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Wednesday - October 26, 2016 - Today In History:

1774 - The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.
1825 - The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000.
1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.
1905 - Norway gained independence from Sweden.
1942 - The U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz during World War II.
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle was won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of World War II into sight.
1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.
1951 - Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.
1962 - The Soviet Union made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S. agreed to not invade Cuba and would remove Jupiter missiles in Turkey.
1984 - "Baby Fae" was given the heart of baboon after being born with a severe heart defect. She lived for 21 days with the animal heart.
1990 - The U.S. State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.
1991 - Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.
1996 - Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing.
1998 - A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.
2001 - It was announced that Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the "joint strike fighter," was the largest defense contract in history.
2002 - Russian authorities pumped a gas into a theater where separatist rebels held over 800 hostages. The gas killed 116 hostages and all 50 hostage-takers were killed by the gas or gunshot wounds.

World News

US ‘laying groundwork’ for Raqqa assault, no role for Russia – Carter
RT - The US-led coalition is moving into the practical phase of an attack on de-facto ISIS capital Raqqa in Syria, which is likely to begin before the battle for Mosul is won, according to the US Defense Secretary Ash Carter…. According to Carter, the two officials agreed that the 13-state military coalition that gathered in the French capital would proceed with a sense of “urgency and focus” and confirmed previous statements that there will be a likely “overlap” with the assault on Mosul, which began earlier this month. Earlier on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande warned that many of the ISIS fighters in Mosul could simply sneak out among refugees and relocate to Raqqa, unless the coalition cuts them off. There were up to 6,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters in the Iraqi city before fighting began, while Raqqa, which Carter described as “the nexus of much of [IS] operational planning," will be defended by an estimated 3-4,000 recruits. Carter stated that the bulk of the assault contingent would be assembled from “capable and motivated local forces that we identify and then enable.”… With the battle over Mosul – a city of 1.5 million people before it was conquered by Islamic State in 2014 – expected to last weeks or months, the Pentagon is not committing itself to a tight deadline.

60 civilians killed, 200 injured as US-led coalition strikes Mosul residential areas – Russian MoD
RT - Over 60 civilians have been killed and at least 200 injured during three days of US-led coalition airstrikes on residential areas in Mosul, the Russian military reported…. According to the Russian military, among the civilian objects hit by US-led coalition airstrikes was a school for girls in southern Mosul, which was attacked last Friday. Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross reiterated its call not to target civilians and civilian infrastructure in Mosul. The aid organization earlier warned that the offensive may force hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee the city, overstretching Iraq’s already-challenged ability to shelter them. The general described the situation around the Iraqi city on the sidelines of a report about Russia’s action in Syria, where Moscow and Damascus continue a pause in the offensive in Aleppo, which is divided between the Syrian Army and various armed groups, including the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front. Rudskoy said that Russia has not conducted sorties over and around Aleppo since last Tuesday and intends to continue holding off the warplanes. Fighting on the ground in the city resumed on Sunday, after a three-day unilateral ceasefire was derailed by insurgents, who prevented civilians from fleeing the battered city.

Russia Unveils First Images Of Nuclear Missile Capable Of Reaching US Soil
Zero Hedge - Russia reveals photos of a new highly advanced liquid fuelled heavy ICBM capable of evading anti-missile defences and hitting US territory with 10 tonne nuclear payload. The Makeyev Design Bureau – the designer of Russia’s heavy liquid fuelled Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (“ICBMs”) – ie. of missiles capable of reaching US territory from Russian territory, has published the first picture of Russia’s new heavy Sarmat ICBM which is due to enter service shortly, probably in 2018…. The Sarmat has been specifically designed to defeat the US’s Anti Ballistic Missile systems, which are being deployed in eastern Europe. Its range of countermeasures is classified and not known. However it is believed the Sarmat is capable of manoeuvres during its flight trajectory to confuse incoming missiles, that it is able to launch decoys – also to confuse incoming interceptor missiles – and that at least one of the warheads being designed for it is a hypersonic warhead, which rumours say was tested successfully in April, and which is believed to be impervious to interception by incoming missiles. A little mentioned fact about the military strategic balance between the US and Russia, is that Russia has been steadily upgrading its strategic deterrent with new advanced missiles, which are entirely different to those of the 1960s, which formed the basis of the Soviet strategic deterrent. … By contrast the US strategic deterrent still relies on missile systems such as the ground-based Minuteman III and the sea launched Trident II, which have their origins in the 1960s and early 1970s. With the Sarmat missile, which is supposed to enter service in 2018, the Russians will add another powerful modern advanced system to their strategic armoury.

US Military Deployment in Norway 'to Send Negative Signals Eastward'
Sputnik News - For the first time since WWII, Norway will allow foreign troops to be deployed on its soil. Some Norwegian politicians have expressed their concerns about the move dubbing it a dramatic shift in the country's policy, which will send "negative signals" to Moscow…. "We enjoy a very close relationship with the Norwegian Armed Forces and a limited rotational presence in Norway would certainly enhance this relationship and our ability to operate together," Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, commander of US Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, said last week, as quoted by CNN. He underscored that a US military presence in Norway "will increase NATO's ability to rapidly aggregate and deploy forces in northern Europe." The media outlet claimed that the US military buildup in Norway has come as a response to Russia's "intervention" in Eastern Europe and "tensions about Russia's posture."

German Police Conduct 13 Anti-Terrorism Raids Across 5 States Citing "Imminent Terror Threat"
Zero Hedge - German police on Tuesday conducted numerous raids across five federal states and stormed an accommodation facility for refugees and 12 homes around the country that were believed to house people suspected of financing terrorism. Police searched residences in the eastern states of Thuringia and Saxony as well as in Bavaria, the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia and in Hamburg, police in Thuringia said in a statement. Bild magazine cited “an imminent terror threat” as a trigger for the operation. The large-scale operation reportedly targeted “Islamist-linked terror suspects,” local broadcaster MDR reported. The police have been investigating a 28-year-old Russian citizen of Chechen origin since the second half of 2015 who was suspected of preparing "a serious act of violent subversion", the statement said. They believed he intended to fight for Islamic State in Syria. During the course of investigations, suspicion arose that that person as well as 10 other men and three women - all Russian citizens of Chechen origin - were financing terrorism. According to Reuters, the suspects were living in Thuringia, Hamburg and Dortmund, are asylum seekers with unclear residency status, and are aged between 21 and 31, police said. Police forces deployed sniffer dogs to detect potential explosives. At least one suspect is reported to have been placed under arrest in the central Thuringia city of Suhl, where “white powder” of unknown origin was found reported RT.

Germany: Syrian Refugee with 4 Wives and 23 Children Claims £320,000 a year in benefits
Express - A SYRIAN refugee with four wives and 23 children has sparked outrage after it was claimed he was receiving a staggering £320,000 a year in benefits. The migrant, known only as Ghazia A, fled Syria last year along with his family. He has since resettled in Germany with his four wives and 22 of his children. One of his daughters has since moved to Saudi Arabia where she has married. The family could be receiving more than £320,000 a year in benefits according to a financial manager on the Employers’ Association website. There is no official confirmation on this figure. Under Islamic tradition, the 49-year-old can have up to four wives – as long as he can support them financially. Germany does not legally recognise polygamy, meaning that Ghazia A was forced to choose a “main wife” so the rest of the family could claim benefits. The other three wives are categorised as “friends” of the Syrian migrant. But a local official in the town of Montabaur described the situation as an “exemption”…. Social media users vented their frustrations, with one claiming “the Syrian with 4 women and 23 children is now being sold to us as a new normality”.

Sweden Bans Christmas Street Lights; To Avoid Offending Muslim Migrants?
Paul Joseph Watson - Towns across Sweden have banned Christmas street lights in the name of “security,” but the real reason is almost certainly because the country has completely capitulated to Islam after importing countless Muslim migrants over the last two years. According to an SVT report, The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) will not allow municipalities to erect Christmas street lights on light poles that the authority manages, meaning that many towns will have no festival lights at all on major streets. According to Speisa, “The change is a victory for those who want to tone down the reminder of the country’s Christian traditions, but according to the Swedish Transport Administration, the decision for the drastic change is “security”. “Poles are not designed for the weight of Christmas lights, and we have to remove anything that should not be there,” said Eilin Isaksson, national coordinator at the Swedish Transport Administration. The argument that the lights are too heavy and pose a safety risk sounds like complete baloney. Swedes are being asked to believe that lights normally held up by tree branches are now too weighty to be supported by metal poles. Despite there being no safety issue with the street lights for decades, this new rule has been instituted right after record numbers of Muslim migrants flooded into the country – just a coincidence I’m sure. In reality, the Christmas lights ban is almost certainly an effort to avoid offending Muslim migrants who are causing chaos in cities like Malmo, where the firebombing of cars and businesses in or near Muslim ghetto ‘no-go areas’ is becoming a routine occurrence.

Facebook accused of ‘collective punishment’ in crackdown on Palestinian users
RT - Facebook has been accused of systematic unfairness as it blocks dozens of accounts of Palestinians of all walks of life in what is viewed as an Israeli crackdown on free speech. Testimony from rights groups and several recent reports detail the extent of this, believing it to be part of an Israeli strategy against all Palestinians. The latest is an analysis by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), which details a dramatic increase in account bans over 2015 – including the targeting of journalists, academics and civilians alike. Israel officially met a Facebook delegation this September for talks, where it pressured the social media giant into targeting comments or public stances that may appear to incite violence. The Israeli interior ministry called the negotiations “successful,” while a representative for Facebook stressed “online extremism can only be tackled with a strong partnership between policymakers, civil society, academia and companies, and this is true everywhere.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Podesta Part 18: Wikileaks Releases Another 1,300 Emails; Total Is Now 31,500
Zero Hedge - With exactly 2 weeks left until the November 8 presidential election, Wikileaks continues its ongoing Podesta dump by unveiling another 1,299 emails in the latest Part 18 of its release, bringing the total emails released so far to exactly 31,534, with just under 40% of the total dump left to go.
* Related: Read The Podesta Emails Here

"Executive Orders For Sale": Leaked Email Shows Hillary Auctioning Off 'Laws' To The Highest Bidder
Zero Hedge - If someone’s wealthy enough, can they straight up buy an executive order? These days, the president uses Executive Orders to bypass Congress, even though there is no constitutional provision that explicitly permits the use of executive orders. It’s a system that’s been heavily abused in the past but now, apparently, it’s for sale. A new revelation buried in the Wikileaks trove of tens of thousands of Hillary campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails shows him discussing executive orders in relation to an “idea” a wealthy donor has. In a leaked email thread between Podesta and Mary Pat Bonner, a “donor adviser” who gets millions for her elite connections in bringing in donors and for being what The New York Times describes as a “master of making donors happy,” it’s all but admitted that Executive Orders are another pay-for-play item on the corrupt American political menu.

65 US ‘journalists’ had a private group dinner with Hillary Clinton’s team and John Podesta
Hang The Bankers - Several top journalists and TV news anchors RSVPed “yes” to attend a private, off-the-record gathering at the New York home of Joel Benenson, the chief campaign strategist for Hillary Clinton, two days before she announced her candidacy in 2015, according to emails Wikileaks has published from John Podesta’s purported accounts. The guest list for an earlier event at the home of John Podesta was limited to reporters who were expected to cover Clinton on the campaign trail.

Michigan Township Defies Feds: ‘Will Not Actively Participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program’
Breitbart - Waterford Township trustees in Oakland County, Michigan, passed a resolution on Monday telling the federal government not to resettle any refugees, including those from Syria, within the township’s boundaries, until the program “has been significantly reformed.” The vote was unanimous, seven to zero. The resolution stated: “[T]he Charter Township of Waterford will not actively participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program until the Program has been significantly reformed, and until it has been demonstrated that the Townships of Oakland County have the capacity to absorb refugees without diverting funds from needy residents or exposing their residents to unwarranted security risks.”… The resolution passed just hours before the Thomas More Law Center announced on Tuesday that it has been selected to represent Tennessee it its lawsuit against the federal government on Tenth Amendment grounds over the operation of the refugee resettlement program by the federal government in the Volunteer State. It also indicates further legal trouble ahead for the federal government in Oakland County, Michigan, where County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has said he intends to sue the federal government for resettling refugees in the county while failing to comply with the “consultation clause” of the Refugee Act of 1980 that requires the federal to government and the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement to consult with state and local government officials prior to the placement of refugees within their jurisdictions.

More Bad News For Philadelphia: Obamacare Premiums Set To Soar More Than 50%
Zero Hedge - As CBS Philadelphia reports, when the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins next week customers will see some changes, including fewer choices and higher prices. In Pennsylvania, the number of insurers in the marketplace has gone from 13 to eight. But the worst fate is set to befall the city that famously booed Santa Claus, Philadelphia, where CBS reports that just two insurers are left and premiums are expected to rise 53%. Aviva Aron-Dine of Health and Human Services says the size of the hike reflects artificially low rates early on. Pennsylvania had among the lowest rates in the nation. “Issuers were pricing for a completely new market, one where they could no longer exclude those with the most serious health needs,” she said, “many set prices that turned out to be too low.” To be sure, the administration had to spin this dramatic surge in a way that does not upset the locals, and did just that when Aron-Dine said that "the plans are still affordable, since three-quarters of Pennsylvanians qualify for tax credits.”… To be sure, the administration had to spin this dramatic surge in a way that does not upset the locals, and did just that when Aron-Dine said that "the plans are still affordable, since three-quarters of Pennsylvanians qualify for tax credits." It remains to be seen if any of the locals will accept this rationalization for soaring prices when they start getting invoices demanding hundreds of dollars more each month.

Election News

True the Vote Offers Smartphone App to Report Voter Fraud
Breitbart - Texas-based election integrity organization True the Vote has released a smartphone app that allows users to report voter fraud and irregularities. VoteStand, available for both iPhone and Android users, is advertised to be the “first online election fraud reporting app” available to voters across the country “to quickly report suspected election illegalities as they happen,” according to True the Vote. The free app operates much like a social network where users can send updates about polling place issues, voter intimidation attempts and others to identify problem areas. VoteStand incidents can take the form of text or photo reports, geotagged to the user’s location.

Exclusive: Pictures and Video from 20K+ Trump Rally in Tampa
Breitbart - More than twenty thousand people filled the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater Monday night to rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The rally was Trump’s second of the day as part of a five-city, three-day swing through the Sunshine State. Trump was introduced by former Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden.

Veteran News

California Guard vets told to repay millions in enlistment bonuses (Video)
CNN - Ten years after the Pentagon enticed soldiers to reenlist by offering hefty bonuses, officials are demanding thousands of those veterans pay the money back. Christopher Van Meter is one of the affected veterans in California. He earned a Purple Heart after he was hurled from an armored vehicle in Iraq. By 2007, he had already served 15 years in the Army and was about to retire -- until the military encouraged him to reenlist. "They entice you with another reenlistment bonus. Those bonuses were ... around $15,000," Van Meter told CNN's "New Day" on Monday. "We were in the Iraq and Afghanistan war at the time. And they wanted to keep soldiers in the military." But years later, officials realized Van Meter and thousands of other veterans were not actually eligible for the bonuses they were given. The Los Angeles Times reported that only soldiers with certain assignments -- for example, intelligence, civil affairs and some noncommissioned officer posts -- were supposed to get bonuses. But investigators uncovered rampant fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials trying to meet enlistment targets…. So far, auditors have confirmed 2,300 unauthorized bonus payments to about 2,000 soldiers, amounting to at least $22 million in unauthorized bonuses. This number includes 1,100 soldiers who received unauthorized payments and those from the 5,400 figure who could not show proof. If the remaining recipients do not produce proper documentation showing they were eligible, they could be liable to pay back those amounts to the Defense Department…. California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer urged the Defense Department to use its authority to waive repayment. "They (soldiers) accepted these incentive payments in good faith and at the height of the Iraq War, when the Department was having difficulty retaining service members," they said in a statement. "Many of these individuals paid a heavy price for their service -- including severe injuries sustained after reenlisting. Now they are facing interest charges, wage garnishment, tax liens, and other penalties." It's unclear whether Congress will take any action on the issue when members return from election recess next month, the Military Times reported.

Energy & Environment

Top University Stole Millions From Taxpayers By Faking Global Warming Research
Daily Caller - A global warming research center at the London School of Economics got millions of dollars from UK taxpayers by taking credit for research it didn’t perform, an investigation by The Daily Mail revealed. The UK government gave $11 million dollars to the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in exchange for research that the organization reportedly never actually did. Many papers CCCEP claimed to have published to get government money weren’t about global warming, were written before the organization was even founded, or were written by researchers unaffiliated with CCCEP. The government never checked CCCEP’s supposed publication lists, saying they were “taken on trust,” according to the report…. CCCEP tried to falsely claim credit for research it never did while attempting to get another $5.4 million of government cash. That money would have covered its operations until 2018. Government and private grants have made CCCEP one of the most lavishly funded institutions of its kind in the world, as it has raised and spent about $37 million since 2008. Studies that receive financial support from the public sector don’t have to disclose it as an ethical conflict of interest, even when that support is in the millions of dollars. Recent studies in the U.S. — which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses to support the scientific case for its Clean Power Plan — saw the agency give $31.2 million, $9.5 million, and $3.65 million in public funds to lead authors, according to EPA public disclosures.

Science & Technology

Google Quietly Drops Privacy Policy that Kept Users’ Names Out of Massive Web-Tracking Database
AllGov - When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts. But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools. The change is enabled by default for new Google accounts. Existing users were prompted to opt-in to the change this summer. The practical result of the change is that the DoubleClick ads that follow people around on the web may now be customized to them based on your name and other information Google knows about you. It also means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct…. To opt-out of Google’s identified tracking, visit the Activity controls on Google’s My Account page, and uncheck the box next to “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services." You can also delete past activity from your account.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Shocking Number of Top Retailers Sell Food Produced With Pesticides Toxic to Bees
EcoWatch - A new report and scorecard grades 20 of the largest food retailers in the U.S. on their policies and practices regarding pollinator protection, organic offerings and pesticide reduction. Of the top food retailers, 17 received an "F" for failing to have a publicly available policy to reduce or eliminate pesticide use to protect pollinators. Only Aldi, Costco and Whole Foods received passing grades in this category…. A coalition led by Friends of the Earth and more than 50 farmer, beekeeper, farm worker, environmental and public interest organizations sent a letter urging the food retailers to eliminate pollinator-toxic pesticides and increase the U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic food and beverages to 15 percent of overall offerings by 2025, prioritizing domestic, regional and local producers. This effort follows a campaign by Friends of the Earth and allies that convinced more than 65 garden retailers, including Lowe's and Home Depot, to commit to eliminate bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides.

A Dirty Little Secret: Your “Organic” Strawberries Aren’t Really Organic
REALfarmacy - Although organic strawberries sell for 50% to 100% more than conventional berries, organic strawberries are fumigated with toxic chemicals, including methyl bromide, at the beginning stages of their life-cycle. Methyl bromide, is used to sterilize the soil before strawberries are planted. It’s not sprayed on the fruit. It’s a soil fumigant that kills just about everything it touches. Many hybridized seed varieties have been created that can only grow in sterile soil…. Methyl bromide commercial use was supposedly banned. But strawberry field fumigation and several other common agriculture applications are excepted from the ban. Methyl bromide is also associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer in farm workers…. Jim Cochran, has been growing real organic strawberries at his 75 acre Swanton Berry farm in Davenport minus any pesticides for over 30 years. He was the first farmer to grow organic strawberries in California. But here’s the rub, he buys his starter plants from a nursery in northern California where toxic fumigants are used pre – fruit phase. Jim explains: “There’s a gray area in the rules.” Both Federal and state organic regulations give the nod allowing organic farmers to purchase non-organic starter material when they have no other options and still call their strawberries organic. According to the NY Times: California “doesn’t have a single organic berry nursery—hence the practice of relying on plants that grew on fumigant-using nurseries.”…. Sometimes you can find genuine, organic strawberries from a small local grower. Next time you’re at your local farmer’s market when organic strawberries are in season, ask the vendor if he grew his strawberries from organic heirloom seeds, or if he purchased the initial plant material from a conventional nursery.


19 Potent Herbs & Spices That Help Fight Cancer
1. Turmeric - The curcumin in turmeric is a very strong anti-inflammatory agent, besides having wide spectrum antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties. Its anti-cancer activity includes aiding the apoptosis of damaged cells, preventing their rapid division to form tumors, and inhibiting the development of capillaries that feed tumors. Low incidence of certain cancers is noted in communities traditionally using turmeric as a condiment. Phase I clinical trials have shown that curcumin can indeed prevent precancerous tissues from developing into cancer. It is effective against cancers of the digestive tract, breast, and lung. The bioavailability of curcumin is increased by cooking the turmeric powder for over 10-15 minutes. It easily binds to fats, and when heated in oil, lends its bright yellow color and pungent smell without bite to dishes. 2. Garlic - Garlic or Allium sativum and other Allium family vegetables such as onions, shallots, and leeks are rich in organosulfur compounds alliin, allicin, and allyl sulfides which are known to be cancer protective. They have been found to protect against stomach and colon cancers. Including more of these vegetables in the diet can reduce your risk of other cancers too. 3. Ginger - In laboratory studies conducted in King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, ginger extract has been shown to inhibit cell proliferation in breast cancer. This action was targeted exclusively against abnormal cells, while normal breast cells were left alone. In mice having prostate cancer, administration of raw ginger extract reduced the tumor size to half the original size. The phytochemicals in ginger promote apoptosis of cancer cells and have a preventive action against metastasis…. 4. Black Pepper - The anti-inflammatory property of black pepper has long been exploited in traditional herbal medicines, but the piperine extracted from the spice is now found to have excellent antioxidant and anti-cancer effect. Piperine has the ability to inhibit breast cancer stem cells, particularly those of the very aggressive, non-estrogen sensitive types that do not respond to current preventive drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene…. Not only that, piperine enhances the cancer-preventive action of curcumin and increases the bioavailability of the potent polyphenolic compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate in green tea. A daily dose of one-eighth of a teaspoon may be all you need to reap the benefits.

The Root Cause Of Cancer and Why it Has Been Kept a Secret!
REALfarmacy - Dr. Warburg [Nobel Prize winner] was one of the 20th centuries leading biologists, and he discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, meaning that the pH in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state. Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2. He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH, which is Alkaline, means higher concentration of oxygen molecules, while lower pH, which is acidic, means lower concentrations of oxygen…the same oxygen that is needed to maintain healthy cells…. In his work The Metabolism of Tumours Warburg demonstrated that “all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other.” “All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”

Headache fighting turmeric smoothie
STEPin2 - The most popular medication for headaches is acetaminophen, which is the main ingredient in the drug Tylenol. Acetaminophen has recently been linked to a number of negative health effects, including brain problems, asthma, and even child behavioral problems when pregnant mothers take it. This headache fighting turmeric smoothie is packed with only healthy and natural ingredients, so you can skip the over the counter drugs. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients. Coconut water: Coconut water is packed with electrolytes. Headaches are often caused by dehydration, and the liquid and electrolytes in coconut water help relieve dehydration. Kale: A lack of magnesium is a very common cause of headache. Kale is packed with magnesium, containing 31mg per cup. Pineapple: Pineapple is known for having a compound called bromelain, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric: Most headache relieving drugs work by reducing inflammation. Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce inflammation that causes headaches. Process the following ingredients in a blender: 1 cup of coconut water. 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric root. 1 cup of pineapple.1 cup of kale, chopped. Make sure ingredients are organic.

Pet News

5 Shortcut Blunders That Can Lead to Disaster for Your Cat
Dr. Becker - The following are five diet-related mistakes many cat parents make that you'll definitely want to avoid in the care of your own beloved feline companion. 1. Feeding the wrong diet - Some foods are metabolically stressful, for example, all dry (kibble) formulas, any processed pet food, wet or dry, containing feed-grade (versus human grade) ingredients and foods containing grains, potatoes or other high starch ingredients. The nutrition that generates the least amount of metabolic stress for most cats, regardless of age, is their ancestral diet: whole, raw, unprocessed, organic, non-GMO and in its natural form…. If you can't feed fresh food (raw or gently cooked), the second best diet is a dehydrated or freeze dried balanced diet that has been reconstituted with an abundance of water or broth. Your cat's kidneys and liver can be further stressed as a result of chronic low-grade dehydration, so all foods served "dry" can pose a problem long term…. 2. Offering the ill-advised, all-day and all-kitty-can-eat buffet - Also known as free feeding or feeding ad libitum, this cat owner mistake by necessity goes hand-in-hand with a poor-quality diet, specifically kibble, because it's the only type of food you can safely leave at room temperature 24/7. Free feeding is the perfect way to create an overweight or obese kitty, which is absolutely not the goal if you want your cat to live a long and healthy life. In addition, a constantly available food source turns your feline hunter into a grazer, which goes against nature…. 3. Over-treating with treats - Treats, even the healthiest ones, shouldn't make up more than 15 percent of your kitty's daily food intake, and ideally less than 10 percent. It's important to remember that treats aren't a complete form of nutrition for your cat, and should never be fed in place of balanced, species-appropriate meals. Overfeeding treats on top of daily food intake will result in an obese cat, and overfeeding treats while underfeeding balanced meals will result in nutritional deficiencies…..

Tuesday - October 25, 2016 - Today In History:

1812 - During the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.
1854 - The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.
1929 - Alber B. Fall, of U.S. President Harding's cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.
1939 - "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.
1951 - In Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days.
1958 - U.S. Marines withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon. They had been sent in on July 25, 1958, to protect the nation's pro-Western government.
1962 - American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
1971 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China.
1983 - U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada's Communist (pro-Cuban) government.
1990 - It was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney that the Pentagon was planning to send 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.
2002 - Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., 58, was killed in a plane crash in northern Minnesota.
2005 - U.S. military deaths in Iraq reached 2,000.

World News

US Warns Worst Is Yet to Come in Battle for Mosul
AntiWar - With early fighting centering on mostly empty villages, however, it’s hard to imagine the offensive going anything but smoothly so far, and US officials are conceding that as they get closer to the city, ISIS is digging in, and the fighting is going to get alot uglier, and deadlier, when they actually reach the city. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said the resistance so far was “pretty significant” and that there had been indirect fire and IEDs. That’s going to seem a lot less significant by comparison when the troops reach the city, with thousands of ISIS fighters positioned. ISIS spent the last few months building defenses around Mosul, from oil-filled moats and walls to tunnels and booby traps. The early offensive saw ISIS burning tires around the city to create smoke, limiting visibility for warplanes, and further complicating the offensive. The American public hasn’t exactly been prepared for the number of US combat casualties this could mean, with the first death already happening to an IED north of Mosul, and officials trying desperately to downplay the number of US troops engaged in “advisory” roles that are, for all intents and purposes, front line combat.

Gunmen take hundreds of cadets hostage at police training center in Pakistan
RT - Unidentified gunmen have stormed a police training center in the city of Quetta, Pakistan, taking hundreds of cadets hostage. At least 2 security officers have been killed in a military operation to retake the premises. Pakistani military commandos have managed to rescue over 200 hostages, according to local media reports. Two officers were killed and at least 50 others injured during the attack. At least 3 of the gunmen have also been killed, authorities confirmed. Police and security forces are at the scene and cordoned off the area, while heavy exchange of fire continues from both sides, Pakistani SAMAA television reports.... According to various estimates from 200 to 500 cadets could have been inside the facility at the time of the attack. Generally, cadets studying at the academy are between the ages of 18 and 26, Pakistan-based reporter Javed Rana told RT.... Citing a survivor who escaped the attack, Pakistani Dunya News reported that the attackers opened fire as they stormed the training facility from the rear. Some of the terrorists were wearing suicide vests, the TV channel reported, citing a source close to law enforcement. Pakistan's Interior Ministry has established a control room to monitor the situation, Dunya News said.

Asylum seekers burn EU offices in Greek migrant camp
RT- Asylum seekers, angry at the slow progress of their paperwork, attacked and burnt down offices at a camp in Lesbos, Greece. The attack happened while interviews with fellow migrants were taking place inside, officials say. The European Asylum Support Office’s (EASO) mobile registry at the Moria camp was besieged on Monday morning by mob of around 70 refugees hurling stones and petrol bombs. At least eight containers were seriously damaged, with at least three of those burnt down to the ground. Spokesman Jean-Pierre Schembri said the attackers threw petrol bombs at the EASO facilities while staff members were conducting interviews with fellow asylum-seekers inside. “They burned our offices this morning ... The process will not resume for the time being,” Schembri told Reuters. “We have to evaluate security issues and in our view we need more presence of Greece police to be in place.” EASO personnel were evacuated, while fire crews and riot police were called in to restore order to the camp.... The asylum seekers, mostly from Pakistan and Bangladesh, were frustrated at the delays in their asylum applications which has left them languishing in Greece for months on end. The migrant camps are squalid and overcrowded, while crime and sexual abuse are rampant. According to government data cited by AFP, five Greek islands are hosting around 13,000 refugees when their capacity is only 8,000. There are 5,322 asylum-seekers on Lesbos alone, police data show.

Iceland's Pirate Party prepares for power as polls suggest election triumph
The Independent - Its members are a collection of anarchists, hackers, libertarians and web geeks. It sets policy through online polls – and thinks the government should do the same. It wants to make Iceland “a Switzerland of bits,” free of digital snooping. It has offered Edward Snowden a new place to call home. And then there’s the name: in this land of Vikings, the Pirate Party may soon be king.... And to a string of electoral impossibilities that suddenly became reality – including Britain voting for Brexit and Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination – the world may soon add a Pirate Party-led government in Europe. Victory for the Pirates may not mean much in isolation. This exceptionally scenic, lava-strewn rock just beyond the Arctic Circle has a population less than half that of Washington, DC, with no army and an economy rooted in tourism and fishing. But a Pirate Party win would offer a vivid illustration of how far Europeans are willing to go in their rejection of the political mainstream, adding to a string of insurgent triumphs emanating from both the far left and far right.... Iceland has been afflicted by the same anti-establishment fervour that has swept the rest of the Western world in recent years. In many ways, the alienation from politics has been even more acute here. The 2008 global financial crisis brought the once highflying economy to ruin, saved only by a $4.6bn international bailout. Bankers went to jail, and a street protest movement was born.... Outsiders may regard the idea of a government run by Pirates as a joke. But “the voters think a joke is better than what we have now,” said Benedikt Jóhannesson, leader of another insurgent party that is even younger than the Pirates and has also earned substantial support.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Clinton ally funneled money to wife of FBI agent who oversaw emails
Washington Examiner - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an important ally of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, funneled nearly $700,000 in donations and support to the campaign of the spouse of an FBI official who then oversaw Clinton's email investigation. The Virginia governor's office was full of denials about the connection on Sunday.... McAuliffe's PAC donated $475,000 to Jill McCabe's campaign in 2015 and the Virginia Democratic Party, which is heavily influenced by the governor, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to her unsuccessful bid for office. The FBI insists that Andrew McCabe "played no role" in his wife's campaign. Months later he was promoted from associate deputy director to deputy director which gave him an "oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton's emails." The McCabes together did have one meeting with McAuliffe in March of last year, in which the governor and other state Democrats urged Jill McCabe to run for office. After that meeting, Andrew McCabe reportedly sought ethics advice from the FBI and followed it. He not only refrained from campaigning on his wife's behalf but recused himself from public corruption cases in Virginia, currently including an investigation into possible foreign influence peddling by McAuliffe himself.

Clinton State Department IT Official John Bentel Takes Fifth Amendment During Judicial Watch Deposition
Judicial Watch - Judicial Watch announced today that another witness in the Clinton email matter asserted his Fifth Amendment rights during a Judicial Watch deposition today. The deposition of John Bentel, the State Department’s former Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat (“S/ES-IRM”), was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. S/ES-IRM is the office that handles information technology for the Office of the Secretary. Mr. Bentel answered over 90 questions with “On advice from my legal counsel, I decline to answer the question and I invoke my Fifth Amendment rights.” Mr. Bentel, on advice of Obama Justice Department and personal counsel, refused to answer any questions about whether Hillary Clinton was paying his legal fees, offered him employment, or other financial incentives.... Judicial Watch deposed seven former Clinton top aides and current State Department officials, including top Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin. Judicial Watch also deposed IT official Brian Pagliano, who asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to testify during the Judicial Watch deposition.... The depositions come in connection with a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to former Secretary Clinton. “The fact that yet another State Department official took the Fifth highlights the disturbing implication that criminal acts took place related to the Clinton email and our Freedom of Information Act requests,” stated Judicial Watch Tom Fitton.

Podesta Files Part 17: Wikileaks Releases Another 3,400 Emails, Bringing Total To Over 30,000
Zero Hedge - With just 2 weeks to go until the election, today Wikileaks continued its ongoing Podesta files release when it unveiled another 3,432 emails in the latest Part 17 of its release, bringing the total emails released so far to 30,235 total emails, over 60% of the total set for publication ahead of the elections. Yesterday's release provided data on oversampling of minorities in internal polls, a memo from George Soros exposing Obama's secret TPP negotiations, ongoing discussions of Bill Clinton's sex scandals, and much more.

Russian Hackers? Podesta’s Password Was Simply ‘p@ssw0rd’
Kit Daniels - Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta used his own name as his username and the word ‘p@ssw0rd’ as his password, which raises doubts he was targeted by a large-scale Russian hacking campaign as claimed. Additionally, Podesta also lost his cell phone in 2015, according to his own emails released by Wikileaks, and it’s unlikely he took proper security measures to secure the data. “I warn you, the Windows 8 system is VERY different from what we had back at the White House,” Podesta’s assistant Eryn Sepp told him in an email containing his password. “Might require a tutorial.” The emails reveal Podesta as lazy and inept when it comes to computers in general, meaning it didn’t require the resources of a foreign government like Russia to hack his emails, especially given how he handled government business over a free Gmail account. This raises doubts that the “Russian hackers” theory promoted by the mainstream media is credible, but that theory is being promoted not because it’s a proven fact but because it gives the federal government “justification” to take control of the presidential election – and ensure Hillary wins – out of “fear” of “Russian hackers.” But if Russian hackers didn’t target Podesta, then who did? Podesta was once the chief lobbyist for the Electronic Messaging Association (EMA), a pre-World Wide Web (WWW) industry association of the 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s, which represented the interests of such companies as Prodigy, Compuserve, Lotus, Netscape, and America On-Line,” reported Wayne Madsen. “Podesta, therefore, was an early follower of the exploits of hacker groups like the Chaos Computer Club, International Subversives, 3 Oz-Melbourne, and others.” “It was from this pre-WWW era that Podesta first gained a real interest in such subjects as Area 51, extraterrestrial artifacts and bodies stored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and UFO close encounters.” His interest in UFOlogy was well-known; as Chief of Staff for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Podesta pushed for “full disclosure” of government UFO files. Therefore, it’s plausible the hackers who penetrated Podesta’s emails were independent UFO hunters who wanted to know what Podesta knew about aliens as a government insider.

The Persecution of the Bundy Good Guys
LewRockwell - For the past six weeks Oregonians have been treated to a political trial of the “Malheur 7” (Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta, David Fry, Neal Wampler and Ken Medenbach,).... The trial has revealed an astounding brave new world of modern surveillance and surreptitious “law enforcement” techniques. Drones flew over and recorded much of what went on. FBI agents captured and monitored every phone number connected between every participant.... Outside the Refuge, FBI, Oregon State Police, and other law enforcement agencies swarmed over the countryside. Government snipers appeared on local rooftops. Barricades and barbed wire were erected to protect the school and courthouse from the alleged militia danger. Undercover FBI agents dressed as redneck militia members roamed through local stores and menaced the streets.... Money was spent at such an extravagant pace that one professional auditor told me that the dollar amounts should have themselves triggered a separate criminal investigation. The Feds have publicly claimed that the 41-day occupation caused at least “$6.9 million” in damages. At trial, prosecutors objected, however, to every request to examine such claims.... And there were undercover government informants. Everywhere.... It was revealed by an Oregon State trooper that one of Ammon Bundy’s “bodyguards”—a man who drove him to his arrest—was an undercover informant. Another informant (“Mama Bear”) was revealed when a defense lawyer subpoenaed her for the defense. The woman admitted that her entire trip to the Malheur Refuge was funded by the San Diego FBI office and that she was paid thousands of dollars to inform on the occupiers while helping out in the kitchen.... For days, Marcus Mumford (attorney for Ammon Bundy) demanded more information about the extent of undercover informants. Mumford pointed to the fact that the defendants were charged with conspiracy, and no one can be convicted of conspiring with undercover government agents.... Finally the Justice Department stipulated (without naming any names) that at least nine occupiers were undercover informants; a number greater than the number of defendants on trial. (Heavily redacted documents in the hands of the defense suggest the number of informants was actually at least 15.) Significantly, the prosecution’s most damning evidence collapsed at the end of the trial when it was revealed that the man who ran a militia shooting range at the Malheur Refuge was himself an undercover agent. Through the hard work of defense lawyers, “John Killman” was identified as a paid (“reimbursed,” he said) informant who traveled to the occupation at the behest of the government in a beat-up pickup truck to lead the occupiers in combat “safety” training.

Election News

State of the biggest, best union: Trump nightly webcast debuts tonight
Ars Technica - Donald Trump's Presidential campaign will deliver its first tease of a potential Trump TV network on Monday with the launch of Trump Tower Live, a web-only video series aired on Facebook Live that promises to deliver "nightly campaign coverage from Trump Tower." The show's first episode will be co-hosted by official Trump campaign advisers Boris Epshteyn and Cliff Sims as well as TheBlaze political commentator Tomi Lahren. According to a report from Wired, Trump Tower Live's premiere episode will include interviews with Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway and another campaign adviser, along with live footage of Trump's Monday night speech in Tampa, Florida.... The launch of a daily web show that will apparently revolve around hosts and guests officially connected to the Trump campaign follows the Republican candidate's repeated complaints about slanted and biased campaign coverage. Last week, Trump ramped up his accusations of bias by claiming "the election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary."As the aforementioned Wired report points out, Clinton's campaign has also been connected to web-streamed video content created by a political organization in her favor: Studio 2016, a show co-produced by the Democratic National Convention Committee and Clinton's own campaign. Neither the DNC nor Clinton's campaign has developed or aired any such party-controlled video content since that show aired during the DNC in July.

"Don’t Repeat That To Anybody" - Hillary Clinton And Donna Brazile Personally Implicated In Latest Project Veritas Video (Video)
Zero Hedge - Per Project Veritas: Part III of the undercover Project Veritas Action investigation dives further into the back room dealings of Democratic politics. It exposes prohibited communications between Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC and the non-profit organization Americans United for Change. And, it’s all disguised as a duck. In this video, several Project Veritas Action undercover journalists catch Democracy Partners founder directly implicating Hillary Clinton in FEC violations. “In the end, it was the candidate, Hillary Clinton, the future president of the United States, who wanted ducks on the ground,” says Creamer in one of several exchanges. “So, by God, we would get ducks on the ground.” It is made clear that high-level DNC operative Creamer realized that this direct coordination between Democracy Partners and the campaign would be damning when he said: “Don’t repeat that to anybody.” .... "The duck has to be an Americans United for Change entity. This had to do only with some problem between Donna Brazile and ABC, which is owned by Disney, because they were worried about a trademark issue. That's why. It's really silly. We originally launched this duck because Hillary Clinton wants the duck. In any case, so she really wanted this duck figure out there doing this stuff, so that was fine. So, we put all these ducks out there and got a lot of coverage. And Trump taxes. And then ABC/Disney went crazy because they thought our original slogan was 'Donald ducks his taxes, releasing his tax returns." They said it was a trademark issue. It's not, but anyway, Donna Brazile had a connection with them and she didn't want to get sued. So we switched the ownership of the duck to Americans United for Change and now our signs say 'Trump ducks releasing his tax returns.' And we haven't had anymore trouble.".... As Project Veritas points out, this direct coordination between Clinton, Brazile and Americans United For Change is a violation of federal election laws.

Concern Grows Over Soros-Linked Voting Machines
LifeZette - The U.K.-based Smartmatic company posted a flow-chart on its website that it had provided voting machines for 16 states, including important battleground states like Florida and Arizona. Smartmatic Chairman Mark Malloch-Brown is a former U.N. official and sits on the board of Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Since the story first broke, the flow-chart has disappeared from Smartmatic’s website, raising further questions about the real status of the Soros-tied voting equipment and whether it is truly being deployed in U.S. elections. According to a spokesperson for the National Association of Secretaries of State, Smartmatic is not on a list of federally certified providers for election systems and that officials in several states’ have contested that their equipment came from Smartmatic. Why, then, had Smartmatic bragged about providing over 50,000 voting machines for U.S. elections?.... A 2006 classified U.S. diplomatic cable obtained and released by WikiLeaks reveals the extent to which Smartmatic may have played a hand in rigging the 2004 Venezuelan recall election under a section titled "A Shadow of Fraud." The memo stated that "Smartmatic Corporation is a riddle both in ownership and operation, complicated by the fact that its machines have overseen several landslide (and contested) victories by President Hugo Chavez and his supporters.".... Smartmatic had claimed it provided machines to Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin — it has since pulled that information off its website.

TRUMP Cleveland Rally Has 1.7 MILLION Views - Hillary Cleveland Rally has 3,825 Views
Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton held rallies in Cleveland this past weekend. Hillary Clinton had a few hundred people show up. Donald Trump filled a stadium. Now this… Donald Trump’s Cleveland speech on Facebook has 1.7 million views. Hillary Clinton did not post her rally on Facebook. But it was posted on YouTube. She has 3,825 views. And if you look at the number of likes versus dislikes it’s clear Trump supporters were a large part of her audience.

Economy & Business

14% Of Polled Wells Fargo Customers Have Decided To Leave The Bank
Zero Hedge - Wells Fargo's illegal cross-selling and fraudulent account creation practices appear to have caught up with the bank, just days after CEO John Stumpf announced his surprise resignation. As Bloomberg reports, management consultancy cg42 released a poll showing 14% of Wells Fargo customers have decided to leave the bank, "potentially withdrawing billions of dollars and crimping revenue." The data confirms what a separate poll by SurveyMonkey Intelligence released last week revealed. According to the survey, since the scandal broke, Wells Fargo has been losing as much as 140,000 of its mobile customers every week. The report finds that while the bank reported a downturn in new customer applications and accounts opened since the scandal broke, Wells Fargo curiously hasn’t reported on its customer churn rates. That is, the rate at which Wells Fargo is losing customers as they close their accounts after the scandal.... The good news for Wells is that this exodus has yet to be reflected in the public figures released by the bank.... Still, Wells is not taking any chances and in an attempt to quell the scandal that has engulfed its consumer bank, the bank will start broadcasting nationwide television commercials Monday night, outlining steps it has taken to halt abuses. As Bloomberg adds, "the move escalates a public-relations campaign that has featured advertisements online and in newspapers, as the firm tries to convince customers it’s putting their interests first.

Energy & Environment

Pennsylvania Pipelines Bursts, Leaks 55,000 Gallons Of Gas Into One Of US’ Most Endangered Rivers
Natural Blaze - A pipeline owned by the same company behind Dakota Access leaked 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a major river, endangering the drinking water of six million people. pipeline managed by Sunoco logistics burst Thursday night after heavy rainfall in Pennsylvania. The spill dumped 55,000 gallons of gasoline into Wallis Run, a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek that drains into the Susquehanna River. The breach was detected at 3 am when the pressure of the pipeline dropped significantly, leading Sunoco to shut down the pipeline…. The Susquehanna had previously been declared the third most endangered river in the US by the NGO American Rivers. It has come under threat due to the development of the natural gas industry, particularly the practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Fracking has caused major problems in the US due to the so-called “Cheney’s loophole” that exempts natural gas companies from the vast majority of US environmental regulations…. Though the recent floods have been blamed for the spill, some are calling this into question due to Sunoco’s lengthy history of poor pipeline management. Indeed, pipelines managed by Sunoco Logistics spill more frequently than another, with more than 200 recorded leaks since 2010. This is also not the first spill of a Sunoco pipeline in Pennsylvania.

Science & Technology

Snooping requests approved by DC-area federal courts up 500% since 2011
RT - Newly released data obtained by the Washington Post from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) indicates that federal investigators are increasingly reliant on electronic surveillance requests of federal judges in the process of covertly monitoring domestic suspects' phone, email, and other communications, such as social media. In Northern Virginia, there have been 4,113 such requests since 2011, with only one being revealed to the public. There were 305 secret electronic surveillance requests in 2011, while requests are on pace to surpass 1,800 in 2016.... Brett Max Kaufman, staff attorney at the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, said additional transparency of basic information on federal court cases would reveal more about federal investigators' increasing reliance on electronic surveillance, as well as the courts that have approved such requests. Such a move "is an important first step for courts to recognize that they have been enabling a kind of vast, secret system of surveillance that we now know to be so pervasive," Kaufman told the Post. "It’s hard to understand whether this surveillance is necessary or whether there is overreach without basic information about how often these orders are sought or granted, or who is granting them. Even judges themselves do not know," Kaufman said. The data revealed by the courts did not include information about the crime being investigated, any associated crime, a charged defendant, or whether an investigation is ongoing or not, the Post reported.

Security firm claims implantable cardiac devices can be hacked
ExtremeTech - The device at issue here is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). This is essentially a more advanced version of a pacemaker.... An investment firm called Muddy Waters started warning about the safety of St. Jude’s ICD products recently, which has led to a legal battle. Muddy Waters is a short-selling operation, meaning it bets on a company’s stock price falling in order to make money. St. Jude says the allegation of security issues is simply meant to harm its stock price and is not based on a real danger. As part of the ongoing case, Muddy Waters contracted with cyber security firm Bishop Fox to perform an independent analysis of St. Jude’s implantable cardiac devices. It recently produced a 53-page report where it says Muddy Waters’ claims regarding the possibility of ICD cyber attacks are “by and large accurate.” St. Jude’s latest medical implants are different from past devices because they use a wireless protocol to communicate with a monitoring station called Merlin@home. It uses radio frequency signals to transmit and receive data from the implant, which saves patients from going to the doctor several times per year just to have the implant’s performance checked. However, Bishop Fox says it successfully hijacked this signal and was able to take control of the implant. At a distance of 10 feet, researchers claim they were able to instruct the ICD to cease operation, then produce a powerful T-wave shock. A patient subjected to this attack could have a heart attack.... Bishop Fox says it believes the same attack could be accomplished from as far as 100 feet away with more powerful equipment. The claims are currently being investigated by St. Jude and the FDA, but the federal agency said patients should continue using their ICDs as instructed by doctors. If this turns out to be a real threat, the fix is going to be costly. It’s harder to recall defective electronics when they live inside your chest.


Gluten could be in your medication and pills
(NaturalNews) In today's world, it's gotten a whole lot easier to avoid gluten in food, thanks to mandatory labeling requirements imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But these requirements only apply to food, which means that consumers who use pharmaceutical drugs aren't being told when their medications contain gluten in the form of unlabeled wheat derivatives…. A national survey conducted by the Beyond Celiac organization recently revealed that nearly 25 percent of Celiac patients experience gluten-related symptoms whenever they take their prescription medications, suggesting that a great many drugs contain unlabeled gluten ingredients. And while certain groups are working towards a change, the government has thus far refused to standardize a system whereby gluten-tracking is required for all pharmaceuticals…. Steve Plogsted, a clinical pharmacist at Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio, has built an extensive website entitled "" that lists nearly 500 name-brand medications and their gluten status.

Have thyroid problems? Use garlic
Living Traditionally - Garlic does more than taste good, it’s very nutritious and contains several bioactive compounds. Garlic makes a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions, due to the high levels of iodine…. Autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis involve pro-inflammatory cytokines. Garlic can help to inhibit these pro-inflammatory cytokines. Numerous studies demonstrate that garlic has a positive effect against pro-inflammatory cytokines. One study showed that the garlic derivative diallyl sulfide inhibited the production of cytokines by suppressing nitric oxide and prostaglandin E2 production in activated macrophages. The recommended dosage for adults is no more than one clove two or three times a day and that children have one quarter to one half a clove, once or twice a day. Here are some more reasons to eat garlic: Garlic is full of antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals. Garlic contains allicin, which is an antioxidant that removes infectious pathogens from the skin – preventing acne. Raw garlic can help control hypertension – again thanks to allicin. Garlic contains sulfur compounds that shorten the life span of the common cold. The anti-cancer properties of garlic can reduce the risk of lung cancer by nearly 50 percent for nonsmokers. Garlic thins the blood and reduces the risk of blood clots. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties ease the pain of osteoarthritis.

Black Garlic is Toxic to 14 Types of Cancers
Living Traditionally - Developed in Korea, black garlic has been gaining popularity among Western foodies for several years now, but it has recently caught the eye of the health-minded due to studies revealing its impressive nutritional properties. Black garlic is produced by “fermenting” whole bulbs of fresh garlic in a humidity-controlled environment in temperatures of about 140 to 170 degrees F for 30 days…. Once out of the heat, the bulbs are then left to oxidize in a clean room for 45 days. This lengthy process causes the garlic cloves to turn black and develop a soft, chewy texture with flavors reminiscent of “balsamic vinegar” and “soy sauce,” with a sweet “prune-like” taste…. In a 2009 mouse study, Japanese researchers found that black garlic was more effective than fresh garlic in reducing the size of tumors…. In another study, black garlic was found to have twice the antioxidant levels as fresh—the aging/fermenting process appears to double the antioxidants. Black garlic is packed with high concentrations of sulfurous compounds, especially one in particular: s-allylcycteine (SAC). Science has shown a number of health benefits from SAC, including inhibition of cholesterol synthesis…. Be mindful, however, that black garlic’s benefits may be more effective than fresh garlic for some conditions but not others, given its allicin content is low. For example, I suspect it may not be as effective if you have an infection, as allicin is thought to be the primary anti-infective agent in garlic, and fresh garlic is higher in allicin than black.
*** Related: How to make Black Garlic

Free Online Thyroid Connection Summit - October 24 - 31
Tens of millions worldwide have some form of thyroid dysfunction, and 60% don’t know they have it or how it occurred. Dr. Amy Myers has identified 5 environmental factors that are the root cause of all thyroid dysfunction: diet, leaky gut, toxins, infections and stress. Every one of these is a piece of the pie — for some, one piece may be bigger — but all play a role to some degree. Each day of The Thyroid Connection Summit will focus on a different root cause, with the first two days dedicated to understanding your thyroid and the worldwide thyroid epidemic.

Pet News

Cool Way to Indulge Your Love of Animals and Support the Military
Dr. Becker - When members of the military are called upon for deployment, those with pets are often challenged to find a suitable home for their animals while they’re away. Some military personnel may be lucky enough to have a family member who can care for their pets, but not all do — and in some cases both members of a two-person household may be deployed at the same time. Boarding in such cases is cost prohibitive, not to mention would be extremely stressful for the animals since deployments last for months and may be extended. Some military members have no choice but to surrender their pets to animal shelters or rescue groups and are not able to be reunited when they return. Fortunately, a number of programs are now available that connect foster homes with military pets. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. Pets get to spend their owners’ deployment being cared for in a loving home, military personnel get peace of mind knowing their pets are safe and happy, and foster pet parents get a piece of unconditional love from a new furry family member while helping to give back to those who serve the U.S…. There are many military foster programs in the U.S. that are actively matching military pets with temporary foster homes. At PACT for Animals (People + Animals = Companions Together), for instance, they’ve received applicants for more than 200 animals in the last year and have found foster homes for one-third of those. PACT is unique in that they also offer foster homes for people who have been hospitalized and need emergency care for their pets…. Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is another organization that offers not only foster programs for active military members but also provides pet assistance to wounded soldiers and veterans, homeless veterans, fallen soldiers and cases where military service members are reassigned out of the country and cannot take their pets with them…. If you’d like to get involved, searching for “military pets foster programs” followed by your state abbreviation is the best way to find an organization in your area.

Monday - October 24, 2016 - Today In History:

1795 - The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.
1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.
1929 - In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as "Black Tuesday."
1939 - Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.
1945 - The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.
1949 - The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.
1960 - All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.
1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.
2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person's telephone conversation and track people's use of the Internet.
2005 - Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.
2007 - Facebook Inc. sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft Corp. for $240 million, spurning a competing offer from Google Inc.

World News

Media Cited Terrorist Leader to Claim No Terrorists Are in Aleppo
The AntiMedia - On Wednesday, the Guardian released an article titled “U.S. and U.K. reject Russian offer of ‘pause’ in airstrikes on Syria.” Aside from the fact it’s riddled with the outlet’s usual pro-U.S.-U.K. and anti-Russian propaganda, the article sank to the lowest of possible lows in an attempt to present the Russian military as an aggressor in Aleppo in which there are allegedly no terrorist groups — only moderate fighting forces. How? By citing the leader of a terrorist group. Al-Farouk Abu Bakr, an Aleppo commander in the “powerful Islamist group” Ahrar al-Sham said, speaking from Aleppo: “‘When we took up arms at the start of the revolution to defend our abandoned people we promised God that we would not lay them down until the downfall of this criminal regime,’ he said, referring to President Bashar al-Assad’s government.” “There are no terrorists in Aleppo.” .... There are many issues with the Guardian’s publication of this statement. First, in the Guardian’s latest apparent attempt to see how gullible its readers are, the outlet neglects to explain the ideological leanings of Ahrar al-Sham.... Ahrar al-Sham is heavily affiliated with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s official Syrian branch) and has conducted numerous operations together with the al-Qaeda affiliate. The group also used to work with ISIS until January 2014 and only parted ways after ISIS killed one of their members — not because the groups shared any noticeable differing ideologies.

Daesh Executes Hundreds of Men and Boys as Battle for Mosul Rages
Sputnik News - Daesh forces have executed 284 people in Mosul, including dozens of children, as they fight to keep their grip on the city. The men and boys are reported to have been rounded up over October 20 and 21 and brought in three waves to the city's former College of Agriculture, where they were shot and then dumped in mass graves. Iraqi News reports that the victims were residents of towns and villages in the city’s northwest outskirts, and that 61 of them were no more than 14 years old. As the Iraqi army and supporting forces continue the battle launched this week to retake Daesh's capital in Iraq, there is widespread fear that the militants inside the city will use captive residents as human shields or simply murder them rather than allow them to be liberated. There are also worries that Daesh will use chemical weapons indiscriminately as their hold on the city weakens, leaving residents without protection vulnerable. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein issued a statement October 21 calling for all militaries to make protecting citizens a priority.... “There is a grave danger that ISIL fighters will not only use such vulnerable people as human shields but may opt to kill them rather than see them liberated," Zeid said.

Calais migrants clash with police, get teargassed ahead of camp’s final dismantling
RT - Dozens of migrants near the French port of Calais clashed with police over the weekend. The slum-like camp known as the ‘Jungle,’ which houses thousands of migrants, is scheduled to be shut down and demolished next week. People from the Jungle threw stones at police on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, AFP reported. Law enforcement responded with tear gas. The clashes came before the scheduled demolition of the camp that will begin on Monday. French authorities expect to remove all of the migrants and refugees from the site in approximately a week’s time. Thousands of police officers are expected to arrive in Calais to assist in the demolition in what the authorities call a “humanitarian” operation. Those who refuse to leave will be arrested, the Mirror reported, citing a letter distributed to the camp residents. Up to 10,000 migrants, primarily from the Middle East and North Africa, are estimated to be living in the Calais camp near the English Channel. While most hope to cross the French-British border and get to the UK, they are set to be relocated to other reception centers across France and in other countries after being moved out of the Jungle, AP reported.... Claude Roche, from France’s center-right Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), told RT that migrants staying in Calais’ so-called “Jungle” camp who are to be relocated to refugee shelters across the country “refuse to be assimilated.” “They are not interested in France. They don’t speak a word of French,” Roche said, adding that if migrants want to find a place for themselves in the French society they must “become French,” which means to “adapt to the French customs and culture. “ Another factor that derails integration attempts is the common practice of the refugees to form closed communities which prevents them from becoming full-fledged members of French society, Roche said.

U.N. goes all-in for unlimited migration
WND - The United Nations has cooked up a “New Urban Agenda” coming soon to a city near you. It was unveiled this week in Quito, Ecuador, at the so-called Habitat III conference. And part of the plan, enthusiastically embraced by Hillary Clinton, calls for unlimited migration across open borders. Migrants displaced by war, failing economies or other hardships will be seen as having “rights” in nations other than their own. Cities are seen as the key battlegrounds and the U.N. conference in Quito had a lot to say about how your city will be expected to embrace migrants of all types, from all regions of the world…. [Hillary]Clinton earlier this year announced her $135 billion “breaking every barrier” program to transform America’s cities. In this plan, she makes 37 pledges promising everything from removal of blight to construction of affordable housing in areas that are currently out of the price range of refugees, immigrants, the chronically unemployed and under-employed. She intends to build on the “successes” of her husband and the Obama administration in using public-private partnerships to transform cities. Obama’s contribution in this area included his Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which forces grant-receiving cities to infuse their low-crime suburban areas, deemed “too white,” with subsidized housing marketed to low-income renters. This fits right in with the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda.

Venezuela Braces For Revolution After Maduro Blocks Recall Referendum
Zero Hedge - Venezuela likely inched one step closer to revolution on Friday when Maduro's leftist government took steps to block a recall referendum that could have resulted in his ouster.... The Maduro government has claimed that the recall was halted due to "irregularities in a first-round of signature gathering" though the public, 80% of whom polls suggest supported the recall efforts, aren't buying it. Meanwhile, Maduro loyalists are calling for opposition leaders to be imprisoned for attempts to commit election fraud.... Of course, the integrity of "elections" in Venezuela have long been questioned particularly after WikiLeaks posted the following cable linking Hugo Chavez to a mysterious company that came out of nowhere in 2000 and suddenly snatched up major contracts to supply voting machines around the world. The company, Smartmatic, included a Hugo Chavez campaign adviser on it's board. Curiously, according to Gateway Pundit, the company's board also included Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a man who served on the board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and who was formerly the vice-chairman of Soros’s Investment Funds. "Ironically," shortly after winning a "multi-million" dollar contract to supply these voting machines in Venezuela, Chavez won a landslide victory in the 2004 elections that all but destroyed his political opposition.

Venezuela state oil firm default would cause problems for US refiners
RT - Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) is in danger of defaulting on its debts. This spells trouble for American refineries on the Gulf Coast, as Venezuela is the main supplier of foreign oil to the region. PDVSA has been struggling to persuade bondholders to swap $5.33 billion of bonds maturing in 2017 for longer-term securities due in 2020. Low oil prices will adversely affect the company's ability to generate cash flow from operations, which will impair the company's ability to make scheduled payments on its existing debt, including the existing notes," PDVSA said in a press release earlier this week. If the exchange offers are not successful, it could be difficult for the company to make scheduled payments on its existing debt, including the existing notes, which would result in the company evaluating all alternative options," it added. In 2015, Venezuela was the top supplier to the US Gulf Coast refineries. “If PDVSA defaults, there could be a disruption of oil supply to the US as creditors may try to seize payments made in the US. Bondholders will definitely try to stake a claim on those dollars,” Lucas Aristizabal, a senior director at Fitch Ratings told Bloomberg. According to the media’s information, top importers in the region are PDVSA subsidiary Citgo Petroleum, Phillips 66, Valero Energy and PBF Energy. At the same time, according to Aristizabal, China will not face the same problems as the US. Venezuela is repaying a $45 billion loan from China with crude and the oil changes ownership when it’s put on tankers, making it nearly impossible to be seized.

Gun-Controlled Australia Admits Criminals Still Armed, Launches New Amnesty
Breitbart - In September, Breitbart News reported that Melbourne, Australia, had a gun problem; that they had witnessed more than one shooting a week on average since January 2015. Moreover, 'The Age' reported... known criminals were caught with firearms 755 times [in 2015], compared to 143 times in 2011.... Now the government of Australia is admitting that hundreds of thousands of “illegal guns”–i.e., “illicit firearms”–are in the hands of criminals some 20 years after Australia’s gun ban was implemented. And Reuters reports an amnesty will be put in place in 2017 where those in possession of said weapons can turn them in with no questions asked. Justice Minister Michael Keenan summarized: The amnesty will provide an opportunity for those individuals who, for whatever reason are in possession of an unregistered firearm, to hand it in without fear of being prosecuted. While Australia has some of the strongest firearm controls in the world, illicit firearms remain the weapon of choice for criminals.

Australia to Search Out and Prosecute Anti-Vax Nurses and Midwives; Calls for Public to Turn Them In
Brandon Turbeville - According to a report by the Guardian, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has announced a fatwa of jihad against nurses and midwives who discourage vaccination or are critical of vaccines. After releasing “vaccination standards” the board’s statement reads: The board is taking this opportunity to make its expectations about providing advice on vaccinations clear to registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives. The board expects all registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives to use the best available evidence in making practice decisions. Of course, when the board says “best available evidence” it means vaccine fanaticism and unquestioning adherence to faith-based science. Under Australian law, promoting false, misleading or deceptive information will be prosecuted by the Australian health practitioner regulation agency. The NMBA is specifically targeting nurses and midwives who question the safety or effectiveness of vaccination via social media. The statement goes even further by urging members of the public to report nurses or midwives who are doing so – even on social media…. They are merely saying that if you express that belief even on social media, you will lose your job, have your license to practice taken away and possibly be sent to jail.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Benghazi Disappears from Hillary's State Dept. Calendar
LifeZette - Copies of Hillary Clinton’s schedule as secretary of state from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 in 2012 were labeled with the wrong year in State Department records. Those just happen to be the days leading up to the terrorist attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of that year. But instead of 2012, the records label those days 2010. The conservative advocacy group Citizens United, which requested the full schedule for Clinton’s four years in office under the Freedom of Information Act, discovered the discrepancy after the State Department produced the records for 2012 this week. Left uncorrected, it is conceivable that an organization or a person may in the future file a FOIA request for Clinton’s public schedule in September 2012 and be told that the first nine days do not exist.... The latest release of schedules completes an order by a federal judge for the State Department to speed up its production of the documents. Citizens United and the Associated Press both requested the daily calendars. Initially, the State Department had said it would not be able to comply until after the election. The judge ordered the agency to move faster.

Wikileaks Releases Part 16 Of The Podesta Files: Total Is Now 26,803 Emails
Zero Hedge - With just over 2 weeks to go until the election, today Wikileaks continued its ongoing Podesta files dump when it unveiled another 708 emails in Part 16, bringing the total emails released to 26,803 total emails, or more than half of the 50,000 email set for release. While this latest release was expected, Wikileaks made a more surprising announcement overnight when it said on Twitter that it would "release a statement tomorrow about Assange. Our editor is safe and still in full command despite reduced communications with staff."

Army Major Says "Everything's in Place" to Round Up Antiwar Dissenters for Military Detention
Activist Post - Earlier in 2016, a U.S. military official said the U.S. “needs and wants Russia as an enemy,” which was followed by a litany of falsehoods about Russian threats from elected and appointed officials. A hacked email showed a NATO general plotting conflict with Russia, as American and NATO military forces amass along Russia’s borders.... In order to sustain public support for its war-making, the State must suppress dissent. If it cannot achieve this through media control and other subtle means, it is prepared to take more forceful measures. According to retired Army Major Todd Pierce, the U.S. government has everything in place to round up antiwar dissenters and put them in military detention. In an interview with Mondoweiss, Pierce – who served in the 349th Psychological Operations Company and the 205th Infantry Brigade as a senior NCO, then as Judge Advocate General until 2012 – said: Well let’s say we do ramp up a war with Russia and we do get a more active antiwar movement. Say a Donald Trump who’s already let everybody know what he thinks of the constitution, or Hillary Clinton.… And Obama has said he can kill American citizens. The military goes to them and says hey, these dissenters are going to cause us to lose a war, like the Vietnam war. Let’s put them in military detention, let’s impose censorship. Everything’s in place right now. Pierce is a self-professed former neoconservative until the Gulf War began opening his eyes to the folly of U.S. imperialism, and then he personally witnessed how government began using 9/11 to assume totalitarian control in the name of fighting the tactic of terrorism. He now works as a Guantanamo defense attorney. "We have total surveillance of the US population through the NSA. That’s what these huge data storage facilities are about, to store all the data that they’ve gathered. They’ve gone to the public and say, We’re not listening to your phone calls. But what they are doing is storing it. It’s all there, just like a huge data file. Like the Stasi– they would go look at their file on someone, and go use that against them. Well, we have all that data collected, including people’s attitudes. So if the day comes, which if people like Vermeule and Posner have said, we may have to impose censorship and have military detention."

Whistleblower: Intelligence Worker Likely Behind DNC Leaks, Not Russia
The AntiMedia - During an interview on Aaron Klein’s Sunday radio program, former high-ranking NSA intelligence official-turned-whistleblower, William Binney, discussed the alleged Russian involvement in our elections, suggesting the cyber attack against the DNC may not have originated from the Russian government. Instead, Binney says, a “disgruntled U.S. intelligence worker” is likely behind the breach.... Speaking as an analyst, Binney added that a testimony by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S. Mueller from March 2011 shows the FBI has access to a series of databases that helps them “to track down known and suspected terrorists.” According to Binney, what Mueller meant is that the FBI has access to the NSA database and that it’s accessed without any oversight, meaning the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as the FBI, have open access to anything the NSA has access to. “So if the FBI really wanted [Clinton’s and the DNC emails] they can go into that database and get them right now,” Binney told Klein. Asked if he believed the NSA had copies of all Clinton’s emails, “including the deleted correspondence,” Binney said: “Yes. That would be my point. They have them all and the FBI can get them right there.”.... In August 2016, Judge Andrew Napolitano commented on the DNC hack. On “Judge Napolitano Chambers,” the Judge said that while the DNC, government officials, and the Clinton campaign all accuse the Russians of hacking into the DNC servers, “the Russians had nothing to do with it.”.... If Judge Napolitano and Binney are right and the NSA did hack the DNC, what was the motive? According to the Judge, “members of the intelligence community simply do not want [Clinton] to be president of the United States.”

Risk of 'Mass Exodus' of Doctors from Medicare
LifeZette - In what may be the most significant modification to Medicare since the program began in 1966, on Oct. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). It dramatically changes how Medicare pays doctors for their services.... Before MACRA, Medicare used a fee-for-service payment system, reimbursing separately for each individual service provided, without regard to the quality of the care. The new system will reward doctors for providing high-quality, efficient care that leads to better patient outcomes, and penalize those who fail to do so. At least — that’s the idea.... This sounds good, but all the emphasis on better quality care comes with a trade-off. To assess the quality of care provided by doctors in the MIPS [Merit-Based Incentive Payment System] pathway, the physicians will have to report on a number of measures that many feel do nothing to help them improve the care they provide. Doctors already devote a considerable amount of time reporting on quality measures. A recent analysis found that a typical medical practice currently spends, on average, 785.2 hours a year per physician to track and report quality measures.... This is cause for real concern. If faced with increased reporting and administrative burdens, declining reimbursements and new payment arrangements that put their income at risk, many doctors — especially independent practitioners — may feel that they simply can't afford to participate in Medicare any more. One recent survey of physicians found nearly 40-percent expect a "mass exodus" from Medicare over MACRA. Given the predicted shortage of doctors over the next decade and an aging population, this would be disastrous.

Election News

Trump Lays Out His Plan For First 100 Days In Office: Here Are The Highlights
Zero Hedge - In a keynote speech in Gettysburg, Pa., about his plans for his first 100 days in office, Donald Trump laid out what he sees as the the core priorities of a Trump presidency.... In terms of actual political measures that Trump would propose and/or enact, he listed the following six: 1. ”A Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress." 2. ”A hiring freeze on all federal employees." 3. ”A requirement that for every new federal regulation, 2 existing regulations must be eliminated." 4. ”A 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government." 5. ”A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government." 6. ”A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections."
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Unrest and Martial Law? Leaked Military Drill Anticipates "No Rule of Law" After Election Results
Mac Slavo - According to an unnamed source – who has provided accurate intel in the past – an unannounced military drill is scheduled to take place during a period leading up to the election and throughout the month after. It appears that the system is gearing up to handle outbreaks of violence, chaotic rallies and poll stations, and the possibility that the people of the United States may become very dissatisfied with the outcome by using military force and martial law. The drill could, of course, go live at any time; Homeland Security and the military are prepared to contend with a period of unrest, and restore order to a divided and broken country – regardless of whether people like their new leader or not. As you know, DHS is already monitoring this election and prepared to take over its ‘critical infrastructure’. The scope of this drill would, of course, take things much further: Date: October 30th – 30 days after the election. Suspected Region: Northeast, specifically New York.... 1st Phase: NROL (No Rule of Law) – drill involving combat arms in metro areas (active and reserve). Source says active duty and reserve service members are being vaccinated as if they are being deployed in theatre.... 2nd Phase: LROL (Limited Rule of Law) – Military/FEMA consolidating resources, controlling water supply, handing out to public as needed.... 3rd Phase: AROL (Authoritarian Rule of Law) – Possible new acronym or term for “Martial Law”. Curfew, restricted movements, basically martial law scenario.... Source said exercise involves FEMA/DHS/Military.

Donald Trump Says He Would Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger as President
Hollywood Reporter - Donald Trump expressed that he would not approve the AT&T and Time Warner merger if elected president. “Deals like this destroy democracy,” said Trump during a rally in Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday, where he discussed what he would do in the first 100 days of his presidency. Trump also said he would like to break up the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger. He opened up his speech, claiming the election is “rigged” against him and expressed that members of the media “lie and fabricate stories to make a candidate they don’t like look as bad and dangerous as possible.” The AT&T deal, which has been valued at $85 billion, has not been finalized and would be subject to regulatory approval. Comcast was denied in its effort to buy Time Warner Cable…. Elsewhere on Sunday, Tim Kaine also expressed that he agrees with Senator Al Franken's concerns that the AT&T-Time Warner merger can lead to "higher costs, fewer choices and even worse service for customers."

Illinois Judge Orders Phyllis Schlafly Website to Take Down All Pro-Trump Articles
The Gateway Pundit - Phyllis Schlafly was an early Donald Trump supporter. After the RNC Convention in July Phyllis released her last video celebrating Donald Trump’s nomination. Phyllis was a Missouri Republican delegate at the convention. reported: “Phyllis Schlafly spent her whole life organizing Republicans and communicating conservative political views. She created the web site in 1996 to help further those goals, in conjunction with many other efforts. It contains gigabytes of her works. Now a court order has thrown the site into doubt. A group of six disgruntled eagles have filed a lawsuit, and Illinois judge John B. Barberis has sided with them. Their main political argument is that they oppose Donald Trump, and their main legal argument is that Phyllis Schlafly’s death has left a power vacuum, so that they can take over one of her several Eagle organizations, called “Eagle Forum c4”. The worst part is that they wish to use Phyllis Schlafly’s name, image, reputation, and legacy to support causes opposite to what she stood for. She spent the last six months of her life trying to stop them from carrying out their vendetta. I hope to keep her works online and available, and I hope to separate them from the platform of her opponents. I do not know too much about Judge Barberis, except that he is the lowest rated judge in Illinois. He is busy doing fundraisers for his campaign in a election next month to be a judge on a higher court. His Oct. 20 order is very strange. It is an amendment to a Temporary Restraining Order that issued on April 29, 2016, and that expired 10 days later. It is against Eagle Forum c4 officers as defendants, but then suspends them from Eagle Forum c4, so that they have no ability to carry out the order. The lawsuit is against Eagle Forum c4 but orders me personally to assist in transferring “Eagle Forum [c4] Property”. This is in spite of the fact that I am not a party to the case, and the court papers say that I am “not associated or affiliated with Eagle Forum [c4] in any way.” The judge ordered that all pro-Trump articles posted on since April 10, 2016 be removed. He also said the parties are enjoined from advocating any position with respect to the litigation. I have never heard of any political advocacy organization being ordered not to express opinions on a web site. Not in the USA, anyway. I thought that the First Amendment prohibited that sort of thing.

Veteran News

Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war
LA Times - Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war. Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back. Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours, have been ordered to repay large enlistment bonuses — and slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse — after audits revealed widespread overpayments by the California Guard at the height of the wars last decade. Investigations have determined that lack of oversight allowed for widespread fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials under pressure to meet enlistment targets. But soldiers say the military is reneging on 10-year-old agreements and imposing severe financial hardship on veterans whose only mistake was to accept bonuses offered when the Pentagon needed to fill the ranks.... Facing enlistment shortfalls and two major wars with no end in sight, the Pentagon began offering the most generous incentives in its history to retain soldiers in the mid-2000s. It also began paying the money up front, like the signing bonuses that some businesses pay in the civilian sector. “It was a real sea change in how business was done,” said Col. Michael S. Piazzoni, a California Guard official in Sacramento who oversaw the audits. “The system paid everybody up front, and then we spent the next five years figuring out if they were eligible.”

Energy & Environment

For The Cost of an iPhone, You Can Now Buy a Wind Turbine That Can Power an Entire House For Lifetime
World Truth.TV - Indian startup Avant Garde Innovations has developed a low-cost wind turbine that can generate 3-5 kW hours [kilowatt hours - kWh] of electricity daily.... Avant Garde Innovations...has come up with a low-cost wind turbine that can generate enough electricity to power an entire house for a lifetime. The size of a ceiling fan, this wind turbine can generate 5 kWh/kW per day — with just a one-time cost of US$750.... For the startup, opportunity is massive. India is the world’s sixth largest energy consumer, accounting for 3.4 per cent of global energy consumption. Federal governments in India, and the central government for that matter, are unable to bear the huge infrastructural cost required to bring electricity to remote villages....The small wind turbine prototype that it has developed is highly scalable for power capacities of 300 kW or even higher.

Science & Technology

Massive web outage blamed on 'Internet of Things'
Washington Times - Millions of common internet-connected devices like security cameras and digital video recorders were used to conduct the colossal cyberattack that made it difficult for Americans to access some of the world’s most popular websites Friday, researchers said. Websites including Twitter, Amazon, Spotify and Airbnb were hard to reach Friday as the result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack waged against Dyn, a New Hampshire-based internet company that operates a widely used Domain Name System (DNS) — a phonebook of sorts that ensures Web users can reach certain sites by typing their respective domain names instead of hard-to-remember numerical IP addresses. By flooding Dyn’s systems with unprecedented amounts of illegitimate internet traffic, attackers successfully sidelined its DNS services three separate times on Friday and caused widespread outages across Europe and North America and prompting a response from the White House; at a briefing Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials were both “monitoring the situation” and “investigating all potential causes.” Flashpoint, a U.S.-based security firm, said the infrastructure used to wage the debilitating DDoS attack Friday was composed at least partially by compromised cameras and other digital devices capable of connecting to the internet – an ever-growing category of interconnected products and appliances considered to make up a phenomenon colloquially referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT.
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AT&T and Time Warner reveal merger to create ISP, TV, and media giant
Ars Technica - AT&T and Time Warner Inc. have made their rumored merger official, with AT&T to purchase the media company for $85.4 billion in cash and stock.... AT&T's announcement Saturday evening listed some of the many media properties the company will own if the merger is allowed by US regulators.... owning Time Warner would give AT&T incentive to raise the prices its rivals (such as Comcast, Charter, and Verizon) pay to distribute Time Warner programming on their cable TV systems, which could indirectly raise consumers' TV bills. AT&T could favor Time Warner video on its own networks by letting it stream without counting against the data caps applied to video services like Netflix. AT&T could also harm online video services that compete against DirecTV by charging higher prices for content or refusing to license videos.... “I'm skeptical of huge media mergers because they can lead to higher costs, fewer choices, and even worse service for consumers," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said today. "In the coming days, I'm going to be pressing for further details about this reported deal and how it would affect the American consumer, who deserves access to the content they want and whose pocketbook continues to be squeezed by rising cable and Internet costs.” Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump today said his administration would block the AT&T/Time Warner merger "because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few."

Was "Google Home" designed to spy inside our homes?
MassPrivateI - Google Home (GH) is always listening to everything that goes on inside your home. It's like paying the NSA, sorry I meant Google, $129.00 to bug your home…. GH does more than listen to music, it can control your lights, thermostats, radios, TV's, refrigerators, smart plugs and more. GH has partnered with Nest, Phillips, IFTTT and Samsung who also make the 'family hub refrigerator'. Google Assistant's new surveillance feature called “My Day,” gives you morning updates, weather, commute times and a summary of your schedule (assuming you opt in). At least GH doesn't have SEVEN microphones like Amazon's Echo. "Amazon Echo runs on Amazon Web Services. In the default mode the device continuously listens to all speech, monitoring for the wake word to be spoken.' "High speech accuracy is achieved through sophisticated natural language processing (NLP) algorithms built into the Echo's text-to-speech (TTS) engine.”… Voice Search (Google Assistant) uses pattern recognition to transcribe spoken words to written text. For each voice query made to Voice Search, we store the language, the country, the utterance and our system’s guess of what was said. A Computerworld article warns everyone about the dangers of 'always on' devices. "There are plenty of privacy issues with this type of always listening technology," said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX, a technology analyst firm. "It's obvious that any device that is always listening could also be always storing and always analyzing anything that is within earshot of the receiver."


5 Life Saving Health Benefits of Turmeric
Natural Blaze - Here are five reasons why you should include turmeric in your diet: 1. Inhibits the Growth of Cancer Cells - A recent study found that pancreatic cancer (PC) cell growth was inhibited with the introduction of curcumin to cancer cells. In the study, there was observed suppressed cell growth, cell cycle arrest and induced cell apoptosis, meaning programmed PC cell death. This means that turmeric taken daily could prove to be an effective measure to prevent cancer or mitigate the growth of cancer. 2. Very Good Source of Vitamin B6 - Turmeric is a great source for vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), as well as Iron, Potassium and Manganese. B6 assists in the process of generating usable energy for the body out of food and helps to fight infection. Adding turmeric to your daily diet will ensure that you do not suffer a deficiency of vitamin B6, which can lead to anemia, dermatitis or a number of other maladies. 3. Potent Anti-diabetic Properties - An April 2015 study showed that turmeric powder exhibited potent anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. All three properties would be helpful in alleviating complications associated with diabetes, such as for anti-hyperglycemic therapy. It was also shown to impede molecular complications of type 2 diabetes milletus. Curcumin extract was found to be effective in preventing type 2 diabetes in prediabetic patients. 4. Treatment for Depression - A study published just this month suggests that curcumin may be helpful in treating depression. When given active drug treatments comprising variant doses of curcumin and combined curcumin/saffron, patients with major depressive disorder experienced an effective reduction in depressive and anxiolytic symptoms. 5. Improves Vascular Endothelial Function - A study comparing the benefits of exercise to those derived from turmeric found significant improvement to vascular endothelial function, suggesting that daily curcumin ingestion may help to prevent against cardiovascular disease.

9 contaminated foods from China to avoid
(NaturalHealth365) While many shipments from China to the U.S. are turned away due to unsafe additives, drug residues, mislabeling and general filth, some produce shipments from China are making their way into our country under the guise of being “organic.”…. 1. Fish - Around 80 percent of tilapia fish sold in the U.S. comes from China, and about half of U.S. cod. With the horrific water pollution issues in China, no one should be eating their fish. 2. Chicken - China is often beset with foodborne illnesses like avian flu. For this reason as well as environmental concerns, chicken imported from China should be avoided. 3. Apples and apple juice - The U.S. has recently moved to allow the import of Chinese apples. Non-organic apples are already on the list of the U.S. “dirty dozen,” but even so-called organic fruit from China likely poses a health risk. With half of U.S. apple juice coming from China as well, buyers should definitely beware. 4. Rice - Yes, rice is a staple in China and a lot of U.S. rice is imported from there. However, some Chinese rice has been found to be made of resin and potato, resulting in a plastic-like consistency. 5. Mushrooms - Around 34 percent of processed mushrooms are imported from China. It’s best to verify that any mushrooms you buy are American- or Canadian-grown. 6. Salt - Salt made for use in industrial settings has made its way on to dining room tables throughout the world. Looking for a safer option? Discover the true health benefits of sea salt – and avoid the processed salt sold on the market today. 7. Black Pepper - A Chinese vendor was caught trying to pass off flaked mud as black pepper. Again, know your source and protect your health. 8. Green Peas - Phony green peas have also been discovered in China. They are made of soy, sodium metabisulfite, green dye, and a small amount of real peas. Simply put, don’t buy any peas from China. . Garlic - Nearly one-third of garlic in U.S. food stores is from China, but some of it has been found to be laced with the pesticide methyl bromide….

Video: Study Found Nanoparticles of Metal in Human Brains: Geoengineering, How to Detox
Natural Blaze - A recent study found nanoparticles of metal in human brains, raising the eyebrows of geoengineering researchers such as the prolific Patrick Roddie of Stop Spraying Us. While the study doesn’t connect geoengineering to the particles, it is well understood that exposure to geoengineering poisons the body with heavy metals. This video examines the metal findings, and rain tests performed by Stop Spraying Us which found high levels of aluminum, barium and other metals in the rainwater of cities such as Sacramento, California. Sacramento is where we captured footage of some of the worst chemtrails you may have ever seen, in the same time period when Stop Spraying Us found 4700μg/L aluminum in the city’s rainwater. We also examine a few solutions to heavy metal exposure, including silica from diatomaceous earth to detox aluminum from the body, and selenium to detox mercury from the body.

35 Ways to Include Chia Seeds in Your Daily Diet
EcoWatch - Just 2 tablespoons (1 oz) contain 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 137 calories (1). They're a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and some minerals essential for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. 1. Chia Water - One of the simplest ways to include chia seeds in your diet is to add them to water. To make chia water, soak 1/4 cup (40 grams) of chia seeds in 4 cups (1 liter) of water for 20–30 minutes. To give your drink some flavor, you can add chopped fruit or squeeze in a lemon, lime or orange. 2. Juice-Soaked Chia - Add 1/4 cup (40 grams) of chia seeds to 4 cups of fruit juice (1 liter) for half an hour to make a fruit juice that's full of fiber and minerals. 3. Chia Pudding - You can make chia pudding similar to chia water. For a thicker pudding texture, add more chia seeds and let the mixture soak longer. You can make this pudding with juice or milk and then include flavorings such as vanilla and cocoa like in this recipe. 4. Chia in Smoothies - If you want to make your smoothie even more nutritious, then add some chia seeds….

The Ancient Edible Plant That Combats Dandruff, Heals Wounds, And Provides Energy, Too
Off the Grid News - The burdock plant has a long history of use in many countries, including in the United States. Burdock (Arctium lappa) has been valued for its ability to ease skin problems, scalp issues, and especially for targeting lung, liver and stomach problems. This plant is mentioned in written history as far back as the 1600s and is also discussed in the 1869 book Physio-Medical Dispensatory…. Burdock is a terrific one to learn about, as it can be used not only for medicine, but the roots are sometimes used as food. The truth, though, is that the entire plant can be eaten. Burdock roots are actually quite popular in Japan, where they are skinned and then cut into thin rounds and used in soups or stir fry. Young, tender leaves are eaten in the same way that lettuce is, and in salads or sandwiches.

Friday - October 21, 2016 - Today In History:

1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.
1849 - The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY.
1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.
1927 - In New York City, construction began on the George Washington Bridge.
1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
1986 - The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

World News

Syria warns it will ‘down Turkish planes next time,’ calls bombing of Kurds ‘flagrant aggression’
RT - Damascus has reacted harshly to the bombing of Kurdish militias in northern Syria on Thursday morning by Turkey’s air force, vowing to intervene next time Ankara sends its planes over its border. In a statement, the Syrian Defense Ministry accused Turkey of “flagrant aggression, which targeted innocent citizens,” saying that it considers it “a dangerous development that could escalate the situation.”
“Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available,” warned Damascus, whose planes, which have flown in concert with a Russian expeditionary force, have been avoiding direct confrontation with unauthorized NATO jets. Turkish artillery guns have been firing at Kurdish militias, who are now fighting against Ankara-backed rebels over territory won back from Islamic State in northern Turkey on Wednesday. Turkey said that the airstrikes took out up to 200 Kurds, though the YPG, the Kurdish militia, initially put its losses at 15. Syria called the victims “150 innocent civilians” and said that “these irresponsible acts will have dire consequences that will threaten the region's stability and security.” The US, Turkey’s NATO ally, has meanwhile distanced itself from the airstrikes, with State Department spokesperson John Kirby tweeting on Thursday that “contrary to some reports, US was not involved in Turkey airstrikes last night.”

‘ISIS terrorists fleeing Mosul for Syria’s Raqqa’ – French President Hollande echoes Russian concern
RT - Islamic State militants are fleeing the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul and are traveling to the group’s Syrian stronghold, Raqqa, French President Francois Hollande said. Ahead of the Mosul operation, Russia warned of the relocation of jihadists to Syria. “We can’t afford mistakes in pursuit of terrorists, who are already fleeing Mosul for Raqqa,” Hollande is cited as saying by AFP. The French leader was speaking in Paris at a meeting of top officials from more than 20 members of the US-led coalition, aimed at working out a stabilization plan for Mosul. The battle for the strategic Iraqi city, which was held by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) since 2014, began on Sunday and has since intensified. The Iraqi military and US-led coalition said that the operation to retake Mosul may take weeks or even months. Late on Thursday, the Iraqi military said it had captured the town of Bartella, situated some 15 kilometers from Mosul. Lieutenant-General Talib Shaghati called the liberation of the town an “important” achievement for the operation, PressTV reported.

Aleppo humanitarian pause extended by 24 hours – Russian Defense Ministry
RT - Russia has decided to extend the humanitarian pause around Aleppo, Syria, for another 24 hours, the Russian defense minister has said. Militants killed 14 local officials and wounded three Russian officers on the first day of the pause. “On an order from the commander-in-chief of the Russian military, Vladimir Putin, we have decided to extend the humanitarian pause for one more day. The extension of the humanitarian pause in Aleppo was supported by the leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Sergey Shoigu said. Three Russian military officers were lightly wounded when militants opened fire targeting a humanitarian corridor leading from Aleppo, near the El-Masharka government checkpoint, the Russian Center for Reconciliation reports.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Announces “Separation” From United States, Alligns With China; Seeks Alliance With Putin
Zero Hedge - After the relentless barrage of verbal abuse and negative sentiment aimed at Barack Obama and the US, coupled with increasingly complimentary statements toward Beijing, it was only a matter of time before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte put an end to the speculation if and when he would officially pivot the country’s long-held diplomatic alliance away from the US and toward China. He did so today when, during a visit to China’s capital, Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte is currently in Beijing, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally Washington deteriorate. “In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. “Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.” Duterte’s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal in the Hague ruled that Beijing did not have historic rights to the South China Sea in a case brought by the previous administration in Manila, marks a reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old former mayor took office on June 30. As Reuters adds, his trade secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $13.5 billion in deals would be signed during the China trip. An even more dramatic admission came moments later when Duterte also voiced his desire to expand the newly hachced Asian axis to include Russia as well.

US deploys 3,500-strong armored brigade to S. Korea amid mounting tensions with North
RT - The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, one of the oldest tank units in the US Army, will move to South Korea for a nine-month “rotational deployment.” It comes just one day after the Pentagon threatened an “overwhelming response” to any attack on Seoul. The US Army said on Wednesday that it had begun the “rotational deployment” of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (1st ABCT) of the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, to the Camp Casey north of Seoul. Brigade General Patrick D. Frank, deputy commander of the 1st Infantry Division, said in a statement the brigade’s 3,500 soldiers and officers “are well-trained and fully prepared for this important mission to South Korea” that would last for nine months. A typical Armored Brigade Combat Team in the US Army includes 90 M1 Abrams tanks, 90 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and 112 M113 armed personnel carriers. Other vehicles, such as ‘Humvees’, operate in a supporting role. The US military refrained from providing more details of the deployment, but it comes amidst the latest of “North Korea’s provocations.”… Among other measures, the two countries will stage a massive two-day military exercise, scheduled to start on October 22.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Wikileaks Releases Part 13 Of Podesta Data Dump; Total Emails Released Is Now 23,423
Zero Hedge - The third and final debate may have come and gone, but the daily Wiki Podesta dump continues. In the now traditional daily routine moments ago Wikileaks released yet another 3,000 emails in Part 13 of its ongoing Podesta Email dump, which brings the total number of released emails to 23,423.
* Related: Detailed List [With Links] of Top Wikileaks Podesta Emails

WIKILEAKS: Hillary Took Algeria Off Terror Watch List After Donation to Clinton Foundation
The Gateway Pundit - A new Wikileaks document reveals Hillary took Algeria off the US terror watch list after they made a hefty donation to the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti relief project. How is that legal? The Clinton camp was discussing Joe Scarborough’s discussion on the Algerian donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton advisors defended the move in the email saying it’s “legal gray area.”

Wikileaks Releases First Batch Of Emails Sent To And From President Obama's Secret Email Address
Zero Hedge - Just when it seemed we could not get any more email leak excitement, here comes Wikileaks with what it claims is the first batch of emails obtained from a secret address used by president Barack Obama ( The emails appear to all have been released previously, however Wikileaks has filtered the set of emails which have the "bobama" term in the email address….
* Related Video: Obama weighs in on Hillary Clinton's private emails

Wikileaks: Podesta’s Daughter Received His Shares in Putin-Linked Company
Breitbart - An email uncovered in the Wikileaks hacks reveals that Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s “75,000 common shares” — obtained from his membership on the executive board of an energy company, Joule Unlimited, which received millions from a Putin-connected Russian government fund — were transferred to his daughter, Megan Rouse…. Last week, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign’s Senior Communications Advisor Jason Miller demanded that Podesta either explain his connection to Joule or resign as Clinton’s campaign chairman. “The disclosure that Clinton Chair John Podesta transferred his shares in Putin-backed Joule Unlimited to an anonymous holding company when he joined the Obama Administration is extremely concerning,” Miller said in a statement. “Because the holding company is completely anonymous, we do not know whether or not he still has deep financial ties to Vladimir Putin and his regime,” Miller’s statement continued. “As such, Mr. Podesta needs to either reveal who is behind the holding company or he must resign from the Clinton campaign immediately.” Podesta has yet to comment publicly on his involvement with Joule Unlimited.

Lawmaker Behind Illegal Immigrant Marriage Ban Under Fire
Breitbart - State Rep. Valerie Hodges (R-LA) pushed the reform to keep illegal immigrants from using marriage in the state to receive legal status, a plan that was widely backed by Republicans and anti-illegal immigration Attorney General Jeff Landry. It is illegal for any Louisiana resident to get married in the state without the proof of lawful presence. Though the law will keep illegal immigrants from wrongfully using marriage as a way to become legal residents, it does not distinguish from refugees in the process. A refugee without documentation of birth but is a lawful resident cannot get married in the state at present. Hodges told the Associated Press that she never wanted the law to keep legal residents from getting married in the state, calling it “basically a technical oversight.” Now, a refugee is suing, saying the law is unconstitutional because it prevents legal immigrants from getting married. Hodges, though, says she is looking to pass an amendment to clarify future enforcement.

Virginia Bill Would Expand Health Freedom; Set Stage to Nullify Obamacare
Tenth Amendment Center - A bill prefiled in the Virginia Senate would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice in the state. Sen. William Stanley Jr. (R-Moneta) prefiled Senate Bill 800 (SB800) on Oct. 7. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients from the onerous requirements and regulations under the state insurance code. The bill would also specify that a direct primary care practices are not subject to the jurisdiction of the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and not required to obtain a certificate of authority or license to market, sell,or offer to sell a direct primary care agreements. The bill will be officially introduced Jan. 11, 2017, and taken up by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. The Virginia legislature overwhelmingly passed a similar bill during the last legislative session, but the governor rejected the bill, sending it back with a recommendation that it not go into effect unless reenacted by the 2017 Session of the General Assembly. In other words, the bill would have had to go through the legislative process all over again this year before taking effect. The House rejected the amendment by a 34-66 vote. McAuliffe then vetoed the bill.

Election News

***Live Updates*** Trump, Clinton Share Stage at Annual Al Smith Charity Roast
A day after their contentious Las Vegas debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will share the stage for the final time this election cycle at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York. The candidates will poke fun at themselves and each other at the white-tie fundraiser that benefits Catholic Charities.
* Related Video: C-SPAN: Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner

CNN’s Starr: Clinton’s Answer On Nuke Launch Time Used ‘Extremely Classified’ Info, Military ‘Not Especially Thrilled’
Breitbart - On Thursday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reported that Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement about the time it takes to launch nuclear weapons is “extremely classified,” and while there is a lot of information available to public on what the process is for launching nuclear weapons, “if you know information to be classified, and you’re a government official, even if it’s in the open source, even if it’s on the Internet, you are not supposed to disclose it.” She further stated, “the bottom line is, the US military, not especially thrilled to be discussing in precise detail what it takes to launch nuclear weapons.” Starr said that whether Clinton’s comment violated any operational security was a “fairly complicated question.” She continued, “A military spokesman told us that they do not discuss operational timelines for launching nuclear weapons. This is some of the most classified information.

Billionaire Clinton "Hillblazer" Pushes New Tax That Funnels Middle Class Money To Wall Street
Zero Hedge - David Sirota just penned a very important and interesting article zeroing in on how Wall Street is maneuvering to propose and implement a new retirement tax on Americans under a Hillary Clinton Administration. Leading the charge is billionaire financial oligarch Tony James, who is COO of private equity giant Blackstone. Mr. James is a generous contributor to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential run, and is listed as a “Hillblazer” by her campaign for having raised at least $100,000 toward her candidacy. While many Americans already know that much, most of you will be totally unaware of his aggressive plan to force a 3% payroll tax on the public which will be immediately funneled to Wall Street management firms, including “alternative managers” such as hedge funds and private equity. It seems like a very bizarre time to initiate such a proposal considering many public pension funds are actively ditching alternative managers after realizing they’ve been paying extraordinarily high fees for pitiful performance. In other words, they’ve been ripped off…. International Business Times reports: The proposal would require workers and employers to put a percentage of payroll into individual retirement accounts “to be invested well in pooled plans run by professional investment managers,” as James put it. In other words, individual voluntary 401(k)s would be replaced by a single national system, and much of the mandated savings would flow to Wall Street, where companies like Blackstone could earn big fees off the assets. And because of a gap in federal anti-corruption rules, there would be little to prevent the biggest investment contracts from being awarded to the biggest presidential campaign donors.

Tax Foundation Analyzes Tax Plans: Trump Tops Clinton For GDP & Wage Growth
Zero Hedge - The Tax Foundation has an interesting analysis of Trump’s tax plan compared to Hillary’s. Hillary is negative on GDP, capital investment, wage growth, and jobs. Trump is positive on all four under two different models…. Donald Trump’s tax plan would significantly cut taxes, while mostly steering clear of the more difficult task of broadening the tax base. His plan would cut the individual income tax for most taxpayers by cutting marginal rates and expanding the standard deduction. He would cut corporate income taxes by reducing the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent and allowing businesses to choose between a deduction for net interest expense and the full expensing of capital investments. His plan would also introduce a number of new childcare expense-related credits and deductions while eliminating both the personal exemption and head of household filing…. Hillary Clinton’s plan would raise taxes overall in order to fund new programs. Her plan would significantly raise taxes on high-income taxpayers by enacting a 30 percent minimum tax called the “Buffett Rule,” a cap on itemized deductions, and a 4 percent “surtax” on incomes above $5 million. Her plan would also significantly increase the estate tax, especially on very large estates. Her plan would cut taxes for middle-income taxpayers and small businesses. She would expand tax credits for middle- and low-income taxpayers, expand expensing for small businesses, and simplify their taxes.

Small business is up in arms over Hillary's plan to raise the estate tax
CNBC News - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed increasing the estate tax to a top rate of 65 percent, arguing, in effect, that the rich have been getting away with murder and enraging small-business owners and farmers who worry a higher estate tax could put them out of business. Clinton wants to cut the exemption for the "death tax" from $5 million today to $3.5 million, with a 45 percent tax on amounts between that and $10 million. She'd set a 50 percent rate on assets over $10 million, 55 percent over $50 million and 65 percent on amounts exceeding $500 million for an individual, $1 billion for married couples. As with the progressive income tax, each rate applies until the next threshold is reached, when the next rate kicks in…. Meanwhile, Donald Trump wants to get rid of the estate tax entirely, saying that would spur economic growth. But he would apply capital gains tax upon the owner's death, with exemptions for small businesses and family farms on the first $10 million in assets…. Though there is little evidence many businesses have gone under from estate taxes, it's a hot-button issue for those who see the tax jeopardizing family assets like farms built over a lifetime — or several lifetimes. Groups opposed to estate taxes note that many small businesses, even if they survive, must give up an arm and a leg selling assets to pay the tax. Many, they complain, shoulder heavy expenses for strategies like buying large life insurance policies to soften the blow. There are approximately 2.5 million small businesses and 90,000 farms worth more than $5 million in the United States, according to National Federation of Independent Business, potentially exposing many to the tax.

Science & Technology

Apple Stock Sinks After Reports Of iPhone 7 Bursting Into Flames
Zero Hedge - As BGR reports, an iPhone 7 owner appears to be the latest victim, claiming that he left his iPhone 7 in his car and came back to find the vehicle filled with smoke with the interior badly burned. While the cause of the fire hasn’t yet been confirmed by officials, photos from the scene show that the fire indeed destroyed the interior of the car…. Australian surfing instructor Mat Jones says that he left his week-old iPhone 7 under a pair of pants in his car while he went out to give a lesson. When he came back from surfing, he says the windows of his car were completely black. When he opened his door, he immediately a wave of heat as smoke escaped from the car. Jones says he bought the new iPhone 7 just one week ago, and he claims that he has not dropped it or used any third-party chargers to recharge the device. While this is obviously no indication of any sort of widespread problem, similar incidents often occur after a phone suffers some type of trauma.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The 9 Most Productive Vegetables You Can Grow Indoors During Winter (Video)
Off the Grid News - 1. Tomatoes do well indoors with plenty of light and warmth, but they need a good-sized container – preferably at least five gallons, even if you grow dwarf or patio varieties. Once the tomatoes bloom, you’ll probably have to help with pollination by giving the plants a gentle shake to release the pollen. Choose indeterminate tomatoes, which will grow and product fruit indefinitely. 2. Eggplant and peppers belong to the same plant family as tomatoes, and their growing conditions are similar. Look for dwarf varieties that take up less valuable growing space. Carrots generally need deep soil to accommodate the long roots, but you can plant dwarf or round types successfully in pots. Sprinkle the seeds over the surface of moist potting soil, and then clip the tiny seedlings to ½ inch apart soon after they germinate. Once the carrots reach 3 inches, thin them again to a distance of about an inch. 4. Radishes are easy to grow just about anywhere, and growing them indoors is no exception. Like carrots, round or dwarf varieties fit best in containers. 5. Potatoes don’t require a lot of space, but they need large, deep pots because you’ll need to add straw or compost to build up layers over the plants as they grow. You can even grow potatoes in a garbage bag with the top rolled down; then roll up the top as they grow. 6. Mushrooms are a fun indoor crop. It’s easy to get started with kits, but you can also purchase mushroom spawn and do it yourself. The growing medium depends on the type of mushroom, but you may need to stock up on straw or sawdust. (Or rotten manure if your mushrooms are in a garage)….


The Shrimp America Imports are Injected with Toxic Chemicals that Cause Cancer, Damage Organs
Natural Blaze - Vietnam currently needs around 130 billion breeding shrimp every year, but since local brood stock can meet only 40% of that demand, Vietnamese producers are injecting carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), gelatin, and glucose to make the available shrimp weigh more. The biggest suppliers of shrimp products in Vietnam import more than 50% of their raw material for processing from other countries, such as China. Imagine the double whammy: about 100 million pounds of shrimp – or about 8% of all the shrimp Americans consume – comes from Vietnam, which gets their majority of its shrimp from China, who have an ineffective food regulation system. After nearly $150 million worth of shrimp were imported to the USA from China between January and October 2015, the Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert on Dec. 11, 2015, about the “presence of new animals’ drugs and/or unsafe food additives” from seafood imported in China, including shrimp. CMC — a water-soluble anionic linear polymer used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics — can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, eye pain, irritation, redness or lingering vision changes. Nonetheless, the scandal of injecting shrimp with CMC as well as an industrial gel — a cheaper non-edible carcinogenic version of CMC that harms the liver and blood — has persisted; and no one seems to pay attention to its disastrous side effects…. Gel-injected shrimp is not the only cause of concern for the American consumers. Farmers in Vietnam freeze the shrimp in contaminated water before it is exported to the United States. Microbiologist Mansour Samadpour claims that the water they use actually supports the development of diseases and bacteria. “Those conditions — ice made from dirty water, animals near the farms, pigs — are unacceptable.”

7 Foods That Increase Bone Cartilage & Regenerate it
Natural News Blogs - Cartilage acts like a pad or cushion, protecting your bones at the joints during movement. Cartilage is a type of connective tissue that serves as a communicating medium between musculo-skeletal elements such as bones, ligaments and the muscles. Cartilage is regenerated according to what food you eat. Some recent studies have shown how eating foods rich in the amino acid lysine can be of great help, because this amino acid participates in the renewal of the collagen, which is the main part of your cartilage…. 1. Pomegranate extract repair cartilage damaged by osteoarthritis, it lowered levels of an inflammatory chemical linked with overproduction of a certain enzyme. This enzyme is essential for cartilage replacement but when too much is produced, cartilage wears down. Joints likely absorb the juice when you drink it. 2. Almonds - These nuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and manganese. Omega 3 reduces inflammation. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the body from damage. Manganese helps glucosamine work quicker and more effectively as it repairs joints. 3. Turmeric and Ginger - One of the best ways to increase bone cartilage is to include more ginger and turmeric into your diet. Both ginger and turmeric are revered for their amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Not only can these two super roots help to protect your remaining cartilage from suffering further damage, but they can also help to provide relief from pain. 4. Garlic protects your joints and cartilage. You could also eat onions, leeks, or chives—these foods have organo-sulfur compounds in them, which, unsurprisingly, are an organic source of sulfur. Sulfur is not something normally thought of when considering diet, but for preventing joint pain, it is rather important. 5. Coconut oil is rich in essential oils that reduce inflammation, reduce pain, hydrate tissues, and protect against viruses, bacteria, and fungi that deal damage to our bodies. It can be used both internally and topically…..

Bromide in Your Bread Depletes Iodine Leading to Numerous Diseases, Including Cancer
Living Traditionally - Bromides are a common endocrine disruptor. Because bromide is also a halide, it competes for the same receptors that are used in the thyroid gland (among other places) to capture iodine. This will inhibit thyroid hormone production resulting in a low thyroid state. Iodine is essential for your body, and is detected in every organ and tissue. There is increasing evidence that low iodine is related to numerous diseases, including cancer. Various clinicians and researchers have found iodine effective with everything from goiter to constipation. Bromide can be found in several forms. Methyl Bromide is a pesticide used mainly on strawberries, found predominantly in the California areas. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is added to citrus drinks to help suspend the flavoring in the liquid.

The 9 Best All-Natural Shaving Products
Men's Journal - Now that you’ve rid your kitchen of chemically-laden junk, it only makes sense that your medicine cabinet follow suit. The new line-up of organic shaving products has evolved past questionable heath food store stock to include a diverse assortment of top notch pucks, gels, and creams. We compiled a list of our favorite all-natural alternatives. Bye-bye, Barbasol.

Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe
To use, apply a thin layer to skin and shave. Makes about 4-6 ounces whipped. Ingredients: 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup shea butter, 2 tablespoons olive, jojoba or sweet almond oil, 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap.

Healthy Ways to Successfully Remove Mold Naturally
Natural News Blogs - The symptoms of mold allergies can range from mild to serious. Mild symptoms would incorporate rashes, stuffiness, or itching. More serious symptoms would incorporate fever, or tightness in the chest. In the event that a man has asthma or chronic lung disease, they might be at a considerably greater risk. In extraordinary cases, mold may even make an infection in the lungs. Below are some of the three major ways that can effectively and successfully eliminate molds and mildew. Use of plants: Plants absorb carbon dioxide and discharge clean oxygen. A few plants likewise purify the air. “House plants can purify and rejuvenate air inside our houses and workplaces, safeguarding every one of us from any reactions connected with prevalent toxins, for example, formaldehyde, ammonia, furthermore benzene,” as indicated by a study finished by NASA to choose which plants are best for air purification. Use of crystal salt lamp. Crystal Salt Lamp likewise works as an air purifier. Whenever lit, the lamp emits negative ions that fight against emphatically charged particles that cause you to feel stuffy and sluggish. The lit salt crystal dispels any confusion air naturally of allergens like smoke, pet dander, pollens, and other air pollutants. It dilutes odors with the goal that you can breathe less demanding. Individuals with asthma regularly think that its accommodating in reducing their symptoms. You can keep the lamp lit for whatever length of time that you get a kick out of the chance to keep up this purifying effect. Utilization of Consistent Candles. Consistent paraffin candles are petroleum inferred and can omit chemicals like benzene, toluene and soot into the air. These sorts of candles accomplish more harm than good for indoor air quality and ought to be avoided. Immaculate Beeswax Candles, burn with almost no smoke or scent and purify the air by discharging negative ions into the air.

Pet News

Paralyzed Dog Gets Acupuncture, And Now She Can Run
The Dodo - A 4-year-old dog named Luca was lucky to get a loving family when she was just a puppy — but no one knew there was something going on inside her that would render her hind legs paralyzed. Luca was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), a serious condition that causes nerve compression, which results in pain and even paralysis. Luca had emergency neurosurgery to treat her disease, but even after the successful procedure, she had to learn how to use her legs all over again. So her family decided to do something a little different — they took Luca to an acupuncturist…. After just one visit, Luca's family began to notice a difference. "Luca seemed to be stronger, and more mobile even after one treatment, with further improvement after the second one," Lou said. Some skeptics say that acupuncture for animals has a placebo affect for the concerned humans who love their pets — it makes people feel like they're doing something to heal their animals, so they see improvement because they want to. But others, including experts in veterinary medicine, see acupuncture as a viable option, if paired with regular medical care…. "Luca showed immediate and lasting improvement after each visit," Lou said.
* Related Video: PBS Spotlight on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)

Video: His Dog Waits Patiently While He Goes To Play In The Puddle
Sometimes it's the smallest things that put the biggest smiles on our faces. This clip certainly abides by that philosophy. This little boy was out on a walk with his larger-than-himself dog (though, they're clearly not alone...someone had to hold the camera!) when he decided that an approaching puddle seemed pretty appealing. After gently laying down the leash, he takes a few romps through the water, while his patient pup awaits his return. If there was ever a time to book it, this was it. It's clear that this dog loves his little owner far too much for that!

Weekend Viewing

Video: An American Story (1992)
World War II has ended and many soldiers return to their houses and families. But three of them find themselves with big problems when they arrive at their home village.

Thursday - October 20, 2016 - Today In History:

1740 - Maria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia with the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.
1774 - The new Continental Congress, the governing body of America’s colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies "discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment."
1803 - The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.
1818 - The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.
1827 - The Battle of Navarino took place during the Greek War for Independence.
1903 - A joint commission ruled in favor of the U.S. concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska.
1935 - Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters.
1942 - Pierre Laval told the French labor that they must serve in Germany.
1944 - Allied forces invaded the Philippines.
1944 - During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.
1979 - The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.
1984 - The U.S. State Department reduced the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
1993 - Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.
1994 - The website was launched.
1995 - Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.
2009 - European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.

World News

Major Russian naval deployment to intensify Aleppo assault: NATO diplomat
Reuters - Russian warships off the coast of Norway are carrying fighter bombers that are likely to reinforce a final assault on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in two weeks, a senior NATO diplomat said on Wednesday, citing Western intelligence. The fleet passed by the Norwegian city of Bergen on Wednesday, the diplomat said, while Russian media has said it will move through the English Channel, past Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean Sea to the Syrian coast. "They are deploying all of the Northern fleet and much of the Baltic fleet in the largest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity. "This is not a friendly port call. In two weeks, we will see a crescendo of air attacks on Aleppo as part of Russia's strategy to declare victory there," the diplomat said. Photos of the vessels have been released by the Norwegian military, taken on Monday. A Norwegian newspaper quoted the head of the Norwegian military intelligence service saying the ships involved "will probably play a role in the deciding battle for Aleppo". Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with an air campaign against the Western rebels in the devastated eastern part of Aleppo, has said the deployment will target Islamic State militants in Syria. But the NATO diplomat said the additional military firepower was designed to drive out or destroy the 8,000 rebels in Aleppo, the only large city still in opposition hands, and allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to start a withdrawal…. The fleet off Norway includes Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, which is carrying jet fighters, and the Soviet-era nuclear-powered battle cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, or Peter the Great. Other Russian vessels in the group include the anti-submarine warships of the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov and support ships, Russian media has reported.

First-ever Russia-Egypt paratrooper drills in Africa underway (VIDEO)
RT - Russian and Egyptian paratroopers have for the first time taken part in joint military drills in the African desert. Some 200 servicemen participated in the exercises, aimed at boosting anti-terrorism effectiveness. An array of military equipment is being used on both sides, including Russia’s IL-76mg and Egypt’s Casa and C-130, as well as a range of parachute systems, deployed at altitudes of 2,000 (609 meters), 6,000 and 7,000ft, somewhere over Alexandria, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense…. Observers from over 30 countries are keeping watch. These are the first war drills between the two countries ever to be carried out on the African continent, and involve desert and the type of terrain that Russians don’t often find themselves in. However, the two countries already took part in joint naval drills in the Mediterranean in June 2015, off the Alexandria coast. The drills come as part of an agreement between Russia and Egypt and are designed to bolster joint response to terrorism. According to members of the Russian command contacted by RT Arabic, Egypt has requested that the emphasis be on special operations and hostage rescue, particularly in an urban setting…. The drills have been christened ‘Friendship Defenders-2016’, and will run October 15-26.

Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages
Washington Free Beacon - Iran is seeking “many billions of dollars” in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iran’s state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administration’s decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash. Senior Iranian officials, including the country’s president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens. Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran’s notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused.

Russian MPs pass bill to suspend plutonium reprocessing deal with US
RT - The State Duma has overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bill that suspends a Russian-American deal on reprocessing weapons-grade plutonium extracted from decommissioned warheads. The bill, submitted on October 3 by the president’s office, was backed by 445 MPs, with one abstention. The reprocessing deal was ratified in 2000 and involved Russia and the US disposing of excessive plutonium by fabricating nuclear plant fuel from it and transmuting it in a reactor. The US later decided that the process was too costly and that it would rather mix its plutonium with special dilutants and store it indefinitely. Moscow sees that as a gross breach of the deal, saying the US could potentially restore the fissile material. The bill, which was drawn up by the Kremlin, says the deal may come back into force if the US takes a number of steps to rectify its past anti-Russian actions, including the expansion of NATO and imposition of economic sanctions against Russia. Moscow, however, has little hope of the US doing that, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told MPs prior to the vote…. Amongst other demands, Moscow wants Washington to curb its military presence on the territory of NATO members which have joined the alliance since September 1, 2000, to the number at which they were at the moment of signing the agreement.

Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemeni Funeral ‘Deliberate Error’ – UK Minister for Middle East
Sputnik News - The airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a funeral ceremony in Yemen’s capital Sanaa that killed over 100 people was a “deliberate error”, UK Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said on Wednesday. On October 8, an airstrike hit the funeral ceremony in Sanaa. The attack claimed at least 140 lives leaving over 500 injured…. On October 15, the Saudi-led coalition admitted in the official statement the fact that one of its aircraft was behind a deadly bombing, adding that the attack was carried out based on false information. "I went to Riyadh last week to tell them that they need to come out with a report immediately, they did that, it was released on the weekend and they put their hand up and said this was a gross breach of standard operating procedures,” the minister added.

Police truck runs over demonstrators protesting US troops in Philippines (VIDEO)
RT - A rally protesting the presence of American troops in the Philippines has turned violent outside the US embassy in Manila, with police using tear gas against demonstrators. Several people were run over by a police van. AP footage shows the van repeatedly ramming into protesters as it drove back and forth among the crowd. It occurred after demonstrators surrounded the vehicle and began hitting it with wooden batons seized from police. At least three student activists were taken to hospital after being run over, protest leader Renato Reyes told AP. Police arrested 23 protesters who broke into a line of riot police and hurled red paint at officers and a US government employee. Responding to the violent dispersal of protesters, Reyes said "there was absolutely no justification for it." "Even as the president vowed an independent foreign policy, Philippine police forces still act as running dogs of the US," he added.

Jihadi rehab: Swedish city plans free driver’s license, housing & tax perks for returning fighters
RT - A Swedish city is considering giving jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq free housing, a driver’s license, and tax benefits to ease their reintegration, but social media users have slammed the proposal, saying it ignores the terrorists’ victims. The support for extremists was proposed by Anna Sjöstrand, a municipal coordinator against violent extremism in the city of Lund in southern Sweden…. Sjöstrand’s proposal was based on a report written by author and criminologist Christoffer Carlsson, who says that it is difficult for people to abandon extremism and reintegrate into society without support…. The proposal has been eviscerated on social media, however, with users saying that Sweden is forgetting about the terrorists’ victims. “Lund wants to help terrorists with housing, driver’s license and job, but forgets the victims,” one user wrote on Twitter, while another added: “Rapists, child murderers, terrorists. Everyone should be treated equally.” Some users were calling for Sjöstrand’s resignation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The Simpsons uncanny ability to 'predict' future American events
MINA - One of the most prominent of their “predictions” relates to the current state of US politics. Donald Trump’s presidential bid was first depicted on the cartoon series – playing out in a 2000 episode some 16 years before the billionaire was actually chosen as the Republican Party’s nominee. And that’s far from being the only case of an episode of The Simpsons reflecting future events. Here, we list six other past episodes in which The Simpsons bizarrely predicted, depicted, or referred to major contemporary events that were yet to unfold.

General Cartwright is paying the price for Hillary Clinton’s sins
Washington Post - The Obama administration Justice Department has investigated three senior officials for mishandling classified information over the past two years but only one faces a felony conviction, possible jail time and a humiliation that will ruin his career: former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman General James E. Cartwright. The FBI’s handling of the case stands in stark contrast to its treatment of Hillary Clinton and retired General David Petraeus — and it reeks of political considerations. Monday marked a stunning fall from grace for Cartwright, the man once known as “Obama’s favorite general,” who pleaded guilty to the felony charge of lying to the FBI during its investigation into the leaking of classified information about covert operations against Iran to two journalists. His lawyer Greg Craig said in a statement that Cartwright spoke with David Sanger of the New York Times and Dan Klaidman of Newsweek as a confirming source for stories they had already reported, in an effort to prevent the publication of harmful national security secrets. Under his plea deal, Cartwright could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Last year, Petraeus cut a deal with the Justice Department after admitting he had lied to the FBI and passed hundreds of highly classified documents to his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell. He pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor of mishandling classified information and was sentenced to two years probation and a $100,000 fine.

Wikileaks Releases Another 1,803 Podesta Emails In Part 12 Of Data Dump; Total Is Now 18,953
Zero Hedge - The daily dump continues. In the now traditional daily routine, one which forces the Clinton campaign to resort to ever more stark sexual scandals involving Trump to provide a media distraction, moments ago Wikileaks released yet another 1,803 emails in Part 12 of its ongoing Podesta Email dump, which brings the total number of released emails to 18,953….As there is a total of 50,000 emails, Wikileaks will keep the media busy over the next three weeks until the elections with another 30,000 emails still expected to be released.
* Related: Detailed List of Top Wikileaks Podesta Emails (Update 7)

New Clinton emails appear to contradict her sworn testimony
Washington Examiner - Emails recovered from Hillary Clinton's server by the FBI and made public Wednesday cast doubt on the former secretary of state's own testimony about her email use. Responding to a set of questions under oath last week, Clinton said through her lawyer that she did not recall discussing her server with Bryan Pagliano, the IT aide whose immunity deal was the first to emerge publicly from the year-long FBI probe. "Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall having communications with Bryan Pagliano concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion, or destruction of any emails in her email account," Clinton testified through her lawyer, David Kendall, after raising objections to the question. But emails provided to conservative-leaning Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act show Clinton included Pagliano in discussions about her Blackberry, iPad and server when her network experienced problems in 2012. The two email chains, included among 15 pages of documents published by Judicial Watch on Wednesday, show Pagliano wrote directly to Clinton and copied Justin Cooper, a former Clinton Foundation aide who also provided assistance for the email system, in March 2012…. The new records were among the roughly 15,000 emails FBI agents turned over to the State Department at the conclusion of their investigation.

Illegals Seeking Asylum Up 900%, Get Cash, Welfare, School Loans
Washington Examiner - The number of illegals seeking asylum to gain easy access to the United States has jumped 900 percent in less than 10 years, greatly expanding the Immigration population receiving Social Security benefits, school loans, green cards, welfare and other taxpayer funded services, according to figures from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. While about 8,000 mostly Latin Americans in 2009 sought asylum, the number is expected to reach 80,000 or more this year, according to a projection from the Center for Immigration Studies. The report said 80 percent come from just three countries that have already flooded the border with youths and young families, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Most claim a fear of torture, abuse, or retaliation, fulfilling the U.S. requirement that they must voice some credible fear of returning home. The surge was sparked by a freeing up by President Obama of the restrictions to those requesting asylum. Now they are let into the United States while they pursue their asylum request.

Election News

Video: Third Presidential Debate (C-SPAN)

***Live Updates*** Trump vs. Clinton, Round 3
Breitbart - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in their third and final presidential debate tonight at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
*Related: Third Presidential Debate Fact-Check

Trump: Clinton Should Return Money From Countries That Abuse Women
The Daily Caller - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called out the Clinton Foundation for accepting money from countries such as Saudi Arabia that abuse women and gays and minority groups in the debate Wednesday, asking why she doesn’t “give back the money.” “It is a criminal enterprise,” Trump said, referring to the Clinton Foundation. “Saudi Arabia giving $25 million, Qatar, all of these countries, you check about women and women’s race — these are people that push gays off buildings. They kill women and treat women horribly, and yet you take their money.”… “The Clinton Foundation is a disgrace,” he added. “And you know it, and they know it, and everybody knows it.” Clinton replied by stating the Clinton Foundation donates 90 percent of money to charity, saying she’s “very proud” and that it has the “highest rating from the watchdogs.” She then pivoted to a comparison between the Clinton Foundation and the Trump Foundation, which she said wasted money taken from other people.

‘ADDRESS THAT’ — Chris Wallace GRILLS Hillary On Clinton Foundation Corruption (Video)
The Daily Caller - During Wednesday night’s presidential debate, Chris Wallace held Hillary Clinton’s feet to the fire over allegations that the Clinton Foundation engaged in “pay-for-play” behavior when she served as secretary of state. “There have been a lot of developments over the last ten days since the last debate,” Wallace posed. “I’d like to ask you about them. These are questions that the American people have, Secretary Clinton, during your 2009 Senate confirmation hearing, you promised to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest with your dealing with the Clinton Foundation while you were Secretary of State.” “Emails show that donors got special access to you,” he continued. “Can you really say you kept your pledge to that Senate committee, and what happened and what went on between you and the Clinton Foundation? Why isn’t it what Mr. Trump calls pay to play?” “Well, everything I did as secretary of state was in furtherance of our country’s interests and our values,” Clinton responded. “The State Department said that.” Clinton then listed what she described as all the “good” the Foundation does across the world before Wallace interrupted her. “Secretary, respectfully, this is an open discussion,” Wallace noted. “A specific question went to pay for play. Do you want to address that?” She did not.

DRUDGE POLL: Who Won The Final Presidential Debate?

'Russian Hacker' Arrested In Prague Last Week, Announcement "Tactically Delayed" Until Day Of US Debate
Zero Hedge - Two days before the Obama administration formally accused the Russian government of hacking Democrats, NYTimes reports that a man identified as a "Russian hacker suspected of pursuing targets in the United States" was arrested in the Czech Republic. While the arrest was made on Oct 5th, officials stated that "we postponed the announcement for tactical reasons," which makes one wonder whether this is the debate-day-distraction Hillary needs? The United States director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., said in a statement on Oct. 7 that high-level Russian officials were trying to interfere with American elections…. But, as The New York Times reports, a "russian hacker" was arrested two days before this... and the announcement delayed until today... Debate Day!?

WIKILEAKS: Podesta Says It’s OK for Illegals to Vote With Driver’s License….
The Gateway Pundit - In the latest Wikileaks Podesta documents John Podesta actually says it is OK for illegals to vote if they have a driver’s license. John Podesta: “I think Teddy’s idea scratches the itch, is pretty safe and uncomplicated. On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a drivers license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in Federal elections” These people are criminals. Almost half of California’s driver’s licenses went to illegal aliens last year. 12 states and the District of Columbia allow driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Energy & Environment

US Air Force Base Poisons Colorado Creek With Cancer-Causing Chemicals
Sputnik News - A US Air Force base in Colorado has admitted to accidentally releasing 150,000 gallons of water containing toxic chemicals into the sewer system of nearby Colorado Springs. Peterson Air Force base said on October 18 that the water contained perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), chemicals used on bases to put out fires and which have been linked to several kinds of cancer, low birth weight in babies and other health issues. The Air Force statement has not clarified how high the levels were. Officials from nearby communities and the Colorado Department of Public Health have assured residents that the contaminated water has not reached drinking water sources, only sewers. The wastewater first passed through a treatment plant, but the plant is not designed to remove PFCs. The wastewater then flowed into Fountain Creek. Fountain Creek flows south toward Pueblo and into the Arkansas River, the Denver Post detailed.... BS news reports that the process of releasing wastewater is not a simple one. "There is at least two valves that have to be turned on, and the electrical control for this is above ground," base environmental chief Fred Brooks explained in their report. "That's separate from that, so it's at least a three-step process.".... Last year, PFCs were discovered in public water sources in the vicinity of Colorado Springs near Fountain Creek and Windmill Gulch.... In the past few years, groundwater around bases in California, Texas, Michigan and Pennsylvania has been found to be contaminated with carcinogens, including PFCs.


Update: Natural Hormones on the Chopping Block Yet Again
Alliance for Natural Health - Good news—in a group of documents dated November 3, 2016, the FDA has responded to our concerns, indicating that compounded hormone creams WILL NOT BE on the agency’s chopping block at the next advisory committee meeting. We are glad to hear that the FDA is only considering the elimination of patches; creams, gels, foams, and ointments are not at risk, or at least not yet at risk. As welcome as this news is, we must still closely monitor the FDA’s ongoing review of compounding ingredients and delivery systems and fight for consumer access to important natural medicines including natural, bio-identical hormones delivered to the body in the appropriate way.

The 16 Fake, Sneaky Names Food Companies Use For MSG
Off the Grid News - Monosodium glutamate first hit the American food market in the 1960s as a seasoning and “meat tenderizing” powder called “Accent.” Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese scientist who identified the natural flavor enhancing substance found in seaweed, learned how to mass produce MSG back in 1908. MSG is the “sodium salt of the common amino acid glutamic acid,” according to the definition by the FDA, which acknowledges it can cause “headaches, numbness, flushing, tingling, palpitations, and drowsiness.”… Although MSG still has the GRAS rating, it does require manufacturers to list MSG as an ingredient on their products. Manufacturers have gotten around this requirement, however, by calling MSG something else. Here are some of the names they use to disguise MSG: 1. glutamic acid 2.monopotassium glutamate or simply “glutamate” 3. yeast extract or yeast nutrient 4. hydrolyzed proteins (hydrolyzed vegetable protein, animal protein or plant protein) 5. soy protein isolate and soy protein concentrate 6. whey protein (whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate) 7. autolyzed plant protein 8. hydrolyzed oat flour 9. textured protein 10. caseinate (sodium caseinate and calcium caseinate) 11. natural flavorings or simply “flavoring” 12. ultra-pasteurized 13. enzyme modified 14. carrageenan 15. maltodextrin or malt extract 16. protein fortified Some manufacturers even hide MSG under the catch-all “bouillon” term.

7 Healthy Reasons to Eat Black Sesame Seeds
Natural News Blogs - The black sesame seed may be small, but it is a powerful food. The nutrients found in sesame seeds may contribute to cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation, support respiratory health, protect against colon cancer and osteoporosis as well as other conditions…. 1. Relieves Arthritis - The high copper content in black sesame seeds helps in reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis. In addition, this mineral keeps your bones and joints flexible and healthy. 2. Improves Eye Health - As per traditional Chinese medicine, eyes are closely related to liver healthy. When liver is affected the eyes become tired and dry and vision may become blurred. Black sesame seeds are a natural tonic for liver, which in turn is believed to nourish and support eyes’ function. 3. Prevent Cancer - Black sesame is the one that have the highest phytosterol content among all seeds, which is inevitable in the fight against severe disease such as: leukemia, multiple myeloma, colon cancer, lung cancer, beast cancer, etc. 4. Prevents Anaemia - One cup of black sesame seeds contains about 20 mg of iron, which is about 115% of your daily recommended intake of iron, the mineral that is essential for transporting oxygen around your body. 5. Prevent Osteoporosis - Eating black sesame seeds regularly, provides you with good intake of zinc and calcium, both minerals that are needed by the body for good bone health….

The Most Popular Shaving Cream Contains 10 Chemicals that Cause Cancer and Destroy Your Liver
Living Traditionally - Everyday we expose ourselves to dangerous, toxic chemicals. Some are known to contain cancer causing agents, contribute to hormone imbalance, headaches, allergies, depression, chronic fatigue, learning disabilities, hyperactivity and irritability. Shaving creams are loaded with toxic ingredients…. 1. Phthalates: Phthalates can disrupt the functioning of hormones, which can harm important balances throughout the entire body, including those impacting the immune system and brain. Traces of phthalate metabolites found in human urine are associated with obesity and insulin resistance in men because they inhibit testosterone function. About 80% of people are exposed to this type of toxin. 2. ISOPENTANE: This chemical helps some ingredients to dissolve into others. It can also cause dry skin, contact dermatitis, dizziness, headaches, and nose and throat irritation. 3. Parfum (fragrance): Would you rather smell good or live longer? Parfum is a potpourri of toxicity, with many of the 3,000 chemicals used to make fragrance untested — neither in isolation nor in combination. Some that have been submitted to lab tests, however, have been associated with neurotoxicity and cancer. So either perform the extensive research to determine what those cancer-causing chemicals are, or just cut the stuff. 4. Methylparaben is used as a preservative, mimics estrogen (see Sodium Lauryl Sulphate above) and has been linked to tumor growth. 5. Triethanolamine: This ingredient, along with DEA (diethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine) are responsible for the foaming attributes of shave creams and gels. Research has linked them with hormone disruption, and they can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. They are easily absorbed by your skin.Triethanolamine is a skin and respiratory toxicant. What’s more, animal studies have also shown Triethanolamine can cause bladder and liver cancer, as well as cell mutation in testicles….

Wednesday - October 19, 2016 - Today In History:

1765 - In the U.S., The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
1781 - British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. It was to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
1814 - In Baltimore, MD, the first documented performance of "The Defence of Fort McHenry" with music took place at the Holliday Street Theatre. The work was later published under the title "The Star-Spangled Banner."
1914 - In the U.S., government owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, DC.
1915 - The U.S. recognized General Venustiano Carranza as the president of Mexico. The U.S. imposed embargo to all parts of Mexico except where Carranza was in control.
1943 - The Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers began in Russia during World War II. Delegates from the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, the U.S., and China met to discuss war aims and cooperation between the nations.
1944 - The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).
1951 - U.S. President Truman signed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany.
1960 - The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.
1983 - The U.S. Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
1984 - Four U.S. employees of the CIA were killed in El Salvador when their plane crashed.
1989 - The U.S. Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that barred the desecration of the American flag.
2008 - Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

World News

US admits fighting ISIS in Mosul risks civilian lives
RT - The US says its anti-ISIS operation in Mosul and elsewhere in Iraq has been a success, despite the “inevitable” suffering it brings to civilians. However, Washington has a contradictory perception of the anti-terrorist efforts by the Syrian and Russian forces in Aleppo. “What we have seen [in Aleppo] is the regime carry out continued fighting against moderate Syrian opposition forces and really not target in meaningful way Daesh or [Al-] Nusra,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, using an acronym for Islamic State’s original name in Arabic. As the battle for Mosul raged for a second day, Toner was asked about differences between the US-led fight and similar anti-terrorist efforts in Aleppo. “First of all, we are working in a supportive capacity, it's the Iraqi government, Iraqi forces that are carrying out operation in Mosul and that is to go after and destroy Daesh, drive it out of Mosul,” he said. “It has been very successful in doing so throughout other cities and regions in the country.” n Washington, officials admit that the fight for Mosul will go hand-in-hand with the “inevitable” displacement of civilians, but believe putting lives in danger is worth the candle. “We are aware civilian lives are at risks in Mosul,” Toner has said. “It's been well documented with, for example, in respect to Tikrit and Ramadi and other places that have been liberated, that ISIL shows no hesitation to use civilians as human shields, to booby-trap houses, to place mines and they are willing to do it with no regard for the safety of civilians.” On Monday, the British Red Cross said that more than 1 million people are expected to flee their homes and leave Mosul…. In the meantime, in rebel-held Aleppo in neighboring Syria, scores of civilians have been blocked off from government-controlled areas, with no access to humanitarian aid.

US and UK reject Russian offer of Syria airstrikes 'pause'
The Guardian - The US and the UK have rejected a Russian and Syrian offer of a temporary “pause” on airstrikes in Aleppo as the basis for reopening talks, saying there has to be a credible and durable ceasefire that should initially last as long as 48 hours. Moscow had announced a temporary halt in the military push ahead of a planned eight-hour humanitarian pause on Thursday, designed to give rebel militants and the injured a chance to leave the city. The US State Department said the Russian offer was too little, too late, and the UN humanitarian spokesman said that relief workers needed longer than eight hours to help extricate the injured. Moscow announced on Tuesday that Russian and Syrian warplanes had halted their bombardment of the rebel-held districts of the city. Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, said “The early halting of airstrikes is necessary to declare a ‘humanitarian pause’. It will … guarantee a safe exit of civilians through six corridors and prepare for the evacuation of the ill and the wounded from the eastern part of Aleppo.” Russian president Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the halt in the airstrikes was a goodwill gesture to pave the way for Thursday’s pause. “The Russian military is offering yet another chance, and we hope that our partners will allow us all to take advantage of that,” Peskov said.

Media Silent as Anti-Corporate Trade Deal Protests Take Europe by Storm
Activist Post - Over the weekend, thousands of protesters across multiple countries condemned impending trade deals promoted by governments and their corporate partners. Though the protests received little coverage from mainstream media, they stretched from Paris to Warsaw. The demonstrations came amid the Commission on International Trade of the European Parliament’s plans to finalize the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) this week. The policy has been likened to so-called “free trade” deals pushed by President Barack Obama and other Western governments. CETA, which has been in the works for seven years, would eliminate tariffs between Canada and European nations, which proponents argue would foster increased trade and create jobs. Nevertheless, the deal has been criticized for granting too much power to multinational corporations, the Guardian reports. Though the European Commission recently drafted a statement claiming “environmental and health standards will not be diluted,” not all policymakers are convinced. Passage of CETA hit a roadblock after the parliament of the Wallonia region of Belgium rejected it. Wallonia’s minister-president, Paul Magnette, vowed to block the entire country from ratifying the deal. This has proponents of CETA concerned about the agreement’s future, as all 28 member states of the European Union must unanimously agree on it before it can be further negotiated and ratified.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon will now pay for transgender soldiers to have gender reassignment surgery - but retirees and family of service members are not covered
Daily Mail - The move follows the Pentagon's decision in June to lift its ban on transgender troops serving in the military. Now any soldier whose ability to serve is 'adversely affected by a medical condition or medical treatment related to their gender identity,' they will be eligible for reassignment surgery or hormone therapy, according to the Defense Department. Children of soldiers and retirees will also be able to take advantage of the new transgender health benefits such as hormone therapy. However, only active service members will be eligible for gender-reassignment surgery which can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $50,000 per operation, as experts say the move could cost up to $8.4 million a year, Circa Politics reports. The announcement has been met with criticism from both sides, with The National Center for Transgender Equality complaining the benefits don't go far enough and that the key operation should be extended to family and retired service members. Meanwhile the conservative Center for Military Readiness argues that it covers expensive treatments devoid of any military purpose. 'I think this is a gross misuse of military medical dollars,' Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty added. He also complains that military personnel are also getting transgender education which he claims takes up valuable time.

Wikileaks Releases Another 1,894 Podesta Emails In Part 11 Of Data Dump; Total Is Now 17,150
Zero Hedge - The daily dump continues. In the now traditional daily routine, one which forces the Clinton campaign to resort to ever more stark sexual scandals involving Trump to provide a media distraction, moments ago Wikileaks released yet another 1,894 emails in Part 11 of its ongoing Podesta Email dump, which brings the total number of released emails to 17,150. As a reminder among yesterday's most recent revelations we got further insights into the campaign staff exchanges on handling media queries about Clinton “flip-flopping” on gay marriage, galvanizing Latino support and locking down Clinton’s healthcare policy. Just as notable has been the ongoing revelation of just how "captured" the so-called independent press has been in its "off the record" discussions with John Podesta which got the head Politico correspondent, Glenn Thrush, to admit he is a "hack" for allowing Podesta to dictate the content of his article. With another 33,000 or so emails left until election day, we expect the emergence of another Trump "sexual assault" accuser to emerge momentarily. Here are some initial observations from the latest leak…

Ecuador says it cut WikiLeaks founder's internet over US election interference
The Guardian - Ecuador has confirmed that it cut off internet access to Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, stating it believed he was using it to interfere in the US presidential election. The move followed a raft of leaked emails published by WikiLeaks, including some from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released just before the party’s convention in July, and more recently a cache of emails from the account of Hillary Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta. On Tuesday, officials released a statement saying that the government of Ecuador “respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states” and had cut off the internet access available to Assange because “in recent weeks, WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting on the US election campaign”. On Tuesday, officials released a statement saying that the government of Ecuador “respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states” and had cut off the internet access available to Assange because “in recent weeks, WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting on the US election campaign”. Assange’s internet access was cut off on Monday morning. It was not immediately clear who was responsible, though a tweet from the site’s official account claimed it had been “intentionally severed” by a “state party”.

Shock Report: Clinton Operative Turns On Hillary: The “Fixer” Is Set To Release 24 Years Worth Of Documents, Notes and Journals
Mac Slavo - Though often criticized for being a tabloid, during the 2008 Presidential election the National Enquirer broke the story about then-candidate John Edwards and his mistress. The investigation tanked Edwards’ Presidential dreams. Today, they may have just done the same to Hillary Clinton…. According to The National Enquirer, the man hired by Bill and Hillary Clinton to clean up their messes – “The Fixer” – has turned on them and is set to release a treasure trove of evidence. From documents, notes and journals covering some 24 years, the revelations could be explosive. According to the The Enquirer, the shadowy figure has been confirmed as a Clinton operative and is set to tell all in coming days and weeks.

Record 64.7 million non-English speakers in U.S.
WND - The report by the Center for Immigration Studies, which breaks down new Census data, shows a record number of new immigrants in the country whose primary language is not English, and the fastest growing language is Arabic. In 2015 a record 64.7 million U.S. residents spoke a foreign language at home – up 5.2 million since 2010 and up 1.5 million in just the last year. The largest percentage increase from 2010 to 2015 was for speakers of Arabic, Hindi (an India language) and Urdu (Pakistan’s national language). More than one in five U.S. residents now speaks a foreign language at home, according to the CIS report…. President Obama has been issuing more than 130,000 green-cards per year to persons from Muslim-majority countries using various legal programs such as refugee resettlement, the visa lottery, employment-based programs and other channels. School systems from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Wichita, Kansas, and Twin Falls, Idaho, to Amarillo, Texas, and Fargo, North Dakota, have been overwhelmed by Third World refugees over the past 10 years, forcing them to hire expensive linguistics experts and translators. The language barrier also presents new challenges to 9-1-1 emergency centers, hospitals, jails and other public institutions. More than 15 languages are spoken in the Amarillo school system, and when you include the different dialects, the number balloons to 75, according to Mayor Paul Harpole’s testimony before the state legislature. More than 40 languages are spoken in the Fargo school system, according to a report cited by the city council.

Election News

Elections Expert: “We Now Have 4 Million Ineligible and Dead Voters on American Voter Rolls” (Video)
Gateway Pundit - Elections expert J. Christian Adams told FOX and Friends on Tuesday morning there are 4 million dead people on US voter rolls [according to the Pew Charitable Trust]. Adams, who was the Voting Section Attorney at the US Department of Justice, filed six suits in the past year against Philadelphia and Broward County, Florida where the voter rolls are corrupted. Adams said he had one case in Texas where the person died in 1944. Far left groups continually sue to keep the voter rolls the way they are. The Obama administration has no desire to clean up these voter rolls.

Rigging the Election – Video 2: Mass Voter Fraud
Project Veritas Action - [Profanity] James O’Keefe’s new explosive series on the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, Democratic party operatives tell us how to successfully commit voter fraud on a massive scale. Scott Foval, who has since been fired, admits that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fifty years.
Related: Rigging the Election - Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies

Economy & Business

Saudis, China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $346 Billion In US Paper
Zero Hedge - One month ago, when we last looked at the Fed's update of Treasuries held in custody, we noted something troubling: the number dropped sharply, declining by over $27.5 billion in one week, the biggest weekly drop since January 2015, pushing the total amount of custodial paper to $2.83 trillion, the lowest since 2012. One month later, […] foreign central banks continued their relentless liquidation of US paper held in the Fed's custody account, which tumbled by another $22.3 billion in the past week, pushing the total amount of custodial paper to $2.805 trillion, another fresh post-2012 low…. Among the biggest sellers - on a market-price basis - not surprisingly was China, which in July "sold" $34 billion in US paper (the actual underlying number while different, as this particular series is adjusted for Mark to Market variations, will be similar), the biggest monthly dump going back to 2012, and bringing its total to $1.185 trillion, the lowest total since 2012.

Ford To Idle Four Factories Due To Slowing Car Demand, Rising Inventories
Zero Hedge - Over the weekend we recapped some of the less than impressive moments in the recent US car industry history, which suddenly appears to be bombarded with a barrage of bad news: starting with Ford's disastrous August sales when the company admitted "sales have reached a plateau", continuing to the surge in delinquent subprime auto borrowers hitting nearly a 7 year high as the marginal creditworthy car buyers disappears, then noting the record $4,000 in industry-wide new car incentives in September as preventing a plunge in last month's auto sales, and recalling last week's downgrade of the US auto sector by Goldman which said that the US "cycle has peaked". As a result of slowing demand and declining US auto sales coupled with growing inventory, Ford Motor is halting one of two plants that builds its top-selling F-150 pickup as it idles four factories this month amid slowing U.S. auto sales. As Bloomberg reports, starting this week, Ford is shutting its Louisville, Kentucky, factory building the Escape and Lincoln MKC sport utility vehicles, as well as two plants in Mexico that make the Fusion sedan and Fiesta subcompact, according to an e-mailed statement. Next week, the second-largest U.S. automaker will close the F-150 factory near Kansas City for seven days. And starting Oct. 31, the Louisville plant will be idled for another week. The plant closings follow last week’s shutdown of Ford’s Mustang factory in Michigan after sales of the sports car plunged 32% in September.

Energy & Environment

40 Cops With Riot Gear, Armored Vehicle and LRAD Swarm 5 Praying Native Americans at DAPL (Video)
BlackListed News - Over the past several weeks, the police state has come out in full force as Native Americans fight to protect their water sources from the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Mainstream media remained largely silent as federal, state and local authorities worked on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners to squash dissent. […] on October 15 when five Native American Water Protectors left a protest near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to pray on the shoulder of a public road […] 40 cops from at least eight departments in three different states – complete with riot gear, automatic rifles, an armored vehicle and even an LRAD acoustic weapon – swarmed the five praying, unarmed Native Americans.… Over 100 Water Protectors, journalists, and legal observers have been arrested in recent weeks on charges ranging from inciting a riot to trespass. Journalist Amy Goodman from NPR has been charged with inciting a riot for her coverage private security dogs attacking water protectors. Emmy winning documentary film producer Deia Schlosberg was arrested on 3 felony charges and is facing 45 years in prison.”

Science & Technology

Report: One in two American adults is in a face recognition database
Privacy SOS - A breathtaking new report from the Center for Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School finds that one in two American adults is in a face recognition database. The numbers are so huge in large part because states are increasingly allowing the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to use drivers license databases as “perpetual lineups,” the report says. Face recognition technology is spreading like wildfire throughout the United States, without the necessary public debate, legal restrictions, and policy guidance to ensure it can be used without violating the civil rights and civil liberties of millions of people not suspected of serious crimes. There is no state or federal law requiring government agencies to limit face recognition searches, or to perform audits to ensure system accuracy or check for abuse. Nonetheless, sheriffs departments, state and local law enforcement agencies, and the FBI are all in the face recognition game to varying degrees nationwide. Some of the large trend-setting police departments, like the NYPD and LAPD, reportedly have facial recognition programs, but refused to provide records in response to Georgetown’s requests. to investigate the extent to which this disparate impact is occurring nationwide.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Goji Berries: The Cancer-Fighting Chinese Superfood You Can Grow At Home
Off the Grid News - Growing goji berries is fairly simple. You will need to purchase a bare root plant or seeds from sources like online nurseries. To speed up your harvest, get a bare root goji beery plant so that you can get its fruits sooner rather than later. Use a mix of soil with a tinge of sand. Choose a pot that will fit your plant; the crown of the plant should be just at the top of the hole when placed in soil. Pat down the soil around the plant, and then water. Apply some mulch around the plant to keep in the moisture. To care for the plant, simply keep it moist by watering and applying more soil, as needed. Not only are goji berries a simple plant to care for, but they also spread like weeds, once established…. Pruning is essential after the plant is one-year-old. Trim off all of the lower branches, up to 15 inches from the soil. Also, fertilizer is not needed because the nitrogen will kill the goji berry plant. Goji berries have been used in China for centuries for energy and long life. China, in fact, produces most of the world’s commercially sold goji berries. Other health benefits include: Fighting cancer — They have huge levels of carotenoids, which battle cancer. Eye care – Goji berries can help stop macular degeneration thanks to high levels of antioxidants. Healthy skin – The beta-carotene in the berries boosts skin health. Regulating blood sugar. These berries can control the amount of sugar released into the blood, making them very beneficial for persons with diabetes.


Natural Hormones on the Chopping Block Yet Again
Alliance for Natural Health - The FDA’s Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee (PCAC) has announced its next meeting, where it will make recommendations on whether creams can be used in compounding, and whether any of five specific substances will be allowed. The likelihood of their recommendation not being followed is remote. Both transdermal and topical delivery systems have been nominated to the Demonstrably Difficult to Compound list, and are thus in extreme jeopardy. A decision against them will have dire consequences. Unfortunately, very few people understand this. It is unlikely that even the members of the committee understand it. But Big Pharma and their allies at the FDA understand the situation fully—and are pulling the strings. Natural hormone experts like Jonathan V. Wright, MD, have warned for years that many hormones should not be taken by mouth, either because the liver will “tag” them for elimination from the body before they can do their job or will abnormally alter them (in men, oral DHEA often is metabolized into unusually large levels of the hormone estrone); or because it is not healthy to take them this way—for example, in women, oral estrogens raise risk of blood clots and stroke. The FDA listens only to big drug companies, which do not want the trouble of selling hormones in cream form—so the agency will refuse to offer them except as tablets. If compounded topical versions are no longer available, it means that many natural hormones will only be available in the ineffectual (or risky!) tablet form. This would remove your ability to choose not only compounded bioidentical hormones, but also pain medications, and more. Many, many other medicines are delivered through topical creams or transdermal patches…. As vitally important as the creams are, some of the other substances on the chopping block are important too. The five substances being reviewed are diindolylmethane (DIM), trichloroacetic acid, kojic acid, glycolic acid, and vasoactive intestinal peptide. DIM is especially important. It is a naturally occurring compound found in Brassica vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, mustard greens, and kale, and has anti-cancer and immune-modulating properties.

The plastic plague: Hormone-disrupting chemicals in everyday things like water bottles
Daily Mail - Plastic bottles contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that can cause cancer, diabetes, ADHD and autism, scientists confirmed in a report on Tuesday. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with the body's hormonal system, affecting development and leaving the body open to a staggering range of diseases. But they are found in thousands of everyday products, ranging from plastic and metal food containers, to detergents, flame retardants, toys and cosmetics. These chemicals are responsible for scores of illnesses - costing the US an eye-watering $340 billion in health-related costs each year, the bombshell report by NYU Langone revealed. The most common EDC-related illness is neurological - including attention-ADHD, autism and loss of IQ. The invisible but dangerous chemicals also boosted obesity, diabetes, some cancers, male infertility and a painful condition known as endometriosis, the abnormal growth of tissue outside the uterus.

3 Corporations that Manufacture BPA
Brandon Turbeville - Unsurprisingly, the number one chemical producer in the United States – Dow Chemical – is one manufacturer. In addition, and also unsurprisingly, Bayer AG via its subsidiary, Bayer Polymers, is also a major producer. With the recent merger between Bayer and Monsanto, however, Dow may be unseated as the top chemical maker, as Bayer/Monsanto seek to coat the world in pesticides, herbicides, and toxic plastic chemicals. Hexion Specialty Chemicals is also a producer of BPA with its product being found in Deer Park Water bottles…. Despite a growing consumer-based movement to eliminate BPA from food packaging and other consumer products, as well as the growing science demonstrating the toxicity of BPA even at lower levels than previously thought, the FDA that has approved the substance as safe for use in corporate America, is largely refusing to budge.

10 Reasons Wheat Is Toxic Whether You are Gluten Sensitive or Not
Natural Blaze - More and more studies are showing why wheat products – at least in America – are terribly unhealthy whether you have a sensitivity to gluten or not. There are more components of wheat than gluten. Let’s think beyond gluten, which is made up of two proteins: gliadin and glutenin. Gliadin is the one that gives a lot of people trouble and can exacerbate ADHD, autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Americans get a lot more gliadin from the same amount of wheat than they did in 1960…. Allow me to summarize about 10 issues plaguing modern American wheat. Organic wheat and so-called “whole-grain” wheat are not excused from this list! 1. Our bread, noodles and other flour products are stripped of their parts and nutrients, bleached (yum! yum!) and then fortified with synthetic vitamins that are harsh on the liver. Don’t forget the dough conditioners and other additives. . The ancient, tall “amber waves of grain” are almost a thing of the past. Trading our diverse crop practices for convenient monoculture spells disaster. 3. Desiccating (drying) wheat before harvest with toxic Roundup or glyphosate causing us to literally eat a pesticide that causes breast cancer in parts per trillion. Glyphosate has been heavily detected in beer and other wheat products as well as other crops that are desiccated with glyphosate such as oats. 4. Desiccating (drying) wheat before harvest with toxic Roundup or glyphosate causing us to literally eat a pesticide that causes breast cancer in parts per trillion. Glyphosate has been heavily detected in beer and other wheat products as well as other crops that are desiccated with glyphosate such as oats….

Tuesday - October 18, 2016 - Today In History:

1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).
1898 - The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.
1929 - The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.
1944 - Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviets during World War II.
1958 - The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter's show.
1969 - The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.
1970 - Quebec's minister of labor was found strangled to death after eight days of being held captive by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ).
1983 - General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
1989 - The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.
1990 - Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.
1997 - A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.
2013 - Saudi Arabia became the first nation to reject a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Jordan took the seat on December 6.

World News

Islamic State launches defensive suicide bombings around Mosul
The Long War Journal -The Islamic State claims to have launched at least 12 suicide bombings during the first day of the battle for Mosul, Iraq. The group’s Amaq News Agency posted the claims in English and Arabic on its social media sites, including Telegram.... However, Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) says that all 12 suicide bombers were neutralized, eight by the Iraqi Army and four by the Peshmerga.... The Associated Press described the situation to Mosul’s east, which is one of the key approaches for the battle. The “main roads and fields were littered with homemade bombs” and “suicide car bomb attacks had slowed the troops’ progress” according to the AP, which cited Lt. Col. Mohammad Darwish of the peshmerga. The fog of war makes it impossible to verify the efficacy of the Islamic State’s suicide attacks. The Islamic State has used suicide bombers in both its offensives and as a defensive tactic when losing ground. For example, Amaq claims that Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s men launched 29 suicide attacks in Libya during the first nine months of 2016.... The Islamic State employed similar tactics in Anbar province, where it has suffered significant setbacks.... As The Long War Journal has previously reported, Amaq’s claims regarding the number of suicide attacks should not be accepted at face value. The figures have not been independently verified. It is possible that some attacks are counted even if they failed, and this may be the case in Mosul during the first days of heavy fighting. The Islamic State has also used children or adolescents in its bombings, meaning that some of the attackers are not truly willing “martyrs.”

Petraeus on Battle for Mosul: 'The Question Is, What Happens Afterward'
CNS News - The fight for Mosul will be "orders of magnitude larger than any fight that the Iraqis, with our assistance and the coalition support, have taken on," Petraeus told ABC's "This Week." "There will be dug-in troops, there will be tunnels, there will be suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices. "But at the end of the day, the Iraqi forces, with our assistance, are going to prevail. There's no question. The Islamic State fighters in Mosul are dead men walking, and I think they increasingly know it. They're even trying to desert and they're being executed. "So there's no question about the outcome of the fight. The challenge here is actually after the fight. It's governance." Petraeus said the new government must represent and respond to "the most complex human terrain in all of Iraq." "There are a lot of grievances,' he said. "There are Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs, Turkmen. There are Kurds from three different political parties. You've got Yazidis, Christians, Shabak. A lot of grievances, scores that may be settled. "And in that kind of complexity, governance is going to have to emerge or else you'll start preparing fields for the planting of the seeds of Islamic State 3.0."

The Story Changes: The Pentagon Is No Longer Sure Yemen Fired Missiles At A US Ship
Zero Hedge - According to Reuters earlier today the Pentagon declined to say whether the USS Mason destroyer was targeted by multiple inbound missiles fired from Yemen on Saturday, as initially thought, saying a review was underway to determine what happened. "We are still assessing the situation. There are still some aspects to this that we are trying to clarify for ourselves given the threat -- the potential threat -- to our people," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told a news briefing."So this is still a situation that we're assessing closely." And yet, the US had no problem with "clarifying" the source of the threat on Thursday when it fired American cruise missiles at Yemeni targets. At this point we refer readers to what we said on Thursday, when we once again put on the cynical hat, and voiced what those who have not been brainwashed by US media thought, to wit: In retrospect one now wonders if the "cruise missiles" that fell close to the US ships were merely the latest false flag providing the US cover to launch another foreign intervention.To be sure, the Houthis, who are battling the internationally-recognized government of Yemen President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, denied any involvement in Sunday's attempt to strike the USS Mason.

US-Russia Standoff Leaves NASA Without Manned Launch Capabilities
Sputnik News - NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations William Gerstenmaier said that NASA will not extend an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos for the delivery of astronauts to the International Space Station on board its Soyuz spacecraft after 2018.... Commenting on this, Mikhail Kokorich, head of the private Russian space company Dauria Aerospace, told RT that NASA's decision will not affect Russia's space sector.... He added that cooperation in space exploration added to a full-fledged partnership between Russia and the United States and that NASA's decision not to use Russian spaceships indicates a rapid cooling of bilateral relations.... Right now, the United States is developing its own manned spacecraft. One such program, being implemented by the American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company Space X, is related to the Dragon spacecraft and the two-stage rocket Falcon 9. The other program is being fulfilled by the company Orbital ATK, which is developing the Antares rocket. In addition, NASA is dealing with the creation of its own spaceship, and one of such spacecraft, CST-100 the Starliner, developed with the assistance of Boeing.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI releases 100 new pages on Clinton emails
The Hill - The FBI on Monday released 100 new pages of material from its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email system, opening the possibility that classified information may have been mishandled. The new notes and interview summaries are likely to shed new light on the bureau’s yearlong investigation into Clinton and her allies and spark additional outrage from congressional Republicans. Despite claiming that the former secretary of State and her aides had been “extremely careless,” FBI Director James Comey has insisted that his investigators did not find evidence to support a criminal charge against the Democratic presidential nominee. The Justice Department ultimately decided not to press charges over the matter. However, Republicans have refused to accept the department’s conclusion and have accused officials, including Comey, of creating a double standard for Clinton. Responding to the congressional pressure, the FBI has previously released some of the notes from its investigation, including a summary of Clinton’s interview with federal officials. The new release on Monday contains summaries of interviews conducted by the FBI - known by the form number of 302 - of several contractors and government officials involved with the State Department in some fashion. Many of the names have been redacted. One story that appears sure to outrage critics of the Obama administration is evidence that high-ranking State Department staffer Patrick Kennedy pressured the FBI not to classify an email in Clinton’s archive. The email contained information about arrests following the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and Kennedy offered a “quid pro quo” to keep it unclassified, one FBI official claimed. The State Department has disputed the characterization, noting that portions of the email were ultimately classified.

Clinton’s FBI Files Literally Mention “The Shadow Government” at the State Dept.
Activist Post - Bill Clinton once reportedly told senior White House reporter Sarah McClendon, “Sarah, there’s a government inside the government, and I don’t control it.” Average citizens who talk about things like that, however, are typically referred to as “Conspiracy Theorists” as if its a pejorative term. Then again, how much of a conspiracy is it when the FBI’s own documents confirm the existence of something referred to as “The Shadow Government”? Check out page 56 [link in article] from the FBI’s files on the Clinton investigation which is making the rounds on Reddit: A powerful group of high-ranking state officials referred to as “The Shadow Government.” Really? So Skull and Bones John Kerry is sitting over there in a group literally nicknamed “The Shadow Government” which decides what information will be released to the public and what will be censored in regard to fellow high-ranking elitist Hillary Clinton? It’s almost a laughable cliché… except there it is in black and white. And still there are people in this country who claim there’s no such thing as a cover up and it’s all a conspiracy.

Wikileaks Releases Another 3,183 Podesta Emails In Part 10 Of Data Dump; Total Is Now 15,256
Zero Hedge - We wondered if Wikileaks would take a break after the FBI released 100 pages of 302s [FBI summaries of interviews] earlier today, to avoid thinning the focus on its own releases. The answer, it turns out, was no. In a now familiar daily routine, one which forces the Clinton campaign to bring up ever starker sexual scandals involving Trump to provide a media distraction, moments ago Wikileaks released yet another roughly 3,183 emails in Part 10 of its ongoing Podesta Email dump, which brings the total number of released emails to 15,256. As a reminder some of the recent email drops have produced revelations about Hillary Clinton and her campaign, including strategies to court black voters and billionaire donors, full transcripts of Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs in which she avoided criticizing Wall Street and discussions about how to “frame” information for “news hyenas.” With another 35,000 or so emails left until election day, we expect the emergence of another Trump "sexual assault" accuser to emerge momentarily.

The Most Revealing Emails from the #PodestaFiles, Separated By Category (Parts 1 - 10)
Vaskal.- John Podesta is Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign Chairman. Podesta previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama. On October 7th, 2016, WikiLeaks published thousands of emails belonging to Podesta's private email archives. More emails were released in the days that followed. Below is a compilation [links] of some of the most revealing and damaging emails discovered.

Wikileaks Activates "Contingency Plans" After Unknown "State Party" Cuts Julian Assange's Internet Connection
Zero Hedge - In what may be the first official retaliation against Julian Assange and Wikileaks since the organization started disseminating the hacked Podesta emails, this morning WikiLeaks announced it has "activated contingency" plans after Assange's internet link was intentionally cut off by a state party, WikiLeaks has said in a tweet.... Previously on Sunday, there was concern about Assange's well-being when Wikileaks tweeted out what some suggested were the "dead man keys" that are allegedly the encryption codes for highly damaging secret documents to be uneviled in the case of Assange's death. These may have been the "contingency plans" referred to in the subsequent Wiki tweet. Even former outspoken Trump advisor Roger Stone got involved tweeting that "John Kerry has threatened the Ecuadorian President with "grave consequences for Equador" if Assange is not silenced" adding that "Reports the Brits storm the Ecuadorian Embassy tonite while Kerry demands the UK revoke their diplomatic status so Assange can be seized." So far this appears to be just wild speculation. The latest news in the Assange saga comes as WikiLeaks continues to release on a daily basis hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, which could ruin Clinton’s chances of becoming the next US president. Clinton’s campaign has suggested that WikiLeaks is working together with the Russian government to help defeat them in favor of Trump. So far there had been no intervention by outside entities to attempt to silence Julian Assange, so the latest intervention "by a state party", if confirmed would be a notable escalation in the status quo, and suggests that Wikileaks may have even more damaging revelations to come.

Hillary's Server Hacked After All? FBI Docs Reveal A Confidential File Was Found On A Romanian Server
Zero Hedge - The latest document release by the FBI, which contains a further 100 pages of "302s" or summaries from interviews conducted with various parties close to Hillary's private server, reveals a troubling fact: according to an interview conducted on June 6, 2016 with an unnamed employee working for a US defense contractor specializing in the areas of "missile, space and intelligence", classified documents linked to Hillary Clinton's private server were discovered in Romania during a broader search for confirmation whether Clinton's private server had been breached from the outside.... What the probe found was disturbing, and contradicts the findings presented by FBI director James Comey.... Specifically, the 302 notes that during the witness' review of the data, he found "one sensitive Excel file listing the names of known or suspected jihadists in Libya", and that a "portion of the file was in Russian." The report notes that "the file did not come from Blumenthal's server, but contained a reference to an IP address range that included the IP address of Clinton's server." In other words, not only could Hillary's home server have been hacked, but a file listing the names of jihadists in Libya may have found its way to an unsecured server in Romania. And this is where something strange happened: "Upon viewing this file", the unnamed witness "became concerned he had found a classified document and stopped the project." Considering that the FBI had expressly concluded that there was no evidence that Hillary's home server had been hacked by outside forces, and that this particular confidential document was found on a Romanian server but did not originate from Blumenthal's server, the other distinct possibility is that it came from Hillary's server. Which is why we wonder why the FBI quickly squashed the project at this moment, before following up with Hillary or her staff to determine if her server was the source of the confidential file found half a way around the world.

CNN Claims It's Illegal To Download Wikileaks Emails
The Daily Caller - CNN’s Chris Cuomo told viewers it is illegal for them to possess emails leaked by the website WikiLeaks, and as a result they could not read them and had to rely entirely on the media to learn about their content. Cuomo’s comments were made early Wednesday morning, but they attracted no attention until a clip was uploaded to YouTube Sunday morning. In the clip, Cuomo opens a segment on leaked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s inbox by warning viewers they have to get all their information about the emails from the media, and nowhere else. If they try to check out the emails themselves, Cuomo warns, they’re breaking the law. “Also interesting is, remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents,” Cuomo says. “It’s different for the media, so everything you’re learning about this, you’re learning from us.” Cuomo’s claim is faulty on a few counts. While the government might potentially prosecute somebody purely for the act of downloading stolen documents, legal experts are divided on whether such a prosecution would be constitutional. Even if downloading the emails were illegal, that is totally irrelevant in this case, because nobody has to download the WikiLeaks emails in order to read them. They’re all freely available to read on a website anybody can access. Whatever the legal status of downloading the emails, there is absolutely no restriction on simply reading them, despite what Cuomo implies.

Police Officers' Lawsuit Against Freddie Gray Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Could Strip Her of Immunity
Breitbart - Warren Alperstein, a legal analyst, told the local [Baltimore] CBS affiliate that if the lawsuits filed by the officers are allowed to continue, Mosby could lose her immunity and her compulsion to testify in the case could cause major rifts in the state’s attorney office. “You can bet that the officers and the attorneys are champing at the bit to get Mrs. Mosby under oath,” Alperstein told CBS. Alperstein noted that the highly political decisions Mosby made by her failed attempts to prosecute the officers for the death of Freddie Gray could force her to testify and eliminate her immunity. “In a civil case like this, you as a defendant don’t have that right. You must testify or be held in contempt of court,” said Alperstein. “It is unprecedented. It is unheard of.” The lawsuits were filed starting in April just before every officer Mosby tried to prosecute for the suspect’s death was thrown out of court. In their complaints, the officers charged that Mosby knew many of the statements she was making during her announcements to indict the officers were false and were made for political, not legal, reasons. The lawsuits allege false arrest, false imprisonment, defamation or false light, and other assertions. For her part, in a recent speech delivered at Johns Hopkins University, Mosby implied that the current legal actions being taken against her by the officers may have to do with her race.

IRS ordered to clear tea party backlog within month, years after targeting revealed
Washington Times - A federal judge has ordered the IRS to finally clean up the tea party targeting mess, giving the tax agency less than a month to decide on a handful of applications that are still pending more than three years after officials first admitted they were targeting the conservative groups and subjecting them to intrusive scrutiny. The IRS also must file a brief detailing the steps it has taken to prevent further targeting and to make sure the tea party groups don’t face any more fallout from the stigma of having been singled out in the first place, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said in an order issued late Friday. Judge Walton ordered final decisions on two applications that have been pending for years and said four other groups that had withdrawn their applications amid the unconstitutional targeting can resubmit and the IRS must decide on those, too, by Nov. 11. The Albuquerque Tea Party, which filed its application in December 2009, has been waiting nearly seven years. Unite in Action, a Michigan-based group, applied in 2010.... The order doesn’t mean the groups have to be approved. The IRS can go through its regular process to decide whether the organizations meet the criteria for nonprofits — and in particular whether they limit their political activities in accordance with the rules.

Election News

DNC Lawyers Argue Neutrality Is Merely a ‘Political Promise’
Observer - Democratic National Committee (DNC) lawyers responded on October 14 in support of their motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit against the DNC and former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, maintaining that a fair and balanced Democratic primary is just a “political promise.”.... similar to policy proposals made in campaign platforms that aren’t fulfilled when in office.... In their initial motion to dismiss the lawsuit, DNC lawyers argued Bernie Sanders supporters were aware the DNC and Wasserman Schultz were biased against their candidate. Now their argument is a neutral DNC and DNC chair are just political promises, leaving voters susceptible to the deception that the DNC would treat Clinton and Sanders equally. The lawyers argue liability only applies to consumer-merchant relationships.... These DNC lawyers are the same counsel Hillary Clinton used throughout her presidential campaign.... The [initial] arguments made by the DNC’s lawyers were proven invalid after the WikiLeaks dump of emails resulted in the resignation of Wasserman Schultz and three other top staff members, who were exposed to be working against the Sanders campaign in favor of Clinton. Despite Wasserman Schultz's disgrace, Clinton immediately hired her and establishment Democrats supported her reelection bid to Congress.

O'Keefe Reveals 'Bird-Dogging' to Incite Violence at Trump Events
Breitbart - Democrats have used trained provocateurs to instigate violence at Republican events nationwide throughout the 2016 election cycle, including at several Donald Trump rallies, using a tactic called “bird-dogging,” according to a new video investigation released Monday by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. The goal of “bird-dogging”: to create a sense of “anarchy” around Donald Trump that would undermine his political support. Often, the tactic uses the most vulnerable people — including the elderly and disabled — to maximize shock value. O’Keefe’s extensive video investigation reveals that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are involved in “bird-dogging” and other provocative tactics through a web of consultants led by Robert Creamer, a veteran Chicago activist and convicted felon who is thought to have planned Democrats’ political strategy during the push for Obamacare in 2009 and 2010.... Creamer affirms on one video that Clinton is aware of “all” of his work, and that Democracy Partners has a daily telephone call with the Clinton campaign to coordinate efforts.... [one of Creamer’s consultants, Scott ] Foval also tells Project Veritas’s undercover journalist that Republicans are less adept at such tactics because they obey rules: “They have fewer guys willing to step out on the line for what they believe in. … There is a level of adherence to rules on the other side that only when you’re at the very highest level, do you get over.” In another video, Foval admits that his organization is responsible for an incident in Asheville, North Carolina in September, where an elderly woman was allegedly assaulted outside a Trump rally. In that incident, the 69-year-old woman, wearing an oxygen tank, heckled a visually impaired 73-year-old Trump supporter, then pursued him. She claimed he then punched her in the jaw, though she had no visible injury; his attorney claims she touched him on the shoulder first, and then fell to the ground as he turned around. The national media covered her claims widely, while largely ignoring his. Foval explains that the woman had been “trained” as a part of his operation.

Economy & Business

Deutsche Bank to pay $38 million in U.S. silver price-fixing case
Reuters - Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay $38 million to settle U.S. litigation over allegations it illegally conspired with other banks to fix silver prices at the expense of investors, according to court papers filed on Monday. The settlement, disclosed in papers filed in Manhattan federal court, came in one of many recent lawsuits in which investors have accused banks of conspiring to rig rates and prices in financial and commodities markets. The settlement had been expected since April, though terms had yet to be disclosed. In court papers, lawyers for the investors say the deal will likely be an "ice breaker" that will serve as a catalyst for other banks to settle. Vincent Briganti, a lawyer for the investors, said the deal provides "substantial monetary compensation plus cooperation from Deutsche Bank in the continued prosecution of this important case against the non-settling defendants." The settlement is subject to court approval. A spokeswoman for the German bank declined to comment.

Energy & Environment

MIT nuclear fusion record marks latest step towards unlimited clean energy
The Guardian - A nuclear fusion world record has been set in the US, marking another step on the long road towards the unlocking of limitless clean energy. A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created the highest plasma pressure ever recorded, using its Alcator C-Mod tokamak reactor. High pressures and extreme temperatures are vital in forcing atoms together to release huge amounts of energy. Nuclear fusion powers the sun and has long been touted as the ultimate solution to powering the world while halting climate change. But, as fusion sceptics often say, the reality has stubbornly remained a decade or two away for many years. Now MIT scientists have increased the record plasma pressure to more than two atmospheres, a 16% increase on the previous record set in 2005, at a temperature of 35 million C and lasting for two seconds. The breakthrough was presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s fusion summit in Japan on Monday. Successful fusion means getting more energy out than is put in and this requires the combination of pressure, temperature and time to pass a critical value at which point the reaction becomes self-sustaining. This remains elusive but the MIT record shows that using very high magnetic fields to contain the plasma may be the most promising route to practical nuclear fusion reactors.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

EcoWatch - Florida Faces Worst Orange Harvest Crisis Since Records Began in 1913
Production of the official fruit of Florida continues to plummet as the first forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2016-2017 growing season indicates a 14 percent drop in the state's orange crop. On Wednesday, the USDA predicted farmers will have enough oranges to fill 70 million boxes for the season. Last season, Florida produced 81.5 million boxes, a 52-year low. This latest forecast shows that the region is in the midst of the worst orange harvest crisis since records began in 1913, according to The Guardian. After the announcement, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said that the forecast is disheartening and further proof of the difficult times facing Florida's citrus industry which has been dealing with citrus greening, an incurable bacterial disease that can kill a tree within two years…. The state has set aside $8 million in the budget to help fight against greening, in addition to $14.7 million for a citrus health response program within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, reports The Tampa Bay Times. Farmers themselves have put $100 million into fighting the disease that is spread through hurricanes and storms that hit the state.

Salmon scam: Is your wild salmon really wild?
(NaturalHealth365) In a report released by the conservation group Oceana, researchers collected 82 samples of “wild-caught” salmon from restaurants and grocery stores from locations across the country. And DNA analysis showed that a shocking 43 percent were actually mislabeled – a disgraceful statistic. 69 percent of the mislabeling involved farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as wild-caught; the remainder involved inferior Pacific salmon, such as pink and chum, being sold as sockeye and king salmon. Fish prepared and served in restaurant dishes were the most likely to be mislabeled. Oceana reports that small vendors and restaurants were found to be less trustworthy in their labeling than large grocery stores – which are required to label their offerings with species and country of origin, as well as farmed or wild status. The report showed that 67 percent of the salmon served at restaurants was mislabeled – as opposed to only 20 percent at grocery stores…. Even more infuriating is the fact that the Oceana report merely re-emphasizes what has been over a decade of deception in salmon labeling. In 2004, the New York Times, tipped off by Vital Choice Wild Seafood, reported on mislabeling at the now-defunct Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan. Of 8 salmon fillets advertised as “wild-caught Alaskan salmon,” 6 were actually farmed Atlantic salmon – with full knowledge by the vendors, who stated that the practice was “good for business,” as farmed salmon is cheaper to buy.


10 Surprising Off-Grid Reasons You Should Stockpile Diatomaceous Earth
Off the Grid News - Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized remains of diatoms, which are found in oceans and other water bodies. The diatoms live for only about three days and their hard shell, made of silica, remains. The diatoms are ground up into a fine powder. Don’t ever consume the pool variety or the insecticide version, as these are higher in crystalline content, which can harm the kidneys and shut them down. Food grade, 100 percent fossil shell flour is the right type to get. Take a look at all of these uses – and then buy a bag of it.… 1. Heal old injuries…. Add DE to juice, water, smoothies, yogurt or soup a few times a day in a dosage of 1 heaping tablespoon and you will see a big difference in these old injuries within a week or two. 2. Heal broken bones. Silica is a mineral that replaces calcium if you don’t have enough… 1 heaping tablespoon twice daily. And while it’s working, it strengthens connective tissue in the bones. You end up with stronger bones. For children, use 1 teaspoon twice daily. 3. Chase away flying insects. Outdoor work is miserable when the mosquitoes and flies show up…. Sprinkle it on the grass or sand on your property so it looks like snow, and do it before you go to bed. The dew will take it into the ground, and all the mosquito and fly population will dwindle to almost nothing in days. 4. Add it to your foods for preservation.… Studies show this works well by placing some on the bottom of the bucket, and then halfway through the bucket and then on top of the food in the bucket…. The DE won’t harm the cooking process at all. 5. Fix stitches and scars. After cleaning the wound, sprinkle DE on it, and then cover it up. The DE will not only kill infections that can cause bad scarring but also stimulate healing without stitches. Silica is what the body needs for strong connective tissue. 6. Heal gum issues. These days receding gums are a huge problem, even in people in their 20s. DE resolves these problems. That’s because the silica in DE is one of the most important nutrients for the gums – and it’s not in the soils That means you don’t get it in your foods. Here’s what to do: Wet your toothbrush. Then scoop up about three-fourths an inch of the DE powder on top of your toothbrush. Lift your upper lip and place the DE right against the gums and teeth in this area. Repeat with the rest of the sections in your mouth….


As Flint Water Crisis Unfolded, Pharma Company Raised Price of Lead Poisoning Drug 2,700 Percent
Activist Post - Valeant Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a drug used to treat lead poisoning by 2,700 percent after acquiring the drug in 2013. By 2015 – as the issue of lead poisoning became prominent news – the price for a package of vials rose from $950 to $26,927. This intravenous treatment, called Calcium EDTA, has been available for decades at a stable price, and is the most effective for severe and life-threatening cases of lead poisoning. The dramatic price increase has drawn the ire of poison control specialists and hospitals since it began, but their concerns don’t make the MSM news headlines…. The problem is, the drug does not have a long shelf life and is not needed in large quantities, since severe lead poisoning is relatively uncommon. This is precisely the excuse Valeant gives for its egregious price hikes, with a company spokesman telling STAT, “The list price increases over the past several years have enabled us to provide to the market consistent availability of a product with high carrying costs and very limited purchase volume of 200 to 300 units per year.” The greed of Valeant Pharmaceuticals – which does little more than buy up other pharma companies and raise drug prices – was celebrated by Wall St. for two years until an accounting scandal and congressional hearings began tarnishing its image. In October 2015, we reported that Valeant raised prices on a number of critical brand-name drugs by an average of 66 percent — five times as much as its closest industry peers. These included Cuprimine, a decades-old drug that treats an inherited disorder called Wilson disease, and a diabetes drug called Glumetza. Valeant relies on insurance companies and government programs to shield most patients from the skyrocketing costs, but this leads to higher premiums and co-payments, as well as an extra burden on taxpayers.

Standard prostate cancer treatment doubles dementia risk
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Prostate cancer treatment ADT (androgen deprivation therapy) doubles the chances of dementia, a new study has discovered. It’s the standard treatment for prostate cancers that have spread—and doctors perhaps need to start looking for a safer alternative, say researchers. ADT lowers testosterone levels, but this also seems to have an impact on the patient’s chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease years later. n the new study, researchers from Stanford University tracked the progress of 1,829 prostate cancer patients for five years after they had been given ADT. In that time, 7.9 per cent developed dementia compared with 3.5 per cent of other prostate cancer patients who weren’t given ADT…. The risk was greatest among men who were aged 70 and older and who had been taking ADT for at least a year.

Combining Garlic and Lemon Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure and Total Cholesterol
Natural Blaze - Data published in the PubMed-listed International Journal of Preventive Medicine indicated that 20 grams per day of garlic and one tablespoon of lemon juice produced significantly greater reductions in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and fibrinogen compared to garlic alone, lemon juice alone, or control. With their unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, allium vegetables–such as garlic–belong in your diet on a regular basis. There’s research evidence for including at least one serving of an allium vegetable–such as garlic–in your meal plan every day. Raw honey garlic lemon shots are known as an effective method to supercharge your immune system.

Pet News

MSG In Dog Food Can Cause Brain Damage
Dogs Naturally - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies it as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) but still, quite a lot of people do experience unpleasant symptoms like headaches, flushing, sweating, nausea, heart palpitations, chest pain and facial numbness or tingling after eating food with MSG in it…. MSG lurks in many pet foods as well. And your dog can’t tell you he has a headache after eating it…. MSG is used as a flavor enhancer … but it’s actually quite tasteless itself. It works by tricking the brain into thinking food tastes good. It’s a type of neurotransmitter known as an excitotoxin, meaning it over-stimulates the brain, causing an overproduction of dopamine. This creates a brief sensation of wellbeing. But it damages the brain and alters its ability to respond to the signal from the hormone leptin that tells us we’re full … which is why, when you eat foods containing MSG, you just want to keep eating, making the food seem almost addictive. Of course, when it comes to dogs, most of them are greedy and just want to keep eating anyway … but if your dog’s eating kibble, MSG in his food might be increasing his seemingly endless hunger!… Studies by Dr John Olney at Washington University using neonatal mice and varying injected doses of MSG found that the injections caused obesity, neuroendocrine disturbances, behavioral disturbances, as well as fetal brain damage in mice whose mothers who ate it when pregnant. Other studies in animals have shown that MSG is toxic to various organs such as the liver, brain, thymus, and kidneys…. The FDA allows more than 40 ingredients that contain it. But because it isn’t added directly to the food, it doesn’t have to be listed on the label. One of the pet food industry’s favorite forms of MSG is hydrolyzed protein, also used to enhance flavor. If you see “natural flavoring” or “digest” on the label, it’s probably hydrolyzed protein. Apart from natural flavor, it can also appear under other names, including: Any type of protein isolate (e.g. soy protein isolate). Any type of textured protein (such as textured vegetable protein). Autolyzed yeast. Hydrolyzed yeast. Yeast extracts or yeast nutrient or yeast food. Soy extracts….


Video: Amazing Cat Uses Sign Language to Ask for Food
Cat knows how to sign 'eat' and get attention.

Monday - October 17, 2016 - Today In History:

1739 - Thomas Coram was granted a Royal Charter from George II so a "hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children" in London, England.
1777 - American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
1931 - Al Capone was convicted on income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.
1933 - "News-Week" appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to "Newsweek."
1973 - The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasted until March of 1974.
1978 - U.S. President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1979 - Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1987 - U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
1994 - The Angolan government and rebels agreed to a peace treaty that ended their 19 years of civil war.
2001 - Pakistan placed its armed forces on high alert because of troop movements by India in the disputed territory of Kashmir. India said that the movements were part of a normal troop rotation.
2003 - In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug, known as memantine, to help people with Alzheimer's symptoms.
2007 - President George W. Bush, raising Beijing's ire, presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal and urged Chinese leaders to welcome the monk to Beijing.

World News

Claim: America “Plotting Secret Attack on Syria” With 9,000 ISIS Fighters From Mosul
Mac Slavo - A new claim from Russia suggests that the United States and Saudi Arabia, along with other partners, are planning to use ISIS once again to destabilize Assad in Syria. If the account is to be believed, U.S. and British troops will use the pretext of ‘retaking Mosul’ in Iraq – which is currently held by ISIS – to give ISIS troops escape into Syria under cover of being attacked. The implication is that they would bomb targets that are already emptied of jihadists, who will actually be helping to achieve their objectives in neighboring Syria. via The UK Sun: "Thousnds of ISIS fighters are to be given safe passage out of Iraq to fight in Syria, Russian military leaders claim. The jihadi army – and their families – will allegedly be let back in to Syria to battle president Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies.… Nearly a thousand US and British troops have been sent to retake Mosul – the largest city under ISIS control. But under the supposed agreement – allegedly brokered by Saudi Arabia – the US-led coalition will only bomb targets agreed with the militants in advance… “In preparation for the operation in Mosul, US intelligence agencies and Saudi Arabia agreed that before the assault all militants will be offered a safe route to leave the city with their families.… “More than 9,000 ISIS fighters will be transferred to the eastern regions of Syria to follow a major offensive operation, which involves the capture of Deir ez-Zur and Palmyra.”.... If this proves to be accurate, it will represent a new front in the Syrian war, and the likelihood of direct confrontation between the United States and Russia – as these ISIS troops would be taking on Russian troops as well.

The siege of Mosul begins
The Long War Journal - Iraqi forces, backed by Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite militias as well as US airpower, are have launched their long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, the last major city in Iraq under the Islamic State’s control. Iranian-backed Shiite militias are expected to play a key role in liberating Mosul from the Islamic State, which has occupied the city since June 2014.... The anti-Islamic State coalition has been preparing the battlefield to retake Mosul for well over six months.... If the Islamic State digs in and defends Mosul, the fight is expected to be bloody. More than 6,000 Islamic State fighters are thought to be in the city. It has deployed thousands of mines and has dug an elaborate network of tunnels and trenches across Mosul in preparation for a protracted urban fight. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped in the city as the Islamic State has prevented them from leaving. However, during recent battles in major Iraqi cities such as Ramadi and Fallujah, the Islamic State withdrew the bulk of its troops and left a smaller rearguard force to bleed the Iraqi military and militias. The forces in the fragmented anti-Islamic State alliance, a mix of Iraqi special forces and regular troops, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and Sunni and Shiite militias who number a total of 60,000, are each positioning themselves to reap the benefits of a post-Islamic State Mosul.

Putin Sends Aircraft Carrier Group to Mediterranean as Syrian Powderkeg Poised to Erupt
The Free Thought Project - Yesterday, Russia’s flagship, and only aircraft carrier — the Admiral Kuznetsov — left the port of Severomorsk en route to the eastern Mediterranean – off the Syrian coast, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The carrier will bolster the Russian anti-terror campaign in Syria and serve as a hedge against U.S. aggression, and is to be escorted by the battle cruiser Peter the Great, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer, the anti-submarine vessel Severomorsk, and four other naval vessels from Russia’s Northern fleet. The move is not altogether unexpected, as just weeks ago Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the aircraft carrier would be sent to the eastern Mediterranean to boost the country’s naval forces in the region amid heightened tensions with the United States. This is the first deployment of the Soviet-era Kuznetsov since undergoing a complete refurbishment, and is a sign of the increasing tensions between the US and Russia in Syria.

US destroyer ‘appears’ to have fallen under new attack off Yemen
RT - Just two days after the US launched retaliatory strikes in Yemen and vowed to continue with the “self-defense” measures it deems necessary, the USS Mason has allegedly fallen under attack for the third time in a week, according to the Pentagon. “Earlier today, a US Strike Group transiting international waters in the Red Sea detected possible inbound missile threats and deployed appropriate defensive countermeasures,” Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Gary Ross said in a statement to Navy’s USNI [US Naval Institute] News.... The US intelligence is still assessing the situation. No American personnel suffered any injuries. Saturday’s strike against USS Mason is the third that the ship suffered in a week. According to the Pentagon the ship was previously targeted last Sunday and again on Wednesday. In response to the second reported attack, President Obama authorized retaliatory strikes against the radar installations that the US believes were used by the Houthi rebels to attack its ship in the international waters of the Red Sea.... The US President also threatened to take active countermeasures if strikes against US vessels in the region continue.... Earlier this week, the Pentagon admitted that the US was unaware of who actually “pulled the trigger,” only asserting that missiles came from the rebel-controlled area. The US side also implicated Iran, pointing towards its support of the rebels.

Cartel Gunmen Ambush Border Police with Armored Trucks
Breitbart - The ambush against the [Mexican] state police officers comes after citizen journalists in the border region known as the Ribereña or riverine have reported on gun battles involving large convoys of gunmen. According to residents, the gun battles among cartel factions started early morning in the area immediately south of Roma, Texas and quickly spread to other rural communities. The Ribereña is immediately south of Starr County, Texas and is considered a major drug trafficking route due to the lack of border security in the area.... A convoy of armored cartel trucks attacked police forces, setting off a fierce gun battle where one of the officers died. At the end of the clash, two cartel vehicles were left behind. One of the vehicles was a standard SUV, while the other truck was armored.... A second clash took place shortly after as Mexican military personnel rushed to assist the state police officers. Along the way, the soldiers fought with some cartel gunmen; resulting in another skirmish.... The attacks against police forces appear to have spiked in recent days with cartel forces focusing on state agents, particularly in the Ribereña area. The move appears to be a backlash at the increase in operations targeting cartel activity. Recently deployed convoys of Mexican marines have been completing successful raids against gunmen.

FINALLY Venezuela is Ending Price Controls
Economic Policy Journal - President Nicolás Maduro’s government has begun dismantling price controls, a major policy shift that aims to ease widespread unrest by letting shops sell food at market prices, reports The Wall Street Journal. What began as a limited experiment in March in western Zulia state, which borders Colombia, has since been rolled out to six other border states, according to ruling-party governors and interviews with supermarket owners and shoppers across the country. One of the governors says plans are afoot to extend the program to the capital, Caracas, where food riots recently broke out just outside the presidential palace.
“Before there was nothing; now there’s everything,” said Jesús Barrios, 36, as he shopped in Maracaibo, the state capital of Zulia, according to WSJ. “At least I can come in and buy, even if at high cost,” said Ana Atencio, a nurse who came in after her shift to get some sugar for her baby’s milk. “Before, I wouldn’t even dream of it because of the line and people fighting.” In cities where the controls have been lifted, including Maracaibo and Puerto Ordaz, the long lines of shoppers that snaked outside every store have shortened. Looting of markets and food trucks—a daily occurrence just a few months ago—were down one-third nationwide in August from a May high, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict, a nonprofit group---another free market miracle.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
NBC News - The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership. The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin…. Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell expressed skepticism that the U.S. would go so far as to attack Russian networks. "Physical attacks on networks is not something the U.S. wants to do because we don't want to set a precedent for other countries to do it as well, including against us," he said. "My own view is that our response shouldn't be covert -- it should overt, for everybody to see."

Russia Slams "Unprecedented, Insolent" US Cyber Threats, Vows Retaliation
Zero Hedge - In a striking report released on Friday night by NBC, the Obama administration was reportedly "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action" (it remains unclear how the action is covert if Biden announced it to the world via an interview with Chuck Todd), a "wide-ranging clandestine cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership", in retaliation for alleged interference in the American presidential election, and has asked the CIA to draft plans for a "wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.".... The response came this [Saturday] morning Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "US aggressiveness is growing, and threats to carry out cyberattacks against Russia are unprecedented" adding that Russia will take “precautionary measures.” “The fact is, US unpredictability and aggression keep growing, and such threats against Moscow and our country’s leadership are unprecedented, because the threat is being announced at the level of the US Vice President,” Peskov told RIA Novosti cited by AFP. “Of course, given such an aggressive, unpredictable line, we have to take measures to protect our interests, somehow hedge the risks,” he said, adding that “such unpredictability is dangerous for the whole world.”.... Accusations against Russia have become louder in recent days with WikiLeaks releasing thousands of “Podesta emails,” exposing Hillary Clinton’s connections to Wall Street and controversial views on Syria, among other things. Numerous left-leaning mainstream media outlets have been quick to accuse the Kremlin of teaming up with WikiLeaks, allegedly providing it with massive amounts of inside scoops to post. The evidence-free allegations have been denied both by Moscow and by WikiLeaks. Responding to accusations last week, the Russian presidential press secretary mentioned that “tens of thousands of hackers” try to break into the sites of Russian officials on a daily basis, but this never prompted Moscow to point a finger at Washington.
* Related: Hillary Clinton’s advisers are ramping up attacks on WikiLeaks and the Russian government over a damaging email hack

Wikileaks Releases Another 1,054 Podesta Emails In Part 9 Of Data Dump; Total Is Now 12,073
Zero Hedge - In a now familiar daily routine, one which forces the Clinton campaign to bring up ever starker sexual scandals involving Trump to provide a media distraction, moments ago Wikileaks released yet another roughly 1,054 emails in Part 9 of its ongoing Podesta Email dump, which brings the total number of released emails to 12,073. As a reminder among yesterday's releases were the three much anticiapted transcripts from Hillary Clinton's speeches delivered to Goldman Sachs, first profiled here, and which as the WSJ explained "Reveal Hillary Clinton’s Sympathy for Wall Street" With another 38,000 or so emails left until election day, we expect the emergence of another Trump "sexual assault" accuser to emerge momentarily, just as we predicted yesterday and were proven right not once but twice. After all the public must be distracted from what truly matters.
* Related: Detailed List of Links to The Top Wikileaks Podesta

Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities (Video)
The Intercept - According to a startling Pentagon video obtained by The Intercept, the future of global cities will be an amalgam of the settings of “Escape from New York” and “Robocop” — with dashes of the “Warriors” and “Divergent” thrown in. It will be a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapes — brutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers. At least that’s the scenario outlined in “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a five-minute video that has been used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University. All that stands between the coming chaos and the good people of Lagos and Dhaka (or maybe even New York City) is the U.S. Army, according to the video, which The Intercept obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The video was used as part of an “Advanced Special Operations Combating Terrorism” course offered at JSOU earlier this year, for a lesson on “The Emerging Terrorism Threat.” JSOU is operated by U.S. Special Operations Command, the umbrella organization for America’s most elite troops. JSOU describes itself as geared toward preparing special operations forces “to shape the future strategic environment by providing specialized joint professional military education, developing SOF specific undergraduate and graduate level academic programs and by fostering special operations research.”… A 2014 Army report, titled “Megacities and the United States Army,” warned that “the Army is currently unprepared. Although the Army has a long history of urban fighting, it has never dealt with an environment so complex and beyond the scope of its resources.” A separate Army study published this year bemoans the fact that the “U.S. Army is incapable of operating within the megacity.”

Judge dismisses Sandy Hook families' lawsuit against gun maker
Fox News - A judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.... The families were seeking to hold Remington accountable for selling what their lawyers called a semi-automatic rifle that is too dangerous for the public because it was designed as a military killing machine. Their lawyer vowed an immediate appeal of Friday's ruling. The judge agreed with attorneys for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington that the lawsuit should be dismissed under the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 and shields gun makers from liability when their firearms are used in crimes.... Lawyers for Remington said Congress passed the act after determining such lawsuits were an abuse of the legal system.
* Related: After Lawsuit Dismissed, Clinton Reminds Gun-Makers She Has Them In Her Cross Hairs

More Than 1 Million to Lose Obamacare Plans as Insurers Quit
Bloomberg - At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg. That’s largely caused by Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law’s markets for individual coverage.... While it’s not clear what all the consequences of the departing insurers will be, interviews with regulators and insurance customers suggest that plans will be fewer and more expensive, and may not include the same doctors and hospitals.... The U.S. agency that oversees Obamacare has said that some disruption is normal, and that choosing a new plan can help people get the best deal.... For the people losing plans, there are fewer and fewer choices. One estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation predicts that for at least 19 percent of the people in Obamacare’s individual market next year there will be only one insurer to choose from. In North Carolina, for example, a BlueCross BlueShield insurer will be the only option in 95 of the state’s 100 counties after Aetna and UnitedHealth said this year that they would leave. That will leave 284,000 people looking for a new plan, according to the state.... In Tennessee, UnitedHealth and the state’s BlueCross BlueShield plan are pulling back, and about 117,000 people will lose the plans they have now.

Officials Conspired to Conceal Refugee Resettlement in Vermont
LifeZette - The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch obtained 128 pages under Vermont’s open records law. The documents include an email from Amila Merdzanovic, executive director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, asking Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras not to hold a public meeting on the resettlement plan. “I want to share with you the concern my HQ has about holding a public forum,” she wrote on April 14. “If we open it up to anybody and everybody, all sorts of people will come out of woodwork. Anti-immigrant, anti-anything. They suggest that the forum be invite-only but make it as wide as possible. Work with faith leaders, United Way, etc. … Perhaps, we could go back to the Congregational Church and continue the conversation there.” So shrouded in secrecy was the resettlement plan that most of the town’s aldermen did not realize what was taking place behind closed doors, according to Judicial Watch. William Notte, president of the Board of Aldermen, knew about the plan but did not share it with his colleagues until a day or two before Louras announced it at an April 26 news conference.... A document included in the Judicial Watch file lays out housing, jobs, medical care, and places for worship that the Rutland would need to provide for the refugees. The city has no mosque and no other Syrian refugees. Handwritten notes on that document indicate that the issue was “not what can ‘we’ do for ‘them,’ but what the diversity, cultural richness [can] do for this community.”.... The mayor’s decision to aggressively — and secretly — pursue the refugee resettlement plans drew the ire of some aldermen, who accused him of acting unilaterally. The Board of Aldermen this month called for an investigation into how the mayor handled the issue.

When Librarians Are Silenced
New York Review Daily - In cooperation with the Truman Presidential Library and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Public Library had invited Dennis Ross—a former advisor on the Middle East to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama, and to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and currently a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy—to speak about Truman and Israel at its Plaza Branch.... During the question-and-answer session after Ross’s address, a local writer and activist named Jeremy Rothe-Kushel asked about US support for what he called Israel’s “state-sponsored terrorism.” Ross answered, and when Rothe-Kushel followed up with a more aggressive question, Hawkins and one of the other guards approached him and immediately tried to eject him from the building—despite the fact that Rothe-Kushel posed no danger to the speaker or audience members.... Steve Woolfolk, the library’s director of programming, who had been watching from off stage, interceded on Rothe-Kushel’s behalf and defended his right to remain in a public building and ask questions at a public forum; in a cell phone video, Rothe-Kushel can be heard saying, “Ask me to leave [and] I will leave.” The guards led Woolfolk and Rothe-Kushel through the green room toward the lobby. As Woolfolk rounded a pillar, several of the guards grabbed Woolfolk from behind. Woolfolk was kicked in the leg (resulting in a torn knee ligament), slammed against the pillar, and thrown into a chair. When he bounced out of the chair onto the floor, the guards forced him back into the chair, and handcuffed him. Both men were arrested by a uniformed police officer who had been summoned by Hawkins. Rothe-Kushel was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, and Woolfolk with interfering with an arrest.... Since May, the cases against both men have been pending.

Election News

Video: Donald Trump Uncensored: This Is America's "Moment Of Reckoning"
Zero Hedge - Sometimes, you just have to listen... "There is nothing that the political establishment will not do; no lie they will not tell, to hold their prestige and power at your expense... and that's what's been happening. The Washington establishment - and the financial and media corporations that fund it - exists for one thing only... to protect and enrich itself." […] For those who control the levers of power in Washington and for the global special interests - they partner with these people that don't have your good in mind - our campaign represents a true existential threat... like they haven't seen before. This is not simply another four-year election; this is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not we, the people, reclaim control over our government."
* Related: Full: Donald Trump Speech 10/13/16: West Palm Beach, Florida

Republican HQ in Orange County firebombed
The Charlotte Observer - The weekend firebombing of a North Carolina Republican headquarters drew national attention Sunday, with one state GOP official calling it an act of “political terrorism.” Hillsborough police say the incident at the Orange County GOP headquarters occurred when a bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the office that housed the local GOP headquarters. The words, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” and a swastika were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building. Officials said the bomb ignited inside the office. No damage estimates were available.... Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state GOP, called the bombing “political terrorism.” “The office itself is a total loss,” he said. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.” Later, Woodhouse said, “Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy... Everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety.” The incident comes barely three weeks before an election marked by heightened tensions and passion on both sides. On Sunday the Bangor Daily News reported that about 20 cars were vandalized with spray paint outside a Saturday rally for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

JUDGE JEANINE Speaks With Witnesses Who TOTALLY DEBUNK Trump Groper Accusers (VIDEO)
The Gateway Pundit - Anthony Gilberthorpe, who was on the flight where Jessica Leeds claimed sexual harassment by Donald Trump. Anthony totally debunked Jessica’s bizarre accusations. Anthony said he would speak out against these lies whether it be Trump, Obama or Clinton. “I will prove that I was on that flight with that woman and I was witness not to any sexual misdemeanor on the part of Trump. That man did not touch that woman… She said, “I can’t believe my luck that I’ve met one of the richest men in the world.” And John Barry, cousin of Summer Zervos, refuted her Friday accusations with Gloria Allred. John told Judge Jeanine that she was unhappy that Trump would not visit her restaurant. John added that his cousin likes to sue people.

Economy & Business

Exxon Has Lost Over $1 Billion From Russian Sanctions - Exxon, the world’s biggest oil and gas company by value, entered Russia in the 1990s and has enjoyed a long and fruitful presence there. This presence was set to expand further with Exxon’s plans to take part in the exploration and exploitation of the country’s Arctic shelf. Unfortunately for Exxon, the U.S. and the EU hit Russia with sanctions over the annexation of Crimea and its support for Eastern Ukrainian rebels. The sanctions forced Exxon to shelve its Arctic plans, and it started to lose money from revenues generated by its ongoing Russian projects, such as the flagship project Sakhalin-1 and a number of joint ventures with Russia’s Rosneft. It also lost future revenues. The Arctic venture alone was valued at $500 billion in total investments. What made the project particularly appealing for Exxon was that Rosneft’s CEO, Igor Sechin, had promised to exempt the company from export duties and property tax. It was all going so well before the White House ordered Exxon to basically drop everything and go home, banning the export of any technical know-how and equipment in the area of drilling for oil and gas, including shale technology. As of early 2015, seven months after the sanctions were launched, Exxon had suffered losses amounting to about $1 billion from its Russian operations. That may not look like a whole lot of money for a company that reported second-quarter profits of $1.7 billion this year.

Energy & Environment

New Obama Executive Order Hints At Devastating Space Event: "Could Disable Large Portions Of The Electrical Power Grid... Cause Cascading Failures"
Mac Slavo - Space weather events such as solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances have long been believed to pose a significant threat to our technologically advanced society with the ability to not only affect global positioning satellites, but on-earth electronics that include the entire domestic (and global) power grid. In the latest Executive Order signed by Barack Obama, the President calls for coordination between various government agencies including the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland security should a major “space weather event” come to pass.... Though often dismissed as nothing more than fear mongering, the threat of space weather events is not only possible, it is quite probable, as evidenced by a massive solar flare which narrowly missed earth in 2012.... Recent projections from a secret Homeland Security report suggest that as many as 100 million Americans could be left without power should a powerful enough solar storm strike earth. Another report paints an even more terrifying picture, indicating that without access to power via our grid, America would literally come to a standstill. Critical supplies including medicine, gas, and food would be undeliverable and within one year as many as 90% of Americans would be dead if the grid were not restored.... And it is this very descent into breakdown that will require an unprecedented government response and Obama’s Doomsday Executive Order has given them the pretext to do so.

Video: Illness, Respiratory Symptoms After CDC Protesters Hit by Chemtrails, Including “Vaxxed” Producer
Natural Blaze - A protest at the CDC building in Atlanta, Georgia, with the “Vaxxed” documentary producer and crew in attendance was decimated by chemtrails this weekend. Some reported respiratory symptoms, illness, and tiredness, something that is frequently reported after heavy exposure to spraying, which we documented earlier this year at Era of Wisdom in “The Geoengineering Escalation of 2016.” This Era of Wisdom video explains…


15 Reasons Why You Should Grow Bamboo The Perfect Prepper Plant
Natural Blaze - Bamboo is a grass that most people assume can only grow in warmer climates (like zone 5 or above) but some of the 1,500 plus varieties are perfectly happy to grow in cooler and even cold regions surviving down to -20. Many bamboo varieties contain cyanide and therefore none of the uses listed below includes food as I don’t know enough about which varieties are safe to eat. 1. Dry bamboo burns well and is considered a sustainable fuel source. 2. Leaving a few stems on the plant encourages them to grow larger which makes them far more useful for use as containers. 3. Containers: cut above one joint and below another gives you a bamboo tube that is sealed at one end and open at the other. It will hold water or anything else you decide to put in it. 4. Bamboo actually fills up with water when it rains and that water is drinkable, and in large stems there can be enough for you to pot up for later. 5. It’s strength and flexibility makes it idea for crafting fishing rods. 6. It sharpens well and fishing spears are easily fashioned from a slim stem. 7. Dry bamboo is relatively easy to sharpen and it takes a point very easily. A bamboo knife is sharp and ideal for self-defence should the need arise. 8. Bamboo floats and can be fashioned into fishing lures. 9. Still on floating, a couple of stems on the surface of a pond or lake, anchored with a stone on a rope to stop them floating away will keep the water from freezing, maintaining your water/fishing hole. 10. Lashing larger stems of bamboo together can make fencing, defensive barriers and even rafts….


Big Pharma cannot profit from healthy people
Kamloops This Week - The Canadian government is proposing to change the natural health products (NPH) regulations to regulate many NHP using the same rules as drugs, NHP are different in nature from drugs and must be treated differently. Our pre-market approval system respects traditional values from many different cultures and allows Canadians freedom of choice and access to these important products. Changing the NHP regulations is trying to fix a system that is not broken. This proposed legislation reeks of crony capitalism big time and health-food stores estimate they will lose half of their products. Here’s a rhetorical question: Who will profit from their loss? My health depends on the vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements available to me. Removing them from health-food stores would be an atrocious crime.
* Related Video: New Global Restrictions on Natural Health Products
* Related Article: Health Canada to change standards for natural health products

Coke and Pepsi Spent Millions Buying Off Public Health Groups While Lobbying Against Health Initiatives
AllGov - Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have given millions of dollars to nearly 100 prominent health groups in recent years, while simultaneously spending millions to defeat public health legislation that would reduce Americans’ soda intake, according to public health researchers. The findings, published Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, document the beverage industry’s deep financial ties to the health community over the past five years, as part of a strategy to silence health critics and gain unlikely allies against soda regulations.... The report found a number of instances in which influential health groups accepted beverage industry donations and then backed away from supporting soda taxes or remained noticeably silent about the initiatives. In one instance cited in the study, the nonprofit group Save the Children, which had actively supported soda tax campaigns in several states, did an about face and withdrew its support in 2010. The group had accepted a $5 million grant from Pepsi and was seeking a major grant from Coke to help pay for its health and education programs for children.... The New York Times last year reported that Coke had paid for scientific research that downplayed the link between sugary drinks and obesity. The beverage giant then released a database showing that since 2010 it had spent more than $120 million on academic research and partnerships with health organizations involved in curbing obesity.

DEA Decides NOT to Ban Kratom … For Now
Natural Society - On October 12, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said in a notice to be published in the Federal Register that it has formally withdrawn plans to ban kratom, an herb used by many as a natural medicine. The category is reserved for drugs which have no known medicinal value. The August announcement drew the ire of kratom users, advocates, and stakeholders, many of whom expressed their outrage via the Internet. Citing this backlash, the DEA says it will open an official comment period, set to end on December 1. The DEA is also asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a formal scientific and medical evaluation of kratom, which it will use to make an updated scheduling recommendation…. Researchers believe their work on kratom could eventually lead to the development of painkillers that rival opiates, but without being addictive. And unlike opioid medications, kratom isn’t known to cause the same side effects as opioids, including respiratory depression. While ingesting kratom does lead to feelings of euphoria, David Kroll, a pharmacologist and medical writer, explained that it’s not the same high as the one derived from taking opioids. Researchers argue that making the herb a Schedule I drug would cripple their ability to study it further. When December 1 rolls around, a number of things could happen. Firstly, the DEA could opt to put kratom in a schedule of the Controlled Substances Act permanently. This would allow more time for lawmakers and the public to voice their opinions on the herb’s future. Secondly, the administration could decide to temporarily schedule kratom, which would not require any additional comment. Thirdly, it might leave kratom unregulated.

9 Reasons Your Fabric Softener Could Be Causing Your Health Problems
Marina Zacharias - Sometimes it's hard to believe that health problems can arise from the simplest products used in everyday living. There is a movement going on right now to participate in a class action lawsuit against manufacturers of fabric softeners… Turns out that the chemicals used can cause serious trouble with your central nervous system! Exposure can be through inhalation from the exhaust of dryers or skin contract from the treated fabrics. Symptoms include (but are not limited to): disorientation, dizziness, headaches, memory loss, neck and spine pain, etc. [Here is a] brief glance at the ingredients used along with some basic research from their "Material Safety Data Sheets”… ALPHA-TERPINEOL - "highly irritating to mucous membrances" ... "aspiration into lungs can produce pneumonitis or even fatal edema" ... "can also cause loss of muscular coordination" --- "Prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact." BENZYL ACETATE -- "Cardinogenic (linked to pancreatic cancer). "from vapors: irritating to eyes and respirator passages, exciting cough" ... "can be absorbed through the skin causing systemic effects" ... "do not flush to sewer." BENZYL ALCOHOL -- "irritating to the upper respiratory tract" ... "headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, depression, and death in severe cases due to respiratory failure." CAMPHOR -- On EPA's Hazardous Waste List. "readily absorbed through the body tissues" ... "irritation of eyes, skin, nose and throat" ... "dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles and convulsions" ... "avoid inhalation of vapors." CHLOROFORM - (You've got to be kidding!!) ETHYL ACETATE -- Narcotic. "may cause headache and narcosis" ... "may cause anemia with leukocytosis and damage to liver and kidneys" ... "wash thoroughly after handling." LIMONENE -- Carcinogenic. "prevent its' contact with skin or eyes because it is an irritant and sensitizer" ... "always wash thoroughly after using this material and before eating or drinking" ... "do not inhale limonene vapor.”….
* Related: Class Action Lawsuit Against Fragrance Chemical Companies

Pet News

8 Home Remedies for Minor Dog Emergencies
Dr. Becker - Many pet parents look in their cabinets first to treat minor health issues in their animal companion. There are a number of household items many people have on hand that can serve a dual purpose as health remedies… 1. Problem: Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues. Solution: Canned pumpkin. It's a good idea to keep a can of 100 percent pumpkin in your kitchen cabinet for occasional mild tummy upsets…. 2. Problem: Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots. Solution: Povidone iodine. Povidone iodine (Betadine) is a gentle disinfectant that can take care of staph, yeast and almost any common bacteria. It doesn't sting or irritate the skin, and it's safe if your pet licks it…. 3. Problem: Itchy, Irritated Paws. Solution: Footbaths. Did you know about 50 percent of your dog's foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by mechanically removing allergens and other irritants collected on a dog's paws? "Mechanically removing" simply means rinsing them off…. 4. Problem: Fleas. Solution: Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) doesn't kill fleas, but it can help to keep them off your dog. One of the simplest approaches is to make a solution of equal parts ACV and water. I recommend using raw, organic ACV…. 5. Problem: Upset Tummy. Solution: Ginger. Mix either fresh ground ginger or the dry herb into a tasty meatball or other yummy treat. Use 1/8th teaspoon for dogs under 10 pounds; ¼ teaspoon for medium-sized dogs; ½ teaspoon for large dogs and ¾ to 1 teaspoon for giant breeds….

Friday - October 14, 2016 - Today In History:

1879 - Thomas Edison signed an agreement with Jose D. Husbands for the sale of Edison telephones in Chile.
1887 - Thomas Edison and George E. Gouraud reached an agreement for the international marketing rights for the phonograph.
1912 - Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt's wound in the chest was not serious and he continued with his planned speech. William Schrenk was captured at the scene of the shooting.
1933 - Nazi Germany announced that it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
1936 - The first Social Security Board office opened in Austin, TX. From this point, the Board's local office took over the assigning of Social Security Numbers.
1944 - German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution after being accused of conspiring against Hitler and the execution that would follow.
1947 - Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California, pilot Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the first person to break the sound barrier.
1960 - U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggested the idea of a Peace Corps.
1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis began. It was on this day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing data discovered Soviet medium-range missile sites in Cuba. On October 22 U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced that he had ordered the naval "quarantine" of Cuba.
1964 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America.
1968 - The first live telecast to come from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
1972 - In Iraq, oil was struck for the first time just north of Kirkuk.
1986 - Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev charged that the U.S. wanted to "bleed the Soviet Union economically" with the arms race in space.
1987 - Jessica McClure, 18 months old, fell down an abandoned well in Midland, TX. The rescue took 58 hours.
2006 - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea for carrying out a nuclear test.

World News

Major Offensive: More Than 60,000 Iraqi Troops Preparing to Retake Mosul
Sputnik News - Iraqi media reports that at least 65,000 Iraqi soldiers in six divisions are preparing for the battle to retake the city of Mosul from the Daesh forces that have made it their headquarters in Iraq for the past two years. Some 10,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are also expected to join the battles that will bleed north and east of the city of over a million, Iraqi News reported, plus around 24,000 provincial police and members of the country's National Mobilization Forces – militia groups – as support. The battle will be directed from Camp Swift, an American base near the Qayyarah airfield outside the city, CBS reported. There are estimated to be 6,000 US troops in the country, conducting air strikes alongside the Iraqi Air Force, and providing training, logistical, and maintenance support during the upcoming battle. The fight to retake the city from the estimated 3,000-5,000 ISIS fighters still holding it is expected to start in weeks or days. In the runup to the battle, it is reported that the city is being ringed with bombs, with bridges booby-trapped and suicide bombers prepared to deploy. Multiple sources say Kurdish forces expect Daesh to use chemical weapons.

Iran deploys warships off Yemen after US, Houthis trade fire
Fox News - Iran deployed two warships off Yemen threatening to further escalate tensions after the U.S. fired Tomahawk cruise missiles destroying three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday. Iran sent the ships to the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's most vital shipping routes, "to protect trade vessels from piracy," Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Still, analysts warn the move could ratchet up the danger to U.S. forces in the region. U.S. intelligence has linked Iran to the funding of Yemen's Shiite rebels, who have also waged a series of attacks against Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally.... Fox News is told one of the Iranian ships carries the same type of anti-ship missiles the Houthis were suspected of firing this week, and the other ship carries a helicopter. White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the U.S. would not speculate on the Iranians' intentions. A U.S. official told Fox News a Chinese warship and Russian intelligence ship were in the same region Thursday.

U.S. military strikes Yemen after missile attacks on U.S. Navy ship
Yahoo News - The U.S. military launched cruise missiles on Thursday against three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said.... The U.S. missile strikes, authorized by President Barack Obama, represent Washington's first direct military action against suspected Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen's conflict and raised questions about the potential for further escalation.... "These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships and our freedom of navigation," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. In a news conference later, Cook said the strikes were not connected to the broader civil war in Yemen, which has unleashed famine and killed more than 10,000 people since March 2015 in the Arab world's poorest country.... The Houthi movement, which has denied being responsible for the missile attacks on the Mason, warned that it too would defend itself. "The direct American attack targeting Yemeni soil this morning is not acceptable," Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman, a spokesman for Yemeni forces fighting alongside the Houthis, was quoted as saying by the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency.

The President of the Philippines Just Snubbed US While Embracing China
The AntiMedia - As Reuters reports: “China confirmed on Wednesday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China next week, as the Southeast Asian leader’s relationship with traditional ally the United States frays. “Under Duterte, Manila’s relations with Washington have come under strain and the recently elected president has opted to put aside years of hostility with China, especially over the disputed South China Sea, to form a new partnership.”.... The [Chinese] Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Duterte would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as Premier Li Keqiang, on a visit set to begin on October 18.... Joining him will be 250 Philippine business executives, all “eager to talk with Chinese business leaders and government officials about deals in a range of sectors, from rail, and construction to tourism, agribusiness, power and manufacturing,” according to Reuters.... The whole situation - the U.S. possibly losing an ally to a nation it’s currently on the brink of naval warfare with - is complicated further when considering events taking place just north of the Philippines, off the eastern coast of China. There, longtime U.S. ally Japan is squaring off against China over territorial rights to the East China Sea. Japan, which has already implemented plans to construct a missile defense system to protect what it purports to be its national interests, has also begun sending out coast guard patrols to hunt Chinese fishing vessels it says are operating illegally. At the same time, the U.S., Japan, and South Korea recently conducted their first ever joint naval drills in a show of cooperation amid concerns over the much-hyped North Korean nuclear threat.

Zika Virus News

High dose IV vitamin C cures patient of Zika virus in three days
(NaturalHealth365) For years, natural health experts have been extolling the ability of high doses of vitamin C to fight disease safely, effectively and naturally. Now, a case study from Puerto Rico – in which a woman infected with the Zika virus recovered practically overnight after being treated with vitamin C – provides strong new evidence for the claim…. According to conventional ‘wisdom,’ there is no cure for the Zika virus – which usually resolves itself within two weeks. To alleviate symptoms, doctors often prescribe acetaminophen (which threatens the liver) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which offers plenty of negative side effects…. When vitamin C is given orally, much of it is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, with the excess being eliminated by the kidneys. The advantage of giving vitamin C intravenously is that it can then reach proper levels of plasma concentration.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

‘Wet Works’: Podesta Email Makes Assassination Reference Days Before Scalia Death
Adan Salazar - Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta used a term known to reference assassination in an email sent to a lobbyist days before Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s mysterious death. The email, an exchange between Podesta and D.C. lobbyist Steve Elmendorf, appeared in a trove of documents dumped by the organization WikiLeaks Wednesday. “Didn’t think wet works meant pool parties at the Vineyard,” Podesta says in the February 9 email under the subject line “Thanks”. “I’m all in,” gay lobbyist and Hillary delegate Steve Elmendorf replies. “Sounds like it will be a bad nite, we all need to buckle up and double down.” Justice Scalia was later found dead in a hotel room in Texas on the night of February 12 – three days after the email exchange took place. The mysterious death was seen as suspicious by many, including a former US Army intelligence officer who deemed the pillow found over Scalia’s head to be a warning. Emails sent throughout the Clinton campaign on the day Scalia’s death was announced show the team debated on whether or not to address the issue, and what should be said if anything. Former U.S. Senate staffer Brent Budowsky also emailed Podesta on the 13th, the day Scalia’s body was found, suggesting a replacement for the late judge. The term “wet work” typically refers to murder or assassination. Alternatively, the email could also reference being “murdered” at the polls. The message’s date, February 9, coincides with the night of the New Hampshire primary, where Hillary lost to Bernie Sanders 60.4% to 38%. Without additional context, it’s almost impossible to tell what use of the term “wet works” in the email refers to.
* Related: Wikileaks exposes the Assassination of Scalia and it could bring down the Clintons and the Democratic Party

Wikileaks Releases Another 2,000 Podesta Emails In Part 6 Of Data Dump
Zero Hedge - Just hours after wikileaks released the 5th part of the Podesta emails dump which in turn came shortly after part 4 which together amounted to some 1,866 new email, Wikileaks has unveiled the latest, 6th part in what now is a daily event, which released another 2,000 emails, bringing the total number of emails released to over 9,000 and assuring that at least one part of the media will be busy digging through hundreds of emails more, while much of the remaining part of the media will be doing all it can to ignore the latest release and instead focusing on the latest sexual allegations against Donald Trump.... Some initial observations: The Soros Hamptons invite, "Clintons won't forget what their friends have done for them", More concerns about Hillary's emotional detachment, Hillary preparing the script for Benghazi, The discussion of "wet works", days before Scalia's death.

Hackers hit Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, wiping out his iPhone, iPad
McClatchy DC - Not only has the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks been publishing emails pirated from Podesta’s account earlier this year, but hackers penetrated his Twitter account and apparently wiped all the data from his iPhone and iPad.... What allowed the hackers to target Podesta was a single email from the thousands WikiLeaks has published in the past week.... Wednesday evening, as Clinton landed in Las Vegas for a campaign event, a hacker got into Podesta’s Twitter account and tweeted in his name: “I’ve switched teams. Vote Trump 2016. Hi pol.”.... Technologists quickly speculated that Podesta used the same password for his Apple account and his Twitter account, which security experts say is a no-no.... By Thursday morning, [Chief Executive of Capital Alpha Security, Matt] Tait was harvesting screen shots from Anonymous activists showing that they had remotely erased all content from his iPhone and iPad.... Podesta, 67, is no innocent when it comes to security matters. A Georgetown University-educated lawyer, he served as the chief of staff to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s and as counselor to President Barack Obama in 2014 and 2015.... But Podesta’s travails Thursday did not come at the hands of sophisticated Russian state hackers. Rather, Podesta himself was apparently lax on basic computer security measures.... [Chris Soghoian, a senior policy analyst on technology for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted] The woeful personal cybersecurity of senior policy makers in DC isn't a joke. It is a major national security problem.

32-Member SWAT Team Raids Home Because Man Had Registered Gun
Off the Grid News - A SWAT team with 32 officers, an armored vehicle and a sniper raided a man’s home because he had a license to carry a gun and a registered weapon — and because a former roommate had a little bit of marijuana. During the search – which was criticized by a judge this month — deputies smashed Michael Delgado’s door and windows, and tossed flash-bang grenades into his house. Worst of all, Delgado was not the target of the raid or even suspected of a crime. Deputies from the Hennepin County Emergency Services Unit (ESU) were actually searching for Walter Power. Power; who was wanted for selling marijuana, was believed to be staying at Delgado’s house in Golden Valley, Minnesota, in November 2015. The ESU was called in because Delgado had a gun registered to his name and a license to carry it, and they feared he would use it, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. The military-style tactics police used in the raid violated the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, Hennepin County District Judge Tanya Bransford ruled. The Fourth Amendment bans unreasonable searches and seizures…. Even though the raid was declared unconstitutional and the charges against Power were dropped, Delgado was still in court in October 2016, fighting to get his legal gun back, The Star-Tribune reported. Delgado was also seeking reimbursement for broken windows and doors “They could have said, ‘We’d like to search your house,’” Delgado said of the ESU. “They could have just asked.”

Election News

WikiLeaks Fallout: Donna Brazile to America, Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes
Wall Street On Parade - After the prior Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned in disgrace in July after Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks released emails... Interim Chair of the DNC, Donna Brazile, is under the gun for putting her finger on the scale for Hillary Clinton.... The recent WikiLeaks release of emails shows that on that date at 4:39 p.m., Brazile sent an email to Jennifer Palmieri, Communications Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, titled: “From time to time I get the questions in advance.” The title clearly conveys that Brazile was referring to questions that would be asked the very next day at the March 13, 2016 CNN Democratic Town Hall at Ohio State University in Columbus.... The Town Hall was a pivotal event, coming just two days before Democratic primaries in five states: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Brazile’s email indicated that she was worried that Clinton might be tripped up by a question on the death penalty. Brazile wrote: “Here’s one that worries me about HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton]. “DEATH PENALTY “19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty....” The next evening at the Town Hall, Clinton did indeed receive a question on the death penalty. Despite the unambiguous violations inherent in the title, text and outcome of Brazile’s email, she is flatly denying that she leaked a question to Clinton.... Another leaked email shows that on January 4, 2016, Brazile had tipped the Clinton campaign to a Twitter event being planned by the Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Brazile forwarded the details she had received from Sarah Ford, Deputy National Press Secretary for Sanders to Clinton adviser Adrienne Elrod. The response from Elrod to Brazile for the good intel was: “Thank you for the heads up on this Donna.”

Unsecured Podesta-Hillary Exchange Exposes Intelligence Source On The Ground in Libya
Townhall - An email released in last week's Wikileaks dump sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and received by John Podesta, then counselor to President Barack Obama from 2014-2015, discusses and exposes intelligence sources on the ground in Libya and Iraq. Podesta is now the Chairman of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. The email exchange, which appears to contain highly classified information according to military sources, was sent to Podesta's Gmail from Clinton's personal servers on August 19, 2014, more than a year after Clinton left the State Department in February 2013.... In the exchange, Podesta was also using an unsecured address on Gmail to communicate with Clinton, which is a violation of federal law if the information was indeed classified. Not to mention, exposure of intelligence sources on the ground puts lives at risk. Further, this email proves that not only did White House officials know about Clinton's private email server, but that Podesta communicated with Clinton about a range of highly sensitive, national security topics.

More women accuse Donald Trump of unwanted touching
Washington Times - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back against new allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately years ago, calling one story a “total fabrication” and saying another “did not happen.” The New York Times reported Wednesday on two women, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks, who accused Mr. Trump of unwanted touching and/or kissing.... Other stories from women, including a People Magazine reporter, also surfaced Wednesday.... Another woman, Mindy McGillivray, told the Palm Beach Post she was groped by Mr. Trump at Mar-a-Lago 13 years ago, and that she yelled “you liar!” at the TV screen while watching Sunday’s debate.
* Related: Trump Calls Sexual-Assault Claims Conspiracy to Defeat Him (Video)

Trump "Sexual Assault" Story Immediately Debunked With 3 Simple Photos
Subject: Politics - Hillary’s campaign and their lapdogs in the media are getting desperate following Trump’s epic beat down of Hillary in Monday’s debate. Last night, the despicable New York Times published a baseless hit piece where a woman claims Trump sexually assaulted her decades ago on a commercial airline. Soon after this garbage was published, thousands of people on the internet noticed one major problem with these accusations against Trump. Jessica Leeds says Trump assaulted her during a FIRST-CLASS flight to New York about three decades ago. Leeds, now 74, claims Trump lifted the ARM REST and began to touch her inappropriately about 45 minutes into the flight. “He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.” But there's one major problem with that story … First Class seats do not have arm rests that lift up and they never have!...Also, don’t you find it odd that this story is just now surfacing? Ms. Leeds had 30 years to report this, but just recently decided to make these accusations against Donald Trump just 3 weeks before election day!

Trump Accuser Said He Abusively 'Nudged' Her at a Concert That Never Happened
The Gateway Pundit - Melinda Rose “Mindy” McGillivray, told the Palm Beach Post after the second presidential debate that someone bumped her backstage at a Ray Charles concert held at Mar-A-Lago on January 24, 2003: ... “All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s Ken’s camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly. I quickly turned back, facing Ray Charles, and I’m stunned.’’.... Critical details of McGillivray’s story don’t add up. McGillivray claims that when she was nudged in 2003, Trump and his wife Melania were engaged. But a quick Google search proves this is false: Trump proposed to Melania in April 2004. Why didn’t the Palm Beach Post or McGillivray check this obvious detail? Perhaps because they never bothered to verify a Ray Charles concert at Mar-A-Lago even happened on January 24, 2003. A Getty Images search shows Trump and Melania posing with Ray Charles at Mar-A-Lago … in a photo by Davidoff Photos Studio, created on January 1, 2003, more than three weeks before McGillivray claimed she was “grabbed” at a Ray Charles concert. A Ray Charles concert chronology shows that on January 23, a Ray Charles concert in Seattle was canceled, but nothing was scheduled for January 24.

HIDDEN CAM: Russ Feingold Says Hillary Might Issue Executive Order on Guns (Video)
Project Veritas - In this video released by Project Veritas Action, James O’Keefe exposes Hillary Clinton’s plan to ban all guns through an executive order. In the video, James O’Keefe attends a private top donor campaign fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold. He attended the fundraiser the same day that a Project Veritas journalist was burned in the Feingold campaign.

Report: Hacker Claims ‘Racist Hillary’ Tape Set to be Released
Paul Joseph Watson - The individual, who claims to be linked to the John Podesta email hack, also claims that the thousands of emails deleted from Hillary Clinton’s private server will be leaked before November 1st. All 33k deleted Emails are going to be released by November 1st. probably in 4 – 5 sets. these emails are going to be the complete undoing of the Democratic Party. We are purposely holding them back so they cannot have time to replace Hillary,” claims the alleged hacker, who asserts that he is not working for Russia. He goes on to promise that no less than six embarrassing videos will be released, including one, “that documents Hillary slandering and being racist against a Female African American. The amount of hatred seen on her face for their community will be worse than 100 TrumpTapes.” The individual also comments on the Podesta emails, noting that “we are saving the best for last”. “I can confirm rotten Hillary’s 33,000 emails have been obtained. Word is it will be a “November surprise.” Wow, something new every day!” claimed author Mike Cernovich in response to the post.

Economy & Business

US Farmers Dump 43 Million Gallons Down the Drain So Far in 2016
Sputnik News - This year’s mass-dumping of dairy is the largest amount of milk waste in 16 years, according to a report released by the US Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The report also stated that the overstock is likely related to a spike in the price of milk and other dairy products during a shortage in 2014. To compensate for high demand at the time, farmers bought more cows and began running production overtime, eventually exceeding demand and resulting in a price drop. The price of milk has dropped 22 percent since spring, the New York Post reported, and 33 percent since 2014. The dramatic decline in value made it unprofitable to continue to transport dairy to markets, or to export it to places like China, normally a major importer and, as a consequence of free market economics, the mass milk spilling began. "Everyone has dumped milk, from Minnesota to New England," the head of the Michigan Milk Producers Association told Newser. To dispose of the extra milk, farmers are dumping it in sewers, fields, manure lagoons, or having it “disappear” from trucks. To combat the problem, the USDA offered on Tuesday to commit $20 million to purchase cheeses, marking their second intervention in the dairy market in the last three months.

Energy & Environment

Worst flooding is yet to come in parts of North Carolina, governor warns
Yahoo News - The worst flooding could be yet to come in several parts of North Carolina as rivers continue swelling to record levels in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Gov. Pat McCrory warned on Wednesday that floodwaters had not yet peaked in parts of Pender and Lenoir counties, where officials said they expect cresting rivers to cause devastating flooding. The flooding comes after Hurricane Matthew drenched the Southeast with nearly 14 trillion gallons of rainfall, with the heaviest amounts falling on already saturated ground in North and South Carolina.... Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate in eastern parts of the state. Officials warned that rising floodwaters could wash out roads and close bridges, leaving residents stranded in their waterlogged communities.... "I continue to urge citizens in low-lying areas to please stay away from flooded water as rivers continue to reach record levels," McCrory said .... Deaths from Hurricane Matthew now stand at 19 in North Carolina, and one person is still reported as missing, the governor said.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Feds Raid Farmer’s Market, Intimidate Vendors, Destroy Food
Off the Grid News - Agents from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are being accused of raiding and shutting down a farmer’s market in Gillette, Wyoming. Three federal agents last month made vendor John Thompson dump the chili he was selling at the Lakeway Farmer’s Market, according to The Gillette News Record. Part of the incident was recorded in a video posted on YouTube. The video also contains a conversation between vendor Frank Wallis and a Gillette police officer. The officer was called after the agents came to the farmer’s market and got into a dispute with the vendors. Wallis called the visit by federal agents a “raid.” The video shows an FSIS agent asking Thompson to sign a form stating he authorized voluntary destruction of his chicken chili. Thompson makes and sells bottles of Big John’s Chili. State Representative Tyler Lindholm (R-Sundance) said the raid never should have occurred. A state law called the Wyoming Food Freedom Act allows processed food to be sold at farmer’s markets provided they don’t contain any meat other than poultry, according to County 17, a local website. Thompson said he bought the chicken at a grocery store and it already had been subject to federal inspection. Thus, under state law, he said, his chili was legal. “[The police] were very professional and acted like a public servant should act,” Wallis County 17, a local website. “They were there to keep the peace, but there was no threats going on from our side. It was the USDA agents that were threatening us with arrest.”


Bacteria in dentist's water sends 30 kids to hospital
CNN - An outbreak that sent 30 children to Southern California hospitals and could have long-term effects on their health, is raising awareness about the risk of bacterial infection from water at the dentist's office. All of the children had a pulpotomy, essentially a "child root canal" and were infected by water used during the procedure, said Dr. Matthew Zahn of the Orange County Health Care Agency. The cases have been traced to the Children's Dental Group in Anaheim, with patients ages 3 to 9 years old all visiting the clinic between March and July. Swelling, redness and pain around the infected tooth can occur, with the bacteria often spreading to the gum and jawbone. In those cases, Zahn said, stopping the infection often means removing part of the jaw itself, making it "a long-term issue for these children." Investigators believe the bacteria grow in low-level stagnant water that isn't flushed. In a dental setting, that water is used during treatment, and when a tooth is capped, it can trap the bacteria inside…. The state of California mandates that water lines be "purged with air or flushed with water for at least two minutes" each day, according to documents provided by the Dental Board.

Neem Plant Suppresses Cancer and Reduces Tumours By 70 Percent
Mae Chan - Neem oil has been valued for centuries for its huge range of medicinal uses. Now Singapore academics have stated that active compounds in the neem plant reduce the size of prostate tumours by up to 70 percent and suppress its spread or metastasis by half…. Nimbolide, a bioactive terpenoid compound derived from Azadirachta indica, more commonly known as the neem plant have a direct effect on cancer cells. Leaf pastes and extracts from the neem plant are used in skin care products, hair treatment, toothpastes, insect repellants, mouth wash, and many other medicinal uses. Many herbalists recommend chewing the leaves, taking capsules of dried leaf, or drinking the bitter tea. The leaves cleanse the blood, help the gastrointestinal system, support the liver, and strengthen the immune system, to name just some of the most popular benefits…. Neem is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-viral and anti-microbial. It contains extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants and carotenoids (similar to carotene) which provide high antioxidant compounds that help defend the body against free radicals…. "In this research, we have demonstrated that nimbolide can inhibit tumour cell viability - a cellular process that directly affects the ability of a cell to proliferate, grow, divide, or repair damaged cell components - and induce programmed cell death in prostate cancer cells," said Associate Professor Sethi. Cell invasion and migration are key steps during tumour metastasis. The NUS-led study revealed that nimbolide can significantly suppress cell invasion and migration of prostate cancer cells, suggesting its ability to reduce tumour metastasis, without exhibiting any significant adverse effects.

Magnesium : Sleep Aid, Muscle Relaxant, Brain Booster and More
Natural News Blogs - Magnesium plays an important role in the performance of your brain. It also improves mood control and increases the ability to focus, because it works on the entire brain as an overall facilitating mechanism for brain function. Magnesium suppresses cortisol levels and allow a person to return to a “relaxed” state sooner again after a period of fight or flight response. Because it is an essential electrolyte and mineral, it also improves the electrical activity in the brain, improving memory and retention. It also has the capacity to keep the synapses open and firing more easily, with minimal interference. This means you can think quicker on your feet, focus better and even improve your overall intelligence and cognitive abilities by increasing your body’s stores of magnesium. You should notice shortly after supplementing with magnesium via transdermal absorption that your sleeping patterns and quality of sleep greatly improve. Some may notice this benefit right away while others may take a few days to experience the full effect…. Magnesium plays a key role in the metabolism of food. It helps synthesize food into energy more effectively, minimizing fat storage. This means less caloric waste and more effective use of calories or energy. Those who have trouble losing weight even after diet modification and increasing activity may be magnesium deficient. It also helps to regulate your blood glucose levels and prevent the onset of insulin resistance. It also efficiently burns off carbohydrate calories. Not only does this accomplish healthy weight maintenance, but it can also be a contribution to diabetes prevention. Magnesium also metabolizes the stress hormone cortisol. Those with higher levels of cortisol can be more prone to put weight on and tend to have a higher BMI than those with controlled levels of the hormone.

Video: Esteemed Doctor Says Mysterious New Blood Bacteria Seems Like Nanobot Bioweapon
Natural Blaze - Era of Wisdom editors note: this is a far out topic, but it is coming from an esteemed doctor with a long resume: Dr. Nick Delgado. Take it with a grain of salt or don’t, but if you will, ask yourself is this really outside the realm of probability?

Oregon hospital ER quarantined after people start hallucinating
KOMO - A hospital in Coos Bay quarantined its emergency room after a 78-year-old patient, her caregiver, two sheriff's deputies and a hospital employee all began having hallucinations. The bizarre incident began around 3 a.m. Wednesday when the elderly woman's caregiver, a 52-year-old woman, called authorities to say people were vandalizing her car. A deputy responded to the home, on East Bay Road in North Bend, but found nothing. The caregiver called back at 5:30 a.m. and was then taken to Bay Area Hospital after deputies suspected the woman might be having a medical issues causing hallucinations. Medical personnel checked her, she appeared fine and returned home. Then the two deputies who worked with the caregiver began having hallucinations and had to be hospitalized. After that, the 78-year-old woman and a hospital employee started showing similar symptoms and had to be hospitalized as well. The Coos County Haz Mat Team responded to Bay Area Hospital and the residence on East Bay Road. The team cleared the emergency room and began decontaminating vehicles and equipment. Everyone involved was quarantined while an investigation was conducted to determine the cause of the hallucinations - but nothing was found in the emergency room or the home on East Bay Road. Blood samples revealed nothing unusual.... Although authorities have not yet pinpointed what caused the episodes, they believe it was something spread by direct contact. The sheriff's department says one possibility is a medicated patch.

Pet News

Cat café opens near Orlando
Orlando Sentinel - The idea is simple … Drink a cup of coffee while playing with some cats. If you fall in love with one, you can adopt it…. Due to health code standards, the building is separated into two areas. The first looks like a traditional coffee house and is run by Axum Coffee…. A vestibule connects the café with the cat play area. Cleverly constructed wall décor doubles as cat hideouts and nap spots…. Toys of all shapes and sizes entertain both the intended audience and their human admirers. On any given day 12-15 cats and kittens from the South Lake Animal League will call the café home…. New cats from the shelter will be brought in as the café cats are adopted…. The cat café concept has been popular in Japan for a number of years and recently made its way overseas. The Orlando Cat Café is the first in Central Florida to bring the concept to life.

Thursday - October 13, 2016 - Today In History:

1775 - The U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
1792 - The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.
1812 - American forces were defeated at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory effectively ended an further U.S. invasion of Canada.
1843 - B'nai B'rith, the Jewish organization, was founded by Henry Jones and eleven others in New York City, NY.
1854 - The state of Texas ratified a state constitution.
1943 - During World War II, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.
1944 - American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II.
1944 - During World War II, British and Greek advance units landed at Piraeus.
1957 - Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel on an hour long special.
1989 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for an overthrow of the Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1992 - A commercial flight record was set by an Air France supersonic jetliner for circling the Earth in 33 hours and one minute.
1999 - The U.S. Senate rejected the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
2010 - Near Copiapó, Chile, 33 miners were trapped underground in San José Mine. The miners were rescued after 69 days underground.

World News

Russia Deploys S-300 to Syria to 'Prevent Hotheads From Making Rash Decisions'
Sputnik News - Russia has deployed the S-300V4 "Antey-2500" and the S-400 Triumf to the Syrian port city of Tartus and the Hmeymim airbase respectively to show the bare minimum that Moscow requires to "prevent military hotheads from the other side from making rash decisions," retired colonel Mikhail Khodarenok wrote for The military expert pointed out that both advanced air defense systems have been installed in Syria in the most basic configuration possible. In other words, the capabilities of the S-300V4 and the S-400 deployed to Syria are largely limited, meaning that the systems have been ostensibly stationed in the war-torn Arab country to send a message. "A single S-400 air defense missile battalion and a single S-300V4 squadron are incapable of tackling all challenges with regard to efficient fight against modern air assault weapons," he said. The Russian Ministry of Defense, Khodarenok said, expects that a limited deployment will "sober the West up" and Moscow will not have to send additional defense complexes to Syria.

Syrian terror suspect Jaber al Bakr found dead in his cell in Germany after being arrested over bomb plot
The Independent - The Syrian terror suspect who was arrested over an alleged bomb plot in Germany has been found dead in his cell. Jabhar al Bakr was arrested in Leipzig in the south of the country on Monday after police foiled a plot to bomb Berlin airport. The 22-year-old asylum seeker was caught after being detained by three fellow Syrian refugees who overpowered him and tied him to a sofa before calling the police – ending a two-day manhunt. German media reported that al Bakr had been on hunger strike and was subject to round-the-clock surveillance.

France approves creation of National Guard to combat terrorism threat
RT - France has approved legislation to create a National Guard as the government struggles to battle the terrorist threat. The guard is expected to include up to 85,000 service personnel by 2018. The law was approved by the Council of Ministers, a powerful executive body composed of senior officials, on Wednesday. “The National Guard, these volunteers, both men and women, have decided, in parallel to their civilian lives, to join the military service for the protection of the French people,” said a statement on the government website. Those who apply for the National Guard will be able to choose between army activities, serving in the gendarmerie (the police force that is part of the French Army), or working in the French police. The volunteers can engage in military operations abroad, surveillance patrols and public security missions, and can combat crime or work in the spheres of health and cyber issues.The operational reserve of the National Guard now contains some 63,000 people (from 17 to 35 years-old). The numbers are expected to reach 72,000 in 2017 and 85,000 in 2018, according to French media.

Dutch may allow assisted suicide for those who feel life is over
Reuters - The Netherlands was the first country to legalize euthanasia, in 2002, but only for patients who were considered to be suffering unbearable pain with no hope of a cure. In a letter to parliament, the health and justice ministers said details remain to be worked out but that people who "have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish that life in a manner dignified for them." The proposal is likely to provoke critics who say Dutch euthanasia practice has already expanded beyond the borders originally envisioned for it, with "unbearable suffering" not only applying to people with terminal diseases, but also to some with mental illnesses and dementia.... The euthanasia policy has widespread backing in Dutch society, and cases have risen by double digits every year for more than a decade as more patients request it and more doctors are willing to carry it out. Euthanasia accounted for 5,516 deaths in the Netherlands in 2015, or 3.9 percent of all deaths nationwide. Health Minister Edith Schippers wrote in the letter that "because the wish for a self-chosen end of life primarily occurs in the elderly, the new system will be limited to" them. She did not define a threshold age.... The proposal comes as a surprise, as a commission enlisted to study the idea of allowing a "completed life" extension to current policy concluded there was no need for it.

Here’s Why Haitians Are Urging You Not To Donate To The Red Cross
AntiMedia - Thanks to a 2015 report exposing ARC [American Red Cross] for its poor management of Haiti-bound donations, Haitians like Facebook user French Francois have been urging the public to steer clear from the 135-year-old foundation. Instead, she wants individuals willing to help to reach out to Haitian organizations instead. Unfortunately, her concerns are grounded in legitimate problems. In 2015, ProPublica and NPR found that despite ARC’s claims that “for each dollar donated, 91 cents went to Haiti,” a large portion of the funds intended for those suffering after a devastating 2010 earthquake ended up squandered by the organization. The International Federation of the Red Cross took a 26 percent cut for overhead while the “American Red Cross’ management and other costs consumed an additional 24 percent of the money.”.... The Clinton Foundation suffered a string of bad media reports due to the family’s response to the earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation in 2010. The problem - despite many mainstream media reports claiming otherwise - did not have much to do with how much was built in the tiny island thanks to the Clintons’ involvement. Instead, many of the investigative reports exploring their role in the controversy revolved around the political dynasty’s use of their influence within government; some of the foundation’s top donors were granted exclusive contracts to “rebuild” Haiti. In one example, companies who received contracts thanks to their influence with the Clintons provided substandard classroom trailers that harbored “a host of problems, from mold to sweltering heat to shoddy construction,” the Nation reported in 2011.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Judge Rules Architects of CIA Torture Program Must Testify in Court
The AntiMedia - Despite the Central Intelligence Agency’s best efforts, at least two former high-level officials must sit for depositions as part of a lawsuit against the two men who were responsible for designing and implementing torture techniques for the CIA. On Tuesday, October 3, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled CIA officials would be required to answer questions under oath as requested by defendants James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen. Both men are former U.S. military psychologists who are seen as the “architects” of the CIA’s torture program. According to the recent Senate report on CIA torture “neither psychologist had experience as an interrogator, nor did either have specialized knowledge of al-Qa’ida, a background in terrorism, or any relevant regional, cultural, or linguistic expertise.” The two men served in the U.S. military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program (SERE), teaching U.S. troops how to resist and survive torture in the event of capture by foreign nations. SERE was supposed to help troops understand torture techniques while Jessen and Mitchell supervised their mental state.... Mitchell and Jessen requested that former high-ranking CIA officials be forced to answer questions about the program and also that the government turn over documents related to the torture program. Judge Quackenbush agreed and ordered the government to produce some of the requested documents. The trial is set to begin on June 26, 2017, but the ACLU says the depositions will likely happen in the next few months as part of the discovery process.

FBI heads to Hartford plane crash; survivor says Feras Freitekh intentionally downed aircraft
Washington Times - The FBI is investigating a Hartford, Connecticut, plane crash after one of the survivors said a Jordanian man purposefully downed the aircraft. Flight student Feras Freitekh, 28, died Tuesday when the twin-engine plane he was flying crashed just outside the headquarters of Pratt & Whitney. His instructor survived the crash and told investigators it was no accident the Piper PA-34 Seneca exploded near the military and commercial jet engine maker’s complex. The National Transportation Safety Board released a statement Tuesday confirming the FBI’s involvement and indicators that “the crash is the result of an intentional act,” CBS News reported. Mr. Freitekh arrived in the U.S. in 2012 on an M1 visa for flight school and was issued a pilot’s license in May 2015, the network reported. The man was issued a license for single-engine planes.

Wikileaks Releases Another 673 Podesta Emails In Part 5 Of Data Dump
Zero Hedge - Just hours after wikileaks released the 4th part of the Podesta emails dump, Wikileaks has unveiled the 5th part, in which is released another 673 emails, assuring that at least one part of the media will be busy digging through hundreds of emails more, while much of the remaining part of the media will be doing all it can to ignore the latest release.

Wikileaks: 'Has That Gotten Any Press?' Clinton Asked After Fast and Furious Killing of ICE Agent
Breitbart - “Has that gotten any press?” was then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s one-line response to an email notifying her that the gun used to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata in February 2011 was tied to the Fast and Furious scandal. Other guns were also connected to the murder of U.S Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. An email message that is part of the leaked WikiLeaks emails was sent from Jacob Sullivan to Secretary Clinton on March 1, 2011, just two weeks after Agent Zapata was murdered in Mexico. Sullivan, who then served as Director of Policy Planning at Clinton’s State Department, had forwarded a message from Clinton Advisor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan. The subject line of the unclassified message was “American guns killing American agents.”

60% of the US Govt's Billion Dollar PR Budget Goes to the Pentagon to Sell You War
Free Thought Project - In the latest report on Public Relations Spending from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States’ government PR apparatus has been revealed to spend over $1 billion annually - $626 million of which the Department of Defense allots to employ a massive propaganda army constituting roughly 40 percent of the more than 5,000-strong federal public relations workforce. In comparison, Health and Human Services - with the second highest spending of all federal agencies during the 10-year period the GAO studied - spent an average of $116 million to promote, for example, Obamacare, flu shots, and the like.... In fact, the DoD spent more on unknown propaganda and PR efforts in the ten years of the study than all other government agencies - combined.... While precisely how the Pentagon spends its massive PR budget could not be determined, the report explains, “Although there is no single, commonly-accepted definition of what constitutes advertising or public relations.” So the GAO describes Department of Defense advertising as “the placement of messages intended to inform or persuade an audience through various types of media, such as television, radio, digital media, direct mail, and others.”

“Do Not Resist”: The Police Militarization Documentary Everyone Should See
The Intercept - Based on substantial on-the-ground reporting, “Do Not Resist” is both unsettling to watch and necessary to see.... [Craig] Atkinson began the project three years ago in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The images of armored cars and commando cops in the streets resonated for him on a personal level. Atkinson’s father spent 29 years as a police officer outside Detroit — 13 of them on a SWAT team, where he held the rank of commander.... The hope was to be on-hand for an incident in which a SWAT team’s use of heavy weapons would be unquestionably warranted.... Instead, the filmmaker repeatedly found himself watching police with military-grade weaponry executing dubious search warrants. The frequency of the raids was particularly shocking, with one of the officers in the film claiming his team does 200 such operations a year. By comparison, Atkinson notes, his father performed a total of 29 search warrant raids over his entire 13 years in SWAT — according to some estimates, SWAT teams now carry out between 50,000 to 80,000 raids across the country annually.... Beyond the day-to-day breaking down of doors, “Do Not Resist” explores the growing role of private surveillance companies in local policing, and law enforcement’s thirst for technology that can predict crimes before they happen.... The intent of “Do Not Resist,” Atkinson said, is to provide a glimpse inside the realities of American policing, challenge the policing-for-profit model that has caused departments in economically depressed communities to treat their citizens as walking ATM machines, call out a warrior culture that divides law enforcement from the public they’re sworn to serve, and flag the dangers of war-zone technologies being applied domestically.

Wealthy San Francisco tech investors bankroll bid to ban homeless camps
The Guardian - Sequoia Capital chairman Michael Moritz, tech angel investor Ron Conway, and hedge-fund investor William Oberndorf have donated $49,999 apiece to a divisive ballot measure intended to clear San Francisco’s streets of homeless encampments, according to campaign filings. Zachary Bogue, a tech investor best known as husband to the Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, also pitched in $2,500. Those sums may be chump change to the likes of Moritz (net worth $3.1bn), but they account for the majority of the approximately $270,000 campaign chest. Proposition Q purports to address the most visible symptom of the city’s ongoing homelessness crisis, tent cities that crowd the sidewalks in certain neighborhoods. To the city’s housed residents, the encampments serve as a visceral reminder of the city’s gaping inequality – or as a nuisance that they wish would go away.... “I strongly believe that it is not compassionate to allow human beings to live on our city streets,” wrote the measure’s author, supervisor Mark Farrell, in an op-ed. “Let’s help get the homeless into housing, not tents.” Opponents of the measure point out that the proposed law does not include any funding for additional housing or shelters, and the city’s existing shelters have long waiting lists for beds. “With Proposition Q, we’re just taking away someone’s tent and making them sleep on the cold concrete,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness. “They’re not going to disappear.”

Coloradans to Vote on Ballot Initiative Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide
CNS News - Although the Colorado state legislature has rejected physician-assisted suicide two years in a row, Coloradans will be voting on a ballot initiative next month that will determine whether Colorado becomes the sixth state in the U.S. to legalize it.... The measure would allow legal residents over 18 to request “aid-in-dying medication” if they are “diagnosed with a terminal illness that is likely to cause death in six months…[and are] mentally capable of making an informed decision” to kill themselves. The patient must make two verbal requests for the lethal drugs, with a 15-day waiting period in between, and a third written request must be witnessed by at least one individual who is “not related by blood, marriage, adoption or civil union, and cannot stand to gain financially from the person’s death.”.... “End of life decisions are best left to dying people consulting their families, their faith, and their doctors – not the government,” said Jessica Grennan, manager of the Yes on Colorado End-of-Life Options campaign.... But Jeff Hunt, director of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute, which issued a policy brief on the subject entitled Suicide By Doctor, argues that physician-assisted suicide is not just a personal matter. In fact, the most vocal opposition to Prop 106 is coming from handicapped Coloradans who are already engaged in a “constant battle” with insurance companies to get the medical treatment they need, he pointed out.

Economy & Business

HSBC: RED ALERT — get ready for a 'severe fall' in the stock market
Business Insider - HSBC's technical-analysis team has thrown up the ultimate warning signal. In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for HSBC, said he had become on "RED ALERT" for an imminent sell-off in stocks given the price action over the past few weeks.... In late September, Gunn said the stock market's moves looked eerily similar to those just before the 1987 stock market crash. Citi's Tom Fitzpatrick also highlighted the market's similarities to the 1987 crash just a few days ago. On September 30, Gunn said stocks were under an "orange alert," as they looked to him as if they had topped out. And now, given the 200-point decline for the Dow on Tuesday, Gunn thinks the drop is here.... Gunn said the selling would truly set in if the Dow Jones Industrial Average were to fall below 17,992 or if the S&P 500 were to dip under 2,116. The Dow closed at 18,128 on Tuesday, while the S&P settled at 2,136.... "But should those levels break and the markets close below (which now seems more likely), it would be a clear sign that the bears have taken over and are starting to feast. The possibility of a severe fall in the stock market is now very high."

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf To Retire Effective Immediately
Zero Hedge - The most anticlimactic and predictable outcome to the biggest banking scandal to rock Wall Street in recent years, Wells Fargo's fraudulent creation of 2 million (or more) fake customer accounts, has just concluded in the only possible way: with CEO and Chairman John Stumpf retiring. The stock has jumped on the news, up 2% in the after hours. There are two outstanding questions here: i) the size of his retirement package, and ii) whether by exiting stage left, he leaves criminal and civil liability behind, or whether this time, the DOJ and/or SEC will actually prosecute the disgraced form chief executive.

Energy & Environment

Bolt cutters expose vulnerability of North America's oil pipeline grid
Reuters - All it took was a pair of bolt cutters and the elbow grease of a few climate activists to carry out an audacious act of sabotage on North America's massive oil and gas pipeline system. For an industry increasingly reliant on gadgets such as digital sensors, infrared cameras and drones to monitor security and check for leaks, the sabotage illustrated how vulnerable pipelines are to low-tech attacks. On Tuesday, climate activists broke through fences and cut locks and chains simultaneously in several states and simply turned the pipelines off. All they had to do was twist shut giant valves on five cross-border pipelines that together can send 2.8 million barrels a day of crude to the United States from Canada - equal to about 15 percent of daily U.S. consumption. The activists did no damage to the pipelines, which operating companies shut down as a precaution for checks before restarting. The United States is the world's largest energy market, and the infrastructure to drill, refine, store and deliver that energy to consumers is connected by millions of miles of pipeline that are impossible to protect entirely from attack.


Switzerland Medical Board Condemns Mammography Screenings: Here’s Why You Should Probably Never Get One
Collective Evolution - In 2013, the Swiss Medical Board, an independent health technology assessment initiative, was requested to prepare a review of mammography screening. The team of medical professionals included a medical ethicist, a clinical epidemiologist, a pharmacologist, an oncologic surgeon, a nurse scientist, a lawyer, and a health economist. Two of those members, Nikola Biller-Andorno, M.D. Ph. D. and Peter Juni, M.D, opened up about the project in the New England Journal of Medicine. They said: “As we embarked on the project, we were aware of the controversies that have surrounded mammography screening for the past 10-15 years. When we received the available evidence and contemplated its implications in detail, however, we became increasingly concerned.”…. these two doctors were shocked to discover that there is minimal evidence that actually indicates that the benefits of mammography screening outweigh the harms. “The relative risk reduction of approximately 20 percent in breast-cancer mortality associated with mammography that is currently described by most expert panels came at the price of a considerable diagnostic cascade, with repeat mammography, subsequent biopsies, and over-diagnosis of breast cancers — cancers that would never have become clinically apparent.” The Canadian National Breast Screening Study, which was conducted over the course of 25 years, concluded that 106 of 484 screen-detected cancers were over-diagnosed. The doctors explained: “This means that 106 of the 44,925 healthy women in the screening group were diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer unnecessarily, which resulted in needless surgical interventions, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or some combination of these therapies.”

Tick bites that trigger severe meat allergy on rise around the world
The Guardian - The link between tick bites and meat allergies was first described in 2007, and has since been confirmed around the world. Sufferers of “tick-induced mammalian meat allergy” will experience a delayed reaction of between two and 10 hours after eating red meat. Almost invariably, they are found to have been bitten by a tick – sometimes as much as six months before. Although most cases of tick bites of humans are uneventful, some immune systems are sensitive to proteins in the parasite’s saliva and become intolerant of red meat and, in some cases, derivatives such as dairy and gelatine. Poultry and seafood can be tolerated, but many sufferers choose to avoid meat entirely. Cases of the emergent allergy have been reported in Europe, Asia, Central America and Africa, but it is most prevalent – and on the rise – in parts of Australia and the United States where ticks are endemic and host populations are booming. The Lone Star tick is widespread throughout the US, but meat allergies have been reported in the south-eastern states, home to growing herds of white-tailed deer. But tick bite-induced anaphylaxis – the most acute allergic reaction, which can result in death – is rare in countries other than Australia. Around Sydney’s northern beaches, where ticks are common, it is reportedly as prevalent as peanut allergies.

16 Condiments That Are Secret Health Bombs (And What to Eat Instead)
Mayo - “With processed refined soybean oil as the main ingredient in most mayo’s, there’s nothing healthy about mayonnaise,” says registered dietitian Asvini Mashru, RD, of Wellness Nutrition Concepts in Malvern, Pennsylvania. “Tartar sauce has the same issues as mayo. If you can find a mayo made with 100 percent olive oil instead of soybean oil, this would actually be a healthy choice.” Or make your own mayonnaise for a healthier option. Ketchup - According to Monica Auslander, a registered dietitian and founder of Essence Nutrition, one teaspoon is the equivalent of eating a sugar packet. “It’s deceiving because it has no fat, so people think they can enjoy freely. Unfortunately, we now know that sugar is for more insidious than fat.” Her recipe for healthier ketchup includes: a jar of organic, unsweetened tomato paste and add a teaspoon of onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup water. Honey mustard - Mashru says to stick with plain mustard with no added sugar. A healthier and tasty option for sammies is pesto and humus. Just make sure the humus is made with olive oil and not soybean or canola oil….

Wednesday - October 12, 2016 - Today In History:

1792 - The first monument honoring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, MD.
1810 - Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest.
1892 - In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
1920 - Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY.
1933 - The U.S. Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the U.S. Army.
1942 - During World War II, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that Italian nationals in the U.S. would no longer be considered enemy aliens.
1961 - The first video memoirs by a U.S. president were made. Walter Cronkite interviewed Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1972 - During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured.
1988 - Federal prosecutors announced that the Sundstrand Corp. would pay $115 million dollars to settle with the Pentagon for overbilling airplane parts over a five-year period.
1989 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban on the destruction of the American flag.
1998 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.
2007 - Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm over global warming.
2011 - A Nigerian al-Qaida operative pleaded guilty to trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear minutes before the plane landed in Detroit on Christmas Day

World News

Russian jets resume heavy bombing of eastern Aleppo: rebels, monitor
Reuters - Air strikes mostly hit the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, Zakaria Malhifji of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim rebel group told Reuters…. The Observatory said the death toll from bombing in Bustan al-Qasr, Fardous and other neighborhoods rose to at least 25, with scores of wounded. At least 50 civilians were killed by strikes on the rebel-held part of the city and nearby villages controlled by insurgents, residents and rescue workers said. In Bustan al Qasr, residents said, the strikes hit a medical center and a children's playground. The Syrian army, backed by Iranian-backed militias, also said it had consolidated its control of the al Jandoul traffic circle at a major road intersection on the northern outskirts of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus reduced air raids in the northern city last week. The Syrian army said that was partly to allow civilians to leave opposition-held eastern neighborhoods. The Syrian government said rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down their arms. Insurgents denounced that offer as a deception. President Bashar al-Assad seeks the complete recapture of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the 5 1/2-year war, which has been divided between government and opposition control for years.

White House says it will retaliate against Russia for DNC hack
McClatchy DC - The Obama administration plans a “proportional” response to punish Russia for hacking into the Democratic National Committee and other cyberattacks aimed at disrupting Nov. 8 elections, a White House spokesman said Monday.... The Obama administration on Friday asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government ordered the hacking into various U.S. political groups, including the DNC. The cyberattacks have brought bipartisan calls for retaliation, including a demand by a Texas Republican congressman, Will Hurd, a former CIA officer, that the Russian ambassador to the United States be kicked out.... In its accusation last Friday, the government said the entire U.S. intelligence apparatus was “confident” that Russia was behind the attacks but said hackers were unlikely to interfere further with the upcoming election. Republican nominee Donald Trump refused in Sunday’s presidential debate to recognize that Russia was behind the hack, saying Hillary Clinton used the accusation as a smear.

Beijing and Moscow to cooperate on minimizing US missile defense
Deutsche Welle - Moscow and Beijing have routinely expressed concerns that the Pentagon has been using the term "defense" as a ruse. "The missile defense system considerably shifts the balance of offensive weapons, allowing the planning of a more efficient pre-emptive strike," said Lt. General Viktro Poznikhir. "Russian military experts believe that the US hopes to gain the capability to strike any region of the world, including Russia and China, with nuclear-tipped missiles with impunity," he added.... The general also mentioned that the two countries had already begun discussions on how to counter the US program. However he did not offer further details but accused the countries that host US missile bases of making their citizens "hostages of the US unpredictable action.".... In comments carried by Russia Today, Major General Cai Jun echoed Poznikhir's statements, saying that Washington's actions were promoting instability across eastern Europe and Asia. "The US did not provide legally-binding guarantees that the missile defense system they are deploying in Europe would not be aimed against Russia. But at the same time it poses a real and direct threat to Russian security,” he said. "China and Russia have similar positions about strategic antiballistic missile systems and oppose attempts by any nation or group of nations to create such systems unilaterally at the expense of strategic international security,” Cai Jun added. Both men dismissed claims by the US that the missile shield was largely meant to protect itself and its allies from the threat of attacks by Iran or North Korea.

Syrian refugees capture bomb plot suspect, hand him over to German police
RT - A 22-year-old suspected of plotting a bomb attack, who was the subject of a two-day manhunt in Chemnitz, an eastern German town, was overpowered and tied up by three fellow countrymen, who turned him in to the police after discovering his identity. The bomb plot suspect identified as Jaber Albakr had been at large since Saturday, when German police officers tried to capture him in the eastern town of Chemnitz. Some reports say the 22-year-old managed to escape his apartment right under the noses of the police raiding it.... Saxony’s criminal police chief, Joerg Michaelis, said later on Monday that Albakr was recognized by three other Syrians whom he had asked for an overnight stay. Michaelis confirmed earlier media reports, saying that the Syrians had tied Albakr up and held him in their apartment in the city of Leipzig. One of them brought a photo of Albakr to a local police station, leading to the suspect’s arrest, according to Reuters. “The suspect was handed over to us bound,” the police chief said. Initially, police said on their official Facebook page that one or more Syrians helped detain the suspect, but gave no details “because we do not want to provoke any dangers for those persons who gave us the tip.”

Venezuela's prisoners starve to death in jails amid economic collapse
Daily Mail Online - Video smuggled out of a jail at San Juan de los Morros, in the central Guarico region of Venezuela, show emaciated inmates struggling to survive. With the country in the grip of a crippling economic crisis, starving prisoners can be seen standing in line and begging for help from the outside world.... The prison footage was reportedly filmed by inmate Franklin Paul Hernandez Quezad. One prisoner was said to be so weak he had to be lifted into a chair to be filmed.... Another is said to have died from starvation and disease. One of the men says to the camera: 'Look at me, look at the state we are in, we need medicine in order to survive.' Another inmate in what appears to be a wheelchair also asks for medicine: 'We are all human beings and we need a second chance.' And the third echoes the sentiment saying: 'Please, don't leave us to die in here, help us brothers. We do not want to die.'.... There are claims in local media that Venezuelan police had apparently blocked deliveries of food, medicine and water to the prison.

The Total Amount Of Debt In The World Just Hit A Record $152,000,000,000,000 (152 Trillion)
Economic Collapse - According to the IMF, the total amount of debt around the globe has now hit a staggering 152 trillion dollars. That is an amount of money that is almost unimaginable, and the IMF says that it is equivalent to 225 percent of global GDP.... Experts all over the world agree that when this debt bubble finally bursts, it is going to create an economic crisis on a scale that humanity has never seen before.... The following excerpt comes from a story in a major British news source: "The International Monetary Fund has urged governments to take action to tackle a record $152tn debt mountain before it triggers a fresh global financial and economic crisis. Warning that debt levels were not just high but rising, the IMF said it was vital to intervene early in order to mitigate the risks of a repeat of the damaging events that began with the collapse of the US sub-prime housing bubble almost a decade ago. It said that new research in its half-yearly fiscal monitor covering 113 countries had shown that debt was currently 225% of global GDP, with the private sector responsible for two-thirds of the total".... It is truly hard to grasp how much money “a trillion dollars” represents. For instance, if you were alive when Jesus Christ was born, and you had spent a million dollars every single day since that time, you still would not have spent a trillion dollars by now.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Lawyer Representing 9/11 Families Against Saudis Wanted to 'Defang the Issue' for Clinton Camp
Breitbart - “Those of us who have been concerned about that politicization have had some thoughts about how to defang the issue and would be happy to knock those around with you or Cheryl if and whenever you like,” attorney Jack Quinn wrote in a March 27, 2015 email to Podesta and Mills. The emails have been made public along with thousands of pieces of correspondence from John Podesta’s email account by the organization Wikileaks. Wikileaks claims to have tens of thousands of such emails, but is releasing them in smaller batches as part of a searchable database. Quinn initially wrote to Mills and Podesta on March 26, 2015 introducing himself as “co-counsel to a large number of plaintiffs in the ‘9/11 cases'” in New York. Given the ties between Saudi Arabia and the Clinton Foundation, he wrote, made some on his legal team consider that “you may find it helpful to receive a briefing on the status of our discovery efforts, our responses to KSA’s motion to dismiss and our best assessment of prospects for the litigation and its final resolution.” The Clinton Foundation has received up to $50 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, the United States increased the number of non immigrant visas to Saudi nationals by 93 percent.

Leaked Email Reveals Possible Evidence State Dept Never Intended to Charge Clinton
The Free Thought Project - One of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, attorney Heather Samuelson - one of the lawyers who scanned the notorious emails to ostensibly separate the personal from those considered work-related - appears, a newly disclosed email shows, to have been acting in concert with the State Department during that investigation, showing further evidence of possible collusion.... Dated March 17, 2015, originating from Samuelson, with the subject marked “JW FOIA | WJC Speeches,” referencing the Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch and William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton, a newly revealed email shows near certain evidence the aide was in close contact with people inside the Department of State (DOS) - during the investigation of the private email server.... As Zero Hedge notes, this candid communique contains “details so nuanced it may only have come as a result of direct communication between the State Department” and Samuelson - “which in turn she promptly conveyed to her team, regarding the FOIA request, in what appears to be a material breach of confidentiality.” Samuelson, in other words, was conveying information from inside the State Department directly to Clinton’s staff — while the FBI and others investigated the possible transmission of classified information over the unsecure server.

Charleston, West Virginia the Latest Small City Secretly Targeted to Receive Refugees
Breitbart - Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch writes: "West Virginia has only gotten a very small number of refugees ever since this program was established in 1980, but all that could change if Episcopal Migration Ministries joins Catholic Charities and begins to place Syrian and other refugees from the Middle East and Africa in the state capital. And, frankly, you would never know that it was happening, that the federal legislators had met with a local Interfaith group and gave the go-ahead by attending meetings, being informed and then not saying anything to the general public about the quiet planning process underway. If it weren’t for the dogged research of one citizen activist—Brenda Arthur—no one but a tiny select group of insiders would have a clue about what was coming.".... The State Department has secretively tried to expand resettlement to at least 47 small communities. In some of these communities, like Rutland, Vermont, local officials are complicit in this secrecy. In others, such as Flint, Michigan, they appear to be unaware. During FY 2016, 25 refugees were resettled in West Virginia, according to the Department of State’s interactive website, about one every two weeks. Eight of these refugees were from Burma, eight from Eritrea, five from Syria, and four from Iraq. All five Syrian refugees were resettled in Charleston. In the first six days of October, the first month of FY 2017, five refugees, all from Iraq, have been resettled in West Virginia, more than one each day. If this pace of refugee resettlement continues throughout the remaining 359 days of the fiscal year, over 400 refugees would be resettled in West Virginia in FY 2017, sixteen times the number of refugees resettled in FY 2016.

Mexican officials helping Haitian illegal immigrants reach U.S.
Washington Times - More than 6,000 Haitians arrived at the border in San Diego over the past year — a staggering eighteenfold increase over fiscal year 2015. Some 2,600 more were waiting in northern Mexico as of last week, and 3,500 others were not far behind, waiting in Panama to make the trip north, according to the documents, obtained by Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican.... Their trek begins in Brazil and traces a 7,100-mile route up the west coast of South America and Central America, crossing 11 countries and taking as long as four months. Some countries are more welcoming than others, according to the document, which was reviewed by The Washington Times. Nicaragua is listed as being particularly vigilant about deporting the Haitian migrants if they are caught, so smugglers there charge $1,000.... Smugglers charge $200 through Ecuador and $300 each through Guatemala and Colombia, the document says. Mexico, though, is more accommodating to the migrants. It stops them at its southern border in Tapachula, processes them and — though they don’t have legal entry papers — “they receive a 20-day transit document” giving them enough time to get a bus across Mexico, arriving eventually in Tijuana, just south of San Diego. Once in the United States, many of the Haitians claim asylum and fight deportation in cases that can drag on for years, guaranteeing the migrants a foothold in the country.... Other Haitians who are apprehended are put on a slow deportation track, giving them a chance to hide in the shadows along with other illegal immigrants. Southern Florida is a particularly attractive destination for Haitians, the document said.

Pastor Facing $100 a Day Fines for Helping Homeless Women and Children on His Own Church's Property
The Free Thought Project - Proving once again that the state has no interest in helping people, the state of Delaware is attacking a pastor who would dare attempt to help the homeless. Pastor Aaron Appling of Victory Church West in Dover is being threatened with a $100 per day fine by county officials for allowing a 21-year-old homeless woman to live in an RV in the back of the church property.... According to NBC Philadelphia, Kent County officials sent Appling a letter stating his church isn’t zoned to let homeless people stay on the property. The letter warns that if the church doesn’t act quickly, they could be fined $100 a day.... Alexis Simms, a 21-year-old homeless mom who is battling lupus, has nowhere to go - and, the state is attempting to take the only thing she has positive in her life right now - pastor Appling’s kindness. “We want to stand up for her,” Appling said. “Because there is nobody else to stand up for her.”.... According to NBC Philadelphia, while county officials said the church can apply for re-zoning to make the land a campground, Appling says it would be too expensive. He’s hoping the church and the county can reach a compromise before the fines begin. Helping a homeless mother is not the only ‘crime’ the church has been accused of either. Last month, Appling announced a plan to build multiple tiny homes on his property to provide shelter for those in need. And, again, their good deed was quickly swatted down by the bureaucratic hand of government. The good news is, the church is showing no signs of backing down. Instead of paying the fees, they are seeking to change the law entirely to put an end to such a tyrannical practice. “We have to choose at some point in time as believers who we’re going to stand for and help,” Appling said. “We’re not against them we’re just choosing we need to help this person more than we need to be pleasing to you.”

Charitable giving reached record high in 2015: report
Washington Times - Americans are a passionately charitable people, donating a record $373 billion in 2015, with most of that coming from individual donors, according to a new report. Some $265 billion, or 71 percent of the 2015 charitable donations, was given by individuals, Giving USA, the Giving Institute and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy said.... Other donor groups in 2015 included foundations, which gave $58 billion; bequests, which gave almost $32 billion; and corporations, which gave $18 billion.... while large donations can get headlines, the small gifts add up to massive sums. “Philanthropy is quite democratic and always has been — more people give than vote in the U.S. — and $20, $10 and $1 gifts do make a cumulative difference,” said Dr. Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean for academic affairs and research at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The religious sector remains the largest recipient (32 percent) of charitable gifts. This is followed by the educational sector (15 percent); human services (12 percent); health (8 percent); arts, culture and humanities (5 percent); international affairs (4 percent); and environmental and animals (3 percent).... Charities also enjoy a good reputation as stewards of gifts. A recent bipartisan survey of 1,300 voters by Independent Sector asked, “Which do you think would be a better way to improve your community and your country? Pay an additional $1,000 in taxes to the federal government or given an additional $1,000 to charity?” Seventy-four percent chose “Give to charity,” while 9 percent said “Give to government,” and 17 percent said they didn’t know, “both,” “neither,” or refused to answer, according to Independent Sector’s “United For Charity” report.

Election News

Clinton camp appeared to have contacts with DOJ on email case
The Hill - An official within Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign appeared to have discussions with sources inside the Department of Justice (DOJ) about ongoing open records lawsuits regarding the former secretary of State’s emails, according to an email released on Tuesday. In an email from May 2015, Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said that “DOJ folks” had “inform[ed]” him about an upcoming status conference in one of the lawsuits regarding Clinton’s private email setup. The information about an upcoming court event would have been public knowledge and open for all to attend. And it’s unclear whether the people Fallon spoke to at the Justice Department were officials who regularly communicate with the public. However, the fact that Fallon — a former spokesman with the Justice Department — remained in contact with anyone from the department is likely to renew allegations that the Obama administration maintained an especially cozy relationship with Clinton’s presidential campaign.... The email from Fallon was contained in a collection of more than 1,000 messages allegedly stolen from campaign chairman John Podesta and posted to WikiLeaks on Tuesday.

U.S. Intelligence meddles in U.S. Presidential election: backs Hillary Clinton, tries to stop Donald Trump
The Duran - The single most important event of the US Presidential election took place last week and to my knowledge it has gone completely unreported.... It was the public confirmation that an intelligence agency is directly interfering in an ongoing US Presidential election. The intelligence agency in question is not however that of Russia as is being reported. It is that of the United States itself. To understand why this is so, consider the statement US intelligence published last week on the subject of alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and of other US agencies involved in the election.... The statement is an implicit admission that US intelligence has no evidence to back its allegations of Russian hacking. It is merely “confident” – not “sure” – that it is the Russians who are behind the hacking, and it is clear from the statement that it arrived at this conclusion purely through inference: because the hacks supposedly were “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts”. US intelligence assumes the Russians were behind the hack not because it knows this to be so but in part because of what it believes Russian motives to be. The statement backs its claim with a textual trick. It says “the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia”. It then immediately follows these words with the words “for example”. These lead to the expectation that an actual example of such Russian “tactics and techniques” is about to follow. Instead what is provided are the fact free words “to influence public opinion there”.... The words are designed to create a subliminal impression to a casual reader that the Russians have been caught doing this sort of thing before, without however providing a single actual example when this was the case.

YouTube Hides and SLAPS WARNING on New Trump Ad About Hillary's Health
The Gateway Pundit - YouTube has ‘unlisted’ and added a warning to the new Donald Trump ad entitled “Dangerous” posted Tuesday morning by the Team Trump account that focuses on national security and warns that Hillary Clinton does not have the stamina and judgment to keep America safe. YouTube also placed the ad behind the “Restricted Mode” firewall that blocks “inappropriate content’.... The ad features photos and footage of Clinton coughing and in physical distress being aided walking up stairs and collapsing as her Secret Service agents drag her to a waiting vehicle.... YouTube describes ‘Restricted Mode’as hiding ‘inappropriate content’: “Restricted Mode hides videos that may contain inappropriate content flagged by users and other signals. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content.”

Clinton Campaign Confiscates Cell Phones From Donors
Jamie White & Kit Daniels - The Hillary Clinton campaign controls how the press covers her fundraisers and even asked donors to turn in their cell phones so “unapproved” images wouldn’t get leaked to the press, according to Wikileaks emails obtained from Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. Clinton confidant Huma Abedin exchanged these emails with aide Kristina Schake in April 2015. Schake outlines specific conditions that would allow the donors and press at Clinton events to bring cellphones and cameras for the purposes of manipulating public perception of Hillary’s favorability. She wrote: “Here is a draft policy for input: less than 100 people – NO cellphones, NO press. Over 100 people, YES cell phones, and ONE print pooler will be escorted in for her remarks only and then escorted out. NO TV cameras. Over 500 people in a public space – YES cell phones, OPEN press (all press access including TV cameras).” So a Clinton event with less than 500 people gets virtually no coverage because it would showcase Democrats’ lack of enthusiasm for their candidate. The email continues with Schake telling Abedin that Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson has suggested the following for fundraiser guests if under 100 people: “Since the event is not open to cameras from the media b/c of space, we will be asking you to check your cell phone so images aren’t released from the event that were unavailable to the media. We take our relationship with the press seriously and don’t want them to be at a disadvantage.”In other words, they tell guests not to sneak out photos of the event because it may fall outside of the lockstep positive coverage by the lapdog media and could contradict their spin. The “no cell phone” rule may also prevent camera flashes from triggering Hillary into having a seizure.

Economy & Business

Exclusive documents show a Wells Fargo employee informed the bank of fake customer accounts in 2006
VICE News - A Wells Fargo bank manager tried to warn the head of the company’s regional banking unit of an improperly created customer account in January 2006, five years earlier than the bank has said its board first learned of abuses at its branches.... Dennis Hambek, a former branch manager in West Yakima, Washington, sent a certified letter in January 2006 to Carrie Tolstedt, then Wells Fargo’s head of regional banking, outlining unethical “gaming” activity at area branches. In 2007, Tolstedt was made the company’s head of community banking, the division where many of the unethical practices occurred. Hambek says a customer named Bill Moore came to his branch in July 2005 after he learned that a different Wells Fargo branch had opened checking, savings, and debit-card accounts in his name without his authorization. Hambek asked Moore to write out details of his complaint. Then, Hambek says, he reported the ethics violation to the bank’s investigations department and called a hotline employees were encouraged to use to report misconduct. He says no action was taken. Six months later, Hambek sent the certified letter explaining what he had seen to Tolstedt....[Wells Fargo CEO John] Stumpf testified at a House Financial Services Committee hearing Sept. 29 that the company board got “reports at a committee level, at a high level, about ethics lines requests or information” as early as 2011.

Obama Econ Advisor Blames Back Pain And Video Games For Bad Labor Market
Zero Hedge -Princeton professor and former Obama White House economist Alan Krueger would like for you to know that low labor force participation rates likely have nothing to do with Obama's awful "jobs recovery", stagnant real wages or soaring entitlements that provide massive disincentives to work. Rather, his "thorough research" indicates that men are more likely dropping out of the labor force due to excessive back pain and/or because video gaming technology has become so amazing that young adults are just choosing to stay home instead. According to The Washington Examiner, Krueger's "research" indicated that 47% of men, between the ages of 25 and 54, reported taking pain medication during the previous day. Of those men, 40% said their pain prevented them from working.... But back pain apparently isn't the only thing keeping young men out of the work force.... For younger working-age men, aged 21-30, video games also may be part of the problem, Krueger finds. While falling labor force participation for that group mostly reflects school attendance, idleness is also up. And that might be because, he finds, playing video games is more attractive than older forms of idleness, such as watching television. He discovers that young men out of the labor force spent 6.7 hours a week on average playing video games in the years 2012-2015, up from 3.6 hours a week in 2004-2007.

Energy & Environment

Leaked emails show Hillary Clinton blaming Russians for funding 'phony' anti-fracking groups
Washington Times - Supporters of hydraulic fracturing have long accused Russia of funding anti-fracking environmental groups, and it turns out Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton agrees. Mrs. Clinton complained about “phony environmental groups” pushing an anti-fracking agenda in a speech to a private audience, according to excerpts leaked Saturday by WikiLeaks after purportedly hacking into the account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.... She allegedly made the comments at a June 18, 2014, speech sponsored by tinePublic, a Canadian promotional group.... At the same time, the leaked speeches came as another blow to Mrs. Clinton’s tenuous relationship with environmentalists.... “Apparently, @HillaryClinton will help clean up world w/ renewable energy—right after she helps poison it w/ fracking,” Mediaite columnist and The Young Turks political reporter Jordan Chariton said in a Sunday tweet. In an April 2013 speech to Deutsche Bank, Mrs. Clinton credited the federal government with helping develop fracking, adding that, “I’ve promoted fracking in other places around the world.”

Murkowski Blocks Effort to Protect US Power Grid
Newsmax - In a surprising election-year gambit, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has gutted legislation with strong bipartisan support that would protect the U.S. power grid from solar flares and Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) weapons, to benefit a “clean” energy bill backed by Senate Democrats. The original bill, known as the GRID Act, authorized the federal government to take emergency measures to protect some 300 giant power transformers around the country. It passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous voice vote in August, an unusual show of bipartisan support in this Congress. But when it went to the Senate, the bill was gutted of the measures to protect the power grid from EMP attack by Murkowski and committee chairman Jeff Bingamon, D-N.M., while other portions of the bill were added to her own energy bill, S. 1462, the American Clean Energy Act of 2009.

US Offshore Wind Plant Costs $17,600 Per Home Powered
The Daily Signal - America’s first offshore wind power plant will cost about $17,600 dollars to build per home it will power. Three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the wind farm is supposed to generate enough energy to power 17,000 homes, but will cost $300 million to build five turbines. This cost is just to build the turbines, not to operate them. The extremely high cost of offshore wind doesn’t worry environmentalists and progressives however, because, as says about the project, “it’s the precedent that counts.” Despite the extremely high cost, federal officials want to power a whooping 23 million homes with offshore wind by the year 2050.... Offshore wind is so pricey that early investors in it, like Germany, plans to stop building new turbines to lower the costs of electricity and prop up its ailing power grid. However, the average American’s electric bill has gone up 10 percent since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, due to regulations imposed by government officials and taxpayer support for green energy.... As essential goods like electricity becomes more expensive, the cost of producing goods and services that use electricity increases, effectively raising the price of almost everything. The higher prices are ultimately paid for by consumers, not industries.

Science & Technology

Social media sites cut off tech company that provides data intel to law enforcement
Washington Times - A technology company that analyzes social media data and sells the information to law enforcement for surveillance purposes will no longer have special access to user data on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The social media companies have all cut off Geofeedia’s special access after the American Civil Liberties Union found that analyses of information posted to the platforms were being marketed to agencies as a way to monitor activists and protesters....The Baltimore County Police Department, for instance, used the Geofeedia’s analysis of social media when riots erupted in Baltimore in 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray, according to one “case study” document obtained by the ACLU.... According to the ACLU’s findings, Instagram provided Geofeedia access to a stream of public user posts that included location data associated with the posts. Facebook allowed Geofeedia to a data feed that ranked public posts that mentioned certain trending topics, such as hashtags, events or specific places. Twitter, through a subsidiary, provided Geofeedia with searchable access to its database of public tweets.... Nicole Ozer, the technology and civil liberties policy director for the ACLU of Northern California, called the scope of the surveillance “alarming.” “This is really sophisticated surveillance without any safeguards for civil liberties and civil rights,” she said, noting that none of the police departments using social media surveillance technology had adopted a policy on use. What’s more, none of the departments using the technology held any sort of public debate before putting the surveillance programs to use.

Samsung Ends Galaxy Note 7 Production, Pulls Model From Market
Zero Hedge - The South Korean company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it has made a final decision to stop production of the large-screen smartphone whose exploding batteries had become a recurring global problem, and which was supposed to compete with Apple's iPhones and other high-end smartphones during the U.S. holiday shopping season, for the sake of consumer.... The announcement came after consumers reported problems with supposedly safe phones in the U.S. and China, and wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Australia’s Telstra Corp. halted sales. In one case, a Southwest Airlines Co. flight from Louisville, Kentucky, was evacuated because a replacement Note 7 began dispersing smoke and burned carpet flooring.... Samsung has been struggling to regain consumer trust after a first round of recalls. The company stopped selling the device after finding that even the supposedly safer replacements it was providing for recalled Note 7 phones were catching fire.


EpiPen goes from $300 to $30 to $3 with Opensource and 3D Printing
Activist Post - While the US government held a hearing regarding Mylan’s EpiPen pricing in which a package containing two of the devices costs a whooping $600 ($300 per device), little appears to have been done except provide the public with the belief that “something” will eventually be done by what is a clear case of price gouging. What perhaps was more effective than the expensive and ultimately superficial Congressional hearing, was a DIY biohacking group’s demonstration of turning an ordinary store-bought autoinjector into a functioning EpiPen, called an “EpiPencil.” The autoinjector-based EpiPencil costs about $30-$40. […] the EpiPencil cannot be stored for months like the EpiPen can, but it is an important starting point for other biohackers seeking to lower the price of healthcare through innovation and opensource decentralization. With 3D printing, our own innovation lab has found it possible to cut costs even further. We are developing an opensource design of the autoinjector used for the EpiPencil. Costs for the PLA plastic used in printing out prototypes reveals an expected price of around $3 for the finished product.

E-cigarettes are exploding, but nobody’s reporting the cases
What Doctors Don't Tell You - One hospital in North Carolina says it has treated 10 patents in the past six months who have suffered severe burns and fractures—including one patient who lost his sight—after an e-cigarette they were smoking exploded. And these are not isolated cases, but nobody seems to be reporting them. “We know that this is a big problem at burn centres across the United States,” says Clare Meernik, from the University of North Carolina. Part of the problem is that surveillance systems don’t categorise the problem, and so doctors or patients don’t have anywhere to register the incident. The US’s National Fire Protection Association listed just 15 e-cigarette explosions and fires in 2015, and yet the American Burn Association was aware of at least several hundred cases that year. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started to regulate e-cigarettes earlier this year, but hadn’t developed safety standards. Most of the explosions seemed to have been started by some battery malfunction, so this especially needed attention by the FDA, she said.

Study: Cut Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 34% with This Kind of Diet
Natural Society - For the study, researchers gathered information from over 200,000 Americans. Participants filled out a series of questionnaires about their medical history, current health, diet, and lifestyle. The information was collected over 2 decades. The researchers found that a healthy version of the plant-based diet – which included fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains – lowered the risk of diabetes by 34%. Participants who ate a less-healthy plant-based diet had a 16% lower risk of the disease. The less-healthy version consisted of a lot of fruits and veggies, but also a limited amount of foods such as potatoes, refined grains, and sugary drinks. However, no benefit was seen in people who ate plant-based foods but also consumed a lot of refined carbohydrates and starchy vegetables.

6 Fruits That Prevent & Control Diabetes
David Wolfe - Living with diabetes requires several lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, those changes are often negative – eat less of this, do less of that. It can get frustrating…. These fruits will help you not only manage your blood-sugar level but reduce the severity of diabetes symptoms as well…. Fruit #1 – Apples, according to, are a great source of soluble fiber. In addition to helping you feel full, this fiber slows the absorption of sugar into your blood. The soluble fiber in apples also works against the inflammation insulin resistance causes. This helps people with diabetes recover from infections faster. Fruit #2 – Black plums possess several anti-diabetic properties. They reduce symptoms such as frequent peeing and thirst. Black plus also help your body convert starch into energy, which regulates your blood-sugar levels. Eat no more than 2 average-sized plums in one sitting to balance these positive effects with the high level of natural sugar in the fruit. Fruit #3 – Guava has a higher concentration of lycopene than any other plant. Lycopene is a dietary fiber that has been proven to reduce diabetes symptoms as well as one’s risk for the disease. According to an I-Shou University study, eating a peeled guava can reduce the amount of sugar in your blood. The ‘peeled’ part is important, as eating guava skin will actually raise your blood-sugar level. Fruit #4 – In one study, grapefruit juice lowered blood-sugar levels just as effectively as metformin, a diabetes drug. Additionally, according to Diabetes In Control, grapefruit contains a number of nutrients that control blood-sugar levels and reduce one’s risk of obesity – a major concern for diabetics. Fruit #5 – Avocados contain lots of fiber which, remember, is good for regulating your blood-sugar levels. The potassium in avocados can also greatly reduce diabetic neuropathy symptoms. recommends that diabetics eat avocado in 1-ounce servings. That size serving contains a mere 50 calories, 3 grams of carbs and less than 1 gram of sugar….

Pet News

Dogs Love These Chews, but They Fracture Teeth Like Crazy
Dr. Becker - …an increasing number of veterinarians are discouraging dog guardians from offering very hard chews, including antlers, due to the potential for broken teeth. In the U.K., veterinarians have seen a steady increase in fractured carnassial teeth. And while broken teeth are common in dogs, fractures in back teeth are not…. Anything your dog chews on that is harder than his teeth can cause a fracture, largely due to the force with which dogs are able to bite down. This typically occurs when a dog moves the chew or bone toward the back of his mouth on one side and chomps down on it…. When your dog breaks a tooth, the pulp — which is the sensitive nerve inside — can be exposed. Not only is an exposed nerve extremely painful, it can also lead to a deep infection and root abscess. Most pets with tooth fractures don’t show obvious signs of pain, but sadly, many suffer silently for weeks, months or even years before the situation progresses to the point where they can’t eat comfortably and lose their appetite. The longer a broken tooth goes untreated, the worse it gets. […] antlers are often a problem, as are Nylabones. Anything you can't put a dent in with your fingernail has the potential to fracture the crown of your dog’s tooth…. Raw knucklebones are much softer than rock hard antlers and are gentler on the teeth. I also monitor their chewing very closely, because they can whittle a large bone down to the size of a ping-pong ball in about an hour. Once a bone is that small, it's too small to be safe.

day - October 11, 2016 - Today In History:

1776 - During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.
1811 - The Juliana, the 1st steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. Traveled from New York City, NY, to Hoboken, NJ.
1869 - Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his 1st invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the U.S. Congress, however the Congress did not buy it.
1890 - The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC.
1929 - J.C. Penney opened a store in Milford, DE, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.
1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.
1942 - The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.
1968 - Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.
1983 - The last hand-cranked telephones in the U.S. went out of service. Last customers of Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to direct-dial service.
1984 - American Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first female astronaut to space walk. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1994 - U.S. troops in Haiti took control of the National Palace.
1994 - Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.
2002 - The Senate joined the House in approving the use of America's military might against Iraq.
2002 - Former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize for his 1970s Middle East diplomacy.

World News

Fifteen Years Into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth? - Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. There weren’t any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan’s post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 years after launching a war against Afghanistan’s Taliban government in retaliation for an attack by Saudi-backed al-Qaeda, the US-backed forces are steadily losing territory back to the Taliban. Do Americans know that we are still wasting billions on “reconstruction” and other projects in Afghanistan that are, at best, boondoggles?

Health conditions worsen as aid trickles into remote Haiti
Associated Press - There's no water, no antibiotics," Dr. Herby Jean told The Associated Press. "Everything is depleted ... We hear helicopters flying overhead, but we're not getting anything." There was also no power and frustration grew on Tuesday as food, medicine and fresh water kept arriving at the main city in Haiti's southwest peninsula but was slow to reach increasingly desperate communities like Dame Marie.

US missile defense in Europe directly threatens Russia – Chinese military - US antimissile shield in Europe directly threats Russia, a senior-ranking Chinese general said as cited by RIA Novosti. He added that US actions across the globe disrupt the balance of regional power and provoke regional instability. “The US did not provide legally-binding guarantees that the missile defense system they are deploying in Europe would not be aimed against Russia. But at the same time it poses a real and direct threat to the Russian security,” the general reportedly said in a speech at the Xiangshan international security forum in Beijing. The assessment is similar to that of the Russian military, which insists that the American antimissile shield in Europe compromises Russia’s security and needs to be countered with better ballistic missiles and capabilities to destroy antimissile sites, should the need arise.

South African finance minister issued with summons, rand plunges - South African prosecutors issued Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with a formal summons on Tuesday to appear in court on Nov. 2 in relation to the granting of early retirement to a colleague, sending the rand reeling. The currency fell as much as 3.4 percent when prosecutor Shaun Abrahams also told a news conference that Gordhan was being investigated for his role in setting up a surveillance unit at the tax department a decade ago. Abrahams said Gordhan, in his previous role as head of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), would be charged with approving early-retirement for former tax agency deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay and then re-appointing him as a consultant.

Suicide bomber dies in attack on Swedish troops in Mali
The Local - “On Monday night a Swedish patrol on a mission in Timbuktu city was exposed to a suicide bomber. No Swedish soldiers were injured in the incident,” read a statement by the Armed Forces. It added that the troops were being looked after by the Swedish unit in Mali. “The most important thing for us just now is that we don't have any injured Swedish personnel,” spokesperson Tony Remes told the TT news agency. “Some form of crisis team is looking after them.” The Armed Forces said there were no other nationalities involved.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Police in California, Texas fail to report 660 officer-involved deaths - Hundreds of police departments in two states were found to have broken laws mandating police reports for in-custody deaths. Registries required by California and Texas were missing a total of 660 deaths from 2005 to 2015. They are the only two states that require law enforcement to report all in-custody deaths, but it seems enforcing the law is trickier than anyone imagined. Research from Texas State University in San Marco found that the two states did not report hundreds of deaths that involved officers during a 10-year period.

Ex-CIA Mike Morell "I want to scare Assad" - Mike Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, discusses the need to put pressure on Syria and Russia. The full conversation aired  on PBS on August 8th, 2016.

The Government Rag - "There is nothing new or unique about what we say here. This Court has regularly and uniformly recognized the supremacy of the Constitution over a treaty. Please write your Senators -- reminding them, the US Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land and no treaty can Usurp that power. Take time now to write your Senators on line and remind them -- Sign No Treaties regarding guns/weapons on behalf of Americans; We the People have our own gun law -- The Second Amendment. Read More...

Hundreds stranded in North Carolina floods after Hurricane Matthew - Hundreds of people were rescued by boat and helicopter as floodwaters inundated North Carolina towns on Monday in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and officials warned that life-threatening flooding from swollen rivers would continue for days. Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday. The hurricane killed around 1,000 people in Haiti and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday some Haitian towns and villages had just about been "wiped off the map."

Election News

Hillary In Leaked Email: Saudi Arabia And Qatar Are Funding ISIS
InfoWars - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sent an email to her campaign chairman John Podesta in 2014, who was then-counselor to President Barack Obama, that said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are both giving financial and logistical support to the Islamic State and other extremist Sunni groups, according to a recent Wikileaks release. Clinton sent the email on August 17, 2014 to Podesta. It was an eight-point plan to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Clinton’s email said that the United States should support Kurdish forces on the ground with U.S. military advisers and avoid the use of a conventional ground operation.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson just sold out to Big Pharma...says children should be forcibly injected with mercury at gunpoint... claims government 'science' overrides medical freedom - Wow, the 2016 Presidential race is getting more bizarre by the day, it seems, and the latest example of people wandering off into la la land is found in libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson. He just announced that whatever chemicals and viral strains the corrupt, scientifically incompetent federal government decides should be injected into your children must be obediently accepted by parents or they should face arrest, imprisonment or gunpoint enforcement. So Gary Johnson believes that people should be forced against their will to be injected with toxic substances linked to comas, seizures, autism, cancer, neurological disorders, paralyzation and even death.

Economy & Business

Iceland Jail Top Bankers For 46 Years, Europe ‘Outraged’ - Iceland has found nine top bankers guilty and sentenced them to decades in jail for crimes related to the 2008 economic crash. On Thursday Iceland’s Supreme Court returned a guilty verdict for all nine defendants in the Kaupthing market manipulation case, after a long running court trial which began in April last year. Kaupthing was a big international bank headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland. It expanded internationally for years, but collapsed in 2008 under huge debts, crippling the small nation’s economy.

Deutsche Bank bankruptcy would collapse world financial system – Jim Rogers
The main reason the US government wants $14 billion in penalties from the German bank is that it is deep in debt. They’ve got a gigantic deficit – they are desperate for money. They’ll try to get it anywhere they can, Jim Rogers, financial commentator and investor, told RT. Germany's Deutsche Bank reportedly failed to reach an agreement with the US on settling a massive fine. The bank is facing a $14 billion fine penalty from the US Justice Department for mis-selling mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

Science & Technology

Turn off & stop using devices, Samsung tells all Galaxy Note 7 users over explosion concerns - Samsung has temporarily suspended production of its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to continued problems with overheating and fires. The company has urged owners of both the originals and replacements to power them down and stop using the devices. “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 device should power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available,” the company said in a statement on its website.

Note 7 fiasco could burn a $17 billion hole in Samsung accounts
Samsung Electronics' (005930.KS) worst-ever recall could cost the company as much as $17 billion after it halted sales of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 for a second time, spelling an almost certain end for the ill-fated premium model. Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire and on Tuesday the crisis deepened: The company told mobile carriers to stop sales or exchange of the $882 device and asked users to shut off their phones while it investigated new reports of fires in replacement Note 7s.


Never get the flu shot! Use these safer and more effective alternatives instead - It is no longer a secret that the same officials who push these toxic vaccines on the public are all deeply invested in the pharmaceutical companies that make these shots. The only people who are served by having annual flu shots are these money-hungry criminals. Learn what to do instead.

Monday - October 10, 2016 - Today In History:

1845 - The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.
1887 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.
1911 - China's Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.
1938 - Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
1957 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.
1978 - The U.S. bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar was signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1984 - The U.S. Congress passed the 2nd Boland Amendment which outlawed solicitation of 3rd-party countries to support the Contras. The amendment barred the use of funds available to CIA, defense, or intelligence agencies for "supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua by any nation, group, organization or individual."
1991 - The United States cut all foreign aid to Haiti in reaction to a military coup that forced President Jean-Claude Aristide into exile.
1994 - Iraq announced it was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border. No signs of a pullback were observed.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
2003 - Rush Limbaugh annouced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.
2008 - Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry.
2010 - In China, Canton Tower opened to the public.

World News

Missiles fired from rebel-held Yemen land near US destroyer
Associated Press - Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near an American destroyer passing by in the Red Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Monday, the second such launch targeting ships in the crucial international waterway in recent days. The missile launches Sunday came as a ballistic missile fired from Yemen apparently targeted a Saudi air base near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the deepest strike yet into the kingdom by Shiite rebels and their allies.
* Related: US Navy destroyer comes under missile attack off Yemen coast – Pentagon

Thousands in Yemen protest Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed over 140 people
Chicago Tribune - Yemenis shout during an anti-Saudi rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes on a funeral hall, outside the UN offices in Sana'a, Yemen, on Oct. 9, 2016.

Chemnitz: German police hunt Syrian man over suspected bomb plot
CNN - Police in Germany are hunting a 22-year-old Syrian man in connection with a suspected planned bomb attack, Saxony Police told CNN on Saturday.
* UPDATE: German police detain Syrian refugee suspected of planning bomb attack
CNN - A manhunt in Germany has ended with police in Leipzig detaining a Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack. Police on Saturday said they had found a highly explosive mix of substances more dangerous than TNT in a raid on an apartment in the city of Chemnitz, southwest of Dresden. They said the mix could cause significant damage in small amounts.

Ethiopia Declares State Of Emergency Amid Continuing Protests
NPR - Ethiopia's government has declared a state of emergency following months of anti-government protests by the Oromo people, who say they are marginalized.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama just declared Florida a 'major disaster' after Hurricane Matthew
Business Insider - President Barack Obama is declaring a major disaster in Florida, meaning that the state can become eligible for additional federal aid. But Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the declaration was limited to help with debris removal and emergency protective measures. That means the state will not receive aid for individual assistance or for funding to help with government buildings and roads.

Long Island train derailment: 33 injured, services suspended
CNN - The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the derailment of a Long Island commuter train Saturday night that left 33 people injured, authorities said.

Do Not Resist Official Trailer 1
YouTube - Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST - the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future.

Election News

Read the Full Transcript of the Second Presidential Debate Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
The - Here’s everything Trump and Clinton said to each other at the debate.

Hillary, Trump Refuse To Shake Hands At Start Of Debate - If the pre-debate intro was dramatic, the actual debate was right out of Rocky IV, when in an unprecedented moment, Hillary and Trump both refused to shake hands, leading to a social media frenzy as "no handshake" promptly became what may have been the most tweeted phrase on twitter.

TRUMP PUNKED THE PRESS: Told Reporters They Were Going to Pre-Debate Presser, Walked in on Clinton Rape Victims!
TheGatewayPundit - The reporters thought they were going to a pre-debate photo op with Donald Trump. They walked in on Trump sitting with Clinton rape victims Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broaddrick & Kathleen Willey.

Assange Waits For Hour Before Debate, Releases Hillary Confessing To It ALL
ConservativeDailyPost - We here at Conservative Daily Post don’t believe any amount of money could put someone above the law, so we like to dig around and find evidence that might place the Clintons and their cronies away for another thousand lifetimes. It has long been supposed that Hillary used her office as Secretary of State to manipulate the global economy in order to garner more funds and get more donors, and then even more power over and over again. Supposed, documented, proven, but there has always been one thing missing; a confession. We may have found it. Read more...

Donald Trump Acknowledges Not Paying Federal Incomes Taxes for Years - Donald J. Trump explicitly acknowledged for the first time during Sunday’s debate that he used a $916 million loss that he reported on his 1995 income tax returns to avoid paying personal federal income taxes for years. Mr. Trump’s response — “Of course I do. Of course I do” — was the fullest he has provided since The New York Times reported that he had he declared the loss, and that the tax deduction could have been large enough to allow him to avoid federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

Economy & Business

Mylan to pay $465 million EpiPen settlement - Washington - EpiPen-maker Mylan reached a $465 million settlement with the Justice Department to "resolve questions that have been raised" about whether the Medicaid program overpaid for the lifesaving allergy injection, the company said in a release .

Science & Technology

Samsung says it's 'working diligently' as fifth replacement Note 7 burns
The Verge - Another replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire, this one in Houston, Texas. Daniel Franks was at lunch with his daughter and wife when their replacement caught fire while sitting on the table, he told The Verge in an interview.


Tea For Two
The News International - This week You! takes a look at some healthy teas that you should include in your daily diet... Tea is addictive. A hot cup of tea takes away all your worries and gives you instant energy.

GMO Arctic Apples Are Coming To Your Supermarket
Born Again Health Tips - The apples stirred up major controversy in February 2015 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deemed both the Arctic Golden Delicious and Arctic Granny varieties safe for human consumption. It was the first time the federal agency approved an aesthetically-improved genetically engineered food.

Here's why you should ask where your seafood comes from
The article here pretty much says it all. So, how about you? Are you concerned about where your seafood comes from? You should be after reading this.

Friday - October 7, 2016 - Today In History:

1765 - Nine American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates adopted the "Declaration of Rights and Grievances."
1777 - During the American Revolution the second Battle of Saratoga began.
1868 - Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca, NY.
1913 - For the first time, Henry Ford's entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process.
1950 - The U.S. led U.N. forces crossed the 38th parallel and entered North Korea. China in November proved their threat to enter the war by sending several hundred thousand troops over the border into North Korea.
1956 - A U.S. House subcommittee began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.
1963 - President Kennedy signed a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
1981 - The Egyptian parliament, after the assassination of Anwar Sadat, named Vice President Hosni Mubarak the next president of Egypt.
1985 - The United States announced that it would no longer automatically comply with World Court decisions.
1993 - President Clinton sent more troops, heavy armor, and naval firepower to Somalia.
1994 - President Clinton dispatched an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf when Iraqi troops were spotted moving toward Kuwait. The U.S. Army was also put on alert.
1998 - The U.S. government filed an antitrust suit that alleged Visa and MasterCard inhibit competition by preventing banks from offering other cards.
1999 - American Home Products Corp. agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that the fen-phen diet drug - dangerous problems with heart valves.
2000 - Vojislav Kostunica took the oath of office as Yugoslavia's first popularly elected president.
2001 - The U.S. and Great Britain began airstrikes in Afghanistan in response to that state's support of terrorism and Osama bin Laden. The act was the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in the recall election of Governor Gray Davis.

World News

Joint Russia-Belarus Airborne Troops Drills Kick Off Friday
Sputnik News - The airborne troops of Russia and Belarus are starting joint tactical drills on Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press statement. "Divisions of Russian Airborne Troops have arrived on the territory of the Republic of Belarus to take part in a joint bilateral tactical exercise. Joint Belarusian-Russian drills will be held in three stages at one of the military sites near Brest in the period from October 7 until October 20," the statement says. Over 700 servicemen and about 60 units of military equipment will be involved in the drills. The servicemen will exchange experience in the methods of preparing air assault units in the course of special operations.

Aiding terrorist group: German court convicts men who sent Ahrar Al-Sham $145,000 in supplies
RT - In the first decision of its kind, a German court convicted four supporters of hardline Islamist group Ahrar Al-Sham, who supplied munitions and equipment worth thousands of dollars to Syria, of aiding terrorism. It may serve a precedent for further trials. Fighting the Syrian Army does not make “rebels” less accountable for “violence against civilians, the siege of cities and taking citizens hostage,” the presiding judge of the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart, Hartmut Schnelle, said in support of his decision to back terrorism charges, as cited by Stuttgarter Zeitung. Describing the radical group as “a foreign terrorist organization” that seeks to portray itself as a member of the so-called moderate opposition in Syria, the court cited the group’s public acknowledgments of mounting suicide attacks and preparing assaults on Alawite villages.

Russia Threatens To Shoot Down US Jets
Kurt Nimmo - In a stark warning to the United States, a spokesman for the Russian defense ministry, Major-General Igor Konashekov, said Russia may shoot down US planes attempting to launch airstrikes in Syria. “I would recommend our colleagues in Washington to thoroughly consider the possible consequences of the realization of such plans,” Konashenkov said. Konshenkov noted Russia has deployed advanced S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missiles to its bases in Syria. He said the range of the missiles “can be a surprise for any unidentified flying objects.” The defense minister said advance technology employed by the United State would be no match for the Russian missiles. “The illusions of dilettantes about the existence of ‘stealth’ aircraft may encounter a disappointing reality,” he warned. Military experts say the S-400 SAM, known as the “Triumf” in Russia, is the most capable and lethal long-range air defense missile system on the planet. It has a maximum speed around Mach 12, or close to 20,000 miles per hour, making a “no escape” zone for US aircraft likely, according to the Defense Media Network. The remarks follow the suspension of talks between the United States and Russia. On Monday the US accused the Russians of colluding with the Syrians in the effort to retake the jihadi occupied city of Aleppo.

Deutsche Bank to Cut an Additional 1,000 Jobs in Germany
NY Times - Deutsche Bank said on Thursday that it would eliminate 1,000 full-time positions in Germany as part of job cuts the embattled lender first announced last year…. The latest cuts are part of an aggressive plan announced by John Cryan, Deutsche’s chief executive, last year to overhaul the lender and eliminate as many as 35,000 jobs through internal cuts and the sale of businesses. As part of those plans, the bank will eliminate about 9,000 full-time jobs and about 6,000 external contractor positions.

Iceland finds all guilty in banker market-abuse case
Iceland Monitor - Iceland’s Supreme Court has return a guilty verdict for all nine defendants in the Kaupþing market manipulation case, the court trial for which began in April 2015. Back in June last year, the Reykjavik District Court found seven of the nine defendants guilty, acquitting two. By fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bankers were accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupþingi shares by means of deception and pretence. The Supreme Court has now overturned the acquittals, finding Björk Þórarinsdóttir (credit representative at Kaupþing) and Magnús Guðmundsson (former CEO of Kaupthing Luxembourg) also guilty alongside the other seven. No punishment has been handed out to Þórarinsdóttir and Guðmundsson, however. In addition, Hreiðar Már Sigurðsson, former Director of the bank, who had initially received no further penalty, having previously been sentenced in the ‘Al-Thani affair’, has now been given a sixth-month extension to his prison sentence.

Worst disaster in Haiti since 2010 earthquake: Storm leaves 260 dead as it approaches US (Photos)
RT - The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew has gone up to 261 with authorities saying it’s the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the earthquake six years ago. Authorities in Haiti have reported 261 deaths, many of them caused by falling trees or other debris, Reuters reports, citing local officials. The Caribbean nation has been the hardest hit by the hurricane, suffering the most casualties and severe structural damage. The storm has destroyed more than 3,200 homes, displaced 15,000 people and decimated plantations and livestock. “Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the earthquake six years ago,” said Mourad Wahba, the UN special representative for Haiti, as quoted in USA Today. “Much of the population is displaced and communication systems are down. At least 10,000 people are in shelter. We’ve received reports of destroyed houses and overflowing hospitals with shortages of buckets and fresh water.” The full extent of the damage is still unclear, but UN has received reports that up to 98% of the town of Jérémie has been destroyed. Efforts by rescue agencies and aid workers to reach the worst-affected areas such as Grand’Anse and Les Cayes have been hampered by flooded roads and the collapse of the Ladigue bridge, a key transport link, which has left parts of southern Haiti cut off.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Navy Upgrades “SSBN Nuclear Sub Electronic Security” With World War On the Horizon
Mac Slavo - With little fanfare in the U.S. media, President Obama and his team of war hawks have cut off diplomatic relations with Russia, and are instead maneuvering aggressively towards a war footing. The clash of objectives in Syria – namely, the fundamental differences in their position on Assad remaining in power as well as the underlying causes that led to the tension, fueled the rise of ISIS and pitted world powers against each other – are increasingly drawing the world into a perilous position. President Putin, as well as his ministers, have made clear that if the U.S. strikes Syrian forces or attempts to directly take out Assad, it will also be prodding for world war – and that could mean the gravest threat to Western civilization since the Cold War. Because apparently American leaders just can’t resist intervening in Middle Eastern affairs. Russia is on high alert, and its newspapers recently echoed the warnings of its leadership: “Just imagine that the US does what it has wanted to do for a long time and strike against Assad, not by mistake but on purpose and openly. “Should Russia defend its ally or consider striking against the Americans but this would definitely lead to a Third World War.

44 Afghan Troops GO MISSING While Visiting US
Kit Daniels - At least 44 Afghan troops have taken advantage of a US military training program to illegally immigrate to the US since at least Jan. 2015, the Pentagon admitted. The US routinely brings Afghan troops to the US for training, despite the fact the Afghan Army has been infiltrated with Islamic militants who have carried out attacks on Westerners. “The Defense Department is assessing ways to strengthen eligibility criteria for training in ways that will reduce the likelihood of an individual Afghan willingly absconding from training in the US and going AWOL [absent without leave],” said Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump. Eight of the troops have disappeared in the past month alone. The Pentagon claimed the Afghans are “carefully vetted” before they’re brought to the US, but last year FBI Director James Comey admitted the U.S. can’t realistically vet everyone for terror ties.

DOJ Let Clinton Aides’ Lawyer Limit FBI’s Investigation
Daily Caller - Department of Justice (DOJ) officials let the attorney for two of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s closest aides shape the FBI’s investigation into her private email server, including allowing the assistants to destroy official records and laptops. Four leaders of key House and Senate oversight committees pointed to two June 10, 2016, letters Beth Wilkinson drafted in conjunction with DOJ officials saying the FBI could only review Clinton email archives dated between June 1, 2014, and Feb. 1, 2015, and maintained by the Colorado firm Platte River Networks. The letters also “memorialized” the FBI’s agreement allowing the Clinton aides to destroy their records and laptops. The Wilkinson letters raise serious questions about why DOJ would consent to such substantial limitations on the scope of its investigation, and how Director (James) Comey’s statements on the scope of the investigation comport with the reality of what the FBI was permitted to investigate,” the four told Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a letter made public Wednesday. “This is simply astonishing given the likelihood that evidence on the laptops would be of interest to congressional investigators.” The four included Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Chuck Grassley; House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz; House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte; and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.

Breaking: Clinton Insider’s Emails Published by DCLeaks
Mikael Thalen - Emails allegedly belonging to Clinton insider Capricia Marshall were published online Thursday by the website DCLeaks. The former Chief of Protocol of the United States, Capricia Marshall used to be one of the Hillary Clinton’s insiders at the State Department,” the website says. “The daughter of immigrants, she worked on the Bill Clinton presidential campaign.” “In 2000, as the Clinton Administration wound down, Marshall worked on Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate campaign, although in its aftermath her name figured in charges of campaign finance violations brought before the Federal Election Commission. Capricia Marshall is increasingly at Clinton’s side these days. It is not by accident that Mrs. Marshall is on ‘Washington Power List.'” The emails, ranging from February 2015 to June 2016, include communications with employees at the Clinton Foundation as well as members of the Clinton presidential campaign. As noted by Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, one such email from March of 2015 appears to show a new email address used by Clinton –…. This article will be updated as new information comes in.

Bill Clinton Pushing for Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief After Fleecing Haitians
Breitbart - In the wake of the devastating destruction to Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew, President Bill Clinton took to Twitter and urged his six million-plus followers to go to the embattled Clinton Foundation to assist in relief efforts. “Praying for everyone impacted by . Here’s how you can help in Haiti,” Clinton said his tweet, which linked to a Medium article, entitled, “Members of the Clinton Foundation Community Respond to Hurricane Matthew; Ways to Support.” The last time tragedy struct the tiny Caribbean country, Bill and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — according to scores of enraged Haitians — used their billion dollar charity and leveraged their global connections to enrich themselves and their monied cronies. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 — while 316,000 lifeless bodies lay buried under rubble, and while 300,000 Haitians suffered from injuries, with another 1.3 million displaced — the Clintons saw an opportunity to cash in. Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, landed a lucrative and historically rare Haitian “gold exploitation permit,” while Clinton Foundation donors, including Digicel mobile phone company founder Denis O’Brien, were winning multi-million dollar contracts that would siphon massive profits from the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. While then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department was funneling billions in relief funds to rebuild Haiti, the Clinton Foundation was leveraging its influence to guide high-dollar contracts to longtime Clinton cronies who would go on to reap millions off the catastrophe that had claimed so many lives on the devastated island.

Obama’s army of public relations staffers costs U.S. taxpayers $500M per year
Washington Times - President Obama has swelled the ranks of government PR, adding hundreds of new public relations specialists to the federal payroll during his time in office, costing taxpayers a half-billion dollars a year, the government’s chief watchdog said Wednesday. That doesn’t include the more than $100 million the administration spends annually for help from private sector spinmeisters, nor does it account for the $800 million spent on contracts for advertising in 2015, according to the Government Accountability Office. “Spending $1.5 billion on government PR activities is a huge waste of money. That sort of spending should be drastically scaled back,” said Chris Edwards, a federal budget scholar at the Cato Institute. The administration added some 667 PR staffers between 2008, the last full year under his predecessor, and 2011, when public relations staffing across federal agencies peaked at 5,238 people. That’s a jump of 15 percent during those years. The number has since slipped, but there were still nearly 5,100 PR staffers in the administration in 2014, the final year for which the GAO had figures. The median salary for PR employees was $90,000 in 2014 — up from $77,000 in 2006, the auditors said.

Obama Administration Is Quietly Delaying Thousands of Deportation Cases
NY Times - The Obama administration is delaying deportation proceedings for recent immigrants in cities across the United States, allowing more than 56,000 of those who fled Central America since 2014 to remain in the country legally for several more years. The shift, described in interviews with immigration lawyers, federal officials, and current and former judges, has been occurring without public attention for months. It amounts to an unannounced departure from the administration’s widely publicized pronouncements that cases tied to the so-called surge of 2014 would be rushed through the immigration courts in an effort to deter more Central Americans from entering the United States illegally. The delayed cases are those of nearly half of the Central Americans who entered the United States as families since 2014, and close to a quarter of the total number of Central Americans who entered during that period, according to figures from the Justice Department. The delays are being made as a cost-saving measure, federal officials said, because of a lapse in enforcement that allowed immigrants who were supposed to be enrolled in an electronic monitoring program to go free. Some of those affected had failed to report to government offices to be fitted with GPS ankle bracelets, according to a February memo from the chief immigration judge, Print Maggard, in Arlington, Va. Now that the government will not have to pay the daily fee of $4 to $8 a person to monitor such bracelets, the immigrants’ cases have been pushed back for years, some until 2023, judges and federal officials said.

‘Black Lives Matter’ Supporters Plan Looting Sprees as Hurricane Matthew Hits
Paul Joseph Watson - The extreme weather event is hours away from launching a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 siege on Florida’s east coast before stretching into Georgia and South Carolina, but some are more concerned about how they can hijack the chaos to commit criminal acts. A quick Twitter search reveals dozens of messages posted by Americans living in or near the affected areas that brazenly talk about the opportunity for looting that the hurricane will provide. An analysis of the Twitter accounts shows that many of them are sympathetic towards ‘Black Lives Matter’ – supporters of which have used BLM protests as an excuse to carry out mass looting in Ferguson, Baltimore and most recently Charlotte. Some of the accounts also featured anti-Donald Trump posts as well tweets complaining about racism and “cultural appropriation”.

Election News

Sick Hillary? Clinton Won’t Attend Any Rallies For Over 2 Weeks
Paul Joseph Watson - Hillary’s schedule shows that she will appear at just one fundraiser, in San Francisco, California on Sunday, but besides that has absolutely no plans to show her face at any rallies. Hillary’ s absence is emphasized by the fact that Bernie Sanders – who is 75-years-old – will head up no less than seven rallies over the next two days in place of Clinton. While Clinton will appear at none of her own rallies until beyond October 23, Donald Trump is set to headline four rallies over the next seven days alone. Hillary going virtually AWOL from her own campaign trail strongly suggests that the health problems which have forced her to keep a “light schedule” are back with a vengeance. CNN mentioned Clinton’s “light schedule,” although their report failed to highlight the fact that Hillary seems to be taking more time off than ever before. Last month, for example, Hillary’s only event over a six day period was a short speech she gave in Orlando, Florida. In August, Hillary took seven of the first 14 days of the month off and went four days without a single campaign appearance. According to her current schedule, aside from the presidential debates, Hillary won’t make any other public appearance in front of a crowd for at least 18 days – maybe more. Is Hillary merely trying to run out the clock in the belief that she will beat Trump if polls remain the same, or is her absence in sight of the finishing line another disturbing sign that all is not what it seems?

Thank you, Bill Clinton for endorsing Donald Trump
Fox News - Donald Trump wants to repeal ObamaCare. Hillary wants to expand it. The choice doesn’t get any clearer than that. Knowing this, it’s pretty clear that anyone who supports ObamaCare, supports Hillary. Anyone who despises ObamaCare and agrees it’s a disaster is endorsing Trump. Guess who now agrees […] that ObamaCare is a disaster? Former President Bill Clinton…. Bill Clinton announced it publicly just days ago in a speech in Michigan…. Here are Bill’s words: “You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half and it’s the craziest thing in the world.” “On the other hand, the current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower-income working person. If you’re already on Medicare or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care.” “But the people getting killed in this deal are the small-business people and individuals who make just a little bit too much to get any of these subsidies….” Now, keep in mind that Hillary thinks ObamaCare is fantastic. She thinks it’s working just fine, with a few little tweaks. She thinks it should be dramatically expanded. She wants to raise taxes even higher. She wants more regulations. And she thinks the economy is hunky dory and we are on the verge of a great economic expansion. Which brings up two very important questions: Do Bill and his wife even speak to each other? Who is Bill Clinton campaigning for?

Economy & Business

IMF downgraded U.S. growth to 1.6 percent in 2016, decline of 38 percent from previous year
The Free Beacon - The International Monetary Fund downgraded the economic growth outlook for the United States to 1.6 percent in 2016, which is the largest one-year drop seen for an advanced economy, according to the Fund’s World Economic Outlook report. According to the report, the United States grew at a rate of 2.6 percent in 2015 and is projected to slow to 1.6 percent in 2016, a decline of 38 percent. The United States’ decline in growth is the largest one-year drop seen in all of the advanced economies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Spain…. Weaker-than-expected growth in the United States is one of the reasons why the International Monetary Fund cut its global growth projections. The group projected that global growth would slow to 3.1 percent in 2016 after growing 3.2 percent in 2015, citing the U.S. growth forecast as well as the Brexit vote.

Energy & Environment

New Mega Oil Discovery In Alaska Could Reverse 3 Decades Of Decline - Caelus Energy LLC, a small company backed by private equity, says that it has discovered oil on Alaska’s northern coast. The field could hold as much as 6 billion barrels of oil, with about 1.8 to 2.4 billion barrels considered to be recoverable. If that is the case, the discovery would instantly raise Alaska’s statewide recoverable oil reserve base by about 80 percent. But producing the oil will not be easy. Drilling must take place in the winter. To drill the field, the tentative plan would be to build manmade islands to drill through. Oil produced in the shallow water of Smith Bay will need to be moved somehow. Caelus will have to build an $800 million pipeline that travels 125 miles, connecting to an existing pipeline system in Prudhoe Bay.… The one thing that Caelus has in its favor is strong support from the state of Alaska. Desperate to halt declining output and cratering state revenues, the Alaskan government has been frantically searching for ways to increase oil production. Output has been falling from Alaska’s aging North Slope, with production down below 500,000 barrels per day from a peak in the late 1980s at over 2 million barrels per day.

Hurricane Matthew May Strengthen Before Hitting the US, Forecasts Predict
ABC News - Hurricane Matthew Upgraded to Category 4, as Millions Warned That 'This Storm Will Kill You’. The latest forecast models predict that Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through the Caribbean, leaving a trail of devastation, will grow even stronger as it heads for the U.S. The storm could is expected to strengthen slightly and make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of up to 145 mph, ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo said. Warm waters off the Florida coast, little atmospheric shear and no interaction with landmass provide the ideal conditions for the storm to become more powerful as it approaches the U.S., according to Golembo…. Matthew is forecast to move towards the central Atlantic coast of Florida tonight and into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service, bringing "life-threatening" weather conditions.
* Related: Live: Hurricane Matthew Watch – Live Images From Florida, Category 4 Hurricane

“Shelves Go Empty, Sandbags Run Out” As Florida Braces for Emergency Evacuation, Cat 5 Hurricane
Mac Slavo - For those living in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina, and in the path, hopefully preparations have already been made – because store shelves are already running out of critical emergency supplies and the situation looks severe. IF weather forecasts are worth anything in tracking and predicting the course of Hurricane Matthew, the Category 5 hurricane could make a dramatic double-dip around Florida, and batter the peninsula and the people on it twice over. Weird stuff, and it will very likely cause significant damage. t is projected to be the most powerful hurricane to hit Florida in some 9 years, and may cause serious destruction to George, South Carolina and North Carolina as well. South Carolina is already in the process of forcibly evacuating over a million people. According to the AP, evacuation has been urged for millions of coastal residents, and mandated for some low lying and poorly developed areas: “I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a Wednesday press conference. “If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years. This is a deadly storm approaching our state.”

What?? NBC’s Ron Allen Thinks Climate Deal Is ‘Designed to Stop’ Storms Like Hurricane Matthew (Video)
NewsBusters - Ron Allen: You’re right and this, as you heard the President, is one of the reasons that he ran for office. He believes so deeply in protecting the environment, protecting the climate and this is something he has been pushing for arguably for the past seven and a half years and when you talk to the president and you hear him talk, he thinks that this is one of the most significant aspects of his legacy that he has done something that unites the world around the goal of saving the planet. Now, as a practical matter, it’s very interesting that this is happening a day when there’s a hurricane bearing down on the United States and in the Caribbean because these severe storms, beach erosions, intense weather episodes that we’ve had is perhaps the most practical sample of what the president was talking about as the threat that the planet faces and this is what this whole climate agreement signed by 190 nations and now ratified by 60 or so is designed to stop.

Science & Technology

Facebook to Decrypt “Secure” Messages Over Cyber-Bullying Accusations
Kit Daniels - Share this to everyone you know as a warning. Facebook will decrypt “encrypted” messages on its Messenger app if the sender is accused of “cyber-bullying.” “When you report a secret conversation, recent messages from that conversation will be decrypted and sent securely from your device to our Help Team for review,” Facebook’s terms of services states. “We won’t tell the person you’re talking to that you reported it.” “Community Standards violations can include bullying or harassment, threats, and sexual violent or exploitation.” Ironically, Facebook also claimed “a secret conversation in Messenger is encrypted end-to-end, which means the messages are intended just for you and the other person—not anyone else, including us.” In other words, Facebook’s new “encryption” software announced on Wednesday isn’t really encryption at all when the social media giant – and presumably intelligence agencies – can decrypt messages at will despite not being the intended recipients. Users might as well be writing in plain text. This false security is also dangerous given how “social justice warriors” are out destroying the lives and careers of individuals who make “insulting comments” online because to them, free speech ends where their feelings begin. SJWs are even developing an app called “Social Autopsy” which encourages users to submit the real identities of people who cause “offense” online, including their including employment and school records. The app, of course, is open to abuse by leftists to publicly shame anyone for having differing political views – and it will have a chilling effect on free speech.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Best Way To Grow Indoor Potatoes Is In A … Garbage Bag?
Off the Grid News - While potatoes certainly aren’t your standard house plants, they’re surprisingly easy to grow indoors, and unlike planting in the garden, you get to control the growing conditions. Better yet, you can grow potatoes indoors any time of year, which means fresh potatoes for dinner, even when snow is falling. By the way, while you can plant potatoes indoors in large buckets or plastic containers, it’s really fun to grow them in plastic garbage bags…. Start with fresh seed potatoes from a reputable garden supply store. Avoid potatoes from the grocery store, which are treated with substances that keep the potatoes from sprouting. If you decide to try planting grocery store potatoes, be sure they’re organic. If the potatoes are large, cut them into chunks about the size of a small egg, each with at least two “eyes.” Set cut potatoes aside to dry at room temperature for three or four days. Place 4 to 6 inches of potting soil in a large garbage bag, and then fold the top of the bag down to just above the surface of the soil…. When the plants are 6 to 8 inches tall, roll up the bag and add just enough soil to cover the entire plant so just the tips of the top leaves are visible. You can also use straw or a mixture of potting soil and straw, which keeps the soil loose and easy to handle…. Stop watering the potatoes when the leaves begin to die back and turn yellow – generally about 10 weeks. The extra time gives the skin time to firm up. To harvest potatoes, simply reach into the bag and pull them out. Or, take the bag outdoors and dump the contents on the ground, and then pick out the potatoes.


Neem plant reverses prostate cancer
What Doctors Don't Tell You - The neem plant could reverse prostate cancer. In just 12 weeks, it has reduced the size of tumours by 70 per cent, and halved the rate of growth of the cancer. The astonishing results have been seen in tests on laboratory mice that were given nimbolide pills, which contain an active compound from the neem plant (Azadirachia indica). There were no adverse reactions to the supplement. Researchers from the National University of Singapore think that nimbolide directly targets an enzyme that plays a key role in the development of prostate cancer. The neem plant is routinely used in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of the Indian sub-continent, and its leaves and bark are often found in many personal care products, including soaps, toothpaste, skincare aids and dietary supplements. Although other studies have shown that neem has cancer-fighting properties, the researchers say that theirs is one of the first to show the biological mechanisms that are taking place.

Proven Ways to Prevent and Ease Shingles
Green Med Info - One in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster) during their lifetime. It occurs when latent varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus reactivates along sensory nerves to the skin. It causes a painful, blistering skin eruption that lasts for two to four weeks. But long-term effects including chronic pain can last for several months or years and seriously impair quality of life. Studies show that the rate of shingles is on the rise. And the cause may be the widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. An Australian study demonstrated that as the use of chickenpox vaccine rises so does the incidence of shingles. But shingles is a far more serious condition than chicken pox. It can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss, and blindness. Here are 8 proven ways to prevent shingles and to ease the symptoms without drugs or vaccines. 1. Vitamin C Therapy - According to Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, vitamin C has been successfully used in the treatment of shingles. In one study eight patients with shingles received 2,000 to 3,000 mg of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven of the eight patients reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first injection…. 2. Fruits and Vegetables - In a British community-based case-control study researchers […] found a strong link between low fruit intake and increased shingles risk. People who ate less than one piece of fruit per week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster compared to those who ate more than three per day. The same was true when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake. 3. Capsaicin - Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles, that can last long after the initial rash and blisters disappear. It affects nerve fibers and skin, causing chronic burning pain. Studies show that topical capsaicin may be an effective treatment. Capsaicin is the compound in hot peppers that gives them their spice….
* Related: Vitamin C, Shingles, and Vaccination

Banana Cherry Chocolate Chunk Vegan Ice Cream Recipe
Dr. Edward Group - We found this beautiful, blush-hued treat on Simple-Veganista. The combination of cherries, dark chocolate, and whipped bananas is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping calories in check. Unlike conventional ice cream, this vegan ice cream has 60% less fat, no added sugar, and only 4 ingredients. Ingredients: 2 medium organic bananas, cut into quarter to half-inch slices and frozen, 1 ½ cups of organic cherries, pitted and frozen, Splash of unsweetened organic coconut milk, almond milk, or other non-dairy milk (hemp milk is great choice), ¼ cup of organic dark chocolate chunks, cacao nibs, or raw chocolate chips.

Flu Vaccines From Dogs?
Natural Blaze - One segment of the pharmaceutical industry literally may be going to the dogs! How come? To make flu vaccines using DOG KIDNEYS. Bloomberg Businessweek and Bruce Einhorn produced a most interesting article on that topic which readers can access here. Einhorn points out vaccines haven’t been that profitable for many in the Big Pharma ‘clan’. I wonder why. Here’s what he has to say about some of their ‘downsizing’: There’s an opening in the $5 billion market for seasonal flu vaccines, of which the U.S. consumes a third. Novartis sold its money-losing vaccine division to CSL for $275 million in 2014. Sanofi and Merck dissolved their flu vaccine joint venture in March. In June the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said AstraZeneca’s FluMist hadn’t been a strong preventive measure for three years. (AstraZeneca has said it’s working with the CDC to resolve the matter.) Of the $5 billion flu vaccine market, the United States consumes one-third! If the current CDC’s proposed rulemaking ever goes into effect [3], which would mean everyone would have to be vaccinated to the point of even carting someone off a plane, bus or street for being presumed exposed to a communicable disease, then the U.S. easily may consume 50 to 75 percent—thereby guaranteeing Big Pharma has a profitable flu vaccine season every year. However, what kind of adverse reactions could there be from flu vaccines grown on dog kidney cells? What kind of mycoplasma could be in that dog kidney flu vaccine? It’s interesting that Novartis sold its “money-losing vaccine division” to CSL, the innovative Australian vaccine maker who wants to introduce the “dog kidney” flu vaccine.

Pet News

Victory! Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Suspended Indefinitely
Dogington Post - On Wednesday, October 5, Judge Louis Gouin of the Quebec Superior Court rendered his decision in the lawsuit between the Montreal SPCA and the City of Montreal concerning a newly passed animal control bylaw that banned pit bulls. Agreeing with the Montreal SPCA, he ordered an immediate suspension of the sections of the bylaw targeting certain breeds, namely those prohibiting the adoption of “pit bull type dogs” and requiring these dogs to be muzzled. Judge Gouin ruled that the contested provisions of the bylaw raise serious legal questions which the Court will need to consider in greater depth, but in the meantime, the ban would be suspended, effectively saving the lives of many hundreds of dogs that would otherwise have been euthanized this week. The Judge called to attention the elasticity of the definition of the term “pit bull type dogs”, which, by including mixes of the targeted breeds as well as dogs who physically resemble these, is so vague and imprecise that neither the Montreal SPCA, nor dog owners are able to determine exactly which dogs are banned. The Court also raised the possibility that the City of Montreal had exceeded its powers by providing for the seizure and euthanasia of “pit bull type dogs”, without consideration of whether the targeted animals are, in fact, actually dangerous. The suspension of the bylaw’s problematic sections is temporary, until a hearing can be held on the merits, at which time the Superior Court will consider the legality of these very sections. The dates for this hearing have not yet been determined, but it could take several months for the case to be heard.

Shelter Builds Special Room To Give Lonely Dogs A Taste Of Home
Stephen Messenger - Dogs at the Toledo Area Humane Society now have the chance to step away from their cramped kennel to spend time in the facility's new "Real Life Room," a space designed to look and feel like a forever home. "We basically took an office here and turned it into a living room," a shelter staffer told The Dodo. "We have a recliner, a rug, some pillows and a TV. One of the best things is the lamp we put in there. That means we can turn off the florescent lights and have more soothing lighting in the room." The concept is wonderfully simple, but it can make a big difference for animals who often have a difficult time coping with life behind bars — especially those who have been having more trouble than most finding a real home of their own. "It gives the dogs a nice break from being in the kennels, where it's noisy and they don't have very much space. They can go in there and relax by themselves or with a volunteer," the staffer said, noting yet another benefit. "We get a better picture of how these dogs will actually act in a home. That gives us a better sense of the type of personality the dog has." This isn't the first shelter to have built such a room for the sake of its lonely pets — and that's probably because it works.

Thursday - October 6, 2016 - Today In History:

1683 - The first Mennonites arrived in America aboard the Concord. The German and Dutch families settled in an area that is now a neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA.
1848 - The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor for San Francisco via Cape Horn. The steamboat service arrived on February 28, 1849. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1884 - The Naval War College was established in Newport, RI.
1890 - Polygamy was outlawed by the Mormon Church.
1939 - Adolf Hitler denied any intention to wage war against Britain and France in an address to Reichstag.
1949 - U.S. president Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. The act provided $1.3 billion in the form of military aid to NATO countries.
1954 - E.L. Lyon became the first male nurse for the U.S. Army.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
1973 - Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in an attempt to win back territory that had been lost in the third Arab-Israel war. Support for Israel led to a devastating oil embargo against many nations including the U.S. and Great Britain on October 17, 1973. The war lasted 2 weeks.
1979 - Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.
1992 - Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the U.S. presidential race.
2004 - The top U.S. arms inspector in Iraq, Charles Duelfer, reported finding no evidence Saddam Hussein's regime had produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991.

World News

Covert strikes on Assad back on US table to prevent ‘fall of Aleppo’ – report
RT - Top Washington officials are set to discuss striking positions of the Syrian military without a UN Security Council resolution. Bombing air force runways with missiles fired from coalition planes and ships is being considered, according to a report. “One proposed way to get around the White House’s objection to striking the Assad regime without a UN Security Council resolution would be to carry out the strikes covertly and without public acknowledgment,” one administration official who is to take part in the discussions told the Washington Post…. The CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed support for “limited military strikes against the Syrian government,” last Wednesday, when the US discussed such “kinetic” options, the official told the Washington Post. “There’s an increased mood in support of kinetic actions against the regime,” one senior administration official was quoted as saying. “The CIA and the Joint Staff have said that the fall of Aleppo would undermine America’s counterterrorism goals in Syria,” he added.

Syria aid convoy was hit by airstrike - UN expert
Deutsche Welle - The United Nations says satellite images have shown that last month's attack near Aleppo was an airstrike. Twenty people were killed when the 31-truck convoy came under fire. "I can verify that the convoy was bombed," Lars Bromley of the UN's satellite observation program UNOSAT told a media briefing in Geneva on Wednesday. His organization conducted extensive analysis of satellite imagery provided by the US State Department, before concluding that the September 19 attack - on a convoy unloading aid supplies at a warehouse - hailed from the air…. Russia had previously said that its intelligence pointed to an attack from the ground - which would have raised the prospect of Syrian opposition involvement. Syrian rebels do not have an air force. Twenty people were killed and 18 of 31 aid trucks were destroyed in the bombing, which happened in a rebel-held town near Aleppo…. The US has said that Russian jets carried out the strikes,which also damaged an aid warehouse and a nearby medical center. US military officials have said that Russian and Syrian aircraft were in the area at the time of the attack. But Moscow has denied it was responsible, instead blaming a blaze for the widespread damage.

Belgian train station is evacuated and searched for bombs ‘after two police officers are stabbed’
Daily Mail - Two police officers were stabbed as one of Belgium's busiest train stations was evacuated due to a bomb scare. The officers were attacked by an unnamed individual in a busy main road in Schaerbeek, known as a 'hotbed of jihadism'. Police shot the suspect in the leg and arrested him. The assailant has been named in Belgian newspaper De Standaard as 43-year-old 'Hicham D', a Belgian national who was formerly in the armed forces and known to the security services. He is reported to have had contact with jihadi fighters who had returned from Syria. Belgium - which has a population of 11 million people - has supplied the highest per capita number of fighters to Syria of any European country. Federal prosecutor's spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said 'we have reason to believe it is terror-related.' The attack came hours after commuters were ordered to leave Brussels Nord Train Station as it was swept for explosives. The prosecutor's office said the man stabbed one of the plain clothed police officers in the stomach and the other in the neck.

Free speech crackdown: EU orders British press not to reveal when terrorists are Muslims
Express News - A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found there was an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to March 2016. Blaming the press, ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, said: “It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.” The report makes a whopping 23 recommendations to Theresa May’s Government for changes to criminal law, the freedom of the press, crime reporting and equality law…. But as Britain prepares to leave the crumbling bloc, the Government waded in to defend freedom of expression. In a written statement to the ECRI, the Government said: “The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.”

A big Dutch bank is replacing 5,800 people with machines, at a cost of $2 billion
Quartz - European banks are desperately trying to find ways to save money in these straitened times. ING, a major Dutch lender, announced this weekthat it plans to save €900 million ($1 billion) a year by cutting 5,800 jobs as part of a “digital transformation.” A further 1,200 employees will have their jobs changed or moved. This transformation doesn’t come cheap. ING plans to invest €800 million over the next five years on technology that will standardize its infrastructure, data, and other processes into “one digital banking platform.” Most of the job losses will be full-time staff in Belgium and the Netherlands, where risk management, finance, HR, and IT functions will be centralized. In Belgium, the number of ING branches will be cut to 650, from 1,200. The bank is setting aside €1.1 billion for redundancy payments. Added to the IT investments, the rough bill for replacing people with machines will run to the equivalent of more than $2 billion. This has predictably irked unions. They are particularly angry because ING received a €10-billion government bailout in 2008 to keep it afloat…. ING is far from alone in launching a costly technical transformation. Last week, Germany’s Commerzbank announced that by 2020 it will digitalize and automate 80% of its processes, cutting 9,600 full-time jobs, at a cost of €1.1 billion, as a result. Meanwhile, RBS is about to launch an online, AI-powered customer-service system (paywall), which can apparently read a customer’s moods and respond accordingly. It also, presumably, never takes breaks and doesn’t ask for any perks.

Paris climate accord ratified, to start in November - UN
Deutsche Welle - "On October 5, 2016, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement has been achieved," the UN's climate change body announced on its website on Wednesday. Support for the landmark deal widened to countries representing 56.75 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions, above the 55 percent needed for the accord to come into force. The UN said the accord would formally begin on November 4. Agreed in the French capital last December, 195 countries have agreed to drastically reduce carbon emissions, as part of a bid to cap global warming at well under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels. Of the signatories, 72 countries have so far ratified the deal. By the end of the century, signatories will be required to shift away from fossil fuels as part of efforts to limit extreme weather and rising sea levels…. The Paris Agreement will enter into being just days before the US presidential election on November 8. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the agreement if elected, while Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton supports the accord.

Hurricane Matthew slams Bahamas as rescuers try to reach Haiti
Fox News - Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm battered the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. At least 11 deaths were blamed on the powerful storm during its weeklong march across the Caribbean, five of them in Haiti. But with a key bridge washed out, roads impassable and phone communications down, the western tip of Haiti was isolated and there was no full accounting of the dead and injured inMatthew's wake. After moving past Haiti, Matthew rolled across a corner of Cuba and then began pounding the southern Bahamas with winds of 120 mph and heavy rain on a course expected to take it near the capital city of Nassau. Forecasters said the storm could hit Florida — or come dangerously close — Thursday evening and then sideswipe the East Coast all the way up to the Carolinas over the weekend…. At least a half-million people along the lower East Coast were urged to evacuate their homes…. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced plans to evacuate a quarter-million people from the coast, not counting tourists, starting Wednesday afternoon. Florida's Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, asked some 150,000 residents in low-lying areas or mobile homes to move to safety.
* Related: Hurricane Matthew kills 26 in Caribbean on destructive path to U.S.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Army Chief Threatens War With Russia
Paul Joseph Watson - Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley warned last night that the United States was ready to “destroy” its enemies in comments that were clearly directed at Russia. “I want to be clear to those who wish to do us harm….the United States military – despite all of our challenges, despite our [operational] tempo, despite everything we have been doing – we will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before. Make no mistake about that,” said Milley. The General went on to warn that Russia and other countries had taken advantage of the U.S. being focused on the war on terror. “Other countries – Russia, Iran, China, North Korea – went to school on us,” he said, adding, “They studied our doctrine, our tactics, our equipment, our organization, our training, our leadership. And, in turn, they revised their own doctrines, and they are rapidly modernizing their military today to avoid our strengths in hopes of defeating us at some point in the future.” Milley cautioned that the next major conflict would “be highly lethal, unlike anything our Army has experienced at least since World War II,” and would involve fighting in “highly populated urban areas.” “Make no mistake about it, we can now and we will … retain the capability to rapidly deploy,” he said, “and we will destroy any enemy anywhere, any time,” he concluded. Gen. Milley made it clear who he was talking about when he went on to quote a senior Russian official who vowed, “Russia can now fight a conventional war in Europe and win.”
* Related: World War Three will be 'extremely lethal and fast': US Army bosses reveal what could happen if the US took on Russia or China

Jerry Brown Signs Law to Stop (Only) Anti-Muslim Bullying
Breitbart - Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2845, the Safe Place to Learn Act, which seeks to protect students from anti-Muslim bullying — and no other kind of bullying based on religion. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Carpenteria), claims: “Pupils who are Muslim, Sikh, or of South Asian descent often face verbal, physical, or online harassment, all of which have significant effects on their academic achievement and mental health.” The bill also cites, approvingly, the federal government’s call on Muslim parents to contact the U.S. Department of Justice if their children experience bullying in school. The bill was supported by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and an unindicted co-conspirator in a the Holy Land Foundation terror-funding trial. It argues that Sikh and South Asian students are also targeted, mistakenly, by anti-Muslim bullying because of the way students may dress or look. There is nothing in the bill about bullying of Christian or Jewish students, whether by Muslims or other students…. State Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) opposed the bill, telling the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Religious bullying of any faith is wrong, and I would have supported a bill that was inclusive of all faiths.”

Election News

More Crooked Democrats: Police Raid Offices of Indiana Voter Registration Project in Voter Fraud Case
The Gateway Pundit - It is not clear who established or funded the Indiana Voter Registration Project. However, the group released a statement through spokeswoman Christy Setzer, whose PR firm’s website says she has worked as a Democratic strategist for the presidential campaigns of Al Gore, Howard Dean and Chris Dodd. USA Today reported: Indiana State Police investigators on Tuesday searched a voter registration agency on Indianapolis’ north side as they look into a voter fraud case that spans nine counties. The investigation began in late August when police learned of the filing of fraudulent voter registration forms in Marion and Hendricks counties. The investigation has expanded from Marion and Hendricks counties to include Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison counties, according to a statement from State Police. Police said the growing number of involved counties leads investigators to believe that the number of fraudulent records might be in the hundreds. The possible fraudulent information is a combination of fake names, addresses and dates of birth with real information. As part of the expanded investigation, State Police detectives served a search warrant for the business offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project in the 2400 block of North Meridian Street.

BUSTED: Hillary Planted Child Actor to Ask Question at Pathetic Little Town Hall Rally (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - On Tuesday Hillary Clinton held another small town hall rally in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Maybe 200-300 people turned out. During the event a young 15 year-old girl asked Hillary Clinton a question on body image. Her name is Brennan Leach. She has her own IMDb actor’s page.

Amazing! Trump Supporters Line the Highway to Troll Bill Clinton in OHIO (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - There Were HUNDREDS of Trump supporters lining the highway in Ohio to greet Bill Clinton on his bus tour across the Buckeye State. There were more Trump supporters outside than the few Clinton supporters who turned out to see Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton gave a speech in Steubenville, Ohio on Tuesday, yet hardly anyone showed up to see it. Only a few dozen supporters came to see Bill at a middle school gym. But there were hundreds of Trump supporters lining the highway for at least a quarter mile.

Economy & Business

Chicago latest to sanction Wells Fargo for defrauding customers
Reuters - The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a one-year suspension for Wells Fargo & Co from city business because of its scandal over phony accounts, joining the states of Illinois and California in punishing the bank. The ban includes bond underwriting, brokerage, trustee and other services the bank has provided to the city. Wells Fargo has earned $19.5 million in fees from Chicago since 2005. Wells Fargo staff opened checking, savings and credit card accounts without customer approval for years to satisfy managers' demand for new business, according to a $190 million settlement with U.S. regulators and California prosecutors reached on Sept. 8. The bank said it has fired 5,300 employees over the issue.

More Than 700 Department Stores Have Closed Since 2013
Fortune - According to a research report RBC Capital Markets released on Wednesday, Kohl’s, Macy’s (which also owns the upscale Bloomingdale’s chain), J.C. Penney, Dillard’s, and Sears (which also owns Kmart) have closed a total of 700 stores since 2013. That’s almost 20% of those chains’ store count. The closings are meant to shed poor locations; compete with Amazon; and help companies manage the migration of their own business online. Macy’s, which is grappling with its worst slump since the Great Recession, announced last month it would close 100 more stores after the holiday season to make way for incoming CEO Jeff Gennette. When he takes the reins in February, Gennette will try to repair the iconic, diminished chain…. In Kohl’s case, the drop has been modest: the retailer closed 18 of its 1,150+ plus stores…. Sears and Kmart have been closing dozens of stores as sales continue to plummet despite CEO (and top shareholder) Eddie Lampert’s promises to reinvent the retailers.

America's Largest Mall Is Closing for Thanksgiving
Fortune - Could it be we will soon be free to enjoy a shopping-free Thanksgiving again? The nation’s largest shopping mall, Mall of America, will be closed on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2012, according to an Associated Press report, opting for a later start to the shopping bonanza that traditionally kicks the holiday season into high gear…. The mall said the decision was aimed at giving workers time with their families. “We think Thanksgiving is a day for families and for people we care about,” Jill Renslow, the mall’s senior vice president of marketing, told The Associated Press. “We want to give this day back.” At the same time, after several disappointing Thanksgiving-Black Friday weekends, it could well be that beyond this feel-good reasoning, mall operators and stores have found that extended hours haven’t led to more sales, but only more expenses. Not to mention bad PR from millions of Americans offended by the encroachment of seasonal shopping on a major family-oriented holiday.

Science & Technology

N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets
NY Times - The contractor was identified as Harold T. Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Md., according to a criminal complaint filed in late August. He was charged with theft of government property, and unauthorized removal or retention of classified documents. During an F.B.I. raid of his house, agents seized documents and digital information stored on electronic devices. A large percentage of the materials found in his house and car contained highly classified information. At the time, F.B.I. agents interviewed Mr. Martin, and he initially denied having taken the documents and digital files. The agency later said he had stated that he knew he was not authorized to have the materials. According to the complaint, he told the agency that “he knew what he had done was wrong and that he should not have done it because he knew it was unauthorized.” n a brief statement issued on Wednesday, lawyers for Mr. Martin said: “We have not seen any evidence. But what we know is that Hal Martin loves his family and his country. There is no evidence that he intended to betray his country.” The information believed stolen by Mr. Martin — who like Mr. Snowden worked for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, which is responsible for building and operating many of the agency’s most sensitive cyberoperations — appears to be different in nature from Mr. Snowden’s theft.

Johnson & Johnson Warns Insulin Pump Owners They Could Be Killed By Hackers
Techdirt - Johnson and Johnson this week had to reach out to owners of the company’s insulin pumps to warn them that the devices could be used to kill somebody by overdosing diabetic patients with insulin. According to researchers, the devices were launched with wireless connectivity in 2008 as a means of bringing added convenience for customers, but Johnson and Johnson failed to encrypt the device’s wireless traffic… As with pacemakers, an attacker needs to be relatively close to make this happen (25 feet), resulting in Johnson and Johnson insisting the overall risk was low… That's not really comforting. While this particular hack was publicized and fixed, there's a growing zero-day exploit market for medical device vulnerabilities that can be used to kill or injure an individual without detection, something that's going to be increasingly attractive to nation state actors and private contractors using the Internet of Things for globally malicious (and in some instances potentially fatal) activity. The rise in hackable medical devices has forced the FDA to issue formal guidance on how medical device makers should handle reports about cyber vulnerabilities.

Feds blow $700K to find out what REALLY happened on the moon
Washington Examiner - The federal government spent $700,000 to study whether astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous quote as the first man on the moon was transcribed accurately, only to reach no conclusion. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called out the waste of federal money as part of his latest Waste Report this week. He said the National Science Foundation issued two grants totaling $700,000 to study whether Armstrong really did say on the moon, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." It's long been noted that his quote wasn't quite said in a grammatically correct way, and that Armstrong should have said he took one small step for "a" man, and one giant leap for mankind. The NSF grants were used to see if his quote was transcribed incorrectly, and whether Armstrong maybe did say it correctly after all. The grant money was used to pay researchers from four universities to study the question. "So, did they solve the mystery?" Paul's report asked. "Well, no." He said the final report isn't clear on whether he said the word "a" too quickly to be heard, and also points out that there is "substantial ambiguity" over what was said. "Truly groundbreaking," Paul concluded.

New Samsung Note 7 forces airplane evacuation
Deutsche Welle - A Baltimore-bound flight was forced to evacuate crew and passengers after a Samsung device began emitting smoke. The owner said the company had replaced his phone just 2 weeks prior following a recall. A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated on Wednesday, apparently after a Samsung device caught fire. Around 75 people, passengers and crew members, were forced to leave the Baltimore-bound plane in Louisville Kentucky after the overheated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone started emitting smoke. No one was injured, airport authorities said. According to the family who owned the phone, it was a replacement sent to them after a string of fires and property damage caused Samsung to issue a universal recall. Local media reported that Brian Green of Indiana noticed his phone making a popping noise and caught fire as he was shutting it down. He said Samsung had shipped it to him only two weeks prior.

Video: Amazing UFO Destroys Chemtrail
Midnight in the Desert - I caught an extraordinary UFO sighting. I was watching an odd looking light crossing the sky at variable speeds around my house, during the sunset. To me it was just some sort of helicopter, or maybe a drone. But after 5 or 10 minutes, I began suspecting the object not to be man-made. It was performing weird maneuvers, accelerating and decelerating randomly. When the light started to accelerate towards a huge Chemtrail, I took my camcorder and tried to find it in the distance. The object stopped in front of the Chemtrail, and slowly destroyed it. Indeed, the trail was being “consumed” progressively. I was simply speechless. I still can’t believe what I caught. The Chemtrail got literally perforated! I can’t be 100% sure it’s due to the object itself, but I’m sure there’s a link between it and the Chemtrail. Such a huge trail can’t just disappear like that, for no reason! And only a small portion of the trail gets erased, justly around the object! After the UFO attacked the trail, it moved backwards and flied West, in my opposite direction. It disappeared pretty quickly.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Frankenbroccoli for Dinner? Organic products are at risk. Action Alert!
Alliance for Natural Health - When consumers purchase organic produce, they expect to avoid vegetables and fruits that have been genetically modified or sprayed with dangerous pesticides. The unsettling reality, however, is that cross-contamination between GM plants and conventional or organic plants is not only possible—it is already happening. Take the example of rapeseed (Brassica napus). Millions of acres of GM rapeseed, which is used to make canola oil, the most popular cooking oil in North America, are being grown—in Canada and Australia in particular, but also in the US. This GM rapeseed has spread across the world, growing wild in ports, railway beds, along highways, and other areas where it has “escaped” during transport. This has been documented particularly in Japan but has been found growing wild in North Dakota as well. Not only is it growing wild—it has contaminated another Brassica, the parent of cruciferous vegetables known as Brassica rapa. Organic broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Napa cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and more are now under threat. Keep in mind that when one type of GM plant crosses with another plant, it keeps all the GM mutations. What is particularly alarming is that GM plants and non-GM plants do not need to be close together for cross-pollination to occur. GM rapeseed is spread thousands of miles along places where it’s spilled. Its pollen can also travel thousands of miles…. The issue here is not only one of cross-contamination—not only between GM and non-GM plants of the same species, but also between different species.


These 6 Toxic Artificial Sweeteners Are Still Approved By The FDA
Natasha Longo - 1. Aspartame - It is frequently used in diet soda products, yogurt, chewable vitamins, desserts, popsicles, candy, chewing gum as well as many other foods. It is also marketed as Nutrasweet, Spoonful, Canderel and Equal (sometimes shown as the E number E951)…. Over ten thousand complaints were tabulated which reported 92 different vile consequences from consuming the chemical, including death. Since [1997] the FDA has not updated their aspartame report, and now denies it ever existed!…. 2. Sucralose - Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethelene and methylene chloride, all deadly. Chlorine… a highly excitable, ferocious atomic element employed as a biocide in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WWI poison gas and hydrochloric acid. When turned into Splenda it becomes a chlorocarbon, in the family of Chlorodane, Lindane and DDT…. Sucralose has been found to shrink thymus glands (the biological seat of immunity) and produce liver inflammation in rats and mice. 3. Neotame - …marketed as an inexpensive artificial sweetener made by NutraSweet, which is a former division of Monsanto and original manufacturer of aspartame…. Neotame is aspartame plus 3-di-methylbutyl, which can be found on the EPA's list of most hazardous chemicals. The aspartame formula is comprised of Phenylalanine [50%], which caused seizures in lab animals and Aspartic Acid [40%], which caused "holes in the brains" of lab animals -- bonded by Methyl Alcohol, or Methanol [10%] which is capable of causing blindness, liver damage and death….

5 best natural diuretics
STEPin2 - Diuretics are natural substances that help your body get rid of extra fluid and salt. These diuretics are very useful for people with high blood pressure, heart failure, swollen tissues, and kidney disease. We have the 5 best natural diuretics for you. Let’s take a look. 1. Black cumin is a natural diuretic that is believed to be as effective as pharmaceutical prescribed diuretics. Black cumin helps increase urination, which helps reduce excess sodium and potassium levels. 2. Caffeine has a diuretic effect. 3. Ginger is often used in teas because of its potent detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps detoxify the body through the urine. 4. Hibiscus is a flower that is extremely popular in tea form for its slightly sour, cranberry-like taste and potent health benefits. Hibiscus is a natural diuretic and helps get rid of excess sodium. 5. Parsley has been shown in studies to significantly increase urination. It has been used for many years as a diuretic remedy.

Wednesday - October 5, 2016 - Today In History:

1774 - The first session of the U.S. Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia. The delegates drafted a declaration of rights and grievances, organized the Continental Association, and elected Peyton Randolph as the first president of the Continental Congress.
1793 - In France, the "Reign of Terror" began. The National Convention enacted measures to repress the French Revolutionary activities.
1836 - Sam Houston was elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
1877 - Sioux chief Crazy Horse was killed by the bayonet of a U.S. soldier. The chief allegedly resisted confinement to a jail cell.
1881 - The American Red Cross provided relief for disaster for the first time. The disaster was the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan.
1882 - The first U.S. Labor Day parade was held in New York City.
1917 - Federal raids were carried out in 24 cities on International Workers of the World (IWW) headquarters. The raids were prompted by suspected anti-war activities within the labor organization.
1939 - The U.S. proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.
1945 - Iva Toguri D'Aquino was arrested. D'Aquino was suspected of being the wartime radio propagandist "Tokyo Rose". She served six years and was later pardoned by U.S. President Ford.
1947 - First presidential speech on TV
1983 - U.S. President Reagan denounced the Soviet Union for shooting down a Korean Air Lines. Reagan demanded that the Soviet Union pay reparations for the act that killed 269 people.
1985 - Rioting in South Africa spilled into white neighborhoods for the first time.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urged for a Holy War against the West and former allies.
1995 - France set off an underground nuclear blast in the South Pacific.
2005 - Defying the White House, the Senate voted 90-9 to approve an amendment that would prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody.
2010 - Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani immigrant who'd tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in New York.
2011 - Apple founder Steve Jobs died at age 56.

World News

Moscow delivers S-300 missile system to Syria for defense of Russian naval base
RT - A battery of Russian S-300 air defense missile launchers has been transported to Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. Its sole purpose is to defend a Russian naval base and warships, the ministry added. The information about the S-300’s deployment was confirmed by ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov…. Konashenkov said it is unclear why the deployment of the missile system has created such a fuss in the West. “The S-300 is a purely defensive system and poses no threat,” he said. He recalled that before the deployment of S-300, Russia had delivered Fort air defense missile systems to Syria. The statement comes after a report by Fox news that a Russian S-300 was deployed to Syria. The media cited three US officials who claimed that Moscow “continues to ramp up its military operations in Syria.”

Pakistan boosts military ties to Russia amid Kashmir tensions
Washington Times - Worried about increasingly close U.S.-India defense ties, Pakistan will conduct joint military exercises with Russia and begin buying arms from Moscow for the first time in decades, a key Pakistani lawmaker and aide to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday.... Pakistan’s military overtures to Russia, which was a major supplier of military hardware to India during the Cold War, were part of a “new regionalism” strategy being pursued by the Sharif regime, Mr. Hussain [aide to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif] said. Islamabad is also proposing new infrastructure projects with China to open trade routes with their South and Central Asian neighbors, he added. But countering India’s growing alliance with Washington was a driving factor in Islamabad’s decision to pursue stronger ties with Russia, he acknowledged. “India has a veto” over Washington’s efforts to provide military assistance to Pakistan, Mr. Hussain said, citing the collapse of a multimillion-dollar deal by the U.S. to sell Pakistan eight F-16 fighters earlier this year.... Security analysts say the escalating tensions in Kashmir represent one of the globe’s security trigger points and a continual stumbling block to the Obama administration’s diplomatic and defense ambitions in the region.

UK stocks hit simultaneous highs for first time since 1999
RT - A weaker pound along with stronger than expected economic figures have pushed all UK equity indexes to record highs. The FTSE 100 blue chip index, the FTSE 250 index of medium-sized companies and the FTSE Small Cap index all hit records on the same day for the first time in almost 17 years. “We have a really nice combination of sterling weakness, reasonably robust economy and generally not a bad environment for risk assets,” said Alan Higgins, chief investment officer at Coutts & Co in London, as quoted by Bloomberg. The economist added that it was a buy UK phenomenon. The FTSE 100 climbed 1.88 percent by 2:00pm GMT, while the FTSE 250 was up 2.2 percent and the FTSE Small Cap excluding investment trusts index gained 1.8 percent. The weaker sterling helped UK's megacaps which generated almost three-quarters of their revenue from overseas. The FTSE 250 includes more domestic companies, which gain about half of their sales from Britain, according to JPMorgan and UBS. The measure of smaller shares gets nearly half of its sales from abroad as well, according to JPMorgan Asset Management estimates.

Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti
USA Today - Matthew inflicted major damage on Haiti, though the extent was not immediately known, said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of the country's Civil Protection Agency, told the AP. "It's much too early to know how bad things are, but we do know there are a lot of houses that have been destroyed or damaged in the south," Jean-Baptiste said. Many streets were flooded or blocked with fallen trees throughout the southwestern peninsula.... More than 6,400 people were evacuated to temporary shelters in Haiti, Agence France-Presse reported.... Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is already struggling to regain its footing almost seven years after an earthquake and ensuing cholera epidemic ravaged the nation. It remains particularly vulnerable to vicious weather storms because it is one of the most deforested countries in the world: Less than 2% of the land still has trees. The country also has relatively steep terrain as well, which can make it prone to landslides and mudslides. But some shantytown residents were reluctant to evacuate because they fear their possessions may be stolen. "If we lose our things we are not going to get them back!” Toussaint Laine, an unemployed man who lives with his family in a shack in Tabarre, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, told the AP.

Monsanto “Crimes Against Humanity” Tribunal Officially Begins October 14th In Hague Netherlands
Activist Post - The aim of the Tribunal is to give a legal opinion on the environmental and health damage caused by the multinational Monsanto. This will add to the international debate to include the crime of Ecocide into international criminal law. It will also give people all over the world a well documented legal file to be used in lawsuits against Monsanto and similar chemical companies…. Frequently, when a company like Monsanto is the defendant, the company settles out of court, whereby circumventing the establishment of a negative legal precedent. General purpose of the Tribunal: To get a ruling- even symbolic – against Monsanto by a bench of real judges, after veritable proceedings in an international court, and contribute to the establishment of international mechanisms to bring justice to victims of multinationals…. Interestingly this tribunal holds Monsanto to the standards of the UN’s Agenda 21/Agenda 2030 which calls for things like “sustainable environment,” the right to eat healthy food, the right to the enjoyment of the highest standard of health, and even the violation of the freedom of scientific research. Above and beyond all of this, the very serious question of Monsanto’s outright war crimes against humanity will be posed. Ironically these questions will ultimately be posed to the UN, the same system that labels the natural and necessary nutrient known as CO2 a “pollutant,” so it will be interesting to say the least to see what if anything comes of this on the part of the United Nations.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Warned To Defuse Tensions With Russia, "Unintended Consequences Likely To Be Catastrophic"
Zero Hedge - A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials is warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon…. We [The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity] write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush, six weeks before the attack on Iraq, that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small, relatively inexperienced coterie with a dubious record for wisdom can prove disastrous.* Our concern this time regards Syria. We are hoping that your President’s Daily Brief tomorrow will give appropriate attention to Saturday’s warning by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova: “If the US launches a direct aggression against Damascus and the Syrian Army, it would cause a terrible, tectonic shift not only in the country, but in the entire region.” Speaking on Russian TV, she warned of those whose “logic is ‘why do we need diplomacy’ … when there is power … and methods of resolving a problem by power. We already know this logic; there is nothing new about it. It usually ends with one thing – full-scale war.”

DOJ Drops Charges Against Arms Dealer Who "Threatened To Expose" Hillary Arming Islamic Extremists
Zero Hedge - Politico reported that the Obama administration is moving to dismiss charges against an arms dealer whom it had accused of selling weapons destined for Libyan rebels and who had threatened to expose Hillary Clinton's talks about arming anti-Qaddafi rebels. According to a motion filed in federal court in Phoenix, the DOJ on Monday filed a motion to drop the case against the arms dealer, an American named Marc Turi. One potential reason for the surprising move is that as Politico writes, the deal averts a trial that threatened to cast additional scrutiny on Hillary Clinton’s private emails as Secretary of State, and to expose reported Central Intelligence Agency attempts to arm rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi…. Turi was indicted in 2014 on four felony counts: two of arms dealing in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and two of lying to the State Department in official applications. The charges accused Turi of claiming that the weapons involved were destined for Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, when the arms were actually intended to reach Libya. Turi’s lawyers argued that the shipments were part of a U.S. government-authorized effort to arm Libyan rebels. It’s unclear if any of the weapons made it to Libya, and there’s no evidence linking weapons provided by the U.S. government to the Benghazi attacks. According to Politico government lawyers were facing a Wednesday deadline to produce documents to Turi’s legal team, and the trial was officially set to begin on Election Day, although it likely would have been delayed by protracted disputes about classified information in the case. A Turi associate asserted that the government dropped the case because the proceedings could have embarrassed Clinton and President Barack Obama by calling attention to the reported role of their administration in supplying weapons that fell into the hands of Islamic extremist militants. Making matters worse, Turi’s case had delved into emails sent to and from the controversial private account that Clinton used as Secretary of State, which the defense planned to harness at any trial.

New Report Claims Hillary Clinton Wanted to Assassinate Assange with Drone Strike
Activist Post - A new article published on and tweeted by WikiLeaks claims that in 2010, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broached the idea of launching a drone strike to take out Julian Assange. Assange’s latest batch of leaks at that time, dubbed CableGate, had become an embarrassment to the Obama administration and constituted what State Department officials viewed as a danger to the international intelligence community. True Pundit’s unconfirmed report alleges the topic came up on the morning of Tuesday, November 23, 2010, on Mahogany Row at the State Department, where Secretary Clinton abruptly changed the focus of the meeting from the color of her sweater to extrajudicial assassination…. “Can’t we just drone this guy?” True Pundit‘s anonymous sources say she asked, prompting a full discussion of legal and non-legal methods of dealing with the WikiLeaks whistleblowing organization. After all, she said, he was a soft target, “walking around” and freely disseminating private correspondence between diplomats and foreign leaders.

Never Before Seen Video – Obama on Race: “I am saddened that whites are still superior….things could explode”
Paul Joseph Watson - The footage, filmed and narrated by Obama’s sister Auma, shows the president on his first trip to Kenya as a young man in his 20s. Michelle Obama also accompanied her husband on the trip. Crowdfunding platform WeSearchr provided the video exclusively to Infowars. Obama says in the film: “I’m deeply saddened by a sense that whites are still superior in this country, in some sense, that if you sit at a restaurant, they’re served before a Kenyan is served. If you go through customs, a white person is going to have an easier time going through customs.” Obama also warns that “things could explode at any point” as a result of the resentment black Kenyans have towards white people. At one point in the movie Obama says he has “a lot at stake” in building “a strong black country in Kenya.” Elsewhere, the footage shows white and Asian tourists visiting poor Kenyan villagers, a sight that offends Obama, who refused to join them on the tour according to his sister…. Obama’s 1990 comments are fascinating given the fact that his presidency has been tainted by some of the worst race relations in America for decades, fueled by police shootings and riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charlotte. “The film is full of insights into Barack Obama’s psychology and worldview, especially with regards to the way he sees his family in Kenya and black-white race relations,” said WeSearchr’s Chuck Johnson, adding, “How much of a black nationalist do you think Obama is? What do you think he thinks of white people?”

Columbia University To Hold No-Whites Student Retreat
Washington Times - There’s only one rule for Columbia University students who want to attend an upcoming leadership retreat: you can’t be white. The “Students of Color Leadership Retreat 2016,” slated for Nov. 12 at New York City’s YMCA Camp, bills itself as “an intensive weekend of personal development, empowerment and community building” for students at the Ivy League university and all-women’s Barnard College, reported The College Fix. But it’s only for those who “identify themselves as a person of color as a primary identity,” Columbia’s website adds

Land Of The 'Free' Plunges To 15th "Free-est" Nation In The World
Zero Hedge - Turns out the "Land of the Free" may not be so "Free" after all. That is, at least according the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index which found that the U.S. has dropped to the 15th "most free" country in the world behind Costa Rica and Uruguay, among others. Perhaps even more staggering is that the U.S. dropped to 33rd in terms of "Safety & Security" ranking behind Uruguay and Slovaki and just ahead of the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, in the one piece of positive news for the U.S., Legatum found Americans to be the "healthiest" people in the world with a life expectancy 6.8 years longer than the global average. Apparently the cost of adding that incremental 6.8 years to the life expectancy of the average American was a 560% increase in per capita healthcare expenditures....and just wait until those numbers get updated for Obamacare.

9 states and counting, are teaching (indoctrinate) kids to deal with police
MassPrivateI - According to a Chicago Tribune article, students enrolled in driver's education courses will be required to learn how to respond if they're pulled over by police. Ask yourself why is it mandatory only for students? How long before the government FORCES everyone to take them? "I think it's really timely, so that teenagers and young drivers don't look at a police officer as a threat or a problem," said sponsoring Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield. "It's just a part of driving, and if they respond in a responsible, correct way, it should never escalate." What's wrong with this picture? Kids across the country are being required to learn how to deal with police? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Shouldn't cops be required to learn how to treat the public with respect?… It won't be long before all 50 states, make it mandatory to teach kids what the gov't., expects of them during a police encounter. Don't forget, police are also paying school kids to spy on classmates. The "Project Safe Campus" (PSC) program is an anonymous CASH rewards program that pays students $100.00 to spy on fellow classmates. According to a statement from Detroit public schools... "The goal of PSC is to increase the number of anonymous tips coming from the schools. Students who give tips that result in disciplinary action can earn $100 cash rewards."

Election News

Kaine Vs. Pence: Vice Presidential Debate From Longwood University (Full Replay)
Right Side Broadcasting - Tuesday, October 4, 2016: Coverage of the 2016 Vice Presidential debate between Governor Mike Pence of Indiana and Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia.

After Tim Kaine Flops in Vice Presidential Debate, New Doubts About Hillary
Breitbart - Those doubts are twofold: first, about her decision to choose so weak a candidate, who seemed unable to answer basic policy questions; and second, about Clinton’s health, since if her medical troubles are as bad as feared, Kaine may be taking over at some point if she is elected. Kaine could not stop interrupting Pence, at times sounding high-pitched and shrill, at times whining and defensive. Pence was cool and even-tempered — presidential, in other words, while Kaine seemed to be playing cable news pundit. The Democrat was often unable to suppress the juvenile impulse to shout campaign talking points, even in the middle of his opponent’s answers. At one point, he interjected: “Our plan is like Ronald Reagan’s plan from 1986.” (Note to Democrats: the Reagan plan failed.) Later, when the moderator asked why Putin would respect a Trump-Kaine administration, Pence answered: “Strength.” Kaine, unable to restrain himself, blurted out: “Business deals.” His smirk betrayed his conviction that he had just scored points, even though the moderator had to instruct him — for the third time, at least — to wait until it was his turn to speak. Kaine seemed not to understand how un-serious he looked. Pence responded with a steady, and appropriate, put-down: “That’s nonsense.” Pence also beat Kaine over the head with the Russian “reset,” Clinton’s email scandal, and the Clinton Foundation. Moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News stepped into protect Kaine, especially when it came to the email scandal (though, to her credit, she at least asked about it, unlike NBC News’ Lester Holt in the first presidential debate).

Video: Gov. Pence Hits Back on Clinton Foundation and Email Scandal, Moderator Ends Discussion
The Gateway Pundit - So this happened… Over and Over and over…. If Senator Kaine wasn’t interrupting Governor Pence, the moderator was interrupting him… VP debate moderator Elaine Quijano from CBS News cut off Governor Mike Pence when hit back on the Clinton Foundation and her email scandal.

RNC: Kaine interrupted over 70 times
The Hill - The Republican National Committee claimed Tim Kaine interrupted Mike Pence and the moderator over 70 times during Tuesday’s vice presidential debate.Shortly after the debate ended, the RNC made a quick note of Kaine’s aggressive style in an email to reporters. The email simply included a pair of tweets from reporters, citing specific voters being turned off by the Democratic vice presidential nominee's style. “Undecided voter in Ohio says, 'Kaine came off like a jerk' tonight. Adds that he 'reinforced' some of the negatives about Clinton,” read one tweet from CNN’s Dan Merica. In a separate statement, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus described Kaine as having “desperately flailed away with empty platitudes and constant interruptions.”

***Live Updates*** Pence, Kaine Square Off in VP Debate
Breitbart - Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine will square off in tonight’s vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Virginia. And this debate, which takes place in Kaine’s home state of Virginia, has the feel of one in which Kaine will have a short field for 90 minutes, especially if most of the questions will focus on all of Trump’s recent “scandals.” The seasoned Pence, who will not be unprepared and will not wing it, must flip the field back in Team Trump’s favor before Trump’s second debate with Clinton on Sunday.

Hacked Clinton Foundation files show 'pay to play', bank ties (Chart)
RT - Documents reportedly hacked from the Clinton Foundation servers have identified major Democratic donors and troubling ties between TARP aid given to banks and their political contributions. One folder is outright labeled “Pay to Play.” A Hacker calling himself “Guccifer 2.0,” who claimed responsibility for previous breaches of the Democratic National Committee and the congressional Democrats, published the documents on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the vice-presidential debates. “I hacked the Clinton Foundation server and downloaded hundreds of thousands of docs and donors’ databases,” the hacker wrote on his blog. “Clinton and her staff don’t even bother about the information security.” The Clinton Foundation has denied the hack, with president Donna Shalala saying that “none of the files or folders shown are ours.” Guccifer 2.0 also claimed that one of the documents shows that big banks are donating a percentage of funds received through the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program to the DNC, citing a spreadsheet that lists the TARP amounts next to the amounts donated to lawmakers like then-Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), co-author of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. “It looks like big banks and corporations agreed to donate to the Democrats a certain percentage of the allocated TARP funds,” he wrote. Another document posted on the blog appears to be a master list of Clinton Foundation donors in the western US, tracking contributions from 2009 to 2015. Among the names are movie directors JJ Abrams and Gore Verbinski; Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff; Google CEO Eric Schmidt; Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Robert Iger; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Microsoft VP Steve Ballmer; and major Hollywood stars like Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, and Tom Hanks.

Assange: WikiLeaks will publish all US election docs by Nov. 8
WikiLeaks will release documents on the US presidential elections before November 8, the group’s founder, Julian Assange, said in an eagerly anticipated address via videolink at the Volksbuhne Theater in Berlin to mark WikiLeaks’ 10th anniversary. WikiLeaks hopes to be publishing documents “every week for the next 10 weeks,” Assange said. Assange also promised to publish about a million documents related to at least three governments before the end of 2016, saying that the organization is evolving and planning to expand its collaboration with media outlets beyond the 100 it is already working with…. He also denied that any of WikiLeaks’ publications are aimed at damaging the image of US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, saying that some of his statements in this regard had been misquoted…. According to Assange, the documents released or to be released by the organization “are revealing, but also the government/state reactions to the releases are revealing also.” Assange also promised to release documents on war, oil, Google, and mass surveillance.

Americans Ask ‘President Trump’ to Visit Hurricane-ravaged Haiti (Video)
Adan Salazar - On Tuesday several Twitter users put out calls for the businessman to personally fly aid to the hurricane-ravaged region, which had also suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010. The requests for Trump to visit Haiti come after radio host Alex Jones asked listeners to tweet at the GOP nominee to visit the afflicted victims of the impoverished nation…. The hotel mogul has made it a point throughout his political campaign to call attention to the Clinton Foundation’s misuse of donations meant to help Haitian victims of the 2010 earthquake. “Clinton was responsible for doing things a lot of the Haitian people are not happy with,” Trump has stated. “Taxpayer dollars intended for Haiti and the earthquake victims went to a lot of the Clinton cronies.” Last month, Trump also heard concerns from former Senate President of Haiti, Bernard Sansaricq, who claimed the Clinton foundation had almost totally squandered funds meant for victims. [Video] “In 2010, the earthquake of Haiti, not only American taxpayers, but the whole world has given billions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation for the Haitians. Not even two percent of that money went back to Haiti. So Mr. Trump we are asking you, begging you – the Haitian community will side with you if one day you ask Hillary Clinton publicly to disclose the audit of all the money they have stolen from Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake.”

Media Refuses To Show Trump’s Massive Crowds In Loveland, Colorado – One Camera Did! (Video)
American Lookout - Thousands upon thousands were there. In Colorado! At rallies, Trump always asks the media to show the massive crowds. He wants the world to see the love. He wants the world to see the numbers. He wants the world to see that this is a movement!… Thanks to RightSide Broadcasting for showing the crowd.

Video: Hillary Clinton Caught Bussing in Supporters to Small PA Rally
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary Clinton held a small campaign rally in Haverford, Pennsylvania today with her daughter Chelsea and Elizabeth Banks. Only a few hundred turned out to see the Democratic nominee. And ONCE AGAIN the corrupt media will not report on the unbelievably small turnout to see Hillary Clinton in rally after rally. So the campaign bussed in supporters. It’s the Hillary way. And here are the bussed in supporters walking to the Hillary event. Actors and paid attendees?
Related: Video: Clinton Camp Caught Handing Out Pre-Made Signs to Rally-Goers – So Pathetic!

Stunning Photo: Even Press Blows Off Hillary Clinton’s Akron, Ohio Rally
The Gateway Pundit - A bizarre behind the scenes image from the campaign trail was posted Monday that bespoke a lack of interest in the media in covering Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. With just over one month to go until election day, Clinton campaigned in the bellwether state of Ohio, holding rallies in Toledo and Akron. Both Clinton rallies were held in small halls with small crowds as has been her pattern…. New York Times reporter Amy Chozick posted a photo to Twitter Monday evening from Clinton’s Akron rally that showed a nearly empty press pen. Chozick lamented the lack of interest by her fellow reporters.

Veteran News

'New low': Dead vets left to 'decompose' in VA morgue for weeks without burial
Fox News - (September 29, 2016) An Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital already under fire for excessive wait times, festering black mold and kitchen cockroaches faces a new shame – the bodies of dead patients left unclaimed in the morgue for up to two months without proper burial, whistleblower documents allege. The whistleblower, whose identity is not being revealed for fear of retaliation, complained last month to the VA’s inspector general about the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital’s handling of veterans’ remains in cases where families have not come forward to claim the body. The complaint singled out Christopher Wirtjes, chief of Patient Administrative Services, saying “The Chief of PAS has the funds available, yet has no sense of urgency to lay the veteran to rest.” Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., whose office also received the complaint along with emails, is now calling for Wirtjes’ firing and in a statement, slammed the hospital – located in the Western suburbs of Chicago -- over its recent history of controversies…. The whistleblower, who has spoken with Kirk’s office, described a “horrible issue” at the hospital in the letter to the IG: “Some veteran’s remains have been left in our hospital morgue for 45 days or more until they are stacked to capacity at times.”

Energy & Environment

Flint faces new outbreak of contagious disease as residents scared to wash hands
RT - Two years after Flint, Michigan, residents were exposed to unsafe levels of lead contamination in drinking water and an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, local officials report an outbreak of a highly-contagious gastrointestinal illness, shigellosis. Genessee County, home of Flint, is leading the state in reported cases of shigellosis, with 84 through September, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. At least 53 of those cases have occurred within Flint city limits, Jim Henry, Genesee County's environmental health supervisor, told CNN. At least 27 of the Flint cases resulted in hospitalization. Meanwhile, neighboring Saginaw County has the second-highest cases of shigellosis in the state, with 47, according to state health records. Shigella bacteria causes about 500,000 cases of diarrheal disease in the US each year. Shigellosis is marked by abdominal pain and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration. Symptoms usually take five to seven days to pass without antibiotic treatment, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bacteria can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces or ingesting contaminated food and water.

Science & Technology

Yahoo secretly scanned its users' email for U.S. intelligence services
Boing Boing - Yahoo email accounts were scanned by the company on behalf of U.S. intelligence services from last year. This represents the first example of a U.S. service provider providing complete access to "all arriving messages," reports Reuters. It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified. Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request. According to the two former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Grow Your Own Turmeric In a Pot
REALfarmacy - Turmeric can help prevent cancer, it eases arthritis symptoms, it can soothe an upset stomach, it can help the heart stay healthy, it’s a natural fat burner, it helps prevent Alzheimer’s, it can help lower cholesterol, and it can help treat depression! These are only a few of the many benefits of this amazing herb. Turmeric is a perennial herb that re-shoots every spring. Growing turmeric organic in pots is not difficult. Although turmeric thrives in tropical climates, it can be grown in temperate areas in the summer. You can always move your plant inside when temperatures begin to dip. Turmeric can be grown in garden beds or containers. Be sure to grow in well draining containers because water retention will cause rhizomes to rot, reducing yield…. The plants cannot tolerate climates colder than 65 degrees F. Plant turmeric in spring to summer because the roots sprout well when the soil is warm. Turmeric thrives well in direct or indirect sun, but it can also grow in light shade…. Buy some turmeric roots from the market (be sure they are organic). Select small rhizomes with one or two buds. Plant rhizomes about 7 to 10 inches apart and bury them in wet soil about 2 to 3 inches deep. Do not water until shoots appear. The roots will germinate/shoot in 3-6 weeks depending on the soil temperature. Turmeric shoots will appear in about 20 to 45 days after planting. Grow fresh plants every 3 to 4 years or leave a few roots inside while harvesting. Once the plants grow, keep them well watered. Bring your turmeric indoors once the temperature gets below 50 degrees F. You can also start turmeric in pots indoors and move it outdoors when the temperature begins to rise.


Could Gluten Literally Drive You Insane? Going Back 60 Years…
Natural Society - Want to know how long gluten has been suspected as a cause of neurological disorders? About 60 years…and it still hasn’t been recognized in the mainstream! The oldest reports of emotional disturbances being resolved after the removal of gluten date back to 1951. In 1966, a study was published showing an association between schizophrenia rates and wheat consumption. Less wheat consumption, which required a world war to happen, was linked to significantly lower first-time admissions for schizophrenia. More recent research has found a drastically higher incidence of anti-gluten antibodies among schizophrenics, and a 2006 review found significant reductions in schizophrenic symptoms after initiating a gluten-free diet in some patients. In a study published in 1984, only 2 people out of over 65,000 Pacific Islanders eating a traditional, grain-free diet had chronic schizophrenia. Westernization of their diets resulted in a Western-level prevalence of the disease.

5 Symptoms Of Mercury Poisoning You Can’t Ignore!
David Wolfe - You might be surprised at how far-reaching the effects of mercury poisoning are. Simple exposure to the metal can wreak havoc on everything from your brain to your muscles…. #1 – A Metallic Taste In Your Mouth - Researchers from the University of Georgia say that having more than 8 silver amalgam fillings places you at risk of mercury poisoning. That’s quite concerning since 25% of the American population actually has 11 or more fillings. Regardless of how many fillings you have, though, look out for a metallic taste in your mouth. #2 – Mood Swings - According to biological dentist Dr. Gerald H. Smith, environmental exposure to mercury can actually damage one’s nervous system. This can actually cause diagnosable bipolar disorder, characterized by intense mood swings. Dr. Smith says mercury easily travels through the lymphatic system and into the thyroid gland, which is responsible for secreting hormones directly linked to mood. #4 – Insomnia - Chronic insomnia is a common problem among industrial workers exposed to mercury. This is largely due to the way the metal affects your thyroid. You see, your thyroid is responsible for secreting a hormone called melatonin that controls your body’s sleep/wake cycles. Remember, mercury also impacts your central nervous system. This can lead to hyperarousal, which will keep you awake and in ‘fight or flight’ mode. #5 – Headaches - Dr. Gerald H. Smith dealt with a patient named ‘Robert C.’ who suffered from migraines for over 25 years. He had no idea what was causing the headaches until he had his mercury fillings removed. Then, just like that, the headaches were gone.

Pet News

Salmon dog treats made by Plato and sold by found to contain alarmingly high levels of toxic mercury: Immediate recall urged
(NaturalNews) An ICP-MS analysis of Plato brand dog treats in my laboratory, CWC Labs, found alarmingly high levels of toxic mercury in salmon flavored products. For the analysis, we tested 31 salmon and fish products sold as pet food or pet treats by the online retailer No mercury was found in 29 out of the 31 products. Plato brand, however, showed alarmingly high mercury for two products: • Salmon Strips Dog Treats (Plato) • Thinkers Pacific Salmon Dog Treats (Plato)… Plato products, by the way, are manufactured by KDR Pet Treats, LLC in Fresno, California. The web address is Their phone number is 559.485.4316 and their email is Mercury is an extremely toxic heavy metal with a well document profile of neurological damage in mammals. In the same way that mercury damages human brains, it also damages the brains of dogs, cats and other mammals that might consume it. No "safe" level of mercury consumption has ever been established.

Tuesday - October 4, 2016 - Today In History:

1777 - At Germantown, PA, Patriot forces and British forces both suffer heavy losses in battle. The battle was seen as British victory, which actually served as a moral boost to the Americans.
1876 - The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas formally dedicated by Texas Gov. Richard Coke. It was the state's first venture into public higher education. The college opened for classed two days earlier.
1895 - The first U.S. Open golf tournament took place in Newport, RI. Horace Rawlins, 19 years old, won the tournament.
1915 - The Dinosaur National Monument was established. The area covered part of Utah and Colorado.
1927 - The first actual work of carving began on Mount Rushmore.
1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in the Alps at Brenner Pass. Hitler was seeking help from Italy to fight the British.
1965 - Pope Paul VI addressed the U.N. General Assembly and became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere.
1993 - Russian Vice-President Alexander Rutskoi and Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov surrendered to Boris Yeltsin after a ten-hour tank assault on the Russian White House. The two men had barricaded themselves in after Yeltsin called for general elections and dissolved the legislative body.
1993 - Dozens of Somalis dragged an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. A videotape showed Michael Durant being taken prisoner by Somali militants.
1994 - South African President Nelson Mandela was welcomed to the White House by U.S. President Clinton.
2001 - NATO granted the U.S. open access to their airfields and seaports and agreed to deploy ships and early-warning radar planes in the war on terrorism.
2001 - In Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport re-opened. The airport had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the United States on 9-11, 2001.
2002 - Richard Reid pleaded guilty in a federal court to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes.
2010 - The Supreme Court began a new era with three women serving together for the first time as Elena Kagan took her place at the end of the bench.

World News

Putin suspends nuclear pact, U.S. suspends Syria ceasefire talks with Russia
Washington Times - In a sharp deterioration of relations, the U.S. on Monday suspended diplomatic contacts with Russia over Syria, while Moscow halted cooperation on a joint program for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium. The U.S. move followed a threat last week from Secretary of State John Kerry after new Russian and Syrian attacks on the city of Aleppo. The State Department said Russia had not lived up to the terms of an agreement last month to restore the cease-fire and ensure sustained deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged cities.... Monday’s announcement came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended a Russia-U.S. deal on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium, in a move that also underscored rising tensions between Washington and Moscow. Putin’s decree cited Washington’s “unfriendly actions” and the United States’ inability to fulfill its obligations under the 2000 deal as reasons for the move. Under the agreement, which was expanded in 2006 and 2010, Russia and the U.S. each were to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium, enough material for about 17,000 nuclear warheads.

40 Million Russians to Take Part in ‘Emergency Evacuation’ Drill
Paul Joseph Watson - Federal agencies, heads of regions, local authorities and other organizations will take part in the massive exercise, which runs from October 4-7. The simulation will include 200,000 “professional rescue units” and 50,000 pieces of equipment,” reports Interfax. Abnormal emergency rescue teams” will wargame “evacuation” procedures during a national crisis, according to the report. According to Oleg Manuilov, the director of the Russian Civil Defence Department, the exercise will be a test run of how the population would respond to a “disaster occurrence” under an “emergency” situation. The drill takes place amidst heightening tensions between the United States and Russia. As we reported last week, Moscow responded to U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby’s warning that Russian cities could suffer terrorist attacks if Vladimir Putin continued his military campaign in Syria by taking it as a veiled threat.

Germany’s Deutsche Bank, Again in Trouble, Received a U.S. Bailout Twice as Big as Lehman Brothers
Wall Street On Parade - ... most Americans would be stunned to learn that the German Deutsche Bank, which perpetually finds itself on the wrong side of the law, was bailed out in five separate U.S. emergency lending operations during the 2007-2010 financial crisis, receiving more than twice the emergency financial assistance as that received by Lehman Brothers, the failed U.S. investment bank.... According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Deutsche Bank received cumulative loans totaling $77 billion under the Federal Reserve’s Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF) and $277 billion in cumulative loans under the Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF) for a total of $354 billion. Lehman Brothers received only $183 billion in Fed emergency lending programs according to the GAO report.... But Deutsche Bank received additional forms of bailouts during the crisis.... two units of Deutsche Bank borrowed at least $2 billion in low-cost loans from the Fed’s Discount Window during the crisis. And, it was finally revealed that Deutsche Bank was one of the banking behemoths that got a back-door bailout via the failed insurance giant, AIG.... One of the most egregious aspects of the bailout of Deutsche Bank is that it has serially defrauded both U.S. taxpayers and investors.... In 2015 Deutsche Bank settled charges with British and U.S. authorities for $2.5 billion for rigging the interest rate benchmark known as Libor. Deutsche Bank pleaded guilty to the U.S. charges.... According to the U.S. Justice Department, Deutsche Bank also has a history of “participating in transactions used to defraud the IRS.”.... Now, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Department of Justice believes that Deutsche Bank owes American taxpayers $14 billion for selling toxic mortgage backed securities that helped to collapse the U.S. housing market during the financial crisis.

This is What they Were Afraid Of -- Iraqis Use 'Sue the Saudis' 9/11 Bill to Sue US for 2003 Invasion
The Free Thought Project - The lobbyist group Arab Project in Iraq now sees their opportunity to ask for compensation from the United States over violations by US forces following the invasion of Iraq that saw the toppling of late President Saddam Hussein in 2003, according to a report from Al-Arabiya News. The group is pushing for “a full-fledged investigation over the killing of civilians targets, loss of properties and individuals who suffered torture and other mistreatment on the hand of US forces.” While many states have criticized JASTA [Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act] for its potential of eroding the principle of sovereign immunity and changing international law, this immunity has been used by Saudi Arabia, who was found to have aided and abetted the 9/11 highjackers, to shield themselves from any and all accountability.

Hurricane Matthew set to hit Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba
Daily Mail - A 'life-threatening' hurricane is set to wreak havoc on Haiti and Jamaica with flash floods, mudslides and torrential rainfall. Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in the past decade, is poised to deliver a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti on Monday. The category-4 hurricane also poses a danger to eastern Cuba and Jamaica as it crawls through the Caribbean. Experts say there is a chance it could also hit Florida and the East Coast - but they have warned it is too early to tell. Forecasters said the hurricane could dump 40 in. of rain on some areas of Haiti, where thousands still live in tents following the devastating earthquake in 2010. It is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history and was briefly classed as a category-5, becoming the strongest in the region since Felix in 2007. The Haitian authorities have urged people to stock up on food and water and secure their homes on the poverty-stricken island.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

UPDATE: Wikileaks Cancels Highly Anticipated Tuesday Announcement Due to 'Security Concerns'
Heat Street - After canceling a planned announcement in London, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is now planning to appear via video link Tuesday morning at Wikileak’s tenth anniversary celebration in Berlin. He’s a last-minute addition to the roster of festivities taking place this week in Germany. Wikileaks used its Facebook page and Twitter to confirm that Assange would speak at the event, which takes place at 3AM Eastern time. According the Wikileaks, the change of venue was made “due to specific information”. Wikileaks did not specify further, but Monday’s Tweet followed several in which Wikileaks alleged that the Clinton camp wants to assassinate Assange. Sources close to the event tell Heat Street that Assange may be planning to release some new information his organization has obtained about the U.S. Democratic Party. But Heat Street has yet to receive independent confirmation that Assange plans to dump information specifically on Hillary Clinton.

Historic Live Coverage: Wikileaks’ Hillary October Surprise
Prison Planet - Yes, you read that right: 2:00 in the morning (AM) Central. Wikileaks is set to make a huge announcement during German daylight hours, which would be early in the morning for the US, and it’s reported the announcement pertains to a huge data dump that exposes more of Hillary’s crimes. “People have a right to understand who it is they’re electing,” said Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, adding that the information comprised of “a variety of different types of documents, from different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles that are quite interesting, some even entertaining.”

DOJ 'side agreements' let agents destroy laptops in Clinton email case
Washington Examiner - House Republicans are demanding to know why Justice Department officials entered into a pair of "side agreement" with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson - two of Hillary Clinton's top former aides who went on to become her personal attorneys during the FBI's email investigation - that allowed law enforcement agents to destroy their laptops after searching their hard drives for evidence. In a letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday, Goodlatte questioned why the destruction of the laptops used to sort Clinton's emails was included in immunity deals that already protected Mills and Samuelson from prosecution based on the records recovered from their computers.... In his letter, Goodlatte noted that the immunity agreements revealed the FBI agents limited their search to documents authored before Jan. 2015. The Republican chairman argued such parameters prevented investigators from examining potential proof of the destruction of evidence that may have occurred after that date, and that the deals offered to Mills and Samuelson already protected the aides from prosecution related to their alleged roles in the deletion of federal records.

U.S. top court denies Obama request to rehear major immigration case
Reuters - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to rehear a bid to revive President Barack Obama's plan to spare from deportation millions of immigrants in the country illegally, a case in which the justices split 4-4 in June. In a brief order, the court rejected the Obama administration's long-shot request, meaning the justices' June 23 decision is final. That ruling left in place lower court decisions blocking the plan, which Obama announced in 2014 but never went into effect.... The Democratic president's plan was challenged in court by Republican-governed Texas and 25 other states that argued he overstepped the powers granted to him by the U.S. Constitution by infringing upon congressional authority. Obama acted unilaterally by executive action, bypassing the Republican-led Congress.... Obama's plan was designed to let roughly 4 million people - those who have lived illegally in the United States at least since 2010, have no criminal record and have children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents - get into a program that shields them from deportation and supplies work permits.

Air Force Mandates Diversity Hires On Selection Boards
The Daily Caller - The Air Force announced a new set of 13 inclusion initiatives Friday with the goal of ensuring the force isn’t as white, male and heterosexual as it is now. Air Force officials are intent on building upon a foundation of nine initiatives from 2015, in order to boost diversity.... To head-off immediate criticisms of the far-reaching proposals, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein recently insisted to Air Force Times in an interview: “This is not about social engineering. This is about maintaining a competitive advantage.” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James put down her foot and said she wants to make the demographics of the service match more closely with the changing demographics of America.... But even as diversity increases, there are still numerous key positions that don’t seem to attract diverse candidates, namely pilots, cyber operations, intelligence operations and space and missile operations, which is very upsetting to Air Force officials. So in careers where there isn’t a lot of diversity, commanders will have to come up with plans explaining why airmen in those positions are mostly white, male heterosexuals and how commanders can work towards changing that representation.

Feds Spy On Gun Show Attendees By Having Police Scan License Plates
Western Journalism - Gun show attendees in California, and perhaps elsewhere, have had their license plates scanned by local police at the behest of federal agents, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. The report said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement developed a plan in 2010 to have police officers use license-plate readers at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, near the border with Mexico. The plan was for those license plates to be compared with the information on cars that crossed the border into Mexico. The Journal reported that the goal of the operation was to find gun smugglers.... Other emails obtained by The Journal indicate that other shows were also targeted for the tactic, but it was not clear if plans were operationalized. The Journal said that a June 2012 email lists several gun shows including ones in Costa Mesa and Ontario, Calif.... Jay Stanley, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the surveillance “highlights the problem with mass collection of data.” Stanley said he was concerned that two legal activities were linked as potentially law-breaking and it was wrong that “because those two activities in concert fit somebody’s idea of a crime, a person becomes inherently suspicious.”.... Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, also spoke out against the practice. “Information on law-abiding gun owners ends up getting recorded, stored, and registered, which is a violation of the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act and of the Second Amendment,” Pratt said.

Election News

Judge Confirms Nothing Wrong With Trump's Released Tax Records, Leaker Probably Broke The Law
Zero Hedge - According to Napolitano, Trump was within the law when he declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, which amounts to a substantial deduction. When asked by Fox’s Steve Doocy if Trump did anything wrong, the former judge responded: “No.” “No, in the United States of America we tell the government what we owe,” Napolitano said. “The government doesn’t tell us.” “Congress has given guidelines, very lengthy, very complex guidelines,” the judge continued before going on to explain that the tax code in the U.S. would create a four foot standing pile of paper. “If a person goes through the tax code and finds ways to minimize their obligation, they are following the laws that congress has made available.”.... Napolitano told the Fox and Friend cast that the person who provided the tax records to the New York Times “probably broke the law” and is criminally liable.... Judge Andrew Neapolitan said on Monday morning that the Times is immune from civil liability in the case of publishing the records because they can be considered to be in the best interest of the public. The Judge explained: “Why? because Donald Trump has portrayed himself in this campaign as a brilliant bullishness man who’s background is appropriate for the presidency and part of that brilliance, in his view, is how he dealt with his taxes. So, his taxes are what the law calls ‘of material interest to the public’.”

Donald Trump Buys, Turns It into Anti-Hillary News Portal
Breitbart - Donald Trump has trolled Hillary Clinton by buying the domain and turning it into a Drudge Report-style website reporting all the negative aspects of the Clinton campaign. USA TODAY reports that a man called Jeremy Peter Green bought the domain for $7.30 in 2011 but recently sold the domain to the Trump campaign for $15,000. The bottom of the page now reads: “Paid for by Donald J. Trump For President, Inc.” with a link to the official Trump campaign website…. The page now provides links to all the negative press surrounding Clinton, with the lead story being: “Clinton: Sanders Supporters Live In Parents Basement.” Other stories on the site include stories from Trump’s website on Clinton’s damaging trade agenda, criticisms of her running mate Tim Kaine, and references to Hillary Clinton’s lies about her emails. Donald Trump also posted a link to the site on his official Facebook account on Monday.

Guess Who Else Was Partying in Paris at a Hillary Fundraiser?
Economic Policy Journal - There has been considerable reporting on the fact that George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara was spotted at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Paris.... Interesting, but is appears there was a much more significant Bush operator at the fundraiser.... Forget about Barbara. she is a nobody when it comes to cutting deals. A Jonathan Bush appearance at a Hillary fundraiser is significant. He is a younger brother (by 7 years) of George H.W. and a major operator. He is a senior officer at Fairfield Bush & Co, an investment advisory firm, In the early 1980s, he helped organize investors for George W.'s first oil venture, Arbusto, later called Bush Explorations.

Hillary Holds Major Rally in Small Room in Toledo, Ohio
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary Clinton has given up on trying to fill high school gymnasiums. Today she held a major campaign rally in a small room in Toledo, Ohio. Hillary has not been to Ohio in a month.

Rebuffed Again – Clinton Speaks To Empty Seats in Charlotte, NC, AME Church… (Video)
The Last Refuge - Once again Hillary Clinton finds her racially-driven campaign efforts contrasted against lackluster black audience. This time in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last month, Hillary Clinton gave the key note address to the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City. There were 20,000 convention attendees for the four day conference, yet less than 3,000 attended the key note address…. Once again the MSM hides the reality of a Clinton event targeting the black community, where the audience doesn’t show up to hear her speech. You will not find a single article in the national or local media discussing how poorly attended Hillary Clinton’s visit to AME church actually was.

Veteran News

VA Hospital Spent $300K on Robots It Couldn’t Use
Free Beacon - Staffers at the VA Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin, purchased two robots for about $313,000 in September 2012 without determining whether they could move effectively through the hospital’s hallways, according to a Friday report released by the agency’s inspector general substantiating allegations of wasted funds at the medical center.... The Madison VA hospital bought the robots four years ago to help distribute supplies throughout the facility and free up time for employees to focus on other priorities, according to the inspector general. However, the logistics department did not assess whether the robots would be able to navigate the hospital’s crowded hallways before purchasing them.... They were eventually transferred to two other VA hospitals, where they were again not used, before being auctioned in March 2016 for $1,937, a tiny fraction of their original price tag.... The same year that the hospital purchased the robots, the cardiology department leased a laser lead extractor, a tool used to remove pacemaker defibrillator leads from patients’ hearts, for about $100,000. Hospital workers were unable to use the device because of issues with operating room space and staffing. Still, the medical center continued to lease the device for two and a half years without using it.... Because the hospital could not use the lead extractor, the VA paid for veterans to go to non-VA facilities to undergo lead extraction procedures.

Economy & Business

US Construction Spending Crashes Into Contraction For First Time In 5 Years
Zero Hedge - For the first time in 5 years, US construction spending fell [Year over Year] YoY in August. The 2nd monthly drop in a row and large downward revisions reduced construction spending to its weakest since 2015. Public construction spending dropped considerably more than private, with highway construction tumbling. This is the biggest drop in over 5 years... At a time when seasonally, construction spending has picked up... As the report details, the decline was broad based and impacted both private and public construction.

Science & Technology

Apple adopts Windows 10 tactic to auto-download Sierra to Macs
Computerworld - Apple today began automatically downloading macOS Sierra to Macs that have yet to upgrade to the new operating system, taking a step that rival Microsoft was criticized for last year. Although the upgrade to macOS 10.12 will automatically download to eligible Macs, it will not automatically install. Instead, users must authorize the upgrade after being notified that it has been retrieved and is ready to install. Users may also decline the upgrade at that same notification.... "On Mac [automatic downloading] has been available for all software except major releases until today [emphasis added]," an Apple spokeswoman said today via email. Previously, step updates -- those identified, for instance, as 10.11.4 -- were automatically downloaded to appropriate Macs. But what the Apple spokeswoman called "major releases," the now-annual upgrades, had not been automatically pushed to Macs.... Sierra will auto-download to Macs running 10.11.5 or 10.11.6, the last two updates to OS X Yosemite, said Apple, assuming the systems' users have left the settings in the App Store section of Preferences unchanged from their defaults.


Bitter melon can stop cancer cells from growing and spreading
(NaturalNews) A popular Asian fruit that looks kind of like a cucumber with warts, bitter melon has a long history of use in traditional cooking, holding a prominent place in both Indian and Chinese cuisine. But recent research out of St. Louis University (SLU) shows that bitter melon serves as a whole lot more than just a tasty gourd, showing viability in the prevention and treatment of cancer. With the help of a $40,000 grant from the Lottie Caroline Hardy Charitable Trust, researchers from SLU are expanding their investigation into the anti-cancer effects of bitter melon, which has already shown that the fruit can prevent the growth and spread of breast cancer cells. This time around, Dr. Ratna Ray, Ph.D., a longtime advocate of bitter melon for medicinal use, is looking into how the fruit can help prevent prostate and other forms of cancer…. Generally speaking in terms of cancer, bitter melon acts at the cellular level to stop cancer cells from both multiplying and spreading. Acting upon multiple pathways, including several signal transduction pathways, bitter melon facilitates the body's natural means of eradicating cancer cells on its own, which it does on a constant basis to prevent the formation of tumors. Bitter melon is also effective against type-2 diabetes… Studies have shown that bitter melon contains special compounds that activate AMP-activated protein kinase, or AMPK, a cellular enzyme that helps protect against obesity and diabetes by encouraging the movement of glucose transporters to the surface of cells. This process, researchers have determined, significantly improves metabolic function, thus minimizing the damage caused by excess sugar intake.

Top 15 Natural Healthy Foods for People with Kidney Disease
Natural News Blogs - Now-a-days we come across to see people with numerous small and big kidney diseases like kidney stone, kidney improper functioning (need of dialysis) and many others. In this article we will try to convey a number of healthy and natural foods that can help in kidney disease or these may aid in it’s functioning. Here are some: 1. Olive oil: Being a great natural source of oleic acid, olive oil is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid which protects against oxidation. Other compounds like polyphenols prevent oxidation as well as inflammation. 2. Coriander: The best organic food for kidney disease is coriander. Add a little lemon juice in one glass coriander boiled water and drink it on daily basis. It will improve the kidney function as well as reduce oxidation. 3. Water: Drinking plenty of water will clean the kidneys and take out the waste in the urine. 4. Garlic: It reduces inflammation and cholesterol in the body to make kidney perform well. 5. Cranberries: These small and tangled berries will reduce and protect bladder infections. 6. Blueberries: These contains antioxidant phytonutrients known as anthocyanidins which are good anti-inflammatory. 7. Marshmallow root: It is a diuretic compound that will protect from bladder infections, kidney stones and urinary tract infections. 8. Red clover: Rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, an excellent anti-oxidant for kidney function. 9. Turmeric: It has antiseptic properties usually used to treat the kidney infections and inflammations….

Facts About Edamame: This is Why You Should Avoid Edamame at All Costs
LA Healthy Living - Edamame are immature soy bean pods that are harvested before the pod hardens. In 2008, the first soybeans were grown in Europe to be sold commercially. Edamame where first marketed as an alternative protein and its popularity has since grown annually. Edamame are said to be “a powerhouse of nutrition”. I think you may disagree once you can get past all the hype. Let’s face the facts about this soy bean. Soy is higher in phytoestrogen than any other food. Phytoestrogens are plant based estrogen that mimic the estrogen in our body. Consuming high amounts of phytoestrogen, is the leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility and low libido. Phytlates found in soy block mineral absorption. Scientists agree that diets high in phytates contribute to mineral deficiencies in third world countries. Soy is also the king of cell Goitrogens (thyroid suppressors). Soy isoflavones can damage thyroid function. In the U.S.A., thyroid problems are pandemic, especially in women. Reproductive health, researchers believe that exposure to phytoestrogen could have impacts on fertility. Human females as a fetus, infant, child, and adolescent reproductive systems are at risk. Research reports have also suggest that the compound genistein impairs sperm ability to swim toward the egg, which would impair your ability to conceive. Also found in Soy, Trypsin inhibitors, inhibits proper digestion of protein. And last but not least… 93% of Soy is genetically modified and has the highest percentages of contamination by pesticides of any of our foods.

Surgical removal of wisdom teeth often just a sham... pointless surgery rakes in dough for dentists
(NaturalNews) For many years it's been standard operating procedure for dentists to recommend the surgical removal of wisdom teeth – even when there is no pain or symptoms. But is it really necessary or beneficial? According to a recent study, the answer is "maybe not." From Fox News Health: "Third molars, or so-called wisdom teeth, generally emerge fully or partially between ages 17 and 26 into limited space and they are often wedged against the second molars. This can cause swelling, root damage, decay or gum disease, and in these cases experts agree the wisdom teeth should be removed. "But if there are no symptoms, it is unclear whether the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks, researchers write in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews." There have been no studies showing any benefit to the removal of "symptom-free" wisdom teeth, which is surprising, since "the preventive removal of asymptomatic disease-free wisdom teeth is very common" in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to lead researcher Hossein Ghaeminia…. Surgical removal of wisdom teeth is not only expensive and painful, but also carries risks such as infection, inflammation and temporary nerve damage.

Pet News

“Pet Fooled” — Trailer
Susan Thixton - Pet Fooled tells the story that many of us are familiar with – the madness of pet food ignored by/endorsed by regulatory authorities…but it is so shocking to see in one sitting. I’ve previewed the film multiple times over the years of its making, and each time – through all progressive steps of the film, I can’t stop watching it. It draws me in, even though I know the subject matter very well. Producer Kohl Harrington did a fabulous job. Featured in the film are veterinarians Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Barbara Royal. And I’m excited to say…I’m in the film too! Pet Fooled includes an interview of Dr. Dan McChesney of FDA too. Followers of this site might remember the name Dr. Dan McChesney. Dr. McChesney is the FDA representative that openly stated (in a March 2016 meeting with TAPF) the FDA will continue to allow diseased or dead/non-slaughtered animals in pet food (even though federal law prohibits it). Now you’ll be able to put a face to the name. I don’t know if the film will be airing in theaters, I believe it will be available on Pay Per View type channels beginning in early January…. Pet owners in the Washington DC area can view the film at the Utopia Film Festival October 21 – 23, 2016.

Monday - October 3, 2016 - Today In History:

1863 - U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day.
1906 - W.T. Grant opened a 25-cent department store.
1922 - Rebecca L. Felton became the first female to hold office of U.S. Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas W. Hardwick of Georgia.
1929 - The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes officially changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
1932 - Iraq was admitted into the League of Nations leading Britain to terminate their mandate over the nation.
1941 - Adolf Hitler stated in a speech that Russia was "broken" and they "would never rise again."
1942 - The Office of Economic Stabilization was established by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also authorized controls on rents, wages, salaries and farm prices.
1944 - During World War II, U.S. troops broke through the Siegfried Line.
1952 - Britain became the third nuclear power in the world when they successfully detonated their first atomic bomb. The U.S. and Russia were the only other nuclear powers.
1988 - The space shuttle Discovery landed safely after its four-day mission. It was the first American shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.
1989 - East Germany suspended unrestricted travel to Czechoslovakia in an effort to slow the flow of refugees to the West.
1990 - The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein made a visit to Kuwait since his country had seized control of the oil-rich nation.
1994 - The headquarters of the Haitian pro-army militia was raided by U.S. soldiers.
2003 - Ray Horn, of the duo "Siegfried & Roy," was attacked by tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage.
2006 - North Korea announced that it would conduct a nuclear test as a key step in the manufacture of atomic bombs that it viewed as a deterrent against a U.S. attack. A date for the test was not announced.

World News

Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces
AP - Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes.... Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying that a U.S. intervention against the Syrian army "will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole." She said regime change in Syria would create a vacuum that would be "quickly filled" by "terrorists of all stripes.".... U.S.-Russian tensions over Syria have escalated since the breakdown of a cease-fire last month, with each side blaming the other for its failure. Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes have launched a major onslaught on rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

Indian commandos strike terrorists inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
The Long War Journal - The Indian military launched “surgical strikes” against Pakistani terrorists across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last night [Thursday, Sept. 28], killing “up to 38 terrorists and Pakistani soldiers,” according to India Today. The raids were based on “very specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves to infiltrate” into the country, the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations said. The raids were clearly designed to retaliate for the Sept. 17 attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed on an Indian Army base in Uri in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed in the deadly raid.... The Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations directorate (ISPR) denied that India launched “surgical strikes” against “alleged terrorist bases.”.... The Indian military has stated that it recorded the operation..., so it can easily refute Pakistan’s denial of a cross-border raid against the “alleged terrorist camps.” While Pakistan denies the existence of terrorist camps on its soil, Syed Salahuddin, the leader of Hizb-ul-Muhajideen, a terrorist alliance that operates in Kashmir and includes groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, said in 2011 that the Pakistani military allows it to operate freely and run hundreds of training camps.

AFRICOM masks military operations in Somalia as ‘self defense strikes’
The Long War Journal - The US military continues to classify combat operations against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, as “self-defense strikes,” even though many of the incidents reported, such as the targeting of training camps and raids in Shabaab-held territory, are clearly offensive in nature. United States African Command, or AFRICOM, has now launched two so-called self-defense strikes against Shabaab in three days.... AFRICOM’s attempts to mask direct combat operations against Shabaab targets such as training camps and IED factories as advise and assist missions whitewashes the more than 10-year-old war that the Somali government, the African Union, and the United States has waged against al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia. This year, AFRICOM announced nine “self-defense strikes” and “defensive fires” missions in Somalia. The Department of Defense has even justified airstrikes on Shabaab training camps, such as the one in Raso on March 5, 2016, as defensive operations. The US military has been launching airstrikes and naval bombardments, as well as special operations raids against Shabaab and its predecessor, the Islamic Courts Union, since 2006. Many of these raids were in direct support of military operations, such as airstrikes and naval bombardments in 2007 and that supported Ethiopia’s invasion to depose the Islamic Courts Union.

Colombia referendum rejects peace deal with Farc guerrillas
The Guardian - Colombians have rejected a peace deal to end 52 years of war with FARC guerrillas, throwing the country into confusion about its future. With counting completed from 98% of polling stations, the no vote led with 50.23% to 49.76%, a difference of 61,000 votes. The verdict on the deal between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC reached after four years of intense negotiations means it cannot now not be implemented. Polls before the vote predicted yes would win with a comfortable 66% share. Santos had been confident of a yes result and said during the campaign that he did not have a plan B and that Colombia would return to war if the no vote won. His opponents, led by former president Alvaro Uribe, said a win for their side would be a mandate for the government and rebels to negotiate a “better agreement”. Both government and rebels have repeatedly said that the deal was the best they could achieve and a renegotiation would not be possible.... The deal would have allowed rebel leaders to avoid jail time if they confess to their crimes such as killing, kidnapping, indiscriminate attacks, and child recruitment, something that many Colombians found hard to swallow.

Saudi-Led UN Human Rights Council Declines Inquiry Into Saudi Abuses In Yemen
Mint Press News - That latest behind-the-scenes negotiations at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have ended, as with last year, declining to launch an independent investigation into Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen, leading to a series of very public condemnations from human rights groups. Salma Amer, of the Cairo Institute, termed the latest deal as having put “Saudi Arabia’s desire for impunity above the need to protect the people of Yemen,” while others accused the council itself of abusing their positions to deflect accountability. Last year’s debates of the matter ended with the agreement that the Saudi government and its allies could investigate themselves, which naturally just amounted to a solid year of rubber stamping continued war crimes. The new text, dubbed a “compromise,” will allow a handful of UN investigators to observe the internal investigation, so they can keep track of how it’s going nowhere in real time. Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in lobbying against any international reproach for its actions in Yemen, ending up briefly on the UN “name and shame” list of violators of children’s rights before complaining until the UN Security Council grudgingly took them off the list.

Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from U.S. unmanned aircraft
Yahoo News - Iran's Revolutionary Guards unveiled a home-built drone that they said was capable of carrying bombs, state media reported on Saturday, in what appeared to be another copy of a reconnaissance U.S. drone that Iran captured five years ago.... "This long-range drone is capable of hitting four targets with smart precision-guided bombs with high accuracy," the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace arm, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. The Guards did not demonstrate the drone's abilities and did not say what range it had. Photograph carried by the Tasnim news agency showed the Iranian drone looked similar to the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel aircraft that was captured in eastern Iran in 2011. Iranian media said the Iranian model was based on the U.S. one. U.S. President Barack Obama asked Iran to give back the drone which belonged to American forces in neighboring Afghanistan, but Tehran said Washington should apologize for spying on the country with unmanned aircraft.

Obama Admin Signed Secret Documents to Lift UN Sanctions on Iranian Banks – Same Day Tehran Released US Hostages
The Gateway Pundit - The Wall Street Journal reported: The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted until 2023, under a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers that went into effect on Jan. 16. The U.N. Security Council’s delisting of the two banks, Bank Sepah and Bank Sepah International, was part of a package of tightly scripted agreements—the others were a controversial prisoner swap and transfer of $1.7 billion in cash to Iran—that were finalized between the U.S. and Iran on Jan. 17, the day the Americans were freed. The new details of the delisting have emerged after administration officials briefed lawmakers earlier this month on the U.S. decision.

May Will Trigger Article 50 by End of March Next Year
Breitbart - British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed she will formally begin the process of leaving the EU by the end of March 2017.... She added that there would be no parliamentary vote on triggering Article 50, accusing those calling for one of attempting to “subvert democracy” and “kill [Brexit] by delaying it” .... Theresa May also said that Scotland would have no veto over Brexit, telling the Conference: “We will leave the European Union as one United Kingdom. There is no opt out from Brexit.”.... “This is about delivering for the British people. It is not just about leaving the EU, it’s about people’s trust in politicians. The people have spoken, we must deliver,” the Prime Minister said.

Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean - And It's Going to Get Worse
True Activist - Fukushima continues to leak an astounding 300 tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. It will continue do so indefinitely as the source of the leak cannot be sealed as it is inaccessible to both humans and robots due to extremely high temperatures. It should come as no surprise, then, that Fukushima has contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean in just five years. This could easily be the worst environmental disaster in human history and it is almost never talked about by politicians, establishment scientists, or the news.... Not long after Fukushima, fish in Canada began bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eyeballs. This “disease” has been ignored by the government and has decimated native fish populations, including the North Pacific herring. Elsewhere in Western Canada, independent scientists have measured a 300% increase in the level of radiation. According to them, the amount of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is increasing every year. Why is this being ignored by the mainstream media? It might have something to do with the fact that the US and Canadian governments have banned their citizens from talking about Fukushima so “people don’t panic.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

7 military trainees from Afghanistan missing from U.S. bases
WSB-TV - Seven trainees went AWOL from bases so far this month. [Georgia State University security and counterterrorism expert Robert] Friedmann says he doesn’t think the timing is a coincidence. “It's fairly likely that it was coordinated, because that's too much of a coincidence,” he said. The same weekend a U.S. citizen from Afghanistan detonated a bomb in New York City, two trainees disappeared from Fort Benning, one from Fort Lee, Virginia and Little Rock, Arkansas. Two weeks later, one walked away from Fort Gordon and two more from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The Afghans were part of a Department of Defense training program for foreign soldiers.... Last December, two Afghan airmen disappeared from Moody Air Force Base in south Georgia. One turned up in Virginia weeks later. The other is still missing.... So far the feds have not identified the seven new missing Afghans. In a written statement a Homeland Security spokesperson told [Channel 2’s Aaron] Diamant, “ICE's Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is actively working to locate these individuals in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense."

DEA’s Army of 18,000 Informants Pocketed $237 Million Over Five Years
The Intercept - Published Thursday by the DOJ’s Inspector General, the audit reports that from 2010 to 2015, the DEA boasted more than “18,000 active confidential sources assigned to its domestic offices, with over 9,000 of those sources receiving approximately $237 million in payments for information or services they provided.” .... Exactly how useful the DEA’s sources are is unclear — even, apparently, to the DEA itself. “Because DEA’s files do not detail the universe of information provided by its sources, it is unable to examine their reliability and whether they frequently or rarely provide useful information, or whether the information DEA agents acted upon resulted in identifying individuals involved in illegal activity or instead caused DEA to regularly approach innocent civilians for questioning,” the audit noted.... The audit identified at least 33 DEA sources working at Amtrak, including train attendants and ticket agents, who collectively were paid more than $1.4 million over four years.... “The DEA violated federal regulations by selectively approaching and paying Amtrak employees for information that the DEA would have received for free,” the company said of the DOJ audit.... The DOJ also found at least eight TSA employees who had secretly worked as DEA informants.... DEA informants were also found working in the commercial airline industry — “because they had access to corporate airline databases containing detailed passenger information” — and for private intercity bus companies.

Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos
The Daily Beast - The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm [Bell Pottinger] over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.... The work consisted of three types of products. The first was television commercials portraying al Qaeda in a negative light. The second was news items which were made to look as if they had been “created by Arabic TV”, Wells said. Bell Pottinger would send teams out to film low-definition video of al Qaeda bombings and then edit it like a piece of news footage. It would be voiced in Arabic and distributed to TV stations across the region, according to [ex-employee Martin] Wells.... The third and most sensitive program described by Wells was the production of fake al Qaeda propaganda films. He told the Bureau how the videos were made. He was given precise instructions: “We need to make this style of video and we’ve got to use al Qaeda’s footage,” he was told. “We need it to be 10 minutes long, and it needs to be in this file format, and we need to encode it in this manner.” US marines would take the CDs on patrol and drop them in the chaos when they raided targets.... The CDs were set up to use Real Player, a popular media streaming application which connects to the internet to run. Wells explained how the team embedded a code into the CDs which linked to a Google Analytics account, giving a list of IP addresses where the CDs had been played.

Texas Withdraws From Federal Refugee Resettlement Program Due To Security Concerns
Daily Wire - “Refugees will continue to come to Texas, albeit without the state acting as the middleman between federal dollars and local resettlement agencies," stated popular Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. "Texas has repeatedly requested that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence provide assurances that refugees resettled in Texas will not pose a security threat, and that the number of refugees resettled in Texas would not exceed the State's original allocation in fiscal year 2016 — both of which have been denied by the federal government.”.... Texas has resettled roughly 7,000 refugees. Many come from terrorist safe-havens in the Middle East, including Syria. Abbott argued that the federal government has so far failed to provide proper security assurances to assuage the fear of state and local representatives.... According to NPR, “[Governor] Abbott made the announcement on the day of a deadline for Texas and the federal government to negotiate next year's refugee resettlement budget for the coming year.” The federal program will officially end in January. Texas is the third state to withdraw from the Refugee Resettlement Program. Kansas and New Jersey were the first two to withdraw, citing the same security concerns.

Teen accused of stealing 65-cent carton of milk at middle school to stand trial
Washington Post - The teenager says he had forgotten to grab the drink the first time through the line at the Graham Park Middle School cafeteria, so he headed back. A recipient of free lunches at the Virginia school, Ryan felt he was just doing what he did every day. But a school resource officer said he spotted the teen cutting in line and accused him of stealing the 65-cent milk. When Ryan did not cooperate with a trip to see the principal, authorities say, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and petit larceny. Ryan turned down an offer of nonjudicial punishment, and, this week, a Prince William County judge set a trial date in November for the Dumfries teen, who is now a freshman in high school. He will face the criminal charges just days after his 15th birthday. Ryan and his mother, Shamise Turk, acknowledge that he took a carton of milk on that day last school year, but they say he was entitled to it and did nothing wrong. They, and their lawyer, allege that Ryan was discriminated against, targeted because he is a black teenager who did not want to go along with a police officer who they say was being unfair.

Police Shoot 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy Dead, But He’s White So No One Cares
Paul Joseph Watson - Police officers shot and killed a 6-year-old autistic boy during an incident in Louisiana, but the boy was white, wasn’t holding a gun and didn’t have a long criminal record, so don’t expect any protests or national media attention…. Police claim they chased the boy’s father Christopher Few after he had an argument with his girlfriend and that Few used his vehicle as a weapon, prompting them to open fire. “However, state District Court Judge William Bennett said the video doesn’t show Few using his car as a “deadly weapon” at the time of the shooting,” reports CBS News…. The officer seems to be shooting at a stationary car while Few is clearly seen with his hands up. Mardis, who had autism, died at the scene after suffering multiple gunshot wounds while his father survived. Police claimed they were chasing Few because of an outstanding warrant, although it was later confirmed that there were no outstanding warrants against him. While ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrators will stage riots, attack reporters and burn down cities over the shooting deaths of black victims who invariably turn out to have either been carrying a gun or resisting arrest, saying “all lives matter” is racist, so there will be no protests over Mardis.

Disturbing Dashcam Shows Raging Cop Shatter His Windshield With Handcuffed Man’s Face
RT - An Ohio officer slammed a handcuffed man’s face into a police cruiser with so much force that it broke the windshield, causing the glass to shatter, newly released footage shows. Despite the violent impact, the local police chief is defending the officer. Dash cam video obtained exclusively by NBC affiliate WKYC shows Pele Smith being escorted to the squad car while handcuffed in Lorain, Ohio. Instead of opening the car door for Smith and placing him in the backseat, the officer escorting him throws him against the windshield so hard that the glass shatters. Smith was treated at Mercy Regional Medical Center for facial injuries following the incident. The arrest took place while police were investigating drug complaints in Smith's neighborhood. According to a statement released by Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera on Wednesday, Smith tried to destroy drug evidence by placing it in his mouth and “physically resisted officers” as they tried to retrieve the evidence. However, the video merely shows Smith calling out to his mother to look after his son. Smith was ultimately charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing official business, and resisting arrest. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty and received probation.

Election News

US Tax Expert: NY Times and Clinton Crime Family Commit Criminal Act – Publish Donald Trump’s 1995 Tax Returns
The Gateway Pundit - The corrupt Clinton supporting New York Times released an article today on Donald Trump’s taxes. The article reads: The New York Times obtained three pages of Mr. Trump’s 1995 tax returns, for filings in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, marking the first time any of his actual tax returns have been publicly revealed. They showed more than $900 million in losses that could have allowed him to avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years. This is just another illegal act by the Clintons and Clinton cronies. First of all, if the tax returns provided to the NYT were legit, it would be illegal for someone other than Mr. Trump or his designates to provide to anyone his tax returns or those of his companies without his permission. Whoever provided these documents to the NYT may have committed a crime unless Mr. Trump gave them the authority to release his returns…. The NYT reported this past week that they support Hillary for President. For the NYT to report Trump’s tax information without his consent, is both unethical and most likely criminal…. US Tax Law permits taxpayers to avoid taxes within the parameters of the law. If it is true that Mr. Trump offset future profits with past tax loss carry-forwards, he is smart in doing so and well within the parameters of the law.
Related: NY Times: Donald Trump Tax Records [20 Years Ago] Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades, The Times Found

Hypocrite Hillary Clinton Used Same Tax Avoidance Law As Trump To Save Money On Taxes
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary posted several tweets attacking Trump for using a common legal tax offset scheme. …a look back at Hillary Clinton’s tax returns from 2015 (here), proudly displayed by the campaign proving she has nothing to hide – shows something awkward on page 17… While not on the scale of Trump’s business “operating loss”, Hillary Clinton – like many ‘wealthy’ individuals is taking advantage of a legal scheme to use historical losses to avoid paying current taxes.

The New York Times Paid No Taxes in 2014
Breitbart - The New York Times has excited the Clinton campaign and the rest of the media with a revelation that Republican nominee Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss in 1995 that might have resulted in him not paying taxes in some subsequent years…. But the Times itself has “avoided” paying taxes — in 2014, for example. As Forbes noted at the time: … for tax year 2014, The New York Times paid no taxes and got an income tax refund of $3.5 million even though they had a pre-tax profit of $29.9 million in 2014. In other words, their post-tax profit was higher than their pre-tax profit. The explanation in their 2014 annual report is, “The effective tax rate for 2014 was favorably affected by approximately $21.1 million for the reversal of reserves for uncertain tax positions due to the lapse of applicable statutes of limitations.” If you don’t think it took fancy accountants and tax lawyers to make that happen, read the statement again. New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended Trump on Sunday, telling NBC News’ Meet the Press that Trump was a “genius” in business who was simply doing what the tax code allows every American to do by counting losses against tax liabilities, and bouncing back from failure to success.

WikiLeaks cancels Tuesday announcement amid security concerns: report
The Hill - WikiLeaks has canceled an unknown announcement it had planned for next week due to security concerns, according to an NBC News reporter. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was scheduled to make an announcement Tuesday from the balcony of London's Ecuadorian Embassy. It was expected to be connected to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. However, NBC News reporter Jesse Rodriguez reported that because of security concerns at the embassy, the event has been canceled. WikiLeaks hasn't said whether the announcement will be rescheduled. Over the summer, Wikileaks published a trove of emails which appeared to show top officials at the Democratic National Committee planning how to undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign. Assange has promised to release more emails from the massive hack of the Democratic National Committee. Last month, Assange said more Clinton leaks would be coming soon. Roger Stone, a supporter of Donald Trump, tweeted Sunday morning that Clinton's would be "done" on Wednesday because of the Wikileaks announcement.

Clinton Names Merkel Favorite Leader…
Breitbart - U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as her favourite world leader, choosing specifically to praise her record on the migrant crisis — despite her policies on opening Europe’s borders now providing a source of immense regret for her party and Germany. The comments were made during a question and answer session on board Mrs. Clinton’s campaign aeroplane in Chicago yesterday, when a member of the press asked what the presidential candidate’s favourite world leader is…. She told members of the press: “One of my favorites is Angela Merkel because I think she’s been an extraordinary, strong leader during difficult times in Europe, which has obvious implications for the rest of the world and, most particularly, our country”, reports Politico.

Black Lives Matter Vandalizes Trump International in DC – Liberal Media Completely Ignores Attack –Update: With Video
The Gateway Pundit - Hillary Clinton supports the #BlackLives Matter movement. Hillary met privately in January with #BLM leaders Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie. DeRay McKesson and Elzie (ShordeeDooWhop) were the lead agitators at the Ferguson and Baltimore riots. Black Lives Matter activists are responsible for millions of dollars of public destruction and dozens of attacks on police and innocent pedestrians. On Saturday Black Lives Matter goons defaced the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC. The liberal mainstream media totally IGNORED the attack. A Google search on “Trump International Washington DC” finds only one article on the vandalism – by conservative media outlet Independent Journal Review.

Report: Crooked Hillary’s Mysterious Cleanup Man Is Linked to Egypt, Arab Spring
The Gateway Pundit - Various ways that Hillary apparently cheated have already been identified… Other unusual items are now literally coming to light… The below video shows a light on Hillary’s podium go out after the debate. Trump did not have the same light on his podium. The bright light that went out after the debate was a not a light for reading because it was too high and faced her and not the podium. The light appears to be more like a small monitor or teleprompter perhaps used to transmit messages to her during the debate. A picture from one website shows that Hillary’s podium has something directly under the top of the podium that Trump’s podium does not have, a sort of black box with an on/off light illuminated. After the debate a strange man now referred to as ‘the cleaner’ quickly rushed the stage and picked up Hillary’s notes off of her podium. This stranger then handed the notes to Holt as he was leaving the stage. He mysteriously is also the first person to meet Hillary before the debate as she walked in the building after arriving in her black vehicle which leads some to speculate that he handed her notes before the debate or placed them on her podium before the debate. Another video shows ‘the cleaner’ after handing Holt Hillary’s notes, grab something from under Hillary’s podium while looking guilty of doing something and then he eventually walks out with the Clinton’s. It looks like he took the black box that was under Hillary’s podium but not under Trump’s podium. The identity of the ‘cleanup man’ has been reported as being lawyer Brady Williamson. He has been involved with the Clinton’s for a long time. The fact that the Clinton’s used him, a lawyer, to pick up her papers after the debate leads to many questions. …it’s reported that Williamson was involved in projects in Iraq, Southern Sudan, Egypt and Bangladesh, traveling frequently to Baghdad and East Africa to work with the committees drafting new national and regional constitutions. His constitutional work has been sponsored, under a grant from the U.S. government, by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), a nonprofit organization working to strengthen democracy world-wide. It’s also reported that the NDI was given a grant of $14 million and then court proceedings against NDI’s staff began in Cairo on February 2012,. NDI was charged with managing an unlicensed nongovernmental organization and receiving funds from the U.S. government without the approval of the Egyptian government.

Veteran News

Army Veteran Beaten by Charlotte Mob Screaming “You’re in the Danger Zone White Boy”
The Gateway Pundit - Army veteran David Palmer was beaten badly last week during the violent #BlackLivesMatter riots in Charlotte. David was jumped by 10 men that were attacking multiple victims and looting several businesses around the Epicentre. Popular Military reported: According to Palmer’s sister, Ashley, he had been out of the Army for less than a year and was working at a bar to make money before starting school in the spring. Palmer was walking down 4th St -near the Epicentre parking deck- after leaving dinner at the Blackfinn with his sister, at around 8:45 p.m when the attack occurred. His sister parted ways with him after dinner but reports the men ambushed Palmer from a concealed position behind a construction site. As the began to beat him they reportedly shouted, “You’re in the danger zone white boy.” There’s a Go Fund Me page set up for David Palmer.

Third US Navy sailor dies after being exposed to Fukushima radiation
NaturalNews - August 24, 2015 - At least three of the U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan have now died from mysterious illnesses, according to Charles Bonner, an attorney representing approximately 250 of the sailors in a class action lawsuit against companies involved in running the Fukushima plant. Bonner said in a July 21 update on the case that more than 250 sailors have come down with illnesses and three have died. "We had one of the sailors who came home and impregnated his wife. They gave birth to a little baby born with brain cancer and cancer down the spine, lived for two years, and just died in March of this year." Following a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was redirected to the coast of Japan to assist in relief efforts. By the time the ship arrived, the first of what would eventually be three meltdowns had taken place at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and a massive radioactive plume had erupted into the sky. The two successive meltdowns occurred when the ship was already close to shore…. In the four years since then, at least 500 sailors have become ill, many with still-unexplained health problems: muscle wasting, cancer, internal bleeding, thyroid dysfunction, abscesses, and birth defects in their children. The class action lawsuit seeks damages from TEPCO along with other Fukushima builders and operators Toshiba, Hitachi, Ebasco and General Electric. Among its allegations are that TEPCO deliberately concealed the fact that the plant was in full meltdown, thereby prolonging the sailors' exposure to dangerous radiation.

Economy & Business

Near ‘Collapse,’ Minnesota to Raise Obamacare Rates by Half
Bloomberg - Minnesota will let the health insurers in its Obamacare market raise rates by at least 50 percent next year, after the individual market there came to the brink of collapse, the state’s commerce commissioner said Friday. The increases range from 50 percent to 67 percent, Commissioner Mike Rothman’s office said in a statement. Rothman, who regulates the state’s insurers, is an appointee under Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat. The rate hike follows increases for this year of 14 percent to 49 percent. “It’s in an emergency situation -- we worked hard and avoided a collapse.” Rothman said in a telephone interview. “It’s a stopgap for 2017.” On average, rates in the state will rise by about 60 percent, said Shane Delaney, a spokesman for MNSure, the state’s marketplace for Obamacare plans.... Jonathan Gold, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said Minnesotans would still have affordable options for coverage next year. “Headline rate changes do not reflect what these consumers actually pay because tax credits reduce the cost of coverage below the sticker price,” Gold said in a statement. Of the about 70,000 people who had insurance on the Obamacare markets this year, 63 percent got subsidies last year, according to the commissioner’s office.

Restaurant Industry, Leading Indicator of US Economy Sours, Bankruptcies Pile up
Wolf Street - Eight restaurant companies representing 12 chains have filed for bankruptcy since December: Restaurants Acquisitions, Cosi, Logan’s Roadhouse, Fox & Hound, Champps, Bailey’s, Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Ryan’s, Johnny Carino’s, Quaker Steak & Lube, and Zio’s Italian Kitchen.... Restaurants are precarious creatures.... Some of that is normal. The [new] restaurants come along, and old ones die. “But the current wave of bankruptcies is definitely unusual, and rivals the chain bankruptcy wave of 2009 and 2010, when several chains filed for debt protection after sales fell,” writes Jonathan Maze at Nation’s Restaurant News.... Other restaurants are trying to hang on by cutting costs and shrinking their footprint, which entails more sales declines, and thus continues the downward spiral.... The restaurant industry is not a sideshow. About 14 million people work in it, according to the National Restaurant Association. With $710 billion in annual sales, it’s an important part of consumer spending and accounts for about 4% of GDP. If the industry is having problems, it’s a red flag for the overall economy.

Energy & Environment

Quake alert issued for Southern California
The Orange County Register - Southern California cities should remain on heightened alert into early next week for the increased possibility of a powerful earthquake following a swarm of temblors near the Salton Sea, officials announced. Such warnings are uncommon – typically issued once or twice a year, said Kelly Huston, the deputy director of crisis communications for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Given the swarm’s location near the San Andreas fault, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services issued the warning this week. The Salton Sea is located on the 800-mile-long San Andreas, the state’s fastest moving fault. It experienced 142 temblors starting Monday. Those quakes ranged in strength from a magnitude of 1.4 to 4.3 near Bombay Beach at the southern end of the fault, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Because of the cluster of quakes, scientists estimate the likelihood of an earthquake of a magnitude 7.0 or higher increased to between 0.03 and 1 percent, according to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. That means the probability of a sizable earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault being triggered is between 1 in 3,000 and 1 in 100.

Science & Technology

This Secret Tool Tracks Everything You Do at Restaurants and Nightclubs
Fortune - Montaniel, 32, is the co-founder and CEO of SevenRooms, a customer relationship management (CRM) platform that gives nightclubs and restaurants a detailed view of who they’re serving. Through the tool, businesses can see a customer’s photo, as well as his or her zip code, birthday, allergy information, previous food and drink orders, and spending…. It’s now used by clubs and restaurant in 100 cities across the globe…. The software platform, which has an app for venue operators, tracks the number of customer cancellations, no-shows, and tardies — all factors that could affect the bottom line of a hospitality business…. SevenRooms was scraping public information from social media sites to pull in phone numbers, email addresses, photos, job titles and other available information…. Today, the company uses an algorithm to track what you order and how much you spend, but all other data is entered manually by staff… This means that your profile could also include any notes of how you treated (or mistreated) the staff. Your profile can be shared across different nightclub and restaurant properties owned by the same company. And if you don’t want any of this data tracked? Montaniel says you could personally call the venue to say you don’t want a profile; the onus is on you, the customer.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Organic Grain Imports Threaten Domestic Markets and Standards
Cornucopia - During the third week in May 2016, the Nakagowa — a cargo ship docked in Indiana on Lake Michigan with a cargo of 450,000 bushels of supposedly organic corn. The Nakagowa took on that cargo from a Turkish port, a fact that raised even larger questions about the “organic integrity” of the shipment. Other reports indicate that additional ships docked on the East Coast with similar “organic” grain cargos. These combined “organic” cargoes resulted in dumping up to 1.2 million bushels of corn on the U.S. organic market. That’s an amount equal to 336 rail cars of organic grain.


Hemp seeds are a natural anti-inflammatory powerhouse
(NaturalHealth365) Many foods are touted as “super foods,” but hemp seeds have the credentials to back up that claim. In fact, no other plant-based food has such a perfect ratio of all the essential amino (and fatty) acids in such an easily digestible form for human consumption as the hemp seed. Their notoriety as a super food comes primarily from the significant amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) they contain. These hemp seed benefits help to make hemp seeds a natural combatant for chronic inflammation, marking them as an important defense mechanism against chronic disease and the effects of premature aging…. Hemp seeds can be easily added to your diet in natural, unshelled form, and the typical suggested serving size is 1.5 to 3 tablespoons. They are easily incorporated into a diet on a regular basis by sprinkling them onto yogurt, hot cereal or salads; mixing them into shakes or smoothies; using them in baked goods such as muffins or granola bars; or just eating them in raw form as a snack. Just in case you’re wondering, the hemp seed is high in protein and tends to have a delicious (delicate) taste – similar to sunflower seeds.

Drinking to Cure: How Did A Woman Cure Her Arthritis In Two Weeks With Apple Cider Vinegar
Natural News Blogs - This is a real story. Linda Faulkner, a woman who was suffering from arthritis, tried countless treatments since 2006, but the results were not good, as the treatments could not help her for a long term. She still suffered from the pain in wrists, neck, and back. A miracle happened when she decided to try apple cider vinegar, actually she drunk a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of raw honey with a cup of hot water, she kept drinking a cup every morning and evening. She felt the differences after 2 weeks, she was totally pain-free the first time since 2006. How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Relieve Arthritis Pain? 1. Joint pains and arthritis are normally caused by mineral deficiency, and apple cider vinegar is a good source of many essential minerals, such ad calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. 2. Apple cider vinegar strengthens the bone as it contains a good amount of magnesium, which helps bones absorb calcium. 3. Apple cider vinegar is packed with antioxidants and acetic acid, which help block the damaging effects of free radicals and prevent some conditions including arthritis. 4. Apple cider vinegar also aids in digestion and promotes the nutrients absorption, which is essential to healthy joints. 5. Acetic acid and mallic acid in apple cider vinegar help flush the toxins out of the body, this is also an important process for relieving the symptoms of arthritis.

14 Practical Reasons to Stock a Bottle of Castor Oil at Home
Dr. Mercola - Castor oil is a triglyceride that is composed of fatty acids, 90 percent of which is ricinoleic acid. Other seeds and oils, like soybean oil and cottonseed oil, also contain this unique fatty acid, although in much lower concentrations. Ricinoleic acid is said to be the primary healing ingredient in castor oil and, according to David Williams, a medical researcher, chiropractor and biochemist, it’s: “[E]ffective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. It's successful as a topical treatment for ringworm, keratoses, skin inflammation, abrasions, fungal-infected finger- and toenails, acne and chronic pruritus (itching).” In his article, Williams also says that in India, castor seed plants are traditionally used for various health conditions such as dysentery, asthma, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, and bladder and vaginal infections. “The most effective use of castor oil is castor oil packs or poultices, which increase topical absorption. When used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other immune system functions,” he adds…. The website Natural Living Ideas gives 14 ways on how you can use castor oil, which I’ve summarized below: 1. Safe and natural laxative. A 2010 study highlighted how castor oil packs helped to effectively reduce constipation among the elderly. The U.S. FDA actually deems this oil "generally regarded as safe and effective" for use as a stimulant laxative…. 2. Muscle pain relief. Rub it on your muscles after an intense workout to promote blood circulation and relieve soreness. Mix it with peppermint oil or Roman chamomile oil for extra healing and soothing effect…. 3. Alleviates joint pain. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has a decongestant effect on the lymphatic system, which is responsible for collecting waste from your tissues and carrying it to your bloodstream to be eliminated…. 4. Helps treat fungal diseases. It’s said that castor oil is just as effective as anti-fungal drugs in treating common infections like ringworm,

Pet News

Hemp For Dogs: Should You Use It?
Dogs Naturally - Unlike fish oil, hemp seed oil contains the perfect ratio of Omega-6 (linoleum acid) to Omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids, meaning your dog can’t produce them and needs to get them in his diet. A good balance of these Omega oils is critical to your dog’s health because they work synergistically in the body. Hemp seeds are also high in an essential Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA). That’s important because there’s some really good reasons to boost the GLA in your dog’s diet: 1. It Fights Cancer - Researchers at the American Cancer Society say there’s evidence that people with cancer, diabetes and skin allergies don’t make enough GLA … and these issues are incredibly common in dogs too. While GLA is considered a conditionally essential fatty acid (which means that most dogs can make enough of it, most of the time), there are many circumstances (hard exercise or stress) where dogs can’t make enough GLA and supplementing can become important. The THC in hemp seeds have also been found to stop brain cancer (British Journal of Cancer), improve breast cancer (Breast Cancer Research and Treatment) and lung cancer. 2. It Reduces Joint Pain - Researchers in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology found that the GLA found in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25% compared to the placebo at 4%. Once again, this is because the perfect balance of fatty acids helps to reduce inflammation naturally. 3. It Improves Skin And Coat - Hemp seed has long been used in cosmetic products and soaps because the oil can penetrate the inner layers of the skin and promote healthy cellular growth.


Friday - September 30, 2016 - Today In History:

1787 - The Columbia left Boston and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.
1882 - In Appleton, WI, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operating.
1946 - An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
1949 - The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.
1954 - The U.S. Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel.
1971 - The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.
1971 - A committee of nine people was organized to investigate the prison riot at Attica, NY. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed when National Guardsmen stormed the prison on September 13, 1971.
1976 - California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S.
1983 - The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.
1987 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a shake-up at the Kremlin.
1989 - Thousands of East Germans began emigrating under an accord between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union.
1989 - Non-Communist Cambodian guerrillas claimed that they had captured 3 towns and 10 other positions from the residing government forces.
1990 - The Soviet Union and South Korea opened diplomatic relations.
1999 - In Tokaimura, Japan, radiation escaped a nuclear facility after workers accidentally set off an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction.
2014 - Amazon filed for a patent for a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) configured to autonomously deliver items to customers. The patent was related to Amazon's plan for their Prime Air service.

World News

Russian MoD: We’re ready for Syria dialogue with US, but threats against our military unacceptable
RT - Russia is fully ready to continue the dialogue with the US regarding joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense has said. It stressed, however, that this is only possible if Washington abstains from “any hints of threats to Russia's military and citizens.” The statement came in response to comments made by US State Department spokesperson John Kirby at a press briefing on Wednesday. Kirby said that if the war in Syria continues, “more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down” as “extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.” Speaking on Thursday, Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: “Once again we declare that we are fully prepared to continue the dialogue with the American side and carry on with the joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria.” “However, even the slightest hints of a threat to our soldiers and Russian citizens must be excluded from this dialogue. The matter of safety of Russian citizens, wherever they may be, is not up for bargaining. It is our main and unconditional priority,” the spokesman stressed.

Terrorists mull 'chemical attack' in Aleppo to frame Syrian govt - Russia's Defense Ministry
RT - Terrorist groups in Syria might use chemical weapons against civilians and the army in Aleppo in order to pin the blame for the atrocities on Damascus and further undermine the crumbling peace process in the war-torn country, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “It became known that terrorist groups are preparing provocative attacks with chemical weapons on Syrian army positions and residential areas in the east part of Aleppo to accuse government forces [of the attacks],” said Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, the first deputy chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff. The warning echoed Syrian UN envoy Bashar Ja’afari’s proclamations earlier this week, when he told the UN Security Council that militants from the hardline Ahrar Al-Sham Islamist group are planning to use white phosphorus in an attack on civilians in order to later blame it on Syrian armed forces. “I have information that Ahrar Al-Sham terrorists intend to mount attacks on the civilian population using white phosphorus for the sake of fabricating accusations against the Syrian state and its army,” the diplomat said as cited by TASS.

U.S. Military Is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa
The Intercept - Africans fleeing unrest and poverty are not, however, the only foreigners making their way to this town in the center of Niger. U.S. military documents reveal new information about an American drone base under construction on the outskirts of the city. The long-planned project — considered the most important U.S. military construction effort in Africa, according to formerly secret files obtained by The Intercept through the Freedom of Information Act — is slated to cost $100 million, and is just one of a number of recent American military initiatives in the impoverished nation. The base is the latest sign, experts say, of an ever-increasing emphasis on counterterror operations in the north and west of the continent. As the only country in the region willing to allow a U.S. base for MQ-9 Reapers — a newer, larger, and potentially more lethal model than the venerable Predator drone — Niger has positioned itself to be the key regional hub for U.S. military operations, with Agadez serving as the premier outpost for launching intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions against a plethora of terror groups.

Saudis could pull billions from US economy, hinder access to Mideast bases following 9/11 lawsuits
RT - Saudi Arabia and its allies could retaliate against US legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks, including scaling back investment in the US economy or restricting access to important regional air bases, experts claim. "This should be clear to America and to the rest of the world. When one Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state is targeted unfairly, the others stand around it,” Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University, told Associated Press. “All the states will stand by Saudi Arabia in every way possible.”… The “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)” would allow US judges to waive sovereign immunity claims when dealing with acts of terrorism committed on American soil – potentially allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks. 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. Chas Freeman, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, told AP that Saudi Arabia could respond in a way that risks US strategic interests. That could include Saudi restricting its rules for overflight between Europe and Asia and the Qatari air base from which US military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are directed, Freeman says.

Deutsche Bank's share price approaches 30-year low
The Guardian - Deutsche Bank shares collapsed by nearly 7% taking it close to a 30-year low on Thursday evening following reports that hedge funds were pulling assets from it amid suggestions the German government may be forced to bail it out. The US-listed shares of Germany’s biggest bank, which had already lost 17% of their value since it warned two weeks ago that it faces the prospect of a $14bn (£10.5bn) penalty from US authorities for mis-selling mortgage bonds a decade ago, closed down 82 cents, or 6.7 to $11.48 in New York trading. It came as Germany’s second-biggest bank, Commerzbank, unveiled plans to cut nearly 10,000 jobs and suspend its dividend for the first time, in a move that has sent fresh jitters through Europe’s embattled banking sector. The fresh concern over Deutsche’s future came after Bloomberg reported that about 10 hedge funds had withdrawn some of their business from the bank. The report forced the chairman of Deutsche’s hedge fund business, Barry Bausano, to take to the airwaves to reassure the market. He told CNBC that Deutsche, its prime brokerage division, which services hedge funds, was “still very profitable” but said there was “no question we have a perception issue”. Deutsche, which has had been quick to deny reports it needed help from the German government, released a statement on Thursday to reassure investors that the majority of its clients were sticking with the bank…. The fall in Deutsche Bank shares unsettled other bank stocks, sending Goldman Sachs down 2.8% and JP Morgan 1.6% and dragged the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points, or 1.1%, to close at 18,143 points.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

At least three dead and more than 100 people injured after New Jersey commuter train crashes into the station (Photos, Videos)
The Guardian - The engineer of a train that crashed at a 'high rate of speed' into the Hoboken, New Jersey train station during Thursday morning rush hour, killing a 34-year-old mother-of one and injuring 112 people, is cooperating with police. The crash happened after 8:30am, and involved the No. 1614 Pascack Valley line train. The train left Spring Valley, New York at 7:23am and was scheduled to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38am…. A witness at the scene said that he found the 48-year-old engineer, Thomas Gallagher, slumped over at the controls of the train. He is said to be cooperating with authorities who are questioning him, as he has been released from the hospital. Law enforcement have said that the crash did not appear to be deliberate or an act of terrorism, however the exact cause is still under investigation. It's unclear how fast the train was going when it crashed into the terminal.

Seeking Affordable Care, Markets Sidestep Obamacare
Mises Wire - Instead of looking to Washington to fix a problem they are at least partially responsible for creating, the private market has taken matters into its own hands by providing options. The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, for example, discovered that in order to offer patients the best quality care for the lowest possible prices, they were going to have to opt out of the traditional health care system all together. Prospective patients visiting the center’s website will notice that each procedure offered comes with its own set price tag. By choosing not to accept any insurance policies, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma is able to set its own prices, which often end up being more affordable than services rendered through a traditional hospital and then processed through a third-party insurance company. “The pricing outlined on this website is not a teaser, nor is it a bait-and-switch ploy. It is the actual price you will pay,” the Surgery Center of Oklahoma’s website states.

Signed as Law: California Reins in Asset Forfeiture, Takes on Federal Equitable Sharing Program
Tenth Amendment Center - (Sept. 29, 2016) Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that not only bolsters restrictions on state officials from seizing property without due process, but also throws a wrench into federal efforts to do the same. Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) introduced Senate Bill 443 (SB443) last year. With the Governor’s signature, the new law sets additional restrictions to prevent abuses from civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that observers such as the Institute for Justice (IJ) have called “legal plunder.” California previously had some of the strongest state-level restrictions on civil asset forfeiture, but law enforcement would often bypass the state restrictions by partnering with a federal asset forfeiture program known as “equitable sharing.” Under these arrangements, state officials would simply hand over forfeiture prosecutions to the federal government and then receive up to 80 percent of the proceeds—even when state law banned or limited the practice. According to a report by the Institute for Justice, Policing for Profit, California ranked dead last of all states in the country between 2000 and 2013 as the worst offender. Through this loophole, U.S. DOJ paid local and state agencies in California more than $696 million in equitable-sharing proceeds. The new law contains provisions to prevent prosecutors from bypassing the more stringent state asset forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the federal government under its Equitable Sharing forfeiture program. The following language shuts the loophole in most situations.

Student Suspended, Visited by Cops, Forced Psych Eval — For Pro 2nd Amendment School Project
Activist Post - …Frank Harvey, 17, a Manville, NJ, high school senior, completed a pro-2nd Amendment project, his school ordered him to get his head checked. The incident began Monday after Harvey, as many students sometimes do, left his USB drive in the computer lab. Another student opened Harvey’s 11th-grade project and reported him to school officials. At 7pm Monday evening, Harvey’s family said they were paid a visit by local law enforcement, who investigated Harvey’s claims the project was from last school year, and cleared him of any criminal mischief. But that apparently wasn’t enough to satisfy the Manville School District who suspended and then promptly ordered Harvey to undergo a 5-hour psychological evaluation stemming from the months later discovery of his anti-gun control project. Harvey said his teacher approved his topic (against gun control), he completed the project, and received an “A” for his efforts…. Screenshots of the video project titled “About Guns” show Harvey’s position was supportive of an individual’s right to self-defense using guns. He cited several incidents involving home break-ins that were thwarted when a homeowner fought back with a firearm. The Harvey family, so disturbed by the demand their son undergo a psychological evaluation, and desiring to clear their son’s name, took their case to the court of public opinion and notified New Jersey’s News Channel 12.

Election News

Newsweek Drops Cuba Hit Piece on Heels of Trump Outreach to Florida’s Cuban-Americans
Breitbart - Late Wednesday, Newsweek dropped a 2,000-word article alleging Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s company through the services of Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp., a consulting firm, attempted in 1998 to line up business on the Caribbean communist island of Cuba, which at the time would have been illegal. Part of Seven Arrows’ effort included a trip to Cuba and according to Newsweek, Trump’s company attempted to hide $68,000 paid to the consulting firm for its efforts to make it appear the trip to Cuba was linked to a charity. The story by Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald comes a day after Trump visited South Florida and courted the Cuban-American vote, first at an event in the Little Havana community in Miami and then later that evening in Melbourne, FL…. The Newsweek piece garnered a lot of mainstream media television coverage, receiving airtime on MSNBC, CNN, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Spanish-language outlet Univision. Some dispute the veracity of the suggestion of impropriety in Eichenwald’s piece. According to a post on Capitol Hill Cubans, a blog edited by Mauricio Claver-Carone, the executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates, there is no evidence Trump directly transacted business with the Cuban government. “However, Trump never transacted business with the Castro regime, as the Newsweek article claims. To the contrary, Trump concluded that those who seek to do business with the Castro regime were mistaken.” Capitol Hill Cubans pointed to a 1999 Miami Herald op-ed by Trump where he said human rights take priority over huge profits.

Hillary Clinton’s State Department Allowed Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Be Spent Helping Companies Outsource American Jobs
Breitbart - In 2010, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars building schools in Sri Lanka and Armenia, specifically to increase those countries’ outsourcing capacity to take away American jobs…. The head of USAID at the time was Rajiv Shah, who was a former top director with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Microsoft has been one of the nation’s biggest lobbyist for expansive immigration policies, which would allow corporations to replace American tech workers with foreign laborers who will work for a fraction of the Americans workers’ salary. For example, in 2014 Microsoft pushed for greater admissions of low-wage foreign workers into the United States at the same time as the tech giant was laying off 18,000 of its own employees.

Clinton Wrong: Supreme Court Says ‘Stop-And-Frisk’ Is Constitutional
Breitbart - Although Hillary Clinton condemned New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy during Monday’s debate (aided by Lester Holt, the debate moderator), the truth is that stop-and-frisk is perfectly constitutional under the Bill of Rights’ Fourth Amendment. Mayor Rudy Giuliani implemented stop-and-frisk during his mayorship of the Big Apple—a tenure lauded as one of the most effective and successful big-city turnarounds in American history. During the Hofstra debate, Holt asked Clinton about how she would improve race relations in America. Clinton responded in part by pivoting to stop-and-frisk to vilify it, making part of her answer, “Stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional and, in part, because it was ineffective.” Donald Trump responded by pointing out that crime dropped under Giuliani and continued at that reduced level when his successor Michael Bloomberg continued the same policies initiated by America’s Mayor. Crime in Gotham dropped by 85 percent from 1994 (when the policy began) through 2013, then Mayor Bill de Blasio ended the practice.

Hillary Clinton’s “Intelligence Surge” Means More Spying
Tenth Amendment Center - During the first presidential debate, the issue of domestic terrorism. Lester Holt asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump what they would do specifically to keep people safe at home. Clinton’s answer was chilling if you value privacy, care about the Fourth Amendment and oppose unconstitutional surveillance. Because apparently, the NSA and other federal agencies vacuuming up virtually all of our electronic data isn’t enough. Clinton said she would direct an “intelligence surge.” This wasn’t the first time the Democratic presidential nominee has floated this idea. Last week, The Guardian published an in-depth article outlining Clinton’s plans to beef up the surveillance state. The “surge” concept actually dates back to last year, and was aimed at killing or capturing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But according to The Guardian, the plan has “evolved from an idea of expanding intelligence assets directed against the Islamic State and its adjuncts to a broader initiative with a significant domestic component, aimed at uncovering and preventing attacks directed or inspired by terrorist groups.”

Black Trump Supporters Protest Hillary Event in Florida – OUTNUMBER Her Supporters! (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - Maurice Warns is the organizer of an awesome group of young Black Americans who understand the truth and history of the anti-black Democrat Party. Maurice helped organize previous rallies with activist Pamela Geller and filmmaker Andrew Marcus. This week Michael organized a protest outside the grand opening of Hillary Clinton’s campaign office in Hollywood, Florida. Michael got his friends together and organized the anti-Hillary pro-Trump rally in one day. Hillary Clinton was supposed to show up but was a no show. Despite the fact that Hillary was scheduled to make an appearance ONLY 8-12 HILLARY SUPPORTERS turned out!

Veteran News

Veterans With Cancer Died After Delays at VA Hospital
Washington Free Beacon - Dozens of veterans who tested positive for colorectal cancer at the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque were not notified of their results in a timely manner, according to the inspector general report released this week, which faulted a lack of oversight from the system’s leadership. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Screening can detect the cancer in its early stages, making it easier to beat. Nine veterans who sought care at the New Mexico VA hospital in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and who were eventually diagnosed with colorectal cancer “experienced delays and, in some instances, significant delays that may have affected the patients’ clinical outcomes,” investigators found. These patients represented 38 percent of the veterans serviced by the hospital who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer during the two-year period reviewed…. For three of the veterans, mismanagement at the hospital resulted in them waiting three, eight, and nine months respectively before being notified of their positive colorectal screening; another veteran was never notified, only to be diagnosed with cancer after approaching his doctor with pain nine months later. VA policy at the time of the review mandated that hospital staffers notify patients of results within 14 days, meaning that the veterans’ delays were as much as 20 times the acceptable wait period. Two of the four veterans who were put at risk by care delays died after undergoing chemotherapy and other procedures. Through a review of electronic health records, the inspector general identified an additional 133 veterans who also may not have received “appropriate notification” of their positive tests or follow-up colonoscopies, which are mandated by VA policy.

Economy & Business

Obama’s First Economic Chief Says One-Third Of Men Will Be Jobless
Breitbart - President Barack Obama’s first economics deputy says current US. economic policies would leave one-third of working-age men unemployed in 2051. Summers ran Obama’s National Economics Council in 2009 and 2010. He was Treasury Secretary for President Bill Clinton, president of Harvard University from 2001 to 2006, and teaches there now. His new prediction of high unemployment is silent about the impact of high immigration. Immigration is a priority for the Democratic Party because it is bringing millions of people who’re likely to vote Democratic in future elections. Currently, four million Americans turn 18 each year, and the federal government imports 2 million permanent or temporary foreign workers each year, including a few hundred thousand illegals.

Energy & Environment

Militarized Police Arrest 21 Water Protectors in DAPL Work Stoppage (Video)
Unicorn Riot - 15 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota – On the heels of yesterday’s action [Sept 27th] which halted Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction, once again, today, hundreds of water protectors caravaned to a DAPL work site to pray to that the Dakota Access Pipeline is stopped. The caravan was followed by two helicopters and a circling airplane. Workers had left the area moments before the protectors arrived. After praying for nearly an hour, everyone gathered to caravan to a second site. As the water protectors left the site, a crop-duster airplane appeared as sprayed the area with an unknown substance as people hurried to their vehicles. The water protectors went to a second site to pray. They prayed for 40 minutes and as they left the site, a large amount of police vehicles arrived and blockaded the only exit on the public road leading to the DAPL work site. Dozens of militarized police with shotguns appeared with a Bearcat armored vehicle as well as an MRAP. The Bearcat was also brought out by police at yesterday’s action, but the MRAP, a larger tan colored armored vehicle, had not been seen at any DAPL sites until today. After blockading the exit points, police vehicles sped across open fields towards the crowd of protectors as they left the site. Several arrests were made, as police brandished loaded shotguns, and assault rifles. The latest information we gathered is that there were up to 21 arrests.


How Sniffing Rosemary Can Improve Memory By 75%?
Natural News Blogs - Rosemary protects the brain in a variety of ways to minimize damage and slow down the rate of brain cell aging. It increases blood flow to the brain, which in turn supplies the brain with more oxygen and nutrients. Rosemary contains carnosic acid, which fights off free radical damage to the brain. It contains natural acids that help in protecting the body's cells and DNA from free radical damage. The compounds in rosemary herb are said to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a chemical that induces the brain cells that are responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with one another. There was a study conducted on rosemary where groups of people were given rosemary essential oil. A total of 66 people participated in the study. They were randomly assigned to two rooms, one scented with rosemary and the other not scented. The results were remarkable: people had 60 to 75% chances of remembering things, compared with people who were not given rosemary essential oil!

10 Industrial Uses for Coke Which Prove It’s NOT Fit for Human Consumption
Living Traditionally - Dr Terri Winn explains that Coca-Cola has a pH value of 2.5, and Pepsi is the only soft drink that is more acidic than nation’s favorite drink. Here is a brief explanation on the issue. Water is a neutral substance, and its pH is 7. For instance, battery acid has a pH value of 1, and it has quite an destructive effect if consumed. A pH value of 1 means that the substance/liquid is super acidic. This is just an example of the fact that Coca-Cola is pretty close to battery acid in terms of pH values, which isn’t exactly healthy to consume…. It may not be the best drink to quench your thirst with, but it sure helps around the house. We give you some useful tips on how to use Coke and get your household in order. 1. It is time for your toilet. Pour a can of Coke inside the bowl, let it do its job for a while, then flush. 2. Hate those burn pans? So do we. Pour some Coke in your dirty pans, rinse off with water and wipe clean. 3. Soak a towel in Coke and rub the paint off your metal furniture. Leave it on the surface of your furniture for a while. 4. Need to get that garage clean? Oil drippings and stains look terribly on your garage floor, so consider using Coca-Cola for this one as well. Let it soak into the stain, and wash it off using a hose. 5. Soak fabric, a sponge or aluminum foil in Coke to remove any rust. 6. Coca-Cola cleans your engine almost instantly. 7. It works well on your porcelain, too. Use it to remove any stains from other ceramics as well.

Pet News

Women Cat Owners Enjoy a 40 Percent Lower Risk of Stroke
Dr. Becker - In a study of nearly 4,000 adults aged 50 and older, who were generally healthy, owning a pet was associated with a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular events like a stroke — but only for women. Women who owned pets were 40 percent less likely to have died of stroke, and while dogs were the most common pet, it was cat owners who enjoyed most of this stroke risk reduction. This suggests increased physical activity was not the reason for the health benefits. The scientists concluded…. There are, for the record, noted differences between “dog people” and “cat people.” Research presented at an annual Association for Psychological Science (APS) meeting showed distinct personality differences between the two. In particular, dog lovers were more lively, energetic and outgoing, and tended to follow rules. Cat lovers were more introverted, open-minded and sensitive, and tended to be non-conformist rather than follow the rules. The study also found that cat lovers scored higher on intelligence. A study at the University of Texas also found that dog people are more extroverted, agreeable and conscientious while cat people are less traditional, more creative and more neurotic. There are certainly many exceptions to these “rules,” and it’s unclear exactly how these personality traits may confer health advantages or disadvantages — or where people who love both dogs and cats fit in.

‘Cat Man of Aleppo’ Cares for Hundreds of Abandoned Cats in War-Torn Syria (Video)
The Catington Post - The Syrian city of Aleppo is one of the most dangerous places to be living in right now. And, while many of its residents have left their homes to escape the war, one man has remained behind to care for the city’s hundreds of abandoned and stray cats. Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, also known as “the Cat Man of Aleppo” has rescued more than 100 cats in the war-torn city. Many of them were pets that were left behind by families that fled the country. “Some people just left them with me knowing that I love cats,” Aljaleel told the BBC. He started out caring for 20 or 30 cats and now, a year later, the number has swelled to more than a hundred. Alaa started a sanctuary known as Il Gattaro d’Aleppo where he takes care of any stray that needs his help. “Since everyone left the country, including my own friends, these cats have become my friends here,” he said. “I’ll stay with them no matter what happens.”

Will the Darkest Secrets of Pet Food be Revealed?
Susan Thixton - What could be the pet food industry’s worst nightmare will be played out in a courtroom in Joplin, MO beginning January 2, 2017. A pet food trial unlike anything we’ve seen before…. The lawsuit is multiple former employees of a Mars Petcare kibble manufacturing facility in Joplin, MO against Mars Petcare and a few other businesses; a sort of ‘David(s) v Goliath’. The former employees of the Mars plant (‘former’ employees as the pet food plant was shut down in July of 2013) initiated the lawsuit in August of 2012 claiming Mars Petcare was ‘negligent and careless’ in preventing employee exposure to pesticides and other toxins used on pet food ingredients or in the pet food product. Not much is known about the case, very little has been written about it thus far…. In September 2013 KOAM TV spoke with a former employee of Mars Petcare stating “It’s huge. It’s going to be the biggest thing to hit this area. It’s going to be a corporate killer.”… “The former employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, also said, “We don’t know how much. We know there was stuff coming in that was fumigated and was not listed as being fumigated that went straight into making pet food.”


This Amazonian Caterpillar Sports Donald Trump's Hair (Video)
Gizmodo - Did Donald Trump happen to lose one of his signature hairpieces in the Amazonian wilds of Peru? Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer snapped this image of a caterpillar sporting the Republican candidate’s signature bright orange-yellow tufts of hair while on a scouting expedition in Peru. “I was putting on my boots and someone said, ‘Hey, check out this caterpillar hanging out,’” Cremer recalled. “Sure enough, it was Donald Trump’s hair hanging on a branch.” He’s dubbed it the “Trumpapillar.”

Thursday - September 29, 2016 - Today In History:

1789 - A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.
1829 - The first appearance by London's re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.
1962 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy nationalized the Mississippi National guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.
1967 - The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.
1982 - In Chicago, IL, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. 264,000 bottles were recalled.
1983 - The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the U.S. Congress when they authorized President Reagan to keep U.S. Marines in Lebanon for 18 more months.
1984 - Irish officials announced that they had intercepted the Marita Anne carrying seven tons of U.S.-purchased weapons. The weapons were intended for the Irish Republican Army.
1988 - The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.
1990 - "Millie's Book" by First Lady Barbara Bush was the best-selling non-fiction book in the U.S.
1993 - Bosnia's parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject an international peace plan unless Bosnian Serbs returned land that had been taken by force.
1994 - The U.S. House voted to end the practice of lobbyist buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.
2008 - The Dow Industrial Average lost 777 points. It was the largest one-day decline to date. The drop came after the U.S. House of Representatives had voted down a $700 billion bank bailout plan.

World News

US gives Russia ultimatum to halt Aleppo attacks
Deutsche Welle - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday threatened to end Washington's engagement with Russia in Syria following a brutal regime offensive against rebels in Aleppo."He informed the foreign minister that the United States is making preparations to suspend US-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria … unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo and restore the cessation of hostilities," said US State Department spokesman John Kirby. Kerry "made clear the United States and its partners hold Russia responsible for this situation, including the use of incendiary and bunker buster bombs in an urban environment, a drastic escalation that puts civilians at risk," Kirby added.

US to deploy THAAD anti-missile systems in S. Korea ‘as soon as possible’
RT - The US will deploy the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea “as soon as possible,” Washington confirmed, less than three months after Seoul agreed to host it. The move, opposed by China and Russia, allegedly aims to counter the North Korean threat. As North Korea continues to disregard UN sanctions by repeatedly testing nuclear technologies and the means by which to deliver them, the US and South Korea are pushing full steam ahead to position the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system on the peninsula…. North Korea has been threatening to nuke both its neighbor and the US base in Guam, in protest against the South’s decision to deploy the THAAD anti-missile system. In response, North Korea has continued to conduct new military technology tests in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions that were tightened in March.

Portuguese Farmers Turn Backs on Monsanto’s GMO Maize
Sustainable Pulse - Official government data shows that Portuguese farmers have reduced the number of hectares under GM maize cultivation for the second year in a row. Portugal is one of only five countries in the European Union that commercially cultivates GM maize. The Portuguese GM Free Coalition announced Tuesday that farmers in Portugal have grown a total of 7069 hectares of Monsanto’s Bt maize in 2016, this is around 1500 hectares less than in 2014. In July Economia Digital reported that Spanish farmers are also reducing the number of hectares under GM maize production fast…. Farmers in Spain and Portugal are convinced that GM maize cultivation eventually hurts yields. Cooperative members from Huesca in Spain claim to have conducted field studies that show lower productivity in the medium term.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

615 More Troops Heading to Iraq - U.S. Officials
NBC News - The Department of Defense is preparing to dispatch 615 more U.S. troops to Iraq to help government forces oust ISIS from the city of Mosul, the White House announced Wednesday. The soldiers will provide logistics support for the Iraqi forces and not spearhead the attack, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday. The troops, who will deploy in the coming weeks, will have a supporting role, helping with logistics and providing advice…. Currently there are 4,647 U.S. soldiers in Iraq. In April, more than 200 troops, including additional special operations forces, were sent to Iraq to train and advise government forces readying for the Mosul assault. The Iraqis also got Apache attack helicopters and a HIMARS rocket system. Another $415 million was sent to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. In April, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the U.S. would deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq over the course of several weeks. Those troops would offer infrastructure and logistical support at Qayara airfield south of Mosul, Carter said at the time.

Obama Humiliated: For The First Time, Congress Votes To Override President's "Sept 11" Bill Veto
Zero Hedge - The US Congress, first the Senate and then the House, humiliated the president when it voted on Wednesday to override Obama for the first time in his eight-year tenure, as the House voted 348-77 to reject a veto of legislation allowing families of terrorist victims to sue Saudi Arabia. The House easily cleared the two-thirds threshold to push back against the veto. The Senate voted 97-1 in favor of the override earlier in the day, with only Democratic Leader Harry Reid voting to sustain the president’s veto…. The White House immediately slammed lawmakers following the Senate vote. “I would venture to say that this is the single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done possibly since 1983,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One, an apparent reference to a 95-0 vote to override President Ronald Reagan that year. The override was widely expected in both chambers, with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle characterizing it as an act of justice for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

9/11 Bill Crashes Saudi Stock Exchange, Bond Market Ambitions - With oil prices continuing to languish below $50 per barrel, the major oil producers in the Middle East are seeing their financial positions deteriorate. To plug the gap in the government budgets, the Gulf States are having to turn to the international bond markets. Saudi Arabia plans on taking out $10 billion to $15 billion in debt from international financial markets, but a controversial piece of legislation passed by the U.S. Congress could complicate Saudi Arabia’s plans…. As the veto override vote has worked its way through the Senate, Saudi Arabia’s currency plunged to its lowest level in four months, and its stock market “lost the most in the world for a second straight day,” Bloomberg reported. Bloomberg follows 90 stock indices, and Saudi Arabia’s Tadawal All Share Index was the worst performer in recent days, falling to its lowest point since the beginning of this year (a time when oil prices dropped to below $30 per barrel). This could complicate or delay Saudi Arabia’s bond sale, sources told Bloomberg…. The 9/11 bill is likely more of a political than an economic headache, but it comes on top of Saudi Arabia’s worrying financial troubles. Its fiscal deficit reached 16 percent of GDP in 2015, the worst figure among the world’s top 20 economies. And despite austerity measures, the gap will only narrow to 13.5 percent of GDP this year. The financial squeeze has already forced Saudi Arabia to burn through roughly $150 billion in financial reserves since 2014.

Madness Swirls At House Judiciary Committee As Comey Attempts To Justify Hillary Innocence
Zero Hedge - James Comey appeared today before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the FBI’s decision not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton regarding misuse of classified emails… Despite Hillary’s destruction of various phones with hammers (to mention only one issue), he spent several hours insisting, often querulously, that there was no evidence that she intended to obstruct justice or to hide evidence. His statements were mostly a repetition of already presented justifications. As they made little sense previously, they added neither clarity nor insight. Republican congressmen – many of whom were increasingly incredulous – pressed him in startling ways. Several virtually demanded he reopen the case and others told him bluntly that “you blew it.” “I would be in big trouble and I should be in big trouble if I did something like that,” said Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). “There seems to be different strokes for different folks. I think there’s a heavy hand coming from someplace else.” Comey was confronted with new evidence including a Reddit post from July 2014 probably authored by Platte River Networks specialist Paul Combetta seeking information on how to delete a “VIP” email address. (Platte River provided Clinton server support.) Republican Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said, “This clearly demonstrates an action to destroy evidence by people operating Clinton’s private server and her staff.”

FBI Director James Comey: Received millions from Clinton Foundation, on their Corporate Partner Board, brother works for law firm that does Clinton Foundation taxes
Blacklisted News - A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe. These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.

House Reaches Deal On $170MM Aid To Flint To Avoid Government Shutdown
Zero Hedge - Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan have seemingly reached a deal to keep the federal government running for another 3 months. A deal was originally delayed over a dispute on funding for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Zika funding for Florida and aid to flood victims in Louisiana. The agreement struck between Ryan and Pelosi ultimately will provide $170 million to help Flint and other cities with water emergencies which would be added as an amendment to a separate water projects bill. According to The Hill, the agreement comes after Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans blocked a stop-gap spending bill to fund the government past Sept. 30. Democrats vowed to block the stopgap funding bill Tuesday afternoon, after a House version of the bill included aid to Florida to fight the Zika virus and aid to help Louisiana flood victims but did not provide funding for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California
Reuters - Protesters yelled "murder" and demanded on Wednesday a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Southern California, just as racially charged anger over two similar incidents during the past two weeks had begun to subside. Tuesday's shooting unfolded as two officers responding to several calls for help in dealing with a mentally unstable person confronted the man walking in traffic in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, according to local police. One policeman opened fire with his service pistol and his partner simultaneously fired a Taser stun gun when the man pulled an object from his pants pocket and took aim at them in a "shooting stance," according to police. No weapon from the man, however, was recovered from the scene, police said. The object he was said to be carrying was not specified. Police did not immediately identify the victim, but local activists and friends named him as Ugandan-born Alfred Olango. They said he was mentally ill and that he may have been suffering a seizure in the moments before his death…. The officers, who were not publicly identified, were placed on administrative leave.

Mom Accidentally Pokes Son In Eye; Son Lies; CPS Seizes Children
Off the Grid News - HOUSTON — Barbara Marks lost custody of her three children because her 11-year-old son lied to police – and when the boy told the truth, state officials still refused to give her kids back. Police didn’t believe the boy’s fib, but the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS, better known as CPS) did. “You are guilty until you prove yourself innocent,” Marks told Fox-5 in Houston. The agency spent thousands of dollars on legal fees in an effort to take away her kids. CPS started the action after Marks accidently poked her son – who has behavioral issues –in the eye on December 21. The boy then called police and told them that his mother had intentionally poked him in the eye, the TV station reported. Officers did not believe the story, but DFPS nevertheless held an emergency hearing designed to take custody of Marks’ three children. Marks ended up spending her own money to hire an attorney and successfully fight CPS. “It was an accidental poke in the eye and turned into removing three children — one a little baby and going to court for an emergency removal and taking it from there,” her attorney, Jon Parchman, told Fox-5. Said Marks, “He didn’t require medical attention but they made this big thing out of it.” Parchman thinks the action might have been CPS employees’ effort to retaliate against his client. He noted that CPS was aware of the boy’s behavior problems. The boy even told the CPS caseworker that he had lied, but the hearing went on, Marks said.

Election News

Hillary’s New Anti-Trump Poster Child is a Porn Star Accused of Driving a Murder Getaway Vehicle & Threatening to Kill a Judge
Paul Joseph Watson - Hillary Clinton’s new anti-Trump poster child is literally a porn star who was accused of driving the getaway vehicle for a murder attempt and later threatening to kill a judge. But the media is saying Trump is the villain of the piece because he once said she was overweight (despite CNN reporting the same thing)…. Hillary brought up Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant owned by Trump in 1996, during the debate on Monday night, claiming that Trump once called her “Miss Piggy” because she gained a lot of weight while representing the pageant. Hillary said that Machado (Miss Venezuela) has since become a U.S. citizen and would take revenge on Trump by voting for Clinton. So Hillary’s latest devastating attack on Trump is to say he was judgmental of beauty….in a beauty pageant he owned. Scandalous. However will Trump recover from this knock-out blow? The whole stunt was designed to play into Hillary’s “feminist” image and portray Trump as anti-women. Donald Trump once called a woman overweight vs Hillary Clinton repeatedly threatening Bill Clinton’s sexual abuse victims…. Machado, who is now a fully signed up Hillary campaign surrogate, was accused of driving a getaway car to aid her boyfriend in a plot to murder his brother-in-law at the funeral of the dead man’s wife and then threatening to kill the judge who was in charge of convicting Juan Rodriguez Reggeti. Despite giving conflicting stories on where she was at the time, the judge said there was insufficient evidence to prove she was at the scene of the crime…. When CNN’s Anderson Cooper confronted Machado with her own sordid past, she didn’t try to deny it, simply waving her hand and scoffing, “I have my past, everybody has a past, I’m not a saint.”

Hillary Clinton Shows Up Late to College Event, Says This Is ‘One of the Strangest Elections’ Ever
Breitbart - Hillary Clinton kept a small crowd waiting Wednesday at the University of New Hampshire where she, alongside Bernie Sanders, gave a lackluster speech about helping college students…. Clinton and Sanders finally showed up at 3:13 PM, though the event was supposed to begin 58 minutes earlier. After clapping awkwardly to the feminist anthem “Fight Song,” Clinton segued into an uninspired speech…. Throughout her speech, Donald Trump supporters dominated Youtube and Facebook livestream comments with pro-Trump, anti-Hillary sentiments.

Michael Savage Reacts to Being Pulled From Radio Following Hillary Health Segment: ‘Pure Sabotage’
Breitbart - In an email to this reporter on Monday night, Savage wrote: Pure sabotage. No advance notice from me or my producers. Then ‘ISDN problems’ during my discussion of the side effects of Levodopa, used for treating Parkinson’s. Then the two fill-ins trying to sound informed and clever from WABC who have 40% lower ratings than me, boasting on air during my hours that they conducted a ‘coup’ by taking Savage off the air. Savage was taken off the air on New York powerhouse WABC and was replaced by Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby, host of the afternoon drive show titled “Curtis & Kuby.”… Breitbart News reported earlier: Savage was abruptly pulled off the air on Monday afternoon after launching into a segment on Hillary Clinton’s delicate health… Savage, host of the nationally syndicated The Savage Nation radio program, was discussing Hillary’s health and suggested she may have Parkinson’s disease when he was alerted that his show had been pulled from the air on New York’s WABC radio.…Not long after discovering he was pulled from WABC, as Savage was telling his audience what happened in New York, his live feed was suddenly cut off to many of his other affiliates and a replay of an earlier episode was substituted for the live feed. The Savage Nation is broadcast on the Westwood One radio network and is syndicated over some 400 stations nationwide.

Hillary Was Sending Hand Signals to Debate Moderator Holt
The Gateway Pundit - Clinton was accused of cheating by sending hand signals to the moderator Lester Holt. Author and journalist Mike Cernovich reached out to poker pros to see if Hillary was signaling Lester Holt with hand gestures during Monday’s debate.

Economy & Business

California Sanctions Wells Fargo - Suspends Up To $2 Trillion Banking Relationship For Next 12 Months
Zero Hedge - Treasurer John Chiang says in letter to Wells Fargo’s John Stumpf, board that he’s ordered suspension of WFC’s participation in “its most highly profitable business relationships” with California. Bloomberg reports: The California Treasurer oversees ~$2t in annual state banking transactions; manages $75b investment pool; is largest U.S. issuer of municipal debt. Sanctions include: Suspending investments by Treasurer’s office in all WFC securities. Suspending using WFC as broker-dealer for purchasing investments. Suspending WFC as managing underwriter on negotiated sales of Calif. state bonds (where Treasurer appoints underwriter). Sanctions take effect immediately, will remain in place for next 12 months. WFC may face tougher sanctions “up to and including complete and permanent severance of all ties” with Treasurer’s Office if WFC fails to demonstrate compliance with consent orders or “evidence surfaces” has engaged in same behavior. Calif. will work with Calpers, Calstrs to pursue governance reforms ensuring “this type of behavior and systemic corruption” doesn’t reoccur…. WFC admission thousands of bank employees opened >2m fraudulent consumer accounts is “a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished" says Chiang.

Science & Technology

Blackberry Reports Loss Of $372 Million, Will Stop Making Phones
Government Slaves - BlackBerry will stop manufacturing the hardware for its smartphones and instead outsource that to partners, the Waterloo-based company said on Wednesday as it reported another loss and sharp drop in revenue. Shares of BlackBerry gained more than five per cent on the TSX following the announcement. The net loss came to $372 million US, or 71 cents a share, on revenue of $334 million, as the company booked $147 million in charges from its reorganization. Second-quarter revenue fell 31.8 per cent from a year earlier. A year ago, it reported a profit of $51 million, or 24 cents a share, on revenue of $490 million. Excluding one-time items, the company said it broke even. On that basis, analysts had on average expected an adjusted loss of five cents a share on revenue of $393.75 million, according to Thomson Reuters. But beyond the numbers, the real news was the company announcing plans to stop building its own hardware devices, and instead focus on making the software that goes into them. “The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” BlackBerry said.

World’s First Baby with DNA from 3 People
Breitbart - Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people – the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from his mother, who had previously lost two children to the illness. The birth of the boy is revealed in a research summary published by the journal Fertility & Sterility. Scientists are scheduled to present details at a meeting next month in Salt Lake City…. The mother carries DNA that could have given her child Leigh syndrome, a severe neurological disorder that usually kills within a few years of birth. Her two previous children died of the disease at 8 months and 6 years, the research summary said. The technique involved removing some of the mother’s DNA from an egg, and leaving the disease-causing DNA behind. The healthy DNA was slipped into a donor’s egg, which was then fertilized. As a result, the baby inherited DNA from both parents and the egg donor.


The Federal EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Sues Hospital Over Employees REFUSING Flu Shots: Alleges RELIGIOUS Discrimination (Video)
Natural Blaze - Finally someone has stepped up to the plate and hit a homerun regarding constitutional rights and the current vaccine police state we live in. But, the most interesting aspect about all this is: Who is the actor hitting the homerun? It’s none other than the federal government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC. Wow!… Ironically, the suit was filed against Saint Vincent Hospital founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania who, in my humble opinion, should have known better than discharge their employees…. I would encourage all employees being mandated to take flu vaccines against their rights to Informed Consent and depriving them of their philosophical or religious exemptions to take note of this court case and bring it to the attention of your legal team and your employer too. Below is important information regarding the ADAAA’s “prongs,” which are the defining criteria in employment discrimination and, which I contend, also can be applied to other healthcare/damaging situations since there’s definitive differentiation established in federal law that now can—and should—be applied to persons who suffer with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and/or, especially, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) from exposure to Wi-Fi at work or school, both of which have been defined by the World Health Organization as “valid” health issues.

U.S. agency told Mylan that EpiPen was misclassified
Reuters - A U.S. federal health agency said on Wednesday it had "expressly advised" Mylan NV that the drugmaker had improperly classified its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment in a way that allowed it to pay lower rebates to state health programs. The disclosure comes as U.S. lawmakers and prosecutors are investigating Mylan over steep price hikes for the EpiPen device which have rendered the drug unaffordable for a growing number of families. A least one state has launched an investigation into whether Mylan failed to pay proper rebates to the Medicaid program for the poor. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, said in a statement it had "on multiple occasions, provided guidance to the industry and Mylan on the proper classification of drugs and has expressly advised Mylan that their classification of EpiPen for purposes of the Medicaid Drug Rebate program was incorrect.”… Mylan classified EpiPen with the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program as a generic treatment, which provides a rebate of 13 percent to state Medicaid programs, rather than as a branded drug, which pays a minimum rebate of 23.1 percent.

Free Speech: FDA Goes on the Attack Again
Alliance for Natural Health - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a “guidance” describing the substantiation needed by infant formula products to make structure/function claims. In the guidance, the FDA “recommends” that double-blind randomized controlled trials (RCTs) be used to substantiate structure/function claims on these products. In other words, infant formula should be treated like drugs. This latest move has implications far beyond infant formula products. The FDA is putting all natural health food producers on notice: to make any health claims, you’d better have RCTs to back them up…. Structure/function claims are statements such as “calcium helps build bones.” Their purpose is to alert the consumer to the general area the supplement or food is targeting. Without them, the consumer wouldn’t have a clue what anything is for…. In a recent case, the FTC attacked POM for making claims about its pomegranate juice. Never mind that POM spent millions of dollars on peer-reviewed research that substantiated its claims. The charge was that the company had made disease claims. In order to do that, the FDA says the company must take the product through the full FDA approval process and thus turn it into a drug.

Sweet Turmeric Cream, Have You Ever Tried?
Natural News Blogs - … have you ever tried to use this super spice in a sweet dish? It actually works well and you will also get its amazing nutritional benefits. Ingredients: 3-4 tablespoons of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 12 oz of full-fat coconut milk [and]1-2 droppers of Liquid Stevia… Mix the mixture well until turmeric and cinnamon are well mixed into the cream. Serve it with your cookies or berries.

10-Month-Old Baby Almost Dies After Sitting In Grocery Cart
David Wolfe - You might be surprised to learn what lives in the average shopping cart. One study revealed that 50% of them contain E. coli while a staggering 72% contain fecal matter. “[There are] 138,000 total bacteria per square inch of a shopping cart,” says Donna Duberg, clinical laboratory science professor at Saint Louis University. That, according to Duberg, “exceeds the number of bacteria in the average public restroom.” All that bacteria has the potential to make even the healthiest of adults sick. To an infant with a developing immune system? The effects can be life-threatening. Australian mother Vivienne Wardrop learned that the hard way when her 10-month-old son Logan fell gravely ill after sitting in a shopping cart…. After a multitude of tests, doctors determined that Logan contracted adenovirus, rotavirus, salmonella poisoning and meningitis from the shopping cart. “Doctors advised [that was the] only place he could of gotten it”… While you do need to be very careful regarding your infant’s contact with germs, health exerts warn parents not to overdo it. “The ‘hygiene hypothesis’ basically says that too clean environments promote food allergies and asthma, because there is not enough exposure to various bacteria and allergens in early life,” says Amy Shaw, immunology expert…. One parent recommends bringing a simple blanket along to the grocery store. That way, you can cover any area your baby comes into contact with.

Pet News

Montreal Passes Pit Bull Ban, Thousands of Shelter Dogs Facing Euthanasia
Dogington Post - Montreal’s controversial pit bull ban is officially on the books after city council passed a bylaw on Tuesday which places a ban on any new “pit bull type” dogs in the city and places heavy restrictions on those already living there. Under the new law, any of the now-banned breeds still in shelters next week when the law takes effect will be humanely euthanized. Council voted 37 to 23 in favor of the breed-specific legislation, which includes a ban on any American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, and the Staffordshire terrier, along with crossbreeds or dogs mixed with or sharing their physical characteristics. In other words, in Montreal, if it looks like a pit bull, it is a pit bull…. The new law takes effect on October 3, 2016. After which, it will be illegal to own any new pit bull-type dog. Already owned pit bulls will be grandfathered in, but must be registered by the end of the year at a cost of $300. In addition, pit bull owners must be at least 18 years old and will be screened for a criminal record or a history of violence. They must also provide proof the dog has been altered (spayed or neutered), microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Pit bulls will have to be muzzled when outdoors and must be kept on a short leash when off their property. If owners don’t follow the new rules, their dog can be confiscated and euthanized. The SPCA has threatened to revoke all animal control services in Montreal as a result of the breed ban.


Wednesday - September 28, 2016 - Today In History:

1781 - During the Revolutionary War, American forces began the siege on Yorktown, VA.
1787 - The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
1789 - In the U.S., the first Federal Congress passed a resolution that asked President George Washington to recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. Several days later Washington issued a proclamation that named Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a "Day of Publick Thanksgivin." The fixed-date for Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday of November, was established on December 26, 1941.
1850 - U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.
1924 - The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.
1939 - During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.
1978 - Heavy fighting occurred in Lebanon between Syrian peacekeeping troops and Lebanese Christian militiamen.
1991 - In response to U.S. President Bush's reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
1995 - Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.
1997 - The 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY. The official debut of the DVD format was featured.
2000 - The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
2004 - The U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.

World News

Syrian Army seizes Aleppo’s central district from terrorists – state media
RT - Syrian government forces have re-captured Aleppo’s central district of al-Farafirah from terrorists, state outlet SANA reported, citing army sources. According to SANA, the Syrian Army is now in control of al-Farafirah with sappers currently clearing the area from “mines and improvised explosive devices planted by terrorists.”… After their retreat, the terrorists left munitions and weapons, including large-caliber machine guns, RIA Novosti reports, citing another source with knowledge of the matter. “We have been able for the first time in several years to move the front in Aleppo,” the Russian news agency’s source said. It added that the Syrian Army suffered no losses in the operation, which began in the early hours of Tuesday…. The area, liberated about three weeks ago, is considered extremely important since it is used by humanitarian convoys to deliver food and medicine to people in the war-ravaged city. Aid delivery, in particular to the city of Aleppo, is one of the main parts of the agreement reached between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, on September 9 in Geneva. The deal, however, suffered a major blow when a UN-led humanitarian convoy heading to Aleppo was attacked on September 19. One aid worker and 20 civilians died as a result, according to a Red Cross representative. It is still not clear who was behind the attack.

‘US knows weapons sent to Syrian rebels end up with terrorists’ – German journalist
RT - The CIA has been coordinating weapon deliveries on the Turkey-Syria border, German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer, who recently spoke with a Jabhat al-Nusra commander, told RT. He added that the US knows that the weapons it delivers to rebels end up with terrorists. “This is a game everybody knows. It’s very clear that the Americans know that their weapons will in the end be in the hands of terrorists,” Todenhofer said speaking to RT. “The CIA was coordinating the weapons’ delivery from Turkey and they brought the weapons to the border… These weapons were taken by terrorist groups, Al-Qaeda, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). This is well-known.” This is neither a mistake nor a case of negligence, Todenhofer believes, despite some opinions suggesting that American weapons could have accidentally fallen into the hands of terrorists. In response to a recent State Department release which said the US had not been supporting terrorists, but some of its allies could have been, Todenhofer said, “maybe there were allies in between. But everybody knows that they are using allies and they are allowing allies... It doesn’t matter if a TOW rocket or a TOW missile, which is an American missile, comes [to terrorists] from another group.” Todenhofer said that when a terrorist group wants the weapons which are supplied to rebels it changes its name and from that point it belongs to the so-called ’moderate opposition.’

Deutsche Bank Stock Crashes Near Single-Digits As CDS Spike To Record Highs (Graphs)
Zero Hedge - The "most systemically dangerous bank in the world" is in grave trouble. Despite exclamations that there is "no need for additional capital" and that "Deutsche Bank is no Lehman" investors are fleeing the bank's assets en masse as professionals pile in to buy counterparty risk protection. With the only thing standing between bank runs and stability being the confidence of depositors, and knowing full well that everybody lies when it gets serious, one witty trader noted, "if it walks like Lehman, and talks like Lehman... it is Lehman.”

World trade growth weakest since 2009 financial crisis – WTO
RT - The World Trade Organization (WTO) has cut its forecast for global trade growth this year by more than a third, saying it’s the first time in 15 years international commerce will slip below GDP. According to the WTO, global trade will expand by merely 1.7 percent this year which is well below the April forecast of 2.8 percent. The forecast for 2017 has also been downgraded. Trade is now expected to grow between 1.8 percent and 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 percent. "The dramatic slowing of trade growth is serious and should serve as a wake-up call. It is particularly concerning in the context of growing anti-globalization sentiment,” said WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo. Trade has grown 1.5 times faster than gross domestic product over the long-term, and twice as fast when globalization picked up in the 1990s, according to the report. This year trade will grow only 80 percent as fast as the global economy, the WTO said, adding it will be “the first reversal of globalization since 2001 and only the second since 1982.” The recent run of weak trade and economic growth comes as a result of creeping protectionism as governments trying to shield their own industries and economies are increasingly driven by domestic consumption, the report said. The downturn in trade reflects the slowdown in countries such as China and Brazil, as well as lower levels of imports into the US.

Moscow to scrap Microsoft Outlook on Putin's call to use domestic software
RT - Authorities in the Russian capital plan to substitute US computer software with locally produced alternatives. As a first step, about 6,000 Moscow officials will start using a corporate e-mail system called MyOffice Mail instead of Microsoft Outlook. An idea to get rid of foreign software from computers used by Russian authorities was backed by President Vladimir Putin due to his security concerns after the relationship between Moscow and the West deteriorated over Ukrainian crisis…. Next year, Moscow wants to expand the software substitution developed by Russian company New Cloud Technologies to as many as 600,000 machines, said Artem Yermolaev, head of information technology at the Russian telecoms operator Rostelecom. Microsoft Windows and Office may be abolished later on, Yermolaev added. According to the Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolay Nikiforov, Russia spends about 20 billion rubles (over $300 million) every year on foreign software, while local companies are ready to provide the government with similar IT solutions.

Zika Virus News

Larvicide Manufactured By Sumitomo, Not Zika Virus, True Cause Of Brazil's Microcephaly Outbreak: Doctors
TechTimes 14 February 2016 - According to the Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Towns (PCST), a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was injected into Brazil's water supplies in 2014 in order to stop the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks. The chemical, which is known as Pyriproxyfen, was used in a massive government-run program tasked to control the mosquito population in the country. Pyriproxyfen is a larvicide manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a company associated [PDF] with Monsanto. However, PCST has referred to Sumitomo as a subsidiary of Monsanto. "Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added pyriproxyfen to drinking water is not a coincidence," the PCST wrote in the report. For instance, the Brazilian Health Ministry had injected pyriproxyfen to reservoirs in the state of Pernambuco. In the area, the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus, is very high, the PCST said. Pernambuco is also the first state in Brazil to notice the problem. The state contains 35 percent of the total microcephaly cases in the country. The group of Argentine doctors points out that during past Zika epidemics, there have not been any cases of microcephaly linked with the virus. In fact, about 75 percent of the population in countries where Zika broke out had been infected by the mosquito-borne virus.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Chief's Nuclear Triad Upgrades Could Top $1 Trillion
Sputnik News - Faced with an aging stockpile of missiles, bombers, and submarines, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has pledged to spend roughly $108 billion to update the US’ atomic arsenal. The United States’ nuclear triad relies on its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), cruise missiles, and aircraft and submarines to deliver nuclear payloads. On Monday, Carter indicated that the Pentagon plans to spend hundreds of billions of dollars over the next five years to modernize these units. "The confidence that you’re ready to respond is what stops potential adversaries from using nuclear weapons against the United States or our allies in the first place," he said, according to…. The $108 billion price tag is only a starting point. In addition to upgrading the ICBMs, the Air Force also seeks to replace its 20-year-old B-2 bombers and 50-year-old B-52 bombers. The Navy’s fleet of nuclear-equipped submarines is roughly 35 years old and also requires modernization. Through 2024, the expected cost of these upgrades will exceed approximately $348 billion. According to the Center for Budgetary and Strategic Assessments, updating the entire triad could cost well over $1 trillion.

UN Panel: U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Slavery
Breitbart - A United Nations-affiliated group in Geneva is calling for the U.S. to give African Americans reparations for the country’s history of slavery, according to a recent report by the group. The group’s statement was part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a group that reports to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights, The Washington Post reported. The group of experts, made up of leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings about the link between the U.S.’s history of slavery and present injustices, such as the recent police shootings of African Americans to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday…. The panel said that the police shootings of African Americans during the past year have caused a “human rights crisis” that is in urgent need of addressing and compared the recent shootings to the acts of lynchings by white supremacists in the late 1800s.

House Passes Obamacare Mandate Exemption Bill, White House Issues Veto Threat
The Daily Caller - The White House threatened to veto a bill that passed the House Tuesday designed to protect individuals from being fined for not having insurance due to the collapse of their Obamacare co-op. Democrats slammed the CO-OP Consumer Protection Act of 2016 — spearheaded by Nebraska Republican Rep. Adrian Smith — alleging it is another tool for Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA)…. Republicans noted the collapsing co-ops are not the only issue with the president’s landmark health-care legislation…. Families face a maximum of a $2,085 penalty, with individuals being hit with a $695 per adult fine and an additional $347.50 fine for each dependent over the age of 18, or 2.5 percent of their income if they choose not to purchase insurance. Opponents of the ACA argue Americans shouldn’t be penalized for its failures. “So these people are left without insurance through no fault of their own—insurance they were forced to buy—and what is the response? What does Obamacare say? Tax them. Tax them for not having insurance,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on the floor. “Now, I don’t know about you Mr. Speaker, but isn’t that a little crazy? How can you punish people for not having insurance when the CO-OP they bought their insurance from goes under?”

Millions Of Americans Paid $1.7 Billion For Not Having Obamacare
The Daily Caller - Nearly 8.1 million Americans paid $1.7 billion in penalties in 2014 for not having health insurance — more than the IRS initially predicted. The individual mandate, or what the IRS calls “individual shared responsibility payments,” requires everyone either have insurance or pay a fine, and was one of the last pieces of Obamacare to go into effect. IRS set the fine at $96, or 1 percent of the reported adjusted gross income, whichever is greater, in 2014. The penalty will increase to a flat payment of $695, or 2.5 percent of gross income in 2016, the Congressional Budget Office said in 2014. After this year, the penalty will be tied to inflation.

Obama administration to pay $500mn settlement to Native American tribes
RT - Washington will pay 17 Native American tribes a total of $492.8 million to settle long-standing disputes over mismanagement of tribal lands by the Department of the Interior. The settlement comes amid ongoing protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Federal authorities manage almost 100,000 leases on nearly 56 million acres of trust lands on behalf of Native American tribes, including oil and gas extraction rights, timber harvesting, grazing, farming and housing. Additionally, the government manages about 2,500 trust accounts for more than 250 tribes. More than 100 tribes have sued the government, claiming the government mismanaged their lands and money…. Since 2009, the Obama administration has settled the claims of 90 federally recognized tribes and is looking to settle 11 more tribal claims for a grand total of $3.3 billion, [Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates said].,,, No mention was made of the ongoing protests of thousands of Native American activists against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP), which the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in South Dakota says would threaten the tribe’s water supply and sacred burial grounds.

Election News

US Immigration Officers Endorse Trump for President Ahead of Debate
Sputnik News - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should become the next US president, National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane announced in an endorsement on Monday. "We can fix our broken immigration system, and we can do it in a way that honors America’s legacy as a land of immigrants, but Donald Trump is the only candidate who is willing to put politics aside so that we can achieve that goal," Crane stated. The council’s president noted that out of some 5,000 members of the union, only five percent supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Crane claimed that Clinton’s immigration agenda has been created "with the same collection of special interests and open-borders radicals" responsible for current US immigration "disaster." Trump, on the other hand, outlined core policies important for the restoration of US immigration security, such as increased interior enforcement and cancelation of executive amnesty, the president continued.

New UPI Voter Polls: Trump Up in VA, FL, IA, OH, NC and PA
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump now leads in polling in swing states Virginia, Florida and Iowa. All of the Iowa polls the last few weeks have shown Trump with a significant lead in the Hawkeye state. Trump is also up in Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

10,000 at TRUMP Melbourne Rally – 25,000+ Watch Online! –Video
The Gateway Pundit - Over ten thousand supporters turned out to see Donald Trump in Melbourne, Florida on Tuesday after the Monday night debate at Hofstra University. More than 25,000 watched Trump in Florida online.,,, Hillary entertained 300-500 supporters today at a technical school gymnasium on Tuesday.

What Would You Ask The Candidates?
Open Debate Coalition - Search and vote for questions about issues that are important to you! The Oct. 9 "town hall" debate will feature questions from the Internet -- and ABC and CNN moderators agreed to consider the Top 30 questions voted up on this site!

Photos: What’s That Under Hillary’s Pantsuit During Last Night’s Debate?
Paul Joseph Watson - Photos from last night’s presidential debate appear to show Hillary Clinton with some kind of device hidden under her clothing. Images being circulated on Twitter show what appears to be the shape of a box under Hillary’s red pantsuit, with a wire from it running up her back. As the World Tribune reported on Sunday, presidential debate moderators are not allowed to wear earpieces during the debates, but the Federal Election Commission refused to rule out the use of communications devices for candidates…. Some assert that the box is connected to a wireless lapel mic and that both candidates were wearing them, which is the likeliest explanation, although the podiums were also fitted with microphones. Twitter users even speculated that the device was an instrument that sends impulses to the brain to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. While that’s somewhat of a stretch, it does look like there is something hidden under Hillary’s pantsuit.

ABC: Did Hillary have ‘seizure’ during debate?
The American Mirror - That’s what an ABC affiliate is wondering. Clinton briefly wiggled and smiled when Lester Holt turned the focus to her. She then went on to offer and answer. “HC seizure?” Arizona’s ABC 15 asked in the title of the video.

Rigged: CNN Poll Claiming Hillary Won the Debate Sampled 41% Democrats Compared to 26% Republicans
Paul Joseph Watson - A CNN/ORC poll released shortly after last night’s debate found that Hillary Clinton scored a clear victory over her rival Donald Trump. One problem – the survey sample included 41% Democrats compared to just 26% Republicans. Asked, “Who do you think did the best job in the debate – Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?”, 62% of respondents said Hillary while 27% said Trump…. However, 33% of the people surveyed in the poll identified as Independents, 41% identified as Democrats, while just 26% identified as Republicans. This represents a disparity of 15% between Democrats and Republicans – meaning the poll was heavily weighted in favor of Democrats before the question about who won the debate was even asked…. The CNN poll is contradicted by numerous other polls which show that Trump won the debate.

Moderator Lester Holt Interrupted Trump WAY More Than Clinton In Debate (Video)
The Daily Caller - Moderator Lester Holt was much harsher on Republican nominee Donald Trump than he was on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the debate Monday evening. Holt interrupted Trump a whopping 41 times, either to “fact-check” the Republican nominee, or to ask a follow-up question. Clinton was only interrupted seven times during the course of the 90-minute debate. Holt interrupted Trump the most during a particularly heated exchange about Trump’s stance on the Iraq war. Both candidates attempted to dodge their former stances. Holt challenged Trump in particular, cutting him off several times to assert the business mogul did indeed support the war in Iraq when it was popular. Holt interrupted Trump 10 times during the exchange, and demanded at least five times why Trump thought that he had better judgement than Clinton.

Veteran News

A Village Of 50 Tiny Houses Is Being Built So Homeless Veterans Have A Place To Live (Video)
Fox4 - It started as a vision from veterans who wanted to help other veterans and now, a whole village is involved. More than half a dozen organizations partnered with Veterans Community Project to clear land near 89th and Troost, for the work-in-progress Veterans Village. The group is working to build 50 houses for homeless veterans across the metro. The houses are only 20 feet long and 240 square feet. The four men who founded the group are each veterans themselves. They say this is how they can give back to others who have served. Founder and Marine Corps veteran Kevin Jamison said, "These are my brothers and sisters out there on the streets. We didn't want to see any veteran suffering." "We want to give them something they can stay in, call it their own and then socialize and re-integrate at their own pace," he added. Project leaders what homeless veterans to find shelter, safety, insecurity, through 240 square feet of hope. Organizers hope to have the fifty tiny homes done by the winter of 2017.

Economy & Business

Wells Execs Forfeit $60 Million; May Be Just The Beginning
Zero Hedge - Earlier today we noted that Wells Fargo's board was actively considering whether to claw back pay from former retail-banking head Carrie Tolstedt as well as from Chief Executive John Stumpf. Now, just a few short hours later it looks like we have our answer with a Special Committee of Independent Directors announcing that they have hired Sherman Sterling as counsel to conduct a thorough review of the bank's retail banking sales practices and that both Stumpf and Tolstedt will be forfeiting salary, stocks options and 2016 bonuses. More specifically, CEO John Stumpf will forfeit unvested equity awards valued at approximately $41mm, will forgo salary during the Special Committee's investigation and will not receive a bonus for 2016. Meanwhile, Carrie Tolstedt, who was head of community banking before recently departing, will forfeit all of her outstanding unvested equity awards valued at $19m, will not be paid a severance and will not receive any retirement enhancements in connection with her separation from the Company. Tolstedt has also agreed that she will not exercise her outstanding options during the course of the investigation.

Robots Could Replace 1.7 Million American Truckers In The Next Decade
LA Times - Carmaking giants and ride-sharing upstarts racing to put autonomous vehicles on the road are dead set on replacing drivers, and that includes truckers. Trucks without human hands at the wheel could be on American roads within a decade, say analysts and industry executives. At risk is one of the most common jobs in many states, and one of the last remaining careers that offer middle-class pay to those without a college degree. There are 1.7 million truckers in America, and another 1.7 million drivers of taxis, buses and delivery vehicles. That compares with 4.1 million construction workers. While factory jobs have gushed out of the country over the last decade, trucking has grown and pay has risen. Truckers make $42,500 per year on average, putting them firmly in the middle class. On Sept. 20, the Obama administration put its weight behind automated driving, for the first time releasing federal guidelines for the systems. About a dozen states already created laws that allow for the testing of self-driving vehicles. But the federal government, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will ultimately have to set rules to safely accommodate 80,000-pound autonomous trucks on U.S. highways…. It would also be the first time that machines take direct aim at an entire class of blue-collar work in America. Other workers who do things you may think cannot be done by robots — like gardeners, home builders and trash collectors — may be next.

Energy & Environment

G2-Level Solar Storm Slamming Earth; ‘Transformer Damage’ Possible, NOAA Says
Off the Grid News - A moderate to strong geomagnetic solar storm began slamming Earth Tuesday and could last another couple of days, with transformer damage and power grid fluctuations possible, according to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. The storm is a G2 “moderate” storm on NOAA’s 5-level space weather scale, although NOAA warned that periods of G3 “strong” activity could occur. According to the scale, a G2 storm can cause “weak power grid fluctuations” and if it lasts long enough, “transformer damage.” Additionally, “high-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms.” A G3 storm can mean that “voltage corrections may be required,” with “false alarms triggered on some protection devices.”… Under the current storm, auroras may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Science & Technology

Speaking of Giant Meteor 2016, NASA Missed the One That Hit Earth Yesterday
Daisy Luther - NASA, tasked with protecting us from incoming threats from space, failed to spot a meteor that slammed into the ocean off the coast of Australia yesterday (Sept. 16). Police received hundreds of calls as people watched a fireball move across the sky above the Gladstone area of Queensland…. Interestingly there is little in the mainstream media mentioning the meteor. This is rather surprising since it’s not something that happens every day…. Thankfully, it landed in the ocean.
* Related Video/Article: Australia: Residents panic as gigantic 'meteor' seen over Queensland skies


Ozone Therapy Is Powerful Medicine
Green Med Info - The widespread medical use of ozone first appeared in Germany in the early 1950s and has been used extensively across Europe ever since. During World War I, it was used to treat infected wounds, but ozone was subsequently swept under the rug by the pharmaceutical industry in their push toward antibiotics. With growing numbers of bacteria now becoming resistant to antibiotics, we now have an urgent need for anti-infectives that will kill these superbugs before they can kill us. Because of ozone’s remarkable antiseptic power, its most common technological application is water purification. As a disinfectant, ozone is 1,000 times more powerful than chlorine, which is why more than 600 US cities use it in water treatment facilities. Like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, ozone therapy harnesses the healing power of oxygen. Today, 40,000 physicians and dentists in more than 50 countries use ozone therapy for everything from endodontic infections to relieving the pain of herniated disks, to reducing arterial plaque. Ozone is extraordinary in that it is simple to generate and has virtually no toxicity, making it a viable option for both treatment and prevention of illness.

11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa
Authority Nutrition - 1. Very nutritious - Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is pronounced KEEN-wah. It technically isn’t a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal. In other words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain…. This is the nutrient content in 1 cup (185 grams). This applies to cooked quinoa : Protein: 8 grams. Fiber: 5 grams. Manganese: 58% of the RDA. Magnesium: 30% of the RDA. Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA. Folate: 19% of the RDA. Copper: 18% of the RDA. Iron: 15% of the RDA. Zinc: 13% of the RDA. Potassium: 9% of the RDA. Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2 and B6. Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E. This is coming with a total of 222 calories, with 39 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat. It also contains a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids…. 2. Contains the plant compounds quercetin and kaempferol - These important molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects in animal studies… 3. Very high in fiber, much higher than most grains - One study that looked at 4 varieties of quinoa found a range of between 10 and 16 grams of fiber, per every 100 grams. This equals 17-27 grams per cup, which is very high, more than twice as high as most grains. Boiled quinoa contains much less fiber, gram for gram, because it absorbs so much water…. 4. Gluten-free and perfect for people with gluten intolerance - Studies have shown that by using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free ingredients like refined tapioca, potato, corn and rice flour, it can dramatically increase the nutrient and antioxidant value of the diet…

Tuesday - September 27, 2016 - Today In History:

1779 - John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
1938 - The League of Nations branded the Japanese as aggressors in China.
1939 - After 19 days of resistance, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the Germans after being invaded by the Nazis and the Soviet Union during World War II.
1940 - The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact was for 10 years between Germany, Italy and Japan.
1962 - The U.S. sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign after he pled "no contest" to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th.
1979 - The Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history after the final approval from Congress.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved federal tax code changes that were the most sweeping since World War II.
1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
1994 - More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
1995 - The U.S. government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
1998 - In Germany, Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder was elected chancellor. The election ended 16 years of conservative rule.
2004 - North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing U.S. nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The U.S. State Department noted that the U.S. has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no plans to attack North Korea.

World News

Damascus has proof US talked to ISIS militants ahead of airstrike on Syrian forces – lawmaker
RT - Damascus has a recording of conversations between the American military and Islamic State terrorists ahead of the US-led coalition airstrike that hit Syrian troops near Deir ez-Zor on September 17, the speaker of the People's Council of Syria said. “The Syrian Army intercepted the communications between the Americans and Daesh [Arabic pejorative for Islamic State/IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] ahead of the attack on Deir ez-Zor," Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said, as cited by Sputnik Arabic. According to the People's Council speaker, the Syrian authorities have evidence that the US-led coalition’s airstrike was a deliberate act. Abbas promised that details of the recording will be released by Damascus. Syrian troops encircled by Islamic State militants near the town of Deir ez-Zor were bombed by US-led coalition warplanes on September 17. Sixty-two soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in the airstrike, which was immediately followed by an offensive by jihadists on the positions of government forces. The bombing was stopped only after the Russian military contacted the US side several times, saying that they were attacking the wrong targets.... During his speech at the UN General Assembly during the weekend, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem also said that the bombing of Syrian troops by the US-led coalition was a deliberate attack, not a mistake as Washington claims.

US Slams Russian “Barbarism” In Syria; Moscow Responds Peace “Almost Impossible Now”
Zero Hedge - Just three weeks after yet another “landmark” Syria peace deal was signed, the agreement is not only in tatters but the war drums are beating louder than ever before after the US slammed Russia’s action in Syria as “barbarism,” not counter-terrorism, while Moscow’s U.N. envoy said ending the war “is almost an impossible task now” as Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, bombed the city of Aleppo. As Reuters reported overnight, the UN Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the United States, Britain and France to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following the announcement on Thursday of an offensive by the Syrian army to retake the city. “What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told the 15-member council. “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive,” Power said. As reported previously, the September 9 ceasefire deal between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov aimed at putting Syria’s peace process back on track effectively collapsed in what may be a record short period of time last Monday when an aid convoy was bombed. Russia and the US have both accused each other of being the party responsible behind the bombing…. However, any attempts to “rein in” Russia are doomed to fail as the country is one of five veto-powers on the council, along with the United States, France, Britain and China. Russia and China have protected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government by blocking several attempts at council action.

Saudi Arabia cuts public sector bonuses, ministers’ salaries
Gulf News - A royal decree announced a cut to ministers’ salaries by 20 percent and to members of the appointed Shura Council by 15 percent. The decision comes as low oil prices have pushed energy-rich Gulf Arab states to rein in lavish public spending. No annual bonus will be given for the next Islamic year, due to start on October 2, and the renewal or extension of existing contracts will not include any salary increases.... Annual holidays for ministers will also be reduced from 42 days to 36 days.... Previously, an employee would receive an additional 25 per cent of their salary for work performed outside of normal working hours. It would reach 50 per cent if the work is performed on official holidays. Under the new rules, public sector employees will not receive transport allowance during their holidays and if they don’t use their 60 off days during the year, they lose them. The financial reductions will be applied to all public sector employees regardless of their nationalities and if they are in the military.

Saudi Arabia Bails Out Banking System After Interbank Rates Hit 2009 Highs
Zero Hedge - Amid what some might call self-inflicted economic collapse, Saudi Arabia has announced a $5.3 billion bailout of its banking system as interbank borrowing rates near the highest since Lehman. In what the supposedly central bank calls "supportive monetary policy...on behalf of government entities," is easing liquidity constraints with 28-day repo agreements and is the second liquidity injection this year. While Saudi default risk has fallen... it remains worse than Mexico, Russia, and South Africa.... The announcement, which comes as the kingdom prepares for its first international bond sale, is the latest step by the central bank to ease a cash crunch in the banking system.... The cash crunch risk [is] undermining bank’s ability to lend to businesses, adding to the strain facing economic growth at a time when the government is cutting spending to shore up its public finances. The economy will likely expand 1.1 percent in 2016, according to a Bloomberg survey, the slowest pace since 2009.... Saudi Arabia is becoming increasingly desperate for higher oil prices, and the need to bail out its banking system is a big red warning flag that this is far from over.

Deutsche Bank shares plummet to record low as Merkel rules out bailout
RT - Shares in Germany’s largest bank have hit rock bottom on Monday as Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly refused to provide Deutsche Bank state aid in its legal battle with the United States Department of Justice (DoJ). Deutsche shares fell as much as six percent to €10.67 in early Monday trading, the worst performance since 1992. The bank has lost over 52 percent of its value since January and over 56 percent in the last twelve months. Earnings per share fell as much as €6. The collapse has been prompted by a report in the German magazine Focus that said Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any state assistance for the bank next year. Merkel also declined to provide help to Deutsche Bank in its legal battle with the DoJ. The Frankfurt-based lender may be fined up to $14 billion over its mortgage-backed securities business before the 2008 global crisis, the magazine reported. The article said Merkel made her views clear in talks with Deutsche CEO John Cryan. Deutsche Bank has denied that Cryan asked for state support from Berlin, CNBC reported on Monday. The Bundestag expects a “fair outcome” to the US probe, the Finance Ministry said on September 16. The bank has refused to pay the US government and is seeking a reduced penalty. Deutsche has said a settlement between $2 billion and $3 billion would be more reasonable, as it had already paid $1.9 billion in 2013 to settle similar accusations, the Wall Street Journal reported in September.

Commerzbank To Fire 9,000, 18% Of Its Entire Workforce
Zero Hedge - While the market’s attention has been transfixed by the latest crash in the stock of Europe’s biggest bank, now that concerns about Deutsche Bank’s $2 trillion balance sheet have violently resurfaced, it is worth recalling that Germany’s “other” mega bank, DB’s smaller rival, Commerzbank, whose balance sheet is hardly looking much healthier, is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs over the coming years as Germany’s second biggest lender pushes ahead with a restructuring plan, Handelsblatt reported earlier today, citing unnamed sources in the finance industry. Like in the case of Deutsche Bank, squeezed by negative European Central Bank interest rates, Commerzbank has been seeking ways to boost revenue by passing on costs to corporate customers and increasing fees for retail depositors, but profit margins remain thin. That leaves cost cutting high on the agenda. Handelsblatt said it’s not clear yet whether Commerzbank will resort to outright dismissals. The bank’s restructuring will run through 2020 with costs of up to 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion), according to the newspaper. In addition to the massive layoffs, the bank will scrap its dividend payments for 2016 as part of the strategy revamp due to be published by Chief Executive Martin Zielke on Friday, Handelsblatt reported.

Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict
Washington Times - The significance of the deal can’t be overstated: Colombia’s five-decade conflict, partly fueled by the nation’s cocaine trade, has killed more than 220,000 people and driven 8 million from their homes.... The signing won’t close the deal, however. Colombians are being given the final say on endorsing or rejecting the accord in an Oct. 2 referendum. Opinion polls point to an almost-certain victory for the “yes” vote, but some analysts warn that a closer-than-expected finish or low voter turnout could bode poorly for the many challenges the country faces in implementing the ambitious accord. Among the biggest and most controversial steps will be judging the war crimes of guerrillas as well as state actors. Under terms of the accord, rebels who lay down their weapons and confess their abuses will be spared jail time and will be allowed to provide reparations to their victims by carrying out development work in areas hard hit by the conflict. A few hundred opponents of the deal took to the streets Monday to protest what they consider the government’s excessive leniency toward guerrilla leaders responsible for scores of atrocities.... The government has also committed itself to addressing unequal land distribution, which has been a longstanding FARC demand harkening back to its roots as a peasant army in 1964, and the administration agreed to work with the guerrillas to provide alternative development to tens of thousands of families that depend on the cocaine trade.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

As F-35 Arrives in Japan, US Air Force 'Crown Jewel' Bursts Into Flames at Home
Sputnik News - On Friday, Japan received its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.... At the same time that the F-35 made its Japanese debut, however, a US Air Force model caught fire, roughly 5,000 miles away. The incident occurred at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, with the fire breaking out in "the aft section of the aircraft," according to a statement from the US Air Force (USAF). No injuries were reported, but an investigation was launched to discover the cause of the malfunction, believed to be related to the aircraft’s engine. The Pentagon has long known about problems with the Pratt & Whitney engine. Last October, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 Joint Program Office, made assurances that the problems were fixed.... Given the fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base, the question remains; can the Japanese government expect similar issues with its F-35s? Speaking to Sputnik, Mike Rein, a spokesman Lockheed Martin’s F-35 division, "the answer is simple – NO!"

Police identify gunman behind mass shooting in southwest Houston as lawyer
Houston Chronicle - The man who shot six people in southwest Houston Monday morning has been identified as a Houston lawyer, city officials confirmed.... The suspect has been identified as Nathan DeSai, and he died at the scene.... DeSai used a .45 pistol in the shooting, and investigators found a long gun and ammunition in his car, [Mayor Sylvester] Turner said, adding that police were interviewing friends and business associates and searching his home.... Turner said three individuals were treated at the scene. Separately, three victims were transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital, one was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital and two were transported to Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center. One victim was in serious condition, another in critical, Turner said.... The lawyer had at one point worked with Kenneth P. McDaniel, a Houston civil attorney, but that partnership had come to an end, according to DeSai's LinkedIn page.... "I'm reading stuff online talking about how he was possibly a fired employee that was disgruntled," McDaniel said. "That's the farthest thing from the truth. Our partnership dissolved in February of this year - it was simply a matter of economics. We couldn't afford to operate as a partnership anymore," he said, adding that he had worked with DeSai for about 12 years.

Leaked FBI Data Reveal 7,700 Terrorist Encounters in USA in One Year; Border States Most Targeted
Breitbart - The incidents are characterized as “Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters.” Some of the encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border at ports-of-entry and some occurred in between, indicating that persons known or reasonably suspected of being terrorists attempted to sneak into the U.S. across the border.... The leaked FBI data are contained in a fusion center’s educational materials, specifically the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center’s (ACTIC) “Known or Suspected Terrorist (KST) Encounters Briefing” covering from July 20 2015 through July 20 2016. The leaked documents are composed of 10 individual pages, but Breitbart Texas chose to release only nine of them due to page 10 containing contact information for ACTIC. Page Two of the documents contains a map of the entire U.S. with the numbers of encounters per state.... Page Three shows a map of where the encounters occurred in the state of Arizona. The majority from this map occurred in Phoenix, a major destination point for people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.... Page Six shows a pie chart indicating that the majority of encounters in Arizona were with Islamic known or suspected terrorists, both Sunni and Shi’a. Eighty-nine encounters were Sunni, 56 were Shi’a, 70 were “Other International Terrorist Groups or Affiliates,” and only 52 were with “Domestic Terrorism.”

Arnold Palmer Makes National Anthem Request Before His Death
Western Journalism - Palmer, the hero of golf to millions of Americans for whom he became the game’s premier player in the 1950s and 1960s, died Sunday at the age of 87. Dave Orrick of Pioneer Press last month interviewed Palmer during his tour of the Minnesota golf course being used for this year’s Ryder Cup matches. “We don’t play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ enough during the matches, and that is one of the things I think we need to do,” Palmer said then. “It’s a patriotic situation, and it belongs to both sides,” Palmer added. “Play the national anthem for Arnold Palmer this week at the Ryder Cup. Play it a lot,” wrote Orrick after Palmer’s death. “It’s what he wanted.” Palmer’s comment came in the wake of protests by National Football League players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Election News

Video: FULL Presidential Debate - Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton
ABC15 - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate Monday night (September 26, 2016) debate at Hofstra University

Breitbart Live Coverage: Trump vs. Clinton, Round One

BOOM! Neil Cavuto Just Busted MSM – Plays 2003 Interview with Trump Against Iraq War (Video)
The Gateway Pundit - NBC hack and presidential debate moderator accused Donald Trump of supporting the Iraq War back in 2003. Trump brought up his interview with Neil Cavuto in his defense. After the debate Neil Cavuto played his 2003 interview with Donald Trump from January 28th of 2003. Here is Trump – Donald Trump: Well I’m starting to think that people are much more focused now on the economy. They’re getting a little bit tired of hearing we’re going in, we’re not going in. You know, what happened to the days of Douglas MacArthur? I mean he would go in and attack. He wouldn’t talk. I mean we have to, you know, it’s sort of like either do it or don’t do it…. Well, he’s [Bush] either got to do something or not do something perhaps. Because perhaps he shouldn’t be doing it yet. Perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations. You know, he’s under a lot of pressure. He’s, you know I think he is doing a very good job but of course if you look at the polls a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the, the Iraqi situation is a problem and I think the economy is a much bigger problem.

Trump Invites Gold Star Mom, Benghazi Hero, Top Generals as His Guests to Tonight’s Debate
The Gateway Pundit - Republican Donald Trump invited Gold Star Mom Karen Vaughn, Benghazi hero Mark Geist, General Mike Flynn and General Keith Kellogg as his guests tonight at the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. Bruce LeVell, the Executive Director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, was also invited. Benghazi hero Mark “Oz” Geist released a powerful ad for the NRA this year attacking Hillary Clinton and her Benghazi disgrace. [Video]

**DRUDGE POLL** Who Won The First Presidential Debate?

TIME POLL: Who Won the First Clinton-Trump Debate?

CNBC: Clinton or Trump: Who do you think won the first presidential debate?

ABC News Poll: Who Are You Voting For?
Hillary Takes 4th Place in ABC News Poll Behind Jill Stein, Gary Johnson.

Worldwide Poll: Trump Leads Global Poll with 77% of Vote
The Gateway Pundit - Despite the massive amount of negative press at home and abroad Donald Trump leads Hillary 77% to 23% in a global poll of 98,914 voters. Trump leads with 87% of the vote coming from the United States. Trump leads with 72% of the vote coming from Great Britain. Hillary Clinton leads in only a few countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia is one of Hillary Clinton’s top donor countries. You can see the full results and vote here.

Lester Holt: The Third Debater?
HeatStreet - At tonight’s debate, Donald Trump faced off not just against Hillary Clinton, but against moderator Lester Holt. The game of two-on-one saw Holt ask no questions about: Hillary’s emails, Benghazi, or The Clinton Foundation. While ignoring these issues, Holt grilled Trump on stop-and-frisk, the birther story, his comments about women, his many bankruptcies, why he hasn’t released his tax returns — and a host of other issues the media sees as unfriendly to the Republican candidate. Holt repeatedly attempted to “fact check” on some of his positions, such as his claim to have opposed the Iraq War from the beginning. Holt repeatedly interrupted Trump to interject, but rarely succeeded and may have come across as weak and impotent. Take The Poll: Did Lester Holt do a good job moderating the debate?

UPI/CVoter state polls: Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton in Electoral College
(UPI) -- Donald Trump would earn enough votes to win the presidency in the Electoral College based on UPI/CVoter's state tracking poll released Monday. Trump would amass 292 votes and Clinton would get 246 with 270 needed to secure the oval office. But the candidates' leads are narrow enough -- 5 percent or less -- in 12 states to classify them as swing states, meaning 156 electoral votes could be up for grabs. If the battleground states are not counted, the race would be tied 191-191. Just one swing state -- Florida with 29 votes -- could shift to give Clinton easily enough Electoral College votes to win, 275-263. Or switching Pennsylvania with 20 votes and Virginia with 13 would having her prevailing even more, 279-259. Each candidate leads in six of the 12 battleground states. Trump leads in Florida (1.8 percent), Iowa (2 percent), North Carolina (2.5 percent), Ohio (1 percent), Pennsylvania (1.3 percent) and Virginia (3.4 percent). Clinton is ahead in Colorado (3.5 percent), Michigan (4.4 percent), Minnesota (4.0 percent), Nevada (0.5 percent), New Hampshire (0.9 percent) and Wisconsin (3.4 percent).

Top climate skeptic to lead Trump's EPA transition team
The Hill - Myron Ebell, director of energy and environment policy at the conservative think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute, is heading Trump’s EPA transition preparation, E&E Daily reported Monday. Ebell is an outspoken, longtime skeptic of the scientific consensus that human activity is dramatically changing the climate. He often refers to warnings about global warming as climate “alarmism” and is a vocal critic of President Obama’s climate change regulations. Ebell has argued that the Clean Power Plan is illegal and that the Paris climate change agreement is unconstitutional. Trump also doubts that human activity causes climate change. The Republican presidential nominee’s EPA would be responsible for implementing his ambitious agenda of dismantling major pieces of Obama’s climate legacy, like the Clean Power Plan for power plants and the Paris agreement.

Video: Sick Hillary Wears Heavy Winter Coat on Warm Afternoon
Paul Joseph Watson - Video footage shot yesterday in New York shows a sick-looking Hillary Clinton wearing a heavy winter coat in New York despite it being a warm afternoon, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The clip, shot by ABC reporter Liz Kreutz, shows Hillary exiting Apple Seeds children’s center before she went to meet with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu. Hillary is wearing a heavy green winter coat that is buttoned up, which would obviously be uncomfortable for healthy people on a warm day. Just two weeks previously, Hillary infamously collapsed during another visit to New York, an incident that was blamed on her pneumonia and Clinton feeling “overheated”. If she’s having problems feeling too hot, why is Hillary wearing a huge winter coat on a warm day? Hillary also initially failed to hear the reporter in the clip at all, despite her being clearly audible and standing a mere ten feet or so away from Clinton. When she does clock the reporter, Hillary’s demeanor totally changes from a gaunt-looking downbeat expression to a beaming smile. Hillary is also keen to hold onto the hand rail as she carefully descends the small number of steps. According to the Conservative Treehouse, the way Hillary walks, “indicates yet another example of how her lower visual acuity field is tenuous.”

Trumpocrats PAC: Media Ignoring Hundreds of Thousands of Democrats Recruited for Trump
Breitbart - Christian Rickers, executive director of Trumpocrats PAC, told Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow Tuesday, “We’ve got hundreds of thousands of Democrats who have switched registration in Ohio and Pennsylvania, several hundred thousand, and you don’t see those articles.” Rickers claimed that despite the group’s successful efforts at recruiting hundreds of thousands of Democrats to support Republican nominee Donald Trump, they have been mostly ignored by a media far more interested in covering a handful of Washington-based Republicans unhappy with Trump as their nominee. He specifically discussed difficulties in getting any attention for his PAC’s efforts from television networks, such as MSNBC and CNN.

Economy & Business

Wells Fargo Employees Sue Bank for Being Pressured to Open Unneeded Accounts
AllGov - Former and present Wells Fargo employees in California filed a $2.6 billion class action against the bank, claiming they are the “biggest victims” of the bank’s policy of opening accounts without customers’ knowledge.... On Thursday, Wells Fargo employees filed a class action in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming that the bank imposed strict quotas on employees across all of its branches. The bank pressured workers to foist up to eight banking products on customers whether they wanted them or not, the complaint says.... Wells Fargo constantly monitors employees to make sure that they are meeting the bank’s strict sales quotas, according to the class, and employees who do not meet daily and monthly quotas are told to do “whatever it takes” to meet them. “Defendants strictly enforced and closely monitored sales quota system that made it difficult for plaintiffs to keep their jobs without resorting to fraud,” the class says in the lawsuit. Wells Fargo fired employees who did not meet the “impossible quotas” to motivate remaining workers and further the scheme, according to the lawsuit. Claims include termination and retaliation, unlawful business practices and failure to pay wages. The class seeks total damages of $2.6 billion, an injunction and statutory penalties.

Energy & Environment

Over 200 Groups Demand EPA Revise Dangerously Flawed Fracking Study
Common Dreams - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) flawed assessment that fracking has not led to "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States" must be urgently corrected, more than 200 environmental and public interest groups demanded in a letter... to EPA chief Gina McCarthy on Monday.... The groups cite a report issued by the agency's own Science Advisory Board (SAB) last month, which concluded that the EPA's report on the drilling method was inaccurate and misleading. The SAB had recommended "that if the EPA retains this conclusion, the EPA should provide quantitative analysis that supports its conclusion that hydraulic fracturing has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.".... The letter further urges the EPA to address the SAB recommendation that the agency "should include and fully explain the status, data on potential releases, and findings if available for the EPA and state investigations conducted in Dimock, Pennsylvania; Pavillion, Wyoming; and Parker County, Texas where many members of the public have stated that hydraulic fracturing activities have caused local impacts to drinking water resources."

5 Things You Can Do To Help Save The Bees
Natural Blaze - 1. Make a Bee Waterer - To make a bee waterer, fill a pie pan or similar container with marbles. Then, fill it with water. The marbles give the bees a landing spot, so they can drink without the risk of drowning. 2. Plant a Bee Flower Garden - Flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow are especially attractive to bees…. 3. Only Buy Responsibly Produced Honey - Beekeepers normally harvest honey in the fall, leaving the bees without honey for the winter. Instead of leaving enough honey for the bees until Spring, commercial beekeepers instead feed sugar of high fructose corn syrup to bees. This practice is due to economic pressure as it is more profitable to take as much honey as possible from the hive and leave the bees with a cheap and artificial substitute…. Demand An End To Pesticide Use - The use of pesticides is killing the bees, but it’s also permanently damaging our soils and ecosystems. Pesticides also have many dangerous health effects in humans. Demand an end to pesticide use by talking to local farmers or local politicians about your concerns. 5. Turn Off Your Phone or Keep It on Stand-By When You’re Not Using It - Swiss researchers have found that honeybees exposed to cell phone radiation are likely to become confused, which can lead them to leave their hives and become lost. The confusion continued for up to 12 hours after phones stopped ringing or being actively used, suggesting that bees are very sensitive to cell phone radiation. Another study showed that keeping a cell phone near a bee hive caused the hive’s collapse in only 5 – 10 days. However, the bees weren’t bothered by inactive phones or phones in standby mode.

Science & Technology

NSA Knew of Flaw that Led to Cyber Attack Three Years in Advance
The AntiMedia - A little over a month after a group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers publicly exposed tools used by National Security Agency (NSA) cyberspies, Reuters has reported an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows that for at least three years, the NSA knew about the “mistake” that made this exposure possible.... the NSA found out “an employee or contractor made the mistake about three years ago during an operation that used the tools,” but officials chose to forego acknowledging the mistake to the companies whose software had been compromised. Instead, they preferred to “[tune] its sensors to detect use of any of the tools by other parties, especially foreign adversaries with strong cyber espionage operations, such as China and Russia.”. NSA officials claim this approach could help “identify rival powers’ hacking targets, potentially leading them to be defended better. It might also have allowed U.S officials to see deeper into rival hacking operations while enabling the NSA itself to continue using the tools for its own operations.” But as the NSA remained in the dark as to whether or not anybody had enjoyed access to these tools after the “mistake” - since the agency’s sensors “did not detect foreign spies or criminals using the tools on U.S. or allied targets” - U.S. manufacturers affected by this security mistake weren’t warned about the potential ramifications.

Documents Reveal Widespread Abuse of Social Media Spying Tools by California Cops
Activist Post - The American Civil Liberties Union of California has obtained thousands of pages of documents pertaining to California law enforcement agencies secretly purchasing social media surveillance software. The ACLU of California filed open records requests with 63 police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys across California and found that at least 20 agencies across California are in possession of social media monitoring tools…. The ACLU reports that tools like MediaSonar, X1 Social Discovery, and Geofeedia “have been marketed in ways to target protesters.” The records show that Geofeedia’s marketing materials refer to unions and activist groups as “overt threats,” and suggest the product can be used in ways that target activists of color. At least 13 California law enforcement agencies have used or acquired Geofeedia. This is not the first time the ACLU of California found a police department using social media monitoring to target activists. Earlier this year local activists in Fresno fought the police department over a five-year, $132,000 contract with Intrado Inc., effectively ending funding for the controversial Beware program. Beware was first exposed in January 2016 in a report from the Washington Post which outlined a number of surveillance tools at the Fresno PD’s disposal. The tools are part of Fresno’s Real Time Crime Center, which the Post described as “a cutting-edge $600,000 nerve center” which “has become the model for high-tech policing nationwide. Similar centers have opened in New York, Houston and Seattle over the past decade.”

Passengers in Uber's self-driving cars waived right to sue for injury or death
The Guardian - Anyone requesting an Uber ride in a 12-sq mile area in the center of Pittsburgh might now be randomly allocated a self-driving Ford Fusion rather than a human-operated vehicle. But passengers riding in Uber’s computer-controlled cars today might be surprised at just how experimental the technology is. According to documents obtained by the Guardian under public records laws, until as recently as June anyone not employed by Uber riding in one of its autonomous vehicles (AVs) had to sign a legal document waiving the company of any liability for their injury or death.… The legal document obtained by the Guardian details what might have gone wrong on any ride. “Risks associated with riding in an AV may include, without limitation, those caused by equipment failure, development vehicle operators or other safety drivers, actions of other motorists, weather, temperature, road conditions, negligence or human error,” it says.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Never Store These Fruits Together
REALfarmacy - Refrigerated Fruits: Most fruits can be safely stored together, but if one piece of overripe fruit is in the mix, the rest will go bad more quickly. You can slow the ripening process down by refrigerating certain high-ethylene fruits. Some of these fruits include apples, apricots, cantaloupe, figs, and honeydew melons. Non-Refrigerated Fruits: Certain high-ethylene gas fruits are sensitive to cold. If these are refrigerated before they are fully ripe, their moisture levels and flavor will be majorly affected. Once ripe, you can refrigerate them, just be sure not to do so before. Fruits that should no be refrigerated until ripe include avocados, unripe bananas, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, and tomatoes. But be sure not to store ripe bananas in the fridge. Fruits and Veggies: Keep lettuce, fresh greens, and most other veggies away from fruit because fruit generally produces more ethylene gas. Turning this into a habit will make it easier to keep your produce fresh for longer. Keep lettuce, leafy greens, and other salad vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and peppers separate. This includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Also keep eggplant, parsley, peas, potatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes separate from fruit. Ripen Fruits: You can take advantage of what you know about ethylene gas and naturally speed up the ripening process of certain fruits. Place unripe fruits together in a closed paper bag to quickly ripen fruits like peaches or pears. You can also “speed ripen” a solitary peach by placing it in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple.


Dozens of Congressmen Speak Out Against Tyranny -- Tell DEA Not to Ban Kratom
The Free Thought Project - According to US News, Reps. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., recruited 45 signers in the House of Representatives on Friday afternoon for two letters, which will be sent Monday to Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. This move to ban yet another highly beneficial plant by the DEA has been met with heavy backlash and multiple petitions. The backlash is entirely justified as this plant has many amazing benefits — including a potential cure for opioid addiction. “This significant regulatory action was done without any opportunity for public comment from researchers, consumers and other stakeholders,” the lawmakers say in the letter to Rosenberg. “This hasty decision could have serious effects on consumer access and choice of an internationally recognized herbal supplement.”.... In a bold-faced lie, DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno explained that “it’s not that the DEA is unsympathetic to people who have chronic pain or who are addicted to opioids.... It’s just that science says this is a problem and we need to keep people safe.” How, exactly, does declaring the highly beneficial Kratom plant, shown to be magnitudes safer than synthetic pharmaceutical opioids and heroin, as having no medical value “keep people safe”? The answer is simple — it does nothing to keep people safe. However, it does keep the DEA’s masters in the pharmaceutical industry safe.

Cannabis May Be Better For Back Pain Sufferers Than Opiates
Natural Blaze - Opioids are often prescribed for back pain, But as tolerance increases, so too do effective doses. Opioid-based painkillers can even increase chronic pain over time. For many back pain sufferers, a safe alternative to opioid and narcotic painkillers has been found in cannabis. A recent study by the University of Colorado Spine Center evaluated the potential benefit of medical cannabis, for patients who suffered from a spectrum of back problems, from muscular issues to problems with disc degeneration. The results of the study were extremely promising. Nearly 90% of the patients who used medical cannabis reported a significant reduction in the pain they experienced. Over 80% of them considered the effects of cannabis to be equal to or greater than those of narcotic opioid painkillers. In addition to acting directly as an analgesic, cannabis helps reduce spasms, a common cause of back pain. The anti-spastic properties of cannabis are still being studied, but it has shown some promise in the treatment of spasticity (and patients’ experiences of it) in MS patients. This suggests that it could be a good option for people suffering from more common muscle spasms and tension, too. In particular, the cannabinoid CBD is becoming recognized for its therapeutic effects on the muscular and nervous system – most famously as a treatment for child epilepsy.

Cure for Crohn’s disease comes closer after link to fungus discovered
What Doctors Don't Tell You - Scientists have previously blamed ulcers and bacteria for the cause of the inflammatory disease, but this week’s discovery is the first to link a fungus to the condition, and it could open the doors to new treatments. The researchers, from Case Western Reserve University, also discovered a new bacterium that’s associated with the disease. Most doctors believe that Crohn’s is caused by an abnormal response of the immune system to bacteria that we all have in our gut—but nobody has looked to see what role that fungus, also present in the intestines, plays. The researchers analysed samples from 20 Crohn’s patients for levels of bacteria and fungi, and compared them to those from 28 healthy volunteers. The Crohn’s sufferers had “strong fungal-bacterial interactions”, said the researchers, and specifically of the bacteria Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens, and the fungus Candida tropicalis. The amounts of all three were far higher in the samples taken from the Crohn’s sufferers, and the researchers also noted that the samples also had far lower amounts of beneficial bacteria. The discovery is the first to ever link a fungus to Crohn’s disease, and it’s one that could open the door to new therapies, such as different medications and probiotics.

15 Reasons to Keep Coconut Oil in Your Bathroom
Dr. Mercola - Raw, organic coconut oil, besides being good enough to eat (which we'll discuss in a minute) has a plethora of benefits apart from actual ingestion. Here's a list of 15 benefits of coconut oil, in no particular order: 1. Smooth shave — If you've been plagued by red, irritated and razor-burned skin after shaving, coconut oil is both soothing and antibacterial. 2. Rash recovery — Other rash problems from diaper rash to mild allergic reactions can be remedied using coconut oil. Propylene glycol is one chemical found in commercial moisturizers that can cause skin irritation and dermatitis. 3. Lip balm — Use coconut oil to moisturize, nourish and hydrate chapped lips without inadvertently eating endocrine disruptors…. 4. Facial cleanser — Effective as a face wash, mixing equal parts coconut oil and castor oil is known as oil cleansing. Massage it into your skin and remove gently with a warm washcloth…. 5. Makeup remover — Not only can you cleanse your face, you can remove use it as a natural makeup remover — even stubborn mascara and eyeliner. 6. Night cream — While you may not want to use coconut oil under makeup, applying it lightly before bed will hydrate your skin because its fatty acids form a natural emollient….

Pet News

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Woman Hospitalized After Being Stabbed By Her Dog (Video)
Dogington Post - When a Hudson, Colorado woman was rushed to the hospital Wednesday with a serious stab wound to the arm, hospital staff didn’t quite believe her story about how it happened. Celinda Haynes explained that her dog, Mia, who was tall enough to reach the kitchen counter, had grabbed a newly sharpened pairing knife in her mouth. Haynes tried offering treats, expecting Mia to drop her “new toy.” “When [Mia] went over to eat the treat, she ran the knife across my arm and cut a big old gash about four 5 inches long,” Haynes said. Hospital staff, suspecting domestic abuse, contacted police to investigate. “When dispatch said that there was a person who was stabbed by a dog, I had to make sure I heard that correctly,” Johnson said. “Of course, my initial thought was what’s really going on here.” After lots of questions, police found Mia to be the one and only suspect. The lucky dog won’t be charged with any crime.

Call Your Travel Agent: You Can Cuddle 500 Cats at a Time in Hawaii! (Video)
The Catington Post - Add the Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii to your kitty cuddle bucket list! People travel from all over the world to visit this sanctuary on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai, and once you take a look at these photos, it’s easy to see why: Lanai Cat Sanctuary is home to more than 500 cats – and if you visit, you’re free to hang out and pet every last one of them. They’re located on 25,000 acres and the cats are not caged. They’re free to roam wherever they want, whenever they want. The sanctuary’s executive director refers to it as the “Fur” Seasons!

Monday - September 26, 2016 - Today In History:

1777 - Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
1789 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the U.S. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General. Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
1914 - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission was established.
1950 - U.N. troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
1955 - The NY Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released concerning U.S. President Eisenhower's heart attack.
1960 - The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.
1984 - Britain and China initialed a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
1986 - William H. Rehnquist became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court following the retirement of Warren Burger.
1991 - 4 men and 4 women began their two-year stay inside the "Biosphere II." The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
1991 - The U.S. Congress heard a plea from Kimberly Bergalis concerning mandatory AIDS testing for health care workers.
1993 - The eight people who had stayed in "Biosphere II" emerged from their sealed off environment.
2001 - In Kabul, Afghanistan, the abandoned U.S. Embassy was stormed by protesters. It was the largest anti-American protest since the terror attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11.
2001 - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.
2005 - Army Pfc. Lynndie England was convicted by a military jury on six counts stemming from the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
2006 - Facebook opened to everyone at least 13 years or older with a valid email address.

World News

Russia Prepares for War, Plans to Move Thermonuclear ICBMs to Border
Kurt Nimmo - The Russians claim the deployment is in response to NATO installing a US anti-missile system in Eastern Europe in violation of previous Russian-US arms treaties.... Putin added that the US anti-missile systems currently in place in Romania and soon in Poland can be easily be repurposed to fire short and mid-range missiles. In addition to missiles and nuclear warheads, NATO and Russia have engaged in massive war games this year. NATO’s Anakonda 2016 exercise involved more than 30,000 troops, about half of them Americans, and thousands of combat vehicles from 24 nations.... “Washington might intend the military buildup as pressure on President Putin to reduce Russian opposition to Washington’s unilateralism. However, it reminds some outspoken Russians such as Vladimir Zhirinovsky of Hitler’s troops on Russia’s border in 1941,” notes Paul Craig Roberts. “To make the crisis clear for my readers and for all peoples, Washington is surrounding Russia with nuclear missile sites that can be silently converted from ABMs to first strike nuclear missiles that can reach Russian targets in a mere few minutes. Washington attempted to disguise this first strike capability with the explanation that the missiles were there to protect against an Iranian ICBM attack on Europe. This explanation was given by the US government despite the fact that everyone knows that Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons,” he writes on his website.

Russian troops arrive in Pakistan for 1st-ever joint drill
RT - Russian troops have arrived in Pakistan on Friday to take part in two-week military exercise, a first in the two countries’ modern history. Moscow and Islamabad were on opposite sides during the Cold War. Around 70 Russian soldiers and officers along with some 130 Pakistani counterparts are taking part in the war games called Friendship 2016, which kick-start on Saturday. The name is a symbolical reference to the old Cold War tensions between Moscow and Islamabad, which the two capitals are now trying to overcome. On Friday, an Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane delivered the troops to Pakistan from their home base in southern Russia. The exercise is to take place in a mountainous area in the eastern Punjab province. Both countries have long experience of counterinsurgency operations in this difficult terrain, which they want to share with each other. The exercise was first announced in January and is a signal that “Moscow and Islamabad are interested in deepening military-to-military relations,” Pakistan's ambassador to Moscow Qazi Khalilullah told TASS.

Syrian Army Discovers Turkish Manual Instructing Terrorists in Use of Nukes
Sputnik News - In the course of a recent operation to liberate a terrorist-held enclave in northern Latakia, Syrian Army troops discovered a 'manual for terrorists'. Printed in Turkey, the book teaches jihadis "the proper conduct of war on foreign soil," up to and including the use of nuclear weapons. The manual, printed in Arabic and called 'Zad al-Mujahed' (roughly, 'Fruits for the work of God's Warriors') was published in Istanbul, with its publishers making no attempt to even try to hide the book's origins. It features the logo of the Istanbul-based Guraba publishing company, contact information, and even an ISBN, inside its front cover. Speaking to Sputnik Arabic, the Syrian Army soldier who discovered the book said that it was filled with hatred and calls to war against people who don't share jihadists' faith, as well as instructions on what must be done with "enemies and their property." "The book describes how to properly burn cities captured by jihadi fighters, how to cut down all the trees, destroy all life, how to execute prisoners in the correct manner," the soldier explained. The book is banned in Syria for its radical content, and repeated calls to violence and terror. For this reason, Sputnik Arabic decided not to quote it directly.

World Bank Chief: Sweden Should Create Independent Migrant State Where Laws Don't Apply
Breitbart - Sweden could solve their migrant problem by creating a new state-within-a-state where national laws don’t apply and sending thousands of migrants and so-called refugees there, the incoming chief economist of the influential World Bank has said.... Suggesting the zone could model itself on British Hong Kong, the senior economist said it could bring enormous benefit at no cost to the taxpayer.... “That could take millions of people who would support themselves, and not have to cost anything… It is important that this free zone should be considered independent, with its own laws and rules, and not as part of Sweden. “Those who live there would not be Swedish citizens, but would live their lives completely separately from the rest of society.” The economist has already suggested a similar zone for the United States, using the land in Guantanamo Bay to create an autonomous colony for refugees and migrants.... Yet the European experience of newly arrived migrants has predominantly not been like that of Hong Kong, where Chinese arrivals were entrepreneurial.... Of the over one million migrants that arrived in 2015, most have been found to be “unemployable” as the vast majority have absolutely no qualifications whatsoever.

Zika Virus News

Mayors say state ordered them to keep Zika mosquito sites secret
Miami Herald - The mayors of Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach on Sunday accused the Florida Department of Health of lying after the state agency said last week that it never told local officials to hide the locations in Miami Beach where mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus were captured. Florida's health department strongly denied instructing local officials to keep the information confidential - and said the decision was entirely up to Miami-Dade - after the Miami Herald reported on Friday that a county attorney said the state agency had ordered them to keep it a secret. The statement was made during a court hearing for the Miami Herald's lawsuit against Miami-Dade seeking the locations of traps in Miami Beach where mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus were captured this month. The suit seeks disclosure of the locations on grounds that the information would help the public make decisions about precautions to take if they live or work nearby, and also inform the community debate on the use of the controversial insecticide naled.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US soldiers want fewer ‘nation building’ interventions, more attention at home - poll
RT - After 15 years of wars, a majority of US service members are deeply skeptical about America’s foreign interventions. The US should focus on homeland defense and jobs instead of invading and “stabilizing” countries like Afghanistan or Iraq, a new poll shows. Most active-duty members of the US military would prefer the government to refrain from overseas missions involving so-called nation-building, a number of costly and ambiguous efforts to reconstruct post-war countries, according to a poll run by the Military Times and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)…. About 55 percent of service members said they “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” those efforts, while 23 percent responded positively to an idea of carrying out such missions. The remaining 22 percent were either unsure or of no opinion on the issue. The majority of US servicemen surveyed by the Military Times and IVMF believe that the government should be more involved in combatting terrorism (62 percent), homeland defense (68 percent), cyber security (81 percent) and nuclear deterrence (51 percent). Notably, the troops expressed the most negative response on delivering foreign military aid to the US allies. About 62 percent said they believe Washington should be less involved with the foreign aid, and just 10 percent said the US must proceed with it.

Obama's veto of 9/11 bill faces quick override
Washington Times - Congressional leaders of both parties have vowed a swift override of President Obama’s veto of a bill that would give families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the ability to sue Saudi Arabia, which would be the first such reversal of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Mr. Obama said in his veto message Friday that he has “deep sympathy” for the families of the victims, but the bill would invite retaliatory lawsuits against U.S. personnel abroad and would weaken national security by allowing individual judges, instead of the executive branch, to designate foreign governments as sponsors of terrorism.... Some lawmakers called immediately for Congress to override the veto, which requires a two-thirds vote. The House and Senate approved the measure by voice votes.... Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said they would have signed the bill. Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, called the veto “shameful.”.... Fifteen of the 19 al Qaeda suicide hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens. Saudi Arabia has denied that its government or any of its top officials played any role in supporting or encouraging the attacks.

Obama used pseudonym in emails with Hillary Clinton: FBI
Washington Times - The president’s previously unreported use of a pen name is referenced in notes from federal investigators’ April 5, 2016 interview with Huma Abedin, one of Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides, contained within 189 pages of records released late Friday afternoon by the FBI concerning its review of the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server while in office.... The FBI’s revelation quickly spurred questions about the president’s past claims concerning his knowledge of Mrs. Clinton’s private email server.... The New York Times reported in March 2015 that congressional investigators determined Mrs. Clinton had used her private email server exclusively while in office, and the president said days later then he became aware of her set-up at the “same time everybody else learned it through news reports.” Thousands of emails from Mrs. Clinton’s personal account have since been released by the State Department, but the president’s attorneys have prevented the disclosure of any correspondence involving Mr. Obama by citing “presidential communications privilege.” As a result, neither Mr. Obama’s pseudonym nor the contents of his email with Mrs. Clinton, including the one shown to Ms. Abedin, have been made publicly available.

Suspect in fatal shooting of five at Washington state mall captured, identified
Reuters - The gunman believed to have opened fire with a rifle at a Washington state mall, killing five people, was captured on Saturday one day after the attack, authorities said. Authorities identified the shooter as Arcan Cetin, 20, a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington. Police said he was taken into custody without incident in Oak Harbor, some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Burlington where the shooting occurred 24 hours earlier. The gunman began shooting at the Cascade Mall around 7 p.m. local time on Friday in the cosmetics section of a Macy's department store, police said, killing four women as well as one man who died later at a hospital. Police told reporters nothing is yet known about Cetin's possible motive but they were not ruling out anything, including terrorism. They described his demeanor when apprehended as "zombie like," and said he was unarmed. They said he was born in Turkey, and described his status as that of a "legal, permanent resident" in the United States. Surveillance video from the mall in Burlington, around 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle, showed the gunman walked into the shopping center without a rifle, but later caught him brandishing the weapon, Mount Vernon Police Lieutenant Chris Cammock said.

REPORT: Keith Lamont Scott shot handgun at Texas officers in 2005
Christian Times Newspaper - The friends and family of Keith Lamont Scott, the African-American Charlotte man shot and killed by police this week, portray him as a “family man” and “likable.” However, new details are emerging about Scott’s troubled past… Scott had a long police record that included gun violations. Christian Times Newspaper has learned, and it has been confirmed by the Charlotte Observer, that Scott was convicted in April 2004 of a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charge in Mecklenburg County, and other charges were dismissed: including felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault on a female, and communicating threats. Scott was also charged with assault with intent to kill in 1995. The most shocking find in Scott’s record, however, is what occurred in Bexar County, Texas in 2005. In March of that year, Scott was sentenced to 15 months in state prison for evading arrest, and in July, he was consecutively sentenced to seven years on a conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon…. One source, who asked CTN to refrain from using her name to protect her identity, told reporters that Scott fired a handgun at San Antonio police officers when they attempted to detain him in February 2005 after noticing that he was driving erratically. (Scott had a history of drunk driving, according to court records). Allegedly, as the officers approached Scott’s black Ford sedan, he fired two rounds from the driver’s seat and then sped away. Neither of the officers was hit, and they proceeded to give chase and detain Scott several blocks away. While Scott did leave the gun in his passenger’s seat when he attempted to run on-foot, he did, according to our source, assault one officer by punching him in the face. Scott was released from Texas state prison in 2011.

Video: Protesters accost black man as he hugs Charlotte police officers
The Blaze - [Profaniy] Amid all the violence, frustration and yelling, one man has descended into Charlotte to offer law enforcement officers something they probably aren’t expecting: a hug. But when Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., a black man, began hugging two Charlotte police officers during the protests Wednesday night, infuriated demonstrators began verbally assaulting him for the kind gesture…. Nwadike told the frustrated crowd that he understands their concerns, adding that he’s “hurt” just like them, but warned against making sweeping generalizations about law enforcement officers, comparing it to when some people make assumptions about all black people. As he continued to defend his decision to hug the officers because “love is free,” he appeared to be persuading some of the demonstrators.… “The thing is,” Nwadike explained, “I see them as human beings, just like I see everybody on this side as human beings.” “His uniform doesn’t make him a robot,” he said, pointing at the collection of police officers behind him. “Just like your uniform — your skin color — doesn’t make you a criminal, and that’s what I need people to understand.” “This [police officer] gave me a hug and [this protester] wants to fight me because of that,” he continued. “How does that make sense? We’re spreading more hate into the world, and that’s what’s frustrating me. We can’t love one another? It doesn’t make sense.” Nwadike is the founder of the peace initiative known as the Free Hugs Project. According to the group’s Facebook page, the organization “spreads love, inspires change and raises awareness of social issues through motivational videos.”

Texas Governor Stands Firm on State’s Fetus Burial Rule
Breitbart - The Texas Tribune reported that the Texas Governor said he thinks the remains of fetuses should not be “treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.” He added, “it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life.” Abbott vows that his “LIFE Initiative” will enact the changes that will make the Lone Star State “the strongest pro-life state in the nation […] Governor Abbott announced his LIFE Initiative program designed to provide even greater protections for children in the womb… The initiative also aims at preventing the sale of baby body parts.

Superintendent Warns Homeschoolers: ‘I Will … Question Parents As I See Fit’
Off the Grid News - David Hile, the superintendent for the Licking Valley Local School District in Ohio, asked to see the detailed (subset) test results for an unidentified homeschool student in Newark, Ohio, who had scored well above the minimum requirement. That is more information than is required by Ohio state law, HSDLA attorney Michael P. Donnelly pointed out in an email to Hale. The student scored in the 30th percentile of a standardized test, and the state minimum is the 25th percentile. Hile, though, thought the student’s score was too low. Ohio law states: “Any child that has a composite score at or above the twenty-fifth percentile shall be deemed to be performing at a level of reasonable proficiency.”… “It is my responsibility under the law,” Hile insisted in a letter to Donnelly, “… to ensure that children in my district are receiving an adequate education [and] I take that responsibility very seriously, whether those children are in our schools or homeschooled. I will continue to question parents as I see fit.”… “Hile’s response was an over-the-top and overbearing reaction to a simple point of clarification,” Donnelly said. “His attitude reflects an arrogance that implies homeschoolers are not up to the task of educating their children. The facts show that the reverse is true, and I will happily defend our members when they encounter problems with similar public school officials.”

Election News

Updated Presidential Rally Data – TRUMP Has 80 Times More Attendees than Hillary Clinton
The Gateway Pundit - Donald Trump is increasing his lead over Hillary Clinton in the number of campaign rallies and in the number of participants at these rallies since the major party conventions. When accounting for only campaign rallies held by the Republican and Democrat Presidential candidates since August 1st (i.e. not counting fundraisers and engagements other than rallies), Trump is blowing Clinton away in number of events and in number of attendees. In August Trump held 32 campaign rallies to Hillary’s 11 and he had attendance at these rallies of twenty times Hillary with nearly 200,000 participants to her 10,000. In September the data is even more lopsided. Through the first 24 days in September, Trump has held 21 rallies to Clinton’s 6 and his rallies have been attended by nearly 100,000 to Clinton’s nearly 2,000. As a result Trump has had 54 times the number of attendees at his events than Hillary in September! In total Trump has held 3 times the number of events since August 1st (53 to 17) which have been attended by 25 times the number of participants with nearly 300,000 at Trump events compared to less than 12,000 at Clinton events! Clinton has only held 7 events since August 17th which account for a paltry 2,250 in attendance. On the other hand, Trump has held 32 events since August 17th which were attended by nearly 188,000 people. In this time period Trump has more than 80 times the number of attendees at his campaign events than Clinton.

Leaked DNC Email, Ohio and PA Voters Called “White Trash”
Government Slaves - In July, WikiLeaks revealed many dark and corrupt secrets of the DNC, and how they rigged the election against Sen. Bernie Sanders and in favor of Hillary Clinton. The leaks also showed that Democrats were often quite racist in their emails when referring to voters and demographics that make up this country. In one email, Democrats referred to Hispanics as their “taco bowl engagement.” As racist and bigoted as that is, sadly, there were dozens more just like that. An email was also released from the DNC that regarded the two battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the email, the DNC is caught again categorically labeling millions of Americans in ways that are deplorable, and we should never let them forget that they used this type of language. Here is the despicable email: “They’re blue collar, poor white trash, and similar to ‘the Jew’s’ supporters and we can peal them away.” “They cling to their guns, their bibles, and they’ll believe anything we tell them.” It should never be forgotten that the Democrats are the ones that wrote these emails. They were not doctored or manipulated, these are the words they chose to describe Ohio and Pennsylvania voters.

Clinton Wants 65% Estate Taxes (But Not on Her Family)
Breitbart - The Clinton campaign estimates that the increase would raise an addition $75 billion in revenue over the next decade. The current rate maxes out at 40 percent. But Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill have created a number of tax shelters in recent years to dramatically limit their payment of the very same tax. As Bloomberg reported back in 2014: “To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial planning strategies befitting the top 1 percent of U.S. households in wealth.” In 2010 the Clinton created “residential trusts” and the following year moved their Chappaqua estate into the trust, according to their financial records. As David Scott Sloan, a partner at the firm Holland Knight explained the Clinton trust to CBS News, “You’re creating things that are going to be on the nontaxable side of the balance sheet when they die.” The move will save the Clintons hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes, according to accountants quoted by Bloomberg. Even more substantial, the Clintons created a life insurance trust in 2010, which will shelter life insurance payments from estate taxes. This is their second such trust. The first was created in 1996, according to financial disclosures.

Ted Cruz announces his support for Donald Trump
RT - After running a highly critical and acrimonious campaign against the Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has come out in support of the nominee, two months after the GOP convention. “After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” Senator Cruz wrote on a Facebook post. I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word,” Cruz added. “Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.” The Texas Senator said there were six policy reasons that helped him reached his decision. Among them that the new president will be responsible for appointing as many as four new justices for the Supreme Court. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue,” wrote Cruz. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices “in the mold of Scalia.” The other five reasons were Trump’s willingness to repeal Obamacare, to reduce regulations for the oil and gas industry, revoking executive amnesty for undocumented immigrants, his willingness to stop unvetted refugees and Trump’s opposition to Obama’s plan to “hand over control of the Internet to an international community of stakeholders, including Russia, China, and Iran.”

Oh, Good: Investigation in Colorado Finds Dead People Are Casting Ballots
Townhall - A CBS4 investigation in several Colorado counties dug up some disturbing anecdotes of people "voting" several years after they died, and questions are being raised as to how dead voters are receiving ballots.... These ballots were not cast by in-person voting, but were instead cast via mailed ballots. The names of the deceased were not removed from the voter rolls, despite the fact that the voters were not actually alive to vote. At least an additional 78 dead people were still listed as "eligible" voters in Colorado. For what it's worth, Colorado already has a voter ID law, but evidently this isn't enough to prevent all forms of fraud. Colorado's Secretary of State Wayne Williams is taking this new investigation seriously and will be taking proactive steps in order to prevent additional voter fraud in the upcoming election. Williams confirmed to CBS4 that, “It is impossible to vote from the grave legally."

Video: Weird: Gary Johnson Sticks Tongue at Reporter During Interview
Adan Salazar - We thought we’d seen the last of third party presidential candidate Gary Johnson after his infamous “Aleppo” flub, but the former New Mexico governor has seemingly managed to outdo himself. Amid arguing he would poll as well as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton if he were allowed at the debates, the Libertarian party candidate bizarrely began sticking his tongue out at the reporter interviewing him seated less than a foot away. “It wouldn’t have anything to do with my debate performance either,” Johnson told NBC reporter Kasie Hunt. “It would just be that people would recognize that there’s another choice, and that there would be an examination of me and Bill Weld as who we are and what we’ve done and – based on that.” Johnson next sticks his tongue out at Hunt in an effort to make his point. “I’m not gonna stand up there for the whole debate and not say anything and [incomprehensible].” Johnson’s weird stunt follows an embarrassing mental lapse he suffered during an MSNBC interview in which he was unable to comment on the civil war ravaged Syrian city of “Aleppo.” If ever there was a chance for a third party to win the election, Gary Johnson has practically done everything in his power to stop that from happening.

Economy & Business

Heidi Cruz Returns to Goldman Sachs in New Role in Houston
Bloomberg - Heidi Cruz, who left Goldman Sachs Group Inc. last year to help her husband Ted Cruz in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, is returning to the bank in a newly created role in the Houston office. Cruz, 44, will concentrate on helping to win new clients, focusing on strategic relationships, according to a memo to staff Friday from Tucker York, global head of private-wealth management for the New York-based firm.... Cruz, a managing director, was head of the Houston office last year when she took unpaid leave to help with her husband’s ultimately unsuccessful campaign. A Harvard Business School graduate who worked in President George W. Bush’s administration, she joined the firm in 2005 and was promoted to managing director, the company’s second-highest rank, in 2012.

Energy & Environment

Will the Gulf of Mexico Remain a Dumping Ground for Offshore Fracking Waste?
Common Dreams - Federal documents obtained this year by the Center for Biological Diversity revealed that the Obama administration approved more than 1,200 offshore fracks in 630 different wells in the Gulf from 2010 to 2014. The fracking took place off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama — with no public involvement or site-specific tests done beforehand to evaluate the environmental impact. Given that it takes millions of gallons of water to frack a single well, and that on its way into the earth to force out oil or gas reserves the water becomes contaminated with radioactive elements, heavy metals and other toxic compounds, you might wonder: Where is all that offshore fracking wastewater going?… A Center analysis found that oil companies operating in federal waters off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana discharged more than 76 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico in 2014 alone — and now the Obama administration is considering whether to allow the dumping to continue…. The fracking-related dumping adds to the considerable burden of toxic oil and gas pollution already borne by the Gulf. The region is still recovering from the 2010 BP oil spill disaster, which dumped some 200 million gallons of crude into Gulf waters. The EPA hasn’t indicated a timeframe for releasing the final permit on fracking wastewater dumping. However, the current permit expired on March 31, 2015 and has been administratively extended.

‘Desecration’: Protest against bulldozing of Native American burial grounds for Dakota pipeline
RT - Almost 1,300 archeologists, museum directors and historians have signed a letter to the Obama administration protesting the destruction of Native American burial grounds by the builders of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP). The Standing Rock Sioux Nation identified a location near Cannonball, North Dakota as a recently discovered ancient burial site and made a court filing to protect it September 3. Within hours, employees of Energy Transfer Partners showed up – flanked by private security and guard dogs – and bulldozed the site, says the letter signed by 1,281 archeologists, anthropologists and museum professionals. “Many of us put countless hours into developing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to prevent burial desecration of this type, yet the pipeline was approved without a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and the cultural resources survey did not involve proper consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes in the region,” said the letter, addressed to President Barack Obama, the United States Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Initiated by the Natural History Museum, the letter has been endorsed by curators, museum directors, academics and historians, ranging from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Chicago Field Museum to institutions in Brazil, Canada and Micronesia. On September 9, a federal judge in Washington, DC rejected the request by the Standing Rock Sioux to halt the DAP, saying that the federal authorities had “likely complied” with the National Historic Preservation Act and that the tribe had not shown it would suffer injury from the construction.

Bridgeton landfill operator settles suit with 34 homeowners
KOMU News - The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill that is the source of a strong odor due to an underground fire has reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by nearly three dozen nearby residents. Bridgeton Landfill LLC announced the settlement Friday with 34 residents. Their lawsuits claimed that they could not enjoy their own properties because of the often-horrific smell emanating from the landfill. Terms were not disclosed. The landfill's parent company, Republic Services, is spending millions of dollars to abate the smell and to ensure that the fire doesn't spread. The fire is particularly concerning because the adjacent West Lake Landfill, also owned by Republic Services, houses Cold War-era nuclear waste that was illegally buried there four decades ago.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto Acquires Licensing Rights for “Genetically Edited” Crops
Natural Blaze - On Thursday, Monsanto announced a new partnership with the Broad Institute, a project of MIT and Harvard that focuses on a biomedical and genomic research. The new partnership grants Monsanto non-exclusive licensing for agriculture applications of CRISPR-Cas technology for use in seed development…. While GM foods are created when foreign genes are inserted into a plant, genetic editing modifies “through the insertion, deletion, or altering of existing genes of interest,” which could be used to prevent a crop from turning brown. Monsanto is now hoping these differences will make the crops more marketable than GMO products. Monsanto is not the only biotechnology company to invest in CRISPR technology. DuPont Pioneer has also struck a deal with Caribou Biosciences to license its own CRISPR crops. Monsanto and DuPont are hoping that both the public and the U.S. government are accepting of genetically edited crops. Technically, a crop edited via CRISPR is not a GMO, at least not in the fashion that most of the public understands…. Based on the USDA’s decision not to regulate or label the genetically edited crops it is likely that Monsanto and DuPont will continue to invest in CRISPR technology. Business Insider notes that since 2013, “researchers have experimented with it in a number of crops, including oranges, potatoes, wheat, rice, and tomatoes.”


Control of Communicable Diseases Dissenting Comment to the CDC
Natural Blaze - The comment period for the CDC’s Proposed Rule Control of Communicable Diseases is due by Friday, October 14, 2016, and should be filed at the CDC’s official website for that proposed rulemaking found here…. We need at least a million comments, or more, in order to have an impact, or at least get the CDC’s attention…. [The] Proposed Rule Summary CDC Docket No. CDC-2016-0068 “Through this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is amending its domestic (interstate) and foreign quarantine regulations to best protect the public health of the United States. These amendments are being proposed to aid public health responses to outbreaks of communicable diseases such as the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in history, the recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, and repeated outbreaks and responses to measles in the United States, as well as the ongoing threat of other new or re-emerging communicable diseases. The provisions contained herein provide additional clarity to various safeguards to prevent the importation and spread of communicable diseases affecting human health into the United States and interstate.”… Since the CDC’s proposed rulemaking impacts and denies basic human rights, e.g., NO right of Informed Consent, plus the DENIAL of Ownership of One’s Body, the proposed rulemaking is vigorously objected to. Furthermore, the CDC is usurping what is the purview of the U.S. Congress, which is the ONLY legal law making entity in the United States of America.

Case Studies on Intravenous Vitamin C as a Cancer Cure Could Unravel Big Pharma
Natural Blaze - The Canada Medical Association Journal has recently re-published a startling scientific paper that deserves a great deal of attention that patients, doctors, and the general public need to be aware of…. The article confirms that the Mayo clinic, in dismissing Cameron-Pauling’s work, used oral rather than IV vitamin C, never coming near the plasma concentrations of vitamin C that Cameron-Pauling work had. The Mayo Clinic then used the “results” of their inadequate amount of vitamin C in their non-Cameron-Pauling protocol to undermine the use of vitamin C for treating cancer and put off this cheap, non-toxic effective treatment for cancer for decades.
Related: IV Vitamin C Will Stop Growth Of Aggressive Forms Of Cancer

Ginger: A natural alternative to aspirin
(NaturalHealth365) NaturalHealth365) Many doctors tell their patients to take an aspirin a day to prevent heart disease. It’s become such an accepted practice that I see patients in my clinic who started taking it on their own just because they figured it was a “good idea.”… Keep in mind, aspirin is still a drug. So that means there are still some risks involved with its use. The main risk is excessive bleeding. Other risks include kidney and liver failure, ulcers, tinnitus and hemorrhagic stroke if you use it too much…. Taking a little bit of ginger every day can give your heart a real boost. That’s because it contains 12 antioxidant compounds more powerful than vitamin E. Antioxidants combat free radicals in your body. And flavonoids, a type of antioxidant found in ginger, are especially good for your heart. One study looked at the dietary flavonoid intake of 1,400 men. Researchers found that the men who got the least amount of flavonoids had the worst carotid artery diameter and the highest risk of heart disease…. Research shows it reduces oxidation, which can inflame the lining of your arteries…. Studies also show that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It works the same way aspirin does, by blocking COX-2 — the enzyme that promotes inflammation. And inflammation is the leading cause of heart disease and other chronic illnesses…. By law, their owners aren’t allowed to visit due to the potential for exposure.

Pet News

Extremely Lethal to Pets Yet Found in Most Homes and Often in Harm's Way
Dr. Becker - Please don't drop or leave this type of pill laying out where your pet can get it. Some varieties are more risky than others, due to their propensity for being left out where pets can indulge. And be forewarned: some pets are remarkably clever at opening containers…. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AFMA) reported the top 10 medications that are most often involved in pet poisonings reported to the ASPCA’s APCC hotline. If you have any of these in your home, be sure they are kept safely out of your pet’s reach at all times. 1. Ibuprofen, such as Advil and Motrin, often has a sweet outer coating that seems tasty to pets. If ingested, it can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure. Ibuprofen is just one type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that may harm your pet…. 2. Tramadol (brand name Ultram) is a pain reliever that’s sometimes prescribed to pets as well as people. However, if your pet consumes too much, it can lead to sedation, disorientation, vomiting, tremors and seizures. 3. Alprazolam (Xanax) - This anti-anxiety medication is sometimes prescribed as a sleep aid as well. In pets, ingesting it may lead to sleepiness (or in some cases agitation), drops in blood pressure, weakness and collapse. They pose a significant risk because many people keep them on their nightstands in order to take them just before bedtime. 4. Adderall contains amphetamines and is often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. It acts as a stimulant in pets, however, and may lead to life-threatening elevated heart rate and body temperature, hyperactivity, tremors and seizures. The ADHD medications Concerta and Ritalin may have similar effects….


Video: Hillary Drunk During Last Speech - Such a shame…

Friday - September 23, 2016 - Today In History:

1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held.
1779 - John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying "I have not yet begun to fight!"
1780 - John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British.
1806 - The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, MO, and ended the trip to the Pacific Northwest.
1838 - Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S. Presidency.
1951 - The first transcontinental telecast was received on the west coast. The show "Crusade for Freedom" was broadcast by CBS-TV from New York.
1952 - Richard Nixon gave his "Checkers Speech". At the time he was a candidate for U.S. vice-president.
1957 - Nine black students withdrew from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas due to the white mob outside.
1962 - New York's Philharmonic Hall opened. It was the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
1981 - The Reagan administration announced its plans for what became known as Radio Marti.
1986 - Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.
1990 - Iraq publicly threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and to attack Israel if any nation tried to force it from Kuwait.
1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors find documents detailing Iraq's secret nuclear weapons program. In Baghdad it triggered a standoff with authorities in Iraq.
1993 - The Israeli parliament ratified the Israel-PLO accord.
1999 - A 17-month-old girl fell 230 feet from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl had bruises but no broken limbs from the fall onto a rocky ledge.

World News

Video: US airstrikes on Syrian troops were ‘intentional,’ lasted nearly 1 hour – Assad to AP
RT - Syrian President Bashar Assad says that US airstrikes which killed 62 Syrian government troops were “intentional” and they lasted for an hour. He added that the US “does not have the will” to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria. Speaking to the Associated Press in Damascus, the Syrian leader denied that the airstrikes carried out by the US near Deir ez-Zor on September 17 were an accident. Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 were injured, according to the Syrian military. Assad said they were “intentionally” targeted. “It was not an accident by one airplane; it was four airplanes which kept attacking the position of the Syrian troops for nearly one hour or maybe a little bit more than one hour,” Assad told AP, adding they were attacking a large area that “constituted of many hills” adjacent to where the Syrian troops were stationed. Assad also questioned how IS was able to launch an attack so quickly after the airstrike. “The IS troops attacked at the very same time as the American strike. How could they know that America was going to attack that position in order to gather their militants right away and attack it one hour after the strike. It was definitely intentional and not unintentional,” he added. The Pentagon said the airstrikes on Syrian troops were an accident and that they were aimed at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists. Assad also claimed that the US is not interested in fighting terrorists in Syria, saying that Washington “lacks the will” to join Russia in trying to eliminate extremist groups.

Syria Army launches offensive on Aleppo as ceasefire plan crumbles
The Guardian - The Syrian military has announced a major new offensive on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, after a withering bombardment that ended all talk of restoring a US-Russian ceasefire and raising questions over whether the ceasefire had been a tactical ploy by the Assad regime and its Russian sponsors. The announcement was made as the US secretary of state, John Kerry, met his Russian opposite number, Sergey Lavrov, and other foreign ministers on the margins of a United Nations summit in New York. The meeting was supposed to have explored ways of restoring a weeklong Syrian ceasefire, which had collapsed when the Syrian military declared itself no longer bound by the deal negotiated 10 days before by Kerry and Lavrov, and a UN humanitarian convoy was hit by airstrikes while delivering food and medicines to an opposition area…. Residents of eastern Aleppo said airstrikes continued through the night and into late Thursday afternoon. Doctors and activists said they had not yet updated the death toll, which stood at 49 for Wednesday, because the dead and wounded were too numerous and hospitals were under pressure…. On Thursday, the Syrian American Medical Society, which operates and supports several hospitals in the country, said one of its facilities in Aleppo had been targeted overnight with cluster munitions. The UN said a clinic had been destroyed in Khan Tuman district, killing medical staff and with civilians still reportedly trapped under the rubble. The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, denied his government was responsible for the repeated bombing of hospitals.

AP leaks one of the 5 Syria ceasefire docs, Moscow says always wanted them public
RT - AP news agency has published a leaked document from the Russia-US brokered Syria ceasefire deal, one of five such documents. Moscow says it has always called on Washington to make the ceasefire documents public. The text leaked by AP represents part of the ceasefire agreement signed between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, on September 9 in Geneva. Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday that Russia had always called for the documents to be made public. “We believe that the publishing of these documents will contribute directly to their implementation and the way toward the Syrian settlement," the diplomat went on to say. Zakharova added, however, that she is surprised that the documents have been leaked instead of publishing them “on the official website of the State Department.” The document in question includes the details of the initial two-day ceasefire, which came into effect on September 12. Both Russia and the US agreed to use their influence on the western-backed rebels and the Syrian government to stick to the truce. Humanitarian aid deliveries are also described in detail by the document.
Related: Text of Syria cease-fire deal

Germany calls for ‘complete ban’ on all military flights over Syria to save ceasefire
RT - Germany’s foreign minister is calling for a temporary ban on all military aircraft flying over Syria to try and preserve the current ceasefire. Earlier US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that only Russian and Syrian planes should be grounded. Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that all military aircraft, including those belonging to the US, should be temporarily banned from flying over Syria for a week…. “If the ceasefire is to stand any chance [of succeeding], the only path is a temporary, but complete ban of all military aircraft movement in Syria - for at least three days, better would be seven days,” Steinmeier said. His comments come in the wake of the US Air Force admitting it killed 62 Syrian government troops during an airstrike aimed at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists near Deir ez-Zor on September 17…. Steinmeier’s comments come after Kerry demanded that Russian and Syrian planes should be grounded immediately, adding that he believed this was the only way to salvage the ceasefire and find a way “out of the carnage.”… Moscow has criticized Kerry’s plan to keep Russian and Syrian planes out of the skies, while adding that the US had come to its conclusions about Russia being responsible for the attack on the aid convoy despite an investigation not having taken place.
Related: No-fly zone would ‘require war with Syria and Russia’ – top US general

Russian Missile Kills 30 Israeli Intelligence Officers In Syria
TEHRAN (FNA) - The Russian warships stationed in Syria's coastal waters targeted and destroyed a foreign military operations room, killing over two dozen Israeli and western intelligence officers. "The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers," the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted battlefield source in Aleppo as saying on Wednesday. The operations room was located in the Western part of Aleppo province in the middle of sky-high Sam'an mountain and old caves. The region is deep into a chain of mountains. Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: The REAL Cost of the War of Terror
James Corbett - In the 15 years since 9/11, $1 trillion has been spent building up the police state in the American “homeland” itself. Meanwhile, the Defense Department has been spending over $600 billion per year maintaining the American military in the post-9/11 era. $4 to $6 trillion of that was spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, the most expensive wars in US history. Combined defense spending, including Homeland Security, DoD, State Department, defense related debt interest and other defense costs, has reached the highest levels in modern history over the past decade. From a Cold War era high in the 1980s of $3500 for every man, woman and child in the United States to a 1990s low of $2500, that figure has since breached $4000. Just look at the chart; it isn’t hard to see exactly when the trend reversed and the good times began to flow for the military-industrial contractors: It was 9/11, the birthday of the war of terror and the new era of homeland security. There are other numbers we could throw in here: The billions upon billions in military aid sent to the co-perpetrators of the war of terror, including the $38 billion that has been promised Israel over the next 10 years. The $1.5 trillion joke known as the F-35 fighter jet. The $6.5 trillion of “year-end adjustments” in the ongoing, never-ending saga of the Pentagon’s missing trillions. But we have to be careful not to fall into the psychopaths’ trap. The real costs of the war of terror cannot be measured in dollars and cents. They are not tallied in a ledger. They are not about money at all.

White House Hacked: DC Leaks Releases New Emails Of White House Staffer
Zero Hedge - DC Leaks has just revealed its latest email hack of White House staffer Ian Mellul. According to DC Leaks, Mellul works in the White House to coordinate official trips for the First Lady and VP Biden while also serving on Hillary's presidential campaign. The emails come from Mellul's personal gmail account, spanning February 2015 through July 2016, and contain a mix of detailed planning logistics, internal campaign chatter and other materials from both the White House and Clinton campaign. A full list of the emails can be reviewed on the DC Leaks website…. The leaks included the alleged passport of Michelle Obama… And logistics photos, like the one below, intended to coordinate press events for the Hillary campaign. The White House declined to comment on the leak but both the LinkedIn and Twitter accounts for Mellul were deleted on Thursday morning. Of course, the key question here remains why is official government business being conducted through personal gmail accounts in obvious violation of the federal records act? Moreover, who exactly at the White House thinks it's acceptable to send Michelle Obama's passport to the gmail account of a 22 year old recent college grad?

Charlotte police chief: Shooting video won't be made public
Fox News - After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man, the city's police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott's shooting "to the masses." Asked if there was a time at which the public could expect to see it, Chief Kerr Putney said there should be no such expectation... Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said the police department has both dashcam and body camera footage of the shooting. But Officer Brentley Vinson -- the black officer who shot Scott -- was not wearing a body camera, the police chief said…. North Carolina recently passed a law that blocks the release of police recordings from body or dashboard cameras with limited exceptions. But that law is not set to take effect until October. “Technology like dashboard cameras and body cameras can be very helpful, but when used by itself technology can also mislead and misinform, which causes other issues and problems within our community,” Gov. Pat McCrory said after signing the bill into law in July.

Guns Sell Out In Charlotte As Local Police Refuses To Release Shooting Video
Zero Hedge - With both a state of emergency implemented and the national guard deployed in Charlotte overnight following a second night of rioting, there was hope the mood in the city tonight would be less violent. That however, may prove optimistic now that the Charlotte police announced they do not plan - for now - to release a video showing the fatal shooting of Keith Scott by officers, and which that has sparked two nights of violent protests in North Carolina's largest city, the department's chief said on Thursday. The video will only be shown to the family of Keith Scott, 43, who was shot dead by a black police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said. The reason the video is relevant is because many of the protesters dispute the official account of Scott's death…. At Hyatt Guns, one of the nation's largest, staff arrived Thursday morning after the second night of riots and encountered a line of buyers. "First off, our prayers are with law enforcement this morning. People are afraid. They see lunacy in the streets being perpetrated by criminals and they are gearing up to protect themselves," Justin Anderson, director of marketing for Hyatt Guns told Secrets. He added that sales of self defense weapons has been swift this week, both in person and online.

Governor calls out National Guard as Charlotte police shooting protests continue
The News Observer - Protests turned violent for a second night in Charlotte after Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man. Late Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for the city and deployed the National Guard and State Highway Patrol troopers to assist local police. One person was shot at the protest and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Medic said. The city initially reported that he died, but later retracted that, saying he was on life-support…. Moments earlier, police fired tear gas at protesters at the entrance to the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte. Loud booms sounded, and police said explosives had been used…. Given the “ongoing civil unrest,” Bank of America told its employees not to report to their uptown offices on Thursday. Shortly before 9 p.m., the Charlotte Area Transit System discontinued street car service, closed the uptown Transportation Center and moved it to Carson Street. Hours later, CATS stopped Lynx service and ended bus service at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Video: Charlotte Riots: What They're NOT Telling You
Paul Joseph Watson - MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says the rioting thugs in Charlotte are “peaceful”! This is NOT a protest, it's a violent riot by criminal, gang-member thugs. Why are MSNBC and CNN calling it a “peaceful protest”?

Tulsa police officer who killed Terence Crutcher charged with manslaughter
The Guardian - The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday has been charged with manslaughter, prosecutors announced on Thursday afternoon. Tulsa County’s district attorney, Steve Kunzweiler, said he had filed a first-degree manslaughter charge against Betty Shelby, the white police officer who killed Terence Crutcher last week…. A court filing by prosecutors said Shelby “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shot Crutcher because he was refusing to comply with her orders. Shelby “reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation”, according to an affidavit from Doug Campbell, Kunzweiler’s chief investigator, who alleged that she became “emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted”. Kunzweiler said a warrant has been issued for Shelby’s arrest and “arrangements are being made for her surrender to the Tulsa County sheriff’s department,” where Shelby was previously employed. Shelby shot Crutcher, 40, in the right side of his chest during an encounter beside Crutcher’s SUV on 16 September…. A first-degree manslaughter charge carries a sentence of at least four years in prison. Crutcher’s death remains under investigation by federal authorities.

Connecticut police were caught on video making up charges against man who filmed them
Business Insider Sep. 20, 2016 - Connecticut State Police troopers unwittingly captured themselves on video appearing to make up charges against a protester, according to lawsuit reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, claims three Connecticut state troopers accidentally filmed themselves discussing what infractions a protester committed after confiscating his camera…. The ACLU lawsuit alleges Connecticut State Police violated Michael Picard's First and Fourth Amendment rights. The video was filmed on Picard's camera on September 11, 2015. That night, Picard was filming the state troopers on a road where a DUI checkpoint was set up. Picard routinely protested such checkpoints, filmed police at these stops, and posted the videos on YouTube. Barone approached Picard after receiving a call about a man with a gun, the lawsuit claims. Picard was wearing a holster with a pistol that he had a permit to carry. In the video Barone argued with Picard over his right to film the troopers and later confiscated the camera and his pistol, the lawsuit claimed. The troopers then deliberated on what citations Picard would receive over the incident while the camera was still recording. “So, we can hit him with reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian and creating a public disturbance, and whatever he said,” Sgt. John Jacobi says in the video, according to The Post.

NAACP: Betsy Ross Flag Racist
Kit Daniels - The historic Betsy Ross flag associated with the American Revolution is racist, the NAACP claims. The flag, which represents the 13 colonies by using stars arranged in a circle, was described by the NAACP Greater Grand Rapids Branch of Michigan as a symbol of the “racist” Patriot movement. Chapter president Cle J. Jackson attacked the flag after Forest Hills Center High School students brought one to a Sept. 9 football game alongside a Trump flag…. Interestingly, during the nationwide purge of the Confederate flag in 2015, radio host Rush Limbaugh warned the US flag would be next…. The real reason why the Betsy Ross flag is under attack just like the rebel flag is because there’s an establishment agenda to purge anything that represents resistance to central authority…. The claim that both flags are “racist” is just a convenient excuse pushed by the establishment to convince people to purge the flags. As long as people cherish historic symbols of freedom, they will never bow down to oppressive authority. “He who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does not destroy it, may expect to be destroyed by it, for in rebellion it has always the watch-word of liberty and its ancient privileges as a rallying point, which neither time nor benefits will ever cause it to forget,” noted 16th-century historian Niccolò Machiavelli wrote as advice to tyrants.

Election News

Trump Blames Obama For Charlotte Violence: "The Level Of Hatred... Starts With Leadership"
Zero Hedge - With The White House desperately calling for "peaceful protest" in Charlotte, the Justice Department urging "peaceful protest" and the need to "build trust," and Hillary Clinton asking for "peace" saying the deaths of black men is "unbearable," the Democrat public relations machine is in full swing as riots continue. Donald Trump, however, took a different angle. As opposed to clinging to politically correct and meaningless one-liners, Trump pointed the finger for this turmoil at President Obama (and Hillary) exclaiming: “You look at the level of hatred... the rocks being thrown and everything happening. It’s so sad to see. You know, this is the United States of America. I mean... it starts with leadership.” … As Politico reports, Donald Trump on Thursday subtly pinned the blame for the turmoil in Charlotte, North Carolina, on President Barack Obama, suggesting that the violent protests there highlight a racial divide in America that Obama has failed to mend as president.

CLAIM: Historic event to occur in the next six days that will end the rise of Trump and seize the future of America for totalitarian globalists
(NaturalNews) Regardless of what any of us believe about the whispers or rumors, what's clear at this point is that Hillary Clinton's horrifically poor performance and collapsing health has made her an obvious liability to the globalist agenda. It is now conceivable that they are figuring out how to get rid of her in a way that can serve the theatrics necessary to radically change the election narrative. From the point of view of globalists, eliminating Clinton through a carefully planned "execution" that can be blamed on Trump supporters achieves two important goals at once: 1) It allows the democrats to replace her with a candidate who doesn't suck. 2) It allows the media to maliciously blame Trump -- based on his "Second Amendment people" comment -- and possibly swing some support back into the democrat camp. To pull this off, right now they would need to be brainwashing a "lone gunman" and fabricating an entire back story of social media posts, a manifesto and other materials that can be cited by CNN to link the gunman to Trump. (REDDIT users, be ready to start vetting all this if an "assassination" actually takes place...) Is Trump also a target? Eliminating only Trump without simultaneously dispatching Clinton does not achieve this goal as neatly for the globalists, because the assassination of Trump alone would almost certainly set off a nationwide armed revolt leading to chaos or even civil war... and that's not what the globalists want right now... they want "controlled peace," meaning an orderly but obedient society where no one is allowed to speak any words at all that challenge the consensus reality of the controllers (hence the need for politically correct speech controls). However, assassinating BOTH candidates at the same time -- conceivably with a bomb or chemical weapon at an upcoming debate -- would in fact allow globalists to replace both parties' nominees with obedient globalist puppets (Jeb Bush on the right, Joe Biden on the left). From the point of view of the globalists, a simultaneous assassination of both Clinton and Trump achieves the best possible outcome for their totalitarian agenda.

Video: Reporter Asks Hillary To Take Neurocognitive Test, Hillary Refuses
Steve Watson - In an awkward exchange, an ABC reporter fawned over Hillary Clinton but also asked her if she would be willing to take a neurocognitive test. Clinton laughed off the suggestion and declared that “there’s no need for that.” “You know, I, I am very sorry that I got pneumonia.” Clinton said after her rather strange exaggerated outburst of laughter. “I’m very glad that antibiotics took care of it and uh, that’s behind us now. I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health.” she claimed. When the reporter, Sarina Fazan, asked Clinton a second time if she’d be willing to take the neurological tests, Hillary sternly replied “There’s no need for that. I mean, my, the information is very clear and the information as I said meets the standards that every other person running for president has ever had to meet and I’m happy that we’ve met and even exceeded them in certain ways.”

Hillary Asks "Why Aren't I 50 Points Ahead" In The Polls? Trump Responds (Video)
Zero Hedge - Seemingly shocked that after spending 10s of millions of dollars, she remains only modestly ahead in the polls, Hillary Clinton exclaimed during an teleconference with the Laborers' International Union of North America, saying, "Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?… Hillary Clinton has spent several times what Donald Trump has spent to air television ads in key states. That will likely continue; in a new count by Advertising Age, the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs have booked $145.3 million in ad time between now and Election Day, to $4.4 million for Trump and his groups. And so Hillary Clinton asks frustratedly... “Having said all this, ‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask?” ... Well, the choice for working families has never been clearer. I need your help to get Donald Trump’s record out to everybody. Nobody should be fooled.” And Donald Trump was quick to respond: (as Politico reported) “Because she’s terrible,” he said bluntly. “I mean, she’s had a terrible record. Everything she touches is bad. You look at what’s going on with Libya and you look at the surge and you look at all of her decisions and you look at the Iran deal, which is one of the dumbest deals I’ve ever seen, which she started, and she totally backs, by the way, I mean, in its completed form, she totally backs. You look at everything she touched, I mean, it’s just a mess. And she’s spending a lot of money and so far it’s not had much of an impact because I guess I’m winning in most of these states and we’ll see what happens in the end, but she is [terrible].” The surprised look on Hillary's face says it all.

Economy & Business

Wells CEO Resigns From Fed Advisory Council As Pressure Mounts
Zero Hedge - With Rep. Hensarling threatening that the Wells Fargo debacle is "only in its 3rd inning," it appears today's Labor Department probe was enough to push CEO Stumpf over the edge as pressure mounts for his head. Effective today, John Stumpf has resign his position as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s appointee to the Fed’s Federal Advisory Council…. The resignation follows the earlier reported news that seven senators called for a Department of Labor investigation into Wells Fargo's firing of more than 5,000 employees. The senators, who were later joined by Elizabeth Warren, called into question whether the bank violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The other senators who signed the letter to the Department of Labor are Sherrod Brown, Jack Reed, Robert Menendez, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand and Mazie Hirono. The senators' letter was triggered by a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigation into Wells Fargo. The bureau settled with the bank for $185 million over the phony accounts earlier in September, but it also cited the bank's alleged abusive labor practices. As CNN reports, the CFPB found that Wells Fargo had cultivated "a workplace characterized by stringent sales quotas and aggressive incentives imposed on its employees." It also determined that there was "staggering neglect by management of the obvious consequences to consumers of those quotas and incentives." In their letter, the senators noted that employees were complaining about wage and hour violations as far back as 1999. One of the biggest questions is whether Wells Fargo ignored overtime laws. Employees who worked late or on weekends to meet sales quotas reportedly weren't compensated and may even have been classified as exempt from overtime.

Fritz Springmeier Just Announced He Has Inside Info That the IMF Will Announce a New Global Currency on Sept 30th
(Before It's News) Because large deals between nations are done in dollars, it can be said that 85% of global transactions are done in U.S. dollars. I have explained many times that our dollar’s VIP status globally has allowed the U.S. to create as many dollars out of thin air that it wants without destroying the dollar’s value–inflating the supply of money is simply a global tax on everyone who holds dollars, and more dollars are held by foreigners overseas than by Americans. In other words, we have been getting a free ride. I have repeatedly discussed the moves behind the scenes to dethrone the dollar. Russia & China has been working behind the scenes to get the entire world to desert us. They have also been buying up high levels of gold. Now that moment that we have wondered about is actually upon us…the date is Sept. 30, 2016, when the IMF has plans to announce a “world money”. The IMF has been issuing low key statements about this new world currency. Additionally, hidden on it’s site is a 42-page blueprint entitled “Enhancing International Financial Security” which spells out in obtuse difficult to understand jargon that they are going to announce this new “world money”. This is the “global reset” that Christine LaGarde (hd. of the IMF & Illum.) has been talking about. When our dollar crashes, the IMF will run our economy like they have been doing to other 3rd world nations in debt. The Illuminati will directly run the show (all of America’s finances) through the IMF. Foreign central banks are preparing to ship their useless dollars back to the USA.

Energy & Environment

Will bumble bees go the way of the dodo? Endangered status proposed
RT - The Bombus affinis, known as the rusty patched bumble bee, was once a prized pollinator, but next it may be the first bumble bee in the continental US to be on the endangered species list… In the past 20 years, the rusty patched bumble bee’s population has decreased over 90 percent due to disease, pesticide, climate change and habitat loss, Reuters reported. Bumble bees are a big deal for a few reasons. For starters, agriculture is dependent on them for pollinating about a third of crops in the US which gives bumble bees an annual economic value of $3.5 billion, according to Reuters. Additionally, they are what is known as an indicator species, which means that the health and population is a reflection of environmental conditions in their region’s ecosystem, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rusty patched bumble bee is native to the upper Midwest and Northeastern US, but that doesn’t mean they’re still there. The rusty patched bumble bee’s population has declined so severely that they may be on the brink of extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature…. A report from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a wildlife conservation nonprofit, states that these widely used pest chemicals are particularly deadly to bee populations, because they have a long-lasting presence in the soil and can remain in plants for up to six years after their application. These pesticides are often in garden products available to the public with no warning about the dangers they pose to pollinators.

Science & Technology

Yahoo Says at Least 500 Million Accounts Breached in Attack
Bloomberg - Yahoo! Inc. said the personal information of at least 500 million users was stolen in an attack on its accounts in 2014, exposing a wide swath of its roughly 1 billion users ahead of Verizon Communications Inc.’s planned acquisition of the web portal’s assets. The attacker was a “state-sponsored actor,” and stolen information may include names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, un-encrypted security questions and answers, Yahoo said Thursday in a statement. The continuing investigation doesn’t indicate theft of payment card data or bank account information, or unprotected passwords, the company said. Affected users are being notified, accounts are being secured, and there’s no evidence the attacker is still in the network, Yahoo also said…. The disclosure of the data theft comes at a particularly sensitive time for Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, as she navigates the company toward a planned $4.8 billion acquisition by Verizon, set to close by early next year…. The company began investigating after receiving a report in July of a hacker claiming to have hundreds of millions of stolen Yahoo log-ins for sale on the black market, according to a person familiar with Yahoo’s probe. Investigators couldn’t find evidence backing up those claims. However, the person said Yahoo decided to conduct a deeper, separate investigation that uncovered the larger breach and notified Verizon this week. The person asked for anonymity to discuss internal findings. Two other people familiar with the Yahoo investigation said the link to a nation state is not iron-clad. And Yahoo has yet to disclose the evidence on which it is basing the link to a nation state. Claiming a hack was launched by a foreign government is the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card for embarrassed corporate executives.


Leading Tea Brands Contain Illegal Levels Of Dangerous Pesticides
Natural Blaze - CBC News of Canada, using an accredited lab, tested some of the most popular tea brands in North America and elsewhere for pesticide residues. What they found was astounding. More than half of the teas tested had pesticide residues above the legal limit and 8 out of 10 teas also contained multiple pesticides. The brands tested were: Lipton, Tetley, Twinings, Red Rose, No Name, Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, King Cole, and Signal. Of that list, only Red Rose brand tea was completely pesticide free. Uncle Lee’s contained over 22 different types of pesticides, such as endosulfan. Endosulfan is in the process of being banned for its documented health risks and negative environmental impact. Uncle Lee’s also tested for having 10 times the legal limit of two pesticides, acetamiprid and chlorfenapyr. Acetamiprid, which was also found in Twinings, can cause severe nausea, muscle weakness, and vomiting at even low doses. Chlorfenapyr, which was found in large amounts in Tetley brand teas, can be fatal at even low doses, but acts slowly, causing death up to two weeks later. Other investigations have shown that other brands have dangerously high levels of pesticides in their tea. Celestial Seasonings is one such brand. After 91% of their “all natural” teas were found to have pesticide levels above US federal limits, the company refused to disclose the pesticides used in their teas. Some teas produced in China and India, had high pesticide levels in 67% and 49% of those countries teas, respectively. Several of the pesticides found in those cases are banned under international law. In another investigation, many inexpensive teas from UK supermarkets were found to have so much fluoride that they provide 75-120% more than the recommended daily intake. Though many have said that organic teas are the best alternative, many organic teas still contain pesticides. The best alternative, of course, is actually to grow the herbs in your tea yourself. Most herbs used in tea including rosemary, sage, mint, and jasmine are easy to grow and require little attention in the garden.


Video: Michael Josephson’s What Will Matter.....
This is a video for friends, to live by, and to share with their friends. Friendship is gift that we give to each other, enhanced b the song as performed by Ernesto Cortazar, "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever. Be blessed and enjoy.

Thursday - September 22, 2016 - Today In History:

1789 - The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General.
1792 - The French Republic was proclaimed.
1862 - President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
1914 - Three British cruisers were sunk by one German submarine in the North Sea. 1,400 British sailors were killed. This event alerted the British to the effectiveness of the submarine.
1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully.
1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.
1966 - The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon.
1980 - A border conflict between Iran and Iraq developed into a full-scale war.
1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan addressed the U.N. General Assembly and voiced a new hope for arms control. He also criticized the Soviet Union for arresting U.S. journalist Nicholas Daniloff.
1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.
1990 - Saudi Arabia expelled most of the Yememin and Jordanian envoys in Riyadh. The Saudi accusations were unspecific.
1991 - An article in the London newspaper "The Mail" revealed that John Cairncross admitted to being the "fifth man" in the Soviet Union's British spy ring.
1992 - The U.N. General Assembly expelled Yugoslavia for its role in the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1994 - The U.S. upgraded its military control in Haiti.
1998 - The U.S. and Russia signed two agreements. One was to privatize Russia's nuclear program and the other was to stop plutonium stockpiles and nuclear scientists from leaving the country.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton addressed the United Nations and told world leaders to "end all nuclear tests for all time". He then sent the long-delayed global test-ban treaty to the U.S. Senate.
2005 - John Roberts' nomination as chief justice cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 13-5 vote.
2008 - The U.S. Mint unveiled the first changes to the penny in 50 years, with Abraham Lincoln's portrait still on the front, but new designs replacing the Lincoln Memorial on the back.

World News

SYRIAN WRITES AMERICANS: PLEASE!! HELP US!! - This is a letter from a Syrian citizen for help from American PEOPLE.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT SAYS IT WILL NOW PROSECUTE PREVIOUSLY IMMUNE CORPORATE OFFICIALS - The court's new focus on land grabbing and environmental destruction could help put a dent in corporate impunity. CEOs Can Now Be Prosecuted Like War Criminals at the Hague. The International Criminal Court announced Thursday it will now hold corporate executives and governments legally responsible for environmental crimes. The Hague court made explicit references to widening its approach to include land grabbing, which has allowed private corporations, with the help of governments, to take over large areas of foreign land to exploit natural resources. It will also prosecute for environmental destruction.

'Not a Game': US Flies More Nuclear Bombers Over Korean Peninsula
Sputnik News - Following the US Defense Secretary’s warning that American troops are prepared to fight North Korea, the Pentagon has flown two bombers over the peninsula in a show of force. "The slogan of US Forces Korea, many of you probably know, is 'fight tonight.' Not because that’s what we want to do, but because that’s what we have to be able to do and we are ready to do," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Monday. "It’s not a game." In the wake of these comments, the American military escalated tensions on the peninsula on Wednesday by launching a pair of supersonic bombers over South Korea. "What we are showing today is just one tool we have to choose from a wide array of options. The alliance grows stronger every day and we remain prepared to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean Peninsula and the region," said a statement from Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson, commander of the US 7th Air Force in South Korea, according to…. This is the second such flyover in as many weeks. On September 13, the US flew two nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers over Osan Air Base. While the drill was meant as a message to the North, Pyongyang appeared unphased.

US coalition Predator drone spotted at time & place of Syria aid convoy attack – Russian military
RT - The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone. “On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. “The object was in the area around the town of Urm Al-Kubra, where the convoy was a few minutes before it caught fire,” Konashenkov added. “It left after about 30 minutes.” The Defense Ministry spokesman said he wanted to point out that, as was the case with the tragedy on September 17 which saw US-led coalition airstrike kill and injure 200 people, the Russians would not be making any unfounded allegations. “Only the owners know what exactly the drone was doing at this particular area at that exact time,” he added. Moscow says it has provided all the data it possesses regarding the attack on the convoy, which was carrying aid to rebel-held areas in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

Iran displays military might in nationwide parades, warns US to keep out of Gulf
RT - Iran has displayed some of its latest military hardware in a parade in the capital Tehran held to mark the anniversary of the 1980 invasion by Iraq, while also warning the US to end its naval presence in the Persian Gulf. Tanks, missiles and the Russian-made S-300 air defense system were just some of the military units that Iran put on show at the parade, which took place in front of the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The chiefs of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, including Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and various other military general commanders, were in attendance to salute local soldiers and special forces, as well as to observe the display of heavy Iranian and Russian-made artillery. Parades were held across the county and in the port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf. Around 500 vessels, submarines and helicopters were put on show, as Iran commemorated the 36th anniversary of the start of its eight-year war with neighboring Iraq. Brigadier General Hajizadeh said that Iranian-made weaponry was on display, such as the ‘Emad’ guided missile system and the ‘Zolfaqar’ ballistic missile, which has a range of 750km and was named after a legendary sword believed to have been given by the Prophet Mohammed to Imam Ali. The Zolfaqar also possesses a cluster warhead capable of hitting several targets in different locations. Members of the Iranian military issued a stark warning to the US to stay out of the Persian Gulf.

‘A danger for dinner plates’: Top French chefs condemn $66bn merger of Bayer & Monsanto
RT - Top French chefs have slammed the upcoming Monsanto takeover by the chemical giant Bayer as a “danger for our dinner plates.” "Without a healthy and quality product, without diversity, a chef can’t express his creative talent," the open letter from over 100 chefs read. “This agrochemical rapprochement is a danger to our plates, but it is also a concern for farmers who see their freedom to plant and grow a particular seed limited," the letter, published on the gastronomy news website Atabula, added. "Major challenges for our food are currently taking place. No, nature, diversity and quality of our food shouldn’t go under the draconian steamroller that is Bayer, Monsanto group.”… German firm Bayer’s $66 billion takeover of Monsanto – the biggest-ever deal undertaken by the company – has been criticized by numerous activist groups before, with Friends of the Earth branding it a “marriage made in hell.” This mega corporation will be doing its best to force damaging pesticides and GM seeds into our countryside," food and farming campaigner Adrian Bebb said in a statement, as quoted by the Guardian. The National Farmers Union in the US joined the cause, saying that the merger and other pending agricultural deals "are being made to benefit the corporate boardrooms at the expense of family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural economies," as quoted by the Local.

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