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Today's News: The Riley Report

JULY 2015
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Friday - July 3, 2015 - Today in History:

1775 - U.S. Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, MA.
1844 - Ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiated a commercial treaty with China that opened five Chinese ports to U.S. merchants and protected the rights of American citizens in China.
1863 - The U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, PA, ended after three days. It was a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.
1890 - Idaho became the 43rd state to join the United States of America.
1898 - During the Spanish American War, a fleet of Spanish ships in Cuba's Santiago Harbor attempted to run a blockade of U.S. naval forces. Nearly all of the Spanish ships were destroyed in the battle that followed.
1903 - The first cable across the Pacific Ocean was spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.
1930 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Veterans Administration.
1934 - U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) made its first payment to Lydia Losiger.
1944 - The U.S. First Army opened a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.
1944 - During World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk.
1945 - U.S. troops landed at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.
1945 - The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Production had been diverted due to World War II.
1950 - U.S. carrier-based planes attacked airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War.
1954 - Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
1974 - The Threshold Test Ban Treaty was signed, prohibiting underground nuclear weapons tests with yields greater than 150 kilotons.
1981 - The Associated Press ran its first story about two rare illnesses afflicting homosexual men. One of the diseases was later named AIDS.
1986 - U.S. President Reagan presided over a ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
1986 - Mikhail Baryshnikov became a U.S. citizen at Ellis Island, New York Harbor.
1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush formally inaugurated the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
2014 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 17,000 for the first time.

World News

US accusations that Russia is not respecting its neighbours' sovereignty are 'confrontational', says Moscow
The Independent - Russia has accused the US of adopting “confrontational” tactics, after the Pentagon updated its military strategy on Moscow amid the on-going crisis in Ukraine. Tensions between Russia and western powers have reached their lowest point since the end of the Cold War, partly because of the pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has said Washington risks setting back efforts to improve already deteriorating relations after the Pentagon updated the US National Military Strategy on Russia to consider its role in the bloody conflict which has killed over 6,400 people, according to the UN.
* Related: US nuclear missile commander says Vladimir Putin's actions echo those of Nazi Germany in the 1930s

US Operates Top Secret Drone Bases Inside Somalia
Sputnik News - Already receiving fierce criticism for operating drone bases on foreign soil – sometimes without the host country’s knowledge – the US has begun expanding its operations in Africa. But according to reports, the Pentagon has been running a base in Somalia, completely in secret, to conduct drone missions and train elite Somali forces. "They have a base over there," Abdighani Abdi Jama, state minister for the presidency in the interim regional administration in the Somali city of Kismayo, told Foreign Policy as part of an exclusive report. He pointed toward a large compound near the city’s airport. "They have high tech; they have drones; they have so many things." Jama’s allegations have been confirmed by others. Regional government officials and forces from the African Union can also testify to the base’s existence. The only organization which seems to be in the dark is the US military, itself.

260,000 Austrians sign EU exit petition, forcing referendum debate in parliament
RT - Over 260,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for the EU exit for the country, and now the Austrian parliament must discuss a referendum on the issue. Overall, the 261,159 people who signed the petition represent 4.12 percent of the electorate. The petition was most popular in the regions of Lower Austria (where 5.18 percent of potential voters signed it) and in Carinthia (4.85 percent). The threshold for calling a debate on a potential referendum is 100,000 people. The petition was launched by 66-year-old retired translator Inge Rauscher, who composed a similar petition in 2000. On that occasion, it was signed by 3.35 percent of the electorate. Rauscher told The Local that there was probably more support for a referendum now because of the economic crisis and the Greek crisis.

US Air Bases in UK Cancel 4th of July Celebration Over Security Concerns
Sputnik News - "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the 2015 4th of July Celebration, set to be held at RAF Feltwell, is cancelled. The decision was made due to the most current, local threat assessments," RAF said in a statement published on its Facebook page. The RAF stressed that all the events, including the preview party on July 3 are cancelled. The announcement comes after last week’s attack on a popular Tunisian resort that left nearly 40 people dead. The number of Britons confirmed to have been killed in the shooting stands at 30.

Ebola news

Ebola Makes Mysterious Return in Liberia With 3 New Confirmed Cases
Sputnik News - The death toll from Ebola in Liberia is on the rise once again, after the World Health Organization declared the West African country free of the virus on May 9. Liberia is seeing an unexpected rebound of the deadly Ebola virus, after locals in the village of Nedowein said neighbors had eaten contaminated dog meat, commonly consumed in the country. Three men known to have dug up a dead dog and shared the meal tested positive for the virus. The country's Ebola task force team confirmed that investigations into the possibility that animals could be carrying the disease have resumed, following a significant number of cattle deaths in remote Lofa County.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon: US facing growing possibility of "war with major power"
Press TV - The Pentagon has warned that the United States faces a low but growing possibility of engaging in a war with a major power. It says if the threat ever turns into reality, the consequences will be immense. America’s 2015 National Military Strategy has singled out Russia and China in the report as aggressive and threatening to US security interests. It has also expressed concern about states developing advanced technological capabilities that are causing the US military to lose its edge.

WikiLeaks: TISA to Block Other Deals Aiming to Boost Developing Economies
Sputnik News - The proposed 53-nation Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) bypasses the World Trade Organization (WTO) and allows no room for favourable trade deals to help developing countries advance, documents released by WikiLeaks reveal. “The parties shall ensure that contracts are awarded to the supplier… that has submitted the most advantageous tender or the tender with the lowest price, based solely on the evaluation criteria specified in the notice or the tender documentation,” the TISA Annex to the Agreement on Government Procurement said.... The terms of the treaty document would allow powerful multinational corporations in major industrial nations to “bypass other governments in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and rewrite its services agreement in the interests of their corporations,” Kelsey warned.

TERROR PANIC: Rep. Says NYC Officials Expecting DIRTY BOMB Attack on July 4th
Steve Watson - New York Congressman Peter King was spreading more of his brand of fear on Fox News last night, telling viewers that officials in New York are worried that there is going to be a dirty bomb attack this weekend. peaking to Megyn Kelly regarding the heightened chatter of a possible terrorist attack during 4th of July celebrations, King took things to a whole new level. Saying he’s never seen this level of concern, King stated “You wouldn’t see the… nuclear explosion detection devices being used the way they are… if this were just a routine warning.”

VIDEO: FAIL - Americans Don't Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July! -- A conversation with the general public
Media analyst Mark Dice asks beach goers in San Diego, California some basic questions about America's 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing.

Declaration of Dependence
By Bryan Justice - When in the Course of sitting on our couches watching the fables of the Ministry of Propaganda on TV, it becomes necessary for us, the dumb masses, to embrace the political bands which have connected us with our government, and to accept the government as the ultimate powers of the earth, deny the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles us, we realize that we prefer to remain oblivious, uninformed, and controlled. Just send us our checks, our food stamp cards, and our TV Guides.

University of Wisconsin: Complimenting People of Color is Racist
Paul Joseph Watson - Do you have several black friends, compliment people of color, and think that America is a melting pot? That’s according to the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) “Examples of Racial Microaggressions,” a list of discouraged phrases and behaviors that are being given to new faculty and staff. I’m not making this up. This isn’t a spoof or a hoax. You can visit the official University of Wisconsin website and see this for yourself. Here’s an actual list of things that according to the University of Wisconsin are racist...

Federal Judge of 17 Years Repents – Compares Damage Done by “War on Drugs” to Destruction of World War II
Liberty Blitzkrieg - Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner was appointed to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 1994. She presided over trials for 17 years. And Sunday, she stood before a crowd at The Aspen Ideas Festival to denounce most punishments that she imposed. Among 500 sanctions that she handed down, “80 percent I believe were unfair and disproportionate,” she said.... “We were not leveling cities as we did in WWII with bombs, but with prosecution, prison, and punishment,” she said, explaining that her life’s work is now focused on trying to reconstruct the lives that she undermined––as a general matter, by advocating for reform, and as a specific project: she is trying to go through the list of all the people she sentenced to see who deserves executive clemency.

Economy & Business

Record 93,626,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Declines to 62.6%
CNS News - A record 93,626,000 Americans 16 or older did not participate in the nation’s labor force in June, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.6 percent, a 38-year low, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, according to BLS, the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, hit 250,663,000. Of those, 157,037,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one. The 157,037,000 who participated in the labor force equaled only 62.6 percent of the 250,663,000 civilian noninstitutional population, the lowest labor force participation rate seen in 38 years. It hasn’t been this low since October 1977 when the participation rate was 62.4 percent.

Debt-Ridden Illinois Heading Toward State Government Shutdown
CNS News - Illinois is heading toward a state government shutdown after the legislature adjourned Tuesday without closing a $6.2 billion gap and passing a budget by the July 1 deadline. Illinois currently has the largest deficit and lowest credit rating of any of the 50 states. According to the University of Illinois, its current annual deficit is $9 billion, which is projected to grow to $14 billion by FY 2026.

Energy & Environment

BP to pay record $18.7bn over 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
RT - Under the agreement reached by BP and five US states along the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil major will pay out $18.7 billion over 18 years. The deal resolves the firm of remaining liabilities from the biggest oil spill in US history. A record $5.5 billion will cover federal penalties under the Clean Water Act. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas will receive payouts for harm done in the oil spill.

Apocalypse Not Now: Yellowstone supervolcano eruption predictable up to 10 yrs in advance
RT - US scientists have found a way to estimate the time of the next eruption of the dormant volcano in Yellowstone National Park from 10 months to 10 years beforehand. They promise it won’t be cataclysmic, yet its lava and ash could cause a volcanic winter. A new Arizona State University research focused on past eruptions at Yellowstone volcano, with the most recent happening nearly 70,000 years ago, in order to learn more about the time when its sleep is over.

Science & Technology

A Picture Every Time You Buy Something? Mastercard Beta Testing ‘Selfie’ Facial Recognition This Fall
Daily Sheeple - CNN Money is reporting that Mastercard will beta test its new facial recognition program this fall and it’s all based on the idea of the selfie. Because those pesky passwords are just too darn hard to remember, the new program will ask people to snap a picture of themselves with their smartphones at checkout.

This Video Could Save Your Life. I Got The Chills Just From Watching!
WorldTruth - Volkswagen has come up with a pretty genius way to get people’s attention… and this time, they’re not trying to sell cars. What the German auto conglomerate is trying to do is save your life. Moviegoers in Hong Kong were treated to this bold, innovative and terrifying new PSA that is sure to leave a lasting impression… The moviegoers settle in for what they believe is a coming attraction for a driver behind the wheel. Then out of nowhere, everyone in the theater gets a text message to their cell phone and most of the patrons look down to read it. What happens next? I was chilled to the bone. This is one video you need to see for yourself to understand.
* Related: Woman Looking At Cell Phone Causes Crash That Kills Her Father

Health

Why SB 277 will totally backfire on the vaccine industry and uncover the truth about vaccine science fraud
(NaturalNews) The pharma-controlled false narrative that "unvaccinated children are spreading disease" is just a marketing lie designed to convince more parents to pay for more vaccines. In truth, it's the vaccinated children who are shedding viruses and spreading disease among each other -- the kids who have weakened immune systems that have been suppressed by all the toxic chemicals intentionally added to vaccines (mercury, aluminum, MSG, formaldehyde, etc). Now here's the kicker: When disease outbreaks start to occur this year in California's public schools, those outbreaks will be happening among children who are nearly 100% vaccinated! There will no longer be a minority of "unvaccinated" children to blame for the outbreaks.
* Related: Medical Journal Verifies That Vaccinated Populations Are Transmitting Disease Without Symptoms

Bought Bonus Short- Unnecessary Vaccines
Tim O’Shea D.C.: It’s called “shot day”, or the well-baby program. Today, a child who is getting all his vaccines in this country will be getting sixty eight vaccines. If you were a baby growing up in the 1950’s, you’re getting about four vaccines. That means since the 1950’s the number of vaccines for children has increased 17 times since the 1950’s to the present.... Now the recommendation by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee is to give the HPV vaccine to newborns, day one of life. First of all, cervical cancer takes 15 years or more in the making. It is mostly induced by certain strains of HPV virus. The antibodies for the vaccine last on average three to five years. It makes zero sense. The antibodies last three to five years, is this newborn gonna be having sex in the first five years of life?

Human Body Energy Clock
Natural Blaze - The Chinese Body Clock is based on Chinese medicine and the body organ Qi (energy) cycle. It’s the idea that there is a cyclic flow of energy through the body that moves in two hour intervals through the various organ systems.... “When one organ is at its peak energy, the organ at the opposite side of the clock, 12 hours away, is at its lowest ebb. For example, between 1-3 a.m., the liver reaches its peak, doing its work to cleanse the blood, while the small intestine, the organ responsible for the absorption and assimilation of many key nutrients, is at its ebb.... The idea, then, is to try when you can to plan daily activity around an organ system’s peak energy, while avoiding actions that can tax a system when its energy is at its lowest ebb. Think of lifestyle habits you might modify in order to better synchronize your system’s energy ebbs and flows...

Pet News

The Barbaric Procedure Your Dog Should Never Have to Endure
Dr. Becker - In March of this year, the New York State Assembly approved a bill (A1679) that would ban devocalization procedures on dogs and cats performed for reasons of convenience rather than medical necessity. The legislation would also require veterinarians to document all such procedures and provide the number performed to the Commissioner of Education. Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski of New City in Rockland County, NY, who sponsored the bill, made his feelings about devocalization known: “This is a cruel and inhumane procedure that is being utilized to silence an animal’s voice and we must put an end to it. Most devocalization surgeries provide no medical benefit and are done solely for the convenience of the owner.” He went on to say that devocalization can lead to long-term respiratory and throat disorders. It also silences communication between pet and owner, and the pet and other animals.

Humor & Satire

'I Have To Rehome Her': Man Posts Craigslist Ad After Girlfriend Demands He Get Rid Of His Dog (Photo)
Opposing Views - When a man in Virginia was told by his girlfriend — with whom he’d just moved in — that she didn’t want his beloved dog to join them in their new home, he took to Craigslist to make things right.
 



Thursday - July 2, 2015 - Today in History:

1776 - Richard Lee’s resolution that the American colonies "are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States" was adopted by the Continental Congress.
1850 - Benjamin Lane patented a gas mask with a breathing apparatus. (Patent US7476 A)
1857 - New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business.
1881 - Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounded U.S. President James A. Garfield in Washington, DC.
1890 - The U.S. Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1926 - The U.S. Congress established the Army Air Corps.
1937 - American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
1939 - At Mount Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt's face was dedicated.
1944 - American bombers, as part of Operation Gardening, dropped land mines, leaflets and bombs on German-occupied Budapest.
1947 - An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft.
1962 - Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas. It was the first Walmart store.
1964 - President Johnson signed the "Civil Rights Act of 1964" into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race.
1967 - The U.S. Marine Corps launched Operation Buffalo in response to the North Vietnamese Army's efforts to seize the Marine base at Con Thien.
1976 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.
1976 - North Vietnam and South Vietnam were reunited.
1979 - The U.S. Mint officially released the Susan B. Anthony coin in Rochester, NY.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.
1981 - Soyuz T-6 returned to Earth.
1982 - Larry Walters ("Lawnchair Larry") took flight in his homeade airship that consisted of a lawnchair with 45 helium-filled weather balloons attached to it. He stayed in flight for about an hour.
1985 - General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars.
1995 - "Forbes" magazine reported that Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, was the worth $12.9 billion, making him the world's richest man. In 1999, he was worth about $77 billion.
1998 - Cable News Network (CNN) retracted a story that alleged that U.S. commandos had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the Vietnam War.
2000 - In Mexico, Vicente Fox Quesada of the National Action Party (PAN) defeated Francisco Labastida Ochoa of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the presidential election. The PRI had controlled the presidency in Mexico since the party was founded in 1929.

World News

US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State
The Telegraph - The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.

Palestine Appreciates Russia Aid in Israeli-Arab Conflict – Palestinian FM
Sputnik News - Palestine is grateful for Russia’s cooperation in many spheres, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peace negotiations, Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said Wednesday. "We thank Russia for all the efforts to help us in many areas," Palestine’s top diplomat told journalists. Maliki added that the Middle East is currently experiencing a "big political deadlock." Earlier today, a two-day international meeting to promote the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began in Russia’s capital Moscow.

Russia Ready to Help Greece Out Economically - Russian Envoy to EU
Sputnik News - Russia is prepared to help Greece out economically, including economic cooperation in privatizing the country’s infrastructure, Russian Envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said. “Russia is ready to cooperate with Greece. As far as I know, Greece has not turned to Russia for direct financial aid. We have the ability of increasing our economic cooperation, in particular Greece has the ability of privatizing, including railroads and the port [in Thessaloniki],” he told RIA Novosti in an interview.

Radiation spikes after wildfire in Chernobyl exclusion zone
RT - Ukrainian nuclear inspectors have measured a significant increase in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone caused by heavy wildfires raging in close proximity to the crippled nuclear power station.... The agency, however, has not released any information regarding possible health hazards for people living near the zone or firemen battling blazes nearby. It asserts that all other indicators in the area are normal. SNRI proposes an online map with the results of its monitoring of the situation.

Bank Of England Warns Greece "Threatens To Trigger Market Selloff That Could Ripple Through The Global Economy"
Zero Hedge - When it comes to Europe, Greece lost the blame game, and just like the Ukraine civil war last year, became an unwitting catalyst greenlighting Germany's concession to ECB QE, this time it may be Greece that launches the next step in the ECB's master plan: not just QE but more QE. This is precisely what Goldman's Franceso Garzarelli, co-head of macro and markets research, admitted earlier today in an interview on Bloomberg TV, when he said that the ECB "will have to go big" if the situation in Greece worsens and leads to wider peripheral bond yield spreads.

“Heartbreaking” Scene Unfolds At Greek Banks As Pensioners Clamor For Cash
Zero Hedge - 1,000 Greek bank branches chanced a stampede in order to open their doors to the country’s retirees on Wednesday. The scene was somewhat chaotic as pensioners formed long lines and the country’s elderly attempted to squeeze through the doors in order to access pension payments. As Bloomberg reports, payouts were rationed and disbursals were limited according to last name.... They were to receive a maximum of 120 euros ($133), compared with the average monthly payment of about 600 euros. Many left with nothing after the manager said only those with last names starting with the letters A through K would get paid.
* Related: In Athens, scavenging from bins has become a way to survive

Report: IMF Orders US Tour Operators to Withhold Payments to Greek Hotels
Paul Joseph Watson - The consequences of Greece’s default on its $1.7 billion IMF loan payment may already be damaging the country’s fragile economy with reports that the International Monetary Fund has ordered US tour operators to withhold payments to Greek hotels. According to Greek blogger Alex Andreou, US tour operators have been told to, “Withhold payments to Greek hotels for services used, by order of the IMF.” “To crush us is their aim,” tweets Andreou. He links to a Skai TV report, one of Greece’s mainstream news channels, which suggests that the payments are instead being redirected directly to the IMF to pay off the country’s debt.

Gazprom halts gas deliveries to Kiev – CEO Miller
RT - Russia’s gas monopoly will not supply gas to Kiev without prepayment, no matter what price, said company CEO Aleksey Miller on Wednesday. After trilateral Russia-EU-Ukraine gas talks in Vienna failed on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Naftogaz reported it would cease purchases of Russian gas starting from Wednesday as it didn’t agree on the price.... Russia offered Ukraine a discount of $40 per thousand cubic meters on Monday. The price of Russian gas with the discount was $247.18 per 1,000 cubic meters. The same price Ukraine bought gas in the second quarter. However, Naftogaz refused to sign the deal, saying Kiev was dissatisfied with the price and the discount. Ukraine's wish to get more than a 40 percent discount is "groundless", Russia's Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak told Rossiya 24 TV channel on Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon’s new military strategy calls for preserving US dominion of the world
RT - The US military needs to remain engaged around the world against both rival states and non-state actors, while nurturing regional allies and promoting American values, declares the Pentagon’s new National Military Strategy 2015. That the United States is “the world’s strongest nation, enjoying unique advantages in technology, energy, alliances and partnerships, and demographics,” is the underlying assumption in the document. “However, these advantages are being challenged.” The main challengers are the state actors of Russia, Iran and North Korea, and non-state groups – particularly the “violent extremist organizations” (VEO) such as Islamic State and the Taliban. The strategy attempts to create a unified approach to dealing with both, seeking to “deter, deny, and defeat” the states and “disrupt and degrade” the non-state groups.

Tim Donnelly starts effort to repeal California's vaccination bill
KPCC - A day after Governor Jerry Brown signed a tough vaccination bill into law, former assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly started an effort to repeal it. Donnelly submitted his proposed referendum in a July 1 letter. The secretary of state will deliver a title and summary of the referendum by July 13; backers will then have 90 days to collect more than 365,000 valid referendum signatures, according to the Sacramento Bee. If they succeed in collecting enough signatures, the referendum will be placed on the Nov. 1, 2016 ballot.

US Lobbying for Pharma Giants at TPP Trade Deal Talks May Hike Drug Prices
Sputnik News - US negotiators are lobbying for broader patent rights for big drug firms in secret talks with Pacific Rim countries to drive up drug prices, Politico reported Wednesday, citing an edition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. A draft chapter on intellectual property rights, obtained by the magazine, shows that healthcare costs for governments and taxpayers will rise by trillions of dollars if the TPP deal is adopted in its current edition, the outlet said. Labor unions and NGOs familiar with the leaked text expressed anger that Washington had seemingly prioritized the agenda of "big pharma," abandoning the balance between affordable healthcare and more profits for drug companies to invest in R&D. "We consider this the worst-ever agreement in terms of access to medicine," Doctors Without Borders senior executive Rohit Malpani was quoted as saying by the news outlet.

TISA Exposed: 'Holy Grail' of Leaks Reveals Detailed Plot for Corporate Takeover
Common Dreams - Days ahead of another round of secret international negotiations, WikiLeaks on Wednesday released what it described as "a modern journalistic holy grail: the secret Core Text for the largest 'trade deal' in history."... "Together, the three treaties form not only a new legal order shaped for transnational corporations, but a new economic 'grand enclosure,' which excludes China and all other BRICS countries," declared WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in a press statement.

State Department asserts privilege against Benghazi committee
Washington Examiner - The State Department has informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that it is withholding "a small number" of documents from investigators on the basis of "important executive branch institutional interests." The statement, made in a letter from Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, amounts to a de facto claim of some form of executive branch privilege.

Affirming 'Dignity of All People,' Mainstream Church Votes to Divest from Occupation-Profiting Companies
Common Dreams - The United Church of Christ, a one million-member, mainstream Protestant church in the U.S., has overwhelmingly passed a resolution to divest from companies it says profit from Israel's occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. The church described the Tuesday vote, which took place at the General Synod in Cleveland, where it is based, as furthering its years-long efforts towards peace in the region. The resolution also calls for a boycott of products made by Israeli settlement-based companies.... The Episcopal Church and Mennonite Church USA area also weighing divestment resolutions this week.

Report: FBI Agents Telling Friends & Family to ‘Avoid July 4 Celebrations’
Paul Joseph Watson - Following warnings by the federal government that terrorists may be planning to attack Independence Day events, FBI agents are reportedly telling friends and family members to avoid major July 4 celebrations. Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft cites an “inside source” who told him that, “FBI agents are telling their friends and family members to avoid “official celebrations.” Hoft also claims that the FBI has canceled vacation for all its agents for the duration of the weekend.... Fox News also reported that the FBI is setting up command centers in all of its 56 field offices across the country to monitor potential terror threats. ISIS supporters have recently intensified their social media propaganda campaign, with almost 100,000 tweets a day urging mass murder.
* Related: ISIS Publishes Map of July 4th FBI Command Centers

Murdered: 3rd “Alternative” Prominent Doctor From Florida Found Dead in 2 Weeks
Natural Blaze - This has been a tragic few weeks and our hearts go out to family and friends of the doctors. First we had controversial Autism researcher Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD who was found in a river with a gunshot wound to his chest and died in or around June 19th.... Then we have Dr. Bruce Hedendal DC PhD who died suddenly on Father’s Day. Sources tell me that he was found in his car and had died but the car was not running. There was no car accident they say. He was just in his car. Deceased. He had exercised earlier in the day they tell me and was in top shape. Now we have the beautiful intelligent Teresa Ann Sievers MD here in Florida. Her bio on her website talks about her many accomplishments and degrees as a medical doctor who believed in a holistic alternative approach. She lived in an “upscale” nice neighborhood where neighbors said they rarely, if ever had problems.

TSA Seizes $75,000 in Cash from Traveler, Tweets Picture of It, But Probably Won’t Give It Back
Daily Sheeple - When a passenger simply tried to take a bag filled with $75,000 in cash onto a flight at Richmond International Airport, the TSA searched his “bulky” bag and found the money. They quickly confiscated it. The man was allowed to board his flight, albeit $75,000 lighter. The guy was not under suspicion for any real crime other than having that much cash on himself at an airport. Apparently just having large sums of cash these days automatically equals a crime that allows the government to steal from you?

Economy & Business

While Puerto Rico sinks in debt, residents flee in record numbers to the U.S.
Fox News Latino - Puerto Rico is losing its people. Whole families are leaving. “Se Vende” or “For Sale” signs are everywhere. Jet Blue and American Airlines are breaking records in one-way departure flights to Miami and New York. According to a recent Pew Report, Puerto Ricans are abandoning the besieged island for the United States in numbers that rival those seen during the Great Migration after World War II, when Puerto Rico exported almost half of its population to the mainland.

Why The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Is Such A Huge Threat To The U.S. Financial System
Economic Collapse - The debt crisis in Puerto Rico could potentially cost financial institutions in the United States tens of billions of dollars in losses. This week, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla publicly announced that Puerto Rico’s 73 billion dollar debt is “not payable,” and a special adviser that was recently appointed to help straighten out the island’s finances said that it is “insolvent” and will totally run out of cash very shortly. At this point, Puerto Rico’s debt is approximately 15 times larger than the per capita median debt of the 50 U.S. states. Yes, the Greek debt crisis is larger, as Greece currently owes about $350 billion to the rest of the planet. But only about $14 billion of that total is owed to U.S. financial institutions. But with Puerto Rico, things are very different. Just about the entire 73 billion dollar debt is owed to U.S. financial institutions, and this could potentially cause massive problems for some extremely leveraged Wall Street firms.

CPS To Cut 1400 Jobs After Making $634M Pension Payment
GovtSlaves - As many as 1,400 Chicago Public Schools jobs will be affected starting as soon as Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz will lay out a plan Wednesday to fully fund the school district’s teacher pensions. The announcement came after Tuesday’s 11th hour $634 million pension payment... “I can tell you it’s dismaying news. It will have an extremely harmful effect on students who are disproportionately poor, students of color that are in Chicago Public Schools,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said.

Energy & Environment

In Oklahoma, Fracking Companies Can Now Be Sued Over Earthquakes
ThinkProgress - If you live in Oklahoma, and you’ve been injured by an earthquake that was possibly triggered by oil and gas operations, you can now sue the oil company for damages. That’s the effect of a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which on Tuesday rejected efforts by the oil industry to prevent earthquake injury lawsuits from being heard in court. Instead of being decided by juries and judges, the industry was arguing that cases should be resolved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, a state regulatory agency. The state’s high court rejected that argument.... Right now, the state averages about 10 small earthquakes per day — on June 26, there were 25 quakes. The Oklahoma Geological Survey recognizes this is unprecedented, saying “[n]o documented cases of induced seismicity have ever come close to the current earthquake rates or the area over which the earthquakes are occurring.”

Lawsuit Begins Over Monsanto Polluting World With PCBs
Natural Society - Monsanto spun off its chemical business to a company called Solutia, but that may not provide protection in a recent lawsuit. Monsanto, along with Pfizer and Pharmacia, will have to defend themselves in court for allegations made by plaintiffs that the corporations’ manufacture of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, caused lymphohematopoietic cancer. The lawsuit was filed in a St. Louis County Circuit Court, and Monsanto is a lead defendant. One of the most hated companies in the world for good reason, Monsanto manufactured PCBs from the 1920’s until 1977, when they were finally limited by government agencies and Congress. Today, PCBs have been in almost everything Americans are exposed to, from food packaging to paint.

Science & Technology

NSA’s XKEYSCORE spy program is ‘as easy as typing a few words in Google’
RT - On Wednesday, the Intercept, where former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald now works, began delving deeper into the program, specifically looking at how NSA analysts are taught to use the system and sift through the tens of billions of records that are believed to be stored in its database.... Training documents show that XKEYSCORE is extremely user-friendly, requiring only a target’s email address, telephone number, name or other identifying data for an analyst to be able to conduct sweeping searches on that person.... “The amount of work an analyst has to perform to actually break into remote computers over the Internet seems ridiculously reduced ‒ we are talking minutes, if not seconds. Simple. As easy as typing a few words in Google.”

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
(AP) - A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.... The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate, Hillwig said. He said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process. He said it normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing auto parts and manipulating them.... German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.

Survival/Preparedness

One of the Most Important Aspects of Survival, Overlooked and Undervalued
Daily Sheeple - Conditioning your body with optimum nutrition should be near the top of your prepping list… but how do you make your health a top prepping skill?... Look at it as preventive medicine and make it a lifestyle change. Just as you might pick up a few extra canned goods at the store each time you go shopping, you incorporate another action into your prepping and into your lifestyle. Start with baby steps...

Health

4 Awesome Tools for a Whole-Body Fluoride Detox
Natural Society - Fluoride is NOT easy to totally avoid. Here are 4 common and effective fluoride detox solutions anyone can use to detox fluoride from the body.

Shocking New Study Confirms: Sugary Drinks Kill 184,000 People Each Year
Natural Blaze - According to a new study, the effects of sugary soft drinks are considerably worse than previously thought: they are directly responsible for 184,000 deaths every year. It is the first comprehensive study of the effects of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on human health, and the results confirm what medical experts have suspected for decades. Published in the latest volume of the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal, the research implicates sodas, sweetened iced teas, fruit drinks, and sports/energy drinks.

7 Top "Healthy" Foods to Avoid
Dr. Mercola - Many foods deemed healthy by food manufacturers and even health officials are actually junk foods in disguise. Are any of these "healthy" foods to avoid sabotaging your otherwise healthy diet?

Pet News

The Poisonous Threat to Your Dog You Probably Aren't Aware Of
Dr. Becker - You might be surprised to know that toad poisoning in dogs is not uncommon. Over a 4-year period, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) processed almost 300 claims from pet guardians whose dog (or much less often, cat) had an encounter with a deadly toad. In fact, it was one of the top 10 types of poisonings during that 4-year period.... If your dog comes in contact with a toxic toad, he’ll exhibit one or more of the following symptoms almost immediately... Toad poisoning is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you know or suspect your pet has been exposed to a deadly species of toad, rinse his mouth out immediately (preferably with a constant stream of water from a faucet or hose) and call your veterinarian, the closest emergency animal hospital, and/or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661.
 



Wednesday - July 1, 2015 - Today in History:

1847 - The U.S. Post Office issued its first adhesive stamps.
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
1863 - During the U.S. Civil War, the first day's fighting at Gettysburg began.
1867 - Canada became an independent dominion.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba.
1905 - The USDA Forest Service was created within the Department of Agriculture. The agency was given the mission to sustain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations.
1916 - The massive Allied offensive known as the Battle of the Somme began in France. The battle was the first to use tanks.
1943 - The U.S. Government began automatically withholding federal income tax from paychecks.
1945 - New York established the New York State Commission Against Discrimination to prevent discrimination in employment because of race, creed or natural origin. It was the first such agency in the U.S.
1946 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 that incorporated the Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. The Civil Air Patrol was created on December 1, 1941.
1946 - The U.S. exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1950 - American ground troops arrived in South Korea to stem the tide of the advancing North Korean army.
1961 - The first community air-raid shelter was built. The shelter in Boise, ID had a capacity of 1,000 people and family memberships sold for $100.
1963 - The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) code.
1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.
1968 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed by 60 countries. It limited the spreading of nuclear material for military purposes. On May 11, 1995, the treaty was extended indefinitely.
1979 - Susan B. Anthony was commemorated on a U.S. coin, the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
1979 - Sony introduced the Walkman.
1980 - "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that provided for 2 acres of land near the Lincoln Memorial for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that candidates for federal office had an "affirmative right" to go on national television.
1991 - The Warsaw Pact dissolved.
2003 - In Hong Kong, thousands of protesters marched to show their opposition to anti-subversion legislation.

World News

Turkey Plans To Invade Syria
Brandon Turbeville - Turkey’s plan, arranged by [President Recep] Erdogan through a series of rule changes to Turkish law, is being justified on the basis of the Syrian refugee crisis. Erdogan suggests that by creating a “buffer zone” in Syria, Syrian refugees will have a larger area in which to find shelter, particularly a larger area that is not Turkey. Yet Erdogan is not using the plan only for the benefit of Turkey’s humanitarian relief assistance programs or the Syrian refugees. While Erdogan’s public presentation of the plan also involves combating ISIS in Syria, the truth is that the military operation will be a battle against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad and the Kurdish forces carving out their own independent country in the areas bordering and possibly encompassing Turkey.

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statement
The Guardian - Islamic State insurgents have threatened to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

Equities Soar As Tsipras Said Ready To Accept Most Of Expired Bailout Offer, European Response Muted
Zero Hedge - Just hours after Greece became the first developed country to default to the IMF, as a result being expelled from its existing bailout program, a little before 5am CET news hit that Greek PM Tsipras was willing to concede to virtually all creditor demands, with a few exceptions. As the FT first reported, "Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will accept most of the bailout creditors’ conditions offered last weekend, but is still insisting on a handful of changes that could thwart a deal according to a letter he sent late on Tuesday night."
* Related: Austerity not enough to save Greece - leaked IMF documents

ISIS Burns CIA Opium Fields in Afghanistan
Kurt Nimmo - The Islamic State is destroying opium fields in Afghanistan as it routs the Taliban, according to witnesses. The reports may ultimately result in the US sending troops back into the country to protect these valuable and highly lucrative assets.

Greece becomes first developed nation to default on international obligations
RT - The International Monetary Fund has confirmed that it didn't receive the €1.5 billion payment from Athens that was due by the end of June 30, Brussels time, as Greece becomes the first developed country to default on its international obligations. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement that Greece had asked for a repayment extension earlier on Tuesday and that the Fund’s board will consider it “in due course.”

Australia and China sign free trade agreement
Bulletin Panama - The agreement will allow 85% of Australian exports to enter the Chinese market free of duties, a figure that will increase to 95% once it has been fully implemented. So far, Australian products pay import rates of up to 40%. Australia, meanwhile, removed the 5% duty on Chinese electronics and appliances. Food products, manufacturing and tourism are sectors that Australians will benefit from this treaty, according to the Australia China Business Council.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

With court approval, NSA resumes bulk collection of phone data
Washington Post - The National Security Agency on Tuesday restarted its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records for a temporary period, following a federal court ruling this week that gave it the green light, U.S. officials said. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday ruled that the NSA could resume gathering millions of Americans’ phone metadata — call times, dates and durations — to scan for links to foreign terrorists. But the resumption is good for only 180 days — or until Nov. 29, in compliance with the USA Freedom Act. That law, which President Obama signed June 2 after a contentious congressional debate, will end the government’s bulk collection of metadata.

Another black church on fire in South Carolina
RT - The Mt. Zion AME Church in Williamsburg County, South Carolina is on fire and the roof has collapsed, according to local reports. Emergency crews are at the scene fighting the blaze. It’s currently unknown how the fire began, but local WCSC reported that officials received a call about it around 9 pm. The church is located on Mackey Road in Greeleyville.
* Related: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches? No Evidence Fires Any Relation To Race, Some Not Arson

Obama Removes TPP’s Anti-Slavery Clause, Then Attacks Confederate Flag as “Symbol of Slavery”
Kit Daniels - Right before he publicly attacked the Confederate flag as a “symbol of slavery,” President Obama quietly removed an “anti-slavery” provision from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. “The provision, which bars countries that engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals with the U.S., was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.),” The Huffington Post reported in May. “At the insistence of the White House, Menendez agreed to modify his language to say that as long as a country is taking ‘concrete’ steps toward reducing human trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade deal.” “Under the original language, the country that would be excluded from the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership pact is Malaysia.”

Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants
(AP) - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.... Francis arrives in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22 and the next day will be welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama, the Vatican said. Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24, and will meet with homeless people later in the day at a local parish, St. Patrick's. On Sept. 25, Francis will speak on sustainable development at the United Nations, where he'll have another opportunity to voice his concerns about the environment.

Time Magazine: After Gay Marriage Victory, Kill ‘Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions’
Breitbart - In a provocative piece in Time magazine, columnist Mark Oppenheimer has proposed following up Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage on the nation with the abolition of tax exempt status for religious institutions. He laments, for instance, the difficulty the government has in determining which institutions qualify as churches or religious institutes, leading to an unfortunate entanglement of church and state. “Since the world’s great religion scholars can’t agree on what a religion is, it’s absurd to ask a bunch of accountants,” he writes.

Black Civil Rights Icon: The Problem is Blacks Killing Other Blacks, Not the Confederate Flag
Paul Joseph Watson - Black civil rights icon and former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young says that debate over the Confederate flag is a divisive non-issue which completely distracts from the real problem – the fact that 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks.... In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Young skewers the politically correct outrage mob that has targeted the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, asserting that the elimination of southern heritage will do nothing to address the problems faced by black people today.

VIDEO: Brawl Breaks Out In Front Of South Carolina Statehouse Over Confederate Flag
(CBS Atlanta/AP) — One man has been arrested after a fight over the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. The brawl started about 7:15 p.m. Monday when about a dozen vehicles with Confederate flag supporters pulled up in front of the Statehouse and stopped in the middle of the street, Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said in a statement. About 10 of the flag supporters clashed with about 30 people who were on the Statehouse grounds protesting the flag, the statement said.... About 50 officers responded and contained the clash, including officers from the Bureau of Protective Services assigned to the Statehouse, as well as Columbia police, University of South Carolina officers and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Activists Plan to Burn American Flags in New York City Ahead of Fourth of July
The Blaze - A group calling for the immediate disarmament of the New York Police Department plans to burn American flags in a Brooklyn park on Wednesday, just days before the Fourth of July holiday. “Disarm NYPD” announced the “Burn the American Flags” event on Facebook, inviting individuals to join the organization at Fort Greene Park to “set fire to this symbol of oppression.” Organizers said accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof wasn’t an “isolated actor,” but a “product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in America.” The event originally was aimed at burning the Confederate flag, but later changed to focus on the stars and stripes. “There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression,” the group wrote on Facebook. “It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.”

The New Knockout Game: Nearly 50 Black Teens Raid Wal-Mart, Attack Shopper, Destroy Merchandise
Kit Daniels - In what’s perhaps the latest version of the “Knockout Game,” a mob of nearly 50 teenagers rushed into a Macon, Ga., Wal-Mart and attacked at least one shopper while destroying merchandise. The shopper was thrown from his motorized shopping cart and dragged to the floor during the Sunday attack, which caused an estimated $2,000 in damage, according to Bibb County sheriff’s officials. “The length of the store from front to rear was lined with items which had been shattered, destroyed, turned over and thrown about,” a sheriff’s deputy’s report of the incident stated.

Veteran News

War Veteran with PTSD Faces Life in Prison for Pot, His Wife Calls for Help
Truth in Media - Under Oklahoma's harsh marijuana prohibition laws, 100% disabled US Marine Corps veteran Kristoffer Lewandowski, who served three tours of duty overseas including stints in Iraq and Afghanistan, is reportedly facing up to life in prison for growing under an ounce of marijuana in his home in an effort to treat his PTSD and wean himself off of pharmaceutical drugs.

Economy & Business

Barack Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis
Michael Snyder - Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island. Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis. So is he correct?

The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing
Economic Collapse - Keep an eye on the shadow banking system – it is about to be shaken to the core. According to the Financial Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars. It has approximately tripled in size since 2002. In the U.S. alone, the size of the shadow banking system is approximately 24 trillion dollars. At this point, shadow banking assets in the United States are even greater than those of conventional banks. These shadow banks are largely unregulated, but governments around the world have been extremely hesitant to crack down on them because these nonbank lenders have helped fuel economic growth.

Puerto Rico, Chicago, Detroit: Is the US Set to Be the Next Greece?
Sputnik News - State and local pension plans throughout the United States are underfunded, which has some financial experts wondering whether the type of economic crisis that befell Greece could hit America sometime soon. A survey by the Center for Retirement Research found that 150 state and local pension plans had an average ratio of assets to liabilities of 74%. In other words, for every dollar those funds owe their pensioners, they only have 74 cents in assets. According to MarketWatch: Chicago's six pension plans are 40% funded; New Jersey's are at 51.5%; and Puerto Rico, which is facing its own crisis moment, is grossly underfunded at 3%. Many fear that elevated pension costs might push these public entities into insolvency. Detroit, as well as Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino in California, have already declared bankruptcy due to overwhelming pension costs.

Energy & Environment

Could LA's Big One be even bigger than we thought? Now explosive helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles
Daily Mail - A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has increased dramatically. UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. He claims the results show that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper than scientists previously thought.

Science & Technology

Deal Reached: Wireless Remote Drug-Releasing Microchip Implants On The Assembly Line
Activist Post - A pharma company with generic drugs meets michrochip and biotech in a marriage of implantable devices that are shockingly close to the finish line of commercialization. Deals were made. Money exchanged. Development in process - this is actually going to happen. Is this the next phase of The Singularity? The complete bypassing of pills, injections - things that one actively chooses and takes - to a passive acceptance of remote controlled wireless chips quietly and somehow pumping substance for up to 16 years? Or is it more public relations for the long-time push for the coming ''brain chip''?

PayPal Tweaking User Agreement To Remove Mandatory Robocalls
The Consumerist - PayPal’s new user agreement — the one that gives the company even more latitude to make obnoxious prerecorded marketing calls to “any telephone number that you have provided us or that we have otherwise obtained” — is set to kick in this week, but following an FCC warning that this policy might be in violation of federal law, and a letter from multiple senators asking PayPal to rethink its new terms, the company has agreed to make changes that “clear up any confusion.”... PayPal customers should be on the lookout for an e-mail explaining these changes.

Health

Texas Clinics Turning Away Unvaccinated Children
Adan Salazar - Austin Regional Clinic, the largest healthcare provider network in the Central Texas region serving close to half a million residents, announced today they will begin prohibiting children who are not up to date on vaccine requirements from being seen by doctors starting tomorrow.... The ARC’s recommended vaccine schedule lists at least 21 inoculations infants should receive before the first year of age, many of which can admittedly cause severe adverse reactions.... Notably, the list also recommends children receive a dose of Merck’s controversial Gardasil vaccine by age nine, despite reports that hundreds of young women in the US have died, and tens of thousands have been harmed by it. “Routine dosing intervals are recommended,” a handout from the clinic states.

Beet Juice Boosts Cognitive Function In One Dose
Green Med Info - Recently, Deanna Minich, PhD, founder of Food and Spirit, brought to my attention an amazing new study on beets and their role in promoting cognitive health. She summarized the study as follows: One recent study in 40 healthy people showed that they were able to better perform on cognitive tests 90 minutes after drinking 450 mL beetroot juice compared with placebo (apple/blackcurrant juice, which is low in nitrates). What I really like about this study is that brain performance can be improved fairly rapidly in healthy people with a simple activity like drinking beetroot juice (high in dietary nitrates, which leads to more nitric oxide to open up oxygen flow in the brain)."

Top Summer Foods for Health
Dr. Mercola - In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), yin and yang refer to opposite elements or forces in nature, which, when balanced, promote harmony. Qi is a type of universal energy, and both yin and yang are manifestations of Qi, each with its own attributes.... The summertime is a perfect opportunity to focus your diet on yin foods, which are by nature cooling or cold. When you eat yin foods in the summer, it helps you avoid “summerheat,” which is a condition linked to an overabundance of yang that causes a queasy, fatigued, and “blah” feeling when it’s hot outside.
* Related: 7 Health Benefits Of Watermelon
 



JUNE 2015

Tuesday - June 30, 2015 - Today in History:

1841 - The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train.
1913 - Fighting broke out between Bulgaria and Greece and Spain. It was the beginning of the Second Balkan War.
1915 - During World War I, the Second Battle Artois ended when the French failed to take Vimy Ridge.
1921 - U.S. President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
1934 - Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by destroying the SA and bringing to power the SS in the "Night of the Long Knives."
1950 - U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft.
1951 - On orders from Washington, General Matthew Ridgeway broadcasts that the United Nations was willing to discuss an armistice with North Korea.
1953 - The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250.
1955 - The U.S. began funding West Germany’s rearmament.
1958 - The U.S. Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the Union.
1964 - The last of U.N. troops left Congo after a four-year effort to bring stability to the country.
1971 - The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified when Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. The amendment lowered the minimum voting age to 18.
1994 - The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
1998 - Officials confirmed that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
2000 - U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill to give the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink.
2004 - The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit. The craft had been on a nearly seven-year journey.
2005 - Spain legalized gay marriage.

World News

Some 1,000 Bank Branches to Open for 3 Days in Greece to Serve Retirees
Sputnik News - Approximately 1,000 bank branches will open throughout Greece for three days to serve retirees who do not have bank cards, the Greek Finance Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.... The banks have also been instructed to immediately issue debit cards to all retirees so that they may withdraw funds of up to 60 euros a day like everyone else.
* Related: Greek Supermarkets Begin To Resemble Those Of Venezuela

16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing All Over The World
Economic Collapse - As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors. Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once. Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun?

Australian Parliament Slams TPP, Calls it an 'Attack on Internet Freedoms'
Sputnik News - The Australian parliament has issued a harsh verdict on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal currently being negotiated, calling it an "attack [on] internet freedoms" and seriously lacking in oversight, in a report released Monday. The "Blind Agreement" report — by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee — criticized the secrecy of the negotiations crafting the deal, which would bind 12 Pacific Rim countries. The report denounces the "all-or-nothing choice" that Parliament is given to approve or reject a deal, the detail of which they can't examine until after the deal is passed.

WikiLeaks: EU Diplomat Interpreted US TPP as Hostile to China
Sputnik News - A European Union (EU) trade expert secretly told a French economics minister that America's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seemed designed to provoke a confrontation with China, according to a US intelligence intercept published on WikiLeaks. “[The EU Trade Section head Hiddo] Houben stated [to French Minister-Counselor Jean-Francois Boittin] that the TPP… seems devised as a confrontation with China,” the document, one of seven published by WikiLeaks on Monday, said. The TPP is an ambitious trade pact negotiated between the United States and 12 Asian and Pacific Rim nations covering 40 percent of the world economy. The pact excludes China.

U.S. Will Resume Sending Weapons to Bahrain Despite Ongoing Repression
The Intercept - The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011.

Greece Will Default To IMF Tomorrow, Government Official Says
Zero Hedge - Earlier today, as the exchange between Greece and its creditors got increasingly belligerent, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi said that "Greece’s debt would still remain outstanding and creditors would expect this money back." So did this latest antagonism change the Greek mind? According to a flash headline by the WSJ released moments ago, not all. In fact, Greece just made it official that it would default to the IMF in just over 24 hours: "Greece won't pay IMF tranche due Tuesday, government official says" Related: Greece May Not Even Have The Funds To Conduct A Referendum

IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of Greece loans
Jubilee Debt Campaign - Ahead of the payment of €462 million by Greece to the IMF on Thursday 9 April, figures released by the Jubilee Debt Campaign show that the IMF has made €2.5 billion of profit out of its loans to Greece since 2010. If Greece does repay the IMF in full this will rise to €4.3 billion by 2024. The IMF has been charging an effective interest rate of 3.6% on its loans to Greece. This is far more than the interest rate the institution needs to meet all its costs, currently around 0.9%. If this was the actual interest rate Greece had been paying the IMF since 2010, it would have spent €2.5 billion less on payments.

China's Stock Slump Widens as Stimulus Fails to Calm Investors
Sputnik News - The mainland’s historical longest bull market has come to an end effectively with capital fleeing China at an accelerated pace, while the real economy is ever staggering. One of the PBoC stimulus moves on Sunday was aimed at stabilizing the market situation, but the mad fluctuations showcased today suggested that Beijing’s plan failed… the CSI300 Index dropped as much as 7% during the day, the next hour it was regaining ground into the green so rapidly that most market participants agreed the Chinese state-owned asset management enterprises must have intervened to save the day. Such moves do not add to investors’ confidence, the result is the ever-deepening decline… All in all, mainland China has so far lost some $2.62 trln (more than the GDP of Russia and Saudi Arabia combined) in market capitalization since its June 12 peak.

The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS
London Telegraph - The world will be unable to fight the next global financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has warned. The so-called central bank of central banks launched a scatching critique of global monetary policy in its annual report. The BIS claimed that central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly cutting interest rates to shore up their economies. These low interest rates have in turn fuelled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates.

Sweden to Integrate Former Jihadists by Giving Social Benefits
Sputnik News - As of late, Scandinavia could easily be Europe's main jihadist recruitment center… Oftentimes, these people come back to their home countries to "rest" or even worse, to recruit new jihadists. The situation is particularly bad in Sweden, where such recruiting "agencies" have spread all over the country, the newspaper said. To tackle the problem, the Swedish government responded with a strategy of reintegrating former jihadist-returnees. According to this program, jihadist fighters who are now back in Sweden will receive a number of social benefits, including low-cost housing and help with finding employment. Needless to say, this has caused anger and resentment from the rest of Swedish public, Fria Tider said.

Goldman-Sachs Boss, Bilderberg Member Peter Sutherland: Europe Needs More Refugees from Africa, Syria
Kurt Nimmo - Following a meeting with Pope Francis, the boss of Goldman-Sachs International and Bilderberg attendee Peter Sutherland said European countries have not taken their “fair share” of refugees from African countries and Syria. Sutherland told RTÉ radio 240,000 immigrants flooding into Europe each year is not an economic burden on countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. On the contrary, he said, a quarter million or more immigrants a year represents an economic and social benefit for Europe, Britain and Ireland.... A report by University College London, however, found that migrants in fact represent a huge economic drain on host countries. According to the study, non-European migrants living in Britain have drained public finances by almost £120 billion since 1995. The situation is similar in Germany, by far Europe’s most prosperous and productive nation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Signs “Fast Track” Bill, TPP Inches Closer to Completion
TruthInMedia - On Monday President Obama signed into law the so-called “fast-track” bill, setting the stage for approval of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.... Despite the bipartisan nature of the bill, President Obama acknowledged the hurdles that remain for the TPP. “We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place. The debate will not end with this bill signing,” Obama said.... With the passing of the TPA and TAA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is possibly only weeks away from approval. The trade agreement has been notoriously secret, with the public only viewing chapters of the text which have been leaked by WikiLeaks.

If Terrorist Attacks are on the Rise, What Does that Say about the 13-Year-Old "War on Terror"?
AllGov - The most recent figures from the State Department show that there was a sharp increase in terror attacks worldwide in 2014 over the numbers from the previous year. According to its figures, attacks increased 35% and fatalities jumped 81% over 2013’s numbers, with the increase coming mainly in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Part of the reason for the huge increase in fatalities was the jump in large-scale attacks, those killing more than 100 people. There were 20 such attacks in 2014, compared to two in 2013. There were a total of 13,463 terrorist attacks last year… Those aren’t the only metrics available on the war on terror, of course. Another is how much money has been spent.

Terror Talk: Politicians, Former CIA Head, FBI, DHS All Ramp Up Warnings For July 4th
Steve Watson - It’s a good job no one in the US watches the mainstream news media any more. Any one who did take in the multitude of news shows over the weekend, however, is now most probably convinced that they are about to be attacked any second by armies of terrorists in their own back yard. Politicians and intelligence officials were paraded out one after the other to harp on about how terrorists hate the freedom of Americans and blah blah blah July the 4th is most likely going to end up in a terrorist attack. Following attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued alerts to local law enforcement and urged Americans to “remain vigilant” for the upcoming INdependence Day celebrations. “They don’t put those statements out that far in advance, unless there’s reason for concern,” said harbinger of doom New York Rep. Peter King in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”

First Amendment Defense Act Proposed to Protect Business Owners from SCOTUS Ruling on Same-sex Marriage
Kurt Nimmo - Court uses 14th Amendment to undermine the First. The First Amendment Defense Act proposed Senator Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador prior to the Supreme Court ruling upholding homosexual marriage under the 14th Amendment right to equal protection reveals that the United States no longer functions as a constitutional republic. The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would bar the federal government from imposing penalties on individuals, businesses, groups, and especially religious organizations for refusing to participate in same-sex weddings. In particular, the bill would not allow the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations that believe same sex marriage is inappropriate.

The Real Reason for the Anti-Confederate Flag Hysteria
Lew Rockwell Blog - The anti-Confederate flag hysteria is only one small part of the Left’s general strategy, however. It is part of their overriding strategy of diverting the public’s attention away from all the grotesque failures of leftist interventionism, from the welfare state to the government takeover of education to the war on drugs and beyond.... The welfare state has decimated the black family and is hard at work destroying the white family as well by eliminating the stigma against a man’s abandoning his wife and children with welfare checks. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this? The welfare state has destroyed the work ethic of millions of Americans. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this? The Fed caused the biggest depression since the Great Depression with its latest boom-and-bust-cycle act. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this?

Revealed: Feds predicted surge of illegals, see another 127,000 this year
Washington Examiner - Despite claims the administration was caught off guard, the White House and four Cabinet departments predicted last year’s surge of at least 60,000 illegal juveniles over the U.S.-Mexico border and expect it to more than double to 127,000 this year, according to an internal document. A 24-page administration PowerPoint for congressional appropriators dated April 22, 2014 bluntly stated that border arrivals of “unaccompanied alien children” would rise “by nearly a factor of 10″ in 2014 to 60,000 and jump to 127,000 “if these growth rates continue.”

UPDATE: Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had Unapproved Mineral Supplement
Medical Kidnap - From Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page: On June 24, 2015 the court returned custody of the final three children. Now all seven are back in our custody.... As you all know, we have a major battle ahead to prevent Michelle and me from being put on the Child Maltreatment Registry. We have not neglected or abused our children, and in six months the officials have found no neglect or abuse. The school issue of not being properly registered is not sufficient to remove our children from our home school and place them in public school. We must win the battle on July 10th at the Child Maltreatment Registry Hearing.

Economy & Business

America’s Greece: Puerto Rico Can’t Pay Its Massive Public Debt
Daily Sheeple - Puerto Rico has long been one of the most impoverished territories in the United States. With over 40% of the population living under the poverty line (almost twice as high as Mississippi, the poorest state), and an unemployment rate of over 12%, they’ve been in a recession since 2006. But their financial problems don’t stop there. A recent economic report has found that Puerto Rico is carrying one of the heaviest debt loads of any state or territory in the US. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced last weekend, that the territory has a public debt of over $72 billion, a debt which he doesn’t think they can pay.

Energy & Environment

New York State Officially Bans Fracking
Glenn Coin - After more than seven years of study, the state Department of Environmental Conservation today issued the final document needed to ban the controversial drilling practice, known formally as high-volume hydraulic fracturing. "Prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in a prepared statement. "High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC's mission to conserve, improve and protect our state's natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state."

EPA Forced to Study Impact of Atrazine and Glyphosate on US Endangered Species
Sustainable Pulse - The Environmental Protection Agency will analyze the impacts of atrazine and glyphosate — the two most commonly used pesticides in the United States — on 1,500 endangered plants and animals in the United States under the terms of a settlement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity.... The EPA has, for decades, continued to register and allow the use of pesticides without considering their impacts to endangered species, despite the legal requirement for them to do so and the well-documented risks of pesticides to thousands of imperiled species. A series of lawsuits by the Center has forced the agency to consult on the impacts of scores of pesticides on some endangered species, primarily in California, and resulted in temporary restrictions on pesticide use in sensitive habitats.

Science & Technology

DHS/Police say criminals drive cars that's why they're using a new infrared license plate scanning system
MassPrivateI - A new infrared police license plate reader system called the Data Driver Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDCAT) can spy on nearly a million license plates in a two-month span. DDCAT's are being used by police across the country, they're in NJ, NY, Boston and California to name a few. DDACT's are basically $11,0000 fortune telling machines that analyze crimes and PREDICT where future crimes will take place!... DDACT's equipped police cars use three high-resolution digital cameras which point forward and cover both sides of the vehicle. Each police car is equipped with infrared lighting which enables them to see in the dark. GPS is integrated into the system, and the digitized pictures of license plates are captured to a laptop.

One Of The World's Top Universities Is Offering All Of Their Courses Online, To Anyone, For Free
InvestmentWatchBlog - With the advent of the internet came a revolution of information becoming available to the average person. MIT University took it one step further when they began a program called OpenCourseWare, which allowed anyone to download full course materials for virtually all classes for free. But the new MITx interactive online learning platform will go further, giving students access to online laboratories, self-assessments and student-to-student discussions… “This is not MIT light. This is not an easier version of MIT,” said Provost L. Rafael Reif. “An MITx learner, anywhere they are, for them to earn a credential they have to demonstrate mastery of the subject just like an MIT student does.”

Health

Light-Turmeric Extract Combo Treats Psoriasis Effectively
Green Med Info - Oral turmeric extract (curcumin) in combination with light therapy produces remarkable healing results in patients with severe-to-moderate psoriasis.... The study concluded: The results suggested that moderate to severe plaque psoriasis should show a therapeutic response to orally administered Curcuma if activated with visible light phototherapy, a new therapeutic method that would be safer for patients than existing treatments."

EU To Ban Triclosan, While EPA and FDA Reject Calls for U.S. Ban
Beyond Pesticides - The agency responsible for chemical oversight in the European Union announced today that the antibacterial pesticide, triclosan, is toxic and bioaccumulative, and will be phased-out for hygienic uses and replaced by more suitable alternatives. According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), “[N]o safe use could be demonstrated for the proposed use of Triclosan.” This decision has renewed calls for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the chemical from the consumer market. EPA in May rejected a consumer petition that asked the agency to ban triclosan.... Triclosan is an antimicrobial pesticide used in cosmetics, personal care products and treated plastics and textiles. It has been linked to hormone disrupting effects, bacterial and antibiotic resistance, cancer, and impacts on aquatic organisms.


Sick: ‘Intolerable Levels’ of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in Breast Milk
Natural Society - After testing 16 women from different regions all over Germany, the Green Party has found that traces of the chemical glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Round Up, are appearing in breast milk at ‘intolerable levels’ that could harm a developing baby and the mother. The weed killer traces in breast milk were found to be between 0.210 and 0.432 nanograms per millilitre (PPB). Drinking water is allowed to have no more than 0.100 nanograms of glyphosate. Irene Witte, professor of toxicology at the University of Oldenburg, described the findings as “intolerable.”
 


Monday - June 29, 2015 - Today in History:

1776 - The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor.
1804 - Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins received 100 lashes on his back and Hall received 50.
1901 - The first edition of "Editor & Publisher" was issued.
1905 - Russian troops intervened as riots erupted in ports all over the country. Many ships were looted.
1917 - The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia.
1932 - Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute monarchy.
1946 - British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to end alleged terrorism.
1950 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea.
1951 - The United States invited the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor.
1953 - The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast.
1966 - The U.S. bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.
1995 - The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.
2007 - The first generation Apple iPhone went on sale.
2011 - The state of Nevada passed the first law that permitted the operation of autonomous cars on public roads. The law went into effect on March 1, 2012 and did not permit the use of the cars to the general public. Google received the first self-driving vehicle license in the U.S. on May 4, 2012 in Nevada.

World News

European Parliament to Debate Amendments to TTIP Deal With US
Sputnik News - A special European Parliament committee will meet Monday for an urgent debate on a set of 116 amendments to the controversial EU-US free trade deal, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).... The Trade Committee’s extraordinary meeting on Monday will decide whether the amendment package should be put to a vote by the European Parliament as a whole.... An amendment package vote, if successful, will enable EU lawmakers to put TTIP recommendations to a plenary vote in July or September. The TTIP agreement seeks to establish a transatlantic free trade zone for a market of about 820 million people.... Opponents to the hotly-debated treaty claim the deal gives too much power to transnational corporations, making it harder for EU nations to regulate their own markets.

Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens
New York Times - In a matter of hours and on three different continents, militants carried out attacks on Friday that killed scores of civilians, horrified populations and raised thorny questions about the evolving nature of international terrorism and what can be done to fight it. On the surface, the attacks appeared to be linked only by timing. In France, a man stormed an American-owned chemical plant, decapitated one person and apparently tried to blow up the facility. In Tunisia, a gunman drew an assault rifle from a beach umbrella and killed at least 38 people at a seaside resort. And in Kuwait, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque during communal prayers, killing at least 25 Shiite worshipers.

Eurozone Rejects Greek Bailout Extension: All Bailout Programs Expire On June 30, Referendum Moot
Zero Hedge - Regrettably, despite efforts at all levels and full support of the Eurogroup, this proposal has been rejected by the Greek authorities who broke off the programme negotiations late on the 26 June unilaterally. The current financial assistance arrangement with Greece will expire on 30 June 2015, as well as all agreements related to the current Greek programme including the transfer by euro area Member States of SMP and ANFA equivalent profits."

‘We don’t need EU permission’: Greek parliament ratifies bailout referendum
RT - As an equal member of the EU, Greece does not need to ask permissions from anyone to let the Greek people speak and have their voices heard, PM Tsipras told his parliament, promising that the state’s sovereignty and future will be decided via referendum. Referendums have been used all across Europe as a way for people to directly express their will and have their voices heard, and Greece is fully in its right to conduct one PM Alexis Tsipras said during a late-night debate in parliament.

Greek Capital Controls Begin: Banks To Remain Closed Until At Least July 5th, Stock Market Will Not Open Monday
Zero Hedge - Despite the reassurances from any and all elected (and unelected) officials, given the run on bank ATMs in Greece has turned into a stampede, it is not surprising that the CEO of Piraeus Bank just announced Greek banks would remain closed for at least one week; further as reported yesterday, the Greek stock market will also remain closed.

A Desperate China Cuts Key Policy Rates After Stock Market Crash; "It's Just Like 1987"
Zero Hedge - For the first time since October, 2008, China cuts both the benchmark lending rate and RRR on the same day, in a frantic attempt to sustain the country's equity bubble after stocks collapsed to the edge of bear market territory on Friday…Analysts saw the PBOC’s [Peoples Bank of China] moves as a reaction to the massive stock market decline… Some analysts went so far as to liken the action by PBOC to that taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve following the infamous “Black Monday”—or Oct. 19, 1987, when stock markets around the world crashed… “It’s just like what the Fed did in 1987,” said Larry Hu, China economist at Macquarie Group Ltd., a Sydney-based investment bank. “The PBOC is trying to stabilize the market with the unprecedented easing moves.”

Iceland Just Jailed 7 Bank Executives For Market Manipulation
(True Activist) According to The icelandmonitor: “By fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bank was accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupþingi shares by means of deception and pretence.” They were accused of trying to artificially inflate share prices in 2008 by using the bank’s funds to buy shares.

Australian Government Contractors Will Now Go to Jail for Reporting Child Abuse in Detention Centers
Vice - Last month the Australian government, with the support of the opposition, passed the Border Force Protection Act through both houses of Parliament. It will come into effect on July 1. If the act defines you as an "entrusted person," you might be facing jail for up to two years if you reveal anything about what happens in Australia's immigration detention centers to anybody else.... Refugee advocates and human rights lawyers say the legislation is a veiled attempt to silence whistleblowers from revealing human rights violations inside Australia's detention centers. And the mounting evidence of such violations makes this legislation all the more disturbing.

British Police Order Citizens: “Surrender Your Knives!”
Citizen Action - The British police have recently joined forces with liberal grassroots activists in the UK, launching the “Save a Life–Surrender Your Knife” program. Knife crime has been climbing recently in major UK cities like London. The program involved several weeks of “amnesty” for “pointed knives.” Civilians can turn in these apparently dangerous weapons at their local police station in exchange for “amnesty,” apparently, even though knives (rounded or pointed) aren’t illegal in the United Kingdom.... Incidentally, the knife violence rate in the United Kingdom is about double the rate of gun violence in the United States. Possibly because Americans haven’t yet been asked to throw away their right to self-defense in a bin at the police station.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Truth is a Crime Against The State
Paul Craig Roberts - Truth comes from foreign news sources, such as RT, and from Internet sites, such as this one. Thus, Washington and its vassals are busy at work closing down independent media. Washington and its vassals have redefined propaganda. Truth is propaganda if it is told by countries, such as Russia and China, that have independent foreign policies. Propaganda is truth if told by Washington and its puppets, such as the EU Observer. The EU Observer, little doubt following Washington’s orders, has denounced RT and Sputnik News for “broadcasting fabrications and hate speech from their bureaus in European Union cities.” Often I appear on both RT and Sputnik. In my opinion both are too restrained in their reporting, fearful, of course, of being shut down, than full truth requires. I have never heard a word of hate speech or propaganda on either. Washington’s propaganda, perhaps, but not the Russian government’s. In other words, the way Washington has the news world rigged, not even independent news sites can speak completely clearly.

Antietam, other parks stop selling items with the Confederate flag
Baltimore Sun - Workers at Antietam National Battlefield took Confederate flags, T-shirts and magnets off gift shop shelves Thursday as the National Park Service announced plans to stop selling some items with the increasingly controversial symbol. Park service officials said they would stop "stand-alone depictions" of the familiar battle flag, which has 13 white stars on a blue "X" over a red field. They said educational items such as books, exhibits, and media showing re-enactments and interpretive programs may use images of the battle flag "in its historical context" as long as they cannot be "physically detached."

Woman arrested for removing Confederate flag from SC Capitol (VIDEO)
RT - The Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse was removed by an African-American woman on Saturday. She was arrested by local authorities, and the flag was soon raised again.... She was arrested upon her return to the ground, along with another man, 30-year-old James Ian Tyson, who had also entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag. The two were charged with defacing a monument and face a fine of up to $5,000 or up to three years in prison, NBC reported. The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again a short time later. The incident occurred just after dawn on Saturday, hours before a rally by flag supporters was scheduled at the Capitol.

US officials warn of ISIS-inspired attack through July 4
RT - US intelligence and law enforcement authorities share a growing concern of terror attacks in the country through the July 4 weekend. On Friday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a statement in response to the terror attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, saying, “particularly with the upcoming July 4 holiday here in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see.” The analysis of the threat is based in part on the “new normal” of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) strategies, which uses social media to encourage people worldwide to attack on both small and large scales. Federal authorities have been scrambling to arrest homegrown terror suspects before Independence Day, when they warn that the likelihood of such attacks may be elevated.

$200 Million Went to House Members to Pass Fast Track – Here’s Who Took the Cash
OpEd News - TPA passed with a mere 219-211 vote with only 218 needed to pass. The real shocker comes from the amount of money each Representative received for a yes vote. In total, $197,869,145 was given to Representatives for a yes vote where as $23,065,231 was given in opposition.

Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments, Employers, Schools
CNS News - In his dissent from the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its decision “will be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Alito warned that in the wake of the court’s ruling, Americans who dare to publicly express views in favor the traditional understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman will risk recrimination. “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools,” Alito wrote.
* Related: FLASHBACK--Q&A With Judge Robert Bork: Moral Life of Nation Could be Decided by One Judge

Bad Medicine: Obamacare “Doctors Should Warn Global Warming Could Make Patients’ Health Worse”
Mac Slavo - If having your doctor quiz you about owning a gun isn’t enough to raise your blood pressure, then this new Obamacare policy surely will. Obama’s White House is once again politicizing health care, even as the net/noose tightens, now asking medical professionals to advise patients on the effects that global warming/climate change will supposedly have on their health. The Daily Caller reported: Americans trust their doctors, so the White House wants these medical professionals to be a mouthpiece for President Obama’s global warming agenda. […] The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to draw a link between global warming and public health issues. The summit included the U.S. Surgeon General, top administration officials, and public health experts from around the country telling doctors, nurses and other conference goers how to talk about global warming with their patients.

VIDEO: David Sweat's DNA Found on Food a Mile From Where Richard Matt Killed, Official Says
ABC News - DNA belonging to the convicted murderer who remains on the loose after escaping prison three weeks ago was found on remnants of food a mile from where his accomplice was killed Friday, an official briefed on the manhunt efforts said Sunday. About 1,300 law enforcement officers were involved in the search for David Sweat as they concentrated their efforts near the village of Malone, New York, about 20 miles from where fellow escapee Richard Matt was found in a wooded area Friday....
* Related: Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally Shot

Cops Refuse to Stop Chase Plowing Over Multiple Children, Killing Them During Neighborhood Pursuit
Free Thought Project - “Officers must place the protection of human life above all other considerations.” Or so says the official policy of the Detroit Police Department. Yet, on Wednesday, Detroit police continued a high-speed chase into a busy neighborhood, resulting in two small children being killed and others injured.... Even after the car had dragged the children a distance down the street, the police did not stop their pursuit. They continued to chase the car across one front lawn after another, finally crashing, critically injuring three more children including three year old Darius Andrews, Jr., Isaiah Williams, 5, and Zyaire Gardner, 7. Twenty-two-year-old LaKendra Hill sustained injuries.

Election News

Rand Paul: Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business
Time - While I disagree with Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract. The constitution is silent on the question of marriage because marriage has always been a local issue. Our founding fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not to Washington, DC. I’ve often said I don’t want my guns or my marriage registered in Washington.

Economy & Business

In 5 Years, Average CEO Income has Increased 54%; Average Worker 0%
AllGov - As the economy, which cratered at the end of the George W. Bush administration, has improved since 2009, the average CEO of the 350 largest corporations has gotten a 54% raise and is making $16.3 million a year. His employees, on the other hand, haven’t done as well, according to a study from the Economic Policy Institute. The average pay in those companies in 2009 was $53,200. Five years later, it’s still $53,200.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Plants Mosquitoes Simply Hate
Off the Grid News - Avoid using sprays with chemicals like DEET by growing plants that are not only helpful in controlling these pests naturally, but are beautiful and easy to manage. The plants below can be grown in your home or garden.

Health

Study: Whooping Cough Resurgence Due to Vaccinated People Not Knowing They're Infectious
Health Impact News - Whooping cough has made an astonishing comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S. (the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times that of the rest of the population. The dramatic resurgence has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning effectiveness of the current vaccine and growing anti-vaccine sentiment as the most likely culprits. But that might not be the whole story, suggests a new study... Their research points to a different, but related, source of the outbreak — vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms of whooping cough, suggesting that the number of people transmitting without symptoms may be many times greater than those transmitting with symptoms.

Five everyday herbs for indigestion
(NaturalNews) Most people think that indigestion is simply the result of eating a meal that is too heavy or too rich or spicy. But while it's true that scarfing down a third cheeseburger and washing it down with a milkshake can really upset the stomach, overindulgence in food is not the only reason why people get indigestion. For some, it is linked to high stress levels and is a physical reaction to feelings of anxiety or worry. For others, it is a matter of wearing clothing that is too tight or restrictive. Whatever the cause, indigestion can really make people suffer, and that fact that there are so many prescription and over-the-counter drugs to treat it attests to how common this condition really is.

5 Health Takeaways of Essential Spices in Your Diet
Natural Society - Have you ever thought about the health-boosting advantages of these minuscule condiments, in addition to their ability to make your meal zesty? If not, here are 5 health benefits of including essential spices in your diet that you must know.

Pet News

It Shall be Suitable for Use in Pet Food - Action Alert (Video)
Susan Thixton - In a last moments effort to get signatures on our petitions to FDA and AAFCO, here is a brief video showing how FDA allows hideous waste into pet food. Would you buy a meal for your family that was prepared with spoiled, decomposing meat? You might be doing that right now – for your furry family – without even knowing. The FDA allows pet food to be made from spoiled, decomposing meat and moldy, rotten vegetables – with no disclosure to the consumer.... In early August 2015, FDA and AAFCO will meet to discuss quality of ingredient statements on pet food labels. Numerous pet food consumer advocates will be at this meeting to tell authorities consumers have a right to know the quality of ingredients used in their pet food. Here are our two petitions: Whitehouse.gov petition closes July 5, 2015.... Change.org petition closes July 31, 2015.
 



Friday - June 26, 2015 - Today in History:

1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
1819 - The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.
1844 - John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.
1870 - The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.
1900 - The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.
1900 - A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.
1926 - A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France was unveiled at St. Nazaire.
1924 - After eight years of occupation, American troops left the Dominican Republic.
1927 - The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster opened in New York.
1945 - The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.
1948 - The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
1951 - The Soviet Union proposed a cease-fire in the Korean War.
1959 - U.S. President Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1963 - U.S. President John Kennedy announced "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
1971 - The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
1979 - Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.
1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.
1998 - The U.S. and Peru open school to train commandos to patrol Peru's rivers for drug traffickers.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor's sexual misconduct toward an employee.
2000 - The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.
2003 - The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, struck down state bans on gay sex.
2003 - Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died in Edgefield, S.C., at age 100.
2008 - The Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia as it affirmed, 5-4, an individual right to gun ownership.

World News

1 beheaded, several injured in suspected Islamist attack on French gas factory
RT - The attack in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Grenoble in eastern France was initially reported by local newspaper Le Dauphiné libéré. A single assailant stormed the factory compound in his car and detonated gas canisters that he had brought with him. The attacker reportedly waived an Islamist black flag, possibly that of terrorist group Islamic State. The flag was left at the site. The headless body of a man was found near the factory. A French official later said the head was found at the entry gate of the factory and that two Islamist flags were found nearby.

Secret doc: US to give Tehran nuclear technology, refurbish reactor under deal
RT - As negotiators are about to gather in Vienna for the final round of talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program, the US is offering concessions to Tehran to sweeten the deal, a draft document detailing would-be deal’s term shows. The negotiations between Iran and six leading world powers are to kick off in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Friday, with deadline set for June 30. Diplomats however indicated that the talks may drag past the date, as was the case with the previous round that produced a preliminary agreement, which seeks to scale down the program in exchange for lifting of international sanctions. As the hard talks are set to start, the US is willing to offer concessions to Tehran that would boost its civilian nuclear industry, AP reported citing a confidential document perpetrating to the deal.

German EU commissioner says 'Grexit' unavoidable if no solution found in 5 days
RT - It’s not the European Commission’s aim to see Greece exit the EU, but this may become unavoidable if no solution to the debt stand-off is found in the next five days, Commissioner Günther Oettinger said, according to Reuters. "We will do everything up until the 30th for the Greeks to show they are prepared to reform," Oettinger, the EU commissioner for digital economy and society, told Deutschlandfunk radio. "A 'Grexit' isn’t our aim but would be unavoidable if there is no solution in the next five days," he said.

Forget Grexit, "Madame Frexit" Says France Is Next: French Presidential Frontrunner Wants Out Of "Failed" Euro
Zero Hedge - There has been some confusion why Germany and the Eurozone are so strict in negotiating with France and unwilling to concede even to the smallest of what they deem as outlandish Greek demands. The reason is not so much whether Spain or even Italy, both countries with soaring unemployment, a lost generation and a sweeping movement against "austerity", follow with comparable demands should Europe concede to Tsipras, but France, where the frontrunner for the next president, the National Front's Marine Le Pen, has just warned that not only is a Grexit inevitable, but that France would follow shortly.

China Plunges Most Since 2008, Points Away From Bear Market; Greek Drama Continues
Zero Hedge - Following yesterday's furious market drop in Chinese stocks, just before the overnight open, Morgan Stanley came out with a much distributed report urging investors "Not to buy this dip", and so they didn't. As a result, the Shanghai Composite imploded, at one point trading down 8% while the Chinext and Shenzhen markets crashed even more. This was the single biggest Shanghai Composite one-day drop since 2007, and with a close at 4192.87 the SHCOMP is now on the verge of a bear market, down 19% from its June 12 highs. China's second largest market, Shenzhen, is now officially in a bear market.

‘We always knew missile defense shield was against Russia & China’ – top Moscow security official
RT - The head of Russia’s Security Council says the West’s recent actions prove the NATO anti-missile defense system was always aimed at hemming in Moscow and Beijing, and promises the Kremlin will “react” to the alliance’s expansion in Europe. “Washington insisted that the missile defense shield was a deterrent to Iran, but now the world powers are negotiating with Iran, so logically plans for the system should be dropped, but this isn’t happening,” Nikolay Patrushev told an international security summit in the Siberian city of Ulan Ude. “We already knew that the missile defense shield was aimed at Russia and China, but current events confirm this.”

Russia to Deploy S-400 Air Defense Systems Near Western Borders by End 2015
Sputnik News - Russia’s Western Military District will receive an unspecified number of advanced S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S air defense systems by the end of 2015, the district’s spokesman, Col. Oleg Kochetkov, said Thursday. “Modern S-400 Triumf long-range air defense systems and Pantsir-S gun-missile air defense systems will be put in service with air defense units of the Western Military District by the end of this year,” Kochetkov said. The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is a Russia’s next-generation anti-aircraft weapon system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely long range.... Russia is currently undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program for a 70-percent modernization in its military’s weaponry by 2020.

ISIS is ‘not strong,’ could be defeated ‘within two days’ – ex-Israeli PM Ehud Barak
RT - The Islamic State militant group that has been terrorizing the Middle East with its yet greatest offense for over a year, is "not strong," former Israli PM Ehud Barak told RT. With a proper coordinated response, they could be suppressed quickly, he said. I think that ISIS is somewhat successful because it doesn't face a coherent coordinated effort to destroy it. Technically speaking they are not strong. Some 30,000 - 40,000 people. Their vehicle is a Toyota pickup and some machine gun on it,” the Israeli politician said in an interview with RT's Oksana Boyko in her Worlds Apart show.

‘ICC credibility test’: Palestinians submit first war crimes evidence against Israel
RT - After meeting the ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that he had submitted the dossiers concerning the 2014 Gaza war, as well as Israeli settlements on the occupied Palestinian land and treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Palestine is a test for the credibility of international mechanisms ... a test the world cannot afford to fail. Palestine has decided to seek justice, not vengeance,” Maliki said. He also added that he had agreed with prosecutors on a date of their visit to Palestine, although he did not reveal the exact time. “It depends on their ability to enter Palestinian territory without problems,” he added. ICC prosecutors intend to make a field visits both to Palestine and Israel, but they have not received a formal permission from Israel yet, Reuters reports.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Paying ISIS-Linked ‘Rebels’ $400 per Month to ‘Eventually’ Fight Assad
Mikael Thalen - Recently declassified Pentagon documents confirmed West’s role in using radicals to topple Syria. The program, deemed “critical” by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, aims to equip as many as 5,400 fighters within the next 12 months, reports USA Today. According to Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith, roughly 6,000 Syrians have already expressed interest in the program, with more than half preparing to be vetted. The program has reportedly taken months to move forward due to a lack of fighters willing to “adhere to laws of war and pledge to conduct themselves properly.” The announcement raises several red flags given recently declassified Pentagon documents confirming Western governments’ regional support of al-Qaeda, a terrorist organization now deceptively labeled “moderate.”

"Most Liberal Supreme Court Since 1960s" Gives Obama Huge Victory With 6-3 Vote In Favor Of Obamacare
Zero Hedge - The Supreme Court has ruled that people who bought healthcare coverage through federal exchanges as part of Obamacare can keep subsidies that effectively limit the amount low- and middle-income Americans pay for health insurance to 9.5% of their income or less. This is, naturally, a huge win for Obama whose Affordable Care Law has just overcome its last legitimate legal challenge. The outcome is hardly unexpected (see below on "most liberal Supreme Court since 1960"), but that the final vote was 6-3 is clearly surprising as most pundits were expecting a 5-4 Roberts-led tiebreaker. As The Hill summarizes, the SCOTUS upheld a key provision of ObamaCare, affirming that 6.4 million people can continue to receive subsidies that allow them to purchase healthcare plans.

I am a black South Carolinian. Here's why I support the Confederate ...
Washington Post - Thomas is a senior and student senator at the University of South Carolina, where he is majoring in public relations and political science. Four years ago, I became a national news story after I hung a Confederate flag in my dorm room window at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Controversy wasn’t my intention. For me and many Southerners, the flag celebrates my heritage and regional pride. One of my ancestors, Benjamin Thomas, was a black Confederate cook, and I do not want to turn my back on his service to the South. So I hang the flag in honor of his hard work and dedication to South Carolina during the Civil War. My Confederate flag isn’t racist; after all, I am black. I’m also an American who strongly believes in the constitutional right to free speech.
* Related Video: CNN's Hala Gorani speaks to Byron Thomas

House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare
The Hill - A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. “As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said. “That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said.

IRS Deleted Backups Of 24,000 Lois Lerner Emails Months After Subpoena
Zero Hedge - According to the IG's deputy Timothy Camus, two "lower-graded" employees at the IRS center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, erased 422 computer backup tapes that contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner. It gets better: the tapes were erased in March 2014, months after congressional investigators requested all of Lerner's emails, and months after Zero Hedge, among many others, said to simply track down the server back ups. And the punchline: according to George, the workers might be incompetent, a lead investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence.

Confederate Flag Controversy: Will Obama Resign Because His Family Owned Slaves?
Kit Daniels - If liberals want to ban the Confederate flag due to its historical link to slavery, shouldn’t they also demand President Obama’s resignation because his family owned slaves? Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfather, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky., the Baltimore Sun reported in 2007, and Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Duvall, also owned slaves. Obama’s campaign team in 2008 did not dispute the information.

Confederate Frenzy: NY Film Critic Calls for Banning of ‘Gone With the Wind’
Breitbart - In just three days, the left’s mob mentality took us from removing the Rebel Flag from a state capitol to banning “Gone with the Wind.” Lou Lumenick in today’s New York Post: If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as an ugly symbol of racism, what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture? I’m talking, of course, about “Gone with the Wind[.]’’ … Lumenick isn’t beating around the bush. He’s serious about calling on Warner Bros. to smother the movie outside of museum screening — a self-imposed ban, but a ban nonetheless. This is akin to book burning.
* Related: Iconic Dukes of Hazzard Car 'General Lee' Stripped Of Confederate Flag: "This Is A New Level Of P.C. Idiocy"

Amazon Staff: Government Ordered Us Not to Sell Confederate Flag
Paul Joseph Watson - Amazon.com staff are telling irate customers that the company was ordered by the federal government not to sell items featuring the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting. Amazon made the announcement this week, along with eBay, Sears and Walmart, that it would no longer sell products bearing the rebel flag, but according to a conversation posted on YouTube between a customer and an Amazon sales rep, the decision could have been made as a result of pressure from the government.

Election News

Rick Perry becomes first presidential candidate to reveal Big Pharma connection to mass shootings
(NaturalNews) He was widely panned for it, but former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently joined the crowded field of Republican presidential contenders, became the first – and so far, only – member of that group that has tied the recent Charleston, S.C., shootings to Big Pharma. In an appearance on NewsmaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show, Perry made the claim that the killing of nine African American worshippers by avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof was caused by mind-altering drugs.... He went on to point out that mood-and-mind-altering psychotropic drugs have been at the center of virtually all mass shootings in the U.S. since the Columbine school shootings in the late 1990s.

Economy & Business

The Economic Collapse Blog Has Issued A RED ALERT For The Last Six Months Of 2015
Economic Collapse - I have never done anything like this before. Ever since I started The Economic Collapse Blog in late 2009, I have never issued any kind of “red alert” for any specific period of time. As an attorney, I was trained to be level-headed and to only come to conclusions that were warranted by the evidence. So this is not something that I am doing lightly. Based on information that I have received, things that I have been told, and thousands of hours of research that have gone into the publication of more than 1,300 articles about our ongoing economic collapse, I have come to the conclusion that a major financial collapse is imminent. Therefore, I am issuing a RED ALERT for the last six months of 2015.
* Related: 18 Years Ago This Country Collapsed Almost Overnight. Is This Time Different?

Energy & Environment

Smart Meters Fire, Living Hell and Bureaucratic Messes
Activist Post - This is the real life story about what a Smart Meter can do to your home and your life, especially when a public utility company, a state regulatory agency and insurance company are involved. Colleen, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, has been living a Faustian nightmare and feels she has been pressed to all reasonable limits all because of PECO, an Exelon company, installing a SMART METER on her house.... No utility customer should have to go through with the devastatingly unknown problems Smart Meters cause: fires, explosions, problems with insurance companies, housing displacement, etc.—even some deaths due to Smart Meter fires. Nonetheless, it seems Pennsylvania state officials are turning totally deaf ears to consumer complaints about Smart Meters.

Science & Technology

Two rival self-driving cars have close call in California
(Reuters) - Two self-driving prototype cars, one operated by Google Inc and the other by Delphi Automotive Plc, had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week, a Delphi executive told Reuters on Thursday. It was believed to be the first such incident involving two vehicles specially equipped for automated driving. The incident occurred Tuesday on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, said John Absmeier, director of Delphi's Silicon Valley lab and global business director for the company's automated driving program, who was a passenger in one of the cars. No collision took place. Google declined to comment.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

10,000 Sue Syngenta Over Unapproved GMO Corn Shipped to China - U.S. Farmers Lose $5 Billion in Sales
Health Impact News - Town hall meetings have been taking place recently regarding corn litigation with the Syngenta company. The lawsuit is regarding claims that Syngenta sold genetically modified corn with a strain called MIR-162 to China without their approval of the modification. “The first shipment that tested positive for MIR-162,” Hecker Law Group attorney Jacob Hecker said, “was destroyed by the Chinese in 2013. Afterwards all other shipments with trace amounts of the strain were sent back to where they came from.” Due to the strain, China, who at the time was the third largest importer of US corn, boycotted all corn from being imported from the US.

12 Strategies for Creating the Perfect Pantry
Natural Blaze - There are a lot of different ways to go about building your pantry. While each style has its pros and cons, I think that adhering to any one strategy alone leaves some gaps in your food preparedness. Personally, I’m a fan of combining the best of each world based on the needs of your particular family.

Health

VIDEO: SB277: California's Mandatory Vaccine Bill Passes Assembly
Natural Blaze - California's SB277 which would remove virtually all vaccine exemptions from California students is quickly heading to the Governor's desk. Medical exemptions are allowed but they are extremely rare and need to be signed off by MDs. After much questionable Big Pharma lobbying - including $95,000 to Sen. Richard Pan who is carrying the bill - the law is all but passed to remove parental choice. Passing Assembly is one of the last hurdles before it gets signed into law. It is heavily expected that Gov. Jerry Brown will definitely sign.

High-Sugar Diet Can Impair Learning And Memory By Altering Gut Bacteria
Huffington Post - New research from Oregon State University finds a high-sugar, high-fat diet causes changes in gut bacteria that seem to lead to significant losses in cognitive flexibility, a measurement of the brain’s ability to switch between thinking about one concept to another, and to adapt to changes in the environment. The study, which was conducted on mice and published this week in the journal Neuroscience, found that a high-sugar diet was particularly detrimental to brain function, leading not only to decreased cognitive flexibility but also to impairments in short- and long-term memory.... "Artificial sweeteners are likely even worse [than sugar] because they have a huge effect on changing the microbiome," neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter... told The Huffington Post. "Your risk of diabetes is twice as great if you’re consuming diet drinks, which is far greater than if you’re drinking sugar-sweetened beverages."

Reasons why I eat fermented foods on a regular basis
Food Babe - In our over-sanitized modern world, most of us aren’t exposed to very much good bacteria, and this can be a problem. Most of our food has been pasteurized, irradiated, or chemically treated to kill bugs – but this also kills the good stuff. Our soil is depleted of good bacteria with the overuse of synthetic pesticides and other chemical contamination. Certain substances in our food have also been suspected to cause leaky gut syndrome – which creates tiny little holes in our digestive system organs that leak out the good bacteria we need to stay healthy and keep our immune system strong. This is why we absolutely must do everything to restore the good bacteria in our guts. Historically, food was often preserved with fermentation and traditional diets often consisted of raw and fermented foods that contained a healthy dose of good bacteria. The fermentation process creates good bacteria (probiotics) that work like a little army in your gut helping to defend you from various ailments.
 



Thursday - June 25, 2015 - Today in History:

1767 - Mexican Indians rioted as Jesuit priests were ordered home.
1788 - Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state of the United States.
1864 - Union troops surrounding Petersburg, VA, began building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.
1868 - Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event is known as "Custer's Last Stand."
1877 - In Philadelphia, PA, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Sir William Thomson (Baron Kelvin) and Emperor Pedro II of Brazil at the Centennial Exhibition.
1910 - The U.S. Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.
1917 - The first American fighting troops landed in France.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh traveled to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.
1950 - North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War.
1951 - In New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The public did not own color TV's at the time.
1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the use of unofficial non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional.
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
1970 - The U.S. FCC handed down a ruling (35 FR 7732), making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.
1973 - White House Counsel John Dean admitted that U.S. President Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.
1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration was constitutional.
1986 - The U.S. Congress approved $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the line-item veto thereby striking down presidential power to cancel specific items in tax and spending legislation.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that those infected with HIV are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
2009 - Michael Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. (The singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.)

World News

Events in Armenia Identical to First Stage of Ukrainian Coup – Russian Official
Sputnik News - Current protests in Armenia are completely identical to the first stage of the state coup in Ukraine and might be orchestrated by the United States, Igor Morozov, member of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee, said Wednesday. Mass protests against the rise in household electricity prices erupted in Armenia’s capital of Yerevan on Friday, and on Monday and Tuesday thousands of protesters attempted to march to the presidential residence. On Tuesday morning, police dispersed the crowd using water cannons. Almost 240 people, including journalists, were brought to police stations, and 25 have sought medical assistance. According to city officials, all those detained were subsequently freed. According to Morozov, the events in Armenia are a repeat of those in Ukraine with exact precision. Thus, he concludes that Armenia is close to an armed coup.

Step closer to surveillance state? France passes new spying law
RT - The French parliament has adopted new legislation, giving the intelligence services more leeway to spy on the public. The bill comes the same day as French politicians voiced anger over revelations of US spying on three French presidents.... With their new legal powers French intelligence services may circumvent the need for judicial warrants to use wiretapping and other surveillance methods to gather intelligence from the public. Private residences could now be monitored using geolocation measures, while mobile communications can be intercepted and web-page visits can be monitored using a complex algorithm that internet providers will be forced to install. Installation of keyloggers to track computer usage in real time will now also be possible.

U.K. Bankers to Wait Seven Years for Bonuses, under new law
WSJ - Senior U.K. bankers will have to wait seven years to collect their annual bonus payments in full under tough new rules released Tuesday. Three years must pass from the time of an award to receive any pay out, and top bank executives will have a 10-year wait to be sure the bonus won’t be clawed back. Risk managers will wait five years to receive any performance awards in full, while traders and other “risk takers” will have at least a three-year wait.... While annual bonuses for many bank workers already must be paid in a mix of cash and shares and can’t be more than 100 percent of salary, Tuesday’s announcement also explicitly bans any bonuses for management at a bailed-out bank and for nonexecutive directors of any bank.

President Putin signs order to extend counter-sanctions for another year
RT - President Vladimir Putin has signed the order to extend Russian counter-measures in response to Western sanctions. They restrictions will be prolonged for a year starting from June 24, 2015.... The move comes in response to the EU decision on Monday to extend sanctions against Russia for six months. They were first imposed on August 1, 2014 over the events in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea. Russia responded on August 7 when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree to ban imports of beef, pork, poultry meat, fish, cheese, milk, vegetables and fruit from Australia, Canada, the EU, the US and Norway.

Colombian army killed hundreds of civilians to fake successful battles and "boost body count" in war against rebels
Washington Post - In a twisted attempt to show battlefield success against FARC rebels, the Colombian military killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians between 2002 and 2008, falsely depicting them as slain combatants, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The killings, known as “false positives,” were the source of a huge scandal in 2008, but the new report alleges that the practice was far more extensive and systematic than previously known. Many of Colombia's highest-ranking military officials either condoned the practice or did nothing to stop it, according to the rights group.

Greece Withdraws Proposal to Increase Pension Cuts says Reports
Sputnik News - Greece has withdrawn its recent proposal to increase the insurance fees from pensioners during Wednesday's round of the negotiations with its international creditors, Greek media reported. The government's proposal concerned the increase of fees in insurance funds to five percent from the additional pension and one percent with the basic one, the Greek ERT Channel reported.

NSA spied on French presidents: WikiLeaks
Reuters -The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents. The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.
* Related: Obama Reassures Hollande of “Not Targeting” French Leader’s Communications

Gardasil Vaccine in Denmark: Serious Adverse Reactions Now Number 1 in 500 Girls
Health Impact News - In March 2015, a Danish national television station (TV2) aired a documentary focusing on girls who suspected they had been injured by the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Immediately after the airing of the show, girls with similar experiences started coming out of the woodwork. Virtually all of the girls had the same story to tell. Dr. Jesper Mehlsen is now reporting that one in 500 girls – or 1,000 of the 500,000 vaccinated experience serious side effects.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Fifteen Questions that Are Being asked about the Charleston Shooting
James Perloff - I am not asserting that Dylann Roof did not commit the crime attributed to him. If the tragedy occurred just as the media has said, my heart goes out to the victims’ families, and nothing here is intended to disparage the memory of the dead. However, those who realize America has long been run by a shadow oligarchy know our country has experienced many false flags. Some have been used to attempt to bring us into wars... We have also seen false flags used to advance gun control and a domestic police state.... So we would not be injudicious to examine the Charleston incident closely, and we do find that reasonable questions are being raised.

Famous Autism Researcher, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet Found In River - Suicide By Gunshot to Chest?
I’m sad to say that two prominent doctors in the “alternative medicine” world have died in the past few days. The first is the accomplished, well known and much loved Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet.. Fox Carolina is reporting that his body was found in a river in North Carolina and that he died of an apparent “self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest". The funeral is in Shelby, North Carolina. Shelby is a small town of 20k people, and the same town where they just apprehended the Charleston South Carolina mass church killer Dylann Roof around the time of Dr. Bradstreet’s death. Some doctors are reading this tonight and writing me that they find it suspicious and are concerned. I too am concerned, as my other half is a prominent controversial doctor as well. I suspect we’ll know more as the investigation continues.... Another doctor (whose name I cannot yet disclose) died suddenly on Father’s Day here on Florida’s East Coast. He was healthy and fit with a thriving practice, had an additional PhD in Nutrition from Harvard.
* Related: Dr. Jeff Bradstreet: Where are the unvaccinated homeschooled children with autism?

List of Sixty Traitors in U.S. Senate Who Voted to Advance Obama's Secret TPP
Citizens for Legitimate Government - U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Sen. Rand Paul to sue IRS, U.S. Treasury
Washington Times - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will sue the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service for denying his constitutional right to vote on treaties that the Obama administration unilaterally negotiated with dozens of foreign governments, The Washington Times has learned. The treaties, which the administration calls “intergovernmental agreements,” require foreign banks to gather and share private financial information about millions of Americans living and working outside the U.S. – information they would not have to disclose to the U.S. government if they lived and worked in the U.S.

Revolt: Millions of N.Y. Gun Owners Refuse to Register Firearms
Kit Daniels - So far only around 24,000 gun owners, many of them cops, registered their semiautomatic rifles with the state, meaning that the law has effectively been repealed through civil disobedience. “I am amused at the pathetically low numbers of New Yorkers who registered their so-called assault rifles,” New York State Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King said. “The number of individuals who registered their guns is 24,000 and many of these are law-enforcement officials mandated to comply by their department.”...The SAFE Act, which created a gun registry for semiautomatic weapons using detachable magazines, was practically ignored by both gun owners and sheriffs since it was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013.

Cop Named Officer of the Year, Months Later He’s Arrested for Strangling and Raping Two Women
Patriot Rising - Despite being accused of sexual assault back in 2007, Champaign Police Officer Jerad Gale was just given his department’s highest honor in March. On March 30, Gale was named Champaign’s Officer of the Year. Just three months later he would be arrested for strangling and raping two more women. Tuesday Officer Gale was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and domestic battery.... The rates of sexual assault and domestic battery within the ranks of police officers are almost double that of the average citizen, according to a study conducted by Bowling Green State University. Another common occurrence is the fact that cops, who are named Officer of the Year, frequently commit some of the worst crimes. The most recent ‘Officer of the Year’ to be ousted by the community is Officer Eric Casebolt, who was captured on video brutalizing a teen girl and pulling his gun out on unarmed teens.

Election News

Obama And Hillary Both Had No Problem Using Confederate Flag During Presidential Campaigns
Steve Watson - In the wake of the Charleston shooting, and subsequent pictures of the shooter posing with a Confederate flag, Barack Obama this week said that the flag belongs in a museum. It seems he has changed his tune in the last three years somewhere, however, given that he was using the symbol during his 2012 re-election campaign. Indeed, Obama have built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans.”.... Hillary clinton had her own brand of Confederate merchandise in 2008. Strange given that she has also stated that the flag has no place in the US today.

Veteran News

Yard Signs Help Warn 4th of July Revelers of Combat Vets' PTSD
Howard Altman - For Russell Cook, a combat-wounded Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, the barrage on his overloaded senses begins with fireworks explosions in his Valrico neighborhood as the calendar turns to July.... Cook is one of more than a quarter-million men and women who have traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. No one knows how many have a hard time dealing with fireworks, but an Indiana-based nonprofit has come up with one way to help those who do -- red, white and blue lawn signs reading, "Combat Veteran Lives Here. Please Be Courteous With Fireworks."

Economy & Business

The Liquidity Crisis Intensifies: ‘Prepare For A Bear Market In Bonds’
Economic Collapse - Are we about to witness trillions of dollars of “paper wealth” vaporize into thin air? During the next financial crisis, a lot of “wealthy” investors are going to be in for a very rude awakening. The truth is that securities are only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them, and that is why liquidity is so important.... The 76 trillion dollar global bond bubble is threatening to implode, and if it does, the amount of “paper wealth” that could potentially be lost during the months ahead is almost unimaginable.

Lying CEOs Crash Their Stocks (So Will The Fed)
Zero Hedge - CEOs are not the most trustworthy figures in society. They will lay off thousands of employees to beat analysts' estimates, and yet they have no trouble looting the stock to pay themselves millions while the company loses money. However, one theme that keeps coming up is that unethical behavior has a price tag. Layoffs do not always boost the stock price. Treating people as expenses instead of assets does not pay off in the long run. Corruption is a drag on stock performance. Now, a new study shows that CEOs who lie about poor performance end up crashing their company's stock.... With this study in mind, consider the implications when the New York Fed tells us that economic activity declined because of the weather.

Energy & Environment

How Turmeric Will Light Up The Future - Literally!
Green Med Info - Amazingly, Indian researchers discovered that a mixture of two commonly consumed edible plants, red pomegranate and turmeric, when exposed to light wavelengths just below the visible threshold (380 nm), produced almost pure white light emission (WLE). This finding represents a simple, cheap and environmentally safe alternative to current LED technology, which presently rely on toxic materials, including heavy metals such as arsenic, copper, nickel, and lead, in their production.

EPA to be Sued After Endangering Pollinators with New Chemical Cocktail
Natural Society - Concerned citizens from environmental and food safety groups gave formal notice of intent to sue to the Environmental Protection Agency for approving a toxic new pesticide called bicyclopyrone (BCP). The EPA is accused of not considering the fatal consequences to befall endangered animals and plants, especially butterflies and bees responsible for pollinating our food, should BCP be used. The agency’s own risk assessment found that BCP alone exceeds levels of concern for mammals and hundreds of plants protected under the Endangered Species Act.... Sadly, the EPA gave its makers permission for use on corn – one of the biggest GM crops grown across our country – despite the fact that no tests on the herbicide’s impact on wildlife have been conducted.

Health

8 Ways to Incorporate Salad Sprouts into Healthy Meals
Health Impact News - We all know that salad sprouts are good for us, especially when we take the time to grow them at home. What’s more is that in the process we’re literally growing food in our own kitchen. It’s a simple, doable process that anyone can follow with a little time and some good seeds.

Turmeric-Ginger Tea - A powerful anti-inflammatory remedy for pain relief
(NaturalNews) In recent years, the topic of inflammation has become more widely studied, and more is understood about this condition than in the past. Medical researchers are beginning to realize just how much of a toll chronic, low-level inflammation can take on the body and are starting to link it not only to arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, but also as a suspected culprit in diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

The lymphatic system - How it works and why cleansing it matters
(NaturalNews) The lymphatic system is made up of glands, lymph nodes, and a network of vessels. The tonsils, spleen, thymus, and adenoids are the glands of the lymphatic system. This system plays three major roles in the body: Immunological defense, fat absorption, and fluid balance. If the lymphatic system isn't working properly, our bodies can't fight disease or remove toxins. For this reason it's crucial to keep the fluid of the lymphatic system (lymph) moving. Slow moving lymph can lead to disease, even cancer, in some cases.
 



Wednesday - June 24, 2015 - Today in History:

1717 - The Freemasons were founded in London.
1861 - Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
1862 - U.S. intervention saved the British and French at the Dagu forts in China.
1896 - Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University.
1910 - The Japanese army invaded Korea.
1931 - The Soviet Union and Afghanistan signed a treaty of neutrality.
1940 - France signed an armistice with Italy.
1940 - TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pledged all possible support to the Soviet Union.
1955 - Soviet MIG's down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
1964 - The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965, cigarette manufactures would be required to include warnings on their packaging about the harmful effects of smoking.
1970 - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
1982 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no president could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the U.S.
1997 - The U.S. Air Force released a report titled "The Roswell Report, Case Closed" that dismissed the claims that an alien spacecraft had crashed in Roswell, NM, in 1947.
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.
2004 - Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for more than an hour in connection with the news leak of a CIA operative's name.
2006 - Patsy Ramsey, who was thrust into the national spotlight by the unsolved slaying of her daughter JonBenet, died at age 49.
2009 - After going AWOL for seven days, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted that he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit his mistress.
2010 - Apple released the iPhone 4.
2011 - New York State legalized same-sex marriage.

World News

Greek debt crisis LIVE UPDATES
RT - Greece and its lenders have been gridlocked in talks over its €240-billion debt for about six months. Fears of Greece defaulting are causing a run on the banks, with people withdrawing record amounts of deposits. RT will report on the latest developments.

Anti-ISIL Coalition Carries Out 17 Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria - CENTCOM
Sputnik News - The US-led coalition against Islamic State carried out 17 airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Tuesday. Three airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, where the US-led coalition has been providing support to a coalition of Syrian Kurdish forces of the YPG, Assyrian Christians and the Free Syrian Army group Burkan al-Firat.

Philippines Escalates Military Games with US, Japan in South China Sea
Sputnik News - In a move that could be interpreted as a warning to China, the Philippines is set to hold separate naval exercises with US and Japanese navies not far from the hotly disputed Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. The two-week-long exercises with the US began last week off the east coast of Palwan Island, just 100 miles from the Spratly islands, according to US Navy spokesman Arlo Abrahamson, and will run until June 26. The exercises will overlap with drills held by the Philippines and Japanese navies around the same island through June 27.

Extended EU Sanctions Against Russia to Remain Ineffective
Sputnik News - Anti-Russian sanctions extended by the European Union over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine on Monday will remain unproductive, President of Athens Institute for Education and Research Gregory Papanikos told Sputnik on Tuesday.... On June 19, a study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research revealed the European Union could lose up to 100 billion euros ($114 billion) due to the anti-Russian sanctions if things remain unchanged. Besides, according to the calculations, current political situation can also affect over 2 million EU jobs because of the declining exports. “There is no question that the economic impact will be negative for both Russia and EU. But this relates very much on the enforcement of economic sanctions and of course their duration…EU should scrap economic sanctions because they do not work from a political point of view.”

Greek government confident despite backlash over debt deal
(Reuters) - Greece's leftwing government expressed confidence on Tuesday that parliament would approve a debt deal with lenders, despite an angry reaction from some of its own lawmakers who accused it of caving in to pressure for more austerity. Concessions offered by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, including hikes to tax and pension contributions, garnered a cautious welcome from euro zone leaders but triggered a furious reaction from some leftists in the ruling Syriza party.
* Related: Why The IMF Will Reject The Latest Greek Proposal In Just Two Numbers

UPDATE 1-G4S says making plans with Greece to cope with a bank crisis
(Reuters) - Security services group G4S has drawn up plans with Greece's central bank to keep the country's cash machines stocked in the event of a full-blown economic crisis, the company told Reuters. Andreas Paterakis, the head of southern Europe for G4S, also said the Britain-based company stored cash for a handful of major businesses last week as fears grew about the stability of Greek banks. "Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were critical, really critical," he said, referring to withdrawals of cash from Greek banks. He added the situation eased over the weekend. Greeks withdrew more than 4 billion euros ($4.50 billion) from the banking system last week on fears the country was set to default and potentially leave the euro zone.

Does The IMF Actually Want To Cause A Greek Debt Default?
Economic Collapse - As this endless crisis has stretched on month after month, it has become increasingly apparent that more is going on here than meets the eye. In particular, the IMF has been standing in the way of a deal time after time. So what do IMF officials want? Are they looking for the “unconditional surrender” of this new Greek government in order to send a message to other governments that would potentially defy them? Or could it be possible that the IMF actually wants a Greek debt default for some other insidious reason? When the latest Greek proposal was embraced with enthusiasm by EU officials, many hoped that this meant that the crisis would soon be resolved. But it turns out that there is still one very important player that is not happy, and that is the IMF. The following comes from the Wall Street Journal…

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia
Defense One - The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.... Senior officials at the Pentagon and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are still finalizing details of the new center, which will back up the military’s Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

New Pentagon manual declares journalists can be enemy combatants
Washington Times - The Pentagon’s new thick book of instructions for waging war the legal way says that terrorists also can be journalists.... The manual pushes aside the George W. Bush-era label of “unlawful enemy combatant” for al Qaeda and the like. The new term of choice: “unprivileged belligerent.” An eye-catching section deals with a definition of journalists and how they are expected to stay out of the fight. The manual defines them this way: “In general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents.”

Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push
Washington Post - In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun-control legislation. “We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding that he hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival. Manchin specifically mentioned an effort aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people diagnosed with mental illness.

Military Takes Over Florida High-School Parking Lot in Preparation for Terrorist Training
TheRundownLive - Marion County residents have been instructed to not worry about the 600-700 military soldiers who have occupied the Westport High School parking lot. According to the Ocala Post, the military drill is under the guise of “Operation Guardian,” and will improve their skills in the event of a “terrorist attack or natural disaster”. According to a government website Operation Guardian’s purpose is to “combat the importation of substandard tainted, and counterfeit products that pose health and safety risks to consumers” and is under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).... The homepage mentions no use of military involvement which if used domestically in real time, could be a direct violation of the Posse Comitatus act.

CNN Goes There: Asks If Thomas Jefferson Memorials Should Be Removed Because He Owned Slaves?
Zero Hedge - As the Confederate Flag hysteria escalates, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield asks fellow CNN mouthpiece Don Lemon if it’s now appropriate for lawmakers to start a future conversation about whether or not the monument of Thomas Jefferson should be removed from the U.S. Capitol. As DailySurge notes rather eloquently, Banfield is foolish to conflate the Confederate flag with a Thomas Jefferson memorial; but we fear the stupid won’t be receding anytime soon.

Pentagon Prepares for Rise of Great Power Competition - US Defense Official
Sputnik News - The US Department of Defense is preparing for the coming challenges of rivalries between world powers in Europe and Asia, US Department of Defense official for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) Theresa Mari Whelan said on Tuesday. Both Russia and China have developed sophisticated intelligence gathering and operational capabilities that the US Defense officials have said could counter the US ability to project military power.

Corporations Win Again: Senate Passes Obamatrade Fast-Track Bill
Zero Hedge - From the Hill: The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.... Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. They did so even though the trade package did not include a workers assistance program for people displaced by increased trade.... To move fast-track forward, the White House and GOP leaders in both chambers decided to break TAA away from fast-track, and to try to approve both in separate votes. After the Senate votes Wednesday on final passage for fast-track, it will take a procedural vote on a package that includes TAA and trade preferences for African countries known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

US criminal economics: TPP secret treaty = ‘constitutional republic,’ debt = ‘money’, 500 million+ dead from poverty = ‘necessary.’ Had enough to demand arrests?
Carl Herman - US criminal economics: TPP secret treaty = ‘constitutional republic,’ debt = ‘money’, 500 million+ dead from poverty = ‘necessary.’ Had enough to demand arrests? The .01% psychopathic oligarch “leaders” in US government, banking/finance, and corporate media wage war upon the 99.99% in ~100 crucial areas. Aside from lie-began overt unlawful military Wars of Aggression connected to economic domination with the US starting over 200 such armed attacks since WW2 and war-murdering ~30 million people (with these crimes “covered” by corporate media, let’s consider three central economic policies...

VIDEO: Police release dash cam video of Dylann Roof arrest
ABC News - Police have released video of Dylann Roof's arrest in Shelby, N.C. after he allegedly gunned down nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The video footage, taken from a police cruiser's dash cam on June 18, shows how officers swarmed around Roof's car on a busy street, and quickly took him into custody.

CNN Guest: Efforts to Remove Confederate Flag Are “Cultural Genocide”
Paul Joseph Watson - As the debate continues to rage over the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, one CNN guest claimed that efforts to remove the controversial symbol are predicated on “cultural genocide” against people from the south.
* Related: Cultural Revolution: Wallmart Amazon and eBay to ban Confederate merchandise

Autopsy shows Freddie Gray died of 'high-energy injury': Baltimore newspaper
(Reuters) - The autopsy of the Baltimore black man who died after being hurt while in police custody shows he suffered a "high-energy injury" like those in shallow-water diving accidents, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday. The spinal injury to Freddie Gray, whose death in April triggered protests and rioting, was most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, the newspaper said. It cited a copy of the autopsy report, which has not been made public. The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death fit the medical and legal definition of an accident. But it ruled the death to be a homicide because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."

Economy & Business

Big Investors Are Dropping Stocks Like Hot Potatoes
Daily Sheeple - The stock market has reached completely unrealistic levels, and it was only a matter of time before investors started getting out while the getting is good, which is exactly how most bubbles start to unravel.... Jill Carey Hall of Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced that their clients sold $4.1 billion in stocks last week. Coincidentally, this is largest sell-off that they’ve seen January of 2008. But more importantly, the bulk of these sales have been conducted by what she’s calling “institutional investors.” In other words, these are some of the biggest stock players, which often include insurance companies, hedge funds, banks, and pension funds. This sudden sell-off was just that. Sudden. According to Jill Carey “After three weeks of net buying, institutional clients’ net sales last week were the largest in our data history”.

Science & Technology

How facial recognition will change shopping in stores
ExtremeTech - The privacy groups maintain that businesses using this technology should get permission before scanning your face for identification. Once identified, the businesses track your purchases and buying habits, as well as gather information from any available database that has you listed — criminal histories and credit information, for example. On the other side, retailers want to use this data for marketing purposes, presenting consumers with special offers according their buying habits and purchasing power. They also want to identify potential criminals.... The biggest concern among privacy groups is use of the technology by retailers, including casinos, to target and profile people. So long as a company has an existing photo of “persons of interest,” from shoplifters to “your best customers,” staff can be sent an email or text alerting them of that person’s arrival.... There is also the danger of the data being hacked.

US Federal Cyber Defense Project Doomed by Lack of Funding - Official
Sputnik News - The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) cannot afford a $93 million IT upgrade to prevent future cybersecurity breaches, OPM Assistant Inspector General for Audit Mike Esser told a Senate Financial Services and General Government hearing on Tuesday. “The cost of this work is likely to be substantial and the lack of the dedicated funding source increases the risk that the project will fail to meet its objectives,” Esser stated. The project aims to overhaul OPM’s entire infrastructure and migrate all systems to a new datacenter environment. “Its estimate of $93 million includes only the initial phases of the project, which covers tightening up the security controls and building a new shell environment,” the official said.

Health

Are Psych Drugs Killing 500,000 Seniors?
Green Med Info - Does the long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good? Yes, says Professor Peter C. Gotzche. And, he contends, the harm done by psych drugs causes a shocking 500,000 deaths in adults aged 65 and older every year in the Western World.... Professor Gotzche blames biased drug trials. Almost all randomized trials include patients already taking another psychiatric drug. They are taken off their medication, and after a short "wash-out" period, are randomized to a placebo or the test drug. But the patients going "cold turkey" are dealing with withdrawal symptoms. As a group they make the new drug look good in comparison. In addition, Professor Gotzche blames under-reporting of deaths in drug company trials.... It's even estimated that psych meds put 49 million Americans at risk for cancer. If you are given a prescription for one of these drugs check the Beers Criteria.

Kidney Cleanse: 22 Foods for Kidney Health
Natural Society - Kidney cleanses have been utilized since ancient times to keep the kidneys free of calcium deposits. These calcium accumulations can sometimes increase to the size of a kidney stone. You’ll usually know when you have a kidney stone because the pain can be excruciating. Thankfully, both kidney cleanses and consuming essential foods for kidney health are sound ways to prevent complications.

Artichokes can prevent cancer and protect your liver
(NaturalHealth365) A 2004 USDA study about antioxidant content in a range of foods found that artichokes were among the top four of all vegetables tested. Their phytonutrient content makes them valuable in protecting against health issues like liver problems and cancer. They were also shown to be highly effective against heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol. Artichokes are rich in polyphenol-type antioxidants that can help to prevent numerous types of cancers, including breast cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia.... Artichokes also have a number of amazing benefits for the liver. They contain silymarin, a flavonoid known for protecting the liver by optimizing cell function. Consuming artichokes also results in an increase in bile production, which is associated with cynarin, a very beneficial compound for liver health.
 



Tuesday - June 23, 2015 - Today in History:

1683 - William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.
1700 - Russia gave up its Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the Ottoman Empire.
1760 - The Austrians defeated the Prussians at Landshut, Germany.
1757 - Robert Clive defeated the Indians at Plassey and won control of Bengal.
1836 - The U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.
1860 - The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.
1902 - Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy renewed the Triple Alliance for a 12 year duration.
1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.
1947 - The U.S. Senate joined the House in overriding President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
1951 - Soviet U.N. delegate Jacob Malik proposed cease-fire discussions in the Korean War.
1952 - The U.S. Air Force bombed power plants on Yalu River, Korea.
1964 - Henry Cabot Lodge resigned as the U.S. envoy to Vietnam and was succeeded by Maxwell Taylor.
1966 - Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation.
2004 - The U.S. proposed that North Korea agree to a series of nuclear disarmament measures over a three-month period in exchange for economic benefits.
2005 - Former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights workers.

World News

Airstrike Kills ISIL Militant Linked to 2012 Benghazi Attack on US Embassy
Sputnik News - An Islamic State militant linked to the 2012 attack on a US embassy in Benghazi, which killed US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, was wiped out during a US airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon said late Monday. The Islamist was identified as Ali Awni Harzi, a "known Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operative and organizational intermediary." "His death degrades ISIL's ability to integrate North African jihadists into the Syrian and Iraqi fight and removes a jihadist with long ties to international terrorism," Pentagon officials said in a statement.

NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe
RT - NATO’s rapid response Spearhead Force in Europe might reach 40,000 troops, a tenfold growth from the initial 4,000-strong force deployed last year, the military alliance’s chief said. Most of these troops will be stationed near Russian borders. “NATO defense ministers ... [will] make a decision to further increase the strength and capacity of the 13,000-strong NATO Response Force (NRF) to 30,000 or 40,000 troops,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. The decision is to be officially announced during NATO’s defense ministers meeting on June 24-25 in Brussels. The troops will be under the command of 6 HQs to be stationed in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. The Spearhead Force will include Special Forces and rapid response teams, enforced with marine and air components.

Bundeswehr Can't Take Part in NATO Tasks Due to Lack of Equipment, Budget
Sputnik News - The Bundeswehr, the unified armed forces of Germany, is incapable of effectively participating in NATO tasks due to being ill-equipped, Hans-Peter Bartels, a member of the Bundestag, told Die Welt in an interview. To participate in NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) drills in Poland, Germany had to scrape much of its arms and equipment "from all around the Bundeswehr," Bartels said. That's why Germany should significantly increase its military spending, Bartels argued.

Greece Capitulates: Tsipras Crosses "Red Line", Will Accept Bailout Extension
Zero Hedge - Under pressure from all sides (and most importantly from Mario Draghi who holds the fate of the Greek banking sector in his hands) Greece looks to have folded and is now set to accept an extension of its current bailout program. PM Alexis Tsipras now faces an uphill battle to unite Syriza around what is likely to be an unpopular agreement. If he fails, the country could plunge into political and social turmoil.

‘Abortion drone’ to drop DIY drugs over Poland to women
The Telegraph - A drone carrying medical abortion pills is set to fly to Poland, where abortion is severely restricted for women. The ‘abortion drone’ is being sent by not-for-profit organization Women on Waves – which provides medical abortion pills around the world – in a bid to help Polish women terminate their pregnancies safely. Normally the company sends the pills by post, after women have placed their orders online, but this is the first time it has used the unorthodox method of delivery by drone. On Saturday, it will drop a number of packages of World Health Organization-approved abortion pills over a Polish town on the border of Germany, where it will be met by women’s groups who will hand the pills to individual women who need them.

Caribbean states developing biometric travel card
Planet Biometrics - The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is developing a biometric travel card which citizens can simply “swipe” to travel between the nations, according to local officials. Director-General of the OECS Commission, Dr Didacus Jules, said the initiative was part of regional integration plans, reported St Lucia Online. “We have already designed a single biometric ID card that contains all the information that is required so that in the near future, with the issuance of these cards, people from the OECS will not even have to fill out immigration cards to move – you just swipe and you move.”... Meanwhile, in February the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has also unveiled plans for a region-wide biometric identity card.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Last Chance to Stop Fast Track: Sen. Sessions Blasts Ugly Facts
New American - In a last-hour attempt to stop the U.S. Senate from committing a most dangerous act, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has once again taken the heroic stance of lone warrior, warning fellow Republicans against giving President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, aka Fast Track). After weeks of complicated maneuvering and a confusing jumble of votes, the stand-alone TPA bill passed by the House last week is set to go back to the Senate on Tuesday, for what could be the final vote to confer what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has admitted is “an enormous grant of power, obviously, from a Republican Congress to a Democratic president.”

Obama DOJ in $29 Million Charleston Shooting Payout
Memory Hole - On the late afternoon of Friday June 19 the Obama Justice Department led by new Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced it will “fast track” $29 million to victim families of the June 17 shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina, Reuters reports. The exorbitant payout amounts to over $3.2 million per family.

#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Vandalize Statues In Charleston
Steve Watson - In the wake of the heinous mass shooting in Charleston last week, #BlackLivesMatter protesters descended on the city this weekend and set about vandalizing a historical monument to get their point across. The ‘protesters’ directed their anger at a Confederate memorial statue Saturday night, scrawling “black lives matter” and “This was the problem #racist” in red spray paint on the base of the Fort Sumter statue.... The City responded by covering the monument. Then others placed signs around it that read #AllLivesMatter – a clear rejection of the divisive agenda of the so called ‘protesters’.
* Related: ‘No Obama. No Sharpton.’ Charleston rejects racial hatemongers with #GoHomeDeray campaign

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag from State Capitol
NBC News - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday. “Today we are here in a moment of unity to say it’s time to move the flag from the capitol grounds,” Haley said during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott and other state leaders. Meanwhile, political and religious leaders in the state urged lawmakers to vote to remove the flag as early as Tuesday in tribute to the nine people gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston last week. Authorities have said the shooting was a hate crime, and a white supremacist website that may be linked to shooter Dylann Roof shows images that apparently show him holding the flag.

No Rolling Mainstream Media Coverage Of Two OTHER Mass Shootings
Steve Watson - While the nation’s mainstream media continues to obsess over the heinous Charleston shooting, two other mass shootings occurred this past weekend in Detroit and Philadelphia, but were barely covered at all, despite the fact that 19 people were shot and 1 person killed.... The two shootings constituted black on black violence, and as such do not neatly fit the constant barrage of race baiting division currently being pumped out by the mainstream media. This is why you probably didn’t hear about the incidents until now.

Free Range Parents Cleared: CPS Declares Kids Playing Outside Alone is Not Neglect
Activist Post - Police and Child Protective Services in Maryland twice removed the Meitiv children, 10 and 6, from their parents for child endangerment because they played alone at a nearby park. The generation that grew up as latchkey kids is now being called "free range" parents if they let their children play outside unattended. And they're being charged with neglect. Today it's being reported that CPS has cleared parents Danielle and Sasha Meitiv of a second case of neglect. They were cleared of wrongdoing in their first case less than a month ago. No harm ever befell the children except when they were kidnapped by overzealous authorities and kept away from their loving parents.

Election News

Establishment Media Links Rand Paul to White Supremacy Group
Kurt Nimmo - The political establishment will use a report that Rand Paul’s political action committee accepted a donation from the Council of Conservative Citizens to sabotage his presidential bid. Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston church murders, allegedly mentioned the Council of Conservative Citizens in a so-called manifesto attributed to him. Roof wrote that he learned of “brutal black on white murders” on the group’s website following the killing of Trayvon Martin 2012. A story appearing in The Guardian on Sunday said the group donated to the campaigns of several prominent Republicans, including presidential candidates.

Veteran News

VA Wait List Continues to Grow at Alarming Rate
The Daily Sheeple - It’s been over a year since it was discovered that the Department of Veterans Affairs had been using “secret lists” to conceal the fact that they had abysmal wait times for veterans in need, some whom died while waiting to be treated… Now the number of veterans who are waiting one month or more for their treatment, has grown 50% since last year, and they’re currently facing a $3 billion budget shortfall. The VA is now considering furloughs and hiring freezes to continue their operation.

US military admits it carried out secret race-based experiments to test impact of mustard gas on US soldiers
The Independent - The US Department of Defence has for the first time admitted that it carried out race-based tests on American troops as part of its research about mustard gas. Up to 60,000 men were enlisted for a programme, declassified in 1993, to test mustard gas and other chemicals agents on US troops. But National Public Radio reported that the Pentagon has for the first time admitted that it grouped its test subjects by race as it believed African American and Puerto Rican US troops might respond to the poisonous gas different to white soldiers.

Economy & Business

Warren Buffett: Derivatives Are Still Weapons Of Mass Destruction And ‘Are Likely To Cause Big Trouble’
Economic Collapse - The next great global financial collapse that so many are warning about is nearly upon us, and when it arrives derivatives are going to play a starring role. When many people hear the word “derivatives”, they tend to tune out because it is a word that sounds very complicated. And without a doubt, derivatives can be enormously complex.... At their core, derivatives represent nothing more than a legalized form of gambling. A derivative is essentially a bet that something either will or will not happen in the future. Ultimately, someone will win money and someone will lose money. There are hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of these bets floating around out there, and one of these days this gigantic time bomb is going to go off and absolutely cripple the entire global financial system.

Top CEO Warns Of Global Reset: “It’s In The Cards For Sure… It Could Happen This Year”
Mac Slavo - When this reset comes to pass the manipulations so apparent in commodities and broader stock markets today will be exposed, and according to Neumeyer, may lead to the biggest surge in precious metals we have ever seen. Echoing the forecasts of one of the world’s leading trend strategists Gerald Celenete, Neumeyer notes that the monetary system that takes hold after a global reset could result in gold rising to $3000 an ounce or more. Such a move would have a similar impact on silver, which may stabilize at it’s historical silver-to-gold ratio of 16:1, putting it’s strike price somewhere above $150 an ounce. Right now, you’re mining 10 ounces of silver for every one ounce of gold. So gold is trading at… let’s say $1,200 just to round it up. So that would be $120 silver, if the ratio was 10-to-1. So I say silver should be $120.
* Related: 'It's time to hold physical cash,' says one of Britain's most senior fund managers

Science & Technology

Churches are using facial recognition software to spy on members
MassPrivateI - Soon every churchgoer will be identified by facial recognition software! You read that right, churches will soon be using facial recognition software to identify you and your family. The company website brags: "First of its kind, Churchix provides you with accurate data on members attendance in your events and services. The software also allows you to sort and manage your videos and photos." “Churchix was originally developed by us for a chain of international churches, which wanted to follow up with membership attendance at its events. Today it’s being used at a number of other churches in the US and in Indonesia” Moshe Greenshpan, the company’s CEO said.

"EPIC" fail-how OPM hackers tapped the mother lode of espionage data
Ars Technica - Government officials have been vague in their testimony about the data breaches—there was apparently more than one—at the Office of Personnel Management. But on Thursday, officials from OPM, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Interior revealed new information that indicates at least two separate systems were compromised by attackers within OPM's and Interior's networks… initial actions by the agency in response to the breaches indicate information of as many as 3.2 million federal employees (both current federal employees and retirees) was exposed. However, new estimates in light of this week's revelations have soared, estimating as many as 14 million people in and outside government will be affected by the breach—including uniformed military and intelligence personnel… And if true, personal details from nearly everyone who works for the government in some capacity may now be in the hands of a foreign government.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

WHO labels 2,4-D herbicide as ‘possibly’ causing cancer
RT - The WHO cancer research unit has deemed 2,4-D, the active ingredient of Dow’s herbicide – once used in infamous Agent Orange – as ‘possibly’ causing cancer. The chemical ranked one behind the ‘probably carcinogenic’ glyphosate in Monsanto's Roundup... Since its inception in 1945, 2,4-D has been widely used to control weeds in urban and residential settings. The chemical also makes up half of the toxic mix in Agent Orange, once used by the United States during the Vietnam War, which is thought to have resulted in the deaths of an estimated 400,000 and birth defects in 500,000 people. Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co, rejected the findings of the IARC review, claiming the new classification is “inconsistent with government findings in nearly 100 countries.”

10 Ways to Use Orange Peels for Home and Health
Natural Society - Maybe you’ve heard that we waste 35% of all edible food in this country. The worst part? Much of the stuff we throw away has secret uses the average person may not know about. Citrus peels are one of those wasted items that have so many uses, but often end up in the trash bin. Here are 10 ways to use every square inch of your oranges, limes, and lemons after you’ve enjoyed their juice.

Health

VIDEO: American Adults Surpass Children in Taking Drugs to Stay Focused
Bloomberg - ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, isn’t just for kids anymore. Adults in the U.S. have overtaken children in taking medication for the condition and accounted for 53 percent of the industrywide 63 million prescriptions for ADHD drugs last year, according to data compiled by Shire Plc, which makes the top-selling Vyvanse treatment. That compared with 39 percent in 2007, the Dublin-based drugmaker said.

CDC already pushing next year's flu shot despite last year's vaccine debacle
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it plans to introduce two new flu vaccines this fall, a trivalent (three-in-one) and a quadrivalent (four-in-one) variety, that it hopes will work better than last year's jabs.... Part of the problem is that influenza strains are constantly mutating and developing resistance to conventional therapies, including flu shots and antiviral medications. With this in mind, it makes little sense to continue pushing more flu shots using the mantra that they at least provide some protection, when in fact they provide almost no protection and are clearly contributing to the spread of flu.

Health Benefits of Ginseng
Dr. Mercola - Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal supplements in the US, perhaps most well known for its traditional use of boosting memory and energy levels. However, it has many other uses. For starters, ginseng is considered an adaptogen, which means it helps your body to withstand mental and physical stress. Delving further into the benefits first requires understanding the different types of ginseng available. There are three major varieties, each with unique attributes, although only two are actually ginseng...

Pet News

Black Widow Spider Can Kill Your Pet If You Don't Act Fast
Dr. Becker - Without the anti-venom, this bite is fatal for most cats and many dogs. They'll need hospitalization, and even then the prognosis may be unclear for days. This "cousin" inflicts bites that are just as disturbing, but with different symptoms. What to have on hand for both.
 



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