT - South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest. Seoul and Washington say the system is intended to both counter threats in the region and defend US troops stationed there. It forms the core element of the America’s multilayered defense program. But the local residents fear it will lead to deteriorating health and will negatively impact the agricultural economy. The system’s high-powered radar has been linked to infertility and cancer, according to local rumors, which the government dismissed as “baseless.” Some 3,000 people first took to the streets on Saturday, following the previous day’s announcement of the US-backed Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System, or THAAD. This was in Chilgok County – thought to have been the likeliest of the locations. The protests have since spread.

U.S. Endorses Expansion of Military Force Used By U.N. Peacekeepers in Combat Zones
Brandon Turbeville - In yet another step towards the establishment of a world military force that seeks peace through the absence of dissent, the United States announced its support in May for a set of principles that will allow the United Nations’ peacekeeping troops and UN police to use force in order to “protect civilians” in combat zones and areas of armed conflict. U.S. Ambassador the U.N. and notorious warmonger against Libya and Syria, Samantha Power stated that the Kigali Principles would “make peacekeeping missions more effective, improve security and save lives.” “The Kigali Principles are designed to make sure that civilians are not abandoned by the international community again,” said Power.

Canada Inks Free Trade Deal With Ukraine, Emphasizes Security Relationship
Brandon Turbeville - [Prime Minster Justin Trudeau] met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev to announce a greater “cooperation” between the two countries both in security and in trade, despite the announcement being nothing more than the telegraph of a continuation of imperialism and the giant sucking sound of “free trade.” During the news conference, Poroshenko stated that Ukraine has requested 200 Canadian military trainers to remain in Ukraine after the 2017 expiration date for the current arrangement. While Canadian military “trainers” are currently deployed in Ukraine, Trudeau did not publicly commit to a continuation of the arrangement. Still, he re-emphasized Canada’s “commitment” and “relationship” with Ukraine both on the military and economic front. Given Trudeau’s statements about Russia and the Ukrainian crisis, however, informed observers tend to suspect that Canada’s military role in Ukraine will continue as needed. Trudeau and Poroshenko also signed a mutual “Free Trade” deal at the meeting, another small step in the direction of globalization and the elimination of anything resembling high living standards for majority of the world’s workforce.

'Shampoo Socialism'? Hollande's Hairdresser Costs French Taxpayers $11k Per Month
Zero Hedge - Amid record unemployment, painful labor reforms, economic collapse, and the most serious social unrest in decades, the shockingly 'let them eat cake'-ish revelations of French President Hollande's lifestyle will do little to improve the socialist's ratings from their record lows. As Bloomberg reports, a French satirical magazine has exposed the fact that Hollande’s hairdresser is paid a gross salary by the state of ~$11,000 per month (more than a European parliament member). Although just a third less than Hollande’s salary, it is more than the gross monthly wage of a European Parliament member, which stands at about 8,213 euros, excluding expenses. The salary paid to the Socialist president’s coiffeur at the Elysee presidential palace was confirmed by the government after satirical magazine Canard Enchaine published details of the terms, including an image of his contract.

Global Conflict Tracker

Global Conflict Tracker
The Center for Preventive Action's Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to ongoing conflicts around the world of concern to the United States.

Zika Virus

CDC Urges Spraying Chemicals to Rid of Zika Virus in Puerto Rico
Before It's News - The CDC has promised a $1.1 billion initiative to help Zika-infested areas in Puerto Rico set up so-called mosquito control units while also spending $500,000 to help Puerto Rico get rid of old tires where the Zika-infected mosquitoes often breed. At present, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and American Samoa are the only parts of the United States where Zika infected mosquitoes are indigenous. The some 900 cases of Zika that have been recorded elsewhere in the United States are all from travel-related cases, or the infected person having sexual relations with someone who recently traveled to a Zika-infested area. At this point, there have been 2,400 people in Puerto Rico infected with Zika, though no woman has yet to give birth to a child with microcephaly. Forty-four people have been hospitalized due to Zika-related complications; one person has died; and 16 have been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre in relation to the virus. Officials warn that the epidemic is a silent one, as most people do not display symptoms.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Day of rage protests are scheduled for July 15th in 37 American cities
Daisy Luther - The hacktivist group Anonymous is now calling for nationwide Day of Rage protests on Friday, July 15th. The video below promotes the protests.(WARNING: There is some disturbing and graphic violence in this video.) While I firmly believe that we are being distracted and manipulated so that we stop paying attention to the machinations and corruption of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, the fact remains that being anywhere near these protests greatly increases the chance that you could become a victim of violence. When the mob mentality takes over, normally decent people can commit heinous acts. Use this as a list of places NOT to be on Friday the 15th. While the video by Anonymous does specify non-violence and denounces the actions taken against police officers that were not involved in these deaths, with the tagline “Day of Rage” I think it’s safe to expect emotions to be running very high on both sides of the line. No matter how great your empathy might be for those who have unjustly lost their lives, these protests are not safe places to be.
** These are the locations and times for the protests

Man in ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirt Fires 17 Shots at Cop’s Home
Mikael Thalen - A black male opened fire on a police officer’s home in Indiana Tuesday just days after being released from prison. According to reports, the individual, 27-year-old March Eugene Ratney, began firing on an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer’s home just after 2 am while screaming profanities. The violent felon, who had recently been released after serving half of a 12-year sentence, was wearing a shirt with the words “Black Lives Matter” and “F*ck the police” during the incident. Although Ratney fired 17 shots – hitting the officer’s home, patrol vehicle and fence – neither the officer or his family were harmed…. Ratney, who was captured by a surveillance camera fleeing the area, was arrested by police during a traffic stop less than an hour later…. As reported by Fox59, local Black Lives Matter members were quick to disassociate themselves with the shooter. “He is not a part of the movement and you can tell he’s not a part of the movement just in his approach to this whole issue,” said Muhammad Siddeeq of The Concerned Clergy. “That movement is a movement trying to do positive things and peacefully resolve issues.”

FBI Agents Silenced on Hillary Probe
Newsmax - FBI agents who worked on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server reportedly had to sign an unusual non-disclosure form banning them from talking about the case unless they were called to testify. Unnamed sources tell the New York Post they'd never heard of the special form — known as a "case briefing acknowledgment" — being used before, though all agents initially have to sign nondisclosure agreements to obtain security clearance. "This is very, very unusual. I've never signed one, never circulated one to others," one unnamed retired FBI chief tells the Post…. The Post additionally reports some FBI agents are disappointed that Director James Comey decided against recommending that charges be brought against Clinton for her mishandling of classified information. "FBI agents believe there was an inside deal put in place after the [Attorney General] Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting" just hours before the release of a House report on the Benghazi, Libya terror attack in 2012, one unnamed source tells the Post.

Russia Is Reportedly Set To Release Clinton's Intercepted Emails June 13, 2016 - Reliable intelligence sources in the West have indicated that warnings had been received that the Russian Government could in the near future release the text of email messages intercepted from U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server from the time she was U.S. Secretary of State. The release would, the messaging indicated, prove that Secretary Clinton had, in fact, laid open U.S. secrets to foreign interception by putting highly-classified Government reports onto a private server in violation of U.S. law, and that, as suspected, the server had been targeted and hacked by foreign intelligence services.
* Related: Clinton Email Scandal: Has Putin Played All His Cards?

In First, U.S. Judge Throws Out Cell Phone ‘stingray’ Evidence
Reuters - For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects’ cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis’ rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis’ apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search. “Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device,” Pauley wrote.

Election News

Trump Demands Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg Resign
Kurt Nimmo - Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg violated the code of conduct for federal judges when she trashed Donald Trump. The code states federal judges should not “publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office.” Although Supreme Court justices are not bound by the code, Chief Justice John G. Roberts has said the court adheres to it. Donald Trump responded to Ginsberg’s unethical comments by sending out one of his scathing tweets. He questioned her mental fitness and demanded she resign. “I don’t think the justices should be speaking out about presidential politics,” Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, a nonpartisan organization advocating for accountability from the justices, told the Boston Herald. “It’s part of the job of being a Supreme Court judge to be held to a high ethical standard.”
* Related: New York Times: Trump is Right About Ginsburg

GOP Sen Mike Lee: Ginsburg Attack on Trump ‘Calls Into Question Her Basic Judgement’
Breitbart - Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Real Story,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) discussed Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg calling presumptive republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a “faker,” adding her comments were “wildly inappropriate” and “called into question her basic judgement.” Lee said, “It was a huge, huge error on her part. This was wildly inappropriate and it reflects a certain lack of bias. It also portrays a sense in which a lot of these Supreme Court justices, at least, are no longer even hiding behind the bench, they are wearing their political views on their sleeves. This is very problematic on many levels.”

Trump seeks $10 million from former aide in disclosure case
Daily Mail - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seeking $10 million in damages from former senior campaign consultant Sam Nunberg, alleging that Nunberg leaked confidential information to reporters in violation of a nondisclosure agreement. In a court filing obtained by The Associated Press, Nunberg accused Trump of trying to silence him "in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair" between two senior campaign staffers. Such a legal dispute is highly unusual for a presidential candidate. It reflects Trump's efforts to aggressively protect the secrecy of his campaign's inner workings, as he has for years fought to protect the secrecy of his businesses and family…. In the court filings, Nunberg denied disparaging Trump and accused the presumptive GOP nominee of attempting to "bully" him into silence after Nunberg decided to publicly support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid.

Battleground Polls: Trump Takes Lead in Florida, Pennsylvania, Tied in Ohio
Breitbart - Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump took the lead in recent swing state polls published on Wednesday in battleground states. The New Yorker leads presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida, Pennsylvania and is tied with her in Ohio, but he is winning with Independent voters in all three battleground states.

Economy & Business

Cash-Strapped Towns Are Un-Paving Roads They Can’t Afford to Fix
Wired - Repaving roads is expensive, so Montpelier instead used its diminishing public works budget to take a step back in time and un-pave the road. Workers hauled out a machine called a “reclaimer” and pulverized the damaged asphalt and smoothed out the road’s exterior. They filled the space between Vermont’s cruddy soil and hardier dirt and gravel up top with a “geotextile”, a hardy fabric that helps with erosion, stability and drainage…. Meanwhile, several local bridges and retaining walls needed serious, urgent updates. By un-paving instead of repaving, Montpelier saved about $120,000—a big chunk for a city whose annual budget for street building and repairs was $1.3 million in 2009.

Science & Technology

Decision to Blow up US Citizen With Robot Was Improvised in Less Than 20 Minutes
Activist Post - A hotly-contested decision by law enforcement to use a drone robot to blow up a U.S. citizen, who allegedly carried out the murders of five police officers in Dallas, just got exponentially more controversial—because, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the “whole idea was improvised in about 15 to 20 minutes.” Already igniting fury around the country for neglecting any semblance of due process, the use of the “Remotec model F-5” to deliver a pound of C-4 explosive to decimate suspected shooter Micah Xavier Johnson as he targeted police in a sniper-style attack, has been revealed by the police chief as a hastily-plotted … whim. Brown’s disturbing offhand comment came during a press conference in which the model of the “mechanical tactical drone”—clarified as the “Remotec Andros Mark V-A1″—was finally made public, in an apparent attempt to quell constitutional rights’ advocates ire over the unprecedented move by police.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto's Toxic Chemical Found in 100% of California Wines Tested
REALfarmacy - An Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) analysis found the highest levels of glyphosate in non-GE crops including bagels, bread and wheat cereal. This, they noted, is likely the result of the common practice of using glyphosate as a desiccant shortly before harvest. Ten out of 24 breakfast foods tested in ANH’s analysis had detectable levels of glyphosate. This included oatmeal, bagels, coffee creamer, organic bread and even organic, cage-free, and antibiotic-free eggs. In addition, advocacy group Moms Across America sent 10 wine samples to be tested for glyphosate. All of the samples tested positive for glyphosate — even organic wines, although their levels were significantly lower. Roundup isn’t even sprayed directly onto grapes in vineyards, but it is often used to spray the ground on either side of the grape vines. A study of glyphosate residues by the Munich Environmental Institute also found glyphosate in 14 best-selling German beers…. Your best bet for minimizing health risks from herbicide and pesticide exposure — including both the active and “inactive” ingredients — is to avoid them in the first place by eating organic as much as possible and investing in a good water filtration system for your home or apartment. If you know you have been exposed to herbicides and pesticides, the lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation of kimchi may help your body break them down.
Related: Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in California Wines, Even Wines Made With Organic Grapes


Is Lymph Node Removal with Cancer Surgery Really Necessary?
Green Med Info - It’s common practice for oncologists to recommend lymph node removal after cancer diagnosis. Removal of lymph nodes occurs with many cancers – breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, melanoma, ovarian cancer, and others too. The conventional medical view is that lymph nodes contain cancer cells and therefore must be removed. At the same time, cancer is a systemic disease, so removing parts of the body doesn’t provide a real solution. In other words, the swollen lymph nodes aren’t the problem and neither is the tumor, which is often also surgically removed. The tumor and/or the swollen lymph nodes are a result of the problem…. Monica Morrow, MD, a well-known clinical researcher and conventional medical doctor, has been studying tissue from breast cancer survivors who have small numbers of cancer cells called micro-metastases in their lymph nodes. Currently, even small findings of cancer cells such as these are considered deadly by the allopathic community. But Dr. Morrow’s findings show that these small numbers of cancer cells do not affect survival rates. Other medical professionals are just beginning to question the common practice of lymph node removal. Surgical removal of lymph nodes, as a way of reducing metastasis, may actually be causing more harm than good because of the potential lifelong complications of lymphedema.

Taking painkillers for just 14 days increases heart attack risk
What Doctors Don't Tell You - People taking an over-the-counter painkiller for even a few weeks are increasing their risk of heart attack and stroke—and they need to think twice before taking the medication at all, America’s drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned in a new, stronger alert. The agency issued its first alert about painkillers and heart problems back in 2005, but its expert panel has since come up with new information that has triggered the stronger warning. Common painkillers known as the NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs), which include over-the-counter preparations such as ibuprofen and naproxen, and prescription-only remedies such as celecoxib and diclofenac, are included in the warning, as is Naproxen, which was previously considered a safer NSAID. The only one to escape the warning is aspirin, which doesn’t seem to increase heart attack risk.

Vitamin K2 Deficiency Is a Significant Cause of Cardiovascular Disease
A significant risk factor in the development of CVD is calcium buildup in your arterial system. Plaque formation on the walls of your arteries may lead to small pieces breaking off, causing clot formation. This is one of the more common reasons for a heart attack or stroke. Calcification of these plaque formations occurs as atherosclerotic disease progresses, which may predict your risk for future cardiovascular events. A meta-analysis of 30 studies, including over 218,000 participants, found calcification in the arteries was associated with a 300 to 400 percent increased risk of a cardiovascular event (such as a heart attack) or death. Vitamin K2 regulates arterial calcification through protein modulation. In one study, those who had the highest amount of vitamin K2 were 52 percent less likely to experience calcification in their arteries and 57 percent less likely to die from heart disease over a seven to 10 year period…. However, like most other vitamins and nutrients, no one nutrient operates independently of others. For instance, most pasteurized milk is fortified with vitamin D. Manufacturers recognize they have effectively eradicated the natural vitamin D in the milk, necessary for absorption of calcium, and so they add it. While vitamin D helps you absorb calcium, vitamin K2 directs your body to deposit the calcium in the appropriate places. In other words, it's the vitamin K2 that tells your body to deposit calcium in your bones and teeth, and not in your organs, arteries, muscles or soft tissue.

Eating selenium-rich foods including shellfish, nuts and onions decreases the risk of liver cancer, say scientists
(NaturalNews) A new study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that increased blood selenium levels and selenoprotein P, the protein that transports selenium from the liver to other parts of the body, were associated with a lower risk of liver cancer incidence. The protective effect of selenium on the liver was even seen when all other liver cancer risks were taken into account…. Previous research from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, already made the link between selenium levels, the immune system and the development of cancer. They found that selenium inhibits the over-stimulation of the immune system. Such over-stimulation may cause the immune system to collapse, clearing the path for cancer to proliferate and spread throughout the body…. Selenium can be found in shellfish, salmon, Brazil nuts, meat, eggs, grains, broccoli and onions, among many other natural whole foods. However, the IARC notes that selenium levels in these foods depend on the soil where the products were grown, or where the animals grazed.

Pet News

FDA Releases Concerning Information About Beneful
Susan Thixton - A recent ‘find’ on the FDA website shows the agency released some VERY concerning information regarding FDA’s investigation of Purina Beneful earlier this year (published April 21, 2016). No public notice was issued regarding the agency’s publication of the Beneful investigation documents, the agency simply stated due to multiple requests for information on Beneful… And in this morsel of information provided by FDA – with no alert to the public – we discover the agency tested Beneful dog food and found.. FDA found ‘above the allowable level’ of cyanuric acid and melamine in 2013 testing of Beneful. Cynauric acid and melamine are the deadly combination responsible for the largest and deadliest pet food recall in history (2007). There was no recall even though test results are evidence to 6 Purina Beneful pet food adulterations. The FDA release of information of Beneful testing also stated… “Six samples collected contained ethoxyquin; however, the additive was not indicated on the product labeling.” Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly used in pet food. (This very ingredient is what my veterinarian told me was responsible for my dog’s bone cancer 25+ years ago.) Pet food regulations require all ingredients to be declared on the pet food label; Purina did not comply with that regulation. There was no recall even though test results are evidence of 6 Purina Beneful pet food labeling violations.

Wednesday - July 13, 2016 - Today In History:

1754 - At the beginning of the French and Indian War, George Washington surrendered the small, circular Fort Necessity in southwestern Pennsylvania to the French.
1787 - The U.S. Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacted the Northwest Ordinance, which established the rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.
1832 - Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
1863 - Opponents of the Civil War draft began three days of rioting in New York City, which resulted in more than 1,000 casualties.
1931 - A major German financial institution, Danabank, failed. This led to the closing of all banks in Germany until August 5.
1941 - Britain and the Soviet Union signed a mutual aid pact, that provided the means for Britain to send war material to the Soviet Union.
1954 - In Geneva, the United States, Great Britain and France reached an accord on Indochina which divided Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel.
1978 - Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
1984 - In Arkansas, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident and was left comatose. He came out of the coma in June of 2003.
1985 - Live Aid, a concert to raise money for Africa's starving people, was held in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, Australia.
1998 - RealNetworks Inc. rolled out a test version of RealSystem G2. G2 is a streaming video and audio delivery system.
2000 - The United States and Vietnam singed a major trade agreement. The pact still needed to be approved by the U.S. Congress.
2000 - Sprint Corp. and WorldCom canceled their planned merger due to opposition by regulators in the United States and Europe.

World News

In Wake of South China Sea Ruling, Beijing Unveils New Guided-Missile Destroyer
Sputnik News - On the same day that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, Beijing has commissioned its fourth guided-missile destroyer…. The latest 052D Yinchuan destroyer was commissioned at a naval port in Sanya, in the Hainan province. Roughly 150 meters long with a 20-meter beam, the ship is one of China’s most sophisticated vessels…. According to Chinese military expert Cao Weidong, the new ship can outperform South Korea’s Sejong the Great-class destroyers, Japan’s Atago-class destroyers, and the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The unveiling comes directly after the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against Beijing in its dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea…. Responding to the Hague’s decision, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it does not accept the ruling as valid. "With regard to the award rendered on 12 July 2016 by the Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration established at the unilateral request of the Republic of the Philippines…the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China solemnly declares that the award is null and void and has no binding force.

Hundreds 'disappeared' by security forces in Egypt, says Amnesty
The Guardian - Hundreds of Egyptians have been forcibly disappeared and tortured in a “sinister” campaign to wipe out peaceful dissent in the most populous country in the Arab world, Amnesty International says in a new report. Children as young as 14 as well as students, political activists and protesters have vanished without trace after security forces raided their homes. Many have been held for months at a time and kept blindfolded and handcuffed. At least 34,000 people are behind bars, the government admits. Most of those who have “disappeared” are supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president who was deposed in July 2013 and eventually replaced by president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi…. “Enforced disappearance has become a key instrument of state policy in Egypt,” said Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa director Philip Luther. “Anyone who dares to speak out is at risk, with counter-terrorism being used as an excuse to abduct, interrogate and torture people who challenge the authorities. “The report exposes not only the brutality faced by those disappeared but also the collusion between national security forces and judicial authorities, who have been prepared to lie to cover their tracks or failed to investigate torture allegations, making them complicit in serious human rights violations.

Venezuela army deployed to control food production and distribution
BBC - Venezuela's military has started monitoring ports and food processing plants, in a new effort to guarantee supplies of food and medicines. In a decree, President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army to co-ordinate the production and distribution of items. Venezuela is going through a deep economic crisis, despite having the world's largest oil reserves. Basic products are increasingly scarce and many say they struggle to feed their families. Mr Maduro says the measure is to fight the "economic war" he claims is being waged against his government by political foes and businessmen, with US backing. But the opposition says the government has mismanaged the economy, and has called for a referendum to oust the president…. Meanwhile, Mr Maduro accused Citibank of mounting a "financial blockade" on the country, after the US bank decided to close the government's international payments account with it. Citibank said the decision followed a "periodic risk management review", but did not explain further. It would be implemented within 30 days, it added. Due to strict currency controls in place since 2003, the Venezuelan government relies on Citibank for foreign currency transactions.

Did Citi Just Confiscate $1 Billion In Venezuela Gold
Zero Hedge - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that Citibank planned to shut his government's foreign currency accounts within a month, denouncing the move by one of its main foreign financial intermediaries as part of a "blockade." What Maduro did not mention is that among the central bank accounts closed by Citi will be at least one, rather prominent, gold swap launched just over a year earlier, which saw some 1.4 million ounces in gold swapped over to Citi in exchange for cash... gold which now appears to be confiscated.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama: ‘It Hurts’ When Whites Dismiss Protesters As ‘Political Correctness or Reverse Racism’
Breitbart - Tuesday at the memorial service for the five slain Dallas police officers, President Barack Obama said that “it hurts” when peaceful protestors who are attempting to forward their grievances with the police treatment of African-Americans are “dismissed perhaps even by your white friends and co-worker and fellow church members again and again and again.” Obama said, “When study after study shows that whites and people of color experience the criminal justice system differently — so that if you are black you are more likely to be pulled over, searched or arrested, more likely to get longer sentences, more likely to get the death penalty for the same crime. When mothers and fathers raise their kids right, and have the talk about how to respond if stopped by a police officer, ‘Yes, sir, no, sir,’ but still fear something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door, still fear that kids being stupid and not quite doing things right, might end in tragedy.” “When all of this takes place, more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, we cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid,” he added. “We can’t dismiss as a symptom of political correctness or reverse racism. To have your experience denied like that, dismissed by those in authority, dismissed perhaps even by your white friends and co-worker and fellow church members again and again and again, it hurts. Surely we can see that, all of us.”
* Related Video: Officers Refuse to Applaud During Obama’s Race Lecture at Dallas Police Memorial

Day of rage protests are scheduled for July 15th in 37 American cities
Daisy Luther - The hacktivist group Anonymous is now calling for nationwide Day of Rage protests on Friday, July 15th. The video below promotes the protests.(WARNING: There is some disturbing and graphic violence in this video.) While I firmly believe that we are being distracted and manipulated so that we stop paying attention to the machinations and corruption of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, the fact remains that being anywhere near these protests greatly increases the chance that you could become a victim of violence. When the mob mentality takes over, normally decent people can commit heinous acts. Use this as a list of places NOT to be on Friday the 15th. While the video by Anonymous does specify non-violence and denounces the actions taken against police officers that were not involved in these deaths, with the tagline “Day of Rage” I think it’s safe to expect emotions to be running very high on both sides of the line. No matter how great your empathy might be for those who have unjustly lost their lives, these protests are not safe places to be. These are the locations and times for the protests…

Clinton legal team moves to block deposition in email lawsuit
Politico - Clinton's attorneys submitted a legal filing Tuesday morning in a bid to shut down a conservative group's request for an order forcing her to submit to a deposition in the midst of her presidential campaign. Clinton’s legal team said her testimony was unnecessary and superfluous in light of her questioning before the House Benghazi Committee last October and several State Department inquiries into the issue. “Despite this public testimony and the various investigative reports, Judicial Watch claims that it needs to depose Secretary Clinton, a former Cabinet Secretary, about six purportedly unanswered questions," the filing states. "The record, however, already answers those questions or makes clear that Secretary Clinton has no personal knowledge to provide.” Judicial Watch has asked to depose Clinton in a pair of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits which have raised questions about whether her private email system was created in part to avoid making messages accessible under FOIA.

Video: Feds Stop Plot to Assassinate Police in Baton Rouge
Joe Biggs - Police say 3 individuals in Baton Rouge, who are accused of stealing firearms from a home and pawn shop, were planning to kill law enforcement at an upcoming Alton Sterling protest.

Five Arrested After Shooting At D.C. Police Officers
Zero Hedge - The shootings continue. According to AP, Police arrested five people for allegedly shooting at officers in Washington, D.C., early Tuesday, officials said. No injuries were reported. The good news is that the group allegedly fired at police to avoid arrest, not as part of a targeted attack on cops, a police official told The Washington Post. As Fox adds, officers in marked police cruisers were responding to reports of gunshots just after midnight in southeast Washington, D.C., near Martin Luther King Elementary School, when the cops were shot at by people inside an SUV, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. Police returned fire at the suspects, who barricaded themselves in the vehicle, Sternbeck said. Officers ordered the group to come out, but they refused. Unlike the Dallas shooting incident, no drone would be needed, however, and after about 30 minutes, three women and two men in the SUV surrendered to authorities. None of the five had been publicly identified as of Tuesday morning. The investigation will include whether the individuals who were arrested may have been involved in any other crimes before police arrived. Police were initially alerted to the area by the ShotSpotter system, WTOP reported. ShotSpotter uses sensors to detect gunfire around the city and then notifies authorities if anything is picked up. Tuesday's incident follows protests over police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and the fatal shooting of five police officers by an anti-cop, anti-white assailant in Dallas last week.

Former Prosecutor Sues Obama, Al Sharpton For Inciting A Race War
Daily Caller - The federal class action lawsuit, filed Saturday in Dallas, accuses the defendants of aiding and abetting murder, terrorist promotion of gang activity and civil rights violations of law enforcement officers. It seeks damages of more than $2 billion. “These (defendants) have incited violence and in fact have a direct link to what happened in Dallas,” said Larry Klayman, who worked in the Department of Justice during the Reagan administration and later founded the conservative advocacy groups Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. “I hope that law enforcement in Dallas and around the nation will join our class action, it’s a peaceful legal means to fight this. We’ve had it. People are finally starting to speak out.” The case has been assigned to Judge Sam A. Lindsay, a Clinton appointee who is also African American.

Houston Official Calls for Form of Segregation: Only Blacks Can Police Black Communities
Breitbart - A Houston city councilman has called for segregation in policing. In the wake of the officer-involved shootings of black men across the country and the assassination of Dallas police officers, the councilman said police should reflect the ethnicity of the particular community where they patrol. Speaking to Fox 26 in Houston, City Councilman Dwight Boykins (District D), “I think at this point, because of the crisis situation, not in Houston but throughout the country, we need to have officers patrolling areas that reflect the ethnicity [of that community].”

Video: CNN Panel Explodes Over Claim That ‘Black People Are Prone to Criminality’
CNN’s New Day on Monday morning was barely five minutes into it’s 6 a.m. ET broadcast when a panel discussion on race and law enforcement peaked into a shouting match. As CNN’s Chris Cuomo attempted his best to play referee between retired NYPD Detective Harry Houck and CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill, the conversation was shaped by two very different perspectives. While Hill, a Morehouse College professor, argued on behalf of the systemic racism that largely exists targeting black communities, Houck brought with him sobering statistics on black crime in the city of New York.

New EEOC Rules Allow Employers to Pay for Employees’ Health Information
Electronic Frontier Foundation - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions for employee wellness programs give employers the power to reward or penalize their employees based on whether they complete health screenings and participate in fitness programs. While wellness programs are often welcomed, they put most employees in a bind: give your employer access to extensive, private health data, or give up potentially thousands of dollars a year. Sadly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new regulations, which go into effect in January 2017, rubber stamp the ACA’s wellness programs with insufficient privacy safeguards. Because of these misguided regulations, employers can still ask for private health information if it is part of a loosely defined wellness program with large incentives for employees.

New NC law prevents public from viewing police bodycam footage
RT - North Carolina House Bill 972, signed into law Monday, prevents citizens from viewing footage from police bodycams or cruiser dashcams unless law enforcement authorities choose to let them or a judge orders it. When a request to police footage is denied, the petitioner would have to obtain an order from North Carolina’s superior court see it. “[The law] seeks to gain public trust while respecting the rights of public safety officers,” Governor McCrory’s office said in a statement, adding that the law also establishes a “Blue Alert,” which acts as an “AMBER alert” for cops, alerting the public via smartphone about suspects who have harmed or killed police officers. Dashcam footage had previously been considered a part of the public record, and until Monday, the status of bodycam footage was never touched by any state statutes. Police departments, however, tend to treat bodycam footage as part of an officer’s personnel file, which is generally off limits to the public.

Election News

Exclusive: Bush Operatives Sabotaged Trump Effort To Make Release of ’28 Pages’ Part of GOP Platform
Paul Joseph Watson - On Monday, the national security subcommittee of the GOP platform committee approved a plank that calls for the declassification of the 28 pages… The plank, introduced by Maine state senator Eric Brakey, was subsequently rejected by the full GOP platform committee despite hopes that the resolution would pass. According to sources close to the Trump campaign, Trump himself threw his full support behind including the 28 pages promise on the platform, but Bush family operatives worked feverishly to sabotage the effort. “Bush operative Ron Kaufman was seen pulling committee members from the meeting and begging members not to embarrass “the President,” according to our source. The 28 pages were originally classified by the Bush administration in 2002 on “national security” grounds, but pressure has been building for their release ever since.

Sanders endorses Clinton for White House in show of party unity
Reuters - Democrat Bernie Sanders endorsed former rival Hillary Clinton for president in a show of party unity on Tuesday, saying she was the best candidate to fix the country's problems and beat Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election...Clinton hopes the joint appearance will help her win over Sanders supporters, some of whom carried Sanders signs into the rally and frequently drowned out her backers. In recent Reuters/Ipsos polling, only about 40 percent of Sanders backers said they would back Clinton, and the crowd at Tuesday's rally made it clear she still had work to do.
* Related Video: Sanders Sells His Soul to The Queen of Wall St.

Hillary's Lead Over Trump Shrinks To Just 3% As Two-Thirds Of Voters Find Her "Dishonest And Untrustworthy"
Zero Hedge - Following yesterday's report that a majority of Americans disapprove of FBI director Comey's decision on Hillary Clinton, it is perhaps not surprising that the Democrat's lead over Donald Trump has shrunk substantially in the latest NBC poll, and is now leading the presumptive Republican candidate by just three points after several days of "controversy" following FBI Director James Comey's recommendation that no criminal charges be brought against the former secretary of state over her use of a private email server.

New Black Panthers Plan Armed Rally During Republican Convention in Ohio
Sputnik News - The New Black Panther Party has announced that their members will ‘open carry’ while gathering outside the Republican National Convention next week, for stated self defense, provided that it remains legal for them to do so. Under Ohio law, protesters who possess gun permits will be allowed to carry weapons openly in the downtown area during the convention, though ironically, squirt guns are banned. Many groups supportive of presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump have also stated their intention to attend the event openly armed. "If that state allows us to bear arms, the Panthers, and the others who can legally bear arms, will bear arms." The prospect of several conflicting groups attending convention events and structured protest rallies while carrying weapons has left many on edge, especially after the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers during a peaceful Black Lives Matter march last week. The New Black Panther Party has condemned the shooting, which Nzinga described as a massacre.

Veteran News

Thousands of U.S. Military Veterans Deported Due to Lack of Citizenship
AllGov - All immigrants who are in the country legally are entitled to U.S. citizenship because of their military service. But while some deported veterans believe they earned citizenship simply by signing up for military service, others were misinformed by recruiters or officers about their legal status, [ACLU staff attorney Jennie Pasquarella] said. "That's one of the greatest tragedies of this. People didn't realize that they weren't already a citizen. Had they known, they could have applied and naturalized when they were in the service," the attorney said. "I think that the fact that a veteran who serves in our armed forces and goes to fight our wars could come home from service and then be deported is news to most Americans. I think most Americans would be shocked to learn that that is happening." Not everyone is sympathetic. Ira Mehlman, with the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said it's not the government's responsibility to help veterans or soldiers on active duty apply for citizenship. "Just because you have served in the military it doesn't exempt you from the consequences of your actions," Mehlman said in a telephone interview. "If you have served in the military and then subsequently committed some offense that makes you subject to deportation, that really is your responsibility.”… Pasquarella said there could be thousands of deportees, dating back to the Vietnam War. In the past six months the ACLU has documented 85 cases, she said…. For many veterans, deportation is a "lifetime punishment" that cuts them off from Department of Veterans Affairs medical benefits, the report says. Without medical help, to which they are entitled through the VA, veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder can end up turning to drugs: then can come addiction, criminal conviction and deportation, Pasquarella said.

Economy & Business

Dow, S&P close at record high as Brexit fears ease; energy jumps 2 pct
CNBC News - U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as fears eased over Brexit and Japan signaled more economic stimulus. The S&P 500 moved higher in record territory and the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a new all-time high. The blue-chips index reached the milestone on the heels of the S&P 500 closing at an all-time high Monday. On Tuesday, the Dow closed about 120 points higher, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains.

Report: Illegal Immigrants Get More Food Stamp Benefits Than Poor American Citizens: “$2 Billion A Year”
(Mac Slavo) And as highlighted by a new report from the Washington Examiner, it’s actually American citizens who are feeling the brunt of the pain and being treated unfairly, not the other way around: Illegal immigrant households tapping into the federal food stamp program are receiving $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion a year despite their ineligibility, according to a new analysis of the Agriculture Department program. And rules guiding who can get food stamps favor households with illegal immigrants over all-U.S. citizen homes, according to the detailed report from the Center for Immigration Studies released Monday morning…. An already overburdened American taxpayer is also forced, by way of the gun, to pay for illegal immigrants’ health care, college tuition, and other social services. But if you argue against illegal immigration or the “free” services they consume you are a racist. We’d argue you’re a realist, especially if you understand that all of these free services only work until the government runs out of other peoples’ money.

Science & Technology

Big Brother wants to create 17.5 million spying motorists
MassPrivateI - Big Brother and auto insurance companies have devised a devious new way to encourage Americans to spy on each other. They're offering motorists an insurance discount, if they purchase and install dashcams in their own vehicles! New York Assembly member Alicia Hyndman and NY Senator Jose Peralta have introduced a bill, that would give New York drivers a 5% auto insurance discount for having a dash camera installed in their car. Fyi, insurance companies are also secretly identifying motorists and passengers using facial biometrics…. Bill A10392, would let law enforcement and insurance companies view dashcam images. The bill would allow dashcam evidence to be used in civil and criminal proceedings and allows the insurer to review any images. According to the bill, motorists are responsible for making sure their dashcams are always recording.


Study: Breast Cancer Survivors Who Exercise Have Fewer Memory Problems
Natural Society - Northwestern Medicine in conjunction with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign recently reported that women who had survived breast cancer and exercised regularly reported fewer memory problems than those who didn’t exercise. Memory problems are a common issue amongst breast cancer survivors, however it was found that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity could help curtail some of the cognition problems. It was also found that memory problems may be associated with the high stress of coping with a cancer diagnosis and not from radiation or chemotherapy as previously thought. Exercise may provide a way for patients to effectively deal with some of the stress caused by their cancer experience, which may, in turn, decrease memory problems.

Pomegranate: The Superfruit that May Hold the Fountain of Youth
Natural Society - Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have stated that the molecule urolithin A, found in pomegranates, is responsible for kickstarting the mitophagy process. This process allows old and unusable parts of cells to be disposed of and helps make way for replacements. Over time, this natural process becomes less efficient, leaving people with aged skin, muscles, and organs. It is also associated with many diseases older people are afflicted by, such as Parkinson’s disease. Reversing the process can lead to a better body, both mentally and physically. It was found during lab testing that giving urolithin A to mice upped their endurance by a whopping 42 percent. Feeding the mice may have also been associated with expanding their lifespan by up to 45 percent. But while urolithin A is rich in pomegranates, humans can’t benefit from them if they don’t have the correct microbes in their gut to help break it down. Researchers are working on a way to help make it so everyone will be able to benefit from the molecule, regardless of gut bacteria.

A Common Unlisted Food Additive May Induce Food Allergies
Natural Blaze - …many chemicals used in food processing don’t seem to make it into print on package labels! One is the synthetic preservative and antioxidant tert-butylhydroquionone (tBHQ) added to cooking oils, nuts, crackers, breads, waffles, fast and frozen foods. TBHQ is a form of butane gas that’s used in welding or portable gas stoves! According to FDA regulations, 0.02 percent of the total oils in a food can be tBHQ. It’s used in unsaturated vegetable oils and some edible animal fats too. It also is used to ‘protect’ food with iron from discoloration. Frozen fish products have some of the highest concentrations of tBHQ. There are known adverse health effects from long term, high doses of tBHQ, one being cancer of the stomach. However, a Michigan State University researcher has devoted her work to finding out how tBHQ affects the immune system and causes T cells to release certain proteins which can trigger allergies to common foods like eggs, nuts, shell fish and wheat…. Another issue tBHQ may contribute to is behavioral problems. Those who struggle with attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) are cautioned to avoid it…. Here’s a listing of foods/products, which apparently contain tBHQ or other petroleum byproducts: Mcdonalds chicken nuggets and french fries have TBHQ. Red Robin fast food chain also uses tert Butylhydroquinone in cooking oil. CHEEZ-IT Crackers made by Kelloggs have petroleum products. Butterfinger chocolate and Resee’s Peanut butter cups have tert-Butylhydroquinone. Nestle Crunch has tert-Butylhydroquinone. Wheat Thins contain petroleum….

Pet News

What are the ingredients of vetinary vaccines?
Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM - The list of ingredients for most vaccines is proprietary information – this means vaccine companies are not required to disclose their ingredients to the consumer. Therefore, even if the consumer, or the consumer’s pet, has a reaction to a vaccine, the vaccine the company is not required to divulge the ingredients of the vaccine…. While we don’t know specific ingredients in an individual vaccine, as that information is proprietary, we do know some vaccines contain some, or all, of the following: “[V]ery small amounts of the culture material used to grow the virus or bacteria used in the vaccine, such as chicken egg protein… Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum which are added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine. Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine…. Formaldehyde…. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol… [and] Thimerosal…

The Popular Feline Stress-Buster I Can't Recommend
Dr. Becker - Japanese researchers conducted a small study to evaluate the effects of diet on feline stress; unfortunately, the test food was a processed dry diet containing two calming nutraceuticals. Study results showed a significant decrease in the stress hormone cortisol in cats fed the test diet, however, feeding kibble to cats on a regular or long-term basis creates diet-related stress. Adding calming nutraceuticals to pet junk food isn’t a good approach to managing stress in your cat. A moisture-dense, fresh, biologically appropriate diet coupled with environmental enrichment that reduces all forms of sensory stress is the best way to help your cat feel calm and comfortable…. What to do about a stressed-out kitty.… Reducing visual stress: your kitty appreciates variety in the lighting in his environment…. Giving your cat a break from unnatural or fluorescent lighting is very important…. Reducing auditory stress: studies show that music modulates both cardiac and neurologic function, reducing stress levels. Slow classical music seems to relax most animals…. Reducing olfactory stress: some smells that can cause stress for your kitty include cigarette smoke, chemical cleaning products, cologne, air fresheners and scented candles. Air quality is critically important for cats…. Kitties are known to respond well to certain aromas, including fresh air, catnip, lavender, chamomile flowers, valerian root and pheromones. Experiment with a variety of these scents and see which ones your cat seems to like….

Tuesday - July 12, 2016 - Today In History:

1862 - The U.S. Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
1864 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed the battle where Union forces repelled Jubal Early's army on the outskirts of Washington, DC.
1870 - The first rotary can opener with a cutting wheel was patented by William W. Lyman.
1933 - A minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the U.S.
1941 - Moscow was bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time.
1954 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments.
1957 - The U.S. surgeon general, Leroy E. Burney, reported that there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
1974 - John Ehrlichman, a former aide to U.S. President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's former psychiatrist.
1982 - "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening.
1982 - The last of the distinctive-looking Checker taxicabs rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, MI.
1984 - Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.
1990 - Russian republic president Boris N. Yeltsin announced his resignation from the the Soviet Communist Party.
1998 - 1.7 billion people watched soccer's World Cup finals between France and Brazil. France won 3-0.
2000 - Russia launched the Zvezda after two years of delays. The module was built to be the living quarters for the International Space Station (ISS.)
2010 - Roman Polanski was declared a free man, no longer confined to house arrest in his Alpine villa, after Swiss authorities rejected a U.S. request for the Oscar-winning director's extradition because of a 32-year-old sex conviction.

World News

US to send 560 more troops to Iraq to retake ISIS stronghold
RT - More US troops are on the way to Iraq to aid the country’s armed forces in the upcoming offensive against the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced during a surprise visit to the country.... With these new reinforcements, the US will have about 4,650 troops in Iraq, two years after returning to the country to fight ISIS.... The new troop contingent will include engineers, logistics personnel and other forces intended to help the Iraqi army with planning and preparation for the campaign to liberate Mosul.... American advisers are already working with Iraqis on a brigade level, but have not yet accompanied them on operations on the battalion level, US officials who wished to remain anonymous told AP.... Though the US troops in Iraq have been billed as strictly advisory personnel, never intended to see combat, three American soldiers have been killed in battle with ISIS so far.

U.S. missile brought down Russian helicopter in Syria says report
The Japan Times - Two Russian airmen killed in Syria on Friday were shot down with American weaponry, the Interfax news agency said Sunday, quoting a Russian military source. It said insurgents from the Islamic State group hit the airmen’s Mi-25 assault helicopter with a U.S.-made TOW heavy anti-tank missile, a weapon that uses guidance from a ground station.... Russian newspapers reported the alleged U.S. link without saying how the Islamic State group - which Washington is fighting in Iraq and Syria - might have obtained contemporary American weaponry. In some respects, the narrative mirrors Western allegations that Russia supplied the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. However, the Islamic State group is known to have obtained U.S.-made vehicles and weapons when it seized territory from Iraq’s security forces in 2014.

US Authorizes Voluntary Departure of Officials' Families From Bangladesh
Sputnik News - The State Department underscored that the terrorist threat in Bangladesh is "real and credible." "The US Embassy in Dhaka remains open and will provide all routine consular services,” the warning added. On Thursday, at least 12 people were injured and one policeman killed in an explosion at Eid celebration in Bangladesh, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan. The attack came after the July 1 assault, when a group of armed terrorists took dozens hostage inside the restaurant located in a diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. The attack left 20 people, mostly foreigners, dead, while 13 hostages were rescued by the country's security forces.

'Major Cover-Up': Turkey Blocks Probe Into Allegations of Mass Abuses
Sputnik News - Violence has engulfed southeastern Turkey since a ceasefire between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) ended two years ago.... Thousands of civilians have been killed in the process. The exact number is unknown, but human rights groups are attempting to tally the dead.... "The Turkish government is blocking access for independent investigations into alleged mass abuses against civilians across southeast Turkey," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement released on Monday.... While Ankara denies that it has targeted civilians, HRW claims that there is reason to believe otherwise, and is demanding the government allow a comprehensive investigation. 'The Turkish government’s effective blockade of areas of the southeast fuels concerns of a major cover-up," Emma Sinclair-Webb, senior Turkey researcher with HRW, said as part of the statement.... Beginning in the summer of 2015, Ankara imposed several round-the-clock curfews, preventing civilians from fleeing regions where the military operations took place, particularly in the city of Cizre.

Theresa May to become new PM after Tory rival Leadsom withdraws
The Guardian - Theresa May will become Britain’s second female prime minister on Wednesday, a rapid ascent to the premiership that came after her sole remaining challenger suddenly withdrew from the leadership race.... May, who had campaigned for remain in the EU referendum, said she was “honoured and humbled” to have been chosen by her party, before offering an olive branch to colleagues who campaigned to leave the EU by declaring that she would “make a success” of Brexit.

Fool’s Errand: NATO Pledges Four More Years of War in Afghanistan
The Ron Paul Institute - President Obama said last week that the US must keep 3,000 more troops than planned in Afghanistan. The real reason is obvious: the mission has failed and Washington cannot bear to admit it. But Obama didn’t put it that way. He said: “It is in our national security interest, especially after all the blood and treasure we’ve invested over the years, that we give our partners in Afghanistan the best chance to succeed.” This is how irrational Washington’s logic is. Where else but in government would you see it argued that you cannot stop spending on a project because you have already spent so much to no avail? In the real world, people who invest their own hard-earned money in a failed scheme do something called “cut your losses.” Government never does that. Isn’t 15 years of US “blood and treasure” enough of a “best chance” to succeed?

Canadian affiliate charity of Clinton Foundation defends expenses
The Globe and Mail - The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), a registered charity based in Vancouver, B.C., devoted $737,441 — amounting to 78 per cent of its expenditures — to management and administration in 2014. The amount includes spending on office supplies and expenses, salaries and professional and consulting fees. That same year, according to the return filed to the Canada Revenue Agency and published online, the organization devoted $205,419 to charitable programs, accounting for 22 per cent of its expenditures. A similar ratio — 72 per cent to management and administration costs and 28 per cent to charitable programs — is in the 2013 return. The Canadian charity strongly defended against any suggestion it is spending too much on overhead.
* Related: Bill Clinton appears to have played a role in helping mining magnate Frank Giustra enter into a lucrative uranium mining deal

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Report: Cop, Bailiffs Shot at Courthouse
Kit Daniels - Three people are dead, including two court bailiffs, following a shooting at the Berrien Co. Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on Monday. A police officer was also wounded in the attack reported by local media. The gunshots were heard around 2:20pm local time, and by 3:00pm the shooter was declared dead with Sheriff Paul Bailey stating the situation was under control. “They had a gentleman in there, in his jail greens and handcuffs,” witness Mark Laukus told WSJM. “One of the sheriff’s bailiffs took him into another hallway, and you heard a scuffle, you heard someone hit the floor.” “Then the courtroom bailiff went into that room, and you heard a gunshot.”

Congress is going to try to expand the Patriot Act tonight and hopes no one will notice
Rare - In the wake of recent mass shootings, Monday night the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on an expansion of the Patriot Act.... The proposed bill, H.R. 5606, expands Section 314 of the Patriot Act to cover non-terrorism or money laundering related investigations. Critics claim that the bill is a threat to the privacy of innocent Americans and is being rammed through Congress without debate. Section 314 encourages law enforcement to share information with financial institutions on money laundering and terrorism. It also encourages financial institutions to share information with each other. The House Liberty Caucus, led by Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.), has come out in opposition to the bill, raising privacy issues as a concern. It claims that Treasury Department regulations will all but mandate financial institutions share information with the government, compromising the privacy of Americans who are not involved in criminal activity. The original Section 314 of the Patriot Act itself delegates significant authority to the Treasury Department to make regulations.

Last Month The Supreme Court Legalized Corruption
Blacklisted News - From on high Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has mandated the rules around the conduct in which somebody may try and prosecute for corruption over changed to be much more narrow and restrictive. More specifically the instance of corruption must occur 'officially'... The New York Times reports: ":...filing a lawsuit, say, or making an administrative determination. Routine political courtesies like arranging meetings or urging underlings to consider a matter, he added, generally do not, even when the people seeking those favors give the public officials gifts or money." So while the door still remains open for prosecutors to persue corrupt entities and people, the fact that it is now made more difficult by the treasonous actions of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is undeniable. To be prosecuted you must now be committing the more 'traditional' forms of bribery and kickbacks.

Report: Three Syrian “Refugees” Rape Little Girl at Knifepoint in Idaho
Paul Joseph Watson - The sexual assault allegedly took place on June 2, but has received virtually no media attention aside from one vague KMVT report. However, residents have been circulating what really happened on social media, with the Creeping Sharia blog reporting that the victim was a young girl who was born premature and is “less developed for her age”. The perpetrators were three Syrian youths aged 8, 10 and 13, with the oldest boy directing the assault…. A follow-up KMTV report revealed that, “the case has officially been sealed by a judge with no chance of it ever being unsealed since all parties involved are minors.” A video of a Twin Falls council meeting shows irate residents demanding to know why council members have done nothing to address the alleged rape, as well as numerous other issues involving Syrian refugees being housed in the area, including hit and run incidents and Muslims spitting on non-Muslims…. In every instance, the council members claim ignorance as to the severity of the situation, with one even suggesting that residents’ concerns are based on anti-Muslim prejudice and even white supremacism.

Election News

Trump Releases 10 Step Plan to Reform the VA
Breitbart - Speaking from Virginia Beach, Virginia on Monday afternoon, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump released a ten point plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)…. Trump spoke about ten steps he will take if elected president to reform the VA: 1. I will appoint a Secretary of Veterans Affairs who will make it his or her personal mission to clean up the VA. The Secretary’s sole mandate will be to serve our Veterans – not bureaucrats, not politicians, but Veterans. Amazingly, President Obama’s VA Secretary recently downplayed concerns about waiting times by saying that people also wait in line at Disneyland. 2. I am going to use every lawful authority to remove and discipline federal employees or managers who fail our Veterans or breach the public trust. 3. I am going to ask Congress to pass legislation that ensures the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has the authority to remove or discipline any employee who risks the health, safety or well-being of any Veteran. 4. I am going to appoint a commission to investigate all the wrongdoing at the VA and then present those findings to Congress as the basis for bold legislative reform….
* Related: Watch: Donald Trump Delivers Veterans’ Reform Speech

Pro-Life Leader: Gen. Michael Flynn’s ‘Pro-Abortion Position Disqualifies’ Him for VP
Breitbart - Pro-life leader Marjorie Dannenfelser says Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn’s position of supporting women’s rights to abortion “disqualifies” him from consideration as presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s vice-president. “General Flynn has disqualified himself from consideration as Vice President,” the president of the Susan B. Anthony List said in a statement. “His pro-abortion position is unacceptable and would undermine the pro-life policy commitments that Mr. Trump has made throughout the campaign.”

Sanders To Endorse Hillary Clinton — Even After DNC Accepts TPP!
Breitbart - Sanders had previously said that he would wait to endorse Clinton until critical planks of his platform were adopted by the Democrat Party. Over the weekend DNC delegates rejected one of the biggest pieces of Bernie’s platform by not including language clearly opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Sanders’ campaign policy adviser Warren Gunnels is quoted as saying of the rejection of the anti-TPP language in the official platform, “it was very disappointing.” Many Sanders’ supporters were much more expressive about the rejection.

56 percent of Americans disapprove of FBI decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton
The Washington Post - The Post-ABC poll found 56 percent disapprove of Comey's recommendation against charging Clinton while 35 percent approve.... Roughly 6 in 10 independents disapprove of the recommendation against charges (59 percent), rising to nearly 9 in 10 Republicans (88 percent) and falling to 31 percent of Democrats.... The results resemble public opinion throughout the past year showing a majority of the public criticizing her answers to questions about the issue - a Post-ABC poll before the federal probe ended found 56 percent disapproving of her response.... Over 3 in 10 Democrats disapprove of Director Comey's recommendation against charges for Clinton (31 percent), and the same percentage says the issue makes them worry about Clinton's presidential responsibility. Over 4 in 10 liberals say the issue raises concerns about how Clinton might handle responsibilities as president, as do 36 percent of non-white Americans and 56 percent of those under age 40.

Video: Hillary's America: The secret history of the Democratic Party
Hillary's America, the latest film from the creators of America: Imagine The World Without Her and 2016: Obama's America takes audiences on a gripping journey into the secret history of the Democratic Party and the contentious rise of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In Hillary's America, New York Times #1 best-selling author and celebrated filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza reveals the sordid truth about Hillary and the secret history of the Democratic Party. This eye-opening film sheds light on the Democrats' transition from pro-slavery to pro-enslavement; how Hillary Clinton's political mentor was, literally, a cold-blooded gangster; and how the Clintons and other Democrats see foreign policy not in terms of national interest, but in terms of personal profit. Hillary's America will uncover how their plan is to simply steal America. Watch the shocking trailer now!

Veteran News

Dakota Meyer: Military Service Had ‘Nothing to Do with’ Dallas Shooting
Breitbart - Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer … about Dallas shooter Micah Xavier Johnson, a military veteran who has been portrayed as potentially suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “The big picture’s not really about if this is a veteran,” said Meyer. “I think the picture is, is what there’s these organizations out there doing, that are empowering these individuals to feel like they’re going to do the ‘right thing.’ I think that this person’s a veteran, it really has nothing to do with what is going on, in the situation that happened in Dallas.” Meyer blamed the media for sensationalizing the police shooting incidents that fuel Black Lives Matter protests. “It’s like a game to them,” he said. “It’s like, you know, ‘Hey, let’s go out and make people feel this way.’” .... “I’m sick of it,” Meyer declared. “Look, I fought for this country. I feel like I have as much skin in this country as anyone else does, and you know, like everyone who goes and wears the nation’s cloth — whether you’re serving overseas, or you’re serving behind the badge, or you go out and you put other people’s lives before yourself, and to serve other people, taking those risks every day.” “When we were overseas, I fought next to African-Americans. I fought next to Hispanics. I fought next to every ethnicity there is,” he recalled. “I fought next to Republicans, I fought next to Democrats. Not one day did we go out there and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to fight for black people. Today I’m going to fight for white people. Today I’m going to go out and fight for Muslims, or Christians, or whatever it is, whatever you feel like your American-hyphenated is.” “You know what we all went over to fight for? We all went over to fight for Americans. And you know what makes up being an American? African-Americans. Christians. Muslims. Hispanics. Every single one of them is what makes up an American,” he said. “I don’t understand why we have forgot that. Why are we segregating? We are more segregated now than we’ve ever been, across the board. Why?” [Long article, but worth reading. Also contains link to audio interview.]

Economy & Business

US Consumers No Longer "Eating Out" - Restaurant Guest Counts Tumble To Three Year Lows
Zero Hedge - If one follows the government's retail spending data for "retail food and services sales" segment, the data is not bad... at 2.5% Y/Y, it hasn't moved much over the past two years, suggesting flat overall spending trends. A different tracker of US Restaurant sales, that of the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant performance index, shows a more troubling picture. As the NRA reports for its latest data, restaurant sales softened in May, along with operator expectations, as the industry continued its choppy 2016. The monthly indication of the health of the industry fell 0.9 percent to 100.6 in May, from 101.6 in April.... But the worst news for the restaurant industry came from the closely followed, and only available to subscribers, Knapp-Track index.... because unlike the government data, and even the NRA's more realistic index, it showed sales and guest counts in June tumbling to new multi-year lows. In fact, as of June, the number of guest counts was the worst in since February 2013.

Science & Technology

The Senate votes this week on whether to give the FBI warrantless access to your browsing history
Fight For The Future - A couple of weeks ago, the Senate tried to sneak a rider onto a spending bill that would give the FBI sweeping new surveillance authority, including warrantless access to browsing history (obtained from ISPs). This measure failed by one vote.... Now, Republican leadership is planning to re-introduce the measure (McCain Amendment 4787) and do a re-vote this week. Even though we won the first time, the razor-thin margin means this upcoming vote could really go either way. It all boils down to a few key senators who are undecided or likely to change their minds.

Pokémon Go Linked to CIA
Kit Daniels - The ‘augmented reality’ mobile game Pokémon Go, which uses the player’s smartphone camera to ‘add’ Pokémon to real-world locations, has ties to the CIA. The developer of Pokémon Go, Niantic, Inc., was founded by John Hanke, who previously received funding from the CIA’s venture capital firm In-Q-Tel to develop what eventually became Google Earth. In-Q-Tel was once described as an “independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.” It’s easy to see why the CIA would have an interest in the software behind Pokémon Go; the game utilizes the player’s camera and gyroscope to display an image of a Pokémon as though it were in the real world, such as the player’s apartment complex or workplace bathroom. Software like that could theoretically turn millions of smartphone users into ‘Imperial probe droids’ who take real-time, ground-level footage of their cities and homes, reaching into dark alleyways and basements which spy satellites and Google cars can’t reach.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

USDA bans honeybee-saving environmentalists from yearly Pollinator Festival; invites chemical industry instead
(NaturalNews) At this year's USDA's Pollinator Week Festival, important environmental public interest groups were shut out and dis-invited from the event. These public interest groups, including the important Beyond Pesticides, seek to protect honeybees from neonicotinoid pesticides. "Neonics" are pervasive chemicals that make their way into pollen and adversely affect the bees' nervous and immune systems…. In their place this year was the Pollinator Partnership, which represents the chemical industry. Syngenta, Bayer, CropLife and BASF have all sponsored the Pollinator Partnership. This means that the very ones destroying pollinators will be the ones influencing the government and offering "solutions" to the problems they themselves are creating.

Roundup Ready GMO Grass Coming to a Lawn Near You?
EcoWatch - According to Forbes, trials are already underway for Scotts's latest Roundup Ready grass that grows at half the speed of conventional grass. The company hopes the novel grass will enter the market in three years…. Scotts's new GMO grass is an example of a company taking advantage of a new legal loophole that has allowed certain types of GMOs, such as the CRISPR-edited white button mushroom, bypass government regulations. This growing trend in biotechnology has critics speaking out mainly because these GMOs fall outside of regulatory authority. Ronnie Cummins, founder and international director of the Organic Consumers Association, criticized Scotts's genetically engineered grass in a 2014 blog post: Beyond its ability to spread quickly, beyond its potential impact on organic farmers, even more troubling is the fact that once Scotts Roundup Ready grass hits the market, it will lead to a dramatic increase in the use of Roundup, already the most widely used—and potentially harmful—herbicide in the world.

Place A Few of These Leaves in the Corners of Your House and You Will Never See Cockroaches Again
REALfarmacy - Bay leaves are the very best natural cockroach repellent. This herb can’t eliminate them, however it does drives them away quickly since the smell is unbearable for the cockroach. Place laurel branches in every corner of the house. Place 10 bay leaves in the garden or in the kitchen area and you will never ever see cockroaches strolling around. They are perfect for areas where food is stored such as the kitchen or pantry since they are safe and non-toxic. Likewise, we recommend putting bay leaves in your garden especially if you have a pet. This way you will eliminate cockroaches without worrying about your kids or animals security. You can use fresh bay leaves or dry. But the best way to use these leaves is to crush dry leaves and make a powder. They create a much stronger smell used by doing this.


Doctors in Germany are prescribing homeopathic and herbal remedies to one in five children they treat
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Vitamins, minerals and supplements are the most popular ‘alternative’ therapies, and are being given to one in three children, a major new international survey has discovered. In all, 1,164 doctors in Germany, Spain, Russia, Bulgaria, Colombia and Israel were surveyed about the way they treat children up to the age of 12 years. Not surprisingly, pharmaceuticals and other conventional therapies were the leading treatments being used, and were prescribed to around 40 per cent of children, but in some countries the alternative remedies were running them a close second. In Colombia, for instance, one in three children are regularly prescribed vitamins and minerals. Natural and homeopathic remedies are most commonly prescribed to treat colds, colic, sleeping problems, and recurrent infections, say researchers from the Blankenstein Hospital in Germany. Doctors were also influenced by the preferences of parents who were worried about side effects of conventional drugs.

9 Healthy Reasons to Snack on Cashew Nuts
Natural News Blogs - Eat cashews daily, as they are extremely good for health. All nuts are heart-healthy including cashews, they are full of essential antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Nutrition: Cashews are rich in iron, phosphorus, tryptophan, magnesium, zinc, phytochemicals and selenium. They are also rich in folate and vitamin K…. Prevents Cancer: Cashews contain a type of flavonol called Proanthocyanidins which is a compound with high copper content. One serving provides 37.5% of your daily copper requirement- which helps in fighting with the cancerous cells. Also, prevents from various cancers like cancer of the colon, prostate and it starves tumors. Keeps Heart Healthy: Cashew contains healthy monounsaturated fat that is good for cardiovascular health. Diabetes: It is found that cashew nut extract is extremely beneficial for controlling blood sugar level, which is useful for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Cashews contain low amounts of sugar which make them safe for diabetic patients! Cashews reduce triglyceride levels in diabetes patients that help them from further cholesterol and sugar related problems….

22 Ways Drinking Soda Will Shorten Your Life
Green Med Info - So what are the risks and how much soda is too much? Let’s take a look: 1. Soda can cause a decline in kidney function. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study, including 3,318 women, researchers found that diet cola is linked with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. 2. Soda increases diabetes risk. High levels of sugar in soda places a lot of stress on your pancreas, potentially leaving it unable to keep up with the body’s need for insulin. Drinking one or two sugary drinks per day increases your risk for type 2 diabetes by 25%. 3. Soda cans are lined with BPA. Soda cans are coated with the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heart disease to obesity to reproductive problems. 4. Soda dehydrates you. Caffeine is a diuretic. Diuretics promote the production of urine, causing you to urinate more frequently. When the body’s cells are dehydrated they have difficulty absorbing nutrients, and it also makes it more difficult for the body to eliminate waste. 5. Caramel coloring in soda is linked to cancer. The artificial brown coloring in colas is a chemical process, it is not made from caramelized sugar. It is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperatures. These chemical reactions result in the formation of 2-methylimidazole (2-MI) and 4 methylimidazole (4-MI), which in government-conducted studies caused lung, liver, or thyroid cancer or leukemia in laboratory mice and rats….

Pet News

Good News! Vermont Law Allows Citizens to Save Dogs From Hot Cars
Dogington Post - A new Vermont law that took effect July 1 will shield people from civil liability when they break into a locked vehicle to rescue a child or dog that is in “imminent danger of harm.” The law requires concerned citizens to call 911, fire or police departments before breaking into a car. They must check that all the doors are locked, must use no more force than necessary to enter the vehicle, must stay with the child or dog until emergency personnel arrive, and must leave a note on the vehicle about what happened. In addition to protecting citizens that take necessary steps to rescue distressed pets, Vermont prosecutors can also cite the owner for animal cruelty for leaving a dog in a hot car.

Monday - July 11, 2016 - Today In History:

1798 - The U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by "An Act for Establishing a Marine Corps" passed by the U.S. Congress. The act also created the U.S. Marine Band. The Marines were first commissioned by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.
1804 - The United States' first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.
1864 - In the U.S., Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an invasion of Washington, DC. They turned back the next day.
1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.
1934 - The first appointments to the newly created Federal Communications Commission were made.
1934 - U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first American chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal while in office.
1955 - The U.S. Air Force Academy was dedicated in Colorado at Lowry Air Base.
1960 - In Honolulu, HI, the first tournament held outside the continental U.S., sanctioned by the U.S. Golf Association, began.
1962 - The first transatlantic TV transmission was sent through the Telstar I satellite.
1972 - U.S. forces broke the 95-day siege at An Loc in Vietnam.
1977 - The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.
1995 - Full diplomatic relations were established between the United States and Vietnam.
1998 - U.S. Air Force Lt. Michael Blassie, a casualty of the Vietnam War, was laid to rest near his Missouri home. He had been positively identified from his remains that had been enshrined in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, VA.
1999 - A U.S. Air Force jet flew over the Antarctic and dropped off emergency medical supplies for Dr. Jerri Nelson after she had discovered a lump in her breast. Nelson was at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center.
2000 - The video "Jaws," the Anniversary Collector's Edition, was released.
2007 - Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson died in Austin, Texas, at age 94.

World News

US Sends Another 1,000 Troops To Poland As Part Of NATO Effort To Counter Russia
Zero Hedge - NATO’s massive build-up in the three Baltic countries and Poland is officially labeled “assurance measures,” but not everyone in the alliance is keen to take part in what the Foreign Minister of Europe's most important NATO member, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, called three weeks ago “saber-rattling and warmongering.”.... A recent YouGov poll found that 64 percent of Germans agreed with his statement, with only 16 percent rejecting it. Disagreeing with Steinmeier, [German Minister of Defence] Ursula von der Leyen told German broadcaster ARD on Friday that NATO needs to maintain a dialogue with Russia from what she called a "position of strength." Von der Leyen said "it's important that NATO deploys with such strength that it's clear nobody can see an advantage in attacking this military alliance.".... Meanwhile, Moscow, which has always opposed NATO’s build-up in its neighborhood, said it is “closely watching” the Warsaw summit and keeping the door for dialogue open, especially to fight what it sees as a "genuine threat" - terrorism. “We hope common sense will prevail,” the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday. “It is absurd to speak of a threat coming from Russia when dozens of people are being killed in the heart of Europe, while hundreds die in the Middle East every day,” he stressed.... Peskov added that "Russia is not looking (for an enemy) but it actually sees it happening. When NATO soldiers march along our border and NATO jets fly by, it's not us who is moving closer to the NATO borders."

Libyans fighting Islamic State seek U.S. help for Sirte victory
Washington Times - On a two-day Washington visit last week, Emadeddin Zahri Muntasser, an entrepreneur and founding board member of the Libyan American Public Affairs Council, said the U.S. must do more to aid in Libya’s fight against the Islamic State or risk missing the “incredible opportunity” to defeat the terrorist group in Libya. “It is Libya’s fight, and they are doing it for Libyans, but they’re really doing it on behalf of the whole world,” Mr. Muntasser told The Washington Times. “When else can we have a chance to defeat ISIL without putting American troops on the ground? I don’t want to say it’s ‘the cheapest fight’ the United States can do — but it is.".... Mr. Muntasser acknowledged the various “red flags” associated with providing aid to Libyans, including the hotly debated decision by the Obama administration to back the campaign to oust longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 and the ensuing political vacuum created with Gadhafi’s death.... For many lawmakers, however, it’s not about the money. U.S. officials and their allies have been cautious to send aid, worried that such help could upset the balance among the rival factions uneasily sharing power in Tripoli.

Some soldiers were on duty in front of the Bataclan … but they did not intervene Voltairenet - According to the Belgian Social-Christian MP, Georges Dallemagne (the former doctor close to the French Minister of Defense), soldiers on duty in front of the Bataclan at Paris, at the time of the Isis attacks on 13 November 2015, did not intervene. Interviewed by RTL Belgique, the politician declared: “We know that the police did not intervene even though they were at the scene. We know that the Sentinelle Force, that had six armed soldiers in front of the Bataclan did not intervene when the carnage occurred at the Bataclan” (…) “They considered that they were under no duty to intervene, because no such duty was laid down in their rules of engagement. Their rules provided that they could only protect themselves. It is completely incredible, mind-blowing”.

All Israelis Will Have to Join Biometric Database From Next Year, Minister Says
Haaretz - “From now on anyone obtaining a document from the Interior Ministry, whether an ID card or a passport, will receive a biometric one. We’ve decided on having this database and we’ll soon decide what will be included in it,” Dery said at a ceremony marking the millionth person to join the biometric database, which was held at the new Population and Immigration Authority office in south Tel Aviv.... It’s the right and safe thing to do – there is nothing to worry about. There is nothing more secure than this database. People can remain calm, I can say with certainty – we have a secure database. Everything we do is for the benefit of our citizens,” he declared. The main objective of the biometric database is to prevent the forging of ID cards and passports, prohibiting anyone from assuming a false identity. The database includes high-resolution facial photos and the prints of applicants’ two index fingers. By law, the biometric data is stored in a secure database with limited access. Only an encrypted code enables the linking of the data to the personal details of any person.

EU Banks Need $166 Billion Bailout, Deutsche Bank Economist Tells Welt
Bloomberg - Europe urgently needs a 150 billion-euro ($166 billion) bailout fund to recapitalize its beleaguered banks, particularly those in Italy, Deutsche Bank AG’s chief economist said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag…. With Italian banks weighed down by 360 billion euros of soured loans, the government has been sounding out regulators on ways to shore up lenders amid a renewed selloff after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, a former member of the European Central Bank’s executive board who now chairs Societe Generale SA, said Wednesday that Italy’s banking crisis could spread to the rest of Europe and rules limiting state aid to lenders should be reconsidered to prevent greater upheaval…. The Bloomberg Europe 500 Banks and Financial Services Index has tumbled 33 percent this year, falling to the lowest level in more than seven years on Thursday. Deutsche Bank’s stock price has fallen 48 percent during that period.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Osama Bin Laden’s Son Hamza Threatens Attacks on US
The Gateway Pundit - Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama, threatened revenge against the US for the assassination of his father in an audio release today [Jul 10th]. Hamza added that all American people are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. CTV News reported: “Al-Qaida’s media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the U.S. for assassinating his father. In the video released by As-Sahab Saturday, Hamza bin Laden tells Americans that they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. He says al-Qaida will continue waging jihad, or holy war, against the U.S. in response to its “oppression” of Muslims. “If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong,” he says.

Marine Who Sent One Classified Email May Get Much Worse Punishment Than Hillary
TownHall - In 2012, Marine Reserves Maj. Jason Brezler sent an email that contained classified information to his comrades in order to warn them about a serious threat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He did so with the short-term, not long-term consequences in mind. He just wanted to keep his comrades alive – the law was probably the furthest thing from his mind. Yet, because he sent sensitive information, Brezler is on the brink of being discharged from the Marine Corps. By contrast, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who sent 110 classified emails on her private server, is getting off scot-free.... Brezler’s lawyer Michael J. Bowe condemned the inconsistent hypocrisy that has punished and disgraced his client but lets Clinton continue to run for president of the United States.... You better believe Bowe is going to cite Clinton’s case in Brezler’s upcoming trials.

In Dallas, Drone Wars Just Came Home
The Ron Paul Institute - The Dallas shootings have ushered in a very new world for US citizens. For the very first time, drones have been used on US soil to kill Americans without trial or charges.... The media and opinion-leaders are presenting us with a false choice: if we question the use of drones to kill Americans -- even if we suspect they have done very bad things -- we somehow do not care about the lives of police officers. That is not the case. It is perfectly possible to not want police officers to be killed in the line of duty but to wholeheartedly reject the idea of authorities using drones to remotely kill Americans before they are found guilty. African-American Dallas protester Mark Hughes was wrongly identified by Dallas Police as a suspect in the shootings. Police tweeted photos of Hughes marching with protesters openly carrying a rifle, as is permitted in Texas. Police claimed was involved in the shooting. He was a suspect just like Johnson was a suspect.... What will happen in the future to a future Mark Hughes, falsely accused by police of being involved in a shooting?

Obama Pushes More Federal Oversight of Cops After Dallas Attack on Cops
Breitbart - President Barack Obama is harnessing the increasing attacks on police — and the periodic shootings of people by stressed cops — to push his agenda to federalize state and local police forces. “I want to start moving on constructive actions that are actually going to make a difference,” he said during his evening press conference in Poland when he was asked about the Dallas attack. Those actions, he said, would be based on the recommendations of the panel that he picked after the 2014 street riots in Ferguson, Missouri. The panel offered “practical concrete solutions that can reduce — if not eliminate — the problems of racial bias,” Obama said.

FBI warning of a cop-killing 'purge' in Louisiana raises tensions during Baton Rouge protest as thousands demonstrate across U.S. for a FIFTH night after shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police
Daily Mail - Protests raged on across the country, in New York, San Francisco, Denver, Florida, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia… Officers were on high alert after the FBI noticed social media posts warning of a 'Baton Rouge Purge' throughout Saturday night. According to the rumors, there was just one rule to the violence: 'Kill every police.' Fireworks and rocks were thrown at police in St Paul, Minnesota - where Philando Castile was killed by police - as protests turned violent there. Three cops were injured. There were more protests across the country, with demonstrations against police brutality in New York, San Francisco, Denver, Florida, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Rhode Island.

Three countries urge caution traveling to U.S. amid protests, violence
(Reuters) - Three countries have warned their citizens to stay on guard when visiting U.S. cities rocked by sometimes violent protests that erupted after a string of police shootings of black Americans. The United States regularly issues travel warnings urging Americans to either avoid or exercise caution in countries marred by violence or political instability. Now America is the focus of concern by foreign governments in the Middle East and Caribbean as protesters marched in U.S. cities throughout the weekend after police killed black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Top #BlackLivesMatter Leader DeRay McKesson Arrested in Baton Rouge – Gets Paid $165,000 by Baltimore City
The Gateway Pundit - DeRay McKesson was a lead full-time paid protester in Ferguson, Missouri during the riots and looting. He later was became a lead activist in Baltimore during the Freddie Gray riots. DeRay McKesson and the other Ferguson and Baltimore protest leaders were trained in Soros-funded agitation…. Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie (ShordeeDooWhop).. helped whip up the Ferguson mobs. This year Fortune Magazine named these two professional activists two of the world’s greatest leaders. Last week DeRay was just awarded a job with the Baltimore school district in human resources making $165,000 a year. On Saturday DeRay was arrested in Baton Rouge leading other protesters in illegal activities.

$2 Drug Tests Used in Police Traffic Stops Have Up to 32% Error Rate Leading to 75% Wrongful Convictions
AllGov - Police arrest more than 1.2 million people a year in the U.S. on charges of illegal drug possession. Field tests help them move quickly from suspicion to conviction. But the kits are far from reliable. The tests seem simple, but a lot can go wrong. Some use a chemical which turns blue when exposed to cocaine. But it also turns blue when exposed to more than 80 other compounds, including certain acne medications and common household cleaners. Other tests use three tubes, which the officer can break in a specific order to rule out everything but the drug in question — but if the officer breaks the tubes in the wrong order, that, too, can invalidate the results. The environment can also present problems. Cold weather slows the color development; heat speeds it up, or sometimes prevents a color reaction from taking place at all. Poor lighting on the street — flashing police lights, sun glare, street lamps — often prevents officers from making the fine distinctions that could make the difference between an arrest and a release. There are no established error rates for the field tests, in part because their accuracy varies so widely depending on who is using them and how.

Election News

Donald Trump Considers Michael Flynn as Potential Running Mate
Fortune - The presumptive Republican nominee is considering Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as his potential vice presidential pick, four sources close to the process told the Washington Post. Flynn was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency between 2012 and 2014, before essentially being forced out by the Obama administration over disagreements about his management style and goals for the agency. Unsurprisingly, though Flynn is a Democrat, he’s an outspoken critic of President Obama.... According to Trump, Flynn isn’t the only retired military figure that he’s vetting.... Flynn hasn’t confirmed or denied that he’s on Trump’s shortlist.... Trump similarly hasn’t confirmed or denied the claim.

Paul Ryan Plummets to 43 Percent in New Primary Poll
Breitbart - A poll of likely Republican voters shows House Speaker Paul Ryan well below 50 percent in his race to maintain his seat in Wisconsin’s first Congressional district. The poll was conducted by P.M.I., with 424 respondents randomly called from a file of 11,000 likely GOP primary voters. It shows that with one month remaining before Wisconsin’s August 9th vote, Ryan is polling at 43 percent. Ryan’s challenger, Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen, is polling at 32 percent.

Veteran News

West Point cadet earns Soldier's Medal for his dying act
Army Times - On Independence Day, Tom Surdyke would have turned 19 years old. Instead, friends, family and classmates mourned and buried the cadet at West Point. Surdyke posthumously received the Soldier’s Medal, the highest non-combat valor award in the Army, for saving a life with actions that ultimately cost his own. During a one-week break between air assault and cadet field training, Surdyke was vacationing at a beach on Long Island, New York, on June 24 when he and a civilian he'd only met that day got pulled out to sea in a riptide. "Without regard for his own safety, Cadet Surdyke immediately grabbed the civilian and physically assisted in keeping the civilian's head above water until help could arrive," his Soldier's Medal citation reads. "Before becoming overcome by exhaustion, Cadet Surdyke managed to push the civilian up, enabling a bystander on a paddle board to pull him out of the water, thereby saving the civilian's life. Within a couple minutes of being incapacitated, onlookers managed to pull the cadet out of the water. A couple minutes later, emergency workers arrived to take him to the hospital. Surdyke clung to life for days, but on June 28, he died.

Economy & Business

26 Million Americans Are Now "Too Poor To Shop" Study Finds
Zero Hedge - The study, performed by America's Research Group, found that about 26 million Americans work on average two or three jobs at a time which, when added together, nets just shy of $30,000 in annual income. All while supporting anywhere from two to four children.... [Chairman of ARG] Britt Beemer told the Post: "The poorest Americans have stopped shopping, except for necessities" and "It's scary when you start to see things that you've never seen before"..."People are so pessimistic about their future". Recall from January the piece from the Atlantic that reviewed the weak state of American's finances. The Atlantic learned that nearly 50% of Americans were not in a position to find $400 to pay of a doctor visit without reaching out to friends So not only are 26 million Americans too poor to shop, there are also 2/3 of Americans who have no savings.... As The NY Post details, retailers have blamed the weather, slow job growth and millennials for their poor results this past year, but a new study claims that more than 20 percent of Americans are simply too poor to shop.

Science & Technology

A bug in fMRI software could invalidate 15 years of brain research
ScienceAlert - There could be a very serious problem with the past 15 years of research into human brain activity, with a new study suggesting that a bug in fMRI software could invalidate the results of some 40,000 papers. That's massive, because functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is one of the best tools we have to measure brain activity, and if it’s flawed, it means all those conclusions about what our brains look like during things like exercise, gaming, love, and drug addiction are wrong.... During an experiment, a participant will be asked to perform a certain task, while a massive magnetic field pulsates through their body, picking up tiny changes in the blood flow of the brain.... It’s fascinating stuff, but the fact is that when scientists are interpreting data from an fMRI machine, they’re not looking at the actual brain. As Richard Chirgwin reports for The Register, what they're looking at is an image of the brain divided into tiny 'voxels', then interpreted by a computer program.... And that’s a problem, because as Kate Lunau at Motherboard points out, not only did the team expect to see an average false positive rate of just 5 percent, it also suggests that some results were so inaccurate, they could be indicating brain activity where there was none.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Vegetable Pairs You Should NEVER Plant Together (No. 5 Is Where Everyone Messes Up)
Off the Grid News - Paired properly, companion plants can help each other grow, deter pests, reduce weeds and even improve flavor. Unfortunately, not all plants are ready to link leaves and sing “Kumbaya” together. In this post, we’ll look at vegetable pairs that should be kept far apart from one another. 1. Corn and tomatoes: Both corn and tomato are vulnerable to the same worm and the same fungal infections and if planted too close together, it makes it easy for invaders to conquer both at once. 2. Cucumber and sage: The strong scent of sage and other herbs are likely to affect the final flavor of the cucumber, resulting in an unpleasant off-taste. 3. Radishes and hyssop: Hyssop is a fragrant flowering herb used to scent potpourri and prepare teas, but it also tends to wreak havoc with radishes. Don’t write off hyssop entirely, though — it’s great for luring away cabbage moths and is said to help make grapes grow. 4. Onions and peas: onion (and its many relatives like shallots, leeks and garlic) set up root systems with large radii that have a tendency to hoard needed nutrients from beans and peas. 5. Tomatoes and potatoes: Both are subject to the same early and late blights, making it easy for a problem with one to quickly become a problem for both….


The Average Flu Shot Left This 9-Year-Old Girl Paralyzed And Non-Verbal
Natural Blaze - The girl, Marysue Grivna, was an active 9-year-old that loved to play outside, help out in the kitchen, and could speak two languages. Just six days after she went in for a flu shot, Marysue succumbed to a rare autoimmune disorder brought on by the shot in which the body attacks itself by targeting protective covers around nerve fibers. When the coverings are destroyed, it leaves the brain and spinal cord vulnerable to damage, sometimes leading to loss of vision and paralysis. This is exactly what happened to Marysue just days after receiving the vaccine…. When asked if the doctors confirmed that the flu shot was to blame for the onset of these symptoms, Carla, her mother, said, Her father Steven and I are certain, due to all our research, that this was what caused Marysue’s condition. The doctors won’t confirm it or deny it… Though there’s hope that one day Marysue will recover, there is still only a 50-75% chance that she could return to her normal self with therapy.

CDC’s VAERS Data Confirm Multiple Vaccines Given at Same Time Increase Morbidity and Mortality in Children
Natural Blaze - [According to medical research journalist Neil Z Miller], “Since 1990, the VAERS database has received more than 500,000 reports of suspected adverse reactions to vaccines.” That’s over half a million and vaccines are considered safe?… Of the 38,801 VAERS reports that we analyzed, 969 infants received two vaccine doses prior to the adverse event and 107 of those infants were hospitalized: a hospitalization rate of 11%. Of 1,959 infants who received three vaccine doses prior to the adverse event, 243 of them required hospitalization: 12.4%. For four doses, 561 of 3,909 infants were hospitalized: 14.4%. Notice the emerging pattern: Infants who had an adverse event reported to VAERS were more likely to require hospitalization when they received three vaccine doses instead of two, or four vaccine doses instead of three. The pattern continues: Of 10,114 infants who received five vaccine doses prior to the adverse event, 1,463 of them required hospitalization: 14.5%. For six doses, 1,365 of 8,454 infants were hospitalized: 16.1%. For seven doses, 1,051 of 5,489 infants were hospitalized: 19.1%. And for eight doses, 661 of 2,817 infants were hospitalized: 23.5%. The hospitalization rate increased linearly from 11.0% for two doses to 23.5% for eight doses.

4 Natural Remedies that Cure Toenail Fungus FAST!
David Wolfe - 1. Apple Cider Vinegar: Use the apple cider vinegar to make an exfoliating scrub by mixing two teaspoons of it with one tablespoon of rice flour. It should turn into a paste. Apply this to your infected toenails and scrub with a toothbrush. Then, rinse your feet off and pat them dry…. 2. Baking Soda: Mix two parts of baking soda with one part of warm water to create a paste. Apply this to your infected toenail and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then, wash it off. Repeat this process twice daily…. 3. Oregano Oil: Mix about five drops of oregano essential oil with two teaspoons of olive oil (or whatever your preferred ‘base’ oil happens to be) and apply the solution to a your toenails. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and scrub away the uppermost layer of your infected nail with a toothbrush…. 4. Turmeric: Begin with one tablespoon of turmeric powder. Mix it with a little bit of water to form a paste and apply this to your affected toenails. Let this sit for two to three hours and rinse your toenail off with lukewarm water. Dry your toenail thoroughly and repeat the process twice daily until you notice the fungal infection has vanished.

Quick and Simple Coconut Milk Popsicles
Holistic Health Talk - These delicious coconut milk popsicles contain only about two grams of carbs per serving and they are rich in fat. So they can be enjoyed by everyone following a candida, paleo, low-carb or ketogenic diet to beat the summer heat, or any other time of year, without any guilt or remorse…. 1 can full-fat coconut milk, 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla [and] Stevia to taste…. Options: Stir in one or two tablespoons of nut butter and whisk with fork. Almond or macadamia butter are both delicious. You could add chopped nuts and/or pieces of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, bananas, cherries etc.) Spice it up with some nutmeg…. Vanilla extract can be replaced with any flavor you desire, like peppermint, lemon, orange, maple, cherry, or almond…. Make a fudgesicle by adding a little carob powder or melted carob chips.

Pet News

Enticing to Pets, Just One Container Could Kill a Large Dog
Dr. Becker - The enticing flavors inside an e-cigarette cartridge (such as fruit punch, chocolate and bubble gum) may smell delicious to some pets, who may mistake the toxic liquid for a snack. A typical 1-milliliter e-cigarette cartridge may contain up to 36 milligrams of nicotine, which is equal to the amount found in three cigarettes. Even 5 milligrams of nicotine may lead to signs of nicotine toxicity in dogs and cats, while larger amounts can be fatal. E-cigarette cartridges are often sold in multi-packs or large refill containers that may hold more than 2,000 milligrams of nicotine — and amount that could kill even a large dog if ingested. Adding to their danger, while the nicotine from a regular cigarette tends to be absorbed over a few hours, the nicotine in e-cigarette liquid is easily absorbed through your pet’s skin and gums. If your pet consumes a tobacco cigarette, it’s still dangerous but your pet’s liver will have a chance to remove some of the nicotine before it gets into his bloodstream. This isn’t the case with e-cigarette liquid, which allows the nicotine to be absorbed through the mucous membranes, avoiding his liver…. Be aware that even licking the device or cartridge may lead to exposure to nicotine and other chemicals. This may be particularly dangerous for cats, as you might not realize they’ve been exposed.

One Disease Where Holistic Modalities Can Almost 'Work Miracles'
Dr. Becker - Cholangiohepatitis is a word that describes inflammation of the liver and bile ducts. This condition is seen less often in dogs than cats, and is a common cause of feline liver disease, especially in the Himalayan, Persian, and Siamese breeds. Cholangiohepatitis and hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) make up about two-thirds of all liver disease in cats…. Most cats with cholangiohepatitis also have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — about 80 percent according to one study. Many also have pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas…. Typical signs of suppurative cholangiohepatitis include fever, a swollen and painful abdomen, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), and dehydration…. Integrative veterinarians use a variety of excellent supportive therapies for cholangiohepatitis. I would recommend you consider investigating these if you have a pet with this condition. We use S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), vitamin B and E supplements, and vitamin K. Foods rich in vitamin K are provided to address blood-clotting issues. Choline, glandular therapies, and milk thistle can also be very beneficial.

Friday - July 8, 2016 - Today In History:

1776 - Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia.
1815 - Louis XVIII returned to Paris after the defeat of Napoleon.
1865 - C.E. Barnes patented the machine gun.
1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published.
1919 - U.S. President Wilson returned from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
1947 - Demolition work began in New York City for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
1950 - General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.
1960 - The Soviet Union charged Gary Powers with espionage. He was shot down in a U-2 spy plane.
1963 - All Cuban-owned assets in the United States were frozen.
1981 - The Solar Challenger became the frist solar-powered airplane to cross the English Channel.
1997 - The Mayo Clinic and the U.S. government warned that the diet-drug combination known as "fen-phen" could cause serious heart and lung damage.
1997 - NATO invited Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to join the alliance in 1999.
2010 - The Solar Impulse completed the first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane.

World News

Russian ‘traitor’ who exposed Anna Chapman's spy ring dead in US – reports
RT - Russian intelligence officer, Aleksandr Poteyev, who was sentenced for treason in absentia by Russia after blowing the cover of a spy ring in the US, has reportedly died. Moscow, however, is not confirming the news or taking the defector of its wanted list. “According to some information, Poteyev has died in the US. This data is currently being verified,” an informed source told Interfax early Thursday. Another source confirmed that the news of Poteev’s death has reached Moscow, but stressed that “it could well be disinformation aimed at ensuring that the traitor would simply be forgotten.”

Swedes no longer want to join NATO – poll
RT - Public support for the idea of Sweden becoming a NATO member has dropped from 41 to 33 percent in less than a year, a fresh poll has revealed. Forty-nine percent of Swedes, who took part in the survey published by the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, said they don’t want their country to join the US-led military bloc. Thirty-three percent supported the possible NATO bid, while 18 percent said that they were undecided. Some 1,000 Swedish citizens participated in the survey, which was carried out by the Sifo research company this June.

24 injured by blast on passenger train in Taiwan
RT - At least 24 people have been injured, after an explosion inside a train carriage, at the Songshan railway station in central Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Focus Taiwan TV reported that just before 10pm local time there was a loud bang in the sixth carriage of a crowded commuter train, which then quickly became engulfed in flames. The Straits Times and several other local media said there had been three explosions.

Syrian rebels lose ISIS battle after being abandoned by US jets
Veterans Today - A US-trained Syrian rebel unit was reportedly defeated and forced to flee by Islamic State during a desert battle near the town of Bukamal, after American jets abandoned them at a critical moment to bomb another target in neighboring Iraq. The Pentagon-trained rebel unit, the New Syrian Army (NSA), was on a ground offensive to re-take the Islamic State-held (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) town of Bukamal in southeast Syria last week, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. In the middle of the desert battle the rebels requested air support, but the aircraft assigned to provide cover had unexpectedly been ordered to leave the area

LSE gets U.S., Russia nod for Brexit-clouded Deutsche Boerse merger
Reuters - London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L) said on Thursday that U.S. and Russian authorities had approved its $27 billion merger with Deutsche Boerse, giving it the first set of regulatory clearances needed to create a European exchange giant. However, there still remain questions whether EU regulators will approve the deal, given the huge combined presence of the two companies in derivatives clearing and the status quo of LSE's LCH. Clearnet as Europe's main clearing house for euro-denominated swaps. The merger, if approved by the shareholders and cleared by other regulators, will create the world's biggest exchange by revenue, forecast to be 4.7 billion euros this year from stock, bond and derivatives trading, indexes, market data, and clearing and settlement.

Theresa May v Andrea Leadsom to be next prime minister
BBC News - After the second MPs' ballot, Home Secretary Mrs May finished with 199 votes, Energy Minister Mrs Leadsom 84 and Mr Gove, the justice secretary, 46.Conservative members will now decide the winning candidate, with the result due on 9 September. The winner will become the UK's second female prime minister.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Bill O'Reilly shares photos of Barack Obama in traditional Muslim dress he claims are from half-brother Malik's wedding
Daily Mail -
 * Bill O'Reilly released images of President Barack Obama claiming they were from the Muslim wedding of his half brother Malik
 * President Obama was Malik's best man at his first wedding in 1981 and Malik served as his best man when he married Michelle
 * O'Reilly claims the photos were taken in Maryland in the early 1990s
 * Fox News host said the pictures prove President Obama has 'deep emotional ties to Islam' and is not a 'devout Christian'
 * O'Reilly claims this has 'hurt the USA' because Obama has failed to combat ISIS which he calls the 'Obama administration's greatest failure'
 * A similar set of photos featuring President Obama in the same dress were shared by Malik in 2004 and previously published on

Activists Expose Monsanto’s Senate Lackeys Minutes Before DARK Act Vote
Natural Blaze - Just before a controversial genetically modified (GM or GMO) labeling bill came up for a cloture vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, food and consumer advocates dropped over $2,000 on the chamber floor in a symbolic protest against what they are calling the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act. The action aimed to highlight the fact that senators who took money from biotechnology giants like Monsanto are voting against majority public opinion, as recent polls have found that roughly 90 percent of Americans want labels on GMO foods.

USDA running massive glyphosate cover-up, refuses to test foods for traces of cancer-causing herbicide chemical used on GM crops
Natural News - Consumer groups have been calling on the U.S. government to test foods for glyphosate residues on behalf of the public, amid a growing body of evidence showing that the chemical is harmful to human health.Food companies, consumer groups and academics have also solicited testing for glyphosate residues, fueled by fears that prevalent use of the pesticide on genetically engineered (GE) crops may be contributing to health problems, as people eat foods containing residues of glyphosate. Fears have been growing thanks to some recent scientific studies that have revealed health problems tied to glyphosate, as well as data released by the U.S. Department of the Interior which found glyphosate in both water and air samples.

Is The CIA Manipulating The Weather?
Activist Post - In a recent speech, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency discussed the controversial topic of geoengineering, leading some activists to ask whether the agency is actively and deliberately modifying the weather. In late June, John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting about threats to global security. Director Brennan mentioned a number of threats to stability before discussing the science of geoengineering. Brennan said the technologies “potentially could help reverse the warming effects of global climate change.”

Obama’s Civilian Drone Death Count up to 500% Higher Than US Mass Shootings
Activist Post - Obama’s drones have ‘officially’ killed more innocent people than mass shooters — despite paranoia surrounding gun control and propaganda about unhinged loose cannons shooting civilians en masse. According to President Obama’s administration — in a years-in-the-making report — drones used in military combat overseas killed between 64 and 116 civilians between 2009 and the close of 2015 — almost certainly a paltry representation of the true total, considering accurate record-keeping remains a near impossibility.

The Never Ending War: Obama Orders 8,400 Troops to Stay in Afghanistan
Activist Post - After nearly 15 years of conflict and 2,378 deaths, the United States is still trying to find an exit to the longest war in American history. Millions of Americans voted for President Obama because he promised to withdraw our military from countries like Afghanistan; and two years ago he promised that by the end of his term, the only troops who remained would be guarding the US Embassy in Kabul. Instead, it looks like there will be no further troop withdrawals for the duration of Obama’s presidency. The President announced today that the 8,400 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan will remain there until 2017. That is 3,000 more troops than he had originally planed.

‘Clinton Act of 2016’: Republican Bill Banning Foreign Donations
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has proposed legislation that would forbid charitable foundations with connections to former public officials, including presidents, vice presidents, ambassadors, and former secretaries of state, from accepting donations from individuals or entities with ties to foreign governments.

Election News

Chaffetz forces Comey to Admit Hillary Clinton Gave Classified Info to Non-Cleared Lawyers
Breitbart - FBI director James Comey admitted to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had given classified information to her personal lawyers, among others, who lacked security clearance.

Comey Reveals That Clinton Did Not Testify Under Oath
FBI Director James Comey revealed during testimony before Congress on Thursday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was not questioned under oath by bureau agents during their investigation of her use of a private unsecured, unauthorized email server. House Oversight Committee member Rep. John Mica, R- Fla, queried Comey about some of the details regarding how FBI agents conducted their time interviewing Clinton on Saturday at her Washington, D.C., home.

VIDEO: Trump Parade Float Ambushed by ‘Tolerant’ Leftists
Infowars - Tolerant liberals threw water bottles, water balloons, candy and other debris at the pick-up truck, which was occupied by Trump supporters waving and holding signs. Parents jeered while encouraging their children to take part in the ambush, with one eyewitness describing the incident as a “full on attack”.

Veteran News

Brickyard 400 NASCAR Race Named in Honor of Veteran’s Charity through Annual Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” Program
Veterans News Now - In just a few short weeks, racing fans from across the country will flock to Indianapolis for one of NASCAR’s biggest events of the summer. And despite being named the winner of the annual Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, which renames the Brickyard 400 after a deserving hero, retired U.S. Navy SEAL Jason Redman’s name won’t be displayed around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway – for good reason. Redman instead asked that the race bear the name of the charity he and his wife, Erica, founded. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race will officially be referred to as the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

Immigrant Soldier Given U.S. Citizenship Charged with Aiding Islamic State
Breitbart - An immigrant from Sierra Leone, who was given U.S. citizenship and was a former member of the Army National Guard, has been arrested and charged with aiding an attack on U.S. soil on behalf of the Islamic State.

Economy & Business

Volkswagen to pay $86 million in penalties to California over emissions
Reuters - Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will pay an additional $86 million in penalties to California over its emissions scandal, on top of a settlement of about $15 billion the automaker reached with U.S. officials last week, state Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement on Thursday. The scandal has disrupted Volkswagen's global business and sullied its reputation. The office of Harris, a Democrat, said the $86 million in civil penalties resolved certain claims California officials made against Volkswagen under the state's unfair competition law as well as under federal law.

Going Local For EVERYTHING: Taking Back the Country and Our Lives
Natural Blaze - Across the board, localizing is showing it is the means to free us from debt, from corruption, from fear, from sickness, from control, from ignorance, from isolation and loneliness, from skill-llessness. It is giving us neighbors again, real value in what we eat, buy, and do, and purpose within a close community. Here is a short list of some of the areas in which localizing is exploding. They are coming from both the right and left but they all arrive in the middle because the intent is the same – to help people and communities be freer, safer, healthier, and thus happier.
* In money – local public banks, local currencies, barter, and even Ubuntu.
* In LAW – Common law
* In FOOD – local farmers, community gardens, home gardens
* In HEALTH – health coops, natural healing, and information so people can heal themselves.
* In ENERGY – community energy production, home systems of all kinds including homes designed for passive energy, and free energy.
* In EDUCATION – community controlled schools, parents sharing teaching with other parents, homeschooling, unschooling.
* In MANUFACTURING – local manufacture of things needed locally, teaching skills again, 3-D printers for home manufacture
* In DEFENSE – bringing military home, local militia, community support of militia
* In DEMOCRACY AND ETHICS – localizing brings accountability, localizing brings democracy, localizing offers deeper ethical interaction.

North Carolina Governor Signs Bitcoin Bill Into Law
Coin Desk - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed 16 bills into law today, one of which was House Bill 289, which expands the state’s Money Transmitters Act to cover activities related to bitcoin and other blockchain-based digital currencies. Introduced in 2015, the passage of the law represents the fruition of more than a year of engagement between members of the US blockchain and digital currency industry and local regulators.

Energy & Environment

Firefighters receive thankful elk nuzzles after extinguishing a forest fire
Mother Earth News - When you spend all day battling forest fires, there's nothing like receiving some adorable thank you kisses from the friendly neighborhood wildlife. That's exactly what firefighters of Kittitas County in Washington state were treated to when a locally famous elk known as "Buttons" happened upon them as they took a break from the blaze on July 2. According to the Yakima Herald, the fire district's spokesperson Richelle Risdon "arrived at the scene on Saturday to see the elk nuzzling up to everyone in the command post area and resting her head on people's shoulders." The elk took her time, making the rounds to each firefighter and administering affection. She had no qualms about posing for a few photos in the process.

Mysterious garbage tsunami repels Hong Kong beachgoers
Mother Nature Network - This week in Hong Kong a majority of local beaches have been overwhelmed by a veritable tsunami of plastic waste and assorted household trash. Yet the sheer magnitude of this foul mess — a “plastic tide” per the South China Morning Press — has caught local conservation  organizations off guard. It’s safe to say that the size and scope of this monstrous rubbish-wave has never been seen before in Hong Kong. An estimated six to 10 times the normal volume of what normally washes ashore on Hong Kong beaches according to the Environmental Protection Department. The unsightly onslaught has left volunteer coastal clean-up groups overwhelmed yet determined to keep at it. It’s left everyone involved, concerned citizens included, perplexed as to how such a massive amount of waste could enter the ocean and where exactly the mountain of marine trash originated.

Science & Technology

Texas set to build world's largest cryopreservation center, housing 50K frozen humans with plans to one day revive them
Natural News - The cryonic preservation of humans may become commonplace sooner than you imagine, as construction of a massive cryogenic facility in Texas is now underway. The Timeship Building – dubbed the "Mecca of cryogenics" – is the brainchild of architect Stephen Valentine, and will be capable of storing 50,000 frozen human bodies upon completion. The construction site of the Timeship Building is the small town of Comfort, Texas."DNA, tissue samples, and cryopreserved patients will be housed in Timeship, and their safety and security against all threats, both natural and human-made, will have to be maintained for hundreds of years," says the website.

Like humans, lowly cockroach uses a GPS to get around, scientists find
Science Daily - Rats, men and cockroaches appear to have a similar GPS in their heads that allows them to navigate new surroundings, researchers at Case Western Reserve University report. The finding, published in journal Current Biology, is likely an example of convergent evolution--that is, distinct animals developed similar systems to manage the same problems. Due to their simpler brain, further studies on cockroaches that would be difficult--if not impossible--on mammals may yield new insights into how humans orient themselves and navigate. Or, what goes awry in people who have extreme trouble getting their bearings.

Astronomers find evidence for ‘direct collapse’ black hole
Science Daily - Astronomers have discovered evidence for an unusual kind of black hole born extremely early in the universe. They showed that a recently discovered unusual source of intense radiation is likely powered by a "direct-collapse black hole," a type of object predicted by theorists more than a decade ago.

Wendy's Hacked
Washington Times - NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Wendy’s says the 1,025 U.S. restaurants where hackers stole credit and debit card information don’t include any in Mississippi, but included one in Louisiana, 17 in Alabama and 39 in Georgia. Checks on the website set up for customers to find affected restaurants showed the Louisiana breach affected customers from Jan. 13 through June 10 in Lake Charles at 3505 Gerstner Memorial Drive.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Grow your own ‘natural medicine’ ginger at home – for free
Homesteading News - Keeping fresh ginger around the house is a lot simpler than you might think. This herb is super easy to grow. Some conditions that ginger absolutely loves are a sheltered spot, filtered sunlight, warm weather and humidity. Ginger also enjoys rich, moist and loose soil. Ideally, it’s best to select organic ginger. Let it dry for 24-48 hours before planting into a medium-sized, well-draining pot. Good soil and compost is critical for starting a ginger plant. It’s also important for the plant to be free-draining so it doesn’t become waterlogged. Mature ginger requires eight to 10 months of growing; however, some say you can begin stealing tiny bits of root around four months. The best time to harvest is when the leaves die down. When your ginger plant is ready to harvest, simply use a small shovel to dislodge the root, separating part of it for use. You can replant them right away and/or keep the rest for the kitchen.


9 Herbs To Get Healthy Teeth & Gums
Z Living - Certain herbs have proven benefits not only in protecting your teeth and gums, but also in maintaining overall oral health. Our ancestors may have been right about gnawing on the sticks, after all. Know these nine herbs to keep your dental worries away: Bloodroot, Stevia, Wheatgrass, White Oak Bark, Cloves, Holy Basil, Licorice, Eucalyptus Oil and Tea Tree Oil

Five all-natural remedies for treating toothaches
Natural News - Tooth aches can be an enormous pain in the "mouth". From sitting at your desk constantly massaging your mouth to laying on the couch at night throbbing in pain, toothaches can really put a dent in your daily routine. Per Arizona Family Dental, here are five of the best all-natural remedies for treating toothaches.
1) Clove Oil
2) Peppermint Tea Bags
3) Salt Water
4) Bourbon Soaked Cotton Balls
5) Garlic

Pet News

Asian Otters are the Latest Victims of the Illegal Pet and Fur Trades
Scientific American - Four Asian otter species appear to have become increasingly targeted for the illegal pet and fur trades, according to a report issued this week by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. TRAFFIC gathered information from a total of 167 seizures dating back to 1980, affecting nearly 6,000 otters during that time period. According to that data, the number of live animals rescued from smugglers has increased over the past five years, with each shipment averaging six otters. The researchers found that small-clawed and smooth-coated otters represented the bulk of the pet trade, with captured animals originating in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. They also uncovered evidence of a “flourishing online pet trade,” mostly via social media sites. Meanwhile the total number of otter skins seized by customs officials has also increased. The number of skins per shipment has decreased, however, leading researchers to speculate that wild populations may be declining as a result of this illegal activity.

Thursday - July 7, 2016 - Today In History:

1754 - Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later.
1846 - U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.
1862 - The first railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri.
1930 - Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River.
1946 - Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint.
1950 - The U.N. Security Council authorized military aid for South Korea.
1969 - Canada's House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government.
1981 - U.S. Pres. Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1983 - Eleven-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.
1987 - Public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing began.
1994 -, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name "Cadabra."
2003 - In Liberia, a team of U.S. military experts arrived at the U.S. embassy compound to assess whether to deploy troops as part of a peacekeeping force in the country.
2003 - A federal judge approved a settlement fining WorldCom $750 million for its $11 billion accounting scandal.
2005 - Terrorist bombings in three Underground stations and a double-decker bus killed 52 victims and four suicide bombers in the worst attack on London since World War II.

World News

The U.S. Gov’t Just Put Sanctions on North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for the First Time
The Daily Sheeple - WSJ is reporting that, for the first time, the U.S. government just officially put sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and 10 other NK senior officials. The “campaign to attack Kim Jong Un’s regime” is reportedly not just retaliation for nuclear weapons and missiles tests, but for the county’s “nationwide system of prison camps, torture chambers and propaganda organs that keep the Northeast Asian country isolated”.

Israel, US Carry Out Successful Test of Integrating Missile Defense Systems
Sputnik - The "Integrated Ground Test" conducted by the Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) lasted for five days and ended on June 22, the Ynetnews media outlet reported. During the drills, the United States and Israel tested real-time communication between six different missile defense systems: Israeli Arrow 2 and 3, David's Sling as well as US Aegis Ships, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot, according to the news portal.

Key Findings of UK's Inquiry Into Iraq War
ABC News - The long awaited British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq has been published. Led by former senior civil servant John Chilcot, the report took over seven years to prepare and runs over two million words. The report did not analyze the legality of the invasion and instead focused on the British decision-making process in the run up to the war in 2003.
  * ‘Betrayal’: Iraq veterans call for Blair’s indictment after Chilcot report
  * Corbyn: UK Needs Review of US Ties After 'Illegal' Iraq Invasion

Warsaw Sounds the War Drums, Eying Russia in Run-Up to NATO Summit
Sputnik - The latest anti-Russian remarks by Poland's Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz reflect Warsaw's drive to belittle Russia's ever-increasing international clout, Polish political scientist Konrad Rekas told Sputnik.

Syrian military declares 72-hour truce across country, but fighting continues
Reuters - The Syrian military has declared a 72-hour "regime of calm" covering all of Syria from 1 a.m. on Wednesday (1800 EDT Tuesday), a military source told Reuters, although fighting and air attacks have been reported since then. The military high command said in a statement that "a regime of calm will be implemented across all territory of the Syrian Arab Republic for a period of 72 hours from 1 a.m. on July 6 until 2400 on July 8, 2016".
Related: Syrian government 'violates' Eid ceasefire

John Kerry commits more U.S. military aid for ex-Soviet Georgia
Reuters - Secretary of State John Kerry told ex-Soviet Georgia the United States would help it bolster its army as he reassured a close U.S. ally days before a NATO summit expected to focus on the threat a resurgent Russia poses. Kerry, on his first visit to Georgia as Secretary of State, made the commitment ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw on Friday at which members of the Western military alliance plan to announce action to deter possible Russian military aggression.

Tony Blair’s letters to George W. Bush to be released... but not the president’s replies
Secret correspondence between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and ex-US President George W. Bush will finally be published in connection with Sir John Chilcot’s long-anticipated Iraq War Inquiry report. A total of 29 missives written by the former Labour leader to the US president will be shown to the public for the first time on Wednesday, although some will be redacted on alleged security grounds. Bush’s letters to the British premier, however, will not be released.

After Brexit Blow To Brussels, Both Austria And Hungary To Hold Landmark EU Votes On Same Day In October
Breitbart - Both Hungary and Austria are soon to be holding national votes on issues that could strike further hammer-blows against the future of the European Union, and have announced today they are both to share the same date.

Rio police: Tourists, we can't protect you
CNN - The Olympic Games are 31 days away -- and Rio de Janeiro is in crisis. Violence is on the rise, and police officers are at loggerheads with the Rio state government after claiming they've not been paid for months. The message from police to tourists is clear: We won't be able to protect you.
Related: 'Super bacteria' found in Rio's waters

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Chelsea Manning Rushed to ER After ‘Trying to Hang Herself Inside a Cell at Maximum Security Prison’
The Daily Sheeple - And the documents Manning released weren’t even classified “top secret” like the ones in Hillary’s private email server… Chelsea Manning, the ex-US-soldier who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking thousands of secret military documents, attempted suicide in prison. The imprisoned transgender 28-year-old was hospitalized briefly, a US defense official said Wednesday after reports said she attempted suicide at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

US Missile Defense Test Failed Miserably, and the Pentagon Lied About It
Sputnik - After spending billions of dollars, the US government is having trouble getting its state-of-the-art homeland missile defense system to function according to plan, and it’s driven the Pentagon to lie about the program’s success rate.

Judge Orders DEA Disclosure of U.S. Agencies Using Massive Phone Spying Program but Keeps Most Corporate Colluders Secret
By Nick Rummell, Courthouse News Service - A federal judge ruled that the Drug Enforcement Agency must release some information sought by a privacy group that relates to a secretive government data mining program. The June 24 ruling requires the DEA to release a list of other government agencies that use the so-called Hemisphere Project (pdf)—a secret program started in 2007 in which the U.S. government collects data on nearly four billion telephone calls a day. The ruling also requires the agency to disclose which AT&T locations are used for the program. However, the bulk of the requested documents sought by privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center —including other possible private corporations besides AT&T that cooperate with the government on the program— remain under lock and key.

Nearly 1 Million Ignore Deportation Order – Including Over 170K Convicted Criminals
Breitebart - The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reported that nearly one million immigrants are ignoring a deportation order from an immigration court. Nearly 200,000 of those are convicted criminals. “The fact that almost 10 percent of the illegal resident population has already been ordered removed and is still here illustrates just how dysfunctional our immigration enforcement system is.

Election News

Trump Ad Features Comey Exposing Hillary’s Lies
Infowars - A new Donald Trump ad features FBI Director James Comey rebutting the lies Hillary Clinton made about her private e-mails servers

Riots at the DNC? Protesters Ready to Besiege Convention: “Vowing to Bring Chaos”
Mac Slavo - Growing dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee is fueling potential riots and disruptions during the Democratic National Convention in late July where the former Secretary of State will be officially nominated. Former Bernie Sanders supporters and those who oppose many of her positions are planning to surround what promises to be a lively convention, with planned sit-ins and what could easily become clashes with police and security.
** Related: Americans React With Fury: ‘If Hillary Doesn’t Follow the Law, Why Should I?’

Exclusive — Donald J. Trump: ‘Guilty as Hell’ Hillary Clinton ‘Will Pay for Her Sins on Nov. 8’
Breitbart - Donald J. Trump, the presumptive 2016 GOP presidential nominee, told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday that his Democratic counterpart presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is “guilty as hell” over the email scandal. And Trump says the voters will ensure that Clinton “will pay for her sins” by rejecting her at the ballot box.

Change the subject: hours after the FBI gives Hillary a pass, she tries to turn back to Trump's Atlantic City casino record, blasting 'numerous bankruptcies, stiffed contractors, hundreds of jobs lost' in new video
Mail Online - One day after the FBI gave Hillary Clinton a pass the Democrat is heading to Atlantic City to continue her assault on Donald Trump. She'll be attacking his failed casino businesses at a rally.
** Related: Naval Reservist Committed EXACT Same Crime as Clinton — Guess What Happened to Him

Trump: 'Who pays' for Obama's appearance with Clinton?
The Hill - Donald Trump is criticizing President Obama's use of Air Force One to travel to a campaign event in North Carolina on Tuesday with Hillary Clinton. “Who pays? Trump asked late Monday on Twitter, noting that Clinton will fly with Obama.

Veteran News

Two Years after Scandal, “Urgent Reform” Needed at VA, Says Congressional Report
By Matthew Daly, Associated Press - Two years after a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs still has "profound deficiencies" in delivering health care to millions of veterans, a congressional commission says in a new report.
The Commission on Care says in a report released today that the VA delivers high-quality health care but is inconsistent from one site to the next, and problems with access remain. The panel says the VA needs to improve its service to veterans, adding that the VA's health care operations "require urgent reform. America's veterans deserve a better organized, high-performing health care system."

Economy & Business

Someone Just Made A Massive Bet On Gold Prices: “The Bullion Breakout Is Far From Over”
Mac Slavo - Global stock market panic following the Brexit vote suggests investors around the world are quickly realizing that the collapse of the entire system is inevitable. Though Brexit may have been the trigger for the latest sell-off, the fall out is merely an indicator of much deeper problems. And as the crash accelerates, those with foresight are rapidly divesting themselves of traditional assets and moving their capital into safe havens of last resort. The latest move comes from an unknown trader who, according to CNBC, just made a massive bet on gold.

EU Banks Crash To Crisis Lows As Funding Crisis Accelerates
Zero Hedge - The signs are everywhere - if you choose to look - Europe's banking system is collapsing (no matter what Draghi has to offer). From record lows in Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse to spiking default risk in Monte Paschi, the panic in Europe's funding markets (basis swaps collapsing) is palpable.
Tumbling to a fresh post-Brexit low, Europe's Stoxx 600 Bank Index is testing EU crisis lows...

Scathing new report shows just how bankrupt Social Security really is
Sovereignman - Last week, a group of analysts published an astonishing report about the future of Social Security in the United States, and their remarks were nothing short of damning. According to their calculations, for example, these analysts claim that Social Security is already running a huge deficit to the tune of tens of billions of dollars each year. In fact, this Social Security funding deficit has been taking place for several years now, and it’s actually accelerating. So the problem worsens each year. According to the analysis, the astounding rise in Social Security recipients vastly outpaces any growth in tax revenue received into the program. And this trend will continue for decades.

Energy & Environment

CIA Director Discusses Geoengineering at CFR Event
By Brandon Turbeville - In late June 2016, CIA director John O. Brennan appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations to give a brief talk and take questions from members of the council. The discussion was designed to address threats to national and global security as well as world stability. Among the threats that Brennan discusses are of course the usual suspects like ISIS and biological warfare, but interestingly enough, Brennan focused heavily on the rapid change and development of technology.

Health Ranger's science lab reveals alarming data: America's municipal water systems violate federal regulations with high levels of toxic heavy metals
NaturalNews - We've now published the water testing results for 239 water samples collected by our readers all across America. As promised, this is part of our effort to conduct real science in the public interest and share the results publicly... even as the corrupt, criminal federal government conspires to hide these data from the public. (The EPA, like every agency of the government regime, has become a corrupt, anti-science front group that deliberately pollutes America's waterways while covering up its crimes.)

Science & Technology

This is How Easy It Is for the US Government to Tap Your Phone
Sputnik - A ten-year study conducted by the Federal Judiciary has revealed that the United States government approved 100% of last year’s wiretap requests from law enforcement. The study not only found that all requests were granted, but that requests are becoming more and more frequent. In 2005, when the study began, 1,774 requests were made. Over ten years, that number has more than doubled, with 4,148 requests made and granted last year.

New research considers 'growing' drones
BBC - Can you chemically "grow" a military drone? It sounds like an idea for a science fiction film, but here in the UK scientists and engineers are spending time and money to see if they can do exactly that. British warplanes are already flying with parts made from a 3D printer. Researchers are already using that same technology to build drones. The military advantage is obvious - building equipment quickly and close to the battlefield - without long waits and long supply chains - gives you an enormous advantage over any enemy.

Demand For “Pain Ray” Weapons Grows Over Fears of Civil Unrest
Infowars - System works by blasting crowds with microwaves
Demand for “pain ray” weapons used during riot control situations is growing as concerns over civil unrest continue to build. According to a new research study, the market for directed energy weapons is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period thanks to for their use in “controlling riots and cross border trespassing.” “The global riot control system market is estimated to grow from an USD 9.05 billion in 2016 to USD 11.78 billion by 2021” as a result of “increasing political disputes and civil unrest, militarization of law enforcement agencies, stringent environmental and governmental regulations, and declining defense budgets of developed economies,” states the report.

Israel Wants Mandatory Biometric Database To Go Live Next Year
By Nicholas West (Activist Post) - One of the principal reasons why civil liberties advocates try to sound the alarm about emerging technology is that it can very quickly progress from dystopian scenarios only found in science fiction, to elective consumer adoption in the name of efficiency, to commonsense security measures, to governments surreptitiously using it for surveillance and ID, and on to the final phase of mandatory requirement by centralized government. Biometrics is a case in point.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Wild Food Foraging Under the Swimming Moon
Mother Earth News - Just beyond the threshold of the summer solstice, the Appalachian Mountains burst forth with life, with abundant wild foods, sweet berries and meadow medicinals. The seedlings we planted in the spring are now giants in their garden beds, offering their fruits beneath broad and fanning leaves. This is truly the season of abundance and a potent time for wild-food foraging and food preservation. As we stand in the season of sun, however, we must also prepare ourselves for the seasons of cold to come.

The 8 most insane and absurd US laws regarding food, water, and medicine
NaturalNews - It's not conspiracy theory when it's a law, now is it? People who wish their government cared about them, protected them, and prevented disease and disorder, all would expect written laws that speak to those values, but it's just the opposite in the United States. Though you are "free" to roam from state to state, to run your own business, and grow food in your back yard, watch out! There are many laws that have been WRITTEN that, if you don't know about, will land you in a jail, hospital, or worse, your early grave.


PA: URGENT ALERT Allegheny County Health Department trying to MANDATE HPV VACCINE for all 7th grade boys and girls. Take Action!
by National Vaccine Information Center - In what appears to be an unprecedented move, the Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh) is considering a MANDATE that would REQUIRE all 7th grade boys and girls to receive the HPV VACCINE before being admitted to school. Given that the HPV (Human papillomavirus) is sexually transmitted, not contagious in a school setting, and already available to anyone who wants it, this proposed mandate is totally unnecessary for the health of school children. This proposal only affects Allegheny County – for now. However, if this action is successful, the floodgates will be opened for counties across the Commonwealth and possibly other states to mandate this controversial vaccine.

The CDC is warning U.S. hospitals to prepare for deadly multidrug-resistant Candida infections
NaturalNews - A dangerous new strain of drug-resistant yeast infection is spreading throughout the globe, and may soon reach the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The deadly strain, called Candida auris, has killed 60 percent of patients who developed the fungal infection, and is resistant to most anti-fungal drugs commonly used to treat such infections.

Doctors and Scientists Call for Aggressive Regulation of Toxic Household Chemicals
By Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times - Every day, children and adults are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common household items. Now a growing body of research suggests that many of these chemicals — which are used to make plastic more flexible, fruits and vegetables more abundant and upholstery less flammable — may also pose a threat to the developing brain.

Could broccoli sprout extract help prevent oral cancer?
Natural Health News — Potent doses of broccoli sprout extract activate a “detoxification” gene and may help prevent cancer recurrence in survivors of head and neck cancer, according to a new study. Results of the trial from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, which included human, animal and laboratory tests, appear in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. It is, they say, the first study demonstrating that the extract protects against oral cancer.
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Recipe: Three-Layer Goji Blueberry Peach Pie
by Dr. Edward Group - Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and nutrients, you might even call them a legitimate superfood. They’re a great snack on their own, but if you’d like to switch it up and experience them in a new way, this goji, blueberry, and peach pie is unparalleled.
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Pet News

17-Year Cicadas Emerge in the Eastern U.S.
By Dr. Becker - In ancient China, cicadas were viewed as a symbol of rebirth, as they emerge from the soil each year to turn from young nymphs into adults. There are thousands of cicada species and all of them spend a period of years underground before emerging, typically by the masses. This group encompasses six species (three that emerge after 17 years and three that spend 13 years below ground). If you live in parts of Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia, you may have recently been inundated with the insects; they’re part of Brood V — a generation of bugs that were last seen in 1999.

Wednesday - July 6, 2016 - Today In History:

1777 - British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.
1854 - In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.
1885 - Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.
1905 - Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker.
1917 - During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.
1942 - Diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
1945 - U.S. President Truman signed an order creating the Medal of Freedom.
1945 - Nicaragua became the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.
1985 - The submarine Nautilus arrived in Groton, Connecticut. The vessel had been towed from Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
1988 - Several popular beaches were closed in New York City due to medical waste and other debris began washing up on the seashores.
1989 - The U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling was under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1997 - The Mars Pathfinder released Sojourner, a robot rover on the surface of Mars. The spacecraft landed on the red planet on July 4th.
2005 - NY Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed after refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of an undercover CIA operative's name.
2003 - Former ambassador Joseph Wilson, in a New York Times op-ed, disputed President George W. Bush's statement that Iraq had sought uranium in Africa, saying he had found no evidence to support the claim when the CIA asked him to investigate.
2004 - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry chose Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina to be his running mate.

World News

Muslims around the world mark end of Ramadan
BBC News - Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The festival ends weeks of fasting, and is one of the most important events in the Muslim calendar. Its exact start varies from country to country based on moon sightings, but people have been celebrating with feasts and family. This year, however, Ramadan was marred by major attacks in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Turkey and Iraq. Saudi Arabia was hit by three suicide attacks on Monday, including one near Islam's second holiest site. Sunday's Islamic State-claimed bombing in Iraq killed 165 people.

Iraq sees worst bombing since invasion with 250 deaths
BBC News - The death toll from Sunday's suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has risen to 250, the Iraqi government says, making it the deadliest such attack since the 2003 US-led invasion. A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it carried out the suicide attack. An earlier estimate for the attack had put the toll at 165. Iraq remains under an official state of mourning following the bombing. The destruction of the area was all but complete. Bewildered local residents have held candlelight vigils to mourn victims and pray for peace.

‘Threat of 2nd Chernobyl’: Kiev’s new nuclear project puts Europe at risk, Greens warn
RT - The construction of a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Ukraine poses “significant safety risks for the whole of Europe” because of numerous rule and standards violations, Ukrainian environmentalists warn. The Ukrainian Greens Association, a non-profit environmentalist organization, listed the risks in a statement released on Monday. “We are deeply concerned about plans to build a spent nuclear fuel storage in the upper reaches of the Dnepr River close to densely populated places,” the statement said, citing a speech made by the association’s spokeswoman, Anna Rak, at the first Nuclear Energy Policy Forum in Brussels on June 30. Rak also emphasized that the government plans “to secretly fast-track the construction of a surface dry, spent nuclear fuel storage system… close to the Dnepr river,” ignoring basic safety standards and “creating the threat of a second Chernobyl.”

‘Absolute blindness in the EU’: Italy’s wealthiest region urges lifting of Russia sanctions
RT - The legislative assembly of Italy’s most populated and richest province, Lombardy, has passed a resolution urging the lifting of anti-Russia sanctions and recognition of Crimea’s right to self-determination. The vote on the resolution, prepared by the Lega Nord (Northern League) political party, took place on Tuesday, with the initiative supported by 43 out of 87 council members, with 15 others abstaining.
The non-binding document authorized the chairman of Lombardy's Regional Council and regional head to work with Italy’s government and parliament as well as with the European Union to reconsider relations with Moscow. It also called for the establishment of a special committee to gather signatures to lift sanctions against Russia. The council members also demanded that the Italian government condemn “the EU’s international policy towards Crimea,” which reunited with Russia in 2014 after having been part of Ukraine, and recognize the results of the referendum which led to the reunion.

Russia Plans to Deploy Aircraft Carrier to Syria
The Daily Sheeple - According to an anonymous military source that spoke to TASS, a Russian news agency, Russia’s aircraft carrier is going to be deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean between October of 2016 and January of 2017. “The General Staff has prepared a plan for involvement of the deck aircraft in delivering strikes on terrorist groups in the Syrian Arab Republic, where the crews will practice taking off the carrier to deliver strikes on ground targets.” The 1000 foot, 43,000 ton ship known as the Admiral Kuznetsov, which is Russia’s only remaining aircraft carrier after the fall of the Soviet Union, will be carrying 15 Sukhoi Su-33 fighters, 15 MiG-29 warplanes, and 30 helicopters. The ship will be coordinating with the Lakatia Air Base in Syria, and will be deployed close enough to Syria’s shoreline “so that the deck aircraft have enough fuel to complete the military tasks and return back,”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Anti-Hillary Video Quickly Seizes on ‘Clinton’s Lie’ After FBI Director Reveals Findings of Email Investigation
The Blaze - FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday seemingly contradicted Hillary Clinton’s repeated claim that she did not email any information that was “classified” at the time. “From the group of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department in 2014, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey said during an unexpected press conference. Comey also announced the FBI would be recommending no charges for Clinton in connection to the investigation into her emails, but said the former secretary of state and her staff were “extremely careless.” The FBI determined Clinton used multiple private email servers and mobile devices to send and receive email. In addition to the 110 emails marked classified at the time, investigators also found eight “top secret” emails in the course of its probe. The final decision whether to bring charges against Clinton rests with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice. After meeting with former President Bill Clinton privately, Lynch said she would accept the recommendation of the FBI.

Man arrested jailed charged with a felony for burning the flag
Activist Post - On the 4th of July, countless Facebook users donned their digital pitchforks and torches and praised the arrest and felony charge against 22-year-old Bryton Mellott. His crime? Posting a picture of himself with a burning American flag. A short time after he posted the photo on Facebook, Mellott was swarmed with online attacks and threats from countless individuals who have no concept of freedom of speech. Shortly after the threats to Mellott began pouring in, the Urbana police department’s phone began ringing of the hook with calls for his arrest — so police responded.

Sorry, Texas Secessionists: Why the Lone Star State Can't Pull off a 'Texit'
Alternet - In the wake of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union—nicknamed the "Brexit"—speculation of a Texit on the horizon has cropped up once again. The secessionist movement has a long history in the Lone Star State. Delegates for the Texas Republican Party even recently debated adding secessionist language to the party's platform. But is it actually legal for Texas to leave the United States? Simply put, the answer is no. Historical and legal precedents make it clear that Texas could not pull off a Texit—at least not legally. “The legality of seceding is problematic,” said Eric McDaniel, associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. “The Civil War played a very big role in establishing the power of the federal government and cementing that the federal government has the final say in these issues.”

Background checks miss 7% of gun buyers with domestic violence records, protective orders
Washington Times - While 89,000 sales were blocked, nearly 6,800 were cleared despite the buyer’s record, said the Government Accountability Office, partly blaming the complexities of domestic violence cases in determining whether they rise to the level that would land someone on the no-buy list. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a 6-2 ruling reaffirming that legislatures can bar convicted domestic abusers from buying guns. But figuring out who counts as a domestic abuser can be difficult because the federal rules require certain elements, such as use of force, that mean background check investigators need to dig through the details of cases before they can order gun dealers to stop sales. Under federal law, firearms dealers can sell weapons if the FBI hasn’t made a determination of denial after three business days. Investigators can continue to research the transaction for up to 90 days to determine potential buyers’ eligibility.

Coast Guard searching for 3 after downed aircraft reported
Washington Times - Authorities say they are searching for three people after receiving a report of a downed aircraft in Southern Oregon near Brookings. The U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release that the report came in Tuesday morning and that a backpack believed to belong to someone in the plane was found washed ashore just north of the Brookings airport. The Coast Guard says an initial search by a helicopter crew failed to find any signs of the missing 1964 Cessna 172F. The Coast Guard is searching by helicopter, plane and while personnel from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Civil Air Patrol are also searching. The cause of the incident wasn’t immediately known. No further details were immediately available.

Election News

Trump Taps Consultant Accused of Defrauding PAC to Lead Colorado Campaign
Pro Publica -Donald Trump’s choice to run his campaign in Colorado, a key battleground state, is a veteran political consultant who was accused in the last election cycle of defrauding a top conservative super PAC. During the 2014 midterm election, Patrick Davis was brought on to help run Vote2ReduceDebt — a cash-flush group launched by an elderly Texas oil tycoon who had no experience in politics but wanted to help elect fiscally conservative lawmakers. The group quickly collapsed amid allegations of faked campaign events, destroyed records, fabricated expenses and contracts routed to friends. Patrick Davis has denied allegations that he inappropriately steered hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by a conservative PAC to organizations linked to himself and his friends. Now he’ll lead Trump’s campaign in a key swing state.

Veteran News

VA Officials Pledge New Studies Into Effects of Agent Orange
Pro Publica - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its efforts to determine how Vietnam veterans and their children have been affected by exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. The VA will conduct its first nationwide survey of Vietnam veterans in more than three decades and request an outside panel of experts to continue its work studying the health effects of Agent Orange on veterans, their children and their grandchildren. Both initiatives were discussed Thursday in Washington at a forum hosted by ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot on the possible multi-generational impacts of Agent Orange.

Economy & Business

IBM Completes Blockchain Identity Trial With Crédit Mutuel
IBM has completed its latest blockchain project with French bank Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, an effort that found the two firms using the technology to create a system for identity verification.

Sweden gold and silver dealer shut down banking-system
Silver Doctors - With European capital scrambling into gold following BREXIT, the cartel just played their hand. The plan this time is NOT door-to-door confiscation, but simply to SHUT DOWN the best gold and silver dealers the moment the public begins to wake up. The cartel have tipped their hand. The plan is not to come after your gold and silver coins, it is to shut down the gold and silver dealers themselves, and prevent access of safe haven capital flows from reaching the safety of gold and silver bullion. Case in point? Sweden’s largest gold and silver dealer Tavex Guld & Valuta, whose bank accounts were suddenly closed Thursday without notice by Swedish bank SEB due to ‘a general business decision’. Notice posted on Tavex Guld & Valuta’s website that as of 15:30 on June 30th 2016, they can no longer accept bank deposits or transfers as SEB has shut down their accounts without notice, leaving the PM firm scrambling to set up alternate payment systems.

GE’s Pineville plant, Blue Sky in Lafayette announce layoffs
Washington Times - In BATON ROUGE, LA , the energy technology arm of General Electric will eliminate 269 jobs when it closes its Rapides Parish facility later this year. Blue Sky Innovations in Lafayette is letting 55 employees go this month after losing a key contract. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Tuesday that the GE layoffs will begin in December, and the plant will close by year’s end. Times-Picayune reports ( ) the affected GE Oil & Gas employees at the Pineville site work in manufacturing, sales/services and engineering. The company notified the state of its pending layoffs July 1. Officials say hourly employees at Blue Sky will be let go by the end of July. Salaried employees will remain until the end of the year. Blue Sky provides aviation support, project management, procurement and other services for the energy industry.

Kazakhs, Chevron-led group approve $37 billion Tengiz field expansion
Kazakhstan and a group of oil companies led by Chevron (CVX.N) have approved a $36.8 billion plan to boost production at the Central Asian country's Tengiz field, a rare major investment in an industry hit by low prices and a boost to the local economy. The field, one of the world's biggest, already accounts for more than a third of total crude output in Kazakhstan, which is the biggest former Soviet oil producer after Russia. Under the plan, Tengiz, in which Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and Lukoil (LKOH.MM) also have stakes, will increase output to 39 million tonnes a year (850,000 barrels per day) by 2022 from 27 million tonnes currently, Kazakhstan's Energy Ministry and its foreign partners said in a joint statement on Tuesday. The Tengiz expansion is the biggest final investment decision in the oil industry this year and one of just three major projects in recent years, two others being Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup and Shell’s Appomatox.

Energy & Environment

National emergency: Congress attempts to address lead poisoning
Activist Post - In response to recent studies which show dangerous levels of lead in public drinking water, over 60 members of Congress have signed a letter calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the federal standard for lead in drinking water. Members of Congress want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the federal standard for lead in drinking water in an effort to protect the public from dangerous health effects. More than sixty members of Congress signed a letter asking the EPA to lower the threshold for taking action on water contamination. The letter was signed by 59 Democrats and two Republicans. Currently water systems exceed the lead standard, also known as the action level – when more than 10% of water samples show lead levels above 15 parts per billion. The letter asks the EPA to align with the World Health Organization’s guidelines for lead contamination by reducing the action level to 10 parts per billion.

Federal Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Monsanto Can Proceed
Activist Post - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a former coffee grower who claims that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide gave her cancer. In another blow to Monsanto Co’s already tarnished public image, a former Kona coffee grower will be allowed to sue the biotechnology giant for possibly contributing to her cancer diagnosis. Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been subject to heavy scrutiny following studies linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Christine and Kenneth Sheppard, former owners of Dragon’s Lair Kona Coffee Farm in Captain Cook on the Big Island, claim that Monsanto hid the risks associated with glyphosate, a key ingredient in Roundup. Christine Sheppard believes her consistent contact with Roundup caused her to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Oil ends down nearly 5 percent on Brexit worry, supply builds
Reuters - Oil prices tumbled nearly 5 percent on Tuesday as investors worried that Britain's exit from the European Union would slow the global economy, making it unlikely energy demand will grow enough to absorb a supply glut. Brexit worries hit Britain's property market and drove the pound to a 31-year low. A flurry of data from China in coming weeks is likely to show weaker trade and investments. Traders also cited data from market intelligence firm Genscape showing a build of 230,025 barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub for U.S. crude futures, during the week to July 1.

Science & Technology

Hyper-sensitive electronic nose sniffs out nerve gas like no other
GizMag - Various types of so-called "electronic noses" have popped up over the years, promising to sniff out everything from minor infections to different types of cancers. But rather than diagnosing health problems after the fact, some researchers are looking more at the preventative side of things. Among these is a team of Belgian scientists that has developed what is billed as the most sensitive of such sensors yet, with a design that could see it integrated into electronics like your smartphone. Researchers from Belgium's KU Leuven have built a device they claim can pick up extremely low concentrations of such toxins, even down to a parts per trillion level. The basis for this hyper-sensitivity is the type of material the team used, called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

New Study: Researchers invent mind reading machine that reads thought process
Activistpost - The research team from the University of Oregon, United States, are said to have developed a system that can read people’s thoughts via brain scans, and rebuild the faces they were visualizing in their heads. Lead researchers, Brice Kuhl and Hongmi Lee reportedly used artificial intelligence (AI) that analyzed brain activity in an attempt to reconstruct one of a series of faces that participants saw. Tech Worm reports that the result was not exact, but the AI got close. According to how the machine was able to read the human thought, the researchers created images directly from memories using a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, machine learning software, and some hapless human test participants. The researchers then put the test participants in the MRI machine, showing them several hundred faces. The program had access to real-time MRI data from the machine, as well as a set of 300 numbers that described each face. They covered everything from skin tone to eye position. As the MRI machine detected the movement of blood around the brain, the assumed conclusion was that the movement equals brain activity. The program then analyzed these movements of blood in reaction to the different points, learning how a particular brain reacts to known stimuli.

Ozone hole over Antarctic is healing say scientists
The Scotsman - In a triumph of international co-operation over a man-made environmental problem, research from the UK and the US shows that the September-October ozone hole is getting smaller and forming later in the year. The study in the journal Science also shows other indications that the ozone layer is improving after it was being eaten away by chemicals in aerosols and refrigerants. Ozone is a combination of three oxygen atoms; high in the atmosphere, it shields Earth from ultraviolet rays. The hole has shrunk by about 1.7 million square miles in the key month of September since the year 2000 – a decline of about one-fifth – the study found. . It also is taking about ten days longer to reach its largest size.

NASA's Juno spacecraft begins bid to orbit Jupiter
NASA celebrated a key triumph on Tuesday as its $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system. Juno launched five years ago from Cape Canaveral, Florida and has traveled 1.7 billion miles (2.7 billion kilometers) since then. Its arrival marks the start of a 20-month mission, during which scientists hope to find out more about how much water Jupiter holds and the makeup of its core in order to figure out how the gas giant -- and other planets including Earth -- formed billions of years ago.

New Finnish sauna lets men and women let off steam together
GizMag - Steaming in a sauna is an essential part of Finnish culture, but the number of public saunas is said to be in decline. A new sauna in Helsinki has been built to help combat this. Designed to attract tourists, the low profile Löyly sauna has an unusual wooden structure that allows those within to look out, but offers shielding from the eyes of passers-by. And the center has forgone the local naked bathing tradition to help visitors feel more at ease, allowing male and female visitors to bathe together comfortably.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

This Aeroponic Vertical Farm Uses 95% Less Water, Brings Local Food to Cities
Natural Blaze - As urban populations continue to rise, innovators are looking beyond traditional farming as a way to feed everyone while having less impact on our land and water resources. Vertical farming is one solution that’s been implemented around the world. Vertical farms produce crops in stacked layers, often in controlled environments such as those built by AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey. AeroFarms grows a variety of leafy salad greens using a process called “aeroponics,” which relies on air and mist. AeroFarms’ crops are grown entirely indoors using a reusable cloth medium made from recycled plastics. In the absence of sun exposure, the company uses LED lights that expose plants to only certain types of spectrum. AeroFarms claims it uses 95% less water than a traditional farm thanks to its specially designed root misting system. And it is now building out a new 70,000 square foot facility in a former steel mill. Once completed, it’s expected to grow 2 million pounds of greens per year, making it the largest indoor vertical farm in the world.


How pineapple could help fight drug-resistant superbugs
Natural News - Rob Pike, a biochemist at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and his team of scientists, have discovered that a collection of enzymes found in the stems and roots of pineapples work as a natural antibiotic to cure diarrhea in piglets, thus reducing dependence on antibiotics. According to Professor Pike, these enzymes, referred to as bromelain, would likely be effective in treating humans as well, given the similarities in physiology and anatomy between humans and pigs. Furthermore, he notes that reducing the use of antibiotics in the meat industry will benefit pigs and humans alike, as these antibiotics are not exactly healthy for the people consuming the meat, and give rise to deadly superbugs.

Scientists discover 'transmissible cancers' spreading among shellfish
Natural News - A new study has found "transmissible cancers" among shellfish, disproving previous beliefs that such occurrences are rare in nature, and raising questions regarding the implications for humans. Cases of transmissible cancer had until recently only been observed in two mammal species, but researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York have discovered that shellfish are also capable of spreading cancer.

Professor finds positive effects from bringing physical activity to the desk
Science Daily - A positive link between mood, motivation and physical activity during work and study has been uncovered by new research that studied the cognitive effects of physical activity workstations and traditional desks on student volunteers. The results of the study suggest the inclusion of light physical activity during work or study has positive effects without detracting from work or study effectiveness.

Tuesday - July 5, 2016 - Today In History:

1814 - U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeated a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.
1830 - France occupied the North African city of Algiers.
1832 - The German government began curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.
1863 - U.S. Federal troops occupied Vicksburg, MS, and distributed supplies to the citizens.
1865 - William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.
1865 - The U.S. Secret Service Division was created to combat currency counterfeiting, forging and the altering of currency and securities..
1940 - During World War II, Britain and the Vichy government in France broke diplomatic relations.
1950 - U.S. forces engaged the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.
1951 - Dr. William Shockley announced that he had invented the junction transistor.
1975 - Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.
1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old "exclusionary rule," deciding that evidence seized with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.
1989 - Former U.S. National Security Council aide Oliver North received a $150,000 fine and a suspended prison term for his part in the Iran-Contra affair. The convictions were later overturned.
1998 - Japan joined U.S. and Russia in space exploration with the launching of the Planet-B probe to Mars.
2000 - Jordanian security agents shot and killed a Syrian hijacker after he threw a grenade that exploded and wounded 15 passengers aboard a Royal Jordanian airliner.

World News

Bank Of England Unveils First Easing Measures After Brexit
Zero Hedge - The Bank of England lowered capital requirements for UK banks Tuesday in an effort to shore up the UK economy, saying that it "strongly expects" banks to support the economy with fresh loans in the wake of Brexit. In its first official easing act, the Financial Policy Committee lowered the countercyclical-capital buffer rate for UK exposures to zero from .5% of risk-weighted assets in a move that it said would release £5.7bn from the buffer, in which it requires banks to accumulate capital in good times to draw down in bad, and raise the capacity for bank lending to households and businesses by as much as £150 billion. "This action reinforces the FPC’s view that all elements of the substantial capital and liquidity buffers that have been built up by banks are to be drawn on, as necessary" the committee said in a statement. As the FT adds, the BOE also reminded banks that capital and liquidity buffers put in place during the financial crisis are there to be run down in stressed conditions. In exchange, banks are on notice from the BoE’s Prudential Regulation Authority that they are not to increase dividends and other distributions. The moves came as the pound hit a new post-referendum low amid rising concerns over the UK property market following a decision by Standard Life to halt redemptions on one of its flagship sector funds. Sterling fell 1.8 per cent to $1.3113, passing the $1.3118 nadir it reached on June 27.

Chechen leader names wanted terrorists hiding in Turkey, demands handover
RT - The acting head of the Chechen Republic has urged the Turkish authorities to do more to find, detain and hand over to Russia a number of suspected terrorists, who were supposedly hiding “on Turkish shores.” The address was posted on Ramzan Kadyrov’s Instagram page, the Chechen leader’s preferred medium for PR communications. The post came after news that one of the suspected organizers of the June 28 terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Akhmed Chatayev, had received refugee status in Austria. On a number of occasions, this helped him avoid extradition to Russia on terror charges.

El Al flight lands in Tel Aviv after Swiss fighter jets intercept it due to bomb tip-off
RT - El Al flight LY002 was flying over the Swiss-French border when the fighter jets were scrambled, according to the Jerusalem Post. Once the flight had crossed Swiss airspace, the F-18s returned to their bases and the airplane continued as planned. Flight tracking website indicated the plane landed in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport at 12:44pm local time. El Al released a statement saying no explosive device was found on board, the Jewish Press reported later in the day, citing Israel Radio. The El Al Boeing 747 was checked for explosives after landing safely at Ben Gurion Airport, according to Haaretz, citing Israel's Foreign Ministry. "An examination showed the plane was 'clean'," it said. The ministry added the anonymous tip about a bomb "inside an airplane kitchenette" was received by the US aviation body, which notified Swiss authorities "while the plane was in [Switzerland's] airspace, and the Swiss scrambled fighter jets to escort the plane."

Marseille airport evacuated 2 days before city set to host Euro 2016 semi-final
RT -M arseille Provence Airport has been briefly evacuated after a suspicious package was found, according to reports on social media, which state that police officers are currently patrolling the perimeter. According to a witness at the scene, the military has now allowed passengers to re-enter the airport.

China invests $2.4bn in Russian Far East
RT - Chinese companies have invested 16 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) in development projects in Russia’s Far East, according to the regional development minister Aleksandr Galushka. “The volume of investments to the region has already reached 1.1 trillion rubles ($17.1 billion) as a result of new Far East development mechanisms, such as the Advanced Development Territories [ADT – Ed.], the Vladivostok free port area, the Far East Development Fund and targeted infrastructural project support. Those mechanisms are popular with Chinese businesses who had already invested 163 billion rubles ($2.4 billion),” Galushka said in a ministry statement. According to the minister, Chinese firms have invested in a cement plant and plan investing in an oil refinery in the Amur Region, as well as working in the Sakha Republic and Primorsky Territory ADTs. The Chinese are key investors in the new Amuro-Khinganskaya ADT in the Jewish Autonomous Region, providing some 10 billion rubles ($157 million) in funds.

NATO summit: Focus will be on Black Sea security
Aljazeera - As NATO moves closer to its summit in Warsaw, the Black Sea is becoming the focus of attention. This should not come as a surprise given the politics of the neighbourhood. The takeover of Crimea in March 2014 has nearly turned the Black Sea into a Russian lake. With the port of Sevastopol under its control, Moscow has a geographic advantage vis-a-vis all other littoral countries, including NATO members Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria. Its warships are a frequent sight as far south as Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean. Russia has been upgrading its capabilities, too. Its Black Sea fleet is to add 15-18 new ships, including six multi-purpose frigates. Crimea already hosts stockpiles of S-400 surface-to-air missiles with a range of up to 400km and Bastion anti-ship coastal battery. Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorised the deployment of Iskander ballistic missiles and TU-22M bombers (known as "Backfire"), which can deliver both conventional and nuclear strikes. NATO planners, including US General Philip Breedlove, are fretting about Russia's ability to seal off the Black Sea - or achieve anti-access/area denial (A2/AD), to use defence jargon.

‘Biggest NATO reinforcement since Cold War’ to be focus of Warsaw summit – Stoltenberg
RT - NATO members will agree to “further enhance military presence in the eastern part of the alliance” at the upcoming summit in Warsaw, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said, adding the alliance will see its “biggest reinforcement since the Cold War.”

British politician Nigel Farage resigns as leader of right-wing UKIP
Washington Post - Right-wing firebrand and populist politician Nigel Farage resigned as leader of his U.K. Independence Party on Monday, the latest political bombshell to hit Britain as it grapples with the fallout from last month’s vote to leave the European Union.
His resignation came as Conservative members of Parliament launched their own process to choose a new party leader and prime minister Monday night, holding a closed-door meeting for the top five candidates. Prime Minister David Cameron, the current Conservative Party leader, announced his resignation the morning after the June 23 vote, having backed the campaign for Britain to remain a member of the European Union. His resignation threw the party into disarray.

Saudi Arabia: Bombings target Medina and Qatif mosques
Aljazeera - Four security officers have been killed and five others injured in a suicide attack outside the Prophet's Mosque in Saudi Arabia's Medina, Islam's second holiest city, the Saudi interior ministry said. The bombing was the third attack to hit the kingdom on Monday, after blasts in cities of Jeddah and Qatif. Photos posted on social media show smoke billowing from a fire outside the mosque where Prophet Muhammad is buried.

Western-Backed Chechen “Freedom Fighter” Named as Istanbul Attack Mastermind
Boiling Frogs Post - irst details begin to emerge about the suspected Islamic State attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport that left at least 44 people dead and more than 230 injured. A senior Turkish government official announced on Thursday that the three suicide bombers who carried out the attack were nationals of Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak quoted police as saying that eight terrorists were involved in the operation. Three of them were killed, one was detained and four others remain at large. According to the Yeni Safak report, well-known Chechen Islamic State commander Akhmed Chatayev organized the deadly attack. Turkish officials did not immediately confirm Chatayev’s involvement but a Turkish police source with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that Chatayev is believed to be the planner of the attack. Turkish police reportedly launched a manhunt to catch the Chechen terrorist leader. Western governments and media are now scrambling to explain why they dismissed Russian warnings about Chatayev and protected him for many years despite a long history of terrorism-related offenses.

Russians Ask “Why Do You Demonize Us When We Are So Much Like You?”
Worldbeyondwar - ’ve just ended two weeks visiting cities in four regions of Russia. The one question that was asked over and over was, “Why does America hate us? Why do you demonize us?” Most would add a cavaet– “I like American people and I think YOU like us individually but why does the American government hate our government?” This article is a composite of the comments and questions that were asked to our 20 person delegation and to me as an individual. I do not attempt to defend the views but offer them as an insight into the thinking of many of the persons we came into contact in meetings and on the streets. None of the questions, comments or views tell the full story, but I hope they give a feel for the desire of the ordinary Russian that her country and its citizens are respected as a sovereign nation with a long history and that it is not demonized as an outlaw state or an “evil” nation. Russia has its flaws and room for improvement in many areas, just as every nation does, including for sure, the United States.

‘Partnership of equals’: Putin sends Independence Day telegram to Obama
RT - Russian President Vladimir Putin sent out a personal commemorative message to his American counterpart as the US celebrates Independence Day, urging the two countries to mend ties.

Fmr Russian doping lab chief sold drugs to athletes, promised cover-up – investigation
RT - The former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory set up a doping scheme in which he sold illegal substances to athletes while also promising to help them obtain a clean doping record, a Russian investigation has revealed. Investigators cited witnesses implicating Grigory Rodchenkov in a doping scheme.According to preliminary information, he [Rodchenkov] purchased these substances in the US and when selling them to clients, promised to cover the fact that banned substances had been detected in their samples,” Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement published on Monday. The committee has reason to think that Rodchenkov was the mastermind behind the illegal trade, the statement continued to say. There is as of yet no information about his possible accomplices.

Brazilian airline issues alert for former Gitmo detainee
Daily Mail - A Brazilian airline is asking its employees to be on the lookout for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in Uruguay. The alert about Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab adds to a growing mystery about his whereabouts. Uruguayan authorities have insisted for weeks that he is visiting neighboring Brazil and that as a refugee he is entitled to leave Uruguay, but the Brazilian government has said there is no record of Dhiab entering the country. Avianca Airlines spokesman Danilo Alves told The Associated Press on Monday that the alert was issued internally to employees but declined to give any more details.

20 foreigners killed in ‘Isil’ attack on Dhaka restaurant
Twenty foreign hostages were hacked to death with sharp weapons by Islamist terrorists during a dramatic siege at an upmarket Dhaka restaurant that ended in a bloodbath on Saturday morning. The majority of the victims were from Italy and Japan. No Britons have yet been confirmed among the casualties. At a press conference held after midday local time at the Bangladesh army headquarters, Brig-Gen Nayeen Ashtaq Chowdhury confirmed that 20 people were found killed using locally made sharp weapons, after police and military broke the siege with Operation Thunderbolt, which lasted from 7.40am to 8.30am. Two Sri Lankans and one Japanese hostage were rescued, along with around a dozen Bangladeshis. Two separate sources – a rescue worker and a paramilitary officer – told the Telegraph the victims had severe wounds to their necks and throats.

Baghdad Attacks: Isis Claim Responsibility After At Least 83 Dead In Bombings
Infowars - At least 83 people have been killed in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad, Iraq. A car bomb attack hit a market in Karada, a busy shopping district in the centre of Baghdad, killing 78 people and wounding 160, according to police and hospital officials. The attack struck as families and young people were out on the streets after breaking their daylight fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Isis claimed responsibility for the attack, releasing a statement to say a suicide car bomber targeted Shiites and warning “the raids of the mujahedeen [holy warriors] against the Rafidha [Shiites] apostates will not stop”.

Bangladesh Attack: Isis Militants ‘Tortured Hostages Who Could Not Recite Quran’ In 12-hour Siege At Dhaka Cafe
Infowars - The Isis fighters who massacred at least 22 people at a café in Bangladesh ordered hostages to recite verses from the Quran and “tortured” anyone who could not, it has emerged. The father of one of the survivors said his son was held hostage for 12 hours after being separated from the foreign victims. Rezaul Karim told Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper: “The gunmen were doing a background check on religion by asking everyone to recite from the Quran. “Those who could recite a verse or two were spared. The others were tortured.” An Isis-affiliated propaganda agency released photos from inside the restaurant during the raid, appearing to showing the bodies of women and men on the floor in pools of blood by overturned tables and chairs.

Whitewashing Libya: US House Report on Benghazi Reveals Nothing, Hides Everything
By Eric Draitser (Global Research) - The Republican dominated House Select Committee on Benghazi has released its long awaited final report on the 2012 Benghazi attack which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. And, surprise, the report reveals absolutely nothing of substance that wasn’t already known. Naturally, Democrats running interference for Hillary Clinton have continually charged that the probe was simply an act of partisan politics designed more to hurt Clinton in the presidential campaign than to uncover the truth about what happened. No doubt there is truth to such an allegation. But the most important fact about this whole manufactured drama, the one that neither Democrats nor Republicans want to touch, is the simple fact that what happened in Benghazi was perhaps the most complete encapsulation of everything wrong and criminal about the illegal US war against Libya. Moreover, it exposes the uncomfortable truth that the US harnesses terrorism, using it as one of the most potent weapons it has against nations that refuse to submit to the will of Washington and Wall Street. In effect, it was not merely terrorists that killed the four Americans in Benghazi, it was US policy.

Putin Signs Law Prohibiting Production of Genetically Modified Products
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The document was published on the legal information portal on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to ban the cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals, except in cases where they will be used in testing and scientific research. Importers of genetically modified products should pass registration procedures, while their products could be banned after monitoring of their impact on people's health and environment. The legislation also sets penalties for breaching the law, from about $160 to around $780 for officials and from about $1,600 to around $7,800 for legal entities. Dozens of countries worldwide, including Russia, require food producers to label genetically modified foods, with opponents of GMOs arguing that the health risks associated with such products have not been adequately studied.

Hacked Emails Expose US NATO General Plotting Conflict with Russia
By Matt Agorist (Activist Post) - There is no question that the United States has been dangerously rattling the saber in Russia’s direction. From deploying battleships off their coast, to conducting record-breaking war games in the region, there is no doubt — the US is painting Russia as an enemy. Now, however, we have even more glaring proof of the U.S. government’s intentions. Hacked private emails of the US general formerly in charge of NATO show a deliberate attempt to provoke conflict with Russia. The emails, posted by the site DCLeaks, show correspondence between General Philip M. Breedlove, former head of the US European Command and supreme commander of NATO forces, with several establishment insiders concerning the situation in Ukraine following the February 2014 coup that ousted the elected government in favor of a US-backed regime, according to reports.

U.S. Could be Found Complicit in War Crimes over Role in Saudi Atrocities in Yemen, Say Rights Groups
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia should be suspended from the U.N.'s top human rights organization because of indiscriminate airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children, human rights groups said Wednesday. Officials with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch told reporters at a joint news conference that their investigators documented 69 unlawful airstrikes by the U.S.-backed coalition that killed at least 913 civilians — including about 200 children. They said airstrikes hit homes, markets, hospitals, schools and mosques. The groups also said they documented 19 coalition attacks involving internationally banned cluster munitions, including in civilian areas. The rights groups also argued that if Saudi Arabia is found guilty of war crimes, the U.S. could be complicit because it provides airstrike targeting information as part of its support for the Saudi-led coalition.

Finland Referendum on Joining NATO Possible
Sputnik International - A national referendum on Finland's North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership could be held if the government decides to join the alliance, a chairman of the Finnish parliamentary defense committee, Ilkka Kanerva, told Sputnik Sunday. Kanerva is also the President of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) whose meeting is being held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from July 1-5. "A referendum [on joining NATO] is one of the alternatives we have and it will be one of the realistic approaches if there would be a need for it," Kanerva said on the sidelines of the ongoing OSCE PA meeting. Kanerva added that a decision on which instrument to use for deciding whether to join the alliance "depends very much on the circumstances," and reminded that "there have been two referendums in the NATO nations."

CITI: Italian Referendum Bigger Risk to Europe Than Brexit
Breitbart - Analysts at Citi have called a probable Italian referendum on constitutional reform next fall “the single biggest risk on the European political landscape this year,” bigger even than Brexit. In the midst of much hand-wringing over the possible consequences of the recent UK decision to detach itself from the European Union, Citi is saying that more serious dangers loom large on the horizon; namely upcoming referendums in Hungary and Italy. In a memo titled “Global Economics View: Who’s Next? EU Political Risks After the Brexit Vote,” Tina Fordham, Citi’s chief global political analyst, informed clients that Italy’s referendum poses a higher risk for EU stability than the Brexit vote.

Bangladesh hostage crisis: At least 2 killed as ISIS gunmen storm capital's diplomatic quarter
RT - Islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack on a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Friday. At least two policemen have reportedly died, and dozens of people are being held hostage. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters said, citing the terrorist group’s propaganda website Amaq. The number of casualties, Amaq claims, stands at more than 20. However, the information hasn’t yet been officially confirmed. Four police officers have died, while the gunmen are holding approximately 40 hostages, including at least one Westerner, NBC News reported, citing Assistant Superintendent Fazle-e-Elahi. According to local media, two officers have been killed.

Obama admin says up to 116 civilians 'accidentally' killed in US drone strikes
RT - The US drone strikes have accidentally killed up to 116 civilians in countries that the US is not at war with, the White House said. The number is lower than the figures cited by various human rights organizations. No information was released on the number of unintended civilian deaths in countries the US is at war with, however. The long-awaited announcement came on Friday afternoon acknowledges that between 64 and 116 civilians were killed by US drone operations in Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and other African countries, compared to 2,500 members of terrorist groups. Deaths resulting from strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were not counted in the report. The government said that the number of civilian deaths from drone strikes isn’t always clear, meaning that the numbers it released may be revised. The total is far lower than estimates made by non-governmental organization.

Austrian court cancels presidential election result, orders re-run
RT- The Austrian Constitutional Court has ruled that the presidential election must be held again. The vote, which took place on May 22, saw far-right candidate Norbert Hofer narrowly lose by just 31,000 votes, with Alexander Van der Bellen claiming victory.

Taiwan misfires supersonic missile in China’s direction, kills own fisherman
RT - An anti-ship missile fired from a Taiwanese patrol boat towards mainland China by mistake hit a Taiwanese fishing boat many kilometers away. The Chinese military made no retaliatory move amid Communist Party anniversary celebrations.

Czech president wants referendum on EU & NATO membership
RT - The president of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, has called for a referendum on his country’s membership in the EU and NATO. Although Zeman wants to remain in both organizations, he wants the public to have a chance to “express themselves.”

Moscow quiet on alleged proposal for US-Russia military partnership in Syria
RT - The Kremlin has refused to comment on reports in the US media that Washington proposed a new military agreement on Syria. The alleged deal aims to boost US-Russian ties against terrorists in exchange for Moscow pushing Damascus to stop bombing US-backed rebels.

Soros Plots European Order Coup: EU Will Disintegrate, Rise Again Under “New Marshall Plan”
Mac Slavo (Activist Post) - n perfect order out of chaos fashion, the elite are now showing their hand.
Problem. Reaction. Solution. What will come out of the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, and who will benefit from it? There is considerable reason to think that it will be the very billionaire elite class who created the EU in the first place. If the push for Brexit was fueled by the European anger against unlimited migration and its side effects of extreme culture clash, terrorism and sensational incidents of rape, then it was the very crisis that the likes of the Davos elite, and in particular, the Bilderberg elite having been playing upon.

Gun Used in Paris Attacks Linked to Fast and Furious Gun Running Operation
Claire Bernish (Activist Post) - Yet more fallout from the government’s notoriously ill-conceived “gunwalking” scheme as Judicial Watch found one of the guns used in the Paris terror attacks of November 13, 2015 appears to have been sold illegally, without repercussion as part of Fast and Furious. According to the watchdog group, a paper trail left, in part, by a 4473 form — which tracks a firearm’s ownership history through serial numbers and other means — traced the weapon to a Phoenix seller who had previously been caught selling illegal weapons. Evidencing a hallmark of the Fast and Furious scheme, the unidentified Phoenix seller had been caught twice previously for federal firearms violations — “for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic” — for which no charges or prosecution ever developed.

Brazil’s Olympic Catastrophe, Can Rio pull off the Games with only weeks to go?
The New York Times - On June 17, fewer than 50 days before the start of the Games, the state of Rio de Janeiro declared a “state of public calamity.” A financial crisis is preventing the state from honoring its commitments to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the governor said. That crisis is so severe, he said, it could eventually bring about “a total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility and environmental management.” The authorities are now authorized to ration essential public services and the state is eligible for emergency funds from the federal government. Measures like these are usually taken for an earthquake or a flood. But the Olympics are a man-made, foreseeable, preventable catastrophe.

Infowars - (Video) Experts say food scarcity could soon become a reality

Hacked Emails Confirm NATO Push To Provoke, Escalate Conflict With Russia
Infowars - Just two weeks ago, a huge scandal erupted within another ‘union’ as Germany slammed NATO for “warmongering” destroying the fictional narrative that ‘innocent’ NATO was merely reacting to evil Russian provocations. Furthermore, as NATO accelerated its encirclement of Russia, with British soldiers deployed in Estonia, US soldiers operating in Latvia and Canadians in Poland, while combat units are being increased in the Mediterranean…NATO found another excuse for war, assessing that it may now have grounds to attack Russia when it announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V “collective defense” provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trial set to begin for highest-ranking officer charged in Freddie Gray case
Washington Post - Trial is set to begin this week for the highest-ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Lt. Brian Rice faces counts of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and other charges related to the 25-year-old's death in police custody last year. A motions hearing is scheduled to be held Tuesday before Judge Barry G. Williams, followed by jury selection on Wednesday. Rice is one of six officers charged and the fourth officer to stand trial in Gray’s death and arrest in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Prosecutors have yet to secure a conviction in the case. Two officers were acquitted on all charges; the trial of a third ended in a hung jury.

WikiLeaks rolls out archive of over 1,200 ‘Clinton Iraq War’ emails
RT - The now-infamous whistleblowing website has published an archive of what is said to be over 1,200 of Hillary Clinton's private emails pertaining to the Iraq War. Julian Assange previously said that the release would be “enough to indict her.” On Monday, WikiLeaks tweeted a link to a search aggregate of 1,258 emails that Clinton wrote or received discussing US engagement in Iraq while she headed the State Department. The Iraq War email bundle is part of a trove of Clinton's correspondence that was released by the State Department in February, under the Freedom of Information Act.

Police Across America Celebrate Freedom this 4th of July with Forced Blood Draw Checkpoints
Activist Post - Happy 4th of July, the day where Americans celebrate imaginary freedom, and police departments nationwide make millions of dollars violating the rights of nonviolent individuals. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that police can’t forcibly draw blood from individuals suspected of drunken driving without a warrant. However, DUI checkpoints across the country now have judges on site, or on call to issue immediate warrants for cops to take your blood.
Under the pretense of catching drunk drivers, police will be patrolling the streets and setting up checkpoints all over the country this weekend. In some cases they will arrest drunk drivers, in others, they will search and arrest nonviolent drug offenders, while other people may get citations for problems with their vehicle or registration.

July 4th reflections from a man who may have experienced the US more fully than anyone in its history
Washington Blog - Frederick Douglass, one of the most brilliant minds in history, had many praises for the US and its founders. However, he experienced the nation more fully than any of them, beginning his life a victim of the totalitarian fascism they practiced and promoted, which Douglass called “worse than death”, and ending it a statesman and a friend of President Lincoln. Thus his understanding and analysis of the complex country and its culture is more complete and balanced than most.

Reported Active Shooter At Andrews Base Turns Out To Be A Drill
By Mac Slavo (Activist Post) - It seems that the Andrews Air Force Base, where the President’s Air Force One plane is stationed, couldn’t tell a difference between a drill simulating an active shooter attack and the real thing. And it happened just five minutes before President Biden was due to arrive. As the Daily Mail reported: Chaos erupted at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday morning after an active shooter drill prompt reports of a ‘real world’ shooter. The base was placed on lockdown at 9am Eastern Time – just minutes before Vice President Joe Biden was due to arrive to board a plane to Ohio.

New California: Mandatory Vaccines & Total Gun Bans
Chris Menahan (InformationLiberation) - California, a one-time bastion of freedom and opportunity, has been transformed through leftist policies and mass immigration into a communist hellhole with total gun bans and mandatory vaccines. Let this disaster serve as a lesson to the rest of us.

New York cafe refuses to take down 'God bless America' banner after being ordered to remove patriotic message before Independence Day
Daily Mail - A cafe owner has refused to take down her 'God bless America' banner after officials ordered her to remove it before July fourth. Jennifer Aquino had asked to hang the patriotic message outside The 5 Mile Cafe, in Penfield, New York state, from Memorial Day through to Independence Day. But she was outraged when her request was denied as it breached the town's strict banner allotment policy, Fox News reports.

'Depression pills made me unfit to be a mother': Documentary maker Katinka Newman reveals all about her breakdown
By Katinka Blackford Newman For The Daily Mail - Katinka Newman, 51, was diagnosed with depression after marital break-up. Psychiatrist gave the award-winning documentary maker escitalopram. She suffered an adverse reaction to the drug which caused her to self-harm. Her new book, The Pill That Steals Lives, is published on Thursday.

This Is How They Protect Us! The Latest Airport TSA Horror. “Partially Blind Young Woman Brutally Smashed by Goon Tug TSA”
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (Global Research) - A partially blind, partially deaf young woman returning home from treatment for a brain tumor was brutally smashed to the ground by goon tug TSA “security” while her mother, a nurse, was shoved away. The good tugs responsible should get at least 30 years in a maximum security prison for assault with intent to kill. But nothing will happen to them. Their corrupt bosses always cover up for the psychopaths who occupy so many “security” and police positions from which they exercise unaccountable brutality over those of us forced to pay their salaries. A brain tumor had left Hannah blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and partially paralyzed, so when the guards grabbed each of her arms it startled her, she said. This is America today. We are forced to pay for our own brutilization by a criminal element that has taken refuge in “security” that “protects us.” We are in far more danger from the security forces allegedly protecting us than we are from terrorists. Indeed, the security forces are the terrorists.

Exclusive: Bill Clinton and the Selling of US Security
Infowars - This may be the greatest scandal in 50 years of American history.
It makes Watergate look like a jay walking charge. It makes the Iran Contra affair look like a small time operation. This is what House Republicans should have Impeached Bill Clinton for instead of lying about a White House Intern giving him head in the Oval Office. It’s called treason.

FEMA Investigator’s Shock 9/11 Claim: “Vault Contents Emptied Before Attack … They Knew It Was Going To Happen”
By Mac Slavo (Activist Post) - The attacks of September 11th, 2001 will forever be mired in doubt and suspicion by millions of people who saw the events live on their televisions. Almost immediately following the attacks theories began to emerge. Were the hijackers operatives for a Western intelligence service? How did a passport from one of the terrorists survive completely unscathed, only to be found later amidst the rubble of the Trade Centers? How did WTC Building 7 collapse even though it was never struck by an airplane? Why was President George H.W. Bush meeting with members of the Bin Laden family at the very moment of the attacks? Were the planes that hit the buildings actually commercial airliners or were they remotely operated drones? Why was the entirety of Ground Zero quickly sanitized and shipped to China for recycling before any investigation ever took place? And, what are the odds that on the very day terrorists used planes to attack the Pentagon and World Trade Centers, the U.S. military was holding exercises simulating hijackers crashing planes into buildings, a circumstance that led to total confusion across the United States and a complete failure of national defense? These questions and thousands more have been the subject of fervent debate for over a decade, and like the Kennedy assassination, may never have an official answer. But just as has been the case with the investigation of JFK’s murder, new details and evidence continue to emerge surrounding the events of that day. In a shocking report published by The Sun, former Federal Emergency Management Agency employee Kurt Sonnenfeld says he has evidence proving that certain insiders were privy to the attacks, perhaps even including President George W. Bush.

SELL OUT: Whole Foods partners with Monsanto to endorse fake GMO-labeling bill that's actually an ANTI-labeling bill with zero penalties for non-compliance
NaturalNews - What is it about large corporations and transparency that the two seldom mix? And here's another question: If you don't have any morals or a soul, then is there ever a point where you think you've gone too far or have actually done something wrong? These two questions immediately came to my mind when I read Natural News editor Mike Adams' bombshell expose this week that organic food retailer Whole Foods has aligned itself with GMO-manufacturing giant Monsanto, to endorse what amounts to little more than sham legislation that, to the uninformed observer may appear to call for the labeling of GMO foods, but which really doesn't. And what's more, if companies don't comply with the legislation it won't matter, because there won't be any penalties leveled against them anyway. So, a "labeling" bill that won't actually require GMO labeling or punish those who ignore it. Truly a piece of legislation made in today's dysfunctional, ineffectual Washington, where the special interests actually "govern" the country via the puppets posing as lawmakers.

Illuminatirex - Ten government conspiracies that were THEORIES that have now become conspiracy FACTS. Government lies and deception.
Operation Northwoods - Operation Mockingbird - Operation Paperclip - Project 112/SHAD - Tuskegee Syphilis Study - Operation Gladio - CointelPro - Iran-Contra - Project MKULTRA - Gulf of Tonkin Incident

Florida Counties Added to Algae Bloom Emergency; Government Reducing Water Releases From Lake Okeechobee
The Weather Channel - Florida Governor Rick Scott Thursday added two counties to the state of emergency declared over bright blue-green algae blooms that are taking over waterways and beaches on Florida's Treasure Coast. Scott issued Executive Order 16-155 declaring an emergency in Martin and St. Lucie counties Wednesday, according to a statement, but added Lee and Plam Beach counties a day later. The executive order allows state and local governments to take action against the spread of the algal blooms by redirecting the water flow in and out of Lake Okeechobee, which many believe are to blame for the foul-smelling algae that one resident described to the Associated Press as "guacamole-thick."

Report: FBI Ordered Media Blackout at Lynch Meeting
Infowars - (Video) The FBI blocked journalists from taking videos and pictures outside the secret airport meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

US AG Lynch steps back from Clinton email case over conflict of interest
RT - US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has stepped away from deciding whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be charged in the classified email investigation, following outrage over the AG's private Monday meeting with Bill Clinton, the justice department announced Friday morning. Lynch is expected to comment on the move during her conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival in just a few minutes, according to an anonymous DOJ official.

Judge blocks controversial Mississippi law
CNN- A federal judge blocked a controversial Mississippi law that would've gone into effect Friday, which would've allowed businesses and government employees to deny services to gay and transgender people based on religious grounds.

Pentagon ends transgender ban
CNN - The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year.

Ban on Voting Rights for Iowa Felons Upheld by State Supreme Court
AllGov - A divided Iowa Supreme Court upheld a ban on voting access for residents who have been convicted of a felony, preserving its position as one of the strictest states in the country on voting rights. Language in the Iowa Constitution barring residents who have committed an "infamous crime" from voting was at the heart of the dispute, as both sides argued over whether a woman's past conviction for delivering cocaine should prevent her from accessing the polls.
Kelly Jo Griffin challenged the statute by suing Iowa's secretary of state when her ballot was rejected after she attempted to vote in 2013, the same year she successfully discharged her sentence for her 2008 conviction. Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady cited the state's implementation of the National Voter Registration Act in 1994, in which the state's Legislature defined any felony as an "infamous crime," in support of the high court's decision to uphold the voting restrictions.

New California Vaccine Law Being Challenged in Court
Health Impact News - California’s controversial new vaccination law, SB277 which is scheduled to go into effect this month (July 2016), has been challenged in court. SB277 became the first law in the United States to remove the philosophical and religious exemption for childhood vaccines, thereby completely removing parental choice in any decisions about vaccinating their children as a requirement for attending school. Only two other states do not have philosophical or religious exemptions (and apparently never did), Mississippi and West Virginia. Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen of the BolenReport reported on the new lawsuit filed in California, where parents and non-profit organizations are suing the State of California Department of Health, Department of Education, three Schools Districts, and one County Public Health Department. The Lawsuit Against SB 277 Has Been Filed

Tests conducted on explosive that hurt man in Central Park
By Associated Press - Investigators are conducting a forensic examination to identify the explosive compound that blew up in Central Park, seriously injuring the foot of a man who stepped on it, but authorities don't believe the device was designed to intentionally hurt people, police said Monday. The homemade explosive had been inside a plastic bag when it went off Sunday, said Lt. Mark Torre, commanding officer of the New York Police Department's bomb squad. Investigators believe it was created by "an explosive hobbyist or experimenter" who had some knowledge of chemistry, he said. The 19-year-old man, who police did not identify, was walking in the park with two friends when he stepped on a rock covering the explosive. He was to undergo surgery to his left foot and was in stable condition at a hospital, fire officials said.
Also see: Man Critically Injured In Central Park Explosion

Leaked Documents Reveal How Easily FBI Can Spy on Journalists
By Dierdre Fulton (Activist Post) - Newly leaked documents published by The Intercept expose just how easy it is for the FBI to spy on journalists using so-called National Security Letters (NSLs). The classified rules, which had previously been released only in heavily redacted form, “show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information,” The Intercept‘s Cora Currier wrote on Thursday. According to the reporting, an attempt to access journalists’ call data with an NSL must be approved by the typical chain-of-command as well as the FBI’s general counsel and the executive assistant director of the agency’s National Security Branch.

Someone came up with the 911 calls and police communications in Orlando. What they portend is the shooter was in the ORMC not in Pulse
Investment Watch - (Video) Police/Fire audio from during the Orland Pulse Nightclub event of June 12th, 2016. It is reported that the shooter is contained within the ORMC(Orlando Regional Medical Center) 2 hours before the deadly shootout with law enforcement.

Extemely Proud to Be an American? Fewer People Say They Are
Government Slaves - Strong feelings of patriotism that peaked in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been on the wane for more than a decade, as many Americans grappled with prolonged warfare in the Middle East, the worst recession in decades, and bitter political controversies over domestic and foreign policies. As the nation prepares to observe another July 4th holiday, the share of people who are “extremely proud” to be an American has dropped sharply, from 70 percent in 2003 to a new low of 52 percent today, according to a new survey by Gallup.

Autistic teens with mental capacity of young children now undergoing dangerous hormone treatments and sex reassignment surgeries
Natural News - When parents learn that their child is autistic, a number of questions start running through their minds: What does this mean for my child's future? Will it hurt their educational and career prospects? Will they be able to live a normal life? What can I do to help? While it's easy for parents of autistic children to imagine the hurdles they might encounter, Dr. Kathleen Levinstein is facing one challenge that would never even enter most people's minds: Her daughter is being mutilated by her doctor because she wants to be a transgender boy, and there is nothing her mother can do to stop it. When Dr. Levinstein's daughter told her several years ago that she was a lesbian, the professor, who describes herself as left-of-center politically, did not have any problem with it. After seeing a transgender boy on the TV show Degrassi, however, her daughter decided that she wanted to become one too, and that's where her mother drew the line.

Bad GMO Deal Must Be Stopped
by Alliance for Natural Health - It’s mandatory labeling in name only. It discriminates against the poor. And it is clearly a gift to Big Food. Major Action Alert! For weeks now, Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have been working on a GMO labeling bill that would pre-empt Vermont’s mandatory labeling law. Late last week they finally reached a compromise, and it’s not good. The bill requires the labeling of packaged food containing GMOs in one of three ways: an electronic code that consumers can scan; a USDA-developed symbol; or a label. The bill leaves it to manufacturers to decide which of the three methods they prefer. Now guess which method Big Food will choose? We have no doubts that they will choose the electronic code that can only be read with a scanner. They know that few will want to do this and even fewer will be able to. A recent national survey showed that only 16% of consumers have ever scanned a QR code for any purpose. QR (which stands for “quick response”) codes are those small square boxes you find on advertising material, though they’re also used in manufacturing and commercial

Election News

Huma: Hillary Flouted Protocol, Used Burn Bags To Destroy Documents Prohibited By Federal Regs
Infowars - Abedin also admitted to being “aware of [her] obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records.” Huma Abedin, a top aide to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, says that the former secretary of state routinely used burn bags to dispose of personal documents during her time at the State Department. Abedin’s revelation came when she was deposed by watchdog group Judicial Watch on June 30. “If there was a schedule that was created, that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, and a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, then that certainly happened,” Abedin stated. “On more than one occasion.” Abedin also admitted to being “aware of [her] obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records.” The State Department has clear regulations pertaining to the use of “burn bags,” and while government officials are directed to use them to dispose of both “paper” and “hardrives,” the government strictly prohibits several items — including “personal documents” — from being destroyed in burn bags.

The Price Of Silver Explodes Past 20 Dollars An Ounce As The European Banking Crisis Deepens
The Economic Collapse - Have you seen what the price of silver has been doing? On Monday, it exploded past 20 dollars an ounce, and as I write this article it is sitting at $20.48. Earlier today it actually surged above 21 dollars an ounce for a short time before moving back just a bit. In late March, I told my readers that silver was “ridiculously undervalued” when it was sitting at $15.81 an ounce, and that call has turned out to be quite prescient. The Friday before last, silver started the day at $17.25 an ounce, and it is up more than 18 percent since that time. Overall, silver is up more than 30 percent for the year, and that makes it one of the best performing investments of 2016. So what is causing this sudden surge in the price of silver?

Trump: Sources Say No Charges for ‘Crooked Hillary’
Infowars - Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton will not face charges for conducting sensitive State Department business on her private email server. In a tweet sent out late Saturday afternoon, Trump decried both “crooked Hillary” and the “totally rigged” system after allegedly hearing the news from sources close to the investigation.

Report: Investigators Looking into Espionage Charges for Hillary
Infowars - Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton could be charged under the Espionage Act for her actions in the ongoing email scandal, reports indicate. According to McClatchy writer Nita Kumar, investigators may be examining whether or not the former secretary of state violated not only the Espionage Act but sections of Title 18 as well.

Breaking: Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI on email server
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton met with FBI officials Saturday about her private email server that has sparked a federal investigation, her campaign said. “Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was Secretary,” Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in an email Saturday afternoon. “She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion. Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.” Sources confirm to CBS News that the investigation is in its final phase and interviewing Clinton was one of the last steps before concluding the investigation and submitting recommendations on whether charges should be filed.

New Survey Shows Exactly Why the Two-Party System Is Failing America
By Carey Wedler (Activist Post) - Republicans’ and Democrats’ views of each other are more vitriolic than they have been in nearly a quarter century, a new in-depth survey by the Pew Research Center released last week concluded. “For the first time in surveys dating to 1992, majorities in both parties express not just unfavorable but very unfavorable views of the other party,” the researchers noted [emphasis added]. “And today, sizable shares of both Democrats and Republicans say the other party stirs feelings of not just frustration, but fear and anger.” According to the survey of 4,385 randomly selected Americans, “more than half of Democrats (55%) say the Republican Party makes them ‘afraid,’ while 49% of Republicans say the same about the Democratic Party.”

VP Vetting? Trump Announces he’ll meet with Sen. Joni Ernst
Fox News - Donald Trump tweeted Monday he would spend part of his July 4th with Sen. Joni Ernst -- fueling speculation that the Iowa senator could be on the short list of his vice presidential picks. "I look forward to meeting (Ernst) today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!" Trump tweeted about the freshman lawmaker. There was no immediate response from Ernst.

BREAKING: Devastating Truth About Huma Leaks… Look Where She Was on 9/11
Usanewsinsider - On Sept. 11, 2001, America suffered a terror attack that changed our nation forever. Over 15 years later, in January 2017, Hillary Clinton — and her top aide, Huma Abedin — may be moving into the White House. Those two facts may seem like a non sequitur. However, when you look at where Huma Abedin was working on that fateful day, it’s not. Not at all. It turns out that one of Hillary Clinton’s closest confidants was working for an organ
ization that the government wanted to put on a list of terrorist funders. According to Breitbart, Abedin was working in the London offices of the The Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs and the Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs — publications one writer called “the Abedin family business.” Huma worked in the offices as the assistant editor of the JMMA.

FBI Primary: Hillary’s First Term May Be in Prison After Bill’s Tampered AG
Sputnik - The presumptive First Husband’s meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch may force the Obama administration’s hand to indict Hillary Clinton over her failure to protect US secrets and hand the presidency to Bernie Sanders. The smartest man in America right now is Bernie Sanders. After facing a monumental trouncing at the hands of the corporate media and AP spin doctors who announced the race was over before California voters ever arrived at the polls, the insurgent Democratic challenger did something nobody expected – he stayed in the race and he refused to endorse Hillary Clinton.

New Clinton Email Smoking Guns
Judicial Watch Uncovers New Smoking Gun Clinton Emails - This week we learned more about the problems former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff faced in keeping her separate email system running. They were, in fact, wrestling with matters of national security. The revelations came thanks to our prying loose the email records referred to in the May 2016 State Department’s Office of the Inspector General report criticizing former Secretary of State Clinton’s email practices. The OIG report makes reference to the emails but they were not released to the public until now. We obtained them under a June 14, 2016, court order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in accordance with an unopposed motion by Judicial Watch to obtain the records. As an explosive Associated Press article makes clear, these new emails raise more more!

Senator Admits The FBI Is "About To Ask Putin For His Copies Of Hillary's Emails"
Zero Hedge - It is well known that the FBI still does not have roughly 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her private server due to Clinton categorizing them as personal and not work related. We have also reported that Russia may be in possession of those emails, and according to Judge Andrew Napolitano, there is a debate going on in the Kremlin about whether or not to release them. Given that the FBI still doesn't have the emails, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton (of the US is "under-incarcerated" fame), who is a Trump supporter and also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has become so frustrated that Cotton suggests the FBI is about to ask Putin for his copies. Cotton also took a jab at Bill Clinton's meeting with Loretta Lynch, saying that his plane was also on the tarmac, and he thought Bill Clinton may be waiting to climb on board to talk with him as well.

U.N. Official 'Accidentally' Crushes Own Throat Right Before Testifying Against Hillary Clinton
Zero Hedge - Call it conspiracy theory, coincidence or just bad luck, but any time someone is in a position to bring down Hillary Clinton by testifying they wind up dead. In fact, there’s a long history of Clinton-related body counts, with scores of people dying under mysterious circumstances.
Perhaps the most notable is Vince Foster. Foster was a partner at Clinton’s law firm and knew the inner workings of the Clinton Machine. Police ruled that death a suicide, though it is often noted that Foster may have been suicided. Now, another official has found himself on the wrong end of the Clintons. That John Ashe was a former President of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the fact that no one is safe once in their sights.

Veteran News

Army Veteran Uses Rifle to Rescue Eagle Named ‘Freedom’ From a Tree
The Blaze - According to KARE-TV, Jason Galvin, who served two tours in Afghanistan, and his wife Jackie discovered the eagle trapped in a tree, tangled in a rope. After reporting the bird to local authorities – all of whom said they couldn’t help – they decided to take matters into their own hands. Galvin used a neighbor’s .22 caliber rifle to sever the rope and free the bird. “It was a good weekend for it to happen,” Galvin told KARE. “Fourth of July, you know, that’s our bird. I can’t let it sit there.” It took Galvin about 90 minutes and 150 shots to rescue the eagle. “It was very windy and I was just waiting for the right shot,” Galvin said. Galvin’s wife Jackie wrote on Facebook that she begged her husband to try and set the eagle free by shooting the rope, although he was nervous he would face legal ramifications for shooting at an eagle. “I can’t even tell you how amazing this experience was and I knew of all people, my husband wouldn’t let me down!” Jackie wrote.

Economy & Business

Three Former Barclays Traders Convicted Of LIBOR Manipulation
Zero Hedge - As regular readers know, we have covered the manipulation of LIBOR for many years now going back to January 2009, and while our conspiracy theory once again became conspiracy fact, we do still follow the fallout of the scandal and the predictable scapegoating of lower level traders. The first bank to admit that it engaged in massive manipulation of the LIBOR rate was Barclays back in 2012, and traders are still being scapegoated tried in court to this day. As Bloomberg reports, five traders learned their fate recently, nearly four years since the bank admitted to the charge. Three traders were convicted, while the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the final two.

National debt jumps nearly $100 billion in one day to record high
Infowars - The U.S. national debt is creeping up again, after holding steady for the last few months thanks to the annual flood of individual and corporate tax receipts. Total government debt hit a record $19.38 trillion on Thursday, up nearly $98 billion from the day before. It’s the first time it has ever exceeded $19.3 trillion. The debt will soar higher still in the coming months, and is expected to approach $20 trillion by the time President Obama leaves office.

Independence Day Breakout! Silver Has Begun HISTORIC Run-Up
Silver Doctors - Gold has broken the gates down with the British Exit vote, pushing its price over the tough stubborn $1300 resistance line. In the following days it has been adding to its gains. But Silver has emerged amidst the political smoke and deceptive din to ride hard through the gate. Silver is on a RAMPAGE, and has begun to make the news headlines. Silver has chosen July Fourth as the day to declare INDEPENDENCE from fiat paper money. The spot prices scream loud. The Silver breakout will be one to behold in the history books. Silver has broken the shackles of the vile banker cabal. Silver has begun its historic run-up

American Nightmare: Mom Ordered to Pay Murdered Son’s Student Loan Bills
Sputnik - In the state of New Jersey being murdered ‘does not meet threshold for loan forgiveness’ in an only in America story of heartless profiteering on the back of a grieving mother. "Please accept our condolences on your loss," explained a letter from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority of New Jersey. "After careful consideration of the information you provided the authority has determined that your request does not meet the threshold for loan forgiveness. Monthly bill statements will continue to be sent to you." This is the letter that Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti received when she applied to get a student loan forgiven after her 23-year-old son was murdered last year. The mother inherited nearly $20,000 in student debt on loans she cosigned on to ensure the young man could attend the University of Vermont in hopes that he may enjoy a middle-class lifestyle — hopes that were dashed all too soon.

Video: WELFARE ABUSE: 32 years old Austin, TX welfare recipient says working is stupid

Brexit Pushed The Stock Market Down: O The Horror
By Jon Rappoport (Activist Post) - In the wake of the Brexit vote, and in many other cases where an event is said to be “negative,” stocks plummet. Major media promote these downward actions as evidence that “something bad has happened,” and the “economy is suffering” because of it. On the other hand, if the general trend of the stock market is up, and “new highs” are reached, media claim the economy is “recovering” or “in good shape,” or “booming.” Indeed, the movements of the market are used as critiques of political and economic choices and happenings. “X policy-move shouldn’t have been taken, because look at what the market reaction was.” We need to examine all this blather.

Russia & China Met Twice Last Week to Propose Monetary Reset – Willem Middelkoop
Silver Doctors - Russia and Chinese leaders met twice during last week and called (again) for an end to the current (dollar) system. From my contacts with Chinese insiders I know they really understand our problems well and are clearly preparing for The Next Phase (a monetary and geopolitical reset…

Energy & Environment

Caustic fracking chemical spills in San Antonio train derailment
RT - A derailed train has spilled approximately 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide in San Antonio, Texas, according to reports. The train was carrying 60,000 gallons of the poisonous, highly-corrosive chemical. A nearby area was temporarily evacuated. Five train cars overturned on Sunday afternoon, according to the San Antonio Express-News, near the intersection of Loop 410 and Interstate 35. As many as 6,000 people were evacuated from Traders Village, a large flea market and carnival area just south of Lackland Air Force Base.

EPA literally wants you to DIE from radiation: Agency raising the limit of radioactive elements in drinking water by over 3,000 times... to cause widespread cancer and death
Natural News - We really have reached a point of such insanity across human civilization that governments have become the terrorists who actively seek to harm and kill off the people. The latest example demonstrating this very point is the fact that the EPA just announced its plan to allow gigantic increases in the allowable radioactivity in drinking water... increasing it by over 3,000 times in the case of radioactive Iodine-131... while calling it "safe" to drink even though it's almost certain to give you cancer. In this public EPA document, the agency says it was ordered by President Obama's Executive Order 12656 (section 1601(2)) to "[d]evelop, for national security emergencies, guidance on acceptable emergency levels of nuclear radiation...." In this report, the EPA warns that a nuclear "incident" may strike the United States, and if people are going to drink the radioactive water, somebody needs to decide how much radioactivity Americans will be allowed to consume.

Deforestation is causing rainforests to catch on fire... and no one is putting out the flames
NaturalNews - New research has determined that human disturbances have made the Amazon rainforest much more flammable and that even in areas of protected forest human activity has degraded the landscape. As reported by the BBC, the two-year study of the Brazilian Amazon found that a range of activity including logging and defragmentation has dramatically increased the chance for more wildfires.

Science & Technology

‘Burn complete, orbit obtained’: Juno mission ready to unlock Jupiter’s secrets
RT - After an almost five year journey, the US space agency’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft has arrived on Jupiter's doorstep and is "ready to unlock" all Jupiter's secrets. Jubilant scientists in NASA control room rose to standing ovation when Juno was confirmed to have entered Jupiter's orbit after the burning of the engine.

Jaws-dropping invention: Electric ‘shield’ can scare away maneating sharks
RT - Scientists believe an electric ‘shield’ is the “most effective” protection against shark attacks for swimmers, with the animals’ sensitive sensory system apparently proving key. Academics from the University of Western Australia (UWA), tasked by the government to find out the best way to stop people from becoming shark bait, tested a range of novel deterrents such as strobe lights, loud underwater audio and bubble barriers, used to cloak swimmers from nearby prey. But it seems that a commercially available device called Shark Shield is the best option when it comes to avoiding a toothy face-to-face meeting with ‘Jaws’.

What Could Go Wrong? US Unveils Artificially Intelligent Fighter Pilot
By Justin Gardner (Activist Post) - The two most aggressive military forces in the world have added a new frontier in their immense ability to deal death and destruction. In the same week, an Israeli firm launched the first-ever torpedo from an unmanned sea vessel while a U.S. artificially intelligent fighter pilot easily won combat simulations against human pilots. These achievements are a testament to the sad reality that military interests are often the first to take advantage of wondrous advancements such as AI, just as nuclear physics and other technologies were hijacked for more efficient methods of killing.

New Study: Researchers Invent Mind-Reading Machine that Reads Thought Process
By Amando Flavio (Activist Post) - A new study published in the journal Neuroscience suggests that researchers have successfully invented a mind-reading machine that is capable of reading the human thought process. The research team from the University of Oregon, United States, are said to have developed a system that can read people’s thoughts via brain scans, and rebuild the faces they were visualizing in their heads. Lead researchers, Brice Kuhl and Hongmi Lee reportedly used artificial intelligence (AI) that analyzed brain activity in an attempt to reconstruct one of a series of faces that participants saw. Tech Worm reports that the result was not exact, but the AI got close.

Washington State University researchers develop 'shape shifting' materials
Daily Mail - Researchers have developed a new material that demonstrates 'three-way shapeshifting' behaviour, changing its form in response to heat or light. This is the first time scientists have achieved a single material that combines several smart capabilities – earlier efforts were limited to one function at a time. The multifunctional material can fold and unfold itself based on the external stimulus, and can even heal itself when damaged.

Miniature Drones of The Future Won’t Need “Human Input, Radar or Even GPS Satellite Navigation”
By Nicholas West (Activist Post) - While the use of military drones is rightly criticized as report after report sanitizes death numbers for public consumption, the future is heading toward a miniaturization of drone technology that makes it increasingly likely that they will take on an even greater role in assassinations and widespread surveillance. At the heart of this initiative is something known as biorobotics, essentially the agenda to mimic nature in order to produce robotic facsimiles. When applied to drones, biorobotics hopes to harness nature’s unique ability to fly through all environments while avoiding obstacles, and ultimately untether these micro-drones from human control. According to the Society for Experimental Biology, the latest research is focusing on the flight patterns of bees and birds such as the budgerigar to study their vision systems and flight intricacies.

Tesla Driver's Death Using Car's 'Autopilot' Probed by NHTSA
ABC News - Joshua D. Brown of Canton, Ohio, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company, was killed May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his car's cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatically activate its brakes, according to statements by the government and the automaker. Just one month earlier, Brown had credited the Autopilot system for preventing a collision on an interstate.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Michigan citizens lose their right to farm or pursue beekeeping in their private backyards
NaturalNews - Every U.S. state has laws on the books designed to protect farms from being declared "nuisances" by their neighbors, and Michigan is no exception. But in 2014, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development exempted small farms from this protection with the stroke of a pen. The revised rule states that local governments can, at their discretion (that is, arbitrarily), ban goats, chickens and beehives from any property that has a residence within 250 feet of its boundary, or that has 13 homes within one-eighth of a mile.

5 Best Homesteading YouTube Channels to Binge Watch
By Jeffrey Green (Activist Post) - The above link provides the 5 best homesteading YouTube channels worth binge watching.


8 reasons nutrient rich beets should be a dietary staple
NaturalNews - In ancient times, beets were used to treat fever, constipation and other digestive complaints. The Romans consumed beets to boost their libido and improve their sex life. Legend has it that if a man and woman eat from the same beetroot, they will fall in love. Beets (or beetroots) contain a variety of unique health-promoting nutrients that you may not be getting elsewhere. They house a broad range of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients, including carotenoids, lutein, glycine, betaine, anthocyanins and dietary fiber.

Can this type of medical cannabis save lives? - As Mitch Meyers sees it, she sells more than medical cannabis.
She sells hope. Cannabis plants at BeLeaf facility in Earth City, Mo. Meyers, of Glen Carbon, back in January launched the first medical cannabis cultivation center and dispensary in Missouri. The 5,000 square-foot facility is located in a former Verizon customer care center located in a nondescript office park in Earth City, Mo. For Meyers, a former Anheuser-Busch marketing executive, her commitment to her company, BeLeaf, represents a big leap of faith in a plant and in an industry that are both still widely misunderstood. BeLeaf specializes in the cultivation and sale of a strain of cannabis rich with cannabidiol, or CBD, which the firm began selling two months ago. CBD oil has shown great success, at least preliminarily, in the treatment of the symptoms of the most severe categories of epilepsy, especially among children who, despite conventional drugs, can suffer hundreds of debilitating seizures per week.

Declaration of Independence: Freedom to Refuse Vaccines
by Barbara Loe Fisher (National Vaccine Information Center)
Defending the Religious Exemption to Vaccination - Every summer, Americans celebrate the 4th of July to mark the day in 1776 when the American colonies agreed they would no longer be ruled by an aristocracy. The Declaration of Independence begins with, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” That Declaration was a rejection of oppression by a ruling aristocracy and the pledge that this country would uphold the unalienable natural right to life and liberty that belongs to every person.

For a Sound Body and Mind, Choose Cypress Oil
Mercoloa - The cypress tree has long been associated with mortality, grief, and the immortal soul.1 But aside from its melancholic symbolisms, this tree is also well-known for the fragrant and relaxing oil that it produces. Here are more interesting facts about cypress oil. What Is Cypress Oil?
Cypress oil comes from Cupressus sempervirens, a deciduous, evergreen tree that can be identified by its dark green foliage, small flowers, and round brown-gray cones with seed nuts inside. It's native to Southern Europe, but has spread to North Africa and North America. It's also widely cultivated in Spain, France, and Morocco. Cypress trees thrive well in wetlands, growing on cypress "knees" or pneumatophores. This tree is a softwood that's ideal for making vases and other novelty items. During the early times, Phoenicians and Cretans used it to build houses and ships, while the Egyptians used it to make sarcophagi for burying their deceased. The Greeks also used cypress wood to carve statues of their gods. The botanical name of this plant comes from the Greek word that means "ever living."7 Cypress trees are often cited in art and literature, and are believed to be an emblem of death. Legend also has it that the cross where Jesus was crucified was made from cypress.
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The Relationship Between Vitamin D and Insulin Resistance
Mercola - Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, which is why maintaining a healthy level is so important. Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm your bones, leading them to become thin, brittle, soft or misshapen. But vitamin D is equally important for your heart, brain, immune function and much more. For example, there's an important connection between insufficient vitamin D and insulin resistance and/or diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. Vitamin D Deficiency May Influence Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk According to recent research, vitamin D deficiency affects your glucose metabolism and may actually be more closely linked to diabetes than obesity. In a study of 118 people, those with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, regardless of their weight. Among obese people, those without metabolic disorders had higher levels of vitamin D than those with such disorders, and among lean people, those with metabolic disorders were more likely to have low levels of vitamin D.
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Music Legend Kris Kristofferson Misdiagnosed With Alzheimer’s, Goes Public With Lyme
Brandon Turbeville - For years Kris Kristofferson was told he was suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and would simply have to get used to a failing memory that would only continue to get worse. Even Kristofferson himself wondered how he was able to continue performing but somehow the songs remained in his mind. But at the age of 79, Kristofferson discovered that he was misdiagnosed and that it was neither Alzheimer’s nor dementia that was causing problems with his memory – it was Lyme disease.

The Benefits of Chaga
Mother Earth Living - Indigenous peoples have been using chaga for its curative properties for centuries. Siberians used it in stews, soups and beverages to boost physical stamina and attain a long life. In ancient writing, Chaga is described as “gift of nature,” “diamond of the forest” and “King of the herbs,” due to its healing ability and high nutritional content. Chaga is known for super-oxide dismutase, an enzyme that functions as a powerful antioxidant. Another active ingredient is lanosterol, which helps the body rebuild cell membranes and supports the endocrine system. Yet another helpful constituent in chaga is the polysaccharide content which supports the immune system.
Refreshing & Healthy Chaga Iced Tea Recipe:
1. Put 1 teaspoon of chaga in a tea strainer and steep in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Or steep a tea bag with chaga.
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Pepsi to reintroduce aspartame into diet drinks... because ignorant, suicidal consumers kept asking for it
NaturalNews - A year ago PepsiCo announced that it would be removing the controversial sweetener aspartame from its Diet Pepsi products, claiming that was the No. 1 request from customers. But now the company says it is putting the sweetener back in Diet Pepsi, allegedly because that's what consumers want. As reported by The Associated Press, aspartame-laced Diet Pepsi will be back on U.S. shelves soon after sales of the soft drink plummeted following the company's reformulation.

Pet News

Thousands of dogs dying or suffering severe reactions after being vaccinated
By Shari Miller For Mailonline - Dog owners are being warned against the side effects of a vaccine that has caused thousands of beloved pets to die or suffer severe allergic reactions. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has asked owners not to use Nobivac L4 vaccine, which helps safeguard dogs against a bacterial infection, on puppies under 12 weeks old amid safety concerns. Manufactured by MSD Animal Health, the vaccine is intended to safeguard against leptospirosis, a disease spread by rats and wild animals.

Monday - July 4, 2016: 

Friday - July 1, 2016  -  Today in History:

1844 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
1847 - New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
1893 - The New York stock market crashed. By the end of the year 600 banks and 74 railroads had gone out of business.
1924 - Democrats offered Mrs. Leroy Springs for vice presidential nomination. She was the first woman considered for the job.
1927 - The U.S. Marines adopted the English bulldog as their mascot.
1929 - Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York revealed a system for transmitting television pictures.
1942 - The FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New York's Long Island.
1944 - During World War II, American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the German army.
1950 - Two days after North Korea invaded South Korea, U.S. President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict. The United Nations Security Council had asked for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
1955 - The state of Illinois enacted the first automobile seat belt legislation.
1967 - The world's first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28.
1973 - Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" that was kept by the Nixon White House.
1973 - Nixon vetoed a Senate ban on bombing Cambodia.
1980 - U.S. President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
1985 - Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System.
1985 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.
1991 - Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court. He had been appointed in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson.
1995 - Qatar's Crown Prince Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani ousted his father in a bloodless palace coup.

World News

Barack Obama plans new military alliance with Russia in Syria
The Independent - The crux of the deal is a US promise to join forces with the Russian air force to share targeting and coordinate an expanded bombing campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, which is primarily fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

World's Most Systemically Dangerous Bank Crashes Back To Record Lows
Zero Hedge - Despite all the exuberance over the Brexit bounce in US (and UK) equities, never minds bonds, FX, and credit being far less enthusiastic, Deutsche Bank is plunging once again this morning. Having failed The Fed's stress test for the second year running and been diagnosed by The IMF as the world's most systemically dangerous financial entity, the giant Germanbank is getting slammed down almost 4% today, back near record lows as its 'Lehman-esque' path to devastation continues.

Credit Suisse Raises Gold, Silver Price Targets To $1,500; $18.75, Sees "Significant Physical Deficit"
Zero Hedge - Just days after Goldman threw in the towel on its bearish gold call, the gold bulls are crawling out of the woodwork and none has been more vocal than Credit Suisse which moments ago hiked its gold price forecast to $1,500 which the world's 3rd most systematically risky bank expects the yellow metal will hit in the first quarter of 2017.

Gerald Celente: Globalists Will Collapse the Entire World Economy As “Currency War Has Begun” (Video)
Mac Slavo - Markets have rattled with major currency swings surrounding the Pound Sterling, and everyone is in for a devastating sequence of events. The future of the EU, and its tenuous relationship with Britain is unclear, and the financial reaction is significant.

Italy Granted "Extraordinary " €150BN Bank Bailout Program To Prevent "Panic, Run On Deposits"
Zero Hedge - The European Commission has authorized Italy to use government guarantees to create a precautionary liquidity support program for their banks, a spokeswoman for the European Union’s executive arm said, adding that the program was approved under the bloc’s "extraordinary crisis rules for state aid." Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoped to use a liquidity backstop to contain investor panic, which could result in a run on deposit and affect banks’ liquidity.

Red Cross Built Exactly 6 Homes For Haiti With Nearly Half A Billion Dollars In Donations
Pro Publica - In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for “A Better Life in My Neighborhood” — was building hundreds of permanent homes. Today, not one home has been built in Campeche. Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water. The Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the quake, nearly half a billion dollars.

Rowers, Swimmers at Rio Olympics Will Compete in Raw Sewage from Toilets – 1.7 Million Times Above Hazardous Levels
The Gateway Pundit - FOX News reported: Athletes competing in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

'Active shooter' report at Andrews Air Base linked to drill
USA Today - Andrews Air Base, the military facility that is home to Air Force One, was placed on lockdown briefly Thursday after a planned active-shooter training exercise was apparently mistaken for a real, armed threat. Emergency personnel at the base, located about 20 miles outside downtown Washington, D.C., responded to calls at 9:30 a.m. of an active shooter, according to Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman. The call came in about a half hour after the scheduled start of an "active shooter" drill.
* Related: Andrews Air Force Base on lockdown amid reports of active shooter - at the same time active shooter DRILL was supposed to start

Media Silent as Concealed Carrier Stops Mass Shooting in Progress at a South Carolina Nightclub
The Free Thought Project – Lyman, SC – A remarkable incident is being largely ignored by corporate mainstream media – as it doesn’t fit their “guns are bad” narrative. A man with a concealed carry license stopped a mass shooting in progress outside a South Carolina nightclub in the early morning hours on Sunday after an assailant opened fire in a crowed of people, striking and injuring three people.

Judicial Watch Demands DOJ Inspector General Probe Into "Scandalous" Lynch-Clinton Meeting
Zero Hedge - "Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton severely undermined the already low public confidence in her agency’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton. Her meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment. Simply stated, Attorney General Lynch’s June 29, 2016 meeting with former President Clinton creates the broad public impression that “the fix is in."

State Department Won’t Release Clinton Foundation Emails for 27 Months
Daily Caller - Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch. If the court permits the delay, the public won’t be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first term as President.

Orlando 911 Call Log Released
Breitbart - Orlando police dispatchers heard repeated gunfire, screaming, and moaning from revelers who called to report that Mateen, armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, had stormed the busy club with a primarily gay and Latino clientele and opened fire, according to the a written police log released by the city Tuesday among hundreds of pages of documents linked to the massacre. The other documents have prompted questions about whether one of the club’s exits may have been blocked weeks before the shooting.

Now Wisconsin: Migrants Bring Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Breitbart - Two refugees and a foreign student on a visa brought multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009 and 2011, according to a 2014 article in an epidemiology publication written with the cooperation of the doctors who treated them. The introduction of MDR TB to the United States represents a serious public health threat, since its successful treatment is uncertain and very expensive. Active TB can usually be treated successfully in six to nine months at a cost of $17,000 per patient, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but MDR TB treatment costs more than $150,000 per patient and can take between 20 and 26 months.

Human smugglers hail Uber drivers to take migrants to U.S.-Mexico border
(Reuters) Mexican migration officials attribute the increase to migrants finding new routes past checkpoints, increasingly through varied forms of transport…. ”First we saw them on trains, then on buses, then on trucks and today we see them in rented vehicles," Doguin told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday. The drivers left the northern Mexican city of Monterrey and picked up the migrants in Matehuala, 323 kilometers (201 miles) further south, Doguin said. The caravan was headed for the city of Reynosa, 551 kilometers (342 miles) north, on the border with Texas. The migrants told investigators they each paid 3,000 pesos ($162) to make the journey, Doguin said. Uber Mexico said in a statement it bore no responsibility, but was cooperating with authorities.

Election News

Rasmussen Poll: Trump 43%, Clinton 39%
Breitbart - The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Trump: ‘A Lot Of Syrian Refugees Getting Into US Are ISIS Members’
Steve Watson - GOP nominee Donald Trump warned Wednesday that active ISIS terrorists are being allowed into the US while posing as Syrian refugees. Trump made the comments in an appearance on the O’Reilly factor, in the wake of the latest ISIS attack in Europe, with scores of people being killed by bombs at Istanbul airport in Turkey. Trump said that Obama and Hillary Clinton had the opportunity to make sure ISIS was “wiped out quickly and effectively,” while it was still in its infancy, but they failed to do so.

British man who 'tried to shoot Donald Trump with cop's gun at campaign rally' faces 30 years in prison as he is charged
Daily Mail - British man who authorities say tried to grab a police officer's gun to shoot presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Las Vegas campaign rally has been indicted on federal criminal charges. A grand jury on Wednesday charged Michael Steven Sandford, 20, with disrupting an official function and two firearm possession counts, U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said. Together, the charges could get him up to 30 years in prison.

Veteran News

Pentagon lifts ban on transgender servicemembers – Says Defense Secretary Ash Carter
RT - The US military will no longer discriminate against transgender troops, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Thursday. Lifting the ban will involve changing numerous procedures and rules, especially regarding providing medical care…. The change has been in the works for a year. Top brass had raised concerns about how to deal with medical, housing and uniform issues for troops who are transitioning to the other sex, but ultimately agreed with Carter on the change.

Energy & Environment

'Death of winter': Jet streams cross equator, 'chaos' predicted
RT - Scientists have observed an “unprecedented” event that could lead to an end of seasons as we know them, after Northern Hemisphere jet streams crossed the equator and linked with others in the south. Usually separated entirely from each other by the equator where warm air acts as a barrier, both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere consist of jet streams made up of either warm moist air or cold dry air. The streams usually run from east to west but new data shows that the Northern Hemisphere’s streams have changed path and linked with streams in the south. “Welcome to climate chaos. We must declare a global climate emergency” warned Paul Beckwith, a climate scientist from the University of Ottawa, when analyzing data from Earth Nullschool. Beckwith explained the data in a video online in which he warned it could disrupt the world’s food supply and lead to “massive geopolitical unrest.”

Science & Technology

Federal regulation of Internet coming, warn FCC, FEC commissioners
Washington Examiner - Democrats targeting content and control of the Internet, especially from conservative sources, are pushing hard to layer on new regulations and even censorship under the guise of promoting diversity while policing bullying, warn commissioners from the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission.

Camera police? Apple might soon make it possible to block recording video at concerts
RT - Like recording live shows with your iPhone? A new patent granted to Apple details a new method of shutting down such behavior without the owner’s consent, raising concern about the possibility of the technology being used for censorship.


4 Foolish Mistakes People Make When Picking A ‘Bug-Out’ Location (LOTS Of People Do No. 2)
Off the Grid News - When choosing a location to “bug out” to, there are three very common mistakes people make, each of which could seriously compromise your survival plan, or even worse. Don’t make these mistakes, and you’ll stand a much better chance of pulling through.


Gardasil: Sharing the Carnage with Boys
Health Impact News - In 2014, at the age of 18 and a half, Zach was a first semester full-time college student and worked a laborious job roughly 30 hours a week. His life was on track, he was social, active and happy. Zach swam like a fish in the water with a body built for track who walked miles almost every day. In early October that same year, Zach sustained an ankle injury which placed him out of work while he recovered. During this October 3rd appointment for his ankle, he was talked into a flu vaccination. October 13th, Zach returned for a follow up and was talked into accepting the Gardasil and meningococcal vaccines. It was shortly after this that the first phase of his health decline began.

CDC Halts Use of Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine
Natural Blaze - The CDC’s vaccine task force, known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced that the live attenuated vaccine was only three percent effective in children ages 2 through 17. This panel of vaccine experts stated that “no protective benefit could be measured.” In the general population, overall flu vaccine effectiveness was only 49 percent.

Do You Still Eat Baby Carrots? After Reading This, You Won’t!
Natural Blaze - Carrots are part of a healthy diet, right? Well, if they’re organic, haven’t been processed, or dipped in chemical cleaners, absolutely. Carrots are an incredibly nutritious root vegetable to consume as they’re rich in fiber and vitamins A and C. Of course, that doesn’t really apply to “baby” carrots, which are made from larger, crooked or deformed carrots. As Mercola relays, the bright orange, edible-looking bites are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots and are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine so they might be preserved. Why is this done?

7 Proven Reasons To Eat More Blueberries
Green Med Info - Spring and summer are prime seasons for fresh blueberries. But there are good reasons to eat them all year round. Blueberries pack huge health benefits in a tiny package. Research confirms that eating even less than a cup of blueberries a day helps fend off heart disease, cancer, brain aging, and much more. Here are seven great reasons to eat more blueberries every day.

Pet News

Homemade Tennis Ball Bombs a Serious Threat to Dogs
Dogington Post - As you’re walking your dogs this time of year, be careful when picking up a stray tennis ball – it may be a new type of homemade explosive and could pose a serious risk to you or your dog if it’s played with. Most commonly found around the 4th of July and New Year holidays, when fireworks and backyard pyrotechnics are most popular, some people are turning tennis balls into bombs and often leave them lying around for dogs and kids to find. Abandoned tennis ball firecrackers have been found both in wooded areas and in busy neighborhoods.

JUNE  2016

Thursday - June 30, 2016  -  Today in History:

1841 - The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train.
1894 - Korea declared independence from China and asked for Japanese aid.
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."
1936 - Margaret Mitchell’s book, "Gone with the Wind," was published.
1950 - U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft.
1953 - The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250.
1957 - The American occupation headquarters in Japan was dissolved.
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 Supreme Court ruled that the government could not prevent the Washington Post or the New York Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers.
1977 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced his opposition to the B-1 bomber.
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 ink.
2004 - The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit. The craft had been on a nearly seven-year journey.

World News

NATO activity on Russian borders ‘doubled,’ provoking Moscow’s response – Russian Defense Ministry
RT - NATO activity on Russia’s doorstep has “more than doubled” recently, forcing Russia to take retaliatory measures, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. “Now NATO and the US have deployed about 1,200 pieces of military equipment, including 30 combat jets, as well as more than 1,000 soldiers on the territories of the Eastern European countries on a rotational basis. The US navy ships as well as military vessels of other NATO members regularly enter the Baltic and Black Seas,” Shoigu said Wednesday at the session of the Russian Defense Ministry Board that comprises Russia’s top military command, according to a statement from the Defense Ministry. He added that NATO also continues to modernize and upgrade various military facilities in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltic States to bring them up to NATO standards. The deployment of the US anti-missile defense systems (ABM) in Eastern Europe is a source of particular concern for the Russian military, the minister said at the meeting, which was dedicated to planning and development of Russia’s western military district.

EU Army on way? EU cannot rely on NATO and needs new defence policy says Brussels chief
Express - According to a new foreign policy document from the Brussels-based institution to be handed to EU leaders next week, a “credible European defence” is also essential to preserve good relations with the US. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s Global Strategy document states that “as Europeans we must take greater responsibility for our security”. The white paper, seen by Politico, adds: “While NATO exists to defend its members — most of which are European — from external attack, Europeans must be better equipped, trained and organized to contribute decisively to such collective efforts, as well as to act autonomously if and when necessary…. While it stresses that “NATO remains the primary framework for most member states”, it goes on to urge EU members to “channel a sufficient level of expenditure to defence”. The document will be seized on by Eurosceptics as proof of a plot to set up an EU army – a notion that has been widely dismissed by diplomats in Brussels and London. The warning of a European army was at the core of the Brexit campaign and became a hot topic with both sides trading blows over the truth of claims Brussels wanted to create a NATO-style organization. America subsidises European defence by vastly outspending all other NATO members and the EU believes a stronger continental force would take the pressure off the Pentagon.

Turkey to Replace UK in EU?
Kit Daniels - German chancellor Angel Merkel was pushing to allow Turkey into the EU, which was one of the primary reasons why the UK voted to leave the unelected bureaucracy; allowing Turkey in the EU would give nearly 75 million Muslims freedom of movement and jobs within member-states, and ISIS uses Turkey as a home base. King Abdullah of Jordan even said Turkey was already exporting ISIS-linked terrorists to Europe. “The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy,” the monarch said. “Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.” And a Middle Eastern journalist, Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, revealed the extent of Turkey’s dealings with ISIS. “A senior Western official familiar with a large cache of intelligence obtained this summer from a major raid on an ISIS safehouse told the Guardian that “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members was now ‘undeniable,’” he reported in 2015. “The same official confirmed that Turkey, a longstanding member of NATO, is not just supporting ISIS, but also other jihadist groups, including Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.”

Black box data points to fire on board EgyptAir MS804 flight before crash
RT - Data retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir flight recorders has confirmed reports suggesting that the plane caught on fire before disappearing from radars and plunging into the Mediterranean, killing 66 passengers in May, investigators said. “Recorded data is showing consistency with ACARS [Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System] messages of lavatory and avionics smoke,” the aircraft investigation committee reported after it embarked on examining the contents of one of two black boxes retrieved from the Mediterranean. The heat damage incurred to the debris and the signs of soot on the wreckage is another evidence in support of the fire on board version, the committee added.

Russia prolongs Western food embargo until end of 2017
RT - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that prolongs economic sanctions on some Western products from August of this year until the end of 2017. A ban on importing certain agricultural produce, foods and raw materials from countries that have sanctioned Russia was first introduced in the summer of 2014. Moscow extended its counter measures in response to anti-Russia sanctions in June last year. The latest decree, aimed at "protecting Russia's national interests," followed suggestions put forward by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in late May. Medvedev tasked the government with preparing a package of measures that would potentially be in force until late 2017. The draft package was then introduced to the president…. Despite a number of Western officials opposing an economic stand-off with Russia and saying that it is their economies that suffer, the EU is likely to prolong its sanctions against Moscow through January 2017, Reuters reported last week, citing diplomatic sources. The decision has yet to be formally approved by the bloc's ministers in Brussels.

France wants sanctions on Russia lifted soon – foreign minister
RT - Sanctions against Russia should be lifted as soon as possible, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday following a meeting with his Russian counterpart, while insisting that implementation of the Minsk agreements still remain key to the process…. The process of lifting the Western sanctions on Russia is still related to Minsk agreements that aim to put an end to the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, Ayrault added, saying that “Russia should play a positive role” in their implementation. Moscow and Paris have been closely working together “in the Normandy format,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting. The countries’ foreign ministries have been “closely cooperating” and their aides have been involved too, Russia’s top diplomat said. The Normandy format includes Russia, France, Ukraine, and Germany. “The most important condition for the progress, as stated in the Minsk deal and in UN Security Council resolution, is establishment of direct dialogue between Kiev and Donbass,” Lavrov stressed.

European Commission Extends Glyphosate License without Real Restrictions
Sustainable Pulse - The unelected European Commission (EC) has unilaterally extended the license of glyphosate until the end of 2017, despite the democratic European member states creating the Great Glyphosate Rebellion by repeatedly not reaching an agreement to renew the approval of the World’s most used herbicide.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

America Provides Arms to Bahrain for Crackdowns on Pro-Democracy Protesters
Sputnik News - The Obama administration’s troubling arms trade and military relationship with the oppressive regime is being questioned by the US Senate, but a change in policy is unlikely. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of US Senators called on the State Department to reconsider military aid to Bahrain, citing the deteriorating state of human rights in the country following an escalation in crackdowns against pro-democracy demonstrations that have been ongoing for five years. The letter, from Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) comes in the wake of a June 21 State Department report to Congress that blasted the Bahraini monarchy for its wanton aggression against peaceful civilians. "The lack of due process and the criminalization of the exercise of free expression continue to undermine the progress Bahrain has made since 2011," said State Department spokesman John Kirby after fielding questions about the United States’ stance towards the Bahraini government.

Counterterrorism patrols are being installed at U.S. airports nationwide
Daily Mail - Independence Day travel chaos looms: Airports ramp up their security for holiday weekend after Istanbul attack as State Department issues advisory for Americans abroad…Millions of U.S. travelers flying during the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend will face heightened security due to the deadly attacks at Istanbul's main airport, officials said on Wednesday, adding to potential delays...A terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning while police, including a bomb squad, investigated a report of a suspicious package. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees operations at the three major airports in the New York City area, said in a statement that police had added 'high visibility patrols with tactical weapons and equipment.' The agency said it had already put in place counterterrorism patrols at various transportation hubs in the region following the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month.

Texas Judge Uses Naturalization Ceremony to Bash Trump and Guns
Breitbart - Texas held the largest naturalization ceremony this week that the Lone Star State’s capital has ever seen. The ceremony was used to assault Donald Trump, the Second Amendment, and the death penalty before 1,210 new U.S. citizens and their families and friends. The Guest of Honor, Democrat Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt told the participants flanked by voter registration tables, “I encourage everyone to register to vote and hopefully, not for that guy who is against immigrants.”… Over 1,200 immigrants from 97 countries were sworn-in, according to Time Warner Cable News in Austin. Federal district court Judge Robert Pitman presided over the ceremony. The naturalization ceremony was held just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that kept President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty order from being implemented. The Court was tied and a 4-4 vote left a lower appellate court decision blocking the executive order, as reported by Breitbart Texas. The State of Texas sued the federal government after the issuance of the order and led a 26-state coalition against the Obama Administration.

Video: Exclusive Investigation: “Refugee” men now “students” in NB school, “hitting on 14-15 year old girls”
The Rebel - Now a parent in New Brunswick says there are migrant "children" at her child's school as old as 22. These adult males "with full beards" are "hitting on the 14-15 year old girls." TheRebel media filed an Access to Information request to get to the bottom of this -- and over 2000 documents came in, with more on the way. Emails between teachers reveal what’s going on in their classrooms. What they talk about will shock you: Bullying, anti-semitism, sexual harassment, jokes about homemade bombs -- and refugee girls telling teachers they live in fear of their brothers and fathers.

U.S. Abortion Rights Reaffirmed as Supreme Court Calls Texas Clinic Closings Illegal
AllGov - Monday’s 5-3 ruling, striking down strict regulations on Texas abortion clinic, is the court’s most significant abortion ruling in more than 20 years and likely to reverberate well beyond the state’s borders. Justice Breyer rejected arguments that the Texas law was needed to safeguard women, saying the state had “no significant health-related [abortion] problem for the new law to cure.” He added that states may not unduly burden the ability of women to exercise their rights under Roe.

Another California School District Allows Guns on Campus
Breitbart - On Monday night, Kern High School District (KHSD) board members voted unanimously to allow concealed carry permit holders to brings guns on campus for self-defense. That means concealed carry will be allowed on KHSD “campuses, district property and school-sponsored events.” According to, the campus carry policy is a “blanket” one, allowing any concealed permit holder to carry as long they first get permission from the KHSD superintendent. Concealed permit holders who wish to carry on campus must submit an application for permission to Superintendent Bryon Schaefer and, if approved, they will have to re-apply for permission every two years.

DARK Act Passes Senate Committee, A Coup For Big Ag Corporations
Brandon Turbeville - On Tuesday June 23rd, it was reported that the Senate’s Agriculture Committee had reached a deal on GMO food labeling and what is essentially a slightly modified version of what clean food proponents have labeled the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know Act). Senators, corporations and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association are hailing the bill as the victory for the art of compromise…. The new bill, however, will reaffirm the alleged and disproven “scientific consensus” that GMOs are safe and allow food companies to avoid any mention of the process of genetic engineering on food packaging. GMO ingredients may be disclosed through digital codes and smart phone apps as well as phone numbers as opposed to on-package language. It would nullify the Vermont law and other laws similar to it and provide exemptions for food manufacturers that are considered very small, a designation exploited by major agricultural companies on a daily basis. The law also allows for the USDA to determine the amount of GMOs that might be present in food before it is considered a bioengineered food. Foods that have egg products, poultry and meat as main ingredients will be exempted. There are no federal penalties provided for violation of the labeling requirements.

FEMA Contractor: Unrest After 395% Food Price Spike Coming Soon
Activist Post - Preparations by various cogs of the national security complex, including FEMA, indicate a coming worldwide food shortage — and a resulting crisis marked by extreme civil unrest around the globe. As Motherboard noted of two reports published previously by CNA Corporation, but which largely escaped attention, the world’s food supply could be insufficient to maintain even current populations much further into the future. And the crisis — which several factors indicate may already be underway — may begin to worsen considerably as early as 2020. Employing a desktop game simulation of the conditions of a global food shortage, titled “Food Chain Reaction,” CNA’s Institute for Public Research brought together “65 officials from the US, Europe, Africa, India, Brazil, and key multilateral and intergovernmental institutions,” Motherboard explained. And the Institute, which oversaw the simulation, “primarily provides scientific research services for the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA].” According to the website for Food Chain Reaction: A Global Food Security Game — no commentary on Orwellian overtones needed — the “simulation and exercise intended to improve understanding of how governments, institutions, and private sector interests might interact to address a crisis in the global food system,” and took place in early November 2015.

Man faces eviction over flying American flag
American Mirror - Greeley resident Samuel Adams put an American flag up on his apartment complex balcony, then the apartment manager ordered him to take it down. The incident didn’t sit well with Adams, whose father and grandfather served in the Armed Forces, and he vented his frustrations in an online video that’s since gone viral, the Greeley Tribune reports. In the video, posted to Facebook and YouTube, Adams identified himself as a resident of Sterling Heights Apartment complex in Greeley, Colorado, and explained that he decorated his balcony in anticipation of the July 4 holiday. The letter states that “it has come to management’s attention that you have an American flag on the balcony/patio area” in violation of a signed “Community Policies” agreement. The letter quotes the policies, which specifically state that “the use of balconies and patios for the purpose of storage and/or laundry drying is prohibited. Breezeways are not to be used as a patio or storage. Please do not clutter with personal belongings. Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean and attractive condition. Outdoor and/or patio furniture is welcomed on your patio or balcony only. Gasoline and other hazardous materials are not to be stored in your apartment or storage area. Retain from having dead plants, boxes or garbage on balcony/patios at any time.” Apartment manager Pamela Buchanan told the Tribune in an email that “Sterling Heights seeks to be fair to residents by limiting displays as there could be signs, flags or decorations that may be offensive and disruptive to the community.”

Election News

Fox targeted by FEC Dems in first-ever vote to punish debate sponsorship
Washington Examiner - Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News' sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage. It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet's debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report. The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action. A Republican FEC commissioner leading that fight, Lee E. Goodman, revealed the vote to Secrets Wednesday and said the official report of the May 26 executive vote will be released Thursday.

Hillary Ignores Istanbul ISIS Attack to Focus on “Revenge Porn,” “Islamophobia”
Kit Daniels - Despite every news station reporting on the bombings, which killed 41 and injured 239, Clinton never mentioned it in her speech which also centered on “revenge porn” and “cyber stalking” as well as the aforementioned “Islamophobia.”
“I’ll do everything I can as president to figure out how we can give victims like you tools and protect yourself and others,” Clinton told the town hall audience in LA, and she didn’t mean victims of terrorism. “I’ll look to all of you — bullying online, revenge porn, cyber stalking — all too common, ruins lives, leads people to lose confidence, depression, suicide.” And while Trump was responding to the jihadi attack, Clinton was denouncing him – not ISIS – by stating “I am not sympathetic to the xenophobia, the misogyny, the homophobia, the Islamophobia… or the sort of dog whistles that Trump uses to create that fervor among a lot of his supporters.” Clinton finally released a statement on Istanbul, albeit delayed by a few hours – much like her response to the EgyptAir crash that was initially blamed on terrorism.

Paul Nehlen Donates Rifles, Armor and Drone to Border Sheriffs, Slams Paul Ryan
Breitbart - Paul Nehlen, the primary challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan, revealed exclusively to Breitbart Texas that he has personally donated over $40,000 in urgently needed rifles, body armor, and surveillance and night vision equipment to two Texas border sheriffs departments that were left in dire need by the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders. The donated items were given to Hudspeth and Colberson counties, both rural border counties that were forced to split $42,000 in governmental funding to combat an increasingly violent conflict between U.S. law enforcement agencies and Mexican transnational criminal groups (cartels). Breitbart Texas obtained an exclusive peak at Nehlen’s latest campaign ad for his fight with Paul Ryan over Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Nehlen’s ad asserts that Paul Ryan has failed to champion border security and actually champions a borderless America.

Veteran News

US Marines denounce ‘crazy political correctness’ after order to remove the word ‘man’ from job titles
The Telegraph - US Marines have been told the word “man” will be removed from their job titles in an effort to make the service more gender-neutral. The move sparked a row with some Marines taking to social media to denounce “crazy and idiotic political correctness”. A total of 19 of the 33 titles used in the Marines Corps will be renamed, the majority of those having the word “man” replaced by “Marine”. So a “basic infantryman” will now become a “basic infantry Marine”, and an “amphibious assault vehicle crewman” will soon be called an “amphibious assault vehicle Marine”. It follows a six-month review ordered by Ray Mabus, the US Naval Secretary, and an official announcement is expected this week. One official told the Marine Corps Times: "Names that were not changed, like rifleman, are steeped in Marine Corps history and ethos. Things that were changed needed to be updated." On social media Marines and former Marines called the move "pointless" and "idiotic". One said: "We have reached peak crazy." Another called it a "direct reflection on society’s crybaby political correctness". When the review was launched Secretary Mabus said: "As we achieve full integration of the force this is an opportunity to update the position titles and descriptions themselves to demonstrate, through this language, that women are included."

Economy & Business

Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over airbag, emissions control issues
Reuters - Japan's Toyota Motor Corp has recalled 3.37 million cars worldwide over possible defects involving airbags and emissions control units. The automaker on Wednesday said it was recalling 2.87 million cars over a possible fault in emissions control units. That followed an announcement late on Tuesday that 1.43 million cars needed repairs over a separate issue involving air bag inflators. About 930,000 cars are affected by both potential defects, Toyota said. Because of that overlap, it said the total number of vehicles recalled was 3.37 million. No injuries have been linked to either issue. Toyota on Wednesday said evaporative fuel emissions control units in models produced from 2006 to 2015 including the Prius, Auris compact hatchback and Corolla were prone to cracks, which could lead to fuel leaks over time. Of the 2.87 million vehicles recalled due to the emission control units, Toyota said 1.55 million are in Japan; 713,000 in Europe; 35,000 in China; and 568,000 in other areas. Late on Tuesday it recalled Prius models and Lexus CT200h cars made from 2010 to 2012 over air bag inflators that could have a small crack in a weld, which could lead to the separation of the inflator chambers. Of the 1.4 million vehicles recalled over the air bag inflators, 482,000 are in the U.S. market.

Energy & Environment

NY Residents Test Off The Charts For Dangerous Drinking Water Toxin
Brandon Turbeville - In early June at least two residents in the small upstate New York village, Hoosick Falls, were tested to have 50 times the national average of the toxic chemical PFOA (perflurooctanoic acid). Harold and Marion Stevens told News 10 ABC TV that their numbers were 159 and 104 mcg per liter respectively. The nationwide average readings for PFOA are 2.08. While this may seem like a problem more specific to Harold and Marion, the average reading for residents in Hoosick Falls is 23.5. “The average person up there is about 11 times the national average,” said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, a village representative. The reasons why the tests were conducted in the first place is because residents of Hoosick Falls launched their own effort to determine whether or not something toxic was in the water after several of them died of rare cancers. These residents suspected a nearby plastics manufacturing site as being the most likely culprit. The chemical they found in their water supply and the residents themselves – PFOA – has been linked to both kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis as well as many other illnesses. But what is even more concerning than the presence of PFOA in the water supply is that both state and local officials knew about the situation a full year before the federal Environmental Protection Agency warned residents to stop drinking their water November 2015.

EPA pushing outdated, costly ethanol fuel
Kansas City Star - The Renewable Fuel Standard forces increasing volumes of ethanol into the national fuel supply each year, regardless of demand. Volume proposals recently announced by the Environmental Protection Agency would add 700 million gallons of ethanol and other biofuels into the nation’s fuel supply in 2017, potentially pushing higher ethanol blends like E15 into the marketplace. E15 gasoline contains 15 percent ethanol. It could be costly. About 90 percent of vehicles on the road today were not designed to use E15. Extensive testing shows that E15 can cause damage to engines and fuel systems not covered by warranty. Higher ethanol content can also damage boats, classic cars, motorcycles, lawnmowers and power equipment. Consumer groups advise lower ethanol blends for these engines, but access to the ethanol-free fuel many owners demand is jeopardized by ever-increasing ethanol volume requirements. The problem could be even worse in Missouri if Senate Bill 657 is implemented. This misguided policy would make Missouri the only state that would put 100 percent of the liability for damages from any legally approved petroleum product on consumers. Also, continuing to increase ethanol volumes could drive up prices at the pump — by 26 cents per gallon, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
* Related video: Warning Not to Use E15 Gas in Your Car: FOX Business

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

8 Organic Ways To Keep Your Garden Bug-Free (No. 4 Kills Them Quick — But Is Safe For Humans!)
Off the Grid News - Conventional pesticides kill both good and bad bugs, leaving no natural controls that keep pests in check. As a result, pests are replaced with even tougher, chemical-resistant super-pests, with no beneficial insects left behind to maintain control…. 1. Beneficial insects. Such as lacewings, ladybugs, ground beetles, pirate bugs, parasitic wasps, praying mantis and hover-flies. Beneficial insects have preferred targets, so a healthy diversity of helpful bugs will help control a variety of pests, such as aphids, thrips, scale, mites and whiteflies. 2. Beneficial plants. Many blooming plants attract beneficial insects. For example, try alyssum, cosmos, Shasta daisy, yarrow, calendula and coreopsis, as well as herbs like dill, fennel, lemon balm, parsley and coriander. On the other hand, some plants, most notably marigolds, may help deter harmful pests. 3. Handpicking. Although it isn’t anybody’s favorite job, picking pests by hand is a highly effective natural pest control technique made easier with a good pair of gardening gloves. Most pickable insects, including caterpillars, slugs and tomato hornworms, are most active at dusk. 4. Diatomaceous earth. This powdery substance is made of the skeletal remains of tiny marine creatures known as diatoms. The abrasive dust abrades the outer covering of soft-bodied pests like potato beetles, squash bugs, slugs, snails, aphids, whiteflies and others, causing the pest to dry out and die. Although diatomaceous earth is safe, wear a dust mask because the dust can irritate your lungs.


Malaria Vaccine Can Cause Negative 'Rebound Effect,' Study Says
Motherboard - A vaccine for malaria has been a long-time dream for researchers, but it’s no easy feat. Now, a new study on our most advanced vaccine shows its efficacy not only wanes, but it can also make some kids get more bouts of malaria later in life. In a seven-year follow up of the Phase II trial of the RTS,S vaccine—the malaria vaccine that has been in development the longest—researchers found the vaccine significantly dropped in efficacy over time. In fact, for some areas with high rates of malaria, the vaccine actually had a negative effect, according to the paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday. “We don’t know the extent of the problem. I think it raises a question that needs to be followed up on,” Dr. Philip Bejon, Director of the Wellcome-KEMRI-Oxford Collaborative Research Programme and co-author of the study, told me on the phone from Kenya. Early in the trial, the vaccine was fairly effective, with a 27 percent efficacy against a first episode of malaria after vaccination. But over time, the efficacy waned: By the end of seven years, the overall efficacy was 4.4 percent. What’s more worrisome is that, in areas where trial participants had high exposure to malaria, there was a negative effect: Those vaccinated actually got more cases of malaria than the control group by the end of the trial.

Every Cell in Your Bones Cries When You Neglect This Vital Nutrient
Dr. Mercola - Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, which is why maintaining a healthy level is so important. Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm your bones, leading them to become thin, brittle, soft or misshapen. But vitamin D is equally important for your heart, brain, immune function and much more. For example, there's an important connection between insufficient vitamin D and insulin resistance and/or diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. According to recent research, vitamin D deficiency affects your glucose metabolism and may actually be more closely linked to diabetes than obesity. According to recent research, vitamin D deficiency affects your glucose metabolism and may actually be more closely linked to diabetes than obesity. In a study of 118 people, those with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, regardless of their weight…. Certain drugs can raise your risk of metabolic dysfunction. For example, statin drugs can trigger drug-induced diabetes. Atypical antipsychotics such as quetiapine, a bipolar medication, have also been linked to an increased risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes. In the latter case, research suggests vitamin D3 may counteract these effects.

Alzheimer’s Association says mercury fillings, aluminum, flu shots and aspartame do not effect brain health
(NaturalHealth365) Many experts from the scientific and medical communities have identified factors such as toxic mercury fillings, daily exposure to aluminum, flu shots and aspartame as among the many environmental toxins known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. So, why does the Alzheimer’s Association appear to be clueless?… The organization’s policies and public statements relating to the dementia appear to be carefully shaped by some of its largest monetary supporters. The organization receives a substantial amount of donations from a list of companies that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than offering visitors the full spectrum of available research, the association is taking positions that favor wealthy pharmaceutical interests. As a result of their activities: the unsuspecting general public remains in the dark about the contributing factors for Alzheimer’s – which leads to a greater risk of developing the disease.
* Related: The Alzheimer's and Dementia Summit is online and FREE from July 25 - August 1, 2016.

Wednesday - June 29, 2016  -  Today in History:

1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.
1767 - The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America.
1776 - The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor.
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.
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 Korea.
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.
1954 - The Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access to classified information.
1955 - The Soviet Union sent tanks to Poznan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.
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.
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.

World News

Over 30 killed, 100+ injured as blasts rock Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
RT - At least 36 people have been killed and over 140 more injured in two blasts that rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, according to Turkish officials. The explosions were reportedly suicide bomb attacks. The blasts occurred in the airport’s International Arrivals Terminal. A Turkish official confirmed to Reuters that two explosions have hit the airport. According to some Turkish media, the blasts were terrorist attacks targeting two separate locations in the airport…. Islamic State might have been behind the attack, a police source told Dogan news agency. However, the Turkish authorities have not yet confirmed the claim, saying it is too early to draw conclusions, a Turkish official told Reuters. The deadly blasts coincide with the second anniversary of the declaration of the so-called Caliphate by the terror group.
* Related: Blasts rock Istanbul’s largest airport Live updates

European Parliament Plans To Remove English As An Official Language
Zero Hedge - Danuta Hubner, the head of the European Parliament's Constitutional Afairs Committee (AFCO), warned Monday that English will not be one of the European Union's official languages after Britain leaves the EU. As Politico reports, English is one of the EU's 24 official languages because the UK identified it as its own official language, Hubner said. But as soon as Britain completes the process to leave the EU, English could lose its status…. As we reported, during a Tuesday speech to EU lawmakers European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker didn't speak any English, instead making the speech only in French and German. The games started much earlier than Tuesday however. According to the WSJ, last Friday and over the weekend, Juncker gave statements and interviews only to German media, a decision that officials said was deliberate. Then on Monday during the commission's daily media briefing, chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas made his opening statement at in French only, rather than the usual French and English…. We suspect that these childish games will continue from the elites who are lashing out in any way possible after being defeated.

UK stripped of top ‘AAA’ credit rating after voting to quit EU
RT - International rating agencies Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s have all downgraded Britain, following the country’s vote to leave the EU. S&P lowered the UK sovereign rating by two notches - to AA from AAA, and maintained a negative outlook which means further downgrades could follow in the coming months. The EU referendum result could lead to "a deterioration of the UK's economic performance, including its large financial services sector,” said S&P. It described the choice to leave the EU as a “seminal event” that would weaken the “predictability, stability, and effectiveness” of UK policymaking.

Wake-Up Call America: Iceland's New President Has Never Been A Politician
Zero Hedge - Following the resignation of Icleand’s former prime minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who quit after being implicated in fraud by the release of the Panama Papers in April of 2016, the public has again grown impatient with the political class. While another US presidential election enters the severe mud-slinging phase, this time between a career politician with an alleged lengthy criminal past, and an arrogant celebrity businessman, Iceland has just demonstrated that a true political outsider and common person can be elected to the office of president. Guðni Jóhannesson, a professor of history, has just been elected president of Iceland, ousting the 20 year incumbent, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, with 39% of the popular vote. The political newcomer also beat chief opponent, businesswoman Halla Tómasdóttir, meaning that the office of president will not be held by a career politician or businessperson. President elect Jóhannesson, a scholastic expert on political history, diplomacy and the Iceland constitution, has never been a member of a political party, is a husband and father, and reportedly chose to run for president after the release of the Panama Papers,

Italian senate refuses to back automatic renewal of anti-Russian sanctions
RT - The Upper House of the Italian Parliament has adopted a resolution opposing the automatic renewal of anti-Russian sanctions. The text of the resolution, proposed by the opposition Northern League, was approved by a majority vote. The resolution lists a set of recommendations to the Italian government on key issues that will be raised at the EU summit on June 28-29. Among other things it commits the government “to argue that the sanctions against Russia will not be renewed automatically,” according to the Italian Senate session records. Drafted by the deputy head of the senate and national coordinator of the Northern League, Roberto Calderoli, the resolution also mentions migrants and refugees issue as well as the situation around the UK leaving the EU following a referendum.

Rio police protest unpaid wages as Olympics security collapse looms
RT - Rio de Janeiro police rallied against the non-payment wages and even a lack of basic supplies such as toilet paper on Monday. The city, still awaiting a bailout by Brazil’s central government, is to host the Olympics in August, yet its governor says, “It could be a big failure.” Some 300 officers took to the streets of Brazil’s second-largest city on Monday to demand their salaries be paid by the government in full and to express anger over unbearable environment at work where they experience shortfall of such basics as water, ink or toilet paper. One police officer at the rally, which had gathered next to the city’s state assembly, told AFP that he had received only half his pay last month, adding that he hasn’t been paid his overtime “for five months either.” Apart from constant underpayment, police are plagued by the lack of necessary equipment, such as helicopters, fuel for cars as well as basic hygiene and office supplies.

Zika Virus

New doubts on Zika as cause of microcephaly
ScienceDaily - Brazil's microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery -- if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the microcephaly rate soared with more than 1,500 confirmed cases. But in Colombia, a recent study of nearly 12,000 pregnant women infected with Zika found zero microcephaly cases. If Zika is to blame for microcephaly, where are the missing cases?... The NECSI [New England Complex Systems Institute] report analyzes the data and shows that the four cases of Zika and microcephaly that have been observed till April 28 are just what would be expected due to the background rate -- of the 60,000 pregnancies about 20,000 births would already be expected. The expected microcephaly rate for countries with no reported infections of 2-in-10,000 births gives exactly four cases.

Senate Democrats block Zika funding bill over GOP provisions
RT - A Republican bill that proposed $1.1 billion to counter the Zika virus failed in the US Senate, as Democrats who opposed the measure said the legislation was chocked full of unrelated measures and funding restrictions for reproductive health outlets. The bill failed on Tuesday in a nearly clean party-line vote of 52-48, falling short of the 60 votes necessary for passage. Democrats said they could not support the measure for several, unrelated provisions, including limits to funding for healthcare providers of birth control, as well as weakened standards for pesticide use near water sources.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Mexican President Demands U.S. Merge With Mexico, Canada
Kit Daniels - In response to Brexit, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is calling for a EU-style “North American Union.” Nieto is attending a North American leaders summit in Ottawa on Wednesday to push the years-long, globalist proposal that would combine the U.S., Mexico and Canada into a regional entity at the expense of U.S. national sovereignty, which starts with joint energy agreements. “The purpose of this visit is to renew our bilateral relationship, to give it new life, to find ways to advance the prosperity and competitiveness of North America,” Nieto said, with emphasis added on North America.

Clinton Slams Benghazi Report As "Discredited, Conspiracy Theories"
Zero Hedge - On Tuesday, after more than two years of work and $7 million in expense, the House Select Committee on Benghazi released a massive, 800-page report which according to The Hill, is filled with new criticism of Hillary Clinton. The full report can be found here, and the key highlights are as follows: What has also emerged is a picture of the State Department eating up valuable time by insisting that certain elements of the U.S. military respond to Libya in civilian clothes and that it not use vehicles with United States markings. Both restrictions appear to have been concessions to the Libyan government that did not want an identifiable U.S. military presence on the streets of Libya. We will never know exactly how long these conditions delayed the military response but that they were even a part of the discussion is troubling. And at the same time the State Department appeared to waste time on what our soldiers would wear, it also appeared to waste time and focus on the YouTube video that the administration would later blame, falsely, for the attack. It has emerged that during an emergency call at 7:30 p.m. on the night of the attack involving Secretary Clinton and other high-level officials from the Department of Defense, State Department, and CIA that a full five of the eleven action items from the meeting related to the video.
* Related: Judicial Watch Statement on House Benghazi Report

Seven Refugees With Active TB Sent to Idaho
Breitbart - This makes Idaho the seventh state to confirm to Breitbart News that recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB. The other states in which recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB include: Louisiana (twenty-one), Florida (eleven), Colorado, (ten), Indiana (four), Kentucky (where nine were diagnosed in one county), and North Dakota (where four refugees who resided in the United States for less than five years were diagnosed in one county). Idaho is one of fourteen states that have withdrawn from the federal refugee resettlement program where the federal government has hired a voluntary agency (VOLAG) to resettle refugees under the statutorily questionable Wilson Fish alternative program. In Idaho, the federal government has contracted the Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR), a division of the large non-profit known as Janus, to run the program. Janus is one of the largest organizations within the lucrative and politically connected refugee resettlement industry, which is paid more than $1 billion per year by the federal government. Jan Reeves, the man who runs IOR, was honored by the Obama administration at the White House in 2013 as a “champion of change.”

Border Agent: Vast Majority of Illegals Released into Country – Disease or No Disease
Adan Salazar - Border agent Chris Cabrera, also vice president of the National Border Patrol Council 3307, said the respiratory disease tuberculosis is encountered “pretty regularly,” and that little has been done to improve the quarantine areas where illegals who harbor communicable diseases are detained. “We see tuberculosis pretty regularly. Scabies – more often than not we have large amounts of infectious diseases as far as scabies go,” the border patrol council spokesperson stated. “And the interesting part with that is it’s not actually seen on the body during the infectious period. And so these people clear through our system and then they go into the rest of the country with that disease.” “We see a lot of measles, a lot of chickenpox a lot of unidentified illnesses, a lot of lung infections that we don’t even know what we have no idea what they are.” Cabrera had claimed in 2014 that detainment facilities were lacking in adequate medical resources, describing areas cordoning off sick illegal immigrants as little more than a yellow strip of caution tape.

Election News

Obama: “Trump Embodies Global Elites”
Steve Watson - Obama made the comments during an exchange with a npr reporter. When asked if there is a correlation between the rejection of globalism in Britain following the vote to leave the EU and the rejection of the political establishment in the US, a clearly frustrated Obama hit out at Trump. “Mr. Trump embodies global elites and has taken full advantage of it his entire life,” Obama said while sardonically chuckling to himself. “So, he’s hardly a spokesperson — a legitimate spokesperson — for a populist surge from working class people on either side of the Atlantic.” Obama went on to say that some of the concerns regarding a loss of national identity and control, particularly where immigration is concerned are shared by people in Britain and the US. However, he then blamed “xenophobia that’s flashing up not just in Great Britain but throughout Europe which has some parallels with what Mr Trump has been trying to stir up here.” “The ability to tap into a fear that people may have about losing control, and to offer some sort of vague nostalgic feelings about how we’ll ‘make Britain great again’ or ‘make America great again’, and the subtext for that is somehow that a bunch of foreigners and funny looking people are coming in and changing the basic character of the nation – I think that some of that is out there.” Obama said. Obama added that the declarations of globalism collapsing are premature.

Full transcript: Donald Trump's jobs plan speech
Politico - “ This wave of globalization has wiped out our middle class. It doesn't have to be this way. We can turn it all around - and we can turn it around fast. But if we're going to deliver real change, we're going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pushed by powerful corporations, media elites, and political dynasties. The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything - and say anything - to keep things exactly as they are. The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge nothing will ever change….”
* Related Video: Full Speech: Donald Trump Delivers Economic Policy Speech in Monessen, PA

Hillary Clinton’s Vow To College Grads: I’ll Outsource Your Jobs To Foreign Graduates
Breitbart - Hillary Clinton today promised her donors to provide Green Cards to an unlimited number of foreign white-collar professionals, even though the predictable flood of university-trained labor would drown the lifetime wages and career prospects of her college-educated American supporters. The open-borders promise to foreign graduates is posted at her campaign, and is titled “Hillary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation.”… The promise was slammed by Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate’s immigration panel. There are more college graduates in the U.S. today than at any point in our history, many have trouble finding meaningful work in their field of study. Many are underemployed, taking jobs well below their skill level simply to make ends meet … Yet, today, candidate Hillary Clinton announced that if elected president, she would ‘staple’ a green card to STEM master’s degrees and PhDs of every graduate – enabling foreign students to get green cards and thus be able to remain in the U.S. permanently and take any job,” he said in a press release…. “ In contrast, Donald Trump has promise to reform the main H-1B guest-worker program so that companies are forced to hire Americans instead of cheaper foreign college-graduates. Clinton’s foundation has hired many foreign guest-workers instead of Americans.

Energy & Environment

Danger of Living Near Fracking Sites: High Toxic Levels Found in Humans
Sputnik News - The study was conducted in Pavillion, Wyoming, using air-monitoring methods and biomonitoring techniques. "Many of those chemicals were present in the participants' bodies at concentrations far exceeding background averages in the US population," the authors of the study, entitled "When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities," reported. The study focused on BTEX chemicals found in fracking operations, such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes, which have been found to be harmful to humans at any level…. The small town of Pavillion has only 250 residents and sits in close proximity to roughly 180 drilling operations. In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that the operations may have contaminated the town's water supply. Two years later, however, the EPA handed their investigation over to the state of Wyoming, after criticism from local energy industries and the state's fossil fuel regulators. Once the investigation was in their hands, state regulators stopped all research, despite an alert from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry that residents not use tap water for drinking, cooking, or bathing.

Science & Technology

US Customs Wants to Screen Social Media for National Security
Sputnik News - The agency wants to add a line to the form tourists must submit, particularly for people who don’t have a visa and wish to stay in the US for ninety days. This is being put forth as a national security measure, and authorities proponents stress that while people won’t be forced to disclose the information, not doing so could raise red flags. Radio Sputnik speaks with Chief Victor Manjarrez Jr. of the international security and intelligence consulting firm Command Consulting Group about the implication of this proposed measure. Manjarrez says that social media has become a new frontier for "homeland security practitioners," noting that there are roughly 1.7 billion active Facebook users worldwide and that these profiles function as a kind of "digital footprint.”… When asked if he thought innocent people will be affected by the new proposal, Manjarrez said he thinks it’s inevitable. "I believe their applications may get delayed for a lengthy time if their name matches that of someone on a terrorist watch list."

What happens in an internet second: 54,907 Google searches, 7,252 tweets, 125,406 YouTube video views and 2,501,018 emails sent
Daily Mail | The internet is a hectic place and at any given moment millions of people are searching, tweeting and emailing all at once. Internet Live Stats created a live map that shows exactly how much activity is happening around the globe –down to the second. Every second more than 54,000 Google searchers are conducted, 7,000 some Tweets are shared and more than 2 million emails are sent -67 percent of which are deemed spam. Click here to see the latest stats Although one second doesn’t seem like much in the real world, it means quite a lot on the internet. About 46.1 percent of the world is online, which is about 3.4 billion people – although there are still 4 billion people without access to the internet.


Scientists link Tylenol PM, Benadryl and other common allergy meds to dementia and permanent cognitive impairment
(NaturalNews) An antihistamine called diphenhydramine can boost a person's risk of dementia and cause irreparable harm. This drug causes drowsiness and can be found in popular sleep aids like ZZZQuil, Advil PM, and Tylenol PM. Diphenhydramine is an anticholinergic drug. Recently released research shows that older adults who take anticholinergic drugs on a regular basis performed worse on tests measuring important skills such as short-term memory, problem solving, planning and verbal reasoning. Even more disturbingly, MRI scans indicated that these people's brains had actually shrunk, while PET scans showed their brains were not as active. Moreover, people who took anticholinergic drugs also showed lower glucose metabolism levels in their brains overall and in the hippocampus in particular, which is strongly tied to memory and one of the first areas affected by Alzheimer’s…. A 2013 study out of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research revealed that strong anticholinergic drugs could lead to cognitive problems after just 60 days.

8 Natural Herbs To Treat Mental Disorders: Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Natural News Blogs - Approximately 14.8 million American adults are affected yearly with such disorders. And instead of resorting to sedative drugs that can reflect side effects such as addiction, weight gain and frenzy behavior. Alternative medicine offers you the same therapeutic properties using only natural elements. Herbs to treat depression, stress and anxiety: 1 – St. John’s wort herb… Herbal experts consider it one of the best anti-depressants and prescribed for the treatment of light and moderate depression. 2 – Rhodiola Rosea or the Golden Root… The roots are used in Scandinavia for the treatment of seasonal depression, which is associated with the absence of sunny skies as well as being an excellent stimulant and substitute for anti-anxiety medication as it helps to regulate the production of adrenaline and improving sleep in people who suffer from insomnia. 3 – Valerian… You can use this herb to reduce tension and anxiety by putting dried roots in boiling water and drink from it twice a day. And you can also add boiled valerian to your bath to release tension and stress. 4 – Ginseng… The advantage of this plant is that it helps to increase the body’s ability to cope with stress and fatigue of different situations you encounter every day. To take advantage of its unique properties, take ginseng on a daily basis, for example, in the form of capsules containing 3 or 7 percent of the “ginsenoside”.

Pet News

A Third of Cats Have This by Age 6, but You Likely Don't Know
Dr. Becker - Estimates are that about a third of adult cats have arthritis by age 6, and up to 90 percent of kitties over the age of 12 have some degree of arthritis. Two major contributors to feline arthritis are a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. To prevent or alleviate arthritis in your cat, it’s important to keep him at a healthy weight, feed a biologically appropriate diet, and insure he remains physically active throughout his life. It’s also important to team up with an integrative veterinarian who uses a multimodal approach to treat arthritic patients. An arthritic cat’s symptoms should be routinely monitored to insure the treatment protocol evolves according to the changing needs of the patient.

Bystanders Smash Window to Rescue Dog from Hot Car (Video)
Dogington Post - It was a sunny Sunday in Katy, Texas, with temperatures reaching into the low 90’s when concerned dog lovers gathered around a car parked in Lowe’s home improvement store parking lot, worried for the yellow Lab locked inside, panting heavily while the windows were rolled all the way up. Store managers paged the dog’s owner several times, hoping he’d come outside and end his dog’s suffering. But, after about 30 minutes with no response, the group outside collectively decided to take matters into their own hands…. After smashing a rear window with a tire iron, Lowe’s employees took the dog inside the store where he was given water and reunited with his owner who said he was only in the car for 20 minutes and was perfectly fine. Temperatures inside a car parked in full sun on a hot day can reach dangerous, life-threatening levels within only a few minutes…. Although in Texas dogs are considered property and those bystanders risked facing criminal charges for their part in rescuing the dog, the Harris County District Attorney’s office says no charges will be filed.

Tuesday - June 28, 2016  -  Today in History:

1776 - American Colonists repulsed a British sea attack on Charleston, SC.
1778 - Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carried water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth and, supposedly, took her husband's place at his gun after he was overcome with heat.
1894 - The U.S. Congress made Labor Day a U.S. national holiday.
1902 - The U.S. Congress passed the Spooner bill, it authorized a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama.
1919 - The Treaty of Versailles was signed ending World War I exactly five years after it began. The treaty also established the League of Nations.
1938 - The U.S. Congress created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.
1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.
1949 - The last U.S. combat troops were called home from Korea, leaving only 500 advisers.
1950 - North Korean forces captured Seoul, South Korea.
1960 - In Cuba, Fidel Castro confiscated American-owned oil refineries without compensation.
1965 - The first commercial satellite began communications service. It was Early Bird (Intelsat I).
1967 - Israel formally declared Jerusalem reunified under its sovereignty following its capture of the Arab sector in the June 1967 war.
1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon announced that no new draftees would be sent to Vietnam.
1976 - The first women entered the U.S. Air Force Academy.
1978 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the medical school at the University of California at Davis to admit Allan Bakke. Bakke, a white man, argued he had been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.
1996 - The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court declared that a Nebraska law that outlawed "partial birth abortions" was unconstitutional. About 30 U.S. states had similar laws at the time of the ruling.
2000 - Six-year-old Elián González returned to Cuba from the U.S. with his father. The child had been the center of an international custody dispute.
2004 - The U.S. resumed diplomatic ties with Libya after a 24-year break.
2004 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that enemy combatants could challenge their detention in U.S. Courts.
2005 - The final design for the "Freedom Tower" (One World Trade Center) was formally unveiled.
2007 - The American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list.
2010 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live.

World News

Erdogan apologizes to Putin over death of Russian pilot, calls Russia ‘friend & strategic partner’
RT - Russian President Vladimir Putin has received a letter in which his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the death of the pilot who was killed when a Russian jet was downed over the Syrian-Turkish border last November, the Kremlin said.... Ankara claimed that it attacked the Russian bomber for violating its airspace, but was never able to provide proof that any wrongdoing took place.... Russia reacted strongly to the incident, imposing a wave of sanctions against Turkey, which affected trade, tourism, joint energy projects and other areas.... The news of Erdogan’s apology had a positive effect on Turkey’s currency. The Turkish lira rallied to 2.9330 from 2.9430 against the US dollar, Reuters reported.... [Former Turkish Ambassador to the US] Osman Faruk Logoglu, said he would not rule out the possibility that Erdogan had decided to mend relations with Russia after taking advice from Washington. “These decisions aren’t taken lightly… So, you listen to your friends, including of course, the US and others,” he told RT. Washington and NATO, in general, were “preoccupied with the state of relations between Turkey and Russia,” fearing the it may result in a military confrontation between the two states, Logoglu said.

EU referendum: German and French to unveil European superstate blueprint post-Brexit
Daily Express - The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”. Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels. Controversially member states would also lose what few controls they have left over their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocating refugees.... Meanwhile Lorenzo Condign, the former director general of Italy’s treasury, has said it is nearly impossible to see Europe opting for more integration at such a time of upheaval.... But others see the Brexit vote as an opportunity to push ahead with the European elite’s long-cherished dream of creating a United States of Europe. Spain’s foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo has called for “more Europe” whilst Italy’s finance minister, Carlo Padoan, is advocating a common budget for the eurozone states. And Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, wants to go even further and set up a common eurozone treasury which would oversee the permanent transfer of funds from wealthier northern Europe to shore up Mediterranean economies.

Brexit loophole? MPs must still vote in order for Britain to leave the EU, top lawyers say
The Independent - Parliament must still vote on a bill to allow the UK to leave the European Union, leading lawyers have said. Geoffrey Robertson QC, who founded the Doughty Street Chambers, said the act which set up the referendum said “nothing” about its impact, meaning it was “purely advisory”. ,A new bill to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act that took Britain into the EU must now be passed by parliament, he said, adding that MPs might not be able to vote until November when the economic effects of Brexit will be clearer. “Under our constitution, speaking as a constitutional lawyer, sovereignty rests in what we call the Queen in parliament,” he told The Independent. “It’s the right of MPs alone to make or break laws, and the peers to block them. So there’s no force whatsoever in the referendum result. It’s entirely for MPs to decide.

Stocks, pound fall again due to U.K. vote uncertainty
Washington Times - U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading Monday following another slide in European markets as investors grappled with the fallout of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The British pound, which last week plunged to its lowest level since 1985, continued to fall as traders expected the British economy would take a hit.... European stock markets added to their painful losses from Friday, when concern over the vote outcome wiped out $2.1 trillion of stock value from Hong Kong to London to New York.... Britain’s FTSE 100 was down 2 percent, while Germany’s DAX was down 1.8 percent. France’s CAC 40 was down 2.1 percent. Traders were watching for more aftershocks as EU leaders press London to start the complex process of leaving the 28-nation trading bloc. Prime Minister David Cameron wants to wait several months.... In currency markets, the euro weakened to $1.1006 from $1.1121 in Friday’s trading, while the yen fell to 101.64 from 102.24. The British pound slid to $1.3218 from $1.3638, despite the British Treasury’s reassurances that the economy was strong enough to withstand the uncertainty.

Earthquakes Cause Giant Natural Gas Field To Cut Production By 44% - The development came at the Groningen natgas field in the Netherlands. The largest producing field in Western Europe — and one of the world’s top 10 gas fields by size. Groningen’s massive size has been an issue lately though, with drawdown from the field having caused seismic events in the areas above and surrounding the field.... The further cuts announced Friday come after high-level Dutch regulatory body the Council of State ordered the government to take more action in protecting the public. With Minister Kamp saying that the new production cap would “reduce safety risks to Groningen’s residents and damage to buildings.” The Minister did say that production could be increased above the quota in the event of exceptionally cold weather or other instances of strict necessity. But overall it appears that Groningen’s output is going to be 44 percent lower than it was less than two years ago — which could put upward pressure on prices in the European market.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Bill Requiring Women to Register for the Draft Passes Senate - A provision that would require women to register for the military draft alongside men for the first time in American history was included as part of the massive 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate handily on Tuesday with an 85-13 vote.
The language requiring the draft for women was added in committee and received little debate on the Senate floor, but has created a firestorm of controversy on and off Capitol Hill. It comes as the military services welcome women into previously closed ground combat units in keeping with a mandate from Defense Secretary Ash Carter given late last year.

UN Tank Vehicles Spotted Moving Across U.S.: "Peace Keepers and Potential for Civil Unrest"
Mac Slavo - Why are these MRAP tank-like vehicles, bearing United Nations decals, being transported across the interior United States? An explanation is not immediately apparent, there have been many suggested explanations. As Brandon Turbeville writes: For the past day or so, military convoys have been witnessed traveling both North and South, with lines of equipment ranging from Humvees, troop transport trucks, and tankers to military personnel following the convoy in civilian vehicles. Interestingly enough, many of the soldiers traveling in the convoy were seen wearing helmets, an unusual procedure for a simple convoy... the controversy brewing in the United States elections and the potential for civil unrest, the dangers of economic collapse, and the potential conflict with Russia are all potentials for use of United Nations “peace keepers” inside the United States as many have posited in the past as well as for some type of “martial law” scenario..... One commenter on The American Mirror, where the sightings were discussed, seems certain that the explanation is nothing more than the shipment of UN vehicles produced by military defense contractor BAE for overseas shipment: They’re built at the BAE Systems plant in York, PA. From there they carried down I-81 to I-77, and then I-95 towards the port of Savannah to be shipped overseas.

Hundreds of police-issued weapons missing from Bay Area, California agencies
Blacklisted News - In all, since 2010, at least 944 guns have disappeared from police in the Bay Area and state and federal agents across California — an average of one almost every other day — and fewer than 20 percent have been recovered.... Stockton police list two Colt assault rifles as lost, although Lt. Rodney Rego said they were probably stolen when a police building being closed was burglarized.... San Jose lost track of 324 guns, with records showing the city’s lax controls failed to track whether officers took their weapons with them when they retired.... San Francisco, the region’s other large department, keeps documented track of rifles and shotguns, a spokesman said, but not pistols. Oakland police have historically “done a very poor job” of keeping track of weapons, working with “a system that is really lousy,” said Lt. Sekou Millington, commander of the department’s training office.... A 2011 report showed 305 missing weapons, and follow-ups have added to the total. Forty-seven have turned up, but most are gone.

Case of possible misconduct by FBI in LaVoy Finicum shooting now before grand jury
Oregon Live.- The federal investigation into an FBI agent's apparent firing of gunshots at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum and the alleged FBI tampering with evidence at the scene has gone to a grand jury. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Gorder Jr. revealed the grand jury hearing in court papers Thursday explaining the government's desire to keep its memorandum about the inspector general's investigation into the FBI's handling of the Jan. 26 shooting out of the hands of defense lawyers.... Late Wednesday, [U.S. District Judge] Brown said she'd allow prosecutors to file the memo under seal, but ruled it must be shared with defense lawyers.... Finicum, the occupation spokesman, evaded the police stop on U.S. 395 and swerved his truck into a snowbank to avoid an FBI and state police roadblock. As he emerged from the truck, two shots were fired from an FBI agent with the Hostage Rescue Team, though none of the team members admitted to discharging their firearms, the Deschutes County sheriff alleges. Oregon investigators concluded that one agent fired twice at the truck, hitting it in the roof and missing on the second shot. A state trooper later described to investigators seeing two rifle casings in the area where the agents were posted. Detectives investigating didn't find the casings, police reports indicated.

Gun Rights SCOTUS Ruling Has Far Reaching Implications
Western Journalism - The case, Stephen Voisine vs. The United States, “involves two plaintiffs who were convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes and were subsequently denied their rights to own a firearm, although no one was seriously injured during the commission of the crimes.... The SCOTUS concluded individuals convicted of “reckless domestic assault,” a misdemeanor, can now have their gun rights revoked and receive a lifetime ban on ownership of firearms.... The ruling passed with a 6-2 vote, with Justice Elena Kagan writing the opinion of the court. “In sum, Congress’s definition of a ‘misdemeanor crime of violence’ contains no exclusion for convictions based on reckless behavior.... Justice Thomas offered the dissenting opinion. Thomas said a crime as simple as texting while driving can now result in an assault conviction which may now give way to a lifetime ban on that individual’s right to own a gun. He wrote, “And while it may be true that such incidents are rarely prosecuted, this decision leaves the right to keep and bear arms up to the discretion of federal, state and local prosecutors.”

Supreme Court Strikes Down Modest Abortion Restrictions
Breitbart - Pro-life supporters suffered their worst defeat in many years on Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, as Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with pro-abortion forces for the first time since 1992, striking down Texas’s HB2 for violating abortion rights. HB2 is a statute requiring abortion doctors in the Lone Star State to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion clinic. The state law also requires every abortion facility to meet the equipment and sanitation standards of an ambulatory surgical center.

'Fear, American Style' preschoolers practicing lockdowns
MassPrivateI - A mother posted the above picture of her three-year-old daughter practicing a lockdown at home. Congratulations, DHS and police. You've done what no parent could have dreamed of twenty years ago, you given kids new nightmares. Instead of kids being afraid of the dark or monsters under the bed, they're now afraid of being killed in school…. Teaching preschool kids and K-12 students to run and hide from an active shooter (terrorist) has become a way of life and a business…. Business are being paid to conduct active shooter drills nationwide at schools, churches, hospitals, businesses, sports stadiums etc. The ALICE Training Institute gets paid to teach schools how to defend themselves against active shooters. Sage Dynamics, ACT Cert and the Center Mass Group are just some of the companies profiting from active shooter drills. Not to be outdone, DHS and the FBI created a “Run, Hide, Fight” program that teaches people how to defend themselves against active shooters.

Election News

Hillary's Lead Over Trump Is Either 1% Or 12% Depending On Which Poll You Believe
Zero Hedge - There have been two new polls released recently by major media outlets, each with vastly different results.... An ABC/Washington Post poll shows that Hillary Clinton has a dominating 12 percentage point lead over Donald Trump among registered voters. The poll was conducted June 20-23, and included 836 registered voters.... On the other hand, the WSJ ran a poll during the same time period, June 19-23, and after asking 1,000 registered voters the outcome was significantly different. The WSJ shows that Trump only trails Clinton by just 5 percentage points. The same polls shows, that if another third party candidate is introduced, Trump is essentially tied with Clinton.... Alas, how the candidates are faring thus far in the view of the public depends on which media outlet one chooses to believe, very much like the case of Brexit.

Video: Trump Chosen by God To Stop America's Destruction - Astounding 2011 Prophecy
Rick Wiles interviews retired firefighter Mark Taylor who was given this prophetic revelation in 2011. The Lord has chosen Mr. Trump to bring America back from the brink of destruction. Mr. Taylor wrote this amazing prophecy in 2011 giving us a glimpse of what's to come and why all who attack Mr. Trump will fall by the wayside. What's amazing is that this revelation has gone forth to thousands. The wrath of God has come not for the people of America but for the leaders of the establishment. The hour of judgment is upon them. The light has begun to shine and the darkness of evil will prevail no more.
* Related Article: God’s Man: Firefighter shares 2011 vision of President Trump

Economy & Business

East Coast states want to tax drivers’ travel, not their gas
The Washington Post - Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire are proposing pilots to figure out how they might charge motorists a fee for the miles they travel — rather than taxing their gas, as state and federal officials do today.... Officials would stitch together the policies and technologies needed to count the miles driven by 50 recruits from each of the four states, including state legislators, transportation officials or other willing guinea pigs. They would send out “faux invoices” monthly. And they would collect the data that legislatures — and the driving public — would require to decide if the change makes sense.... The Mineta Transportation Institute, which has polled the public on a variety of tax questions for the past seven years, found that the mileage tax was “unwaveringly unpopular.” In the latest survey, which covered 1,500 people and was released this month, the institute found that support ranged between 23 percent and 48 percent, depending on how the question was framed.... Privacy remains a key issue, including how the government can track miles traveled without raising fears of snooping on where people are going.

Another Red Flag: Growth In Fast Food Visits Has Hit A Wall
Zero Hedge - Earlier this month, Nomura came out with fresh downgrades to McDonald's, Domino's, Wendy's, and Papa John's.... Nomura downgraded those restaurants for precisely the same reasons that market research firm NPD Group points out, which is that the growth in visits to fast food restaurants has come to a complete standstill.... CEO's are confirming the slowdown, as Clifford Hudson, CEO of Sonic Corp. told investors that the consumer as become "more guarded", and is even more sensitive to prices than just a few months ago. Wendy's CEO reiterated Hudson's comments, saying "the consumer does continue to be cautious", adding that "it has been hard to really pinpoint what's driving that." Well, allow us to take a shot at that one: the economy has created low paying jobs during the "recovery", and those lower wage workers are as cost burdened as ever as they pay more and more of their income toward rent - that would be a good place to begin to look for answers.

A history lesson about your Social Security card
Bookworm Pro News - Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts. Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION message was removed…. 1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary [No longer voluntary], 2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program [Now 7.65% on the first $90,000, and 15% on the first $90,000 if you’re self-employed], 3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year [No longer tax deductible]…

Energy & Environment

TransCanada seeks $15B for rejection of Keystone pipeline
Washington Times - TransCanada Inc. filed a request for arbitration Friday under the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the State Department’s actions led the company to believe the project would win approval. Obama rejected a federal permit for the project in November, saying it would have undercut the nation’s reputation as a global leader on addressing climate change. The Calgary-based company argues that it moved forward with the project under the assumption that it would win approval, given numerous federal reviews and the government’s approval of the original Keystone pipeline. It also alleges that the administration rejected the project to bolster its environmental credentials.... Pipeline opponents said the claim highlights a problem with NAFTA as well as the proposed Tran-Pacific Partnership, which Congress has yet to ratify. Both allow foreign companies to challenge domestic laws in front of international arbitration panels, and could be used to circumvent federal environmental rules, said Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s executive director.

Science & Technology

Microsoft Sued for $10,000 After Windows 10 Auto Update Renders Woman's PC Unusable
Breitbart - [Teri] Goldstein won $10,000 in court from Microsoft after attempts by customer support to fix the issue failed, and the debacle has most likely given those opposed to the aggressive upgrade campaign a satisfied grin. Since its debut to the public last year, everyone with a Windows 7 or 8 operating system will have noticed that Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. Though it’s a free update, Microsoft haven’t reached the number of users that they want to boast on the new system and have progressively made their upgrade notifications more aggressive.... “My worry with this is that they are fundamentally manipulating the trust Windows consumers will have in Windows Update from this point going forward,” said analyst Wes Miller, who claims that the aggressive update pushes are also a security hazard due to the amount of people turning off all of their updates to avoid Windows 10.

Two Women Diagnosed with “Smartphone Blindness”
Natural Society - In the first case, a 22-year-old woman told her eye doctor that she had trouble seeing out of her right eye at night while she was in bed. This occurred multiple times a week for about a year. Each time, she said she could only see the outlines of objects with her right eye, although she didn’t have any problems with her left eye, and both eyes worked just fine during the day. Her eye doctor examined her and found that the woman’s vision was normal, and she didn’t have a blood clot. The second case involves a 40-year-old woman who told doctors she couldn’t see out of one eye when she woke up early in the morning, before sunrise. The vision problem lasted about 15 minutes, and happened off and on for about 6 months. Both doctors later learned the women’s vision problems only occurred after they’d been using a smartphone in bed. They hypothesized that, without realizing it, the patients were looking at their phone with just 1 eye, with the other blocked by a pillow while they were lying down.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Versatile ‘Survival Trees’ Every Homesteader Should Plant
Off the Grid News - The seven trees below will grow across most parts of North America, from the deep south to far north. It was tough to pick just seven: 1. Apples. I continue to feel that apples are one of the most versatile fruits we have. It’s not just because they’re good to eat, but they offer the ability to make apple cider and most significantly, apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic and an excellent resource for canning and food preservation…. 2. White willow. Willow bark has a chemical substance called salicin in the inner bark, or xylem. It’s the active ingredient in aspirin and has been infused in a tea for centuries by the Chinese and Native Americans as a pain reliever and fever reducer…. 3. Cherry. Cherry trees have both nutritional and medicinal value. The cherries, whether sweet or sour, can be used across a variety of recipes, from pies to juice. Cherry juice has been shown in clinical studies to be a powerful treatment for arthritic conditions, including gout…. 4. Oak. Oak is a slow-growing tree but it has numerous benefits. As firewood, it burns long and hot. Baby oak leaves are an excellent addition to a salad or soup. The biggest additional benefit may be the acorns. They are high in protein, calories from fat – which is important in cold weather – and can be used in a variety of ways, such as nutmeats in a meal or to make flour.


North Carolina’s Whitewater Center Where Teen Contracted Deadly Amoeba Closes
Natural Society - On June 19, 18-year-old Ohioan Lauren Seitz went whitewater rafting with her church youth group. After her boat capsized, she found herself underwater, where a brain-eating amoeba made its way up her nose. This organism ultimately killed Seitz by inducing a form of meningitis. Originally, the facility where she contracted the amoeba did not plan to shut its doors until they had done further investigating, but now the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina has indefinitely suspended all water activities…. While it was previously thought to be a one in a million occurrence, the center took measures to shut down when, after taking 11 water samples, the amoeba Naegleria Fowleri was present in all of them. The park, however, states that they use ultraviolet radiation to disinfect the water before visitors are allowed in it, which they thought would kill at least 99.9 percent of the bacteria…. This bacteria is typically found in warm, freshwater lakes and is present during the summer. But it can also breed in pipes, hot springs and pools that haven’t been well maintained.

What Is This Petrochemical "Vitamin" Doing In Infant Brains?
Green Med Info - Concerning research reveals that the infant brain is capable of absorbing and accumulating synthetic vitamin E. This petrochemical derivative may have significant downstream adverse effects on gene expression, immune function, and even neurodevelopment. A provocative new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition titled, “The naturally occurring α-tocopherol stereoisomer RRR-α-tocopherol is predominant in the human infant brain,” has found that the infant brain preferentially absorbs and accumulates the natural form of vitamin E over the synthetic form, but it does so incompletely. The researchers obtained their findings analyzing both the total α-tocopherol (RRR-α-tocopherol/natural) and α-tocopherol stereoisomers (8 different synthetic molecules) in the frontal cortex (FC), hippocampus (HPC) and visual cortex (VC) of infants (n 36) who died of sudden infant death syndrome or other conditions.

Toxic dishwasher capsule loaded with chemicals that cause severe respiratory issues and cancer
Living Traditionally -The contents of automatic dishwasher detergents are highly toxic and if you read the label it is clearly stated that it is “harmful if swallowed” and “burns skin and throat.” These following ingredients have the potential to cause long term health issues. Ammonia – Ammonia is a very volatile chemical and can be to your health. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes immediate burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract and can result in blindness, lung damage or death. Coal Tar Dyes – Coal tar dyes are artificial coloring agents that are made from petroleum distillates. Dyes in cleaning products can be absorbed through the skin or ingested in the case of soap residue on dishes. Cocamide dea – This is a chemically-modified form of coconut oil used as a foaming agent. It’s also a possible carcinogen. Chlorine bleach – Concentrated amounts of chlorine is a leading ingredient of commercial dishwashing detergents. Due to the concentration of this cleaning agent, it has also become the #1 cause of household poisoning. Each time you wash your dishes, detergent residue is left on them, which accumulates with each washing and is picked up next time you use the dish. Further, when chlorine is released, it’s fumes are also released into the air thus causing bronchial issues and asthma….

Pet News

Italian City to Use Silent Fireworks Out of Respect for Animals
The Catington Post - Cats, dogs, and other animals living in the Italian town of Collecchio will rest a little easier during city-wide celebrations as the local government mandates that only silent fireworks be used out of respect for the animals. More pets are lost, frightened, and stressed during holidays and special events in which fireworks are used in celebration than any other time of the year. When spooked by a barrage of pops, bangs, and explosions, cats often bolt, running away to escape the blasts. Each year, hundreds of pets never make it back home again. That’s why the town of Collecchio in Italy’s Parma province have passed new legislation that forces citizens to use silent fireworks as a way to minimize the fear and trauma cats, dogs, and other animals experience during the celebratory displays.
* Related: Infographic: How to Keep Canines Safe For 4th of July Fireworks

Monday - June 27, 2016  -  Today in History:

1844 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
1893 - The New York stock market crashed.
1944 - American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans three weeks after D-Day.
1957 - More than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas.
1969 - Patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an incident considered to be the birth of the gay rights movement.
1972 The video game company Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in Santa Clara, Calif.
1977 - Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was named a cardinal by Pope Paul VI.
1980 - President Jimmy Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
1985 - Route 66, which originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., passed into history as officials decertified the road.
2005 - BTK serial killer Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to 10 murders that spread fear across Wichita, Kan., beginning in the 1970s. (He later received multiple life sentences.)
2005 - In Alaska's Denali National Park, a roughly 70-million year old dinosaur track was discovered. The track was form a three-toed Cretaceous period dinosaur.
2007 - Gordon Brown became British prime minister, succeeding Tony Blair.
2011 - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted by a federal jury in Chicago of corruption. (He was later sentenced to 14 years in prison.)

World News

Russian State Duma Passes Total Ban on GMO Crops and Animals
Russia’s State Duma adopted Friday the third and final reading of a government bill that introduces a total ban on the cultivation and breeding in Russia of genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, except for scientific research purpose. The Sate Duma has also given the Russian Government the right to prevent the import of products containing GMOs in to Russia, if it is revealed that a specific GMO has a negative impact on human health and/or the environment…. The additions in the final bill included the introduction of fines that will be placed on people or companies that violate the ban: a fine of 10,000-50,000 ($150-$750) rubles for individuals and 100,000-500,000 rubles for legal entities ($1,500-$7,500).

Brexit is just the beginning of a popular revolt against elites
MarketWatch - [PM David] Cameron will step down, as political accountability in a parliamentary system demands. He miscalculated and lost big time, staking his political future on a Remain vote.... The nerve of the leader of one of the world’s oldest democracies to actually let the voting public decide the future of the nation.... he committed the unforgivable sin of allowing democracy to function, a debate to be held, and voters to choose. In doing so, Cameron has opened a Pandora’s box of insurgency against the political elite in Europe. The British vote in favor of leaving the EU will embolden euroskeptic forces in other European countries to demand their own referendums or to win sufficient support in their parliaments to break with Brussels if it cannot implement fundamental reforms.... Financial markets are throwing a colossal tantrum because investment banks and other big market players placed their Brexit bets wrong. But investors had better get used to a lot of volatility because Brexit is just the beginning. A restless, beaten-down public has drawn the first blood in a rebellion against a neoliberal economic orthodoxy committed to globalization that has sucked the life out of whole communities and blighted the future of a generation.

Brexit Panic-Monger Osborne To Make Statement "To Calm Markets"
Zero Hedge - Just days after spreading fear and panic over the outcome of a Brexit vote, propangandizing that The UK will sufffer "years of recession," UK Chancellor George Osborne will issue a statement early on Monday morning in a bid to calm markets after the surprise Brexit vote triggered turmoil on Friday. A week ago, IBTimes reports, up to 800,000 jobs across the UK could be axed if Britain broke away from the EU, George Osborne has warned. The chancellor, speaking at home improvement store B&Q, claimed a 'Leave' vote at the 23 June referendum would almost immediately trigger a year-long "DIY recession".... But now that it is done, Osborne is coming out to calm markets.... A Treasury spokesman said: "The Chancellor will make a statement to provide reassurance about financial and economic stability in light of the referendum result and the actions that he and the rest of the Government will be taking to protect the national interest over the coming period."

‘Safe & secure’ platform? Brexit re-vote petition signed 3.5mn times amid mass fraud probe
RT UK - Britain’s House of Commons Petition Committee announced on Sunday that it has removed around 77,000 signatures that authorities say were “added fraudulently,” and will continue to monitor the platform for “suspicious activity.”... The Committee emphasized that the website has not been “hacked,” and that it is “working and secure.” “The petitions website has not been hacked,” authorities said via Twitter. “Fraudulent signatures have been and will continue to be removed, to ensure the site’s integrity.” Authorities are urging the public to “properly” sign the petition, which got over 3.5 million signatures over the weekend, after 52 percent of Brits opted to leave the EU in a referendum held Thursday.... It seems that officials have indeed removed tens of thousands of fraudulent signatures from all across the globe, including such bizarre places as North Korea and the Vatican. But even without the overseas support, the petition has still been signed by over 3.3 million alleged Britons, according to the raw data. However, closer scrutiny of the petition platform outlines a number of shortcomings in the system, which lacks any filter of potentially-fraudulent signs. It relies solely on the goodwill and honesty of the individual filling out the form. No serious security checks were introduced to confirm identity of the signatory.

Colombia, FARC to make cease-fire, disarmament official after half-century civil war
Washington Times - While the agreement comes months after a self-imposed March deadline set by the two sides, U.S. officials hailed the development Wednesday as “an important step forward” in the elusive effort to formally end a guerrilla war that has killed more than 220,000 people, displaced millions of Colombians over the past half-century and proved a source of instability and drug trafficking across Latin America.... The majority of Colombians alive today have never known their country to be undivided and at peace.... In addition to announcing a framework for the cease-fire, both sides said they agreed on how the FARC’s estimated 7,000 fighters will demobilize and hand over their weapons, as well as on the security guarantees that will be provided to leftist activists after the conflict ends.... The government and the rebels must still settle on a mechanism for selecting judges who will preside over special peace tribunals evaluating the war crimes of guerrillas as well as the Colombian military.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: “Nobody died until 05:13 in the morning”
TRUNEWS - According to the FBI the supposed Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, entering the club around 02:00 AM and began his killing spree. However, as Judge Andrew Napolitano points out in this clip, that story — the story based off of the unredacted FBI transcript released Monday — doesn’t just directly contradict eye witness testimony, but the FBI’s official narrative itself!… On June 20th, speaking as a guest on Fox News’s talk show Outnumbered, Judge Napolitano says: “These are in two parts, theres an actual transcript, and then theres a summary of the rest. Here’s whats news in the summary, nobody died until 05:13 in the morning, when the SWAT team entered, prior to that no one had been killed. The 53 that were injured, and the 49 that were murdered all met their fates at the time of, and during, the police entry into the building.”

Texas, California secession movements boosted by Brexit
Washington Times - For pro-independence activists like California’s Louis Marinelli, what makes the Brexit vote so important is that it shows secession isn’t just a relic of the 19th century.... “And so now Californians who hear the word ‘secession,’ they don’t have to think of the Civil War any more,” he said. “Now they have a modern day example of how it can happen peacefully and legally and constitutionally, and that’s the path and process we intend to mimic here in California.”.... Within hours of the Brexit vote, Texas independence activist Daniel Miller was flooded with messages from people in other states with one question: How can we do this?.... Mr. Miller took advantage of the social-media blitz to call for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to “support a similar vote for Texans.” An online sign-up sheet on the Texas Nationalist Movement website asking voters to pledge to support a state independence referendum has grown by about 3,000 signatures for a total of more than 264,000 since the Brexit election.

Stabbings In Sacramento as Neo-Nazis, 'Anti-Fa' [Anti-Fascist] Clash at Capitol
Breitbart - Seven people were sent to the hospital with stab wounds, two with life-threatening injuries, on Sunday afternoon as Black Bloc anarchists attacked and fought with white supremacist groups outside the state Capitol in Sacramento.... The Black Bloc activists were part of a militant leftist “anti-fascist” group,”Antifa Sacramento.” The right-wing extremists were members of the Traditionalist Worker Party and the Golden State Skinheads, and were holding a permitted rally.... The Los Angeles Times also reported: Some protesters came dressed for battle, several seen carrying wooden batons and some wearing plastic shields. “They came ready to fight,” said Cooper.... Members of “anti-fascist” groups like the ones who attacked protestors have also been been responsible for a number of attacks around the country, including attacks on Donald Trump supporters at recent rallies. Some of these attacks follow hyperbolic allegations by some on the left (and even some on the right, such as Glenn Beck) that Donald Trump is “Hitler.”.... Although the fringe Traditionalist Workers Party group claims to be against leftism, its political agenda shares many similarities with the far left, including its avowed support for socialism and its hostility to Israel and “Zionists.”

Election News

Video: The Simpsons PREDICTED a Donald Trump presidency
The Simpsons PREDICTED a Donald Trump presidency... and it didn't end well: Time travel episode from 2000 featured 'broke' nation reliant on aid from CHINA. Donald Trump's bid for the White House and ascendancy in the polls has surprised many - but The Simpsons called it 15 years ago. The cartoon foretold a Trump presidency in a surreal episode where Bart is given a window into the future - and found a country brought to its knees by financial mismanagement and a crime wave ushered in by The Donald.

2016 Presidential Candidate Found Dead At Cleveland Motel
Western Journalism - A “fearless advocate for liberty” who sought the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president has been found dead. Dr. Marc A. Feldman, 56, of Cleveland, was found dead Wednesday at the Americas Best Value Inn near the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. No official cause of death has been released. Feldman lost the Libertarian nomination in May to former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. “How do you make a miracle happen?” he said once. “Start by asking for what you want, and see what you get. Sometimes you’re not given what you ask for, you’re given what you need.” He called himself the “No fear” candidate. At the Libertarian convention, he rapped his concluding statement. “I’m that be what you want to be Libertarian,” he began. “That Muslim Libertarian, that Jew Libertarian, the Christian, Atheist, Hin-DU Libertarian.”

Veteran News

Harold Schultz identified as Iwo Jima flag-bearer after three-month investigation
Washington Times - For over 70 years, the image of six Marines raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi, high above the beaches and jungles of Iwo Jima, stood an icon to generations of Americans to the struggle, sacrifice and ultimate victory over Japan in World War II. It was likely no different for the family of Pfc. 1st Class Harold Schultz, a young Marine who decades earlier also fought on that Pacific island dot, the site of some of the war’s bloodiest fighting in which 26,000 Marines were wounded or killed over a month in the spring of 1945. But it wasn’t until Thursday that Schultz’s relatives were told officially that their family played a much bigger role than they, or the Marine Corps and Pentagon, had known in producing that Pulitzer Prize-winning image that came to define the American wartime experience in the Pacific. After a three-month investigation into the Iwo Jima photograph, ordered by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, service officials determined that Schultz was the sixth of the original flag-bearers, not Navy Corpsman John Bradley, as The Associated Press initially reported and had become official history since.... But a team of researchers and historians working on a documentary about Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, the man who took the picture, ensured that Schultz would take his spot in American history and Marine Corps lore. Researchers working on the documentary began to notice several discrepancies in the pictures Rosenthal took of the flag-raising that day.

Economy & Business

750,000 Californians Past The Age Of 65 Are Still Working
Zero Hedge - ... more than 740,000 California residents between ages 65 and 74 are employed or looking for work, roughly double the number from 15 years ago, according to a Sacramento Bee review of the latest census data. The percent of Californians ages 65-69 who are still working or looking for work has increased dramatically since 1990, and still remains well over 30%. The percent of residents between 70-74 who are still working or looking for work has trended up since 1990 as well, although much more gradually, and remains just under 20%. Not surprisingly, seniors in the Bay Area (due to the tech bubble ...) and Los Angeles metro area are most likely to work past 65. Perhaps the most interesting thing from the Bee's report is that the jobs that seniors are holding are traditionally higher paying, which implies the cost of living is so horrendous in California that literally everyone is struggling to make ends meet, let alone get ahead in order to retire. However, older workers are still performing jobs that younger workers are more likely to perform, which again is a red flag that older workers are doing anything they can in order to continue to earn money in what is considered retirement age. It is notable that these types of jobs are lower paying jobs, which one can infer the severity of older workers needs to make ends meet.

Science & Technology

Missouri is installing solar power grabbing pavement on Route 66
TheNextWeb - Part of its ‘Road to Tomorrow Initiative,’ Missouri’s Department of Transportation is teaming with Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup... to cover an undetermined length of Historic Route 66 with road-ready solar panels. [initiative leader Tom] Blair also told The [Kansas City] Star that the bulk of its efforts will be crowdfunded. After receiving a $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to build a prototype, and a pair of $750,000 research grants from the US Department of Transportation, the group has raised more than $2 million of its own to complete the project through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Solar Roadways’ panels are tempered safety glass that are as strong as they are efficient. In addition to harnessing energy from the sun, they also come with LED lighting to effectively replace road lines and signage. While obviously more expensive to install upfront, the panels do have the benefit of being completely modular, which would allow for quick and cheap repairs by just swapping out the broken panels rather than re-paving entire stretches of road.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Great Lakes Water Wars Have Begun After U.S. Officials Approve Drawing 30 Million Liters Per Day
Natural Blaze - A group of eight U.S. officials have voted to allow a Wisconsin-based region to begin drawing 30 million liters of water a day from lake Michigan for drinking water. A Canadian Mayor has spoken out on the recently-approved plan calling the recent decision “the end of the Great Lakes as we know them.” Last year, the city of Waukesha in Wisconsin had asked the Great Lake states for permission to divert water from Lake Michigan because its own aquifer is running low and the water is contaminated with high levels of naturally occurring cancer-causing radium. A panel representing governors of the eight states adjoining the Great Lakes unanimously approved a proposal from Waukesha, which is under a court order to find a solution to the radium contamination of its groundwater wells. The city says the project will cost over $200 million for engineering studies, pipelines and other infrastructure.


Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, Pediatricians Do
Health Impact News - I really wouldn’t have believed this if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. Did you know that Pediatricians actually get cash bonuses from insurance companies for having fully vaccinated patients in their practice? Here’s a screenshot of a 2016 “Provider Incentive Practice” explaining to Doctors a simple incentive… Blue Cross will give your pediatrician $400 per child that has received 100% of the 25 vaccines they recommend by the age of 2. Incredible!!! Pediatric practices, according to this study, average 1,546 patients per doctor. This means that a 5-doctor pediatric practice, if they reach 100% compliance on vaccinations, will receive a bonus of just over $3,000,000 (that’s not a typo, my math is right, that’s $3 million bucks!!). Does your pediatrician have a conflict in considering the benefits and risks of vaccines?

Couple Sentenced to Prison for Seeking Natural Remedies for Son’s Illness
Natural Blaze - Should the parents of a child who sought out a homeopathic treatment instead of traditional medicine for their son’s illness be punished if that treatment fails? An Alberta court says, ‘yes.’ Judge Rodney Jerke sentenced David Stephan to four months in prison this week and his wife Collet Stephan to three months of house arrest. The couple was found ‘guilty’ earlier this year of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son, Ezekiel, who contracted meningitis in 2012. According to court documents, when their son became ill, the Stephans tried to treat Ezekiel with natural remedies of hot peppers, garlic, onions, and horseradish. Not until Ezekiel stopped breathing did the Stephans seek out traditional medical help by dialing 9-1-1. Only because the treatment, however ill-advised, failed, did the parents receive any attention. The troublesome aspect about this ruling and subsequent sentencing is had Ezekiel died from meningitis while undergoing care from traditional medical doctors, he would have never received attention from law enforcement. Also, the couple would have been given sympathy and remorse from the community instead of hate and contempt.

Friday - June 24, 2016  -  Today in History:

1664 - New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, was founded.
1675 - King Philip's War began when Indians massacre colonists at Swansee, Plymouth colony.
1717 - The Freemasons were founded in London.
1861 - Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
1862 - U.S. intervention saved the British and French at the Dagu forts in China.
1896 - Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University.
1908 - Former President Grover Cleveland died in Princeton, N.J., at age 71.
1910 - The Japanese army invaded Korea.
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.
1948 - The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade.
1955 - Soviet MIG's down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
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 Resolution.
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 United States.
1986 - The Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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.

World News

Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum
BBC - The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum. London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England…. The referendum turnout was 71.8% - with more than 30 million people voting - the highest turnout at a UK election since 1992. Wales and the majority of England outside London voted in large numbers for Brexit…. Britain would be the first country to leave the EU since its formation - but a leave vote will not immediately mean Britain ceases to be a member of the 28-nation bloc. That process could take a minimum of two years, with Leave campaigners suggesting during the referendum campaign that it should not be completed until 2020 - the date of the next scheduled general election.

Brexit Infects Global Markets as Unprecedented Moves Accumulate
Bloomberg - Global markets buckled as Britain’s vote on European Union membership infected every asset class. The pound plunged by a record and the euro slid by the most since it was introduced in 1999 as the BBC projected a victory for the "Leave" campaign with most votes counted in Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union. South Africa’s rand led slides among the currencies of commodity-exporting nations as oil sank to about $47 a barrel and industrial metals slumped. The yen surged and gold soared with U.S. Treasuries as investors piled into haven assets. Futures on the FTSE 100 Index plunged with S&P 500 Index contracts as Asian stocks dropped by the most in 10 months.

Auxit, Frexit, Nexit? EU countries may hold referendums following 'Brexit' vote
RT - A new survey has found that 40 percent of Austrians want their own referendum on EU membership. The survey, conducted by Peter Hajek Opinion Strategies, found that 38 percent of respondents were in favor of an ‘Auxit.’… Polls recently conducted in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary also showed that these countries could follow Britain if it succeeds in leaving the EU.

Vote Fraud? Brexit Supporters Fear Ballots Marked in Pencil Could be Changed
Paul Joseph Watson - Brexit supporters are worried that ballot papers could be compromised in today’s huge EU referendum vote because voting booths only provide pencils. Numerous Brits took to Twitter to express concerns that votes could be changed by corrupt electoral staff. Reports are already coming in that voters are being told they can’t use their own pens and must use a pencil to vote, although the Electoral Reform Society has said that voters can bring their own pen.

Proposed ‘EU Army’ Hidden From British Voters Until After Brexit
Clifford Cunningham - The Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, which envisions the formation of new European military and operational structures, was drafted by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. While the plan clearly lays the framework for a European Union army, details will not be released publicly until the day after the Brexit vote so as not to inflame public opinion in the UK. Only a small group of EU political and security committee ambassadors, who are required to leave their electronic devices outside a sealed room, can read the proposal; however, they are allowed to take and remove handwritten notes. Despite being dismissed by many, including former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) who referred to the idea as “dangerous fantasy,” numerous high-level officials in the EU have suggested the idea in the past. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Luxembourg, is a long-time advocate for the creation of an EU army to combat the perceived threat to Europe from Russia.

Suicide belt, grenade found near German cinema complex attacker - Bild
RT - An armed man who was gunned down by the police at a cinema complex in Viernheim, western Germany, had a hand grenade and was wearing a suicide belt, German Bild newspaper reports. According to the paper, the grenade was discovered by the police after the incident. An eyewitness told Bild that the attacker was speaking in “broken German language.” The police said that they currently have no leads linking the man to radical Islam, and other motives are being looked into. A masked man entered the cinema at midday on Thursday. According to initial reports, he was carrying a rifle and had cartridge belt around his shoulder…. One of the hostages, Almir H., 16, told the paper that the gunman ordered them to lie down on the floor in the toilet, threatening to shoot if the hostages didn’t obey his command. When he ran out of the restroom “there were apparently four shots, but I do not know whether that is true,” he said. Initial reports claimed that 20 to 50 people were injured in the incident. But police later said that all hostages were released unharmed after the perpetrator was neutralized.
* Related: Attacker dead after hostage situation at German movie theater

Russia wants UNSC to pressure Turkey to respect Syria’s sovereignty & borders
RT - Russia expects members of the UN Security Council to investigate reports of Turkish fortifications on Syrian territory, undermining efforts to settle the conflict, and pressure Ankara to seal the border and respect the sovereignty of its neighbor. Addressing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) back on June 8, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin urged the body to check reports that Turkey is fortifying its positions on the territory of Syria with “reinforced concrete” structures. More than two weeks later, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov, once again brought up the issue of “Turkish illegal wall construction on Syrian territory.”

U.N. Bows To Saudi Financial Threats, Removes KSA From Child Killers List
Brandon Turbeville - After numerous reports began surfacing regarding Saudi cruelty and the oppressive Saudi state, and after a massive torrent of coverage coming from the alternative press, the crimes of the Saudi monarchy could no longer be completely ignored; a fact which has highlighted not only the horrors of Saudi leadership but the hypocrisy of the West. Thus, after a significant exposé of Saudi war crimes and human rights violations at home and abroad, even the United Nations could no longer remain silent. As a result, the U.N.’s “Children And Armed Conflict” report for 2015 listed Saudi Arabia and its anti-Houthi coalition in Yemen as “parties that kill or maim children” and “parties that engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals.” The report’s findings were based on the work of U.N. researchers stationed in Yemen who attributed 60 percent of killed and injured children in that country to the bombs dropped by the Saudi coalition. Yet Saudi Arabia’s name was eventually struck off the list provided in the report less than a week after it was released, a decision that was made by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The reason for Ki-moon’s “revision” of the report was simple – he was threatened with the loss of funds being provided for U.N. relief efforts in Syria, Sudan, and Palestine if he did not remove Saudi Arabia from the list of child killers.

Chinese Bankruptcies Surge More Than 50% In Q1; Worse To Come
Zero Hedge - Chinese bankruptcies have surged this year "as the government uses the legal system to deal with “zombie” companies and reduce industrial overcapacity as part of a broader effort to restructure the economy." In just the first quarter of 2016, Chinese courts have accepted 1,028 bankruptcy cases, up a whopping 52.5% from a year earlier, according to the Supreme People’s Court.

Israel blames Palestinians for water shortages in West Bank
RT - Israeli authorities blame Palestinians’ unwillingness to upgrade aging infrastructure as the primary reason for increased water shortages in the West Bank. Palestinians accuse their neighbors of blackmailing and holding water supplies hostage. Since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian villages east of Nablus have been suffering from a water shortage amid soaring summer heat. The Palestinian Water Authority’s inability to set up additional water infrastructure in the West Bank “has led to the old and limited pipes being unable to transfer all the water needed in the region,” said Israel Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor. A senior Palestinian Water Authority official rejected the claim, saying that Tel Aviv is “misleading the public.” Locals living in the West Bank blame the Israeli water company Mekorot for cutting water supplies, which the utility company has denied doing. Palestinians at the same time argue that quota for neighboring Jewish settlements located in the West Bank is much higher.

Europe's robots to become 'electronic persons' under draft plan
(Reuters) - Europe's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons" and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution. Robots are being deployed in ever-greater numbers in factories and also taking on tasks such as personal care or surgery, raising fears over unemployment, wealth inequality and alienation. Their growing intelligence, pervasiveness and autonomy requires rethinking everything from taxation to legal liability, a draft European Parliament motion, dated May 31, suggests…. The draft motion called on the European Commission to consider "that at least the most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations". It also suggested the creation of a register for smart autonomous robots, which would link each one to funds established to cover its legal liabilities.… The draft motion, drawn up by the European parliament's committee on legal affairs also said organizations should have to declare savings they made in social security contributions by using robotics instead of people, for tax purposes…. The motion faces an uphill battle to win backing from the various political blocks in European Parliament. Even if it did get enough support to pass, it would be a non-binding resolution as the Parliament lacks the authority to propose legislation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court
(AP) - The Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, effectively killing the plan for the rest of his presidency. The outcome underscores that the direction of U.S. immigration policy will be determined in large part by this fall's presidential election, a campaign in which immigration already has played an outsized role. People who would have benefited from Obama's plan face no imminent threat of deportation because Congress has provided money to deal with only a small percentage of people who live in the country illegally, and the president retains ample discretion to decide whom to deport. But Obama's effort to expand that protection to many others is effectively stymied.

New Evidence of Multiple Participants in Orlando Shooting
Kurt Nimmo - On Wednesday, Catherine Herridge told the “Kelly File” audio captured on cell phones during the attack reveals Mateen was conversing with one or more people about tactics and he “was not talking to 911.” On Wednesday, Catherine Herridge told the “Kelly File” audio captured on cell phones during the attack reveals Mateen was conversing with one or more people about tactics and he “was not talking to 911.” “The eyewitness said that the shooter made mention that he was the ‘fourth shooter’ and that there were ‘three others,’ ‘snipers,’ along with a ‘female suicide bomber’ that was playing dead.” This and other eyewitness reports were ignored as the government and the corporate media crafted the narrative of a “lone wolf” gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. The Obama administration subsequently attempted to omit any mention of radical Islam when it released a transcript of audio allegedly recorded during a 911 call made by Mateen. This backfired and the Justice Department eventually released an unedited version.

Orlando Shooter Spent Final Days Obsessing Over Psychotropic Drugs — Feds Suppressed This Info
Activist Post - The deranged psychopath responsible for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history may have been on dangerous psychotropic drugs according to a report out of Reuters on Thursday. What’s more, government officials knew this information but told a witness to not to say anything about it…. Speaking with anonymity to Reuters, an acquaintance, who frequently ran into Mateen at work, said they watched him drastically change just prior to the shooting. According to the source, who saw Mateen the day of the shooting, he dramatically changed his appearance that fateful day. Mateen shaved his head and face and seemed agitated and surly just before he went on a killing spree. But that is not all; the acquaintance said that Mateen was infatuated with anti-psychosis medication in the days before the shooting. Mateen told the acquaintance that he was tired from staying up all night researching the drugs.

‘Radical Islam!’ shouts interrupt Dem. House sit-in over gun control
RT - A war of words erupted on the House floor in Washington on Wednesday as dozens of Democrats staged a sit-in to push for votes on gun-control bills. Tensions flared when Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas derailed the debate shouting “Radical Islam!” Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” holding pieces of paper with the names of victims of gun violence across the US…. The confrontation between the Democrats and Republicans nearly turned physical when Gohmert began yelling, “radical Islam killed these people, ISIS killed these people,” CBSNews reported.

Journalist Tries to Buy AR-15, but It’s Not as Easy as He Thought
Neil Steinberg, a journalist with the Chicago-Sun Times, recently attempted to buy a Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15 for his anti-gun hit piece. Since this was in Illinois he had to attain a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, then fill out paperwork for a background check, and then wait 24 hours to pick up the firearm. Unfortunately for Steinberg, this attempt to prove that firearms are just too easy to buy in America was a failure. During the background check it was discovered that he had a criminal record. According to the gun store, “It was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.” For some reason Steinberg went with the story anyway, despite the fact that it proves current laws are already restrictive for violent and irresponsible people, like himself. He played it off as if the gun store was out to get him because they knew he was a journalist doing a piece, and they didn’t want the bad publicity. “Would-be terrorists can buy guns. Insane people can buy guns. But reporters . . . that’s a different story.”

The Latest Law Enforcement Trend: Porn Sniffing Dogs
Activist Post - Of course, these dogs don’t sniff out grubby magazines and old VHS tapes. They can sense hidden flash drives, because they’re taught to seek out an adhesive that is commonly found in SD cards and USB drives. The term “porn sniffing” dog was first coined after one of these animals aided in the arrest of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. While there’s no doubt that these dogs can help from time to time, as PINAC has pointed out, their costs likely outweigh their utility. More importantly, these dogs may open a whole new avenue for the police to violate your rights. As of now these dogs are being presented by the media as the latest and greatest tool for combating child predators who may have illicit pornography stashed away on a flash drive. That’s certainly noble, but that won’t be the end of it. It won’t be long before these dogs are used for everything. After all, just about any crime you can think of may potentially have evidence on a flash drive. In the future, being accused of any crime, no matter how trivial, could lead to a search for evidence on flash drives. The police could use a minor accusation as an excuse to find evidence of a more serious crime before sending out the dogs to sniff out your flash drives, and every private moment you have saved on them. In fact, that’s pretty much how drug dogs are used now.

Election News

Donald Trump to Visit UK after Brexit Vote; Republicans say ‘Strategic Mistake’
Breitbart - Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will hold a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony at Trump Turnberry in Scotland on Friday, the day after the Brexit vote where voters decided whether or not the United Kingdom should remain part of the European Union (EU). Voters who support Britain leaving the EU want to have full control over the borders and want to stop the free flow of immigration. They also argue that being a member of the EU is holding Britain back because of too many regulations on businesses. Trump has said that he would “be more inclined to leave [the EU], for a lot of reasons, like having a lot less bureaucracy.” He has repeatedly voiced opposition and concern for open-border policies, especially due to an increased risk of radical Islamic terrorism. The billionaire’s trip to Scotland to visit his golf course has come under scrutiny from some Republican strategists…. “After Trump’s speech going after Hillary Clinton, one could imagine him doing a series of rallies across the United States to pound that same speech home in battleground states,” stated Ron Bonjean, a GOP strategist. “When Trump chooses to go to his golf resort in Scotland, it sends a message to the fundraising community as well as Republicans on the fence that he’s not making smart strategic decisions.”

Trump: SCOTUS ‘Kept us Safe from Exec Amnesty–for Now’
Breitbart - Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump reacted to the decision on Thursday by the Supreme Court to block President Obama’s executive amnesty…. “Today’s 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President. The executive amnesty from President Obama wiped away the immigration rules written by Congress, giving work permits and entitlement benefits to people illegally in the country. This split decision also makes clear what is at stake in November. The election, and the Supreme Court appointments that come with it will decide whether or not we have a border and, hence, a country. Clinton has pledged to expand Obama’s executive amnesty, hurting poor African-American and Hispanic workers by giving away their jobs and federal resources to illegal immigrant labor – while making us all less safe. It is time to protect our country and Make America Safe Again and Great Again for everyone,” Trump stated in a press release.

TRUMP’S Record-Setting Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski Lands Job at CNN
The Gateway Pundit - Corey Lewandowski, who led Donald Trump to a record-setting Republican primary victory, landed a job at CNN it was announced today. The Politico reported: Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator, according to a source familiar with the arrangement. It’s a salaried position and will make Lewandowski exclusive to CNN, effective immediately. The hiring comes just three days after Trump fired Lewandowski, ending the tenure of the fiery operative who faced a steady string of controversies while guiding Trump’s skeleton campaign operation to a shocking victory in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. That same afternoon, his first in-studio interview was with CNN’s Dana Bash (an NBC News reporter caught up with him outside of Lewandowski’s apartment as he headed down to the studio). Following his interview with Bash on Monday, Lewandowski went straight from the set and into a meeting with CNN executives according to a separate source who witnessed Lewandowski enter the meeting.

Economy & Business

Social Security trust fund projected to run dry by 2034
CNN - That doesn't mean retirees will get nothing by 2034. It means that at that point the program will only have enough revenue coming in to pay 79% of promised benefits. So if you're expecting to get $2,000 a month, the program will only be able to pay $1,580. Technically, Social Security is funded by two trust funds -- one for retiree benefits and one for disability benefits. The 2034 date is the exhaustion date for both funds when combined. But if considered separately, the old-age fund will be exhausted by 2035, after which it would be able to pay just 77% of benefits. And the disability fund will be tapped out by 2023, at which point it could only pay out 89% of promised benefits. To make all of Social Security solvent for the next 75 years would require the equivalent of any of the following: immediately raising the Social Security payroll tax rate to 14.98% from 12.4% on the first $118,500 of wages; cutting benefits by 16%; or some combination of the two…. In terms of Medicare, the trustees project that the trust fund for Part A, which covers hospital costs for seniors, will run dry by 2028. That's two years earlier than they projected last year, due to lower than expected payroll taxes and a slower-than-estimated rate of reduction in inpatient use of hospital services.

Energy & Environment

Pipeline Ruptures Spilling 29,000 Gallons of Oil, Just Hours After Obama Signs PIPES Act
EcoWatch - On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 into law. The bill, known as the PIPES Act, reauthorizes the federal government to move swiftly in the event of a pipeline leak or rupture. Specifically, the Secretary of Transportation is allowed to issue emergency orders if the unthinkable happens. The reauthorization was in response to the natural gas pipeline rupture in California where an estimated 97,000 tons of gas were released from the Aliso Canyon pipeline near Porter Ranch. The bill also includes new mandates on construction to insure the safety of future pipelines and to reduce the chances of another massive leak. Ironically and very disturbingly, less than 24 hours after the bill was signed into law, an oil pipeline in Ventura County, California ruptured and current estimates put the amount of oil leaked at more than 29,000 gallons, though that number continues to rise…. When the leak was discovered, the company shut the pipeline down, but the oil remaining in the pipeline continues to flow out.

2.6 Million Dead Bees Delivered to EPA Headquarters
EcoWatch - A truck full of dead bees made its final stop at a rally outside the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday, culminating a coast-to-coast tour to raise awareness about recent massive declines in pollinators. While the millions of dead bees stayed in the truck, advocates and beekeepers delivered more than 4 million signatures urging an immediate ban on bee-killing pesticides…. One culprit in the bee die-off is the widely-used class of pesticides called neonicotinoids or neonics…. “The science is clear and convincing. To be truly effective, we need a nationwide policy to protect our pollinators before the crisis gets completely out of control,” said Del. Anne Healey, sponsor of Maryland’s Pollinator Protection Act, the first bill passed in the U.S. to eliminate consumer use of neonics.


Get Your Fix of Health Benefits With Ginger Oil
Dr. Mercola - The benefits of ginger for relieving pain are widely known today, and while I prefer using fresh ginger (eaten raw, grated into your vegetable juice, or steeped into tea), using ginger oil can provide these wholesome benefits as well. When used topically, ginger oil can help relieve aches and pain, as well as promote normal blood circulation. Aromatherapists also value ginger oil's soothing and warming qualities to help address digestive problems. In fact, this is one of ginger oil's most popular uses: relieving any kind of digestive upset, such as nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, gas, and even morning sickness. Here are some ways to use ginger oil for various health problems… Apply two to three drops in a diffuser, or place on a cotton ball or your handkerchief, and then inhale. This will help reenergize and revitalize your body, mind, and soul. Mix two to three drops in an ounce of carrier oil, and use as a massage oil. This helps relieve backache, arthritis, muscle pain, rheumatism, and fractures, as well as stimulate your circulatory system and revitalize your libido. Inhale via a diffuser or vaporizer to relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose. It can also work as a decongestant. Massage a drop into your abdomen to relieve gas and diarrhea.

The World’s Oldest BodyBuilder Just Turned 80! Here Are Her Secrets…
Natural Blaze - Born on June 16th, 1936, the octogenarian from Baltimore didn’t start exercising until she was 56 years old. As she explains in the video below, she got started with the help of her sister. After her sister passed away from a brain aneurysm, however, Shepherd gave up caring about her health. That was, until she developed high blood pressure and decided things needed to change. Today, she regularly wakes up at 3 am, runs about 80 miles (130km) per week, and lives off a calorie-controlled diet of boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables, and lots of water. Ask her what her true secret of success is, and she’ll say it’s to ‘never give up.’ Keep that statement in mind next time you think about skipping the gym.

4 Disturbing Secrets Tom’s of Maine Doesn’t Want You to Know About Their Products!
David Wolfe - …unfortunately, many major companies muddy the waters with products that look, feel and taste healthy when they’re really anything but. Colgate’s Tom’s of Maine toothpaste brand is one of them. #1 The Biggest Problem With Tom’s of Maine: Triclosan: … [Their patented ‘gingivitis formula] contains triclosan, an antibacterial chemical classified by the European Union as irritating to the skin and eyes and extremely toxic to aquatic organisms. Triclosan also reacts with the chlorine in tap water to produce potentially toxic amounts of chloroform…. #2 Carrageenan: Their website insists the compound is totally natural – and they’re right. But even though carrageenan comes from seaweed, it still poses significant threats to the digestive system. The compound attacks the body similar to that produced by salmonella…. #3 Titanium Dioxide: Titanium dioxide, found in Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, is classified as very toxic due to its carcinogenicity. It’s associated with lung cancer risk and can cause sinus irritation…. #4 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: The American College of Toxicology classifies SLS, even at low concentrations, as potentially irritating. There have also been studies that point out residual levels of SLS is the brain, lungs, liver and heart as a direct result of toothpaste use. This is believed to cause a hormonal imbalance that can lead to lower fertility rate in men.

Naturally Fermented, Probiotic Honey Lemonade Soda
Nourished Kitchen - This homemade, naturally fermented lemonade soda’s fizz depends on the action of friendly bacteria. They gobble up the carbohydrates in the honey. In the end, those bacteria make your natural sodas less sweet, slightly more tart, rich in B vitamins and naturally fizzy. The natural fizz comes from the release carbon dioxide that happens during fermentation. When carbon dioxide is bottled up with no place to go in flip-top bottles, the lemonade becomes naturally fizzy. Depending on how long you allow the lemonade to ferment, that fizziness can range from an effervescent tickle to a frenzied foaming…. Ingredients: 6 cups water, 1 cup honey, 1 cup lemon juice, ½ cup fresh whey made by straining yogurt or kefir.

Thursday - June 23, 2016  -  Today in History:

1836 - The U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.
1865 - Confederate General Stand Watie, who was also a Cherokee chief, surrendered the last sizable Confederate army at Ft Towson, in the Oklahoma Territory.
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.
1934 - Italy gained the right to colonize Albania after defeating the country.
1938 - The Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.
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 investigation.
2004 - The U.S. proposed that North Korea agree to a series of nuclear disarmament measures over a 3-month period in exchange for economic benefits.
2015 - NASA's Mars Odyssey completed its 60,000th orbit around Mars. The spacecraft entered orbit on October 23, 2001.
2015 - Verizon announced it had completed its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL, Inc.

World News

NATO General Admits Russia Is Not A Threat To The Region
Zero Hedge - Over the course of the past few months, the United States has pushed NATO to build up troops on Russia's border, held war games in its backyard, and deployed aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean. The rationale for such actions has always been very vaguely communicated, but as NATO European Command General Philip Breedlove said, it has all been to send a signal of deterrence to Russia. However, the reality is that, according to General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, there is no intelligence that suggests Russia is planning any broad-scale aggression whatsoever…. If Pavel is correct, and there is no actual intelligence that suggests any aggression is being planned by Russia, then either the US is trying to provoke the country into action on purpose, which is always a possibility, or another possibility is one that we pointed out last week, and that is the Saudi's are pressuring the US to get rid of Assad. If the US accommodates that request from its good friend Saudi Arabia, then a direct conflict with Russia would be imminent, as Russia has made it very clear that the US isn't to take Assad out militarily.

U.S. coalition says expects tough fight against IS near Turkish border
Reuters - The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq said on Wednesday it was tightening the noose around militants in the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border but expected them to fight to the end to defend their stronghold. A U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters supported by coalition air strikes cut off the group’s supply lines to Manbij in a rapid advance this month against Islamic State in the area. The offensive aims to sever the group’s only major route to the outside world. But it has stopped short of an assault on the city itself out of concern for civilians inside, the U.S.-backed alliance says. An IS counter-attack on Monday inflicted heavy casualties, monitors reported.

Iconic pork sausages banned from Swiss school menus, MPs outraged
RT - The decision to serve only pork-free lunches in several schools in Basel Canton, Switzerland, has been blasted by the country’s conservatives, who accuse local authorities of giving in to religious minorities. Four schools in the Binningen district of Basel Canton won’t have pork on their menu in the next academic year, the local council ruled last week. But the decision was strongly condemned by the conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which argued that pork sausages were an integral part of Switzerland’s cuisine and culture…. During a Binningen Council meeting, Keller wondered: “could it be that we are adapting to certain cultures, rather than the other way around?” The SVP believes that pressure from religious minorities saw the Swiss “deprived of their beloved Klöpfer sausages.” It’s forbidden to eat pork in Muslim and Judaic religious traditions.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Reviving the Cold War? Senate intelligence bill ‘targets Russian spies, diplomats’
RT - The Senate Intelligence Committee is backing a bill to reinstate a Cold War-era committee aimed at cracking down on "covert influence" by Russia. The bill also restricts travel by Russian diplomats and considers a US exit from the Open Skies treaty. The 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill, passed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in May, “requires the president to establish an interagency committee to counter Russian active measures,” according to the office of California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Further details of the bill were reported by BuzzFeed on Tuesday. Section 501 of the proposed legislation is asking the White House to revive a presidentially-appointed group to uncover Russian spies and Russian-sponsored assassinations. It would also investigate the funding of front groups for Russian operations, as well as “covert broadcasting, media manipulation,” and secret funding…. The new committee would be similar to the 'Active Measures Working Group,' which fulfilled a similar role in the Cold War, one intelligence official told BuzzFeed on condition of anonymity.

House Democrats stage sit-in protest in dispute over gun control
Fox News - More than 200 Democrats led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis demanded a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists in the aftermath of last week's massacre in Orlando, Florida… "No bill, no break," shouted Democrats, who demanded that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., keep the House in session through its planned break next week to vote on gun legislation…. Ryan dismissed the protest as "nothing more than a publicity stunt." In an interview with CNN, the Speaker said the House will not vote on a "bill that takes away a person's due process."

Emails: Key security features disabled on Clinton's server
(AP) - State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem with then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features that left the server more vulnerable to hackers, according to emails released Wednesday. Just weeks later, according to previously disclosed emails, hackers attacked the server, forcing Clinton's staff to shut it down. The next day, one of Clinton's closest aides, Huma Abedin, wrote to other high ranking staff: "Don't email hrc (Clinton) anything sensitive. I can explain more in person." The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's service as the nation's top diplomat between 2009 and 2013. The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve an apparent conflict between the server's built-in email delivery features with a version of "ScanMail for Exchange" security software from Trend Micro Inc. that had been installed on her server. Clinton has not previously described any security protections on her server.

Hillary Clinton's IT Aide Pleads The Fifth Over 125 Times
Zero Hedge - Brian Pagliano, the man believed to have set up and maintained the private server in the basement of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s New York home invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination more than 125 times during a deposition as part of a civil court case on Wednesday. According to Fox, Pagliano’s sworn testimony with conservative organization Judicial Watch lasted for roughly 90 minutes, during which the IT expert repeatedly read a carefully worded statement off of an index card while refusing to answer questions. Pagliano’s deposition on Wednesday was originally scheduled to occur more than two weeks ago, but was postponed when his lawyers notified the court that the former State Department employee would be pleading the Fifth. Which he did. Repeatedly.

NJ Transit keeps recordings of your conversations for a month, it says
New Jersey On-Line - NJ Transit officials have broken their silence over what happens to surveillance recordings it makes of passenger conversations on light rail trains. In April, the state American Civil Liberties Union and commuter groups demanded that NJ Transit disclose information about the surveillance after an NJ Advance Media article revealed that the conversations of passengers on light rail trains were being recorded. NJ Transit had denied a public records request for the written policy that covers their surveillance program on June 10 under the grounds that no such policy existed.

Largest fraud against govt: 300+ healthcare workers charged over $900mn in Medicare scams
RT - More than 300 people have been charged in relation to healthcare fraud totaling $900 million in fake billing. Dozens of doctors and nurses from California to New York have been swept in the nation’s largest-ever Medicare scam dragnet…. The offenses range from a wide variety of treatments and services such as home healthcare, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment (DME) and prescription drugs. All of the 301 defendants are accused of being involved in fraudulent schemes to bill the government for the services within Medicare and Medicaid programs for treatments that were medically unnecessary and often never provided, according to the federal investigation…. It has been established that “in many cases” the suspects paid “cash kickbacks” to their co-conspirators for providing patients’ data to Medicare providers so that they could submit a claim to the government, even though no services were actually rendered.

Television News Illusion: “Reporter in the Field on Location”
Jon Rappoport - All mainstream television news is built on transitions from one item to another. These transitions are called blends or segues. For example, the anchor in the studio goes to a “reporter on location” where “the news is happening” in real time. However, in many cases, the anchor in the studio already knows what the reporter on location is going to say. That field reporter could just as easily be sitting in a public bathroom a block away from the studio, for all the good he does. Or he could be sitting in the studio in front of a fake backdrop. It’s a con. But the sense of transition from one place and person to another imparts the sense of importance. The viewer thinks, “They’re going right to the spot where the shooting occurred an hour ago.”… Both the anchor and the reporter in the field earn their paychecks by making the viewing audience feel they’re “transitioning” from one important place (the studio) to another (the street corner)…. People have accused CNN of faking on-location footage during the 1991 Gulf War, and later in the coverage of Sandy Hook.

Judge Upholds Suspension Of 2nd Grader Who Chewed Pastry Into Shape Of Gun
Breitbart - Joshua Welch was suspended from Anne Arundel County’s Park Elementary in March 2013 after chewing his pastry into the shape of a gun and “[pretending] to fire it.” The student’s father, B.J. Welch, took the matter to court in hopes of having the suspension reversed and expunged from his son’s record. Joshua Welch was suspended from Anne Arundel County’s Park Elementary in March 2013 after chewing his pastry into the shape of a gun and “[pretending] to fire it.” The student’s father, B.J. Welch, took the matter to court in hopes of having the suspension reversed and expunged from his son’s record…. Welch family attorney Robin Ficker lamented the ruling and pointed out there was “no violence, no real weapon, no ammunition.” But the suspension will now “be on [Joshua’s] record in school… every time he goes into a new grade.”

Election News

Trump Speech Dominates News Cycle… Praise, Respect from Mainstream Outlets
Breitbart - Speaking from SoHo in New York City, the presumptive GOP nominee rebuked Clinton’s “I’m with her” slogan, saying instead, “I’m with you, the American people.” His fiery speech comes just days after the firing of controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and a few rocky weeks of self-inflicted wounds as reflected in slumping poll numbers. Trump’s campaign has been aiming for a reboot, with the hope of uniting the Republican party – and, it looks like they may have just gotten one. Below is a list of coverage from both the left and right praising the presumptive GOP nominee’s speech. Fortune: “Donald Trump Promised Us A Speech On Hillary Clinton’s Past, And On Wednesday, He Didn’t Disappoint.” (Chris Matthews, “Trump Accuses Clinton Of Helping China In Return For Cash,” Fortune, 6/22/16), Fox News: “Donald Trump Delivered A Blistering Attack Wednesday On Hillary Clinton’s Record…” “Donald Trump delivered a blistering attack Wednesday on Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state, accusing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of milking oppressive regimes of tens of millions of dollars to benefit the Clinton Foundation — while sleeping through her own ‘3 a.m. phone call’ as terrorists were murdering four Americans in Libya, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.” (“Trump Hammers Clinton Foreign Policy Record, Foundation Donations,” Fox News, 6/22/16)…
* Related Video: Full replay of Donald Trump’s anti-Hillary Clinton speech

TV Reporters Laugh At Hillary For Avoiding Questions
Steve Watson - Hillary Clinton continues to avoid holding press conferences or answering any questions from reporters, a fact that is well known by members of the media, and is literally becoming a joke. As Clinton visited House Democratic Caucus members Wednesday morning, she refused to answer questions as MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt approached her. When Hunt asked Clinton if she had a short list for vice presidential picks, Clinton did what she usually does, plastered on a fake smile and waved inanely. Hunt, along with MSNBC anchor Jose Diaz-Balart began laughing at Clinton’s default position. “We tried, we tried,” Hunt said. “It’s not an uncommon thing.” Indeed, as reported by The Washington Post this week, Clinton has not actually held an official press conference for over 200 days.

Obama Administration Launches Probe Into Trump Hotel Workers' Wages
Zero Hedge - We are sure it is just a coincidence; but, as Politico reports, Hillary-endorsing President Obama's Labor Department has just unveiled a probe into workers' wages at GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump's DC Hotel... As Politico details, The Labor Department is investigating whether workers on Donald Trump’s renovation of Washington, D.C.’s Old Post Office are being paid less than federal law requires. The Labor Department confirmed to POLITICO that it’s looking into allegations of wage-rule violations by the Craftsmen Group, a Trump Organization subcontractor that restores windows. And workers on the site, including one Craftsmen Group employee, told POLITICO that they and others aren’t receiving pay rates mandated by law. Two of them produced pay stubs to support their claims. Since the allegations involve a subcontractor, neither the Trump Organization nor the general contractor is under investigation directly and may not be legally liable. But union activists say the complaints reflect badly on Trump. “It’s yet another example of Donald Trump’s relentless hypocrisy and gross mistreatment of workers,” said Josh Goldstein, a spokesman for the AFL-CIO. The labor federation endorsed Hillary Clinton last week for president, and for months has been highly critical of Trump's campaign.

Marco Rubio will seek Senate reelection, reversing pledge not to run
Miami Herald - Ending weeks of political speculation, Marco Rubio announced Wednesday he has changed his mind and will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate [with the worst attendance record in the Senate], reversing his pledge to return to private life after his presidential campaign collapsed three months ago. Rubio cited a sense of duty to try to remain in office under either President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton -- two candidates he considers sub-par. National Republicans fearful of losing Senate control to Democrats mounted a campaign to keep Rubio on the ballot for Florida's swing seat. He consented just two days before Friday's state candidate-qualifying deadline.

Energy & Environment

Cash-Strapped States Left to Clean Up Hazards and Leaks at Thousands of Abandoned Oil Drilling Sites
AllGov - With at least 60 oil producers declaring bankruptcy since 2014, orphaned wells have become potential environmental hazards below ground as well as rusted-out eyesores above. Texas officials predict the number of orphaned wells could soar to 12,000, which would be nearly 25 percent more than what regulators can't keep up with now. Landowners, meanwhile, are growing restless with abandoned pump jacks and damage while drillers warn that crackdowns would only put them out of business faster.

Science & Technology

How did Google become the internet’s censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?
US News - Google, Inc., isn't just the world's biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world's biggest censor. The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group, industry association or government agency. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet. Reddit has frequently been accused of banning postings on specific topics, and a recent report suggests that Facebook has been deleting conservative news stories from its newsfeed, a practice that might have a significant effect on public opinion – even on voting. Google, though, is currently the biggest bully on the block. When Google's employees or algorithms decide to block our access to information about a news item, political candidate or business, opinions and votes can shift, reputations can be ruined and businesses can crash and burn. Because online censorship is entirely unregulated at the moment, victims have little or no recourse when they have been harmed. Eventually, authorities will almost certainly have to step in, just as they did when credit bureaus were regulated in 1970. The alternative would be to allow a large corporation to wield an especially destructive kind of power that should be exercised with great restraint and should belong only to the public: the power to shame or exclude.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Police Called In to Stop Local Food Distribution
Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance - Health departments have stepped up their attacks on your right to purchase food directly from farmers, resorting to bringing the police to harass and intimidate local raw milk customers. That’s what happened to one group of raw milk customers in Austin recently. They went to a private home to meet the courier that they had hired to pick up their milk and were met by four inspectors from the City of Austin Health Department and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). An unmarked police car pulled into the driveway, blocking the raw milk van and a customer’s car—with her children in it—and two policemen emerged. The inspectors proceeded to tell the customers that they could not take possession of the milk, ignoring protests that they had already paid for that milk. The inspectors also ignored the statement from the courier that he had a signed agreement with the customers making him their agent—and instead falsely wrote on the inspection report that the courier worked for the farmer. The inspectors refused to speak to an attorney the courier called for assistance. Instead, one of the city’s inspectors confronted the woman who had organized the group drop-off and demanded that she provide her driver’s license. When she hesitated, the inspector called a policeman over and then started to take pictures of her car with her children in it. After the woman broke down in tears, the inspector continued to question her to try to find out the names and locations of other drop points.


Turmeric Heals Spinal Cord Injuries Better Than Drugs/Surgery, Review Suggests
Green Med Info - A promising new study published in Neurology Research International titled, “The Potential of Curcumin In Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury,” suggests that the ancient Indian spice turmeric, and its primary polyphenol curcumin, may provide victims of spinal cord injury (SCI) a safer and more effective approach than conventional treatment which relies primarily on surgery and corticosteroids, a class of anti-inflammatory drugs notorious for adverse health effects…. The study quickly points out curcumin’s potential superiority vis-à-vis corticosteroids: Because all studies that compare the two show superior results for curcumin over corticosteroids, it could be true that curcumin better acts at the inflammatory source of SCI-mediated neurological injury, although this question remains unanswered in patients.”… The question of whether clinical research will eventually materialize on curcumin and SCI is addressed powerfully in the closing comments of the study: Lastly, can clinicians shed the “herbal medicine” stigma and be able to acknowledge that ignoring its beneficial effects is largely due to a lack of clinical data and not necessarily a result of inferior clinical efficacy? The study also addresses curcumin's role as an antioxidant and anti-fibrotic agent in mitigating SCI damage and stimulating accelerated healing.

Five spices and herbs that really work for treating depression
(NaturalNews) As noted by the MalayMail Online, a number of studies as well as many nutritional publications agree that certain foods have the ability to improve our moods. For instance, omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, nuts and seeds, are well-known mood boosters. But other foods can have different mental benefits. Certain herbs and spices also tend to have naturally occurring antidepressant benefits, which will give mind and body a healthy boost with a variety of flavors. Below is a closer examination of five top ingredients right from your spice rack that will help improve your mood and keep you free from the clutches of Big Pharma: Saffron: In traditional Eastern medicine it is considered to be the spice of happiness and for good reason: A 2015 Iranian study found that saffron may even have the very same effects as a prescription anti-depressant…. Cinnamon: hether you are using cinnamon sticks or ground spice, it is an ingredient that definitely stimulates the brain. But researchers say it can also heighten concentration, memory and attention…. Turmeric: While it is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric also stimulates release of serotonin, which is your body's natural mood enhancer….

Heal Your Digestion with the Benefits of L-Glutamine
Natural Blaze - Worldwide, stomach cancer is the #5 most commonly diagnosed cancer. In 2012, more than 950,000 cases of stomach cancers were diagnosed. Helicobacter pylori bacteria and the Epstein-Barr virus have been linked to many cases but have not been tested for in all patients. Men have twice the risk of stomach cancer than women but both genders have increased risk with age…. Published in the Journal of Nutrition, senior author of the study, Susan Hagen, PhD, stated, “Extra glutamine in the diet could protect against gastric damage caused by H. pylori. Gastric damage develops when the bacteria weakens the stomach’s protective mucous coating, damages cells, and elicits a robust immune response that is ineffective at ridding the infection.” She went on to explain that when gastric distress is ignored, bigger problems develop that include gastritis and damage that creates an ideal environment for cancer cells to grow. “The damaging effects of ammonia on gastric cells could be reversed completely by the administration of L-glutamine.

Pet News

Keeping Your Dog Healthy With Apple Cider Vinegar
Natural News Blogs - The list of proven ACV benefits for dogs covers dozens of topics including external applications and internal therapies. Because apple cider vinegar is natural, it’s safe to use as an external wash or spray. However, always be careful to keep it away from your dog’s eyes. Holistic vets often recommend ACV for: Discouraging fleas and ticks, Treating rashes and hot spots, Soothing irritated paw pads [and] Reducing ear yeast infections. ACV is considered a natural detoxifier and its long-term use can help your dog resist infections. Because it’s rich in potassium, it’s also beneficial to dogs with diuretic problems. The recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for every 15 pounds of body weight. It’s best to start with a small amount in your dog’s drinking bowl and gradually build up to his proper dosage. The benefits of ACV therapy include: A stronger immune system, Less arthritis stiffness, Fewer urinary tract problems, Reduction in fecal odor [and] improved vital organ functions…. Organic apple cider vinegar is the preferred choice for maintaining dog wellness because it contains nutrients and essential acids that contribute to better digestion and overall good health.

Wednesday - June 22, 2016  -  Today in History:

1772 - Slavery was outlawed in England.
1807 - British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.
1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice.
1933 - Germany became a one political party country when Hitler banned parties other than the Nazis.
1942 - A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.
1942 - V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time.
1944 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.
1945 - During World War II, the battle for Okinawa officially ended after 81 days.
1946 - Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.
1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It required that the voting age in the United States to be 18.
1973 - Skylab astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.
1974 - In Chicago, the Sears Tower Skydeck opened. (Willis Tower)
1980 - The Soviet Union announced a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
1989 - The government of Angola and the anti-Communist rebels of the UNITA movement agreed to a formal truce in their 14-year-old civil war.
1992 - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by authorities could be used at revocation hearings for a convicted criminal's parole.
1998 - The 75th National Marbles Tournament began in Wildwood, NJ.
1999 - The Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.
2009 - Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.

World News

'Never mind the US, Russia’s the one losing patience over Syria ceasefire chaos' - Chief of Staff
RT - The Russian military says Washington still won’t provide a list of groups it considers terrorist, allowing jihadists to regroup and escape Russian-led air raids on their positions, the head of the Russian General Staff said. Valery Gerasimov’s statement comes in response to one from US Secretary of State John Kerry last week, in which he said Washington is running out of patience regarding truce violations in Syria. The ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States in February doesn’t include Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions, as well as other formations considered to be terrorists by the United Nations Security Council. "Russia needs to understand that our patience is not infinite. In fact, it is very limited with whether or not Assad is going to be held accountable," Kerry said last Wednesday. "It is very clear that the cessation of hostilities is frayed and at risk, and that it is critical for a genuine cessation to be put in place." In response to Kerry's statement, the head of the Russian General Staff warned it is, in fact, Russia that is growing impatient with the US over Washington's refusal to cooperate…. Russia has for months been urging Washington to produce a shared map of the positions of fighting forces to avoid incidents and prevent targeting those groups fighting IS and Jibhat Al Nusra in Syria. The US hasn’t shared those coordinates.

‘As fast as they want’: US commander says Russia outpaces NATO in deployment capabilities
RT - Russian capabilities to deploy troops at long distances are “scary” as they outweigh those of NATO, the commander of US Army Europe has said, calling for “a military Schengen zone” that would allow troops to move back and forth within the bloc’s territory. “The thing I worry about the most is freedom of movement. The Russians are able to move huge formations and lots of equipment a long distance very fast,” Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of US Army Europe, told BBC’s Hardtalk show on Monday. "The Russians...can move anywhere inside of Russia, as fast as they want,” Gen. Hodges claimed, speaking during the Anakonda 2016 exercises in Poland, which are viewed as NATO’s largest Eastern European war games since the Cold War.

Panicked Brits Rush To Buy Gold Bars, Stuff Them In Home Safes
Zero Hedge - Worried British savers are scrambling to buy gold bars and "stuffing them in safes at home, data suggests, as fears mount that a Brexit-induced financial meltdown could be just around the corner." The paper cites Google search data for the term "home safe" which is running 61% higher than the level at which it peaked in November 2008, the point of the financial crisis, and is now higher than at any point since. In other words, whether intended or not, locals are more terrified of the outcome of Thursday's vote than the near-collapse of the financial system in the aftermath of Lehmans' failure. Royal Mint, Britain's official producer of gold and silver coins and bars, said sales have soared by 32% over the past month, with customers rushing to buy sovereign and Britannia bullion coins and signature gold bars in particular.

OPEC May Be Forcing Venezuela Into Regime Change
Zero Hedge - A key U.S. Congressman believes that the actions by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) regarding oil production could lead to regime change in Venezuela, according to an interview published last week. “I think ten years from now, we’ll look back at this as a positive effect, possibly on regime change in Venezuela,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan, reacting to OPEC member states failing to agree earlier this month to establish oil output limits…. The Venezuelan economy has sagged heavily over oil prices that have nosedived from $115 per barrel in June 2014 to less than $30 per barrel by January this year. As a result, the government’s strategy to rely heavily on oil revenues that make up 95 percent of Venezuelan export earnings and roughly 25 percent of its gross domestic product has backfired.

TEPCO Admits Cover-Up Of Fukushima Meltdown
Zero Hedge - Today, over five years later, we got confirmation that yet another "conspiracy theory" was just another "fact", when the president of TEPCO, Naomi Hirose, admitted on NHK that his company concealed the reactor meltdowns at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant immediately after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Hirose also confirmed that TEPCO ordered not to use the word “core meltdown” when referring to what happened at the crippled plant. In fact, the utility did not officially admit the meltdowns until more than 2 months after the accident. The announcement came a week after a scandalous report claimed that Japanese government and TEPCO hushed up the tragedy.

Shock Report: Is Big Beef Hiring Hitmen to Murder Activists – 185 Murders Last Year Alone
Natural Blaze - Environmental activists, in particular, those attempting to halt illegal logging for Big Beef, are being killed in alarming numbers, with 185 killings in 2015 — averaging three per week — a 60 percent increase over the previous year…. As Global Witness notes, conflicts over logging, hydroelectric dams, mining, and agribusiness saw the highest number of killings — but Brazil was the most impacted, losing 50 activists to the fight against illegal logging in the Amazon. According to the report, “the Amazon states of Brazil saw unprecedented levels of violence in 2015, where communities are being encroached on by ranches and agricultural plantations or gangs of illegal loggers. The rainforest has given way to thousands of illegal logging camps whilst the agricultural frontier is pushing further into previously untouched indigenous reserves. It’s estimated that 80% of timber from Brazil is illegal, and accounts for 25% of illegal wood on global markets. Much of this is being sold on to buyers in the US, Europe and China.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

AG Lynch Admits She Has No Idea Where Omar Mateen’s Wife Has Gone
The Gateway Pundit - Grabien reported: Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman. Salman has indicated she suspected Mateen was about to commit a terrorist attack, and even accompanied him to buy the weaponry he used to carry out the massacre. She insists, however, that as he left she tried to hold onto his arm so he wouldn’t leave. If the FBI believes she was aware of the impending attack, she could be prosecuted. “Has the shooter’s wife left the state of Florida?” a reporter asked Lynch during her press conference Tuesday. “Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that,” Lynch candidly replied.< strong>“I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now.”

Senate will vote on gun control compromise bill
Washington Examiner - Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday they'll soon bring a compromise gun control bill to the floor… GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has pledged to hold a vote on legislation sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, as early as this week. It would empower federal authorities to block gun purchases by people who appear on the "no-fly" list or who are on a "selectee" list that requires them to receive extra scrutiny before flying. "Essentially we believe if you are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun," Collins said just after she presented her plan to GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting…. Most Republicans have so far been unwilling to back anything more than a bill authored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that would only temporarily ban gun purchases by those on the terror watch list until the government can prove the sale should not be allowed.

3 Heavily Armed People Arrested At Holland Tunnel On Way To New York City
Zero Hedge - Three people were arrested with multiple loaded guns, rifles and ballistic vests at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday when police stopped them for driving with a cracked windshield. The three individuals, two men in their 50s and a woman in her 20s who may be from Pennsylvania, were stopped on the New Jersey side of the tunnel around 8 a.m., authorities said. A search of their vehicle revealed the weapons cache. he guns seized included long-range weapons as well as handguns. A camouflage helmet with what appeared to be night goggles was also recovered. However, in an apparent bid to ease fears of an imminent terrorist attack on NYC, two senior law enforcement officials say the three suspects are so-called "gun enthusiasts" and have no nexus to terror. There is no known threat.

DHS's watch list plan is unconstitutional and dangerous
MassPrivateI - Here's a short list of how easy it is for anyone to land on DHS's watch list. 1. Displaying Bumper Stickers on Your Vehicle. 2. Shop at Costco or Sam’s Club. 3. Paying with Cash. 4. Vote for a Third Party. 5. Flying the American Flag (or any of several historic American flags). 6. Homeschool Your Children. 7. Plant a Garden. 8. Take Pictures or Videos. 9. Believe in Conspiracy Theories, The nine examples were taken from the 'secret' gov't rulebook titled 'March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance' which labels nearly every American a potential terrorist…. The DoD claims that the proposed Database may therefore include counseling statements; credit reports; user names and aliases; logs of printer, copier and facsimile machine use; information collected through “the technical capability to observe and record the actions and activities of all users, at any time, on a computer network controlled by DoD;” and “information related to investigative or analytical efforts by DoD insider threat program personnel to identify threats toDoD personnel, property, facilities, and information.”

Texas court halts execution of man in 'shaken baby' death case
Reuters - A Texas man scheduled to be put to death next week for murdering his 2-year-old daughter has been granted a stay of execution after his lawyers argued his conviction stemmed from "junk science" about shaken baby syndrome…. In a brief filed with the court this month, his lawyers said new scientific evidence showed that he should not have been convicted and the state relied on "false, misleading, and scientifically invalid testimony.”… For decades, pathologists, pediatricians and courts recognized a distinct set of internal head injuries - brain swelling, bleeding on the surface of the brain and behind the eyes – as proof of death by deliberate shaking, even in the absence of other overt signs of violence. But medical consensus has shifted in recent years and research now shows such injuries can be caused by accidental falls from a short height, or even medical conditions such as blood-clotting disorders and latent trauma from a difficult birth, which can manifest weeks later. Lawyers for Roberson also pointed out that it is impossible to shake a baby to death without causing serious neck injuries, which his child did not suffer.

CPS Seizes Newborn From Rape Victim At Hospital — ‘Treated Worse Than The Criminal’
Off the Grid News - Witnesses claim that police and social workers took a newborn baby away from his young mother while she was still in the hospital and breastfeeding, without giving a sufficient reason. The case is controversial because the mother was a 14-year-old rape victim who had rejected an abortion. Even worse, the child’s purported father — the alleged rapist — was allowed to see the baby, Health Impact News and reported. As is standard protocol, DHR – Alabama’s version of CPS — has refused to comment on the allegations. The case is unique because reporter Terri LaPoint of Health Impact News and Juda Myers of the pro-life group Choices4Life were at the hospital and watched the removal…. The case is still under investigation. The suspected rapist, Samuel Woods II, was charged with second-degree rape on June 17, according to records from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office…. LaPoint claims the baby was taken away without a court order, a warrant and no sign of danger or neglect. Three Alabaster police officers were allegedly accompanying the DHR employees who took the baby, Braelon, away.

Election News

Trump launches anti-Clinton site amid campaign changes
Washington Examiner - Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump announced late Tuesday that his campaign was launching an anti-Clinton website called "" In a press release, the campaign announced the site "will showcase some of Clinton's most disastrous lies to the American people." The new site comes amid a whirlwind day for the campaign, during which they started releasing rapid response emails, announced staff additions and rolled out an evangelical advisory board. The news also comes a day after Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who reportedly had pushed back against further changes as they move ahead to the general election.

Trump Responds To Press Mockery Of "Terrible" Fundraising Report
Zero Hedge - The political press is abuzz today following a report that in a month in which Hillary Clinton raised $26.4 million for her fundraising campaign, leaving her with $42.5 million in cash on hand, Donald Trump managed to raise only $3.1 million, and only had $1.3 million in the bank thanks to another $2.2 million personal loans he made to his campaign. The fundraising report, posted late Monday night, received a mocking reception from political press and set off alarms among Republicans, who worry he’s not interested in raising money for himself or the national party and will get swamped by Hillary Clinton in the general election…. Trump has beaten back criticism over his "terrible" May fundraising report, by saying that he has "unlimited" cash on hand to fund his campaign because he can put up as much of his own money as he wants. And the punchline: "If need be, there could be unlimited ‘cash on hand’ as I would put up my own money, as I have already done through the primaries, spending over $50 million dollars,” Trump said in a statement. “Our campaign is leaner and more efficient, like our government should be." In a statement released on Tuesday, Trump also argued that “June represents the first full month of fundraising activity for the campaign” and that next month’s FEC filing should be used as a benchmark.

DNC Researched Clinton Speeches, Travel Records
Smoking Gun - The latest document dump from “Guccifer 2.0,” the hacker who breached the Democratic National Committee’s servers, shows that party officials have researched Hillary Clinton’s prior travel on private jets, the Clinton Foundation’s investments, and the Democratic presidential candidate’s speech contractsm The hacker this morning began distributing more than 250 files--totaling thousands of pages of records--that appear to have been prepared by DNC research staff…. As for the DNC’s claim that the breach was the work of Russian intelligence agents, “Guccifer 2.0” dismissed the assertion as a “Total fail!!!” In recent correspondence, the hacker has used an AOL France e-mail account. The bulk of the material released today centers on Clinton’s position on scores of domestic and international issues and criticisms leveled against her by assorted opponents. The documents include Clinton’s counterarguments to those attacks from Republican officials and other foes.
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CNN: Hillary Clinton Lead Drops Despite Clinching Nomination
Breitbart - A new poll from CNN/ORC finds Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by five points. Two weeks after clinching the Democrat nomination, Clinton has 47 percent support against 42 percent for Trump. At the beginning of May, though, Clinton led Trump by 13 points in CNN’s polling. Her support has dropped from 54 percent then to 47 percent today.

Why isn’t the assassination attempt on Donald Trump bigger news?
Blacklisted News - A British man was arrested over the weekend for trying to steal a policewoman's gun at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Las Vegas rally. Michael Steven Sandford told officials he drove from California to Nevada to kill Trump. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) The No. 1 trending question related to Donald Trump on Google right now is "Who tried to shoot Trump?" Which means a lot of people don't know the answer. Which is probably because the assassination attempt on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee hasn't been covered as a major news story. The answer, authorities say, is Michael Steven Sandford, a 20-year-old British citizen who was in the United States illegally after overstaying his visa. Sandford allegedly tried to pull a gun from the holster of a police officer at a Trump rally in Las Vegas on Saturday. He was arrested and later told the Secret Service that he had driven to the event from California and had been planning to kill the candidate for a year, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada.

Economy & Business

More Banker Layoffs: RBS To Cut Another 900 Jobs
Zero Hedge - Bank layoffs are now coming at a rapid pace in what is a clear sign of desperation by the firms to cut costs enough to keep shareholders happy as NIRP continues to hammer bank profits. On the heels of Bank of America announcing that 8,000 employees would be fired last week, we now learn that RBS will be cutting 900 jobs as well, in areas such as IT and other back office positions that support the commercial, retail and private bank will be cut in Britain. The latest round of cuts takes the total number of layoffs in the last four months to roughly 5% of the bank's british workforce, as at least 2,700 staff across the country have been let go since the beginning of March according to Reuters. Sources tell Reuters that more layoffs are expected to be announced in the coming months as well.

Energy & Environment

California utility announces plan to shutter state’s last nuclear plant
Ars Technica - Now, after a decades-long battle, a plant in California that sits near several fault lines will not be relicensed when its current certifications expire in the middle of next decade. The decision will bring an end to nuclear power in the golden state, which has the most aggressive climate goals in the US. At the time Fukushima occurred, California had two licensed nuclear reactors. But a faulty refurbishment had put the San Onofre in limbo; due to the uncertainty, its owners eventually decided to permanently shutter the plant. That left Diablo Canyon as the only operational plant in the state. That site had been controversial since before the plant was operational, as it is situated near several fault lines and on the coast; Fukushima did little to allay those fears. Diablo Canyon's two reactors were scheduled to be relicensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2024 and 2025. Now, in a deal negotiated between the utility and environmental groups, that relicensing won't occur. The deal calls for the lost generating power to be replaced by a mix of renewable energy, grid-scale storage, and efficiency measures.

The Big One? Large-Scale Motion Detected at San Andreas Fault: “The Build-up Is Causing Movement”
Mac Slavo - The big one is believed to be due every century or so along major fault lines – and California is long overdue. Eventually, there is just too much built up pressure that must be released…. Now, researchers have been able to model that build up of pressure along the tectonic plates of the San Andreas using new GPS techniques that have allowed more information: Analysis of GPS data has revealed new areas of motion around the San Andreas Fault System. Using data collected by the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory’s GPS array, researchers identified 125-mile-wide “lobes” of uplift and subsidence. Over the last several years, the lobes, which straddle the fault line, have hosted a few millimeters of annual movement. […] Lead author Samuel Howell, a researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, explained in a news release. “Using this technique, we were able to break down the noisy signals to isolate a simple vertical motion pattern that curiously straddled the San Andreas fault.”… According to the leading scientists in the study of tectonic plates and movements, earthquakes must periodically relieve plate pressure (about 16 feet worth of movement every century), but that has not happened on the San Andreas fault during that time period – in fact, the event is overdue.

Science & Technology

China creates world’s fastest computer without relying on US hardware for first time
RT - A Chinese supercomputer has been named the world's fastest computer for the seventh year in a row – but unlike previous winners, this year's champion uses only Chinese-designed processors, representing a decline of US dominance in the field…. It is capable of 93 petaflops, or quadrillion calculations per second, according to TOP500. It was designed for use in engineering and research, including in the fields of climate, weather, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics…. In addition to beating out US computers, China also surpassed the US for the first time as the country with the most supercomputers in the top 500. China had 167 systems and the US had 165. Japan took third place with 29 systems. China's developments serve as evidence of dwindling US dominance in the field, with TOP500 organizers saying: “Considering that just 10 years ago, China claimed a mere 28 systems on the list, with none ranked in the top 30, the nation has come further and faster than any other country in the history of supercomputing.”

New FAA commercial drone rules require “pilot certificate”
Ars Technica - On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its long-anticipated rules for commercial use of small consumer drones. The rules call for a new "remote pilot certificate," a blanket ban on night flights, and a requirement that all flights remain below 400 feet or within 400 feet of a structure. Under the new operational rules, which take effect in August 2016, drone pilots must be at least 16 years old or be supervised by an adult with a remote pilot certificate. The pilot must also maintain "visual line of sight" with the drone at all times, among other requirements. (Personal, or hobbyist, use rules remain unchanged.)… Notably, the new rules also require that any drone-related incident that results in at least $500 worth of damage or causes serious injury be reported to the FAA within 10 days…. The FAA notably does not address questions of potential privacy violations or aerial trespass—an issue that remains unresolved under federal law.


Green tea could help treat Down syndrome
STEPin2 - Green tea could help treat Down syndrome A compound found in green tea could help treat Down syndrome, according to a new study from researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain…. According to study co-leader Dr. Mara Dierssen, cognitive impairments from Down syndrome are due to overexpression of a gene called DYRK1A. The new study suggests that EGCG, the compound found in green tea, could help reduce DYRK1A expression…. The study authors concluded: “EGCG and cognitive training for 12 months was significantly more effective than placebo and cognitive training at improving visual recognition memory, inhibitory control, and adaptive behaviour. Phase 3 trials with a larger population of individuals with Down’s syndrome will be needed to assess and confirm the long-term efficacy of EGCG and cognitive training.” The study showing that green tea could help treat Down syndrome was published in The Lancet Neurology.

Baking Soda: 23 Uses for Your Health and Home
The Alternative Daily - Like many other natural substances such as Epsom salt, and coconut oil, baking soda is highly esteemed in my home and gets front and center pantry real estate. #1 Ultimate pot and pan scrubber… #2 No-fume oven cleaner… #3 Old-time fridge deodorizer… #4 Ant and cockroach repellant…

What is Oral Thrush? 9 Natural Ways to Heal Oral Thrush!
Natural News Blogs - Oral thrush is a fungal infection that occurs due to the overgrowth of fungus named as Candida albicans. It is one type of yeast infection, which develops on your tongue as well as inside your mouth. And oral thrush happens when your immune system cannot maintain the natural defense against the Candida albicans fungus…. Coconut oil is a good remedy to fight an oral infection. It helps eliminate the yeast and reduce the discomforts associated with thrush…. You can apply the juice extracted from grapefruit seeds on the tongue to deal with the problem of thrush…. Baking soda is an effective and inexpensive remedy for oral thrush. It can kill the yeast that causes the infection…. You can consume aloe vera juice (1/4th glass) on a daily basis to cure thrush…. Drinking a cup of unsweetened cranberry juice creates an acidic environment that makes it difficult for candida to thrive….

8 Natural Remedies for Healing a Bruise Fast!
David Wolfe - We all bump into doors, tables and counters every once in a while, but if you find that you bruise more easily than others, there could be several explanations, including age, blood disorders, diabetes, excessive straining during exercise, certain medications, pale skin or sun damage. Luckily, there are plenty of natural remedies you can use to help heal your accidental bruises quicker!… Vinegar increases blood flow near the surface of the skin to aid in healing. Applying a homemade solution of vinegar and warm water to a bruise can help dissipate the blood under the skin and lessen the appearance of the bruise…. Parsley is known to decrease inflammation and reduce pain. Crush a handful of parsley leaves and spread them over the bruise, then wrap the parsley-covered bruise in a bandage and let the herb help the healing process…. Mix 1 part cayenne pepper with 5 parts coconut oil to help speed up the healing process of a bruise…. Cabbage is full of Vitamin C and Vitamin K to promote healing. Break the ridges of a few cabbage leaves then dip them in hot water. Apply the cabbage strips to the bruise. If you bruise regularly, try adding sauerkraut or fermented cabbage to your diet.

Pet News

Top 7 ways the establishment (Big Food and Western Medicine) will kill your cat or dog inside of seven years
(NaturalNews) Cats and dogs that die at age 5 or 7 of leukemia didn't inherit it. More than 95 percent of cancer cases are not inherited or "genetic" – as doctors and veterinarians would have us all believe. In fact, every health problem in the world has at least one natural solution, if not many, but people are brainwashed into believing otherwise…. Here are the top seven ways the establishment – Big Food and Western Medicine – will kill your cat or dog inside of seven years, if you let them: #1. Jerky treats (and other meats, including chicken, beef and fish) from China. #2. Toxic flea-killing medicines in the form of powders, ointments, aerosol "bombs," or injections (there are safe, natural flea-killing solutions!) #3. Toxic heart worm medications. #4. GMO ingredients in the food, like corn, soy and GM salmon. #5. The same toxins in vaccines that are given to humans are also in pet vaccines – including mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG. #6. Toxic herbicides (like Roundup) and insecticides (like Raid ant and roach killer) for home, yard and garden use, get absorbed through pets' paws and cause cancer. #7. Toxins in litter – including silica gel for deodorizing and aflatoxins that attack the liver.

Will New Jersey be the First State to Outlaw Declawing?
The Catington Post - Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) last week sponsored legislation that would add onychetomy — the medical term for declawing — to the list of criminal animal cruelty offenses. If the bill (A3899) passes, veterinarians that perform declaws and the people who try to have their cats declawed would face a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail. While declaw procedures are typically done to stop cats from scratching their owners’ furniture, sometimes there is a valid medical reason – and the bill allows for that: …“therapeutic purpose” means for purpose of necessity to address the medical condition of the animal, such as an existing or recurring illness, infection, disease, injury, or abnormal condition in a claw that compromises the animal’s health. “Therapeutic purpose” shall not mean cosmetic or aesthetic reasons or reasons of convenience in keeping or handling the animal.
* Related: Declawing: Why You Should Never Subject Your Cat to This Torturous Procedure

Tuesday - June 21, 2016  -  Today in History:

1788 - The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.
1893 - The Ferris Wheel was introduced at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, IL.
1938 - In Washington, U.S. President Roosevelt signed the $3.75 billion Emergency Relief Appropriation Act.
1939 - Lou Gehrig quit baseball due to illness.
1941 - German troops entered Russia on a front from the Arctic to Black Sea.
1958 - In Arkansas, a federal judge let Little Rock delay school integration.
1963 - France announced that they were withdrawing from the North Atlantic NATO fleet.
1973 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.
1974 - The U.S. Supreme Court decided that pregnant teachers could no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.
1985 - Scientists announced that skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.
1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest was protected by the First Amendment.
2001 - Former Haitian Army colonel Carl Dorelien taken into custody in Port St. Lucie. Dorelien had been in exile since 1994 when he was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 1994 massacre.
2003 - The fifth Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was published by J.K. Rowling. shipped out more than one million copies on this day making the day the largest distribution day of a single item in e-commerce history. The book set sales records around the world with an estimated 5 million copies were sold on the first day.
2004 - SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan and piloted by Mike Melvill, reached 328,491 feet above Earth in a 90 minute flight. The height is about 400 feet above the distance scientists consider to be the boundary of space.

World News

U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria
The Daily Beast - The incident began when at least two twin-engine Su-34 bombers, some of Moscow’s most advanced warplanes, struck what the Pentagon described as a “border garrison” housing around 200 U.S.-supported rebels in At Tanf on the Syrian side of the Syria-Jordan border.... The U.S. Navy scrambled F/A-18 fighters to intercept the Russians, the Los Angeles Times reported.... Arriving over At Tanf, the American pilots apparently spoke directly to the Russian aviators.... With the American jets flying close enough to visually identify the Su-34s, the Russians departed the air space over At Tanf. Some time shortly thereafter, the F/A-18s ran low on fuel and left the area in order to link up with an aerial tanker. That’s when the Su-34s reportedly returned to At Tanf—and bombed the rebels again.... According to the Los Angeles Times, the second strike killed first-responders assisting survivors of the first bombing run.

ISIS threat to U.S. air bases, South Korea intelligence agency warns
CNN - ISIS has collected information on 77 U.S. and NATO air force facilities around the world and is calling on supporters to attack them, according to South Korea’s intelligence agency. The terror group has also released information on individuals in 21 countries, including the personal details of one employee of a South Korean welfare organization, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a statement Sunday. That person is now under protection, the agency said. The NIS says ISIS’ hacking organization, the United Cyber Caliphate, collected details of U.S. air force units in South Korea including Osan Air Base, and addresses and Google satellite maps have been released through the Telegram messaging service.

Pentagon Finds 42% of Afghans Feel Less Secure Now than Before U.S. Invasion
AllGov - In a report Friday to Congress covering war developments since December, the Pentagon cited progress in developing more capable Afghan security forces 15 years after a U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban government. But it also said public opinion surveys indicate Afghans don't feel better protected. "Perceptions of security remain near all-time lows," the report said. Only 20 percent of Afghans surveyed in March called security good. That is a drop from 39 percent a year earlier. In the latest polling, 42 percent of Afghans said security is worse now than during the time of the Taliban, which ruled the country from 1996 to late 2001 when U.S. troops invaded to eliminate an al-Qaida sanctuary. The report called the 42 percent figure a historic high.... Afghan civilian casualties in 2015, as counted by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, hit the highest level since the U.N. group began systematic documentation in 2009, the Pentagon said. It said the number continued to rise in the first half of this year. "As fighting and suicide attacks have increased in more populated areas, the number of women and children included among the civilian casualties has also increased," the report said.

Turkish police use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protest against attack on Radiohead fans for ‘listening to music during Ramadan’
The Independent -Turkish police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a crowd protesting an attack on Radiohead fans for listening to music and drinking beer during Ramadan, it has been reported. The attackers, who have not been identified and are said to have totalled several hundreds, were reportedly angry that people were consuming alcohol and listening to music during the holy month. They reportedly forcibly entered the Velvet Indieground music shop in Istanbul where a Radiohead listening party was being held, before beating people with pipes, Al Jazeera reports. The protest was organized in response to the attacks. Those taking part shouted “Shoulder to shoulder against facism” while marching. Skirmishes broke out between police and protesters, after which multiple arrests were reportedly made.

Armed Man Opens Fire Inside Venezuela's Central Bank
EPJ - An armed man opened fire inside Venezuela's central bank earlier today. He wounded two people and was shot dead, sources at the institution said, according to Reuters. "The attacker, a young guy, came in with a briefcase and fired shots and said he had a bomb," said one bank employee, who added two people had been injured. "He went up to the second floor where the macroeconomic accounts are and he was shot down there." The central bank said on Twitter an "irregular situation" in the institution's financial tower had been controlled. The socialist economic collapse that is destroying the country continues.

Rio Gets $900M Emergency Disbursement From Gov't for Olympics
The New American - A “special imbursement” of some $900 million is being provided to shore up security for the estimated 500,000 people expected to attend the two Games in August and September. It will also be enough to complete the metro system upgrade necessary to reduce traffic congestion just in time for the Games to begin. The total cost of the Olympics, at last count, is expected to exceed $30 billion, with a large portion to be laid on the backs of Brazilian taxpayers already suffering from high unemployment and inflation. This could be a vast understatement, however, as British taxpayers discovered when all the bills were in for London’s 2012 Summer Olympics. That event cost every man, woman, and child on the British Isle $315. Those games cost $14 billion — half of the upcoming Games in Rio, but twice original estimates.

Fukushima rice to be sold in Britain
RT - A total of 1.9 tons of Fukushima rice called Ten no Tsubu will be sold in London, making the UK the first EU nation to import the region’s produce after the nuclear disaster. The sale became possible after a long campaign from Fukushima natives in London to fend off rumors about the potential danger of the crops, the media said. “With the UK as a foothold, we hope to expand the sale of prefecture-produced rice to other EU member countries,” said Nobuo Ohashi from Japanese farmers group Zen-Noh. Brussels requires rice from Fukushima to undergo a radiation test in Japan or the importer country. “It’s bright news for Fukushima, which has been struggling with the import restrictions. We will make further efforts so the restrictions will be lifted entirely,” said a spokesperson for a prefectural office.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The FBI, Not “ISIS,” Radicalized the Orlando Shooter
Tony Cartalucci - USA TODAY‘s TC Palm reports in an article titled, “Exclusive: PGA Village residents want answers from security firm,” that (emphasis added): The FBI launched an investigation into Mateen after Sheriff’s Office officials reported the incident to the agency. As part of its investigation, the FBI examined Mateen’s travel history, phone records, acquaintances and even planted a confidential informant in the courthouse to “lure Omar into some kind of act and Omar did not bite,” Mascara said. The FBI concluded Mateen was not a threat after that, Mascara said…. This is in line with the FBI’s practice of approaching and entrapping potential terror suspects by posing as terrorists themselves and aiding and abetting them in the planning and preparations for high-profile attacks. In addition to the FBI’s undercover operation, it is now also revealed that Mateen frequented the website of another FBI/CIA informant, Marcus Dwayne Robertson, a former US Marine, turned bank robber, turned US government informant…. According to Fox News, Omar Mateen… was a student of Marcus Robertson, an Orlando-based radical Muslim who once served as a bodyguard to Omar Abdel Rahman — the notorious “Blind Sheikh” whom I prosecuted for terrorism crimes in the early to mid 1990s.

FBI Still Concealing Almost All of What the Orlando Gunman Said
The Intercept - ... last week, the FBI on Monday refused to release the audio or a full transcript of the gunman’s phone conversations with the police during the attack. The FBI instead published a written timeline of the attack, which included a redacted transcript of one conversation between Mateen and a 911 operator, and a partial summary of what he said in three further calls with the Orlando Police Department crisis negotiators that lasted 28 minutes in total.... Later on Monday, after that redaction was widely criticized, the FBI reversed itself, issuing an unredacted transcript revealing what had been removed.... However, based on a previous description of Mateen’s 911 calls given by FBI Director James Comey last week, it appears that the federal investigators continued to withhold details of a second conversation Mateen had with the 911 operator, which was not referred to at all in the government’s timeline.... 'There were three total calls.”.... Whatever the reasoning, the decision to withhold the audio and a complete transcript only seemed to encourage speculation online, and in the political arena, that the investigators might be concealing something.

DOJ Replaces ‘Allah’ With ‘God’ in Edited Orlando Terrorist Transcript
Kit Daniels - The Justice Department replaced references to ‘Allah’ with ‘God’ in an edited transcript of the 911 call Orlando jihadi Omar Mateen made during the Pulse night club attack. During the call, Omar Mateen made an Islamic prayer in which he said: Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of Allah [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings. In comparison, the edited DOJ transcript says: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings. It’s obvious the Obama administration is doing everything it can to downplay the Islamic connection to the attack, all while demonizing Christians and gun owners.

Report: Three Syrian “Refugees” Rape Little Girl at Knifepoint in Idaho
Paul Joseph Watson - Three Syrian refugees reportedly raped a little girl at knifepoint in Idaho before urinating on her body, an incident that prompted furious residents to accuse Twin Falls city council members of covering up the assault. The sexual assault allegedly took place on June 2, but has received virtually no media attention aside from one vague KMVT report. However, residents have been circulating what really happened on social media, with the Creeping Sharia blog reporting that the victim was a young girl who was born premature and is “less developed for her age”. The perpetrators were three Syrian youths aged 8, 10 and 13, with the oldest boy directing the assault. The little girl was playing outside Fawnbrook apartment buildings when the boys put a knife to her throat and forced her inside a laundry unit. She was then stripped naked, raped and urinated on. The 13-year-old reportedly told the younger boys to urinate on her because they were incapable of ejaculating. The victim’s grandmother found the victim and then called the girl’s mother, who called the police. The police took 2 and a half hours to arrive but were unable to take any action due to the “language barrier”. When she arrived, the mother of the alleged rapists was only able to say “no police,” while the father reportedly congratulated his 13-year-old son. Video of the entire assault was captured on the boy’s cellphone. A follow-up KMTV report revealed that, “the case has officially been sealed by a judge with no chance of it ever being unsealed since all parties involved are minors.”

Senate fails to pass new gun control restrictions in wake of Orlando shooting
The Guardian - Democrats and Republicans had put forth competing amendments to both strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. But all four bills fell short of the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate, in a near replica of a vote held in December when a pair of shooters killed 14 people and wounded 22 more in San Bernardino, California.... The chamber first voted on dueling proposals related to the federal background checks systems. The Republican amendment, which aimed to pour more resources into prosecuting violations of the current background checks system but did not expand it in any way, fell short by a vote of 53-47. The Democratic alternative, which would have required background checks for all gun sales except for gifts and loans between immediate family members, failed by a vote of 44-56. A proposal by Democrats that would have barred the sale of firearms to all individuals on the terror watch list failed to advance in a 47-53 vote. The Republican amendment, which would have enabled the justice department to delay an individual on the FBI terror watch list from completing a gun purchase for a period of 72 hours, was voted down 53-47. The Republican plan, backed by the NRA, would have required the attorney general to prove to a judge that there was probable cause for the firearm sale to be denied.

Supreme Court upholds N.Y., Conn. bans on semi-automatic weapons by not hearing appeals
Breitbart - The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of state bans on semi-automatic weapons in New York and Connecticut amid resurgent debates on gun control following the Orlando massacre. The Court’s decision to not hear the two appeals — Shew v. Malloy and Kampfer v. Cuomo — upholds federal appeals court rulings in which judges found that the bans were constitutional. Connecticut’s semi-automatic weapon ban was signed into law on April 2013, four months after the Sandy Hook massacre in which 20 children and six school employees were killed by Adam Lanza. The law expanded an existing ban by outlawing dozens of rifle models able to hold high-capacity ammunition.... California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York have variations of assault weapons bans.

Tax Foundation: ‘It Takes America 8.9 Billion Hours to Comply with IRS Paperwork’
CNS News - According to the Tax Foundation, it will take Americans 8.9 billion hours to comply with IRS tax-filing rules in 2016, which equals a compliance cost of about $409 billion. In addition, the Tax Foundation reported that the U.S. tax code has grown from 409,000 words in 1955 to 2.4 million in 2015 – an increase of 486%. The 8.9 billion hours of tax-filing, added the Tax Foundation, “is equal to nearly 4.3 million full-time workers doing nothing but tax return paperwork.” Also, the $409 billion loss to the U.S. economy in IRS compliance is greater than the gross product of 36 states. The Tax Foundation further reported that estate and gift taxes generate $20 billion annually for the U.S. government, but the opportunity cost of compliance is $19.6 billion, which reduces the net value of those taxes to only $4 million.

SC Bill to Teach Founding Principles in Public Schools
The Daily Signal - The South Carolina Founding Principles Act requires the study of the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and “the structure of the government and the role of separation of powers and the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights” to be added into statewide social studies programs. This bill, signed June 1, reinforces South Carolina’s Section 59-29-120 that required all public education students, both in high school and in college, to pass a test after a year-long class on the founding documents and principles.

Election News

Trump Fires Corey Lewandowski
Kit Daniels - “The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican Primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign,” staffer Hope Hicks said in a statement Monday…. In early April, Trump was reportedly angry at how campaign operatives led by Lewandowski were slow to protect his delegates from Cruz. Lewandowski also apparently burnt bridges with many of the reporters covering Trump’s campaign as well as Republican National Committee insiders, but what may have triggered his departure was conflict with Trump’s chief strategist Paul Manafort. Trump hired Manafort in March to take over many of the duties previously handled by Lewandowski, with Manafort reporting directly to Trump, not Lewandowski…. Manafort was also responsible for hiring veteran pollster Tony Fabrizio, a libertarian who worked for Rand Paul’s campaign, whereas Lewandowski wanted to hire Ted Cruz’s former pollster Kelly Ann Conway.

Paul Ryan to Hold Fundraiser With Apple’s Tim Cook After Cook Blocks Assistance to GOP Convention
The Gateway Pundit - If you were not yet convinced Paul Ryan is supporting Hillary Clinton this year, read this… Politico reported: Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.

"People Are Expecting A Brawl" - Trump/Clinton Debates Likely Most-Watched Ever
Zero Hedge - The back and forth between Clinton and The Donald have created an environment where people are genuinely excited to tune in and find out what a live televised debate will bring. "People are expecting a brawl. Nothing attracts viewers like a brawl" said Allen Adamson, a former branding executive. "No one's going to want to be at a dinner party and not have an opinion on who hit the knockout punch" Adamson concluded.... The most watched presidential debate thus far was the Reagan-Carter debate in 1980, which drew 81 million viewers Bloomberg reports, with no other debate coming close to that number since.... Even those outside of the US are looking forward to the debates. Joshua Castillo, an engineering student in Mexico City says Mexicans will be watching, fascinated as never before by the US presidential politics (said otherwise, fascinated by whether or not a US president will be elected that claims a wall will be built and illegal immigration rules enforced). In Moscow, Dmitriy Kosmodemiyanskiy, a money manager at Otkritie Asset Management says that "Russians are very interested", even though it will mean getting up at 4am. Tristan Averett, an American who runs a consulting firm in Lisbon is even planning on having slumber parties to watch the debates, which will air at 2am local time.

Veteran News

Air Force veteran dragged from flag-folding ceremony for speech referencing 'God'
Washington Times - Oscar Rodriguez, a 33-year Air Force veteran, was invited to speak at the April flag-folding ceremony by retiring Master Sgt. Charles Roberson, who heard Mr. Rodriguez deliver the speech one month prior and wanted it performed at his own retirement ceremony. But when Mr. Rodriguez stood up to deliver the remarks, which included references to God, he was approached by several uniformed attendees, who grabbed him and dragged him out of the room. He was later ordered off the base. Mr. Rodriguez retained the First Liberty Institute, the nation’s largest legal organization dedicated to upholding religious liberty, to represent him in potential legal action against the Air Force. First Liberty sent a letter Monday to the Air Force and to the commander at Travis Air Force Base, demanding an apology and threatening to take legal action on Mr. Rodriguez’s behalf.... Attorneys for First Liberty asked for a response by June 27, or they would “pursue all available legal options.” The standard flag-folding oration was updated by the Pentagon in 2006 to remove any references to the almighty, but many service members still prefer the traditional version and request it at their retirement ceremonies. The traditional version closes with, “God bless our flag. God bless our troops. God bless America.”

Energy & Environment

Blackout: California In Power Grid Emergency: “All Customers Should Expect 14 Days Without Power”
Mac Slavo - The entire Los Angeles metropolitan area and most of Southern California can expect blackouts this summer. The power grid is under direct threat as a result of the unprecedented, but little reported, massive natural gas leaks at Alisco Canyon that was ongoing for four months as an intense summer heat wave sets in. According to Reuters: California will have its first test of plans to keep the lights on this summer… With record-setting heat and air conditioning demand expected in Southern California, the state’s power grid operator issued a so-called “flex alert,” urging consumers to conserve energy to help prevent rotating power outages – which could occur regardless. Electricity demand is expected to rise during the unseasonable heatwave on Monday and Tuesday, with forecast system-wide use expected to top 45,000 megawatts, said the California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages electricity flow through the state. That compares with a peak demand of 47,358 MW last year and the all-time high of 50,270 MW set in July 2006. That could put stress on the power grid, particularly with the shut-in of Aliso Canyon, following a massive leak at the underground storage facility in October [Editor’s Note: which was not stopped fully until mid-February 2016].

Hot Mess: States Struggle to Deal with Radioactive Fracking Waste
Common Dreams - ... the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas drilling byproducts — which include brine, sludge, rock and soiled equipment — leaving tracking and handling to states that may be reluctant to alienate energy interests.... An analysis by the Center for Public Integrity shows that states are struggling to keep pace with this waste stream, relying largely on industry to self-report and self-regulate. States have also been slow to assess and curb risks from exposure to the waste, which can remain radioactive for millennia.... The four states in the Marcellus [Shale] are taking different approaches to the problem; none has it under control. Pennsylvania has increasingly restricted disposal of drilling waste, while West Virginia allows some landfills to take unlimited amounts. Ohio has yet to formalize waste rules, despite starting the process in 2013. New York, which banned fracking, accepts drilling waste with little oversight. Inconsistencies have raised concerns among regulators and activists that waste is being “shopped around” by companies seeking the path of least resistance, or unsafely reused.... While radiation emitted from fracking waste may pale in comparison to that from nuclear power plant waste, Nadia Steinzor [of the environmental group Earthworks] said regulators don’t know the cumulative impacts of landfilling the loads over time.

Greenpeace co-founder argues rising emissions are saving planet, not destroying it
Washington Times - Mr. Moore, a Greenpeace turncoat who now challenges the catastrophic climate-change narrative, said in a treatise that carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere dipped so low about 18,000 years ago that plant life was threatened. “All life is carbon based and the primary source of this carbon is the CO2 in the global atmosphere,” Mr. Moore said in his executive summary. “As recently as 18,000 years ago, at the height of the most recent major glaciation, CO2 dipped to its lowest level in recorded history at 180 ppm, low enough to stunt plant growth.” At about 150 ppm, plant life dies due to carbon dioxide starvation, he said in his paper, “The Positive Impact of Human CO2 Emissions on the Survival of Life on Earth,” released Monday by the Canada-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy. “It is calculated that if the decline in CO2 levels were to continue at the same rate as it has over the past 140 million years, life on Earth would begin to die as soon as two million years from now and would slowly perish almost entirely as carbon continued to be lost to the deep ocean sediments,” according to the summary. “The combustion of fossil fuels for energy to power human civilization has reversed the downward trend in CO2 and promises to bring it back to levels that are likely to foster a considerable increase in the growth rate and biomass of plants, including food crops and trees,” the study says.

Science & Technology

What Could Go Wrong? Crime Fighting Robots Now Equipped with Self-Defense
The Free Thought Project - Now, robots which, say, patrol for criminal or suspicious activity come with a blend of humanoid characteristics and self-defense programs which prevent them from being perceived as too cute — or too menacing.... After several failed design attempts to find the appropriate balance between relatable and threatening — and a number of incidents in which robots faced ‘abuse’ or ‘assault’ by humans — newer robots employ self-defense capabilities.... Experts on the interaction between humans and their new mechanical counterparts observed “robot abuse” in action in Okinawa, Japan, in 2014, when robots designed to assist the elderly in purchasing groceries came under attack by children, who kicked it, beat it with a bottle and bent its neck.... Those experiments led, in part, to robots with human-like facial features that can also employ defensive tactics if someone gets spooked or wishes to cause harm. Instead of reacting as if they’re being hurt, some newer robots have been designed to simply stop moving altogether — in theory, to cause attackers to lose interest.... While the world might not be quite ready for armed robots-on-patrol, it would be a question worth considering as designs improve and people become familiarized to their presence.

China Is Crushing The U.S. In The Supercomputer Race
Vocativ - China is now home to the world’s most powerful supercomputer for the fourth year in a row. Intended to be used for manufacturing and the modeling of earth systems, the new Sunway TaihuLight is capable of performing 93,000 trillion calculations per second—more than five times faster than the closest competitor owned and operated by the U.S.... At the end of 2008, all of the top ten supercomputers on the planet were American. But the country’s record has slid significantly, with its last number one slot occurring in 2012. Now, China is the nation to beat, with both the highest and second highest performing systems in existence, according to the TOP500 List.... Japan, which once accounted for almost half of the top ten, now barely keeps in touch. European players are near the top ten, with the likes of Switzerland’s Supercomputer Centre housing machines that do calculations for CERN. Saudi Arabia has made the top ten for the last two years thanks to new supercomputer which will crunch, along with other subjects, oil and gas data.... In addition to having the best of the bunch, China also has the most supercomputers in the top 500 list—a total of 167 compared to 165 in the U.S. It’s the first time China has edged out the U.S. in this regard.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: New MacDonald
Only Organic - Watch as these kids show what makes organic farming the choice for the future in a surprising twist on a classic children’s song. It's time to say goodbye to Old MacDonald. When you choose Organic you are choosing a future with less toxic chemicals in our food and environment. Share this video with a friend and help us build a healthier future for all of us, free of added hormones, antibiotics, GMOs and toxic pesticides.


FDA Approves Stomach Pump Device for Weight Loss
Natural Society - On Tuesday, the FDA approved a stomach pump, described by some as a “reverse feeding tube,” to help people lose weight. The strange weight-loss device is basically an external pump that dumps part of the stomach contents into the toilet. The AspireAssist device is approved for use in morbidly-obese people, and helps them lose an average of 12% of body weight, which is significantly more than pills or most diet. AspireAssist is considered minimally-invasive and includes a tube that goes from the inside of the stomach to a port on the outside of the abdomen. Patients can attach the pump to the outside port as needed to remove about 1/3 of the stomach’s contents at a time. If you can’t handle the sight of vomit, this might not be the device for you…. Dumping the stomach’s contents before they can be absorbed by the body…wait, isn’t there already a “weight-loss method” like that? This sounds an awful lot like bulimia. I’m not alone in that assessment. In fact, some experts are very disturbed that the FDA agreed to approve a device that, they say, is the equivalent of “assisted bulimia.” Even the FDA sees the potential danger.

Clover: The ‘Annoying’ Little Weed That Is Edible, Tasty, And Nutritious, Too
Off the Grid News - Native Americans ate clover raw, or steamed large quantities of fresh, moist leaves between two hot stones. The roots, when dried, were dipped in meat drippings or oil. The dried seed pods and flowers were ground into powder and sprinkled on food or used to make bread. There are several dozen species of clover with charming names like sweet kitty clover, meadow honeysuckle clove, peavine clover and cowgrass clover. But white clover (Trifolium repens) and red clover (Trifolium pratense) are most familiar. Both are edible and packed with beta-carotene, protein and a variety of beneficial vitamins and minerals…. Red clover, which is believed to be slightly more nutritious than white clover, is a robust plant that can reach a height of 24 inches. It has a taproot. White clover is a smaller plant that spreads by rhizomes. There are no particular tricks when it comes to integrating clover into your diet. The key is to keep it simple. For example, eat the blooms and leaves raw or dip them in a little salty water. You also can toss a few leaves or blooms into salads, soup or stir fries. Many people claim that clover (a member of the pea family) is more flavorful and easier to digest after it’s been boiled for five or 10 minutes, but you may have your own ideas.

Try This Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric-Coconut Bedtime Drink for Better Digestion
Natural News Blogs - Nearly everyone has experienced the unpleasant sensation of feeling overly full or having an upset stomach at bedtime. This is particularly a possibility if the evening meal has been heavy or rich in nature. This poor bedtime digestion can lead to a number of problems, including reflux, heartburn or interrupted sleep. Fortunately, there are ways to help treat this problem naturally…. Ingredients: 2 cups coconut milk, 1 teaspoon turmeric, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1-inch piece of sliced ginger root [and] Honey to taste. Add all ingredients except the honey together in a bowl and whisk together. Pour into a saucepan and heat until it is at a low boiling and bubbling. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Strain out the ginger root, add the honey and enjoy while warm. This is not a difficult recipe to make. But it is delicious, the creaminess of the coconut blending well with the spice of turmeric and the sweetness of honey.

Monday - June 20, 2016  -  Today in History:

1782 - The U.S. Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.
1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a cotton gin patent. He received the patent on March 14. The cotton gin initiated the American mass-production concept.
1863 - West Virginia became the 35th state to join the U.S.
1863 - The National Bank of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA, became the first bank to receive a charter from the U.S. Congress.
1898 - The U.S. Navy seized the island of Guam enroute to the Philippines to fight the Spanish.
1923 - France announced it would seize the Rhineland to assist Germany in paying its war debts.
1941 - The U.S. Army Air Forces was established, replacing the Army Air Corps. The Army Air Forces were abolished with the creation of the United States Air Force in 1947.
1943 - Race-related rioting erupted in Detroit. Federal troops were sent in two days later to end the violence that left more than 30 dead.
1947 - Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was murdered in Beverly Hills, CA, at the order of mob associates angered over the soaring costs of his project, the Flamingo resort in Las Vegas, NV.
1955 - The AFL and CIO agreed to combine names and a merge into a single group.
1963 - The United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line communication link between the two countries.
1977 - The Trans-Alaska Pipeline began operation.
1979 - ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot to death in Managua, Nicaragua, by a member of President Anastasio Somoza's national guard.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers must treat male and female workers equally in providing health benefits for their spouses.
1997 - The tobacco industry agreed to a massive settlement in exchange for major relief from mounting lawsuits and legal bills.
2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 38th home run of the season. The home run broke the major league baseball record for homers before the midseason All-Star break.
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution of mentally retarded murderers was unconstitutionally cruel. The vote was 6 in favor and 3 against.

World News

First Brexit Poll After Jo Cox Death Reveals Stunning Result
Zero Hedge - Before the assassination of British MP Jo Cox, the "Leave" campaign had been surging in recent polls... as USA Today reports, the first post-Cox poll reveals a shocking swing in "Remain" voters... Qriously, a London-based technology start-up that gathers data and intelligence about consumers through mobile phone apps, found that backing among likely voters for Britain's EU membership has dropped to 32% from 40% before her death. The poll was based on 1,992 British adults surveyed on June 13-16, and then 1,002 on June 17 — the day after Cox was shot and killed in northern England. The start-up claims to have held the first such survey on the topic since the lawmaker's slaying. Most of Qriously’s surveys are done for corporate brands and it has not been previously conducted an EU referendum poll.

Switzerland Withdraws Application To Join EU: Only "Lunatics May Want To Join Now"
Zero Hedge - Resentment toward the EU hit a new high yesterday when the upper house of the Swiss parliament on Wednesday followed in the footsteps of Iceland, and voted to invalidate its 1992 application to join the European Union, backing an earlier decision by the lower house.... Thomas Minder, counsellor for the state of Schaffhausen and an active promoter of the concept of “Swissness,” said he was eager to “close the topic fast and painlessly” as only “a few lunatics” may want to join the EU now, he told the newspaper.... To be sure, Switzerland’s longstanding application to join the EU has not had a significant impact on the country’s politics for more than 20 years, as its accession negotiations have been suspended since 1992 in the wake of a referendum to join the European Economic Area, when the Swiss voted down the idea of closer ties with the EU. Coming one week before the Brexit referendum it will be seen as highly symbolic, however, and may give further impetus to the Leave campaign.

One of biggest protests in 2 decades: Over 50,000 Okinawans gather for anti-US military rally
RT - The rally, which organizers said numbered more than 65,000 – including Governor Takeshi Onaga and officials from opposition parties – has taken place in Okinawa’s capital Naha located in close proximity to US air bases Kadena and Futenma. Simultaneous solidarity protest took place outside the national parliament in Tokyo. The demonstrators were protesting against heavy US military presence and grave crimes repeatedly committed by servicemen against the residents. In the most recent case that resonated amongst the locals, a 20-year-old woman has been murdered by an ex-Marine employed as civil worker at the US military base.... Demonstrators have also protested plans by Washington and Tokyo to move a major US Marine base from the center of the island to pristine waters off Okinawa’s northern coast. Okinawa's Governor Takeshi Onaga, who has spoken at the Naha protest, argues against the plan and wants the base to be removed from Okinawa completely.

UN Demands Bigger, Stronger UN “Police” Force
New American - …the United Nations is launching a major push to expand and further empower its UN “police” force known as UNPOL. At the same time, the controversial global organization is working to usurp more influence over national police forces, with the UN bringing together more than 100 national police chiefs this month at what is its first-ever UN “Chiefs of Police Summit” (UN COPS). The scheming comes less than two years after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on local police forces in the United States to comply with what he cryptically referred to as “international standards. At the center of the UN’s efforts to empower its self-styled “Police” force is a new report commissioned by the UN … In reality, the [UN] Police Division’s current capacity and resourcing is insufficient and has not kept pace with the increased tasks and complexity of police mandates in peace operations,” the report claimed…. The report also called for upgrading the UN’s “Police Adviser” bureaucrat to “Assistant Secretary-General” status. Finally, the document called for the roll-out of a “strategic framework” that envisions UN police serving as a “substitute for local police,” “helping secure elections,” and even fighting “crime and violent extremism.” The UN has also proudly launched a global war on “ideologies,” including “anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Rio Declares State Of "Public Calamity", Warns Of Total Collapse In Security, Health And Transport
Zero Hedge - ... just 49 days before the start of the Olympics, the Rio state government declared a state of "public calamity" (yes, that's the technical term) warning of a risk of total collapse in public security, health, transport and virtually everything else, because as the local government explained, the financial crisis is preventing it from fulfilling its requirements for the Games. In other words, the money is gone... as a result of the ongoing economic and now political catastrophe in the country, the 2016 Oympics may never even happen in the country gripped by what may be the worst depression in its history. Oh, and then the whole Zika thing.... Finally, by declaring a state of public calamity, the state government of Rio de Janeiro aims to get access to federal cash. The question is whether there is any left.

No food, no teachers, violence in failing Venezuela schools
Washington Times - The soaring crime and economic chaos stalking Venezuela is also ripping apart a once up-and-coming school system.... Officially, Venezuela has canceled 16 school days since December, including Friday classes because of an energy crisis. In reality, Venezuelan children have missed an average of 40 percent of class time, a parent group estimates, as a third of teachers skip work on any given day to wait in food many students have fainted from hunger that administrators told parents to keep their children home if they have no food. And while the school locks its gate each morning, armed robbers, often teens themselves, still manage to break in and stick up kids... As many as 40 percent of teachers skip class on any given day to wait in food lines that snake through Caracas like spider veins, according to the Venezuela Teacher’s Federation. School director Helena Porras has asked nearby supermarkets to let teachers cut in line. And she’s disciplined staff for selling students passing grades in exchange for scarce goods like milk and flour.... As food grows scarce, schools have reported dozens of cafeteria robberies. This month, thieves beat a security guard to death at one school so they could make off with the cafeteria’s food. That leaves children with nothing to eat at home or in school. A quarter of Venezuelan children missed class this year because of hunger, according to the national research group Foundation Bengoa.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama effectively restarts Afghanistan combat operations a year after officially ending them
Washington Times - White House officials have given the administration’s tacit approval to allow U.S. commanders in Afghanistan to conduct offensive airstrikes against the Taliban and other insurgent groups and to let American troops restart joint ground operations with Afghan forces. The changes were based on the findings of a three-month review of the situation in Afghanistan, which was overseen by Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander there, and submitted to Pentagon and White House officials this month. Before the changes made at Gen. Nicholson’s behest, American air power was authorized only when U.S. forces were under direct threat and American combat missions in the country were limited to special operations teams.... The White House planned to reduce U.S. troop numbers from the current 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of this year, with the ultimate goal of a full troop withdrawal by the end of next year. That plan, however, relied heavily on Afghan forces’ ability to hold ground against the Taliban with little to no American military support. But since the official end of U.S. combat operations in the country, the Taliban have stepped up their battle tempo significantly. After two fighting seasons on their own, Afghan forces have ceded nearly 80 of Afghanistan’s 400-plus districts to Taliban control.

Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records
Government Executive — A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information. Lockheed tried to recover the information for two weeks before notifying the Air Force, according to a service statement. The Air Force has begun asking for assistance from cybersecurity professionals at the Pentagon as well as from private contractors.... [Air Force spokeswoman] Ann Stefanek said the ACTS system contains all sorts of personal information, such as complaints, the findings of an investigation, and any actions taken. The database also contains records of congressional and constituent inquiries. The data lost dates back to 2004. “[W]hen the system crashed, all those historical records were lost,” she said. Data about current investigations has also been lost, which is delaying them.

Lynch: "Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed
RealClear News - In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that on Monday, the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police…. Transcript: LORETTA LYNCH: “What we're announcing tomorrow is that the FBI is releasing a partial transcript of the killer's calls with law enforcement, from inside the club. These are the calls with the Orlando PD negotiating team, who he was, where he was... that will be coming out tomorrow and I'll be headed to Orlando on Tuesday. CHUCK TODD: Including the hostage negotiation part of this? LYNCH: Yes, it will be primarily a partial transcript of his calls with the hostage negotiators. CHUCK TODD: You say partial, what's being left out? LYNCH: What we're not going to do is further proclaim this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda. CHUCK TODD: We're not going to hear him talk about those things? LYNCH: We will hear him talk about some of those things, but we are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance and that. It will not be audio, it will be a printed transcript. But it will begin to capture the back and forth between him and the negotiators, we're trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible. As you know, because the killer is dead, we have a bit more leeway there and we will be producing that information tomorrow.

Video: Media Casually Tours Orlando Shooter’s Apartment Only 24 Hrs After Shooting?
Melissa Dykes - Apparently the FBI accidentally left the doors unlocked and the windows open to the shooter’s apartment…allegedly a crime scene to the largest terror attack since 9/11. I uploaded this video under the category “entertainment” because it can’t possibly be news.

Florida Gun Store Owner Reveals He Called FBI on Orlando Killer One Month Prior to Massacre
Activist Post - In an explosive revelation, a Florida gun store owner revealed on Thursday that he had contacted the FBI about Omar Mateen about a month before the Orlando nightclub shooter’s bloody rampage — after the would-be killer attempted to purchase body armor and a large amount of ammunition, according to The Hill. Owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Robert Abell, said Mateen was turned away when he tried to purchase two types of body armor the store did not carry, as well as 1,000 rounds of ammunition. According to the report in The Hill: The store contacted the FBI, which was also investigating a group of Middle Eastern men buying police gear at the store. The men turned out to be security guards. The FBI asked about Mateen’s visit, but the store couldn’t provide any identifying details or security camera footage. Store employees realized that the man was Mateen after his picture circulated in the media in the wake of the massacre that left 49 people dead. Mateen was killed by police when they raided the nightclub.

Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement
Michigan Capitol Confidential - “We are proposing the creation of specific ‘Diversity’ courses, with students required to take one course in this designation,” said a document from the General Education Reform Committee, which is recalibrating what the university will expect from all students who earn a degree from the state university. It released the proposal in May. The committee report said, “These courses will provide opportunities for students to explore diversity at the domestic level and consider the ways in which it intersects with real world challenges at the local, national and/or global level.” In announcing the change in mathematics, the university said, "This decision was made largely because the current (math) requirement is at a level already required by most high school mathematics curriculum.".... “Colleges and universities use general education requirements to ensure that students learn the subjects it deems most important,” [Executive Director of the National Association of Scholars] Ashley Thorne said in an email. “Wayne State University’s decision to drop math and add diversity to its requirements reveals that its leaders do not have their priorities straight.” “Mathematical ability is an objective and practical skill that will serve students the rest of their lives, which is why it has traditionally been a core part of college curricula. ‘Diversity’ is not an academic subject. It is a concept invented to classify people by their social identities,” she said. “Focusing on individuals’ race, ethnicity, sex, and sexuality in this way has been demonstrated to lead to racial animus, segregation, stigmas, discrimination, and poor academic performance. It also politicizes education.”

Election News

New Texas GOP Platform Takes on Texas Secretary of State and Election Integrity
Raging Elephants Radio - The Texas GOP birthed a new and improved, two hundred 2016 Texas Republican Platform on May13, 2016. The Platform now consists of 266 planks and one of them, the Elections Integrity Plank No. 59, takes on the Texas Secretary of State’s (SoS) Election Division and directs their office to step up and better secure our Texas elections. The new election language passed with an overwhelming 90% approval of all convention delegates. The first major change to the election plank #59 sets the expectation for the SoS: “We support the Secretary of State strictly enforcing printing of Results Tapes for electronic voting for early voting and Election Day at polling locations after the polls close for all counties.” This directive came about because many counties are receiving waivers to election law related to computerized voting machines. Texans are not happy with electronic voting machines according to Dr. Laura Pressley, Ph.D. who has the first formal election contest in the state with evidence of electronic voting computer corruption in Texas—in Travis County.

Republican Operatives Launch All-Out Effort To Unbind The Delegates And Deny Trump The Nomination
Economic Collapse - Over the past couple of days, the Washington Post, CNN and a whole host of other mainstream news outlets have been reporting on a new “last-ditch effort” that has been launched by Republican operatives to get the Republican convention Rules Committee to unbind all of the delegates and allow them to vote however they want. As you will see below, they can do this, and if they get enough votes they will do it. This current effort is different from what we have seen so far during this campaign season, because it is actually being organized by the delegates themselves. This movement is being spearheaded by a delegate from Colorado named Kendal Unruh. She is actually a key member of the Republican convention Rules Committee.... For her, it is not about getting some other specific candidate nominated. Rather, the entire goal is simply to stop Donald Trump… So could the Republican convention Rules Committee actually do this?... As Time Magazine has explained, the Republican convention Rules Committee essentially has the power to make up any rules that they want. And thanks to political wrangling by the Cruz campaign, we do know that the rules committee is dominated by delegates that are loyal to Cruz… The rule change that would unbind all of the delegates and free them up to “vote their consciences” has already been drafted.

Anti-Trump Protester Arrested After Trying to Take Police Officer’s Gun at Vegas Rally
The Gateway Pundit - For some reason this didn’t make any headlines? FOX News reported: Authorities in Las Vegas arrested a 19-year-old man after he allegedly tried to disarm a police officer at the Donald Trump presidential rally. Las Vegas Metro police said Michael Sanford approached a uniformed officer and started a conversation looking to get an autograph. Minutes into the conversation, Sanford attempted to disarm the officer, police said. Authorities said officers assigned to the rally were able to take Sanford into custody with little disruption at the venue. No other incidents or injuries were reported.

Former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor Defeats Pro-Obamatrade RINO in Virginia Primary
The Gateway Pundit - Former US Navy SEAL and Virginia state Del. Scott Taylor won the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary Tuesday with a feisty grassroots campaign after being outspent almost 10-to-1 by U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, a eight-term legislator who was trying to move from his home district to a supposedly friendlier one nearby. His support for Obamatrade cost Rep. Forbes his seat in the US House.

Veteran News

VA Abandons Use of Law Allowing Expedited Firing of Its Executives
AllGov - The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer use its authority to fire senior executives in an expedited manner — dropping a key portion of a law Congress passed two years ago in response to a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the agency was forced to abandon the new authority after the Justice Department said it would no longer defend the provision in court. "Under these circumstances, I believe it would be irresponsible to continue using that authority when other methods for disciplining senior executives exist," Gibson said late Friday. Using the expedited authority against Justice Department advice "would only hinder VA's ability to hold senior officials accountable...and make those actions stick," Gibson said.... "Everyone knows VA isn't very good at disciplining employees, but this decision calls into question whether department leaders are even interested in doing so," said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House veterans panel.

Veterans Who Died from Agent Orange Exposure Honored at Vietnam War Memorial
Breitbart - The names of 312 Vietnam War veterans who died from exposure to Agent Orange were added to the rolls at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial on Saturday. Family members of the deceased veterans were on hand to receive a recognition plaque and place photos of their loved ones at the base of the memorial wall of names. The ceremony took place on the grounds of the National Mall just outside The Wall of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial on Saturday.... “We are adding 312 names to the rolls and database of Vietnam Veterans who have died,” the volunteer said. “They won’t be added to the actual wall, but their names will be recorded for posterity.” “There are 58,315 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; names of men and women who died on the battlefield of the Vietnam War,” Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund President and CEO Jim Knotts said in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “Those men and women are honored on a daily basis by everyone who sees The Wall.” “There are many thousands more who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but their deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion on The Wall. VVMF’s In Memory program honors those veterans, many of whom came home to fight a whole new battle and never fully recovered either physically or emotionally. It is our duty to make sure their sacrifice is never forgotten,” he explained. The Department of Defense only allows names to be added to The Wall of veterans who have died from wounds sustained during the war. They are not allowing the addition of the nearly 3,000 Vietnam War veterans who died from exposure to Agent Orange related illnesses, The Duluth News Tribune reported.

Economy & Business

Wall Street rocked by $8 billion hedge fund implosion
Hang The Bankers - Visium Asset Management, a multibillion dollar hedge fund, has imploded in the biggest scandal to hit the industry in years. The fund told investors of its plan to close in a letter Friday. It’s the most high-profile shutdown since authorities forced Steve Cohen’s controversial SAC Capital to close in 2013. A slew of factors — from a brewing insider-trading scandal to a contentious investment by Visium’s founder that rankled investors and staffers alike — led to Visium’s demise. On top of all of that, Visium’s flagship fund had been reporting dismal performance. Visium is selling one of its better performing funds to AllianceBernstein, it said. Just days before Visium announced the shut down, one of its top portfolio managers — Sanjay Valvani — was charged with wire and securities fraud. He is accused of using insider information from a Food and Drug Administration Official to place trades on drug companies ahead of key FDA decisions from about 2005 through 2011. Two other former Visium portfolio managers, Christopher Plaford and Stefan Lumiere, were accused of purposefully miscalculating the price of securities so that they could charge investors inflated fees and mislead them about the fund’s liquidity.

Energy & Environment

State Bans Third Party Solar to Protect Corporate Masters — Effectively Killing Homegrown Renewable Energy
Natural Blaze - In January, we reported that Nevada’s public utility company and their cohorts at the Public Utilities Commission killed the sunny state’s solar industry with a 40% tax hike on solar customers. The move drove two major solar companies out of the state, cut up to a thousand jobs, sabotaged consumer investments in solar energy and discouraged the off-grid movement. It’s part of a calculated effort by investor-owned utilities and corporate front groups like the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). North Carolina is one of four states that actually ban third-party solar sales. Only “regulated utilities” can sell electricity there, such as Duke Energy which enjoyed $23.5 billion in revenue in 2015. The energy giant has campaigned against bills that would benefit rooftop solar, as it threatens their monopoly of producing and distributing energy in the state. Now, a dispute between the state and the nonprofit North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN) is exposing the dark underbelly of government-corporate collusion.

Western Wildfires Triple in Size; Evacuations In 3 States
Weather Channel - Major wildfires burning across the West have consumed tens of thousands of acres and forced evacuations in at least three states. In New Mexico, one particular wildfire exploded in size on Thursday. Dry conditions are hampering firefighting efforts in a region that's expected to see dangerous and potentially deadly heat over the weekend and into early next week…. The most extreme heat in the coming days will be in the Desert Southwest where highs could climb to near 120 degrees, including in Phoenix, where it hasn't been that hot in more than 20 years. A state of emergency has been declared as the Dog Head Fire more than tripled to around 17,000 acres by Saturday morning, forcing evacuations in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque. The sudden growth was attributed to dry conditions, hot temperatures and afternoon winds…. The blaze has destroyed 24 single residences and 21 other minor structures as of Saturday, Inciweb reports.

Obama Falsely Links Fires to Climate Change at Yosemite
Breitbart - President Barack Obama used his visit to Yosemite National Park on Saturday to tout his administration’s environmental record and to warn Americans about the dangers of climate change — albeit with false information. “Fires are raging across the west right now … all while it’s still really early in the season,” he said in a speech at the park, according to the Los Angeles Times. Obama joins California Governor Jerry Brown in making a spurious connection between wildfires and climate change that scientists have long since rejected…. Obama also touted his administration’s record in expanding public lands and taking regulatory actions, including enforcing the Endangered Species Act (which many Californians blame for overzealous protection of the Delta smelt at the expense of water allocations to farmers).

Science & Technology

New Company Promises to Spy on Your Facebook Posts for Your Landlord
Activist Post - A new UK startup will “take a deep dive” into the intimate details of people’s private lives by essentially strip-mining data from their social media profiles — and then sell what’s unearthed to just about anybody willing to pay. Score Assured, as the umbrella company, will offer a suite of services to those desiring a more personal insight into applicants’ lives across a number of different sectors. Tenant Assured, for instance — marketed to landlords — is already up and running. The next program to go live, Recruit Assured, will target employers. “We’re trying to bring back a level of personal relationship to the digital world so the right judgement can be made for the right reason,” Score Assured co-founder Steve Thornhill told The Verge.

American Medical Association Warns of Health and Safety Problems from “White” LED Street Lights
Natural Blaze - Municipalities are replacing existing streetlights with efficient and long-lasting LEDs to save money on energy and maintenance. Although the streetlights are delivering these benefits, the AMA’s stance reflects how important proper design of new technologies is and the close connection between light and human health…. An incandescent bulb has a color temperature of 2400K, which means it contains far less blue and far more yellow and red wavelengths. Before electric light, we burned wood and candles at night; this artificial light has a CT of about 1800K, quite yellow/red and almost no blue. What we have now is very different. The new “white” LED street lighting which is rapidly being retrofitted in cities throughout the country has two problems, according to the AMA. The first is discomfort and glare. Because LED light is so concentrated and has high blue content, it can cause severe glare, resulting in pupillary constriction in the eyes. Blue light scatters more in the human eye than the longer wavelengths of yellow and red, and sufficient levels can damage the retina. This can cause problems seeing clearly for safe driving or walking at night…. In the case of white LED light, it is estimated to be five times more effective at suppressing melatonin at night than the high pressure sodium lamps (given the same light output) which have been the mainstay of street lighting for decades. Melatonin suppression is a marker of circadian disruption, which includes disrupted sleep. Bright electric lighting can also adversely affect wildlife by, for example, disturbing migratory patterns of birds and some aquatic animals which nest on shore.


White House Warns: Start Stockpiling For ‘Long-Term Loss Of Electric Power’
Off the Grid News - “For the first time since the demise of the civil defense program of the Cold War, the federal government has made one of the most significant modifications to its emergency preparedness message,” wrote Manto, CEO of Instant Access Networks LLC, a firm that produces solutions for EMP-protected microgrids. “A three-day emergency kit is no longer sufficient to prepare for emerging threats, whether coming from Earth or from space.” Manto added, “Instead of implying that U.S. communities can always count on being rescued from any disaster in four days – requiring three days of food and water to stay comfortable – the implication now is that local communities might not always receive assistance for a much longer period of time.” The new federal government strategy contains several changes that Manto said are significant: “Complete an all-hazards power outage response and recovery plan: for extreme space weather events and the long-term loss of electric power and cascading effects on other critical infrastructure sectors; “Other low-frequency, high-impact events are also capable of causing long-term power outages on a regional or national scale. “The plan must include the Whole Communityand enable the prioritization of core capabilities. “Develop and conduct exercisesto improve and test Federal, State, regional, local and industry-related space weather response and recovery plans: Exercising plans and capturing lessons learned enables ongoing improvement in event response and recovery capabilities.”


Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Used as a Stabilizer in Vaccines
Health Impact News - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Excipient and Media Summary lists five vaccines that contain monosodium glutamate: Adenovirus, Influenza (FluMist) Quadrivalent, MMRV (ProQuad), Varicella (Varivax), Zoster (Shingles–Zostavax). MSG is used as a stabilizer in vaccines. Stabilizers are added to vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when it is exposed to heat, light, acidity or humidity…. Russell Blaylock, MD, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills has extensively studied the effects of MSG on the brain. He identifies MSG an excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are food and taste-enhancing chemicals found in many food products. Aside from MSG, other excitotoxins include hydrolyzed vegetable protein, aspartame (a food sweetener sold on the market as NutraSweet) and cysteine. Excitotoxins overstimulate certain neurons in the brain causing them to continue firing until they tire themselves and die. This overexcitement of neurons can cause brain damage of varying degrees and can potentially trigger degenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, all of which develop gradually.

Simple way to slash your risk of pancreatic cancer by up to 48 percent
(NaturalHealth365) Pancreatic cancer is very often quite difficult to diagnose due to the fact that there aren’t any simple, affordable screening tests available at this time for finding it in the early, asymptomatic stages. It usually isn’t detected until it’s too late.,,, Now, there is now exciting news from a University of Pittsburgh study revealing far lower cancer rates in persons who take key supplements. University of Pittsburgh researchers have found a link between the vitamins B6 and choline and a lowered risk of pancreatic cancer. The findings can be found in the publication Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention…. Among those patients who took the most consistent and substantial amounts of vitamin B6, a 48 percent lowered risk of pancreatic cancer was demonstrated. Persons who took the highest amounts of choline had a 33 percent reduced risk of pancreatic cancer.

Drinking lemon ginger turmeric tea relieves pain while boosting your immune system
(NaturalNews) Starting your day with lemon ginger turmeric tea is an excellent way to give your body the daily love it needs. It kick-starts digestion, fights inflammation, boosts the immune system and helps to detoxify the liver and blood. It can be used to treat a broad range of ailments, such as the common cold, a sore throat, cough, seasonal allergies, fatigue, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive complaints.,,, Here is a delicious spin on the old lemon water favorite which adds a little bit more punch and healing nutrients to your daily life. Ingredients (serves 1) 1 teaspoon fresh grated turmeric root (or 0.5 teaspoon turmeric powder), 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root (or 0.5 teaspoon ginger powder), 2–3 twists black pepper (to make the turmeric more bio-available), Juice of half a lemon, 1–2 teaspoons raw honey (optional) [and] 1.5 cups filtered water.

Woman Drinks 3 Liters of Water a Day and Looks Years Younger!
David Wolfe - Water lubricates your joints, protects your spinal cord and regulates your body temperature. It is the only fluid you could get away with drinking exclusively. It’s also one of the only fluids you can drink three liters of per day and thrive because of it. (Try that with Coke and you’ll die.)… #1 – Better Looking Skin: A lot of people spend money on expensive acne cleansers and anti-aging creams that either doesn’t work to begin with or becomes ineffective over time. But drinking a lot of water (y’know, like three liters) is the best way to flush out toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. And the best part? Its effectiveness is never going to wear off. You’ll stay looking young and refreshed, with clear skin, as long as you continue your water consumption habits. #2 – Weight Loss: One of the reasons is that drinking large amounts of water helps you feel fuller, increases your metabolic rate and helps turn your stored fat into energy. #3 – Heart Disease Prevention: When you get dehydrated, your blood gets thicker, which means that your heart has to work extra hard to get your blood flowing through your entire body. A study found that drinking plenty of water can cut your chance of having a heart attack by as much as 41%.

Pet News

Remember… As you drink that water our wildlife companions need it to
Random Collections - Weather has become increasingly dry since the late 1990’s… Please consider setting out water dishes.
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Here's an Odd Sign of Heart Disease You Don't Want to Ignore
Dr. Becker - Saddle thrombus is a very serious condition that occurs more often in cats than dogs and is alternately called feline aortic thromboembolism (FATE). The "saddle" is the point in the abdomen at which the aorta splits into two arteries to supply the back legs with blood flow; a saddle thrombus is a blood clot that typically lodges in the wedge at the top of the saddle. Symptoms of FATE involve one or both rear legs, which turn cold and hard as the muscles and nerves swell due to lack of oxygen and nutrients. An affected pet may drag one or both hind legs and cry out in pain. Saddle thrombus is a life-threatening medical emergency. Pets who survive typically require a great deal of nursing care until they are mobile again, and unfortunately, recurrence is common. A very encouraging alternative treatment for saddle thrombus is medicinal leeching. I also advise long-term ubiquinol supplementation for all heart patients, and nattokinase for FATE patients to help prevent future blood clots.

Friday - June 17, 2016  -  Today in History:

1775 - The British took Bunker Hill outside of Boston.
1837 - Charles Goodyear received his first patent. The patent was for a process that made rubber easier to work with.
1856 - The Republican Party opened its first national convention in Philadelphia.
1861 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hydrogen balloon.
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
1913 - U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
1917 - The Russian Duma met in a secret session in Petrograd and voted for an immediate Russian offensive against the German Army. (World War I)
1924 - The Fascist militia marched into Rome.
1928 - Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
1940 - France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.
1941 - WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the U.S.
1942 - Yank, a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, began publication. The term "G.I. Joe" was first used in a comic strip by Dave Breger.
1944 - French troops landed on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
1950 - Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago, IL.
1963 - The U.S. Supreme Court banned the required reading of the Lord's prayer and Bible in public schools.
1965 - Twenty-seven B-52’s hit Viet Cong outposts but lost two planes in South Vietnam.
1970 - North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia.
1994 - After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.
2008 - Hundreds of same-sex couples got married across California on the first full day that gay marriage became legal by order of the state's highest court. (However, California voters banned gay marriage in November.)

World News

Hundreds Go Missing as Iraq Begins Rounding Up Civilians
Antiwar - While the Iraqi government made a big deal over the weekend of arresting some members of their allied Shi’ite militias for kidnapping, torturing, and killing refugees from ISIS-held Fallujah, the problem appears to just be growing, with the Iraqi military itself now reportedly rounding up people on the same pretext as the militias were, and shipping them to a detention center, just like the militias were. Civilians at a refugee camp in Amriyat al-Fallujah say there is growing despair over the fate of the hundreds of men, husbands, sons, etc., who were captured by security forces while trying to flee through the area the government ordered them to use, and are being held as suspected ISIS. Those people that have turned up were tortured, with many dying of their wounds. The government’s official stance was that this was a militia thing, but the military was already talking up the idea that a large chunk of the fleeing population was ISIS fighters with “fake IDs.”

France allows off-duty police to carry guns following murders by jihadist near Paris
RT - France has relaxed gun rules for its police force, allowing officers to carry firearms while off-duty. The policy change comes just days after a police couple was murdered by a jihadist in a Paris suburb. The decision was made at a Tuesday meeting between police unions and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on…. France’s current state of emergency, put into place after the November terror attacks in Paris, already allows officers to carry guns while off-duty. However, Wednesday’s decision will allow them to continue doing so once the state of emergency is over. The announcement came just two days after a police officer and his girlfriend were stabbed to death in front of their three-year-old son at their home in Magnanville, France. The 25-year-old attacker, an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militant, was shot dead by a police.

Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch Begin Drilling for Oil in Syria — a Violation of Int’l Law
The Free Thought Project - After concluding the flow testing phase, Afek Oil and Gas will now begin analyzing samples drawn from the Ness-2 drilling site, euphemistically dubbed “Deborah’s Well,” in the Israeli-occupied region of Syria known as the Golan Heights. New Jersey-based Genie Energy, Ltd., Afek’s parent company, claims a dubious cadre of investors cum war profiteers, including Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, James Woolsey — as well as a number of current and former U.S. politicians. Prior testing at a separate Afek site did not meet expectations, so the company sought other “sweet spots” in the area. Analysis of samples from additional wells will be performed by Afek scientists in conjunction with “external international experts.”… Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights region violates international law — thus, Israeli permits granting Afek the ostensible right to perform exploratory tests of a possible “large reservoir” of natural gas and light oil is also illegal.

Brexit Campaigns Suspended After British Lawmaker Shot Dead By Mentally Ill Assailant
Zero Hedge - The West Yorkshire Police reports that Jo Cox has died as a result of her injuries. The police also adds that a full probe is under way to establish motive. It remains to be seen if the Brexit referendum vote will be delayed as a result of this death. 52-year-old man arrested after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot in street outside her constituency surgery has been named as Tommy Mair. A brief public data history search reveals that Mair had psychological problems: Thomas Mair, 46, started volunteering at the park after learning about the opportunity through the Mirfield-based Pathways Day Centre for adults with mental health problems. He said: "I can honestly say it has done me more good than all the psychotherapy and medication in the world. "Many people who suffer from mental illness are socially isolated and disconnected from society, feelings of worthlessness are also common mainly caused by long-term unemployment.

Sterling rises after pro-EU British lawmaker killed; yen up
Reuters - Sterling recovered from a two-month low against the euro on Thursday and rose versus the dollar, extending gains after British police said Jo Cox, a lawmaker for Britain's opposition Labour Party, had died after being attacked earlier in the day. The yen, meanwhile, jumped to its highest in more than three years against the euro and its strongest in nearly two years versus the dollar on Thursday after the Bank of Japan held off from further easing monetary policy and the Federal Reserve struck a cautious tone on the U.S. economy. The safe-haven yen also hit a three-year peak against sterling GBPJPY= and a four-year high versus the Australian dollar AUDJPY= as investors shunned higher-yielding but riskier currencies ahead of next week's referendum to determine whether Britain will stay in the European Union…. In the UK, the pound drew support in the wake of Cox's death. The 41-year-old British lawmaker was one of the members of parliament advocating for Britain to remain in the EU, an issue that will be decided in a referendum next week. Cox was attacked as she prepared to hold a meeting with constituents in Birstall near Leeds.

Lockheed Threatens Economic Harm to Canada for Refusing to Buy F-35
Sputnik News - The defense contractor attempted to extort one of the most powerful sovereign countries in the world, warning that as many as 10,000 jobs would be lost if the country did not commit to purchasing a fighter jet that 'does not work.' This weekend, American defense contractor Lockheed Martin threatened to exclude Canadian companies from production of the much maligned F-35 fighter jet if the Trudeau government decides to instead purchase a fleet of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter jets. "The F-35 does not work and is far from working," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a June 7 parliamentary debate, blasting the fighter jet that has cost the Pentagon over $1.5 trillion. Despite this exorbitant price tag, the jet continues to spontaneously shut down mid-flight due to software glitches…. "I don’t want it perceived as a threat, but we will have no choice: If Canada walks away from F-35, expect to relocate work in Canada to other purchasing nations," Steve Over, Lockheed’s director of F-35 internal business told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Israel to build underground wall beneath Gaza border to thwart Hamas tunnels – report
RT - Israel is planning to build a massive concrete wall which will extend below ground along the Gaza Strip border, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has revealed. The barrier is aimed at combating the threat posed by Hamas tunnels crossing into the country from Gaza. The wall, which will stretch along the 96km (60 mile) border around the Gaza Strip, will extend several dozen meters below the ground, and will also be present above the ground. It is estimated to cost US$568 million…. Israel's plan comes after two Hamas tunnels spanning from Gaza to Israel were discovered in April and May. Hamas has confirmed it is building tunnels, and residents in southern Israel communities bordering Gaza have reported hearing digging sounds under their homes, i24 reported. Hamas has previously used tunnels to avoid or carry out attacks, store weapons, and enter Israel. It says, however, that the tunnels are needed to defend against Israeli fire.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

NDAA 2017 Includes Draft for Women, Indefinite Detention of American Citizens
Activist Post - On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved a $602 billion annual defense budget that President Obama has promised to veto because the bill does not allow for the closing of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Senate Bill 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, passed with a vote of 85 Senators in favor and 13 against. One issue the entire Congress seemed to agree on was voting against closing military bases around the world. While the Pentagon called for budget cuts stating that the military has more space than they need, Congress refused to go along with the cuts…. Another contentious area of debate was the mandate to force women who turn 18 on or after Jan. 1, 2018 to register for Selective Service. Males are already required register within 30 days of their 18th birthday…. The most horrendous part of the NDAA 2017 is that that the annual military budget continues to include a provision which allows for indefinite detention of American citizens without a right to trial. On Thursday June 9, Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Dianne Feinstein of California spoke on the floor of the Senate in support of an amendment bill which would have removed the indefinite detention clause from NDAA 2017 and offered protections to American citizens weary of a federal government with too much power.

Say What? NATO Could Use Conventional Weapons to Respond to Cyberattacks
Sputnik News - The North Atlantic Alliance apparently views conventional weapons as a viable means to deal with cyberthreats to its networks and communications systems. NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said as much when he mentioned that the bloc could deploy conventional arms to respond to cyberattacks in the future. NATO’s networks are targeted on a daily basis, but this measure will likely only apply to the most serious security breaches that could trigger the collective defense clause under Article 5…. Stoltenberg appeared not to mention how the alliance plans to determine the assault’s origin, which is a major challenge when it comes to sophisticated operations since hackers are capable of launching and routing attacks worldwide.

Senate inches toward possible gun control action
Reuters - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and fellow Democrats set the U.S. Capitol abuzz by talking on the Senate floor for nearly 15 straight hours to demand that Congress act on gun control. They ended their speeches before dawn, citing a Republican pledge to hold votes soon on measures to expand background checks on gun buyers and to prevent people on U.S. terrorism watch lists from buying guns. The Senate is expected to vote on Monday on four proposals. One from Democrat Dianne Feinstein would let the government prevent terrorist suspects from buying guns. A second from Republican John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, would require court approval within three days for a government ban on an individual's attempt to buy a gun. Democrats have said Cornyn's plan is unworkable; Republicans say Feinstein's might harm the rights of people wrongly on terror suspect lists. A third proposal, from Democrat Murphy, would expand background check procedures to the sales of all firearms, including those online and at gun shows. A fourth proposal, from Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, would provide for law enforcement to be notified if a person investigated for terrorism in the last five years tries to buy a gun.

FBI: US Homicide Rate At 51-Year Low
Zero Hedge - The US homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was 4.5 per 100,000 - the lowest since 1963. So, do more guns equal more crime? The data would seem to indicate the answer is "obviously not." Nevertheless, President Obama called on The Senate this afternoon to "rise to the moment" and pass gun control... As Pew has reported in recent years, in fact, the American public is "unaware" that the homicide rate in the United States has fallen by 49 percent over the past twenty years. And while Pew doesn't report on it, it's also a safe bet that the public is also unaware that homicide rates have collapsed as total gun ownership in the United States has increased significantly. Over a recent 20 year period, the number of new guns in the US that were either manufactured in the US or imported into the US increased 141 percent from 6.6 million new guns in 1994 to 16 million in 2013. That means a gross total of 132 million new guns were added into the US population over that time period.

Mainstream Media Finally Admits Mass Banker ‘Suicides’ Were Likely a Vast Criminal Conspiracy
The Free Thought Project – Over forty international bankers allegedly killed themselves over a two-year period in the wake of a major international scandal that implicated financial firms across the globe. However, three of these seemingly unrelated suicides seem to share common threads related to their connections to Deutsche Bank. These three banker suicides, in New York, London, and Siena, Italy, took place within 17 months of each other in 2013/14 in what investigators labeled as a series of unrelated suicides. “In each case, the victim had a connection to a burgeoning global banking scandal, leaving more questions than answers as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths,” according to the New York Post. “But all three men worked for, or did business with, Deutsche Bank.”

Liberty & drug tests for all: Lawmaker seeks to drug screen the rich
RT - While some lawmakers want to require drug screening and testing for welfare and other assistance program applicants, this idea has inspired one US congresswoman to call for the rich to be drug tested if they wish to take advantage of tax deductions. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker put a lot of time and energy into passing legislation that has given Wisconsin the right to drug test participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). He is not alone either. At least 15 states now require drug testing for public assistance applicants. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) describes these stipulations as “the criminalization of poverty,” the Guardian reported. In response, she has announced her intention to introduce a bill called the Top 1% Accountability Act that would force taxpayers with itemized deductions exceeding $150,000 to submit a clear drug test to the IRS. Based on the IRS’ 2011 tax data, the only homes that would qualify would be those with a yearly federal adjusted gross income of over $1 million, the Guardian reported.

Election News

Video: Mexican flags fly at Trump protest in Dallas
The American Mirror - A vocal band of agitators gathered outside Donald Trump’s Dallas rally tonight and as has been the case in many other cities, they flew Mexican flags. “We are un