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day - August 29, 2014 - Today in History:

1833 - The "Factory Act" was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
1842 - The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain.
1944 - During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris.
1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
1949 - At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
1962 - The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
1965 - Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles ("Pete") Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
1983 - Two U.S. marines were killed in Lebanon by the militia group Amal when they fired mortar shells at the Beirut airport.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
1991 - The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party's role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
1991 - The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union. 1992 - The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food.
1998 - Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.
2004 - India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

World News

UN: Ukraine conflict death toll hits 2,600, civilians ‘trapped inside conflict zones’
RT - At least 2,593 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation against anti-government forces there started in mid-April, according to a new estimate by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

‘All hands on deck’: US pushes ahead with Ebola vaccine trials on humans
RT - Twenty healthy volunteers will next week enter a 48-week trial for a US-developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. The trial has been moved forward due to the current outbreak, but the first results are unlikely before the year end.

GM mosquitoes increase spread of dengue fever in Brazilian town
(NaturalNews) Transgenic insects developed by a British company as the solution to dengue fever in the Third World are causing the debilitating disease to spread even worse, according to new reports. Genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes developed by Oxitec have sparked an outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil so severe that officials have had to renew a state of emergency declaring the situation to be a "biological disaster."

Sub-glacial eruption of Iceland’s volcano forms row of ‘cauldrons’
RT - Icelandic volcano activity increased on Wednesday, with scientists detecting 10-15 meters deep cauldrons of melted ice at the Vatnajökull glacier, prompting fears of an imminent eruption.

Is Russian Invasion of Ukraine a Hoax?
Kurt Nimmo - Unconfirmed invasion portrayed as fact by U.S. government and corporate media.... Despite a lack of independent confirmation of a Russian invasion, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said the alleged military action is of “deep concern to us, but we’re also concerned by the Russian government’s unwillingness to tell the truth, even as its soldiers are found 30 miles inside Ukraine.”

NATO Says Over 1000 Russian Troops In Ukraine, “Extremely Worrying… Dire Situation”
Zero Hedge - Hot on the heels of Ukraine’s claims of ‘invasion’ and retraction of said claim, NATO is once again stepping in with strong claims about Russian ‘incursions’..

NATO Releases Satellite Imagery "Proof" That Russia Has Invaded Ukraine
Zero Hedge - NATO released new satellite images on Thursday, 28 August 2014, that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine.... Russia's response - "reports on Russian troops in Ukraine are false."

'No Russian troops in Ukraine': Moscow's OSCE rep responds to Kiev's claims
RT - The OSCE was told there was no Russian presence spotted across the Ukraine border, refuting Thursday's claims that a full-scale invasion was underway. Both the Ukrainian monitoring team head and Russia's representative have given a firm 'no.'... No actual evidence has been given either by either foreign governments or the media, apart from claims that photographs exist that someone had "seen."

Ex-CIA Official Proposes Assassination of Putin
Kit Daniels - In a recent op-ed, a former CIA official suggested the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin, by assassination if necessary, should be the primary objective of the Obama administration in its strategy for Ukraine.

Kiev loses control of Novoazovsk, rebel troops advance in southeast Ukraine
RT - Kiev’s troops had to leave the eastern Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk to save their lives, said the country’s Security and Defense Council. The authorities admitted that self-defense forces are advancing and leading a counteroffensive in the southeast.

Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let blocked Kiev troops to cross into Russia
RT - “I urge the militias to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian troops that were surrounded, in order to avoid meaningless victims and provide them with the opportunity to freely withdraw from the battlefield area, to be reunited with their families, to return to their mothers, wives and children,” Putin said.

Coast Guard Narrowly Avoids Sparking World War III
StratRisks - The U.S. Coast Guard fired at an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, nearly adding to a long list of global headaches for President Obama. Fortunately, the incident ended quickly with nobody hurt, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, according to a CNN report.

Reduce or stop it': China vows to respond to US 'close surveillance' patrols
RT - Beijing is calling on Washington to scale back, or cancel, aerial surveillance of the Chinese mainland, since such a practice represents a security risk and a deterrent to better bilateral relations - otherwise it is ready to take measures.

United Nations Calls For ‘Killer Robots’ To Be Outlawed
Daily Sheeple - Angela Kane, High representative for disarmament at the United Nations, has called for ‘killer robots’ to be outlawed. She acknowledged that battlefield robots that can kill without human intervention are just a “small step” away.

Ebola Outbreak Evolving "In Alarming Ways," WHO Warns 20,000 Could Be Infected
Zero Hedge - More than 20,000 people may be infected with the Ebola virus before the outbreak in West Africa is controlled, warns the World Health Organization. As we noted previously, they believe the costs to fight this epidemic will be $490 million...

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Officials Say ‘Significant Increase’ in Jihadi Chatter Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary
The Blaze - U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and amid the continuing battle for supremacy between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, current and former U.S. officials told TheBlaze.

Chicago man waving ISIS flag out of vehicle window warns cops car is rigged with bomb: police
NY Daily News - A Chicago man trailing an ISIS flag outside his car window is behind bars after leading cops on a chase and then telling officers the vehicle was rigged with explosives and would detonate if searched, police said.

MYSTERY: MO hospital treats hundreds of children for unusual virus - An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season.

Disarmed: Texas Governor Rick Perry Loses Right To Carry Firearm
Mac Slavo - The right to bear arms shall not be infringed? Recently indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry can no longer carry a concealed weapon. A felony indictment for abuse of power will hit Texas Governor Rick Perry, an avowed gun enthusiast, where it hurts – by curtailing some of his rights to bear firearms.

Billionaire Koch Brothers Fund Campaign Against Police Militarization
Ben Swann - Left-leaning American politicos often complain about the political activities of the “evil” Koch brothers. They argue that Charles and David Koch use their disproportionate wealth to bend the American political system to suit their will.

FOIA Request Reveals NIST Control of 1,000 Hours of 9/11 WTC Phone and Radio Recordings - Subsequent FOIA requests and administrative appeals for these records have been ignored by NIST.

Ron Paul’s Challenge: Call for 9/11 Transparency with new #Declassify Campaign
Ben Swann - Former Texas Republican Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul has announced a campaign to raise support for House Resolution 428 which seeks to declassify 28 pages of the Senate report on the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Obama Reveals The Grand ISIS Plan: "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet"
Zero Hedge - President Obama 'knows' how to handle Putin's 'continuation' (not 'invasion') - more sanctions (and costs for Europe) - but when it comes to beating the most "barbaric" terrorists known as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State; he had this to offer... "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet."

Obama threatens Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine
RT - President Barack Obama acknowledged during an impromptu press conference on Thursday afternoon that the United States is considering new sanctions to impose against Russia over the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

Feds balk at court’s order to explain no-fly list selection process
Ars Technica - The Obama administration is fighting a federal judge's order requiring it to explain why the government places US citizens who haven't been convicted of any violent crimes on its no-fly database.

TN Cops to Draw Blood at Labor Day Weekend ‘No Refusal’ DUI Checkpoints
Ben Swann - Tennessee has a new Labor Day tradition. According to WKRN-TV, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will continue its “no refusal” blood-extraction DUI checkpoints this Labor Day weekend, starting on midnight on August 29 and continuing until midnight on September 1. Under “no refusal” enforcement, suspected drunk drivers will be forced to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test, even if they refuse.

How Police Can Seize Your Home Even If You’re Innocent
Off the Grid News - A few months after their son was arrested for selling $40 worth of drugs outside of their house in the Somerton section of the city, the police had returned. But this time they wanted something else — their home.

Economy & Business

Wall Street Admits That A Cyberattack Could Crash Our Banking System At Any Time
Economic Collapse - Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day. It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public. But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat this growing problem.

The stunning failure of Obamacare
Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis - A special question on the impact of Obamacare on businesses in the August Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey shows the stunning failure of Obamacare.

VIDEO: Why Humans ‘Need Not Apply’ For the Future…
Aaron Dykes - What happened when we went from nearly everyone producing food to only a few mega-corporations? That’s just part of the problem in the wake of self-driving autos, software replacements to human jobs, robotic factory workers and beyond. It is the road to a future where human labor is not needed.... Our lives can’t be summarily replaced by highly-functioning computers, but that won’t stop the powers that be from trying.

Veteran News

18 Signs That The Obama Administration Is Openly Hostile To The Military
The Daily Sheeple - Has there ever been an administration that has had more disdain for the U.S. military than the Obama administration? The way that this administration treats our veterans and the way that this administration is gutting our armed forces is absolutely shameful.

Energy & Environment

DDT compounds found at deadly levels in Michigan birds and eggs
(NaturalNews) The 54-acre plant shut down decades ago and is now under control of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but the damages caused by the plant's operations are significantly stifling the area's ecosystem, particularly song-singing birds like robins.

Solar energy plants ignite birds in mid-air; thousands killed by intense light beams
(NaturalNews) This type of solar energy plant differs from the normal solar panels that convert the sun's energy directly into electrical energy by light-sensitive semiconductors to be used immediately or stored in large batteries.

USGS Study: Yellowstone Eruption Would Send Ash Across North America
Activist Post - In the unlikely event of a volcanic super eruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.

Science & Technology

The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni
Ars Technica - The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else in Washington, there’s a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

4 Easy Ways to Preserve Herbs
Organic Gardening - Keep garden-fresh herbs handy all fall and winter, and leave the store-bought dried herbs on the shelf.


Glyphosate - The silent danger causing lead poisoning in pregnant women
(NaturalNews) On top of that, a study from Sri Lanka, spearheaded by Dr. Channa Jayasumana, shows how glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide that is used to kill weeds, acts as a carrier for heavy metals like lead and arsenic. The glyphosate forms chemical bonds that transport the toxic metals more readily into the bloodstream of agricultural workers. Once the heavy metals are welcomed into the blood, they can circulate throughout the body, damaging kidneys, the brain and other organs.

Phosphoric acid causes kidney disease, lowers bone density, is in Coca-Cola, despite label 'no artificial flavors, no preservatives'
(NaturalNews) Coca-Cola is coming out with a new marketing campaign targeting the consumers' health-diligence. Coke executives plan on boosting global marketing spending by one billion dollars over the next three years. The company has already started adorning their bottles and cans of Coke with labels that claim "no artificial flavors, no preservatives added."

Three superfoods that nourish and rejuvenate the skin
(NaturalNews) Many health researchers now understand that our skin is a reflection of our internal health. A body that is fed nutritious whole foods, for instance, is more likely to enjoy clear and radiant skin, while a body that is fed processed foods is more likely to suffer from greasy and affliction-prone skin. Therefore, a change in diet should always be the priority among people seeking to improve their skin's long-term health.

CNN Publishes Psyops Story Denying Vaccine-Autism Link
Green Med Info - CNN waited patiently to publish this 'story' about why vaccines don't cause autism. The CDC and CNN share the same home. They traditionally dovetail in their messaging. Should we be surprised that they are in collusion with the CDC autism-vaccine coverup?

3 Vaccines That Should Be Banned And Never Administered To Any Child - Before following the advice of your medical doctor on immunization (which is not synonymous with vaccination), you may want to reconsider giving any vaccines to your child until you have completed sufficient research on the risks, side effects and actual causes of the diseases you are vaccinating against. The following are three highly controversial vaccines that many experts now believe should be banned from all vaccination practices in children.

Move Over Coconut Water, Make Room for a more Sustainable Drink
Natural Society - Like honey, maple is full of nutrition and important antioxidants we all need. Many people familiar with maple syrup don’t realize that it doesn’t flow out of maple trees in a viscous form. Usually what comes out of the tree is more like water. It is sweet and delicious, and full of nutrients and minerals.

She Used to Be In A Wheelchair - The TED Talk That Comes With a Warning
Natural Blaze - Recently, I wanted to share the great news about people who were actually successfully reversing their ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's. It turns out, people are also reversing another neurodegenerative disease - Multiple Sclerosis.

Unlocking France's Secrets to Raw Cheese
Dr. Mercola - Unlike in the US, where cheese is mostly pasteurized in order to kill off any and all bacteria, in France, traditional cheese makers strive to understand the microbial communities in raw milk, and thereby in their cheese. This is done in order to harness the natural power of beneficial microbes to keep the bad ones in check.

Pet News

For Owners Who Desire a Forever-Bond with Their Beloved Pet
Dr. Becker - As of this month, pet owners living in New York can choose to be buried next to their beloved animal companions in licensed pet cemeteries. New regulations recently adopted by the New York Department of State allow burial of human cremains in pet cemeteries.

Thursday - August 28, 2014 - Today in History:

1774 - The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1916 - Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for$100.
1939 - The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.
1981 - "The New York Daily News" published its final afternoon edition.
1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.
1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
1996 - A divorce decree was issued for Britain's Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
1998 - The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.
2004 - George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.
2005 - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.
2008 - Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with a speech at Invesco Field in Denver.

World News

Senators urge US to cut off ISIL funding
Press TV - In a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State John Kerry, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) characterized ISIL as the “best funded terrorist group” which has the “resources, weaponry, and operational safe havens to continue to threaten the stability of the region and US national security interests."

ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast - Iraqi govt adviser
RT - The number of Islamic State recruits is much higher than that estimated by foreign observers – around 100,000, says one of Iraq’s foremost security experts with unique access to intelligence. The terrorists are swallowing up other insurgent groups.
* Related: US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

Swiss President Says Concerned With US Plan to Supply Nuclear Fuel to Ukraine
RIA Novosti - Swiss President and Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE Didier Burkhalter shared Russia's concern over nuclear security due to US intention to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine and urged Moscow to address the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran’s FM urges prosecution of Israeli officials for war crimes
Press TV - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for the prosecution of the Israeli regime in international courts for committing war crimes against Palestinians.

First UN humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Gaza Strip
Press TV - A United Nations (UN) humanitarian aid convoy carrying food for about 150,000 people has arrived at the Gaza Strip, a first such arrival since Israel imposed its blockade on the Palestinian enclave in 2007.

Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen
BBC - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

CFR: U.S. Need Not Recognize Syrian Sovereignty in ISIS Attacks
Kurt Nimmo - The Council on Foreign Relations believes Syrian concerns about the United States violating its national sovereignty are irrelevant.

Russia, Ukraine agree on need for peace
Russia & India Report - Russian President Vladimir Putin received an assurance from his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that the Kiev authorities would work on an urgent ceasefire plan to end the country’s bitter civil war.

Alleged Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine say they 'were lost' in Kiev-released video
RT - Kiev's army has released videos showing alleged Russian paratroopers captured after an incursion into the country, ahead of Russian-Ukrainian talks in Minsk expected to have a large focus on the military and humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine.
* Related: NATO Canada Has A Message For Russian Soldiers

The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan
Zero Hedge - According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers.

Monsanto and Ukraine
Blacklisted News - Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.

IMF chief confirms she faces 'negligence' charges in multi-million euro fraud case
RT - IMF chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed that she is being investigated for alleged "negligence" in a corruption probe when she was French Finance Minister in 2008, she told AFP.

Saudi Arabia Remains on U.N. Human Rights Council despite 19 Beheadings, including One for “Sorcery”
AllGov - One nation that does a lot of beheadings is on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Lately, in fact, Saudi Arabia can’t seem to get enough beheadings. Its government has executed at least 19 people using this method since August 4, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Of the 19, eight were found guilty of non-violent offenses; seven for drug smuggling and one for committing sorcery.

When Israelis Kills Gaza Civilians, They do so with Weapons Provided by U.S.
AllGov - When a country like the United States provides more than $3 billion a year in military aid to a country like Israel, which often is involved in wars, American-made hardware is bound to wind up being used.

Arrests of would-be British jihadists increase fivefold
RT - The UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer said “significant progress” is being made in the hunt for James Foley’s killer, while the number of arrests of would-be British jihadists and their supporters has increased fivefold.

Fukushima disaster bill more than $105bn, double earlier estimate – study
RT - The tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear plant will cost 11.08 trillion yen ($105 billion), twice as much as Japanese authorities predicted at the end of 2011, says the study. The expenses include radiation clean-up and compensation to residents.

Fishermen Report ‘Waist-High’ Fukushima Debris in Pacific
AFP - Canadian fishermen off the coast of Langara Island in British Columbia say they are seeing “waist-high” debris from Fukushima, Japan, that goes on for up to 15 miles floating in the Pacific Ocean.

Democratic Republic of Congo Sees 13 Deaths From Different Strain of Ebola
The Daily Sheeple - Tests are ongoing to find out which strain of Ebola has surfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country is so far reporting 13 deaths from the disease and health officials there say they are expecting many more.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Davis City Council Tells Police To Have Plan For Getting Rid Of MRAP Military Vehicle In Next 60 Days
(CBS13) - The Davis City Council has told the police department it must get rid of a military vehicle it received in the next 60 days. The controversy over the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle attracted a large crowd on Tuesday that was largely against it.

U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that Connecticut police cannot claim immunity to quash lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from a botched 2008 raid by a SWAT team that severely injured a homeowner and killed his friend.... In a 51-page ruling that upholds a lower court decision, the appeals court said the police responded with unnecessary and inappropriate force and under the circumstances, are not protected by "qualified immunity" from the lawsuits.

Lawyer: Cops Never Told Walmart Shopper to Drop Toy Rifle Before Gunning Him Down
Adan Salazar - Police immediately shot a Walmart shopper on sight after they encountered him leaning on one of the store’s unpurchased BB guns while on the phone, an attorney for the deceased man’s family says.

Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With 'Graying' Hair Enrolled in Public Schools
( – The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” “They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

NYC Council Members Want to Treat Gun Owners Like Sex Offenders
Kit Daniels - Several members of New York’s City Council want to create a public “gun offender” registry modeled after current sex offender registries, which would ultimately list names, addresses and photos of New Yorkers who violate gun control laws.

FBI Ordered Police Department to Conceal Stingray Use
Mikael Thalen - Documents uncovered through a public records request reveal that a Wash. state police department has concealed its use of a Stringray cellphone surveillance device for the last 6 years.

The Agenda 21 Depopulation of Rural Areas Will Give Obama Stalin-Like Control Over Food
The Daily Sheeple - In order for the megacities concept, which is well underway, to come to fruition, American suburbs and rural areas must be completely depopulated. This process is underway and the Obama administration is accelerating the process.

Economy & Business

VIDEO: FBI Examining Whether Russia Is Tied to JPMorgan Hacking
Bloomberg - Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.

Fed Vice Chairman Warns: Your Bank May Seize Your Money to Recapitalize Itself
Mac Slavo - Recent comments delivered by Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer suggest that not only are global and domestic economies still struggling, but the U.S. government itself is preparing financial contingency plans in anticipation of another widespread economic event. However, this time around, according to Fischer, the government won’t be bailing out financial institutions in need of cash.

Merkel Slams US Hegemony? "America Can't Solve All The World's Problems Anymore"
Zero Hedge - First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey... and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony - just as Obama's warmongery ramps up...

It Begins: Council On Foreign Relations Proposes That “Central Banks Should Hand Consumers Cash Directly”
Zero Hedge - … A broad-based tax cut, for example, accommodated by a program of open-market purchases to alleviate any tendency for interest rates to increase, would almost certainly be an effective stimulant to consumption and hence to prices.

156,000 Seniors Have Social Security Checks Reduced…to Pay Off Student Loans
AllGov - At a time when thousands of Americans are trying to enjoy, if not just survive, their golden years, the federal government has been garnishing their Social Security checks to pay off old student loans. About 156,000 individuals have found themselves in this situation, losing on average $180 out of a typical monthly check of $1,200, according to CNN Money.

Veteran News

Video Proof, The Criminally Insane Experiments Of The US Military
Geoengineering Watch - The experiments of the US military (and other power structures) should make it clear that the world is being run by completely psychopathic individuals. The shocking 9 minute historical video below should be an extremely sobering wake up call for us all.

VA Training Guide Compares Veterans To Oscar The Grouch
Steve Watson - The already disgraced Department of Veterans Affairs has found a way to make itself even more unpopular with Americans, and particularly with Veterans after depicting them in leaked training materials as Sesame Street’s cantankerous homeless bum Oscar The Grouch.

Energy & Environment

Fluoride at dangerously high levels in private wells are decreasing children's IQs
(NaturalNews) A compilation of data made possible by homeowners who voluntarily submitted water samples from their private wells in Maine, unveiled some shocking results after they were tested by the state.

VIDEO: Engineered Drought Catastrophe, Target California
Geoengineering Watch - Satellite images and NOAA maps shown in this [31 minute] presentation are shocking and revealing to say the least. Whatever one wishes to consider as the agenda of those in power, one conclusion is certain, the drought in California is a direct result of the ongoing climate engineering insanity.

YouTube: Climate Engineering Weather Warfare, and the Collapse of Civilization
Geoengineering Watch - In this [1 hour, 17 minute] video, Dane Wigington gives another presentation in Northern California on the harmful effects of Geoengineering.... We have more than enough data to confirm it. We have actual footage showing tankers spraying. The materials showing up on the ground are exactly the same materials mentioned in the numerous geoengineering patents and documents....

Science & Technology

Cam Don’t Lie: Celina PD Body Cam Captures Dramatic Arrest - From Dallas to Ferguson, Missouri, police brutality is in the forefront. And now, a video from a Celina Police Department dash cam looks like it’s going in the same direction, until you look a little closer.

Former HHS cyber security chief convicted in Child Porn case
Daily Mail - Timothy DeFoggi, a former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was convicted Tuesday on federal charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography.

SWAT Team Raids Grandmother’s House After NEIGHBOR Stole Wi-Fi
Off the Grid News - The cops were looking for the person who had made anonymous threats against Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin online, but the threats were actually made by Derrick Murray, a local gang member who had stolen Milan’s Wi-Fi with his smartphone. Murray lived down the street from Milan. Her Wi-Fi was not protected with a password.


CDC scientific fraud: an update on Dr. Poul Thorsen who authored fraudulent study 'disproving' vaccine-autism connection and stole millions of dollars
(NaturalNews) The very legitimacy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a trustworthy safeguard of public health hangs in the balance as evidence continues to emerge about rampant deception, fraud and even money laundering within the agency. Specifically with regard to vaccines and autism, key players involved in the propaganda campaign to deny this link are now being exposed as liars working on behalf of the vaccine industry.

Ebola exposure - important measures you should take
(NaturalNews) Expert opinions are divided on the likelihood of Ebola ever reaching the US, ranging from trying to assure us that it is next to impossible to saying that it is inevitable. Nothing is impossible -- including the nightmare scenario of Ebola mutating to an airborne form -- and however likely or unlikely it may be, the best plan is to be prepared just in case.

Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet
Natural Blaze - Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests.

Sudden heart failure deaths tied to commonly prescribed antibiotic
(NaturalNews) When used as the "cure-all" for minor bacterial infections, antibiotics create a cycle of dependence. Instead of building the beneficial gut microbe "army" for immune system empowerment, people fall for the easy-to-fill antibiotic prescription which destroys the immune system over time. Now, millions of people taking a specific antibiotic called clarithromycin are beginning to find out that it comes with an increased risk of heart failure and death.

After taking antibiotics, this is what you need to do to restore healthy intestinal flora
(NaturalNews) If we take an antibiotic, especially a broad spectrum antibiotic, we need to replenish the good bacteria in our gut as quickly as possible. Not only do we need it to do its daily work, we need to maintain the delicate balance between bacteria and fungi. Candida is opportunistic. Given a chance, it will quickly mass-produce, wreaking havoc in the digestive tract and, in time, the entire body.

Minnesota Mother Charged For Giving Son Medical Marijuana
Ben Swann - A mother in Minnesota was charged with child endangerment after giving her son medical marijuana oil from Colorado after she had exhausted all other options to combat the boy’s seizures and chronic pain.

Sorry Monsanto: Major Boom in Organic Oils Amid Global Concern Over GMO Contamination
Natural Society - Rising concerns about soy and canola oils derived from genetically altered seed are creating a new industry boom for sunflowers. Food manufacturers and restaurants need a non-GMO alternative, and it looks like the sunny flower that tracks the sun will meet growing demand.

The many health benefits of eating celery
STEPin2 - Celery is from the Apiaceae, which is the same family as carrots, parsley, cumin, and dill. It is well known as a low calorie snack. But it is not just a low-calorie food; it has many other potent health benefits as well. Let’s look at the health benefits of eating celery....

10 Common Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys
Amy Goodrich - Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases”. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late.

Pet News

Pedigree Dog Food Recall - We have initiated a voluntary recall of 22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The affected bags were sold in Dollar General stores in four states and, while the small metal fragments are not embedded in the food itself, it may present a risk of injury if consumed.

Wednesday - August 27, 2014 - Today in History:

1828 - Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina.
1858 - The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
1859 - The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA.
1894 - The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. The provision within for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
1972 - North Vietnam's major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
1990 - The U.S. State Department ordered the expulsion of 36 Iraqi diplomats.
1996 - California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.
1999 - The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.
2001 - The U.S. military announced that an Air Force RQ-1B "Predator" aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that the unmanned aircraft "may have crashed or been shot down."
2001 - Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
2008 - Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

World News

Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat
The Guardian - Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general.

Both Sides Using U.S.-Made Weapons in Iraq War
AllGov - In June, when ISIS claimed to have taken charge of five U.S.-made helicopters, the group tweeted that they expected Americans to honor their warranty and service the copters. Jeremy Binnie told The Center for Public Integrity that the M1117 fighting vehicle, manufactured by Textron Marine and Land Systems, has become a favorite of ISIS forces.

Europe to depend on Russian gas for at least a decade - Fitch
RT - Europe will remain heavily reliant on Russian gas for at least until the 2020s and potentially much longer due to the lack of an alternative, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.

Ebola continues to spread, Liberia quarantines entire slum and begins deadly crackdown on protestors
(NaturalNews) As the Ebola virus spreads throughout West Africa, governments there are becoming more and more authoritarian in how they are dealing with it -- actions that are born of fear as much as pragmatism.

MMR vaccines cause 340% increased risk of autism in African American infants
(NaturalNews) Vaccines do cause autism, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been lying about this fact for years, according to newly uncovered information.

Fukushima radiation is affecting the health of the entire global ecosystem, scientist says
(NaturalNews) Scientist Timothy A. Mousseau presented "Fukushima Catastrophe and its Effects on Wildlife," before a room of press and correspondents, reporting the real-life damage that Fukushima fallout is having on the planet's ecosystem. He gave dire news to Japan and compared the damage done by Fukushima to that of Chernobyl.

Russia can’t set ceasefire conditions in Ukraine’s internal conflict – Putin
RT - Russian and Ukrainian leaders have concluded their first official face-to-face meeting in Minsk during which they discussed Ukraine's Association Agreement with EU and the crisis and humanitarian disaster in the east of the country.

Islamic State demands $6.6mn ransom for female American hostage
RT - Islamic State militants are holding a third American hostage, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker kidnapped last year in Syria. The jihadist group is demanding a ransom of $6.6 million and the release of a Muslim woman from a US prison.

Israel, Palestine agree to long-term ceasefire in Gaza Strip
RT - A long-term truce in Gaza has been agreed with Israel, Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas said. The ceasefire announced by Egypt came into effect at 16:00 GMT with almost immediate reports of warning sirens going off in southern Israel.

China has lost 55% of its most valuable resource
Blacklisted News - A study by China’s Ministry of Water Resources found that approximately 55% of China’s 50,000 rivers that existed in the 1990s have disappeared. Moreover, China is over-exploiting its groundwater by 22 billion cubic meters per year; yet its per-capita water consumption is less than one third of the global average. More than 400 major cities in China are short of water, with some 110 facing “serious scarcity”.

Children Are Taxed on Medals Given Their Father in War
Martin Armstrong -The Telegraph has reported how the British government desperate for money, is taxing even medals given to soldiers for their bravery in war.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
NY Times - The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

Pentagon's top-secret hypersonic weapon explodes in mystery Alaska fireball
Daily Mail - A top-secret weapon being developed by the US military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska early on Monday after controllers detected a problem with the system, the Pentagon said. The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon is part of a program to create a missile that will destroy targets anywhere on Earth within hours - traveling at speeds in excess of 3,500 miles-an-hour or Mach 5.

Top IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying
Washington Times - A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

Tanks on the Streets? Police Required to Use Military Equipment within a Year or Return It
AllGov - The Department of Defense’s 1033 program—which funnels all kinds of military surplus goods to police—has a provision that clearly says that any participating law enforcement agency must use its equipment within one year of receiving it. If they don’t, they have to give it up.

Dozens of police departments suspended for losing US military-grade weaponry
RT - Close to 200 state and local police departments in the United States have been suspended for losing military-level equipment transferred to them by the Pentagon, a new investigation found.

California Lawmakers Pass Ammunition ‘Background Check’ Bill
Liberty Crier - California lawmakers on Friday passed two bills – a ‘feel good’ bill ( SB505) which does nothing to stop criminals and an unconstitutional bill (SB53) which requires fees and ‘background checks’ for ammunition sales. The California Senate unanimously passed SB505 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. It would require officers to search the state’s database of gun purchases when checking on whether someone ‘may be a danger to themselves or others’.

Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge
Washington Times - Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.

VIDEO: "War On Terror" Is A Fraud - It Is Not Meant To Be Won, It Is Meant To Be Perpetual
Activist Post - Author and historian Webster Tarpley exposes the Orwellian lie known as the "War On Terror" before Orwell's 1984 provides a glimpse into our own age.

An American In ISIS: Meet Doug McCain, One Dead Jihadist
Zero Hedge - The spin cycle has already been engaged: McCain may be dead, but the treat that countless others like him have returned to the US to perpetrate, gasp, acts of terrorism on US soil is very much alive: "The threat we are most concerned about to the homeland is that of fighters like this returning to the U.S. and committing acts of terrorism," a senior administration official told NBC News.

Going it alone: Obama may bypass Congress on Syria airstrikes
The Washington Times - Mr. Obama, who met Monday with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on his first day back from vacation, “has not made a decision to pursue any military action in Syria,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. But he said the president doesn’t see the need to seek congressional approval as he did a year ago when he was considering an attack on the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad for its use of chemical weapons.

FEMA Building Pricey Domes… For Your Safety
Adan Salazar - “Officials have started construction on one of their safe rooms,” reports KRGV. “They’re expected to be completed in a year.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering partial funding for construction of “safe domes” across Texas’ southern coastal region that will purportedly serve to shelter area emergency first responders and citizens “that are very difficult to evacuate in hazardous weather events.”

White Marine Beaten by Black Mob in Michael Brown ‘Revenge’ Attack
Paul Joseph Watson - A white Marine was left in an induced coma after a group of black men brutally beat him as part of a revenge attack in response to the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

IRS Shocker: Filing Reveals Lerner Blackberry Destroyed
NY Observer - The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s hard drive.

Jerry Brown to Mexican Illegals: 'You're All Welcome in California'
Breitbart - According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission to be in the United States."
* Related: Mexican President Declares United States 'the Other Mexico'

Massachusetts IDs at odds with federal law
Boston Glob - Bay State residents can no longer use their driver’s licenses to get inside some government agencies because the state is one of nine that have not signed on to a federal law called REAL ID.... But officials in Massachusetts and elsewhere have balked at a program they contend costs millions, raises privacy concerns, and infringes on states’ rights.

Economy & Business

With Half Of City Residents Delinquent, Detroit Restarts Water Shut-Offs
Zero Hedge - "Utility disconnection is always considered a last resort, obviously because of consequences for households," but as Detroit News reports, but water-providers can expect more controversy, as a month-long moratorium against shutting off water for those behind on their bills expired last night.

On a Budget? Pink Slime is Back to Save You Money!
The Daily Sheeple - Well, in response to rising meat costs, it’s back. (Did it ever actually leave?) BPI will be manufacturing the slaughterhouse remnant product at a new plant in Kansas, and Cargill Inc. is also producing the slime. Of course, neither company is marketing the product under the name “pink slime.” BPI calls it “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB) and Cargill calls it “finely textured beef.” That makes it sound almost fancy, doesn’t it?

Energy & Environment

Inspector Wants California's Last Nuclear Plant Shut Down over Earthquake Concerns
Breitbart - The AP reports that former chief inspector of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power station has written a 42-page report stating that the station may not be able to survive the possible shaking it could be exposed to in a major earthquake. Dr. Michael Peck wants his own agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to shut down the plant until PG&E can demonstrate it is safe.

Science & Technology

Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process
Ars Technica - The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy. However, the bill's language also includes sections devoted to science and social studies. And the science one is a real winner.

These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks in Seconds
Wired - One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without even seeing the original key.

California bill requiring kill-switch on smartphones becomes law
Ars Technica - On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a piece of legislation mandating that all smartphones come with kill-switch software automatically installed so that a user can remotely wipe his or her device if it gets stolen. The bill will affect all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015 to be sold in California.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

YouTube: 6 Fruits you are cutting wrong
You’ll never look at watermelons the same again!

Why, How and When to Plant Garlic
Mother Earth News - It’s that time again: Sow your garlic this fall for the best (and biggest) heads of garlic, which will be ready to harvest next summer.

What to Plant Now for Your Fall and Winter Garden
Mother Earth News - Gardeners dreaming of frost-touched collards, sweet winter roots, crisp fall lettuce and huge heads of broccoli need to get busy planning and planting now.

Judge Overturns Kaua’i Pesticide Reform Law
Sustainable Pulse - On Monday, a federal judge issued a ruling overturning a popular pesticide reform law passed by the Kauai County Council last year. Four global pesticide and genetically engineered seed corporations – DuPont, Syngenta, Dow, and DuPont Pioneer – all challenged the passage of the new law.


How Will You Know What Has Happened When ‘IT’ Happens?
Underground Medic - The question is if it is something that is country wide, or even bigger and maybe affecting a whole hemisphere of the planet, will we ever really know what caused it? Will knowing what caused it actually matter at that point? More importantly, are you ready for such an event?


Congressman Posey discusses autism, vaccines and lack of CDC transparency in interview with Dr. Brian Hooker
(NaturalNews) One of the last remaining patriots serving in public office is pushing for new legislation that would mandate side-by-side comparisons of autism rates in vaccinated versus unvaccinated children.

FDA admits not knowing about existence of many food chemicals, let alone their safety
(NaturalNews) The explosive introduction of new food additives, in addition to an easing of some federal oversight requirements, has allowed manufacturers to dodge scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals that are flowing into the food supply.

California paid out nearly $100 million for fraudulent medical claims, including $3 million to deceased patients, since 2008
(NaturalNews) A recent statewide audit by California regulators found that more than $93 million in Medi-Cal payments made to substance abuse clinics around the state were potentially fraudulent.

Yet Another Health Emergency: Drug Resistant Tuberculosis sufferer Goes AWOL in California
Underground Medic - Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have admitted he hasn’t turned up for treatment for at least the past two weeks. The threat is serious enough for a warrant for his arrest to have been issued.

CDC whistleblower is just the tip of the iceberg
Jon Rappoport - William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower, has yet to step into the light and make a full and definitive statement about the CDC concealing MMR-vaccine dangers. Mothers of autistic children are now preparing a class-action suit against the CDC for covering up the MMR vaccine-autism connection. They will undoubtedly want Thompson as a witness.

WHO working to fortify condiments and seasonings
Natural Blaze - Two University of Illinois scientists are contributing to World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to fortify condiments and seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies.

More U.S. Hospitals Using This 'Novel' Idea for Recovery
Natural Blaze - In an age where food is thought of as "filler" and of little importance in the recovery process, some hospitals are turning that idea on its head by embracing local organic food for recovery and beyond.

7 Ayurvedic Herbs that Destroy Colon & Other Cancers Fast
Natural Society - These 7 herbs are used in Ayurveda to bring balance to the doshas, helping to minimize or completely eradicate colon cancer as well as other cancers.

New Yorkers Face Cancer Spike from Monsanto's RoundUp in City Parks
Natural Society - The Parks Department in New York, which was responsible for spraying pesticides on greenspaces more than 1,300 times last year, is likely leading to more prevalent cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and breast cancer, according to the findings of recent studies.

Pet News

7-Year-Old Tainted Treat Fiasco Just Gets Worse
Dr. Becker - The numbers keep climbing, with 5,600 dogs and 24 cats affected. But in May this year, news came out that people fell ill too. What you need to know today, latest statements from two big box stores, and the hidden label trap to watch out for.

YouTube: Cat Welcomes Home Soldier
Cat welcomes home soldier after drill, proving that not only dogs get excited ;)

Tuesday - August 26, 2014 - Today in History:

1842 - The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.
1873 - The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten.
1920 - The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth.
1937 - All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.
1939 - The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1945 - The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
1957 - It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.
1957 - The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled of the assembly line.
1973 - A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women's Equality Day.
1981 - The U.S. claimed that North Korea fired an antiaircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
1990 - The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.
1992 - A "no-fly zone" was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
1998 - The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they "bullied" Intel into delaying new technology.
2003 - Investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did.

World News

Pentagon: US preparing military options against ISIL in Syria
Press TV - The US military is planning for airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria despite warnings by Damascus about such operations on its soil without its permission.

Obama Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria
RIA Novosti - President Barack Obama has approved surveillance flights over Syria, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing two unnamed US officials. According to the AP sources, the decision may pave the way for US airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets.

Ukraine says it seized 10 Russian paratroopers on Ukrainian soil near eastern city of Donetsk
Press TV - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the claims, saying, “There has been more than enough disinformation about our invasion. No doubt some foreign newspaper will print that ‘news’ tomorrow.”

Syrian Government: James Foley Killed a Year Ago
Paul Joseph Watson - Fresh doubt has been thrown on the narrative behind the James Foley beheading video after a Syrian government spokesperson claimed that the American journalist was killed by ISIS militants a year ago.

Israel turns to Russia as new arms suppliers amid US doubt
StratRisks - Recent halt on shipment of US missiles has led Israel to look to new military equipment and munition sources With the recent US announcement of that the Pentagon put on hold a shipment of ‘Hellfire’ missiles to Israel as a warning to Jerusalem, the country is turning to other arms and munition sources to acquire new weapons.

US Furious After Source Of "Mystery" Libya Bombing Raids Revealed
Zero Hedge - The strikes puzzled all media outlets, including Reuters which just over the weekend reported that "Unidentified war planes attacked positions of an armed faction in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, residents and local media said.... Turns out the renegade general was lying, and merely trying to take credit for another party's intervention. That party, or rather, parties has been revealed as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates...

ISIL, ISIS – Now QSIS? Top Sunni Cleric Says Stop Calling Terrorists ‘Islamic’
CNS News - Stand by for a new acronym for the ISIS/ISIL terrorist group causing havoc across Syria and Iraq. One of the Arab world’s top Sunni authorities launched a campaign Sunday urging media to drop all names for the group that incorporate the word “Islamic,” in favor of “al-Qaeda separatists in Iraq and Syria” (QSIS).

Not-so NATO-ally? Germany spying on Turkey for ‘38 years’
RT - German foreign intelligence agency has been tapping Turkey for almost four decades, reports Focus amid the ongoing spy scandal between Berlin and Ankara. Some German officials defend the practice, saying that not all NATO allies can be treated as friends.

Hack Attack! Anonymous strikes at Israeli govt over Gaza
RT - Hacker collective Anonymous has taken down key Israeli government websites in a “retaliatory” attack against Israel and in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Israel Defense Forces, Bank of Israel, and the Israeli PM’s Office were among the targets

Liberian Doctor Treated With Anti-Ebola ZMapp Drug Dies
RIA Novosti - Liberian medical doctor Abraham Borbor, who was injected with the anti-Ebola trial vaccine ZMapp, has died, the country’s information minister said Monday. “He was walking around yesterday, and the doctors were hopeful that he would make a full recovery," said minister Lewis Brown, as cited by Front Page Africa.

Japan Awaiting WHO Approval to Provide Experimental Ebola Vaccine
RIA Novosti - If the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO) is granted, Tokyo plans to provide an experimental drug to Ebola victims, a Japanese government spokesman said Monday, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).

WHO Warns "Unprecedented" Number Of Medical Staff Infected
Zero Hedge - Despite all precautions possible, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died. Simply put, they conclude, the current outbreak is different.... Even WHO admits, if doctors and nurses are getting infected, what chance does the general public have?

Effectiveness of Fukushima Ice Wall Unclear to Experts
RIA Novosti - "As the water comes down the mountains towards the ocean, it's not clear to me that [TEPCO] really knows how it is going to move around that frozen barrier," former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman and the head of the international advisory panel to TEPCO Dr. Dale Klein said in an interview with VICE News, published Sunday.

China may unveil homegrown OS rivals to Windows, Google and Apple
RT - Following revelations of America’s National Security Agency’s global internet surveillance system, combined with a desire to enhance domestic production, China is beating a path towards unveiling its own operating systems in October.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI to probe tampering claims in OKC bombing records case
Salt Lake Tribune - A federal judge on Monday ordered the FBI to investigate an allegation of witness tampering in a July trial on Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue’s lawsuit seeking Oklahoma City bombing records.

The Suicide of Robin Williams: Why We Need a Grand Jury Inquest to Investigate It
Global Research - Robin Williams, entered a psychiatric facility in Minnesota (July 1, 2014). He had been given an as yet unknown cocktail of prescription drugs that resulted in his losing weight and withdrawing from his loved ones, sleeping, after his discharge later that month, in his darkened bedroom up to 20 hours a day, in an apparent drug-induced stupor.

Heavily Armed SWAT Team Swarms Cal State… Because of an Umbrella
Mac Slavo - In San Marcos, California, where students and staff members are always looking out for potential domestic terrorists, a call to 9-1-1 prompted a full university lock-down and brought elite members of the police department out in force. The incident began when someone called police to report a gunman on campus carrying an assault rifle.

Michael Brown funeral draws thousands along with celebrities, civil rights leaders
RT - Thousands of people attended a Baptist church in Missouri on Monday in order to mourn and celebrate the life of Michael Brown, a young, unarmed black man who died after being shot by local police.

Lies Exposed: DOJ Admits “Missing” IRS Emails DO Exist
The Daily Sheeple - In a stunning turn of events, Department of Justice attorneys for the IRS admitted that Lois Lerner’s emails DO exist on a backup server after all.

National Guard Remains in Ferguson Days After Withdrawal Announcement
Mikael Thalen - A promise to remove National Guard troops from Ferguson, Mo. has yet to be fulfilled despite Gov. Jay Nixon’s withdrawal order last Thursday afternoon. After arriving last Monday to “ensure the safety and welfare of the citizens,” National Guard troops have remained stationed at the law enforcement-run Unified Command Center several miles from the protest area.

Ferguson Officer Who Shot Mike Brown to Get $250,000 in Donations - A campaign to support Darren Wilson, the officer who shot six bullets into unarmed Ferguson resident Mike Brown and killed him, has collected nearly a quarter-million dollars in just four days' worth of online donations — and that money will go to Wilson and his family, according to the creators of a controversial fundraising page on the website GoFundMe.

Active shooter reported at U.S. Army's Fort Lee in Virginia
(Reuters) - A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol fatally wounded herself after barricading herself in a building at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said.

There is an 800% Higher Probability Americans Will be Killed by Police Than by a Terrorist
Martin Armstrong - The risk is 800% greater that you will be killed by POLICE rather than a terrorist. The Economist has reported the death by police so far are ZERO in Japan and Britain, 8 in Germany and 409 in America.

Why "Good Cops" Stay Silent: The Persecution of Officer Adam Basford
Pro Liberate - “I can't get killed for this job,” observed one of Adam Basford's former colleagues in the Yakima Police Department, explaining why he had refused to come to Basford's aid during a hand-to-hand struggle with an armed suspect. “I thought we were going to get killed, so I had to leave you there.”

Election News

Liberals finally react to Rand Paul calling Hillary a “War Hawk” "…If you wanna see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton, and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen." – Sen. Rand Paul

Economy & Business

Burger King deal: A tax dodge whopper?
CNBC News - Burger King's move to acquire the Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons would give the U.S. fast food giant a major presence north of the border. It would also save the company a whopper of a tax bill. The deal would be the latest in a once-obscure tax dodge known as a corporate "inversion" that is turning the debate over U.S. tax reform upside down.

'Cash for Clunkers' actually hurt the auto industry - We've written repeatedly about the many flaws of the 2009 "Cash for Clunkers" program. It made used cars more expensive, wasted resources and merely shifted people's car-buying plans forward a few months.

Energy & Environment

USGS Records 125 North Bay Earthquakes Following Napa Tremor With More To Come
CBS News - In just over 24 hours following the 3:20 a.m Sunday earthquake the USGS recorded 124 minor quakes and counting in the area. The seismic activity is clustered around the epicenter and to the north near the Geysers, a region known for regular ground shaking. The largest of the tremors was 3.6 magnitude, just hours after the initial earthquake.

Wildfire threatens 500 northern California homes
USA Today - A fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville forced the evacuation of about 150 homes and is threatening about 500 additional residences, authorities said Monday.

Weather Warfare Against Innocent Populations Of The World
Geoengineering Watch - It is a matter of historical fact that weather warfare has been waged against countries that resist the global power cabal, we would be very naive to think the same tactics would not be used against civilian populations that don’t want to conform to the global elite.

Science & Technology

Is YOUR Gmail at risk? Experts reveal it's possible to hack accounts with a 92% success rate - and their method works on ANY smartphone
Daily Mail - Smartphone users are increasingly aware of the need to take precautions to protect their personal data. But now a team of researchers have identified a new weakness in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to steal personal information from unsuspecting users.

American Airlines flight diverted after gaming hacker group tweets bomb threat
Ars Technica - Another series of depressingly common DDoS attacks on a number of gaming servers became much more serious this weekend when a bomb threat tweeted by a hacking collective resulted in a commercial jet carrying Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley to be diverted from San Diego to Phoenix.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Farm Workers to Protest Forced Unionization in California - Ms. Lopez and her colleagues at Fresno-based Gerawan Farming Inc. do not want to be forced to pay 3 percent of their wages to the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. Last November Gerawan workers held a decertification election, but the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is refusing to count the votes in a flagrant attempt to help the UFW rob the workers of their hard-earned money.


Ebola virus: natural treatment options the mainstream media ignores
(NaturalNews) ...while the mainstream media continues to exploit the situation by seizing the opportunity to push a vaccine agenda, a wealth of information is available for protecting oneself from infection -- and treating it naturally if one does fall ill with the disease.

60+ Natural ALS Cures the "Ice Washing" Campaign Isn't Funding!
Green Med Info - With $80,000,000 of your dollars raised, the ALS foundation openly admits only 27% of the funds go to ALS research, and sadly, virtually none of your donated money goes to already proven natural solutions.

Back-to-School Vaccines: Know the Risks and Failures
Barbara Loe Fisher - As summer comes to an end, the drumbeat promoting back-to-school vaccinations grows louder and louder in America. Unlike children in Canada and the European Union, our children must get dozens of doses of vaccines or they can't get a public school education.

French wines tested, Endocrine-disrupting phthalates found in more than half tested
(NaturalNews) Just as some men may have been switching from beer to wine after realizing that hops in beer diminish testosterone and boost estrogen, new research in France has discovered that over half of those fine French wines contain phthalates, which are hormone disruptors.

YouTube: How to Opt-Out Of Forced Vaccinations
Gary Franchi - Kids CAN go to school WITHOUT vaccines. For many years, especially while many of these vaccinations were still being developed, the majority of the population relied solely on the CDC for their information about vaccines. In recent years, large groups of people have started to question the overall benefit of vaccinations. With so many people objecting to the mandatory shots, we turn to Dr Mayer Eisenstein.

How to clean your arteries with this simple fruit
STEPin2 - A study published in the journal Atherosclerosis shows that pomegranate may prevent or reverse the biggest risk factors linked to heart conditions: atherosclerosis. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries…over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries.

Stop Taking Antibiotics for Your UTI: 6 Solutions for Urinary Tract Infections
Natural Society - More than 8 million women will take a trip to their doctor’s office this year to get antibiotics to treat their urinary tract infections, and so will a lesser number of men. But due to the development of antibiotic resistance, treating this problem with antibiotics is the last thing you should do -especially when there are other ways to treat this issue naturally.

20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils
Natural Blaze - I have compiled a go-to list of 20 great ways to use essential oils to solve everyday ailments not only for you, but your pets and children as well.

Tap Away Your Food Cravings in Minutes
Green Med Info - Don't beat yourself up when you give into your food cravings. But some gentle tapping might help you make better food choices the next time.

Pet News

Declawing: The Routine Barbaric Procedure That Owners Still Sadly Request
Dr. Becker - This is a painful and emotional topic for me, and I believe if owners truly understood the trauma this procedure can cause in their pet's life, they might make wiser choices. After all, it is banned in every civilized nation on the planet except for the US and Canada.

One Simple Way to Boost Your Bond with Your Dog
Dr. Becker - Research shows your "bonding" hormone, oxytocin, actually spikes when you do this. Described in Psychology Today as the powerful hormone that strengthens the bond between parents and children, and even couples when they hug and kiss.

Monday - August 25, 2014 - Today in History:

1718 - Hundreds of colonists from France arrived in Louisiana. Some settled in present-day New Orleans.
1814 - The U.S. Library of Congress was destroyed by British forces.
1916 - The National Park Service was established as part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
1921 - The U.S. signed a peace treaty with Germany.
1941 - Soviet and British troops invaded Iran. This was in reaction to the Shah's refusal to reduce the number of German residents.
1941 - Allied forces invaded Iran. Within four days the Soviet Union and England controlled Iran.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill appropriating funds for construction of the Pentagon.
1944 - Paris, France, was liberated by Allied forces ending four years of German occupation.
1944 - Romania declared war on Germany.
1950 - U.S. President Truman ordered the seizure of U.S. railroads to avert a strike.
1972 - In Great Britain, computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was introduced.
1978 - The Turin shroud believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ went on display for the first time in 45 years.
1981 - The U.S. Voyager 2 sent back pictures and data about Saturn. The craft came within 63,000 miles of the planet.
1983 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a $10 billion grain pact..
1988 - Iran and Iraq began talks in Geneva after ending their eight years of war.
1990 - Military action was authorized by the United Nations to enforce the trade embargo that had been placed on Iraq after their invasion of Kuwait.
1997 - The tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of Florida.
1998 - A survey released said that 1/3 of Americans use the Internet.

World News

Experts: James Foley Beheading Video Likely Fake
Paul Joseph Watson - An international forensic science company which does work for police forces across Britain found that, “James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera,” reports the Telegraph. The experts noted that despite Foley’s executioner appearing to draw a knife across the neck area at least six times, no blood is seen. The video itself does not show the actual beheading, merely a still image which purports to show Foley’s decapitated head resting on his body.

War planes bombard Libyan capital as Islamists seize control of Tripoli and airport
RT - War planes have bombarded Tripoli, while the city’s main airport was severely damaged by fire. This came a day after it was captured by rebel fighters, the Fajr Libya (Dawn of Libya) coalition, who also says it has control of the Libyan capital.

Russia Asks If America Is Still Fit To "Participate In Solving International Problems"
Zero Hedge - More and more questions are being raised about the ability of the current US administration to participate in the development of realistic and pragmatic approaches to international problems, to adequately assess the situation in the various regions of the world." - Russia Foreign Ministry.

Lavrov: Russia to send another humanitarian convoy to Ukraine
RT - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced plans for a second humanitarian convoy to be sent to eastern Ukraine, urging all foreign actors and agencies to participate.

7,000 Trapped Ukrainian Forces; IMF to Fund Ukraine Wars?
Blacklisted News - Ukraine is bankrupt. It accepted an $18 Billion IMF Bailout in March, allegedly with strict conditions. Do those conditions allow war funding?

How the Globalists Are Raping Africa (and the Rest of the World, Too)
(Truthstream Media) The United States just led the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, hosting figures from throughout the African continent to discuss its development. But despite typical rhetoric about lifting populations out of poverty and addressing Ebola outbreak concerns, the core of the conference was about promoting American-based multinational business in Africa.

Anti-govt forces ‘circle 1000s of Kiev troops, capture 2 tank battalions’ in E.Ukraine
RT - After sustained defensive combat against Ukrainian troops in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk during August, rebels are now reporting of entrapping two large groups of Kiev troops and seizing military hardware in a counteroffensive.

White House Accuses Russia Of Painting Military Vehicles White
Zero Hedge - The White House issued a statement proclaiming that today, in violation of its previous commitments and international law, Russian military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks forced their way into Ukraine… President Obam took time away from the course on Martha’s Vineyard to chat with Angela Merkel and then issued a joint statement somewhat sheepishly noting that this is “further provocation” and represents a “dangerous escalation.”

‘Significant force’ of elite UK troops on the ground in Iraq
Daily Mail - The Mail on Sunday has been given a detailed account of how elite troops from the SAS and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) are conducting high-tech operations inside Syria and Iraq, which could lead to the capture of the extremists within days. It emerged as reports suggested that British intelligence services had identified the true identity of the terrorist who beheaded Mr Foley...

Inside the ISIS gift shop: Online jihadist spring/summer collection of T-shirts, hoodies and baseball caps shocks internet
Daily Mail - ISIS appears to be stepping up its campaign to attract an international support base after clothing and memorabilia promoting the group appeared online.

US journalist freed in Syria after 2 years in captivity
RT - American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released by his kidnappers to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, Syria after being held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front. The Qatari government is said to have negotiated his release.

Israel levels high-rise buildings in Gaza: ‘They housed Hamas op centers’
RT - IDF air strikes have leveled two multi-story buildings in Gaza; both are said to have housed Hamas facilities. The new tactic of bringing down entire buildings has been tested amid a new escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

Israeli spy drone downed near Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant
RT - "The downed aircraft was of the stealth, radar-evasive type and it intended to penetrate the off-limit nuclear area in Natanz... but was targeted by a ground-to-air missile before it managed to enter the area," Reuters quotes the statement by the Revolutionary Guards.

China declares Australia a military threat over US war pact
Epoch Times - The United States currently has 1,200 troops from the Marine Corps and Air Force training with Australian troops for humanitarian and disaster relief. The defense agreement will increase the number of U.S. troops at Darwin in northern Australia to 2,500. The Chinese regime is none too pleased about the agreement, however.

China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia, other SCO nations
RT - China’s Inner Mongolia is hosting the biggest military drill ever held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The training of 7,000 servicemen from five SCO member states is set to test troops’ effectiveness in fighting terrorism.

The Causes of the MH17 Crash are “Classified”. Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium Signed a “Non-disclosure Agreement”
Blacklisted News - In the framework of the 4-country agreement signed on 8 August between Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia, information on the progress and results of the investigation of the disaster will remain classified.

Argentina and 10 more countries near bankruptcy
Birch Gold Group - The third-largest Latin American economy Argentina failed to make scheduled payments on its government bonds at the end of July. Credit agency Moody's Investors Service reported a spike in Argentina’s one-year Sovereign EDF (Expected Default Frequency) to 48% in one week.

China's Genetically Modified Rice Trial Reports 3 Times Higher Leukemia Risk
Natural Society - It appears that an alleged illegal GM rice trial on University students in China has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to 3 times the normal rate in the country. Following the alleged GM rice trial, it was discovered from the Huazhong Agricultural University that ‘over 10 students now have leukemia within a 4-year period.’

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Gov’t Fear Factory: ‘ISIS Is Here,’ Just in Time for Another 9/11 Anniversary
(Truthstream Media) The government has been doing a whole lot of talking lately about the 9/11-style threat ISIS poses on American soil, how ISIS is like ‘nothing the Pentagon has ever seen’ and how ISIS is likely already here… and all just in time right before another 9/11 anniversary! Fancy that.

School District Bans Talking About Ferguson - Google Maps tells me that Edwardsville, Illinois, is just a 33-minute drive from Ferguson, Missouri. It seems natural that Edwardsville students might want to talk about the events drawing national attention so close to their own homes—but they best not do it at school. As of Wednesday, talking about the Michael Brown shooting and surrounding events is prohibited in Edwardsville classrooms.

Police militarizing with few checks on power, expert says
The Washington Times - ‘“Some of these city councils only become aware of what their police have and what they’ve been doing in the wake of a tragedy,” said Tim Lynch, the director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank.... “Then members of the city council start asking questions that should have been asked initially,” he said. “Does this community that hasn’t had a murder in ten years need an armored personnel carrier?”

Map: Where Is ‘Open Carry’ Legal?
WSJ - Recently, Target, Starbucks and Chipotle have asked their patrons not to bring their guns. After petitions by gun-control groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Kroger said it would uphold local and state laws in the 34 states it operates.

Open Letter of Warning to Governor Nixon From Missouri Oath Keepers
Oath Keepers - This is an Assault on the Bill of Rights. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. - Marine General Smedley Butler – Two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Thousands protest police violence in New York, call for justice in chokehold death (PHOTOS)
RT - Thousands of people gathered on New York’s Staten Island on Saturday as they protested against police violence and called for justice in the case of an unarmed man killed by an officer via an illegal chokehold.

Ret. Police Captain: Feds Use Provocateurs to Influence Public Opinion
Kit Daniels - Capt. Ray Lewis, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2004 after serving 24 years and was present during the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, said undercover provocateurs “infiltrated Occupy Wall Street like crazy” as a way to influence public opinion against the protestors, a strategy which is also used against other movements critical of the establishment.

Maryland Sheriff Refuse To Enforce Federal Gun Laws - With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking their role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level by protesting such restrictions and, in some cases, refusing to enforce the laws. Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standing for the people of Wicomico County, Maryland.

Economy & Business

What's $100 Really Worth In Each State?
Zero Hedge - Regional price differences are strikingly large, and have serious policy implications. The same amount of dollars are worth almost 40 percent more in Mississippi than in DC, and the differences become even larger if metro area prices are considered instead of statewide averages.

Goldman to Pay $3.15 Billion to Settle Mortgage Claims
NY Times - Goldman Sachs is paying its largest bill yet to resolve a government lawsuit related to the financial crisis. The bank said on Friday that it had agreed to buy back $3.15 billion in mortgage bonds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to end a lawsuit filed in 2011 by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the federal regulator that oversees the two mortgage companies.

Why The Fed’s Outrageous Gift To Foreign Banks—- Risk Free Aribitrage On IOER—Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg
David Stockman - This profit stripping operation is simple. Foreign banks on Wall Street borrow from money market funds at an infinitesimal 3-6 basis points and then shuffle the loot down to 33 Liberty Street where the New York Fed pays them 25 basis points on the same funds. This gift is known as the IOER payment for excess reserves.

48 suspicious banking deaths - Whether these are genuine deaths or something more sinister one thing is for certain, banking is becoming one of the most dangerous industries to be involved in right now with an extremely high death per employee ratio.

Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart, announced that it lost $573 million over the last three months
The Huffington Post - Slow wage growth has meant low- and middle-income Americans just don’t have enough money to spend at places like Sears and Kmart. More people are turning to dollar stores, which offer discounts in urban locations that don’t require a car and gas to get to a suburban mall.

Veteran News

YouTube: Food City- Salute
This is a great 1-minute commercial. Not a word spoken and none needed..... At Food City, we honor those people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!

Energy & Environment

Why The Earthquake Near San Francisco Is Just The Start Of The Shaking In California
Economic Collapse - If you thought that the earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday was something, just wait until you see what is coming in the years ahead. As you will read about below, we live at a time when earthquake activity is dramatically increasing. This is especially true of the "Ring of Fire" which runs roughly along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits San Francisco Bay area, injuring at least 120, three critical, and starting six fires
NY Daily News - The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in California’s wine country.
* Related article and video.

Science & Technology

Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives be the Arbiters of What We See and Read? - There have been increasingly vocal calls for Twitter, Facebook and other Silicon Valley corporations to more aggressively police what their users are permitted to see and read.... This week, the announcement by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo that the company would prohibit the posting of the James Foley beheading video and photos from it (and suspend the accounts of anyone who links to the video) met with overwhelming approval.

Cyber attack on government contractor exposes undercover agents
RT - Multiple undercover investigators had their personal data exposed to hackers after a cyber attack struck a key contractor of the Department of Homeland Security in early August.

Researchers Achieve First Successful Telepathic Transfer
The Daily Sheeple - Now an international team is declaring a successful brain-to-brain data transfer between a person sitting in India to a receiving person in France. Journal PLOSone reports that the first brain-to-brain interface has been achieved, and that “brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces.”

Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing - and some experts argue it's because humans have reached their intellectual peak
Daily Mail - Westerns have lost 14 IQ points on average since the Victorian age, according to a study published by the University of Amsterdam last year. Jan te Nijenhuis thinks this could be because intelligent women tend to have less children than women who are not as clever, The Huffington Post reported.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

What's in Your Straw – Reasons To Buy Organic
Farmer Brian - Do you mulch with straw?... Straw is a by-product of grain production, so most likely it came from a conventional field running some variation of corn (GMO Bt), soybeans (Round-Up Ready), and cereal grain rotation.... Many large hay farms only run a hayfield a few years before spraying herbicide to kill off the vegetation, and then reseeding the field (and applying commercial fertilizers).
* Related: Killer Compost


CDC Whistleblower Links MMR Vaccine to Autism; Story Promptly Censored
(Truthstream Media) - Shocking revelations about alleged CDC misconduct in a study investigating the link between autism and vaccines has been made even worse by an active campaign to censor and silence the issue in the media.

Special Report: Corntamination — Edible GMO Hepatitis B Vaccines Coming Soon!
(Truthstream Media) In a special investigative report, we followed the trail of biopharming, where science is using genetically engineered crops to grow pharmaceutical and vaccine components. Some of these treatments are developed to be eaten directly as food.

To Protect Your Heart, Your Sodium to Potassium Ratio Is More Important Than Your Overall Salt Intake
Dr. Mercola - Salt provides two elements – sodium and chloride – both of which are essential for life. Your body cannot make these elements on its own, so you must get them from your diet. However, not all salts are created equal.

Foods scientifically proven to kill cancer
(NaturalNews) In order to defeat cancer and ensure there is no recurrence, the body must be brought into balance and the immune system rebuilt and fine tuned. So how is this feat accomplished? Detox, detox, detox and achieve a slightly alkaline pH, while filling the body with the best, organic, nutritionally dense food available.

Rob Schneider says he has smoking gun on CDC vaccine-autism fraud
Jon Rappoport - Here is a copy of a letter actor and comedian Rob Schneider sent to California Governor Jerry Brown’s office Friday.... "As a concerned citizen of the State of California, I feel compelled to share with you proof the CDC committed fraud (I have copies of the original CDC report that was later suppressed and fraudulently changed)...."

CNN iReport on CDC whistleblower spreads like wildfire, then censored
The Truth Barrier - CNN is now overtly complicit in the mainstream media blackout of the developing story of CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, who stepped forward and revealed that he had partaken in cooking data attempting to minimize the truth about the toxicity of the MMR vaccine in infants and the increased risk of developing autism.
* Related articles and Related video.

Scientists Discover Why 1 in 5 People Attract Mosquitoes Like Crazy
Dr. Mercola - If you harbor these strange scents, mosquitoes can sniff you out 50 yards away. Find out what works best to keep them away, and the one flying insect that controls mosquitoes nearly as effectively as bats. I have literally thousands of them flying in my back yard.

9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers
Dr. Mercola - Cucumbers contain disease-fighting nutrients and a unique blend of characteristics that could give your health a boost.

Research Finds Rare Vine Naturally ‘Halts Breast Cancer Development’
Natural Society - In a relatively new study published July of 2013 in Plos One, we are introduced to yet another breast cancer treatment which is completely non-invasive and inexpensive. A well-known herb [Gynura procumbens ] used throughout Southeast Asia belonging to the Asteraceae family, and used in Malaysian recipes for decades is rendering breast cancer cell lines defunct.

Pet News

Pet Food: Failed Guaranteed Analysis
Susan Thixton - The State of Illinois found 16 pet foods to “fail” random testing in 2013; the pet foods did not test to match the claimed “Guaranteed Analysis” as stated on labels. No product was recalled even though each of these pet foods were mislabeled.... How can consumers ever trust manufacturers and regulatory authorities if ‘guarantees’ hold no meaning?

Friday - August 22, 2014 - Today in History:

1770 - Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.
1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England's King George III.
1846 - The U.S. annexed New Mexico.
1851 - The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.
1902 - In Hartford, CT, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.
1906 - The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
1910 - Japan formally annexed Korea.
1941 - Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
1984 - The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in New Stanton, PA.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the build up of troops in the Persian Gulf.
1990 - The U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait would not be closed under President Saddam Hussein's demand.
1991 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners' coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed legislation that ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.
2003 - Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse.
2005 - The last Jewish settlers left the Gaza Strip, ending decades of Israel's turbulent occupation.

World News

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s – Fault
Washington Post - CFR’s flagship publication – Foreign Affairs – has just published a piece blaming the Ukraine crisis on the West. The piece by John Mearsheimer – in it’s September/October 2014 issue – accurately notes: The United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West....

Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft - A Chinese jet fighter flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft near Japan this week in an encounter that highlights China’s continued aggressiveness in the region.

Yemen on high alert as rebels push to overthrow government
Deutsche Welle - Tens of thousands of Shiite rebel supporters are in the capital Sanaa in a bid to topple the government. Thousands of armed rebels strengthened their position on Wednesday as they pressed on with their campaign.

IDF mobilizing 10,000 reservists after Israel targets senior Hamas commanders - The cabinet approved the measure after the air force carried out an overnight targeted assassination of two senior Hamas terrorists and a lower ranking terrorist in the Gaza Strip.

469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need ‘psychosocial aid’ – UNICEF
RT - At least 469 children have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said, adding that more than 370,000 Palestinian kids require “immediate psychosocial first aid.”

"Isolation Procedures Put In Place" After Ebola Suspect Dies In Ireland; Ebola-Like Disease Claims 70 In Congo
Zero Hedge - Last week Ireland rushed to deny that a man with Ebola-like symptoms who was being tested in Dublin, did not have the disease. It may find such a refutation more difficult this time after Irish Times reported that a man was found dead last night in Donegal, after working in Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the current Ebola outbreak, and where "it is understood that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus."

US, Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
Common Dreams - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialization of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.

Humanitarian convoy: First trucks with Russian aid may enter Ukraine on Friday
RT - Trucks with Russian humanitarian aid to war-torn eastern Ukraine are going through customs at the border. Following a delay caused by the Ukrainian side, the convoy may finally start moving to its destination on Friday, a Red Cross official said.

As fighting continues in Gaza, airstrikes kill Hamas leader’s wife and child - After a week-long ceasefire was called as leaders from Hamas and Israel met in Cairo, Egypt, to hold peace-talks, air strikes have resumed and claimed the lives of over 19 Palestinians, including the wife and child of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif.

Banned on YouTube: ISIS beheading American James Wright Foley
Liveleak - [Warning: Graphic Video] ISIS released a video bragging about how they have beheaded U.S. freelance journalist James Foley, who was taken prisoner in Syria in 2012. Another U.S. journalist shown in the video who is believed to be Steven Sotloff, was captured at the Syria-Turkey border in 2013.

UK Police: Merely Watching James Foley Beheading Video May Be an Act of Terrorism
Paul Joseph Watson - British police have warned the public that merely watching the James Foley beheading video may be a criminal offense under terrorism legislation, a draconian escalation that threatens to create an ominous pretext for the free flow of information on the Internet.

Video clues that could unmask James Foley's murderer
The Telegraph - Despite being filmed deliberately in a barren, featureless landscape with the killer wearing a hood, the four-minute film has a wealth of information, including the killer’s voice, height and the fact he is left-handed.
* Related: French ex-hostage of Isil 'knows' James Foley’s killer

Aafia Siddiqui: the Pakistani female scientist 'on Isil's list of demands'
The Telegraph - The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) reportedly called for the release of a female Pakistani scientist with ties to al-Qaeda in exchange for James Foley. According to the New York Times, Isil sent through a "laundry list" of demands to the United States which included the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist currently incarcerated in a prison in Texas.

600 People Quarantined In Germany After West African Worker Collapses in a Job Center
Underground Medic - A West African woman working at a job centre in the Pankow district of Berlin has collapsed with Ebola-like symptoms sparking the emergency quarantine of 600 people. Having recently returned from West Africa she has admitted she had contact with Ebola victims in Nigeria.

Venezuela may soon require fingerprinting to purchase groceries.
1newsjunkie - President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system" like the fingerprint scan the country uses for voting.

Iceland launched a debt cancellation initiative for mortgage holders
IceNews - Each debt could see as much as 26,000 euros knocked off the total due. On Sunday, the country’s tax authorities launched the website, where homeowners can file their application. Some 5,000 people registered in the opening two hours, said one of the site’s technical managers.

End of the line: GMO production in China halted
RT - In a surprise U-turn, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Raytheon & the NSA will now be recording everyone's license plate in Massachusetts
MassPrivatei - Technology and defense giant Raytheon was recently awarded a $130 million contract to install all-electronic tolling systems on the Massachusetts Turnpike and at several local tunnels. A unit of the company’s Integrated Defense Systems business will install the system over the next year and a half.

VIDEO: City Hall Protesters Demand "Drone-Free LAPD"
NBC News - Protesters gathered outside LA's city hall Thursday morning, chanting "drone-free LAPD" to demand a halt to what they called an LAPD plan to use drones to spy on citizens.

New Bill In Congress Would Ban Private Citizens From Owning Body Armor
Economic Collapse - Representatives "would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of military-level body armor by civilians". In other words, private citizens all over the entire nation would be permanently banned from owning body armor if this bill gets passed and signed into law. The bill that I am talking about is H.R. 5344 (The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act), and you can view the proposed legislation for yourself right here.

Chuck Hagel Goes Full Fearmonger: "ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11, Prepare For Everything"
Zero Hedge - US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks about the "imminent threat" ISIS poses to the US and the World.. .and pulls no punches in his total fearmongery..."ISIL poses a threat greater than 9/11.

Experimental drug success: US Ebola doctor discharged after recovery
RT - An American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia has been discharged after being treated with the experimental drug, ZMapp. Kent Brantley was treated in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; a second doctor with Ebola Nancy Writebol was also treated with ZMapp there and was released Tuesday. Both recovered just in nearly three weeks of treatment.

Governor Nixon orders National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson - Governor Jay Nixon order the National Guard to start pulling out of Ferguson Thursday. The Governor made the announcement in a news release saying the National Guard would coordinate the effort with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

County police report 155 arrests since Michael Brown was killed
Washington Post - The numbers are very likely an understatement of the total number of those taken into custody, as numerous residents and journalists have been detained and released without being charged. The list obtained by the Post only includes those held in St. Louis County facilities. It is likely that there are others who have been arrested and held in municipal jails.

Judge Orders DOJ to Provide List of 'Fast & Furious' Documents Obama Tried to Shield
CNS News - A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.

Former CIA Officer Says ISIS and Mexican Drug Cartels Communicate
Kurt Nimmo - A former CIA officer, now a security consultant who regularly appears on Fox News, told the Laura Ingraham Show Thursday ISIS and Mexican drug cartels communicate with each other. “We’ve had good intel over the years about al-Qaeda, about their efforts to coordinate with, as an example, Mexican cartels… in an effort to try to exploit our southern border,” Mike Baker told Ingraham.

Rick Perry Warns ISIS May Already Be in the United States
National Review - “I think there is the obvious great concern that because of the condition of the border, from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be [entering the country],” Perry said during an event hosted by National Review and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Nanny State and Police State Unite to Arrest Boy For Bringing the Word "Gun" to School
Activist Post - This time, the danger to society was a 16-year-old boy from Summerville, S.C. who went so far as to write a fictional statement about killing a dinosaur with a gun.

Economy & Business

A Repeat of Black Wednesday? Soros Bets $2 Billion On Stock Market Collapse: Massive Inflation Ahead
The Daily Sheeple - Take a long, hard look at your personal preparations and plug any holes while you can because if Soros and his multi-billionaire cronies have their way, then the time you have left to do so is a lot shorter than you may have anticipated.

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare
CNS News - 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Profit Down 62% For Another Major US Retailer - Sales at U.S. mass merchandisers such as Target and Wal-Mart Stores Inc have been hit this year as consumers struggling with stagnant wages and high inflation reduce spending.

Energy & Environment

Vermont Law first bee-friendly, neonicotinoid pesticide-free campus in nation
VTDigger - Vermont Law School has partnered with the Center for Food Safety’s BEE Protective Campaign, making it the first higher-education campus in the country to earn official neonicotinoid pesticide-free designation.

Is Miami on the Brink of A Nuclear Disaster?
Green Med Info - The Turkey Point facility has a canal-based cooling system, technology like something out of the Dark Ages. What happens if that system fails as it appears to be doing now? Will the non-canal based cooling back up system (diesel-based) work? These questions need to be asked and answered, but the most poignant question of all is: is a core infrastructure failure occurring and responsible for the insufficient cooling system the plant is experiencing?

YouTube: Proof Radiation Is Killing The Pacific
Jeff Rense - This video [22 minutes] features highlights of Dana Durnford & Terry Daniel's video Podcast. Very special thanks to Dana & his team for all the hard word and research they have gathered concerning Fukushima radiation and the dying Pacific Ocean. Without individuals such as Dana stepping up to get us the real data in the field, much of this type of information would not be available to the general public.
* Related: Video Response to Dana Dernford

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Artist creates amazing multicolored tree that produces 40 types of fruit
(NaturalNews) Imagine picking 40 different types of fruit from a single tree. This is precisely the goal of New York-based sculptor and artist Sam Van Aken. The Tree of 40 Fruit can simultaneously produce apricots, almonds, nectarines, peaches, plums and cherries.

Vampire plants inject their prey with RNA
(NaturalNews) A scientist from Virginia Tech University has found a potentially new form of plant communication, one that permits them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with each other.


15,000 pounds of chicken nuggets recalled after customers complain about pieces of plastic
(NaturalNews) On Wednesday, August 8, Applegate Natural and Organic Meats voluntarily issued a recall for "Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets" with the "Best Before" date of February 5, 2015, according to a report by United Press International.... he contaminated chicken nuggets are manufactured by Perdue, a Georgia-based company hired by Applegate to help "co-pack" their products.

Life-threatening, infectious bacteria develop resistance to antiseptic used in hospital baths
(NaturalNews) An interventional measure that some hospitals have put in place to combat the rise of drug-resistant "superbugs" is actually causing more of them to emerge, suggests a new study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

8 ways to recognize cancer earlier without harmful medical testing
(NaturalNews) With all the high tech screenings, procedures, drugs, and research, one would have to think that the "war on cancer" would be seeing some forms of success. Yet, men still have a slightly less than 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer, and for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3. Approximately 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in people 55 years of age and older.

USDA announces crack-down on companies deceptively using 'organic' in brand names
(NaturalNews) The USDA recently announced a crack-down on the organic market, as it reins in misleading language on food product packaging that often confuses consumers with vague "organic" promises. "Unless a food product is certified organic it cannot display, overtly, the word 'organic' on the front panel of the product," said Mark A. Kastel, Codirector at The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog.

Top health benefits of dill
(NaturalNews) Dill seeds are similar in taste and appearance to caraway seeds. The flavor and aroma of these light brown, oval seeds is citrus and sweet with a slightly bitter edge. In addition to its usefulness as a spice in foods, dill has a number of health benefits. A few of them are explained below.

Eating more of these 5 foods can help improve your eye health
(NaturalNews) Vision is one of mankind's most valued senses. Unfortunately, for many it's susceptible to extremely degenerative conditions. In the United States alone, nearly $7 billion is spent to treat cataracts, affecting about 22 million Americans over the age of 40.

Vitamin D for Depression, Dementia, and Diabetes
Dr. Mercola - According to one recent study, seniors who have low vitamin D levels may double their risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, compared to those with vitamin D levels in the normal range: Those with low levels had a 53 percent increased risk for dementia, and a 70 percent higher risk of Alzheimer's. Severely deficient individuals had a 125 percent higher risk for dementia and 120 percent higher risk for Alzheimer's.

New Research Links Ramen Noodles To Heart Disease, Stroke and Metabolic Syndrome - The dangers of ramen noodles are self-evident to most, however there will always be those who will deny the dangers of consuming them. After all, it's a staple food for college kids so how bad could it be? It can't kill you right? New research from Baylor University and Harvard says it can. The noodles increase people's risk of metabolic changes linked to heart disease and stroke, researchers found.

4 Ancient Superfoods and their Timeless Benefits
Natural Society - Which foods should be on your superfoods list? Here are some timeless superfoods options to consider.

7 Reasons You Should Practice Yoga
Natural Society - This centuries-old practice has taken on incredible life in the West and it seems if you aren’t doing yoga, you are the odd one out. Fortunately, it’s never too late to pick up a new and healthy habit. If you need a reason to practice yoga, here are seven.

Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases significantly with regular exercise
STEPin2 - According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who in the past four years had started physical activity of about four hours per week had a lower risk of invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less.

Antibacterial soap exposes health workers to high triclosan levels
Natural Blaze - Handwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to significant and potentially unsafe levels of triclosan, a widely-used chemical currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a study led by researchers from UC San Francisco.

Thursday - August 21, 2014 - Today in History:

1831 - Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia. He was later executed.
1841 - A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton.
1878 - The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY.
1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state. U.S. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.
1963 - In South Vietnam, martial law was declared. Army troops and police began to crackdown on the Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1989 - Voyager 2, a U.S. space probe, got close to the Neptune moon called Triton.
1993 - NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million.
1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United States.
2002 - In Pakistan, President General Pervez Musharraf unilaterally amended the Pakistani constitution. He extended his term in office and granted himself powers that included the right to dissolve parliament.
2003 - In Ghana, businessman Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the two-year power-sharing accord between Liberia's rebels and the government. The accord was planned to guide the country out of 14 years of civil war.
2006 - British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States.
2009 - Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.

World News

Islamic State Demanded $100Mln Ransom for US Journalist Foley says Reports
RIA Novosti - Militants of the Islamic State (IS) group pressed the United States for a $100 million ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, whose execution was later taped and video was released on the Internet, The New York Times reported, citing a representative of Foley’s family.

Hackers stole secret MH370-related documents from Malaysian officials says report
RT - A targeted phishing attack on a handful of Malaysian officials involved in investigating the disappearance of flight MH370 in March reportedly gave the perpetrators, presumably of Chinese origin, access to a trove of classified material.

Russian Consumer Watchdog Inspects McDonald's in 18 Regions Over Sanitary Concerns
RIA Novosti - Four McDonald’s restaurants were temporarily closed in Moscow on Wednesday after numerous violations of sanitary regulations had been found at the popular fast food outlet’s branches, with Rospotrebnadzor saying McDonald’s products contain more fat, protein and carbohydrates than allowed by the country’s “technological norms."

Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to Syria
Nasdaq - U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria, Iraqi officials say.

Staged Provocations Ahead Possible US-Syrian War
Tony Cartalucci - With the alleged brutal murder of American journalist James Wright Foley, a wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences has been generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a further pretext to justify a resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region.

US Attempted To Rescue James Foley, Other ISIS Hostages, Failed Because "Hostages Were Not Present"
Zero Hedge - U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed because the hostages weren’t there, senior administration officials told ABC News today.

ISIS: Region-wide Genocide Portended in 2007 Now Fully Realized
Tony Cartalucci - As early as 2007, the stage was being set for the regional genocide now unfolding from Syria and Lebanon along the Mediterranean to northern Iraq. The “sudden” appearance of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, otherwise known as ISIS, betrays years of its rise and the central part it played in Western-backed violence seeking to overthrow the government of Syria starting in 2011 amid the cover of the so-called “Arab Spring.”

Soldiers spill blood in Liberian Ebola slum as riot breaks out over the quarantine of 50,000 residents
Daily Mail - (Graphic content) Liberian soldiers opened fire on residents of a slum in their country's capital city today after it was locked down in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola virus.

Canada’s Dirty Banks
Dean Henderson - (Excerpted from Chapter 4: Nicaraguan Contraband: Big Oil & Their Bankers…) During the Nicaraguan contra war, the CIA ran a guns-for-drugs operation out of Belize. One note in Oliver North’s diaries read, “Proceed on White House project in Belize”. Another read, “wants to contact drug people in Belize camps”.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Attorney General Eric Holder looks into Brown case
USA Today - Holder arrived as a local grand jury began hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting. The Justice Department is conducting a parallel investigation into possible civil rights violations related to the shooting. In an extraordinary move, he also ordered a federal autopsy — the third forensic examination of the body, which was hit at least six times by gunfire.

Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area
1776 Channel - Missouri-based private security contractor Asymmetric Solutions, which employs elite former U.S. military special operators, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the company is deploying a “high threat team in our own city”.... “We’ve been to Baghdad, Kabul, KL, Manilla, Peshwar, Bogata. Never guessed we would deploy a high threat team in our own city. #furgeson”. Asymmetric Solutions employs former U.S. Navy SEALs and Army special operators.

Police Captain Unleashes Ferguson Riot Cops Against Journalists
Mikael Thalen - Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson used riot police to intimidate, assault and arrest journalists early Wednesday morning after several thrown bottles ignited unrest in the streets of Ferguson, Mo.... Only moments before the situation deteriorated, Infowars reporter Joe Biggs attempted to alert an officer to a stash of bottles hidden under a metal bin, seemingly in vane. After bottles on scene were thrown at police, officers began singling out journalists for arrest while one cop with an M4 rifle threatened to “f***ing kill” others.

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended - A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them, police said Wednesday.

Police beat innocent man in handcuffs, charge him with bleeding on their uniforms
Police State USA - A man was taken to jail following a case of mistaken identity and subsequently beaten and given trumped up charges, including bleeding on the officers’ clothing as they pummeled him.

CDC: US Has Had 'at Least 68' Ebola Scares
Breitbart - Amid the news that two patients-- one in New Mexico and one in California-- are currently being tested for Ebola in hospitals due to matching symptoms, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that there have been "at least 68" such scares in the past three weeks.

Federal Judge Obliterates IRS Excuses for Losing Lerner's Emails
Breitbart - In a landmark victory for Judicial Watch, the federal judge ordered the IRS to submit sworn declarations detailing what happened to Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails and what steps were being taken to find them.

Student suspended for saying ‘bless you’ after classmate sneezed - A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

Newly Released Memo Details Justification for Drone Assassination of American Citizen
Ben Swann - Late Friday the U.S. Department of Justice released a heavily redacted memo that deals with the targeted assassination of American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. The Justice Department was responding to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times that sought to uncover the legal justification for the drone bombing, which lead to Awlaki’s death.

UN Boss Pushes “International Standards” for Ferguson Police
New American - As protests and looting continue in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is demanding that local law enforcement adhere to what his office cryptically referred to as “international standards.”

Did Ferguson Police Use "Kill Switch" on Livestream Signal The Moment They Created Chaos?
Activist Post - "It keep saying 'no network error'. We had a foreign reporter on the roof with us and she wasn't able to get a signal on her cell phone. And people on the ground were saying 'I can't tweet out.'" -Livestreamer Argus Radio.

Army to Continue ‘Black Helicopter’ Training Over Twin Cities Despite Anger
Paul Joseph Watson - The U.S. Army is set to continue training exercises involving low flying “black helicopters” over Minneapolis and St. Paul tonight despite residents and local officials expressing outrage at the danger posed by the unannounced drills.

VIDEO: Peacekeepers Or Provocateurs? RT Examines The National Guard
Liberty Crier - From natural disasters to civil unrest, the National Guard plays many roles and has a contradictory history. At times preventing the integration of schools while at other times protecting African-American protesters, deployment of the military force is a often a sign of something gone wrong. RT’s Manila Chan takes a look at the history and roles of the National Guard.

California Sheriff's Deputies Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old
Breitbart - Northern California sheriff's deputies have shot and killed a 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, sheriff's officials and family members said.

Researchers find security flaws in backscatter X-ray scanners
Activist Post - In laboratory tests, the team was able to successfully conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner. The team was also able to modify the scanner operating software so it presents an “all-clear” image to the operator even when contraband was detected.

Economy & Business

30 stats to show to anyone that does not believe the middle class is being destroyed
Economic Collapse - The 30 statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed.

Housing Market

Bank of America agrees to $17bn fine over mortgage fraud says report
RT - America’s second largest lender has reached a $17 billion settlement with US federal authorities over selling bad mortgages, according to sources close to the negotiations. The bank will pay out $10 billion in cash and $7 billion for consumer relief – such as modified home loans and refinanced mortgages, AP reports, citing officials close to the negotiations. The final verdict is due on Thursday.

Energy & Environment

Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer
AP - Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal..... Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal in New England.

Science & Technology

UN Grabs for the Internet: CFR, Chatham House Lead Toward “Global Governance”
New American - In a recent essay entitled, “The Strategic Significance of the Internet Commons,” former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff describes cyberspace and the Internet as a “global commons” that must come under “global governance.” This is the latest salvo in an ongoing campaign by a disparate congeries of internationalists, socialists, communists, and jihadists to turn over control of the Internet to some sort of regime under the United Nations.

Cyborg Moth "Biobots" Preparing For Flight
Activist Post - The military-science industrial complex continues its pursuit of modeling drones after nature in order to hide in plain sight. While there have been some successes in this area with systems like RoboBee, nature's flight pattern is proving to be difficult to perfectly replicate, as well as providing steep challenges in energy consumption.

UPS says 51 stores infected with credit card stealing malware
Ars Technica - In an announcement posted Wednesday to its website, UPS said that 51 locations, or around one percent of its 4,470 franchised stores across the country, were found to have been penetrated by a “broad-based malware intrusion.” The company recorded approximately 105,000 transactions at those locations, but does not know the precise number of cardholders affected.


Will You Die Getting To Your Bug Out Location?
Underground Medic - I am frequently surprised by the approach many Preppers take to their Bug-Out plans, especially those who expect to drive to their retreat location.... Closed roads, quarantine situations, hostile locals, gridlock, civil unrest, martial law, are examples of the types of things a Prepper might encounter when trying to bug-out to their retreat. So you must plan your bug-out in a way that avoids, or at least minimizes, such situations.


Complications with allergy medications - 8 deadly effects to be aware of
(NaturalNews) As allergy season continues, it is important to remember that there are several natural options and that it is not necessary to take Claritin and Benadryl this year. These over-the-counter medications are highly dangerous and will put people at risk of developing several complications if they take them.

Nearly half the children born in the last decade are at risk of diabetes
(NaturalNews) According to News Daily, a CDC study has determined that two out five people born between 2000 and 2011 are expected to develop diabetes type 2. This rate is double what it was two decades ago or men, and it's a 50 percent increase for women.

Shatter stone herb cleanses liver, dissolves kidney and gallbladder stones
(NaturalNews) If you struggle with kidney stones, or feel your liver could use a tune-up, a small Amazonian berry offers a powerful solution. A popular herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a favorite of naturopaths worldwide, Phyllanthyus niruri (chanca piedra or "shatter stone" in Spanish) is known for supporting kidney, bladder, liver and gallbladder health. The berry also demonstrates significant antioxidant properties, lowers blood pressure, balances blood sugar and is effective in treating over 90 different issues.

Tattoo ink poisoning Americans
(NaturalNews) Body-art lovers have complained of scarring, allergic reactions, and phototoxic reactions (adverse reaction to light or sunlight), and depending on the type of pigment, other complications can occur. Brightly colored plastic-based pigments have been particularly problematic for some, and glow-in-the-dark tattoos can be radioactive and toxic.

Common Antibiotic Linked with Heart Deaths
Natural Blaze - Recently, researchers have been going back to study "time-tested" drugs only find inherent risk. For instance, a common heart drug always believed to be inherently safe is now believed to increase cardiac death. Some antibiotics were recently shown to alter immunity and lead to respiratory disease susceptibility later on. Clarithromycin, a common antibiotic - lauded by WHO and used for wide variety of infections like gastritis, skin, lung, throat and lyme - can now be added to the list.

Main Ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, Patented as an Antibiotic, Destroying GI Tract
Natural Society - So why would the company seek a patent for an herbicide to be used as an antibiotic? All the more important to ask is, why is this toxic ingredient allowed to be used when it has been proven again and again to allow toxic bacteria like clostridium to flourish?

This winters ‘Flu Season’ is going to be the most dangerous one of your life
Underground Medic - With Ebola showing the same symptoms as both common flu and noroviruses, both of which are exceptionally common in winter, Ebola could quite easily be mistaken for either condition in the first instance, slipping through the net until it’s later stages appear and by then it’s too late.If Ebola makes it to our shores it will explode in winter and I personally see no alternative other than self-imposed isolation.

17 of The Most Underrated Medicinal Plants In The World - Many people are finally becoming acquainted with how plants such as cannabis are effective medicinally. Others are very familiar with the healing abilities of garlic, spinach, ginger and of course echinacea. However, there are so many others whose medicinal potential are rarely if ever mentioned and yet rival and even exceed those mentioned above in many areas.

How Your Morning Coffee Can Prevent Tinnitus
Natural Blaze - This discovery I’m referring to was a study published in the American Journal of Medicine that shows women who consumed higher amounts of caffeine were less likely to have tinnitus. Their primary source of caffeine was coffee.

Study Identifies Anti-Cancer Properties of Honey Compounds
Natural Society - Honey is awesome, but could it be powerful enough to treat cancer. Flavonoids and phenolic acids may be responsible for honey’s anti-cancer properties.

Wednesday - August 20, 2014 - Today in History:

1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.
1866 - It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier.
1914 - German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.
1918 - The British opened its Western Front offensive during World War I.
1923 - The 1st American ship, the "Shenandoah," began its maiden voyage in Lakehurst, NJ. on Sept. 14, 1923.
1940 - France fell to the Germans during World War II.
1953 - It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.
1964 - A $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1968 - The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization.
1977 - Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
1985 - The original Xerox 914 copier was presented to the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American History. Chester Carlson was the man who invented the machine.
1991 - A rally of more that 100,000 people occurred outside the Russian parliament building to protest the coup that removed Gorbachev from power.
1997 - NATO troops seized six police stations in Banja Luka that had been held by troops controlled by former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic.
1998 - Canada's Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent.
1998 - U.S. military forces attacked a terrorist camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan. Both targets were chosen for cruise missile strikes due to their connection with Osama bin Laden.
1998 - The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.
2009 - Voting in Afghanistan's presidential election was marred by rampant ballot-box stuffing. (Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in November.)
2009 - The only man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 returned home to Libya after his release from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.

World News

Air Defense Drills With Live Firing Under Way in South Russia – Defense Ministry
RIA Novosti - Russia is carrying out air defense drills with live firing from S-300 and S-400 air defense systems at its Ashuluk testing range in the southern Astrakhan Region, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Islamic State militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley
The Guardian - Militants from Islamic State (Isis) claimed to have killed an American journalist long held captive in Syria in retaliation for ongoing US air strikes against its forces in Iraq.
* Related: ISIS beheading: Militants ‘represent a direct threat’ to UK security says Foreign Sec.

‘World’s most dangerous’: Iraq’s retaken Mosul Dam could cause 500,000 deaths in days
RT - Reports indicate that Kurdish and Iraqi forces have all but taken back the key Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants. However it is rigged with explosives which, together with other issues, could lead to hundreds of thousands killed in just days.

Imran Khan leads tens of thousands in march on Pakistan parliament (VIDEO)
RT - Some 30,000 anti-government protesters led by Pakistani opposition leaders marched through Islamabad’s ‘Red Zone’, surrounding top government buildings. While the army chose not to intervene, the PM is reportedly considering a deal with the military.

Five Illegal Immigrants Detained In Albania With Ebola Symptoms: Montenegro and Bulgaria Also have Individuals in Quarantine
Underground Medic - The Macedonian newspaper Vecer states that the five are thought by police to be of Eritrean origin and that they arrived via Greece during the last few days. They are being held at a medical facility in Vlore, just over 80 miles from the nearest port in Italy.

Multinational scientists request help from the Pope to get destructive GMOs banned in Brazil
(NaturalNews) When independent scientists and farmers start protesting GMOs to their governments without success, to whom can they turn? Well, the GMO resisters in the predominately Catholic country Brazil have decided to go papal.

Pentagon Deploys Fighter Jets to Eastern Europe - The Pentagon is sending a dozen fighter planes and nearly 200 personnel to Bulgaria for a training exercise as violence in Ukraine continues to claim civilian lives. The 493rd Fighter Squadron out of Lakenheath, England, will be going to Bulgaria for training exercises starting Sept. 1. The unit will deploy with 12 F-15 Eagles and 180 personnel, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday at the Pentagon.

US corporations boycott Glasgow over Gaza support
Tom Sullivan - Hundreds of US businesspeople have scrapped plans to visit Glasgow, following the Scottish city’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag following Israeli military operations in Gaza. The visitors represented major US corporations such as Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola, and were due to visit the Glasgow as a reward for investing millions into its economy.

Ebola: Liberian Army Ordered to ‘Shoot on Sight’ Anyone Crossing Sierra Leone Border
IBT - Liberia’s armed forces have been given orders to shoot people on sight who are attempting to illegally cross the border from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone, according to local media reports.

Ebola drug derived from GM tobacco could cause cancer, elephantiasis and other serious side effects
(NaturalNews) Known as ZMapp, an experimental Ebola drug containing derivatives of GM tobacco bears resemblances to earlier experimental drugs that used the same technology -- and that failed miserably. One experimental drug given to patients at Northwick Park Hospital in London back in 2006 resulted in one man having his head swell, and several others developing signs of cancer.

Building on lockdown in Berlin - EBOLA
Investment Watch - A placing agency in Berlin was isolated after a suspected Ebola infection. For now, people who were on the second floor of the building does not have the right to leave the building.

Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations
Channel News Asia - Cabin crew scheduled to work on some flights "have not wanted to carry out their assignment", a spokesman for the company told AFP. He refused to be drawn on numbers but said none of the flights destined for the region had ultimately been left short-staffed.

In China, Beginnings Of A Foreclosure Crisis?
Forbes - Foreclosures are starting to be reported in China, home to the most talked about housing market on earth. According to the 21st Century Business Herald, three cities have reported increases in the number of bank repos of Chinese properties. Has a foreclosure crisis begun in China? If so, the China housing bears would have been vindicated.

How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning Canada's agriculture - The Harvard researchers noted that although neonicotinoid residues in their study were below levels allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the way these levels are determined "does not take into sufficient account the protection of human health from long-term low-dose exposure." This is worrisome, given the mounting evidence that exposure to nerve poison pesticides is a leading cause of neurodegenerative disorders such as autism, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

‘There is full reason to expect an eruption’ of Iceland’s largest volcanic system
Washington Post - Days ago, the rumbles started. They ripped through central Iceland on Saturday, home to the Bardarbunga, the largest volcanic system in the country. There were hundreds of the quakes, if not thousands. But the biggest came early Monday morning — the largest in the region since 1996.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola
Daily Mail - The hospital’s Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release ‘We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.

Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry
Washington’s Blog - Americans of all stripes oppose the militarization of U.S. police forces.... So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money.

Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on two felony counts of abuse of power
Breitbart - Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, turned himself in Tuesday at the Travis County courthouse. He vowed he'd fight the charges "with every fiber of my being." The Republican is accused of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

US changing no-fly list rules
AP - The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months. As of late last summer, about 48,000 people were on the no-fly list.

Ferguson Police Busted – Attempt To Defame Shooting Victim Blows Up In Their Face (VIDEO) - When the Ferguson police department released the name of Darren Wilson, they also chose to release video footage which they claimed was of Michael Brown robbing a convenience store for some cigars. The problem is, the video shows Michael Brown at the register, paying for the cigars.

Another Police Shooting In St. Louis, Just 3 Miles From Ferguson: "Suspect Dead At The Scene" - Live Feed
Zero Hedge - St.Louis city police are investigating a fatal police shooting in St.Louis City - less than 3 miles from Ferguson - today at 1230pm. Residents heard at least 5 shots fired. The suspect approached the officers with a knife in an open-hand grip and screamed "shoot me, kill me now." One witness described it at 'suicide by cop'.

Ferguson Police: We Can’t Tell You’re A Journalist Unless You Have a $50K Camera
Kit Daniels - Even though the city of Ferguson and the county and the Missouri Highway Patrol chief signed a court agreement stating that they would not attack the press late last week, the censorship and harassment of the press has only intensified..
* Related article and videos.

Ferguson Police Have Body Cameras… But Don’t Wear Them
Ben Swann - While many are crying out for the use of body cameras to be adopted in towns such as Ferguson, Missouri, the Wall Street Journal reported, “Police in Ferguson have a stock of body-worn cameras, but have yet to deploy them to officers.“

Pentagon defends militarization of police
Press TV - As cries over the militarization of police in Ferguson are getting louder, the US Defense Department has defended its program to give police with millions of dollars worth of military equipment.

Database: How many grenade launchers did Michigan police departments receive?
Detroit Free Press - More than $43 million worth of property has been transferred to law enforcement in Michigan from January 2006 through April 23 of this year. Nationally, more than $4.3 billion worth of property has been transferred to law enforcement since the program’s inception in fiscal year 1997... Use this database to see where the military equipment is going by state and county and the type of items being received.

Justice Dept. Adds Money Laundering to Drug-Related Charges against FedEx
Federal prosecutors have stepped up their case against delivery service giant FedEx, claiming it not only has helped transport illegal drug shipments, but also participated in money laundering.

Economy & Business

Average Cost of raising a child hits $245,000 - To raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple just over $245,000, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up $4,260, or almost 2%, from the year before.

Major US City Loses 9000 Jobs In July
(Ryan Sharrow) Maryland shed 9,000 jobs in July, pushing the state’s unemployment rate over 6 percent for the first time since December.

Energy & Environment

Northwest Alaska villagers concerned about dead salmon washing up along Kobuk River
Alaska Dispatch - For the last week, from Shugnak all the way down to Kotzebue, people are reporting dead fish washed up on the banks of Northwest Alaska's Kobuk River in astonishing numbers. The fish appear to have been healthy and unspawned. Some have mysterious white welts dotting their backs.

Science & Technology

Mass Produced Security Robots Introduced in U.S.
Activist Post - While debate continues to rage about the threat of autonomous "killer robots," the mechanized replacement of humans continues across the workforce. In fact, the robotics industry notched record sales in the first half of 2014 in North America, and there appears to be no indications of a slowdown.


Greatest sources of vitamin C - Prevent and destroy disease naturally with these foods
(NaturalNews) Few nutrients are held to such high regard in the West as vitamin C. This essential antioxidant, which is commonly called the "anti-aging" vitamin, performs a large number of important roles in our bodies, from scavenging free radicals, aiding collagen production, healing wounds and much more.

96 percent of Indian-made tea contains pesticides, some of which have long been banned
(NaturalNews) On Monday, Greenpeace, an independent organization dedicated to protecting and serving the environment, made international news after disclosing the results of a study involving what's supposed to be an incredibly healthy beverage.

10 helpful parenting tips for preparing a healthy school lunch
(NaturalNews) As parents begin sending their children back to public school, some are choosing to bypass the cafeteria's pre-planned food schedule, opting to pack their own lunch instead. A nonprofit food science organization, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has put together a list of helpful tips to help parents pack a safer, healthier lunch for their children.

Pistachios may help diabetes patients deal with stress
STEPin2 - “In adults with diabetes, two servings of pistachios per day lowered vascular constriction during stress and improved neural control of the heart,” explained Sheila G. West, professor of bio behavioral health and nutritional sciences. “Although nuts are high in fat, they contain good fats, fiber, potassium and antioxidants.

The Real Problem with Processed Foods in America
Natural Blaze - Recently, an announcement from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), a respected authority on nutrition policy, noted that processed foods are an important part of the U.S. food supply because they are widely available and meet current nutritional guidelines. This statement was recently published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Pet News

The Parasite Preventive To Avoid For Your Kitty
Dr. Becker - In case your cat IS potentially exposed to parasites, here are some relatively common ones to watch out for. And you’ll notice the recommendations I offer for preventing pests typically do NOT include using chemicals on or in your cat. I don’t like chemical preventives for any pet, but kitties in particular can quickly succumb if given the wrong drug or the wrong dose, so I suggest you avoid them for your kitty.

Tuesday - August 19, 2014 - Today in History:

1812 - "Old Ironsides" (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.
1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.
1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from Britain.
1929 - "Amos and Andy," the radio comedy program, made its debut on NBC starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1942 - About 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France. They suffered about 50 percent casualties.
1960 - Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.
1960 - Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth's orbit by the Soviet Union.
1974 - During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet in the American embassy.
1981 - Two Libyan SU-22s were shot down by two U.S. Navy F-14 fighters in the Gulf of Sidra.
1991 - Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.
1998 - The first piece of the 351 foot bronze statue of Christopher Columbus arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2004 - The Internet search engine Google went public.
2005 - A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable for the death of a man who'd taken the once-popular painkiller Vioxx.
2010 - The last American combat brigade exited Iraq, seven years and five months after the U.S. led invasion began.

World News

US Gen. threatens Russia with military response over Ukraine crisis
Press TV - US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove has threatened Russia with military response should Moscow secretly send forces with or without military uniform into Ukraine. “If NATO sees foreign forces infiltrating its sovereign territory, and if we can prove it comes from an aggressor nation — then that’s Article five,” Gen. Breedlove said.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake Mosul dam
The Telegraph - Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by American fighter jets recaptured Iraq's largest dam from the Islamic State on Monday, in what US President Barack Obama called a "major step forward" in the fight against the jihadists.

Israel bars Amnesty & HRW from entering Gaza, hinders investigations – report
RT - Israel has been preventing Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch workers from entering Gaza to investigate allegations of war crimes and human rights violations, claims a media report backed by group members’ statements.

ISIL threatens to strike US targets around globe
Press TV - The ISIL terrorist group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria, has threatened to strike US targets around the globe, vowing to drown Americans in blood.

US carries out 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants near major Iraq dam
AFP - US warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said. Fighter jets, bombers and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents are fighting Kurdish forces, US Central Command said.

Russia to request MH17 probe report
Press TV - "We will ask for a briefing by the UN Secretariat on the progress of the implementation of Resolution 2166," Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

Europe pays farmers to destroy food hit by Russian ban
CNN News - The latest: Farmers in Europe will be paid to destroy or give away fruit and vegetables to stop prices from collapsing after Russia banned imports in retaliation for Western sanctions. EU officials said Monday they were setting aside 125 million euros ($167 million) to compensate producers for not selling a range of perishable items, harvesting them before they ripen or leaving them to rot.

Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter
(Reuters) - To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

Bacterium from the USA Hits Italy’s Olive Trees
You better stock up on olive oil.... The growers shall now be forced to destroy many trees in the worst-afflicted areas when an emergency decree comes finally into force next week. The EU bureaucrats and their delaying “study-teams” certainly did sleep. ‘There will be a genuine “cordon sanitaire” of 8,000 hectares where it will be obligatory to destroy the trees’, stated Angelo Corsetti, a spokesman for Coldiretti, the national agricultural organisation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

DOJ: Over 40 FBI Agents Investigating in Ferguson
Breitbart - The Justice Department under Eric Holder has issued a press release detailing its "civil rights investigation" in Ferguson. Among the revelations is that over 40 FBI agents are conducting an independent investigation of the scene of Michael Brown's death...

Michael Brown Allegedly Attacked Officer Before Fatal Shooting
Breitbart - Before he was shot and killed, Michael Brown allegedly bum rushed officer Darren Wilson multiple times, punched him in the face, grabbed his gun and caused it to discharge, and even taunted Wilson, saying, "You're not going to shoot me," according to a woman who claims to know Wilson's significant other.

Militarized US police face-off with Ferguson protesters LIVE UPDATES
RT - Tensions continue to run high in Ferguson, Missouri, as police respond with a heavy show of force against protesters in the wake of an officer-involved shooting of unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown.
* Related: Ferguson Protest Livestream

Is Ebola in New Mexico?
The Daily Sheeple - A woman who is experiencing symptoms of Ebola is in quarantine at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. On August 4, the woman returned from a visit to Sierra Leone, a West African country that has been hit particularly hard by the current Ebola outbreak. So far, 810 cases and 348 deaths have been reported there.

Hundreds of bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy
USA Today - More than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving potential bioterror germs were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, reports show. Details of what happened are cloaked in secrecy.

Document: Army Preparing to Use Lethal Force Against “Unarmed Civilians” During “Full Scale Riots” in U.S.
Paul Joseph Watson - The appearance of the document amdist growing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, with the National Guard now being called in to deal with the disorder, is an ominous coincidence. The 132-page document, titled U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances (PDF), was written in April 2014 and recently obtained by Public Intelligence.

Protesters Storm Governor's Office In Downtown St. Louis, Demand Removal Of National Guard
Zero Hedge - At first the rioting was only in the "sleepy" St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Now, the angry crowds have moved on to downtown St. Louis, where moments ago a flash mob attempted storming the governor's office, for now unsuccessfully.

Amnesty International Takes ‘Unprecedented’ Step in Sending Delegation to Ferguson
(KMOX) - Human rights group Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with unrest in Ferguson by sending a delegation that has never before been deployed inside the United States.

DOJ, Communists, New Black Panthers Hijack Ferguson Protests
Paul Joseph Watson - A combination of the Department of Justice, Communist agitators and members of the radical New Black Panther party have descended on Ferguson, Missouri to hijack what were largely peaceful protests that have turned increasingly violent in recent days.

Are we on the Verge of Renewed Race Riots with the Turn in the War Cycle in 2014?
Armstrong Economics - There is an old saying that is very important in its depth – divide and conquer. Yes the Black Community is outraged. But have things really remained the same or are we dealing with a new movement of government against the people?

'Arrest the killer of my child': Brown's mother pleads after autopsy
RT - The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last Saturday, held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the preliminary autopsy and the number of bullets fired at their son.

'Speechless!' You won't believe what Huffpo journo arrested in Ferguson thought were rubber bullets (Photo)
Twitchy - Wait, what? As Twitchy reported, Huffington Post justice reporter Ryan Reilly along with journo Wesley Lowery were both arrested briefly in Ferguson, Missouri for not complying with police requests last week. On Sunday morning, this happened....

Hypocritical' Mexico Slams Texas' Deployment of National Guard on Border
Breitbart - Late last week Mexico's foreign ministry vocalized strong opposition to the presence of the National Guard at the Texas-Mexico border amid the current border crisis.... Texas Governor Rick Perry deployed National Guard troops along the border after the federal government ignored Texas' multiple requests for additional resources to help secure its border with Mexico.

County officials refuse to pay medical bills for toddler burned by SWAT grenade
RT - Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year.

Rocinante’s Saddle is Empty: The Passing of Congressman George Hansen - It has been said that there is no sweeter fate than to die as a forgotten foe of a long-dead heresy. Former Congressman George Hansen, whose soul was released from its ailing and enfeebled mortal coil on August 14, suffered the inverse of that benediction: He lived long enough to witness the complete validation of his grimly prophetic warnings about the advent of American totalitarianism – albeit of variety yet to be uniformly imposed on our society.

Election News

GOP Congressional Hopefuls Look to Join Amash's Liberty Caucus
News American - Although there are likely scores of simpatico candidates running for state and local office across the country, Woodruff highlights six congressional candidates in her article, each of whom she believes has a shot at joining the roster of libertarian-leaning legislators and making things hard on the “moss covered” GOP establishment.

Los Angeles Considers Giving Citizens Lottery Tickets if they Vote
AllGov - A sticker isn’t enough to draw people to the polls, a city of Los Angeles advisory board has concluded. Instead, the panel wants the city to look into holding an election-day lottery. The cost of a ticket: pulling the curtain back on a voting booth.

Economy & Business

Government breaks up ring that circulated counterfeit $100s for 15 years
CNN Money - For the last 15 years, at least $77 million in sophisticated counterfeit $100 bills have flooded into the country from Israel. The Secret Service says it has now broken up the ring believed responsible for bringing the bills here, just as the counterfeiters were starting to produce the bills at a new plant in New Jersey.

IRS using 'intimidation' to 'chill speech' of pastors?
WND - Imagine uttering the words “pro-life” in your church and finding yourself targeted by an investigation from the feared and reviled Internal Revenue Service. An expert on the First Amendment conflict between pastors and the federal agency, which says it is investigating speech delivered from pulpits, confirms that’s possible.

Why so much anger in Ferguson? 10 facts about the massive economic gap between white America and black America
Economic Collapse - When people feel like they don't have anything else to lose, they are likely to do just about anything. Many in the mainstream media seem absolutely mystified as to why there is so much anger in Ferguson, but as I pointed out yesterday, all of this anger did not erupt out of a vacuum.

Veteran News

Justice for James: Black Cop Shoots Unarmed White Veteran in Orange, TX over Racial Slur - Justice for Trayvon Martin? How about Justice for James Whitehead? James Whitehead was a white veteran who had recently come back from war. Orange, TX Police Officer Robert Arnold (who has a history of violence) shot and killed unarmed James Whitehead.

N.J. veteran says Six Flags denied him admission over shirt supporting Marines - Mario Alejandro was ready for a fight when he was part of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Where he did not expect a fight was at Six Flags Great Adventure while taking his children there for a birthday party.

Energy & Environment

New type of solar plant torching birds out of the sky
RT - Next generation solar plants are generating more clean energy than ever before, but one in California is torching birds as they fly through the facility’s powerful rays, raising concern over a new plant that could prove four times more dangerous to birds.

33 Fracking Companies Accused of Ignoring Law and Using Diesel Fuels
AllGov - Using information compiled by industry, the Environmental Integrity Project discovered that 33 drillers had used diesel fuels in at least 351 wells, and in the process, violated the Safe Drinking Water Act over a four-year period from 2010 to 2014. Furthermore, about 30% of the companies tried to hide their use of the fuel by changing their filings, which went into an industry-run database, FracFocus.

DuPont pushing for lenient plan in cleaning up toxic former munitions plant
RT - Multinational chemical giant DuPont is pressing New Jersey and federal officials to approve a plan that is much weaker than state standards usually demand in the company’s efforts to clean up a former munitions plant riddled with cancer-causing elements.

Science & Technology

New Anti Police State App Helps You "See Something, Say Something" in Real-Time
Activist Post - Recent studies have shown that police are held almost completely unaccountable by the current systems of governmental oversight. Perhaps this is the reason why you are 9 times more likely to be killed by a law enforcement officer than a terrorist. Rather than wait for bloated bureaucracy or corrupt government to save the day, we as activists have to find our own solutions. Technology is one of these solutions.

Masters of the Internet: GCHQ scanned entire countries for vulnerabilities
RT - GCHQ is scanning servers in multiple foreign countries for vulnerable ports, according to German newspaper Heise. Using a tool called Hacienda, the intelligence agency seeks to ‘master the internet’ for sources of espionage.

The Gyroscopes in Your Phone Could Let Apps Eavesdrop on Conversations
Wired - In a presentation at the Usenix security conference next week, researchers from Stanford University and Israel’s defense research group Rafael plan to present a technique for using a smartphone to surreptitiously eavesdrop on conversations in a room—not with a gadget’s microphone, but with its gyroscopes, the sensors designed measure the phone’s orientation

Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack
(Reuters) - U.S. hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc said on Monday personal data, including patient names and addresses, of about 4.5 million people were stolen by hackers from its computer network, likely in April and June.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Overused fungicides give rise to deadly, resistant fungus threatening humans and crops
(NaturalNews) Nature always finds a way. Despite the advanced technology that humans possess, nature always seems to be one step ahead. This is particularly true for drug-resistant fungi, a phenomenon threatening enough to demand further research.


Prepping: Are You Hardcore Enough?
Natural Blaze - Regardless of what part of the prepping spectrum you are on, we have certain thoughts on the kind of prepared individual we want to end up being. When we don’t meet our expectations, we tend to grow frustrated and feel more inclined to give up.

Lessons from Ferguson: Prepping for Civil Unrest and Martial Law
The Daily Sheeple - Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapseir.gif. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event. If you ever had any doubts about that statement, you need look no further than Ferguson, Missouri.


Early Use of Antibiotics Alters Immunity Later On
Natural Blaze - Canadian research found that receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on. Most bacteria living in the gut play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, but as they say, antibiotic treatments often do not discriminate between good and bad bacteria.

5 proven ways to prevent and treat arthritis
(NaturalNews) Millions of people suffer from some form of arthritis. Since arthritis is commonly believed to be incurable, the standard medical response has been to simply prescribe medications to reduce the symptoms.

Green tea compound again validated in the fight against cancer development
(NaturalNews) In addition to diet, there is an ever growing body of work that demonstrates how natural compound extracts including curcumin, resveratrol and EGCG from green tea can specifically target cancerous cells to increase oxygenation and restrict blood flow that help prevent and even treat certain forms of cancer.

How bananas improve gut health, aid in weight loss and improve mood
Natural News Blog - Bananas contain tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin production. They also may boost dopamine, which is another vital component for promoting a good mood and positive outlook. One study found that after ten days of ripening, tyrosine was also detected in bananas. Tyrosine is an amino acid which is pivotal in the production of dopamine. The riper the banana, the more dopamine-enhancing tyrosine you’ll get.

GMO Activism Leading to Kellogg’s Decreased Sales for 5th Consecutive Quarter
Natural Society - Due to the use of toxic GMOs, people are putting the financial squeeze on one of the biggest food manufacturer’s in North America - Kellogg’s.

Iowa Students to Wear Heart Rate Monitors
ABC News - Students going back to school in Dubuque, Iowa, are going to find it a little harder to slack off in gym. Public middle and high school students will have to wear heart rate monitors in gym class to make sure they are actually being physically active.... Teachers will use the information collected from the heart rate monitors to write report cards.

The lab test every doctor should be performing
(NaturalHealth365) A genetic test your doctor may not be performing could prevent thyroid cancer and help stave off depression according to recent studies. You may want to consider ‘MTHFR’ – the genetic test every doctor should be performing that could help save millions of dollars in healthcare costs by educating individuals, about serious health issues, BEFORE symptoms arise.

Pet News

Does Your Pet Fear Storms? Why You Can't Ignore His Discomfort
Dr. Becker - Storm phobia is very real for many pets, and a study of dogs found just listening to an audio recording of a storm caused cortisol levels to jump over 200%. Please don't ignore your pet's anxiety and discomfort. Take these steps now before the next storm hits.

Monday - August 18, 2014 - Today in History:

1735 - The "Evening Post" of Boston, MA, was published for the first time.
1840 - The American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City, NY.
1846 - Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.
1894 - The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress.
1914 - The "Proclamation of Neutrality" was issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S. out of World War I.
1916 - Abraham Lincoln's birthplace was made into a national shrine.
1919 - The "Anti-Cigarette League of America" was formed in Chicago IL.
1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.
1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.
1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada.
1940 - Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II.
1966 - The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.
1982 - The volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time at 132.69 million shares traded.
1990 - The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.
1991 - An unsuccessful coup was attempted in against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet hard-liners were responsible. Gorbechev and his family were effectively imprisoned for three days while vacationing in Crimea.
1997 - Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.
2008 - Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan amid efforts by opposition lawmakers to seek his impeachment.

World News

West has more influence than Kiev on oligarchs’ armies in Ukraine – Lavrov
RT - Moscow believes the West has more influence on various paramilitary forces in Ukraine - sponsored by local oligarchs - than Kiev does, Russian FM said citing the latest bickering between Right Sector and the Interior Ministry.

USA to build a military airport in Kurdistan Region
StratRisks - The Ministry of Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq announced that the ministry in coordination with the United States is about to start a project of establishing a military airport in Erbil (Hewler), capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Ukrainian fighter plane shot down by pro-Russia rebels
The Guardian - Pro-Russia rebels shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet on Sunday, before Kiev and Moscow’s top diplomats were due to hold urgent talks to defuse tensions over fighting in the east of the ex-Soviet nation.

Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War - A fabricated report was spread by the UK Guardian newspaper and BBC that a Russian armored convoy entered Ukraine and was destroyed by the Ukrainian military. The German media including Die Welt picked up the false report and spread the hysteria. Once again we have confirmation that the Western media is corrupt and unreliable.

Ukraine officially recognizes Russian aid convoy as humanitarian
RT - Ukraine Minister of Social Policy Lyudmila Denisova has signed an order officially recognizing the Russian convoy stuck at the border as humanitarian aid cargo of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Russia launches China UnionPay credit card
RT - Forget Visa and MasterCard. After the two American credit system payment companies froze accounts without notice in March, Russia has been looking for an alternative in China UnionPay.

US, EU now allowed to buy Ukraine’s gas pipelines
RT - Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law that will allow foreign companies from the US and EU to co-manage Ukraine’s national gas transportation system (GTS) which has a value of around $25-35 billion, one of the largest in the world.

Islamic State executes 700 members of Syrian tribe, mostly civilians says report
RT - The Islamic State group (IS) has executed 700 people from a Syrian tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria over the past two weeks, the majority of whom were civilians, a Syrian monitoring group said Saturday.

Germany tapped John Kerry’s phone, spied on Turkey for years says report
RT - Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped at least one telephone conversation of US Secretary of State John Kerry and spied on NATO ally Turkey since 2009, Der Spiegel newspaper revealed on Saturday.

Ebola-infected patients driven from treatment centre in Liberia
The Guardian - Armed men claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia raided a quarantine centre for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting at least 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said on Sunday. "They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams.

WHO urges calm as Kenya bans contact with Ebola-affected countries
The Guardian - The World Health Organisation has urged governments not to impose blanket bans on trade and travel on Ebola-affected countries after Kenya joined a growing number of countries and airlines severing links to three west African states.

Nigeria: Ebola - Hope Dashed as U.S. Declares Drug Pesticide
AllAfrica - HOPES of immediate relief for victims of the Ebola Virus Disease following reports that doses of an experimental drug, nano-silver, had been delivered were dimmed yesterday. The United States Food and Drug Administration said the drug is a pesticide and warned those claiming that it could prevent or treat Ebola to desist from doing so.

Ebola spreading faster, out of control for next 6 months – Doctors without Borders
RT - The spread of Ebola is outrunning efforts to stop it, according to international aid group Doctors Without Borders, which estimates it might take six months to get the situation under control.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Indefinite curfew: Ferguson police deploy tear gas against protesters
RT - Police used tear gas against protesters in Ferguson more than two hours before the extended curfew was set to begin. Now the curfew is in force, and the officers are telling people who are angry over the killing of a teen by a cop to leave the streets.

Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson
AP - Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and order" to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

Here’s a list of potentially unconstitutional things that police in Ferguson are doing
Washington Post - Armored vehicles mounted with machine guns may be rolling through the streets, but Ferguson, Mo., is still part of the United States, and the Constitution still applies.

Police: ‘Do not be alarmed,’ mock terrorism exercise at Greenwood Mall August 17 2014 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a mock terrorism exercise with 11 state and local public safety agencies at the Greenwood Park Mall this evening.... The FBI this year has held other such scenarios around the country, with the exercise in Greenwood considered a “capstone” session in the series.

VIDEO: Old TV Commercial Jokes about Ebola, “Don’t Worry, It’s Not an Airborne Strain”
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton - But but…we thought there was no airborne strain…? There is no shortage of Ebola jokes (for some demented reason, ala Sick, Sad World). We remember this series of commercials being pretty annoying but this is just plain horrible.

CDC: Scientist kept mum about dangerous bird flu blunder
CBS News - Officials on Friday released the results of an internal probe into the accident, which happened in January at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The CDC report cited "a lack of sound professional judgment by those aware of the contamination."

Perry Indictment Latest Attempt to Turn Texas Blue
Adan Salazar - A Texas grand jury is moving forward with charges against longstanding Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is accused of abusing his veto power to strong-arm a political opponent into resigning.
* Related: Texas Gov. Perry rejects power abuse indictment as ‘politically motivated’

National Guard troops arrive at Texas border with Mexico
RT - Texas National Guard troops have started staking out positions along the state’s border with Mexico, as Governor Rick Perry aims to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

Yahoo! News Publishes Photos of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson
Breitbart - The Ferguson Police Department took days to release the identity of Officer Wilson because of death threats, and no photo of Wilson had been made public until Yahoo! did so on Saturday, a week after the shooting.

VIDEO: Ferguson police release convenience store surveillance video -- Video captured from two different angles released by the Ferguson Police Department from surveillance video that appear to show a confrontation at a convenience store. Police say Michael Brown allegedly participated in a strong armed robbery at the store.
* Related: Is this really Mike Brown Robbing a Store?

CNN Lies About Tear Gas in Ferguson
Prison - CNN denied reports that tear gas was used in Ferguson, Mo. Sunday morning after protesters defied the state-imposed curfew. Despite initially reporting on the use of tear gas, CNN quickly retracted their statements to instead give a police-friendly version of events, telling viewers that only smoke was used.
* Related: State of emergency, curfew declared amid Ferguson protests

DHS Is Employing Agent Provocateurs and Are Behind the Events In Ferguson
Dave Hodges - What the mainstream media is not reporting is beginning to leak out from local citizens in St. Louis and from an informant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who are all telling a different story that the one you are seeing on Fox, CNN and CBS. First, the locals are reporting that the rioting has spread far beyond the Ferguson city limits.

Mentally-ill California woman shot by police while holding cordless drill
Police State USA - A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.... Although the incident took place in broad daylight, officers failed to identify the object as a battery-operated drill. She allegedly waved the object erratically.... Mercury News also reported that the woman’s family had revealed that she was mentally ill and had been prescribed psychotropic medication.

South Carolina Woman Arrested for Cursing in Front of Her Kids
Liberty Blitzkrieg - You gotta love America. In the same week that the entire world witnessed how U.S. polices forces have been transformed into paramilitary organizations, a woman is arrested in a South Carolina supermarket for cursing in front of her children.

Election News

Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann Emails Obtained By Investigators Via Subpoenas - has learned that a slew of subpoenas have been issued in the continuing Federal investigation of events surrounding Kent Sorenson's jump from the Michelle Bachmann 2012 presidential campaign to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign. The investigation centers around determining if illegal payments were made, or attempted to have been made, to Sorenson by Ron Paul campaign officials.

Economy & Business

VIDEO: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: U.S. Is A Third World Country By 2024
InvestmentWatch - In this excerpt Dr. Roberts predicts the U.S. will be a 3rd World country by 2024. He was too generous in his estimate.

McDonald's testing new automated cashiers that won't go on strike demanding $15/hour
News Forage - Behold McDonald's new automated cashiers. According to a variety of sources over on Reddit, the new machines are currently being tested and could soon roll out nationwide. The kiosks would presumably be quick, efficient, require new "green" and "teal" checkboxes on the employee diversity forms, and would never, ever, demand $15 per hour.

Energy & Environment

How California's extreme drought will lead to a wave of earthquakes
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the journal Nature raises some serious questions about the stability of California now that underground aquifers are plunging to record lows. All throughout the Central Valley, which grows most of the nation's lettuce, almonds and other produce, more water is being pumped out of the ground than is being put back in, a phenomenon that researchers say is causing the ground to shift.

Mysterious sea star wasting syndrome spreads to public aquariums in Washington State, killing hundreds of creatures
(NaturalNews) Millions of sea stars have vanished from the West Coast over the past year, affecting habitats ranging from Alaska all the way to Mexico, with some deaths even detected off the East Coast.

Toxic, cancer-causing PCBs still show up in everyday products despite decades-old ban
(NaturalNews) While legislatively enforced bans are progressive, sometimes they're a little too late. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are a great example. Despite their ban 35 years ago, the industrial chemicals are still very much present in today's environment because of their inability to be broken down by natural earthly processes.

Science & Technology

Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters, Updated 2014 Edition
EFF - Protesters want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world. So they'll be carrying phones, and they'll face a complex set of considerations about the privacy of the data those phones hold. We hope this guide can help answer some questions about how to best protect that data, and what rights protesters have in the face of police demands.

What You Need to Know About the FISA Court-and How it Needs to Change
EFF - [...] even Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judges don’t agree on how exactly the FISC should work... Most recently, 18 Senators co-sponsored the new USA FREEDOM Act, S. 2685, which offers a few important changes to the FISC.

Ferguson fuels 'kill switch' debate
Press TV - Tech and civil liberties groups are pushing back on a California "kill switch" bill that they warn could be used to silence protests like the ones seen this week in Ferguson, Mo.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Midwest Farmers Up to Their Ears in Corn
WSJ - A decline in livestock herds means there are fewer animals in the U.S. to feed, and U.S. demand for ethanol—a corn-based additive to gasoline—is pushing a government-set cap. Corn exports, meanwhile, are suffering from a plunge in purchases by China.

Does Science Back Up Planting by the Cycles of the Moon?
Melissa Melton - One book we have been reading — Lessons in Natureir.gif — a book about how to grow things organically in Texas mentioned that many farmers swear by planting according to moon cycles.


New malaria vaccine doesn't work most of the time, but manufacturer says it's good enough to sell
(NaturalNews) There's a good chance that the vast majority of people who receive it won't derive any benefits whatsoever. But that isn't stopping British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from seeking regulatory approval for a new vaccine for malaria, known as RTS,S, that a recent study determined is only about 30 percent effective at preventing severe cases of the disease, which has no recognized cure.

Improve kidney and urinary tract health with these key herbs
(NaturalNews) There are many ways to cleanse the colon, and eliminating the factors that toxify it is your first step. Following that, you can incorporate any or all of the following procedures, foods and herbs...

Antacids and acid-blocking drugs slash nutrient absorption
(NaturalNews) Though pharmaceutical companies would like you to believe that stomach acid is just a nuisance that needs to be neutralized, stomach acid actually plays a very essential part in our digestive process. If stomach acid didn't have any use, it wouldn't exist in healthy individuals.

How colon damage occurs and how to cleanse it
(NaturalNews) There are many ways to cleanse the colon, and eliminating the factors that toxify it is your first step. Following that, you can incorporate any or all of the following procedures, foods and herbs...

FDA, mainstream media denounce nano silver as 'bogus cure' for Ebola virus
(NaturalNews) There's a very interesting showdown taking place right now in the realm of Ebola treatments and cures. At stake is billions of dollars in potential vaccine profits as well as potentially tens of millions of lives of an Ebola pandemic outbreak takes place.

The Obama Administration Is Forcibly Discharging from Hospitals People with Pandemic-Causing Diseases
Dave Hodges - Scott was initially hospitalized and tested for TB. Her diagnosis came back with a positive confirmation that she has TB. However, her type of TB is a latent type and more testing is required. Quite unbelievably, under Obamacare’s mandate for Medicare, Scott cannot remain hospitalized as she awaits a confirmation that she is contagious.

Heart-Centered Healing Produces The Most Powerful Effect On The Human Body- 7 Simple Actions You Can Take - Every cause of disease first begins with an imbalance in the body's energy systems, specifically, the interaction between how the heart communicates with the brain and the body. Fix that and there is no disease, ever. The heart can produce an electrical field 100 times greater than the brain and a magnetic field 5000 times greater. Which one are you using to heal?

Urgent: Last Chance to Make the USDA Listen to Our Plea: No 2,4-D!
Natural Society - It might be our last chance to tell the USDA to refuse the chemical assault on society known as 2,4-D. Please - sign the petition today.

Nestle/Gerber Won’t Listen: Boycott the Company Who Puts GMO Bt Toxins in Baby Food
Natural Society - Baby food companies such as Purity Brands are going GMO-free while others, like Nestle/Gerber, refuse. It looks like it is time for another boycott.

18 Healthy Reasons to Sip Kombucha
Green Med Info - Kombucha is the rage among health food lovers. Now researchers have gathered 75 studies attesting to its proven health properties.

Could Sunscreen be Replaced with This Topically-Applied Vegetable?
Natural Society - Now, researchers are hoping to duplicate animal studies in humans in an effort to one day providing a new breed of skin cancer protection, one that comes directly from broccoli.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: My Daughter’s New Agenda 21 Bedroom
(Truthstream “I thought I should get my daughter prepared for her downsized future…”

Friday - August 15, 2014 - Today in History:

1877 - Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone.
1911 - The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.
1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
1918 - Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed.
1944 - The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.
1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1948 - The Republic of Korea was proclaimed. 1948 - CBS-TV inaugurated the first nightly news broadcast with anchorman Douglas Edwards.
1961 - East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, rents and prices.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa.
1994 - The U.S. Social Security Administration became an independent government agency. It had been a part of the Department of Health and Human Services agency.
1997 - The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an alleged cover-up.
2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
2006 - Israel began withdrawing its forces from southern Lebanon.

World News

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source
Tony Cartalucci - When considering the constant deluge of anti-Russian propaganda in support of literal, flag-waving Nazis and fascists occupying Kiev and mass murdering populations in eastern Ukraine, one must consider the source.

Syrian Kurds, Not U.S. Military, Rescued Trapped Yazidis In Iraq
Brandon Turbeville - In a perfect example of how world events can be misconstrued in mainstream media outlets for propaganda purposes, recent reports regarding trapped Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar have been used as cover for the justification of an American bombing campaign in Iraq.

Obama to end humanitarian airdrops in Iraq but air strikes will continue
The Guardian - Barack Obama, claiming victory for the United States in ending the Islamic State (Isis) siege of thousands of Iraqis atop Mount Sinjar, indicated that the US and UK militaries will no longer drop food, water and medicine to beleaguered Yazidis.

Israeli News Site Debunks Netanyahu's Tunnels-to-Kindergartens Myth
AlterNet - Israel's PM claimed Hamas was constructing tunnels aimed at his country's kindergartens -- propaganda that The New York Times and CNN reported.

Attempt to intimidate’: US firm may face terrorism charges in Argentina
RT - The government of Argentina is ready to use an anti-terrorism law to seek criminal charges against a US-based international printing company, which unexpectedly closed its plant on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Putin Punks West (Again): Russian Troops Enter Ukraine, Guardian Reports
Zero Hedge - As Russia's 300-strong 'humanitarian' convoy of white trucks slithered towards the Ukraine border, it appears, according to The Guardian, that, in spite of the market's exuberance at this morning's comments of "avoiding conflict," Vladimir Putin sent a real 'green' military Russian convoy across the Ukraine border late Thursday evening... "just saw a column of APCs and vehicles with official Russian military plates cross border into Ukraine."

US Sending 600 Troops, APCs And Tanks To Countries Bordering Russia To "Reassure Threatened Allies"
Zero Hedge - Some more detail on the latest US dispatch of troops in the area now defined by the second coming of the Cold War from The troops and their equipment — which include M-1 Abrams tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers — will go to Europe in October for a three-month series of training exercises.

US nuke accusations ‘part of infowar set to discredit Russia’ over Ukraine crisis
RT - US claims and allegations, including the accusation that Russia violated the INF nuclear weapons treaty, are part of an anti-Russian campaign launched amid the Ukraine crisis, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told RT.

Food embargo against West to benefit Russia’s economy- Putin
RT - Russia’s food ban against many Western products will help Russia strengthen its domestic food market, President Putin said Thursday.

ISIS Issues Threat To White House; Secret Service Taking "Appropriate Steps"
Zero Hedge - ABC reported a photo has emerged via Twitter which shows a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS, displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House fence, an area which is frequented by thousands of tourists every day. The photo was tweeted from an apparently pro-ISIS Twitter handle @sunna_rev on Aug. 9.

White House halted missile transfer to Israel over ‘catastrophe’ in Gaza
RT - Israel’s offensive in Gaza and the tremendous toll of civilian casualties it has caused has prompted the United States government to more carefully scrutinize requests for weaponry.

'When people are dying, you must come back from vacation': French foreign minister seems to slam Obama for golfing while Iraq burns
Daily Mail - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something. 'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,' but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Spanish public debt tops one trillion euros
StratRisks - Spain’s public debt has topped one trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) for the first time, despite years of government-imposed austerity.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US activists to block Israeli cargo in mass shutdown of West Coast ports - The Port of Oakland, California is one of the busiest shipping ports in the United States. On 16 August, it will also be a flashpoint of the growing global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Ferguson Calm But NYPD Issues Level 2 Mobilization, Mass Arrests, Choppers - Live Feed
Zero Hedge - Having apparently learned their lesson, the police presence in Ferguson tonight is considerably less 'robo-cop' and more 'local-cop'.Hundreds of protesters continue to peacefully march in the streets, chanting "no justice, no peace."

“Outside Agitators” in Ferguson - Federal officials are not the only “outside” influences contributing to the militarization of the Ferguson PD. Three years ago, then-St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch was one of dozens of police officials who traveled to Israel on a training junket sponsored by the so-called Anti-Defamation League. While there, the officers were “briefed by senior members of the Israel National Police as well as officials from the Israel Defense Forces and Intelligence/Security organizations.”

11 Shocking Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces
AlterNet - The militarization of police is harming civil liberties, impacting children, and transforming neighborhoods into war zones.

New U.S. History guidelines are designed to minimize American achievements and foster hatred for nation's cultural history
(NaturalNews) As reported by Fox News, these new history standards, which have been proposed for the nation's top high school students, "leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation's fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed -- and perhaps scrapped altogether."

WikiLeaks: Decades Long Proof Of Government, Corporate Surveillance Of Native Americans Revealed
Mint Press News - WikiLeaks has released documents revealing corporate and government surveillance of the Mohawk people’s relationships with foreign countries, as well as evidence that movements that could block corporate plans for oil and gas were tracked and that Native American communities were monitored for the U.S. Department Homeland Security.

Deficiencies In Missile Defense System Put US Homeland At Risk, Audit Says - The GMD system was developed to defend the United States from a limited intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missile attack. After three consecutive test failures between December 2010 and July 2013 and no credible proof of improvement of the system by the Department of Defense (DOD), it’s unclear whether the new missile defense system is reliable enough to protect the American homeland.

Ferguson Cops Get Military Equipment from Feds
Kurt Nimmo - Obama took time out from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to remind the American people that he has instructed the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri.

Highway police take control over all police operations in Ferguson
RT - The governor of Missouri relieved St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, putting Highway Patrol in charge instead.

Former Seattle Police Chief: Ferguson Military Gear An ‘Act of Provocation’
Mikael Thalen - A former Seattle police chief is calling the Ferguson Police Department’s use of military equipment against protesters an “act of provocation.” In an interview with Vox, Norman Stamper, a 34 year law enforcement veteran who oversaw the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, said Ferguson police are not utilizing much needed defusing techniques.

Anonymous claim they've identified the cop who killed Mike Brown in Ferguson
RT - Hacktivists say they’ve identified the Ferguson, Missouri law enforcement officer responsible for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager killed on Saturday following an alleged altercation with the police.

Shock Video: Ferguson Police Deliberately Tear Gas Journalists
Paul Joseph Watson - The clip shows Al-Jazeera journalists preparing to do a live camera shot of the scene in Ferguson before they are hit with a round of tear gas. The reporters run in the opposite direction. Subsequent footage shows militarized police officers seizing and dismantling their camera equipment as another officer points a sniper rifle at the fleeing reporters.

Robin Williams had Parkinson's disease, wife says
Al Jazeera - Robin Williams, the acclaimed comedian and actor who was found dead at his home this week, was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said on Thursday.

Economy & Business

7 Astounding Facts About the Insane Cost of War
AlterNet - As the crisis in Iraq unfolds, it’s worth thinking about the tremendous cost of fighting. The loss of life is the most devastating price, but the loss of all the productive things that could have been done with the money — from teaching our children to repairing our infrastructure to giving our seniors a bit of security after a life of hard work — is nothing short of catastrophic.

NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
Economic Collapse - Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen.

Science & Technology

A portable router that conceals your Internet traffic
Ars Technica - Called Personal Onion Router To Assure Liberty (PORTAL), the project is a pre-built software image for an inexpensive pocket-sized “travel router” to automatically protect its owner’s Internet traffic. Portal provides always-on Tor routing, as well as “pluggable” transports for Tor that can hide the service’s traffic signature from some deep packet inspection systems.

Report lists the smart vehicles that are most at risk of having their systems hijacked
Daily Mail - Security experts have been warning for months that cars are vulnerable to attack from hackers, and now a pair of researchers has revealed which vehicles are the most at risk.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Horrific horse virus spreading like crazy across Central Texas
(NaturalNews) The spread of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a highly-contagious disease that usually requires quarantines in order to be mitigated, has resulted in the cancellation of several horse shows, as well as major economic losses for some ranchers.... Meanwhile, reports of an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1, have emerged in Minnesota, where at least three equines have already had to be euthanized.

DIY Mosquito Trap Catches Thousands Per Night
Natural Blaze - Dan Rojas of Green Power Science demonstrates how you too can create your own powerful mosquito trap that puts all store bought methods to shame. In other words, he built the better mousetrap and offers this information freely.


Early warning signs of cancer that cannot be ignored
(NaturalNews) Unfortunately, many people are initially surprised when they hear that they have the signs of a particular type of cancer only to later realize that the signs had been there for quite some time. Because early detection is often the key to a better prognosis, it is imperative that the following early warning signs of cancer not be ignored.

Bubali Cornu from TCM for ebola, and other infectious diseases with high fever and bleeding
(NaturalNews) Medicinal substances that can effectively help bring down high fevers and stop bleeding would come in extremely useful for victims suffering from serious infectious diseases, such as dengue fever and Ebola.

SSRIs make patients lose feelings of love
(NaturalNews) Patients who regularly take serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can lose feelings of love and attachment, according to the results of a new study.

Diabetes risk cut in half by avoiding work stress, study shows
(NaturalNews) A team of experts headed by Dr. Cornelia Huth and Prof. Karl-Heinz Ladwig, with the HMGU, concluded that individuals under high levels of pressure at work, with the perception of having little control over their activities, are 45 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those experiencing lower stress levels.

Genetically 'edited' fruit could soon hit supermarket shelves
The Telegraph - Genetically ''edited'' fruit and vegetables could soon be appearing on supermarket shelves as experts have discovered how to stop apples going brown and give bananas more vitamin A. It is believed GE (genetic editing) may be more appetising to consumers than traditional GM (genetic modification) and cause less controversy. It involves subtly ''tweaking'' existing genes to increase or reduce amounts of natural ingredients a vegetable or fruit already has.

8 Steps to Treating and Preventing Cancer from the Science of Ayurveda
Natural Society - Following are 8 suggestions from Ayurvedic medicine to help increase prana in the body and prevent diseases such as cancer. Try them all.

Study Indicates 70-300% Increased Brain Cancer from Using This Device
Natural Society - New research suggests that long-term cell phone users (25 years) could be at a 300 percent increased risk of developing brain cancer.

Sesame Oil May Heal Liver Damage
Green Med Info - Hundreds of drugs contribute to liver toxicity even when used in correct doses. Chinese medicine suggests the tiny sesame seed and its oil may protect the liver from damage.

Mother's Fears Are Passed to Children Through Smell, Study Suggests
Dr. Mercola - So-called hereditary trauma can be passed down from generation to generation, such that children may suffer from the same behavioral issues, fears, and phobias as their parents. A new study in rats took this knowledge a step further, shedding light on one way that a mother’s fears or past traumas may impact her children.

Pet News

Why Leave Fido at Home When You Can Take Him Along?
Dr. Becker - The growing popularity of traveling with pets (primarily dogs) has created a wealth of pet-friendly travel resources that provide all the information pet owners need, whether they’re taking their companion across town or across the country. Here we present just a small sampling of resources we think you’ll find helpful as you plan your next day trip, weekend getaway or vacation with your four-legged family member.


Thursday - August 14, 2014 - Today in History:

1805 - A peace treaty between the U.S. and Tunis was signed on board the USS Constitution.
1848 - The Oregon Territory was established.
1896 - Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory. Within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to look for gold.
1917 - China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I.
1935 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The act created unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.
1941 - The U.S. Congress appropriated the funds to construct the Pentagon (approximately $83 million)
1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter. The charter was a statement of principles that renounced aggression.
1944 - The federal government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances to resume on a limited basis.
1945 - It was announced by U.S. President Truman that Japan had surrendered unconditionally. The surrender ended World War II.
1973 - The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended. The halt marked the official end to 12 years of combat in Indochina by the U.S.
1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was incorporated.
1992 - The U.S. announced that emergency airlifts of food to Somalia would begin. The action was being taken to stop mass deaths due to starvation.
1998 - A U.S. federal appeals court in Richmond, VA, ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had no authority to regulate tobacco. The FDA had established rules to make it harder for minors to buy cigarettes.
1997 - An unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.
2009 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a Charles Manson follower who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, was released from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.

World News

Putin: Russians need to engage, but have no confrontation with wider world
RT - “We have to develop our country with calm, dignity and efficiency, without barricading ourselves from the outer world or breaking ties with partners, but also without allowing anyone to treat us with disrespect,” he told Russian MPs in Yalta, Crimea. He called on a consolidation of the people, “not for the sake of any wars or conflict,” but “for an industrious labor force for Russia and in Russia's name.”

EU Farmers To Lose $16 Billion as Russians Support Food Embargo
(RIA Novosti) – According to the Associated Press, the EU agricultural export to Russia reached $15.8 billion in 2013. Thus, the estimated loss for the European economy could be about $16 billion, experts claim. Moreover, Russian sanctions may draw Europe into a market crisis, the French National Federation of Unions of Agricultural Operators warns.

Obama Plans "Non-Boots-On-The-Ground Humanitarian-Adviser-Marines-Led" Yezidi Rescue Mission In Iraq
Zero Hedge - Last night we nearly exploded when the adminstration tried to explain how the 130 Marines (military advisers) were non-combat troop 'boots-on-the-ground' in Iraq. Today, the State Department, Pentagon, and White House are all out with mind-numbing propaganda to reassure an anxious America that a planned rescue mission of 'thousands' of Yezidi will be entirely supported by non-combat troops.

UN declares highest level of emergency in Iraq over ISIS advance
RT - The UN has declared the highest level of emergency in Iraq as the ISIS advance threatens minority groups in the country as the Security Council urged Iraq's new PM to form an inclusive govt to preserve state integrity and ease sectarian tensions.

ISIS Now A Commodity “Trading” Powerhouse: Islamic States Steals Iraq’s Grain Then Sells It Back To Iraq Government
Zero Hedge - According to Reuters, a top Iraqi government grains official said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants are taking wheat from state silos in northern and western Iraq, in order to mill it there and in neighboring Syria.

Russia Sanctions Blowback: Finland's Largest Dairy Lays Off 800, Spain Seeks EU Aid, Poland Complains To WTO
Zero Hedge - Well that didn't take long. Mere day after Russia announced its ban on Western nation food imports, European countries are scrambling.

Israel strikes targets in Gaza despite prolonged truce
RT - "With the breach of the ceasefire by Hamas, the Prime Minister and defense minister ordered the Israeli military to act in response. The order was issued before midnight," an Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Hamas, in its turn, accused Israel of violating the truce, with Hamas official Izzat Reshiq who is in Cairo saying that there was “no violation of the calm from any Palestinian side and nobody in Gaza has heard rocket fire.”

NSA bot MonsterMind can wage cyberwar on its own – Snowden
RT - The US National Security Agency owns a “MonsterMind” program designed to prevent foreign cyberattacks and, also, automatically strike back, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told Wired magazine.

NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout, Snowden says
The Verge - When Syria's access to the internet was cut for two days back in 2012, it apparently wasn't the fault of dissenting "terrorists," as the Syrian government claimed: according to Wired, it was the fault of the US government.

MP Claims Ebola Virus Has Arrived in France
Paul Joseph Watson - National Assembly member Patrick Balkany claims that the Ebola virus has hit France, but his comments were quickly denied by the country’s health authorities. “According to reliable medical sources, several cases have been reported in the French territory,” Balkany stated on his website, adding, “It did not fall from the sky….but given the medical secret, I can not reveal my source.”

NewLink says Ebola vaccine trial could start in weeks
(Reuters) - NewLink Genetics Corp, which licensed an Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian government scientists, has enough doses on hand to launch the first human safety trial of an Ebola vaccine this summer, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Not Just Ferguson: 11 Eye-Opening Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces - The “war on terror ” has come home — and it’s wreaking havoc on innocent American lives. The culprit is the militarization of the police.

Why is Obama returning to Washington?
The Hill - The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won't say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He's expected to return to Martha's Vineyard, where he's been vacationing, on Tuesday.

Pentagon Insists on Buying Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan
(RIA Novosti) – The Pentagon is insisting on the purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan regardless of US Congress protests, the delegation head of Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Obama administration lifts ban on Libyans attending US flight schools: Remember Benghazi, sir?
BizPac Review - The Obama administration has lifted longtime restrictions on U.S. flight and nuclear science training for Libyans – despite potential dangers that the country could still be breeding anti-American terrorists, according to FreeBeacon’s Adam Kredo.

Ferguson Riot Police Wound Reporter In Attack on Protestors
Kit Daniels - In Ferguson, Missouri, Infowars reporter Joe Biggs was shot in the kidneys Wednesday night by St. Louis Co. Police using flash bangs and rubber bullets during protests over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager four days ago. Additionally, the police were reportedly hunting down journalists amongst the demonstrators after arresting two prior to the assault.
* Related article: Washington Post and Huffington Post Reporters Arrested, Released in Ferguson

Photos: Ferguson Police Train Weapons, Laser Sights On Peaceful Protesters - Riot control squads pointed loaded weapons and trained laser scope rifle sights on demonstrators who took to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., yesterday to protest the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The Military Occupation Of Ferguson, Missouri Is Just A Preview Of What Is Coming To America
Michael Snyder - Let’s be honest – Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped. If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed. However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed.

Gun sales spike around Ferguson after 3 days of riots
RT - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb, has led to a spike in firearm sales at some local gun shops, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

Immigrant Students Flood Georgia School Registration Office
Breitbart - The report comes as the Department of Education has made it clear that illegal immigrant students are “entitled to” public eduction and the southern border is in crisis with tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally — many of whom are later placed with a sponsor in the U.S. as they await immigration hearings.
* Related:
Feds Give Texas Schools Guidelines...

A Second Man Is Shot by Police in Ferguson, Missouri
Blacklisted News - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and wounded a man early Wednesday morning not far from where protesters have been massing for several days following the death of Michael Brown, whose killing has sparked rioting and looting.

Anonymous' "Op Ferguson" Says It Will ID the Officer Who Killed Michael Brown
Mother Jones - Update: Anonymous has obtained and posted St. Louis police dispatch tapes from the day of the shooting.... The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, says he is withholding the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, out of concern for the safety of the officer and his family. But that might be easier said than done. Just a few hours later, the hacktivist group Anonymous announced on Twitter that it was now "making a final confirmation on the name of Mike Brown's murderer," adding: "It will be released the moment we receive it."

LAPD kills young black man days after Ferguson shooting
RT - Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old black man described by his family as having “mental problems,” was shot and killed by a Los Angeles, California police officer Monday evening, barely 48 hours after an unarmed black man in Missouri suffered the same fate.

Off-Duty Cop Arrested on Suspicion of DUI, Firing Handgun out Window
Mikael Thalen Police in Saraland, Alabama arrested an off-duty officer this week after receiving several disturbing reports from local residents.

Economy & Business

Wanna Pay 8-9 Bucks per Gallon of Gas?
Breitbart - It’s already happening. The "Hidden Gas Tax”, buried deep within California's"Cap-and-Trade" program, was tucked away in the fine print of AB 32—a 2006 bill that radically increased government control over businesses in the name of reducing “global warming," and which goes into effect Jan 1, 2015.

14 Reasons Why The U.S. Economy’s Bubble Of False Prosperity May Be About To Burst
Economic Collapse - Did you know that a major event just happened in the financial markets that we have not seen since the financial crisis of 2008? If you rely on the mainstream media for your news, you probably didn't even hear about it.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Compilation of Unreleased Robin Williams Footage Supporting US Troops During Tour of US Military Bases, and Interview
Liveleak - As the gruesome details of Williams' death emerge, the US Dept of Defence has released a short video compilation of Robin Williams visiting with, and performing for, US troops stationed overseas. In the footage, Williams is seen performing in front of army personnel in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, and also includes an interview in which he explains why supporting the troops was important to him.

Energy & Environment

Top 10 US cities running out of water
(NaturalNews) Some of the worst drought conditions on record have left much of the Golden State grasping for moisture wherever it can be found. But for these 10 cities, more than 75 percent of their land area is now marked by "exceptional" drought, the highest level on the chart.

A new look at what's in 'fracking' fluids raises red flags
Natural Blaze - The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that out of nearly 200 commonly used compounds, there's very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third, and eight are toxic to mammals.

Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows
LA Times - Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists.

Population Controllers Call Babies “Carbon Legacies,” a Threat to the Environment - I guess it takes global warming hysteria to get the bioethics movement to criticize what is known in the trade as “artificial reproductive technologies” or ART. But now, in the ever more radical Journal of Medical Ethics, Cristina Richie, of Boston College’s Department of Theology, argues that these technologies should be regulated to limit the number of children–called “carbon legacies,” as a means of fighting climate change.

Science & Technology

‘Drone-vertising’: Great, Now UAVs Are Going to be Flying around Selling Us Stuff
The Daily Sheeple - Apparently the next trendy new thing will be drones flying around everywhere trying to sell you stuff. That’s right. Tagline? “Advertising has never been so high.”

Artificial Intelligence 'more dangerous than nukes,' warns technology pioneer Elon Musk
(NaturalNews) Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, maker of electric automobiles, is one of the driving forces behind super-intelligence computers that could eventually improve just about everything -- from alternatively powered autos to space travel.


Build the Ultimate School Bug Out Kit for your Kids
Organic Prepper - Each parent knows their own child the best. Not all kids are mentally equipped for a bug-out situation. If you feel that your child would panic, or your children are very young, this may not be a viable plan for your family. If your kid is the independent, competent sort, then it may be time for a discussion on determining a plan for when and how to bug out from school.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Monsanto Chemical-Resistant Weed Strikes Southern Cotton Fields and Threatens Midwest
AllGov - The herbicide, also known as glyphosate, became so ubiquitous in American agriculture that eventually Mother Nature started producing new weeds—16 so far—immune to the chemical. There are now enough glyphosate-resistant weeds in America to nearly cover the state of Oregon, Michael Wines reported at The New York Times.

New, all-natural pesticide unveiled by scientists - and it won't kill the bees!
(NaturalNews) Good news on the honeybee front -- a team of scientists in the UK have created a biopesticide made from spider venom and plant protein that may provide hope for the endangered pollinators.


The Benefits of Rosehip Syrup
Underground Medic - The price of a small bottle of rosehip syrup has rocketed, almost a 1000% increase now it was a ‘cure’ for something that affects so many. Big Pharma strikes again.

Excellent natural calcium sources for bone health
(NaturalNews) Calcium is an essential macromineral whose roles in the body are relatively well-known. It strengthens bones and teeth, improves the body's alkalinity, helps our heart muscles to contract and relax properly and more

Natural sunlight in hospitals would improve health and well-being of staff and patients
(NaturalNews) Walk through any run-of-the-mill hospital today and one will notice that there's more emphasis spent on keeping patients in bed connected to machines than there is helping patients stand to see the light and hope outside.

Doctors refuse to treat Obamacare patients, say they can't afford to
(NaturalNews) As the rubber meets the road for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many doctors are realizing that the healthcare overhaul simply won't work for them if they want to actually stay in business.

93 Percent of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants Are Now Facing Extinction - Ninety three percent of wild medicinal plants used for making ayurvedic medicines are endangered and efforts are being made to relocate them from their usual habitat to protect them.

The many health benefits of eating eggplant
STEPin2 - Eggplant is very popular in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisine. Because it is so nutritionally packed, it provides health benefits as well. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of eggplant.

Shocking Risks of Ice Cream with rGBH and How Does Your Brand Rate
Natural News Blogs - Once again the US thinks it’s just fine to consume but it has been banned by Canada, New Zealand, Australia and all European Union countries! So who are some of the offending ice cream makers: Blue Bunny, Dreyer’s, Breyer’s, Haagen Daas and Baskin Robbins still use milk for their ice cream that has been treated with rGBH.





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