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MARCH 2015
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Wednesday - March 4, 2015 - Today in History:

1766 - The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, which had caused bitter and violent opposition in the U.S. colonies.
1789 - The first Congress of the United States met in New York and declared that the U.S. Constitution was in effect.
1791 - Vermont was admitted as the 14th U.S. state. It was the first addition to the original 13 American colonies.
1794 - The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. The Amendment limited the jurisdiction of the federal courts to automatically hear cases brought against a state by the citizens of another state. Later interpretations expanded this to include citizens of the state being sued, as well.
1826 - The first railroad in the U.S. was chartered. It was the Granite Railway in Quincy, MA.
1861 - The Confederate States of America adopted the "Stars and Bars" flag.
1917 - Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the House of Representatives.
1925 - Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office in Washington, DC. The presidential inauguration was broadcast on radio for the first time.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."
1933 - Labor Secretary Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in a Presidential administrative cabinet.
1954 - In Boston, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital reported the first successful kidney transplant.
1987 - President Reagan addressed the nation on Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal.
1997 - U.S. President Clinton barred federal spending on human cloning.
1999 - Monica Lewinsky's book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton went on sale in the U.S.
2002 - Canada banned human embryo cloning but permitted government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
2012 - Vladimir Putin won re-election in Russia's presidential election.

World News

Iraqi Army Allegedly Downs A US Helicopter For Providing Weapons To ISIS: Report
Brandon Turbeville - The Iraqi Army has once again claimed that it has downed a NATO aircraft that was providing military assistance directly to ISIS according to Iranian FARS News Agency. This time, the Iraqis are claiming they shot down a US Helicopter in the Al-Bagdadi region in Anbar Province last week. The reason for shooting the helicopter, according to FARS and, apparently, high-ranking Iraqi officials, was that the helicopter was carrying weapons to ISIS.

In "Unprecedented Move" Nobel Peace Prize Chairman Demoted For Decision To Give Obama 2009 Award
Zero Hedge - Back in 2009, just months after his swearing in, president Barack Obama was crowned with an unexpected glory: he won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 due to "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."… earlier today, in what France24 dubbed an "in an unprecedented move", the controversial head of Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee was removed Tuesday and demoted to the rank of mere member.

Obama Attacks China for Creating US-Inspired Spying Apparatus
Sputnik News - President Obama has harsh words for China's proposed counterterrorism law. This despite the fact that the new rules are modeled largely on the US regulations, and more directly, on the precedent set by the NSA's spying apparatus... If US tech companies want to do business in China - and given the market size, yes, tech companies want to do business in China - then they'll have to place servers in China. They'll also have to provide encryption keys, and allow the Chinese government special surveillance access into their systems.

Video of Israeli soldiers using dogs against Palestinian boy sparks outcry
RT - A leaked video shot in December purportedly shows IDF soldiers setting dogs on a Palestinian teenager. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack, while Israel's chief military prosecutor ordered an investigation into the incident… Hashem had been accused of throwing stones at the soldiers. The IDF has said that an “internal inquiry” would be conducted and added that “the necessary steps will be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.”

Snowden ready to go to US if he gets fair trial - whistleblower's lawyer
RT - Edward Snowden would go to the US if he was sure that he would face a fair trial there, the former NSA contractor’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena says. "Edward Snowden is ready to return to the US, but on the condition that he be given guarantees to receive a fair and impartial trial," Kucherena told journalists on Tuesday, as cited by TASS. …“So what we are being guaranteed is not the fair trial, but that Snowden will not be executed,” Kucherena said. “And it’s done by a prosecutor, who according to the law, is not in any way able to determine a court’s decision.”

Pakistan’s mobile phone owners told: be fingerprinted or lose your sim card
The Guardian - In one of world’s largest efforts to collect biometric information, Pakistan has ordered mobile phone users to verify their identities through fingerprints for a national database being compiled to curb terrorism. If they don’t, their service will be shut off, an unthinkable option for many after a dozen years of explosive growth in mobile phone usage.

UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalization
The Guardian - The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to comply with international drug treaties. The annual report from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, which is responsible for policing the drug treaties, said it would send a high-level mission to Uruguay, which became the first country to legalise the production, distribution, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. The UN drug experts said they would also continue their dialogue with the US government over the commercial sale and distribution of cannabis in Colorado and Washington state.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Netanyahu's speech to Congress: long on terror, short on substance
The Guardian - In the end, Binyamin Netanyahu sidestepped the nuclear option and did what he does so well: scared American politicians to death… But his highly divisive speech to Congress – boycotted by close to 60 Democratic members who objected to a foreign leader using the Capitol as a re-election platform and pulpit to bully the American president – merely regurgitated information that Netanyahu himself said is easily found on Google.
* Related: Is Netanyahu "Crying Wolf" About Iran?

Netanyahu Tells Congress Iran On “March of Conquest, Subjugation and Terror" (Video)
Kurt Nimmo - The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, told Congress on Tuesday Iran poses a threat to the entire world. “The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “That is exactly what could happen if the deal being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal would not prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.”

Feds: Next 9/11 Will Come Out of Libya
Kurt Nimmo - An anonymous source told Fox News on Tuesday the U.S. government believes a terror attack comparable to the 9/11 attack will come out of Libya. Citing the presence of Islamic State operatives in Benghazi, Derna and Sirte, the government argues it needs authority to go into Libya in pursuit of ISIS.

Obama to Expand Federal Control Over State, Local Police
Kit Daniels - Like Common Core, DOJ to develop “standards” for state and local agencies. The plan released Monday, entitled Task Force on 21st Century Policing, advocates the federalization of police agencies across the country by forcing them to adhere to stricter requirements when they receive federal funding. “The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services [COPS] and Office of Justice Programs, should provide technical assistance and incentive funding to jurisdictions with small police agencies that take steps towards shared services, regional training, and consolidation,” one of the numerous recommendations in the plan stated.

Texas Town Fires Entire Police Department, Crime Drops By 61%
Steve Watson - A Texas town has proven that there is a solution to out of control cops after it replaced the entire police department with private security officers and saw a remarkable drop in crime by 61%. Sharpstown, located southwest of Houston, decided in 2012 that regular public policing was proving wholly ineffective, and opted not to renew a contract with the constable’s office. Instead the town’s civic leaders hired private security agents with the company SEAL Security Solutions, and devised a more effective policing strategy.

Wyoming Governor Vetoes Asset Forfeiture Bill, Because Asset Forfeiture 'Is Right'
Techdirt. - With the abuses of asset forfeiture being loudly publicized, there has (finally) been some legislative pushback against these abusive programs. Wyoming's legislators -- hoping to institute asset forfeiture reform -- ran into pushback themselves from the state's governor, who vetoed the popular bill (which passed out of the Senate with an 80-9 vote) when it hit his desk.

Cost of AR-15 Ammo Doubles in Response to ATF Ban Threat
Paul Joseph Watson - The federal agency announced its intention to ban sales of M855 “green tip” bullets, typically used by sports shooters, in the name of protecting law enforcement officers from “the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest.” Gun stores quickly reported a run on the ammunition, with suppliers unable to keep up with the demand. The buying frenzy has also sent prices skyrocketing, as Liberty Arms Manager Colton May explained... “Ten to 11 bucks, you know, for a box of 20,” May said. “Now I’ve seen it priced for 20 bucks, even higher and that’s just a small batch of ammunition.”

Indy council creates 'Homeless Bill of Rights
Indy Star - The City-County Council on Monday voted largely along party lines to create a "Homeless Bill of Rights," making Indianapolis one of the first cities in the country to do so. The ordinance, modeled after similar laws in Rhode Island and Illinois, establishes specific protections for the homeless, a vulnerable population that advocates say face pervasive discrimination in their daily lives. Among the protections: the right to "move freely in public spaces," such as sidewalks and public buildings; the right to equal treatment by city agencies; the right to emergency medical care; and the right to a "reasonable expectation of privacy" for their personal property, just as someone would have inside a home.

Hundreds of Students Protest Common Core Tests
Breitbart - Hundreds of high school students in New Mexico walked out of school Monday on the day they were scheduled to begin taking the standardized tests that are aligned with the Common Core standards. New Mexico students join others from across the nation whose parents are opting them out of the federally funded Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments linked to standards that have been imposed on American students, parents and teachers.

‘Free-range’ Maryland parents hit with ‘unsubstantiated’ child neglect
Fox News - The Maryland parents who believe in 'free-range parenting' and were investigated after police picked up their children -- ages 6 and 10 -- walking home alone from a park in January were reportedly found responsible for 'unsubstantiated' child neglect. The decision, which will be appealed by the parents, means the Montgomery County Child Protective Services will keep a file on the Meitiv family for at least five yeas, The Washington Post reported.

Economy & Business

Bernanke Wants the U.S. President to Declare “Economic Emergencies” in Future Crises
Michael Krieger - Presidents should get the power to declare economic emergencies along the lines to declare war, said former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday. It might make sense to give “the president some ability to declare emergencies or take extraordinary actions and not put that all on the Fed,” Bernanke said at a conference. “The constitution gives the president significant flexibility to respond to military situations,” in part because they are chaotic, he noted.

Dramatic Rise in Suicide Rate for Americans 40-64, but not for other Age Groups
AllGov - The Great Recession that began at the end of the George W. Bush presidency is finally over, but its effects are still being learned. One of its results is an increase in suicides among those hit the hardest by the downturn. Suicide rates have increased dramatically among those aged 40 to 64, while remaining stable for other age groups.

VIDEO: Target to cut jobs as part of $2B cost-savings plan
CNBC News - Target's chief executive, Brian Cornell, said Tuesday the retailer will cut several thousand jobs within the next two years as part of a $2 billion cost-savings plan.

Energy & Environment

Prices to Plummet Again? US Running Out of Room to Store Oil
Sputnik News - For nearly two months the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day more than it is consuming. This is leading to a major storage issue, which analysts say could drive prices for oil -- and possibly gasoline -- even lower.

Science & Technology

US air traffic control computer system vulnerable to terrorist hackers
Ars Technica - The US system for guiding airplanes is open to vulnerabilities from outside hackers, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. The weaknesses that threaten the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to ensure the safety of flights include the failure to patch known three-year-old security holes, the transmission and storage of unencrypted passwords, and the continued use of "end-of-life" key servers.

VIDEO: Get ready for only one credit card (and a phone)
CNBC News - A start-up called Stratos has spent three years developing the Connected Card. Here's how it works: All of your accounts are collected onto your smartphone. Then that information is transmitted to the Bluetooth-enabled card with a tap, based on which account is needed, which is often determined by geography. Near the bank? You get the ATM card info sent. At a gas station? Your gas card, or Visa, whatever. One card to rule them all. One card ... with all your information on it. Hmmmm.

'FREAK attack' leaves millions of Apple and Google users vulnerable to hackers
The Guardian - Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as “FREAK attack.” There’s no evidence so far that any hackers have exploited the weakness, which companies are now moving to repair. Researchers blame the problem on an old government policy, abandoned over a decade ago, which required US software makers to use weaker security in encryption programs sold overseas due to national security concerns.... About a third of all encrypted websites were vulnerable as of Tuesday, including sites operated by American Express, Groupon, Kohl’s, Marriott and some government agencies, the researchers said.

AVG’s Invisibility Glasses Will Protect You against Facial Recognition Tech
Wall Street OTC - Invisibility glasses were developed by AVG Innovation Labs in an attempt to protect the privacy of their users both on-and off-line. Many people feel constrained by the wide spread of smartphone cameras in public spaces, as well as by the surveillance cameras that lurk at nearly every corner. And to top it off, Facebook stated that it would soon release a facial recognition software that would be able to tell with a more than 90 percent accuracy who the person in that photo is.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Wyoming is the Food Freedom Capital — House Bill 56 Now Law
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund - Governor Matt Mead signed the Wyoming Food Freedom Act, House Bill 56 (HB 56), today! The new law takes effect immediately. HB 56 allows the unlicensed, unregulated sale of any food except meat (the bill allows poultry) direct from producer to informed consumer. Sales are allowed at the producers' premises, through delivery, and at farmers markets. The producer must inform the consumer that the product is neither regulated nor inspected.

Minnesota aims to fine family farmers $500 per day — Family farm faces showdown with state agency over privacy and the right to farm
Police State USA - If the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) gets its way, Lake View Natural Dairy Farm, owned and operated by David and Heidi Berglund and their daughter Lyndsay, will be fined $500 per day until they submit to an unconstitutional inspection of their farm. When the farm briefly explored the possibility of selling milk for processing, this triggered a call to the MDA by the processor, and the MDA realized they had no record or control over this farm.


Pulled from Exchanges, Fitness Supplement Found to Contain Prozac Drug
Military. COM - A fitness supplement that was twice pulled from exchange store shelves, first following soldier deaths and then after an outbreak of liver disease, has now been found to contain the active ingredient in the prescription drug Prozac, the Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday.

Deadly bacteria leaked in Louisiana lab: Cause & spread unknown
RT - The bacteria cause meliodosis, a disease with a 50%-fatality rate even with treatment. Because it’s resistant to multiple antibiotics, meliodosis has been researched as a potential biological weapon, though the Tulane lab is said to have been working on a vaccine. “We're taking this extraordinarily seriously. It's very disturbing to us,” Andrew Lackner, director of the Tulane primate center, told USA Today. He also reiterated: “There has never been a public health threat.”

Children Around the World Vaccinated at Gunpoint – Is the U.S. Heading in the Same Direction?
Health Impact News - The Guardian is reporting that health officials in Pakistan are arresting and throwing into jail hundreds of parents who refuse to allow their children to receive the oral polio vaccine. These health officials are forcing children to receive the vaccine at gunpoint... Feroz Shah, a spokesman for the district administration in Peshawar, said 471 people had been imprisoned in the city and surrounding villages under government orders on charges of endangering public security.
* Related: Developing World – The WHO’s Private Vaccine Laboratory

LA County to pay family $800,000 for kidnapping their unvaccinated children without a warrant
(NaturalNews) The Board of Supervisors for Los Angeles County have agreed to pay the parents of two children $800,000 after a sheriff's deputy and accompanying social workers forcibly removed them. As reported by KPCC radio, the payment is a settlement over a civil rights lawsuit filed by the parents in which they claimed that their kids were wrongfully removed from the parents' San Gabriel Valley residence four years ago. It took four months for the parents to get their children back.

Attacking Ourselves: Top Doctors Reveal Vaccines Turn Our Immune System Against Us
Green Med Info - [...] many reports that describe post-vaccination autoimmunity strongly suggest that vaccines can indeed trigger autoimmunity. Defined autoimmune diseases that may occur following vaccinations include arthritis, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE) diabetes mellitus, thrombocytopenia, vasculitis, dermatomyosiositis, Guillain-Barre syndrome and demyelinating disorders. Almost all types of vaccines have been reported to be associated with the onset of ASIA." ASIA – or Autoimmune/inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (also known as Shoenfeld's syndrome) -- first appeared in the Journal of Autoimmunology four years ago.

Over 100,000 Americans Sign Petition Opposing Mandatory Vaccinations
Paul Joseph Watson - The Obama administration could be compelled to respond to a petition on the website which opposes mandatory vaccinations, with over 100,000 Americans expressing their opposition to forced shots. Entitled ‘Prohibit Any Laws Mandating the Force and Requirement of Vaccinations of Any Kind’, the petition states; “No human being should be FORCED to be vaccinated against their will and/or personal/religious beliefs. I petition against making vaccinations of any kind mandatory. This includes forcing children to be vaccinated to attend public schools, activities, and daycare centers. This also includes adults working in the public or private sector.”

US to Face Doctor Shortage by 2025 as Graduates Avoid Medical Careers
Sputnik News - A shortage of doctors is expected in the United States in 2025 as not enough graduates seek careers in medicine to satisfy the aging population's health needs, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) President and CEO Darrell Kirch said in a statement. "The doctor shortage is real - it's significant - and it's particularly serious for the kind of medical care that our aging population is going to need," Kirch said on Tuesday.

High Salt Diet Protects Against Infection, Increases Immune Function
Natural Blaze - You may remember a landmark JAMA study in 2011 that showed that contrary to what the medical community espoused for years - salt actually lengthens your life; it doesn't cut your life or raise the risk of hypertension. That study found that people actually lived longer if they consumed salt. Notably, they were not studying pink Himalayan salt, but regular old, processed table salt. Additionally, a Cochrane study confirmed that salt did not cause heart or blood pressure problems and that reducing the substance offered no reduction of heart risks.

VIDEO: Lumber Liquidators linked to health and safety violations
CBS News - 60 Minutes found that Lumber Liquidators' Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards... The average level in Lumber Liquidators products that we found was over six to seven times above the state standard for formaldehyde. And we found some that were close to 20 times above the level that's allowed to be sold.... I would say long-term exposure at that level would be risky because it would increase the risk for chronic respiratory irritation, change in a person's lung function, increased risk of asthma.

Top 12 Most Healthy Benefits of Lentils (#11 Really Surprised Us!)
Binit Kumar - Lentils may be individually small, but they pack one heck of a nutritious punch. They're full of essential minerals and nutrients like potassium, iron, folate, zinc, and calcium - all of which are important for your body's well being. And they provide one of the richest sources of dietary fiber on earth. If you haven't already made lentils a part of your weekly diet plan, here are twelve reasons why you should seriously consider doing so.

Tuesday - March 3, 2015 - Today in History:

1803 - The first impeachment trial of a U.S. Judge, John Pickering, began.
1845 - Florida became the 27th U.S. state.
1845 - The U.S. Congress passed legislation overriding a U.S. President’s veto. It was the first time the Congress had achieved this.
1849 - The Gold Coinage Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. It allowed the minting of gold coins.
1849 - The U.S. Congress created the territory of Minnesota.
1851 - The U.S. Congress authorized the 3-cent piece. It was the smallest U.S. silver coin.
1857 - Britain and France declared war on China.
1903 - In St. Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting.
1903 - The U.S. imposed a $2 head tax on immigrants.
1908 - The U.S. government declared open war on on U.S. anarchists.
1910 - J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his withdrawal from business to administer his father's fortune for an "uplift in humanity". He also appealed to the U.S. Congress for the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation.
1931 - The "Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem.
1952 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld New York's Feinberg Law that banned Communist teachers in the U.S.
1969 - Sirhan Sirhan testified in a Los Angeles court that he killed Robert Kennedy.
1987 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a package of $30 million in non-lethal aid for the Nicaraguan Contras.
1991 - Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. The scene was captured on amateur video.
1995 - A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia ended. Several gunmen were killed by U.S. Marines in Mogadishu while overseeing the pull out of peacekeepers.
2002 - Voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.

World News

Despite Russian Warnings, US Will Deploy A Battalion To Ukraine By The End Of The Week
Zero Hedge - "Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion... to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that's taking place," stated US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Monday. Despite earlier warnings from Russia (and claims that NATO had not agreed to any such foreign 'boots on the ground' action'), Sputnik News reports, Foster added, "what we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer."

Cash-strapped Kiev Still Owes Moscow $2.4 Billion for Gas
Sputnik News - Ukraine’s Naftogaz owes $2.4 billion in arrears, including $200 million in penalties, for Russian gas deliveries, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday.

Report: Iraqi Forces AGAIN claim US is Supplying ISIS With Weapon Drops
Steve Watson - Iraqi forces have once again sensationally charged that the US military is purposefully dropping weapons to terrorist militants in the western parts of the country, according to a report. The Iranian Fars News Agency reports “A group of Iraqi popular forces known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi shot down a US Army helicopter that was carrying weapons for the ISIL in the western parts of Al-Baqdadi region in Al-Anbar province” last week. The report claims that the fighters posted a picture (see above) online of the downed chopper and the weapons that were recovered

Shot in the head at point blank range: Latest sickening ISIS video shows masked gunmen executing ‘spy’
The Daily Mail - Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria have released sickening footage of the murder of a man the terror group accused of working as a spy. The video was filmed in Aleppo and shows a man believed to be named Ahmed Muhammad being led out to a forecourt by masked executioners, who then shoot him in the head multiple times at point blank range.

CNN Informs America That ‘Jihadi John’ Is None Other Than VLADIMIR PUTIN
Daily Caller - CNN, which bills itself as “The Most Trusted Name in News,” has apologized for a technical gaffe that caused the cable channel to display a photo of Vladimir Putin above the blazing banner “‘JIHADI JOHN’ REVEALED.” The error occurred late last week as CNN London correspondent Max Foster discussed the much ballyhooed news that the man called “Jihadi John” has at last been identified as twentysomething British Muslim Mohammed Emwazi, The Telegraph reports.

As Greek Default Fears Return, Government Considers "Borrowing" Pensions To Repay IMF
Zero Hedge - Greek short-term default risk jumped over 300bps today putting the odds of a restructuring at 50-50 within the next year as the warnings we issued last week with regard Greece's imminent default on its IMF loan loom. Seeking to reassure its lenders (and avoid yet more capital flight), Reuters reports the Greek government said it was "exploring solutions," including delaying payments to suppliers or try to raise up to 3 billion euros by borrowing from state entities such as pension funds. We are sure the Greek people will be enthused when they find out what the 'radical left' has in store for their funds...

Russian retail food price freeze, as inflation surges
RT - Russia’s top supermarket chains are to freeze prices on basic foodstuffs for two months, soaking up the costs as food is expected to eat up half of Russians’ incomes this year. The retailers plan to freeze prices on 20 socially important items in an attempt to stabilize the food market, the Association of Retail Stores (AKORT) said on its website last week.

United Nations Admits Climate Change Is About Undoing Capitalism
Daily Sheeple - At a press conference in Brussels last month, the UN climate chief delineated the objectives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations. She revealed: “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”

Country Narrowly Escapes Mandated Flouridation of Table Salt
Natural Society - Lebanon has narrowly avoided having the toxic additive added to their table salt due to activists and health professionals loudly contesting mandated fluoridation of the country’s salt. Through online petitions submitted by activists, and many meetings with the Health Minister, Wael Abou Faour, excess fluoride exposure has been narrowly avoided by the people of Lebanon.

Ebola news

Ebola nurse Nina Pham used as PR pawn, damaged by experimental medications
(NaturalNews) Pham reportedly filed a lawsuit on March 2 in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources, the overseer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where she contracted Ebola while treating "patient zero" Thomas Eric Duncan. The 26-year-old nurse says she now suffers from constant nightmares, body aches and insomnia due to the experimental medications that were forced upon her while in isolation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules
NY Times - Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.... Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.

US govt issues logistics support tender for 300 military personnel in Ukraine
RT - The US government has published a tender, saying it’s hiring services for the movement of equipment and approximately 300 US personnel in Ukraine, according to the Federal Business Opportunities website. “The contractor shall provide all equipment, vehicles, and personnel necessary to provide ground transportation in accordance with the ordering clause,” the tender states. Transportation will be required from 5 March until 31 October for about three return trips from Lvov International Airport to the International Peace Keeping and Security Center (IPSC) in Yavoriv.

Obama-Netanyahu "Fallout" is Theater - Planned in 2009
Tony Cartalucci - In a 2009 US policy paper published by the corporate-financier funded Brookings Institution, it was made clear that the US was determined to provoke Iran into a conflict and effect regime change at any cost - up to and including an outright military invasion and occupation of Iran with US troops.

DoD Releases “Evidence” of Snowden’s Damages to National Security… and It’s COMPLETELY Redacted
Daily Sheeple - Per a Freedom of Information Act Request lawsuit filed by Vice News, the Department of Defense has released a report on the damaging effects of Edward Snowden’s 2013 NSA leaks. The only problem? It’s redacted. Entirely. Not a crumb of evidence was present in the “evidence” the government released.

White House Claims Banning AR-15 Ammo Will “Save” Cops, But Rifle Murder Rate Only 2.3%
Kit Daniels - White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday the ATF’s ban of M855 AR-15 ammunition is a “common-sense step.” “We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone,” he said. But of the 12,253 murders reported by the FBI in 2013 (the most recent data available,) only 285, or 2.3%, were committed using rifles, including long arms such as bolt-action and single-shot rifles, meaning that semi-automatic AR-15s would account for less than 2.3% of all murders.

City of Cleveland says 12-yr-old boy killed by cops was culpable for his death
RT - Attorneys for Cleveland, Ohio allege in a new court filing that Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy fatally shot by local police last November, was responsible for his own death. Responding to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Rice’s family, lawyers for the city of Cleveland write that Rice’s death was “directly and proximately caused by [his] own acts.”

School Threatens to Suspend Kids if Parents Skip Meeting on Common Core Testing
Mikael Thalen - Students at Detroit’s Coleman A. Young Elementary School were threatened with suspension after their parents failed to attend a “mandatory” meeting on an upcoming Common Core test. After the parents of multiple students missed the school’s initial meeting, teachers scheduled a follow-up and sent out letters demanding they appear or face the consequences. Derrick and Latrica Smoak, who spoke with WDIV-TV after receiving the letter, said that they were shocked to see educators making such a threat.

Economy & Business

VIDEO: Obama “Very Interested” In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action
Town Hall - White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unitlateral executive action. “The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

$4 Million In Gold Bars Stolen In 11th Largest Heist In History
Zero Hedge - From CBS: North Carolina authorities and the FBI are investigating the theft of an estimated $4 million worth of gold allegedly stolen during an armed robbery along Interstate 95 on Sunday evening, CBS affiliate WRAL reports. After mechanical problems with their truck, two armed guards who were traveling from Miami to Massachusetts with a shipment of silver and gold pulled over at mile marker 114 on the Interstate.

Stock Market Bubble: Wall Street Is Ecstatic As The NASDAQ Closes Above 5000
Economic Collapse - Are we at the tail end of the stock market bubble to end all stock market bubbles? Wall Street was full of glee Monday when the Nasdaq closed above 5000 for the first time since the peak of the dotcom bubble in March 2000. And almost everyone in the financial world seems convinced that things are somehow “different” this time around.

NYC Residents Will Pay $2-3k a Month for "Micro-Apartments" as Luxury Car Sales Outpace Regular Car Sales
Liberty Blitzkrieg - In the past five years, global registrations of the seven largest ultra-premium car brands–a group that also includes Aston Martin and Lamborghini–have surged by 154 percent, far outpacing the 36 percent gain in overall car sales worldwide…To combat the city’s housing shortage while serving its high number of single adults who may share apartments with multiple roommates in this ridiculously expensive town, a new housing complex is set to come to the rescue. Consisting of 55 prefabricated, modular studio apartments…Each pad, designed for single humans and even pairs, measures just 260 to 360 square feet — or about the size of a Hollywood starlet’s walk-in closet.

Energy & Environment

Congressman Urges Protection for Power Grid: EMP Attack “Could Bring Our Civilization to a Cold, Dark Halt”
Mac Slavo - Few other scenarios hold as much potential for disaster and disruption to the lives of everyone in society. At a moment’s notice, 300 million Americans could be made instantly desperate.... Arizona Congressman Trent Franks recently reintroduced a bill intended to provide better security for critical infrastructure, with particular emphasis on the threat posed to the power grid by an EMP – which Rep. Franks points out could occur either naturally from a solar flare or by way of a targeted man-made weapon.

Science & Technology

Americans to Receive Full Biometric Treatment for All Forms of European Travel
Daily Sheeple - In a trend that isn’t wholly surprising, EU Observer reports: US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports. This “biometric dragnet” is the pilot test for the EU’s new “smart borders” packages.

The Internet Of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone And Everything Will Be Monitored On The Internet
Economic Collapse - Can you imagine a world where your home, your vehicles, your appliances and every single electronic device that you own is constantly connected to the Internet? This is not some grand vision that is being planned for some day in the future. This is something that is being systematically implemented right now.

NYPD to conduct “virtual stakeouts,” get alerts on wanted cars nationwide
Ars Technica - The New York Police Department (NYPD) will soon have the ability to track stolen or wanted cars even if they are well outside of the five boroughs. The NYPD is set to sign a $442,500 deal over three years with Vigilant Solutions to subscribe to the company’s massive private automated license plate reader (ALPR or LPR) database, according to a recent contract awards hearing. The database reportedly contains 2.2 billion records.

Seattle police unveil blurred, soundless body cam YouTube channel
Ars Technica - Faces are redacted, voices dropped amid privacy concerns. In what appears to be the nation's first, the Seattle Police Department is launching the SPD BodyWornVideo channel. At its core, the channel is confirmation that the surveillance society has gone mainstream—perhaps too mainstream.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Obama Administration approves GMO tree to be planted without regulation or oversight
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has quietly given a green light to the world's first genetically modified (GM) tree species, recommending that its developer pursue unregulated commercial cultivation of the artificial plant without safety testing or a proper environmental impact assessment.


The 10 Daily Habits of Frugal People
The Organic Prepper - Living a life of thrift and frugality is all about the little habits. It’s about your mindset. Saving money on enormous expenditures is great, but it is the small daily actions that add up and change your life.


Do you suffer from hypothyroidism? How to tell if your thyroid is slow
(NaturalNews) There are various testing methods for poor thyroid function, but the testing is problematic. Most physicians use outdated reference ranges when testing thyroid function. Also, studies have demonstrated that standard thyroid tests do not correlate well with tissue thyroid levels, which causes inaccurate diagnoses.

Doctor warns that wireless technologies are greatest threat to modern health
(NaturalNews) Is a world filled with Wi-Fi signals a more dangerous, less healthy world? Yes, it is, according to a number of top experts who have spoken recently about the issue. In this video, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, one of the nation's top "integrative" cardiologists, says that "wireless technologies" are "the greatest threat to health in this millennium."

Are Illinois Lawmakers Supporting Big Pharma in Push to Mandate More Children Vaccinated?
Health Impact News - When one looks at the current FIVE new bills being proposed in Illinois to mandate and increase vaccinations for children, one has to wonder who is really profiting from these proposed new laws?? If you live in Illinois, do you believe that you need a new law in your state to protect DENTISTS from any liability due to injuries resulting from vaccines when they give them away FREE in public clinics?... Why should dentists be administering vaccines to begin with? Who really profits from this bill?

Research: Antipsychotic Meds Cause Hopelessness, “Zombie-Like” State
The New American - A recent article highlights startling research on the serious side effects of antipsychotic medications. In addition, many of the medications are failing to relieve the symptoms for which they were prescribed. Researchers at Australia’s Murdoch University in Perth and the University of Queensland found that the side effects of the antipsychotics include Parkinsonism, restlessness, involuntary movements, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, constipation, dry mouth. and dizziness. The most prevalent side effect is extreme fatigue, which leaves many in a “zombie state,” they report.

Cracking the Cholesterol Myth: How Statins Harm The Body and Mind
Green Med Info - A new study finds the chemical war against cholesterol using statin drugs was justified through statistical deception and the cover up of over 300 adverse health effects documented in the biomedical literature.

Consumers Boycott Kellogg’s GMOs, and Now Retailers Do Too!
Natural Society - Championing consumers of the United States who refuse to eat GMO foods, Sunshine Natural Foods and Vitamins is boycotting Kellogg’s, including the Kashi brand which was touted as ‘organic’ by the company, but was exposed as fraud. Sure, it’s a small natural foods store in Grants Pass, Oregon, but it counts!... Another New England grocery store decided to remove Kashi brand from its shelves just as sunshine Natural Foods did. They won’t sell the public toxic ingredients that they don’t want.

Nation’s Second Largest Retailer to Double Organics Immediately
Natural Society - You voted with your dollar. You spoke out on social media. You educated your co-workers who were eating a junk-food diet. Thanks to this influence, organic food sales are exploding, so one of the largest retailers in the US is ‘doubling down’ their investment in organic and sustainable products.

Monday - March 2, 2015 - Today in History:

1807 - The U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country."
1836 - Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed.
1861 - The U.S. Congress created the Territory of Nevada.
1877 - In the U.S., Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election by the U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however, had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
1899 - U.S. President McKinley signed a measure that created the rank of Admiral for the U.S. Navy. The first admiral was George Dewey.
1900 - The U.S. Congress voted to give $2 million in aid to Puerto Rico.
1917 - Citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act.
1939 - The Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. These first 10 amendments had gone into effect 147 years before.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.
1949 - The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.
1983 - The U.S.S.R. performed an underground nuclear test.
1985 - The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus that allowed possibly contaminated blood to be kept out of the blood supply.
1998 - Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat.
2003 - Over the Sea of Japan, there was a confrontation between four armed North Korean fighter jets and a U.S. RC-135S Cobra Ball. No shots were fired in the encounter in international airspace about 150 miles off North Korea's coast. The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights on March 12.
2004 - NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past.
2011 - The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church have a First Amendment right to picket the funeral of a Marine.

World News

Iraqi Army Downs Two British Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL Terrorists
Global Research - al-Anbar province: numerous flights by US-led coalition planes airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas. There are no reports in the Western mainstream media pertaining to this issue. This report is based on statements emanating from the Iraq parliament, with photographic evidence. We have not been in a position to corroborate this report by FARS News.

‘All about money’: NATO spending debate focuses on ‘Russian threat’
RT - NATO member-states unwilling or unable to help boost the military spending are being accused of ignoring the “Russian threat,” that has re-emerged as the core of the alliance’s agenda to boost arms sales. A report saying one of major NATO funding contributors, the UK, could fail to fulfil the commitment to spend 2 percent of its GDP on the alliance in 2015 came as a bombshell for some of the West’s military elite.

US, Allies Undermine 'Nuclear Free' World, Moscow Committed to Disarmament - Lavrov
Sputnik News - Unilateral actions by the United States and its allies in regard to missile defense systems are influencing strategic stability by undermining the outlook of reaching a world free of nuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Germany’s Bundestag okays Greece’s bailout extension
RT - In the biggest majority for any eurozone rescue package vote so far, members of the German parliament have almost unanimously approved the reform plan for Greece, which paves the way for a four–month loan extension. Other EU countries will also vote on the plan approved by the European Commission on Tuesday, but the vote of Germany , Greece’s main creditor, makes the overall approval almost certain. Germany has been the biggest advocate of Greece complying with its obligations and paying off its €317 billion debt. The newly elected government in Greece has promised to end the era of austerity in the country.

Russia: US-Backed Opposition Leader Gunned Down in Moscow
Tony Cartalucci - US-backed opposition groups in Russia have so far failed utterly to produce results. Their transparent subservience to Washington coupled with their distasteful brand of politics has left a rather unpleasant taste in the mouth of most Russians. Each attempt to spread the "virus" of color revolution to Moscow, as US Senator John McCain called it, has failed - and each attempt has fallen progressively flatter.
* Related: Putin Predicted Washington Would Employ Assassination Tactic Against Russia — Paul Craig Roberts

US State Department Admits Russia had Nothing to Gain from Killing Boris Nemtsov
Tony Cartalucci - Perhaps believing by virtue of having admitted the murder of Russian opposition member Boris Nemtsov in Russia’s capital of Moscow Friday evening in no way served the Russian government’s best interests, the US State Department believes it can deflect guilt from being shifted towards its direction.

Boris Nemtsov’s Killers Tried to Destabilize Russia – Gorbachev
Sputnik News - Soviet ex-President Mikhail Gorbachev sees the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as an attempt to destabilize Russia. He also warns against calls to give excessive powers to law enforcement and security agencies. "The assassination of Boris Nemtsov is an attempt to complicate the situation in the country, even to destabilize it by ratcheting up tensions between the government and the opposition,” Gorbachev said.

Caught On Tape: The Moment Boris Nemtsov Was Assassinated
Zero Hedge - As the world contemplates the various ‘provocation’ scenarios - a Russian act, a CIA act meant to look like a Russian act, or a Russian act meant to look like a CIA act? - the following clip suggests this was anything but an ad hoc shooting…

Our Middle Eastern “Allies” Fund Terrorists Abroad So They Won’t Attack Them At Home
Washington's Blog - Dr Mahmoud Othman, a veteran member of the Iraqi Kurdish leadership who recently retired from the Iraqi parliament, said there was a misunderstanding as to why Gulf countries paid off IS [the Islamic State]. It is not only that donors are supporters of IS, but that the movement “gets money from the Arab countries because they are afraid of it”, he says. “Gulf countries give money to Da’esh so that it promises not to carry out operations on their territory.”

ExxonMobil admits $1bn lost from anti-Russia sanctions
RT - The contracts with Russia’s biggest oil company Rosneft damaged by the West’s anti-Russian sanctions have cost ExxonMobil $1 billion, the company said in its annual report.

Crude price shock sends Canadian oil service companies into whirlwind
RT - The crude oil price collapse has forced some Canadian oil service companies to cut their workforces, budgets, and salaries, as their energy-producing customers have been struggling with their own budget cuts and market uncertainty.... Oilfield services and hydraulic fracturing company Calfrac announced on Wednesday that it will cut over $25 million from its general and administrative costs, as it released its fourth quarter revenue report. The firm will be slashing executive salaries by around 10 percent and directors’ pay by 20 percent starting in April. Calfrac was also forced to shut down its operations in Colombia.

Nippon Airways to Feed Customers Fukushima Food
Natural Society - If you’ve understandably compared airplane food to tasteless cardboard, you’ve at least been eating cuisine that wasn’t contaminated with radiation. Now, Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. (NAC) will be serving their customers in the friendly skies ‘Fukushima food.’ From this March until May, they will feature food from the Fukushima prefecture, part of a marketing campaign that was meant to highlight food from all over Japan. In their internationally-connecting lounges, NAC will serve Fukushima peaches, tomatoes, and beef, as well as 12 kinds of rice wine.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Department of Homeland Security: What is it Good For?
Ron Paul Institute - Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill. Despite the heated rhetoric from both sides, no one seriously believes that Congress will allow Homeland Security funding to lapse.

LAPD fatally shoot a homeless man on skid row
LA Times - Los Angeles police shot and killed a homeless man on skid row Sunday during an intense altercation caught on video in which an officer can be heard twice shouting "drop the gun!" The dramatic video... captures the final seconds of the confrontation, showing four officers engaged in a frantic struggle with the man, wrestling him to the ground. Police were still analyzing the audio, but "it's clear there was a struggle for the officer's gun," Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. No other gun was found at the scene.
* Related: Protests over LAPD fatally shooting mentally ill homeless man

A little-known Virginia law is letting citizens start their own police force, carry a badge and arrest people
National Post - Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas, Virginia, apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road. The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the “Manassas Junction Police Department.”

Israel Lobbies for More Missile Defense Funds Than Obama Sought
Bloomberg - For the second consecutive year, Israeli officials have asked the U.S. Congress to add more than $300 million to President Barack Obama’s budget request for their nation’s missile-defense programs. The $317 million wish list that Israeli’s missile defense chief gave lawmakers this month is in addition to the $158 million the Pentagon proposed for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Should Creation Teacher Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison?
Health Impact News - is reporting that Mr. Hovind was moved to an isolation cell yesterday (7 by 9 cell shared by 2 people) in Santa Rosa County Jail. He has to sleep on the floor and he no longer has phone access (he granted several interviews to the alternative media by phone last week). Supporters are asking people to call the jail (850)983-1100 and ask why he is in isolation and if he can be moved out of isolation into a dorm with phone access. Kent Hovind is a Creation Science teacher and Baptist minister who became well known for debating university professors and refuting Darwinian evolutionary theory. He has served eight years of a ten-year prison sentence, and he is now fighting a new charge that would put him behind bars for the rest of his life.... Mr. Hovind spoke on the Joyce Riley “Power Hour” talk radio show [video] this past week from county jail.

'I sat in that place for three days': Chicagoans detail abusive confinement inside police 'black site'
The Guardian - A Chicago man says he was confined for three days – shackled, interrogated and fed only twice, his whereabouts unknown – inside the police “black site” at the epicentre of public outcry over allegations of abuse said to focus on minority citizens. Four black Chicagoans have now come forward to the Guardian detailing off-the-books ordeals at the facility, including another who describes being detained in “a big cage” with his wrists cuffed to a bench so he couldn’t move.
* Related video: 'It's a domestic black site': inside one protester's secretive US police detention

Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling
Washington Post - Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road. The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the “Manassas Junction Police Department.”

West Virginia Senate: The 2nd Amendment Is A Concealed Carry Permit
Breitbart - On February 27 the West Virginia senate passed a bill to eliminate the need for obtaining a permit to to carry a concealed handgun, citing the 2nd Amendment as reason enough to exercise an "inherent right."

Election News

VIDEO: The Jeb Bush Protest You Didn't See
CPAC 2015, Former Governor of Florida and Grandson of Prescott Bush, walked out on stage with media personality Sean Hannity to try and help him through this event. After all, the Bush family isn't popular even when it comes to most neo-cons and teo-cons. Jeb is Heckled, Booed and there was even a walk out and protest organized for when he started speaking. Not sure how the corporate owned outlets will spin this, but I highly doubt you'll see this !!

Senator Rand Paul wins CPAC's 2015 straw poll in boost to 2016 presidential prospects
(Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength.
* Related: Senator Rand Paul CPAC 2015 Speech

Jeb Bush Fails CPAC, Can’t Even Stack Straw Poll Successfully
Breitbart - Republican voters rejected former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the straw poll, as he earned only 8 percent of the vote and came in fifth. That came as, according to reports and several other campaigns, Bush attempted to rig the straw poll by busing in “supporters” from Washington, D.C., and K Street. So, after subtracting out those his campaign packed into the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, his support among conservatives is even more smaller than it appears.

Economy & Business

Billionaire Warns Of Total Collapse End Game Scenario: ‘No Way Out… Your Money Will Be Worthless’
Mac Slavo - According to billionaire resource investor Carlo Civelli there is likely no way out for central banks which have spent the last several years printing money hand over fist. Over his decades’ long career Civelli has either managed or financed over 20 companies, many of which now have market capitalizations in the billions of dollars, so he knows a thing or two about investing during boom times, as well as busts. In his most recent interview with Future Money Trends he warns of an endgame scenario that is nothing short of a total collapse. And here’s the scary part: Civelli says that even gold may not be a safe haven should the worst case scenario play out...

Meet Linebarger - The Government's Biggest Private Debt Collector
Zero Hedge - As CNN reports, based in Texas, Linebarger works for 2,300 clients nationwide and collects $1 billion for its clients each year. But the collection system is far from perfect, leading to some nightmare scenarios. Despite decades of scandals over the way the firm gets business (and even jail time for one of its top executives) Linebarger still lands lucrative government contracts...

Meanwhile In California, Unambiguously Ungood...
Zero Hedge - AP reports, for Californians, it's considerably worse as gas prices have soared 60c to $3.23 per gallon in the last few weeks. Between refinery shutdowns (due to strikes and explosions) removing 17% of California's production, and the seasonal shift to the less-polluting summer blend of gas mandated in California, supply remains drastically short spiking prices 20-30c on Thursday alone as one gas station owner exclaimed, in 48 years "I've never seen anything like this kind of [price spike]."

Good News! Tax Audits Will Dwindle to Record Low Levels This Year
Activist Post - The audit rate, the percentage of individuals’ tax returns IRS revenue agents examined either in person or via correspondence, fell to 0.86% last year, the data show. That represents the lowest rate since at least fiscal year 2005.... The audit declines coincide with recent drops in IRS funding and a steady falloff in revenue agents. It also comes as the tax agency seeks congressional approval for a fiscal year 2016 budget hike after being buffeted over dwindling taxpayer services and allegations it targeted conservative tax-exempt groups for increased scrutiny.

Energy & Environment

EPA sued over shrinking monarch butterfly population
RT - A leading environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing regulators of dismissing dangers about a certain chemical used in herbicides, including Monsanto’s widely used Roundup. The lawsuit, filed Friday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in federal district court in New York, argues that an ingredient in the herbicide – glyphosate – has had devastating effects on monarch butterflies, causing the population to halve in seven years.

Science & Technology

"This Is Just The Beginning" - Strange Events Happening At Alternative News Sites - Kill Switch Being Tested?
All News PipeLine - Over the last three days since the FCC voted for "net neutrality," some very strange events have occurred, including alternative news radio shows to simply go off air for minutes at a time, a popular website that conducted a hard hitting interview with the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration Paul Criag Roberts completely went down and the article could not be accessed throughout the day, just to come back up, then return an error again on reload, a site that linked to that piece also went "goopy," according to the Hawk video below, Facebook has had numerous reports over at, just to name a few events that could be indicative of the US Government testing their ability to control what Internet users see and what they don't.

NSA spying program renewed ahead of congressional showdown
RT - A federal court has renewed a National Security Agency program allowing for the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, highlighting a battle between the White House and Congress to reform the nature of mass surveillance in the country. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) gave a green light to the government to let the US telephone metadata collection program continue until June 1, when the provisions in the Patriot Act legalizing the practice will expire.

Your voice-to-text speech is recorded and sent to strangers
Boing Boing - Redditor Fallenmyst just started a job at Walk N'talk Technologies, where she listens to randomly sampled speech-to-text recordings from our mobile phones, correcting machine conversions. If you use text-to-speech to send intimate messages, to discuss confidential material, or to say things that you don't want anyone to hear, be advised: everything you say to your phone is liable to being listened to later by bored strangers (and that goes double for your Samsung smart TV).


Measles hysteria leads daycare directors to order parents to subject children to invasive blood draws
(NaturalNews) The call for forced vaccinations is not enough. Now everyone must prove they aren't sick by submitting to forced blood draws!... The Samohi Infant Toddler Center has become a testing ground for a new slew of forced medical intervention and surveillance. Officials are now requiring that infants' blood be drawn to monitor them before they can be approved to interact with the public.

Flashback: Merck created hit list to 'destroy,' 'neutralize' or 'discredit' dissenting doctors
(NaturalNews) Merck made a "hit list" of doctors who criticized Vioxx, according to testimony in a Vioxx class action case in Australia. The list, emailed between Merck employees, contained doctors' names with the labels "neutralise," "neutralised" or "discredit" next to them.

If vaccines are safe, why has the US gov. paid out $3 BILLION to vaccine-injured families?
(NaturalNews) Vaccines are a very imperfect science, despite the good intentions of healthcare providers and parents seeking to protect their children from disease. Adverse, life-changing and deadly effects of vaccines are more common than ever. In fact, the US government has had to pay out over $3 billion to vaccine-injured families since 1986. Still think vaccines are safe?

Charlotte Observer Reports on Child Crippled by Vaccines and Awarded $2 Million in Damages
Health Impact News - The Charlotte Observer has done something that is quite rare: they have reported the truth about a child who received the recommended childhood vaccines, and then became brain damaged. The family was awarded a $2 million settlement in vaccine court, which the Charlotte Observer also reported.

28 daily 'hits' that predispose us to aggressive cancer growth
(NaturalNews) When examining such an exhaustive list, it is important to understand that as long as someone avoids being hit by most of these factors (and doesn't expose themselves to concentrated "doses" of any of them on a daily basis), it's possible they won't develop symptomatic cancer in their lifetime.

Meta-Study On Genetically Modified Food: Virtually All Independent Scientists Are Concerned
Washington's Blog - The only consensus that GM food is safe is among industry-funded researchers. By way of background, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases. And genetically-engineered meat isn’t even tested for human safety. And a leading risk expert says that genetically modified foods could wipe out the global ecosystem. But government agencies like the FDA go to great lengths to cover up the potential health damage from genetically modified foods, and to keep the consumer in the dark about what they’re really eating.

The Shocking Difference Between Organic & Non-GMO Labels – It’s Huge!
Food Babe - The “Non-GMO Project” label only verifies that a product doesn’t contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients (or technically less than 0.9% GMOs). While that is good, it’s not the whole story about what the product contains, how it was produced, and where it came from. But when I have a choice, I always choose organic food because of these reasons… 10 reasons why “Organic” beats “Non-GMO” every time...

Is Your Tea Full of Pesticides?
Natural Society - If you are worried about GMO sugar beets, corn, or soy, you should think again when it comes to steeping your favorite cup of tea. Herbs like spearmint or peppermint are allowed 100 times higher the levels of glyphosate than some GM foods, and the first time pesticides are washed off of these herbs is often in your cup.

5 Food-Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life
Green Med Info - Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading around as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease.

How Root Canals Could Spark Autoimmune Diseases
Natural Society - Are root canals safe? Dr. George Meinig, author of Root Canal Cover-Up, was a founding member of the American Association of Endodontics. He quit the association later in his career after he saw firsthand the adverse affects that root canals have on the immune system. Dr. Meinig also witnessed the irreparable damage to the jaw bone caused by the infected cavitation sites where root canaled teeth once sat.

How lack of sleep leads to irritability, anxiety, depression, and obesity
(NaturalNews) Sleep helps to regulate the hormone cortisol. The right amount of cortisol enables us to metabolize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It is needed to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. Even the immune system is dependent upon proper levels of cortisol for optimum functioning. But lack of sleep can cause the body to produce too much. Excessive cortisol makes us irritable, anxious, and depressed.

Beware the dangerous ingredients in pickles and pickle juice
(NaturalNews) If you are one of the many people who like pickles and/or pickle juice, you may want to think again after a look at the ingredients commonly found in commercial pickles and their juice. In addition to water, cucumbers and distilled cucumbers, pickle juice typically contains...

Pet News

Don't Bring Home a New Dog Before Locking Away These 10 Items
Dr. Becker - Bringing home a new dog is an exciting event. Remember to proactively lock up these 10 items that could mean impending doom for your curious new pet... including some with no antidote, and others you might never suspect.

Roundup Ready Pet Products
Susan Thixton - If your pet's food, treats, or even cat litter contains corn, soy, alfalfa or canola - chances are your pet is consuming Genetically Modified Crops and the risks associated with them. Some words of caution to GMO's from a Holistic Veterinarian.


Friday - February 27, 2015 - Today in History:

1801 - The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.
1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
1933 - The Reichstag, Germany's parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire.
1939 - The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
1951 - The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms.
1972 - The Shanghai Communique was issued by U.S. President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai.
1973 - The American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved the telecast of its debates on a trial basis.
1990 - The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that "Kuwait is liberated."
1997 - In Ireland, divorce became legal.
1999 - Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo became the country's first elected president since August of 1983.
2002 - In Boston, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.
2010 - An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed 524 people in Chile caused $30 billion in damage and left over 200,000 homeless.

World News

Ukraine pays Gazprom $15mn for 24 hours worth of gas
RT - Ukraine’s Naftogaz has paid Gazprom $15 million for gas delivery. At current levels, the prepayment covers one day's gas consumption and will be spent by Tuesday, Gazprom spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov said.

‘100yrs to repair Gaza’: Oxfam says blockade remains, aid almost non-existent
RT - Reconstructing Gaza could take an entire century, if Israel doesn’t stop the siege, leading charity Oxfam warned. And that’s just the time frame for essential projects. The NGO’s regional director calls the situation “deplorable.” A statement was issued by the group on Thursday, six months after the latest conflict, which saw Israel roll out Operation Protective Edge. That brought about eight weeks of bombardment, followed by a devastating ground assault.

Israel Floods Gaza Neighborhood with Rainwater
(WAFA) February 22, 2015– The Israeli authorities last night pumped large amounts of rainwater into the Gaza Strip, causing tens of neighboring homes to sink, according to witnesses and media sources. Civil Defense said about 50 homes sank in the floods, while a number of local residents in eastern Gaza areas were reported injured. There were also reports of deaths of livestock and poultry. “The [Israeli] army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza, which resulted in the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel,” Gaza's Civil Defense Directorate said in a statement.

Watchdog Rips AFP for False Report Claiming Israel Flooded Gaza Areas by Opening Dams
The Algemeiner - Media watchdog CAMERA has blasted the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency after it ran a story claiming that recent flooding in Gaza was caused by the opening of dams by Israeli authorities.

Judge dismisses case against Argentine president over Jewish center bombing cover-up
RT - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been cleared of accusations made by state prosecutors that she conspired to cover up Iran’s alleged role in the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center in 1994.

Royal Deceit? The Queen's Bank Under Investigation Over Tax Evasion
Sputnik News - British banking has been hit with another scandal with the private arm of the taxpayer-funded Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) under investigation by German authorities over allegedly helping wealthy customers evade paying taxes.

Violent arrests as hundreds rally over 43 missing students in Mexico (VIDEO)
RT - Mexican police have violently arrested protesters rallying in the country's capital. The demonstrators are demanding a thorough investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in September. Clashes between police and protesters broke out during the organized demonstration on the five-month anniversary of the disappearance of the students, who were attending a teacher training college in Ayotzinapa, located in southwestern Guerrero state.

India follows Russia, ratifies $100 bn BRICS Bank
BRICS Post - After the Russian Parliament ratified it last week, the Indian government has also cleared the establishment of the new $100 billion development bank and the $100 billion BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). The BRICS Bank launched last year will fund infrastructure projects in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the Western-led World Bank and the IMF.

NATO ready to advise Libya on security, eyes more drones
Kansas City Star - NATO's chief said Thursday the alliance was ready to advise Libya's government on defense and security issues, saying the deteriorating situation in the country is posing new security threats for Europe that require a more robust defense. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also told a news conference in Rome that the alliance plans to bolster its surveillance of the region by using drones based at the air station in Sigonella, Sicily, starting next year.

‘Jihadi John’ from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner
(Reuters) – Investigators believe that the “Jihadi John” masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday. He was born in Kuwait and comes from a prosperous family in London, where he grew up and graduated with a computer programing degree, according to the Washington Post.

UK: Call GM food something else to ease public fears, say MPs: Report says label is 'lightning rod' for fears of designer crops
Daily Mail - The term ‘GM food’ should be abandoned, say politicians who are calling for an extraordinary rebranding exercise. MPs on the science and technology select committee has demanded a ‘reframing of the public conversation’ about genetically modified food. In an inflammatory report today, it says the GM label has become a ‘lightning rod’ for fears about designer crops.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ron Paul Blames Psychotropic Drugs For “American Sniper” Murder And Other Mass Shootings
Buzz Feed News - Former Congressman Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, said Wednesday that “American Sniper” Chris Kyle would be alive today if his killer was not using psychotropic drugs. Paul has repeatedly linked or blamed mass shootings on the use of psychotropic drugs.

IRS watchdog probing 'potential criminal activity' in Lerner email mess
Politico - The IRS watchdog on Thursday night said it is probing whether there could be criminal activity involving the way IRS handled the lost-then-found emails of ex-official Lois Lerner, but it cautioned lawmakers not to jump to conclusions, as the investigation is ongoing.

Court Rules In Favor Of Whistleblower Cop Who Spoke Out Against NYPD Quotas
Buzz Feed News - Officer Craig Matthews had sued the city for violating his First Amendment rights after he suffered retaliation for speaking out against arrest quotas. A federal judge had dismissed the lawsuit, but the U.S. Court of Appeals decided to let the suit go on.

Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle
Washington Examiner - As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

AR-15 Ammo Not “Armor Piercing” According to Law, But ATF Banning It Anyway
Kit Daniels - The ATF is trying to ban M855 AR-15 ammunition by declaring it “armor piercing,” despite the ammo containing lead which exempts it from the classification according to law. To be considered “armor piercing” under 18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(17)(B), a bullet must have an entirely metal core or have a jacket weighting more than 25% of its weight, which wouldn’t include M855 rounds because their bullets are partly lead.

2nd Amendment Watch: OH Supreme Court Says Gun Law Doesn’t Apply to Cops
Lions of Liberty - Last week the Ohio Supreme Court essentially ruled that current gun laws should not be enforced equally across the population. The decision reinforced a common belief that police officers should not be held to the same standard as the rest of society. The ruling made by the Ohio Supreme Court held that a specification in a law, which provides stiffer penalties for individuals using guns in the commission of a crime, cannot be applied to a cop convicted of a criminal act while on duty.

Shock Report: Domestic Black Sites Now Operational
Mac Slavo - We’ve previously warned that these are exactly the kind of scenarios that would result from anti-terrorism legislation like The Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act. On December 5th [2011], ahead of Congressional voting, Senator Rand Paul warned that the new legislation would allow the government to detain American citizens under terrorism laws without evidence, charge or trial. Specifically, Paul cited the government’s own broad definitions and characterizations for domestic terrorism or suspicious activity as involving those who, among other things, own guns, ammunition or store food.

Chicago Police Use Local News Media to Downplay Secret Torture Site
Activist Post - Amid controversy over the Chicago Police Department’s off-the-books interrogation site, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a piece fully exonerating the police department, by basing the article entirely off statements made by the police department. Don’t worry good citizens, the police have investigated themselves in less than 24 hours and found they’ve done nothing wrong.

Too Far? Teacher Caught Displaying a "Student Terrorist List"
Activist Post - Last week, a St. Pete high school teacher was stuck in hot water over shaming students by placing their names on a "student terrorist list" and posting it on the door. It is unclear what was the motive for his actions. The teacher, however, went so far as to give the blacklisted students Arabic sounding alias names. While the teacher sounds like he might have a screw loose - is he in reality doing what he was trained to do?

Senior Citizen Held at Gunpoint, Forced to Remove Clothes in Public, Jailed, for Driving Classic Car
Free Thought Project - Because of the negligent actions of the Nevada Highway Patrol, a couple was humiliated, and their lives threatened, for stealing a car they actually owned. Robin and Beverly Bruins were out for a drive in their classic car, when incompetent cops confused their license information and pulled them over. “Driver! Remove your keys from the ignition and put them on the roof now!” screams the trooper over his loud speaker.

Election News

Missouri governor candidate dead in apparent suicide
RT - Missouri auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich has been found dead in an apparent suicide, according to local media reports. Schweich, considered a leading Republican contender for the party’s 2016 nomination for state governor, died Thursday after being transported to a hospital in the wake of a “medical situation” at his home.... "What we know at this point suggests an apparent suicide," Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy said on Thursday. However, he added that an autopsy and investigation still need to be conducted.

Veteran News

CPAC–Palin Zeroes in on Obama Veteran Scandals: ‘We Demand That the Vets Are First in Line’ Instead of Illegals
Breitbart - On Thursday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ripped the Obama administration for putting the needs of illegal immigrants ahead of veterans who sacrificed to ensure the nation’s freedoms. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Palin referred to the Veterans Administration’s wait-list scandal and said, “we can’t wait for D.C. to fix their bureaucratic blunders.” Palin demanded that veterans get vouchers to get treatment outside of the VA.

Economy & Business

VIDEO: Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments
Washington Examiner - The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

Science & Technology

FCC Approves ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan to Control Internet Access
Breitbart - The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans business practices that are “unjust or unreasonable,” represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades. The goal is to prevent providers from slowing or blocking web traffic, or creating paid fast lanes on the Internet, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The 3-2 vote was expected to trigger industry lawsuits that could take several years to resolve. Still, consumer advocates cheered the regulations as a victory for smaller Internet-based companies which feared they would have to pay “tolls” to move their content.

VIDEO: FCC Net Regs Will Spill Over: ‘TV As You Know It is Over’
Breitbart - Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban predicted that proposed FCC Internet regulations will end up impacting TV and “your TV as you know it is over” on Thursday’s “Squawk Alley” on CNBC.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

California pays farmers to sustainably sequester carbon in soil
(NaturalNews) The solution to widespread environmental destruction and perceived man-made climate change isn't to arbitrarily restrict humans from using the world's natural resources, but rather to alter the way humans use them. And a new program in California is doing just that by rewarding farmers who adopt clean, sustainable, organic farming and rotational grazing practices that have been scientifically shown to not only sequester carbon dioxide in the ground but also naturally enrich soils.

3D print your own garden grow box: Texas inventor releases 3D parts and instructions for self-watering grow systems
(Natural News) (Press release) Texas inventor and science lab director Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") has publicly launched 3D printable parts and instructions for making your own self-watering float valve, the key component in non-electric hydroponic grow systems.

Vertical farm can make 44,000 pounds of tomatoes on the side of a parking lot
The Verge - The Wyoming town of Jackson gets long and bitter winters. One mile above sea level in a landlocked state, months of heavy snow leave the town unable to grow much of its own produce, forcing it to import fresh fruit and vegetables from other states or other countries. But the creators of a new initiative called Vertical Harvest — a multi-story greenhouse built on the side of a parking lot — hope that one of the world's few vertical farms can help feed the town with tomatoes, herbs, and microgreens.


New Study Reveals Where To Go When Civilization Collapses: “Head For The Hills”
Mac Slavo - Should the world as we know it ever fall apart as a result of an economic collapse, a massive natural disaster, cyber attack or widespread pandemic there will be millions of people looking for food, clean water and other essential resources.


VACCINE WAR IN AMERICA: Attempts to Legislate Mandatory Vaccines all Across the U.S.
Health Impact News - The National Vaccine Information Center brings us the latest legislative updates across the U.S. Please register at their Advocacy Portal to stay abreast of legislative battles in your own state, and follow their advice below on how you can take action to protect your Constitutional rights. If Americans do not resist and act now, the battle will be quickly lost.

Medical fascism now unfolding in Michigan as judge considers forced vaccination of children taken from their family
(NaturalNews) The four children are actually involved in a Michigan Child Protection Services (CPS) case for reasons other than vaccination issues. The parents have a history of drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence. Their car was searched once, and crack pipes were found. There is no street drug worse than crack.... But the family court attorney, H. Elliot Parnes, upon discovering that none of the children have been vaccinated for measles, is petitioning the family court judge in this case to mandate that they all get the MMR vaccinations.

10 delicious herbal teas for holistic healing
(NaturalNews) Herbal teas have been used for millennia to treat minor ailments such as colds and fever but are also highly effective for treating and preventing everything from stomach and respiratory problems to depression and sleep disorders.

Worried About Clogged Arteries? Drink This
Green Med Info - Millions take toxic cholesterol and blood pressure lowering drugs that may do nothing to reduce heart disease specific mortality. Pomegranate juice, on the other hand, actually reverses underlying pathologies of the cardiovascular system that lead to bypass surgeries and heart attacks.

Common Food Additives Linked to Bowel Diseases and Metabolic Syndrome, Study Shows
Ready Nutrition - A new study revealed some disturbing information about common food additives called emulsifiers: they may promote inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions.... Emulsifiers are chemicals added to many food products to improve texture and extend shelf life. In experiments with mice, researchers found that emulsifiers can change the species’ composition of gut bacteria and induce intestinal inflammation. That inflammation is associated with serious disorders and diseases, reports Science Daily...

9 Kiwi Fruit Benefits - Boosting the Immune System, Vision, and More
Natural Society - Weighting in at about 4 ounces and resting at about 3 inches long, the kiwifruit is known for it’s high vitamin C content – containing more of the vitamin than even an orange..... Kiwi is also a great ‘prebiotic’ food. Prebiotic nutrients help to feed the probiotic bacteria in your gut (these bacteria are essential for optimal health). This helps keep digestive health in check while also helping to prevent a number of health issues. Here are over 9 kiwi fruit benefits....

Report:100% of Corn in These Popular Chips is ‘Completely GMO’ As well as a popular weed killer chemical
Natural Society - Bad news: Frito-Lays SunChips have just tested positive for weed killer and GMO ingredients. The chips are marketed as a ‘healthy’ alternative to regular chips as a means to lessen the chance of developing heart disease, but if your dining on Round Up (glyphosate residues) and GM Bt toxins found in most genetically modified corn, then ‘healthy’ as Frito-Lay defines it takes on a new meaning.

Is Starbucks' Newly Offered Coconut Milk 'Fake'?
Natural Society - The mega-chain is hoping that the ‘certified vegan’ coconut milk they offer will please clients who have dairy intolerances, and can’t consume soy.... But some skeptics are saying that Starbucks is pulling a fast one, and selling its eager audience coconut milk that isn’t really coconut milk. It isn’t just a watered down version of coconut milk, which most of us wouldn’t be surprised to find out. The ‘coconut water’ Starbucks is reportedly using contains corn (possibly GMO), multiple gums, and carrageenan – according to one researcher who posted a picture “from a barista at Starbucks.”

Pet News

What we Do Know about Beneful (Photo)
Susan Thixton - Beneful Dog Food is making big headlines right now, the pet food is linked to thousands of pet deaths and illnesses and is involved in a class action lawsuit. Much is unknown, but there are some things we do know. Here is a close look at Beneful and some reminders of complaints has received over the years linked to this dog food.

Humor & Satire

Monsanto for President 2016! A genetically modified candidate to free us from the Constitution
(NaturalNews) A new YouTube video lampooning the 2016 presidential race "urges" Americans to vote for "Monsanto" for president, the global biotech corporation responsible for the lion's share of the world's genetically modified foods. "Hi, we're Monsanto...

Thursday - February 26, 2015 - Today in History:

1863 - U.S. President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.
1870 - In New York City, the first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public.
1907 - The U.S. Congress raised their own pay to $7500.
1919 - In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress.
1929 - U.S. President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park.
1930 - New York City installed traffic lights.
1933 - A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge.
1945 - In the U.S., a nationwide midnight curfew went into effect.
1952 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.
1987 - The Tower Commission rebuked U.S. President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
1987 - The U.S.S.R. conducted its first nuclear weapons test after a 19-month moratorium period.
1991 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait.
1993 - 6 people were killed and more than a 1000 injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in NYC. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.
1998 - In Oregon, a health panel rules that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides.
2002 - In Rome, Italy, a bomb exploded near the Interior Ministry. No injuries were reported.
2009 - The Pentagon reversed its 18-year policy of not allowing media to cover returning war dead. The reversal allowed some media coverage with family approval.
2012 - Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he'd acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.)

World News

Report: Saudi Arabia Would Lend Israel Air Space for Strike on Iran
Blacklisted News - Saudi Arabian officials told European lawmakers during private talks that they may be willing to cooperate with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue, and could even allow the Israeli Air Force to use its air space for a possible air strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Russian Embassy Says Reuters Pakistan Bureau Chief Died of Asphyxiation
Sputnik News - Reuters' bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Russian national Maria Golovnina, died of asphyxia, the causes of the suffocation are being investigated, according to a spokesman for Russia's Embassy in Islamabad Alexey Lipeyev.

Bitcoin revolution could be the next internet, says Bank of England
The Telegraph - The Bank of England has unveiled analysis of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that suggests electronic money could cause a tectonic shift in the payments industry.

European court rules environmental groups can't legally oppose EU institutions; only corporations get a say
(NaturalNews) In a recent decision, the European Court of Justice ruled that environmental non-governmental organizations and other NGOs possess no right to file actions with the court, meaning they cannot legally oppose any European Union institution -- though profiteering global corporations have had, and will continue to have, access to court.

Fukushima fishermen ‘absolutely shocked’ at TEPCO failing to report leak for 10 months
RT - The operator of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has been strongly criticized for neglecting to report a radioactive leak for 10 months, after it admitted to doing so because of an ongoing investigation. On Tuesday it was revealed that a drainage ditch which receives runoff water from the highly-contaminated roof of Sector 2 was transporting water rich in cesium together with rain into the sea, and that the leak had been discovered back in May.

Iran Televises Major Naval Drill Against Fake US Aircraft Carrier In Persian Gulf
Zero Hedge - The nationally televised show of force by the country's elite Revolutionary Guard comes just weeks ahead of a deadline for Iran and world powers to forge a historic deal on the fate of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Iranian live-fire war games are not uncommon. But by simulating for the first time an attack on the ultimate symbol of American naval power, hard-liners hoped to send a message that Iran has no intention of backing down to the U.S. — whichever way talks over its contested nuclear program go.

Russia to help Cyprus overcome crisis aftermath – Putin
RT - Russia will continue to help Cyprus to gets over its debt crisis said President Putin after talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades in the Kremlin. Moscow has already provided the country with a €2.5 billion loan. "Russia will continue to provide assistance to Cyprus in liquidating the aftermath of the debt crisis,” Vladimir Putin said. Russia has already given Cyprus a €2.5 billion stabilization loan on favorable terms, the president added.

Ukraine Enters Hyperinflation: Currency Trading Halted, "Soon We Will Walk Around With Suitcases For Cash"
Zero Hedge - The Ukraine central bank tried to call a halt on Wednesday by banning banks from buying foreign currency on behalf of their clients for the rest of this week. Although banks could still trade with each other, by mid-morning there were no registered trades at any rate, leaving the currency in limbo. A construction worker exchanging dollars at a kiosk in a grocery shop in return for a bag filled with thousands of hryvnia, laughed and told shoppers: "Soon we will have to walk around with suitcases for cash, like in the 1990s."

Putin slams Kiev’s gas cutoff to Donetsk
Press TV - Putin said Wednesday that cutting off gas supplies to the people in Donetsk region, who have already been hit by huge plights such as hunger and displacement, bears the hallmarks of genocide. “It's not enough that there's already hunger there, and the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) has reported a humanitarian catastrophe, but then to switch off their gas supplies too! What do you call that? That already smacks of genocide,” Putin said during a meeting with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades in Moscow.

Israel cuts off electricity to thousands of West Bank Palestinians
LA Times - Israel's electric company cut off power Monday to more than 700,000 Palestinians in two major West Bank cities and nearby villages, and warned that more outages are coming if Palestinian officials don't pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt. [...] Israel has frozen more than $240 million in tax revenues it had collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the last two months, leaving an already cash-strapped government unable to even pay full salaries for its 180,000 civil servants.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama: ‘Consequences’ for ICE Officials Who Don’t Follow Executive Amnesty
Weekly Standard - President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC.

Top State Department Official Arrested and Charged With Soliciting Sex From a Minor
Townhall - A senior State Department official has been arrested, charged and booked to the Washington D.C. jail after allegedly soliciting sex from a minor over the internet. The official, Daniel Rosen, is in charge of counterterrorism operations.

Powerful “stingrays” used to go after 911 hangup, ATM burglary
Ars Technica - Newly released records show that Florida law enforcement agencies have been using stingrays thousands of times since at least 2007 to investigate crimes as small as a 911 hangup. They also seemingly obliquely refer to stingrays in police reports as “electronic surveillance measures,” or even as a “confidential informant.”

FedEx And UPS Refuse to Ship a Digital Mill That Can Make Untraceable Guns
Wired - The new generation of “maker” tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home. But first, those tools have to get to customers’ homes. That’s going to be difficult for at least one new machine with the potential to make homemade firearms, because FedEx is refusing to deliver it.

Kerry Makes It Clear: Obama Wants Authority to Deploy Ground Troops in Iraq and Syria
Common Dreams - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed on Tuesday that the Obama administration is, in fact, seeking approval for the deployment of ground troops to participate in combat operations against Islamic State forces. At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday, Kerry clarified the administration's position for boots-on-the-ground soldiers outlined in President Obama's proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), submitted to Congress earlier this month.

Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region
Washington Post - The Secret Service on Tuesday announced plans for conducting drone exercises in the Washington, D.C., area, but the agency provided few details about the program and declined to answer basic questions about it. The agency’s brief announcement, just two paragraphs and 76 words long, said exercises will take place “in the coming days and weeks” in “normally flight restricted areas.” It did not specify dates, times or locations for the exercises.

Gutierrez: WH May Implement Executive Amnesty in 24 States That Didn’t Join Lawsuit
Breitbart - A majority of states (26) joined the lawsuit that led to a federal judge (Andrew Hanen) issuing an injunction against Obama’s executive amnesty last week. The Obama administration complied with the injunction, did not accept applications for Obama’s executive amnesty, and asked Hanen for a stay before it files an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. But the White House, according to Gutierrez, is deciding whether it has the legal authority to launch its executive amnesty program in the 24 other states and the District of Columbia before the lawsuit is resolved.

Feds Threaten D.C. Officials with Prison If they Go Through with Pot Legalization on Thursday
Free Thought Project - In a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, two Republican congressmen Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the appropriations subcommittee that handles D.C.’s budget, ominously warned not to move forward with legalization in the District, claiming that to do so would be a violation of federal law.

Election News

Minnesota State Senator Proposes A “None Of The Above” Option On The Ballot
Star Tribune - If a Minnesota state senator gets his wish, a faceless and nameless force would give political candidates extra reason to sweat at election time. They'd have to compete against "None of the Above," with the threat of a new election featuring all-new candidates if that option prevails.... "This would give people an opportunity to really make a strong statement in rebuke of the present dynamic. It would be an honest check on the two-party system," said the first-term senator from Andover who at times has clashed openly with his own party. "This gives people a chance to legitimately voice their opinion."

Veteran News

Exclusive: FBI Tries to Flip Open Carry Activist After Arrest at Political Rally
Mikael Thalen - An open carry activist and military veteran speaking exclusively with Infowars says federal agents told him to “be quiet” for a year or face federal charges after being arrested by Department of Homeland Security agents at a political rally in Spokane, Washington.

Economy & Business

100 Reasons Why Janet Yellen Should Be Freaking Out About ''Audit the Fed''
Michael Snyder - Janet Yellen is very alarmed that some members of Congress want to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve for the first time since it was created. If the Fed is doing everything correctly, why should Yellen be alarmed? What does she have to hide?

IRS will allow people to keep extra money from ObamaCare tax error
The Hill - People who received incorrect tax information from ObamaCare will be allowed to keep the extra money in their refunds and will not have to refile their taxes, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. The Obama administration announced last week that 800,000 people signed up for ObamaCare had received incorrect tax information. Most of those people will be receiving a corrected form in the mail early next month, and are being asked to delay filing their taxes until then.

H&R Block: Half of Obamacare Enrollees Owe the IRS
Breitbart - A release put out by the consumer tax preparation company says that 53 percent of those signed up for insurance through Obamacare received too much subsidy support during the year. As a result, Obamacare consumers owe the IRS an average of $530, which is deducted from any refund to which they were entitled.

Bad for Business: After NSA Hack China Stops Buying Major US Tech Brands
Sputnik News - China has been axing major US technology companies from its government purchasing list in favor of local brands. Some analysts believe fears over NSA spy technology could be to blame.

Energy & Environment

Researchers develop cloud-seeding drones to automatically manipulate weather
(NaturalNews) A team of meteorologists with Nevada's Desert Research Institute in Reno are creating a "first-of-its-kind drone to take the seeding process high in the sky," according to a recent report by CBS San Francisco. The drones are expected to carry out "cloud seeding," a practice that can reportedly generate 10 percent more rain during a storm, a controversial operation that some say is toxic to humans and wildlife.

Science & Technology

Socialist Architect Behind FCC’s Net Neutrality: Let’s Eliminate “Capitalist Propaganda”
Kit Daniels - The FCC’s proposed “Net Neutrality” regulations grew out of the work of a socialist professor who wants to take control of the Internet out of private hands by declaring it a “public utility.” The professor, Dr. Robert McChesney of the University of Illinois, founded the socialist thinktank Free Press in 2002, which receives funding from billionaire activist George Soros.

VIDEO: Soros, Ford shovel $196 million to ‘net neutrality’ groups, staff to White House
Washington Examiner - Liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Ford Foundation have lavished groups supporting the administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and landing proponents on the White House staff, according to a new report. And now, as the Federal Communications Commission nears approving a type of government control over the Internet, the groups are poised to declare victory in the years-long fight, according to the report from MRC Business, an arm of the conservative media watchdog, the Media Research Center.

If the FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan is So Great, Why Can’t Anyone See It?
Paul Joseph Watson - If the FCC’s plan to “protect” net neutrality and reign in the power of greedy corporations is so fantastic, then why haven’t its 332 pages been released for public consumption? In a vote tomorrow [2/26/15], the Federal Communications Commission is expected to reclassify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Despite this mammoth change in the function of the web, no Congressional debate took place, no bills were introduced and no legislation was signed. The vast majority of Americans are unaware that this is even taking place since the news networks are offering scant coverage.
* Related: Why ‘Net Neutrality’ is a Trojan Horse For Obama’s Web Takeover

Stop the Obamanet - the government takeover of the Internet will start this week phone #'s and emails here
Daily Paul - First there was Obamacare, we are now about to get the Obamanet shoved down our throats. Call your senator and house members and tell them to keep the Internet free, and no to the Obamanet. Government control of the Internet will be a disaster and will soon lead to government control of our speech and privacy.

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims
The Guardian - A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years. Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off. Canavero hopes to assemble a team to explore the radical surgery in a project he is due to launch at a meeting for neurological surgeons in Maryland this June.


MMR vaccines actually spread measles and cause permanent immune damage, doctor warns
(NaturalNews) Dr. Robert Rowen was fortunate enough to have grown up before the advent of MMR, emphasizing that he was "blessed" to have had natural measles, as well as chickenpox, rubella, mumps and various other conditions as a child.... If Dr. Rowen had been vaccinated with MMR like most children are today, however, he may not have been so fortunate. After the "plastic" immunity, as he calls it, wore off from the vaccine, he would have had a much higher risk of developing and spreading measles and other conditions as an adult, all of which tend to be far more severe later in life.

Standing increases longevity and builds telomeres
(NaturalNews) Research has now shown that standing instead of sitting can prevent telomere shortening. Circuit training is also recommended, but actually the time you spend on your feet may be more important that time spent exercising, as far as telomere length protection is concerned. Researchers conclude that sitting down is a "new health hazard of our time," and that exercise and standing up prevents telomere shortening.

Johnson & Johnson Loses Trial Over Risperdal And Male Breasts
WSJ - In a setback to Johnson & Johnson, a Philadelphia jury decided the health care giant must pay $2.5 million in damages for failing to warn that its Risperdal antipsychotic could cause gynecomastia, which is abnormal development of breasts in males. The lawsuit was brought by the family of an autistic boy who took the drug in 2002 and later developed size 46 DD breasts, according to a lawyer for the family.

VIDEO: CRE Superbug Outbreaks Reveal The Lack Of Proper Sanitation in Hospitals
Natural Society - One major media outlet recently reported that CRE cases have now been identified in 42 states. The number of hospitals and nursing homes which have experienced CRE outbreaks grows by the day. CRE stands for Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae which “are gram-negative bacteria that are nearly resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics, considered the ‘drug of last resort’ for such infections. Experts fear CRE as the new ‘superbug.’ The bacteria can kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections. These superbugs are referred to as “nightmare bacteria” even by the head of the CDC, Tom Frieden.

Wednesday - February 25, 2015 - Today in History:

1793 - The department heads of the U.S. government met with U.S. President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on U.S. record.
1836 - Samuel Colt received U.S. Patent No. 138 (later 9430X) for a "revolving-cylinder pistol."
1901 - The United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
1919 - The state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
1933 - The aircraft carrier Ranger was launched. It was the first ship in the U.S. Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier.
1948 - Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
1956 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
1972 - Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
1986 - Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.
1999 - William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. 2 other men were later convicted for their involvement.
2005 - Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.

World News

Former NATO Intel Officer Blames US for Ukraine Crisis
Sputnik News - A former NATO intelligence analyst has said that the crisis in Ukraine stems from as far back as 30 years when the United States "deliberately sabotaged" relations between Europe and Russia. The current crisis in Ukraine stems from as far back as 1986, when the United States saw an opportunity to model itself as the new single world superpower at the close of the Cold War and saw friendly Russian overtures to Western Europe as a threat.

US armor paraded 300m from Russian border
RT - NATO member Estonia has held a military parade in border town of Narva, just 300 meters from the Russian border. Tallinn is a long-time critic of Moscow, which it accuses of having an aggressive policy towards the Baltic nation. Tuesday’s military parade was dedicated to Estonia's Independence Day. Chief military commander Lt. Gen. Riho Terras headed the troops as President Toomas Hendrik Ilves reviewed them.

Facebook frontline: Kiev calls up 'online army' amid information war
RT - A day after Ukraine announced it is joining the information war by creating an 'online army,' the Information Policy Ministry entered into its first controversy. It has reportedly called on bloggers to create accounts to spread information useful to Kiev. The ministry has begun accepting applications from people wanting to join the online army. Once users are registered, they reportedly receive instructions on how to proceed.

'True story!' MSM spins theory that Putin hijacked MH370 and landed it in Kazakhstan
RT - Anti-Russia propaganda over Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was bad enough. Now one CNN aviation analyst is blaming Russia for the missing MH370 plane as well – and the Western press is eating it up.... One of the aviation experts consulted by CNN during the MH370 coverage has now claimed that Russia hijacked the plane. In a lengthy feature for New York magazine, Jeff Wise proposed a theory that MH370 was hijacked by Vladimir Putin (who else?) and landed at the “slowly crumbling” Baikonur Spaceport.

Top Secret? Jordan Furious After Pentagon Reveals Anti-ISIL Training Site
Sputnik News - The Pentagon has altered records to try and cover up its disclosure that one of its training camps to battle Islamic State militants is located in Jordan – information Jordan had requested be kept private. The slip happened last week as a Pentagon officer briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. In an effort to hide the screw-up, the Pentagon has since redacted any mention of the training camp from its public records, the Washington Times reported.

E. Ukraine artillery withdrawal focus of FMs meeting – as Poroshenko buys UAE weapons
RT - While the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were meeting in Paris to talk about the Eastern Ukraine peace settlement, it was revealed that the Ukrainian president has struck a deal on arms supplies from the UAE. The four ministers agreed on the need for the ceasefire to be respected, as well as on the need to extend the OSCE mission in Eastern Ukraine, reinforcing it with more funding, personnel and equipment.

Western "Boots On The Ground" In Ukraine: Britain Sends 75 "Military Advisers" To Combat "Russia-Backed Aggression"
Zero Hedge - In what we believe is the first touchdown of Western 'boots-on-the-ground' in Ukraine, Britain's David Cameron stated today that British military personnel are to be deployed to Ukraine for the first time in the next few weeks to provide advice and training to government troops. As The Guardian reports, Britain would be “the strongest pole in the tent”, and argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russian-backed militias in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the ceasefire.

Turkey's Invasion Of Syria Shows Turkish Connection To ISIS; NATO Agenda
Brandon Turbeville - Turkey has now officially proven that Israel and the United States are not the only nations that can brazenly violate the sovereignty of other countries, Syria in particular, without fear of reprisal due to NATO support and a blatant culture of aggression. The Turkish invasion of Syrian soil on February 22 under the guise of protecting and securing the tomb of Sulayman Shah is case in point.

Reports: ISIS Abducts 90 Assyrian Christians and Torches Churches
Breitbart - Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists have kidnapped dozens of Christians in northern Syria. According to reports, some sources state that as many as 90 were abducted from their homes near Tal Tamr.

Eurozone backs Greek reforms, enabling €172bn rescue extension
RT - Greece’s eurozone creditors have approved the reform plan it put forward, which paves the way for the country's €172 billion bailout to be extended until June. "National procedures for extension of the Greek programme can begin," EU Euro Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said on Twitter after a conference call Tuesday. Final approval will come from the parliaments of several eurozone countries, the Eurogroup said.

Kiev cash-for-gas fail could cost EU its supply say Gazprom
RT - Russia will completely cut Ukraine off gas supplies in two days if Kiev fails to pay for deliveries, which will create transit risks for Europe, Gazprom has said. Ukraine has not paid for March deliveries and is extracting all it can from the current paid supply, seriously risking an early termination of the advance settlement and a supply cutoff, Gazprom's CEO Alexey Miller told journalists. The prepaid gas volumes now stand at 219 million cubic meters.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate GOP looks for Plan B to avoid Homeland Security shutdown
RT - As the GOP searches for ways to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Senate Republicans have proposed voting on a bill to fund the agency which does not void President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
The Guardian - The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

Montana House Judiciary Committee pushes back against "Agenda 21"
KXLF - Monday, Montana's House Judiciary Committee entered the debate, endorsing a bill resisting Agenda 21 — disregarding testimony describing the issue as a conspiracy theory tied to Montana's anti-government militia movement. House Bill 583, sponsored by MT Rep. Randall Pinocci (R-Sun River) passed the committee on an 11-10 vote.

Secret TSA Program Quizzes Travelers Returning to U.S.
Paul Joseph Watson - Activist Jonathan Corbett has lifted the lid on a chilling and hitherto secret TSA program which mandates that airlines operating outside of the U.S. conduct invasive security interviews of travelers before allowing them to return to America.

Nearly 80-Year-Old Grandma With Cupcakes Brutalized by School Cop
Activist Post - A Clovis Unified school cop nearly succeeded in killing Mary Poole last April in Clovis, California, near Fresno. If people didn't know any better, they would be compelled to conclude that death for Mary was the officer's goal. She is now filing a suit for the gratuitous manhandling that resulted from her attempt to bring treats for her grandchildren to have after school. She had been their legal guardian for a number of years.

Sheriff’s Deputy Spearheads Program to Aid Local Homeless
Mikael Thalen- A sheriff’s deputy in Spokane County, Washington, is making headlines for spearheading a new program that allows him to aid the homeless during his shift. According to KREM News, Deputy Randy Watts began developing the idea after encountering a homeless man found sleeping below a building last month. “One of the instances I had a transient that was sleeping underneath a closed business,” Watts said. “So someone called in a suspicious person. We contact that person, there’s no law enforcement action necessary so then we turn to what can we do to help him.”

Economy & Business

Markets Rally as Yellen Signals No Imminent Interest Hike
Sputnik News - On Tuesday, chair of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen said the regulator would not review its policies till mid-year, sending global stocks to new record highs amidst exacerbating concerns of a slowdown of the world’s economy.

Why Does Maryland Have The Most Millionaires Per Capita? The Answer Might Make You Angry
Economic Collapse - The fat cats in Washington D.C. are living the high life, and they are doing it at your expense. Over the past decade, there has been one area of the country which has experienced a massive economic boom. Thanks to wildly out of control government spending, the Washington D.C. region is absolutely swimming in cash. In fact, at this point the state of Maryland has the most millionaires per capita in the entire nation and it isn’t even close.

Some Governors want to Cut Taxes for the Rich and Increase Taxes for the Poor
AllGov - GOP Governors Paul LePage of Maine, John Kasich of Ohio, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and several others are considering raising so-called consumption taxes, such as those imposed on sales of cigarettes, gasoline, even haircuts and movie tickets, to generate more revenue for their state budgets. At the same time, they want to slash income taxes, which would benefit wealthy taxpayers the most.

Energy & Environment

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill
Washington Post - President Obama vetoed a bill authorizing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, carrying out a threat to reject one of the first measures the Republican-led Congress sent to the president's desk.
* Related: TransCanada ‘Fully Committed’ to Building Keystone Despite Obama Veto

Science & Technology

Ex-FCC Chief “Shocked” by Feds’ Attempt to Regulate Internet
Paul Joseph Watson - Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell told CNBC today that he was shocked by the federal agency’s rush to regulate the Internet as a vote looms on a 332 page plan that remains secret. "The order goes far beyond protecting net neutrality which was the original purpose and in fact introduces a new regulatory regime for the Internet,” said Powell, adding “I think it’s fair to say we are shocked.” Powell downplayed concerns made by net neutrality advocates about ISPs blocking or throttling content, asserting, “They’ve never done any of the things that net neutrality purports to be protecting.”

Spotify exec: We collect an ‘enormous amount of data on what people are listening to, where, and in what context’
VentureBeat - The Internet radio service knows a great deal about its users’ behavior thanks to ‘enormous’ amounts of data it collects. And its free users are almost as profitable as its premium users.... [Vice president of North American advertising Brian] Benedik explained that thanks to the data it has on its users, both from those who register directly through the service and from those who sign in using Facebook Connect, it knows a lot about users’ age, gender, and location. “All that first-party data is wonderful,” he said. “We can follow a listening from the desktop to” other devices.

Blind man describes joy at seeing wife for first time in decade thanks to 'bionic eye'
The Telegraph - A blind man from Minnesota has described his joy at seeing his wife for the first time in a decade after doctors fitted him with a “bionic eye” implant. Video released by the Mayo Clinic showed the surprise, excitement and delight spread across Allen Zderad's face as he turned to his wife, Carmen, after he put on the adapted sunglasses that operate with the implant.... Mr Zderad’s new vision is far from normal as he only sees flashes of black and white light shapes rather than colours, features and finer detail.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

GMOs Are Destroying Heirloom Seeds and Our Food Security
Aaron Dykes - A report from Baker Creek Heirloom Rare Seed's catalog explains how the genetic engineering of crops is having real life consequences for business, as well as food security. Just from the perspective of a medium sized business, Baker Creek and its partners in the seed industry have lost literally hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of GMO corn contamination.... Those varieties, most of which were hand passed down through countless generations, have now been lost – forever, unless a clean source is found and recovered.


Taking birth control pills more than doubles brain tumor risk in five years
(NaturalNews) Danish researchers have discovered that taking a birth control pill for over five years can more than double the risk of developing a rare form of brain cancer, glioma. The experts analyzed over 300 women who had been diagnosed with glioma over the course of nine years, ultimately discovering that the women who were using progestogen-only birth control methods had a brain tumor risk that was 2.4 times higher than that of the control group.

Nestle Drops Artificial Colors and Flavors – But Still Wants to Own the Water
Natural Society - In what I’d consider a tactically-influenced move, mega-food corporation Nestle has recently announced that it would phase out artificial flavors and colors from some of its candy bars by 2015. This move will make many consumers happy as it seemingly hits a note of health-consciousness, but a company who wants to control the world’s water supply probably isn’t driven by consumer’s desires.

20 Things I Wish Vaccine Junkies Would Admit
Natural Blaze - Not all of the diseases we vaccinate children for are serious or appropriate. Many of them are a matter of inconvenience and some are for manufactured epidemics: Hep B, HPV, chickenpox, flu. This isn’t to minimize the rare adult or child death from chickenpox but that number is 1/40th of the deaths from vaccine-induced SIDS....

The Scary Facts Most Parents Don’t Know About Vaccine Injury Compensation
VacTruth - Vaccine injures and adverse reactions are massively under-reported, as admitted by the Centers for Disease Control. Estimates show that only one to ten percent of vaccine injuries and deaths are actually filed with the government. In the United States, the government has created a database to keep track of hundreds of kinds of reactions to vaccinations, including fevers, soreness, seizures, swelling of the brain, arthritis, and death.

Study: Fluoride Can Harm the Thyroid … Leading to Depression, Fatigue and Weight Gain
Washington's Blog - Fluoride could be causing depression and weight gain and councils should stop adding it to drinking water to prevent tooth decay, scientists have warned. A study of 98 per cent of GP practices in England found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30 per cent more likely in areas of the greatest fluoridation.... Indeed, doctors in Europe and South America used to prescribe fluoride to reduce thyroid function in patients with over-active thyroids. The doses prescribed were around the same as are now added to many water supplies.

New Study: Soda Ingredient Poses Cancer Risk to Millions of Americans
Paul Joseph Watson - A new study carried out by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) has found that millions Americans who consume soda every day are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer as a result of an ingredient contained in many soft drinks. 4-Methylimidazole, commonly known as 4-MEI, is a coloring used by soft drink makers to give their beverages that distinctive dark hue. It can be found in many popular soft drinks, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Diet Cola.

School Lunch Program Promotes Obesity
Green Med Info - The Johns Hopkins researchers found that in schools where the regulations have been implemented, meals contained over 54% carbohydrates. The majority of those carbs were processed. Many of the required foods like fruit consisted of sugary canned fruit, fruit juices, and sugary flavored milk. Those processed carbs are more easily converted to sugar and raise insulin levels that can lead to weight gain.

7 Powerful Herbs That Dissolve Uric Acid Crystal Naturally
Natural News Blogs - Uric acid crystals can form within the body from unusually high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is one of the final products in the protein breakdown of purines from foods. The body normally gets rid of excess circulating uric acid through urine excretion. However, some people develop hyperuricemia, where they retain high levels of uric acid that can crystallize.

The Importance of Organic Carpet Cleaners
Global Healing Center - Most of the popular brands of carpet cleaners that are sold in stores can be quite harmful to us because they are made with chemical solvents that are very similar to the ones used by dry cleaners. The most common carpet cleaners give off powerfully strong odors that can aggravate a number of chronic respiratory conditions and allergies.

Pet News

Don't Feed This to Your Puppy - Could Lead to Painful Hip Dysplasia
Dr. Becker - Being overweight or obese puts tremendous stress on a dog’s frame, which often results in permanent damage to tendons and ligaments. To maintain a good weight and be optimally healthy, your dog should be fed a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet. Carbohydrate-based diets, including those marketed as “weight management” or low fat, are not appropriate nutrition for dogs. Not only do carbs put weight on your pet, they also promote inflammation, which is the last thing a dog with an inflammatory joint problem like arthritis needs.

Weekday Viewing

VIDEO: 27 Minutes of Truth You Won't See on Mainstream TV
Activist Post - On today's episode of Breaking The Set, Abby Martin discusses several vital topics that would be career-killers for so-called journalists on other news channels. This video is 27 minutes of truth you won't see anywhere on establishment media. Abby crushes warmongering lies by McCain and Netanyahu, exposes how Hillary Clinton is owned by corporate tyrants, she interviews Mike Papantonio on Big Pharma misconduct and CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou. Great show!

Tuesday - February 24, 2015 - Today in History:

1803 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues.
1857 - The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government.
1863 - Arizona was organized as a territory.
1866 - In Washington, DC, an American flag made entirely of American bunting was displayed for the first time.
1868 - The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson due to his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The U.S. Senate later acquitted Johnson.
1903 - In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base.
1942 - The U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort.
1942 - The Voice of America (VOA) aired for the first time.
1945 - During World War II, the Philippine capital of Manilla, was liberated by U.S. soldiers.
1983 - A U.S. congressional commission released a report that condemned the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
2007 - The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution expressing "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.
2008 - Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president. His brother Fidel had ruled for nearly 50 years.

World News

US arming Kiev would ‘explode’ situation in E. Ukraine – Russian Foreign Ministry
RT - If the US were to supply Ukraine with ammunition and weapons, it would “explode the whole situation” in eastern Ukraine and Russia would be forced to respond “appropriately,” Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said. It would be a major blow to the Minsk agreements and would explode the whole situation,” TASS quoted Ryabkov as saying. Moscow would not be able to remain indifferent “to such provocative actions,” he added. “We’ll have to respond appropriately.”

Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL
Fars News - "The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL," Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard. The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

Despite US/Israel Demands, 'Isolated' Russia Offers Iran Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles
Zero Hedge - With proxy wars mounting and "isolated" Russia ratifying The BRICS Bank this week, we are sure Washington is preparing to double-down on 'costs' (to Europeans) as Reuters reports, Russia has offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 missiles (ironically after a deal to supply less powerful S-300 missiles was dropped under Western pressure in 2010). While the United States and Israel lobbied Russia to block the missile sale, the head of Russian state defense conglomerate, Sergei Chemezov, says, "as far as Iran is concerned, we offered Antey-2500 instead of S-300. They are thinking. No decision has been made yet."

Ten Banks, Including JPM, Goldman, Deutsche, Barclays, SocGen And UBS, Probed For Gold Rigging
Zero Hedge - According to the WSJ, "prosecutors in the Justice Department’s antitrust division are scrutinizing the price-setting process for gold, silver, platinum and palladium in London, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has opened a civil investigation, these people said. The agencies have made initial requests for information, including a subpoena from the CFTC to HSBC Holdings PLC related to precious-metals trading, the bank said in its annual report Monday. Who is involved in this latest gold-rigging scandal? Why everyone!

"Do As I Say, Not As I Do" HSBC's 'Reforming' CEO Sheltered Millions In Swiss Bank Accounts
Zero Hedge - Amid new money-laundering allegations against HSBC's Swiss arm, The Guardian reports that leaked files show that CEO Stuart Gulliver sheltered US$7.6 million in a Swiss account through a Panamanian company.

Saudi Newspaper Claims Islamic State May Get Libya’s Chemical Weapons
Kurt Nimmo - WMDs effectively drum up public consensus for war even when they do not exist. More than a year ago The New York Times reported the last of Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s chemical arms had been destroyed. The U.S. and Libya “used a transportable oven technology to destroy hundreds of bombs and artillery rounds filled with deadly mustard agent, which American officials had feared could fall into the hands of terrorists,” the newspaper reported on February 2, 2014.

The Spy Cables: A glimpse into the world of espionage
Al Jazeera - A digital leak to Al Jazeera of hundreds of secret intelligence documents from the world's spy agencies has offered an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage. Over the coming days, Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit is publishing The Spy Cables, in collaboration with The Guardian newspaper. Spanning a period from 2006 until December 2014, they include detailed briefings and internal analyses written by operatives of South Africa's State Security Agency (SSA).
* Related: Netanyahu Lied to UN about Iranian Nuclear Program, Mossad Files Show

US Government, Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GMOs on Unwilling Africa
Sustainable Pulse - US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate Democrats Block DHS Funding Bill For A Fourth Time
Breitbart - Senate Democrats blocked debate on a Department of Homeland Security funding bill for a fourth time on Monday. Last month, the House passed a DHS appropriations bill that also defunds President Obama’s executive amnesty. Senate Democrats have prevented consideration of the bill because it contains provisions blocking Obama’s actions.

“Scare Tactics or Possible Threat?” Last Time Homeland Security Was Threatened with Budget Cuts, America Suffered a Terror Attack
Mac Slavo - Threat advisories have been circulated about a possible terror attack on the Mall of America in Minnesota. And now the Somali-based al-Shabaab has announced plans to target shopping centers in the UK, Canada and the United States. Is there something in the works? Who knows… Secretary of the Deparment of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has admitted that there actually is no specific threat concerning malls anywhere in the nation, but yet the fear has been sown. Nevertheless, there may be a threat to America.

Where’s the Money? Vermont Auditor Reports Jonathan Gruber Overbilled State by At Least $48,000, Calls in Attorney General
Breitbart - The auditor of the state of Vermont is raising serious questions about Jonathan Gruber's billing practices. The architect of ObamaCare may have pocked tens of thousands of dollars he said he paid to research assistants.

Obama-Nominated Judge: New Illegal Immigrants Must Be Released
Daily Caller - A federal judge has ordered the federal government to grant U.S. civil rights to illegals who are caught at the border, and to release all migrants except for those who may endanger Americans. The migrants “may have legitimate claims to asylum … [and] their presence here may become permanent … [so] that they are entitled to the protection of the Due Process Clause, especially when it comes to deprivations of liberty,” said the judge, who was nominated by President Barack Obama.

My Son is Dead Because the Concept of Borders Is Dead
Breitbart - A grieving Texas father told Breitbart Texas, “my son is dead because the concept of borders is dead.” Spencer Golvach was senselessly murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported a number of times after being convicted of committing crimes, including as law enforcement officers now tell us, crimes of violence. Golvach was shot in the head on January 31st while sitting in his car waiting for a stoplight to change. Golvach’s father said he wants the “boomerang” of deportation and illegal reentry into the country to be stopped.

Dozens of Cities Host “Welcoming Committees” For Illegals
Kit Daniels - The cities are partnering with a group called “Welcoming America” which helps illegals find employment and housing while “helping people who were born in this country understand and appreciate their new neighbors.” On Monday, the group worked with the Austin, Texas, Commission on Immigrant Affairs to organize a “Welcoming City Summit” with speeches on “executive action and the future potential of immigration reform” and “career pathways for new Americans.”

Montana Law-Makers Propose Anti-Police-Militarization Bill
Free Thought Project - The legislation, introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer, would put limit on the type of military equipment that could be transferred to state and local police under the federal 1033 program. In addition, the bill will audit the current inventory and require a strict regiment of oversight. Local and state police agencies would be barred from receiving long-range acoustic devices (LRAD), grenade launchers, explosives (including grenades and flash-bangs), silencers, tanks, and armored or weaponized drones.

Cops Fire 18 Bullets at Innocent Man Suffering From Mental Illness, Paralyzing Him
Courthouse News - Police needlessly shot and paralyzed a man who experienced a mental breakdown after being taken off anti-psychotic medication, a lawsuit claims. John “Jack” Morrison Raines III sued two health care centers, their employees and insurance companies, and three Conway, Ark. police officers on behalf of John Morrison Raines IV. The complaint alleges medical malpractice, excessive force and negligence. Jack Raines says Counseling Associates Inc. abruptly stopped John Raines’ Clozapine prescription without a replacement to treat his schizophrenia.

Shock Video: Police Tase Elderly Man With His Hands Up
Paul Joseph Watson - The clip, which was filmed by a family on their way to Key West, shows cops yelling at people inside the vehicle before the elderly man exits the passenger side of the car with his hands up.... The cop grabs the man’s arm and orders him to get down on the ground. Seconds later, a second officer shouts, “Let him go,” before unleashing 50,000 volts of electricity via his taser gun, despite the fact that the man had his hands up and was clearly being compliant.

Democrat Lawmakers on Verge of Scrapping Vermont Background Checks
Breitbart - Leading Democrats in Vermont are close to scrapping a proposed background check requirement for all private gun sales in Vermont. The requirement is supported by Michael Bloomberg and has come under added scrutiny after his gun control group–Everytown for Gun Safety–was forced to apologize to Crossfire Arms in Mount Holly for listing the gun store as an “unlicensed” Vermont gun seller.

Economy & Business

A loophole in immigration law is costing thousands of American jobs
LA Times - Imagine getting a layoff notice, then being ordered to train your replacement. That's what has happened to hundreds of information technology employees at Southern California Edison. Since last summer, Edison, which serves nearly 14 million customers, has been firing its domestic IT workers and replacing them with outsourced employees from India. In doing so, the utility is exploiting a gaping loophole in immigration law, which Congress has failed to close despite years of warnings that it's costing thousands of American jobs.

14 Signs That Most Americans Are Flat Broke And Totally Unprepared For The Coming Economic Crisis
Economic Collapse - When the coming economic crisis strikes, more than half the country is going to be financially wiped out within weeks. At this point, more than 60 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and a whopping 24 percent of the country has more credit card debt than emergency savings.

Local bankers emerge as Fed ally in fight against audit bill
(Reuters) - Local bankers are joining the fight against a congressional proposal to audit the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy decisions, with more expected to lobby against the bill if it gains traction in Washington.

Science & Technology

Drones overhead in L.A.’s Valley are tracking mobile devices’ locations
VB - Since early February, several small drones flying around the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles have been determining mobile devices’ locations from Wi-Fi and cellular transmission signals. They are part of an experiment by Singapore-based location marketing firm Adnear, which has offices around the world. The firm told me that, to its knowledge, this is the first time an adtech company has employed drones to collect wireless data.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015
Christina Sarich - “Non-GMO is More Profitable.” This is the rising sentiment among farmers of the US as a confluence of factors urges them to become pro-organic. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices.

75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s Round Up
Christina Sarich - A new study proves just how invasive Monsanto’s best selling chemicals are, revealing how herbicide toxins are appearing in 75% of rain and air samples. Take a deep breath. Thanks to the massive use of herbicides across the planet, you likely just inhaled a dose of Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, Round Up – at least according to the latest US Geological Survey published in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry.


The vaccine witch hunt is on: Arizona doctor under investigation for not conforming
(NaturalNews) Dr. Jack Wolfson, is reportedly under investigation by the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners after he vocalized opposition to vaccines on national television. The osteopathic physician and cardiologist became like Daniel in the lion's den after appearing on CNN as a counter-point to all the pro-vaccine propaganda currently in circulation. Dr. Wolfson stood his ground even after being baited into compromising his position on vaccines, landing him as the latest target of the medical mafia's vociferous witch hunt against any and all who resist its agenda.

How to kill Candida and balance gut flora in a week
(NaturalNews) People that suffer from an overabundance of yeast like Candida, or any other type of fungal infection, need to cut out sugars. This protocol has worked for many people, and it works faster and better than any medication as long as the diet is right, refined sugars are not ingested, and the body is not filled with toxic pharmaceuticals. This includes vaccines. Vaccinations have toxins in them that kill gut flora and weaken the immune system.

Alabama Seizes 7 Children from Family After Child with Autism Wandered to Neighbors
Health Impact News - An Alabama couple is afraid that they may never get their children back. All 7 of their children were taken by DHR (the state’s child protective services) after their not-yet diagnosed child with autism began wandering off. It is called “elopement” in the autism community, and is very common in children diagnosed with autism, happening in 49% of these kids, even in the best of homes and the most carefully guarded of situations. It is scary, but experts say that it does not at all reflect poor parenting.

Medical Tyranny in Action in Oregon: Doctor and Senator wants Medical Freedom for herself, but Not Oregon Citizens
Health Impact News - As we have previously reported, the state of Oregon wants to take away the right to informed consent and vaccine choice and mandate vaccines for all children statewide. The bill was introduced by Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a State Senator in Oregon who is also a medical doctor.

Almost 100 Percent Of Pregnant Women Test Positive For These Four Groups Of Chemicals Including Some That Are Banned
Mae Chan - Four groups of chemicals are found in virtually 100 percent of all U.S. pregnant women, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products. Not only were the chemicals found in pregnant women tested but also in amniotic fluid providing some of the best evidence to date of fetal exposures.

The Toxic Terrain of the Airplane: 4 Steps to Traveling Clean
Green Med Info - Perhaps one of the biggest, unrecognized sources of toxicity is travel. But the good news is there are some simple things you can do to prevent harm.

Monday - February 23, 2015 - Today in History:

1792 - The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.
1836 - In San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began.
1839 - In Boston, MA, William F. Harnden organized the first express service between Boston and New York City. It was the first express service in the U.S.
1847 - Santa Anna was defeated at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico by U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary.
1861 - U.S. President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take his office after an assassination attempt in Baltimore.
1861 - Texas became the 7th state to secede from the Union.
1870 - The state of Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
1896 - The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield.
1904 - The U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.
1927 - The Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
1945 - The 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division of the U.S. Marines reached the top of Mount Surabachi. A photograph of these Marines raising the American flag was taken.
1954 - The first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh, PA.
1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more for the release of Patty Hearst. Hearst had been kidnapped on February 4th.
1991 - During the Persian Gulf War, ground forces crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq. Less than four days later the war was over due to the surrender or withdraw of Iraqi forces.
1997 - Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City's Empire State Building. He killed one person and wounded six more before killing himself.
1999 - White supremacist John William King was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering James Byrd Jr. Byrd was dragged behind a truck for two miles on a country road in Texas.
2005 - The New York, NY, city medical examiner's office announced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.
2011 - The Obama administration said it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

World News

France deploys aircraft carrier against ISIS in Iraq - ministry
RT - France has deployed its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq, as part of the US-led military campaign, French media report, citing government officials.

Interventionism Kills: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later
Ron Paul - It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by US and EU governments — much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.

Israel opens dams forcing hundreds of Gazans out of flooded houses says report
RT - Over 80 houses have been flooded and hundreds of Palestinians forced to evacuate after Israel reportedly opened the gates of several dams on the border with the Gaza Strip, inundating the Gaza Valley in waters up to 3 meters high.

Snowden documentary CitizenFour grabs Oscar
RT - The documentary features a series of face-to-face meetings between Berlin-based filmmaker Laura Poitras, who appeared to be on the US Homeland Security “watch list” at one point, and the whistleblower Snowden, who got in touch with Poitras last January when she was working on a feature about surveillance in the post-9/11 era. "Every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not," Edward Snowden warns in the documentary’s trailer.

Twisted new ISIS video shows 'Kurdish Peshmerga' fighters paraded in cages through the streets and interviewed by their captors who hint heavily that death awaits
Daily Mail - In the latest propaganda video from Islamic State, hostages are paraded in cages through the packed streets of Iraq to cheers and jeers. But in a cruel twist, the orange jumpsuit-clad prisoners are interviewed by their captors - ahead of their presumably grim fate. The nine-minute video allegedly shows 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, who are paraded through the crowded streets of the Iraqi province of Kirkuk, before being seemingly marched to their deaths. * Related: Map that shows how terror group's tentacles now reach from Algeria to Afghanistan

Russia ratifies $100bn BRICS New Development Bank
RT - The Russian State Duma has ratified the $100 billion BRICS bank that’ll serve as a pool of money for infrastructure projects in Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the Western-led World Bank and the IMF. The New Development Bank is expected to start fully functioning by the end of 2015, according to the Russian Finance Ministry. Russia has agreed to provide $2 billion dollars from the federal budget for the bank over the next seven years.

Greece Surrenders to Troika (Rejoins EU money men, SYRIZA campaign pledges proved hollow)
Jack Blood - Instead of renouncing its odious debt and walking away, Athens agreed to pay bankers first, maintain austerity, and let long-suffering Greeks continue taking the hindmost… After weeks of negotiations, Greece got what the Wall Street Journal called “a tenuous agreement for a four-month extension of its bailout Friday removing immediate concerns over a potential exit from Europe’s currency union but setting the stage for more tense negotiations over the country’s financial future.”

CIA Planted Doctored Blueprints of Iran Nuclear Program for U.N. Inspectors
(Bloomberg) - International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in Vienna will probably review intelligence they received about Iran as a result of the revelations, said the two diplomats who are familiar with the IAEA’s Iran file and asked not to be named because the details are confidential. The CIA passed doctored blueprints for nuclear-weapon components to Iran in February 2000, trial documents have shown.

Three-parent babies could risk the future of the human race, warn 55 Italian MPs
Daily Express - The stern warning comes after MPs in Britain voted overwhelmingly in favour of the controversial technique of mitochondrial donation - which would allow children to be conceived with genetic material from a trio of individuals. In a strongly worded letter to The Times, the Italian Mps wrote that the legalisation of such a technique “could have uncontrollable and unforeseeable consequences, affecting future generations and modifying genetic heritage in an irreversible way, inevitably affecting the human species as a whole”.

Fresh leak at Fukushima nuclear plant sees 70-fold radiation spike
RT - Another radioactive water leak in the sea has been detected at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility’s operator TEPCO announced. Contamination levels in the gutter reportedly spiked up 70 times over regular readings.... After the discovery, the gutter was blocked to prevent leaks to the Pacific Ocean. Throughout Sunday, contamination levels fell, but still measured 10 to 20 times more than prior to the leak.

Ebola news

Top-secret military warning on Ebola biological weapon terror threat
The Guardian - Scientists at the top-secret military research unit at Porton Down, Wiltshire, have been assessing the potential use of Ebola as a bioterrorism weapon, according to confidential documents. A three-page memo, marked ‘UK secret UK eyes only’, reveals that the unit, where chemical, radiological and biological threats are analysed, was tasked with evaluating whether terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State (Isis) could use the deadly virus to attack western targets.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CAIR Praises DHS Report on Domestic ‘Right Wing’ Extremists
CNS News - Welcoming news that the Department of Homeland Security is circulating an intelligence assessment on the threat posed by “right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it’s now time for security agencies to release a report on violence against American Muslims and others of Middle Eastern or South Asian heritage.

John McCain: ‘I’m Ashamed Of My Country, I’m Ashamed Of My President, I’m Ashamed Of Myself’
Daily Caller - Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain said something on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday about the U.S.’s handling of the ongoing standoff between Russia and Ukraine that surprised host Bob Schieffer.... McCain was expressing his frustration with how the U.S. and major European powers like France and Germany have failed to stop Russian president Vladimir Putin’s advance on Ukraine. “I believe that German chancellor and president of France legitimized for the first time in 70 years the dismemberment of a country in Europe. It’s shameful. Vladimir Putin has not paid any price,” McCain said.

Obama’s New Pentagon Boss: We’re “Rethinking” the Occupation of Afghanistan
Kurt Nimmo - Obama’s recently confirmed Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, a former Goldman Sachs adviser and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, says the U.S. is “rethinking” its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Carter rendezvoused with U.S. commanders, military and civilian leaders in Kabul on Saturday. The meeting was unannounced. “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that is lasting,” he said ahead of a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who says he wants the troop withdrawal slowed.

America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776
Washington's Blog - Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.

FBI Director not Invited to Obama's Conference on Violent Extremism
AllGov - Obama administration officials said Comey wasn’t invited because they didn’t want the conference to focus on law enforcement. However law enforcement officials from other countries, including Aleksandr Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, the offspring of the KGB, did attend the meeting in Washington.

Department Of Homeland Security Issues Warning After "Mall Of America" Terror Threat
Zero Hedge - [...] the Department of Homeland Security, aka the "Department of Fear", Jeh Johnson said that in a video the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al Shabaab called for attacks on US shopping malls, specifically citing the Minnesota mall, and that the agency is taking this threat against the Mall of America “very seriously” and that people should be “particularly careful” when visiting the mall in Minnesota. It was unclear just how being "careful" would protect one from ad hoc explosive detonations and other mass murder event, but that's a bridge the Department of Fear will cross when it gets to it.

35 things the media reported as FACTS that were later found to be total lies
(NaturalNews) If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

6 Examples Of Modern-Day Orwellian 1984 Doublespeak
Paul A Philips - We can get some idea of those tell-tale signs of deception by looking at the language of 'Orwellian doublespeak' that's found its way into the modern-day vernacular. It's definitely worth giving some serious consideration but first allow me to explain with a little bit of background.

Cop Chains Innocent Man to Wall, Beats Him, Gouges Eyes After Refusing to Confess to a Crime
Free Thought Project - In August of 2013 former detective Rodolfo Gomez savagely beat Deron Love during an interrogation. He was chained to the wall. Love, 27, was accused of killing his 7-month-old baby, a charge he would not confess to and one that he would eventually beat. A year after being tortured by Gomez, Love was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect in the death of his infant son. Love’s innocence was of no matter to Gomez who repeatedly compelled him to confess.

‘Tiny houses’: California homelessness gets new $40 solution (PHOTOS)
RT - An Oakland artist is ingeniously battling homelessness in Oakland, California: he builds small houses out of materials he can find in the streets, with each edifice costing around forty bucks. The tiny homes are made of pallets, bed boards, washing machine doors, and other bizarre objects that catch Greg Kloehn’s attention. Mr Kloehn first noticed that homeless people built shelters from whatever they find in the street, and he wanted to make a house like this.

Election News

Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job
NY Times - For private employees, who account for about 85 percent of the work force, the First Amendment’s guarantee offers no protection from being fired for something you’ve said, either in the workplace or outside of it, as on social media. That’s because the amendment addresses actions by the government to impede free speech, not by the private sector. And while federal laws bar employers from firing workers because of such variables as their race, religion and gender, there is no such protection for political affiliation or activity.

Veteran News

IBM Watson Dehumanizing Veterans Care
Jefferey Jaxen - IBM, whose stock price has sunk to its lowest in four years, has recently “announced a $1 billion investment to establish the new Watson Group.” IBM’s Watson computer processes large amounts of your information to make a better decision for you. Watson is now embedded in the Department of Veterans Affairs Data Center in Austin, Texas to “advise doctors on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.” According to their press release, the technology will “transform decision making,” or said in a different way, if you are a Veteran in need of care, IBM’s Watson will soon make the decision about your health care for you.

Economy & Business

Federal Reserve Insider Alan Greenspan Warns: There Will Be a “Significant Market Event… Something Big Is Going To Happen”
Mac Slavo - Greenspan recently joined veteran resource analyst Brien Lundin at the New Orleans Investment Conference to share some of his thoughts. According to Lundin, the former Fed chairman made it clear that the central bank is facing a serious problem and one that will have significant ramifications in the future.

Science & Technology

Superfish spyware: US urges Lenovo users to remove application
IB Times - The US Department of Homeland Security said the Superfish programme in the laptops allows the installation of a "non-unique trusted root certification authority (CA) certificate, allowing an attacker to spoof HTTPS traffic". "All browser-based encrypted traffic to the internet is intercepted, decrypted, and re-encrypted to the user's browser by the application – a classic man-in-the-middle attack," the agency said in an alert. Lenovo pre-installed the spyware, which intercepts users' web traffic to provide targeted advertisements, on some of its PCs starting in September 2014.

GCHQ and NSA Collaborate to Steal the Keys to Your Cellphone
Activist Post - Anyone interested in privacy and security should think twice about their cell phone dependence right now. That’s because today, The Intercept revealed that British spy agency GCHQ led successful efforts to hack into the internal networks of Gemalto, “the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications” made on the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, including “AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless network providers around the world.”

Students object to online courses recording facial features, knuckles, voice
Victor Skinner - Students at Rutgers University are balking at a new biometric software used in online classes that requires them to record their facial features, knuckles and photo ID. ProctorTrack, implemented for online courses this year, requires students to record their face, knuckle and personal identification details to verify their identity. The software then tracks students’ monitor, browser, webcam and microphone activity during the session to prevent cheating on exams, according to The Daily Targum – Rutgers’ student newspaper.

Find Out if You've Been Spied on—and Join the Fight for Privacy
EFF - Want to know if GCHQ spied on you? Now you can find out. Privacy International (PI) has just launched a website that lets anyone find out if their communications were intercepted by the NSA and then shared with GCHQ. The website is the result of a February 6 ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). Similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the US, the IPT is a special court in the UK established by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) that deals with issues of surveillance and human rights.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Documentary Reveals Shocking Extent of Government-Big Business Collusion to Eradicate Freedom of Choice — FREE viewing through 2/27
Dr. Mercola - Milk is a perfect example of how your choices are being limited today. Raw milk is banned in many states on the basis of claims that it's unhealthy and may make you sick.... In sharp contrast to the US, France, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy sell raw milk in vending machines. In some cases, US standards for raw milk are even higher than pasteurized milk. For example, California has among the highest raw milk standards—farmers must meet or exceed pasteurized milk standards, without pasteurizing. The vast majority of foodborne illnesses in the US are actually linked to factory farmed and highly processed foods, not raw foods.

VIDEO: Honey On Tap with This Automatic Beehive
Activist Post - It's the beekeepers dream, turn a tap right on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flow right out of your FLOWhive and into your Jar! No mess no fuss and the bees are hardly disturbed. This cool invention takes much of the work out of beekeeping and honey preparation.


Build a Pantry for Pennies: 5 Frugal Shopping Strategies
Natural Blaze - The TG [The Tightwad Gazette] recommends something called “The Pantry Principle.” It’s a process that saves both time and money. The idea is to consistently stock up on items at the lowest possible prices, creating a supply of ingredients at rock-bottom cost. This means sometimes you have to say no to preparing a meal just because it sounds good. You have to discipline yourself to adhere to a whole new way of shopping that does not supply just food for the week, but replenishes your pantry, again, at the lowest possible prices


VIDEO: Shock Video! Gov. Caught Lying About Vaccine Dangers
In this marathon report anchored by a Feb 2014 Senate Hearing on Vaccines featuring Senator and Dr. Anne Schuchat the director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. They use this national platform to continue the hoax that vaccines are perfectly safe and effective. Infowars Nighlty News Director Rob Dew methodically covers the evidence that vaccines are dangerous and the fact the vaccine manufacturers are not liable for their toxic products and as a result you will never see credible impartial studies.

Media parades dead children as victims of anti-vaxxers despite medical facts contradicting the narrative
(NaturalNews) All across the media spectrum, images and stories of dead children who supposedly met their early fate because some people choose not to inject themselves or their children with immune-damaging chemicals and aborted human fetal tissue are being paraded around as "evidence" that medical freedom needs to be completely abolished. Some of the latest media reports include violent rants from "angry moms" who consider it a privilege to be exposed to their vaccinated children.

Holistic Christian families now criminalized in America; parents having to flee with children
(NaturalNews) The old adage "let's just agree to disagree" is no longer a relevant concept when it comes to your personal medical views. It seems that the new American normal is for the government to literally mandate that you and your children consume junk foods and pharmaceuticals and get vaccinated, or else face harsh punishment, as evidenced by a string of recent state interventions against families who made medical decisions that differ from what's popular in the mainstream.

U.S. HHS is Going for More Vaccinations during Pregnancy, Employer-enforced adult vaccination requirements, and, probably, Faith-based groups to uptake vaccinations
Activist Post - The U.S. Health and Human Services published a 46-page draft proposal and notice in the Federal Register recently regarding more mandated vaccines for adults, and especially pregnant females; employer-enforced adult vaccinations; and probably for getting faith-based groups to uptake and not oppose vaccines/vaccinations.

200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate - FREE Research PDF Download!
Green Med Info - The media, your pediatrician, politicians and health authorities like the CDC and FDA claim that vaccines are safe and effective. So why do hundreds of peer-reviewed studies indicate the opposite is true? Read, download, and share this document widely to provide the necessary evidence-based counterbalance to the pro-vaccination propaganda that has globally infected popular consciousness and discussion like an intractable disease.

Dr. Toni Bark, M.D. – Do Not Remove Vaccine Exemptions – Some Children Die from Vaccines
Health Impact News - We mandate more vaccines than any other country. We also have the worst infant mortality rate of any first, second, and even some third world countries. Most parents or doctors (for that matter) do not start out "anti-vaccine", their stance is changed once they have a child who is permanently and profoundly damaged by a vaccine. They then decide no more for that child and no more for their next children. And they are correct in making that decision.

Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. - Scientifically No Polio Vaccine was Needed
Health Impact News - While most believers in vaccines like to point to polio as a disease that was eliminated by vaccines, the history of polio and the polio vaccine paints a far different picture than what most believe about polio and the polio vaccine today.

Drug warning: Popular antibiotics cause death and crippling side effects
(NaturalHealth365) A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that risk of retinal detachment and blindness was five times higher among people who took fluoroquinolones; another study documented double the risk of kidney problems among fluoroquinolones users. Be sure to ask your doctor about possible side effects BEFORE taking any medication. If you are not getting the information you need – find a better physician.

Have You Discovered the Dirty Little Secret of Almonds?
Natural Society - Most of the almonds sold in the U.S. have been fumigated with propylene oxide, a chemical that even the CDC has admitted causes cancer.... The stringent standards now in place for almonds may protect a few people from salmonella, but it guarantees chemical toxicity for the all the millions of people eating almonds treated with PPO. The treatment imperative for almonds is a tragedy in light of the many health benefits they offer, including...

Friday - February 20, 2015 - Today in History:

1792 - U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the U.S. Post Office.
1809 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.
1815 - The USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captures both, but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane.
1880 - The American Bell Company was incorporated.
1931 - The U.S. Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
1933 - The U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition.
1944 - "Big Week" began as U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers during World War II.
1962 - John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
1965 - Ranger 8 crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of its surface.
1998 - American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
2001 - FBI Agent Robert Phillip Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for the Russians for 15 years.
2003 - In West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire.

World News

US, Iraq planning spring assault to retake Mosul from ISIS
RT - An Iraqi and Kurdish military force of 20,000 – 25,000 troops is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters this spring. The city was captured by militants last June, and is the largest city in the self-declared caliphate. US Central Command said on Thursday that at the time of this assault, planned for April or May, it will support these troops with airstrikes on enemy positions near Mosul. The city, which has a population of over 1 million, is currently being held by an estimated 1,000 – 2,000 fighters belonging to the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL).

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis moves to new front amid fears of Mariupol assault
The Telegraph - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, as fears grew that pro-Russian forces could open a new front in spite of European efforts to revive a shattered ceasefire. Ukrainian officials said the Azov sea resort village of Shyrokyne, just a few miles from the strategic sea port of Mariupol, has now become the "epicentre" of fighting in the region.

Russia deploying next-gen Nebo-M radar complexes to counter NATO threat
RT - Russia has begun deploying the next generation of Nebo-M anti-missile radar facility systems as part of a responsive measure to a threat stemming from NATO anti-ballistic missile systems in Eastern Europe.

Grexit: Win for both EU and Greece?
RT - If, in the next 48 hours, Athens and Brussels fail to strike a bailout deal, Greece could be forced to leave the eurozone, and that might not be so bad after all. “I think at the end of the day, Greece will leave, there will be a so-called Grexit. I think it will be good for Greece, good for Europe because it will mean someone that takes a loss,” Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank, told RT.

Swiss currency shockwave a picnic compared to what's in store for the U.S. dollar - Peter Schiff
(NaturalNews) Worried about its national currency, the franc, losing too much of its value as both it and the euro fall against the U.S. dollar, the Swiss government has recently removed a 2011 cap placed on the franc against the euro to protect it from further losses amid rising global financial pressures.

Swiss police raid HSBC Geneva office in money laundering probe
RT - The Swiss subsidiary of HSBC was searched on Wednesday by officials after prosecutors in Geneva said they are opening a money laundering investigation into the bank’s alleged illegal tax activity. The premises of HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) were searched by authorities, AP reported, and the investigation could possibly extend beyond the bank to any clients participating in money laundering.

Pay to protest? Campaigners reject govt bid to ‘privatize dissent’
RT - Furious campaign groups across the UK have rejected the government’s proposed ‘pay to protest’ measures, warning they will not hire private companies to facilitate anti-government rallies.... The Metropolitan Police said campaign groups organizing demonstrations will now have to pay for related traffic management, including road closures, stewards and barriers.

Drug Resistant Malaria May Spread Globally, Kill Millions
Sputnik News - A highly dangerous strain of malaria has spread through South-East Asia and was found in Myanmar only 25km from the Indian border. The experts report that this is the most deadly type of malaria. The last outbreak of the disease occurred in the 1960s when the virus was delivered from Myanmar to India and other countries, killing millions of people. Scientists claim that the history may repeat and the disease can have drastic consequences for human health worldwide.

Norwegian scientist says decaying Russian subs threaten 'Chernobyl in slow motion'
The Telegraph - A scientist in Norway has warned of a "Chernobyl in slow motion" as the result of decaying nuclear submarines off the Arctic coast of neighbouring Russia. Nils Bøhmer, a nuclear physicist who heads the Bellona environmental group, said that ageing subs and boats dumped in the Barents and Kara Seas could begin to leak radioactive waste within a decade.

3,000 ISIS infiltrators may enter Turkey, plan to attack diplomatic targets says report
RT - Up to 3,000 trained jihadists are seeking to cross into Turkey from Syria and Iraq, with intentions of striking diplomatic targets belonging to anti-ISIS coalition partners, the Turkish intelligence service told the police in an internal memo.... The agency, which refused to provide additional information when contacted by Reuters, warned the police that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) jihadists repelled from the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria, are now looking for ways to cross the border.

It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake
Economic Collapse - Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone? On Thursday, Germany rejected a Greek request for a six-month loan extension. The Germans insisted that the Greek proposal did not require the Greeks to adhere to the austerity restrictions which previous agreements had forced upon them. But Greek voters have already very clearly rejected the status quo, and the new Greek government has stated unequivocally that it will not be bound by the current bailout arrangement.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

‘An ugly lie’: Obama rejects claim West is at war with Islam
RT - The world must reject the notion that the United States and its western allies are at war with Islam, President Barack Obama has said, putting the blame for extremism in the Middle East on economic conditions, political grievances and propaganda.

US Army Allocates $591Mln for New Apache Helicopters - Pentagon
Sputnik News - The US Army has issued defense contractor Boeing a $591 million contract for Apache attack helicopters, the US Defense Department said in a statement.... The AH-64E Apache is used for armed reconnaissance, close combat, mobile strike, and vertical maneuver missions, the US Army said on its website.

Pentagon Refuses to Back Egyptian Bombing Of ISIS In Libya After Christian Slaughter
Breitbart - On Wednesday, a reporter asked Rear Adm. John Kirby, the outgoing Pentagon press secretary, “Do you support Egypt’s right to bomb ISIS TARGETS in the wake of the Christian Coptics being killed?” “We aren’t taking a position here in the Pentagon on these recent strikes by Egypt…we weren’t notified ahead of time. We didn’t participate or support them in any way, and we’re not taking a position on it,” said the press secretary in responding.

New York Is Trying To Ban Butcher Knives and Machetes Now
Blacklisted News - The state has long since banned knives such as switchblades and gravity knives, which have nevertheless been normal sights among criminal circles in bigger New York cities. But now, machetes and even butcher knives would be banned. Anyone with a knife longer than 4 inches – even a simple kitchen knife – would be in violation of an administrative code, and would face up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine. A machete could lead to a year in jail.

Researcher Reaffirms: At Least 760,000 Defensive Gun Uses a Year
Breitbart - On February 17 Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck responded to recent criticism of his past studies on defensive gun uses (DGUs) by showing why the criticism is wrong and why a minimum of 760,000 DGUs each year is still a viable claim.

N.H. House Turns Bill to Reject Federal Militarization of Local Police Into Study Committee
Activist Post - A bill that would prohibit state and local officials from owning or using certain military equipment, whether provided through the Department of Defense's 1033 program or other federal grants, was amended into a study committee by the New Hampshire state House. The vote was 204-134.

Woman Calls Cops For Help Against Intruders, Cops Show Up And Shoot Her Dead
Steve Watson - As reported by WCC Charlotte, Betty Sexton, 43, called 911 and asked police to come and remove two unwanted guests who she said were no longer welcome in her home, but would not leave.... When police arrived on the scene they found Sexton holding an old musket gun, in an attempt to protect herself. According to Sexton’s sister, her boyfriend told police that the gun was not loaded or functioning, and when the cops ordered her to put the weapon down, she cooperated. However, Officer LaDoniqua Neely for some reason decided Sexton was a deadly threat and shot her.

Innocent College Student Subject to Restraining Order for Resembling Alleged Rapist
Mikael Thalen - An innocent male student was reportedly banned from entering large areas of his liberal-arts school in Oregon after a female classmate accused him of slightly resembling a rapist she encountered months prior in another state. According to Professor Janey Halley, who detailed the incident in an article for the Harvard Law Review, the unnamed male student was forced to abide by the restraining order despite being found innocent during an extensive school investigation.

Arizona House Education Committee Votes to Dump Common Core
Breitbart - Several months after Arizona voters elected a state schools superintendent who ran on an anti-Common Core platform, a state House education committee has approved a measure to ditch the Common Core standards and block the state Board of Education’s ability to adopt new standards.

Veteran News

New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and VA
Washington Post - New federal rules that make it harder to get narcotic painkillers are taking an unexpected toll on thousands of veterans who depend on these prescription drugs to treat a wide variety of ailments, such as missing limbs and post-traumatic stress. The restrictions, adopted last summer by the Drug Enforcement Administration to curb a national epidemic of opioid abuse, are for the first time, in effect, forcing veterans to return to the doctor every month to renew their medication, although many were already struggling to get appointments at overburdened VA health facilities.

Economy & Business

Hyperinflation To Start in 2015: Economist Says Get Supplies : “Gold, Silver, Canned Goods, Toilet Paper, Bottled Water…”
Mac Slavo - It’s impossible to predict when and how our economy will finally reach a breaking point, but according to contrarian Shadow Stats economist John Williams it’s coming one way or the other.... Because, if and when hyperinflation starts people will quickly realize that their dollars are worthless. And as we have seen time and again, and most recently in Russia, when a currency rapidly loses its value the public will have no option but to panic buy everything that isn’t nailed down in an effort to unload their diminishing purchasing power before their currency is completely worthless.

Wal-Mart, under pressure, boosts minimum U.S. wage to $9 an hour
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) said it would raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour, a 24 percent increase from the U.S. minimum wage that some employees now earn, succumbing to longstanding pressure to pay its workforce more. The world's largest retailer said the increases would cost it $1 billion and impact 500,000 employees, or about 40 percent of its workforce, although the hike falls short of what some labor groups have been agitating for.

Energy & Environment

After Blizzard Closes Campus, Harvard Spends $800,000 to Combat “Global Warming”
Kit Daniels - Harvard announced this morning it was funding seven of its affiliates for their “projects focusing on climate change” while also encouraging students to “prioritize academics over extracurricular commitments” after the school cancelled three days of classes in the past three weeks because of snow.

Science & Technology

‘Unhackable’: Russian firm develops totally surveillance-proof smartphone
RT - Russia is entering the post-Snowden world with style. Its own anti-surveillance smartphone prototype, equipped with the latest in cutting-edge cybersecurity and intended for corporate users, is currently being tested. This is not Russia’s first foray into smartphones, with the dual-screen YotaPhone making headlines recently with its second incarnation. However, the new project will offer unparalleled, corporate-level securit, when ready. The current version is a prototype and any photos are kept in strict secret.

Why Can’t the Public See Obama’s Proposed 332 Page Internet Regulations?
Weekly Standard - Republican senators Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, and Rand Paul have all been high profile opponents of the Obama administrations current plan to regulate the internet — in particular, Lee has called the regulation a government “takeover” of the internet and says it amounts to a ”a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.”

VIDEO: JPMorgan Goes to War: The bank is building a new facility near the NSA’s headquarters to attract new talent
Bloomberg - Convinced that it faces threats from governments in China, Iran, and Russia, and that the U.S. government isn’t doing enough to help, JPMorgan has built a vast security operation and staffed it increasingly with ex-military officers.

If software looks like a brain and acts like a brain—will we treat it like one?
Ars Technica - Long the domain of science fiction, researchers are now working to create software that perfectly models human and animal brains. With an approach known as whole brain emulation (WBE), the idea is that if we can perfectly copy the functional structure of the brain, we will create software perfectly analogous to one.... Scientists hope to create software that could theoretically experience everything we experience: emotion, addiction, ambition, consciousness, and suffering.


NOTICE: Solicitation of Written Comments on the Draft National Adult Immunization Plan - NVPO is soliciting public comment on the draft NAIP from a variety of stakeholders, including the general public, for consideration as they develop their final report to the Secretary. It is anticipated that the draft NAIP, as revised with consideration given to public comment and stakeholder input, will be presented to the Secretary in the first quarter of 2015.

Deaths from Prescription Painkillers Triple in 20 Years – What’s Going On?
Ella Jameson - The deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger may have grabbed headlines, but there is a far larger tragedy behind America’s recreational painkiller epidemic. Deaths from prescription painkillers have more than tripled in the last 20 years, while drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Vaccine horrors: Medical mutilation of innocent children exposed in GRAPHIC photos of "safe" vaccines gone horribly wrong
(NaturalNews) Much like Brian Williams, vaccine promoters are serial liars. They know vaccines harm many children (and even kill some), yet they knowingly lie to the public by falsely claiming vaccines cause no harm whatsoever. (They do this willfully, in total violation of all medical ethics and fundamental honesty with the public.)

Eating almonds can reduce heart disease risks, belly fat
(NaturalNews) Hold that muffin or danish and grab a handful of almonds if you need a snack between meals. Maybe you won't feel as satisfied afterward, but if you care about your heart health, get used to it. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association provided strong evidence that incorporating almonds as snacks instead of pastries in an otherwise healthy diet provides protection against heart disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes.

A revolutionary way to make your own almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk and soy milk for mere pennies
(NaturalNews) Nut milks are extremely popular among health-conscious consumers, but the mass-produced nut milks sold at the store all suffer from two critical problems in their ingredients: carrageenan and calcium carbonate. Carrageenan is a thickening agent that's increasingly concerning to many consumers. Although I personally don't find it irritating, some people say consuming it leads to bowel irritation or digestion discomfort.

What Happens to Your Body When You’re Not Moving, and What to Do About It
Dr. Mercola - According to biological anthropologists, the fossil record suggests that when early man traded their nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyles for a more settled one, it resulted in a less dense bone structure. Prolonged sitting promotes dozens of chronic diseases, including overweight and type 2 diabetes, even if you’re very fit. At bare minimum, avoid sitting for more than 50 minutes out of every hour. Ideally, limit sitting as much as possible, and incorporate weight-bearing, gravity-driven exercises into your fitness routine.

Report Finds We Are Eating ‘2,500 Tons of Fake Food’
Natural Society - Are you drinking beverages out of antifreeze containers and chewing on horse meat in your pre-packaged ‘hamburgers?’ As it turns out, new evidence from an Interpol investigation reveals that many ‘brand-name’ food items may actually be comprised of some very different ingredients than advertised. All in all, the food investigators seized a whopping 2,500 tons of fake food from within the food supply.

Research Unveils Key Mechanism in Resveratrol’s Healing Capabilities
Natural Society - One of the most publicized nutrients in the media is the stilbene known as resveratrol. This organic compound has been found to cut down cardiovascular disease, prevent certain cancers, help slow aging, and possibly aid in weight control. It can even improve spinal bone density in men with metabolic syndrome...

Cooked Eggs Deplete All Nutrients and Deactivate Proteins - There's Only One Way To Benefit From Eggs
Natash Longo - For years, this misunderstood food -- low in calories, containing every single vitamin (A, B, D, E, K) except C, and nearly perfect in protein -- was once shunned for threats to cholesterol intake. Eggs are also a great source of choline, selenium, omega-3 and even iodine. But if you want to optimize those nutrients, you must eat eggs raw.... The CDC and other public health organizations advise you to thoroughly cook your eggs to lower your risk of Salmonella, but as long as they're pastured and organic, eating your eggs raw is completely safe.
* Related: Cornucopia's Organic Egg Scorecard

The Oldest Woman In Europe At 115 Years-Old, Credits Staying Single and Eating Raw Eggs As The Key To Her Longevity
Meg Wagner - At 115 and three months, Italy's Emma Morano is the oldest person in Europe and the fifth oldest in the world. She eats two or three raw eggs a day and has stayed single for most of her life. Today, she still lives alone. 'I didn't want to be dominated by anyone,' she said.

Weekend Viewing

Is Your Family's Health Being Traded For Profit? New BOUGHT Documentary February 20th - March 6th Exposes Ugly Truth Behind Vaccines, GMO's and Big Pharma...
The food, vaccine, drug, insurance and health industry are a multi-BILLION dollar enterprise... focused more on profits than human lives. The BOUGHT documentary takes viewers deep "inside the guts" of this despicable conspiracy... Featuring exclusive interviews with the world's most acclaimed experts in research, medicine, holistic care and natural health... Bought exposes the hidden (and deadly) story behind it all. Watch the full BOUGHT movie – FREE!


Thursday - February 19, 2015 - Today in History:

1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was later tried and acquitted on charges of treason.
1846 - The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845.
1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
1942 - Approximately 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin.
1945 - During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
1963 - The Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw "several thousand" of its troops in Cuba.
1985 - William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification.
1987 - A controversial, anti-smoking public service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired.
2001 - The museum at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center was dedicated.
2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft began using its thermal emission imaging system to map Mars.
2004 - Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse. Skilling was later convicted and sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.
2005 - The USS Jimmy Carter was commissioned at Groton, CT. It was the last of the Seawolf class of attack submarines.
2008 - Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.

World News

Greece Should Leave Eurozone – Former French President
Sputnik News - Former President of France Valery Giscard d'Estaing says the entrance of Greece into the Eurozone in 2001 was clear mistake, and now the country's economy can only recover if Greece abandons the Euro and goes back to its own currency.

Poland to Pay $262,000 to Inmates Held, Tortured at Secret C.I.A. Prison
NY Times - Poland will abide by a European court ruling that ordered it to pay a total of 262,000 in reparations to two former inmates of a "black site" prison run by the C.I.A., the minister of foreign affairs said on Wednesday.... The European Court of Human Rights ruled in July that Poland had violated the rights of the two terrorism suspects by handing them over to the C.I.A. in 2002 at a secret facility, which is now closed, in northeast Poland. While there, the court said, the men suffered "torture and inhuman or degrading treatment."

NATO/UN Desperately Seek Ceasefire To Save ISIS After Syrian Army Encircles Aleppo
Brandon Turbeville - In a military victory that may very well rival the liberation of Qusayr in terms of significance, on February 17, the SAA officially encircled the entirety of Syria’s largest city Aleppo. In so doing, the SAA was also able to seal off the road leading into the city from the North which has been used as a supply route for the terrorist death squads receiving reinforcements and supplies from Turkey since the beginning of the crisis.

Western Media Blames Separatists For Ceasefire Violation, Ignores Role of Kiev Fascists
Brandon Turbeville - The fragile Ukraine peace deal constructed by Russia with the help of France and Germany appears to be holding on by the skin of its teeth as the shooting and shelling around Debaltseve continued even after the deadline for enacting a total ceasefire came and went Saturday night. Although virtually the entire country fell abruptly silent at midnight, Debaltseve was still alight with gunfire and artillery shelling. Almost immediately came claims from both the separatists and the Kiev forces that the other side was responsible for violating the ceasefire agreement.

Russia Dumps Most US Paper Ever As China Reduces Treasurys Holdings To January 2013 Levels
Zero Hedge - Back in December, Socgen spread a rumor that Russia has begun selling its gold. Subsequent IMF data showed that not only was this not correct, Russia in fact added to its gold holdings. But there was one thing it was selling: some $22 billion in US Treasurys, a record 20% of its total holdings, bringing its US paper inventory to just $86 billion in December - the lowest since June 2008.

Russia steps up oil supplies to Asia
RT - Gulf producers may find it a struggle to keep their share of the global oil market as Russia is boosting crude exports to Asia after upping supplies by 25 percent to China, Japan and South Korea in 2014. Russia is the world’s third largest oil producer and has increased oil supplies to Asia to 51 million metric tons in 2014. The share of the Asian market rose to 8.7 percent last year from 7.2 percent in 2013, Bloomberg reports citing government data.

IMF aid package pushes Ukraine gas prices up 280%
RT - Ukraine has agreed to increase the cost of gas to consumer by 280 percent, and 66 percent for heating, as part of the IMF terms for getting extra financial aid, says Valery Gontareva the head of the National Bank of Ukraine.... The tariff rises are part of the amendments to the 2015 budget the government has had to introduce in order to receive an $8.5 billion loan from the IMF by the end of the year.

Australians get hepatitis A from Chinese berries
AFP - Nine Australians have contracted hepatitis A linked with eating contaminated berries from China, with the importer apologising Tuesday as the food scare spreads. Manufacturer Patties Foods has recalled four products including the Nanna's and Creative Gourmet brands of mixed berries and Nanna's raspberries after infections in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. They are all sold nationally in major supermarkets, having been packed in China.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon identifies 1,200 moderate extremist Syrians for train-and-equip program
Blacklisted News - The Pentagon said the US has identified 1,200 individuals to be vetted for a train and equip program to help Syrian opposition fighters in the campaign against Daesh. American Special Operations Forces in the Middle East Commander Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata and his team have been working to identify and screen members of moderate Syrian opposition groups for the program. "There's about 1,200 people Gen. Nagata and his team, with our interagency and international partners, have identified as potential for the whole Syria train and equip program," said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

UMass Amherst Reverses Controversial Ban on Iranian Students in Engineering, Sciences
ABC News - The University of Massachusetts Amherst has overturned a controversial ban that would have prohibited all incoming Iranian students from participating in certain graduate engineering and natural sciences programs.... The reversal comes just days after the school announced the ban to comply with a 2012 federal law -- part of sanctions against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. The 2012 law denies visas for Iranian students in the U.S. if they want to work in the energy sector, nuclear science, nuclear engineering or related field in Iran.

White House Announces ‘Goal of Ensuring Climate Smart Citizenry’
CNS News - The White House Science and Technology Advisor, says an initiative is underway “with the goal of ensuring a climate smart citizenry in the United States.” “In December of last year the White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative was launched--with the goal of ensuring a climate smart citizenry in the United States,” Dr. John Holdren says in a White House video released last week.

VIDEO: Wesley Clark: Our friends and allies funded ISIS to destroy Hezbollah
Blacklisted News - He also warned about attacking “We’re going to take out seven countries in 5 years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”

Mentally Ill Man Waves Broom, Cops Shoot Him Dead And Cuff Him
Steve Watson - A mother in Miami Gardens called police, asking them to help her calm her mentally disturbed son. But when the cops showed up, the man, 25, waved a broom at them so they shot him multiple times, killing him.... When Hall’s mother attempted to intervene, police turned their guns on her. “He [drew] his gun and told us to get back or he’ll shoot us…my hands went up.” she said. As the local news report details, police have had previous run ins with Hall and knew that he was mentally ill.

Election News

2016 Hopeful Jeb Bush Backs Big Brother: Gov't Surveillance “Keeps Us Safe”
Sputnik News - The former Florida governor was laying out the framework for his foreign policy strategy — a major step in building a presidential campaign — when he expressed disbelief at the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the NSA spying programs. “For the life of me, I don’t understand – the debate has gotten off track, where we’re not understanding and protecting,” he told the crowd of 800 or so at the Chicago Council for Global Affairs.

Economy & Business

Track The Massive Congestion At The Port Of Long Beach In Real Time
Zero Hedge - Things on the West Coast Ports are going from bad to worse (for those who missed it read "Catastrophic Shutdown Of America's Supply Chain" Begins: Stunning Photos Of West Coast Port Congestion), and with no resolution in sight, it is now beginning to cripple the US economy. Here is a brief summary, courtesy of the WSJ, of how the near-strike is already impacting various businesses across the US...

Housing Market

Housing Recovery? Weekly Mortgage Purchase Apps Drop Again, Down 66% From 2004
Zero Hedge - The housing and mortgage evangelists on CNBC and Fox Business are going to have to rewrite their “2015 is going to be a big year for housing!” meme. Nirvana it isn’t.

Energy & Environment

In 'Tragic' Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking
Common Dreams - In a blow to anti-fracking campaigners across the state, the Ohio Supreme Court said this week that the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling activities—and therefore, to ban fracking within municipal borders—lies with the state as opposed to cities, towns, or counties. As the Akron Beacon Journal put it: "The decision takes local control of drilling away from communities and supports the state as the continued main overseer of drilling."

Explosion at Exxon Refinery In Southern California - Live Feed
Zero Hedge - It's not been a good week for oil safety in America. Following the derailment earlier in the week, CBS now reports an explosion at Exxon Mobil's Torrance, California refinery (processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day) occurred at 850amPT... While dismissed as 'normal flaring' to begin with, Exxon has confirmed it is not and "shelter in place" has been ordered as ash is falling up to 3 miles away.

Science & Technology

Federal Government Demands Social Media Censorship
Kurt Nimmo - Congress and the White House are leaning on Twitter to censor Islamic State posts on its network. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, the chair of a House foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, has singled out Twitter for allowing supposed IS operatives to recruit and propagandize on the social media platform. “This is the way (the Islamic State) is recruiting — they are getting people to leave their homelands and become fighters,” Poe said. He added “there is frustration with Twitter specifically” over its refusal to censor tweets the government claims promotes terrorism.

Google warns of US government ‘hacking any facility’ in the world
The Guardian - Google is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and seize digital data, warning that the changes would open the door to US “government hacking of any facility” in the world.... The search giant warns that under updated proposals, FBI agents would be able to carry out covert raids on servers no matter where they were situated, giving the US government unfettered global access to vast amounts of private information.


VIDEO: Oregon mulls banning personal belief exemption for vaccines
CBS News - The measles outbreak is of particular concern in Oregon, home to the highest rate of unvaccinated children in the country. Parents have been warned to get their children vaccinated by Wednesday or face expulsion from school. The state of Oregon is making Jolynn Reynolds watch an educational video before she can opt out of having her child vaccinated. Reynolds is claiming a philosophical exemption, allowing her kids to go to school without their required vaccinations.

Superbug linked to 2 deaths at UCLA hospital; 179 potentially exposed
LA Times - Nearly 180 patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been exposed to potentially deadly bacteria from contaminated medical scopes, and two deaths have already been linked to the outbreak. The Times has learned that the two people who died are among seven patients that UCLA found were infected by the drug-resistant superbug known as CRE — a number that may grow as more patients get tested. The outbreak is the latest in a string of similar incidents across the country that has top health officials scrambling for a solution.

Medical alert: Thyroid dysfunction increases your risk of heart disease
(NaturalNews) Over 100 years ago, a study showed that 'subclinical hypothyroidism' was associated with a 260% increase in the prevalence of heart disease. In fact, over the years, many other studies have made the connection between thyroid disorders and the risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease.

It's NOT Just Vaccines!
Zen Honeycutt - This issue is dividing us..and threatens to divide us even more with talk of state and federal mandates. I hear, if pushed, federal mandates will cause families to not just avoid people at birthday parties, many will leave the country rather than vaccinate. Families will be torn apart, possibly for the rest of their lives. The problem with this issue is that no one in the media is talking about the whole issue. The whole issue is not that vaccines are or are not hurting our kids. That is only part of the issue.

Orthorexia Nervosa: Officials Declare 'Eating Healthy' A Mental Disorder
Jefferey Jaxen - As the people continue to walk away from the broken medical and agricultural/food systems, like any abusive relationship, the abuser will do anything to maintain their waning control. Organic and non-GMO food markets have exploded in the last five years so much so that any corporation wishing to not follow the trend risks financial hardship or ruin. In addition, pharmaceutical companies are feeling the strain as less people want their toxic medications and crippling side effects. In an attempt to curb this mass rush for the exits, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa”.

Cumin helps with weight loss
STEPin2 - Spices are truly nature’s medicine, and cumin is one of the most potent of them all. It is packed with antioxidants and may slow down the growth of breast and colon cancer cells. Cumin is also great for the kidneys, strengthens the immune system, and is a known sleep aid.

18 Ways To Ensure Your Stomach Acid pH Is Balanced
Natural News Blogs - Stomach acid is a very important first step in digestion. With low stomach acid, it becomes difficult to absorb B12 as well as Zinc. Having low stomach acid also means that proteins will not be broken down properly which may in turn cause trouble in your small intestine and possibly even get absorbed whole into your bloodstream.

GMO Spider Venom Could Soon Be ‘The New Viagra’
Natural Society - Just when you thought you had heard everything out there on the subject of GMOs and the latest creations of mega biotech, a new level of modification makes even GMO apples seem tame. Specifically, we are talking about the use of GMO spider venom as an alternative to the highly popular erectile disfunction drug Viagra.

Research Confirms Sweating Detoxifies Dangerous Metals, Petrochemicals
Green Med Info - New research is revealing something remarkable about why the body sweats. Beyond its obvious role in regulating body temperature, sweating has been found to facilitate the elimination of accumulated heavy metals and petrochemicals, indicating that if we want to be healthy we should put regular effort into doing more sweating.

Pet News

Class Claims Beneful Dog Food Kills Pets
Courthouse News - Nestlé Purina's Beneful dog food has killed or sickened thousands of dogs, a class action claims in Federal Court. Lead plaintiff Frank Lucido claims defendant Nestle´ Purina Petcare Company has received more than 3,000 online complaints about dogs becoming ill or dying after eating Beneful in the past four years. He blames the problems on the presence of propylene glycol, an automotive antifreeze component, and grains with fungus that produce mycotoxins.

Wednesday - February 18, 2015 - Today in History:

1861 - In Montgomery, AL, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.
1885 - Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.
1930 - The planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. The discovery was made as a result of photographs taken in January 1930.
1952 - Greece and Turkey became members of NATO.
1970 - The Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.
1972 - The California Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty.
1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden "flight" sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
1987 - Girl Scout executives decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.
1998 - In Russia, money shortages resulted in the shutting down of three plants that produced nuclear weapons.
1998 - In Nevada, two white separatists were arrested and accused of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City.
2001 - FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
2003 - In South Korea, at least 120 people were killed when a man lit a fire on a subway train.

World News

Libya the Pawn in the Evil Zionist Game - VIDEO ISIS Beheading - This horrific video was created to manifest an agenda, an agenda that would eventually cause the US and other western countries to have an excuse to come and take control of Libya. This was the plan in 2011 but it failed by massive proportion because the Zionists were under the illusion that they could control the radical Islamists that they had joined hands with to control Libya. Anyone who believes that you can arm and fund psychopathic killers and hope that they will behave like sane people are crazy.

ISIS plans to invade Europe through Libya says report
RT - ISIS’ plans to conquer Europe via Libya have been revealed in letters seen by an anti-terrorism group. Owing to its perfect location on the continental doorstep, the terrorists plan to ferry fighters from North Africa across the Mediterranean. The plans, analyzed by anti-terrorism British think tank Quillum, outline a strategy to illegally ferry fighters across the sea from Libya into southern Europe, into ports such as Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, less than 300 miles (483km) away.

Obama to Give Jihadists the Ability to Order Airstrikes
Mikael Thalen - The Obama administration is preparing to equip the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with the ability to order U.S. air strikes despite the group’s admitted allegiance to the Islamic State. Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) will be provided with radios to call in strikes from American B-1B bombers as well as pickup trucks with mounted machine guns as the president puts the final touches on plans to train as many as 3,000 rebels in Jordan and Turkey by the end of 2015.

When It Comes To ISIS, Obama Is Utterly Clueless
Economic Collapse - [...] the Obama administration insists that the reason that ISIS exists is because of a lack of “job opportunities” in that area of the world. If we could just find enough good jobs for the terrorists, apparently the entire problem of Islamic terror would just fade away according to them. This kind of twisted politically correct thinking is going to be one of the things that leads to the downfall of this country.

Stocks In Holding Pattern With All Eyes On Draghi And Whether ECB Will Pull Greek Liquidity
Zero Hedge - There was much confusion yesterday when algos went into a buying frenzy on news that Greece would submit a request for a 6 month loan extension, believing this means Greece has caved and will agree to a bailout programme extension as well. Nothing could have been further from the truth as we explained first moments after the headline struck, and also as Reuters validated moments ago when it said that "Greece will submit a request to the euro zone on Wednesday to extend a "loan agreement" for up to six months but EU paymaster Germany says no such deal is on offer and Athens must stick to the terms of its existing international bailout."

Beijing's mayor declares city to be unlivable due to life-choking smog
(NaturalNews) What may appear to foreigners as a city swathed in fog on a cold rainy day is really a Chinese city smothered in smog, a type of air pollution so dangerous that some officials refer to the city as "unliveable," The Guardian reports.

In Battle against ISIS, U.S. Reverts to Not Counting Civilian Casualties
AllGov - The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said U.S. and coalition strikes have killed 6,000 ISIS fighters. “That no civilians could be among that figure strikes observers and even military officials as all but impossible,” wrote Yousef. Particularly with 2,300 strikes delivering 8,200 missiles. “Not only does it reinforce the view that the lives of ordinary Iraqis and not matter, it flies in the face of the military’s own recommendations," wrote Gregory and Edney-Browne.

Major New Bank Runs in Greece; More Emergency Funds Needed
EPJ - Greek lenders are urging central bank Governor Yannis Stournaras to seek additional emergency cash as deposit outflows accelerate, according to three people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reports. Deposit withdrawals picked up after talks between Greece and its euro-area creditors on extending its bailout ended in acrimony in Brussels Monday night, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

Moment of Brutal Honesty: Political Commentator Quits Over HSBC Coverage, Accuses Telegraph Of "Fraud On Readers"
Zero Hedge - "The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Daily Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril." Those are the words of the former chief political commentator of The Telegraph, Peter Oborne, who resigned from the paper and launched a blistering attack on the Telegraph, saying it put bank’s interests before readers to save ad contract.

U.S. Waste Disposal in Afghanistan: Unused Incinerators and Open-Air Burn Pits
AllGov - SIGAR found serious mechanical problems with the costly incinerators. One operating base received them from the contractor two years late and requiring $1 million in repairs. The inspectors also found the incinerators too expensive to use—some cost a million dollars a year to operate. So commanders decided to continue to use the burn pits to dispose of the 440 tons of waste produced each day, despite the health risks of doing so—and despite being told by Congress to stop the practice.

Forget Hacking - CIA Accuses Russia Of "Manipulating The World's Weather"
Zero Hedge - America appears to have found something else to blame the Russians (or North Koreans) for... The Weather. As The Daily Mail reports, CIA chiefs fear hostile nations are trying to manipulate the world’s weather... seriously. So-called "geoengineering techniques" range from cloud seeding, in which chemicals are sprayed by planes trigger rainfall, to shooting mirrors into space to reflect sunlight and cool the Earth.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Expects to Quadruple the Number of Syrian Refugees Brought Here
CNS News - "The United States has admitted 524 Syrians since 2011. We’re likely to admit 1,000 to 2,000 Syrian refugees for permanent resettlement in Fiscal Year 2015 and a somewhat higher number, though still in the low thousands, in Fiscal Year 2016," spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. But at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee last week, Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said it would be a "huge mistake" to bring refugees from Syria and Turkey into the United States where they "could potentially be radicalized."

Former Breitbart Reporter Receiving Death Threats Over Revealing Obama’s ‘Fake’ Past: “Ever seen a photo of a pregnant Michelle Obama?”
Mac Slavo - Former Breitbart reporter and founder of GotNews. com, Charles C. Johnson, claims he has never before seen information that answers to why no one has seen photos of a pregnant Michelle Obama, why Obama’s family photos are fakes, and why his birth certificate is anything but authentic (but says he was born in Hawaii not Kenya). But ‘serious’ death threats are so far keeping Johnson quiet, according to a barrage of recent Twitter posts.

A radical new idea for keeping tabs on police misconduct is gaining steam
Business Insider - The largest organization of public defenders in the country is building a “cop accountability” database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court. The database was created by the Legal Aid Society, a New York–based nonprofit that represents an average of 230,000 people per year with a staff of more than 650 lawyers. The ambition behind the project is to create a clearinghouse for records of police misconduct — something the NYPD itself does not make public — and to share it with defense lawyers all over the city, including those who do not work for Legal Aid.

Cops No-Knock Raid, Stomp Necks, Destroy Home – To Find Broken Pot Pipe
Free Thought Project - The men allege that an officer asked them how they were able to pay the rent on such an expensive home, seemingly the only explanation as to why these men were targeted.

Holder Gives 90 Day Ultimatum To Bring "Financial Crisis" Cases Against Bankers
Zero Hedge - As Bloomberg reports, Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s asked U.S. attorneys involved in residential mortgage-backed securities cases to report in 90 days on whether they can “develop cases against individuals,” Holder, speaking at National Press Club in Washington, defends record on cases against those involved in 2008 crisis. There’s “relatively small universe” of firms vs. savings and loan crisis of 1980s and 1990s, he says Lack of more cases “is not for lack of trying”

Operation Choke-Point Is Worse Than We Thought
Zero Hedge - Operation Choke Point is an initiative of the DoJ that was announced in 2013 which investigates bank interactions with certain businesses believed to be at higher risk for fraud and money laundering. When first disclosed it was heavily criticized for bypassing due process with critics warning that "it's a thinly veiled ideological attack on industries the Obama administration doesn't like, such as gun sellers," and precious metals dealers. However, as Mike Maloney explains, it is far worse than that... "it violates the most fundamental principles of the rule of law and accountable, transparent government."

72-Yr-Old Man Facing 10 Years in Prison for an Unloaded 18th Century Antique Pistol
Activist Post - 72-year-old retired schoolteacher Gordon VanGilder who is currently facing up to a decade in prison because he was caught with an unloaded, antique flintlock pistol from the mid-1700s in his car. It was found during a supposedly unrelated routine traffic stop. “His attorney notes that VanGilder is facing the same felony charge for his unloaded mid-1700s firearm as he would be for a loaded .44 Magnum,” according to NRA News.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Joyce Riley on The Alex Jones Show February 16 2015
Radio host Joyce Riley of the Power Hour covers the latest news developments and how government officials have routinely buried the real causes behind public health crises, including the infamous Gulf War Syndrome.

Economy & Business

JPMorgan tops list of risky banks -U.S. government study
(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co bears the highest potential hazard to the financial system, a study by a U.S. government research agency showed, launching its first ranking of U.S. banks with a numerical risk score. The bank had a "systemic risk score" of 5.05 percent for 2013 in a group of 33 large U.S. banks, the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Research said in the study.

NY Fed Report: Student Loan Debt Piles Up; Now at $1.16 Trillion
EPJ - While overall delinquency rates were unchanged at 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter, delinquency rates for auto loans and student loans worsened, according to the New York Federal Reserve. “Although we’ve seen an overall improvement in delinquency rates since the Great Recession, the increasing trend in student loan balances and delinquencies is concerning,” said Donghoon Lee, research officer at the NY Fed. “Student loan delinquencies and repayment problems appear to be reducing borrowers’ ability to form their own households.

Energy & Environment

Recent Academy of Sciences Reports on Climate Change were Partially Funded by CIA
AllGov - A voluminous scientific study on climate change and man-made possibilities of altering it was funded by several federal agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).The CIA’s decision to partially fund the research left at least one expert who participated in the study a little uneasy. Scientist Alan Robock at Rutgers University told The Guardian the CIA’s investment in the $630,000 study “makes me really worried who is going to be in control” of efforts to stem the impact of climate change.

Who Rules West Virginia? Lawmakers Want to Weaken Clean Water Protections One Year after Toxic Spill Ruined Drinking Water for 300,000
AllGov - Two bills would allow the operators of most chemical storage tanks to avoid tougher new standards that were created following the 2014 spill into the Elk River by a facility operated by Freedom Industries. In the Senate, lawmakers are reviewing a plan to eliminate drinking water protections for the Kanwaha River, into which the Elk River flows. The same measure would also get rid of the DEP’s policy of enforcing the state’s drinking water standards on all rivers and streams across the state.

300,000 Without Power In South, Grocery Shelves Empty
Off the Grid News - More than 300,000 are without power across the Southeast and store shelves empty of essentials after Winter Storm Octavia coated areas with ice and dumped 18 inches of snow in one Kentucky town. Electricity was out for 153,000 in Georgia, 82,000 in South Carolina and 39,000 in North Carolina, in addition to tens of thousands more in Arkansas, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

Science & Technology

Wi-fi "spy" Barbie records children's conversations - and could be a target for hackers, say experts
Mirror Online - Grown-up technology recording your conversations is one thing, but putting it in the hands of a child is quite another. Toymaker Mattel has partnered with a San Francisco startup called ToyTalk to develop "Hello Barbie" - an internet-connected version of the popular doll that'll strike up a real conversation with your little tykes.

Spy Program Revelations Could Damage US Companies Image
Sputnik News - Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director claims that public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the NSA embedded spyware on computer hard drives around the world.

New algorithms locate where a video was filmed from its images and sounds
Tech Swarm - Researchers from the Ramón Llull University (Spain) have created a system capable of geolocating videos by comparing their audiovisual content with a worldwide multimedia database. In the future this could help to find people who have gone missing after posting images on social networks, or even to recognise locations of terrorist executions.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

"The Dark Side of the Strawberry": WWI enemy-killing gas now being used on America's fruit
(NaturalNews) Berries, one of the most beneficial foods for fighting off free radicals in the body, are sprayed with substantially more pesticides than other produce. Strawberries, in particular, are treated with extremely dangerous types of chemical called fumigants, gasses that are blasted into the soil, killing pests and weeds prior to planting.


The big measles lie: Eradication of measles happened BEFORE the vaccine, not after
(NaturalNews) The general consensus among pro-vaxxers is that vaccines save lives, and if it weren't for their existence, infectious disease would be running rampant. But a closer look at the data reveals that the death rates from conditions like measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, whooping cough (pertussis) and diphtheria were all in major decline prior to the advent of their respective vaccines, the direct result of better nutrition and sanitation practices.

Processed Fructose Is the Number One Driver of Obesity and Diabetes
Dr. Mercola - Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. He was one of the first to bring attention to the fact that processed fructose is far worse, from a metabolic standpoint, than other sugars, including refined sugar. Fructose is actually broken down very much like alcohol, damaging your liver and causing mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction in the same way as ethanol and other toxins. It also causes more severe metabolic dysfunction because it's more readily metabolized into fat than any other sugar.

10 nutritional deficiencies that may cause depression
(NaturalNews) Do you ever wonder where you positive emotions went? If your optimistic outlook on life has soured, then you should know that - beyond psychological approaches - nutrition plays a key role in maintaining your moods.

Probiotics cure peanut allergies in 80% of children and can replace vaccines for immune system stimulation
(NaturalNews) Modern medicine has abandoned one of the most important systems of the human body -- the commensal bacteria colonies that live symbiotically within the human gut. These various bacteria species aid in digestion and protect the organs and blood from toxins. They also boost the immune system. Here's how:

Homeland Security Stockpiling Billions of Dollars of Experimental Vaccines
Health Impact News - The Department of Homeland Security, created shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 2001, has been authorized by Congress to purchase and stockpile billions of dollars of experimental vaccines that are not approved by the FDA, to use on American citizens during a time of a “national emergency” as defined by the U.S. Government. The Project Bioshield Act was enacted by Congress in 2004, and signed into law by President George W. Bush. It appropriated $5.6 billion to the Department of Homeland Security “for the purchase of next generation countermeasures against anthrax and smallpox as well as other CBRN agents.”

Statin Drug Scandal: Cholesterol-lowering Drug Researchers Start Backtracking
Health Impact News - This past Sunday (February 15, 2015) the Sunday Express in the UK published a headline story stating that Oxford professor Dr. Rory Collins, whose research had been used to support putting millions of patients on statin drugs, was reassessing the data behind those studies for possible drug side effects they might have missed previously. According to the Express: Although the original research looked at the effect of statins on the heart and considered cancer risks it did not examine other side effects.

'Calculators' Doctors Use May Overestimate Heart Risks, Study Says
Natural Blaze - Researchers found that four of five widely used formulas may overestimate people's risk of heart attack, stroke or other related complications by as much as 154 percent in some cases. That includes the most recently developed risk calculator, unveiled alongside new treatment guidelines in 2013 by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA).

How Pine Bark Extract Could Save Air Travelers Lives
Green Med Info - Modern air travel carries with it a wide range of health risks, some of which are life-threatening. What can we do to reduce these risks? This amazing plant substance may provide the perfect answer...

8 True Benefits of Drinking Coffee You Didn’t Know About
Natural Society - If you’ve been wondering what all that coffee is doing to you, cheer up. A recent review of data completed at Gill Heart Institute in Kentucky focused on the cardiovascular, genetic, antioxidant and caffeine effects of coffee and found that drinking the brew reduces the risk of mortality right across the board. They also documented that coffee...

The Behind-The-Scenes Marketing Tricks That Make Food Irresistible (Hint: You Can’t See It!)
Food Babe - We are being inundated with fake chemical scents designed to get us to buy!... Using scents to sell more products isn’t a new tactic by a long shot and is taken straight out of Monsanto’s playbook, as demonstrated by this vintage 1947 Monsanto ad: “The principle of chemical attraction also defines the path to hidden sales…Used for years to contribute sales appeal to foods, candies, perfumes and cosmetics… Yes – Smells Sell! If you wish to know more about this proved sales strategy in your business, a contact with Monsanto may reward you with the right chemical answers”.

Pet News

Love Your Cat? Don't Let These Serious Symptoms Go Unnoticed
Dr. Becker - The pancreas performs two jobs vital to life: producing insulin to balance blood sugar, and producing digestive enzymes. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that causes the organ to malfunction. In symptomatic cats, the most common signs of pancreatitis are lethargy and lack of appetite. Some kitties also show symptoms of a tender abdomen, vomiting, and fever. The root causes of feline pancreatitis are not well understood, but most kitties with the condition also suffer from gastrointestinal tract inflammation, which typically stems from a reaction to allergenic ingredients in processed pet food.

25 Powerful Images Of Animal Love Can Teach Us So Much About Ourselves
Josh Richardson - We can learn so much about love and ourselves by observing animals. Their interactions are a sure sign of that expression through body language without verbal communication. One look at these pictures is all it takes to appreciate not only the love between animals of the same species, but also cross species.

Tuesday - February 17, 2015 - Today in History:

1801 - The U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.
1817 - The first gaslit streetlights appeared on the streets of Baltimore, MD.
1865 - Columbia, SC, burned. The Confederates were evacuating and the Union Forces were moving in.
1897 - The National Congress of Mothers was organized in Washington, DC, by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. It was the forerunner of the National PTA.
1924 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 57-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL.
1933 - "Newsweek" was first published.
1933 - Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted.
1934 - The first high school automobile driver’s education course was introduced in State College, PA.
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll began. U.S. forces won the battle on February 22, 1944.
1947 - The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be approximately equal in population. (Westberry v. Sanders)
1992 - In Milwaukee, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. In November of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison.
1997 - Pepperdine University announced that Kenneth Starr was leaving the Whitewater probe to take a full-time job at the school. Starr reversed the announcement four days later.
2005 - U.S. President George W. Bush named John Negroponte as the first national intelligence director.
2009 - President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law..

World News

Ukraine Sends List of Necessary Military Equipment to US – Kiev Official
Sputnik News - The Ukrainian Defense Ministry compiled a list of necessary military equipment, including weapons, and sent it to the United States, presidential adviser of the country Yuri Biryukov said Tuesday.... The presidential adviser said that Ukraine also is discussing the first tranche worth $350 million, with an extra billion possible. The US side has not made the decision yet, but are not saying no, Biryukov stressed.

NATO Military to Inspect Southern Russia for 'Military Activity'
Sputnik News - Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s treaty control department stated that Dutch military representatives will hold inspections in Russia’s southern region of Rostov between February 17 and 20 to assess if there are any active military activities in the area.

Putin, Merkel, Poroshenko Agree on OSCE Steps to Monitor East Ukraine
Sputnik News - The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, and Germany have agreed on concrete steps for the observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor the situation in eastern Ukraine, a German government representative was cited as saying by Reuters on Tuesday.

Egypt's President Wants UN Mandate for Libya Intervention
Sputnik News - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has urged the United Nations to draft a resolution mandating that an international coalition intervene in Libya.

German TV channel under fire over fake ‘Russian tanks in Ukraine’ footage
RT - A citizen’s media group has lodged a complaint against German television channel ZDF for airing a photograph of Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine, which in reality were Russian tanks on patrol in South Ossetia in 2008. Just days after a US politician presented on the Senate floor falsified images of Russian tanks purported to be taken in eastern Ukraine, one of Germany’s largest broadcasters appears guilty of the very same error.

Moscow-Based Security Firm Reveals What May Be The Biggest NSA “Backdoor Exploit” Ever
Zero Hedge - Since 2001, a group of hackers – dubbed the “Equation Group” by researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab – have infected computers in at least 42 countries (with Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Syria most infected) with what Ars Technica calls “superhuman technical feats” indicating “extraordinary skill and unlimited resources.”

Greece Rejects Bailout Deal – Deadline To Avoid Financial Chaos In Europe Is March 1st
Economic Collapse - Europe is on the verge of a horrifying financial meltdown, and there are only a few short weeks left to avert total disaster.

EU Leaders "Are Afraid The Syriza 'Virus' Will Spread Across Europe"
Zero Hedge - …Greek parliamentary spokesman for Syriza, Nikos Filis notes "The wave of protests indicates a new beginning... And it scares the dominant forces in Europe. Because Syriza virus can spread and in their communities." And we suspect that is indeed the Eurogroup's greatest fear...

No deal: Greece-EU bailout talks break down, Athens given 1 week ultimatum
RT - The eurozone has given Greece an ultimatum of one week to request an extension of its bailout deal, as Athens turned down the offer dubbing it “absurd” and “unreasonable”. Greece’s finance minister said they were ready to sign - but something different.... Varoufakis said that he was ready to agree a deal with creditors giving Athens up to six months credit in return for putting major new budget policies on hold.

German Lawmaker Demands All Payments To Greece Be "Immediately Stopped"
Zero Hedge - Following the reported withdrawal of what Greece deemed as an acceptable draft document to move forward - replaced by an "absurd, unacceptable" draft by EU President Dijsselbloem - it appears the Germans are none too happy. A senior lawmaker from Angela Merkel's Christian Union bloc has demanded that following this 'rejection' of the Eurogroup's plan, all payments to Greece should be immediately stopped. The rift is clearly deepening on both sides...

Evacuation Starts in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture Following Tsunami Warning
Sputnik News - Japanese authorities are evacuating people in the coastal areas of the Aomori Prefecture where a tsunami warning was issued following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake, local media report, citing the country's seismological service.
The quake was also felt in the Iwate prefecture, where a tsunami warning was issued. Some tremor was reported in the Miyagi and Akita prefectures and Japan's capital Tokyo. There have been no reports of casualties or damages.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

TX Federal Court Orders Halt to Obama’s Amnesty
Breitbart - Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction halting the Executive Amnesty program announced last year by President Barack Obama. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton responded to the late night decision by the judge.

Pentagon Deploys Boots on the Ground for ISIS War
Kurt Nimmo - Stars and Stripes reports more than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team left Colorado for Kuwait last week. The deployment reveals the Pentagon plans to use tanks and armored vehicles in the war against ISIS, the terrorist army it trained at a secret base in Jordan. “The unit is Fort Carson’s heaviest force, armed with M1 tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles. Many of its soldiers are veterans of one or more of the brigade’s four combat tours in Iraq,” Stars and Stripes reports.

USA Is The 16th Best Place To Be Born In The World
Zero Hedge - In 1988, America was the best place to be born in the world. Based on The Economist Intelligence Unit's quality-of-life index - which links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys (how happy people say they are) to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries - USA was #1. Fast forward 25 years or so... and The United States now ranks 16th, just above South Korea and just below Taiwan and Belgium.

7 Children Kidnapped by State of Arkansas from Homeschool Family to Remain in State Custody
Health Impact News - It will be at least “6 more weeks of kidnapping” for the 7 homeschooled, homebirthed Stanley children, according to their father. Hal and Michelle Stanley were given no warning that their court hearing scheduled for February 12 would be abruptly postponed until March 23. They say they were not given any explanation as to why the hearing was postponed.

Man Released after Months in Jail for Possession of Vitamins
Mikael Thalen- The man, 31-year-old Joseph Burrell, was arrested last November after police claimed that a vitamin powder found in his vehicle was actually illegal amphetamines. Charged with two counts of felony drug possession, Burrell was incarcerated on $250,000 bail while the substance awaited final testing at the state crime lab.... After spending weeks behind bars, Burrell was quietly released only days before his trial. Man Released after Months in Jail for Possession of Vitamins

Mother Asks Cop To Help Son Stay Out Of Trouble, Cop Chains Him To A Pole, Beats, Electrocutes Him
Steve Watson - A mother in Richmond County, concerned that her son was falling into bad company, asked a local Sheriff’s deputy to help set the 12-year-old boy on a straight path by talking to him. Instead, the cop opted to handcuff the child to a pole and beat him senseless. Deputy Alton Walter has been fired and arrested following the incident, during which he is also alleged to have electrocuted the child with a taser.

Cops Have Killed Every 8 Hours in 2015, Sending At Least Three People to Early Graves Per Day
Free Thought Project - As of February 15, only a month and a half into 2015, there has been at least 136 individuals killed by police in the United States since the first of the year. The frighteningly high number averages out to three killed per day, or someone killed every eight hours. While there is no government-run database, Killed By Police has taken it upon themselves to keep track, and are doing a fantastic job thus far.

Veteran News

VIDEO: VA ‘I CARE’ slogan slammed by veterans, employees as mockery of reform
Washington Times - The embattled Veterans Affairs Department, now ranked by a government watchdog as among the most troubled federal agencies, is reminding employees in a memo why they should care about their work.

Energy & Environment

Oil & gas firms off the hook for destruction of Louisiana coast – judge
RT - A federal judge has ruled that multinational energy corporations are not financially liable for erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands, 1,900 square miles of which have been lost since the 1930s. Industry admits to being responsible for 36 percent of that loss. US District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown dismissed Friday a lawsuit filed in 2013 by the New Orleans-based Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies for deterioration of the state’s coastal wetlands.

Climate regime change? CIA may fund weather research for new weapon, scientist fears
RT - A US scientist spoke to RT saying he is worried intelligence bodies could try to use the weather as a weapon. He called on the CIA to open up and be more transparent, and wants research to be conducted globally to limit the possibility of hostile use. Professor Alan Robock is wary that US government agencies are interested in funding climate change research to see if new technologies could help to turn the weather into potential weapons.

Science & Technology

CNN Promotes Microchip Brain Implants For Memory Loss
Activist Post - CNN reported that a team of US researchers are suggesting that implantable brain chips could help people restore their memory. The team expects to implant a “small number” of human volunteers with brain chips in the very near future. If the trials go well, the team hopes to start implanting microchips into the brains of their patients within a ten-year time period.

Obama Won’t Wait for CISPA, Signs Own Orwellian Cybersecurity Executive Order
Activist Post - The president signed an executive order Saturday after a speech at a ‘Cyber Security Summit’ at Stanford University, while many were distracted with Valentine’s Day. The ever-hated CISPA legislation has stalled in Congress thanks to public outcry, but Obama has decided to act on his own.

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Licenses to Anyone Paying $200 Fee
Breitbart - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled its first commercial drone use regulation for unmanned aerial vehicles under 55 pounds on Sunday, 46 days later than promised. Not to be left out of the headlines, the White House issued a Presidential Directive requiring federal agencies to begin disclosing where they fly drones in the U.S. and what they do with the blizzard of surveillance data they have been collecting.

AT&T charges $29 more for gigabit fiber that doesn't watch your Web browsing
Ars Technica - AT&T's gigabit fiber-to-the-home service has just arrived in Kansas City, and the price is the same as Google Fiber—if you let AT&T track your Web browsing history. Just as it did when launching its "GigaPower" service in Austin, Texas in late 2013, AT&T offers different prices based on how jealously users guard their privacy.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Cal High Speed Rail Confiscating Farms for Development Profits
Breitbart - With the project billions over budget, HSRA’s chair has admitted the agency plans to make billions in profits by confiscating farmland under eminent domain for real estate development and advertising rights along the rail line.... Although government planners have called the prices they are offering farmers as “fair value,” the vast majority of property owners have bitterly called the offers pennies-on-the-dollar.


Over-the-counter medications eat your brain, say scientists
(NaturalNews) According to researchers from the University of Washington, prolonged use of tricyclic antidepressants (to help with depression), antihistamines (to treat allergies and hay fever), antimuscarinics (to help urinary incontinence) and even some sleep medications was linked to the onset of dementia.

Hay fever medications increase risk of Alzheimer's and dementia
(NaturalNews) A new study is linking commonly used medicines, which include over-the-counter treatments, of ailments like hay fever and insomnia to dementia and possibly Alzheimer's disease.

Studies show the health benefits of frankincense and myrrh
(NaturalNews) Frankincense and myrrh have long been touted for their healing abilities and protective powers.... Today, the benefits of both continue to prove effective, including the ability to heal certain cancers.

This Top Organic Brand Is Selling Out to a GMO Juggernaut
Natural Society - What’s the best way to squash your competition? Buy them out. Applegate Farms, LLC really has no good reason to sell out to a GMO-supporting mega-corporation. They’ve been worth millions for years, and have gained success in the organic food industry like few others. But money talks, and the organic meat seller is in negotiations with industrial food giant Hormel Foods Corp. to become part of its conglomerate.

Flaxseeds Protect Against Radiation Exposure
Green Med Info - We are bombarded every day by harmful radiation and, shockingly, nearly half of our radiation exposure in the U.S. comes from medical tests like X-rays and CT scans. The balance comes from radiation in the earth, radon gas and radiation from space. And many worry about fallout from disasters like the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. How do you protect yourself from radiation? Eat your flaxseeds.

VIDEO: Here’s What Happens When You Massage Your Hands According To This Ancient Japanese Technique
Natural Blaze - Every finger has a role. Pressure on the thumb eases nausea. Pressure on the finger relaxes your fears. Pressure on the middle finger chills your temper. Pressure on your ring finger fights off sadness. And finally, pressure on the pinky finger eases your overall stress.... Give it a try next time you’re feeling unbalanced.

Humor & Satire

Americans Sign Petition to Add “Soylent Green” to Michelle Obama School Lunches
Paul Joseph Watson - “Soylent green is people!” appears to be a movie quote forgotten by many Americans given that some of them signed a petition to have it added to the Michelle Obama school lunch program.

Monday - February 16, 2015 - Today in History:

1741 - Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, "The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle".
1804 - A raid was led by Lt. Stephen Decatur to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia. The ship had been taken by pirates.
1857 - The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.
1862 - During the U.S. Civil War, about 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, TN.
1883 - "Ladies Home Journal" began publication.
1937 - Wallace H. Carothers received a patent for nylon. Carothers was a research chemist for Du Pont.
1938 - The U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program was authorized.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines.
1946 - The first commercially designed helicopter was tested in Connecticut.
1959 - Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba after the overthrow of President Fulgencio Batista.
1968 - In the U.S., the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL
1989 - Investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, announced that a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was the reason that Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down the previous December. All 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground were killed.
1999 - Testimony began in the Jasper, TX, trial of John William King. He was charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.
2002 - The operator of a crematory in Noble, GA, was arrested after dozens of corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around in the surrounding woods.
2011 - Bookstore chain Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2012 - A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who'd tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.

World News

Egyptian, Libyan airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya after terrorists behead 21 Copts
RT - Egypt’s Air Force has hit Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) positions in Derna, Libya, after the execution of 21 Christian Egyptians by the terrorist group. Libyan forces loyal to the authorities have also targeted the IS in the country, a commander said. Up to 50 militants have been killed in the airstrikes on Libya, Egyptian state TV reported.

EU adds more Russians, eastern Ukrainians to sanctions list after successful Minsk talks
RT - The European Union has expanded its anti-Russian sanctions list to 19 more people and nine entities. The EU blacklist now includes 151 citizens of Russia and Ukraine’s self-proclaimed eastern republics and 37 Russian companies.... Restrictive measures include the freezing of the individuals’ assets in European Union countries and an EU-wide travel ban. New sanctions defy common sense and prevent a resolution of Ukrainian internal conflict, Russia’s Foreign Ministry commented.

Turkey Joins Growing List of Countries Closing Embassy in Yemen
Sputnik News - Turkey is suspending operations of its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen after Houthi rebels seized power, the country's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Egypt eyes revenge after ISIS executes 21 Copts, releases video
RT - Egypt’s President Abdel el-Sisi said Cairo “reserves the right to respond in any way” to the killing of 21 Copts by Islamic State militants. The extremist group has released a graphic video showing the beheadings of the Copts that were kidnapped in Libya. Sisi warned that Cairo would choose the “necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings” as he spoke on state television in the wake of the surfaced footage of the brutal executions.

Copenhagen Police Kill Suspect Following Fatal Shootings at Cafe, Synagogue
Sputnik News - According to the press release, the man was deemed suspicious in relation to the shootings in a Copenhagen cafe Saturday evening and synagogue early Sunday. The man opened fire at the officers, who fatally shot him. "Police are investigating right now whether the person could stand behind both shootings at Krudttonden and synagogue in Krystalgade," the statement said.

Shocking audio of the moment a man opens fire on Copenhagen cafe
The Telegraph - Audio obtained by the BBC has captured the moment a gunman attacked a cafe in the Danish Capital, Copenhagen, during a debate on free speech. During the audio a woman can be heard talking about free speech before gunshots interrupt her, chairs can then be heard being moved as the gunshots continue.

Thousands Of Government Supporters Rally In Athens, Demand "Give Greece A Chance"
Zero Hedge - In another 'odd' event for Europe's status quo, for the second time in a week, tens of thousands of pro-government supporters have taken to the infamous Syntagma Square in Athens to ensure Syriza knows exactly what tomorrow's 'negotiations' are all about. With the latest poll showing Syriza in an even more dominant position nationally (45.4% vs ND's 18.4%) and Merkel's party looking like it will lose in a landslide in Hamburg local election, it seems the people of Europe have expressed their will.

VIDEO: Ukraine sends Senate old AP photos as proof of “Russian military presence”
RT - The US Senate Arms Service committee is on the defensive after it’s emerged that members of the Ukraine parliament presented them with 7-year-old pictures showing a current Russian 'military presence' in the region. As Congress pushed for more military action, the photo’s were being used as a justification of force on the part of the US. RT’s Lizze Phelan reports.

China to film interrogations of suspects in push to halt police brutality
RT - Chinese police will be required to film and record all interrogations in criminal cases to increase transparency, Xinhua reports. The new law states that the cross-examination process must be carried out fairly and the rights of suspects are respected.

Report: Millions stolen from banks through sophisticated malware
Ars Technica - Hackers infiltrated over 100 banks in several countries, stealing millions of dollars in possibly the largest bank theft the world has seen, according to a report published by the New York Times on Saturday. The Times said it received an advance copy of an upcoming report by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab that details how banks in Russia, Japan, the United States, and other countries fell victim to malware starting in late 2013 that allowed the hackers to watch video feeds, view daily operations, and impersonate bank officials.

Icelanders Really Jailed Some Bankers Today
Grapevine - The former CEO of Kaupþing, former chairman of the board of Kaupþing, former CEO of Kaupþing Luxembourg and former owner of 10% of Kaupþing all got sentenced to prison today by the supreme court of Iceland, reports Kjarninn.... In the court’s opinion, the four conspired to conceal the fact that one of the investors in Kaupthing, Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, owned his 5.01% stake in the bank thanks to money lent to him by the bank itself. Investigations into the four go back to the Icelandic bank crash of autumn 2008.

Ebola news

Ebola cases prompt mini-quarantine in Sierra Leone capital
(AP) - Sierra Leone imposed a quarantine in a fishing district of the capital city, Freetown, after at least five new Ebola cases were confirmed there, an official said Saturday.... Sierra Leone has seen nearly 11,000 confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola cases during the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the most of any country, according to the World Health Organization. Despite a drop in cases, transmission in Sierra Leone remains widespread, with 76 new cases confirmed in the previous week, WHO said Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US ‘eyeing new air base’ in Iraq amid talk of major offensive on ISIS
RT - Washington is working to install a new air base in Iraq’s Kurdistan to be used in a campaign against Islamic State (ISIS), media report. This comes as the White House’s special envoy on ISIS speaks of a ground operation in Iraq against the militants.

Ron Paul: Ukraine Coup Planned By Nato And EU
Zero Hedge - As Ron Paul recently exclaimed, the war propagandists are very active and are winning over the support of many unsuspecting American citizens. So we thought the followingg 90 seconds of 'pure Paul' would provide a refreshingly different perspective as he explains, "I'm not pro-Russia, I'm not pro-Putin, I'm pro-facts." "The Ukraine coup was planned by NATO and EU... The best thing we can do for Ukraine is get the foreigners out."

VIDEO: Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to vote in elections
Washington Times - President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.

Ca DMV Expanding to Accommodate Thousands of Illegal Aliens
Breitbart - Since the new California law kicked in on January 2 granting illegal immigrants the right to acquire drivers licenses, the DMV has been overwhelmed, often times leaving customers waiting on line for hours. The Orange County Register, reported that customers are reporting long wait times lasting hours even for those with appointments.

Border Patrol agents advised to release drunk drivers
(CBS5) - A training memo for federal agents who patrol Arizona advises them they are under no obligation to detain an alcohol impaired driver and they face no liability by allowing them to continue driving.... Border Patrol agents are not certified peace officers in Arizona, meaning they do not have the lawful authority to arrest someone suspected of breaking state law.

Repeal Of Common Core Bill Unveiled
The Intelligencer - The West Virginia Senate has taken the first step away from national Common Core education standards with a bill to prohibit its use in state schools.... It would prohibit the use of Common Core standards, remove the state from the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium and adopt pre-Common Core standards used in Massachusetts. The bill also would restrict the sharing of student data and establishes an Education Standards Development Steering Commission to oversee the move away from Common Core.

Bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings moves forward
Tucson Sentinel - Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents.

BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo
NRA-ILA - In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines
The Hill - Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws.

Economy & Business

Why The Price Of Oil Is More Likely To Fall To 20 Rather Than Rise To 80
Economic Collapse - This is just the beginning of the oil crisis. Over the past couple of weeks, the price of U.S. oil has rallied back above 50 dollars a barrel. In fact, as I write this, it is sitting at $52.93. But this rally will not last. In fact, analysts at the big banks are warning that we could soon see U.S. oil hit the $20 mark.

West Coast Ports Shut Down For Holiday Weekend: Supply Chain Halt Threatens Havoc On Reeling Economy
Zero Hedge - A week ago, when we wrote "Catastrophic Shutdown Of America's Supply Chain Looms" As West Coast Port Worker Talks Break Down", few people noticed... Fast forward to today, when over the past 48 hours there has suddenly been a deluge of sellside reports, rushing to bring attention to this topic, such as the following: West Coast port disruptions likely to cloud outlooks as Q4 earnings approach-Goldman Sachs, Port Slowdowns Intensifying, Risk Heightened Across Retail Space-Credit Suisse, Further West Coast Port Disruption A Possibility - Deutsche Bank, All's not quiet at the Western ports-Bank of America.

Energy & Environment

California Loses Earthquake Crown to Oklahoma
AllGov - The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) crunched data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and counted 562 Oklahoma earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or greater, compared to 180 in California. E&E Publishing looked at the same numbers and counted 564, but who’s quibbling? Oklahoma, a state half the size of California, only had 100 significant quakes the year before, and that was a huge leap from previous years…CIR says scientists lay the blame squarely on the oil and gas industry: “Numerous studies agree that wastewater disposal from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a major factor in increasing seismic activity.”

Utility commissioner’s private emails reveal conspiracy
Take Back Your Power - Evidence has now been made public of illegal actions and collusion between former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey and utility PG&E, as criminal investigations continue. Peevey knew – since 2010 – that “smart” meters can cause physical harm. And he believed PG&E should do something about it, albeit “quietly”. However, instead of regulating the utility to ensure public safety, he deferred his lawful duty to PG&E – the entity causing the harm....
* Related: Smart Meters: What Consumers Can Do To Get Them Removed

Science & Technology

Go to Prison for File Sharing? That's What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal
Activist Post - The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States' excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own.

As Early as 2016, Robot Cops Will Be Patrolling Your Streets…….No, Seriously
Free Thought Project - By 2016, there will likely be a 6-foot tall police robot patrolling the streets and handing out parking tickets. The Telebot, developed by Florida International University’s Discovery Lab, has been field-tested and is undergoing final tune up. With a swiveling head and dexterous fingers, the humanoid robot is controlled remotely by a person wearing an Oculus Rift headset and motion-tracking vest, arm bands, and gloves. The voice of the remote operator is transmitted through the robot to the unfortunate citizen on the receiving end.

Contact lens with… inbuilt telescope to increase peripheral vision 3-fold in a wink
RT - A revolutionary new contact lens with a built in telescope could help millions to regain their full sight. Just a wink of one’s eye is enough to zoom in or turn the telescope off, which increases peripheral vision three fold. The new technology is set to help sufferers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can result in the loss of vision in the center of the visual field. This makes it difficult to read and recognize faces.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

First Wood Stoves … Now A Fireplace Ban?
Off the Grid News - Wood burning is already banned in parts of Utah on low air quality days. Even EPA-approved stoves would have been prohibited.... Periodic bans on fireplaces are already in effect in places such as Southern California, where the Air County Management District banned all wood burning in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino, on seven days in January. One city has gone even further. All residents of the city of Montreal will be required to remove wood-burning stoves or fireplaces or replace them with gas-burning heaters by 2020, CTV News reported.

USDA Approves GMO Apples Despite Opposition from Apple Industry and Consumers
Food & Water Watch - “Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. These apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced. The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of Arctic Apples.... The U.S. Apple Association, Washington Apple Commission and other grower groups have voiced their disapproval due to the negative impact GMO apples could have on the apple industry, and in 2013 Gerber and McDonald’s announced that they would not use GMO apples in their products.

7 Incredible, Off-Grid Ways To Reuse Old Tea Bags
Off the Grid News - Like many natural items, you can re-purpose tea bags in a variety of useful ways. Here is a list of ideas you can try in and around your own home.


Top 10 protein-packed plants for survival and a healthy diet
(NaturalNews) The following list contains 10 protein-packed plants for a healthy diet. This list may also come in handy in a survival situation where a person's body may require various protein sources.


Airlines Consider Requiring Proof Of Vaccination For Domestic Air Travel
Examiner - Traveling by air may get even more complicated if a reported plan by major carrier airlines requiring passengers to be vaccinated comes to fruition. After the increasing problem of unvaccinated individuals contracting and spreading communicable diseases, airlines hope to be a stopgap solution to preventing larger outbreaks. An inside source with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suggests that, “Multiple major carriers have begun discussing requiring vaccination records for all passengers before allowing them to board a flight.”

Merck MMR Vaccine Failed to Protect Thousands from Mumps
AllGov - Pharmaceutical giant Merck is being accused falsifying data so it could sell a vaccine that wasn’t as effective as advertised and didn’t work for thousands of individuals. Merck is being sued by two virologists who say Merck knowingly faked data about the effectiveness of the vaccine and still put it on the market. Two former Merck employees said in 2010 that the company infused a blood sample with animal antibodies to make it look like the vaccine had elicited increased antibody production.

17 medical establishment journals blindly accept blatantly fake study
(NaturalNews) In a humorous experiment that exposes published "science" as a subjective mess of opinions and oftentimes deliberate deceptions, a Harvard University medical doctor has confirmed that almost anything can get published in a medical journal for the right price.

Sugar Beets Make Hemoglobin
Dr. Mercola - Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. While you might assume this is a uniquely human protein, it’s actually found in plants, too, including sugar beets. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden, who note that hemoglobin from blood donations falls far short of demands, hope that this plant hemoglobin, known as leghemoglobin, may one day become a blood substitute capable of saving lives.

Prelude to Mandatory Vaccines? Lawmakers introduce 'vaccines save lives' resolution
The Hill - More than 90 members of Congress from both parties introduced a resolution on Friday affirming that vaccines save lives, amid a measles outbreak that has sparked a national debate.... The resolution pushes back against fears that vaccines could be harmful. It "recognizes that the lack of vaccination can cause a true public health crisis, and that there is no credible evidence to show that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases in healthy children or adults."

Vaccination Bill Amended
The Intelligencer - Provisions granting religious exemptions to childhood immunizations in West Virginia were stripped Tuesday from legislation before the State Senate's Health and Human Resources Committee as members worked to streamline the process to obtain medical exemptions.... Children who aren't vaccinated for such diseases as chicken pox, hepatitis-b, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough are not permitted to attend school.

Black Seed Oil: Protection In A Toxic World?
Green Med Info - Scientists have implicated environmental chemicals in increasing cancer rates, plummeting fertility, increases in obesity, respiratory illness, depression, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity and fibromyalgia to name but a few. Apart from isolating yourself to an organic commune and existing purely on a raw vegan organic diet, is there anything else you can do to protect your health?

Did You Know How Easy It Is to Make Natural Fruit Roll Ups?
Natural Blaze - The non-trademarked name for store-bought "fruit roll ups" is fruit leather. Store-bought fruit snacks contain artificial dyes, GMO corn syrup, GMO hydrogenated oils, natural flavors (MSG?), monoglycerides and GMO dextrose (aka corn sugar). Not exactly a fun way to enjoy fruit. Who knew it was so easy to make at home? With two ingredients, a couple supplies already in your kitchen, and a 3-hour hands-free wait, the whole family can enjoy this guilt-free dessert.

Pet News

Is Your Pet Sleeping on a Hotbed for Cancer?
Dr. Becker - Bile duct cancer, or biliary carcinoma, is a common type of liver cancer in both cats and dogs, primarily seen in pets over the age of 10. This type of cancer is very aggressive, with metastasis occurring in 80 percent of patients. A suspected cause of biliary carcinoma is environmental exposure to carcinogens, so it’s important to reduce your pet’s exposure to food-borne carcinogens in kibble, fabrics or pet beds treated with flame-retardants, and chemical pesticides/herbicides.





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