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Thursday - January 29, 2015 - Today in History:  

1802 - John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.
1850 - Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
1861 - In America, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.
1886 - The first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.
1916 - In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.
1979 - President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Xiaoping to the White House. The visit followed the establishment of diplomatic relations.
1990 - Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from America's worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.
1996 - French President Jacques Chirac announced the "definitive end" to nuclear testing.
1997 - America Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers under threat of lawsuits across the country. Customers were unable to log on after AOL offered a flat $19.95-a-month rate.
1998 - A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. Eric Rudolph was charged with this bombing and three other attacks in Atlanta.
1999 - Paris prosecutors announced the end of the investigation into the accident that killed Britain's Princess Diana.
1999 - The U.S. Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.
2001 - In Indonesia, thousands of student protesters stormed the parliament property and demanded that President Abdurrahman Wahid quit due to his alleged involvement in two corruption scandals. Wahid announced that he would not resign.

World News

Hezbollah to Tel Aviv: No More Border Violence?
Sputnik News - Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has informed Israel through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that it is not interested in further escalation of hostilities following an exchange of rocket strikes, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Thursday.

The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun And Israel Vows ‘To Act Powerfully On All Fronts’
Economic Collapse - Israel and Hezbollah are at war. On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next. Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years. So has Hezbollah. According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the state of New Jersey.

ISIS threatens to execute Jordanian hostage unless Iraqi prisoner released by Thursday sunset
RT - ISIS is threatening to “immediately” kill a Jordanian hostage if Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi is not delivered for a swap on the Turkish border by Thursday at sunset, according to unverified audio attributed to Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

UK fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers
RT - Two Russian Bear long-range bombers flying close to UK airspace were intercepted by RAF Typhoon fighter jets, according to Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD).... "The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest,” the ministry’s Thursday statement said, Reuters reported. “At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace."
* Related: Russia Says Air Force Flight Near UK Complies With International Law

Israeli rights group questions legality of targeting Gaza homes in war
The Guardian - Serious questions have been raised by the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem about the legality of Israel's policy of targeting dozens of Palestinian homes during last summer's war in Gaza - a strategy that led to hundreds of civilian deaths. The report is the latest alleging serious breaches of international humanitarian law by Israel during the 50-day conflict. According to B'Tselem, the policy of striking residences led to the deaths of 606 people in 70 attacks on homes that it examined. Among the dead were 93 children under the age of five.

Cuba urges US to end economic blockade, return Guantanamo
RT - Cuban leader Raul Castro has called on the US to end the economic embargo against the country and demanded that Guantanamo Bay be returned to Cuba as relations between the two nations undergo a historic thaw.
* Related: Guantanamo Bay Must Remain US Territory Regardless of Cuban Demands

PACE strips Russia of voting rights until April over Ukraine, Russia quits for 1 yr
RT - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided not to restore Russia’s voting rights until April. Moscow was first stripped of its rights in PACE after Crimea joined Russia last year. In turn, Aleksey Pushkov, the chief of Russia’s PACE delegation and chairman of the State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “We are exiting PACE until the end of the year.”

President Obama Continues to Ally with Nations and Leaders Accused of Human Rights Violations
Ben Swann - President Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the future of relations between the two nations. Despite much of the media concerns regarding a budding “Bromance” between the two leaders, or wondering whether Modi’s suit was appropriate, there are bigger issues to look at regarding the history of India’s current PM.

Bill Gates Calls for ‘Global Government’
Mikael Thalen - Billionaire Bill Gates called for “a kind of global government” this week, arguing that the creation of such a system would be needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.” Speaking with Germany’s “Süddeutsche Zeitung” newspaper Tuesday, Gates decried the fact that a proper United Nations system has failed to materialize as planned.... Gates went on to stress his position further, stating that a global government was “badly needed” in order to combat an array of issues ailing the planet.

Greek Credit Risk Spikes, Default Probability Tops 70%
Zero Hedge - Greek default risk has surged in recent days and today as it becomes clear what Syriza expects from Europe, short-term CDS are at post-crisis highs with 5Y CDS implying a 76% probability of default (based on standard recovery assumptions - which may be a little high in this case). Given the domestic bank dominance in the buying of domestic government debt, Greek banks are getting hammered as everyone's favorite hedge fund trade is an utter bloodbath.

"The Barricades Are Down" Syriza Is Already Rolling Back Austerity "Reforms"
Zero Hedge - It didn't take long for Syriza to start making changes in Greece. While these may be minor at the margin compared to the debt "issues", as KeepTalkingGreece reports, Alexis Tsipras and his junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos pushed the Fast Forward button to restore a series of so-called “reforms”, that is austerity measures imposed by the country’s lenders, the Troika - among the left-wing reforms are: scrapping planned privatizations, scrapping fees in public hospitals and prescriptions, restore “the 13th pension” for low-pensioners and other actions that SYRIZA had promised before the elections. And the iron barricades in front of Parliament have been removed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport
(AP) - The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.

Rand Paul Introduces The Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act
Liberty Crier - Sen. Rand Paul yesterday reintroduced S. 255, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act. This legislation would protect the rights of property owners and restore the Fifth Amendment’s role in property proceedings. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) is the lead sponsor of the FAIR Act in the House of Representatives.

Va. Senate committee defeats gun control proposals
The Virginian-Pilot - Bill after bill backing stricter gun controls came to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Monday morning. Bill after bill died. The committee spent several hours killing Democratic measures but advanced a Republican measure that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to obtain a lifetime permit. “It was an awesome day,” said Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League.

Anonymous Shuts Down Texas Town’s Website to Protest Killing of Teen Girl By Cops
Ben Swann - Following a controversial Longview, TX incident in which three police officers fatally shot a 17-year-old girl who reportedly brandished a knife at a police station in what her aunt described as a cry for help, Anonymous has taken credit for briefly crashing the City of Longview's website in an act of retaliation.

New bill proposes a ban on body armor
Ben Swann - The bill, called the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act, would strip the right of civilians to purchase or own body armor. The bill reads, “It shall be unlawful for a person to purchase, own or possess enhanced body armor.” Enhanced body armor, as defined by the bill, is “body armor, including a helmet or shield, the ballistic resistance of which meets or exceeds the ballistic performance of Type III armor…” Type III armor protects against most standard issue rifles as well as many rounds used in handguns.

Out Of Control DEA Planned to Spy on Cars Parked at Gun Shows
Steve Watson - The Drug Enforcement Administration planned to use license-plate readers to scan cars parked at gun shows and monitor their owners as part of an anti-gun-trafficking scheme, internal documents have revealed. The plan was discussed in DEA emails in 2009, according to the Justice Department, which oversees the government agency.

Seattle to Fine Residents for Throwing Food in the Garbage
CNS News - In an attempt to shame residents of their city, a new Seattle law will levy a fine on homes that do not properly sort food out of their garbage. Emblazoned with a red citation tag, violators will start to be fined anywhere from $1-$50 in July. For now, Seattle residents will be publicly shamed by the ‘Scarlet Letter’-like tags. The tags are part of, what the city calls, a “public education campaign.”

Economy & Business

Millions to Owe Obamacare Tax Penalty
(CNNMoney) - Some 3 million to 6 million Americans will have to pay an Obamacare tax penalty for not having health insurance last year, Treasury officials said Wednesday. It's the first time they have given estimates for how many people will be subject to a fine. The penalty is $95, or 1% of income above a certain threshold (roughly $20,000 for a couple). So you could end up owing the IRS a lot of money.

Reagan Economist: Washington Will Do Anything It Can To Stop BRICS
Ben Swann - Washington DC- China is warning India that an economic partnership with the US is a “zero-sum trap,” and the nation should be wary about Washington’s increasing efforts to court the increasingly influential nation. The message comes as world leaders, including President Barack Obama, gather in India to celebrate its “R-Day” holiday and woo top officials to their side in an expanding effort to gain the most influence in the region.

Fired Before Hired: How Corporations Rigged The Job Market And Killed The American Dream
Zero Hedge - The latest corporate scam is to blame workers for the high unemployment rate. They say there is a skills gap. Even President Obama is in on the joke. The real skills gap is the other way around: too many skills for the low-wage menial jobs that pervade the labor market.

Energy & Environment

Radiation, chemtrails, fertilizers: Humans are crossing "planetary boundaries" and killing Earth, study says
(NaturalNews) Large-scale, commercial agriculture, among other things, is taking a toll on the planet, particularly in America's Heartland, and is threatening the existence of life on Earth, according to an international team of researchers.

West Coast orcas experiencing 100% infant mortality rate as radiation from Fukushima drifts across ocean
(NaturalNews) Marine biologists and other researchers are voicing serious concerns regarding the high mortality rate among orcas (killer whales) observed over the past couple of years. No one has yet proven that there is a direct link between the 100 percent mortality rate seen among orca infants and the effects of the radiation contamination of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima reactor leak in Japan, but it certainly can't be ruled out as a possibility.

Dream Come True for Oil Companies: Obama Expected to Approve Drilling off Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Georgia
AllGov - Environmentalists contend the coast could suffer the same fate as the Gulf states after the 2010 BP disaster that fouled coastal waters with millions of barrels of oil. “Opening Atlantic waters to offshore drilling would take us in exactly the wrong direction,” said Bob Deans. Democratic senators from East Coast states blasted the move. “All of the risk is put on the backs of our shore communities, and all of the reward goes to Big Oil,” said Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

US Senate Rejects Keystone Solar Power Amendment
Sputnik News - The US Senate voted down an amendment to the Keystone pipeline legislation that called for installing millions of solar power units in homes and businesses across the country, US Senator Bernie Sanders’ office said in a press release.

Fracking Earthquake Responsibility Case Goes to Court
AllGov - Oklahoma’s Supreme Court will hear a potential landmark case that may further validate a linkage between fracking and earthquakes. Two oil companies are being sued for causing an earthquake that caused the plaintiff, Sandra Ladra, to be injured. The case has serious ramifications for the oil and gas industry, which could be forced to stop using the controversial drilling procedure if the two companies are found liable.

Why The U.S. Shale Boom May Come To Abrupt End
Zero Hedge - U.S tight oil production from shale plays will fall more quickly than most assume. Why? High decline rates from shale reservoirs is given. The more interesting reasons are the compounding effects of pad drilling on rig count and poorer average well performance with time.

Science & Technology

Canada's spy agency tracks file-sharing websites worldwide – Snowden docs
RT - Millions of pictures, videos, and other files downloaded online globally are being watched by Canada's electronic spy agency CSE, says the latest mass surveillance report based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSE), an equivalent to the US National Security Agency (NSA), focuses on electronic surveillance.

Regin Malware Unmasked as NSA Tool after SPIEGEL Publishes Source Code
SPIEGEL - Just weeks ago, SPIEGEL published the source code of an NSA malware program known internally as QWERTY. Now, experts have found that it is none other than the notorious trojan Regin, used in dozens of cyber attacks around the world… Both Symantec and Kaspersky did not shy away from superlatives when describing the malware program, calling it a "top-tier espionage tool" and the most dangerous cyber-weapon since Stuxnet, the notorious malware program used to attack the Iranian nuclear program.


Make Your Own Biomass Firelogs in Four Easy Steps
Daily Sheeple - Biomass is comprised of compressed compounds containing various organic materials, including corn husks, coconut shells, grass clippings, dried leaves, sawdust, cardboard or paper. Learning how to make alternative fuel sources using the items you have around is an essential survival skill to learn.


Measles Police State: “Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail”
Mac Slavo - Never mind the evidence that vaccines aren’t as effective as their makers have promised. Shutter to think, according to the Office of Medical and Scientific Justice, “the theory of ‘herd immunity’ is failing or was flawed to begin with” while a 2014 Council on Foreign Relations report found: “the most highly vaccinated populations are also those with the greatest number of outbreaks for those same infectious diseases. This was especially the case for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and pertussis outbreaks,” with the U.S. Canada and rest of the Western world leading the list.

VIDEO: Arizona monitoring 1,000 people for measles linked to Disneyland
CBS News - A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center.

Use these 17 herbs and spices to fight diabetes
(NaturalNews) According to the most recent American Diabetes Association report, 29.1 million Americans are diabetic. Additionally, the disease still held the rank of being the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

How to reduce your toxic heavy metal load simply and cheaply
(NaturalNews) We're bombarded with heavy metals from the chemicals in our environment that began in the 20th Century and proliferated exponentially since WWII. Of those estimated 50,000 chemicals used by consumers, industry, and agriculture 300 have been tested by the EPA, with restrictions placed on only five.

Three of the safest and most efficient ways to detoxify your body
(NaturalNews) If you're going to get clean, you can't go at it with reckless abandon and expect things to go smoothly. Going from a moderate to extreme toxic state and diving into an herbal detox kit or extreme fast, will send your body for a loop and crying uncle due to the sheer load placed on your internal detoxification system.

Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells
Natural Blaze - A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer.

Depression: Is Its Cause Mental…or Physical?
Daily Sheeple - We already know that inflammation is the likely cause of a multitude of health conditions, including arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, headaches, and heart disease. Now research suggests an addition to the growing list of ailments with possible links to inflammation: depression.

Is Your Sunscreen Making You Infertile?
ANH - A new study by the National Institutes of Health found that sunscreen chemicals that filter out ultraviolet rays may impair male fertility. There are twenty-nine “benzophenone-type UV filtering chemicals” in personal care products that protect skin and hair from sun damage. Researchers found that men with high exposure to two chemicals in particular had a 30% reduction in their ability to reproduce.

Soda Habit Prompts Early Puberty in Girls
(HealthDay News) - [...] the researchers found that those who drank more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who drank two or fewer of these drinks a week. "Starting periods early is a risk factor for depression during adolescence and breast cancer during adulthood. Thus, our findings have implications beyond just starting menstruation early," said study first author Jenny Carwile, a postdoctoral associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston.

49 Secrets on How to Lose Weight Fast
Dr.Axe - From exercising for short bursts of time to making weekly menus to even having a cheat meal, these 49 tips to lose weight fast will help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Remember this is not just about losing weight, but living a better healthier, happier life!

A Primary Reason that Could be Causing Thinning Hair – Aging is NOT It
Natural Society - A woman’s hair can operate like a canary in a coal mine, signaling danger. When hair begins to thin, it is often the first sign of an underlying imbalance or deficiency that, if not addressed, can significantly undermine good heath in a big way. Chances are good that when hormone imbalances are successfully addressed, hair will begin to re-grow and again look and feel the way it once did.

Wednesday - January 28, 2015 - Today in History:   GOOD MORNING!!!!!

1788 - The first British penal settlement was founded at Botany Bay.
1878 - The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT.
1878 - "The Yale News" was published for the first time. It was the first, daily, collegiate newspaper in the U.S.
1902 - The Carnegie Institution was established in Washington, DC. It began with a gift of $10 million from Andrew Carnegie.
1909 - The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
1915 - The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.
1935 - Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.
1945 - During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
1958 - Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor.
1980 - Six Americans who had fled the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, left Iran using false Canadian diplomatic passports. The Americans had been hidden at the Canadian embassy in Tehran.
1986 - The U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crewmembers were killed.
1999 - Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden's Volvo AB for $6.45 billion.
2002 - Toys R Us Inc. announced that it would be closing 27 Toys R Us stores and 37 Kids R Us stores in order to cut costs and boost operating profits.

World News

Israel launches airstrikes on Syria following rocket attack, ‘red line’ warning from Iran
RT - Israeli jets struck several targets in Syria in response to Hezbollah rocket fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the IDF said. The exchange came as Iran warned Tel Aviv of crossing a “red line” with the murder of an Iranian general in Syria.

Libyan Luxury Hotel Attacked in the Name of Intelligence Operative Abu Anas al-Libi
Kurt Nimmo - In an email sent out after a phone call between the two leaders, the White House insisted the invasion was about “helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will.” That “democratic system” has produced chaos, terror, and social and political disintegration. Latest example: a brutal attack on the Corinthia Hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, supposedly targeting militia-backed Prime Minister Hassi and foreign diplomats.

AFRICOM Commander Wants Full Counterinsurgency Plan for Boko Haram
Defense One - The top commander of U.S. troops in Africa said he would like the U.S. military to do more to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram, but that it’s up to Nigerian and U.S. policy officials to decide how much they’re willing to change the trajectory of that group’s violent stronghold on the region. U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. David Rodriguez, who previously served as the No. 2-ranking commander of the Afghanistan war, said he believes to turn the tide against Boko Haram would require a full-scale counterinsurgency plan across four countries.

Update: ISIS & Japan agree on hostage swap, Japanese journalist to be freed 'within hours'
RT - Japan and ISIS have agreed on an exchange of journalist Kenji Goto, held hostage by the Islamist militants, for Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman who killed 60 people in a 2005 Jordan bombing, Japanese deputy FM stated. Earlier, reports suggested that al-Rishawi was soon to be transported to another prison, and would then be handed over to IS representatives in exchange for the captive Japanese journalist.

European counter-terror plan involves blanket collection of passengers’ data
The Guardian - The European commission plan to be published on Wednesday would require 42 separate pieces of information on every passenger flying in and out of Europe, including their bank card details, home address and meal preferences such as halal, to be stored on a central database for up to five years for access by the police and security services.... The House of Lords has said the 42 pieces of passenger data that airlines need to hand over to the police and security services enable aspects of a passenger’s history, conduct and behavior to be deduced. The 42 categories are...

ISIS threatens to kill 2nd Japanese hostage, Jordan pilot in 24 hours
RT - The Islamic State has released a video with a threat to kill a second Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot in the next 24 hours if the Japanese authorities fail to persuade Jordan to release failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi from prison.

Houthi Rebels in Yemen Release Captured Presidential Chief of Staff
Sputnik News - Houthi rebels in Yemen have released Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, the President's chief of staff that they had been holding prisoner, a source in the Yemeni parliament has told Sputnik.

Prosecutor’s Mysterious Death Prompts Argentina to Dissolve Spy Agency
Sputnik News - The President of Argentina has announced plans to dissolve Argentina's intelligence agency as speculation grows agents were involved in the death of a prosecutor who was planning to expose the top level officials.... The announcement comes amid suspicions that the spy agents were behind the mysterious death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

After The 'Syriza Shock' - Now Comes The Hard Choice Of Escape Or Merely Re-setting The Terms of Greece’s EU Servitude
The Ron Paul Institute - We can heartily praise Alexis Tsirpras for calling bull on the destructive puzzle palace economics thrust on his country by the hypocrites and liars who rule from Brussels. And his finance minister designate, economist Yanis Varoufakis, is surely on the right track when he targets the rent-seeking bankers, big businesses and media operators who have plundered the Greek state for decades.

USAID Reports US to Donate $1bln to Vaccinate Millions of Children
Sputnik News - The US Agency for International Development USAID announced Tuesday that the US will commit $1 billion to global public health organization Gavi to support organization’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children.

UK Government Announces Plan to Remotely Control Vehicles
Paul Joseph Watson - The UK government today announced a plan to remotely control vehicles on roads using wi-fi technology in order to reduce traffic and offset global warming, the latest manifestation of the ‘Internet of Things’ that will stir up concern amongst privacy advocates. A report released today by Ofcom, the government-controlled body which regulates communications in the United Kingdom, lays out a blueprint that could be realized in as soon as 10 years where cars would communicate with each other to “reduce congestion”.

Ebola news

Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country
(AP) - Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll. At the height of the outbreak in August and September, Liberia was recording more than 300 new cases of the virus every week. To date 3,636 Liberians have died of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The FBI’s plan to collect everyone’s DNA just got a huge boost from congress
PrivacySOS - Current law requires state and local police to send collected DNA to an accredited lab before it is shipped off to the feds. But the FBI wants a “legislative tweak” to enable police to skip that step, and send DNA from arrestees directly to the federal CODIS database. If the feds succeed in changing the law, we’re in trouble: corporations and congress are already laying the groundwork for the logistic implementation of a nationwide DNA dragnet.

Obama Demands New Regulations After Drunken Fed Crashes Drone on White House Lawn
Mikael Thalen - President Barack Obama called for increased regulation on unmanned aerial vehicles Tuesday after a drunken federal employee crashed a small drone on White House grounds. Off-duty at the time of the incident, the unnamed National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee reportedly lost control of the drone while intoxicated near the White House Monday. According to the New York Times, a spokesman for the NGA confirmed the employee’s involvement and the ensuing interview with the Secret Service.

Despite Holder's Forfeiture Reform, Cops Still Have A License To Steal
Forbes - Contrary to what you may have read recently, Attorney General Eric Holder did not put an end to civil forfeiture, a form of legalized theft in which the government takes property allegedly linked to crime without even charging the owner, let alone convicting him. Nor did Holder stop civil forfeiture by the federal government or by the Justice Department. He did not even eliminate the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, which lets police dodge state limits on forfeiture.

Militarized security prepared for Super Bowl (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT - Super Bowl security will be reinforced by Black Hawk military-style helicopters and massive X-ray machines designed to scan large cargo trucks, all courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection. On Monday, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske was in Glendale, Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX, for a flyover demonstration of the Black Hawks, which will assess air traffic near the University of Phoenix Stadium. The agency has deployed about 100 officers to assist state and local law enforcement, according to AP.

Feds Failed to Deport Illegal Now Suspected of Killing Store Clerk Over Cigarettes
Adan Salazar - Federal authorities had previously declined to immediately deport an illegal alien now accused of shooting a convenient store clerk to death in Arizona, instead opting to release him on bond, reports allege. Agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided against deporting 29-year-old Apolinar Altamirano in 2013 after he committed a burglary related offense. ICE said in a statement yesterday they allowed Altamirano to post bond based on his “immigration and criminal history.”

More States Suing Feds Over Immigration Executive Orders
The New American - More states have joined the original 18 that filed a lawsuit on December 3 against the federal government and several federal officials seeking relief against the defendants’ violations of the Constitution and federal law resulting from President Obama’s November 20 announcement that he would unilaterally suspend immigration law as applied to four million illegal immigrants.

Justice Dept spying on millions of US drivers says report
RT - Government documents, as well as former and current government officials, confirmed to the Journal that the license plate-tracking program was initially used by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to seize cars, money, and other assets associated with drug trafficking. Use of the database has grown, however, to include hunting for vehicles linked to other possible crimes, including kidnapping, killings, and rape. Additionally, state and local law enforcement agencies are increasingly using it for a variety of investigations.

Nanny of the Week: New York City plans to ban out-of-state cars
Eric Boehm - [Queens Assemblyman Michael] Miller has his reasons for pushing the proposal — and like many nanny state ideas, it all boils down to making sure everyone is paying their tribute to the taxman. “By registering out-of-state, you are either committing fraud by not registering your vehicle in New York state or you are avoiding paying state Department of Motor Vehicles fees,” he told the New York Post, which reported on the proposal this week. Miller said his proposal would allow out-of-staters to purchase an “exemption sticker” to protect their vehicles from the city’s predatory tow trucks.

Election News

Koch Brothers to Spend Nearly a BILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 Presidential Election
Daily Sheeple - The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history. The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Economy & Business

Davos Economist: Elite Are Afraid of Ferguson-Style Riots
Paul Joseph Watson - Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, sparked interest when he asserted during an interview at the Davos Economic Forum that many hedge fund managers were purchasing land in remote locations so as to guard against an uprising of the poor caused by wealth inequality. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said, with the New Economics Foundation’s Stewart Wallis agreeing, telling CNBC, “If they can get off, onto another planet, some of them would.”

We're No. 12! Report: U.S. Not Among Top Nations for Economic Freedom
CNS News - ...the U..S. ranked only 12th--after Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Ireland, Mauritius, and Denmark....The Index rates economic freedom for countries on 10 quantitative and qualitative factors that are based on four pillars of freedom: rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency and open markets.

1 in 3 on Disability Have Mental Disorder; 42.9% in D.C.
CNS News - One in three, or 35.2 percent, of people getting federal disability insurance benefits have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Washington, D.C., the seat of the federal government, ranked in the top-ten list of states where disabled beneficiaries were diagnosed with mental problems.

CBO Director Predicts Unsustainable Debt, 'Heightening the Risk of Fiscal Crisis'
Breitbart - CBO Director Douglas Elmdorf testified that debt will exceed 100% of GDP within 25 years and continue to rise, a “trend that could not be sustained” and would eventually heighten “the risk of a fiscal crisis” before the House Budget Committee on Tuesday.

Dow Plunges 360 Points, Erases All Post-QE Gains
Zero Hedge 1/27/2015 - The Dow is now down 360 points on the day – its biggest point drop in 19 months. Perhaps more notable is that since the End of QE3, The Dow is now down 0.4% - but the fundamentals we hear you cry… The Nasdaq is today’s biggest loser, down over 2.2%

TurboTax's database knows your secrets
America's Markets - TurboTax customers are already outraged with a stealth 50% price hike in the software this year. But more secrets are coming out that might be equally surprising to some. Intuit (INTU), the company that makes TurboTax, maintains a database containing users’ Social Security numbers, names and other personal data — even for customers using the desktop version of the software who save their files on their own hard drives.

Alaska Likely to Face Budget Cuts Amid Drop in Oil Prices
Sputnik News - [Governor] Walker reported that the Alaska oil pipeline is currently transiting oil well below capacity. "Our oil pipeline in Alaska is about 3/4 empty and so we'd like to put more oil into it. And one way we can increase the revenue is by more oil. So we are working on that part as well," Walker said. The Alaskan economy, overwhelmingly dependent on oil revenues, is likely to face a $3.5-billion budget deficit in 2015, the Alaskan governor's office stated last week.

Why The Damage To The Economy Caused By The Oil Crash Is Going To Get Progressively Worse
Economic Collapse - We are really starting to see the price of oil weigh very heavily on the economy and on the stock market. On Tuesday, the Dow was down 291 points, and the primary reason for the decline was disappointing corporate sales numbers. For example, heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is blaming the “dramatic decline in the price of oil” for much lower than anticipated sales during the fourth quarter of 2015. Even though Caterpillar is not an “energy company”, the price of oil is critical to their success. And the same could be said about thousands of other companies.

Energy & Environment

New England pummeled by Juno as storm dumps THIRTY INCHES of snow and causes flooding in Massachusetts, but New York City is spared
Daily Mail - Winter Storm Juno was pummeling New England on Tuesday morning, bringing heavy snow, high winds and coastal floods to many parts of the region. The blizzard heaped more than a foot of snow on areas of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York state. * * Related: Gerald Celente: Closing Of New York City A Dress Rehearsal For Total Control Of People’s Lives

Dallas voting to possibly end water fluoridation Wednesday
(NaturalNews) Wednesday, January 28, 2015, is a date that anti-fluoridation activists in Dallas, Texas -- and perhaps around the nation-- are eagerly awaiting.

Government report reveals nearly 1,000 tons of lead dust dumped on population every year from airplanes
(NaturalNews) Leaded gasoline is a thing of the past for automobiles. But a recent government report explains that leaded "avgas," as it is called for aircraft, is still being used to the tune of about 225 million gallons annually over homes, crop fields and bodies of water.

Louisiana residents fear EPA’s plan to burn explosives near their land
Louisiana Watchdog - The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan in rural Webster Parish to burn 15 million pounds of propellant explosives, originally designed for military use, into the northern Louisiana atmosphere. People exposed to it might develop cancer or blood pressure problems or even pass on birth defects to their children, experts warn. Parish residents fear these toxins, which could rise two miles into the atmosphere depending on weather conditions, might eventually cover their entire corner of the state or spread into Texas or Arkansas.
* Related: An Open Letter Regarding the Proposed Open Burn

Science & Technology

Police Want Cop-Tracking App Banned, While They Use Technology To Monitor You
Steve Watson - As police are vehemently lobbying Google to disable a function within a popular app that allows real time tracking of officers’ whereabouts, officers themselves are relying heavily on social media to surveil citizens and even assign ‘threat ratings’. A popular GPS based app called Waze has come under fire from police groups as it allows drivers to pinpoint the location of cops and report police sightings to others on the road.


Vaccines cause sudden death, proves document hidden by Big Pharma for two years
(NaturalNews) An Italian court has unearthed a formerly classified document that proves vaccines cause death, and that vaccine companies don't want you to know this. As published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) website, a 1,271-page report by British drug firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) reveals that certain combination vaccines administered to children are known to cause sudden death, but the company chose to obscure and conceal this in official safety reports.

BPA alternative in plastics disrupts brain cell growth, triggers hyperactivity
(NaturalNews) In order to make plastics pliable and thermal receipt paper printable, certain chemicals have to be added to the mix that a growing body of research shows can damage the human endocrine system and cause other serious health damage.

The Daily Hygiene Habit That May Promote Cancer and Alzheimer's
Dr. Mercola - The aluminum chloride in antiperspirants, which blocks your pores from releasing sweat, may also contribute to an increased cancer risk. Aluminum chloride actually acts similarly to the way oncogenes work to cause molecular transformations in cancer cells. Aluminum salts can also mimic estrogen, and previous research has shown that aluminum is absorbed and deposited into breast tissue.2 The researchers actually suggested that raised levels of aluminum could be used as a biomarker for identification of women at increased risk of developing breast cancer.

No longer science fiction: Aborted human fetuses harvested to grow kidney organs in rats for transplantation into human patients
(NaturalNews) Human fetal kidneys harvested from aborted babies are being surgically implanted into adult rats to grow new kidneys to be transplanted into awaiting human adults. This procedure, which is under rapid development, is being framed as a medical breakthrough by scientists who appear to be completely blind to the moral and ethical issues at stake in such a scheme.

20 Ways To Heal Pneumonia Naturally
Arny Bustamante - Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, usually due to an infection, caused by a virus or bacteria. It kills millions every year and is a very common cause of death in the elderly. However, a greater percentage of young healthy adults have contracted pneumonia in the last five years and the problem appears to be getting worse.... Here's what you need to know on how to effectively treat pneumonia naturally without the need of any medication.

Power of Homemade HCL: Honey, Coconut Oil and Lemon Cough Syrup
Natural News Blogs - I did some research and learned that Homemade HCL abbreviation of Honey, coconut and lemon is perfect cough syrup and also boost our immune system.

The 19 Ingredients in McDonald’s Fries – Including a Form of Silicone Found in Silly Putty
Natural Society - In the most recent transparency video from McDonald’s, Grant Imahara explains that there are 19 ingredients in America’s favorite fries, one of which is polydimethylsiloxane, which is used in the production of silly putty. This seemingly ‘essential’ french fry-Silly Putty ingredient has been making headlines, and I can tell you that it won’t be the last headline you see.
* Related: EWG’s Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives

Pet News

Could This Be the Best Test Yet for Detecting Kidney Disease?
Dr. Becker - About half of all cats over 10 suffer from chronic kidney disease, but when detected early and managed proactively, many live full and happy lives. This newly discovered biomarker can identify the onset of disease about 17 months earlier than the test we use today.

Friday - January 23, 2015 - Today's News:

World News

ISIS sets up English-speaking brigade to target Western countries
RT - The brigade, which is known as the ‘Anwar al-Awlaki Battalion,’ is made up solely of English speaking jihadists. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) now want to use this group of Islamists to plan and carryout terrorist attacks in English speaking countries. The anti-Islamic State group, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, made the claims, reported by the International Business Times.

This Is The Beginning Of The End For The Euro
Economic Collapse - The long-anticipated collapse of the euro is here. When European Central Bank president Mario Draghi unveiled an open-ended quantitative easing program worth at least 60 billion euros a month on Thursday, stocks soared but the euro plummeted like a rock. It hit an 11 year low of $1.13, and many analysts believe that it is going much, much lower than this. The speed at which the euro has been falling in recent months has been absolutely stunning.

Better Hurry: Scientists Predict End of the World in Three Minutes Time
Sputnik News - According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists – a group of experts that maintains the clock – the minute hand has been moved two minutes closer to midnight to express their dissatisfaction with the world progress on "unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals." The group maintains that these issues "pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity," the newspaper adds.

Yemeni president resigns after standoff with Shia rebels
RT - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has submitted his resignation amid a standoff with Houthi rebels that has seen him surrounded in his own residence, Reuters reports citing a government source. Hadi stepped down just after Prime Minister Khaled Baha had offered his government’s resignation saying it did not want to be dragged into “an unconstructive political maze.”

Saudi King Abdullah dies, brother Salman becomes new monarch
RT - Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital while undergoing treatment for pneumonia.... Abdullah was a staunch US ally, who supported Western fight against Al-Qaeda and tried to always keep rival Shiite Iran in check. Under his rule, Saudi Arabia strongly backed Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The King was the first international head of state to congratulate the interim government of Egypt after the July 2013 military coup deposed Mohamed Morsi. King Salman is said to be part of the royal circle that will continue to pursue similar policies.

Saudi King Abdullah Has Died; Crude Prices Jump
Zero Hedge - As we noted previously when considering this possibility, "a new King can do (almost) anything he wants, including changing oil policy." 79-year-old Crown Prince Salman has been named successor (and has his own health issues - reportedly suffering from Dementia). Oil prices popped around 80c on the news.

Russia, US nuclear cooperation to continue in 2015
RT - Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom denies that Moscow has ended more than 20 years of nuclear security cooperation with the US. The two countries will continue the joint effort to secure and store nuclear materials, Rosatom has said.... The statement denies claims published in US media earlier this week that Russia had initiated the discontinuation of the nuclear security program that has been in place since the 1990s.

French Police: Gun Control Isn’t Working for Us
Breitbart - The Associated Press reports French police unions met with Interior Ministry officials on January 19, seeking to take the advantage away from terrorists and other attackers. The unions demanded “more” guns and “heavier” guns, as well as “protective gear, better training for first-responders, and more legal tools to guard against terrorists.”

US intelligence with hidden agenda knew of Paris attack: Analyst
Press TV - Elements within the US intelligence community knew of the Paris terror attack but did not reveal the information because the attack served their “hidden agenda,” says a former American intelligence linguist.... Rickard said US intelligence knew of the plot but allowed the bomber to proceed with his plan. “This was another example whereby the US and western intelligence had great amount of information about the movements and the whereabouts of Abdulmutallab and they even helped him get through the airport in Amsterdam on his way to the United States to do the underwear bombing,” he said.

Greek Bank Withdrawals Reached €4.2 Billion in 3 Days
Greek Reporter - Greek banks are facing a serious liquidity problem as in the first three days of the week, depositors withdrew a total of 4.2 billion euros. A week ago, the four major Greek banks had proactively asked for Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) from the European Central Bank. The ELA has been approved for two weeks, according to reports. Any extension of the mechanism can be repeated in 15 days, during the next session of the ECB’s board of directors.

ECB announces milestone €1.14trn ‘easy money’ program
RT - The European Central Bank announced it will embark on a fully-fledged quantitative easing program from March, which will break down to €60 billion per month. The move is made to counter a triple-dip recession in the eurozone.

Ebola news

Falling Ebola cases show 'turning point'
BBC News - Just eight cases were detected in Liberia in the last week down from a peak of 500-a-week in September. Guinea and Sierra Leone have also seen falls. The WHO said the figures were the "most promising" since the outbreak started. But it continues to urge caution, and to highlight the need to find those who had contact with Ebola patients. The largest outbreak of Ebola in human history has infected 21,724 people and killed 8,641 - largely in just three countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

West Virginia Bill Would Block Unconstitutional National Guard Deployments
Activist Post - House Bill 2168 (HB2168), the Defend the Guard Act, was introduced by Del. Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock, 1), a former Air Force intelligence officer who did tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and cosponsored by ten other delegates. If passed, the bill would block the federal government from deploying West Virginia Guard troops overseas unless there is a declaration of war from Congress, as required by the Constitution.

Journalist Barrett Brown Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison; Read his Speech Here
Activist Post - As Barrett Brown joins the ranks of America’s other political prisoners, the American people need to review his words and ask themselves if this is actually the government they want. Do they want to live in a society where journalists are targeted by federal agents simply because they revealed the truth?

Congress Seeks Netanyahu’s Direction
Consortium News - Showing who some in Congress believe is the real master of U.S. foreign policy, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session and offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s comments on world affairs in his State of the Union speech. Boehner made clear that Netanyahu’s third speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress – scheduled for Feb. 11 – was meant to counter Obama’s assessments.

‘We didn’t even really know who we were firing at’ – former US drone operator
RT - Former US drone sensor operator Brandon Bryant admits he “couldn’t stand” himself for his participation in the country’s drone program for six years – firing on targets whose identities often went unconfirmed.

Congress alarmed by plans to use Russian system to route 911 calls
RT - Plans to route 911 location calls via Russia’s GLONASS satellite system have sparked national security concerns among some members of Congress, despite assurances that its use will be limited and it will help save lives in emergencies.... GLONASS was chosen because similar US systems don’t cover the required territory, Trey Forgety, National Emergency Number Association’s director of government affairs, said. Besides that, GLONASS is a lot better than GPS in locating mobile phones when the call is made from inside the building.

Judge Refuses to Allow Stanley Family Children to Go Home – Issues Gag Order
Medical Kidnap News - News - Judge Wade Naramore reportedly ruled today in Juvenile Court in Garland County Arkansas that the Stanley Family children could not go home. Friends and relatives of the Stanley family in Arkansas have issued the following statement on the Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page...

Another Unarmed Man Shot and Killed By Police, Even Though His Hands Were In Plain Sight
Liberty Crier - “Hands up, don’t shoot” has become a rallying cry at protests against police brutality since the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last summer. But now, video and audio have just been released by the Bridgeton, New Jersey Police Department which highlight the poignancy of the phrase (scroll down for video). The dashcam footage clearly shows officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley shooting Jerame Reid who had his hands plainly in front of him, after exiting the vehicle to show his hands were empty when officers claimed otherwise…

VIDEO: Man Arrested for Assaulting Licensed Concealed Carry Holder Inside Walmart
Adan Salazar - A Florida man was arrested and charged with assault Tuesday after he blindsided a legally armed Walmart shopper. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Michael Foster spotted Clarence Daniels, 62, with a holstered gun in the parking lot of a Walmart store.... While grappling on the ground in full view of other customers, Foster reportedly shouted that Daniels possessed a weapon, while Daniels unsuccessfully tried to tell Foster he had a permit for his handgun.

Texas Cops Jail Woman For ‘Walking Without A License’
Steve Watson - A woman in Hamlin, Texas is fighting charges of driving without a license and expired registration after she was arrested and jailed by cops while WALKING home with groceries. Wendy Robins is appealing for help with her case as she fears the police department is pursuing a vendetta against her by refusing to drop the charges.

Students Accused of Racism After Chanting ‘USA’ at High School Basketball Game
Mikael Thalen - High school students from Idalou, Texas were accused of racism Tuesday after chanting “USA!” at a girls’ basketball game in nearby Slaton. Fans of the Idalou Wildcats, who reportedly began the chant after the Slaton Tigers were defeated, were labeled racist due to Slaton school district’s large Hispanic population.

Veteran News

Whole Foods employees caught on video beating veteran outside retail store
(NaturalNews) A video that appears to show a man being beaten by several employees at Manhattan's Union Square Whole Foods Market has gone viral after being featured on the LiveLeak website.... Apparently, no charges have yet been filed against anyone involved in the brutal altercation, although Whole Foods has placed the participating employees on administrative leave, and a spokesman said to the Daily Mail...

Economy & Business

A Billionaire Lectures Serfs In Davos: “America’s Lifestyle Expectations Are Far Too High”
Michael Krieger - From Bloomberg: Billionaire Jeff Greene, who amassed a multibillion dollar fortune betting against subprime mortgage securities, says the U.S. faces a jobs crisis that will cause social unrest and radical politics. “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” Greene said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.”

Bill Gates Pushes Cashless Society
Kit Daniels - Bill Gates is now promoting “digital currency” in third-world countries, which will make the poor even more dependent on central banks while also turning them into guinea pigs for the development of a “cashless society” in the U.S. and Europe. Gates outlined his plan for a cashless society in a letter published Thursday in which he proposed the poor have better access to mobile phones so they can store their financial assets digitally instead of keeping hard currency at home.

IRS Has Active Contract For MILLIONS With Company HHS FIRED Over Botched
Daily Caller - Seven months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program.

Energy & Environment

By 98 to 1, U.S. Senate passes amendment saying climate change is real, not a hoax
AAAS - The vote came on an amendment to legislation that aims to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from the Canadian oil sands to the United States. Senators opposed to the pipeline, who say it would help accelerate climate change by encouraging mining of oil sands, are using votes on the bill as an opportunity to force Republican senators to take a stand on whether climate change is real.

Science & Technology

Top Google executive predicts end of the internet
RT - At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Google guru Eric Schmidt gave an answer regarding the evolution of the web. “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear,” Schmidt said on Thursday.“There will be so many IP addresses, … so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time,” he explained.

Smartphones will begin categorizing users' mental health; gun seizures will follow
(NaturalNews) The Digital Age has produced some remarkable technology and will continue to do so, but as each new innovation springs forth, more of us are finding that we are not as comfortable with it as we once thought we might be. One of the latest examples comes from a new iPhone app that appears capable of gauging one's mental health -- though how accurately it can do so remains questionable, as does what authorities might do with such information.

Internet attack could shut down US gas stations
Ars Technica - A device used to monitor the gasoline levels at refueling stations across the United States—known as an automated tank gauge or ATG—could be remotely accessed by online attackers, manipulated to cause alerts, and even set to shut down the flow of fuel, according to research to be published on Thursday.

Dotcom wants ‘to kill Skype’ with MegaChat, his encrypted video calling service
RT - Kim Dotcom has launched a public beta version of his latest project, with which he aims to wipe out Skype. The video calling service called MegaChat is to be encrypted to ensure secure communications for all its users. The program will be introduced “starting with video calling today,” the German born entrepreneur said on Twitter on Thursday. The new program registered half a million calls in just a matter of hours.

Google’s Eric Schmidt Greases Skids For Internet Brain Chip
Paul Joseph Watson - As we previously reported, in December 2013, Google engineering director Scott Huffman predicted that within five years web users would have microphones attached to their ceilings and microchips embedded in their brains in order to perform quicker internet searches.... When asked if such a system would be more vulnerable to government surveillance, Huffman glibly responded that people should just trust Google (a company that allowed the NSA to mine data from its cloud network “at will”) to safeguard their information.

VIDEO: Facebook Censorship: What They’re Not Telling You
Paul Joseph Watson - It’s not just about ‘fake news stories’. Facebook’s new ‘flagging’ feature will allow agenda-driven political agitators, governments and corporations to control the narrative and all but silence dissent.
* Related: New Facebook feature flags fake news

In Brazil, Where Parents Send Kids To Digital Detox Camps
Worldcrunch News - Bedtime is the most difficult time of day here. They can't decide whether to stare at the ceiling, hum the latest pop hits or simply close their eyes and wait for sleep to take them away. In the morning too, it feels strange. Nobody has a watch, so even the time eludes them. When they leave their bedrooms, many of them still reach for their smartphones in their pockets, before remembering that all Internet devices are banned here.


The First 10 Things Every New Prepper Should Do (Some of Them Are Free!)
Natural Blaze - When you begin reading websites about prepping, sometimes it can be overwhelming. You see people talking about their one-year food supplies, their bug-out lodges, their ammo collection, and their homestead that is so far out in the wilderness that they have to climb a big pine tree on top of the mountain to get an Internet connection and boast online about their seclusion. Most preppers are just regular folks with a self-reliant mindset.

Thirteen skills to learn now for survival later
(NaturalNews) Evaluating survival readiness takes more than just 13 questions. However these thirteen skills to learn in the areas of food, water, shelter, protection and communication will form a solid foundation of preparation and readiness.


One cup of blueberries per day helps relieve high blood pressure and hardened arteries
(NaturalNews) The results of a new study reveal that blueberries may be the key in reducing high blood pressure and arterial stiffness, both of which are linked to cardiovascular disease, according to

Fast food meal remains unchanged after two years sitting on counter; bugs and fungi avoid toxic, junk food
(NaturalNews) For two years, a McDonald's cheeseburger and fries, along with a Taco Bell soft shell chicken taco, have sat on display, unwrapped and uneaten. That's not the big deal. The eye-opening shocker is that 24 months later, they still look as fresh-from-the-kitchen as they did the day they were served. Even more disturbing, bugs won't even go near the junk food.

Vaccines Proven To Cause Sudden Death In Children
Green Med Info - This confirmation vaccines cause children to die suddenly is only hours old and is conclusive. There is no room for argument. It was published today on the US National Library of Medicine's website. For decades regulators and public health officials have insisted parents were wrong to blame vaccines when their children died suddenly shortly after vaccination. It was coincidence they would say – nothing more.

The Disney Measles Outbreak: A Mousetrap of Ignorance
Green Med Info - The latest stratagem to blame a failing measles vaccine on the non-vaccinated is all over the mainstream media, or should we say the marketing and cheerleading arm of the vaccine industry and the medical-industrial complex.

Child has seizure in the middle of Virginia Senate hearing on medical marijuana
RVAMag - Haley Smith is 14 years old, and last year she suffered from about 1000 seizures, some while she slept. She first started medical treatment for epilepsy at age two. Doctors delayed exposure to what her mother called harmful drugs for as long as possible to stop them from stunting her mental and emotional growth. This morning, sitting in a Senate hearing committee, young Haley's condition manifested before the 15-member Committee on Education and Health as she began to seize.

10 Ways To Balance Hormones Naturally
Dr. Josh Axe - Organs and glands like your thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas regulate most of your hormone production and if your hormones become even slightly imbalanced it can cause major health issues. Also, new research is showing that your gut health plays a significant role in hormone regulation so if you have leaky gut or a lack of probiotics lining your intestinal wall it can also cause hormone imbalance.

Natural Society Joins 60 Million Strong Petition Against GMOs
Natural Society - Natural Society has signed on to the profound Letter From America GMO Awareness Petition — an initiative to keep the biotech industry and its GMOs from destroying our food supply that has now received more than 60 million represented backers.

Pet News

3 Telltale Signs That Your Dog Is Cold
Dr. Becker - Many owners brush off dog sweaters and coats as unnecessary, but there are situations when they provide much-needed, welcomed comfort for your dog. Know when to suit up (and when not to) and the signs that may mean your dog is quite cold.


8 American History Books That Will Blow Your Mind
The Daily Sheeple - The powers that be want to neuter the epic stories of your ancestors while obscuring their own history, because frankly, they don’t want you to get any crazy ideas. In the words of George Orwell, “Those who control the present, control the past, and those who control the past, control the future.” But if you want to get to know the real story of America, and see the real heroes who fought for our freedoms, as well the villains who squandered those freedoms, then you’re in for a treat. Below are 8 books that will change everything you know about American history.

Weekend Viewing

VIDEO: Deceased Filmmaker's Documentary Finally Released - Gray State: The Rise
Activist Post - Last week, we reported on the tragic and mysterious death of film producer David Crowley, his wife and young daughter who were all found dead in their Apple Valley, MN home, weeks after the incident took place. Few details have emerged since then.... According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, all three have been officially identified and died from gunshot wounds to the heads, weeks ago. Even though the deaths were being treated as suspicious and the back sliding door was found ajar, police have labeled it a murder-suicide.

Thursday - January 22, 2015 - Today in History:

1771 - The Falkland Islands were ceded to Britain by Spain.
1879 - James Shields began a term as a Senator from Missouri. He had previously served Illinois and Minnesota. He was the 1st Senator to serve 3 states.
1901 - Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for nearly 64 years. Edward VII, her son, succeeded her.
1905 - Insurgent workers were fired on in St Petersburg, Russia, resulting in "Bloody Sunday." 500 people were killed.
1917 - U.S. President Wilson pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for "peace without victory." America entered the war the following April.
1944 - Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.
1947 - KTLA, Channel 5, in Hollywood, CA, began operation as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River.
1957 - Suspected "Mad Bomber" was arrested in Waterbury, CT. George P. Metesky was accused of planting more than 30 explosive devices in the New York City area.
1970 - The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York City and ended in London about 6 1/2 hours later.
1973 - The case (Roe vs. Wade) legalized abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws that had been restricting abortions during the first six months of pregnancy.
1997 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state.
1998 - Theodore Kaczynski pled guilty to federal charges for his role as the Unabomber. He agreed to life in prison without parole.
2000 - Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers met privately with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba.
2002 - Lawyers suing Enron Corp. asked a court to prevent further shredding of documents due to the pending federal investigation.
2002 - Kmart Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy making it the largest retailer in history to seek legal protection from its creditors.
2008 - Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges.
2009 - President Barack Obama ordered the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay closed within a year and banned harsh interrogation of terror suspects. (The prison remains open.)

World News

US Trainers To Deploy To Ukraine
DefenseNews - American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday. The number of troops heading to the Yavoriv Training Area near the city of L'viv — which is about 40 miles from the Polish border — is still being determined, however.

Russia hits back at Obama over State of the Union speech over Ukraine 'bullying'
Daily Mail - Russia has hit out at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address saying it showed the United States is seeking world domination. During the speech last night, Mr Obama said the U.S. was upholding 'the principle that bigger nations can't bully the small' by opposing what he called Russian president Vladimir Putin's aggression and supporting democracy in Ukraine. But now the Russians have claimed the speech showed how the United States believes it is 'number one' and is unable to be an equal.

Oil Prices Fall, Gold Hits Peak, Euro Under Pressure Ahead of ECB Meeting
Sputnik News - Oil prices fell in Asia on Thursday after a slight gain Wednesday, with West Texas Intermediate for March delivery down to $47.49, and Brent at $48.93, according to AFP report. Dealers await a much-anticipated European Central Bank (ECB) policy meeting and the release of the latest US supply report later on Thursday.

Regulators approve Fukushima wastewater drainage
NHK WORLD News - Japan's nuclear regulator has approved a plan by Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, to drain filtered wastewater from the firm's crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant into the sea. TEPCO officials plan to pump up contaminated groundwater through wells built around structures housing the plant's damaged reactors. The firm also plans to reduce the level of radioactive material in the water before releasing it into the nearby Pacific.

Gulf states denounce rebel 'coup' in Yemen
RT - The Gulf states have decried the seizure of Yemen’s presidential palace by a rebel Shia group as a coup d’etat. The Houthi rebels secured control of the palace in Sanaa, the country’s capital after two days of clashes with government forces. “The GCC considers what happened in Sanaa on Tuesday January 20 as a coup,” the ministers said in a statement on Wednesday.

€425mn anti-terror plan: France to hire thousands of extra police, spies & investigators
RT - France will create 2,680 extra anti-terror staff, as over 3,000 radical Islamists require surveillance, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said at a Wednesday meeting, revealing plans to boost terror strategies.

Israel politician says Abbas ‘responsible for Tel Aviv terror attack’
RT - A stabbing attack by a Palestinian on a Tel Aviv bus on Wednesday, which left at least nine people injured, has fueled the flames of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a war of words reported by local media.

'IRGC to help Muslims fighting Israel'
Press TV - The chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the elite forces will continue to help the anti-Israeli axis of resistance in the Middle East region until full obliteration of the Zionist regime… The statement came two days after the killing of an IRGC general in an Israeli airstrike on the occupied Golan Heights in Syria that also killed six members of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

Russian Food Price Inflation Reaches Up to 150%
The Moscow Times - Russia's Prosecutor General's Office has launched a wave of checks on food prices at major supermarkets across the country, as racing inflation stokes fears that the government will impose price controls. A four-day sweep that began on Tuesday has already discovered price rises of 10 to 150 percent on basic foodstuffs, including meat, fish, milk and potatoes, the agency's spokeswoman Marina Gridneva told journalists on Wednesday, news agency TASS reported.

Russian Government Commission Opens Door for Ban on GMO Imports
Sustainable Pulse - The Russian Government’s Commission on Legislative Activities has approved a bill introduced by the Ministry of Science and Education aimed at improving Russia’s regulation of genetic engineering. The bill imposes a ban on the cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals in Russia, except for when used in scientific research.

Hungary Set to Initiate EU Alliance to Reject GM Crops
Sustainable Pulse - Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of genetically modified organisms in farming with the aim to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin at the weekend.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

UPDATE: 7 Children Taken from Parents During Search for "Miracle" Treatment Chemical — Fight Begins in Garland County Court to Reunite Parents With Children
Arkansas matters 1/21/2015 - Today Byrum Hurst Jr., the family's attorney is trying to show there was no emergency and no reason to remove these children. According to a motion he filed today an affidavit previously filed by authorities didn't set out any facts of abuse to the children and only said the juveniles' health and safety are in danger due to the "allegations" involving abuse... Of course some of the attention has centered around the chemical substance MMS being on the property and alleged claims that Hal Stanley was using the miracle mineral solution.
* Related Video: 1st Press Statement by Stanley Parents

Head of IT Companies Monitoring Pentagon, FBI, NSA and Army Presumed Dead After Suspicious Fire
The Daily Sheeple - In the vein of all the suicided bankers, here’s another mysterious death connected to some pretty high places. The 16,000 square-foot Annapolis mansion of millionaire IT executive Don Pyle, 55, went up in flames so fast on Monday, investigators believe a chemical agent must have been used. The house, dubbed “the castle” by neighbors, was fully engulfed by the time the fire department got there. It took 85 firefighters to finally put the blaze out. Pyle, his wife and four grandchildren are currently presumed dead.

Cops Worried After Citizens Engage in a New Form of Crowd-Funded, Direct Action Against Police State
Filming Cops - Citizens in Stockton, California have taken a new approach to activism. Rather than sticking to the traditional form of protest in which signs are held and slogans are chanted, these citizens have taken direct action and offered a grassroots, crowd-funded incentive structure to end police brutality in their community. They have offered a $2,500 reward to anybody who submits information leading to the arrest or termination of cops who brutalize or kill people.

Air Force expanded drone fleet to unjustifiable level – Pentagon watchdog
RT - The US Air Force has not adequately justified the purchase of 46 additional armed Reaper drones, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general. The expanded fleet could equal a waste of $8.8 billion, the watchdog said. “We determined the Air Force's Air Combat Command MQ-9 Requirements Branch did not demonstrate the need for the MQ-9 planned procurement quantities,” the Pentagon inspector general said in a declassified September report obtained by The Guardian through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Obama’s SOTU: More Stolen Stuff
Kurt Nimmo - Wealth redistribution scheme to rally Democrat base. In his annual State of the Union address of Tuesday, President Obama promised a slew of expensive goodies for the middle class. Insisting the “shadow of crisis has passed” despite non-government stats and analysis casting serious doubt on this claim, Obama promised “free” community college, expanding tax credits up to $3,000 per child, and $300 billion over ten years in capital gains tax increases and other taxation schemes imposed on the “wealthy,” that is to say the producers.

It's Official: President Obama's SOTU Speeches Are The 'Dumbest' In US History
Zero Hedge - Are you smarter than a 9th grader? Then you will be quite at home with President Obama's latest State of The Union speech. While the Flesch-Kincaid readability test shows SOTU 'smartness' has been plunging Woodrow Wilson, the collapse has accelerated post-Clinton with President Obama's average SOTO speech tailored to the intellect of a 14-year-old - the lowest on record.

Report: DOJ Won’t Pursue Federal Charges for Ferguson’s Darren Wilson
Breitbart - The New York Times reports the DOJ is in the process of drafting the recommendation after an FBI investigation “found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer.” However, the Times notes that Attorney General Eric Holder has not made a final decision yet. Holder is expected to reach a decision before he leaves office in the next month or two.

Town to vote on demolishing Sandy Hook killer’s Connecticut home
(Reuters) - "The best thing we can do to honor the families is to demolish the house," Patricia Llodra, Newtown's most senior elected official, said in telephone interview ahead of Wednesday's public hearing. Llodra said the Newtown Board of Selectmen, the administrative body that she leads, had unanimously approved a recommendation to demolish the house.

Veteran News

PTSD: A Nationwide Epidemic for Military Veterans?
Daily Sheeple - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is real, extremely debilitating, and is striking veterans at epidemic proportions, with some statistics reporting as many as 1 in 5 veterans being affected.

Economy & Business

12 Signs That The Economy Is Really Starting To Bleed Oil Patch Jobs
Economic Collapse - The economy is really starting to bleed oil patch jobs, and as long as the price of oil stays down at this level the job losses are going to continue.... It is not uncommon for oil patch workers to make well over $100,000 a year, and these are precisely the types of jobs that we cannot afford to be losing. The middle class is struggling mightily as it is.

Total Announced Job Cuts In 2015 Just Topped 32,000
Zero Hedge - Presented with little comment aside to note the ironic timing of the surge in job cut announcements from North American firms since President Obama's "Crisis Has Passed" State of The Union speech...

Housing Market

America's Ultra Luxury Housing Bubble Has Burst: "Deals Have Slowed To A Trickle"
Zero Hedge - As we further showed, the bulk of foreign demand for New York's most expensive properties, originated in China, Russia and various other oligarch-controlled nations, where the impetus to launder illegally obtained hot money meant an impulse to buy US real estate sight unseen and virtually at any price. And all of it, of course, all cash. No mortgages.

Energy & Environment

MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’
Breitbart - During an appearance on this writer’s radio show Monday, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen discussed the religious nature of the movement. “As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it,” he said. “You’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re told, you get absolution if you watch your carbon footprint. It’s salvation!”

DOJ Asks Judge to Put BP Fine at $11 Billion
Courthouse News - The request came on the opening day of a trial to determine the penalty the energy giant will have to pay for the catastrophe that killed 11 and covered vast stretches of the Gulf Coast with unrefined petroleum. Steve O’Rourke, on behalf of the United States, said BP should face a steep fine because of the “severity” of BP’s violations that led to the 2010 oil spill.

Science & Technology

Synthetic Biologists Develop Genetic Firewall To Control New Life Forms
Design&Trend - Similar to the release of GMOs, activists are concerned that synthetic biologists will create novel life forms that will escape into the environment. In a new milestone for synthetic biology, two research teams have created bacteria that are unable to survive without a manmade amino acid, reports News Daily.

Feds pay woman $134K over fake Facebook profile used in drug case
Gigaom - The federal government has changed course in a drug investigation in which agents pulled a woman’s photos from her cell phone without her permission and used them to create a fake Facebook account that sought to trap drug dealers. When Sondra Arquiett of New York sued over the incident last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency first claimed that she had granted implicit consent to use the photos, but now the government will instead pay Arquiett $134,000 to make the case go away.

Samsung Responds to Privacy Concerns Over TVs Recording “Personal” Conversations
Paul Joseph Watson - Samsung has responded to privacy concerns over its warning that voice recognition software used in the company’s line of smart TVs is being used to record “personal” conversations and send them to third parties.... Samsung Smart TVs also log website visits, have a built-in camera for facial recognition and use tracking cookies to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.”


5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community
Natural Blaze - Regardless of where you live or your family situation, become a community with others. Even if your community consists of only two or three persons, these few people will serve as your support group and sounding board for the tactical decisions you will make when things get tough. In addition, you need at least one other person to watch your back as you will watch theirs.


Cure sinus infections naturally using these herbs
(NaturalNews) Allergy medicines like Claritin tend to make you not feel like yourself, which for most, is reason enough to seek an alternative. Incorporating natural herbs into your battle against wintertime head colds and sinus infections can be an invaluable tool. Fusing natural herbs with hot tea is one of the best remedies for getting relief fast. The hot steam helps open your nasal cavity, allowing it to absorb the herb's natural benefits.

Advances in Understanding of Depression Offers New Hope
Dr. Mercola - Chronic inflammation appears to be a significant underlying factor causing symptoms of depression, and keeping inflammation in check is an important part of an effective treatment plan. Vitamin D deficiency and/or unbalanced gut flora have also been identified as significant contributing factors to depression.

Oklahoma Takes 3 Children Away from Parents When One is Found with Possible Brittle Bone Disease
Health Impact News - April and Joshua Whinery report that they won't ever give up fighting for their children whom they say were medically kidnapped by DHS in Oklahoma. According to Joshua, it started "all because I took my child to the hospital." Degenerative bone disease runs in his family, yet the couple was accused of abuse. Though the family has repeatedly asked for him to be tested, DHS has allegedly refused to allow the test, attempting instead to terminate all of the couple's parental rights.

"Canadian Flu Vaccine Paradox" Admits Vaccines Are Causing More Illness
Natural Blaze - CBC News reports that it was originally called "the Canadian problem" - i.e. the problem of higher risk of pandemic flu illnesses among those who get the seasonal flu shot the previous year, or those who get frequent flu shots. They note that the problem is now seen in other countries such as Hong Kong, Japan and the U.S.

TV Time Cuts Toddler Development
Green Med Info - Children who watch any television spend less time on developmentally enriching activities. And that includes playing. The more toddlers watch TV the less time they spend in physical activities needed to improve motor skills. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children two years and older watch less than two hours of television per day, and that children younger than two watch NO television.

8 Amazing Health Benefits By Using Baking Soda
Karen Foster - Baking soda is likely the most inexpensive health remedy in the world. It is effective at combating everything from colds to cancer, as well as beneficial for oral health, deodorants and so much more. If it's one thing you want in your home pharmacy, it's baking soda.

Wednesday - January 21, 2015 - Today in History:

1793 - During the French Revolution, King Louis XVI was executed on the guillotine. He had been condemned for treason.
1861 - The future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, resigned from the U.S. Senate. Four other Southerners also resigned.
1865 - An oil well was drilled by torpedoes for the first time.
1915 - The first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit, MI.
1924 - Soviet leader Vladimir Llyich Lenin died. Joseph Stalin began a purge of his rivals for the leadership of the Soviet Union.
1954 - The Nautilus was launched in Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered submarine. U.S. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow.
1977 - U.S. President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
1980 - Gold was valued at $850 an ounce.
1994 - A jury in Manassas, VA, acquitted Lorena Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding (severing his penis) her husband John. She accused him of sexually assaulting her.
1997 - Newt Gingrich was fined as the U.S. House of Representatives voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
1998 - A former White House intern said on tape that she had an affair with U.S. President Clinton.
1999 - The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a ship headed for Houston, TX, that had over 9,500 pounds of cocaine aboard. It was one of the largest drug busts in U.S. history.
2003 - It was announced by the U.S. Census Bureau that estimates showed that the Hispanic population had passed the black population for the first time.
2004 - The recording industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet.
2010 - A bitterly divided Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, vastly increased the power of big business and labor unions to influence government decisions by freeing them to spend their millions directly to sway elections for president and Congress.
2010 - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally admitted fathering a child during an affair before his second White House bid.

World News

Lavrov on Obama speech: Efforts to isolate Russia will fail
RT - “We hear from our Western partners that Russia has to be isolated,” Lavrov said. “Specifically, Barack Obama has just repeated that. These attempts won’t be effective. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will never resort to self-isolation.”

Russian spy ship in Havana ahead of US delegation’s historic visit
RT - The Russian Navy’s intelligence collection ship, the Viktor Leonov, has docked in Havana just a day before the arrival of an American delegation. The Russian warship is moored in open view of a pier usually used for cruise ships. The ship’s visit, unannounced by the Cuban authorities, comes as the US and Cuba are attempting to restore diplomatic ties broken in 1961.

New military draft starts in Ukraine amid intensified assault on militia-held territories
RT - The Ukrainian military draft for 2015 has come into effect. It’s expected to see 100,000 people joining the army in three stages throughout the year. The self-proclaimed Donetsk republic says the process is undermining peace agreements. The first stage of the draft, starting on Tuesday, will last ninety days and will seek 50,000 recruits. Two more stages will follow in April and June.

Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran
The Times of India - Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday signed a military cooperation deal with Iran that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".... The deal provides for joint exercises and military training, as well as "cooperation in peacekeeping, maintaining regional and international security and stability, and fighting against separatism and extremism," the Iranian defense ministry website said.

Report: Turkey’s Prime Minister Caught Arming al-Qaeda, ISIS
Kit Daniels - Turkey’s prime minister, a NATO ally, is shipping arms to al-Qaeda and ISIS via Syria-bound trucks operated by the country’s intelligence agency, according to Turkish military officials. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu banned media from reporting on three of the trucks searched by the military’s Gendarmerie General Command, which discovered 45 to 55 missiles or rockets, 30 to 40 crates of ammunition, including mortar rounds, and Douchka anti-aircraft ammunition.

The US Military's Stunning Conspiracy Theory Emerges From The Archives: "ISIS Leader Does Not Exist"
Zero Hedge - As The New York Times exposed in 2007, Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, the titular head of the Islamic State, according to Brigadier General Kevin Bergner - the chief American military spokesman at the time - never existed (and was actually a fictional character whose audio-taped declarations were provided by an elderly actor named Abu Adullah al-Naima). So he was a ghost back then.... is he a ghost again, designed purely to put a face on ISIS and the biggest bogeyman of the current global anti-terrorist mania?

Nisman Murdered? Suicide Story Crumbles After No Gunpowder Found On Argentine's Hands
Zero Hedge - When news broke of the death, by gunshot wound to the head, of Alberto Nisman - the prosecutor who was due within hours to deliver testimony implicating the Argentine President in covering up the investigation into a bombing in 1994 - it seemed oddly quick for police to rule it suicide within hours (especially after his earlier concerns that "I could end up dead because of this.")

Is the ISIS Japanese Beheading Video Green Screened or What? People Aren’t Buying It…
Daily Sheeple - News everywhere is swamped with the latest on ISIS reportedly threatening to behead two Japanese hostages unless the nation pays a $200 million ransom. But wait. What’s up with this image the mainstream media is sporting everywhere?

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Rand Paul's response to President Obama's State of the Union Address
Show your support for Senator Paul’s efforts to stop President Obama’s big-government agenda.

Obama faces GOP Congress with plans for middle class, cybersecurity, Gitmo
RT - President Barack Obama pushed for a raft of proposals crafted to boost the middle class in his 2015 State of the Union speech, marking the first time he addressed a GOP Congress that largely opposes his governing agenda.
* Related: Obama calls for civility, then immediately taunts Republicans

White House issues veto threat on pipeline and abortion bills ahead of SOTU
RT - The White House on Tuesday warned that United States President Barack Obama will veto two bills in the House of Representatives: one aimed at restricting access to abortions and another concerning natural gas pipeline projects. However, if the Obama administration follows through with its threat to block the legislation, the White House may intervene and keep Congress from passing bills that will would prohibit abortion 20 weeks after fertilization.

Sandy Hook Commission Aims to Ban Guns ‘that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading’
Adan Salazar - An advisory commission conceived in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting put forth recommendations Friday to further restrict the Second Amendment in Connecticut, calling for an all-out ban on guns “that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading,” reports the Associated Press.

Veteran News

IBM's cognitive computer Watson could use skills to help treat veterans with PTSD
Baltimore Sun - The VA has launched a two-year pilot program to study new ways of searching electronic medical records and medical literature. The pilot, which will rely on simulations but use actual patient records, is intended to evaluate how the IBM technology can speed up clinical decisions. IBM is trying to transform the game-playing system into a commercially viable technology, and the VA is exploring whether doctors at all VA medical centers and clinics should eventually be linked to it.
* Related: VA Turns to IBM Watson to Improve Veteran Care

Economy & Business

Silver Tops $18, Gold Nears $1300 - Highest in 5 Months
Zero Hedge 1/20/2015 - As stocks, copper, crude, and bond yields plunge this morning, gold (and silver) prices are surging. With gold near $1,300 - 5-month highs, and silver topping $18 - 4-month highs; it appears investor demand for non-fiat currency is growing (and not just for China and Russia)...

Saxo Bank Warns "This Is The Endgame For Central Banks"
Zero Hedge - Major central banks claim to be independent, but they are totally under the control of politicians. Many developed countries have tried to anchor an independent central bank to offset pressure from politicians and that’s all well and good in principle until the economy spins out of control – at zero-bound growth and rates central banks and politicians becomes one in a survival mode where rules are broken and bent to fit an agenda of buying more time. What comes now is a new reality...

Downgrading The US Will Cost S&P $1.5 Billion
Zero Hedge - Remember when S&P forgot for a second that it lives in a world of pretend free speech, and where telling the truth would promptly result in a lawsuit by the US government after it downgraded the US from AAA to AA+ in the summer of 2011?... Well, S&P will never make the same mistake again, because according to Reuters, it will cost it $1.5 billion to settle with the government and put the whole "downgrade" episode in the past.

Fast-Track Trade Agreements = Job Losses for Americans
AllGov - A study by the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen says the U.S. lost nearly 5 million manufacturing jobs following the adoption of 16 free trade agreements, such as NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), which was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and CAFTA (Central American Trade Agreement) signed by President George W. Bush in 2005. The research also showed that 57,000 factories shut down and 7 million “higher-wage service sector jobs” were moved overseas once the agreements went into effect.

California Missing Manufacturing Boom Due to Alternative Energy Subsidies
Breitbart - Despite California having the largest manufacturing base in the nation, the state is growing high-paying manufacturing jobs at only one seventh of the U.S. average. The culprit in this debacle is Governor Brown’s wildly expensive alternative energy mandates that stab industrial manufacturers with electrical costs that are about double the U.S. average.

After Cincinnati Bridge Disaster, Sanders Calls for $1 Trillion to Address Infrastructure Collapse
Common Dreams - "Our infrastructure is collapsing, and the American people know it," wrote Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "The Interstate 75 bridge collapse in Cincinnati on Monday is only the latest example."... Sanders said he will soon announce legislation for a $1 trillion investment, over five years, to modernize the country's physical infrastructure and create 13 million jobs.

Energy & Environment

Oh the Hypocrisy: 1,700 Private Jets Fly To Global Warming Forum
Daily Sheeple - Every year, members of the World Economic Forum gather in the small resort town of Davos, Switzerland to discuss the most pressing issues that are effecting the global economy. Its ranks are filled with the wealthiest people in the world, and include monarchs, former and current heads of state, CEOs, and celebrities.

Challenge to XL Keystone Pipeline Aims at Neb. Eminent Domain Law
Courthouse News - Landowners in two Nebraska counties sued TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, challenging the constitutionality of a state law that grants the Canadian oil giant eminent domain powers to complete its controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The law in question, LB 1161, also gives the governor the power to approve routing of the tar sands oil pipeline, though this responsibility is expressly granted to the Nebraska Public Service Commission in the state constitution, both complaints state.

Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water Following Pipeline Spill into Yellowstone River
Common Dreams - The cancer-causing chemical benzene has been detected in the drinking water supply of a Montana town after a pipeline ruptured on Saturday, sending up to 50,000 gallons of Bakken shale crude oil into the partially-frozen Yellowstone River.... City officials are urging residents to use bottled water, which they have reportedly shipped in for public distribution. The warning, however, comes two days after the spill took place and directly contradicts initial assurances from state officials on Sunday that there is no evidence of environmental or public health hazards.

Science & Technology

Private data firms spying on users
(AP) - It works like this: When you apply for coverage on, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site. Some can even glean details such as your age, income, ZIP code, whether you smoke or if you are pregnant. The data firms have embedded connections on the government site. Ever-evolving technology allows for individual Internet users to be tracked, building profiles that are a vital tool for advertisers.

Getting Ready to Microchip the Entire Human Race
Natural Society - Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) director and now Google Executive, Regina E. Dugan, has unveiled a super small, ingestible microchip that we can all be expected to swallow by 2017. “A means of authentication,” she calls it, also called an electronic tattoo, which takes NSA spying to whole new levels.

The Googlebot cuts the cord: Giant humanoid robot overhauled and made wireless in bid to win $2m prize in US Government's 'Robot Olympics'
Daily Mail - It is a terrifying sight - 6.2 feet of metal with a plastic body that can walk, run, jump and even open doors. This is latest version of the Atlas robot created by Boston Dynamics, a Google-owned robot firm. Later this year, seven of the robots will compete in a 'robo oylmpics' - designed to recreate natural disasters the robots could one day be sent into.

New Illinois cyber bully law lets teachers access students' social media
RT - Students in the state of Illinois can now be legally compelled to give their teachers access to their social media accounts through a new law that’s intended to crack down on cyber bullying, but it raises concerns about personal privacy.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

California’s ‘vomiting gas’ pesticide use rose 650 percent in 2 decades
Center for Investigative Reporting - This week, California regulators ruled that farmers must restrict their use of chloropicrin, a toxic pesticide widely used to prepare soil for planting. The state’s use of it increased 650 percent from 1991 to 2012.... Chloropicrin is injected into soil as a gas, and it has the potential to drift off-site. Exposure can cause eye irritation and watering and respiratory trouble. It was used during World War I as “vomiting gas” because it could penetrate gas masks and force soldiers to pull them off to throw up and expose themselves to other toxic chemicals. After the war, America had a surplus of chloropicrin. That’s when farmers realized it made a great pesticide.


Did you know pine trees can be used as food, medicine and survival equipment?
(NaturalNews) The pine is one of the most useful trees on the planet, providing food, shelter, medicine and fuel. Knowing how to utilize this versatile resource could someday be the key to your very survival if you find yourself alone in the wilderness.


FDA Attacks Man for Selling Supplement that has Healed Tens of Thousands – Facing 37 Years in Prison
Health Impact News - For almost 5 years, the FDA has been attacking Daniel Smith of Spokane Washington for selling a mineral supplement that purifies water and has been used in places like Africa by the Red Cross to prevent Malaria. The product is called MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution), and the active ingredient is sodium chlorite, a common mineral that is even used in some municipalities in the U.S. to purify water instead of chlorine. Daniel Smith will face a trial in less than 30 days, the culmination of close to 5 years of legal battles, that could result in him spending 37 years in prison if convicted. Why? Read More...

UPDATE: 7 Homeschooled Kids Taken from Parents Because Dad Had Unapproved Mineral Supplement
Medical Kidnap 1/19/2015 - The Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page is reporting: Praise God this morning we got the news a local well known lawyer who deals with family cases, has taken their case free of charge. Also a national news group is going to run the story. Several radio stations want to do radio interviews. The family has requested that the public call the following people... Asa Hutchinson is the Governor, and can be contacted here... Also, please contact Judge David Switzer in the District Court of Garland County...
* Related:
Police Raided Christian Parents’ Home Searching for ‘Miracle’ Substance...

600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
(NaturalNews) According to the document you're about to see, for the last eight years, government scientists have actively engineered viral vaccines designed to alter thoughts and beliefs by infecting the brain and suppressing genetic expression of neurological cells. Dispersal of these vaccines has been tested via high-altitude aerosolized sprays, highway vehicles, the water supply and even the food system.

Radiation contamination discovered in fresh produce, dairy, meat, and fish
(NaturalNews) The inherent dangers of nuclear radiation are once again on display after officials in Scotland found contaminated fish some 80 miles away from the closest nuclear plant. Scotland's Daily Record paper reports that nuclear waste released from a Cumbrian reprocessing site made its way into fish swimming off the coast of Dumfriesshire, located several driving hours away.

Corn Syrup Is More Toxic Than Refined Sugar, Researchers Conclude
Dr. Mercola - Excessive amounts of sugar in your diet has toxic effects, and processed fructose is far worse, from a metabolic standpoint, than refined sugar. Female mice fed a diet that contained 25 percent of calories from corn syrup had nearly twice the death rate compared to those fed a diet in which 25 percent of calories came from table sugar. Mice fed corn syrup also had 26 percent fewer offspring than their sugar-fed counterparts.

Radishes - their health benefits may surprise you
(NaturalNews) The health benefits of radishes are truly impressive. They are good for the liver and stomach, the kidneys and bladder, the lungs, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. They purify the blood and eliminate waste, detoxify the body, and are an anti-congestive. They are used to treat and prevent cancer, jaundice, constipation, urinary tract and kidney infections, skin ailments, and more.

List of medical kidnappings happening now in America
(NaturalNews) Where has America gone? President Obama is about to give a State of the Union address this evening, but the real state of the Union is that under Presidents Bush and Obama, America has descended into a runaway police state where citizens are considered "subjects" who must kow-tow to corporate-sponsored agendas or face the wrath of the state.

Roundup Herbicide: A Kidney-Killer?
Green Med Info - A new observational study confirms the hypothesis that Roundup herbicide (glyphosate) is behind the mysterious global epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has taken thousands of lives.... The reality is that we are all at risk. Anyone exposed to glyphosate -- which is anyone who drinks water, breaths the air, or eats non-organic food -- could be subject to its kidney-harming effects. In fact, we reported on the alarming increase in kidney disease in the U.S. since the inception of glyphosate-dependent GM farming.

Acetaminophen warning: A leading cause of acute liver failure
(NaturalHealth365) Acetaminophen causes an alarming number of cases of liver damage, acute liver failure and death each year, to the tune of 26,000 hospitalizations, 56,000 emergency room visits, 100,000 calls to poison control centers, and over 450 deaths. Even when taken at the recommended doses, acetaminophen can still cause major problems; however, it’s a very profitable drug, which seems to be fueling the lack of emphasis on these risks.

Here are 5 Foods NOT to eat while sick
Natural Society - While there are numerous sources out there for natural cold remedies (garlic, ginger, hydration, etc.), it’s also good to know which foods to avoid while sick or battling a cold. By eliminating these foods, while hopefully consuming immune-boosting foods, you can recover more quickly and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Pet News

If You Avoid This Medical Mistake Yourself, Why Impose It on Your Pet?
Dr. Becker - Laura Cox, PhD, of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, has studied the impact of early-life antibiotic therapy on body composition. Several researchers have proved that altered microbiota, which can be the result of antibiotics, can cause obesity through processes that create inflammation or change metabolic activity in the gut. These processes can result not only in obesity, but also diabetes and fatty liver disease.

Tuesday - January 20, 2015 - Today in History:

1801 - John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
1887 - The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
1891 - James Hogg took office as the first native-born governor of Texas.
1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.
1942 - Nazi officials held the Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews.
1944 - The British RAF dropped 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin.
1981 - Iran released 52 Americans that had been held hostage for 444 days. The hostages were flown to Algeria and then to a U.S. base in Wiesbaden, West Germany. The release occurred minutes after the U.S. presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
1986 - The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
1987 - Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon. He was there attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was not freed until November 1991.
1993 - Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.
1997 - Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States.
2000 - Greece and Turkey signed five accords aimed to build confidence between the two nations.
2001 - George W. Bush took the oath of office as the 43rd president of the United States.

World News

Russia-US nuclear material security cooperation discontinued
RT - Moscow and Washington have officially ceased 20 years of co-operation over securing storage of nuclear material in Russia, US media reports. Russia’s Rosatom warned that no new contracts with the US were expected in 2015.

ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages in 3 days unless $200mn ransom paid
RT - The Islamic State terrorist group (IS, formerly ISIS) said in a video it will execute two Japanese nationals if a $200-million ransom isn't paid within 72 hours. The Japanese PM called the threat ‘unforgivable’ and cut short his Middle-East trip. The threat came on Tuesday in a video published on several Islamist websites. The militant group said they are demanding the money because Japan had pledged to pay the same amount to the US-led campaign against IS.

Germany's Bundesbank Resumes Gold Repatriation; Transfers 120 Tonnes Of Physical Gold From Paris And NY Fed
Zero Hedge - From Buba: The Bundesbank successfully continued and further stepped up its transfers of gold last year. In 2014, 120 tonnes of gold were transferred to Frankfurt am Main from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York. "Implementation of our new gold storage plan is proceeding smoothly. Operations are running very much according to schedule," said Carl-Ludwig Thiele, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

French Flags, Hollande Pictures Burned at Charlie Hebdo Protests Worldwide
Sputnik News - Thousands protest across the Muslim world against Charlie Hebdo after the satirical magazine printed new cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed this week. French flags and pictures of French president are burned, French-run businesses, churches and French cultural centers have also been targeted.

Argentine Prosecutor Found Dead Hours Before Testimony Against President Fernandez
Zero Hedge - The Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez of orchestrating a cover-up in the investigation of Iran over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center has, according to AP, been found dead in his apartment, authorities said on Monday. As The Times of Israel reports, Alberto Nisman, 51, was discovered, by his mother, in a pool of blood in the bathroom on Sunday night with a gunshot wound to the head, hours before he was set to testify before lawmakers on his accusations of the cover-up.

Russian Central Bank Bans Western Ratings Agencies
Zero Hedge - On the heels of last week’s downgrades by Fitch and Moody’s to just above junk status, The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has issued a statement that it will no longer use credit ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Fitch, or Moody’s that were assigned after March 1, 2014. All credit ratings will now be at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Bank as regulators assess whether or not the ratings made after March are accurate. Sounds like Spain, Greece, and USA’s previous derision over ratings agencies proclamations is heading east.

Almost 10,000 Girls, Some As Young as Ten, Given Contraceptive Implant Putting Children At Risk of Horrendous Abuse
April McCarthy - The nexplanon implant is said to cause headaches; vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina); weight gain; acne; breast pain; viral infection such as sore throats or flu-like symptoms; stomach pain; painful periods; mood swings and depression. East Lancashire NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in Liverpool, each gave the implant to a 10-year-old during the last five years.

Ebola news

Russia will start testing an Ebola vaccine on primates by the beginning of spring 2015
Sputnik News - Russia plans to start testing an Ebola virus vaccine on primates in the beginning of spring 2015, Russian public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor Chief Anna Popova said Tuesday.... “We are working on it, the work is effective, but I must say that as at today there is no effective vaccine from Ebola, but we hope that there will be a breakthrough,” Popova said. According to Popova, the next stage will be clinical trials. “Even if it will be effective for primates, it does not prove that if will be as effective and safe for humans,” Popova explained.

U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades
Washington Post - The U.S. military sent about 3,000 troops to West Africa to build centers like this one in recent months. They were intended as a crucial safeguard against an epidemic that flared in unpredictable, deadly waves. But as the outbreak fades in Liberia, it has become clear that the disease had already drastically subsided before the first American centers were completed. Several of the U.S.-built units haven’t seen a single patient infected with Ebola.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Obama’s State of the Union guests include illegal immigrant, gun violence victim, Ebola doctor
Washington Times - President Obama’s list this year includes a doctor working to stop the spread of Ebola, union workers benefiting from a stronger economy, a victim of gun violence, a government worker freed in a prisoner exchange as part of the outreach to Cuba, and an illegal immigrant who has remained in the country under Mr. Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty.

Virginia’s New Anti-NDAA Detention Bill Turns the Table on Feds
The 10th Amendment Center - A Georgia house bill would take the first step in getting the Peach State out of the indefinite detention business. House Bill 74 (HB74) was introduced on Jan. 15.... It would prohibit any state agency in Georgia from cooperating with the U.S. armed forces if they attempt to indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen without due process.

Jury selection starts for James Holmes trial over Colorado cinema massacre
The Telegraph - Jury selection begins on Tuesday with potential jurors arriving in groups at the Arapahoe County courthouse in Colorado. They will be given a brief introduction by Judge Carlos Samour on what being on the jury will entail. They will fill out a questionnaire and then go home, How many potential jurors are there? 9,000. It is thought to be the largest jury pool ever called in US legal history.

Anti-Establishment Movie Director Found Dead
Adan Salazar - An independent filmmaker and his family were found dead in a Minnesota home over the weekend from what media outlets are describing as an “apparent murder suicide.” On Saturday, a neighbor alerted authorities after seeing the lifeless bodies of 29-year-old writer, film producer and Army veteran David Crowley, his wife Komel, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani, laying inside their Apple Valley home.

More fallout from Eric Holder’s changes to civil asset forfeiture law
Washington Post - Since the announcement, at least one police official is expressing his outrage — a pretty good indication that the policy will have a significant effect. Douglas County [Neb.] Sheriff Tim Dunning said Friday that he fears Holder’s directive will lead to fewer forfeitures and fewer federal drug prosecutions, and to drug traffickers doing less time in state prison than they would in federal facilities. “This benefits nobody but drug dealers,” Dunning said. “Federal law is a tremendously bigger hammer. I don’t see what hammer we are going to have over these people now.”

Economy & Business

H&R Block: ‘No One Can Understand’ New Obamacare Tax Code
Daily Caller - H&R Block, the nation’s largest retail tax preparation company warns that the newly released Obamacare tax code, officially called the Affordable Care Act, is likely to confuse millions of taxpayers who try to tackle their tax returns for 2014. “Now that the Affordable Care Act has made health care a tax issue, no one can understand it,” H&R Block flatly tells taxpayers in a video that resides on its dedicated Obamacare web site.

50,000 Wall Street jobs cut
NY Post - In a wild swing of the ax that has shocked many pundits, Wall Street’s biggest banks have slashed nearly 50,000 jobs, and bonuses and expense money are being cut as profit opportunities dry up. And there’s no easy way out, analysts say, because the Fed’s quantitative easing that once rescued the financial system with trillions of cheap dollars is — at least for now — history.

Energy & Environment

Breached pipeline spills up to 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River
RT - A breached oil pipeline in Montana has spilled as many as 50,000 gallons of crude oil in and around the Yellowstone River, according to the state. Bridger Pipeline LLC has yet to determine the cause, but has claimed the public is in no immediate danger.

'Strong correlation’ between quakes and fracking in Kansas – official
RT - Geologists in the state of Kansas now say that a recent string of mysterious earthquakes may have been caused by pumping chemicals into the ground as part of the controversial gas and oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Science & Technology

Apple iCloud Biometric Patent Application
Business Insider - The application relates to "finger biometric sensor data synchronisation via a cloud computing device and related methods," with one potential implementation being to authorise a "financial transaction." Simply put, this means Apple is considering using its cloud hosting service iCloud to store customers' fingerprints, so they can be synced to other devices when required — such as to pay for a purchase.

Study: Facebook ‘Likes’ Reveal Your Real Personality
Korea Times - The Facebook pages you "like" can give a more accurate analysis of your personality than the people closest to you, a study shows. In a study at Cambridge University's Psychometrics Centre, 86,220 Facebook users completed a 100-item personality questionnaire that provided scores for traits including openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.

Find out what Facebook knows about you
gHacks Tech News - Most Facebook users know that Facebook knows a lot about them but most do not know what this includes. Some information are obvious; … Others, like interests, IP addresses, facial recognition data or photo metadata may not be as obvious or not accessible on the site at all. If you want to find out what Facebook knows about you, you can request a copy of your data from Facebook to analyze it on your local computer. While that does not include everything, it includes a lot that you may find interesting.

Accelerating Medical Development: You On-a-Chip
Tech Swarm - Geraldine Hamilton, a PhD in cell biology/toxicology, presented before an audience what Harvard's Wyss Institute calls an "organ on a chip." The chip contains a collection of human cells making up a small microcosm of any number of human organs. The chip Hamilton presented before the audience in particular contained cells from a human lung. Together the cells exhibit many behaviors and characteristics they would normally have as part of an entire lung within the human body.

Survey says security products waste our time
Ars Technica - For anyone who has freaked out when an antivirus alert popped up on their screen and spent time researching it only to find out it was a false alarm, a recent survey will hit home. A survey of information-technology professionals published on Friday found that the average large organization has to sift through nearly 17,000 malware alerts each week to find the 19 percent that are considered reliable.


Long-term food storage made easy
(NaturalNews) Now more than ever, people need to take control of their own security. From food to finances, he's shown that if we are to flourish as a society, we need to take steps to ensure that we're free from the likes of police state eyes, crumbling economic systems and greedy medical practices. Food security in particular is a serious concern.


Cancer develops from fungal infections, like Candida
(NaturalNews) These infections can be brought on by many different factors that alter the optimal state of our intestinal ecology, most notably antibiotics, birth control pills, excessive processed sugar and grain consumption, heavy metal contamination, xenoestrogens, alcohol, smoking, and chronic stress. These factors, in combination with diets severely deficient in active enzymes and probiotics, have paved the way for the most prevalent fungal infection to take over, Candida albicans.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing epidemic of infant deaths in India may spread globally
(NaturalNews) An antibiotic-resistant "superbug" epidemic which is killing thousands of newborns in India may prove to have a global impact. India's infant mortality rate is staggering, accounting for nearly a third of the yearly world total.... The occurrence of bacterial infection in India is among the highest in the world, and Indians take more antibiotics per capita than anyone else. Antibiotics are freely sold over the counter in India, and despite efforts to curb their overuse, experts concede that a large percentage of bacterial strains in the country are now resistant to nearly all drugs.

Research indicates that nutritional pH balance is key to health
(NaturalNews) Most people in our society carry an excess of acidic wastes. This creates a significant burden in the body. The blood stream must be at a 7.365 pH level, if it rises or falls one tenth of a pH unit it creates an extreme emergency. If blood pH moves two tenths either way, it's lethal. Research indicates that nutritional pH balance is key for good health.

Tomato Juice Reduces Inflammation
Health Impact News - A daily glass of tomato juice is known to significantly lower cardiovascular disease, cancer and even osteoporosis. A new study from Taiwan is now showing that it also has a direct effect on waist circumference, cholesterol, and markers of inflammation in women.... Tomato Juice contains phytonutrients including lycopene, beta-carotene, Vitamin E and more. In addition to reducing inflammation, regular consumption of Tomato Juice has been linked to helping to lower blood pressure, and it may even bolster immune function.

Studies show that olive oil benefits our heart and mind
(NaturalNews) Olive oil, which is obtained by pressing the fruits of the olive tree, is considered to be one of the most nutritious oils in the world. According to Hippocrates, it could heal a large number of serious ailments, including mental illness.

The Secret to Immunity
Eldon Dahl - With all the hype over vaccinations, the question of what constitutes a strong immune system is a major topic--especially during cold and flu season. What makes a strong immune system? Can an immune system be so strong that vaccinations are not needed? We would answer yes. However, the health of one's immune system hinges on one main factor: antibodies.... Because antibodies are so important--and so specialized--it is important to make sure all your antibodies have the tools they need to operate effectively. And using natural medicine products can give your immune system the proper tools to fight infection...

Yogurt's Health Damaging Ingredients
Green Med Info - Yoplait Cherry Cheesecake Mousse Yogurt, Yoplait Thick & Creamy Cinnamon Roll Yogurt, Yoplait Red Velvet Cupcake Yogurt, Great Value Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt, Dannon Toasted Coconut Vanilla Yogurt. Don't kid yourself. This is NOT healthy yogurt. This is artificially flavored dessert. Many brands of yogurt in the grocery store are using highly processed ingredients...

New Study: Monsanto’s Herbicide Chemical Damages DNA
Natural Society - A new peer-reviewed study has found that soybean workers exposed to the herbicide chemical glyphosate suffer from DNA damage and elevated cell death.... It isn’t just farm workers that need to be concerned, though. Research in the German journal Ithaca stumbled upon significant concentrations of glyphosate in the urine samples of city dwellers. Many of the participants in this study showed glyphosate levels in their blood and urine that were up to 20 times the allowable levels in drinking water.

Don’t Worry: USDA Says Pesticide-Laden Food is Safe to Eat
Natural Society - The USDA recently claimed that current pesticides levels on food are safe, and that we should continue eating food coated with toxic chemicals.

Monday - January 19, 2015 - Today in History: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

1764 - John Wilkes was expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.
1793 - King Louis XVI was tried by the French Convention, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.
1861 - Georgia seceded from the Union.
1937 - Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record. He flew from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
1942 - The Japanese invaded Burma (later Myanmar).
1944 - The U.S. federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after the settlement of a wage dispute.
1949 - The salary of the President of the United States went from $75,000 to $100,000 with an additional $50,000 expense allowance for each year in office.
1955 - U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.
1977 - U.S. President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino (the "Tokyo Rose").
1979 - Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
1981 - The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months and for arrangements to unfreeze Iranian assets and to resolve all claims against Iran.
1996 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. The investigation was concerning the discovery of billing records related to the Whitewater real estate investment venture.
1997 - Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years. He joined 60,000 Palestinians in celebration over the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.
2001 - Texas officials demoted a warden and suspended three other prison workers in the wake of the escape of the "Texas 7."
2006 - An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
2010 - In a major upset, Republican Scott Brown captured the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal champion Edward Kennedy for nearly half a century as he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election.

World News

Hezbollah Declares Full Alert Following Israeli Airstrike In Syria
IB Times - Hezbollah declared a full alert Sunday after an Israeli airstrike in the Syrian section of the Golan Heights that left as many as seven dead, including an Iranian field commander. Although Israeli officials declined to acknowledge the military action, its defense ministry said if top Hezbollah officials were killed, one has to wonder what they were doing there.

One Million Muslims to Protest Against Charlie Hebdo Cartoons
Kurt Nimmo - Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Muslim organization in Pakistan and arguably the most influential in the South Asian sub-continent, will rally a million Muslims on Friday to protest Charlie Hebdo and its satirical take on Islam. Protests against the latest round of cartoons following a deadly attack on the Paris office of the magazine last week resulted in four deaths in Niger on Friday.

US Reportedly Hacked N Korean Computer Networks Before Cyberattack on Sony
Sputnik News - The US National Security Agency has enjoyed secret and almost unrestricted access to North Korean computer networks since 2010, but still failed to warn Sony Pictures before a major cyberattack, according to a New York Times report.

50 terabytes! Snowden leak reveals massive size of F-35 blueprints hack by China
RT - The reported theft by Chinese hackers of blueprints for the US’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter amounted to 50 terabytes of classified information, documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed. The hackers are believed by many US officials to be affiliated with the Chinese government. The humiliating 2007 incident saved China “25 years of research and development,” according to a US military official cited by The Washington Post in a 2013 article covering the breach.

Stock Market Crash in China Biggest Since 2009, Rest of World Set to Rally
Sputnik News - Beijing’s attempts to crackdown on speculative trading in the overheated mainland stock markets have triggered a sell-off, panic among investors and ultimately, a stock exchange crash today, triggering significant spillovers for the global economy.

Near Billion Dollar Loss After Swiss Bank Change in Policy Blows Up Hedge Fund
EPJ - Everest Capital's Global Fund has lost almost all its money after the Swiss National Bank scrapped its three-year-old cap on the franc against the euro, Bloomberg news reports. The fund, like many others, had a major "carry trade" position on that worked only if the Swiss central bank continued to prop up the euro. When SNB pulled the plug on support, carry traders experienced massive losses.

Ukraine's Poroshenko Rejects Putin's "Peace Plan"; Massive Shelling Ensues
Zero Hedge - Ukrainian troops have launched a massive assault on militia-held areas, according to RT. This comes on the heels of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko rejecting a peace plan proposed to him last week by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. As Reuters reports, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday evening, according to Russian media, that the plan, contained in a letter sent by Putin on Thursday evening, proposed a ceasefire by both government forces and separatist militiamen in southeastern Ukraine, as well as the withdrawal of heavy artillery by both sides.

Report: “Russian Invasion Survival Manual” To Be Issued To Citizens In European Union
Mac Slavo - While most Americans discount the possibility of a major conflict with Russia, Europeans who have seen two great wars in the last century know better. The country of Lithuania, much like its neighbors, is preparing for a full-out invasion by Russian forces and their government is issuing a survival manual to its citizens. Though the complete details have yet to be released, the manual, among other things, advises citizens to “keep a sound mind, don’t panic and don’t lose clear thinking.”

Pentagon: 1,000 Troops to Train 'Moderate' Syrian Rebel Force
Jason Ditz - Officials say the program is going to involve around 1,000 troops, split between Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar. 400 troops are said to be heading for Qatar to begin the training. Though it was initially believed the training would center around existing pro-US factions in the rebellion, the Pentagon has since revealed they intend to form an entirely new faction.

VIDEO: John Cantlie and the ISIS Psyop - Start New 24/7 News Channel
Activist Post - The latest development in the ongoing ISIS psyop is that their supposed British hostage John CantLIE is heading up a 24/7 news organization for the terrorist group. Seriously, our reality is made for TV by the rulers. Peace needs you to wake up.

Israel lobbies against ICC as Gaza war crimes inquiry opens
RT - Israeli politicians are calling on the 122 member states of the International Criminal Court to cut its funding in response to the beginning of its inquiry into possible war crimes in Gaza last year.

Switzerland May Be Preparing for the End of the Euro
Breitbart - Waking up to find that the local Swiss ATM will not dispense Euros may be viewed as a short-term inconvenience to the average man on the street, but learning that depositing your money in a Swiss bond with maturities of less than 7 years will cost you money, is catastrophic. It is worth repeating, if you lend or deposit your money with the Swiss, they are going to charge you, not pay you.

‘We are fed up!’: Thousands march against TTIP & GMOs in Berlin (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT - A broad alliance of farmers, ethical consumers, and anti-capitalist activists staged a march through Berlin that numbered up to 50,000, to denounce the proposed TTIP treaty between the US and EU, and mass farming technologies. More than 120 organizations joined the fifth annual ‘We are Fed Up!’ demonstration, which this year focused on the increased importation of American farming practices – such as genetic modification, frequent antibiotic injections for animals, and chemical meat treatments – following the implementation of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Ebola news

UN: At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain, but new cases falling
Yahoo News - At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the U.N.'s Ebola chief said Thursday. The latest report from the World Health Organization showing reductions in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "is very good news," Dr. David Nabarro said in an interview with The Associated Press.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

COINTELPRO Revisited - Spying & Disruption
Following are transcripts of official FBI COINTELPRO documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The March 4, 1968 communique was
sent out by J. Edgar Hoover himself just one month before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
* Related: Martin Luther King, JR and The Global Freedom Struggle

NYC hired Rikers officers with gang ties, psychological issues – report
RT - A report into the recruiting and hiring practices of the New York Correction Department found that more than one-third of the people hired had problems – criminal histories, mental issues – that should have disqualified them from the job. Conducted by New York City’s Department of Investigation (DOI), the review is the latest in a number of critical revelations about city jails including death, brutality, and drug smuggling.

‘Blue Lives Matter:’ Demonstrators march in ‘Sea of Blue’ rally to support police
DailyMail - Hundreds marched to the U.S. capitol Saturday in a rally to support law enforcement at a time when tensions between the public and police nationwide are running high. Demonstrators marched in the 'Sea of Blue' rally carrying signs that said 'Blue Lives Matter,' 'I support my man in blue,' 'Breathe Easy; Don't Break The Law,' and many others.

Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police
Washington Post - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges.... Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing.

The Mysterious Sponsor Behind The Ferguson Protests And Media Campaign: George Soros
Zero Hedge - In an apparent effort to ”keep the media’s attention on the city and to widen the scope of the incident to focus on interrelated causes — not just the overpolicing and racial discrimination narratives that were highlighted by the news media in August,” liberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organizations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint.

Connecticut becomes first state to require that “every time police fire a Taser, they’ll have to file a ‘use of force report.'”
Liberty Crier - The reform is the first of its kind in the nation, and it works like this: every time police fire a Taser, they’ll have to file a “use of force report.” “It’s a very thorough report,” said David McGuire with the ACLU of Connecticut. “It goes through the person’s race, their age, their height, their weight; how the Taser was used; what mode it was used in; how many times it was fired; whether the person had an injury; whether medical assistance was provided.”

VIDEO: Prison State America: Inmates becoming corporate slaves in for-profit facilities
Ben Swann on RT - For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Inmates work eight hours per day for major corporations such as Chevron, Motorola, Nordstrom’s and Target, yet only have the possibility of making up $1.25 an hour. In addition, companies that provide services like phone calls overcharge prisoners on even the most basic services, making hundreds of millions in profits annually. RT’s Ben Swann speaks to Hedges, who explains how this shadowy system came into existence.
* Related: The War on Drugs and Prison Industrial Complex Explained in Pictures: 7 Infographics

12 Mainstream Corporations Benefiting from the Prison Industrial Complex
Ricky Riley - Here are some of the biggest corporations to use such practices, but there are hundreds more...

Economy & Business

Obama to call for new tax increases in State of the Union address
Fox News - President Obama plans to call for billions in tax increases on top earners – including a hike in investment tax rates — in order to fund new tax credits and other measures the White House claims will help the middle class. The president’s proposals, which also include eliminating a tax break on inheritances, are likely to be cheered by the Democratic Party’s liberal base when they are announced Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. However, the tax increases are all but certain to be non-starters with the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill.

"De-Dollarization" Deepens: Russia Buys Most Gold In Six Months, Continues Selling US Treasuries
Zero Hedge - The rumors of Russia selling its gold reserves, it is now clear, were greatly exaggerated as not only did Putin not sell, Russian gold reserves rose by their largest amount in six months in December to just over $46 billion (near the highest since April 2013)… On the other hand, there is another trend that continues for the Russians - that of reducing their exposure to US Treasury debt. For the 20th month in a row, Russia's holdings of US Treasury debt fell year-over-year - selling into the strength.

Remember Facta? Now meet the IRS database to manage everyone’s bank accounts
Secrets of the Fed - Jan. 13, the next phase of FACTA came online as the IRS announced the initiation of a database to monitor in real time customer accounts of sovereign and foreign banks. Known as the International Data Exchange Service, this colossal repository will now treat anyone with a bank account as a suspect and person of interest, and assume guilt no matter if any financial crime or evidence of tax evasion has occurred.

27 Facts That Show How The Middle Class Has Fared Under 6 Years Of Barack Obama
Economic Collapse - During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, Barack Obama is going to promise to make life better for middle class families. Of course he has also promised to do this during all of his other State of the Union addresses, but apparently he still believes that there are people out there that are buying what he is selling.

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty
Washington Post - The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation’s public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been gaining attention among educators, public officials and researchers.

Energy & Environment

What’s to Blame for Our Dying Planet?
Activist Post - [...] according to a news release from UC Davis Health System, “Lung doctors expect respiratory diseases will worsen with global climate change.” However, medical doctors, others who ought to be concerned, and the U.S. CDC/FDA seemingly aren’t doing anything to stop the aerial spraying that now saturates U.S. skies, but also encircles the globe! Why? However, as of January 21, 2015, a new chemtrail ‘recipe’ that’s part of the U.S. Air Force’s Project Indigo Skyfold, supposedly includes radioactive materials, which should make chemtrails invisible! What will PIS do to human lungs, eyes, and health in general?

BP avoids maximum punishment, faces $13.7bn fine over Gulf oil spill
RT - UK oil giant BP faces a maximum $13.7 billion in penalties from the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, which many claim to be the worst environmental disaster in US history. The fine is much less than the $18 billion feared.

EPA’s Ban On Wood Burning Stoves Just Days From Taking Effect
Off the Grid News - The Environmental Protection Agency is set to finalize a set of regulations in February that critics say will effectively ban production of 80 percent of the wood- and pellet-burning stoves in America.

First wood-burning ban hearing draws angry crowd in Tooele County
Desert News - The first of seven public hearings to measure the appetite for a seasonal, residential wood-burning ban was attended by close to 200 people in Tooele County clearly fired up over any effort by the state to "regulate" their lives.

Science & Technology

Snowden documents show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars
Spiegel International - According to top secret documents from the archive of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seen exclusively by SPIEGEL, they are planning for wars of the future in which the Internet will play a critical role, with the aim of being able to use the net to paralyze computer networks and, by doing so, potentially all the infrastructure they control, including power and water supplies, factories, airports or the flow of money.


Magnesium: An Invisible Deficiency That Could Be Harming Your Health
Dr. Mercola - Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys.1 If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame.

Fructose causes reproductive problems, earlier death, study shows
(NaturalNews) When fructose is discussed, it's usually not just about normal natural sugars in fruits like apples, pears and watermelons. It's usually about high-fructose corns syrup (HFCS).

Vitamin C - Fruits and Vegetables with the highest concentrations (recipe)
NaturalNews) We've all had it drilled into us: citrus fruits are the source for vitamin C. But citrus fruits aren't the only source. They aren't even the best source! The amount of vitamin C in one serving of papaya, strawberries, pineapple, bell pepper, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts exceeds the amount of vitamin C in a medium orange.

88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it
Washington Post - For the last two years, [Dr.] Landrum has been working without an office, but he’s happy to meet his patients wherever they are. Sometimes, the meetings occur in a home; sometimes they take place in a parking lot. Other patients meet the doctor on the side of a quiet country road — or inside his 2007 Toyota Camry. The location doesn’t matter because Landrum, a World War II veteran who has been in private practice for more than 55 years, believes it’s his duty to help anyone who calls on him. Related video.

FDA Attacks Man for Selling Supplement that has Healed Tens of Thousands - Facing 37 Years in Prison
Health Impact News - For almost 5 years, the FDA has been attacking Daniel Smith of Spokane Washington for selling a mineral supplement that purifies water and has been used in places like Africa by the Red Cross to prevent Malaria. The product is called MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution), and the active ingredient is sodium chlorite, a common mineral that is even used in some municipalities in the U.S. to purify water instead of chlorine.

Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had Unapproved Mineral Supplement
Health Impact News - Relatives of the Stanley family in Garland County Arkansas have reached out to to notify the public that the 7 homeschool children of Hal and Michelle Stanley were removed during the night by DHS and fully armed sheriffs this past week, simply because they reportedly found a supplement in the home that was not approved by the FDA.

How Heavy Metals Are Promoting Aging
April McCarthy - It's been known for decades that some metals, including iron, accumulate in human tissues during aging and that toxic levels of iron have been linked to neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson's. The fact is that all metals are toxic and the aging and diseases processes run wild without special transport and handling mechanisms to keep them from harming us. This applies just as much as essential minerals, like iron, zinc and chromium, as it does to non-essential metals and metalloids, like cadmium and arsenical compounds.

4 Tips for Making the Ultimate Healthy Salad
Natural Society - Whether they’re made at home or bought from a salad bar, raw vegetable salads are a big favorite of health-conscious people looking for maximum nutrition. But all raw salads are not created equal. What you choose to include can make the difference between a nutritional powerhouse and a salad that’s just ordinary.

Coconut-Rich Snack Recipe Roundup
Health Impact News - Snacks get a bad rap. Eating a little something between meals to tide you over to the next has been practiced for generations. Filling the time and hunger gaps when food took time to prepare was a way to not only buy the cook some time but also fill in when family members labored in the field or away from the kitchen where food was handy.

Pet News

A Veterinarian Takes a Stand Against a Common Pet Food Supplement
Susan Thixton - Michigan veterinarian speaks out against copper sulfate – a commonly used pet food supplement. When his own dog got sick and ultimately died, he connected the dots back to copper sulfate. Dr. Phillip VanVranken’s dog was diagnosed with liver disease. A biopsy showed the dogs liver contained more than 2,000 parts per million of copper. “It should have been under 300,” he said. “Actually, it should have been between 50 and 60.” It was too late for Dr. Phillip’s dog, but this brave veterinarian is not letting this dangerous pet food supplement quietly go unnoticed.


Friday - January 16, 2015 - Today in History:

1809 - The British defeated the French at the Battle of Corunna, in the Peninsular War.
1883 - The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect.
1900 - The U.S. Senate consented to the Anglo-German treaty of 1899, by which the U.K. renounced rights to the Samoan islands.
1919 - The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages, was ratified. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
1920 - Prohibition went into effect in the U.S.
1944 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London...
1991 - The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm. The operation was designed to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
1992 - Officials of the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war. At least 75,000 people were killed during the fighting.
1998 - It was announced that Texas would receive $15.3 billion in a tobacco industry settlement. The payouts were planned to take place over 25 years.
1998 - Three federal judges secretly granted Kenneth Starr authority to probe whether U.S. President Clinton or Vernon Jordan urged Monica Lewinsky to lie about her relationship with Clinton.
2002 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that John Walker Lindh would be brought to the United States to face trial. He was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorist organizations, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban of Afghanistan.
2002 - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted sanctions against Osama bin Laden, his terror network and the remnants of the Taliban. The sanctions required that all nations impose arms embargoes and freeze their finances.
2007 - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House.

World News

Let Jews carry guns for self-protection, leading rabbi urges EU
RT - The biggest Jewish association in the EU has called on lawmakers in Brussels to let Jewish people carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities” in the aftermath of Paris shootings.

Germany arrests suspected ISIS fighter amid investigation into wider group
RT - Authorities in Lower Saxony have confirmed the arrest of a suspected jihadist militant. According to reports, the suspect could be part of a wider cell of Islamic State sympathizers allegedly planning attacks in Germany.

Gunman armed with Kalashnikov takes hostages at post office near Paris
RT - Several people have been taken hostage by an unknown gunman at a post office in Colombes, a northwest suburb of Paris, French media reported.

Saudi Arabia Building 600-Mile-Long Wall Along Iraqi Border
Sputnik - The Saudi Kingdom hopes a planned 600-mile-long wall separating it from Iraq will protect it from ongoing turmoil triggered by the Islamic State’s advance in the region. “Like the Great Wall of China, built in 220-206 BC, Saudi Arabia’s wall is meant to contain foreign invaders, and a similar, if less costly, barrier in under construction along Saudi Arabia’s 1,000-mile southern border with Yemen,” United Press International reported.

EU Parliament wants to keep Russia sanctions, set ‘benchmarks’ for lifting them
RT - The EU Parliament has called for keeping sanctions against Russia in place, urging the EU to set certain “benchmarks” for lifting them, even as top European officials – including the EU's foreign policy chief – seek to restore cooperation with Moscow.

‘Least visited crash site in the world’: More blame than answers 6 mo after MH17 tragedy
RT - Almost half a year since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down above war-torn eastern Ukraine, speculations in international media are only adding fuel to the blame game. RT's documentary team traveled to Australia and Europe to get some answers.

Another Turkish Shocker: "Netanyahu And The French Terrorists Are The Same", PM Says
Zero Hedge - Just two day after the Turkish President Erdogan's stunning outburst that "the culprits are clear: French citizens undertook this massacre and Muslims were blamed for it," and blamed Mossad for masterminding it, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu of committing "crimes against humanity" comparable to those of the Islamist gunmen behind the Paris attacks that left 17 dead.

EU anti-terror alert: 2 suspects killed, 1 captured in Belgium raid
RT - Belgian police have killed two suspects and arrested a third in a raid on a terror cell in Verviers. They were allegedly planning a serious and “imminent” attack. The anti-terror operation is ongoing as Europe is on high alert following attacks in France.

A PATRIOT ACT in Europe? “France just passed new regulations in November, now more will be necessary”
Mac Slavo - Jillian York, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, commented: “Nearly every major terrorist attack in the past couple of decades has been followed by new legislation of some kind. France just pushed through new anti-terror regulations in November, and the [prime minister] is already saying that more will be necessary. Where does it stop? These politicians haven’t demonstrated the need for more surveillance, yet it’s always their go-to ‘solution.’”

US increases Ukraine support to $2bn
RT - The US Treasury has pledged an additional $1 billion in loan guarantee to Kiev bringing its total support to $2 billion, on condition Ukraine sticks to its reform agenda. The move follows the EU’s offer of another $2.1 billion to Kiev last week. The US first extended a helping hand to Ukraine in May 2014, when it authorized $1 billion in loan guarantees, as well as $340 million in loan assistance. This money is due to arrive in the first sixth months of 2015. The new guarantee of $1 billion will be dispersed by the end of the year.

Gazans freeze amid rubble as post-war reconstruction stalls, int’l aid runs out
RT - Many thousands of Gazans face a freezing winter living in tents pitched amid the rubble of their ruined homes – as the UN is urging half a billion dollars in emergency aid for shelter to the war-battered region. More than four months after the 50-day summer war with Israel, 17,000 Gazans still remain displaced, having to live in temporary shelters. A total of 120,000 homes are estimated to have been destroyed in the Israeli air strikes that claimed 2,000 Palestinian lives.

UN calls on Israel to ‘immediately’ resume tax revenue transfer to Palestinians
RT - The United Nations has called on Israel to resume the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, which it withheld in retaliation following Palestinian efforts to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

U.S. Bombing in Syria Kills Dozens Imprisoned by ISIS for Violating Sharia Law
AllGov - Reports revealed a death toll ranging between 55 and 61 civilian prisoners inside the building that was demolished by American missiles. Between 13 and 25 ISIS guards also died in the attack. If those numbers are accurate, it would represent the worst case of civilian deaths caused by the U.S. bombing of Syria. Many of the prisoners were jailed for minor infractions of Islamic Law, “such as smoking, wearing jeans or appearing too late for the afternoon prayer."

The Greek Bank Runs Have Begun: Two Greek Banks Request Emergency Liquidity Assistance
Zero Hedge - "In a move described as the "last stand for Greek banks", the embattled country's central bank activated Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) for the first time on Wednesday night."

What In The World Just Happened In Switzerland?
Economic Collapse - Central banks lie. That is what they do. Not too long ago, the Swiss National Bank promised that it would defend the euro/Swiss franc currency peg with the “utmost determination”. But on Thursday, the central bank shocked the financial world by abruptly abandoning it.

World’s Largest Oil Service Company Cuts 9,000 Jobs on Low Oil Prices
Sputnik News - Representative from the Schlumberger oil service company said it is to cut 9,000 jobs in response to lower oil prices and a reduction in anticipated exploration and production by oil companies.

Huge radiation spike detected at Fukushima plant
ENENews - Multiple records set near workers trying to stop nuclear waste flowing into ocean — Cesium up 7,500% this week

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Former Marine and Guantanamo Guard Claims the CIA Murdered Detainees
Daily Sheeple - He was on duty at Camp Delta on June 9,2006 and saw a high-security vehicle arrive three times. On each occasion, it left containing a prisoner, turning left onto a road that lead to only two places, the beach or the CIA holding center.

From Neighborhood Cops to Robocops: The Changing Face of American Police
The Rutherford Institute - If 2014 was the year of militarized police, armored tanks, and stop-and-frisk searches, 2015 may well be the year of technologized police, surveillance blimps and scan-and-frisk searches. Just as we witnessed neighborhood cops being transformed into soldier cops, we’re about to see them shapeshift once again, this time into robocops, complete with robotic exoskeletons, super-vision contact lenses, computer-linked visors, and mind-reading helmets.

A new bill could mark the beginning of the end of the Common Core
Washington Post - Only a handful of states have refused to adopt the Core or have abandoned it, despite widespread frustration with the standards among conservatives and educators. That could change with legislation released Tuesday by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the new chairman of the Senate's education committee. In a rebuke to the administration, Alexander's bill implies that Obama's Education Department has overstepped its authority and gives states more freedom to choose their own academic standards, among other things.

CIA leak trial: 90+ people reportedly knew of secret mission against Iran
RT - More than 90 people in the government knew about a covert CIA mission aimed at slowing down Iran’s nuclear program, an agency manager said in a federal court. The plan was eventually leaked to the media. The manager’s testimony was delivered on Thursday, according to the Associated Press, in a trial that centers on government allegations that former CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling, 47, was responsible for delivering information about the covert mission to the press.

Surprise! CIA investigates itself and finds it did nothing wrong by spying on the Senate
Poor Richard's News - The CIA investigated the CIA and determined that the CIA did nothing wrong. Got it? Now, stop asking questions… from Washington Post: An internal CIA panel concluded in a report released Wednesday that agency employees should not be punished for their roles in secretly searching computers used by Senate investigators, a move that was denounced by lawmakers last year as an assault on congressional oversight and a potential breach of the Constitution....

What Are the Odds? Guy Caught Plotting Violent Jihad Against Capitol as Republicans Holding Out on DHS Funding Bill
Daily Sheeple - Right on time like clockwork the FBI has stopped a violent jihad plan to blow up the Capitol building and kill members of Congress while the Republicans are holding out on funding Homeland Security because of Obama’s executive amnesty… Superb timing, no?

McConnell: Senate Will 'Try to Pass' House Immigration Bill
National Journal - After hearing a week's worth of complaints from his conservative members, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the Senate will attempt to approve a House-passed bill that guts President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

SC Representative Proposes High School Second Amendment Curriculum
Breitbart - South Carolina state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107) is proposing the "Second Amendment Act of 2015," an act which would create a three-week course on the Second Amendment for high school students and would designate December 15 as "Second Amendment Awareness Day."

Arizona passes law requiring students to pass civics test
(AP) - Arizona on Thursday became the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring high school students to pass a civics exam before graduation. The swift action by the Arizona Legislature comes as states around the country take up similar measures. The proposal requires high school students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship test.

Maryland Family Dealing With Child Protective Services After Children Walk Home
Breitbart - A Maryland family faces a date with Montgomery County Child Protective Services next week, after the parents allowed their children to attempt to walk home from a park, one mile away. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they believe in “free-range parenting,” and encourage their children, a 10-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, to be independent. On Dec. 20, they sent the children home on their own. “We wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they were ready for it,” their mother says.

Economy & Business

Can The Fuse To Economic Collapse Be Much Longer?
The Daily Coin - Listen very, very carefully to the first two minutes of this video. This is from one of the top tier presstitute media. Ken is only allowed to say what his masters allow him to say. Don’t believe me? Read this, then watch this video. How much more gold has left for China to fill those “2,000 metric ton vaults being built all over China” since this was recorded? What actions have you taken to protect your family? If you haven’t started, think about what is actually happening.

Bank Of America Misses Revenue By $2 Billion As Trading Revenue Collapses; Fires Thousands
Zero Hedge - Following disappointing results from JPM and Wells Fargo yesterday, it was Bank of America's turn to "surprise" investors with its disclosure just how bad its quarter was. And with the bank reporting a 50% collapse in its sales and trading from Q3, down $600 million from a year ago to just $1.7 billion in Q4, it should come as no surprise that the bank just reported Net Income, before the usual spate of amusing addbacks, of $0.25 well below the $0.31 expected.

Science & Technology

White House says net neutrality legislation not needed
(Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them. Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC's upcoming new rules. The Obama administration's comments, while not entirely rebuffing the legislative effort, could make some Democrats wary of joining it.

Verizon Zombie Cookie: The Tracking Cookie That You Can’t Kill
ProPublica - An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the web surfing of Verizon customers. The company, called Turn, is taking advantage of a hidden undeletable number that Verizon uses to monitor customers’ habits on their smartphones and tablets. Turn uses the Verizon number to respawn tracking cookies that users have deleted.

Advertisers, Feds Want Data Automakers Collect From High-Tech Cars
Kit Daniels - Advertisers, tech companies and the government want the data automakers collect from their customer’s cars. very BMW rolling off the assembly line, for example, collects data on location, speed, acceleration and even the weight of the passengers in the car, and the data is so comprehensive, it could tell advertisers when a car carrying a child is passing by a McDonald’s and it could also tell the government when a driver is speeding.


Medical alert: Oral contraceptives cause cancer
(NaturalHealth365) Did you know that oral contraceptives were classified as carcinogenic? I knew there were many side effects from the birth control pill, but when I discovered that they were classified as a “group 1 carcinogen”, I was shocked. According to the World Health Organization, oral contraceptives fall into the group one carcinogen category, which means a ‘known and probable’ cancer-causing agent to human beings. Examples of group one carcinogens are tobacco, asbestos, plutonium, diesel exhaust and “the pill”.

Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain
Natural Blaze - Not only is Birch effective against common, everyday aches and pains, but it is superior if not outstanding in providing relief from arthritis joint pain and those deep, spasmodic cramps that only seem to visit in the dead of night.... What makes it special is that 100% pure Birch essential oil contains both salicylic acid and methyl salicylate. Both have a cortisone-like quality that reduces discomfort in the muscles, bones, and joints; and, in addition, are recognized as germicides and bactericides in the world of medicine.

EFT is an Effective Tool for Anxiety
Dr. Mercola - Energy psychology techniques, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), can be very effective for reducing anxiety by correcting the bioelectrical short-circuiting that causes your body’s reactions—without adverse effects. You can think of EFT as a tool for “reprogramming” your circuitry, and it works on both real and imagined stressors. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture for more than 5,000 years to treat physical and emotional ailments, but without the invasiveness of needles.

CDC Admits New Flu Shot Protects Less Than 1 in 4
Adan Salazar - As flu season kicks into high gear, the US’ foremost health authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is coming clean about the current flu vaccine’s lack of efficacy. A recent study released by the CDC regarding seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness found the chemical cocktail concocted to battle this year’s strain to be only 23 percent effective; in other words it will protect less than 1 in 4 people.

Blueberry Powder Outperforming Pharmaceuticals In Reducing Blood Pressure
Mae Chan - Blueberries have been championed for their high antioxidant potential and anti-inflammatory properties. They are recognized as a good source of flavonoids, especially anthocyanins, which have strong antioxidative activity, some of which have antioxidant activity shown in laboratory studies. New research shows they can reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and potentially better than pharmaceuticals.

Supercharge Your Workout with Beet Juice
Green Med Info - How would you like to be able to work out longer and use less effort to get the same benefits? Oh, and without resorting to Lance Armstrong's strategies? It's possible, according to research finding that juicing beets can enhance the performance of elite athletes. But even for those not planning to race in the Tour de France, researchers suggest that beet juice could also help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions enjoy more active lives.

This Is What Happens When You Massage This Point On The Ear
Natural Blaze - The ancient Chinese referred to this point as Shen Men or “The Gate of Heaven.” Shen Men is a anti-stress point that decreases stress, boosts energy flow, and strengthens the overall health of the body. This acupressure point also reduces inflammation and can relieve pain in almost every part of the body. Massaging the Shen Men point will relieve stress and is located in the centre of the upper third of the ear.

4 Of The Most Common Coughs And The Plants That Treat Them
John Summerly - As air quality levels continue to degrade between environmental pollution, chemical pollution and geoengineering--lung disease, infections and illness continue to rise. Herbal remedies not only boost lung health, but they can heal infections which cause the most common coughs.

Pet News

What Homeless Cats Need Most from You, Especially Now
Dr. Becker - Just because feral cats may scamper when you approach them doesn't mean they don't need or want your help and protection, especially when temperatures take a nose dive. Doing these two things will go a long way to help make life better for homeless cats.

Thursday - January 15, 2015 - Today in History:

1777 - The people of New Connecticut (now the state of Vermont) declared their independence.
1844 - The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
1863 - "The Boston Morning Journal" became the first paper in the U.S. to be published on wood pulp paper.
1906 - Willie Hoppe won the billiard championship of the world in Paris, France.
1913 - The first telephone line between Berlin and New York was inaugurated.
1943 - The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.
1953 - Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.
1955 - The first solar-heated, radiation-cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss in Tucson, AZ.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam. He cited progress in peace negotiations as the reason.
1986 - President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.
2004 - The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars.
2005 - A military court sentenced Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr. to 10 years for physically and sexually mistreating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.
2009 - US Airways Capt Chelsey Sullenberger guided a jetliner disabled by a bird strike just after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing in the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived.

World News

15 Signs The Charlie Hebdo Attack Was A False Flag
Brandon Turbeville - In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and as more and more information comes to light surrounding the details of the attacks as well as the connections between the perpetrators, groups, and NATO-based intelligence agencies, the suggestion that the attacks were, in reality, of the false flag nature, is being proven more and more valid by the hour.

Paris attacks brought European countries to account over policies – Assad
RT - Western states’ policies were responsible for the attacks by Paris gunmen last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad told a Czech newspaper, adding that countries should share intelligence concerning terrorism.

France is sending a nuclear aircraft carrier to the Middle East in the wake of a terror wave in Paris
Press TV - In a Wednesday speech onboard the warship off France’s southern coast, Hollande said that the situation in the French capital "justifies the presence of our aircraft carrier." He made the remarks among French military members aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, bound for the Middle East to join the US-led coalition forces allegedly fighting against the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar
Zero Hedge - As Bloomberg reports Russia "may unseal its $88 billion Reserve Fund and convert some of its foreign-currency holdings into rubles, the latest government effort to prop up an economy veering into its worst slump since 2009." "Together with the central bank, we are selling a part of our foreign-currency reserves,” Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in Moscow today. “We’ll get rubles and place them in deposits for banks, giving liquidity to the economy."

Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries
Zero Hedge - Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these "transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine," Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis "within hours." Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas.

Gazprom announces final nail in the South Stream coffin
RT - Europe will have to get gas via Turkey or Ukraine, there will be no direct transcontinental pipeline to Europe, Gazprom has confirmed. It is disappointing news for Bulgaria, which was hoping to get gas directly from Russia, and not via Ukraine.

U.S. Vows to Cut North Korea From Int’l Financial System
Korea Times - The United States will identify and impose sanctions on financial institutions doing business with North Korea so as to cut the communist nation off from the international financial system, a senior U.S. sanctions official said Tuesday.

EU to pick which GMO it grows after new bill passed overwhelmingly
RT - EU member states will now be able to decide for themselves whether to produce GM crops, according to a new law, which is already stoking controversy. They can now ban even the cultivation of crops approved by the European Food Safety Authority.

Ebola news

Ebola Death Toll Reaches 8,429: WHO
Sputnik News - According to the latest Ebola Situation report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the current Ebola outbreak has already claimed the lives of 8,429 people. Since the outbreak began in Guinea in late 2013, WHO estimates that the Ebola virus has been confirmed or suspected in a total of 21,296 cases.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Father of Man Arrested in Alleged ISIS Plot Says His Son Didn’t Have Money to Buy Weapons
Infowars - John Cornell said his son Christopher, who lived at home with his parents, did not have $1,900 to spend on two M-15 semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition. “I think Chris was coerced into a lot of this,” the elder Cornell said. “He very seldom left the house,” he said, adding that his son didn’t own a car. “There’s no way he could have carried out any kind of terrorist plot.”

CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran
david swanson - Since Tuesday and continuing for the coming three weeks, an amazing trial is happening in U.S. District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Va. The trial is open to the public, and among the upcoming witnesses is Condoleezza Rice, but -- unlike the Chelsea Manning trial -- most of the seats at this somewhat similar event are empty.

Houston police officers behind ticket-rigging scheme that caused allowed to quit or retire before they get fired
Blacklisted News - Chief McClelland put the three officers on desk duty in August. A fourth officer, Rudolph Farias, committed suicide when the scandal broke.... The alleged motivation for the ticket rigging scheme was to appear in court more often to collect more overtime. In September, the City Attorney's office dismissed more than 6,000 speeding tickets written by the officers.

Ohio Man Tells FBI Informant He Wanted to Launch Attack on U.S. Capitol
Kurt Nimmo - Christopher Lee Cornell, a 20-year old man from Green Township, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday after he told an FBI informant he wanted to target U.S. lawmakers. Lee, who also went by the name Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah on Twitter, claimed he was an active member of the Islamic State, according to the federal government. In October, the FBI arranged for an informant to contact Lee in Cincinnati and discuss plans for the attacks, said FBI Special Agent T.A. Staderman.

US Cuts Airport Security Budget Despite Anti-Terror Screening Enhancements
Sputnik News - The US House of Representatives passed a budget that would reduce the number of airport screeners, Congressman John Carter said on Wednesday, just days after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued orders to escalate random searches at airports in response to the Paris attacks.

Police Are Illegally Arresting Thousands of People For Not Repaying Payday Loans
Blacklisted News - Payday businesses unlawfully file over 1,500 criminal complaints against those who have borrowed from them, and police are complicit in these false reports and arrests. Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit organization that describes itself as “helping vulnerable Texans for the past 19 years” says that they have documented so many abuses by payday lenders and cops that they had no choice but to recently file a complaint with state and federal regulators of the payday loan industry.

DHS run police departments are using ‘ShotSpotter’ to spy on public conversations
Mass PrivateI - In one of Camden’s roughest neighborhoods the police don’t want to talk about specific locations, but the Shotspotter microphones are hidden in buildings and on roof tops throughout the streets. The technology costs between $60,000 and $100,000 a year per square mile. A MuckRock FOIA request revealed police departments are using USAI grants otherwise known as DHS grants across the country.

Police In Riot Gear Use Tear Gas, Pepper Spray On Crowds On Ohio State Campus
(CBS Cleveland/AP) - Fans took to the streets after Ohio State’s football championship early Tuesday, yelling and screaming in delight, setting nearly 90 fires and in the case of a few, tearing down an Ohio Stadium goal post. Police made a handful of arrests after using tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds of Ohio Statestudents and other fans following the Buckeyes’ win.

NYPD Chokehold Review Finds Weak Punishment for Offending Officers
Daily Sheeple - The new NYPD inspector general reviewed 10 cases from 2009 to 2014 in which officers used a chokehold – a banned tactic. In six of those cases in which the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) recommended a substantive penalty – such as suspension or termination – then-Commissioner Ray Kelly balked, opting for the officers to simply review the rules.

Teen In Police Custody Credited with Saving Cop’s Life
Adan Salazar - A Florida teen charged with violating probation ended up saving the life of his booking officer in an unusual, but heroic rescue attempt. Police in Fort Lauderdale are heralding teenager Jamal Rutledge as a hero for not letting Officer Franklin Foulks die, after he collapsed on the floor suffering from an apparent heart attack.

Election News

Rand Paul hires campaign manager for 2016
CBS News - This is Paul's second senior-level hire this week. Paul hired Republican strategist Chris LaCivita as a senior adviser, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. LaCivita, the Journal notes, has worked with both GOP establishment and tea party candidates and can help Paul navigate between the two interests.

Veteran News

US military suicide rate stable high for 5 years
RT - The number of suicides in the US military has remained constant after reaching record levels in 2009. In 2014 there were 288 suicides among active-duty personnel, less than 1 percent up from the 286 in 2013, preliminary Pentagon data shows.

Economy & Business

IRS cuts taxpayer services as filing returns gets harder
(AP) - The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families. Got a question for IRS? Good luck reaching someone by phone. The tax agency says only half of the 100 million people expected to call this year will be able to reach a person.

This Is Exactly How Markets Behave Right Before They Crash
Economic Collapse - When the stock market starts to behave like a roller coaster, that is a sign that a major move to the downside is right around the corner. As I have stated repeatedly, when the market is very calm it tends to go up. But when the waters start getting really choppy, that is a clear indication that stocks are about to plummet.

Gallup CEO Blasts US Leadership "The Economy Is Not Coming Back"
Zero Hedge - The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity as Gallup CEO Jim Clifton rages, for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births. Clifton explains, needs the stock market to boom, even if that boom is fueled by illusion. So both tell us, "The economy is coming back." Let's get one thing clear, he exclaims, "this economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses."

The US Economy Is So Bad... Even Lottery Sales Are Collapsing
Zero Hedge - For what appears to be the first time on record, Powerball Lottery Sales declined year-over-year. As the following slides show, lottery sales declined 19% in FY14 vs FY13 and even more stunningly reflective of a nation whose disposable income (and hope) is in such short supply, sales in the first half of FY15 are down 40% from the first of FY14. As LaFleurs concludes, this will make it very challenging for most Lotteries to manage their budgets...

Science & Technology

The New CISPA Bill Is Literally Exactly the Same as the Last One
GIZMODO - When word broke last week that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the twice-defeated bill known as CISPA, was being re-revived by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), it wasn't clear if the zombie legislation would be updated to address the myriad concerns with previous versions. We combed through the full text of the bill and, nope, it's exactly the same, word for word for overly broad data-scooping power-granting word.

VIDEO: Hacker Raided by Secret Service Now Makes Microsoft Spy Tools
Joe Biggs - A hacker once raided by the Secret Service is now making devices that will record what you type on Microsoft keyboards. The police state we live in is growing faster and we need to wake up to this and not be blinded by these tools that seem so neat and trendy.
* Related: USB wall charger secretly logs keystrokes...

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

How to can dry foods using your oven
(NaturalNews) Most people are aware of the common way of storing foods: placing edibles in sealed containers, then putting them aside for long-term preservation. Other storage methods also exist such as purchasing food-grade containers and lining them with Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers prior to filling them with several pounds of dried goods. But what about using the oven to can dry foods?


Susan G. Komen claims organic food is unsafe while pushing KFC chicken buckets and alcohol on women
(NaturalNews) On its website, Komen claims that consumption of organic food is "a controversial issue," as if clean food is some novel concept that only recently emerged as a hippie fad. The group warns that women shouldn't necessarily opt for organic food over conventional because "research is lacking in this area."

10 reasons to ditch the diet soda and artificially sweetened gum
(NaturalNews) First of all, artificial sweeteners are linked to diabetes, so let's not even go there. According to a new study, reaching for "fake" sugars means trading calories for type 2 diabetes -- no thanks! A better choice would be to eat organic honey and exercise, but doctors don't tell you that.

How Eating Certain Beans Cuts the Risk of These 5 Cancers
Natural Society - If you are worrying about cancer, including beans in meal planning could go a long way to ease your mind. Research has shown that beans and other legumes work in many ways to stop cancer while providing plenty of other health benefits.

You Won’t Believe How Much Pesticide You’re Eating Every Day
Natural Society - A recent study proves once again that the average consumer is ingesting tons of pesticide chemicals, largely due to the planting of GMO crops.... Whether one agrees if GM seed itself is safe, the use of systemic insecticides, which coat GMO corn and soy seeds and are incorporated and expressed inside the entire plant, has exploded in the last ten years. This includes...

How to Reduce Snoring, Sleep Apnea with This One Simple Juice
Natural Blaze - One of the things that contributes to snoring is excess mucous. If you can lessen the amount of mucous that builds up in the throat and nasal passengers, you will free up the airways which can reduce or maybe even prevent someone from snoring altogether. One of the simplest and also most pleasant ways to achieve this is by juicing and further below you’ll find a recipe you are recommended to try out on either yourself, or your partner (or both).

Wednesday - January 14, 2015 - Today in History:

1784 - The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
1878 - Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain's Queen Victoria.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.
1952 - NBC's "Today" show premiered.
1963 - George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed Kremlin accords to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
1998 - Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees.
1999 - The impeachment trial of U.S. President Clinton began in Washington, DC.
2000 - A U.N. tribunal sentenced five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 massacre of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.
2004 - In St. Louis, a Lewis and Clark Exhibition opened at the Missouri History Museum. The exhibit featured 500 rare and priceless objects used by the Corps of Discovery.
2005 - A probe, from the Cassini-Huygens mission, sent back pictures during and after landing on Saturn's moon Titan. The mission was launched on October 15, 1997.
2005 - A European space probe sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Saturn's moon, Titan.
2008 - Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana.

World News

‘Act of war’: New Charlie Hebdo edition triggers Muslims’ anger, threats
RT - A record 3 million copies of the new edition of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have appeared on French newsstands, with new caricatures triggering outrage among Muslims all over the world, and threats from radical Islamists.

Paris march: TV wide shots reveal a different perspective on world leaders at largest demonstration in France’s history
The Independent - The FT’s Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi commented: “Seems world leaders didn’t “lead” Charlie Hebdo marchers in Paris but conducted photo op on empty, guarded street.” Ian Bremmer, a US political scientist and founder of the Eurasia Group, said: “All those world leaders: Not exactly ‘at’ the Paris rallies.” Another US commentator, Gerry Hassan, called the leaders’ contribution “pseudo-solidarity”.

Hot Iceland: Spreading Holuhraun lava field bigger than Manhattan (VIDEO)
RT - Fire and ice have crashed together at the edge of the world for a stunning performance, captured by RT’s Ruptly agency. The Holuhraun lava field has spread across an area greater than the island of Manhattan in the largest eruption since the 18th century.

Turkish President's Stunning Outburst: The French Are Behind The Charlie Hebdo Massacre; Mossad Blamed
Zero Hedge - ...the former PM and current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of NATO-member Turkey did the unthinkable: accused the west, and French citizens in particular, of staging the Charlie Hebdo murder in order to blame Muslims, even as the mayor of Ankara said "Mossad is definitely behind such incidents?.?.?.?it is boosting enmity towards Islam."

New online video shows Charlie Hebdo attackers shooting at police
RT - Dramatic footage of the Charlie Hebdo terrorists has emerged online, showing the gunmen calmly leaving the magazine's office in their car after murdering 12 people. The extremists are seen firing at a police car upon escaping the crime scene.

China and Russia to launch new credit rating agency in 2015
RT - The new Universal Credit Rating Group (UCRG) is being set up to rival the existing agencies Moody's, S&P and Fitch, and its first rating will be issued this year.... The news comes on the heels of Fitch’s decision to follow S&P in downgrading Russia’s sovereign credit rating to BBB-, a step above junk level and on par with India and Turkey.

Russian Troops Stationed Near Finnish Border as Putin Begins Move on Arctic
NewsWeek- A detachment of about 800 servicemen from Russia’s Northern Fleet has been stationed in the Russian town of Alakurtti, Murmansk region, just 50km from the Finnish border, part of a large-scale expansion of Russian military facilities in the country’s northwest according to a press statement issued by the unit’s commanding admiral Vladimir Korolev on Tuesday. The rest of the fleet are expected to be stationed there “soon” according to Korolev.

Another ‘Islamic State’? Boko Haram’s captured area about size of Slovakia
RT - Boko Haram has grown from a small terror group to a mini-country with its own territory, which can be compared to gains made by the Islamic State (IS). Boko Haram now controls an area the size of Costa Rica or Slovakia.

Ebola news

Killeen police investigating death of soldier on leave from Africa
The Killeen Daily Herald - In a statement, a Killeen police spokeswoman, Carroll Smith, said officers were called to the soldier's home at 8:06 a.m., where he was found face down in front of the home.... The body was taken to Fort Hood's Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center to run a test for Ebola, and results of that test should be available by the end of the day, Smith said.... The soldier, identified as a 24-year-old black male, returned from the West African country for a non-medical emergency and was self-monitoring for possible Ebola virus symptoms, according to Fort Hood officials.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CIA Flashback: “We’ll Know Our Disinformation Program Is Complete When Everything the American Public Believes Is False.”
(Truthstream Media) That creepy quote above has been widely attributed to Former CIA Director William Casey. Casey was the 13th CIA Director from 1981 until he left in January 1987. He died not long after of a brain tumor in May 1987. Dead men tell no tales, as they say. But did William Casey really say this quote?

Lieberman: Turn Outrage Over Charlie Hebdo Into World War Against Islam
Kurt Nimmo - Lieberman writes that “the inspiring unity that filled the streets of Paris on Sunday in defense of freedom” must be “transformed into the mighty unity that is necessary now to defeat radical Islam before it kills more people and takes away more freedom.” Nations must exploit the outrage produced by terrorist attacks to officially declare war, Lieberman writes.

Attending Paris Rally a Political Risk for White House
Breitbart - My colleagues Joel Pollack and John Hayward have both offered plausible reasons why the President and AG Holder might want to miss out on the public unity rally. Joel writes, “After sitting out the “#HandsUpDontShoot” and “#BlackLivesMatter” demonstrations, Obama and Holder were not going to be caught on camera attending a “#JeSuisCharlie” rally in Paris….” There would certainly have been some sort of backlash for choosing to attend this march and not the others. And that’s not the only political problem connected to the rally.

California cops sign $24 million contract to begin using massive biometric database
NEC Corporation of America – a Texas-based IT firm that provides biometric services to commercial entities, law enforcement groups, and governments around the globe – announced on Monday that it’s been awarded a multi-year contract by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to provide the agency with specialized, state-of-the-art policing services, including high-tech facial recognition software.

Dragnet: San Diego Sheriff’s Dept. Is Trying to Arrest People Before They Commit Major Crimes
Voice of San Diego - Information-led policing is common nationwide, with many touting it as an effective way to reduce crime, but San Diego’s use of data to track inmates released under realignment is one of a kind, said Myers and Robert Weisberg, co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, which tracks local responses to realignment.

9-Year-Old Slapped With Warrant Over Stolen Gum; Even Police Chief Can't Believe It
(AP) - An Idaho prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for a 9-year-old boy who failed to show up in court. KHQ-TV reports that the boy from Post Falls is accused of stealing a pack of gum. Police Chief Scott Haug says it's the first time in his 30 years in law enforcement that he's ever seen an arrest warrant for someone that young.

Principal of an Alabama middle school says throw canned corn at school shooters
ABC News - In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item. "We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off guard," she wrote in the letter, published by TV station WHNT in Huntsville. "The canned food item could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive," Holley wrote. "The canned food item will give the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure in case an intruder enters their classroom."

Albuquerque Cop Shoots First, Asks Questions Later. Turns Out the Person He Shot Was a Cop
The Free Thought Project - Albuquerque, NM– Albuquerque Police Department’s five months without a shooting has come to an end as an Albuquerque police officer remains in critical condition after being shot by a fellow officer on Friday. The unnamed officer was shot while undercover during a drug operation to bust two men for $60 worth of meth. Another officer sustained minor injuries, but information on how has not been released.

Veteran News

Georgia Veteran With PTSD Is First Person to Be Executed in 2015
NBC News - A decorated Vietnam veteran who killed a sheriff's deputy in 1998 was the first person to be executed in the U.S. in 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his argument that the post-traumatic stress he suffered from combat should make him exempt from capital punishment.

Veterans: VA hospital nicknamed 'Candy Land' because painkillers given out freely
Chicago Tribune - The number of opiate prescriptions at the Tomah VA more than quintupled from 2004, the year before Houlihan became chief of staff of the hospital, to 2012, according to data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. During the same period, the number of oxycodone pills handed out skyrocketed from 50,000 to 712,000, even as the number of veterans seeking care at the hospital declined, the data show.

Economy & Business

89 Tips That Will Help You Prepare For The Coming Economic Depression
Economic Collapse - What do we need to do in order to prepare for the coming economic collapse? Are there practical steps that we can take right now that will help us and our families survive the economic depression that is approaching?

Study: Average Lawmaker 18x Richer Than Average American Household
Kit Daniels - The average net worth of a lawmaker is $1,029,505 in 2013 – a 2.5% increase from 2012 – whereas the average American’s household is worth $56,355. Not only that, but 50.8% of Congress are millionaires. “While the median net worth of an American family has declined by nearly one-third between 2007 and 2013, members of Congress have recovered quite well from the recession,” Russ Choma of the CRP reported. “The Senate’s median net worth went from $2.3 million to $2.8 million over that period, while for members of the House the numbers went from $708,500 to $843,507.”

Energy & Environment

Senate Advances Keystone Pipeline Bill on Bipartisan 63-32 Vote
Breitbart - The procedural vote allows Senate debate to begin and received bipartisan support, including ten Democrats, independent Angus King (I-ME), and all Republicans. Senate progressives are expected to use the debate to slam Republicans over global warming. Self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asserted that the Keystone debate will rip open a historic fault line dividing environmentalists from so-called global warming deniers.

Science & Technology

Obama’s Internet Proposal Is CISPA With a New Name
Kit Daniels - The White House proposal to encourage businesses to share data with the government on “cyber threats” would make it easier for law enforcement and other agencies to collect private information on Americans.

GOP lawmaker offers bill to block treating Internet as utility
The Hill - Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has reintroduced legislation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet as a utility. Latta, vice chairman of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, called the FCC’s plans misguided. His legislation notes that the strict regulations were “designed for the monopoly telephone system in 1934 and has its origins in 19th century shipping regulations.”

Brain Imaging Tech Opens Up New Door to Predicting Behavior
Activist Post - Noninvasive brain scans, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, have led to basic science discoveries about the human brain, but they've had only limited impacts on people's day-to-day lives. A review article published in the January 7 issue of the Cell Press journal Neuron, however, highlights a number of recent studies showing that brain imaging can help predict an individual's future learning, criminality, health-related behaviors, and response to drug or behavioral treatments. The technology may offer opportunities to personalize educational and clinical practices.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Monsanto Earnings Fall 34% as Farmers Reject GMO Crops
Natural Society - The biotech giant Monsanto, which is responsible for genetically modifying much of the nation’s and world’s crops, announced that its earnings fell 34% in its first fiscal quarter as South American farmers reject GMO crops. This is even more evidence that the number of individuals and farmers who realize the potential dangers of GMOs is growing.

Maine Bill Would Legalize Full-Scale Industrial Hemp Farming
Activist Post - LD4 was introduced by State Rep. Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea) on Jan. 5. At the present time, industrial hemp production is only approved in the state for research purposes after receiving federal approval. If successfully passed, LD4 would broaden opportunities for widespread production of the potential cash crop by creating a state-level licensing process that rejects any need for federal permission.


Three tonics you need to detoxify from chemotherapy - also good for any other detox
(NaturalNews) If you've undergone chemotherapy you need to detoxify as soon as possible to get the drugs out of your system. You also need to radically change your diet because the likelihood of cancer coming back is extremely likely. It's time to accept the fact that it's choices and/or circumstances that got you to this point, not a random genetic roll of the dice like people want to believe.

Suffer from pain? Skip the ibuprofen and try these natural alternatives instead
(NaturalNews) In the case of ibuprofen and aspirin, these side effects include things like anemia, DNA damage, hearing loss, hypertension, miscarriage, influenza mortality and heart disease.... The good news, though, is that there are plenty of natural ways to relieve pain without destroying your vital organs and risking an early death.

Foods and Other Lifestyle Factors That Will Shorten Your Lifespan
Dr. Mercola - Four factors that will shorten your lifespan are excessive sugar consumption, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and vitamin D deficiency. A diet high in sugar (which includes processed fructose and grains) causes a host of health problems that can take years off your life, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Compelling evidence actually suggests optimizing your vitamin D can reduce your risk of death from any cause.

8,000 scientific papers link refined white sugar to chronic disease
(NaturalNews) According to their investigation, nearly three-quarters of all packaged and processed foods contain added sugar. This sugar is typically listed under 61 different names, including things like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dextrose, evaporated cane juice and sucrose. A full listing of the 61 common names for sugar is available at

Are those french fries vegan? Not likely
(NaturalNews) How many vegetarians and vegans want the juices from chicken in their french fries? Unfortunately, whether they like it or not, that's what they're getting. Commercial "deep fryers" are used at nearly every restaurant, pub and cinema cafe in America. The hydrogenated oils are contained in ONE large fryer for everything they cook -- from the chicken to the fries, and those french fries certainly soak up chicken juice. Plus, the hydrogenated oils are GMO, and so is the animal feed given to those chickens,

New study: Cancer center claims most cancer cases are due to ‘bad luck’
(NaturalHealth365) A recent report has made the shocking (ridiculous) claim that the majority of cancer patients are just victims of ‘bad luck’. This has to be an all-time low, even for what we’ve come to expect from Western medicine and “junk” (big pharma created) science. Instead of educating the public about how to prevent cancer and how to avoid what causes cancer, this study puts out the dangerous message that there is ‘nothing we can do’, that our risk of cancer is entirely in the hands of pure luck.

Beyond Prevention: Chemical in Broccoli Kills Cancer Cells
Natural Blaze - New research has identified one of the key cancer-fighting mechanisms for sulforaphane, and suggests that this much-studied phytochemical may be able to move beyond cancer prevention and toward therapeutic use for advanced prostate cancer.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Mandatory Vaccinations
Natural Society - If you were a parent who has researched vaccine dangers compulsively as a means to protect your child from questionable adjuvants and known neurotoxins, what would you do if a US Supreme Court told you that you had no ‘right’ to refuse vaccines for your child? Well, a New York court made such a determination long ago, and recently refused the plea of a plaintiff who tried to overturn the archaic decision.

Make your own antibacterial bandages with these garden plants
(NaturalNews) According to self-sustaining expert Kendra Lynne, a great deal of these bandages are made in China. Most people know that products from China are questionable at best, spelling trouble for the health of people who come into contact with them.... Antibacterial bandages need not come in a box; Lynne explains that one of her favorites, woolly lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina) does the trick. She explains that the plant has multiple healing benefits. (Remember to buy organic plants to avoid pesticides and other contaminates]

Your tongue's appearance can reveal disease and nutrient deficiencies
(NaturalNews) The texture and appearance of your tongue says a lot about the state of your health. And new technology outlined in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology suggests that it might soon be possible for trained physicians to conduct digital analyses of people's tongues in order to diagnose illness.

Pet News

Knowing How to Do the Heimlich Maneuver Could Save Your Pet's Life in an Emergency
Dr. Becker - It’s rare that a pet falls unconscious or stops breathing, but if your dog or cat ever should, knowing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and CPR could save your furry companion’s life.

Tuesday - January 13, 2015 - Today in History:

1794 - U.S. President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
1900 - In Austria-Hungary, Emperor Franz Joseph decreed that German would be the language of the imperial army to combat Czech nationalism.
1906 - Hugh Gernsback, of the Electro Importing Company, advertised radio receivers for sale for the price of just $7.50 in "Scientific American" magazine.
1928 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.
1942 - Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile referred to as the "Soybean Car." The car was 30% lighter than the average car.
1966 - Robert Weaver became the 1st black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Johnson.
1990 - L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
1992 - Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
1998 - NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.
2000 - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive.
2002 - The exhibit "In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." opened at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. More than 100 artists supplied the collection of 120 works of art.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel.
2009 - Ethiopian military forces began pulling out of Somalia, where they had tried to maintain order for nearly two years.

World News

Anti-Islam & pro-tolerance demonstrators take to German streets (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
RT - Thousands of people participated in anti-Islam rallies in Germany, with many wearing black ribbons in solidarity with the victims of the massacre in Paris. Massive counter-demonstrations simultaneously called for nationwide tolerance. A record 25,000 people joined an anti-Islamic march in Dresden on Monday, AFP reported.

Afghanistan’s $3.6 billion police problem: Broken systems and corruption
Al Jazeera - Shortly after the U.S.-led military invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the international community, together with the transitional Afghan government, set about standing up security forces to counter retreating Taliban forces and remaining Al-Qaeda fighters. Since then it has spent over $3.6 billion dollars on police salaries and payroll costs, with U.S. taxpayers paying $1.3 billion of that tally. The U.S. will continue to spend $300 million annually on ANP salaries while U.S. forces reduce their presence on the ground. It’s part of the ongoing U.S. commitment to Afghanistan’s security.

11 Hypocritical World Leaders who Pretended to March for Press Freedom in Paris
AllGov - As moving as it was to see millions of people from around the world march for protection of freedom of the press, those who follow the subject of press freedom could not help but snicker, bristle or become outraged to see almost a dozen world leaders taking part in a demonstration whose theme was “Je suis Charlie,” who are themselves guilty of suppressing freedom of the press in their own countries.

France mobilizes 10,000 troops at home after Paris shootings
(Reuters) - France will deploy 10,000 soldiers on home soil by Tuesday and post almost 5,000 extra police officers to protect Jewish sites after the killing of 17 people by Islamist militants in Paris last week, officials said.

Sky News Reporter Makes Freudian Slip Covering Up False Flag in France
Activist Post - The mainstream media continues to push the story that this officer was killed by a head wound. One report by UK-based Sky News seems to admit having placed fake blood at the scene. Sky News presenter suffers Freudian Slip: "You can see the blood on the ground, which has been put there to..." He then catches himself and clarifies, "because of the blood that was shed on this spot yesterday."

South Korean president says open to summit with North's Kim, no pre-condition
(Reuters) - An end to North Korea's nuclear program should be an important part of discussions for peace on the Korean peninsula but it was not a pre-condition to having a summit meeting, Park told a televised news conference. "My position is that to ease the pain of division and to accomplish peaceful unification, I am willing to meet with anyone," Park said. "If it is helpful, I am up for a summit meeting with the North. There is no pre-condition."

Greeks Stop Paying Taxes Ahead Of Elections As Central Bank Scrambles To Halt Bank Run Rumors
Zero Hedge - …while there will be no official confirmation whether Greece did or did not have a bank run for months, unless of course some bank keels over and dies in the interim, one thing is certain: with an increasing probability they may not have a "continuity-promoting" government in less than two weeks, Greeks tax remittances to the government, which were almost non-existent to begin with, have ground to a halt!

Venezuelan Military Occupies Stores; Customers Seize Scarce Groceries
The New American - Food shortages in formerly prosperous Venezuela — a direct and predictable result of the country’s descent into socialism — have become so severe that the government has put the country’s “food distribution under military protection,” Bloomberg reported January 9. Inflation, rigged foreign-exchange rates, and price controls, along with outright government takeovers of some stores, have caused supplies of basic necessities to dry up.

Ebola news

Remember the Ebola epidemic? It's still not over. Here's the report from the ground.
Vox News - Even though Ebola has been snuffed out of the news cycle these days, the epidemic continues to burn in West Africa. The world is, in fact, still facing the biggest Ebola epidemic ever, mainly concentrated in West Africa. To date, there have been more than 20,000 cases and 8,000 deaths in nine countries; that's four times the combined total of every previous Ebola outbreak in history.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

North Carolina city removes sculpture of soldier kneeling before cross
Fox News - Until a few days ago, a war memorial in a public park in North Carolina included a metal sculpture depicting a soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross. But city officials voted to remove the sculpture to settle a lawsuit claiming the artwork promoted Christianity.

Lessons from Paris
Ron Paul Institute - After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police are not blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.

White House admits it was a mistake to miss Paris unity rally
The Telegraph - The White House said “security considerations” were behind the decision for Mr Obama not to attend, but officials were still heavily criticised in the media and by Republican politicians for failing to send Joe Biden, the vice-president, or a similarly high-level representative.

‘The Republic is No More’ Ron Paul Warns: “Police brutality and militarization may induce a violent event far beyond Ferguson”
Mac Slavo - In a stark outlook and set of predictions for 2015, former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul cautioned that America has descended into a police state where liberties are “under siege” and further violent events and inner city turmoil, such as that seen in Ferguson, were likely to occur...

12 States Defend Obama’s Exec Amnesty in Court
Breitbart - On Monday, twelve states defended President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty in a “friend of the court” brief in response to a lawsuit filed by 25 states against Obama’s executive amnesty. As The Hill noted, “Attorneys General from California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont and the District of Columbia” joined Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a “friend of the court” brief.

VIDEO: Catch and Release 2.0 — Leaks Highlight Teardown of Immigration Enforcement
Breitbart - Leaked internal training documents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal Border Patrol agents are now receiving guidelines instructing them that the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are off limits to federal agents and are substantially immune to detention and deportation.

Justice Dept. Calls for Felony Charges against Gen. Petraeus
AllGov - The Federal Bureau of Investigation found classified documents on the computer of Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer who was writing Petraeus’ biography, in 2012 after it was revealed that the two were having an affair and Petraeus resigned as CIA director. Now it’s up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether to prosecute Petraeus. It was expected that Holder would have made the decision by the end of 2014, which is causing some to say that the former four-star general is getting special treatment.

NYPD cops told no vacations until work slowdown ends
New York Post - The Post has learned. Throughout the city, precincts are being ordered to hand up to borough commanders “activity sheets” indicating the number of arrests and summonses per shift, sources told The Post. “Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses,” one union source said. “This is the same practice that caused officers to be labeled racist and abusers of power.”

Albuquerque Cops Who Gunned Down Homeless Camper Face Murder Charges
Adan Salazar - A New Mexico District Attorney’s office has filed murder charges against the Albuquerque police officers who gunned down a non-violent camper last year. On Monday, Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg’s office announced it filed criminal informations “in the Second Judicial Court in connection with the fatal shooting of James Boyd. The informations contain a single count of open murder against both Albuquerque Police Officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez.”

Economy & Business

The Crashing Price Of Oil Is Going To Rip The Global Economy To Shreds
Economic Collapse - If you were waiting for a “black swan event” to come along and devastate the global economy, you don’t have to wait any longer. As I write this, the price of U.S. oil is sitting at $45.76 a barrel. It has fallen by more than 60 dollars a barrel since June. There is only one other time in history when we have seen anything like this happen before. That was in 2008, just prior to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

The Collapse Of JC Penney Continues, 40 Stores To Close In 2015
GovtSlaves - J.C. Penney Co. said that it will close about 40 stores this year and cut approximately 2,250 jobs, as it tries to improve its profitability. Most of the stores, located in malls around the country, will close by April 4. The Plano, Texas, company currently runs about 1,060 stores.

Gold Hits $1235 As Commodities Crash To 12-Year Lows Amid $45 Oil
Zero Hedge - The only other times that Bloomberg's broad-based (i.e. not all OPEC's fault) Commodity Index has fallen so far so fast was in 1999 (before stocks crashed) and 2008 (before stocks crashed). At 12-year lows, the raw material of the world's economies is flashing a big fat red warning signal that all is not well (despite stocks being a 'smidge' off record highs).

Here They Go Again--Subprime Delinquencies Rising In Autoland
EPJ - To be sure, subprime auto will never have the sweeping impact that came from the mortgage crisis. The entire auto loan market is less than $1 trillion compared to a mortgage market of more than $10 trillion at the time of the crisis. Yet the salient point is the same. The apparent macro-economic recovery and prosperity of 2004-2008 rested on the illusion of an unsustainable debt fueled housing boom; this time its the auto sector.

Science & Technology

Islamic State Hacks CENTCOM Twitter Feed as Obama Talks Cybersecurity
Washington Free Beacon - As President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding national cyber security efforts, hackers claiming to represent the Islamic State (IS) took over the Twitter account of the Pentagon division in charge of the Middle East. Hackers with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, posted links on U.S. Central Command’s official Twitter page to what it claimed was “confidential data from your mobile devices.”

ISIS Hack of Pentagon Twitter Accounts Traced Back to Maryland
Paul Joseph Watson - According to the group which identifies itself as Anonymous, the ISIS hack of the Pentagon’s Twitter accounts traces back to Maryland – home of the National Security Agency. Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were reportedly hacked by ISIS sympathizers earlier today, with messages being sent out for almost an hour before the accounts were temporarily shut down.


Evolving Bacteria Outsmarts Vaccines
Dr. Mercola - B. pertussis (whooping cough) bacteria have evolved, becoming vaccine resistant—much in the same way that bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. While the whooping cough vaccine may reduce symptoms in those who are vaccinated, previous research shows the vaccine does not prevent contagiousness - it turns you into an asymptomatic carrier. The mumps vaccine isn’t working very well either, further proving that vaccine-induced herd immunity is a fallacy.

Vaccine companies want to use text messages advertise immunizations
(NaturalNews) The vaccine industry is toying around with the idea of nagging parents via text messages to get their children vaccinated. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics evaluated the effectiveness of texting parents with reminders about flu shots, revealing that many parents respond favorably by dragging their kids down to the clinic to get jabbed.

Ten reasons not to vaccinate
(NaturalNews) The decision to vaccinate is yours alone, but it is a decision that should not be taken lightly or done under duress or pressure by others. Once vaccinated, the potential side-effects cannot be easily undone, if at all. These include death, sudden infant death syndrome, auto-immune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, asthma, ADHD, autism, Guillian-Barre Syndrome and other neurological damage.

10 Facts About Fluoride You Need to Know
Dr. Mercola - Are you drinking a toxic byproduct of the aluminum industry every time you take a sip of water? If you live in an area with fluoridated water, the answer is yes.

Vitamin K1 and K2—Two Underappreciated Nutrients That Are Crucial for Health
Dr. Mercola - Vitamin K2 is necessary to prevent arterial calcification, which it does by activating Matrix Gla protein (MGP). If you fail to consume adequate amounts of vitamin K1 and K2, you will radically increase your risk of heart disease and stroke

Low sulfur nutrition plan
(NaturalNews) Most health experts typically recommend a high sulfur diet as sulfur molecules help produce glutathione which is the bodies major anti-oxidant. There are certain individuals who struggle with sulfur-rich foods and have major inflammatory reactions when they consume these. These people need to be on a low-sulfur diet for a period of time in order to reduce inflammation and heal.

Washington: Vaccinate All Your Children with Flu Shot or We Will Take Away Your 2-Week Old Baby
Health Impact News - In Washington State, officials have apparently now mandated that all foster parent families must get their entire households, including young children, vaccinated with the influenza vaccine as a requirement to keeping any foster children. This is in spite of the fact that the flu vaccine is both dangerous and largely ineffective.

12 All-Natural Foods For A Quick Energy Boost
Off the Grid News - Sure, you could reach for an energy drink, a soda or a candy bar, but did you know you can get a boost from many all-natural foods and drinks? So forget the unhealthy candy and the energy drinks and take a look at our list of all-natural energy boosters.





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